Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ombré Hair

Check out the style here!

Come get the hottest hair trend at Willow Salon   843.725.7557.  Jade did this look on her client last night. Came out SO cute.

Our supermodel, Jennifer, rocked the look well. :)

Have a *Wonderful*Wednesday* everyone!


Monday, January 24, 2011

My Latest Palette Obsession

Hey gorgeous!

One of my favorite palettes is NYX Bohemian Rhapsody.  It's Monday but it doesn't matter because the NYX 10 Color Palette in Bohemian Rhapsody makes everything better. It comes with 10 of the line’s most wearable neutrals in shades of silver, taupe, brown, beige, gray, peach and black, all for an easily digestible $11 (and they even included a case!).

What’s my favorite way to wear it? I like to add one of the lighter mattes to my brow bone, sweep a slightly darker matte in the crease, pat one of the shimmers on the lid, and then define both my lash and water lines with the matte in black.

Done and done. Go get you one! Buy it here!

Have a great Monday everyone :)


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cameron Bridal Makeup

Hey guys!

I am lucky enough to work with brides on their special day.  I had the privilege of working with Cameron and she sent me some of the pictures from the wedding.  Just thought I could share so you get a glimpse of what I love to do and WHY I love doing it!  I am very blessed.

Call to book your appointment for wedding makeup today! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Celebrity Look

Hello everyone!

So, I'm going to start doing some celebrity inspired beauty posts!  I'm going to try to make this a weekly post so let me know if you're feeling certain celebrity makeup and I'll instruct you on how to get the look!

This week's celebrity beauty crush is Nicole Richie at her Lucky Magazine cover launch party.

Purple smokey eyes are complimentary on everyone, but especially brown eyes. 

To get this bombshell look, apply a light purple shade all over the upper and lower lids.  I like NYX eyeshadow in Daffodil


After the pale purple is applied, take a deeper plum shade and blend it into the outer corners of the eyes.  My favorite deep purple is one that comes in the Dior Duo Purple look.

 Line your eyes with jet black eyeliner and voila--the perfect purple smokey eye!  

Let me know if you have any questions!


Monday, January 10, 2011


Hey guys!

How about this weather? We southerners are not used to this ice and snow!  Hope everyone is driving safely :) 

Okay, I think it's safe to say that no-one enjoys getting pretty in this weather.  Your hair will freeze if you leave it wet and your makeup is ruined by rain!  Everyone, even the most gorgeous model, has the occasional bad day.  These are the days when eyes look puffy, skin appears sallow,  breakouts are blaring, and nothing seems to help.  There are many solutions to these problems!

Add Moisture.  When skin is dehydrated, it looks older and less alive.  Drink plenty of water.  Use a rich moisturizer to help temporarily plump up the skin, making it look softer and younger. 

Active Moist $35

Skip the full makeup application.  Avoid the urge to apply makeup in an attempt to banish the bad-day issues.  Use just a bit of concealer, a tinted moisturizer, and a pinky blush.  Don't get all Bozo clown on me just because you're having a bad day. 

Curl lashes to open up eyes and make them look more awake.  Do not follow with lots of eye makeup.  Dark liner and shadows can make tired eyes look even more tired.  Stick to light shades on the lids, and use mascara just on the top lashes. 

Fake a tan.  To enliven skin, apply a light coat of self-tanner, bronzing powder, or gel.  Follow with pinky blush. 

Don't compensate for paleness with too much color.  A sheer pink blush will warm up the skin without looking fake.  A bit of moisturizer patted onto the skin over the blush will make the skin look dewy!  LOVE!

Nars blush in "orgasm" $25

Add sheer, glossy lip color to perk up your mouth.  The best shades match your natural lip color or add just a hint of rose of pink.

Nars gloss in Turkish Delight $24

Sabra's Sure Shots [items that save me on bad days]:

Black mascara
Pinky blush
Cheek highlighter 
Bright colored scarf
Ray-bans --Because we all know that sunglasses are the best makeup :) 

Hope this helps everyone stay gorgeous through this nasty weather!  Have a WONDERFUL Monday. 


Thursday, January 6, 2011

LC Goes Brunette (and I love!)

Hey ya'll!

Well look who decided to join the dark side?  It's Lauren Conrad! It's a warm brown base with some dusted highlights on the ends.  I am crazy about it!  What do you think?

Call Willow Salon at 843.720.7557 if you want the new LC look!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Makeup Maintenance and Care

Hey Gorgeous!

I always get asked how often I clean my brushes and how often I replace my makeup; so I decided to break it dowwwwn for ya!

Your makeup is only as good as the tools you use to apply it.  Therefore, your tools must always be in their best working condition.  That means clean brushes, puffs, and sponges AND makeup that's not too old.

