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Friday, March 29, 2013

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lady de Cosmetics !

I want to Thank Lady de Cosmetics for doing this interview with me. They have some great products and the colors are so vibrant and beautiful. I recommend you all go check out their Facebook page: and let them know Beauty Bytes sent you.

1. First and foremost, I am so excited to be doing this interview with you. I have heard such great things about your company and your products are great. My first question is, how long have you been in the beauty business?

A. We have been importing fine quality beauty products from abroad for more than 20 years.

2. What prompted you to start Lady De Cosmetic?

A.  My family has done import/export for as long as I can remember. My wife was always lamenting the high prices of good beauty supplies, so we did some investigating, and found great products for amazing prices in Asia. We found that, if we bought in sufficient quantities, we could offer our customers these products at significant discounts.

3. How long has the company been around?

A. Over 20 years.

4. What inspires choices for what you post and other products?

A. We like to make special offers to our loyal customers, so we slash prices even lower from time to time for those repeat customers, and we encourage them to spread the word about us.

5. What is your most popular selling item?

We sell a bit of everything, but our most popular and fastest selling items are eye shadow palettes and makeup kit sets. Everyone loves them.

6. Basically, tell me the story of how Lady De Cometic came to be. What can we expect from Lady De Cosmetic in 2013 ? Tell me a little about yourself.

A. When we started our business as an import / export 20 years ago, we always had some goals in mind: quality , price and service. After a while we decided to expand our field and provide high quality cosmetics those in need of high quality cosmetics, want to save a lot of money and like a company who is dependable and always there for them. There are several brands out there selling maybe similar items or designs. What separates Lady de Cosmetics from the others is high quality, low price, variety of colors and design, and most of our products are not tested on animals. In the upcoming year we are planning to expand the variety of our products as always. The more products we provide and sell, the more savings for our clients.  At Lady de Cosmetics we don't see our buyers as mere customers, we count them as a part of our family.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Envied !

I want to thank Envied for doing this feature for me. I just became a  fan of this Facebook page due to the fact that  myself am thinking of getting into modeling and Envied grabbed my attention. This is the place to go if you too are thinking of becoming a model, Envied is holding application submissions beginning April 10th on their Facebook page.

 Envied was started in January 2013 by Kacie Beth and quickly gained a number of incredible staff members. Envied was started because Kacie had visions of a new site set apart from the rest, a site full of unique models and a dedicated staff. Envied's current staff members are Kacie Beth (owner), Kiki Michelle (Co-Owner), Mariah Del Prado (Lead Co-Owner), Dakota Rayy (Tumblr Manager) & Coasty Of Neverland (Editor). Every staff member plays a very important roll in Envied, they are all here to keep models and fans happy and active and to keep the page organized and running smoothly. Models may apply to become a part of Envied site by visiting our Facebook page and filling out an application. These applications are reviewed by our staff members to ensure the quality of our family. If the model's photos and application meet our standards and impress staff, they are invited to our private group and they become an official part of the Envied family.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My entry for Makeup Fairyz 2k contest. Birthstone inspired Sapphire.

What do you think ?

Atama Dindyal Owner of Mommy N Me Boutique !

I want to give a special thanks to Atama for doing this feature for me. Yesterday was the first I have ever really visited her Mommy N Me Boutique page on Facebook, and I have to tell you that her products are extraordinary and spectacular.  Every product that is sold is made with love and quality. Everyone needs to go visit Mommy N Me Boutique on Facebook, you will be amazed at her creativity and originality. Here is the link to her etsy shop:
For a long as I can remember I have always loved making others smile.  I believe that we live in a world filled with magical things and we would notice it if we took the time to realize the magic before us all. You see the women in my family have a gift to craft and for that I inherited the magical hands to make miracles and magic potions too. But; it want until my daughters were older I decided to follow my dream and turn my hobby into a Full Grown Business of making people smile with Hope, and Joy.
My Two Daughters 7 & 3 (Susan &Katelyn) believes in their hearts that they are fairies and they have a secret gift to make others smile too. So one day we were playing around with fairy dust dressed all in fairy Outfits (Wings and tutu I make of course) watching Tinker bell and the magical Lanterns that lit up the night so bright. That very night I looked at my window and saw it; a plate filled with Glow in the dark experiments glowing so bright with green, blue and violet and next to it was a Vial I purchased from the craft store and it all looks so pretty together. The next day I took my Hammer and broke the solid glow blocks up and mixed all the colors up and filled it in the Vial. That is where “Fairy Glow Lantern™” was born. Never had I seen anyone went through the struggles to make something different; so I became the ORIGINAL Designer of Fairy glow Lanterns™ and Brand that is Copyright protected. From there, the Birth of my shop to only design Fairy Tale Jewelry to bring smiles and happiness into every one that believes they were meant to do big thing.
My name is Atma-Devi Meaning (self -Embodiment of truth) and to that I shall live the legacy my grandmother (Susan) saw in me when I was born. A meaning  it took 30 years to realize and accept with the help of my children and wanting to teach them that we indeed live in a Realm filled with hope, magic and wonder waiting to be discovered only if the hear for adventure is there.   
My Message to those that know, “Believe in your Heart, and Dream big” miracles will happen because the lord is watching and helping all those that help them-selves).
My Line of Jewelry:

