My Makeup Studio Tour

It has been a LONG while since I  wrote a blog post. I’m excited to show you all what I’ve been working on for quite some time now: I now have my very own space for my clients and future clients!  Welcome to my at-home makeup studio! A lot of time and thought, rearranging and arranging, cleaning, vacuuming, painting, measuring packed with a whole lotta love went into this little space. I love it and I hope you will too! 

 I should preface this post to address the lines in the photos you’ll see.  One of the sensors on my DSLR is out of whack, and until I get a new camera body, I will have to make do with what I have. I’m sorry if it annoys you! It annoys me too.

This has been a long time coming.  I’ve been wanting/planning to create a studio for a while, but I either a.) didn’t have time–I’m a baby-mama you know, b.) didn’t have room at the time, c.) didn’t know what I had in mind for what it would look like.  I finally had time to get crackin’ on this project and I couldn’t be more please with how it turned out.  There are still things I’d like to get organized and painted, but in the meantime, it serves its purpose.  I drew a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest, and watching other ladies set up their makeup studios on YouTube.  I wanted to keep it bright, welcoming, minimal, but still feminine and fun.

For those who don’t know me, my aesthetic in home decor is more of a minimalist approach. I absolutely love shapes, lines, and angles and I try to incorporate them into my decor. I think with this project I achieved this look for my studio.  I also loves plants. I think it gives your space a more comforting and homey feeling. 🙂  I did a ton of DIY things as well which I’ll point out along the way.  Home decor is always a never ending process, especially in your own space, so if I find something that can better my studio, I’ll add it.  (Like for example, I would have LOVED to order hairpin legs for my IKEA work table, but maybe for another day. Like when I have money.) 😛

ALRIGHT! Without further ado, welcome, WELCOME to my new makeup studio! Enjoy the tour!

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Okay. First. Lets talk about this wall shall we? I found this triangle decal idea on my vast Pinterest searches. Needless to say, I immediately fell in love with it and wanted to incorporate it into my studio! I love triangles to say the least.  You’ll see them in my living room. You’ll see them on my website. I just LOVE triangles. I hand cut these suckers and measured them out and slapped them  on my wall. Yup. All by myself.  It was a bit of a pain, but the end result is a complete WOW factor for this room!

I also added a couch–off Craigslist for a cool $50! Love Craigslist.

Sometimes my clients like to bring a friend/sister/mother to their trial runs and what better sitting area for them to get comfy in! I added some decorative throw pillows to give this once blah sofa and chic and fun look. (Pillows are from Target as well as the oh-so soft, shag rug)

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I tend to go spray-paint-crazy and that’s exactly what I did with this tray here.  As for the coffee table, I’m still debating on what to do with it….paint it black? Sand it down and re-stain it? I’m not sure. Still working on it. Let me know your thoughts!

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I LOVE watercolor paintings! They seem so effortless and perfect but not perfect at the same time.  To keep with my minimalist aesthetic, I ordered digital prints of the makeup brushes and lips that have the gold framing around them off of Etsy and printed the images from UPrint.com. (SO CHEAP)

The watercolor painting of the woman is also from Etsy. It’s part of The Beauty Collection series from Tread Studios–which, by the way are an amazing husband and wife team.  They are awesome because 25% of their proceeds “benefit the Texas based ministry Jesus Said Love (www.jesussaidlove.com) which aims to bring the revolutionary love of Christ to women in the sex industry to awaken hope and empower change.” You should check them out!

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The table above is my work station, so when clients come in for their trial run, this table will be filled with all my eyeshadow palettes, foundations, the WORKS. I got the desk from IKEA. And the storage unit on the left is also from IKEA. It’s literally what every makeup junkie and their mom have to store their makeup in–the ALEX 9-drawer unit. I love it!!!!!

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These jars are actually empty Bath and Body work candles that I are now being used to hold cotton buds, cotton pads, disposable mascara wands and some disposable makeup sponges. How cute are they?!!

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This is my own personal makeup vanity.  I painted the desk, which belonged to my grandmother, a mint green and repurposed the stool you see under the desk. I’m going to add a plant to that little side table you see under the pictures.

