Spring Season is a Blossom of Color 🌺🌸🌼

Warmer weather, Easter, tulips and green grass. These are reminders that Spring is here. This also a great time to introduce some new fun colors into your makeup and wardrobe. Here are a few tips to know what colors will look best together. Experiment with different combinations and go with what makes you feel beautiful.


Complementing colors- white, cream, neutrals, pink, orange, navy, black

Wow color- navy


Complementing colors- white, cream, neutral, yellow, red, blue

Wow color- optic white


Complementing colors- white, cream, green, blue, black

Wow color- emerald


Complementing colors- white, cream, neutral, brown, green, blue

Wow color- steel gray


Complementing colors- white, cream, yellow, brown, blue, black

Wow color- cobalt blue


Complementing colors- white, cream, neutral, red, green, black

Wow color- gold


Complementing colors- cream, neutral, pink, green

Wow color- burgundy


Complementing colors- white, cream, neutral, red, purple, black

Wow color- indigo

Starting with your outfit. Use 1-2 colors and then incorporate the same colors or others into your makeup. If you are more on the timid side of color, the monochromatic trend is still happening. Create your outfit using that guide (see below- the color schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using it’s own shades, tones and tints), then take a risk with color on your makeup.

Ok, let’s get into the makeup side of things. Start with a slight dewy or luminous glow for the face. This will create a perfect base for the natural monochromic tone to play up your features. Add a bright or metallic pop of color instead of the traditional black for your liner. A colorful winged eyeliner will make any monochromatic look stand out. You can also try adding a bold lip or colored mascara.

Now, for the brave. Use a variety of stripes, florals, solids or different colors of blue-jean as your outfit. Mixing different designs and textures will have you look runway ready.

Keep in mind the complimentary colors when adding in the makeup. Try a mix of colors transitioning into each other for the eyes and add a bold or neon lip. You can hold off on the contouring and highlighting since the colors will be the main focus.

The current trends are a mix of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s styles; and will stay here through summer. So have fun trying them all!

(Photos courtesy of MAC Cosmetics & Michael Kors)

Fall trends to follow from the top designers.

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs

Style: Velvet-and-lace mash ups, Biker Sheek, deep jewel tone huges.

Looks: A great way to keep an all-black outfit from looking bland is by introducing a mix of texture and cut. Wear a coated mini military jacket over a lace-paneled dress for a mix style of hard and soft. A pleated blue velvet dress with a lace collar is definately a holiday party favorite.

2. 10 Crosby Derek Lam

Style: Cable knits and Scarfe prints.

Looks: A ruffled skirt/shirt hybrid, styled with knit leggings and a high boot, keeps your style in trend. A cream cable-knit T-neck sweaterdress reveals its versatility when worn over a sleek pair of black leather pants.

3. Theory

Style: Chunky marked prints, Luxe leather, Graphic tweeds.

Looks:  A marled cardigan coat is perfect for those chilly fall days.  Pair the coat with some leather leggings to turn up the edge factor on a low-key weekend staple. For meetings-to-martinis tweed dress in a mod-like silhouette is made even more interesting with a light turtleneck layered underneath. Skip the heels and go for a cool pair of booties to keep the look clean.

4. Rebecca Taylor

Style: Fringe, Icy Blues, Garden prints, Tweed dresses.

Looks: A tweed dress is a great alternative to your little black dress. Its silhouette is classic and ladylike but boasts a bit of edge with a frayed hem. Blue is the standout hue for fall. Pair a shearling vest over a billowy chiffon dress for a perfect bohemian look.

5. Ted Barker

Style: Dark floral prints, Paneled dresses, Decadent purples and pinks.

Looks: Cigarette pants in a dark floral print are a smart option to jeans. Pair them with suede pumps and a tucked-in high-neck blouse to balance out those proportions. A side-paneled dress is an essential piece in any wardrobe. The silhouette offers a flattering fit for all who wear it.

6. Joie

Style: 70’s Bohemia.

Looks: A poncho is a great investment piece for fall. Try a functional styling piece with the classic draping of a cape. Or choose a double-breasted peacoat to wear over a night-out simple dress. The boxy shape of the jacket makes it a perfect layering topper for fall.

6. Current / Elliott

Style: Flared jeans & Smock dresses.

Looks: Oversize denim smock dress. You can dress up or down with the right accessories. Pair with a flannel button-down with flared denim in place of skinny or boyfriend jeans.

Tips, Tricks & Quick Fix

Here is some tip and fixes for eveyday problems and skin care issues.

Blackhead facial:
Open a couple packs of chamomile tea (½ cup) in a large bowl with boiling water. Lean over the bowl with a towel draped over your head. Let the steam hit your face for 10 min max.
*The steam and tea leave breaks up the oil and dirt from the pores.

