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Microblading

What is it and is it right for you?

If you have yet to hear of this procedure, you will! It is the fastest growing beauty procedure in the world. Microblading was first introduced in Asia as far back as 25 years ago but has begun to become popular only recently in the US. It goes by many names including feather stroking, eyebrow embroidery, the Japanese method, etc. So, what exactly is Microblading? Unlike traditional  permanent makeup or makeup tattooing, microblading is considered to be semi-permanent and is most traditionally performed with a hand tool containing multiple, ultra fine needles which then manually deposit pigment under the skin. Unlike permament makeup, microblading is only expected to last anywhere from 9 months to 2 years depending on the individual skin type. Also, instead of simply filling in the brow with pigment, fine hairlike strokes are scored into the skin mimicking the effect of real hairs. The natural and realistic result is what has caused this beauty procedure’s popularity to skyrocket recently.

Now, if you’re at all like me, there’s one thing you do not leave undone before you leave the house, it’s your brows. Why? Eyebrows frame the entire face! Without them, the portrait may still be beautiful but is left incomplete. Imagine the convenience of being able to go to the gym or the beach or the pool and not having to worry about your brows washing off. This is the same reason eyelash extensions have gained such huge popularity in recent years. Believe me when I say, microblading is here to stay!

Now, you may be asking yourself, “is this for me”? The answer is quite simple. Anyone who wants to have full, natural looking, even brows make the perfect candidate. Other clients include those suffering from scarring, Trichotillomania, Alopecia and Cancer, or other diseases and disorders that have led to natural hair loss.

The next, most logical question would be “what can I expect from my microblading procedure?” Quite honestly, depending on the techniques used and experience of your technician, you can achieve any fullness or shape of brow your heart desires. As with all of my clients however, remember, your technician is a professional and other than slights tweaks, you should trust their judgement when it comes to mapping out your brows.

First off, this is typically a two step procedure. At your first appointment you can expect to spend about 2 hours which includes a full client consultation. First, we discuss what your expectations are…what your unhappy with and what your desired end result is. Next, with the help of a special tool to determine exact measurements of the brow, they are drawn on so that you have a clear picture of the finished product. This also allows you to have the opportunity to voice any concerns so that adjustments can be made. Numbing cream is then applied to the area to make the procedure less painful, consider it slightly uncomfortable but definitely tolerable. The mircroblading itself only takes about 40 minutes to an hour to complete.

A follow up appointment is almost always necessary. The reason being, minimal scabbing, as with any tattoo, is expected during the healing process and as a result, some of the pigment is bound to come with the shedding of the skin. This will be corrected during your touch up appointment 4-8 weeks following your procedure.

The beauty industry is an ever growing and evolving machine that is always keeping it’s ear open to the current concerns that we as women have and the industry has yet to let us down! I have been a Professional in the industry for nearly 20 years and the development of new products and procedures is always exciting! This is why I have made the decision to expand my business and use my experience, knowledge and expertise in Makeup Artistry to now include Microblading! I have been mapping brows and using freehand techniques since I started in the industry with MAC Cosmetics. New techniques and procedures that help women feel even more confident is what drew me to the beauty industry and is what continues to provide me with a sense of fulfillment. 

If this is something you would like more information about, I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this exciting new procedure to determine if this would benefit you.




Thankfulness

Pass It On

 We all know that the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving is about just that, being thankful. As I get older I am thankful for different things than the year prior. Life, as we age, becomes simpler, more refined and we realize with each passing day just how blessed we are for the little things in life. Over the last several years, I have tried to be more introspective. It has been through this process that I have been able to appreciate all that I have and all that I am, right now, today.  I am so grateful that no matter what season I am traveling through, I have a family that will always be there, right beside me, cheering me on, loving me and letting me love them back. The friendships that have been forged and strengthened have brought me an immense appreciation and such a sense of joy to my soul. I am grateful beyond measure that with the love, encouragement and through the grace of God I have gleaned the tools to learn from any past failures which are then turned into blessings instead of regrets.

