Category Archives: MAKEUP

Feb 16


Event! The Makeup Show SF, Introduces, iArtist, an All New Beauty Event

I’m very excited to share that The Makeup Show will be launching iArtist an ALL-NEW BEAUTY EVENT in San Francisco from March 21st – 23rd!

Have you ever wanted to know how the best makeup artists in the industry reach their success? I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum reveals just that. Making its debut in San Francisco on March 21st, the event was created not only for professional makeup artists, but for anyone in a creative career. The forum’s sole purpose is to help create an environment for anyone, whether up and coming or a seasoned artist, to get insight from some of the most successful in the industry and be re-inspired. I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum will be a platform for those who may be looking to redefine their success, re-engage with their passion, and discover how to get back on their path.

Following iArtist, on March 24 and 25 the highly anticipated TMS Makeup Shop SF will also be coming back – who doesn’t want to shop the best cosmetics and talk beauty for 5 days?!  Below is a sneak peek of these events!!
  • I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum will kick off on March 21st with over 25 of the most successful artists and industry experts taking the stage.  During this three day event artists from Jordan Liberty, Matthew Jordan Smith, and Yvonne MacInnis will divulge in their best kept secrets and reveal how they reached success.
  • TMS Makeup Shop SF  is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  This is your chance to shop an exclusive luxury beauty event that introduces all the makeup must-haves and beauty secrets of the pros!  And did we mention sales?!  These products will be offered at steep discounts, some normally only offered to pros!
Click here for the complete list of speakers traveling to SF for the debut of iArtist – and they can’t wait to share their secrets!


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Apr 11


Suntegrity Lip Colors- The Most Wearable and Healthiest Lip Color Collection Ever!

Suntegrity is a favorite brand of mine! I was so excited when they came out with an organic, Broad Spectrum, SPF 30 lip color range.  They contain Konjac root, Wrinkle Feeling Spheres, to visibly reduce the look of any fine lines. The formulas are infused with organic shea, jojoba and cocoa butter. The colors are so flattering and they are as wearable and rich looking as they can be!  They use pure pigment- no dyes! They are light reflective and absolutely yummy, with a hint of stevia to sweeten them. I love them so much that I ordered the collection for my skincare studio -Facials By Pearl! If you’re in the SF Bay Area come and take a look! I will post more photos when I have a little more time to play with them, but here is a sneak peak of the gorgeous shades! To add to the beauty of this brand, both inner and outer, Suntegrity also donates a portion of each sale of the lip colors to Lipstick Angels!



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Oct 07


Lip Whips by Kari Gran


Every year I have the great pleasure to attend the annual Face & Body Show in San Jose, Ca. This is a trade show with lots of continuing education, for Licensed Estheticians.  It’s so important to keep learning, and experience the latest innovations in the beauty, spa and wellness industry- not to mention so much fun fun fun!

One of my favorite finds this year, was Kari Gran’s Lip Whips. I love these because the colors are beyond gorgeous and the ingredient list is all natural. They are lightweight, yet hydrating and yummy.  These little jewels feel like skincare for your lips! Kari’s mission to use healthy ingredients stemmed from her desire to heal her own health issues, and create a healthy beauty line. Check out the ingredient list below.

  • Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil
  • Organic Beeswax
  • Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil
  • Organic Camellia Oleifera (Camellia Seed) Oil
  • Organic Olea Europaea (Olive), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) & Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil
  • Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Maganese Violet
  • Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E From Sunflower)
  • Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

The colors are so rich and vibrant- they make your lips look luscious! I’m wearing Jolene in this post.

You can learn more about Kari and her fabulous Lip Whips on her site below.


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Nov 30


4 Quick Tips for Wearing Vibrant Lip Colors

photo-91There are times an occasion calls for a bold lip! In my opinion, nothing can brighten your face quicker than a bold and bodacious lip color. Here are some tips for wearing the latest and brightest lip colors of the season.

1. Healthy Lips! When wearing any vibrant lip color you want to make sure your lips are smooth and moisturized! Use equal parts honey and brown sugar and do a light exfoliation on your lip area including the vermillion boarder. If you don’t have honey you can use olive oil. The brown sugar acts as a physical scrub but also contains natural alpha hydroxy acids and the honey is a natural humectant –  so it will draw moisture in from the environment.

