Thursday, December 15, 2011

As a beauty director and makeup artist I am always trying new products and looking for ways to make it easy to look your best. This month I wanted to talk about a few tips on how to look great when you need to go from the office to a corporate party.


If you prep properly, you LOOK like you put a lot of time and effort into your style without the hard work.

1. Be Camera Ready!
Many of the pictures from the office parties end up in the Corporate newsletters or are emailed as news blasts to everyone in the company. Make sure your smile isn't full of coffee stained teeth from late night hours of work and holiday shopping. Polish away surface stains with Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste, which is the most awarded whitening brand, to create a brighter smile. Leading up to the party, give yourself a whitening boost by applying Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips. The secret is in the strip to remove up to 14 years of deeply set-in stains.

2. Don't Undo Your Style
The last thing you want are sweat marks on your clothes while shaking hands with a CEO or stains smeared on your garment from deodorant. So choose an antiperspirant that fights wetness but won't leave a trail of white marks when you dress, like Secret Natural Mineral. It uses odor fighting capsules that work with your body to help neutralize odor instead of just masking it. Opt for the unscented version that won't compete with any fragrances that you decide to wear for the evening.

3. Wear The Proper Undergarments.
Celebrities know how to look their best for special events and your office party can be the "red carpet" event for the company, so bumps, bulges and sagging are big no no’s! Instead create a youthful liftwith Bring It Up Breast Lifts. They lift the bust up to 6 inches and eliminate peek-a-bo bra straps or unsightly back fat! It's the secret weapon that celebrities have been using for over 10 years to look their best. Fits cup sizes A to D. Get special saving by using code: CHICAGO50 to receive $15 off of any purchase of $30 or more! VISIT www.BRINGITUP.COM


1. Choose Your Accessories Wisely
A great way to transition your office clothes and into an elegant party outfit is with diamonds. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Stiles and Kelly Osbourn have been spotted on the Red Carpet wearing Forevermark. What makes a Forevermark diamond special is the unique inscription inscribed on every diamond that is invisible to the naked eye. With each inscription you can track your responsibly resourced diamond from the mine to your local retailer. Go to ITunes and download the “Forevermark” app to register for a chance to win a trip to Africa and explore the mines. Forevermark can be found in Chicago, at James and Williams or Fey + Co .

2. Brighten Your Skin
The holiday season is stressful and makes skin look dull and lifeless so before you use your regular moisturizer start with serum like Le Mieux Vita-C which uses a powerful stable form of vitamin C called MAP (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) that penetrates 31% faster into skin. It boosts hydration, collagen production and brightens skin by repairing sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

3. Minimize Makeup Maintenance
Eyeshadow can fade by the end of the day so use a shadows like Covergirl Intense Shadowblast, that is highly pigmented and has a built in primer. Color is waterproof, fadeproof and smudge proof for less touch ups. Create a simply yet sophisticated look by applying color on lid to crease for day, and adding liner at lash line by night.

Instead of a traditional lip gloss use Vaseline Lip Therapy Original to add shine, soften lips and lock in moisture. Since it isn't a color you won't have to worry about it getting on your teeth. Now available in a mini, on-the-go jar that you can keep in your pocket or clutch. Register to win a limited-edition Swarovski Crystal Vaseline Lip Therapy Original jars designed by Mad Fashion star Chris March worth $46 by going to

4. Use Hair Treatments For Better Performance
Salons know that treatments can make hair perform better. Get improved hair moisture and texture with Nioxin DiaMax hair treatment. It is the first to use HTX technology to thicken the hair strand on the inside and also outside for longer-lasting effects. Key ingredients are Niacinamide, Caffeine, Panthenol and Dimethicone to provide added strength and resilience. DiaMax officially launches in salons in February. Visit from December 1st to January 2, 2011 to register for a chance to win a full sized bottle, which is valued at $50.

5.Wear Soft Scents
A fragrance that is too strong can repel people so use a scent that is subtle like Christina Aguilera Royal Desire. It is an Oriental fruity blend with rich floral and warm sensual notes that evoke a feeling of luxury and royalty. Each bottle comes with a silver charm which can be worn on a necklace or bracelet.

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "What model agancy should I contact? I'm 14 and really want to do modeling. Its my dream."- from Chloe in London.

Answer: Talk to your parents FIRST before you contact a modeling agency so you don't get scammed by the wrong one. Some of the top agencies are Ford, Elite and IMG. Models have a certain look and style. Different agencies represent different types of models. There are fashion models, commercial models and even models they call "real people". Ask your parents if the models on the agency web sites that you are interested in contacting look like you. If so, then contact the agency and ask them what is required for consideration. Just remember, even though modeling looks like it is just a fun time taking pictures, it is a business and can be a lot of hard work. So as RuPaul says "You better WORK!"


My favorite thing this month is getting proper rest. Most people are overly stressed and extremely busy, especially in December, so they don't get the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep can cut into crucial repair time which can create havoc on your health, skin and even effect your weight gain. This month I'm going to try to take my own advice and slow down....and rest more!

