sneek peek of fall 2011 fashion shoot

Wednesday I had the pleasure of working on a beautiful fashion shoot in the country side of Murrieta, CA. It was a gorgeous day oozing with undeniable talent. Working with my amazing friend, Jay Warren of Studio 7a Photography along with Photographer Lenny Lesser and videographer Jason Taylor .
The focus of the shoot was to obtain high end and casual catalog fashion shots and collaborate with some great artists and beautiful models.

There were 3 models, all of which I had the pleasure of dolling up! Going with the Bohemian/Hippie/Vintage Rustic fashion looks, 2 of three models were first prepped with Goldwell’s Top Whip Mousse to create a base and hold for irons and braids. After dried all hair was misted with Enjoy’s Styling Spray as a working spray and thermal protectant and a Enzo no clamp iron was used to created soft romantic curls/translated waves topped with Sebastian’s ReShaper as the finishing spray. Traditional braids and a rope braid were showcased, as well as a reformed (modernized) milkmaid-braid.

Make up looks included light, minimal foundation and MAC’s Strobe cream were used to create a dewy look. Eyes were kept glowing with Urban Decay’s Naked Palette for gold and smokey tones, along side MAC’s Melon Pigment  (which was also used on the apples of the cheeks for a high light). Minimal eye liner was applied, just heavy mascara in my trusty waterproof Maybelline Great Lash and lips were lined with a natural liner and NYX Mega Shine lip Gloss in Sugar Pie.

Overall a great day..and Im beyond excited to show off more of the shots. 🙂

from the girl who glosses up the beauties,

xoxo

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HOT hair

Hair that reflects light, locks in color and styles with ease…who wouldn’t go the extra mile for HEALTHY HAIR?!

Todays issue..Our LOVE of hot irons, and the effects on our locks..

Using heat to your hair everyday will eventually wear on your strands,  leaving them exposed and injured. Imagine that intense heat being one on one against your hair, unprotected! OUCH!!

Obviously our obsession for dressing hair will not be dismissed, but our precautions must now be incorporated into our daily routines with our saving grace:  THERMAL HEAT PROTECTANTS!

Lets gaurd against those nasty burns and create a barrier from the heat, and burn off. My station and travel case are NEVER without my Enjoy gem.

Non-sticky, heat activated thermal protection serves as a working and finishing spray while adding incredible shine.

Hold 6-8 inches away from head. Apply spray and style as desired. For use with flat irons, hot rollers and curling irons. Liberally spray each section before applying. When desired style is achieved, spray entire style holding bottle 8-10 inches away.

Happy, healthy hair dressing little sweeties 🙂

xoxo

Makeup 101: Primers

Make up basics..Lets start at SQUARE ONE.

Primers: What are they? What is their purpose? Benefits? When are they applied? Brands?

A primer is your first step in application for a flawless foundation coverage. It is designed for smoothing out fine lines and insuring the longevity of your wear.  It prepares the canvas (your face) for the application of cosmetics and allows products to go on more evenly, showcases pigments more vividly and adheres make up to last longer throughout the day. Many makeup primers cover open pores, oily skin, facial blemishes, age spots, discolorations and even scars.

Some primers contain waxes, polymers, and silicone.  These substances can form a bond with other cosmetics, causing the cosmetics to have more longevity than they would otherwise.   There are foundation primers, eye shadow primers, and lip color primers. I use ALL 3 primers in my daily make up routine. It guarantees I get maximum coverage, pigments and use from all my products.

My Recommendations:

HD Primer

Microperfecting Primer

The MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Complexion products use innovative formulas to create a new generation of make up which is both invisible on HD cameras and to the naked eye. In the same manner as a skin care product, the HD Primer nourishes, moisturizes and softens the skin, creating a glowing effect. It creates a protective layer on the skin allowing the foundation to glide on easily and to last longer. Unlike standard skin care creams, the HD Primer dries quickly, allowing make up to be applied immediately.
The HD Primer comes in 6 color-correcting shades and one transparent shade to correct skin imperfections. The colored pigments are absorbed by the skin for an invisible correction.
Apply the HD Primer with your fingertips to activate blood circulation. The friction on the skin will help the primer penetrate faster.
Pro tip: the HD Primer can be mixed with the HD Foundation to get an even more transparent natural look.
 
Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube
An eye shadow primer that preps, brightens, and provides all-day wear.
Primer potions glide effortlessly onto the skin providing the ultimate eye prep for smoother, more vibrant shadow and all-day, creaseless wear. The original formula disappears completely when applied—ideal for the purist who wants a straightforward primer.  I get THE brightest pigments when I first prep with this Urban Decay gem. LOVE it. 🙂
 
Lip Plump
A primer for full, sexy lips.What it does:
Help lip color stay on longer with Benefit Lip Plump, a smooth base for full, voluptuous, sexy lips.What else you need to know:
This creamy, neutral-tone primer fills in lines and builds up the contour of your lips while helping
lipstick stay put.
First steps first…Happy Priming dolls,
xoxo

EGG-cellent facial

One of my favorite weekend treats is showering myself with a little TLC with a pamper-sesh. Unfortunately I cant afford spa visits and professional facials on a regular basis BUT I have discovered some INCREDIBLE DIY (Do it yourself) recipes ..so I’ll start with one of my faves that is currently ON MY FACE as I type this. 😉

D-I-Y All Natural
EGG-cellent Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1egg
  • 1Teaspoon Honey
  • ¼
    Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

Crack egg, separate egg white from yoke and place in 2 separate small bowls.

Beat egg white until “frothy”.

Mix 1 Teaspoon of honey and ¼ Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar in with egg yoke. Stir.

Fold yoke mixture in with frothy egg whites.

Apply to clean face. (Avoid eye area)

Heads up: YOU WILL FEEL YOUR SKIN TIGHTENING!

Leave on 15-20 minutes.

Rinse with warm water, pat dry.

Benefits

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR contains natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals  and is rich in antioxidants. It has Vitamins A, B and C, beta carotene, bioflavonoids, calcium, magnesium, potassium,phosphorus, copper, iron, sulfur, iron, fluorine, silicon, boron and pectin. How’s that for super vinegar! It naturally balances the pH balance  of the skin, fight bacteria, infections and is a natural anti-fungal, AND it reduces inflammation. It is an awesome astringent(toner), for sensitive and oily skin. Vinegar can even do wonders for acne and itchy skin conditions due to eczema and sunburn and can help blast fungal infections, warts and even skin tags!

HONEY: The natural occurring acids in honey acids are very safe to use on skin and can loosen bonds between the dead skin cells junking up your skin, making it easier to shed the dead layer and reveal your smoother more glorious skin underneath! These acids also increase elasticity,balance out oily skin, stimulate collagen production, and minimize lines and wrinkles making you look younger and more “new and improved”!

EGGS: An egg mask is one of the best natural remedies for irritated skin. Eggs contain amino acids that help in reduction of any inflammation. Eggs not only smooth and tighten the skin, but help shrink pores.

to EGG-cellent skin & a little honey too,

xoxo