Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bridal Expo

This past weekend, the boy and I worked my first bridal expo booth. It was very exciting to say the least! Of course going into it I had the nerves and dreaded all sorts of things, like "What if no one comes to my booth?", "What if people think makeup isn't that important?", "What if my booth isn't VaVaVoom enough for them?". Well, I got over all my fears super fast. It seemed like once those doors opened people flooded in and headed straight for my table. I couldn't believe it! I met tons of different people, answered yearning questions about my job, and above all had the biggest smile on my face:). My wonderful bf was such a big help as well. It was so nice to have some extra support there for when I was questioning myself and needed to be brought back down to earth. Oh and did I mention he offered to go?? Such a keeper that one is :).

I'm so thrilled that everything went as well as it did this past weekend. Sometimes I find that I doubt this job way more than I should, but I think that's normal and keeps me grounded. And right when I start to doubt everything this makeup world entails, a "Rock Star" moment happens and I love my job even more and know that this is exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. It really proves the saying of "follow your dreams", and that's exactly what I did and I honestly couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Oh Hello, Mr. Mailman

I finally jumped on the band wagon with all my girlfriends and purchased a Birchbox that they oh-so rave about each month. It's possibly one of the best ideas I've ever heard of and absolutely one of those that makes you go, "Why didn't I think of that?".

I really love this company! Not long ago they had an article in Cosmo about how they got started all the way to where they are now. Such an amazing story. I immediately ordered my monthly box!

After months and months and a few more months after that (seriously)of being outta the loop, I finally ordered it and received my samples for the month. My girlfriends haven't stopped talking about Birchbox for as long as I can remember and would talk about all the products they would receive each month. I was pleasantly surprised to find a ton of goodies. From nail polish to hair elixir, they give you tiny samples that are customized to your personality profile to try out and if you end up loving them (which I'm sure will happen with all the samples I get, I'm sorta a hoarder when it comes to products) you can purchase them through the website. How great is this?!?!

I highly recommend this deal to anyone and to jump on the band wagon a lot faster than I did. For just $10 a month you get a ton of stuff to try and you cannot beat the deal by any means! You'll love it and never look back!

Stila eyeshadows, Ageless perfume, Orofluido hair elixir,
Jouer luminizing moisture tint,  Color Club nail polish, renewal tea bags

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mod Monday

After a very eventful and busy weekend, this morning came way to early. This weekend was spent boating on the lake and grilling out with good company along with a fabulous wedding party in the early morning hours on Saturday. Kinda sad it all had to come to an end (tear:() So with all this said, I barely wore any makeup at all, but I love having weekends like this where I just throw on a bit of concealer, brows, and mascara and let all my freckles hang out without a care in the world. 

Then life hit hard on Monday morning when my alarm clock went buzzing-a-muck at 7 a.m. and after much convincing to myself I finally pulled my tired behind outta bed. Ugh, coffee where are you?!?! Even though it was a groggy morning, I wanted to spice it up a bit and do a look that I sometimes wear that adds a pop of color but yet it is so simple and fast to achieve. Simple and fast before coffee in the morning?? Done and done. I feel it's going to be a good day when I spice up my eyes for the day, especially since this past weekend they were pretty much naked. They definitely needed a little ooomph this a.m.. It's great for spring and upcoming summer for any outfit. Love this look and hope you will too. 

Line the bottom lash line with a pop of color
 and add a little spice to a drabby day

Misfit by Nars. Dust the nude color all over the lid then
 line the green shade with a thin wet brush on the bottom

My favorite thin brush by Trish McEvoy. You can use shadows
 or cream liners to get a thin line of  color around the eye

Great brand for waterproof liner. I only use a pencil to line the inner
 part of the eye. It tends to stay on longer throughout the day.

Love this mascara! Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
 adds doll-like lashes to any look

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Homemade Facials

In makeup school, we were taught to make homemade facials using ingredients from our own fridge to apply to the face. Ingredients like egg whites and avocado can be used to tighten and moisturize the skin when left on for a period of time and the good news is it's all natural, so no chemicals or preservatives to aggravate your skin. Whoop Whoop!! 

