De-tubing your luscious Lipsticks!

LIP MOTEL

I think some people call it depotting I call it de-tubing as we are taking remains from a lipstick tube and placing them into a container like a plastic pill box  (We makeup artists have done this for a long time and it was our beauty secret on set) But as the beauty world continues to grow and explode we now have all kinds of containers to place them in like the one above!

Why do you want to detube? Well if your fav’ lipstick is:

  • Discontinued and you want to savour the last lipstick drop?
  • Melted
  • Broke
  • Got smooshed in the cap because you forgot to roll it down all the way before capping.

 

12 spaces hold your discontinued,tired,oldie but goodie,melted and broken  lipsticks. Or you can actually scoop out a brand new lipstick into an empty container like this.

Step.1 Buy a container or pill pack

Step 2. Get a mini cocktail knife,mini spatula or artists palette ready and at hand.

Step 3.Line up the lipsticks you want to fill the kit with

Step 4. Wash your hands with soap and warm water or put plastic gloves on.It can get messy and you want to keep it clean and sanitary too.

Step 5.Scoop out or cut slices of your lipstick into the empty container or pill box.

Step 6. Press and pat down with your fingers or spatula each color filled space you fill.

Step 7. Place a piece of saran wrap on top and pat down some more on the saran wrap.

Step 8. Optional:Take a cheap blow dryer (not high watt) and blow across the top of the kit moving quickly and across once.This sets your lipsticks in the Lip Motel.

Remember…you don’t have to fill them all at once. A few at a time is fine.

You are all set and ready to mix and match the hues with your lip brush.The best and most fun part?

You can make NEW lipstick shades out of all these bits and pieces.

Optional Tip:

I like to FREEZE my kit in the freezer for approximately 1/2 hour or more if you’d like. Doing this will firm the lipsticks up and harden them up a bit.

*HAPPY to say my Lip Motel was featured in Jacksonville magazine July issue!

 

 

Got Lipstick?

National Lipstick Day photo 2017Today is National Lipstick day!

I thought a great way to start the day is with a few beauty secrets for your lips! Here are my answers to some commonly asked questions.

 

“What can I do to save a lipstick that melted slightly in my car or purse?”

 All you need to do is gently smoosh (if there is a word) it together with your fingers and freeze them overnight. This will make them harden and you may have to use a lip brush to use it but at least you can still use it.Handle with care and you will still have at quite a few more wearings.

 

“I heard you create lipsticks and lipstain is your specialty!”

 

Yes, I created the first Lipstain years ago. I love the look of a China doll with that flawless skin and rosy pink lips. I also wanted my lipstick to stay on longer.I sought out beauty laboratories to have a chemist make my request. It wasn’t easy. After many testings,samples,swipe and hard work. We finally nailed it. Brides requested a longer lasting rosy lipstick. Bridal magazines started to notice and my Lipstain collection soared. I love the lips and they are my favorite part of the face to makeup on a woman.

So, lipstick and gloss line had to happen!!!

“My lipstick changes color no matter what color or brand I use. What can I do?”

Give Perfect Day Lip Base a whirl. It is like foundation for your lips and is made just for the lips. One coat underneath any lipstick makes your lip color stay on better, remain true and helps keep it from feathering outside the lines too. Typically, it is your body chemistry that makes a color change happen. I know it can be frustrating but you can manage it.

You got this girl!

 

My lipstick or lip-gloss runs down and off my lips. HELP!

 You can use a basic pigmented lip liner but another suggestion I have is to use a clear lip pencil.

Yes, this transparent lip liner works wonders on the lips and locks in color!

This lip liner pencil is used just like you use a pigmented one. It’s like magic.

“My fave lipsticks been discontinued, some broke and some melted in my car! What can I do?”

 A travel or beside pill box will work or a Lip Motel to the rescue!

There are several slots usually in the pill container and you can fill them all with your melted,tired and poor bits of lip beauty. Or you can use this one. Mix and matching has never so much fun.

A Lipstick Motel is a long empty compact with mini compartments will hold your lipsticks or lip balms. Simply scoop your leftover lip products with the mini spatula into the empty spaces and save them to mix and match shades and enjoy. Eco chic and fabulous. Be your own makeup artist and use the cool stuff we use too. Both of these are a  makeup artist’s and model secret!  

