How I'm healing my acne from within

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had acne. It had become so normal that I didn’t even hope it would go away at some point, I was pretty sure I’d be the 80 year old with acne! One thing I’ve learned this year is that acne isn’t normal. Like we shouldn’t have acne - it shows an imbalance. Whether it’s hormonal or diet related, it starts by healing from within. And healing from within starts at the Gut. The bad bacteria in your gut feeds on sugar, and it basically breaks apart the tight junctions in there - which makes us have leaky gut. Why do I talk about the gut for acne? Because it all works together - we are one body after all. So you’ll see me talking about what we changed, took out and added. Make sure you read the part on supplements!

I’m pretty sure I’m on the road to having clear skin for the first time in my teenage/adult life. Usually blog posts talk about a million things before getting to the point, so let me (try) to get right into the HOW I cleared my skin.

  1. I got rid of sugar, Dairy and gluten

This is always my least favorite part of any blog post. Seriously, no sugar? Dairy? Gluten? What can I eat?! First of all, I totally understand where you’re coming from, but when I quit these foods years ago I realized that the American diet keeps us stuck in a perpetual loop of carbs and sugar. Here’s the thing, there is undeniable proof that dairy and sugar make your acne flare up. They are inflammatory foods, they were never intended to be eaten at the rates we do. Have you noticed that Americans eat how the government tells us to, and yet we’re one of the least healthy nations in the developed world? (I’d suggest watching the following documentaries on Netflix to see understand the big picture of the American diet: What the Health, The Magic Pill, and listen to this podcast)

Without getting into the nitty gritty of our nation’s food crisis… you will see amazing results in your skin when you stop eating sugar and dairy. The reason I include Gluten in there is that it is a carb, and carbs become sugar. No bueno when you eat as much as the average American does today.

Second of all, I try not to think of it as a restriction - sure I’ve gotten rid of 3 foods, but that opened me up to such a diversity of ingredients I would’ve never NEEDED to know about before. Even if you don’t have acne, I would suggest you listen to the podcasts/watch the movies I mentioned - every single person reading this will benefit from learning about the dangers of these foods on our gut, brain and body.

YOUR CHALLENGE THIS WEEK: go through your cupboards and look at the ingredients of all the sauces you have. If one of the ingredients is cane sugar/syrup or any kind of sugar give it away. You don’t need any of those pesky sugars hiding around your kitchen. If you want to go a step further, do the same for EVERYTHING in your kitchen: cookies, biscuits, chips, etc.

We eat way more good fats and completely stopped eating out

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen Cole and I go on our Taco Bell dates more than once. Here’s the thing - once you know about the food you eat you can’t let yourself eat it anymore. We are way past just thinking of calories in/calories out at this point: we know that not all foods are created equal and they deeply affect your gut, skin, body, hormones, and health long term!

So, don’t go to Taco Bell anymore okay?

Here’s one you won’t want to miss: Omega-3 fatty acids are amazing anti-inflammatories. You can find Omega-3s in lots of delicious foods:

  • salmon

  • sardines

  • chia seeds (I use these in our smoothies daily!)

  • flaxseeds

  • walnuts

  • brussel sprouts

  • spinach

  • eggs

Cole and I buy and eat all organic (if you’re like us and your budget is low, buy less! That’s been our thought process) - mostly because foods that are drenched in pesticides are stripped of their nutrients and really won’t do much for your skin/body.

YOUR CHALLENGE THIS WEEK: next time you’re grocery shopping, grab organic chia seeds and eggs. If you don’t like leaving the house, use Thrive like I do! You’ll save on organic foods and do it from your couch. Click here.

I Take these supplements:

This is one of the biggest things things that has changed for me: Fermented Cod Liver oil. Here’s what goodies you’ll find in them:

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“Vitamin A: Supports the healthy function of the immune system, making the body more resistant to viral and bacterial infection. Also maintains healthy vision. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Ensure an anti-inflammatory response, which decreases the pain of arthritis, can relieve pulmonary disorders, and prevent allergies. EPA: Impoves cardiovascular health, can reduce inflammation, and has been used to ease depression. DHA (Fatty Acid):  Supports eye health, maintains skin, and promotes healthy nervous system function.” - Nourishing World

Here is my skincare routine:

First of all, remove your makeup - I use the Maskcara makeup wipes because they’re delicate and not greasy.

MORNING ROUTINE

  1. Clean face with the Tres Leches Cleanser: Milk Cleanser uses a milk base, which contains a wealth of highly active skin rejuvenating substances in naturally balanced proportions. Washing the skin with moderately or highly alkaline soap or detergents is one of the most common mistakes made that strips away the protective acid layer. This lactic acid creme-based cleanser will gently remove bacteria without stripping or irritating the skin, retaining the natural acid and lipid protective cover of the skin. Link here

  2. Apply this high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (it’s only $5.90!) : Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity. Link here.

  3. Apply Milk Creme: Milk Creme contains 16% natural milk components and moisturizes the driest of skins, leaving you with a youthful glow. With its combination of the alpha-hydroxy lactic acid and vitamins A and E, it gently penetrates the skin surface and helps exfoliate and release dead skin cells. This helps promote healthy skin cell turnover and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It is non-comedogenic and absorbs into the skin quickly without a lingering greasy feeling. Milk Creme is alcohol free and contains allantoin, jojoba oil, and rhodopsin oil, which are all natural and beneficial to the skin. Link here

  4. Apply makeup: make sure you’re using makeup that doesn’t clog pores. I use Maskcara’s Creme products and they’re perfect for my skin.

  5. Clean your brushes weekly: they’re filled with bacteria and will definitely clog your pores with dirty stuff, make sure you’re actively cleaning them. I use the Restore Spray - it’s super easy and there’s no drying time! Link here

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EVENING ROUTINE

  1. Remove makeup: I use the Maskcara makeup wipes because they’re hydrating, and don’t hurt my sensitive skin. They’re also really inexpensive! Link here.

  2. Clean face with Tres Leches Cleanser

  3. Apply salicylic acid 2% solution with witch hazel: only $5.30! Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use. Link here.

  4. Apply 100% organic cold-pressed rose hip seed oil: filled with lonoleic acid and vitamin A, it’ll really bring your skin back to life! Link here.

  5. Get enough sleep! And make sure you change your pillow-case every 3 days. I’m serious!

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As I learn more about my body and acne, I realize it’s so much more than a few creams. It’s going to the base of the problem and understanding what imbalances you have. More than likely your gut needs some healing!

I hope this is helpful, I’m not a medical professional but I’ve legit tried everything under the sun, including some really bad medicines. I hope I can help people heal themselves without strong drugs!

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This is an unconventional before and after

Ya’ll it’s not perfect. But my face doesn’t hurt constantly and now what I’m working on most is scars. Blog post coming soon.

Molly Gets Matte | by Red Aspen

Oh hello there matte lippies!

I’ve rarely found a matte lipstick like these ones - they’re hydrating, pigmented, long-wearing and matte! Quite the rare combo!

