TRAVEL LIKE A PRO TO LAS VEGAS!

I cannot believe I have lived in Vegas for almost six years! That is a record for me! As someone who has lived in ten cities over the last ten years you can only imagine how odd that feels. I always get asked…How do you live here all year long? or Why am I not on the East Coast? To be honest with you I’m not sure I could do what I do anywhere else. As more of my business has moved online I could work from anywhere. However, what I want and need would not be at my finger tips as it is here in Vegas! And most of what I want is here in Vegas and just not found anywhere else!

The reason why I moved to Vegas in the first place was because I took a promotion with a company I was working for in the world of private aviation and luxury vehicles. Per usual, I said YES! Packed up my two 70 pound suitcases and hopped on a flight from San Diego. Seriously! I didn’t even have time to look for an apartment because they needed me right away. I got to live in various hotels on “The Strip” for quite some time. So if you ever need to know how to save money on “The Strip” I am your girl! Contact me here…

I wanted to share some tips with you from a few of my friends who have some pretty demanding and reputable jobs here in town. In my opinion they are the best at what they do! And as I always say SERVICE IS KEY. In any industry but especially in Las Vegas and they all do just that!

A few tips I would like to give you is to hire someone who knows the ins and outs of the city. Someone who can create a complete itinerary for you with your budget. Someone who will be able to save you money in one place to be able to use the extra in another. For example: Locals get great rates on attractions. That would save you money. Then that extra money you would have used can be put towards better seats at a show! Get it! By the way I create a pretty dam good itinerary. Just saying…

Always hire a Professional to help you create the best experience for you. It doesn’t matter if you are here for a convention or bachelorette! There is always time to get things done. Vegas is 24 hrs!  I’m speaking from experience as I have had clients email me lists of what they need prior to their arrival. I shop for it so it is here for when they arrive and deliver it to them. That saves them time and money and that is just something simple.

If you are looking to come to Vegas just to get away you should keep in mind holidays and calendar holidays as rates are much higher. If you are coming with a group and you have been nominated to plan the trip then absolutely contact someone to help you plan everything. Your trip will be so much more enjoyable without the stress of you planning it all.

I had a group of 18 last year that I had planned every dinner, transportation and event for. I had concierges doing meet and greets and texting me throughout the trip so I knew when and where that group was if I wasn’t there myself. I do this because I am a perfectionist and want every single person I deal with leaving Las Vegas extremely happy and wanting to come back for more…

Over fight weekend a few years ago I had 48 people I was personally in charge of. That was just completely insane! I manged it (through many miracles). And everyone left happy. We all made a lot of money but then I ended up in the hospital. I was prepared times ten but that weekend was definitely out of the norm. I had armed protection with me at some points. It was just insane! My point is hire a professional to take care of your trip. If my clients tried to book anything themselves that weekend they would have been in their rooms. Even the pools had 3-4 hour lines to get into. It does not matter what you plan on doing or spending. The point is you deserve the best service when you are here. So you must try to plan as ahead as you can. And that is what I did for those groups. They all left happy and that made me happy…

So if you are planning a trip to Vegas let me know and I can help create THE BEST itinerary for you! If you are in need of an Event Planner I can also do that! When someone contacts me to produce an event for them I send them a document to fill out. It is just a list of questions to answer so that we are on the same page. Budget, design, purpose, branding etc. This is one of my favorite ways to work with clients coming to town. Producing and designing events…

Here are a few tips from a Concierge for first timers…

Tip #1: Don’t try to cram everything into one trip, there is just too much to do in so little time. Pick a few key things and stick with those.

Tip #2: Plan in advance! Too many people wait till the night of or the day before to buy tickets or book a reservation and then get upset when they don’t get what they want. Trust me, the price won’t go down for good shows just because there are empty seats.

Tip #3: Trust your Concierge. The last thing we want is to spoil your vacation and send you somewhere you won’t like. It’s our job to make you happy and give you the best trip possible!

