Thursday, January 27, 2011

In my car fotd 1

This was a fotd I posted on my other blog a few months ago, but I wanted to share it here because I plan on doing more of these fun car fotds ***just to be clear, I don't do them while driving, I do them in the parking lot when I'm waiting to pick my daughter up from school.*** It's a fun challenge because I just use whatever I find in my purse. I'm not the type of person to keep a set amount of things in my purse, but I'll throw random things in my purse here and there depending on what I need to touch up for that day...I'm sure most of you know how it is :)

So while waiting in the parking lot to pick up my daughter from school, I had 20 minutes to spare, so I decided to make an fotd using some of the random crap I found in my purse! It was all random stuff I had from previous days and weeks, and was determined to make a look with it

The 4 brushes that I had to work with in my purse were a 187, 168, 217, and 213 (what more could a girl need, other than a 266 lol)

Products used:

  • eyes:
    • MAC select cover up concealer nw15
    • shadows:
      • CARGO: Saucilito duo (beige on my brow bone, the brown in my crease, undereyes, and brows)
      • MAC pigment: frozen white (on lid)
    • MAC plushlash in black
  • skin:
    • MAC studio fix powder nc35 (not my color, but I just used it lightly to get some coverage)
    • MAC hyper real powder in medium
    • MAC mineralized blush in "gentle"
    • MAC hyper real powder in lavender fx for highlight
  • lips
    • MAC lipstick Lazy Day
    • MAC lipglass Crystal Rose

new MAC and OPI Haul!!

Wooo! Ok, first thing's first, here's what I got:

OPI (Left to Right) - 1. Yoga-Ta Get This Blue!, 2. Teal The Cows Come Home, 3. Need Sunglasses?, 4. Mod-Ern Girl, 5.  All Rose Lead to Rome.

Studio Fix Lash in black
Pro Pan Eyeshadow "Brun"
Pro Pan Eyeshadow "Mulch"
Pro Pan Eyeshadow "Era"
Pro Pan Eyeshadow "Seedy Pearl"
Pro Pan Eyeshadow "Phloof!"
Lipstick "Angel"
Cream Colour Base "Madly Magenta"
Brush 191
Brush 318
Eye Kohl "Feline"
Fluidline "Waveline"
Fluidline "Dark Diversion"
Studio Fix Fluid Foundation NC25
Studio Sculpt Foundation NC15

The Majority of the MAC items were just common products I use in my kit that I needed to replace. The only thing I really got for  "me" were the fluidlines and the lipstick. Happy with all of it!

I know the bright pink cream colour base looks like it would be for fun too, but surprisingly this is a staple in my kit. Years before MAC re-promoted it in its "Stylishly Yours" Collection, this same cream colour base was promoted. I had a couple and throughout the years have been using them up. I use it all the time as a base under ANY purple eyeshadow. It REALLY makes a huge difference in how vibrant the purple appears. Can't seem to get your hands on this cream colour base? Try using a magenta colored lipstick (yes, lipstick!) and use a brush and apply it just like you would any other base :) MAC re-promoted this color in JUST the right time! My last one was just about out!

I'm just recently starting to get into colors on my nails. I've been french tipping my nails for the past 8 years and it's time I added some spunk! Right now my FAVORITE nail polish color is China Glazes "Flip Flop Fantasy"'s soooo bright (and makes me look more than than I really am, hehe).

xo Lauren

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bronze eye, Hot pink lip FOTD

products used:

  • eyes
    • mac studio finish concealer nw20 as a base
    • mac shadows:
      • vanilla and cloudbound (highlight)
      • woodwinked (lid)
      • cosmo (lid and transition area)
      • brun (crease and under eye)
    • mac plushlash in brownette
    • mac fluidline in dipdown
  • skin
    • mac studio sculpt concealer nc25
    • mac MSFN light-medium
    • mac hyper real pressed powder in extra light for highlight
    • nars "orgasm" blush
    • mac blush "emote" to contour
  • lips
    • mac lipstick "impassioned"
    • mac lip pencil "trimmed in pink"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hooray! I won!

Phoenix, AZ – {January 25, 2011} - WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Makeup and Hair by Lauren has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Makeup Artists! 

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation. 

Makeup and Hair by Lauren stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year. 

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Makeup and Hair by Lauren for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.” 

We are happy to announce that Makeup and Hair by Lauren is among the very best Makeup Artist within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011. 

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at 

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Royal Wink fotd

Seriously, I'm in love with this look. I wore it yesterday too.

Products used:

  • MAC rice paper (a very thin dusting all over)
  • MAC charcoal brown (a tiny tiny bit in the crease)
  • MAC royal wink fluidline (2 coats)
  • MAC zoomlash in black
  • MAC dipdown fluidline for brows
  • MAC studio fix fluid nc20
  • MAC mineralize skinfinish nat light medium
  • MAC mineralize skinfinish nat medium-plus for contour
  • NARS Angelika blush
  • MAC ricepaper shadow as a highlight (small amount)
  • MAC snob lipstick


Thursday, January 20, 2011

LC Makeup Seminar in LA on June 24th

Hey everyone,

I know many of you are going to IMATS this summer in Pasadena, CA. As many of you know, I teach makeup lessons here in Phoenix and wanted to take advantage of being in a different state by having a seminar. I'm in the process of setting it up with the Starwood Sheraton Hotel in Pasadena (Across the street from the IMATS convention center), but before I finalize anything with the hotel, I need an aproximate head count of who will attend.

