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Hello all my DIYers,

 

I want to share a new do-it-yourself recipe with you on how to make your own shampoo. This is a great option for those of you who want to go the all-natural, and even vegan, route. And yes, I double and triple checked: this recipe IS vegan!

This is also great for those of you with babies or large families: it’s something everyone can use!

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INGREDIENTS

1/3 Cup of Castille Soap (like Dr. Broner’s- I like the peppermint kind because it’s tingly, you can go with one of the milder scents if that’s your jam)

1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil (organic and virgin)

1 Teaspoon Almond Oil (100% pure)

1/4 Cup of Coconut Milk

10-20 Drops of Essential Oil (any scent you like)

 

A little bit goes a long way with this product. I keep a small bottle of it in the shower and store a bigger bottle in the fridge for later use. Your hair will smell amazing! Click below to watch the steps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgO_4qjo0No

 

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Hello beauty lovers!

I wanted to catch you all up on some of the makeup I’ve done lately. The first one was for a mother of two and nurse, Melissa A. She and her husband were celebrating their 28th birthdays with a joint “white” party in Silverlake, and she wanted a sexy smoky eye with a bright lip. After reviewing some choice photos on Pinterest, we decided on this combo:

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Check her out at the white party! #smokin. Dress by Stephanie Arango.

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PRODUCTS USED:

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette 1, Dark Horse eyeshadow all over the lid with MAC’s Reflects Antiqued Gold glitter. MAC Bamboo and Soft Brown in the crease with Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. Brows done with MAC Lingering brow pencil and Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

Lips: MAC Prolong Wear lip pencil in Anticipation with Viva Glam Nicki 1 lipstick and peach lip gloss from Youngblood Cosmetics.

Face: I used Dinair’s Airbrush makeup for a natural finish with staying power.


Happy Superbowl Sunday my nail art loving beauties!

As I sit here with the hubs watching the game (and by watching, I mean only tuning in for the commercials and any dramatic interviews/celeb-spotting) I decided to collect the top three nail art looks I rocked this winter to share with you.

Emerald Green Plaid

Plaid nail art looks harder than solving a Rubix cube but is actually very easy to do. I painted two of the nails on each hand with a shimmery frosty gold, leaving me three on each hand to plaid out.

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All you need is a base color (I picked Sheswai’s Dig It shade), a white striper, a black striper, and an optional glitter striper (I bought the Kiss trio stripers from CVS- inexpensive!). I start with the white striper, two lines vertical and two lines horizontal. Then I repeat that step with the black, then with the glitter. Apply a fast-drying top coat and you are dunzo.digit_webP prod_detail_large_23_MDK01-nailartist-paintstencilkit-blackwhitesilver

For Christmas, I did the same design but with red and white.

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I topped the white polish with my new favorite polish from Essie called Hors D’oeuvres, which I can only describe as a sheer platinum gold with different-sized silver iridescent glitter flecks. It’s delicious!

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And lastly, my mom-in-law (or mom OUT-law, as she likes to call herself) bought me these Ciate Rose Gold Caviar beads for Christmas. I am absolutely in LOVE with these little beads! Mine lasted a full 7 days, but you have to follow my tips below to keep yours on that long!

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TIPS

I suggest sprinkling the beads onto your nail immediately after you apply the second coat of the gold polish. This will allow you some time to gently shuffle the beads around and sprinkle more on the “bald spots” before everything dries.

The directions say not to apply top coat, but in my experience, you absolutely NEED to. If you don’t wear a top coat, every bead will fall off before you can click on that article about Justin Beiber getting arrested. Give your caviar-beaded nail about 1-2 minutes drying time before absolutely drenching your nail in clear top coat. Make sure it gets in all the nook and crannies.

I also recommend doing the caviar beads on a nail that you don’t use that often. If you choose to do your index fingers for example, the beads will chip off much faster, because you will be cracking soda cans open and scratching. I chose to do the ring fingers, but the middle fingers are also a good option.

How cute is that rose gold funnel?! It’s so convenient- I used the clear plastic cover of the box as a tray to catch all the loose beads, then I poured them back into the bottle with the funnel so I can use them for next time. Genius!

Ciate Luxe Caviar Manicure Kits in Gleam Review (4)

Would you guys like to see a proper tutorial on how to apply the caviar beads? Please let me know…


I finally jumped on the Birchbox bandwagon!

I tried to avoid Birchbox. It just annoyed me that everyone and their mom’s makeup artist had a subscription and wouldn’t stop raving about it. Then, buckling under peer pressure, I signed up twice for the waiting list, then let it expire when my turn was up. I even tried other beauty subscription-monthly bags, and I just wasn’t satisfied. The quality of the products was drugstore sale-rack at best, and I ended up giving anything that was worthwhile away because as a makeup artist, I already own everything and had no business having a beauty-box subscription.

So curiosity got the best of me and I finally caved. My January Birchbox came in the mail and by the time the weekend was over I had already tried everything and made them all a part of my everyday routine.bb60_385x385_2

I must say I am very impressed with the product selection.

