5 Winter Trends...Already?

Sorry to burst your bubble but winter is on it’s way.  Unless you’re a true snow bunny, then I’m a bit envious and also happy for you.

 I came upon this article to help your inner fashionista and did you know a pair of simple black leggings goes with all of these?  Well I’m here to help you out with your winter wardrobe...I mean, if you’re gonna be chilled, be fashionable at the same time.

 https://www.whowhatwear.com/winter-leggings-outfits

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Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Tips for Getting Oily Skin Under Control

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Large pores, acne and blemishes, and an all-over shiny appearance are all noticeable signs of oily skin. Your skin’s oil production can increase for a number of reasons, including hormones, change in skin care routine and diet, and even a change in environment. Arizona can be a difficult place for your skin - ranging from extreme dryness in the winter & summer to stifling humidity in the late summer.  When this occurs, help correct the issue by following these tips.

  • Change your skin care. If your skin is showing signs of oiliness, you may want to change your skin care formula to one that specifically targets oiliness and acne. If your oil build-up is only concentrated in the “T” zone area, you may want to switch to the Normal to Oily SeneDerm SkinCare Collection. For those with oiliness all over, the Oily to Acne SkinCare Collection (US only) made with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid will be an ideal option.  You can check out our skin care options on my site HERE.
  • Deep clean pores. Remove deep-seated impurities hidden within pores by applying Detoxifying & Moisturizing Mask 2-3 times a week. Kaolin clay absorbs impurities while volcanic ash gently exfoliates. Soothing green tea and arnica flower helps counteract redness to ensure it does not cause irritation to acne-inflamed skin.
  • Moisturize. When skin is deprived of moisture, your body compensates by producing more oil. Keep skin moisturized by using DayTime Moisturizer and Evening Moisturizer (choosing a formula that best suits your skin type). Add extra hydration without clogging pores by spritzing oil-free Hydrating Facial Serum Mist (I LOVE the smell of this!  So yummy!) anytime throughout the day.
  • Use non-comedogenic cosmetics. Non-comedogenic products are made so that they do not clog pores. MakeSense Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer and MakeSense Foundations work to hide flaws without clogging pores for clearer skin.
  • Absorb oil with powder. Apply Translucid Powder in Natural to help absorb oil and eliminate shine after applying your makeup. This will help keep oil under control and keep your face looking fresh throughout the day.  If you need a little color in the winter, try the Bronze for some natural glow!

If you want to check our other products, you can see my online site HERE.  Leave me a comment if you have any questions, or start a chat with me!

More Questions...Therefore, More Answers

 I want share these pictures with my partner, but I don't want loose prints floating around. Any ideas for the best gift?

This is a very common concern and we totally understand. It's also one of the reasons that we don't normally offer just loose prints.  Our collections typically include digital files, albums and wall art.  One our newer products is a Portfolio Box.  It contains 20 of your favorite images, matted, in a beautiful linen box.  In addition, you will receive a USB with the corresponding digital files.  For more information on these products, just ask or visit the product page.

What should I bring to my boudoir session?

Most sessions include 2 different looks.  Please bring 3-4 options and we can pick from there.  If you wish to bring shoes, please do.  

 Can I bring a friend?

I recommend you come alone, because I want the focus to be on and about you.  If you would absolutely feel more comfortable, you may bring a friend (of the same sex!) but once we begin shooting they will need to stay in the other room so that you and I can focus.

Will my session be with a male or female photographer?

Our team is composed of all women, so you will only have a female photographer for your session as well as a female makeup artist.

 Do you do touch ups?

Yes, we will smooth skin and do some basic retouching on all of your portraits.  I tend to work on the philosophy, if it isn't permanent we can remove it - so don't worry about any little blemishes, bruises or scratches.

 I’m not a model – are boudoir photos still flattering even if my body isn’t perfect?

Absolutely! Nobody is perfect and every woman is sexy. If you have any specific concerns, contact us and we can talk about it!

 Do you do outdoor boudoir sessions?

While we have a semi-private outdoor area, it doesn't get used often.  I would be happy to utilize it more though!  If you know of some private-ish outdoor land we can shoot on, I'm open to setting something up!

 Do I have control over who sees my images?

Yes, most certainly. You will fill out a privacy policy as part of the booking process.  We will only share photos if you have given us permission and have approved the images for sharing. We respect your wishes and won't post or share any images if you’d prefer they stay private.

