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Tis the season for giving!!!

December 23, 2015
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Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, the holidays that fall during this chilly month can be warmed a bit with the spirit of sharing and generosity.   We asked the Makeup in the 702 team, what some of their go to holiday gifts this year and now we’re sharing with you.
Luxurious bath and home spa gifts are always a treat, but by far, one of our most favorite products of the entire year is the LUSH bath ball. They come in dozens of delicious smelling products that are made of the planet and health friendly ingredients including mint, lemons and limes, rosemary, avocados, coconut oils, eucalyptus etc.
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The fun and sassy packaging and case are almost enough to land this next pick on our list. Clinque skin care and lip products are hands down some of the best in the industry, and this year they have out done themselves with this collection of beautiful shades.
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This adorable advent calendar has 17 of Ciates most popular shades from the past year included in teeny tiny mini bottles included. There are also some really glamorous additions like sparkles, and holiday tinsel to customize your mani even more!! How fun would it be to pop in Miracle on 34th St. and have a winter mani/pedi party!!
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Whether it’s raining, snowing, foggy or just a bitting cold wind, a thick, squichy knit hat is perfect for any condition. There are so many styles and they can add to practically any hair do. Whether it’s a casual beanie over braids or an adorable French beret with bangs, there is a go to winner for any one on your list
Whatever you may be celebrating this season, we hope you have a change to spend time with the people you love, we want to wish you season full of beauty, joy and light!!!!

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Winter Time Skin & Hair Care Tips

December 16, 2015
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As the temperatures drop and we start to pull out the long sweaters and warm boots, it’s also a good time to take a look at our beauty routine to make sure we are getting the most of your efforts. You know my mantra! “Good skin and good color go hand in hand!”
Here are a few tips on keeping staying fabulous and bursting those winter blues.
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Stay Hydrated-
Drinking plenty of water is a go-to piece of advice all year long for those of us living in this beautiful Las Vegas desert, but it is also so important for everyone else who has a bit more humidity. During the winter months the hot showers, cold winds and dry air can leave our hands and lips chapped and cracked. Of course popper moisturizing is necessary; by staying hydrated you are addressing the problem from the inside out.
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Sweet Cheeks
This winter you will be seeing lots of pretty peach and coral tones on the cheeks. Obviously the color of your blush will depend on your natural completion, but go for more pink and peachy tons over gold’s or bronze. During the winter months it is totally normal for our com
Stick to SPF
This one might also sound like a summer skincare tip, but it is so important to continue the protection into the winter. The dark clouds and gloomy days can lead us to drop our guard a bit during the winter months, but sun burn and sun blistering can be quite common for those enjoying the outdoors in the low temps. Protect your hands and face from the suns harsh rays by applying a moisturizer with at least 20 SPF every single day.
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pletions to be lighter or a bit paler, so don’t fight the winter and embrace the rosy cheeks.
Pamper your locks
Hot steamy showers, dry hot indoor air and static cling can wreak havoc on your mane, and can leave your hair dry, brittle and frizzy in the winter. Even shampooing with the wrong product can strip your hair of moisture. This season, go light on the washing try to skip a wash every now and then. Since big, waves and tousled tresses are making a big comeback this season, it’s a perfect opportunity to give your hair a break.
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Chic Top Knot
Quick, Easy, and Glamorous! This effortless up do is a winter beauty staple. Because it only requires a pony holder and a few bobby pins, its casual enough to be worn with jeans and a chunky scarf. But it’s also perfect for statement earrings or a sparkly headband because it is so elegantly simple. Whether you jazz it up or dress it down, be sure to incorporate the top knot this season.

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LUSH Cosmetics-Makeup In The 702 Product Review

