September 28, 2012

Guest Blogging Over At The Style Pundit

I am always flattered to be asked to collaborate with other bloggers, especially by my fellow southern bloggin'istas!!  Today I am being featured over at The Style Pundit by Miss Allison.  She does a series called "Fall Five Ways" and asked me to contribute my Top 5 Beauty Must Haves for Fall that you can check out HERE.

{Fall makeup inspiration seen on the runway for Rochas. Digging the vampy mouth!}

This was one of the quotes I  gave her when she sent me a few questions to answer about myself (there were some really fun questions! Be sure to check out my answers over on her blog) that I think every woman should think about when doing her own makeup...

"Since makeup is so personal and looks different on every individual face, I approach new seasons and trends like this. It’s not what you wear,  it’s how you wear it, to make it your own!!  My philosophy with makeup is to just have fun with it – there’s always makeup remover if you mess up, then you can try try again!!"  

Thanks Allison for making me look good!!  And is it just me, or has this week just flown by??  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



September 27, 2012

Should I Feel Guilty About My Beauty Routine?

I'll admit, sometimes I feel a little guilty for the fact that I do spend so much time putting on makeup and fiddling with my hair in the morning.  It takes me minimum 20 minutes of bathroom prep time before I step out to take my kids to school, the grocery store, or even the gas station where sometimes no one will even glance at me.  Why do I even bother right?  




{Gwen and her cute family, via People.com}

Luckily after reading Gwen Stefani's article (mom of 2) in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar about why she wears makeup, I feel better about my beauty routine.  She is quoted as saying this,

"I've always been a girl who loves to dress up, " says Gwen.  "I already put my makeup on twice today: I put it on to take my kid to school, and then I went home, washed my face, and put it on again to have lunch with you." She even wears it at home because "I like to make my husband like me more," she says, laughing, "and he likes it when I'm wearing makeup."

Can I get an AMEN!!  Gwen and I would get along just swimmingly, because this is me to a T.  Yes, I have been known to do one neutral makeup look in the a.m., then decide I am feeling more drama come 3pm and add more.  And I don't know that my husband would totally admit this, but I KNOW he likes me in makeup - he always compliments a good smokey eye when I wear it.

{She is a prime example of how a good red lip can pull a whole look together.}

When I run into some other mothers in town who wear little to no makeup on a daily basis (and good for them for having the confidence, really), and they see me in full on mascara, foundation, and eye brows just running to pick up dog food at Target, I ALWAYS get, "HOW do you have the time and energy to put on makeup with 3 kids in the house??"  And in my mind, I feel like they're really saying "WHY do you ignore your kids and the dishes just to put on your face?? Don't you have more important things to do?" or "That's pretty vain of you."  

Now, I know most of them aren't thinking the latter and it's probably just my slight guilty conscious creeping in that I put on one more Dora The Explorer cartoon so that I can finish contouring my face when maybe I should be reading a 2nd book to my daughter.  But since I am a makeup artist by trade, and truly enjoy the art and process of just applying makeup in general, this is what I do to relax and give myself more confidence.  Some women take 45 minutes a day to exercise/yoga to clear their mind and feel better, I take 45 minutes to figure out what eye makeup and lip color combo I want to rock with my outfit.

As a mother, I think it's all about doing whatever makes you happy in those few minutes you get to yourself during the day.  Whether it be exercising, reading a book, or putting on your makeup, you should do what helps you mentally be able to tackle the day.  

I also hope that as my daughter gets older that she sees that my long winded makeup and beauty routine translates into enhancing my natural self and that I'm not actually trying to change into a different person.  To me, makeup is all about self improvement, and who can argue with that??  I also like this quote I read in the same magazine, written by author Elizabeth Wurtzel about her reasoning behind it being okay to spend a few extra minutes on ones appearance rather than just letting it all go to you-know-where...

"Looking great is a matter of feminism.  No liberated woman would misrepresent the cause by appearing less than hale and happy."

I'm interested to know if I'm in the majority or minority - How much time do you spend on your beauty routine in the morning? 


September 26, 2012

Lash Extension Update :: Week Two

I've had my lash extensions in for a full two weeks now.  And they are starting to look verrryy "Dancing With The Stars" long if you get my drift.  SO glad that show is back on by the way (poor Pam Anderson who got knocked off last night!).  Okay, on with the lashes...

