Working On The Upper West Side On Saturday Afternoon



img_5201It  was a great work day for me today. Anytime I get a call from my clients to come to their home in New York to get them hair & makeup ready for their events it’s always a glam time. Plus, it was a beautiful day in New York that I could have stayed in the city all day.

My client Kristi is someone that I met on set a few years ago.  We hit it off instantly, she is such a fun girl and is very easy to work with.

Kristi is attending the EV 100 Gala at the Essex House. It’s a big event for the Estonian community and Kristi wanted to look like a princess so she called me to come to her home on the Upper East Side to do her hair and makeup. I find that I do more in-home services for makeup in New York then I do in Connecticut.

Grabbing a bite to eat at The Ribbon before heading up to Kristi. This is where I met my my friends Ken Pao & Fady. Ken is a photographer and Fady Malki is a hairstylist. Can’t wait to do some great work with them this spring/summer.


Hair Review On Frederic Fekkai’s New Product The One

Frederić Fekkai's The One.jpgAre you looking for a new hair products? Well, I think I found a luxury product for you. On Makeup & Martini’s Johnny selected a new hair line from the hair God, Frederic Fekkai called ‘The One’ for us to review. The NEW salon-perfected and science-supported range of luxury haircare products that harnesses the transformative power of the sea. Bad hair days will no longer exist with this line! Can we get an AMEN!

Watch the Hair Review on The One right here. At the end of the Hair Review Johnny will show you how he does his blowout using Fekkai, “The One” products, so keep watching. I must say Johnny’s hair has never looked so good!

Getting A Connecticut Mom Cabaret Ready

I started my morning by getting the fabulous Ridgefield Connecticut mom and cabaret singer makeup ready at her home for her performance. Wendy will be opening for Metro Star winner David Baida at the Metropolitan Room in New York. On Friday, April 28th she will be performing her highly acclaimed new solo show, New SCHERL In Town and I am so elated about doing her makeup again for this big night. I love being a part of her glam team seeing Wendy get all glamxurious, she really enjoys it. Some clients will tell me they want something natural with their makeup for an evening look but Wendy love a good beat face. So on Friday night I will make a few changes to the makeup look I gave her today because it’s her opening night. The other half of the glam team who did Wendy’s blowout was done by hairstylist Maghen Cook of MC Hair Designs in Ridgefield, CT.

If you love going to a good cabaret, the glitz and glamour with sultry music, make it a date night in come see The New SCHERL In Town on Friday night in New York. Here are the beauty products I used on Wendy minus the Ardell “demi wispies” lashes.

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

L’OREAL Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Pink Flamingo #180

L’OREAL Paris Infallible Pro Matte Powder in Porcelain #100

L’OREAL Paris Infallible Pro Matte Powder in Nude Beige #300

L’OREAL Paris Total Cover Foundation in Classic Ivory #301

Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder in Dune Bronze

NARS Kohliner 

 Rouge DIOR Brilliant in #999

STILA Custom Color Blush in Pink

Absolute New York Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in Red Hot

Flower Beauty Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette

Ridgefield Master Hair Stylist Shares Her Top 5 Dry Shampoos

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Do you ever get sick of the white residue some dry shampoos leave behind? Well, I do! Some have horrible scents and get all over your clothing.

In this industry preservation is key!  You want that blow out to last more than one day and you most certainly do not want your hair looking flat or oily.
I always get asked about my hair so I thought I’ll go straight to the source. Meet my hairstylist, Master Stylist & Owner Of MC Hair Designs. Maghen does a great job with my hair, I always joke that she gives me Victoria Secret hair.
I asked Maghen exactly what is a DRY SHAMPOO? Maghen explained that a Dry Shampoo’s is designed to help absorb your hair natural oils so that you can extend that style few more days without having to wash it.  They also deodorize and help maintain volume in the hair. I then asked Maghen to tell me her Top 5 Dry Shampoo’s, here’s what she shared with me.
Maghen Cook
Master Hairstylist Maghen Cook


Dry cleaning spray-removes odors and excess oils- spray evenly throughout hair holding the spray about 5 inches away from root then brush through.
As the bottle states, “Shake me, Spray me, Style me.”  This dry shampoo absorbs oils that weigh down your hair- leaves a matte look- spray in and brush
Clear mist VERY lightweight
Rather than using Talc Powder in their spray like most other dry shampoos, Unwash uses Volcanic Ash and has a light fruity scent to it that will not clash with any perfume you are wearing.
This is a Katie Holmes favorite as well as mine!  This dry shampoo has a stiffer feel to it for those woman who have a hard time keeping volume in their hair after the first day its blown out. I’m such a scent person I love how the Mango and Coconut smell in my clients hair.  If you want to keep the blowout I gave you three days ago this is a go to!

