PHAMExpo (professional hair and makeup exposition) is the ultimate event for savvy beauty professionals, students, and anyone interested in the latest trends for hair and makeup.  My experience was extremely insightful – I was able to interact with some of the most influential makeup artists in the industry.  Angel Merino ‘@Mac_Daddy‘ started behind a MAC Cosmetics counter and has now successfully launched his own brand, Artist Couture.  Gilbert Soliz, the Global Makeup Artist for Marc Jacobs, showcased a high fashion editorial look that gave me so much inspo.  I also met Lora Arellano, who is one of the partners of Melt Cosmetics  and previously went on tour with Rihanna as her makeup artist.  Lastly, I connected with the very talented Amber Dreadson and was able to recently assist her on a music video.  I also discovered new brands and of my favorites was Black Moon Cosmetics – I tried a dark blue liquid lipstick and fell in love.  It was an inspiring experience and can’t wait for next year!

Xx,
#NatUp

Last week, my fashionista gal pal Melissa invited me to a MUA launch event for London Fromson.  It was a fabulous night filled with hors d’oeuvres and libations hosted at the Sixty in Beverly Hills.  Among the guests was Kris Jenner – she was so inspirational and graciously advised me to keep pursuing my dreams and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  It took a few tries, but we managed to get a well lit selfie (I mean she did give birth to the selfie queen, so I’m sure she knows the drill).  Hoping to cross paths in the future. Xx #NatUp