 {A little blown out due to flash!}

 {Some of the lashes are starting to clump and move.}

{Also feeling a bit crunchy and not as soft as originally did.}

I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm getting a little worried about these extensions taking my natural lashes with them when they and being left with bare spots.  I've heard from more people about this being a potential hazard than I'd like to admit- why didn't I know this before I actually had them glued in??  Being left with bald spots in my lash line would make me reaaally unhappy.  So besides the obvious prescription Latisse that is a bit too pricey for my blood, I've heard fantastic things about RevitaLash and its miracle working properties for regrowing lashes.  
{RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash conditioner, $85}

Seriously, this stuff is getting some mad lash love, especially from the women (who shall remain nameless) that lost their lashes to loving their lash extensions.  Another option that was on the show The Doctors, (and shouldn't we trust those guys and gals recommendations?!) is the even less expensive option, SmartLash, which I have already ordered just in case.

{SmartLash Eye lash enhancer, $29.95 + free shipping!}

Hopefully I will be one of the lucky ones who will only lose the extensions and not my god given lash line.  But I'm being proactive just in case by buying this lash enhancer.  I am starting to see more extensions fall out and I can definitely see my natural lash attached to the fallen, but not noticing bare spots just yet.  Wish they still looked like this.

I do think I'm going to have to start trimming these puppies though, because sunglasses are getting harder to wear...

If you have had lash extensions, how long were you able to keep yours on before needing a fill in or removing them because they started looking wacky??  I'd love to hear your advice of what to expect!

September 25, 2012

9/25 : Join JennySue Makeup On A Google + Hangout With Caress & The Fabulistas!




Today at 2:15pm (recent time change from the sign above!) I am super pumped to have been brought on as one of 5 bloggers asked to hang out on Google + with the Caress Fabulista's, June Ambrose & Lilliana Vazquez!!  June is a major celebrity stylist to the stars for the likes of Kelly Ripa (one of my fave celeb moms!!) and Zoe Saldana, and the star of VH1's "Styled by June," along with Lilliana who is a TV personality and blogger of CheapChicas.com, for the brand's first ever Google + hangout!!

{Check out Caress.com}







We are going to be chatting with these lovely ladies about their latest fab finds in fashion and beauty and how scent plays a big role in their lives.   I was sent a few of Caress' new shower and bath products to try out before this hangout, and let me tell you, these things smell and feel amazing!!

So if you have a Google + Account and want to sign in to listen to me, Eboni, Lara, Nadine, and Danielle talk with June and Lilliana, then just hit the "Join Hangout" on the Caress Google + page here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/102945794632081662621/posts

Fans are welcome to join the conversation and can send in your questions/comments during the hangout (be sure to use hashtag #CaressHangout)

Hope you can HANG TODAY at 2:15pm!!!  




September 24, 2012

Behind The Scenes Of A Music Video

As a makeup artist, I am extremely grateful that I get the opportunity to be creative in every job that I'm hired for and no two faces or jobs are ever alike.  Over a month ago I had the pleasure of being hired to work on the music video for "Tip It On Back" by country music singer Dierks Bentley, that took two days of shooting. Click the link above to see the song come to life!

{Concert scene filmed locally at the Georgia Theatre.}

I worked on the two main actors for the video, one male and one female.  And to make it even more sweet, my two boys were asked to be in a small flashback sequence in the video by the director  (around 1 minute 52 seconds into the video to be exact - I'm not proud or anything:))!!  It doesn't get much cooler than that to have my boys on set with me seeing what mom does and how an actual music video is made.  And let me tell you, it's no easy or quick task!!  

Here are some behind the scenes pics I shot during the two days of filming at the Georgia Theatre and at a farm here in Athens.  *WARNING - this posting is picture heavy!!*

{When you're a big country music star, you get your own sign!}

 {My set up in a tiny room!}

 {Already gorgeous Sarah before and after makeup.}

 {Her makeup was supposed to look like she was going out to a Dierks Bentley concert 
with her hubby.  So I went smokey eyes of course.}

 {Dierks himself doing a little crowd surfing.}

{My job - to make sure the actors looked flawless in every shot!}

Second day of filming started at 7:00am. Good thing as a mom of 3, this time frame doesn't scare me bc we're up and at 'em every morning at 6:30am for school!  I loved this first pic of me and boys with the morning light behind us showing how early we got started.  They were pumped though and were champs the whole day of shooting until we wrapped around 4pm.



