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October 4, 2015


More awareness is being put on cosmetic ingredients that are harmful to us. Studies have suggested lip products might have lead in them. As a consumer I want to know what we are ingesting that can potentially make us fall ill to a disease. Many women put on a long list of beauty products each day do we really know how these chemicals affect our health?

There are cosmetic lines to help consumers find a more natural approach to their makeup items. Jessica Alba launched a cosmetic company called Honest in 2012 the focus is on avoiding potentially harmful ingredients such as parabens and phthalares. Juice Beauty is another company that has been around for some time the actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the Creative Director for them. Juice Beauty specializes in organic skincare, they formulate with certified organic ingredients, which dramatically reduces residue from pesticides, unnecessary synthetic chemicals, and synthetic fertilizer residue in their product ingredients. Juice Beauty has a full beauty line free of gluten and parabens.

With it being breast cancer awareness this month I wanted to write about cosmetics and how we need to be proactive on what we buy. Remember the cheaper the product means it is full of ingredients that we can’t even pronounce. Now if you say you can’t afford organic it is OK, just cut out some of the products that really aren’t needed. Less amounts of chemicals that are absorbed in our blood stream the better we are.

Every day we expose ourselves to chemicals, from gas fumes to air fresheners all pollutants we are inhaling. If we can control it let’s start with what we buy and use. Also ladies please do your self exams and if there are changes don’t wait to call your doctor, early detection is important to help fight breast cancer. Women over 40 years old make sure you have an annual mammogram screening. Genetics can influences many of our illnesses but MAYBE there is a trigger that sets the disease in motion let’s think out of the box.

August 30, 2015


I have worked at Eric Mull's photography studio in Cleveland for ten years now. I am freelance but Eric and I work together a few times a week. How did I get this key makeup artist job? Timing! I brought in my daughter for headshots and asked if he needed an artist. Eric's reply was "Yes; I just lost my last artist because we were engaged and just broke off the engagement."

I started there just as my middle daughter started Kindergarten. I was excited to be back to work full time. Just then after just seven months in I found out I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. HUGE shock, this was unexpected. I was so stressed because I didn't want to be replaced in the job I really enjoyed. I made a decision to keep working the 9 months eating lots of snacks along the way and climbing many flights of stairs into work each day during my pregnancy. My reality was that I was not going to be working full time just yet.

Eric's studio is really fun it could actually make a great reality show. We deal with talent agents, models that don't listen to directions and families that don't mind to argue in front of us over silly things. I once had a girl cry when I put her hair in a ponytail for pictures because she said she looked  like a boy. I had to redo her makeup from all the crying. I’ve also shaved a girls arm pits because she didn't know how to before a photo shoot. Another day I had a model call her shoot off after her zipper broke once she put on a dress she brought in to wear. She was convinced that  being overweight caused the break and wasn't comfortable staying. My opinion was that she looked beautiful and should have continued on.

One time a girl brought in a bag of extensions and glue to have me apply on her. I thought when she told me she had extensions to wear they were clip in ones so I went on to apply her makeup. When she pulled out the glue I just laughed because I am not trained in hair extensions. I told the girl “You seriously don't want me to do that, I have no idea where to start." We had to reschedule her.

The typical thing I hear as a stylist is "Oh guys must be easier to work with?” My answer not really. Many come unprepared with clothes that are the wrong colors, dirty or both. Some men have clothes rolled up and stuffed in a plastic shopping bag. They need pressed and sometimes they don’t fit them. Who brings a shirt that makes you look the the Incredible Hulk? Then there is the uni brow or hair that needed to be cut before they came in. You might think they weren't told but they have been by their agent and by me on scheduling. I think it is selective hearing.

The reality to all this modeling/ talent business is that people are trying to get a hold of stardom. Some have actual talent others have a dream. Many agents take all the people they meet even if they are not qualified, in the hopes they can follow directions and learn the craft. This is where people can prove how much they want this as a career and not just as a hobby on the side. If you can't follow directions to get photos done how are you going to be able to do well on an audition?

My life as a stylist is always entertaining, I love what I do and it mirrors life as a Mom. Here’s how, I listen to young people talk about plans for their future and feel compelled to interject words of advice or experience. I help groom all ages of people as if it was school picture day. Then there are times I well up in tears working as models and I talk about loved ones that are sick or have died and how they miss them. You might get to know someone really fast or have no idea what they are all about once the shoot is done. You definitely need to be a people person to be in this profession. My reality is that I am glad I left cutting hair to be a makeup artist. I get to meet some amazing and sometimes famous people. I never seem to have a dull day and my heart is happy.

Working with great people

Eric and I a few years back

Making faces

An action shot from a great day!

July 26, 2015

Play Ball


Growing up I wasn’t a sporty girl, I was into cheering,  majorettes, ballet dancing and pageants. I was very versed in sports knowing the rules and how it is played but cared less to be involved. Now as an adult I attend many of my girl’s sports events.Football games to see my daughter be a helper/coach for the special needs cheerleaders and also watch their softball games and karate.

