Realistic Beauty

Being confident in who you are is the best beauty prescription. Only on a movie screen or stage is makeup used to create the ultimate illusion: making someone look completely different. In real life, makeup should be used to enhance what you already have, and you need to accept and embrace your facial features. If, when you remove your makeup, you are unrecognizable, then perhaps it is time to reexamine your ideas of beauty.  Recently, Braxton Family Values reality star and singer Tamar Braxton  stated that she wore makeup to bed (albeit without a full face), so that she could look, “CUTE.”   That is her choice, but I wondered if I would be comfortable going to  bed every night wearing makeup. Not only does that practice wreak havoc on my skin (and my 500+ thread-count sheets), but I think I just wouldn’t feel like myself. I think Tamar is cute and I can tell that she has invested in quality products and a good beauty regimen to keep her skin healthy (thanks to the miracles of HDTV, we can see that Tamar’s skin is blemish-free).  So here’s my question: Are people hiding from themselves when they wear too much over-the-top makeup?  


Colorful Eyes by the 3M’s: MAC, Magnolia, and Make Up For Ever

Loads of color

When you wear eyeglasses, you have to play up your eyes much more than the average beauty babe. Although they are a necessity for some of us, glasses present a challenge in regards to eye makeup. Over the years, I have perfected the looks I like to sport while wearing my glasses. Recently, I decided to play around with some colors and create a fun look to match my summer mood and I started with Make Up For Ever’s  (MUFE) “Aqua Black,” a super supple and easily blendable, waterproof black eye shadow. I used it as a liner, then followed up with “Aqua Eyes” pencil in Turquoise-7L.  This brightly colored, waterproof pencil glided on without tugging my delicate eye lids and gave me just the right amount of color to make my eyes pop. MUFE was one of the many companies I bought products from while attending The Makeup Show and it was worth every penny to stand in the LONG line to purchase these beauty goodies!  M.A.C. eye shadow in Atlantic Blue was swept across the lids, and I added OCC Pigment in “Pollencount” to the inner creases of my eyes, with Magnolia Makeup Pigment in Aztec  along the brow bone for some extra “sass.”  I used tons of L’Oreal False Fiber Lashes Mascara in Blackest Black to complete my look and I was pleased with the results. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!


Those of you who follow my blog regularly can recall my post on my first visit to The Makeup Show last year. Every year in various cities, both domestically (L.A., NYC, Miami) and internationally (London, Berlin), beauty professionals get a chance to attending seminars and workshops, and purchase cosmetics and other tools for our trade.  Ladies and Gents, I had a ball attending this year’s show! It was held at Venue One on West Randolph, for the second year in a row. Makeup artists, hair stylists, and other folks in the beauty industry from all over the country flocked to this event.  There were tons of exhibitors and this Beauty Babe made a beeline for M.A.C., Alcone Company, Make Up For Ever, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and several other companies to stock my kits with new purchases! I had to wear my good walking shoes so I could keep up! Attending The Makeup Show allows working MUA’s, students, and other beauty industry professionals to really reap the benefits of what we do, along with networking, researching, and studying new trends and techniques to help us improve upon our skills.

It’s easy to get caught up in buying makeup and tools while attending The Makeup Show, so I had to remind myself to stay focused, by visiting several workshops and seminars. Ones that I really enjoyed were HD Makeup Techniques: Airbrush and Beyond-David Klasfeld for OCC Makeup, and The Artist Advantage: Mastering the Flash Color Palette-Brittany James for Make Up For Ever. One of my favorite Keynote events was “Beauty and The Blog.” Words of wisdom for Social Media were spoken by Makeup Artists Jennifer James and Candace Corey, as well as Patrice Grell Yursik of These ladies took questions from the audience and gave us so many useful tips to improve our presence in social media. I introduced myself to Patrice and we realized instantly that we both adore Rachel Stewart Jewelry! I guess great minds think alike (wink, wink)!

The amazing artist  James Vincent, Director of Artistry for The Makeup Show, introduced  keynote speakers Tia Dantzler and Billy B and I could just hear the pride in HIS voice as he talked about how special these two artists are, as well as how blessed HE was that they were able to come and speak with the crowd.

For those of you who don’t know, Tia is one of the top artists in the field, and her work has graced the covers of Vogue, Glamour, and many other publications. Tia has created looks for Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, and President Barack Obama. She is also a brand ambassador for Johnson & Johnson. Tia shared some priceless tips about getting started in the business, remaining professional, and constantly researching to learn more about the craft. She is truly a beautiful and humble spirit who appreciates the opportunities she has been given. Follow Tia on Twitter and learn beauty tips on her blog, The Beauty Elixer!

Mr. Billy Brasfield, known as Billy B  “took us to church” as he stated! Billy B started his career in 1985 and since then, people all over the world have sought him out to make them look sensational. Billy has done makeup for Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce, and many other celebrities. As a Keynote speaker, Billy shared with us the pitfalls of the industry, as well as what it takes to become a successful makeup artist. With his witty sense of humor and lifelong experience, he was to simply a joy watch on stage. Check out Billy’s Tumblr page for inspiration!

The one thing that stuck out for me, as an observer, was again, the humble attitudes of both Tia and Billy. As both artists shared, it’s easy to get a big head and think that once you gain access to celebrity clientele, you have “arrived” but that is not the case.  This sort of “diva” attitude will only insure that you won’t work again!  I really enjoyed listening to these artists, who have both influenced me in different ways!

Free Spa Treatment!

ImageOkay, you’re not actually getting a FREE spa treatment however, if you purchase Olay Regenerist Thermal Mini-Peel, you will certainly FEEL like you just got a free spa treatment. I have been using this product for about two weeks and wanted to share with you all how fabulously smooth my skin feels! Olay’s daily treatment not only exfoliates your skin with glycolic acid, but also gives dry skin the hydration it need. I love the water activated self-heating formula which really warms my face and gives that “spa-like” feel. For the budget beauty babes, the retail cost of $18.99 at Target Stores won’t break the bank but you will still feel like you’re doing something special for yourself!

Latex-Free Adhesive

Latex-Free For Sensitive EyesI was inspired to write today’s blog after reading a comment on my Facebook page about allergies to latex and how that affects the user’s ability to wear false eyelashes (thanks Tonia)! I’m allergic to various things but I’m lucky that I can slap on some adhesive and work those lashes without any problems, so when my friend shared her tale of whoa (swollen lids), I decided to check out an alternative for her. I’ve blogged about the Alcone Company before (see my previous blog “Tools To Use”), who sells not only my favorite latex-free sponges of all time, but also Ardell Lash Tite Latex-Free Eyelash Adhesive! According to Alcone, Ardell is the ONLY company that makes this special glue, and it’s available for use with both individual lashes as well as full strip lashes. The adhesive can be ordered directly from Alcone’s website and for the low price of $3.50, sensitive beauty babes everywhere can stock up!