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August 10, 2014


Catching up with Gilles!!!! 

Gilles Marini - Actor
Sex in the City
Switched at Birth
Hot in Cleveland
2 Broke Girls
Brother's & Sisters
Dancing with the Stars
Modern Family
                     Just to name a few

Kiehl's LifeRide 2014 to benefit AmfAR

July 31, 2014

Beauty Bag

 The world of beauty can be foreign to some people. Are you into your hair more than your makeup? Or maybe you only do your nails and skip makeup altogether.  Anyway you stack it up it can be overwhelming. From waxing hair off or coloring hair, to getting facials or spray tans it can cost you in time as well as money.

 I have seen how confused women can be shopping for cosmetics. They can stand there and literally take 30 minutes to pick out one lipstick. Many women spend over their budget and have buyer’s remorse after they get home and try to return their beauty bag the next day.

 Here are my tips to short cut all the drama of makeup. First get yourself a moisturizer that works for your skin type. If your skin tone is UN even you can look for a powder foundation or BB cream to help smooth out any flaws. Next find a concealer for under your eyes; you want one shade lighter than your skin tone.  Then use mascara and make sure to curl your lashes first.

 You can skip eyeliner all together or just add some liner over the top lash line to make the eyes pop. Use a little blush; apply it to the apples of the cheeks. On your lips apply a nice berry tone of lip balm; this will give color to the lips without seeming too made up. We all have busy lives and the last thing most of us want is to be in front of the mirror getting ready. We also don’t need to feel pressured into buying makeup we don't want.  I think knowing a good baseline on what products are truly needed in your makeup bag helps when going out to make a purchase and you won't feel like you have to return them soon after they are bought. 

July 9, 2014

Kitchen Cosmetics

  You have seen those infomercials claiming to diminish fine lines or bleach age spots. For a fee these products can be shipped right to your door. Many department stores showcase miracle creams. What should you buy? How about eggs and apple juice? Yes, I just mentioned food for your face. Below is a  recipe for a mask to help with fine lines, and a few other tips for solving your beauty problems.

   First take 2 tablespoons of whole milk, 2 tablespoons of apple juice and 1 egg white. Mix this together; apply to the face with a makeup brush. Leave on until it dries. Rinse with warm water. This mask will act the same as an AHA product. The milk has lactic acid and the juice contains malic acid both work great to tighten fine lines. Do this one to two times a week. 

   For brown spots try 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of soy milk and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply to the face leave on for 25 minutes do this two to three times a week. It will take 6 weeks to see any improvement.  This mixture will help lighten those brown spots but it will take patience to see results.

   Does your hair have chlorine build up from swimming? Use a tablespoon of baking soda and mix into a capful of shampoo. Apply on wet hair leave for 15 minutes then rinse and shampoo again without the baking soda then use a conditioner, rinse that out. Please note, do not use on color treated hair it will strip off your color. Also this treatment will not remove a green cast on the hair from swimming.

   If your hair is dry try olive oil on it. Place olive oil through dry hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse, shampoo and condition. I love to do this on my hair; it can be done up to 3 times a week.  Beauty products can get expensive, you might see faster results spending money on commercial products but if you aren’t in a hurry and you’re on a budget give these kitchen ingredients a try you will be happy with the results.

June 1, 2014

Summer Fun

  May was  so hectic. Personally I had my youngest daughter make First Communion. My oldest daughter had prom and graduation, and my middle daughter is a student driver turning 16 in a few months. As for work it started off with a bang. I did makeup on models for a convention that will be held in New York City, sixty people over the month of May. Also I worked on a commercial job for America Makes in Youngstown and saw many future brides for trials.

  I like being busy I am a Gemini and that astronomic sign fits me completely. In a few weeks it will be my Birthday. I love the day and I try to celebrate the whole month. To start off June Cleveland Magazine interviewed me for Rating the Suburbs edition. I spoke about the best foundation and tips for summer application. The magazine is on newsstands now. I am happy with the article and that I was asked for my opinion for it.  

  Summer is a fun time. School is out and of course there are a lot of social gatherings  outdoors. A few items to bring with you should be sunscreen and water. People ask me what to buy to reverse the signs of aging? The answer is hydrate your skin to prevent it from the start. Water is so important! If you’re in the twenty something group use sunscreen and wear a hat. These two things my young friends will save you from visits to the dermatologist office or even the plastic surgeons in the future. 

 Also if you buy foundation with a SPF make sure you still wear sunscreen under it. Makeup isn’t formulated to protect your skin alone. To the men out there reading this they do make non greasy fragrance free sunscreens.  Remember to apply it on your ears and the back of your neck. Skin cancers are common on the nose, ears and top of the head so we need to protect these areas most.  Sunscreen should be used on all skin types light or dark.  If you’re in salt water it is best after you come out to rinse the salt and sand off and re apply new sunscreen.  The sun feels great on our bodies but we have to be smart at keeping our skin healthy. Enjoy the warm weather; I think here in Cleveland  we are  finally warming up and can be out of the house for some fun. 

