Amelia C & Co http://amelia-c.com Hair and Makeup Artistry Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:04:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Prepare Your Hair For the Summer Sun http://amelia-c.com/prepare-your-hair-for-the-summer-sun/ http://amelia-c.com/prepare-your-hair-for-the-summer-sun/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:01:07 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=4517 Prepare Your Hair For the Summer Sun When the summer season rolls around, you might not think much about what’s happening to your hair, almost everyone worries about their skin and protect themselves from sun damage. But while you’re enjoying the hot days, your hair could be getting dried out, stripped and mistreated by the elements. To ensure glorious locks all summer, here’s how to prep your hair for the heat. Image courtesy of Shutterstock Get UV Protection You look after...

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Prepare Your Hair For the Summer Sun

When the summer season rolls around, you might not think much about what’s happening to your hair, almost everyone worries about their skin and protect themselves from sun damage. But while you’re enjoying the hot days, your hair could be getting dried out, stripped and mistreated by the elements. To ensure glorious locks all summer, here’s how to prep your hair for the heat.

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Get UV Protection

You look after your skin so that it’s protected against the sun’s damaging light but your hair can also fall prey to its scorching wrath, becoming dry or brittle due to the penetrating rays. In the same way you wear sunblock-filled skin products to offer safety against the sun, you should switch to hair products that contain UV filters. These are basically SPF products for your tresses and a must if you’re spending lots of time outdoors.

Work the Leave-In

When the weather’s hot and humid, your hair can become frizzy. Talk about frustrating! But frizz is often a sign that your hair is suffering damage, so you need to provide it with lots of hydration. While you’re making sure to drink lots of water every day when you’re outdoors, don’t neglect your hair because it also needs to be nourished. Apply a leave-in conditioner after shampooing your hair because it helps to lock in moisture.

If your hair is coarse, wavy or dry, you should opt for a leave-in conditioner with a creamy consistency. This helps to smooth out the hair strands while making your hair easier to style. If your hair is prone to becoming limp with heavy products, such as if it is fine, you want to avoid anything too thick. Choose a liquid spray leave-in conditioner product so that you offer your hair hydration in a breezy, weightless way.

Keep it Wet

Dousing your dry hair in swimming pool water or the ocean can make it more vulnerable to the sun’s damage. This is because the chemicals in the water make hair fragile. You can protect your hair by wetting it before heading to the beach or pool. This makes hair less absorbent of chemicals. You should also apply some conditioner to your hair so you block chemical and sun damage in one go without letting frazzled hair ruin your summer days.

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Seal In Color

Summer’s all about bright and bold colors – why should your hair be any different? If you color your hair, you should get a color refreshment before the weather gets hotter. Why? The sun is harsh on colored hair, making your hair dry and your color fade faster than you’d like. Once your color’s been done, you should protect it by not exposing it to heat – that means the sun and your heated tools.

Only use hair products that are safe for color-treated hair so that they will prevent the color fade. Your shampoo and conditioner should also be free of chemicals such as sulfates which are too harsh on hair (they’re also alarmingly found in household cleaning products). When you get a hair treatment such as keratin at the salon, you’re advised to stop using sulfates on your hair because they can ruin the sleek effect, which just goes to show how damaging these chemicals can be.

Book a Snip

A haircut can do wonders for your hair during summer because if you haven’t had a cut in a while those hair tips are going to be extra dry, which makes them vulnerable to even more damage from the sun. By getting your tips (and split-ends) removed, your hair will not only look bouncier but get less frazzled by the heat.

Rock Fabulous Hairstyles at the Beach

You still want your hair to look gorgeous when you head outdoors, even if you’re going to be swimming or playing sport on the beach. But be sure that the style you choose isn’t going to cause damage to your hair. Wear a ponytail without a parting – just pull it back and tie it up – as thisprotects your scalp from being exposed to the UV rays. However, be careful that you don’t pull your hair too tightly as this can be damaging, especially if your hair is wet or suffering from a bout of dryness. If you’re going to be under the sun a lot during the summer, you should alternate how you tie your hair so that you don’t keep placing pressure on the same hair strands.

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Summers are all about sultry style and having fun, but your hair’s gorgeousness doesn’t have to be put on ice. By prepping and protecting your hair from the harsh sun, your hair can shine bright like a diamond.

 

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How to Turn Your Smartphone into Your Personal Fashion Consultant http://amelia-c.com/smartphone-beauty-and-fashion-apps/ http://amelia-c.com/smartphone-beauty-and-fashion-apps/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:42:55 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=4306 Today’s guest post is by the ever-lovely Gwen Eve Lewis. Gwen is a beauty and health writer for several publications, and something of a confirmed resource for all things gorgeous. We are excited to have her! Be sure to check out her other beautiful musings by following her Twitter feed: twitter.com/GwenEveLewis As smartphone technology kicks up yet another gear, it seems that there is little left that the phones of 2015 can’t do. They’re our organizers, gameboys, calculators, fitness trackers–and now even our fashion...