Brush Care

A good set of brushes will last several years if you take care of them.  To clean brushes, you can use brush cleaner, gentle soap, or baby shampoo (my favorite).  Put soap in palm and swirl the bristles around on your palm until they are covered in soap.  Rinse thoroughly until soap residue is gone. 

Clean all your brushes every month or two.  I clean mine after every application for sanitation purposes because I am using them on different people, and not just on myself.  For a quick cleaning in between washings, use a spray brush cleaner.  Spritz onto the bristles, and swipe them back and forth on a tissue until all product residues are removed from the brush. 

Sponge Care

High-quality sponges can be washed many times before they need to be discarded.  Alternatively, you can buy inexpensive synthetic sponge wedges that you can throw away after each use.  My favorite is ELF professional wedge sponges that retail for $1.  Stock up!

E.L.F. wedge sponge $1

Makeup Care

You  need to get rid of any makeup that's past its expiration date:

Liquid and cream foundation: 2 years
Concealer: 2 years
Powder: 2 years
Mascara: 3 to 6 months
Lipstick: 12 to 18 months
Lip and eye pencils: 12 to 18 months
Eye shadow: 2 years
Powder blush: 2 years
Cream blush: 2 years
Moisturizer: 2 years
Eye cream: 6 months
Sunscreen: 2 years
Face cream: 2 years

I think it might be time for some spring cleaning--makeup style!  Hope this was informative.  Keep the questions coming.  LOVE IT! 

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year

Hello Lovlies,

Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year celebration.  Now it's New Years Resolution time.  How many of you have eating healthy and working out on your list?  How about achieving beautiful skin?  WELL, these are all nice and great goals but it takes true lifestyle changes to see results. 

Beautiful skin begins with a healthy lifestyle.  While heredity may determine how your skin looks, behaves, and ages, you can improve it by taking good care of yourself.  Skincare basics include eating the right foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising, getting enough sleep, protecting your skin from the sun, NOT smoking, and limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol. 


The health of your skin begins with good nutrition.  New, living cells continually replace the dead cells on the surface of the skin.  The growth of new cells is dependent on vitamins, minerals, and hydration. 

Vitamin A: Antioxidant essential for the growth and renewal of new skin cells.  Topically applied, may boost collagen production and promote skin cell turnover. [Egg yolks, dairy]

Vitamin B:  Increases fatty acids in the skin, promoting exfoliation and firmness.  [yeast, eggs, vegetables]

Vitamin C:  Building block of collagen, the protein that gives skin its structure, tone and elasticity. [Citrus fruits, broccoli, peppers, berries, tomatoes]

Vitamin D: Essential for the development of skin cells. [Egg yolks, salmon, milk and other dairy products]

Vitamin E:  Antioxidant that helps build and maintain healthy skin tissue.  [wheat germ, leafy greens, nuts, whole grains]

Fat:  Fat is also an important nutrient for the skin and the health of the whole body.  It is necessary for supple skin and soft, shiny hair. [olive oil and avocado, fatty fish]


Exercise is a skincare essential.  Raising the heart rate through exercise increases blood flow, brings more oxygen to the skin, and cleanses impurities from the body through sweat.  Just twenty to thirty minutes of exercise per day is enough to help you boost your immune system, reduce stress strengthen your heart, increase energy level, and improve your mood.  With regular exercise, you build lean muscle mass and raise your metabolism.  Since the metabolism slows with age, exercise is fundamental to weight management.


Sleep is the time when the body's cells have a chance to repair and regenerate.  Sleep deprivation stresses all of the body's systems, including the skin, and can result in headaches, irritability, lack of energy, or the inability to focus.  The skin becomes less elastic and prone to breakouts of acne or rashes. 


Excess sun exposure is the skin's number-one enemy.  It causes premature aging, including wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and hyperpigmentation.  Worse, over-exposure often causes deadly forms of skin cancer.  Wear sunblock DAILY!


Smoking is gross. Plain and simple.  It also causes the skin to age prematurely.  Nicotine impairs the blood vessels that provide skin with both oxygen and nutrients and rid the skin of impurities.  It eventually robs the skin of oxygen, causing it to look dull and gray.  With low levels of oxygen, the skin loses elasticity, which leads to sagging and wrinkling. 


Skin problems can be caused by excessive alcohol intake.  Alcohol can cause allergic reactions, such as hives and rashes.  Some people have allergic reactions to salicylates, which occur in such foods as berries, bananas, beans, grapes and wine.  If a rash appears after you eat these foods, it is likely that beer and wine will also cause breakouts.  Rule of thumb, drink one glass of water each time you have a beverage that contains alcohol. 


Stress often shows up on skin (mine especially).  Stress-related hormonal fluctuations can cause adult acne and other skin problems.  While healthy eating and exercise habits help to combat the symptoms of anxiety and stress, finding mechanisms to deal with the underlying causes of stress is important. 

Take baby steps, you don't have to make all of these changes overnight.  Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season.  Time for 2011.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

Lots of love...Xo