I have said this before and I’ll say it again as it is something I truly believe and try my best to exhibit…as we are thankful for all we have been blessed with, whether it is a little or a lot, do not forget to be a blessing to others. It is during this season of thanks that we strive harder to remember others around us and to give of ourselves selflessly. Blessing others can come in many forms. Whether it be a simple smile and hello to a stranger, picking up the bill for someone in need, helping an elderly or differently abled person carry their groceries, you are blessing them through you selfless efforts. Helping others is a display of our own thankfulness and through this it allows them to see the good in people while bringing a sense of joy and peace in our own hearts, something that most surely cannot be bought.

I am so fortunate to help women on a regular basis through my career to feel more beautiful, more confident. Who knew that makeup could help transform lives?! It may seem silly to some but I know the transformative power that it has on lives and I am thankful for each and every woman I have been fortunate enough to help walk through this process of self discovery and a new found love of themselves.

Let us all remember, that each day holds a new opportunity to be thankful, not just once a year.  Bring thankfulness and love into the hearts of others. Life doesn’t happen by chance, it happens on purpose, so find your purpose today and live it beautifully!





Dun, Dun, daDun!

Here Comes the Bride

 

Ahh, wedding season has officially arrived in the Flathead! I anticipate summer for, well, obvious reasons; but also for all the “special days” I get to be a part of. This year is no different. I consider it an honor and privilege to be chosen to participate in such an important day. I not only strive to bring out the vision of a bride, but to provide an atmosphere of relaxation and calm.

Every woman desires to feel beautiful and confident; particularly on her wedding day. After all, that handsome man standing at the alter, is waiting for you to walk down that isle!

If hiring a makeup artist isn’t for you, here are a few key items to keep in mind when planning your own “bridal look.”

First, do not get wasted and stay up until all hours of the night before the big day! I cannot tell you how many bridal parties I’ve worked with where the ladies all show up with puffy eyes, sallow skin and bloodshot eyes (it’s a good thing I always come prepared)! Instead, if the night’s calling, limit your alcohol consumption and drink a lot of water. This will prevent not only a hangover, but bloated, red, splotchy skin. In the morning don’t forget to exfoliate (lips too!), slather on your moisturizer and use green tea bags on the eyes. These little things will ensure a radiant glow all day and through the evening.

When it comes to choosing a makeup look, this is not the day to try something completely new. Say, you’re a person who is a minimalist; don’t go for a dramatic smoky eye. Keep in mind, you’re not just getting dressed up for yourself and your friends, you’re his bride; you may want him to recognize the hottie he’s about to marry. Instead, try eyeshadow colors in warm neutrals like soft beige, chocolate brown, bronze and champagne. Instead of a strong lip, line your lips with pinky beige tones with a soft tinted lipbalm on top; he’ll thank you later.

If you’re comfortable wearing makeup and it’s a part of your routine, going more glam is a great option. Always keep in mind the time of the ceremony and the venue. This should help you determine what look will be more appropriate. If the ceremony is in the afternoon, out of doors, the overall look should be fresh and youthful. This would be a great setting for a neutral eye and a bold lip. Keep in mind that there will (hopefully) be lots o’ kissin’ going on so choose a “stay all day” formula or stain.

Dramatic, sultry eyes should be reserved for an evening affair. Don’t forget, have only one focal point; Bozo is not invited to this party!

Every bride needs a touch up kit. Makeup artist or no, there are a few essentials you don’t want to be without. You should have concealer; in case of all sorts of wedding day emergencies, a loose or pressed translucent powder to get rid of shine, lip pencil, lipstick, gloss and/or lip balm, tissue and q-tips.

Hopefully these tips will make coming up with your bridal look a little easier. Remember, he chose you and loves you for who you are, not the makeup you wear.

 

~Be beautiful, live beautifully!

Emily




Foundation 101: Choosing the right shade and formula for you

Ever feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a foundation? Why would you; what with cases full of colors and formulation options. Even I as a professional, sometimes feel somewhat overwhelmed figuring out which one is best suited for me, not to mention my clients. Every month, cosmetic companies are formulating new textures and colors all while promising younger, firmer, brighter looking skin and on and on and on.

