Ditch Your Makeup Primer Now!

Do you use a primer under your foundation?

Why? Is it because you read it in a magazine or someone told you that you needed it the last time you took a trip to Sephora? Well, I’m going to tell you that you can ditch the makeup primer in your makeup bag!! (Gasp!)

Primers are just another gimmicky makeup product that companies make to sell to you. They advertise it as “Your makeup will last all day” when in reality, it doesn’t. If you don’t believe me, try not using it for a couple of days and see the difference.

Did you know that 99% of pro makeup artists don’t use face primers unless they work on someone with texture issues? Even then, it’s only spot treated and not applied to the whole entire face. So, if we aren’t using primers under foundation then what ARE we using?!?

Proper skin prep with good skin care products!! Say Whaaat?!??

Sonia Roselli’s skin care line

Sonia Roselli’s skin care line

Sex-A-Peel Exfoliator

Sex-A-Peel Exfoliator


The removal of dead skin. Think of this as old, cracked, peeling paint. You need to remove the old paint so you can see the wall before you start painting it a different colour. Same with makeup. You need to remove the old, dead flaky skin so you have a clean smooth surface to apply your makeup on. This exfoliator can be used from face to toe!

Water Elixir

Water Elixir


These have beneficial active ingredients for the skin such as peptides, ceramides, vitamins, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, squalane, etc. Since the molecules are smaller, it tends to go deeper into the layers of the skin. If your skin is dehydrated and you apply your foundation, your skin will be sucking up the water that's in the foundation leaving your skin all patchy.

Water Oil

Water Oil


Lube for your skin! Yup, some faces need a little extra help. Facial oils help keep moisture in the skin for super dry, neglected skin. It can also HELP with oily skin. Yes, putting an oil on oily skin will help your skin not become oily! (another Gasp!) Why you ask?? You could be stripping away the natural oils on your skin, making your skin freak out, and causing your skin to overproduce oil.




A product that everyone knows and uses. There are many types of moisturizes out on the market for your specific skin type. If you’re really lazy and don’t want to use any elixirs, serums or oils, I suggest you find a good quality moisturizer for your skin type. If you have combination skin, such as T-zone oily and dry everywhere else, you’ll need to buy a moisturizer for oily skin to use it on your T-zone and a hydrating moisturizer for your dry areas.


If you are using a good quality foundation, not a drug store brand, the ingredients are better so there's already a built-in primer!

Makeup Foundations

Makeup Foundations

So, now that you know your primer in your makeup bag isn’t doing what it says it’s doing. Would you consider ditching it and embracing a good skin care routine?

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What happens in Vegas... Gets Published!!!!

Three months ago I took a trip to Sin City, Las Vegas, to collaborate on a super fun, colourful styled photo shoot with a group of wedding vendors all flying down from Seattle. This was defintely my "adult" trip as we stayed off the strip in an AirBnB and bought GROCERIES!!! Seriously! I didn't stay out all night in my 4inch heels and make a pit stop before heading back to the hotel for a sandwich at Earl of Sandwich either. #Adulting 

Today, it's been PUBLISHED in 100 Layer Cake an online wedding blog. Check it out HERE.

It was a long 72hours but with an amazing team we managed to capture the essence of the famous Vegas elopement. I went with a smokey eye makeup and bolder lip colour to compliment the Las Vegas surroundings since it was an elopement style wedding. Anything traditional was out the door! 

Day 1 was at Fun City Motel, catching golden hour, when sunlight turns magical, or as Urban Dictionary describes it as "The time between 5:30-6:00 eastern time when lightskins take bomb as f*ck pictures" (Thank you for the definition) The photos defintely were bomb as f*ck pictures! 


Day 2 was a very, very early start (4:30am) as we needed to get to Seven Magic Mountains before we start sweating in the desert heat. And before it gets too busy from other tourists to shoot. If you haven't been to Seven Magic Mountains, I highly suggest you check it out, it's only 30min south of the Las Vegas strip. 

After the day is done we CELEBRATE!! Making our way to the Vegas strip to go eat at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Hotel for their famous Steak Frites and of course, we must have wine. This was by far the most fun, most intense work trip I've been on and I can't wait to do it all over again in October with these Fab 4!!

