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Naked Rose

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My #MOTD  <3  I was inspired to use the Naked 3 Rose Palette, and I just love how much these soft pinks and mauves blend to make me dream of spring time!  Who else is over this wintery rain and snow?  Put me in lace and soft pinks, this girl is ready for blooming flowers and feeling the sunshine…

I used Buzz and Dust across the eyelids first, then I used Nooner  to deepen the crease.  It’s always best to use a matte shade to shadow corners and the crease – shimmer and sparkle are meant to highlight and bring out! Matte shadows create the sultry effect to balance the sparkle.  Then I used Darkside and Blackheart from the Naked Palette to deepen the eyeliner area.  Blend blend! Lots of mascara 😉 and you’re good to go <3

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What’s in my Makeup Drawer?

Clients and friends ask me all the time what’s in my makeup drawer – what do YOU use? What do you like best?  I love answering these queries because I’m a huge makeup whore and yes, I’ve tried thousands of products by now, and I can tell you straight up, some things that are now staples in my makeup drawer.

#1 must have is my Benefit Porefessional Primer

– this stuff really does what it says.  Smoothing on a fine layer over moisturized skin makes any foundation or powder I use very flawless, obscuring my large pores, helping makeup stay in place ALL DAY.  Now you know how much I work. This stuff has to STAY.

I’d say #2 must have is my Tarte lash curler!

– opening up my eyes is MUST to keep me looking awake. I love this curler so much, it lasts for ages – a good 20 seconds on each eye and I’m lookin closer and closer to being a wide-eyed Bambi.

#3 is Urban Decay’s Intense Cream Eyeliner in PERVERSION. (blackest of black).

Isn’t that the best name ever?  hhaha  But it really does what it says, it’s very intense and will last all day, no smudging and does gorgeous job in the waterline to create those full on smokey lushes eyes.

Curious about a product? Ask it below and I’ll tell you how it worked – or didn’t work!  Boom baby!

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The Naked Smokey Palette – A Must Have or Not?

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Ever since Urban Decay took the makeup world by storm with it’s Naked Palettes (1, 2 and 3, and don’t forget Naked Flushed and Naked Basics), they have finally released the new Naked SMOKEY Palette that I finally got my brushes into.  HERE’S a nitty gritty picky review so you can decide if it’s worth it for you.  (Cool, I’m rhyming, we are off to a great start)

First off, maybe you’d ask, do we really NEED another Urban Decay Naked palette at all?  When Naked 1 came out, it was all the rave because of the easy layout, the great intermixable colors, coming in all sorts of neutral sparkly shades that worked on everyone! Then came along Naked 2 which was also a good range of universal colors, with a few more matte shades yay (which was a complaint for me in Naked 1) and then there was the Naked 3 which fell pretty flat.  Naked 3 was all about the rose gold tones, which look BEAUTIFUL and amazing in the palette, but I felt, honestly, were not very universal.  Some can look downright unattractive on the wrong skin tones, so Naked 3 was a bit of a bummer to me.

BUT NOW! THE NAKED SMOKEY PALETTE! I was super excited to see this one; to see if Urban Decay could give us a palette of amazing smokey eyeshadows, full of depth and be universally flattering once again.  And I was not disappointed.

These shades really are gorgeous – the sparkly lighter shades are from left to right (starting with HIGH – a shimmery champanage to SLANTED – a silvery pewter) and then a deep gray (DAGGER) for those blending moments into a deep rich matte black (BLACK MARKET).  They included a beautiful dark amethyst next (SMOLDER) and then a lighter matte purple gray (PASSWORD) to blend everything into.  See that’s what I love.  They are finally taking in our feedback when we say we want the sparkly color for richness, but then we also need the matte tones for blending.         (Nobody wants sparkles in the crease.  That’s waaaaay too 80’s.)

