Live A More Luxurious Lifestyle!!

So many exciting things are happening for women.
We are in an era of self-empowerment like never before.
2018 is all about the women!!
Finding ourselves, finding our voice, finding our purpose.

All good, and long overdo.

But we are so busy working on our businesses and finding our inner strength and voice, what about pampering and spoiling ourselves a bit?

I still think that women don’t do enough for themselves.

Especially older women.

As I get older I realize the importance of putting myself first and that I matter!!

As women, we tend to care about the needs of others and forget about ourselves.

And if we are women that have experienced lose or depression from widowhood, divorce, or being an empty nester…we are even more prone to not do for ourselves, heck sometimes we don’t even want to get out of bed and shower, or eat, much less think about doing it with some style and luxury.

As a widow myself I too went through this.
Who cares? What do I have to get out of bed for? Who cares if I shower?
…and a bowl of Fruit Loops for dinner was pushing myself.

I’m a work in progress myself and trying to do, be and have better.
Trying to put myself first and show myself I MATTER!!!

Its hard-many times and I have to talk to my inner self and step out of my comfort zone a lot.  

I also realize more now as I get older that so much ‘stuff’ doesn’t matter to me as it once did when I was younger and much more self-centered and vain, which I suppose you’re supposed to be a little when you are younger.

The truth is though…we all have way too much ‘stuff’!!!

If we took a moment to realize it isn’t how much ‘stuff’ we have but more so the quality of what we have that matters most.

Yes, budget matters, and I'm not talking getting into credit card debt.
Been there. Done that! 
Many of us are working girls with rent to pay, and car insurance and monthly bills, we try to stretch our dollars each month. Me included.

And luxury and indulgence are different for everyone.
What it means to me might not mean the same to you.

But it is about what the French woman has known for decades..quality over quantity, buy what you can afford but splurge once awhile, and embrace, cherish, appreciate and value what you have, not just try to have 'more'!!

To me, it is more important to have two very luxurious, plush and expensive 5-star hotel bath towels, than to have five bath towels from Target.
Hey, I live by myself and when you get out of the shower you are clean anyway, so one great, thick, luxurious bath towel will last me the week while the other is in the wash…how many do I really need?
But every time I step out of the shower onto a thick, plush Turkish bath mat and wrap a big, thick luxurious bath sheet around me…it makes me feel like a movie star…and what’s wrong with that?

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Or how about 2 sets of luxurious, good quality bed sheets.
You deserve to sleep the way Old Hollywood starlets did…not on 300 thread count darling!!

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Be thoughtful about the clothes you wear.
Why wear something that you don’t truly love?
You must know what colors look the BEST on you.
Pay attention to what enhances your beauty and what detracts from it and get rid of the rest.

Every 10 years we should reevaluate our look.
Certainly what you wore in your 20s and 30s would not be appropriate in your 40’s and 50’s.
As we age we grow more sophisticated, our clothes should reflect this.
Think of how you want to present yourself to the world and buy ‘quality’ …whatever you can afford…over quantity.
Class and elegance darlings...even in casual wear.
And it's fabulous that you do treat yourself to an expensive handbag or designer shoes...Yay!! But then wear them and don't only bring them out for 'certain' occasions.

Dress up to honor yourself even if not a special occasion.
Looking presentable always is simply a matter of respect for yourself.

Celebrate your femininity!!
You don’t need to do it for anyone other than yourself.

Perhaps when you dress up you feel as though you are drawing attention to yourself.
You feel self-conscious as though people are judging you for dressing up during the day.
You don’t want to be noticed.
You want to just fly under the radar.
You don’t want to cause a stir.
I have felt ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!
So typical of how we as women are made to feel…and usually by ‘other’ women!!

What’s the point if I’m a widow or a divorcee?
No one around to see, right?
WRONG!!

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Embrace your femininity.
Don’t wear your granny panties and holy socks. Throw them away. 
Wear a matching bra and panty set.
It doesn’t have to be a skimpy bikini style, but pretty and feminine.
Doesn’t matter if no one else sees them.
YOU WILL KNOW… and that is enough.
YOU ARE ENOUGH reason to wear pretty and nice things.

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Wear your nice lingerie and spritz yourself with your favorite perfume…stop saving them for ‘special’ occasions. YOU are special enough.

My mother never wore her good perfume except only on a very special occasion.
So WRONG!!!

Every morning when I get up I put on some pretty perfume even if I’m never leaving the house.

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My mother would by nice designer bathrobes and slippers…and then not wear them, they would sit in her closet…waiting…waiting…. waiting FOR WHAT????

Sometimes the lessons we learn from our mothers are not just what our mothers did…but from what our mothers did not do.
Don’t make the same mistakes our past older generations made.

Add some Glamour and Luxury darling???

Practice the art of living well every day, even when you are alone.
Doing so allows you to develop a taste for fine living.

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Beautiful surroundings make you want to rise to the occasion.
You can find lots of nice inexpensive things in Home Goods…my new obsession…but occasionally splurge on something extravigant, expensive and decadent, that you cant live without and makes you feel sooooo good!!

De-clutter and practice Minimalism.
Clear out and de-clutter your home and keep only the best and prettiest things you have.
Be surrounded only by the best you can afford and keep it clean and organized!!!
And throw away the ugly wire hangers and get all matching pretty hangers
….how many of you just had a quick picture of Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest!!!.....yup…no wire hangers darlings!!!

Elevate mealtimes by using your best dishes, glasses, napkins and tablecloths.

Always use your best. You are special enough. It makes every day special and luxurious.

‘Saving the best for later.’…well darling, sometimes ‘later’ doesn’t come.

An ordinary cup of tea becomes a rich treat when you drink it in a pretty piece of china.

Use cloth instead of paper napkins at your meals.

Light a candle at dinner for instant ambiance.

Surround yourself with yummy smelling quality candles, and leave the cheap synthetic smells behind.

Frilly, feminine pillows...again, Home Goods...trust me, I know!!

A Snickers bar?? I dont think so, honey I'm eating decadent chocolates!!!
Two pieces of Godiva is better for your moral, mindset, and waistline!!

Drink your water out of a lovely wineglass...maybe splurge an make it 'crystal'!!

And exactly WHY are we saving the champagne for a ‘special’ occasion?

Who the hell is in charge of telling us what is and what isn’t a special occasion??
Are there champagne Gods that are frowning upon us if we drink some just ‘cause its Monday?? Hell no...Cheers darling!!!

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One way to add instant luxury to any room is to bring in some fresh flowers in a beautiful vase
A single fresh flower in a vase by your bed
Can’t afford fresh?  Go to Home Goods…they have very inexpensive faux flowers that look real.

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Instead of 20 cheap pens all over the place in your drawer buy one exquisite pen that you love to write with in your journal.
And speaking of journals…a beautiful journal that you use that one pen to write in.

Invest in a real piece of artwork, sculpture, or painting  that you absolutely love for your home or office.

Invest in yourself!!

Put yourself first!!

Treat yourself to these little luxuries.

Money aside, you owe it to yourself to be and look and feel the best you can be.

You will be amazed at how attractive and special they make you feel.

Oh, and one last thing darlings....wear the Pearls!!! ;)

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You Know My Name, Not My Story!!

We all have our 'story'.

I share my story in hopes that it will inspire someone to make a change or not feel shame of theirs.

Growing up I didn’t have a lot of confidence or belief in myself.
I was a quiet and shy little girl, the youngest of three, and always played alone or preferred the company of my mother.
I always felt protective of my mom and was perfectly happy to be hanging out shopping, cooking, cleaning, or my favorite… watching the Old Hollywood movies with her.

My mom had her own low self-esteem issues so was not a strong role model for a young girl, and my dad was never involved with his kids.
He was a hard worker and provided us a great middle-class lifestyle but was not emotionally connected to his children, and in a household that had many arguments between my parents over finance issues and my dad not being home enough to spend time with his children…I often felt uneasy and insecure, and saw my father as the man that 'made mommy cry'.

I always desperately wanted to be daddy’s girl, in fact would spend my entire adult life needing my father’s approval and attention but usually felt unseen and invisible, and never making him proud.
In my late teens I made effort to better understand and get close to my dad.
I KNOW my father loved me, and wanted the best for me, but he was never involved, never truly knew who I was or what my dreams were.
I desperately wanted my father to show an interest in me.
And I desperately wanted to know my father and connect with him.
I don’t ever remember hearing my father say to me the words…
”I love you” or “I’m proud of you”.
Even when I put my life and business on hold to be caregiver in his last year of life, and was by his bedside as he passed last year, I still never heard him say he was proud of me.

I have always been fascinated with beauty, glamour and makeup growing up and couldn’t get enough of my Glamour and Vogue magazines and would get lost in them each month.

I had big dreams about being my own boss one day and somehow being in the beauty industry.

I had gotten my cosmeticians license after high school and freelanced several years for Lauder and Lancôme.

Still shy and introverted, however, I was on my way.

But life has a way of taking you down another road...and taking you the long way around.
I left cosmetics for a bit and worked in corporate front reception/admin work for several years, and here is where the story detours.

At 26 I fell in love.
Like seriously ...hooked.
Yes, the old 'cliche' about getting hit with the lightening bold does exist because I felt it curse through my body on just the third day of knowing my Michael.
Very early on I felt in my soul I was spiritually connected to this man... a good man, a kind man, a charming and funny man with warm, Italian brown eyes...but with a cocaine dependency... and found out AFTER I left my family, friends, and job behind to go from Queens, NY to New Jersey and move in with him.

My story has a lot to it, but the short version is one of drugs, dysfunction, denial, dependency, depression, disappointment, despair and a whole bunch of other words that start with the letter 'd'.

Many wouldn’t understand. I didn’t at first either. I had dated since I was 16 and for 10 years prior to meeting my husband never would let myself be manipulated, disrespected or put myself in any negative situation. Although a shy, unsure girl…I did have some self-respect!!!

It took many years of soul searching to figure it out why I got in this situation and why I stayed so long.
But I couldn’t leave.
I couldn’t abandon him and every time I thought I could and should, it felt like leaving a lost abandoned puppy on the street…I just couldn’t do it.
I'm extremely loyal by nature, and part of my personality craves connection and when I feel connected and bonded with another person I am connected and bonded for life.
I’ve never felt more comfortable and connected to another human being ever …before…or since…then with my Michael.

