Get Ready….Set….Go!!

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Bi-monthly I give-away some fabulous makeup prices to a random reader of my blog. The next lucky winner will be picked February the 10th. So please spread the word and encourage friends and family members to join in on the fun :-)

So what are the…..

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There is non! How about that! :-)…….all you need to do, is follow my blog via email sign-up. It’s that simple! No boring rules about being 18 or an american citizens :-) FYI..There is no set number of times you can win, as long as you follow my blog via email sign-up you will automatically be entered into the giveaway every single time.

 

This is what a couple of past winners had to say about joining The Winners Circle”.

“Kim- THANK YOU so very much for the opportunity to win. I have been so inspired by you for many months now. Even though you don’t know me personally, you have accepted my friend request on FB, responded to my likes of your posting and even liked some of my postings. You are truly a genuine person! Keep being yourself and I wish you much success on your new blog (and everything else, of course!).” -Rosemary.

 

“THANK YOU SO MUCH! I absolutely love everything that i received. I am a fairly new makeup enthusiast and all my new goodies have been a huge help in my experimenting journey. I had never used an eye shadow primer before and it is life changing! The eye shadow goes on much more vibrant and stays that way for much longer. The brushes feel so nice on my skin and I am enjoying figuring out what exactly im supposed to be doing with them lol love it all! Thanks!!” -.Jalyssia.

 

“Shout out to Kim Elba for the gorgeous goodies below! I’ve been following Kim (make up artist to Hollywood and Atlanta’s elite) ever since we met in ATL years ago. Not only is she beautiful, an incredibly talented makeup artist, stylist, and entrepreneur as President and founder of Makeup Your Mind Inc., she’s also a woman who believes in supporting and giving back to other women through her own unique talents. Each month she randomly selects a reader of her uplifting beauty and style blog to send a selection of beauty products to. Guess who was the lucky winner this past month? 

I would definitely recommend checking out her site: http://www.kimelba.com and signing up to get the goods on all the current beauty and style trends perfect for any woman no matter her personal style, budget, or culture. After all, you could be the next winner…:-).” -Candice.

GOOD LUCK GUYS!! :-)

To my fellow makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts..keep up the good work!

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Most of you that follow my blog, know by now that one of my favorite things to do when I have a little down time, is to surf the net for makeup inspirations. I’m constantly blown away with the caliber of work that I come across. There are some insanely talented people out there, and if I had the time I could easily sit for hours and look at pictures of all the amazing work, that is produced by makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts alike. I decided to share my findings with y’all :-). I could without a doubt, have posted hundreds of pictures of beautiful work. But for obvious reasons I had to scale it down to a more reasonable number (I really hate that :-) ). I especially like and find the makeup transformations fun and interesting to look at. Contouring can be absolutely amazing and can create unbelievable results…. if you know your craft, that is :-). When I went to Europe to train to be a makeup artist, contouring was one of my favorite things that we had to learn how to do. Enjoy!

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Mini Mani Manor…..Ciaté!

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One of my favorite nail polish brands is by the british based company Ciaté, founded by celebrity session nail artist Charlotte Knight. Ciaté is an acronym for Colour, Innovation, Aspiration, Trend and Extraordinary.

For the holiday season they have come out with the cutest advent calendar. It’s packed with daily nail treats for a fun countdown for Christmas. It features an array of shades and textures for over 145 different nail looks. It houses mini paint pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, cute nail transfers, and a full-size paint pot treat in a special, limited-edition shade. What a fun way to start off your  December mornings!

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Lipsticks For Fall 2014!

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Whether you are excited about fall’s arrival, or still longing for the warm and sunny days. There is no way around it, fall has officially arrived! So therefore it’s time to switch from summer’s vibrant oranges and hot pinks, to more “moody” colors like berry and warm neutrals. Here is a few of my favorites for the fall.

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Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Intime, $35. chanel.com

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Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Nude Love, $3 ulta.com

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Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Diva Red, $7, wallgreens.com

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Eccentric, $30. esteelauder.com

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MAC Lipstick in Yield To Love, $16 maccosmetics.com

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Tom Ford Lip Color in Negligee, $50, tomford.com [will be available in September]

pictures courtesy of Harpers Bazaar.

In Honor Of Breast Cancer Month!

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The post today is for anyone that has suffered from breast cancer, currently fighting it, have lost someone to this terrible disease, or maybe you know someone who is battling with breast cancer at the moment.

I myself have lost some amazing Woman and very much-loved family members to breast cancer. So I have seen first hand the devastation it causes and what they had to go through. This year, I myself had a cancer scare and what I learned from the overwhelmingly frightening experience, is to NEVER take life for granted and to live every day with purpose.

So my heart goes out to ALL the Woman and their families that are in the midst of their struggle.  I wish you nothing but healing and blessings.

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“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” – Dr. Seuss

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“Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to WIN!” – Bernadette Devlin

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“Breast cancer changes you, and the change can be beautiful.” – Jane Cook, breast cancer survivor.

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“When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.” - Kay Yow

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“Turn your face to the sun, and shadows fall behind you.” – Kat

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“When life kicks you a curve ball, you learn to duck and dive until you safely get to higher grounds.” - Kim Elba

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Beauty tips for the mature Woman.

