Sunday, May 29, 2011

Get the Look: Doll Face

( computer screenshot)

It was such an honor shooting with one of the most adorable fashion lines to date, Chocolate Couture. And carrying out the baby doll theme was such a blast. Above is one of the make-up looks.

Products Used:

-MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW35
-Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in #4 Dark
-MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Medium Deep
-MAC Iridescent Press Powder

-MAC Eye Shadow in Too Dolly
-MAC Eye Shadow in Saddle
-MAC Naked Pigment
-MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder
-MAC Brow Pencil in  Stud (Brows)

-NYX Lip Pencil in Fucshia
-Maybelline ColorSensation in Fuschia Fever
-MAC Lip Glass in Pink Poodle
-MAC Blush in Fleur Power
-MAC Blush in Dollymix

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fun & Easy Tattoo Nail Art using Magazine Pages

Save yourself a trip to the salon by doing your own nail art at home using magazine pages.

What you will need:
-Colored Base of choice
-Clear nail base
-50% Rubbing Alchol
-Cotton balls
-Fingernail Polish Remover

1.)Paint nail with a clear base and then coat with your base color.
2.) Allow 3 minutes drying time
3.) Wet your nail with alcohol using a cotton ball
4.) Take a pattern from a magazine page and cover the nail. Wet the page over the nail with alcohol using a cotton ball. Let the alcohol sit over the page and nail for a minute or two.
5.) Peel the page off the nail slowly and coat with a clear base.
6.) Take a Q-tip and polish remover to wipe of any ink that may have gotten on your skin.

I chose to use the pattern of a Balenciaga runway dress
I would love to share your creation with my viewers. Please email an image to

TOP Apps for Entrepreneurs

Below is a list of some of the most productive iphone and ipad apps that can be very useful to your day-to-day duties as a business owner.

Dragon Dictation: This app allows you to speak your text or email messages onto your device.

ScanBizCards Lite Business Card Scanner: Why carry around a bunch of business cards if you don't have to. This app allows you to scan in business cards to store into your contacts.

Scatterbrain: How many times have you had a great thought and within minutes, forgotten it? This app allows you to keep track of those random yet helpful thoughts or things you don't want to forget. This is awesome for me, because my thoughts for some of my designs come at the most random moments.

DropBox: This app allows you to transfer and save important files onto your device. You will also have the ability to save emailed attachments into your Dropbox, and email files.

JotNot Scanner Pro: If you prefer not to carry around large amounts of paper, then this app is for you. JotNot allows you to scan items into your device with clarity good enough to email or fax.
PRICE: $.99

Contract Maker Pro: This app allows you to create contracts as well as receive a live signature.
PRICE: $4.99

Some of these apps were also available on Blackberry, Droid, and more. If there are others that you think I should add, please feel free to email them to

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Awesome Deal: Too Faced Cosmetics

Get 20% off any Too Faced Cosmetics items by using code FF2011S. Sale ends this Thursday.
I adore Too Faced products. Their packaging is ultra posh, feminine, and adorable. Their pastel color palettes are great for the spring and summer. I will be sure to swatch the items I receive.

Friday, May 20, 2011

"What I'm Loving" Friday

1. Maybelline ColorSensation in Fuchsia Fever. If you haven't noticed by now, I love PINK makeup. I'm pretty sure I have several tubes similar to this color, but it is something different about this color. I instantly thought of MAC's matte lipstick Candy Yum Yum, which is sold out. So this Maybelline can be the perfect dupe.

2. Coastal Scents Eclipse Concealer Palette. I needed a nice palette of concealers for my photoshoots. It can get quite pricey buying single containers of concealer in every color, so I ordered this palette. I like the creamy application and the coverage is great as well.

3. Revlon ColorBurst in Baby Pink. Again I can never have enough pink makeup. This color is perfect for that baby doll pink lip. This color can be a dupe for MAC's popular color Angel.

4. LO'Real Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base. A primer is one of the most important products needed to create a flawless face. I have many primers, but this item is one of my favorites. The pores in my nose area can get a little large and exposed at times. This product is great for smoothing out those areas. Remember to let your primer sit for 5 minutes before applying your makeup.

5. MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup. I love this nude colored lipstick because it's not too pale like most nudes are.

6. Bow Chain from Asos. One word - ADORABLE!

7. MAC Paint in Sublime Nature. This is a great nude base or can be worn alone.

8. Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. This is an AWESOME dupe for the expensive Clarsonic. I don't have a Clarsonic but the concept is pretty much the same. This device leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and it was only $30. Clarsonic devices are $100+

9. Revlon Colorbust Lip Gloss in Strawberry Fraise. This is a very nice drugstore lipgloss. The staying power is great as well as the slight pigmentation.

10. China Glaze Polish in Re-Fresh Mint

(Top to Bottom: MAC CremeCup, Maybelline ColorSensation Fuchsia Fever, Revlon Colorburst in Baby Pink, MAC Paint Sublime Nature. Side: Revlon Colorburst in Strawberry Fraise)

Get the Look: Beyonce Inspired Finger Tip Claw Ring

The highly anticipated video for Run the World by Beyonce has finally been released. As usually, B performed perfectly in this Mad Max inspired video.

What stuck out the most to me were the finger tip rings.

This ring style is nothing new to those who are into a medieval or Gothic style of fashion. Although this trend has been around for years, Beyonce may have revived it's popularity.
Below are a few similar creations conceptually (Click on images to be taken to make a purchase)

Image 3 of ASOS Knuckle Detail Talon Ring

Which one will you be putting on your wishlist?

May Birchbox

My 2nd Birchbox arrived yesterday. I was excited to receive their signature hot pink box. Last month they had green recycled boxes for Earth Day. Anyhoo, here are the items I received.

1. Stilla Eye Shadow in cloud (swatch below). This is a great pigmented silver neutral color. It's a color I would have chosen to purchase.

2. Tiny Print blank card that can be used for any occassion. I will save it to use as a Thank You card.

3. Archipelago Pomegranate Soap. This soap smells heavenly, however the strong perfume scent may be irritating to my hands. I have eczema on some of my fingers, so I must use mild products.

4. Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir perfume sample. I am not a fan of this fragrance.

5. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream. This hand cream is AMAZING. It leaves a nice moisturized look without feeling greasy.

Overall this month's Birchbox was okay. I can use 3 of the items. I will purchase the hand cream once the sample runs out.

Stilla Eyeshadow in Cloud

Thursday, May 19, 2011

1 Year LUCKY MAGAZINE Subscription for $8

Ending tomorrow, Hautelook is offering a 1-year subscription to LUCKY Magazine for only $8.

If you are an avid magazine reader like myself then this is an AWESOME deal!
SIGN-UP Here is you are not registered with Hautelook.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Upcoming MAC Collection: Surf's Baby

The lure of the endless summer starts here with My Paradise Cheek Powder, Pigments, Summer Stash of Crushed Metallic Pigments, Hibiscus Lipstick and Splashproof Lash Mascara that just won't smudge. Journey to a world where feeling the rush means taking a risk. Hang Ten!


Surf, Baby! Cheek Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

  • My Paradise Peach pressed powder with gold hibiscus flower overspray (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Bust Out! Dirty mid-tone violet (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Hibiscus Bright orange coral (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Naturally Eccentric Creamy white nude (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Girl on Board Pale white gold (Limited Edition)
  • Good Lovin’ Soft peachy pink (Limited Edition)
  • Krazy Kahuna Warm mid-tone brown (Limited Edition)
  • Strange Potion Soft coral pink (Limited Edition)

Crushed Metallic Pigment Stacks ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)

  • Summer Stash Light pink champagne, light white pearl, light violet with silver pearl, brown bronze with gold pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Surf the Ocean Frosty platinum, light yellow green, gold bronze, dirty graphite with silver pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Saffron Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Short Shorts Frosty white champagne (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Sun Blonde Dirty yellow gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Surf U.S.A. Frosted teal (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Swell Baby Mid-tone grey (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Hangin’ Loose Dirty pink nude (Limited Edition)
  • Ocean Dip Mid-tone creamy aqua (Limited Edition)

Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Blue Noon Teal with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Gilded White Yellow white frost (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Naked Fleshy beige with golden copper pearl (Permanent)
  • Melon Soft bright golden peach (Permanent)

Splashproof Lash Mascara ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Blacksplash Black (Permanent)

Bags (MAC Stores Only)

  • Surf, Baby! 1 ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)
  • Surf, Baby! 2 ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Full of Grace Soft sheer rose (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Tinge Clean bright yellow pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Lilt of Lily Soft creamy pale pink (Limited Edition)

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick ($29.50 U.S. / $35.50 CDN)

  • Tan-tint Soft suntan bronze (Limited Edition)
  • Billinoaire Bronze Warm golden tan (Limited Edition)
  • Gilty Bronze Coppery bronze with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)

Bronzing Powder ($24.00 U.S. / $29.00 CDN)

  • Solar Riche Mid-tone deep orange brown (Limited Edition)
  • Refined Golden Finely spun gold with soft pearl finish (Permanent)

Studio Careblend Pressed Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN)

  • Gold-Go-Lightly Mid-tone golden tan brown (Limited Edition)
  • Lush-Light Bronze Mid-tone rosy pink brown (Limited Edition)

Behind the Scenes @ OBD Studios

Feeling sexy is ignited through feelings of self...

I had the pleasure of working with Kekya Badd, a seasoned model. Here, I candidly captured her 1st glance of perfection. I enjoy a direct connection between the model and my Canon, however candid pictures are almost like x-rays in a sense. This exercise shows me what the person feels about themselves internally. It also allows me to see if she will be nervous, comfortable, confident.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pink Sugar Dipped Manicure


I like to call this sweet and feminine manicure "Sugar Dipped" because it looks like your tips have been dipped in sugar.

1. Start with a clear base coat
2. Follow with a sheer nude color, I use China Glaze in Love Letters
3. Once that has dried, take a glitter polish and start with light strokes in the middle of your nail. Use a light stroke to create a soft edge, but use a regular heavy stroke towards the top of the nail.
4. Once partially dry, take the nude color and stoke over the middle of the nail where the glitter starts to soften the edges to look faded.
5. Repeat steps and let dry.
6. Cover with a clear top coat.

**Remember to start with light strokes to create a fade.

(left to right: OPI Teenage Dream, China Glaze Love Letters)

I'd love to share your manicure pictures. Please send to

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Do You Have the Right Business Card?

The one mistake that a lot of Entrepreneurs make is not having the proper marketing material. The most important marketing tool is a business card. I've compiled a list of features your business card should have.

1.) If your business involves anything visual then it is a MUST to include snapshots of your work. I get so many business cards from other photographers, hair stylist, fashion designers, etc...that do not include pictures of their work. Your business card should always remind a person of why they should be contacting you. Showcase your awesome work!

2.) Using stock photographs instead of photographs of your own work tells your potential clients several things: A.) You aren't taking your business seriously B.) You aren't confident in your own craft C.) Use my services at your own risk. The point of a business card is to sell yourself and what you can provide. A person may be reluctant to using you if they can't see the actual work.

3.) When you give one person a business card, chances are other people will see it as well. Include as much information as possible about your services. Instead of listing 10 different social site addresses, use the space to list your prices or specials. My photography business card (below) has my prices and a description of my packages. So when a person calls, more than likely they are ready to just book.

4.) Having a Facebook or Twitter page these days has become as common as having a driver's license. If your Facebook or Twitter page is not 100% dedicated to your business then you should not include that link on your card. If you insist on connecting to people through those outlets then set up a business page, especially if it's FREE.

Here are my cards for OBD Photography & Oddball Dsgn. I have a collage of my work on both cards. On my photography cards I have my packages and prices. The card is also slightly larger to act as a mini comp card as well. If you are in need of a set of fly business cards, feel free to contact me at


Monday, May 9, 2011



You are the winner of the Limited Edition Zoya Mod Matte Set
There were 77 bottles in the bin, and you guessed 75. Please send a shipping address to Thank you all for participating. There are many more contest to come.

Preview blog contest here.

