Shana Glamour

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Celebrating Shannon Michelle on her birthday today!

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Hi friends! As some of you may know, or not know…I specialize in doing makeup in the Boston area. Over the past few years, as I transitioned from hair stylist to makeup intern and finally into an independent freelance makeup artist, I have had the opportunity to make connections with some of the most creative geniuses in Boston. One of my favorite and most cherished relationships is the one I have with my colleague and friend, Shannon Michelle (shannon-michelle.com).

I instantly connected with Shannon a couple years ago, when our mutual friend Jaclyn Lombardo introduced us. I appreciated her honesty, fiery spirit and the passion for what she did.. that shows not only in her work, but in how she relates to people. We have worked hard over the years to create an environment where women can come to us and be inspired to see themselves differently. I love how behind the scenes, Shannon and I often see eye to eye, and in the times that we don’t, we help each other see things in a different light, and inspire each other to think outside the box. It is a relationship that works, and continues to get better each and every time we collaborate!

I feel blessed everyday that you were put in my life, Shannon. Thank you for believing in me as an artist from day one! Can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us.

Sincerely and truly….Love, Shana

 

So proud of you 🙂

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A regular at NY Fashion week, Shannon Michelle is among the most elite in her profession

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Her studio where the magic happens 🙂

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One of our many collaborations

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Our ad in Hingham Magazine!!!

 

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October favorites

Hi everyone!

So the other day, a video on my favorite beauty products for the month of October went live on my Youtube channel! Below are the 4 products I spoke about in my video, but I’d LOVE if you went over to my channel so you can get full product reviews and learn more about why I’m digging these particular items at the moment! Video is linked below…Please subscribe for future tutorials, reviews, hauls and more!!!

1.) Nyx Cosmetics Shine Killer Primer

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2.) Lorac Pro Contour Palette

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3.) Anastasia Beverly Hills Fall Lip Glosses

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4.) Maybelline Dream Lumi Touche Highlighting Concealer

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Love, Shana xoxo

Itcosmetics CC+ cream with SPF 50+

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So I usually don’t bother much with the samples that I get at Sephora, not for any reason other than I usually just forget about them! I am sure glad I didn’t forget about this one…the ItCosmetics CC+ cream with SPF 50+

I saw that youtube sensation, Christen Dominque was at the ItCosmetics booth at the Gen Beauty event in New York a couple weeks ago, raving about this product…so when I stumbled across it in my makeup bag I knew I had to try it.

Let’s start with what this product does. It’s a foundation, brightener, anti aging serum, primer, dark spot/color corrector, day cream, AND spf all in one product.

I enjoyed this product! I wore it the other day, morning through evening, and was pleased with how it wore over the course of the day. I was out in the sun for a little over an hour while babysitting, so I appreciated the spf coverage it gave me. It also impressed me that while I was outside, it didn’t melt off or get overly shiny. This is definitely more full coverage which is another thing I like about this. I typically don’t tend to opt for BB or CC creams because I find them to lack the coverage factor I need, but this definitely provided that 🙂 On the website it says that this product is a pore minimizing primer. I don’t know that I completely agree with that, as I found that my pores looked as large as they usually do, but I do love that the primer is inside of the product so I’m able to skip that step. At the end of the day, I still liked the way that my skin looked, which is the true test!

This is a product I definitely think is worth looking into purchasing if you like to get ready quickly and want to be able to have the luxury of getting all these benefits by using one product!

Hope you all enjoyed this review 🙂

Love always, Shana

 

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(^^ Here I am wearing the CC cream ^^)

Halloween skull face tutorial

Happy Sunday everyone! What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a Halloween tutorial! Here I’ll show you guys how I created this creepy half skull face. This is perfect for a Halloween party, and NOT many products are needed to achieve the look! I hope you guys like the video…please let me know what you think, and if there are any other Halloween tutorials you’re interested in seeing!

Love always, Shana

Get glammed with me and Anna!

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I wanted to share a little bit about the glam sesh I had with my December bride-to-be, Anna! I had the priviledge of doing her makeup for her bridal shower last weekend, and I have attached a link to my youtube channel where I show you how I did it! Let me walk you through some of the steps and why I did what I did…

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I usually start with the eyes when I am doing a more smokey eye because there is often shadow fall out. It’s much easier to clean up the excess shadow, then apply foundation… rather than fixing foundation already there (that can get messy and ruin the makeup). Because Anna had a generous amount of lid space, I took the shadow up high into the crease, so when her eyes are open you can see the shadow creating a nice halo around her eyes. I used a liquid liner to create a thick line with a tiny wing, then added mascara. We skipped false lashes for this particular event, as Anna has naturally long lashes.

