Event Makeup and Custom Body Bronzing by Westi

Event Makeup and Custom Body Bronzing by Westi
Photo by Brandy Fine Focus Photography

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I am so happy I got Chubby (Clinique's Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes)

I have never been so happy to get chubby. I thought I would NEVER hear myself say that.  It has been a while since I visited the Clinique counter and I stumbled upon their new Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes. After swiping a few testers on my hand, I fell in love with the color "Fuller Fudge". I took this gem home with me and am very happy with it. It is a gorgeous bronze/fudge color with a little shimmer that glides on smooth and stays on all day. I use an eyeshadow primer first since I have oily eyelids, then swipe the chubby stick on my entire eye lid, then blend the color evenly using my MAC 217 blending brush. The chubby stick would also be great for travel since there is no need for sharpening since all you do is twist more color when needed. I paid $17 for it and think it is a great value since there is a lot of product and a little goes a long way depending on how intense you want your eye look. This chubby stick will be my go to color for Fall since it so simple and lasts all day without creasing. Can't wait to try more of their 12 colors.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Best Leave in Conditioner for Ombre Hair

So I have been rocking my ombre hair for almost a year now and even though I love it, it does take some extra care to keep my hair healthy while having this "oh so trendy" hair color (or shall  I say colors). With the summer heat, going to the beach and my super sweaty kickboxing workouts, my hair really started to look dull and started to feel dry and frizzy. Just when I was starting to cave and go back to a solid dark hair color, I remembered this amazing product that changes your hair instantly called "It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Spray". Why is it called It's a 10? It is a repairative leave in hair conditioner that delivers the following ten benefits: Repairs, Adds Shine, Tames Frizz, Protects Color, Detangles, Prevents Split Ends, Curbs Breakage, Softens, Boosts Body and Protects Hair From Heat. To use, just spray  it  into damp hair after shampoo and conditioner, comb through and style. After the first use, my hair went from straw to silk. I was amazed. The frizz was tamed and I had a nice volume and shine to my hair. It is a bit pricey but it does last a long time and I even use it on my 4 year old's very curly hair and it works wonders for her tangles. This product also claims to promote hair growth (but I haven't used it long enough to review see any hair growth). I think this product is a must have if you have color-treated hair or struggle with dryness and frizz. It has made me believe in miracles again. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Best All Natural Sunscreen

With the hot summer days still among us and my quest to find the best sunscreen, I had to share the product that I am currently very happy with. Being at the beach almost weekly, I have become so tired of applying sunscreen to myself and my daughter time after time with the same horrible odors and greasy or difficult to apply textures. I made a trip to the health food store and picked up a tube of Alba Botanica's Very Emollient Sunscreen in "Pure Lavendar" SPF 45. I was intrigued by the smell in the store and rubbed a bit on my hand so I figured it should be put to the test. I started using it on my daughter for preschool and I love how easy it blends and the smell is oh so lovely and it soaks in nicely. I have also noticed that my daughter's rough skin (keratosis pilaris) has softened which has been an added bonus. I try to put nothing but pure products on myself and my daughter's skin and this sunscreen contains Green Tea, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe, Lavendar (for the scent of course) and chamomile which makes me very happy. This product is great and comes in several different varieties, including fragrance free if you aren't into scent as I am. My only complaint is that I wish it came in a larger tube. For a 4oz tube, it costs around $10. But the size is very handy to keep in your purse or gym bag. I can't wait to explore Alba Botanica's other products. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend and don't forget the sunscreen!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Treat Myself Friday (Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Revival Mud)

As I was rushing around today running errands and had to swing into Sephora for some lip glosses, I remembered that I needed to grab a face mask but didn't want to spend a fortune. So as I was browsing the various brands, I stumbled upon this gem by Sarah McNamara's  Miracle Skin Transformer line called the "Miracle Revival Mud Skin Restoring Treatment Mask". This mask also has an attractive price of $38. Of course being a skincare and makeup junkie, I rushed home to try it. It is a true mud mask in the sense that when you apply it it is thick and earthy and then dries up on the skin in a lovely earthy-green color. I felt a slight tingling sensation initially which then subsided by the 15 minute mark. After removing the mask, my skin felt clean, brighter, lighter and even a bit tighter. The mask states that it should invigorate, hydrate and detoxify. This is my first use but so far I am impressed. This mask reminded me of "Fango Mud" from Borghese if anyone of you are old enough to know what I am talking about? Overall,  I think for the price this is a great product and can't wait to try other products from the line. I also treated myself to the lovely lilies to add to my spa experience. I wish I could share their amazing scent!

