Jun 14, 2018

The Makeup Show Is Coming To Houston Texas In 2019

SAY WHHHHHHAAAAAAT!!!!??? Yup, it's been confirmed that for the first time, The Makeup Show will be joining artists and attendees in Houston for a beautiful weekend of education and artistry.  So what happened to Dallas you may ask? Dallas was on the roster since last year but they recently decided to remove Dallas and come to Houston for a number of reasons that I will share below. 

Shelly Taggar, Owner of The Makeup Show stated... 
“The Makeup Show chose to move from Dallas to Houston not only because of the city’s culture, creativity, character and overwhelming request from local artists, but to help the city from the still prevalent aftermath of last year’s Hurricane Harvey.
The show is looking to do their part and contribute to the efforts in building up the city and help with the healing process. Having 60 brands featured, three full days of education, and a great environment for networking, creativity, and inspiration makes it a great opportunity to help a city see there is still sunshine after the storm.”

HOUSTON, TX (March 23 & 24, 2019) – The Makeup Show is adding Houston, Texas to its stellar lineup of cities. Houston is an up-and-coming beauty hub in the industry, making it the perfect new location for The Makeup Show. Whether it be new indie brands or the multitude of artists that call Houston their home, attendees of The Makeup Show Houston will be able to truly
see what this city has to offer!

● Keynotes: A MUST SEE! Keynotes travel in from around the world and are essential for any level artist to learn new tips, techniques, and information that will set them apart and advance their careers. Highlighting diverse topics
including trends, inspiration, and advice.
● Workshops: LEARN SKILLS FROM THE BEST! Workshops will create hands-on experiences in an intimate setting, perfect for artists that want to take their skills to the next level.
● 60 Featured Brands: OFFERING EXCLUSIVE SHOW DISCOUNTS! Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with brands, shop at great pro-discounts from some of the top brands in the industry and discover new beauty products to
add to their kit.
The Makeup Show Houston will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from
9am to 5pm at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria, 2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056. For additional information and updated announcements, please visit www.themakeupshow.com or connect on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

About The Makeup Show:
The Makeup Show is owned by Shelly Taggar and Alan Boss and produced by Metropolitan Event & Production. Bringing each
destination -- Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Chicago, and Orlando -- over 75 beauty brands, education and an
opportunity for fashion and beauty professionals at all levels of their career to come together with some of the best brands and
biggest names in the business. Each show offers an unparalleled lineup of education and focuses on career building and
networking within the makeup community. The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network

directly from the best in the business.

I also would encourage you to join my event page here you will be able to get tons of updates, I'm here to answer your questions and make this experience a smooth one for you. Also, I encourage you to invite your beauty and fashion friends to the event page so they can stay informed. You'll have everything at your fingertips in one place. The Makeup Show Houston 2019

Jun 1, 2018

Tarte Is Expanding Shade Ranges For It's Top Selling Products.

Ok, I don't know about you but this is epic news to hear right here being that I am a fan of the Tarte brand and I'm glad they are taking this leap because earlier this year Tarte among other brands were in the hot seat for their lack of shade ranges. One of the products being the Shape Tape Foundation which has surprisingly only 13 shades. To me, it was honestly an offense because I really wanted that foundation but it was slightly off when I tried it in store. And I'm glad that we're at a season that we are challenging larger brands to step it up because there is no excuse with all the money, exposure,  and technology that is available to not include everyone. 

Tarte made an announcement on Instagram and one of my facebook friends Destiny Godley who is one of the originals of Youtube was flown out with Tarte and she made the announcement of the expansion on shades for the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation. This is definitely a great start and to work with women of color that are deep in complexion is definitely a good look on Tartes part. If it wasn't for people like Jackie Aina who is the face of woc and have been very vocal along with other women of color about the lack of diversity we wouldn't be here today. This is definitely a historical moment that needs to go in the books. 

So the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation which is possibly the most popular foundation from that brand is going from 25 shades to 40 which is a major soar for Tarte. 

Also Tartes most popular concealer Creaseless Concealer  includes 16 additional shades, which means you can now choose between 30 shade ranges. And be on the lookout for future upgrades, the Shape Tape Contour Concealer will be available in 30 shades come August, while the Rainforest of the Sea Foundation will also be available in 30 shades that same month. (Exact launch dates TBD). 

