Tag: Beauty

Get The Looks: Thrill Me Collection

Get The Looks: Thrill Me Collection

Everyone has been loving the new Thrill Me Collection and I must say, I have been using it almost daily! There are so many looks that you can achieve with it. Check out these looks that I think everyone can get inspired by! Bring out […]

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Dos & Don’ts

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Dos & Don’ts

How often do YOU clean your brushes? Spring is in the air and I am feeling a little urge to start spring cleaning the house, but what about makeup brushes?

Achieve Great Lashes For National Lash Day!

Achieve Great Lashes For National Lash Day!

National Lash Day is on February 19th. Face it – the eyes have it, and long lashes make women and men take notice. Think about it, your eyes are the windows to your soul and if that’s the case, you’d surely want others to see beauty when they look into your eyes.

To celebrate, do some pre-spring cleaning and replace your old, dried up, crusty, and cakey mascaras that are taking up space at the bottom of your makeup drawer and replace with some fresh tubes. Your peepers are the focal point of your face that putting enough effort and time to enhance them is definitely worth it.

Don’t Forget to Curl!

A favorite of makeup artists everywhere, an eyelash curler is truly a girl’s best friend. It gently clamps around your lashes, making them reach for the sky and it only takes a few seconds!! Here’s my favorite: Precise engineering applies the perfect amount of pressure on eyelashes and will not pinch your eyelid. It instantly opens the appearance of the eye and prepares the lashes for mascara application.

Mascara Facts

The expiration date: Two to three months
Why it goes bad after that: While pumping the mascara wand into the tube helps to use more product, it also drags more air and potential germs into the products. This causes it to dry out or go bad.
Signs you need to replace it: If your mascara flakes, clumps, dries out, or smells, it’s time to toss it.
How to clean it: There is no way to clean or preserve your mascara, so your best bet to just replace it.

My Pick: Fiber Lush Mascara

Get the look of false lashes without the work. Fiber Lush Mascara is formulated with fibers that adhere to your lashes making them look longer, fuller and drop-dead luscious. This one-step formula has been perfectly paired with a brush designed for a flawless application that resists smudging, clumping, and flaking all day.

Lash Primer

Want even longer, fuller lashes? Consider lash primer!! My Pick: Motives Lash Primer. A conditioning base that makes every lash look fuller and longer. The moisturizing formula helps to mend dry lashes for full, extended wear. You can pair it with your favorite mascara.

Let’s Talk False Lashes

One way that guarantees to bring noticeable improvements to your eyes is the use of false eyelashes. If you’re still holding back from using falsies, there’s no time better than now to learn how easy they can be to throw into your routine.

How to apply artificial lashes:

  • Begin by measuring to ensure it fits your eyes. Do this by placing the strip of full lashes onto the line of your upper lashes. Then, using a small scissors cut the part on the outer edge that doesn’t fit.
  • Once the right measurement is achieved, apply eyelash glue to the strip then let dry until a tacky texture is achieved.
  • Apply the full false eyelashes to your natural lash line and put them as close as possible. Use mascara as finishing touch.

My pick: Motives False Eyelashes. I love them because they feature natural hair fibers so they not only look natural, but they are also light and comfortable. They can be worn day or night, are reusable and there are 5 styles to choose from. They will be sure to give you instant length and volume. Features natural hair fibers for higher quality lashes

Want to Grow Your Own Lashes?

I get it, maybe you just want your own lashes to grow long and thick…Well I have the solution! Fixx™ Lash Extend serum is not mascara or makeup. It is a serum that can help increase the look of volume of your lashes in just two weeks, versus six-week results promised by other products. This advanced formula contains a proprietary blend of SymPeptides™ that promote keratin to make lashes and brows look longer and thicker, strengthen your lashes and brows, and reduce breakage. Fixx™ Lash Extend naturally plumps, nourishes and fortifies each strand for healthier, thicker-looking lashes and brows.

