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Review of Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

(Photo Credit: Younique)
(Photo Credit: Younique)

Many women will agree that they were not blessed with amazing lashes. Thus begins the quest for finding a mascara that can give you the length, fullness and gorgeous lashes. There are a ton of mascara’s on the market, however, I have found that finding a great one that combines both length, fullness and does not smudge is not an easy task. My clients ask me all the time if there is an alternative to wear false eyelashes so I know I am not alone in my search.

I recently have been hearing the name Younique from many and hearing about there Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. The three step process uses the Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers, to help create the appearance of thickness and volume to your existing lashes. I was fortunate to be given a set of the Moodstruck to test out on my lashes. The pair of wands are packaged in a gorgeous case which makes it easy to keep the two products together in your makeup bag, as one can not be used without the other. First you apply the Transplanting Gel which is dark in color and will remind you of a mascara, in texture. Apply the gel to the top of the lashes and then underneath so as to keep your lashes curled. Next apply the natural fibers to the lashes, which must be done immediately after the gel so that the fibers will stick. Once both eyes have the two steps applied to them it is time for the third and final step, which is actually going over the lashes with the Transplanting Gel. By doing the third step it will set the fibers into place and maintain the gorgeous length and volume. It may take one or two times of applying to get the technique in application down, while it is easy, it is different than using regular mascara.

So, is it worth it? YES! The difference that the 3D Fiber Lashes make to your own lashes is very easy to see, it really does everything. It will give you the look of false eyelashes without the glue and hassle. It is very noticeable without having to use a mirror to see it and if you were taking photographs, your eyes will pop. The 3D Fiber Lashes do come off with makeup remover and are in fact water resistant so you can wear them out in the humidity or cry and they will not smudge.

The set is $29 USD and will last you three months, which is about the time that you should replace mascara in your makeup bag as to keep your products clean and bacteria free. The bottles are generous in size and product so I am sure that it will last and keep giving you those amazing lashes that you have always wanted but were not born with.

* I received the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to test. My opinions expressed in this post are my own. *

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Tracie Rosales Makes Clients Look Their Best Every Time

Thanks to Small Business Trendsetters for the lovely story about me and my business!  Honored to be written and shares about.


062608143845_ppEveryone wants to look their best, every day. From special occasions to professional engagements to actors and actresses on the set, Tracie Rosales of Makeup Artistry By Tracie (www.tracierosales.com) is invested in bringing her clients’ best faces forward. Recently expanding operations from solely serving the metro DC area to including service in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Rosales is working to bring her fresh-faced, customer-driven aesthetic to a wider audience. By offering a mobile service, Rosales is able to travel to her clients, wherever they need her.

“We are totally mobile and come to the client, to make it convenient for them,” Rosales says. “If it is a photo shoot then I come before and will stay on set during for any touch-ups, modification and to help.” Rosales services help bring her clients more confidence and helps give them a sense of calm, whether it’s their wedding day or they are uncomfortable in front of a camera or appearing in public. Being behind the scenes is one part of her job that she loves most. “I get to see the bride before she walks down the aisle, the speaker before they go out on stage, the models backstage before they walk the catwalk,” Rosales says.

In addition to offering clients her skills and services, Rosales is also happy to pass along any makeup tips or tricks that can help her clients achieve professional-looking results at home. Dedicated to increasing her professional development, Rosales is considers herself a lifelong learner when it comes to her improving her skills. Boasting an impressive list of credentials and certifications, Rosales is committed to bringing her clients the most up-to-date looks, techniques, and beauty services.

Customers are appreciative of the services Makeup Artistry by Tracie provides, often offering referrals and providing customer endorsements and testimonials. Using her professional expertise, Rosales is able to be the calm, quiet voice of reason, standing behind her aesthetic choices, even when other professionals are dubious. In one instant, the fresh-faced, natural looks she created not only set the perfect tone for the bridal photo shoot she was hired for, it also brought referrals from the photographer.

“From that point on she began referring her brides and other clients to me saying that I knew what I was doing and that with the right technique you could achieve an amazing look, without being overly done, and still have beautiful pictures,” Rosales said. Landing clients from individuals to corporations – including Google – and working for magazines like Brides and Wedding of Northern Virginia and Winery Weddings, which both chose Rosales to craft their cover looks, Rosales has been named to the Top 40 Under 40: Rising Business and Community Leaders for Loudon

Should You Use Beauty Oils?

beauty oilThere is always a new trending product or serum that becomes the rage and you see all the companies make their version of it.  But, that doesn’t always mean it is for your skin.

Beauty Oil seems to be the trending new skincare product that is all over.  I have tried a couple of oils especially in the dry months to aid against drier skin.  A few tips if you are thinking about using Beauty Oils and which ones you should use based on your skin.

A great way to add a little beauty oil into you regime without going crazy is to mix it with your moisturizer.  Especially in the daytime if you are using a moisturizer with SPF.

Press oils onto your skin, don’t rub them in.

Bought an oil but not loving it for your skin?  Don’t toss it, use oil on dry hair to tame fly-aways.  Keep in mind to use it lightly and not go heavy.  Or mix the oil with your body moisturizer.

Beauty Oils can curb the signs of aging as they deliver antioxidants.  They also can make your skin glow by delivering moisture and radiance to the skin.  If you have oily skin than go with light oils or one that says featherweight on it.  This way you get the benefits of oil without the heaviness.  Another way to utilize oil is trying the cleansing oils.  They deep cleanse and remove makeup while leaving skin soft and not stripping it.

