Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Feathered Hair No More...

My fun little feather fell out of my hair yesterday in class. I need to put it back in however I need to find where I put the rest of the supplies TO put it back in. Right now my room is a war zone and I can't find a thing. (the feather by the way is that white looking strand on the side of my head in videos and pictures.

I love these feathers which I heard about from Kandee Johnson (my imaginary best friend) the YouTube makeup artist. The can be washed, tried, curled, styled just like real hair.

This girl has really fun colored feathers but mine were more neutral 
Even better is that they are relatively inexpensive. The starter kit and feathers were about $25. I would say they lasted for a month before it fell out. I'm all for the feather extensions and if you like this look, its pretty easy to put in. Here is a link to a video that shows you how to to it and where to get the supplies.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tip 3: Brows-Jemma Kidd Makeup Masterclass

So I hope your weekend is going well. Mine has been full of community service, shopping (no makeup purchases!), and homework. I took a break to film a whole bunch of the tips for the series. Now its just a matter of editing and posting.
I love the way the light is coming in through the back of this picture. Its a combination of about 5 of the tips Jemmma talks about in her book. 

Tip number 3 is all about the brows:

Well groomed brows frame the face. keep them neat and tidy and define them with a brow pencil, working from arch outward and then on the inner part if needed. Go over the shape with a brow powder, which will soften the shape and make it last longer.

Please let me know if you like these videos of if you want them to be filmed a little differently. I'm still experimenting with video editing so all the insight is much appreciated. I can't wait to finish editing all these videos!
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jemma Kid Tip 2: Highlight Brow Bone, Cupid's Bow, and Foundation- Makeu...

Next up in the series of videos demonstrating Jemma Kidd's ultimate beauty tips is #2:

Highlighter is a useful took for creating illusions. Dab a creamy highlighter underneath the arch of the brow to lift the brow and make the eyes look wider. Add a touch above the cupid's bow to make the lips appear fuller. You can also mix a little highlighter with your foundation to give a skin an all-over luminosity.

I've been working overtime with this L'Oreal presentation because the national competition is in a few weeks. I really want to post what we have come up with but I can't because its top secret until its presented... You never know if the competition is reading this!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tip 1: White Eyeliner-Jemma Kidd Makeup Masterclass

So here is the first video in my Jemma Kidd Makeup Masterclass Tip Series. The tips were all posted in a post last week but this one focuses on the first one about white eyeliner.

Use a flesh-toned eyeliner on the inner rim of the eyes to make eyes appear wider and fresher and to neutralize any redness. Pale eyeliner inside the eye creates a more open-eyed effect, while dark eyeliner inside the eye creates a more elongated focus to the width of the eye.

Using the white opens up the eye and especially with such a non-makeup day like today, adding this hint of freshness works perfectly. 

More tips being filmed and coming to YouTube near you soon!
Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

R&R Blush in My Mailbox!

The longest flight of my  life is behind me and I am back in my messy dorm room, there is some serious laundry to be done tonight! There was a lovely surprise waiting for me in my mailbox though. Speaking of Rock & Republic (which is still on until tomorrow morning) I received my blush that I ordered ages ago!
The packaging alone is like a huge hockey puck! The compact is inside the massive thing and is equally impressive in hand. It is about the size of a beauty powder from MAC.
I ordered the color Immoral because that was the only one that was left online last time it was on 
This picture is not exaggerating the brightness of the blush. I thought it was going to be similar to bite of an apple blush from MAC venomous villains but this is more of a tomato orange/red while bite of an apple is coral pink/red. 
Here is a picture of how it looks blended out on the cheek. It is very very soft when used with a light hand. It can easily go clown-crazy if you are too heavy handed so watch out!

I wish that there were some more blushes on the event on but as I am giving up buying new makeup for lent (if you didn't already know) then I guess this is a little sign from god that I can stay strong and FOCUSED! haha Its like I am an addict and the grocery store stopped selling the good booze. 

