Monday, September 17, 2012

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Photo Shoot

Hi dolls! I just saw the photos from the Romeo and Juliet inspired photo shoot that I worked as MUA on. They look great! The photographer is Hannah Woodard of Greenville, SC. She's a great photographer and has gotten off to a great start with her career. The makeup turned out awesome and I am very proud to show off the photos. Below is one of the photos from the shoot. As always, please feel free to comment :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'm Back!!

Hi dolls! First I would like to apologize for being MIA for so long! I have been working on new makeup jobs for local photographers and also modeling. I finished up a makeup job last Friday evening for a Romeo and Juliet inspired photoshoot. I haven't seen the photos yet but the makeup looked amazing on the model when I was finished with her (if I do say so myself...hehe). Of course, the model was gorgeous to begin with so that always helps :) I also worked on a fashion show on August 25th. It was fun, but a ton of work. I'm not sure if I will be doing another one of those. The makeup looked great, though, and I got some wonderful photos for my portfolio out of it.

Modeling is going great! The photographer that I have been working with says that I am definitely way ahead of most brand new models with my posing and expressions. He works with tons of local models so I am always very flattered when he says that :) I got the photos from my first shoot on Sept. 4th. They look amazing! There were 1698 photos total so I had a ton to sort through! It was so hard picking my favorites! I actually ended up submitting one of them to a pinup photo contest through the Pinup America Magazine. I will find out if I win on Sept. 21st. I'm really excited but impatient :) I also have another photoshoot with the same photographer this Friday. I'm super excited! I have some awesome new outfits that I think are going to look amazing!

I have received mixed feedback on my photos. Mostly great comments saying they looked great and they love my curves. However, with our twisted perception of what beauty is I have also received a little bit of negative feedback saying that I need to trim down. I'm all for being healthy and I am on a new workout routine that I'm hoping will help me lose some inches on my waist and hips, but for crying out loud I'm a size 8! For some reason, some people believe you have to be a size 2 to be beautiful and sexy. To me that's the furtherest thing from the truth! If you're naturally thin, then that's beautiful, but if you are starving yourself to be a size 2, that's not sexy! Healthy is beautiful, no matter the dress size!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

WNC Magazine Wine and Food Festival Fashion Show Photos

Hi dolls! On Saturday I had the pleasure of working on WNC Magazine's Wine and Food Festival Fashion Show. There were many great designers featured and a lot of beautiful models! It was a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun! The following photos are 3 looks that I did for models. Hope you all enjoy and as always feel free to comment! :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Photoshoot Photos!

Hi dolls! I received the unedited photos from the photoshoot that I worked on last Friday and I wanted to share them with you all.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

First Photoshoot Experience

Hi dolls! I was asked earlier this week to do makeup for a local photoshoot. After speaking with the photographer about his vision for the shoot I agreed to do it. I'm so happy I did because it was so much fun! The photographer wanted something that was a little out of the ordinary, kind of futuristic, but still glamorous. The photoshoot was taking place at the nicest local hotel which is about 150 years old and has a very old-Hollywood glam look to it. It's very ornate, and if you've ever seen the movie Leatherheads starring George Clooney and Renee Zellweger you have seen the hotel, as a portion of the movie was filmed in it. I decided the best route to go would be to do a makeup lace eye-mask with an old-Hollywood style cat eye and wine colored lipstick. I took a risk by doing the lace mask because I had never actually done one. I practiced a couple of times on my arm before going to the shoot Friday evening and it turned out well so I decided to go ahead and try it on the model. I figured "What's the worst that could happen? If it looks bad, it's just makeup and can easily be fixed." Let me tell you I am so glad I took the risk to do the lace mask! It turned out awesome! It was avant garde enough without being over-the-top and was still very glamorous. Both the photographer and model were very happy with the way it turned out and it photographed beautifully! The photographer will be sending me the photos from the shoot to add to my portfolio so I will definitely post them as soon as I receive. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Booked for two fashion shows!

