Creative Photoshoot



I’ve been a busy bee lately! And it’s so gratifying to see my work come to life! I am waiting on so many images from photoshoots I’ve done this year and I just can’t wait to share them with you all! Meet the lovely Kiki Boudoir, my model for this shoot. She was such a good sport, sitting patiently as I applied all of the gold leaf, which of course took forever! And a huge thank you to Alex and Wendy of AW Photography for capturing these images. I can’t wait to see more!

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Bash It or Buy it: DERMAdoctor KP duty Body Scrub


I love a good body scrub and baby this is one of them! This body scrub provides both  chemical and physical medi-exfoliation. I suffer from KP (keratosis pilaris) or as some may call it, chicken skin. I get it pretty bad on both my arms and thighs (it’s even worse on my thighs). This is the only body scrub I have tried that has helped to minimize these bumps. Although it is not the most moisturizing, it is very smoothing and soothing to the skin. It is especially effective now that we are coming out of the colder weather when KP and dry skin tend to worsen. It’s time to start showing a little more skin and this stuff will have your skin looking it’s best. I also like to use it before I fake tan because it smooths the skin and prevents the tanner from adhering to any dry patches. It has definitely reduced the amount of KP bumps I have, although they are not gone completely, they are greatly improved.

As you’ve probably guessed, this is definitely a ‘Buy It’ product for me. I will continue to use it and repurchase in the future.

MCDM Photoshoot

Makeup by yours truly! Photographer: JRamos Photography Model: Miss Cinco De Mayo Reno candidate- Monique Manzo


You can vote her by going to the Miss Cinco de Mayo Reno Facebook page and ‘liking’ all of her photos! 1491253_768490646509310_3577751078658210197_o 1909328_768490626509312_1669690306504655958_o

Bash It or Buy It: Maybelline Line Stiletto



So in my search for my ‘holy grail’ everyday eyeliner I have purchased quite a few lately and  I am in the process of slowly testing them out. Compared to the other Maybelline eyeliner (Master Precise) that I reviewed previously it has more staying power in my opinion. It is very dark and has a  flexible felt tip unlike most pen liners which had a stiff felt tip. I prefer a flexible felt tip liner myself because it acts more like a brush and curves to the shape of the eye making application easier.

It is darker than the other Maybelline liner I tried and is much more smudge resistant. However if you do happen to have oily eyelids or rub your eyes too much you will most likely have quite a mess on your hands.

So what’s the verdict? I say ‘Buy It’ although it is not yet my holy grail eyeliner that I am looking for it is great for everyday, easy to use and very black.

Miss Cinco de Mayo Reno Candidate Photoshoot

I have had the privilege of doing makeup on this lovely lady. Her name is Monique Manzo and she is running for Miss Cinco de Mayo Reno 2014. Here are some of the images from the photoshoot. You can also head over to the Miss Cinco de Mayo Reno Facebook page and like all of her pictures to vote for her! She definitely has mine!

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Bash It or Buy It: Wet N Wild- The Naked Truth



I saw this little guy at CVS the other day just sitting on the shelf all by its lonesome and I decided to take him home with me. I had seen this 5 pan palette before but since I purchased the brightly colored trios a while back I haven’t purchased any more because I was so disappointed in them. Unlike the staple 8 pan palettes a lot of the newer releases from Wet N Wild have been sub-par. Since it was the last one on the shelf and Wet N Wild products are known for their price point I decided it couldn’t hurt to try it.


20140408-155142.jpgIn both photos the shadows are swatched in natural light and without primer.

It may be a little difficult to tell from the photos but all of the shades are quite powdery. The lighter shades are more powdery than the two darker shades. As with many eyeshadows the darker shades tend to be a little smother. The coppery toned shadow on the bottom of the palette, labeled as the crease color has quite a bit of glitter and produced a fair amount of fallout, more so than the other shades in the palette. My favorite shade out of the entire palette would probably be the color in the center of the swatches, labeled as the eyelid shade. It had the smoothest texture and although not quite as pigmented as I would like, it is a nice taupe color and when applied with a base looks quite nice on the eye.

As with most of the Wet N Wild palettes I personally wouldn’t apply the colors to the recommended areas as marked by the impressions on the shadow, but that is just me.

Overall this is a ‘Bash It’ product for me. It’s not absolutely terrible but it requires more work than I am willing to put into a makeup look when I am going for an everyday look. It’s powdery, the color pay off is just so-so and some of the shades just have too much fallout.

Have you purchased this product? What did you think of it?

Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner



I picked this up a couple weeks ago when Maybelline was on sale at Ulta, along with a couple other eyeliners. I am always looking for a new eyeliner. I have so many but none are really my ‘holy grail’. Sadly, this one did not make the cut for me.




Here is the eyeliner swatched on the back of my hand in natural light. What I like about the product is that it is a felt tip pen liner. This makes it very easy to use and felt tip liners in general make it much easier to do the ever so popular winged eyeliner look. And the pros pretty much stop there.

20140407-153230.jpgIn this picture I simply waited until the product was dry and with one light swipe of my finger you can see it smudged all over the back of my hand. Although from what I can see this product does not claim to be waterproof, which is fine, it moves more than a lot of liners that I have tried. Like I said previously the felt tip makes it easy to achieve a winged eyeliner look but after a couple hours on me the wing has half way faded and the liner I applied along my lash line to the inner corners of my eye have smeared and I looked like I had a black eye. My eye lids typically aren’t super oily so I can’t imagine the mess it would make on my lids if they were!

Overall this product is definitely a ‘Bash It’ product and I will not be purchasing it again.


A Whimsical Bridal Photoshoot

Last week I was a part of an amazing team of artists to create these beautiful images and I so happy to share them with you!

Dress: Marchele’s Bridal Boutique
Bailey H Photography
Makeup: ME! Crystal Bell Makeup Artistry
Rachael Rayburn
Model: Ali Rogers
Floral design: Alicia Daniels Brown of Green apple design


I hope you like them! For more photos from this shoot you can head over to my Facebook page and take a look!

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Cinema Secrets Foundation


I absolutely love this palette! If you’ve never seen this then allow me to tell you a little more about it. Pictured above is the Cinema Secrets 5-in-1 Ultimate Foundation palette. And when they say ultimate they mean it! In each palette you get 5 shades from light to dark (not including the corrector palettes). I literally carry this palette with me everyday. I like to wear it on it’s own or use it for touch ups. Especially lately since I’ve had a cold, I am always blowing my nose and wiping off all the makeup around my nose area. This stuff is great to touch up that area without adding too much and making your makeup look cakey. I love the shade range you get in this one little palette as well because with it I can conceal, highlight, contour and apply all over face color! Really it couldn’t get any easier! It’s lightweight but the coverage is customizable so if you need a full coverage you got it!

As per the Cinema Secrets website:

Cinema Secrets was the first to develop a foundation palette for the professional makeup artist. It’s great for correcting unwanted undertones, highlighting, shading, contouring, adjusting foundation color, and creating custom blends for hard-to-match skintones. Ours is portable and compact, great for travel–especially if you expect to tan on vacation.


Here are the swatches of the palette that I have for personal use (I also have a few for my professional makeup kit):