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Beauty Gift Guide!

Christmas is a time to go to parties, get dressed up, and my favorite hobby- SHOP! It is the ‘season of giving’ but sometimes you run out of gift ideas. I am here to help with that problem! Most girls enjoy beauty related gifts, so here are some of my personal favorites!

Wand Curling Iron ($44.00 at This is one of my favorite styling tools! It is easier to use if you are a beginner at curling your hair, and doesn’t leave any clamp marks! Also, it comes with a glove, so you won’t burn your fingers!



Essie Nail Polish in ‘As gold as it gets’ ($8.50 at ULTA): Fun, sparkly nail polish is perfect for the holidays, or any day! You can wear it on all of your fingers, or just one for a pop of sparkle. I love Essie’s nail polish, and I would suggest two coats! 


Pink Paddle Brush ($6.99 at Sally’s Beauty Supply): A brush is something that most people don’t by themselves often enough, but can definitely use! This is just a basic paddle brush, good for most hair types, and it’s PINK, of course!



DIY Magnetic Makeup Board: For a ‘do-it-yourselfer’ you could make this cute magnetic makeup board! This is a great way to make your gift personal, and save money. If you know the color scheme of the person’s get ready space, you can make it coordinate!


DIY Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub: This is another ‘great do-it-yourself’ gift! During the colder months especially, a lip scrub can be a lifesaver for a night out that you want to wear red lips!

Click here for Jules' DIY recipe & easy directions!


I hope this will make your holiday shopping easier and maybe a little cheaper as well! Don't forget to subscribe to our blog and newsletter so you don't miss a beauty tip or trick!

Merry Christmas!

Love, Mandy


Makeup Classes, Not Just for the Professionals


Photo by Jade McCully

I’ve been a working Makeup Artist (MUA) for over 16 years now.  I love applying makeup and making my clients feel like enhanced versions of themselves.  My goal for 2013 has been to bring education to the woman who isn’t sure what to do.  My focus has been to help as many women as possible by encouraging, inspiring, and empowering. It’s way more than just makeup to me. My passion is to use my talents to help women who want to know more. Most tell me they tend to skip out on makeup because they simply don’t know what to do with it and/or they don’t have the time.  Hearing those answers over and over again ignited a new fire in me to teach my craft to the everyday woman. 

Photo by Cedric SmithCurrently, I have 3 Makeup Artists that I train and mentor.  I’ve been actively training aspiring artists to the professional level for a few years now and during this time I learned even more about my processes and how to explain it to others.  This has been a fantastic training ground in pushing myself to become a better artist and teacher.  I attend Pro-level training classes throughout the year to stay on top of trends and techniques, all while keeping myself fresh and focused.  I learn from the best of the best in the industry to keep myself growing.  I’m a certified makeup nerd. Seriously, I can geek out over what to use and how to mix up something new. So what does all of this mean for you?

Ask yourself, have you ever walked into Ulta or Sephora and have found yourself completely lost in an overwhelming sea of products and/or sales people?  It can be pretty intimidating when all you needed was a new lip gloss!  You may even walk out with a bag filled with products that you don’t even remember what magic miracle they are supposed to do or how to use half of what you bought.  Well you aren’t alone.  Most women don’t have a MUA they can turn to for personalized answers that actually help!  But what if you did? What if you had someone who could answer questions about defining your brows to flatter your eye shape or how to apply makeup in under ten minutes? Wouldn’t it be nice to have the fear taken away and replace it with confidence? Well let’s make it happen!

Photo by Jade McCully

I want to hear from you. Yes, YOU!  Comment below and tell me what makeup or skin challenges you have currently.  I’m creating classes right now for all of the issues you may be facing including changing skin, acne/redness, lessening the appearance of wrinkles. You tell me what you are having trouble with and I will incorporate the answers in to a class or workshop especially for you.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Love, Jules 



I do declare, Mint Julep is fantastic!

It’s finally time to share my 2nd addition to my beauty routine!  After adding Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to my routine, I then added a new Mint Julep mask from Queen Helen.  Funny thing is I purchased the mask a few months earlier partly due to Mint Julep being in the name, I live in Savannah, and partly because of the label’s claims of clearing up blackheads, reducing acne, all while leaving your skin clean, refreshed, and smooth.  Oh and it was also $1.69!  Boom goes the dynamite.  

So I get home and I completely chicken out of trying out my new mask since I was sporting a nice, clear complexion and was all-of-a-sudden afraid to try something new.  Oh and it was $1.69!  The same selling point of being super cheap became confirmation that I shouldn’t put anything so cheap and new on my face, at this time.  