These lanterns are my Original copyright© 2012-2013 Designs. My Jewelry is Handmade by me using the best materials. All my supplies come from other small business owner’s right here in the USA. It is important to shop locally to me because I am a small business as well and through Hearty support we are all able to stay in business.  
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The lanterns measure 1.25" long and are available win three different kinds of finish (Brass, copper or Pewter). I use all Natural glows in the dark material from the best commercial manufacture. I use only Non-- Toxic elements in my line of jewelry.  My jewelry will glow for hours and years to come.

How it works:
they are made with magic from the world of enchanted thanks that only believers know. :-) Like you and I.

Simply place your necklace in the sun or a bright uv light for about 20 minutes. And in a dim to dark room you will see the magic. It is my Very Own Recipe that allows this necklace to function the way it does. The magic (GLOW) will continue to recharge its self for many Years to come Unlimited times.
Bright lights work- However Natural lights works best.
The amazing thing is it will always catch you off guard with the glow because it naturally observes energy from Light sources around you it will constantly glow when you are in or around dim lighting.
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I make these for all ages. I often times change the styles of assembly to what is available locally.
these lanterns remain original to the design. However charms May Vary, Fairy may Vary- I only buy local products from local sellers on etsy. They will always come in its original Fairy Glow Lantern packaging and ready to wear.
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If you are purchasing for a child PLEASE let me now so i can make EXTRA adjustments and REINFORCEMENTS .
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Silver, brass and copper vials are chosen at random on availability, please specify if you need a special color,

Chain is 24"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

OOOO' LA LA Boutique Grand Opening Fashion Show Featuring Shawna Mitchell and open model casting call !

Please forward to all your friends
This is a PAID EVENT
Requirements 5'6 & up, wear white t-shirt fitted jeans, High Heels, bring a photo,
Looking for 35 Models and 8 Plus size models, Must be 15 years of age & older.
Sign Up by going to SHAWNA MITCHELL event page look for OOOO' LA LA Casting Call
Female MODELS Only please

The Call will be held for two days
April 6, 2013 4pm-8pm
April 7, 2013 1pm-6pm
come show us what you got.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dermalogica Review

Dermalogica is a product I have wanted to try for awhile now so what a great opportunity it was for me when I was asked to a a review for them from Astonishing Skin Care. When the samples came in, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many packets were mailed to me. Lots of samples is always a plus in my book. After my first use, my skin felt super soft which is great especially after being the first time using the product. The system is a three step process, cleansing gel, daily microfolient and active moist. Having three steps is a little annoying but the end result is worth it. I was sent packets for oily to normal skin which I am and Age smart for firming the skin, protection from the sun and skin primer. I haven't tried that system out yet so I won't go on about it. Dermalogica is a great product for any skin type, guaranteed they will have a product for your skin type. Thank you for the opportunity to try your product. If you'd like to try Dermologica please visit Astonishing Skin Care

Indie Cosmetics !

I want to thank Indie Cosmetics for honoring me with this interview. I hope this interview sparks many of you to check out this brand new company. The pics above look fabulous and the colors are so bright and Spring like. Without further a due, Indie Cosmetics.
-How long have you been in the beauty business?

