If I didn't love Jaclyn below...let me tell you, the love is REAL! It's one thing that she loves Elcie (eek!) but for her to be so sweet and put it out there like that...I am forever thankful. What a sweetheart! And if you haven't seen her videos, you are missing out! She is friggen hilarious. I have set up a discount code for her and am offering her fans 10% off, yay! Use Jaclyn10 at checkout :) Enjoy everyone!
Summer is officially here and trips are getting booked. These two pieces from www.MickeysGirl.coml are a must for all my travels.
The Blush Silky Maxi Skirt is ultra soft and flowy. It is perfect for the beach or any day out. The Off Shoulder Crochet Crop Top has a charming crochet overlay that completes this look on a flirty note. I paired the outfit with their Triple Layer Stone Necklace to give it that bohemian look.
Crop Top: http://mickeysgirl.com/off-shoulder-crochet-crop-top.html
If you don't know...now you know. The QUEEN behind lowercase queen B, Beyoncé's mom! I've admired this lady for a long time not only because of her undeniable beauty, but as a fashion icon and her business mindnedness that helped Beyoncé (and many more) step into a powerful world. We don't hear much about her mother, but we all know she has been her backbone in this tough industry (of course, next to her talented hubby, Jay-Z). Now let's get to the point of this blog post, The July Issue of Ebony Magazine! With a great team collaboration, Miss Tina Knowles, SLAYED this Photoshoot! She is looking younger and younger by the minute (how is this possible?! *cries in the corner at 30*) and continues to wow us with her demeanor! Meet the Dream Team:
Makeup: @rokael_lizama using
Rokael Lizama is absolutely one of my FAVORITE makeup artists! I think his work is ALWAYS on point and consistent. I was so happy to hear that Rokael has used the Micro-Silque foundation from my cosmetics line, Elcie! He has also used the Anastasia Contour palette along with her brow wiz. On the lips, he used the Dose of Color Brick lip stain with the Anastasia comparable lip gloss on top. Simply perfect!
Not that I have been CRAZY about colors on my face in the past few years...I have also noticed I am loving the super nude and neutral tones on me even more so lately. Although the makeup world/trend is geared towards a more "natural" look, we all have our own definition of natural, right? ;) For me, natural means a flawless face, effortless eyes, soft cheeks, perfect brows and the lip of your choice! I am soo happy summer is finally here & I got a little bit of color! What's your favorite summer look? Product details:
With Summer right around the corner, I picked up the perfect staple dress for the Season! Mickey’s Girl Lace Mesh Cover-UP Dress. This dress is all about versatility! Wear it for any poolside parties over your bikini, boardwalk strolls, bonfires, and with the dress being so lightweight, it’s so easy to throw in your luggage for your Baja bound vacations. I paired mine with a simple sweet Peachy Dress with my rose gold Sophia Webster shoes for the day out! Topped it off with a Triple Layer Stone Necklace. Just one necklace which includes a combination of a choker, crystal stone and triangle pendant. Love!
Being on the run all the time, I hardly have time to style my hair, but a quick fishtail braid will do it’s job for this casual Summer day look! I used my Micro-Silque from Elcie Cosmetics in the shade Natural as I've been tanning lately. On my eyes, I have a pair of lashes @elojelloseropian gave me that she ordered online! I don't know what they're called, but I know they are in style 628! I used the Tom Ford Gold Dust bronzer (my current favorite) along with TheBalmCosmetics Betty Louminizer on my cheeks for nice glow. Lastly, on my lips, I've used Stripdown pencil by MAC with Dose of Colors Sand lip stain and a hint of a OCC lip tar in a pearly pink (name has rubbed off, ahh!). Hope you guys liked this look as much as I did! Definitely taking to it my vacation with me ;)
Shop Mickey’s Girl http://mickeysgirl.com
Lace Cover Up Dress: http://mickeysgirl.com/lace-mesh-cover-up-dress.html
Peachy Dress http://mickeysgirl.com/baby-doll-dress-coral.html
Hello my love bugs! It has been a minute since I updated my blog - I miss you guys! It's been such a crazy few weeks with so many exciting events, including Generation Beauty! This year was the first year I've ever been to one of these and I was super excited. Friday night was an invite only private event at iPSY studios. Unfortunately, I was working ALL day and barely made it to the event 30 minutes before it ended. I had a great time, saw some of my friends and got the most AMAZING goodie bag I had ever received. I snap-chatted everything, so if you're not following me, make sure to add me: MakeUpbyLilit to see my day-to-day shenanigans! There was everything you can imagine in the bag (see photos below). The next day, I went over to Generation Beauty at the Staples Center (again, late.) and got to meet a lot of fans! I love meeting my followers, always so sweet & so supportive! I loved that the event was very small and intimate: 30 brands including Cargo, Jouer, LA Girl Cosmetics, Smashbox, Tarte, Lush and so much more! The booth setups were adorable and the best part? Had no idea that there is FREE goodies given away by all the brands! I mean - so worth it! If you have never been, make it a point to go next year. Thank you iPSY for such an exciting weekend!!!
