Beyond The Makeup Brush’s Must Have Fall Pieces!

First, I would like to apologize for being MIA for awhile. I have had a lot of things happen in my life this year. But I’m back and ready to give you the latest tips in fashion and makeup and advice about life in general. We all could use that right? I love Fall it’s one of my favorite seasons. What’s not to like? Cool, crisp air, any thing pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters, hayrides and football!!

Some of my favorite Fall must have staples of 2019 are as follows: this year it’s all about mixing hard with soft pieces. One must have piece you should incorporate in your closet is a good cargo jacket. Whether its navy, khaki, or army green it’s a great addition to any wardrobe. I am wearing “Ana” cargo jacket in navy from JcPenney’s. A light flowy blouse is another great staple that can be dressed up or down. I chose a floral print from “Alyx” also from JcPenneys. Ladies, skinny jeans are still all the rave this Autumn. I added a pair of black skinny jeans from “Ana” to finish the look.

What girl can’t have enough ankle boots.. not me!! This Autumn it’s still about ankle boots whether they are lace up, chunky heel, buckle or strap. I am wearing “Tom’s” lace up wedge ankle boots in dark grey purchased from “Stitch Fix.” Pictured below I am carrying another must have piece this year a small denim clutch by “Bad Element” from JcPenney’s. So my beauties out there go get yourself some Fall must have staples and you will be wardrobe ready this Season.

Makeup and hair by Tabitha Brunea from Stem Hair and Body Salon,

Photography by Mark Andrew

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” -Unknown

“Beyond The Makeup Brush” wants to pamper you in 2019! We are giving away some of our favorite beauty products valued at $70.00!!

Products featured above: Colourpop “Dream Street” shadow palette, Sonia Kashuk cosmetic bag, Ecotools “Radiant Complexion Beauty Kit,” Gillian O’Malley eye mask, and Soap and Glory “Showered in Glory Kit.”

It’s a new year which means new beginnings and a new you!! Beyond the Makeup Brush wants to pamper you with some of our favorite beauty products and accessories. In order to win this fabulous giveaway you must complete all of the following. 1. Subscribe to our blog( link is below) 2. Tag at least 3 friends 3. Comment below what beauty tip or product you would like us to feature next. Must be live in the United States. The winner will be randomly drawn on February 3rd at 5pm CST. We will contact you via email. Good luck!!

_ “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right”- Oprah Winfrey

“Kansas City Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 Preview Part 2.”

“Beyond The Makeup Brush” was lucky enough to get an invite to this exclusive Kansas City Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 Preview on September 26th at Union Station in Kansas City.  The Wednesday night event showcased seven designers from the Midwest to Iran.  There was a mixture of  beads, lace, mosaic textures to plaids with pops of color displayed down the runaway this year.

“H. Art Studios” by Lauren Hansen was first down the runaway. This talented Midwestern girl from Iowa is only 17 years of age! Her first look that came down the runaway was a show stopping couture wedding gown.  Lauren’s designs use beautiful beading to give it that couture look.  Lauren Hansen is one talented designer to watch. Lauren’s designs can be found at H. Art Studios

 

Next down the runaway was “MAANG” by Yasi Fayal.  “MAANG” means Moon in Farsi. Yasi is an Iranian fashion and jewelry designer.  Her pieces are inspired by geometric and mathematical shapes and patterns.  She uses her background in engineering to help inspire her pieces. She wants people to really think about her fashion in a different way.  If you want to get to know more about this gifted designer’s unique aesthetic check her out at on her instagram page @maangstudios

 

Coming down the runaway with a Californian “fun in the sun” feel was designer Amy Ellie with “Ideologie The Label.” Amy is an apparel and textile designer who also happens to be a student at Michigan State University.  Her design aesthetic definitely gave you that Spring/Summer feel with the off the shoulder blouses and halter tops. I loved the mixture of patterns she used to create her neutral color scheme.  I can’t wait to see more from this talented designer!

