A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with our reigning Miss USA (& first runner up at Miss Universe!), Nia Sanchez. We’ve been trying to shoot together ever since she was crowned but we struggled with finding ourselves in the same city at the same time. I’m so happy we finally made it happen as her year is coming to an end and she is an absolute doll. She will be crowning her successor on June 12th in Baton Rouge! I’m sure most of you have heard about the drama surrounding Donald Trump & NBC this year, it’s really disappointing watching everything unfold as Miss USA will no longer be televised live this year as its always been. Luckily, the show will go on! I am however impressed with NBC for standing their ground on this matter but again, it’s disappointing because their decision (and Univision’s decision) affects everyone that’s worked so hard this year: the delegates, state directors, sponsors, pageant fans – not only Trump. To the 2015 delegates, its an honor to compete on the national stage as you’ve all dreamt of, televised or not. The purpose of competing at Miss USA is not to be on TV but for the legacy and tradition, you should all be very proud of yourselves and this doesn’t change or taint anything. Donald Trump and his politics do not represent the beauty and diversity of the Miss Universe Organization. Miss USA has been running since 1952 and will continue even after Trump. Let me know your thoughts!… View Post
As much as I love the glam, on a day-to-day basis I’m a pretty simple girl and don’t do too much more than making sure my skin is clean and hydrated. As I’m getting further into my 20s and approaching 30, I’m realizing just how important skincare is. I’ve always been crazy about moisturizing but I wish I added a preventative regimen to my hydrating routine earlier in life; luckily it’s better late than never!
I have a super simple but highly requested tutorial up on my channel today – a breakdown of how I over-line my lips! For years I would just line my lips as usual and go a little outside of my natural lip-line. Lately, I’ve been starting above my top lip and working my way down; I call it drawing a little mustache. You’d think that the final result would look the same but I find that this is what works best for me to not only get a dramatic over-lined look but I also have more control over the shape of the final product and it always ends up looking prettier. I had the pleasure of shooting this video at Smashbox Studios; while i was there for the day they taught me how to create custom lip glosses and let me create my own personal color. I ended up with a muted purple / mauve type of color and they named it Irene’s Dusty Rose. Smashbox is doing a giveaway of my gloss and get this.. there will be 100 winners!!!! I’m talking, full sized, proper Smashbox packaging, delivered to your door! & with 100 chances to win, your odds of winning are amazing!! Subscribe to my blog HERE and it’ll take you to the giveaway page right after! Can’t wait to see you guys rocking my lippy, good luck!!
Today I collab’d with my friend Nabela, we each created our own Desi bridal makeup look.. her’s is more fresh faced and mine is heavy glam of courseeee! I had serious flashbacks of my wedding while i created this look today since it was pretty similar to my day :) Almost wish I could get married all over again! Enjoy!
I’ve been having a lot of fun with my makeup lately and have been trying to make it a point to step outside of my regular makeup looks. Not only have I been trying to change up the usual winged liner / matte brown lip look I always end up with but I’ve been trying (emphasis on the word trying) to change up the products that I use. I have a surplus of makeup but when I like something, I end up constantly reaching for it which causes me to neglect anything else i have – new or old. By forcing myself to use different things, my looks actually have been ended up visibly different! Usually I feel like no matter what I do or what I change, in photos It always looks the same but just my last 3 looks on IG alone I think created great variety! Okay, I’m babbling :) Today, I created a grungy wet look, let me know what you think!! Enjoy! xo