Beauty Confession

Forgive me blogosphere, for it’s been a while since my last beauty confession. 

Truth is, beauty blogging started as a fun creative outlet for me. A little easy escape from every day life, an excuse to try new products and share my thoughts, a way to connect with others, try new looks, and get better at something I enjoy. I’ve always loved makeup!

Lately though, I’ve found myself too “down in the dumps” to blog. 

Raging hurricanes, people losing their homes and possessions, the fact that people are homeless, the fact that there are children not just in the world but here in America who have no food, children who have no parents, parents who have no children, there are parents who can’t buy food for their families, let alone makeup, rioting, attacks, and the list goes on. 

On top of those serious issues and disasters going on in the world, there are issues within my own family regarding my parents, etc that I worry about, my amount of worry regarding that is so immense, it’s making my heart ache so deep and it makes my blogging not only harder to get to but also it makes it feel so seemingly small and meaningless. 

It’s heartbreaking, and it’s reality and it doesn’t seem like the time to blog about vain and luxurious things, even if they are meant to be light hearted and fun and helpful. 

I also don’t want my blogging to become a chore because it’s suppose to be about fun and creativeness and art. Sweet and fluffy like cotton candy. 

Part of me understands that people like makeup, and fun photos, and they like a fun little escape from everyday life, and it’s fun to share my thoughts with the world so I try to pick myself up and move forward, try a new look, post a pic, write something, interact. 

The other part of me though lately feels like a clown dancing on a narrow tightrope. Painted face, there’s nothing deep to say about Tarte or Mac or YSL. So, I decided to write this and apologize for being a little slow with my blogging. 

I’m not dissing people who are continuing blogging and videoing in the midst of what’s going on in the world and for a lot of people it’s how they make a living and they must go on. I’m just saying it’s hard for me to do so in the midst of this. I applaud all of the wonderful MUA’s, MUE’S, BLOGGERS, & VLOGGERS. It is a great community of talented and kind people. 

I’m saying a prayer for anyone out there going through a rough time and I’m giving my son, Joey an extra tight hug right now. He is the biggest bright spot on the cloudiest of days. I’m so thankful for him. 

Stay tuned. 

Maybe in the midst of re-touched photos, glam hair and makeup, and $100 palettes the beauty world could use a little dose of real interspersed. 
What you wear on your face is fun and can help your confidence etc but it doesn’t define you. It’s not what makes you who you are! 

First Instagram Collab

I recently hosted my first Instagram collab! 

Our theme was “otherworldly”.. As in other worldly creatures.

I was a mermaid and both of the other makeup artists in the collab chose to be villains! 
I had so much fun doing this collab and really love the Instagram makeup community. Hope you like our looks!
Check out the fabulous and ultra talented Jade and Julie on Instagram! 

@therealslimjadee_ & @julie_odsgaard

Julie was inspired by Cruella Deville! Such a great take. 

Oh my stars!! NARS!

My obsession with NARS highlighter is real! They are so creamy, so pigmented, so lustrous! I started out using the cream illuminator in Copacabana and let me tell you, it is the perfect, Strobe-worthy highlighter, if you have a light skin tone. 

I swore by Copacabana for forever and then one day while shopping at Sephora I came across New Order, a crazy pink highlighter with blue undertones and flecks of gold. I had to have it. Literally, I gasped upon the tester swatch. Unfortunately, due to error I walked out of Sephora with NARS Albatross shade instead and before returning It I decided to give it a swatch (even though at a glance it looked like every other highlighter to me.) 

Well, it wasn’t!! It was this gorgeous, creamy highlighter, with golden orange, champagne iridescence. Intense!! I could see it working on many, many skin tones.

Other similar toned highlighter I have are lackluster compared to Albatross so, I decided to keep it and also order New Order which I also love as kind of a blush contour more than a true highlighter. It highlights but doesn’t Strobe. It’s so much fun. Especially with a pop of color on the eyes. It’s also strangely great on the forehead. 

The packaging on the powder highlighter is nice and sleek, as well. Easy for travel, etc. They retail for $30.00 and are available at Sephora and NARS, to name a couple. 

So, go out and try a “NARS highlighting blush” or illuminator! I get so many compliments. I swear, they won’t disappoint. 

Rave Fairy!



A fun and easy Fairy look! I’ll be doing mythical creature looks a lot in the coming week. I call it my mythical creature week. Look for mermaids, unicorns and more! 
No false lashes or special glitters used, just what’s in my makeup bag. 
Holographic highlighters are key!! 
Thank you Kat Von D Alchemist and Tarte Make Believe in yourself! Also Urban Decay for the shimmer lips! 
Any mythical creatures you’d like to see me create? Wanna know exactly what products I used to create this look?
Leave me a comment! 

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick *review*

I made a mini Sephora haul yesterday and will be reviewing some of the products I picked up. I’m already so in love with some of them. Well, maybe all of them, actually. 

The first product I’ll be reviewing is a liquid lipstick I picked up by Kat Von D beauty in the shade “underage red”. I usually use ABH when it comes to liquid lipstick but this one by KVD popped out at me and I love some of her other products, so I decided to try. 

First off, it looked amazing and glided on perfectly. It’s a little stickier than ABH and has a much different consistency. Kind of oily or glossy going on. I believe that helped in creating less dryness though!

I wore this for the first time to an outdoor event. 99 degree weather and lots of drinks. I got home 5 hours later and it was still on and there was NO CRUMBLE, drying, or cracking!! I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t feel cakey at all. I’m Amazed!

It doesn’t have quite as much staying power as ABH, but it didn’t dry my lips out as much either. 

