MAKE TIME TO UNPLUG

From someone who used to be allergic to the word “unplug” I somehow managed to (years later) learn how to do so. Not so much to do it but I learned why I NEEDED to do it! For my mind, body and soul…

It doesn’t matter what career you are in, if you work from home or take care of your family. All of these are job and you MUST take the time to unplug, relax and maybe even meditate. Be grateful for what you have. Take the time to write these things down in a journal. Create a zen for yourself. Create a happy place to escape to even if it just in your mind.

When you take the time to do this you will come back to wherever you needed to get to faster because you are feeling so refreshed.

When I gave myself this challenge of writing 30 blogs in 30 days for my How To Series I thought it was honestly going to be a piece of cake.

Ummm…

That was not the case. I had to create a posting schedule for 30 days and five weeks that would make sense and excite my readers. Manage the professionals posts that were sent to me as I had many guests help me create a few posts each week. Then I had to share my story as well as a few others every day. Almost every post was at a minimum of 1,000 words.

And I am so happy and thrilled to share with you that today is Blog #30. The end of my How To Series. I am not going to lie when I tell you how proud I am that I achieved this personal goal of mine. Again…

That being said I am going to take my own advice and unplug this weekend. I’m going to take deep breathes, write in my journal and just escape from my norm…

Aside from unplugging I will be working on The Happy Workaholic Podcast!

I wanted to leave a few of my favorite “unplugged” quotes. Please enjoy them below…

It was true pleasure writing this series every day and I truly appreciated all of the comments here as well as all over my social media channels.

I want to connect and/or stay connected with you! Let me know what is going on in your world…

Comment below and let’s chat.

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Now it is time for me to officially unplug until Monday and I hope you do the same…

KAG

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CRUISE SHIP QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

How many of you have been on a cruise ship? How many are looking to take a trip on one? Maybe work for a cruiseline? Well I am here to help you answer all of these questions. This is for the guests, the agents and the crew.

I consider myself an expert in this field because I have worked on over 20 ships all around the world. I went on as a guest every week for almost two years straight! Yes that means I had the joy of clearing customs every week as well! Fun times! Some ships I sailed for one week and others for 4-5 depending on where I was. I was also lucky enough to go back on a previous ship. I loved doing this as once I became friends with guests and crew I would go back on that ship to see them again and of course manage everything makeup while onboard.

My job on ships was to train all the Makeup Artists on board. I was a National Makeup Artist for an International Brand and was able to cruise around, train makeup artists and paint the faces of international guests on board. Oh! I also gave seminars to thousands at a time! Seriously! This was my job. Head mic and all! You will read all about that story in my book one day but basically I created this position after contacting every cruise line asking them why there were no positions like this? So I begged and begged and BOOM it finally happened…

Now back to cruising. I want to make myself available for everyone to ask me anything regarding cruises. I will be available all day on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If we are not friends on social media please add me and feel free to message me there.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

KAG

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LOVE YOUR LASHES

I wanted to write this post for all of the lash extension lovers out there! As many of you go for full sets and your fills there are a few maintenance rules for you to follow to keep them looking as perfect as possible.

I asked my friend Soup Vannasing owner of Glamif-Eye here in Las Vegas what she suggests.

Read her advice below… 

Tip #1: Cleanse your lashes with water and baby shampoo! The more clean you keep your lashes and extensions, the longer they will last.
Tip #2: Avoid waterproof and hard to remove eye makeup.
Tip #3: Reshape your extensions after your shower. Gently comb your lashes to fan them out or use a blow dryer set on “cool” to fan them back into place. (Hold it arm length away from face).
I mean can it be any more simple? Listen to this advice and love those lashes that you’ve invested in…
Looking for Lash Extensions in Las Vegas? Contact Soups here. And be sure to tell her I sent you!
Until next time…
KAG

HAIR TIPS FROM PROS. PART TWO.

There is some great advice shared here to conclude the Hair Tips portion of Beauty Week. Just saying…

First off… I would just like to remind you of a little post I wrote a few weeks ago titled WHY COMMUNITY IS EVERYTHING!

