Shadows // 2017 reviewed

Hi, its 70º here in LA, and im ending my year at the beach. I love Southern California. 
Makeup detail at the bottom of the post <3

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Though we still have two more weeks of the year. I'm so ready for 2018, with high expectations and a ton of ambition. (A high contrast to last year).  2017, for me, was a roller coster. With allot of ups and a few, very low, downs.  I feel like I've learned a lot about my limits, my self-worth and focused on refining myself. 


Some big milestones this year:
At the start of this year I made it my resolution to do more art. I was feeling really burnt out on makeup, and overall dissatisfied with my work. I realized makeup was my life. It was my passion, my hobby, my job. So I decided to make time for making art. I've always been interested in calligraphy and typography, so everyday (with a few exceptions) I sit down and practice lettering. It was probably one of the most satisfying things I've done all year. I even featured my work in an art show. :)
I started a youtube channel which lead to a job creating a 'viral' beauty page. Making a youtube was scary enough and a huge accomplishment for me.
I went on my first real vacation to Hawaii!!! probably one of the coolest things I did was swimming for turtles.

We've had alot of tragedy this year as well, Ive had friends and family directly effected by the Las Vegas shooting and the Thomas fires (still raging). But I am glad we are all still safe and well. I  hope the new year is good to me and all of you. 


Tell me about something amazing that happened to you this year <3

Outfit details:
Jacket- thrifted from this sick store in Ventura. Dress - Forever 21, i love it. I own two. Shoes from a store in the Santee Alley. Sunglasses- Raen

Makeup: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter primer & Foundation. Milani Cosmetics Contour & highlight stick. Set with the Milani Prep-set-glow powder. Highlight is Artiste Couture in 'Illuminati".  Eyes- I used the Naked 3 pallet. NYX liquid eyeliner. Lips are Tarte lipstick. Brows are Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

Not sorry about the photo overload, I just love them so much. Thanks so much Ryan!!
See his work here: Ryan Hackbarth  // @rhack

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that new new

I am officially back to freelancing!!! And I could not be happier!!
I learned allot the last few months, about myself and my work ethic. I stayed because I believed in it. But in retrospect, it wasnt worth it. The toxicity of that place and their lack of "culture" really did a number on me, both mentally and physically. Always put yourself and your happiness first! You deserve it. <3 The best thing to come from that job was the few solid friends I made, who I now create meaningful art with. And a bitchen skin care routine....seriously my skin has never looked so good. ;)

It has taken me awhile to announce it, because it honestly took me awhile to shed that negativity. Im back on my grind, loving every second of it. With a new found sense of purpose and knowledge, YA GIRL IS BACK.

Im trying to find the time to shoot more personal content like this. I want to share my favorite new beauty products, my first impressions of makeup,  and makeup looks.  I want to work on turning this blog into a sick beauty blog. Ill still be featuring weekly glams, and photoshoots that im working on. 
Ive been feeling really adventurous with my makeup and style  recently, and as I experiment with my over all look, id love to share them here. 


I also would love to hear from you! What do you want to see more of? As a beauty professional, im happy to pass down tips and tricks that ive picked up through out the years. My comment section on each post is always open!
 

Im not over the Fenty hype. Im wearing the Pro Filt'r primer and foundation. Also Trophy wife is the only highlighter that I wear now a days. Im also wearing Milani Cosmetics Contour stick and lipstick. 

I thrifted half this outfit. The only thing not thrifted is the body suit from a random shop in the Santee Alley. 

Thank you so much Kiyana for hanging, and taking these rad photos!
Take a look at her work kiyanatehrani.com  & on instagram @Kiyanatehrani

Fall Makeup // Blusher

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

This video didn't go 'viral' but 1.2M aint bad. LOL. This was blushers first truly makeup video, and there are allot of reasons why I think the video didnt go 'viral'. But i'm still very happy and proud of this one. 
Shot and edited by my partner in crime Demitri // @lifeasDem

Blusher

I haven't posted any recent blusher videos lately. This is what I do as my day-job, its a little different from my norm, but i hope you enjoy these videos. <3
I help out with every blusher video thats made, some more then others, here are some of my favorites.

Starting with the Face Masks Video: Im super proud of this video, I did a ton of research and fought really hard to make this one happen. The rose mask is 100% original! I teamed up Demitri and we knocked this one out of the park. For some reason they wanted me to cover my tattoos in this video, since we used a model, a little bit of a bummer, but oh well. 
My friend Maya took some beautiful still for us as well, ill include them here too.

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This next one is "hair hacks" It was a really quick one, and allot of fun for us to make. Again Dem and I killed this video <3

Both Videos were shot & edited by my partner in crime Demitri // @lifeasdem

This last one was a real struggle and a great learning opportunity. The blusher team went through many changes during the course of production, too many reshoots to count, and lots of growing pains. But im still very proud of this video and how far it came.
This video was shot by Helen. Edited by John Tulp. Assited by Demitri

Video: Dem // @LifeasDem
Photos: Maya Sacks //@mqsphotography
 

Ice Cream

I guess millennial pink is a thing. hahah 

I had such a good time exploring the Arts District in DTLA with Ryan. I went to the Museum of ice cream a few months ago, and knew we had to shoot against their pink building.  We caught the last bit of golden hour before it disappeared over the towering dtla skyline. After shooting we of course hit up PizzaNista right around the corner, definitely my favorite pizza in downtown. You gotta check them out next time you're in the area.
* Outfit & Makeup details at the bottom *

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So I kept my makeup on from work that day, adding a quick cat-eye with my favorite NYX liquid eyeliner. Skin is a NYX foundation stick, highlight is from that really cool opalescent highlighting pallet from Lime Crime. Contour is Bahama Mama by the Balm (of course) and i threw on a quick liquid lipstick from Lime crime's velveteen collection.

Outfit: Top: Brallet from Foreign exchange, i bought it years ago. and its till one of my favorites.
Jacket is thrifted with some DIY loving on those shoulder studs. I got my studs from studs and spikes dot com.
Skirt is old school American Apparel.
Sock from the santee alley
Shoes are my beloved docs.

Thank you so much Ryan for taking these pretty photos of me!
Check out his work HERE