I've done two boudoir shoots for myself now and I've come up with a list of my Top 5 Tips based on my own experiences: Makeup beauty blog.

1) Hire a photographer that specializes in boudoir: These aren't photos you want your best friend's cousin taking. We've all had a picture taken that was NOT flattering, then immediately untag ourselves from the post. Photographers that specialize in this area have done their research and have an eye for capturing your most flattering features. Also keep in mind this can be a very intimate experience and your photographer should handle it in a professional manor. Respecting your comfort level and the way they speak to you are both going to play a major role in your overall experience. If you feel more comfortable hiring a woman, do it! If you love a male photographer's work and want to hire him, do it! If you like the look of studio photos, don't hire someone who only does outdoor shoots. This is about you and your comfort level. Photographers that specialize in boudoir will also have a system in place for handling your photos with care. They'll be using trusted sources to develop the photos vs the teenager at Walmart.

2) Makeup: I may be biased on this one but I highly recommend getting your makeup done. In a lot of photos you'll be looking down, which means your lids and lashes are going to be a focal point.

3) Stretch: I'm not kidding on this. Do it! You will be twisted like a pretzel the entire time, arching your back, and flinging your hair around. Try to incorporate a little yoga in to your daily routine leading up to the shoot. I made the mistake of skipping this step for my first shoot. I'm in the gym regularly and I was sore for a solid week.

4) Eat: As I just mentioned in Tip #3, you're essentially doing yoga the whole time, which is a workout! If you don't eat, you're likely to get light headed or weak. It doesn't have to be a big meal but get something in your stomach to give you energy.

5) Embrace the Experience: It's completely normal to feel nervous coming in to a photoshoot, especially one like this, but I encourage you to enjoy being pampered, rock the body suits, and let yourself live a little!

BONUS! Top 10 Things Every Woman Should be Reminded of:

1) Everyone has rolls when they bend over.

2) When someone tells you you're beautiful, believe them. They aren't lying.

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3) Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.

4) For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them.

5) You should definitely have more confidence. If you saw yourself the way other see you, you would.

6) Don't look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.

7) It's okay to not love every party of your body, but you should never stop trying.

8) We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. You may be that person to someone.

9) You should be a priority! You are not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.

10) You're a woman. That alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.

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I hope this brings back some hope that you can achieve beautiful makeup looks without totally breaking the bank! Don't let the YouTube beauty bloggers fool you in to thinking you need the latest and greatest, most of the time they're paid to promote those products anyways.

If your makeup budget is a little bigger, I'll be doing another post soon about products that are more commonly found at places like Sephora or Nordstroms!

I had the absolute pleasure of doing Katelyn and her bridesmaids' makeup on her special day! It was hot and the weather was doing everything but cooperating, but everyone kept such a positive attitude and the rain held off just long enough for the "I do".

I had the opportunity to do a collaboration with some VERY talented women recently and the results are stunning. I love getting to let my creative juices flow and this photoshoot allowed me to do exactly that! We did a gorgeous purple smokey eye with big voluminous lashes *swoon*

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My 5 Day Challenge experience: By the second night of using it, I could see and feel and difference in the texture of my skin. The third night, my nose was completely smooth and my makeup went on flawlessly the next morning. I can't even explain to you the difference in my skin within a week. I didn't think an anti-aging cream would do much for me since I'm 23 and wrinkles aren't a concern of mine at this point, but my skin is GLOWING and my foundation lasts all day. I'm also using the Body Firm cream and will post my 30 day results next month. I've already seen results from this, but I want to give it the full 30 days recommended before giving a review.

After experiencing this product for myself, I wanted to tell all of my friends about it. It doesn't matter if you're young, old, male, female - everyone has had, currently has, or knows someone experiencing issues with their skin whether it be....

Happy Friday, ladies! I have a new look for you that is sure to turn heads - I'll be the first to admit that I used a lot of different products to create this look, but with a little bit of patience and tons of blending, it is SO worth it! Using my super fancy iPhone camera doesn't do it justice, but just trust me on this one:)

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Before I apply any products on my face, I always make sure I have a clean canvas to work with. I use Clinique liquid face soap with my Clarisonic Mia2. Exfoliating will give you a clean, smooth base for your makeup. It's also important to hydrate your skin - I use Clinique Dramatically Different + Moisturizing Lotion.

I was given a sample of Laura Merceir Radiance Primer and I am LOVING it! I apply this all over my face which will help hold my foundation in place all day. Next, I prime my eyes using Urban Decay Anti-Aging primer. Again, this will help keep your eye shadow from creasing throughout the day/night.

As I mentioned earlier, the key to this look is blend, blend, blend. I used Smashbox's Full Exposure pallet for my base and crease colors. Using M3(matte, neutral brown), I created a base for my makeup by applying it all over my eyelid and crease using Sigma medium angled shading brush E70. I then used my finger to apply MAC Crystal Avalanche all over my eyelid, focusing on the inner corners. Going back to the outer corners of my eyes, I used M2(matte, medium brown) from the Smashbox pallet, blending it out with Sigma's tapered blending brush E40. Focusing more on the crease, I used M1(matte, dark brown) with Japonesque brush 232. This brush allows you to apply product exactly where you want. To add some depth, I used MAC Melon pigment and applied it ONLY to the center of my eyelids. You can either mix pigments with water or a primer to create an intense, foiled effect or use it as a powder for a less intense color. Using the same Japonesque brush, I used M7(black) to create the darkest shadow on the outer corner. Tip: between each layer of shadow, use a blending brush to avoid getting any harsh lines.

My go-to eyeliner is Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in the shade Black Ink. This eyeliner is incredible! Once it dries, it stays put until you wash it off. No smudges! I used Sigma's Small Angle brush E65 to create the winged liner look.

Tip: Because these shadows are dark and some may fall on your cheeks, use a face wipe to clean up any extra powder before applying foundation.

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