Tarte started in 2000 with a dream of combining glamourous makeup & good-for-you ingredients. Today, we’re leaders in the beauty industry, offering eco-chic, cruelty-free cosmetics & hypoallergenic, vegan skincare. Every product is packed with naturally-derived, skinvigorating™ ingredients & always formulated without the bad stuff like parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, & gluten.
Tarte pioneered the use of high-performance naturals™, so no matter how hectic life gets, your makeup can hold up to the challenge. We travel the world to find the best, most efficient ingredients, like our long-wearing, skin-balancing Amazonian clay and the highly nourishing, non-greasy maracuja oil. We are always looking for ways to #rethinknatural so you never have to compromise the quality of your makeup for the health & beauty of your skin!

May 17, 2018

Get Boosted With Neutrogena

Thanks to @Neutrogena for sending me these products. This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions are my own #ItsInTheGel #GotItForFree
Neutrogena has a new mask collection inspired by South Korea's Innovative Technology that fuses nourishing essences with a polymer derived from seaweed to form a translucent. flexible sheet. Easy to apply, wear, and remove. Hydrogel conforms to the contours of the face. The options that available are 3 Hydrogel masks that allow you to Hydrate, Brighten  & Purify the skin. And then they have the Single Use Mask that hydrates the skin overnight and a clay mask that decongests the skin. These masks instantly penetrate into the skin and nourish the skin 

I had the chance to pick the mask according to my skin type and skin goals. Because I have normal to dry skin I always opt for Hydrated & Radiant Skin! So I was sent the Hydro-Boost Hydrating Hydrogel Mask and The Radiance Boost Brightening Hydrogel Mask. Along with a Single Use Hydro Boost Hydrating Overnight Gel Mask. 

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating  100% Hydrogel Mask is a moisturizing face mask that contains hyaluronic acid that instantly quenches dry skin and contours to your skin for optimal absorption leaving it supple and hydrated.  

The Neutrogena Radiance Boost Brightening 100% Hydrogel Mask boosts skin’s radiance and smooth skin’s texture. This innovative hydrogel face mask with vitamin B3 leaves your skin looking luminous, evenly toned, and radiant.

With Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Overnight Gel Mask you can wake up to hydrated, supple skin. This moisturizing overnight face mask with hyaluronic acid wraps skin in a deep gel cream while you sleep for smooth, soft skin. These Mask shots are packaged in neat, portable pods that are perfect for travel or use on the go. Each mask shot is sealed for maximum freshness until it's opened and applied. 

There is no excuse now not to take care of your skin.  I take pride in my skin and I can spend between 30mins. - 1 hour or more on my skincare routine. But this mask cut my routine in half. With this mask, you are getting the mask, essence, toner, serum, eye cream, lip mask and possibly moisturizer. Because I haven't had to apply moisturizer to my skin. It's definitely optional. You only have to apply this mask 10-15 minutes. WHAT A DREAM! If you are looking for something that is quick and gives you the results that you need go ahead and stock up on these you won't regret it! 

May 15, 2018

What's New In Beauty At Target

“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.”

Hey Friends!

How many of you all are fans of Target? *Raising Hands* I AM!! Of course, I am or I wouldn't be creating a post about the new beauty items that hit Target. Diversity is very important to me and I think every shade should be celebrated. And Target is doing just that by not only celebrating diversity but celebrating women-owned companies! WOMEN STAND UP & TAKE YOUR CURTSY! I've been in Target and I've never seen these items yet in stores but they are online at this moment. I know that can suck for those that like to go shop in-store. But sometimes shopping online is far better because you have a bit more control and you save yourself time & gas. So I'm going to be sharing the beauty items that I'm looking forward to trying out this summer that also have some great reviews online. 

Violet Voss Sexy and Eye Know It Lashes

One thing that I love the most about summer is lashes. FLIRTY LASHES to be exact. Violet Voss is introducing three of their most popular lash styles to Target. These lashes provide extreme volume, brightens up the eyes, and enhances your eye makeup for both day and night all while complimenting your natural features. My favorite lashes from the three most popular are the "Violet Voss Sexy and Eye Know It Lashes. I love lashes that extend the eye and make it look sexy. I know it tabu for someone that has small eyes like myself but personally, I love that effect for myself. These lashes retail for $9.99. Violet Voss was created by a team of female makeup artists and their mission was to make long-lasting lip products, cruelty-free lashes, and other highly pigmented makeup products. 

