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Do you want to WIN your DREAM wedding? For FREE!

YES, you read that correctly! Some of the best of the best vendors are joining forces to create a dream wedding giveaway for one lucky couple! 

Wedding Collective Insta 1 More info can be found over at Katelyn James blog on how to enter and win this amazing, once in a lifetime wedding experience.  Hurry, you only have a little over a week to enter. 

Participating vendors include..

Bridal Hair and Makeup by ME!

Photography by Katelyn James

Venue is Big Spring Farm

Cinematographer Shaina Koren

Floral Design by Amanda Veronee

Vintage Rentals by Paisley and Jade

Graphic Design by Jess Creates

Southern Apparal for men by High Cotton Ties

Event Coordination by Tart Event Co.

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You may have seen all the buzz on Instagram from the vendors and people who are excited to enter to win this amazing giveaway. Follow my Instagram page and connect with all of the above vendors to stay connected on this and other super fun things we are up to.


Time to create digital products!

Like I mentioned in my last post, the one celebrating the relaunch of my website, that was one of my three goals I have been working to get crossed off in 2014.  Yay! I think it came together quite nicely, if I do say so myself. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and helped me proofread and get everything perfect. Congrats to Kelley and Nell, the winners of the 2 Smashbox kits that I gave away on that post.

A few people have asked what is next? What are the other 2 big things I am trying to accomplish this year? Well, both involve April Bowles-Olin with Blacksburg Belle, a fellow creative lady entrepreneur also in VA.


One of the things I want to do is more personal than professional, I am looking to launch a lifestyle blog that is more of a creative outlet and something to do in all my non-existent spare time. Just as soon as I can sit down for 5 seconds, I am going to take April’s Creative Live Course on how to Build a Successful Creative Blog.  This is an older class of hers that I have already purchased and will be using all the info she dishes to launch the new venture. Im thinking that she is probably going to have plenty of magic sparkles of genius for me to incorporate there and also jazz up this old blog and probably Money Making Makeup Artist too!


Speaking of Money Making Makeup Artist, that is what my next project is about! That was born just before I got pregnant with Silas and was thinking of ways to work a little differently than I had been doing for years before. I am constantly getting messages on social media and emails from girls and guys who want to start their own successful businesses as stylists/ makeup artists and want to know how I have done it. I LOVE to talk business and entrepreneurship strategies! I love it as much or more some days, than doing hair and makeup, if you can believe that!

Without much a plan, I decided I was going to create a program to help people do exactly what I have done. I launched said program and it was pretty successful, but much more work than the passive stream of income I was hoping to generate. Thru some trial and error, which is the way I approach most things, I learned that what I needed first was to create some digital products that people could buy and do on their own before committing to 6 weeks of Emily bootcamp. The program was great but it was not inexpensive and required a big time commitment from both myself and the participants. It was a big chunk to take on. Which brings us to…

Why I want to learn how to create and sell digital products?

1. People want and need this information!  People are adding onto the email list MMMUA and emailing me everyday for help and I need to create a way to efficiently give them this information in a way that is easy for them to access.

2. I have already created the content! I think the program that I had created before was awesome but too much to bite off for someone just getting started. So I have reformulated it into snack sized portions so people can digest little by little and get the information as needed. If they have the digital info this way, they can do it in their own time and not need me to walk them thru it.

3. Selling digital products will help me help more people without them making a huge investment! Don’t get me wrong, I think you need to invest in yourself if you want to grow into that dream you’ve got. But I want to get this information to as many people as possible and having a big ticket 6-8 week course wasn’t getting the info into as many hands as I had hoped.

Being a freelance stylist and makeup artist is an awesome job and I am so grateful for all the cool experiences that I have had because of it. BUT I am not as young and spry as I was a decade ago and I find myself wanting to be home a bit more, especially as our family grows.


You may have caught this mentioned in the about me page of the website or on the contact page, but this guy is going to be a big brother early next year! Which means that now more than ever, I want/need to get this created so I can have this income stream to help me stay at home a bit longer with Baby #2.

Here I am, sharing some things I’ve been keeping to myself. This bump, I’ve been hiding under voluminous clothes for the last 4 months. And my last 2 goals, which if I don’t share publicly, I fear will fall by the wayside in my endless list of chores and other work. These things are important, so thank you for letting me share them with you. And for being excited with me, even on days when it feels like too much.


UPDATE: We found out the gender this weekend!!!! See that news here!

A few months ago, I applied to be in the live studio audience for April’s Creative Live Course, Create Digital Products While you Sleep.  I was shocked that I was accepted to be a part of such a cool experience! I was even more disappointed when I had to decline the opportunity due to some previous bookings and family commitments that don’t make travel to San Francisco that week possible.

Since I can’t be there in person to take this course (I am seriously so sad b/c it was kind of my birthday wish to be able to go), I am going to be camped out in front of my computer to do it as live as possible from my home office. That is the next best thing, right?

