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Life Is Too Short To Have Just ONE Mascara!

The product that people would recognize as mascara today did not develop until the 19th century. A chemist named Eugene Rimmel developed a cosmetic using the newly invented petroleum jelly. The name Rimmel became synonymous with the substance and still translates to “mascara” in the Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Romanian, and Persian languages today.

Across the Atlantic Ocean and at roughly the same time, in 1913, a man named T. L. Williams created a remarkably similar substance for his sister Maybel. Later in 1917, he started a mail-order business from the product that grew to become the company Maybelline.

Drugstore or high-end, I’ve probably tried them all! Mascaras are like trying on lipsticks…I just can’t stop trying different ones. For starters, let’s talk about my lashes. Mine are decently long and nor thin or thick. Basically I like anything lengthening and thickening, which isn’t always easy to find. I will share with you my top 3 mascaras that I am using this summer, what i like about them and some over all tips about mascaras.

  • Thickening Mascara

Le Petit Robe Noir from Guerlain (Little Black Dress)

What it is: A tailor-made mascara with a four-in-one brush.

What it does: Dress up every lash for a customizable result that lasts. La Petite Robe Noire Black Lashdress Mascara delivers intense volume, curl, length, and definition, no matter what the angle. From the most natural look to the most super-styled eyes, it adapts to suit everyone. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates Research results: In a satisfaction test on 32 women after 4 weeks: - 100% of women are satisfied with the volume, curl, and length - 94% of women are satisfied with the separation in the lash fringe - 100% of women reported an intense black color that was long lasting.

  • Lengthening Mascara

Black Up - Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara

The lashes look longer and thicker in just one stroke for an ultra-glamorous effect without clumps.

Formulated with anti-pollution active ingredients, lashes are protected against daily external aggressions.

A formula enriched with the more intense black pigment available on the market, the color is deep and intense to magnify the look of every woman from light to very dark skin tone.

Discover our Blue Volumizing Lenghtening Mascara, for an electrifying look!

 

  • Lengthening  / Volume Mascara

This jumbo size mascara with a silicone brush will bring even the smallest eyelashes to alluring new heights. Ensures the long lasting effect of unbelievably long and perfectly divided eyelashes. (Hypoallergenic)

There are so many options on the market when it comes to mascaras, but it will always boil down to your style, personal preference and the makeup look that inspired you. My overall advice, is play around with a few brands (high end and drugstore) and explore your possibilities and your looks! 

EXCLUSIVE: Vanity First St.Maarten Offers MakeOvers With International Makeup Artist, Nevyn Ramos

It is always a pleasure to meet new talented people. Blogging is a platform that will expand your network in so many different ways! Being the person that I am, I do not wait on opportunities to knock on my door, I look for those opportunities on a daily basis. This is how I was fortunate enough to meet Guerlain Official Make Up Artist: Nevyn Ramos.

Once I saw that he was going to be on our 37 square feet of paradise, I contacted the organizers: Vanity First St.Maarten. With their main branch being on the French Side of the island, it took me a little coordination but I managed to meet both Ms. Clothilde & Ms. Esperanza (the store managers). They are such warm personalities, I was more than happy to walk them through my Blogger's Journey since 2016 and they are looking forward to collaborations with Kerai Kreative Style.

Originally Out Of Colombia, but residing in Los Angeles, Nevyn's career path was in Marketing, something that I can relate to very well. He worked with different brands and corporation, however somehow he fell into Makeup. He ended up following his heart and now works full time as a Makeup Artist Out Of Hollywood / Los Angeles for events like The Red Carpet, the entertainment and Glam industry and of course the ability to travel and represent high end brands like Guerlain!

Of course we talked about the brand itself and agreed that your flawless makeup, regardless of the brand can only be achieve by having a cleansing regime for your skin. The Famous "CTM" (cleanse, tone & moisturize) formula should not be unfamiliar to you, once you are a makeup lover. These were the same steps he applied prior to commencing my RED carpet glow. Below is a product shot of the 3 products that he used, of course from Guerlain:

After this step we moved on to choosing the best foundation, Lingerie de Peau #5, which includes: SPF 20, satin and silk. Prior to applying my foundation Nevyn applied L'or primer. I have to tell you it feels amazingly against your skin. These are steps that anyone with simple makeup knowledge can easily follow. Guerlain is also paraben / makeupfillers/perfumes FREE and we are very proud to be able to offer our clientele a brand of superior quality.

