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At Home Pampering 101

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Hey, all. We are in December, which means 2015 is coming to a close! This year feels like it’s gone by super fast. Anyway, Nicole Guerriero inspired this post because she recently uploaded a pampering video on her channel. When most people think pampering, they think about the spa. Unfortunately, spas can get costly. Even Groupon prices can be a little pricey. So, I wanted to share with you affordable ways to pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home.

  • Bath bombs and bubbles What is more luxurious than a warm bath? Bath bombs and bubbles just add even more to the luxury and ambiance. I love buying bath items at LUSH! They have so many options.
  • Candles I love candles, especially in the colder months. Aromatherapy is important when it comes to relaxation. The best scented candles are from Bath & Body works, hands down!
  • Face masks You have to take care of that complexion! I love wearing masks when I have some downtime. The best masks can be found at Sephora. I love GlamGlow and Sephora Collection face masks. LUSH has some great face masks, too.
  • Body scrubs are the best way to exfoliate your body. You can find body scrubs in Sephora, The Body Shop, Bath & Body Works, LUSH, etc. You can even make some at home. There are plenty of DIY body scrub recipes.
  • Body butters I find that body butters are so much more moisturizing than lotions. My favorite place to get body butters are The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works.

Using all of these combined will give you a relaxing, spa-like experience at home.

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MUA Spotlight On: Jehanna Silulu

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Hey, peeps! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Let me introduce you to this talented beauty, Jehanna ♥. Her whole name is Jehanna Aulelei Kaleo-O-Kalani Silulu, but everyone calls her Jee for short. She’s from Honolulu, Hawaii. She was born & raised there. She’s 21 years old and a Leo!!! She was a hula dancer & just did makeup for fun before she became a serious MUA. She started loving makeup ever since she was 14 years old. Of course, in my her household, she was too young to wear makeup so she’d sneak it & do it anyways LOL. She is currently a full-time makeup artist at M•A•C Cosmetics. She absolutely LOVES her job & her fellow artists! Working for M•A•C was her dream job & she’s so blessed to have it! However, her bigger goal here is to encourage & inspire all humans to never give up on their makeup dreams!

 

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My favorite high-end brand would probably have to be the brand I work for, which is M•A•C Cosmetics. Our products are amazing!

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

Three makeup items I can’t possibly live without would be my Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish by M•A•C Cosmetics, Dipbrow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills & Myth lipstick by M•A•C Cosmetics.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

I buy liquid lipsticks & highlighters the most. I’m obsessed with them!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

My favorite drugstore brand would have to be N.Y.X. Their products are really affordable yet have great quality.

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

I guess a faux pas that I see happen often is when I only see one type of contour & highlight happening for every face shape. In reality, everyone’s faces are different & sometimes that same contour/highlight technique doesn’t work for everyone.

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I tend to just spend freely. Of course, after my bills & important things are taken care of.

What’s your favorite lipstick?

My favorite lipstick is Myth lipstick by M•A•C Cosmetics. It’s a pretty peachy nude ♥.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

My everyday makeup look would be primer, foundation, two neutral colors on my eyes (normally its Saddle & Rule by M•A•C), Gingerly Blush, Soft & Gentle highlighter, Boldly Bare lip liner, Myth lipstick, Boot Black liner, & Zoom lash mascara.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Favorite mascara is Loreal’s Voluminous Lash.

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

No, I just kind of do my own thing. Lol.

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

I LOVE Shannxo. She’s amazing!!

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

Dipbrow pomade!

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

I’m picky when it comes to choosing to venture off to different makeup brands. I’m pretty open to a lot of things, but I just do tons research before hand.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

I do a little bit of both actually 🙂

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

My favorite skincare brand ever will have to be M•A•C Cosmetics Lightful C skincare line.

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

I definitely recommend a fluffy blending brush. It’s a multi-use tool. ♥

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

I definitely recommend Lightful C Serum. It tones & brightens the skin!!

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I would give up black pencil liner. I never was a fan of black liner in my waterline.

Where do you see your makeup career in 5 years?

I see myself expanding my clientele & also moving up within my company ♥

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

My advice to all those is to just keep going! Never give up because you think you’re not good enough for this industry! We all started someplace!

