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Nikki Bartlett’s 5 Photo Ready Makeup Tips

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Nikki Bartlett is an amazing makeup artist. She has been doing my hair and makeup for major events for several years. Nikki attended Sam Houston University and has a degree in Graphic Design, and she has over 8 years of experience as an accomplished Makeup Artist. Not only is she a talented makeup artist, but she is also incredibly talented at hair styling. I can give her a picture of any updo, and she creates it easily. Nikki has worked with many talented photographers and has 5 fabulous photo ready makeup tips.

1. Picture Perfect Complexion

SPF protects skin from harmful rays during the day, but photographs poorly because SPF creates a pale appearance. When you want amazing pictures, skip SPF.

2) Creating a Dewy Glow

The best time to moisturize is after you shower or after you wash your face. Moisturize when skin is still moist. Moisturizers are intended to lock moisture into skin, not add moisture.

3) Create a Gorgeous Pout

Line your lips with your favorite lip liner. Then, fill them in with the same lip liner. Add your favorite lipstick over the lip liner. This will create the appearance of beautiful full lips.

4) Use Contouring to Create a Slimmer Nose

Many women confuse bronzers for contour. These are two very different things! Bronzers contain a slight shimmer to a full on shimmer and contour is a flat matte color. Bronzers should be applied to tops of cheekbones and center of nose for a dewy glow. However, contour should be placed under cheekbones and around the hairline to frame and warm-up the face. Contour is also used on the sides of the nose, which will create a slimmer appearance.

5) Long Lush Lashes

The trick to making your eyes look bigger and more open is sometimes not with eyeshadows. Your lashes are key for this trick. Curl really well with a good quality lash curler. Nikki recommends using Shu Uemura. Then, add a good layer of mascara. Increase drama by adding a second layer of mascara to outer lashes.

You can visit Nikki Bartlett’s website at http://www.blushingbeautybynikki.com/ . Appointment requests can be submitted online or by phone at 281-704-5634.

Tammie’s Friday Tips-5 Fashionable Htown Father’s Day Ideas

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I am a last minute gift shopper. I am sure many of you are scrambling trying to come up with Father’s Day gift ideas. Take a deep breath and do not panic. There is still time. You live in Houston and have awesome choices for perfect gift ideas for Dad or your hubby. Spoil that special man in your life with these fashionable Htown Father’s Day gift ideas.

1. Upscale grooming: Your special man will enjoy a gift certificate to Martin’s Gentlemen Salon, which offers an upscale and modern environment where men can relax while getting groomed, and enjoy a glass of wine or scotch and catch up on news or sports, all while receiving a scalp massage, hot towel, and haircut. To further enhance their experience, Dad can enjoy a manicure/pedicure. shavhttp://www.mgshouston.com/index.html

2. Fashionable boots: Check out Lucchese’s Bannock roper boots, available in seven colors; $595 at Lucchese Houston. https://www.lucchese.com/thelastword/2014/12/8/announcing-the-lucchese-houston-flagship-store/

3. Made in the Shade: A pair of Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses will pilot dad into any situation with a large degree of style.

4. The Lucky Man: No men’s fragrance is as desired as Green Irish Tweed. Crisp, sporty, and indulgent. This cologne can be purchased for $175-$470 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

5. Fear the Beard: Father’s Day gift giving is not complete in Houston without supporting Houston sports! The Houston Rockets had an awesome year and next year will be even better. Help Dad support Htown with a Houston Rockets baseball cap, jersey or t-shirt! Or, purchase season tickets through Brittney Randolph, Houston Rockets Season Ticket Account Executive at 713-758-7414. Father’s and hubby’s are also ready for football season. Support our Houston Texans and purchase your NFL gear now!

