POSTED ON 07/27/2015

Makeup Brushes 101 #1

Synthetic or Natural

Makeup Brushes 101 #1:

Makeup brushes are classified by the type of hair the bristles are made from. There are two types of makeup brushes, synthetic and natural. Both brushes has its pro's and cons; wondering which one is right for you? Glad you asked, let's take a look at both. Many makeup artist choose between the two, you're either a natural brush artist or synthetic brush artist. However I say use both, it solely depends on what products you are working with. If you are a new artist start with a good quality synthetic brush; then purchase your natural hair brushes individually or when you can afford a good brush set. Don't get caught in the hype, take your time and research your brushes, some times you are only paying for a brand, not necessarily the quality of the brush.

Synthetic Hair Brushes

Synthetic hair brushes are usually made from nylon or other synthetic fibers such as kylon and tacktlyon. They tend to be less expensive and easier to care for. Some synthetic bristles are made from fibers that are antibacterial which helps prevent the growth of germs. They can also be hypoallergic which lowers the chance of allergic reaction. Synthetic brushes are best used with creams and liquids. Here are some of the cons; bristles may have a harder time holding powders and pigments. Synthetic bristles can become stiff with time and can poke the client's skin.

Natural Hair Brushes

There are many types of natural hair brushes, pony, goat, squirrel and more. Pony hair is the most common and cheapest. Natural hair brushes are best used for powders and minerals. The bristles in natural brushes have pores which allow powders and pigments to adhere to the brush better, giving you a heavier application and minimizes product usage. The cons; pores may hold germs and bacteria. Clients may have an allergic reaction depending on the type of hair. Natural brushes require more maintenance and can be expensive.

POSTED ON 06/04/2015


Coconut Oil Pulling

Have you tried oil pulling?

Oil pulling is a natural way to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. The practice of oil pulling started in India, it is an ancient folk remedy used for detoxification. One form of pulling is called Kavala Gandoosha (swishing the oil) which is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita (ancient text on Indian traditional medicine). Oil pulling is believed to prevent cavities,reduce sensitivity, strengthen and whiten teeth. It also improves gums and removes harmful bacteria that can lead to plaque buildup, gingivitis and bad breath. Other health benefits are reduced headaches, support general detoxification of the body, and may alleviate hangovers. You can think of it as an all natural mouthwash. Oil pulling is not recommended to replace daily brushing and flossing.

What are you waiting for? It's super easy!

Here’s the rundown. As soon as you awake put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swish it around for 10-20 minutes. Start with 10 minutes then work your way up. Do slow swishing movements, swishing to fast may make your jaw muscles sore.The lipids in the coconut oil coats your teeth and gums forming a protective barrier. Plaque and toxins are removed from the teeth and gums by adhering to the oil.   Try to avoid swallowing  the oil while swishing, you don’t want to ingest the toxins. If you have the continual urge to swallow use less oil.  The oil may turn whitish or yellow as it absorbs the toxins. Swish with warm or salt water, then brush and floss. Spit the oil in the trash to prevent clogging your sink. Let me know how this works for you. #newtrendthursday

POSTED ON 06/04/2015

Clear Complexion Natural Coconut Oil Facial Routine

God has given us everything we need to care for ourselves. Natural skin care has many benefits, and reduces our exposure to toxins and chemicals found in many beauty products. Here is a super easy facial regime as well as the benefits of the ingredients.


Coconut Oil: Has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. When applied to the skin coconut oil has a moisturizing effect.

Honey: Has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Acts as a protective barrier on the skin, increases production of collagen fibers and improves skin elasticity.

Milk: Full of skin loving ingredients such as vitamin A, B12, D, biotin, potassium, zinc, protein, calcium, and fat. Milk gives you smooth, supple, radiant skin and promotes cell renewal. Rich in lactic acid and alpha hydroxy acid, milk gently exfoliates skin.

Oatmeal: Gentle exfoliant, adds mositure, rich in protein, and healthy fats.

Pineapple Juice: High in vitamin C and amino acids which aids in cell and tissue repair. Also contains enzymes that softens skin and helps the body synthesize collagen, which leaves the skin firm and flexible.


**When using this mask or other face product, avoid eye contact because irritation can occur.

Coconut Oil and Milk gentle facial cleanser:


Apply to face and leave on for 5 minutes. Use a warm washcloth or cotton to gently wipe off.

**For a deeper cleanse coconut oil can be used at nite then removed in the morning with a warm wash cloth. Dispose of any unused product.

Gentle Coconut Oil and Honey Exfoliating Facial Scrub:


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup of pineapple juice
  • Store in a container for up to a week in refrigerator. Massage mixture gently onto face using upward motions, then rinse with warm water.

    Tone with witch hazel or apple cider vinegar

    (ACV) Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water

    Use a cotton ball and lightly blot face, remember to use upward motions on face.

