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Before I get into showing you all my latest video that I posted which is my "Makeup Collection and how I organize my everyday makeup setup", I'd like to say YAY for Gabby Douglas who is the US gymnast who just won Gold in the all around gymnast competition. I couldn't be more thrilled for her! :) It's a great day for the US and the world of gymnastics!
Back to my video. I posted this to give you guys some ideas on how I organize products, and where I bought some basic organization tools. I've gotten questions about it in the past and I wanted to do a little overview.
My favorite videos to watch are the ones when people show how they organize...is that weird?! I guess that's why I was so interested in making this video for you.
A special thanks to MANDY for letting me use her music in my videos. :) I'm a big fan!
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I wanted to give you an inside look at my job. :) I absolutely feel blessed to do what I do, and work in the beauty industry. It's fun! Here is a peek and my lashes and makeup work from last week.
This past weekend, I got the opportunity to do makeup for a beautiful bride and some of her fabulous friends and family in Stillwater, MN. I absolutely love doing makeup for such a special day!
The hotel room that we got the girls ready in was so adorable in downtown Stillwater. It had a very pretty vintage look with a picture window which was perfect for all of my makeup to be sprawled out across. Here are a few pictures of my make up set up.
The following are some before and after photos of some beautiful silk eyelash extensions I applied last week. :)
Enjoy your week, everyone!! Make it the best ever.. :)
How do you organize your make up and beauty products? What does your bathroom look like and how to you store everything? Well, these are the questions I am very interested in. One of my favorite types of YouTube videos to watch are those showing how people store things in their bathroom and closets. I recently went to "The Container Store" and absolutely fell in love with it. I could have been in there for hours looking around at all the cool and unique items and ideas for storing things.
This morning I made a video showing how I organize my day-to-day make up vanity (which happen's to be my bathroom sink) It is nothing special, but it has helped me a ton to put things in certain organizers so I know exactly where they are. (On a side note- I have a lot of products, this is from years of collecting make up and beauty products, working in the industry and reviewing things. )
Here is the video clip:
I'd love to know some of your ideas for storage!! :)
(C) Lovelo Beauty 2012
Hey Everyone! I hope you are all having a good week. The other day I posted about Kim Kardashian's Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic and his favorite Sigma Brushes. If you missed it, you can still take a look at the post I did here.
Today I want to tell you guys about one of my favorite brush sets from Sigma. They recently came out with a set of travel brushes called the Mrs. Bunny set. The difference with these brushes compared to Sigma's other travel kits is that they are Vegan meaning they do not use real animal hair.
The Brushes in this kit are the:
Pencil - E30 Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, upper and lower lash line.
Tapered Blending - E40 Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease.
Eye Shading - E55 Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments.
Small Angle - E65 Essential for the application of gel or cream eye liner on the upper and lower lash line.
Large Powder - F30 Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body.
Large Angled Contour - F40 The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades.
Foundation - F60 Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. Recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas.
What I love about these brushes is that they have the Sigmax HD fibers meaning that they guarantee a more precise application. These brushes are very precise and I feel like the make-up doesn't get lost down inside the bristles.
I also love the brushes in this kit, it is everything I would need going overnight or taking a weekend away. The light blue and baby pink is an adorable combination.
You can check out more Sigma deals at: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=202
Have a great day!!
(C) Lovelo Beauty 2012
FTC: These brushes were sent by PR. I was not paid for this review. I only write about products I truly love and my opinions are always completely honest.
Hey Guys! I have talked so much about Sigma and how much I love there brushes. Especially the sets. I get frequent updates from the Sigma team and recently they have been working with Mario Dedivanovic. Mario happens to be Kim Kardashian's main makeup artist!!
Recently, he shared 5 brush picks from Sigma! I wanted to share them with you because if you are new to Sigma or to purchasing makeup brushes this may give you some ideas! :) Here are his top 5:
1. E35- tapered blending
3. F35-Tapered blending/highlighter
I really highly suggest that you check out Sigma Brushes if you are looking for new makeup brushes and want ones that are quality and affordable. Check out Sigma Beauty.
