Hi beauty lovers,
Today I wanted to share the sexy actress/model Keisha Kimball‘s photos from a recent shoot by Michael Benatar in Malibu, California. I wanted to make her look like a Playboy model, so I played up her insanely blue peepers with deep dark matte eye shadows and stacked big bold lashes (MAC’s #12′s) on top. I softly highlighted and contoured using MAC’s Prep & Prime Highlighting Pen in Light Boost and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark. She has a petite face so I used the products sparingly to keep the highlight/contour from taking over her face.
Keisha looks like a California girl but she’s actually from Texas. Her southern drawl slips out from time to time, it’s so cute! She likes her brows bold, so we defined them with MAC’s Lingering pencil and lots of Charcoal Brown eye shadow.
Keep up with this sexy mama on her Instagram (she has 20k followers for a reason!)
Awesome photos courtesy of Michael Benatar
Hello Beauty Lovers,
I recently jumped on the Ipsy Glam Bag bandwagon (try saying that three times fast) and I am loving it! Whether you are new to makeup and wanting to build your beauty arsenal, or you’re a seasoned makeup junkie that can’t stop hoarding, Ipsy.com’s Glam Bag is for you. I researched all the monthly subscription beauty bags and decided to go with Ipsy for this simple fact: all the products come in deluxe sample or full sizes. Every other beauty bag only offered samples. Umm…I could get samples by walking into any Sephora, Ulta or cosmetics counter. Why would I pay for them? For $10 a month, you get five products that you can use again and again. Don’t like something? Give it away to a friend. Instant gifts for the beauty lovers in your life!
If you are interested in joining Ipsy, click HERE.
Here’s what came in the June Glam Bag:
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil: I am a huge fan of these ivory/nude eyeliners. The formula is super creamy and the jumbo pencil size allows you to line your waterline and highlight under the brow bone perfectly.
Cailyn Cosmetics Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner with Brush Built-In: The formula is similar to MAC’s Fluidline and Inglot’s Gel liners, and comes with a built-in brush, although I do wish it was an angle brush instead of what seemed to be a lip brush. The formula went on smoothly and stayed on all day. I like to use this product as a base to intensify my eyeshadows.
J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette: Cute concept! Creamy glitters that you can swipe on for additional glam. It’s fairly easy to use, although it doesn’t last as long as I’d hoped.
NYX Cream Blush: I’m kind of a makeup snob and I’m not a huge fan of drugstore products, but give me anything by NYX and I’m a happy girl. NYX’s products have amazing quality for their price point!
Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tipsy: I’ve never even heard of this brand but I was pleased by the coral color payoff of this liner and the wearability. Two oval-shaped, nail art-decorated thumbs up!
Peep the video below for close-ups of the products and to see how I used them to create a fun look!
Hello my summer-loving beauties! My apologies for the delay in posts, I took a little break from writing since business picked up but I’m learning to multi-task! By now, everyone knows how to spot-clean and deep-clean their makeup brushes. If you missed the memo, click HERE to watch the tutorial. I did however, realize that I haven’t shared with you my recommendations for brush cleaner, so here they are:
Parian Spirit is hands down my favorite brush cleaner, and what’s more, it’s environmentally friendly! The all-natural formula is made from citrus spirits and food grade solvents, giving it powerful cleaning properties to clean, condition and disinfect any brush. What I’m particularly impressed with is that it dissolves all types of makeup products including lash adhesives and sticky lipsticks and gloss! As a makeup artist, I used to spend HOURS trying to get lipsticks and glosses out of my lip brushes. Not anymore with Parian Spirit!
MAC Brush Cleanser: $14 (7.9 oz)
MAC’s Brush Cleanser is something I’ve used for years and it always does the job. It cleans, disinfects and conditions your brushes all at once. It dries in seconds when your spot-clean on a paper towel, allowing you to use the brush right away. I love deep cleaning my brushes with a little squirt of this mixed with shampoo in warm water!
Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner: $24 (8 oz)
Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner is also a reliable cleanser that is known for its bright blue color and vanilla scent. This one removes 99.9% of bacteria while also conditioning your brushes. Since it’s a little on the pricier side, I like to dilute this with water to make it last longer.
Let me know if you try any of these cleansers! Are there ones you like that I didn’t mention? Leave me a comment below, I love learning about new products.
Hello my blog-reading beauties! With it being wedding season and all, I recently purchased some new things for my kit (and let’s face it, for myself) and wanted to share my finds with you.
