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Eyelash Extensions Los Angeles

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My clients always ask me about eyelash extensions…  Will I like them?  Will they make my lashes fall out?  What happens if I want to take them out?

Lucky for me, my BFF Billy Lowe is an expert in this matter!  Here’s what I can tell you.  It really DOES matter who you go to.  Get references, ask to see their work, etc.  If it is done by a true professional, that has the proper training and certification, you will absolutely LOVE the results!!

Forget all those chemical products that promise to make your lashes grow over time, and MAY alter the color of your eyes! (Yes, it’s true, I’ve seen happen!)  Billy is the real deal, and you’re sure to love the long, luscious lashes you get as a result of his fine work.

Now I know all about it, and you can too!  If you want to read all about eyelash extensions, check out Beauty Buzz 90210!!

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Safe Makeup and Skincare

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While watching this show about makeup and how to be safe, I found myself running for a notepad to take notes…  I get so many questions about ingredients and quality control, and this information can help all consumers make smart choices.

Is Your Makeup Dangerous?

Lipstick is a $500 million a year industry – but are they using that money to harm you with cheap fillers??

Did you know…

Carmine is Beetle Wings

Lanoline is Sheep Skin

Guanine is Fish Scales

 

All of these things can be found in your cosmetics!!  Check the labels.

Look for these dangerous ingredients, if you see them, do not use the products:

DMDM Hydantoin – Formaldehyde

PEG – Petroleum Chemicals

Parabens – Cancer Causing Preservatives

 Follow these rules to be safe…

  • The fewer ingredients, the better
  • Look for ingredients you can pronounce
  • Spend more money on less products
  • Watch for the word “fragrance”, it could be anything!
  • Don’t trust the FDA.  In order for them to have concern with a product, it has to be proven “unequivocally” that something causes cancer
  • Use Vegan products to ensure there are no animal by-products
  • Be an educated consumer, use product lines that you KNOW are safe

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Sunkissed and Sexy – Why Airbrushed Tans Rock!!

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Why should you get an airbrushed tan to get a sunkissed and sexy glow?  Here’s 3 reasons why:

 

1.  SUN DAMAGE IS THE #1 REASON YOUR SKIN AGES QUICKLY!

Did you know that 80% of the damage caused by the sun occurs before the age of 25?  That’s why all of us over 30 are trying to convince all those young teens and 20-somethings to beware!  All those years of sunbathing at the beach to get a golden glow catches up to you – That’s why airbrushing is THE way to go!  Get tanned and bronzed without the harmful effects of the sun.

2.  A TAN ACTS AS CAMOUFLAGE FOR CELLULITE AND SKIN IMPERFECTIONS!

Yes, it’s true.  Getting an airbrush tan can make you look 10 pounds lighter!!  Just as wearing black slims you, a tan makes it harder to see any skin imperfections and blurs the appearance of bumpy cellulite.  Also, an airbrush can enhance your abs and create contour as an illusion of body sculpting.  With bathing suit season right around the corner – This is reason enough to come in for a tan!

3.  DON’T BE FOOLED BY OTHER “SPRAY TANS”.  AIRBRUSHING GOES ON EVENLY – AND AS IT FADES, YOU DON’T GET ANY SPLOTCHES!

If it’s not airbrushed by a professional, preferably a makeup artist, you are not getting top notch application.  Standing in a machine and letting a machine spray you does not ensure consistency in coverage.  All skin shades tend to be uneven, and a makeup artist is familiar with this and can correct it.

Contact Melissa for your appointment, and watch a tanning tutorial on BeautyBuzz90210.

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Kim Kardashian Waves – How to Get the Look

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I’ve always wanted to get full, beachy waves in my straight, long hair.  I enlisted the advice of Celebrity Hair Stylist, Billy Lowe, to show me some red carpet secrets to achieve this look.

Just follow along with this step by step video, and Billy will show you how to get the perfect tousled, sexy head of hair!

Here are a few key tips that I learned from this:

  1. Don’t roll the hair UNDER, twist the hair around the barrel in a spiral motion.
  2. Start the curl from the tOP of the hair, closest to the scalp.  Leave the ends for last  so that you prevent drying and damaging.
  3. Use 1 inch sections all over.
  4. Don’t pull DOWN on the curl to loosen it, hold it up and bounce it instead.

Now you too can have the beautiful, beachy waves you’ve always wanted!!  Get more beauty tips on http://www.youtube.com/beautybuzz90210

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The Perfect Smoky Eye – Beauty Tutorial

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“How do I get a smoky eye?”  That’s probably one of the most frequently asked question I get.  I’m going to let you in on a little secret…There’s a big misconception out there.  A lot of the time, people use the term “smoky eye” to describe the color they are trying to achieve, like charcoal gray.  In reality, the term “smoky eye” refers to a technique, not a color.

Here are some basics to follow:

  • Choose a wash color, a dark color, and a medium pop of color.
  • The darkest shade should encircle the entire eye, closest to the lash line.  Don’t forget the inner rim!  That’s the secret for getting a true smoky eye!
  • Use the medium shade in the crease to blend the dark shade and the wash color together.
  • Thicken the lashes with loads of mascara or false lashes.

