Monday, October 3, 2016

Coconut Oil As Moisturizer FYI

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When using coconut oil as a moisturizer, look for one with all of these characteristics

I have been noticing that my faithful moisturizer has not been adding enough hydration to my skin.

Julia, from Agape Skin Care in Katy, TX  suggested that I try coconut oil.  When I told her I had tried it and didn't like it, she said I needed to look for Organic, Virgin, Cold Pressed and Unrefined Coconut Oil.

I doubted I would be able to find one without going to a specialty market, but I found this one on the shelf of my local grocery store.

It is SO much different than the other type of coconut oil I've tried.

Before I used it, I transferred a small amount of coconut oil out of this jar and into a travel container.

Coconut oil solidifies when cool, but will turn to oil with the touch of your fingers.

I normally do not like the feel of oil, but this one is feels great to me.

I have been applying it nightly for over a month now and I am really happy with the results.

(I still am using other moisturizers during the day - not sure why, but I am a creature of habit.)

Unfortunately, it does not seem to hydrate my hands or lips enough.

I did crave an Almond Joy the first few times I used it!

If you are a fan of DIY treatments or want to try something new, I encourage you to give Organic, Virgin, Cold Pressed and Unrefined Coconut Oil a try!

I'd love to hear about your coconut oil beauty tips!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fall 2016 Makeup Trends

Back to school means our wardrobes and makeup selections will be transitioning to welcome cooler weather and falling leaves.

The makeup trends I've noticed for 2016 are:

Rich jewel tones are acceptable for eyes, lips and nails this year.

The eyes still are still shining with lots of metallic hues.

Limited Edition Products found on the Chanel Website From left:  128 Rouge Brule Long wearing shadow, 264 Tisse Particulier Limited Edition on Top Right, 244 Tisse Jazz on bottom

Products above found on Lancome website Maxi Palettes in Saint-Germain and Parisian Fresh Spirit.

Fortunately, I've seen the debut of quite a few new matte eyeshadow hues too.  Makeup Forever and Smashbox have singles and pallets with some great matte shades.

These pallets from Christian Dior are so beautiful and inviting.  I just want to find a matching sweater to pull on.  Don't you?!?! 

New Skyline Shadow Palettes from Christian Dior.  Capital of Light and Parisian Sky.

Lips always get darker in the fall, but the lip colors I've spotted are trending from very dark plums, deepest crimson reds and even deep blue for the most daring gals out there.

2016 Ltd.Lipsticks from Left:  Chanel 59 Rouge Audace,     Makeup Forever M401 Hot Red,               Makeup Forever C603 Midnight 

And finally a few nail hues from Lancome are:

Lancome Colors Cafe Philo and Rive Gauche

Lancome Colors Cafe Blanc and Joie De Vivre

What are your favorite colors and trends this season?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Hair and Makeup Lessons

Makeup Application by Keri Ann, Houston Area Makeup Artist / Photo courtesy of Ana Ivan Photography

I am pretty confident about doing my own makeup, after all, I have spent over 20 years teaching and applying makeup to all women of all skin tones and face shapes.  

When it comes to hair styling,  I don't have any confidence.  I have always preferred to wear my hair short rather than long, as the options for styling long hair are too numerous and the actual styling seems too complicated for me to tackle.  It seems as if I need to grow one, or two, additional arms to hold up sections of hair and keep a mirror held in just the right spot when working with the back sections of my head.  With that said, my long hair styling methods for the past several years have been straight down and in a pony.  

Honestly, any attempt at curling my hair or pulling it partially up always ends with a hair band or a flat iron.  I am not inspired by my thin, somewhat curly and sometimes fuzzy hair.  In fact, the few times I attempt to style my hair, I create as many knots in my stomach as I do in my hair (it is sad people; very sad and very true).

One of my sweet hairstyling friends invited me to sit in her salon chair not too long ago to teach me some new techniques for styling my hair.  She showed me a few of her favorite hair products and did a blow out and then styled my hair for me.  I am still not confident in my ability to create the flat iron curls, but I valued the refresher course on the styling tools.  Hair trends and products evolve just as quickly as cosmetics do and I really enjoyed getting hands-on advice from a pro.

After visiting her chair, I have spent a few mornings using the flat iron to curl my hair.  I am not ready to take those curls public yet, but I’m working on it.  I am so grateful for the few tips I picked up.  I needed that refresher lesson!

Earlier this week, a good friend mentioned that her mom never taught her how to properly apply makeup and it reminded me how important makeup lessons are to my clients.  

You-tube instructional videos are entertaining and informative, but, from time to time, we all need a hands-on lesson from a pro.  I teach Tweens to Seniors  - anyone who needs to refresh her makeup bag and routine.  When you are doing something correctly, it's always great to get verbal affirmation.

Moms, one of the greatest “Coming of age gifts” you can give your daughter is a makeup lesson.  She will go to school feeling confident about her makeup skills and may ending up educating her friends too.  

I have private makeup lesson appointments available and I will integrate your current makeup to customize a routine for you.  Together, you and I will create makeup looks you will be able to duplicate in the privacy of your own bathroom mirror.  And, with a little practice & patience,  I am sure it will become easy for you! ❤

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Keri Ann's Very First Pod Cast - A Conversation About Bridal Makeup with His and Hers Foto

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Photo courtesy of His and Hers Foto

The wedding industry has so many talented and creative people in it and a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit with Oscar and Kristi Allen, the dynamic duo of His and Hers Foto .  As we were talking, they told me about their podcast and invited me to be a future guest.

