IMATS!!!

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IMATS!!!

I wish I could do it all over again!! I met up with my friend Jessica who happens to be a celebrity makeup artist and has been in the game for quite some time. We had gone the year before last and had a great time.  I love being with seasoned artists so that I get a sneak peek at the things they must have, they dislike, and their honest opinions about everything. Jessica definitely doesn't cut corners in that department.  Pro card holders as I said in my last post get 1st dibs on all Tradeshow discounts up to 40%. Another major benefit is that you are able to shop at your leisure because the crowd is specific to Artists, Cosmetologists, and Estheticians.

My Favorite part of the day was running into some familiar faces. I've met some incredible people since I've pursued makeup as a profession. I'm so lucky and honored to be in this industry because there is always a party and most of all it is recession proof! Everyone loves beauty and beauty experts are todays demigods.  Finally owning the title, I've chosen to surround myself with the best and push myself to be the best despite all the things that Queen Mum has on her plate. 

We were approaching The Make Up Light booth which was adjacent to  Danessa Myricks Beauty and Cozzette.  There was the demigod herself talking and snapping photos while actively running her business. I called her name as if she was an old friend that I had not seen in years. We walked toward each other with open arms as she gave me the tightest hug. Seriously, I know I'm not trippin' this hug was so warm, it even ended with a tight squeeze. Ms. Myricks is an example of an artist with no ego and a jack of all trades. She is not only an artist, she's a photographer, entrepreneur, and educator with 2 published books. Ugh! my year is set! Her warm spirit was super inviting and she talked to everyone with the same tone of voice. Danessa Myricks energy is so beautiful that it is contagiously calming and inviting. It was such a pleasure meeting her. 

 

I still can't believe I got to meet this beautiful woman! Danessa Myricks <3, IMATS NYC 2017

I still can't believe I got to meet this beautiful woman! Danessa Myricks <3, IMATS NYC 2017

Ok so I had a fan girl moment, lets get to the haul. Check out my video where I talk about all the things I purchased.

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#ReadySetGlo

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#ReadySetGlo

Super proud to be apart of this Women's History Month event @ Brazilian Babes. Special Thanks to Monique Bivens forgetting me on board.

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#ReadyIn7

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#ReadyIn7

Have you ever gone to YouTube to get a tutorial on how to do your makeup and heard "This look is really easy to do",  and after watching you're  just as baffled  as you were before you even tuned in? Well I have come up with a solution. It starts with just doing you. Not all of us are makeup gurus. In fact the "every day woman" prefers not to wear any at all. According to an article in the New York Times "Sans Makeup S'il Vous Plait" French women reported that they felt old and that they looked "too sexual". A study that was conducted in 2012 reported 44 percent of American Women felt unattractive without makeup.

These days, we are living in a world where you're only as good as your last selfie. I just believe that we should be more obsessed with tightening our skin and having equally as youthful necks, and living blemish free as opposed to layering on product after product. Huffington Post reported: 25 percent of young women ages 13 or younger are wearing makeup.  This is about the time in a young girls life where her confidence declines significantly.  If you were anything like I was at age 13 you had no self esteem. This study was conducted 4 years ago, Can you imagine what the percentage is now?

Being a Make Up Artist allows me to meet women of all caliburs. Changing my circle of women made me realize through " silent surveys" or observations, most Real women are too damn busy to bust out 20 products. I've even watched how long it takes the dancers who chose to do their own makeup in the club, and I'm disgusted at how long it takes them. To keep it all real the outcome is hit or miss.  Let's Face it! If you're a "Queen Mum on the Go", you are faced with lifes everyday challenges and makeup should not be one of them. You have to get in and get out. Life is so demanding and time consuming your makeup routine should not be.

Here is how to get #ReadyIn7

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#SeptemberMore

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#SeptemberMore

September 2016 is all about more. You've worked hard all spring planting the seeds, all summer you watch with a close eye and you maintain your crop and then September comes and you've got more than what you had when you started out. Well September for me is all about harvesting. #SeptemberMore,  represents abundance. Now is the time! As the school year commences it is time to get focused and put your best foot forward. Septemeber in New York City are a Big Deal! The weather gets cooler and so does the fashion. Fashionistas from everywhere come out to celebrate creativity and self expression. September is a crucial month for anyone in business. With 3 months left in the year successful business owners of large and small companies understand that this is the final quarter to build customer retention. It is a time to set up the set up and prepare to execute. Use #SeptemberMore if you are ready to initiate and finish the year off strong.