Have a question that’s not listed here? Contact us and we can answer it for you.

Ready to book a session?  Let's chat! Click HERE.

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Tips for Matching Foundation

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Foundation can cover blemishes and discoloration to create an even, flawless base for your makeup look – if done correctly. When done incorrectly, it can actually distract and in some cases, even make your blemishes more noticeable. Ensure that you’re applying foundation the right way by following these handy tips.

Know your undertone. The first step in foundation color matching is determining your undertone. The quickest way to check is to look at your veins. If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool undertone. If your veins appear green or olive, you have a warm undertone. If you can’t tell, then you have a neutral undertone. All MakeSense Foundations are noted in the Beauty Book with a “W” for warm, “C” for cool, or “N” for neutral making it convenient to choose the right shade for yourself and for your customer.

Match to your neck. When your face is lighter or darker than your neck, it can be very distracting. That’s why professionals recommend swatching the product from the jawline down to the neck in natural light if possible. If the color seems to disappear, then it’s a great match.

Mix products. If you are in between shades, go with the slightly deeper color and mix it with White Corrective Color Blender to create a custom color that is a perfect match. Also, mixing MakeSense Foundation in Dewy into any shade helps neutralize color if shades are too warm or too cool.

Mind your seasons. Remember that your skin tone may change from one season to another (although your undertone will always remain the same). Since we tend to tan during the summer, choose a “summer” shade to match the change in your tone. Likewise, since we spend less time in the sun during the winter, you will want to choose a different shade in the winter or lighten a shade you already have using White Corrective Color Blender.

Let's Get Lost Together - Ms A - Phoenix Boudoir

I met Ms A at a bridal event earlier this year and my fearless assistant convinced her that she should ignore the quizzical looks of her coworkers (she was working the event too!) and sign up for a session.  I'm pretty certain she's glad she did!

I Never Thought I Could - Picking Out Your Boudoir Session Outfits

Trying to figure out what to wear at your boudoir session? We've got a few tips to help you out:

 1. Wear what makes you feel sexy. Boudoir sessions are all about bringing your sexy side, so if you put something on and you feel uncomfortable, move on to the next option. Consider it sort of like searching for the perfect wedding dress. When you put it on and can't help but spin in front of the mirror or think, "Heck yes, I'm sexy!" then that is the piece you should wear on shoot day.

 2. Consider what he likes, too. Maybe he loves you in the color red, or he still talks about that little number you wore a couple years ago. If he's into sports or a certain hobby, play into that, as well.

 3. Opt for lingerie that flatters your favorite parts. If you've got an impressive rack (yes, we're going there), then choose something that really shows of that feature. Maybe you're a fan of your own derriere and want to show him the goods, too. Choose a piece that accentuates whatever features you love most about yourself.

 4. Footwear matters, too. It's so easy to go into a less-than-classy vibe depending on your footwear. Our suggestion: keep it simple.  Instead, opt for shoes that scream "sexy sophistication." FYI: Heels can also do a lady good when it comes to posture and accentuating muscles in her legs.

Improve your esteem and confidence

As you are aware, I am an advocate for women embracing their individual beauty, no matter what size, shape, age or color they are! I was reading a very unique article regarding “self image.” You can read the article too, here:

https://www.more-selfesteem.com/selfimage.htm

I really like the list of ways you can start improving your self-image!

I am challenging you to do the first one, than send it to me! Better yet, head over to the private VIP Facebook page (not a member, no worries, Click HERE to become one today, it’s free!) and post your list! Don’t forget to comment on other’s lists too!

Have a beautiful day! You deserve it!

I Love So Many! How Do I Get Them All?!

One common problem that my clients run into is paying for all the beautiful images they didn't expect to love.  I can't tell you how many times women will tell me that they only want a couple of images and then end up taking home WAY more than planned.  This can invariably lead to trying to figure out how to pay for so much sexy.

We have a couple options available that can make things a bit easier....so let's chat about them!

Paying For It

Of course, paying in full is an option - plus that kicks off the ordering of your products!  If you opted for digital files you can take them home that day.  

The next option is PayPal credit (or Square credit, coming soon!).  I highly encourage you to apply before your reveal session so you know how much you are approved for and if you need to supplement with credit or cash.  (PS:  I am no longer accepting checks....plus who really writes checks these days?).  The perk of this option is that in my eyes, you are considered paid in full and that will also kick off the ordering of your products.  Plus PayPal will normally offer 6 months no interest on your purchases.

