My Favorite YouTube Channels!

In my last blog, I spoke about the 3 YouTube channels that I love to follow on a regular basis, so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.

2 out of 3 of these YouTube bloggers are WORKING makeup artists . . . not just makeup gurus that have hoards of makeup who don’t normally work on clients.  As most of you know, I like fashion makeup like what you find in Vogue or W Magazine, makeup that makes you feel great about yourself and makeup on the runway and red carpet.  I’m not very into “Instagram” makeup . . . which, hopefully, is on the way OUT!

My absolute favorite is Pixiwoo!  They are two sisters from the UK, that used to work for MAC many years ago and are still makeup artists today.  They even have their own line of brushes out named Real Techniques.

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Honestly, I have been watching them for about 9 years or so.  I think that was even before YouTube makeup gurus burst onto the scene!  These ladies are super talented, funny and always do something different!  Some of you, may have heard me say that I am “pixiwooing” though the grocery store today . . . meaning that I am going upon my day acting like I am not wearing extravagant makeup.  They coined the term.  Here is my gorgeous daughter pixiwooing as Wonder Woman at our local pizza place, Your Pie…  she did get some strange looks that day!

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My next fave is Wayne Goss!  I love him because he gives it to you straight, is a working makeup artist and has great tips and techniques.

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He turned me on to several products and techniques.  The most recent one being the brand “The Ordinary” (Click here to read more about it).  Also, since it is the holiday season, do you know what he calls people who highlight the tip of your nose?  Rudolph!  That is one of my pet peeves, as well as his . . . highlighting the tip of your nose.  If you are doing it . . . I beg you . . .  please stop.

Now, my 3rd favorite YouTuber is mostly my favorite because he is quite funny and entertaining to watch.  If you don’t like to hear the F-word, then he just might not be the one for you.  But this guy makes me laugh out loud and is also very talented.  His name is Manny MUA!  He is the one who turned me onto Makeup Geek Cosmetics and does a lot of real reviews on products with truth, honesty and a bit of crass.

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Holiday Inspired Makeup

Are you feeling in the holiday spirit yet or do you have a fun holiday party to attend?  Try this contoured eye with a bit of glitter and rosy cheeks!

For flawless foundation, I airbrushed it using Dinair in Radiance for a slight glow to the skin.  For the eyes, I primed them with Urban Decay primer and brushed on a soft yellow shadow as a base by Makeup Geek.  In the crease, I used a warm light brown.  Then, I used 3 different colors of green (all from Smashbox), starting with the lightest in the center of the lid, the mid-shade closer to the outside corner and then added the darkest in the outer corner. Closer to the inner eye, I used a soft Smashbox pink.  Topped with a black Tarte slightly winged liner and then carried the darkest green and warm light brown to under the eye to give it a cohesive look.  To finish off the eye look, I added Urban Decay glitter liner from my inner corner crease to mid-crease, tapering it off and my favorite wispy lashes from Ardell.

I wanted this look to have rosy cheeks, so I added a very bright pink blush and Deep End contour from Bare Minerals.  Highlighter and brows are both products from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

What are your holiday go to looks?

Looking for new skincare?

I am always looking for the latest and greatest especially in skincare!  Technology changes so quickly and so do makeup and skincare formulas.  Now, I’m not saying that using your old stand by isn’t great but why not try something different when you run out of your current?

I have been struggling with skincare since Bare Minerals changed ALL their skincare formulas.  I have extremely sensitive skin.  I’m not talking about breaking out (most of the time that happens when you start any new skincare), I’m talking about redness, itching and peeling.  It is no fun!

I have a few favorites on YouTube that I admire.  3 to be exact and 2 are WORKING makeup artists, not just YouTube gurus.  So, when one of those favorites, Wayne Goss, did a video about a brand called The Ordinary, I just had to give it a shot and I am so happy I did.  My skin looks great, healthy, hydrated and smooth.

Here is what The Ordinary says about itself…. “The Ordinary was founded by skin care enthusiasts who were fed up with the lack of transparency and fairness in the the beauty industry. By formulating products in their in-house lab and producing them in their own factory, The Ordinary brings you effective skin care at an honorable price”.

The two things I love about the brand is that . . .

#1, it is inexpensive especially for the quality of ingredients that you get.

#2, is that The Ordinary products, are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone.

I ordered mine directly from their website.  Here is what I went with . . .

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Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 for multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration.

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane uses next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in signs of ageing than retinol without irritation.

100% Plant Derived Squalane is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness.

However, it can be difficult to figure out what you need.  After doing tons of research, I found this to be the best site to guide you in the right direction on what your skincare might need . . . Beautylish.  However, The Ordinary products are always sold out so try The Ordinary website after deciding what you want on Beautylish.

Next, I will talk about The Ordinary’s line of foundation!!!  I love that too.

So, tell me . . . what skincare brands or products are your favorites?

 

 

Jessie and Linda

I was so excited when these two made an appointment for Jessie’s bridal trial and a trial for her mom too!  We got everyone relaxed and had a great time!

Jessie wasn’t too sure of what she wanted for her big day, so I created a soft, contoured eye with a bit of smoke using the colors in her wedding….navy and pink.  Of course, you all know me, so it wasn’t only those two colors to create her look but that is what started it.  For the wedding, we will also add false lashes to complete the look.

For Linda, the mother of the bride, we stayed with a simple and polished look for Jessie’s big day . . . radiant skin, classic eye, topped with lots of mascara, and a pink/slightly berry lip.