Please feel free to comment and share your thought on the website or the 2 goals that I just shared. I would love to hear words of advice or encouragement!

If you are a creative entrepreneur, blogger or just like a fun blog to follow, check out April at Blacksburg Belle. She is a delight! Thanks so much, April, for sharing your knowledge and hosting this fun blog tour (my first!) so we can all get to know each other.  Check out the list of other creatives who are participating in the tour here. 

Are you ready to make your creative work more lucrative, stable, and sustainable in the long-term? Join April Bowles-Olin for an introduction to digital products and how they can enhance your creative business. This course will show you how to produce and position viable products for generating multiple revenue streams and passive income. RSVP right here to watch it live and get access to the workbook for FREE. This post is part of the Create Digital Products blog tour.April_Bowles-Olin_Google-_1000x566-620x350

Guest Post: How to clean Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

It’s important to get into a good routine for cleaning your makeup brushes; failure to do so can lead to bacteria and dead skin building up on your brushes, which can cause skin problems and poor hygiene. When cleaning your makeup brushes, you should focus on investing in high quality brush sets from suppliers such as Crown Brush, while also using natural, non abrasive cleaning materials to ensure that your brushes are kept in the best condition throughout the year.


You can save yourself a lot of hassle with your makeup brushes by investing in high quality kits – these brushes will last longer than less expensive brushes, and will likely be able to withstand more regular cleaning. Some other basic cleaning supplies that you should have on hand can include baby shampoo, which can act as a mild cleaner for your brush bristles. Other items to pick up can include hair conditioner and liquid disinfectant for brush handles. You can also look into olive oil for soaking brush heads if you have a buildup of makeup on them.

It’s also possible to find specific brush cleaning kits for particular brands; high quality kits often come with cleaning materials that can be used as part of your regular makeup and cleaning routine. Some kits will also provide instructions for how to best look after your brushes, as well as replacement codes if one does break. It’s generally best to have some rubber gloves in the bathroom for avoiding making a mess, as well as absorbent kitchen roll for drying wet brushes.

 Cleaning Tips

Before you start cleaning your brushes, you should first split up your collection into large blushes and smaller eyeliner and lipliners. You should also rank your brushes in order of size and which will require the greatest amount of cleaning – thin brushes won’t require as much cleaning if you rinse them regularly after use. When cleaning, dampen brushes under lukewarm water, and try to avoid getting the metal part of a brush too wet, as this can cause issues with rusting.

Some basic cleaning approaches that you can build into a habit can include lathering brush bristles with soap, which can be easily rinsed off – this can be a good daily routine for cleaning off makeup. For heavier duty cleaning, you can use gentle baby shampoo, which can be dabbed onto your brush and rubbed to separate out sediment. Soaking brushes in olive oil and thoroughly rinsing them afterwards can help to clean off stubborn elements.

A regular cleaning routine can involve everything from rinsing out your brushes every day, and about 20 minutes of more thorough cleaning about once a week. Spray on brush cleaner can also be picked up, and can often be found as part of a basic brush kit. When drying brushes, make sure you reshape brush heads before they dry, as this can help prevent blunting and other problems.

Author Bio

Eva blogs about practical makeup tips. For high quality brush sets, she recommends using Crown Brush. Her other blogging interests include writing about stage and film makeup.

DIY Makeup for Prom

Here are some easy tips on how to look your most glamorous self this year for prom? Check out these YouTube tutorials for some great DIY tips.

If you are looking for some quick and easy hair tricks, look here. 

Like this one on creating a red carpet look
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Use this tip to make your shadow last all night!

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Or this one to make make sure that eye liner doesn’t budge!
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This makeup tutorial is inspired by Blair from Gossip Girl. She is so fab!

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Here’s a tip on making your lashes look fabulous (like you’re wearing falsies!) with just mascara!

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Want more? Are you looking for something specific? Leave me a comment and let me know how I can help!


My 1 Minute (and run out the door!) Face Routine

I have never had any problem with being completely bare faced and showing the world myself with no makeup. However, it has come to my attention, that I am not as young as I once was. Damn.

Also, now that I am pregnant, I find that it is helpful to my overall self-esteem to deal with the daily surprises of my changing body when I feel good about myself. So I take the extra minutes to put on a tiny bit of makeup, some jewelry and a splash of smell good stuff. I highly recommend this.

I use a slightly different version of this each day. I always use a little BB cream, which is great for evening out the texture of my skin and giving some needed SPF. I add a little color to the cheeks and lips with some sort of cream color. A quick swipe over the lashes. Not quite my power lash look, like in this video.


The Before and the After. Full disclaimer is that the after was actually taken post-gym so it had really been thru the test. What is your bare minimum for a your 1 minute look?


What is your one can’t live without product?