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To Tone or Not to Tone.....

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To Tone or Not to Tone.....

The Question has certainly been raised in the past, and is still one that continues to raise Hmmm's when buying skincare. Well what you should be asking yourself or your client is what type of skin they have. Typically if someone has oily skin, toners help to minimize the appearance of sebum and oil on skin's surface. Is your client's Skin Dry, have enlarged pores, sensitive skin? its even great for normal skin when the right product is chosen. 

For years my Grammie would have her beauty regime which would seemingly take an hour. She would brush her teeth, comb her hair, pull it back, tie it down and then she would wash her face. Her last few steps would be using cotton pads with the clear liquid and rub her face and neck with it. The bottle looked like rubbing alcohol. I always wondered why ln hell would anyone want to rub alcohol on their face every night??? One day I just had to see what it was, and to my surprise it was "Witch Hazel". My Gram's Skin was always soft, smooth, and radiant looking. She never had any blemishes and if she did they never stayed for long periods of time. I also noticed that her skin never seemed dry or oily ever! She's also in her 70's with tight skin.

So the answer is YES! The Benefits of this Unicorn Juice: Cleansed, tighter skin with less blemishes that also tones and soothes any redness. Great results for even the most sensitive skin and never overdrying after removing excess sebum and oil. This Product is Hypo- allergenic and Dermatologists approve! You can find this product at any Walgreens, CVS, or local Beauty Supply store. Comment below and let me know what you think after using it for a week.  

Tip: Use after cleansing with a mild wash instead of bar soap. (I use my ItWorks! Cleanser). Dampen a cotton pad to wipe the face and neck area gently.  My favorite is the Dickinson's Energizing Astringent for Revitalization.  It Gives me the boost I need to start my day and feels super clean right before bed.

OtherDickinson's Products:

Pore Perfecting Toner

Hydrating Toner - alcohol free

Energizing Astringent

Refreshingly Clean Towelettes

De-Puffing Eye Gel

Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths

Deep Cleansing Astringent

 

 

 

 

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Take Care to "A whole nutha level".

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Take Care to "A whole nutha level".

I am so excited, I finally have a skincare regimen, and with products that are more amazing than I thought that they'd be. Look, when it comes to skincare you definitely should be a skeptic. It's your face and it's the very first thing that other women get into before they get into your look. You know that up and down stare that fashionistas often give each other. Here's what has been taking my skin to a "whole nutha level".

The Wash

Beauti On the Go Tip - A good friend recommended that I wash my face in the shower.  The deluge helps to rinse the skin and is good with leaving no residue behind.  Turn the water to lukewarm and let it rain.

Cleanser - pours out like syrup so a little goes a long way, so a dime size amount will suffice. If you have oily skin or have any product on your skin prior to washing it, you won't see the suds initially. It has a fresh botanical smell that is Spa-like and is calm and soothing. Rinse and Repeat for a complete cleansed feel. My skin doesn't feel tight after washing it which I love, which means it feels clean without feeling stripped of the natural oils.

The Peel - I incorporate the peel in my regimen twice a week. It is a gentle exfoliant that strips away dead skin and minimizes fine lines, pores and wrinkles. I have been using it for almost 2 months and have noticed a difference in how smooth my skin feels and looks. This stuff is the Truth!! After rinsing off the cleanser I spread a generous amount (but not too generous) on my face and neck avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse.

PreventAGE- Day Cream Gel- smells like a Botanical Dream. Lastly I apply a small amount to my face and neck and I love the fact that it does not leave a greasy film on my face. It helps to further minimize fine lines, and pores , protects my skin from the sun, and the smoothness is impeccable. I haven't used anything that made my skin feel this good in years.

I don't get to go to the spa very often and if you're a mom on the go, I can imagine that "you time" is very limited. This is what you need to recharge every day!

Check out these other Products: Toner, RepairAge (night cream), and Facial to complete this Spa Treatment.

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Glossier Ole Henriksen Vanity Planet 70% off Palette 15 Piece Makeup Brush Set