Birthday Haul!!!

v+e 3.jpgYesterday was Erica’s birthday, so we went out with Momma and had some fun!! We walked the mall, stopped at all our favorite stores, went to see some friends act in High School Musical (one of our favorite movies), and then went out for ice cream afterwards. Sadly, Erica forgot to bring her camera, so we couldn’t get pictures of it all 😥 So instead we’re doing a birthday present haul post!!!

Erica’s gifts: I had such an amazing birthday! I got to spend the day with my best friend ever (aka Veronica) and my mom, which was so fun! We walked the mall, hung out, got to drool over all the adorable things we found, and it was awesome! Here is everything I got for my 17th:

123I found an adorable ring set at H&M! They had silver, gold, and rose gold. At first I wanted the silver ones, but they all had peace signs instead of the infinity signs :/ As soon as I saw the rose gold set, I had to have them; I love rose gold!!! They are so cute and I have each ring in two sizes: the first size fits my ring fingers, and the second size only fits my thumbs, but I love them anyways! They were $7 for the set. Momma bought them for me as a gift 😀

When we got to the phone case section in H&M, we couldn’t stop squealing! They had some really pretty ones, but our favorites were some that looked just like kitties!!! I ended up getting this one, which I cannot stop showing to everyone I see! All my friends who have seen it think its adorable too 😛 ❤ Its weird that its for the iPhone 5 yet it fits my iPod 6, but I’ll take whatever I can get!! Momma bought this for me also.

67You may or may not know already, but I bought myself the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I did a review on it last week here! I am so in love with this palette. I have used it every day that I’ve worn makeup since I bought it, and I cannot believe how amazing it is!

8910Next, I bought myself a 15 piece makeup brush set. I bought it online and it arrived the day of my birthday, so that made it extra special! Two of them are double sided and it mainly has lip and eye brushes. I have only tried out a few so far, but I’m loving the angled eyeliner brush and larger eyeshadow brush!

1112I got a Juicy Couture nail kit from my amazing sister Veronica. Its a day-to-night set, so you wear the nail polish during the day, and if you have a date/girls night, you jazz it up by adding a coat of glitter! Each color has its own matching glitter, but I’m excited to mix and match these! (See the nail stickers? Olivia thought they were actual nails! Ah, the thoughts of an 8-year-old 😀 )

13.jpgShe also got me lots of adorable matching stationary stuff and supplies for school! I got folders, note cards, clips, pens, a pencil sharpener and ruler, and a notepad that doubles as a mouse pad that all match!! I can’t wait to take this to school with me! It was so sweet of her ❤ ❤

2526Lastly, Eddie got me a $15 iTunes gift card (which I plan to use very soon!!) and a birthday card. I was so happy to see this card!!! Its a Hoops+Yoyo talking birthday card. When I was about 8, my dad got one from a coworker and I loved it! I’ve always loved Hoops and Yoyo since then, and it was so sweet of Ed to remember! In this one you open the card and they start going crazy jumping up and down singing about how they want cake! (To be specific, they go, “Were here for the cake, for the cake cake cake! Were here for the cake, for the cake cake cake! Were here for the cake, for the cake cake cake, for the caaaaaaaaake, for the cake cake cake!” and so on. Love it!)


Veronica’s gifts: I had a blast on my birthday! We went out to the mall with Erica, Nick, Olivia, and Momma and we had a great day. We went to all my favorite stores, had a ton of fun, and ate out at an amazing Cuban restaurant called Habana Rumba. See more about what we did here! 

14.jpgThe first thing I got were my gifts from Momma! She got me embroidery floss, adorable stationary stickers, a paper quilling set, An embroidery hoop and needles, and little pins with chicks on the ends! It was so nice of her and I can’t wait to use it all!

18Momma also got me a beautiful teacup from one of my favorite stores, Teavana. It’s long, has a small lid, and a strainer that’s perfect for letting fine tea steep. I cannot say enough how much I love this… Like, I really LOVE it! I only got it a week ago, and I have used it every day 😀

1920I bought this gorgeous fountain pen at Anthropology!!! Its made of white glass with golden trimming, and it is beyond pretty! It also came with an ink refill, which is so convenient! This pen originally was $20, but it was on sale and I got it for only $7! What a steal!!!

21  I also bought this thermos at Anthro. It is SO beautiful!!! Momma saw it a few weeks ago and was so tempted to buy it, but at $20 she decided to pass. A few weeks later, she found 2 on the discount shelf for $5; she snatched that thing up right away! We went back for Erica’s birthday, and I found yet another on the clearance shelf for only $3.50!!! Now Momma and I each have one, and we couldn’t be happier with them!

15I got this face palette from Erica. I absolutely love it and it has everything I needed!!! It comes with 2 bronzers (which i probably won’t use for a while), a highlighter, blush, and setting powder. She also got me a Wet n Wild angled blush brush which is so soft! 

1617Erica also got me the RealTechniques Mini Travel Brush set. I love these so much and they are so adorable!!! Erica and I love everything small, so these were the perfect gift for me. They fit in my sadly tiny makeup bag, I have the basic brushes that I need, and I just CAN’T get over the cuteness they possess!!! 

So that is everything we got for our birthdays!!! We hope you enjoyed seeing everything we got as much as we enjoyed getting them! This year we had a great set of birthdays and we are so happy we got to celebrate them together.


Do you have any birthday traditions? Any special stores that you just HAVE to go to on your special day? Let us know in the comments below! ❤ ❤ ❤

Natural Makeup Look on Veronica!


