I got a chance to work with one of my favorite clients HGTV for 3 seasons of "Bang For Your Buck". The show goes all over the United States looking at homeowners renovations to see who used their money to get the best "bang for your buck" with design and resale value.

This month I hit the road to work with Monica Pederson in New York, Vern Yip in North Carolina and David Bromstad in Colorado. You can see more behind the scene images and video by clicking onto a picture.

The homes that we go to are always so beautiful and I always get a new tip on what you should and shouldn't do for spaces but sometimes each location can be an adventure in itself.

My adventure this time?....New York!

When heard I would be working in New York I got excited because I love New York. --Who doesn't?!--but then I heard it was Albany New York. Hmm...."Don't know too much about Albany," I thought "Great! A new city to explore." I decided to be adventurous and fly into New York city at the JFK Airport and drive to Albany, you know, so I can catch more of the scenery. With my trusty GPS system I couldn't get lost! Besides Albany was only about 1 1/2 hours away. I'll have plenty to see.

I picked up my rental car, threw on the radio and started driving. Everything seemed fine until...

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I am a medium toned african american woman with yellowish undertones. Normally, only red lipstick looks good on me. How can I find a nude lip color and gloss that will look great on me and won't make my teeth look yellow. Please help."- from Angela in Texas.

Answer: I like using Maybelling New York Color Sensational Lipstick. The texture is creamy so it glides on smooth and makes your lips feel moist and soft. They are specifically designed from the latest runway colors to ensure that your look is up-to-date yet wearable.

Picking a shade is easy because all of the colors are in categories of either plum, red, brown or natural. Since you want a nude color, I would suggest picking from the 'natural' catagory.

Start by looking at your lips to see if it has more brown or more pink-brown tones, then choose a shade that is the closest to that color. To make sure you teeth look their brightest avoid picking a color with a lot of yellow or orange to it. Opt for a more of a neutral or cool tone instead. One of my favorite natural shades is Autumn Rush because it has just the right amount of brown and pink to look great on most people.

Or you can try the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Gloss. My favorite natural glosses are Touch of Toffee and Broadway Bronze.

So do you have a beauty question? Come on, don't be shy. Ask me! I'll be happy to answer it for you.
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My favorite thing this month is my Japonesqu makeup brushes. I love how thick and soft the bristles are. I have 3 full sets of brushes since I have so many projects. It makes it easier to just grab a clean brush when I need it instead of worring about cleaning it between applications.

My favorite brush is the blender brush, or some brands call it the blending crease brush. I use it to soften eye shadow color, and to apply face powder in small areas of the face, like around the nostrils. It picks up just the right amout of product I need!


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