The Beauty of Black Friday

I always have mixed emotions about Black Friday, because I feel guilty that people have to work when they could be with their families. Especially since Black Friday deals are now starting in stores on actual Thanksgiving. But I feel less bad doing Black Friday shopping online.

I am literally buying online from these exact places to stock up my kit, thought I’d share on the deals I’ve found.

I love the portable airbrush (the brush and the compressor,) Click here for how-to videos.

the s/b foundations (great for all skin types and can also be applied with a foundation brush.)

the dura foundation (alcohol based so once it’s on it doesn’t budge. Ideal for body.)

and the clear bags.  Also don’t forget to get some cleaner.

I also like the new airpod set up (I blogged about it a few posts back) because of the convenience. This formula will be slightly more hydrating than the s/b formula.

Enter code FALLFF for an additional 25% off everything.  

(the difference between temptu pro site and temptu site is that temptu pro sells the s/b foundation.) This goes from Nov. 25th- Dec. 2nd.


I love the cheekstains, the inner rim liner,  the waterproof eyeliner, the creaseless concealer,  and poreless perfecting primer. Enter code FRIDAY! for 25% off everything.  Nov 25th- Nov 27th.

Tarte-Cheek-StainCheekstain colors (photo from the daily baily b)

Tarte Marcuja Creaseless Full Cover Concealer colors

1 Fair, 2 Light, 3 Fairly Light Neutral, 4 Light, 5 Light Sand,6 Light Medium, 7 Light Medium Sand, 8 Medium, 9 Medium Neutral,10 Medium Sand, 11 Tan, 12 Tan Deep, 12 Deep. (photo from soundly sensible beauty)

Here’s a fun photo from when I got Carlie Stylez ready for her bridals. The silver hair was just a spoof, but it looks kinda cool in the photo right?carlie_stylezDoes anyone have any questions about products? I’m happy to help however I can! <3

On Carlie’s lips:

Rouge Dior lipstick in Rose Baiser 361, Lancome lip liner in Caramel,  MAC Myth in center to highlight, Chanel gloss Rose Tendre. 


Don’t mind me, i’m just going to be browsing this Nordstrom sale now……..

Natural Holiday Makeup

Holiday makeup is always pretty, but not always natural looking. I wanted to do a look that is still fun and festive, but isn’t so over-the-top that if you don’t wear a lot of makeup you’d feel like an imposter in your own skin. how_to_do_eye_makeup_1I started with all the basics. Also, in the following paragraphs I am being a bit more detailed because I want you guys to understand why different products work for different things <3

Foundation: Airbrush (this set gets you all the basics you need to figure out your exact color match, plus you have options if you are more fair in the winter or more tan in the summer. Also great for anyone wanting to do makeup on others.)

You can also apply the foundation with a normal foundation brush. I love this brush here

A good foundation for oily skin is Double Wear Light 

Double Wear Light

A good foundation for normal dry skin is this one from YSL

YSL Foundation

For normal/combo or normal to dry skin I like this contour cream

Contour Cream

Use this Armani brush to apply the contour to the sides of the nose, and under-curve of the cheekbone

Armani Brush

then blend with a damp beauty blender.

  Beauty Blender & Cleanser

If you’re more oily or prefer a matte finish, I like this Sculpting Powder 

Sculpting Powder
 and I apply the contour powder down the sides of the nose and under-curve of the cheekbone using this Armani brush here
 Armani Brush 

Undereye Concealer: Lancome Effacernes




Eyes: Urban Decay Anti-aging eyeshadow primer (makes your eyeshadow stay on)

MAC eyeshadows ( Light under-brow is Blac Type. Warm brown in crease is Saddle. Darker brown outer corner is Brun.)

Use brush MAC 239 for Blanc Type

Use brush MAC 213 for Saddle and Brun.

Mascara is Lancome Hypnose

Brows: This Anastasia brow set is error-proof. To figure out which stencil fits your brows, hold them up to your brow and whichever one lines up closest at the peak (or arch) of your brow and where your brow starts, is your stencil.

Lips: Native lipliner. 


MAC Myth lipstick. 


