Saturday, July 30, 2011

Jealousy Wakes FOTD and different lip colors to pair with it!

Hey everyone. I initially had done a fotd using jealousy wakes and sonoran rain lipglass, both from the recent blogger's collection mac put out. It looks awesome with Sonoran Rain, but I was curious how it would look with other colors as well. Next time you don't know what to pair with green eyeshadow, I hope you'll think of this. I could have gone on and on, green shadow pairs well with just about any lip colors! Here are a few options:

Jealousy wakes on lid and crease, Lustre Leaf on center of lid, Blue Storm in crease, Phloof! on brow highlight.

Used Studio fix fluid nc25 mixed with Strobe cream on my skin. Wearing Something Special cream blush.
Jealousy wakes on lid and crease, Lustre Leaf on center of lid, Blue Storm in crease, Phloof! on brow highlight.

Used Studio fix fluid nc25 mixed with Strobe cream on my skin. Wearing Something Special cream blush.

Jealousy wakes on lid and crease, Lustre Leaf on center of lid, Blue Storm in crease, Phloof! on brow highlight

Sonoran Rain Lipglass (sooo pretty!)

With Neon Orange (pro) lipstick

With Lickable Lipstick

With Growing Trend Lipstick (from fashion flower collection)

and this is what my bathroom looked like after I was finished with all that makeup play!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

MAC Semi Precious 128 and 234 Review

These are the two brushes I got from the Semi Precious collection. A lot of people were calling them "gimmicky" and just a way for mac to make more money. While I don't think that they're "gimmicky", I also don't think that they're must have brushes.

I think people think you have to use one side at a time for these brushes, which simply isn't true. You can use the light side, the dark side, or both all at once. That's the beauty of this brush, there are options.

The way I went about testing these brushes was by doing a challenge where I had to apply all of my makeup (not including brows, lips, or liner) with just these two brushes. Here's how it went:

I started out by using the synthetic side (the beige side) of the 234 brush to apply concealer to my lids. Flipped it over to the brown side to blend. By blending, I used primarily the brown side, but had it angled so that part of the lighter fibers would help it blend as well. To go on, I used the synthetic side to apply and place the eyeshadows, while using the other side to blend them.

For my face, I used the 128 brush almost perpendicular to my face, with mostly the brown fibers touching my face, to apply my foundation (studio fix fluid) in a circular buffing motion. I have to say, it applied it flawlessly. It applied it similarly to the 109, except no shedding. It gave an absolute beautiful finish to an otherwise very thick foundation. Then I took the synthetic side, and applied a cream blush. Again, it applied it just beautifully. Actually, this is the best brush I've come across to apply cream foundation. You can apply the cream with the light side, then flip it over to blend it a little better. Then I used both sides of the brush to apply a finishing powder.
I will say, at a separate time I tried applying face and body foundation with the 128 and it completely lumped together the bristles and made it feel gummy. Also at a separate time, I used it to apply regular blush and it applied it just fine.

So all in all, if I had to only have one, it would definitely be the 128. It really enhanced the way the foundation and blush looked. The 234 is just OK for me, I can take it or leave it.

Hope that helps some of you!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Congrats to LauraJean396! You were the Apothica GC Winner!

Have fun picking out something fun for FREE! :)


sexy baseball game fotd

my look is something i might wear on a first date to a baseball game..i know it's a little heavier than most of you would wear to a game, but i like it :p

products used:
  • eyes
  • -mac shadows: next to nothing, tempting, dark edge, sparkle neely sparkle
  • -nars shadow: night breed used as a liner on top and bottom lash line
  • -mac studio fix lash

  • skin
  • -bobbi brown skin foundation
  • -mac matte bronzer
  • -mac hyper real pressed powder extra light for cheek highlight

  • lips
  • -mac chestnut lip pencil
  • -mac lipstick siss

Friday, July 22, 2011

apothica gift card giveaway ends tomorrow...$25 bucks

enter before it's too late! they have some awesome products on there...

actually yesterday I just bought a few things by Clarins on apothica's website. I got the complexion perfecter in champagne, the gentle foaming cleanser, and a men's gift set for my hubby.

see a few posts below to learn how to enter! it's easy peasy...

teal/blue and brown fotd

products used:
-mac shadows: moons reflection, steamy, charcoal brown, omega, and ricepaper
-mac zoomlash in black

bobbi brown skin foundation in sand
mac matte bronzer
mac sheer myster powder to set

mac indie girl l/s
mac gingerroot cremestick liner

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Workshops are available!