Hi dolls! I'm bursting with excitement right now!! I just found out that I will be working as MUA on two upcoming fashion shows! The first is in a couple of weeks. I'm definitely nervous since it will be my first time working on a fashion show, but I have faith that I will do great. The first show is requesting a strong but subtle eye and lip, so I have some research to do but they are allowing artistic interpretation of what a strong but subtle look is. They're both "trade for" jobs but I will be able to add the photos to my portfolio :) If you guys have any ideas please feel free to comment.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gift Certificates Available

Hi dolls! Just wanted to let everyone know that I am now offering gift certificates. They make a great bridal shower present or birthday present!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Feeling confident and Robyn Lawley is my new role-model!

Hi dolls! I wanted to talk about something that everyone can relate to; having self-confidence. I will be the first to admit that without makeup and nice clothes I don't feel confident. Mainly because of some imperfections in my skin and a negative body image. I grew up with my mother constantly putting herself down, saying that she was fat and unattractive. Naturally, the negative image she had of herself reflected onto me. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. When I was 12 years old I suffered from anorexia. When I was at my smallest I was 5'2" and barely weighed over 100 lbs. I have a medium bone structure with wide hips so naturally, I looked like a walking skeleton. Unfortunately, people were not honest with me and told me I looked "great". In reality, I looked horrible. It wasn't until my family finally sat me down told me just how sick I looked that I woke up. Since then I have battled with keeping my weight under control. About a year after I got married I had gained over 30 lbs. Last January I made a lifestyle change to lose the weight. I can honestly say that since I made the change I have lost the 30 lbs and went from a size 14 to a size 8. Even after losing the 30 lbs and being 4 sizes smaller I still struggle with my body image each day. I still struggle with the desire to starve myself at times. However, I read an article earlier about an Australian lingerie model who is 6'2" and a size 16. Her name is Robyn Lawley and she recently became the campaign model for a UK lingerie line. She's absolutely beautiful and looks very healthy. Obviously at 6'2" a size 16 looks much different than if she was 5'2" but she still looks healthy and curvaceous. I think she has become my new role model. I sincerely hope that the media will begin to see that a woman who is healthy and curvy is much more beautiful than a an anorexic walking skeleton. Part of my goal as a makeup artist is to make women feel confident through showing them proper makeup application techniques but we as women also need to learn to embrace our bodies for what they are. Every woman, no matter the size, shape, or weight is beautiful. Confidence and a smile is the most attractive accessory a woman can wear!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Motorcycle Ride

Hi everyone! So this post is actually not about makeup, but i wanted to share anyway. One of mine and my husband's favorite hobbies is to ride motorcycles with our friends. We participated in a poker run with a friend of ours today. The poker run was to benefit children with down syndrome and autism. We didn't win, but we had fun. Unfortunately, the group that we were riding with did not know where in the world they were going so we ended up doing a huge loop. Our friend nearly ran out of gas (that would have been bad!), but it's all good :) Anyway, the reason I'm writing this post is to beg everyone to watch out for motorcycles on the road! When my husband and I were riding home today a guy in a truck tried to pull out in front of us and nearly hit us! Thank goodness for my husband's quick reflexes or we would have been hood ornaments! Motorcycles are everywhere and motorists should respect riders and vice versa. So please watch out for riders and share the road! Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sephora Babydoll Nightie Eyeshadow Review

Hi dolls! So I visited my local Sephora store yesterday and picked up a few things. While there I was looking at the Urban Decay (LOVE them!) eyeshadow single in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again. The color was a soft rose pink with silver shimmer. I love how pigmented and velvety the Urban Decay eyeshadows are but I don't really love the price ($18 for one eyeshadow). So, I figured while I was there I would check and see if Sephora made a dupe in their brand ($13 for one eyeshadow, not a lot cheaper but a little). The dupe that I found was Babydoll Nightie. The eyeshadow colors are virtually identical. I will say that Urban Decay is slightly more pigmented and I do love the velvety texture of the UD, but Sephora is definitely a comparable dupe. It has good pigmentation and a lot of shimmer. It will look beautiful as a transition shade on a smokey eye. The texture is kind of chalky, though. Overall, it's a good eyeshadow, however, if I had to do it over again I would spend the extra $5 for the Urban Decay. Hope this helps you guys out! Bye dolls!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Urban Decay All Nighter Review