Still not sure?  One place that is great for being able to try it out and they will send samples home with you is Sephora.

Bridal Makeup Trends for 2014 Spring

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring Fashion Show 2014 (Photo Credit: Brides.com)
Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring Fashion Show 2014 (Photo Credit: Brides.com)

Bridal Makeup Trends always come from a number of factors,  Fashion Week, Celebrities, Red Carpet and the “it” colors.  Based off of these categories there are some certain trends that you will see on the bridal magazine covers and in photos trending.

Bridal Fashion Week had three of the most notable trends.

Cat Eye:  While this is not a new trend it is one that is here to stay.   A vintage retro look that works with many styles of brides looks and the cat eye can be subtle or dramatic based on the preference.

Pink Lips:  Carolina Herrera Bridal Show showcased the pink lip and rosy cheeks.  A romantic and fresh look that are flattering, easy to wear, and reapplying is super easy when it comes to touch ups.

Luminous Skin:  Diane Von Furstenburg‘s runway show had the best example of flawless luminous skin.  Gorgeous skin is always on trend and it looks like perfection in photos.  While everyone is not blessed with amazing skin, there are ways to achieve luminous skin using products.

Jessica Alba People Choice Awards 2014 (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Jessica Alba People Choice Awards 2014 (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Celebrities can create a trend with just one photo.  Think Jennifer Lopez and her amazing sun kissed Glow.

Jessica Alba set a trend when she walked the red carpet of the People Choice Awards this year.  A silver and grey smokey eye with a pink lip.

Taylor Swift is one gal that really does show a great face.  Her typical style is a red lip, matte foundation and a lighter eye so as not to compete with that lip.  A classic Hollywood glamour look that is gorgeous.

The ‘it” color of the year is chosen and for 2014 it is Radiant Orchid.  The color of the year will be used in bridesmaids gowns, color and decor themes and covers of the magazines.  The way you can translate it into bridal makeup is by purple hues of eye shadows.  It is a great color shadow for many, which makes this years “it” color a great makeup option.

While it is all about your style and what you feel comfortable wearing.  We all want gorgeous photos and you may need to wear a little more makeup than you are used to it is a balance.  A great makeup artist can help you find that balance and achieve a stunning look for your big day.

Best 2014 Golden Globe Beauty Looks

Whether your favorite actor or actress won a Golden Globe, the red carpet was full of stunning and surprising looks.  While there were so many starlets that looked great there were some ladies that were perfection.  Here are some of my favorite beauty looks.

(Photo Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Mila Kunis showed everyone how to wear a gray smokey eye perfectly.  What was stunning was that it was not over done with black smoke.  It was dramatic with restraint.  Mila’s makeup artist Tracey Levy used Lancôme shadows and pencils to create her look.  Lancôme Color Design Infinite 24HR in Timeless Taupe on the lids with a dash of Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl Pencil in Gris Noir and Lancôme Artliner in Noir.

(Photo Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Pink Lips were shown on the Spring Fashion Runway by designers like Carolina Herrera and Diane Von FurstenburgEmma Watson wore a pink lip perfectly at the Golden Globes.  Her pout popped and the rest of her makeup complimented it perfectly.

(Photo Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Showing hair and makeup in harmony and not only for young Hollywood was Cate Blanchett.  Instead of wearing a red lip, Cate opted for going with the pink trend.  Her bob was perfectly in place and was styled with a great blow out.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Jennifer Lawrence made me look twice as her hair and makeup looked amazing. The dark mulberry lip color was Rouge Dior Lipstick in Prune Daisy.   I also loved that her shadow was a silver eye shadow that was not too dark.  The eye shadow used was Dior’s 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow in Gris-Gris.

 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

(Photo Credit: DHC Care.com)
(Photo Credit: DHC Care.com)

I recently received a sample sized DHC Deep Cleansing Oil treatment.   It was sent in a “mom” package with goodies for my son and the Cleansing Oil was my bonus.  The card in the box said that the Oil would give me clean, fresh, glowing skin.  I typically do not use oil products as my skin is combination and the last thing I need is more oil.  However, living on the East Coast in winter, with heaters running everywhere my skin is very dry.

I found that the oil did an amazing job at removing makeup at the end of the day and hydrating my skin.  It even removed waterproof eyeliner and mascara easily, without a greasy feeling.  The oil once emulsifies with water it turns into a lotion that rinses completely and gives you a fresh feeling.  I continued to use the product over two weeks and found that my skin looked better and my complexion had improved.

Try the Deep Cleansing Oil if your skin is like mine or you are looking for a new product to try.

Creating Drag: MAC Makeup Class

I had the pleasure of being able to attend a MAC Cosmetics pro makeup class, “Creating Drag”.  I was so excited to meet the instructor Romero Jennings as he has been a MAC Pro for many years and he has mastered the art of beauty makeup along with editorial makeup you find in Hapers Bazaar, Vogue and other major publications.  I knew that the class was going to be a great lesson in creating contour and highlights in a face not to mention some amazing glamour.  However, I learned more in those 2 hours than I expected, added to my bag of tricks and had a blast.  The transformation was amazing and I thought that I would share some photos so that everyone can see the before and after.

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