Friday, June 21, 2013

This is How I Party on a Friday Night!

Spending some time with some old friends cleaning and organizing my makeup kit. Can't wait to paint another pretty face tomorrow. Love my job!

Monday, March 11, 2013

All Natural Homemade Anti-Aging Face Mask

In my attempt to save money and use natural products on my face, I have been experimenting with various homemade masks and have been very happy with the results of this Anti-Aging face mask. I can't say that my skin is wrinkle free, but it does look firmer, softer and has a nice glow to it. Dr. Oz has called this an alternative to Botox so I had to try it. So why honey, yogurt and banana? Well, yogurt contains lactic acid which is a natural alpha hydroxy acid which helps to smooth and exfoliate the skin. This is why Greek yogurt is best since it is thick and has more active cultures. Honey has been shown to have natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties that help protect the skin leave it soft and supple. Finally, bananas are nutrient-rich and help to moisturize and nourish the skin among several other benefits. So together, all of these natural ingredients make for a very good mask for your skin. If your skin looks dull and tired, give it a try. Overall, I think this has made my skin look fresh and young. 

All Natural Homemade Anti-Aging Face Mask

1/2 cup yogurt (Greek is best)
1/2 ripe banana mashed
1tsp honey

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and apply to clean freshly cleaned skin. Leave on for 20 minutes. For better results, apply a warm washcloth to the face to help the mask penetrate the skin. I do this mask twice a week and the mask keeps well in the fridge for a few days in a sealed container. 
Here is how I made it:
Here is what you will need to make your Anti-aging Mask: A bowl, honey, plain yogurt (Greek is best),  half a ripe banana and a basting brush or face mask brush. Fingers work fine too.

Add honey and yogurt and mix well.

Mash the ripe banana in a bowl with a fork until  smooth. Less chunks makes it easier to apply and keep on the face.

Here is the finished mask.
Now you can apply  it to your face (avoiding eyes and mouth of course) and relax and if you get hungry, it  is okay to eat too!
Let me know how you liked this mask or if you have tried any similar ones that work better.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

(NOTD) Nail Look of the Day

I have been in a nail rut lately, so when I went to choose polishes, I let my three year old choose two from my collection of polishes and she chose this great blue/gray combo. Very surprising for a child who loves everything pink, but after I applied this look, I received many compliments. I suggest you try it. Its very fun and you never know what unique combinations come from a child's imagination. 

Here is my nail look of the day (hopefully week if I can swing it). Zoya's  gorgeous blue neutral and the ring finger polished with Nicole by OPI's sparkley glitter. 

Zoya Professional Laquer in "Kristen" (Left) and  Nicole by OPI  the Kardashian Kolor in "Follow Me on Glitter" (Right) 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Favorites for Valentine's Day

Just in time for Valentine's Day! A few of my  favorites that I Love, Love Love! I of course bought these for myself but all make amazing gifts for anyone or yourself and I just wanted to share what makes me feel hot this chilly time of year.

These Vince Camuto "Bollo" Over the Knee boots are so awesome they look great with skinny jeans, leggings, dresses and just about anything.  (Nordstrom $166.79 right now on sale Woo Hoo). I have been looking for the perfect brown boots for two years and finally found them. 

Renegade Cluster Bracelet from Stella and Dot ($59 Comes in silver too)
This bracelet is super hot with celebrities right now such as Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry and Giuliana  Rancic. I love that it stretches so there is no hassle trying to clamp it on and it looks awesome layered with just about anything or a cuff. I get so many compliments when I wear this. It also has a tiny heart and a few  pave beads. Gorgeous.
This is the cute packaging my bracelet came in.