Here are the colors:

Check out these adorable colors!

Check out these adorable colors!

So, here are the details:

What it is: A long-lasting, highlight pigmented lip pencil with a built in blending brush + a full-coverage velvet matte lipstick that is as luxurious as it is light! 
What it does: Use together to create the perfect, long-lasting, non-drying lip pout. Use our lip pencil to line, plump, define, and contour; use our liquid lipstick to get light, matte, full-coverage color! 
What it's formulated without: Phthalates, Parabens 
What else you need to know: Cruelty free

How to use the Red Aspen Lip Kit: 

Step 1: Begin with clean and exfoliated lips 
Step 2: Start with Contour with Grace Lip Pencil and outline lips. Begin top lip with cupid's bow. 
Begin bottom lip with center bottom. Draw vertical lines to add dimension. Shade in the inner corners to create depth. 
Step 3: Fill in lips with the Molly Gets Matte Liquid Lipstick 
Step 4: Blend the liquid lipstick with the brush end of the lip pencil 

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As far as pricing goes, you can either grab the lip kit or just the lippie - if you’re on a budget I’d suggest not grabbing the contour! Honestly, the one that really matters is the Red Rose and Berry bouquet one. BUT, if you’re on a budget you can make do without it.

See them all right here!

Merry + Bright, Holiday Bundles to make your day right!

We are bringing you some amazing Holiday Bundles just in time! This year, get ready to enjoy these incredibly beautiful curated compacts (that happen to be seriously discounted!)

  1. MEET THE BLUSH BUNDLES: $48 instead of $71

  • TRULY MADLY DEEPLY 
    Get your sexy on with Plum, Black Cherry, Ever Red and Indigo.

  • RED VELVET
    Put your bold face forward with this Lip + Cheek collection of Scarlet, Ruby, Ever Red and Sandstone

  • TICKLED PINK
    Pink isn’t just for Wednesdays anymore! Get that perfect blush all holiday season with the soft and feminine shades of Dahlia, Pink Grapefruit, Petal, and Hollywood.

  • BARE NECESSITIES
    Go natural, gorgeous, and step out with confidence! Kick Mother Nature’s recipe up a notch with Nude, Bare, Plum, and Rose Gold.

Ready to see these beauties?

Which one is your favorite so far? I’ve gotta say, that Red Velvet one is definitely catching this French girls’ eye!

2. MEET THE ILLUMINATOR BUNDLE:

Looking for a way to make your holiday season a little brighter?

You could put a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights on your house. Or you give yourself the gift that keeps on giving the WHOLE year with the Merry and Bright Illuminator bundle from Maskcara Beauty!

Our brightening bundle contains Pearl, Honey, Rose Gold, and Glow Illuminators, complete with an Iridescent Marble Quad palette. This combination of our favorite shimmery sheer creams gives your face a candlelit glow and perfects your complexion.

Add to your holiday cheer and not your electric bill with the Merry and Bright Illuminator bundle.

3. MEET THE BRUSH AND BLUSH BUNDLE:

Brush Ever Red from cheek to cheek and be unforgettable this holiday season! This beautiful, soft berry-red Lip + Cheek is long-lasting and sheer but easily buildable. Go from subtle to stunning effortlessly by applying Ever Red with the double-ended B Squared Brush. The smaller, domed side is designed to lightly apply your Lip + Cheek color for a seamlessly blended look. The larger, fluffy side is perfect for achieving a soft and blurred kiss of bronzer or setting powder.

Make it a red-letter day, gorgeous!

4. MEET THE SKINCARE BUNDLE!

This one has to be my favorite! Milk is an excellent skin maintenance system that will continually facilitate new skin cell generation, exfoliation, and moisture retention. Step 1: Milk Cleanser Step 2: Milk Toner Step 3: Milk Moisturizer Now with a complimentary set of 3 Microfiber Cloths!

The complete guide to faux lashes!

If you’ve worn fake lashes before, you’ll understand the feeling I’m about to describe: GLORIOUS! FABULOUS! Oh my goodness there is nothing more exciting than seeing your eyes light up from being framed perfectly by those wispy hairs (it’s such a funny concept!)

  1. MEET THE LASHES:

Why are Red Aspen lashes different from any other ones?

QUALITY: These are ultra-premium, multi-layered faux mink and silk false lashes

PRICE: Most items are less than $20

CRUELTY FREE: Need I say more?

ADHESIVE: latex-free adhesive means even those with sensitive eyes can look good in our lashes

MULTI WEAR: save big on time and money!

COMFORT: a flexible cotton band so comfortable, you’ll forget you even have them on!

if you’ve never worn lashes before, you’ll definitely want to go to the 2nd part of this post (the bundles!)

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HOW MUCH DO RED ASPEN LASHES COST?

The prices vary depending on the lash from $16-$25

Silk - $16   Faux Mink - $23  Glitter Band - $18 - $25

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2. MEET THE LASH BUNDLES (AND SAVE MONEY!)

  • WHAT’S IN IT?

New to Red Aspen lashes? Running low on your lash essentials? No matter the reason, we got you covered with our lash bundle! The Red Aspen lash bundle includes your favorite faux mink or silk lash, a 3.5 ml lash adhesive, a signature Red Aspen lash applicator and FREE mini scissors.

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You’ll get:

  • Lash Adhesive

    Say hello to your new favorite LATEX FREE lash adhesive. It's iridescent during application, but it dries clear in seconds so it won't ruin your FLAWLESS eye makeup. It's formulated for long lasting wear so your lashes will stay put all day. GENIUS. Plus, the brush applicator allows you to control the amount of adhesive you apply to your lash, which makes lash application oh-so-easy

  • Lash Applicator

    Whether you're a lash novice or expert, our hot pink lash applicator is for you. Not only will our applicator aid in lash glue application, but it will help you apply your lashes in seconds with precision and accuracy. Plus, we dare you to find a snazzier applicator out there. DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU

  • FREE Mini Scissors

    Red Aspen's pink mini shears are perfect for precisely trimming your lash band to fit the shape of your eye. Snip snip!

3. MEET THE LASH BOOK:

Write your own lash story with this ADORABLE lash book. It can be customized to come in four difference lash bundles. 

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So, are you ready to order? Let’s get it done!

If you’ve got questions, feel free to comment below or reach out to be on Facebook!

How to HAC like a pro!

What is Maskcara?

It is simple. Maskcara 3D foundation is one layer of makeup that all fits into one compact and only takes 10 minutes to apply. 

If it came down to choosing a beautiful life or a flawless face, our choice would be a beautiful life every time. But wouldn’t it be great if you could have both? We believe makeup should be fun, easy, and quick! Maskcara Beauty was founded on the idea that makeup should be used to enhance the true beauty in a woman’s face, rather than covering it up.

The Simple Steps to Applying Maskcara

 

How to HAC (Highlight and Contour) with Emilie Harris

STEP 1

HIGHLIGHT!

Apply highlight to a clean face or after primer.

