Sunday, December 23, 2012

We kind of like Christmas photo shoots

My very best friend happens to be a wonderful photographer and each year we come up with a theme and head to Kakie's hundred acres in the woods and spend the day dressing up and posing like models and laughing and at the end of it all we end up with some Rivera girls pics.

2010 Rockstar Chicks

2011 Cute Nerds

And now the 2012 photo shoot, Funky Ballerina along with the makeup I used for each of us.

Ileana's makeup
MAC Face and Body foundation in N1
Urban Decay Naked 2 Foxy eyeshadow across the whole lid
Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner in onyx-lined the up and lower water line
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara in black applied generously to the upper and lower lashes
Urban Decay Naked 2 Tease eyeshadow applied to the brows with a brow brush
Bobbie Brown Nude Pink blush applied through the cheek bone
MAC Silver Dusk Iridescent Lose Powder applied as a highlighter through the cheeks
MAC lip glass in Wee Coquette

Daniella's makeup
Neutrogena Skin Clearing oil-free foundation in Nude
Clinique Almost Powder in Neutral
Urban Decay Naked 2 Foxy eyeshadow over the whole lid and Tease through the crease
Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner in onyx on the top water line
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume Mascara in Black
Dramatic, winged out false lashes
Urban Decay Naked 2 Busted and Blackout eyeshadow mixed together and applied to the eyebrows
MAC Harmony blush through the cheekbones
MAC SIlver Dusk Iridescent loose powder as a highlighter on the cheeks
MAC Cyber lipstick (doesn't she look fierce?!)

My Makeup
MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1
Clinique Almost Powder in Neutral Fair
Urban Decay Naked 2 Foxy and Tease eyeshadow applied to the lid and through the crease
Urban Decay Naked 2 Busted and Blackout eyeshadow applied to the brows
Urban Decay Naked 2 Blackout applied with an angled liner brush to the upper and lower lash line
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Pumper mascara in Black Velvet
Bobbie Brown Pale Pink and Nude Pink Blush applied to the cheeks
MAC Silver Dusk Iridescent Loose Powder applied as a highlighter to the cheeks
MAC Creme De Nude Lipstick

May your Christmas be Merry!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

I love birthdays

Happy 22nd Birthday to me! This birthday reminds me of a story from my community college days with my best friend Mary Kathryn.

We had heard about this guy who talked to walls and people who weren’t really there, basically he was crazy, but harmless and his name was Ryan. But we had never seen him and we had been going to college for almost 2 whole semester. So he was like the phantom crazy guy. The very last day of school I just had one gift left to hand out to a professor and I stopped inside the L.A. building to write in the card. Mary Kathryn was telling me a story when all of a sudden, out of no where, we hear, “Hey you cute, both ya’ll are.” I turned around and there he was. “Oh you got a lil’ baby face, how old you guys?” we didn't tell him we were sixteen, we just stared at him. “Are you 21? I know your not 22!  Seriously, how old you guys?” And still we stared. “Do you know the bad thing about being 21? Your siblings want you to go buy them alcohol. But you say NO! How old you guys? For real...are you 21? Do you want to come stay at my house for the summer? Do you come from dat way or dis way? You probably come from dat way. Well, you take dat lil’ road, you know what I am talkin’ bout? Then you will see dis car, hail damage on the left fender, and your there. We gonna have fun” And with that he waved and walked away. We laughed and then I looked at my note of gratitude and it read “have a summer.” So much for my sweet note! I stopped by the college the other day for transcripts and he was still there…talking to a wall. Some things never change....I miss those days that I thought would last for ever, it seems like yesterday I was worried about Algebra and thought 22 was forever away!

GB tribal print wedges from my sweet family, my mom wasn't too crazy about them!
But I just adore them.

Silver Dusk iridescent highlighter powder from MAC. Completely in love with this
sheer shimmer.

My mom found these vintage pink and white ruffle saucers six months ago and
kept them hidden away from me all that time! They match my pink and white ruffle plates!

Bobbi Brown is wonderful, let's all agree about this. Ok? Ok! Nude Pink and Pale Pink blush!!!
Being 22 is fun!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Special

This is the time of year for photo shoots, fancy dinner parties, and holiday fun. In honor of the season, I am offering a makeup special now through the New Year. My holiday pricing is $75.00 for a full makeup session including brows, and lashes. If you have a special look in mind message me a picture or description on fb or leave a comment below! Here are some of my holiday favorites!

