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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DIY: Matte Lips

Did you know you can easily turn a sheer lipstick into a matte color? Simply apply translucent powder onto any lip color using a small, fluffy brush and watch the shine disappear! Too easy! 


Monday, June 17, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty to launch at Sephora

Marc Jacobs is launching a beauty line!! The designer has paired with Sephora Originals and is set to debut in store August 9th. How exciting!! Tell me you've never obsessed over those fabulous runway looks?! 

Colors are said to be BOLD, with no nude shades, which MJ thinks are "a little lazy". The collection will launch with 122 pieces and is broken down into 4 categories: Smart Complexion foundation and powder, Blacquer eyeliner and lash lifter, Hi-Per Color lip products and eyeshadow, and Boy Tested, Girl Approved unisex essentials. 

MJ told WWD
“I like the idea of transforming oneself, making and modeling yourself to what you feel like being, whether that’s once a day, three times a day, seven times a week, whatever it is. I like the transformative qualities of fashion and fashion to me is not just clothing, it’s handbags, it’s shoes, it’s clothes, it’s hair, it’s makeup, it’s fragrance, it’s the whole ritual of making those choices, of enjoying the ritual, of making the choices that will tell the world who you want to be that day. I think everybody is the star in their own movie. And so you dress the part, depending on how you feel or what the part is that day.”
Also adding: 
“I believe in individuality, and what I think comes across as most stylish and modern is a kind of irreverence and a sort of self-confidence,” said Jacobs. “I don’t find beauty in perfection, meaning Photoshop and airbrush. That doesn’t appeal to me. I like a gap between the teeth, I like mascara that does run a little bit or makeup that’s smudged. I like a bit of imperfection — I find it just more interesting.”

Although the line is set to launch August 9th, Sephora will be hosting a preview the weekend of July 19th. Be sure to stop in and check it out!


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cheap Trick- ELF Review

In my Make Up For Ever post I mentioned a product that is comparable to the HD finishing powder. Well, here's a few products that I think are worth the review and write up. I would highly recommend checking these bad boys out. 

ELF HD Finishing Powder- Easily comparable to the HD Make Up For Ever powder. I actually bought this one day at Target just to compare. At $8, I wasn't too concerned about tossing it in the junk drawer if it sucked. I was beyond surprised and super excited when I discovered how similar the two products were. Best part, its only a fraction of the price and double the size and this powder lasts me way longer. Awesome find. I have seen ELF products for retail in a few different stores, including Target. The powder retails for $6 on the ELF website and you can purchase it HERE.

ELF Makeup Cleansing Cloths- Ok, so I feel like these cleansing cloths are basically all the same. I chose to buy these because of the $3 price point. Enough said. Non-greasy and works great, even on waterproof liners and mascara. Purchase them HERE

ELF Studio Powder Brush- Of all the brushes I own, this might be my favorite. And guess how much I paid for it?! $3. I use it for foundation to get an airbrush effect. I have yet to see a bristle fall out. Find it HERE

ELF Cream Eyeliner- These little jars are great. I would compare it to MAC's fluidline gel liners- incredibly similar. I've only seen colors Black and Brown in stores however, the ELF website has a whole variety of colors to choose from. Retails for $3. Purchase them HERE
ELF Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen- Compare to MAC's Penultimate Eye Liner. A felt tipped eye liner pen that makes application a breeze and lines sharp as can be. As much as I loved the MAC pen, it only lasted for about a week before it dried out. Granted, a felt tip pen is going to dry up rather fast but I really thought for the price, it'd last a bit longer. The ELF felt tip liner outlasted MAC's by weeks. The color is not as intense on the first swipe, but a second application and viola! The cat eye has never been easier. Retails for $2 and at that price, who even cares how fast it dries up! Purchase yours HERE

ELF Studio Blush- I dont know what it is about this little compact of blush that I love, but I do. It's inexpensive and the colors are great. It retails for $3. I would suggest finding a shade similar to your everyday color and compare them. I've ditched my Nars Orgasm (fave) and picked up one of these guys a few months back... I've been loving it ever since. Purchase ELF Studio Blush HERE

These are just a few products that I find very comparable to more expensive lines. I'm basically a makeup junkie so I buy, buy, buy. But it's always nice to come across a product regardless if it's drugstore or department store, that deliver. There's nothing worse (ahem, MAC's eyeliner pen) than a product that fails or just isn't at all what you thought it would be.

Feel free to comment below on products that you find comparable to higher end lines or products that you think are worth every penny. I'd love to hear your feedback!


Friday, June 7, 2013


Just read an article on about some great summer waterproof products... check it out -> CLICK HERE For Article


5 Make Up For Ever Products I Absolutely Love

If you didn't know, now you do... Make Up For Ever is easily one of my favorite brands on the market.

Not only do I use it on myself but I use specific products on clients as well, depending on the nature of the look or shoot. Here are 5 Make Up For Ever products I absolutely love. 

HD Foundation- Long wear, sweat proof. Ultra light with rich coverage. I recently recommended it for a professional ballet dancer who I just worked on. It retails for $42 at Sephora and one bottle will last for a while. Shop Here

HD Finishing Powder- If you haven't tried this, you need to. It's like nothing you've ever felt on your face before. It somewhat has that "silicone" slip feel... absolutely amazing. My only beef: It's kind of pricey for how quickly I go through it. I'll write a follow up post on comparable products that are a tad bit cheaper (I've got a great alternative to this powder!) Retails for $32 for the bigger 0.3 oz jar Shop Here

5 Camouflage Cream Palette- 5 Tone correcting concealer shades that hide any flaw. Red cheeks and dark under eye circles don't stand a chance. And the best thing about it- It's totally blendable. This is another products that you'll have for a while, even with everyday use. Pro Tip: apply concealer under foundation for longer wear. Retails for $38 Shop Here

Sculpting Kit- a duo of powder, light and dark that are perfect for highlights and contours. Easy to blend and light weight. Retails for $48 Shop Here


Aqua Brow- Formally known as Brow Fix, this product is my number one cosmetic go to that I use EVERY SINGLE DAY. Completely water proof and sweat proof, your brows will look fabulous even after a couple hours in the pool. The best part, it'll come off with ease at the end of the night with any standard face cleanser or makeup wipe. One tiny tube has lasted me well over a year and counting. Retails at $20 Shop Here

Questions on how to use any of these products? Leave a comment below and I'll be happy to answer any questions! 


Thursday, June 6, 2013

New WIX Website Is Now Live!

Hi Everyone! 

Today my WIX website went live and I'm super excited about it! Please check it out at 

Be sure to send me a message with feedback so I can continue to improve the site.

I'm also working on some new shoots so check back often! 




Knowing how to contour and highlight is MAJOR. A highlight is going to bring out a feature and contouring with a darker shade is going to push it in. Makeup is all smoke and mirrors!! Anyone can have a strong jawline and beautiful high cheekbones! The picture below shows some really great highlight and contour points. Keep a look out for a follow up post where I'll go into more detail.