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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Perfect Red Lips All Day!! OCC Stalker Lip Tar

This!!!! OCC Stalker Lip Tar!!

If you are looking for the perfect, pin-up style, true red lip that stays in place and lasts all day - look no further! Stalker is everything! I recently wore this color to a fashion show/model search/dance audition I was working. I was there from 10am to 5:30pm, never had a chance to touch up and when I left my lips were still perfectly red, same as when I applied it that morning (around 8am). I was so impressed! If you follow my blog then you know I am a huge fan of OCC lip tars, but I had never worn them all day like this before. Now, I adore them even more!!!! Red is such a hard color to wear on your lips without it running or fading, so for this to last effortlessly all day I can't say enough about it!

I wore Stalker with a neutral eye and winged liner. I wanted the red lips to be the center of attention.

Teal Pretty!

Hi luvs! Here is another look I want to share with you. A while ago I bought a few of the L'oreal Infallible eye shadows and one of them was this beautiful teal color called Endless Sea. First off, if you are looking for some great drugstore eyeshadows and don't mind paying closer to $10 this line of eye shadows are a great buy! The color choices are pretty good, just wish they came in more colors. They apply velvety smooth and really do last all day. I love Endless Sea! It's a beautiful color that brightens up your look. Here is the breakdown for my look...

Endless Sea Infallible Eyeshadow (lid), MAC Soft Brown (crease),
Bone (browbone),
Light green, Emerald and Dark Green colors from BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette (lower lash line)
ELF Black Cream Liner
L'oreal Voluminous Mascara

MAC Studio Fix Fluid
MAC Espresso eyeshadow (contour)
1st blush from the Coastal Scents 10 blush palette
MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralized Skinfinish (highlight)

Revlon Soft Nude lipstick with MAC Burgundy lipliner (lightly applied and blended)

I also want to add that I have a new favorite contour brush!! It's the Sonia Kashuk Flat top brush. It contours like a dream! It easily fits right under the cheek bone and on the sides of the nose to create the perfect contoured face! You must give it a try!! :)

Green with Envy!

Hey there! I have a few looks and posts I want to share with you all! I haven't been feeling well this past week and I have been looking and feeling pretty bummy, so I didn't get to do as many looks as I wanted to, but I'm hoping to feel better soon - Fingers crossed and have more to share!

Here is a Green eyeshadow look that I love! I love how vibrant, yet still wearable it is. I adore creative eye looks that are bright and colorful. I give major props to those who rock those looks, but me personally, I couldn't, guess I'm not daring enough. Instead I like to use one bold color and make it, wearable for everyday. I do this by applying the bright color just to the lid and using neutrals to blend through the crease.

The green I used for this look is a Ben Nye pigment called Chartreuse. If you haven't tried any Ben Nye shadows, you must! They are fab! I promise you wont be disappointed! In fact, you may become a Ben Nye addict immediately! lol I bought a bunch of sample size pigments from www.makeupgeek.com. She sells her own line of cosmetics as well as Ben Nye and MAC sample pigments and Sugarpill Cosmetics shadows and pigments. Go check it out! Plus she has a great blog and tutorials!!

Here's the look breakdown

Ben Nye Chartreuse pigment (lid)
MAC Soft Brown (crease)
BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette - Dark green shimmer (outer V and blended through crease)
BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette - dark matte burgundy-brown (lower lash line)
Bobbi Brown Black Gel Liner (winged liner)
MAC Engraved pencil (water line)
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC37)
MAC Espresso eyeshadow (contour cheeks and nose)
Coastal Scents 10 Blush Palette - 5th blush top row (applied lightly and built up to apples of cheeks)
MAC Soft and Gentle (highlight)

Maybelline Nearly There
Wet n Wild Bare It All

Friday, October 26, 2012

Some Current New Favs!

Hello Beauties! I have a few new fav products that I have been using pretty much everyday and I want to share them with you! These are my go to, daytime or night time, throw them in my purse and go, current addictions.

