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Monday, May 29, 2017

Back in the swing of things! Product Spotlight - Crazy Merman Brush Soap (Guava Fig)

I thought I'd jump back into things with a product I recently discovered! I must say, the name of the company totally drew me in (Crazy Merman, I mean c'mon!) and I loved the idea of having a compact brush soap that I could deep clean my brushes with (and even take on the go). No mess. No spills. Just squeaky clean brushes.

I've used a variety of brush shampoos, dish soap and even baby shampoos to give my brushes a deep cleaning, but find this product to be much easier to deal with. All you have to do is open it up, wet your bristles and swirl your brush around on the soap. Rinse. Set on a towel to dry and voila - your work is done!

I love the Guava Fig scent too! It's fresh and clean smelling without being overpowering, and I've actually been looking forward to cleaning my brushes lately. Go figure! I love this product and would definitely recommend it. Ah, and to top it off...it's vegan and cruelty free. I got mine on the Camera Ready Cosmetics website with my pro discount, but it's pretty affordable. They run anywhere from $15 to $27 depending on the size of the jar.

Happy brush cleaning!

Joanna xo

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monthly Favorites: September

Wow, what a whirlwind the past few months have been! I've definitely neglected my blog for a bit but I'm back (with a Halloween facelift to boot). As I was reorganizing my kit yesterday, I realized how many new products I've been using and loving. I figured it was better to update my blog late than never on my top 5 latest faves. Grab a snack, make yourself comfy and let's get into some goodies.

1.) Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream - I've been really impressed with Bobbi Brown's skincare line these past few months and this moisturizer is a clear stand out. I started using it on my clients and was really pleased with how beautiful it looked under makeup. It smooths, plumps and hydrates the skin but is still lightweight and feels amazing. The built in primer keeps makeup looking fresh and it really is like a drink of water for the skin. I was hesitant to try it myself at first, because I'm a creature of habit and also really skin paranoid, but I love how it makes my skin feel. I use it day and night and even add Bobbi's Extra Repair Milk to it for an added boost of radiance (a review of that product is in the works). To sum it up, this is an amazing facial moisturizer ideal for even sensitive skin like mine.

2.) Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara  - Yup, another Bobbi product. What can I say? I really do love this line. This mascara is Bobbi's best seller and for good reason - it doesn't clump and I love the consistency. It separates, lengthens and adds volume to my lashes. I also really like to layer it with Chanel's Le Volume mascara to pump up my lashes even more.

3.) Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Extatique 94 - I'm probably late to the party when it comes to this lipstick but I fell in love with it while randomly scoping out Chanel lip products. It's a really unique and bright fuchsia pink shade with iridescent blue shimmer. I recommend swatching it immediately because my picture does it no justice! It's pigmented and long lasting and - again - such a uniquely beautiful shade. Even though fall is upon us, I've been wearing it since I got it and will continue to wear it through October for Breast Cancer Awareness month! Lastly, it just makes me feel pretty! 

4.) Jo Malone perfumes in White Jasmine & Mint & Earl Grey Cucumber - This brand has always had some incredibly unique scents to choose from. I was definitely a Wild Bluebell girl and ordered it after hearing all the hype several years back. Lately though, I've been gravitating toward fresh clean scents again like White Jasmine & Mint - which is so light and uplifting! Similarly, Earl Grey Cucumber smells fresh, crisp and delicious. As a huge tea fan, I find this one really fun and it has become my #1 go-to. The staying power of these perfumes isn't the best, but somehow I don't mind (though Earl Grey & Cucumber seems to last longer on me). I find myself reaching for them when I need a little pick me up during the day. They're not overpowering, heavy or overly complicated and smell so nice that I don't mind re-srpaying.

5.) Clinique All About Eyes Rich - I've been using this eye cream for almost 2 months and I like it quite a bit. I prefer the rich formula because I enjoy a little extra moisture under my eyes. I use it day and night and anything I can do preventatively (to keep eye bags and wrinkles at bay) is at the top of my list.

Joanna xo

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer Makeup Made Easy - JUST 5 STEPS!

What's your go-to summer look?

When temperatures are on the rise, it can be hard to find a look that works, but summer makeup doesn't have to be complicated to be pretty. My rule of thumb? Just keep it simple! A few easy steps will have you looking flawless & keep your makeup locked in place. This list might look a little daunting at first, but it isn't (I promise). The steps themselves are super simple and I provide you with some options underneath to keep you looking and feeling your best as you beat the heat.

Here we go!

1.) Don't skip your moisturizer! Skin prep is still important during summer months, even if your skin is producing more oil. Use a mild face wash to cleanse your face. You can also use a toner or micellar water instead. Next, apply your moisturizer.

You've got plenty of options when it comes to products! Here are a few I recommend! 

I like: 
To cleanse - Simple brand Cleansing Micellar Water $5.94
To moisturize -
WITH SPF Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ - $60 or Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 - $12
WITHOUT SPF - Eucerin Q10 Anti Wrinkle Cream - $10 - I tend to reach for this one a lot due to the fact that my foundation already contains an SPF. 

2.) Apply your favorite foundation and powder. It's up to you which formula you like to use.

I like:
Foundation - CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 liquid foundation with SPF 20 - $10 or Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick - $46

Believe it or not, I love my go-to CoverGirl foundation. The color match is flawless and it stays in place all day. If you're concerned about oily skin and don't want to go with a liquid, a cream foundation like Bobbi Brown's stick foundation is a fantastic option. Cream foundations are amazing for any skin type and this particular one provides beautiful, long lasting coverage and looks flawless. You can dab a little extra on trouble spots for extra concealing.

