Urban Decay Naked On The Run Swatches & Review


Today I have the Urban Decay Naked On The Run Set for you, and despite the fact that I own all of the Naked Palette’s separately, I still needed to have this in my collection. There are 6 brand new shades in the palette, a full-size lip gloss, and a travel-size eyeliner and mascara as well. If you travel a lot or you’re constantly on the go, this is a great set for you because you can pretty much bang out all of your makeup with this one set! The 6 new shades are absolutely gorgeous and dreamy, and I’ve got full swatches and my thoughts inside! (more…)

Quick & Easy Holiday Makeup: Soft & Sparkly


With the holiday season approaching quickly, you’ll probably find yourself going to more parties and celebrations in the next few weeks. With that, comes finding the perfect outfit and the right hair and makeup to go along with it. This is a really soft, glowing, ethereal look for your upcoming holiday parties. This is great if you have more mature skin and are looking to really look “bright from within.” It’s also a great look if you generally prefer softer makeup or consider yourself a beginner at applying makeup. It’s quick, simple, and you will look super healthy and lit from within. Full tutorial and product list inside, (more…)

My TOMS for Target Gift Collection Haul!


Last week, I was given the opportunity to promote TOMS for Target in a really special, fun way. It was definitely one of the most clever campaigns I have worked on so far, and I had so much fun with this “Together Sweater.” I got everyone to get in and snuggle with me, even my dogs! The sweater is made up of really soft but thick material and despite having two head openings in it, you’ll still catch me wearing it to keep warm around the house. TOMS for Target is all about giving back, one-for-one. Like TOMS “one-for-one” model, with each gift purchased by Target shoppers, a gift will be made to a person in need. Donations will include one of the following: one blanket via American Red Cross, one week of meals via Feeding America, or one pair of shoes via TOMS.

I thought it was incredibly brilliant to bring the TOMS brand to a store where everyone can have access to their products, because not only do people love the TOMS brand, but their one-for-one model being super accessible in Target means that a lot of people who are in need will be getting their wishes met this year. Of course I headed out the day it launched in stores, November 16th, 2014. I wanted to check out the display, see the products in person, and also purchase a few things to help give back. Here is what I picked up: (more…)

Jennifer Lopez 2014 AMA Makeup: How To Get The J.Lo Glow


Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 American Music Awards had the most ethereal, gorgeous makeup on the red carpet. She is my all-time favorite makeup idol ever, but to see her on the red carpet a couple of nights ago looking like she was glowing from within…well, you know I had to recreate it! Her eyes are smoked out with shimmering taupe-brown and champagne shades, and her skin is lit from within with contoured cheekbones, coral cheeks, and highlighter for days. I’ve got plenty of tips on how to get the “J.Lo Glow” as I call it, and also a full tutorial on this look. (more…)

Makeup For Brown Eyes using the LORAC Mega Pro Palette


Recently, I’ve been really into watching Hart of Dixie on Netflix and I somehow got myself addicted to watching episodes every single day. Rachel Bilson, the actress and star of the show, has the most gorgeous dark brown eyes ever, and she always wears gorgeous eye makeup to enhance them. I decided that I would do a Makeup For Brown Eyes tutorial that is inspired by Rachel Bilson using browns and emerald greens. Also, I know that I don’t have brown eyes, but this look does work for all eye colors, even blue and green eyes like mine. It just so happens that these shades in particular look stunning against warm, rich brown eye colors. The full tutorial is inside! (more…)

Elsa “Frozen” Makeup Look/Tutorial


Yesterday, my family and I watched Frozen since we purchased the Sing-a-Long version. While it was only the second time I was seeing the movie, I absolutely love Frozen as much as every little kid in America does. It’s just such an adorable story with a lot of great singing and classic, fun humor in it. Of course, as a makeup artist,  I was drawn to Elsa’s makeup in the movie. I kept thinking about what a pretty makeup tutorial and look this would make, so here we are. I decided to replicate Queen Elsa and make it into a slightly more adult, wearable version that you could actually wear outside of your house. I also give tips inside on how to make this look even more “true to character” if you are going as Elsa in costume or having a Frozen party! (more…)

VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron Review & Before/After!


Confession: I am a huge hair product junkie but because I have tried and tested so many products, I tend to be skeptical about the claims they make. When I had an opportunity to try VOLOOM’s Volumizing Hair Iron, I was all in. After seeing all the photographs of the before and after shots on their website, I was amazed by the results people were getting. Their hair went from lifeless and flat to super voluminous around the crown area of their head. My hair is very long, but I can always use more volume around the crown area of my head. I put this product to the test and wait until you see the before and after photo’s…they are like night and day! (more…)

Covergirl #GirlsCan Campaign: Makeup Look & $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway!

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For a limited time, look for specially marked packs of COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and Pro Mascara on the #GirlsCan display at your local Walmart.


This November, COVERGIRL is donating $50,000 to Dress for Success®, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.


Visit GirlsCanGiveBack.com and watch the video here to learn more about #GirlsCan at Walmart.


