Dental Nightmare Flashback

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret here…..I HATE the dentist! It seems most people “dislike” the dentist or really don’t care to go, but I….HATE the dentist! Now, it’s not the doctor himself that I have that … Continue reading

2015 Golden Globes Makeup

There were so many beautiful beauty looks from tonight’s 2015 Golden Globes.  One of our favorites was Jessica Chastain looking oh so vavavoom! Some said she resembled a modern day real life Jessica Rabbit? What do you think? Nicely done! … Continue reading

Golden Globes 2015 Beauty Prep

Finally, the 2015 Golden Globes are here!  Want to know how the stars are preparing?  We have the inside scoop! Morning of: 1. Eat small breakfast, but hold the salt!  2. Get at least 30 mins of cardio in and … Continue reading

Positive Outcomes

I’ve always believed that good things happen to good people. Something a little different is the power of positive thinking, which Anna introduced me to some time ago. Did I buy into whole-heartedly at first, no; but that has since … Continue reading

Foundation Application Like a Pro

1. Prep I cannot stress this enough!  Never sleep with makeup on!  PLEASE!  It’s horrible for your skin.  Starting your daily makeup regimen with clean skin is just as important.  So, cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin. 2.  Prime I … Continue reading

Getting the Perfect Shave

Ok Gents, new razor in use and I cannot believe the shave I’m getting. Probably one of the best shave, NO!, the BEST shave I have ever achieved. The razor burn, the irritation, the embarrassing “red neck” is all gone. … Continue reading

Makeup Tip: How to Use Shimmer

As  Makeup Artist I get the chance to work on some of the most beautiful people in the world.  Some are famous and some are just doing their thing in the professional world. Depending on what job I am hired … Continue reading

Going With the Flow

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!! Hopefully, I haven’t missed anything. Well here we are 2015! I’m always excited for a new year, new beginnings, new adventures!! It’s been a while, but life, family, and … Continue reading

Home Office Makeover

TO DO: Get out your trash can and clean up! Throw out any unnecessary mail. Stack the important stuff for later. Clear off your desk. This means everything, then wipe it down with the appropriate cleaning products (wood – furniture … Continue reading

Tricks to Pulling Off a Bold Lip Color

  HAPPY 2015!  New Year = new look. Why not start with your lip color? There are many colors on the market, so where do you start?  Try anything!  Don’t be afraid of color!  Here are some pro tips to … Continue reading

Hello 2015!

A BAD HABIT I’M GOING TO BREAK Vulgar language.  Sometimes my NY attitude can get in the way, not to mention being in a male dominated career field…the F-bomb is used as a comma in my sentences at times.  So, … Continue reading

Get the look: 2015 Holiday Smokey Eye

1. Start with a clean and moisturized face.  This means grooming your brows too. 2. Apply a Face Primer all over your face. Add Shadow Primer to the eye lids only. 3. Using a wide shadow brush apply INK…Cosmetics Shadow called … Continue reading

Observation

Have you ever sat in your own home, late at night, the family asleep, candle burning, and just listened? Listening to the sounds of the home; the heat coming on and off, the dog breathing.  Close your eyes and take … Continue reading

Crystal Love

I am a crystal addict! That’s why I began making crystal jewelry, to share crystal healing with others. For thousands of years, ancient civilizations have used crystals for physical, mental, and spiritual healing and enhancement. The use of crystals can … Continue reading

What Happened to Thanksgiving

I know this is late but I have a question, what happened to Thanksgiving? I grew up with my Mom who taught us Happy Harvest, she would not honor a day that negatively impacted Native Americans. I recall at school … Continue reading

Energy

I am all about positive energy. I try to surround myself with positive people. I try hard to remain focused and positive. I meditate, chant, and my home is full of crystals. One thing that hit me recently and in … Continue reading

The Flight to Crazy Town

So it’s finally Thanksgiving and a time for families to come together. Some drive across town, others a few hours down the road, and some fly. I had to fly, to get home to my baby and get a chance … Continue reading

INK…Cosmetics Makeup Artist Choice: Matte Beauty

I don’t know how many times I am asked:  “Anna, I like matte makeup but I don’t want it to look dry and cakey.  How do I pull this off?” Well, ladies and gents it’s pretty simple. 1.  Less is … Continue reading

Complimentary Alternatives

Did I catch your attention? Yes, my name is Mercia and I am some what of a hippie. Don’t get me wrong, I love my hair, nails, and clothes done, I love shopping and going out. I especially love my … Continue reading

At-Home Pampering Products

  Some say “Sunday fun day”… I say “Sunday none day.”  What is this you ask?  Well, Sunday’s are my days to do NOTHING or at minimum what ever I want.  It’s my day!  So, this Sunday I wanted to … Continue reading

Want to lose weight? Try Yoga!

I know! I know!  Here goes another blog talking about another weight loss strategy!  Well look, there is more to loosing weight than just getting on that treadmill and lifting those dumbbells.  It’s about getting a good nights sleep, drinking … Continue reading

Magical Guacamole Recipe

What am I doing? I am about to share the Holy Grail of Goodness with you….my guacamole recipe. Yes, I must be drunk, delusional, or have been smacked over the head. I started with the basic guacamole recipe you get … Continue reading

Master Holiday Small Talk!

PARTY TIME!  Yes! Yes! Yes!  Fall/Winter is my favorite time of the year!  This means, food, family, fun, and parties!  So, to help lessen your social stress, I have compiled a short list to help you mingle like a pro! … Continue reading

Fantasy Football What

  It’s about to go down! As the NFL season works towards the playoffs, so do the Fantasy football teams. I played fantasy football about six years ago and really did put the effort into it as I should have. … Continue reading

Advice for Aspiring Makeup Artists #inkcosmetics

So you want to be a makeup artist?  Let’s not bore you with fluff…instead here are 6 quick tips to get you on the right track. 1. Master your talent! No one wants an artist who is just “okay” at what they … Continue reading

Photo Ready Beauty

Whether you enjoy a good old #selfie or you crave the lime light, you can’t leave the house without these photo ready beauty tips! 1. Start with clean, moisturized, and toned skin for a smooth, clear canvas. 2. Use a … Continue reading