Powder - Almay Smart Shade Skin Balancing Powder - $12 or Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder - $38

Both powders are light and will keep your makeup in place.

3.) Add warmth to your face with your favorite blush and bronzer!

I like: 
Blush - Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose - $8 or Bobbi Brown Powder Blush - $28

Bronzer - Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - $30 or a powder several shades darker than your skin.

Sometimes I like to layer my blushes. That way, they stay on longer and the colors make my cheeks pop! One thing I like to do is start out with a natural looking matte flush. Think of the color your cheeks turn when you work out. On top, I like to add something with a little bit of shimmer. That way, my skin looks naturally highlighted and dewy. 

When it comes to bronzer, less is more. You don't have to over contour here! Simply sweep along your forehead, cheeks, jawline and neck for a healthy glow!  

4.) All about eyes. Here's where we add some optional steps for creating stand-out eyes. Apply any shimmery champagne shade to your lids or just the inner corners of your eyes like I did above. Add any medium/dark brown shadow along your lower lash lines. For brows, use a water proof pomade with a small angled brush. Apply mascara! You're done!

I like:
Mascara - Maybelline The Rocket Volum Express mascara - $6 or Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara - $23
Brows - Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade - $18

A coat or two of mascara will help make your eyes stand out and both of these are my current favorites. The Rocket mascara is awesome even when it dries out a bit, so it's a great (and super affordable) option. Applying a shimmery champagne shade to your lids (or just to your inner corners like I did in the look above) will make your eyes pop and look wide awake. Adding a brown (matte or shimmer) shade below your waterline will give the illusion of fuller lashes.Using a pomade like Anastasia's Dipbrow (which is waterproof) will keep your brows on all day while giving them shape and definition.

5.) Apply your favorite nude lipstick or just a moisturizing lip balm.

I like:
MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick - $17 or Smith's Rosebud Salve - $6

MAC's Viva Glam II is a super flattering nude that works on a variety of skin tones. If you already have a favorite creamy nude, apply that! You can also keep it simple with a tinted lip balm. 

And just like that, you're ready for festival and BBQ season.

Joanna xo

Thursday, June 2, 2016

9th Annual Chicago Zombie March!

Now that June is officially here, I figured I would remind everyone that the Zombie March is just a few weeks away! If you plan on attending and want your makeup done, I will be one of the artists on site, making sure everyone is fully zombified and ready to have a great time.

Mark your calendar for June 18th, folks! We meet at the Freehand hotel for makeup, which is where you'll be able to find me.

I do encourage any attendees looking to get their makeup done to set up an appointment time with me in advance. That way, you get to skip the lines. Otherwise, makeup is first come first served.

Thank you to everyone who has already expressed interest. Can't wait to see you there. 

Joanna xo

Monday, May 30, 2016

Walker Stalker Con - RECAP!

This past weekend was a whirlwind! I figured I'd share a few photos of my experience working Joey Fatone's booth at Walker Stalker this year. It was a blast and I met some awesome people along the way (he was incredibly nice and his managers were amazing too). In the booths next to ours were AJ Mclean & Nick Carter who were also awesome and super energetic. It was every 90's girl's dream come true, to say the least! :D

Joey & the zombie Storm Trooper.

Thankful to have seen some old friends and for the new ones who came out too. I'm also super happy to hear everyone had an awesome time, especially those I gave wristbands to! I still have loads of photos from that zombie demo I did and of some folks I helped zombie up for the event, so check back for those too! If you haven't attended a con, I highly recommend going! Also! If you haven't yet, check out Dead 7 (which premiered on SyFy & stars all your boy band favorites including Nick, AJ & Howie from BSB/Joey from N'Sync/Eric from O-Town and many more). For more photos from this con, be sure to LIKE my FB page - CLICK HERE! :)
Our booth! Plenty of shots to choose from for autographs including the poster for Dead 7! :)

Walker Stalker selfie.
Nick Carter a booth away.

There were photo ops with Joey and the other guys.

Zombie Beaker was another favorite!

Always love checking out all the amazing art.

This black & white Walking Dead group was brilliant.
They were awesome!

View from the top - of some of the convention madness!

Evil gingy.

Con day 2 ft. snacks
Of course I left creepy doodles in the booth.
& personalized them...*snicker*
I'm so thankful to have had this awesome experience. Excited to see what the next year brings!

Joanna xo

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Zombies - I'm surrounded!

Phew! It has been an eventful week so far, what with Chicago's Walker Stalker Con being just around the corner. I've been working on sketches, test makeups and even costumes lately, so I figured I would share a few teaser photos. I've also been doing some face painting and testing out new products, so I'll be sharing more of those shots soon too.

On Monday I did a zombie makeup demo, which was a lot of fun. I'll be doing a separate post on that, so please check back!

These are some progress shots of staining up this button up as part of the costume I used for my zombie makeup demo.

Next up is the almost finished product. At this point, the button up was still a bit wet and needed a few more splatters of brown, black and - of course - some blood.

On that same note, here is a really rough sketch I did in preparation for Monday's demo. Again, the photos will be posted separately so keep an eye out for that if you're interested.

The next one is just from a little mess around I did the other night. I used my new Wolfe Essentials palette for this cartoony zombie dude that I painted up on my leg.

If you're interested in more updates, follow me on IG @ Joebybear! :)

Stay tuned for more zombie goodness coming up this week. 

Joanna xo