Friday, August 30, 2013

Mini Sephora Haul - My First YSL Lipstick!

Hi Bellas,

Happy Friday!  Today I bring you a tiny haul from Sephora.  Every year I purchase a luxury cosmetic product as a birthday gift to myself because I'm typically a cheapo throughout the year, lol. This time around, it was my first YSL Lipstick, yippee!  So my birthday was back in June...apparently I never pressed submit on my Sephora order, lol, but better late then never.  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hands-Free Palette! Da Blot Mini Cosmetic Palette Review

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another review!  Today i'm reviewing a really cool invention by a fellow MUA - a hands free palette!  I'm big on making our jobs as MUAs a bit easier and this little gadget definitely does the trick.  Check it out!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

FOTD: Easy Smokey Brown Eyes on the Go

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another Face of the Day.  I actually wore this look on my trip to Charlotte last month.  I used my travel palette with all my go to shades to create a brown smokey eye for a night on the town.  Check it out!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

3 Easy Ways to Transition Your Makeup from Summer to Fall: Featuring Alcone at Home

Hi Bellas,

Happy Tuesday!  Fall is swiftly approaching and I see everyone is already gearing up for the new season - and I want to share with you 3 easy tips to transition your makeup from summer to fall.  Check it out!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fall Makeup Tutorial: Smokey & Taupey Fall Eyes feat The Balm

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another tutorial!  I think this one is pretty universal to everyone.  I used a pretty popular palette to create a taupey, smokey eye and nude lip combo.  This is actually a re-do of an old look I featured on this blog and I think it came out even better.  Check it out!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Before & After: MAC Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips

Hi Bellas,

Happy Friday!  I wanted to share a look with you I did a few weeks ago in Charlotte.  I made over one of my new good friends Suzanna from Sedona Lace.  If you're into a good smokey eye and nude lip, this one is for you!  Check it out!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Favorite Bronzers for Women of Color in a Z-Palette!

Hi Bellas,

A few months ago I had a litttle depotting project. I wanted to consolidate my most-used bronzers into one single Z-Palette.  This would make my life much easier so I can easily see and reach for these products as opposed to finding the opening each individual container.  In the process, I thought that this would be a good time to share my favorite bronzers!  I mainly use them on women of color and there are a good amount of inexpensive ones in the bunch.  Check it out!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

July Favorites Winner - Z-Palette Giveaway and RevivaLabs Winner

Hi Bellas,

Happy Hump Day!  I've been meaning to announce my giveaway winners for some recent contests.  Thanks to everyone for participating.  And the winners are...


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Makeup Artist Series: Makeup Artist Kit Must-Haves feat Alcone at Home

Hi Bellas,

Happy Tuesday!  Today I'm bringing back another post featuring my favorite items from Alcone at Home.  Me and my blogging team have put together some of our must-have kit items.  All of these products I've been using for years!  They are absolutely necessary for me to use in my pro makeup artist kit and also in my personal makeup stash.  These are the best of the best, check it out!

Monday, August 19, 2013

FOTD: Pretty Pink Look with Vixen By Kimber Mink Lashes

Hi Bellas,

Happy Monday!  Today I'm bringing you a look that I wore for a daytime baby shower.  It was all about beautifully blended pink tones with a pop of lashes!  I finally got to use my Vixen By Kimber Mink lashes and they did not disappoint.  Check it out!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Makeup Artist Series: Summerproof/Budgeproof/Waterproof Makeup Product Recommendations

Hi Guys,

A few months ago, I mentioned some items that have been life savers for my kit in this crazy summer weather.  I got so many requests to demo the products that today that I have created an entire video and post to a Summerproof/Budgeproof/Waterproof Makeup tutorial for you today.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NARS Atlanta Beauty Event - Recap and Bright Makeup Look

Hi Bellas,

Yesterday I showed you a pretty pastel look and today i'm updating it with color!  I attended a NARS Atlanta beauty event and had time to play with some makeup goodies at Nordstrom in Perimeter Mall, right in my neck of the woods.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

FOTD: Pale Lavendar look by Palladio

Hi Bellas,

Happy Hump Day!  I wanted to share with you a really pretty daytime look I wore to a blogger event last week.  I really went out of my box and rocked pastels and shimmer - I never do that!  I really liked how this came out and I used some really affordable products to accomplish the look.  Check it out!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Customizable Makeup Palettes from Alcone at Home!

Hi Bellas,

Happy Tuesday!  I'm back with another post talking about the amazingness of Alcone at Home.  Today it's all about palettes!  I am personally obsessed with putting all of my makeup in palettes - it keeps you so much more organized, you see everything and actually use it!  Today I've got all sort of pretty palettes combos for you to check out and fill with the amazing pro Alcone at Home products.  Check it out!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Exciting News! Meet Reggie Wells - Oprah's MUA - Hosted by Alcone at Home!

