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New Years Eve Make Up Looks

This week it’s all about New Years Eve and how we can best prepare you for that night!  So today we partnered with Janel from Fiore Beauty who did all the amazing looks at our recent New Years Eve shoots this year including the brunch we featured on Monday here and our party we are featuring tomorrow so stay tuned for that beauty! I’m seriously in love with all of these looks, they are fresh, beautiful and a super class act!!

So here we go… we are starting with Hannah:

We decided to go with a bright pop on the lip and a fun glittery eye. This look will also work with a shimmer on the eye just make sure it’s a soft color so it won’t compete with the lip color. We chose bright pink to highlight the soft blonde in her hair. We also used a soft pink glitter to accent her green eyes. New Year’s Eve makeup doesn’t always have to be dark and smokey. This is a fresh look that still says you’re ready to party!!!!

Next up is Jen:

For the next look Jen was wearing a beautiful green top so we used a cream/liquid silver shadow on her lid and dusted a mint powder over it. We wanted it to match and it looked fab!!! For her lips we used a soft peachy tone. Again using color to brighten instead of dark tones is always a great way to have long lasting selfie ready NYE makeup!!!

Now we have Hannah:

We chose a brown smokey bronze eye and a pale pink lip.  Building depth on the lid with a dark brown shadow stick and then layering bronze shadow on top…it really emphasized her blue eyes, adding just the right amount of drama!

And the lovely Janel herself:

Janel has almond shaped eyes so we did a smokey eye that was darker on the outside corners and more golden on the inside lids to really brighten and accent the eyes.  A peachy nude lip brought everything together to keep it looking fresh.

And here is Abby:

We wanted to give her a holiday, classic red lip.  Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Pencil (Nars) was the perfect red for her skin tone and since it’s matte, minimal upkeep is needed all through the night.  Perfect for that NYE kiss!
These looks are gorgeous, and thank you so much Janel at Fiore Beauty!! We definitely have our picks that we will be sporting in a few days.
Adios 2016, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!!
Love, love, love New Years eve!!
xx Leah

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Now Smell This- Beijos Picks (National Fragrance Day)

Did you know that tomorrow is National Fragrance Day? Isn’t it funny how there is a national day for everything, we can’t complain about this one. Its a perfect spring day to gush over some good smelling scents.

If you think about it, a certain fragrance can trigger a certain memory of someone or something.  I’m sure when you smell certain scents, a person or story will pop up in your head. My mom is a die hard perfume lover, and we have gotten her so many thru the years. When my kids come home from a weekend at Nemas, their clothes and even them smell like my mom’s perfume. Which one? I will never know, but they all smell like Nema. I secretly am not a fan of strong perfume, but these scents of hers are a comfort feeling for me.

What’s your favorite scent? Does it remind you of someone or something? I bet if you sit back and think about it, a story will pop up.

Its all about floral and tropical scents for me like jasmine, lavender, lemon flowers, gardenias, coconut, and guava. I love using all natural and organic oil instead of the standard perfume as well. You still get the sweet floral scents, but just in a more delicate way. Let’s see the roundup of our favorite fragrances.

Photos by Jessie Salas


Lets start with this beauty….


Epic Gardenia by Strange Invisible

Now this is a true perfume scent that I love. I use Epic Gardenia on special occasions with the hubby. I spray this in the air then walk thru it, it allows the scent to wrap your body in the sweet smell of gardenia. It’s nice to have a bottle of perfume for special occasions, switch it up a bit.

Strange Invisible’s fragrances are certified organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic, and hydro-distilled essences with genuine inspiration and compelling narratives. Each entirely natural perfume is designed, decanted, and bottled within our own natural fragrance house based in Venice, California.


This bottle sits out on my vanity, its just to pretty to hid in a cabinet. Check out more of these stunning beauties here. There is a scent for everyone.

Next up, its one of my daily favorites.

Coconut Isle by Forager Botanicals.

I use body oil as my daily fragrance choice. Right after I get out of the shower I will use it on my arms and chest. Close your eyes and you are on a tropical vacation with this scent. Its a very light and airy oil, you won’t feel greasy at all.


This oil is a silky soft blend of almond, jojoba and apricot oil. All natural and has notes of green coconut with a touch of tropical fruit. The entire vegan line is color, paraben, sulfate and preservative free. Pretty cool huh?!? 

I love this brand as they create scents that are as close to mother nature made it. Check out more of their oils here.

Lastly, two perfume oils that come in a roller that I carry with me in my purse and are great for traveling.


Malibu Lemon Blossom Perfume Roll-On

I’m sure have your heard of the Pacifica Brand? They are an all natural vegan and cruelty-free. You can find their products at your local health store, I get mine at Whole Foods.

This scent is perfect for spring. Its fresh scent captures the free spirit of the Pacific Ocean with Lemon Blossom, Litsea Cubeba, flowering Angel’s Trumpet, fresh herbs and salty sea breezes.


We plant jasmine and lemon trees in our backyard just for the scents they provide in spring. Having lemon and jasmine come thru the windows on a spring day is my favorite. There is just something relaxing about it. Even when its a bit nutty around the house, you get smell of lemon flowers blooming, and all your worries just went out the window. This scent gives me the same feeling. If I’m feeling stressed, this is my cure.

Last, another fun perfume roll-on.

This is a fresh floral blend of 100% pure essential oils of rose absolute, ylang ylang, lavender and sandalwood infused with organic jojoba oil.


Its another favorite if you love those spring days. I found mine when I was wandering the beauty section at Whole Foods. I love the packaging of this roll-on as well, just so pretty in pink.


There you have it!

Happy national fragrance day!