Why use a Concierge?

Yes, you can read reviews online and even book your experiences so why use a Concierge? As the old saying goes, time is money. It’s simple really, Concierge saves you time by being your one stop shop for everything you want to do (as long as it’s legal and ethical). You don’t have to waste hours on end researching that best seat for a show or picking from the two dozen steakhouses. Give us some info and we guide you in the right direction. Our goal in the end…make you happy! Hotels pay us to make you happy so why not use us, we’re free (although gratuity is always appreciated).

Another Concierge tip…

Always sign up for a Player’s Card at properties. It doesn’t matter if you gamble. There are so many more benefits such as restaurant and shopping discounts that are definitely something you should take advantage of! The more you spend and swipe the more discounts. Also room upgrades are possible. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Thousands of people come to Las Vegas just for the club scene. And out of that large group I would say 75% of them have no idea that the lines to get into a club here can be 3-4 hours long (depending on the DJ). All I can say is that you must use a reputable Host. You have to spend the money to have the best experience. Do you think if someone gave you free show tickets it would be the best show and seats on The Strip? I don’t think so…

You need to use a host that has been in the business for years and has built a strong following based on excellent service. That host for that I would recommend is Johnny Reyes.

See Johnny’s Do’s and Dont’s below…

Do: Always get a Host to help sort out your itinerary. They live here and know a lot more than what you think or have heard. Let them know: How many people in your group, budget, likes and dislikes, dates, and other activities you might want to do.

Always tip, an average tip can range $100-$200 per club. If you have a good Host they will get you faster entry, better tables, girls, and take all the worries out of your trip.

Ask what time to arrive and try to be there on time. Sometimes clubs do sell out and it sucks having to tell people “I told you so”.

Don’t: Don’t ever prepay someone you don’t know! Don’t worry about having everything setup before you come out. Many people change their plans day of or book a club within hours of opening. Don’t shop around different clubs and Host thinking your gonna get some crazy better deal. Most Hosts know each other and we also talk. If your thinking of another club just let us know, you don’t have to make up some huge lie and give us the run around.

I hope this information will be useful in planning your next trip. And I would love to help you with any questions you may have so that you can have the most enjoyable stay here in Las Vegas!

And be sure to contact Johnny next time you are in Las Vegas for any and all day and nightclub bookings you have and be sure to tell him I sent you!

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KAG

PS Are you following me on Instagram yet? You can find me @kkinvegas right here where I show you “My Vegas” on my Instagram Stories every week…

MY STORY AND TIPS FOR YACHTING

Once upon a time (2007) I lived in a Crew House. The best way to explain a crew house to you is that it is like a sorority and fraternity house combined and everyone who stays there works on yachts. Either you are dry docked (boat is out of water for maintenance), a day worker (working on a variety of yachts per day as extra crew) or in between boats (looking for a new job). Most of these houses are located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which is basically the hub of yachting as well as the home to the largest boat show in the world.

I had a friend in yachting that suggested I should stay in a crew house to meet some new people in the area. Back Story: I was in the FT. Lauderdale/Miami area because I had just resigned from my cruiseship life and traveling all over the world. I was definitely ready to enjoy a few weeks off and figure out what my next step would be. At this time it was Boat Week. Basically like the Super Bowl of yachting so I was lucky to even get a room at a crew house.

From the moment I walked into my crew house I was asked which boat I had come from? How long I had been in yachting etc? My answer was I’m a Pro Makeup Artist. Their response was all the same. How the hell did you find our crew house? And why are you here? Do you do makeup on yachts? lol.

I was welcomed by 17 other roommates that evening as we of course were hosting a party for another crew house. That’s right! There were 18 of us! It was like the Real World of yachting. I was having the time of my life and meeting the most amazing people from all around the world which I was used to and loved! I think I was one of maybe four Americans in the house at that time.

