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The Pretty Files: Red Lipstick, A History

According to Taylor Swift, red lips (among other things) never go out of style. As we slip into the rich, bold colors of fall that may feel like the case, but has red lipstick always been the classic that we consider it now? In honor of the change of season we’re taking a look at the […]

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The Pretty Files: Gallon of Water Challenge

No doubt you have seen those articles on the internet about the amazing effects of drinking a gallon of water a day. Many of them include a before and after photograph of the person writing the article showing an astounding transformation in their appearance. I’ve been fascinated with these articles. Drink a gallon of water […]

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The Pretty Files: Bronzer Basics

I get a lot of questions and requests as a professional makeup artist. I’ve mentioned some of them before, but there are requests that keep popping up, at least once a week if not more. Eyeliner is a big one, as is the smoky eye. Lately though, people keep wanting me to help them choose […]

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The Pretty Files: Tan Time

Tanning, either in the sunshine or in tanning beds, will kill you. I’m not usually hyperbolic, but cancer really is no joke. Tanning also really damages your skin. It can cause discoloration beyond just the red of a sunburn and it causes you to age prematurely. These things are unfortunate because the golden brown of […]

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The Pretty Files: Acne and Breakouts

When I sat down to plan this month’s Pretty Files, my plan was to write about self tanners. As a vampire-pale human summer is my nemesis and the idea that a self tanner might keep me from blinding the planet was very inviting. I lined up what I wanted to try and some techniques to […]

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The Pretty Files: No Shampoo

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest and various beauty blogs. I am generally looking for inspiration or new techniques, though sometimes I look for product reviews or things I absolutely must try. For several months I have been seeing articles and posts about no longer using shampoo to wash hair and after doing […]

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The Pretty Files: Warming up to Marsala

Happy 2015! I don’t know about you, but I was really excited when Pantone revealed the 2015 color of the year, Marsala. In contrast to 2014’s Radiant Orchid and 2013’s Emerald, Marsala immediately felt like a color that was user-friendly and wearable in regards to fashion. It also felt classic. Pretty wine-red sweater paired with […]

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The Pretty Files: Best of 2014 Trends

Every December I like to take a look back over the year to evaluate what worked and what didn’t work in my life. This is especially true in regards to all things beauty-related. As 2014 comes to a close I’m looking back at the trends for the year that will enter my pretty canon as […]

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The Pretty Files: Heating Up – Hot Styling Tools

Hair doesn’t style itself. Sure, some days the stars align and you can brush or comb it through your locks and have everything fall in place, but more often than not you need a little bit of help getting your hair to look just the way you want it. For the curly girls that sometimes […]

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The Pretty Files: Nailing It

When we think about being pretty we usually think about our hair and our skin, how we take care of them and how we enhance them.  But skincare, makeup, and hair aren’t the only elements of being pretty. Our nails are also an important of the appearance and can be their own unique form of […]

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The Pretty Files: Fall Makeup Trend

Summer has left us (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere and in that case welcome back to warmer days!) I have been reluctantly packing away my sundresses and my flip flops and looking ahead to sweaters, boots, and scarves. I have also been taking a look at my makeup bag. With the change in season […]

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The Pretty Files: Makeup Bag Rehab

When is the last time you really looked at the contents of your bag? This month we’re having a little intervention, sitting down to look at those bags of wonder, and sending all of us to makeup bag rehab.

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The Pretty Files: Emergency Makeup

We have all had those days, days where we are lucky to get out the door on time to get to work or school only to get to our destination and discover we need to be more than just there: we have to look our best and in a hurry. Crap. So when life throws […]

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