It's citrus fruit season and this means great news for our skin. Living in Florida and coming from a long line of family citrus growers, I've learned the many benefits that citrus fruit has on the body, inside and out. Their loaded with tons of antioxidants and vitamins that are great for your body and your mood. Adding a little citrus to your diet can really make your skin glow and help keep skin clear. The natural citric acid in the fruits is so highly acidic, it easily sloughs off and exfoliates dead skin cells. The detoxifying antiseptic properties help heal stretch marks, get rid of acne, and fight fungus.

So before you snack on one of these delicious fruits, try it out on your skin and see the transformation take place. You'll notice a brighter and healthier complexion within the first week. Enjoy!

Mandarin Scrub
1. 2 tsp baking soda
2. 2 tsp honey
3. 1/2 tsp mandarin juice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. In the shower, apply to the face and scrub for 2 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Lime Acne Treatment
1. 1 cup whole milk
2. juice of one lime
3. 1 tsp glycerin 
Boil milk in a saucepan and add the lime juice and glycerin. Turn off the mixture and let it cool for 30 minutes. When cool, dab the mixture on the face using a washcloth and leave on over night. Wash off with warm water.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Va Va Voom


I'm in love with the new trend of red sultry lips these days. I'm rocking more and more of this look these days as well. The ladies of this years Academy Awards were loving it too. From Angelina to Emma, these girls were pulling it off fabulously. Everyone can pull off this amazing look only if you use the right shade of red. It's better to use a more pink red if you have more pink undertones in your skin and to use a more deep red if you have more blue undertones in your skin. 

Many women have been hesitant to work the vixen deep inside of them, but I'm showing you the ease of how to pull off this classic look. Now you can rock a red lip whenever your heart desires. Rock it out! 

My favorite red lipstick 

Best liner ever! Too Faced Anti-Feathering Clear Liner.
Perfect to use with every shade of lipstick

Line your outer lip to prevent feathering
 of lipstick in the long run

I add a little bit of moisturizer before applying my lipstick.
This prevents chapped lips and lipstick settling into creases

Fill in the lips for the most part with your
 lipstick avoiding the outer edge

Use a lip brush to perfectly line the edge of the lips.
This prevents smudging and mistakes

The fabulous end result! Now your ready for
a day/night on the town:)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

B.B. Bonanza

The latest and greatest of foundations these days are the new B.B. Cream's from many different brands. One of my favorite's is by the skincare line Boscia and I'm absolutely obsessed with this stuff. If I'm running 10 minutes behind in the morning, I can swipe a little B.B. cream on, mascara, throw some brows on (can't be seen without them) and head out the door. It's definitely a must-have in my makeup bag, especially for the hot summer months.

Recently, a reader ask me if I've tried the new B.B. Cream by Smashbox. I hadn't, but I was very curious in seeing how this new product compared to my beloved Boscia. I decided to try it out and to my surprise it's just as amazing and has great coverage. The benefits are just as good as the Boscia product and I would definitely recommend using this product for a quick on-the-go moment. 

Smashbox B.B. Cream with
amazing added benefits for the skin

Put a little on the tip of your finger.
Remember: a little goes a long way

I dab a little on each main area of the
 face to get an even amount of coverage

Blend blend blend....and smile:)

the coverage is fantastic even
 before finishing off  the look

Ready to take on the day

Have any of you tried the new Smashbox B.B. Cream? What do you think? Have you ever tried a B.B. Cream of another brand?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Snookie Be Gone

Wedding season is in full effect here in Florida. I have been one busy-bee doing trial runs and wedding day makeups. Shewweeh! Loving the new people I'm meeting and especially knowing that I'm making someone look absolutely gorgeous for the biggest day of their life. It's really an honor to be a part of such a special moment. 

Now that I'm back on the bandwagon and still "chuckin along" (as my mom would say), I'm excited to get back to the drawing board of answering some of life's (and women's) most sought after answers to makeup. I recently had a few people tell me that my recent bronzer/highlighter post was great and really gave them an idea of what type of products to but, but when in came time for them to get in front of the mirror, they froze. Do I put in all over my face?, What cheek bone?, Will I look like Snookie? Aaahhhhhh!!

Oh geez! I know this feeling. Bronzer can sometimes feel like the black hole of makeup. How on earth is it going to turn out? So to help before your head explodes, here's a little tutorial video to help out. Enjoy!!