I normally do video hauls, but to be honest, they haven’t been getting many views and since I have way more blog readers than Youtube viewers (3,000-6,000 of you visit my site a month, wow!) I thought blogging about my finds would make more sense.
Because of low viewership, I won’t be doing any more makeup hauls on my Youtube channel. It just takes SO much time and effort to create a concept, film a tutorial, then edit it, so if no one’s going to watch them, it’s not worth it. I’ll still be doing makeup tutorial videos, and if there is a look you would like to see, please let me know in the comments below, I aim to please!
Ok, back to the fun stuff:
Ben Nye’s Banana Luxury Powder has been around for years and is a favorite among television and movie makeup artists. At my friend Ashleigh’s urging, I bought it at Naimie’s last week. Micro-milled for a silky texture, Luxury Powders are translucent with just a hint of color and have a superior matte finish. It feels velvety and gives the skin a soft-focus finish. This particular shade is wonderful for people with olive undertones (Asian and Latino decent) and those with dark to deep-dark skin (African descent, etc). I recommend dusting a small amount under the eyes and down the bridge of the nose with a fiber optic brush. The fiber optic brush allows you to pick up a small amount of the powder, which is all you need. Do NOT pack this stuff on if you plan on taking pictures, because it will flash back and make you look white. A light hand and fiber optic brush are your best bet! And at $9 for 1.5 ounces, it’s a steal.
This chocolate-scented, shimmer-free, matte bronzer is perfect for contouring and creating an all-over deep tan using real antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. To quote Too Faced’s creator, Jared Blandino, “It’s all the tan without the twinkle!” EVERY client I have used this bronzer on has sighed loudly over the chocolatey scent. The color payoff is amazing too. AND cruelty-free. Thank you, I’ll take 10 more.
Illamasqua’s top seller and rightfully so. Having oily skin, I was concerned that this HD foundation would go greasy on me, as Makeup For Ever’s HD foundation sometimes does, but guess what: it’s gave me a natural finish (not dewy, not matte) with medium coverage and lasts all day. It’s truly suitable for all skin types! Its hydrating formula primes, controls shine, hydrates, and smooths your skin while providing natural, buildable coverage. The only downside? The hefty $42 price tag. But some things are worth the money, and finding the perfect cruelty-free foundation that you can buy over and over again is priceless.
I’m a huge fan of the original Purity cleanser by Philosophy. It’s creamy texture doesn’t lather up, but does do a good job of gently removing my makeup without drying my skin out. When I saw that Philosophy came out with a foaming gel version of it, my eyes lit up. Instead of replenishing my usual Purity cleanser, I went for the re-up. This stuff is EVEN BETTER than the original. The gel foams up and the bubbles leave your skin feeling squeaky-clean. Sometimes with the regular Purity, I still have to use makeup remover to get the remainder of my mascara and black liner. Not with the foaming gel, baby. I got out of the shower and saw that my face was completely clean and ready for bed.
My recommendation: if you have sensitive or dry skin, stick to the regular Purity. The cream texture will feed your skin and is a lot more mild. If you are normal-to-oily, time for you to try the Purity Foaming Gel.
The beauty world has been abuzz about NYX’s moisturizing matte lip creams, so I finally got my hands on some at Ulta. This is a soft coral-pink color that looks flattering on everyone. It’s beautiful on its own, or topped off with a gloss. Cruelty-free and fabulous! I especially love this for my older clients- it has the ability to blur the fine lines you sometimes find on your lips.
You guys know I have an excessive amount of nail polish (about 100 bottles). This is one of the only polishes that I actually run out of and have to purchase over and over again. It’s a bright, blue-based pink with a neon matte finish (I usually put a shiny top coat over it) It’s PERFECT for all skin tones and has the magical power to make your hands and feet look tan and sexy. PROOF: a grown man walked into the MAC store I was freelancing at last week and told me I had “pretty feet.” No one has ever told me that before. And I’m willing to bet it’s all thanks to this gorgeous neon polish.
Hello my totally rad and tubular Betties! Today I’m bringing you neon, brights and frosty 80′s love with my brand spankin’ new makeup tutorial. A few months back I did a 70′s Makeup video and it got a big response, so I figure you dolls like to see the decades! This is a great look to wear to any 80′s themed party or even Halloween.
My inspiration behind this look was Boy George- He influenced everyone with his dramatic fashion and beauty choices in the 1980s! Boy George was known for sharp angles and bold brights, and that’s what I tried to emulate here. WATCH BELOW!
