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  • The Journey Begins
    Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
  • Birchbox October 2015 Review
    Birchbox October 2015 Review For those of you who aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month with free shipping you get 4 to 6 beauty, grooming and/or lifestyle samples.  You fill out a beauty profile when first signing up, letting them know what your preferences are.  Birchbox also… Continue reading Birchbox October 2015 Review
  • Birchbox September 2015 Review
    Birchbox September 2015 Review For those of you who aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month with free shipping you get 4 to 6 beauty, grooming and/or lifestyle samples.  You fill out a beauty profile when first signing up, letting them know what your preferences are.  Birchbox also… Continue reading Birchbox September 2015 Review
  • Sexy Hair Soya Want It All 22 in 1 Review
    Sexy Hair Soya Want It All 22 in 1 Review Sexy Hair Soya Want It All 22:1Do It All Leave In Treatment  Aerosol spray. 5.1 oz. You wash it too much.  Blow dry every day.  Highlight.  Curl.  Straighten until it can be straightened no more. Whatever your favorite damage method is, this hair saving leave-in treatment… Continue reading Sexy Hair Soya Want It All 22 in 1 Review
  • Birchbox August 2015 Review
    Birchbox August 2015 Review For those of you who aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month with free shipping you get 4 to 6 beauty, grooming and/or lifestyle samples.  You fill out a beauty profile when first signing up, letting them know what your preferences are.  Birchbox also… Continue reading Birchbox August 2015 Review
  • Birchbox July 2015 Review
    Birchbox June 2015 Review For those of you who aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month with free shipping you get 4 to 6 beauty, grooming and/or lifestyle samples.  You fill out a beauty profile when first signing up, letting them know what your preferences are.  Birchbox also… Continue reading Birchbox July 2015 Review
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Review
    MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Review Is it worth the hype? Colors here L to R: NC15, NW20, NW25, NC35, NW35, NW40 It gets rave reviews online and was voted as the top high end concealer in Allure Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards for 2015. Must be awesome, right? Let’s see! What it’s all about: 16 Shades… Continue reading MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Review
  • Matching Bridesmaids Hairstyles
    Matching bridesmaids hair styles – a do or a don’t? Becoming a trend again in the world of weddings is bridal parties with matching or coordinating hair styles.  You have to admit it, there is something really pretty about wedding party photos where all the bridesmaids look like they belong together.  Not looking like clones,… Continue reading Matching Bridesmaids Hairstyles
  • IECSC and IBS Las Vegas 2015
    //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Convention & International Beauty Show in Las Vegas, June 2015 My haul of beauty goodies! One of my favorite things–beauty conventions.  IECSC and IBS come to Las Vegas every summer and are usually co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Unfortunately, they are only… Continue reading IECSC and IBS Las Vegas 2015
  • Birchbox June 2015 Review
    //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “Adventure is a State of Mind” photo by tracysotirakis.com   Who doesn’t like adventure?  I sure do!   Is there a kayak in the box along with the beauty goodies?  Nope, just beauty products. (Rats, I really need a kayak!) For those of you who aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s… Continue reading Birchbox June 2015 Review
  • CoTZ Face Natural Skin Tone Sunscreen SPF 40 Review
    //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Looking for a new face sunscreen?  Try my favorite!   I discovered this gem about a year ago on my quest to find a sunscreen for daily wear that would: Not make me look like a pasty white ghost, I’m pale enough, thanks. Give me a matte finish. Work… Continue reading CoTZ Face Natural Skin Tone Sunscreen SPF 40 Review
  • John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush Review
    Yes ladies, it’s totally possible to do a quality blowout at home thanks to one of these handy hot air brushes.  No need for a separate hair dryer and round brush, this guy is both tools in one. My hair is pretty straight and I normally either wear it curly or in a knot on… Continue reading John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush Review
  • Great Show at IECSC 2013
    The crowd at IECSC 2013 One of my favorite events of the summer in Las Vegas, the International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference, just ended and it was a great show, as usual.  There was tons to see (and buy) and informative classes to attend for those in the beauty industry.  The great thing about… Continue reading Great Show at IECSC 2013