Apply Fixx™ Lash Extend once daily on the lash line or on eyebrow to thin, sparse lashes and brows for stronger brows and lashes that look thicker and fuller! Safe and effective, Fixx™ Lash Extend is a hassle-free, great alternative. Fixx™ your lashes and get noticed.

Want even more tips? Check out: 7 Common Mascara Dos & Don’ts.

Do you have any lash tips? I’d love to hear them! Interested in the products I mentioned? You can find them all at www.BeautyByLeigh.com.

THRILL ME This Season-2019 Spring/Summer Trend Alert

THRILL ME This Season-2019 Spring/Summer Trend Alert

The launch of our new Motives Thrill Me Campaign stole the show this weekend at the World Conference in Miami! We finally got to share the new Motives products with everyone. Get ready to add some of these flirty spring colors makeup routine with all of […]

7 Tips for Date Night Skin

7 Tips for Date Night Skin

Whether you’ve been married for a long time like me, or if you are “dating”, date nights are so important! If you’re anything like me, when I look my best, I feel my best, and why not WOW your man. Take the time to easily […]

‘Can’t Count on Cupid’ Exclusive Online Beauty Series

‘Can’t Count on Cupid’ Exclusive Online Beauty Series

GUESS WHAT???? We are doing it AGAIN 💃🏽💃🏽
💕You can’t count on Cupid, folks! 💕
If you loved our last worldwide Beauty Bash event, you’ll love our next one! I’ll be one of the live video contributors, too. LET ME KNOW if YOU want in!!!!
❤️Self Love is The Best Love❤️ 
Exclusive Online Beauty Series

We will kick things off this Friday and wrap things up Monday January 28th. No need to leave your home, join in all the fun right here on Facebook💋
Each day we will post helpful tips, demos & live videos featuring professionals from around the country. The more you interact, the more chances you have to win fun prizes! There will be a call to action each day and you will get more chances to win for each action you complete.
Here’s what you’ll learn: 
🤷🏼How to get the perfect glow from head to toe
💃🏼How to treat your man with something he’ll love
🤩How to pamper yourself
🤔From Coffee to Cocktails
😳Playing it Safe or Daring? 
❤️Cupid’s Cocktail
😍Online deals for you & your Valentine
💋A Gift that will change EVERYTHING
❣️Do you have friends that want to join in the fun? They are all welcome, just let me know they want to be included and you can get a GIFT for your referral.

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen in the Winter

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen in the Winter

You might think you can skip applying sunscreen once the winter months begin. This is NOT a good idea. The sun’s harmful rays are still as active as they are during summer. Cool temperatures do not equal safe sun exposure. Here are four reasons why […]

Holiday Eyes: Get The Look

Holiday Eyes: Get The Look

One of the reasons that I LOVE the Holidays, is it’s an excuse to experiment with makeup a bit more than I normally would. Especially the eyes! Nothing says the holidays quite like glitter 😉

Friday Feature: Meet Jacqueline Menconi

Friday Feature: Meet Jacqueline Menconi

One of the best things I have had happened in my career is meeting other beauty professionals.  I am fortunate to have made friends all over the WORLD with some of THE most talented individuals out there. Aligning yourself with others in your profession is powerful. It’s nice to be able to share each others ideas and success with one another.  I thought it would be helpful to all of you to introduce you to some of these wonderful people right here on my Blog.  After all, they are all about beauty too!!


Who is Jacqueline Menconi?

“Hi there! I’m Jaxx and I’m a traveling Makeup Artist & Wellness Consultant based in northern New Jersey, about 15 minutes from Manhattan.

My two areas of passion are makeup artistry and health & wellness. My father owned one of New Jersey’s largest fitness facilities, which (since I practically grew up there) fostered a keen understanding of the impact that fitness & nutrition have on one’s health and one’s looks. My mother owned her own cosmetics line and, when I was old enough to start creating my very own “signature” look, insisted that I learn proper makeup application — and boy am I glad she did.