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Today’s guest post is by the ever-lovely Gwen Eve Lewis. Gwen is a beauty and health writer for several publications, and something of a confirmed resource for all things gorgeous. We are excited to have her! Be sure to check out her other beautiful musings by following her Twitter feed: twitter.com/GwenEveLewis

As smartphone technology kicks up yet another gear, it seems that there is little left that the phones of 2015 can’t do. They’re our organizers, gameboys, calculators, fitness trackers–and now even our fashion consultants. If your smartphone has yet to start fulfilling the role of fashion consultant, then have no fear: here are tips on how to turn your handy sidekick into the ultimate fashionista.

Makeup Genius by L’Oréal Paris 

Makeup Genius by L’Oréal Paris is a neat little app that allows you to test makeup styles and color palettes through your smartphone camera. Instead of adding makeup to a still picture of you, it applies the palette to your live face, giving you a working idea of what your makeup choices will actually look like in real life. If you find a selection that you like, you can order the makeup that contributed to your look directly through the app.

Hair Color by ModiFace

The ModiFace Hair Color app is a handy tool if you’re thinking about taking the plunge and getting your hair colored. After uploading a picture of yourself to the app, you can test different hair colors on yourself. Some colors are only available if you upgrade to the premium version of ModiFace for $1.99, but you can get a pretty good idea from the free version of whether a color palette is right for you. To narrow it down to the perfect shade, you’ll have to upgrade.

Beautified

Beautified is a super useful beauty app for the fashion-conscious procrastinator. The app allows you to find and book same-day beauty services, and  is available in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

Visada

Using an uploaded picture of you, Visada offers handy beauty hacks to help you improve your skin and select makeups that flatter your complexion. As well as offering some great skin care tips and tricks, Visada analyzes your face shape, using your results to give you hairstyle recommendations.

Lifebooker

A great deal-finding beauty tool, Lifebooker finds the best salon and spa deals in your area. Find coupons, compare prices, and even book appointments on this useful little app. Not sure if a salon or spa is right for you? Lifebooker shows you recent reviews and ratings as well as available appointment times.

SkinBetter

If you’re tired of paying high dermatologist fees for skin analysis, then SkinBetter is the perfect tool for you. Through the app, you can upload a picture of your skin and complete a skin analysis profile. Using this information, the app identifies your skin problem areas, and then makes skincare product recommendations based upon your results.

ThinkDirty

If you’re concerned about the ingredients of your beauty products (and you should be, many popular products contain known carcinogens), then ThinkDirty is a great tool for you. The app is easy to use, and analyzes and ranks the toxicity of the ingredients in the beauty products that you own.

With these and any other apps you may find at your disposal, you can add personal beauty consultant to your smartphone’s list of roles it plays in your life!

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Covering Acne with Makeup: Professional makeup tips for acne skin http://amelia-c.com/covering-acne-makeup-professional-makeup-tips-acne-skin/ http://amelia-c.com/covering-acne-makeup-professional-makeup-tips-acne-skin/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:08:14 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=3966 **Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here. If there’s one thing I’m fiercely proud of as a professional makeup artist, it’s my ability to cover acne skin flawlessly with cosmetics. I’ve spent way too many mornings perfecting the skill on my own pizza face. At the same time, I’m also deeply grateful that my profession allows me knowledge and access to the best products out there. I don’t honestly know how I would have managed...

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**Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here.

If there’s one thing I’m fiercely proud of as a professional makeup artist, it’s my ability to cover acne skin flawlessly with cosmetics. I’ve spent way too many mornings perfecting the skill on my own pizza face. At the same time, I’m also deeply grateful that my profession allows me knowledge and access to the best products out there. I don’t honestly know how I would have managed the worst years if I hadn’t been able to hide under the cover of carefully applied foundation and concealer.

First things first: If you pick a blemish to the point where the skin is raw and wet and shiny, you’re pretty much screwed and you did it to yourself. Keep that in mind before you turn your bathroom mirror into amateur hour in the operating room. It’s one thing to extract a pimple, it’s another thing to make damaging and futile attempts to a spot that you need to let be. Makeup will NOT stick to a wet, raw surface.

To keep your expectations this side of reality, you need to understand that only color can be covered, not texture. If you have a raised blemish, it will still show once your makeup is finished. It will look less obvious if you set your makeup with a setting or finishing powder, but it will still show. I’m going to tell you about covering acne with makeup, but I’m talking in terms of color. And, we are also going to skip the whole debacle that is contouring these days. For the record, all of us makeup artists were contouring long before everyone wanted to look like Kim Kardashian, but the YouTube videos have made it way out of control and now half the women on this planet are walking around looking like Lindsey Lohan in a courthouse appearance.

