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Hello Beauty Babes,

The theme among my clients lately has been “which product do I put on first? Last? What about primer?” and I thought it might be nice to share a few general steps with my online ladies. There really isn’t a wrong or a right answer to this, so I provided you with the basics. Feel free to switch it up however you please, I just find that the products work best for me and my clients in this order:

1) SKINCARE

Whether you’re slapping on a lightweight moisturizer or a sunscreen with a high SPF, skincare should go on bare skin. This way, the product absorbs quickly and directly where it needs to go, which is in the skin’s first layer, the epidermis.

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2) PRIMER

Primers should go on before foundation, and after moisturizer. The primer will create a smooth canvas for makeup to lay on and is made to lengthen the wear of your foundation. Many foundation formulas now come with primers already built in, but if they don’t, this is where you would apply your primer. A small amount should be massaged into the skin with your fingers. If you put on too much, the silicone that most primers are made with will bulk up, causing your makeup to feel “slippery.”

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3) FOUNDATION

Step three is typically your foundation. Liquid or cream products always go on before powder products. Buff in your favorite foundation or BB cream on with a dense fluffy brush for an airbrushed finish.

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4) CONCEALER

Following the “creams and liquids before powders” rule, concealer should be applied here. Some people do concealer first then foundation, I prefer to do foundation first because it will smudge the concealer that you just carefully buffed in. Concealer tends to have heavier coverage, and with foundation already on, you will use less of your concealer product to cover.

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5) POWDER

Powder, whether it’s loose or pressed, should be used with a big, fluffy brush to lightly set all of your cream/liquid face products. I love using loose powder at home for an even coat, and like to carry a pressed powder in my purse for touch-ups. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT use a sponge or puff to set your foundation because it will smudge all your makeup you just slaved over! Only use those sponges/puffs  for LIGHT touch-ups throughout the day!

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6) BLUSH, HIGHLIGHT, CONTOUR

Now, for the cherries on top. Apply your blush and contour color is whichever order you like. Since many highlight colors have a shimmer or frosty finish, I suggest putting this on after blush and contour so you don’t smudge the shine. If your highlight is indeed sparkly, please balance this out with only MATTE  blush and contour colors.

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7) EYES, LASHES AND LIPS

Everything else can go here: eyeshadow, liner, brows, and lips. Fake eyelashes should be applied after all eye makeup is done, including mascara.

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I want to hear from you…what order do you like to apply your makeup in? Do you think you’ll give my suggestions a try? Let me know either way! xoxo

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Jeunesse is an up and coming line of skincare that I first became familiar with in the spring of 2014. Always on the hunt for anti-aging skin care, I was excited to hear about this new line. Jeunesse has a six products in their skincare line, along with nutrition supplements. Today I’ll be focusing on the Luminesce Cellular Rejuvenating Serum.

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What Are the Benefits?

It evens out discolored and blotchy skin, hydrates the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines as well as deep wrinkles. But the best part? It does all this by replenishing your skin’s natural stores of growth factors and proteins that can become depleted with age. These growth factors and proteins are what keep your skin youthful and smooth (like collagen) and the older we get, the less our skin makes. Jeunesse is basically Gatorade for your skin, feeding your skin so it will create cell turnover and renew itself.

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Who Should Use It?

My mother in-law and sister in-law both use this serum and I have seen a major change in their skin over the past couple of months. I tried it myself, and while I really enjoyed the feel of the serum, the fine lines that are slowly creeping in around my eyes are not deep enough to see a visual difference. Based on what I’ve seen and experienced myself, I would highly recommend the Jeunesse line to women over 40.

What Are the Active Ingredients?

Adipose Derived Adult Stem Cell: There are no actual stem cells in the serum. A natural liquid media is conditioned by the human adult stem cells. This conditioned media now full of over 200 growth factors is completely separated and this is what is used in LUMINESCE Cellular rejuvenation serum.

Purified Water: helps boost skin’s moisture levels.

Lysate Extract: a cell protein that gently coaxes your skin’s own protein levels

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How Do I Use It?

