IMATS LA – International Makeup Artist Trade Show 2014!
Categories: Makeup Tutorials

I have to be brutally honest, IMATS LA was something I have been dreading for MONTHS now. Anyone who is in the military knows why I say this. Being in large uncontrolled crowds without a weapon? Complete lack of situational awareness while people crowd around you from all corners without you being able to see what they’re doing from behind your back? I’m cool bruh!

If it wasn’t for my readers and viewers who had asked me if I was going to be attending, as well as some of the sweetheart vloggers I knew would be coming out here and I’ve been watching and supporting for years (Makeupd0ll, Nitraab, etc) I would not have gone. I do love meeting people but I prefer the environment to be much more relaxed and controlled so I pushed my nervousness and borderline claustrophobia aside and decided to come anyway. I’m so glad I did!

I met so many amaaaazing people this weekend and I’m constantly reminded of the amount of positivity and support there is from YouTube and the beauty community.



MakeupgeekTV MakeupGeek who I am extremely proud of!!

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KMBMakeup and the legend herself, miss Eve Pearl…just a 5-time Emmy award winning makeup artist, no big deal!

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My sweethearts Angie of goldiestarling and Heather aka Sokolum79


 Me and my girl Krystal again!


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Me and Heather again!


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My babies Anitra and Alyssia better known as nitraab and mzosofabolousTV on youtube



Hey girl hey!

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Finally go to meet this sweetheart Keishakrystalb IMATS LA

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the ever so fab Renny Vasquez and Tatiana aka Beatfacehoney

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It’s Missy yall!


Some of the beautiful subscribers I met, how are my subbies so freakin gorg though?!


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Oh and peep some of the goodies I snagged from this year’s show, thank you Sugarpill for being such an avid supporter of me and my channel, check out their new line of cruelty free brushes guys. I’ve already used them in a makeup tutorial and I’m quite impressed! Eve Pearl came through too and I’m excited to feature my new stuff on the channel!

I am so blessed to have met many of you lovely ladies at the show this year! Here’s to another year of success, creativity and inspiration to all of you. See you next year ladies!


Soft, Dewey and Clean Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial
Categories: Makeup Tutorials

Guys like natural makeup right? Meh, who cares what they like!

Okay just kidding.

This makeup look is for all my Valentine’s Day makeup divas out there, NO it’s not too early to start planning now! This look also comes by request from a subscriber who wanted to see something glowy and dewy, as many of us know most men prefer the softer “no makeup makeup” type of looks. We thought this would be appropriate for a date with a gentleman so I hope you all enjoy what I came up with!

valentine's day makeup

valentines day makeup

valentine's day makeup


The idea behind this look was to be soft clean, and something that won’t scare away your beaux.

Here’s what I used in this tutorial

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 | Dark
Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer
Face Atelier Pro Ultra Foundation  | 0+
Youngblood Hi Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder | Warmth
Maybelline FitMe Concealer | #30
MAC Studio Finish Concealer | NW40
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Beauty Blender Sponge
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow | Camel
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate | Smote
Urban Decay 24 Hour Glide On Pencil | Baked
NARS Blush | Dolce Vita
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural | Dark Deep
MAC Eyebrow Pencil | Spiked
Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer | Q120
Magnolia Makeup | Soul Glo
Magnolia Makeup Lip Fix | Bare
To shop for all of the products featured on this tutorial on a one stop shop check out Markkit! http://mymarkk.it/lp034
And if you’re really feeling flirty this year and want to step it up from your usual natural glam check out this Valentine’s day makeup tutorial I did last year featuring a sexy, deep red lip.
I know this blog post came super delayed but with IMATS coming and going I have been pretty busy all weekend, as I’m sure many of you have been as well! It was an honor and pleasure getting know many of you this weekend, and thanks so much to each of  you for being kind, joyful, encouraging and just showing some love to me this weekend! I am truly grateful for that!

Live from IMATS Los Angeles 2014
Categories: Makeup Tutorials

If you’re hear come say hi! I’ll be the one roaming around with big hair and heels :)

I’ll be tweeting live from the event and attending some of the classes today. If you see me and we meet please hashtag #lilpumpkinpie05imats on instagram so I can see our photos! xoxo

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I’ve already met some pretty awesome people and I look forward to meeting even more of you today. Come by and say hi if you see me, please don’t be shy :)

Aaliyah, Michelle Obama, and Sade Adu | A Star-Studded Birthday Lineup
Categories: Makeup Tutorials

Aaliyah would have 35 today and every time the anniversary of her death or her birthday rolls along I think about her and mourn for her still as if she was my friend when she was not. Happy birthday baby girl


In honor of her birthday today I’m sharing some of the Aaliyah Makeup Tutorial series of videos I did for her in 2012. Can you believe it’s been a year and a half since that series?

And I couldn’t not discuss one of my favorite Aaliyah songs, Rock the Boat

Today we also celebrate the birthday of  the First Lady Michelle Obama and songstress Sade Adu who happens to be my favorite musical singer

Michelle Obama

Sade Adu


My favorite Sade song has to be Cherish the Day. That’s my jam yall!

Just doing my part to give credit where it’s due and recognize not only a women who once made an impact on culture but the women who are alive now paving the way and setting a positive example of what it means to be a woman of color.


Alright, now shout out your favorite Aaliyah or Sade song in the comments!

Skin Bleaching | Is it Right or Wrong?
Categories: Makeup Tutorials

Question for you guys: I know where I stand on this topic and I stand pretty firmly but I want to hear your opinion!

After living in Kuwait for a year and seeing skin bleach creams in every cosmetic isle it appears as if as a society we are more impacted by this than I initially thought. Skin bleaching is very very popular in countries like Nigeria, and it appears to be common in the Asian community as well.

Do you think it’s okay for black women to bleach their skin? 

Is it any different from women who tan? 

What are your thoughts on it overall? 


Sound off in the comments below!

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