Let’s break it down to the basics and hopefully next time you go to choose your foundation you’ll feel more comfortable and confident knowing you’ve made a choice that is right for you.

The first thing you’ll want to know is what formula to be looking for. The two most common is cream vs. liquid. For myself, I much prefer a cream. I like full coverage without looking like I’m wearing anything at all. This is what cream can do for you. It sheers down, like a liquid, plus it’s quite versatile in that it doubles as a concealer. Try using the Beauty Blender sponge wet to apply your foundation and it gives you complete coverage while imparting a youthful glow. Liquid foundation is thinner and therefore takes more to cover unless you choose a full coverage liquid which tends to feel somewhat heavy on the skin. Liquids are most commonly used to cover the whole face, perfecting the canvas pre-makeup. It too, can be mixed with highlighters, bronzers and moisturizers to create different textures and colors making it more versatile than creams. Keep in mind if you opt for a liquid makeup, you’ll want to have a good full coverage concealer on hand to help with those pesky trouble spots.

Now; about color. The most common color tones are warm, cool and neutral. Warm tones tend to run more beige, cool more pink and neutral tones on the yellow side. Notice that I didn’t mention anything about olive? That’s because, unfortunately, most cosmetic companies don’t make foundation for olive tones.  Here are some companies I have found provide the full color spectrum for foundation: Illumasqua, Make Up For Ever and Bobbi Brown and Cover FX; all found online. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. You’re probably asking, how do I know what my skin tone is? Here’s a couple quick, easy ways to do it. First, if silver looks better on you, than you’re cool. If gold tones are more complimentary than you’re warm. If you can easily wear either, you’re neutral. Here’s another trick. Look at the veins on the back of your wrist. If they look true blue, you’re cool if they look more green, you’re warm or neutral. Most of us, fall into the neutral category; meaning we’re in between cool and warm.

Last, but not least is deciding upon the benefits you expect out of your makeup. Do you want anti-aging properties, spot correcting, skin brightening, sunscreen, etc? Fortunately, these are options that most brands currently carry, whether you’re shopping in the aisles of the drugstore or browsing the cases at the department store, there’s something for everyone’s pocket book.

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, don’t. As soon as you determine these few key points, picking the perfect foundation will be a breeze!

I would love to help you with all of your makeup concerns. Fill out the contact form on my homepage to set your appointment today. Mention this blog and receive 25% off a personalized makeup lesson good through September!




Nerium AD ~ Awesome? or just Hype...
So, as most of you are well aware, not only am I a makeup artist, but I am well trained and familiar with skin care. After all, makeup starts with the skin so I make it my business to know how the skin works, is affected by product and what to use to keep it looking great! As you can imagine, I was excited to say the least when my esthetician recommended a new anti-aging skin care treatment with promises of looking younger, evening out skin tone all in one easy step. While excited, I was quite skeptical. I mean, how can one product really deliver on such a wide range of skin concerns? Nonetheless, I agreed to try the product for 7 days. Now, Nerium AD cannot be found in any department store as it is sold by Brand Parnters, meaning it's an MLM company, which also leads me to be skeptical.  So, to use this product, you simply wash your face at night with your favorite cleanser and apply 3-4 pumps of the product onto a damp face (it's activated by water), sleep in it and wash it off in the a.m. Easy enough. I made sure to take my picture before my first application so I could match it up to the "after" results in 7 days. Much to my surprise, I did notice a slight difference in just a week. My skin looked overall brighter and a little less red, due to my rosacia. Since I have yet to see any difference in my skin after only a week with any product, I signed on as a Preferred Customer receiving auto shipments every 30 days. I'm happy to say, after almost 90 days, I have noticed quite a difference in the appearance of the lines on  my forehead, crows feet around my eyes and my smile lines. I love my smile lines, when I smile!
When I see real results from a product, I tell everyone about it because I know others want to regain or maintain their own youthful appearance just like I do. That's why last week, I signed on as a Brand Partner so that I could tell others about and provide this life changing product to anyone who wants to look better and live better! Visit www.ejmyers.nerium.com to view real images of before and after pics of Nerium AD customers and learn more about this life changing product!