Looking back on it all, I now understand he was meant to come into my life to be part of my journey and my growth.

I truly thought in the beginning of the relationship that God had brought us together… this was my purpose in this world.
Love will conquer all, right?

I tried my best to help him and then tried my best to leave him...I was unsuccessful at doing either.

And when I couldn’t help him, and I couldn’t leave him.... I joined him.

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I did a great job of hiding my secret…. that I regularly free-based cocaine for 18 out of the 28 years Michael was in my life.

How the hell did this happen?

I was always into health and nutrition and lived a healthy lifestyle.
I would drink socially when I went out on dates, and aside from the one time trying acid at a Grateful Dead concert or smoking some pot in my teens, I was pretty much a square and not into drugs at all.

Do drugs??? That would never be me!!!

But drugs are a great distractor.

It is a great way to not have to grow up or face life or go into the world.
There was a hole inside of me.
A hole that had been there since childhood of wanting to belong and connect with a male figure I guess.
To feel safe, loved and paid attention too.
There was a hole that said I wasn't good enough and had nothing to offer to the world.

It was never about the drugs for me.
It was about not wanting to leave Michael.
I felt safe, loved, paid attention to and so connected to this man…and in some sad, warped way drugs was how I bonded and connected with him.

He wasn’t all bad…. he had a great heart and loved animals like I did.
He was personable, kind, and funny.

He was my best friend, my only friend really.

We were buddies, partners in crime, soul mates, and I always felt safe around him.

We did everything together …and not just drugs.

We had many happy times and moments together and did many ‘normal’ activities that were not drug related.
My Michael was so much more than just someone with a cocaine dependency, and there wasn’t a person who met him that didn’t instantly like him and think he was a nice guy.

But still no one disappointed me or let me down more than Michael.
My happiest moments in my life were with Michael, and my unhappiest moments in my life were with Michael.

It did not look like it to most....but I was lost.
I showed up for work, was reliable....but all I cared about was being back home and the safety and security that was being with Michael.
(a similar pattern as a child always wanting and needing to be with my mom).

After a while I’d been brought to my knees.

I had many years of hopelessness and trying to pick myself up, to find the courage and strength to leave.

One step forward, two steps backward. 
There was so much isolation, self- doubt, and not feeling like I belonged anywhere or was good enough.
I had no value or self-worth.
I felt like a loser and carried myself like one.
I knew deep in my heart and soul I was in trouble but didn't know how to get out of this place.

I suffered from anxiety and was afraid to go out into the world and was completely isolated.... by my own doing.

I started to spiral down into deep depression.

I don’t know what happened, I had dreams and aspirations like everyone else.
I was educated and came from a good family and upbringing.
I felt I had a mission and purpose in life but couldn’t figure it out and  completely put my life on hold and paralyzed myself.

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Many nights I would still be up at 4:00 -5:00 in the morning and would watch a repeated infomercial of a makeup artist named Alexis Vogel, who was and still is Pamela Anderson's makeup artist.
I wished I could do makeup like that…. glamorous…. so glamorous.
I loved it. I was hooked. But felt hopeless to make it happen.

I wanted to do for women what she did…transform them and make them feel so good about themselves.
She became my idol then and still is to this day my favorite makeup artist.

I knew Michael was addicted to cocaine…but it took me a while to realize I was addicted to Michael, and it took me an even longer time to finally pick myself up and say I wanted a different life and I can’t save him, I can only now try to save myself.

When I turned 46 I reached a point of absolute panic when faced with the reality of getting older and losing my youth.
Realizing I spent 20 years mindlessly doing nothing with my life and reached close to a near nervous breakdown of feeling paralyzed as to wanting change and a new life but what are the first steps and how to go about it?

I wasn't doing coke anymore, but it still took another year to move forward.
It was the hardest thing I ever had to do...leave my friend and tear myself away from a codependent relationship.

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At 47 I did finally pick my sad, broken and depressed self up off the floor and realized I had two missions in what was left of my life. 

1:  To help women feel empowered, beautiful, confident, and believe in themselves.

2: To help abused and abandoned animals that are voiceless and alone.

It wasn’t easy to pick myself up and leave...with only $6,000 to my name, and half of that went to first months rent and security....probably the hardest thing I ever did.

It wasn't easy to start a business with no business or marketing background...or money.

I was still isolated, still suffered from self-doubt and anxiety and had no outside help from other female entrepreneurs. I didn't even know any.
I still had no friends...other than Michael.

I started just as the economy tanked in 2008, going three long years desperately looking for even a part time job, being turned away for being either over or under qualified, while trying to get my business up and running.
I lived off my credit cards and got into some serious credit card debt.
I learned and grew from making very costly mistakes and trying again and again. 

One step forward, two steps backward… but I kept picking myself up and moved forward.
I took a leap of faith and grew my wings on the way down.


My ‘story’ isn’t all gloom and doom though as I’m not that person and that’s not my life anymore.

I have a new ‘story’.
I am proud of what I’ve come through and what I have accomplished.

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Today, I am a glamour and bridal makeup artist, and educator, and the proud owner of DeeVa Beauty, a mobile makeup service in NJ.
Today, I now give to woman what I always dreamt about when watching those Alexis Vogel infomercials at 4:00 in the morning.
Glamour and Confidence!!!!

And when I started my business 12 years ago I wanted to figure out a way I could do what I like and enjoy and make a living at, but to also figure out a way I could help the animals, which is a HUGE passion of mine, so from day one I made a promise to ‘give back’ with a portion of every paid makeup service I do and donate to various animal charities.

Sometimes God gives people a passion to speak up for others who can’t speak up for themselves: the persecuted, the imprisoned, the mistreated, the disadvantaged and those who are denied justice. 

Sometimes that passion comes from personally experiencing some tragedy or obstacle in your life such as abuse, addiction, depression, disease, or some other difficulty.

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It's hard to understand while you are going through the challenges or pain that usually the worst things that happen to us in life lead us to the best things that will ever happen to us and lead us to our true mission and passion.

I feel deep empathy and compassion towards animals …all animals and I know it is because of my ‘story’…my loneliness, my feeling of helplessness and isolation.

And every unloved animal has a ‘story’ of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

Their eyes tell a story of pain, loneliness, and a desire to be loved.

Love is the recognition of yourself in another.

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When my best friend died after 28 years together in 2012 from health issues, it was my two rescued poodles, Deeva and Lily, that saved me and got me thru it.

I was devastated, shocked, lost and lonely when I lost my husband and friend, and they gave me a reason to get out of bed every day.

They were my life.... still are.

Animals will save you…and in return we must save ‘them’!!

Though I know better now, at the time I thought I was the only one in the world that had a story like mine and I needed to hide and never speak of it or share it.

I was ashamed of it.

But the truth is that I am who I am today because of it.

My character, my integrity, my loyalty.

Perhaps because I’ve been disappointed and let down so many times I’m now the most reliable and dependable person I know. I hate to disappoint or let down anyone.

I have experienced sadness, depression, lose and loneliness, and if I cannot make these experiences meaningful, then no new experiences will help me.

I understand now that everyone has a ‘story’.

I want to use mine to help and heal.

Motivate and make a difference.

Inspire and bring hope.

Today I am 60 years young, a little less shy, much wiser, more confident, and as of this writing, 16 years free from ‘that’ lifestyle.

I have finally found my voice and want to use it to help other women find theirs.
I want to help the widowed, the divorced, the empty nester, any woman that feels invisible, helpless, frozen in fear but wants to move forward...wants another shot at life.

Use your story darlings.
Find your voice.
Find your purpose.
Don't Give Up!!

Thank you for listening.

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Makeup Artist Finds Calling in Giving Women Confidence & Funding Animal Rescue http://huff.to/2mZHwiL

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LimeLife by Alcone!! Organic, Cruelty-Free and Made in the USA!!

I’m so excited to tell you all that I am teaming up with LimeLife by Alcone and proud and happy to be a part of this family.

And family it is…not only a family owned business, but I am part of a family that believes in compassion, health, integrity, and collaboration…. over compensation.

I personally have been using the skincare products on myself for a year now, and have used the makeup products testing their quality and durability before going public to offer to my clients.
I can honestly say I LOVE the products and the philosophy behind them.  

Who and what is LimeLife by Alcone??
OK, good question and so glad you asked.

Well first things first.
Who is Alcone?

About Alcone

Alcone started in 1952 as a pharmacy that also sold cosmetics and false eyelashes to all the Broadway showgirls in the NYC theatre district.

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Eventually word got out about the little store and Alcone continued to grow its professional customer base. It eventually becomes THE GO-TO store for almost every Broadway show and New York-based production.

Then a French cosmetic line called Visiora asked Alcone to become the exclusive distributor in the U.S. and within a few years, this foundation becomes the standard for use in High Definition Film and Television on celebrities and soon Alcone finds its way into the mainstream through magazine mentions.

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This is how I heard of Alcone back in the 90’s, and to this day Alcone is known by the PRO makeup community because Alcone carries only TOP of the line cosmetics from the BEST manufactures around the world and have been tested by pro makeup artists for years.
Alcone knows makeup…PERIOD!!!

Now, it was THE place for makeup artist but these products weren’t available to the ‘everyday’ women so many makeup artists would refer their friends and clients to go to the famous NYC midtown store so they could take advantage of the BEST products out there.

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The Milardi family, who owns Alcone, was so grateful that the pro makeup community was helping in their success that they wanted to do something for them to ‘give back’ and help them also be successful.

So, they created a line of cosmetics working with the worlds TOP makeup manufactures…the BEST OF THE BEST… the best ingredients and had to be cruelty free.

Enter…LimeLife by Alcone!!

Now, around this same time, the Milardi’s lost two close family members to cancer and this is what inspired Michele Milardi to research and team up with an organic chemist.
She was committed to non-toxic skincare.
It took two years but finally in 2015 LimeLife offered a luxury skincare line that is completely organic, chemical free and again, cruelty free.

And did I mention it is also made in the USA!!!

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Why is chemical-free important?
Well, i
t takes less than a minute for chemicals and toxins from skincare products to enter your bloodstream...not good.

Why is cruelty-free important?
For decades and decades, animals have been used in laboratories for research and testing…cruel, evil, and painful testing just so you can use your laundry detergents, body lotions, and mascaras.