After stumbling upon a review for the best mask ever, I was reintroduced to Miss Queen Helen and her Mint Julep magic.  The review raved about reducing acne, minimizing the appearance of pores, and getting a deep down clean.  This time my face wasn’t so clear and I wasn’t concerned about the lack of financial investment. 

This is the part where angels would sing in my story! (Mentally insert singing angels)  My sister-in-law, Justine, and I took the plunge together and it was WONDERFUL!  The minty smell was so fresh and invigorating!  My face did experience a slight burning feeling for a few seconds but Justine’s face was fine.  It only happened the first time and my guess would be that my eczema sensitive skin was adjusting.  My acne spots dried up and were clear within a couple of days.  The size and redness was down 50% almost immediately after the first use. 

Now the next steps are the most important!  After you deep clean, you must balance your PH levels.  Using the ACV toner will be perfect.  Next make sure to moisturize.  I personally love Grape Seed Oil (all skin types) or Vitamin E Oil (dry/eczema skin).  TIP: The oils are also the best makeup remover that makes your lashes grow!  Use an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin.  Just please use something!  If you don’t, your skin will begin to over produce oils and lead you down a different road of issues.  

So there you have it dolls, Apple Cider Vinegar & Queen Helen’s Mint Julep.  An odd couple of strange smells but fantastically amazing in results and price! I hope you enjoy the random Queen Helen fan photos as much as we do!

Until next time DAH-lings! <3 Jules


A Fashionista Bride


I would love to take this opportunity to personally introduce you to Lindsey Hopkins.  I had the absolute priviledge of getting to know fashion designer and bride-to-be during her wedding week.  Lindsey married her MIDDLE SCHOOL sweetheart, that's right- 8 grade folks!  She is currently designing for brands carried at Target, but most importantly her own line called Lindsey Hopkins Collection.  

This beautiful blonde with bright blue eyes came to our studio complete with a great spirit and mood board of her makeup inspirations. Typically brides don't have such a clear idea of what they want to look like, so I was thrilled to have photos of her dream makeup. We collaborated on the details and designed the look for her bridesmaids. Besides being talented, Lindsey is really funny and easy to be around.  I know it's been a good trial when my mascara is smudged from laughing so hard! On the morning of Lindsey's wedding Makeup Artist, Jessica, joined me to assist me in providing special care for her friends and family.  The morning and afternoon came fast but a sweet group of ladies remained feeling and looking fabulous.  

Lindsey, I'm sure you had an amazing wedding and reception!  Wishing you the very best time in Thailand and we can't wait to see your photos. Congratulations on all the success that will continue to follow you on your amazing journey.  You have big fans in Savannah!

Sincerely, Jules



Lip Love: Long-wear Lip Primers

As many of you may already know, my husband serves proudly in the US Marine Corps, and for weeks now I have been anxiously awaiting the Marine Corps Ball.  This is the time of year where everyone gets dressed in their finest, the Marines in their iconic dress blue uniforms and their dates in beautiful dresses or handsome suits.  It is an evening full of pageantry, tradition, and ceremony, coupled with wild celebrating fueled by spirited imbibements (Did I just make up a word?). While many have been stressing over what-in-the-world to wear on the big night, I have been dreaming up what my makeup look will be.  Up here in Maryland, autumn is in full swing.  The leaves have changed and are carpeting the ground.  Everything has a beautiful amber glow, and there is a distinct crispness in the air.  Since the beginning of fall, I have been obsessed with one of the hottest colors of the season:  oxblood red lips, a deeper and richer version of the red lips that have been so popular over the past year.  This color is beautifully portrayed in the cover photo shown above right here on the Dollface website.  So what better inspiration for my ball look?


Much like eye shadow primers, lip primer helps to lock your lip color and liner in place to ensure long-lasting wear.  Lip primers go on transparently and are typically wax based.  It fills in fine lines on the surface of your lips for smooth lipstick application and is an excellent material for your product to adhere to.  Applying a lip primer before your liner and lip color creates a barrier to prevent your lip color from bleeding and feathering.  Finally, primers help to lock in your lip’s moisture and work to keep your color looking vibrant.  A few of my favorites are Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfector ($18), Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion ($20), and e.l.f. Studio Lip Lock Pencil ($3).

I take the job of being arm candy for my husband very seriously.  On a night full of eating, drinking, and merriment, I feel confident rocking a bold, oxblood red lip knowing my lip primer will keep me from looking a hot mess.

I hope all of our Marine Dolls, past and present, had an excellent 237th birthday!  Semper Fi!

<3, Melissa