Back to Black

Hi everyone!

I hope your Tuesday has been wonderful and get your butt off the couch! Today was a life changing day as I walk around now in my new hair, back to Black!

I originally dyed it in 8th grade and continually kept up with it throughout high school but leaving for college, taking care of it just wasn’t in the picture for me. UGH SO WRONG!

So bottom line, it’s been two years! My amazing stylist hooked me up with Redken Demi Permanent in Onyx Black & Espresso Brown to find a happy medium between the two.

I also trimmed the ends and got that nice, sharp V in the back so I regained that structure for some hair flipping lol.

Gosh, I literally forgot how rewarding and satisfying it feels to pamper yourself this way. I feel rejuvenated? Definitely not going to forget this feeling, self care is such a huge discipline I need to get into!

I also had an interview at a retail store followed by some business emails and preparations for my cell bio class. In the midst of my busy schedule, changing up my hair even if just a little bit really did vamp me up! I feel lighter and like a fresh new Pauly walked right in. 🙂

So for YOU reading this, get that color or cut you’ve been dying for! lol get it?

Enjoy your week xo

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Rant with Pauly: Shade range consistency

Hi everyone!

How’s everyone celebrating their Friday tonight? Another week has flown by and for some reason I always have this irritating, lingering thought of some palettes I’ve been seeing launched.

I’m sure they’re of great quality! Morphe and Kylie Cosmetics have had amazing reviews globally and their profits seem in good shape.

But let’s talk about color scheme, shall we. Has anyone ever seen eye looks and they detail in their caption how many colors they used and you just can’t believe it? Warm, bronzey tones have a lot of shade ranges in common so it’s easy for them to look opaque and just too similar..

Duh, these colors are so effortless for a casual and even sultry look. But the idea that they’re so general and easy to use, makes you even question if it’s worth buying. Here are some pics of Morphe’s and Kylie Cosmetic’s palettes.

I could give atleast 3 pans that literally look the same! The idea of placing your brush on your eyes and expecting pigmented, unique shades just doesn’t come across these. Is it even worth the purchase or effort into launching?

Morphe Oh Boy Eyeshadow Palette


Morphe 25B Bronzed Eyeshadow Palette


Kylie Cosmetics The Bronze Extended Palette


I was so excited for the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline series but the range was so shockingly sad! And similarly, they’re very warm, dull/opaque tones. The shades just seem the same and it doesn’t makes my eyes pop at first glance. It’s hard, I get it.


Maybe some creativity will inspire a new wave of warm, bronzer tones. I just want to see some different scheme brought to the table.

While we’re here, let me show you some palettes I’ve definitely been eyeing this week. Or maybe obsessing over!

Violet Voss HG Eyeshadow Palette


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A blushin’ crush

I couldn’t wait to share this dazzling, baked blush that I’ve been trying out for some time! If you’re into light pink, shimmery blushes like I am, you’ll definitely want to see this. What better way to bring it onto my blog than right before we get hit with those glowy summer looks!

This blush is from Mary Kay Cosmetics! Although this brand isn’t in my top list to purchase from because it’s not easily accessible, I was given this as a package for Christmas and oh my goshhh, this blush blew me away. It’s like they knew my ideal blush color before they sent it to me!

Before I started writing this post for you guys, I did some research on this blush and its actually a part of a limited edition! WHY?! It’s so perfect, you guys need to get your hands on it. It also said it’s not available to purchase through their website and that you need to contact a Mary Kay Consultant in your area. Pretty inconvenient but they do offer other blushes on their website which I recommend looking through. Here’s the direct link to the blush category!

This limited edition baked blush is in the shade “Kind Heart” and sells for $18 USD with .23oz carved into a heart for a pretty packaging accent. I know we all appreciate cute, thoughtful packaging!

Enjoy these pics ❤

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What do you guys think? I love how this blush carves out my cheeks smoothly. On days I don’t want to use bronzer, this blush alone can sculpt my face for me. Another thing I look for in a blush is its subtly. If it’s too pigmented, I find it harder to blend out. Less is more: starting out light is the best way to build up the product. If you’re interested in this limited edition blush for the summer, check it out here!