I just recently began actively formulating eyeshadows in January 2013, but Indie Cosmetics was officially created in late 2012. Personally, I have been a makeup addict for about two years.

-What prompted you to start Indie Cosmetics? 

It started with my own personal need for brightly colored eyeshadows. I felt that I could create the bright colors that I love and have control over what ingredients are used and how the makeup is tested. Prior to starting Indie Cosmetics, I was surprised at how many cosmetic companies still test their products on animals. That is why I decided to use vegan and cruelty-free ingredients in my makeup. I also wanted an affordable price point and I feel that as a small company with less overhead, I can accomplish that.

-How long has the company been around?

Although we officially started in late 2012, we have just recently put together our first collection, the Unicorn Collection, in March 2013.

-What is your most popular selling item?

Our first collection, the Unicorn Collection, has been our most popular item. We are looking forward to having more eyeshadow colors and collections very soon.

-What can we expect in 2013?

You can expect to see more eyeshadow collections in 2013. Vegan, cruelty-free, and affordable, as always!

-Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Well, I've been married for 10 years, and I also just recently managed to get the hubby to try formulating an eyeshadow color :) I like to call myself a goofy goober extraordinaire because I am silly and I don't mind having a good laugh at myself.

Monday, March 18, 2013

My Beauty Addiction Review

I'm sure everyone has heard of My Beauty Addiction and if you haven't, you will. They were recently looking for promoters on Facebook and of course I wanted to be a part of their company so I entered. The owner emailed me and told me of another venture she was doing, I very quickly jumped at the chance to review My Beauty Addiction. I got to choose the products I wanted to review which Of course I loved, my favorite is Purple Twinkle Dust, its travel color is amazing, its white with a shade of purple. Milk chocolate looks like cocoa powder and limelight looks applies a beautiful shade of lime. The shadow application is smooth and it seems to just glide on which is a plus in my book, the easier the application the better. My Beauty Addiction sells more than just makeup but that will come later. Mauvalicious lipstick is smooth and also glides on smooth and easy. You can see from my pic below the shade is between rose and pink, its a very elegant color. My favorite thing about the lipstick is the beautiful tube it comes in, it's so elegant and it fits My Beauty Addiction.  I hope you all get to try My Beauty Addiction, you won't be disappointed, so many great products to offer.

Friday, March 15, 2013

My review of Honey XO !

First and foremost I want to thank Honey XO for allowing me to do this review. When I heard I was getting products to review I was extremely excited. I love the baggie the samples came in, I was delighted to see the amount of shadow each baggie contained, you are not shorted at all. My favorites of the samples were pink frosting and cupcake. I am a pinkaholic and a lover of purple so these were right up my alley. All the colors are highly pigmented as shown below. I was in love with the smooth texture the shadows had because it made it easy to apply and spread. I was concerned about Fairytale since the color is darker than I use but it actually went well with my skin tone so I was pleasantly surprised. Honey XO offers an array of shades for any occassion so guaranteed you will find something you'll love and that matches with your favorite outfit. Price for samples is very reasonable and shipping time will vary but I live in AZ and received my samples in less than a week so I smiled about that. Overall, I was satisfied with Honey XO and will be trying other shades soon. Im wearing pink frosting and buttercup in the pic below along with a second pic of fairytale and forest love.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Beth Taylor Owner of It Works !

I want to give special thanks to Beth Taylor for doing this interview for me. I am super excited to hear about this company, I like anything that will slim my tummy :) It Works not only sells skinny wraps but skin products also. I have not yet tried the skinny wrap but I am planning to soon, I am really excited to see what kinds of results I get from using the wrap. Please go and visit the It Works Facebook, you'll be amazed at all the products that are available.