Apply a small amount to your fingertips and massage it  evenly in an upward circular motion to the face and neck. It absorbs quickly into the skin. At night, use it under a layer of your favorite moisturizer. The serum is extremely light-weight and will need a moisturizer on top to lock it in. In the morning, you can also use it under your sunscreen (always protect your skin with a high SPF) or under a BB cream/foundation.

When Will I Start To See Results?

Anywhere from four weeks to three months of continued use.

Where Do I Purchase?

Jeunesse can be purchased via online distributors. You can also sign up to become a distributor yourself. Please click this link to purchase HERE and check out the entire line of Jeunesse products.


Happy September friends! The summer flew by faster than a Kardashian divorce, and I have been working on this particular post for quite a while. Have you ever started a project then gotten interrupted or distracted EVERY time you tried to work on it? That’s totally what happened here. I’m just glad it’s finally ready for you to read.

No matter the season, nude and natural lip tones will always be in style. I’m talking about your go-to, everyday lipsticks. In the last two years, lips have been a huge trend and lipsticks have been hogging all the attention, leaving glosses to take a back seat. I have no problem with this. Need a little shine? Top your matte lipstick with a creamy, sheer lipstick. Say goodbye to the days of your hair getting stuck  to your lip gloss and the fear of windy days.

I’m going to be using mostly MAC lipsticks as examples since they have a wide variety and are available in almost every department store and mall across the country. Let’s get started…

FAIR SKIN TONE

MAC Creme Cup or Honeylove

For fair skin tones, I suggest picking natural tones over ones that directly match your skin, because you will end up with “ghost lips.” Natural lipsticks that have a pink undertone will be most flattering for light skin. Creme Cup is a Cream Sheen, meaning it’s sheer and moisturizing. Honeylove is another beautiful pink-undertoned neutral in a matte texture option.

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RED HEADS

MAC Cherish or Too Faced Melted Nude

For my auburn beauties and strawberry blondes, the same concept that we used for fair skin works here as well: Pick pinky-brown lipsticks that will pull the natural red of your hair and give you a subtle pout. MAC Cherish is a Satin lipstick, meaning it’s a semi-matte and will give you lots of opacity. Pick Too Faced Melted Nude lipstick for a creamier formula of the same color.

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MEDIUM SKIN TONE

Tom Ford in Sable Smoke and MAC Kinda Sexy

Medium skin-toned ladies almost always have a golden or yellow undertone, so pick lipsticks with a cooler undertone. Less pink, more beige. Tom Ford lipstick in Sable Smoke is a beautiful choice and for a matte version try MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick, pictured below. (My all time fave, I wear this several times a week!)

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MEDIUM-DARK SKIN TONE

MAC Siss, Velvet Teddy and Half & Half

Ladies with medium-dark skin are incredibly caramel and have lots of gold in their skin. Unlike lighter skin tones, it’s important to find lipsticks that match the cool shades in their skin and be completely beige or brown in tone. Siss, Velvet Teddy and Half and Half are all pretty yellow-toned browns that would look beautiful on these golden girls.

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GOLDEN-DARK SKIN TONE

Taupe, Tabla or Film Noir

Deep dark skin can have either a golden or burgundy undertone to it. For my deep dark golden girls, MAC’s Taupe lipstick is matte and provides even coverage for those with uneven lip tones (some women may have a lighter top lip and darker bottom lip, or dark rim around both). Tabla is a beautiful, creamy, coffee-brown that will give a more natural look, and Film Noir is a dark chocolate shade for those looking for more color.

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BURGUNDY-DARK SKIN TONE

Taupe, Tabla or Paramount

For deeper skin with burgundy undertones, I still recommend Taupe and Tabla, and add Paramount, a deep, dark reddish-brown to the mix. These will all give smooth opaque coverage to balance out lip tone and enhance your natural beauty.

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It’s wedding-recap time! This past June, I had the opportunity to do the makeup for seven bridesmaids and the bride herself, Mrs. Melanie Butters. Because it was such a large party, I called in my most trusted makeup artist pal to help me beautify these babes, Allyson Stagg of The Las Vegas Style Sirens.

