I had the pleasure of assisting my favorite famous make up artist, Kathy Jeung, on this  Target Commercial!  It was so much fun, and the set life was stellar! We had delicious kraft services (for food), fantastic music (Everybody Dance Now!), and just the best energy from top to bottom!  Kathy’s right hand man, Marco Souza, was SO nice, and SO talented.  I was surround by TALENT, GUYS!!!!!!!

The group of dancers just amazed me- We worked with Beyonce’s main dancer, Ashley Everett, the famous female popping/tutting/ dance artist, Dytto, and Taylor Hatala who’s video “Run the World” to Beyonce’s “Girls,” has been viewed over 4.2 million times to name a few of the ladies and they were all so COOL.  The guys were all impressive as well!!! The kids especially surprised me with their polite and professional attitudes.

Assisting Kathy meant everything to me.  She is so kind, patient, and has SO MANY TIPS AND TRICKS!!!!!  It was a joy to be referred to her by a make up artist I look up to immensely, Angelina Cheng (I LOVE HER).

Enjoy and dance a little!

Happy Dancing!

Love and Beauty,


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YSL Les Saharienne Blur Bronzer

I’m in love again.  Yves Saint Laurent’s Blur Bronzer  (Les Saharienne) is just sublime.

YSL Blur Bronzer

It is a blurring, perfecting, bronzer!  Boasting six shades, it can really be used for any skin tone as someone with a very deep skin can use the deepest color as a blurring highlighter and people with very light skin can use the lightest (almost highlight color) as a bronzer.  Everything in between can be used as a foundation, setting powder, body blur perfecter (when mixed with body oil or lotion), lip neutralizer, eyeshadow etc!  Use it as everything!  I keep telling people that there is no wrong way to use it unless you’re not using it!

Check out my video for an in depth look at this gorgeous new product!

Happy Bronzing!

Love and Beauty,


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Happy Kissing Day with Studio DIY!

Whey my make up management company, Page Beauty, rang and asked if I would like to do a lip tutorial with Kelly Mindell from Studio DIY, I jumped at the chance!

You might remember my last post with Studio DIY for Starbucks that included a LOT of lemons!

This time, we focused on how to really make a lip last- especially if you are in front of the camera or away from your vanity all day.  Kelly put it a great way; similar to frosting a cake effectively, there are going to be a lot more steps involved.  As I am a professional make up artist, here are my tips and tricks to getting you a pout with longevity!

Step One: Apply Concealer around the outside of the lips to create a clean barrier

Step Two; Apply a wax based clear lip liner to keep in color and prevent any fading or feathering. Thank you to The Couture Gift Collection for introducing me to this brand for my Valentine’s Day Gift Giving Guide with Fox 11 almost half a year back! I featured their lipstick then, but this I think this invisible liner is the star product of their line!

Step Three: Apply a lip liner to the WHOLE lip!

Step Four: Using a lip brush, apply your lip color evenly.



Step Five: Use a Lip Stain in a similar or the same color to seal in the lipstick!

Step Six- Take concealer around the edges to clean up any mistakes (if needed)

Step Seven- Follow by setting with a translucent powder to help with upper and lower lip perspiration.


But what if you’re in a rush???  Grab a great lip stain (I recommend Sephora) apply, and go!!!!


Rock on!!!

Lipstick-101-Two-Ways-To-Make-Your-Lipstick-Last13a-600x900You can find all product links and Kelly’s original post for what I chose for her HERE!

Photography by the incredible Jeff Mindell

Made possible by Page Beauty

Make up by Me!

Happy Kissing!

Love and Beauty,









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LEMON Frappuccino


 I was thrilled when my make up management company, Page Beauty asked if I was available for a shoot with Studio DIY.  I had NO CLUE it was going to be a Starbucks Campaign, which totally made the shoot that much more “sweet!”

Filming with Kelly Mindell was so fun.  She’s a burst of energy, and a total sweetheart.

Her husband, Jeff Mindell, takes the photos, and the pair operate out of their loft space in Downtown Los Angeles.  The day was fun, light, and oh so yellow!

I custom blended yellow eyeshadow from Ulta, Revlon Cream Eyeshadow, and Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte Pure 201 together to get the perfect hue and texture for Kelly’s lips!

Photography by Jeff Mindell @jeffmindell

Styled by @beautilitarian

Hair by Stef Cuesta @stefcuesta

Make up by me @emilyoliver08

For Page Beauty @pagebeauty

I hope you enjoyed these flirty and BRIGHT photos for Starbuck’s new Lemon Frappuccino!

Happy Lemons!

Love and Beauty,


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Cosmetic Terms|Defined by a Guy

I thought it would be interesting to see how much my husband, Michael knows about cosmetics.  He does have an advantage in this department, as he’s known me for ten years, and is an actor, who, quite regularly needs to be in make up.  Some of the terms he just crushed, while others left him more than perplexed! Check it out with tons of laughing involved!

Also, a HUGE thanks to my friend, inspiration, and business partner, Robert, for introducing me to my must have of the season, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette!

