Taking Stock in the New Year

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I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday season and ate way too many leftovers to keep track of. I’ve been outta the blogging loop for a short while now. It’s been hectic around these parts with moving my new shop and adding a new business venture (lash extensions) to my resume. 2013 ended on a fantastic note and I couldn’t have asked for more, but I really feel 2014 is going to be the “it” year for it all. No. Matter. What.

Making: plans to get together with old friends and catch up.
Cooking: a new take on traditional tacos with ground deer meat and all the fixin’s.
Drinking: my $5.00 wine from Whole Foods (6 bottles for $30 ain’t too shabby).
ReadingDon’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me by Paula Begoun.
Wanting: EVERYTHING Sephora has to offer.

Looking: for the perfect décor layout for my new downtown studio. I want them all.
Playing:  Happy by Pharrell far too many times. It instantly puts me in a great mood.
Wasting: time on pinning away on Pinterest.

Wishing: the magical time that the holidays bring was still here.
Enjoying: the time I got to spend with my mom and sis this past weekend.
Waiting: for college football season to start. It’s never too soon!
Liking: this Florida sweater weather.
Wondering: when Jeff will break down and shave his beard. Hehe.
Loving: the new Inside/Out Co-Op yoga studio in town.
Hoping: this is the best year yet. All the way around.

Marveling: at my career and how far I’ve come even in the past year. So blessed.
Needing: a pink/brown smoky eye in my life.

Smelling: my new lavender leaves candle from Henri Bendel. Obsessed.
Wearing: black jeggings and colorful flats. My go-to.
Noticing: my sister’s growing baby bump.
Knowing: it’s pointless to get a pedicure in boot weather, but I really want one!
Thinking: I need to blog more.
Bookmarking: new Food Network recipes to cook.
Opening: new doors in 2014.
Giggling: at besties, Elle and Frankie running wild through the house.
Feeling: sad that my parents lost their Jack Russell after 16 years, but thankful to have shared all those wonderful and playful years with her.

Inspired by a pretty penny and thedaybook.

Eye Candy

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This past Sunday, we were invited over to friend’s house for a little pumpkin carving to really set off the Halloween/Fall season. Usually, Sundays are my days to decompress and not fuss with my makeup whatsoever, but since it was a festive day, I decided to channel the festivities through my look. I’m loving the oranges and browns for fall right now so this is just one of my favorite looks I’ve been rocking lately. Be aware that I hadn’t had the time to put my lips on for the day in the photos. I sometimes have a bad habit of putting my lips on right at the last minute. Shhh don’t tell anyone! Even though I’m sure they notice this by now. Here’s a little preview of the look and the products I used.

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For the face:

I’m in love with the new YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation. It’s my new favorite foundation as it gives me full coverage (which I need) and looks flawless, especially when applied with my beauty blender. I set it with the YSL semi loose powder. For blush, I use NARS’s Sin and Albatross highlighter on my cheeks and to get the perfect contrast. 

For the eyes:

To start, I used MAC’s Vanilla all over the eye and brow bone, then I swept MAC’s Daydreaming shade just in the crease and slightly on the brow bone. You could even stop here and add a little liner and mascara for a simple pop-of-color look. To continue, I added MAC’s Cranberry (one of my absolute favorite colors!) shade to the outer corners to the middle of the lid. To add some depth, I add just a touch of MAC’s Sketch color to the outer corner and then finish the look with a sweep of MAC’s White Frost on the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. I line the inside and outside rim of the eye with MAC’s Fluidline liner in Blacktrack and brush on a few coats of Benefits They’re Real! mascara to finish it all off. For the brows, I used my trusty Anastasia Brow Powder duo in Ebony.

There you have it! Try it out and tell me what you think!  

 

Anniversary Party

Last Thursday, it was my dear friend Meghan’s 4 year anniversary party for her fabulous boutique here in town. There was great food, a lot of laughs, and, of course, a cocktail or two. It was such a great time getting to do a little shopping while hanging with my friends. Meghan is such a great business woman and I’m so proud of all of her accomplishments in the past 4 years!