We partied hard! That I do remember. And somehow everyone woke up at 5am to get to their yacht to make sure they were polished and in pristine shape. I did not know how they pulled that off every day in the hot sun especially after a night of drinking.

One of these afternoons while I had the house to myself the crew house phone rang. I answered it. The gentlemen on the other line said he was a Captain of a boat and needed an American Stew ASAP. And by that I mean they had already left South Beach and were driving to Ft. Lauderdale to come and pick up who that American would be. That is how fast paced the world of yachting works. I said yes I was American but I am a makeup artist. I was once a stewardess on a small cruiseline but I had never been on a yacht before. They said that’s ok we will show you everything. We just need you for three days. He didn’t really give me a chance to ask any more questions or say no. So about 60 minutes later I was all packed up and in their car driving back to Fisher Island with them to work on a yacht!

That’s how my life in yachting began. That one boat decided to keep me for three weeks. And after that I was hooked! I was officially a “yachtie”. I may have looked like a guest on board at some times because of the amount of luggage I always had with me. Knowing how to store all of that in the smallest of spaces became my forte! This is why I am a Pro at organizing anything and everything. Side note: Most “yachties” travel with one bag! I had two 70 pound suitcases. lol.

After the first yacht job was over I realized that if I wanted to stay in the industry I would need an agent or agents. So I got four! I submitted my CV (Resume) to all of them and waited for a boat to call for a permanent job. In between the waiting I ended up working for another owner and a circle of his friends. The yachting world is very small so if you work your ass off and excel at your job everyone will know! And that is what I did.

Cut to almost three years later I had worked on over 20 motor yachts. I traveled all over the East Coast, Caribbean, West Indies and South and Central America as well as the Panama Canal. Bucket list was checked for that 13 times! I held many positions throughout this time period. I was a Stewardess, Chief Stewardess, Makeup Artist, Manager, Stylist, Cook, Nanny, Personal Shopper and Assistant. I did it all! NO is not a word in the yachting vocabulary.

I met some of the best crews out there and are still in touch with them of course through Facebook, Instagram and Skype. Thank god for that. My career was definitely not the norm as most stay on one boat with a contract. I hopped from boat to boat because I had created relationships with owners, captains, crew and my agents. When the next job was up I went! I’m not sure I ever said no! To a day off either! The job was addicting…

That is the very short story of my yachting career as crew. Years later I have held other positions for owners. Whether I provide them help finding crew, redesign interior or table setting layouts or find them a client for an actual charter, personal shopping or assisting. And by shopping I mean you have 4-5 Escalades full of new items for the boat! It’s like you robbed the store but paid on your Black Amex you carried around. No big deal right?

You honestly never know what will be asked of you? But I made sure to always get the job done 150% so of course they continued to call. I was and am still extremely lucky in that department…

I wanted to also share an Owner and a Chief Stewardess perspective on yachting so please continue to read on below…

Charlotte is an incredibly poised Chief Stewardess that worked in yachting for over 5 years. See what packing tips she would like to share with you…

Tip #1: Take lots of shoe bags & loads of ziplocks for dirty and wet things.

Tip #2: Split cards and currency up into two different places. It’s awful having anything stolen, but it happens, splitting these ensures you can still function. It happened to me arriving at Nice Airport. €1k Euros gone and a few cards. Thank goodness my phone and another card were elsewhere and I got some breakfast and a coffee and got on the phone.

Tip #3: Pack Silks. Easy to steam (way easier than linen) out and teeny tiny to pack so more outfit options in hotter destinations.

Tip #4: Adapt your moisturizer and make up according to the weather. Sports makeup has come a long way. Great for humid conditions and ski fields.

Meet David. Owner of a MY Champagne based in San Diego, CA.

When booking a charter (rental of a boat) he suggests that answering as many questions asked (by your broker) as possible is the key to a great trip!

What type of event/charter?

Party or relaxed trip?

What size group?

