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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lightening Your Brows

Lightening Your Brows

Before Brow Lightening

During Eyebrow Lightening
- Apply a protective base around the brow area
- Apply brow lightening cream with a small tint brush or mascara wand
- Let sit for 5 minutes or as until desired shade is reached (no longer than 15 min)
- Rinse with cool water and cleanse with facial cleanser

After Eyebrow Lightening
- Pat dry and continue with facial cleansing regemin

After Eyebrow Lightening
- Apply lighter colors in brows (eyebrow pencil, eye shadow, brow enhancers)
- Apply makeup as you would usually do

I used professional products to do my brows.  You can check your local Walmart or Target to see if they have eyebrow lightening kits.

Take your Job to Happy Hour

Take your "Day" look to an "Evening" look:

- M.A.C. NC45 Select SPF Foundation
- Covergirl Medium Concealer Stick
- M.A.C. Bronze Eye Shadow (crease)
- Nixie Cosmetics Honey Water Eye Shadow (lid)
- Makeup Forever Brown #98 Eye Shadow (crease & brows)
- M.A.C. Blacktrack Fluidline (top eyeliner)
- Sally Beauty Supply Black Liner (lower eyeliner)
- Maybelline Black Mascara
- NYX Love Mosaic Blush
- M.A.C. Cork Lip Liner
- NYC Cappucino Lip Shine Lipgloss

- add M.A.C. Blacktied eye shadow to the v-crease
- add more mascara
- add more black eyeliner to lower eye and smudge
- add darker lipstick/lipgloss (M.A.C. "O" lipstick in pic)

Model: T. Johnson

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rejuvenate Your Lazy Lips

I have the worst luck with my lips. They are always so dry and are always peeling. I was watching a television program where the dr. said that if your lips are dry then that meant you needed to drink more water. Well who has time to drink water all day with a career like mine when I'm always on the go. God knows I don't want to have to go to the potty 80 times a day, not to mention what would happen if I get stuck in traffic!!! SOOOOO I tested 2 products, one being Carmex and the other being Nivea Rejuvenation Q10+. I have to say hands down that Nivea won my lips over. I don't have to apply it 10 times a day. It is a thicker consitency than Carmex and it even has a small hint of color. I absolutely love the fact that it moisturizes my lips and doesn't just sit on top of them making it look like I've been eating chicken all day. BONUS - it has SPF 4 in it so it can not only help block the sun but can still be used in photographs without reflecting too much light. Special thanks to the Nivea team for really pulling together on this product. It not only fits in your purse but for about $3.50 it will fit in your budget. So here I am blowing kisses at you! Enjoy

Monday, March 22, 2010

To SOOTH or not to SOOTH...that is the question!

Being a makeup artist I feel like I have to keep up with the latest tricks of the trade to keep makeup looking and feeling as natural or as flawless as possible on camera and off. I find that using Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief POWDER-GEL under your foundation (after a light moisturizer) will prevent oily skin from shinning through your makeup. It is non-greasy and fragrant free so it dries like a powder once applied the skin. The gel contains vitamin e and aloe so it's perfectly safe for your face when used in moderation. A little goes a long way so you don't need to apply much.

Just think about it:

If it's main purpose is to prevent unwanted moisture (chafing) in areas such as bikini lines, intimate areas, plus size women, and new moms why wouldn't it work?


If you have oily skin, simply apply a small amount on your most oily area and then apply your foundation and the rest of your makeup. After about 1-2 hours I want you to look at the area and see the difference for yourself. For about $7.00/bottle it's worth the try. Whether it works out for you or not I want you to let me know. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

We all know how important it is to keep our body clean but it seems as though woman get facial cleansing all wrong. Ive heard several horrible cleansing regiments so I'm here to help!

It is always important to cleanse your face and neck area daily. I suggest a mild cleansing system where all products work together to make the skin look and feel its best. A couple of my favorites are Origins, Mary Kay, Neutrogena, and even Avon. They all consist of basic products such as: cleansers, toners, masks, moisturizers, eye treatments and even age fighting serums which treat and help prevent sagging or tired looking skin. When searching for the perfect products, make sure you are able to sit down and talk to someone about the products you're going to purchase. You really don't want to make unnecessary purchase and/or waist money on products that weren't made for your skin type. When devoting time and a little money to your daily cleansing routine, you'll begin to see a difference in the "outer" you.

Great skin doesn't always come from the outside so remember to eat the right amount of fruits and veggies to bring out skins natural beauty and glow. Water is a key ingredient and an important part of cleansing. It should be consumed daily in order to hydrate the skin and prevent cracking or peeling skin.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

smokey grey eye look

products used:
-NYX milk jumbo pencil
-M.A.C. club eye shadow
-M.A.C. carbon eye shadow
-Sally beauty supply black eye liner
-Maybelline black mascara

Posted by ShoZu

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Look

Products used
- NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil all over the eye
- Makeup Forever Chartreuse #57 (eye lid)
- NYX Glitter on the Go "Lime" (eye lid)
- NYX Loose Pearl Powder in Jade Pearl (crease)
- Makeup Forever Black #4 (v-crease)
- MAC Crystal Avalanche (brow highlight)
- NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil (eye liner)
- Makeup Forever Chartreuse #57 (on top of eye liner)
- Maybelline Black Mascara
- Coastal Scents Liquid HD Foundation (#11 & 13)
- MAC Cork Lip Liner
- MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick
- MAC Moth to Flame Dazzleglass
- MAC Gingerly Blush
- #600 False Lashes

Foundation Find

I like most women am always searching for the perfect foundation with the perfect price so I went on a search. The last couple of months I've tried different brands of makeup and finally have hit the jackpot! Coastal Scents has a new HD Liquid foundation and after trying it today I've realized that I have fallen in love all over again. I purchased several sample size shades for only .49cents so that I could see the shades and the texture then use them. I figured that if I didn't like it that I would only be out about $3.00.

I love it! The consistancy is not too runny and is a creamy liquid. It has sheer to medium coverage (depending on what brush you use) but can also be a full coverage foundation if you apply more to areas that need it. I love the fact that there are 14 shades and they all compliment each other. Personally I use 2 foundations for my face so for the low price of $16.95/bottle I can afford to purchase more that one shade. Visit today and purchase your bottle of 'Liquid HD Foundation'. You won't be sorry.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Orange and Blue Look

Products Used for this look:

- NYX White Eye Shadow Base (all over eye)
- NYX Orange Zest Loose Pearl Powder (Lid)
- NYX Ocean Blue Loose Pearl Powder (Crease)
- Makeup Forever #4 Black Eye Shadow (V-Crease)
- NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil (Bottom Eye Liner)
- Makeup Forever #72 Turquoise Eye Shadow (Bottom Eye Liner)
- M.A.C. Fluidline (Top Eye liner)
- Maybelline Black Mascara
- Eye Lash #600

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hands-on Makeup Class in Maryland

Learn the basics and tricks of the trade in makeup application for yourself. You'll look and feel your best everytime you put on your makeup with this easy and informative hands-on class.
What you will benefit from this class:-Basic skincare lecture
-Foundation/Powder Application
-Eye Shadow/completing the eye application
-Blush Application
-Lipstick/Lip Gloss Application
-Eyelash enhancement Application (strip lashes)
Light refreshments will be served. Please bring your personal makeup and clean brushes for the hands-on portion of class. Makeup products will be available for purchase ($2-$5) if you don't have makeup. A 50% deposit is due in order to hold your seat. Payments are non-refundable.
Paypal payments may be sent to
Call Nyke at 832.724.1769 for more information.