IT NEEDS TO STOP!!
LimeLife by Alcone is Leaping Bunny certified

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The Leaping Bunny Program, developed by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), is a voluntary pledge that companies make to not test on animals during any stage of the product development.
Companies also must have their ingredient suppliers make the same pledge.
This gives us, the consumers, a product guaranteed to be free of animal testing.
This means that a company doesn’t conduct testing, doesn’t contract testing out to a third party, doesn’t purchase ingredients that were tested and doesn’t sell in a country that requires animal testing. A company that receives Leaping Bunny Certification is required to recommit annually.

Why is made in the USA important?
Um, I think your smart enough to figure that one out and why its important.


So, to sum it all up, LimeLife by Alcone offers you a top, quality, product, that is non-toxic, natural, long lasting, made in the USA, and doesn’t harm animals in the process.
ALL requirements I would look for in products to purchase for myself, as well as to offer to my clients.

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LimeLife has also started a foundation called Brighter Together. 
The foundation will be working in 4 countries to help train women on starting their own businesses. 
Not throwing money at them, but teaching them how to start a company and change the lives of their families and their communities.  

I am so happy that I am a part of this company and to share with you all that I believe in also.

And if all this wasn’t reason enough to be interested in our products …. did I mention that Kim Kardashians makeup artists, Mario Dodonovich uses our products on KK? 

Its true!!!

Want to see the FULL line and learn more? Click on the tab on my website....SHOP LIMELIFE

Want to try the products?…lets chat. I would love to show you the line, just reach out to me!!

dee@deevabeauty.com

or thru the CONTACT form on website

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GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MAKEUP & HAIR TRIALS!

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2018 bridal season is beginning and brides are now meeting with their makeup and hair stylists for their makeup and hair trials.

First of all let me just say that makeup and hair trials are not free though some artists and stylist will run *specials*.
These are "full service" appointments for you and we are using our time and product, and if anything we are spending more time with you for your trial than we are on 'day of'.

But here’s a suggestion… you might want to book your trial for the same day as your engagement shoot, bridal shower or any other event. However, depending on when these special days are, you might not want to wait that long to book a trial with a favorite stylist as your wedding date may not be available if you wait too long.

Please ask your vendor how many people you are allowed to bring to the trial. Some have a 1 person only requirement…others will allow you to bring more than one. It is up to you whether you want to go to your trials alone, or to bring a mother or best friend. Whomever you decide to bring, please bring someone that will calmly help offer advice and suggestions and not add extra stress…and leave the fiancés at home. They have no place at hair and makeup trials and seeing you all made up for the first time should be done on your wedding day.

Now, it is important for you to be prepared for your meetings and this includes finding images of makeup and hair styles you like.

Saying to your stylist ..."I just want to look pretty" isn’t really helping us help you look your best and how you envisioned. 

I know you aren’t a makeup artist and you have no idea what you want to look like on your wedding day.  But there are thousands of photos to choose from on Pinterest and many brides now start their own Pinterest boards for hair and makeup looks they like.

I dont want to sound mean, but if you provide absolutely nothing to your vendors to work with then you have no right to be disappointed if you don’t get the' look' you hoped for.

Be realistic though, you do want the looks of the model’s in the photos you choose to have similar features as you, coloring, similar eye shape, hair type and ethnicity, etc.

It is important that you arrive on time for your trial! 
Your trial time is 90 minutes long and when you are late you are not only jeopardizing your beauty services for your wedding by now rushing the trial session, but you are also causing other clients who may follow your appointment time to be off schedule too!

Be mindful of your grooming prior to your makeup and hair trials.
This includes grooming your eye brows and other facial hair.
Failure to exfoliate dry and peeling skin only hinders the makeup application and you won’t see the flawless look you hope for.

Please don’t arrive to a makeup trial with makeup on, and please make sure you remove all traces of eye makeup. No one wants to waste time trying to remove 4 layers of caked on waterproof mascara.

And please be respectful and put your phones away during your trials.
There is nothing more annoying that a bride that is constantly moving and looking down while someone is trying to apply makeup or style her hair.
You want your liner on straight?? and your eyelashes on properly?? …then put the phone away.

Hair trials are usually best done when hair is not freshly washed for better hold so discuss this with your stylist prior to trial.

Make sure you have all hair extensions if these apply to the style you would like, and any tiaras or adornments with you.

For best results you will always want to book your Hair and Make-up consultations on the same day. This allows you to get the full visual on your desired look.

You will always have the option of booking your day with your makeup/hairstylist right after your trial. But should you wish to go home and get others opinions and think about it please note that a signed contract and retainer is required to secure your event date. 

Wedding dates are not held just because you came for a trial.
You should discuss with your stylist how long you have before your wedding date will be released and available for other bookings.

So please follow up with your stylists if you choose to not sign right then and there.

Many makeup/hair stylists will contact you a day or so after your trials or will ask you to contact them to see how everything held up and any issues that have arisen afterwards that need to be adjusted before the big day. If you provide them with no follow up information, they are likely to assume everything is OK, and your wedding day is not the time to discuss changes or any concerns.

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If you are uncertain or change your mind of your ‘look’ please get in touch with your stylist a.s.a.p.

Most things can be adjusted without another trial if they are small matters. But it is worth the price of a full retrial for a whole different look to better assess your new ideas and options compared to the first. Chancing it to the day of can lead to a disaster.

Please be open minded to your artist’s recommendations and suggestions for you.

Remember, wedding day makeup is not ‘every day’ makeup and your stylists are professionals and do this all the time. They know about color intensities and how things will read on camera and in different lighting situations.  What you may see and what a photo sees are two completely different things as well.

You are paying a small fortune for this wedding of your dreams, don’t leave your makeup and hair to chance by not choosing a professional for these services, not being prepared, and not being open minded enough to try different things, stepping out of your comfort zone to try a new ‘look’. 

Your wedding photos are the only thing that will be left over for years to come to preserve these memories. 

You want to make sure you look your BEST in them.

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TIPS FOR FINDING AND HIRING A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST

All eyes will be on you on your wedding.

Your face should reflect the happiness and glow that every bride experiences.

It should also reflect and ‘rise up’ to match the beauty of your gown and headpiece.

Do not skimp on having your makeup done professionally thinking you are saving some money.  Your photos are forever!

Also, make sure that you find a makeup artist that can see your ‘vision’ for how you want to look on your big day.

And make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find the one makeup artist that will be a good fit for YOU!!

Start searching at least a minimum 4-6 months before. But 6-9 months is more realistic.

Makeup artists specializing in bridal makeup book their dates several months to a year in advance so you want to make sure they are available for your date.

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One of the best ways of finding a makeup artist is through word of mouth. A referral from someone you know and trust who has first- hand experience is always a plus as long as your tastes and styles are similar.

Some good questions to ask the person giving the make-up artist referral are the following:

• was the bridal makeup artist reliable and timely

• was the artist friendly and accommodating

• was their kit organized and clean

• how long did the makeup last during your wedding day

• will the artist travel to your home or hotel on your big day

Ask to see photos of the makeup artist work.

If the makeup artist can’t show you photo of his/her work…move on.

When you find someone you think may be a good match for you, call or email them.

Listen to your instincts.

Are they professional in their response? Are they pleasant and courteous?

Do they take the time to answer your questions or rush you off the phone?

Do they ask questions about your skin, your makeup, your vision for your look on your day?

If an email is sent do they respond back to you in a timely manner?

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Set up a trial appointment. Some makeup artist will travel to you for your trial appointment.

Others you have to travel to their studio for the trial but will travel to your location the day of your wedding. Be sure to ask about this ahead of time.

If they are traveling to you for the trial, did he/she show up on time? Do you want to risk this on your big day? Lateness is never excusable.

Is the artist well prepared, and is he/she genuinely interested in what you want and need?

Do they want to know how you are wearing your hair, the style of your dress, what allergies to product you might have if any.

Is the artist’s kit clean and orderly, stocked with a wide range of ‘professional quality’ products and options? And is everything clean and sanitary? Brushes should be clean.

Does the makeup artist wash his/her hands before applying makeup to your face?

Once your makeup trial is completed, don’t be afraid to give your honest feedback.

If you don’t like something, say so. This way the makeup artist can offer alternatives and different options.

Please realize that as a professional we do have experience in what will look good and last but the trial is a conversation between the two of you to come up with a look that you will be happy with. DO NOT say you love it if you don’t because the makeup artist will recreate the same look on your wedding day. The trial is the time to experiment and discuss things and try different colors, etc.

You are paying for this service and have every right to say you aren’t happy.

If your makeup artist is offended or is not willing to accommodate you…move on to another.

If everything checks out and you are happy and want to hire your makeup artist make sure you discuss all the details for your wedding day.

How many total in your party are needing makeup that day.

What time do you need the makeup artist to arrive (allow 30 minutes prior to when you actually think you need them to arrive).

If there are many in your party needing makeup do you need the makeup artist to bring an ‘assistant’ or 'second artist' as well?

Be clear on what the artist payment and business policies are.

And then sit back and relax knowing you have a professional coming to make you gorgeous on your special day !!

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WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST FOR YOUR WEDDING?

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You dreamed about this day since …well, forever. So how important is your face on your wedding day?

Will you love your wedding photos when you look back on them for years to come? 

All eyes are on YOU on your wedding day.

YOU are the star of the show.

What could possibly be more important than the way YOU look?

You waited your whole life for this moment....and you are not going to use a professional? 

There is so much more to professional makeup than meets the eye.

A professional knows how colors work. Whether or not to use a certain color does not depend on trends. It depends on chemistry between one's skin, the cosmetics, and the lighting.

A professional knows which colors make your particular eye color ‘pop’!

A professional understands that shimmer reflects light and that it must be placed carefully.

Do you know what powders NOT to use so it won’t produce ‘flashback’ and make you look shiny when the camera takes your pic?

Do you know how to layer and set your makeup so it lasts all day?

Do you know what colors go with others?

A professional knows how to achieve glowing, flawless skin, chooses the best lip color for your personality, and chooses the right products for oily skin vs. dry skin, etc.

A professional is makeup educated. Regularly attends professional makeup shows and seminars and receives the latest updates and stays current on new makeup products, techniques, and news.

A professional uses only top quality camera ready cosmetics and products with the highest percentage of pigment in them…and knows the right tools to apply them properly.

But a professional isn’t there just to do your makeup, a true professional helps you with your skin care needs to get your skin in top shape.