Nail Rock Nail Glitter Kit

Every kit comes with two pieces: a polish for a solid foundation and a pot that houses a textured topper. Accent options include Nail Sequin, for the ultimate disco-ball mani; Nail Glitter, to create serious sparkle; Nail Caviar, for a rich encrusted look; and Nail Velvet, which leaves a luxe matte finish. This is an affordable option for those of you who want to experiment with the nail art trend without committing to a ton of products.

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INIKA MINERAL EYE SHADOW

Made using all-natural ingredients, including mica and zinc oxide, these shadows are rich in pigment for vivid colors that promise to stay on all day.

inika_eyeshadow_900x900Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme

Fekkai’s encapsulated shine-release complex delivers softening olive oil into each strand throughout the day. I apply a quarter-sized amount to the ends of my clean, damp hair and blow dry for a soft-to-the-touch look.

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100% Pure Hand French Lavender Buttercream

True to its name, this hand cream is made 100% with all natural moisturizers like avocado oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, while vitamins and antioxidants help fend off damage from free radicals. It smells heavenly. Great for right before bed!

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Ahmad Teas

Ahmad’s teas come in a variety of mouthwatering flavors, all perfectly blended with high-grade ingredients. I’ve never met a tea I didn’t like, so no complaints here.

ahmadtea_apricot_blackcurrant_900x900Will you join Birchbox? Let me know in the comments below!


Hi Beauties,

Hope you had a fabulous first weekend of 2014!

Every Sunday, I set aside some time to deep-clean my makeup brushes. I just thought to share this tip with you all that has helped my brushes last as long as they have (some of my brushes are over 1o years old!)

After rinsing your brushes clean and squeezing out any remaining water, roll up one side of a terry-cloth towel to help “lift” your brush handles at an angle. Lay them with the brush ends facing down, like so. IMG_4531

This will prevent the water from seeping into the ferrule (the metal handle) of the brush, where it will weaken the glue that holds everything together. Small brushes will dry within a couple of hours, but I would leave any big fluffy brushes out to dry overnight.

If you haven’t seen my video on how to properly clean your makeup brushes, watch below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H_7ApVtefg


A new year means it’s January- just a week after you got a ton of gift cards to your favorite beauty destinations for the holidays. Don’t worry, I already did the research for you and rounded up a bunch of items that you should try next. Ladies–whip out your Christmas gift cards because it’s about to go down:

Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder For Face and Body :$29

This silky smooth powder has a micro fine finish and comes with a moon-shaped brush for easy application on not only your cheekbones, but your shoulders, collarbone, and other high points of your body. This shade looks beautiful on every skin tone and is a fantastic addition to anything you may already have from Urban Decay’s coveted Naked line.

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Lorac Pro Set: $42

Oh how I love a good eyeshadow palette! What makes this one stand out from all the other palettes available is that there are eight matte shadows, and eight shimmer shadows, giving you endless combinations. If you’re an avid reader, you are familiar with me whining about the lack of matte eyeshadows in the world’s palettes, so the fact that this has eight is a Christmas miracle. It’s so beautiful! Created by makeup artist Carol Shaw, this is a great palette for beginners too.

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Ciate Caviar Rose Gold: $19

Rumor has it my mom-in-law and sister-in-law fought over who got to get this for me for Christmas this year. I shrieked in delight when I opened this last week. Nail art beads in…ROSE GOLD?! Ever since my husband proposed to me with a rose gold ring, I’ve been obsessed with collecting everything rose gold.

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The trick to making the beads stay on is dousing every centimeter of your nail in top coat after applying them. I have no idea why the instructions in the box tell you to avoid applying anything on top, because if you don’t, the beads will fall off faster than Miley Cyrus’s bra in her next Instagram post.

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Boscia Luminating Black Mask : $34

This paraben-free peel off mask is A) fun to look at and B) actually lifts dead skin cells and unblocks your pores with its mineral-rich formula. I’ve been dying to smear my face is this volcanic, lava-like glue since it came out and I’m happy to say it was worth the wait. If this mask seems a little expensive to you, try the travel-size version, available in the waiting line at your nearest Sephora. By the way, does anyone else get in and out of line because you get sidetracked looking at all the tiny goodies on the way to pay for your own stuff? I lose my place in line at least three times at each visit.

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Ripe Shop Lip Balms: $4

I’ve been a huge fan of these babies for a while now. Handmade with all-natural ingredients, the Ripe Shop’s lip balms are ridiculously cheap and heavenly on your soup coolers. I’m drooling just looking at these flavors. I gifted these to my coworkers, in case you thought I was a hoarder.

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Which one of these fabulous goodies do you think you will try?


Happy December Beauty Lovers!

I’ve been a busy bee and am a little behind on showing you how my Halloween went. This year, I was inspired by Rick Baker’s version of the bride of Frankenstein. I’ve been the B.O.F. before, so I whipped out my handy-dandy wig and freshened up this dead look for 2013.

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I kept it pretty much the same but added a vibrant green and glitter to the eyes. I also gave my top lip a “widow’s peak.” What do you think?