Do any of you have makeup brushes from Sigma? What are your favorite??
Don't forget to go over to the Lovelo Beauty Facebook Page and "LIKE" for all the latest pictures and updates! :) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lovelo-Beauty-Makeup-and-Lashes/168179293250807
(C) Lovelo Beauty 2012
Pictures: Thanks to Sigma and wrgmag.com
Hey Guys, I wanted to show you all one of the new brush set kit's from Sigma. They are travel sets that come with 7 brushes in 4 different colors. Each colored set is a different city, New York (black), Tokyo (Pink), Paris (Red) , and London(Brown). Check out my video below using the brush set PARIS from Sigma! http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=202
(c) Lovelo Beauty 2011
Hi Guys! I love makeup brushes. I don't know what I ever did without them. Well, I do know...I did poor makeup without them. When people ask me if they are necessary I say, " would a painter paint without his brushes?" I feel like it's the same thing...you need your tools to make it look professional!
On that note, I found out about a good deal. Sigma has their travel brush sets with 7 brushes and a case for $49 dollars. That is a GREAT deal. Normally they are $59 and I think it's worth that also, but right now you can get them for 10 dollars less. Here is that link. http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=202 It ends March 11th so in 2 days!!!!
The other thing I have for you all today is a little tip. I know people say this one over and over but it means more than you think. SMILE.
I cannot even tell you how a smile from a customer at work makes my day. Or, a smile from a stranger. It could be anyone, but a smile goes a very long way. :) I challenge you, smile at everyone you come in contact with . :)
Hey Guys! Sigma has yet another launch of brush sets out! They are called the "Make Me Up" Collection!Each set comes with 12 brushes and an easy snap carrying case.
There are 4 different brush set colors, black, pink, purple and blue. The set that I will feature in the videos and pictures below is the blue (make me cool) set.
Enjoy the video and photos below. Check out Sigma's website for this fantastic brush deal. I LOVE SIGMA. :) http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=202
I love Sigma! The brush quality, unique packaging and fun spin on makeup brushes. I can't wait to see how this company grows and what is to come.
Again, the link to go check out these brushes is: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=202
Till next time!!
FTC MAN: I did receive these brushes from Sigma for possible review. My opinions are honest and I was NOT paid for this review.
I'm very excited about today's post because it's pretty much what I talk about every day and now I just have a chance to write it all down in a helpful (hopefully helpful little blog).
I really appreciate all of your questions! Thank you so much to those of you who write me... I love to hear from you guys. I got a question the other day from a reader and this is what she said:
I rarely wear any eyeshadow ... and I am embarrassed to say that it's pretty much because I have no idea what the heck I am doing. Do you have any eye makeup/eyeshadow techniques so I don't look like a hooker??? :)
Yes, yes, yes, I do have some ideas and some things you can try. It's a shame when people don't wear eyeshadow because they don't think their doing it right. You gotta DIG IN and EXPERIMENT and I'm sure that you can get the hang of a good eyeshadow look for everyday.
Since she didn't address whether or not she wanted makeup tips for an everyday look or a night out look, I'll talk a bit about both. Here are some general tips.
- Make sure you are using an eyeshadow base or primer. In my opinion, it just doesn't make any sense to put on eyeshadow if it is not going to stay the way you put it on!! Eyeshadow bases make a HUGE difference. It's really simple, if you want your shadow to stay on all day, if you want it to look more professional, if you want it to stay the way you put it on and not get muddy and creased, USE A BASE! My favorite are MAC PAINT POTS... they are awesome. Use a color like Painterly or Soft Ochre for light skin/groundwork for dark skin. All are great neutral bases. (I'll put a photo at the bottom)
- Make sure you are using the right tools. I think eye makeup brushes make a HUGE difference when doing makeup. Two basic ones to have are a flat short rounded top brush for packing color on the lid and a longer fluffy crease brush for blending color into your crease. I will post pictures of 2 examples at the bottom.
