i've come to realize that people don't take the time to listen anymore. i'm talking about really, truly, listening to what clients say they are looking for. the premise of this blog is to host products, reviews, and current trends but more importantly, this blog is for those of you who have ever felt neglected, ignored, rushed, or otherwise. there isn't any specific goal, i personally like having a creative outlet where feedback is unbiased & everyone feels listened to. please don't hesitate to inquire about makeup, skincare, technique, etc. i'll do my best to answer & if i don't know, i'll try my best to find an answer.

currently my experience in makeup expands over 15 years and continues to grow everyday. i've been doing makeup for as long as i can remember, when i was able to wear makeup, it was frustrating to find my color & learn how to apply eyeshadow. i spent hours practicing and watching other m/u artists. i went to college for art, oil painting, & graphic design. my versatility in makeup application ranges from high fashion, body painting, and special effects makeup to wearable everyday looks, bridal, print, music videos, headshots, and television.

June 15th <3 this look, simple with a side of bold.  

<3 this look, simple with a side of bold.  

June 10th my favorite way to wear a lip pencil is to apply my lipstick or gloss first,  then apply a lipliner that&#8217;s similar to the natural color of my lip.  i&#8217;m careful not to use too much pressure, this gives my lip dimension and shape instead of having a contrasty, dark outline.  another benefit to this application is when my product wears off the lip, they both have come off together and i don&#8217;t have only lipliner on.  yesss! 
these cute NYX lip pencils are at Ulta for only $3.50, &amp; there are 60 colors to choose from.  these make me so happy b/c they&#8217;re long wearing &amp; they hydrate your lip.  more than the inexpensive price, the color range is truly impressive.  when you go to Ulta you will probably see a sale on NYX like &#8216;buy 2 get 1 free.&#8217; now for less than $10 you can get 3 great lip pencils.

my favorite way to wear a lip pencil is to apply my lipstick or gloss first,  then apply a lipliner that’s similar to the natural color of my lip.  i’m careful not to use too much pressure, this gives my lip dimension and shape instead of having a contrasty, dark outline.  another benefit to this application is when my product wears off the lip, they both have come off together and i don’t have only lipliner on.  yesss! 

these cute NYX lip pencils are at Ulta for only $3.50, & there are 60 colors to choose from.  these make me so happy b/c they’re long wearing & they hydrate your lip.  more than the inexpensive price, the color range is truly impressive.  when you go to Ulta you will probably see a sale on NYX like ‘buy 2 get 1 free.’ now for less than $10 you can get 3 great lip pencils.

June 10th

shu uemura has free shipping until june 12th! (we should all take advantage of this)  if you’ve never heard or tried shu uemura, they have AMAZING skin care and you can only find it and buy from the website.  

June 10th the most common statement i hear is &#8220;i want to try a red/pink/orange lip but i can&#8217;t ever find one that looks right on me.&#8221;  do you guys want to know a secret?  pretty much ANY tint, tone, or shade of those colors DO look good on you!!!  when you put colors on your lip and you look in the mirror, what is your reaction?  most of the time, i witness the &#8220;freak out&#8221; moment when there is such a vast difference between what the client has been wearing compared to this bold, bright lip.  
the color you choose doesn&#8217;t look terrible, but if you aren&#8217;t used to seeing yourself in bold colors- you will &#8220;freak out.&#8221;  i compare that feeling to &#8216;wearing a bold lip is like wearing a pair of 5&#8221; stilettos: you have to be comfortable, confident, and embrace it.  if there&#8217;s any kind of hesitation while wearing your awesome new shoes, you&#8217;re going to twist your ankle and face plant.&#8217;   
the next time you go out there to try on a &#8220;new lip&#8221; or any kind of new makeup look, or even hair color- remember that YOU have to be comfortable wearing it.  if you aren&#8217;t, you&#8217;re either going to bring the lipstick back, give it away, or let it sit somewhere and you&#8217;ve wasted money. may i suggest you trying on a gloss or a sheer lipstick in the same range and walk around with that color on.  
i&#8217;ll post about wearing a lip liner soon, this accessory to your lip color is highly important. don&#8217;t worry, i&#8217;m not referring to the &#8220;oreo cookie&#8221; dark outside and light in the middle look that so many people still flaunt. :)
p.s.~~i recently colored my hair, it came out bright, neon pink instead of pastel, baby pink.  i received several compliments from friends and strangers but for me, it was TOO MUCH!!!  i felt so awkward that i only had that color for a week before i switched to purple. that was definitely a freak out moment for me! 

the most common statement i hear is “i want to try a red/pink/orange lip but i can’t ever find one that looks right on me.”  do you guys want to know a secret?  pretty much ANY tint, tone, or shade of those colors DO look good on you!!!  when you put colors on your lip and you look in the mirror, what is your reaction?  most of the time, i witness the “freak out” moment when there is such a vast difference between what the client has been wearing compared to this bold, bright lip.  