Friday, May 6, 2011

"What I'm Loving" Friday

1. MAC Blush Peaches: I love this blush for a nice and calm peach tint.

2. Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream: I use this cream lightly after dropping my pin curls. This is good for frizz. The cream has an irredescent silver/white color, which adds a lovely sheen to my hair without looking greasy.

3. Bebe Lip Balm: It's nothing spectacular about this lip balm but I am a sucker for adorable packaging. These lip balms are free with a purchase from Bebe.

4. MAC Lipstick Ever Hip: I was sooooo excited when MAC rereleased Ever Hip from a previous collection, Give Me Liberty. I wasn't able to get it before but I immediately purchased it when it returned through the new collection, Fashion Flower. This color is a beautiful neutral peach. I probably have so many colors that are similar, but this one is special lol.

5. BUTTER London 3 Free Nail Laquer in The Full Monty: 2-3 coats of this gives me the perfect Golden nails.

6.  NYX Eye Liner in Velvet: I love this suttle mettalic gold color for my inner v's. Simply beautiful and smooth. The name "Velvet" is very fitting.

7. CHI Silk Infusion: This is definitely a staple in my hair care regimen. I use it on my hair with heat. It's not quite a heat protectant but it strengthen my strands and I've noticed less breakage.

8. MAC All Blending Sponge: I wanted to try out a Beauty Blender Sponge, but I ran across this sponge which is similar and cheaper. I use this sponge to blend out liquids to a nice airbrush finish on my face.

9. LORAC Starry-eyed Baked Shadow: This shadow came in the LORAC Movie Star kit. This is great for a sexy smokey eye.

10. Maybelline Color Sensational in Coral Crush: This has become one of my favorite coral lipsticks for the spring/summer.

11. Hard Candy GLOW all the Way Luminizer: I cannot have enough luminzers. This pinkish illumnizer is so beautiful on my cheekbones, nose, and any other place where I want a nice glow.

(left to right: MAC Lipstick Ever Hip, Hard Candy GLOW all the Way Luminizer, NYX Eye Liner in Velvet, Maybelline Color Sensational in Coral Crush, MAC Blush Peaches) 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's a WRAP: 3 Nightly Routines to Avoid Wrapping your Hair

I've always had a nice length of hair, but over time I noticed that the growth was at a standstill. I also noticed that it was becoming thin on one side. This damage was the result of wrapping my hair every single night for many many years. Six months ago I said goodbye to the wrapping and now I rotate between the following routines, which have resulted in tremendous growth.

Cross-Wrapping: Whenever I want to wear my hair straight, I cross-wrap at night. Cross-wrapping is similar to wrapping, but with less stress on your edges.

Loose Heat less Waves: I like this routine when I want loose curls the next day. I also like that you can get this look without adding heat.

Pin Curls: This has become my favorite nightly routine. The next morning my hair has body and a slight bend to it. By the end of the week it still looks fresh. It's not flat and boring like it would be with a wrap. For more curls you would pin curl smaller sections. For loose curls make bigger sections.

(Picture courtesy of This is not me, but this is what mine looks like at night)

**CONTEST** Win a 2011 Limited Edition Zoya Mod Matte Polish Set

I am so excited about reaching a little over 1,000 views within my 1st month of blogging. This has been fun so far, and I look forward to sharing more of my work, knowledge, and tips with you all. To show my appreciation, I would like for one very lucky visitor to receive a new 2011 Limited Edition Zoya Mod Matte Polish set.


1.) You must follow my Blog (Followers outside of the US may enter)
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dear Diary, How can I Maintain Good Karma?

When you think of Karma, do you think of bad karma first - What comes around goes around? Do you find that you are always involved in bad situations? Karma is simply the process of cause and effect. If you do Y then Z will happen. Until you learn a lesson, you will continue to receive the same message through repeated experiences. If you are constantly receiving negativity then it is time to practice good karma.

Now practicing good karma does not mean you will be shielded from all bad things or life's natural disasters. Karma is activated through things that you control such as thoughts and actions. I have listed a few methods of maintaining good karma, but please remember that your heart and mind must all be on the same page as well.

-Give back: Once a month or a few times a year, find a charity or volunteer event that you can participate in. Giving back for a cause is a great selfless way to help many people at one time.

