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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My New BFF

A couple of months ago I started reading a makeup book by celebrity makeup artist "Scott Barnes".  I came to a chapter in his book where he suggested using a razor for eyebrows.  I had used a eyebrow razor before for convenience in between brow appointments but at this point in my life I am (or should I say "was") desperate for some brow attention.  What it all boils down to is that while living in Texas I had a FABULOUS eyebrow threader who faithfully groomed my brows every 4 weeks.  Well since moving to Maryland almost 2 years ago I still haven't come across someone that has just "wow'd" me.  Every time I go to the threading place the lady threads my brows thinner and thinner.  I've also had them waxed and that didn't go well at all either.  They were uneven so I found myself doing more work to my brows without makeup than I did with makeup!
SOOOOO after coming across this part in the book I decided to go back to old faithful and began grooming my brows again myself.  Although I like to go to the spa and be pampered, I find that doing my own brows puts me back in the pilots seat.  I groom them as often as I want and it only takes me 5-7 minutes to do both eyes.  

Here's what I do:
- Cleanse my face and neck
- Apply my scrub to my face and neck then rinse 
- Apply moisturizer to the brow area only
- Groom my brows
- Apply toner all over my face and neck w/cotton ball
- Apply moisturizer all over my face and neck
- Apply my makeup 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Styling Tips for the everyday woman

I shampooed and conditioned Heidi's hair with Paul Mitchell products.  Before I blow-dried her hair I applied Paul Mitchell "heat seal" and combed it through to the ends.  After that I used Paul Mitchell's "super skinny" serum to her hair for frizz control and shine.

I began by curling Heidi's hair with my flat iron.  I took 1/2" partings and curled her hair under.

Once I curled her whole head I combed through it and began to pull curls apart with my comb and my fingers.

Once the curls were in place I went back with the same flat iron and flipped a few pieces of hair in the opposite direction to create a funky look.

I made sure the flipped pieces were smooth.

Once I was finished, I sprayed her hair with a little spray shine and a small amount of holding spray.

Model: Heidi G.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Meet my "Industry" Soulmate

Just to show you how God and "Social Networking" works, I met Daryl Brown about 8 months ago on "Twitter".  There is this thing on "twitter" that we call "FF" aka "Follow Friday" and someone (I can't even remember who) recommended that we "follow" Daryl.  I clicked on his profile because I like to know who people are before I just start "following" them.  I saw that he was a photographer so I viewed his website and was very impressed.  So I gave him a shout out and he responded politely and we got to "tweeting" back and forth.  As it turns out, I was in the process of looking for a photographer in the DMV area to be a part of an event I was having and reached out to the "twitter" world by sending out a general "tweet".  Well guess who responded? Yes, Daryl did!  I was extremely happy that he had interest in doing my event but was concerned about how he was going to get from Atlanta to Maryland.  As he laughed at me he then told me that he was FROM Atlanta but LIVED right down the street in Arlington, Virginia.  I was still puzzled because me being from Texas, I didn't know that VA was like 45 minutes from MD lol.  After he stopped laughing at me, I gave him the details of the event and I guess as they say...the rest is history.

I can honestly say that Daryl Brown is the BEST photographer I have EVER worked with.  It's almost scary at times because we have the same visions and know which direction we want to go with the shoot without having to finish the sentence.  He's professional, talented, funny and really studies his craft.  Didi I mention he was  So you can imagine him being funny and me being silly on a shoot set...HEEELARIOUS! I had a chance to seriously sit down and talk to Daryl and here's how that went:

Divine Cre8ions: How long have you been a photographer?
Daryl: I've been a photographer for 11 years now.

Divine Cre8ions: What made you decide to be a photographer?
Daryl: I dont know if there was really a decision...I've always been fascinated with images and how they evoke different types of moods and emotions and how I am able to share my mood or feelings through an image.

Divine Cre8ions: What is your favorite part of your career?
Daryl: The favorite part of my career is seeing the smiles on individuals faces after they've had a great session with me...because to me that says that I gave them something special, unique and timeless and that image or images will be talked about and passed on from generations to come.

Divine Cre8ions: What is the least favorite part of your career?
Daryl: Not shooting...thats the God honest truth.  When I'm not shooting I feel like I'm not accomplishing anything.

Divine Cre8ions: Where do you see your business in the next few years to come?
Daryl: In the next few years I see my business being on the front lines with the best of team and I have a passion and drive that I know will not only propel my business to the front lines but will definately propel theirs as well.

Divine Cre8ions: How can consumers reach you to use your services?
Daryl: They can reach me by carrier pigeon...hahahaha nah seriously consumers can reach me at

Here is some our work together...enjoy!