As an added bonus to this fabulous party, she was kind enough to offer discounts on her shop goodies and she even allowed me to add some spray tanning offers and a giveaway for a FREE spray tan! It was such a great time overall and I’m so grateful to Meghan for letting me be a part of this wonderful event. Here’s to 4 more great years!

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Brand vs Brand

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It’s not always budget friendly trying to buy top brands of makeup for my kit. Even though I have every brand imaginable, I’ve definitely narrowed my faves down by a long shot. I’ve ranted and raved about MAC’s Fluidline eyeliner gel for years now. It’s one of my absolute favorites! It’s water-resistant and doesn’t disappear by the end of a long day of doing wedding day makeup. The only thing is…as many times as I’m using it, in this economy, I cringe at swiping my card  at a whopping price of $16 for a teeny tiny jar! Whaaaat?!?!

So, I decided to venture out and do my research. As I was having no luck in finding the perfect gel liner that could live up to my high expectations, I finally got a break. At last years The Makeup Show Orlando, I decided to enhance my makeup skills and take a few workshops. I ended up taking a bridal makeup workshop with one of the best makeup artists in the biz. She went through every little detail of a fabulous bridal makeup and all the dos and don’ts in-between. She went to apply an eyeliner to the model’s eye and it just so happened to be a gel liner…I was intrigued. She started talking about this amazing product and that she uses it on just about everyone she does makeup on. It was in fact a water-proof, long-lasting gel eyeliner by Maybelline. I almost couldn’t believe that this product had been at my local drugstore, right under my nose, and I had no idea. As I left the show that day, on my way home I stopped and picked one up.

Long story short not really, I fell hard for this eyeliner. It’s practically the same as the high-end brands at the department stores and gets the job done. I wouldn’t do a bridal makeup without it nowadays. Oh and the best part…it costs around $8 for the gel AND a liner brush. Such a great deal and I especially love that if you’re ever without it, for some crazy reason,  just pull over to your closest drugstore and get chew some!

2013 Emmy Awards

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I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend as always. I have been eagerly awaiting the 2013 Emmy Awards all weekend to get the low down on the fashion, hair, and of course makeup. I’m always so curious as to what new trends are going to spark this year. I love awards shows and the whole red carpet experience. It gets me so excited for all the upcoming awards shows and I imagine all the wonderful actors and actresses that have walked the same red carpet over the years. Eek, it gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!

But anyhoot,  here are a few of my favorite looks from last night’s Emmy Awards. I love how the actresses aren’t afraid to be a little more bold this year:

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Love this look on Kelly Cuoco! It’s a very striking, plum colored smoky eye that goes amazing with her green eyes and pinkish-nude lip. She wanted to be bold with her makeup this year and she definitely nailed it!

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 Lena Dunham isn’t afraid to be funky with her style, especially when it came to her makeup this year. I love the pop of emerald green at the inner corners of her eyes. The green really makes her brown eyes stand out. Perfect look for a night out this Fall.

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Who do you think had the best makeup and hair at this year’s Emmy Awards? Who had the worst?

Throwback Thursday

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Life has been pretty crazy these days and I’ve taken an unexpected hiatus from the blog world. Work has been sucking the life out of me, which isn’t all a bad thing, but I’m anxious to get back to blogging and talking all things makeup.

I don’t usually participate in the “Throwback Thursday” movement, but I wanted to highlight one of the best weddings I’ve ever been to and worked on….My sister Lauren and brother-in-law Zane’s wedding.

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Since Lauren had a lot of plums and deep purples in her color scheme, I incorporated a little of that into her look as well. She wears a lot of the same colors on an everyday basis so I knew it would look fabulous on her, but turned up just a bit. She has fantastic skin too, so it makes my job that much easier. A little airbrush makeup and my perfect Dior ‘Stylish Move’ palette and she was set for the aisle.

This Charleston wedding was so much fun, I want to do it all over again!

No, seriously, I do! (no pun intended)

The Wheel of Makeup

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Finding the perfect shade of makeup, concealer, even bronzer can be a hastle. With so many types and brands to choose from, how do you choose when it comes down to it? It’s not been easy, even for the professionals of the world. To help make it a bit easier and take some of the edge off, refer back to the ole color wheel. Yup, I said it. This is an educational post for you, so listen up!