Start your makeup by completing your own skin care regimen. It can be the one I talk about here, or it can be one of your own design. Whatever works for you, as long as you moisturize as the final step.

My favorite tool for applying foundation, especially when I’m breaking out, is a damp Beauty Blender. This soft, squishy pink sponge is absolutely perfect for pressing and patting foundation and concealer into place, blending seamlessly. Be sure to wash it before every use, to keep it free from bacteria, and rinse the residue of the soap out well.

What You’ll Need:

Beauty Blender

Makeup Forever HD Foundation

Makeup Forever All Cover Concealer

Makeup Forever Velvet Finish Powder in Translucent (compact or loose is fine, as long as it’s NOT the HD line)

Aquaphor

What you DON’T Need:

Pore minimizing primer/primer in general

Setting Spray

On normal days, when my skin is in really good condition, I use Makeup Forever HD Foundation. 3-4 pumps on the back of my hand, and instead of wiping on my face I “blot” it on. But, this isn’t a series on clear skin, it’s a series on acne. I love this foundation because it’s silicone-based formula looks and acts like a second skin, without being super oily or super dry. When I need more durable, don’t slip coverage, I’ll add in a good squiggle of Makeup Forever All Cover concealer. This stuff is the MAC DADDY of concealers!! Once it goes on, it truly doesn’t budge an inch! However, that’s a curse as well as a blessing. If you were to apply this concealer directly to problem areas, you’re blending time is ultra short as it dries quickly and stays. When mixed with the HD Foundation, it creates a kind of hybrid that will smooth everything all over and really stay on.

If once you’ve applied your foundation evenly, with the extra boost of the concealer as needed, you may still have some pesky areas peeking through. Mix up the same foundation/concealer combo, only this time, up the ratio so that more than half of the mix is concealer alone. Use the cone shaped tip of the blender to press and dab onto these spots.

Once everything is covered, flip your blender on it’s wider, flatter bottom and starting from your jawline, blend downwards into your neck for a seamless transition.

Wait a moment for your foundation to start to air dry, and then lightly buff your setting powder over your whole face, taking care not to apply too much pressure. If you start going at it like crazy, the bristles of your brush could leave marks into your still-drying foundation.

Because the full coverage of your foundation will create a pretty flat finish on your features, you’ll need to add dimension back in. I prefer using a powder foundation that’s a couple shades darker than my skin tone. Skip the shimmery bronzer for this, go for matte and natural. You can always top it off later for a bronze-y effect, right now we are just looking for a really great base for the rest of your makeup.

I use this routine not just for myself, but for my clients as well. If you use it every day, and you put foundation on or around your eyes, remember that the concealer will dry them out. Eye cream is important here, no one wants flaky lids. Hydrate!

When all is said and done, put a pea-size amount of Aquaphor on your lips and rub in. Then, using a q-tip, remove the Aquaphor in the shape of your lips. You should be left with a flawless, gorgeous natural lip line.

You got this!!! Practice makes perfect. You don’t need an airbrush compressor or Photoshop to cover acne with makeup.

As an aside: Primers are nice, and I’ve been known to use them for clients, but skip them if you’re using this method. The primer will just roll around under the foundation, and give you this weird texture.

 

 

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How To Clear Up Acne: My clear skin regimen http://amelia-c.com/how-to-clear-up-acne/ http://amelia-c.com/how-to-clear-up-acne/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:14:02 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=3962 **Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here. Acne cannot be cured. It can only be managed. I cannot stress this point strongly enough. Though Accutane is a nice option for longer relief, too many times for too many people it hasn’t proven to be a permanent solution. This holds especially true for those of us cursed with severe cystic acne. Even those people with the chronic, albeit mild, pimply chin from menstrual cycles can’t...

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**Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here.

Acne cannot be cured. It can only be managed.

I cannot stress this point strongly enough.

Though Accutane is a nice option for longer relief, too many times for too many people it hasn’t proven to be a permanent solution. This holds especially true for those of us cursed with severe cystic acne. Even those people with the chronic, albeit mild, pimply chin from menstrual cycles can’t count on Accutane to be their savior. I did find that it helped reduce the severity of my flare-ups, but it absolutely didn’t go away. Unless I reach some miracle, unknown age where my skin clears up all on it’s own with no explanation, I’ve squared myself with the fact that I simply have to manage it. And you too, probably.

In 2012, after two rounds of Accutane with brief periods of clear skin between, my doc wanted to put me on that third round. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It had been a long time since I started looking into topical treatments. Back to the drawing board I went, and after some research and suggestions bought the Obagi Nu Derm starter kit for a cool $450. I admit that I had little faith in anything topical helping, as my experience had proven otherwise. But, desperate times and desperate measures, you know the saying. Within about a month my skin looked just as good as it did when I was on Accutane.

