New York Fashion Week S/S 2017 Prep and Schedule

Fashion Week Prep With NY Fashion Week S/S 17 underway, many are prepping for all the upcoming trends for the season to come.  If you are venturing out this year, I thought it would be nice to share some of … Continue reading

Punked Proposal: Crime Scene Style

I said YES! XOXO Besos Anna Castillo VIDEO description: Best proposal EVER! Mock/Faux Crime Scene proposal causes an emotional rollercoaster for Celebrity Makeup Artist and Forensics Criminal Investigator Anna Castillo. The (faux) “Death” note read in the video has nuances … 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

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

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

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

Makeup Artist Choice: Plum by #inkcosmetics

Our favorite #MUA shadow pick at the moment? @INKcosmetics Plum matte #eyeshadow! 1. Apply with a short bristled shadow brush and pat the highly pigmented color on your lid. Start at the lash line and work slightly upward. 2. Use … 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

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

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

3 Products to Tackle Pimples

I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a blemish every now and then.  A flawless face requires flawless skin.  I mean common, even the “Barbie’s” of the world aren’t really perfect! There are a few things you … Continue reading

Easy Veterans Day Brunch

I am lucky to have all my family together on this day of remembrance!  I couldn’t help but treat them to a lovely family brunch of chicken and waffles. This is a slightly different twist to your momma’s recipe.  Check … Continue reading

Men!! 10 Things You Must do Before You Meet Her

Guys, you’re about to go on that “first date”, that “blind date”, or maybe you are reuniting with that love you have been away from for awhile, as is my situation. Now, most guys will pick out a nice outfit, … Continue reading

INK…Cosmetics 2015 Focus

Well it’s that time of year!  INK…Cosmetics has unveiled their three new focus areas for 2015.  Take a look at the vision video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KoX02wh-_0&feature=em-share_video_user One thing we pride ourselves on is the fact our followers are organic to INK… … Continue reading

Parent’s First Day of School

(This is dedicated to all adults with a child they are raising) I’m staring at my daughter today. She is such a beauty, unique style; I can stare at her forever. I admire her spirit so much. I am truly … Continue reading

Faux Lash How-To

You would never catch my eyes undressed for an important event. Some have joked by saying I have an arsenal of lashes. One for every occasion, to include when I conduct criminal interviews. I don’t know how many times I … Continue reading

Chile Lime Baked Chicken

Tonight I was feeling a little creative so I fired up the oven and got to work. I decided on boneless, skinless chicken thighs covered in Chile Lime Pork Skins, Mexican rice, and brussel sprouts with mushrooms and turkey bacon. … Continue reading

Pop of Color

I never pass up the opportunity to make a statement.  Eyes are the windows into the soul, so why not amp up your beauty look with a pop of color? To achieve this look: (using http://www.shopinkcosmetics.com) Apply @inkcosmetics HD foundation … Continue reading

Summer 2014 Date Night Beauty

  One of my favorite looks to do for a cool spring/summer night dinner with ????? It is clean, young, and mysterious! Here is the breakdown using all @inkcosmetics products.  Get yours at http://www.shopinkcosmetics.com! What you need: Apply Shadow Primer … Continue reading

Summer 2014 Hand Care

Summer is within arms reach!  Here is a quick and easy at home tip to help make your lands look younger. Ingredients: Juice of 1/2 Lemon 2 drops Licorice Root Extract 2 tbsp Sugar 2 tbsp Olive Oil Directions: Combine ingredients … Continue reading

Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance Review

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld launched his new fragrances in March of 2014. The fragrances include masculine and feminine versions – Karl Lagerfeld for Her and Karl Lagerfeld for Him. Karl Lagerfeld for Her is a fresh scent of citrus, fruit … Continue reading

2014 Spring Nail Pick

Spring is finally showing its beautiful colors.  This means time for a new at-home mani!  I was skeptical about this one though.  I am use to a good old french manicure or nail salon gel nails, but thought I should … Continue reading

Cuddle Time

Cuddling is the best way to show your affection.  It is proven that physical affection reduces stress and increases happiness.  Sometimes taking a minute to look at each other and reconnect is worth much more than any gift. Set your … Continue reading