Oval "Toothbrush" Style Brushes....what's the deal?

Every time I whip these brushes out of my kit people are like....

1. "Ohhhhh that looks weird, what is it?"

2. "That feels Wonderful" 

These brushes are the BOMB. Here is why....Artistically, they have a density that helps catch the product whether it m concealer or powders and smooth it perfectly into place.  For setting powders, I usually like to use a puff but these brushes have a unique destiny that also helps blend insanely well.  Feeling wise, they are a treat for the rubbing puppies all over your face. Soft and amazing.  Lastly, the pressure. You are able to hold the brush in a way that applies a generous amount of pressure into the application which gives a whole new look.  

I have tries the "Mediocre" brands and the cheapies, we all know I like a good value. There are sets like the Fluenta Oval Set for $450! Wowzers! And I have tried the cheapies from Amazon.  The problem with the cheapies, the fibers in the brushes feel more coarse.  Also, when you go to apply the pressure needed to control the brush the cheap plastic snaps.  

The BEST middle of the road set is the one listed below.  It is moderately priced.  I say moderately because really out of the whole set you actually only use 3 brushes.  It looks like a great value for 10 brushes but there isn't a value if you don't use the other 7  brushes.  

These (for now) are my faves and I HIGHLY recommend them especially if you have wrinkles  or oily skin and need an "extra set" in your application.  


I use the Large powder for setting powder, the medium for foundation blending, the small for under the eye concealer and the angled small for under eye setting powder.  

Click the brushes to purchase. 

What I CAN'T do for you....

What is my nightmare? I meet a beautiful Bride to Be for the first time. She is glowing, naturally beautiful and super excited for her big day. I start the trial by asking if she has a look that she wants and she shows me these pics....

With the statement that follows, "I want something really "poppy" but natural. I want my eyes to look big but really natural.  HERE IS THE PROBLEM.....these women are BEAUTIFUL but they have SOOOO much makeup on.  I already know if I put that much makeup on my Bride to Be she is going to feel like she looks more like......

Let me be clear, myself and all the other Glossa Girls CAN do any kind of makeup that you want. Heck, if you wanted to look like a ZOMBIE on your wedding day with full on prosthetic cheekbones, WE CAN do that.  So to illustrate some boundaries on wedding makeup lets talk about what I CAN'T do for you....

1. I CAN'T make you look like Kim Kardashian. I can do a smokey eye, yes but you are not going to like the way it looks on you if you normally wear some brown eyeshadow and eye liner.  

2. I CAN'T make full coverage foundation look "natural". Full coverage is full coverage. What I CAN do is use my artist skills to give you a flawless look regardless of the technical coverage.  

3. I CAN'T promise I am going to use ALL of anything....all name brand, all organic, all cruelty free...I TRY to be aware of ethical production practices of cosmetic companies, I try to be aware of ingredients, and I try to use the BEST products for my clients however I like what I like and what in my professional opinion think works best. 

4. I CAN'T pretend I like airbrush.  I don't think its a great choice for a wedding makeup.  I think a lot of makeup artists cheat by using an airbrush gun to spray on a formula equivalent to a tinted moisturizer which is misleading to the public. It DOES NOT take skill to airbrush for a wedding. It DOES NOT make your makeup artist more professional or trendy because they use it.  However, if you want it we do it. OUR way. We use a 50/50 formula which is the best formula for wearability and look.  

5. I CAN'T do plastic surgery. There is only so much highlighting or contouring or brow lifting or lip plumping I can do with makeup that will make a difference and not have you looking like a community theater actor walking down the isle.

I want to do makeup for ANY client who is willing to sit in my chair with an open mind on how I can help them look their best, the best version of them-self not the best copy cat of a picture from pinterest. I DO want to look at Pintrest pictures with you and talk about what you think looks pretty on other girls.  So maybe here are some questions you can think about before your trial run....

1. What color tones do you prefer? Warms? Cooler tones?

2. What shape of eye shadowing do you like best? Rounder shape or more elongated? Cat eye?

3. Do you prefer a shimmery shadow or more matte?

4. Do you like shimmery highlighter or more of a blushed look?

5. Do you like your brows lightly filled in, groomed or heavily drawn in?

6. What do you normally do when you go out at night?

7. Think of a time when you got really done up, what did you like most about how you looked?

Answering some of these questions will help us get to the bottom of what is going to look best on YOU and I CAN promise that we will make you look like the best version of you that we can!

See you soon!!