  • Dehydrated lips need some LOVE…here is my recipe for kissable softer lips!

 

Sugar Me Up Lip Scrub

 I love a natural approach to beauty. So, naturally I love to make my own sometime.

What you will need:

1 teaspoon of white granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of Organic coconut oil (I LOVE the Whole Foods Everyday 365 Value brand)

*1 teaspoon of agave nectar

Stir the above up and enjoy as a lip exfoliating treatment weekly.

FYI

Sometimes certain medications will dry out your lips. Not drinking enough water can dry your lips out too. Even the brand of  your lipsticks can dry out your lips!

Step 1. Next,stir and place the ingredients above into a small plastic jar or mini empty jam jar.

Step 2. Apply with your finger or a mini firm brush on clean naked lips. Leave on at least 5 minutes. Rub back and forth with your finger.

Step 3. Rinse off with luke warm water and a washcloth. It will last a couple of weeks in a closed container.

I like to put mine in the refrigerator. The coconut oil softens the skin on your lips and the brown sugar gently exfoliates. Adding honey if you are not allergic to it will aid in softer luscious hydrated lips.

Your lips will LOVE you back and your LIPSTICK and or gloss will glide on like butter!

If this recipe is too much of a fuss for you swipe on one of these…

 I always kiss my lips goodnight with one of these lip treats! If you want to be kissable you need this!

Tealicious a green tea lip conditioner  in a lipstick tube.If you love anything green tea you will love this lip treatment!!!

OR a TLC vitamin E lip balm…I used to use a vitamin E  vitamin pill, take a pin and make a tiny hole and squirt around on the lip area to soften lips and and any lines around the lips.

But no more!  I recommend you give a try to TLC vitamin E in a lipstick tube.

I keep them at my bedside. My husband uses them too. Not just at bedtime they can also be used at the beach, riding your bike or running errands.

Gotta question? Just ask I am here to help!

And remember my mantra and slogan…

“ A woman without lipstick is like a day without sunshine”.

 

 

 

 

 

New Kid on The Beauty Block

Peach DeluxeGLEAM BODY RADIANCE

Meet SONDJRA…a peach deluxe GLEAM in a tube. Makeup artist Melanie Mills of Hollywood came out with this new sexy shade with beauty blogger and vlogger Sondjra Deluxe!

It is very versatile and so are the others in photo above.

Peach Deluxe  can be used to gleam your:

Eye area,cheekbones,forehead,shoulders,tummy,legs and decollette!

After seeing her on the box cover I want to bathe in it if I am going to look that good and sexy from using it!  How about you?

What I saw,ate and did in Las Vegas!

photo.JPG friesI love Las Vegas. It is a beautiful and fun city. And the best part like New York it has so much FREE eye candy for you to enjoy. You don’t have to spend all your time on the Strip either!

My last post I told you I was going there to guest speak at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa conference. This year the show was better than ever!Alongside the show is a full pavilion called the International Beauty Show. Both are shows if you are in the business of beauty and a licensed beauty professional you do not want to miss. This year we got an extra bonus…The Comic Con show was there. I saw all kinds of characters. From devils to Winnie the Poo to sexy sirens.In 113 to 117 degrees I admired the passion for the world of comic books.

Trends come and go but the biggest trend I continue to see and grow is the look of healthy skin and  the care of the skin.I tried all kinds of lotions,potions,hydrated by a new sheet mask  by the ever popular Image Skincare and skin feeling softer and loved.The ever popular Savvy Sleepers pillowcase rocks your skin with anti-aging smooth benefits. Protects your skin from more wrinkles and saves your hair and extends expensive blowouts all while you sleep. Especially from the aromatherapy spa product aisle. The smell of lavender,peppermint and more filled the show floor.

 

Another trend that continues to rise is COLOR.It was everywhere on the faces of makeup artists in my classes and on the show floor and at makeup booths. HAIR was colorful too. I saw all the colors of the rainbow kinda hair. It was AMAZING. My fave’ were the luscious world of lipsticks and glosses. Aqua,pink,coral,yellow,purple lipsticks are so on trend and sure to make you happy hues.Let’s not forget that nail polish continues to be in all shades to tempt you. I LOVE the fact that our world has become so color filled. Remember when our beauty world only offered safe colors like soft pink,pearly white and beige. How about when our blow dryers only came in boring gray? Well no more.

