Sugar Skull Princesses

Oct-KX9B2448cynthigarzaphotographyHey guys and girls,

One of my favorite times of the year is almost here and I am ready for cooler days,sweaters,boots,pumpkin spice everything and Halloween.But its’s still warm and sunny here in South Texas but I am patiently waiting for a cool down,very patiently…

Anyways few days ago,couple of talented creatives and I  jumped right ahead and decided to create something spook-tacular with a touch of glam!

The inspiration behind this project was Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration or Dia de los Muertos. My talented assistant-makeup artist,Karina and hairstylist,Topaz have done an outstanding job in recreating these looks and Cynthia brought my vision to life with her camera. And of course,we couldn’t have done this project without our gorgeous models,Melissa,Cecy and Diana.

I’ve always been fascinated by this tradition,colorful costumes,flowers and sugar skull paintings. Our project was strictly ART inspired,hope you guys enjoy!

 

XO,
Mika

 

CREDITS

Photography-Cynthia Garza Photography @cynthiagarzaphotography

Makeup-Karina Castillo @makeupby_karinna 

Hair-Topaz Riviera @topacioramos1

Models-Melissa @melissaxlopez

Cecy @cecysenra1219

Diana @Dacasanova

Flowers/Headbands

@Michaelsstores

 

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Beat the Heat with these Makeup tips

Beat the Heat with these Makeup tips

Beach,sand,sun and margaritas, HELLO SUMMER!!!

And while it’s melting hot-hot outside,your makeup doesn’t have to melt!

Read these tips on how to summer proof your makeup

ALWAYS APPLY SPF 20+

Protect your skin and apply sunblock.

Re-apply often especially if you are outside for long period of time or hanging out at the  beach.

My personal favorite sunblock is from COOLA SUNCARE

It’s organic,non-greasy and it smells amazing plus it’s gentle enough to use on kids.

http://www.coolasuncare.com

SKIP FOUNDATION

Let your skin breath!

And try  BB cream for everyday wear.Most Beauty Balms are infused with vitamins,mixed with face moisturizer,SPF and touch of foundation.

If you have acne prone skin or scars and need more coverage,I suggest spot concealing your problem areas after applying BB cream.

“Your skin but better CC with SPF 50”

USE WATERPROOF

Whether you are swimming,jogging or simply out and about,upgrade your mascara and eyeliners to a waterproof.

For a night out or a date night,apply few individual lashes to open up your eyes.

While there is a plenty of waterproof mascaras and eyeliners on the market my absolute favorites are

L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS (Hydro Black)

MARC JACOBS MATTE HIGHLINERS

http://www.MarcJacobsbeauty.com

 

SWAP OUT YOUR POWDER BLUSH

I am a huge fan of creamy textured face products especially when it comes to blushes.

Cream blushes last longer and create natural looking glow that we all crave.

http://www.elfcosmetics.com/blush

 

DON’T FORGET TO HIGHLIGHT

No makeup look is ever complete without a highlighter.

Apply it on the highest points of your cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes

Personal fave

www.beccacosmetics

 

MATTE LIPS? NOT SO MUCH

Matte lipsticks are popular right now but I encourage you to try something more softer like a sheer gloss or lip creme for kissable lips.

I can’t never get enough of

 

 

XO,

MikaIMG_0483

Makeup by Mika Ziesman

http://www.instagram.com/MakeupbyMikaz

Model Diana Casanova

http://www.instagram.com/dacasanova

http://www.HollywoodbeauyLab.com

 

 

 

 

What is a Spray Tan and Why do you need it

What is a Spray Tan and Why do you need it

 

How did it all started?

Up until the 1920s, tan skin was a sign of poverty and a creamy complexion was the epitome of beauty.Alabaster,pale skin that rarely saw the sun was a sign of glamour and luxury.That is, until Coco Chanel came along. As the story goes, the fashion icon got a little too much sun on one of her yacht trips in the Cannes in 1923, returning to the spotlight with a bronze glow. Her sun-kissed look launched a fad and eventually, an entire industry revolving around achieving the perfect tan.
Soon, celebrities and socialites were flocking to tropical destinations during the winter, using sunlamps to darken their once-porcelain skin. Another interesting fact:during WWII, women used tea bags to mimic a natural-looking tan.
Up until Kardashian sisters and Paris Hilton came along sunless spray tans were one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.Tinseltown’s finest kept it mum on how they always looked so radiant on the red carpet. But spray tanning industry didn’t explode until first Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2006.People at home were watching backstage preparations with models being sprayed on by a “magic” solution that made them appear tanner,slimmer,glowier and more super model-esque.

Nowadays you don’t have to be a famous person or “bake” under the scorching sun to achieve a golden glow.All you have to do is book an appointment and achieve instant celebrity status by simply getting a spray tan!

When doctors and dermatologists noticed a surge in skin cancer in 1970’s it fueled significant research on the effects of UV rays on our skin. Extreme sun exposure was linked to skin cancer and a host of other physical conditions.
Tanning beds and self-tanners soon stepped in to help health-conscious tan-seekers achieve a sun-kissed glow without the sun damage. By the 1980’s, tanning beds were becoming increasingly popular, as were spray tans. Researchers have since discovered that tanning beds and sunlamps are just as harmful as laying out in the sun, prompting the FDA to discourage people from using them for sun-kissed skin. The popularity of tanning beds has been on the decline ever since, even as tanned skin stays firmly in fashion.

Early spray tans got a bad rap for two reasons. First, they often produced an “oompa loompa” effect that left skin orange and streaky.Think Ross in “Friends”episode where his spray tanning experience goes awry. And then there was the less-than-appetizing smell, caused by the use of DHA in an unnatural form. But luckily for us, this major beauty faux pas has been largely eclipsed in the latest generation of spray tan lovers.Sunless spray tans today can produce the most natural looking colors.
Colors can range from light/medium/medium-dark and finally competition stage colors.Sunless spray tans are not one color fits all! Most sunless spray tan solutions are odorless or have mild scent of tropical fruits.Also the colors has to match your natural skin’s undertones and that’s where you need to a homework: Look for a sunless spray technician who is trained and certified.Check their websites,see before and after pictures of their previous work and lastly always ask for credentials.And no,Youtube University “diploma”doesn’t count (being tad sarcastic).

All-Natural sunless spray tans became wildly popular in 2010.DHA-based sunless tanning has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, American Academy of Dermatology Association, Canadian Dermatology Association and the American Medical Association as a safer alternative to sun-bathing
As innovators and lovers behind our sunless spray tans,we’ve partnered up with a sunless lab in California to bring all natural and organic products to our clients here in Laredo.
To book an appointment for a spray tan and experience celebrity treatment just give us a call
956-398-3608
or visit our website

http://www.HollywoodBeautyLab.com

Models-Victoria Serna

Kristen Navarro

http://www.instagram.com/Victoriayserna

http://www.instagram.com/Kristennavarro

Photography by Rey Romo Photography

http://www.Reyromo.com

http://www.instagram.com/reyjromo

Laredo,Texas

 

The right way to wear Red lipstick

According to a study from the University of Manchester, lip size is insignificant when it comes to perception of attractiveness; color is what matters most.
Scientists tracked the eye movements of 50 men and found that they spent 2.2 seconds on lipstick-free mouths, 6.7 seconds on pink lips, and 7.3 seconds looking at red lips (regardless of fullness).
First of all, it comes down to picking the right shade for you. The secret is to find one that completely works with your skin tone.

Blue-toned reds look cooler and more retro, whilst poppy orangey reds are warmer and look a little bit more modern. And those dark very berry reds that you covet on the covers of magazines and backstage are totally achievable too – when you know the right products and shades to buy.

For the ultimate classic cool-girl look make sure you team your new red lipstick with a natural nude eyeshadow and just a hint of mascara. Or try slicking on a feline black liquid eye-liner to look like you’ve just stepped out of the 1950s.
Whatever look you’re choosing to go for, add classic glamour and an air of elegance to any ensemble by picking the best red lipstick for your complexion and budget.

Here are my personal tips on how to achieve the perfect pout;

PREP THE LIPS
Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush or lip scrub and then top it off with a lip balm.
DEFINE YOUR LIPS
Pick a pencil that closely matches your lipstick.
Outline your lips defining your cupid’s bow then fill in your lips
My favorite red lipliner is by MAC Cosmetics (Follow your Heart)
For longer lasting results,apply lipstick with a lip brush.
My all time favorite red lipstick is by MAC cosmetics (Ruby Woo)

 

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