After more than a year on the system, I started to whittle down what I was using and why I was using it. I’m glad I did, as the aesthetician in my derms office informed me that Obagi is NOT a long term solution, given the high quantities of hydroquinone in their creams. After playing around (carefully) with a few different options, I figured out what works for me. Here’s how to clear up acne. Or, at least, here’s how I keep my skin mostly clear.

Morning:

1) Wash face with Murad Clarifying Cleanser mixed with 5-6 un-coated aspirins dissolved with a little water. (This creates a kind of cleanser scrub combo)

2) Pat face dry, then use two full pumps of Daniel Kerns Treatment Gel. Massage lightly into face, there will be a LOT of it. Let dry completely, 20 minutes or so

3) Moisturize with Cera Ve, two full pumps making sure to start at the neck and work upwards.

4) Pat on a light eye cream (sometimes I skip this if my eyes are irritated)

Evening:

1) Remove makeup with makeup wipe

2) Wash face with Murad Clarifying cleanser, no aspirin this time.

3) Pat face dry, then use two full pumps Daniel Kerns Treatment Gel. Massage lightly into face, there will be a LOT of it. Let dry completely, 20 minutes or so.

4) Moisturize with Cera Ve, two full pumps making sure to start at the neck and work upwards.

5) Pat on eye cream, usually a bit richer than the day time cream.

6) As needed, dab on Daniel Kerns AHA or prescription strength Retin A on blemishes. (If you are following the routine religiously, this should be a rare occurrence)

You should see significant improvement in about two weeks. Just stick with it. It’s not fool proof, and you will have occasional breakouts. Change your pillow case often, and watch out for serums in your hair that could be dragging on your face. Don’t forget the sunscreen (I recommend Obagi), as your skin will be more photo sensitive. If you’re noticing flare ups, carefully go through your recent routine and see if you can pinpoint something that triggered it- did you face plant into a deepdish pizza? Did you try a new flat iron serum? Are you cleaning your makeup brushes regularly?

Again- acne can’t be cured, it can only be managed. This is the best plan I’ve got for long term use, and I’ve had very good success with getting rid of acne using it.

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How to get rid of scarring: Because your face shouldn’t resemble post-apocalyptic earth http://amelia-c.com/get-rid-scarring-face-shouldnt-resemble-post-apocalyptic-earth/ http://amelia-c.com/get-rid-scarring-face-shouldnt-resemble-post-apocalyptic-earth/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:10:44 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=3970 **Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here. The worst kind of acne, the kind that makes you want to crawl back into bed rather than face the public, is cystic acne. I’m fairly certain it’s accompanied by all kinds of other nastiness, and have never heard of someone having just cystic acne by itself. As if sucking out anything resembling self esteem during a break out wasn’t bad enough, cystic acne leaves a permanent...

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**Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here.

The worst kind of acne, the kind that makes you want to crawl back into bed rather than face the public, is cystic acne. I’m fairly certain it’s accompanied by all kinds of other nastiness, and have never heard of someone having just cystic acne by itself. As if sucking out anything resembling self esteem during a break out wasn’t bad enough, cystic acne leaves a permanent reminder of a temporary outbreak in the form of pits and scars. If you have super active oily skin like mine, two hours into your day the faked smooth look you managed to achieve with copious amounts of setting powder has been dissolved and the light bouncing off your scarred and shiny face is much more pronounced.

There’s a several different methods out there that are meant to address the scarring acne leaves behind. Unfortunately, most of these treatments only address hyper pigmentation scarring, not actual texture. I’ve tried one method so far, the DermaRoller, and have plans sometime in the near future to spring for Fraxel.

My derm says that the DermaRoller is the poor mans Fraxel. Not particularly uplifting, but hey, I like him because he’s a straight shooter like that. DermaRoller works by rolling a cylinder filled with small needles all over your face repeatedly, puncturing the skin. Kind of like what they do to a pizza before the sauce goes on, to make it rise evenly. Same idea- by creating small pinpricks of trauma all over your face, it forces the collagen to rebuild all at the same time. The (laymans, simplified) idea is that when your whole face is pricked and pitted over, everything will heal together and therefore shove those stubborn pits back up to the surface of your skin.

