Friday, May 31, 2019

May 2019: Beauty Favorites

As we Spring into Summer, we walk away from Winter for a while. At least for several months. May is one of those months I truly love, as it reminds me of why I love and appreciate Spring so much. Not only are my rose bushes starting to grow, but so everything I have planted the month before is doing so.  

This month was a month of discoveries. I tried some great beauty products and even discovered some that I would match with my favorite holy grails. And although of the products I tried were just ok, some were no way too and quite a few slayed. 

So, what are my favorites this month?

First and foremost, I must say that I love the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow. I have been searching for a great liquid eyeshadow. Most (not all) I have tried tend to dry up and don't possess a creamy nor long-lasting formula. These are creamy and go on smooth. They also dry to a nice pigmented finish, which I love and appreciate. Plus, you can manipulate the texture in a sense where it is easy to work with, as you can blend it without it drying too fast. 

I know I have probably mentioned this product a million times already. And when I was a writer for Examiner (which is now defunct and directs to AXS.com) I was always raving about this. This month I am loving it more than ever. It is the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner. I use this eye liner with an eye primer (and it can be any eye primer) mixed with a little bit of setting spray to activate the product, as water alone tends to kind of dilute the color. Using this combination with this eye liner really makes my eyes just pop.

Tiffany Andersen is a woman with a voice, a vision and a message and it speaks in her skin care. As every single product is infused with gold, I have to tell you, I have loved quite a bit from her. However, there is one product that I love most and find myself using so much. It is the Gavee Gold Diamond Cell Salt Polish. Not only does it smell like citrus bliss, this incredible scrub is infused with authentic diamond powder and mother of pearl. 

When it comes to face cream, I am extremely finicky about what I put on my face, as I have combination skin which changes depending on environment. As my skin tends to be drier during the colder climates, it leans towards oily during the warmer and hotter months. Right now I am really loving the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream. It contains an SPF of 15 which works to protect your skin from not only UVA/UVB rays, but actual DNA damage and environmental stressors such as pollution and wind burn. I have tried so many creams and have been really loving this one. 

And lets not forget a good moisturizer for your face is vital, yes, but so is one of the body. I have tried quite a few this month. Right now I am truly loving the Lalicious Sugar Coconut Velour Body Melt. It epitomizes real bliss, as it possesses incredible ingredients, smells wonderful and makes my skin look and feel wonderful. This is great for every skin type, but a much needed pick me up for those of you with dry skin. 

Giovanni Cosmetics offers some of the best shampoos and conditioners I have ever used. And I must admit that I love virtually every single product from the 2-Chic Repairing line. Not only does everything smell like coconut cream berry (which is bliss among itself) but it actually works to correct any damage done to your hair, repair it after time and prevent it from happening again. When it comes to products, I am quite selective as my hair tends to be like my skin - combination. This line is great for every hair type and will work generously to repair your hair. Plus it smells incredible. 

ZOYA makes incredible nail polish. With over 400 colors to choose from, I am decided that I really love Aggie right now. As a gold holographic metal shade, the bronze micro glitter really adds depth to the color. I have worn this shade for a week and get so many compliments from it. 

Until next month. These are my favorites for the month of May. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Happy Memorial Day 2019


Today we acknowledge, recognize and honor those soldiers who have stood for us, fought for us and died for us. After all, if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything. These soldiers stood for the United States of America. 

Whether you have served in the United States Army, the United States Marines, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force or the United States Coast Guard--thank you for serving the land of the free and the home of the brave. 

Some of those wonderful members of our military who are no longer with us and died in 2019 include: 

January

Chief Warrant Officer to Jonathan Farmer (age 37) of Boynton Beach, Florida (January 16, 2019)
Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon Kent (age 35) of Pine Plains, New York (January 16, 2019)
Sgt. Cameron Meddock (age 26) of Spearman, Texas (January 17, 2019)
Sgt. 1st Class: Joshua "Zach" Beale (age 32) of Carrollton, Virginia (January 22, 2019)

March

Spc. Jackson Johnson (age 20) of Hillsboro, Missouri (March 7, 2019)
Sgt. Holli Bolinski (age 37) of Pinkneyville, Illinois (March 7, 2019)
Sgt. 1st Class: Will D. Lindsay (age 33) of Cortez, Colorado (March 22, 2019)
Spc. Joseph P. Collette (age 29) of Lancaster, Ohio (March 22, 2019)

