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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Getting my makeup done by a "Hollywood" pro

I like to think that I know a thing or two about makeup. That;s why I started this humble little blog.
I know what brands are killing it, which are overrated, I know what will cover dark purple under-eye circles, I know what color shadow will make your baby blue eyes pop.
However, this is not the same as being a MUA. That is an entirely different animal. That takes schooling, apprenticeships and licensing as just the tip of the iceberg.

I'm "Rouge" at Sephora, that means #theytakeallmymoney that I can get free, unlimited makeup application's in store,  Mostly, I only tend to take advantage of this perk is when I'm on vacation. I love to go and get a makeover before my hubby and I go to a nice dinner.

This past trip was no different....or so I thought. Enter in Victorio. Victorio has been a professional MUA for 37 years. Up until this past year, he was based in Hollywood. Recently, he moved to Vegas to semi retire. He still does famous clients when and if he feels like it. For example, the Sunday following when I was there, he was doing Michelle Obama's makeup.

I didn't give him any direction, or ask him for any particular look. I figured "This man is an artist...he has carte blanche"

He did things that I'd of never had the nerve to try. For example, he used a red metallic eyeshadow on my bottom lash line. Red metallic shadow! That is something that I’d of never tried on my own. Also, he lined my eyes all the way around with a thick black liner. Again, something I’d of never tried on my own. I’ve seen too much #blacklinergonebad . However , seeing it done right was fantastic!

My favorite trick that he taught me was in regards to false eye lashes.  Victorio cut the outter corner off from the strip lashes. Then , he glued them back on. He essentially doubled up the outer corner of the lashes.   (See bottom photo in the graphic at the top of this page.)
I could not believe the finished product when he was done. I kept asking “Is this me?” . It really drove home what I’ve been preaching for years ... “makeup is the great equalizer”. It’s really true. When you see photos of celebrities without makeup, you really see it. They don’t look bad, I’m not saying anyone looks bad.  They look normal like the rest of us.   I guess what I’m trying to drive home is that all of us can be “beautiful” , “stunning” etc.  Nobody is “ugly”. Nobody is “unattractive”. If you get to feeling as if you are, you are wrong. If you get to feeling as if you don’t look good, that’s just your inner voice lying to you.
Sometimes , it just takes a fresh eye who sees your face as a blank canvas and create something lovely.

Even if you are not a member of Sephora’s Rouge program, you can still get your makeup done by one of their pros. You’ll typically will pay a small fee or purchase the equivalent amount in products. I STRONGLY recommend going that route. If you are going to spend money, you might as well get products to take home. Try it sometime. You might just love how you look!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Ankle Booties for Fall '18

Hi There! I hope everyone is starting this Monday happy and refreshed after having a great weekend.
Here in New England, this fall is a tad later than it normally is. I was looking back at my "Facebook memories". The past two years, we were in some pretty spectacular foliage right about now. This year, everything is mostly still green. We are just starting to see splashes of red, yellow and orange here and there. Its just been too warm so far to entice the leave to put on their show.
Its actually been really warm. Today is in the mid 70's, tomorrow might be 80 and we've yet to hit 50. That's a record.
Anyhow, while getting dressed the past few days I was thinking how its far too warm to wear boots and its too October to wear sandals #missmymillers. Enter in the ankle boot to save the day. The way to be dressed and not get heat stroke and still not look confused as to which hemisphere you actually reside in.

I'm going to list out here the booties which I have purchased for myself this season. These 5 pair will cover all of my bases . I highly recommend each of these. I'm already wearing and LOVING each of these.


1)   Louise et Cie's Sonya bootie       Sonya Bootie



















These are my FAVORITE! Best booties I've ever bough! The are comfortable, the right height and they are so stylish. I like to pair these with my black leather moto jacket. These are the boots that compel people to stop to ask you where you got them.


2) Puzzle Sock bootie Charles by Charles David   Sock Bootie



















Comfort, comfort, comfort. Those are the first three attributes about these. They are almost TOO comfortable. Yet, they are a work horse. They look great with jeans, under dress slacks too. I'm trying to think of if I have any friends who are going to be in the later stages of pregnancy this winter. If so, I'd consider gifting them a pair of these. They pull on and stretch. 

3) Bristy by Vinve Camuto      Bristy Boot













Here is another one that sparks the question "Where did you get those shoes!?" The block style heel along with the elasticated side makes them very comfortable. The leather is smooth and rich.  I like to wear these with jeans and a leopard print belt.



4) The Teddi Boot by Jessica Simpson   Teddi Bootie 


















You need a nude bootie in your bullpen. They are ideal for if you are wearing blue or are just tired of black ( I start getting this way toward Feb/March). These ones here were a steal, under $60.00. They look great dressed down or dressed up. The patent easily wipes clean. That is important if like me , you live in a place where a lot of ice melt is used.



5) Bibbiana Bootie by Geox   Bibbiana Bootie




















Geox was the main competition to the company that I worked for, for 7 years. After purchasing these, I see why the competition was so fierce. Geox is an Italian brand that creates shoes that are SO well made. This suede is thick and soft. Its my expectation that I'll still be wearing these boots 5 years from now. That really are that well made. I
If you live in a snowy environment like I do, be sure to save your suede footwear for when the ground is free of snow and salt! 

So, this is the bootie collection which I have added to my fall winter wardrobe. 
I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

XO
~S