I had my first Coachella Festival experience this year at the Amuse x Prism Festival Kick-off event hosted by Amuse Society and Prism Boutique. Team Pixi (a.k.a. myself and Pixi's national educator, Rochelle de los Santos) was invited to spread lots of glow by offering guests complimentary touch ups and a swag bag of some of Pixi Beauty's greatest hits, including their newly-released Sun Serum, a lightweight hydrator with SPF 30 and a lip balm in the lid. Partygoers also enjoyed small bites and drinks, music from DJ/model Pamela Katz, all the clothing and accessories needed for a fashionable festival experience at Prism's Pop Up boutique, and a photo booth. I can't thank Amuse and Prism enough for inviting us! We hope to be back next year. Photography by Stefanie Vinsel (except the last two).
Since many of us are inspired by a fresh reboot this time of year, I'd like to offer some advice: give your beauty routine a Spring cleaning by paying some much needed attention to what I consider the most important part of the makeup process- the tools.
I recently told a client that my rate for makeup gigs is mostly about the prep and the aftermath than the actual art of applying makeup. I love making people look beautiful. I'd do it for free if I could. But until I reach baller status and can afford to pay an assistant to clean my brushes, tools and palettes, it's up to me to keep them in good, clean condition and also well-sanitized.
Here are my favorite products for both deep and quick cleaning brushes, as well as some of my favorite makeup removers because makeup will only look its best if the tools and canvas (your face) are clean to begin with.
I have a sh*t ton of brushes to clean between jobs and this stuff cuts my time in half. It's a total life saver and I especially love the travel size spray version for my kit because I can quickly clean brushes when I'm doing makeup on mulitple clients in a row. I don't know exactly what's in it but this miracle formula literally absorbs any type of product on the brush immediately, sanitizes them, all while leaving this refreshing citrus aroma that I'm constantly getting asked about when my brushes come into contact with a client's face. You just stick the brush head into the cleaner, swirl it around, and wipe off the excess residue onto a towel.
This easy-to-use brush cleanser comes in a jar that you can directly swirl your brushes in and then rinse off in lukewarm water. I also like the way it conditions my natural-hair brushes. It's also great for sensitive skin as it is made with only natural ingredients.
I like this cleaner because it's extremely gentle and if you're pinching pennies, it won't break the bank. I used it for years before I became a professional makep artist and I love to share this tip with my clients with young children as they often have this or a similar version of it in their house already.
Often imitated, never duplicated. This cult favorite is pricey but it's the best for removing waterproof mascaras and any and all makeup products from your eye area. A little goes a long way and if you separate a cotton round in two, and saturate each side, just place them over each eye and let them soak. Do not pull or rub the delicate eye area in order to avoid additional fine lines and wrinkles. It's worth the splurge.
Ah, leave it to the French and their legacy of innovative skincare products to produce this gentle, yet extremely effective makeup remover. It's a workhorse in my kit and I love that it's safe to use on all skin types. If you've never cleansed with micellar cleanser technology, then now is the time to start. You can also dip a cotton swab into this solution to clean up eyeshadow fallout or sharpen your winged eyeliner application.
If there's one product I keep my Costco membership for, it's these puppies. I get an enormous amount, divided into convenient 15 and 30-count packs that I can throw in my kit and in may car for easy removal on the go. I also use them on myself at night as a first-step in my cleansing process. These wipes are as good as any I've used on the market and you simply can't beat the price.
I keep a bottle of this on hand to clean and sanitize metal tools like tweezers and I also use it to clean my false strip lashes in between wears (personal use only) by soaking a cotton swab and gently running it over the lashes to remove product and glue.
Alright so now you have some of my favorite go-to products. Go forth and clean! Your brushes will perform like a champ and your makeup will in turn look better than ever.
My favorite makeup trend for Spring is by far the use of aqua, turquoise, teal, and any other vibrant ocean-inspired blue around the eyes. I know most people immediately think "bad 80s trend" when they hear "blue eyeshadow" and if they have blue eyes, they think it's for sure a no-go. Well I am here to break this trend down and show you, including those of you with blue eyes, how to wear these shades as well as some of my favorite products you can use to achieve these looks.
Before we start, consider these two tips when using pastels around your eyes:
1. Make sure to define your lashlines by applying eyeliner in a deeper shade than the shadow you'll be using. Brown and black are obvious choices but consider navy, colbalt blue and forest green when working with tones in the blue/green family.
