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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.


This is an FOTD from April; sorry I’m just getting around to posting it. Because it’s been a while, I may not remember exactly everything I used…

Studio Fix Fluid
Instant Chic Powder Blush
Showstopper (brows)
Painterly Paint Pot
Fly-by-Blu Pearlglide Eyeliner
Blue Flame Eyeshadow
Talent Pool Eyeshadow
Blanc Type Eyeshadow
Feline Eye Kohl
Blacktrack Fluidline
Zoomfast Blacklash Mascara
Spice Lip Pencil
Archetype Lipstick
VIVA GLAM V Lipglass


I have posted a Valentine’s Day tutorial on YouTube at the request of a friend.

Prep + Prime Skin
Studio Fix
Warm Soul Mineralize Blush
By Candlelight Mineralize Skinfinish
Grand Duo Mineralize Blush
Showstopper Eyeshadow (eyebrows)
Fresco Rose Paint Pot
Sunset B. Eyeshadow
Young Punk Mineralize Eyeshadow
Jest Eyeshadow
Macroviolet Fluidline
Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara
Cultureclash Lipglass

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Studio Fix Fluid
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Anastasia Brow Pencil
Warm Soul Mineralize Blush
Femmi Fi Eyeshadow
Smoke & Diamonds Starflash
Sunset B. Starflash
Feline Kohl Power
Plushblack Mascara
Strobe Beam

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