Birchbox/Sample Society Review
So, first, I have decided to cancel my Birchbox monthly subscription. Here's why. I've been a member since about February. At first I was so impressed with the contents of the box, it was like getting a little gift to myself every month. However, in the months to follow, I noticed the boxes became less and less applicable to a beauty junkie like myself. It contained things like laundry detergent, protein bars and mouthwash....none of which I wanted. I figure, if I want samples of laundry detergent, you can go to the manufactuers website and request them. In August, I subscribed to Sample Society. I have been quite happy with the brands, products and sizes of samples. It is $15/month rather than $10, but is well worth the extrea $5.00.  In the November issue of Allure on page 128, there is a list of current beauty box subscriptions with a detailed summary of what they provide. After reading about the other box subscriptions, I chose Ipsy. There are questions to answer to determine your style, age, skin tone and eye color to help them decide which products will best suit you. An additional bonus, all products come in a cute makeup bag! This service runs $10/month.
Now, onto some of my favorite items from my beautybar.com, or Sample Society box. CellCeuticals Extremely Gentle Skin Cleanser. This is a gel based cleanser that does not contain sulfates, parabens or fragrance, lending toward it's gentleness for those of us with sensitive skin. It foams up nicely and washes away everything, leaving skin soft and fresh. I also received Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel in my last Birchbox. This was a welcomed surprise! I love everything Boscia. It cleans out pores and rids your skin of built up oil and makeup without the drying sulfates. This is a must try if you have oily or problematic skin. For a exfoliante, I love the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. This was in my Sample Society box. Despite it's green color, it smells wonderful and the grit is fine enough that it can be used on sensitive skin and it gets the job done!
So, there's the rundown on my fave products from my most recent boxes. I will let you know what I receive in my Ipsy box next month! If you have questions, please fill out my comment section on my home page and I'll answer them as best I can. Have a lovely October!


Argan Oil
Here's a quickie for relieving dry skin. Apply a couple drops of Argan oil to face before or after makeup application. I apply before my moisturizer at night and in the morning. I also carry around a smaller bottle and apply right on top of my makeup for extra hydration during the day. You want to make sure to warm it in your hands first for better, more immediate absorption. If your applying on top of makeup, only use one to two drops, warm in hands and gently pat onto face so as not to smudge your makeup. Argan oil has three times the amount of Vitamin E as olive oil. Make sure, when researching which oil to purchase that is it organic, cold pressed and virgin to ensure quality and pureness.
Bridal Makeup

Say “I do” to flawless perfection on your special day!

 

As a professional makeup artist, I have worked countless weddings and having been a bride myself, I know how important every little detail is to the flawless perfection we have all dreamt about. Here are a few tips on achieving a perfect makeup look for your special day.

  1. First, if you plan on hiring a makeup artist, make sure you look at their portfolio, bio and professional training. There are a lot of people who may be able to apply decent makeup, but this is your wedding and you want to know that the person you’re hiring is capable of coming through.  Also, plan your consultation no more than one month before the date for the purpose of skin tone and coloring.
  2. As you contemplate your bridal makeup look, keep in mind both the time of day the ceremony is to take place as well as any theme you may have chosen. For instance, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, add a punch of color. If your ceremony is to take place indoors during the day, a pretty, neutral, soft focus look is best. Now, for the brides who have chosen a romantic, evening affair, a more dramatic sultry look will compliment perfectly!
  3. To ensure your skin is clean, clear and glowing, plan a facial at least one week before the big day (just in case your skin becomes irritated). Don’t forget, your skin is the base for everything else!
  4. Speaking of base, when choosing a foundation consider the texture. Choose either a matte or satin finish. Please, no shiny or “dewy” finishes. It may look beautiful in person, but not in photographs. For all those pictures that are to be taken, a soft focus look is best.
  5. A tip for the adventurous, now is not the time to try something completely different and new, say green eye shadow! You want your groom to recognize you as your strolling down the aisle. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your wedding day look, just make sure it reflects who you are.

 Your makeup is just as important and critical to your dream look as your hair and the dress that you spent so long looking for. Remember, this is your wedding day and you want it to be perfect.