Quick dry nail polish:
After applying your polish, allow nails to air-dry for two minutes. Then submerge in ice-cold water for three minutes in a bowl of ice-cold water. *The cold water freeze-dries polish, sealing and hardening it quickly.
Also try: Blasting nails with cool air from a hair dryer in between coats. This helps each layer of color dry as you go.

Streaky tan:
Sweep a cotton ball soaked in 100 percent lemon juice over stripy areas. * Citric acid from the lemon is a natural skin lightener and exfoliator.
Also try: Massaging plain baking soda onto damp skin with small, gentle circular motions. Like lemon juice, baking soda will slough off freshly dyed cells and reveal untanned skin underneath.
Quick tip: Cut your self-tanner with moisturizer. Mix equal parts of each in your palm and blend them together before applying. The diluted tanner will give you a more natural color.

Black head home fix:
Apply a thin layer of Elmer’s glue, let dry, and peel off slowly.

Quick blemish buster facial:
Cut a tomato in half and apply to your face. Let it dry, then rinse. Don’t apply to open pimples.
* Lycopene in Tomatoes kills bacteria.

Larger pores:
Apply plain, chilled yogurt to your face for ten min, then rinse with cool water.
* The yogurt absorbs excess oil and bacteria, and helps to shrink pores.

Overnight pimple fixes:
Apply a dab of calamine lotion to the blemish at bedtime.
Apply a dab of honey to the pimple and cover with a Band-Aid.
* Honey kills bacteria and fastens the healing time.

White heads or hard pimples:
Apply Neosporin to the pimple/ whiteheads and leave overnight.

Sore-chapped lips:
Apply a wet tea bag (green or black tea) against your lips for a couple of minutes.
* The tannic acid in tea soothes the skin and helps it heal fast.

Quick bad breath fix:
Eat an apple * Pectin in apples neutralizes bad odor.

Cold sore prefix:
When you feel a cold sore coming on (the tingling) apply Pepto-Bismol (liquid) to the site and rinse off when dried.

Is your health WEIGHTING you down?

SKIPPING MEALS: Studies show that skipping breakfast and eating fewer meals throughout the day may lead to weight gain. Skipping meals may cause your metabolism to slow down or lead to excessive hunger and overeating later in the day or evening. It can also lead to low blood sugar, moodiness and fatigue. Consider keeping healthy snacks like low-fat yogurt, low-fat string cheese, dried or fresh fruit, whole-grain cereals and nuts on hand. They can come in handy if you need to miss a meal.

A MATTER OF BALANCE: Do you love meat but feel that it just can’t fit into a healthy diet? Not true. Lean meats are very rich in nutrients such as protein, zinc, iron, and vitamin B12. The keys are: pick lean cuts to keep saturated fat down, and include meat as a balanced part of your meal—that is a 3-4-ounce portion—rather than making it the center stage of your meal.

BUTTER VERSUS MARGARINE: When it comes to the taste of butter versus margarine, some say butter is better. What about the health of your arteries? Butter is rich in saturated fat and cholesterol and stick margarine is rich in trans fat. Cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans fat all can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol. In addition, trans fat can also lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Consider a healthier option—buy a trans fat-free tub of margarine that you enjoy, and eat it in moderation.

CRAZY FOR CORN: Did you know that this favorite summer vegetable is low in fat, free of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and is a good source of fiber and vitamin C? Select ears with green husks, fresh silks and tight rows of kernels. You can enjoy grilled or steamed corn-on-the-cob, add corn to guacamole or salsa for a little crunch, or make a corn relish by mixing corn with chopped vegetables, beans and vinaigrette.

SALAD DRESSING CALORIE COUNT: Many Americans are enjoying more salads these days. It can be an easy way to eat more vegetables. Research shows that moderate amounts of regular or light salad dressing actually promote nutrient absorption more than fat-free varieties. To help keep salads healthful, consider this way of applying the dressing. Place just 1-2 tablespoons of salad dressing in a large Ziploc bag or airtight container. Fill with salad, seal and shake away! A small amount of dressing will lightly coat your greens, giving them flavor without excessive calories.

Sources:  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Produce for Better Health Foundation, Center for Science in the Public Interest, National Institutes of Health

Spring to summer easy makeup

TARTE Lip Surgence lip tint is a must have for spring makeup. The color is semi-sheer, build-able & comes in 4 shades. It resembles a large crayon and is the perfect product for quick easy application. The hint of mint freshens up your breathe and soothes your lips. The no fuss color is great for tossing in your purse or keeping in your pocket.


Now for the eyes; think a vintage pinup sailor doll. MAC has their new HEY, SAILOR! eye shadow collection. The powders are of a high pigment, applies evenly, blends well. Packaged in cute blue and white stripes. The collection comes several shades of white, tan, gold, green and navy. Perfect for any summer ensemble!