Fast forward to today, I’m fortunate to have built a strong and flourishing business that allows me to work with a variety of clients including TV production companies, celebrities, major corporations, bridal & personal clients, magazines, photographers, etc.

What you may not know about me is that after graduating from Rider University with a BA in Communications, I didn’t immediately enter the beauty industry. I went to college to be a television producer and that is what I did for several years. During that time, I worked with some truly phenomenal makeup artists on set, and became savvy as to how they modified makeup application to suit different lighting (as well as different client specifications). Their ability to turn plain and pretty actors and models into the exquisite icons we know and love fueled the urge for me to do the same.

And so I did.

I left the producing life to attend The Makeup Designory in New York City, along with numerous other pro workshops & classes at other reputable studios.

Here’s the thing… I love makeup and always will, but I still know that it should never be used in an attempt to correct bad health habits. This is why after years of attending health lectures & seminars, I help my clients learn how to create beauty from the inside out by teaching the importance of exercise, diet, and proper supplementation. I’m also certified to help physicians and health care professionals of all kinds implement a variety of customizable wellness programs, and I extend my teachings one-on-one with select clients.


What made you want to learn more and eventually partner with Motives Cosmetics?

I grew up in a very entrepreneurial-minded family and not only went to college for TV Broadcasting, but minored in General Business. Being a Video Producer after college, I worked heavily in the professional/corporate world. I had to be business savvy & needed to network efficiently to be good at my job. Once I decided to switch careers to makeup artistry, I carried those same values and skill sets I had learned with me. If you are a freelance anything, whether you realize it or not, you own a business and you need to treat it as such.

As a Makeup Artist, having a PROFESSIONAL QUALITY product line to retail to my clients was a no brainer. Clients always asked me what I was using on them and before Motives, I would instruct them to go to the appropriate stores where they would buy $50-$300+ worth of cosmetics. I was making the stores richer and totally missing the boat as a business woman! Also, the fact that Motives allows me to retail completely customized makeup that I create for my clients was an INSANELY BRILLIANT concept to me! I had wanted to make a name for myself as a luxury on-location Makeup Artist and being able to blend a high end custom foundation and/or powder was the exclusivity I was looking for. Even more, it’s exactly what my CLIENTS were looking for! So many have trouble finding the right foundation. The color could be ok, but the formula is too drying. The formula is good but the color is way too yellow or pink, so they buy 2 different shades to mix at home. That’s expensive and time consuming, especially if you’re not a makeup artist!

The only thing that I had reservations about before partnering was whether Motives/Market America was considered “one of those things.” I did my due diligence, truly studying the Motives/MA business model and compensation plan, and then comparing it to other direct sales companies out there. This was when I finally appreciated the immense difference between MLM direct sales companies and Market America (MA, the parent company of Motives). MA was so clearly not MLM and that fact coupled with the quality of the products had me chomping at the bit to register my business. MA is the real deal and unlike any other company I’ve ever researched.


In what way have you maximized your existing business as a Pro-Artist?

I partnered with Motives in 2012 when I had recently quit my job as the Laura Mercier counter manager in Saks 5th Avenue. I was still in the slow beginning stages of building my freelance business and finally getting some traction. When I partnered with Motives and started retailing their ready-made products and mixing up custom blends, that was when I noticed a HUGE burst in how busy I was getting. Word started to spread and I kept getting referral after referral from all industries- bridal, tv, commercial, independent film, corporate shoots, fashion photo shoots, etc.

Looking back, I can be certain that not only was it my hustling, “go get ‘em” nature, but it was my entrepreneurialism and posture as a business owner that made this boost in business possible. Motives helped me with that because of the exclusive luxury services I had added to my repertoire as well as the personal & professional development I gained by attending all of the company trainings and big corporate conventions.

