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Interview with Make up Artist and Beauty Expert Mickey Williams

HI! Enjoy my interview with celebrity make up artist and beauty expert Mickey Williams. I hope you get some tips from her!

Mickey,  1. What 5-10 makeup or hair products are in your everyday routine?

I get so many products to try out and a lot of them are good but the ones that are great stay in my makeup bag whether traveling or not. I become obsessed. Currently I am on the road in Seattle and here is what is in my bag:

1: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

Let's face it, I am not getting any younger but skin seems to think I am still at the age for blemishes. I am telling you right now this stuff works at keeping the bumps at bay and I use it religiously. The bottle lasts too.

2: Rembrandt Intense Stain Tooth Paste

I became a fan over a year ago and it helps keep my teeth bright through the periods before and after my whitening routine.

3: Cristophe Argan Oil treatment

Basically I do not think you would be able to get a brush through my hair without this in my beauty bag. I will even apply to my ends before a flight so they do not get even more dried out. Plus I love turning my clients on to it since you can get it at the CVS down the street.

4: Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Serum

It just makes your eyes look more hydrated and brighter. It works great under makeup and doesn't ball up when applying concealer or powder over it. LOVE IT!

5: Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Ultimate Moisturizing Bronzing Gelee

It makes anyone's pale legs, bad spray tan, or scarring look absolutely tan-fabulous perfect. It doesn't transfer too much and smells of the Cashmere fragrance to boot.

6: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 lash boosting eyeliner and serum

AMAZING! The thinnest brush tip liner I have seen in a mass market brand and it has sim peptide to enhance lashes and also contains the long wearing Japanese formula that does not smudge.

7: Mister Bright by Givenchy

The best little twist pen concealer on the market. Lightweight formula that vanishes but still conceals. Tons of colors to choose from and the brush is smooth and targeted.

8: DermaQuest Skin Therapy Breathable Coverage SPF 30 Mineral Foundation

Basically anywhere I go this is in my bag. It offers UVA and UVB protection plus it stays on and in place for hours and hours.

9: Elnett Satin Hair Spray;jsessionid=nGPSMblTw1mxNLQDZtR11hQQ8yph87Z6jd0cfsr3dc0TV2z0kCqQ!506405230?filterBy=&skuId=719549&productId=719549&navAction=jump&navCount=3

It's the best at holding a style even through humidity but then at the end of the day it brushes right out.

2. As a creative person, what are some other creative things you like to do?

I absolutely love exercise and all things that simply make you feel more balanced. I was finding that work was eating up all my time last year and I made a swift change to be more centered with my body and energy. I cannot tell you how open and fresh my thoughts are due to this. I also like to walk everywhere. Sometimes with music and sometimes open eared to hear all the sounds. I love culture and find neighborhoods and different cities to be moving art. it's great to observe as an onlooker and take in the different styles and nuances.

3. What advice would you give to aspiring makeup artists?

Try every form of media you can when starting out. Meaning, fashion shoots, fill, TV, politics. You will find yourself naturally settling into a groove that will work best with your time and talent. Also, be prepared to go to work for free when you start out. You will have to hustle and keep your eyes out for upcoming talent like yourself. Ask to see a photographers' work before you give your services for testing purposes. Even if they are starting off as well, you can see their eye and talent and see if they are someone you want to grow with. My last advice may sound jaded but artists in this industry can be petty and cutthroat, trust your gut and still keep your eyes wide open. You will need to keep your focus on the job and get in and get out in order to succeed.

4. What is your top beauty tip? It can be anything....

My top beauty tip is centered around two but they really go hand in hand.

- There are NO rules in makeup. No right way to use the brush or color to apply. If you get what you want in the outcome it doesn't matter how you got there.

-It's also very important to realize that everything takes practice. Makeup takes practice. No one walk in on face #1 and applies a perfect false lash. It takes patience and investment. If you want a certain look, your eye and technique will aim for it with practice.

5. Tell me about one memorable job experience...

Celebrities are beautiful and used to getting makeup. They also are busy so you usually have to turn and burn them out and little talking or feedback is given until the end. It's always nice to have a big name in your chair but people who are in a life process have always been my most memorable experiences. I worked with someone who was experiencing the hard road of chemotherapy recently and taught a beautiful woman how to draw the perfect brow and set a perfect lash. We even did wig placement. After we were finished we did it all over again just to make sure she really had the hang of it. These kinds of jobs give back confidence to those in need and help me feel like today wasn't just about a superficial transformation. It reached deeper.