Budget?

Location/Itinerary?

When most guests charter they want to experience a lifestyle that they would normally never be exposed too. Whether it be for two weeks or two nights.

That is what a yacht charter is all about…

And here are a few more tips from me…Kelly…

Always hire a broker or agent. This will ensure any request is properly and legally taken care of. Customs and transfers of large sums of money can be a bit tricky!

Send the yacht any food allergies and/or menu requests when booking charter. This goes for floral decor and liquor/wine requests as well. You may not be able to get what your guests asks for last minute because you are anchored away from a very small island! No one is going to be able to drop you what you want from the sky upon mid charter request. Although some guests think so 🙂

If you are “green” (brand new) to the yachting industry or looking to charter any size vessel please feel free to reach out to me any time. You can contact me right here…

Maybe you need help building an itinerary or you have a random yacht question? I promise I will be able to have an immediate answer for you…

I hope you enjoyed my story and learned more about yachting today.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to leave a comment below with your question…

KAG

 

TIPS FOR FLYING COMMERCIAL

Are you planning a flight sometime soon? Counting down the days until takeoff? Trying to squeeze all of your belongings into that new suitcase? Today I want to help you and share with you a few points of view from cabin crew and pilots before you book your next trip. With years of experience flying commercial aircraft both domestic and internationally these friends of mine offered to give me some great advice to share with all of you. Listen up passengers! These tips may have you thinking and acting a bit differently when you board your next plane…

A few tips from a cabin crew member…

Tip #1: Travelling together, check in early (in person or online) you’ll almost certainly get to sit together. Going solo? Leave it last minute, you’re more likely to get upgraded (if you look the part).

Tip #2: Minimize jet lag by snoozing lots, eating light and only drinking water…might sound boring but you’ll be glad you took it easy when you leap outta bed day 1 of your trip!

Tip #3: Make the crew love you! Don’t freak cause we ran out of chicken or poke me in the ribs when you need extra sugar. Make my job easy and it’s amazing how often I forget to charge for liquor (I know I said just water but you’re on vaycay. It can’t hurt).

Tips and Advice from a Pilot

Always be at the airport on time, even if the weather is good. Good weather means more traffic at the airport and longer lines going thru security.
During bad weather, give yourself extra time to get to the airport. Check traffic for accidents or construction that will delay your arrival at airport..
Pack necessary clothing. According to destination, but always a light jacket and long socks just in case a warm day turns into a chilly day.
I always put my socks and underwear inside my workout shoes. It gives me more room to take other stuff.
If you forget something at home, like toothpaste, toothbrush etc. most hotels will have it.
Always check the airport van schedules and pick up and drop off locations. Sometimes Uber is a lot faster.
Once in the air..if you like to use the bathroom often, take an aisle seat, if you like to nap, the window.
If gate agents are offering to check your bags to your destination, do it…saves time when you deplane.
Obey the announcements from the crew, be courteous and patient during a delay.
Be nice to the flight attendants, they notice who is not a good passenger.
At the end of flight a good thank you for a great flight or what a nice landing, makes our day better.

 

Another Pilot’s perspective…

Check weather where you are going and where you are connecting.  Final destination may be good but where you are connecting might be snowed in.
If on a cruise allow some time cushion on both ends. Planes fly all over the country or world and a lot goes into the overall experience so if it’s delayed, don’t get mad.
Unless the agent is being rude, always be nice and courteous to airline representatives. Many will go out of there way when you’re nice and compassionate.
Know that a lot goes into flying massive planes with passengers into crosswinds and weather is a big factor. So it’s not always easy to make the smoothest flight or landing.
A ton of work goes into just the flight from creating a flight plan, the dispatch flight release with all the weights/fuel and best route.  Not simple get on bus then get off. Proper preplans and execution are a must!
Tips for new pilots…Be prepared and budget for an unplanned overnight at hotel in case flight diverts or breaks down. Have something basic in carry on.
It’s Kelly now…
It’s always great to hear another perspective and point of view isn’t it? This is why I have asked a number of my friends in the travel industry to be involved this week.
For some who travel frequently and perhaps everyday they don’t think twice about all the planning, prepping and safety measures that go into a smooth flight. The flight that you may be on your phone/computer the whole time. Next time you board look up and greet your flight attendant. Don’t stare at your phone. It’s just nice to be acknowledged.
Everyone in any service industry deserves a smile and a thank you. I mean if you’re really excited a high five or hand shake too! In all seriousness, next time you fly be sure to thank your crew and anyone that helped you before, during and after your flight. It’s just the right thing to do…
Until next time…
KAG
PS Do you have an in-flight story you would like to share? Leave it below in the comments. Let’s talk about it!