2. What prompted you to start It Works?
Thank you, Liz!  I am honored to be asked to talk about these amazing products!  I purchased my business license with It Works! Global on June 25, 2012.  I had seen It Works being promoted on Facebook a time or two, and I really knew very little about the company.  The signature product, the Ultimate Body Applicator, looked intriguing, but almost too good to be true.  I ignored the advertisements until a longtime friend began using the products.  My friend has always been honest, trustworthy and hard-working, so after I got over my skepticism, I decided to jump in to use and sell It Works.  As a woman that has always struggled with being overweight, and just having a mediocre self-image, I am so happy to have found something that makes me feel and look better.  I was pleasantly surprised with the health improvements I've experienced since incorporating the supplement line into my daily routine.
3. How long has the company been around? 4. What inspires your products?
It Works! Global introduced their Ultimate Body Applicator in 2001.  Since then, it has been one of the fastest growing companies, with distributors featured in two issues of Success from Home magazine in the past year.
Luis Mijares, the formulator behind the It Works! body contouring and skin care products, has long-held a passion for research and development in the skin care, nutritional, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, learning natural remedies from his grandmother in Mexico.  The focus on herbal solutions and phytotherapy (the use of plants for medicinal purposes) led the way to team up with Don VerHulst, MD, a doctor with an extensive background in researching the effects of nutrition and natural remedies on today's common health issues.
5. What is your most popular selling item?
By far, the most popular item is the Ultimate Body Applicator, also known as the "skinny wrap."  This site-specific treatment can be applied anywhere from the neck down to tighten, tone, and firm in as little as 45 minutes.  The Greens supplement comes up a close second in popularity.  The Greens is made of 38 herbs and superfoods, gives you 8 servings of nutritious foods per two tiny scoops, and is used to boost immunity and energy while reducing inflammation and balancing pH, all in a powdered drink mix.
What can we expect from It Works in 2013 ?
It Works! Global is taking the world by storm this year…opening up for business in new countries in 2013.  In addition to the wonderful products, It Works! Global wants its distributors to live a life they've always dreamed of, and it making the opportunity to be debt-free a reality.  The company truly values its customers and its distributors, and I continue to be impressed with the products and the business model.  We are really changing lives!

Tell me a little about yourself:
As for myself, I was a restaurant manager for over a decade before I "retired" to be a stay-at-home-mother.  I am married to a wonderful and hardworking man, who attends college alongside his 45 hour work week.  We have three sons, ages 2, 4, and 16.  And, I myself, am in college, still trying to figure out what I want to be when I "grow up."  I've never "sold" anything in my life, and never expected the kind of success I've actually experienced.  I simply share what I love and how my health has improved, and try to help others meet their goals, big and little, health and otherwise.  I work closely with team members who have the same goals and philosophies, and we encourage each other and have become quite a family unit.  I'm happy to discuss my products and my opportunity with anyone who desires a change…THIS could be their answer! 

 General info is on the website, and online orders can be made at  Ask me how you can get these great products at almost 50% retail cost!  Anyone who is curious about any of our products or the opportunity to join my great team, I can be reached via email at or

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Viktor Makeup Buffet MUA !

This look is my favorite because it was just so simple yet mind blowing!
Hello there, My name is Viktor, In case you are now wondering, yes, I am a "Boy".
I've loved makeup ever since I can remember! My inspiration is high fashion makeup. I get inspired by colors, I just look at my eye shadows to get inspired most of the time. I do though, come up to very beautiful ad's Or work of makeup artist. I don't have a favorite Makeup Artist, I have favorite's like Roxanne Rocknroll, RoseShock, Gina The Makeup Artist, The Queen of Blending, Brittany Couture, Palmira and there's so many more that I can't remember! I started using makeup when I was about 12 - 13 years old. My favorite brand is Sugarpill Cosmetics , even though I don't own any , or have used any. I've seen a lot of MUA'S that use Sugarpill , It was like love at first sight.

I want to give special thanks to Viktor for doing this feature for me. All I have to say is that he can do some amazing looks especially the one pictured above. You rank very high in the world of MUA's and know you will seen all over Facebook very soon, you have very quickly become one of my favorites ! 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Darling Girl Cosmetics !

