We're On YouTube!

This is our fist go-round with videos so be kind but yes, we're FINALLY on YouTube.  I will be bringing you tips, tricks and tutorials and all the latest in the world of all things pretty.  Be sure to subscribe to our channel and show your love for Lace Cosmetics!  P.S.  These videos are more or less trial and error so if I look like a robot on camera....just ignore it :) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysqV8DmnM2A&w=560&h=315]

Here is the tutorial for Lace Cosmetics NEW Powder Foundation and Bronzer that will be on sale SOON!

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Five Friday Faves

Happy Friday!  We are so excited to see everyone this afternoon/evening at Demure for our T.G.I.F. event!  If you are in the Atlanta area, make sure to stop by and see us!  Get the details at the bottom of the page! Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy my five favorites from this past week.

Favorite Summer Refresher

berry ice

Favorite Beach Hair

beach hair

Favorite Outfit

skirt and shirt

Favorite Piece of Advice

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Favorite Laugh...Make that a snort laugh.  Thank you to my Mom for sharing this with me.

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Pictures: Maxi Outfit, Beach Hair, Berry Ice

Five Friday Faves

Hello Weekend.  It is SO nice to see you.  This has been a very busy (and fun) week but Saturday has never looked so good.  Thank you to everyone who made it out to the RAW Artist Discovery show last night.  It was a pleasure to meet so many talented artists and to introduce Lace Cosmetics to new clients.  I will blog about the event next week when I have collected more pictures! Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy my five favorites from the past week.

Favorite Statement:fabulous grandmaFavorite Makeup Tutorial

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Favorite Factshoes true love

Favorite Quote quote

Favorite Laughdog self control

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Press On and Press Forward

I was in such a rush to get out of the house and realized that the chips in my nail polish were completely unacceptable.  I had a lunch date and this manicure was not working for me in the least.  Luckily, I had just purchased press on nails from my local Ulta to keep on hand just in case.  Turns out...they are total life savers!  If you prep these bad boys in advance, all you have to do is peel pack the film on the adhesive and pop them on.  Boom. Instant mani!

The first step in prepping the nails will be to stick on the decals (if yours come with the them).  I find it easier to do this before you get the nails on.  I love that they include so many decal styles because you can save them for future manicures whether you use the press on's or just your natural nails.

Next you will take the adhesive and stick it to the inside of the nails.  Quick and easy.

Pull back the adhesive cove and press them on. DONE!

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How To Wash Makeup Brushes

I always have clients asking me how to properly wash makeup brushes.  I decided to do a tutorial and show you how to do it the right way.

There are many products on the market that you can purchase to wash your brushes.  There are makeup brush shampoos or you can use gentle hair shampoo, antibacterial soap or baby shampoo.  Today, I am using a gentle shampoo that I found in my house.  I have poured some of it into a jar.

Next, I am dipping my brush into the shampoo and rinsing it under running water.

ALWAYS wash your brushes with the bristles facing down.  You do not want to get water into the ferrule (the silver part) otherwise you will begin to disolve the glue that holds the bristles together and your brush will begin the shed.  When you wash your brush, make sure you are purging makeup that is in the middle bristles and rinse until water runs clear.

For brushes that are used with liquid or cream products (foundation, concealer, lipstick, etc.), you will want to fist clean them with a cream cleanser or makeup remover.  If you try to use a gel cleanser, it will not mix with the cream residue in the brushes and therefore will not fully clean the brush.  After cleansing with the cream, you may cleanse again with a gel.  Remember, brushes used for liquid and cream makeup hold more bacteria since they are in contact with moisture.  You will want to clean these brushes more frequently.

After you clean your brushes, reshape the bristles and lay them on a flat surface with the bristles hanging off of the side.  By doing this, no water is seeping into the ferrule and you are protecting the shape of the bristles.

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Eye Lash Application Tutorial

Putting on your own false eyelashes can be very tricky.  You have to practice putting them on several times before you will get the hang of it.  I wanted to do an easy lash application tutorial so that you can start applying your own falsies in no time!

Everybody had their preferences but when I apply lashes, I like to do it after I have all of my eye makeup on EXCEPT mascara.

Eylure are some of my favorite falsies.  The lashes are easy to work with and I love the glue that comes with them!  There are many brands of lashes and you may choose a different type than what I am using.  If you purchase lashes that are stiff, wrap the lash strip around your pinky finger and squeeze so that it will become more flexible and curved.

Before you start to apply your lash, hold it up to your eye so that you can measure it.  If the lash is too long, you will want to snip a little off the end.

Apply a strip of glue across the inside of your lash strip.  Make sure you have enough glue on the ends.  If there is not enough, the ends will pop off after applied.  Next, you will want to let the glue sit for a moment or put it in front of a fan.  By doing this you are making the glue a bit more tacky which will make it adhere easily when applied to your lash line.

Personally, I prefer to apply my lashes with my eyes open.  It allows me to match the curve of the lash to the curve of my eye.  You want to place the lash strip into the base of your real lashes.  Once placed, press your lashes and your falsies together so they look as if they are one.

Let dry for a moment and then you are done!

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Fix Your Mitts

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As women,  it is understood that as part of our beauty routines, we must always make sure that our nails are well manicured and polished.  If they aren't...we jump in the car and make an emergency trip to the nail salon!  If you do not live your life by this policy, change your ways.  It is unacceptable. Just sayin.

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Nails have really been making a big splash in magazines and on the runway.  We aren't just talking about simple one color mani's.  You can either be on trend with color blocking or with some serious hardware.  Literally, the way your nails look is just as important as how you look in a great pair of stilettos.

I went back through old pictures from this past year and found some awesome nail looks I have had.  Hopefully it will inspire you to go out and be a nail fashionista as well :)

Before we part, I will leave you with a quick "how to" photo tutorial for making a nail design with straws!!

Kisses!!

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