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Time for Me

I’ve been purchasing makeup tools for my personal use lately, my kit is stocked so now it’s time to take care of me! Being that I’m getting older and spend about 80 percent of my life with my face in my phone, I thought a good magnifying mirror was the way to go.  My latest purchase was a Trifold Table Makeup Mirror  here’s why; it’s got 4 different magnifications 10x/3x/2x/1x, (so I can see EVERYTHING even without my glasses on, it folds up for easy travel, and rotates 180 degrees, and has 21 LED lights powered by a usb cord which is included or 4 AA batteries (for on the go makeup). 

While I like the ability to see all my flaws in different magnifications, (lol) the one drawback for me were the LED lights which I didn’t feel put out enough to actually illuminate the face and I noticed that I kept turning the mirror towards the window for a natural light source. All in all , I like the mirror and think it’s a great value for the price, I just wish the lights were bigger. 
 I also wanted …

I would pay twice as much for these brushes!

As a professional makeup artist for over 20 years,  I’ve seen more brushes than you can count, and I love these! 
I have two sets of Nanshy brushes. 
The Necessities Collection,and this one, 
The Masterful Collection.
Both sets far exceeded my expectations! These are beautiful! They come in two colors, I bought the iridescent white instead of the black and I’m so glad I did.


 I also think it’s great that each brush is labeled ( just in case you’re not a professional). The bristles feel amazingly soft and the quality really surprised me for the price point! I would have paid double for this set.
The ferrule is top notch so the bristles will stay in place for years to come, and they are 100% vegan and cruelty free, because animals shouldn’t have to die so we can look pretty! Also, synthetic bristles will last longer and clean 
better. This set is moderately priced and worth every penny! I highly recommend them! 
Come back next week to see my reviews of the rest of my makeup tools haul ! As a sp…

Getting Old Sucks -part 2

Yesterday was National Pet Day, so I thought this would be the perfect time to do a review of my favorite dog treats! This one is for Zesty Paws Hemp Elements Mobility Nutra Sticks .

My dog can’t get enough of these! I’ve tried several different treats to help my dog with her arthritis, and I’ve never seen her actually beg for more the way she does with these! Most of the treats we’ve tried all smelled too much like medicine so I would have to hide them in her food. When I opened the bag of these she immediately gobbled it up and wanted more. The sticks are really big so I was able to break them in smaller pieces and was really happy to know this was something she would enjoy as well as benefit from. I’ve seen an improvement in her back legs and hips as far as stiffness and will definitely be stocking up on these. To see the other mobility treat reviews check out my latest blog post! And pick up these here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KKLLX3

Getting Old Sucks

There’s no getting around it, getting old sucks!
The wrinkles, the weight gain, the aches and pains... but nothing is as painful as watching your "senior" dog getting old. This is something that I’ve had to endure recently and it kills me.
My 10 year old golden/ lab, Dita Von Dog, who has been my sidekick through all my adventures and all my road trips has the beginning stages of arthritis.
I noticed when I came back from Austin that she had been limping around and it’s really painful for her in the morning and at night (just like anyone else with arthritis.)
So like any other good mom that doesn’t want to see her baby in pain, I went on the prowl to find her some relief. I don’t want to put her on prednisone (I had to wean her off it last time she went to the vet) so I searched for something less invasive.
What I found that really seemed to check all the boxes were these  "glucosamine chews " from Ruff Hero. Here’s why:
Glucosamine – vet-recommended to ease infla…

Eyeshadow tutorial for beginners

Just a quick video tutorial from my new Maange eyeshadow palette.
A super affordable palette with 18 highly pigmented shadows in my favorite fall/winter colors. (So if you're a ginger like me, you'll definitely want to scoop this up!)
Get yours here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GRRDTZ2 #ad
It's only $9.99 a perfect price point for beginners and has everything you need for a day to night look.








I started with "creamy" and applied it from lid to brow for an all over clean slateNext I applied "vampire" on the outer and inner cornerThen I applied "volcano" in the creaseI added a light dusting of "blazing" to blend the crease into the outer cornerI lined my upper lid with a black liner pencil I went over the pencil liner with "bronze" to soften the line and  continued the bronze color under my eyes to add a bit of a smokey lookThen to soften and blend everything together I took a light dusting of the "creamy" col…

The Ugly Truth About Dog Seat Covers

If I told you how many miles I've put on my car in the past 4 months you'd never believe it.  I keep teasing you with tid bits of the epic road-trip with my dog that went on for months, but that blog post has more layers than an onion. This post is just one of them.  This one is about the dog seat cover that would have made my life so much easier. Instead of piling up all my blankets and pillows (and later dealing with the smell of "doggie anxiety" which never comes out in the wash) I could have simply clipped this to the headrests of the front and back seats and had her in her own quilted, waterproof hammock! This snaps right in and out, protects my floor from pet hair and kibble, and most importantly creates a barrier between the front seat and the back preventing her from jumping in the passenger seat to give me directions. (She's such a little know-it-all when it comes to GPS)
Here's the best part, INNX gives you a lifetime warranty, so if you're u…

Sometimes… You can teach an old dog new tricks!