Once her eyes were completey finished, I moved on to her face. I applied a full coverage foundation to her face (Fit Me! Matte and Poreless foundation by Maybelline) with a damp beauty blender sponge to ensure the finish was flawless. I concealed under her eyes with the dream lumi touch highlighting concealer (also Maybelline). Once the face makeup was on, I set everything with powder. Next, I went in with powder bronzer to softly contour Anna’s face. Lastly, I added highlighter to accentuate her cheekbones, upper lip and tip of her nose which adds lift. She has very beautiful and prominent features, so I simply enhanced what she has!

We finished up with the lips. Initially, Anna had hoped for a pinkish/red lip. Once it was on, she decided to go for something more nude, which I agreed would look good since her eyes had more color.

I hope you enjoyed hearing a few of my tips, and really hope you like the video!

Love always, Shana xoxo

The power of makeup!

 

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(I reveal the “power of makeup” on my beautiful client, and friend, Jenna)

About 5 months ago, youtube phenomenon and beauty guru, “NikkieTutorials” took to her channel and made a powerful statement about “the power of makeup” In her video, she explains how shes saddened by the fact that lately all over social media there seems to be shame in loving/wearing makeup. She continues to explain how it seems as if girls who love makeup are made to feel vain, or insecure. So she decided to show the powerful impact of how makeup can transform people into a different version of themselves. Her tutorial shows how she does one half of her face in full glam makeup, and leaves the other half natural and untouched.

Nikkie’s message truly resonated with me. I agree with her that there does seem to be a lot of “makeup shaming” on social media. It seems like every post on instagram, where the model is wearing more than a couple of products, that someone is saying “too much makeup”…

The thing is, a lot of women use makeup as a form of artistry. Some days we walk out the front door, and a little bit of mascara and blush suffice. Other days, we want to do it all from contour and highlight to baking to false lashes..you name it, we want to be full glam and take a picture of it!

My point is, that whether you have a full face of makeup, a little bit of makeup on, or are going au natural….there is no shame in your game. Embrace your fresh face because that’s exactly the way you were made, and know that makeup is there to transform yourself and enhance what you have, should you want it to.

Love always, Shana

Get glammed with me and the Damata girls!

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Weddings are always a fine mix between exciting and anxiety ridden. With every bridal party, the day usually follows somewhat of the same pattern. We start in the morning and a group of girls gather in a hotel room to start getting ready for the big event. I go from one to the next; applying makeup in layers so it will last the course of the day and transform these ladies from fresh faced beauties into glamourous goddesses ready to walk down the aisle!

There’s always a point in the day, where anxiety definitely sets in. Whether it’s being behind on time, wardrobe malfunctions, or just jitters as the time to leave for the ceremony approaches. It is often a roller coaster of emotions throughout the day, and it’s always fun for me to see it unfold, even though I almost know EXACTLY what to expect. Once we are in the final moments; before the bride takes her last swig of champagne and I touch up her lipstick to ensure she looks flawless walking out the door, one thing is ALWAYS the same… there is such happiness in the air!

It was NO different with the Damata girls last weekend. I am blessed to know this family on more of a personal level, which I don’t always experience with all of my clients. However, as always, I loved watching the same patterns happen before my very eyes and to know that I was an important part of this family’s special day! Between the unique dynamic amongst the sisters to the heartwarming praises of the mothers while they watched each other get glammed, the day was filled with happiness, fun and a lot of love. I would never trade what I do for anything else in the world. A special thanks to the beautiful bride herself, for seeing the potential in me and having me there to be the one to make her up on one of the most important days of her life!

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Halloween inspired look

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As Halloween approaches, I am starting to experiment with looks to bring in the season! I call this a Halloween “inspired” look because it isn’t as much a character per say, as it is just fun and dark and reminds me of the holiday itself. What looks do you guys think I should create over the next couple of weeks? I have a few in mind already, but would love to hear your ideas!

Head over to my youtube page to subscribe so you can stay updated on future videos and give me a thumbs up if you like what you see 😉

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