Thursday, December 20, 2007

I got my EYELASHES permed!

Have you ever gotten a perm…..for your EYELASHES? Yes, I said “perm.” I know it sounds bizarre but let me tell you….it’s AWESOME! I personally am obsessed about keeping my eyelashes curled. I just think it looks good. Especially on those days that I really don’t have time to do my makeup or don’t want to—I will still always curl my lashes, apply a little bit of mascara and some lip gloss. Well getting my eyelashes permed were one of the best things I ever did. Instead of havening to curl my lashes multiple times a day to keep them where they belong they are already curled and remain curled. I still use my eyelash curler on some mornings when I use a little bit heavier of a mascara. So now I think I’m hooked!

Here’s how the process went down. I went and saw my esthetician, Tracy and she had me lie down. She cleaned my lashes with one of her Dermalogica Products to make sure I didn’t have any makeup residue on my eyelashes. Next, she pulled out her teeny tiny eyelash perm curling rods and picked out the size I would need. I get such a crack up out of the perming rods for lashes. Isn’t that funny! Next, Tracy went through the process of perming my lashes—I believe there were three different steps involved with the products. By the way, while my lashes were processing she plucked and manicured my brows—they never looked better! Approx. 45 minutes went by and I was done. My lashes were delicately curled. I went home and threw on some mascara and was really impressed at how great and open my eyes looked.

So now there will be no more over obsessing over my eyelash curler. Instead I will go visit Tracy every three months and get my lashes “done.”

I can’t do a post about eyelashes and not pay tribute to a few of my favorite mascaras:

Mascara X by M.A.C. Cosmetics

Lights, Camera, Lashes! by Tarte Cosmetics

Lash Injection by Too Faced Cosmetics

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Are you a MAC cosmetics ORIGINAL?

I’m not kidding when I say I have been using MAC Cosmetics for half my life. We’re talking a good sixteen years! I fell in love “originally” with Studio Fix Foundation in C2 and N3 (I’ve always needed to mix the colors). Of course I really liked the foundation but I found myself wanting some of the vibrant colors that MAC had to offer. I swear the lipsticks had a hypnotic way about them that just lured me over to them. I had to pick them up, test them on my hand until I had at least a dozen stripes on my hand from testing out the colors and textures, and then choose a favorite that I just could not leave the store without. Then as I went to purchase my lipstick I couldn’t help but browse by the eyeshadows. How could I buy a lipstick and not an eyeshadow? Won’t the eyeshadow’s feel left out if I walk on by without even testing a few out to see if there were any I just couldn’t live without? Of course they would! And that’s how I slowly but surely became a MAC addict and started building my collection.

I honestly believe that I have earned my place as a MAC “original.” With purchases of Russian Red lipstick (everyone knows that MAC’s lipsticks are what put them on the map), My C-Thru Lipglass (such a pretty sheer lipglass that is a great medium for mixing with all kinds of other colors), and lets not forget my first three eyeshadows: sketch, carbon and shroom. Along with my very first professional brush: the coveted 266 brush (the slanted angled brush that you can use for brows, eyeliner or to intensify your crease). I was hooked from the get-go! I need to mention one thing that I have always really loved about MAC cosmetics as a company is that when I started working for the company I really was introduced to a whole new world of techniques and skills. MAC has always encouraged individuality and uniqueness for everyone. I didn’t go work for MAC and was then taught how to do makeup the MAC way….that would go against everything they endorse. Instead, they nurture each of our individual passion and skill in applying makeup which made up this wonderful culture of very unique and creative makeup artists. I’m so privileged to have been part of that society. And to have learned so much by working with all different sorts of clients and other makeup artists. So in tribute to Individuality and Uniqueness……

I am delighted to tell you all about MAC’s the Originals collection which will be released the day after Christmas!!! Yea! They are bringing back and vamping up the products that have become “must haves” or products that may have been discontinued but long desired. All in celebration on ones individuality and originality—this collection is going to be fierce! I found these pictures from of the collection that will be hitting counters on December 26th, 2007:

Utter Pervette Soft pastel pink (lustre)
Nouveau-frou Beigey grey pink with white pearlized pigments (lustre)
Rozz Revival Watermelon reddish-pink (lustre)
Sandy B Light shell pink (frost)
Russian Red Intense bluish-red (matte)
Retrofluid Sheer deep plum with gold and red pearlized pigments (lustre)
Back to Del Rio Deep brown red (lustre)
Supersequin Plummy pink with silver pearlized pigments (lustre)
Twig Twig Neutral brown plum (lustre)
Chintz on Chintz Sheer mid-tone yellow brown (lustre)

Full On Lust Neutral brown pink (cream)
Nico Now Mid-tone grey purple with multi-coloured pearlized pigments (frost)
Avarice Mid-tone yellow red with soft red pearlized pigments (cream)
Real Desire Deep plum with red pearlized pigments (frost)
C-Thru Soft peached-beige with shimmer (cream)

Daisychain Soft yellow-beige with soft white pearlized pigments (satin)
Ochre Style Mid-tone yellow brown with gold (frost)
Frisco Soft pastel pink (matte)
A Little Folie Mid-tone red brown (matte)
Clue Mid-tone grey with silver pearlized pigments (frost)
Alum Mid-tone blue grey with soft blue pearlized pigments (satin)
Charred Deep steel grey with silver pearlized pigments (frost)
Memorabilia Mid-tone purple (matte)
Parrot Deep aqua blue with bright green and blue pearlized pigments (frost)

Eye Pencils
Indigo Muted greenish-blue
Coffee Muted brown
Ebony Soft black

Kitschmas Light airy shimmering pink mauve with pearlized pigments (frost)
Violet Vivid bright purple (frost)
Golden Olive High frosted green gold (frost)
Melon Soft bright golden peach (frost)
Steel Blue Rich deep turquoise green blue with small pearlized particles (pearl)
Reflects Blackened Red Sparkling burgundy
Reflects Very Pink Sparkling fuchsia pink
Reflects Transparent Teal Sparkling white with turquoise
Reflects Antique Gold Sparkling taupe

As if the collection weren’t enough….MAC is also going to put on an “Are you a MAC Original” contest! I was able to participate in a sneak preview of the contest in Los Angeles at the Paper Magazine Event in early November. Basically the contest will be regional and national and there are big stakes at large. We’re talking a $1000 MAC gift card as a grand prize in the National contest!!! The regional contest will be held in the six key cities: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Houston. The winner of the regional contest will win a $250 MAC gift card plus the Originals collection and a story in a local publication!!! I can hardly believe it! What a fantastic idea! You’ll have to wait until the product launch for more rules and regulations to be posted at on the “Are you a MAC Original” contest. So start thinking about how you are a MAC original and you never may have great rewards headed for you in the near future. Regardless, it's always fun looking back on our journey and seeing where we started and where we are now. Our roots are set with key moments in our lives. Although we are just talking cosmetics here....I know first hand how a little bit of sparkle or a great lipstick can make a bad day into one that has something to feel good and be joyous about. So think back about your "originals" and discover your story that has evolved into your beauty regime today! Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Introducing PREVAGE Anti-Aging Night Cream by Elizabeth Arden

I have been using PREVAGE Anti-Aging night cream for the last two weeks. My skin looks younger. It felt smoother and firmer in just a few days. Impressive—for sure. What’s neat about this product is that it is proven to help your skin’s night time natural repair process with amazing ingredients like:
Idebenone (a skin revitalizer) which is encapsulated and time-released in the night time moisturizer;
Mega Complex-A (a vitamin based blend) like vitamin A, which smoothes lines and wrinkles, Lemon Peel extract—a brightner for age spots and discolored skin, and Vitamin E which restores our skin.

This is all really cool right? But wait—the moisturizer comes in this futuristic jar that keeps the product sealed and fresh. There is no way that air can mix in with the product and also the innovative design keeps the product totally sterile. I really appreciate that being the germ-a-phob that I am. Go to any Elizabeth Arden counter to check out the PREVAGE collection. If you are like me and are a sensory person you will most certainly be delighted. The products smells so good, it’s a fantastic night time cream without feeling real heavy, and simply tried and true—the product delivers what it promises: to repair, refresh and recover.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Lipstick

December 1st was World Aids Day. A day to bring awareness to the disease and what is being done to eradicate it. Although I am a few days late posting, I think it's great to bring awareness to AIDS all year long. This is exactly what MAC cosmetics does and why I have always been so proud to either work for them or refer their products to all my clients. They introduced their Viva Glam lipstick line thirteen years ago in an attempt to raise money and awareness to AIDS and HIV. This is what is posted on their website:

"The M·A·C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M·A·C Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. The M·A·C AIDS Fund is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical donor in the arena, the Fund strives to raise awareness of four key issues in the fight against HIV/AIDS: prevention, the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS, access to care, and adherence to medications and treatments. To date, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has raised more than $95 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of VIVA GLAM lipsticks and lipglass, donating 100 percent of the selling price to the M·A·C AIDS Fund. "

We now know that MAC has surpassed the $95 million and has raised $100 million! It's Incredible!

