Monday, December 26, 2011

Flawless Canvas: Foundation Tips!

Start out with a small amount of product, makes it easier to blend & layer foundation.

ღ Use a fix spray or toner (non-alcohol based) to mist your foundation brush this will allow the skin to remain at the perfect PH balance & will prevent texture from building up.

ღ Keep toner & primer refrigerated, will soothe & calm skin prior to foundation application.

ღ Always moisturize & prime skin before applying foundation, this very crucial step will allow foundation to glide onto skin & guarantee a smooth long lasting finish every time.

ღ When foundation is too thick, mix a little of your primer with it to thin it out.


“True beauty cannot be depicted by the gentle stroke of a brush or the swiftness of a pen. Only in the mind can it be created and molded into perfection of form and thought.”

Friday, December 23, 2011

Meet April, May & June ♥

I was pleasantly surprised when the CHANEL 2012 Spring Collection launched! On cold days like this it gives me that amazing feeling inside that reminds me Spring is near! There are a number of limited edition pieces in this collection that are undeniably must-have items!

CHANEL's Le Vernis Nail Colours are known to be classic and trend-defining shades from the runways of Paris. The state-of-the-art formula strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant colour.($25)

Fashion-watchers say soft pastel color palettes will dominate Spring 2012! Meet the utterly gorgeous nail colors cleverly named April, May & June!

Le Vernis Nail Colour
April ♥ Garnet
May ♥ Intense Pink
June ♥ Pastel Apricot LIMITED EDITION

May on my baby girl ♥

"Friendship is like money ; easier made than kept"

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Makeup Trial!

This was a makeup trial that I did at my mothers salon for a prom! On her prom day we stuck with everything except for the lip! Decided on something with a little more pop! Sorry, don't have pics from the actual prom night, I had about 6 girls back to back that day... didn't have time for pics! I can assure you, she was stunning from her makeup to her hair to her gorgeous dress!

“There's a big world out there. Bigger than prom, bigger than high school, & it won't matter if you were the prom queen or the quarterback of the football team or the biggest nerd. Find out who you are & try not to be afraid of it.”

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bridal Makeup!

♥ This bride wanted to look simple yet elegant. On an average day, you'd never catch her with any makeup on! I was uber excited when she allowed the pop of color on her lips, which was a deep cherry red from Hourglass called ICON, absolutely stunning! I used my Temptu Airbrush System for a flawless natural finish on her face, neck and decollete. On her eyes I worked with my Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics palette which is water-activated, that's how I accomplished that intense metallic finish for her gold liner. Shaped her brows with my Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette. Last minute, I talked her into false lashes ☺ by Makeup Forever

“What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Smashbox: Glow!

Glowing skin is always going to be in! Summer, Winter, Spring or Fall! The season is never wrong for a beautiful glow!

Smashbox's Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion!

Before I get into how great it looks on, allow me to reveal all of the great skincare benefits this luminizer is packed with!

Vitamin A helps with fine lines and wrinkles

Vitamin C repairs sun damage

Vitamin E repairs dry, rough skin

Ginkgo Biloba helps to increase circulation, prevent capillary fragility & helps to boost collagen formation & create fibroblast, which makes it ideal to use in rejuvenating skin care products

Green Tea a potent antioxidant, it safeguards the skin from free radicals that damage the skin.. & since green tea boost a sunscreen’s effectiveness, it protects against photo-damage & photo-aging from ultraviolet rays, as well as bringing down inflammation that sun damage has caused

Great Ways To Use:

♥ Use to boost your winter foundation or tinted moisturizer! Will give your lighter foundation a bit more color without being an entire shade darker!

♥ Mix with Primer *w/o foundation* -all over glow ; natural & sun-kissed

♥ Mix with Foundation -all over glow ; evened out complexion & radiant

♥ Highlight areas that you want to bring forward *places that you'd want the sun to hit naturally* cheekbones, bridge of nose & brow bones! -highlighted ; healthy glow

This luminizing Artificial Light is available in three different shades at $26 a piece!

Diffuse (glistening pearl), Flash (iridescent pink) & Glow (warm golden bronze)


"Lighting is Everything!"

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lavender & Love | An Ancient Match!


In an apocryphal book of the Bible, we hear the use of lavender. The story tells us that
Judith anointed herself with perfumes including lavender before seducing Holofernes, the enemy commander. This allowed her to murder him and thus save the City of Jerusalem.

The overwhelming power of this seductive scent was also used by Cleopatra to seduce Julius Cesaer and Mark Anthony.

My Fragrance Suggestion:

LAVANILA's Vanilla Lavender

Description: (via website)

Vanilla Lavender takes you to an oasis of tranquility. Peaceful and serene, this clean fragrance blends Spanish lavender, rose absolute, violet leaf, and warm Madagascar vanilla. The essence is a masterpiece crafted by perfumers who use only the finest, all-natural ingredients!


Vanilla, Lavender, Rose Absolute, Violet Leaf.

What I Love:

♥ With each spray of this fragrance it wraps the skin with super-antioxidants goji berry and kakadu plum for a healthy dose of 30 essential vitamins and minerals!

