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I'm ├╝ber late I know...but, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As you all know at the top of the year you begin to see all of your friends talking about how "THIS" is their year. They're about to be on that grind, losing weight, getting money, and leaving their sorry a$$ boyfriends behind. Right?! Well I didn't want to be that girl and even though I was thinking these same things I kept them to myself. Over the past few years I've desperately tried losing weight and here I am in 2016....still fat. Instead of doing a long blog post about what I'm "going" to do in 2016, I figured it would be best if I showed you. So here I am 1 month into my 1000th attempt to lose weight and I couldn't be happier with my results. I mean, just LOOK at me! My goal for the month of January was -10lbs. I got very close with a loss of -8lbs! I'll take it....

This is the longest I've stuck with going to the gym. I go about 4-5 times a week. Rain, Sleet or Snow...I'm still going to the gym. Sick? Like I have been all weekend? Still went to the gym. I've truly developed the habit of going and I couldn't be happier about it. Because when I don't want to go, my body tells me to. It longs for it, looks forward to a good workout. 

To stay motivated I attend all of Zumba, Caribbean dance class, and soon Kickboxing each week. I do NOT deprive myself of anything. If I want a burger, I have it...WITH the bun too. :)

As long as its not super late at night and as long as I haven't eaten anything like that in the past 2 weeks. I don't call it cheating, I call it enjoying life WHILE on my journey. Cutting myself off from all the foods I loved in the past only lead me back to binge eating. Stress also leads me back to over eating so I decided to not do anything (under my control) to stress me out. I have a lot going on with my kids. 1 is in school and the other I bring to speech therapy 2-3 times a week thats over an hour away from where I live. THIS is why this post is my first of the year. After picking up my kids from school, speech therapy, makeup clients and my intense workouts...I refused to blog. Blogging/ YouTube videos after doing all these things just stresses me out!

Any-who, in the future as I gain more knowledge and direction on my weight-loss I will go into more detail. I'm unsure if I want to count calories, or track my macros, etc. I'm hoping my the end of February I'll have a better understanding/more of a routine to share with you all. Until then I just wanted to let you all know what I've been up to. Now I can get back to my beauty posts...but if you see a lot of health posts....bare with me. This weight HAS to come off...even if anything else (except the babies) has to take a back seat.

For more inspiration follow my weight-loss page ThickGirlFit!

Love you guys! 

Hello Beauties!

Quickly, I wanted to come and say Happy Holidays! I had so many wonderful post planned for you. I even went to Sephora and loaded up during the VIB sale for one epic Holiday gift guide post. However, I decided this year to just BE. Be with my family...BE in the moment. I'm always around, but sometimes I feel like I'm NOT here at all even when I am home. As a makeup artist and blogger I spend so much time on my phone and computer. I decided to leave the stress behind of trying to have this and that post up by 'x' date. I just want to exist in the moment with these beautiful people above. My husband Michael, Son- Noah (4) and Simon (2). No worries, I'll be back with you guys for the NEW YEAR! 

Note: If you are anything like me, MUA or not, are you a workaholic? Take this time to step away. Forget deadlines, and just focus on the people around you. The way the world is set up right now, people are checking out left and right. So I'm holding my kids and my husband super tight today. I pray you all do the same! Thank you for your support and I will see you in 2016!!! 

Hello Beauties!

How much do you LOVE this look? I was inspired by ColorPop's Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks in More Better. This gorgeous color is perfect for the holiday's and if you're still shopping...its the perfect stocking stuffer! 

In case you are wondering, YES I do have locs now! Yes they are permanent...official post on my new, permanent hair do is coming soon! Back to this look...

There's no need to make this post super long because I've recorded this look for you. Check it out and let me know how you feel about it below or comment on the youtube video itself. While you're there don't forget to subscribe as well! Check out the tutorial and additional images of this look below! 

A few more photos of the hair and makeup!

Hope you loved the tutorial! Stay tuned. My NYE inspired look will be up next!

<3 Bee

Hello Beauties!
I know why you're here! You saw the shiny gold packaging and couldn't resist it just like me.

Thanks to YSL Beauty and Influenster I have a nice little YSL makeup collection brewing. You can find reviews and pictures of every item is the photo above, however right now we'll briefly discuss these gorgeous YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipsicks. 

What I love about this outside of the packaging of course, is that its light-weight AND pigmented. I find that most lip products that provide stellar coverage are also super thick or a matte lipstick. Rarely a Satin. If you don't want the color to stand out so much that's fine. Just pop a tiny amount in the center of your lips, then blend it out with a soft bristle lip brush. This will give you a perfect, natural put with just the right amount of color and shine. Check out these swatches below...and forgive them for being on the back of my hand. I'm sick and this tissue in my nose won't let me be great. LOL

#19- Fuchsia
      #09- Rose Stiletto    

 I hope you enjoyed this brief review on YSL Pur Couture Lipsticks. Out of the two I'm absolutely love Rose Stiletto! These beauties retail for $36! Click here for more details! 

Until next time, 
<3 Bee

*Products featured in this post were provided by YSL Beauty & Influenster for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own."