Then in the final crowning glory, instead of adding a few more random super sparkle shades like they did in Naked 1 and 3, they added 3 more PERFECT matte shades to help with all the blending of your smokey eye.  If you want a seductive brown smokey eye (especially great for us blondes!), you now have this perfect dark brown (WHISKEY) and combine it with the matte peachy brown (COMBUST).  I love to mix dark browns with my black smokey eyes also because it adds so much more depth and beauty.  And lastly they have your most important color of all, in my opinion – a matte cream color, to blend out your inner lids, highlight the brow bone and use it to fix those spots where you just got too excited about over-blending all these awesome dark colors on your lids.  Now you don’t look like a panda bear. You’re welcome.

So all in all, honestly, I know there’s a million smokey eye palettes out there, and I’m definitely one to know (don’t look in my makeup drawers) but this one really stands out from the crowd.  It’s price tag is a bit ouchy ($54 US dollars on but considering it actually does have everyone a girl wants, you really won’t need another palette again! The pigments are rich and not chalky (a complaint from the Naked Basics palette), the case it comes in is a hard case, my favorite one so far (who else hated those furry cases the earlier Nakeds came in? They got COVERED in makeup and you couldn’t CLEAN THEM OFF), and they have a great range of sparkly vs mattes so that you can really go all in.


Aimee J’Adore pick?  YES.

Worth the price?  Yes, but I sure wish they’d go on sale sometimes.

Pros – You’ll be the belle of the ball with your newly acquired ease of making that sexy smokey eye with these rich pigments and no chalkiness in sight.  The hard case is easy to use, the mirror is large for on the go, and it comes with one of their wonderful double sided brushes for ease of applying.

Cons – You’ll have to hide the receipt from your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/parents because they won’t understand and will be like, You spent how much on EYESHADOWS? Don’t you already have a whole drawer full? They just don’t understand….

Can you really tan in the shower?

St. Tropez Gradual Tan

Hey, want to get a tan while you’re showering?

When I first read about this new product by St. Tropez (the ultimate tanning peeps), I was completely skeptical. How could you get a tan, while you’re in the shower? Showering? WITH WATER? Wouldn’t that like, rinse it off? Aren’t you NOT SUPPOSED TO GET WET? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD! I DON’T UNDERSTAND!!

So as I’m sure you can imagine, I hightailed it to my nearest Sephora to go check it out myself. It’s called Gradual Tan “In Shower”, the in showering tanning lotion. Mkay…. (pursed lips…mmm hmmm. Really!)

I got home and read the directions – yadda yadda, get a natural looking tan, streak free, no orange, no bad smells. Okay. So you get in the shower, and wash your body, exfoliate with a good scrub like you would a regular spray tan or lotion tan. Directions then say turn off the water, and take a handful of the lotion – while you’re still wet – and rub it all over your body. Then you’re supposed to stand there for 3 minutes, then turn the shower back on, and rinse it off, and get out of the shower, and go about your happy-go-lucky day. It says to do this everyday in the shower until you’ve reached your desired level of tan-ness.

Okay simple enough! I hopped in, exfoliated, and got ready to apply. But then I realized something. I have to stand in the shower? Without the water on? For 3 MINUTES? I’m gonna get cold….I don’t know if you’re like me or not (maybe I’m just a cold blooded unicorn, right?) But I get cold very easily, and standing wet and cold in the shower, for even just 3 minutes, put a frown on my face. So what I did, is I just pushed the showerhead away from my body and left a little space in the shower where I could stand without getting wet, but also where I could easily watch the clock. This way the steam from the hot water at least would continue to warm me, and I wouldn’t have to endure 3 endless minutes of wet shivering. ( #firstworldproblems)

I will note as well, that the directions do say, DO NOT GO OVER 3 MINUTES. I don’t know if something really, really, bad will happen, like your skin will start to wrinkle or turn orange like a carrot, or that Justin Beiber might appear, rapping in your bathroom, but I followed the rules to a T just in case.

