Workshop #1: The 5, 10, 30 Minute Face

On Tuesday, 2/19/2014, I had the pleasure of conducting my first ever workshop at the salon of a friend, LouLou in Hollywood ( Myself, Mary (the proprietor of LouLou’s) and new friend Angi (Reiki and fitness master ( hatched the whole idea about a month ago or so and thought, ‘let’s give this a shot’. While they were the hosts and details coordinators, I was the demonstrator that evening. I brought along my co-worker Nicole as my lovely model and we took her face from no makeup, to a 5 minute no makeup look, to a simple 10 minute every day kind-of face all the way to the 30 minute evening out look.

Eye shadow and gloss goodies!

Eye shadow and gloss goodies!


We had 5 attendants eager to learn and play with us that night. Mary and Angi served cocktails and snacks and we had a wonderful time!

Beth, working on her eyeliner

Beth, working on her eyeliner

I started out by simply adding eye primer to Nicole’s eyes, a light layer of MAC Studio Sculpt foundation, MAC Mineralize powder for bronzer and a skin-toned eye shadow with a bit of shimmer on her eyes and a pop of gloss to her lips. If I were not adding to the look, I would have also added mascara at this point, but for the purposes of the class, I did that at the very end of the 30 minute face. From there, I added blush to her cheeks and a soft brown crease color with a brow-bone highlight on her eyes as well as a soft eye liner on top and bottom. To create the 30 minute face, I added a dark purple in her outer eye corners to really bring out her green eyes, went heavier on the eyeliner, filled in brows an added depth to her lips with a lip pencil. IMG950158 (2) IMG_2436

I personally enjoyed every minute of my first workshop and the hope is to have more featuring different looks. We’d thought about doing vintage glam, brows/winged liner/false lashes, the perfect red lip, contour and highlighting…but not sure what the next one will be yet!

Paula with her completed look

Paula with her completed look

Michelle with one done brow...look at the difference your brows can make!

Michelle with one done brow…look at the difference your brows can make!

My favorite before, during and after shot of Linsy!

My favorite before, during and after shot of Linsy!

So, a great evening was had by all, but especially me. I got to meet some awesome ladies that night and I got to share my love of cosmetics and share tips with all of these gals. I am beyond excited to conduct more of these if it works out! If you live in the Canton/Akron area feel free to follow me at for info on upcoming events!

Congratulations to Kristen!

KristenSo, back in 2010 I worked at a salon and spa as a makeup artist. One of the lovely ladies I worked with was a gal named Kristen, who worked at the front desk. A gorgeous girl; at least 6′ tall, piercing eyes and flawless skin…she was always a treat to work on. I was so excited when she asked me to be the makeup artist for her big wedding day on October 19th, 2013!

Her makeup turned out even more pretty than what we’d done at the trial. She requested an even darker eye and a little less bottom liner. I thought she looked absolutely flawless… I also had the pleasure of working on her sister and 3 other attendants who were all equally as darling; I will have to wait for the professional shots to get done to be able to post any of them. I was able to get two of my own shots on my phone of Kristen; one with a flash and one without. We used MAC Studio Sculpt mixed with Strobe Cream, MAC shadows and lips. We also used MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun and I blended a couple MAC blushes together to get the color on her cheeks.

Thoughts and comments are always appreciated!

Wedding Saturday October 12th, 2013

DorisI have been blessed to have an incredibly busy wedding season this year. I love weddings (except when I have to attend them…) and I truly enjoy sharing in the bride’s special day; the flowers, the dress, the hair & makeup…I just love the energy. Sometimes it’s a big, formal event and other times it’s something small and family only. This weekend, I got to meet Doris and her future husband Ed who seem so very happy together. I believe this is a second marriage for both of them and I wish them all the happiness in the world!

Doris and I did a trial run a week prior to her wedding, which was going to be a more intimate gathering of family and close friends. I really wanted to do a deep red lip on her and we did one at the trial. It looked fantastic on her but when I showed up on the wedding day, she didn’t have the courage to go through with it! I don’t mind and am happy to accommodate my clients’ wishes…so this is what Doris and I did for her wedding day. We did warm golds and browns on her lid, warm tones on her cheeks, peach lips and some highlighting. We also used MAC Studio Sculpt foundation and some of their Mineralize Skinfinish powders for contour. I think she looks like a beautiful bride and hope she had a fabulous day celebrating with her family, friends and new husband!

Post One: Smashbox Master Class II Palette

I decided to name my first post as such; Post One. The only reason I decided to start with this one today is because I was running out of time getting ready for work this morning (God, I hate having to wash my hair!) and it was easy to snap a pic of.

I got on a Smashbox kick recently. I think it was due to the fact that I live near an Estee Lauder Outlet store and I check it as frequently as possible for MAC brushes. Something about the Smashbox Halo powder had recently caught my eye but GEEZ – $59 for a powder?! Well, the outlet had a Smashbox kit for $49 that I promptly snatched up that had a full-size Halo, 2 full-size glosses, a blush/highlighter palette (5 colors total) and an eyeshadow quad. Hopefully I will get to that one soon. But anyway, whilst on this Smashbox kick, I saw this palette from them offered through Sephora. This bad boy boasts 28 shadows, 4 cream liners and 9 cheek colors – blushes, highlighters and bronzers for $59 which seems like a great deal to me.

Now, part of my cosmetics OCD is that often times I won’t open my new treasures for a while. While I opened this one, I have not used it yet. I have to admit I do wish it came with a gloss or two; I am really liking Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Glosses. They have great colors and decent staying power but I love how they highlight my lips and I also like the formula.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how these shadows wear. I am getting inconsistent results from a couple of my Smashbox shadows in terms of color payoff and lasting power. So anyone out there tried this palette? Any thoughts or comments? Once I actually USE this thing, I’ll update with some reviews. Don’t hold your breath.