It is NOT a pleasant procedure, and it’s best done in multiple sets. My series involved three treatments. When I arrived to my derms office, a thick layer of numbing cream was smeared all over my face. After marinating in that for thirty minutes or so, I now longer was aware of any of my facial skin and could possibly have been drooling when doc and his coordinator walked in. Trish, Dr. Aspacio’s cosmetic coordinator, was armed with a kind of pizza roll thing but the rolling part was a perfectly smooth cylinder of ice. (The irony that I’m discussing acne and using pizza analogies to describe the tools in this blog is not lost on me, and I hope not you either.) Trish would give a small section of my face a roll with the ice, numbing it even further, and with vigor doc would go at the area with the DermaRoller. This was repeated all over my face, but mostly concentrated on the areas with the heaviest scarring. It didn’t actually hurt too bad, except where the skin was thin over a bone. When I sat up, it looked like I had a romp with the classiest Fight Club in Vegas. My face was perforated all over and small drops of blood trickled out here and there. With a few small ice packs to sooth me, I was sent on my way. When I walked in our home and my husband saw me, he blurted out “I’m gonna kick that doctors ass!” I guess I looked pretty rough. But then I reminded him I paid for the pleasure of having the procedure done, and handsomely too, so he should just cool it.

And so it went, two more times. More numbing, more ice, more rolling. In between treatments and for a few weeks after, I did actually notice that my skin seemed smoother. That being said, I attribute that mostly to the swelling. It’s not that I looked like a blow-fish or anything, it’s just that your face can’t help but get a little puffy after something like that.

It’s entirely possible it worked, and I just have really bad scarring that will require multiple series. It’s also possible that my expectations to have a face smoother that Kim Kardashian’s photoshopped ass are unrealistic.

The Fraxel laser, however, is supposed to be life changing and it has the price tag to prove it. While I’ve not had it done yet, I fully intend to. So, if you a person of leisure with disposable income to dump on your face, I’d highly suggest you look into it.

On a side note: You can find knock offs and even the original (I think) of the DermaRoller tool everywhere online. I know, because when I researched it prior to starting my series I came across plenty of websites hocking them. DON’T DO IT. This is not a DIY kind of thing. It can go horribly wrong, make your breakouts worse, and possibly permanently damage your skin further. If you want the treatment, save your pennies and don’t cheap out on it, get a professional in a medical environment.

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2014: What An Epic Year http://amelia-c.com/2014-epic-year/ http://amelia-c.com/2014-epic-year/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:42:25 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=4079 You know that scene from Finding Nemo where the turtle is all like “Whoaaaaa!” and then is all like “Whoooooooa”? That’s totally been our year here at Amelia C & Co. There were some totally righteous WHOA’s and a very tearful whoa… So here we go. (I’m not entirely sure, but I think I just made a haiku…) I get all kinds of worked up at the start of the year, there’s so many possibilities and so much to look forward...

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You know that scene from Finding Nemo where the turtle is all like “Whoaaaaa!” and then is all like “Whoooooooa”? That’s totally been our year here at Amelia C & Co. There were some totally righteous WHOA’s and a very tearful whoa… So here we go.

(I’m not entirely sure, but I think I just made a haiku…)

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I get all kinds of worked up at the start of the year, there’s so many possibilities and so much to look forward to. In a fit of eagerness, I decided it was a great idea to do 30 shoots in 30 days, and dubbed the project #30daysgorgeous. The ‘Co was a little scared, but like the troopers they are they rallied and we made it happen. It was an intense month- organizing and phone calls and concepts and models and locations and wardrobe… I need a nap just writing about it. But, hey, I don’t have to! You can just swing by the archives and marvel that we made it out of 30 days with 26 shoots! Yea, so we fell short. But here’s something you can cross-stitch and put over the mantle…”Aim for the moon and if you miss, you’ll be among the stars.”

 

In the spring, we got a friendly email from a hair and makeup artist inquiring about joining the team. After scanning his credentials and looking at his impressive portfolio, I couldn’t wait to meet him. In April we officially welcomed Tyler to the team, and we just love him! Our brides and clients do too – he is sweet and funny and just has this completely comfortable vibe about him. You feel immediately like you’ve known him for years and want to hear about how his dog is doing, when he’s going home to Ohio to visit family. He’s just incredible and we couldn’t be happier that he reached out.

June was a huge month of hello’s and goodbyes. What I mean to say is, I pretty much cried my way through it.

maternity photos las vegaOn June 1st, we welcomed our fist boy Kids of the ‘Co, Kade. Hayley and her fiance George had an absolutely too-cute-for-words, blue-eyed baby boy. He is just the sweetest baby and always so happy. Now that Kade is here and healthy, it’s all about the wedding planning! Dress shopping has officially started for Hayley, and she’s getting wifed up in November 2015!!

And then, on June 26th, Alana did her last wedding with the ‘Co. An amazing opportunity for her husband required them to move to Hawaii with their beautiful daughter and, we later found out, soon to be baby boy. Alana had been with the ‘Co since the very beginning, so it was a rough time. I’m not gonna lie, I literally sobbed for a week. But, at the same time, I’m so happy for her and her growing family. Besides, you can’t get too upset with someone for moving to Hawaii!