 

Local Kansas City  jewelry designer Clarissa Knighten with “Rissa’s Artistic Designs” dazzled the runaway next with her earthy, edgy and elegant jewelry pieces. Clarissa took a risk in 2017 and left the corporate world to pursue her dream of starting her own jewelry line.  All her pieces are one of a kind and can be custom made to fit your desired look.  She uses everything from beads, gemstones and wires to achieve her unique pieces. Check out more of this creative designer’s pieces at Rissa’s Artistic Design

 

Wowing the crowd next was  “Venn by Veron” Venn learned her sewing skills from local tailors from Nigeria. Her Spring/Summer 2019 Collection is more Avant Garde yet wearable.   Venn’s use of colorful mosaic tiles really set her pieces a part and make her overall collection very cohesive.  Venn’s collections can be found on instagram @veroniq1760

 

Lastly,  the audience was wowed by “Kalon By Kayla” Mikayla Tjeerdsma learned to sew at the early age of 9.  Her Spring/Summer 2019 collection incorporates a mixture of patterns and a touch of color to give  that  summertime feel. Mikayla’ cohesive collection was styled to perfection. I guarantee we will be seeing bright chunky sandals,  braids, braids, and more braids coming Spring 2019.  I cannot wait to see what this talented designer has up her sleeve next.

Stay Tuned for KCFW Fall/Winter 19 Collection!  Beyond The Makeup Brush will be there to cover the hottest Fall and Winter designs.

-“I don’t design clothes.  I design dreams.”-Ralph Lauren

 

 

“Kansas City Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 Preview Part One.”

If you’re a fan of the popular show “Project Runway” like I am then you have gotten a glimpse of what New York Fashion Week is about.  Fashionistas, Kansas City is the new hub for local, national and international designers to show their unique designs.  I was utterly amazed at the local talent that came out this year .

Kansas City Fashion Week started in March of 2011 and since has boasted 14 seasons of  talented local, national and international designers.  “Beyond the Make Up Brush” was lucky enough to get an invite to this exclusive four day event with a finale featuring well renowned American fashion designer Rachel Roy.  This years’ Spring/Summer 2019 preview took place at Union Station and did not disappoint.  We attended the Wednesday night show on September 26th which included seven local, national, and international designers each with a very unique aesthetic.

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The Wednesday night show tends to be a bit more casual.  When we arrived we saw the step and repeat set up where you could get your photo taken.  Fashion forward attendees appeared in attire from jeans and motorcycle jackets to jumpsuits with heels to little black dresses.  If you like to people watch this is the place to definitely be.  When we entered the main hall they had various booths set up with the designer’s collections to browse through.  We ran into Crystal Brakhage with “Crystal Brakhage Designs” at her booth.  We were  lucky enough to interview this talented young designer and learn more about her collection.

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Crystal is from Tobias, Nebraska not really known as the fashion capital of the world. However, this talented designer is making a big name for herself and her designs in the Midwest.   Crystal first picked up a needle and thread about 8 years ago through her 4 H club.  However,  it wasn’t love at first sewing machine.  Crystal actually wanted to do photography but ended up going to 4 H camp and meeting other young designers who had a passion for design.

Crystal has shown her collection in  Des Moines, Kansas City, and Chicago Fashion Week. Crystal’s Spring/Summer 2019 Collection is inspired by pop musician Cardi B and reality star Kim Kardashian’s style.  Her collection is a mix of edgy and street wear.  Crystal used a mix of faux leather and fur in most of her designs to achieve that hip hop feel.  I asked Crystal what advice she would give to new designers starting out and she said to definitely “Be yourself” and do a lot of networking.  She has learned to work with photographers and different social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram to get her brand out there.  “Beyond The Makeup Brush” can’t wait to see more from this talented young designer. You can check out more of Crystal’s designs at www.crystalbrakhage.wixsite.com.

 

-“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable.  Style is more about being yourself.”- Oscar de la Renta

 

 

 

 

 

Leave It Up To Us To Give You Our Must Have Essentials This Fall!!

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Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons.  What’s not to like, everything from warm fuzzy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, colorful leaves, the smell of crisp air, and ankle boots!!  Beyond The Makeup Brush wants to share our must have essentials for Fall.

Autumn is all about warm shades whether it is dark berry lipsticks, rustic reds or midnight blue nail polishes. Lovelies,  these are the must haves this Fall.  I love “Maybelline Color Sensational” Lip Color in “Blissful Berry” pictured below.  This is a great berry shade for Fall and can be purchased at Target for $3.79.  It’s a rich dark berry color that goes on smooth with a touch of nectar honey.