Lashes!!! Take your look to the next level!!

I am all for using cheapie lashes. You can get a pretty look with the cheap ones BUT people keep bringing me pics from instagram of makeup they like, but no matter how great your shadow looks if the lashes aren't like the pic the look won't be the same. So here are some lashes to check out of you want to invest in them. They are an expense but worth it of you reuse them!! - Samantha #7 ($20.00) or Mink Lash Lana ($39.00)

Or for a little cheaper option.... 

Vegas Nay by Eye lure -$7.99

Vendor Review - Jessi and Sarah

For those of you who don't know, I (Lyndsey Yeager, owner of Glsosa Makeup) not only have a business in the wedding industry....I am rounding the bases to have a stand off with Katherine Heigel in 27 dresses...having this Feb be my 14th wedding that I have been in. Yep, you heard it right. Between all of my sorority sisters weddings, my sister, my cousin, my best friend at 19 to Lily's Aunt Jen at 25...I have had a TON of friends and family over the past 15 years get married.  I have been in weddings in Mexico, New Jersey, in an airplane hangar, at a horse stable to the biggest Catholic wedding I have ever seen.  I must say practice DOES make perfect. This past weekend was amazing.  Being able to suggest to the bride the best cake vendor, an amazing florist, what bridesmaids style dress would work well along with fit and so on....I LOVED Sarah and Jessi's Wedding. Of course, being the control freak I am, I had asked another Glossa Girl to come do our makeup but I ended up doing it myself.  It just seemed only appropriate....she is one of my best friends after all! It has been a whirl wind for this amazing couple....all in one year we have had a baby shower for them, the engagement, a new house, had the baby, the wedding shower, the bachelorette and the wedding all IN ONE YEAR!!!! PLUS Sarah has just opened a new Therapist Practice as of last week!!! So, decisions had to be made quick and firm and I think Sarah made some of the best! Here is a list of her vendors...

Venue: Belle Event Center - This place was beautiful and the food was delish! The Event coordinator was very sweet and helpful!

Photographer: Amy Oliver Photography - This was the first time I had worked with Amy but she was awesome. I loved how quick she was because it was so cold, BUT she got great shots and was very engaging at the reception. 

Cake: Marilyn's in Ludlow - What can I say, she's always the best...and my neighbor!

Dresses: David's Bridal - We went with out BM dresses here because we got a discount. However, having purchased 15 before this one I was disappointed with the quality of the dress for the price BUT on a side note, I actually SWEAR I WILL wear it again and it was very comfortable! Her dress from David's was stunning!

Accessories: Etsy - Sarah ordered these online and I LOVED the necklaces and scarves. If you are a bride USE ETSY!

Flowers: The Belle has such cool set ups, minimal flowers are needed! Bonus! But our flowers were done by Emily Rose of Artistic Floral Design in Lawrenceburg. She DID AMAZING. I was fairly descriptive as a BM on what the Brides glowers should look like and she hit the nail on the head. They held up all day and smelled amazing! Love her and she services NKY and Cincinnati!!

Hair: Megan Morgan - God Love Megan! We are friends, but have done several weddings together now and she always does exactly what everyone wants.  Our hair was amazing. On top of it we had a Champagne Emergency, her Boyfriend came over with 2 bottles for us! She makes EVERY client feel like they are her best friend.  Cannot say enough about her!! She owns a Salon in Cincinnati (Hyde Park) LOOK HER UP!!!

Makeup: By me of course!!


oK, GOT THE BODY taken care of your like Lyndsey, how does this help the INSIDE of me....most likely you actually will feel like crap and moody.  Here are some things to keep your SPIRIT CLEANSING as well. 

1. CRY - Seriously, allow yourself to cry without reason and question.  90% of us bottle the emotion up thinking its a sign of weakness and its like a volcano. If you don't let it out it will built up until you cant take it any more.  If you CANT cry, watch a sappy movie or laugh until you cry. GET IT OUT whatever way you can (without calling harm to yourself of course)

2. Make a LIST of people in your life....make 2 columns - One for "Positive" people and one for "negative" people.  When you need a perk up in life, call one of those positive people...remind yourself EVERYDAY who the negative people are in your life and avoid them or minimize communication with them.  Put on your "negative shield on" tell yourself, "you will not penetrate my force field of positivity. 

3. TANK EMPTY? Fill up! GO to where people are going to be the most positive for you.  Is that a community Group? I go to a MOMS group when I need to be around people who understand me.  Is it a church group? Group of Girlfriends?  Retirement home to listen to the elderly talk...Go wherever the atmosphere will fill up your spiritual tank.