One thing I will say could be both a pro and a con is that it was pretty hard to get off at the end of the night. I looked like a clown after attempting to wash it off with water, it smeared everywhere, but my favorite lip scrub and some water on a wash cloth took it right off. It’s interesting though because it seems and feels like a pretty light liquid lipstick. 

One con: I did notice a little bit of wear on my lower lip at the end of the night. 

The shade I tried reminded me a bit of Mac’s famous, Ruby Woo. 

Underage Red is the perfect, classic, red shade. Doesn’t lean orange, does any lean pink. Super romantic. 

Overall, I’m impressed once again with Kat Von D’s products.

The packaging is sexy and romantic.

The products have fun, kitschy names.

The colors pop. 

Kat Von D’s Everlasting liquid lipstick retails for $20. 

You can find it in store or online at Sephora or on the Kat Von D beauty website. 

Treat your lips to this Lush treat! 

Lush chocolate lip scrub pictured with Telluride Truffle chapstick! Chocolate explosion. I love to follow with Burt’s bees mint chapstick for a refreshing chill, as well.

So, recently I purchased a bunch of easter products from Lush for a friend. I’ve never jumped on the Lush train myself, so while ordering I decided to grab a chocolate lip scrub to try. I’m now obsessed with this product! 

If you are addicted to liquid lipsticks like me, you must invest in a great lip scrub. It just gets all the dried up, excess liquid lipstick off at the end of the day and repairs your lips to their rightful, youthful sheen. I always follow with a good chapstick though, because it can dry your lips out a bit.

This product leaves your lips tasting great and feeling exfoliated and soft. Traces of tangerine oil underneath the chocolatey smell and taste make you feel like you just ate a tart! Just be sure not to scrub too hard, ouch!

Lush Is a very natural brand and this particular product is made with sugar, cocoa, different natural oils, etc. Their service was great and my package arrived so quickly. 

I use this almost every night and always after liquid lipstick has dried out and caked onto my lips. 

This product is vegan and retails for $9.95. 

There are lots of other fun scents/flavors to try as well, like popcorn, bubblegum and mint julep!

Treat your lips to this Lush treat! 

Beauty Q&A with Jade Alexandra

Child model turned mannequin, Jade Alexandra is an alluring force.


An angelic voice paired with young, edgy lyrics and a face that look as if she has a permanent snapchat filter on it makes for something as bright as Jades pink hair and strobed cheeks. 
Jade is a talented songstress, model, and makeup artist and makes a statement everywhere she goes.


I don’t just love Jade because she’s my sister, but because she is complex and fierce. That’s why I decided I needed to ask her all about her beauty regime, etc. 
Wild Swan: Jade, you are talented special fx makeup artist and one of my makeup muses. How did you get into it? Do you have any special fx secrets you can share?

Jade: well, I first started with body painting when I was younger and wanted to get tattoos all over my body… hence I started drawing tattoos on in pen and then opted for a less permanent option and started playing with body painting. As for the more gory stuff I do, that was me drawing from my secret infatuation with old horror films like The Wizard Of Gore mixed with my love of sci-fi films like Blade Runner and A Trip To The Moon.

Wild Swan: If you were stranded on a tour bus in the middle of nowhere and could only have two beauty products on board, what would they be? 

Jade: I think the first would be this coconut argan oil, because I don’t like moisturizers with a lot of chemicals or alcohol in them, I like to keep it natural so argan oil is perfect for me. Plus it smells like coconut so it doesn’t get better right?… The 2nd would be a toss up between bronzer or hot pink lipstick… 

Wild Swan: What’s one current fashion trend you can’t live with and one you can’t live without?

Jade: one thing I love is a classic highlighted to the gods kind of thing like #Blinding. So strobing I would say is what I couldn’t live without. A trend that I can’t seem to get with though is glitter roots… I just can’t feel it – to me it looks like dandruff no matter who wears it or what color hair you have… I just don’t like it. 

Wild Swan: If you could steal one celebs style who would it be and why?
Jade: Miley Cyrus Bangerz phase or Michael Jackson.  

Wild Swan: In 2 sentences how was it growing up in the entertainment business from a fashion and musical standpoint? 

Jade: I think from a fashion standpoint we got a great advantage because people the around us were very unique wether a musician wearing a purple velvet vest, a roadie wearing chains and a Aerosmith t shirt, or the women in the crowd wearing gypsy rock inspired outfits, we learned that you didn’t have to dress like everyone else. Seeing as much of the music/ music business as we have, you learn that everyone who plays music for a living must really love playing music and sharing it with the world, because nobody is in the music business because they love the music business.

Wild Swan: If you could walk in one fashion show who’s would it be?

Jade: well, my long time dream was to walk in the Victorias Secret fashion show with my sister Aja… plus come on pink haired sisters for a VS Pink… 

Wild Swan: What’s your one go to beauty look?

Jade: I say when in doubt, black glitter smokey eye, and of course I love a bold lip… I’m a sucker for hot pink… also I think a big smile always looks nice.

Wild Swan: What’s the secret to looking like a flawless Barbie doll complete with on fleek liner and how did you come up with the concept? 

Jade: I always say if you want flawless skin: drink your water and use your Argan oil… good skin starts on the inside. The trick to cracking the cat eye is practice. My first cat eye was far from #OnFleek.

The concept for The Alexandras was actually from hearing about the abandoned Prada store in Marfa TX… I just imagined going there and seeing all these broken mannequins with pink hair, wearing ripped Prada clothes…something about the thought of how mannequins have that sad expression, but they’re always dressed up and posed reminded me of myself. 

Wild Swan: What your favorite lyric from one of your songs? 

Jade: Hello little barbie doll take me to nirvana, fine champagne, birthday cake, and dreams.

best friends Dolce, Louis, and Prada. 

Hot and Sweet like syrup in your sheets. 

(From the song; Like Syrup)