Makeup Session: Lauren

After taking MuseBeautyPro's Business of Bridal class, which I HIGHLY recommend, I knew I had to practice all the awesome techniques Alphonse taught me, so I booked a little makeup session with my friend Lauren. We went to esthetician school together, she's used to me playing with her beautiful face!!

In this session, we practiced ...

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B&TD Review | The Makeup Show LA

I've been to many trade shows in the past (WSA, MAGIC, Project, etc. ) when I worked for a major online shoe retailer, but this was my very first beauty industry show. And I have to say, I had a lot of fun at The Makeup Show LA! Maybe it was because of my love of all things makeup, or maybe it was because I was surrounded by so much creativity ... I don't know but either way I know I'll be back next year!

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This year The Makeup Show occurred on Saturday March 1st through Sunday March 2nd (Oscar weekend). And I can see why they scheduled it that way - lots of great speakers & makeup artists were in town which made it easier for everyone to drop in on the event. There were about 60+ exhibitors, 7 keynote speakers, 7 hands-on workshops, 12 focus kit building series and an Icon Gallery (Kevyn Aucoin).  In addition, many demos by various artists (and a school - Ruby Make Up Academy) were going on throughout the show.  My attention was definitely captured the entire time!

For my very first show I chose not to attend any workshops ($140+ each) and focus series ($12 each). I did that because I wasn't sure what to expect. Looking back, I definitely should have taken advantage of all the workshops & series!  Next time I will. I mean, here in the Bay classes like those would cost $400 + up! And such a variety of artists - in one place - is difficult to come by these days. So yea, next time this girl is TAKING ADVANTAGE!!

Here was my beauty haul (below). My goal at the show was to touch and feel products, decide if they had any place in my kit.  But man was it hard! There was SO MUCH fun stuff!! Plus there were things at pro-price, which I normally don't qualify for (because I'm a just starting out as a makeup artist), so it was extremely difficult to stay focused and not buy the world! LOL

And some pics from the show ...

Overall, it was a great show and I'm excited to see what they have in store for next year! 

Saving My Dry Hair - One Strand At A Time

Every February for Presidents Day weekend, I travel to my favorite city - Las Vegas - for my birthday celebration. I used to live there for four years, so I know how dry it can get. And every time I go back it is complete hell for my hair. Nothing ever seems to work and by the second day my hair is SO FRIZZY and limp - I always end up looking like a hot mess.  

But this time I was determined to get a solid regimen in place, something to protect my newly colored hair and to keep it properly moisturized. And this time ...

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Tara Elaine On Facebook

I'mmmmmmm baaaaccccccck!!! Apologies for the brief hiatus ya'll, but over the holidays I was working for a major beauty retailer as a skincare consultant (don't worry, I'll share my experience on here - very soon!) and caught the dreaded flu. Like the real flu. So needless to say, it was a super busy, wild and crazy holiday season! 

Anyway, can I tell you how happy I am its February?!?!? Not only am I feeling better (FINALLY!!) but its my birthday month!! YAY!!  And every Presidents Day weekend I head to one of my favorite vacation spots - VEGAS. This is the city where I feel the most free when it comes to style and makeup! So be on the lookout for some great pictures & posts on how my beauty arsenal holds up while I am out there. Which brings me to my next point. You'll most likely find those posts on my facebook page, so you'll want to follow me there too!  Of course anything major will be posted here, but fb seems to get more action these days!