Alrighty all... Gotta get back to school work and laundry... 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Rock & Republic Beauty on HauteLook Today

Today is another extraordinary day for online shopping. Its raining here in LA and the sunshine really isn't coming out anytime soon. Today Rock & Republic is on I blogged about the matte nail top coat earlier this week and it is on sale again for $3.50 plus tons of other eye shadows, lip glosses, and powders. Unfortunately there are no blushes on this sale which is what I wanted to pick up but since I am giving up buying makeup for Lent, it must be a sign.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass

I'm a sucker for a book store and my heart seriously broke when I found out Borders was going out of business. With everything being 30+% I had to stop in and see if there were any good reads on discount. And there was! I picked up this gem from Jemma Kidd. I can already tell I'm going to be using many tricks and tips from the pagers of this beauty bible.
So to start, here are what Jemma calls her ultimate top ten beauty tips:
  1. Use a flesh-toned eyeliner on the inner rim of the eyes to make eyes appear wider and fresher and to neutralize any redness. Pale eyeliner inside the eye creates a more open-eyed effect, while dark eyeliner inside the eye creates a more elongated focus to the width of the eye.
  2. Highlighter is a useful took for creating illusions. Dab a creamy highlighter underneath the arch of the brow to lift the brow and make the eyes look wider. Add a touch above the cupid's bow to make the lips appear fuller. You can also mix a little highlighter with your foundation to give a skin an all-over luminosity. 
  3. Well groomed brows frame the face. keep them neat and tidy and define them with a brow pencil, working from arch outward and then on the inner part if needed. Go over the shape with a brow powder, which will soften the shape and make it last longer.
  4. If you have dry skin, use a foundation and blush with a cream formula which will help to plump up the skin and make it look super-hydrated. For more mature skin, try makeup with invigorating ingredients such as a caffeine and ore light reflecting pigments to revitalize your look.
  5. Opt for a yellow-based concealer, as it will help to camouflage red or purple tones in blimishes, and complement any skin tone.
  6. If you have thin or sparse eyelashes, use an eyeliner to fill in any gaps between the lashes and lightly dust them with powder in between coats of mascara to add volume. If you are prone to smudging mascara on your eyelids, use a drop of foundations on a Q-tip to remove it.
  7. As we mature, brown mascara and eyeliner is more flattering than black. Gel and liquid liners can look to harsh but a damp eyeshadow used as an eyeliner will flow better over fine lines.
  8. Gently brush your lips with your toothbrush after you brush your teeth to exfoliate them and repare them for smooth lipstick application.
  9. Use lip liner all over the lips, not just as an outline. This will give a better finish and will hold your lipstick for longer. If lipstick does wear off, you still have an all over color rather than just an outline.
  10. If you're using cream blush or bronzer, apply it straight on top of liquid or cream foundation and blend it well. If you're using powder blush or bronzer, dust a fine layer of translucent powder over the foundation to set it. This gives a velvety finish and the perfect canvas for applying powder blush or bronzers. If you apply a powder formula directly onto foundation, it won't blend and will look streaky or patchy. 

Wow that was a heap of good tips. Some may be new to you while others are part of your daily routine. This book has inspired me to do a series of videos about the tricks I pick up in this book so keep an eye out for those!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring Break in LA

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I'm in the middle of my spring break and I spent all yesterday riding on planes to get my self from DC to LA. I raked in some good frequent flier miles with this trip! Also... I forgot my camera in DC so I'm predicting a serious lull in posts until I return to DC on Tuesday. But I wanted to give you a heads up.

I got part of my Rock & Republic order on Monday. They did not send the blush which I was most excited about but it was back ordered so it should be coming soon. I brought the face powder with me so I will be testing it out and then reporting back with a full review.

One thing I did get to test out before I left was the Essie for Rock & Republic Clearly Matte Top Coat. This thing is so cool. It is just a clear top coat but it makes whatever color you have on look matte. Its a pretty unique effect. I would describe it almost as if you were looking at  a color through a frosted window.
This is a pic I pulled from Google but it shows the effect nicely
I tried to find it on the R&R website but they were only selling it with a T-Shirt for $48. At any rate... its a product to check out if you can get your hands on it.

I will post more if I can find the time this week! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Inglot: Now Online!