MAC is able to raise them money through people like you and me who love lipstick. They have six different Viva Glam shades and the entire purchasing price goes straight to their AIDS foundation. Remember this when you are out and about Christmas shopping this year. My personal favorite Viva Glam color is V. It's a beautiful pinky nude and I promise it looks good on everyone!

Go and support a worthy cause. Get yourself a Viva Glam lipstick and pick one up for your BFF for Christmas too!


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Elizabeth Arden, Sharon Bolton, Benefit Cosmetics, Issey decide your favorite scent!

It’s that time of year where we get together with our family and friends and celebrate our family traditions. I absolutely love the fall and winter time. I love to embrace the Holidays—giving thanks for all that I hold dear, celebrating the birth of Jesus, and finally closing the year out with a big bang (usually my “big bang” is a good card game and a few drinks!)

Although Christmas time has a very spiritual meaning behind it in our family—we still enjoy the regular traditions of Santa Claus, holiday parties, and gift giving. It’s so much fun—especially those white elephant parties! That's why I would like to take the next couple of weeks to post on some fabulous gift ideas.

First on my list is fragrances! Who doesn’t enjoy a nice bottle of perfume? Also, It’s an item that people don’t always like to splurge on for themselves but can really appreciate it as a gift. I’d like to spotlight on: Badgley Mischka Fleurs de Nuit by Elizabeth Arden. This is my night time…going out…all glamed up perfume. I honestly feel like I have gone back in time to when getting dolled up was a glamorous event. I can imagine Marilyn Monroe putting on this scent before going to a Hollywood cocktail party. Badgley Mischka smells sophisticated and sensual. Check it out at! Just putting it on changes my mood and makes me feel sexy and flirty in a very confident way! This one’s a winner!

Another favorite that I have to mention is Sharon Bolton’s Luv. It comes in a handy rollerball that I always kept in my purse—until it was completely used up. I loved it as an everyday fragrance. It has a very warm-tropical-floral feel to it. I will be addicted for life! I think having a perfume oil in a rollerball form is brilliant. It makes it so easy to freshen up while you are out and about!

Maybe Baby by Benefit Cosmetics is a great gift to give. This is another light and flirty scent. Perfect to put on when you are having a sweet intimate evening with your loved one. I’ve continuously had this perfume for about four years. Love it!

Issey Miyake is a fragrance you absolutely cannot go wrong with. I think it smells good on everyone. It's light enough to be an everyday scent but has that warm undertone that makes it a more formal smelling scent. My husband bought me this perfume several years ago and it is one of my favorites. I try to keep it special just for him and wear it when we go out on a date or are spending the day together--alone! He loves it and I think he feels special that I have my own favorite scent that I wear just for him!

Happy gift giving and let me know what your favorite scents are too!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Birthday Girl!

I came home a couple of nights ago from doing a little Christmas shopping and to my surprise I had a birthday cake waiting to greet me with all the love a mom could ask for in the form of a baked with love birthday cake. Oh my heart just melted! It is so cute. The way Isabelle decorated the right side and Ethan's left side with the backwards 3 (didn't he notice that?!) I thought it was the most precious thing ever and it definitely is way better than the Sprinkles cupcakes that I got last year! Thanks Erica for doing this with the kids--I love it so much! What a thoughtful gesture!

Today is my birthday and I am so excited. It's silly feeling all giddy like a kid--isn't it. But I can't help it--I get to be pampered by spending time with my friends and family and that's truly my favorite thing in life. You know relationships--they're the only thing eternal in our lives--Good company and a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks and I am on cloud nine! Even though it's a Monday and I have to work--I absolutely adore my coworker, Rhonda--she's great company and has a sweet heart. It's my pleasure to spend my birthday in the office with her.

