Correct Corrector.

MAC Color Corrector If you are a person of color (note: I am referring to anyone who is not caucasian), who struggles with dark circles or dark spots on your face, this post is for you, HOWEVER, dark circles and spots affect MANY people. This is just more prevalent with those of us in the world who have more melanin than others.

When you are trying to perfect your look, it really sucks to not be able to cover the darkMAC Color Corrector marks. I mean, let’s be real. You don’t REALLY want to use a whole bottle of foundation every day when you’re trying to cover up something on your face. There ARE people out there who do use way too much product, but I’ll save that topic for another day. So, what’s a gal (or guy) to do? Try an orange color corrector. Personally, I like MAC Studio and Conceal Color Correct Palette in Dark, because it’s nice and creamy. The orange corrector looks weird (and yes, it looks ORANGE on your face) but after applying with a wedge or concealer brush, and going over it with your concealer and foundation of choice, I guarantee that you will have won your game of hide-n-go-seek with your dark marks.

Until Next Time,


Beauty On The Go!

Benefit Beauty Kiosk at Las Vegas Airport

Benefit Beauty Kiosk at Las Vegas Airport

Recently, I travelled to Las Vegas for my dear friend’s wedding, and almost LITERALLY stumbled when I saw a Benefit Cosmetics kiosk. I had forgotten about these kiosks in the airports.  Why didn’t I pitch this idea years ago? There are so many times that we forget some of our cosmetics while packing for a trip, and it is a fantastic idea to be able to purchase items while you’re in the airport terminals. When I’m packing, sometimes I have to choose between which products will make the TSA cut, and which ones I’ll have to leave behind. This is aggravating on so many levels. But Benefit figured it out, and now people can purchase “travel friendly” sized products!

The average woman is not a professional makeup artist, and may not be able to efficiently and safely pack her cosmetics, which becomes an airport nightmare upon reaching the security gates and scanners. I know better, and yet, there have still been times where I had to repack/recheck foundations, powders, and gels at the last-minute. I love the idea of being able to wait until after I get through security to get my mini-sized cosmetics. So, I’ve copied the list of airports where Benefit kiosks are located! Enjoy!

Austin Gate 14 & East Concourse Gate 6

Las Vegas Terminals 1 & 3

Nellis Air Force Base (Las Vegas) Main Exchange

Palm Beach Concourse C

New York JFK, Terminals 2 & 5

Savannah-Hilton Head Airport

Houston Terminals C & D/E connector

Tulsa, OK Terminal B

Cleveland Hopkins Concourse C

Raleigh-Durham Terminal 2

Nashville International Airport

Minneapolis St-Paul F Connector

Dallas/Fort Worth Terminals A, C & D

Ft. Lauderdale Terminals 2 & 3

Atlanta Concourse D

El Paso Concourse B

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Concourse B

Dallas Love Field West Concourse

Indianapolis Concourse A

Philadelphia Terminals A & E

Reno Concourse B

Anchorage  South Terminal, Concourse C

Milwaukee Concourse C

Hartford Concourse E

Rochester Main Terminal

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Concourse B

Fort Belvoir Main Exchange

El Paso/Ft Bliss Main Exchange

Baltimore Concourse C

Burbank Terminal A

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Until Next Time,


Playing Around With Polish

I love a bright, glittery nail color for the summer (okay, actually year-round is fun too), so I decided to play around with some recent purchases. I chose to paint my entire nails (front and underneath the backs) with my Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish in Suspiria (described as ” Opaque UV magenta” on their website), and my Deborah Lippmann “Across The Universe,” a beautiful mix of blue/green glitter and navy, over Suspiria for a unique look. Suspiria and Across The Universe Nails

Hint: Suspiria dries to a flat matte finish and doesn’t resemble what’s in the bottle at all, so I always add a clear topcoat to add shine and vibrancy to the color. The first time I used the color, I was disappointed, so I took to the ‘net to read some reviews (I usually read up on products BEFORE I purchase) and everyone said the same thing about the color. Honestly, the topcoat did everything I needed it to do so it worked out. What I loved most about the Lippmann glitter polish was that it had a navy base, versus a clear base that is popular among most glitter polishes. As a result, I really could have rocked it alone! It wasn’t as difficult to remove either, unlike other glitter polish brands that I’ve tried in the past.

Play around with your polish and post your creative looks in the comment section! The best picture will receive a gift!

Until next time,


The Best Beauty Tips EVER!

Everyone wants the Holy Grail of Beauty Tips in order to look their very best. Can I let you in on a secret? There is never going to be that one great product that does it all. Your best beauty comes from within, and from knowing who you are and where you want to go in life. For you die hard cosmetic addicts, I will say that drinking plenty of water, maintaining a good diet with lots of leafy green veggies, proteins, healthy grains, and exercising ALONG with a fantastic cleansing and moisturizer routine will give you the glow you desire. You have to do the biology stuff to get the glamorous look that will make you a standout. Note: I have talked about Olay Regenerist so much that I should work for them, but it is my favorite face moisturizer cream and has worked so well at keeping my skin and complexion much more even and hydrated.

There have been times when I second guessed myself, and spent way too much time over-analyzing the choices I’ve made in the past.  We’ve all been guilty of trying to rationalize our pasts, and those cringe-inducing times we have loved or hated someone who wasn’t worthy, forgave a frenemy, got too dressed up for an event or not enough, or cried in public instead of wearing our game faces. We have all played that popular, but somewhat cruel game of “what if?”