About a year ago I became involved in a Facebook group and met an incredible woman Meg Blair. A group filled with some serious Lady Bosses.

Cut to a few months ago…

I knew Meg was involved with Monat hair products from seeing her posts so I messaged her as I was quite curious. I’ve been going through Chemo over the past few months and noticed I am loosing more hair and wanted some info on that line in the hopes that it could help me out!

Meg was amazing! Not only did she send me the link, she also sent me four full size products. If I never joined that Facebook community I never would have met Meg and/or tried these products. Building relationships in your personal and professional life is the key to happiness as well as success. This I know from experience!

I’ll admit I really need to start using my Monat products more religiously in order to see the best results but so far so good. It is amazing to see the result’s of others so I’m hoping I’ll end up like one of them soon. As of right now, it has kept my color in two weeks longer and the fullness and shine is on another level! That right there is pretty great considering the length of time I have been using them…

If you want to see what Monat products I am using check out my Instagram Stories later today…

To learn more about Monat follow Meg Blair below…

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Now I would like to introduce you to Tanya Ramirez aka @untamedinstinct on Instagram.

I met Tanya when I first moved to Beverly Hills. I went on Google my first day there searching for someone to save my hair because someone in Miami had just turned my hair to a pretty orange shade! That being said her incredible portfolio sold me! I booked my first appointment with her. She took a drastic unrealistic color and magically turned it into perfection and without damaging my hair one bit. From black to blonde is a pretty tough job! When I left LA for San Diego a few years later I still made the trips to LA to see her because she really is the best!

I asked Tanya to share some basic tips for us today. They are short, sweet and to the point…

Tips on the best way to part your hair. 
Heart-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Side parting
A side-parting helps to shift the focus away from the widest part of the head: forehead. By creating this diagonal line across the face, there is more emphasis on the lower structure of the face: cheekbones, lips, chin. Keep the top sleek with any volume in mid-shaft through ends of hair.
Square-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting helps soften the edges/corners of the face both in the forehead, as well as, the chin area.
A side-parting also helps shift the focus away from the wide areas of the face. There is more emphasis on the eyes, cheeks, nose and lips. Keep any volume to a minimum to maintain a sleek profile.
Round-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting helps create a center focal point and softens the outer edges of the face for an elongated shape.
A side-parting can also help shift the focus away from the wide areas of the face. This way there is more emphasis on the eyes and cheekbones. Keep any volume to a minimum to maintain a sleek profile.
Oval-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting can highlight the overall symmetry and balance of the face. Be sure to create some volume at the sides of the face with your hair to avoid an over-elongated profile.
A side-parting can shift the focus and create the illusion of a wider face to help balance out the overall structure. This face shape benefits from volume at the top and sides of the face.
Want to get in touch with Tanya? Click her links below and be sure to tell her I sent you…
I really hope all these tips have helped you and my Monat story has peeked your interest. And of course if you have a comment for any of us please leave them below.

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Until next time…

KAG

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THE CLIENT PERSPECTIVE

Throughout Beauty Week I have been giving you tips, tricks and advice from experienced professionals in their own craft. Today I wanted to switch it up a bit! I wanted to share a client’s perspective as well as some more info on brows…

Let’s jump right in…

Sabrina Dandridge is an actor and model currently living in NYC. I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina many years ago when she modeled for my makeup line in Rhode Island where we both happen to be from. She was fantastic of course! I asked Sabrina to share her thoughts with me about getting her makeup done professionally.

Hear Sabrina’s point of view below on what it is like to be the one sitting in the chair…

In my opinion, brows are the bane of the face. It is important to have a groomed brow, and shaped nicely. I get my makeup done fairly often in the line of work I am in (actor, model) and the one thing I notice, that is consistent across the board, is the lack of knowledge, attention and tools involving eyebrow presentation. I almost always have to touch up my brows with my own researched products and proven tools, in order to achieve a more polished and flattering look. Glossier has a product, called Boy Brow, that has changed the game of brow enhancing (for me). I can’t recommend the product enough. It is by far one of the best on the market right now. I’m not being paid to say that, either. Makeup Artists, listen up!