The COVERGIRL #GirlsCan campaign promotes the empowerment of women by encouraging them to break down barriers and turn “can’t” into “can.” I’ve been told many times that I can’t do something and it always motivates me to reach my goals. One of the most ironic “can’t” into a “can” stories for me is this website! I never thought several years ago that I would have my own website, blog, and makeup artistry business. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit since I was a kid. At twelve, I started a girl’s “e-zine” on AOL, and had over 5,000 subscribers, which at that time, was huge. I was featured in magazines such as Girl’s Life. When I was in my twenties, I knew I wanted to do something related to makeup or beauty, and incorporate my photography and writing skills into it. 4 1/2 years later, I am happily plugging away at my blog, posting several times per week and living my dream. It’s more proof that you can turn your “can’t” into a CAN with determination and hard work.



There are two mascara’s available in the special #GirlsCan display: COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and COVERGIRL Professional All-in-One Mascara.


I received the COVERGIRL Professional All-in-One Mascara and put a look together using my favorite COVERGIRL products:

  • Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation
  • Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer
  • All-in-One Mascara
  • Shimmering Sands Eyeshadow Trio (Can you tell I LOVE this palette?)
  • Lipstick in “Siren”


Since the money that COVERGIRL is donating is going to Dress for Success® which aids in the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life, I decided to put together a simple but fun “Interview Look.” You could easily wear this to a job interview. It’s natural and simple to achieve, using all the products I mentioned above by COVERGIRL.




The look is just enough to highlight your features and make your face look a bit more special. You don’t have to wear a lot of makeup to feel beautiful or empowered.


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Make sure to look out for the special COVERGIRL #GirlsCan display at Walmart!


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THE WALMART $25 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY: Enter using the widget above. Good luck!






Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards, product, and information have been provided by COVERGIRL. 

‘Tis The Season For Giving, featuring TOMS for Target!


When I think about the holiday season, I think about giving to other people. Not just money or gifts, but also intangibles like my time and my kindness. In a season where everyone is rushing and stressed out, a simple smile or ear to listen can really make a difference. Christmas has become about watching the faces of the people I love open up their gifts. I love seeing their wonder, their excitement, and their reaction when they open up a gift that I carefully picked out for them. When I heard that TOMS for Target was actually going to happen, I was elated. I’m a long-time fan of TOMS and own many of their shoes. Not only are they comfortable and cute, but most importantly, they give a pair of shoes to someone in need every time I purchase a pair. It is the perfect time of year for TOMS for Target because now everyone can have access to their favorite line that gives back for every item!



Target is partnering with TOMS, by launching a limited time gift collection available in stores on November 16th, 2014.  Like TOMS “one-for-one” model, with each gift purchased by Target shoppers, a gift will be made to a person in need. Donations will include one of the following: one blanket via American Red Cross, one week of meals via Feeding America, or one pair of shoes via TOMS. One-for-One. For All.


The collection contains something for everyone, from toddler shoes to bracelets to coffee mugs. Not only will you want to scoop up some of the pieces for yourself, but these make great gifts. Here are my top picks from the TOMS for Target Look Book:


TOMS for Target blankets

TOMS for Target blankets

1. TOMS for Target Blankets. Is there anything better than a warm fuzzy throw blanket in the colder months? Knowing TOMS typical quality fabric, these are sure to be super soft and cozy.



TOMS for Target Bracelet Set

2. TOMS for Target Bracelet Set. I love that these are inspirational and have that laid-back bohemian style to them. These would make a great gift during the holiday season as well.



TOMS for Target Shoes

3. TOMS for Target Women’s Shoes. Let’s face it, TOMS is known for their shoes and they do it well. These fit beautifully every time and they’re comfortable enough to wear on your long shopping excursions!


TOMS for Target Sweaters

TOMS for Target Sweaters

4. TOMS for Target Women’s Sweaters. Like the blankets in this collection, these are sure to be super soft and cozy. You can never go wrong with a beautiful basic sweater in your wardrobe collection.



TOMS for Target Poncho

TOMS for Target Poncho

5. TOMS for Target Poncho. In keeping with the cold-weather theme, this poncho is on my list. I love the laid-back boho vibe of it and would wear it with the TOMS for Target Bracelet Set. Super chic but simple.



You can check out the entire collection via the TOMS for Target Look Book here.


What pieces from the #TOMSforTarget collection are you going to pick up?




TOMS For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+TOMS limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSforTarget   



Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette Look: Cut Cat-Eye Crease



I had some requests for wearable makeup looks that you can easily wear to the office or to work, especially if you work in a more conservative environment. I actually had several people tell me they were bored with using plain neutrals and felt like spicing it up, but still having it be wearable. I decided to use my new Smashbox Double Exposure Palette for this look, although any neutral shades will work. I only use two eyeshadow shades for this entire look…it’s THAT easy. The cut crease is a classic, with screen siren’s wearing it in the 1940’s and 1950’s and then again in the 1970’s when Twiggy brought it back. Normally it’s quite harsh, hence the term “cut crease,” but since we want this to be daytime and work appropriate, I used soft shades and flicked it out into a cat eye shape. This gives the optical illusion of longer, larger eyes. I’ve got the full tutorial inside! (more…)

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