Every year I tell people to not worry about buying me gifts but instead lets get together for a meal! I love socailizing and eating is always a good time too! Well, every year there are a few people that just can't help but buy me a gift and this year I have to pay tribute to the thoughtfulness and generosity of my brother in law and sister in law for the "Bithday Girl" gift set by philosophy. I love it! Who knew that they could top last year's Sephora gift card and the Amazing Graze body wash? How totally thoughtful especially since I know they think I am crazy and obsessed with all my makeup and skincare--with it bursting out of the seams of my drawers and purse! But I truly love the stuff--and they truly picked out a perfect gift! Thank you so much!

After all the craziness surrounding this Thanksgiving weekend I was delighted to dive in and test out my birthday gift. It was like giving myself a mini spa treatment and I felt and smelled so good when I was all done! Who wouldn't after using these products?:

2 oz. amazing grace perfumed shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath,
2 oz. purity made simple one-step facial cleanser,
1 oz. time on your hands exfoliating hand cream,
1 oz. soul owner exfoliating foot cream, and
.5 oz. kiss me red highly emollient lip balm.

So, if you're looking for a funtastic gift to give to that special someone in your life--I highly recommend "birthday girl" gift set by philosophy. Even if she has everything a girl could ever want she is going to love this cute and functional set!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lip Rescue 911: MAC Cosmetics Tinted Lip Conditioner

The weather here in Southern California has been so crazy this year. Really extreme--it's hot; it's cold; it's windy; it's dry; is it about to rain? All these drastic changes in such a short amount of time is starting to cause havoc on my skin and hair! So I have had to kick up my consistency with my beauty regime.

My biggest pet peeve is that I cannot stand having dry lips so I have practically lived with my MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in my hand. I love the way it makes my lips feel so moisturized and soft and perfectly tinted. The conditioner is very emollient and the vanilla flavor and smell that it leaves is addicting. I need to have my lips in prime condition so that I can really jazz them up for this holiday season. You know...matte, dark, glossy, shiny, glittery...all the different choices for fun holiday lips!

Also, on another note, I always prep my clients with a tinted lip conditioner and seriously-- everyone loves it! When it comes time to apply any formula lipstick the tinted moisturizer does a wonderful prep job!

This product also makes a perfect gift for everyone. There are some people out there that don't really care for much makeup or those of us that are absolutely obsessed with it and this product meets both those needs. We can all use a little bit of lip therapy right? Go to your local MAC counter today and find your favorite shade. Mine is Petting Pink. I hope Santa puts more of these in my stocking!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Beyond Blushing!

I love the fall and winter time! The mornings and nights are getting chilly here in Southern California and our sweaters are now coming out of hibernation and making their way towards the front of our drawers. I was watching my kids play outside a couple of evenings ago and I was just in awe at how beautiful their skin looked. My daughter who is pretty fair and my son who has more of an olive tone complexion get pretty tanned during the summer months. Well with their tans fading and their skin lightening to their beautiful shades I couldn’t help but notice how the cool air left the most pretty sheer pink tone to their cheeks. Of course I think my kids are absolutely stunning just like every mom out there feels about their children but It also reminded me of the blushes I have in my kit and all the different formulas and textures that blushes come in. So I've been inspired to share.....

Of course my makeup case is full of every texture and formula of blush that MAC cosmetics has to offer along with some cult favorites that I will pay tribute to too! So here is the breakdown of MAC blush formulas and textures:


“FROST: Iridescent, lightly shimmering colour. Adds highlights: provides a frosted "bloom" to the cheeks.”
I love these for the holiday seasons. They are also beautiful as cheekbone and temple highlights

"MATTE: Flat matte finish. Goes on lightly. Builds well. Blends with the skin."
—Matte blushes have always proven to go on really well on more matured skin and I also love the way they photograph! I like to use more of a Matte textured blush during the holiday season where there are lots of pictures being taken and my makeup is done a bit more formally.

"SATIN: Light refractive sheen-style finish. Adds subtle highlights to the skin."
–Satin blushes are definitely the way to go when you are unsure of what finish you are really looking for. I think anyone can get away with wearing a satin blush and look absolutely fabulous. It’s the best of both worlds: sophisticated and perfectly highlighted.