With the small end of the HAC brush, apply this shade to the bridge of the nose, beneath your eyes and down the side of the nose in a pie piece shape, between your brows, on the chin, and along the jawline.

STEP 2:

CONTOUR!

This shade is going to be probably 3-5 shades darker than your skin tone, so again, don't panic. The magic of Maskcara is the in between your highlight and contour shade, is your natural shade. 

Using the large end of the HAC brush, apply the contour color around the edges of your face, down the neck, the sides of your nose, and beneath your cheekbones.

STEP 3:

BLUSH!

The blushes are my favorite part! You can dress your look up or down depending on which blush you have. You should probably get at least 2 or 3 blushes in your compact at some point so you have some options. You can also layer the blushes to create unique colors. 

Apply this product with a brush, sponge, or fingertips to the apples of your cheeks and to the center of your lips.

STEP 4

BLEND!

Okay, this is where the magic happens! Make sure you're using the IIID Perfector Sponge for this part! It's designed to blend your makeup without removing it.

Dampen your sponge, squeeze out excess water, and dab and roll over foundation that needs blending. Cleanse your sponge after each application. We recommend Restore for cleaning your brushes and tools.

When damp, the Perfector doubles in size to create the perfect pillow for smoothing and softening without buffing off or soaking up your precious products!

STEP 5

ILLUMINATOR!

Let's get that glow like Beyoncé! Apply the illuminator with your fingertip to the top of your cheekbones, the bow of your lip, and beneath the arch of your brow.

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Not only is Maskcara Beauty's makeup beautiful and simple, it's also so affordable! I love being able to share products that will make your makeup routine quicker without breaking the bank. Welcome to your new makeup routine!

Not sure what color to order? Let me help! Send me a selfie on Facebook, Instagram or here!

You'll never believe what this skincare system is made of and what it can do for your skin!

If you’re anything like me, you love a good review. So I’ll make sure to finish this blog post with a whole bunch of reviews, as well as before and after photos. But really, what I want you to do is check out the ingredients, give it a try and then never look back!

Are you ready for some seriously soft skin?

Maskcara Tres Leches Skincare System

THE MILK CLEANSER:

  • What it is: Milk Cleanser uses our milk base, which contains a wealth of highly active skin rejuvenating substances in naturally balanced proportions. Washing the skin with moderately or highly alkaline soap or detergents is one of the most common mistakes made that strips away the protective acid layer. This lactic acid creme-based cleanser will gently remove bacteria without stripping or irritating the skin, retaining the natural acid and lipid protective cover of the skin.

  • How you use it: Apply one dropper full of cleanser to face and rub in circular motions. Rinse gently with warm water and wipe away with a microfiber cloth. We recommend nightly use. For best results, follow with Milk Toner and Milk Creme for moisturized and toned skin.

  • Tip: Dampen your microfiber cloth with warm water and gently wipe away all dirt, oil, and makeup. We recommend washing the cloths after each use and air drying to retain absorbency. 

  • Order it here

THE MILK TONER:

  • What it is: Milk Toner is used to tone and gently exfoliate while maintaining delicate skin pH. The aloe-vera component is soothing to minor skin irritations, while the witch hazel is an effective astringent to close pores and facilitate blood flow in the skin. The milk base component adds hydrating effects in the skin while the lactic acid provides gentle exfoliation. Vitamins and minerals help keep the skin smooth, healthy, and even.

  • How you use it: After cleansing, spray the toner directly on your face or spray in your hand and apply in circular motions to your face, neck, or any areas that need extra care. For best results, first cleanse with Milk Cleanser. Follow with Milk Creme nightly or when extra moisturizing is needed.

  • Tip: Use Milk Toner as a soothing and moisturizing after-shave. The toner can also be used on problem areas, minor rashes, and to reduce pain of mild skin irritations.

  • Order it here

THE MILK CREME

  • What it is: Milk Creme contains 16% natural milk components and moisturizes the driest of skins, leaving you with a youthful glow. With its combination of the alpha-hydroxy lactic acid and vitamins A and E, it gently penetrates the skin surface and helps exfoliate and release dead skin cells. This helps promote healthy skin cell turnover and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It is non-comedogenic and absorbs into the skin quickly without a lingering greasy feeling. Milk Creme is alcohol free and contains allantoin, jojoba oil, and rhodopsin oil, which are all natural and beneficial to the skin.

  • How you use it: Apply Milk Creme nightly after cleansing and toning to your face, neck, and any areas on the body that are dry or dull.We recommend nightly use. For best results, cleanse with our Milk Cleanser and prep your skin for moisture with Milk Toner for healthy, radiant skin.

  • Tip: Excellent for dry skin conditions, sunburnt or damaged skin as well as scar tissue and stretch marks.

  • Order it here

THE MASKCARA CLOTHS:

  • These are temporarily free with your Tres Leches Skincare Order - make sure you grab one now! Microfiber cloths help you remove any and all makeup from your face, making sure you keep your skin clean and clear for a new day! Order it right here!

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Here are some incredible before and after photos:

Everyone is talking about this!

Ready to get your order on the way? Let’s start through my website.

Do you have more questions? Feel free to reach out to me via Facebook!

How you can get a FREE Maskcara Compact (or a few!)

Did you just say FREE?! Yes I did sister, because you know I love freebies!

If you don’t know much about this makeup yet, let me tell you a little bit about why it;s revolutionized the makeup industry!

  1. MINIMALISM: Instead of having a million things in your makeup bag, you can have everything you need in a compact (that you’re going to get for free, remember?)

  2. BRIGHTENING AND COVERING: Our makeup focuses on what matters: brightening your face, and giving it shape - and with that coverage,

  3. CUSTOMIZABLE: All our makeup fits in a super strong magnetized compact that you’ll be able to customize forever: out of your favorite highlighter? Instead of getting a completely new palette, you’ll be able to just grab a new highlighter from my website to swap it out!

Maskcara Compact for free

So, how do you get one for free? Right now all you have to do is buy the corresponding number of IID Foundation Shades or Eyeshadow Shades and Maskcara will give you the compact for free!

  1. So pick your style

  2. Pick your size

To get your compact free just buy the corresponding number of IID Foundation or Eyeshadow shades:

  • Mini Square Compact = 4 Eyeshadows

  • Quad Compact = 4 IID Foundations or 8 Eyeshadows

  • Mini Double Decker = 10 IID Foundations or Eyeshadows (or combo)

  • Double Decker = 16  IID Foundations or Eyeshadows (or combo)

Get a free Maskcara Compact

If you’re not totally sure what colors you need for highlight and contour, my job is to help you find them! So please message me here, or on Instagram or even Facebook!

The blushes, illuminators, and eyeshadows look great on all skin tones, so feel free to pick any and all of them!

The Clutch - Wallet, compact and adorable purse all in one!

Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for anything glittery, compact and cute - and Cara satisfied all those elements in one beautiful clutch. Actually, as I’m writing this 3 more clutches were just added to my collection and they are vegan leather! Who doesn’t love an animal loving sister?