I want to thank Darling Girl Cosmetics for this interview.  The products that are pictured are really great and so vibrant looking. I have not had the opportunity to try out products from Darling Girl but I hope so soon. Please go and take a look at there products, they are truly amazing.
My first question is, how long have you been in the beauty business?  I haven’t been in the beauty business long but I have been avid makeup fiend since I was a little girl.  I used to experiment with fun makeup on all my friends.
2. What prompted you to start Darling Girl cosmetics?  Well, it was always kind of a daydream a friend and I had.  We would sit for hours doing each other’s makeup and talking about how cool it would be to have our own company.  It kind of remained a distant dream as I was working in banking but then my husband got transferred to a different location for his job and I had a hard time finding a job so I took a risk and the rest is history.
3. How long has the company been around?  It’s hard to believe it’s been such a journey but we have been officially open since July of 2010.  In some ways it seems like it’s been a lot longer and in other ways like it just happened yesterday.  Either way I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for the world.   Long hours and all.
4. What inspires color choices for your makeup and other products?  I find inspiration in many different ways.  Nature. Food. Clothing.  I think nature would be my biggest inspiration.  Flowers. Sunset. Fields of wild flowers.  I have been known in my early days to dream about color and wake up in the middle of the night to go make the colors come to life.   
5. What is your most popular selling item? The number one of all-time best selling shade is Jeweled Taupe followed closely by London Calling.  Glitter Glue has developed a bit of a cult following as well.  It’s a shadow fixative/mixing medium.  It works to help sparkly shades stick so you don’t have glittery cheeks as well as bringing out the sheen or duotone in a shadow.
Basically, tell me the story of how Darling Girl Cosmetics came to be.  I’ve always been a girly girl makeup lover and this was a dream come true for me.  I am so greatful that I couldn’t find a job when my husband got a job transfer to South Texas.  I built Darling Girl Cosmetics on a shoestring budget but has flourished into a pretty thriving business and I couldn’t be happier about it.
What can we expect from Darling Girl cosmetics in 2013 ?  I’m known for being quite prolific with my shadow creations so there will be plenty of new eye shadow coming up.  I have a collection of duochromes coming out in a few months, some color correcting powders with botanicals and I’m really excited about working on matte lipstick line.  I am a bit of a lip product  junkie!
Tell me a little bit about yourself::  Let’s see.  I’ve been happily married for 15 years.  I am the mother of two boys 17 and 14.  One will be going into college next year.  I can hardly believe it!  Darling Girl is pretty much a one woman show.  I have an assistant that helps with labeling products a couple days a week but other than that it’s just me running the show. ;)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Continuing my Journey in the world of Beauty

A long time ago when I was a little girl, I had this dream that someday I would become a famous model. As I grew older I started to want different things but that one dream always stayed in the back of mind. I have always been self conscious about myself and always thought that I wasn't good enough to be in the lime light. As a native of Tucson Az, there really aren't too many opportunities for women as far as beauty and modeling go, we have a Barbizon here but that is really as far as it goes. Since I started my beauty blog and posting my own looks on my Beauty Bytes page, I have been gaining a little more confidence each day and I thank all the wonderful people who have inspired me. Now at age 38, I think it's time to try my hand at something new to see if maybe I have the look some one is looking for. I entered a contest on Explore Modeling for e.l.f. Cosmetics to see if maybe I may have a chance of actually making my life long dream come true. If you want to vote for me please follow this link: I realize my chances aren't very good since there are so many other experienced women who have entered this contest but you know what ? 5 years ago I would've never have attempted entering something like this so just by entering, I have won something more precious, my confidence.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Obagi Medical

What is Obagi ?

Over the years, Obagi has developed clinically-proven skin health products and systems primarily for the dermatology, plastic surgery and related aesthetic markets. Using its Penetrating TherapeuticsĂ´ technologies, the Obagi's products are designed to improve penetration of prescription and cosmetic agents across the skin barrier for common and visible skin conditions in adult skin including photodamage, hyperpigmentation (chloasma, melasma and freckles), senile lentigines, acne vulgaris, sun damage and rosacea.

An effective three-step acne treatment, Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Acne Therapeutic System prevents acne from taking hold by eliminating excess oil, unclogging pores and purifying skin with an anti-bacterial formula. These clinically proven products deliver a radiant, clear complexion fast while preventing future breakouts.
Obagi is another line of great skincare products, with all the other products out there how will you know which one will work the best for your skin? That is something I really couldn't help you with, you would just have to try every product on the market today to find the one that works the best. The best advice I can give to all of you is to make sure Obagi is on your list of "try outs".  I'm going to showcase one of the products I feel that anyone with acne prone skin should try, who wouldn't want to have clearer skin right ? This is a three step treatment that will help with future breakouts and bring out your healthy most beautiful skin..