"SHEERTONES: Shy-on tints in a sheer-on micro-refined powder. Not transparent. Goes on faint. Looks real.
–Alright, I know I am not supposed to play favorites but I have to admit that the sheertone formulas are my absolute favorite! They go on like a beautiful watercolor. So natural as if the color just looks perfectly placed.

"SHEERTONE SHIMMER: Jet-milled and micro-fine, just like Sheertone, but tickled with just-enough shimmer to make light dance on the cheeks.” –Again, my favorite blush that MAC makes. It’s a beautiful subtle highlighted blush that makes me feel like I look fresh and awake even after putting in a 12 hour day!

The other interesting thing about the sheertones is that in the pots they seriously look like they are going to pack on an intense color on your cheeks—which is deceiving because like I said once you start to apply the color it comes out more like a beautiful watercolor for the cheeks. My favorite color is dollymix—which looks like a super bright pink but applies like a perfectly pinched cheek! I like to also use my sheertone blushes as eyeshadows sometimes. They are just so pretty!

BlushCr√®me: Luxuriously soft and creamy, this cream blush tenderly flushes the cheeks or brings them into full-blown rosy bloom. Blends well; layers exquisitely. Gives a vibrant, dewy fresh, slightly shiny look to the cheeks. Apply with a brush or fingers.—I probably use the blushcremes more than you might expect. I almost always use them on homecoming and prom applications. I just love the dewy look that these blushes leave. Also, when you have skin more on the oily side these blushes are awesome! As well as the exact opposite—they also make skin on the dry side more pretty and vibrant.

My cult favorites that I have to pay tribute to in order make this post complete are—drum roll please:

Benefit Cosmetic’s BeneTint—Of course an amazing product. You can stain those cheeks, lips, and even eyelids with this rose infused must have multi-purpose cosmetic.

Tarte’s Cheek Stain: It’s notorious for it’s long wearing power and beautiful dewy finish. I actually keep one in my purse for a quick pick me up when I need a quick makeup application! I love Flush

Last but certainly not least:

NARS: Orgasam. Need I say more? Absolutely, with out a doubt, the color that truly looks good on everyone. I started pairing it with NARS Sin blush and just felt that the duo not only looked great together but also aways made for a good conversation starter!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Never say you will never wear bronzer....

My sister Michele and I are total BFF's! I adore her! Not only are we really great friends but I'm sure she had something to do with my obsession with cosmetics....maybe it was the makeup applications she would give me when I was nine years old to look like her (which was a very glam punk rock look)! And of course I was walking around like I was hot stuff since I knew I was looking like my big sister--right down to the monkey boots, fishnet tights, plaid skirt, and random punk rock top. Those days were so much fun. Anyways, where I am going with all this is I am always very excited and privileged when my sister can come and work with me on a job. There are times where the wedding party is just too big for little 'ole me to handle all by myself. So a couple of weeks ago I had a large wedding party and Michelle was up to the challenge of coming and helping me out with the girls.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a few things that Michele had brought with her that I didn't have. Specifically some Too Faced Cosmetics products. Of course I couldn't wait to get my little fingers on those. Especially since my sister who NEVER would wear a bronzing powder was raving about Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer: She wasn't kidding. The bronzer is not only totally cute but perfectly functional for almost everyone! I absolutely loved it too. I ended up using it on almost half of the girls I did makeup on. It has a very pretty and subtle highlight to it and just enough pink to it that your face looks fresh and bright. Loved it!

On our way to the wineries where we had our job, Michele was like, "try this..." and handed me over a clear lipgloss. I put it on and immediately loved how slippery and emollient it was. Then immediately my lips started having a stinging sensation. "What's in this stuff?" I asked her. She then informed me that it was the Too Faced lip injection plumper: Well the product definitely lived up to its purpose. My lips certainly had a nice bit of plumpage going on and were a pretty dark pink color. I hadn't used a lip plumper that I felt was as effective until using this one. I liked it!

The final product that Michele brought to the table that was AMAZING was Too Faced Eyelash Injection. This mascara was awesome. I again used this mascara on all most everybody I did a makeup application on. It without a doubt plumped the eyelashes and made look thick, full, and long. The brush on the mascara wand was very thick and plush too. I loved how this mascara gave that very pretty thick doll like eyes. The girls lashes were beautiful even without adding any false lashes. I was certainly very impressed. I can't wait to go out and add these products to my own kit. Although I wouldn't mind having my sister around for all the makeup jobs I do. That would be fun! Thanks Michele--Love you!