Here's what the seminar is scheduled to cover (this may change if you all request other things):

  • a few eye looks
  • day to evening makeup
  • bridal makeup
  • perfect foundation application
  • contouring and highlighting
  • lip application (including how to apply a perfect red lip)
  • tattoo cover
  • how to apply false lashes on others
  • color theory
  • brush usages
  • how to make money as an artist
*Goody Bags* will be given to everyone (makeup samples and full size products), and snacks will be provided. Alcohol provided but you have to show proof of being legal drinking age :)

There will be a lot of classroom interaction (and don't come to the class with perfected makeup, because we'll be doing makeup on each other and I'll be doing demo's on you guys)

The Seminar will be 3 hours long and costs $200. Please email me if you'd like to sign up...thanks in advance

xo LC

a pic from a small group class I taught last year

Monday, January 17, 2011

makeup forever contest - i need ideas

In the near future I will be holding a Make Up For Ever giveaway contest. I'll be specifically purchasing products for this contest and want some feedback on what you like most from MUFE. I'll probably buy 2-5 items

comment with product names and colors that you'd love to add to your collection

let me know!

Contest Ended Early Due To People Playing Un-fair!

Contest winner - Pretty As Peaches, congrats!!

I was forced to end my MAC Giveaway contest early due to people not playing fair. Even though I spelled out the official rules very clearly, people still did not listen.

It was quite *obvious* that some of you were getting your friends to just make an account, and subscribe. This was against the rules and I verified every single commenter's account to check if they were 1.) subscribed, 2.) had a blog or were following other blogs as well, and 3.) didn't just make their account in Jan 2011. 

Some accounts were *very* questionable to say the least, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt anyway. 

There were many commenters who had made their accounts in January 2011, following only my blog, didn't have a blog of their own, no picture, zero views, etc. It was very obvious and I'm sorry but any of those accounts were immediately discredited.

Pretty as Peaches didn't have a single person make up an account, and had the most commenters (that were real).

Pretty as Peaches, please email me at to give me your name and address, thanks so much.

Better luck next time to those of you who wanted to win. I'll have a Smashbox contest later on. Please play fair!

xo LC

Saturday, January 15, 2011

shiny blue eye fotd

  • eyes
    • NYX jumbo pencil in Pots n Pans as a base on lid
    • Victoria Secret Eyeshadow in "Spin" on lid
    • MAC shadow "contrast" on inner and outer corner
    • MAC shadow "wedge" in crease
    • MAC shadow "vanilla" as highlight
  • skin
    • MAC mineralized skinfinish natural used wet
    • NARS blush Angelika
    • CLARINS instant light complexion perfecter
  • lips
    • MAC lipglass easy lounger

Thursday, January 13, 2011

birthday fotd

I turned 25 on January 7th, yay me!

SO sorry for the crappy picture quality, i took these on a different camera that SUCKS.

products used:

  • eyes
    • MAC select sheer cover up nw15 as a base
    • Urban Decay Shadow - Gunmetal (lid)
    • MAC nylon (highlight)
    • MAC charcoal brown (crease)
    • MAC black tied (crease)
    • MAC fluidline blacktrack
    • eyebrows: MAC fluidline dipdown set with MAC shadow take wing
    • Fake lashes
  • skin
    • Smashbox face primer
    • mac studio fix fluid nc25
    • mac glimmershimmer sweet and shy for highlight
    • MAC blush taupe for contour
    • MAC blush tenderling
  • lips
    • MAC cremestick liner in gingerroot
    • MAC lipstick Daslu

Only 1 week left in the contest

Hey everyone

There's only 1 week left in this contest. I'm shocked that so many of you are just letting this pass by. There's fun limited edition stuff that's I'm offering for free!

Rules and Contest here:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

starting the new year off with a POW

We're only a week into 2011 and already there are incredible plans and things currently happening that I could have only dreamed about before.

For one, I'm building an office/studio. I've always had an office, but now that baby #3 is on the way, my office will become a bedroom like it's original intent was. We've got a strangely laid out house in that the dining room looks like its own room but one of the walls is a half wall that opens out to the great room. I'm having the half wall built up to a full wall, and turning that into my new office and adding a studio in there. Then, in our great room, we'll add the dining room. That room is more than big enough to accommodate both rooms. Yesterday I received my backdrops, professional lighting, and hd camcorder I had ordered for my youtube videos. When I said I was going to be focusing on youtube tutorials, I meant it. I also bought a new chic desk since my other one is too small. My hubby helped me put it all together last night and it's really turning out :) Pictures to follow when it's complete. And the new and improved tutorials will begin probably on tuesday.

Secondly, I'm starting up a business and putting a lot of time, money, and tears into getting that up and going. The concept is a secret as of right now, sorry :/

I'm also writing a makeup artist's manual for my one-on-one and group classes that I offer to aspiring makeup artists. I had a small one before, but since I'm getting more classes lined up, I felt the time was right to write a proper book. This should be completed by the beginning of February, and no, as of now, they will not be for sale or available to anyone other than students.

Lastly, I've been booking incredible jobs. I started out the new year by booking a very highly paid music video (keeping the artist a secret) shoot. There's a lot of other really exciting ventures for me, I feel so blessed!

curious what's on my eyes? Cloudbound, Up at  Dawn
 and Violet Trance from the Balloonacy Quad
Also, 2 days ago was my 25th birthday. Everyone and especially my husband made me feel so great, although I never got that Ice cream cake I wanted...hehe :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

watch me do makeup :)

Not exactly a tutorial, but I posted a sped-up version of me putting on makeup from my last FOTD

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! Yay for 2011, it's going to be an amazing year!

2010 was a changing year for my career in a very good way. Things just got better and better for my business as each month went on, So I know that 2011 is going to be amazing to say the least.

Don't forget about the free MAC makeup contest!