♥ Because each spray is actually good for you, you can use it as your base then layer your favs on top to pull out the peaceful notes!

tip: smells great under men cologne as well!

Fun Facts:

Lavender is widely utilized as a herbal medicine for its soothing and relaxing qualities. Few herbs can be claimed as effective.

♥ Lavender can treat hyperactivity; insomnia; flatulence; bacteria, fungus, and microbial activity on gums, airborne molds, and (in mixture with pine, thyme, mint, rosemary, clove, and cinnamon oils) Staphylococcus bacteria.

♥ Lavender may even be useful against impotence! In a study of men, the scent of pumpkin and lavender rated as the scent found most arousing!

“A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future.”

lavender farm

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Daytime Makeup ; Loads Of Lashes ♥

“I think where you're from is a large part of someone's makeup. It gives you an idea of something about the person.”

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Quote Of The Day!

Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted... unbidden... it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us.... passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love... the clarity of hatred... and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we'd know some kind of peace... but we would be hollow... Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we'd be truly dead.”

-Joss Whedon

I love this quote. I am unconditionally passionate about whatever I put my head & heart into. Makeup is just one of those things that makes me feel happy! Whether I'm talking about it with a friend or fellow makeup junkie, educating the girl who has never held a foundation brush, or applying it to a bride on one of the most memorable days of her life... ANYTHING that has to do with beauty stirs something inside of me!

Thank you all for following my outlet <3 Stay true to yourselves.. & always follow your heart! ♥

Monday, August 15, 2011

Miss You Guys ♥

♥ foundation temptu airbrush honey
♥ blush nars deep throat
♥ eyes benefit creaseless cream busy signal, mufe gold glitter, mac carbon e/s
♥ lips revlon mauve it over matte lipstick, nars turkish delight gloss
♥ lashes mac
♥ brows anastasia brow powder med ash

♥ used highlight & contouring products as well..

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”

Saturday, July 23, 2011

♥ Laura Mercier Training Photos ♥

I was so delighted to be invited to a training with Laura Mercier's global makeup artist Jeffery Tasker in Soho a couple of weeks ago!

It was beyond fun & informative!

“Tell Me & I'll forget; Show Me & I May Remember; Involve Me & I'll Understand.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beauty Tag!

What's your favorite makeup look?
Once it's fresh & clean, I love it!

What part of your body do you love?
I love my lips! :*

Who is your beauty icon?
I'm inspired by many celebrities. Lately most of my looks are inspired by Stacey Dash.

What beauty product makes you feel instantly sexy?
False Lashes.

How do you look after your skin?
I use Boscia's Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil or Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser. Exfoliate twice a week with AmorePacific's Enzyme Peel. Boscia's Balancing Facial Tonic. Jurlique's Herbal Recovery Eye cream. Bosica's Oil-Free Daily Hydration (a.m) AmorePacific Rejuvenating Crème (pm) Laura Mercier's Mineral Primer (to lock in all of my skincare) Once I'm outdoors I keep my Peter Thomas Roth's Oil-Free SPF 30 mineral powder in my purse. (Sounds like a lot, but it's really not lol skin will thank me 20 yrs. from now!)

What is your signature scent?
I love the original Juicy Couture. (I wear other scents sometimes too) I always layer my fragrances though. As soon as I get out of the shower I spray Pink Sugar all over, then after I'm dressed I'll put on Juicy or whatever fragrance I choose for that day. (I get compliments all the time when I'm wearing this combo!)

What are your hair care secrets?
I am 2 years natural.. free of color, relaxer & extensions! I honestly need some hair care secrets because at times I just feel like getting a relaxer & making my life a thousand times easier! I love wearing my hair straight even though it's naturally very curly so my flat iron is my bff! ♥

How do you pamper yourself?
By using Ole Henriksen's African Red Tea Exotic Body Scrub & a nice detox mask! I feel renewed after that kindof a combo! (I'm such a girl!)

What is your beauty pet peeve?
Can't stand messy makeup! If your going to do it, do it right!

What would your desert island must haves be?
My family!

Finally, do you have a beauty philosophy?
Oozz Confidence!

If you are reading this... TAG you're it! Send a link to your post so I can read it!

“To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.”

Painted Love Lipstick!

Painted Love Lipstick in Stiletto by Kat Von D has become my summer go-to red lip! The simplest & one of the fastest looks that I love to do is a contoured eye (using shade darker than skintone in crease) & a liquid liner (I've been gravitating towards Stila Sequins lately!) With this very simple, clean look I get to play up my lips a lot more! (one of my favorite attributes hehe)

Active Ingredients:
♥ Natural Seed Oil (Castor): Acts an emollient and moisturizer.
♥ Hydrogenated Polydecene: Emollient and contributes to long-wearing effect.
♥ Vitamins A, C, and E: Provide antioxidant and antiaging properties.

If you're on the search for a long lasting orange-red, or just a great tube of rich, full color lipstick check out Kat Von D's collection of Painted Love Lipsticks!

Simple yet captivating.

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow