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…)

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette Swatches & Review


The Smashbox Double Exposure Palette was recently launched on Sephora’s website for VIB Rouge members. I knew I had to have it immediately because their Full Exposure Palette is absolutely gorgeous and I use it every single day. This palette includes fourteen shades and it is unique because you can wear every shade “wet” for a different look. Using an eyeshadow with a wet brush isn’t a new concept, but it is really cool because many eyeshadow shades completely transform and change when applied wet versus dry. I’ve used shades that look like an entirely different product before once they were applied wet. In return, this palette gives you a lot of bang for your buck because you’re actually getting more than just fourteen shades! (more…)

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Gloss & Lipstick Swatches & Review


With the clocks moving back an hour this past weekend, I’ve really felt the time change and the days turning into night faster. I try to get out during the evening if I’m feeling restless, so last night I decided to stop at a local CVS and see what they had in the beauty section. I stumbled across a display of Revlon Ultra HD Lip Gloss & Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick. I was pretty intrigued because, well, I’m a lip junkie and own more lip products than any other type of makeup. I picked up 3 lip glosses and one of the lipsticks and decided to do a review and swatches for you all on the blog today. (more…)

30th Birthday Makeup – Get Ready With Me!


My 30th Birthday Makeup “Get Ready With Me” Video is up! I hope you enjoy it. I decided to list the products in the description box (view the video on YouTube to see), and not do a voice-over. This was more or less so you can see what I do when I’m doing my makeup for a special occasion. Here are some closer pictures:







It was easily the best birthday I’ve had. I am such a lucky woman and I have the greatest people in my life. Thank you all so much for continuing to follow my blog and my adventure in beauty and makeup!





Halloween 2014: The Shining “Jack Torrance” Costume Tutorial


We had absolutely no idea what my dad was going to be for the Halloween party this year up until two weeks before the actual party. The Shining was playing on TV and my sister who is seventeen had never seen it. I basically told her to sit her butt down and pay attention because it’s one of those movies you have to see at least once, just to form an opinion on a classic. This movie was one of the first scary movies I saw as a young teen, and it scared the living daylights out of me because of the descent of madness Jack Torrance experiences. I knew it was a literary masterpiece because I’ve been a huge Stephen King fan since I was a kid. Jack Nicholson does a perfect job of portraying the role and my dad has similar features to Jack Nicholson, in terms of big eyes and that crazy big smile. As soon as we were finished watching it, it clicked. Dad had to be Jack Torrance from The Shining for Halloween.

The entire costume is homemade. If you still need a last second Halloween costume idea or you’re heading to a party this weekend, this is a great “throw together” costume idea for you. Full details inside, (more…)

Halloween 2014: Joker Costume Makeup & Tutorial


Why so serious?

This year, I decided to be the Joker. It’s always difficult for me to figure out what to be for Halloween because I definitely feel like I have to “connect” with the character I am being in order to pull it off well. In the past, I’ve done Regan from The Exorcist and Edward Scissorhands, and both were characters that I consider defining moments in my childhood and adolescent years. My favorite comic of all time is Batman, and I grew up on a steady diet of Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson’s Batman movie. That VHS tape was on repeat in my house and it was mostly because I adored Jack Nicholson (in general, and as Joker). When deciding which Joker I wanted to be, it was definitely tough. You’ve got Cesar Romero who was the classic Joker and had much more of a clown-like look to him. You’ve got Jack Nicholson who paid homage to Cesar Romero by looking overly happy and clown-like, but put his own spin on it by being colorful and funky. You’ve got Heath Ledger from The Dark Knight who was a very, very dark Joker. It has the clown-like elements in makeup, but the smile is unlike any other Joker we’ve seen before and his character was much, much more evil. In the end, I decided to go with Heath Ledger’s Joker because it was out of my “comfort zone” for being so evil and wicked looking. I’m happy I went with this version and in the end, it was mostly a homemade costume. I’ve got the full tutorial inside on how I achieved the makeup and costume on the cheap! (more…)

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