I was a little nervous about recording a podcast, but Oscar and Kristi made the whole experience fun and easy.  We sat in their living room for almost 2 hours talking about the makeup process on the wedding day, my background, and how I service my clients.  I got to ask them questions about what they see as photographers and I was also able to offer Kristi a few makeup tips too.

If you want to hear my heart and learn more about how my service distinguishes me from many of the other beauty pros in Houston, TX, we would love for you to download the podcast for listening at your convenience OR you can just hit the play button and hear our conversation immediately.  The link to the podcast is here.

I'd love to know if you found our conversation helpful!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Homecoming Hair and Makeup Booking Tips

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Photo courtesy of Photography by Niki / Makeup is the work of Keri Ann Reardon from Makeup by Keri Ann

Homecoming is one of high school's most popular high school formals.

I have known several senior girls who've spent a few summer days shopping for their homecoming dress.  They spend hours looking for shoes and accessories to compliment their dress, but when it comes to hair & makeup services, they don't think about booking appointments until the last minute.

Girls, and their moms, are surprised when they discover hair & makeup artists are already booked.

Here are a few tips for booking hair & makeup services for homecoming:
  • Book hair and makeup one to two months in advance of homecoming.  September and October are popular homecoming months, and in Texas, they are very popular wedding months.  Hair and makeup artists do get booked weeks in advance because of this.  
  • Save your money and plan your beauty budget.  Brick and mortar stores are now beginning to charge for makeup services and those full-face appointments are starting at $70 (does not include lashes or airbrush makeup).  On-location services might be a little bit more than the mall.
  • Expect to put a retainer down to hold your appointment.  If you are booking a free-lance artist, make sure you have a signed contract (don't assume you have an appointment unless it is in writing).  Putting a retainer down will secure your appointment and will decrease the amount of money you have to pay on the day of homecoming.
  • Consider asking your friends to join you.  Getting ready with your "besties" is always more fun and you might be offered a group rate.  
  • Do your homework.  Look at artists' websites and read reviews.  Study their portfolios.  Many artists who do both hair and makeup are not licensed hair stylists.  Licensed hairstylists know how to makeup your hair stay in place for the entire evening & they know how to keep hair in place in spite of Texas humidity.  I have seen many disappointed faces because the hair fell as soon as the "hairstylist" was gone.
  • Be sure to book a makeup artist who does age appropriate makeup.  It is so disappointing to see a beautiful homecoming queen look twenty years older than she is because she's been caked with layers upon layers of makeup.
  • Don't be afraid to hire one hairstylist and one makeup artist.  If you go to the mall, you will be hiring 2 people any way.  If you have a group of girls getting ready with you - 2 girls can be getting services done at the same time.  
  • Beware of orange bronzer and the makeup artist who relies on it.  Don't be the girl with orange streaks all over her Instagram photo.  (For more thoughts about orange bronzer, please click here.) 

Friday, July 22, 2016

What To Do When You Don't Like Your Professional Makeup

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Makeup by Keri Ann Applying Makeup / Photos courtesy of Kasey Lynn Photography

When women pay for makeup applications, there are times when they get discouraged about the amount of makeup they end up with or the placement or color selection.  Usually they are on their way to a formal or special event and there is very little time to fix the makeup.

I really hope you will never have a makeup crisis, but before you consider giving up and starting over, I have offered a few tips that may curb the crisis.  Please click over to Candle Light Ambience of Texas to read more.

Monday, June 27, 2016

June 2016 Sephora Play! Unboxing

Last week I received the June 2016 Sephora Play! box.

And here are the unboxing photos:

It's always fun to get something in the mail besides the bulk junk mail fliers!

Unboxing Sephora Play Box_Houston Makeup Artist Keri Ann
June 2016 samples have arrived

I am always interested in how the marketing pieces look...
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First look inside the June Play! box

I am afraid, I've forgotten to remove the Play! cards a few times before sending brochures to the green recycling bin.  I guess that's why they are on the front of the brochure!

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June Play! brochure
Each month the little bags are a bit different…I still wish the presentation was as exciting as my first box.  Click here to see that.

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The June 2016 Bag
This month included samples of Bronzer from Bare Minerals, Hair Styling Product from Bumble & Bumble, a fragrance from Tocca, They're Real Mascara from Benefit and Sunscreen from Tarte.
Sephora Play samples _ Makeup by Keri Ann _ Houston Makeup Artist
June's Samples

 I have enjoyed trying the Don't Blow It styling cream from Bumble & Bumble.  Not sure I see a huge difference between using it and allowing my hair to cry completely "au natural", but I think I like it.  I have to use it a few more times.

I have tried the Benefit They're Real! mascara previously and it's great, so I'll be adding this one to my give-away stash.

The Tocca Florence perfume is interesting.  It's not too over powering, but very light & feminine.

I have embraced my stark white complexion, so I think I will allow someone else to try the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun bronzer.

I am fully stocked on sun protection at the moment, so I haven't given the Tarteguard a try yet.

I am most intersted in trying the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, but I keep forgetting to apply it before foundation.  We don't need any more assistance creating "dewy skin" in Houston's heat and humidity, but I'm interested to see what it will do.

Houston Makeup Artist_ Sephora Play box_Makeup by Keri Ann
June's Tip Sheet