  • Lancome Artliner Eyeliner Ice Black Review
    My new best friend, Lancome Artliner in Ice Black I used to order a lot of makeup online from a French beauty company and got completely hooked on one of their products.  I used it daily and could not find anything else to replace it.  It was a liquid eyeliner with a flexible foam tip… Continue reading Lancome Artliner Eyeliner Ice Black Review
  • Favorite Skin Care Product — Aloe Vera Gel
    What’s my favorite skin care product that I have been using for years that has never failed me?  Is it a $200 moisturizer?  Or, is it a top brand of eye cream?  No, it’s something that you can buy at your local drugstore and will only cost you a few dollars for a large bottle. … Continue reading Favorite Skin Care Product — Aloe Vera Gel
  • Ipsy Glam Bag April 2013
    //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js   // There are a ton of new beauty subscription companies available now, offering a bag or box filled with samples, trial sizes and possibly full size products.  I hate to waste money on crap that I won’t use, but I figured that I would give a few companies a try and see how… Continue reading Ipsy Glam Bag April 2013
  • Bridal Makeup Example
      Photo by James Sotirakis  http://www.jsimagedesign.com How do brides want to look on their wedding day?  Most would say they want to look beautiful and flawless, but without a lot of heavy makeup.  Being a makeup artist, the tricky part is putting enough makeup on for the photos, but not too much to where is… Continue reading Bridal Makeup Example
  • 5 Things To Never Do With Makeup
    Don’t do this, don’t do that.  Wear this color, never ever wear that color.  There are many so-called rules when it comes to makeup that it’s easy to get confused.  Many professional makeup artists don’t even believe in most of these rules.  However, there are a few commandments that must be strictly followed. Bacteria photo: … Continue reading 5 Things To Never Do With Makeup
  • Please Wash Your Makeup Brushes!
        Nasty, dirty things. Would you sleep on the same pillow case every night for 3 months?  No way, that’s gross.  So why are you repeatedly putting something on your face without washing it regularly?  Your makeup brushes need a bath, right now. I’m a bit of a germ freak when it comes to… Continue reading Please Wash Your Makeup Brushes!
  • Spring/Summer Lip Color Trends 2013
    Spring is here and it’s time to stash away your fall/winter lip colors…..again.  Don’t worry, you can pull them back out in October.  I know, every spring we get to hear what the “new” colors are and this year is no different. Have you noticed that the clothing and makeup trends now are a little… Continue reading Spring/Summer Lip Color Trends 2013
  • MAC Russian Red Matte Lipstick Review
    Photo by Tracy Sotirakis Ever heard of this stuff?  It’s supposedly THE best red lipstick ever. What makes it so wonderful?  It can be worn by all skin tones, from light to dark. Photo credit:  Madonna.com Back in 1990, MAC Russian Red lipstick was Madonna’s signature color for her Blonde Ambition tour.  It has been… Continue reading MAC Russian Red Matte Lipstick Review
  • Colored Bobby Pins *DIY Project*
    Are you ever sitting on the couch watching a trashy reality show, feeling guilty, knowing that you should do something constructive instead?  Why not do a little beauty project?  Most of us girls have tons of plain bobby pins around or can get them easily and cheaply, but their cute factor is definitely lacking.  Boring… Continue reading Colored Bobby Pins *DIY Project*
  • Solution To Creased Eye Shadow
    Hot weather, humidity, oily eye lids and wearing makeup for long hours–all causes of the dreaded creased eye shadow.  Are you plagued with this problem?  The solution is pretty simple, eye primer. Eye primer is a pretty hip cosmetic item now so there are many brands to choose from depending on your budget.  An eye… Continue reading Solution To Creased Eye Shadow
  • IECSC Las Vegas, NV 2013
     June 22-24 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Las Vegas Convention Center My favorite event of the summer is the IECSC show in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Unfortunately, it’s only for industry professionals, so the public is not allowed to attend.  Sorry to all you makeup and skincare junkies that are not professionals.  I wish you could… Continue reading IECSC Las Vegas, NV 2013
  • Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Review
    Yeah, sometimes I cart this much around. We have all been hammered by the beauty and fashion magazines lately about BB Creams.  BB stands for Blemish Balm, as they are sold in Asian markets, or Beauty Balm as sold in Western markets.  They are supposed to multitask and be a primer, foundation, sunscreen, moisturizer and… Continue reading Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Review