Forget the bulky makeup bag, forget the clunky purse. This is all you need:

So how does it work? This lovely clutch has 3 parts: the first is a magnetic compact like our quad or double decker compact - basically it can hold a WHOLE LOTTA MAKEUP! The next part is the full length mirror to make sure you can do your makeup on the go anytime, anywhere! The last part is the actual wallet section which happens to be QUITE large, it could easily hold many gift cards you never use and a passport you can’t lose, as well as a few of our brushes.

The Maskcara Clutch

The clutch you see above is the Mosaic clutch, and it’s made of italian leather, and boasts a lovely and delicate vintage chain.

Thankfully, we just came out with 3 more clutches that are beautiful (and a few dozen dollars less!) which are vegan leather - that’s so important to alot of us! Make sure you get yourself over to that part of my shop and grab one today - tag me on instagram @emiliekayharris to win a free blush with your clutch!

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P.S. If you don’t have any Maskcara makeup yet to fill your clutch with, message me for instant color matching help! I’ll find your skin tone, your perfect highlight and contour shades and then you can add in any blushes, illuminators, and eyeshadows that you like 🙂

10 Reasons Maskcara is the Perfect Millenial MLM

 

A few months ago I was listening to a finance radio show and the host said our generation is the side hustle generation - with crippling debt (#medicalschoolhusband), low salaries and a whole lot of fear for our financial future, lots of people our age are getting creative with their side hustles.

I initially got into Senegence because I saw a good product, and good commissions. I switched to Maskcara because it has proven to be the best MLM on our market with huge growth potential - but I'll get to that in a minute.

I've gathered the questions/subjects I get asked about most into one blog, hope this answers questions!

1) What is the cost? 

MONTHLY FEE

  • $9.99/month for the website (see mine here)  

ONE TIME ARTIST FEE

  • $199 for the Basic Kit (value of $500) 

  • $399 for the Pro Kit (retail $850)

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Digging deeper...

  • NO DEBT + NO STOCK + NO PAYMENTS: Contrary to many MLM's or businesses for that matter, Maskcara only asks one initial payment from you (for which you get all that makeup!), and then you don't have to pay for makeup ever again. Did you catch that? You don't have to buy anything again: you don't need stock, shipping labels, stamps, brushes, etc. All you need is the makeup kit of your choice (Basic or Pro) and your face to start this business.

  • A WEBSITE THAT TAKES CARE OF EVERYTHING FOR YOU: You focus on sales, Maskcara will do the rest. Your website will take care of orders, free shipping, returns and FAQs (they're very quick to help us and our customers).

2) Tell me about the makeup

Maskcara has a makeup line and a skincare line. If you don't know the history of Maskcara, the creator Cara is a makeup artist and she developed this line through her own experience as an artist. She wanted something that would brighten up faces, chisel jaws and cheeks, add some color and glow to our beautiful faces. She also wanted it to be totally customized: get an empty palette, fill it with the right colors for you, and learn how to beautify yourself quickly and well. 

The concept has proven really marketable and simple, which is what makes it an easy sell. Who doesn't want to get their makeup done in 10 minutes, in 1 layer and come out looking very cute?

Maskcara is most known for our IIID Palette (Highlight, Contour, Blush, Illuminator), but also has lots of other products: 

  • Eyeshadows

  • Skincare line called 'Tres Leches Skin Care System'

  • Makeup Wipes

  • Makeup brushes

  • Makeup brush cleanser (it's amazing)

  • Setting spray

  • Bronzer

  • Powder

  • & more

As you'll see below, the prices are really easy to present to customers, I've never felt awkward giving the prices which is always a great sign (people can tell if you try to hide a price!) 

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3) What's the philosophy?

For your customers: 

  • Your makeup should be done in 1 layer, 10 minutes and 1 palette. Basically, Maskcara is made simple so that you can spend less time doing your makeup every day and more time doing what you love! I've brought my makeup down to a quick 8-12 minute routine - quite amazing considering there's contouring and eye makeup in that time!

  • Your makeup shouldn't break the bank: the price is really quite wonderful, even Dave Ramsey would approve! I love him. I've got a crush on him <3 Get your face done for $56, add 3 eyeshadows for another $42, and you're good to go out the door. Pretty low price!

  • Your makeup should be great quality and everything-friendly: Maskcara makeup is really good for your skin, it's cruelty-free, paraben free, and many other things (see more here)

For you: 

  • Don't go into debt: seriously, I'll mention this a few times because I was in another MLM before where it was easy to spend too much money. With Maskcara because you don't have to ship anything to clients you never have to stock up on anything - that means you can own your own makeup business without ever having to buy stock. Think about that!

  • Grow as a business woman: this isn't a "get rich quick" kinda deal, you'll learn to market yourself, talk, sell and grow as a boss. You'll also become a leader of a team, where women will look to you for guidance and instructions and ideas - that is something most of us never get to do in a normal job!

  • Foster care awareness: Cara and her husband are a foster family, and she's been a huge source of information and education on the matter. Actually, she's been part of a few films about foster care, and some of our makeup's profit goes to Foster Care Awareness (eyeshadows that are called Stay Golden and Mi Hija).

  • Be part of a sisterhood: the friends I've made with Maskcara has been awesome! These are awesome business women with big dreams!

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4) Tell me about the aesthetic and style of Maskcara

How much easier do you think it is to sell a Maskcara palette than any other MLM makeup on the market? Without even talking about price, the style of these palettes can't be beat - and all around I bet Maskcara's branding will beat most brands on the market. I studied Marketing and Branding in school, and I'm quick to judge bad branding - this is the brand you want plastered all over your house! It's beautiful, modern, cool, everything good! 

The marketing materials we have access to are insane: professional photoshoots, logos, layouts, backgrounds, etc

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5) How is the business run? How are your sales? 

  • The website takes care of everything you really, really don't want to: if you don't think those $10/month are worth it, give me a call - I think I can convince you otherwise. Thanks to your website you'll get a few perks:

    • i) Maskcara will take orders, send your customer an email with shipping info, they will ship the products in beautiful packaging and if anything goes wrong they will take care of returns and questions.

    • ii) When people go on your website, if you don't bother them while they're shopping they will buy more things than you could've convinced them to buy on your own. It's just how online shopping works! We always want to get one more eyeshadow or brush! And isn't it wonderful not to be the person convincing anyone of anything? I'd rather the website do the work for me!

    • You won't have to package things, meaning you will actually get to use that whole commission however you want and won't be spending money on packaging, stamps, waiting at USPS.... gosh darn it.

  • The commission plan for both sales and team growth is legit and really well explained in this video

  • Your customers are always yours - meaning when someone buys from your website but then switch to another artist's website you will get the commission - customer loyalty is such a wonderful gift!

6) Do you have to recruit all the time? 

No! Maskcara is not about quantity, they are about quality. You don't want to recruit everyone and their neighbor, you want the right women to join your team. Now, don't get me wrong: every single woman (or man) can be right if they have the right mindset. What I really want to get across to you is that you will never be pressured to recruit friends from high school you haven't talked to in years! 