4. Create a more intimate encounter with someone you respect to talk to them about everything you are going through.  Have them pour into you the hopes, thoughts and inspirations they have for you in your life. Don't have anyone like this in your life? Look at hiring a Spiritual Advisor, Counselor or life coach.  You need SOMEONE on your side. 

5. Give Gratitude....things are not going to be perfect, things are not going to be easy but that old saying "it could always be worse" is SO true.  SIT AND GIVE GRATITUDE for the things you DO have going for you or in your life. Sit quietly with your eyes closed and focus on all the blessings you DO have and say them out loud.  Remind yourself how fortunate you are in spite of everything that may be going wrong. 





DETOX - Day 21 - 25 of Inside Out

The last 5 days of Inside Out I wanted to deticate to a detox.  I feel that in order to move forward you have to jump start your body and spirit to let go of the old and move forward with the new. After all that has been the whole point of this 25 day transformation of Inside Out.  So to conclude, I wanted to give some suggestions on how to Detox. 

First, by saying "Detox" people automatically think of those crazy juice diets and "loosing weight" although sometimes this is the case, MOSTLY detox means to get rid of the "old crap" we put in our bodies and start fresh.  So to JUMP STARTyour "NEW YEAR, SAME YOU, NEW PERSPECTIVE" - our next campaign -  I encourage you to detox from the holiday junk.  Detox from Alcohol, Sugar, Processed Foods and BAD HABITS (like Soda and fast food).

1. Eating - Click below for a 5 day EASY sample menu - It mentions Protein Powder a lot. I suggest 3 kinds - 1. Isagenix - GREAT PRODUCT, 2. Dymatize Iso - Tastes good and scientifically formulated 3. Fit Miss - woks well for women

2. WORK OUT- You need to SWEAT to get the crap out!!! Include some simple daily movements at home! (See Below)

3. Supplements: This can be an expensive part so here are the ones that I suggest. A. Milk Thistle - This detoxes the liver which is important after a season of drinking B. Apple Cider Vinegar (With the Mother in it, Braggs) 1 Table Spoon a morning 3. Probiotics - REALLY important to replenish the goof flora in the gut - If you wanted to do a "colon flush" I found one at Walgreens that is really good. Not severe and it works well. Has ginger in peppermint in it to be gentle on the stomach. 

4. Take a bath in Epsom Salts, this helps detox as well. 


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As a dance minor in college, I fully understand the emotional aspect of dancing. I have danced joyfully when I was happy. I have danced methodically to express emotion and I have danced to uplift my mood when I was down. There are several types of dance that I suggest that are expressive.  

1. Modern Type classes....usually these classes give you an emotion to focus on and a song to go with it. The rest is up to you! 

2. Nia - covers a range of movement and emotion.  

3. Retro Dance - Is fun for everyone to get out and simply move  

4. Line Dancing - as dumb as the electric slide at a wedding might seem, doing these types of dances we all know and love a lows you to move without thinking very much.  

If you are in Cincinnati, there are two places I recommend going. Dancefix a the Cincinnati Ballet. It's a hard class but it is good for those who have dance experience. Or if you want something a little more relaxed, the Shakti Factory by Mer Hogan. She is very much about free flow, free form and expressing yourself through organic movement. 



Happy Moving! 



Winter Sunless Tanning

Tired of winter paleness? Just do a little self tanning to make you have the summer glow in December. Here are some helpful tips!

1. Exfoliate - be sure to do this frequently to keep the dry skin at bay. Using a few tablespoons of baking soda in your normal scrub helps bring the PH balance back to your skin.  

2. Moisturize between tanning sessions to keep the tan looking fresh longer.

3. Shower before applying tanner and wait to shower after for at least 8 hours. Gives the DHA time to develop on the skin. 

4. Shave as little as you can get away with.  

5. Go very lightly on the hands and feet. They absorb color easier than other parts of the body.

6. Be open to putting tanner on certain points of the body that need it instead of doing an all over application. 

7. My favorite at home tanner is Banana Boat Deep Lotion from walmart for $7...they only sell it in summer in my area of KY so stock up! I've used this one for years!!! 



8. Have a professional do it if you can. It is worth the money to have it look amazing. I like 2 different girls thay apply it to you directly...not a machine. 

1. Joni Beth with Belle Solie 2. Carrie at her nail studio in Ludlow, Ky. If you contact us I can give you their contact info...both are awesome..

