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.

And if you want to catch me behind the scenes follow me on Instagram and my Stories right here…

Until next time…

KAG

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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

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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…

 

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

PS Are you following me on Instagram yet? This week will be jam packed with videos on my Stories…

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KNOWLEDGE PLUS POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Every Sunday (before I schedule out my week) I block a few hours of my day to listen to podcasts, read up on the hundreds of articles I’ve saved throughout the week and watch informational/educational videos.

No matter what business you are in there is ALWAYS an area you will need to learn more in or a department you are looking to grow in. Maybe even a new business to start!

Educating yourself will help you in more ways than ever expected! For your business and your well being.

I wanted to share a few names of the woman I prefer to watch and learn from. I’ve taken part in their online schools. I’ve read their books. Watched their podcasts, TED Talks and YouTube Series. I named dropped them below!

Everyone has preferences and particular ways of learning. To be honest with you mine changes all the time. It really just depends on my mood. There have been weekends where I am glued to books and others where I binge watch TED Talks. No matter how you get information it is yours for the taking. Everything is available online so definitely take advantage of what is available to you.

Are you are looking to grow as a person? Your social media? Your business? Your mind? If you answered YES to one of these questions then research these must-know names below. You’ve probably heard of most of them. If not, find them online to see what amazing info they all have to share…

NAME DROPS BELOW

Kelly Cutrone

Barbara Corcoran

Bethenny Frankel

Cara Alwill Leyba

Amy Young

Mel Robbins

Marie Forleo

Gabby Bernstein

Sara Blakely

Aliza Licht

Tabitha Coffey

Look these powerful, full of knowledge and all around bad ass ladies up today!

They are so dam good at what they do and so inspirational! Let me know how many you already knew about, listened to and followed in the comments below…

Until tomorrow…

KAG

 

 

 

 

HOW TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE

To piggyback off yesterday’s HOW TO GET SOCIAL! post I wanted to reiterate how important it is to engage with your audience, your followers and of course your friends…

Your customers and clients can be anywhere. You always want to be active online and as positive as possible everywhere you go. Grocery store, post office, mall etc.

That parking spot you just decided to pull into while the other car was waiting could have been a client. See the trend here…

Let’s focus on your social media platforms. When you share a pic or video on your Facebook, Instagram or Facebook do your followers comment? Or do you they just hit like?

I will admit it. I used to be a “liker” but why not engage? Try it. Engage after that “LIKE”. I promise it will teach you something. And share too! If you have other friends in business or a mentor just posted an incredible quote why not share it with your audience? It feels great to know that you have their support!

Engaging online is a great way to get recognized quicker if that is something you are striving for. I actually do it because I am obsessed with meeting new people. I have always been the person who wants to learn as much as I can about someone. I want to be able to connect them with others. Or maybe even partner up with them on projects! Networking has just always been in my blood…

You never know what someone may be going through each day so a tiny thing such a an emoji or comment on their post can really mean the world to them. Just saying…

Now go out there and engage. Let me know how it has changed you or your business over the next week or so.

One very important thing I would like to mention is that if a client or customer reaches out to you please do not ignore. Always always follow up! Because it is the right thing to do! And be sure to do it in a timely manner.

Please and thank you…

Until tomorrow…

As always sharing is caring and let me know what you think about this post. Leave me a little message in the comments below.

Have a great day 🙂

KAG

 

HOW TO GET SOCIAL!

Happy Thursday! Keeping it short and sweet today!

How do you get social? Pick a few of your favorite social media platforms, local restaurants/bars or coffee shops to spend some time in this weekend.

I prefer Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and small family run businesses to hang out in!

Introduce yourself in groups, at happy hour or when in line for your coffee!

Engage when you feel comfortable and as much as you feel necessary!

Meet new friends in person and online!

Just spread some love and positive juju this week.

Why?

Because everyone needs it these days…

Wouldn’t it feel nice to know that you were the one to brighten up someone’s day?

Now that is how you get social!

Until tomorrow…

KAG

Want to connect with me on social? Just visit my homepage here to follow me and please leave your links below in the comments so I can follow you back!

HOW TO — USE HASHTAGS

What is a hashtag?

A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic used throughout the world on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

What is a hashtag used for?

To explain this to you the simplest way possible they are like their own mini search engine that you design and/or include yourself in so that your content is recognized.

Example: I wanted to find other NMO patients like myself on Instagram so I searched #NMO #livingwithnmo #chronicillness #spoonie etc. And there my new friends magically appear. The same goes for business. Use hashtags that your customers and clients would use so that they can find YOU! For example: I am a #linkedincoach #onlinebusinesscoach #wordpresswebdesigner #podcaster etc.

I do the same when posting something health related pics on my feed so others can find me too! By doing so we are basically all incorporated into that searchable engine of that specific hashtag. Side note: You must have a public profile in order to appear! So do that now if you would like to be #found.

Many friends and clients who run a business ask me the same thing all the time!

What hashtags should I use?

My simple answer is always make a list! You are allowed 30 hashtags. In your Instagram Stories you are allowed 11. If you know me well enough by now I have a list for #everything. EVERYTHING! Do this in the “notes” section on your phone so it can then become a simple copy/paste to save you time!