That being said, recruiting can be really cool! Watching someone grow as a business owner, build confidence, build a little business into an empire is the most inspiring and satisfying thing you can do as an artist!

7) Do we get training? 

Yes! So much training. Actually, right when you'll sign up you download the Maskcara app and go through a whole training bootcamp with videos, quizzes and really interesting information. You're also put into a team of other artists who are very helpful (I still ask my girls to help me Color Match!) 

There are also weekly webinars with Cara where she'll talk about Maskcara news and some ideas on bettering business. She was a successful blogger before Maskcara so we really trust her info!

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8) What is the sales style? 

This is one of my favorite things about Maskcara: we're encouraged to be beauty influencers who are honest about reviewing makeup, using different brands and telling people what we think. No need to pretend you ONLY use Maskcara - it makes you look less trustworthy! I'm really honest and use a diversity of products because I like the change! 

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9) Will I make money?

Yes. You will. And you'll work harder as you see the sales coming in. The grass is always greener where you water it - in this case watering it means working your business! Going live, being a good friend, doing makeovers and being creative will all help you grow quite a business, and you will make money! 

With these prices, the training you get, as well as the teams we have, you've got everything you need to create a powerful business - all you have to do is put in the work now! I know, I know - it takes work! One thing I've repeated to myself is if I don't treat Maskcara like a business I won't be paid like a business. 

10) Tell me about the growth potential

There are a little over 6000 artists currently representing Maskcara in the US - can you imagine what it will be 6 months from now? 1 year from now? 

Every minute you wait is a financial loss. You know those women who sold Mary Kay when it first started? Those women are billionnaires with millions of women selling under them! How often do you have the opportunity to do that again? Probably one time in your life. Don't waste it. 

I am sure that if you stay focused and hustle over the next 5 years you will be making 6 figures. This company is going to go through some incredible growth and I want you to be next to me as we do it!

Now, I know you've read a lot of things today - and I hope it answered some of the questions you may have had. If you're even a little bit interested in joining, send me a message on messenger or email me at emilie (dot) varak @ gmail (dot) com

If you're super ready, sign up here and I'll text/email you right away!

 

 

May Favorites

 

This May has been quite the month of changes: I started a new job (love it!), started a new business, started packing for a new city (more on that later) and Cole has started the crazy adventure of studying for Medical School Boards. I've loved every crazy minute of it, I think!

I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the top things I've enjoyed this month, from beauty to food to decorations. Before I get started, when I told Cole I was writing this he asked if he was at the top of the list, so here we go:

#infinity. The boy. Because he's the cutest, the sweetest and all around the bestest.

1. New linens for our bed

Although it's taken 2 months of trial and error we finally got the perfect duvet cover for our queen size bed. The white linens are so perfect to light up our room and to make it look really light and airy. I'm loving it also because we've got really dark curtains over our windows so I felt it was necessary to bring back some light through our bedding. Our pillows are grey, beige and white with a light salmon pink blanket to bring it all together. Loving pink right now! We got the duvet cover from our wedding registry site Zola. They come in all kinds of neutral/pastel colors - totally digging it. They also look even better when they're wrinkled which is a win IMO!

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2. Pink hair

In elementary school I had a friend Cecilia who always had colors in her hair: pink, blue, green, purple, etc. I thought she was the coolest person ever! I (for obvious reasons) wasn't allowed to bleach my hair and color it different rainbow hues, but I'm so glad I finally tried it out this week! I'm LOVING having pink hair. Granted, I literally never see humans apart from Cole and the people at Walmart, so I can get away with having crazy hair. We used L'Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent hair color in Soft Pink, and it's so cute! Cole left it in a really long time because we know it's going to wash out within a few weeks so this gives us time to figure out if we like it enough to do a demi-permanent color. It has bad reviews on Amazon but the more I read them I realized they were about the blue semi permanent color by L'Oreal, and Pink has good reviews!


3. These 'YUM' mugs give me life every morning

For real - they keep in the heat, they're HUGE, they're cute and they're all around cool. For some reason, every time I drink out of them I get all giddy! I got mine from Marshall's, but it seems quite a few other websites sell them. It's definitely a style I can get behind, and I'm a sucker for all things black and white (have you seen my wardrobe?!)


4. IIID Contour

If you're following along this adventure (here!), you'll know this discovery has been quite amazing. I could talk about it all day but I'll stick to my favorite ones for now: 

  • It looks good on every color, skin type and style - whether you're a cat-eye full makeup girl or an overwhelmed mama who has 2 minutes to do her makeup, this stuff is for you. 
  • It's so quick - it takes me about 10 minutes to do my entire face now - highlight, contour, blush, illuminator, blend. Then a little powder, some Sandstone Pearl Shimmer and Moca Java Shimmer with mascara and I'm ready to go!
  • understanding what color you are makes a world of difference: 
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Check out this before and after from Maskcara's website. I totally love this photo because it showed me what a difference good makeup and placement makes: check out her eyes (she puts dark eyeliner on her waterline, instead of lightly underneath to create a shadow), her eyebrows (they're shorter than they should be), and then of course her skin - it's beautiful but what a difference IIID contour makes!

I want to make sure every girl I know has the right color, so send me a selfie with no makeup and I'll have you color matched and ready to go for under $60!

The best part is, you fill your palette yourself - no more buying a brand new palette because you ran out of the blush you love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


5. Pink Champagne Lipstick

This has been my go to this month, topped with Sand Gloss. It's the most simple and classic pink, and one of Lipsense's staple colors. I'm all about a bold lip sometimes, but the simplicity of this one is just killer! It's actually one of my top-sellers, and I understand why! Send me a message to grab one.


6. Maybelline Mascara

This Mascara has been a staple in my makeup bag for 2 years, and I suggest it also be one for you! It's really quite dark, and makes my lashes look very long and bold. Always perfect, and if you're not running in the rain each day don't get the waterproof one because waterproof mascara is rough! Get it here!


7. This Chicken Tortilla Soup

With the move coming up WAY to quickly, I knew I needed to fill up the fridge with this soup again. Since we got married 2 months ago I've made this soup 4 times and it just keeps getting better! Here's what I've been adding to this recipe from here

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 jalapenos, finely diced
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • One 14.5-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • One 14.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (we do less chicken because #money)
  • 2 limes, juiced, plus wedges for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves (I hate cilantro, but if you don't please ignore this message of hate)
  • One 8-inch flour tortilla, grilled, cut into thin strips
  • 1 avocado, pitted, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey cheese (we don't do this, because #lactosedoesweirdthingstome)
  • ADD: frozen or fresh corn
  • ADD: more jalapeños!
  • ADD: small potatoes, cut into quarters
  • ADD: more beans because they're inexpensive and make the soup last longer
  • ADD: more broth for the same reason as above
  • ADD: cumin, cayenne pepper, and turmeric

Hope you make it because it is SO tasty and wonderful!