Friday, June 10, 2011

We know the old saying, "You get what you pay for". There are many beauty products that provide amazing results but tote a hefty price tag to get them, I consider those "Lust-have" products. You know the ones I'm talking about. You want them...but can't afford them. Well there are other products that are also effective that are more affordable, which I call "must-have" products. Here are a few "lust-have" and "must-have" products to consider for your beauty routine.
The Perfect Finish:
Yves Saint Laurent Teint Majeur is an ultra-comfortable lightweight foundation that glides onto skin with ultimate sensuality. It improves moisture and combats aging with an SPF 18. Lust-Have Price is $99.00
Covergirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation has a luxuriously light-weight silky texture with a touch of cucumber water, jojoba and rose hip extracts to give you a polished finish that wont make skin look cakey. Oil-free, paraben free, SPF 10. Makeup artist guru Pat McGrath used it on the models at the Spring 2011 fashion shows. Must-Have Price is $11.98

Cleaner Skin:
Looking your best starts with great skin and so proper cleaning is the first step. Clarisonic PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing System uses patented sonic technology that vibrates back and forth producing over 300 movements per second, flex skin and loosen dirt and oil. Cleansing so effectively that skincare products absorb better. Lust-Have Price: $225.00
Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System uses a micro-massaging action to clean deep, removing clogging dirt and oil, while gently exfoliating to help maximize the immediate hydrating effectiveness of your anti-aging moisturizer. The rotating brush cleans skin 6x better then basic cleansing alone. Must-Have Price: $32.99

Whiter Teeth:
A whiter brighter smile not only looks good, but it conveys good health. Glo Brilliant was created by Dr. Jonathan Levine, through a 12 pantent pending heat and light technology device that you can use at home to give you whiter teeth without sensitivity. Lust-Have Price is $275.00

Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste has a patented dual-action silica system that polishes away 80% of surface stains in just 14 days leaving you with a white smile. Use the toothpaste in conjunction with Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips which provide a professional level whitening equal to a $500 dentist visit by removing up to 10 years of set-in stains. Must-Have Price is $4.25 (toothpaste) $50.00 (strip kit).

Thicker Hair:
Your hair is your crowning glory, but if your hair is thin it can kill your self-esteem. The HairMax LaserComb is an FDA cleared medical device that is clinically proven to treate and promote hair growth. The patented technology uses laser energy to stimulates hair follicles to produce thicker and healthier hair. Lust-Have Price: $495.00.
Another option is with the Nioxin Hair System. This 3-part kit consists of a cleanser, scalp therapy and scalp treatment to remove follicle-clogging sebum and environmental residues that can inhibit proper hair growth. It also contains antioxidants and botanicals to stimulate the scalp so it can be healthy. The lightweight conditioners provide hair with resilience and balanced moisture to cut down on breakage. It's the #1 stylist choice for thinning hair because it guarantees thicker, denser looking hair in 30 days. Must-Have Price: $44.00.

Beauty Questions
Beauty question: "How do u find the right color of foundation for me?...I'm 12 years old"- from Briann in Tennessee.

Answer:    Many times when you are young you want to wear a lot of makeup, because it is fun, but at the age of 12 you normally don't need foundation. Unless you have a skin problem like hyperpigmentation, your skin is usually beautiful. So instead of covering it up unnecessarily, embrace the skin that you have. Instead focus on taking care of the skin that you have by building a good skin care routine. Cleanse with a basic facial wash that contains glycerin, which will hydrate your skin, like Neutrogena and finish with a water based moisturizer with SPF 15 to protect against sun damage. A good beauty routine is the best thing you can do to look good the rest is just icing!

 Now it is time for.....


My favorite thing this month is Wet N' Wild Glassy Gloss. I use it all the time on photoshoots all the time because I feel like it is as shiny and glossy as the $14.99 MAC lip glass, but only have to pay $2.99! So I can get all of the shades that I need without breaking the bank! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

This month The Ellen DeGeneres Show teamed up with HGTV'd to surprise a couple in Killeen Texas and I got to do all of the makeup and hair for both shows.
Giving Jeanie some
bronze eye shadow
Working with Tanika Ray and David Bromstad of HGTV is always a treat for me but it was especially fun to work with Jeannie Klisiewicz, the production assistant from The Ellen show.
When Ellen isn't able to go on a location, Jeannie does it, so she interviewed the homeowners. I start the day off really early doing the hair and makeup on HGTV'd host Tanika Ray, so she can look her best when everyone arrives.
Gotta get the homeowners camera
ready before they see the big reveal

Next in my chair comes David Bromstad. After a bit of moisturizer, sunscreen and grooming with anti-shine he is all set to head over to the construction tent so he can work with the design crew about the needed changes. He never needs a lot of work, but sometimes I have to adjust any tan lines he might get from wearing his sunglasses in the hot sun. One of his favorite skin care items is....

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "How do you determine your best beauty feature to highlight, or is that necessary?"- from Gina in Chicago.

Answer: If you want to focus on your eyes for the day, use deep shades that will draw more attention to them but keep lips and cheeks simple by using a softer color.
When you want to focus on your lips try a darker or brighter color, and keep eye simple by only using mascara or nude colors so they are not as prominent.
There are no rules. It doesn't have to be your "best feature", you can highlight what ever YOU want.

Now it is time for.....


My favorite thing today is Gatorade. Even though we drank water too, I think the TV crew and I went through several cases of it. My favorite flavor is the fruit punch! Yummm!