Remember your makeup will only look as good as your skin is underneath it.

And a professional is there to keep you calm and keep you relaxed on your special day and knows how to schedule the day to make everything run smoothly.

So please keep all of this in mind when you are planning your wedding and examining your budget.

How much are you spending on your Gown? Flowers? Invitations? Decorations?

Will you be excited about your wedding album and the glorious entrance you made down the aisle?

Your makeup and hair should rise UP to your gown and flowers and décor.

Whether you choose me or another makeup artist, at least realize that ANYONE can post a profile and say they are a makeup artist....and quote you really low prices...but it is true that you get what you pay for.

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Make sure they have been in business for several years and have testimonials and references from past satisfied clients.

If someone doesn’t even have a professional website that shows who they are, their credentials, and their work.....MOVE ON!!! 

I have been called at the last minute by many a bride who was abandoned a week before her big day when a ‘fly by night’ business closed shop unexpectedly because they weren’t professional, established, or passionate about this business.

And don't ask a cousin or a neighbor to do your makeup just to save some $.

REMEMBER:

Good work ain't cheap...and cheap work ain't good!!!

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Ways To Help Animal Rescue Organizations Without Adopting or Fostoring

Ways To Help Animal Rescue Organizations…Without Adopting or Fostering!!

We love animals and we wish we had the money, the time, and the room in our apts or homes to adopt and rescue ALL the animals out there…anyway that’s my plan, wish, and dream…but right now its not my reality.

But we are so troubled by all the animals in need and we want to do more to help.

Well here are some ideas of ways you can help in ways that don’t entail you rescuing or fostering.

·        Transport a dog or cat

·        Send money to the vet that the rescue uses.

·        Help out at events.

·        Donate a crate.

·        Donate old towels, blankets and sheets

·        Donate food, treat, toys

·        Donate food bowls

·        Donate leashes and colors

·        Donate cleaning products, pails, paper towels, mops

·        Donate flea, tick and heart worm medicines

·        Donate a scanner or digital camera

·        Donate a photocopier

·        Donate a gift certificate to a pet store

·        Donate a gift certificate to a local groomer

·        Donate stamps, envelopes and printer paper

·        Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fundraiser

·        Have a yard sale and donate the profits to a local shelter

·        Volunteer to clean cages or walk dogs

·        Help organize a fundraiser

·        Be the one to take the dog to its obedience classes

·        Take photos of dogs or cats available for adoption to post on social media

·        Educate and enlighten friends and neighbors about the reasons they should always Adopt. Don’t Shop!!

·        Lend your artistic talents to your club’s newsletter, fundraising ideas, T-shirt designs or website

·        Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or cleaning inside a rescues vehicle

·        Every time you buy a new toy for your dog, buy a second one to donate to a dog in need

·        Pay the cost of a dog that has to go to obedience school to make its chances for adoption better

·        Donate your professional services as an accountant, lawyer, website techie, or photographer

·        Make financial arrangements in your will to cover the cost of caring for your animals after you are gone…so rescues won’t have to

·        Make a bequest in your will to your local animal shelter or favorite sanctuary

·        Donate your old vehicle when you are getting a newer one

·        Remember the actual humans that do the hard work of rescue and fostering, most of whom go without needs of their own because all their time and money goes to the animals

·        Pay a house cleaning service to do spring cleaning for someone who fosters all the time.

·        Bring the rescue or foster take out so they don’t have to cook dinner

·        There are lots more ways you can help.... just ASK a shelter or a foster HOW you can be of service, what do they need

 

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And last…we know they can always use monetary donations $$$

Please open your heart, and do what you can, where you can, and when you can.

God Bless

 

9 Tips on How To Be a Glamorous Bride

Not every girl longs to be a ‘glamorous’ bride.

There are still those who want to stay modest and demure.

But for brides looking to add a little to 'glam' their style… here are a few ideas for you. 

1. Choose a plunging dress

If you are blessed with a sexy back, the classiest way to show off some skin in a wedding gown is with a backless dress. The daringly low lines look modest from the front, but catch all eyes from the back. And it goes so well with #2

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2. A Back Necklace

This new trend pairs perfectly with idea #1.

The back jewelry is a sexy and elegant way to accentuate your back.

This is the jewelry to wear when you have an up-do or short hairstyle.

Complement that plunge with a little bit of sparkle, or my # 3 suggestion….Pearls.

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3. Pearls! 

Pearls are more than just jewels. Since the beginning of time, pearls have been revered as one of the world's most beautiful and magical gems. Today, cultured pearls are the foundation of every woman's jewelry wardrobe.

Fashionable and feminine, cultured pearls truly enhance a woman's style.

Rich, classy, and every ‘lady’ since the beginning of time has worn them.

A simple cultured pearl necklace can take a woman through every moment in her life, every outfit in her wardrobe. The possibilities are endless.

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4. Bird Cage Veil

Chic, Classic, and timeless. They’re simply beautiful and scream 'Hollywood glamour', sophistication and elegance. The fabulous bird cage veil can be worn and adapted to suit your personal style and taste. You can have the simple net veil covering your entire face, positioned just below the eyes or covering your head completely – it’s entirely up to you.

You can even dye the netting to any color you want!

Ivory, classic white, black, red, pink, yellow, etc for a ‘pop’ of color!

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  5. Gloves

The ultimate elegant accessory.

Along with pearls, it is the one accessory you will have seen EVERY Old Hollywood actress wearing.

Gloves were worn everywhere in the 1950s and completed a woman's grooming. 

Without gloves she was not properly accessorized. 

Clean gloves were also the hallmark of a lady and white or cream was the most favored. 

The formality of wearing gloves even continued into the sixties but sadly you don’t see much of it anymore now.

However, there are few things as glamorous as a fabulous pair of gloves.

Wrist-length, elbow length & opera-length gloves for weddings, proms, or debutante balls in silk or white leather. They add sophistication to your bridal style.

However, you are certainly not limited to traditional gloves. 

Again, a pop of color can add an element of surprise to a traditional white bridal dress. 

I love the look of black opera length gloves to complete a white gown.

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6. RED

Gone are the days where the bride must wear all white.

Hey, it’s YOUR wedding, and that means YOU get to do what YOU want....the heck with tradition.

And what can be more glamorous than walking down the aisle in a red bridal gown.

Definitely not for the ‘shy’ bride.

Red is for the bride that is confident and WANTS attention!! And believe me, she will get it.

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7. Bling!

Seriously, who doesn't love some Bling!?

Its very glamorous to shimmer, shine and sparkle. But do it in a classy and feminine way.

The possibilities are endless, from a statement necklace or bracelet, a statement hair comb, or even stunning shoes.

And when in doubt of whether to wear bling or pearls...hey, just combine the two.

Go big or go home!!

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8. Go for sultry eyes

Now, those that know me know this is my most favorite makeup look.

Smokey, glamorous eyes, flirty lashes, and a soft, pouty lip.

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 9. Wear sexy lingerie

Even if no one else sees them you’ll know you what sort of sexy underthings you have on, and it will make you feel fabulous all day. Just like wearing perfume, putting on high heels, or doing your makeup, sexy lingerie makes you feel flirty, feel sexy, feel ultra-feminine and that will make you walk and stand with confidence and come across in all your photos.  

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Avoid these 8 beauty mistakes on your Wedding Day!

1. USE PROPER SKIN CARE

Make sure you start a proper skin care regime several weeks before your day to get your skin in top shape.

This includes eating right, and getting the proper vitamins for your skin.

2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Not getting enough water will leave you and your skin dehydrated. Water also helps you clean your system so it goes without saying that you skin will look radiant if you flush out all the toxins. And if all that wasn’t enough to make you want to drink….water is essential for losing body fat.

3. USE A WATERPROOF MASCARA

The last thing you want is to see your mascara streaking down your face in all your photographs.

4. DON'T SCHEDULE A FACIAL TO CLOSE TO YOUR DAY

Most are sensitive to getting a facial, especially if you have never had one before. Avoid the red flare-ups that are common by having your last facial at least a week prior to your day.

5. DON’T EAT SALTY FOODS OR DRINK TOO MUCH ALCOHOL THE NIGHT BEFORE

Too much salt causes fluid retention, not only in your body, but in your eyes and skin. You will wake up with puffy eyes, as with two much alcohol also. If this is the case, put a cold compress on your eyes for 10 minutes, and any eye gel with some caffeine as a main ingredient will also help.

6. DO USE A PROFESSIONAL FOR YOUR HAIR AND MAKEUP

Obviously if you are not familiar with doing your own hair and makeup and your wedding day is the first time you are going to glam it up, you should definitely consult with a professional. Your wedding day is not the time to save $ on the biggest day of your life. Your photos and your memories are forever. Don’t you want to be the most confident and gorgeous?

A professional will help with the right colors, application, and tricks to make it last all day.

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7. DO WEAR MAKEUP

As a continuation to # 6…..definitely DO WEAR MAKEUP. Not just your regular everyday makeup. This is your time to ‘GLAM IT UP’ a little…or a lot.

It’s your BIG DAY….be a star.

Walk down the aisle looking and feeling ‘special’. A professional will show you how to be glamorous but still look like YOU!

And if you are not the type to wear false eyelashes or some makeup normally, then please do some practice runs before your big day so you feel confident and comfortable with everything.

This goes for artificial nails as well.

8. GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Yes we know you are excited but it is so important for you to not do anything the night before but rest, relax and just dream happy thoughts about how gorgeous you will be, and how happy your new life is going to be.

Shower, listen to soothing music, sip some tea.…(no alcohol remember?), and just relax. Mediation, yoga, poetry, whatever it is that will get you to dose off for a full 8 hours.

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SPRING CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP

 

I am very organized and am always every few months going through all my drawers and closet to see what I can get rid of and what I can give to charity.
You don’t have to be anal about cleaning like me…but you should do some Spring Cleaning with your makeup.

Come on ladies, we all have drawers and drawers full of stuff we just collect and haven’t used in …well…forever.

So let's talk makeup! It is the perfect time for you to get your drawer, bag, or cabinet in order. 

The first and most important part is cleaning out-of-date products and items you never use.

If you haven't used it in a year, it should go!

Makeup does have expiration dates!!

