Celestial Bodies Exhibit

I had the pleasure of collaborating on an amazing project this year with photographer Willyum Baulkey and hairstylist Anthony Perez. We created a series of portraits based on each of the zodiac signs. On June 17th we debuted the exhibit at Soiree by French Pharmacie.

 

Makeup Brushes

What's the most important thing in my makeup kit? My brushes. You can't create a perfect look without the proper tools! If you're applying makeup everyday whether on yourself or other people, you really want to invest in some proper brushes. Here are some of my must haves:

-Foundation Brush
I prefer to apply foundation with a brush as opposed to using fingers, it creates a smoother, more even finish. Two of my favorites are from glo professional.
https://www.gloprofessional.com/foundation-brush
https://www.gloprofessional.com/luxe-foundation-brush

-Concealer Brushes
To get that perfect under eye coverage I use the dual foundation brush from glo professional. I dot on the product with the small end, then blend it out with the larger side.
https://www.gloprofessional.com/dual-foundation-camouflage-…

For blemishes I like to use a small, fine point brush so I'm not applying too much product and I can accurately cover the area needed.
http://m.sephora.com/product/P109959

-Blush Brushes
I cringe every time I see those tiny rectangle shaped brushes that come with some blushes. Please throw those away! Using a larger, domed brush will give you soft, buildable color.
http://m.sephora.com/product/P313007
https://www.gloprofessional.com/blush-brush

- Eyebrow Brush
I prefer to use a brow powder to fill in the brows as opposed to a pencil or gel. I think it creates a softer, more natural look. To apply it I use a small, angled brush like these.
http://www.makeupforever.com/…/ey…/angled-eyebrow-brush-270…
http://m.sephora.com/product/P397498

- Eyeshadow Brushes
There are several brushes I use for the eyes depending on the type of look I'm doing. The only thing worse than those little blush brushes I mentioned earlier are those horrible tiny, sponge applicators that come with eye shadows. You can't create a perfectly blended look with those it's impossible. Toss them in the trash!
An eye shadow base brush is a must have. When applying an all over color, or your main shade used on the lid this is the brush you'll use.
https://www.gloprofessional.com/eye-base-brush
http://m.sephora.com/product/P379531

I use a medium sized angled brush to work in the crease.
http://m.sephora.com/product/P378150
https://www.gloprofessional.com/eye-contour-brush

I use a larger shadow brush for blending.
http://www.makeupforever.com/…/eye…/blender-brush-large-242…

- Eyeliner Brushes
After I've applied eyeliner I use an angled brush to smooth the line and/or a smudge brush to blend it out.
http://www.makeupforever.com/…/e…/angled-eyeliner-brush-262…
https://www.gloprofessional.com/advancedsearch/result/…

There are definitely others I could add to the list, but having these basic brushes will get you through a daily application.

Holiday 2015 Gift Guide

Hello lovlies! The holidays are just around the corner and to make your lives easier I have poured through all the amazing holiday sets and picked out my favorite gifts for all the beauty lovers on your list. 
-tarte home for the holiday collector's set & portable palette $49
This includes 4 eye and cheek palettes with 16 limited edition eye shadows & 4 exclusive blushes. Theres a portable compact you can swap out any of the 4 palettes in. PLUS you get a lipstick and a lights, camera, lashes mascara (one of my favorite mascaras) 
http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-home-for-the-holidaze-…

-Nars Steven Klein Collaboration One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette $69
This is at the top of my personal wish list. Includes 4 blushes, a contouring duo & a bronzer. 
http://www.sephora.com/nars-steven-klein-collaboration-one-…

-Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette $58
This hotly anticipated eye shadow collection includes 15 eye shadows with 12 brand new Gwen approved shades. 
http://www.urbandecay.com/ud-gwen-stefani-by-ur…/UD708.html…

-gloprofessional Skin Sets $34 Available at French Pharmacie Salon
Available in Dry, Oily, or Sensitive skin formulas. The dry & oily sets include a travel size cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, scrub, & mask. The sensitive skin set includes a travel size cleanser, moisturizer, serum, & mask. 
https://www.gloprofessional.com/skin-set-normal-dry

-Smashbox Art.Love.Color.Lashes $20
This gift set includes a Full Exposure mascara, an eyeliner, & an under eye primer at an amazing price point. Perfect for a stocking stuffer.
http://www.smashbox.com/products/spp/index.tmpl…

-glominerals Smokey Eye Kit $37 available at French Pharmacie Salon
Includes 4 shades to create that perfect smokey eye look for all your holiday parties. 
https://www.gloprofessional.com/smoky-eye-kit

-Benefit Cosmetics Sizzling Six Set $27
Includes six of Benefit's best sellers: a pore minimizer, BadGal lash mascara, a lip gloss, dandelion blush, a luminizer, and Benetint cheek & lip stain. A lot of great products at a budget friendly price. 
http://www.sephora.com/sizzling-six-set-P388537…

-glominerals Contour Kit & Brush $36 & $29 available at French Pharmacie Salon
This beautiful kit and brush make contouring like a pro easy. You'll be sculpted like a Kardashian in no time. 
https://www.gloprofessional.com/contour-kit
https://www.gloprofessional.com/contour-highlight-brush

-Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Studded Kiss Lip Set $42
Another one on my personal wish list. It features a new limited edition full sized shade Gold Blooded plus 7 mini lip colors. 
http://www.sephora.com/mi-vida-loca-remix-studded-kiss-lip-…

-glominerals Pop Gloss Kit $34 available at French Pharmacie Salon
4 limited edition glosses in fun highly pigmented shades. These are NOT available online so stop in French Pharmacie to grab yours

Blush Basics

Today we're talking about blush. Unsure about how to apply it? An easy trick is to smile, this gives you the apples of your cheeks. Keep that grin going as you apply with a brush (throw away those little things they give you in the package and invest in a real powder brush). Apply in a circular motion and then brush up and out towards your temples. 
Unsure about how to choose a shade? Soft rose colors look great on almost everyone and are really good for fall.

Exfoliating

When it comes to exfoliating I find most people are either over-exfoliating or not exfoliating at all. When you over-exfoliate the skin it can dry out and then over produce sebum to compensate for the dryness. That's when you end up with dry, irritated skin that is still breaking out. When you don't exfoliate blackheads, clogged pores, and a build up of dead skin cells can all occur. Typically you want to use a gentle scrub 1-3 times a week depending on your skin type and the other products you are using. If you use a retinol product you only want to use a scrub about once a week.

Illuminators- What are they & do you need one?

 Illuminators are products that can be mixed with foundations or primers to give your skin extra brightness. A healthy glow in a bottle. They come in all different forms- powders, creams, etc. Most makeup brands have an illuminator in some form. They are different from highlighters in that highlighters contain more mica so they pick up more light and are only meant to be used on certain points on the face. Illuminators can be used all over. I like to mix mine with primer after applying my moisturizer and before my foundation. Sometimes on days when I'm just running errands I'll apply a thin layer of just my illuminator to give my skin a little perk up without having to apply a full face of makeup.