Youngblood Spring Launch- SNEAK PEEK

This week I attended the launch party for Youngblood Cosmetics’ spring line at the beautiful Montage Hotel and Spa in Beverly Hills with my PR guru Jenn (Refine PR) and my sister Chantal who just happened to be in town. The floral arrangement in the lobby took my breath away! It smelled so amazing in there.


YB’s head makeup artist and Director of Education, Phillip Luque, demonstrated all the cruelty-free and beautiful products that Youngblood will be releasing on March 1st, 2013. Tara Buck, actress from True Blood (she’s the human bartender from Fangtasia!) was his model. Phillip explained that the reason Youngblood Cosmetics is only sold in upscale medi-spas and skin care clinics (and online) is because the creator, Dr. Pauline Youngblood, wanted to keep the brand unique. YB Skin was first created in a medical setting, specifically for patients recovering from harsh medical procedures, and is now popular among makeup artists and their celebrity clients.

I’ve had Youngblood products in my kit for the last couple of years and to be honest with you, my clients truly enjoy them. My personal faves are the Eye Impact Quick Recovery Cream (fabulous on mature skin and puffiness) and the Eye Illuminating Duo which I use on myself everyday. Okay, on to what everyone wants to see: the products!

The spring line includes the Anti-Shine Mattifier, Minerals in the Mist in four scents, Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Lagoon, and a baby doll pink lipstick in Debalicious.

Here’s some fun trivia on the lipstick name: everyday, a Youngblood employee named Debbie Axen would come to the office rocking a drug store-bought baby doll pink lipstick. She said she loved the color and that YB didn’t have anything close to it. When Pauline Youngblood, the creator, heard this, she designed this lipstick color especially for her! Can you imagine having a lipstick named after you? Lady C lipstick- I would buy it. Lucky girl, Deb!


They weren’t kidding about the gorgeous teal gel liner that is Lagoon. This stuff didn’t come off my hand, even after I washed them twice with soap! Side note: to remove gel liners I recommend using oil-based removers. The Youngblood gel liners can also be used underneath eye shadows to intensify the look and make your makeup longer-wearing. Isn’t Debalicious the prettiest pink? It’s universal- it’s build-able and looks great on everyone.IMG_2462

These mineral sprays are fantastic. I spritzed the Relax formula (Lavender and Vanilla) and was pleasantly surprised when it felt tingly on my skin. I’m a big fan of MAC’s Fix + and Mario Badescu’s Rosewater spray, but neither of those actually cool skin down like this one did. I also can appreciate that the spray nozzle gave an extremely fine mist. I didn’t have to jolt and squint when I applied it. These misters can be used before makeup to hydrate and refresh or after to set. The key ingredient that makes these misters so unique is Liquid Green Clay, which helps to detoxify skin. Aaahhhh


Next up is the Anti-Shine Mattifier, which you apply on your T-zone before makeup, just like a primer. I’m actually wearing it today. If you watch my Youtube channel, you know how much I complain about my oily skin and shiny face. It’s raining today so there’s extra humidity in the air and guess what: my face is completely dry, not a drop of oil. This multi-functional formula reduces surface shine and regulates your skin’s oil production. OILY FACES UNITE! It’s also wax-free.  IMG_2464

Here are my partners-in-crime for the day, Jennifer and Chantal. IMG_2466

Guess who was also there? The Chae sisters, Linda (Makeup Talk) and Jen (FrmHeadToToe)! We chatted about our crazy experiences at the IMATS and cruelty-free makeup brushes, which we all are on the hunt for. They also taught me how to take a photo through a mirror, ha ha.IMG_2473

I hope you guys find this review helpful, everything you see here will be up for grabs on March 1st, 2013. Youngblood Cosmetics: Cruelty-free beauty CAN be good quality too!