Look at that stunning ring!

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Here I am putting the finishing touches on the bride-to-be

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Melanie and her girls got ready at her twin sister Nikki’s house, which had great natural lighting and lots of room for our massive kits.

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Melanie wore a cathedral-style veil which made taking photos even more fun and creative.

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My favorite part of weddings are always the gaggle of flowers girls! So cute.

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I grew up going to Armenian Orthodox churches, which are identical to the Greek ones. So much architecture and beauty. With the bride’s Greek heritage, I’m sure St. Nicholas church felt right at home.

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A sweet moment between Melanie and Andrew before the big party started.

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Let’s face it. This is hands-down the best bridal party photo ever taken. These girls were so much fun to get ready in the morning and as you can see their carried on with their mischief right through the day!

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Looks like an epic party to me! I love Greek weddings…complete with the traditional circle dances.

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Congratulations to the bride and groom! I look forward to beautifying these ladies next year when Nikki, Melanie’s twin sister gets married in November 2015!

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Venue: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Photography: Michael Anthony Photography


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Hi Beauties,

I spent yesterday’s gloomy Sunday afternoon uploading and editing my latest for Youtube: my nightly skin care routine. I’ve done dozens of makeup tutorials, but I’ve never showed you how to properly remove everything. WARNING: You will be exposed to my bald, makeup-free face! Ha ha ha.

Below is a list of my go-to products that I use in the video.

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Towel: for steaming up your face before washing

Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel- This takes the place of your regular face soap. It doesn’t lather up too much, so it takes some getting used to but it does a great job of cleansing the skin without stripping it dry.

Boscia Cleansing Sponge w/ Bamboo Charcoal – You can also substitute this with cheaper dupes found on Amazon!

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes: These are great on the go or if you are short on time. They are oil-based wipes that will break down all your makeup, including waterproof and smudge proof cosmetics. Some nights I will use one of these before I jump in the shower. I use the Boscia face wash products while I’m in the shower to help open my pores from the steam. These wipes are often on sale on Hautelook, so keep an eye out!

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover: The purple bottle is a super soothing formula made with cucumber to help de-puff and soothe skin after a long day of wearing drag queen-worthy makeup. Super gentle and great for sensitive eyes as well.

MAC Cleanse-Off Oil: I use a few drops of this on a cotton ball to start off my nightly routine. I prefer this method to the wipes because of how quickly the makeup breaks down but it is more time-consuming.

 

Have you tried any of my techniques? What about going forward? Which product are you down to try? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 


Hi beauty babes!

I can’t wait to see what you guys think of the new changes in my makeup room. As someone who has been doing makeup professionally for 10 years, I have struggled with finding storage for all my tools and supplies. I tried makeup stores, Amazon, professional beauty supply stores, conventions, you name it. No one had anything that really caught my eye. A day at Ikea finally solved my decade-long problem. The extra-tall Alex drawers are PERFECT for makeup storage and only $119! It features a whopping nine drawers. Five of which are shallow, and four deep. It’s almost four feet tall and about a foot wide, a high unit with many drawers means plenty of storage on minimum floor space. Great for small studios or bedrooms. Oh, and don’t mind our ugly room heater!

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Here’s a peek at some of the drawers. I put all my lipglosses in this apothecary vase that I had for display. That’s a photo of my Nany in her prime and a jewelry holder.

Here is what I put in the shallow drawers:

1) Eye products: Anything I use for eyes: primers, shadows, mascara, liners and eyeshadow palettes.

2) Lipsticks

3) Pigments: any loose eyeshadows and glitters went here….I have a lot!

4) Body Art/Special Effects: anything I use for body painting: tools, stencils, paints, fake blood, latex, prosthetic pieces all went here.

5) Lashes: false eyelashes and glue went here.

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I lined each drawer for easy cleaning. I’m still working on the lipstick drawer. I’d love to color code them somehow, since they all look the same. It’s a pain to tell them apart! Anyone got ideas? I was thinking of getting shallow clear trays and labeling them “Plum” “Pink” “Red” “Nude,” etc.