Marlena founder of Makeup Geek 
Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Compact

Summer is not Summer without a healthy sunkissed glow. I'm currently eyeing this bronzer that gives your skin a soft beachy glow and it's the Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Compact. This product comes in three shades and the one that I'm interested in is Burnished. This bronzer is said you have a silky finish with a delicate kiss of pearl powder to add radiance and a healthy luster to the skin. Burnished has a warm tone for deep skin-tones. This product retails for $21.99

Melissa Butler, founder of The Lip Bar

I've heard much about The Lip Bar and to know that it's on Target Online & that it's a Black- Owned Brand owned by Melissa Butler gives me even the more reason to try it out. The Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick has 12 shades. Now, normally I don't get too excited about bold shades like Boy Trouble on myself because I've never been into these types of shades on myself but I believe if I wear a lipliner I could make it more wearable on myself. The good thing about this liquid lipstick is that it is vegan & cruelty-free. And their claim of it being a Non-Drying formula which I think I will like because one thing I try to avoid is matte liquid lipsticks that suck the lips dry. This lippie retails for $13.00. Now I've heard mix reviews on this product. But being a blogger it's important for me to try it for myself. Just because something didn't work out for someone else doesn't mean it won't work out for me. 

Hue Noir True Hues Flawless Matte Foundation 


Owned by Paula Hayes,  a product chemist who is also a woman of color who developed an innovative brand that blends both SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY. Hue Noir's mission is to change the face of beauty by putting multicultural women at the center of the modern beauty movement and by doing that they developed a luxurious makeup solution that's ideal for customers with nuanced skin tones ranging from fair to deep. This foundation claims to be a long-wearing, powder-matte finish foundation that's formulated in true skin-tone hues, providing coverage that is versatile and buildable. According to Target Online, the skin-friendly formula is weightless, comfortable, crease-resistand, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It's claims of lasting all day have me intrigued. This foundation retails for $19.99 and can be found on Target.com and soon inside Target.

I love the story behind Reina Rebelde which is the name of the brand, owned by Regina Merson who is a Latina that grew up in Mexico. This brand is for...

"the exquisite and ambitious woman who embodies her powerful cultural duality by showing her gran Belleza to the world. She is blessed with many choices: she speaks English y algunas veces espaƱol. She loves being Latina and Americana. She equally celebrates the beauty of her Reina and fierceness and grit of her Rebelde. She embraces her duality and has always understood the Fuerza that the perfect shade of lipstick provides to her already-dynamic life and how it powerfully transforms her mysterious beauty.
Reina Rebelde was born out of something I share with you — a passion for makeup and extreme pride for my cultural identity as a Latina. Growing up in Mexico, my makeup obsession started with the telenovela “Rosa Salvaje” and sitting at my mother’s feet watching her beauty rituals as she would get ready to go out for the night with her girlfriends. I’ve been addicted to makeup ever since. Years of makeup hoarding later, my collection is equal parts wild and unpredictable, bold and impractical, feminine and luxurious, sexy and severe — in many ways perfectly reflective of my complicated identity as a Mexican woman embracing an amazing American existence.
Inspired by our collective experience as Reinas Rebeldes, I created this collection of products with built-in versatility to give life to our many dualities, full of provocative shades that deliver the boldness and passion that we bring to the rituals of applying them, and that will take us from glamorous to fierce, aspirational to trailblazing, messy to polished, and allow us to unapologetically and authentically share our Reina Rebelde essence with the world.
Con Besos, "

Reina Rebelde 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color (Oaxaca)

Summer is a great time to bring out the bolds. And when I saw this palette I automatically thought of the Nautical Style Color Palette which to me is perfect for summer. I think this palette is very versatile because it can be worn day and night depending on how it's being applied. It can be applied dry or wet. And check this! This collection was created by a Latina Women so its good to see some diversity and culture at Target. There are 4 palettes and each one tells a story. 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color in Oaxaca gives life to the enchanted land and vibrant color of Oaxaca, Mexico. The quad includes four stunning shades: gold, periwinkle lavender shimmer, and matte indigo and retails for $18.00 and based on the reviews this palette is pretty amazing! This product can be found Target.com and soon inside Target on the shelves.


EveryHue Stay All Day Setting Spray

Founded by 4 women Gizelle Bryant, Erika Liles, Karlene Damallie, & Sophia Rabkins, who believed that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and complexions. While our beauty makes us preciously unique, we are of one tribe. I'm looking forward to trying out all of their products but I'm mainly interested in the EveryHue Beauty Stay All Day Setting spray because that is something I will need this Summer to keep my makeup intact. They claim that this setting spray extends the wear of your makeup for up to 16hours while minimizing smudging and fading. According to their site...