The final payment option is an in-house payment plan.  This should really be the last resort and will be limited to orders over $1,000.  At least 20% of your total will be due at your reveal and the remainder is typically divided up over the next 4 or so months.  

Saving For It

One of my favorite programs to help me save money without thinking about it is Digit.  You can link it to your bank account (don't worry, it's super secure!) and it will monitor your deposit and withdrawals and when you have "extra" money it will withdrawal it and put it in savings account for you.  It's super easy to accumulate your savings.  They even have a Low Balance Protection option so if your checking account drops below a certain amount it will transfer money back so you aren't in danger of overdrawing your account.

You can even set up goals to save for (like your boudoir art!).

If you would like to pre-select a collection of your images, we can set up a payment plan so that you can pay towards it, when you come in for your session you'll be fully paid!  We will wait to schedule your session until you are about 1-2 payments away.  You can always upgrade your collection option, but you can't downgrade.

Remember that this is art and it is an investment.  I'm happy to work with you to come up with a plan to get all of the images you love! 

10 Facts about you

1. You are reading this right now.

2. You’re realizing that is a stupid fact.

4. You didn’t notice I skipped three.

5. You’re checking now.

6. You’re smiling.

7. You’re still reading this even though it’s stupid.

9. You didn’t realize I skipped eight.

10. You’re checking again and smiling about how you fell for it again.

11. You’re enjoying this.

12. You didn’t realize there’s only suppose to be ten facts.

 

Goal – number 6

Nailed it!

Have a great day!

Tucson Boudoir Introduces Ms J

Ms J is a recent Tucson convert from Oklahoma.  She loves being active and outdoors - which is a great fit for Arizona!  When she's not working as a dental hygienist she's hanging with her daughter and boyfriend.

In her words:

My sister did a boudoir shoot a couple years ago and showed me her pictures, and I thought that she looked amazing and it made her feel more confident with herself. I have thought about doing a boudoir shoot ever since her experience. Now I am at a point in my relationship where we have gotten comfortable and I am wanting to do a shoot to regain self-confidence and to rekindle a fire in my relationship.

"I want to remember that I am beautiful regardless of a few extra pounds and some stretch marks.  I find my personality to be what makes me beautiful. I am caring and often think of others needs before my own."

If you want to unleash your sexy side and find a some extra confidence, I encourage you to reach out so we can plan an amazing session!

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How to Wear Bold Colors On Your Eyes

This season, it’s all about adding vibrant hues to eyes – the bolder, the better! And with the launch of the new ShadowSense Tropical Collection, there are plenty of beautiful shades to play with this month! Bright colors elevate your style and make your look more interesting. However, it can be tricky adding color to accent your look without distracting from it. Use these tips below to incorporate this fun and exciting trend into your look this season.

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Keep bold color on the lower lid. When bright colors are extended too far above the crease, it can look harsh and overpower the entire eye area. Avoid this issue by concentrating color on the lid and use a clean brush to diffuse the color right at the crease to create a blended look. (Lava Shimmer ShadowSense featured on model.)

Wear bold color as eyeliner. A simple way to add a bright pop of color is to line your eyes with it. Crème to powder ShadowSense can be used as eyeliner when applied with a thin-tipped eyeliner brush. Try Palm Glitter ShadowSensefrom the limited edition Tropical Collection for a fun twist on your typical look.

Wear color along the lower lash line. Another easy way to make your usual eye look more exciting is to pair a neutral eye with a bright color along the lower lash line. Try a neutral mauve look on the eyes by applying Moca Java ShadowSense as your base and Garnet ShadowSense to accent the outer V of the eye. Then, add Tropical Orchid Glitter ShadowSense along the lower lash line.

Tap color onto center of the lid. You can also add a pop of color to a neutral eye look by tapping the bold color onto the center of the lid. Try shading lids with Moca Java ShadowSense. Then, tap Lava Shimmer ShadowSense onto the center of the lid and blend the edges.

Wear Mascara. Bold colors can overpower your lashes so applying mascara to them will frame your eyes and make your eyes stand out. Begin by using an eyelash curler to curl your lashes. Follow this step with LashSense Lash Builder to prime and build before applying LashSense Waterproof Mascara for luscious lashes that tie your whole look together.

Though I specifically call out SeneGence products, the techniques discussed are applicable to any brand of product.

