Monday, April 27, 2009

Second City Style Beauty Olympics is here!

Second City Style Beauty Olympics is here! As Beauty Writer for Second City Style, many of my days and countless weekends have been spent testing hundreds of beauty products to find the best of the best in Beauty!
From glosses, to scrubs, to powders and liners, we tested everything, to make sure you know what product's work.

Here's one winner!

Cream Eye Shadow

Gold: Bobbi Brown Cream Shadows *Editor’s Pick $22“The coverage is fantastic and doesn’t crease or bleed!”Kelley Epps-Woods, Second City Style Beauty Writer and Makeup Artist

Check out Second City Style Magazine to check out 2009 Beauty Olympics, to see what we have to say about the best of the best in beauty and who the winners are!

Monday, April 20, 2009

DC Wedding Makeup Artist | Bridal Beauty: Before and After 101

I had the honor and pleasure of working with a beautiful Bride this weekend in Arlington! It's amazing how just 5 months can make you feel as if you have known them forever. Bridal makeup gives a personal peek into the lives of the Bride, because doing some one's face is often a 'private' space. This is someone that is trusting you with their face, and most times your judgement. So, I take so much pride in building relationships with my Brides, as well as giving them the ultimate treatment in makeup.

Here are a few pictures of my Bride this weekend (her before and after). I will also give you a rundown of the products I used

Black Opal Foundation Sticks
(I can never go wrong with these sticks, I always find my shade)
MAC Blot Powder
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish for contouring
Eyebrows; 3 different MAC eyeshadows and Cappacino and Medium Brown pencil
(set with MAC Clear Eyebrow Gel)
Eyeshadow; Face Atelier eyeshadow in peach color and bone, Yaby Cosmetics eyeshadows in crease
Lined with Bobbi Brown Eye Gel in Black; lashes, and tons of Waterproof Mascara
My favorite go-to's MAC Blush in Slave-to-Love, and Raizen, and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Blush for highlight
MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, and a cappacino penicl, Sheer burgandy lip gloss on top
(the key was to make her lips neutral so touchups could be a breeze)

When I tell you she was flawless. She was flawless, the pictures doesn't do justice.. She said she had been getting microdermabrasionso her skin was very smooth. It made a huge difference with the application, and the foundation went on ultra smooth.She had the most beautiful weather I have seen for a Bride, and I know her Wedding Day was spectacular!

Kelley Epps-Woods, Beauty Writer

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lip Obsession ! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars

As a makeup artist, I am always looking for the next best lip product. I'm in love with gloss, but was taken aback when I discovered this new innovation in a lip product! These new gems by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics called Lip Tar, are what a lip product is suppose to be! With the coverage of a lipstick and the application of a gloss, these pigmented colors, created the perfect satin finish!

Pic courtesy: OCC; OCC Lip Tar in Katricia
I call myself putting it on like regular gloss, but oh no! It was so ultra saturated with pigment that all I needed was a pin size amount . A little goes a very long way! They are so true to color that you may even need to sheer it out, with a clear gloss or tinted gloss (as well as for more glossiness.

Makeup Artist, it's even great for Hi-Def Video and Digital Photography, without it looking heavy. The come in 9 different shades, and are meant to be mixed with the range of colors including (black, white and a clear mixer).
Here are the shades! Fans of Ruby Woo?, check out the NSFW (Red)it is amazing!!!!

Here are a picture of a few of the Lip Tars!

left to right Lip Tar in Pageant, Melange, and Uber

You can find OCC Lip Tars at , $12.50

Kelley Epps-Woods, Beauty Writer

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wedding Makeup Artist | 2009 BRIDES Beauty Awards!

It's that time of year for the BRIDES Beauty Awards 2009!!

The 2009 BRIDES Beauty Awards are here! This year, there are 75 favorites, in honor of BRIDES 75th Anniversary. Each item is perfect for a wedding-day arsenal in the categories of make-up, face, body, hair and tools. The BRIDES team has covered everything a blushing bride needs for her big day – and beyond. Some of this year’s favorites are: Revlon’s ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor; Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream, St. Ives Body Wash and much more!

To the Makeup Loft Readers enter to win one of over 2,300 beauty prizes including hair groomers, skin smoothers, makeup marvels, body buffers and more by going to: Sweepstakes!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Drugstore Makeup Finds! Beauty Buzz at Second City Style!

Check out some of my favorite Drugstore Makeup Finds at Second City Style!

Let me know some of your favorite Drugstore Makeup Finds!?? Leave a Comment..
(I know there are so many!)