October 30, 2015
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Have you ever come across a new product or accessory and thought to yourself “How did I make it this long without you in my life?!” If you have, then you absolutely know how we are feeling right now about LUSH Cosmetics.
From the amazingly fresh aromas, to the luxurious buttery textures and bubbles to the responsible, humane and ethically sourced ingredients- this company and every single one of the products is top of the line.
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In the weeks and days leading up to the wedding, as the details start to come together and the final prep is started, brides may be interested in a little bit of extra pampering. The below products are a few of our absolute favorites from LUSH, and will help prep your beautiful hands for all of those close up pictures of you and your loves rings and will have your feet peep-toe and sling back ready to walk down.
Lemony Flutter- Hand Care LUSH made Lemony Flutter to soften your dry, cracked cuticles and nourish your nails; it’s our thickest, zestiest cream yet. In fact, it’s so good at softening; our customers have been using it on other rough body parts, like feet, elbows and knees too. Fresh lemons infusion is lovingly blended in our rich butter base to brighten skin and lighten nails. Each batch contains twenty-two pounds of beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil to moisturize and soften your skin. There are so many nutritious butters and oils in each pot, it’s no wonder that such a little amount can go such a long way.
Lush Blog 1Salted Coconut- Hand Scrub-Supremely softening. This creamy coconut scrub is the perfect way to keep your hands in tip top condition. One small scoop will brighten skin with fine sea salt and fresh lemon infusion, while softening at the same time with cupuaçu butter, argan and extra virgin coconut oils. Your hands will be left feeling silky, moisturized and perfumed with a delicious coconut fragrance that will have you hooked.
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You can find these AMAZING products and more online at LUSHUSA.com and at LUSH stores locally in Las Vegas at the Fashion Show Mall, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and in Downtown Summerlin.
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Bridal Blemish 101

October 3, 2015
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Doesn’t it always seem that we get a blemish at the very WORST time!  Here’s an email I received from a panic stricken bride…
From A Bride:
Hi Megan,
We have an problem! I had a big pimple just under my cheek about two days ago and it’s quite noticeable still. As if that’s not enough I noticed I had some nasty cold sore on my bottom lip corner coming up today. As I’m sure you can imagine it’s a total nightmare 🙁 I just would like to give you a head up and maybe you could rally the message to the makeup lady. I have no idea how much better / worse they are going to get. I just hope she has some tricks up her sleeves and do her magic on the day of. Though I do realize it’s unreasonable to expect a total coverage of the problem area 🙁
Right now I’m applying Abreva and Herpcin L for the cold sore and not doing much for the zit to avoid even more swelling. If you know any other ways to mange them either right now or the night before, I would be the most happy to learn
Thank you so much!

Ok, so let’s talk about how to help.
Please take a deep breath and exhale……
First please note that both the blemish and cold sore are brought on by stress, environment and hormones. Sounds like all 3 could be a factor here. We are just just a short while from your wedding, so let’s not be to aggressive in treating them, but take more of a mild approach.

First, keep your hands off???? Bacteria on your fingers will only exuberant the problem. Second, use Neosporin on both areas several times a day. It’s hydrating, bacteria fighting and of course healing properties will work wonders in a few short amount of time. Be relentless with reapplication- remember- hands off. Second, the best way to cleanse your body is water. Drink as much as humanly possible in the next few days- stay away from coffee and alcohol and if you must have, limit the amount. Water will flush your system and of course help to heal your biggest organ- your skin.
Let’s talk about the day of. Please know that we would never emphasize any issues that you are having, but note that texture is texture. take a look at the wall next to you- see the texture. I can paint that wall any color. Blue, black or purple, but the texture will still come through. It’s imperative that you do not pick and cause a soar, dryness or extra texture in those areas.


I know all of this tips will help.

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Makeup In The 702 Product Review

June 26, 2015
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Welcome to the first week of Summer in Las Vegas! Temps soar up to 120 in the direct sun and stay a balmy cool 105 in the shade. Low overnight temps typically don’t fall below 80, so what’s a makeup artist to do??? Search high and low for the worlds best waterproof and heat resistant products. After all we guarantee 15 hour water and transfer resistant makeup.

mac-waterproof-pro-longwear-foundation-3-e1427142890244A few months ago my friends over at Mac Pro Forum Shops hinted me up on a HUGE product launch and boy they were not kidding!  So generous that gave me the MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation Collection to try. Of course MAC is a name I trust whole heartily, but to try this out on a client for the first time on her wedding day- not gonna happen!

Calling all friends and family- come sit in my chair and let me try this out….. (I’m very fortunate to have friends and family that will let me test out and demo products.)

The Key claims and benefits for MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation are:

  • MAC-Prolongwear-Nourishing-Waterproof-FoundationWater-resistant
  • Transfer-resistant
  • Long-wearing, 24 hours
  • Provides instant and long-term hydration
  • Oil-free
  • Provides stay-true colour
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • For all skin types

That being said we put it to the test in the HOT Las Vegas desert and after testing this new product out on a handful of volunteers my findings were as I suspected ….  sure enough MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation is a wedding worthy product 61f0a0e5fb9f3eb781475e7c02861708to add to add to our ever growing kit/arsenal. With 16 blendable shades an artist can cover any imperfection or skin type and of course the multipurpose use of foundation and concealer is always a winner in my book.