Now that you beauty babes out there have your Fall lip shade in check.  What about those nails?  This Fall it’s all about the midnight blues, warm beiges and anything jewel toned inspired.  I love OPI’s “Eurso Euro” pictured below.  It tends to be a dark navy blue color when applied.  I purchased this shade at Target for $5.99!

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Now that Fall is officially here you still want to keep that flawless face.  What better way to use a CC cream.  I love Thrive Causemetics “Buildable Blur CC Cream” in “Natural Beige.”  If you’re not familiar with what a CC cream it is the best invention since sliced bread!  A CC cream is lighter than a foundation but has more coverage than a BB cream.  If you have red spots, acne scars or an uneven skin tone, CC cream is a great product to correct your imperfections. I love Thrive Causemetics because it is vegan and cruelty free and the company stands for a great cause!!  I purchased this product on their website Thrive Causemetics for $38.00 and it comes with a free makeup bag!  They also carry a BB cream if you have flawless skin and just need a touch of coverage, lucky gals!

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Chocolate and Gold are a gals best friend! Now you can have both in this incredible must have”Chocolate Gold” eye shadow palette from Too Faced for $49.00.  If you are going to invest in one makeup product for Fall, I would definitely check this palette out.  I purchased this palette at Sephora or can be purchased on Too Faced website as well. The “Chocolate Gold” eye shadow palette is actually infused with real gold and cocoa powder, pretty amazing right? The colors are so pigmented and go on velvety smooth. These shadows are very versatile that allows you to go from a natural daytime look to a dramatic look for a night out!

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I’m a huge believer in skin care and any product that keeps your skin soft all year long. I discovered the Pacifica products a few months ago at Target, and absolutely fell in love!  I love the “Pacifica Dreamy Youth Rose and Peptides” body lotion.  It’s not too thick and has a clean rose scent. It’s great to put on right after taking a bath or shower and keeps your skin soft all day long.  I purchased at Target  for $14.99 be sure to check out their whole line of beauty products.

One Fall trend that I absolutely adore is long delicate necklaces you can layer.  I love this  “Filigree Oval Long Necklace” by “A New Day” purchased at Target for $14.99.  Whether its gold, sliver or beaded, long delicate necklaces are staple this Fall season.  Gals get those layers on!!

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-“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”-Stanley Horowitz

 

 

 

Beyond The Makeup Brush Turns 1 This Month!! We Would Like To Thank Our Followers And New Ones With Our Prize Giveaway Valued At $50!!

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Thank you everyone for making this a great year for “Beyond The Makeup Brush!!”  We have had a great year bringing you articles on beauty, fashion and just life in general.  We have more exciting things to come!  We would like to thank all of our loyal followers and hopefully add some new ones with our Fall giveaway. In order to enter you must do one of the following: 1. Subscribe to our blog  2. Follow us on Instagram @beyondthemakeupbrush 3. Follow us on our Facebook page at Beyond The Makeup Brush Do all three and you will be entered three times!  We will randomly draw the winner Sunday October 7th at 6 PM CST and will notify you by email or direct message.

Some of our favorite must have products this Fall are definitely the “Pixi Dimensional Eye Creator,” eye shadow palette, “Defy and Inspire,” nail polish in “Supernova” and “Solar Eclipse” and an Agate and Gray beaded bracelet.  Last but definitely not least to help keep you organized with the chaos of the holidays a notebook from “Eccolo and pen set from “U Brands.” Good luck and stay tuned for more exciting articles and prizes!

-“I’m So Glad That I Live In A World Where There Are Octobers” – Unknown

 

 

 

 

The Art of Collecting Still a Great Hobby!!

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As a child you might remember having a fascination about collecting a certain toy.  I know I did, for some reason I loved teddy bears.  All kinds from panda bears, polar bears to your standard brown bear.  I’m not sure how it got started,but I remember I collected teddy bears until I was probably a teenager. Now my collection has turned into makeup, shoes and antique perfume bottles.  Collecting an item can be a great hobby if you have a healthy grasp on it.  Remember friends don’t go crazy…everything in moderation!

