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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.*

Hello Beauties!

For a while now I've really been wanting to do transformation videos on models for my YouTube and Instagram but I was so afraid to. Over the weekend my dear friend Lexi was in town to take photos with my husband (Medialifted) and I so I figured it would be the perfect time to push past my fear with someone I know. She has beautiful skin and a gorgeous smile, so she turned out to be the perfect model. 

I was afraid for a number of reasons, like someone not liking the quality or other MUA's not liking my technique. I'm not perfect and I'm still learning, however that doesn't matter! I finally did it and put it out into the world to see. It wasn't easy to film, and boy do you really have to cake the makeup on for it to transfer on the camera. 

Any-who, I decided to warm Lexi up with a heavy contour, and give her a sultry smokey eye perfect for date night, a cocktail party, even red carpet! Products used are included in the video. I look forward to doing more of these. Here's to conquering fears! What fear will you conquer this week?

Check out Lexi's transformation below and of course, don't forget to subscribe to my 
YouTube channel! 

Until next time,


After receiving tens of thousands of hits and about hundreds of emails, my MAC interview and MAC Hiring Experience posts are very popular here on the blog. So I figured it was time to come to you all with an update. I first would like to say how happy/proud I am for those who have landed a job at MAC and took the time to email me, comment or find me on Instagram to thank me for those posts. If you find yourself here on this post, this is MY experience and it should not sway you to leave your job at MAC in any way. I mean, if that's what YOU want to do, go ahead. You may have been wanting to do so for a long time. Just make sure the decision you make is because its truly what you want to do. 

Before I get into why, here's the back story...

I believe the first time I thought about being a Makeup Artist was during my very first visit to a MAC Counter in 2011. The artist that helped me was very nice, and she matched my foundation perfectly. I had never wore foundation before so when she put it on, like any makeup newbie I was stunned at how good it looked. I loved how I felt, the artist, the environment, everyones individual style, etc. So, I said to myself, "I'm going to work here!"

So I went home and pulled out the one palette I had and got to work. Like any makeup artist, when I go and look back at those pictures that I proudly posted on Facebook with 12,000 colors on my eyelid, I want to scream. (LOL) I just want to take this time to call all my friends out for not being there for me and letting me know that I looked a hot mess. 

Any-who, I knew that I wanted to work for MAC and I knew in order to do so I must come correct. So I dedicated my time to mastering all skin types and tones so that I would be ready for any one who came to my counter (when I got the job). Problem is, I'm a perfectionist and it took 2 years of me playing in makeup to get the courage to apply for mac. What's interesting is during that 2 years, I had gained a following as an Artist and Blogger. I didn't NEED to work at MAC anymore, however I still wanted to. No matter how many people told me I was "big time now because I did a magazine cover with Porsha Stewart now Williams" (so not big time) I didn't care. Even though I had work, I decided to apply anyway. No matter what I had done, the reason why I began playing in makeup was because I wanted to be a MAC Girl. The way I looked at it, I hadn't done what I set out to do, meaning I had accomplished nothing...or at least not the original goal at hand. I had to prove to myself that I could do it, and I did. 

Working for MAC...

...was fun! Not at all what I expected, but definitely fun. It was nothing I imagined it to be. I was warned by other MAC heads, but I didn't listen. When it comes relationships/experiences, no matter what any one tells me about an individual or place of business I don't take their word for it. I like to find out on my own. So what did I discover?

  1. I loved working as a freelancer. I never wanted to be a full time artist because of how much time they require you to be at the store.
  2. Freelancers don't get any kind of training. You're just thrown in with no life jacket. Forcing you to catch up and keep up...QUICK.
  3. Mac isn't about the "ART", it was about sales. I don't mind selling, I just didn't like that 9/10 women left disappointed because they hated their makeup. Those artists knew how to sell, but some couldn't paint at all. This was really hard for me to deal with.
  4. Mac requires a lot of time during the holidays. With me having two little kids, this was non-negotiable. If I didn't have anything to fall back on I would've been sad, but I would've worked. But because I had my own business to fall back on, I refused to work holidays. This won't get you fired, but as a freelancer less hours will be handed to you if you always seem unavailable, especially during the holidays.
  5. I didn't need to stay to keep/get a discount as I already had 40% off with my pro card. 
These are just a few of my pros and cons...
Working for MAC was difficult for me because I already had my own makeup career going on outside of the store. On top of like I said, having 2 kids under the age of 2 and a husband recovering from a life threatening illness. Unlike most artists there (no shade at all), I was working as a Makeup Artist outside the counter. Not everyone has to or prefers to, this is just what I had going on at the time. I was use to setting my own hours, working when I wanted to and charging what I wanted to charge. Also, after working with Lelee of SWV (90's R&B Legends for my young readers) for their reality show, she was requesting my services outside of the show. So I was like hmmm, do I go to the counter or do I go to Lelee. I could never do both, because I had to get home to my kids. I could go on forever. Point is I left because life was happening around me and I didn't want to miss it. 

All this to say, my main reason for no longer being on the schedule at MAC is because I have a family. I had to chose between MAC and my pro career that was beginning to take off. Could I have done both, definitely! However, I was not willing to spend that much time away from my family. Now that my kids are older and in school/daycare, It would be easier to return. However, I still have an issue with working holidays, (oh yeah!) and Saturdays as I'm a Sabbath keeper, and at this point in my life its not needed. I do miss it though! I met some amazing people, learned a lot, and accomplished my original goal as a makeup artist. 

If life turns on me to where I need to go back, I can and will! This is why I'll remain listed on as a freelancer. The last shift I worked at MAC was about a year ago. 

Please share your MAC experiences with me below. ESPECIALLY if you have a family! How do you balance the demands of the job and still be present for your family?

Thanks for reading...
<3 Bee

Hello Beauties!

Swatched in this Image L to R: Vice, Guess, and Lynchee
If you're subscribed to my YouTube channel, then you pretty much know how I feel about Colour Pop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks! If you haven't seen my swatch video, I'll go ahead and attach it to this post below. Again, since there is a video this blog post is going to be short and to the point. 

We all know that Matte Liquid Lipstick is what's poppin' right now. Everyone just has to have/try them, no matter the brand. Including me! I just love a good matte lip. With that said, these matte lipsticks are amazing. I was hesitant at first because of all the negative/ so-so reviews I've watched on youtube. Because no one could really figure out how they felt about them, it made me want to get my hands on them even more. 

In most reviews, people complained about the lip sticks being dry. Ummm...DUH!!!! Its a matte lip, its going to be dry. Other than the dryness, I've seen reviewers claim that the lighter shades weren't very opaque and were very streaky. This was not my experience at all. I purchased Vice (the lightest shade in the image above with me looking terrified) and the color showed very well, nor was it streaky. What I see happening is that some are getting bad batches, others are getting good batches. When you place your order, just hope and pray the ones you receive aren't defective in any kind of way. 

There's so much more I could say, but I'm honestly just repeating everything I said in the video. So go ahead and check that out instead! 

Hit play to see swatches of Vice, Trap, Solow, Lynchee, Zipper, and Guess!

Until Next time,
<3 Bee