My good friend Diana from GeekInStilletos invited me to join her at Neiman Marcus for the launch of the Tom Ford Summer Collection and of course I said yes! A. Because she's the ish. B. Because Tom Ford makeup is the ish. I have to say, I've tried a few different makeup brands that are an extension of fashion brands...and I've never really been fond. But Tom Ford keeps it's reputation with their beautiful packaging and quality products! I've been obsessed with his Shade and Illuminate palette as most of you know along with his lipsticks and shadows! But with their limited edition white and gold packaging, it was time I expanded my collection! (we always need an excuse don't we? hehe) I dabbled my fingers in their new Soleil eye shadow palette along with their new cream blushes and I have to say, beautiful! But here are the things that really caught my attention!
Bronzing Powder in Gold Dust: Gorgeous color! Smooth powder with the slightest amount of shimmer that does not overpower the bronzer. This bronzer has just enough shimmer to give you a nice subtle glow.
Cream and Powder Eye Color: These duos are simply stunning to say the least. His eyeshadows are already greatly pigmented but with the cream base underneath it all just make it stand out even more! This is an absolute must-have!
Shimmering Body Oil: This product has such a beautiful shimmer...I can't deal!! I was particularly excited about this as my wedding is coming up and this shimmer oil is just perfect! Thank you Diana for my first wedding gift (I could cry).
As you can tell, we were having a lot of fun playing with makeup. Reminds me of childhood when we thought the goopy glosses and nail polishes we had were everything! We don't change much do we? :)
Thank you Tom Ford for the goodies, champagne and the networking opportunities. And thank you Diana for letting me tag along!
I am Armenian. I am a proud Armenian. I am proud of my Armenians. I chose to share this post because and for my Armenians. We have a belief and you have yours. I chose to share mine and you're more than welcome to share yours. I should not and cannot be held against my beliefs because I "should" be silent. I do this because I have ancestors that were killed. I believe in our history, I believe in our facts and I believe there's hope for the future. I do not, however, hold anything against the current Turkish society. I have friends and great relationship with many Turkish individuals. I do however hold the current government responsible for not accepting the Genocide and helping us be at peace.
A few months ago, my friend Viola and I hosted an event called "What's Your Sweet Life?" And for this event, we gathered together some of the coolest, cutest and useful gifts for our guests. Part of the gifts was, The Coffee Scrub. I didn't get a chance to try this scrub until today...
I got the coconut edition. I opened the packet & I could swear it was no different than an actually coffee grind; except there was small coconut pieces in it. Smells amazing!! I dampened my face with warm water, dug my fingers into this squishy bag and scrubbed the "coffee" all over my face. I let it sit on my skin for a good 10 minutes before I washed it off with lukewarm water. It melted right off my skin and left it feeling oh so smooth! My face feels so soft I keep wanting to touch it, hehe. Next time, I'm using it on my body! Yes, you can also use it on your body, yay!
The Coffee Scrub is filled with plenty antioxidants which help neutralize the effects of aging, drying and dead skin. AND it's organic! Here are the ingredients: Atlantic Sea Salt, Avacado Oil, Coffee Arabica, Epsom Salt, Shea Butter, Turbinado Sugar, Vitamin E, Grapeseed Oil, Rosemary, Leaf Extract, Coconut Extract. Don't you love that you understood every exact ingredient?! I give this product an A+ !
You can get yours at www.TheCoffeeScrub.com for only $14.97. Totally worth it!
You look beautiful today! Your makeup is on point, your hair is on point...YOU are on point. You grab your camera/iPhone and start snapping photos, feeling hotter than ever! Then you click "photos" and review...what the heck?! Is THAT how you really look today? You're confused; you wonder who is telling you the truth. Do you trust the mirror or the camera? Ladies...the mirror doesn't lie. But that camera? I have questions about it's integrity. Some days, it works in your favor and other days...not so much. The camera plays tricks on you!
Sun: It's really important to take photos at certain times of the day. Usually around 5pm is ideal because the light is not so harsh at that time. If you so need to take photos earlier in the day, make sure you are standing under the shade and the sun should be behind you. You never want to face the sun directly because it's a lot harsher.
Lighting: It's important to invest in a good light. "Daytime" lighting would be ideal. You do not want to use the yellow lights or the flourescent light unless that's the look you're going for. Daytime lightbulbs will bring out the true colors of your makeup and face. A soft box is a great tool to have too if you're a makeup artist. It softens up your features and gives you a nice glow ok camera. Lastly, the ring light! This light is the magic light. I got mine from Stellar Lighting Systems. It comes with a little mirror you can attach to see yourself and a phone/camera holder.If you'd like to purchase one, they were nice enough to give me a discount code for my fans! Use "stellarmakeupbylilit" at checkout for 10% off! I personally love this light!
Camera: iPhone cameras 5 and up are great. Anything below that, you may struggle a bit as your photos will not come out as clear or as clean. Other than that, you might need to invest in a good camera if you are going to continue taking photos for professional/work reasons. It will save you photoshopping and editing time!It's truly an investment!
I've seen so many talented makeup artists with horrible photos and it makes me sad! And I hope YOU are reading this to better your photo taking skills. You're talented, show the world what you got! Xo
Hi, I am Lilit...welcome to my colorful world! I have been a professional makeup artist for 13 years and I am based in Los Angeles, Ca. This is where I blog about all my favorite things, from beauty & fashion to travel & lifestyle. As a beauty educator, I run workshops at my own studio, here in LA. 2015 sees the launch of my own formulation, Elcie Cosmetics. Follow me on my journey...