Carley, Shyn, Amber H, Amber M, (random guy photo bombing us), and ME   

Carley, Shyn, Amber H, Amber M, (random guy photo bombing us), and ME



Photography: Carley Jayne Photography  

Event Planning and Design: Rock & Stone Weddings

MakeUp: LiSun Goh

Hair: Pacific Brides

Cake: Sift & Gather  

Dress: Daughters of Simone

Groom’s attire: ASOS

Florals: Elite Floral Events

Stationery: Love Fern Design

Signage: Bespoke Tacoma (instagram) @bespoke.tacoma

Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals

What IS a YUMI™ Lash Lift?!???

Summer is just around the corner (finally!) in the Pacific Northwest and that means, boating, camping, hiking and basically not wearing a ton of makeup. If you're anything like me, I only wear tinted moisturizer, blush, curl my eyelashes and apply at least two coasts of mascara.... oh, and not to forget, I HAVE to fill in my eyebrows otherwise I look like an alien! 

I've tried eyelash extensions and I love how they look for the first week.... then I literally start to pull them off! I know, I know, I'm not suppose to pull them off, but I get annoyed at them. I'm a stomach sleeper, eye-rubber, and I love to stick my face under the hot shower, all of which are a huge No-No when you get eyelash extensions. Not to mention, you have to get them filled every few weeks, otherwise they start to look a bit spidery. I never made it that far along because I pulled it all out of my eyes! 

Then I tried the YUMI™ Eyelash Lift and Tint. Oh My Goodness... it's AH-MAZING!!! I loved how it looked on my eyelashes that I thought to myself “I must learn how to do this so I can have EVERYONE feel the same way I feel about my eyelashes as I do now”   I'm proud to say I'm a certified YUMI™ Eyelash Lift Technician! 

What IS a YUMI™ Lash Lift and Tint you ask?

It's an enhancement of your natural eyelashes without the use of harsh chemicals, formaldehyde or parabens. Seriously, who wants that near your eyeballs?? The best part is that it will last 8-12 WEEKS, the natural cycle of your eyelashes. For me, I loved how I can wash and rub my eyes, sleep on my stomach and my eyelashes looked like I had curled and used mascara on them. Instant eye lift without doing anything!! 

YUMI™ Lashes supplies to make some magic on your eyelashes

YUMI™ Lashes supplies to make some magic on your eyelashes

How does it work?

I glue your eyelashes onto a silicon pad, each customized for your own eyelashes.  They get sculpted and separated at the root, making sure each eyelash is straight and not clumped together. This part gets a bit science-y; a series of patent technology cream products gets applied on your eyelashes and does its magic. It targets the keratin in your eyelash hairs so it can be manipulated and stays like that. Side note- because of this process some people are calling it a Keratin Lash Lift.  After I wipe off the magic cream, I use the YUMI™ brand of tints and tint your eyelashes, giving it a mascara-like look. Once I clean up your eyelashes, I give it a sweep of nourishing mascara and give you the mirror.  Every single one of my clients first words are "Wow!" or "Oh my God!" and they stare in disbelief that what they are seeing are their OWN eyelashes. With those types of reactions from my clients (and myself) when first looked in the mirror, wouldn't you want to try it for yourself??

Before and After the YUMI™ Lash Lift and Tint

Before and After the YUMI™ Lash Lift and Tint

Yes, there are other eyelash lift brands out on the market but I personally chose to train with the YUMI™ brand because it is the first company to create and patent this technology in 2008. That's almost 10years ago!!!!! The YUMI™ brand is proven to last a couple weeks longer based on my instructor's first hand experience AND what other brands are advertising (4-6 weeks). It's kinda like buying a Channel purse vs a knock off on the street markets in Asia. It looks and feels the same, but eventually, it will start of fall apart. Trust me, I've bought my share of knock off purses!  

If you are interested in the YUMI™ eyelash lift and tint or want to know more about where I got trained, please email me at -  You can also check out more before and after photos here:

If you have had your own experiences with the lash lift, leave a comment below, I'd love to hear from you :)