Well, it's a brand new year beauties and instead of focusing on what's trending this year such as that new lip color, that "Olivia Pope" style jacket or even the latest botox treatment or weight loss pill, let's make a pledge to focus on our own personal style. It's time out for looking to fit the mode of everyone else. This year, let's CREATE the mode by being who we are and being extremely comfortable and confident with who we are. Create your own sense of style and beauty by starting inward which will automatically appear outward. Happy new year beauties!!!
It's always a joy to be in a position to give back and I had the opportunity earlier this week to work with some wonderful beauties in training at the Beyond Expectations Youth Empowerment Workshop in Joliet, Illinois. Their ages ranged from 8-12 and they were definitely some beautiful girls both inside and out. We talked about our definitions of beauty, self-esteem, how to care for our skin and when it comes to makeup, less is more. Check out some cool images below:
Beyond Expectations is an organization that provides a mentoring program the Butterfly Experience, of young ladies ages 10-19 and a leadership co-ed program called T.R.U.S.T. (The Real and Unspoken Sincere Truth) for youth ages 14-19 while youth are on summer break. These programs are provided as a positive outlet for at risk young ladies and men. These programs are geared to make a difference in their lives and create stronger leaders in their communities and around the world by providing lifetime building blocks and stepping stones.
These programs are provided to prevent gang activity, prevent crime and violence, provide leadership the community, promote self-esteem and positive personal development. These programs provide the opportunity for young people to be empowered, productive and positively involved in their communities. At the end of the summer program, participating youth will benefit their communities by coordinating and executing an event that addresses a social problem in their respective community area location.
For more information on how to contribute and/or become a volunteer, please contact Althia Gayle at 312.593.1879.
Hi beauties! I had the pleasure of attending The Makeup Show Chicago once again this past Sunday, June 8, 2014. It's always a 2 day event so if you can't make it one day, you can surely catch it the next which I love because I could not attend on Saturday. The show was actually located at the Bridgeport Art Center in the Bridgeport neighborhood of course and it was another fantastic year of amazing seminars, speakers and of course makeup! If you're a beauty enthusiast or just love a really great red lipstick then this is definitely a "must attend" event for you.
I was also so excited to see some of my Makeup and Martinis team holding down some of the booths including Courtney at the Anastasia Beverly Hills booth, Katy at the Senna Cosmetics booth and Viki at the Auraline Beauty booth. I love seeing the various makeup artists that I'm connected to build their brands and make a name for themselves within this industry.
I also had the opportunity of meeting the phenomenal Ashunta Sheriff who's done makeup for countless celebrities including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Beyonce', Diddy and Bad Boy Records, Oscar nominated Taraji P. Henson and so many more! Her story is what captivated me and how she excelled in spite of her circumstances. Unfortunately, my camera phone had a mind of its own and did not get the best image of her so I won't post those. But you check her out below:
And here are a few pics of me out and about at the Makeup Show. Excuse the blurry images, I told you my camera phone was a little on the fritz, lol.
Last Wednesday, Makeup and Martinis, Inc. had the pleasure of providing pampering services for Over 40 Females Chicago Networking Event at the Hyatt in Lisle, Illinois. The atmosphere was amazing and the caliber of women in attendance was top notch. There were so many businesses represented and we're so glad to have made connections with them. One of our new makeup artists Antoniya provided makeovers while I provided skin treatment demonstrations. We had a ball! The guest speaker was Julia Kline, author of "Sleaze-Free Selling" and she really enlightened the guests on how to really sell their products and/or services to their target market. Check out the images below!
Photos Courtesy of Jordan Cart Photography
Makeup and Martinis, Inc. is extremely excited for this month's tremendous savings! And who doesn't love to save $$$ on your favorite services and beauty products? For the entire month of February, we have some amazing packages being offered from aromatherapy massages, to makeup services, to spa mani/pedi services and much more. So take this time to treat yourself and/or gift someone special in your life this Valentine's Day. Even if you don't utilize these services this month, no worries. You can book now and reserve it for another time. And our team will travel to you! Click here for more details.
Since we've aligned ourselves with the Seacret Skin Care line, we've received such AMAZING feedback as women and men have been getting phenomenal results! Seacret is offering some really cool Valentine's Day discounts on many of the products now until February 16th and we definitely don't want you to miss out. For our beauties that are now preferred customers, you get to enjoy these Valentine's Day gift sets anywhere from 50%-70% off! Now if you're wondering how do you become a preferred customer, do not hesitate to give us a call at 773.592.3890. We want to make sure you are in the loop as well. We don't want any of our beauties missing out on all that we have to offer!
Well beauties, it's that time of year when so many people are excited about future endeavors and/or resolutions. Many times, emotions are running high and resolutions are made but rarely do you hear about people making resolutions regarding their overall beauty regimen. So let's start the year off right with some easy and attainable goals that applies to your beauty!
1. Wash your face every morning and evening, even if you're not wearing makeup. Try Seacret Deep Cleansing Facial Wash (retail $39.99, and $25.99 if you are a preferred customer).
2. Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize even more especially during colder months. The Intensive Moisture Face by Seacret is also a great choice as it contains Dead Sea Minerals to replenish moisture all day long and protects the skin against Free-Radicals (retail $64.95, and $38.99 if you are a preferred customer).
3. Cleanse ALL beauty tools at least weekly including makeup brushes and sponges. This will aid in avoiding breakouts and/or infections. I typically only use my sponges once and throw them away. Try Studio Tools Latex Sponges from Target ($2.79). I also like to deep clean my brushes with 90% alcohol first and then use Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleanser ($6.99).
