Hello! I hope you’re taking in all this beautiful weather and of course wearing your sunscreen. As for me I just got back from vacation where my girls and I spent four days on the beautiful island of Bermuda.

We stayed at the Little Palms Sea Glimpse Airbnb in Sandys Bermuda and for four days we laughed, celebrated a birthday milestone, snorkeled and laid on the beach for hours. Honestly, I can’t wait to go back, four days just wasn’t enough. While on vacation I also made a promise to be more kind to myself and to stop blocking my blessings.

For the past couple of months I’ve been trying out new makeup and skincare products, creating mood boards for photoshoots, journaling, creating a freelancer game plan and as usual reaching out to photographers.

I’m currently loving Mented Cosmetics lipglosses. So much so that I plan to place my third order later this month to add a few colors to my professional kit. If you decide to make a purchase, I suggest picking up Mauve Me Over, Baby Brown, Send Nudes, and Mented #5.

Makeup

Mented Cosmetics, SUVA Beauty

I’ve been a long time fan of ELF cosmetics and within the last year, they have really stepped their game up in terms of branding, quality and new products. I purchased their Plumping Volume Mascara and I recently added their Daily Hydration Moisturizer to my skincare routine.

I found a new eyebrow pencil that love by LA colors called Browie Wowie.

Do you ever get overwhelmed with the amount of makeup you own? I got rid of several pallets that I don’t reach for anymore, but I still feel like I need to get rid of more products.

I really need for makeup and skincare brands to get rid of their fancy shipping packages, especially the ones with their logo on it. Just send my items in a plain ole box!

I don’t need the whole world to know where I’m purchasing my items from. Not to mention some of these shipping carriers are literally stealing customers packages.

Twitter has slowly morphed into Instagram, especially in regards to the makeup community. I remember back in the day being so excited to hear the latest makeup news and tips from artists of all levels during the #makeupchat days. Now it’s all about a pretty picture.

We’ve all talked smack about other creatives at some point in our lives, even I’m guilty of that

What I’m not loving right now are those I Went to the Worst Makeup Artist in my City videos on Youtube. One of the video came across my Facebook feed, and as I was watching it, I just felt uneasy and then when I read the comments it made me think “what if the MUA in the video sees this video and read the comments”.

We’ve all talked smack about other creatives at some point in our lives, even I’m guilty of that, but as I’ve grown as an artist I’ve learned that being a MUA isn’t easy and not everyone is going to love your esthetic.

When it comes to Makeup Artistry you’re not allowed to have a beginning, you’re not allowed to make mistakes. It’s all about perfection! If your makeup technique is not on par with what is social media acceptable then you’re a horrible Makeup Artist. However, recording someone without their knowledge only to bash them on a public forum is taking things to a whole other level.

We now live in an age where people attach their identity and self worth to social media attention. People are literally committing suicide because of social media.

I refuse to contribute to the decline of someone’s mental health by giving any views to a demeaning video. I think we need to have a bit more grace when it comes to how we treat people.

This year was the first year that I did not attend and to be honest I didn’t feel so bad

I’ve gone to the Makeup Show NYC every year since 2010. This year was the first year that I did not attend and to be honest I didn’t feel so bad about not attending.

When I went last year, I felt like I was seeing and experiencing the same thing from previous years. I tried to chalked it up to no longer being a newbie to the show but after a while I realize the show in my opinion has lost its spark. One thing I would love to see the show introduce is a mentorship program for MUAs of all levels.

Since I didn’t go the Makeup Show, I decide to give IMAT NYC a try and well I was left underwhelmed. I was mainly interested in seeing the various speakers but even that fell short. Although I was left disappointed, I did pick up three items, one being from a brand I have been dying to try out called Suva Beauty. I picked up three of their Hydra color eyeliners.

If you haven’t tried The Ordinary’s Glycolic Toner, you seriously need to add it to your skincare collection. After using it for a week I saw a huge difference in my skin’s texture.

One of my biggest challenges as a Makeup Artist is Color Theory. 

Moments

Dreams in Drive Happy Hour Meetup

Last week, I took the leap and attended an after work social event by myself.

Next year will make 10 years since I finished beauty school and I still feel like i’m so behind.

Did you cultivate everything you wanted for the month July?

Until next time….