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Clean Beauty Makeup Class

I was so fortunate to be able to take an amazing class yesterday with my good friend Kim Young! (and also why this post is one day late!) And yes, I still take class. I don’t care how long I have been doing makeup- taking class will ALWAYS be valuable! I was lucky that this […]

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I’m Tired of Makeup!

I know it goes against everything that owning your own makeup company stands for- or at least seems to- But I am kind of tired of wearing makeup! As I have gotten a bit busier- as this time of year ALWAYS does for me, I find that doing a full face of prefect makeup falls […]

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Color of the month-Patina

Ok I am addicted to this color! Usually I need at least 2 colors to get great dimension to my eye- 3 is best (always) and 4 is what I use most in shoots- particularly with unforgiving camera and lights. But this color here- It just doesn’t NEED all of that. Now, don’t get me […]

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Make me Breathless!

I am so excited! I know it is super dorky- but I tend to fall in love with my colors all over again. Like everyone else I get into a comfortable routine- and just reach for the same colors over and over- even with LITERALLY hundreds of colors at my disposal, I too, like you, […]

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Flattering Colors for ALL tones!

Awhile back I was asked to do an on air Mass Appeal Segment where I spoke about Flattering skin tones, and choosing appropriate shades based upon your own personal coloring. We all know that there are just some colors that DO not look good on us, EVER! For me those shades are mustard yellow, olive green, & […]

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Glow, Glow, Glow With Some Lusters!

I don’t know about all of you, but I am SO OVER this dreary weather! So this week we are highlighting our Lusters! The Lusters are used to add a subtle shimmer highlight. They are sheer enough to allow skin tone to shine through, but with enough luster to catch the light and the eye! […]

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Let’s Keep it Clean, Shall We?

I feel the need to address something that perhaps doesn’t much occur to the general consumer, but very much affects all consumers! This is the topic of GMP. GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices. Sounds boring, I know, but bear with me. GMP does NOT mean-“well my place looks clean, and I wash my equipment […]

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Everyone Knows You Can’t Photograph Mineral Makeup. Well, Everyone is WRONG

  There are, unfortunately, many opinions that mineral makeup does not perform well for professional photography. Many professional makeup artists & photographers avoid using minerals, particularly foundations, because they don’t feel that they are capable of achieving a natural, realistic skin appearance. I agree that, in many instances, mineral foundations may not be the best […]

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Hide Your Pores Once and For All

For those of us with excruciatingly obvious pores, you know who you are, we are always desperate for a solution! There are no magic wands of makeup that will make these suckers just disappear; there are, however, some makeup tips that can significantly reduce their overall appearance.Most anyone even remotely interested in makeup have heard […]

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How Old is Too Old to Wear Shimmer

There are many aspects of makeup that the average woman may find confusing. There are color choices; brown or black?, texture choices; creamy, dewy, dry?, delivery choices; cream, liquid, cream to powder,mineralized, pressed powder? None, however, seem to be quite as confusing as Sheen, or in other words, the level of reflective properties. In lay […]

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Think you can’t use mineral makeup for HD…think again.

By now you’ve probably all heard of HD  or High Definition makeup. With the advent of HD cameras, which has 6x the pixelation of a regular camera,the makeup industry has had to adjust HOW makeup is created AND applied. These high definition images, whether still or motion, show true skin texture and color. It is no longer enough to color adjust, […]

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Review

I decided to review the Insta-Dri 30 second polish from Sally Hansen. I’m usually a CND or OPI gal, and Lord knows, I love my Essie (always the most beautiful colors!), but I could not resist the lure of a 30 second color opportunity, who could? I bought the Racin” Red (which I noticed isn’t […]

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Makeup the Pros Use

Boy, I am on a roll today, so much to share! I love, love, love minerals makeup! Despite what some believe, there are mineral products than can actually be used professionally. I use mineral makeup won photoshoots with great success. Sometimes though, only the old-fashioned stuff will do. So i fall back on the old […]

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The Secret of 5 Minute Makeup

With a little planning and good products, you can look your best on even your busiest day. Here are a few tips to getting a pulled together look when you don’t have time to spare. 1. Concealer is a woman’s best friend! The trick to using concealer efficiently is to use a colored corrector made […]

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