Brittney’s Tips-Sensational Scents For You & Dad

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Fresh scents to make you feel flawless

Gucci Guilty- SO you know that smell that makes all the boys drool and act like their children because their automatically attracted and you don’t want any other female to know the secret because you want all the attention for yourself? I am pretty much kicking myself for releasing this sexy little secret to all you lovelies. Working in a basketball arena around a lot of men, I have never gotten such positive response from a perfume or complimented 100% of the time by my fragrance as I did with this perfume. It is sexy, subtle, seductive, and leaves an irresistible smell that guys seem to go coo coo for! I don’t think any other phrase but “yummy” is the best expression to explain it-when it comes to men and this perfume. I will say the only down-fall would be that it does not last as long as I would desire, but it is probably my favorite. If I were to describe a movie it reminds me of when I wear it, the movie would have to be Cruel Intentions. Also, the cost is great! I would say it is an average price for a true perfect perfume. 1.6 Ounce $77 2.5 Ounce $99,

Other Must Have Picks:
Victoria Secrets Tease 1.7 Oz $49 (Not easy to travel with)
Georgia Armani Acqua Di Giola 1.7 Oz $69
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium 1.6 Oz $90
Tom Ford Black Orchid 1.7 Oz $112
Tom Ford Costa Azurra 1.7 Oz $215
Cartier La Panthere 1.6 Oz $108
Pink Sugar Pink Sugar 1.7 Oz $45

Perfect Father’s Day Gifts for Your Hubby, Dad, or for your favorite boy toy!

Creed Aventus – Lets just talk about a to die for head to toe cologne for a man. This was God’s creation to a man this cologne will have you at hello. Creeds creations are absolutely irresistible and hard to stop wanting to take a wiff after you have had one. Creed is also every lasting and last a man a full 24 hours which we as ladies know is a tough task for a cologne to conquer with all their manly sweat! But this cologne I think may be one of the best from Creed. I am a Huge creed cologne fan I will say they come with quite a price though. For a good up to par alternative for a lower cost, I highly suggest Yves Saint Laurent Le Homme which is pretty magnificent as well! 1 Oz $175 2.5 Oz $290 4 Oz $350 8.4 Oz $470

Other perfect Picks:
Yves Saint Laurent Le Homme 2 Oz $67
Creed Himalaya 1 Oz $175
Creed Green Irish Tweed 1 Oz $175
Versace Eros 1.7 Oz $62
Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb 1.7 Oz $90
Tom Ford Noir 1.7 Oz $100
Paco Rabanne Invictus 1.7 Oz $62
Versace Man Eau Fraiche 1.7 Oz $59
Chanel Allure Homme Sport 3.4 Oz $89

Brittney Randolph

Perfecting Imperfections- Taylor’s 5 Friday Tips

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My sweet friend Taylor Lanning Minter is a former beauty queen and has fabulous makeup advice. Taylor was crowned Miss Bay Area USA in 2004 and Miss Houston in 2010. Today she is going to share her secrets to perfecting imperfections.

Ok John Legend since we don’t all look like your gorgeous wife and model Chrissy Teigen when we wake up in the morning, I am putting together my top 5 list on loving your perfect imperfections and how to maybe camouflage them a little 🙂

1) Blend your way to perfection – The Beauty Blender is a must have for every woman, I mean come on ladies they call it makeups best friend! I am a Beauty Blender believer… And if you don’t want to listen to me maybe you should listen to every other magazine, makeup artist or celebrity bragging about it. It is a small investment at $19 and do not try to get a cheaper imitation. This is the real deal, just wet this tiny little miracle under the sink and beat that little face beautiful. It has a great egg shape for both large and small surface areas. It eliminates lines and streaks, gets into tiny creases, and is great for blending in contouring! www.beautyblender.com

2) Bags and lines… We don’t like them in the airport and we don’t like them on our face – Have no fear ladies COVERGIRL Professional loose powder is here! This is one of my favorite products to share with friends. It is a translucent powder that I put on top of my liquid highlighter or foundation. It goes under the eyes using a fluff brush or your Beauty Blender to get rid of bags and lines and make you appear to have slept for 1,000 years even if your running on a couple hours. It also has another important job, catching all of your eyeshadow that falls from your eyes when using brushes. The best part is that it’s less than $7. I have bought similar powders from artists and makeup counters alike for $30 or more. Grab this on your next trip to the grocery store or get it online at www.covergirl.com .

