Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Artists Day

The artless are the ones that fund the arts !
If you ask yourself why ARTISTS (tattooists, painters,singers,dancers,musicians or anyone who falls under the artist category) charge "so much"... We don't get paid vacation, we don't get paid sick days, we don't get bonuses for outstanding performances nor for Christmas. We don't have insurance plans. We sacrifice our family on special days so that we can bring happiness to others. Illness or personal affairs are not excuses for a bad performance. Next time you ask, remember that ARTISTS are ARTISTS because of the love of music & art but that love doesn't pay the bills. Happy Artists Day!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Inspired Ombre Nails

Nothing special, but I've been loving ombre nails recently and thought I'd do a Thanksgiving spin on my nails this week :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

few things I'm thankful for...

1. My Husband and My Marriage

I was blessed with an amazing man who came into my life and made my world for the better. He's the best father, I couldn't have hand-picked someone better. He is so incredibly reliable, giving, humble, strong, and will do anything to see his girls smile.

2. My 3 Darling Daughters

Sicilia (6), Cora (18m), and Zoey (6m). Each one such a different personality and all three beautiful. I love being a mom and having 3 little girls. They make me smile so much :)

3. Having a successful career doing something I love...Makeup!

It took years to get to this point... I'm so thankful for all the experiences I've had within this industry. I've done magazines, movies, tv, news, weddings, runways, and my favorite: teaching. To the aspiring makeup artists out there -- it doesn't happen overnight. There's no magical thing you can do to make it happen quickly. Keep pressing on and practice your patience!!

4. The Phoenician Weather

While there are definitely things about where I live that I'm not fond of, in general, the weather is not one of them. It's November 24th and it's about 78 degrees. I'm not a winter girl. I hate the cold... Sure, Arizona summers are brutally hot, but the other 9 months of the year is sheer heaven.

What are some things you are thankful for?

xo Lauren

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving FOTD & Tutorial

Products Used:

-MAC Studio Finish Concealer nc30 for base
-MAC Eyeshadows: Going Bananas, Melon Pigment, Saffron, Samoa Silk, Charcoal Brown
-MAC Dipdown Gel Eyeliner
-MAC Plushlash Mascara
-MAC Studio Finish Concealer mixed with Careblends Oil as a foundation
-MAC Studio Finish Corrector in Deep Brown mixed with Careblends Oil used as contour
-MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light-Plus and Dark
-MAC Melon Pigment for cheek highlight
-MAC Blushbaby blush
-MAC Pinkular Lipglass

Peep the tutorial here:

Review: Hana 1" Hair Straightener

I'm constantly on the look out for hair straighteners because my hair is VERY curly, especially in the back. I hate it. I don't hate the curls, I just hate how uneven the curl is. The underside is corkscrew curly, the top is just wavy, and all over THICK. My hair is like 2.5 inches thick when I do a tight's insane. Needless to say, straightening all this thick and stubborn curly hair takes a LONG time.
I came across a Hana pro straightener. It worked good and it goes up to 450 degrees F. which I like because my hair needs HEAT. I wish I had gotten the 1.5 inch because I think any 1" straightener is just too small for how thick and curly my hair is. I think if you have fine, normal, or even semi-thick hair from straight to wavy, this product would be great for you. For me it took a little more effort, but that's what I'm used to. I also tried the Shine Shield heat protectant product. I did really like that because 1.) it had almost no smell, and 2.) it left my hair soft but not greasy.
I think the next straightener I'll try is a good ol' CHI iron. I've heard amazing things about that one, but still haven't had the opportunity to get one. I'm linking you to this particular site because they're having TONS of sales on their irons and blowdryers. If you're in the market to buy one, please check it out.

Friday, November 18, 2011

1990s makeup and tutorial

I just realized that I never posted this when I was finished with it.

products used:

MAC shadows: ricepaper, woodwinked, ground brown
MAC blacktrack fluidline
MAC zoomlash mascara

MSFN light plus
mac studio finish concealer nc30
mac fleur power blush

mac chestnut lip pencil
mac taupe lipstick
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

I Adore This GIVEAWAY!! Adore Me Lingerie Giveaway

I adore this giveaway because it's so different from any giveaway you'll find on a blog. I'm giving away a lingerie set from Adore Me which is the first lingerie website to offer personalized shopping that fits your style. If you've ever seen shoe or handbag subscription websites like, Adore Me works much in the same way. For $39.95 a month, you will get a showroom with a bunch of lingerie sets in it that are chosen for you based on your style. You get to choose 1 per month. They have on call stylists who are there to answer any questions you have, even questions about how it will fit. When you first sign up, you take a quick style quiz that analyzes your style. The best part, in my opinion, is that if you don't see something you don't like one month, you can skip it and you won't be charged! Considering 1 Victoria Secret bra is about $40 by itself, it's such a steal to get a whole lingerie set for about the same price!

Enter this giveaway for your chance to win a FREE lingerie set! Don't worry about the size, whoever wins will get to pick the style and size they'd like!

- Answer this question in a comment below: What do you ADORE most about cosmetics? A random winner will be chosen.
- Must be subscribed to this blog to have a chance to win.
- Double your chance of winning by also tweeting and linking myself (@makeupartistLC) and Adore Me (@adoreme) in it.

This contest will close on 11/30/2011. Good luck!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Parlor Smoke Quad Eye looks (from mac's fall 2011 collection)

Parlor Smoke Quad

products used in last look:

parlor smoke quad, dazzlelight eyeshadow on highlight
zoomlash mascara

studio fix fluid nc25

mineralize blush in "gentle"

multi use gloss in "duo rose"