While Nevyn worked his magic, I had a few questions of my own:

  1. Which step is the correct one, should you apply your foundation first and THEN do your eyebrows? His answer could not have been more logical: "every brand have strategies based on their target group. Based on this the brand will then promote which steps to follow as you apply your makeup."
  2. What is your answer to the very crude statement of "this brand is only for a certain ethnic group"? Because I am sure that it is a question that is constantly asked! He laughs out..."this brand LOVES melanin"! It is a wonderful combination for women of color and the Caribbean, so much so that it blends with your natural PH.
  3. What would be the price range for a start up makeup kit? "the brand specialist smiles and responds...calculate anywhere between $100 - $250 dollars.
  4. Does Vanity First St.Maarten offers FREE Consultations? "Yes we do, by appointments as well as walk -ins, we try to guide our clientele to the most beneficial products while educating them".

My Foundation and eyebrows are ON: below Nevyn added a shimmer highlight eyeshadow and wings that you will see right after:

There are is a very important step and that is to use: Terracota Sun Trio: Terracotta Sun Trio is the first Guerlain bronzing and contouring powder that combines three shades in one palette, to tan, contour and light the complexion.

Nevyn finished off the lips and eyes with: Lips & tint Cheeks / Mascara: Le Petis Robe Noire:

The Final RESULT: Loved It!!

I think if we are more open to ty new things, as women we will discover that the world is full of OPTIONS, I am not only referring to Makeup, clothing etc....but our general perception of being open to changes and discovering the UNKNOWN!

Kerai Kreative Style had an awesome time covering this event and I am sure that the rest of the ladies that attended also had a great time!

 

 

 

March 31st, 2017: Beauty Showcase By Ashlee Angelic

This coming Friday March 31st, Ashlee Angelic is ready to show and share with you her journey as a Makeup Artist. Her acquired skills and effort she has made into becoming a great Makeup Artist. 

The program will consist of two hours where you can see her work on display, she will also be doing a soft launching of her official website while incorporating skin care tips. Flawless makeup is impossible without a proper skin care routine, and that is something that she wants to promote within her clientele base of course.   

In addition to this one of her primary goals for putting together this website was to show the advance within her portfolio. Although she is still currently shooting for the site, she is very proud of everything she has accomplished thus far.

Ashlee Angelic is a self taught hairstylist and makeup artist. She has been experimenting with the art of hair since she was a young girl, perfecting natural braids; quick weaves, and later become intrigued with chemical processes.

Her fascination quickly grew into makeup. Enhancing the beauty of her clients and meeting new people everyday has been a dream of hers. Prior to building a successful freelance makeup career, she earned a Bachelor degree in Business management with a concentration in human resources from Johnson & Wales University.

During her studies, Ashlee was employed at MAC cosmetics as a freelance artist; there she learned more about products, skin tones, and branding. One of her greatest strengths, is her expertise in diversity. Moreover, her clientele consist of every race, ethnicity, and gender. Although she applies beauty makeup on a large scale, she is also great at special fx, editorial, runway, Avant Garde, and theater makeup.

She strives to be the best in the industry, therefor she is constantly learning new techniques, marketing, and customer service methods.

While providing service to her clients, she focuses on providing an experience. Makeup is a luxury; therefore, her clients have the privilege of being pampered, with great products, and amazing customer service. The ultimate goal is that each and every client will leave feeling more confident, beautiful, and satisfied. ​

 

This Friday, Make sure to visit the John Larmonie Center and be part of an interactive event. Grab your ladies & come out to support this aspiring entrepreneur. For More information feel free to contact tel # 1 721 556 4476 or check out her FB page: 

https://www.facebook.com/Ashlee-Angelic-627940933972269/

 

 

 

11 Makeup Essentials Every Woman Should Own!

When was the last time you took a peek inside your makeup bag? If you haven’t taken stock of the makeup products you own in a while, this is the perfect time to do just that. In fact, there are quite a few items that you probably don’t have in your possession but probably should. Ready to upgrade your makeup bag with the latest and greatest from foundation to mascara to lipstick? Consult our guide to the current must-have makeup products of the moment. It’s time to go shopping!