Do you like videos like this?  Would you like to see more challenge videos?  Let me know, and check out Michael in this short clip from his scary movie!

Happy Tuesday!

Love and Beauty,


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Father’s Day Ideas News Segment


Father’s Day gift giving is just around the corner, and the number one complaint I hear is, “dad is so difficult, because dad seems to have everything they already want.”  From personal experience, my father is the worst to purchase for because he would just go and get whatever he wanted or had been talking about, so my mother had a rule with him- no gift hunting one month before major celebrations.  Sometimes it worked, often times his impulse won.  So this father’s day, let’s surprise him with something he would not necessarily think to purchase for himself.

The cosmetic world is a great market to explore- I’m not saying buy the guy some anti-age products (if you do this, it needs to be together, in person, and guided so he feels some ownerPhoto curtesy of Chopshopship in the decision),  I’m saying, let’s give him an experience to pull him out of his normal routine.

I first thought of barbershop old-fashioned shaves when I realized just how much I love getting my hair done, and my face taken care of. An old-fashioned, hot towel shave is the closest thing I could think of that would;

1. create an experience

2. pamper dad

3. maintain a feeling of “manliness” and

4. get him closer to an organic interest in product and skin care.

That’s when I discovered, Chopshop, in Santa Barbara, a one and a half-year old booming business, run by masterminds, Frank Perez and Elijah Zayas.  I sat down with Frank Perez and Elijah Mayas and dove into what an old-fashioned hot towel shave is all about.

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Perez creates experiences.  He begins the service by a hot lather- this means that he lathers up the face with a shaving cream from a machine which warms the product and is mixed with an oil to bring dirt and grime to the surface, and soften the beard bristles.  He then puts a hot towel around to encourage hair follicles to soften, and actually come out of the skin a little more to get a closer shave!

Next, Perez removes the towel and re-lathers the face with a dry oil from The Art of Shaving.  Perez explained to me that, at this point, “the hair is soft, and the blade just glides.”

Not just any blade though- these guys are all about hygeine- every razor, which is inserted to the old-time handle, is disposable and thrown out after every client and replaced with a new one.

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After the shave, another hot towel is cushioned around the face, and removes any lasting residue.  The next step makes perfect sense, which is to use a cold towel to close up the pores, and make the shave last longer.  Finishing touches include an aftershave from The Art of Shaving and Talc, to keep sensitive skin feeling amazing, and bacteria and irritation at bay.

If you’re in the Santa Barbara area, check them out: 3204 State Street Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 and give a call ahead of time because they book up!                  (805) 770.2933.

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For our loyal news followers, mention the key word, “Fox 11,” and get $10 off a Father’s Day package deal (shave and hair cut usually priced at $52).  Chopshop offers gift cards, and I don’t think Perez could have put it any better, “When you look good, you perform better.”

If you are not in the Santa Barbara area, give yelp a search for “old-fashioned shave” or “shave shop,” and see if there’s one near you because I forecast this as the next best thing!  And as Zayas says, it’s a great way to “hit the refresh button” on style!

Maybe dad really doesn’t have the time?  Here are some of my favorite Father’s Day fragrance ideas, most of which you can find at Sephora:

1. L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent $25-$125 – clean and classic full of; bergamot, ginger, vetiver, cedar wood, and lemon

2. L’Homme Sport by Yves Saint Laurent $54-$87- a more citrus twist on the above classic boasting; woody notes, along with citrus, and amber


3. Jazz Club by Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica $125 – a more dangerous fragrance that makes me think of whiskey and cigars; Pink Pepper, Lemon, Neroli Oil, Rum Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Java Vetiver Oil, Tobacco Leaf Absolute, Vanilla Bean, Styrax Resin.

Here is an Art of Shaving kit that caught my eye. Art of Shaving is carried at and of course, Chopshop.

Photo from The Art of Shaving

What are some of your favorite gifting ideas for dad? I hope you start your shopping early!

Happy Fathers!

Love and Beauty,


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How to get NATURAL Brows

I’m all about natural brows- I wish I was born with thick luscious ones, so I do my best to make them as thick as I can, while maintaing some form of naturalism.  Here’s the how to:

You will need:

1. Eye brow pencil
2. Eye brow powder + angle brush (optional)
3. Brow Comb
4. Brow Gel
5. Concealer

I used:

1. Eye brow pencil- Anastasia
2. Eye brow powder + angle brush (optional)- Anastasia
3. Brow Comb- Generic Brand
4. Brow Gel- Ardele
5. Concealer- Armani High Precision Retouch for concealer

1. Map out your brows with three points: one vertically up the nose, two over the pupil at an angle, and three, in line with the bottom lash line going up toward your temple. (Please watch the video for these demos!)

2. Fill in the dots with either just pencil, or powder and pencil as well

3. Apply brow gel!

4. Apply your concealer to make sure edges are super clean

5. Repeat the other side and raise those brows!

Happy Brows!

Love and Beauty,



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