I've raved about Inglot before and I finally am posting pictures of the palette I purchased back in February (on Valentines day!) One thing I love about Inglot is the Freedom System which is basically where you get to choose your own colors in a palette. The one pictured here was $50 and includes 10 shadows 
For a size comparison, this is the palette next to a full sized primer potion. 

These shadows are stunningly pigmented and come in a huge verity of colors and finishes. I love that they have matte shadows that have a glitter. Many companies will make metallic or shimmery colors but Inglot's are unique. I went with a mix of bold matte and smokey glitter shades. 

and now you can order Inglot online! The color swatches are not that great so search around the internet to see if there are better swatches by bloggers. I know has some great ones. Here is the link to order online

The prices for the freedom palettes are a little bit more expensive online than if you go to the store but the nice thing is you can buy they shadow alone so if you have a z palette or an old Inglot palette to refill, you can do that and it ends up being less expensive than buying the new palette even at the discounted price I payed. The shadows get less expensive the more you buy. I hope you get a chance to try them out before they raise the prices in May so check out the website and stop by the store in Times Square! 


Thursday, March 10, 2011

If you are not already a member, you really need to be!

I am in love with this website. Basically they have designer brands of everything from beauty and fashion, to hotels and furniture at deep discounts. How it works is every morning at 8:00 AM PST a slew of new sales start and you have to do a mad rush to get all the most sought after goodies from various brands. I have purchased many cosmetics and clothing off hautelook and I highly recommend joining... and its free!

My personal invitation link is:

If you join using my link above I get $10 when you make your first purchase so I would really appreciate it if you decide to join, you do so with my link. Some of my favorite brands that I've purchased off Hautelook are:

  • Urban Decay
  • Lorac
  • American Apparel 
  • Pixi & Pop Beauty
  • Stream Cosmetics (my airbrush!)

To Sublet or Not to Sublet.... Really, There's NO Question!

So I know this isn't really a beauty post but it is related to my journey into the industry. As you know, I will be interning this summer in New York City and for the past week, all I can think about is... where the heck am I going to stay!? Many of my friends have lived in dorms in the past, especially Long Island University, however, being vegan, I'm hesitant to stay anywhere where I won't have a kitchen to cook my meals. Not to mention, if I was not into beauty I would going to culinary school. Back in Wisconsin I worked at a bakery for 4 years and a grocery store for 2.5 years. I even competed in food marketing competitions. Lets just say I'm into food.

Moving on... I really want to find an apartment to sublet that is fully furnished and I can just roll my clothes and toothbrush in and be set. I've already decided to stay with two girls from Howard but let me tell you, its hard to find a nice place... I take that back ANY PLACE... for under $800 a month. Luckily, I have found a few places in Harlem and even one gem on the Upper West Side! Now I'm just waiting to hear back from the owner.

I'm worried a little bit about renting from Craigslist... but that seems to be where the best deals are. I just keep thinking what if they steal the deposit and there is not an apartment at all! Not to mention this place is really nice and for the price that it is going for, I'm worried it might be too good to be true. Lets hope not!

I applied to stay at the Fashion Institute of Technology dorms but let me tell you... They are expensive! Can you believe that it averages out to being $325 a week! The nice thing is that they are in prime location to L'Oreal. NYU dorms don't come much cheeper at $265.

I think I'm going to try and use my resources to see if family knows anyone that would rent out a room or something for the cheep. You know what would be great low key... If I could live in one of those really fancy houses and be a house sitter. They might actually pay me to do it too! If only they had a website searching for those type of people but I'm sure thats the type of "you have to know someone" opportunity.

This just in... I officially heard back from the recruiter telling me she received my signed faxed offer letter! Yay! its in and so am I!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Importance of lipliner....

I have to admit. Rarely will I apply lipliner unless it is for the perfect crisp edge. And honestly, I promise you most of the time you won't need it. There are a few times however, where you need to use a liner or risk bleeding and ironically, it happens most with dark colors such as RED
Red Lipstick Without Liner

This picture was taken about 2/2.5 hours after I applied it in the morning. There was no eating or drinking involved, just sitting in class and look what happened. Obviously different formulas will be more prone to bleeding than others. This happens to be a color from Maybelline NY E190 Royal Red. To be honest, this color didn't look great on me anyway so I'm not terribly upset but its still a bummer... You can always use these colors as accents or with a lipliner to avoid the bleeding. I have used it a couple time just in the center of the lip on friends in the center with a dark red (most of the time dark deed by MAC) as the main color. 