My classrooms were filled with eager to learn beauty professionals,spa and salon owners.I love what I do and travel too. After the show I was STARVING and needed to hydrate up and had to stop to my fave place for a for a burger and fries. Smothered in yum and made in the kitchen with LOVE. And a sip one of their shakes…Pink Strawberry. You know how I love pink!

I like to venture away from the strip where the locals who live there go. Not all your meals have to be in swanky expensive  I enjoyed the ever fabulous In and Out Burger where I ordered off their secret menu…ANIMAL style Fries ( see photo)

I also enjoyed exotic  meals from Orchids Garden where they serve ALL DAY Dim Sum! If you haven’t had is Chinese Brunch. The food is so fresh and the staff there is so friendly. Save some room as you might also want to try the coconut bun which is dessert that is perfect with a hot cup of jasmine or green tea.

Who doesn’t LOVE to shop? While I like the SHOPPING on the strip I also like to head to PRIMM at the outlet mall. They have some fabulous shops like Tommy Bahama,Charlotte Rousse,Coach and more.

ALL at fabulous DISCOUNT $$$$$$ prices …You won’t find on the strip.

I bought some Tommy Bahama tops and bathing suit for my husband. Gorgeous bracelets for me,sandals,perfume and a few LV souvenir gifts all for $197.00

So, I hope you enjoyed a peek inside my classrooms,the beauty and the hair shows and see what’s on trend. If you haven’t been to Las Vegas add it to your list!

Travel and explore my darlings and eat up all that life has to offer!!!

 

 

Vegas Baby!

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It is that time of  year and I am so excited to guest speak again at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show in beautiful Las Vegas! It is not only a fun city it is home to so many of my fav’ foodie spots!

I will be working,exploring and shopping the show floor for the latest and greatest in beauty and skin! I love this show! It is THE BEST!

I also can’t wait to go to the strip and partake in some eye candy as these casinos offer so much. While I do not gamble I do love everything else!

It is going to be 117 average temperature and while they call it a dry heat. I call it HOT AS HELL heat just like Florida.I still sweat!

I might even take in one of the hot spas if I have time as these spots are so divine! So, I will be bringing you the best in beauty from one who craves all things beauty and who is a foodie.

I will miss my husband but so look forward to sharing with you my travel and fun finds!

 

 

 

 

On the Go again!

Never a dull moment. How’s life with you?

Starting to pack my makeup bags and luggage. I am so ready to work and rock  New York City too. As much as I travel for work and play…packing is always a challenge when I have to fly for my work.Between the beauty supplies needed as a working make-up artist. So many rules too much beauty and clothes! I want to take every lipstick and walk in closet with me!

Other than working which is my fave’ thing to! I look forward to taking it all in…the city that is and the many things it does for my spirit and soul.I miss living up north.

PS

Found this artist on Instagram who drew this playful illustration of me and my LOVE for makeup and all things LIPS!

I am wild about this shade …it is like a violet with a touch of pink ! Do you like this hue? 

I am hoping to find clothes and accessories in this hue! May even create a lipstick in that shade for my cosmetic line too.

SPRING is calling me!

Stay tuned …I can’t wait to share my beauty,travel and food adventures from my trip with you!

 

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Do you have issues with…Blush?

Think pink Kabuki travel bukiMaybe it is the shape of your brush?

The biggest beauty mistake women seem to make is using way too much blush! They simply don’t know what is the correct brush or use a heavy hand with that brush!

Here is my guide to show you how to apply it the right way and how to select the perfect brush for your blush.

Basic Blush Brush-this is a standard shape brush with a medium to long handle. If you bought it on the run and at a non-fancy big box or dollar store it is NOT going to give you a beautiful blush look.

Angle Brush-This brush helps to apply blush to create a contoured slimming the face effect with your blush. if you can bowl your face down an alley this brush is for you.Unless of course you like a more round face.

Blush/ Bronzing Blush Brush-This flat top beauty is usually perfect for applying bronzer or a kiss of blush color

Fan Brush-This helps to apply the precise kiss of color.Not too much not too soft. I highly recommend this brush for blush.

4 in 1 Blush- This brush is a multi-tasker for blush and other sections of the face too. It is must have in your brush wardrobe! 

And if you get a brush inside the blush compact…Do yourself a favor and throw it out !!!