Pro Long Wear Water Proof Nourishing Foundation is a tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 24 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

This foundation goes above and beyond it’s claims and benefits lasting on wards of 48+ hours. Again, don’t try this at home kids…. it was just for testing purposes. Please wash your face every evening.

I give MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation the Makeup in the 702 seal of approval!

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation in action!  Photos courtesy of Myrna Loy Photography.

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Taking Care Of The Skin You’re In…

February 20, 2015
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meganAs a veteran makeup artist, I’ll make one statement loud and clear- GOOD SKIN AND GOOD COLOR GO HAND IN HAND. Again, good skin and good color go hand in hand. When a client has her best skin forward the end result of makeup can be so much more. Let me explain.

Take a look at the wall next to you. See its texture? I can paint the wall aka your face, any color. Blue, purple, yellow- it doesn’t matter- the texture of the wall aka your face will still come through the makeup. In order for the “paint” to be smooth, we must change the texture of that wall. Huh???

Okay so now, you are probably asking yourself how do I do that, Why can’t the makeup do that?

Well for starters makeup is not a miracle.  No kidding you say.  But skincare and good practices can make the difference immediately and over time truly change your programmed cells to become stronger, less hyper pigmented and of course get those smooth, if you will “sanded” surface.  It’s never too late or too early to start and continue a consistent skin care routine.  No matter the age, you can always improve your skin through the use of products.  Now remember to keep in mind there is not an instant miracle in a jar. Results are cumulative.  Your results will depend on the time you invest in taking care of the skin you’re in.  To get you started on the path to good skin care I thought I would share a few of my favorite things with you today.  These are 3 luxurious useful items that I personally use daily.

Shiseido UlitmuneThe autoimmune protects and prevents!

Like your body, your skin has an immune system that functions less efficiently with time, environmental exposure and stress. Ultimune helps boost skin’s multi-defensive powers while helping to strengthen its resistance to day-to-day damage and signs of aging. Over time, skin looks smoother and more resilient, making wrinkles less noticeable as your complexion begins to glow.

• Shiseido’s exclusive Ultimune Complex* is formulated with a unique blend of Bulgarian Rose Water, Aqua In Pool and Yeast to protect, strengthen, and maintain healthy looking skin.
• Formulated with a unique botanical power blend with Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Shiso and Thyme.
• For women of all skin types and all ages.
• In 4 weeks: firmness and resilience are improved, making wrinkles less visible.
• To use: Apply two pumps morning and evening after cleansing and balancing skin. Apply Ultimune before using targeted serums.

Shiseido White LucentNext, I use Shiseido’s  “White Lucent All Day Brightener”, The ultimate brightening solution for even-toned skin with perfect radiance,  Shiseido’s  “White Lucent All Day Brightener” diminishes the appearance of dark spots and hyper pigmentation.   The brightener helps repair the damage that I’ve already done and helps keep my skin stay youthful.
This brightening serum combines Shiseido’s advanced brightening technologies to achieve ultimately bright skin. Shiseido’s exclusive new complex, ProBright 4MRtm, has been developed based on the latest research for a superior combined effect* of overall brightening, and flawless, perfectly radiant skin.
The light, dewy texture absorbs quickly from the skin surface to deep within**.

Shiseido Ulitmate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+Lastly sunscreen, I know, I know you know this already….Sun protection is essential!  We tend to forget that we need this year round in this brutal desert climate we live in.  Sunscreen doesn’t just protect from the harmful rays- it’s protecting your skin from the environment and all the yucky things floating around in the air.   I’m an active Mom just like many of you and “Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Cream” keeps up with me all day!   Swim, play, and enjoy the outdoors, knowing your sunscreen loves water as much as you do. Providing powerful protection for your skin, this innovative protective veil actually becomes even more effective when it comes into contact* with water. Discover powerful sun protection for the face in a nourishing, water-resistant cream that is comfortable and gentle on the skin without any sticky texture or white residue.

• Broad spectrum UV protection helps reduce the appearance of photo-aging with exclusive SuperVeil-UV 360™ technology.
• Formulated with WetForce technology, which reacts positively to water on contact*, activating additional strength within the protective veil.*
*Compared before and after soaking in water for 30 minutes. Be sure to reapply product immediately after water activity such as swimming or after toweling drying skin.

So there you go!  A few of my favorite things now what?  The reality, sure you go out you buy these products but how will you know if they work?  The answer simply is just use them!

 

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