Friday, May 31, 2013

Battle of the Strands / Premiere Beauty Show

My songs know what you're doing tomorrow...

Fun Gopher

Who's rooting for the Fabulous Hair team?!

Woot! Woot! Holler.

Friends, you know what would be fabulous? 

If you could tweet to @BattleofStrands
& let them know you're rooting for
Fabulous Hair by Egla & @makeupthebay
to win!

We will love you forever & would be eternally grateful. Consider yourself not bench pressed by Michelle Obama's Arms. Furthermore, Mr. Ed is giving me his word he won't ever bayonet you due to the unfair attachment of close combat weaponry to his head. It's a serious sharks with laser beams situation that I strongly feel needs to be addressed...

Click here for more about the competition.

Click here for more info about the Premiere Beauty Show in Orlando.

since it's #FF, which stands for "Follow Friday" (for the hashtag challenged)...
please feel free to follow any of these recommendations. They just happen to be all up in this competition. Feel free to let these guys know you're rooting for us!

@AmericanSalon @mrkimvo @kandeejohnson 
@PremiereShows @LuchoBorregoC @BattleofStrands

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thor Thursday

We think this photo is from Thor 2...
Needing to feel inspired? 

Jam out on this, courtesy of DJ Penetration. He's totes amazing!

Then, revel in the fact it's #ThorThursday.
Follow #ThorThursday on Twitter, y'all.

2 / 7 days of hotness claimed because Channing Tatum owns Tuesdays with the whole #TatumTuesday thing...

"Obviously we like that, too." - just said the founder & owner over at the Department of Redundancy Department.

5 more days to go, friends. Holler! Creative ideas wanted. I suppose Edward Erryday could clear the whole situation up for us, but let's get creative here. Shall we?

Comment, comment, comment!

Enjoy your day, lovelies!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Super white girl remix

This is the super white girl remix.

Sorry. I can't help that there's this little gangster that lives inside my head right next to Pinky and the Brain. Look here, friends. I know I'm white. You know I'm white. But just because I'm white doesn't mean I'm rockin' the emo look & trying to bring the band Nirvana back together. I listen to all genres. That's the honest to God truth. However, if I had to pinpoint where my gangster influences came from, I'd have to thank my former jazz and hip hop dance teachers as well as cheer leading coaches. Without them, my will to drop a beat could not have been made possible. I'd also like to thank Biggie, Outkast, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Master P, Eazy E, Dr. Dre, Wu Tang Clan, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Nelly & Tupac for droppin' that influential fire. Now I sound like I'm accepting some white girl gangster of the year award. Heh. Heh. You can stop booing me in your heads during this acceptance speech since my computer screen can't technically hear you.
Ya' huurd me?!

Furthermore, all these rappers have taught me to be real while chasin' that paper. What?! Is it so bad to want to be iced out, drinkin' Cristal in the back of your Maybach? Me thinks not. Probably the coolest and most notable thing that comes from rappers is their will to succeed, no matter if you come from the ghetto or Beverly Hills 90210. Dream. Believe. Achieve. You can do it. You can do it all night long! These rappers are living proof.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Battle of the Strands 2013

This announcement is huge! The butterflies in my stomach have not left since I found out...

I have a fabulous friend who does fabulous hair. She also plays an integral part on my team for on-location events, weddings & photo shoots. I trust her with both mine and my client's lives. She does some of the most beautiful, intricate updo's I've ever seen. She's also like a braiding genius ninja. Give her your hair and some time & she will bring the fire.

Any who, her salon got picked for the Orlando Qualifier! So, we will be competing at the Premiere Beauty Show in Orlando on June 1st. We're registered as "Fabulous Hair by Egla".

It's such an honor that she invited me to be a part of her team. It's also going to be like the first time I might pop up on TV, along with my non-existent Michelle Obama Arms. So do you think we should stroll in atop Mr.Ed, with a blinged out bayonet in hand? One ponders.