 

1. CUSHION COMPACT FOUNDATION

Regular ol’ foundation just not doing it for you anymore? It’s time to get your hands on a cushion compact! Cushion compacts feature liquid foundation housed in a sponge, allowing for precise application. Plus, compacts are way more travel-friendly than bulky bottles, so you can easily toss one in your purse for midday touchups or your suitcase if you’re traveling.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
This is buildable luminous foundation comes in 16 shades.

How to use it: Gently press the included applicator into the foundation cushion, then tap the applicator onto your skin. You can build the foundation until you reach your preferred level of coverage.

2. COLOR CORRECTING CONCEALER

You know those pastel-colored concealers you’ve been seeing everywhere lately? Well, if you have any complexion imperfections you want to hide, pick up a color correcting concealer palette pronto. Color correction relies on a basic principle—that you can use a specific shade of concealer that’s on the opposite end of the color wheel from the marks on your skin to cancel it out. There are four popular shades of color correcting concealer: peach (to hide dark circles), yellow (to hide discolorations), green (to hide redness), and purple (to hide dullness).

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit
With the four most popular color correcting shades (peach, yellow, green, and purple), you can disguise parts of your skin you don’t want visible.

How to use it: Apply your concealer shade of choice sparingly to targeted areas (such as underneath your eyes to mask dark circles) and build coverage as needed. Use your color correcting concealer before regular concealer and foundation.

3. BLUSH PALETTE

Let’s be real: Oftentimes, blush gets a bad rap. While blush might conjure up images of clowns, if you use the right one, it can seriously elevate your look. It’s all about choosing the right blush hue for your skin tone to avoid going overboard and entering clown territory. If you have fair skin, stick to a baby pink or peach; if you have medium skin, try a mauve or apricot shade; if you have olive skin, reach for rose; and if you have dark skin, opt for raisin or berry. A blush palette can be a great investment because you can mix and match to create a custom color that’s flattering on you.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush
This four-shade blush palette allows you to use one color on its own or layer a few, depending on the look you want.

How to use it: With the included brush, sweep your blush shade of choice onto the apples of your cheeks (smile while you apply!) for a classic look.

4. CONTOUR KIT

Oh, contouring: We just can’t quit you. This is the makeup trend that continues to be oh-so-popular among celebrities and girls-next-door alike. Contouring entails applying dark and light makeup to enhance—and even slim down—certain facial features. It’s no surprise then that makeup artists—and the everyday women—are obsessed with this trend.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit
Complete with four creamy shades of concealer, you can use this palette to contour to your heart’s desire.

How to use it: Using a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone, highlight key areas of your face—think under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, between your brows, and down the center of your chin—to add extra dimension. Then, use a concealer that’s two shades darker than your skin tone to contour anywhere you want to accentuate, such as along your hairline, under your cheekbones, and along the sides of your nose.

5. MAKEUP BLENDERS

Sure, you could apply foundation or concealer with your fingers, but when you do so, you could transfer any germs on your hands over to your face—not something you want to happen, is it? Instead, reach for a makeup blender, which can help to provide a much smoother finish than your fingers ever could.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender
This blended sponge has a pointed tip and rounded edges for easy application.

How to use it: Apply a small amount of foundation onto the pointed end of your blender, then use the rounded side to dab and roll the foundation onto your skin. You can keep layering until you reach your desired level of coverage.

6. LASH PRIMER

When it comes to mascara, it’s just one swipe and go, right? You may want to consider applying a lash primer before you put on mascara. You know that primer is essential if you want to help keep your makeup in place and create a smooth canvas to work on—and the same holds true with lash primer, which can help to make your mascara application smoother, condition your lashes, plus add volume and length to your fringe.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer
This primer, which is white, can help to create an even base for mascara.