A few things I love about getting my makeup done are the obvious pampering aspect. I won’t deny I enjoy that! Another is access to knowledge. I learn something valuable from every Makeup Artist I meet and work with. They are the experts, after-all, and they all have different information, tips, techniques and tools I like to absorb. I then apply what I learn to enhance my own routines and add to my beauty regime necessities.

Lastly, I love the creative aspect of what can be created and the stories that can be told through the medium of makeup and beauty platforms. I love being a canvas for that sort of expression. It’s a type of art, and I can appreciate the artistry that goes into it.

Want to learn more about Sabrina? Visit her on Instagram @theladymuse or her website here…

Chelsea Barber has another perspective I would like to share. Chelsea also modeled for my makeup line many years ago when we both lived in Los Angeles. She is now living in New Orleans and is one of the hair stylists I featured in HAIR TIPS-PART ONE.

Hear what Chelsea has to say below… 

Getting your makeup done is fun because it’s someone’s else’s vision of the beauty they see in you. Whether it is enhancing your eyes, your jawline, lips etc. a canvas through an artist’s unique mind.

You get to see different versions of yourself. Find out what you like and do not like.

Are you in the New Orleans area? Click here for more info on Chelsea Barber.

Back to BROWS…

Eyebrow Microblading is becoming more and more popular by the day. I know I have been dying to get them done. I just wish I was in Florida right now so that my good friend Gina could help a sister out!

What is Microblading?

It’s a Semi-Permanent tattooing technique that has hair like strokes to look like real hair. You will no longer need to fill in your sparse eyebrows or if you don’t have any.

Great for people who have lost their eyebrows or just want to open up their eye area.

As eyebrows frame your face for an amazing natural lift and feel like you can leave the house without any makeup.

Thanks again Gina for being a part of Beauty Week! If you are in Southern Florida you can find Gina’s contact info below. Be sure to tell her I sent you!

Ageless Beauty by Gina Bianca. Boca Raton, FL.

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As always if you have a question for any of us leave it in the comments.

KAG

 

MAKEUP TIPS FROM THE PROS

As promised I have asked a few fellow Pro Makeup Artists to share some of their favorite tips. I must say they are pretty dam good.

As always if you have a question let us know in the comments and we will be more than happy to answer them this weekend for our Q&A.

Ready for some fab tips? Here we go…

Carly Ryan

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Tip #1: Skin Care is just as important as Makeup! I cannot tell you how many times clients sit in my chair and do not care for their skin properly. I find in particular, woman who have oily skin. Either they don’t use moisturizer at all OR they overdo it when it comes to exfoliating & masks.

Please do your research and invest in your skin, not only is it preventative care but it also affects the way your Makeup wears. I also highly recommend using a Foundation Primer, my favorite is Colorscience Skin Brightening Primer.

Tip #2: Foundation! If I had a dollar for EVERY TIME someone told me that they don’t wear Foundation because they like to look natural but then bust out a FULL COVERAGE foundation POWDER….I’d be Rich! I have news for you, you are wearing FOUNDATION.

Thick powder is not Natural and has the tendency to look more cakey than any liquid or cream and let me tell you why…

When you are using a Full coverage powder, most likely you are going to touch up with it right? Right!

The thing about that is that you are actually caking on layer upon layer of full coverage.

For a natural look, I like to build coverage with the liquid or cream foundation and set with a translucent powder.

Tip #3: Not everyone needs to be contoured to the Gawds! Yes, I said it! Of course we’ve all seen that Meme of Mona Lisa with and without contour and yes, some of us feel invincible with a good contour…

But this technique is called Corrective Makeup. Not EVERY face needs correcting. Some people are blessed with beautiful bone structure and really don’t need this at all, but with the contouring trend being so huge I find that almost every woman that sits in my chair says “I need to learn how to contour!” The fact is that there is no need to go so Hammer Time.

I personally show clients that subtle is always better, especially if you are someone whose daily makeup routine is 5–15 min. I really stray away from making a road map out of any face (you’ve seen it, especially with beauty gurus on YouTube and Instagram where they lay down both the light cream and dark creams at the same time and then try to blend everything like nobody’s business).