TIPS FOR FLYING PRIVATE

As you may or may not know I have been working in the private aviation industry for quite some time. And have held various positions throughout the years. I’ve been a personal assistant, a makeup artist, a charter broker, a stylist, a flight attendant, a social media manager, an interior designer and I even provided luxury vehicles for passengers for when they land.

That’s a lot of hats I know. And guess what? That is not even all of them! In this industry you have to expect the unexpected. And you MUST always be one step ahead and on your toes at all times! You work an extremely demanding schedule (with a smile on your face) and you are away from family and friends. And for long periods of time. You are however traveling the world, schmoozing with celebs, the elite and brilliant businessmen and women from around the globe. And if you are really lucky you get to work with crew that become your family. Welcome to the world of private aviation…

I asked a few of my friends in the industry to share some tips and stories to give you a feel for what it is like to work and travel in luxury and aviation. Scroll down to meet Heather, David, Claire and Lauren below…

Heather Mendoza is a Private Client Services Manager for BJETS out of Beverly Hills.

Please read her three tips for booking your aircraft…

Tip #1: Book Early

BJETS can accommodate clients with as little as 3 hours notice, but if your travel dates fall during peak holiday periods or you have the given flexibility, do your best to book early.  This will allow you to avoid paying the high premiums that go along with booking a private jet the day before a big holiday weekend for example.

Tip #2: Choose a Destination, Not a Nearby Airport

Always ask your charter professional for his/her recommended airports for your trip. In Los Angeles, it might be Van Nuys, Santa Monica, Burbank, or Ontario. In San Francisco it might be Hayward, Oakland, San Carlos, San Jose, Concorde, Napa, etc. There are so many choices; I hate to see people spend more money for an airport that is less convenient for them.

Tip #3: Ask Questions

Last but not least, ASK QUESTIONS! If there is anything you’re ever unsure of, make sure you’re working with a knowledgeable charter professional whom you trust to give you honest and educated advice.

 

David has been a Pilot for 28 years and has a few thoughts on time and money.

Tip #1: Always allow yourself enough time to get to your destination. If you have a meeting scheduled for 9:00am you will want to make sure that you land around 7:00-7:30am not 8:00-8:30 even if your meeting is 10 minutes away from FBO. In most cases you will always run late. Commercial Airliners are always given priority on the ramp which can cause a delay taking off. Another delay can be your transportation on the other side that is late picking you up. You always need to prepare for earlier departure to ensure an on time (if not earlier) landing to get you to that meeting or destination on time.

Tip #2: Make sure to have an iPod or some sort of music device and headphones with you so that you can sit back and relax on your flight. This is the ultimate definition of a “power nap”. This is your time to recharge.

Tip #3: In any service based business it is common courtesy to tip. You tip your bartender, waitress and butler. So please do not forget to tip your pilots and/or flight crew. Going rate is $100 per crew member. Obviously if they went above and beyond then you can tip them accordingly.