On the right is a small art gallery I put together. My grandmother’s photo is hanging on the wall from when she went to high school prom with my Grandpa. 🙂 I love adding sentimental pieces to your space.

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That journal–where I keep notes for clients–I found at TJ Maxx. It was silly and awesome and well…I had to have it. Tres chic, non?

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Please excuse the blurry picture. Now if you are a future client of mine, you will be sitting in that exact chair! One thing I love about this room is the natural light that comes in.  Perfect for doing makeup on clients!

The bookcase is still a work in progress but can we talk about the backing of the bookcase. To keep with the triangle theme, I had some leftover decal and made smaller triangles and willy nilly threw them on and VOILA! A fun bookcase.

The two canvases on the left are ones I made.  The top being a spin-off of the ever popular phrase: “but first, coffee” and then I painted a set of eyelashes on the other.  So simple! That’s my love language. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed my makeup studio tour! I’m so excited to be have my clients come to a more bright and welcoming place where they can just sit and relax! My little guy even loved crawling around. 😉

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Skincare Debate: Science Vs. Nature

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this debate with super-blogger and beauty skincare extraordinaire, Caroline Hirons, who mediates an informative discussion about the positives and limitations of natural skincare versus using “high-tech” skincare products.  If you’re  a science nerd like me, or just like learning more about how skincare works, grab a snack for this 30 minute discussion.  Hope you enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNfYY3ssSi0

 

How I Treat My Keratosis Pilaris

I wanted to write this post, because I know there are some of you out there who may have Keratosis Pilaris, including myself, so I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing lately to help keep it at bay.

For those who are not familiar with Keratosis Pilaris, (KP), also known as “Chicken skin”–which to me is the GROSSEST way to describe KP, but there you go–it’s a common hereditary skin condition where small, rough bumps (sometimes red), appear on the arms, legs, and butt.   In fact, 40-50% of people have some sort of Keratosis Pilaris.  That’s ALOT of people!!  Sorry ladies, we are more prone to this condition than men.  We just can’t catch a break can we?  C’est la vie.

The cause of the small, rough bumps is when the body produces an excess of keratin.  Keratin protein is a substantial part of your hair and nails.  However, excess keratin  can get trapped around the hair follicles and pores of your skin (usually arms, legs, or where ever), thus forming hard, rough bumps on the skin.  Gross right?  Fortunately, KP is quite harmless, but I can understand how it can be somewhat “unsightly” and embarrassing to have these rough patches visible on your skin, especially during the summer time when you want to wear those cute shorts with that fabulous top you bought on clearance!

I’ve had KP since I was in elementary school.  It’s never really bothered me and I’ve never been self-conscious about it, but I did wonder if I could do anything about it.  Here is what has worked for me so far:

1. Exfoliate arms and legs (or where ever you may have KP) 2X a week

2. Apply Cocoa butter after exfoliation AND every night you don’t exfoliate as well

I like to exfoliate with LUSH’s Ocean Sea Salt scrub on my arms and legs while I shower.  I really enjoy the smell of this scrub too. It reminds me of a margarita. 🙂

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Then once I get out of the shower, I apply The Body Shop’s Cocoa Butter Body Butter (well that’s fun to say) on my arms and legs as well.

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You can use any body scrub and cocoa butter for that matter, but these are just the things I use.  Within one week of doing this, my bumps have noticeably reduced and my skin has felt smoother.  I still have “scarring” from the bumps, but I’m hoping the cocoa butter can help reduce the appearance of them.  (I know it’s been around forever, but I love Cocoa Butter! Whoever thought to put that stuff on your skin was GENIUS!) The Body Shop’s cocoa butter smells so so good!  I’m not one who gravitates towards sweet smells for my skin, but I just smell like home baked brownies straight out of the oven when I put this on. 🙂

If you’re not too keen on the smell of cocoa butter, you can try using a body cream without it, like shea butter or Vitamin E.  You just want something that will help condition your skin well after exfoliating.