That’s it for now! I love you guys and I’m so happy I have a family here to share my beauty/fashion experiences with. XOXO

Red heart, Red lips

Hi my beauties! Today I’m going to go step by step on how I achieved my vanity look. I was inspired by Fall, red bold lips and some shimmy-shimmy red on the eyes to pull everything together. Enjoy!

I spend a lot of my time working on my skin because I love a flawless, full-coverage face. I skipped the primer and drenched my skin with Tarte’s Marine Boosting Mist in their ‘Rainforest of the Sea’ collection. It’s not my favorite (sometimes it leaves my skin feeling greasy) but moisturizing your skin is KEY to a smooth canvas.

For foundation I used one of my holy grail, Maybelline Fit Me in the shade 122 (creamy beige). It feels super lightweight on my skin and gives me that medium coverage..trust me, its pigmented! I have super oily skin and although it claims it gives a matte finish, I start getting a shine within an hour. But no complaints here, I’m used to it!

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Because of acne scars, I use LA Girl PRO Conceal in the shade ‘Light Ivory’ over top my cheeks to fade away any scarring that my foundation couldn’t cover. While we’re concealing, I use LA Girl PRO Conceal in the shade ‘Peach Corrector’ to cancel out my dark under bags, it works like a dream; just make sure you blend! Over the peach corrector, I use my ‘Light Ivory’ to neutralize the peach shade and bring some brightness back!

While all my creams/liquids are settling in, I start to fleek out my eyebrows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Pomade in ‘Granite’ with an angled brush. Granite is the darkest shade ABH provides and it works in my favor because ‘Ebony’ was beginning to be too soft for my brows. I have extremely dark, black eyebrows! I carve out my brows with some concealer and a small-tapered brush to give that sleek, polished look. To lock my brows in, I use my Urban Decay Brow Tamer in ‘clear’, it’s not my go-to because it doesn’t add texture but at least it holds my brows in place!

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Before I set my face with powder, I use this time to contour out my cheekbones with the Sephora Contour Palette in the lightest version. The reason I powder contour over my creams is because I don’t like the cakey, powdery finish if I were to contour over my face powder. In my opinion, after I set my face with my Bare Minerals Bare Pro in the shade ‘Light Natural (09)’, it diminishes the harsh contour shade and blends seamlessly once I apply my face shade; it just looks more natural!

I use my Milani Baked Bronzer in the shade ‘Dolce (09)’, I find myself applying more than 2 layers to bring that bronzy look to my face. It’s build-able if you have the time to layer it on. I skipped the blush and moved on to my Laura Geller Highlighter in the shade ‘Gilded Honey’, this stuff is AMAZING. With or without spritzing some mist, you WILL get that gold reflex.

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For my eyes, I used two of my favorite palettes, ABH Modern Renaissance and Morphe 350. I start with some light browns in the crease and build it up so my red shades won’t start so abruptly over my eyes. I bring the red shades into the outer corners of my eyes and blend up so it’ll meet with the light brown in my crease.

I decided to cut my crease and use a light gold to compliment the red transition in the outer corner. Finally, I love darkening the very outer corners because it elongates my eyes with some dimension. I use a dark brown so it’s not that intense and only blend in that area – not up!

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One of my favorite eyeliners is the NYX Matte liquid liner in the shade ‘black’, the pigment is super dark and glides perfectly with the brush. I applied it to the outer half of my eyes so the cut crease is dominant while giving that almond-shaped effect. For mascara, I used the Maybelline Lash Stiletto in the shade ‘very black’ to really bring my lashes to life without falsies.

Now, the grand finale. Bold, red lips! With such an intense color, I like to map out my lips with a liner so I don’t go crazy and draw outside of the lines. I used the Wet N Wild Gel Lip Liner in the shade ‘Plum Together’, it’s creamy and stays on for hours. I focus a lot on my cupids bow because I love defining my top lip for that heart-shaped pout.

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My red lips are all thanks to the NYX Liquid Suede in ‘Kitten Heels’. It’s a red-blue undertone which compliments my pale skin and brings vibrance. I was totally getting that Selena vibe and I was NOT disappointed!