Meet Claire who is a Corporate Flight Attendant based in LA. She would like to share some tips for Aspiring Flight Attendants…

I am constantly told “Wow, you have the coolest job ever! That must be so awesome!” I am asked even more how I got into this business.
There really is no secret, like with any career that is overly glamorized you must get the necessary education (FACTS training is great), and most importantly NETWORK. Your location is also key when it comes to private aviation. New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas are where most of the women in private aviation live because these places are where most of the demand is.
It took me a year and a half to get this job. I went to countless private airports submitting my resume, harassed people on LinkedIn (which is how I know Kelly) paid to have my profile on flycontract.com (which is how I got my first job opportunity). Sometimes I wanted to give up but I kept reminding myself I had spent all of my college graduation money to move from Tennessee to LA to do this so giving up wasn’t an option. Eventually someone finally came a long and gave me a chance. PS: You’ll get told a lot they only hire girls with experience, which can be super frustrating. However, the fact of the matter is these customers are paying thousands of dollars an hour to fly on these private jets so our service must be superb.
Again, everyone on the outside thinks this job is super glamorous. Yes, it can be but there are cons like any other job out there. I have had nights of staying up all night looking for miniature pineapples for example with a 12 hour flight the next day. If a customer requests a certain food item you have to find it. The word “no” does NOT exist in private aviation. When the trip is over you don’t walk off the plane and go home no matter how long the trip is. You are the one who cleans and details the plane to perfection after the trip is over. In private aviation there is only one flight attendant in almost all cases. A lot of us work 20 days on and 10 days off, so be prepared to spend long amounts of time away from your family and friends.
I have seen a lot of the world. Places I never thought I would ever see in my lifetime. Essentially I am traveling the world on someone else’s dime and getting paid for it. Pretty cool if you think about it right?! I have met people who others would die to meet. Sometimes I get to stay in amazing hotels for days and just be a tourist. Other times I land somewhere, go to sleep and then fly out the next morning. It’s a very fast paced lifestyle point blank.
This job has taught me confidence and helped me to mature into a strong professional. Let’s face it-You have to be strong when you’re the only girl traveling with two male pilots for weeks on end . If this sounds like the job for you don’t give up on your dream too quickly. You will probably get turned down a lot, but as we all know great things never come easy.

 

Meet Lauren. A Corporate Flight Attendant located in Los Angeles who has been in the industry for four years.

Lauren has traveled all over the world on a variety of airplanes including Gulfstreams, Challengers, Falcons, and Globals. Each aircraft is unique in their flight time capabilities, cabin layouts, and storage space.  Although these airplanes are comfortable and glamorous on their own, each passenger has a different expectation for their in-flight experience. Here are few tips for passengers looking to to achieve the highest level of satisfaction…

Tip#1:  Articulate your exact needs to your travel broker.  An example of passenger needs are: food allergies, budget, luggage size, wifi necessity, etc.  It is equally the passengers responsibility to articulate their needs as it is for crew to facilitate those needs.

Tip #2: Dress appropriately for comfort, temperature, and leisure.  It is often difficult to access bags in the baggage compartment during flight.  Preparing for what you will need during the flight and upon landing will only create added comfort for the passengers.
Tip #3: Communicate and confirm your transportation arrangements to the crew so they can make sure they are standing by. If nothing has been arranged, the crew is able to make those arrangements prior to landing.
Tip #4: Charter companies are responsible for managing the aircraft on behalf of the owners. Therefore, the condition of the airplane must be maintained as best as possible. While chartering a plane, consider that any damage that occurs in the passenger’s possession can be something they are held responsible for.  Be mindful of pens, beverage spills, children’s toys, pet damage, and residue tracked through the plane.
So there you have it. I know that’s a lot of info to take in but some dam good tips and knowledge if I do say so myself!
As always if you have any questions please leave them below so we can answer them for you…
Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram all week for a behind the scenes look at my life!
Until next time…
KAG

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MY TRAVEL WEEK SERIES

Greetings from Las Vegas! I cannot wait to share what I have in store for you throughout this entire week…

Are you are looking for travel tips? Are you looking to get into the travel industry as a new career? Are you looking to make a big purchase? Well folks this is where you need to be to read up on all the info I have in store for you! I am not just giving you advice on where to travel. I am giving you the inside scoop. The behind the scenes. And the answers to your most asked questions…

All this week I will be posting about private aviation, yacht charters, commercial flights, must-see destinations as well as a few more ideas I’ve been keeping up my sleeve for this week.