Even cuter when you open the box it says "Hello Gorgeous".
My friend is having a trunk show through Sunday January 27th, 2013 where purchases will  be entered into a raffle drawing for a chance to win hostess jewelry credits and 50% off jewelry items. You can get more information on the trunk show Facebook page at www.stelladot.com/ts/q8zm5

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in "Vintage" ($16). A truly gorgeous color on the lips. A deep wine color that makes your teeth look super white. A little goes a long way and lasts forever. These lip tars are a makeup artist's dream. They go on slick like a gloss and then dry down to a satin finish and the colors are amazing. I think they have about 40 now.  You will want to apply with a lip brush though since too much product can end up in a gloppy mess that bleeds. ( I got this one last year at the Makeup Show in L.A.)  I am obsessed with this company since everything is Vegan and Cruelty-Free. There brushes are amazing too. Will blog about this company soon! 
Here is the swatch of Vintage OCC Lip Tar with my favorite Renegade Cluster bracelet from Stella and Dot.
Last but not least, Wine!!! After a long day battling my 3 1/2 year old, I like to hang with the hubby with a nice glass of wine! Cupcake Vineyards "Red Velvet"  wine is unbelievable. This wine has aromas of chocolate, blackberries and a creamy mocha  and a hint of coconut. Yumm. This wine warms my heart and the label makes me smile and is just pretty darned cute too. I got mine at Cost Plus for $6.99 with a World Market Explorer member discount but it often retails for around $10.99 a bottle.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fast Eye Look Using Naked Cosmetics Pigments

As a mom of a very energetic 3 year old, I am finding it hard to do my makeup the way I would if I didn't have someone running off with my brushes and shadows so I thought it would be fun to do an eye look as fast as I could using two of my Naked Cosmetics pigments. These things are awesome and still have so many other colors to explore. I fell in love with these at the IMATS last year and bought both the Sierra Nevada Collection and the Ebony Collection. These pigments are made from the highest grade of Mica and contain no talc, oils, waxes or fillers which gives these babies a long shelf-life. 

 I used #01 from the Ebony Collection and #02 from the Sierra Nevada Collection. I used them dry for this tutorial since it was about speed but if used wet, the colors are incredible.

I first primed my lid with Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer. I then applied #02 from the Sierra Nevada Collection from the tear duct stopping halfway to the center of the eye over the pupil.  I like to use MAC's #239 brush for these pigments and I like to put the product in the cap so I can load my brush from there so I will get just enough product and not too much fallout plus it keeps from contaminating the pigments since I clean the lid after. 
Using the same brush (MAC 239)  I applied Ebony #01 from the center of the eye out in a "V" formation and into the crease. 

I added just a little highlight with MAC's Vanilla eye shadow using my Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Angled Blending Brush  to blend the edges. I then used my MAC 230 foundation brush with a little tinted moisturizer to clean up the fallout since this was such a quick look. 

I lined the upper lid with MAC's Coffee making the line a little thicker on the outside and tapering in.

I lined the upper lid with MAC's Coffee making the line a little thicker on the outside and tapering in.

Added two coats of mascara to the upper lashes.

And mascara to bottom lashes. 

Here it is...The finished look! Not bad for 10 minutes! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

LUSH Sweet Lips Lip Scrub Review

I was so happy to hear that there was a Lush store that had recently opened in my local mall so I rushed in to get my bath bombs that my daughter is now addicted to (and has no idea how much it costs mama if she uses one a day). As I was checking out, I stumbled upon the impulse buy of the day: Lush's Sweet Lips. I figured with the cold winter months and with the darker lip colors I wear lately, this would be very handy to have around and for the price of $9.95, I thought I would give it a try.
 I love how Lush's products are handmade (mine was made by Faeryll), have a "best if used by" date and only have the most natural ingredients. The ingredients are listed as "Castor Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vanilla Extract, Cocao Absolute, and Tagetes Oil (which is a Mexican Marigold essential oil)". The directions indicate that you take a bit of the product and scrub it on your lips until smooth. First of all, this stuff smells like chocolate and is oh so yummy if you end up tasting it, which you will if you use it. The consistency is a bit dry in my opinion which makes me waste a lot of product when applying. I end up getting lots of excess in the sink but it does leave my lips smooth and soft but I wish there was a bit more jojoba oil in it to give it more moisture. I do admit, when I am craving sweets, I do a quick scrub and it gives me my chocolate fix for the day. Overall, this product smells amazing if you like chocolate and gives you smooth lips that helps lip colors go on effortlessly.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!! Goals and Giveaways

Happy New Year!! May 2013 be the best one yet! Instead of resolutions, I have set some goals for myself. I am planning on doing some more photo shoots and working with some other talented beauty professionals to start my own makeup workshops for brides and aspiring makeup artists. Very exciting since this has been a dream of mine for a long time. I will also be setting up a giveaway when I reach 50 followers on my blog. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and inspiring New Year! Cheers!!