I Have News !!??

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Hello, newbies and Candela Couture veterans, today I am sharing some very exciting news to all my readers. I have decided to start adding videos to Candela Couture. For the past four years, the support has been incredible, incredible, incredible, and it’s definitely time to give something new to the passionate subscribers! I just hit 200,000 unique visitors this year, and I am beyond stoked about this! I don’t want you guys to feel like you don’t know me, and only see my reviews, or my favorites products, and what not. I want you to interact with me and tour my dorm, and see what I do on lazy days, and learn how I compose my posts. I want everyone to take something different from the experience on my website. 

I will be using Vimeo to post videos onto Candela Couture. I have been getting many request to start a YouTube Channel, but there are many personal reasons why I have decided to opt out of that specific route. I want the videos to be genuine, and not have anything to do with views, or likes and such. If I decide that Vimeo is too difficult to operate, ill find an alternative. 

I will be posting weekly videos starting November 1st. The videos will only be found on Candela Couture. Some videos will be sponsored, and some videos will just be daily vlogs, opinionated rants, or fashion cookbooks. 

I want people to let me know what they want to see. I know it’s not always excited to read an article about beauty products, so i want to make this as entertaining as possible. 

I hope everyone is having an amazing day!! Tweet, or instagram me what you want to see in my videos!



Halloween Shopping Guide


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Instead of being that girl who only wears cat ears and a tube dress, or wraps caution tape around her body (95% of the population of females), this year I have decided to experiment with my halloween costume and go all out! I am going to share with you my halloween costume options from my favorite online store, Shein.com !! You can help me decide which option is the coolest!

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This is probably the most unique costume idea! All of these pieces are found on shein !!

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 8.02.21 PMMy favorite items from the boho/Pocahontas costume options are the:

Grey Tassel Skirt 

Mini Lace Up Pocket Dress

Apricot High Heels

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Option two is for more of a hipster ! The school girl look is very easy to pull of with staples from your closet, and items from Shein!

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I would definitely love to be a school girl because its cute,flirty, and easy! Here are my favorite pieces from Shein!

Contrast Zipper Coat

Black Pleated Skirt

Red Thick Vintage Platforms 

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My third and final option is a great idea for you if you want to be comfortable; A hippie! You can go very simple, or all out with this one! 

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This is definitely the girliest costume! The heels could be worn to a more formal event, and booties or cute sneakers to a casual party! Here are my favorite items from shein!

Multicolor Long Sleeve Vintage Dress 

Black Fashion Hat

Gold butterfly Heels

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Tweet me, Instagram comment, or comment below what you’re favorite Shein outfit is!




My Favorite Fall Shopping Spot

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October is here and it’s officially time to trade short shorts for suede pants and V-necks for turtle-necks. This is by far my favorite season of the year; I already stalked up on my suede skirts and leather jackets. Unfortunately, it is still 105 degrees in california. Here is my favorite affordable place to shop for winter wonders
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*This post is not sponsored. All opinion are my own

My September Favorites – Beauty


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September is one of those transitioning months, where you’re longing the summer heat and beach days but awaiting the winter cold and hot drinks. I ALWAYS await winter, so September is the appointed month where I prepare for the leather jackets and booties, hair products, and snow days. This month I had an absurd amount of favorites, so I will break it down into three posts. 

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My one monthly favorite would have to be the Hoola Bronzer by Urban DecayThe matte bronzer is the perfect orange brown, not too spray-tan, and not to rubbed-mud-all-over-my-cheeks. It’s matte so the application looks extremely natural and goes with so many skin tones. The brush also is great for contouring.

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I definitely tried products this month I did not enjoy. First, I bought the Urban Decay Baked Illuminating Powder; The first time I tried it, my best friend laughed as she walked through the door and asked if I dropped glitter all over my face. I looked in the mirror and I was one big sparkle. Its not subtle at all and has no real purpose.

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I also did not like the Nars Stick Concealer in Custard. I usually use the Nars liquid concealer, but wanted something a bit thicker for my under eyes. Unfortunately, this does not do the trick. It creases and does not cover anything but a few minor discolorations.Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 9.12.19 AM I recommend the Bobbi Brown Concealer Duo I just purchased. I will review this product soon when I use it a bit more.

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Any request, Comment Below! XOXO



Celine ID Choker Necklace – Real vs. Steal


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The Celine ID Choker has been a staple item in celebrity bold-looks for years! The statement piece definitely turns heads; now, you can get the look for a MUCH better price!

Here is the original Celine ID Choker Necklace 

Here are the greatest dupes!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Id Plaque Chain Necklace (click image for store) $122 

 LuLu*s Identify My Love Gold ID Necklace $41

Banana Republic Link ID Necklace – $52

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If you guys want me to find any dupes of your favorite designer items, email me at MJBIZ@ME.COM!




MAC COSMETICS REVIEW – Taupe Lipstick, Honey Love Lipstick , Oak Lip Liner


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Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.03.55 PMAs some of you may have noticed from the flood of selfies on my snapchat or instagram, I am once again falling in deep love with makeup experimenting! I finally decided to try wearing lipstick, and I am LOVING IT!! Today, I am going to share a couple of my new favorite MAC COSMETICS products for the fall!


