Mad Men Joan Holloway Makeup Tutorial

Madmen Makeup

Channeling my inner Joanie.

Hi everyone! Can you believe that the final season of Mad Men starts this Sunday? I am excited and sad at the same time. It’s always (usually) satisfying to see a great series wrap up and have that closure, but you always miss tuning in each week to see what your favorite characters are getting up to. I do have to say though, with the long gaps between Mad Men seasons, I think it will be a little less painful than other series I was very attached to!

One thing I think all fans of the show can agree on is how amazing the fashion, sets, styling, makeup, and hair were throughout the series. In fact, it was what inspired my Halloween costume a few years ago! I went with my husband and two best friends as Mad Men-esque characters. It’s been one of my best Halloween costumes to date!

Mad Men Costume

Halloween 2010

Over the years, Joan Holloway (played by Christina Hendricks) has become one of those iconic characters that will always be remembered as one of televisions strongest woman. I know many women not only look up to her character, but to Christina herself. I see Joan as a strong woman who does what she needs to do achieve her goals. Speaking of goals, that just reminded me of one of my favorite lines in the show where Joan bluntly told Peggy, “Sometimes when people get what they want they realize how limited their goals were.” Joan is beautiful, sexy, smart, and savvy.

Mad Men Makeup

Queen Joan

I knew I had to do a Joan Holloway makeup tutorial before the series ended. It has been an idea that for whatever reason has been on the back burner for a while and now it’s time! I wanted to create Joan’s classic office makeup look. It’s super wearable and easy to replicate!

I hope you all enjoy this video and Joan Holloway makeup tutorial! I can’t wait to tune in Sunday for the season 7 premier while kicking back with an a martini or old fashioned! Who has been your favorite character on Mad Men?


Everyday Hogwarts House Makeup

Harry Potter Makeup

Fandom can be an interesting thing. It can turn some people into over-the-top creatures while some of us prefer to harness our love and keep it more to ourselves. I tend to fall somewhere in-between (depending on the subject). There isn’t a right or wrong way to be a fan if you ask me, but in my mid-to-late 20′s, I often want to go on the more subtle side of things.

This week marks the start of the Pottermore’s House Pride Week (March 20-23rd)! According to Pottermore Insider, “During house pride week there will be a day dedicated to each of the four houses, giving their members a chance to show their house pride (even more than usual).”

I’ve always loved to express my love for something through my makeup. Whether it’s a sports team, a holiday, or anything else. I’m a proud Hufflepuff and when things like this come along, my first thought is always to how I can best fly my colors through my makeup, but without being too in-your-face about it. So here I am with my take on Hogwarts House makeup looks!

I’ve created 4 very wearable looks that will be easy for any Harry Potter fan, no matter what house, to recreate! I love finding understated ways to show my pride or appreciation for things. So let’s get to it!


Gryffindor values bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry. Their house colors are scarlet and gold, so I immediately knew I’d have to do a deep red lip to display their bold and courageous traits.

Gryffindor Makeup

“You might belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart. Their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”

I used a light wash of Urban Decay Half-Baked eyeshadow all over my lids with Urban Decay Naked 2 through the crease. I smudged MAC Teddy Kohl across my lashline and on my lower waterline. Then I finished off the eyes with my favorite mascara, L’Oreal Butterfly Effect Mascara. For the lips I used Rimmel for Kate Moss lipstick in 107, which I felt was the perfect bold statement for any Gryffindor.


Next is my own humble house, Hufflepuff. We value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. Our colors are black and yellow which can be a little tricky to pull of if you aren’t careful, but fear not, I got you covered.

Hufflepuff Makeup

“You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.”

I won’t lie, for this look I imagined myself wanting to glam it up to impress Cedric Diggory, so I went for a more dramatic smokey eye. The trick here is to use a yellow gold, and not a true yellow. I used a mix of MAC Sunshine and Urban Decay Half-Baked all over my lid with Urban Decay Naked 2 as a mid-tone in my crease to help transition the darker color I’d use next. I blended MAC Black Tied into my inner and outer corners to really intensify the look. I then lined my eyes with Jordana Fabuliner in black and created a little flick at the ends. I put some black liner in my waterline and smudged it out along my lowerlash line with Urban Day Naked 2 eyeshadow before applying mascara. To finish off the lips I used NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brule.


Next we have Ravenclaw, who value intelligence, knowledge, and wit. The colors of Ravenclaw are blue and bronze per the books, but are often shown as blue and silver in the films and on merchandise. I decided to go with bronze since it’s their official color and that those ’Claws would probably appreciate my knowledge on the matter.

Ravenclaw Makeup

“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind. Where those of wit and learning, will always find their kind.”

