Model Spotlight: Natalya Stanton

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When photographer Alex Ibarra hired me to provide makeup services for a portfolio shoot he was doing, I had no idea I was about to encounter the force that is Natalya Stanton. After setting up my work station, I awaited the arrival of my model for the day. Shortly thereafter, in walks this adorable young woman, with an inviting warm & unassuming personality.

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As I worked on her makeup, I started chatting her up – like I do with all my models – and found her to be very fun and entertaining to be around. She was the ultimate professional, instinctively knowing the basics of sitting for makeup (when to close your eyes, look down, tilt her head, etc) with little to no direction. Towards the end of the first makeup look, my nosey nature took over and I rather boldly asked her age. I knew that with skin as fresh and dewey as hers, she had to be young – I figured about 18 or 19. However, imagine my shock and awe when she stated that she would be turning 16 shortly!! I was utterly speechless (a rare event) to find out that this mature, gregarious,  professional young woman was only 15 years old!!

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It was an extreme pleasure to meet and have the opportunity to work with such a bright and talented model. The images she and Alex Ibarra created together (with a little help from yours truly) turned out amazing. I know that no matter what type of work Natalya decides to pursue in the future, she will no doubt be very successful, for she is already off to a fantastic start in this game of life!

To see more of Alex’s work, follow his Instagram photo stream: @cirka_88

Easy Breezy Weekends

Ahh, the weekend is here and I can finally exhale a bit. If no jobs are booked, Saturdays are my day to be a little lazy and sleep in, enjoy a delicious brunch, then head out to do whatever I please. It is also a perfect time to wear something comfortable and lighten up on the makeup, or forgo it altogether.

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Today, I opted for throwing a flowing silk poncho over a pair of my infamous fat girl stretchy pants (fear not, for I was working the look), adding a pair of fun dangly earrings, and donning a pair of oversized sunnies.

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I kept my makeup pretty light (for me), however, it goes without saying that no matter what level of makeup I choose, I will be drawing in a full brow – this girl must frame her face. As for the rest of my makeup, I did use a very light hand. I made my cheeks nice and rosey, using a bolder blush than I normally wear, as that was the feature I chose to highlight. I lined my eyes with kohl liner that I smudged out a bit, used a brown shadow to add a slight contour to my nose, nude lipstick, a little BB cream and light concealer – and I was ready to go in 10 minutes.

By spending less time and energy on my outward appearance, I had the opportunity to focus on spending time with the ones I care about most & the flexibility of joining in on an unplanned, yet enjoyable activity.  Which, in the end, isn’t that exactly what weekends are all about?

Teasers: Spring Beauty Editorial

I  am so giddy with excitement over a collaboration with my talented photographer friend Sara Strimpel on an upcoming Spring 2014 beauty editorial, that I simply HAD to share a few small details with my readers!

We are currently hard at work in pre-production, and although you will have to wait a little while to view examples of the finished product – below you will find a little teaser of where I am drawing my inspiration for my makeup designs!

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Now I mustn’t give away all my secrets, but rest assured that this editorial will be nothing short of the title of my favorite lipstick color – “Flat Out Fabulous!

Fashion: Lotta Stensson

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I recently had the pleasure of working with an amazing fashion designer by the name of Lotta Stensson. You may not recognize her name right away, but chances are you have seen her beautiful silk batik robes, ponchos and kaftans on some of your favorite celebs. The Kardashian sisters, Halle Berry, and Paris Hilton, along with countless other famous faces have all been spotted out and about wearing Ms. Stensson’s designs.
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When I did the makeup for the Lotta NYC 2014 Spring lookbook, Lotta gifted me with a beautiful silk batik poncho. It is so beautiful that I usually save it for special occasions & it had been a while since I had last worn it. However, while I was getting dressed for work yesterday, it caught my eye and with the drab weather we have had lately, I simply couldn’t resist putting it on.

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I love the way Lotta’s designs are cut, so that they flow gracefully over the body, making them a wonderful choice for women of all shapes and sizes. They can easily go from a casual day at the beach to a night on the town with the girls or your guy. I am already in the process of selecting a few more of these versatile wardrobe pieces to my collection.

Each of these pieces are as unique as they are beautiful, and reflect Lotta’s love and passion that she has for her work. If you would like to own one of these beautiful wearable pieces of art for yourself, you can visit www.lottanyc.com and check out her collection.

I am quite sure that you will be very pleased with whatever style or design you choose from this luxurious collection!

Shine Like a Celeb!

Have you ever wondered how your favorite celebrities achieve that stunning red carpet glow? Its all about using the right products. Their “glam squads” know how to use just the right combination of expensive creams and spray-on sheen to give their clients the healthy glow that shines a light on their best assets. You’re in luck, however, because now it is possible for you to get that sought after celebrity glow all in one product.

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Shine Like a Celeb offers a sparkle cream that is an absolute godsend for makeup artists and clients alike. This new UK based company is raising the bar on luxury beauty products, and they are fast expanding their brand to include fashion as well. Their heavenly scented sparkle cream feels like butter on your skin and it comes in a beautiful jar made in Spain.

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With it being award show season right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Shine Like A Celeb was being worn on the red carpet by some of your favorite actresses, models and musicians. If you would like to treat yourself and get your own red carpet glow, now is an excellent time to place your order. For a very limited time only, you can purchase a jar of their diamond sparkle cream at www.shinelikeaceleb.com for 30% off the regular price! Just use code: SHINE at checkout.

A note about reviews: As a rule, I refuse to recommend a product or service that I don’t fully believe in or support. Unless otherwise stated, I am not an employee of or paid by the companies that I talk about to give a favorable review, nor am I receiving any “kick backs”. image

As a beauty blogger, I often receive product samples from the company to review & other times I purchase them myself. Either way, when I come across goods and services that have given me an above average experience, I am eager to spread the word. The same is true of Shine Like a Celeb. I can, without bias, tell you that I have been very pleased with this product and I believe you will be too!

Visit www.shinelikeaceleb.com to order and read about its skin-friendly ingredients. Also, be on the lookout for their new sparkle lipgloss coming out soon!

New Makeup & Jewelry Share!

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Look at that radiant young woman above! Do you see the confidence in her smile? That, dear readers, is the smile of a woman who has just found her new favorite lip color! Pictured above is yours truly (duh, I know) wearing a beautiful brick red lipstick that I am absolutely gaga over. It’s a color called “Viva” by Befabulosa, a new small makeup company find that I came across towards the end of last year. Not only does this line offer beautiful high quality cosmetics at unbeatable prices, but its run by women! Owner Sheila Perez was kind enough to send me a Viva lipstick to try, and I immediately fell in love with the rich creamy color and staying power. Unfortunately (or fortunately, it all depends on the day) I currently happen to be single – but I imagine this lippie would stand up to the test of a steamy make-out sesh!

As icing on the cake of my shopping experience, I found their slogan, “Befabulosa – why be ordinaria!” to be brilliant. I wholeheartedly support small business owners, and I am even happier to spread the word about women in business for themselves. To check out the complete Befabulosa line visit http://www.befabulosa.com.

The fun, however, does not stop with my lipstick find. I also happened to have received my latest order from my girl Aimee over at Peachy Queen Boutique around the same time as my Befabulosa package and found a pair of earrings that paired quite nicely with the new lip color. (see below)
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These adorable Louboutin-esque stilletoe earrings are so fun! I also received some other fun goodies that I look forward to wearing soon.

To grab your own pair or check out the other hot items, visit http://www.peachyqueen.com.

As always ladies, remember that these products and accessories are only an enhancement of what is already a beautiful inner you. The most important adornments are those of the heart.

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