For the past couple of years, I've really been focusing on my writing & to let my work speak for itself. Seriously, no one will read your beauty blog if they think you don't know what you're talking about. Unlocking what's inside my brain and actually penning it on paper is what I've been doing while my daughter's been converting from baby to toddler. Believe it or not, I do have a business plan. It's never really ever been about me, though. It's always been all about my love for makeup and making women feel better about themselves through the power of makeup. If slapping on a couple of coats of mascara in the morning can give you a more optimistic outlook of your life, then rock on with your bad self. Mean bosses, judgy boyfriends & haters in general exist in this world. It's a fact. Imagine if all the negativity could be turned into positivity. Surely then I could ride unicorns on rainbows paths that fart glitter instead of riding gas guzzlers amidst rush hour traffic with some dude in my rear view who's clearly a hemorrhoid by following too closely. This is why I idolize Kandee Johnson. I've been watching her since her beginning. Plus, Kim Vo is one of the judges?! Shut the front door. Did I die and go to heaven? Quick! Someone pinch me.

So, am I nervous? Do I even think I'm good enough to compete? Within every human being lives a demeaning devil. Personally, mine lives on my shoulder who whispers absolute sweet nothings into my ear. Wow, am I eager to listen to his negativity. However, I've got some amazing friends in my life. Without them & their fab advice my own self esteem would be crap. Honestly.

My bestie said yesterday, "Why are you so nervous?! Don't you think it's your time to shine? You're super talented with makeup. You're personable & funny. Now go get it, girl!"
Fine then. I'll bring it.

In fact, Egla & I are going to bring it because IT'S ALREADY BEEN BROUGHTEN!

Heh. Heh.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Demeter Love

Zombie for Her, $20
Get it here.

Zombie for Him, $20
Get it here.
Please allow me to confess my undying love for Demeter Fragrance Library. Not only do they make every imaginable scent under the sun, the marketing gurus over there delight my email inbox all the time. I can't recall exactly when, but I laughed so hard when they picked up on the whole "The zombie apocalypse is a thing" thing. You tell me what other fragrance company would make Zombie scents. I don't know of one, except for them. The Zombie scent is limited edition, friends. Snatch yours up before May 31st.

Well, Demeter, I'm also here to tell you that there was also supposed to be a bacon aporkalypse in 2013 based on 2012 predictions. Am I the only one in the world who'd like to smell like bacon? Me thinks not. I love to smell like food, y'all. Supposedly men like to smell food scents on their women as well. I'm not making this up. Doctors and scientists have done numerous studies on the topic.

Cinnamon Bun, $6 to $39.50
Get it here.

Any who, Demeter can feel free whenever they'd like to send me scents & I'd gladly review them and blog about them. Sorry for the shameless plug, friends. But, I'm in this beauty blog game & I'm in it to win it!

To your lovely right is my favorite scent in Cinnamon Bun. Let's also talk price point for a second. Most of their scents range from $6 to $39.50. Not sure if you're going to love the scent you pick? Buy a smaller size of it & you're good to go without much greenage leaving your wallet. Or, for the same amount you'd spend buying a large bottle, you can buy a couple different scents in smaller bottles for around that same price.
Who doesn't love that?!

Demeter is also a company that cares. Here are the current promotions they have going on.

First Response Boston sounds like it smells interesting. I've always liked the smell of smoke and fire. Don't let me forget musk and spice on that list, too.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Confessions of a makeup artist

Welcome to yet another confessions of a makeup artist! I'm seriously nervous to even confess some of this. Read on and you'll see why.
1- I work really hard for my blog page hits. No, Mom, I'm not searching LOL Cats all day long. Although, maybe sometimes I am. What?! I'm truthful at least...

Anyone who says that their page hits come naturally to them is in fact, straight up lying to you. Either that or they're a viral YouTube star or have lots of money for people to do it for them. I speak the truth, friends.

You've got to find places to post your links, and then you've actually got to type in that computer thingy, be all creative and stuff so people will read your updates, and then BAM! Post the hyperlink. Duh.

So, you want my advice?
Join groups & communities on places like Google +, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.... then post in them. Be sure to write them down so it's easy to make a list and cross them off, so to speak. "I got so many Internets that sometimes I'd forget them all," just said George Bush. You know you can also create your own groups & communities, but the key to being an online success is persistence.
Did I ever mention I heart bacon?!

2- I've hired a Pinterest consultant. Look here, buddies. Social media is confusing. Most people don't even know what a hashtag is. So now that I've kind of got this blog thing down as well as my Twitter Ninja certification, there are several moving parts to my business & how I market myself that I simply don't even have the time to do it all. All of it needs to be expanded on. This is exactly what I wanted & expected to happen. Amen.