Here is a little tip: Shrink the size of your hashtags and place your text over them so your IG story looks a lot cleaner. Also, place your hashtags for your post in the comments so that when you share your IG pic thee are not a million hashtags on the actual post that just showed up on Facebook or LinkedIn! If you have a question about this just leave it in the comments below so I can answer for you 🙂

By the way…Don’t be surprised if this researching takes a few hours. That is normal! This is all part of your marketing plan so time must be spent on it! It will all be worth it in the end. Promise…

To see the formula I use on my feed and how I post just hashtags in the comment section you check out my Instagram feed here…

If you want a client/customer? You have to think like one. What would they be typing? What hashtags are they using to find who or what they want? Use those words.

However, make it unique! Make it #STANDOUT!

YOU have to be able to #shinebright among the crowd. Especially when it comes to direct sales and marketing. There are hundreds and thousands of you trying to sell the same exact thing!

How are you going to stand out (besides amazing pics/graphics of course)? Do you want to start your own tribe and trend? My suggestion and answer to that is YES YOU DO! What you also want to do is create your own hashtag. Use the position you are in for a reason and create a movement. And this goes for any position out there!

Business Example: If I was someone looking for a jet to charter either to and from Las Vegas I would look under #lasvegasjets and there you would come across brokers and jets to choose from. I mean can it be any easier?

If you were interested in finding a specific type of business coach you would look under #businesscoach #linkedincoach #smallbusinesscoach #socialmediacoach. See the trend. It goes both ways. When you are trying to find something or someone that’s how you do it.

The best part about having an Instagram business account is that your followers can contact you right there and BOOM that could be an instant sale! Just from using the proper hashtag.

Can you even believe this is the day and age we live in now? It’s insane right?

Advice: Be very specific with your hashtags. Create them for an audience. Make them unique enough but specific for someone to want to engage with you not just like your pretty picture. Tell your story, introduce your self, create a conversation that others will want to engage with you.

Engagement: The whole point of using a hashtag is to honestly help you get seen and help create a conversation. You have to want to engage with your audience. Create those relationships. It can be for fun or for work. Either way just engage. Otherwise, why bother using a hashtag. I’m giving you this platform to share so definitely take advantage of it! Who knows? You may have made a new friend by the end of the day. #hashtags can do crazy things! Those stories will be for another time! #lol

Personal Use: #hashtags are a great idea for moms that want a simple search engine to find a pic they posted three years ago. Instead of scrolling through their feed for an hour they can simply look under their hashtag they have personally created. Sooo much easier right?

If you are a big traveler create a hashtag for each trip. There are so many apps out there right now that using those hashtags will then allow you to create a book using all those pics. You can literally design a book from an app in minutes. Great gift idea too!

Now for some #Hashtag humor…

I mean who doesn’t need a little Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake in their life?

Or maybe you are a Jonah Hill fan?

#haveagreatday

#untiltomorrow

KAG

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#pleaseandthankyou

HOW TO PLAN AHEAD

Do you prepare your content, product or pitch ahead of time? How far out do you plan?

One year, Six months, three months, maybe even a few weeks.

These are questions you must know the answers to and follow through with if you want to run a successful business.

There are four things that you absolutely must need in order to this this correctly. A 12 month calendar, editorial or school holiday calendar, a calculator and Excel to track your numbers. Or another program if you prefer.

If you are using Social Media to enhance and advertise your brand message then you should absolutely have a content and/or editorial calendar for the topics you plan on posting throughout the week.

You always want to stay ahead of the game. You want to take advantage of popular used hashtags in order to gain visibility to your pages. I am not saying this do this all the time I am simply saying it is something you should really take a look at. If it makes the most sense as to what service or product your brand provides then by all means go for it!

If you have not hopped on the social media train yet no worries. This still applies to you. You want to grab a calendar and of course your computer and look at holidays, important business days and trending people or places. Research everything you can under this topic to see how you can use those days to help promote your business.

Advertisements and products are always designed and paid for months and sometimes years in advance so if this is your route then you probably already have a strategy in place. If you don’t then I think you may really need my help! I can absolutely help you put together the best plan of action and point you in the right direction which would be more sales in your business. However, I hope this part is already taken care of 🙂

If not, please feel free to check out The Happy Workaholic Network here!

I challenge you to create your next two months today as well as get to planning 2018. Pencil in the days you want to get more customers, guests or clients. How are you going to get them? What sales tactics will you choose to use? Print ads, flyers, direct marketing, social media posts, paid influencers?

I know. I know. So many questions but you will have to have answers for them in order to achieve the success that you deserve and have worked so hard for! Trust me when I say I have been there and done that many times!

Plan ahead and I promise your sales will see an increase. A boost in confidence and a hell of a lot less stress. Just sayn’…

What is one project you have prepped for that is coming up? Are you ready for 2018?

How long have you been working on it?

What is a puzzle piece that you are missing right now?

Let me know…

I’m always full of ideas and as you are fully aware love to help others build their brand.

Have a question? Comment below so I can answer…

Until tomorrow…

KAG

PS Did I mention you should plan ahead? Ok. You’re listening. Just wanted to double check! Now get to it. Times a tickn’…

Now if you are looking for some more business tips this week you can always here them on The Happy Workaholic Podcast right here!