Meet the Makeup Artist – MASTERMIND

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It’s time for a Meet the Makeup Artist MASTERMIND- SD edition!!! Join Morgan Gates and I on May 27th from 6-8pm for a meeting of the makeup artist minds!

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Morgan and I are going to share our stories of how we got started in the beauty industry, how we met, our careers in New York, some business tips and most importantly: our sacred philosophy of Community over Competition.

This event will leave you feeling more inspired than ever!

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If you are a makeup artist interested in attending, please email me a little about yourself: lindsey@lindseyjonesmakeup.com. Remember that we want makeup artists of all styles and experience levels to join. Everybody is welcome! However, space is limited, so we will only be accepting a couple of artists for the talk. We are so excited to meet you!

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 Preach, Amanda Genther, Preach.

Orange Tree

Happy Mother’s Day to all the ranks of mothers out there! Baby Harlynn is coming any moment and I can’t wait!!! Eeee!!! My mom told me I must take some pictures of my baby bump, it’s going to be gone before I know it!  So with an iphone in one hand and Luke in the other, we headed out back to our orange tree… Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 10.10.32 PM            {Ombre Oranges} Dress by Saint Grace from Azaleas in the East Village, NYC (it’s not maternity). Saint Grace is great for a pregnant body because their clothes are Stretchy and so soft! Earings are my mother’s- a gift from my dad that she wore on her wedding day.     Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 10.14.30 PMAlso, does anybody know how to prune an orange tree?!?! I really would love any help/ suggestions! Thanks! xoxoxoxoxo L

For some other baby bumps on all kinds of women-  check out the Maternity Gallery! 

Face Oils

As you may already know, I am very pregnant. Approx 40 weeks now! I’m expecting our little girl anytime now and so have taken the next month or so off of work. And while that means no appointments… it does mean lots of blogging! I have learned so much after working in the cosmetics industry for over 10 years and working in New York for over 6 years. I was really busy living in NYC but now I’m slowing down and I have so much I am dying to share with you!

Face oil

Lately I’ve been super ALL about face oils. I found this really interesting article in Cosmetics and Toiletries (a scientific journal on cosmetics) from 2008 about “free form” cosmetics. It seems like it was just around 2008 that the various health conscious cosmetic trends were becoming popular, a lot that can still bel seen today.  Free form earlier in 2002 simply meant free of synthetic colorants and fragrances. But in 2008 the list had expanded to include free from mineral oil, petrochemicals, polyethylene glycol (PEG), sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, genetically modified ingredients, phenoxyethanol and most recently silicone. What’s interesting about face oils… is they are SUPER free form. Like it shocks me when I look at the ingredients. It’s usually very simply a list of oils- usually from flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Here’s a breakdown of 4 different face oils that I have in rotation now:

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Brand: Bobbi Brown  Bottle: 1 oz, Glass bottle with a twist lid   Price: $83 USD Scent: neroli, patchouli, lavender, and sandalwood Thoughts: Bobbi Brown’s extra face oil was the first face oil I was introduced to back in 2006. And for that reason, as well as the beauty and quality of the product, it holds a very special place in my heart. One interesting thing to note is that despite being the most mainstream brand of all these oils it will leave you smelling the most like a hippie. I think it’s because of the patchouli and sandalwood. Another interesting observation about the product is the packaging. It’s a twist top, and all the others are either a pump or a dropper. It can get rather messy and not very good for travel. But… the packaging is extraordinarily beautiful and the weight of the product in your hand feels very luxurious.

 

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Brand: red flower  Bottle: 1 oz, Glass bottle with a dropper Price: $86 USD Scent: Rose damascena   Thoughts: I was given this as a gift from the girls at the Red Flower store in SoHo after buying their Nature radiant skincare travel set and some blood orange shampoo. It sat around in my skin care storage unit for about a year. I have had it in rotation with the other 3 face oils for the past couple of months. ROSES. It’s very rosy smelling and I kind of love and hate that about it. Just some nights it’s a little too strong for me… but during the day I love it! Maybe because during the day I’m moving around and at night I’m just laying there smelling it while I drift off to sleep!  It’s important to remember that these are oils that we are putting on our face and usually oils have a very strong scent. I really like the packaging, and the dropper applicator, gorgeous!

 

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Brand: Naturopathica  Bottle: .5 oz, Glass bottle with a pump  Price: $40 USD Scent: evening primrose and very light notes of lavender, ylang ylang and rosemary   Thoughts: I was given this as a gift from a good friend of mine that works at Naturopathica. Since I was already using three other face oils, I was like what the heck, let’s throw another one in the mix! This oil is half the price and size of the red flower and Bobbi Bown oils. The applicator is different too, It’s a pump top. Travel wise- I think this feels like the thickest glass and the least likely to break. The scent is great! It’s definately rosey- but the other ingredients make it a little more herbal smelling, which I love.