As I mature, (note: not “get older” but to become more aware) I sometimes wish I could go back in time and share with my 25-year-old self some gems I have picked up along the way.  But then I realize that my life would not be as enriched as it is now (as a 40-something fabulous female on the go), without all of the life lessons; like the lessons below:

  1. Never let a man “buy” your love. You shouldn’t put a price tag on your self-worth.
  2. Always have your own cab/bus/train fare if the date goes in an uncomfortable direction.
  3. Splurge on good cologne.
  4. Splurge on at least one dress that makes you feel more beautiful than anyone else.
  5. Spend less on most clothing but spend more on accessories. Good quality shoes and a purse can be the deal breaker for that certain job.
  6. Read the newspaper daily or watch the world news at least once per day.
  7. Laugh more.
  8. Don’t be embarrassed to cry. It’s not a sign of weakness.
  9. Leave a good tip for good service. Your wait staff will remember you upon a return visit.
  10. Tell your family and friends that you love them……just because.
  11. Manage your money and know what is in your accounts at all times.
  12. At least open a checking and savings account. Learn the basics of investing your money.
  13. Hating someone else only chips away at the very core of your being. Forgive and let it go.
  14. Brush up on: public speaking skills, dining etiquette, and an elegant walk.
  15. Buy a used car and laugh at everyone else while your car notes are low or non-existent.
  16. Grow spiritually by setting aside time every day for prayer or meditation.
  17. To borrow from the soul singer William DeVaughn, “Be Thankful for What You Got.”
  18. Learn how to do your own: hair, makeup, and mani-pedi.
  19. Learn how to: change a flat tire, check your oil, and use a map/compass.
  20. Read current fiction and classic novels or at least read the book jacket covers!
  21. Never feel bad about being more financially successful or more educated than your mate.
  22. Never let your mate make you feel bad about being more financially successful or more educated.
  23. Take time to cultivate an intimate relationship that is not built on sex first. Passion fades, but conversation, love, and compassion live forever.
  24. Mistakes don’t make you a failure. Instead, learn the lesson and build your character.
  25. Love the unique qualities that make you special, flaws and all.

My 40-something self is a work in progress. But lately, I’ve been following my own advice and I’ve realized that I’m doing a pretty good job of being me! Take some time to reevaluate yourself and recognize your power!

Until next time,


Summer Makeup Help!

Coconut Oil MAC and OlayAs an artist, I tend to gravitate toward “full face” year round, including these hot, sticky, humid summer days in Chicago. But lately, due to being pressed for time, and general laziness, I’ve found a way to even out my splotchy complexion (thanks eczema!) and look “made up” without using concealer and foundation.

Keeping my skin moisturized and hydrated is key to looking good. So I’ve upped my waterMade up with MAC Skinfinish intake, decreased my caffeine addiction down to 1 serving every few days, and doubled up on my moisturizer by first slathering my face in Kelapo Coconut Oil, then following up with my favorite Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. After my skin has soaked up my concoction, I swipe on MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder, which gives me natural and polished look. When I’m done, I do a happy dance! Low key, this look may take me way beyond summer. I’m just saying…

Until next time,


Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

* note: I do not work for MAC. The picture you see below belongs to me.

We are individuals. In the world of makeup, it is becoming increasingly harder to avoid all the images of everyone wearing the SAME look. Heavy contouring and highlighting, overdrawn eyebrows, and the requisite “duck lip” smile is what I see all over social media. These trends are causing normal-thinking individuals to somehow think they aren’t doing enough in regards to their makeup style, and that’s sad. Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

We don’t have to follow the trends to be beautiful. We don’t have to subscribe to the mentality that there is only one way to rock makeup, which includes 10,000 products (pure hyperbole but you get my point). This is my public service announcement for the week. Stay true to your own look. Be your own kind of beautiful, and if that means wearing just lip balm and a big smile, or a runway inspired look, own your “beautiful.”

Until next time,


Revisiting Bad Brows

I was browsing Pinterest and saw a Pin from Covergirl that talks about how to create an appropriate bold eyebrow. Their suggestions and techniques were good, valid, detailed, and would certainly help the many victims of bad brow shaping.

So you ask, “How do I know if my brows are hideous?” Well, look in the mirror. If you clear your face of all makeup, did your brows disappear? If so, then you ma’am (and sir in some cases) have made some bad brow decisions. Do your brows make you look like you are always surprised? Then yep, you guessed it, you have bad brows. Do you have sharp points at the tops of your brows? Like a widow’s peak for the brow?  Okay, then YOU have bad brows. Do your brows look like question marks? Yep, you guessed it, you have bad brows. Do people ask you why you’re mad all the time? *sigh*  YOU have bad brows. I’m not even going to ASK you if you have a unibrow (that’s a whole different conversation).

It appears to me (and other professional makeup artists) that the new trend is to create a cookie-cutter version of the eyebrow. You’ve seen the pictures people post of themselves after their makeovers. You should have noticed by now that almost all of these people have the exact same drawn on eyebrows. These brows are usually too thick, too sculpted, and look as if they have been painted on instead of filled in, and that is just not a good look.

There are some people out there who have lost their brows due to alopecia, cancer treatments, and accidents. I’m not talking about those folks. They get a pass to do whatever the hell they like to their brows. Some people are victims of over-plucking, and they really do need to recreate some hair up there, BUT for the most part, people are just succumbing to a trend that has become so popular that now, folks don’t even know what constitutes a proper brow.  People are individuals, and should look different. If you notice that everyone who has a makeover gets the same “style,” then what makes them stand out?  If you are an aspiring makeup artist and want to remain relevant years from now, remember that individuality trumps “trend” any day and steer clear of cookie-cutter looks for your clients.

Are you ready to get right? Then check out the link BELOW from a previous post on how to work those brows the right way. You are too cute and too much of an individual to be walking around looking like a bad version of someone else.

Until next time,