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Monthly Archives: July 2013

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.

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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.

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Keep up with this sexy mama on her Instagram (she has 20k followers for a reason!)IMG_7090

Awesome photos courtesy of Michael Benatar

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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

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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)

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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)

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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.

XOXO