How to use it: Place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep it up to the tip. Apply primer and mascara to one eye at a time, making sure you put on your mascara before the primer dries. For more impact, use two coats of primer first.

7. COLORED MASCARA

Speaking of mascara, go ahead and toss your basic browns and blacks to the side in favor of something with a little more pop. Blue mascara is back in a big way, and it can seriously open up your eyes for a brighter look. Colored mascara is the perfect eye makeup look to rock at a party or on the weekend—and trust us, you will turn heads when you wear it!

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue
Whoa, baby! This bright blue is not for the faint of heart. This mascara is formulated to resist clumping, soften lashes, and build lashes evenly for a dramatic look.

How to use it: Place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep it up to the tip. Use the mascara primer first to really maximize the color effect.

8. DUAL-ENDED EYE SHADOW

The only thing better than one eye shadow is two. Whether you want to create a smoky eye or just play around with multiple shades, having a two-in-one liquid eye shadow combo can help you get the job done.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow
Available in 12 visually arresting color pairings, this dual-ended liquid eye shadow makes makeup experimentation easy.

How to use it: You can use the applicator or your fingers to apply your shade of choice to your lids. Want to layer colors? Wait for the first color to set before applying another one on top of it.

9. MATTE LIPSTICK

There’s just something so chic about a matte lip. For some reason, it looks more mature than a shiny finish. So, when you’re after a sophisticated look, matte lipstick is a great choice.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip 

Whether you want to show off a classic red, a dark bordeaux, or an eye-catching lilac, this line of matte lipsticks features 14 alluring hues.

How to use it: Outline your lips using the pointed applicator, then fill your pout in. Make sure to scrub your lips first and apply a primer, too—this will help to ensure an even color application.

10. LIPSTICK PALETTE

When you want to create a custom lip color—a la what makeup artists generally do—look no further than a lip palette featuring multiple shades and finishes. Whether you want all-over color or you want to create an ombré lip, a palette has you covered.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Plum
This palette comes with eight shades in a variety of plum tones and finishes ranging cream to matte to shimmer.

How to use it: To do an ombré lip, apply shade #5 all over your top and bottom lips, shade #7 on your cupid’s bow (i.e. the center of your upper lip), and #8, the highlighter shade, in the corners of your mouth.

11. PLUMPING GLOSS

If a fuller-looking pout is what you’re after, create that effect in one step with a plumping gloss. Instead of going through a tedious step-by-step of using lip liner and lipstick to fake bigger-looking lips, this allows you to achieve the same look in less time.

Product pick: L’Oréal Paris 8 HR Plumping Gloss
This gloss is available in eight pretty, natural-looking shades, ranging from coral to rose to plum.

How to use it: Coat your lips with gloss and you’re good to go!

 

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5 Mistakes You Could Be Making When Using Matte Lipstick

Sure, there are accessories like jewelry and clutches, but nothing quite makes an outfit like the perfect matte lipstick. While matte lipstick looks absolutely gorgeous on, how you apply it to your pout is really important. Keep reading to find out if you’re guilty of these five common matte lipstick mistakes—and learn tips for applying matte lipstick for a simply stunning look.

MISTAKE #1: YOU SKIP PRIMER

Primer isn’t just for foundation or eye makeup—it can also help to keep lipstick in place and create a smooth canvas for lipstick application. Don’t own a lip primer? No problem! You can use lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner, over your entire lip as a base. Works like a charm!

MISTAKE #2: YOU THINK LIP LINER ISN’T NECESSARY

Speaking of lip liner, this product is a game-changer. Outlining your lips before applying lipstick can help to keep your color from seeping outside the lines. What’s more, if you plan on rocking a nude lip, a lip liner that’s a tad darker than your natural lip color can add serious dimension for the pillow-y pout of your dreams. Just make sure your liner isn’t too dark, though—you don’t want to walk around looking like a coloring book that’s yet to be filled in.

