6 Makeup Tricks from a Pro


I had the chance to meet up with pro makeup artist Emilia of The Artful Eye and she gave me some really sweet tips that I had to share with you guys. Here they are straight from the guru herself: 

  1. Primer is a must have! It really makes your makeup stay put all day, especially right now during these hot summer days. My favorite one is Hourglass Veil Mineral primer. It smooths out pores. It also gives your skin a nice glow, even with a matte foundation.
  2. A great hack for getting a little more life out of mascara that's drying out: Dampen the applicator brush with water by running it under the faucet in one swift motion (do not soak the brush) and put it back inside, going in and out a few times, and that will loosen up the product. 
  3. Some concealers tend to be dry. To soften and make it more manageable, I like to apply the concealer directly to my face and then place a drop of my liquid foundation on a brush, and blend right on my skin. A beauty blender works great too.
  4. Foundation can sometimes feel too heavy during summer months.  For a lighter, more dewey look, use the top of your hand as your palette and apply your stick foundation directly on your hand. Add a drop or two of primer or moisturizer, blend and apply to your face with a brush. Add a little blush or bronzer and you're set!
  5. To perfect a cat eye, always remember to tightline, which is to apply a black liner on the inside rim of your upper eyelid. Try it and you'll see what a difference it makes!
  6. A quick and easy fix for those mascara or liquid eyeliner mess ups: Using a q-tip with a drop of primer, you can erase away any mistake. This trick will not remove your foundation like eye makeup remover does.

I'm so happy that I got to learn all these helpful makeup tips from Emi and I hope you guys are able to take away as much as I did! For more you can check out her website  and follow her on Instagram!

DIY Lip Scrub


A good lip scrub has become an essential element of my beauty routine and makes all the difference! There are a ton of awesome packaged ones out there, some of which I've put at the end of the post for you to check out, but for those of you who want to make your own keep reading! This DIY is so simple and you likely already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen! 


What you'll need:
- 2 teaspoons honey (Antiseptic with healing properties. Better to use raw honey if you have!)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (Nourishing moisturizer with antioxidants.)
- 3 tablespoons sugar (Exfoliator. I used cane sugar, but it's totally up to you, depending on what you have on hand and how gentle or heavily exfoliating you want the scrub to be)
- Small drop of vanilla extract (optional)
- Dash of lemon juice (optional)
- A teaspoon of olive oil (optional)

  1. Blend the coconut oil and honey well until smooth.
  2. If you want a sweeter flavor, add a tiny drop of vanilla extract and blend in. At this point you can also add in a dash of lemon juice if you like as a brightener. (I would avoid adding lemon in the summer time as it acts as a sort of natural bleach when exposed to the sun.)
  3. Mix in the sugar until evenly distributed throughout the mix.
  4. For a silkier scrub, add in a few drops of olive oil
  5. Transfer the scrub to a small glass jar of your choice
  6. Make sure to label with the date. The scrub should keep well for about 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

To use: take a little bit of the scrub with your clean finger and rub it over your lips in a circular motion. No worries if you happen to get a bit in your mouth, it is natural (and also tastes ridiculously good :) Remove with a warm washcloth and your lips are perfectly prepped for a natural look or for your favorite lip color!

Tip: If you've got extra scrub or want to make some more, you can definitely use this as a face and body scrub as well. You will absolutely love it.

Not a DIYer? No worries! Here are some of my favorite store-bought scrubs for you to try out:

Chanel Backstage Beauty Lounge

This past Sunday I went to the CHANEL backstage beauty lounge at Bar Marmont and had such a fun time! I really loved what they did to promote their new lipshine and nail color. There was a room where guests had their nails done by manicurists from Olive & June and then strutted their fingers over to the mani cam which would took beautifully lit photos of their freshly polished hands. Upstairs was another room with a photo booth and lip consultation, where an artist advised on what lip colors best compliment your skin tone. Lastly, the bar itself was decorated with neon branded signs and stocked with Champagne and other liquors, shelved up next to big, gorgeous Chanel perfume bottles. Guests got to take home fun posters, temporary tattoos and pins along with their manis and photos. It was a great day!

Favorite Florals

Spring is right around the corner and I'm starting to get my closet ready! Below are some florals that I totally fell in love with and I thought I would share with you. What are you doing to get ready for the new season? Do you have any spring favorites? Share in the comments below! I would love to check them all out.

Mel Ronnie Florals Collage