It’s a hot, hot summer!

The summer heat can be a girl’s worse enemy. Save your face by passing on foundation and only use powder. The lighter coverage will help with excess oil production and keep from clogging your pores with dirt and sweat. Keep in mind that most foundation have a sunscreen additive and powders do not. So to keep your skin from getting sun damage, don’t for get to put sunscreen on first. There are many types that give you high protection, (look for ones with Helioplex) and that are made to wear user your makeup. I found that Neutrogena brand makes some great daily sun protections. My favorite one to use on myself and clients is ULTRA SHEER LIQUID. It’s a Helioplex SPF 55! This product is light weight, non-grease and layers invisibly under makeup. Sun damage can also occur on other areas then the face. Don’t forget to apply some to your chest, neck and hands. Even daily driving can cause sun damage to these areas. UVB & UVA rays can penetrated through glass, such as car and office windows. A good idea is to keep a travel size sunblock in your purse. Coppertone Sport is perfect! It’s water proof, sweat proof and have a broad spectrum coverage. Just apply to exposed areas after you apply your makeup and out you go. Reapply later in the day before you leave work and your covered on the drive home or while your finish your errands. Hope your summer days are long and your skins stays beautiful!


Spring is the time for change

Now that it’s getting warmer and we can start to wear clothes that don’t require layers. Let’s make spring the time for changing our look.
First, we need to wake up our winter selves. Second, let’s start with our hair. When you decide it’s time for a change start up top and pick styles that compliment your face structure. Most women fall into three categories; heart-shaped, round and long.
Heart-shaped ladies: choose a long bob with layers. If your hair is long this change will be drastic without making you feel like you just chopped everything off. Plus, the long layers will give you movement and create a more playful look. Inspiration: Victoria Beckham or Jennifer Lopez
Round shaped ladies: An asymmetrical cut will offset the roundness of your face. Round cuts, like a short bob will only create a more full faced look. So steer away from them. If you’re scared of full on cut, try an off-center part and heavy side-swept bangs. These small changes will keep the focus on the cheekbones; and that will minimize the fullness of the face. Inspiration: Cameron Diaz or Halle Berry
Long shaped ladies: Do not go for the middle part! This will only make the face look longer. To create a smaller forehead and chin try long bangs, long layers (both hitting around the cheekbone and lip areas) and a steep side part work best. If you’re a girl without bangs; a side swept look with create the same effect. Inspiration: Kim Kardashian or Beyoncé Knowles
*Bottom line is to have fun and be adventurous (well as much as you can). Stay tuned for more on Spring Time changes… next is makeup!

Small kit, big effect | Her Scene, Louisville’s Guide to Style and Fashion

Herscene.com: The style Buzz

Makeup artist, Whitney Kayrouz introduced us to one of the most compact, and cost effective brow kits we’ve ever seen. It’s The Milani Brow Fix Eye Brow powder kit. It comes with straight edged tweezers, slanted brow filler brush, brow bone sponge applicator, 3X magnifying mirror, brow bone highlighter and two tone-on-tone powders (light & dark) to fill and shape brows. They’re all in a convenient kit no bigger than your palm. It comes in light medium and dark shades and is less than $7! Look for it adrugstores including Walgreens and CVS.
–Dedra McDowell

The Buzz | Martha Stewart’s Kentucky Derby visit

Courier Journal
By staff writer
May 10, 2011 ET

Celebrity fashion stylist and photographer Merika Rock of M. Rock Style in Louisville (she did the hair and makeup of Kim Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, a couple of years ago) helped get Los Angeles Lakers scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin, ESPN Motorsports analyst Hollie Huggins and soap opera actress and “Terminator 3: Rise of Machines” star Alana Curry camera ready for their Derby festivities.
Rock and her team of stylists — Whitney Kayrouz and Celita Sacra — primped and pampered the trio with hair and makeup services at their Galt House Hotel & Suites rooms for the Julep Ball, Maxim Party and the Hot 100 Party. M. Rock Style also did makeup for the three women on Derby day.

Lip service

It is true that many women want to have sexy, fuller lips. Therefore, if you still want to apply lip liner in order to get plumper lips, make sure you always do this before applying the lipstick, and use a neutral one lip liner, or one that has the same tone, or even lighter than that of the lipstick you are applying. This way you will avoid a too big contrast that would only draw unwanted attention. Always apply your lip liner before applying your lipstick to give it great staying power, and never use a lip liner that is darker than your lipstick. For that ultimate supermodel look that will make guys fall to their knees, dab a touch of gloss in the center of your top lip. This will make your mouth look pouty and sexy.