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I covered the tail ends of my eyebrows by running a glue stick back and forth. I repeated the glue stick layers about three times, then scooped out full coverage concealer (MAC’s Studio Finish works great) and spackled it on with a spatula to smooth over the hairs. I topped them off with translucent powder to set the makeup (Makeup For Ever HD Powder works well.)

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I applied a foundation that was a few shades lighter than me all the way down to my chest, set it with a translucent powder, then highlighted areas with white eyeshadow (MAC White Pigment is a good one.) I used an ashy grey-brown blush to contour the hollows of my collarbone, cheek bones and nose (MAC Taupe Blush is the bomb.)

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Stitches and screws were created with burgundy and white eye pencils (MAC Foxy Lady and NYX Jumbo liner in Milk) and Wet N Wild Waterproof liquid liner.

Here’s a shot of me in the car, so you can see how tall my B.O.F. wig is! I almost had to open the sunroof, ha ha.

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Have you ever been the Bride of Frankenstein? If so, I’d love to see your looks. Find me on Instagram! Username: LeadingLadyC



 

Hello my Halloween beauties!

The past two weeks have been filled with lots of Halloween makeup and nail fun. Today I wanted to share with you two of my Halloween-inspired nail ideas that I got from CutePolish. If you don’t follow her on Youtube you are missing out!

Here’s the first one…

Monster Buddies

This one works great on oval/stiletto- shaped nails. For Frankenstein, paint your middle finger nail two coats of an opaque light green. Create the hair, brows and nose with a black striper. Make the eyeballs using the end of a bobby pin with black polish first, then white. For the Mummy, paint your ring finger nail two solid coats of white and let dry. Then use a black striper for the lines. Fill in one triangle with black, then add two white dots (with the end of a bobby pin) for eyes, and finish off with smaller orange or red dots for “scary eyes.”

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Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skulls

I got a ton of compliments on this one. Paint three of your nails a bright blue (or any bright color you like!) Paint the middle two fingernails two solid coats of white. Create the eye sockets with a the end of a bobby pin and black polish. Pick 3-4 bright colors and apply them around the eye sockets with either a toothpick or a nail dotting tool (use the tiny end for these). For the nose, apply two dots of black then connect them with a black striper. For the teeth, create 8 big dots of black (four on top, four on bottom), then after it dries, add 8 smaller coats of white, leaving the edges of the black exposed. Finally draw a line between the teeth with a black striper. Done!

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Which one is your favorite? Let me know if you try any of these designs I’d love to see them!


SpoOoOoOky! Here’s my first look for Halloween this year… I call her SKELETORA. She’s a little two-faced, if you know what I mean..

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This is the perfect look for the girl who wants to do something scary without looking ugly lol. It’s also great if you are on a budget. All you need are the following, which you can find at the drugstore and at the Halloween costume shop:

White face paint- This is your first step. Choose a face paint that dries down (usually water-based, MAC’s Chromacake is fantastic). If you go with a cream it will smear faster than you can say “boo!” Set this down with white or invisible loose powder.

Black liquid liner- Any ol’ liquid liner will do, but I prefer waterproof. Wet N’ Wild has an awesome one for super cheap. You’ll use this to create cracks in the skull and drawing out the teeth.

Black face paint- This is to draw the hollows of your bones in (like the eye sockets, nose and jaw)

Black eye shadow- Pick a matte black shadow to buff out the edges on the eye sockets, nose and jaw.

Extra Step: if you have thick dark eyebrows like me, you will need to flatten them down with a glue stick (just run it over back and forth until you get a few layers of glue in there) then cover them up with a heavy concealer before starting the look.

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Tutorial coming soon! What else would you guys like to see for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hi beauty lovers!

Fall has been a whirlwind. I’ve been working 6-7 days a week (happily, might I add) but that doesn’t mean I let my nail art fall by the wayside. Here’s what’s been on my tips this past season.

Ursula Nails

These nails look “sinister-cool”, just like The Little Mermaid’s villain, Ursula. I used Essie’s Chinchilly, which is a neutral plum-grey, for the base. I followed the sharp tips of my nails for the stripes of black. You can also rock this look on square-shaped nails, just line the black polish at an angle for the same effect!

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Teal Time Nails

If you follow this blog, then you know that I’m a sucker for anything teal. For this look, I rocked a deep dark teal polish on all my nails except for my accent nail, which I chose to paint with Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. I topped off the thumb with Deborah Lippman’s dreamy confection, Across The Universe. The reason this look works is because the polishes I chose are in the same color family, just different shades. You could also recreate this look with purples, reds, oranges, etc. Just keep them all in the same color!

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Purple Rain Nails

These nails pay homage to the concept above, except I did it in purple. I chose five different shades of purple- eggplant, eggplant-glitter, fuschia, grey-plum and lilac. Purple Ombre

Metallic Plaid

This one’s a repeat design from a look I rocked last fall. I chose a polish with a duo-chrome finish for the base and used a black striper for the stripes. The accent nail in black just makes the whole look sleeker.

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What is your favorite nail design? Will you try any of these? I’d love to see any recreations! Hashtag your photos on Instagram with #leadingladynails



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