Today, we had lots of fun preparing this post! Since Veronica’s birthday was last week, she has officially been allowed to wear makeup. In our house (and many other Cuban homes) our girls aren’t allowed to wear makeup until they are 15 years old. That includes nail polish! Once you turn 15, you can wear it anytime you like (of course very natural looks; Poppa would die if she jumped right into smokey-eye looks!) We’ve had so much fun playing with makeup together, so we decided to show you how we do a natural makeup look!

We will list what products we use as we go, and at the end we will list them again with their prices and links to find them 😀

Lets get started!! We first start with a washed, moisturized, and primed face.


For the eyes, we will be using Erica’s Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, in all shades.

23First, we used our Real Techniques base shadow brush and sweep W.O.S around as a base shade.4


Next, we took an Ulta brush and swept the shade Naked2 in the crease of her eyelids.56


Next, we used our EcoTools eye shadow brush and patted the shade Faint in the outer ‘V’ of her eyes.78Wow that looks kinda messy! The next step really comes in handy…


To blend the colors and make them smooth, we used our EcoTools shadow blending brush and swirled it on her lids. We started from the outer corner and worked our way in, blending gently.910Much better! Were getting closer!


We figured eyeliner looked a bit too harsh, so instead we used our Real Techniques Fine Liner brush in the shade Crave along her lashes. Its much softer and more natural looking than black eyeliner. 1112


Next, we used our Mica Beauty Cosmetics angle eyeshadow brush to highlight Veronica’s brows and inner corner. We used the shade Venus for her inner corner and Foxy under and above her brows.1314.jpg


Lastly for her eyes, we used our Covergirl Lashblast Volume mascara. We only have a sample size that we got in a Zulily package, but when it runs out we are so buying more!!1516Veronica’s eyelashes are pretty fabulous as they are, so we only did one coat 🙂


Now we move onto the face! First, we dabbed on a bit of Erica’s BeautyCounter Dew Finish tinted moisturizer in the shade 2. 1819.jpg20.jpgWe blended it in with Erica’s makeup sponge and set it. (Want to know a shameful secret? That blender sponge was originally Lavender… 😦 We’ll clean it so its purple again, and after one use its cream!)

Finally, we take our Real Techniques multi-task brush and swirl it in the blush in Erica’s BeautyCounter Winter Dream palette. Tap the brush against the palette or something else thin (so there isn’t too much product, or else you may look kinda clown-y!) and we brush it on Veronica’s cheeks. Use a setting spray and you’re done!212223Doesn’t she look so pretty!? Its the perfect natural look! Not too heavy or over the top, and you can simplify the eye look or crank it up a notch to match your style. Or, to add a nice touch, you could add a more colorful lip color! We only used lip balm, that way it fit the natural look.

Here are all the products we used!
H2O+ Beauty Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream
Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
RealTechniques base shadow brush, fine liner brush, and multi task brush
Ulta brand eyeshadow brush
EcoTools concealer brush, kabuki brush, and shadow blending brush (all came in a set that was discontinued)
Mica Beauty Cosmetics Angle Eyeshadow brush
Covergirl Lashblast Volume mascara
Makeup sponge (Got ours at Old Navy!)
BeautyCounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
BeautyCounter Winter Dream palette (used for blush and highlighter)

We hope you loved this post!! Have anything to add to Veronica’s face? Any tips to get the perfect natural look? We’d love to hear! Let us know in the comment below!

Birthday Girls

13.jpgThe month of February is a crazy month for birthdays in the Gaitan household! We have Olivia’s which is January 31st (We still count it since its basically in February), Veronica’s on the 1st, Erica’s on the 10th, our grandfather’s on the 23rd, our grandmother’s on the 28th, a few aunts and cousins birthdays, and some of our very close friends all in the month of February!!

Olivia’s was on Tuesday and Veronica’s was on Wednesday, so we went to the mall on Veronica’s birthday to celebrate!

First, we went to California Kitchen to eat. In case you’ve never heard of it, it’s an amazingggggggg pizza place! They have the yummiest pizza ever!1They gave the 2 birthday girls a complimentary ice cream sundae as a gift! (They would have gotten two, but they were too full to eat their own!)342Next, we went to Anthropology. We love it there soooooooo much! ❤5.jpgOlivia admiring her newly pierced ears. She got them done the day of her birthday. She was so brave and strong; she didn’t tear up once!! 6.jpg7.jpg8.jpgOne of Erica’s favorites; the stationary section!!! So many pretty notebooks! 😀9.jpg10.jpgVeronica and Livie had lots of fun modeling the sunglasses. (Look in close and you can see Erica taking the picture!)

After Anthro, we shopped around Old Navy!! It’s one of Veronica’s favorite places to go shopping 🙂 13.jpgWho are those gorgeous girls modeling the hats!? 😀11.jpgOlivia fell in love at the shoe section. For her 8th birthday, she got her very first pair of shoes that she picked out and paid for all by herself! She’s such a big girl!12.jpgAfter wandering around for a while, we stumbled upon an eyebrow-threading place! So the 3 girls got our eyebrows threaded!!15.jpgVeronica and Erica got a very sweet eyebrow stylist (Is that what you call it??). She tried to be gentle all the way. 14Momma, however, wasn’t so lucky… Both girls got it done in about 2 minutes, but Momma’s stylist was a bit less comforting. The whole way you could hear her, “Ow! Ouch! Ow!” Poor thing! The 3 of us all had very red foreheads for the next 10 minutes or so, but it was worth it! Our brows came out so nice!

16.jpgIt was a pretty perfect day! We all had a blast at the mall, and we will be going again next Friday for Erica’s birthday!

What do you like to do for your birthday? Any special family traditions? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below!