In my opinion, you are creating so much more work and it feels more complicated and scary to the everyday woman who needs simplicity in her routine. I always recommend to do foundation first, and then build on that. If you choose to contour, I usually suggest to use a cream as that is the easiest to blend out and looks most natural. This will help you ensure that you don’t apply more than you need to and you will still feel like yourself when you look in the mirror.

Lisette Reeves

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Tip #1: Lighting. Always do your makeup in front of a window if possible, you get natural light and you can see exactly how the makeup looks on you. From the correct color to how dark it’s going on.

Tip #2: Always layer a light powder over any foundation before adding contour or blush so it won’t get muddy.

Tip #3: Use a correcting concealer with some salmon to deep orange depending on your skin tone to cancel out dark circles, before applying foundation.

Don’t use a concealer that’s 3 shades lighter because it won’t cancel out the blue undertone in the dark circles it will just make it look ashy.

Angella Dutton Theriault-Boston Beauty By Angella

My favorite makeup tip is to put your moisturizer in the fridge. Not only does it help keep a bit longer, nut the cool application helps to soothe, tighten skin, minimize the look of pores, and reduce inflammation and puffiness in the skin. It’s a must for me!

Lastly, here are a few of my suggestions I love sharing with clients…

Tip #1: If you are going to do a heavy eye makeup please do that before any foundation is placed on skin. It will allow for a much cleaner look. To clean up the fallout (excess shadow) use a clean foundation brush with a touch of moisturizer on it. It will act just like an eraser. Once clean and dry move on to foundation, powder, bronzer, etc.

Tip #2: Keep your brushes clean. Bacteria and dust can build up in your brushes over time. If they are not clean you are placing that into your skin which can cause an infection or allergic reaction.

Use a brush cleaner once or twice a week. This will not only clean but strengthen the hair of the brush. Once a month I clean them in baby shampoo and then let them air dry overnight. Make sure you lay them flat after washing so that the water does not go through the barrels and un-glue the brush.

Tip #3: Products that I tell clients they should always have on them for touch ups are concealer, powder, lipstick, gloss. Products you should have period are lash primer, skin primer and setting spray.

WOW! These ladies definitely have some pretty amazing tips!

So I haven’t updated my portfolio in forever but if you would like to see some of my work you can find it on YouTube right here…

Well I hope that you enjoyed some of these tips and learned a few tricks. Feel free to reach out to any of us for questions or leave a comment below in the comments.

Until next time…

KAG

SKINCARE IS THE BEST CARE!

When I was younger my focus was always on the makeup and the color. Then when I became a Pro Artist I started paying attention to the skin more. You must have skin prepped properly in order to achieve the best makeup look!

Now…As I am getting “older” I am more focused on my skin rather than all the color. Go figure!

Two things my skin can simply not live without are a deep exfoliation and a fantastic face mask! They make a world of a difference. I exfoliate every other day. A deep treatment once a month and face mask every two weeks. I like to alternate a deep cleansing mask with a hydrating mask. It honestly depends on how my skin is feeling that week! I have a whole bunch of products I like to use which you can find on my Instagram Stories later today…

To kick off Beauty Week I asked a few Skincare Pro’s to share some information with us. Some of their tips and tricks. You will see all of them below. Where to find them will be listed so that if they are in your area you can contact them for a consultation. Just click on their name or social page and you will be sent to them directly.

Be sure to tell them I sent you 🙂

I would also like to add that if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below for our Q&A this weekend!

Ready to learn something new today? Here we go…

Yadira Alexander. Owner of Spa Yadira. Rhode Island.