It was very easy to apply and with the creaminess of the lotion and the water still on the skin, it made it simple to see that you couldn’t give yourself streaks as long as you went over every inch of you. There was a slight tanning smell, but nothing really to give a pause about. I stood there, waiting for the clock to hit 3 minutes, counting my toes and re-rubbing my arms and legs to make sure I had applied it evenly enough. DING! we were done, and I rinsed off, and hopped out of the shower and toweled off.

I swore when I got out, that it looked like I was actually a little more tan. Say whaaaaat? It seems impossible to me that I could tan in 3 minutes, so I decided it must be my mind playing tricks on me. Every hour after that, I checked my skin, and to my surprise and delight, it actually was working! There WAS an actual tan glow that seemed to get a little darker as the evening went on. Tanning in the shower! Winning!

The next day, I did it again when I had my usual shower. Same thing, same everything as the day went on. I actually looked like I was getting more tan! This stuff actually works! MINDBLOWN.

I used it three days in a row, and by the third day I looked like I had a perfectly even, light brown tan. WHAT THE HELL! This is a miracle for us who hate having that sticky tanning lotion on for 8 hours, or 6 hours, or even my recent favorite the 1-2-3 hour express tans. I noticed a bit of a tanning smell by the third day that lingers a bit, but if that’s the only thing it has, I’d say this is the best tanning revolutionary product I’ve seen in ages. All in all, I’d say try it for yourself. Leave a comment below of your take on it. What did you think?

Aimee J’Adore Pick? YES

Worth the price? It was $25 (US Dollars), which is a bit spendy for how much and how often you use it, but weighing the pros and cons, it could be totally worth it to you.

Pros – No need to wait long hours for a tan to develop, easy application, you don’t need one of those weird mitts, no orange color, not much of a smell, only 3 minutes in the shower! Gradual, buildable light, natural golden color.

Cons – For us weaklings, 3 minutes in the shower can be difficult, but I figured out the method to tough it out. Price wise to how much you would use it, could get a bit spendy to keep up with your new tanning addiction. May not get as dark, dark tan as some girls need.

The link to check it out yourself at!

Hello World! 2

purple pink unicorn hair

This being the start to my blog – actually more of a continuation of one I started years ago and then….life and crap got in the way – I’m so excited to share with all of you the tons of tidbits I’ve got roaming around in my head.  Being 10 years in the hair and makeup industry now, I’ve come across a lot of rights and wrongs, and how there isn’t really a lot of the rights and wrongs but so much in between!  I want to share with you all the things I’ve figured out, all the ins and outs of unicorn haircolor and all those elusive tricks to get your makeup to turn you into Kate Moss-perfectly-contoured-strobed-you-name-it-beach-girl-cool.  I’ve taught classes, shared with fellow artists, gave shoutouts to my favorite products on YouTube, Keek (oh dear god don’t look THOSE up) and honestly my favorite thing was being able to share with an individual person, one on one, what brought out THEIR features, what made THEIR magical unicorn-ness shine bright. And THAT’S what I’m going to do for you.  If you come with me on this magical and (rather) snarky journey, I’m going to give you the personal, individual advice, help, and how to’s like a girlfriend would.  Because you know what? I’m tired of girls bringing eachother down. I want to lift them up. I want each of you to know that you all have your own unique beauty about you.  You have something to say to the world.  Whether you say it through your work, or your talents, through your hair or your makeup – YOU CAN SAY IT. And I’m here just to help you shout it out to the world, in any way I can. (naturally if you want to shout it through your hair or makeup or love of dogs #puppiesAreCrack  – or anything Swedish #yepMyBFisSwedishGOBLONDES, – I can REALLY help you there…)

I’ll also be throwing at you the latest color trends, new makeup product reviews (because who can BUY all that stuff just to try it??) and anything that’s going on that’s cool in the hair and makeup world so that you can bore your bf to tears with your magical beauty news around the globe.

Once I get better at video editing, my YouTube vids will be a lot more fun and exciting to watch. Right now it’s like teaching a 4 year old how to count to 3.  So for now, enjoy my rants and raves and let’s start making today a bit more magical. <3