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Me, a beauty expert?

Christmas eve as we celebrated all the glory of family and blessings, my mom turned to me and mentioned that she read my article on winter lip treatments for examiner.com and went to Costco to buy a stack of Jenna Hipp Pout Polish gift sets to bring to the Philippines. I often forget that the reach of my work is bigger and in this case, closer than I give myself credit. Friends I haven’t seen in years, past coworkers, even old mentors drop hints that they follow me on instagram or read my column religiously. It is such a trip sometimes to realize what type of impact I have on immediate, local and international followers.

This morning, I got an email that summed up my year with surprising stats that my writing has gotten attention from viewers in 101 countries & I thought that’s pretty powerful!

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The many selfies of 2014 @rochelledelossantos, find me on ig!

I suppose with just a limited time left in 2014, it is a good time to reflect. In no other year have a felt more empowered in my identity as a beauty expert. That title used to make me cringe because I hate hate hate when people with no experience jump into the beauty industry offering bad beauty advice and call themselves experts. My life has revolved around inching towards the goal of branding my identity as a well rounded voice in this crazy beauty world and 2014 really made me really LOVE what I do again.

For a bit, I felt lost in the shuffle halfway dedicating myself to my writing and networking and falling deep into crazy land freelancing for a makeup brand that functioned with high levels of chaos. Despite a few dips in the road, my mind is now refreshed and inspired to continue fighting for my dreams. I’ve built my reputation with clients from around the world as a master makeup artist ready to conceptualize any ideas they have of the perfect look. Weddings, photo shoots and teaching personal makeup lessons has made my heart happy this year. So many clients have made me again find confidence that if you do what you love then it is forever fuel for everything else.

My writing is always the heart of my love for beauty. I hit a milestone 300+ articles written for examiner.com and have met some pretty incredible people along the way. I literally am so blessed to work with iconic, innovative, prestigious and of course impressive green beauty brands that support my talents. 2015 is looking pretty bright and I cannot wait to continue developing meaningful relationships with all of the fab PR firms and companies that produce straight up the best in makeup, skincare, hair and beauty tools.

Motivation is an understatement. I am ready for the new year! Thank you for new and old subscribers, followers and friends for always encouraging me to do what I love.

A few favorite snapshots from the past year:

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Met the one & only Jenna Hipp and previewed her new collections!

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Put my kit to good use this year. Like really, good. LOL.

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Had my first Drybar blowout & fell in love with these products!

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Drooled over the new Make Up For Ever 30/30 anniversary palette @ the Pro store press event in LA

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Got pampered at the eSalon headquarters.

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Met Team Cover FX & fell in love with their products… again.

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

There were so many new clients I’ve met in the last couple weeks with such diverse looks. These are just a few snapshots from my iPhone of new work. More to come.

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Young, Effortless Party Makeup:

I hate when makeup artists overwhelm young clients with too much product. This beautiful girl had a gorgeous set of naturally thick brows, lashes and big eyes! I kept the skin clean with just a touch of Cover FX concealer and buffed a small amount of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder/ Graftobian Pro Loose Powder mainly through the center of the face. There is no product in her brows (I’m so jealous!) Her eyes are a mix of a couple Makeup forever eyeshadows and used  generous coat of L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara. Lips are Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint mixed with Josie Maran Infinity Cream.

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Extra Smokey Charcoal eyes

At first glance, this beauty from Qatar had classic features. Creamy skin and soft eyes but we took inspiration from a few Pintrest photos of Arab makeup and came up with this rich smokey eye with a neutral romantic lip. I gave her skin a flawless canvas with Cle De Peau Concealer to highlight, Cover FX Cream Foundation & used Mehron Celebre Pro Foundation to give the face shape. I added Becca Cosmetics Beach tint on her cheeks and added Jane Iredale powder to deepen the contour. On the eyes, Inglot gel liner and Mehron Pressed pigments are all that I used to create a smokey rich look and added a pair of Eyelure lashes. The lips are a combo of Dior and Cinema Secrets lip liners and a polka dot of a Dior Addict lipstick on the center of the lips.

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Glam-Mom iconic makeup

These big blue eyes, blonde hair and soft features reminded me of a Disney Princess and her personality was so warm – I had to do an iconic makeup look. Creating a lifted eye look, I used Makeup forever Artist shadows in a few matte shades and highlighted with a sheer wash of Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed to to brighten the inner third of the eyelids and across the top of her cheekbones. I used a precise line of Inglot Gel Eyeliner and lashes to complete the eyes and pressed a small amount of Makeup Forever eyeshadow along the bottom lash line. The skin was prepped with Cover FX Calming Primer then added Bobbi Brown Tinted eye brightener and Cover FX Cream foundation to give an even complexion. On the cheeks is a Matte Bronzer from Cover FX and a blush from Chantecaille.

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Modern bronzed bride to be

I’ve obviously been obsessed with Cover FX complexion products and wanted to use the Oil Free Natural Finish Foundation to perfect this bride to be’s skin. This winged look was perfect for her unique eye shape. I used bronzy warm brown eye shadows from Cargo Cosmetics and individual lashes from Kiss Beauty to finish the eyes. This nude lip and peachy blush were the perfect complement to balance this glam face.

Lemonade, Lush & Little Treats

If there is one thing I love about meeting with old friends is the nostalgia and reminiscing that comes along with it. It feels like lifetimes ago but in my Junior year of high school I was sitting in the back of Geology class with a compact open lining my eyes with MAC’s Black Tied eye shadow and an angle brush and noticed a girl across the way who had a little shimmering makeup assortment in front of her also. Lauren and I could go on playing and talking about products literally forever! Fast forward to our adult lives we remained connected and to no surprise we are both beauty bloggers, makeup artists, skin care obsessed and beauty addicts. We were long overdue for a meetup so we stopped by the new Lemonade in Fashion Island n Newport Beach for a food coma of delicious treats. It’s always refreshing to have someone who is in the same industry striving for similar goals. We share stories of the politics of cosmetics, networking adventures and share our latest beauty finds; it’s a good time!

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I had the ‘small portions’ of Lemon Mushroom Couscous, Meatballs and Truffle Mac and Cheese with a Peach Ginger Lemonade. $16 of deliciousness!

After lunch, we parted ways and I decided to stop by two of my favorite places: Inglot and Lush. I love both of these beauty spots because the atmosphere is creative and the people are friendly. From Inglot, I picked up a matte navy eye shadow and a rusty orange shimmering shade. My eye was drawn to a deep emerald green and vibrant matte orange but unfortunately they were out of stock. Lush has some of the most unique products for bath, skin and body care not to mention a killer makeup line. I walked in just to check out what’s new and found some lovely new items including adorable penguins, metallic treats and a mini Santa!

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For some reason I didn’t take any pics at Inglot but I snapped a stream of pics at Lush!

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Check out Lauren’s blog by clicking here! Visit Inglot’s only boutique in California at Fashion Island in Newport Beach; they offer a pro discount which is always a plus and check out the Lush shop while you’re there to see some cruelty free creative finds for smelling and feeling refreshed!