{Let's get to work!}


{Walker taking a much needed snack break.}

{Passing the time between filming with iPhones.}


{My gorgeous and handsome subjects after makeup.}

 {A few smelly extras on set.}

 {My boys in action during their running sequence!}

 {Boys with producer John Burke.}

{This tree scene didn't get used, but at least Jack got to climb a tree!}

{That's a wrap!  Jack said he wanted to be an actor like them one day:)}




{Music videos are tough work.}

This overall experience was just awesome.  Everyone I came into contact with was super nice and there were no big inflated egos you hear about with music stars, directors, and producers. Quite the opposite, everyone couldn't have been more wonderful, genuine, laid back, and super professional.  And you wouldn't believe how much work, shooting and reshooting, goes into making a 3-4 minute music video!!  There is a lot of involved prep work, lighting, and many people, that go into making one of these things.  And that doesn't even include the massive editing I'm sure that comes into play after all of this is done.

 I want to thank Maryanna for hiring me and director Wes Edwards (click this link to see the other cool things he has directed) for allowing my boys to be a part of this whole process.  I hope Dierks Bentley is proud of this end result - it's truly neat to see the words and music come to life.  And to see my makeup work and my boys in a music video isn't too shabby either...

September 21, 2012

Life's Little Pleasures

Sometimes I take for granted how some of the smallest things that occur in every day life, can actually mean so much and bring me such BIG joy!  Here's a look through my iPhone pics of the week of some of my little pleasures in life.  *Don't forget to check the end of this blog to see the premiere of the Dierks Bentley video I worked on as the makeup artist for that also includes flashbacks of my two boys!! Soooo exciting!!!!!!*


 {Finding a GREAT everyday pink lipstick. YSL Sheer Volupte Sheer Candy 04.}


{Getting a real manicure performed by a real professional (aka, not me!)}



{Having a happy car load of kids on the way to dinner. Equals - I'm not cooking.  Score.}


{Enjoying fresh gardenias picked from my yard and placed in the bathroom.}


{Relaxing under a serene view from the facial table at the spa.}



{My favorite pleasure - being goofy with my kids!!}


{My boys get their 3 seconds of fame running in the middle of this video!}


It's so incredibly neat to see my makeup work come to life on the actors for this video and song directed by Wes Edwards and performed by Dierks Bentley!!!  I just want to pinch myself!  And to see my boys included in there, even if it's only for 3 seconds, warms my heart and makes me prouder than anything!!  

My goal this weekend is to enjoy all of the "little" things that life has to offer that might fly under the radar at times.  Big things come in small packages right??!  

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! What are some of your life's little pleasures?? 


September 19, 2012

One Week Into Lash Extensions Update

I have had my lash extensions in for a solid week now.  And I had such a HUGE response from everyone wanting to know more about them the moment I posted I had gotten them done here!  So I figured I would catch you all up on what my thoughts are so far on these faux fringes.  

 {One week of wearing them.}

 {Extreme close up to show placement and a little movement. Only on upper lashes}

 {The view from above shows the growth of my natural lashes.}

{They still have not been touched by mascara. Only the lower lashes.}

Overall, they still look pretty much the same as they did the day I got them.  Here's what I have noticed about everyday wear so far:
  • I've only seen 2 actual single lashes fall off - and I have no idea where they fell from.  
  • I have found that washing my face in the shower or in the sink, is not as easy as it used to be bc you have to be SO careful not to pull or tug too hard on these things.  Apparently I used to scrub the heck out of my eye lids because now that I can't, it feels like I'm not getting my face as clean!
  • Applying eye liner is not easy either around these things, bc they are so long and have a natural bend to them.  I have had to resort to using a slanted brush in eye shadow to dot along the lash line to act as eye liner.  Liquid eyeliner is a huge pain and I'm not even taking the time to deal with it anymore.
  • They are kind of spiky feeling.  Meaning, they're definitely not as soft as my natural lashes (obviously) and they hit my sunglasses now!
  • You cannot use a cotton ball to take your eye makeup off anymore.  I did it once, and was left with white cotton stuck all in them - it was a mess.  Kleenex from now on.
  • They clump up slightly when I wake up in the morning and I have to run a steel toothed comb thru them to unclump.  There are a couple places I'm starting to notice shifting and clumping together more, so hopefully it won't get worse.
I am still happy that I can omit applying mascara to these things in the morning for them to look good.  I'm just hoping they stay this way for a couple of more weeks.  However, I'm also wondering with my new growth underneath if they're going to start looking super fake and waaay too long??  We'll see - I'll do another update next week.