I do seem to land jobs with sporty people. Sports anchors and athletes. I never considered myself a “cool kid” in school but as time has gone by I get to hang out with a lot of “cool” kids in the entertainment and sports business. I also have become friends with many of them.I was asked by my friend Jeff Grover to be part of a local film that was shot at the Lake County Captains stadium last week. It was the first production night of three. How fun is it to hang out and do some work at the ballpark? Lots of fun! Sometimes I forget it is work.

BETWEEN THE LINES is the movie title. It is a SAG/AFTRA film with actors Andrew Gorell and Aubree Stone and written and directed by Jeffrey with cinematography by Steven Hacker. Between the Lines is a short film about a young girl attending her first major league baseball game but on the way to the park, something she sees is a real game changer.Production will continue into August.

As I gathered my kit to leave I was walking out to fireworks shooting into the night sky.In that moment I thought back to my goals for my career 27 years ago and I am happy about my journey so far but  I have a bit more to accomplish. Thanks to Jeff and Steve for having me back for a third film. I am very grateful for the opportunity and look forward to many other projects.

Andrew and Aubree

Steve on Camera with crew Vidas, Rick and Greg & Jeff directing

Jeff Directing

My Ah Ha moment

July 21, 2015


A few months ago I asked for nominations for someone to win a free makeover. Color, cut, style and makeup was the prize.  A decision was made and Kelly won pictured below. After hearing Kelly’s story I felt it was time she got a little pampering. Thank you my friend Susan Brandt for the use of her salon Beachland Hair Design in Cleveland.


June 24, 2015

Beauty Boot Camp

  Ladies in the Cleveland area, I am having a beauty boot camp on July 12, 2015 in downtown Cleveland. It is a two hour session on beauty advice and a live makeup application. Spots are filling up fast, please visit my website at : and send me a note in the contact section for more information. 

June 18, 2015


My Birthday was June 12th and I celebrate a full week each year. To close it out I got a call, to work the NBA basketball finals here in Cleveland for ESPN. Two days of being on set and a spot in the arena for the game. This to me a huge deal because I love the CAVS ever since I was younger. At one point I even tried out to be on the CAVS dance team so by all means I am not a fair weathered fan.

 As I have wrote in other blog post before I have met Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to groom them for past shoots but tonight it wasn't makeup for the team but the media. Talking to the anchors from ESPN they expressed how much spirit we have here and how they enjoyed their time in town. The night of the game before my shift I was able to see the players from both teams arrive also observe the world media in their pre-game analysis at court side. It was so exciting.

Half time I was off to work doing makeup touch ups and in fourth quarter I was on my way to East 4th street to the ESPN staging area. I had six anchors to get ready for a post-game broadcast that would air after the trophy ceremonies broadcasted.   I was happy to be out of the arena by then because in 2007 I sat in the ESPN booth and watched the Spurs take home the trophy and it felt awful.

This loss was different, we weren't swept and the CAVS fought hard despite the injuries of key players.  Each game was a nail biter. As CAVS fans walked down 4th street after the game they didn't look grumpy this time and they didn’t project hateful opinions. In fact at three different times in the sea of passing fans they chanted " Here we go Brownies here we go… woof woof”. It made be smile because as a native of Cleveland that is what we do just move on to the next season’s sports team and hope we get farther than the previous year.

It didn't faze Mike, PJ, Chauncey or Tim as they looked at their notes for the show, but I felt the energy and the true spirit of Cleveland.  My night went on till 2 am making the men of Sportscenter look flawless. Hopefully next year the big game will be back and I will get to work with one of the best crews in the business again and who knows  maybe then “Third time will be a charm "for the CAVS.

Lindsay and Tim

Tim and PJ

4th Street

My friend Nicole gets ready for the crowd

May 19, 2015

Mother's Day

Disney with the family 2014
My late brother Jim and my Mom
Mother's Day Makeup with Maggie

This past  Mother’s Day I worked doing makeup on ten models for a competition they needed photographs for. Having three daughters we usually spend the day together going to lunch and doing something fun but they too were working. After the death of my brother four years ago I wanted to be there more for my Mom than I needed  to be honored for being a Mom.

I love extending my Birthday basically all of June so why not celebrates Mother’s Day a few days as well?  My Mom and I shared a beautiful lunch out  the Saturday  before and then I had time with my kids on Mother’s Day where I received beautiful gifts made and bought that just made me cry happy tears.

For Mom’s out there you know how it is you might preach, harp and nag to get your kids to hear you out or help them in their life and think they might never get it. Then one day you see these little souls are bigger and they are getting it.  They make you proud in all they do and accomplish.

Ever since I had my kids I worked part time I was lucky to have such a supportive force of family to help me with my kids so I could still be me. My kids are strong little women and I have no worries that one day they will make great Mother’s.  

I also thank my Mom Judy for giving me advice, love and supporting my ideas all these years. My best advice to new Mom’s, you don’t need to be Wonder Women to be a Mom.  You also don’t need to lose yourself while being a Mom because your kids won’t forget you while you’re away at work. Keep in mind one day they grow up and eventually  move out  and  you might  need to return to work or have a life that isn't revolving around your kids all the time.