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As we get older we see changes in our bodies as well as our faces. Some welcome them, while others not so much. As our skin no longer has the tight and youthful look of our teens and twenties, we must embrace and take on our facial changes with a switch in our beauty regime. What worked for you in your younger days now takes on a new challenge. From choosing the right daily cleansing routine that works best for your skin type, to selecting the right makeup and how to apply it. Here is 5 tips to get you started on the right path.

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Use less foundation:

“If you’re self-conscious about fine lines and wrinkles on your face, you may be tempted to pile on the foundation and concealer. However, this move has the unfortunate effect of highlighting those very features. All that excess makeup builds up in the creases, drawing the eye right to the spot you want to conceal.
To avoid the equivalent of drawing an arrow right to your wrinkles, adopt a “less is more” approach. Moisturizer is always a must because it evens out your skin, but then, channel your inner Caravaggio — just as in the art movement chiaroscuro, it’s time to evaluate the light and dark spots on your face. Rather than just applying foundation to the entire face, use concealer first to get rid of shadows and harsh lines and to hide brown spots. Then, you can set the look with translucent powder all over”.

Cover up under-eye circles:

“Dark circles below your eyes once signified an all-nighter of studying or partying, but as you get older, it may seem that these hallmarks of exhaustion never leave, even when you’re well-rested. During the aging process, the already-thin skin below your eyes becomes even thinner, showing the blood vessels below and giving you under-eye circles.
The answer isn’t just caking on concealer; too much makeup in this area will look lumped on. Instead, use a light foundation  lighter than the shade on the rest of your face or on the dark areas under your eyes. Use powder to blend it in and set it.
Aging causes water retention in the area under eyes, much like a lack of sleep and allergies did in younger days. To avoid highlighting those dark circles with puffy eyes, get plenty of sleep and invest in a tightening eye cream for nights”.

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Define eyelashes and brows:

“People often say that the first thing they notice about another person is his or her eyes. There are several cosmetic changes you can make as you age that will keep your first impression a lovely one. When it comes to eyelashes and eyebrows, you may find yourself having to do more with less, as both lashes and brows become thinner with age. Brows should be kept well-defined, because with less hair, the stray ones become easier to notice. Then, use a pencil to provide further definition and to fill in the sparse spots. As for your eyelashes, a good volumizing mascara will plump them up and draw attention to the eye.

Perhaps you’re accustomed to using eye shadow and eyeliner to attract attention to the eye, but the mascara will prove to be a more useful tool as you age. Though all skin gets slack and wrinkled with age, this phenomenon is particularly noticeable on the eyelids because the skin is already so thin. It makes it difficult for older women to wear shimmers or metallics on their eyes — these products can draw attention to the creases. Similarly, it’s best to find an alternative to liquid eyeliner, which also has a tendency to run into eye wrinkles”.

Lighten up those thinning lips:

“In a survey conducted by cosmetic company Ultima II, women over the age of 45 revealed that lipstick was the one beauty item that they couldn’t leave home without. However, makeup experts are divided in their views on the best way to apply that product. The issue at the heart of the matter is the fact that a person’s lips thin over time. Some professionals think that a lip liner should always be applied before lipstick, so as to give the lip a little more definition. Others find lip liner unnecessary, arguing that such a product will only create a very harsh line that will do your thinning lips no favors.

Regardless of whether you decide lip liner is essential or not, you should reevaluate the kinds of products you’re putting on your lips. Lip glosses will have a tendency to slip around now that lips are thinner, and even if you’ve loved dark shades all your life, it may be time to lighten up. Those darker palettes will only look harsher as you age; going just a few shades lighter will make a huge difference”.

Care for thinning hair:

“Men are often deemed more attractive as their hair goes gray, but finding those first gray hairs can have a woman running for the hair dye. Hair dye can be a contentious issue among women, so even if you’re happily embracing your natural gray, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook where hair care is concerned. All women face the threat of their hair becoming duller, thinner and prone to breakage over time. To counteract the sparser strands, try a volumizing shampoo and avoid styles that strain hair, including too-tight ponytails and chemical treatments. Your hair is also a barometer for what’s happening in your body, so a healthy diet combined with your favorite stress relievers can do wonders for your tresses. If you’re losing a lot of hair, you should see a doctor. Some conditions, such as female-pattern hair loss or alopecia, have genetic and hormonal causes.

*As for the cut, aging isn’t a reason to immediately chop all your hair off. The shape of your face can clue you in to a length that’s workable; round faces lend themselves to shorter cuts, for instance. The volume of the strands will help narrow the style as well, as lots of layers won’t work with very thin hair”.

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 For makeup and  1 on 1 classes for the Mature Woman in the greater Atlanta area, please contact the booking office. http://www.makeupyourmindinc.com or click on our booking page on this blog.

HALLOWEEN…bwahahahahahaha!!

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Halloween is fast approaching and every pop-up Halloween store in sight is in full swing for the one night a year that is not for the faint of heart.

Here are some cool makeup ideas for the ones of you that are going ALL out, and commited to scaring the living daylight out of the rest of us :-). Whether you are into Halloween or not, you have to admit that these pictures are pretty amazing!Some of them are pretty “haunting” bwahahahaha!!

sidenote…whatever happened to being a fairy princess, little red riding hood or buzz lightyear LOL. Is that no longer cool. Everyone wants to be the BIG bad monster that goes bump in the night. Oh well, getting old I guess. I will just stick to eating the candy :-) Happy trick or treating!!

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