Category: Beauty

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Kat Von D Beauty

I think we all appreciate and love Kat Von D in our own way. Miami Ink, La Ink, High Voltage Tattoo, Wonderland Gallery, her books,  KVD Beauty and the empire it has become… she’s just a badass. So when I received this package, I peed a little. I probably didn’t go to sleep until 1am just staring at my ceiling like, WTF. Who wouldn’t freak out?? jsdhvfjhavfjgavskfjhvasjgha!

The packaging and presentation are soooo clean. I’m a visual nerd so the coffin-esque shape box and how everything fit so snuggly in the black on black foam core cut outs…hnnnnng!

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The Shade+Light Eye Contour Quads are bomb! I’m a huge fan of matte shadows and all these bad boys are MATTE and pigmented af. I can’t decide if I have a favorite yet. I’m partial to orange and warm brows so that Rust palette hits a sweet spot. The Plum and Sage palettes have some really pretty intense colors too, though. And the Smoke palette is the essential “DUH!” cool-tone smokey eye must-have.

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Pic above is some quick beauty looks. Left: Sage Palette and FYFE Liner on the eyes. Right: Plum, Rust, and Smoke palette… I got a little carried away.

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I threw a little of the Rust shadows on top of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita to add some extra highlight and contour. I used the Highlight (off white) and Define (deep brown) shades.

Ok confession time. I slept in my makeup because I’m a lazy sinner breaking the cardinal rule of skincare. I used the Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer and my smokey eye (the purple on seen above) woke up intact!! Not gonna lie, I was thoroughly impressed. Fresh to Death…literally. Side Note: I’ve been using the Deep Primer to give the shadows a little bit of a darker intensity.

There’s a Shade + Light Eye contour brush! I like blending harsh lines with a dense, firmer brush. The domed end is perfect for that. I used it to blend the shadows at my crease and diffuse any harsh lines on my lower lid. There is also a tapered end to the brush that gives way more precision and control to your application. I like it for right underneath my lash line. Erik Soto does a great brush demonstration video, if you haven’t seen it already, hit play.

Life Beyond MAC

I grew up on MAC. I’ve been a regular for the past 13 years. I even worked for the company for a split second. I learned so much about ingredients, skin care, skin types, and skin tones while I was there. It was the hands-on experience I NEEDED.  I know the products, I know the shades, I am confident in MAC Cosmetics. That’s my go to (more specifically for my professional kit. I’ll try anything on my face… twice).

That being said, it has been so hard for me to try new makeup with the intention of adding it to my work kit. I kind of have that, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude. I eventually branched out into RCMA, Ben Nye, Makeup Forever… which I absolutely love now. But other brands, I’m not so sure about. Especially with Instagram which is a great, free marketing tool for small cosmetic companies to reach way more people, but how much of the hype can you believe? Slowly and surely I’ll try things on myself, if I like it long enough, I’ll buy another for my pro kit. And let’s be real, it’s an investment and so much money can be wasted on products you won’t even use that will sit around and collect dust. I’m not about that life.

A student of mine had an eye shadow palette sitting in her kit for months, she hardly used it. One day she was so fed up with it taking up space in her kit, she gave it to me. It was the Morphe 35S Palette. I looked at it sideways. It had some nice colors, one dual intensity color I couldn’t look away from. Lots of intense colors, just how I like them. I skeptically thought, I’ll keep this in my personal kit, I don’t have many shadows (I swear I wear Brown Script every day). I tried a few looks. Needless to say, I’m very happy with the shadows and very inspired by the colors!!

These are all looks using the 35S Palette posted up on my IG. If you’re on the gram, come say hi! @brittbrutal Moral of the story: I suppose I could be a little more open minded to try new things, have fun with experimenting, and learn a few new tricks along the way… but continue to do your research! Don’t be NOBODY’S fool.

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Bridal Hair

I’ve been waiting to post these! I found out yesterday Style Me Pretty IG posted a pic of the bride’s hair I did, so let the wedding photos begin.  All photos by Mark Brooke Photographers. Check out their blog for more beautiful wedding photos ❤ Bridal MUAH by this guy #bmmp

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Let’s talk about the bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes, and bouquets for a minute. Freakin adorable!

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So happy I was a part of their day! Live long and prosper folks ❤

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Vintage Engagement

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I have been so fortunate to meet Kersti Kooiman! Through the many years that I have known her, we have worked on countless weddings, engagement sessions, boudoir albums, maternity shoots, and many other just-for-fun creative photo shoot projects. We have now joined forces with a team of wonderfully talented artists; bakers, graphic designers, and hairstylists. This is what we do! We help people and couples style and document their special occasions and events. This right here just so happens to be one of our most recent engagement sessions. This adorable couple had such a great shoot! Very true to their style and personal interests. Let’s all just be ourselves and do what makes us feel comfortable in our own skin ❤

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They had a mini dessert picnic out of the back of their truck. Retro inspired with the polka dots and cherries. Desserts and Set-Up by Marisa’s Flour Fix.

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PS I love naked cakes!

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Outfit change! Love the thought the couple put into every aspect of the shoot. We offer styling help for anyone who doesn’t have a clear vision of what they want their photos to look like 🙂 Also, for all the shy ones (including myself :3) we can help with posing too!

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Once the sun went down, these photos happened. There’s magic in the moonlight ❤

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If you have a special event you want captured and need help, this is what we do! It would be an honor to work with you… and a lot of fun because its basically grown ass adults playing dress up. You can always email any questions, comments, love to bmmpretty@gmail.com.

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Photo: Kersti Kooiman

Couple: Stephanie and Eric

Desserts: Marisa’s Flour Fix

Hair: Cesy Buenrostro

Makeup: Brittany Moody

Artificial Human

David Miller is someone I’ve fortunately been able to see work behind the scenes. He has this vision in his head and knows exactly how to create it. Both times I’ve worked with him I couldn’t clearly see what he had in mind until he actually took the photo. A truly creative person, I have no idea how he sees the things he does. It’s magic

I always love working with Laura. She whips up some crazy hairstyles out of no where! All of the chains in the models hair are necklaces she owned or made.

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Annie had flawless skin and bleached brows, so the weather-worn, greek statue look David was trying to go for came so easy! I sheered out my RCMA foundations with Embryolisse moisturizer to even out her skin tone. I used some Mac Full Coverage Foundation in White and a mascara spoolie to lighten her already white lashes and brows. I also used a combination of NYX Loose Pearl Shadows to highlight her skin with a tiny bit of Chromium pigment from Lunatick Cosmetics Labs. An inexpensive mud mask from Sally’s (or your local beauty supply) was used to create the crackle effect.

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These two muted kaleidoscope images are so haunting. I was THRILLED to get these photos from Dave!

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Photo: David Miller

Model: Annie Montgomery

Hair: Laura Buenrostro

Makeup/FX: Brittany Made Me Pretty

 

 

 

Shy Wilder

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I had the pleasure of working with the lovely sisters of Shy Wilder. Everything they do screams fun and there was such a great vibe from everyone involved in the shoot. Good people, great clothes, go check them out!

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The lovely Mickylene is a fashion blogger who I found out lives pretty close to me. Hi neighbor! She also did a blog post with more pix of one of her favorite outfits from the Shy Wilder shoot. See more here!

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Some fun tribal inspired makeup for the beautiful Elizabeth.

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A classic look for miss Nicole.

Photographer: Sonia Rebeles