April

CpL Robert Hendriks (age 25) of Locust Valley, New York (April 8, 2019)
Sgt. Benjamin Hines (age 31) of York, Pennsylvania (April 8, 2019)
Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman (age 43) of Newark, Delaware (April 8, 2019)
Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller (age 24) of Richmond, New Hampshire (April 19, 2019) 
Spc. Ryan Riley (age 22) of Richmond, Kentucky (April 20, 2019)
Spc. Michael T. Osario (age 20) of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho (April 23, 2019)
Pfc. Michael A. Thomason (age 28) of Lincoln Park, Michigan (April 29, 2019)

May 

Spc. Miguel L. Holmes (age 22) of Hinesville, Georgia (May 2, 2019)

As a proud American who loves her country--I salute you. And today at 3 pm on behalf of the National Remembrance Act, I will stop and remember what you have done for my country and myself. I express my love for my country and those of you who support America when singing National Anthem

Thank you to everyone who has served in the United Armed Forces. God Bless The USA.

Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Anniversary party + update on my life

Me tonight.
Tonight is a very special night for my boss as he celebrates his anniversary married to his lovely wife of 30 years. He is having an anniversary party tonight, which is quite exciting. I have been invited so I am going to go. As many of you are aware, I have been dating Sumit for almost a year now. Our anniversary is coming up in a couple days (Tuesday, May 28th) which will mark one year. And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you.

As for my life, I started attending gemstone therapy sessions once a week. I love gemstone therapy because it promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. After one session I felt balanced, more calm and relaxed; however, after going for several weeks I really notice a change. The stress I felt for weeks has been completely alleviated and I feel incredibly calm as a result. 

In ancient history, gemstones had a lot of great healing powers. Some of the mummies in ancient Egypt were buried with Quartz. Not only were they used as a sign of luck, but they were used to heal a human's mind, body, soul, and spirit. This was a very holistic way to relieve any kind of pain and eliminate negative energy from the body by promoting positive harmony and eliminating stress. As a result, you will feel less mad, less sad and will enjoy life to the fullest. I recommend this to virtually everyone. It truly does work and after one session you will definitely feel more balanced and calm. 

A lot of you have asked me to stop talking about Morgan Ingram and start talking more about other subjects. My blog is filled with a variety of subjects. Because I support Toni Ingram, I am misinterpreted as one who is "crazy" and "delusional" as well as, one who is a horrible writer, who is being paid by Toni Ingram (yawn) yet you internet stalkers come to my blog relentlessly and read what I have to say. Some of you may disagree with me, but at the end of the day, you come to my blog for a reason. I will be talking about more topics in the near future.   

On a softer note, tonight I am wearing a green bandage dress courtesy of Hot Miami Styles. My jewelry is from Totaram. I did my usual skin care regimen which consists of a hydrating cleanser, an exfoliator, a serum and a moisturizer. Right now I am really loving the Chuda Exfoliating Cleanser, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and the EMK Beverly Hills Bloom Toner. I am sure I am leaving out others, but will get to those in a future blog post.

For my makeup tonight, I applied the Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer followed by the Jeffree Star Magic Concealer in the shade in C12.  Then, I applied the Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation in the shade Satin followed by the Estee Lauder Set. Blur. Finish Perfecting Pressed Powder in Translucent. I contoured my face using the Mehron Illusion Palette by Mimi Choi. I never use this usually for contouring, but surprisingly love it. 

On my eyes, I used the Eyeko 'I Do' Liquid Eyeliner followed the Giorgio Armani Beauty Liquid Eye Tint in the shades 37 Scarab and 25 Midnight Cruise. To highlight I used Ellis Faas Lights in the shade E302. For my brows, I used the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5. And for my lashes, I used several coats of the Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Voluminizing Mascara

To finish my makeup look, I used the Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade Namaste. I topped my lips with Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammo in Galaxy Gold. To complete the entire look, I sprayed MAC Prep + Prime Fix+

For my hair, I shampooed using the Pai-Shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser and conditioned using the Paul Mitchell MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing Conditioner. Then, I did a full blow-out using the T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer and EcoTools Ultimate Air Dryer Hair Brush. Before drying, I applied the Nexxus Promend. After drying, I applied the Matrix Biolage Hair Gelee

Tonight I am surprising my boss and his wife with a 28 Can Rolling Picnic Camping Cooler. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give anyone, especially those who travel often. Road tripping will become much more savvy and fun with one of these. My first gift choice was a drone, but then I realized he said they had quite a few of them. 