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

You can reach me on Instagram @jeeyonceslay & my email at jeesmua@gmail.com

 

 

Nicole Nails x NailHur

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Hey, dolls! I finally picked up some of Nicole Guerriero’s nails from NailHur!

I figured I’d buy these babies for 3 reasons:

  1. I love Nicole Guerriero ♥
  2. No judgement, but acrylics are bad for you.
  3. I HATE waiting at the nail salon!

The nails come in 7 different styles. I ended buying my favorite top 3 designs, which are (from left to right) Flawless, Naturally Nicole, and Queen Bee. I tried on the Flawless set and I think they’re gorgeous!

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Each set includes 24 nails, nail glue, and a nail file. They’re super easy to apply! I basically just aside the 10 nails that fit me and filed the ones that didn’t fit perfectly. Then, I just glued them on. It took me about 15 mins to apply them max, including the filing and fitting. They’ll last for about 2 weeks, as long as you don’t do anything crazy with them on. As someone who needs to have a flawless appearance at work, these nails are perfect. These are also perfect for people who can’t wear long nails full time. All you need to do is pop em off after soaking them in warm water. NO ACETONE NEEDED. Plus, they’re reusable!

NailHur has plenty of nail options. They have stiletto, oval, squaletto, and square nails – long and short. They also have plenty of coupons available. I definitely plan to buy more styles!

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Best Photo Editing Apps

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Hey, people. Let’s get real here, everyone edits their photos. Whether it’s blurring, using filters, enhancing body parts, etc…everyone does. I don’t care if you’re Kim Kardashian or Beyonce. Everyone does it. There is no shame in doing that as long as you’re not making yourself looking like a whole different person. Some people don’t even use it for facial or body enhancements. Sometimes you want to enhance lighting, vibrancy, color, etc. Either way, it’s all the same. Editing is editing. As a blogger and a selfie enthusiast, I have to have my share of photo editing apps. So, I’m going to indulge in my favorite photo editing apps for smartphones. 🙂

  • VSCOcam I’m pretty sure everyone knows about this app. If you don’t get with it. This thing right here is the sh**! Magazines have even talked about this baby. This app is perfect for photography editing like using filters, changing lighting, adjusting contrast and exposure, etc. You can also publish your images via the app. It’s the perfect tool and it’s free! However, there are a few filter sets that you have to pay extra for if you want them.
  • Afterlight This app is also great if you’re looking to play with different filters and textures. However, Afterlight also tons of frame options. The variety is super endless with this app, which is why it’s $1 haha.
  • FaceTune A lot of beauty vloggers admit to using FaceTune. It’s ideal for editing wrinkles, uneven skin, acne, etc. It’s also good for enhancing details in your photos… like perhaps eye makeup ;). So, this is a staple for me when I take my selfies. I need to have that beat face shine through! It’s a coveted app, so it’s $4.
  • PhotoWonder I feel like so many people abuse this app, but I’m going to go ahead and open Pandora’s Box. This app is for people who want to use filters, frames, edit their face and/or body. You can even draw on your photo with this app. The options are endless, literally. Plus, it’s free. I usually use this when I want my photo to have an overall glow without doing too much work.

Do any of you guys swear by these apps too? Let a girl know!!

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MUA Spotlight On: Breana Otey

Hey, babes! Let me introduce you to this beauty Breana ♥ She’s a 22-year-old makeup artist, photographer, and cosmetologist from California. She was raised in a small town called Upland in the state of California just about 40 minutes inland from Los Angeles. She’s been a freelance makeup artist since 2010. Her first serious gig was her cousin’s quince, but before that she had always done makeup on herself, friends, and family just for fun. She was first introduced to makeup in the 8th grade when she entered Uplands beauty pageant and won! After that, she found herself at Sephora almost every weekend, she is NOT exaggerating haha. When she got into high school that’s when she started playing with different looks. She wasn’t that good to be honest and some girls made that clear to her by making fun of how much makeup I applied on myself, but she didn’t care! She loved experimenting. Practice makes perfect and she still learns something every day! She loves studying the art of makeup.

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My favorite high end brand would have to be…that’s tough… right now I’m loving Anastasia Beverly Hills. They’re expanding & I love it.

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

I could not live without my Ben Nye Banana Powder, ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown, and my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

As of right now I am obsessing over LA girl cosmetics…$3 creamy concealers?! Umm, yes!!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

I find myself always buying mascaras, MAC lipsticks, brushes, and eye shadow palettes.