Hi dolls! I must first start off by saying that I'm sorry I haven't posted the last couple of days. I have a horrible cold right now :( This a review of the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting spray. I have used  this a couple of times and I absolutely LOVE it!! I bought the travel size bottle at Ulta for $9 which is definitely a good price for the amount of sprays you get. I usually use 3 sprays across my face to set my makeup. The spray dries almost immediately and does not leave a shiny or vinyl appearance on the skin. Just a beautiful matte finish. I wore this on my birthday when I went out with some friends. We left at 7pm and I did not take my makeup off until nearly 5am. My skin normally gets oily after a few ours but this kept my skin looking great all night, even in the hot, humid weather in South Carolina. We were also dancing for a good bit of the night. I will definitely be purchasing the larger bottle for my professional kit. Another great product by Urban Decay!! Highly recommend :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

YouTube Tutorials

Hi dolls! Check out my new YouTube tutorials located under the Tutorials tab. I have uploaded 2; an airbrush foundation tutorial (broken into 2 parts) and an ocean inspired eye look. Leave comments and let me know what you think.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Services and Pricing

Hi dolls! The current services I offer are listed below. If you have any suggestions for additional services, please let me know. Thanks!!

Bride (includes either glamour or natural look and a special gift for the bride) - $60.00
Bride plus 4 friends - $198.00
Glamour (including prom, pageant, special occasion) - $50.00
Photography - starting at $60.00
Birthday/Bachelorette Party (includes a special gift for the birthday girl or bride-to-be) - $80.00 per hour

If touch up application is desired on your special day an hourly rate of $50.00 will apply in addition to initial rate for the service.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Birthday Post

Hi dolls! So my 23rd birthday was yesterday. It was great! My hubby gave me a dozen red roses and he a new seat for the motorcycle :) Went out with our 3 best friends last night and had a blast!! It was definitely a great birthday! I also received my new business cards today from  Vistaprint. They look awesome :) Definitely excited to start advertising! Hope all you dolls have a great weekend!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Eye Design

Hi dolls! This is an eye design I did with an Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Perversion. The rest of the eye makeup is done using Bad to the Bronze Color Tattoo by Maybelline, bronze eyeshadow, orange eyeshadow, brown eyeshadow, black eyeshadow, black cream liner on top lid, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion on the waterline and smudged under the eye, Wet n Wild blue crease shadow from the Blue Had Me At Hello palette under the eye, and finally a little bit of Sally Girl Blue Lagoon loose glitter on the inner corner under the eye. Top it all off with some Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Blackest Black. Leave some comments on what you think.

Updated Review of Bellaboo Skincare

Hi dolls! Just wanted to give you guys a quick updated review of the Bellaboo Gorgeous Skin Moisture Dew as well as the Clear Skin Smoothie Mask. I have been using the Moisture Dew twice a day for the past week and I must say that it has made a dramatic difference in my skin. Before using this moisturizer my skin was very oily and after a week of using this moisturizer my skin is not oily at all, just glowing. I have also used the Clear Skin Smoothie Mask three times and it is amazing!! The mask does initially cause some redness but this subsides after about an hour. The next morning your skin looks and feels much clearer. When I first began using the mask I had about 6 or 7 pimples and now I have one that is also going away. I would definitely recommend giving the Bellaboo skincare line a try! I also plan to buy the face wash when I run out of my current face wash.

Friday, July 6, 2012

First Impression of Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

Hi dolls! So first off I want to say that I had an amazing day at Paramount Carowinds with my hubby and 2 best friends! We rode roller coasters and water slides all day!! On my way home I stopped by my local Cosmetics Company Store and picked up two Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealers. I've heard so many good things about these concealers on YouTube that I had to try them! The concealers retail for $23.00 for 0.06 oz. Luckily, I was able to pick these up for $15.50 each. I chose to get the Ivory and the Dark Bisque. I should be able to easily mix these together to get a match for most any light to medium skin tones. My first impression is that the concealers are extremely creamy and cover quite well! They appear to mix quite well and could even be combined with a bit of moisturizer to create a custom tinted moisturizer. I also finally received my new supply of the Dinair Alabaster foundation today so I will hopefully be adding some new makeup looks this next week. Bye dolls!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Airbrush makeup

Hi dolls! Hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th! The photos below are a full face airbrush makeup application. The only conventional makeup used was Maybelline Great Lash mascara and Sally Hansen lip gloss. The airbrush makeup used is Dinair Vanilla, Lt. Golden Beige, Peachy Pink, Barely Pink shimmer, Blonde, and Jet Black. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Business Cards Ordered!!