4. Remember to pay attention to the expiration date on all makeup including mascara, lipsticks/glosses, foundation, blushers etc. If you forget how long you've had a product such as mascara or lip colors, one rule of thumb, smell it. Trust me you'll be able to tell it's time to toss it.
5. Remember what goes in your body will reflect on the outside so remember to add fruits, vegetables and water to your daily intake. If you're a smoker and/or heavy alcohol drinker, make this the year to take it one step at a time and diminish this behavior through strategic planning. Alcohol typically dries out the skin and of course there are many health complications that can result from smoking. Create a daily success chart and get an accountability partner if you have to. Taking these steps is one of the best decisions you could ever make.
Hi beauties! So much has been going on with Makeup and Martinis, Inc. and we're truly excited! Since we've been in existence for the past 2 years, we've welcomed feedback from our loyal fan base to find out what your needs are and what you're seeking.
With that being said, Makeup and Martinis, Inc. has partnered with an amazing skin care line by the name of SEACRET which contains exclusive Dead Sea minerals and advanced, patented technologies that are clinically proven to deliver results within 1-15 minutes! When you think of skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and inflammatory conditions, SEACRET provides amazing results without the harsh chemicals. If you attended our recent event on November 14th at the Valeo Spa at the JW Marriott in Chicago, you probably had an opportunity to experience these products personally and witness fast, amazing results. I'm extremely excited about this new venture because we're serving our clients with great products that actually produce speedy and effective results.
Now here comes the fun part. Black Friday is just a couple of days away and we want to offer you an opportunity to try these products at a fraction of the cost. We appreciate your business and we want to make it extremely easy for you to test these products without too big of an investment. So our gift to you is being able to experience these top of the line products that we are raving about. So make sure you make a note on your phones, computers and/or tablets regarding the SEACRET sale this Friday, November 29, 2013. Click here for more information on the products. I will be on hand personally taking your calls on Friday to answer your questions and place your orders with me directly. The number that you can call on Friday is 773.592.3890. I will be available just for you as my way of saying thank you for supporting Makeup and Martinis, Inc.!
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When it comes to makeup, I truly enjoy the soft, clean look. I'm not really into heavy contouring and extremely defined eyebrows. That's just not my preference and if you've ever sat in my chair, you've definitely experienced a softer look. I love the natural beauty that we all possess, and I like to bring that to the forefront rather than hide it. If I had to pick a celebrity look that I really like, I would have to go with Hayden Panettiere. Hayden definitely gives you the "girl next door" look. She does not have overly defined and/or striking features but she is a beauty. I like that in every picture I see of her, her makeup says "simplicity at its best". In the photos below, you'll see Hayden with both natural and dramatic looks and yet and still they are both breathtaking.
To achieve these looks, stick with a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream for a more natural look. Definitely be very generous with your mascara to bring out your eyes. Dab a little bit of concealer underneath the eyes and blend your pressed or loose powder with a stipple foundation brush. Add a bronzer or blusher to the apple of your cheeks and last but not least enhance your pout with a little gloss and go. For a more dramatic eye, just add a darker eyeshadow to the crease of your lids or to the lash line and brush upward.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure of working with two beautiful teens. Homecoming season just passed and it prompted me to blog about teen makeup, specifically foundation. Quick beauty tip for teens: Don't forget that your skin is still developing and is probably in the best condition it will ever be. So no need to pile on the foundation. Opt for a tinted moisturizer instead. I've always been a fan of Aveda's Tinted Moisturizer because it's all inclusive with a built in moisturizer and SPF. It also has amazing staying power. This tinted moisturizer also is a huge benefit for the mature woman as it does not accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. If you're really set on using a cream foundation, stick with a foundation that has buildable coverage or try using a foundation thinner such as RCMA's Foundation Thinner for a more transparent coverage. Remember less is more! Check out these teen beauties below:
Hi beauties! I'm so excited to do this quick product review on Ben Nye Mojave Adjuster. I was doing makeup for a wedding this past Saturday in which the bride is actually my cousin! Stephanie is such a natural beauty and because of that, I wanted to be extremely cautious of how I would do her makeup. I wanted to really showcase how beautiful she really is without altering the essence of her beauty both inside and out.
Overall, Stephanie's skin tone is pretty even so I wanted to make sure that when I was preparing to contour and highlight her face, I didn't want it to appear overdone and harsh. I wanted all the colors to "marry" one another and blend so well that her makeup would give the appearance of second skin. So I started out with priming her face, applying her eyeshadow, then filling in her brows just a bit and applying her foundation. After that, I actually applied the Ben Nye Mojave Adjuster in Burnt Orange underneath her eyes. I was more interested in adjusting her natural skin tone as opposed to concealing it. Too much of this adjuster would have been too heavy on her skin and would've counteracted what I wanted to accomplish.
This product comes in a .3 oz jar but don't be fooled by the size because a little goes a looong way, approximately 50-200 applications. And the cost on average is about $10/jar. This is such an amazing product for ethnic skin tones as it assists with hyper pigmentation and discoloration. Very great product that sustains, and gives a more natural look without it looking too thick and cakey. It's definitely a winner in my book!
Once, I applied the adjuster, I patted my ring finger very lightly under both of her eyes to blend. I wanted the adjuster to fade into her skin rather than sit on top of it. I began blending all the makeup together and setting it with a loose powder. I applied her blush, bronzer and lip color. Check out the transformation below:
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