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Tip #1: Never, ever wash your face in the shower!! I have learned over the past 17 years of doing skin care on a professional level, that many people get into the habit of washing their face in the shower and this is a huge no, no!! Why you ask? The temperature of the water used to wash your body is usually much hotter than the temperature we should be washing our face with. When you wash your face with water that is too hot, it will strip your skins natural oil production and will dry your skin out causing premature wrinkling. Always wash your face with room temperature water. (Not very hot and not very cold either) as water that’s too cold, can strip your skin as well and dehydrate it. If you can’t get out of the habit of washing your face in the shower, simply change the temperature of the water right before you wash your face and make the water room temperature. You will see an improvement in the hydration of your skin, when you give this trick a go…

Tip #2: Be very gentle with your face when you wash and dry it every single day. Think of your skin as an elastic, at first it is very tight and will bounce right back when stretched however, the more you pull at that elastic, the looser it will become. Your skin works the same way as that elastic. When we are born we have lots of Collagen and elasticity on our skin. The older we get, our skin looses Collagen production and elasticity which leads to wrinkles and since your skin is aging every day, we need to play our part in preventing further damage. In a nut shell, be very gentle and do not pull and tug at your face, treat it delicately and you will preserve its appearance for years to come.

Tip #3: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!! I can’t stress enough the importance of incorporating an exfoliant into your skin care routine. Your skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells every single day. These dead skin cells act as a barrier preventing any skin care products that you are using on your face to fully penetrate your skin and also will make your skin look dull. This is where exfoliation plays such an important part in your skin care routine. How often should you exfoliate? Every 3rd day is perfect. (If you exfoliate every single day, it will strip your skin and may even cause a rash) always exfoliate during the morning because your skin sheds skin while your sleep. Invest in a good quality exfoliant as not all exfoliants are created equal. Some drugstore exfoliants are too aggressive and can make your skin irritated. I absolutely love Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser which I use on all of my clients when doing facials and we sell at my spa. If you have Rosacea or very sensitive skin, invest in a gentle exfoliant which is made for sensitive or Rosacea skin as using a harsh exfoliant on any kind of sensitive skin including anyone with acne, is never a good idea.

Ageless Beauty by Gina Bianca. Boca Raton, FL.

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Tip #1: Commit to a Hydra Facial once a month to improve the appearance of skin and restore a youthful, healthy glow. These specific facials are great for all skin types so need need to shy away.

Tip #2: To “shave” time off a morning routine laser hair removal is THE BEST! And the best part is after 6-8 sessions of laser treatments there is no longer a need to shave. All you will need in one yearly touch up!

Tip #3: Eyebrow Microblading.*

*Our eyebrows define and frame our face so they deserve some more attention. Stay tuned for another post all about our BROWS!

Laya Young. Esthetician. Las Vegas, NV.

Tips for Acne Sufferers

Tip #1: Change your pillowcases nightly or at least every other day because your face is soaking up product you have in your hair which could be apart of the reason you break out.

Tip #2: Invest in a ear piece so your phone never touches your face.

Tip #3: I cut down my dairy intake and started taking a daily probiotic. Removing dairy out my diet has been a bit difficult but when I look at my face it’s definitely worth it so a few tacos with sour cream and cheese don’t seem like a big deal anymore.

Now how was that for some in depth skincare knowledge?

All I know is that I will be changing my sheets tonight and taking my face wash out of the shower! How about you?

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Talk soon,

Kelly

 

HOW TO DO BEAUTY

Beauty Week is finally here! Over the NEXT seven days I will be giving you everything I know about beauty. And guess what? I called in some favors from a few of my PRO friends too!

We will be sharing our tips and tricks. Everything makeup, hair, skin, nails, brows, lashes and more…

Sounds incredible right? This is where you will want to come when you are looking to learn How To Do Beauty.

I will also be on my Instagram Stories all week so that I can actually SHOW YOU a few tricks I have up my sleeve. For example: How to wash your brushes properly. How to use the correct makeup brush for products and where. How to keep your makeup clean and organized etc.

Just in case you didn’t know why I have been so excited for this week to start. It is because I was (now retired) a Pro Makeup Artist for 16 years. I was extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world doing so. If you care to learn more about that world you can read my bio here.

I love sharing everything I know about makeup and organizing. I still get asked questions at least five times a day. Hence, why I am taking a whole week to share everything beauty for you here and on Instagram.

Also, if there is something that you want me to go over then please leave it in the comments below and I will be sure to answer or post sometime this week in a blog.

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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