Here are the 3 lip products I want to share with you!



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This matte lipstick from Mac Cosmetics has one of the best applications I’ve tried from this line! Matte lipsticks tend to crease and chunk easily due to the dry and packed pigmentation; I was extremely surprised from the smoothness!

This color is very similar to Nars Bahama, but it is definitely more matte!

I recommend using a lip treatment before using ANY matte lipstick. Because there is minimal shine, all cracks and dry patches are basically exposed.

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Left: Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix 

Right: Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Here is my look wearing Taupe!


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This color is the PERFECT pinky nude color. Sometimes, nude colors can completely wash a face out, not Honey Love. The matte lipstick definitely needs a lipliner though!

*If you have lighter skin, you can probably go a bit more nude with High Tea by MAC

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This is the Mac Cosmetics Lip Liner in Oak. Similar shades are:

Urban Decay Stark Naked, Smashbox Sienna

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Here is how I paired Honey Love and Oak! 

IMG_2746(Excuse my soccer-daddy look) :)

Next: I will be reviewing the BEST Mac Product! Subscribe to get notifications on my next posts!!



Makeup Product Review : Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Bahama

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Yes it is true, MJ now wears lipstick!….Well, only one shade… but we are making Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 2.15.05 PMprogress!! A couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through the Instagram explore page (a night activity I take very seriously), and ran into a selfie of Bella Thorne rocking a mauve matte lipstick. I told myself I would try experimenting with lipstick from that moment on…..how dramatic am I?

This is the magical lipstick pencil!
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The pinkish brown color works with all skin types! Very smooth applicationIMG_2389

This Lipstick Pencil is matte, and the perfect shade that can be used night and day! It’s more on the pricey side, but definitely worth the money! You can find this shade at Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom! 

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IMG_2480If you have any product reviews you’d like to see, send me an email or comment below!




Here’s a fun floor selfie :)


How I Edit My Instagram Photos


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Hello beautiful people! Today I woke up and felt like giving back…giving the people what they want, what they need, what they’ve been asking me to do for months……….share my Instagram secrets and tips!! This post is definitely the most requested! Lets jump into it!!

First of all, my instagram account:MJCandela

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Keeping your Instagram name/handle simple is important. You want the people searching your name to find you without trouble. Or, at least have your name in your account info!

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Have a constant feed. If you change your post around too much, your feed will be messy and not intriguing to new followers. Post things true to who you are, so people get of feel of who you are…that’s what Instagram is for!

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I edit my Instagram pictures on Instagram using their control panel. Here are the steps!

Here is the un-edited version of the photo


Then, you lift the brightness to around 5


Lift the contrast so the brightness doesn’t completely discolor any skin showing!


The warmth is made colder by pulling the degree negative, towards the 20’s. This will give the picture a clean look!


Last, you bring up the highlight to whiten the picture once again. Skip this step if the picture is already shadowless. If it gets grainy, then add shadow in the next step!


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I hope this post was helpful!! Next post: My new favorite lip product!!



My New Favorite Jewelry Site – RocksBox


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As a former accessory hoarder, I come to you with the solution for all jewelry fanatics! Recently, I came across a jewelry website that revolutionized jewelry-buying, or should  I say renting?

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Rocksbox is a premium jewelry subscription box that is delivered to you. You are loaned the jewelry for as long as you want, and return it when you’re done. Then , you can get a whole new box with new fun jewelry to use!! The buyer gets as many boxes a month as they want, for a low monthly cost!! There are three easy steps to creating your RocksBox account!

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You become a “Shine Insider”, take a style survey, and add items onto your fashion wishlist! Basically, RocksBox is getting an idea of what you love, to create the perfect jewelry box for your style!

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 10.11.33 AMGet 3 pieces to wear on loan! “Each piece is hand-selected for you based on your style and specific requests. Wear your pieces as much as you want!”

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 10.11.37 AMRETURN ANYTIME TO GET 3 NEW PIECES .Return your Rocksbox set anytime and as often as you like. Every set has 3 pieces of designer jewelry, worth an average of $200 per set.”

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A Rocksbox subscription can be yours for only $19 a month… And Guess What? I CAN GIVE YOU THE FIRST MONTH FREE!! 

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Use the code MJBFF9 at checkout for the first month of your RocksBox Subscription FREE. Click Here To Visit RocksBox

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So now that you know how AWESOME this subscription is, I’ll show you a couple pieces  I got in my first RocksBox!

Here’s the beautiful box I received! The box is DEFINITELY instagram worthy :)

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The adorable personalization makes the process even better!IMG_2379 Inside, they add a description of the jewelry, tailored specifically to you!IMG_2380Here are the three pieces I received! I love the packaging and brands RocksBox chose for me!
Here is the first piece! The coolest Tina Turk stackable Ring
IMG_2386 (1)Look out for the other two items in my next post, where I will be modeling them, paired with a cute outfit of the day!




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