I don't have a favorite lipliner to talk about here but I have seen some pretty great ones at the drugstore from REVLON. I had an amazing one but I lost it way back to go with my Certainly Red by Revlon (my all time favorite red!)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lipstick (and Nail polish) of the day: L'oreal Endless 800 In the Buff

I promise you I have been keeping up with the lipstick a day challenge but I feel like not everyone wants to read about it everyday. Or at least I wouldn't want to so I try to mix up the posts about it. Today I am wearing L'Oreal Endless (in honor of my internship offer) in 800 In the Buff. 

Oh no! its backwards!
I love this color so much because it is the perfect nude. Its also pretty darn cheep. The only downside is I believe they are discontinuing it! Over winter break I went to Walgreens and stocked up because they were on sale for $2.50 or something ridiculous like that. The only downside is that it has a really heavy "lipstick" smell and taste. If you can get past that, its an excellent product. 
I don't know if you can see it well in this picture but I'm wearing my hair extensions today haha. I feel like Pocahontas with my long straight hair and feathers. 

This picture also has a really nice shot of my nail polish which I am also in love with. I'm wearing Essie's Tea and Crumpets. Its a peachy pearl nude color that looks soft and feminine as do most of Essie's colors. I'm so excited that they are a L'Oreal brand and I may get the opportunity to work with them (I don't know what brand I will be working with this summer yet but they are a possibility as Essie is a consumer brand)

Well I need to get back to this assignment I didn't do last night...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Goodies for a Good Friend

What have you done with a friend lately? On Thursday my friend from back home came to visit me at school. She is doing a domestic exchange/internship program this semester in DC working at one of the Smithsonian art museums. This girl is truly the personification of class. 

I think we were both in our own slices of heaven that night because we went through my entire makeup collection and I let her take home a makeup bag full of treasures. Anna headed back to Butler University this weekend for some sort of formal and she wanted a fresh new collection of makeup to play with while she was getting all dolled up for the party (I think its a formal dance of sorts...).

Here is what she ended up taking with her:
All of Anna's goodies

(Clockwise from Top) Lash Glue, EcoTools travel brushes, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Sephora Brand moss eye liner, Two faced lip injection extreme, 

(Top to Bottom) Sephora Glamorous Lipstick in G03, Viva La Juicy Perfume roll on, MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick, Lorac lipstick 
 Anna is extremely fare and I was surprised at how stunning the orange lipsticks I blogged about last week looked on her. She also looked lovely in red after it was all blotted off and just the stain remained.
Lancome Palette
 My favorite color in this palette is Filigree, the middle color on the right. Its a BEAUTIFUL soft gold and you can't really tell from the picture but it is the perfect highlight color. In fact, Filigree was my first luxury brand purchase from my mom back when I was maybe 11. We went to the counter together and the sales lady helped me to pick out a color that was so soft and pretty that it wouldn't over power an 11 year old. I still have the very last crumbs of that first filigree so I'm very glad to get a replacement in this palette... but I digress...
Urban Decay Smoke Out Palette & Gold Eyeliner 
Sometimes I feel like I have so much make up that I don't get enough days in the year to use it all thats why I have no problem lending it out (to the delight of many of my girl friends!). Hope you enjoy your stash Anna!


Saturday, March 5, 2011


I'm in love with the spring collection by Chanel, Les Perles de Chanel or in english... the pearls of Chanel. They launched this really fashionable website Chanel Makeup Confidential that has behind the scenes video of the runway show's makeup, tutorials using the latest products from the spring 2011 collection, and links to purchase the products. Chanel is a little out of this girls price range so I was inspired to recreate the look that was highlighted in the "How to do the new season face" by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge. (A video she did was featured in my blog post about date night makeup.)
Picture from
They have this super cute screen saver that you can download here Chanel Screen Saver Download

Whats also great about this recreation is that it uses loose pigments which is a product I sometimes struggle with. I know they can really be applied to anything but I sometimes just get stuck in an eye shadow rut. This is a new way to use the pigment by mixing it with a cream color base to get the look of the Chanel spring collection. Have a look!