Salty Cosmetics !

Let me introduce you all to Salty Cosmetics ! This company grabbed my attention due to it's name and fantastic colors I saw. I don't know how many of you have heard of Salty Cosmetics but I guarantee you they will be big very soon. Thank you for honoring me with this interview, for the rest of you reading this, please go and check out their page, I guarantee they have something you've just gotta have.
1.  I have been in the beauty business since 2001 when I attended Cosmetology school in Kansas.  I am a licensed Hair Stylist and Esthetician in both Kansas and Missouri

2.  I have had this dream of my own makeup line since I was in high school! I remember my first eye shadow palette of over 100 shadows that I purchased myself and I would try to get every color I could on my eye lid! LOL But years down the road, after a 10 yr Army career, hair school, husband, 2 kids, jobs, and more school it just never seemed to be a good time to start or even think about a dream like that.  But 4yrs ago I started Esthetics school because I was still chasing the dream I met a couple of awesome young ladies who had the same passion for makeup, fashion and really fantastic creativity! I approached them with the idea while we were taking the makeup course in school.  They all said YES and we began the journey! And it just so happened that everyone that I wanted to partner with in our company, all of our first initials spelled out SALTY and that is how we got our name! Sarah, Arnelle, Lacey, Tom(my Dad), and Yolanda(my mother). My parents are awesome and I include them in every crazy venture! LOL
I wanted our focus to be on the ingredients we were using instead of just using the cheapest available, we did a lot of research on what was going to make us stand out.  And women are very ingredient savvy these days, another cosmetics line with the same cheap, skin irritating ingredients wasn't going to cut it! 

3.  Salty has been an official company since 2010.

4.  Of course we like to be on trend as much as possible, but I'm also one who likes to "buck the system" a bit and I LOVE color! So anything that is bright and makes a statement is what we look for.  I am not one to follow the crowd but also understand the importance of what our clients are looking for.  Being a hairstylist and esthetician trains you to listen to what your client is looking for and also why we based our line off of our Custom Blending features.  We want women to fall in love with makeup again and not be afraid of color.  Our Custom Blending feature allows the client to be in charge and create the PERFECT color for them! They include all of their specifications including, type of shadow they are looking for (matte, shimmer, semi-matte….), skin tone, hair and eye color, and a description of the color they are wanting.  We ship them samples for them to test and they tell us the changes they would like to make, we make a new sample and send them a new sample.  This process continues until the client is satisfied with the final product.  They also get to name the color whatever they want, we ship them a full sized finalized product with the name they chose and it is then added to our website for purchase! 
Since we are Estheticians as well I like to post content related to taking care of your skin and the best products to do so, with a lot of ingredient information!

5.This feature is one of our best selling items.  We also have done custom blended blush, bronzer and lip gloss.  We have recently added custom blended glitter pigment to the list since we have been dealing with a lot of Cheer competitors looking for special formulations to stand out at the competitions! 

6.  The other best selling item is the eye shadow "Glama-ZOID!"  In April of last year we were approached by Ipsy (formerly My Glam) and they wanted to do a collaboration for their August Glam bags.  Well of course we decided to make a custom blend just for the occasion so they would have an exclusive color from us! And Glama-ZOID was born and ever since it hit the glam bags in August we have had a hard time keeping it in stock! It is the perfect iridescent color that looks fantastic on every skin tone and every age! It almost morphed into whatever skin tone its on and provides them with the perfect color! 

7.  Salty is still a VERY small cosmetics line and we do everything ourselves….we hand blend everything and make everything from scratch.  In 2013 Salty is going through a website overhaul, with the main focus being our new Custom Blend Program which will be anticipating release in May.  Clients will be able to earn discounts on the Custom Blends they have created for life, everyone will be able to vote on their favorite custom colors and the creator of that color earns free products and bigger discounts based on votes! We will also hopefully have perfected our foundations by late summer or sooner.  This special formula has been in testing phase for some time now but I have to be sure it is perfect before we release a substandard product.  But our main focus is color products, we want Salty to be the place you turn to for that eye shadow you can't find ANYWHERE! We are going to add that to our branding during the website overhaul.  We will be Salty Cosmetics Eye Shadow Boutique & Custom Blending Bar.
8.  Salty also provides makeup artist services for all occasions, makeup classes and we also offer Airbrush makeup by Dinair.  