Cleveland Magazine

Making up models in May

On set at America Makes


May 6, 2014

Time Marches On

 This week marks a year that Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry were freed from a home here in Cleveland Ohio. Ten and eleven years of being held prisoner these women survived. When I heard this story I felt sick to my stomach. I have daughters and I try to protect them. As small children we tell our kids about stranger danger but this story proves it doesn't always have to be a stranger to be a bad guy.

  A month ago I worked with the Dr. Phil show. At first  I had no idea of the topic they would speak about.  When I got the call sheet I saw that I was going to be doing makeup on a lawyer Peggy Foley Jones. I had already done Peggy’s makeup a few years ago for an article in Inside Business so I knew a little about her. When I got to the law office I found out she is the lawyer for Michelle Knight.  Peggy was going to be interviewed for a segment on the show.

  Michelle was referred to Peggy and eventually hired her. As I sat there hearing stories about Michelle from the past and today I kept welling up. I am amazed at her strength and endurance. Peggy said when they travel in airports together people continually come up and talk to Michelle. They want to say hello and hug her. 

  Two weeks ago Peggy sent me an email that said she referred me to the Anderson Cooper 360 show to assist Michelle. I was headed to Hawaii so I wasn't able to be there but my Associate Alyson Moss stepped in.  Michelle's book will be released soon and she is talking about her time in captivity to different news outlets. Makeup is so trivial my job tends to be fun but these stories test the makeup by the tears shed, maybe more mine then theirs. 

  I haven't met Michelle but I feel as if I will. Would I know what to say?  I am not sure. I can’t imagine that type of life for eleven years. Missing out on your child's milestones, any education needed to carry you into the future and the worst part treated the way she and the other girls were.  If I was to talk to Michelle I would say "You are  a strong soul, I am amazed at your courage ." Time does march on and Michelle demonstrates what strength she has every time she talks about her captivity. I wish her a lifetime of happiness she deserves it. 

April 14, 2014


 This year my daughter Abby will be going to prom.  It will be the first one she has attended.  I remember my prom; I wanted my dress to be unique.  I saw a picture in People magazine of this lady at an award show in this cool dress.  I took the picture to a seamstress, we bought a pattern close the style and then she made it for me.  I love the color fuchsia, so I went with that color instead of the black dress in the photo I found.

 Abby had no idea set in stone for her dress.  She had no pictures or even a color picked.  She just wanted to find one she liked.  Luckily, while in New York City a month ago, she found an amazing dress.  I loved my prom dress because I helped in the design, but she will always remember getting her dress in the fashion capital of the world.  We were all smiles about this dress.

 This year dresses for prom are ranging from bright yellow neon to silver metallic. There are traditional pastels such as pink and the new mint green but gem colors like blue and red are still around.  The key is finding the right fit.  The shoes are just as important too.  Strappy sandals with rhinestones are beautiful but a nude heel might be better if the dress is so stunning you don’t want to take away from it.  If the neckline has sequence or gems, you might want to wear a necklace.  Play it up with your earrings or wear a bracelet instead.

 Thinking about hair styles to show off the dress is important as well.  If the dress is strapless, hair that is down would look beautiful by pulling some off your face half up and half down.  If it is a halter styled dress, hair pulled up like a low messy bun  would show off the neckline.  If your hair is long, perhaps you may want to do a faux bob. That look is most hot on the red carpet right now.

  If prices are too high in stores, ask your friends about their dress collections.  Maybe you can borrow a dress they wore last year.  Keep in mind this event only happens once in your life. You don’t want to miss out on it because of money.  Good times with friends are priceless and having this memory will last a lifetime.

Abby and her date for Prom


March 21, 2014


  Well it has been a very LONG winter and we are all ready to get out of the house.  In the last few weeks I have been busy. I had a cover photo shoot with Inside Business and a video shoot for the Dr. Phil show. I was hoping to meet Dr. Phil to ask him a few of my own questions but he was not at the taping. The episode will air in May nationally. Also my makeup agency is booking clients for 2014 and I am working on other projects.

  Last week I was in New York City with my girls to do some shopping and celebrate.  This year the older girls turn 16 and 18 on their Birthday’s and we had to really make it memorable. Nothing is better than staying at a Times Square hotel and taking in a play. Actually after not agreeing on a production we ended up at a comedy show and FOR sure they won’t forget that weekend.

  We also were able to check out the newest fashions. In stores the clothing they are showing is floral and Aztec prints. Sheer tops in pastel colors are all the rage.  Big bags to carry and printed shoes are seen in many  NYC stores. The weekend  there was busy with marathon runners and St Patrick’s Day celebrations. We were on the go the whole time so it was a good thing New York City does not close.

  I enjoy time with my family and feel blessed I can go away and have some fun. Spring this year is about new beginnings for me personally. In just a few short weeks I will be getting married again and I am so happy to be with a man that I can call my best friend and share life’s moments with.  I wish everyone a Happy Spring!

Inside Business Cover



A great time!