 

Top 10

(or so) Beauty products

 

As a makeup artist I have access to all of the latest trends in skin care, cosmetics gadgets and beauty tools. I am still amazed at the new things being created and the quality of the products made. My clients are always asking about product recommendations and my own personal favorites so, I thought I would share them with my readers as well.

  1. Puriva Exfoliating Facial Scrub-all natural and organic exfoliator using Jojoba beads leaves my skin clean and silky soft.
  2. Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals  Chia Serum-loaded with super anti-oxidants leaving my skin looking more youthful while evening out skin tone…can’t live without it! (I’m on auto ship with QVC)
  3. Jason Everyday Natural Care Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion-all natural organic skin care is non-greasy and leaves me velvety soft all the way down to my toes.
  4. Oscar Blandi Protein Mist for Restyling Hair-I only shampoo my hair every couple of days so this product is a must have. It’s infused with soy and wheat proteins so it protects hair from extreme heat (since I use a styling iron almost every day).
  5. Nuxe Hile Prodigieuse Multi Use Dry Oil-can be used in the hair, face and/or body. It contains six precious oils and Vitamin E. *Mix with liquid foundation for added glow.
  6. Laura Geller Spackle tinted under makeup primer in Ethereal-Just received this and LOVE it! The texture is one of the nicest I’ve tried and the color is perfect for any skin tone.
  7. Loreal Visible Lift liquid foundation- am kind of addicted to this right now. Has a built in brush for easy application and leaves skin looking flawless all day (and it

only costs around $10!)

  1. Benefit Boxed Blush in Dallas-gives a real sun kissed glow warming my face, even in winter months where I see no sun!
  2. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder-a light, velvety powder to set foundation that is invisible to the eye giving your skin a soft focus look.
  3. Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara-lengthens and separates without clumpiness!
  4. Chi Smart Titanium Styling Iron-makes your hair straight or curly leaving it soft and silky smooth…just came out 2012!

 

There you have it. You now have all the basics for face, body and hair!

 

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January 8, 2012
Wow! What a holiday season. I seriously cannot believe it's the new year already. It always seems that Thanksgiving through New Year's is just a whirlwind blur.
So let's get talking makeup. What was your favorite product from 2011? Was it a favorite foundation? Maybe a new eye or lip color? I have several. In fact, I'll be posting a new video on Tuesday some of my favorite beauty products from last year so make sure to be watching and subscribe to my youtube channel! Happy 2012;)


November 15, 2011
So I have been trying out yet a new foundation from the drugstore, as it seems there are quite a few new formulations. This one is Visible Lift by Loreal with Hydra Collagan Complex.  It claims to lift and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. I'm not so sure about that part, as I don't have very many lines to begin with, but I will say that I love the application and the finish of this makeup. It comes with a built in foundation brush and twist top applicator. It glides on smoothly and dries to a nice dewy finish without it looking wet or greasy. I would caution to go one shade lighter than it looks as it tends to dry a bit darker. It also contains SPF 17 so it is a nice foundation for winter.



October 18, 2011
Wow, I didn't realize it had been almost a whole month since I wrote anything! I've been so busy with my website, which isn't published yet and nailing down the details for the expansion of my business that my life over the last few weeks has been a complete blur. Well, it's 7:00 am and I guess this is the best time for me to do my reviews since both kids are still sleeping!
I'm so bummed because I made a great YouTube tutorial/review video using the new CG Intense Shadowblast, only to find that it was too long to publish! However, I will be posting to my website later this evening so you faithful followers can view it.
I really like the formulation and the staying power of this product. It's not for everyone but it's a goodie you should at least try. At the retail price of around $6 and change it's also very affordable. It comes in six colors from neutral champagne to the denim blue color featured in my video for those of you who are a little more daring.

