Ravishing Red Nails

There is nothing more gorgeous than a classic red manicure…especially during the holidays! I’m loving this rich red shade of nail lacquer by Tom Ford (appropriately named Smoke Red).  It’s simple, elegant, and luxurious.

Rock this shade at your next holiday soirée!  This also makes a fantastic stocking stuffer…

Share your favorite holiday manicure shade with us!


Peace Couture 2012 Recap

I had the honor of being one of the makeup artists at the 4th annual Peace Couture this past Friday (thanks to the beautiful Leslie Joy from Vertical Tampa Bay!).  This annual event showcased local fashion designers, artists and musicians to benefit The Spring of Tampa Bay, a Domestic Violence Center. The Historic Italian Club in Ybor City served as the backdrop for this multi-media evening. Fashion, food and fun for a great cause!  What’s not to love about that?

I teamed up with Wanda, from 2Girls Glam and Danielle, from DonMeNow to create looks for over 30 models.  Brushes were flying and we most definitely could have counted that night’s makeup sesh as cardio. An adrenaline boost from the buzz in the ballroom pre-runway show: countless cases of makeup, bottles of hairspray galore, models rehearsing, sound checks from the band… The evening ended with Danielle and I backstage transforming the model’s nude lips look to ravishing red for the finale.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the smokey eye and nude lip looks I created taken via iphone! (More pics to come…Perhaps BonBon Rose Girls has some handy ?)

Loved being a part of an event that supports a charity and local talent! Did anyone else attend this fabulous show?


The Key to a Fresh Face

I’ll let you in on a little secret…Most women tend to leave this simple step out of their beauty routine. It’ll make your skin glow and your makeup go on smoothly.

“What is it”,  you ask?  One word: EXFOLIATION.  It’s life changing!

There is absolutely NO reason to skip over this step. No matter how exhausted you are, just do it!  You only need to do it 2-3 times a week and it takes less than a minute. Exfoliation rids your face of the dull, dry, and dead skin cells to give you a fresh and polished look.

One of my go t0 products for the job is ExfoliKate, by Kate Somerville. It’s made with one of my all time fave ingredients, pumpkin, along with some amazing oils!


-Don’t over-exfoliate. It’s best to stick to around 3 times a week.

-Be gentle! Move your finger tips in a circular motion and let the product do the work.

-Use a small amount on your lips, rinse, and apply lip balm before bed. Your lipstick will look amazing on smooth and hydrated lips.

-Apply your favorite moisturizer after exfoliation.

It’s especially important to rid your face of that flaky skin during these upcoming fall and winter months.  Set aside 3 minutes a week to give yourself that fresh-faced glow. Share your favorite tips and products for exfoliating!