2. Outline your lips! A lip liner will allow you to make a nice boarder for the lipstick and you can create a slightly fuller lip if you line on the outside  of your natural lip line. When wearing bold color a lip liner may be a little more necessary especially if your lip color tends to “bleed”. When wearing bright colors you want an equally bright lip liner.

3. Highlight your lips! Using an angle eyeliner brush dip it in a powder highlighter in a shade slightly lighter than your own skin tone that has a light reflective quality to it and lightly outline the outside of your cupids bow and the lines that go down from the nose to the cupids bow – the philtrum area. This will give you the illusion of what plastic surgeons have named “the paris lip” (a popular spot of injecting fillers – since as we age our philtrum naturally flattens out). It’s what gives many models their gorgeous full lips.

4. Whiten Your Teeth! When wearing brighter colors it’s a good idea to make sure your teeth are their whitest. The bright colors bring attention to your mouth and of course your teeth so make sure your teeth are bright. An inexpensive and quick method for whitening your teeth is the whitening mouth washes – swish and rinse! You can take a little of this whitening mouth wash and make a paste with baking soda and gently brush your teeth and this will help with superficial stains from coffee, wine or tea.


Im wearing All Dolled Up by Gerard Cosmetics here! I love this pink!

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Oct 18


Color Me – Enhanced Foundation Coverage


I was so excited to be invited to a launch event at Color Me Headquarters in San Francisco. Eric Jimenez,  who is the beauty industry veteran and creator behind Color Me.  He held a special event to explain how to use his innovative battery operated device for applying foundation.


After Eric and his team treated us to some French Macaroons and a little bubbly, he demonstrated how the Color Me works. I was impressed with how evenly and quickly the Color Me distributed foundation. He showed us how to “season” the sponge. This is actually done before you first use it – you spread your foundation across the sponge with your fingertips and this prepares the sponge so that it doesn’t absorb your foundation.  The “seasoning” enhances the ability of the sponge to distribute the foundation perfectly on your face. This is a very important first step, easy to do and will insure that your sponge works properly. The sponge itself vibrates at 15,000 pulses per minute. This pulsing action of the sponge mimics the tapping motion we make when we are blending foundation with our fingers.  As an Esthetician, I thought this was an added advantage since this also tones the skin, increases circulation and brings nutrients to the surface.  This type of massage in a facial is called “tapotement”  which of course is a fancy word for tap!


I was curious though to see if it would really make a difference in how my foundation looked and felt on my skin. We all took off our makeup after Eric’s demonstration and reapplied our own foundation with Color Me. I was excited to see it did make a nice difference in the application and the overall look of my complexion. With the Color Me my skin looked very smooth and glowing, yet I was able to use a little less foundation than I normally would.  The sponge application was very light and sheer yet the coverage was complete. I was wearing a very light serum-like foundation that day and Color Me worked very well with it.  I was also able to use the edge of the same sponge to apply a little concealer under my eyes.   I also applied a little bronzing powder on with the “puffy”  powder sponge which comes with the device and I have to say it looked very smooth and natural.  It reminded me of how my skin looks when I have used an airbrush device to apply my makeup.  Color Me comes with a battery which is already installed – you just have to pull a little tag to get it to work – very simple for everyone else there, but for some reason this was tricky for me,  luckily I had help! It also comes with replacement sponges for liquid foundation and powder. You will have to replace your sponges after several uses. If you are a makeup artist you would have to have new ones for each client. I would like to note that it’s small and travels well since it comes with it’s own little cap to keep the sponge protected and clean.  Color Me would also make a good applicator for someone who desires camouflage makeup or even to cover a tattoo since you can build on the color without removing it with the sponge.   I think Color Me is a very effective method for applying light or medium to full coverage foundation in a gentle and sanitary way.  This device is going to be ideal if you are a gadget person (Clarisonic junkie?), you prefer full coverage and want an easy blending tool, or you have dull-devitalized skin since the massaging action from the Color Me will stimulate circulation and give a natural glow to your skin and apply your foundation seamlessly. Foundation isn’t called foundation for nothing – it is truly the foundation of your makeup look. If you’re looking for a way to make your complexion look smoother, more even, luminous and enhance your natural glow then you might want to add it to your beauty tool kit!




You can learn more here



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