That’s it for today! Please comment below if you enjoyed this mini step by step vanity look. I can start going into depth and add more engagements if you’d like. Also, comment below what look you’d like to see next!

xoxo

Glossy Lips – We’re In

Summer is in full swing and I’m loving the heat. Is it the sweet, refreshing air? Is it that one, catchy song reminding you of a happy life? Or is it the infinite amount of looks you can create with a simple tank and killer gloss?

We’ve all witness the trend of matte liquid lipsticks take over social media the past few years with master brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills and Huda Beauty creating full collections of numerous matte shades. If you haven’t noticed every time a matte collection surfaces, the brand follows the collection with a pairing of vibrant lip glosses. Could it be we just NEED gloss in our lives one way or the other? It’s 2017 and I think I’m seeing the full circle of ‘lip gloss heaven’ resurface.

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So why is lip gloss becoming a purse must-have and a sexy Summer style? I’ve got the perfect answers.

First, lip gloss is a cosmetic product that essentially adds shine. Several glosses add a mixture of glittery to metallic looks, to give that full glossy finish. Not only can they be easier to apply but they can bring back life to those luscious lips.

Applying lip gloss can cut your glam time down by a few minutes. Imagine not having to line your lips to get that perfect dimension fitted for your matte lip stick. With lip gloss, it adds dimension by itself and a voluptuous look back to your lips without the hassle of liner. Lip gloss is a two in one product for all your lip-look fantasies.

Without a doubt lip gloss enhances your lips to the poutiest effect and it’s even easier to coordinate with your style of the day. Lip gloss gives you the chance to combine colors together into your perfect cream color. Having a lip product base still creamy enough to swivel around makes the mixture process easier to manipulate and enough time to choose and add colors. On the other hand, adding a glossy finish can take your look a notch down if you realize your lippie is a bit too bold for your liking. Just add a touch of gloss a shade lighter to your lip stick and voila, a brand new you.

My reasoning behind this lip gloss phenomenon is because of the ultimate trend happening as of late 2016 and carrying till this day – that poppin’ highlight. It’s no wonder we love all things glittery and gleam-looking, the highlighter trend has been giving us a frenzy. Nothing screams natural and dewy-kissed than a perfect, almost blinding highlighter. We love the shine and we love the glossy look it gives back to our skin after our face makeup dulls our natural radiant beauty. Right, ladies?

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So take my advice! If you love the highlight look, you’re going to love lip gloss for the rest of the summer. Think of it as a match made in heaven for all my friends who love to be a glowing goddess throughout the day. Who knows, maybe even carry the trend to Fall with a bold, glossy, burgundy lip.

If you’re a beginner to lip gloss, try NYX Butter Gloss from Ulta Beauty for $4.99. NYX Cosmetics does an amazing job adding a light sheen to over 50 shades. They also claim to moisturize and condition your lips for a smooth finish. So if you’re not into sticky, pigmented lip gloss, this one is the way to go.

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If you’re into a bold and glossy look, Anastasia Beverly Hills available at Sephora for $16 killed the game with their unbeatable lip gloss collection. Not only are they all heavily pigmented with glittery sheen reflex, but they’re extremely thick on the lips giving off that pouty, voluptuous look that will stay on for hours. Their brush applicator makes applying gloss easy and quick to achieve.

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This summer is about catching that effortless, sexy glow on our skin. And the secret is out, lip gloss may be your new best friend to carry around in your purse for that touch up of glossy goodness. Comment below your favorite lip gloss!

Virtzy: A Revolution

Imagine an app that can be your beauty destination for all things inspiration, business, wellness and so much more. Sound like your kind of personal app?

Beginning of March, Isak Mirzak and Kristina Aran came with the idea to build a social media platform devoted to the beauty/wellness industry.  Think of it as your personal realm to stay in touch with artists and their ongoing creativity.

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But it doesn’t stop there. I had a phone interview with the two co-founders in the concrete jungle of New York City.

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Download the app here!