3) Flawless foundation – If you have something you need to cover up or a bad break out, Kat Von D Lock It foundation is your answer !! I love this foundation and use it myself for when I am going to an event. It has amazing covearage but still looks smooth on the skin! If it can cover a tattoo it can probably handle whatever you need! It has no parabens and can be worn for 24 hours without coming off and contains natural polymers to help absorb oil and keep you matte. I use it with the Lock and Load setting mist which I put on the top 5 list a couple weeks ago. At $35 I feel like it is a great price and you can get it at www.sephora.com.

4) A sticky way to perfect – putting food on your face may be the BEST way to get that perfect looking skin you have been dreaming about. I personally love this tip and do it at home all the time…Honey mask. If your looking to get the glowing skin and maybe need some help fighting acne look to the bees for help. Buy a raw, unpasteurized honey at the store or local hive to make sure all the enzymes and nutrients are in tact. Simply apply the honey directly to your face up to twice a day for 10 minutes or up to an hour and then rise off with water when done. You will be amazed by the results, most people do not know that honey is the best natural antibiotic there is! Your skin will be glowing, feel amazing, and you will see blemishes vanish!

5) Scrubbing out stretch marks and cellulite – Tis the season to swim and for some of us that may cause high anxiety about how we look in our swim wear. I don’t care who you are every woman has cellulite somewhere… and most mothers have stretch marks from harboring our humans in our bellies for 9 months! I have a solution to help stretch marks fade and cellulite disappear. A coffee scrub is a great way to help these two issues. You can purchase online at www.bodyblendz.com.au or use the left over grounds from your coffee at home. The coffee is absorbed into the body through the skin (our largest organ) and the caffeine helps to increase blood flow and circulation. Resulting in beautiful skin that is ready for the teeny weeny bikini or anything else for that matter.

Hope you all enjoy, like, and share Perfecting Imperfections: Taylor’s 5 Friday Tips. Visit the blog next Friday for more tips to glam-up your weekend! Wishing you all a fabulously, glam weekend!

Author-Taylor Lanning Minter

Summer 2015 Makeup Trends: What’s Hot and What’s Not

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Glam up your weekend and stay hot with these easy, quick makeup tips-Taylors’s top 5 What’s Hot & Tammie’s Top 5 What’s Not. Stay current-know what to try and what to avoid.

What’s Hot:

1) Summer time FUN! Put some color on those lips. Bring on the pinks, berries, peaches, bright orange-reds and more! Remember when trying out this look to think about your outfit and eye makeup when playing with lip colors. Also, try putting your lips on first ladies before you put on your blush and bronzer. You may need a little less depending on the lip color.

2) When in doubt wings out – It’s all about the winged eyeliner in 2015! Adding a little line to the outside corner of your eye may sound simple enough, but it must be done cleanly and correctly. You can use a pencil or go with a liquid liner to accomplish this look. If you use a pencil, you may also want to take a liner/angle eyebrow brush and go over it with black shadow. This will create a deeper impact, and refined wing tip.

3) Brown is the new black – On the eyes that is…eyeshadows and smokey looks done in the brown and taupe family are so in for Summer 2015! I also feel like this brown eyed beauty craze perfectly coincides with the khaki and military green fashion trend happening right now. It’s a match made in heaven!

4) Eye popping color – This next trend is still all about the eyes but in a very colorful way. This pop art eye makeup got a little crazy on the runway but we have seen it done beautifully in pale blues on the lid almost like eyeliner. Another really hot shade to try on the eyes is purple. I also love putting a color liner on the inside of the lower lid which is also on trend. Recently, Kim Kardashian was spotted sporting this look with a bright aqua on display on the inside of her lower lid.

