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Flash Back to the Forties

Finger waves, rosy cheeks, winged eyes, hourglass figures and bold, red lips – that’s what reminds us all of those risqué, vintage pin-up photos that became popular in the 1940’s. She’s the all-natural, American sweetheart created to win the adoration of men across the country – she’s the pin-up girl. Recently, I was lucky enough to take part in some local beauties looking to surprise the men in their lives with a sexy Valentine’s Day photo shoot – 40s style! And I have to say … the ladies were stunning! The photos were taken by Portrait Artist, Katie O’Brien, of Katie O’Brien Photography in Batavia. Katie has a unique talent when it comes to her creatively-styled photo shoots. She completely transformed her place to pair perfectly with the ladies’ throwback attire and props. It…

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Hair, Makeup, Wedding Events

Calling All Brides!

  [supsystic-gallery id=3 position=center] Your wedding day is arguably the biggest day of your life … something you have dreamed about since you were little. You want your special day to be unique, and the best reflection of you and your significant other. Your wedding vision is not typical, and the Well-Crafted Wedding Show (WCWS) at Penrose Brewery in Geneva, Ill., was not your typical wedding expo! Brides-to-be from all over the Chicagoland area had the opportunity to attend the WCWS on Sunday, January 15, 2017, for a day of wedding vendor shopping at the chic industrial setting at Penrose Brewery. From a mobile nitro cold brew stand by Modest Coffee, to creative wedding design planning by Joanna Goss Design, these budding brides were destined to find unique wedding services from local craftspeople. I…

DIY, Hair, Makeup, Video Tutorials

NYE – Party Like It’s 1999!

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Can you even believe we are only a few days away from 2017? I, certainly, cannot. Each year seems to go faster and faster. It’s a reminder that we need to hold onto the moment, right? But, enough with the sappy stuff - let’s get to the subject at hand - New Years Eve! Do you have your looks planned out? If you do, I applaud you. If you don't … you’re in good company. Heck, I’m not even sure that I’ll have a sitter for the kiddos in order to get out and have reason to dress up. Let alone, what I’ll be wearing. So I did create a look for you, that I hope you’ll like. I decided I wanted to glitz up my eyes and pop a deeper lip color this…

DIY, Hair, Makeup, Video Tutorials

Holiday Looks in a Flash!

"Oh, the weather outside is frightful..." I'm not sure where all of you are, but, I'm here in Chicagoland, and it's nasty cold! That always indicates the holidays are near. Speaking of holidays, I had quite a few requests for more tutorials, and a specific one for quick, easy, party hairstyles. And because we are all very busy this time of year, I put together a few you can do yourself ... in a jiffy. My first example, is a half up style that will literally take 10 minutes max! Isn't that music to your ears? You'll have much more time to choose a fabulous outfit - if one isn't picked out already! I know this isn't the typical narrated tutorial, so I am going to explain it for you. I took each section…

DIY, Makeup

Chicago Makeup Show … One-stop shop for all things beauty

Got a pic with the brilliant Orlando Santiago after taking his hands-on color theory class
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  MAC, Kat Von D, NARS, Makeup Forever, Smashbox … these are just a few of the more than 50 leading cosmetic vendors who had a presence at the Chicago Makeup Show – which is the largest pro makeup event in the U.S.! And I had the privilege of attending and participating in this fabulous experience in November. I must say, I was like a kid-in-a-candy-store, or even one on Christmas morning! Some of the most influential artists in the industry were there sharing their craft and educating other beauty professionals about their products. Some of the top lines were there – but even better, the owners/founders of most of them were standing behind the counter! It was incredible. I only wish I had more time to network with these amazing artists and other…

DIY, Makeup

Battle of the Eye Bags!

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Given that I have a 10 month old and a 3 1/2 year old, sleep isn’t something I catch up on very often. Let’s face it, I NEVER catch up on it. There are days I walk around like a zombie wondering how my brain is actually functioning. I know it’s all a part of being a mother, and I have been told that once you have children, you really don’t ever sleep “normal” again, because there’s always a worry on the mind. But what can I say … my kids are just too special not to think about! If you’re experiencing a similar situation with your kids, or maybe you are working too much and not getting enough sleep; I’m guessing you, too, could be wondering how to get rid of those nasty,…

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Y’all Ready For This?

  So, this is my very first post in what is going to be an epic blog! Well, hopefully I'm not just dreaming. Ha! Just kidding. But in all seriousness, I love everything about the beauty industry as I stated in my bio. I am MEANT for this world. I have been in salons, and also have freelanced, but now I am solely focusing on my freelancing, blogging my adventures, and will post product reviews that will also include TUTORIALS! But just one more thing... I am a mom! Ever since I had my first baby 3.5 years ago - and another baby almost a year ago - I suddenly had to recalculate my life and find BALANCE. What in the heck is that? I didn't have to figure that out beforehand. So, to…