To learn how to style your hair to go with your smoky eye, check out Celebrity Hair Stylist Billy Lowe on BeautyBuzz90210.

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Male Grooming Tips – Image and Beauty Tips for Men

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Male Grooming Tips – Beauty Tips for Men

Nowadays, more than ever, men are realizing the need to take care of their skin and hair to keep up with the women in their lives.  Cosmetic companies and makeup artists alike are now able to provide men with the products and celebrity beauty tips to look and feel their best.  Here are a few basics to consider in your grooming routine:

1.  Use a proper skincare regimen which includes a Cleanser, toner and Moisturizer.

2.  Groom facial hair and trim any of those pesky chest hairs that pop out along the shirt collar.  For more shaving tips, see a beauty tutorial from Celebrity Hair Stylist Billy Lowe on Beauty Buzz 90210.

3.  Use blotting papers to soak up any excess oil throughout the day.

4.  Trim the brows and tweeze any excess hair, also know as the “unibrow”.

5.  You can always use a Tinted Moisturizer if you need a little coverage, it doesn’t look like your wearing any makeup at all!

Remember, the men in your life want to feel good about themselves, just as we do as women.     Stay tuned for more beauty tutorials with beauty experts Melissa McNamara and Billy Lowe on http://youtube.com/BeautyBuzz90210

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What Does Beautiful Mean? Redefining Beauty

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Melissa McNamara Questions the Definition of Beauty

It’s a New Year, and it’s time for a New You.  Right?  Isn’t that what we all strive for?  The truth is that beauty is so much deeper than a resolution that is impossible to keep.  It is a reflection of who you really are and the uniqueness you bring to the world.

As a makeup artist for over 19 years, I’ve seen the impact that media has on the everyday woman.  The outside world places so much emphasis on our physical beauty.  Just open any magazine, and take a look.  The way beauty is defined is so limited, and let’s face it, it is completely unrealistic to strive for.  It’s no wonder that many of us look in the mirror and feel less than ideal.

Think about what beauty REALLY means to you and how you present that to the world. I believe that if we are truly aware of what makes each and every of one us unique, special and different; your core beauty shines through naturally.  Once you have a deeper understanding of your core beauty, then you can work on small improvements with makeup artistry tricks or a new hairstyle.

 

Here is my challenge to you in 2012.  At the end of every day, think of something beautiful about yourself. If you make someone laugh, you are humorous – which is beautiful.  If you lift someone’s spirits when they are down, you are compassionate – which is beautiful.  Always appreciate the fabulous person you are, and you will always feel beautiful.

 

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Makeup at Work: Melissa McNamara and Billy Lowe on KCal9 News w/Interview Tips for Your Hair and Makeup

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How should you wear your hair for an interview, what’s the best makeup for interviews? Aaaaargh!  As if job hunting isn’t stressful enough, right?

Putting your best face forward (and your best hair!) will be much easier when you follow these style tips from me (Melissa McNamara) and style guru Billy Lowe.

Below is a video of me and Billy Lowe are on KCal9 afternoon news.  Watch and listen to what one interviewer noticed about a job hunter!  Don’t let that be you!!

Remember to take into consideration the TYPE of job you are hunting for. If your job is in an extremely creative field, you can be more creative with your hair and your makeup. Take a clue from photos on the company website to see what the culture is like. Err on the side of being a little more conservative in your first meeting – and then adjust as you get to know the people at the company better.

Best of luck with your interviews!

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As seen in the Tolucan Times Beauty Issue this week…”Core Beauty – Time to Redefine What Beautiful Is”

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Workshop This Saturday!!

As seen in The Tolucan Times – Melissa McNamara and Beautiful Outlook
It’s a New Year, and it’s time for a New You. Right? Isn’t that what we all strive for? The truth is that beauty is so much deeper than a resolution that is impossible to keep. It is a reflection of who you really are and the uniqueness you bring to the world.

As a makeup artist for over 19 years, I’ve seen the impact that the media has on the everyday woman. The outside world places so much emphasis on our physical beauty. Just open any magazine and take a look. The way beauty is defined is so limited, and let’s face it, it is completely unrealistic to strive for. It’s no wonder that many of us look in the mirror and feel less than ideal.

Think about what beauty really means to you and how you present that to the world. I believe that if we are truly aware of what makes each and every of one us unique, special, and different; your core beauty shines through naturally. Once you have a deeper understanding of your core beauty, then you can work on small improvements with makeup artistry tricks or a new hairstyle.

Here is my challenge to you in 2012: Continue reading →

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Golden Globes – Who had the best smoky eye shadow??

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Emma Stone with Red Carpet Smoky Eye Shadow

While the makeup trend this year was to match your lipstick to the red carpet…  One trend was still ever present for ultimate glam – the smoky eye, of course.  Who wore it best?  In my opinion, Emma Stone nailed it.  She accentuated her beautiful green/gray eyes by using the same shade that rims her iris.  It’s a little known secret that you can make your eyes “pop” by examining the outer rim of your iris, and then encircling the eye with the same shade…Try it out for yourself!

If you found this tip useful, let me know by leaving a comment below!

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