“Our main goal (the mission) is to help beauty and wellness professionals run their businesses better…beauty professionals are able to build their portfolio from scratch and include their education, specialties and share videos/photos,” Kristina said.

Who better to trust than individuals who have been themselves, working in the industry?

Isak Mirzak is a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a specialization in advertisement and graphic design. He is also a professional hair stylist with 20 years of experience.

Kristina Aran is a psychology undergrad from Queens College and later took her studies to a Masters at NYU in mental health counseling. Juggling all of that while working as a skincare and makeup researcher for private companies.

Follow their journey on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram here!

Isak mentioned the struggles he faced working as a hair stylist and managing all his portfolio work in several places at once. He also noted it was hard to balance his personal and professional life under one platform. As Isak and Kristina emphasized, your audience determines your business.

With Virtzy, your profile is strictly professional keeping new on-coming clients interested in your creativity. Making this your one-stop resume galore.

“We understand the challenges these professionals face. With this, we created a platform…We want to study the behavior of the professionals and think of how else we can make this platform a better place,” Isak added.

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How is it possible to get the right audience for the right business? These strategic experts have confessed their secret. It’s all about the tools, behavior and feedback. AKA people like you and me!

“For right now we want to focus on the individuals, not businesses. We want individuals to be able to express who they are and share their unique touch/specialty,” Isak explained.

And that to me, is one of the best catches. Beauty professionals can sometimes feel swamped and overlooked by huge advertisements from businesses on other platforms. But to Isak and Kristina, it’s about us, the producer and consumer.

No gimmicks, no lies. Just truth and creativity. No more cringe-worthy ads popping up about the latest Fit Tea plan 20 percent off if you use someone’s code; This platform is about your purpose and contribution to the industry and clients.

Ok but what if I’m just a raging beauty junkie? What’s in it for me?

Virtzy has been discovered as a two-sided market, meaning it was made for you and me.

By having more professionals use Virtzy, you can stay connected with your favorite stylists and see what they’re up to. If you had trouble remembering who did your nails last week, you can look them up if they have a profile on site. Never miss out!

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Use their profile to hunt for your next look as they upload their pictures or even book an appointment right on Virtzy.

Ahhh, a new weight has been taken off your shoulders. Search for professionals by location, name, industry or specialty. You won’t have to rely on how to search for a certain niche (like Google or Facebook) because with Virtzy, one click is all you need to find your destination.

“We have more than enough professionals to give something clients to search,” Kristina added.

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What if you’re not ready to make a commitment? Virtzy has organized their app to give you a Pinterest-feel even when you’re not so sure what to look for yet. Scroll through specialities listed at the top with endless pictures and profiles like makeup, hair, tattoos, nails, personal trainers and more! 

“Our purpose was personal. I put in my 20 years of cutting hair and four years of college learning how to market and advertise. I want to do this not only for myself but for others. I have a gut feeling we’re going to be successful and make it big,” Isak concluded.

My time away from blogging and reading has mostly been spent on Virtzy just scrolling through pictures for my next summer-glow hairstyle. Not only is this app free, but it’s reliable when you’re on the search. Virtzy has you covered.

New launch of false lash brand, Baby Coco Lash

When it comes to false lashes, you either love them or you can’t be bothered to poke your eye out by them. Not only is getting into the crevice of your eyeball intimidating and terrifying, but having to pay more than $10 for a long-lasting pair is not ideal – not to mention when shipping fees aren’t included, not exactly how I imagined spending all my money.

Breaking news, a new lash brand is in town and ready to save you of your false lash nightmares! Internet sensation and CEO of Baby Coco Lash, Courtney aka Coco, has just revealed her secret project with a purpose. “I practiced (false lashes) for months and went through dozens of different brands and styles…only to find they were almost all overpriced, too short or just too heavy,” Coco explained.

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The new lash brand has claimed to be 100% cruelty-free, high quality and long-lasting all while keeping your wallet and budget intact.

“How is your lash line set apart from the rest?”

“The Baby Coco lashes are aimed for ladies and gentlemen who want beautiful lashes

while still keeping their look casual enough for everyday wear. Natural but noticeable, and most important: COMFORTABLE,” Coco said.