2. Keep the rest of your makeup on the neutral side so the eyes can remain the focus. Since orange and blue are opposite on the color wheel, choosing blushes and lip products with a coral hue is a beautiful compliment, especially for Spring.
I was obsessed with the makeup from DVF's Spring 2016 show at New York Fashion Week. Models received bold washes of color on their lids for an ultimate daytime (or evening) smokey look that everyone can wear. Start by laying down a neutral base all over your lids and apply a taupe or bronze color in your crease. With a flat eyeshadow brush, pat the blue shade on your lids and then take a fluffy blending brush to diffuse the colors in the crease area. I like the PIXI palette in 'Aquamarine Dream' which has numerous shade options. Swipe the same color under your lower lashline in either the same blue shade or pick one with a hint of green to create a beautiful ombre look like those at the DVF show. Remeber to apply eyeliner to define your eye area. If you have petite or hooded eyes, only line along your waterline so you don't cover up all the beautiful eyeshadow on your lids.
Another fun way to wear this blue trend is to line just the bottom of your eyes. You can go a little darker like I did and even break the rule of keep a neutral lip if you have a lipcolor with a cool undertone like the magenta lip I'm wearing. Just line your waterline and lower lashline with your color of choice and if you like mine, I used By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in 'Royal Navy' . Make sure you use a waterproof or gel liner on your waterline.
Now for you blue eyed beauties, take a cue from Emma Stone who also happens to be rocking the coral lip and cheek combo perfectly. As long as you use a shade of blue deeper than your eye color you'll get a nice contrast. I created her look by using a white eyeshadow base which I applied like an eyeliner, just on the outer upper and lower corners of my eyes. I took a similar blue from the Urban Decay Electric Palette called 'Gonzo' and applied it on top of my white eyeliner with a small angled brush.
Lastly, if you are still hesitant to use blue shadows and liners, try a blue mascara. This one from NYX can be applied on top of your black mascara for a hint of color. You'll be channeling the electric blue waters of the Aegean Sea in a subtle, yet seductive way.
Hello my loves! That Hallmark Card holiday is upon us and if you're still looking for some gift ideas, beauty must-haves or #ootd inspo, below are a few of the things on my "I heart this" list:
Dressed up with a pencil skirt and heels or paired down with ripped jeans and Stan Smith sneaks, this sweater is versatile and appropriate to wear well beyond Valentine's day.
It aptly says "Pretty and Witty Make the Perfect Pair" and smells like a bouquet of fresh peonies. The stripes and gold rim will add glamour to any space. Fun Fact: Did you know Kate Spade's brother-in-law is actor/comedian, David Spade?!
These strip lashes are equal parts flirty and wispy. If you prefer a glamorous look, try "Temptress" it's one of my ride or dies. Have petite eyes? Go for the "Sweet Romance" style.
I mean.....kind of an obvious choice. Besides it's name, this medium, cool-toned pink adds enough punch of color while keeping you lips hydrated for, well, you know [making out].
Receive or send the freshest flowers (grown on a volcano!) that are cut the day you order them, meaning delivery just 2-4 days after . You will not find a more vibrant selection delivered to your door. Ever.
It's love at first sight, literally. Add a little whimsy with Target's super cute doormat and because it doesn't say "Happy Valentine's Day" you can use it year round if love is all you need.
One of my favorite jewelry designers presents this creative take on the four-letter word. Available in gold or rose vermeil, or sterling silver.
This site has so many options I still can't make a decision. But if I had to choose right this second- okay I'd mostly probably maybe pick this one. I'm a sucker for hot pink lip prints. These cases are durable, yet sleek which is why I'm totally getting one.
Want to see some date-night makeup looks? Check the instagram page @fashionablefete and maybe, just maybe I'll have time for a tutorial...
This may come as a complete surprise to you, but three things have the ability to motivate me enough to sit in LA traffic on a Friday afternoon: Beauty, Fashion and Food (the really good brunch kind). Ok actually those are completely obvious things when we are talking about me. Oh and I forgot one more: a friend. And not just any friend, but one who shares these motivations because that is key.