YB Skin’s Moulin Rouge Debuts August 1st

Hi beauty lovers! Today I bring you a brand-new, not-yet-released product by Youngblood Cosmetics. Debuting August 1st, Youngblood presents the Parisian-inspired Moulin Rouge eye shadow quad. Moulin Rouge features three nudes and a gorgeous burnt orange. Can-Can is a caramel peach and a great “in-between” shade that works well in the crease and for blending the other colors together. Revue is a brightening shell shade, great for the brow bone, inner corners and lid. Cabarets is a dark chocolate with a hint of red shimmer (heart stopper!). Red Light is that show-stopping, matte orange-red.
These eye shadows are made with finely milled, pressed minerals that sweep on like silk and last for hours. I love using them with my Urban Decay Eye Primer. Don’t be intimidated by this palette, this is  actually a pretty tame quad. I amped up the look with the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in Fierce underneath (to give it that pop of orange). 
Moulin Rouge will go on sale August 1st on

Katy Perry’s Summer Vamp look with YB Skin

Hi peeps! Sorry it took me so long to post, I just got back from my bachelorette weekend in Vegas and I’m less than two weeks away from being married. Needless to say, my mind is on complete overload and I’m scatter-brained for life. 
Anyways, has anyone seen the post-divorce look Katy Perry has been rocking? I’m in love with the purple hair and vampy makeup. She doesn’t quite look goth, it’s more teetering on the edge of “dark pinup.” It’s like the goth from high school grew up and got a job. Katy’s face is a makeup artist’s dream: big, round, blue eyes, long lashes, strong brows and smooth complexion. So anytime she does a new look, I basically die. 
What’s special about this tutorial is that all the products I will be using are from Youngblood Cosmetics. I really love that this company was created by a dermatologist who cares enough to make all of her products cruelty-free and paraben-free. Why not highlight a brand whose products are harmless to animals and whose products are actually good for your skin, right?
Here’s my take below:

This look was a very clean, simple eye with strong eye brows and a deep dark lip. 
Click the video below to watch the tutorial

Ultimate Concealer (medium)
Pressed Mineral Foundation (warm beige)
Crushed Mineral Blush (Rouge)
Eye Illuminating Duo
Crushed Mineral Eye Shadow (Alabaster)
Pressed Eyeshadow (Merlot)
Incredible Wear Gel Liner (Eclipse)
Brow Artiste (Dark)
Mineral Lengthening Mascara
Bistro Lipstick
You can find all these awesome products on

IMATS L.A.- June 23, 2012

It’s that time of year again! Every June, the International Makeup Trade Show makes its way to Los Angeles. This year, I took my fellow makeup artist and BFF Allyson Stagg of the Las Vegas Style Sirens  along. With my wedding looming in the near future, I really couldn’t go berserk like I did the previous year and buy everything I wanted. I walked out of there with only $50 worth of products, can you believe it?! The IMATS were a little less crowded this year, with exhibitors ranging from makeup giants like MAC, Urban Decay, and Ben Nye to boutique lines like Lime Crime and Sugar Pill, to up-and-comers like Youngblood Cosmetics and OCC. Naimie’s Beauty Supply took up an entire aisle, which I like to call “Heaven,” with products otherwise unreachable to us L.A. girls like Lise Watier and Smashbox. I’m happy to report that the theme among most of the booths was paraben-free, cruelty-free products. The only thing that bummed me out this year is that I literally saw NONE of the beauty bloggers and Youtube gurus I follow there. I was so disappointed, I love meeting other people in the beauty industry and I have no idea where they were and why they weren’t there. I was super sad that Kandee Johnson didn’t make it out this year as well, due to her father’s recent passing. Your presence was missed, Kandee, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 
Here’s Ally and I at the entrance
My fun collage of some of my favorite products at the IMATS

Clockwise from the top: the IMATS signage outside of the Pasadena Convention Center, OCC Lip Tars, Lise Watier Lip Stains and Lime Crime’s Carousel Gloss and Eye Liners.

The Youngblood Cosmetics booth, where I ran into friend Adriana Perez of the PR crew 🙂
Youngblood Cosmetics. I love their primer and eye cream

Some of the special effects makeup being done on the floor 
I bought Too Faced’s 3 Way Eye Liner at the Naimie’s booth…great stuff!

Ally and I are wearing Lime Crime’s Mint To Be and Cosmopop lipsticks.We had so much fun looking at the products at their booth!