    Moisturize with Coconut Oil

    1 tablespoon of coconut oil **add to sunscreen for a morning moisturizer.

    When using a mask, toner or other natural face products, avoid eye contact because irritation can occur. ****Alert: Honey is not recommended to be used on young children and infants, consult your physician.

    POSTED ON 06/04/2015



    In reference to eyeshadow the transition color is a shade that helps blend colors together. Color families near each other on the color wheel will blend easily together. When working with shades that are not close on the color wheel, you will need a transition color. In general makeup should flow effortlessly from one color to the next. When choosing a transition color use a matte shade 1 to 3 colors darker than your skin tone or the two colors you're working with.

    POSTED ON 06/04/2015



    Blending helps the visual flow from one color to the next without obvious separation or hard lines. Eyeshadow colors should fade to create a ombre effect from dark to light or light to dark depending on the look. It’s easier to blend color from lighter to darker.

    How to Blend?

    Use a clean fluffy brush, the size will be determined by the area you are working in. Use small circular motions to blend colors together, removing any excess makeup and harsh lines. Use a eyeshadow primer before hand, to avoid blotchy spots or dry patches, especially if you have dry skin. Just like eyeshadow application blend from your lightest to darkest color. This prevents staining the lighter shade with the darker color. For a look that requires working with a darker shade first, use two separate blending brushes. Blending takes practice but once you get it your makeup will look flawless. Do you have any blending tips?

    POSTED ON 06/04/2015



    Lipstick Run Down #lsrd: Not all lipsticks are the same. Have you ever wondered about the difference in lipstick? Lipsticks are made with different combinations of wax, oil, pigment and other additives. With so many choices matte, satin, stain, gloss etc, I wanted to give you the rundown. Before you go lipstick shopping you need to answer the following questions. Do I need staying power, moisture, shine, or a little tint? Make sure you check back regularly this will be an ongoing post. #lsrd #rundown

    Matte lipstick : Matte lipstick is opaque in color (meaning it has no shine or glossiness). It gives a natural look, and offers full coverage and staying power.

    Matte lipstick last longerbecause of the low ratio of oil to wax. It can be harder to spread over the lips, however a lip brush will aid in spreading. It can be more drying to the lips due to less oil, but no worries this is an easy fix, simply make sure you exfoliate your lips beforehand. If you have really dry lips apply moisture first then apply the lipstick, use your favorite lip balm or some coconut oil. See my how-to video for applying matte lipstick and how to exfoliate the lips. The greatest benefit of matte lipstick is it's lasting power. Matte lipstick can also make the lips visually appear thinner due to lack of shine and light. In my book matte lipstick is number 1. It’s my goto lipstick on set and my personal favorite.

    Top picks for every budget: MAC, NYX, and Wet&Wild all have awesome matte lipsticks.

    POSTED ON 06/04/2015



    I love its long lasting effect but matte lipsticks tend to emphasizes flaws and settle in cracks and dry places, so proper prepration is crucial.

    Prepare your lips by Exfoliating:

    Exfoliation will prevent lipstick from looking cakey. There are many methods of exfolation, here are my favoriates.


    Face Cloth

    Lip mask

    My Top 3:

    If you want something natural try my DIY lip scrub, for soft kissible lips.

    DIY Honey Coconut Lip scrub:

    Combine ingredients, apply to lips and gently massage for 1 minute. Rinse and apply your favoirte moisturizer. Coconut oil is great for moisturizing the lips.

    *** Substitute oatmeal for sugar if you have sensitive lips. If using sugar be very gentle, your lips are very delicate. Make sure to moisturize afterwards.

    POSTED ON 06/04/2015



    With matte lipstick the wrong application could result in dry craky lips. Follow these steps for a smooth application and lasting results.

    1. Exfoliate: Exfoliation removes dead skin allowing a smoother application, remember matte lipstick will emphzie dryness and cracks.

    2. Moisturize: Moisturize your lips before applying your lipstick, the matte texture tends to dry out the lip and cake. Use lip balm or your favorite natural oil.

    3. Prime: Use either a lip primer directly on your lips or a regular face primer along the edges of your lips to reduce bleeding.

    4. Cover Up: Apply a concealer over lips prior to applying color.

    5. Draw The Line: Find a lip liner of the same shade as your lipstick, line lips and fill, paying close attention to the inner portion of the lip, this will help even out lipstick application. Lip liner also helps your lipstick last longer and intensifies the color.

    6. Don’t Rub, Brush Instead: Avoid rubbing your lips together, rubbing lips together can cause product to settle in dry cracks. Matte lipstick will not spread easily due the low content of oil, use a lip brush to spread the product over your lips evenly.

    7. Clean Up: Clean up around the lip with concealer or foundation. Use a small, synthetic concealer brush or a pointed Q-tip to clean up imperfections around the lip. Don't forget to set the concealer with a translucent or pressed powder.