-Reach out to Someone You May Have Hurt: You may have had an altercation or a fall-out with someone years ago. Although you may say you're over it, there are still lingering issues that keep it open as an "issue". If you saw this person on the street, you would probably be reluctant to speak. You are over it verbally but not mentally. Reach out to that person to clear the air, explain your side, or even apologize for your part in the problem. Don't worry about what the person will say or think. Your purpose is to clear your wrong-doing in the past.

-Have General Respect for People: Often times we treat people according to what they look like, how they dress, or what they have. If you have a general respect for human life then none of those things should control how you treat someone initially. Smile at a homeless man the same way you would at a successful businessman.

-Share your knowledge: Be open to helping someone get to a higher place. Withholding knowledge or information because you want to be higher is only activating bad karma. I'm not saying that you have to give someone your business plan or blue print to success. But at least lead them to similar resources to get them started. A lot of people withhold information because they are intimidated by the possible competition. Just remember that no matter how much information or knowledge someone has, talent can not be mimicked. Don't worry, you will still stand out!

-Make sure your intentions are TRUE: We can manipulate other people, but you cannot manipulate karma. When doing something positive, always make sure your intentions are true. Sometimes when I donate items or participate in a charity I ignore the part about writing it off on your taxes. To me that is contradicting doing a good deed.

-Remember that YOU control your Karma: Have you ever gotten in the line of a rude and nasty cashier and you ended up giving her the same attitude in return? Well by doing that you gave her total control of yourself and your future. Learn to smile and remain calm despite of what is given to you by someone else. You cannot fix a person's attitude within the short minutes of you being in their presence, so don't even try to. That is either their personality or they have something going on in their lives. Don't let their energy become yours.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences of good karma.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MAC Big Bounce Shadow Review

Last week I received my order of the Big Bounce Shadow from MAC's new Flighty collection launching this Thursday. I ordered Reward Yourself and Good Fortune.

(left to right) Good Fortune and Reward Yourself)
 These shadows are very similar to MAC's paint shadows, only a little more wet and thin.

-I like the suttle sheen.
-It's buildable
-You get a lof of product
-Nice variety of colors
-Can be used as a base or alone
-Does not crease (although I used it over a lid primer)

-Once opened, there is a clear top over the product that got very messy while trying to remove.
-Slow drying time

I definitely recommend using a lid primer with this product. Because it is thin, it can streak if used on a bare lid.

(top to bottom: Good to Fortune, Reward Yourself)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Adorable Mother's Day Gifts Under $100

Chloé Eau de Toilette
Chloe Perfume $65-$85 (BUY)The rose sparkles with simplicity and joy. A free and fresh interpretation of the Eau de Parfum, this reflection of the multi-faceted ChloƩ is feminine, bold, and natural. The rose reveals new olfactory colors in the Eau de Toilette, creating a light, luminous character. Hints of mandarin orange zest shine through in the head notes. Freesia and watermelon enhance the initial impression, and touches of sandalwood and fresh iris complete the base. Subtle elegance pervades every layer of this deliciously mischievous scent. The fragrance's luxurious flacon is graced with an ivory-colored ribbon.

Tiffany Notes I Love You Ring $100 (BUY)
An elegant script, inspired by handwritten letters. Narrow ring in sterling silver.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Mother's Day Collection $66 (BUY) 
Give her the gift of Creme de Corps! Enriched with the finest ingredients known to Kiehl's for a rich, elegant skin texture.

Set includes:
- Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream (2.5 oz.).
- Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish (6.8 oz.).
- Creme de Corps (8.4 oz.).
- Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate (0.17 oz.).
- Ultra Facial Cream (0.25 oz.).
- Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter (0.5 oz.)

Coach  Floral Cosmetic Case $68 (BUY)
A wonderfully boxy shape—roomy yet compact—in an airy Op Art print with golden accents and a bright, fresh look that’s easy to maintain.

Dogeared mom love you gold dipped necklace $54 (BUY) - I personally love dogeared necklaces because they can be layered with other necklaces.
  • 18" gold filled flat cable chain

  • 2" extender

  • 1/4'' gold dipped sideways heart charm

  • spring ring closure

  • mom love you message card

  • gift box