- Mix Shimmery shadows with Matte Shadows. You can create a beautiful makeup look with just a simple shimmery shadow all the way across the eye. Or, after you apply the shimmer on your eye, use a matte shadow (something flat, without shimmer) and blend that so slightly into the crease. This will give the illusion of a larger more contoured eye.
- Don't be afraid of color. I think there are certain people who think they should be wearing a certain color eyeshadow , that there is one magical one for them out there that is going to be the best. No. Eyeshadow colors are just like color theory in art class. Basically, if you have blue eyes, an orange, bronze, or warm brown tone shadow is going to make the blue really stand out. Why? Because it is opposite on the color wheel. So, whatever color your eye is, look at a color wheel and the opposite colors on the spectrum are the color shadow that will make your eye color look more vibrant! Make sense? Another thing, because I say orange will make blue eyes look more blue, that doesn't mean you have to go get a bright orange shadow! There are shades of orange that are light shimmery and beautiful for an everyday eye look. One more thing, a blue-eyed person can look beautiful in browns, greys, purples, greens...any color as long as it is appropriate for the event..day or evening. This goes for every other eye color out there.
- When doing a smokey eye think simple. I think there is the misconception that a smokey eye is very difficult. Without going into much detail. Apply your base. Choose the color...MAC's knight devine, Twinks, and Mulch are simple choices. Pack on color only to a hair below where your crease starts. Then take a clean fluffy brush and starting in the crease just buff that line out so that its soft and smokey. Apply a dark eyeliner on top and bottom, add mascara. Boom. Done.
- Make eyeliner easy. I think eyeliner makes a simple eye look really pop! (I like the no-eyeliner look too, but I think I favor a little eyeliner, especially in the winter.) Choose a dark brown or dark charcoal, black if you're wearing darker eyeshadow colors. Gage your eyeliner to the depth of your shadow. Use liner a little darker than your shadow and always apply eyeliner after shadow to make it pop more! Eyeliner on top and a little underneath (not all the way across) will make the eye look more round. Eyeliner just simply on top will make the eye look a little more horizontal. Pencil is great, gel eyeliner is smoother , crisper and lasts longer if you can get the hang of it. Check out MAC's DIPDOWN fluidline. (Picture at Bottom).
- Finally, use a light color for highlighting. A very light shimmery shadow, a shade or two lighter than your skintone will look great under the brown and in the tear duct area of the eye. This small step will pull any eyelook together fast.
Here are some photos:
MAC DIPDOWN FLUIDLINE
Hope this was helpful! Talk to you all soon.
Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a safe last couple days with all of the Halloween festivities and things that people do. Bear was a bear for Halloween , he didn't even have to dress up!
Today, I'm going to be doing part 2 of my last post about the importance of makeup brushes.
I wanted to give you guys a little guide if you are new to buying brushes or just need a refresher on which ones are VERY important. I will be using examples from the Sonia Kashuk Brushes that anyone can purchase at Target stores. I have other favorites that I use and if you guys are interested in knowing those, then please ask me to do a separate post about those.
Here are the brushes I would buy if I were just starting out a kit and these are also the brushes I think make the biggest difference.
A short rounded top eyeshadow brush. You definitely want a basic eyeshadow brush like this one to pack shadow onto the lid or sweep up under the eyebrow.
A pointed or angled gel eyeliner brush. If you like gel eyeliner or want a liquid eyeliner that gives you a smooth clean line, a brush like this or even slanted at an angle is a must-have. I have several because you do need to clean these brushes regularly.
And that's it! There are so many brushes out there. Many brushes can do many purposes...so there is no WRONG way of using a brush...if you can make it work, it just makes you all the more an expert. But, this was a basic guide to show you which brushes I think make the most difference on a basic level.