We are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, &Instagram all under /SaltyCosmetics

Paula Serrano !

I want to personally thank Paula for this feature, after doing the interview with No.915 Cosmetics, it turned out that Paula is a celebrity makeup artist so how could I pass up the opportunity to feature her. As I said yesterday, her products are awesome and she is truly an amazing person.
A Little About Paula Serrano-Celebrity Makeup Artist

Paula has had a life-long love affair with beauty and cosmetics. It’s no mystery where her passion for beauty originated. Paula has been immersed in the world of cosmetics and photography since the young age of five. She learned the basic art of makeup from her mother, who also worked as a professional makeup artist. By the age of sixteen her beauty interests had evolved into a full-fledged love of cosmetics and makeup artistry. Over the last 16 years, Paula has mastered the skills and expertise that place her at the top of her game in the profession of makeup artistry.
Paula received training from some of the most popular companies in skin care including MAC, Murad and Dermalogica. She has also worked professionally with the Oakland Raiderette Cheerleaders, she is the Makeup Artist for Mr. Latino Magazine, and her work has been published in Couture Press Magazine. She is also the Owner of a professional cosmetic line, No. 915 Cosmetics. Paula's work is very appreciated. She received 1st place in a national makeup contest hosted by NYC Cosmetics in October 2011. Paula is a master of creating a soft, natural makeup look or dramatic and edgy, whatever the look is you desire. Also, with a natural gift for drawing and painting, she is an expert in the art of costume makeup. In addition to her broad range of talent and expertise, Paula brings her dynamic personality to her work, balancing dedication and professionalism with a sense of lightness, fun and creativity. Paula continues to develop her craft and is always open to creating something new and innovative for her clients while, at the same time, supporting their aesthetic vision. She has an innate ability to connect with her clients in such a way that they leave her makeup chair with a renewed sense of their own beauty and radiance. Paula’s sincere appreciation for beauty and her passion for working with people shows in the magnificent work she does.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

No.915 Cosmetics !

I want to Thank No.915 Cosmetics for honoring me with this interview. I have taken a look at their products and believe me when I say, they are phenomenal. I see a such a bright future for this company so hopefully you all do too. Go check out No.915 Cosmetics, you won't be disappointed.
1. I have been working as a Makeup Artist for 9 years. I am 100% self taught. I started off by doing my friends makeup on the side while I worked a day job, and as I learned more things and my confidence increased, I applied for MAC Cosmetics and started freelancing for them. Since then, my experience includes doing makeup for the Oakland Raiderette Cheerleaders, Key Makeup Artist for Mr. Latino Magazine, my work has been published in magazines, and now I venture into ownership of No. 915 Cosmetics.

2. I've always known I wanted to be a Makeup Artist. I've been in love with art since I was 4. In my process of becoming an established MUA, I was determined to one day own a cosmetic line. A key note that I've always lived by and would remind myself of constantly is, "You can only get so far working for someone else' company. There is always a limit to how far you can go, and how much you can achieve." I have one of the strongest entrepreneurial personalities you will ever meet in your life, and I knew that I wanted to go further in my career than that. so, No. 915 Cosmetics was born.

3. No. 915 Cosmetics is a newborn company. We are just launching this month (March 2013)

4. In everything I do, I like to be different. I alter my clothes to make sure nobody else will ever have what I wear. I alter my shoes, I make my own jewelry and hair accessories, and my overall style is something I like to keep different from everyone else. So of course I wanted to follow suit with what I chose for No. 915. The colors that were chosen for our line, are colors that you can't just find anywhere. They are very different, very bright, very colorful and VERY pigmented.

5. No popular selling item yet since we're not launching until the end of this month.

6. No. 915 Cosmetics is owned by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Paula Serrano (myself), Licensed Esthetician, Tammy Rykert, and Product Design Specialist, Maria Burgio. It is a family owned business, which makes it even more special to us. We're 2 sisters and our mom. With all of us having a background in cosmetics and product design, we decided to embark on this journey together. The 3 of us are very excited with the products that we have came up with, and can't wait for the world to experience them also. We believe 100% that we are the next big thing in Makeup/Cosmetics. Look out because No. 915 Cosmetics is taking over in 2013!!!