5) Bare naked – looking that is. This barely there makeup look is just that…a look so don’t freak ladies. You will still get to use the bare necessities to achieve this effortless natural look. You will need a fine powder, light blush, pinky-nude lipstick and a little mascara. But, remember it is supposed to look like you have nothing on!

What’s Not:

1) Contouring can create an appearance of beautiful, sculpted cheekbones, and a smaller nose. This spring it is all about natural contouring. Noticeable contouring is so last season.

2) Fake-looking lashes are a thing of the past. This season natural lashes are what’s hot. All you need is a good quality mascara-Maybelline Lash Blast mascara and Dior Show are excellent choices. Apply several coats, and you are ready to go. If you still want to wear fake eyelashes, a natural look is on trend.

3) Plumped, injected lips have been popular for quite a while and over-drawn lip liner. Over-drawn lips are out this season. If you want to create a fuller lip, light pastel shades and lip gloss will make your lips appear fuller and create a more natural appearance. The idea is to make your lips look proportionate to the rest of your face. Avoid the fake-look lip this season.

4) Frame your face-Eyebrows are so important the wrong shaped eyebrow can completely destroy your overall look. The overly squared eyebrow that is heavily drawn in with a pencil looks harsh and fake: this look is out this season. The natural look is simple to achieve. Always make sure your eyebrows are tweezed, or threaded following your natural arch. Then, lightly color them in with a pencil.

5) Nailed it-Say good-bye to eagle talon nail tips, and nail art. Enjoy your natural nails. Short nails are in this spring. Try natural looking colors or choose bright and bold. Just keep them short. I took my shellac off last week. At first, I didn’t like it at all. Now, I love my short nails. This nail trend will save you time and money!

Hope you all enjoy, like, and share the Friday Summer Makeup Trends: What’s Hot and What’s Not this week. Visit the blog next Friday for more tips to glam-up your weekend! Wishing you all a fabulously, glam weekend!

Glam-Up Your Weekend: 10 Splurge & Conserve Makeup Tips

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Tammie and Taylor have teamed up for a Friday Splurge and Conserve Be Fashion Friends post. You can find helpful makeup and fashion tips every Friday to glam-up your weekend. This week Tammie will offer splurge suggestions and Taylor will offer conserve suggestions.

Tammie’s Top 5 Splurge Tips:

1. Foundation is the key to everything. If you want your face to look gorgeous in person, and in photographs, splurging on foundation is a must! Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is my go to foundation. Ask any make-up artist this is a must—splurge. It is basically, liquid gold in a bottle. This always tops the list of best foundations. Personally, I started using this foundation over 10 years ago. This foundation is expensive -$62, but it truly last all day, and you do not have to apply a lot for coverage.

2. You deserve it! Look fabulous with a powder that truly feels like silk on your face. I love Armani Lasting Silk UV Powder for $52. This truly leaves a silky appearance, and no matter what your skin-type this is amazing!

3. Blush-Orgasm by Nars is an exciting blush with a name you will not forget. This is an expensive blush for $30, but this color looks amazing on any face tone.

4. Hard on the pocket book, but long lasting on the eye-Nars and Mac offer the best pigment, blending capability, and color palettes. Nars individual eyeshadows are $25, but the duos are a better deal for $35. Mac individual eyeshadows are $16, but the palettes are always a better deal.

5. If you want to splurge and love a red lip, Chanel has a Rouge Allure color that is amazing! At $35, this is expensive, but this color has blue under tones instead of orange, and looks fabulous with most skin tones. Pretty red lip colors are difficult to find. Try this because you will love it!

Taylor’s Top 5 Conserve Tips:

1. If you’re not whitening, you are yellowing… Between toothpaste, trays, strips and bleaching pens we have tried it all! My tip for best results on a budget for whitening is Oil Pulling. This is a simple process, just add one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish for up to 20 minutes. It’s ok to start with a smaller amount of time and work your way up. It also has many other benefits such as helping to fight of gingivitis, plaque, and bad breath. There are a couple brands I prefer, Nature’s Way Coconut Oil ($8), and Nutiva Coconut Oil ($20). The main thing to remember for this method of whitening is to purchase USDA organic coconut oil.