Hi Bellas,

Happy Monday!  I have some really exciting news!  Alcone at Home has partnered with the incredible, industry legend Reggie Wells - Celebrity Makeup Artist to Oprah as well as A-Listers including Beyonce, Halle Berry, The Obamas and more.  Alcone at Home is sponsoring a tour where he'll be doing classes and meet and greets and we'd love to see you there.  Check it out!


Friday, August 9, 2013

BrushLab Back 2 School Giveaway!

Hi Bellas,

Happy Friday!  Today I wanted to share a fun give-away that my friends at www.Brushlove.com are hosting.  You'll get jam-packed tote bags filled with goodies worth $500!  


Here's how to win:
  • There will 5 lucky winners which will be selected randomly on August 30th. Each winner will win a Mystery Tote filled of products valued at  US$100. 
  • To enter contestants will have to visit www.brushlove.com and find the hidden tote. 
  • Find the location of the tote image on the website and post where it was found using the entry form below.
  • Like the BrushLove facebook page for more points!
  • The tote will be  hidden on the home page as well as the sale section - any of these two answers will be correct.
  • Open for 18 and older US and Canada residents only.
  • Please note that the giveaway will be ending on 8/29 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Good luck!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

RevivaLabs Skincare Review and Giveaway!

Hi Bellas,

You all know I'm obsessed with skincare, after all good makeup starts with good skin.  Today i'm re-introducing you to a brand I reviewed several years ago - RevivaLabs.  I'm back with a huge skincare review and giveaway. Check it out!

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Reviva Labs

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bridal Makeup Series: Pink and Purple Bridal Makeup Featuring Alcone at Home

Hi Bellas,

Today's tutorial is another installment in my Bridal Makeup Series.  It's been too long since I've done a wedding look but I was inspired by all of the brides I've been making over this summer.  Today I'm showing you my latest and most favorite bridal combo - a rosy purple look.  It's a great way to rock color but still keep it classy.  Check it out!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Become your Own Boss Sharing Makeup Items You Love - Join Alcone at Home!

Hi Bellas,

In case you haven't noticed, I've been generating a lot of buzz about a new project called "Alcone At Home".  For those of you who don't know, Alcone is a mega makeup retailer that has been selling professional makeup to makeup artists for over 60 years.  You may have even seen them as a top sponsor for the Makeup Show and I have also purchased from them and featured them countless times.  They have thousands of items in inventory from many many brands including some of our favorites:  Ben Nye, Eve Pearl, Graftobian, Beauty So Clean and the list goes on and on.  In the last couple of weeks, I've been mentioning the new Alcone at Home Line of products in my posts and tutorials.  Now i'm going to show you how you can get involved!  Read on for more!

Monday, August 5, 2013

FOTD: Glittery Rose Gold Summer Makeup

Hi Bellas,

Happy Friday!  Today I wanted to share an FOTD.  And guess what, it has glitter!  I've been wanting to rock this rose gold glittery look ever since I picked up a special glitter at the New York Makeup Show.  This is great for a special occasion like a birthday or night out.  Check it out!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Join me on BeautyTalkIllusions Blog Talk Radio This Sunday! 9pm EST

Hi Bellas,

Happy Friday! I'm excited to share with you that I'll be on Blog Talk Radio with BeautyTalkIllusions this Sunday night. This is an amazing show hosted by the Tunnell Sisters that talks all things beauty and interviews professionals in this industry. I've been asking to join as a guest speaker and i'd love if you guys would listen and call in.


Here are the details:
  • The show is this Sunday, August 4th 2013 at 9pm EST (it airs every Sunday with a new topic/guest)
  • You can hear the show online at www.blogtalkradio.com/beautytalkwithillusions
  • You can join the chat room called the Beauty Lounge by creating your own account on Blog Talk Radio. Do this in advance so that you can make sure to join as soon as the show starts.
  • If you're not available this Sunday to listen to my show, you can click the link for archived shows.
  • Besides listening online, you can also call in with your smartphones at 914-803-4399
  • Make sure to call in with any questions you have!
I'm so excited to be on the show. I'll be sharing tips on how to build your following, balance blogging with career and lots of fun tidbits. Let me know if you can listen in!



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Before and After: Sexy, Smoldering Green

Hi Bellas,

I've got another before and after for you!  Today I'm sharing a makeover that a client and I accomplished during a makeup lesson.  We went for a Nars inspired smokey green look that's super sultry yet wearable at the same time.  Check it out!