It’s no secret Coco has had such a huge hit with her upcoming brand. With a strong social media background, Coco has 51,500 followers on Instagram and 42,000 on Twitter making her launch that more public to her fans and viewers, including myself.

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Coco reached out to me and sent me her lashes to try and review for the past few weeks and the results were stunning.

Before applying, I trimmed the lash so it could fit my eye prior to application (I encourage you to measure the band length and trim it best to fit your eye shape) and applied my Ardell lash glue adhesive to the band, which I might add, was so incredibly thin! Having a thin lash band made the application process easier and gave it a natural look opposed to a thick lash band anyone can see from a mile away.

I managed to apply the lashes so quickly, it cut down mascara time by half! I applied eyeliner (NYX Matte Liquid) over the lash band to hide any traces of left-over glue and finally, curled my lashes to blend in with my new falsies. Voila, all done!

As far as comfort and longevity goes, these babies stayed glued to my eyes for well over five hours and I did not feel a thing. I usually have a hard time finding false lashes that don’t look heavy on my top lid as I have hooded eyelids (skin that drapes over your crease making your eyelid nearly visible) but to combat this, I applied mascara to my bottom which seemed to balance out the semi-volume and length I had going on with my falsies on top.

I found that I was obsessed with the lash length – practically touched my eyebrows which to me gives that extra, flirty look. They’ve lasted me eight wears and to be completely honest, they could be used for a few more nights out.

“How do you see your new brand influencing your mark in the beauty industry?”

“I am not a makeup artist by any means but I do know what I like and I think you guys will love how light-weight but poppin’ they are. I am so thankful for all of you who stand by me, I see you and thank God for you,” Coco concluded.

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These lashes are perfect for nights out and days in. The lash design created by Coco was intended to space out the lashes, giving room to see your bomb eyeshadow at any time of the day. Although Coco has not released an official date, be prepared to hear anything sometime soon early April. I know, I can’t wait either!

Click here for Baby Coco’s official Instagram page & official Twitter page to stay up to date with new launches and giveaways!

Congrats Coco!

MAC Cosmetics will be available at Ulta Beauty this Spring 2017

If you know anything about MAC Cosmetics, you know this world-famous brand has been around for decades since 1984. It’s been around longer than I have, and it was actually one of the first makeup products I bought as a little girl following in my mom’s footsteps.

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MAC built its brand off of exclusivity, meaning if you ever shopped at a MAC Cosmetics store, the only brand you can purchase is MAC itself. Which also had a high demand because let’s be honest, MAC has everything you could hope for in a beauty basket.

By huge surprise, MAC Cosmetics is joining the wave of other brands this Spring and coming to Ulta Beauty, a chain of beauty stores carrying both high- and low-end cosmetics for men and women.

Although everyone is cheering and getting their paychecks ready to splurge, I can’t help but wonder why is it that a makeup brand as prestigious and store exclusive as MAC Cosmetics is joining this cosmetics chain. I am not for one bit saying MAC is a dead-beat cosmetics line, but I have noticed a significant increase in other makeup brands and advertisements for them. So my question is, is MAC Cosmetics falling behind on this beauty phenomenon we are having now?

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Well first, MAC Cosmetics is one of the only companies still standing tall since the 1980s. Many have dropped or gone bankrupt like King Cosmetics, mainly because some brands don’t follow trends. I don’t mean seasonal trends, I mean following the artistry trends as years go on.

Second, it’s important to know that MAC Cosmetics is actually a child company of Estee Lauder. Did I just blow your mind? Estee Lauder is actually the parent of brands like Clinique, Aveda and DKNY.

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But let’s talk numbers. The net worth of Estee Lauder as of 2017, reported by Forbes, is set to be $10.6 billion, and this is also a family-run company so they distribute the wealth. According to Fast Company, a website giving annual reports on brands, MAC Cosmetics alone holds a net worth of $6.3 billion, a little over half of the money for the entire company of Estee Lauder.

So what does this mean? 

I think this is the start of the beauty business booming. Estee Lauder can’t afford to lose such a wealthy business like MAC. If all brands are suddenly being put into beauty trade stores like Ulta beauty and Sephora, Estee Lauder needs to grab a surfboard and follow the wave.

