Monday December 23, 2013
I am sure many of you have heard of the legendary YOUTUBE guru Michelle Phan. She has recently launched a new makeup company called Em. I have been a longtime follower and fan of Michelle, so when Em was launched I was really excited. Em is a Vietnamese word of endearment and used literally and figuratively as 'reflection of me.'

 One product that really stood out for me was their Life Palette. These palettes include eye shadows, lip glosses, and blushes. I contemplated which of the six palettes to get. There is the beach, love, career, day, party and night palettes. I decided to purchase the career palette. I liked all the neutral tones ranging from medium to dark shades since this would be a palette I could use on an everyday basis and dark smokey eyes on special occasions.

Bottom right quadrant eyeshadows
Top Left Quadrant

Bottom Left Quadrant

Top Right Quadrant

All Four blushes

Lip Swatches

Since I am a succee for nude lips I had to purchase a lip palette.
The Shade Play lip color palette in Mix it up Nudes was a perfect collection of various nudes.
Swatches: go in clockwise order

Tutorials coming soon!

Monday December 23, 2013
Urban Decay has done it again, and so have I! The Naked 3 palette has been launched and with great eagerness I have once again participated in the collection of the Naked palettes. My expectations are always very high every time I purchase a Naked palette. This palette was even more exciting since I read it was more of a pink neutral palette.

In recent months I have noticed a rise in the demand of a pink neutral eye, from my clients. I was really excited to see Urban Decay coming out with a palette geared toward an up and coming trend.

After taking some swatches and feeling the texture and seeing the pigment in each shadow I knew this palette was a keeper! After some swatches I realized that the first five swatches really give off a pink undertone.
(Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz)
Except for TRICK the next seven shadows give off a more mauve, purple plum undertone. Which is a great complement to the pink shadows. I am really excited to do tutorials on this palette and use it on clients who are looking for that perfect soft pink smokey eye.
(Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart)

Thursday August 22, 2013


Weddings are some of my favorite events to attend. There aren't many events that have hundreds of giddy and optimistic people all gathered together to celebrate a couple who is in LOVE. In my line of work I get the great opportunity to make the bride or bridal party sparkle and glow on their magical day. I was able to collaborate with dear friends from Handmadebysarakim , Byuniephotography , and Megan (our beautiful model) to create a bridal makeup and hair inspired shoot.

This look can be used on the bride, bridesmaid or guest of any wedding. This is the typical look most brides and bridesmaids request on many of my jobs. Many brides prefer a more natural look, since this is their wedding day they would like to keep makeup to enhance features and not take over so that the groom may not even recognize them. However, we do have adventurous brides now and then who prefer a darker and smokier eye look on their big day (shown down below).

Products Used:
  1.  Eyes: Mayballine color tattoo (used as base) 70 Barely branded/ 400 Rich Mahogany, EDWARD BESS: Cosmic Bliss eye shadow quad. Revlon PhotoReady eye shadow palette in 501 Metropolitan, Maybelline Eyestudio in Strut it Suede (limited edition, but the permanant line is amazing too), Maybelline eyeshadow quad in Chai Latte, Mac Wedge. Elf Gel eyeliner Black. Mayballine Falsies in waterproof Blackest Black, and Mayballine Collossal waterproof in black
  2.  Contour: NYC Sunny bronzer, NYX blush in Taupe.
  3.  Blush: Lorac Rose blush on the apples of her cheek. Lancome in Cedar Rose on the hallows of the cheek. INGLOT blush pallete (custom).
  4. Face Prep: Mac Pro longwear Concealer NC30, MUFE HD liquid Foundation N117, Tarte pore refining waterproof primer. Jordana compact powder, and Embryolisse Hydra Mat moisturizer.
  5. Eye Brows: Milani brow kit in light, NYC brow wax and powder duo.
  6. Lips: NYX pencil in Natural . Jordana gloss in Sunset Kiss.

I have been loving the messy yet sophisticated hair trends going around. I decided to give our model a romantic messy bun that gives the makeup look a chaotic yet elegant look. The hair with the messy bun and the sophisticated look of the flower hair piece just works so well. Hair piece handmade by Handmadebysarakim for EtudeLove.

Products Used:
  1. Brush: teasing brush (Sally's), vent brush (Sally's)
  2. Tools: Nume Magic Titanium wand 32mm
  3. Hair Care: Rene Furterrer Vegetal Finishing Spary, Loreal Elnett Hair spray, SG dry shampoo, SG heat protectant, Big Sexy Hair powder play, TIGI wax stick.
I created a darker look on site to make the look a little more sultry, I also loosened the hair a little more. This was because in most weddings for the reception brides may want to change their look to go a little darker and hair a little less tamed to let loose. I added the Dark brown shadow from the Revlon palette to the contour of the eyes and a little of the grey shimmer from the same shadow to the eyelids to create a smolder.

Overall this was an amazing shoot collaborating with amazing people. I hope you can get some ideas and inspiration to help you on your big day; wither your the bride, bridesmaid, guest or any other occasion!

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