Here they are:

 

Concealer: 12 months
Powder:  2 years
Eyeliner: 2 years
Eye shadow (powder): 3 years
Foundation: 18 months
Lip liner: 3 years
Lipstick and lip gloss: 2 years
Mascara: 3 months

 

*Remember these dates are based on the fact that the products are kept in a temperature controlled environment.Never keep your makeup in a moist humid or hot environment....get them OUT of the bathroom. And if it smells bad...get rid of it.

The best part is, now that you have cleaned out, it's the perfect time to go out and buy some new makeup to refresh your look, and if you aren’t sure…book a makeup lesson with me!!! 

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Even Barbie has had a 'GLAM' shoot...what are YOU waiting for??

When I first started my business I intended for it to be a combination of 'boss women motivation' along with 'beauty inspiration'

Your self-love begins to externalize itself in many forms, and one way that I've found to boost your self- love is seeing the outer beauty in yourself.

That in turn gives you the self-confidence and motivation to go out and rock the world and be a boss woman.

At its core value of what I stand for…I am passionate about women feeling confident and empowered.Empowered women can change the world!!!!

Whether a bride, a CEO of a big company, or a teenager just starting to wear makeup, I want you to shine.  

To see your Goddess like qualities. 

To see and ‘feel’ your POWER!!!

Glamour photography celebrates and worships the feminine mystique,

as well as the beauty and sensuality of the women.

And EVERY celebrity…

male and female, young and old, Old Hollywood and New Hollywood, has had one.

Here are 25 reasons why YOU need to do one too!!!

Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney
Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett
Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
Britney Spears
Britney Spears
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
Beyonce
Beyonce
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone
Anjelina Jolie
Anjelina Jolie
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis
Betty White
Betty White
Marilyn
Marilyn

My goodness.....even BARBIE has had a GLAM shoot!!!.........wearing 'faux' fur of course.

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See yourself that way just once and you ‘get it’...it is life changing and life affirming.

We spend our lives worshiping other females and putting others up on a pedestal admiring and wishing we could have their bodies, their lives, their clothes, and their ‘stuff’.

We follow celebrities on Instagram, we buy magazines they are on the covers of.

We are always seeking approval of some kind and searching for validation in all the wrong places.

We are always seeking ‘something’, though never really finding it.

In new shoes, new hand bags, in a new lipstick.

In a new ....’something’.

But the truth is you will never find it outside yourself.

And we somehow ALWAYS manage to come up with the money for all these ‘other’ things.

We always seem to find the money for this and for that.

But investing in you?  NO WAY!!!

I can’t stress this enough.

YOU NEED TO LISTEN.

These are life-altering moments and lifetime memories!!

So I ask you.....its good enough for others...but not for you ???

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.

Nobody can tax it or take it away from you”  ~Warren Bufett

And in case you still need convincing... I did my own GLAMOUR shoot...at 60!!!
 

 My gift to myself for turning 60 this year.

My gift to myself for turning 60 this year.

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DONT LET YOUR MAKEUP AGE YOU

When you are in your 20s and 30s you can get away with much more.

But as you approach your 40s and 50s suddenly too much makeup...or too little aren’t looking so good.

Here are some tips to help you:

Using the wrong foundation:  Forget the rule that says your foundation must match your complexion exactly.  Skin becomes paler with age so if you were to use a foundation that matched you 100% you could look pasty.

Put some life back in your skin with a slightly ‘warmer’ tone, a shade just a bit deeper than your old one. If that is going to deep, than mix the two together to give you the desired shade. And still speaking of foundation, remember that as we get older and our hormone levels drop our skin loses moisture.

If you use a medium to full coverage foundation, which have a lot of pigment… and pigment means more powder which will absorb moisture, then you have color that cakes and creeps into your fine lines.   

What to do? First, make sure you exfoliate religiously to avoid dry flaky skin that the foundation will stick to. And sheer out your foundation a bit with a drop of moisturizer to make it less likely to settle into lines.

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Cakey Concealer:  To keep concealer from drawing attention to wrinkles, apply it only to the inner halves of your eyes to cover up darkness. Pat it in gently, using your pinky finger for the lightest touch, from the inner corner only to about half way out. Skip using the thick traditional cream kind and instead try one of the new brush-on highlighter pens with some light diffusers added to them.

And make sure you use the right color…a touch lighter than your foundation color.

Go to light and you look ashy.

None or overdone Eyebrows:  Brows frame and define the eyes and face and help you look more youthful.

But don’t go overboard and draw on a harsh overdrawn one. You need to use a brow pencil, it is designed to be hard but go on softly using short little strokes starting from front and working your way to the tail end.

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Overdone Eyes:  Piling on color in hopes that it will stay all day is not the way to go. A good eye primer is the first step in helping your eyelids have an even smooth base upon which to now add your shadow.

A primer not only helps color adhere better but also helps hide veins and any discoloration of your lids. But remember to apply just a tiny thin sheer coat…any more and the excess will make your eyes look crepey.

Muddy Eye shadow:  If brown and bone are your go- to eye shadow colors you should note that brown has yellow or red pigments in it, and either can make your eyes look tired.

Bone can be to light now to cover any skin discolorations especially if not using a primer first. Jewel tones cancel out reds and yellows, and choose taupe’s over browns.

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Closing up your eyes:  Only apply liner to top lashes. Using a pencil to line the top of lashes...thinner along the inner eye and getting slightly fuller as you go towards the outer corner. A good universal color would be charcoal or eggplant.

Save the black for evening…too harsh for daytime. For underneath your eye use a softer color and line softly using eye shadow, not a pencil…and remember to smudge and blend. NEVER apply liquid liner to bottom of lashes.  

Curl your lashes for a more youthful and awake look. And because mascara can weigh down lashes they may not hold a curl as they once did when you were younger.

Try a ‘curling’ mascara to see if that helps otherwise use waterproof.

Now waterproof is drying to lashes and much harder to get off so be careful to condition your lashes at night after washing your face and make sure to use a good eye makeup remover first to remove the mascara before washing your face to avoid rubbing and tugging on your delicate eye area and causing your lashes to fall out from all that rubbing.

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Bad blush:  An instant trick to lift the cheeks is to apply your blush to the ‘apples’ of your cheeks. Go with a warm, rosy color for fair and medium skin tones. Or a brownish berry for darker. 

Don’t go to bright on the blush.

Dark lipstick:  Lips lose plumpness over time and a deep lipstick makes them appear thinner. To dark a lipstick and you look harsh. The whole point of wearing makeup is to appear fresh, youthful and soft.  Remember, light brings forward and larger. Dark recedes, makes smaller ...so if you want your lips to look plump and full choose a lighter color and add a touch of clear shimmer lip gloss over your lipstick to catch the light and give the allusion of pump lips.

Or try a sheer golden gloss over to add dimension.

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Lipstick Bleed: Lip liner is the way to go to stop the bleeding of lipstick. Also don’t apply lipstick directly from the tube and apply it with a lip brush. Extra lipstick migrates, especially as the definition of the lips boarder softens with age.

Applying color straight from the tube give you to much product than what you need. Instead, dip the brush into your lipstick and dab a little on the center of your lips, which is the fullest, and then spread it to the corners which are the narrowest part.

Also, remember to apply your foundation to your lips as well first so your lipstick has something to cling to. This will add to the staying power.

And lastly, remember that ANYTHING that is severe…. a lipstick...dark, heavy liner…to dark hair color against your skin…WILL AGE YOU!!!

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MY BEST FRIEND DIED!!

Five years ago today my husband and best friend died.

He went into the hospital for heart surgery and had a massive stroke while in surgery.

He was only 56 years old.

He was also my BEST friend for 28 years.

I’m writing this BLOG post as a tribute to him, and to also help myself move forward from the shocking and devastating experience this has been for me.

But I’m also writing this post to let others know what I now know first hand.

Yes, we have heard it all before; make sure you tell those you love what you want to say before they leave this earth. Make peace, don’t hold grudges, and don’t be embarrassed or afraid to tell the truth about how you feel about another person.
The truth is...it is all true!!

But first let me tell you a bit about Michael Romelli.

I met him on a ‘Friday the 13th’.

I was madly in love with him three days later on Tuesday, January 17th when I looked at him and he smiled and I felt a strong electrical current shoot thru my body.

Seriously, it isn't a cliche..I actually got hit with a lightening bolt and physically moved in my chair.

I felt I had known him forever and was instantly comfortable and felt safe in his presence.

I could tell him anything.

We were best friends immediately and inseparable.  

He was charming, optimistic, funny, and full of energy…and had the most beautiful Italian brown eyes.

He was also flawed, imperfect, and a human being that struggled with life as we all do.

I spent 22 years living with Michael trying to help him grow-up, be stronger, be a better person, and find his way.

I had to eventually leave him, not because I didn’t love him anymore, but because I couldn’t stand the ‘crazy’ any more.

I left the ‘home’; however, I never left my Michael.

We always stayed best friends to each other, never legally separated, and was still married when he past.

I went on to start my own business and move forward with my life, but Michael, still in my life,  went on to have many health problems. 

He had high blood pressure, was a diabetic, and the beginnings of glaucoma.

I saw him through a cocaine problem, a prior heart attack, three mini-strokes, and losing his mother and younger sister who both died of cancer exactly one week apart from each other.

The strokes had taken their toll starting to leave him visually impaired and unable to drive anymore.

The last year and a half of his life he moved in with me and I was taking care of him...once again.

I had a lot of resentment that I was always the responsible one and I was always the problem solver.

In the last couple of months before his death, at times, I took things out on him.

Not all the time, there were many moments of laughter, and love, and watching favorite TV shows together, and I enjoyed caring and being there for him.

But I was stressed with keeping his Dr. appointments, getting him on disability, filling in paperwork for different government programs, making phone calls, filling prescriptions, making his meals, etc, and still going to work and running my business.

I was resentful at times, impatient, and feeling sorry for myself.

I know he felt he was a burden to me.

For this I am ashamed and eternally and sincerely sorry.

It is a side of me that I am not proud of.

And I will live with this for the rest of my life.

On Feb 7, 2012, I took him to the emergency room for pressure in his upper chest.

After a few days of tests we were told he needed triple bypass surgery scheduled for Monday, Feb 13th.

He wasn’t waking up after surgery.

Eight long, agonizing days and numerous cat scans later I was told this 4th stroke was a big one he had while in surgery and he would not wake up from it.