  • Make your own Glow Lotion
    Spring and Summer are here and it’s time to show the parts of our bodies that have been covered up by sweaters, scarves and long pants.  If you are anything like me, you probably have several broken or unused powdered eye shadows, blushes or bronzers taking up space in your makeup drawer that you just… Continue reading Make your own Glow Lotion
  • Traveling With Makeup
    Photo by Tracy Sotirakis This is a tragedy.  For so many reasons.  First it is a TOTAL mess when you discover that this heart breaking thing has happened.  Second, it is a huge mess to clean up.  What if I was unaware that this had happened and opened the eye shadow palette up in a… Continue reading Traveling With Makeup
  • Make Your Own Solid Perfume
    Are you crafty?  Do you like to make your own bath goodies or signature scents for yourself or your friends?  I sure do.  My kitchen has been my “laboratory” since I was young.  Yes, there are always mishaps (I would NEVER (wink) spill anything) or stuff that turns out smelling like trash, but that’s the… Continue reading Make Your Own Solid Perfume
  • Lemi Shine Review
    ***Disclaimer:  This post has nothing to do with makeup, but a little to do with “beauty”.*** I moved and as you all know, moving sucks.  There is always something else to put away or organize or clean.  The house that I moved into was pretty clean on the surface but after a few days into… Continue reading Lemi Shine Review
  • Bridal Photo Shoot at a Ghost Town
      photo by http://www.jsimagedesign.com This past week, I had the pleasure of working on a photo shoot for a bridal magazine at a ghost town.  Luckily it was not one of those very spooky ghost towns where if you accidentally take a rock you will be cursed until you return it.  The weather was wonderful,… Continue reading Bridal Photo Shoot at a Ghost Town
  • Graveyard Shift Shoot
    When your body has adjusted to going to bed at 10:30 to 11pm every night, it kind of freaks out when you have to be at work from 8pm to 7am–two nights in a row.  I just got done doing an overnight shoot for a casino in Las Vegas, NV.  We were shooting at the… Continue reading Graveyard Shift Shoot
  • Lipstick Mania!
      Photo by Tracy Sotirakis Is this necessary?  To some, this may be overkill.  Do I need ALL these lip glosses, lip stains and lipsticks in my gigantic purse every day?  Yes!  Most of the time, I apply my makeup at home before work or going out and then do my lips in the car….not… Continue reading Lipstick Mania!
  • Men Need Makeup Too!
    Photo by http://www.jsimagedesign.com This picture was from a few days ago while shooting a commercial for Flooring America in Las Vegas, NV.  When I heard about the shoot, I was told that puppies were going to be involved, which can be either a nightmare or the cutest thing ever.  These Labradoodles were very well behaved… Continue reading Men Need Makeup Too!
  • How To Apply Blush
    If you don’t wear blush now, you should start immediately.  Blush livens up the whole face.  When you apply foundation and powder you take away all your natural coloring.  What you want to do is apply a blush that is going to mimic your natural flushing color and give you your radiance back.  Blush will… Continue reading How To Apply Blush
  • Happy First Day Of Fall!
    Photo by Tracy Sotirakis Woo hoo!  It’s the first day of fall.  You know what that means, time to get out your boots, scarves and cute hats.  I’m ready and so are my sweaters!  I love spring and summer, but there is a special feeling when the leaves change and the temperature drops.  Here are… Continue reading Happy First Day Of Fall!
  • Jennifer Aniston and Vaseline
    A lot of us look for cheap beauty secrets that actually work.  Celebrities supposedly know everything, so we look to them for advice, especially when it comes to beauty.   They always look good so they must have some insider information.  It couldn’t be the fact that they have zillions to spend on Creme de La… Continue reading Jennifer Aniston and Vaseline
  • Wearable Fall 2012 Makeup Trends
    What’s happening this fall concerning your makeup?  Trends come and go and it seems like we see a lot of these looks recreated every few years.  What was hot last year may be slightly tweaked to be the newest, greatest thing this year.  Some of these looks only look good on the runway or on… Continue reading Wearable Fall 2012 Makeup Trends
  • Welcome!
    As a professional makeup artist, people ask me questions concerning beauty all the time.  I created this blog so I can discuss current topics in beauty, makeup, skin care, fitness and food, and get the information out to those of you who are not sitting in my makeup chair.  Please feel free to ask questions… Continue reading Welcome!