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Phamexpo This weekend

This weekend is the Phamexpo(Professional Hair and Makeup Expo) in Los Angeles. The event is open to the public and super beneficial to pros and the beauty lover.  The launch of the expo was last year and it was really intimate and similar to IMATS with professional speakers within the industry, workshops and vendor deals on purchases. In fact it’s the same place where Imats is held and Phamexpo replaced the original Imats date before it moved to January. So We now have 3 makeup conventions, (that i know of)! How awesome is that?!  I assume since the buzz is getting around and this year will be a lot more people, which is good because as an artist or makeup lover it is important to support these expos so they keep coming back with awesome beauty deals and insightful information for pro and aspiring artists. Not so great because of the crowds but great to be around other artists  and like minded people who share your passion. Lets face it, not everyone understands the methods to our madness. The speakers and education they have to offer is enough to go even if you can’t buy anything.

Last year I meat a few other artists who has helped me get to where I am today. It’s amazing for networking, learning and to get products and learn about what’s new.  I highly recommend this event if you are in the Los Angeles area, aspiring artist, makeup lover. It’s all good! http://www.phamexpo.com

I will be in this workshop taught by the amazing Donna Mee on sunday. I am currently an Empire Student and TRUST when I say you want to hear what she has to say. She’s absolutely amazing!

Come out and support the industry we love and appreciate! What are you waiting for?!?! 😛

Are you going to the Phamexpo this year?


Black Friday Deal from Skin Authority!

I LOVE Black Friday(I am a shopaholic) because they are always amazing deals everywhere! For me it outshines Thanksgiving…is that weird? I’m always so excited so I don’t mind standing outside in the cold, all night for a good deal. Although i REFUSE  to camp out for days…its not THAT serious. I really do wish more makeup brands had black friday deals(actually maybe that’s good for my wallet that they don’t).

Well Skin Authority has announced an AMAZING black friday deal. Buy one get one free. Enough said!

Skin Authority is arguably one of my favorite skin care brands so I gotta show them lots of love, why? because it WORKS!  And the staff amazing and so helpful! I have reviewed a couple of their products and I will review more within the next week. Hopefully I can find some time with my busy schedule.

You don’t have to stand in the cold for this deal! To participate in the Black Friday Weekend Event beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, November 29, visit the Skin Authority website: www.skinauthority.com/blackfriday to begin shopping. Want to shop in person? The website lists participating Skin Authority authorized retail and spa locations and will continue to be updated until Black Friday.

Not sure what to buy? Skin Authority offers specially trained and certified Skin Care Coaches to assist customers in choosing the right products. They listen to needs, help set goals, recommend the best products, and hold your hand throughout the entire process. Skin Care Coaching is free and available in-person at participating retail locations, through the Skin Authority website: www.skinauthority.com/myskincoach or via phone at 1-866-325-7546, option 4.

Stay tuned for more details!

Black Friday deal Skin Authority

Night Out with Russian Red Lipstick

I am a huge fan of red lips and I love wearing red lipstick. Red lips look so classic and elegant especially for a night out. When I usually wear red lips I either go neutral on the eyes or if I’m feeling really bold or want to have that smoldering look, I wear a smokey eye. I went neutral here. I wore this for a night out with the girls. I also contoured my face here. I don’t usually contour my face because sometimes I just think it’s too much, for my taste, but I do think its good for a special night out from time to time, The lighting was pretty poor but I tried to get some better pictures 😦

Laura Mercier Oil Free Face Primer
Ben Nye Cream foundation in Almond(to highlight)
Ben Nye Cream Foundation in Mocha (to contour)
Bare Minerals Foundation

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Mac Somoa Silk Eyeshadow on lid
Urban Decay Buck Eyeshadow in crease
Mac Chromographic Pencil NW25/NC30 on waterline
Lise Watier Feline HD Liner

Anastasia Brow Duality Shell (Highlight brows)
Mac Spiked Brow Pencil

Makeup Forever Aqua Lip 8C
Mac Russian Red Lipstick

La Femme Coral Blush




Winged Eye Liner Look

winged Liner-Cat eyes & red lips

I saw this photo on Pinterest and I absolutely LOVED her eyes! So Of Course I had to re-create it. Of Course it’s not to scale and not exactly the same but It is an inspiration. I don’t really care for the thick eyeliner wing on me. I really liked how this came out (not loving my hair though) and I wanted it to be more wearable.  The photo is gorgeous but it’s definitely fashion makeup. I would wear this out to a party or a night out with the girls. It’s not a lot of makeup, it’s really simple, but precise, and who can resist red lips?  The only thing I would add would be some false lashes. I think that would give this look that extra boom but I ran out of time. But I love it s is!

