Monthly Archives: July 2015

Oily Monster Update part Deux

So, as a product junkie and self proclaimed beauty hoarder I find myself becoming obsessed with certain types of products and wanting to try them all.  Realistic no?  This does come in quite handy as a makeup artist though.  As an oily girl y’all know that I’ve got an arsenal and a finite routine to control and manage the oily monster.  I’m always looking for the next trick or product to contribute to the cause.

When it comes to makeup application, I absolutely MUST use a primer and MUST use a setting spray.  These are non-negotiables in my life.  There are tons and tons of both on the market.  Lots of hits and looooots of misses.  The product I’m reviewing today is a long time coming.  This company is such a huge staple in the primer and setting spray arena and I was overjoyed that they sent out two of their new product for me to try.

Skindinavia is no new comer to the game.  In my opinion, they hands down make the best setting sprays out there.  Now, I know what you are thinking…”wait, what about Urban Decay’s setting sprays?!” Oh…..I got you honey.  Look on the the back bottom portion of your UD Sprays.   Whose name do you see?  Ope-that’s right.  Skindinavia.  They are SO good at what they do they make sprays for OTHER companies.

I’ve religiously used UD’s all-nighter on my self and clients for years but when it comes to my brides…I’m all about that Model in a Bottle life.  Model in a Bottle blows EVERYONE out of the water.  You want your makeup to last two weeks? Pick that guy up.  I have to order online but it’s sooo worth the wait.  I could go on and on about that spray but we are are here to talk about their new products.


This makeup primer spray is specifically for my oily gals and  y’all know how excited I get when things are tailored to my skin lol.  This stuff is oil free and paraben free which are two HUGE pluses for me.  I think the part I love most about this is the fact that it’s hands free.  For people with oily skin or acne prone skin, touching your face is about the worst thing you can do.  The germs and just plain nastiness that’s on your hands is deplorable.  Hopefully you are washing your hands before makeup application but, that’s none of my business.

This spray claims to diminish pore size and make your skin a smooth even canvas for application, control oil throughout the day and keep makeup in place for 16 hours.  I’d say for me it does a pretty good job.  I’ve been using it on myself and clients for a few months and I’m impressed with the results.  In this 90 degree plus weather I need all the help I can get and the less creams I have on my face the better my makeup stays on.

I’m not saying that I still don’t have to blot and maybe use a touch of powder throughout the day…I mean c’mon…I’m not Iron Man.  But, the fact that I don’t have to rub my hands all over my face is so glorious to me that I’ll keep using this guy pretty often.  I still love my Smashbox but, what I’ve found works the best for me is a few sprays of my Skindinavia primer and some Smashbox Photo Finish Light in my t-zone and it’s showtime.

I always use these two in conjunction because duh-they were made for each other.  I really do love these sprays and highly recommend them for all skin types.  Shoutout to my oily girls though…y’all will love this stuff!


BIG thanks to this awesome company for sending these goodies to me…I was loyal before but even more so now! Here’s a link to purchase your own Skindinavia products!

Do any of y’all use these setting sprays? Leave a comment and lemme know what you think!





Anna LaPrad album showcase at The Sutler

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I had the most honor of glamming up a  dear friend last week for her album showcase. Not only does she have a gorgeous voice but the girl can write!  She’s not just a friend though, we are practically family. No really though. Her sister is married to my step brother in law and they coincidently met at my wedding! You might need a venn diagram for that one!

My husband has been friends with her and her two sisters since high school and she moved here to Nashville to pursue her dreams!  We had the best time drinking wine, girl talkin and getting her glam for the night.  We actually had a terrible lighting situation in the greenroom at first but managed to make it work with a quick trip to Walgreens for a desk lamp.  Thank god for Anna’s team and that lamp.

Of course I walk into the bathroom shortly after I’ve already unpacked and set up my 1,445,675 products to find the most beautiful lighting of life.   NOPE-not moving mah stuff.  Note to self-get a ring light.  Luckily, we had the oh so talented photographer Darrell Frasier there to document her big night.  These are some pics of the night and a little makeup porn for ya!

If you get a chance definitely check out her new album on iTunes  It’s titled Storyteller.   You will NOT be sorry!















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So, I’m sorry I’m so terrible and have been mia BUT, in my defense I’ve had a very hectic last few months. Moving is a B. What I think I may start doing is more frequent shorter posts. Y’all know how I can get to ramblin sometimes. With that being said, I’m a really nostalgic person and I find myself daydreaming sometimes about times gone by. Whether it’s a childhood memory or a time in my life that is just forever cemented in my brain. It’s also quite funny how much a song, or even a smell can take you to another place and time. I love that something so simple can be so powerful over your brain.
This brings me to my topic today. It’s an old school favorite. An oldie but a goodie. This guy is an OG and has been ridin with me since high school! I just posted on instagram a few days ago talking about this product because I had forgotten how much I love it.  I’m not sure if I love it so much because of the memories that go along with it or what. But I love.

Bonne Bell is my homegirl. We all had the chapsticks and they were all bomb. If I could get my hands on some Dr. Pepper Chapstick right now I’d be super happy. My hands down favorite of the Bonne Bell product line are her lip lites lip glosses.

I will say that since I’ve purchased these as an adult I’m almost positive the formula has been changed. It’s not as thick and shiny as it used to be and at first it bothered me. Maybe because I felt that because the formula had been tampered with that my memories had also been as well. I know it’s ridiculous.

Regardless, I actually really like the new formula. It’s less messy. The one non negotiable I had was the scent and the taste. Ya, I said taste because unless you’ve been living under a rock since the 80’s you’re aware of how amazing and spot on Bonne Bell is with the way the products smell and taste.  I give you “cappucino”



I mentioned in the Instagram post how I keep this dude in my son’s baby bag as my “backup” gloss that I use in a pinch. I feel less anxiety if he lives in there at all times. That he’s in there waiting to save my day… And he always does. I’ve been reaching for my cappucino gloss a lot lately and he just got upgraded to my purse for a bit.

I wrote about another lip lites gloss in a dupe post. Check it out if you haven’t. I love this gloss and it’s for so many reasons. It’s beautiful on, I love the formulation, and the smell…. Oh the smell! My entire high school career in a tiny tube. My girlfriends and I had the entire collection between us all.

If you’re feeling nostalgic like me I’d suggest ordering straight from the Bonne Bell website. Here in Middle Tennessee NO ONE carries these anymore. Trust me. I spent an entire Saturday hunting.  They are also super affordable and who doesn’t love that. What products take you back? I  finally got my comments section enabled so I’d love to hear from y’all! See ya on memory lane!