Over the next few years my business grew in every aspect. Today, I am busier than I can handle with commercial, tv, and corporate video shoots. I recently tallied up the amount of jobs I had given away to other Makeup Artists (around the world) within a 6 month period… it was about $20,000 worth. That was money I did not make because I was ALREADY booked on other jobs and I attribute a good portion of this success to what I have with & what I have learned from, Motives.

When I am already booked and asked my availability to work for another production, I refer fellow qualified artists to fill in for me. The artists who partner with me in my Motives business are the ones that will always get first dibs on a job. I am becoming much more strict with this ordinance because I want to build a team with cohesive branding. When one of “my artists” fills in for me, I want the producer or photographer to notice the same branding throughout our kits. I want to know that artist is using quality products on my excellent clients and that whatever they are using will translate seamlessly on camera.

And can I mention the discount we get as distributors on all of these products? Jeez! That alone should be reason enough to look into partnering with the company.


How do you feel is the best way to build a team of professionals?

The best way for me to expand my team is to simply keep spreading the word and leading by example. I started two pro-centric campaigns involving beauty professionals who have already partnered with our great company.

The first campaign started back in 2016 with 7 Makeup Artists coming together and creating monthly looks for every day women on my blog. The looks are created with all Motives Cosmetics and are achievable to the average makeup wearer, as opposed to the majority of what we see promoted on social media platforms, such as Instagram. That stuff is intimidating to replicate and down right impossible because of all of the filter and Photoshop use. The goal of our collaborative blog posts are to give people fun and easy makeup inspiration. The first series of collaborations were such a hit that we decided to open the group up again to add more Makeup Artists! We had 12 in total and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished. Love all of you, ladies! I’m so grateful for your efforts!

The second campaign I started with the ever so talented and beautiful, Master Cosmetologist, you, aka: Leigh Raeder. We had a webinar series called The Business Savvy Makeup Artist. We interviewed beauty pro’s varying in not only years of experience, but also in beauty specialties (ie commercial, salon, bridal, etc). These webinars recordings can be found at my youtube channel http://bit.ly/2fQWSHZ.

I would also like to mention that I train aspiring Makeup Artists in the NY Metro area, as well as offer business consulting video conferences globally.



What are you most excited about in regard to your long term goals?

I’m most excited about having a Plan B with Motives Cosmetics. As a freelance Makeup Artist, you are only as good as your last job. Sure you can have a busy spell, but sooner or later you will have a couple weeks off and will be sweating bullets not knowing when your next paycheck is coming. If you don’t have a Plan B in place to supplement your income during the slow periods, you’re not going to be successful. You’ll never be able to catch up on your bills and SURELY will never be able to save money for the future. Plain and simple!

I’ll add that as a freelancer, you do not get a pension or retirement plan that is being matched by an employer. If you can’t save money now doing what you’ve been doing, how do you expect to retire comfortably (or at all)? Do you want to be working this hard when you’re 60 years old? At what point will your pattern of having no time and no money change? What happens if you get in an accident, fall ill, or have to take care of a relative for a span of time? Can you still work with a broken arm or ankle? Can you still work when you’re taking a relative to five doctor’s visits a week for 4 months straight? This is all real life! It happens every day to someone new!

We all like to hope that none of that bad stuff could happen to us, but I invite you to take a look at the people in your life. Have any of them been through a hardship? How would you navigate through their hardship with your freelance career & income? Stop trading your time for money. Start thinking about working smarter and not harder. Do you research, study, ask questions, and get it moving. Only you can change your life! You can do it!”


Want to hear more from Jaxx & I?  Listen to an interview I did with Jacqueline HERE!!


Beauty Stocking Stuffers For The Holiday Season

Beauty Stocking Stuffers For The Holiday Season

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the little things, like stocking stuffers! (Especially beauty stocking stuffers!) Fortunately, beauty supplies come in small but mighty packages. I’ve put together a list of some trending products and trinkets for you to add to […]