Recenlty, Jackline and I took a drive to the mecca that is Melrose Ave in Los Angeles. It's a great way to get a change of scenery and get a lot done when you're on a time crunch. If you've ever wanted to explore Melrose Ave, check out any or all of these spots for a quintessential LA day- Fashionable Fête style.
1. Brunch at Blu Jam Cafe
Fuel up on their delectable crunchy french toast and other breakfast-served-all-day items at this local hot spot where there will be a line, but it's worth it. There's not much else to say...it's really good and if you're coming from the 101 freeway like we were, its where Melrose starts to get interesting.
2. Get some R&R
This does not imply a spa-like "Rest & Relaxtion" (although you could stop in at Kate Somerville) but rather, Rebecca Minkoff and Reformation. Both retailers provide an out-of-the-box approach to one's shopping experience. Rebecca Minkoff merges high style with the latest technology- think mood lighting in the dressing rooms and interactive touch screens, and Reformation takes a truly eco-awareness approach to manufacturing and selling it's private label without sacrificing style or quality. Both have a celebrity following and it's likely you'll see one perusing the racks, being this is LA and all. One more "R": find a good read at Bookmarc. It's the absolute coolest bookstore by designer, Marc Jacobs, and it's located across from his flagship boutique. The space houses a unique selection of art and fashion coffee table books, limited editions, journals, etc., fit for any creative mindset.
3. Buy like a beauty editor at Violet Grey
This is where old Hollywood glamour and the best in beauty reside. It's a truly magical place for any makeup artist or beauty enthusiast to shop a carefully curated selection of the very best, from the very best. The moment you walk through the door, it's as if you're standing in the most luxurious beauty closet you could ever dream of. Makeup artists and the celebrities they paint have hand-picked selections from their favorite lines such as Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, NARS, Chanel, Kevyn Aucoin, La Mer and Dior. You can also find industry faves like Rodin, Sachajuan, Avene, Kjaer Weis and Utowa. Each recommended product must pass a rigorous test for quality and performance known as "the violet code" before it is added to the shelves. The staff is friendly, informative and are working, professional artists who can recommend a customized cosmetics wardrobe for your exact needs.
I was looking for products fitted especially for bridal and red carpet looks and here's a quick breakdown of my stash: Utowa Eyelash Curler (to lift and extend lashes for nearly all eye shapes), Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo (blurs fine lines and primes the eyes perfectly for shadow with a built-in setting powder), Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil in Veruschka Mink and Eyeshadow Palette in 'The Sophisticate' (both products can do an entire bridal party, offering numerous looks from classic to edgy and the grey-brown pencil is defining without overpowering), Kjaer Weis 'Sun Touched' Cream Blush Compact (this imparts a dewy, natural glow for cheeks and lips and it's organic- bonus!), and Avene Thermal Spring Water to (hydrate and/or set makeup). Need a more hands-on approach? Book a private session in their glamorous makeup studio.
4. End on a smooth note at Alfred Coffee
You came, you saw, you ate, you shopped. Reward yourself with what is arguably the best place in LA for a caffine fix.
Have any spots on Melrose that you recommend? Share away in the comments below! I hope you are inspired to get out and explore.
Winter skin got your down? With awards season among us and many a celebrity sporting that elusive red carpet glow, I thought I'd share some of my favorite products to help bring your skin back to life during these harsh winter months.
Celebrities flock to Kate's medi spa clinic in LA to prep skin for award shows, movie premieres and anything else involving a red carpet and camera flashes. You can have her take-home version of the most coveted treatment for radiant, glowing skin in the palm of your hand. Watch tired skin and fine lines immediately transform to celeb-worthy perfection with the help of PFC-Oxygen, hyaluronic acid and radiant boosting botanicals.
This is another spa-at-home product that I use which delivers powerful doses of glycolic acid to retexturize and smooth skin while I sleep. It also allows my serums and moisturizers to reach deep down into the dermis for better results. Right now Costco has a month's supply for $15. Get them before they're gone!
With SPF 15, this makes it a great choice for daytime foundation. I use it both day and night when I want a youthful glow to my skin. The amazing technology in this product illuminates, reduces pores and gives my skin the perfect amount of coverage without feeling heavy or greasy.
The mecca of highlighters that is Becca Cosmetics released a compact version of their cult favorite, Shimmering Skin Perfector. Now I can throw this in my bag and touch up my cheekbones for luminous skin all day long. I especially love their 'Rose Gold' color but believe me, there is a perfect color for every skintone! I also have 'Moonstone' and 'Pearl' in my kit. Their powder versions of these highlighters are equally amazing if that's more your jam.
