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Sanitize Those Brushes!!

After you've cleaned your makeup brushes with your favorite brush cleaner or soap, it's also important to sanitize them as well. In addition to your makeup bag, brush holder, vanity area and any surface you may use during makeup application with 70% alcohol.

Disinfecting with 70% versus 91% or higher has more germ killing power compared to something more concentrated. Plus anything higher evaporates too quickly to be effective.

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Here's How:

  1. Pour a small amount of the rubbing alcohol into a glass bowl and quickly dip the brush several times.
  2. Squeeze, blot and gently wipe dry with a clean paper towel.
  3. Dry your brushes upside down to prevent the brush hairs from falling out. Because laying them flat can cause the glue holding the brush hairs inside the ferrule can become loose.
(drying rack as pictured can be purchased on Amazon and Ebay)

(drying rack as pictured can be purchased on Amazon and Ebay)

Write The Vision!

My job as a professional makeup artist for the past 20 years has allowed me to make people from all over the world with various backgrounds, look and feel beautiful on the outside and now my vision board (with two pages of affirmation words to go with it) will make you beautiful on the inside!  We all need that little extra boost sometimes at pursuing goals, dreams or visions, so this tool will help guide you in the right direct to stay focused and reminded daily.

I came up with this idea because I had to create a vision board for myself.  In addition to practicing quoting affirmations on a regular basis.  And one day it hit me,  help those get a boost on making one for themselves.

Do this alone at your leisure or turn it into a "vision board party" with your family and friends!  So pull out your magazines, catalogs, newspapers, markers, scissors, glue sticks and of course some jazz music and have fun!  

And always remember to THINK IT, SPEAK IT & BECOME IT!

Complete the form below to begin the download.

Fix Broken Eyeshadow!

Discovering that you've broken your favorite shade of eyeshadow can be the most devisating thing one can image. Your heart jumps a beat and you gasp suddenly. Because let's face it, makeup isn't cheap. And boy does it create a horrible mess if you don't discover it in time! 

But like anything in life it's fixable... here's how. 

Tools you'll need:

  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (mist spray bottle or dropper)
  • Cosmetic Sponges (wedges) 
  • Spatula  
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Let's begin: 

  1. Clean and sanitize your spatula with the alcohol. 
  2. Use the spatula to chop up all of the broken pieces.
  3. Make sure the eyeshadow is finely chopped into a loose powder consistency. 
  4. Spritz two pumps of the alcohol (or dropper) over top of the loose powder eyeshadow.  Now here's where you have to work fast... using the spatula mix the alcohol and the loose eyeshadow together. 
  5. Take the cosmetic wedge and press the flat side against the shadow and press hard.
  6. And there you have it... your eyeshadow is back to normal. 

The quick evaporation of the alcohol can cause this to dry quick, so work fast. If it doesn't turn out right, add one spritz (or drop) of alcohol to the eyeshadow and use a clean cosmetic sponge to press it out to your liking. 

Roto-Rooter Commercial

This past January, I had the pleasure of working on set for a Roto-Rooter Valentine's Day Facebook campaign as the key makeup artist.  Which took place in Covington, Kentucky.  Check out the clip in addtion to a few behind the scene photo taken on set.

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Pink Friday & Shop Small!

Stop by the studio in the Reading Bridal District November 25 & 26 11am-3pm for our Pink Friday and Small Business Saturday events.  207 W.  Benson St.  Cincinnati, OH 45215

Come for additional discounts, food, music and socializing.

Look for the "pink door"!

Veils & Cocktails!

The Madison Event Center in Covington, Kentucky pulled off another "fabulous" year for Veils & Cocktails on 9/8/16!

A fun-filled night of various wedding vendors, brides, good food, music and of course cocktails.  Which makes it a wonderful girls night out.  Followed by an amazing fashion show provided by Donna Salyers ' Fabulous Bridal where I was the the lead makeup artist for the show!

This show is only once a year, so please visit www.veilsandcocktails.com or www.thecovingtonmadison.com for more information.

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MAC X Taraji!

I'm so excited for this new collaboration for MAC Cosmetics and actress Taraji P. Henson!  A collection that's to launch in selected MAC stores and online September 6, 2016.  The collection features makeup and tools to achieve the perfect smokey eye, glowing skin and of course a beautiful nude lip!  Filled with soft, deeply wearable neutrals... deep beige, bronzy coral, and reddish brown tones.  Check out the YouTube unboxing video below as a sneak peek .  I can't wait to show my support in purchasing this collection butmost importantly use it on my clients.  #MACtaraji

(a description of the products in this collection are shown below) 

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  • Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash mascara in Black  $23
  • Mineralize Skinfinish in Highlight The Truth  $33
  • Strip Me Down a deep tone beige lipstick  $17
  • Rapidblack eyeliner  $21
  • Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Taraji Glow  $33
  • Brush 187  $42

PHOTOS FROM MAC COSMETICS

Maternity Shoot Makeup!

Araceli Salas is expecting in a few months but before the baby arrives she decided to have a maternity photo shoot on August 10, 2016 with her photographer Clare Liming of Clare Liming Photography .  One of my vendor neighbors in the Reading Bridal District.  

I'm excited to see how her photo shoot turns out!

Below are a few photos from her in-studio appointment with me along with a list of products I used to create the look she requested*.

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With the camera flash "on"!  

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With the camera flash "off"!

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Products used: 

(These products can be purchased at Sephora and Ulta

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*Here's a photo Araceli found on Pinterest. Wanting to capture this look, minus the dramatic false lashes. I got pretty close huh? 😍

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Tip Of The Day

Buying makeup for yourself can be confusing, whether it's from a department store or drug store.  But wondering how long you keep it can be another.  Well here's a tip... some cosmetics companies will actually illustrate on the back of the packaging how long they're suggestion the products shelf life is. In the photo below Maybelline is saying the shelf life for this mascara is 6 months!  

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Here's a list of how long to keep certain beauty products:

  • Mascara*: 3-6 months
  • Eyeliner* (Liquid & gel):   3 months
  • Foundation (Liquid): 6-12 months
  • Concealer:  6-12 months
  • Lip Gloss:   1 year  
  • Eyeliner (Pencils):   2 years
  • Powder Products (eyeshadow, blush, foundation):  2 years  
  • Lipstick:   2 years
  • Nail Polish:  2 years

*If not used everyday, stop continuation of use (and replace) at 6 months!  Extended use of expired products, especially around the eyes can cause irritation and infections. 

 

Here's a few more examples. Sometimes the icon is small and can be hard to see. Or a bit larger and extremely visible.  

Bronzer in "Laguna" by NARS.  24M = 24 Months

Bronzer in "Laguna" by NARS.  24M = 24 Months

Foaming face cleanser by Caudalie.  18M = 18 Months

Foaming face cleanser by Caudalie.  18M = 18 Months

Mally Beauty primer. 18M = 18 Months

Mally Beauty primer. 18M = 18 Months