" It is ideal for all skin types. This luxurious makeup setting spray is hydrating and infused with opalescent gold specks! "SET, REFRESH and GLOW". Spray after applying makeup to set or spray before makeup to hydrate and refresh skin. How to Use: Hold 8 -10 inches away from your face. Gently close your eyes. Mist your face in a circular motion. Avoid spraying directly into eyes or mouth."

This product retails for $9.99 and can be found on Target.com and soon inside Target on the shelves.

I'm so ready to glow up this summer with a punch of color! And I feel this Glowlighter is the perfect one for me. I've always been a fan of orange blushes and felt it compliments women of color skin tone. This one is called "Just Peachy". What I love the most about this brand is that it is Black Owned and operated by its founder, Lorraine R. Dowdy. who is also a WOMAN!! YAAASSS! 
"Our Focal Point GlowLighters are butter soft highlighters that melt into your skin and blend like a dream. These highlighters apply weightlessly for maximum illumination."
This Glowlighter retails for $19.99 and comes in 4 shades and can be found on Target.com and soon inside Target on the shelves. 

HALEYS RE: SET Liquid Matte Foundation Deep

HALEYS Beauty was founded in 2016 by Ashley Ocampo and was created with the mission to create a makeup line that also helps treat common skincare concerns, HALEYS Beauty products are vegan and made without sulfates, phthalates, parabens and fragrance. HALEYS Beauty is also cruelty free & vegan free. 

So what I'm really excited about is HALEYS RE: SET Liquid Matte Foundation. This collection has a wide range of complexion shades and because it's summer I'm definitely going to be switching up my routine a bit for a mattifying finish. This liquid foundation is said to offer a smudge-proof coverage, comfortable long wear and a striking matte finish. They also mentioned that it camouflages skin imperfections so if you have enlarged pores or texture. It may just blur that out. This foundation retails for $19.99 and looks to be brown girl friendly. You can find this product on Target.com and it will soon be on the shelves inside Target! I can not wait!

The eight brands will bring more than 150 products to Target, ranging in price from $9.99 to $24.99, and are now available on Target.com and in hundreds of Target stores on May 20. So be on the look out!

Also this past weekend I was inside Target with my clients. It was a new Target that just opened in Richmond, TX. In the beauty section, they are going more with an open concept with a beauty counter. So you have beauty specialist that offer makeovers and you can test products there. I'm hoping that their bringing this concept to each location because it's definitely needed more than ever with these new brands that coming in-store. 

May 2, 2018

Why I Decided To Become An Organ Donor

This is a very different subject from what I normally talk about on my blog but I want to open up a discussion and share a bit more about myself and a bit of why I chose to be an organ donor. 

An organ donation from a single person can save up to eight other people. And one of the biggest misconceptions that keep people from becoming a doner that they are less likely to try to save your life. Which is not true. The doctor's primary goal is to protect the owner of the organ first. And also doctors do not get any investments or have any affiliation with the transplant center. So there is no reason for them not to do what they are there to do and that is to take care of you while you are yet still breathing. I also learned that "there are three layers of protection against that" one at the national level called UNOS, one at the local level called the OPO, and these have rules and regulations that protect organ donation. Let's me be clear on what UNOS and OPO are because what we not going to do on this blog is use words and terms that people may not understand. Again I want to educate just as I was educated. 

UNOS also known as United Network for Organ Sharing is a private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. This collaboration helps make life-saving organ transplants possible each day.

OPO also known as Organ Procurement Organization offer opportunities for volunteering and helping to raise awareness about the importance of registering as a doner. There are 58 OPOs in the United States, each with its own designated service area. 

OPOs have two major roles in their service area. They are responsible for:

  1. Increasing the number of registered donors. To encourage donor sign-ups, OPOs may reach out to communities by sponsoring advertising campaigns; organizing programs in schools, worksites, or faith institutions; sharing print and electronic materials, and more.
  2. Coordinating the donation process. When donors become available, representatives from the OPO will evaluate the potential donors, check the deceased’s state donor registry, discuss donation with family members, contact the OPTN computer system that matches donors and recipients, obtain a match list for that specific donor, and arrange for the recovery and transport of donated organs. They also provide bereavement support for donor families and volunteer opportunities for interested individuals.


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