Hello Beauties!

So, today's post is going to be a little different, kind of like a comedic rant. I've been sitting on this post for a while now. Its been hanging out in the draft tab for quite some time, but tonight I figured why not! Judge me accordingly for this post. The MUA life is not easy and its hard to not speak on some things as a blogger. I run the risk of being deemed unprofessional and tonight I simply don't care. For my readers who are in fact makeup artists, I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments! As well as those who've hired a pro mua. What was your experience? Have you asked these questions? If so, tell us why. 

So lets dive right on in...

When my makeup artists friends and I get together we share stories from some of our most memorable clients. Not in the way you're probably thinking. We bounce ideas off one another, and ask for advice on how to act in certain situations. We talk about the ever so gracious ones that over tip and go above and beyond to make sure we are comfortable. We also talk about those clients that are 30 minutes late, question you on why they are being charged a late fee, then rush you to finish because they were late AND then do not tip. Sigh.... Like I said, I'm going there. 

Again, I've been wanting to publish this for a long time, but thought it'd be deemed 'unprofessional' to discuss experiences I've had with clients. Well, I'm not going to talk about MY clients per say, however I am going to compile a series of answers to the questions that myself and my makeup artist friends receive all that time. Questions that we find amusing, annoying or just don't understand at ALL!

Frequently asked question #1- "How much do you charge for a mini make over?"

I'm pretty sure every pro mua (that I know) is face palming and smh'ing right now. This is a question that I get ever so often and I as a MUA want to know what the heck one means/has in mind as a mini make over. Since this is my blog and not an email I'm replying to, I'm going to give it to you straight and share my thoughts on the matter. This is the one place I can do so publically we go...

Do I do mini faces? No. When someone asks me to quote them for a mini face I assume a few things. 

1. The client believes that requesting a 'mini face' will drastically reduce the rate of a full face. 
2. That its an indirect way of asking for a discount. 
3. That the client doesn't see the true value in a professional makeup artist. 
4. The client doesn't wear much makeup on a day to day basis. 

What I would like potential clients and readers to know is that,  "a little blush, a little eyeshadow and a little lipstick" is in fact a full face. Saying that you want a 'little' bit of everything wont make the application process any cheaper or easier. In fact I find it to be a lot harder to apply with a lighter hand. Therefore asking for a 'mini face' should cost more? Nah? (lol remember I'm being silly here...while I hit you with the truth.)

Also, I don't believe in doing just eyes because its against my religion to make your eyes all pretty only to then leave dark circles under your eyes?! Nah-uhhh, y'all are not about to be walking around talkin' bout, "yeah girl, Bee Wade did half my makeup." I want nothing to do with it. (LOL!) Not caring that much about makeup doesn't change the fact that my primer is $55, foundation $50, eyeshadow palette $50...I can go on. I would say the items that I take out on my mat to use on the average client is worth about $1000...including my brushes. I feel like it could be more than the 1k too. That's not including all the makeup in my kit, just what I need for 1 face! This MUA life is not cheap. You really have to love it because for a while you are putting out more than you have coming in. This is why I do not entertain mini or half faces. Its not worth my time and I don't believe it looks good. Feel free to hit up tho. You can get a mini face from free.99 to maybe $25! 

Frequently asked question #2 - Why is makeup for the Bride significantly more expensive than the rest of the party?

I'd like to say this question isn't a bad question. Some people truly don't understand this and I get that. Especially women who never wear makeup. I actually love that even though they don't wear makeup everyday, they're wise enough to seek a professional on the biggest day of their life! While I'm tired of answering the question, I get why its posed. The best way I can explain it is...

Its like asking why Bridesmaid dresses are cheaper than the Bridal gown! More time and care goes into the bridal gown to ensure she looks better than everyone, including her bridesmaids, her husbands ex...everybody! Beading, lacing, layering, expensive fabrics, etc. Makeup Artists take more time on the bride, they use their "good brush set" on the bride, etc. Might I add that as a professional makeup artist I've served as many other things. A bouncer, a planner, a messenger, a coordinator, a friend when all of her bridesmaids are tripping about everything and fail to realize that its not their day, etc. I've had to put one too many bridesmaids and mothers in place. Every single time it has happened the bride appreciated it. Note: I've only done this when things truly got out of hand. I would never insert myself in a situation for no reason. I don't allow people to stress my bride out! Is this included in the fee? No....I'm just saying that makeup artist do more then you'll ever know. We are with you in that final moment, we see and wipe tears away. If the artist is amazing and kind, just pay the rate...OK?! You saw their work and reached out to them for a reason. Mua's share this post and use the hashtag #PAYTHERATE...LOL

Frequently asked question #3 - Can I have more concealer under my eyebrow, like on instagram?

Yes this is a real question and I have many creative ways of saying....No.

Frequently asked question #4 - Can you air brush my photo?

Clients who only feel comfortable being on my page if they were airbrushed don't get posted. Another LONG post to come all about AIRBRUSHING! 

Frequently asked question #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 - "What are you doing now? What are you using? What brush is that? Can I take a picture of everything you used on my face? Can I watch you do my brows?" 