Hi dolls! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday week! So, I finally got my business cards ordered today. I'm super excited, especially because I got them dirt-cheap! The photo below is a preview of them. Sorry I haven't posted any makeup looks this week. I ran out of my Dinair Alabaster foundation and have been waiting for my new bottle to arrive. Now to research some advertising material to hand out and off to Hobby Lobby to look for a nice portfolio to put some of my prints in. Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th! Please remember to thank a service member for all that they do because as we know, freedom is not free!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review on Bellaboo Gorgeous Skin Moisture Dew

Hi dolls! I decided to do a review of an awesome new moisturizer I found. It's Bellaboo's Gorgeous Skin Moisture Dew. Bellaboo is actually a skin care line for tweens and teens that originated in Australia but is now sold online all over the world and at Ulta in the U.S. I have pretty oily, acne-prone skin and pretty much anything breaks me out. I have been using Clean and Clear Dual Action moisturizer for years but it has pretty much stopped working. The more I research on skin care and makeup the more I have realized that in order to have a flawless makeup application you need to begin with the canvas. I have also realized that natural products are generally much less irritating and work better in the long run. Bellaboo is 99% natural and uses lots of really great minerals and extracts to keep the skin clear and moisturized without harsh chemicals. I just began using this product today but I can already tell that my skin feels softer and smoother. The smell isn't too bad. It has a pretty strong eucalyptus scent but fades after about an hour. It feels really light on the skin and doesn't leave any greasy feeling. A pea-sized amount with easily cover the entire face and neck. I will update once I know for sure that I won't have any reaction to the product. So far so good though! :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Makeup Makeover again!

Hi dolls! This is pictures of a makeup makeover I did for a friend of mine. I used emerald green eyeshadow with black liner on the top lid and brown liner in the waterline. The lips are just a pale pink. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Some pretty big news!

So I just set up a Model Mayhem profile earlier this week to be able to network with photographers and models in my area. I responded to a casting call for a makeup artist that a photographer had posted. We started chatting and he asked if I had ever done any modeling. I told him no but I had thought about it when I was younger. He asked me to send him a full body snapshot because he thinks I will do good as a model and MUA! Really excited! I sent the photo below as my full body snapshot. Leave comments on what you think. Please be nice though...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Makeover on my friend

 Hi dolls! This is the make-up look that I did on my friend earlier today. I used turquoise and bronze eyeshadows with black eyeliner. The rest of the look is pretty neutral with a pink nude lip and minimal blush. Let me know what you think.

Makeover Time!

Hi dolls! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! I'm about to give one of my friends a makeover :) I haven't decided if I want to a neutral look or if I want to go all out with some trendy colors. Guess we will see later...I will post pictures of how it turns out.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

1950's Pin-Up Look

Hi dolls! Hope everyone had a wonderful first half of the week! This is my first try at a 1950's pin-up style look. The products I used are Dinair airbrush foundation, Ulta Camel eyeshadow to contour, a combination of Ulta blushes in Afternoon Delight and Heartbreaker, NYX Rock & Roll palette, NYX Champagne and Caviar palette, Physicians Formula gel eyeliner in black, and Ulta lipstick in 207. Let me know what you guys think!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Simple Smokey Eye

 Hi dolls! This is a simple smokey eye that I did on myself yesterday. Let me know what you think.

My First Blog...Ever!

Hi Everyone! So this is my first blog post...ever! I'm super excited to start blogging! I guess I will start off by telling everyone a little about myself. I'm 23 years old. I've been married to a wonderful man for 3 1/2 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. I concentrated in Finance for my degree and worked in accounting and banking for the past 5 years. I realized about a year ago that I was very unhappy working behind a desk all day and not being creative at all so I have decided to embark on the journey of doing makeup freelance. I have always loved cosmetics and doing women's makeup. I am a makeup and skin care junkie and absolutely love the feeling of making a woman feel more confident! I will be posting some photos of my recent work over the next week so please check back and leave comments!

Bye dolls!