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.

 

 

For the most part, award shows are often memorable in regards to what your favorite celeb wore or whomever is hosting. However, this year’s 75th Golden Globes was monumental in the sense that Hollywood’s most fierce women wore black as a sign of solidarity with abuse victims through the Time’s Up movement. Given the opportunity to glam the ladies of InStyle – I focused on enhancing a focal point – whether it be eyes, lips, or skin. Below is a recap of my day – makeup looks, products, and a stellar outfit I picked out from Ross – yes, I said ROSS (Laverne Cox hit me with a compliment).

BE BOLD – BE PASSIONATE.  That was my inspiration with this look.  Honestly, I was a little skeptical when piecing this together.  Blue lids and red lips?  What American holiday is this??  However, there was something so editorial and elevated about this look.  Lemonhead.La literally. never. fails.  I always reach for that self adhesive glitter whenever I have the chance.  The shade I’m wearing below is Malibu ~ inspired by those majestic blues ~ and hues.  Jeffrey Star Cosmetics liquid lip in shade I’m Shook – a burnt coral cult classic – brought together the 80s vibe I was really feeling.

Beautycon embraces everyone and all – it’s an environment of self expression and inspiration.  Their mission is to challenge traditional beauty standards and redefine what beauty means.  Beautycon is a diverse global community of content creators, celebrities, fans, and brands that come together to celebrate using make-up as a tool for self-expression and sharing your enthusiasm with the world.  The global epidemic will have its annual London convention December 2 and here’s why you need to go:

Tickets can be purchased here – make sure to grab them before they sell out! xx

Sure, summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean Mermaids aren’t year round – especially in Malibu.  While the rest of the country may be expecting crunchy leaves and crisp air, Malibu remains sunny and mermaid friendly.  A key player in this look was Lemonhead.LA’s Malibu Spacepaste.  The hues in these blues are anything but dull – it’s majestical, enticing, and rich.  Off-duty mermaid babe, Courtney, can be spotted on the shores of the Bu while she’s not entertaining guests at Jessica Simpson’s estate and so on #HumbleBrag.  Here’s a day in the life:

 

Mermaids have truly become a world wide epidemic – from gracing us with their presence at celeb parties, influencing the beauty industry, and of course shellfies.  It comes to no surprise that their vibrant colors and lustrous locks have given us the ultimate #GOALS.  Sheroes Entertainment has turned this fantasy into the reality, providing the most beautiful mermaids to be the center of attention at any given event.  I teamed up with photographer, Joe Beckley, as he captured the true essence of a mermaid at sunset in the Bu.

Quick mermaid makeup breakdown:

  • LemonHead.LA glitter
  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics: Androgyny palette
  • Smashbox: Photo finish spray
  • The Ouai: Wave beach spray
  • Limecrime: Metallic lip
  • Honest Beauty: Truly kissable pink crayon

 

I had an amazing opportunity to work the SAG Awards with the People Magazine/Events team of Time Inc.  Seeing the cast of Hidden Figures and their acceptance speech really inspired me as well as Denzel Washington.  Highlight of the night – photobomed by Lori Petty from the cast of OITNB.  ALSO – a few hair looks I was playing with that weekend and my beautiful mama’s glam.  Xx

My girl Mellie is an account executive at Michele Marie PR and has been such a supportive part of my makeup career.  Michele Marie helped coordinate a Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton which included a fashion show for Salvatore Ferragamo.  I did a natural, bold look on LA Models who walked the show.  It was a great time for a great cause!  Xx