Oh, and in the middle of all the arrivals and departures of loved ones, Melissa F and I flew to San Francisco to do a long-time clients hair and makeup for her wedding! Our bride Rochelle had a gorgeous wedding on an old mission-style vineyard just outside of the city. We decided to bookend it with a few days to play in the city and had a lovely time with our husbands joining us for a quick mini trip.

halloween makeup las vegasWanting to get our hands a little gory for Halloween this year, we staged a photo shoot in July with our buddies from Orange Soda Photo featuring sugar skulls and zombies. At the very last minute, one of our zombies had to cancel so Chief Dude Rob stepped in and was the baddest zombie ever. Until he tried to eat me. And glamour me. Yup, when his eyeliner wouldn’t come off he tried channeling Bill. Ask him how it went sometime.

In August among fashion shows and more zombie requests and weddings, Rob and I escaped for a quick trip to SoCal to meet new artists for our expanding region and do a couple weddings. We are READY for you, San Diego Brides! And getting more ready by the day! So if you’re getting married in San Diego and need professional wedding makeup or hair for your big day, give us a call!

September and October flew by as they always do. Las Vegas is just positively perfect for an outdoor wedding that time of year, so naturally it’s our busiest. November 1st & 2nd we co-hosted our fourth year doing the Patriotic Pin-Ups fundraiser, helping raise more than $7k for homeless veterans in two days! And now we are official in that we actually have a Facebook Page. Spots go fast, so go right now and like the page so you know when next year’s fundraiser is.

professional makeup artist las vegasLater that month we did our annual company photo’s for 2015. We were super lucky to have Mindy Bean behind the lens. That woman is magical, and we are just absolutely obsessed with how she managed to capture us. Thank you Mindy, you are a rockstar and we love you!!!

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2014 was absolutely incredible. And you know what? I have every intention of making 2015 even better.

xoxo

Amelia C

 

 

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#30daysgorgeous: Groovy Kind of Love http://amelia-c.com/30daysgorgeous-groovy-kind-love/ http://amelia-c.com/30daysgorgeous-groovy-kind-love/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 16:19:44 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=4001 Coming up with 30 different photo shoot ideas in 30 days was no small feat, and I knew the easiest way to go about it was to start with expanding themes that already played into our daily wedding beauty requests. Since we knew we’d be recreating looks from the 20’s through the 40’s, we decided to tiptoe into the late 60’s for one of our #30daysgorgeous sessions. As far as fashion and beauty, the 70’s kind of get a bad...

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Coming up with 30 different photo shoot ideas in 30 days was no small feat, and I knew the easiest way to go about it was to start with expanding themes that already played into our daily wedding beauty requests. Since we knew we’d be recreating looks from the 20’s through the 40’s, we decided to tiptoe into the late 60’s for one of our #30daysgorgeous sessions. As far as fashion and beauty, the 70’s kind of get a bad rep. At least, that’s what Chief Dude tells me. The over-sized lapels, hair that’s either larger than life or as flat as can be. Bell bottoms and orange and baby blue and over-sized floral patterns for nearly every item in the wardrobe. I could see why that could all go very wrong, very quickly. We wanted to balance the style of this particular wedding photo shoot right on the edge, before it tumbled over and everyone had avocado refrigerators.

But on the cusp of the late 1960’s before the 70’s grabbed hold rested bombshell’s like Brigitte Bardot. You also had models like Twiggy pushing the cut-crease trend as far as possible. The wedding makeup of that time was just as bold as the fashion magazines- thick wing eyeliner that made no apologies, over-sized lashes and paled down lips. Well, don’t threaten us with a good time! That’s all the reason we needed to recreate a wedding makeup look reminiscent of that time frame.

We really wanted to bring this idea to life and do it justice, so I called our girl Mindy Bean to pitch the idea. The ‘Co has worked with Mindy for a few years now, and we absolutely love it when she’s behind the lens capturing our work! The way she creates images from a more editorial perspective that looks like fine art has made her one of the most in-demand wedding photographers in Las Vegas. Taking full advantage of the idea and needing an exceptional eye to hone in on the style, Micheal of JMT Eventology stepped in to bring our vision to life. His extensive experience delighting brides in Las Vegas for more than a decade has cultivated a very precise set of skills that are most useful with unique stylized requests. The girls over at Enchanted Florist already have their own kind of funky style and knew exactly what kind of floral would suit best, which looked amazing on the table with RSVP’s cool vintage-looking tableware and way groovy linens. Dragon Ridge Country Club was kind enough to let us stage our righteous shoot in their stunning room used for decadent weddings, set against the backdrop of both the mountains and the city. Our talented Bianca created the makeup look for our model Jessica, and her handsome husband Steve, as though they stepped right out of a 1969 fashion magazine.