Tips To Keeping Your Blowout Lasting For A Week

  • Connecticut Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

Whenever I treat myself to fabulous hair I want it to last as long as possible. Recently I went to see my Master Hairstylist, Meghan Cook owner of MC Hair Designs in Ridgefield because I was being interviewed for a beauty article by Lifestyle Blogger Ilse Mc Donnell of Live Learn Luxe It. With a busy week of work and makeup classes I need my hair to last.

Because I use to travel a lot I’ve learned how to maintain my blowout while on the road. Once you get use to doing this regardless of your hair type you will feel like you got your money worth.

I always get asked about my hair so I’ll share with you the great hair tips that Meghan has given me.  It doesn’t matter that I have coarse hair, you will be able to maintain your locks by following these tips, I promise.

  1. I’m a hair flipper but during the week I have to keep my hands out of my hair because the grease/sweat in my hands will give me limp hair.
  2. My hair frizz very quick so Meghan always uses Kevin Murphy Smooth Again in my hair. If it’s a humid week ask your stylist to use a smoothing gel.
  3. If you must go to the gym that week make sure you bring with you a headband/ hair ring to keep the moisture out of your hair.
  4. Before going to bed I put my hair in a ponytail and lightly spray my hair with Oribe Texturizing Spray or L’OREAL Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray.
  5. I use a satin pillowcase to sleep on, I like SLIP to help from getting frizzy hair in the morning.
  6. By day 4 I use Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo to keep my hair looking and smelling fresh.
  7. By day 5 I still put my hair up in a ponytail but in the morning I use Dry Bar High Tops Self Grip Rollers.
  8. I always use Dry Bar Lemon Drop Daily Detangler to brush through my hair so that I don’t come out my curls. It’s also great on

Behind The Scenes At A New York Photo Shoot

The fabulous and gorgeous Founder and Executive Director Zulema Arroyo-Farley of Artz Cure Sarcoma was recently featured in Ocean Drive Puerto Rico magazine. The photo shoot was shot at her beautiful home on the Upper East Side in New York. Zulema is being featured because of her fight with sarcoma and how she work really hard at bringing awareness to sarcoma. Zulema and I met through a mutual friend Lifestyle Blogger Nashelly of Fabulatina. This superwoman Zulema not only is fighting sarcoma she’s also fighting lupus, so that’s how we bonded. I’m always so proud of Zulema, she just never stop, she goes hard everyday. So when she asked me to be a part of her glam team I was definitely honored. This photo shoot was so FAB, I took tons of pics & videos to share with you. If you have time check out her site because this beauty has a great story. 

My makeup goodies for today’s photo shoot

Hair Stylist Mia, Owner of Dry & Dash used Bellami hair from the KHALEESI collection

All of the beautiful clothes were from Zulema closet

That hair is GOOD!

Photographer Manuel Del Cruz


Always luv working on set with Mia she’s so talented

Zulema had unlimited champagne served on set for us

One of the many makeup looks of the day. Using my Absolute New York eye shadow palette on set


Oribe Gives Me Sexy Hair Everytime

Most of you know that makeup brings me happiness, but hair is another obsession for me. When I’m on set, at fashion shows & photo shoots in New York many of the talented hair stylists use Oribe. That’s how I fell in love with Oribe, their signature scent would fill the room like no other. The signature scent Cote d’Azur, will awakens you with hints of citrus-soaked Italian bergamot, pink lemons, white peach, cassis and muguet, balanced with Aomori apples and leafy greens. Cedarwood, white amber and musk lend their soft woody notes, while Cuba’s national flower, la mariposa blanca, creates a sensual and invigorating experience throughout the day.

Two of my New York ladies, my client Zulema Arroyo-Farley, Founder & Executive Director of Artz Cure Sarcoma & Founder/Hair Stylist of  Dry & Dash Mia Orzo luv Oribe hair products just as much as myself. Whenever we are on set together Oribe is always being used. Oribe is a luxury hair products that gives anyone who uses it GREAT HAIR! The genius (Daniel Kaner, Oribe Canales & Tev Finger) behind the brand really understand women. They understand how important hair is to us women. So I treated my hair to everything I was able to put in my hair. The Gold Lust Collection gives the hair so much brilliance and shine, see for yourself.  To me, if you treat your hair to a great piece of jewelry, shoes, & handbag but not luxury hair products then your not complete.

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