DIY All Natural Lip Balm

A couple evenings ago, I got a little crafty and came up with this all-natural lip balm. What’s great about this recipe is that it’s easy to make and has very few ingredients. This yum-tastic lip balm is a great stocking stuffer for the holiday seasons, and is great for everyone on your list from moms, dads, boyfriends and kids!



Coconut Oil

Almond Oil


Side note: you can purchase beeswax pellets online to make the process easier, but it’s pricier. I stuck to buying a beeswax candle and grating it to little pieces.


Combine 1 Tablespoon of Coconut oil, 1 Tablespoon of Almond Oil and 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until it’s all melted.

Mix the melted liquid and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey. Whisk together then pour into individual containers.

Let the lip balm harden for 30 minutes before closing the lids.



The Best Makeup from the AMAs 2012

Happy hump day, friends.

Did anyone watch the American Music Awards this past weekend? Yeah, me either. I’m really starting to lose interest in watching three-hour long shows that are mostly filled with musical performances from bands I don’t care for and commercials. However, I do enjoy the fashion and glamour. I checked out what everyone wore to the show online and came up with my top four favorite makeups of the evening.

Is there any one in particular that you would like to see as a tutorial? Let me know in the comments below….


Wowza! This girl gets it right every single time. I love the smoldering eyes and lash strips that make her hazel eyes pop. Eyebrows filled softly with pencil to bring them forward and nude glossy lips make this a WIN.


I LIVE for this look. Doesn’t this photo look retouched (even though it’s not?) That’s how flawless her makeup is. I applaud her makeup artist for keeping her makeup soft with those fluffy top lashes and pink/purple duo on the eyes. Lining her inner rims with a nude pencil gives her a sweet look. Bronzing the cheeks and defining her lips with a natural pencil pulls this look together in a very un-Christina, refreshing way.


Gwen rocked her traditional red-lip-bold-liner combination which always looks amazing on her. I especially love the bold, ash-brown brows here. I just wish her foundation didn’t look so dry. A spritz of hydrating spray like MAC’s Fix + right before she walked down the carpet would have done the trick.


This look is sleek and oh-so-pretty. The grey eyeshadow in her crease is a great substitution for basic black and looks a lot cleaner against her deep dark brown eyes. Notice how clean the makeup on her lower lash line is. Let this be a lesson that you don’t have to smudge the lower lash line into a mirky mess to call it a smoky eye. The subdued lips work beautifully with the soft lips, keeping all the attention on her eyes.

70s-Inspired Makeup & Hair- WITH VIDEO

Ah, the seventies. The time of free love, peaceful protests and disco queens like Donna Summer.

I was inspired to do a seventies-style makeup tutorial after I got my new Hot Tools one-inch curling iron. One night I was trying out different styles on my hair and I decided to part it down the middle and curl my hair away from my face. Voila! Instant Farrah.


Green Pastel Eyes with lots of Cher-esque lashes

Pastel Pink lips

Peep my video below for all the easy steps.


NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Horseradish

Youngblood Cream Blush in Pink Cashmere

Makeup For Ever HD Powder

Jouer Foundation

Mario Badesco Rose Spray

Lise Watier Base Miracle Primer

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Fascinating Eye Kohl by MAC

#35 Lashes by MAC

MAC Myth and Saint Germaine Lipsticks

Melanie Mills Gleam Rose Gold body lotion (for highlight)

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beauty-Obsessed

It’s about that time again, folks! Starbucks is playing acoustic Christmas tunes and every large man with a white beard is at your local mall taking photos with screaming children in a red suit. I thought I’d get a head start before Thanksgiving and bring you some of my favorite holiday sets that are available this season.

I scoured the nearby Sephoras, Ultas and Naimies and after careful consideration, chose two gift sets for each of these five categories: Eyes, Lips, Face, Nails and Brushes. Read below for the good stuff…


Lorac Pro Palette $45

As a makeup artist, I haven’t been very impressed with most of the eyeshadow kits that have been released, simply because almost every shade in them is a frosty shimmer. A good eyeshadow palette should consist of mattes and shimmers that you can use together without your eyes turning into a glittery, muddy mess. Lorac pulled through with this beautiful collection that comes with an eye primer.

Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes $48

I love that the top row is all light shimmers and the bottom row is mostly dark mattes. This is how it should be! Don’t be fooled by other brands’ eye catching packaging, these two palettes may look simple but as the saying goes, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.


Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lips Gift Box $25

This is a thoughtful gift for a young woman who is just starting out in the makeup world. It gives her teen-friendly nudes and pinks (which happen to be Sephora’s best-sellers) that she can add to her budding collection. And at $25 it’s truly a steal.

Fresh Sugar Addiction Mini Lip Collection $48

True to its name, these Fresh Sugar lip balms are addicting. I rarely buy the same product over and over again, but I buy these like my life depends on them. I use the clear one at bed time, and the tinted ones under every lipstick. They feel amazing and really soften your lips. What’s great about these minis is their  size is perfect for traveling or just throwing in your purse. All ages will benefit from this band of lip balms.


Too Faced Holiday Face Kit $46

I adore this cruelty-free brand! Their makeup is moderately priced and the products are of great, non-animal-abuse quality. This particular set comes with everything you need for an everyday, girly look. What’s included: Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, Primed and Poreless Face Primer, a black waterproof eye liner, LashGasm Mascara, a face brush, six neutral eye shadows, two blushes (one peachy-pink and one bronzer-ish), two lip glosses and this baby blue plush velveteen bag that looks to be machine-washable. SIGN ME UP!

Makeup For Ever HD Complexion Kit $79

Here’s another product I keep going back to: Makeup For Ever’s HD line of face-wear has my heart, now and forever. This is a great way to give the makeup lover in your life a fresh start for the new year. This kit comes with their famous HD powder (nothing compares to this, I promise!), a cute kabuki-style fiber-optic brush for air-brushed-looking application, the HD primer and the love of my winter skin-life, the HD foundation. What’s cool about this kit is that it comes standard with the first three products, then you pick up your own shade of foundation and stick it in the box. Genius, right?


Illamasqua Nail Duo $25

Spoil the nail art-obsessed person in your life with these fancy, limited edition nail varnishes by Illamasqua called Viridian and Glitterati. Chances are that your nail lover already has a ton of the drug store brand variety, so she’ll swoon over these.

Red Carpet Limited Edition Portable Starter Kit $59.99

What’s that you say? Your nail lover already has every color in the world? Then why not give her a gel manicure starter kit instead? Red Carpet’s version comes with everything she will need to get a salon-status gel manicure, including a portable UV light to effectively cure gel polish that will last up to two weeks. She’ll light up over the technology of it all. Sold exclusively at Ulta.

Sephora Collector’s Edition Premium I.T. Brush Set $68

Every girl needs fancy brushes. This luxurious seven-piece brush set is dipped in a sexy, gold finish. This set includes brushes for Powder, Foundation, Face Contour, Concealer, Shadow, Crease, and Angled Eyeliner. It also comes with a cute Lucite stand.

Sigma Travel Brush Kit in Make Me Classy $65

I adore Sigma brushes and I really loved the simplicity of these. This is great “starter brush set.” Includes all the basics: angle brush, shadow brush, crease brush, smudge brush, contour brush, powder brush and foundation brush. It also comes with an innovative container that turns into a holder for your new tools.

Check out my Pinterest board for more Holiday Gift set ideas HERE

Calvin Klein Steps Up His Makeup Game with CK One Color

Excuse me while my heart leaps tall buildings in a single bound, because nothing delights me more than discovering a new makeup line. Guess who finally came out with one? Calvin Klein. About time, right? In fact, I kind of thought he already did have a makeup line to accompany his fragrances and fashion empire. Anywho, I came across his line at Ulta while perusing gifts for my cousin’s birthday. I’ll admit, I’m always drawn to fun and bright packaging so I almost missed it. The sales girl there steered me in the right direction and showed me CK One Color.

CK One Color, which launched earlier this year has a special concept. The approach behind the products is that everything is “dual,” or has more than one use to it. The quality of the products is decent; I’d say MAC/Makeup For Ever- level, and the pricing is middle of the road, as far as makeup goes. Let’s get into some of my favorites from this line.

CK One Color Mascara: $18

This mascara simply blew my mind. It has an adjustable mascara brush that creates customized looks and simplifies application with a quick twist of the cap. One twist will lengthen, another twist will thicken. And it comes in lots of fun colors, not just black!