Here are some closeups of the look (feel free to Pin them!)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Abyss
Youngblood Cosmetics Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Lagoon
MAC Shadows in Electric Eel, Crystal Avalanche, Deep Truth
MAC Fluidline in Black Track
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
MAC Prep & Prime in Light Boost
Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer
MAC Passionate shadow as blush
Benefit Watt’s Up highlighting stick
NYX Fuchsia lip liner
OCC Lip Tar in Nylon
Hi beauties! Contouring the face has made a huge comeback on the runways and the red carpet. Everyone from models to celebrities are chiseled to perfection using matte bronzers and darker-toned powders. But the key to making this look work for you is in the tools: brushes. We are going to go over the three different kinds of contouring brushes below. And of course all of them are from cruelty-free brands- why use animal hair when synthetic works just as well?
This is a great brush for people with oval, narrow, elongated face shapes or those of you with very tiny features.
Illamasqua’s brand-new addition to their brush collection is the Blush Up Blush. This brush has a genius ellipse-shaped head, designed to tuck directly under the cheekbone. The special shape creates a soft diffusion of color up onto the cheekbone and it’s still small enough to drag down the side of your nose (a slimming trick!).
This flat-top Kabuki-style brush is fantastic for contouring wider or round -shaped faces.
1) Dip the flat edge of the brush into your bronzer/dark powder and pull down on your cheekbone, starting from next to your ear. It may seem strange to put bronzer by your ear, but it actually looks much more natural starting from there. Bring the edge of the brush down the sides of your neck so you look even.
2)Blend everything in with the top of the brush.
This tapered blending brush is ideal for all face shapes.
The Diamond is a soft couture blending brush that was designed as a foundation brush, but also performs beautifully as a contour brush. The unique tapered shape creates seamless blending. Dip the tip of the Diamond into your bronzer/dark powder and buff this under your cheekbones starting from the ear and down. The tip of the brush will map out your contour and the fluffy texture is great for blending.
Hope everyone had a nice, relaxing Memorial Day weekend! I was pretty slammed with clients but I’m definitely not complaining Today I wanted to go over some of my favorite mascaras with you. There’s a mascara out there for everyone, whether you are looking to thicken, lengthen or curl. Read on for the Mascara All-Stars!
Revlon GrowLuscious Mascara: $7.99
This is my all-time favorite drug store mascara. As much as I love trying new beauty products, I don’t even bother anymore. I buy this time and time again. It conditions your lashes and helps them grow longer and thicker. I’ve noticed my lashes always look fuller when I go back to using this mascara. The brush is full and helps separate your lashes. There is a tapered end, making it easy to get to the nook-and-cranny corner lashes. It dries down to a velvety finish, leaving your lashes soft, not brittle.
I love this mascara for the innovative packaging. The squeeze tube keeps the mascara fresh- no more scraping the bottom for dry old mascara bits! The tube also helps you get every last bit of the product out, so more bang for your buck. The formula instantly lifts lashes for a 90-degree curl and definition. The brush has triple-tiered bristle clusters that are designed to plump up your lashes. What’s not to love? FYI this is only available online.
This mascara is pretty underwhelming when you first look at it. Simple packaging, it could easily be overlooked. But it has quickly become one of my all-time favorite mascaras. The formula is a quadruple threat: it gives your lashes curl, length, volume and intense pigment. One swipe of this stuff and your good to go. The tough, dense brush is designed to penetrate the roots of your lashes for complete “coatage.” This one is in heavy rotation in my home studio right now. It also comes in brown, green, dark blue and plum!
The spherical shape of this brush allows you to apply mascara from below, horizontally, vertically or diagonally. It helps reach every single lash from every single angle. Those of you with tiny-to-non-existant lashes will LOVE this stuff! Simply roll it along your lash line and poof! Your lashes will magically appear. This formula will extend and fix any lash problem. It’s also a great mascara to use along with your every day one, for additional “oomph.”
This is a three-step lash extension system that comes with an activation mascara and Flexistretch nylon fibers. How to use: 1) Prime- Apply a coat of the activating mascara (gold bottle) to give the nylon fibers something to stick to. 2) Build- apply 1-2 coats of the Flexistretch nylon fibers (white bottle). They will stick to the mascara on your lashes. Focus the fibers on areas that you want the most volume and length. 3) Seal: Apply one more coat of the ultra-black activation mascara to cover the fibers. This final coat surrounds each nylon-coated lash and melts the fibers into a long, thick, dramatic lash.
This is a great product for those of you who suffer from barely-there lashes because it adds to the lashes you already have by building them up.