One more thing about brushes. It is so so so important that once you invest in brushes, you are making sure you take care of them. Clean them out regularly. I use MAC's make-up brush cleaner. But, you can also use a soft soap and lukewarm water and wash them out and leave them on a towel to dry overnight. It is best if you hang them off the edge of a countertop so they don't flatten. Also, never grind them into a paper towel or your hand when cleaning them. The gentler you are , the longer your brushes will last.
These brushes are all from the Sonia Kashuk line. The website is here: http://www.soniakashuk.com/
Talk to you all soon. xoxo
Hey Guys! How important it is to use makeup brushes? Are they important? Can I just use my fingers...or a sponge or one of those little spongy eyeshadow applicator thingy's. These are questions I actually get all the time. The Importance of Makeup Brushes. And, which ones are worth buying??
Here's my answer:
There are many different companies that make makeup brushes but, we will get to that later. The first and foremost important thing to know is that Makeup Brushes MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE when doing your makeup. I think that they are essential if you want a more well blended, professional, flawless looking finish.
Many people say, "My makeup doesn't look like yours", "I can't get mine to look the way I want", or just in general, "I'm not good at makeup". My opinion is that if you have a good set of makeup brushes and you are using them, you will get better results.
Synthetic or real hair...doesn't matter. Whatever you like better. Quality is Important though. How the brush is made and the cost of the brush usually play a big part in a good makeup brush.
Here are some brands that are known for quality and some price ranges for the thrifty to the spendy.
Sonia Kashuk Brushes : These brushes are sold at all TARGET stores. They are good quality and made for the everyday woman to the experienced makeup artist. I have a set that has sleek white handles and here are some of the photos I have of these brushes. You can find just about every style brush you're looking for with the Sonia Kashuk Brand. They are well made and soft. These brushes range from about $4.99 a piece to $9.99.
They are definitely worth checking out if you want some quality brushes that won't break the bank.
Here is the Target Website that sells Sonia Kashuk: http://bit.ly/9gZ8bI
And the Official Sonia Kashuk Site:
Sigma has FANTASTIC brushes for FANTASTIC prices. They sell individual brushes as well as sets for home or travel. I LOVE my Premium Travel Kit in Silver. For $59 you get 7 essential brushes with a fold over travel bag and zip pouch inside for additional makeup. Brushes are sold on the Sigma website. Check out their site for more info! http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=202
Most of my makeup brushes are from MAC. They are the best of the best. You are paying for quality with these brushes. Real hair, hand-made and they will last you for years! Check out www.maccosmetics.com for more information.
I am going to be doing a PART 2 to this post since I still want to tell you guys what I think the Top Essential Brushes to have in your kit are! So, stay tuned.
Disclaimer: I received some of these products for possible review. My thoughts are original and honest and I was not paid for this post.
Talk to you all soon!!
Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend!!
It's homecoming season for all of you high schoolers , so have fun and be safe & most of all Love your peers. LOVE EACH OTHER!!!
When I think back to my high school years I just remember all of the "gossip" and " clicks" that went along with being a girl. I want to tell all of you... love each other. Don't return hate with hate...return hate with Love. Be kind no matter what! Just know that you are BEAUTIFUL in God's eyes-don't listen to what others say. You are a child of God and we are all created unique-there is NOTHING wrong with you.
I want to share with all of you what is in my BEAUTY BOX. My Beauty box is my everyday makeup case that I keep around to use when I get ready for the day. (Just remember....I am a makeup artist... I do not use everything I'm going to mention everyday, these are just the beauty products that I get the MOST use out of at this moment in time. Also, I may not list EVERYTHING, but I will tell you most of the products in here. )
Here are some photos of the Train Case that I call my beauty box.
First off, the box itself is from JAPONESQUE and is a medium train case. Here is the link to it on the Japonesquewebsite: http://www.japonesque.com/catalogue.cfm?fla=productsSplash
I LOVE this as my everyday beauty carrier. I was originally using a MAC makeup bag. It was a large size but it just didn't fit everything I wanted in there. I wanted something large enough that COULD fit my makeup brushes as well if I wanted to bring it with me somewhere. It's just nice to have everything in ONE place. I like that I can keep it somewhat organized also.