First, is the LORAC Pro Palette. Let me just start by saying that I feel LORAC is sooo under-rated! I never understand why this line isn't more sought after...their eyeshadows are pigmented, no fallout, blend like a dream and last all day! Same goes for their blushes and bronzer! Fab! Just Fab!! Anyway so, at first I was hesitant to buy this palette as its very neutral and sort of reminded me of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, but what sold me was the bold purple (Deep Purple) shadow. I love purple and it served as enough distinction to justify buying it! lol After my first time using this palette I fell in-love with it!!! It has become my go to palette. Below are a few looks I have done using this palette. :)

Next, is the Elf Powder Brush. I use this for applying foundation. This brush is absolutely A-Mazing!!! It gives a beautiful, airbrushed, flawless application. And! The best part is its only $3!! Can't beat that!! It is by far the best foundation brush ever! (try it and let me know if you agree)

Last, is the BH Cosmetics 10 Color Camouflage Concealer Palette. This palette is great for makeup artist! It's easy to pack with its slim case and contains 10 different shades that are creamy and can easily be mixed and blended together. It also provides ideal coverage to conceal dark circles, blemishes or to highlight and contour the face.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MAC Eyeshadow Dupes! (NYX)

Hi Again! So very quickly, I just wanted to share this pic I found on Instagram (follow me! ashleytaylormua) and thought this was so cool and useful! NYX is such an affordable and still high performing brand! You can't go wrong with these dupes of MAC! :)

Halloween Inspiration!

Hi Lovelies!! I know it's been FOREVER since I posted anything. I'm sorry I have been MIA! I'm going to get back on track and stay connected with you all! :)

So I have always been fascinated by Cleopatra and all that her image stands for - strength, beauty and power! So in honor of the Halloween season I wanted to create a modern Cleopatra look. I did some research and found a couple of my favorite Cleopatra makeups. I then did my own interpretation. So what do you guys think....? Hope you like! With my pics is my inspiration photos.

MAC Engraved liner to outline design
NYX Black to fill in
ELF Black Cream Liner to define outline of winged design and layer on top of NYX Black for more intensity
LORAC Taupe (from LORAC Pro palette) to crease
LORAC Cream (from Pro palette also) to browbone

MAC Deep Dark Mineralized Skinfinish Natural to contour
5th Blush (top row) from the Coastal Scents 10 Blush Palette
MAC Soft and Gentle to highlight

MAC Viva Glam Gaga II Lipstick

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Maybelline Fierce and Tangy Color Tattoo - Everyday Wearable Orange

Heyyyy! So I'm sure by now you have heard all about the Maybelline Color Tattoos. If you haven't, you better ask somebody! lol They are a gel based shadow that goes on creamy and smooth with intense color payoff and lasts hours upon hours! They come in a good selection of colors ranging from white, golds, brights to a bold blue and orange. I prefer to use these as a base and apply my eye shadow on top. They make your regular eyeshadow shades pop with vibrancy and of course make them last until you take your makeup off.

One of the colors I have is Fierce and Tangy. This is a beautiful orange that even worn on its own is bold and a show stopper!
Maybelline Color Tattoo Fierce and Tangy (base)
MAC Rule (lid on top of Fierce and Tangy)
MAC Texture (blended through crease)
MAC Swiss Chocolate (lower lashline)
BH Cosmetics Liquid Liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Friday, September 7, 2012

Rocker Chic

Hi lovelies!! When MAC recently brought back the limited addition favs I realllllyy wanted to get Candy Yum Yum but everytime I tried to buy it it was sold out! :( Instead I bought Rocker. I wasn't sure if this was a color I would like or wear but thought it would be a good addition to my MUA kit. The color is not like any other lipstick I have. It's not your typical red or dark lipstick - but this color is rich and BEAUTIFUL!! I was actually surprised how much I love this color and how it looks with my skin tone. I think this color is pretty universal too and would look stunning on just about everyone!

