Want Glowing, Gorgeous Skin on Your Wedding Day?

Every bride should have the opportunity to feel her most beautiful on her wedding day. Having an amazing makeup artist and hair stylist will do wonders, but if your skin isn't properly taken care of, it can take away from feeling and looking like your most gorgeous self.

I’ve been an esthetician and makeup artist for years, and I have seen weddings with brides who flourish with beauty and brides that could have looked better had they prepared more. Be the bride who turns heads as she walks in!

I've put together the Ultimate Skin Prep Guide that will help you take care of and maintain your skincare throughout the months of your engagement up to your wedding day! Following this will ensure that you will have gorgeous, glowing skin for your big day! Click here to get this guide!

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The Beauty Reset Button


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We all need a reset button.  We all have days when we don’t really feel as good as we probably are.  The superficial face of social media and the internet can literally tear you to pieces if you let it.  I know I do some days, and I’m sure everyone does every now and then. I used to pride myself on always getting up early and doing my makeup before work, and I would always have to be done up to see anyone.  I’m lucky if I have time to throw on foundation and a touch of mascara before work these days. I’ve gotten to a point where I rarely touch my hair, throw on whatever dress I can find, and I’m in a rut where the bare minimum is all I can manage.  

So, what do you when you’re in a motivational rut?  How do you reset yourself to be the kick-ass, best version of yourself?  Here are a few of my favorite ways:

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Luxury Bathtime

I go all out with my baths.  I have soaking salts, lavender, rose petals, bath bombs.  I stock up on it all because you never know when you’re gonna just need to soak.  It’s like laying in a tub with some music playing, smelling the roses (literally) washes away some of the sadness or anxiety.  It washes away the old feelings and allows you to feel renewed again. If you want to get really fancy, put on a face mask while you soak.  

Drink about it.

There is nothing a bottle of wine can’t fix!  Well, maybe that’s not completely true, but it does allow you to forget about it for a bit.  It might not be the healthiest way to resolve anything, however alcohol lowers your inhibitions and also helps you really feel your emotions.  Instead of bottling all of it up, you can let it out whether it be alone or with friends, and you’ll at least feel a little better afterwards.

Color

I may not feel like coloring my face, but coloring some curse words or some pretty filigree helps get those creative juices flowing.  Coloring is a great way to release some of the negative thoughts, and allow yourself to relax and reset while finding some inspiration in the colors that lay out before you.  

Shopping

What lady doesn’t like to do a little meditational shopping?!  Allow yourself to splurge a little on items you have been thinking about for a while.  Don’t just go window shopping. This time, go get yourself a little something that will make you smile.  Get that new eye palette that will get you excited to play in new makeup. Try out a new face mask that you have seen give others incredible results.  

Happy Places

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It may not be a beauty reset, but if you go to a place where you are genuinely happy, then your mind will follow.  Some of my favorite places are theme parks, so there is a reason I decided to move 15 minutes away from Universal Studios!  Being able to go to a place where I can ride some rides, not be concerned so much about how I look, and really just be happier helps me reset the thought process in my mind.  It reminds me why I enjoy the things I love, and in turn, it inspires me to reset my beauty mentality.






Fake it ‘til you make it.

Sometimes, there really isn’t anything that works.  Every now and then, you just have to push through the rut.  You have to force yourself to work through the beauty block, and that means fake it.  Do the bare minimum, but add a little bit more each time. One night, just sit in front of the mirror and literally play with your makeup.  Don’t do it to go anywhere or to see anyone. Just do it to play in it, do it to try something new. The more you can just let yourself play, the more inspired you will be, and you will find that beauty inspiration again.  

Leave a comment, and tell me how you reset when it’s needed! Be sure to check out my IG (@batsforbeauty) for more beauty updates!






New Year, New You?

We are a little over a week into the New Year, and let me tell you, it has already been quite the challenge!  Most of the first week was spent in bed with some sort of flu or cold from Hell! It was horrible! Feeling refreshed and ready for the year, I am back with new ideas and new reviews to share with anyone who is interested!

While I’m not really one to spend time on resolutions for the New Year, I can always appreciate those that take the steps to better themselves however (and whenever) they see fit.  Whether it be weight loss, traveling more, writing more on your own blog, we all have things that we want to improve on. We all want to be better at something. I have found recently that usually the only thing or person stopping us is ourselves.  Whether it be excuses or laziness or self-doubt, we just don’t make the effort to really push ourselves to reaching our goals. I know that personally I struggle with anxiety and self-doubt, and I compare myself to so many others that I just don’t see the value in my own self.  I get so lost in that, and it is extremely difficult to see how I could ever succeed. It impairs not only my mindset, but it bleeds over into my relationships with my loved ones. There is no quick or easy fix to getting over it. It’s just something that I know I have to work on everyday.  Taking even a small step is still progress, and eventually the small steps will turn into bigger steps, and goals won’t seem like a far fetched dream.