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Ms A Unleashed - Tucson Boudoir

I met Ms A through a mutual friend (at a Pure Romance party!) and I was so excited when she decided to book a session with me!  

She is 25 and is an aspiring Project Manager.  We had a lot of fun during her session which was mostly a gift for her but a little bit of her boyfriend.  Since she tells me he's the man of her dreams I'm fully expecting her to be back to shoot a grooms gift in the near future. 

In her words...

I am really intrigued with how beautiful and free everyone looks in these photos. I want to see the sexy side of myself (I’m not usually the forward/controlling type).

Tips for a Beautifully Bronzed Face

Bronzer is designed to help achieve a sun-kissed look any time of the year by adding warm color to places on the face where the sun would naturally hit. Whether you’re using a cream formula like Bronze BlushSense or a powder formula like Bronze Dust Translucid Powder, make sure that you apply bronzer correctly by following these tips!

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Do not apply bronzer to the entire face. If you want a deeper shade, don’t do it with bronzer (try Self-Tanning Bronzing Coconut Milk instead). If you’re simply trying to add warmth to your face, bronzer should be applied only to areas where the sun would actually hit like the forehead, tip of the nose, chin, and from the temples down to right below the cheekbones.

Choose a color with a warm tone. You can’t add warmth to your face by using a shade that has a cool undertone. Shades with cool undertones (like Moca Java ShadowSense) may create the illusion of shadow instead of adding color to the face. For colors with true warmth, use Bronze BlushSense, Bronze Dust Translucid Powder, or MakeSense® Pearlizer blended into a deeper warm foundation shade.

Build color. Don’t overload your face with bronzer in one go. Instead, build the color up slowly by adding sheer layers at a time. If you apply too much at one time, take a clean SenseCosmetics Stippling Brush and buff away the excess product until the color is blended.

With these simple bronzer tips, you can achieve a gorgeous, sun-kissed glow no matter what season you’re in! 

5 Questions About A Boudoir Session!

I'm really nervous. Is that normal?

It is definitely normal to be nervous for your boudoir session, so don't worry. Most of our clients are nervous until the session has gone on for a few minutes. After it starts, you’ll begin to loosen up.  Plus I'm really awesome at being a dork so you'll have plenty to laugh at.

How do I know how to pose?

Don’t worry about posing. I've totally got you covered in that department. I know lots of tricks to create the most flattering angles for you, no matter what shape or size you are.  I also will demonstrate the foundational pose and general gist of what I want you to do.

Do your packages include hair and makeup?

Absolutely!  I believe that every woman deserves some pampering so all of our sessions start with professional hair & makeup to give you a chance to relax.  But I promise we're just going for an amp'd up natural look - nothing crazy!

Am I allowed to bring alcohol to help loosen my nerves?

As long as you're over 21, I have no issue with a pre-shoot drink. We do offer champagne, wine or beer at your session to help you relax.  Plus we've got non-alcoholic stuffs too.

 Do you provide the wardrobe?

Yes & No.

No - I prefer that you provide your own wardrobe.  I want something you like, that is meaningful to you.

Yes - I do have a studio wardrobe that you're welcome to pull from or we can supplement what you brought.  If you are interested in using it, please do let me know so I can pull some items for you.

 Have a question that’s not listed here? Contact us and we can answer it for you.

6 Tips for Preventing Workout-Related Breakouts and Skin Issues 

While exercise can add a healthy glow to your skin, it can also be a potential trigger for breakouts and other skin irritations. Keep your skin clear by implementing these helpful habits.

Use non-comedogenic makeup

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Keeping your skin clear starts before you even begin to exercise. Regular makeup blocks the pores and prevents most of the sweat from coming out, causing it to build up under the skin. In turn, bacteria grows causing your skin to break out. Instead, invest in non-comedogenic makeup like MakeSense® Original or Advanced Anti-Aging Foundation to keep your skin breathable and your pores clear. For those who prefer to remove their makeup before working out, you can use Fooops!® SenseCosmetics®Color Removing Wipes to quickly remove makeup without stripping moisture from your skin.

Wear loose clothing made from natural fibers

Although spandex and other synthetic materials are common components of trendy workout clothes, opt for natural fibers if you’re prone to breakouts and skin irritations. Look for natural fabrics like hemp or cotton and be sure to take off your sweaty clothes as soon as you can after a workout to avoid accumulating dirt and sweat on your skin. Before putting clean clothes on, jump in the shower to wash away those impurities.