Check out the look....(all MAC unless others wise stated)

Mythology (lid)
Twinks (crease)
Embark (outer V)
Swiss Chocolate (lower lash line)
Bh Cosmetics Liquid Liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Milani Red Vino Blush

Burgandy liner
Rocker lipstick

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Smokey Eyes on Trend

Hiii! I've been seeing this trend of eye makeup where the lid is light in the middle and dark in the outer corners. Done the right way, this look is fun, dimensional and fab! Here is my take on this eye trend mixed with a classic smokey eye.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid
MAC Dark Mineralized Skinfinish (contour)
Milani Luminoso blush

BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette
Elf Black Cream Liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Smoked Peach lipstick


Rebel Vixen!

Hello beauties! I feel like with the end of summer and the fall season approaching I am phasing into darker, more dramatic lip colors. I still LOVE a bright lip but I am also loving dark reds, deep purples and earth tone shades. I recently bought MAC Rebel lipstick. In my opinion its a deep purple with a burgundy tone....What do you guys think?? I was so drawn to this color! It reminds me of an edgy vixen! So, here is my sexy vixen look I created....Would you rock this too?? :)

MAC Typographic (lid and under eye)
MAC Sketch (blended up through crease)
MAC Malt (blend up to brow)
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

MAC Studio Fix Fluid
MAC Dark Mineralized Skinfinish (contour)
MAC Gentle Blush
MAC Soft and Gentle (highlight)

MAC Rebel lipstick


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Favs and New Fun Stuff!

Hi Everyone! I wanted to share some of my favorite lip products and a new buy!

OCC Lip Tars are an obsession of mine!! I love them in every way! LOL I have a goal to eventually get every single color. They are absolute perfection - not sticky, not drying, SUPER pigmented and long lasting!!!! Plus, they were made to be mixed together to make your own shades. :)

Left to Right: Kava Kava, Hush, Narcissus, Tollop, Anime, Beta, Stalker, Grandma, Hoochie and Traffic

Another favorite lip product of mine is the Revlon Colorburst lipglosses. They come in some beautiful colors - shimmery and bold. I love these because they go on smooth and aren't sticky. They are great for layering over your lipstick or wearing alone. Colors like Sizzle and Fire are so pigmented you can wear them alone and get an opaque color payoff.

Left to Right: Sizzle, Fire, Rosepearl, Sunset Peach, Gold Dust, Crystal Lilac and Bellini (I also used to have Papaya which is a beautiful orangey-coral, but I lost it and now I can't find it at any store...sadface!)

I recently saw Jomakemeblush post these glitter stacks from Hobby Lobby on Instagram and how they are great MAC dupes. Soo, you know I had to get them too! And, omg! They are so pretty!!! For all these stacks I paid around $14. Can't beat it. I cannot wait to use them! Do any of you have these too?


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ravishing Cut Crease

Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are ready for Monday! Today was definitely my day of rest. Yesterday I worked the Miss Black Arizona Pageant - So fun!! Busy! But fun! I helped enhance their already beautiful faces, even giving them different looks for the different categories. It was such a great experience and am grateful to have been given the opportunity! Big congrats the all the winners and kudos to all the contestants for going out there and giving it their all!! :)

I recently did my Back 2 MAC and got Ravishing lipstick - LOVE! (For those that might not know what Back 2 MAC is, it's a recycling program MAC has where for every 6 empty containers you turn in you get either a free lipstick, eyeshadow or lipglass. Dillard's and Nordstrom give a lipstick - only free standing MAC stores give the other options. What a great perk, right?? Don't forget to take advantage!!) Here is the look I wore yesterday to the pageant using Ravishing. I also did a cut crease on my eyes. I am loving the way it turned out!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
MAC Blot Powder
MAC Dark Mineralized Skinfinish Natural (contour)
NYX Orchid Stick Blush
MAC Soft and Gentle (highlight)

MAC Naked pigment (lid)
MAC Texture (crease)
MAC Typographic (define the crease and blend upward)
Elf Black Cream Liner
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara

MAC Ravishing lipstick


Saturday, August 25, 2012


Hi beauties!! I feel so behind on my posts. Yikes! I downloaded the blogger app to my phone so I am doing this post from my phone. Hope this works! lol This past week was so busy I haven't found time to sit down and work on my blog. This week I hope to get back on it! Fingers crossed....