Thank you so much Mickey!

Love, Lauren

My Interview with Umberto of Umberto Beverly Hills- All About Hair

Hi Guys! Last week I shared with you guys 3 interviews with makeup artists! Today, I have an interview with Umberto of Umberto Beverly Hills hair products. You can find these at Target Stores or on the website:

Enjoy my interview with a master of hair!

How do you get your inspiration for your spring/summer collections?

 My inspiration for spring/summer hair comes from three things - the texture and colors of the Runway Collections, shoes because they have a lot of attitude (shapes, height and heel and textures) and Nature which always inspires the hair color palette as well as shape of the hair. Women are always ready for change in spring because they are influenced by nature's changes.

 What is your favorite spring/summer 2011 trend?

  My favorite spring/summer trend is fewer layers in general and only using layers to frame the face and cut.  You will see fewer long overly layered styles.  More of a Stevie Nicks look - bangs, soft layering, more natural. For color - the hot color is golden brown. You want to see the glow of the golden. I recommend Umberto Beverly Hills U Color in 6.32 Golden Brown to get the look.  Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) has that gorgeous glow at the moment.

 As a creative person, what are some other creative things you like to do?

 I like gardening, cooking, entertaining and traveling - all inspire me.  My table presentation while entertaining typically includes various fruit, flowers, leaves, bark and vegetables.  These shades inspired my color palate for my hair color line.

 What is your top beauty tip? It can be anything.

  My top beauty tip is to not fight your hair.  Control it! Don't let it control you, but most importantly embrace the hair that you have.  Learn to make it look its best, especially in the summer. Use my Roman Oil Serum to nourish the hair, control frizz and fly-aways or to just style. The Controller is a leave-in conditioner that is a wonderful blow dry tool.  It helps control and add shine as well as body. To preserve a fabulous blow dry in the summer wrap the hair into a messy bun on top side or back of the head and leave the bangs out. It will preserve the blow dry. Let it down for the evening and the style is full of body and bounce. If you have wavy or curly hair, take sections, tease the bottom up, then loop the hair and pin up, fish tail the hair pins so that it does not pop out. The hair looks fresh, shorter and off of your neck. Another great summer tip is to use my Shimmer Spray for added shine without weighing hair down!

Talk to you guys soon!!

Lots of Love LO

My Side Bar/ Great Products for Long Hair

Hi Guys! I  received a question the other day that I really thought would be smart to write about since it is something that can be useful for many women. The question was :

  I have really fine, long hair that tangles easily. I'm wondering if you know of any hair products (shampoo, conditioner, etc.) that help detangle hair without weighing it down?

Here's my response: I do know of some great products that have actually been working FANTASTIC for me. I have fine, long hair as well and the following things have been VERY impressive.

The BEST deep conditioner for the shower I have tried is the OJON 2 minute mask . Here is the link to a store locator and OJON website:
You can put in your zip code and look up where to find it. It is the BEST. I LOVE it. It's smells amazing...and detangles and smooths hair like none I've ever tried . (Just a tip though, leave it on for more than 2 much as you want really because the longer you leave it on the smoother your hair will be).

The next product that is great for AFTER you get out of the shower to spray on damp hair is the Sally Hershberger Super Keratin Spray. Here is the link to take a look at it:
This is a GREAT detangler to spritz on your hair after you're done washing it. It does not weigh it down and it takes out all the knots easily.
And, the last product I have to recommend is Moroccanoil. You take a dime size and rub in through damp hair focusing on the ends.  It helps repair split ends and take out any tangles . It leaves hair more silky and shiny. You can find the website here:
Hope this was helpful for all of you with long hair!
Last, I wanted to share a little bit of info with you all about my right hand side bar. You will notice I added an ASK LAUREN section underneath my subscription button. Please feel free to e-mail me at that address for any questions. I love to hear from you all. If you're question is relatable to my blog, I might answer it in a post.
Also, you will see a drop down scroll box to take a look through all my old blogs. They date back to 2008 and I think some of you would find them interesting.
Don't hesitate to contact me for any reason. I love to hear from you guys!
xoxoxoxoxo God Bless,