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This year I was lucky enough to attend PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s a little bit about why I was there:

As an esthiology student at Aveda Institute Charlotte, I applied to become a Beacon winner, which is an annual nationwide contest for cosmetology and esthiology students focused on the business and marketing side of the industry. Though Beacon, NAHA, and Cosmoprof have much more to do with hair than make-up, I applied anyway. I had to do 3 before and after pictures and create a marketing piece for myself, in addition to submitting a professional resume. I was thrilled to find out in May that I was one of 100 winners nationwide, and the amazing company that owns my school, Beauty Basics, paid for my flight and hotel in Las Vegas for the weekend of July 30 so I could attend! I’m hugely grateful to them for sending me over to get a taste of Beauty Week. Thank you BB!

As Beacon winners we were set up with a unique schedule of seminars and parties that allowed us to hear from motivational speakers, manufacturers, distributors, stylists, and salon owners, including some of the industry legends. As I said, most of this was directed toward hair stylists, but I still took a lot away from all the speakers and their advice. We got to attend exclusive parties and mingle with tons of people, and we also got to attend the North American Hairstyling Awards. If you didn’t know, NAHA is like the Oscars of hair. It was a fun night hosted by Miss Tabatha Coffey herself.. I’ll post pictures of that soon!

I stayed in the Luxor, which is connected to Mandalay Bay, where all of the Beacon, NAHA, and Cosmoprof events were held. I got to meet a bunch of other Beacon winners from schools that Beauty Basics owns; my roommate for the weekend had just graduated from Aveda Institute Dallas.

I met a lot of great people and took away a lot of really solid advice from the various speakers we heard from. Stedman Graham (yep, Oprah’s boyfriend!) was the opening speaker, just to give you an idea! He’s actually a great entrepreneur and motivational speaker in addition to his famous relationship. ;)

For now, here are the before and after pictures I sent in which won me a place in Vegas. I will list some of the products I used if I can remember what I used… it was done way back in March!

Katelyn’s wearing a custom-mixed lip color, Sable and Twinks eyeshadows, and Stud for her brows.

Amber’s wearing MAC Faux lipstick, Macroviolet fluidline, and Top Hat eyeshadow in the crease.

Nicole’s wearing MAC Hollywood Nights lipstick, Coygirl blush, and Feline eye kohl.


A few weeks ago I stayed with my friend Amber in Charleston and we went out for a night downtown. Being back in Myrtle Beach for the time being, I miss Charleston desperately, so I decided to go out despite not feeling very well. I shaped her eyebrows and did both her makeup and my own!

USED on Amber:
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Golden Bronzer
Painterly Paint Pot
Blanc Type Eyeshadow
Era Eyeshadow
Soft Brown Eyeshadow
Amber’s own eyeliner
Amber’s own mascara
Dirty Blonde Impeccable Brow Pencil
Brick lip pencil (filled in entire lip)
Clear lipglass

USED on myself:
Studio Fix Fluid
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Northern Light Mineralize Skinfinish
Painterly Paint Pot
Chromagraphic Pencil NW25/NC30
Soft Force Eyeshadow
Era Eyeshadow
Aquadisiac Eyeshadow
Big T Eyeshadow
Haunting Eyeshadow
Blacktrack Fluidline
#7 lashes
Taupe Impeccable Brow Pencil
Whirl Lipliner
Lazy Day Lipstick
VIVA Glam V Lipstick



MAC has released two new beautiful lipsticks in their VIVA GLAM line, which means that 100% of the purchase price of these lipsticks goes to the MAC AIDS Fund and assists men, women, and children living with or affected by HIV & AIDS. The MAC AIDS Fund is a huge provider of relief both in America and internationally, and I am a passionate advocate of its services. It also doesn’t hurt that the lipsticks and lipglasses are all GORGEOUS!

MAC Care Blends Essential Oils (Sweet Orange + Lavendar)
Studio Fix Foundation
Showstopper Eyeshadow (brows)
Painterly Paint Pot
Jest Eyeshadow
Rich Flesh Eyeshadow
Shroom Eyeshadow
Blacktrack Fluidline
Lash Stiletto Voluptuous
(a LOT of) Full Fuchsia Powder Blush
By Candlelight Mineralize Skinfinish
In Synch Lip Pencil (from upcoming Too Fabulous collection)
VIVA GLAM GAGA<########3


I had fun doing this look because I don’t think I do enough that focus on my lips. I wanted to keep my eyes relatively neutral since the lips were so vibrant. (And grrr at the fact that some of the vibrancy of the lipstick is lost when I upload it to the internet.)

Studio Fix
Springshine Blush Ombre
Dainty Mineralize Blush
Showstopper (brows)
Painterly Paint Pot
Shroom Eyeshadow
Jest Eyeshadow
Haux Eyeshadow
Blacktrack Fluidline
Zoomfast Blacklash Mascara
Prep + Prime Lip
Magenta Lip Pencil
Hollywood Nights Lipstick
Style Minx Lipglass

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Prep + Prime Skin
Studio Fix Foundation
Fix +
Painterly paint pot
Blanc Type eyeshadow
Shroom eyeshadow
Peppier eyeshadow(similar to Hot Hot Hot eyeshadow from Spring Colour Forecast)
Rich Flesh eyeshadow (similar to Kid or Wedge eyeshadow)
Blacktrack fluidline
Zoomfast Blacklash mascara
#36 lashes
Showstopper (in brows)
Springshine blush ombre
Ripe Peach blush ombre
Brick lipliner

Read more to check out some inspiration photos I found for this look! Read the rest of this entry…

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