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Days of Our Lives

So, what a crazy last couple weeks this has been. Many events have occurred that have left me in a serious tailspin. From being surrounded by fires, having my home become a safe haven for Grandma until she could go home, the kids out of school due to poor air quality….not to mention a Halloween party, carving pumpkins, Halloween makeup, Trick or Treating, the Harvest Festival, cheer-camp, two birthday dinners for some dear friends, some very special visitors and oh did I mention I also carry a full time job?! I’m exhausted all over again just writing down the list! So although the last couple of weeks have been trying I have also re-discovered a few beauty gems that I had not brought out for a while and I would love to share them with you!

First, the week of the fires was horrible. It was hard to breathe without my chest aching and my hair, skin, and nails really did not respond well to the poor air quality. After my hands became so dry by the end of the week I broke out my Rosebud Salve and started using it as an intense moisturizer for my hands. I had severe hangnails on almost every finger and decided to also dig out my cuticle oil—what a miracle that was. I wish I had a brand name for it but I don’t. It just comes in a tiny bottle with a cap with a brush on it. I brush the mango smelling oil onto my super dry cuticle and within a day my fingers were all healed up. Thank goodness too because I had a big wedding party that I did today and that would of looked horrible coming in with my fingers all dry and irritated—no bueno.

Next, my skin was a wreck….very dry. I started to use my six phase Isadermix system that I have and I swear my skin has never looked better. I will be posting on these products specifically in the very near future so I don’t want to go into to much detail tonight but basically it is a system that consists of Step 1—cleanser, Step 2—microdermabrasion, Step 3—toner, Step 4—Intense Vitamin C Serum, Step 5—Day time moisturizer with a SPF 30, and Step 6—Night time moisturizer. I am completely amazed at what these products have done. I’m totally hooked. And after I gave Grandma a facial while she was staying with me using those steps plus the Face and Neck Lift product all there is left for me to do is throw my hands up in the air and yell, “Hallelujah!” And Grandma totally felt the same way. She was speechless after the results of one cycle with these very awesome products! More to come later….. (Bet you can’t wait!)

Now that things have settled down a bit and my family are back in their homes and safe I could focus on Halloween. I love doing makeup for Halloween. Lots of glitter, foiled eyelashes, and breaking all the general rules (as far as makeup applications are concerned)! I can be such a rebel—I know. I had a good time doing my daughter, Belle’s makeup and her best friend, Annie on Halloween. They looked so cute as a graveyard fairy and a pirate. So cute! We had caked on glitter because we could not get enough of it. The eyeliner mixing medium from MAC was my best friend when it came to packing on that glitter! Check out me and my daughter at a Halloween party:

So that brings me to today. What a wonderful day it was. I had a great wedding party in which all the women were so sweet, kind, and beautiful (inside and out). My sister, Michele was there assisting me on the job and that made my day even that much better. My sister and my passion of doing makeup all together…what a glorious thing!

We had our Strobe Cream from MAC going full force. Those women looked absolutely radiant by the time we were done with them. We did very pretty and very different looks on each girl. I totally appreciated the willingness and great communication to ultimately achieve looks that everybody was satisfied with. I left that job feeling so energetic and excited knowing that those beautiful women were about to celebrate a party of a lifetime. And my bride was so sweet and absolutely stunning she could take anybody’s breath away. I wish her and her hubby all the best.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Trick or Treat?

When it comes to makeup-- we want all the tricks and that's our treat! With Halloween on the horizon I thought it would be appropriate to treat you and share some of my favorite tricks of the trade!

Today's trick has to do with the lips....and this might be useful as you make yourself up for all those frightful Halloween parties you will be attending.

When you start applying your makeup apply a lip conditioner right away so by the time you get to your lips they will be soft and subtle when you go to apply your lipstick. As you prepare your lips it is wise to always use a primer. I love both Paula Dorf lip primer and Urban Decay Potion for the lips(i know it says "eyeshadow primer" but trust's phenomenal as a lip primer!).