I am sure I can write more, but then again I would be here for hours and I have to be there in several minutes. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, as I hope you are all having an amazing weekend. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Accident, Suicide or Murder: Morgan Ingram

Morgan Ingram
(Photo by Morgan Ingram)
As many are already aware, on Saturday, Oxygen aired Accident, Suicide or Murder a show which acknowledges, recognizes and examines cases thoroughly that have been either unsolved or deserve answers. The season finale featured the stalking and death of Morgan Ingram. 

The show starts out with drone footage of the picturesque Carbondale, Colorado before a dialog took place between retired detective Paul Holes and true crime producer and journalist Kelly McLear regarding her case. Wanting answers, the dynamic duo decided to dig deep into the case to find out if it was an accident, a suicide or a murder. I watched the show with an open mind, disregarding my own point of view, in case I was wrong to believe this was a homicide. 

I watched the show. I believe the show was spun to fit a narrative that the vast majority of status quo want to hear. Most of these shows are aired for entertainment purposes, hence why people watch them to begin with. However, a lot of facts have been left out as Oxygen producers can only fit so much into a 90-minute time frame.  

To be honest, I was very disappointed not by their conclusion of her death, but by how they depicted Morgan Ingram and her stalking altogether. I was also modestly miffed by how they portrayed Toni and Steve Ingram. With that said, questions that were not answered on Accident, Suicide or Murder that I would have liked to have been addressed include:

Question #1: Morgan Ingram had an obscene level of Amitriptyline in her blood. Over 6 times the lethal limit. So, if 500 ng to 1,000 ng of Amitriptyline in the blood is lethal, how did Morgan Ingram get 7,909 ng in her blood stream? 

Question #2: Morgan Ingram had 7,909 ng of Amitriptyline in her blood stream which I addressed previously. She also had a level of 2,833 ng of Noratripyline in her blood stream, as well. In her gastric fluids (or stomach) Morgan had 2,287,440 ng of Amitriptyline with a Noratriptyline level of 9,431 ng. Look at how close the numbers are of Amitriptyline to Noratriptyline in the blood. This leads me to the important question--why is the ratio so close in the blood versus the level in her stomach or gastric fluids?

Note: The amount in her stomach was high, but I don't believe that is what killed her. I believe it was the level in her blood that did. When looking at the gastric fluid level, the ratio is very far apart in comparison to the blood level. Why is the blood level of Amtriptyline to Noratriptyline so close in comparison to the gastric fluid level? 

Question #3: The beanie hat has a sufficient level of DNA on it. The forensic investigators did not even flinch nor entertain the idea of testing this item, as they were distracted by the polygraph test results of both Toni and Steve Ingram. The polygraph results of Mr. and Mrs. Ingram overshadowed this. That hat should have been tested regardless of the lie detector results. Why wasn't it?

Question #4: Why was Keenan Vanginkel never interviewed? He was the perpetrator, the stalker and yet is painted as innocent, but was not asked to take any lie detector test even though he offered to take one in 2011 and 2012. Have the investigators forgotten about his extensive criminal record including his history with criminal trespassing? Or do they think because he's alive, he is off limits? Vanginkel also has a history of drugs and mental illness, which the Ingrams' have revealed in the past. 

Question #5: Keenan Vanginkel was seen on the cameras walking up the Ingrams' driveway only later to deny it was him when interrogated by detective (now coroner) Robert Glassmire. Why is this fact being overlooked? It is because Morgan Ingram is dead and Keenan Vanginkel is living? Currently, there are no laws protecting the deceased. 

Note: Towards the end of the interrogation video, Vanginkel is seen frantically looking at his phone. As Vanginkel is protected under the constitution of the United States (innocent until proven guilty) he looked modestly guilty when Robert Glassmire left the room in 2011. 