I finally told them to take him off life support, crawled into bed next to him, held his hand, rubbed his forehead, and for the next 14 hours lay next to him listening to his breathing until he took his last breath at 4:16 a.m. February 22nd, 2012. 

I am so grateful that I was able to be by his side when he passed.

I am so grateful that he went before me, and not the other way around, for he would have been lost, alone and unable to deal with it.

I’m grateful that he didn’t suffer too long before passing.

I am grateful that my brother, who is a sculptor, made Michael’s Urn with his two hands…I know Michael appreciates it as well.

But what leaves me sad is that I never got to have that last ‘conversation’ with him.

You know the one.

The one where you tell each other how much you love them.
How much you are sorry for any mean things said, how he was NOT a burden to me and I would have taken care of him FOREVER!! 

I had planned to tell him these things, but when I called him the evening before surgery he told me to call him back, that the nurse was there to ‘prep’ him for surgery.

They were the last words he spoke to me.

I got preoccupied with TV and Facebook and when I called at 11:00 pm I was told the phones were turned off at 10:00 pm.

I had missed my chance.

I spoke to him several times each day he was in the hospital but I waited till the night before surgery to tell him how much I cared, how sorry I was for my impatience, and how I really felt.

I don’t get a second chance.

I have visions of him lying in bed wondering why I never called back.

Feeling that I didn’t care, that I must be on the computer, or doing something ‘more important’.

It bothers me so much.

I know Michael knew I loved him...but he also always complained I was on Facebook too much.

I know he felt neglected. He lost his lively hood..his freedom of driving..he couldn't read small print or get on the computer anymore because of slowly losing his eye sight.

He was restless, bored and envious of my independence.

He often would say he wished he could just go to sleep and not wake up.

I should have been more understanding.

Now I am left only with the hope that he heard me pouring my heart out at his bedside while he was in a coma.

Now I am left only with the hope that the words I poured into a letter left in his cremated ashes will somehow reach him.

Now I am left only with the hope that my apologies and tears that are nearly an everyday occurrence for me will find there way to him.

 My Michael at 56.... just 9 months before passing

My Michael at 56.... just 9 months before passing

I was desperate to find a current photo of him.
One of how he looked now.
I have many, many of him taken over the years of him looking young, handsome, fit, and healthy. But the most recent was one taken in one of those funny photo booths 9 months before he would pass.

Older, scruffier, heavier, greyer, puffy eyes, but it is all I have now to remember him.

How I wish I had made a point to have a current professional photo done of us together.

I don’t get a second chance.

So here is what I know for sure.

We are all going to die.

Our loved ones can be here today…and gone tomorrow.

We don’t get second chances.

Say what you want to say TODAY and don’t take for granted that you can say it tomorrow.

Make sure you take current photos/videos of your loved ones.
Believe me you will want a current photo.

Make time for your loved ones.
Facebook, Instagram, work or TV can never take the place of your loved ones.

Be kinder, gentler, more patient, more compassionate and more understanding of your loved ones.

And here is what I want you to know about Michael John Romelli.

He was a big kid at heart.

He was a blue collar, simple guy.

He loved sweets.

He had strong but gentle hands.

He would have given you his last dollar if you needed it.

He was very personable, liked meeting new people and getting to know them.

He enjoyed watching informative and intelligent TV like Discovery/History channel and HATED ‘reality’ TV.

He enjoyed classic rock and country music.

He was good at math.

He loved Halloween.

He loved camping and hiking and street fairs.

He loved to garden and grow his own fruits and vegetables…and was good at it.

He was great at remembering faces, locations and could navigate around anywhere, didn’t need a GPS. He never had to stop and ask for directions.

He loved going for long drives out to the country.

He seriously collected LEGOS… I mean many thousands and thousands of dollars of LEGOS. 

He loved animals, was great with children, and helped the elderly.

He adored Deeva and Lily, and they adored him.

He NEVER held a grudge, and would immediately move forward from an argument.

He was my biggest supporter of my starting my business and was always happy for all my achievements.

He was a nice guy!!

He was a big pain in the ass many times…but he was ‘MY’ big pain in the ass.

I know he loved me… always, though he many times wasn’t clear as to how to show it.

And I hope he watches over me and guides me through the rest of my days till I can be with him again.

Two months after losing him I had a dream.
My dream was of a thunderstorm coming, the sky was very dark…almost black.
It passed and the sun came out.

I awoke the next morning with the very clear message.

‘The sun always comes out after a storm’.

I believed it was my Michael telling me things will get better.

His corneas, some skin and some bones were donated to organ donation, and I have since found out that his corneas have helped a woman in Kearny, NJ and a gentleman in New Hampshire.

Michael’s eyes, his beautiful brown eyes, have helped others to see.

I scattered some of his ashes around the base of a beautiful tree in a local park near me when he passed where I will hoped he became one with this tree and Deeva, Lily, and I go often to sit under the tree and be with him.

I called him ‘Bear’…or ‘Bear Bear’.

He mattered.

I will miss him.

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. 

It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”

                                                  ~judy garland

The two of us in happier times

Thank you for listening…now go tell someone you love how much you love them…and take a current photo of them too while you are at it.~

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How to Apply Make-Up for a Job Interview

Whether you are looking for a new job, or just a promotion, your makeup can make the difference between your getting the job or not. Your personal grooming should communicate reliability, competence and professionalism as you prepare for a job interview.

Overall, the key is to understand the importance of first impressions.
More importantly, when you feel confident about your appearance you'll be able to focus on presenting your qualifications and experience.

Makeup for a job interview should be light, natural and sophisticated.  It should only accentuate your natural beauty.  If you look in the mirror and all you see is your makeup, it is too heavy and most likely you just need to rethink your color choices.
You don't want to apply the same make-up you would wear for a night on the town as for an interview.

 

Makeup: Less is more, stick to soft, muted colors and don't overdo it.

 

  • Give yourself extra time. If you take10 minutes to get ready in the morning, allow yourself 20.
  • The night before your interview, exfoliate face and lips by gently rubbing with some salt and olive/coconut oil. After, rub some coconut oil into your lips and top with some Vaseline. 
  • Get rid of any errant eyebrow hair or chin hair with the help of a good pair of tweezers.
  • For your face, you probably won't need much more than concealer and loose powder. If you have blemishes or uneven skin tone, by all means, use a foundation. Apply foundation with a damp sponge squeezed in a paper towel of excess moisture. This will assure a very light, sheer coverage and not too heavy.
     
  • Avoid too much eye makeup. Use eye shadows in neutral shades such as tan, taupe, brown, soft plums, grey and cream. You need to look competent and capable, not sultry or sexy.
  • A thin line of smudged pencil eyeliner is really all you need on top lashes.
    Skip the liquid liner; even if you can apply it like a pro, it’s too much for an interview. 

    A thin coating of mascara will complete the look leaving your eyes naturally beautiful and not appearing heavily made up. After applying mascara on your eyelashes, comb through them to remove any clumps.
  • The use of a soft pink blush, lightly applied on the apples of your cheeks will give your face a fresh, muted look. Use this rather than bronzer for a natural looking, healthy glow.
  • Wear lipstick, not lip gloss.  Keep your lip color as neutral as possible – a shade or two closer to your natural lip color will work well, or try a very pale berry or pink color, and skip the lip gloss.
  • Avoid wearing any makeup comprising of glitter, shimmer or sparkle.

 

Hair:  Keep it simple

  • If you can, wash and dry your hair the night before the interview. By getting that out of the way you'll save time in the morning
  • If your hair is long, consider pulling it back in a ponytail. This way you won't be tempted to absentmindedly fiddle with it.
  • Even if you don't use hair spray every day, a light dusting of it will keep flyways at bay.
  • Skip the flashy hair accessories.
  • Keep your hair out of your face at all costs. Long bangs falling into your eyes are sexy for a date, but they won't project a professional image. If you need to get them out of your face, use a simple barrette or bobby pin.

Nails: Unless you have naturally clean, even, hangnail-free nails get a manicure.

 

  • It doesn't matter whether your nails are long or short, but they should be neatly filed.
  • A neutral nail is fool-proof, so look for barely-there beige and pink polishes. Classic red can work, too, but use your judgment: It'll probably fit in at an ad agency, but not at a conservative law firm.

 

Fragrance:  Don't wear any. Your interviewer might have an allergy.

Or what if it turns out to be the one scent she doesn’t like.

 

 One might perspire more than usual during an interview due to the added stress, so it is important to keep blotting tissues handy at all times. 

Also, keep in mind the fluorescent lighting can have a drastic effect on the makeup, particularly that with orange and green tones. It is advisable to use colors in rose and pink families to combat this effect.

Get to interview a few minutes early to touch up in the restroom or a nearby cafe, to check for perspiration, lipstick on the teeth, crumbs around the mouth, and anything around your nose.

Remember to hold your shoulders back and walk tall. 
Be confident and enjoy the experience.
 

Finally, SMILE. All of the primping and grooming doesn't mean a thing if you aren't excited to be there. Good luck!

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TIPS FOR GREAT HEAD SHOTS

Professional head shots are a must in today’s media-driven environment.

These shots need to tell the world about you and your personal brand because it is the first thing most people see, and your styling must be consistent with, and reflect, who you are and what you do. 

You want to come off as friendly and approachable, as well as professional and trustworthy.

They are a must for your website, your Facebook profile and your LinkedIn profile. 

But remember professional head shots aren't just for people 'in business' or for our careers. 

They are fabulous for posting on dating sites as well.

There is A LOT of competition out there everyday that we are competing with...you NEED to put your best self forward.

That said, for best results I highly recommend making the additional investment in a professional makeup artist and hairstylist. 

You would do this for your wedding day to ensure you looked your best, so why wouldn’t you make the same investment in photos that will represent you to the world?

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Makeup makes a huge difference in a head shot photo, period. 

Most women know how to apply makeup for everyday use but there are a few differences in applying makeup for photos; especially glamour. 

If you are reasonably good at applying makeup yourself though, and would rather do it yourself, here are some basic points that you might find useful. 

1. Exfoliate:

Make sure you exfoliate a few times over the week or two before your photo session to ensure your skin is smooth and there are no dry skin patches.   

2. Moisturize:

Apply a good hydrating moisturizer and remember oily skin still needs a moisturizer just one appropriate for oily skin. 

3. Foundation:

Match the color of foundation to the natural color of your skin in the neck/chest area.