I found THE Eve Pearl doing makeup on the floor of the trade show. Amazing!

I absolutely adored these Sugarpill girls. I love how bright and fun their makeup line is.

I chatted with Doe Deere, creator of Lime Crime, again. I like to pick her brain about Lime Crime’s products and just what goes on in that blue-haired head of hers. Not only is she super creative, BUT she is also a savvy business woman, something a lot of artists in this business lack.
As usual, it looked like My Little Pony threw up glitter  and rainbows on my hand.

Always testing products.

 We swung back around to the Lime Crime booth and ran into the inspiration behind Doe’s “Aquataenia” line, real live moon mermaid Traci Hines

She’s just so darn magical!

A cool body painting by Mehron Cosmetics. I love how good the painting came out on the fabric of the bra, it really looks like she’s wearing nothing!
Here’s my stash from the IMATS: South Seas Airbrush Tanning Solution, South Seas Coffee Body Scrub, Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool and a sample of Kollagen’s 24kt Gold Eye Serum. Not pictured: Ardell Lashes and Duo Black Lash Glue.
Phew! Two happy but tired makeup artists who may as well have spent the day in Disneyland. 

Join me at the IMATS in Los Angeles next year on January 18-20th! Tickets are already on sale:

Selena Gomez- Love You Like A Love Song Look

Hi all!

I’ve been getting a ton of requests for MORE Selena Gomez looks, so here you go. I am absolutely in LOVE with her “Love You Like A Love Song” video, not just for the song itself, but for all the awesome makeup looks she has in it. 
I picked the look she wore when she was out in the field with the Mariachi band this time….

Photo still of Miss Selena
Pretty fun right?!

Here’s the video for the look by yours truly
Youngblood Cosmetics Creme Blush in Pink Cashmere
MAC liner in Magenta
MAC liner in CranApple
MAC Longwear lip cream in Love Forever
MAC eye shadow in Tease With Ease

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: 

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics- New Spring Colors

I recently snagged some of Youngblood Cosmetics’ spring line goodies and wanted to share these gorgeous products with you. 
Luminous Creme Blush in Taffeta and Lipstick in Tangelo

Everyone knows that orange is this spring’s “it” color and it certainly showed on the runways during Fashion Week as well as every makeup and nail line that has launched recently. Youngblood has stayed on trend by offering up these two beautiful coral colors.

Tangelo ($19) is a sheer coral-orange lipstick that is flattering on all skin tones. This product is super sheer and can be worn by itself for light coverage or layered over pencil (which I prefer) for a bold orange lip. I love its versatility! With ingredients like Sunflower Oil and Vitamin E, all I can say is this stuff feels soft, soft and more soft. Tangelo is on sale for 20% off RIGHT NOW on the YB Skin site! Hurry, $15 is a fabulous price for this lipstick!

Taffeta ($27) is a pinky-coral cream-textured blush that combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long wearing color. I know a lot of people are scared to wear cream blush, but I promise, it’s actually easier than powder blush! I swirled two fingers in this cream and dabbed in the center of each cheek, then gently patted the color outward and towards the my temples. I was actually surprised at how saturated the color was. I was ready to pack on a powder blush on top when I realized I really didn’t need it. The camera didn’t capture the boldness of it, but trust me, it’s there. I’m wearing it now in fact, and I even wore it through a yoga class- it’s still on! The new “Luminous Creme Blushes” by YBSkin all boast an oil-free formula containing Vitamins C & E, Allantoin (an anti-irritant) and Jojoba Esters (an emollient that makes applying this product smoothly easy)

With flash, lipstick on top, blush on bottom

Without flash, lipstick on top, blush on bottom
Here’s a coupe of outdoor shots of me wearing both. See how sheer and beautifully blended the cream blush looks? I did that with my fingers!

I wore Soar lip liner by MAC under Tangelo to make it pop. 

I paired the coral cheeks and lips with this spring-inspired green and peach eye

Here’s what it looked like indoors

I’d like to also point out that Youngblood Cosmetics does NOT test on animals (yay!)