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Art meets Fashion with 12 year old designer Ariel

Yes I’m writing a fashion post! I know that this is a beauty blog, but I was so enchanted by the designs of  fashion designer Ariel for Swedroebyariel, that I had to share. Recently I had the pleasure of modeling some of Ariel’s gorgeous pieces for their social media accounts and I had a little […] Read more…

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Everyday Contouring- The Technique

  Contouring, once a makeup technique used only by makeup artists and highly skilled drag queens, has gone mainstream. We can thank countless YouTube tutorials and one very famous Instagram selfie (by someone infamous for selfies) for starting this trend of expertly smearing brown contouring makeup and then blending it to reveal an altogether chiseled […] Read more…

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These products are the balm!

What’s your type? Do you like them long and lean or defined and thick? I’m talking lashes here not men (Personally I like my men long and lean but my lashes thick and voluminous!) Joking aside, the Balm’s imaginative and sexy packaging is so much fun you’ll want to do your makeup in public. Take […] Read more…

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Baby Foot- The Review

I have a love/hate relationship with my feet. On one hand I’m very thankful they can carry me through marathons and I can dress them in super cute shoes, but on the other they are just plain ugly! I will spare you the details but I am not blessed with those really adorable small feet […] Read more…

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Double cleansing for great skin

Photo: Andres Hernandez   Model: Heidi Astrup Ask any makeup artist and they will tell you, great skin makes for a great makeup! Of course as makeup artists, we are adept at concealing and hiding any imperfections but when it comes to doing a beauty shot, great skin is like working on the perfect canvas. […] Read more…

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The secret to seductive makeup

I have found over the years that men seem to approach women more easily when they aren’t wearing much makeup. Men seem to be a little scared off by dark matte or overly glossy lipsticks. It may be that they are just afraid of what it might be like kissing it! And who can blame […] Read more…

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The supermodels are back!

THE SUPERMODELS ARE BACK! Have you seen the new Balmain campaign for spring 2016? It features three of the most iconic supermodels of the 1990’s, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, looking more incredible than ever. I, for one, am happy to see a fashion campaign featuring women my age. The supermodel era was […] Read more…

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The best foundations ever

Foundation is one of the most difficult makeup products to buy. The color has to match your skin tone, the formulation needs to be right for your skin type and it has to create the finish that you prefer. Achieve that perfect foundation trifecta and you have found yourself a winner. I was very interested […] Read more…

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Strobing- A winter skin perk up

It’s January. It’s cold and dry. Winter skin can always do with a perk up and the trendy makeup technique “strobing” is perfect to fake a healthy glow. I don’t think that strobing is really anything new, but just an updated version of the highlighting that makeup artists have been using all along. Strobing is […] Read more…

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