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Same Love Styled Shoot- Gay Weddings Las Vegas http://amelia-c.com/love-styled-shoot-gay-weddings-las-vegas/ http://amelia-c.com/love-styled-shoot-gay-weddings-las-vegas/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 15:53:28 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=4004 We love our hottie lezzies!! Ok, we love our fabulous gay boyfriends too, but trust me when I say that every gay man I’ve ever known who wanted to wear makeup is already doing it. So as wedding hair and makeup artists, I’m pretty certain that it’s all about the lesbians for us! And we couldn’t be more excited that same love is legal and here to stay in Las Vegas! Back in October when the race to marriage equality...

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We love our hottie lezzies!! Ok, we love our fabulous gay boyfriends too, but trust me when I say that every gay man I’ve ever known who wanted to wear makeup is already doing it. So as wedding hair and makeup artists, I’m pretty certain that it’s all about the lesbians for us! And we couldn’t be more excited that same love is legal and here to stay in Las Vegas!

Back in October when the race to marriage equality was finally breaking the barrier, I stood outside the marriage license bureau with Brit, Gina, Courtney, and Sandi waiting to greet the newly licensed couples. Brit’s the real trooper- that girl was out there ALL morning long with signs and balloons, just waiting to congratulate that first couple. Brit and I had long been talking about doing a gay styled wedding shoot, and for a couple months there we just couldn’t find the right couple. Chatting it over with Courtney from MEET LV, turns out she had a couple of gal pals that were actually a couple. She asked them if they’d be so kind as to model for us and got a big YES! We all were so stoked to finally make this happen. Our models, Keriann and Lacey, are in that super romantic, dreamy fresh love phase of their relationship. Fun fact; I vaugley knew Keriann! Back in 2009 I assisted hair and makeup for Suessical the Musical, and she was Thing One. So cool :)

Brit and her awesome-super-fab-rockstars Gin and Angela rallied the troops and pulled together an amazing team for the shoot. Putting together a styled shoot requires a whole team to pull it off right, and her list of all-stars was enough to turn any brides to be into fangirls!

Cake and Desserts: Gimme Some Sugar
Decor/Floral: Naakiti Floral 
Vintage Dishes: Dirty Dishes
Wedding Gowns: Couture Bride
Stationery: Paper & Home
Coordination: Simply Weddings
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At Home Acne Treatments : Dumb things I’ve done http://amelia-c.com/at-home-acne-treatments/ http://amelia-c.com/at-home-acne-treatments/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:17:41 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=3958 **Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here. Once, in sheer panic, I took a pumice stone to my face. I took a pumice stone to my face.  Definitely not one of my finer moments. The allure of making some acne-blasting concoction from things you probably already have laying around your house is near irresistible. Or better yet, ransacking the skincare aisle of your nearest drugstore for potions that say they’ll do this, that, or the...

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**Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here.

Once, in sheer panic, I took a pumice stone to my face. I took a pumice stone to my face.  Definitely not one of my finer moments.

The allure of making some acne-blasting concoction from things you probably already have laying around your house is near irresistible. Or better yet, ransacking the skincare aisle of your nearest drugstore for potions that say they’ll do this, that, or the other. GAG. Or better yet, “I know! Let’s smear some Greek yogurt with lemon juice on our faces, that will clear up our skin!” Quite frankly, if that stuff actually worked for the real sufferers of acne, how do you think the skin-care industry turned into a billion dollar business?

Turning your bathroom into a make-shift operating room isn’t any better. Using safety pins, needles, tweezers, your own nails, or in my case a pumice stone. At home acne treatments and dumb things I’ve done include:

  • Smearing my face with honey then tap, tap, tapping it to the point it formed this opaque, white goo on my face, which was bright red with irritation after
  • Taking tweezers or sharp objects to my face in an effort to extract a pimple
  • Using cheap and high fragrance drugstore products like masks and cleansers in rapid succession, one after another for an hour or more
  • Took an eyebrow shaver to my whole face to try and slough off dead skin (done correctly it’s kind of the right idea, except it’s hardly every done correctly at home)
  • Drank calcium bentonite clay. I could not make that up.
  • Using 10% benzoyl peroxide over my whole face and skipping moisturizer
  • Using Sea Breeze.
  • Swabbing my face with isopropyl alcohol
  • Picking or exfoliating a spot to the point where the whole area was glassy with damaged, exposed skin a few layers deep
  • Skipping moisturizer all together for periods
  • Using the same nasty touch-up sponge from my compact throughout the day
  • Using a oil-based concealer over my whole face, then topping it with a liquid foundation, then topping it with a powder foundation, then putting a finishing powder on top of that. Hellooooo cake face!

So just so ya know… I’m a pro and I’ve still done some really dumb things. Don’t make the same mistakes that I did- they all have varying degrees of imminent disaster.

There are some very good organic, kitchen beautician at home skin care recipes out there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dogging a more holistic approach to healthy skin. What I am saying, however, is you can make the most organic, all natural, super fabulous mask in a jar at home and if you truly do have chronic sever acne, it’t ain’t gonna help. You’re wasting your time and money and potentially, making a bad situation worse.