the color you choose doesn’t look terrible, but if you aren’t used to seeing yourself in bold colors- you will “freak out.”  i compare that feeling to ‘wearing a bold lip is like wearing a pair of 5” stilettos: you have to be comfortable, confident, and embrace it.  if there’s any kind of hesitation while wearing your awesome new shoes, you’re going to twist your ankle and face plant.’   

the next time you go out there to try on a “new lip” or any kind of new makeup look, or even hair color- remember that YOU have to be comfortable wearing it.  if you aren’t, you’re either going to bring the lipstick back, give it away, or let it sit somewhere and you’ve wasted money. may i suggest you trying on a gloss or a sheer lipstick in the same range and walk around with that color on.  

i’ll post about wearing a lip liner soon, this accessory to your lip color is highly important. don’t worry, i’m not referring to the “oreo cookie” dark outside and light in the middle look that so many people still flaunt. :)

p.s.~~i recently colored my hair, it came out bright, neon pink instead of pastel, baby pink.  i received several compliments from friends and strangers but for me, it was TOO MUCH!!!  i felt so awkward that i only had that color for a week before i switched to purple. that was definitely a freak out moment for me! 

June 9th spoolie brush by sonia kashuk, available at target for $1.99.  this is definitely the cheapest i&#8217;ve ever seen the spoolie brush. the brush combs product through your brow hairs and gives them a softer, blended look (in case you happen to get a little heavy handed with your product). hold the spoolie brush at the end of the handle and comb up and back towards your hair line (away from the nose).  using the brush this way goes along the natural grain of how your hair grows and smoothes them down.  
currently the entire sonia kashuk line is on sale at target.

spoolie brush by sonia kashuk, available at target for $1.99.  this is definitely the cheapest i’ve ever seen the spoolie brush. the brush combs product through your brow hairs and gives them a softer, blended look (in case you happen to get a little heavy handed with your product). hold the spoolie brush at the end of the handle and comb up and back towards your hair line (away from the nose).  using the brush this way goes along the natural grain of how your hair grows and smoothes them down.  

currently the entire sonia kashuk line is on sale at target.

June 9th tried to keep it simple today but you know i had to wear strip lashes to feel on point!  fake lashes make you feel on a totally different level, a definite confidence booster.  

tried to keep it simple today but you know i had to wear strip lashes to feel on point!  fake lashes make you feel on a totally different level, a definite confidence booster.  

June 9th nom nom makeup! 

(i did clean my brushes after this shot was taken, promise!)

nom nom makeup! 

(i did clean my brushes after this shot was taken, promise!)

June 9th

i had a blast working with kayleigh & her sister karleigh; both girls compete in dance competitions and kayleigh ended up hiring me 3 times for each of the proms she attended this spring.   she sent me these photos today:  

June 9th

i wanted to say that these foods are no joke! i can always tell when a client takes the time to invest in skin care.  a lot of women don’t understand that even though you’re not wearing any makeup, you should still be wearing a moisturizer!  your skin can be dehydrated under the top layer & that layer of skin ends up feeling dry and tight.  that’s the fastest way to caked up makeup and looking fake, not to mention that’s also how wrinkles get started so early!  it’s never too late to start- even oily skin types should be wearing an oil-free, and/or oil-controlling lotion.  to those of you who have oily skin, that doesn’t mean you can skip a hydrating moisturizer either! ;) if you’re having second thoughts, get a makeup artist to make you a sample the next time you’re near a counter.  

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createthislookforless:

1. Almonds - Defend against sun damage

2. Flaxseeds - Wrinkle fighter

3. Green Tea - protects the cell membrane. Can also boost metabolism!!!

4. Sweet Potatoes - Wrinkle fighter ( Try papaya and carrot, too)

5. Cooked Tomatoes - Sun blocker

6. Spinach - Cancer defender

7. Safflower Oil - Natural moisturizer, keep cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the epidermis.

8. Canned tuna - Skin tightener, Contains Selenium a nutrient that helps preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight.

9.  Carrots - Blemish blaster also good for your eyes.

10. Dark Chocolate - Sun blocker.

Source: Men’s Health

(Source: createthislookforless, via makeuporgetout)

June 7th sometimes the best colors are ones you make yourself 

sometimes the best colors are ones you make yourself 

June 7th
June 6th

MAC prolongwear foundation, fascinating eye kohl, bad bad black opulash mascara, blanc type eyeshadow, texture eyeshadow, typographic eyeshadow over sublime nature paint, #44 lashes, #35 lashes, NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk 

June 6th i pretty much died when i saw this picture, love, love, love her skin! 

i pretty much died when i saw this picture, love, love, love her skin! 

June 6th
question for everyone:

have any of you tried studio fix lash mascara or studio fix bold black lash mascara by MAC?  if you have tried it, do you like it?  if not would you please explain why?  

thanks, 

bp

June 5th

"don’t be too serious; it’s only makeup!" -francois nars