9. If you are doing it by a machine, I would go to a Mistic Tan "My Mist" I use Medium in the winter with a Single Mocha Kissed Bronzer so it looks more natural in colder climates. I do dark when I am going on vacation.  

10. Skip the face, you can use concealer and bronzer instead of your regular foundation. Keeps the face looking more even.  

Happy Tanning! 




when I was looking for yummy facts on foods to help with a sweet tooth. I was stoked to find this article!! I cannot wait to try some of these! 

My personal faves out of my own arsenal are the following.....

1. Broiled Grapefruit - use splenda brown sugar and coat half of the grapefruit with it and place on baking sheet. Then broil for about 10 min until sugar hardens. Helpful hint, pre cut the sections of the grapefruit for easier access.

2. Mix peanuts and dark chocolate chips...I love sweet and salty together!  plus you have your protein and antioxidants!!

3. chocoloops - consists of peanut butter whole grain chereos, a little peanut butter and Walden farms chocolate dip. Mix all together and enjoy! Better than a Reece cup....almost.

4. No Bake cookies....that's bake cookies! They are almost as good. 

Ingredients: cocoa powder, peanut butter, rolled oats, sugar free maple syrup, honey, coconut flakes...mix, roll into balls and refrigerate.  

happy eating!!






Kids say the funniest things!!!

Here is a link to a blog that had compiled Hilarious tweets from parents. I just love finding the humor in parenting!!!! Relating to others makes you feel good....aka look good too.



Displaying your priorities

Sometimes as women we feel completely overwhelms with everything we have to do. So even basic things end up feeling like a huge burden. One thing someone had me do years ago was this activity to clearly identify what is and what is NOT important in my life. I encourage all of you all to this exercise and revisit frequently. I am a visual learner so it helps me to see this to put things into perspective.


WHAT you need: Large Mason Jar, 3 pack golf balls, 10 small rocks and 3 cups of sand. 

on a piece of paper list your top 3 priorities (mine are Serving God, My family and my career) then beside each "ball" on your list, mark down the top things you need to do for each. Put the golf balls in the JAR and observe how much space they consume. The top things in your life should take up the most space.

Next mark down 10 things you would like to work on in your life. Like mine are 1.Making time for friends 2. Joining Moms groups 3. Teaching a lily about commiunity service 5. Cooking more 6. Dance 7. Reading more 8. Working on my masters 9. Engaging more with "distant" family 10. Meditation practice 

With each thing fill your jar with these 10 things, on your paper write the ways you are going to work it into your jar. For example 1. Making time for friends (I put on my calender to reach out by phone or email to a friend and invite them to make plans or simply catch up) 2. Moms groups are important to me to be with women that relate to mommy struggles so I scheduled one every week on Tuesday and the other is more flexible but commited to attending 2 events a month. 5. Cooking more - got on pintrest, printed out recipes I want to try and post a "menu" in my kitchen to commit to making why I say I am going to. If I don't end up making it and we eat out, I don't sweat it but posting it and having the recipes easier available makes me more accountable. 

Finally, slowly pour in the sand. As your pouring think of all the "filler" things you do that aren't really a priority in your life and let it go. If there are things that come upon you that aren't on your lost don't put much effort into it. For example, making your mother in law happy by taking the kids to her church for breakfast with santa. Well, if she doesn't want to come get them or it doesn't fit into your schedule say no. Simply not on your list. Lol sometimes to preserve yourself you have to say no. 

Look at your lists and your jar and when you have a solid plan things seem much more put together.  





Polish those pearly whites!!!


Make your smile as white as the winter snow this Christmas! You can either do it gradually at home with products you already have OR purchase a product that will help speed up the process.

1. Naturally - Make a paste with baking soda and peroxide. Brush on your teeth and let sit for 2 min. Then rinse mouth and brush normally. This is safe enough to do daily.  

2. TWILIGHT Teeth works!!! The mouth guard allows teeth to dry without saliva washing away the paint on gel. Then the UV light attaches to the mouth guard speeding up the process. I think I paid $30ish for mine. I love it!! Worth it!! 



Happy Whitening!