8/20/2011 in Phoenix AZ

9/5/2011 in Dayton, OH

Makeup workshop is open to all, you do not have to be a makeup artist to attend. Class is 2 hours long. Registration is $125

Please visit if you're interested in registering.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

blog sale is up!

Click the above tab named "BLOG SALE" to see my current blog sale. Thanks!

purple and blue fotd



products used:

-make up for ever pale blue flash color as a base
-mac her alter image shadow on lid
-mac shock-a-holic shadow on outer lid
-mac submarine shadow in crease
-mac studio fix lash black on upper lashes
-mac blue zoom lash on bottom lashes

-mac bb cream
-mac face and body foundation c2
-mac hyper real pressed powder in light for highlight
-mac msfn medium plus to contour
-mac pink cult blush

-mac icescape lipglass

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Apothica Gift Card Giveaway!

Of course everyone knows Apothica as kind of being the Mecca for all things beauty, skincare, and hair care related. If you've ever had a gift card to Apothica, you'll know just how hard it is to decide what you're going to spend it on.

I always wander over to the Stila section and usually ogle the Smudge Pots. Smudge Pots are fabulous little babies that you can do almost anything with. As a professional makeup artist, I find so many uses for them. My favorite is to use it as a shadow base. You can also use them by themselves as a cream shadow, or you can even take a little brush and apply them as an eyeliner. I've even taken a mascara fan brush with the smudge pot and applied it as colored mascara. Or, you can take the lighter colors like Kitten and use it as a cheek or brow bone high light

Check out all the colors! (I LOVE that blue!)

So, I'm hosting a giveaway for a $25 gift card to Apothica (although you can also use it at or You can find my favorite little Stila goodie there, or choose something else :)

The rules are simple, **You MUST be following my blog to even be considered as the winner!!**

 here are your options:

Option 1: Facebook
1. Visit
2. Write on Apothica’s Facebook wall about what you think of Apothica
Bonus: Opt in to Apothica’s Newsletter
Option 2: Twitter
1. Visit
2. Tweet about Apothica on your own Twitter Account
Bonus: Retweet my tweet about this giveaway
Option 3: Blog
1. Visit
2. Write something on your blog about what you think of Apothica
Bonus: Write about Stila and link it to Apothica

After you finish 1 or all 3 of these options, leave a comment on THIS post telling me which you chose. If you chose the facebook route, link me to where your comment is. If you did the twitter option, link me to your tweet about it. Or, link me to your blog if that's the option you chose.

Contest will be open for 2 weeks and will end on July 21st.

Winner's information will be verified by Apothica.
**open internationally, but beware, Apothica doesn't ship to every country! so check if they ship to your country first on their site!**

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My new case // what's inside my kit

Last year at IMATS I had my eye on the perfect case for my kit but I never took the plunge to buy it. This year, I decided there was no way I was passing it up again!

This thing rivals the Zuca. The zuca is much smaller, and you have to stack pouches..not fun. The only benefit to the zuca is that it is carry-on compatible. However, my new case could fit in a carry on compartment I believe. I can get heavy if you pack it too full, so I'd suggest keeping it light for travel.

This doesn't hold all of my makeup, but it does a great job holding the makeup that I typically bring to jobs. All of my other makeup I keep in my closet in a few organizational drawers.

link to the product +

Monday, July 4, 2011

my fourth of july fotd

happy 4th of july!

products used:

mac face and body c2
mac hyper real pressed powder medium
nars deep throat blush

mac fluidline royalwink mixed with waveline
mac zoom lash in black
mac fascinating eye kohl on waterline

mac redd lip pencil
mac sonoran rain lipglass