8. This hot sauce is addictive

Okay so we're super late to the hot sauce world but now that we're here we're all in! We've been COVERING our food with this hot sauce, and ran out last week and I about had a heart attack (not really). It's really tasty and adds a lovely dimension to our meals. Get it here or at Walmart like I did. 

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9. This company + mission statement

There a few companies that I've obsessively researched because I loved their mission and what they stand for: Veja (shoes), Darling Magazine, & now Maskcara. When a makeup company wants women to spend less time doing their makeup, waste no money and make money all at the same time, I'm all in. I've made more money in a week than I have in more time with other MLMs. This is the business model I've always dreamed of, with the creator Cara totally aligning with my beliefs.

What are your May favorites? 


 

How to pick between Senegence and Maskcara

For the past few months I've been looking at my Senegence business and really evaluating it. I realized a few things when I was honest with myself.

If you’re more of a video gal, let me help you out with a live I did that really encompasses the research I’ve done and my opinion on the matter. Watch it here!

I'd love to share a few of the things I've realized: 

  1. Most people can't afford Senegence. The products are really lovely, and great but my marketing/business brain had to come to the realization that sales would be much easier with Maskcara - meaning a great business opp for me and my family.

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2. What if you could focus more on sales and less on getting people to pay their order via Square or Paypal, get their address, package their products, etc? It's so nice to be able to let that part be done by the pros - your website! And can we talk about how sexy the website is? So impressive and clean. Check mine out:

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3. Branding: instagram worthy photos are so important, especially in makeup sales! From the beginning I really struggled to find the Senegence products pretty (I know, it's the inside that counts BUT I think it really does matter!) and Maskcara has been an absolute breath of fresh air in terms of design. 

Pretty products get more sales!

Pretty products get more sales!

4. Sales commissions and downline commissions are amazing - and if you've never worked in an MLM maybe you won't feel the pain I've been feeling. Having to order stock, package everything, drive to UPS, etc is a huge waste of money and time. Also, as you'll see here the downline commissions are quite amazing: 

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5. The philosophy: I've loved every single video I've watched of Cara (the creator) and other girls in the company. There's an honesty and a transparency that I've totally loved - part of that is definitely because it's still a small MLM but I think it's also just her personality. Did you know she could've sold out for lots of money? Or even distributed to companies like Free People and Urban Outfitters? She didn't, because she wanted women to make some great money. She created this multi-million dollar company without any debt! And wants us to not go into debt either - which is why not having stock will save you lots of money! If you don't have much money, Maskcara is so much better - think about it: with Senegence you have to order enough every month (if you want to build a business where you sell) to get the best discount. The problem is there isn't any proof you'll sell anything (same with Maskcara of course) - but the thing with Maskcara is if you don't sell you're not losing money, or freaking out about the stock you've got leftover. 

 

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6. Customer retention: your clients are yours forever. Seriously did you hear me? 

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7. The products: I love Senegence products: anti-aging, and beautiful. Lipsense is a wonderful product. I'll always have SO MUCH Senegence in my makeup drawer. Maskcara is a much simpler concept, and it's lovely. You shouldn't have to look for your products in different drawers, what if they could all be in one palette? You'd save so much time!

Your face isn't one dimensional, and neither should your makeup! 

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8. Company culture: I've got an amazing upline with Senegence, truly an inspiration so I have no complaints. One thing I've noticed with Maskcara is that everything is in ONE group, and everyone finds out about the news together through Cara going live on the page. It's very open and transparent which I've really enjoyed and it's been a nice change. None of that "coming soon" stuff. 

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9. Training was amazing coming into Maskcara - the company took lots of time in creating mini videos that you go through when you download the really cool app. You get "points" every time you watch a video and it's super fun. 

All in all, the more I learn about this business the more I realize being a Senegence rep is awesome for the discount, but it's harder as a business. Having stock is scary and expensive, and a waste of time. As for Maskcara, there's no opportunity to go into debt (many women go into debt because of Senegence stock), only opportunity to do well! 

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Our wedding: preparing my skin, hair and soul for the big day

Anyways, we're getting off subject. Lots of bride tend to want to overdo their makeup for their big day, and lots of makeup artists actually go too far in the look they create - I am here to tell you, you really don't need to go that far!

Months ahead of the big day: bright, beautiful skin

The first thing you want to do as you're coming closer to your wedding day (meaning a few months ahead of that day) is to really and truly take good care of it. Remember, taking care of your skin includes your face, neck, back and body! 

  • Wash your face morning and night (I've been using the Milk Cleanser)

  • Moisturize in the morning (Milk Creme) and at night

  • Exfoliate your skin twice a week - face, chest and back (our Facial Resurfacer is a GAME CHANGER! Have you got blackheads? Not anymore sister, this stuff is digging deep and cleansing your face)

Facial Resurfacer Senegence - if you want true baby skin this is what you need!

Facial Resurfacer Senegence - if you want true baby skin this is what you need!

  • Use an eye creme (if you want your makeup to not look crusty, make sure you're taking care of that skin)

 

Weeks before your big day: very moisturized skin and shiny hair

That means drinking lots of water, decreasing your salt intake and all around doing everything to stay hydrated. For your hair, my trick has always been to wash my hair every 3 days, brush it thoroughly with a boar bristle brush, put oil on it each night, use Protein shampoo once a week  and sleep with a loose bun on the side of my head. I promise you, that has led to the softest, happiest hair! If you haven't ordered the oil I posted up there, please do. It is by far my most exciting find and I'm SUPER loyal to it. 

The week of: calm. 

I know. Girlfriend I know. Trust me. My family and friends were helping us alot and they were a real blessing! But I totally know, the week of your wedding is CRAZY! I was NOT a bridezilla at all, and I really wasn't stressed about the wedding but darn it my brain was being pulled in a million different directions. Between the delivery of the chairs, cleaning up the yard, trying not to break a nail and totally getting a sunburn I was kind of brain dead. Enjoy the crazy, it's actually the best part. I don't know what your big day will be like but chances are it's going to go by really fast... so enjoy each day leading up to it, it's a tiny bubble of fun memories. 

DO rest, DO go home early if you want to. But also remember to enjoy your family coming from all over, enjoy the fact that your husband to be wants to help you and doesn't know all the details (it's cute), enjoy those last moments with your best friend, say thank you to everyone helping you. So much love. 

Looking back my favorite evenings were the few we spent at my parent's rental where we all brought our own food and enjoyed something we rarely get: time together. We all live really far from each other (California, Florida, north of France and Lyon) so any time we can spend time together we really take advantage of it. I loved every minute we spent together, even the random trips to Target or beach trip madness :)

 

The day of: even more calm. 

The morning of your wedding is quite interesting. You wake up and realize you're getting married today. By tonight you won't be a Varak, you'll be a Harris. Girlfriend this is such a fun day! No one is going to care about that typo in your menu, no one will notice that one of the groomsmen broke his leg (okay maybe that's a little obvious)... Girl, enjoy marrying your HUSBAND! What a lovely and wonderful day to remember forever, don't you dare make it a stressful day, don't you dare have any regrets about your attitude or your words. Be full of love for your husband, your family and your friends. Sniff your bouquet of flowers, smile at your mom and dad, and walk down that aisle. It's a beautiful day.