Non Profits this season

Ok so call me dumb buy even though I have a Non Profit part to Glossa Professional Makeup Artistry  (Glossa Gives) and obviously I know what a 501C3 status is (where you get recognized by the government of officially being a non profit) from the perspective of the person in need I didn't know there was a difference in them. I always gave my "old stuff" to Goodwill and St. VINCENT De Paul. Not that those aren't great organizations but I never thought about the prices at these places. Couches are still 20 or 30 dollars, which is a lot cheaper than new, and clothes go for 2.00 to 10.00. Again, cheaper than new but what if your someone who had NO money. Like NONE.

Let me tell you a story...there was a young mom (18) that kept her new baby in a laundry basket at her apartment. The government helped her get a place and food stamps but not the furniture...she had NO money to buy anything so she slept on the floor with blankets and pillows and kept her baby in a Lundy basket next to her. She went around town and collected free magazines and cut out the pictures of trees and happy people and taped them to the wall (with a roll of tape she stole) and she got free baby toys from the health department for going to parenting classes. She washed their clothes in the bathtub with free dish soap she got from the pantry and hung in bathtub. She said she used cloth diapers at home so he could wash them and afford diapers for when they were out in public. In the day she would walk the baby in a free stroller she found in trash down to the library and would take online surveys to make money because she could have her baby there with her. She traveled to Cincinnati when her family disowned her for getting pregnant as a teen. When she got here to the city the baby dad lived, she found out he was married and had a family so he refused to talk to her. She had no money to go anywhere else and no where else to go anyway do after living in a women's shelter and getting some basic clothes and toiletries for her and the baby she settled here. THIS GIRL doesn't have $30 for a couch. She doesn't have $10 for a "new dress" she needs every cent. THIS GIRL is the reason organizations like BE CONCERNED in Covington, KY exist. 

Be Concerned is a non profit that prices everything in their thrift store at $0.50. And if you are someone like this girl that has nothing, they will give to you for free. They have a "store" with clothes, household items, toileties, and they have a food pantry. At Christmas they give toys away free and at reduced prices. It's a SMALL organization with 3 fI'll time positions with a BIG mission. To simply Help. After visiting this organization with my mom's group (we donated about 100 toys this year because they were about 200 short for their registered families in need) I went home and boxed up Christmas decorations, special holiday etire, jewlwery, gifts and dress boots and took them into Andy at Be Concerned. They were things I wanted. Things I would love to get as gifts. Things I didn't WANT to give up because "I may want to wear those $65 Steve Madden boots or use the glass serving dish" but hadn't in years so I just let it go. 

Often times we give away things that honestly we wouldn't want someone to give us. Clothes with holes in them, beat up shoes, t shirts that are stained. Walking into this store there and looking around it hit me of this concept of GIVE the things you WANT, that you can let go of. That means the most. I picture this mom going into Be Concerned and getting my cute boots and fur vest I donated for free to give her teenage daughter who has nothing and being so proud to give it. Or the husband that is spending every penny he makes in the toy store for his 5 kids and getting to go in an get a pretty crystal serving dish for his wife for free.

So I encourage all of you to seek out THESE types of organizations in your area. The ones that are free to people, and give of yourself what you would want to get. This experience has changed me and the way I donate....inside and out. 





DIY Manicure

Don't have the time or the $ to go to the salon every other day this holiday season? Do it at home!!

Step 1 - Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water to soften the cuticals. Adding a little olive oil helps moisturize when you swish it around.

Step 2 - Exfoliate with white sugar and a drop of hand soap and rinse. Moisturize with a hand lotion or hand cream for best feeling hands. (Kheils Men's Hand Cream is my fav and only $12!) 

Step 3 - Push back cuticals with a manicure "orange stick" but if you don't have one, use a popsicle stick. Use a cuticle remover like the Sally Hanson paint on kind if your cuticles are bad lol

Step 4 - Paint! At the holiday times I thing it's hard to maintain a color or French because of chipping. So my suggestion if this is your problem too, do a pretty Glitter polish! It stays on longer and if it chips you can't even tell!! Top coat, clear is really important for making the Polish last as well. 

If you DO have time to pamper yourself, call Carrie to do your nails in Ludlow, KY (3 miles outside of Downtown Cincinnsti) her rates are SUPER affordable, she runs her own business so she can accomodate you at any time AND she does an awesome job!! Her number is, 859-750-0447....tell her Lyndsey sent ya!






Winter Bride Discount

Is your wedding in DECEMBER, January or February? If so, here is a great opportunity for you!! 50% off the Bride and $10 off for Bridesmaids!!! So here is how it would break down:

 $50 deposit  - is now $25, $60 trial run. Is now $30, $60 day of wedding makeup is now $30. So $25+$30+30= $85!!!!!!! (Normally $170 total)  😍😍😍

Bridesmaids are $10 off so they go for $50 full face and $30 eyes. Cheeks and lips with the discount! This is a STEAL!!! 