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

I would say contouring. I see some people using too light of highlight under their eyes instead of picking a highlight SLIGHTLY lighter than their skin tone!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I usually create a big list of products I need to restock and new items I want to try out. Then I wait until I have saved enough & go crazy. My budget is always around $150. I get a lot of goodies with my pro discounts :).

What’s your favorite lipstick?

My all time favorite lipstick is MAC’s Velvet Teddy! I wear it pretty much every day.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

My everyday makeup look consists of matte foundation, a contoured face, dramatic black lashes, and a nude lip!

What’s your favorite mascara?

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

Rihanna. She’s just gorgeous all around. I love her edgy glam vibe.

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

Yes! I love watching Desi Perkins & MsRoshPosh.

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

I always have a mascara tube in my handbag… always.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

I stay away from MAC liquid foundations for sure… and YSL because I know I’ll probably fall in love, but they are a little out of my budget lol.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

I definitely get most of my makeup in big hauls, but when I go to beauty stores or target I can’t help buying at least one cosmetic item. Yes, I have a problem lol.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

My favorite skin care brand is Acne.org ! my face was saved because of them.

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

Bdellium tools Buffing brush #959 (favorite).

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products! They have realistic color tones that look natural on the face instead of those other brands with pigments that are too orange, brown or too dark.

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I can live without Black Eyeliner…we aren’t working out.

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

The eyebrow game is getting better, but I still find some people who need to watch more tutorials.  Eyebrows can make or break your whole look.

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

Use green concealer to cover redness/acne marks. That will help you cover the redness much easier without caking on the makeup.

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

The easiest way to contact me is by Instagram: BreanaOtey & Email: Breanaotey@yahoo.com 🙂

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MUA Spotlight On: Bree Lopez

Happy Friday! First, let me just say how proud of myself I am for being so consistent with this series! I’m glad you guys enjoy MUA Spotlight as much I as I enjoy doing them.

Without further adieu, let me introduce to you to the talented Bree. Bree is 24 years old and was born and raised in Riverside, California, She is the mommy of 2 beautiful little girls and a Sephora makeup artist! Bree has been obsessed with makeup ever since before she could remember. Her artistry goes way back. She always wanted to be an artist when she was a little girl. She would sit and draw for hours. Then when she got older, she expressed her love for art with makeup! When she was in 7th grade, she would come home from school, take a shower, wash off all her makeup and sit and do her makeup for hours in her room, experimenting and practicing. She would do all of her friends’ makeup for dances and parties in high school. It was a lot of fun for her. It wasn’t until about 3 years ago that she realized how much she loves makeup and actually pursued it. She’s done makeup for a lot of proms and weddings and now she’s been a Sephora makeup artist for almost a year now. Bree loves getting lost in a makeup look and she LOVES seeing people be so pleased with her work. To her, it’s the best seeing people love the way she did their makeup. She’s not just stopping at Sephora though! She plans on making a YouTube channel and sharing and teaching everything she knows with everyone around the world!

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My Favorite high-end brand would have to be NARS, I use the sheer glow foundation and it’s amazing!!

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

I definitely could not live without mascara, concealer (for them dark circles yo), and chapstick!

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

My favorite drugstore makeup brand would be Sonia Kashuk – I LOVE her lip liners and makeup brushes. Also, NYX and Rimmel London. ♥

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

I for sure buy lips stains and lipstick the most!

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

Overdone brows… Brows really change the look of a face and when people over do them they just change someone’s look.

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I definitely budget. Cosmetics are expensive and a lot of people don’t realize how long products last either! But, if I want something I always purchase!

What’s your favorite lipstick?

I love ALL Kat Von D liquid lipsticks, my most favorite is Lolita at the moment!! I’m really into that 1990’s brown lip. ♥

Describe your everyday makeup look.

My everyday makeup look is of course, a full face, with a neutral eye and maybe falsies, with a nude or brown lip. That’s my everyday look right at the moment, but I love to play around and change up my looks. Working at Sephora, I definitely have variety!

What’s your favorite mascara?

Buxom lash mascara and Revlon voluminous (best $5 bucks I’ve ever spent).

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

Even though I hate her guts, Kim Kardashian.. Haha her makeup is never overdone and it’s just perfection!