I have Captains, Pilots, Recruiters, Chief Stewardesses, Owners, Crew and other Las Vegas Industry and Service Professionals ready to share their knowledge, advice and piece of their world with you too! Discreetly of course…

How amazing is that? Not sure you can find that info anywhere else. But you will here and all this week! Did I mention how excited I was?

Please let me know if you have any questions you would like answered so that we can answer them for you this weekend. You can leave them in the comments.

In case you didn’t know I have been working in the luxury travel industry for more than ten years. I’ve had a number of people contact me about how to get a job, where to book a charter or where to find crew. So I decided that this week was the time to give you all that information! I’m giving you everything I know plus bringing in a team of pros that I know and trust that do their job to 150 percent which is why I asked them to be involved in Travel Week.

Cannot wait to share more with you tomorrow. And if you can’t wait until then you can find me on Instagram.

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…

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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.
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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.

Ageless Beauty on Instagram

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

HAIR TIPS FROM PROS. PART ONE.

As Beauty Week continues I wanted to share some great hair tips straight from a few of my friends that happen to be amazing at their craft. To the extent that I consider them all Pros. And it is not just me but everyone else that sits in their chair! Check out what hair tips they had to share with us below…

And stay tuned for Hair Tips-Part Two…

As you may or may not know I currently live in Las Vegas so let’s see what a local Pro has to share…

Alana Castillo

Instagram

Tip #1: One thing people in Las Vegas do is mistake damaged hair with dry hair. They will always go for repair shampoos and treatments. Almost all of those “repair” products use a high amount of keratin protein which helps build the strength to the hair. But when over used on dry damaged hair it can build up the hair follicle too much and it will get too strong get brittle and break off. Instead of going for the “repair” products go for the Moisture or Hydration. The dry hair follicle needs moisture and hydration! It’s so dry and hot in Vegas and our water is harsh. Just like our skin gets dry our hair does too!

Tip #2: Everyone always wants to go lighter for summer and darker for winter….right? Well as a colorist I say do the opposite! Why you ask? Because in the summer you typically are more tan from being out in the sun so darker hair would look best since you will be tan unlike in the winter where you are typically pale. And vice versa… Go lighter in the winter cause you will be more pale and it won’t wash you out like dark hair would! 

Tip #3: My way to get three days out of your hair…

Day 1: Keep it straight or blown out!

Day 2: Curl it.

Day 3: Put it up…. Bun life or ponytail. Add a braid or headband! Then repeat! 

Now onto New Orleans…

Chelsea Barber

I think more clients should embrace their given texture and learn how to work with it. If your hair is curly, own it and nurture it with quality curl loving products.

Your hair is your crown so it cannot be hidden, but it can be taken care of.

The way clients take care of their hair can be a reflection of how they feel about themselves. So give it love. Find a stylist who is willing to turn you down and make better suggestions.

If they don’t believe your hair is cut out for a specific style and/or cut because it usually means they care about your hair. You want someone willing to guide you in the right direction and teach you how to take care of it.

These tips were great!  And thanks ladies for being a part of Beauty Week!

Beauty Week Q&A will be this weekend. So if you have a question just leave it in the comments below or on my social pages and we will answer it for you. How great is that?

If you happen to be in Las Vegas or New Orleans you must give Alana and Chelsea a call! Click on their names above and that will bring you to their contact info…

And make sure you let them know I sent you…

KAG

Want to see what I am using for my hair? Check out my Instagram Stories later today…