NEW make up tutorials on my channel; time to get back to eyeshadow


Need some Halloween make up ideas? check out my youtube channel for these makeup tutorials and more.. http://www.youtube.com/empressmakeup


2 new Halloween tutorials for you guys, check them out on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/EmpressMakeup


good news! I'm going to start posting Halloween tutorials soon and I've just completed filming my first one :) hopefully by starting earlier this year ill have a chance to get a lot more videos done than last year. I'm also going to be re filming my greatest hits from last Halloween for anyone who wants to use those looks this year. so stay tuned to my YouTube channel for all my new work xxo


I'm a little late posting this, but here is my birthday makeup looks from last weekend :)


so I did a new look today, mostly just messing around thinking of random special fx looks to do. and I'm really kicking myself in the ass because it turned out great and i didn't film it. I did do one of those short little step by step picture tutorials though just because they're so easy to do and this look took way to long to film. I guess I'll just wait to see what feedback I get on the look and if its good ill redo it as a video tutorial for everyone closer to Halloween time. hope everyone is doing well, should be posting more stuff this week while I have so much free time xxo


weight loss update #2

so I found a picture from the end of last summer when I was about 150ish lbs, this was right before I realized it was time to lose some weight. the picture beside it is from this month, I'm now 113lbs which sounds extremely low for my size but its due to the fact that I don't have a lot of muscle on my body right now. just thought id share these pictures with my blog followers if any of you are in the same situation of trying to lose weight, hopefully this will serve as inspiration. here's some of my pointers on what I find helps best for weight loss.

1. I find losing weight is about 70% diet for myself. last year when I first started getting healthier I hit the gym hard. I realize building muscle wont make your weight go down, but being heavier at the time I found I was getting muscle under my fat especially in my arms and legs, and that the muscle didn't really start showing until I changed my diet and got rid of the fat first.

2. not eating enough food for the day will make me lose my muscle first before the fat. I still struggle with this now especially when I'm busy during the day at work and don't get a chance to eat. my weight still goes down every day but when I'm at the gym I find it harder to do the same amount of reps I always do and that my arms are getting very soft again :(

3.What I read on pinterest doesn't always work for my body. this is usually the first place I go to find new diet tips and exercises, and when I first started and didn't really know a lot about healthy diets, I went to pinterest to find information about healthy foods I should eat etc.. the first snacks I found were a lot to do with peanut butter, avocados, nuts and all those healthy good fats. I always found when actually going to the sites there was nothing about portion control or anything like that, and soon enough even though I was eating healthy I started gaining a lot of weight eating a lot of fatty foods. now I make sure to really do my research before trying any new diets tips I read on there.

4.I rarely ever have time to do that whole food journal thing everyone's always talking about where they write down all the stuff they eat in a day, but I have tried it before and it's crazy how much it shocks me what I'm oblivious to eating. I find when I'm thinking about what I've eaten during the day or discussing it with my mother or friend I instantly recall all the healthy choices I made or my main meals but it was only when I went back to the paper I realized I had snacked on a lot of little things that all add up.

5.other people don't notice changes in your shape as much as you'd like them too. when I first lost about 15 - 20lbs I felt great like people I hadn't seen in a while would notice a huge difference in my size. not..one..person. ever, said anything to me about it which was really discouraging to me. I know its kinda self centered to fish for compliments but I felt like it was what should be expected when you lose weight. I find the best way for me to keep motivated now is to measure myself and keep track of my body fat percentage, so even if other people don't notice my hard work, I always will.

6.Measuring is key for me. once I starting doing this is realized how much more than the suggested servings I was having, I had a bowl of cereal even 3 times the size of what I should have, which was dumb because always looked at the calories on everything thinking it was healthy, but its not when you eat 3 servings of it. now I mostly measure fatty stuff I still eat, like the 2 teaspoons of butter I have to put on my popcorn, a bad move I'm sure, but plain air popped popcorn to me tastes like cardboard

7.most of my weight loss from exercise came from the sort of life style changes i made instead of in the gym. the best thing I ever did was start walking to work, its a 40 minute walk everyday and it forces me to walk home as well which gives me exercise when id otherwise be too tired to push myself. my legs were the first thing that got in shape from this and it was a rather fast change. id say it was noticeable in about 2 or 3 weeks. the rest of my weight loss progress has taken about 10 months.

these are just some things I keep in mind when I'm trying to stay on track, it's different for every person of course but hopefully some of this stuff is useful. hopefully if I make more progress building muscle which is my goal for right now I can do another update in about a month or so. xoxo


hey guys, im still on a little hiatus for the start of the summer, i'm too busy with work and doing family stuff to really make any worthwhile video tutorials. i've done a couple of regular makeup videos lately, you can watch the most recent one here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj8UxUTyQEQ but i'm still struggling to find an awesome special fx idea to do :( hope everyone who reads my blog has an amazing summer and look out for more videos in a couple weeks xoxo


FOTD 5.8.12 using the bright purple from my hot makeup palette and the dark purple and blue from the tarte for trueblood palette for the outter lid. nyx prune in the crease


New Tutorial; skull face version 2.0

check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R9VfY6niO0
hope everyone had an awesome st.patrick's day. my sister mother and I have decided we are all heading out to florida for vacation at the beginning of April, so i'm attempting to do a some crazy diet and excercise again in the weeks before we go, ive already lost a bit more since my last entry on health so this week ill be sure to do an update on that xo


new tutorial after valentines day

some sexyness just in time for valentines day; New tutorial, Linda Blair from the exorcist. Check out my youtube channel on wednesday for it ;) http://www.youtube.com/user/EmpressMakeup


Portfolio 2009-2012(not including facepainting or special fx work)


I finally have something new up on my youtube!
It's been a long time since i've posted anything on here or any of my other makeup related sites, i've just been focused on working alot and going out so i haven't really found the time to do makeup. but now i'm starting to get back into it and i also have a new hd bloggie camera to shoot videos from so i'm looking for inspiration and requests for new videos. if you have any please leave a comment on here and ill get right to it.

heres a little bit of what i've been up to for the past few months..

wearing crazy makeup to work, skating at nathan phillips square

harrassing poor hannah, hangin out with family, and being all tanned now ;)