My First “Photo of The Week”

As part of my mission to learn how to use my new digital SLR camera, I am going to try to post a “photo of the week” every Monday. I know, I know…today is Wednesday, but I’m getting a head start for next week!

This is one of my favorite photos from my recent trip in Hawaii. There is nothing extra special about this one, except I love the colors of this flower. They’re so vibrant and beautiful! I wish I had a plumeria tree in my backyard!

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Showin’ a Little Love

My fellow up-and-coming makeup artist friend is going to start up her website soon and I thought I’d show a little love and let you know that she’ll be “coming soon!”

Larissa was one of my co-workers for years at one of the many cosmetic stores I worked at in my youth (ya know, cause I’m SO old now..). She is an incredibly talented artist (and great friend) and I even asked her to do the makeup for my own wedding!

So keep an eye out, her website should be live sometime in September and I will be sure to post the link here! She rocks! She did my makeup, plus eight bridesmaids and my mom all by herself!!

Photos by the amazing photographer John Decker.

How to: Bring your shattered eyeshadow back to life!

So a friend of mine shared this little tip with me recently and I had to pass it along! This technique can be used for pressed powders and blushes too!

In the past, my eyeshadows, blush’s, and even pressed powders would break and I would end up throwing them away and wasting the $15-40 I spent on them. But not anymore! Ever since my friend sent me this tip I haven’t thrown any of these products away!  So, if you don’t like throwing your money in the trash then take a few minutes and try this technique!

Here is what you will need:

-butter knife

– rubbing alcohol

– tissue

– plastic sandwich bag

– a nickel, dime or quarter depending on size of eyeshadow

The process is actually super easy!

Step 1– Put the eyeshadow in the plastic baggie and use the butterknife to break up the rest of the eyeshadow into a fine powder. (This demonstration was done with a dual eyeshadow, which made it a little more difficult, but not impossible!)

Step 2– Take the eyeshadow out of the bag and pour a little rubbing alcohol over it.

Step 3– Cover the eyeshadow with the tissue, and then use the quarter (or dime- depending on the size of the product) to push down the loose powder until it is back to it’s compact state.

Step 4– Let the eyeshadow dry, and you’re all set!

I love this tip and have already done it to 4 eyeshadows that were just waiting to go in the trash! Who knew saving money could be this fun?

Water-Friendly Favorites

It’s almost the Fourth of July and if you want some advice on which water-friendly makeup products are the best, you’ve come to the right place!

I love being outdoors and in the water, especially in the heat of the Northern California summers but I hate when my mascara runs down my face after I jump in the pool!  So if you want to look your best while you’re lounging by the pool in Las Vegas, or out on a boat on the lake, here are some of my recommendations for water-proof products.

One of my all time favorite brands is Makeup Forever. Yes, it sounds scary, like you’re going to put it on and NEVER be able to take it off. But don’t be fooled by the name. Makeup Forever is a long-lasting, high quality line with products that often out-do their competitors. I love using this line for weddings because I know it will last all night and withstand even the most tearful brides. I use their regular products all the time and have recently fallen in love with their Aqua line. It stays on for hours, doesn’t rub off when you swim, or wear off when you sweat, and comes off easily with the right makeup remover.

Here are some of my favorite summer products from the Aqua line

 
 
All of these products can be found at Sephora! Have fun this 4th of July weekend! Don’t forget the sunscreen!