However, I'm bringing in Big Dog Anna from White Glove Social Media for some much needed coaching & advising. Pinterest is what she specializes in.

While so many people are hopping on the social media bandwagon, understand that not everyone can be an expert in everything. New social sites and ways to communicate are being created on the daily. People have their niches.

If someone were to ask me what I was, it would totally be a Twitter Ninja.

Which leads me into my last confession for the day... Oooh, I'm nervous...

3- I give a crap about this country. So, I watch politics & try to educate my kids on democracy and stuff. I genuinely care about how this economy is affecting how I can provide for them. I remember the days when I easily made money. Now I've got to really work at it... & it sucks.... hard. What also sucks is wondering if my kids will even have social security benefits to retire on.

So, it just so happened that I was in the right place at the right time. No one told me to do it, but I knew if I acted on my instincts it could lead to more page hits.

Some of you who followed me for a while could of guessed about it, but I never directly associated myself with them. Just call me Ms. Opportunistic...

I am Horses and Bayonets, @fewerhorsesnbay.
I am Binders Full of Men, @bindersfullomen.
I am Michelle Obama's Arms, @ladyobamasarms.
I am Michelle Obama's Bangs, @mobamasbangs.
I am Thor Thursday, @thorthursday.

There are a few others, but they need a lot of work. People know that if they use hashtags I'll retweet them regarding their respective account. Guess what? People like getting high fives from Michelle Obama's Arms when they tweet a pic of their arms in progress after a grueling workout session. They think it's awesome & so do I. Keep up the good work, girl!

People also know that if they follow Horses and Bayonets, for example, I'm constantly re-tweeting what everyone in the world is saying with regards to this awesome political meme. Instead of them having to hashtag search & then search all the variations like the words with spaces in between them (ie: "Horses and Bayonets" or #horsesandbayonets) to figure out what everyone is saying, I make it simple for them.

All these accounts also act as leaders to my beauty blog in my Twitter profile & it's also a place where I can post links to my blog and get page hits. I'm a stinkin' Internet genius, or just determined to be a success when I grow up. Either way, it's all fun.

Now, with all that being said, Binders Full of Men on Facebook no one likes! But on Twitter, my weirdness has found a home. Probably on Facebook my family doesn't like me advertising my binders full of men. Maybe it's viewed as "unclassy", but not everyone in the world is with partner. Geez. Well, I say rock on with your girl power. Furthermore, my actual past doesn't actually live in this binder. It's full of pictures of hot men who exemplify the male human form. Most are celebrities simply because they enjoy being professionally photographed. All Binders Full of Men actually is is my feminist response to Binders Full of Women. If men can binder women amongst all this vertical organization, then us women can & should house their men in binders as well. With that being said, I don't even think Romney meant it in a bad way if you were to actually review how he used it. I personally take zero offense to it. There is a glass ceiling that exists, people. Just admit it. He just wanted people to know that he supports women in the workplace. But look at the virality of what he said. Search YouTube & you will find tons of videos created on the topic. Search Google and there's hoards of articles.

"You better believe I'll try to monopolize on it," just said Pinky from Pinky & the Brain. He lives inside my head, you know...

If you've got a blog or a business, but also have a thing for Leopard Print & Stilettos or Aliens & Bacon, I guarantee Twitter would be a good place to start such an account. Diversify your marketing tactics. However if you're not passionate about aliens & bacon, my suggestion is to NOT start a Twitter account about it. The golden ticket lays in what you yourself are passionate about. Make marketing your business enjoyable & you'll be tempted to do it more often, sometimes even obsessively. Thanks. Thanks a lot, Twitter. Thanks. Thanks a lot, Presidential Debates. Thanks. Thanks a lot, cosmetics.

Furthermore, since I'm willing to pimp myself out in all sorts of ways in this economy, short of Chingy & Snoop Dogg actually escorting me to the Holiday Inn to meet some strange bedfellows, I am available for marketing, advertising & social media consulting. Holler! Dollar, dollar bills, y'all!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The perfect wedding RSVP

Since I do on-location makeup artistry & hair,
I had to chuckle at what came to my inbox from It's no secret that a lot of my business comes from brides. Whether it's inside a hotel room or already at the venue, let's just say that certain situations arise from putting that many women in a room together. Just call me girly Dr. Phil. It's truly an honor to be a part of a bride's special day. However, I've been there, done that & been around a whole heck of a lot of bridal parties. Your bridal party is not the weirdest I've been around. Trust me.