So first off I'll start with the bottom. I have:
- MAC studio fix fluid foundation- my staple product.
- MAC face and body foundation- I use this on my days off of work.. when I want less coverage. OR, I mix a little of this with my studio fix fluid for a little less coverage.
- 100 % Pure Healthy Skin Foundation- I just started using this...it uses pure ingredients ,smells great and the coverage is amazing!
- MAC prep and prime transparent powder: this is the perfect translusent loose powder. Soft, and sheer.
- MAC Charcoal brown eyeshadow: I use this in my eyebrows
- Benefit' s High Beam: a great cheekbone highlighter !
- MAC's Lithe pigment- a limited shade that is great for everyday.
- Bare Essentials BUXOM cream eyeshadow in poodle - a great everyday eye color or base.
- Travel size container of Q-tips!! - for any touch ups.
- Sigma travel size brushes- 7 brushes come in this case.. they are all fantastic, I put some of my MAC brushes along with them in the bundle so I can have all my "daily use" brushes in one place. Here is the link for SIGMA's brushes: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=202
- A triangle wedge sponge- for blending and my moisturizer.
- Environ AVST Gel Moisturizer- I apply this shortly before applying my foundation everyday.
- AMOR AMOR perfume- my favorite ever!
- Urban Decay's Shadow Primer Potion- I use this often or MAC Paint Pot's.
- Blinc heated eyelash curler- sometimes I curl my eyelashes- NOT VERY OFTEN.
- Japonesque clear mascara- for brows.
- MAC powerpoint liners- Favorites are Engraved, prussian, Navy Blue.
- MAC Kohl Liners- Coffee, Smolder and Fascinating- for those days I want a inner rim color.
- MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner-on the prowl black is my favorite new liquid liner.
- Anastasia Brow Pen- for defined brows fast!
- FACE -Magic Wand concealer
- MAC dazzleglass for lips in Ms. Fizz, Uttlerly posh and 'Bling Black.
- POP Beauty Lip Magnet Primer in Naked- awesome lip primer!
- MAC Prep and Prime Lash- my lashes always look longer with lash primer.
- MAC Haute and Naughty Mascara
- Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara
- MAC Plush Lash Mascara
- MAC Harmony blush- great for contouring cheekbones
- MAC Honor blush- beautiful highlight color
- MAC Rhapsody in Two Mineralize blush- great highlight color also
- MAC Paint pot in soft ochre- my favorite paint pot and one of my favorite products ever.
- MAC Lip Erase- for those days I want nude lips.
- MAC Eyeshadow NYLON- my staple eyeshadow.
- MAC Select Sheer Cover Up
- Japonesque Eyebrow groomer kit
- 2 MAC pencil sharpeners in large and small
- A MAC Tweezer
- A Small scissor for trimming my eyebrows and random things.
- MAC Fast Response Eye cream My favorite eye cream for under my concealer
- 2 Limited MAC eyeshadow palettes- I switch these out often depending on the time, season, trends and colors.
Ok! So, that's it. Remember, I do NOT use this all in one day. These are the things I like to keep on hand everyday for doing my day-to-day makeup. I hope this wasn't too boring and you guys liked digging through my makeup Box. :)
Don't forget to check out my giveaway here: http://lovelo.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/back-to-blonde-eufora-september-giveaway/ This goes until October 1st.
Have a safe weekend everyone!
Hi Everyone, It's about 10:30 at night and I am writing this. I hope you all get to read it...I know it doesn't matter what time I write. Lately, I have been following some beauty bloggers/vloggers on you tube and have really been feeling inspired. I love what you can do with make-up and skin care. There are so many GREAT products out there and so many things to talk about. I know I will never have a problem coming up with a topic to blog about in "beauty" because there are so many different topics to cover and things to write about.