Now, for some reason I see the Ravenclaw girl not wanting too much of a fuss with their makeup, but wanting to look polished. In fact, I wore this look out to a business meeting later in the day! That being said, I used MAC Blanc Type eyeshadow all over my lid and blended a small amount of Urban Decay Dark Horse crease to create depth and used the same color along my lower lash line. I lined my upper lashline with a Eyeko Skinny Liner in Navy Blue. I apologize that the blue did not pick up much in the photos, but I promise this is a gorgeous navy blue liquid liner. I did the slightest flick at the outer corner to life the eyes and used Rimmel Kohl Kahjal in Blue on my waterline, which was another nice subtle way to include the blue in the look, but not be over the top. I finished off the look with Buxom’s lipstick in Hooligan.


Last but not least we have Slytherin, the house that values cunning, ambition, and resourcefulness. Slytherin also just happens to be my secondary house (rumor has it I’m about 75% Hufflepuff and 25% Slytherin, but this has yet to be confirmed by the Sorting Hat). Slytherin’s house colors are green and silver and if I’m being completely honest, this was one of the looks I was most excited to create.

Slytherin Makeup

“Or perhaps in Slytherin you’ll make your real friends. Those cunning folks use any means to achieve their ends.”

The word that came to mind when coming up with the look was “sharp.” I wanted it to be simple, yet strong. I kept the eyes fairly neutral by using Urban Decay WOS on the lid and Naked 2 through the crease. To create a dramatic green cat-eye, I scraped off some of my MAC Humid eye shadow and dampened my eyeliner brush in Fix+(you can also use eye drops) to create a custom color liquid liner. I lined my upper waterline with a black liner and used a white liner on my lower waterline. Using MAC Electra and a small detailer brush, I applied the silver shade on top of the white on my waterline and smudged it out along my lower lash line. After finishing off the eyes with mascara, I deepened the contour on my face and added some NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brule to keep the lips simple.

So there we have it! Wearable makeup to represent all of the Hogwarts Houses. I hope you’ve found this helpful and enjoyed it. Now we are all prepared to represent our houses not only this week for Pottermore House Pride Week, but for any other day in life!

Hogwarts Makeup


Hot or Hype? Maybelline Baby Skin Review


Hi everyone and welcome to my first installment of Hot or Hype? This is a new series I’m introducing on my channel where I’m going to be reviewing really hyped up products in the beauty community for you. I think we all know there are certain products that get a lot of buzz and I know that I’m often left wondering if it’s really that great and if I should shell out the money.

I know I’ve fallen for hyped up products before, only to find myself sorely disappointed. Boo. Now of course, products will work differently on everyone because we don’t all have the same skin or same tastes, so I will try to take that into consideration when I do my reviews. For instance, if you don’t like the feel of silicone primers, you probable wouldn’t like this particular product!

First up, as you can see in my fancy photo up there, is the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. There has definitely been a lot of buzz around this product, so I wanted to get this Maybelline Baby Skin review up for you ASAP! Check out my video below for my full review and to find out whether this product is hot, or if it’s just all hype.

I hope you enjoy this first video and please leave me comments and suggestions for the next Hot or Hype? video!


Emma Watson Makeup Tutorial – Golden Globes 2014

Emma Watson Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! Today I am finally back with a new makeup tutorial! I love awards season and seeing what all the Hollywood stars wear on the red carpet (while I dream that I could be there as well!). This year a few ladies stood out to me, but one in particular took the cake.

Emma Watson looked absolutely stunning in her red Dior dress, with classic and simple makeup. In my opinion, Emma always looks so put together and classy. Most of us saw her grow up in the Harry Potter films and now she is proving to be a beautiful young woman. She is also such a great role model for young girls, unlike some people out there (hint: Miley Cyrus).

Emma Watson Makeup Tutorial

Image source: RCFA

What I loved about how her makeup artist did her makeup for the Globes, was that is was timeless, age appropriate, and a look anyone could wear. You can also really customize this look with your lip color to make it your own! Emma wore pink, but the options are limitless.

I’d also say that this makeup look is very representative of the looks she tends to go for at events. Nothing over the top or too dramatic, just enhancing her natural beauty with a little added glam here and there.

I hope you all enjoy my Emma Watson Makeup Tutorial and have an easy time recreating the look! Be sure to like and subscribe after watching the tutorial! xx

Fall Editorial Punk Shoot in NYC

Happy 2014 everyone! I know it’s been much too long since I last posted, but here I am!

To kick off the new year, I wanted to share with you all some images from a shoot I worked on back in November. It was a editorial punk shoot and I was lucky to be asked to work with such a great group. The photographer, Brandon Haynes, was able to get some really amazing shots and our stylist Shay Baker had some great looks put together for our gorgeous model Rohannia.

I had such a fun time working with this team as we all worked along to some Yeezus (truth).

I love being able to share my work here and it’s always amazing to see the final images and how beautifully everything comes together. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day, I hope you love them as much as I do. (Click on each image to enlarge!)

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