Hope this helps!

November Makeup Favs

I hope you all had a wonderful wonderful Thanksgiving!  I know I ate a lot.  Doing p90x after Thanksgiving is HARD! (But made it to month 2, woop woop!)

Now that we are OFFICIALLY in the Christmas season (shame on you who played Christmas music before Thanksgiving, tsk tsk), I thought I’d share with you what makeup I have been loving this holiday season!  If you don’t know this already about me, I absolutely love fall and winter.  I love the cold.  I could never live in a place where the seasons don’t change.  I just couldn’t.  With the changing seasons, I also like to change up my makeup looks.

I’ve been experimenting a lot with color and “on trend” colors this year and here are my favorites!:

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Top from L to R: Devotee (highlighter), Mistinguette, Goulue
Bottom from L to R: Laguna (bronzer), Orgasm, Deep Throat

1. Limited Edition NARS blush palette inspired by Guy Bourdin “One Night Stand”

Oh my word you guys.  This is my first time ever owning anything NARS and I freakin’ LOVE this palette.  It’s got the beauty cult blushes: “Orgasm” and “Deep Throat” and the very much loved “Laguna” bronzer.  (Yes, I know, NARS always have funny labels to their makeup).  I definitely gravitate more towards “Deep Throat” (bottom right hand corner).  What a perfect color for the colder fall/winter days.  Some say this is a peach color, but I just don’t see it.  It’s the darkest blush in the palette and I’d describe more as a rosey reddish color with shimmer.  GAH! It’s beautiful. Trust me.  I wanted to swatch it for you all here in this post, but the camera wasn’t picking up the true color of the swatch so I gave up.   Overall, this palette is beautiful! I love the highlighter as well. The consistencies of all of these are velvety smooth which make it a dream to blend AND don’t be afraid to mix colors to get a nice blush shade you desire.   This palette is a bit of a splurge, but maybe you can add it to your Christmas list this year, or if you’re feeling extra giving, this would make a fabulous Christmas present for your girlfriend, sister, whoever. 🙂

2. Starlooks eye pencil in “Amethyst”image (10)

This eye pencil was actually in my Ipsy bag!  In the picture above, you can kind of see a purple hue.  I’ve put this in the waterline and I love the pretty sparkle/shimmer it gives my eyes.   The purple/lavender color appears more silver in the waterline, but it glides pretty smoothly.  I tend to have watery eyes when I try to apply any liner to my waterline so I had to quickly “dry” my waterline with a Q-tip and then apply this eye pencil.  Great for a night out and certainly festive especially around the holidays!

3. BH Cosmetic Creme Luxe Lipstick in “Berry Bite”photo (3)

BH Cosmetics is an affordable makeup line that really does create QUALITY makeup.  So if you’re just getting into makeup or you know someone who is and would like to get her something that doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet, I highly recommend checking out BH Cosmetics.  I bought this lipstick on sale for $3.00! Oh yes, friends, $3.00!! I also bought 3 other colors but this one lipstick is a favorite for this time of year. 😀

Berry Bite is a deep, rich, red color.  Red lips are always in fashion and I just love a nice bold red lip.  I don’t rock it as much as I’d like to though.  For $3.00, this lipstick is very smooth and creamy that glides on your lips like butta.  I apologize for the picture above.  I kind of just slapped this on my lips without any liner or anything, I just wanted to give a swatch for you all to see.

4. Milani lipstick in “21 Sangria”image (11)

If you like to watch youtube videos about makeup and fashion like I do,  you’d know that this was in a haul video from Ingrid aka “missglamorazzi.”  (*Side rant* I love Ingrid.  She is so adorable and I would love to meet her one day.)  I’ve been on the hunt to find a perfect berry/wine color lipstick and Ingrid just so happened to feature this in one of her latest haul videos.  (I should also say, watching hauls on youtube is also dangerous because I want to go out and buy everything these beauty gurus recommend.)  And well…..that’s just what I did.  After watching, I headed straight to CVS to see if I could find the Milani lipstick Ingrid was eager to try out.  And indeed I did find it!