Use a foundation that gives you a good even coverage. Use liquid if your skin is dry and a powder if you have an oily skin type. Make sure to blend it up into the hair line and around the perimeter of the face. There should not be a drastic difference between the color of your neck and that of your face.

Choose a foundation with NO SPF in it.  

Foundation with SPF create flash white…your face will look whiter than the rest of your skin.  

4. Concealer:

Concealer should be 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone.  Apply concealer to hide marks/blemishes, lighten your under eyes as well as the inner corners of your eyes, and used if there is any discoloration around the lip area. It can also be used as

a base for your eye shadow to help it stay on longer. 

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5. Eye shadow:

Satin or matte finish eye shadows work best with the camera because they do not reflect the light as much as a shimmer would. Shimmers make the light reflect and cause the features to get washed out.

Avoid frosts or garish colors. 

6.Eyeliner and Lashes for eyes really makes the difference in a photo. Choose a softer color than black for your liner like charcoal and a natural style lash that just adds to your lashes but without looking like you’re going to a night club. Helps define the lash line and makes eye pop.

7.Eye Brows:

Never forget to define/fill-in your eyebrows to define your eyes. It makes a HUGE difference.

8.Lips:

You should lightly line your lips with a liner that softly matches the color of your lipstick.

Choose a lipstick/gloss is a color about one shade deeper than you normally wear it.
Try to avoid highly shimmer and frosted on your lips.  

9. Blush/Bronzer : use more than you normally would. 

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10. Plenty of powder:

Don’t be afraid to use a lot more powder than usual to keep your skin matte. You should bring yours and apply extra powder regularly.

Even if you've never used powder in your life, please use it for your portrait session.  Powder makes the difference between a beautiful portrait and just a portrait.

Use lots of it to set makeup and to keep down shine. Shine is our enemy when it comes to photos! 

Remember to apply too much In order to look great in photos you have to apply a little more make up than you would for everyday. So if it looks too heavy, it’s probably just right for the camera. If you are unsure, then go out into the sunlight with your mirror. Not so drastic anymore is it?

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Natural looking makeup for a photo shoot does not mean light makeup by daily makeup standards. You’ll be applying a good amount of foundation and using a lot of powder, compared to when you are going to work. What you need is good coverage combined with natural look finish.

You will probably think you that you are wearing too much but remember that the lights take away from whatever amount of makeup you have on so don't worry.  

More tips:

Do a dress rehearsal at home in front of a mirror. Practice poses and expressions.

Do not drink alcohol the night before your shoot (you don’t want puffy eyes).

Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark circles).

Make sure you get plenty of sleep at least the night before your shoot if not two or three nights before.

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What to wear:

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
  • Don't overdress
  • A simple black shirt/blouse/dress is often a good option
  • Darker clothes attract less attention and put the attention on your face and eyes
  • Solid colors are great
  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines or stripes
  • No glitter
  • Avoid red as a dominant color
  • Turtlenecks aren’t the best option

Jewelry:

  • Keep jewelry extremely simple - small is better, unless of course it really represents your brand and personality.
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
  • The picture is about your face not your jewelry
  • Classic Pearls are always a good choice 
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What to bring:

  •     Samples from magazines or other head shots to help communicate the look you want
  •     Makeup and hair products for touch ups
  •      Favorite music (to help relax you)

Just like a professional hair and makeup artist, you get what you pay for. These days it seems like anyone with a digital camera refers to themselves as a professional photographer. Make sure they have a website, happy reviews from prior clients, and a portfolio of their work that will speak for itself. Try to find a photographer whose work reflects that of you and your brand.

And remember there is nothing to be nervous about. 

A good photographer will know how to put you at ease and in a few minutes you will relax. 

Try to have fun and let your personality shine through.

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MAKEUP COUNTER MANEUVERS

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Having fun while shopping smart

You’re off work. You’re in the store. The people are beautiful, the products look delicious, your favorite song is playing and you’re having a blast. That’s when it happens. A lovely lady invites you to sit down for a free makeover or to just try a new product for a moment and you’re hooked. Thirty minutes later you’re walking out of the store with $300 worth of makeup that 30 days later you won’t even be wearing and will sit in the bottom of your drawer with the rest of your wasted purchases. But, there’s no reason why the story has to end like this. Makeup is fun and it’s natural to get caught up in the moment.

You really can have it all — all the fun and end up wearing all those new colors, if you take a moment to think before you act.

Just ask yourself these basic questions:

WHEN:

It’s best to make major makeup purchases when you’ve planned to do so. Spur-of-the-moment makeup purchases are almost always a waste. If you find yourself unexpectedly sitting at a counter getting your makeup applied, just say no! Chances are you won’t miss what you didn’t purchase and you can always return the next day or even next week and buy something after you’ve had a chance to consider it first.

WHERE:

By nature, makeup counters in stores are public. It can be intimidating or even embarrassing to have so many people watching while you have it done, with everyone waiting to see what you will do. It often seems like the simplest thing is to just say yes and buy as much as you can afford — or more so! If you really want makeup advice and a more normal setting, book an appointment for a private makeup lesson with a professional.

That way you get more attention, and you can buy — or not — in a more relaxed atmosphere.

WHO:

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Before you sit down in the chair, don’t be afraid to ask who the person is who will be applying your makeup. Obviously, if you’re in a store they want to sell you something, there’s nothing wrong with that. But you should ask them what they’re training and background is. Ideally, you want someone who besides selling, knows about skin care, or nutrition, or some other area of beauty. Makeup is not just something that you artfully swipe on your face — it’s part and parcel of a total beauty package.

Remember your makeup is only as good as the condition and health of your skin underneath.

WHAT:

Know if you are getting a real makeup lesson or if it’s just a makeup application. In a lesson, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and to apply the makeup yourself so the expert can guide you and you will know that you can do it yourself before you get home. This is not the same as someone applying makeup on you and telling you what they are doing.

It is often well worth it to pay for a makeup lesson since you will end up making smarter makeup purchases and actually wearing what you buy.

The few dollars spent on a lesson will save thousands over time.

WHY:

There are many makeup looks for every woman. You’ll have the most fun and get the most out of it if you ask for something specific, whether you need something to wear to work, or for a special party or event, or for something fast but glamorous when you’re running out of the gym. Big shots and actresses have personal makeup artists that help them feel glamorous and special.

That's where I come in, I help the average woman feel special and pampered without any morning-after regrets.

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PROPER EYESHADOW APPLICATION

The focal point of the face is the eyes, and proper eye makeup application will make your eyes pop and leave them stunning.

But you need to understand their shape and where to apply your eye shadow and eyeliner to really bring them out and open them up.

You also need to know which shades of eye shadow and eyeliner will best enhance and intensify your eye color. 

Anyone looking at you should notice your beautiful eyes, not your eye shadow.

Eye Color

The most important thing to remember about choosing eye shadow and eyeliner is your own eye color. You want to select shades that will bring out the natural color of your eyes.

Your goal is to make your eye color "pop" or stand out, not for your eye shadow to compete with or diminish your natural color in any way.

The key is to select a color opposite from your own eye color. 

Whenever you pair two opposite colors, they intensify each other.

The opposite of blue eyes is a warm shade of brown, or tawny or golden shades. 

By using shades of eye shadow or eyeliner that is the opposite of green ....coppery warm browns or purple..... they will make the green in the iris of your eyes look much more green.

If you have brown eyes, lucky you! You can experiment with a variety of colors and still enhance your natural eye color.

So play with purple, green, gold, navy, silver, copper, or brown. 

Any color looks beautiful around brown eyes; you will not be competing with your natural eye color.

Hazel eyes are a mixture of colors, either green and brown or green and blue. 

Depending on which color you want to enhance, choose your eye shadow to bring that color out, and place your eyes in the color category you want to enhance.

When choosing eyeliner, you should follow the same rules as when choosing eye shadow.

In my opinion though, bronze, brown, black, and charcoal will do more for defining your eyes than bright colors and I love an eggplant liner with every eye color as well.

You do not have to match your eye makeup to your clothing, although some women think you should. 

Makeup is an accessory to 'you'.

Makeup is not an accessory to your clothing.

Once again, the theory about opposites complimenting each other applies here.

Choose what looks best on you. 

That way, you will choose shades that will compliment you, instead of taking a back seat to your clothing or eye makeup.

You are trying to achieve two things when applying your eye makeup.

The first is to give your lid shape by visually “pushing away” the areas you don’t want to see and “bringing forward” the areas you do want to see.

Proper application will make your eyes appear more open, so they look awake, and in the end this will make you appear years younger.

The application for all eye shapes is very similar, because you always use the same three key ingredients; you just slightly adjust their placement for each individual eye shape.

It takes three shades to shape the eye: a highlight, a midtone, and a contour shade.

The basic rule to remember is that everything you highlight will visually come forward or become more prominent, and everything you contour or darken will recede or move away from you.

Using three shades creates a subtle visual trick to help bring out one of your most beautiful features and help draw attention to your eyes rather than your eyelids.

While there are thousands of shades to choose from, everyone should use the three-shade application technique for best results.

Highlight

Your highlight shade is the lightest of the three eye shadows. Everything you highlight

comes forward visually.

A matte finish will give you a more subtle look than a shimmer finish.

The shimmer will be more dramatic.

Also, the lighter the highlight shade is, the more dramatic your end result will be. A softer or more flesh-toned shade will give you a less dramatic look.

The highlight shade should be applied to your brow bone, the area underneath your brow’s arch and your eyelid.

Also apply your highlight shade to the inside corner of the lower lash line.

This will really help open up your eyes, making them appear larger and more youthful.

Midtone

Your midtone shade is the middle shade of your three eyeshadow colors, deeper than your highlight shade and lighter than your contour shade. It’s the first step in the blending process and in creating definition in the crease of the eye. This shade should be the most natural,  an extension of your skin.

Most of the time it is best for your midtone to have a matte finish, but it does not always have to be matte.

A matte finish gives it a more subtle and natural appearance.

The application of your midtone will start the reshaping of your eyelids, because everything we add depth to will visually recede away from us.

To apply it, start from the outside corner of the eyelid, so that area will get the most

midtone color, because the first place you lay your brush receives the highest concentration of color. Gently move your brush along the crease into the inside corner of the eyelid.

If you want a very defined crease, you can apply a few more layers of your midtone

shade, always making sure to blend it where it meets the highlight shade. 