Ummm, can you book a one on one lesson? I am not new to the game and I know what you're doing. Please, do not arrive to a regular makeup appointment and use that time to learn how to do your makeup. No Boo-Boo Kitty....not with me.

Frequently asked question #10- Can I bring my bridal party to the consultation? This was a tough one for me for a while. 

I will speak for myself here. When a bride has all of her party at the consultation it never goes well, and heres why.

When I'm finished with the brides makeup, she calls all of her friends in the room (after she's told me she loves it) and asks their opinion;

Friend #1: "I don't know, I like it. Its cool and all but maybe add a little more blush or some glitter." In my mind I'm thinking, "noooooooooo! lol"

The Natural Friend: " Girl, you know you don't need no makeup at all but its nice. It's not heavy or bad or nothing, all you need is gloss.You're naturally beautiful"

The Hatin' Ass Friend: "I've seen you look better."

The Mom: *insert happy tears*

The Bride: *is now crying because the mom is crying*

The Makeup Artist: *is cussing every body out in his/her head because she has to fix the makeup, now the bride is unsure about a look she loved due to the opinions of others* (This isn't always the case. Just giving you an example of something that I've experienced 1 or 2 times.)

For consultations, I now allow 1 or 2 people tops! This allows the bride to not be bombarded with opinions, straying her away from how she really wants to look as opposed to how others envision her. If you're a bride, remember, it is your day. No one else matters but YOU! Literally. You will revisit these photos every year for the rest of your life. Your grandchildren will bring these pictures to school when its time to make a family tree and say, "these are my grandparents!" Look how you want to look! Do what you want to do!!!!!

This will conclude my FIRST, Honest Answers to Questions Every Makeup Artist Hates Answering! There will be a part 2. I hope you enjoyed and found the humor in it all. We are artists. We are here to serve, however we have feelings too. I hate feeling silenced in fear of being labeled unprofessional. Welp, label me baby.  I'd love to hear from artists and those who seeks the service of a pro mua in the comments below.

All we want to do is make you look pretty!

Until Next time,
<3 Bee

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Hello Beauties!

You guys know I absolutely love lipsticks and glosses. This is why the Lip Stick Files were born. Today I'd love to discuss these beautifully packaged Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipsticks by Laura Geller. 

Since I've mentioned the packaging, lets begin there. I don't know what it is about black lipstick casing but it drive me insane in a good way. Its classic and know something I'm not ashamed to pull out of my purse. Unlike other lipsticks with unicorns and glitter casing. While I love loud packaging that stands out, sometimes it can be seen as little adolescent and obnoxious. Moving on...

The casing has a matte black finish and is smooth to touch like suede. They also have a bit of weight to them which I absolutely LOVE. They feel so expensive!!!! I know I'm talking the packaging up but you have to find yourself an Ulta and go rub on these babies. Yes, I'm and telling you to go touch and hold this lipstick. Its amazing. Another feature that I am absolutely obsessing over isn't something you will notice right off the bat. Before I go into it, examine the photo below:

Do you see what I see? Let me direct your attention to the white rings wedged inside of the casing around the lipstick top and base. Those my friends are magnets. What's the big deal you say? I'm sure its contributing to the weight/luxury feeling of the lipstick and its also solving an important issue (well one that's important to me). With the magnetic closer, the lipstick securely snaps shut. You will no longer have to worry about lipstick top popping off inside of your purse and ruining every single thing in your bag, including he bag itself. Has this ever happened to anyone other than me? You reach inside your purse for your cellphone only to find it covered in lipstick? I need ALL lipsticks to add magnet closers. I can't express how happy this feature made me. These are the things that set brands apart. My husband hasn't seen me gasp over a product like this in a while. Mind you...I hadn't even swatched them yet. I had that crazy twitch in my eye. Love, love, love the packaging! (LOL)

Speaking of swatches...

(I could NOT get the lighting the same in every photo. So my skin is like 12 shades, however I chose photos that represented each lipstick perfectly. So, my skin color is all over the place, but the lipstick colors are spot on. LOL)

As you can see the colors are gorgeous! The only one I was kinda disappointed with was Broadway Plum. It appeared to be much darker in the tube to me (view pic at the top. Its the last lipstick in the photo), however it's still pretty. They apply very smooth and have a creamy texture. As you can see they have a bit of a glossy finish, but I love that they aren't slippery. Its like a lipstick and a gloss combined. With these you won't have to worry about find a gloss to go over it as it gives off the perfect amount of shine. 

One more thing I absolutely love is the curve of the lipstick. Its not the standard cut of most lipsticks. It actually curves with and hugs your lips for a mistake free application. I love how pointy the top is for precision and how curved the bottom is to hug, sculpt and coat every inch of my big ole' lips. 

At the end I usually pick my favorites, however I truly love how all of them look, except broadway plum. I'm sure I'll get over the color, I was just hoping for something a bit darker. 

You can find these lippies at Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy's, or  here. They retail for $21.

Tell me what your favorite shade is? 

Until next time,
<3 Bee

*Items featured in this post were provided by Laura Geller Cosmetics. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*