My Natural Beauty Bride

I’m here with my first bride of 2012, Mrs. Lisa Gonzalez. Lisa and her husband Dan tied the knot on April 14th and man, did Lisa looks stunning! Lisa has great skin and big beautiful hazel eyes so I was pretty excited to work with her- a makeup artist’s dream! 
I love working with brides because each and every one has such different taste, and it gives me a chance to do all kinds of fun makeup. Lisa is pretty low maintenance on the daily with her makeup, and she wanted her natural beauty to shine on the big day. 

I did a light dusting of airbrush foundation and used soft shades of peach for her cheeks and lips. I kept the eye shadows to a minimum on the eyes and brought out those hazel ojos with a sweep of black eyeliner, mascara and some very natural false eye lashes. Even if you have long lashes, falsies really bring out your eyes, especially in photos. I recommend them for every bride! 

Here’s Flower Girl Sam helping Lisa with her earrings. So cute!
What an angel

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Dan Gonzalez!


Summer Smoky Eyes – with VIDEO-

Hello my Summer Sweethearts! I wanted to create an easy-to-wear smoky eye look for those sexy summer nights. I went with a taupe/grey eye combo and juicy, rosy lips using some of my current favorite products below.

Too Faced Beauty Balm- Nude Glow 
This stuff is great! BB creams are the “jack of all trades” of beauty products. They provide:

  1. Sheer coverage
  2. SPF Protection
  3. Anti Aging Benefits
  4. Primer
  5. Prevent breakouts
Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Tough As Taupe”
These babies are great on their own or under an eye shadow. They truly last 24 hours!
Youngblood Cosmetics  Luminous Creme Blush “Pink Cashmere”

Youngblood just came out with two more shades in their luminous creme blush. I love Pink Cashmere because it’s matte (while STILL a cream blush, crazy right?) and gives you a healthy, summer glow. This product is oil-free and contains Vitamins C & E (to protect skin), Allantoin (an anti-irritant for those with sensitive skin) and Jojoba (moisturizer).

Youngblood Mighty Shiny Lip Gel in “Exposed”

Exposed is the dark grape one on the right. It’s incredibly sheer and great for all skin tones. I love that these babies don’t dry down or get sticky. They remain “juicy” and feel amazing! Some of the key ingredients are Momordica Grosvenorii Fruit Extract (this is a MAJOR antioxident that fights free radicals and wrinkles) and Sweet Almond Oil- YUM!

Watch the video below to see how to use all these fantastic items: 

Sofia Loren Makeover

I’ve got another celebrity makeup tutorial for you guys, and this time I recreated the classic look of Italian icon, Sofia Loren. Chantal, my sister, volunteered to be my guinea pig for this look. Sofia has always reminded me of my grandmother Lucy, who we lost in 2011 to ovarian cancer. The other day, I was missing her pretty bad and looked up some photos of Sofia. I realized what a pretty look she used to rock in the 60s and asked Chantal to help me. 

This video took me a full week to edit because I kept stopping to giggle everywhere. It’s pretty hard to film a video with your partner in crime! Check it out below for lots of laughs and Sofia’s dramatic-yet-natural makeup look….

Summer Dior 2012: Croisette

Check out Christian Dior’s GORGE summer 2012 colour collection called “Croisette.”  I picked my top six products to show you below….
This lip balms are so popular that most colors have already sold out!

Dior Addict Lip Balm- $30
Each eye shadow palette features five rich, pigmented colors perfect for your next beach getaway (that is, if you like to wear a full face of makeup on the beach, which I totally do)

Aurora- $60

Swimming Pool- $60
How delicious are these two long-wearing nail polishes below?! I LIVE! 

Dior Vernis in Saint Tropez and Bikini- $23 each

This bronzing powder comes in a whopping six shades, which I love. Most cosmetics companies only come out with two shades or less. Here’s to more contouring!

Diorskin Nude Tan Bronzing Powder- $52

Summer Vacation Makeup

Hello my vacationing beauties! With summer on the horizon, I’m sure all of you are starting to think about getting away to a beach somewhere. The only thing that sucks about traveling to a hot and humid place is that it wreaks havoc on your makeup and hair. Earlier, I brought you a segment about what products to use on your trip, and here, I’ll show you how to use them and have a waterproof, natural pretty look that you can do in under four minutes. Who wants to take all day doing their hair and makeup on vacation? Not me. Take a load off and watch the video below….



Alba’s Face SPF 45
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer
Fresh Pressed Powder
Youngblood Cream Blush in Taffeta
Urban Decay Eye Primer in Eden
Naked Palette- Buck Eyeshadow
Makeup For Ever Aqua Liner in Diamond Gold
Revlon Grow-Luscious Mascara in Waterproof
Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner in Perversion
Fresh Sugar lip balm in Rose
MAC Cream Colour Base in Rich Coral

Too Faced Friends & Family Sale (Code Included)

That’s right, peeps! Too Faced is having a site-wide Friends & Family sale from Thursday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 16. Everything is up for 20% off using the code below. 

I just recently found my love for Too Faced and I cannot believe I waited this long to try their products. Here are some of my favorite products they carry:

Candlelight Pressed Powder

Starry Eyed Liquid Liners

Happy Shopping!

Summertime Beauty Products

With summer just around the corner, I wanted to show you all the best products to use in warm weather. These are great items to take with you on your beach vacations and family visits galore.

Products Mentioned

Axe Snake Peel Body Scrub

Exfoliating Gloves

Neutrogena Micro Mist Tanning Spray

St. Tropez Tanning Mousse

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 70

Alba SPF 45

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

CVS Cream Bleach

My Deodorant Cocktail: 3 parts Lush’s Silky Underwear and 1 part Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.

Herbal Essences Volumizing Mousse

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Starlit Waves

Maybelline Color Tattoos

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

PoP Beauty Nail Polish in Tangerine Taste

OPI Nail Polish in Hey Get In Lime!