Valentine’s Makeup Look: Pink Lips and Flirty Eyes


Too Faced MELTED LIQUIFIED LONG WEAR LIPSTICK in Velvet, Too Faced Natural Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

I know it’s a “Hallmark Holiday”, but Valentine’s Day ranks right under Christmas as one of my favorite holidays. The cold weather might keep us in (the coldest it’s been since the 1800s on Sunday??), but this look might be steamy enough to get me out the house. I love pairing a bold, but pretty lip with soft and flirty eyes. Here’s a breakdown of products:

Valentine's Makeup

From l. to r.:

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Melted Velvet

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Black Ink

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Radiant Magenta

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW™ Pomade Dark Brown

*Also not pictured Lena Lashes Mink/Fox blend in Celeste

10 Makeup Instagram Artists You Should Be Following


Makeupbylilit, rokael_lizama, mac_daddyy,  taniamariamua, amrezy, makeupshayla, esnail_la, makeupbymario, tenipanosian, etienneortega, desimakeup, makeupbydenise


Besides blogs, Instagram is one of my favorite sources of makeup tips, products, and inspiration. From celebrity makeup artists to self taught artists that jump started their career through social media, there’s probably one out there that suits your personal beauty style. And not all accounts are created equal. Look for the ones that interact with their followers, answering questions in the comment section, and give insight on the looks they create by listing products or sharing technique.

Below I’ve listed 10 of my favorite makeup Instagram accounts. Who are some of your favorites?

Amrezy, makeup, instagram makup artist, Amra Olevic

This NYC makeup artist now living in LA always does a flawless face- bold lips, nude and neutral, glowing, smokey eye- you name it. With hundreds of looks on her page, her popularity grew so much that she scored her own limited edition eyeshadow palette with Anastasia Beverly Hills. Added bonus to following her are here equally flawless outfit posts!
If I need to find a good lash, I turn to Shyla’s Instagram page. It’s all about the eyes with Shyla, but she does a great statement lip as well.  She not only shares her favorite products, but she also shares her hairstyle secrets as well.
makeupbymario, Mario Dedivanovic
If you haven’t heard the name Mario Dedivanovic, chances are you aren’t keeping up with the Kardashians. While Kim uses several different makeup artists, Mario has been her makeup artist for years and was responsible for creating her signature look and sparking a highlight and contour craze.
If I had to pick someone on Instagram whose makeup looks most reflect my personal style, it would be beauty/style blogger and Youtuber, Teni Panosian. She’s naturally stunning without makeup, but her makeup looks are always modern, fresh, and youthful.


If your looking to nail the J.Lo glow, Desi Perkins is your girl (not to mention she could be her twin!).



Tania is great at really tailoring a unique look to her client, instead of pumping out one cookie cuter look. I sat in on a live makeup class she did with model Jessica Burciaga, bought 2 of the products she used and love them both. For only $10 it was well worth it and I’m hoping she does more!



Angel Merino does such a good highlight, he developed his own line of highlighting powders, called Artist Couture that look beautiful on everyone.



Christina Milian, Paris Hilton, and Casie are just a few of the celebrities he works his magic on. He’s in high demand, but will still share some of his favorite products on his page.



Lilit does a bold take on classic looks that are beautiful. I participated in one of her online tutorials and was amazed at her attention to detail. After watching her in action, I learned so much and was inspired to try her smokey cat eye (I’m still working on it, btw).




Not only does she post photos with product details, but she also posts great short tutorial videos from contouring, lips, eye makeup and hair!


Photos courtesy of Instagram

Creating wavy hair just got easier with these 3 products



If you follow my blog posts on, I talked last week about Dove’s new ‘Love Your Curls’ campaign. I do love my curls, but I’m not ready to throw out my blow dryer just yet. Lately, I’ve been into subtle waves and discovered some great products that really work for this look.

1. Before blow drying I’ve been loving Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight. It’s a creme that’s applied to wet hair before blow drying that helps straighten your hair and curls get looser after continued use.  It definitely helps in an easier, smoother, and straighter blowout!

2. I also apply Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil on my hair before blow drying for softness and shine!

3. Once hair is dry and curled, I use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to add volume and texture

beauty waves, products for beachy hair waves,  kerastaste ellixir ultime, aveda smooth infusion naturally straight, oribe dry texturizing spray


TIP: To keep the style for a few days, I sleep with my hair in a top knot!

My 5 Minute Makeup Face


work makeup look, everyday makeup look

My everyday makeup look–NARS Tinted Moisturizer, canceler, bronzer, pop of color on the cheeks and basic eyes


Sike. No such thing for me as a 5 minute face. I’ve tried. And it’s usually followed up by a well meaning co-worker asking me if I’m sick or if Rocco kept me up all night. And frankly, who’s going to take beauty advice from someone who looks “haggardly” (<–got that word from my MIL…hey Bonnie!).

So my most basic face takes about 20 minutes (this doesn’t include skin routine), which is a lot different from the full out glam I usually do for the blog. Like I told my friend Jenna (who’s allergic to makeup M-F), I promise one day I will figure out the perfect 5 minute face and post about it. But for now, set the alarm 15 min earlier for a polished everyday makeup look.


Step 1: Prep skin and eyelids with a makeup primer. I have oily skin, so if I want my makeup to last all day, this is a must. I alternate between Hourglass Veil Mineral Makeup Primer or Smashbox Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer. (Not pictured is my eye primer- MAC Ochre Paint Pot)

Smashbox Pore Minimizing

Step 2: Depending on what I’m doing that day, I apply either a tinted moisturizer for days when I don’t want a lot of coverage or foundation for more coverage. My favorite TM is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (in shade Cuba) and my favorite foundation right now is Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (shade 153 Golden Honey).

NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Step 3: Conceal. I love my NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer (shade Custard). It not only conceals but brightens and highlights the area.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concelear

Step 4: Set with loose powder.

NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder

Step 5: Bronzer. Your face looks “flat” with just one wash of color on it. I like to add some depth with a sweep of bronzer on forehead, cheekbones, and jaw.  Sometimes I add a pop of blush on the apples of cheeks for color. Gueralin Terracotta (shade 8) is my absolutely favorite bronzer–no orange tones, smells great, and lasts forever.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder


Step 6:  This is the part that takes me the most time because not only do I have hooded eyes, but I also have a prominent lid, so my features tend to get lost without shadow, mascara and liner. My day to day shadow is from the below custom palette from Bobbi Brown. The first shade, Banana, goes all over the lid and the last shade Velvet Plum goes from lash line to brow bone (I almost never use the middle pink shade).

I line my eyes using Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink. It’s the only liner that doesn’t end up sliding off during the day.

I fill in my brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown.

Lastly, I curl my lashes and use L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in Black.

Bobbi Brown Banana, Velvet Plum


There you have it. Hopefully, you won’t have to stop to put on Paw Patrol, change 2 poopy diapers, and put sneakers on a toddler ninja, while putting on your 20 minute face, thus turning it in to a 40 minute face.

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