Our wedding was the most stunning thing I've ever seen (I know, I'm biased). The weather was perfect, the setting was amazing (thank you Babbs!), the boys looked so handsome and the girls were beautiful. Our families were with us, they love us, and we celebrated in style. 

DOING YOUR OWN MAKEUP: 

  1. Keep it really simple and take your time. You want to have makeup that looks great on camera, as well as close to your guests. That means making sure you used enough Foundation and concealer to have perfect skin (and powder to set it), but not so much that you look cakey. For me, that was all about taking time between each step: 2 minutes after Silk Primer, 2 minutes after each layer of foundation, etc. I really took my time and was calm.

  2. Focus on our eyes: in photos that will definitely be the prettiest: practice trying on fake lashes weeks before and learn how to line your eyes lightly - nothing better than long lashes in photos! Also, learn what eye shape you have and make sure you are respecting it to make your eyes look beautiful!

  3. Don't go too dark, and don't go too intense: one person came to see me after the wedding and said he really liked my makeup because I didn't look like a clown: it seems many brides do way too much! Once again, simple is the best!

  4. Do a light beige or light pink on your lips with a little shine and gloss (I did Goddess and Sassy Z)

  5. Highlight and contour: you won't regret learning how to do that and you certainly will not regret the results on camera. Contour is such a powerful thing- I used Moca Java and Natural + White Concealer.

If you're doing your own makeup, I'd love to help you through out! Tell me when your wedding is and we'll schedule a call :) 

Here's a list of the makeup I used: 

FACE:

  • Climate Control

  • Normal to Dry Moisturizer

  • Silk Primer (let it sit 2 minutes)

  • Pearlizer all over face

  • Color correcting tinted moisturizer

  • White and light concealer for highlighting

  • Crème Beige Foundation

  • Pouty Pink blush

  • pink opal shimmer to highlight

  • Candlelight under eyes

  • Sandstone Pearl over eyes

  • Natural powder and bronzer and blush to top off

EYES:

  • Moca java, mulberry, garnet, Rose gold shimmer, onyx for eyeliner, black lashsense

  • Elfcosmeticsmetics Lashes

LIPS:

  • Pink Champagne and Sassy z

SPRAY: @urbandecaycosmetics

Check out some of my favorite photos:

Getting Ready

 

First Looks

The wedding

 

 

PHOTOS: Emily Ganey

FLOWERS: Sydney Merritt and Anna Graham

MAKEUP: Me with Senegence + Morphe Brushes

VIDEOGRAPHER: Eric Beaton

FOOD: Bodega

DRINKS: Walmart bro

DRESS: crap I don't remember. 

MUSIC: Jonathan Talley

LOCATION: Tiffany and Johnny Babb

LIGHTS:  https://www.walmart.com/ip/25-Socket-Outdoor-Patio-String-Light-Set-G50-Clear-Globe-Bulbs-28-FT-Black-Cord-w-E17-Base/114150355

SPARKLERS: https://www.superiorcelebrations.com/category/confetti.html 

PITCHERS: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Arrow-Stacking-Pitcher-60-oz-1-0-CT/14938468

ICE BUCKET: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Creative-Ware-Insulated-Acrylic-Ice-Bucket-and-Tongs/21130886 

TIKI TORCHES: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F2M90J2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

PLATES: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072MQC228/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

USTENSILS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0779PJYK5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

CUPS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GUOOHQW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

METAL BUCKETS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DB618VA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

NAPKINS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R8FQV6W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

DOWNLOAD MY WEDDING BUDGET PLAN HERE

 

A colorful pop of color for Summer

It's almost here!

The sunshine is shining a little longer each day and I find myself wanting colorful clothing once again..

The look I created for today is SO much fun! It's colorful, young and super dewey (I'm really into dewey right now!)

Here it is:

What was used:

  • Silk Primer 
  • Pearlizer foundation all over my face
  • Creme Beige Foundation
  • Moca Java Eyeshadow to contour
  • Sandstone Pearl Shimmer to highlight EVERYWHERE
  • Equal mix Sweetheart Pink + Bravo Lipsense 
  • Glossy Gloss

Eyes: 

  • Moca Java (crease) 
  • Mulberry (crease)
  • Sandstone Pearl Shimmer
  • Rose Gold SHIMMER!!

What do you think? 

 

The power of a product called CCTM... and the beauty of Kennedy!

I've been on a CCTM roll - CCTM this, CCTM that... it's a hot mess. You know how sometimes putting foundation on seems like the most annoying thing ever?! Yeah? Me too. On those days, I roll with the power of my CCTM.

Please stop saying CCTM Emilie

Fine. So CCTM (ha!) is the Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer. It's basically the cooler and better big sister of your BB Cream/CC Cream, and here's why:

  • It's color correcting: meaning the greenish tint it has covers redness really beautifully (see photos below)
  • It decreases sun and age spots AND has a mechanical shield to protect you from the sun - like literally it works on your skin as you wear it. How amazing?!
  • It comes in 2 tints, and looks good on everyone. 
  • It smells lovely and has a great finish (not shiny or anything weird!)

Okay, now that I've told you why it's amazing, here are some actual photos: 

And more photos: 

 

 

Amazing isn't it? If you don't like foundation, but still want to cover up your redness and get an even tone all over your face, CCTM is the product for you (and the price is AWESOME).

Which brings me to lovely Kennedy and her makeover. I loved using CCTM and she later confirmed it lasted all day and she even worked out through it :) 

On Kennedy I focused alot on her eyes, because they're a beautiful blue. Check out these photos: 

 

  • Moisturizer - Normal to Dry Skin w/ Cellular Renewal system
  • Silk Primer - Pore and Wrinkle Minimizer
  • White and Light concealer for highlight, and contouring (+ under eye)
  • Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer - Light
  • Almond Foundation
  • Mocca Java - Eyeshadow for contour and eyes
  • Onyx - Eyeshadow for eyes corners
  • Pink Opal Shimmer and Pink Frost for eyes
  • Black Eyesense Mascara (Waterproof)
  • Pouty Pink Blush
  • Bombshell and Aussie Rose Lipsense + Glossy Gloss!

What do you think? Beautiful look right? And such a powerful product. I've got some in stock if you need one for this week!

Sweet and delicate makeup on the beautiful Molly Dunn

Meeting a boss babe, in person

You know when you meet someone and you realize quite fast that they're going to take over the world? Well, that's how I feel meeting Molly Dunn. Molly owns and operates MollyPosh Luxury Esthetics on Beach Drive (St. Petersburg), and she's bringing women great quality services (for your eyebrows, eyelashes, cosmetic tattooing, facials etc). It was really fun learning about her work and her story while doing her makeup. 

