Are you in a rut? Your career, fitness, social life, mental health? The list goes on.

This topic of discussion ain’t headlines news or something you haven’t read before, but it’s vital to address and give yourself a check-up. Social media is fucking great – but it’s also fucking draining. There’s been a trajectory of female entrepreneurs aka girl bosses, boss babes, etc. you get the point. It’s empowering to see big name She-E-Os *cough cough* Jen Atkin shattering glass ceilings; but what’s it really doing for you? Are you comparing yourself? Are you secretly or not so secretly incredibly frustrated? Are you discouraged from rejection? Are you discouraged for not even trying?

Digital lifestyles have created such a facade and false identity, which I myself have fallen for in the past, I’m only human people! Where is the divide of career and creative identity? Is your creative identity your career? If yes, is it lucrative or a hobby? If you answered the latter, sit the funk down. I’ve seen friends who are legitimate models/photographers/makeup artists/hair stylists share their frustrations with brands and people wanting to shoot gratis in exchange for promotion. Have you ever stepped foot in your hair salon and asked your stylist for free services in exchange for A PHOTO on your account? NO. Unless you’re Kim K (bad example because you know she compensates her Glam Fam) – don’t even think about assuming free collaborations or services.

At the risk of sounding contradictory, allow me to rewind and readdress a few things. I have accepted gratis beauty gigs when I first started my career in 2016: assisting celebrity makeup artists, magazine editors, luxury fashion house teams, etc. Those were mutually beneficial partnerships in which I have fostered established relationships with those persons.

PSA: This is not meant to intentionally shame micro influencers for collaborating with smaller brands in exchange for posts, that’s essentially what PR is and that in fact is a business. It seems as though everyone wants to be an influencer these days – I don’t blame them at all. I’m all about it but those big name influencers you follow aren’t just getting free product – they are also contracting PAID ADS and PAID COLLABORATIONS because of their talent, hustle, and career journeys.

The point I’m getting to – I swear there was a reason for this opinionated burst – is know your worth. Actually, KNOW YOUR FUCKING WORTH is more like it. Job, relationships, career moves, health, love, the whole shebang.

 

 

I’m guilty of sticking to my comfort zone when it comes to everyday makeup.  My go-to usually consists of BB cream, concealer, brows, touch of blush, and curled lashes. CALL. IT. A. DAY.  However, shouldn’t we be stepping out of our comfort zone at least a little everyday?  It doesn’t matter in what context – just something new!  Marc Jacobs Beauty has been killing the game lately.  The brand recently launched gel liners which include fun colors in bright pink, purple, etc.  I was instantly turned on by the hot pink liner (pop)ular.  You’d be surprised at what a subtle difference colored liners placed in the waterline can do!

2018 – live a little sweetie!!

You know what goes great with a LBD?…. A smokey coppery eye paired with glossy skin and sleek hair.  Can I get a ‘Uh Huh Honey’.  Here’s the breakdown on this seamless look:

  • Dose of Colors Baked Browns
    • Carve out the lid with the lightest brown shade to create dimension around the eye.
  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette (Deja Vu)
    • Apply this beautiful foil finish copper to the center of the eye to enhance the brown tone.
  • Marc Jacobs Lip Hot Cocoa
    • This lip shade has never failed me – it’s so forgiving on every skin tone I’ve tried it on!
  • Kevyn Aucoin Neotianna
    • I coated the center of the lips with this nude shimmery gloss to add some extra shine.
  • Ardell Trio Lashes
    • I wanted to enhance her almond shaped eyes – so I pieced a few trio sets to the outer corner to get that cool girl, cat-eye shape.

I am such a sucker for versatile products.  I recently received an Influenster box with a plethora of Lancome goodies.

  • Camouflage concealer
    • The color I received was a shade too dark for me BUT I still made good use of it.  I used it on a client who was the perfect shade and it sat so well under her eyes.  The product is great coverage and doesn’t wrinkle.
  • 24 Hour Foundation
    • This foundation is true to its name – IT LASTS.  It’s a pretty thick formula with a slight matte finish.  Ideal for a full coverage kind of day with little to no movement.
  • Lipgloss
    • I LOVE this lipgloss.  It shines so beautifully in the sun and really goes well with my caramel skin tbh
  • Liquid highlight
    • Not my favorite highlight but I applaud the design for the convenience and efficiency.

* Pictures are in no specific order – just a couple shots using the products listed above.

 

 

SO – I work at People magazine and my boss knows I’m all about makeup….like…it’s MY life.  She invited me to the Ones to Watch party which was honoring the makeup god himself – MannyMUA.  It was so nice to mingle with Manny and his bff Patrick Starrr.  I feel very blessed to be in the position I am today and grateful for the little connections being made in my life and everyone who has supported me!