The picture above makes this lipstick look a little “muddy” on the lips, but I swear it is a deep berry/wine color.  One thing I’m not too keen on with this lipstick though is the formula.  It’s a bit drying on the lips and is not as creamy at the Berry Bite lipstick above.  I’d recommend applying a lip balm before application.  I do like that it is more of a matte finish (which I love, personally. I’m not really into high gloss finishes).  It can tend to feel a bit drying on the lips as well so I’d definitely recommend a balm underneath and definitely, DEFINITELY exfoliate your lips before putting this lipstick on.  It tends to sink into the “cracks” of your lips and makes them stand out.  Not a cute look.

So that is it for my favorite makeup for November!  Hope you enjoyed! Stay warm and hope you all really get in the Christmas spirit this year!  I love Christmas!!!!

What are your favorite holiday makeup looks this year?

Reppin’ the Burgundy & Gold

We are well into football season here and I thought it would be fun to do a makeup look for my favorite football team: The Washington Redskins!  Yes, I still love my Redskins even though…..well…..you know…. Oh Redskins.  Such is the life of a DC sports fan…

I wanted to experiment with the team’s colors: burgundy and gold and here is the makeup look I came up with! I hope you like it!

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Since the eyes are a bit dark, I paired it with a neutral lip to balance everything out.  I also added a winged eyeliner look because I can’t go without it! I really can’t. I love my eyeliner too much.

If you’re not into the Washington Redskins (womp womp :P), you can still wear this look for an evening out.  Burgundy and gold are very fall colors so have fun with it!  Hey, you know Christmas parties are coming up, maybe you can try your hand with this look for your holiday dinner!

Hail to the Redskins!

Hail Victory!

Braves on the Warpath!

Fight for old D.C.!

Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!

Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,

Touchdown! — Let the points soar!

Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won

Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

Hail to the Redskins!

Hail Victory!

Braves on the Warpath!

Fight for old D.C.!

Ya gotta little somethin’ there….

This post is one of those facepalm posts where you look back at a picture of yourself that your friend tagged you in on Facebook, and you just say to yourself, “how could I be such a rookie.”  Yup.  Been there.   I’m talking about that ashy, white cast that blazes right back at you in pictures.

Some of you still may be reading this and asking yourself, what the heck is she talking about?  What I’m referring to is the setting powder you use to manage any oiliness or shine on your face, or to simply set your foundation and/or concealer.  Let me demonstrate, Exhibit A:

ghostfaceThat’s me!  This glorious picture was taken earlier this year at my birthday dinner celebrated with my twin and close friends.  You might see the prominent white ash (haha) underneath my eyes there.  That ladies, is sometimes referred to as the “ghost face”, “white cast”, “ashy” etc. etc.  You can’t see it in real life, but in flash photography, it’s all there. Oh, it’s there.

You may have even seen this on the rich and famous like Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, and Uma Thurman.  A beauty mishap that can easily be minimized.

As I did my makeup for my birthday dinner, I set my concealer with Makeup Forever’s HD powder.  It was what I had on hand at the time, and didn’t think that flash photography would be used that night. C’est la vie.  For the record, this is not a post bashing Makeup Forever’s HD powder.  I think it’s an amazing product, I just failed to use it properly, hence the white cast on my face.  My mistake was that I used TOO MUCH of the product and just packed it under my eyes willy-nilly.

This HD powder is silica-based.  Another word for silica is silicon dioxide.  The reason for the “white cast” is because silicon dioxide has light-diffusing properties.  When light hits this silica powder, the light is not absorbed, but rather bounces back, giving off a white cast.

Moral of the story, if your setting powder has any light refractive ingredients such as silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or SPF in general, I would try and stay clear of these IF you know there will be flash photography during your night out.  Personally, I love Mineral Veil by Bare Minerals to set my concealer and foundation, and even though it does have titanium dioxide, I don’t find it leaving a harsh white cast when flash photography is involved.  Also note, that a little goes a long way! Don’t look like a ghost for your holiday gatherings this season! That would be sad. 😦  Hope this helps!