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

Yes I LOVE Charismastar  she is so sweet I met her at Disneyland once. She was so kind and down to earth. Also, Sonjdradeluxe and Tymetheinfamous. Those are my BAES.

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

Mascara, hands down. Eyes are the first thing someone looks at on your face.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

Not really, I haven’t had any bad experiences with any brands honestly.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

I just pick up items here and there unless I have run out of everything I use everyday.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

I don’t have one YET. I’ve been dealing with acne for the past year so I’m always trying new things. Murad works really well if you have acne!

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

Honestly, a Beauty Blender. I was skeptical about them until I tried them on myself and clients and they really work! Excellent for beginners.

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

Cover fx matte primer. If you want a flawless foundation you NEED this stuff, it keeps my makeup from creasing all day and dries up all the oil – it’s amazing. It also has an acne treatment in it!! Best stuff ever.

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Mmmmmm, probably highlighters. I’m about that #mattelife Hahahaha!

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

Enormous, overdone eyebrows and unblended eyeshadow… Blend blend blend!!!

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

Always wear sunscreen if you want to stay looking youthful. If you’re new to liquid lipsticks, never blot the product on your lips. Apply to each lip separately and let them dry. Blotting will only make the liquid lip stick blotchy. Powder contour kits are always better for beginners annnnnd that’s all the tricks I have on top of my head right now hahaha.

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

For future clients to reach me either you can visit my Instagram page at @Breerouge or email me breerouge_makeup@yahoo.com ♥
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Halloween Makeup Looks

Hey, all! With Halloween around the corner, I think it’s about time that I spoke about some fun and creepy Halloween makeup looks! Almost all of these would need a costume to complete the look and some of them need special effects makeup (SFX). For SFX makeup, I highly recommend purchasing from Mehron. That got the juice when it comes to costume makeup. For those of you who don’t like to go all out and like to keep your looks simple and easy, don’t fret! I will have another post talking about “last minute” Halloween makeup/outfit ideas. However, this post is for those of you Halloween stans who like to plan ahead! So let’s get on to these looks…

Bride of Frankenstein (via Pinterest)

Desi Perkins slayed with this Bride of Frankenstein makeup look! I used her tutorial to learn how to do my fake stitches in the photo above. This is a perfect look for those of you who want to serve creepy but glam at the same time.

Little Red “Rotting” Hood (via Pinterest)

To me, Nicole Guerriero is the QUEEN of Halloween makeup tutorials on Youtube. She literally goes all out! I wanted to do this look last year, but since I didn’t have any plans I ended up not doing it. She actually uses some Mehron products in this look.

Zombie Cleopatra (via Pinterest)

Amanda Ensing did a pretty damn good job with her zombie Cleopatra! One of the good things about this look is that she did the wound without using SFX. She used adhesive and tissue paper.

Evil Killer Clown (via Pinterest)

This look is just plain creepy, but dope at the same time. I personally would pair this with a carnival-like outfit and a bloody, FAKE knife.

Evil Queen of the Tribe (via Pinterest)

I probably should’ve mentioned that Nicole Guerriero was going to be featured a few times in this post haha. Sorry, not sorry. I can’t help it if she nails so many Halloween looks! Plus, this look is so unique. You wouldn’t think of this look off the top of your head. If you don’t want the evil version, she also does a good version in the same video.

Pop Art (via Pinterest)

Although Pop Art makeup is tedious to do, it looks amazing! I’m a fan of anything fun and retro.

Ice Queen (via youtube)

This look is just whimsical glam and I simply love it. Not everyone likes to be super creepy and I totally get it 🙂

Galaxy Chic

This is the most creative thing I’ve ever seen on Youtube, makeup wise. Now, this wasn’t meant to be a Halloween look. Nicole did it just because she was feeling alien-like haha. Either way, this would probably be one of the boldest and  most creative looks for Halloween. I would wear this with a silver jumpsuit or something galaxy like.

Demon (via Pinterest)

When I think demon, I think of the demons on Supernatural. Those big black pupils just define “demon” in my eyes. I think this look is great on its own or with a costume.

Zombie Flapper (via Pinterest)

This is another look Desi Perkins executed flawlessly! I plan to be a zombie flapper this Halloween, but just a bit more toned down.

I hope this post gave you guys some inspiration! xx

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