Dear New Bride, 
I got you. From talking you off of cliffs, giving you wedding advice & telling that one friend who's your bridesmaid that wants to wear rock star hot pink eye shadow on the day of your wedding that she can't, I got your back. And face. All at once. I'll even play photography stylist if need be. If you're thinking about getting married or just recently got engaged, please take a look at this miracle wedding invitation RSVP....

Happy Place
Enjoy. Lols.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Makeup Guard Card

Bridgit Mendler is totally rocking the cat eye winged eyeliner look. She's also doing it in this video in a way that's completely appropriate for daytime and work combined. I just love her and could eat her up like she was a Godiva chocolate. Do I watch Good Luck Charlie? Ummm, is the Pope Catholic? Yes, of course my family watches this adorable show. If there was a way for her and Justin Bieber to become a serenading alarm clock, I could be assured that every day would be a good day. Then, on the opposite side of the spectrum are the morning makeup mishaps that make me want to climb back into my pajamas, lay in bed & simply give up on life. If I had to compare the annoying eyeshadow falloff that occurs when foundationing first, then glamming it up with dark eye shadows later, it would have to be none other than a hurricane. I used to tell people to put translucent loose powder underneath their eye to avoid this hurricane category 5 mess... that is, until I met the Makeup Guard Card by OllieGirl.   

The Makeup Guard Card, set of 2, $8.95
Get it here.
While it's true that makeup artists are professionals at what they do, most makeup artists also understand that most of the women living on Planet Earth are not as skilled as they themselves are. It's not even that you can't eventually get to that skill level. It's just that makeup artists do makeup for several hours a day, day in and day out.

Furthermore, having worked in retail cosmetics for quite some time, allow me to shed some light on retail makeup situations. Not everyone you see in front of you is sitting at the same skill level. There are some out there that remain employed, but seriously need this tool to further their skills.

In comes a perfect invention called the Makeup Guard Card!

Have you ever sat there looking at yourself in the mirror right after you came home from a major makeup purchase? Sure, the makeup artist at the store made you look nothing short of your best. But how are you going to replicate it, my friend?

The amazing designer Wylder Flett & celebrity makeup artist Donna Forsythe decided to put their different business expertise together. They then got business married and started
Awesome, right?! 

All looks created with help from the miracle
Makeup Guard Card.
What can you expect from this company in the future, my darling?

It was with great pleasure that I got the chance to speak with Donna & Wylder. Per the owners themselves, you can expect tools and inventions that not only complement this card, but also streamline makeup applications by women everywhere... making the process easier, quicker & more simplified.

Did I mention these cards are dishwasher safe & extremely sanitary? Who doesn't like that?

So, hop on the bandwagon. I've already claimed shotgun...

Somewhere Paris Hilton is screaming, "That's hot!"

Cat eyes like a pro,

I need your lip love

Ummm, Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids lipsticks... 
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids, $7.49
"Vibrant Mandarin"
Available BOGO 50% off at ULTA.
are you listening to me? 
I need your lip love.

Dearest Maybelline, 
Please send me like every stinkin' color you make in this lip line. I am beyond enthused with their brightness like I just got drunk off of neon highlighter sharpies or something.  My lips come alive & need to be free with these tubes of lipstick like yesterday. I even used the hot orange color on a bride this past weekend during her reception to brighten things up.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in "Vivid Rose"
Read more about it here.
My most recent purchase of these little pieces of heaven came from ULTA. They were BOGO 50% off, so I bought "Vibrant Mandarin" & "Vivid Rose". 

I'll take it. Done and dunnerer. 

Please also take the time to note the nice smell that accompanies these spring pocket wonders.

So, the real question remains... 
Why'd you buy another "Vivid Rose" tube, woman?

Let's just say that the first time I ever put my purse within my two year old daughter's reach, she somehow manages to go through it very ninja style. Five minutes later, I'm gasping for the makeup remover made with oils because the ruckus she caused on her face was serious business. It's okay. The cuteness of the entire tube being worn & smushed all over her little face was totally worth it. 

Maybe she's worth it. Maybe she's born with it. Maybe she's Maybelline!

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