January 27, 2018

IMATS Los Angeles Recap! 2018

 International Makeup Artist Tradeshow (IMATS) 2018!

Hi All! If you've been reading my blog for a while, first of all, THANK YOU, and secondly, welcome back! It will be no surprise to you that I'm sharing about my recent visit to the IMATS this year. 

It was another fun excursion to see bodies painted, artists at work, and a slew of makeup goodies ready to be purchased. If you love makeup, these shows can be pricey, mainly due to the shopping! But oh, so worth it! There are a ton of booths packed with amazing deals, new product launches and seasonal items you'll want to grab before they hit store shelves and websites. 

Moving on to the fun stuff! I stopped at Kat Von D's booth and grabbed some staples -- I love her Ink Liner and studded kiss lipsticks! The Ink Liner is by far the easiest  liner to apply. If you haven't already tried it, I'd suggest picking up a travel version at local beauty stores. CoverFx is another favorite of mine. They have great primers for soothing sensitive skin, oil, dry, you name it, they have something that will work for you. I snagged some cute glosses for lippies,  eyelashes from Koko Lashes and House of Lashes; Model in a Bottle setting spray, Miss Adoro mermaid brushes, L.A. Girl concealer and blush, Lime Crime treats and more! 

With all the eye candy happening around you and friendly fellow artist to interact with, it was tough to catch all the demos and interview panels, but I did snap some fun photos of up and coming makeup artist and established professionals who were strutting their stuff throughout the convention center. 

 In addition to fun body painting artist, I had the pleasure of meeting BrowQueen Kelley Baker, who is so down to earth, you'd swear she was your best friend since junior high! Love you Kelley! Her brow tutorials can be found online and on Instagram of course, and she now sells these awesome brow kits to make anyone an instant brow pro!

 MAC Pro artist Lyndrell dazzled my cheeks with a fun new highlighter called Show Gold! Lyndrell is based out of Hollywood and is an incredible artist. Find her also on Instagram @makeupbylyndie or visit her store. Super kind girl with a heart that radiates through her personality.  Oh, and she loves glitter! We were instant best friends!

...and lastly was Taylor! This cutie is only in her early 20s and already doing big things! She was working at the Lime Crime booth showing off her new look of the day. Taylor has a really cool portfolio and an eclectic style. She's doing big things with her life, and is ready to share her knowledge with the world. Can't wait to see more of your success, Taylor! Follow her @TaylorSteingold 

As my two-day trip was winding down, I have to say it was better than last year. I think the difference was the people. The beauty industry can be known as vain and harsh, many critics and those who want to compete, but with a world this big, there's room for all of us to succeed and this year's show confirmed it with all the great artist and industry personnel I had the pleasure of meeting and sharing in conversation with. You are all great and I can't wait to see you all continue to excel in your craft. Thank you for inspiring me and giving me some amazing words of wisdom and memories to hold onto. 

Until next time, IMATS! <3

December 14, 2017

Have a Very Berry Christmas

 It's almost Christmas, but don't fret, I have something great for you to give as a gift! Whether you're trying to find something for your best friend, mom or sister, or just need something nice for yourself, get ready to shop all things BodyCeuticals

Oh, and they'll ship your order for free if you spend $75 or more. Not a bad deal, considering their products are highly affordable, which means you'll be able to get something for everyone on your list, just be sure to check it, twice! 

Over the next few weeks you'll be attending holiday parties and joining in on the merrily singing, but what you may not notice, is how the weather changes, lack of sleep and even what you eat, may wreck havoc on your skin. Don't despair, I have the perfect facial serum duo to keep you looking glam, day and night!

The Berry Beauty Drops - Day -- This pretty little bottle is filled with 100 percent pure, cold-pressed unrefined red raspberries seed and fruit oil! The lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the skin,  keeping it hydrated and protected. Infused with significant amounts of Vitamin A, C and essential fatty acids, you will see a glow in as little as a few days. Oh, and let's not forget it's vegan, organic, wheat, gluten and soy free and non-GMO. The same goes for the Berry Beauty Drops Day's counterpart, The Berry Beauty Drops - Night!

Designed to nourish the skin at night, the organic, cold-pressed blackberry seed and fruit oil Berry Beauty Drops - Night is infused with Vitamin C, which helps in collagen production and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This gorgeous dark color serum is attributed to the blackberries' naturally occurring polyphenols. 

Each individual bottle is $32, and available now! Go get yours! Happy shopping and have a very berry Christmas! xx

December 10, 2017

Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Recipe

Sunday's are a day of rest; to reflect on your life's journey, count your blessings, and do something that makes you feel happy. While I would have enjoyed a few extra hours of sleep, I had to run a few errands. While waiting in line to purchase some Christmas gifts, I had an idea to try something new today, so I searched up a new cookie recipe, and the rest is history.
Have you ever heard of Hot Chocolate Marshmallow cookies? You heard right, "hot" chocolate.

The name stunned me for a moment as well, until I realized the recipe called for chili powder.  And it all made sense, however at first I was a bit weary, but as it turns out, you can't even taste the chili!

And trust me when I say a few were sampled rather quickly in my home.

If you're up for a challenge, or just want to try something new, follow the directions below and enjoy a batch of your own!

  • 1 roll pillsbury™ refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough 
  • 1 cup Nutella® hazelnut spread 
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa 
  • 3/4 chili powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground cinnamon 
  • Large marshmallows, cut in half 


STEP 1 Heat oven to 350 degrees. STEP 2 In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add hazelnut spread, cocoa, chili powder and cinnamon. Mix with electric mixer on low speed about 5 minutes or until well blended.STEP 3 Shape dough into two-inch balls. Flatten each ball into three-inch round. Add 1 marshmallow half into the dough and cover it completely. Repeat with remaining dough rounds and marshmallows. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.STEP 4 Bake 12-15 minutes or until surface of cookie appears cracked and marshmallow shows through. Cool 5-10 minutes, remove from cookie sheets. Serve warm or store tightly covered.