Speaking of makeup, here's what we did for this beautiful (very bridal!) look. 

Before: Molly has really beautiful skin naturally, the only thing we both agreed on is that she had a little darker tone under her eyes

Before: Molly has really beautiful skin naturally, the only thing we both agreed on is that she had a little darker tone under her eyes

We started with the Normal to Dry skin Moisturizer that has Seneplex Complex in it (speeds up cell renewal by 23%!) - then I put the Silk Pore and Wrinkle minimizer on her areas with bigger pores (really, her skin doesn't need anything!), mostly as a preventative act.

Her favorite product by far was the Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer (Light) - it's suitable for all skin types and counteracts redness and sun/age spots while protecting from the sun! It makes all the difference!

Enjoy sheer coverage, color correction benefits and skin protection in one easy step.

Enjoy sheer coverage, color correction benefits and skin protection in one easy step.

I didn't put any foundation on Molly, but I did use our light concealer and white concealer for contouring, as well as Moca Java. 

Correct imperfections and blur fine lines and flaws with this creamy, long-lasting formula that nourishes skin while providing perfect coverage.  • Color corrects to counteract specific flaws and even out skin tone • Use to help minimize deep shadows, under-eye circles or skin discoloration • Contains proprietary anti-aging SenePlex®Complex and beneficial vitamins and botanicals

Correct imperfections and blur fine lines and flaws with this creamy, long-lasting formula that nourishes skin while providing perfect coverage.

• Color corrects to counteract specific flaws and even out skin tone
• Use to help minimize deep shadows, under-eye circles or skin discoloration
• Contains proprietary anti-aging SenePlex®Complex and beneficial vitamins and botanicals

Using Pouty Pink for her blush (it's discreet and so sweet on most skin tones), I also used Pearlizer to highlight certain parts of her face. 

For her eyes, we used Moca Java, Pink Opal Shimmer and Pink Frost, plus Garnet under her eyes.&nbsp;  I'm loving Pink Opal Shimmer and Pink Frost, especially for a sweet and feminine look.&nbsp;  For Molly's eyebrows I used the Browsense in Dark, and she really liked it for brows that have been Microbladed.

For her eyes, we used Moca Java, Pink Opal Shimmer and Pink Frost, plus Garnet under her eyes. 

I'm loving Pink Opal Shimmer and Pink Frost, especially for a sweet and feminine look. 

For Molly's eyebrows I used the Browsense in Dark, and she really liked it for brows that have been Microbladed.

We finished it off with Beige Champagne for her lips, and it was so lovely! 

Pink Champagne is a great color for most skin tones: natural and shimmery!

Pink Champagne is a great color for most skin tones: natural and shimmery!

Final look: 

A feminine, everyday makeup look! 

 

Thanks for letting me do a makeover, and make sure to visit Molly! 

The basics to looking awake (even when you're not!)

Picture this: you stayed up a little too late last night... 

and your eyes are puffier than Cheetos. I don't know if it's because your baby was up all night screaming or you watched an extra episode on Netflix, or you were like me and worked on your website for too long (I love it though!)... Whatever it was, you're not looking your best right now! 

Here's what I do on those days:

1. I wash my face with cold water

It's not rocket science, but I wash my face every morning and every night. Here's what I've been using for the past few months (actually running out!). Cold water is the best way to tell my body that it's time to wake up. I still don't look like a million bucks but at least I don't feel like I've been hit by a train ;)

Lipsense Skincare

2. Hydrate your skin

Having a regimen is what R+F is all about and it has taught me that my skin craves structure - washing and hydrating is a basic. 

Lipsense Hydrate Skin Senegence

3. Brighten your eyes

Those bags under my eyes are not designer bags, they're rude effects of staying up too late (and genes). Use a brighter concealer (lighter than your skin) for under your eyes, and I promise you it'll make your face light up and you'll look way less tired!

Senegence Concealer Eyes

4. Get rid of your redness (see it?!)

This is so important - it's what makes all the difference. My Foundation (Almond) is totally water-proof and workout proof (writing this after cardio!) - and it's darn good at covering my redness. Check it out! 

Senegence Foundation Almond

5. Rosy cheeks make you look happy and awake! 

I'm serious, once you've put your blush on your face will look even more alive! You know that cute reddish tint your kids get after running around in the snow for hours on end?! That's what we're recreating! I use Cherry BlushSense and it's quite bright, usually I want to tone it down after (but at least I know it'll stay on!!) 

Senegence Blushsense

6. Curl them eyelashes, put yo mascara on!

Curling your eyelashes will make your eyes look more open and certainly make your mascara more impressive. I'm using the Senegence Mascara because it's waterproof and I was getting ready before a workout!

7. I'm not kidding: this is the most fun you'll have!

For a few months I've been lending out a few of my makeup things to friends so they can try them (it's not easy to try a Face Wash through a Facebook Party ;)). One of those was Pearlizer, and I missed it so much! It'll make your face beautiful and happy. I apply it here:

  • Inside of my eyes
  • Bridge of my nose
  • Cupids Bow
  • Brow Bone
  • Top of my cheeks
Senegence Pearlizer

8. And of course, what always makes all the difference... the lips!

Without specifics, let me tell you about my favorite part of selling: when a mom comes to me and tells me that wearing lipstick has made her feel beautiful for the long time in a while - that's what I really love! I'm wearing Honey Rose - which is super fun!

Lipsense Choices

 

 

 

The red everyone woman needs...

So, as you know, I'm French.

And as a frenchwoman, I grew up knowing that all a woman needs (seriously, needs) to feel put together is a really good red. Now, not every red is the same! And not every girl should wear the same red - which is why finding the right red means buying that red! 

Don't let that red go!

If you're walking around any city in France, you'll see lots of women young and old, wearing a bright red lipstick. She may not even have any makeup on the rest of her face: wash your face, put your hair in a bun and hydrate your skin - that's all you need!

And of course, she'll be wearing a beautiful red paint on her lips. 

That’s awesome for those french ladies, but I’m pretty sure red doesn’t look good on me...
— most women

I know, I know. No fear my lovely one, I'll help you figure out what color will look best. If anything, be inspired by the freedom french women feel when they dress - you're allowed to dress up for any occasion and be okay with looking different!

THE BOLD RED LIP || The rest of your makeup is simple and natural 

French women are all about natural beauty: we like bushy eyebrows, messy hair, glowing skin and bright lips - what more do you need? 

To accomplish this look, you'll want to choose these brighter Lipsense colors: 

These reds are beautiful, bright and bold! They'll be sure to make your lips pop and be the centre of attention... Show me how they look on you!

I'm wearing Fly Girl here!

I'm wearing Fly Girl here!

The red with a little variance...

These are the reds I wear most days: especially these top colors! 

 

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Tone...

Let me tell you how to find out what your skin tone is!

  • If you can't tell if your veins are green or blue, you may have a neutral skin tone. If you have an olive complexion, you likely fall into this category 
  • If your veins appear green, you have a warm skin tone
  • If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone

What color red do you want to try next? 

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