We all want supermodel eyes right?! I love the versatility of this golden ivory color because you can wear it alone for wide-awake-perfectly-highlighted eyes, as a base underneath your favorite shadows, or as a finishing touch for a bit of shimmer on the lids and/or brow bone. And it's $5.00 so you have no excuse not to buy.
Keep your glowing effort going by spraying this mulit-functional kit staple of mine on your face before and after your makeup application. It hydrates skin and also sets makeup and you can touch up your look with a quick spritz throughout the day and night for lasting luminosity.
Alright girl...get out there, grab and glow. In need of any other winter beauty fixes? Shoot me an email or post a comment on my Facebook or Instagram @fashionablefete and I'll be happy to help!
If you're like me, then you're saving those extra-meaningful holiday gifts for last. This for me means my mom. If you need ideas for the ladies in your life that have maturing skin, I've got some of my favorite products that will make excellent gifts. These products are often used on my clients who have skin that is in need of more hydration, correction and a youthful radiance. And as I'm looking at the picture above, I just realized I completely forgot to add one of my all-time favorites! Let's actually begin with that one...
Many women experience skin issues like Rosacea, hyperpigmentation and dullness as their skin ages and this product helps to mask them all. It quickly works to correct these issues and can also double as a foundation primer.
I've pushed this product in previous posts and I'm doing it again because it's totally worth repeating. Especially if you're mom loves wine! This mask uses natural ingredients like resveratrol and wine extracts to hydrate, reduce wrinkles and firm skin.
I like to recommend this product because it curls lashes also, which is a necessity for sagging eyelids in order to lift and open up the eye. Once this mascara is on it doesn't flake or weaken and it also comes in fun colors, like the blue one pictured above, if your mom is looking to try something new.
I recently came across this at Sephora and if I had to pick one splurge item from this list, this would be it. Currently, you can purchase it for $95 at Sephora when it normally runs upwards of $175!!! You will for sure be getting the favorite-child title if you give her this one. It's amazing. Trust me.
One of my tips I often share with my mature skin clients is that bright lip colors will bring lots of life and youthful color back to their face. I love this pencil because it allows them to control the amount of color intensity and it's also keeps lips hydrated. This beautiful, classic red looks great on all skin tones too.
This clear pencil is a primer that works excellent on blurring fine lines around eyes, forhead, and mouth, and it also keeps lip products from bleeding into those lines around said area. It also works as a lip primer. It's a great multi-tasking product and would be a great pair to the Lip Pencil above!
Toners have a shady past but they have redeemed themselves recently with gentler formulations that don't strip the skin of natural oils. I love this one because it's an exfoliator which helps to brighten and smooth skin. It's often sold out at Target so if you see it, grab it!
What mom wouldn't want Chanel? She deserves the splurge...you know it. I love this product because it goes on like a cream and dries like a powder but it gives a 'glow from within' look which makes it worth every penny. It works amazing on mature skin.
These eyeliners are perfect for creating sultry eyes that sparkle. They are sold in threes based on eye color so it's a no-brainer. Mine are perfect for brown eyes and I use them to create multiple looks. Plus, they qualify for the Ulta coupons!
It lives up to it's title. It's magic in a jar and your mom will absolutley love it's hydrating and plumping qualities. It preps skin perfectly for foundation applications and is something mom would not normally buy for herself.
Ok so now that you've ensured your spot at the favorite child, maybe you need some ideas for yourself? Stay tuned for my ulitmate gift guide coming soon!
In case your stuck or need a liitle inspo for what to get those makeup-loving family and friends on your list, these are some of my favorite tried and true products which will make your recipient feel like the pro makeup artist that's budding inside them! Plus, there is no guessing game as these products work for everyone.
Every MUA (that's short for "makeup artist") has a multitude of these work horses in their kits. It blends eyeshadows with perfection, diffuses concealer like buttah, gets those precise areas for contouring and on and on and on.
Enriched with 5 different types of coconut, this primer preps skin for a flawless, long-lasting foundation application. It feels divine and the packaging is super sleek. Bonus.