Question #6: In the autopsy photos, it looks like Morgan had blood on her lip and her face had been smashed. There were also marks around her neck, as if she were strangled. Another disturbing observation I made was how her arms were risen and hands were clenched. Evidently this proves she didn't take her own life, but the question I have is--how can they reach the accidental conclusion knowing this fact? 
Morgan Ingram with her mother
Toni Ingram
(Photo by Morgan Ingram)


Additionally I have some concerns regarding the episode. These concerns include:

Morgan Ingram was not a suicidal person. She was artistic with more drive than NASCAR. Her character was not flawless and far from pristine, but was not how she was portrayed in this series. She was not suicidal. She was not running nor escaping from life. I noticed some victim blaming throughout the series which I despise. As I stated previously, there are no laws that protect the deceased. 

Both Toni and Steve Ingram took a polygraph test regarding the stalking and murder of Morgan. Granted it is not a good thing to fail, but I believe as both of them are in their 60's, going through a lot of tension and stress, unable to properly grieve, I believe this is why they failed some of the questions given to them. I don't believe they are deceptive or have bad intentions like some of you think. I don't believe they are liars. I've spoken with both personally for hours and have heard both of them cry. They are not investigators which they have admitted relentlessly throughout the years. They just want answers and have every right to question what happened to their daughter. After all, they knew Morgan more than anyone in this world and she was being stalked, whether you want to believe it or not. 

When they interviewed Danny Rodden, I had to admit I was a little shocked. Rodden is not the same guy from 2011 evidently as he ended up getting back into drugs (relapsing) several years ago and is now a registered sex offender in the state of Colorado. A person under the influence of substances is not a credible witness by any means and their opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. As troublesome as this is, I don't know why his testimony was used unless it was for entertainment purposes to elevate the shock factor, allowing you--the audience to reach your own conclusions about Morgan's death. 

The silhouette of the woman who claims to have been friends with Morgan, who allegedly saw her the night of the death or night before of her death is friends with Brooke Harris and is friendly with the suspect, Keenan Vanginkel. According to a Morgan Ingram Facebook page ran by friends of Morgan Ingram, called RIP Morgan Ingram, the woman identified as "Kara" allegedly also changed the story to fit a narrative that was proved to be not true hence why only excerpts of her testimony aired on the show. 

Stalking is a serious crime which was not taken seriously in this case. They played recordings of Steve Ingram mentioning Morgan may possibly be contemplating suicide. Everyone has their down days. There have been times I thought about ending my life, but then I realize--I love life way too much, which Morgan said on Facebook in her final days of being alive on earth. In fact, it was her final post before she was murdered. 

Update 5/22/19: There is more to the tape that aired on Accident, Suicide or Murder. This tape was recorded before the Ingrams' independently investigated the death of their daughter. The recording featured on the show leaves out vital details, including parts where both Toni and Steve Ingram questioned if it were a suicide and overdose. When questioned, the Ingrams' evidently looked at all scenarios diving deep into the suicide and the accident possibility. The entire tape reveals this fact. Toni and Steve Ingram are not investigators and would have accepted suicide, had Morgan actually took her own life, but eventually after looking at her case fully, they knew their daughter and knew her death was not a suicide and/or accident. 

Update 5/22/19: Camera footage was released to Paul Holes and Kelly McLear of the day Morgan Ingram was found dead. The unidentified concoction in the cup that was in Morgan Ingram's bathroom was, in fact, Morgan Ingram's Pure Tasty Face Mask. Evidently it wasn't tested as Paul Holes suggested. She used the butter knife to stir it, as it is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. 

Conclusion

I felt like the series was put together greatly with three points of view and possibilities; however, a lot of what they shown is not the whole story. This is just common sense, as every show has to edit hours upon hours of footage to fit a 90-minute time frame. With that said, my opinion has not changed. I still believe Morgan Ingram was murdered and this was in fact, a homicide. Until you can answer my questions, I don't have to listen to any of the banal ad hominem or strange internet theories to support inaccurate narratives. 

I have every right to my opinion and I want answers. I support Toni and Steve Ingram. For more information visit Morgan Ingram today. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed: What happened?

Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing since
Fall of 2016. 
In case you are unaware, Najeeb Ahmed is a college student from New Delhi, India who went missing on Saturday, October 15, 2016. At the time, he was only 27 years old, so he would be estimated to be 30 years old today. Having went missing under suspicious circumstances, there has been no justice since that time. 

Ahmed was studying biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Looking to pursue his masters degree in the field, friends describe him as reserved, gentle and with no temperamental issues. I heard about this case recently and have been wondering what could have happened to him. With a closed case, a botched investigation and no leads at all, one can only speculate what really happened to Najeeb Ahmed. 

The night before Najeeb Ahmed disappeared he ended up having a confrontation which ended up with him being assaulted. Ahmed's family and friends pleaded with authorities to investigate; however, the authorities in this particular case failed to do so which lead to Ahmed's family (his mother in particular) filing a habeas corpus petition in New Delhi's high court. 

As time proceeded the authorities took the initiative of filing an FIR for kidnapping and wrongful confinement. After investigating, they used a taxi driver's testimony that Ahmed was mentally ill and therefore went with a narrative that Ahmed left New Delhi by choice. According to an article published by The Indian Express, the driver also went onto say that he drove Ahmed to the Jamia Millia Islamia University. Which leads me to the question - is the taxi driver involved in the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed? Did he actually kill him? or Is the taxi driver telling the truth? 

Due to lack of evidence, the New Delhi police dropped the case completely. After failing to prove the connection between Ahmed's mental state and actual disappearance, the authorities discreetly placed the case on the shelf. 

Additionally, there is speculation that the man and/or men who assaulted Ahmed the night before also had something to do with his disappearance. According to an article published in The Quint, Ahmed was beaten by a group of 25-30 students on the way to the warden's home. Perhaps he feared them and left or they killed him which is why he has not been found. 

What do I think happened? 

I think he is possibly deceased. It makes no sense he would not be in contact with his family. I believe he was possibly murdered by a group of men who threatened him the night before and I believe the taxi driver was part of the group. There were witnesses to the confrontation who have said they watched these men threaten Ahmed the night before he disappeared. I believe the driver's remark regarding the Jamia Millia Islamia University was a subliminal message also and references the original remark regarding the threat. I would hope this isn't what happened and Ahmed is still alive, but there are no leads and the case is closed. 

Will there ever be justice? One can only hope. Najeeb Ahmed is currently missing and has been for almost three years now. India is one of the world's largest countries (the 2nd largest to be exact) so it is possible he is still alive. If you know of anything regarding his whereabouts please contact your local police department. 

Happy Mother's Day 2019

It is officially Mother's Day here in the United States. As the second Sunday in May, today we recognize, acknowledge and honor our mothers for all of the wonderful things they have done for us. From past to present, Mother's Day is a tried and true reverse of respecting our elders and what they have done for us to be who we are today.

My mother has always been an amazing person. As she can be a little rough around the edges, never have I ever discovered someone with such conviction as her. As free spirited as she is, my mother has been through a lot in the last several years, including a major health scare last year. However, she has managed to break free and live life to the fullest without worry. 

I admire my mother because she is a kind and kindred soul who does so much for her family and still continues to do so. And although I am not a mother yet, eventually I want to be one. As I aspire to be as good as my mother, I definitely have big shoes to fill. 

Today is one of the most underrated days on earth. As today is a tradition that dates back to over a century, it is a day that I find cognate to creation and transformation. Which leads me to the question-without our mother, where exactly would we be today? Without our mother, how would life exist?

Happy Mother's Day mom. I love you. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers around the world. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Ezra Miller's 5 Hour Met Gala Look

Makeup artist Mimi Choi applying
makeup to Ezra Miller for the
2019 Met Gala.
Lets face it, Ezra Miller really knows how to get attention on the red carpet. Earlier tonight the singer, songwriter and actor made an appearance wearing a custom Burberry suit at the Metropolitan of Arts red carpet proving he is anything, but boring and banal. 

And believe it or not, Ezra Miller's incredibly eccentric makeup look took five hours. Courtesy of the talented Mimi Choi, who used the Mehron Illusion by Mimi Choi palette, this look epitomizes abnormal genius. 

In a world of camp-theme, this look went beyond what most would expect hence why it is one of the most talked about looks for the 2019 Met Gala. Choi, of course an SFX genius and one of the most underrated makeup artists of our generation. 

Can you spot his real eyes? 

Get the makeup look: Priyanka Chopra at 2019 Met Gala

Priyanka Chopra at the 2019
Met Gala.
(Photo by Rabbani and SolimenePhotography/
WireImage)
The Met Gala is not just one of the most highly anticipated events in the world, it allows every celebrity to be creative with fashion. And speaking of creativity, Priyanka Chopra did just that earlier this evening. Wearing a custom Dior dress which took over 60 days to make, proves why this Bollywood beauty epitomizes the Camp theme. Although her hair was unique, as her dress was totally fleek, it was her makeup which stole the show. Courtesy of the talented Pati Dubroff, Chopra was treated to a glam look which complemented her Dior dress.

"This look is camp to the max. I was inspired by Louis XIV and his royal court, Dior runway extreme, but with the edgy spirit of Bowie. She is the perfect muse to Louis XIV and embodies a fantasy level of his vanity," Pati Dubroff shared regarding the inspiration behind this look. 

So, is it possible to recreate this look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff created the ultimate powder finish utilizing the Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder in the shade Muse. As she continued, she applied the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer & Touch Up Stick in the shade Medium before applying the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer & Touch Up Stick in the shade Fair to her actual eyebrows. She also used this product highlight and brighten her eyes. 

Dubroff wanted to create the ultimate dramatic eye. She applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra Skinny Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Fine (Wine) shortly before using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandaldust. Dubroff wanted to create a bright pink towards the center of the eye, she she used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Pop)ular and the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Provocouture on the top. She finished this part of the eye by adding some glitter. 


To brigten the eye, the world-renowned makeup artist used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (N)ice. Next, she applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Big Eyes. 


As the celebrity makeup artist continued with Priyanka's eyes, she applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer to the bottom lashes to lighten them up. Taking white pencil, she applied this directly to the top of Chopra's eyes using a fan. To finish the eyes, Pati applied several coats of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara to the Bollywood beauty's eyes. 

To complete Chopra's Met Gala look, the celebrity MUA used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Poutliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Currant Mood to shape and enhance her lips. Finally, she applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Boy Gorgeous in a heart shape to highlight the cupid's bow. 


Congratulations! You have just recreated Priyanka Chopra's makeup look for the 2019 Met Gala. 

Get the makeup look: Salma Hayek at 2019 Met Gala

Salma Hayek at the 2019
Met Gala.
(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Salma Hayek always looks so exotic and radiant on every carpet. And tonight was no exception for the beautiful starlet as she looked incredible in her black and gold Gucci gown. Although her dress was great, her hair really stood out; however, it was her makeup that stole the spotlight. Her fierce and fabulous face was created by the talented makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen

So, is it possible to recreate this look at home? Yes.

First and foremost, the world-renowned makeup artist prepped Salma Hayek's skin using Weleda Skincare products, to prepare the stunning starlet for tonight's big event. 

Then, VanLeeuwen primed Hayek's face with the Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Primer in Sun-Kissed. As he continued, he applied the Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in the shade Almond just around the Salma's face. Next, he applied the Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in the shade Buff 7 in the center of her face including under her eyes. "I wanted to brighten her complexion," VanLeeuwen shared. 

Now taking the Stila After Hours Eye Shadow Palette, the celebrity makeup artist used the shades Anything Goes and Cash Out, where he mixed both shades together. VanLeeuwen continued the eyes using the Stila Glitter & Glow in the shade Rose Gold Retro. Next, he used the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner in Intense Black. Then, he applied the Lashify Gossamers in F14 and F16. To complete the eyes, celebrity MUA Matthew VanLeeuwen applied several coats of the Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara


As the internationally known makeup artist continued, he applied the Stila Convertible Color in the shade Camellia. He applied this product like he would as a bronzer to the lovely Latina's cheeks and temples shortly before applying the Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter in the shade Incandescence. 

Celebrity makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen applied the Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Besos followed by the Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner in Pinot Noir.  He used these two products to create a beautiful red lip. To finish the look, he applied several coats of the Stila Beauty Boss Lip Gloss in the shade Empowering. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Salma Hayek's makeup look for the 2019 Met Gala. 

