Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Have you seen this?!

BareMinerals Holiday collection is absolutely stunning this year! Not only is its packaging beautiful to look at, but the colors are perfect for the season and the sets are so reasonably priced.
I know what every lady on my shopping list is getting this year...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Small businesses are the foundation on which our local economy stands. We employ your friends and family members. We take pride in our goods and services because they are a part of what makes our community so special. We are more consumer oriented on a direct person-to-person level than most big business which allows us to respond promptly to meet the needs of our customers.
We are here for you, our clients, and we appreciate you showing your support by keeping us up and running.

So now we have Small Business Saturday, a chance for us to show how much we love our community and how much our community loves us back.

This Saturday November 28th 2015 receive a special GIFT WITH PURCHASE when you spend $100 or more at R.J. WEST.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Advice for all the Brides-to-be...

The holidays have come, it's a new year and valentines day just passed. I know some of you must have gotten engaged during this period - Congrats! And welcome to one for the most exciting times in your life.

Here are some important things to know when selecting an artist for your wedding or event.

There is a lot of planning and there are a lot of expenses that go into putting together a wedding, we know this. I've often heard people offer advice like "try not to mention its a wedding to get the (real aka: lower) pricing" or "ask so and so's cousins, roommates sister to do your hair / makeup/ photography because you'll save money" (we'll call these "friendors") , but there are a few problems with these scenarios.

I should mention that although this is mainly from a makeup artist standpoint, it can apply to other factors and vendors involved with events.

First, lets tackle wedding pricing. Heck, lets just call it "special event" pricing. First think about why the pricing is different for a special event. It's a "special" or very important day! Maybe one of THE MOST important days you will experience in your lifetime. When all the food has been eaten, the drinks are gone and the upwards of $9's per piece invitations have been tossed what is left? The photographs (maybe videos) and memories of your day. When you look back on them don't you want to look your absolute best from start to finish? Often people try to cut costs on this one lasting aspect of their day by using "friendors" which can be an problem. You can run into issues like confusion as to weather or not you've actually hired the person. And what sense of commitment do they have to you or your event if they feel like they are doing you a favor?
Bridal and event pricing is more than everyday pricing because it is more than just everyday. It is an important time that requires a great deal of commitment and work on the artists end. You need to make sure that by cutting cost you aren't cutting quality,

Some things to consider when choosing a makeup artist and getting your makeup done -

1) Pick someone you "click" with.
This person is going to be involved with you on and off until the big day and literally in your face for a good portion of that day. Make sure they are someone you feel comfortable working with and talking to.

2)Communicate with your artist.
Let them know what you want as best you can. Maybe look up ways to describe what you want and know what it is you are asking for. I've had brides ask for a "natural look" and show me a picture of Kim Kardashian which is the furthest from natural. This is very confusing to a makeup artist. It's like asking someone to sit down and stand at the same time. Which brings me to another important part...

3)Be realistic with your expectations
Often if a person is unhappy with their makeup it isn't because the makeup artist did a poor job, but because they had an idea that wasn't easily executed. What looks good on one person might look awful on someone else. If you choose something that is really not going to be flattering your makeup artist will work with you to determine something that will highlight your best features. This is their job. Your wedding, daughters bat mitzvah, sweet 16 etc... is not the time to try out a look you normally wouldn't wear.
Feel free to bring in pictures or pin photos of makeup you like, but know that if you choose a model with deep olive skin tones, black hair and brown eyes it may not work if you have fair skin, green eyes and blonde hair. Just remember...

4)This is a special event
And you WILL need more makeup than usual - Especially if you are going to be photographed! Make sure you get some lashes added, I cannot stress this enough because it makes a world of difference. You may feel like you have a lot on but in photos you will look just right. Trust me.

5)Have fun and enjoy
Make sure you've hired people you can rely on to provide services so that you wont be let down. Then just sit back and enjoy the ride! This is your special day!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bye bye winter dry!

Well, it's here, we are in the heart of winter and I don't know about you but my skin gets super dry this time of year. Not just super dry, but itchy, tight and very uncomfortable feeling. Thank goodness I discovered the benefits of oil based skincare! Here are some of my top favorite products to help combat winter dryness.

Laura Mercier Purifying Cleansing Oil - $40
This gentle cleanser deeply cleanses, removing all makeup and impurities and leaves skin soft and dewy. Superbly removes dirt, sebum and makeup including long lasting makeup and water-proof mascara all while replenishing essential emollients needed to maintain the skin's lipid barrier.

Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil by Laura Mercier - $62
A true multi tasking product - Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil can also be used for multiple beauty benefits:
-On skin and lips to provide soothing nourishment and moisture.
-On hair to condition dry ends and tame frizzes
-On nails to hydrate and soften cuticles.
One to two drops can also be blended with any moisturizer for an added hydration boost.

Active Vitamin D Serum Oil by Dr. Dennis Gross - $65
Get your summer sunshine in a handy little bottle! Packed with Vitamin D and other reparative antioxidants and botanicals, it helps improve the appearance of skin elasticity, hydration and minimizes the appearance of pores—all immediately visible upon application. This product can also be used on hair and nails!

Revitalizing Oil by Darphin - $50
This oil helps reinforce the skin's delicate barrier while maintaining and preserving optimal levels of hydration. The skin is nourished, silky and protected against future moisture loss. It also prevents hair breakage and restores brilliance and transforms dull hair with a healthy, lustrous shine!