What do you think so far?  Would you ever try lash extensions?

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September 18, 2012

Rainy Day Face

{Audrey Hepburn & George Peppard in a rain scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," 1961}

We can't all expect to look as sophisticated and chic soaking wet as Ms. Hepburn above (I'm sure she had a makeup crew behind her every fake rain drop of the way!).  But lucky for us non-actress types, there are definitely some great waterproof products on the market today to help keep your makeup from running around your face in a downpour.  Here are some personal favorites with an occasional previous blog review attached to it...

EYES :  Mascara - Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume 24 Hr mascara ($9), this stuff is no joke and stays on through a sweaty workout, drenching rain, or a cry fest.  It's my new favorite go NOwhere mascara!!  Eye liner - For liquid, I stand by Physician's Formula Eye Booster liner ($10) not only for the non budge factor, but the pen tip is super easy to handle for creating a winged eye.  For pencil liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencils ($19) rock.

SKIN :  Foundation - Revlon ColorStay Makeup foundation ($10) certainly sticks to the skin the best I've seen. I like to use a thin layer of kleenex to blot the skin after application and add another light application if you want extreme stay proof flawless skin.  Cheeks - Benefit's original Benetint ($29) is one of those products that if you layer it, it isn't going to go anywhere and gives a gorgeously natural flushed look that sinks into your skin (no powdery cheeks here!).

LIPS :  Lip pencil - Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24) is one of the best lip liner/color all in ones around that can endure hours without reapplication. If you do the same kleenex idea mentioned above for foundation here with the lips, you get double to the staying power!

Tip :: This might seem like common sense, but when dressing your face for a rainy day - go for lighter colors just in case. So if they do start to run, you don't have a dark tragically smeared face of color!
{This Missoni umbrella is calling my name - I'd carry it in the sunshine it's so cute.}

What are some of your favorite waterproof makeup products?? 

September 17, 2012

Product Review :: Calgon Luminous Bath Pearls

Rarely do I get the opportunity to take a leisurely soak in the tub with three kids and a crazy hectic night time routine.   I consider myself lucky if I get the chance to wash my hands during the day!!  But when I do take baths from now on,  I will always be pouring these babies into my bath water...

{Calgon's Luminous Bath Pearls look like actual tiny realistic pearls!!}

I love a good bubble bath every now and then, but sometimes bubbles can be annoying.  You know, they get all over everything, sometimes stick around even when you've gotten out of the shower, you can't find your razor you dropped in the water bc the bubbles are hiding it, etc etc. That sort of annoying.  

So that's why I love this concept of *Calgon's Luminous Bath Pearls, $6.50 (or beads) because they: 
  • scented my water beautifully, 
  • gave me some exceptional skin softening through Vitamin E and collagen ingredients, 
  • all without the annoying bubbles you can't see the bottom of the water through!
These little jewels made my rare bath feel a bit more exotic when I got to release the pearls into my water! Besides the soft and hydrated skin that occurred after I got out of the tub, the scent is what stood out most of all to me.  I feel like the right perfumes can have the most relaxing effect on people.  And this one smells super fresh and clean, just like what I would picture a fresh water pearl smelling like!! Seriously, no obnoxious or loud fragrance, just good clean fun.  I say fun, because if I get the chance to sit back and relax in a bathtub without doing anything, that's fun to me.  This is what the phrase "bath time" around my house usually means, and it has nothing to do with me lounging in a tub...

{Miss Viv's bath time is a bit more rowdy.}

So like the old saying goes and rings true with these pretty pearls, "CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!"

Do you ever get the chance to enjoy a nice quiet bath?  Is it a rare treat or an everyday routine?