Then, take your midtone and apply it all along your lower lash line. Once again, start your application from the outside corner, sweeping it across to the inside corner.

Contour 

The contour shade is the deepest of the three shades. It’s not necessarily stark or dark

but it is the eye shadow that is the deepest color of the three.

Your contour shade does the most dramatic reshaping of your eyelid because of its depth. 

This shade really helps define the eyes.

To apply, take a brush with shadow and move it across your top lash line from the outside corner toward the inside corner. 

You are brushing along your lash line to help create a more blended effect with your eyeliner, which is always more flattering and more youthful.

Then, bring the color up into the outer portion of the crease and blend it inward, about a third or, at most, halfway across. 

Your goal is to create a gradation of color, with the outer corner of the eye being the darkest and becoming lighter as you move in towards the inside of the eyelid, towards your nose. 

By layering your contour shade on top of your midtone shade, you’ll get the blended, defined look you want.

You can also apply the contour color underneath and along the lower lash line to define your eyes.

Blending it over your eye pencil will also help give you a softer, more subtle lined effect.

For a more dramatic eye, you can always apply several layers of color to build the

shade’s intensity. Add color in small amounts.  

If you need to soften your application, simply take a little loose powder and a clean brush, and brush the powder over what you just applied to soften the color.  

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BEAUTY TIPS

When your insides are healthy, your skin looks its best.

Try a healthy diet and supplements with your skin-care regimen.
500-1,000 mg supplements of purified fish oil will keep your skin hydrated and naturally moisturized, and they can also help minimize symptoms of eczema.
The importance of fish oil is widely touted for cardiac health, preventing cancer, improving memory, and keeping our immune systems in check.

Eat a Mediterranean diet full of fish, fruit, vegetables, olive oil, and tea. This diet provides the skin with the good omega fatty acids and antioxidants it needs to maintain a healthy glow and reverse sun damage.

Eat foods with antioxidants and good fats such as blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, kale, beans, prunes, raisins, tea, and whole grains and avocados.

Exfoliation is key in order to remove the dead, complexion-dulling skin cells that accumulate on top of your skin. When you exfoliate, you're revealing fresh cells underneath, evening out the skin's surface, and giving it a healthy glow.

Try mixing corn meal with warm water. 
This DIY money-saving mixture can act as a scrub. Use it twice a week.

Exfoliate with a well-formulated alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) product. You don't need both — AHAs are generally best for dry, sun-damaged skin while BHAs are best for acne- or blackhead-prone skin.

You will see increased smoothness, improved skin tone, and fewer wrinkles.

Avoid smoking. The difference in texture, wrinkles, and pigmentation is enormous between smokers and nonsmokers. For every ten years you smoke, your face ages 14 years.

No picking, squeezing, or fussing over your blemishes.

That damage will lead to scarring and more breakouts.

Never go out without SPF 30 on your face, neck, ears, chest, and hands. This will help keep dark spots and premature skin aging under control. If you're driving a long distance, keep applying SPF 30 on your hands, face, and neck. And don't forget that glass doesn't filter UV rays, even in your home or office!

Cleansing your face at the end of the day is a must.
Pollutants, debris, and oils all accumulate on your skin throughout the day, so you need to wash them off.

Sulfates make your cleanser foam, but they strip too much of your skin's sebum away, leaving you feeling dry, flaky, and even itchy. Look for sulfate-free formulas of body washes and face cleansers and check the ingredient labels — sodium lauryl sulfate is the biggest culprit, but any ingredient in which the last word is 'sulfate' is best avoided.

As the thinnest skin on the body, the eyelids tend to be very sensitive.

Most people often neglect their lips.

Here's a simple homemade scrub recipe that's effective to get plump, smooth, kissable lips: Take some white sugar, mix some olive oil, and scrub your lips.

Also, get into the habit of running your toothbrush across your lips in a gentle scrubbing motion to exfoliate.

The body depends on sleep for every single thing it does. Skin cells are some of the most rapidly rejuvenating cells in the body and our body repairs itself at night while we sleep.

When skin cells don't turn over quickly enough, our skin looks dull and lifeless, and so do we.

Try to sleep on your back. Doing so prevents wrinkles.

Your skin needs its daily dose of water, which is more than your intake of H20.
Sodium hyaluronate, more commonly known as hyaluronic acid, helps balance your skin, bringing it to a normal pH level. Balanced skin is ideal for all healthy skin functions.
When this ingredient is used in cosmetic formulations at a high concentration (check the ingredients list and make sure it is somewhere in the middle or toward the top of the list), it will leave your skin plump and 'dewy' looking.

Apply facial serums or lotions to the back of your hands and then "roll" the back of your hands up your neck. Now you've treated your neck and hands at the same time.

These are the two telltale areas often forgotten that show signs of aging.

As soon as the weather turns cold, put ordinary honey, (a natural ‘humectant’) on the back of your hands for 3-6 days or nights. This stops red, scaly, bleeding hands from starting and keeps them smooth all winter. Coconut Oil and Olive Oil are natural moisturizers.

Wet (but don't drain) caffeinated tea bags and freeze. Use the frozen tea bags on closed eyes for 20 minutes three times a week to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and discoloration. Tea bags can be any brand but MUST have caffeine, which does the work.


Take biotin every day. It helps keep your nails harder and thicker since they tend to thin and peel with age.

Wash your makeup brushes often and change your sponges frequently as bacteria love to live in them.

You don’t want to apply fresh makeup with a brush filled with old makeup as it can retain bacteria and cause breakouts.

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Find YOUR Purpose!! Share YOUR Gift!!

We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too!

Howard Thurman once said,

 “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.

Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

When you discover what makes you come alive the world will open up and the universe will create opportunities for you to do just that.

Whatever it is, you will feel compelled to speak up about it and do what you can to make a difference. You cannot keep yourself from talking about what you care about most.  

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Sometimes God gives people a passion to speak up for a group of others who can’t speak up for themselves: the persecuted, the poor, the imprisoned, the mistreated, the disadvantaged and those who are denied justice.  

The Universe gives us all different passions so that everything that needs to get done in the world will get done.

You have to figure out how to get your gift out of your heart and into the world where it can be loved and appreciated.

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Sometimes that passion comes from personally experiencing some tragedy or obstacle in your life such as abuse, addiction,  depression, disease, or some other difficulty.

The challenge is that it is hard to understand this while you are going thru the challenges or pain.

Usually the worst things that happen to us in life lead us to the best things that will ever happen to us and lead us to our true missions and passions in life.

Don’t make the mistake of discounting any of your experiences.

They are there for a reason.

It’s your job to figure out what that reason is, learn what you need to from it and the move on and use what you can for your purpose.

Look at every experience as an opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself.

Know that wherever you are on your journey that is exactly where you need to be.

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Wherever you’ve been, and whatever you’ve done so far, both good and bad, your entire life was building up to this moment. Now is the time to rise up into your greatness.

A greatness you never could have reached without going through exactly the things you’ve gone through.

Everything you’ve experienced was for a reason and a purpose.

No matter how low you might have descended, there is no shame and no limit to how high you can now rise.

Don’t waste your failures…learn from them…use them.

Don’t push your dreams aside…pursue them.

Remember...we ALL have a 'story'.

I do as well.

USE YOUR STORY!!

I also think most of us have a dream, a secret aspiration we never admit to anyone else for fear of being laughed at. Yet the dream remains in our head and our heart and never really goes away. You feel it’s your destiny, planted in your brain like a little seed.

I do as well.

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I am very passionate about helping animals in need.

And EMPOWERING women thru helping them look and feel good about themselves.

However, I also secretly have wished to be a motivational speaker. 

To inspire and encourage other women in pursuing their dreams.

To not be ashamed of their story, to learn from it, to share it, and to find their gift through it.

There I said it. I put it out there. I’ve not shared that secret desire with many people.

Until I get the opportunity to actually stand up and do it in person, I will l do it here thru my BLOG posts.

It is said…If you have life you have a purpose.

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What are YOU willing to do?

What are your strengths?

What are your passions?

What are your dreams?

Who can you help?

Who can you teach?

What’s your secret dream?

What do you wish for?

SAY IT!!!

PUT IT OUT THERE!!

Then take a breath

 Have a plan.

GO FOR IT!!

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"God created you as an individual with special gifts, skills, and talents. You were placed on this earth for a reason and a purpose. You are meant to discover who you are and to express yourself in your own unique way. God and the angels want you to be passionate about what you do for work.

They want you to find your life's purpose so you can help and serve others."

~Connect with Angels

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Indraloka Animal Fundraiser

Hello my friends!

I want to share a quick fundraiser with you for an organization I've quickly come to love.

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is a hidden gem in Pennsylvania that I want you to know about.

It stands true to its namesake and is a 'heaven on earth' for all of its rescued animals.

Most of their animals, like Jeremiah, have overcome great odds to find their peace at Indraloka.

Having met Jeremiah myself, I have to say, such resilience evidently leads to absolute silliness and is a joy to know exists - he is quite the jokester, chasing his chicken friends, and kissing his favorite horse friend through the fence.

IAS is embarking upon a simple fundraiser:

for 1,008 people to each raise a mere $108 (or more, if so inclined).

I've joined the team and am hoping, at the very least, for you to share my fundraiser page with anyone you know who has compassion for our farm animal friends.

DeeVa Beauty has made a donation  and with a few others have met my initial $108. that I committed to but am trying for more.

Ive posted on my FB page that I am willing to offer 'two' lucky brides a discounted bridal rate for her wedding day makeup of which that money will go to the fundraiser.

If you will help me spread the word, and possibly make a small donation if you can.

$1.00 is not to small to send.

Times are tough and money is hard to come by....I know.

But everyone can spare 1.00 to help Gods children.

I'd be thrilled.

And should you find yourself inclined to join the team and raise your own $108. please do so.

Most of all, I want you all to know about this lovely place.

This sanctuary, this team, these people and these animals...they are good and beautiful and full of heart. They are worthy and deserving and I hope you'll follow their progress and find joy in their success and stories.

And for those that live close by take the ride up, especially with your children.grandchildren and spend the day meeting the animals and teaching your children to respect, and have compassion for them.

http://www.razoo.com/story/Deirdre-Mahon-Fundraising-For-Team-Indraloka

Thanks so much for your compassion and considering 'any' support.

My beloved Jeremiah  ♥
My beloved Jeremiah  ♥

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