Here’s what I put in the deep drawers:

1) Skincare–I have so much, so it fit nicely in the deeper drawer

2) Face Makeup- anything that was face-related: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzers, highlighters and blushes went here.

3) Back to MAC drawer: I reserved this drawer for the Back to MAC program. Since I use so many MAC products, I go through them a lot and keep the containers when I’m done so I can turn them in. (Six empty containers will get you a lipstick, eyeshadow or lip glass!)

4) Nail Care: Anything I use for nails, excluding nail polish, went here. Cotton balls, nail art brushes, decals, rhinestones, files and buffers, Ciate kits, etc.

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Many of our overnight guests have come to know our pull-out bed as “Baby Futon,” and they will remember her red microsuede exterior. I’m happy to announce I gave Baby Futon a makeover and she now matches the rest of the room in this gray fitted sheet. I looked at futon covers but they all cost the same amount has a nice set of sheets, so I opted to hook our guests up with the latter and kill two birds with one stone.

What’s that in the corner, you ask? I got the white cupboard from Bed, Bath & Beyond many moons ago and it houses all my hair and shower/bath needs. Hairbrushes, potions, sprays, mousses, bath bombs as well as tanning sprays and hair bleach/wax kits. It takes a village to keep this girl looking good! A village of products, that is…

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Oh and this little spinner? It’s just a lazy susan I bought from BB&B so I can twirl through my many nail polish colors. It’s meant to carry cleaning supplies under your bathroom sink, but I saw it as the perfect nail polish carousel. If you know me, you know my love and obsession for nail polish. I just couldn’t put these babies away…I want the world to see their happy sparkly colors! (And by the world, I mean mostly Dylan, and sometimes our sisters and Ally who spend the night when visiting.)

I believe this one was on clearance, so if you can’t find it there, Amazon has a ton of good options, including this one .

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What do you guys think? Will you use any of these ideas for your stash? It doesn’t have to be makeup storage…you can organize your desk or other areas of your home/business using these options!


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Hi Beauty Babes,

On a recent trip home to Las Vegas, I noticed a new store in my favorite shopping center (Boca Park.) My sister and I  are huge Lush fanatics so naturally we ran over and clamored each other trying to get in the door of this place.

Sweet Bubble Bath Confections is a European-themed bakery of soap confections started by sisters Susan, Debbie and Mary. Their shop features brightly decorated cupcakes, sprinkled doughnuts, yummy looking cakes, pies, tarts and cookies. In addition to the whimsical collection of “fresh-baked” goodies is a collection of Slushes (scrubs), Soap Slices and Frostings (heavy lotion,) which in my opinion are the best part of their product line.

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Here are my goodies: a handmade bar of soap in Jasmine Blush ($9.50) and Body Slush in Bergamot ($22)

The Soap Slice is made of olive and coconut oils and smells divine. It’s a rather large piece of soap: 1 1/2 inches thick and about four inches tall. It lathers nicely and leaves your skin smelling lightly of the scent of your choice. I like that it’s not over-powering and leaves your skin squeaky-clean. I love the Jasmine Blush, but I’m already planning on getting the Ocean Pearl scent next!

The Body Slush in a sugar and shea butter mixture that you apply while in the shower. The formula is addicting: I use it almost every time I shower! It sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin. Once you rinse off the sugar, it leaves behind the silky, lotion-y feeling of the shea butter. Towel-dry and get dressed because you don’t even need to apply lotion afterwards. I chose the Bergamot scent: It smells super clean and invigorating with a small hint of floral. Ahhhh I love this stuff!

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Sweet Bubble also carries bath bombs that are a delight to bathe in. They turn your bathwater different colors and the shea and cocoa butter ingredients soften your skin.Sweet

Check out their bath confections…don’t they look like real treats? Yum!l

If you don’t live in Vegas, don’t fret: you can order online at http://www.sweetbubblesoap.com/Free shipping for orders over $100

Happy bubble-ing!



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