3. Z Palettes
These magnetic makeup palettes allow artists to customize their products with ease and reduces the bulk inside their kits. Especially great for travel too! They have tutorials on their website for de-potting products and it's simple and easy to do (speaking from personal experience).
Contouring continues to be all the rage with lots of beauty junkies and this palette contains cult products from the originator of the art of contouring himself. With both creams and powders, they will be able to create gorgeous makeup looks- whether soft or strong. I absolutely love this palette and use it on all my clients. If it's sold out, you can purchase the indivdual products and a Z Palette. Just sayin'.
It's the primer for which all other eye primers are measured against. It has no color so it works under all eyeshadows without changing their pigments.
My go-to brand for giving clients, and myself, truly fabulous lashes. Whether dramatic or natural, there is something for everyone and the quality is top notch. Pictured above is "Hollywood Glam" which is great for most eye shapes.
Perfect for creating sharp wings and defining lash lines, this jet black eyeliner comes with a rechargable ink for extended use. It's amazing and is the secret behind singer Adele's iconic look.
The wand is tapered for achieving the ultimate intensity that pairs well with those smoky eye looks. It's waterproof so it stays put but it also comes off easier than it's many counterparts.
Happy shopping! Up next? What to get moms, aunts, and all those ladies in your life who are aging with grace.
"Throwing Shade" is one of those Urban Dictionary phrases that I've recently added to my ever-expanding slang repertoire. Partly because when I think of 'shade' I think of two of my favorite things in the whole wide world: lipsticks and sunglasses. I've come across some amazing lines- both iconic and emerging- so I want to share with you my top picks and pairings when it comes to all things...shady. I guess you could call this ironic as throwing shade means to talk trash. Go figure.
1. White + Tangerine I love to pop a bold color against anything neutral. The white in these sunnies brings out the richness of the juicy orange tone in this lipstick, which by the way can be applied with one hand, the moment you pull it out of your bag. I especially recommend it for moms, as it can be done while holding a kid.
3. Metallic + Rose This line with an it-girl following has some of the most iconic shapes in their sunglass line and the 70s vibe screams for an equally cool lip. Just enough sheen to compliment the metallic rims. Match made in heaven.
4. Patterns + Peach Statement shades are kind of my obsession. Patterned rims, colored lenses, gold accents...I can never have enough. So when I throw shades like these on, literally, I keep my lips on the neutral spectrum so the focus stays where it should. But if you paired these with a bright red or sassy fuschia, I mean.....of course I would not throw shade at you. Do what you love girl.
Stay tuned for holiday gift guides and more ways I encourage you to be irresponsible with money.
It's hard not to sing "...all about that bass, 'bout that bass" when I'm prepping my lids for an intense eyeshadow application. I'm surprised at how many clients don't use primer on their eyelids, yet they don't know why their eyeshadow creases, fades too quickly, or doesn't look like it does in that inspiration picture from Pinterest they are trying to copy. So I tell them they need to be all about that bass (in this case, base)- meaning they need to use an eyeshadow primer like NARS 'Pro Prime' or E.L.F. Shadow Lock and if they want to take it one step further- add a base such as NYX 'Milk' or 'Black Bean'.
The picture above is a good example of the different ways eyeshadow will look, depending on what kind of base is used, or isn't. I'm using a very cool, $4 product from Milani Cosmetics. This shadow is extremely pigmented already and if you apply it wet with a flat brush, it makes a gorgeous eyeliner as well! Ok back to business...the swatch on the left has a white base underneath so it pulls the lighter undertones out from the shadow for a lighter, yet intense application. The middle swatch has no base underneath, giving it the most sheer look while still being very present. Finally, the swatch to the right is over a black base, which pulls it's deeper tones out for more depth and dimension.
I chose the black base since it's Fall, which will give me that rich jewel tone application this season is known for. And yes, in Southern California we don't have seasons and can wear sleveless tops year round. Anyway, I often take inspiration for looks from beauty campaign ads and in this case it was Chanel's 'Blue Rhythm de Chanel' collection. If you look closely, the model has a dark base under her eyeshadow. A few coats of mascara were added for the right amount of definition and the rest of the makeup is kept neutral so the eyeshadow remains the star of the show.
Want to learn how to achieve a look similar to this, step-by-step? Book a Private Makeup Assessment or learn in a fun social environment with your BFFs by hosting a Cosmetics & Cocktails party. Contact me for more info or to book!