I recently bought a couple glitters from Sally beauty supply and wanted to try them. I tried to use the silver on my blue-grey smokey look and I just ended up with glitter all over my face! Not a good look! So I bought the LAsplash eye shadow sealer and tried it with a new look using the gold glitter. This sealer worked wonders! No glitter everywhere and it stays on til you tale it off.

Here is the look I came up with. I think it's perfect for a night out to a club or even a Holiday party but is still wearable for ladies who like a more neutral look. Check out....

Sally's Beauty Supply Gold Glitter
BH Cosmetics 88 Matte Palette
Elf Black Cream Liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
Mac Springsheen Blush
Mac Soft and Gentle (highlight)
Mac Dark Mineralized Skinfinish Natural (contour)

Revlon Just Enough Buff Lipstick

Monday, August 20, 2012

The 11 Question Tag

Hiiii!!! I was tagged by Natalie at http://bellanailsandbeauty.blogspot.com to do the 11 Question Tag (Thanks for the tag girlie!). I'm excited so lets get started!

The Rules:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you, plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people to link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

11 Facts About Me
1. I am a mother of 3 boys - Joseph (age 5), Jordan (age 4) and Jaylen (age 2).
2. I have been married for almost 4 years.
3. I am addicted to reality shows like the Real Housewives (NJ, Atlanta and Beverly Hills)
4. I RARELY wear flat shoes or tennis shoes. I live in heels (preferably stilettos).
5. My favorite restaurant is Pappadeaux
6. Before makeup, my addition was to hair products (still is an addiction lol)
7. I love to laugh and spend time with the people I love and make me smile.
8. I love Cheetos and diet coke, especially together.
9. My favorite city is Atlanta.
10. I have pages and pages saved of my favorite inspirational quotes and bible verses that I read when I need uplifting.
11. I love having BBQs and cooking for people. :)

11 Questions Asked of Me by Natalie
1. Why did you get into Blogging?
I loved reading others peoples’ blogs and wanted to share my own views, opinions, work and connect with people.
2. What is your profession? 
I have worked at an insurance company for almost 7 yrs but my personal business is as a makeup artist.
3. Where do you want to be in 5 years time
Traveling doing makeup for runways, videos, photo shoots, etc.
4.What is your skin care routine?
Philosophy Purity face wash, Help Me retinol night cream and Hope in a Jar moisturizer.
5. What is your favourite make up brand?
6. How do you store your Make up? 
In a rolling case
7. If you had to wear one Make up product on your face which one would it be?
MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation
8. What is the most expensive product you have ever bought?
Chanel Cream Foundation
9. What are your favourite posts to read?
Anything beauty related - makeup, hair, nails, skin
10. What is your favourite colour?
11. What is your favourite TV program at the moment? 
Single Ladies on VH1

And here are the 11 Questions I ask you....
1.  What made you start a blog?
2.  What do you love most about blogging?
3.  What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
4.  What products do you not mind splurging on?
5.  What is your biggest pet peeve?
6.  What is your dream job?
7.  Do you prefer to be natural or glammed up?
8.  Who do you idolize?
9.  What is one thing you hope everyone understands about you by reading your blog?
10. What is your top 5 fav products?
11. What is your favorite food?


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Blue-Grey Smokey

Hi loves! Here's a look I did just for fun. I wanted to do something dramatic and smokey. 
Would you try this??
Check out the breakdown....

MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC37)
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural Dark (contour)
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Soft and Gentle (Highlight)
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer (NW25)
MAC Style Blush

Smashbox Platinum (lid)
Bobbi Brown Midnight Blue (crease)
NYX Black (blended through crease)
Elf Black Cream Liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Covergirl Sultry Lipstick

Friday, August 17, 2012

Official Photo Shoot Pics!

This weekend I worked on a photo shoot with an absolutely amazing photographer - Buttasnapz! We had so much fun on this shoot and we vibed so well. We shot in the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix and in the heart of Tempe at the train track/bridge that crosses over Tempe Town Lake. I am so grateful for the whole experience! Special Thank You to all the beautiful models for being ready, willing and down for whatever!

Check out all the official pic and 'behind the makeup' pics! :)