For foundation, I am loving my two most recent purchases. First by Tarte, the Amazonian clay infused full coverage foundation has a mousse like texture and dries to a lightweight matte finish. Since it's made with clay, it helps to absorb oil buildup throughout the day, keeping shine at bay while still looking naturally luminous. It also stays in place. It really does look the same at the end of the day as it did when first applied.
Second, by Illumasqua, Skin Base Foundation. This foundation claims to look like real skin without the imperfections. The texture is quite thick and creamy but feels absolutely wonderful when applied. It really does look like real skin, only much better. The array of colors guarantees an exact match to any skin tone (even light, alabaster!). It doesn't have the staying power as the Tarte, but I was still quite pleased with the end result. By the way, I applied both foundations with a large dome shaped dense brush for flawless application. I use MAC Duo Fibre Brush!
Well, hope this helps! Goodbye for now makeup junkies:)


September 26, 2011
As promised here is my product review for the Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals No Foundation Foundation that I just received yesterday.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone is a board certified clinical and research dermatologist. His skin care and cosmeceuticals are well known and used throughout the world. I have read his theories on aging and how to properly care for the skin and have been very excited to start trying some of his innovative products. I have read many other reviews on the No Foundation Foundation and here is what I found out for myself.
First of all, this formula comes in one color, as it claims to adjust to any skin tone so there is no guess work involved in picking out the perfect color for you. When I first pumped some out of the bottle, I was a little surprised at the color. It was a light beigey-yellow tone. I immediately thought I was going to have to return it, but decided to give it a shot. As I started blending it onto my skin, the first thing I noticed was the pleasant scent of fresh citrus. Secondly, it is very light in texture and extremely hydrating. As promised it blended quite well with my very light complexion. This foundation gave me translucent coverage, provided all day hydration all while providing ample sun protection.
All in all it's a great choice for those of you who need very little coverage or simply need to even out your skin tone.
This is a product I would definitely recommend!
*I suggest purchasing this product through QVC as they have special discounts I have yet to find anywhere else.

September 18, 2011
So I just tried the Bye! Bye! Undereye Concealer by It! Cosmetics and I was impressed! You only have to use a tiny bit and it covers absolutely everything. It doesn't look at all cakey as it is very creamy considering it's thicker texture. I ordered the Neutral color and I am quite fair. It worked very well with my complexion. I would probably recommend using the Fair during the winter months however when the sun is forever in hiding. It claims that it is water proof and I have yet to test the claim, will have to try that. As for the lid primer, it claims to hold shadow in place so well that those pesky little lid lines that you get from most primers never appear. That claim holds true. It has been quite difficult for me to find such a primer as I tend to have oily lids and get hot easily so that by mid afternoon I do struggle somewhat from shadow fade. I would recommend both of these products. Right now, you can order the under eye concealer from QVC for a great price and it includes a retractable dual ended application brush. I also purchased the lid liner which was a special offer of two for the price of one. These products will last a long time as you need very little to get the job done! So there you have it ladies. Two great products to add to your beauty arsenal, enjoy!


September 13, 2011
So I have ordered several new products to try and have loved the results I've seen so far. One of my fav new concealers is by Dinair, which is no surprise. I've been using Dinair Airbrush Foundation for over a year and all of my clients have been amazed at how flawless it allows their skin to look. This concealer can be used with the airbrush of with your foundation of choice. It is super lightweight and has micronized pearl pigments so it creates a subtle glow. It covers without looking at all cakey and stays put. I highly recommend this to anyone needing a little to a lot of coverage! I will be posting a video the end of this week when the rest of my product arrives for a full, detailed overview. Don't forget to subscribe!

September 10, 2011
I just thought that it would be nice for you all to have a link to the Montana Woman Magazine website where you can read my latest articles if you missed your chance to pick up a copy! This link is for the August issue.
www.montanawoman.com/featIssue.cfm
The name of my column is Living Beautifully and my topic for August is Mommy Tested, Kid Approved Makeup.
You will learn my tried, correction, very tried, makeup tips for us moms on the go who struggle to make time for ourselves. Trust me ladies, if this describes your life, it's a must read. We all have at least ten minutes to give to ourselves each and every day, we're worth it! If you like my article, I would love to have you leave a comment. Who knows, it may even be published! Have a beautiful day:)