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Perfectly Pastel – Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

Each year we wait in anticipation to see what the notorious Pantone Color of the Year will be… This year they surprised everyone and went with TWO amazing colors!!  Rose Quartz and Serenity…  We are loving these pretty soft colors so much and can’t wait to mix them in with our events, we think they are a perfect combo for a Spring wedding, or even a lovely ladylike bridal shower!!


There are so many ways to utilize these pretty pastels and we are sharing one of our favorites… with makeup!  Last year we teamed up with our friend and makeup artist Kierra Scheffer to share our favorite ways to incorporate their color of the year (marsala) into our makeup, and this year we are doing the same.  Check out all of the loveliness that Miss Kierra did to create these looks that you can easily create yourself!

All photos by Anthony Grippa

Let’s start with Rose Quartz…

Creating a soft and pretty palate is so sweet and delicate, we just love the way this turned out!

What Kierra used:

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc – Pink Mosaic
MAC Lip Color – Girl About Town
Laura Mercier Palette – Morning Dew, Espresso Bean, African Violet and Noir

Beijos-007 Kierra first used the Pink Mosaic Shimmer Bloc for a wash of a shimmery rose quartz color on the cheeks and eyes.  She then used this amazing Laura Mercier Palette (that is now on our list of must have makeup items), she specifically used the Morning Dew as the base color on the eyes, Espresso Bean for the brow color, the African Violet in the crease of the eyes and the Noir as the eyeliner.

Beijos-001 Lastly she used the Mac Lip Color in Girl About Town for the lips, which adds a nice POP, don’t you think?

Beijos-006 Beijos-002 Next, Serenity… For this we had to go with a little fun and a little glam!

Here’s what Kierra used:

Mac Lip Color – Hug Me
Laura Mercier Palette – Morning Dew, Espresso Bean, Bronze Glow
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color – Lagoon
Ardell False Lashes

Beijos-015 Kierra used the Laura Mercier Palette again with Morning Dew as the base color and Espresso Bean as the brow color.  She next used the Bronze Glow on the eyelids and the Baked Eye Color in Lagoon as the “serenity” eye liner smudged into the lash line on top and bottom.  The bronze and blue complement one another without overpowering the look, just a hint of glam color!

Beijos-010 Beijos-009 She finished it off with the nude lip color from MAC in Hug Me and her favorite Ardell false eyelashes!  Doesn’t Leah look oh so sexy!?  Meow…

Beijos-011 And there you have it!  Using the Pantone Colors of the year in your makeup is as easy and gorgeous as that!



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By on January 5, 2016 in BEAUTY, MAKEUP, TUTORIAL


Cat Eye- Fall Beauty

Now that fall is here…doesn’t really seem like it at all here in California, but its here! The leaves are falling, turning those pretty red and orange shades. With it slowly transitioning, we are itching to make that jump right into everything fall. We have showed you some great transition looks for fashion last week, and we think this cat eye look is a perfect transition from summer to fall. Last week we showed you a perfect smoky eye on our lovely Leah, and Sahar from Dreamcatcher Artistry is showing us today that cat eye that everyone loves but just can’t seem to master most of the time. Let the pro tell you how to achieve this fall beauty look.


Cat Eye

This look may seem simple but it can be time consuming because you really have to take the time to get each line clean and matching the other. I started with a shimmery primer on the eyelid. I swept the whole lid with a subtle salmon color eye shadow. Then, with a super thin gel liner brush, I used waterproof black eye shadow by Makeup forever and created two thick and even lines, one for each eye. To make sure they’re even, you can take a selfie picture with your eyes closed. Once you have the two lines even, draw the wing. Start from the highest point of your lines and drag the line up to your desired height. Use a Q-tip to clean and straighten the line. Match the lips with a glossy soft pink color.



For the top knot, grab a handful of hair at the crown of the head and apply a pomade. Twist up and then down into a knot. Once you secured it with bobby pins, pull out small pieces to make it messy.

Don’t we just all love my serious modeling poses!

Thanks Sahar!!



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By on October 6, 2015 in BEAUTY, MAKEUP, TUTORIAL


Smokey Eye – Fall Beauty

The first day of Fall happened just yesterday and we can now say goodbye to the hot days of Summer, ok, not so much here in California… But we are ready to break out some new Fall beauty looks and we’re not letting this Indian Summer stop us!!  We’re ready for bolder looks and some boots and sweaters… Come on weather, work with us here!!!

We recently got to work with the ladies of Dreamcatcher Artistry who are based out of San Francisco and Santa Barbara, we worked with the lovely Sahar who met us in Ojai for a special trip (more on that later…) She played beauty with us and helped us create a few fun looks, the first being on our lovely Leah!

Smokey Eye

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-145 From Sahar:

Leah has a dark brown smokey eye look. I started with an eye primer by MAC called Bare Study then contoured a flat taupe color from Urban Decay’s Naked Palette II on the brow bone and worked my way down her lid with a darker brown flat shadow by MAC called Espresso. After that I layered a shimmery brown on top of the dark brown with MAC’s Mulch. Mulch is a fantastic color on its own as well if you’re looking for a quick soft look for the day.

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-155 I used Makeup Forever’s waterproof black eye shadow as a liner and buffed that out with Urban Decay’s flat black eye shadow for a smokey look.

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-148 I finished off her eyes with Burberry mascara and a pair of really soft subtle false eyelashes. Her foundation is a mixture of my own foundation line. I topped off her flawless face with Makeup Forever’s matte bronzing powder and BH Cosmetics cheek color in soft rose. I filled in the brows with MAC’s Espresso brown and I layered a soft nude lip liner under Victoria Secrets Mocktail Hour lipgloss.

Doesn’t Leah look stunning!?  We love this look and can’t wait to recreate it for Fall and into the Holidays!!


Beijos Girls

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By on September 24, 2015 in BEAUTY, MAKEUP