OR in a pinch  use it as an eye shadow or  highlighter brush. Just remember the shape is off and the quality is not the best.

FYI

The brush pictured is a travel brush for POWDER but I often see ladies in powder rooms using it for blush. Of course the blush looks over done and a hot mess!

I love this brush but only use it for what it is intended for…loose or pressed powder!

 

I LOVE to Create all things Beauty!

As some of you know I love and am so attracted to all things Asian beauty namely China and Japan. And I continue to embrace all the K-Beauty  products that have come to the US. It is so much fun exploring the NEW and the tried & true! Yet I think I have only begun to tap the surface of this other world of beauty finds.I want to learn and test drive even more!

Through the years I created kits filled with beauty products from China but my other love is creating beauty products inspired by the Orient.It is so satisfying to my beauty spirit to create. From choosing the formulas,what they can do and I get to name the products too! Our clients love them too.

Last year I introduced a beauty box filled with products called Lucky Cookie…it is filled with beauty I curated from China,Korea,Japan and more.My signature chopsticks and fortune cookie included.You’re a Lucky Cookie if you own this box is how I look at it!!!

Recently I curated a kit of products that I named the Bento Box of Beauty. It is an actual Bento FOOD tray FILLED with beauty and bath products. Happy to say …We sold out over Valentine’s day!

The best part you get to enjoy it all and not throw the packaging out.

If you are a foodie, a beauty junkie and or appreciate the flawless beauty of a China doll complexion…you will fall in love with this Bento Box!

Tell me what you think of this fun box of K and other Asian beauty?  I love eating from these unique compartments but I think I like it even more when it is filled with ALL things beauty and fun! Bento Box of Beauty 1 -2017.JPG

 

 

 

A Makeup artist’s …MUST HAVE!

On movie sets,TV shows we love,photo shoots in Hollywood, New York and Las Vegas… there is a big beauty buzz on this invention.Created by a woman and a PROfessional Makeup Artist!

While I never practiced using my hand as a makeup application pallette many women and men in the industry do.I am featuring these on my beauty and lifestyle segment today on a daytime TV show I do called The Chat seen on NBC12 in sunny Florida!

I want to bring attention to this brand as I really think it makes a lot of sense and is much needed. I don’t want somebody to make up my face with their lunch, body heat and more coming out of their pores. I know you know what I mean.Think about it. It is so much ore sanitary to use this Hygienic hand pallette skin shield by Hygeniskin.Latex free. It is essential. Effortless clean up and healthier for you and your clients health too.

The most amazing part of this brand is beside the invention itself is the woman behind the brand.Unfortunately she is no longer with us.She died of cancer but her husband is carrying on her brand and legacy.I want to help George keep it going and alive too !

As seen in the TREND REPORT by American Spa magazine as one of the hottest brands for 2017.

So, if you are  a makeup artist,studying to be one or simply care about being more sanitary when doing your makeup….you need this product in your life!

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When in doubt…throw it out Darlings!

BLOG Thorw it Out 1-2017.JPGAs the new year rings in… and things have calmed a bit think about your beauty and skin care products not just eating better and losing weight!

And now is the hard part. Smell them, shake them and see which you may have to part with.Yes, actually throw out and start fresh! Bad beauty isn’t very pretty and surely not healthy.

As a professional makeup artist I see ALL kinds of cosmetic bags.But some of my clients collections of makeup and their makeup bags frighten me!

  • Her bottle of foundation has turned green along with the beige hue.
  • Another clients  lipsticks had a horrific scent and didn’t glide on like silk.
  • Their eyeliners are so chopped up and the wood base is ready to rip out her cornea anytime.I know this was from not sharpening with the correct pencil sharpener.
  • Another clients nail polishes are turning yellow and green…it makes me want to scream!
  • The blush has such an oil build up on it I could fry french fries on the powder blush from her facial oil.
  • The skin care smells rancid and her sunscreen shakes very watery as it has lost its magic.

The truth is you can’t keep skincare,makeup,nail polish and more forever!!!

I know you love that fave’ shade they discontinued years ago but you’ve got to say goodbye to it. For the sake of your complexion and your health…this is a must.So, now with the  weekend here…perhaps you have some time my dear to play a game I call Let’s Throw It Out!

Restart your beauty game or your face and health won’t look the same.