This is no longer a one-shot deal of manufacturing the product and simply selling it. Now we have huge trade stores like Ulta Beauty being that middle man, getting profit in return.

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Although this may not be ideal to some brands, this is the future of the beauty business. All the beauty products you could think of conveniently in one place, who’s the genius behind this?

Huge props to Estee Lauder company for noticing this huge transition in time and getting it settled before it’s too late. As far as I can see it, MAC Cosmetics will be slaying the beauty business for the next coming decades. They’re here to stay and joining an Ulta near you this coming spring!

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Avri Mae : Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Following in the footsteps of her mother as a young girl, Miss Avri Mae has traveled along the East Coast to provide clients a magical, self-loving experience of a lifetime.

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Licensed Makeup Artist & Esthetician, Miss Avri Mae

Competing in the field of cheerleading for five years prepared her for one-on-one makeup application on others (in a timely manner) and some extra dazzling secrets/tips to be seen from afar. Little did she know this passion for show makeup would soon open doors for an industry that is sky rocketing as we speak.

“I didn’t actually realize how much I loved esthetics and how important of an organ our skin was until I started my program at Boca Beauty Academy,” Avri said.

Boca Beauty Academy lies in the city of Boca Raton, the beautiful sunshine state we all know as Florida. This academy is also ranked #1 in cosmetology programs in FL, assessed by Cosmetology-License Company. Both professional and respectable!

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“How did Boca Beauty Academy help you gain expertise in this booming industry?”

“I had an amazing teacher who worked under some of the best estheticians and plastic surgeons in Boca Raton and Miami – two of the top plastic surgery capitals in the world. Because of this, the standard of my education was held very high and I learned so much,” Avri explained.

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Miss Avri Mae is available Monday through Saturday in the Leesburg, VA area. Give her a call at (571)-286-7921 or email at avrimaemiller@gmail.com to discuss potential openings and scheduling.

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Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her latest looks! /www.instagram.com/avrimaemua/

Not only is this special commitment for beauty and self-love seen within herself, but also in the lives of clients who now feel their best and look their best by the magic touch of Miss Avri Mae.

Congrats! Xoxo

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Jasmine Urioste : Makeup Artist

Since Jasmine was four years old competing on her local gymnastics team, she dove head first into the makeup world and hasn’t looked back.

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“I love everything about makeup. During my down time, I would practice for HOURS on myself, my sister, mom, and friends. After I graduated high school, I had people asking me for advice on prom, homecoming, and senior portrait makeup. So I took it upon myself to start my own makeup social media and build my brand,” Jasmine said.

Jasmine soon realized her destiny involved makeup and empowering others.

“What’s your favorite part of your career?”

“I get to do what I love every single day. From a young age, I never wanted to dread going to work or coming home from my miserable job…I never feel like I’m working.”

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Miss Jasmine is a graduate from Paul Mitchell The School Woodbridge, VA. Becoming certified from a well-known school has given her a marketable edge in business.

Check out her YouTube Channel!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3cLF4GgaI1j7kYKBvkM4hQ

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Her availability in the Woodbridge, VA area is mainly flexible and available. Miss Jasmine said moving into the Spring weather means a lot of bridal makeup on her plate. (Hint Hint for anyone looking!)

“I also work as a lead makeup artist for Amazing Occasions, a hair and makeup studio in Manassas, Va.”

Miss Jasmine also informed me of receiving one of the first Kylie Jenner Lip Kits as a present from her boyfriend. Which sold out UNDER 1 MINUTE. It gets crazier! A couple days later after trying them on and snapping a few pictures for Instagram, Jasmine’s picture was featured on Kylie Cosmetic’s Instagram page in 2015! “I’m still in complete shock. I always got my inspiration for beauty and fashion from her,” Jasmine said.

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Follow her on Instagram @21lashes to see more of her work and check her availability!

It is without a doubt Jasmine has been slaying the game. Not only is she sweet and ambitious, but her professionalism has WOW’ed me.

Good luck Miss Jasmine! Xoxo