MISTAKE #3: YOU CHOOSE COLOR THAT MAKES YOUR LIPS LOOK SMALLER

Believe it or not, some colors make lips look bigger than others. What’s even more shocking is that dark lipstick can sometimes make lips appear thinner. So, unless your lips are as luscious as you want them to look sans lipstick, you might want to opt for a lighter shade that will give the appearance of a fuller pout.

MISTAKE #4: YOU START AT THE CORNERS INSTEAD OF THE CENTER OF YOUR LIPS

When you start at the corners of your lips, it’s more likely that you’ll veer outside the lines. To avoid this little dilemma, just start applying matte lipstick at the center of your lips—and take notice of how your perfect pout becomes more controlled.

MISTAKE #5: YOU FORGOT TO CHECK YOUR TEETH

Lipstick on your lips is cute. But when it’s on your teeth? Not so much. To ensure you won’t end up walking down the street with an oxblood-stained grin, be sure to stick a finger in your mouth and pull it out with your lips lightly closed around it.

MISTAKE #6: YOU LEAVE YOUR LIPSTICK AT HOME

If you put lipstick on in the morning, throw the tube in your purse before heading out for the day. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for a touch up just in case.

THE L’ORÉAL PARIS MATTE LIPSTICK YOU NEED TO TRY

Now that you know the tips and tricks to achieve gorgeous matte lips, it’s time to pick your formula. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip, available in 14 shades. Want something neutral? Pick up Nude Star. Love the classics? Paint on DIY Red. Care to get a little more daring? Reach for Navy Spy.

Discover Your Undertone: New Year's Makeup Resolution

We all know that during the holidays season, the makeup game gets stepped up. Not to mention that the last couple of years, the hunger for knowledge (even within the average consumer) has grown tremendously and everyone wants FLAWLESS & long lasting makeup! Your "New Year's Resolution" should consist of discovering your undertone.

Having said that, it is important to be able to choose your foundations, because they set the base of how your makeup will look at the end of any application.

Face it: A great foundation is a must for flawless-looking skin, but it's tricky to get it right. Only 15 percent of women choose the correct shade if the appropriate tools aren't provided. And color is just one piece of the puzzle. From tinted moisturizers to loose powders, there are countless formulas and finishes and different techniques for applying them.

Take the guesswork out of finding the perfect foundation shade. True Match™ offers super blendable, true-to-you shades that precisely match your skin’s texture and tone for flawless results every time. With 33 shades, here’s the secret to finding the one that’s best for you:

Determine Your Skin Tone

First, you want to determine your skin tone. It’s the natural color of your complexion that falls into a range from fair to deep. There are seven possible tones: 1. fair 2. fair light 3. light 4. light medium 5. medium 6. medium deep 7. deep To determine yours, focus on the area of your face near the jaw line and not the cheek because the latter tends to be a bit more pigmented and less reflective of your true tone.

Find Your Undertone

The undertone is the hint of color under your skin, which makes your skin unique. If you receive the most compliments when you wear shades of brown, dark green, and orange, your undertone is warm. If you receive the most compliments when you wear pink, rose, or pastel shades, your undertone is cool. If you receive compliments across a variety of shades, your undertone is neutral.

The Perfect Combination

Together your skin tone and undertone determine your True Match™, making it simple to find the shade that’s right for you. Remember: your skin tone can change with the seasons and with age, so you may need to update your foundation from time to time to make sure the shade is true to you.

The Right Application

To even out skin tone and imperfections, use your middle finger to apply product only where you need it, most likely along the t-zone and any trouble spots. Remember: you don’t need a lot of product, so use sparingly. You can always apply more later. If you need additional coverage in specific areas, reach for True Match™ Concealer and apply it after foundation, not before. 

Add a Healthy Glow

Dust on True Match™ Blush to add a fresh, healthy, natural-looking glow. Brush it on places where the sun normally kisses your face, like your forehead, cheeks, and the bridge of your nose. For a burst of color, sweep it across eyelids when you’re on the go. 

Complete Your Look  

To keep shine at bay, set your look with a sweep of True Match™ Powder. Apply to the t-zone area, like the forehead, chin, and cheeks, and blend out. This final finish helps your look last. Or use it for quick touch-ups during the day to keep skin looking fresh.