Makeup needs to do its job properly. Plain and simple. Especially, when your forking out for top brand items. It’s really easy to follow these rules and keep in mind when you go to the makeup counter. They just depend on what category you fall into and what works best for you.

Image This will be super helpful to all you ladies out there who find themselves in a makeup culdesac. For example, I have dark undertones in my skin and tend to have dark circles. I try to get as much sleep as I can, but it’s much easier said than done. For blue undertones, you want to go for colors opposite on the color wheel. I use an orange based concealer to cover my dark circles and a more beige color for my foundation. Simple as that, y’all! Same goes for if you happen to have redness, try using a green based primer or concealer (nothing with yellow or blue undertones) to cover and correct.

This was one of the best tools given to me in makeup school. It helped put a lot of products and, well, everything in perspective. Hope this helps YOU with some of your makeup needs. 

Moisturize Me

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I recently went through my Birch Box boxes that I had forgotten about and realized how many awesome products were in them. When you sign up for Birch Box, they send you samples and sometimes full size items customized to you to try out and see if you’d like to order them. They sent me brands that I had no clue what they were, but I ended up falling for them…hard. One of my favorite products I found through Birch Box was the Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer. I’ve been searching for a new night time moisturizer that was reasonably priced and did its’ job. Such a hard task. I ran across this one in one of my boxes and fell instantly in love. It’s an organic, plant based moisturizer that doesn’t break me out and leaves my skin feeling super soft the next morning. It’s full of antioxidants and when I do have the monthly pimple pop up, the cucumber and aloe leaf extracts help reduce redness AND reduce the size of that giant mountain on my chin.

I love this item even more because it’s derived from organic juice extracts and for once the number one item on the ingredients list isn’t water. Cray but true. I can’t wait to dabble with more skincare products in this line.

 

Have you ever tried any of the Juice Beauty products? How’d you like them?

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Contouring the Face

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A good contoured face is like a good LBD. It never goes out of style and always looks fabulous. I’ve studied the picture of Kim Kardashian’s contoured face on Pinterest far more times than I ‘d like to admit. Honest, a contoured face can make all the difference in the world, no matter what face shape or skin color. I love perfecting a contoured face when I can, so today I’m showing you how you can get it too right in your own bathroom.

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Start with a clean face and add your favorite foundation and concealer.
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Ok, this is where it gets cray! There are a ton of contouring products both light and dark that you can use. Try to choose a light product two shades lighter than your skin tone and a dark color two shades darker than your skin tone. You can use a powder/bronzer for your dark color but I really like to use a cream based product to get the best contoured look possible. I used my favorite magic stick (no pun intended) as my light shade highlighter. The YSL touche eclat is my all time favorite product for highlighting the face naturally. It shows up amazing and makes you look bright-eyed and bushy tailed.
I just take the light shade on the top of my cheek bone, down the bridge of my nose, and anywhere that my skin is closest to the sun, is how I like to put it. For the dark shade, I place where I want to shadow parts of my face. For instance, I have a bit of a double chin, so I place the dark shade along my jawline and right at the edge of my chin to make it appear smaller. You can even do this along the sides of your nose if you tend to be self-conscience about it. I like to blend everything with a sponge and my fluffy foundation brush in order to buff everything out so it looks natural.
This contouring technique is mischievous in a great way.
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The finished result. All you need is some brows and mascara and your good to go.
What are your favorite contoured techniques and products? What are your favorite contoured pics?

Glamour Shots

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This past June, I was asked by my lovely friend Meghan Marie to help with makeup on a photo shoot. She has a local boutique, M.Marie, that I could live in if I could. She has anything and everything a girl could ever ask for in a closet. I was beyond excited to be asked to do the makeup for this since I don’t get the opportunity to do many photo shoots with my own flare. It was such a fun day filled with stylish threads and glamorous makeup….oh and did I mention our gorgeous model, Sian?!

I didn’t want to over do it on the makeup and take away from the shoot, so I kept it relatively simple with a pop of color on the eyes. Sian has some of the most magnificent brows I’ve ever seen and I definitely wanted them to be the focal point of the makeup. Here is a sneak peek at some of the photos. Enjoy!

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