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil

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Brand: Dr. Alkaitis  Bottle: 4 oz, Glass bottle with a pump Price: $90 USD Scent:  My favorite scented oil out of he four. It’s hard to describe- flowery (rose) with a white sandalwood, subtle liquorice and country mallow.  Thoughts: I recieved this face oil in a Dr. Alkaitis travel set, and it’s fabulous! For $55 you get a 1 oz plastic container of the face oil with a pump as well as 7 other products to try!  Despite being the most hippie/ granola/ organic/ free form/ all that goodness kind of brand brand- I think it smells the most flowery and sweet and least herbal. Dr. Alkaitis also brands this as an all over oil- meaning face, hair and body. I look much tanner after applying this oil over the other oils- and the reason why is becuase it has turmeric in it.  See the pic below, the one on the right is the Dr. Alkatis and the one on the left is the Red Flower. The ingredient list in this product is facinating!  You have to read it hereScreen Shot 2015-05-08 at 8.22.10 AM Dr. Alkaitis is one of the most revolutionary brands out there in terms of health and global/ social resposibility. Taking the whole ‘free form’ cosmetic idea to the next level. We’re talking: certified organic, bio-dynamic and ethically wild-crafted ingredients. The products are biologically active, all raw, living and theraputic. The Doc preaches, ‘If you can’t eat it, then don’t put it on your skin”.

Elegant Coastal Wedding Inspiration Shoot

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Makeup Studio Art

Every morning when you wake up, ask yourself, how can I be more like this girl?

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.27.24 PMOr more precisely, how will I spread general badass-ness today? More beauty? How will I hang or how high will I hold my head today?  This print I found on Fab.com by Charmaine Olivia. I loved the print so much I had it professionally framed in NYC. It’s traveled all the way to San Diego with me and right now it’s hanging over my makeup table in my new makeup studio. And I’ve also added two little buddies! The first is by, @unskilledworker, an artist I found via Pat McGrath’s Instagram. I couldn’t find a print to buy, so I just made one in photoshop and printed it up.

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The second little print I picked up is by Garance Doré from Riffle Paper Co. Garance also has a bunch of other cute colabo products with Riffle Paper Co.

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Both prints are framed in an Ikea Ribba Frame.

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Oooo… and Riffle Paper Co. had free shipping for orders over $75… sooo… I picked up these magnetic list pads and note cards that I’ve been dying to have to send to my clients! They are too cute!!! JPEG image-8C8AEEB64F0F-1Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 10.29.02 AMA tip that I learned- to write on the gold envelopes, you’ll need a special paint pen like this sharpie. Otherwise the marker looks grey and sheer. Updates next week on the rest of the makeup sutdio and also on the lighting system that has taken me MONTHS to perfect!

 

Baby Beauty

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Whoa! What a journey this has been! It’s been a whirlwind of love and passion ever since I met Luke. Life and our relationship seemed to be moving at a warp speed and got even faster once we got pregnant. Nothing has ever fit so perfectly and felt so incredibly right- yet totally out of my control. I know that sounds crazy… but I am definitely in the hands of a higher power. I’ve moved across the country, gotten pregnant and restarted my business in a new city- all within the last 6 months. Talk about stress!!! I’ve never endured so much change!!! Especially in such a short amount of time.  I’m constantly learning and am reminded that I need to let go, loosen up, and be patient and see what the universe has in store for me. And let me tell you, once I mastered this mindset, things have been happening… business is booming, my house is beautiful, I’m so much kinder to myself and I’m more open to giving and receiving love- which seems to be abound when there is a new baby on the way! Speaking of babies bringing love, below are some pictures from our baby shower, SO much love! A big, huge thank you to Jena for throwing the most beautiful baby shower. I love you, and it’s also no big surprise that the universe has bequeathed to me a beautiful best friend and Godmother to my daughter that is also a wildly talented Event Planner!

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Below you’ll also find some baby beauty that I found to be very helpful curbing morning sickness and loving my growing baby bump. Enjoy!

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Water // Kiehls’s Creme de Corps // Belly Balm // Lavender Pillow // Yoga podcast + Mat 

The first trimester… a doozie. A couple of things that really helped were to drink an ABSURD amount of water, huff a lavender sachet I kept by my bedside and practice Yoga.  I’m not sure exactly how much water I drank, but I think it was twice as much as I was drinking before I was pregnant. That was the trick. I tried ginger, ginger soda, lemon/ lime water, crackers… all the stuff moms recommend… none of that helped me. In fact, it seemed to upset my tummy even more. I realized though… as the morning sickness got worse… that a lot of it was mental. I am constantly reminded of how stong and powerful the mind is.  My neighbor told me about some great free yoga podcasts to help get my mind right, relax and reconnect with my body. I practiced this one (Episode 28) every morning and it REALLY helped. I still do the same yoga sesh now, and it’s great for my aching back. Also note* if your lower back is hurting you need to workout and massage your butt and backs of your legs- places a masseuse wont get to unless you tell them!!! Another soothing trick- raw lavender. One of my clients, who you might recognize from this instagram picture and yelp review, owns a beautiful lavender field in New York, Lavender by the Bay.  After her wedding she sent me an incredibly sweet thank you note and a little lavender pillow- unbeknownst to her I was pregnant and her little gift was so soothing and the perfect for me! Applying unscented lotion was also key in delivering a relaxing and nausea-free connection with my baby and my body, I really like using Kiehls’s Creme de Corps. Almost to the day that my second trimester hit, I felt amazing! And so I reintroduced all my other scented lotions. My favorite right now is this super fab Belly Balm by Beaute Nouveau. I also just finished up their french lace milk bath and french lace cleansing milk. Totes an incredible experience in the bath… especially with some candles lit while listening to my rainbow relaxation meditation from my hypno birthing classes! Mmmm!!!! Now for some baby shower pics! Click to see more!  Continue reading