Be Good to Your Skin

True Match™ is an ultrapure formula designed to actually nourish skin. It’s packed with vitamins B and E, and glycerin to keep skin healthy and vibrant. Because it contains no oils or fragrances, it won’t clog your pores, so skin will stay looking fresh and vibrant.

 

Day & Night Party Look!

Christmas Day / Night Party Look : Soft Pinks With A Glitter Glam Twist

Christmas Season is usually a month full of events ], not only on our sweet Caribbean Island of St.Maarten but globally. This is the period that people choose to travel, create memories, LOOK & FEEL good and of course spend a considerably amount of funds and time on theirself.

We wanted to showcase a light day - makeup look that could be transitioned into a night of party glam.

The look was inspired by Photo Shoot Director Ms. Soidi Illis and executed by upcoming makeup artist rookie Ms. Altisha Pantophlet. Both local and talented young ladies that are collaborating with Kerai Kreative Style to bring you edgy, out of the box looks, tips and style inspiration.

We have compiled a list of the products that were used that day. Feel free to visit some of the listed websites and get your glam on!!!!

http://www.maccosmetics.com/products/13847/Products/Makeup/Face/Foundation

http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/brows

https://www.maybelline.com/eye-makeup/mascara/lengthening

https://www.inglotusa.com/hd-lip-tint-matte

Product Compilation by: Altisha Pantophlet

 Makeup is about experimenting & having fun. makeup Artists are known for exploring options and brands to accommodate their clientele. As a regular consumer you should not be afraid of doing the same. I do suggest following a basic / intro makeup course that could be locally available.

The next very important element is to ensure that you have good quality tools for makeup application, believe me when I tell you that will make a difference!

Have Fun Ladies....Think Of Your Face As A Canvas!

 

Local Makeup Trend: Nelly's Makeup Brushes

It is often said, that when you are using makeup, you need to think of your face as a canvas. Meaning that you need the right tool to be able to obtain that flawless look. This is why it is important to have the right set of makeup brushes that will leave you with great results.

In July of 2016 she was elated to have launched her set of customized makeup brushes.

"I wanted to build  a brand . And the most important part of building a brand is having 

tools to work with. This is how the idea of starting my first brush set was born in 2014.  

Having  a perfect brush set makes a more perfect and flawless application easier to achieve.  

I fell in love with a brush set from a company in England  but it was too expensive to manufacture. 

After doing the necessary research, I had a company made me a brush set that caters to the face and eyes. Of great importance was, for the quality to be superb while being able to retail it for a lucrative price".

The end result was a nude and rose gold tone brush set.

The brushes are made of goat hair, synthetic bristles and each comes with a soft fashion pink bag that protect your brushes when you on the go.

 

The brushes are anti- bacterial cited bristles and a perfect for your favorite cream, liquid and powder products. The brush set includes:

  • Foundation brush
  • Blush& Contour brushes
  • Power brushes
  • Brow line brush
  • Wing liner brush
  • Smokey shader brush
  • Crease brush 
  •  Eye Smudger brush

 

This wonderful product is locally available for the price of USD 65.00. Nelly consciously chose a limited amount of brushes to be introduced into our market and she looks forward to expanding very soon with additional products that will compliment the this line of "Nelly's Brushes".

For further information you can contact Nelly on:

 Blog & Post Recognition

  • Soidi Illis - Product Photoshoot Director / Photographer
  • Jobson Chatelier - Photo Editing

 

Makeup & Travel: Because You Still Want To Look Cute While On Vacation

If you are like me, and a fan of makeup, then I am sure we share the same struggle. Every time  it is time to go on vacation, it turns into a process of elimination while I try and be selective about which makeup components I will choose to travel with.

Your objective is to look effortless flawless while on vacation, which results in packing so many "just in case items". The sad part is that most of the time and depending on the type of vacation, you will be perfectly fine with just the basics, one or 2 lipsticks and a few glosses.

Besides the fact that you also have to worry about the overweight, because in your mind you "NEED" everything that you have packed, you also have to find a way to be selective about your makeup...I think that is stressful enough already.

