01st Apr
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Festival Must Haves

Coachella, Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Bonaroo and Governors Ball. Come one, come all. If you’ve got a festie bestie, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Otherwise, this is just nonsense talk. Festival season is officially upon us and to me, it signals that spring-and soon summer-will be here! I usually hit up2 a year, but this year will be lacking […]

26th Mar

Fake a Blow Out with Hot Rollers

Hot rollers are not only a part of my hair arsenal but my childhood as well! My mom has used them as long as I can remember. We didn’t even have a curling iron in the house! When I want full, voluminous, sexual hair but can’t get to a blow out bar or my stylist, […]

24th Mar

Mally Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener

What is this fancy little jar of banana pudding?! *insert banana and various monkey emojis here* It’s even better than pudding because it’s the first step in saying goodbye to under eye circles! And there’s even more good news! Today only, as part of Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, Mally Beauty Perfect Prime Under Eye […]

19th Mar

What I’m Loving Lately

1. Nyx Cosmetics Intense Butter Gloss in ‘Berry Struedel’ I’d been searching for a true purple lip color and wasn’t wanting to spend a ton since I mean, it’s not a color you wear just everyday. This is spot-freaking-on. It’s mega-pigmented and feels great. Only thing I don’t love is that it tends to make my teeth look […]

17th Mar

You Need Retinol

When the word retinol is dropped with reference to skincare products, I pretty much turn into that emoji with hearts for eyes. I’ve raved about it for a few years now and with good reason. Retinol is one of the proven ingredients that dermatologists agree fights aging. Not only that, but it combats breakouts and prevents […]

16th Mar
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The Power of a Blush Bronzer Duo

If you’re packing light for a spring break trip, or you just like to keep it super simple in your makeup routine, a blush bronzer duo is what you need in your life! You can create a full face look with just one product, using bronzer on eyes and in contour areas and the blush on […]

14th Mar

It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

Are you sick of hearing about contour palettes yet? Just contouring in general? Well, shoot. I might annoy you further if so! I’ve been using the It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face for a few months now and I’m ready to tell you all about it! I have a full video review and demo but here are my quick takeaways […]

13th Mar

Behind the Bride: Danette

When I met Danette, I liked her right away. You know those awesome people? I love doing makeup for that reason. I end up making new friends and enjoying the process that much more. Danette doesn’t wear a lot of makeup everyday and wanted a look that was natural but special. I wanted to create a soft, […]

09th Mar

800 Giveaway

I’m really sorry if it seemed as though I was giving away $800.00. To celebrate reaching 800 subscribers on my YouTube channel, I’m giving one wonderful reader 8 products though! I wish I could give all 800 people one product, but I’m really not that major. I can never properly thank you enough via the interwebz so […]

09th Mar

Makeup Artist Must Haves: Part 2

Whether you’re a working makeup artist, an aspiring one or just your friends’ go-to-chick for going out makeup, I hope this series helps you to stock your kit! These are just some of the items that make my life easier. For more MUA finds, make sure you read part 1 in this series! 1. Japonesque Heated Eyelash Curler […]

06th Mar

Makeup Artist Must Haves: Part 1

As a freelance makeup artist, I use a ton of different products to achieve a variety of looks, but rely on a few core mainstays that make my life way easier! Here’s part one of a two-part series on the items I can’t live without and would cry if I forgot to pack in my kit! 1. Z […]

04th Mar

Smoky Eye Tutorial for Hooded Eyes

Where ma hood at?! And by that, I mean my hooded eye babes! This particular eye shape is quite common and some of the most beautiful women have hooded eyes. Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence and Giselle Bundchen, just to name a few! If you have a hooded eye shape, it means that your eyelid is tucked under your […]

03rd Mar

Favorite Concealers

I realized I’ve never done a proper concealer roundup for you guys and I feel super shameful about it. It’s a staple of any makeup routine and how rude of me not to tell you which are super legit! These are just some of my personal favorite concealers. I’ll break them down by type below the photo! […]

02nd Mar

Fuchsia Makeup Tutorial

When the Des Moines Art Center asked if I would help inspire attendees of the fourth annual HUE party to wear fuchsia makeup, I thought, “gosh, fuchsia? I don’t know…” Ha! Kidding! I was like “Duh! I bleed fuchsia!” After all, the Wake Up For Makeup logo itself has fuchsia in it! The Des Moines Art […]

28th Feb

Behind the Bride: Kelly

As a makeup artist, being a part of someone’s wedding day is an immense honor. My #1  goal is always to make the bride feel prettier than she’s ever felt. I don’t think that’s too much to ask! While I’m driving to the wedding site, I even say a special makeup artist prayer. When the […]