Images from google for inspirational purposes only

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Makeup Inspiration~Megan Fox

Megan Fox is  a brunette and I am a brunette and I kinda like her makeup...a lot! Her look has evolved over the last few years and I have to say I love them all. I definitely gain inspiration from these. Take a look...

How beautiful is she?

The "no makeup" makeup...she said in an interview she was so nervous about this look
because until this night she always wore false lashes for big appearances.

Love the liner and lipstick, this is from a few years back and a lip she sported often

I just like the youthfulness of the makeup, especially the reddish/coral gloss

love the silver eye and nude lip...and how amazing is her hair?

Love the strong brow she has in this photo shoot

images from google for inspiration only

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I'm going to be famous one day makeup

As you know, I love any excuse to play in makeup so when my baby sister decided to audition for some acting gigs, I was so happy to get her ready for the head shots. I always call her my baby sister, but as I was putting her makeup on I realized...gosh, she is not a baby anymore! 13 and ready to take the world by storm! Will she be famous??? Stay tuned...

A little preview from the photo by MK, makeup and hair by me

Obviously, for her age and the nature of the photo shoot, the makeup needed to be extremely minimal, while still highlighting her beautiful features. The following is a list of the products I used and how I applied them.

Neutrogena Light Night Cream- hand applied to the whole face
Clinique Acne Solutions liquid makeup in 01 fresh alabaster- hand applied and really worked into the skin for a sheer lightweight look (this product is on the dry side, as it is meant to dry out and control acne, while not irritating the skin, not ideal for individuals with dry skin)
Clinique french vanilla eye shadow- applied with an eye shadow brush to the lids, just to even the skin tone and take out any redness
Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner in onyx- lined the upper water line
L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara in black- applied to upper lashes and bottom (the bottom was just a quick coat because I didn't want them clumpy, just lightly defined)
I mixed a pink blush and light bronze and softly applied through the cheek bone
Clinique Almost Powder in 02 neutral fair- applied where needed
MAC Lipglass in Wee Coquette- applied concealer to the lip first to cancel out the natural redness and then applied the lipglass to give her lips a very sheer glossy look

*Hair- Her hair is thick and naturally straight, I quickly ran a straightener through the front section to take any curl out of the ends of her bangs. I used BED HEAD manipulator quite generously, first working it through my fingers and then through her hair, pulling the front section forward and to the side and really giving it texture.


Makeup Inspiration~Gwen Stefani

Mom, wife, singer, band member, fashion designer...Gwen Stefani does it all! She always manages to look flawless whether she is playing with her kids or attending a red carpet event. She has perfected the red lip, which has become her signature look and one of the first things she is asked to reveal in her interviews is her lipstick of choice. It is no secret, I think she is pretty amazing and if I could pull off the platinum blonde I would do it in a second, but since I can't, I will simply wear red lipstick and maybe name one of my future kids Gwen.

Her classic look for her 2012 Harper's Bazaar photo shoot

Her 2012 Instyle makeup. I love the new twist on her signature look. The two toned blue eyeliner is gorgeous!

Love the electric blue and soft lip...and her updo!

The contrast between her pale skin and dark eyes and lip is stunning

I wanted to add one with her current hairstyle of choice..."the fun bun"

images from google for inspiration purposes only

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Makeup Inspiration~Wildfox

Wildfox is one of my favorite t-shirt brands. They are comfy and feel lived in and worn and for me that is everything I want a t-shirt to be. They just recently did a photoshoot for their new swimsuit line and while I absolutely adore their swimwear, I have to say I was a little distracted by the amazing makeup! It has this wonderful 60's vibe and it is just so beautifully done. Oh, and after looking at these I have come to the conclusion, red is the best hair color and it is the only one for me and it goes so well with all the cute Wildfox therefore, I will be a red head!

Love, love, love the makeup! Checkout the rest of the photoshoot and the all swimwear at
all images from google

Makeup Inspiration~Priscilla Presley

Some of my very favorite makeup looks come from the 60's. I love to play up my eyes and the 60's were ALL about the eyes! Priscilla Presley is the perfect example and her look is one of my favorites to recreate. The following photos are ones I look to to help me get the look right.  

This look is so beautiful! I love the extended eyeliner and the ultra thick lashes.
This look is not quite as dramatic, so it is a little more wearable, but still super gorgeous..
The liner is only on the upper lid which really opens the eyes and makes the top lashes seem
even bigger!

Check out the hair...grab a teasing comb people! This is a very heavy eye. Long lashes, thick liner, and arched brows

And this is my personal favorite makeup look...the wedding makeup. How stunning is she?!!

all of these picture are from google and are for inspiration purposes only