Book with Lyndsey 


25 Days if "Inside Out" - Day 3 -Laugh

I love to laugh. It makes me feel good. Even when I'm upset or stressed and I want to cry, laughing until I cry is a great positive emotional response. This time of year we are all stressed. If it's not about money, it's about time, if it's not about time it's about family issues, it goes on....whatever your situation. Take some time to laugh. I hope these will help. I always Crack up at these autocorrects. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the silliness, it's like Mad Libs for grown ups. These are a few I liked. Hope you enjoy and laugh today. 



Ps don't forget to check out our IG for part 2 of today's tips....dark lipstick shades that rock. @glossagirl





25 Days of "Inside Out" - Day 1

One of the BEST ways to treat yourself is with a masque! You don't need the hoity toity "Ultra Vitamin Algae from Peru" kind...(although they are nice sometimes) You can make Masques from things you have at home!

What's your skin type?

Dry....OMEGAS PLEASE Masque - 1/2 very ripe Avocado,  3 tablespoons EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), 1 tablespoon of Honey- Mix together well to make a paste texture. 

Oily....Oatmeal Masque - 1 Egg, 1 Tablespoon of Honey, 1/4 cup Oatmeal (I like to slightly cook my oatmeal) Blend all of it in a food processor so that its a thin texture

Normal....Monkey Around Masque - 1 ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of honey, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.  Mix well.

Brightening and tightening...3 egg whites, 1 lemon juiced, 2 tablespoons of honey

For best results cleanse and lightly exfoliate with a mixture of sea salt and baking soda before you begin. All the masques should be left on for a minimum of 5 min and max of 15 min. Wipe away with warm wash cloth. Followed by another cleanse, tone, treatment and moisturize. 

Of course if you want a splurge purchase...I LOVE this one by LUSH. It wakes up and tightens the skin and you can use it in the shower to tighten the skin around the thighs. 

25 Days of "Inside Out" - Its a way of living, not just a service.

So something I have been contemplating lately is the industry and the world a "Makeup Artist Company" lives in.  On the is a world of vanity, self absorption,  of artificial images, of people wanting to be something they are not.  We live in a world of consumerism and materialism. We are constantly bombarded with messages to "BUY HERE", "SPEND HERE"...SALE on this, SALE on that....It is more than I can handle sometimes yet I find myself in the middle of it all. 

THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT.  I am ready for something fresh. Ready for something NEW. Ready for women (and men) to be UNIQUE, INDIVIDUALS, APPRECIATIVE and ACCEPTING for all that we are, all that we represent and all the magnificent wonder we behold as individuals. 

SO as MY gift to everyone this holiday season I am celebratingYOU by giving you 25 tips (and resources) on how to pamper yourself, make this holiday season more exciting with feeling better about how you look on the outside and how you feel on the inside.  That's why I am calling this series "Inside Out".  I believe with my whole heart that its not JUST the tools that I have in my makeup bag that make people look good. People look how they feel.  Happy girls are the prettiest girls.  I want to offer ways for people to pamper their outside and nurture their inside. 

COMPLETELY FREE.  My gift.  Check FB and IG for the daily posts and follow up here on the blog for the resources associated. 




Bootlegging....not just for Moonshiners!

Ok, I need to talk about something. I knowI am going to make some people uncomfortable, maybe even a little mad. BUT it needs to be said.  Its about this topic of "bootlegging". First of all let me define. Bootlegging in the fitness industry is when a tanning person or makeup/hair person simply promote their services for a show, book a hotel room and serve clients out of their room. 

FOR CLIENTS - this sounds awesome! You get to go to a room, in usually the host hotel and most likely you are getting the service $25 (maybe even more) cheaper than the show promoted artist. 

FOR Makeup artists (or tanning company)- THIS IS OUR WORST NIGHTMARE!!!

Why? Well first off lets talk about the "history" of makeup artistry in the fitness world.  About 10 years ago (if not longer), there were a small group of artists in the industry who decided that makeup and hair shouldn't look REDICULOUS the way that women's BB had made it.  The makeup was entirely over dramatic and the hair looked like 1980 PROM hair. SO, these talented ladies decided to start offering their services to competitors to redefine the way women should look on stage.  I am "newer" in the industry only have been in it for about 7 years.  These women started connecting with promoters and started PAYING SPONSORSHIPS.  When I came into the scene I met with Marilyn the owner of Liquid Sun Rayz Tanning and she specifically told me that if I wanted to "play in this game" I needed to PLAY THE RIGHT WAY.  So I spent a LOT of my own money to pay the sponsorships and build relationships with the promoters. Pay my "dues" and get into the industry through a way of legitimacy and honor.