*This product was sent to me for consideration and review.  I was not paid for this review.  All ideas and opinions were honest and my own as always.*

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September 14, 2012

Eighties Beauty Revival

{Nicole Kidman, V Magazine Fall 2012, wearing Chanel lipgloss Levres Scintillantes Plaisir.}

I couldn't help but post this picture of 45 year old Nicole Kidman looking about as stunning as I've seen her lately.  And even though the styling is reminiscent of the 80's - extreme eyes, frosty pink lips, Bangle-type hair, and large plastic bracelets, I love this edgy look on her.  I keep doing double takes thinking she resembles a younger Meg Ryan, who was super popular during the eighties! Wonder if the makeup artist for this photo shoot carts their makeup around in Caboodles (Happy 25th anniversary to this makeup case by the way)??  

Most people that lived through the 80's complain that they never want to relive the way they looked from that era, but ironically, I find the 80's creep into fashion and makeup ALL THE TIME!  From obnoxious bracelet and necklace stacking (hello "arm party"- it's not original to fashion blogs, Madonna was a pioneer for this look), messy undone hair (or called "beach waves" now), bright red statement mouth (never goes out of style), and wearing feminine undergarments as outerwear, it ALL circles back around.  

{Madonna, circa 1985, Desperately Seeking Susan.}

If you want to spend a ridiculous amount of time looking back through everything 80's, check this website out, TheGreat80s.com.  It is hilarious and fun to relive all of the music, TV, and pop culture from that time.  Who knows, you might even get some new beauty and style inspiration from it for your weekend!

If you lived the 1980's, what was your favorite thing about your look - hairstyle, makeup, or clothing?  

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September 13, 2012

Get WOW Lashes With Eye Lash Extensions

Long full lashes are the ultimate feminine accessory on a woman's face in my opinion.  Mascara is one of the 3 products I refuse to leave the house without because my eyes disappear when I'm not wearing it.  It is also one of the most popular beauty products women buy worldwide because sales in mascara rose 11% last year - so apparently I'm not the only one loving my darker lashes.

 {My new set of Novalash extensions!}

So the fact that these photos are of me with ZERO mascara or eye liner applied is crazy...WHAT??!! Both of these products are usually what it takes to fake a thicker lash line for me.  How did I get such WOW lashes?? Answer. LASH EXTENSIONS.  Photographs speak a thousand words, so here ya go.  I will give you my personal breakdown of this application experience at the end.







Pretty amazing before and afters huh?? Here is what I'm sure you want to know about them because these were things I was curious about as well!!  And if I don't answer a burning question you have about these miracles of lash - leave me a comment below and I promise to respond back.

1.  How much does it cost?  This service was $150 for the first time application.  I'm sure this differs depending on your area and salon used however.  "Fill-ins" is what it's called when you have to get them updated when certain hairs start to shed away and you need to fill in the gaps - that varies from $50-75 depending on how many must be replaced.

2.  How long does it last?  My "lash builder" told me 3-4 weeks depending on how your natural lashes react to the whole process.  It depends on how you treat the lashes (makeup removal and such) and your natural lash composition and how they react to the glue and all.

3.  Did it hurt during the application?  No, it didn't hurt.  Were there moments of being uncomfortable, yes.  You can't feel anything when the lashes are being glued and placed on top of your natural lashes, it just feels odd when the person applying them has to tug or pull apart lashes that get stuck, but no biggie.

4.  How long did it take for the application?  Mine took an hour of laying on my back with my eyes closed (not too shabby!).  Again, time varies depending on how dramatic of a lash line you want to go.

4.  Can you wear eye makeup with them on?  Yes, but you are told not to wear waterproof mascara with them (will break down the glue) and I was told it won't be necessary to use an eye lash curler bc they already come pre-curled which is awesome!!  It's going to be tricky applying eyeliner bc they are so long and already curled, so I will have to let you know how that goes when I get the courage to try eye liner!!

Yes, these are pricey to get and to keep up, but man am I thrilled with the results.   True story- I woke up this morning and the first thing my hubby noticed was my eye lashes!  You wake up not even needing mascara!!  I don't know how long mine will last until they will need fill ins, which will probably determine if I decide to keep up with them or not.  I might have to start getting loans from my kids piggy banks if I do decide to maintain them...Ha!!


*BIG shout out to my lash builder, Olive, from City Salon and Spa here in Athens.  You did an amazing job with my vision of how much lash drama I wanted! If you are interested in this service, definitely drop into their spa for this lash luxury and tell her you saw her fab work on JSM! ** 

Have you ever had eye lash extensions?  What was your experience?