On lid add the gold: To get a reeeeally good metallic finish I used Makeup Forever Flash Color (gold) This case is SO USEFUL! I remember when I bought it thinking “I’m not sure if I’ll use all of these colors.” But this thing has come in handy SO many times! I’ve used it as a cream blush, I’ve used it for face painting, and for a million other things like on the back up kiddos in this music video (Despicable Me inspired ;))

Add the gold from this

For metallic shadows and creams I like this brush MAC 242




Eyeliner on top: Chanel Liquid eyeliner

Eyeliner on bottom: Lancome Le stylo Noir

Lashes: Ardell 122

Lipgloss: Bobbi Brown Crystal I like this gloss because you can put it over anything and it doesn’t change the color, just makes it crazy shiny and smooth.


Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! <3

Photos by Jessa Kae

Natural makeup for photos

before_after_web_natural_makeupI got this lovely gal ready for some photos and it was great chatting with her and her hubs (who had like the WORST day ever and was still having a good attitude about being in photos. I was impressed.)

Here’s was I used:

Complexion: Tarte Clean Slate face primer,  IIID Foundation in Sunlit, Stone, Ruby and Pearl,  Cle de Peau concealer,  Guerlain ‘Les Voilettes’ Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil, Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray

Eyes: Urban Decay Anti-aging shadow base, MAC eyeshadows in Antiqued, Ricepaper, and Woodwinked. Liner on top is Chanel black liquid liner, lower inner rim liner is Lancome Blanc.  Lashes are Siren from House of Lashes. Brows are Anastasia Brow Wiz in Blonde and Anastasia angle brush.

Lips: Urban Decay lip liner in Rush. Lipstick is MAC Syrup. Gloss is Bobbi Brown Crystal.

Hair: Gold n Hot 3/4 inch curling iron, Oribe Superfine, Oribe Beach Spray

I realized that I will often just link to different products and not necessarily explain why I like them. Let me first tell you that I’ve been told I have a very high attention to details, at least with certain things. I take this feedback as a nice way of saying that I’m super picky :). I spend SO. MUCH. TIME. looking for products that are the best of the best. In fact, I’ve had to ground myself in the past from makeup browsing because I can spend countless hours on it! For a few months I had a firm “use what I already own” rule.  It lasted until more of my favorites got discontinued haha.


So today I’m going to talk about the Chanel eyeliner I love. I was first introduced to it by my dear dear friend Jeanne years ago, who also had a very high attention to detail. But she was way better than me at remembering the names of every single product ever made, also every single human’s name. Brilliant person.

The reason I like this eyeliner:

  • Super black pigment
  • Stays on really well
  • Has a skinny minny brush that makes it easier to get a thin line

I feel like every single product ever made can have a downside. Some things I can deal with, others I can’t. This one’s totally tolerable. In fact let’s just call it the “take extra care to notice.”

So take extra care to notice that occasionally it will have too much product on the brush. NBD I just wipe the excess off before I apply. That’s it!

winter_work_clothesI was starting to feel bad that I sometimes get super lazy about doing my own hair, and wear lots of hats. But then I decided to track how much time I spend on just cleaning and organizing makeup, and It’s about 10 hours a week! (this does not include my inventory and product research.)  That made me feel a little better about my occasional lack of getting ready.

Speaking of cleaning makeup, another product that I love is the Makeup Forever brush cleaner.

I just spray it on a towel or paper towel and then wipe the bristles of your brush back and forth. Super effective! This product’s “take extra care to notice” is just careful to not overspray and then inhale (you’d think that would be common sense, you…would….think…ha) it can be kind of fumey.

Oh and my dress is from Shabby Apple

And this hat i’m obsessed with is the Eugenia Kim Harper  hat.

I FINALLY caved and bought this after going through, literally 3 other grey similar style but cheaper hats, in the last 6 months. When I was first wearing it my husband said “Oh! You were able to fix the hat that shrunk!? Oh wait, no that’s the one where the top came off from the rest of the hat, did you sew it?” Soooo, ya. I guess sometimes you get what you pay for. I wear this hat, like probably too much. It’s holding up like a champ.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxo

glamorous engagement makeup

When Cambria (a fellow makeup and hair artist) hired me to get her ready for all of her wedding festivities I couldn’t help but feel incredibly flattered! She was going for a more glamorous vibe so we went with this look for her engagement photos. cambria_warm_webHere are a few details about her look:

Her lip liner is MAC Burgundy Lip Liner, her lip stain is Chanel in Ever Red, her blush is Tarte Glisten , her lashes are House of Lashes in Siren.

I curled her hair using my GHD 1inch curling iron, and used Oribe Superfine Hairspray, and Backcomb in a Bottle. 

Happy Friday everyone! <3