Wipe down gym equipment

While the gym is a great place to get fit and healthy, it can also be a breeding place for bacteria, which, as mentioned previously, can trigger post-workout breakouts. Even if the staff members at your gym regularly wipe down the equipment, it’s best to clean whichever piece of equipment you want to use before you start using it.

Shower after workouts

Acne does not just affect the skin on your face; it also affects your body! Be sure to prevent acne from head to toe by showering after workouts. Use cleansers and body washes that help maintain your skin’s pH balance like SeneDerm 3 in 1 Cleansers and Moisturizing Body Wash. Follow with DayTime Moisturizer and Advanced Hydration Body Lotion to ensure skin is moisturized after your workout. 

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Exfoliate regularly

Another helpful strategy to keep breakouts at bay is to exfoliate your entire body two to three times each week. Exfoliation will remove dead skin cells that can trap acne-triggering bacteria. Try using the SeneDerm® Smoothing Body Scrub, which contains volcanic ash as a natural exfoliator and soothing, moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe leaf juice. However, be sure to avoid scrubbing too roughly to prevent irritation.

Frequently wash gym clothes

Keeping gym clothes and towels freshly laundered is vital to maintaining clear skin. Sweat and dirt build up on workout clothes, so it’s best to put on a clean outfit each time you work out. This is especially important for sports bras and shorts, since two common acne zones are the back and buttocks.

By implementing these strategies into your hygiene routine, you’re well on your way to minimizing acne outbreaks while reaping the benefits of physical exercise.

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Have you met Ms M?

I met Ms M at a bridal expo here in Tucson and I was so excited to have her in front of my camera.  She had these eyes I didn't want to stop looking at.

She was getting married and wanted to do something special for her fiance.  She also wanted to show herself that she was as sexy as he says she is.  

I think we can agree that she is definitely as sexy as he thinks.  

If you think Ms M is looking sexy and you want to unleash your sexy, let's chat!

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Brows Two Ways with BrowSense and ShadowSense 

The shape of the brows can make a big difference in your overall appearance. They can frame your face and your eyes to make them appear larger or smaller and can change your facial expression. Needless to say, brows are very important and whatever look you create, you’ll want to make sure that it lasts all day! With our range of long-lasting color cosmetics, you can create beautiful smudge-proof brows two ways!

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BrowSense Liquid Brow Color features a waterproof liquid formula with a thin brush applicator and an enclosed spoolie to apply perfectly defined brows and is available in four natural shades to match your hair. This system is ideal for those with sparse brow hairs as it helps to create natural, hair-like strokes while adding definition to the shape. (Dark BrowSense Liquid Brow Color on model on the left.)

Here’s how to apply BrowSense in just a few easy steps:

1. Outline the upper arch starting from the mid-point of the brow by creating hair-like strokes towards the tail end of the brow.
2. Place the applicator at the front of the brow where the lowest hairs sit and flick the applicator upwards to create fine, hair-like strokes.
3. Fill in spaces where hairs are sparse.
4. Brush through hairs to disperse product using the attached spoolie.

Another way to fill brows is by using ShadowSense Matte Eyeshadows. Its crème to powder formula makes it easy to apply and dries down to a smudge-proof matte finish. Depending on your hair color, you will want to choose the color that suits you best or mix shades together to create a perfect match.

Garnet ShadowSense has a mahogany color and is great for brunettes who have a slight red tone in their hair. Smoked Topaz has a deep grey-brown shade which works well for those with ash-brown hair. Onyx can be mixed in to deepen the shade for those with dark hair while Moca Java works to lighten any shade for those with a lighter hair color. (Garnet ShadowSense mixed with Smoked Topaz ShadowSense on model below.)

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To apply ShadowSense, you’ll need a flat angled brush and a spoolie or brow brush. Once you’ve mixed the perfect shade to match your brows, here’s what you’ll need to do to achieve perfectly shaped brows using ShadowSense:

1. Outline the upper arch starting from the mid-point of the brow, extending to the tail end.
2. Beginning from a quarter of the way in from the brow, outline the lower part of the brow.
3. Fill in sparse areas creating hair-like strokes in the same direction of the hairs.
4. Angle your brush vertically and flick the applicator upwards to create fine, hair-like strokes at front of the brow.
5. Brush through hairs to disperse product using a spoolie or a brow brush.

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