With the New Year, we want to turn over a new leaf of sorts.  One thing that I am working on is cleaning out my makeup, which is a daunting task, but it is something that should be done every now and then at the very least!  I know I am such a hoarder when it comes to my makeup, and even when things are empty or getting close, I tend to let it stay on the vanity or in the drawer that it’s placed just because.  There isn’t really any good reason for this, and it just clutters what I do have available for use. Not only is it good to keep your collection fresh for sanitary reasons, but it also allows you to see those products that have been pushed to the back that you used to love but rarely use anymore.  It’s a way of inspiration for new color combinations, new ways to use products, and new looks to absolutely slay! It may even give you another reason to go shopping to restock on products you’ve hit pan on or buy new brands that you’ve been interested in.

I know it’s not just me that puts off doing this, so I challenge you to clean out your makeup collection!  Leave a comment, and tell me all about it! Or comment about your New Year and what you are excited for this year!  Be on the lookout for new reviews, new looks, and who knows what else! If you haven’t yet, please follow me on Instagram where I post way more often than anywhere else, @batsforbeauty! I’m excited for the challenges to come, and I hope you are, too!


Top 5 Gift Ideas For The Makeup Lover In Your Life

Some of us are great gift givers. We know exactly what to give to each person we know after a great deal of consideration for their perfect gift. Some of us……well, some of us resort to gift cards.

It can be incredibly complicated to figure out what to give to your loved ones, but if any of them love makeup, then these gifts are going to be the best gifts that even they may have never known they needed!

Gift #5:

Beautyblender Sweet Surprise Mystery Blind Bag $20

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The product that can be found in every makeup artists kit is the infamous Beauty Blender, and while it’s a great gift on its own, a suprise is so much more fun! This blind bag holds a Beauty Blender that is one of four colors along with a mini BlenderCleanser solid, which always seems to last forever! Even if this is something they already have, it needs to be replaced every so often, so it’s a guaranteed hit!

Gift #4:

Sigma Dry’n Shape Tower Face and Eyes $49

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One of the most important parts of makeup is cleanliness, and that’s including the tools we use! This tower is used after you have cleaned your brushes. It holds 24 eye and 20 face brushes upside down, so that your brushes can dry efficiently and back to the shape they were originally in. It makes cleaning brushes so much less of a hassle!

Gift #3:

Any of the eyeshadows from Melt Cosmetics $17 - 58

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Melt Cosmetics truly has some of the most pigmented, gorgeous, blendable, and versatile eyeshadows that I have ever used. I have never seen or heard bad reviews, and the brand is truly taking the beauty industry by storm. Their following adores the masterminds behind the brand, and you can’t blame them! They started off with stacks of color combinations rather than the typical flat palettes, and then they started selling those colors individually. Now, their new release palettes go out of stock shortly after release because they are truly too good to miss out on!

Gift #2:

Kat Von D Beauty’s Trooper Black Eyeliner Obsession Vault $88

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Face it. Kat Von D has the eyeliner game won. Her formulas are phenomenal, long-wearing, and they are the blackest black. This vault is a collectible of her five different eyeliners in Trooper Black, and get this, they are ALL full size products! This is HUGE in terms of value sets as they are usually all mini versions of the products. This gives different ways to try eyeliners, and they all have slightly different ways of using them. Do they like to practice their liner game? This is a winner!

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Gift #1:

Give the gift of a makeover! You cannot begin to understand how relaxing and luxurious it can feel to have someone pamper you and provide skincare services and a complete makeover until you have done it! Do they have an event coming up that they would love to have their makeup done for? How about a photo session for the holidays or for an upcoming engagement or wedding? Do they talk about wanting to learn how to apply makeup a certain way and not know where to start? This is the perfect gift that they will love no matter what because it is entirely customized to what they want! I offer skincare and makeup applications along with lessons entirely customized to fit your needs. Contact me for my holiday specials, and mention this blog post to have a special beauty treat added to your order!

Leave some comments, and tell me what beauty gifts you’d love to receive that aren’t on the list, and be sure to check the Instagram (@batsforbeauty) to see some up and coming holiday glam!