Why collecting items is good for your soul?  It’s exciting and gives you sense of being and a new passion. Whether it’s seeking out the latest super hero collectible, to hitting local antique stores for that unique perfume bottle.  In a world that has unfortunately become less inactive, collecting something gets your body moving.  I get chills seeking out my new find at local antique stores.  I have found most of my perfume bottles either at local antique stores or have received them as a gift.  If you’re a guy or gal that is hard to shop for having a hobby is also great because your loved one now has an idea of what to get you as a gift.  It can turn out to be a great investment as well.  Who knows, grandma’s dishes she collected and you inherited could now be worth a pretty penny.   Now go seek out your passionate find!!! Happy collecting!

-“Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house become your story.” -homeowner Erin Flett

You are “not like ordinary!”

One of my late father’s many quotes that he used and a favorite of mine is “not like ordinary!”  What does this mean? Well it can  be interpreted in many different ways. To me it means that we are all unique and different in our own ways, you my friends are “not like ordinary!” I use this quote in my blog because I want to empower women and men everyday to be yourself and accentuate what makes you different.

We all may have our insecurities and flaws but we need to learn to be proud of how unique and different we all are. For instance, I used to hate the beauty mark on my face. People would always ask me about it and I became so annoyed with having to address the issue.  Later in life, I realized its what makes me unique and hey if Cindy Crawford can make millions from hers then it can’t be too bad right?

So friends, if you have great hair, nice lips, or pretty eyes accentuate those things. Wear your hair down with some great rose gold highlights or wear a bold shade of red on your perfect pout. Consider sweeping on a bright jewel toned shadow to bring out the gold specks in your eyes.  Remember, friends we are “not like ordinary!”

“Not Like Ordinary!” – A.J. Kotich

 

“Caboodle’s” Come Back!

Were you a teen in the early 90’s? If so you might remember this cool blast from the past! A “Caboodle on- the- go- girl” cosmetic case.  Everyone who was anyone had one of these. I remember mine was hot pink and purple.  I loved that thing, wonder where it went? Hmmm my parents basement?  Who knows!

Anyway, they say trends come back and this colorful plastic organizer is back! You can store makeup, jewelry, nail polish, perfume,and brushes. Basically, anything your little caboodle heart desires. I purchased this “vintage look” one at Walmart for $12.97. I love it because it’s an all in one makeup case.  It has a built in mirror and several trays that can store lots and lots of beauty products. A makeup junkies dream come true!

Its great for travel or anyone who is constantly on the go! Why not relive your childhood and buy yourself a caboodle and share this 90’s trend with a daughter, niece, granddaughter or friend! Now go crimp your hair and get a Caboodle!

“Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu” – unknown

 

 

“First Friday” Finds!

Across America in every town there is that hidden jewel of a shop where you can find unique finds. I have become a fan of a community event in Kansas City called “First Fridays” This three day event takes place the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month located in the “West Bottoms” of Kansas City, MO.  I patronized two shops where I found some unique finds. One shop was the “The Painted Sofa” a home goods boutique. This three story boutique specializes in old, new, and unique decor and painted furniture.  I found these adorable earrings with a floral print made out of paper, yes I said paper at The Painted Sofa.  They are made by a company called The Sweet Lemon Project. This company is located in Kansas City, Mo. The earrings I purchased were $13.00 a pair.  Make sure to check out their website, they have some fun and unique items! I love local businesses…make sure to shop local whenever you can!

The second item I purchased was from another local company called The Button Buck.  I purchased the “Inspire” ring shown above for $13.00.  Their jewelry is made from upcycled materials and typed fonts from old books and dictionaries.  I absolutely love their trendy jewelry. The fact it’s affordable and can be customized is an added bonus!

My “First Friday” adventure continued with a visit to The Pink Daisy  This shop offers unique gifts including home decor, accessories, furniture and more! I love the fact that they have a men’s grooming line. The men’s line is a company called “Sunflower Body.” They carry beard growth serum, beard balm and aftershave. So ladies if your main man has a beard be sure and check this product out! I also started to notice a trend in earrings now. It looks like the new trend is making products out of recycled material and leather. The earrings above are made out of leather and are so adorable. My twin sister picked up a pair for herself.  Our country is founded on small businesses so remember to support and shop locally in the town you live in! Every town in America has that unique hidden jewel where you can find a special piece. Remember to be “not like ordinary!” as my late father always said!

“You Can’t Buy Happiness But You Can Buy Local And That’s Kind Of The Same”-Unknown