For me what works best is to pack my basic cleansing regime products (vacation in no excuse not to stick to your morning and evening skin cleansing rituals!!). After that I make sure to pack:

  • Primer
  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Bronzer

Once I have gone through this list I pack their respective brushes and all my eye brushes (including blending & eye shadow).

The next task is the most difficult one for me: the eyes! I prefer color popping eyes so I have tons of eye shadows and brands that I like to experiment and play around with. My first strategy is to grab a day look and a night look.

After this I would choose the top 10 eye shadow colors based on vacation outfits and special places (dinner, parties or anything formal that may be part of this vacation trip). This way I can give my eyes some extra attention during those "special vacation moments".

I then choose 2 blushes options and my favorite lips which are usually nude, red, hot pink and gold. In addition to this a throw in a few lip glosses, just to keep it simple, classy and clean.

Of course you cannot forget a good mascara: Hypnose or Inglot's False Lash Mascara usually does the trick for me.

Sample of a Vacation Day Look: (poolside)

Sample of a Vacation Evening looks:

Last but not least, is how will you pack all of these items in the most effective way, without leaving too much room for damage, spills or unnecessary mess?

I try looking for a bag that was compact, sturdy and also that would be able to accommodate all my stuff without having to worry about issues while traveling and I must admit that I have been able to find some very cute, durable and functional ones on:

http://stilazzi.com/makeup-bags-aprons.html

https://www.amazon.com/Bare-Escentuals-Black-Zippered-Removable/dp/B00N32G3EO/ref=sr_1_262?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1469416406&sr=1-262&nodeID=9479199011&keywords=makeup+bag

I believe the key to organized chaos is to find tools and ways that will assist you to optimize your traveling experience. Therefore make sure to make some conscious purchases in makeup travel bags. Try to calculate an average length of most of your vacations, and this way you can have an inclination of how much makeup you would need to travel with and which bags would be more functional for you.

T’S CLOSET LAUNCHES T. BARNES COUNTER

T’S CLOSET LAUNCHES A T. BARNES ORGANIC SKINCARE AND COSMETIC BEAUTY COUNTER!

Phillipsburg, St. Maarten: May 26-28th completed a weekend long celebration and launch of The T’s Closet T. Barnes Organic Skincare and Cosmetics Beauty Counter. St. Maarten is the home of many beauty brands but very few offering healthy alternatives to the population’s skincare and cosmetic needs. On an island filled with product choices T’s Closet has introduces a product line that is conscious of the long term dangers of depositing toxins and chemicals into the skin and especially formulated for skin of color.

T’s Closet is a boutique known for it’s high level of quality clothing and now also for quality skincare and cosmetics. T’s Closet becomes a mini department store where you can literally be dressed from head to toe from skincare, to undergarments, to outfits spanning casual, business and formal, to a full face of make-up. Beyond the products the counter will be offering services as well to educate on proper skincare regimens and performing make-up services for weekend nights out and special events. T’s closet is a place that you can come empty handed and leave completely ready for your event or occasion. The counter will also extend beyond the store.

A T’s Barnes Beauty team lead by Kenty Lichtenberg will be available for facial and make-up parties at the location of your choice! Ultimately the successful launch of the brand on the island is just a preview to the many exciting and fun opportunities to come for St. Maarten with T’s Closet and The T. Barnes brand.

  1. Barnes Beauty, LLC is a lifestyle brand out of the United States but serving the global community. The brands offer T. Barnes Organic Skincare, healthy cosmetics, bath and body, the T. Barnes Signature Soy Candle, and a line of Global Travel Apparel and finds. T. Barnes products retails online at www.tbarnesbeauty.com and various boutiques and salons in the US, Caribbean and Africa. In an effort to build the T. Barnes community the company host A Lifestyle of Beauty Retreats around the world in January of each year and host a T. Barnes Beauty “Go Where the Love Is” Summer in Anguilla. You can find the brand on social media at the following links:

YouTube Show "Living Beauty" with T. Barnes: tbarnesbeauty Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tbarnesbeauty Instagram: http://instagram.com/tbarnesbeauty Twitter: https://twitter.com/tbarnesbeauty