2. A lip liner that’s light on the pocket book but heavy on everyday style. It’s pretty much my everyday go-to lip liner and seems to just work with whatever makeup look I am going for. For under $4, Prestige lip liner in Cameo (color) can’t be beat! I am asked all the time what lip liner I use, and where I purchased it. I found mine at HEB but you can also order it online at prestigecosmetics.com.

3. Long Lashes on the low end! Eyelash extensions are on trend right now, but they are expensive and can cause you to lose your real lashes, or have reactions to the adhesive. Want the same look without all the expense, upkeep, and risk? Look no further than Covergirl LashBlast Volume mascara. I have had several professional makeup artists recommend this mascara. For under $6, it can’t be beat. It is always the best feeling when someone asks if I have faux lashes on, and I get to say no they are all mine!

4. Prime, set, save! Kat Von D Lock N’ Load makeup setting mist is awesome. For $24, the two in one primer, and setting mist is a steal. The weightless mist can be sprayed on before, and after your makeup is applied for a flawless look for up to 16 hours. This primer keeps eyeshadows, blush, and lip color from fading. It won’t leave skin feeling sticky, but will keep makeup from melting when it’s hot and humid. I have been using it pretty much since Kat Von D launched her makeup line.

5. A spray tan that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Houston has heated up and that means it’s time to be outside but what about those white legs that have pretty much been in hibernation all winter. Getting a spray tan is nothing new these days, but since I have a ton of experience in this category because I competed in pageants and was a former Miss Houston. I have literally tried it all… Spray tans can range from $75 to $130. I strongly recommend two products, not only for the reasonable prices, but also for the convenience of doing it on your own schedule. First, Neutrogena Micro Mist for $12 is amazing. It is so easy to apply, and dries quickly, and won’t leave you feeling sticky. Second, I also recommend Sephora Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist; it’s a little more expensive than the Neutrogena Micro Mist at $16 but it gives you color immediately. This is still conservatively priced compared to some other products offered online that can cost $34 to $40. Both of these products will give you a gorgeous natural looking tan without orange palms, streaking, or the high price tag!

Hope you all enjoy the Friday Splurge & Conserve makeup tips this week. Visit the blog next Friday for more tips to glam-up your weekend! Wishing you all a fabulously glam weekend!

Make Brow Contact Before Eye Contact

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Eyebrows shaping is not just service for Cori Aston. It is her art. Cori is well-known throughout Houston as an amazing eyebrow expert, and make-up artist. Cori shapes my eyebrows, and shared 5 awesome tips with me.

1. Apply castor oil nightly to your eyebrows and your lash line, making sure it touches the hair follicles. Castor oil will make eyebrows thicker, stronger, and longer. Apply castor nightly and new growth will be noticeable within 2-6 weeks. This will save a great deal of money because the cost of castor oil is about $5 for a 8 ounce bottle, and the cost of brow and lash serums is about $80 – $150.

2, Always thread or tweeze eyebrows, Waxing can cause scarring, reduce hair growth, and cause wrinkles.

3. Thicker eyebrows frame the face and make the face appear more youthful. Be careful not to over-tweeze eyebrows.

4. Use 2 shades to fill in eyebrows. Use darker shade to fill any gaps in eyebrow. Under-eyebrow gets a darker shade and the top of the eyebrow gets a lighter shade. This will create impact without overpowering.

5. Use a Spoolie brush to brush the eyebrow, which will create a soft appearance. Then, spray the eyebrows with a small bottle of hairspray instead of brow gel, which will also save money.

Mention this blog post, and you will get 25% off a makeup application when you purchase an eyebrow service. Cori can be reached at www.coriaston.net and 713-907-1490.