Monday, March 4, 2013

DermOrganic Shampoo

I had been wanting to try DermOrganic shampoo ever since I saw it on My Beauty Bunny. There has been giveaways that I have entered but no dice. I decided one day since I was having no luck winning to email the company and ask for a sampler. The company was gracious enough to send me a sampler pack. I had heard good things about this product so I had to try it for myself. The sampler pack comes with the Daily Conditioning Shampoo, Intensive hair repair masque and leave in treatment with Argan Oil. I gave myself a 3 time use experiment using the product. On my first use, my hair was left feeling soft and smelling good. The second use, my hair was clean, soft, smelling good, I added something extra by blow drying my hair and as the package says, the treatment really does cut dry blowing time. This morning was the last day of my experiment and I blow dried my hair once again. My hair has never felt so soft, no frizz, clean, beautiful and healthy. My main complaint when it comes to my hair is how oily it feels after 2 days of not washing it. With DermOrganic, I did not have any oily build up. I am in love with this product and highly recommend it to every one, even men would benefit from DermOrganic. Go visit their website and try it today, you wont be disappointed.

My Beauty Addiction !

I want to thank My Beauty Addiction for  doing this interview for me. The products above are only some of what My Beauty Addiction has in stock, they have so much more available. If any of you have ever tried products from My Beauty Addiction you know all products are handmade and very vibrant. The lipsticks are outrageous, especially the one pictured above, Sapphire. If you like originality, you have come to the right place. Check out My Beauty Addiction on Facebook !

1 how long have you been in the beauty business
I first went into business is 2006. My Hair Extension Company was the beginning and its just sort of evolved from there. It seems that ANYTHING beauty related captures my attention and interest and sooner or later I get the urge to dip my toes in and test the water.
2. What prompted you to start My beauty Addiction?
My original inspiration for MBA was after hitting 40 and REALLY looking in the mirror one day and realizing I was getting older and starting to LOOK it. I wasn’t happy with the chemical filled skincare products that were on the market and decided I could create something better for myself. I was a couple of years into my hair extension business when I got the urge to start playing in skincare & makeup quickly followed. I was selling my products on my hair extension site but come to realize that I wasn’t hitting the right market, and that’s when MBA was born. The name REALLY does fit, its an addiction, I tell ya! Smile
3. How long has the company been around?
MBA was started in 2008, although we had been selling from HE101 before that time.
4. What inspires color choices for your makeup and other products?
ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, LOL. I'm a color junkie and a beauty addict, so anything can trigger my need to create something new. It can be as simple as something I see in nature, a picture of colors that really captures my interest or seasonal color and fashion trends.
5. What is your most popular selling item?
Our Color Rick Lipstick in Sapphire- It amazes me every day what a hot seller our Sapphire Lipstick is! Our funky color’s are the best sellers but Sapphire runs circles around the others!
Basically, tell me the story of how My Beauty Addiction came to be:
(I think #2 sums it up perfectly!)
What can we expect from My Beauty Addiction in 2013 ?
Its so hard to say, since we are always evolving and I never know what new idea may strike me.. However, I'm trying to ‘diversify’ a bit. With so many handmade products its really hard to keep adding more handmade items and keep up with everything. So I'm trying to supplement our handmade line with some other types of products to help free me up a bit more to work on other things. Some of the things I would like to add to our line is nail products, eyelashes, and possibly some more private label pressed makeup. I would really love to start working on soaps again. He have a soap shop that we had to take a long term vacation from because of the lack of time, but I would really love to start soaping again soon!
Tell me a little about yourself and if others work with you about them also:
I am a workaholic who loves what I do, and tend to forget all about time and can easily put in a 16 hour day before I even realize what time it is!  I crank up the radio in my shop and lose all sense of time when Im working!
My previous assistant left in January and I wasn’t sure how I was going to replace her, But I was so fortunate to hire Courtnee, my new assistant. I've known her since she was about 11, she is a good friend of my daughter. Ironically, I have photos going back to when they were 16 and ‘playing’ in my products and taking silly pictures of themselves with crazy makeup. So she fits right in here in the madness