CK One Color Mousse Concealer” $20

This dermatologist-tested concealer feels fluffy to the touch and gives a medium-to-full coverage. Perfect for all skin types, especially those of us with lines. The air-whipped quality of the concealer floats above wrinkles as opposed to sinking in and making them look worse. Taking long-wearing to another level, this concealer lasts up to nine hours! Use it with a warm finger and pat gently onto dark circles and imperfections.

3-In-1 Face Makeup SPF 8 Oil-Free: $30

The name really says it all. This foundation combines serum, primer and face makeup in one liquid, cutting your getting-ready time almost in half. It has a natural finish (which means not dewy and not matte, just somewhere in between.) This is great for skin of all ages. The serum nourishes skin with Vitamins A, C and E, the primer provides shine control and makes your makeup last for up to 11 hours, and the face makeup is a medium coverage that adjusts to your skin tone. The only thing that would make this foundation better is a higher SPF (30 and above provides the best protection for all skin shades).

Where to find it: For now, CK One Color is offered exclusively through ULTA stores and online at

The Nation’s Leading Lady- Radiant Skin

Out of all the First Ladies that have come in and out of the White House, only one has come out looking more radiant than ever. This past Election eve, it was hard to ignore 48-year-old Michelle Obama’s glow, and it’s not just because her husband was re-elected either.

Everyone knows that saying “Men are like wine, they get better with age” but I’m starting to think that it also applies to some women. Check out Mrs. Obama’s teen photo below! Someone has definitely stepped up their beauty game…

Now of course, Mrs. O has a makeup artist who beautifies her for all her press events, but looking beautiful starts with skin care. When asked about her skin care routine, “It’s really pretty basic. I wash my face with a good cleanser, and I use a moisturizer with an SPF.” She also added,  “Every now and then I’ll go to a dermatologist for microderm or a facial, but I don’t have time to do that all the time.”

According to this Prevention article, the First Lady and mother of two shared that she makes sure to get a full night’s sleep, each and every night. Don’t ask me how she does it. Can you imagine laying your head on your pillow with the weight of America’s problems weighing on your shoulder? Sheesh.

Along with a simple skincare routine and rest, the First Lady also uses products from a company called 3Lab that include a superior anti-aging ingredient: a stem cell cultivated from apples (Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract).

Now, if you aren’t in the market for $200 face serums, I did find cheaper options with a similar apple extract ingredient. An awesome non-toxic and all-natural choice is MyChelle Dermaceuticals who carry a ton of products with apple extract at an affordable price. Right now, you can get the Age Spot/UV Recovery Kit for $69.58 on their site. It includes the Apple Brightening Cleanser, the Apple Brightening Peel and Hydrating Cactus Mask.

Mrs. Obama sets a great example to all women by taking care of her skin. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and protects all your insides! It’s worth taking a few extra minutes every night to cleanse your face and moisturize. And if you know me, then you know it’s also important to slather that same mug in an SPF higher than 30 every morning before you walk out that door. 😉

MAC Monday: Holiday Collection Time!


Last month I attended MAC’s  Paint By Number event with my PR pal Jennifer Castaneda at their Robertson location in Beverly Hills. This event highlighted MAC Pro’s line of products used to body paint, many of which I use for my maternity painting photo shoots. However, I was more curious with their ah-mazing holiday collection!



How cute is this little makeup bag from the Holiday Collection? I die.

Thanks Jenn for coming with!


Okay, now for the break-down…

Divine Desire Exclusive Face Kits: $70

Both of these cute kits come in adorable plush snap clutches and offer a Powder Blush, Cremesheen Lipstick, Lipglass, Technakohl liner and a #129 Blush Brush. While the #129 isn’t the same quality as the full sized one MAC sells separately, it’s ideal to take on your travels with you, especially with the shorter handle.

Hang Up the Glamour Hanging Travel Bag: $40

This little leopard and lace number will keep all your makeup (and I’m thinking jewelry too) organized and glam for all your jet-setting journeys.

Fabulousness Holiday Eye Sets: $39.50

These eye shadow compacts come in three varieties and are a great gift for makeup fiends and beginners-alike.

All For Glamour Holiday Face Kits: $39.50-49.50

These Face Kits come with a bronzer or a blush, three eye shadows and two lipsticks. Amaze-balls.


Primped Out Holiday Eye, Lip and Brush Sets: $39.50-49.50

With EIGHT bags to choose from, these Primped Out bags are filled with goodies ranging from makeup brushes to lipstick-and-liner combos. There’s something for every girl.