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Happy Birthday America!!!

July 3, 2017
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4th 1Whether it’s lounging by the pool, splashing in the waves at the beach, a back yard cook out or an epic firework celebration the 4th of July is THE event of the summer!! Here are a few of the hottest and funnest looks for you to try our over the the holiday while celebrating in style.

MAKEUP

Make sure to swipe on bright popping red lipstick for a truly explosive smile.

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The brighter the better. Cherry looks great on just about every single skin tone and has the added bonus of making your teeth super white too!!

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HAIR

There is not much thats more iconic to American Patriotism than the Classic beloved  pin-up. And what’s a pin up with out her bandana?!

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Bandanas and scarfs are a great option for summer hair not only because they are absolutely adorable, but also for the practicality- get that hot heavy hair off the back of your neck and pulled off of your face. So grab a red, white or blue bandana and check out these tutorials before you head out to the pool or bbq!

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Swim Suites

This may be the Native Floridian/ born-beach-worshiper in me, but I don’t think you even need a good reason to pick up another swim suit and when it come to ones sporting a TEAM America theme there are most as many options as there are different body types.

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2 Piece Bathing Suit on Amazon

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Blue Red Patriotic  1-piece on AMI Clubwear

I think this ones retro vibe would be PERFECT with a bandana!!

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Lace Up Patriotic Halter on Gamiss

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American Flag Print Ruffle on Dress Lilly

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Fourth of July Celebration!!!

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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-Official Sponsor for Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant

July 3, 2015
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Picture4I couldn’t think of a better time than the week of Fourth of July to announce this amazing news!  Makeup in the 702 is proud to sponsor the hair and makeup for Angelina Yarbrough, Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant.   There’s been more than a little news on beauty pageants the past few weeks, but Mrs. United States holds the crown when it comes to history, poise and beauty.

Recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system available to married women, each year we welcome contestants from all 50 states and the U.S. territories to a gala national pageant in the glittering city of Las Vegas!

Founded in 1986 by Isabella Ilacqua, the Mrs. United States National Pageant system was created out of respect and admiration for married women of beauty and intelligence.

Mrs. Ilacqua sought to provide a forum to publicly recognize and acknowledge the fact that married women often play many roles as wife, mother, homemaker and/or professional with a flair and resilience uncommonly found elsewhere.

Recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system available to married women, each year we welcome contestants from all 50 states and the U.S. territories to a gala national pageant in the glittering city of Las Vegas!

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Picture3I am absolutely inspired by Angelina’s platform; “One of my greatest reasons for entering the Mrs. United States competition is the opportunity to become a spokeswoman for countless young women who struggle with self-esteem issues and to be the voice of encouragement that they need. Our society heavily influences women, especially in its demand for physical perfection. I want to inspire women to find beauty and greatness in their own passions and dreams rather than follow the media’s lead that encourages obsession over physicality. My heart breaks for women and young girls who struggle with low self-esteem to the point of dangerous eating disorders, and I have made it my goal to take the opportunity as Mrs. North Dakota to help young women recognize their value and importance and to re-define the meaning of true beauty.  I want to be the voice that encourages women all around the country to grow in their passions, dreams and aspirations rather than shrink their
clothing size.” ~Angelina Yarbrough

Many married women are an inspiration to their families, friends, colleagues and community—the role of wife, mother and career woman does not prevent some women from finding time to become involved in community activities or from maintaining her health, beauty, and mind.

The Mrs. United States National Pageant® contestant is an intelligent, married woman who knows what she wants in her career, family and appearance. She maintains a strong sense of identity and embodies the true spirit of “complete woman”… total beauty.

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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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