SPOTLIGHT: “Beat & Snatched” – New Project from MUA, Mimi J

For those of you who have been following for a while, you know that for the past two years, I’ve co-hosted a natural hair & beauty event called “Naturally Pretty” in Atlanta with the talented makeup artist, Mimi J. I’ve enjoyed working with Mimi over the past two years and I was excited when she called me up to participate in a new project of hers launching next month called “Beat & Snatched”. I asked Mimi to share with my readers what this new project was all about, so feel free to read on for more info!

Hey everyone!  2013 has started off with a bang and I’m so very excited to announce the launch of my new project “Beat & Snatched” coming this February! For those who know me, they know that I love collaborating with great people, sharing knowledge, and showcasing other great talent. That is what this project is all about. I am on the hunt for showcasing some of the best hair and makeup across the US and providing great beauty tutorials, interviews, as well as behind the scenes footage from photoshoots and film/tv projects.

I’ve joined forces with some great talent such as Alexandra Butler, Jeremy Dell, Makeup by Ren Ren, Beauty Bott, and of course the lovely Natural Chica out all of out Atlanta! I will also be traveling to NYC, Miami, and LA to collaborate with some of the top talent there! In addition, I’ve created a few things for beauty enthusiast that are wearable! So please stay tuned for the launch and follow our movement! If you love all things “Beat” and “Snatched” you will not be disappointed.
(MUA: Mimi J, Model: Natural Chica aka Mae) 
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Have a Posh, Pretty day! -MiMi J

“Easy Makeup Palettes for 2012” by Licensed Beauty Expert, Rachel Odem

When I am consulting with clients I am often asked “What kind of makeup should I use?” I am a true makeup junkie so this question is never easy for me to answer because I have so many brands I love for so many different reasons. I really like to use makeup palettes because they are compact and portable. I carry them in my purse and in my makeup kit.  If the thought of wearing makeup is somewhat overwhelming for you, I suggest you check these palettes out and add them to your collection. They will definitely help make the process easier. Simple changes can make a huge difference.  Maybe choose one facial feature you would like to work on enhancing in 2012. I hope these tips  help you to create natural, simple and affordable makeup looks in the new year. – Rachel O. 


1) Seena Brow Palette -Perfect assortment of colors to shape your brows to perfection. I am not a big fan of brow stencils, but I think for a beginner they can be helpful. This palette comes with stencils and a brush.

2) Kevyn Aucoin Eye Shadow Pallette #6 – These colors are highly pigmented and everytime I wear these colors on my eyes, someone almost always compliments and wants to know where I got it.

3) Ruby Kisses – This is a Makeup Artist’s dream. Perfect shades of foundation in one palette. I use the colors as concealers too. I take my brush and custom mix colors. Hats off to Danessa Myricks for creating this one because I have tried looking for foundations in a palette before and it is not easy to find. These are affordable and you can may even be able to find them at your local beauty supply.

4) Smashbox– I would like to kiss the genius that came up with this idea. Learning how to correctly highlight and contour is no easy task. Smashbox makes it easy with this palette because it comes with instructions and a diagram. I even use the colors for eyeshadow sometimes, which creates a great nude look.

Get The Look: Smoky Eyeshadow Holiday Beauty Series by Licensed Beauty Expert, Rachel Odem

Hey Chicas! It’s week two of the holiday beauty series. Last week I shared a DIY Smoky Eye look on the blog and so I thought I would share some
of the same tips with a little bit of twist for all of you.

The holiday season is a great time to glam up your makeup look, so why not be bold and try a smoky eye. Most people have a little bit of difficulty with getting the look right, so read these tips and watch the video and you will perfect this look in no time. Enjoy!

Prime: Apply an eye shadow primer or cream shadow to the lid. This will make the color more intense and help the color to stay on all day. I have noticed a lot of my fellow YouTubers seem to like the pencils from NYX Cosmetics.

Tools: You will need a flat brush to layer the shadow on multiple times and create a deep sultry dark smoky eye. Try brush #242 from MAC. I love it because you can use it for concealer too.

Shade: Corinne is wearing the most popular shade for a smoky eye, but I love to see the smoky eye in different colors. Be creative. Try creating this look with the classic black, blue or even purple. Check out the video below to see my twist on a blue smoky eye.

Refine: Line your upper lash line and inner rim of the lower lash line with a black eyeliner. Be sure to smudge the liner to create the smoky effect. Finish with black mascara and a pair of lashes and you’re done. Remember not to over do makeup by keeping the rest of your face neutral.

What DIY makeup tips would you like to see here? Please share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks!

DIY Beautiful Brow Tips by Licensed Beauty Expert, Rachel Odem

Grooming your brows or having them done makes a huge difference. The perfect shape can make you look years younger and your eyes will really stand out. Try not to adapt to whatever the fashionable trend is in eyebrow shaping, choose to follow your natural arch for the best results. If you have over tweezed, you can easily correct the arch by using the following tips.

  • Try not to stand too close to the mirror. Doing so can cause you to over tweeze. With a disposable mascara wand or brow, comb gently, brush the hair up and into the direction of the natural hair growth pattern.
  • Use an eyebrow pencil to draw in the shape that suits your taste. My favorite drug store brand is Maybelline Define A Brow.
  • With a white eyeliner shade areas you wish to remove.
  • Now that you have a shape drawn in and white area to be removed, tweeze any hairs that fall outside of the line of the brow.
  • Brush the brows straight up, with a pair of manicure scissors. Trim any hairs that are too long or curly.
  • With a flat angled brush and eyeshadow, trace over eyebrow pencil and define brows.
  • To insure brow color lasts all day use a brow sealer similar to this one from Taut (Perfect Brow Control)

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What do you do to groom and define your eyebrows?

Determining Your Skin Type

Determining Your Skin Type

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When you visit a licensed esthetician, a great benefit is a thorough consultation and skin analysis to help determine your skin type. This analysis can assist you in developing a skin care regimen. I had a client last week who had the most beautiful skin, so I had to ask, “What products do you use on your skin?” To my surprise she replied just water. This is not uncommon if you have great genetics. You could be blessed to have beautiful, wrinkle free skin until you are in your 80’s. However, I still recommend using a facial cleanser only because water does not actually cleanse the skin. It is just a rinse, which means even if you use it every day, you will still have dirt left on the skin. If you have never had a facial, I highly recommend you visit a licensed esthetician, but in the mean time, here are a few tips to help with determining your skin type.

  • For most people genetics and ethnicity are a big factor in skin type
  • Generally the size of your pores indicates your skin type: Small pores=dry skin,  Large pores=oily skin, Normal pores=Normal combination skin
  • 85% of people have combination skin. Just because you are oily in your T-zone does not mean you have oily skin. An oily T-zone usually indicates combination skin.
  • Oily skin is predominantly indicated by two factors: large pores and acne or blemishes.
  • Normal skin is balanced with a sufficient supply of sebum and moisture.

Check out this video showing what happens in a skin treatment appointment

by Rachel Odem, Licensed Beauty Expert ( of )