THIS IS WHERE YOU THE CLIENT COME IN.....When a makeup artist pays a sponsorship fee (or tanning company) WE are the ones PAYING FOR THE SHOW.  Yes, you pay an entry fee BUT with all that goes into a show there needs to be a LOT more money that gets put out to make the show happen.  Did you know convention centers can cost 10,000.00 or MORE to rent for a day? Do you really know how much money goes into the venue, hotel meeting rooms, paying judges, vendor set up, marketing, t shirts, fliers, bags...I could go on. LOTS of money it takes to promote and run a successful show.  WE PAY THE BILLS.  As a show sponsor, we are the ones that make the shows happen.   So when you decide to take the $25 discount you aren't "saving" $25, you are creating a loss from the people that support your show and essentially taking money out of our pockets. You are basically sending the message that although you enjoy competing in the show you aren't fully supporting the show by supporting us, the sponsors.

Why can't we control the bootleggers? Well especially for makeup artists we all know that you have to be ready really early so its super easy for makeup artists to post for FREE on Facebook, Instagram and other social media people early in the morning and check out of the hotel room by 9:00am.  Meanwhile, we the sponsors are booking people in our own room, then packing up and heading to the venue to accommodate more clients then hanging out at the show all day, then doing afternoon touch ups...working HARD FOR YOU all and supporting the show meanwhile makeup/hair style X is back at their Salon making MORE money or doing enjoying there day.


Now, I will admit sometimes WE DO Bootleg. HOWEVER if one were to bootleg there is a certain way to do it where you aren't completely stealing the clients of the sponsor.  MOST of the time are the show sponsor but some shows like the Arnold or some national shows we are not the sponsor and we still do them. MOSTLY because we have been working in the industry for years now, paying the sponsorship fees and gaining loyal clients who we still want to service for important opportunities for them to get their Pro Cards.  At these shows are aren't "stealing" the clients from the sponsor, we are servicing OUR current clients who have used us for shows we paid sponsorships to time and time again.  After all we DID sponsor 3 National shows last year and had full intention on paying the hefty fee to do so again this year until the promoter decided to go a different direction.

As a show sponsor, I KNOW that sometimes there are other makeup artists that "Bootleg" at certain shows. But a lot of the big named makeup artists that have worked in the industry a long time all network together.  We all communicate with each other and we let each other know that they are around. We have an understanding that they are going to be there but in a respectful way where they DO NOT PROMOTE their services to gain new clients, they are just serving their personal clients and this is ok.  We have also been able to use this network to send our clients when we can't be there, to bounce ideas off of, to plan as a whole how to support the industry, shows and each other in the best way possible so because of this relationship network we have established we show each other grace if one or another is going to serve their clients at "our" show. 

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT....that's the deal with bootlegging.  That's WHY its so important for you as the competitor to support the people who are supporting your sport, your show and who have committed our business to serve the industry...NOT just make some$ on the side in a sneaky way and slink off with money in their pockets.  So seriously consider the "discount" you are getting next time you decide to go with COMPANY X and get the discount they are offering. I UNDERSTAND how expensive this sport is. I used to be like "Why in the world is that company charging $100 for makeup" when I first started in the industry and was bootlegging out of my hotel room for a show or two only charging $50. I had NO IDEA the expenses that went into running an actual BUSINESS in this industry.  The cost of travel, the cost of sponsorships, meeting rooms, supplies, promotional materials, fliers, websites, online scheduling and then on top of it, splitting the fee 60% to the actual artist doing the work. ON MY GOODNESS I never imagined.  As a competitor, I COMPETELY understand cutting costs where you need to or can. However, you have trained LONG AND HARD to get to the point of waling on stage, so the time to cut costs shouldn't be on going with a discounted bootlegger for tanning or makeup. Here are a few areas you can cut costs in competing without sacrificing the business to the show sponsors.....

1. Parking - there are usually alternatives to parking at a show other than the garage at the venue that will save you at least $5 or $10

2. Booking Hotel Early - Booking hotel on a website like or will allow you to book early at a reasonable rate and cancel if need be before a fee is due.

