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My Favorite Things…Talented Friends!!!

Soooooo…I know that this post is a day late, but I have a REALLY good reason!!!  I promise!!!

Yesterday, instead of doing my normal job (being a make-up artist), I had to be a model as well!  YIKES!

My neighbor and good friend had a project due for her photography class and wanted to know if I would help her out.  And since my last portrait for work was taken almost 6 years ago, I figured it was time for an update.  But I didn’t want just any ole portrait.  No boring bank investor photo for me.  I decided to make a play on famous portraits.  We did three different looks-all of which will have their day on the blog, but for today I’m sharing the one that I have COMPLETELY fallen in love with and have made my profile picture on ALL of my work social media.  And as soon as I order new business cards, it will be on those as well.  I HATE photos of myself, but I LOVE this one!

new headshot

So, what do you think???  We channeled an iconic portrait of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  It goes along with Classy on a Budget.  And if you look real close, you’ll see that I am most definitely NOT promoting smoking as I’m holding a make-up brush.  🙂

So, My Favorite Thing right now?  Very talented friends.  Thanks SO much to the uber-fabulous Natalie A. Stevens for her phenomenal job on my portrait!  I hope you get an A!  You can see more of Natalie’s work HERE


My Favorite Things…Pink Make-Up?!?

Ok, so I seriously think that I need to have my head checked out.  Me, the girl who lives in black, who doesn’t particularly care for things that are all girly has fallen in love recently with pink make-up!


Not pink like that!!!  Although I have to admit, it is a rather cool pic.

I’m talking more along the lines of the Spring 2012 collection for Chanel.


Soft pink cheeks that blend so beautifully into the skin that you can’t tell if it’s make-up or if she really is blushing.  Eye shadow that you can’t really see the pink, but for some reason, the blue in her eyes is positively beyond amazing.  And lips flushed in such a gorgeous color that it looks like she just had an 8 hour make-out session.

Perhaps it’s that my eyes change color and I rather like the shade they turn when my eye shadow has a tinge of pink to it.  Perhaps it’s that I went back to my dark brown hair and the pink tones look rather cool with it.  Or perhaps I’ve been spending way too much time with my little fashionista daughter who wears as much pink as I do black!  Haha!

Either way, pink make-up is my current go-to face and I’m actually going to admit that I kinda like it!

To get the look at home, try:
MK Mineral Eye Color in Precious Pink ($7)
MK Cream Blush in Sheer Bliss ($14)
MK Crème Lipstick in Whipped Berries ($15)
MK Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss in Pink Sateen ($14)

Click HERE to purchase.

More pink make-up just because I can.  🙂


Photos from, and


It’s Me!!!!!!!!

Working as a make-up artist, you are always behind the scenes, behind the camera.  All of your hard work and dedication definitely pay off in the form of an absolutely stunning image being created (not to mention ecstatic clients!).  But it’s something entirely different when a photographer catches you “in the act”.  Seeing yourself in a photo, working your magic (some require less than others!) is actually pretty darn cool.  And all of this comes from a person who HATES having her picture taken!  Haha!  Special thanks to Gaslamp Boudoir for capturing these images of me “in the act” at one of his latest boudoir shoots.

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Dior’s New “Dressy Nudes” Collection is Anything But Boring Basics…

I was given a fabulous honor recently. I was accepted by Harpers Bazaar to be one of their Style Ambassadors. They give me little “assignments” and have me share them with various social media outlets. And my first assignment with them just so happened to be right up my alley! The make-up alley!

They asked the Style Ambassadors to make an appointment with the Dior counter at our nearest Macy’s to give our thoughts/opinions on the new “Dressy Nudes” collection that is currently out.


So, I made my appointment online and went in to the store. And at first I was a little nervous. When I went up to the Dior counter, one of the cosmetics manager told me that the Dior rep was sick and was not going to be able to make it in today. My first thought was “Oh no! I was barely able to squeeze this appointment in! When am I ever going to find the time to come back before my deadline!”. I explained my situation to the cosmetics manager and she promptly brought over Julia. And while Julia technically worked the Chanel counter, she more than happily agreed to show me the “Dressy Nudes” collection and give me a makeover using the products. Considering Chanel’s and Christian Dior’s longtime rivalry dating back to the 1950s and before, I guess the two can play nice with each other. 🙂

After brief introductions, I sat in the makeup chair ready to go. On a side note, after working in the cosmetics industry over a decade, it’s always weird on the rare occasion that I’m the one sitting in the chair. 🙂

Julia cleansed my skin, prepped and hydrated it with the Capture Totale skin care line. I immediately wondered if it would make me as gorgeous and stunning as Sharon Stone from their ads. No such luck, but it felt and smelled so luxurious! Talk about heaven in a jar!

With my skin now soft and smoothed, Julia then evened out my skin tone with the “New Nude” foundation. It felt super lightweight and coverage was a nice medium. I felt like I had nothing on, but it evened out my skin tone.

Next she started with color. She used the “Dressy Nudes” Elegant palette which included the 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Grege, Rouge Dior Nude in Twill, Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder, and Diorblush Glowing Powder Blush in Passion Fruit.


I have to admit that I’m pretty picky about my make-up application and sooooo many times I end up with the sweet girl fresh out of high school who has a great personality, but zero skill in make-up application, especially on someone with skin not quite as taut as it used to be, a little more crepier than it used to be and not nearly as smooth as it used to be.

Julia gave me the BEST department store makeover that I have EVER had!!! Part was her mad skills (and boy does she have them!), but the other part was her ability to choose colors. So many makeovers I’ve had put me in such garish colors that I felt like I just got out of clown school.

The color tones from the “Dressy Nudes” collection that she chose for me did not look too pink on me, nor too orange. The collection was not littered with ungodly glitter. It had just the right amount of iridescence to make my skin glow.

By the time Julia was done, I felt absolutely beautiful. I felt like me, but the best version of me. All day long I’ve had a spring to my step. I felt sophisticated, put-together, powerful, like I could conquer the world. But I did not feel made-up. That’s the power of the “Dressy Nudes” collection. Powerful, but still you. Sophisticated, but still you. Absolutely amazing, but still you.

The “Dressy Nudes” collection is not made up of your boring beiges, basic browns and trite tans. It’s a collection of magic that transforms you from boring basic to “Dressy Nude”.

Here’s my “Before Picture”:


And my “After” picture:


And an up close of Julia’s mad skills:


So, the next time you’re in Macy’s, I highly recommend you check out the new Dior “Dressy Nudes” collection and if you happen to be at the Westfield UTC in San Diego, have Julia give you a makeover. She’ll change your life. 🙂

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