My best friend is 10 years old, she has four legs, and her name is Dita Von Dog.                              I recently embarked on an extended road trip with my dog. (OK, four road trips back to back, but that’s another story, for another blog.)  Two old dogs hitting the open road can get pretty monotonous, so when I have a chance to change it up, I take it.  I had read about these snuffle mats, and how it could be a game for dogs of any age, so I decided to buy one on Amazon. For those of you who’ve never heard them; a snuffle mat is a way of feeding your dog that uses their innate sense of foraging for food, while at the same time slowing down their ability to inhale an entire bowl the second it hits the floor.



With the addition of a new puppy in the family this presents an even greater challenge. My older dog tends to graze, she eats a little bit of food and then comes back to the bowl whenever she feels hungry again. That is until the five-month-old puppy comes around, and then …

The Real (bend and) Scoop on Sticky Bras

When I mention the term "Strapless Sticky Bra", what visual comes to mind? Is it two beige yarmulkes stuck to your boobs? Or for those of you above a B cup is it sad Mickey Mouse ears, or a subsequent collapse of support?
 When I bought the Yale Stuart Strapless sticky bra to review, I already had a preconceived notion in my head that it wouldn’t work. I have natural 34C boobs. I emphasize "natural" because I don’t have a gravity defying boob job, like most of the models advertising this type of product. My boobs are still perky for someone my age, one of the advantages of not having a child and breast-feeding, but regardless I’m not brave enough to go "commando" in a strappy sundress. So when I tell you I put this baby to the test, believe me! I wore this under my spaghetti strap dress and went out dancing in the Florida heat and humidity. Surprisingly, it passed the boogie down test with minimal jiggle and no slippage. After about three hours of shaking…

Whole Lotta Rosy - L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Mask and Moisturizer review.

I have used L'Oreal Paris products before, so I was
excited when I received samples of the Age Perfect Rosy Tone Mask and Moisturizer to review.

While I don't exactly identify (yet) to Helen Mirren, I am supposedly in the "mature skin" range so I decided to give it a go...
Who's it for? It's marketed for mature skin, and is supposed to give it that "healthy, rosy, youthful glow". According to L'Oreal, the Imperial Peonny Extract and LHA's in the mask,work to slough away the dead skin cells and reveal a renewed skin surface.While the day cream has a (very) pink tint to it, which add to the "glow" to give you that just scrubbed look. How do you use it? After washing your face, apply the mask in circular motion to gently exfoliate and leave on for 5 mins, then rinse off and apply the moisturizer. 

Does it work? I wanted to like this, but to be honest I was very disappointed.  The mask was slightly irritating to my skin. I usually am…

The crappy job that changed my life forever!

Please forgive this blast from the past....
Going thru my archives, I was thinking of my muse, as I packed up baby clothing for the proud mama who is due in a few short months....



This is a tribute to Kia, my muse.

There are just some people that touch your soul... You meet them, and you are never ever the same again.
A few years ago, while teaching at a makeup academy in Orlando (who's name I won't even bother to promote)
 I was very fortunate, to befriend a wonderful student of mine, Kiarina.
She was my angel and one of the sweetest girls I'd ever met. She seemed really shy and I would do her makeup to bring her out of her shell.  I loved doing makeup on Kia and considered her my muse.

Months, after I had stopped teaching and returned to my life in New York, I got a call from one of my students about Kia.  I was devastated to learn that she was in a near fatal car crash that put her in a coma for nearly 4 months! I was beside myself, I had to get back to Orlando, I had…

The long awaited post about THE MAKEUP SHOW !

I know, I know,..... it's been forever since my last post, and I could make excuses and say " a cross country move, a breakup, another move, (not necessarily in that order)...sometimes life gets in the way".....
but truth be told, I got sooooo much loot at the makeup show that I wanted to be able to actually use it, and not just on myself, but on my clients, so that when I spoke to you about it, I'd actually have something to say.

So without further adieu, I give you ..... The Makeup Show LA Bloggger Bag

There was so much in this "goodie bag" that I almost don't know where to start.
 I have a few favorites that I could go on and on about so I'll leave those for last. I will say this, there are some things that I selfishly will keep in my own makeup bag that my pro-kit will never know about!!!

***to purchase all these products, just click on the underlined links below***

First up Model in a Bottle,@ModelinaBottle

One of my friend Stephanie's, (@newbeaut…

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