3. Don't book at the host hotel - Sometimes the host is more expensive if you have missed the cut off date of the hotel block, so research what other hotels are in the area

4. Shoes - Out of your "attire" shoes are the LEAST important part, look online to find an alternative shoe source than a pageant or stripper store.  You can even get used ones online that would be just fine. 

5. Food Service vs Eating Out - There are a lot of great meal prep companies these days that can prepare you foods and deliver it in a foam cooler with cooling packs. This can be WAY more inexpensive than eating the "specially prepared meal" at the host hotel or room service

6. Jewelry - You can find some GREAT deals online or at FOREVER 21 believe it or not. So before you pay an outrageous amount on your bling check out some alternative sources!

There are 6 ways to SAVE money to compensate spending a little extra on supporting the show sponsors. 

HOPE TO SEE YOU at your next show, I PROMISE you won't be disappointed!





Reflections from the road....

With my time schedule all thrown off, awake thinking about this weekend. Sometimes things may not be financially profitable but every experience opens a new door, brings new opportunities and helps you grow...but ONLY if you reflect and learn.  So as I gather my thoughts, I am sharing them!

1. Preplanning saves you in the long run....I didn't plan this trip very well. I booked my flight and hotel only a month away from the trip, booked a rental car whole ON the trip, and didn't make reservations early enough for places we wanted to go eat and experience. 

2. If you aren't satisfied with something speak up!....the moment they gave me my room which was "unsatisfactory" to put it nicely, I should have spoke up about my displeasure. So what if it would have waved the water a little bit, I work hard for my money and I should get what I pay for and no less.

3. We took cabs sometimes on our trip but because of the inconvenience and cost we walked a lot. Lesson learned: Bring some comfy shoes because life is more interesting when you walk the walk, take the  long road and stop to look around you. Comfy SHOES!!!!

4. Stand up for your worth....I realize that sometimes you have to comprise on the price of your service in order to secure business  when the competition is stiff, you do what you can. However, you shouldn't sacrifice your value. I worked soooooo hard this weekend to end up not feeling compensated fairly or valued and that's an icky feeling. People won't recognize  your value until you recognize it first.

5. Confirm, confirm and Re confirm. Even though you may feel annoying business is stated above your time is valuable and unless people literally put their money where their mouth is, things can go 50 directions and you end up confused. So as annoying as it is. Get it in writing, CONTRACT it and make penalties for amendments. It will result in a lot less confusion in the end.

6. Be YOU! You can't be afraid to be you. Even if it's not popular. Even if it doesn't fit. I spoke up a lot this weekend about my faith and instead of being criticized i actually made a lot of connections with other Christian women. It was nice to openly talk about our beliefs and see there are others that share common values. 

7. Be may be akward at first, but if you don't feel like things are fair then you need to be honest about your feelings. People might not agree but they can't tell you your feelings are wrong. They are YOUR feelings. 

8. Feeling beautiful and confident is based out of your own thinking. Let's be honest, I have enjoyed a summer of icecream and margaritas and not training. I've prob gained 15lb total and was really worried about it for the past month. I trained pretty hard for a month and saw some results but still wasn't up to my norm and felt really off. After the first night of being around all the beautiful people in vegas I decided that it didn't matter my size, it mattered how I felt about myself and once I decided that I felt good, that's all that mattered. 

9. If you ask for the Lord's guidance on things or situations he gives you the answers even if the answer isn't in a package you thought it would be. When you rely on your faith it all works out. 

10. It REALLY does pay off to be nice and patient to everyone. You never know who needed the smile or how it may benifit you in the end  (not that that's a reason to be nice) but it does sometimes pay off. That's how we got our amazing Jeep Wrangler for the weekend by being super nice to the car guy who was having a bad day.

11. Make clients prepay when you are traveling across the country. You have commited to being there for then so they need to commit to you.  Basic concept I know.

12. It's very freeing not to wear a bra. I've never not done this before, and in wore a dress on the last night you couldn't tell I didn't have one on. Now I know what the liberalism movement was about with burning the bras. It was so much less restrictive and nice to not worry about pulling it up all night haha. 

13. I don't tank the people around me enough for helping me through life in work (Elle and melissa) and at home with Lily.

14. I was reminded that Lily us my everything. I love that little girl so much. It was nice to have mommy time but I need her daily like we need water to survive. Love, love, love.

Welp, those are my lessons learned. Hope they have been something you can learn from as well!!! Have a wonderful day!!!