(This video is not a tutorial for the eye look, just how to create the product dupe. If you want me to create this in a tutorial let me know in the comments.)

Have a happy Saturday!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The 212 Call That Changed Everything

At exactly 11:42 AM this morning I received a call from a 212 number. The New York area code popping up in the middle of The Secret Garden (my non educational reading of the moment) on Kindle for iPhone startled me and I quickly answered.  On the other line was a L’Oreal recruiter for the consumer products division, Cecilia. The follow up phone call is always the worst… did I or didn’t get the offer? Ladies and gentleman I am ecstatic to announce I will be joining L’Oreal this summer.

No more banking interviews where I would be making more than my dad but have no life. No more missing classes for companies I’m not interested in. The nonsense is over! I keep thinking about the L’Oreal Store at the bottom of the office building where you can spend $300 a month on discounted L’Oreal products. This is going to be dangerous!

This is sort of emotional to blog about because it is what I had wanted since when I started this whole thing. This is truly documenting my quest into the industry and I feel as though this is my official welcome into it. Just about a year ago I was starting this blog in hopes of documenting my journey and gushing about my favorite topic, makeup, along the way. It is without a doubt the most thrilling thing to have fulfilled a dream and reached a goal.
I do not have all the details yet as far as when I start and what brand I will be working under but as soon as I receive the official offer letter I will pass along the details.

Please stick to your dreams and pursue your passion because it might just be enough to get you where you want to be. Alright Kelsey… reality check… this is not an Oscar acceptance speech. (I low key was about to start thanking my mother for her support! (thanks)) Lets not get carried away with too much sappiness. I’m thrilled and look forward to setting further goals to advance my blossoming career.

Much happiness and love,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MAC Quite Cute Collection Spring 2011

Girls, get out your tea cup doggies and cotton candy! MAC's Quite Cute collection is scheduled to launch in the US April 7th, the same day I will be at L'Oreal for the national case competition YAY! I am excited to pick up some of these Easter Egg nail colors and lipsticks. There is a complete description of the products and their price at 

Here is what MAC has to say about the collection:

CUTE!” The most fanciful, fun and flattering compliment and young, modern trendsetter could ever want! Our version is the girliest kind of international glam possible, a style ride that combines postage-stamp-sized puppies with pixie swizzle-stick fashion and buttergly kisses for cute boys and even cuter shoes! Cupcake icing colors, vintage romance, an ATM card with Hello Kitty on it – and a way of life that says “yes!” to everything adorable!
Come on, get happy, with the multi-culti cutie, from Tokyo to Toronto to Paris with love! Pastel shades for Eye Quads, Lipstick, Plushglass, and Nail Lacquer…And due to popular demand, we’re completely cute-ifying three favourite Lip Pencil shades from last season that will join the fun and frolic. Flash! You’ll ♥ the Mineralize Blush with the sweet heart baked right into it. If it shines, shimmers and pops it’s completely, contagiously, cute!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mascara Show Down: Opinion, review, and recommendations from my personal...

This is a the video I made to go along with the post from yesterday. Enjoy!

Should I or Shouldn't I Wonder Woman?

Do you need to jump on the Wonder Woman bandwagon? You are still thinking about it so chances are you have gone to the website a couple of times. You put items in your cart, regained self-control, and put all of them back.  You may have even gone to the MAC counter itself and played with the products without purchasing anything. Well if you are asking yourself that question you have already held out this long, you can make it through.

Really though, this collection is nothing to wet yourself over. I myself am the person that has revisited the website, watched the reviews, and read the blogs. This collection is NOT WORTH IT!

I will speak to the one product from the collection I own but even this I assure you is not worth running out to purchase. (It’s a lipstick so I’m killing to birds with one stone with this post).

Marquise D’ is a peachy pink nude with a gold simmer. In the photos below I am wearing naked lip liner as a base. The packaging is pretty darn cute though.

