Carina Ortiz

  • July 4, 2019By Carina Ortiz

    Early last month, Indie shop Xipi~Teca hosted their first annual self-love festival in Los Angeles titled “Love Thyself.” The venue was surrounded by women of color who shared an affinity for self-love and growth. When asked about the event, Xipi~Teca stated, “We wanted to create a self-love centered festival that is specifically curated to create

  • April 17, 2018By Carina Ortiz

    A paramount day for music lovers and vinyl collectors everywhere is just around the corner. Record Store Day 2018 takes place this Saturday virtually anywhere where physical copies of music are sold. If you’ve never heard of this, let me break it down for you. Every year, the first being 2007, independent record stores and

  • February 8, 2018By Carina Ortiz

    Movies are great. Whether you’re a die hard hopeless romantic or a cynical realist, they allow you to escape your reality for an hour or two. Whatever your plans might be this Valentine’s Day, here are the ultimate indie romance films for indulging in this February. 1. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNzzCN4dVFA This

  • December 23, 2017By Carina Ortiz

    The holiday season is officially here and one of the most talked about beauty products is the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in the shade “Uncensored” AKA the perfect universal red. Now I understand that to most people $24 isn’t necessarily breaking the bank but I also know that not everyone has the extra cash

  • October 24, 2017By Carina Ortiz

    1. Funny Games (2007) In the 2007 version of the 1997 original, Funny Games takes the viewer on a psychologically thrilling and terrifying journey. The plot centers around two young men who keep a family hostage as they perform borderline insane acts of horror on each member. 2. REC (2009) Although entirely in Spanish, REC is

  • September 18, 2017By Carina Ortiz

    Music is well-regarded as one of the best forms of healing, because it has the innate power to evoke visceral feelings, whether they be positive or negative. Often, people turn to music to find comfort and endurance. And now more than ever, the music industry is addressing the crucial importance of mental health and self-care,

  • September 6, 2017By Carina Ortiz

    I’m tired of seeing the same palettes being raved on about over and over again on my IG feed. It seems as if the beauty industry keeps shoving the same products down our throats, so I decided to create a list of 12 eyeshadow palettes that deserve love. These are all versatile and can be

  • August 30, 2017By Carina Ortiz

    While taking a look at my makeup collection the other day, I realized that a lot of the beauty brands I own are actually already cruelty-free. Turns out, these are some of the best cosmetic cruelty-free brands you can come across, and I had just happened to have them because I liked them so much.

  • August 17, 2017By Carina Ortiz

      Before you judge, just hear me out. Those of you that are part of the ASMR community have probably started noticing that ASMRTheChew aka “Pickle Lady” has pretty much gone viral on Twitter. Seeing this made me want to write this article even more. I already had the article in mind but I was too afraid

  • August 7, 2017By Carina Ortiz

    One of the things I’ve noticed since my love for beauty started is how hesitant beauty enthusiasts are to explore with different shades of gold, copper, or anything with glitter. Though it might seem a little scary at first, remind yourself that you can’t be stuck in your comfort zone forever. It’s good to explore

  • July 30, 2017By Carina Ortiz

    Grammy award winning rock/alternative band, Cage the Elephant just released their live acoustic album, Unpeeled. Unlike your typical band, Cage the Elephant are known for their fantastic live performances (have you seen Matt Shultz crowd surf?!). For Unpeeled, they stripped down to even louder vocals, heavier instruments, an orchestra, and the beautiful sound of screaming fans losing their

  • July 23, 2017By Carina Ortiz

    This one hurts like hell. It’s  1 a.m. and as I’m writing this I still cant help but hurt over yet another loss in the music industry. With the sudden death of Chester Bennington came utter shock, anger, and sadness. Millions of fans and supporters all over the world felt the death of 41-year-old Linkin Park‘s