Next, pencil you lips in with your lipliner and then go back and smudge the liner all over your lips so that you get a nice even application without the "lipliner defined" edge. Now you are ready to apply your first coat of lipstick. Do so generously and now we are going to set your lipstick: take a tissue (if it is 2 ply--separate the tissue so you have a very thin sheet) press it up to your lips and blot. At the same time, take your big powder brush and dip it in either translucent loose powder or blot powder and brush over your blotting tissue over top of your lips. Your lipstick is now "set." Go ahead and apply another coat of lipstick (you can repeat the process again if you would like) and fix up your lipliner. Finally your lips look fabulous and your lipstick life will be totally extended even though you have a night of eating, drinking, and maybe a little bit of smooching to look forward to!

Try these colors from MAC cosmetics for a deep rich red lip: Mahagony lip pencil, Rocker lipstick and a smidgen of oversexed plushglass. It's beautiful!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

MAC Face and Body Foundation

So, I promised you all a review on one of my new favorite foundations. Drum roll please.......MAC Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation! I really have fallen head over heels for this foundation. It is a water based foundation that provides sheer coverage which you can layer for more coverage if you need it. I have been using this all summer long on all my clients and everyone has loved it! It doesn't matter what your skin type is--this foundation will work for you.

As a makeup artist, I love that this product is so easy to mix for a custom shade. My own skin tone changes so much that I am constantly needing to change up my foundation. MAC Face and Body makes it so easy to blend two colors together and get a natural, soft, and pretty complexion. Once your foundation is on you can use a pressed powder to set everything and then just carry your blot powder in your bag to touch up on any shine you may get during the day.

Now for the "body" part of Face and Body Foundation, you really can use this product all over your body. Do you need to even out the skin tone on your chest? Do you have any spider veins you would like to cover up on your legs? Or simply would you just like to go out with out any hose on but need a little something on your legs? Again, MAC's Face and Body Foundation is the trick you didn't even know you were looking for. Give it a try...I bet you'll love it!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Sparkle! Shine!

I simply love this time of year. I like the seasons change, the longer nights, the cool brisk mornings…..and especially the kick off of the holiday season. By kick off I mean foot ball and by foot ball I mean homecoming….and by homecoming I mean really fun makeup applications! Shortly after the homecoming blitz comes Halloween which is also a really fun time to be creative with my cosmetics.

Now, whether we are talking homecoming dances or Halloween one main ingredient always comes to mind…GLITTER! I heart glitter. Truly. Ask anyone who knows me. I don’t reserve glitter for special occasions and Halloween. I literally wear it through out the year as the spirit moves me. Every since I ever started wearing makeup I have had some sort of glitter in my collection. Some days I put it on and I swear it just makes me feel happy all day long. Maybe I’m getting too old for that kind of glitter wearing behavior but I don’t care. I’m sure it keeps me young at heart.

Some of my favorite glitter products date way back. I got this cool pot of loose colorful glitter at Aardvarks in Hermosa Beach like fifteen years ago and I still have some left! It’s crazy…it’s loose and it just stays on the skin like its emollient but it’s not. I’ve been in love with all sorts of different glitters ever since. Especially glitter for the eyes!

Loose Glitter is awesome because of the various things you can do with it. From mixing it with your lotions and rubbing on your body, to adding to a body spray for a quick sparkly spritz, adding to any of your regular makeup products for turning your ordinary in to a sparkly delight! You can’t really go wrong with loose glitter!

My favorite glitter products are glitter eyeliners. Urban Decay, MAC Cosmetics, and Hard Candy make a few of my favorite glitter liners. The liquid glitter liners are really cool because you can smudge the brush on your finger tip and then press the glitter all over your lids for a very sparkly lid! The pencil liners with glitter in them are really great because you have more control with where the glitter is placed.

My second favorite glitter products are lip glosses that contain glitter. Snow Girl, Love Nectar, and Oh Baby are just a few from MAC Cosmetics that I really love. Sephora’s lip glosses are also really amazing and I always have at least one in my purse!

I can’t mention glitter with out giving a shout out to nail polish! Glitter is a must when it comes to painting my toes! I love taking the loose glitter from MAC Cosmetics and mixing it with some clear nail polish for a thick layered sparkly nail polish.

I think that is a fine coverage of all things glitter that I love. So go out my little pretties and shine on!