Deep down in my heart of hearts I’m waiting for venomous villains to come back. What I wouldn’t do for another Innocence beware! and Toxic Tale lipstick. Venomous villains kicked Wonder Woman’s mighty butt! 

Ok enough with my ranting. Have a splendid afternoon!

Mascara Wars

If I could only take one product with me on a deserted island, it would have to be mascara. Mascara gives the finished polish to every look and regardless of if you are doing neutral makeup or the boldest stage makeup, lashes are a must. Even if I am running late for class, a little concealer and mascara will keep me looking fresh and awake. 

So that brought up the question,  which one would I choose on that island? There are 4 traits that help to pin point what type of mascara is right for you.
  1. Type: First define what type of lashes you have. Are yours few and far between? Are they plentiful and puny? Do you have long thick dark lashes (If you do we all are secretly envious of you and you should just skip this post all together)? Categorizing your lash loot will help you select the type of mascara to look for when starting your search. The two main types are lengthening and volumizing. Many mascaras now a days will have a combination of both.
  2. Brush: The brush will make or break a mascara and has a lot of impact on the result of your final look. Generally speaking, brushes will either be plastic with little comb like brissles, or natural brissles which is the traditional style of brush. Plastic brushes are ideal for seperating while big full natural brushes work well for volumizing. Some brushes will have a curve in them which adds a curl to the lash.
  3. Formula: The formula is secondary to the brush but equally important. Your lashes are made of protien just like any other hair on your body and are sensitive to harsh chemicals. Its important that you find one that is gentil on your eye. Also, the forumla can be waterproof however these tend to be drying. The best formula dries quickly and does not flake.
  4. Price: The price of the mascara is not at all reflective of the quality. DON'T BE FOOLED! Many of my favorites are from the drug store and I genuinly hate some of the MAC mascaras which are classified as a luxury brand. Generally speaking, if you are willing to spend $10, you will be able to walk away with an amazing product.
So for the purposes of this recomendation, I will assume the following. I have long lashes but they are thin therefore, I like volumizing formulas that keep them full and dark. Also assume that I want the most bang for my buck. Lastly, I want dramatic lashes so even though some of the products I will discuss are nice, if they do not give me the drama and fullness I want, I will not recomend them. And here we go!
The four products above are all concidered luxury brand mascaras meaning they can not be found at your local drugstore and they are more expensive. The best of these is Dior Show. This is the best volumizing mascara I have ever had the privilege to work with but with its $30 price tag, its an investment. The formula is wonderful and the overall impact is gorgeous. The runner up is Lancome Oscillation. The wand literally vibrates resulting in freakishly long lashes. Its missing the volume part though which is why it is a runner up. 

Not a fan of big fatty by Urban Decay because too much product is left on the brush when its taken out of the tube. Hypnose by Lancome is a decent mascara but nothing better than what can be found at the drug store. And speaking of which... 
These 8 are all from the drug store and also work wonders. You can see when you compare the brushes to the luxury mascaras that they are pretty similar. I'm personally in love with the Cover Girl Lash Blast and it wins my top pick for drugstore mascara because it really does so much in one product. The wand looks like it should be made of natural fibers or bristles but really its plastic which helps ensure that not too much product comes off on the brush, that the lashes are separated, and that no clumps form. 

Runner up for me is the Maybelline XXL. I love this formula because it has the primer on one end that builds volume, and black on the other end which gives a rich dark coating to the lashes. The only gripe I have about XXL is that it dries out quickly and you do have to replace it ever 3 months, which is what you are supposed to do anyways due to bacteria etc. but honestly, I keep mine for longer if they are still working. I tend to just rotate my collection so none fade too quickly. 

Revlon 3D extreme deserves an honorable mention because it really surprised me with its lash growing power. This little brush had me thinking there was no hope in this little bottle but the brush allows you to get way deep into the inner corners to get even the smallest lashes that are left behind by the big bad mascaras of the world. It also works wonders on bottom lashes. 

Ok, I've said enough. Go pick out your best mascara and let me know what your favorites are. I hope this helps. Leave a comment with any questions!