Tonight I want to tell you about Japonesque. It's a make-up brand I had heard of before but, like a lot of different brands, I had never tried anything from the line.
So I got to try 2 of their make-up brushes, the pro makeup artist wipes and the create your own lip palette.
This is the Travel Luxury Kabuki Brush and the Travel Stippling Brush. Both are priced about middle of the road as far as brushes go. The stippling is $28 , the kabuki is $30. Not overly expensive, but not drugstore cheap. However, the quality of these brushes are AMAZING. I couldn't find what these were made out of but they are the softest of soft! This is what the website says, "Designed with the professional in mind, JAPONESQUE® beauty products are precision crafted, using only the highest quality materials." So, there you go. I don't know what kind of hair it is..but it is so soft and feels so good.
Also, I have washed these brushes twice now and there is hardly any bristle fall out! They do not shed easily.
What I like about the kabuki brush is it's longer handle than the regular short "nub" kabuki brushes. This one can go with me anywhere and is great for powder, powder foundation, or bronzer. It feels so luxurious on the face.
The stippling brush (top, white bristles), is great for liquid foundation. It's how you can get an airbrushed makeup look using a brush. This brush I also like to use for cream blush. I noticed that this Japonesque stippling brush has a bit more bristles than other stippling brushes I'm used to. So, it is thicker. Also the bristles seem more bound together. So, my suggestion for this brush would be to use very little product at a time to avoid getting too much on the face.
I Loved these brushes, and would love to try the whole collection! You can check all of the brushes out on their website. http://www.japonesque.com/catalogue.cfm?fla=productsSplash That will get you right to the brushes.
I also tried the Pro Makeup Artist wipes for removing makeup. The box includes 20 wipes and it is $12 for a box. Not a bad price at all. But, again this is not the cheapest you can get them. I like that these wipes are individually wrapped. That makes it easy for travel. You can take however many you need with you, not the whole pack.
They were really gentle on my face and I didn't have any irritation. I wear a lot of mascara and it took 2 wipes to get my mascara completely off. I would recommend these mostly for any makeup removal except mascara.
Finally, I want to tell you about this cute little lip palette creator. This mini mixing bowl, brush, spatula and lip case come together in a pack. What you do with it is... take your old lipsticks, or new lipsticks, mix a concoction together in this bowl and make a custom lip palette! CUTE HUH!? It's a pretty clever idea. This is great if you are a person who likes to keep a lip palette in your purse and can never find the right lipstick shade. You can create your own!
Ok ladies and gents. That is all for tonight. If you want to check out any of these products I shared with you tonight you can go to: www.japonesque.com :)
Disclaimer: I received these products for free to review on my own time. This review contains all my honest thoughts of the products and I was not paid.
Oh! and please go to two posts back and take part in my Soulstice spa product giveaway. I am giving away a body wash and moisturizer.... all you have to do is subscribe to my blog and answer the question I posted on the page. http://lovelo.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/soulstice-spa-cute-video-and-a-giveaway/ Go to that link to find out all the ways to enter! I will draw a winner this THURSDAY!!
Psalm 45:11 The king is ENTHRALLED by your beauty, honor him.
It wasn't until I found out that they have awesome handmade makeup brushes that I really wanted "IN" on this company. I had the pleasure using these brushes for the last few days and I am a VERY happy camper. First, let me tell you a little about Sigma the brand.
Sigma was born in Minnesota and their first full time employee started in 2009. All of the Sigma products are hand made and they are best known right now for their professional makeup brushes. They have multiple sets of brushes such as the "Sigma Essential Brush Kit (for face and eyes)" , and the "Sigma Makeup Professional Premium Brush Kit."
I have been working with the " Professional Premium Brush Kit."
Right there on the handle it says "Large Powder". I LOVE that Sigma does this because there are so many times when you are teaching or showing someone how to use a brush but they forget what you used it for. This would be great for someone who is just starting out with makeup brushes or makeup in general for an easy guide. It's organized and easy!