Get the hair look: Zendaya at 2019 Met Gala

Zendaya at the 2019 Met Gala.
(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Film Magic)
Zendaya looked like a true princess on the red carpet, as she embraced the 2019 Met Gala theme: Camp. Wearing a custom Tommy Hilfiger blue dress that looked like something out of a real Cinderella fairytale, Zendaya truly made magic tonight. 

As much as I love her dress and her makeup, what I really loved was her hair. Styled by the talented Ursula Stephen, the beautiful actress's tresses were treated amazingly. Inspired by classic Disney character, Stephen gave Zendaya a look to complement her style.

So, is it possible to recreate this look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Stephen shampooed and conditioned the HairSoFab hair piece with the Suave Professionals Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo and the Suave Professionals Moisturizing Curl Conditioner

After the hair was properly cleansed, the hair expert applied the Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Multi-Benefit Hair Milk shortly before drying it. Once the hair was dry, hairstylist began to curl large sections the starlet's hair. Then, taking the Dove Care Between Washes Foam Dry Shampoo to create volume, Stephen used a Tangle Teezer brush to brush Zendaya's hair out. 
Hair expert Ursula Stephen styling Zendaya's hair
at the 2019 Met Gala.


As Stephen continued, she created a very unique french twist. Next, she teased the root of the stunning star's hair shortly before brushing out the twist. Then, taking bobby pins, she locked Zendaya's hair into place. Once the twist was where the hair expert wanted it, she pulled out Zendaya's bangs a little bit. Stephen is a perfectionist when it comes to hair so she played with this until it fit the starlet's hair perfectly. 

To finish the look, Stephen sprayed the TRESemme TRES Two Unscented Extra Hold Hair Spray and before adding her custom head band and sending her off to the Met Gala ball. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Zendaya's 2019 Met Gala hair look. 

Get the makeup look: Rita Ora at 2019 Met Gala

Rita Ora at the 2019 Met Gala.
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/
Getty Images for the Met Museum/
Vogue.)
Rita Ora always looks amazing at virtually every event she attends. Tonight is no exception. The British beauty stunned the red carpet earlier this evening wearing a relatively plunging gold glam gown by the iconic Marc Jacobs. And although Ora's dress and hair looked amazing, it was her makeup which really stood out tonight. Courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Kathy Jeung, who treated the starlet songwriter to a timeless look which complemented her gold dress. 

"My inspiration for the look came from her gold sequined dress by Marc Jacobs Couture. It inspired me to give Rita 1930's screen screen goddess look. Thin eyebrows, deep contours of the eyes with metallic shimmer on the lids, satin bronzed skin, and lips lightly lined with a nude gloss," Jeung shared with me. 

But the question we all have is-can we recreate this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped Ora's skin. She used Retrouve skincare products. After she prepped the beautiful singer's face, she used the Nanacoco HD Powder Foundation in the shade Warm Tan. Then, taking the Nanacoco Airfare Concealer Brush 907, Jeung applied the Nanacoco HD Cover Concealer in the shade Orange shortly before applying the Nanacoco HD Cover Concealer in the shade Natural. 

As the celebrity MUA continued with the look, she used the Nanacoco Contouring & Strobing Palette in the shade Medium using the Nanacoco Flat Contour Brush, the Nanacoco Highlighter Brush and the Nanacoco Angled Powder Brush 902.

The eyebrows were the main event of this look, as they took the most time. Jeung bleached Ora's eyebrows which took two hours. Then, she applied the Nanacoco Browstylers Highlighter Duo in the shade Brown/Pearl Beige. To finish the brows, the celebrity makeup artist used the Nanacoco Browstylers Micro Pencil in the shade Dark Brown. 

World-renowned makeup artist Kathy Jeung shared that the eyes were supremely important with this look. Using the Nanacoco Smudge Brush 910, the celebrity MUA applied the Nanacoco Longwear Eye Liner in Gold. Next, she applied the Nanacoco Glitzn Face & Body Pigment in the shades orange gold and copper. 

The eyelashes were also quite a game changer, as Jeung shared. For this makeup look, the internationally known MUA used the Nanacoco 'Giana Style' 3D Volume lashes. Then, she applied several coats of the Nanacoco HD Extreme Volume and Curl Lenghtening Mascara

Next, Kathy applied the Nanacoco HD Pressed Blush in the shade Peach Coral. To finish the look, the celebrity makeup artist used the Nanacoco Outlast Lip Liner in the shade Burgundy shortly before applying the Nanacoco Shimmertallics Metallic Lip Gloss in the shade Sunkissed. 

Get the makeup look: Serena Williams at 2019 Met Gala

Serena Williams with her husband
at the 2019 Met Gala.
(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Serena Williams stunned the red carpet this evening for the 2019 Met Gala wearing a very vibrant Atelier Versace dress. Being true to her roots, the iconic tennis star wore custom Nike sneakers to match. Although I wouldn't say they matched, they definitely made her stand out compared to most. 

Her makeup really blew up the spotlight tonight. Courtesy of Renny Vasquez for Pat McGrath Labs, Williams was treated to an incredible makeup look to complement her style.

Is it possible to recreate this makeup look at home? Absolutely. Lets get started!

First and foremost, the Pat McGrath makeup artist prepped the fashion icon's face using an array of products. Then, he applied various products including the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo on the shade Golden and Bronze.

So, how did internationally known makeup artist Renny Vasquez do Serena Williams' eyes tonight? He used the Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow in the shades: dark matter, burnished honey, deep velvet, statuesque, celestial and in sextrovert. 

The talented MUA also used the Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Glide Pencil in the shade XTreme Black and the Pat McGrath Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner in the XTreme Black. 

To finish the entire look, Vasquez applied the new Pat McGrath Blitztrance Lipstick in the shade Full Fantasy. Lastly, he used the Pat McGrath Lust Gloss in Aphrodisiac. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Serena Williams 2019 Met Gala makeup look. 

Get the makeup look: Lady Gaga at 2019 Met Gala

Lady Gaga at the 2019
Met Gala.
(Photo by John Shearer/Getty
Images for THR)
Lady Gaga definitely knows how to make a real entrance at the Met Gala. As one of the five people to host the show this year, the award-winning superstar looked incredibly glam embracing the original "Camp: Notes of Fashion" fashion theme. Styled by the one and only Brandon Maxwell, Gaga's designer, the world-renowned pop starlet is one of few this evening who have stole the show. 

And as amazing as Lady Gaga's outfits look, her makeup is what really stole the show. Courtesy of her longtime makeup artist Sarah Tanno, Gaga was treated to a makeup look which complemented her style.

So, is it possible to recreate this look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped Gaga's skin. She used the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Creme. Because this cream has incredible hydrating properties (plus it smells fantastic) Tanno didn't use any foundation on Lady Gaga's skin and went directly for the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer & Touch Up Stick. This has to be one of my favorite concealers ever and probably the best new concealer I have tried yet. To finish the face, the celebrity MUA applied the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder using the Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting Foundation Brush

The obscenely glam yet eccentrically fun lashes were curated by Sarah Tanno herself. Tanno did admit to applying several coats of the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

For the lips, the Sarah Tanno used the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in the shade Flaming Oh. To complete the entire look, the celebrity makeup artist used the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in the shade Sweet Escape. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Lady Gaga's makeup look for the 2019 Met Gala. 

Met Gala Skincare Prep 2019: Rita Ora

Rita Ora always glows on the red carpet. Not only does her makeup look incredible, but you can clearly tell she takes care of her skin. And tonight is no exception to the rule, as the starlet had her skin prepped by the talented, celebrity makeup artist Kathy Jueng for the 2019 Met Gala. 

But what did the celebrity makeup artist use on her skin? She used one of the greatest skin care brands, Retrouve skincare. Ora's skin was prepped for glam just before the big event using quite a few products from this brand. 

First and foremost, Jueng used the Retrouve Skin Brilliance Priming Pads. These pads are amazing and work to gently exfoliate the skin in the most effective yet non abrasive way possible. Infused with sugar cane, these priming pads promote a radiant yet more youthful complexion. 

What about the eyes? The celebrity makeup artist gently patted the Retrouve Revitalizing Eye Concentrate Skin Hydrator on Ora's eyes. This is one of the best eye products I have used and really gives your eyes a much needed brightness and pick-me-up. 

As the celebrity MUA continued, she applied the Retrouve Nutrient Face Serum onto Ora's face. She followed up with the Retrouve Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer and Retrouve Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream.

With art, science and beauty-you can achieve this simple yet effective skincare prep at home.