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Details on Jessie’s look…

Airbrushed foundation:  Dinair in Camouflage and Soft Glow

Concealer:  Bare Minerals

Eyes:  Smashbox, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek

Contour:  Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lips and blush:  Bare Minerals

Brows:  Colour Pop

Details on Linda’s look…

Airbrushed foundation:  Dinair in Colair Radiance

Concealer:  IT Cosmetics

Eyes:  Urban Decay, Makeup Geek, MAC Cosmetics

Contour, Lips, blush:  Bare Minerals

Brows:  Anastasia Beverly Hills

Happy Halloween

I have had these sequins since I purchased products from one of my most favorite makeup brands, Pat McGrath Labs.  All of her products come packaged in hoards of sequins (Watch the unboxing here!) and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with them ever since!  This lead me to my version of a sugar skull and painstakingly glueing on each sequin individually on with eyelash glue.  Details on look below.


Sugar skull makeup….

Airbrush foundation: Dinair in white extreme and glamour, topped with Ben Nye powder

Eyes: Pat McGrath liner, eyeshadow and sequins, Urban Decay, Tarte glitter glue, Nyx glitter, Kevyn Aucoin eye gloss

Lashes:  Red Cherry
Roses:  Airbrushed using Dinair in cranberry and Marth Stewart stencils

Taylor’s Pageant Makeup

Taylor has been coming to me to get her makeup done for several years now.  Not only is she beautiful and super sweet but she loves makeup and lets me always try new looks on her.  For her pageant makeup this year, I did airbrush foundation, with contour and a pop of color for her blush.  For her eyes, I went with some pinks ranging from mid tones to dark, into burgundy with some smudged liner.  Then, I added some Urban Decay glitter in the color, distortion, to add some sparkle for the stage.  I topped her look off with her favorite flirty false lashes.  Taylor has won for the last three years in a row….Miss Freshman (FCHS), Miss Sophomore (NAHS) and now Miss Junior (NAHS)!!!  Congratulations, beautiful girl!!


​Details on look…

Airbrushed foundation:  Dinair in Soft Glow

Eyes:  Urban Decay, Makeup Geek Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics 

Blush: Makeup Geek and Bare Minerals

Lips and Contour:  Anastasia Beverly Hills

Eyebrows:  Colour Pop

Lashes:  Ardell

Dahja’s Senior Portrait Makeup 

This beautiful senior, Dahja, had a makeup session with me and then a personalized photo shoot with the super talented Mary Beth’s Photography.  We had so much fun together in my studio creating this look.  Dahja is a natural beauty who normally doesn’t wear much makeup but wanted something special for her shoot.  So, I did a contoured eye with shimmer, thin black, slightly winged liner and topped with false lashes to bring out her eyes on camera!  I kept her skin flawless with a light airbrushing of foundation, some brighter blush and soft lip.  Details on her look below….

Makeup Details:

Airbrushed foundation:  Glamour Foundation by Dinair 

Concealer, contour and blush: Bare Minerals

Eyes:  Urban Decay-Smokey Palette, Makeup Geek Cosmetics, Ardell lashes, MAC Cosmetics, Tarte Cosmetics liner

Brows and lip: Anastasia Beverly Hills

All photos by Mary Beth’s Photography

Mallory’s Pageant Makeup

I had the pleasure of meeting Mallory for the first time last week to do makeup for the Miss Nash pageant at the local high school.  Mallory is as sweet as she is beautiful and we had a lot of fun putting this look together for the stage!  Her dress was spectacular and we wanted that to shine so I kept her makeup “natural” using a range of browns, dark cranberry and a smidgen of black.  This made her eyes stand out even more!  I then topped her eyes off with false lashes.  I kept her skin matte without highlight to keep her fresh looking on stage and not sparkly.  To finish the look, I added some soft blush along with a semi matte pink lip.  Here is her finished look!  Makeup details below.


Details on look…

Airbrushed Foundation in Dinair – Glamour formula

Eyes:  Urban Decay, Makeup Geek, MAC Cosmetics, Pat McGrath Labs

Contour and brows:  Anastasia Beverly Hills

Blush:  Makeup Geek and Bare Minerals

Lips:  Bare Minerals

Lashes:  Ardell

Bella’s Makeup

Mary Beth Photography took these gorgeous portraits of Bella for her 11th birthday.  I thought it was a really great idea to take portraits at this age, when most of time, this special age goes undocumented. I also loved the confetti balloons and thought it was the perfect touch! I had so much fun getting to know Bella and pampering her with a makeup session.

Details on Bella’s Makeup

Airbrush Foundation:  Dinair in Glamour

Eyes: Urban Decay and Makeup Geek

Contour, lips and brows:  Anastasia Beverly Hills

Blush:  Smashbox
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Jasmine’s Senior Makeup

I am so lucky to have met this gorgeous young lady and her beautiful mom!  They have been coming to me for a couple of years now and they always brighten up my studio!  Jasmine likes to have more of a natural look so for her senior pictures, we went for a soft contour eye and thin liner with some smudge under her eye to really make them stand out.  Since she has such thick and long lashes, so I just added mascara to top it off.  I also keep the rest of her face natural with light contour and a pop of color on her cheeks.  For her lips, we chose a soft pink with brown undertones that kept the look fresh.

Here are the details on her look….

Airbrushed foundation:  Dinair in Glamour 

Concealer:  IT Cosmetics

Eyes:  Urban Decay and Makeup Geek

Brows and Contour:  Anastasia Beverly Hills

Blush:  Bare Minerals

Lips:  Anastasia Beverly Hills topped with Bare Minerals

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