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Music, Fashion & Makeup Magic

Last night I had the pleasure of doing makeup for the LA Live & Lucky Strike Presents Karaoke Runway Gala in Downtown Los Angeles benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to support the battle against childhood cancers.

All of the models were so sweet and I was flattered to have a line of beauties waiting for me to work some makeup magic on them. It was a challenge doing makeup in an extra dark VIP room but I had help from my sister, Grace and her friend Courtney with a makeshift iPhone flashlight action to make sure my work was on point. There’s always something about the energy of a behind the scenes fashion show that immediately draws me in; every detail is driven by passionate people.

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Me with my makeup set up behind the scenes in the VIP room while the models had a meeting with the designers.

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Three of the beauties I worked with last night, love the chunky necklaces and printed fabrics.

Dramatic eyes + pale lips was the look of night which meant I reached for my Chantecaille, Urban Decay, Cargo Cosmetics and Dior eye shadows for the perfect smoky eyes and Maybelline Whisper and Laura Geller lipsticks mixed with a little Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer on the lips. The skin was matte and flawless thanks to Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer blended with a damp brush spritzed with L’Occitane rosewater facial mist and set the complexion with Makeup Forever High Definition powder. To shape the face I used Dior Matte Bronzer, Jane Iredale Mineral Bronzer, Cover FX Matte Bronzer, Dior Blush in Peechy Keen, Dior Rosy Glow Blush and La Femme Blush in Sienna. To make sure the makeup stayed in place I primed the skin with BECCA Cosmetics Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector on the skin, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
and vBeaute Lip Spread on the lips.

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photos are mine & shown with no filter. (You can see it was really dark where I was working!)

& a special thank you to my Girl, Christine Thank you for always thinking of me. You’ve seen me grow up from my first days behind the counter to now! You looked fab last night.

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Feeling Forever 21, I mean 26

While I pretty much live in all black with the exception of frequent gaudy accessories and bold lip colors, this week’s Forever 21 shopping trip had my radar on retro inspired floral prints and bright chiffon.

It’s been nearly 9 months since my last visit to a Forever 21 store somewhere in South Orange County and after a somewhat unpleasant experience it had not appealed to me. This time, the two level Forever 21 in Cerritos was the spot literally getting more than an hour of my time searching the racks for some new wardrobe updates. They were having a 50% off sale on sale which is always lovely!

Although the one downfall I had was escaping the annoyance of too many hi-lo dresses and tops, I committed to 3 lovely dresses without the awkward trendy hemline and a basic black cardigan for work of course.

Here’s what I went home with:

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I was also totally impressed with the black and white sleeveless day dresses. The fit and fabric weight was quite expensive looking but I was trying to expand my color spectrum so I passed this time but how cute is the houndstooth and diamond print?

Until next time, Forever 21.

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