**Would you recreate this look?

Products used:
I only used a Black liquid Liner(Lise Waiter Feline Eyeliner HD) to outline the shape of the cat eye and filled in the lid with a black pencil(Urban Decay Zero) and set with a charcoal black (Mac Typographic eyeshadow-).
Black Mascara

Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Liner 8C
Mac Classic Dame Mattene Lipstick

Cat Eye

Winged Out Liner with red lips
Cat eye with red lips

Red lips and cat eyes


Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub



First Opened

This is Ocean Salt from Lush Cosmetics. This is my go to face and body scrub. It’s a salt scrub(obviously) but it’s not super abrasive. I use this on every part of my body from head to toe and it leaves the skin so soft and smooth. I tend to like salt scrubs over sugar scrubs because sugar scrubs tend to be really greasy/oily and leaves a residue on the skin and in the tub, not so good when taking a shower. This leaves no residue. And I find with salt scrubs, they dissolve really quickly once in contact with water. This is pretty gentle on the face for a salt scrub if you mix the product well. When you first open the product you can see from the picture that the salt crystals sit on the top. You mix it together and you get a much creamier texture with good scrubbing action. Although it’s not super abrasive, you do need to use gentle motions. Don’t just scrub at your face or you could scratch your skin.


Ocean Salt Mixed Together



This works really well for acne prone and dull skin. I like to use this when I start getting break outs and when my skin starts looking dull and lifeless. This seems to bring back some life to my skin, leaving me with a bit of a glow. With the salt and the lime juice you get a really nice, natural exfoliation. The coconut and lime oils bring some balance to the skin as to not strip the skin of all it’s natural oils. So it’s not drying at all but you’re not oily either. AND the added bonus is the vodka infusion! 🙂 So it smells lovely…if you like the smell of a margarita(yes I know margarita is Tequila). However you won’t be walking around like an alcoholic but It really does have a pleasant scent, in my opinion. I don’t like that there are parabens in the product but at least they are last on the list. What are ya gonna do? I love this product!

I give this product an A. I would give it an A+ but I took off a point because it’s pretty pricy. They come in two sizes. Small and large. And they are recyclable. Bring back 5 pots and you get a free fresh face mask!

Look of the Day-October Sunrise

It’s been too hot here in Los Angeles for going on 2 months or so with no break. Humid hot! We’re spoiled in LA and not used to dead heat for weeks at a time. I’ve been pretty miserable and haven’t felt like wearing makeup because I sweat it off just sitting still. Then my skin has been acting up because of the heat and sweat…I’ve been a mess! It was 90+ degrees yesterday but I really wanted to do some makeup so I decided to suck it up.
I was inspired by watching the sun rise from my window, since I haven’t been sleeping due to the heat. The sky was filled with yellow and Orange and the sight was just gorgeous. Hope you like the look! I had fun with it despite sweating profusely.

Laura Mercier oil free primer
Mac studio sculpt foundation
Mac Golden Lariat blush trio

Nars smudge proof eye primer
NYX eyeshadow base-white
Sugarpill eyeshadows:buttercupcake, flamepoint, love+
Mac rule e/s
Mac texture e/s
Liquid Eyeliner from beauty supply
Makeup Forever False lashes

Nars Wonder Lip gloss
Mac Liberated lipglass





Super By Dr. Perricone Daylight Savings


Company Description: “Daylight Savings is a non-chemical moisturizer with SPF 25 which protects skin from UV rays and gives it a luminous finish. Formulated with Curcuminoids, the antioxidant found in Turmeric, this cream protects and hydrates the skin while giving it a natural golden glow.”

Product: This is my go to day moisturizer because it is perfect for oily skin and gives protection from the sun. The moisturizer is not thick or greasy and it adsorbs into the skin instantly.  This doesn’t clog my pores or break me out like other moisturizers I have used in the past. It also mattifies the skin which makes it good to wear under foundation also. Daylight Savings Moisturizer is very lightweight and I do feel as though it helps to tone and even out my skin a bit. Mid day my skin isn’t as oily as with past moisturizers I have used. I do see shine on my forehead and nose but it’s not ridiculous.

Packaging: The moisturizer comes in a small glass bottle that stores super easy in drawers, cabinets or any small area. It comes with a pump, making dispensing of the product easy. This is very travel friendly and doesn’t take up much space.

Price: $38 for 1oz. I hate that the price is so much for a small bottle. I love this moisturizer because this works like a miracle but the price is a bit steep, especially since Sephora has stopped carrying this in stores and online so I can’t use a discount code. Although you don’t need much to cover the face (2 pumps; 3 pumps for the neck) I feel that this goes pretty fast because I use this daily. I really wish they gave more product or would go down on the price a bit. But I have yet to find a day moisturizer, with SPF, that I can use daily with success.

Final Review: A

Product 5/5

Packaging 5/5

Price 3/5