Eyeshadow School: When There’s smoke…

Even after all these years of creating smokey eyes I still get questions about them all the time!
So I figured the next round of eyeshadow school had better be showin’ the smoke.

The easiest way, of course.



Step one: Use a mid color and a fluffy eye brush to wash over your eye lid from lash to crease and down around your lower lash line. Don’t be shy with it down there either, it seems weird but a heavy dose of midtown brown under the eye is what’s going to make it look really blended in the end. And it’s gonna make your eyes look BIG.

Step two: Take a black eyeliner to fill in your tear line and lightly right on the lash line on top and bottom.

Step three: Using a small shadow brush and a dark eye shadow smudge and blend the eyeliner line all the way around.

Step four: Highlight beneath the arch of your brow with a soft light colored shadow (preferably with a touch of shimmer!)

Then mascarify.

Easy, Right? (The 7 sins of a smokey eye is also a good post to check out if you feel like your smokeys aren’t workin!)


The Cure.

I’m not talking about the band.

And I’m not talking about that really cute movie that came out in the 90’s.

I’m talking about the most amazing thing that has happened to my dead skin cells since…ever.

OK so a little back story here.
As a makeup artist who gets her hands on hundreds of faces the biggest concerns I have are with skin. So often it’s dehydrated and in need of exfoliation. I’m ALWAYS singing the praises of having a good moisturizer and using it religiously and also not stripping your skin in the first place to cover the whole moisture thing but I’ve been stressing about a good recommendation for the exfoliation part.
I recommended a PMD machine but the price isn’t very wallet friendly and it’s a little harsh.
Aside from that I really hadn’t had anything that wowed me in the dead skin department.

Until my girl Missy sent me this exfoliating “aqua gel“:


She always sends me her new favorite things that she’s selling at her Pop-up shop but this one had a note on it that it was her favorite of the favorites. Which peaked my interest. I went right in the bathroom and tried it and OH MY HEAVENS TO BETSEYS.

Words that I have used to describe it so far:
A miracle. Crazy. Life Altering. Weird. Incredible. Gross. Voodoo.

And listen, I usually take weeks or even months of vetting a skincare product before sharing it but this time after just a couple of weeks I felt like I was sitting on a gold mine and I couldn’t take one more minute without telling you guys about it. In fact, I’m pretty disappointed in those of you who already knew about it and didn’t tell me. Doesn’t our friendship mean anything to you!?

It completely removes my dead skin and it isn’t one bit painful or rough on the skin. You just apply it to the surface of the skin. Wait a couple minutes. Then Rub your skin in circular motions. You will start to feel your removed skin under your fingers. Rinse thoroughly. Be floored over how clear and smooth your skin is.


(yes, I even do my mirror face while washing it. The dorkiest.)

If you don’t believe me just look at all these amazon reviewers. ( you might see a comment that says it isn’t actually your dead skin you feel as you are rubbing your face but I did test this with a latex glove as the reviewer says and no it did not ball up at all. Not to mention it balls up much less each time I use it and regardless one way or another it’s exfoliating my skin. I know how that feels:)

I’m so thrilled to finally have an answer for getting a good exfoliation. Use 1-3 times a week depending on your needs and don’t forget to follow with a good moisturizer!



Mother’s Day Makeover – Lourdes

I have never in my life seen prettier skin than I did on this beautiful ladies face!
She couldn’t have been much over 5 feet tall but she has a huge spirit. And two lovely daughters. All three of them look like sisters and you can see their closeness from a mile away.


I hope all of you had a beautiful Mother’s Day.
It is definitely one of my very favorite holiday’s because I love my mother and love being a mother more than I can possibly put into words. It was something I would have probably put off for years if I hadn’t have become one by surprise. I was in no hurry to be saddled with a big responsibility like that. I thank god every single night that he knew what I needed much better than I ever could have. I can’t imaging having spent one more second of my life without my son and without knowing what my calling truly was.

Love you! Happy Mother’s Day!


Mother’s Day Makeover Lisa

I feel like Lisa is one of those people that you meet once and you never forget. She has a 1000 watt smile and is ALWAYS using it! When we were taking the photos we tried and totally failed at getting a serious face, fittingly so because I would’t even recognize her without those pearly whites showing!
After struggling for years with infertility she was able to adopt the most beautiful daughter and soon after that found out she was pregnant with a miracle baby! You’l learn more about her and her equally as sweet sister in law who nominated her in the video. I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with them both like I did.

Work place warning (this should have been added to both previous posts!) tears are most likely going to be streaming down your face by the end:)




Foundation: IIID in Sunlit + Stone + Pink Grapefruit + Pearl
Lip: Liner Sebastian + MAC Japanese Maple
Brows: Black Liner + MAC Brun
Eyes: Black liner black Eyeshadow  (smudged with Brun)

I hope you guys are enjoying this series, I am LOVING it!