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Medical Treatments for Acne: My dermatologist is my BFF http://amelia-c.com/medical-treatments-acne-dermatologist-bff/ http://amelia-c.com/medical-treatments-acne-dermatologist-bff/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:56:16 +0000 http://amelia-c.com/?p=3960 **Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here. *Disclaimer: Let me make myself plain. I am not a doctor and I have absolutely NO medical training. Any advice you take from this article or any within the Acne series or on this blog is at your own risk. The purpose of this writing is to share my personal experiences regarding medical treatments for acne, and under no circumstances replaces the advice of a professional dermatologist or doctor....

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**Note: New to my series on acne? It’s important that you start here.

*Disclaimer: Let me make myself plain. I am not a doctor and I have absolutely NO medical training. Any advice you take from this article or any within the Acne series or on this blog is at your own risk. The purpose of this writing is to share my personal experiences regarding medical treatments for acne, and under no circumstances replaces the advice of a professional dermatologist or doctor.

My dermatologist is kind of a big to-do on the west side of Vegas, but the medical treatments for acne that I get done are so standard I have no problem seeing is PA-C, Spencer… whom I have dubbed Cap’n Spence. I trust my derm, and if he trusts Spencer, then I do too. Either one of them can get me looking pretty in less than 24 hours. Never mind the fact that I come in so often I’ve befriended the cosmetic coordinator, Trish, as well as the front office staff. You could say I’m good for business.

Dr. Aspacio over at Summerlin Dermatology (if you live in Las Vegas, write that down… the man is amazing) has been with me for at nearly a decade. You’d think that a skilled derm would have been able to resolve my acne by now and sent me on my way, but as I’ve said before there is no cure for acne. It can only be managed. I don’t fault Dr. A one bit for my predicament. Though many people have had long-term success with Accutane, I am unfortunately one of those poor souls who did not. After two rounds and several months, my face reverted back to it’s early 20’s self. Some patients require three rounds, the maximum Accutane can be taken, but I just couldn’t bring myself for a third go with the traumatizing pill. I started looking for different ways I could manage my skin, and eventually created a daily routine that for the most part keeps my skin clear. But it’s not perfect… I still get the occasional pimple or cyst.

And if it’s Monday through Friday, from 8-5, I can make it disappear within 24 hours.

There’s a kind of steroid shot you can get directly into the offending spot that will literally dissolve the nightmare by the time you wake up the next day. It’s fairly routine, is more scary than painful (HELLO needles in your face!!), and takes hardly any time at all. I’m sure it’s got a fancy medical term, but I don’t know what it is- I just make an appointment and go. Because I’ve got a great relationship with my derm and his staff, I always get same-day appointments and zip down there as fast as I can for emergency shots. Not sure if that’s a luxury afforded to all their patients or if I’ve been around so long that I’ve just got it like that, but I’m certainly not going to ask any questions! No longer do I suffer through days of embarrassment. There’s also less risk of scarring with the steroid shot- no picking required.

Years ago when my derm originally suggested it to me as an option, I shied away from it thinking it would be an expensive procedure. Depending on your health insurance, you could simply pay your copay or alternatively, the office visit rate plus the shot. The most expensive I’ve ever heard of it being is $130, which may seem a bit pricey for a zit, but for me it’s a small price to pay if I’ve got to put my best face forward for work or an event. Thankfully, I fall under the “co-pay” category and gladly fork it over. You can’t put a price on confidence.

It’s important to note that this solution can’t be a daily or even weekly thing. You still have to manage you acne to the point where it’s mostly under control. Occasionally I still go through a bad couple weeks where I might be in three or more times, but I also go for weeks and sometimes a couple months without needing a shot. I try to hold out if the spot is in a less noticeable location, like the side of my jaw, to not abuse the treatment or my body. You’re still injecting yourself with a foreign substance, and there’s a level of responsibility and respect that needs to go along with that. But truly, for emergency situations- and having a giant zit on my face constitutes an emergency for me- it’s really the best, most amazing solution out there.

Of course, there are other medical options as well, and believe me when I say we’ve tried them all. Listed in no particular order we’ve done:

  • Antibiotics – various (useless and potentially harmful in my opinion)
  • Spironolactone (no results and felt dizzy at times)
  • Retin A (only had somewhat good results in healing, not preventing, acne)
  • Obagi (works well, ask your derm which system you need)
  • Accutane (read my thoughts here if you haven’t already)
  • Chemical Peels (very subtle results)

I think there may be a few other’s in there that I’m missing, because this battle has spanned more than a decade and I was quick to ditch things that proved useless. But the point is, the one thing you can nearly always count on to take care of larger offending spots is the steroid shot. Make BFF’s with your derm for this- it’s totally worth it.

 

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