June 10, 2011
I just finished with my last client until August in preparation for baby boy! Even though I am really going to miss the rush of my beautiful brides, it's nice to know it's time to sit back and start nesting knowing that's all I need to be doing with my time for a short while.  I am continuing to enjoy writing my columns for MT Woman Magazine and have been planning and plotting a very eventful fall with all of their new upcoming projects. I continue to be blown away at how quickly by business has grown in 18 short months here in the Flathead. I have had to turn away 20 brides between June and July and already August is almost completely booked!  I have had great responses from my magazine article for makeup lessons, which I love and am now being contacted by different makeup companies about distributing their lines of makeup. What an amazing year it's been. I get to be a stay at home wife and mom all while being able to hold tight to my other passion, makeup artistry! Thank you to everyone who has supported me, referred me to their clients and trusted my abilities and talents.  I look forward to another fruitful year with even more opportunity with beautiful women I have yet to meet!
Don't forget to pick up the most recent issue of Montana Woman for beautiful summertime makeup!
"Be beautiful and live beautifully"
Emily


April 21, 2011
Smokey Eyes
So I have been having the best time playing with my new Puriva Mineral Eye Shadow Palettes that I put together!  The "Aflame" quad is a beautiful mix of silvers and rich bronze browns. This combo is beautiful on those with either blue or brown eyes, but is especially stunning on those of you lucky ladies with chocolate eyes! The silver is such a great contrasting color that the brown in the eye is really set off. One of the colors in this palette is a rich and intense bronze with a deep crimson undertone which causes the eye to look lit from within! To have a look at this combo, simply go to my "makeup tutorials" link and click on the Smoldering Smokey Eye. If you are interested in any of the Puriva products that I have mentioned and use in some of my videos, please contact me via email and I would be more than happy to tell you more or send you a sample for a small shipping fee. I will be setting up a shopping cart for these products hopefully by June which will include a full catalog.
"Be beautiful and live beautifully!"
~Emily

April 3, 2011
Puriva, The Good For You Makeup!
So lately I have been trying a plethora of different foundation formulas to find the perfect one. Even as a makeup artist I am sometimes overwhelmed by the choices! Not only are there a million different formulations in liquid makeup but now there are almost as many when considering a mineral option. I am not new to mineral foundation, however have never really been a fan as I have found it difficult to find one that offers good coverage, finish and staying power. Alas, I think I have found it! I have had the amazing opportunity to work with someone local who has developed and launched her very own 100% natural mineral cosmetics and skin care line and am happy to announce that I will also be distributing these products. You know that it is amazing stuff for me to put my name on and recommend something! Ha! ha! But in all seriousness, I really do love it.  It is dye, lakes, talc, bismuth oxychloride and paraben free! If you mineral makeup wearers weren't aware, many mineral cosmetics lines contain bismuth oxychloride which can cause a number of unwanted, uncomfortable side effects such as breakouts or slight burning sensations. This is because of the shape of the mineral and it actually causes small abrasions to occur on the surface of the skin during the application process which in turn helps the product to "anchor" itself to the skin. I always wondered why my skin felt uncomfortable immediately following application, especially if I had previously been out in the heat and/or sun! No wonder. So by now, you're probably dying to know the name of this product? It's called Puriva. It is a full mineral line that includes foundations, concealers and eye colors as well as mineral blushers. I am in the process of helping to develop some colors for bronzers and am told that there are some beautiful lipsticks and glosses on the way! If you would like more information about these products, please email or call me and I would be happy to tell you more as well as provide small samples for you to try as I know you'll love the products as much as I do!
"Be beautiful and live beautifully!"
~Emily




March 27, 2011
Hello Sunshine!
I can't believe spring is finally here...maybe because where I live, it's been snowing all day and only reached about 40 degrees! However, I know that the sun is coming and being inspired by everything spring, sunshine, flowers, green grass, I created my newest eye look using lemon yellow s and grass green shadows! Pairing these eye colors with either a coral or beige lip is perfect and will make you smile!  Spring makeup is always fun because it allows the use of lots of color. We wait all winter to reintroduce these bright, beautiful happy colors back into our makeup arsenal. So, have fun, try something new, I guarantee you'll love wearing these happy spring colors. You can wear them on your eyes, lips, cheeks and even your fingers and toes. 
"Be beautiful and live beautifully!"
~Emily

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