Article: Pro Tips to Help Makeup Last

A finished look with BWC makeup
There is one main difference between a professional makeup application and a personal makeup application: the number of layers. Pros may apply several products before they even start with "base" layers such as foundation and concealer. Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC), a 100% vegan line, kindly sent me some products to help demonstrate some of these pro tips. Read on for some of my secrets for making your natural makeup last.
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Review: Annmarie Gianni's Sun Love

Annmarie Gianni recently sent me a product called "Sun Love," which appeared to be a sunscreen. After testing it, however, I discovered that this creamy, zinc-based sunscreen is more like a tinted moisturizer that offers sun protection. So just how does Sun Love perform?

  • Yummy chocolate-lavender scent
  • Gentle, zinc-based sunscreen
  • Includes several organic or wildcrafted ingredients
  • Lightweight, tinted formula
  • No "sunscreen smell"
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Ask Kaylin: Gluten-Free Cosmetics and Beauty Products

In , / 8/25/2014
Gluten has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you have a bit of trouble with wheat, barley, and other glutenous ingredients, you're not alone. However, going gluten-free can be quite a big investment, particularly if you are trying to avoid it in beauty products as well. So just what is the deal with gluten-free makeup?

I get bloated when I eat wheat. Does this mean I should switch over my makeup to gluten-free products?
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Book Release and Giveaway: The Mercenary Makeup Artist

This doesn't count as animal testing.
I'm proud to announce the release of my first book, The Mercenary Makeup Artist.

Stylish. Efficient. Professional. These are the hallmarks of a distinguished mercenary — and if your mission is to make money as a makeup artist, then your success will be judged by the same criteria. Seasoned pro Kaylin Johnson equips you with the tools you need to complete your mission, covering everything from basic training to establishing your business repertoire. Think you've got what it takes?

Now available on Kindle and in paperback. Click here to see this book on

The Mercenary Makeup Artist can help you go from beauty enthusiast to paid professional. Makeup artistry is a unique and exciting field that can be a lucrative weekend side job or a rewarding full-time career. The Mercenary Makeup Artist contains several professional application secrets, but it is not strictly a book on techniques. It is a practical business guide with a focus on cruelty-free makeup. Check out a preview on Amazon today.

If you do pick up the book, I'd love to know what you think. I'd greatly appreciate honest reviews on, your blogs Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else. Whether or not you own the book, you can also check out my free Mercenary Makeup Artist resources section with dozens of website links, book recommendations, and downloadable bonuses. Click here to check it out.

If you're interested in books that focus on tutorials and techniques for personal use, stay tuned! Sign up for our email list to be notified of upcoming publications. I've got more exciting projects that I can't wait to share with you.

The giveaway has ended. If you missed it, you can check out the book here.

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Review: Acure Organics Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner

I tend to be loyal to certain hair products. I have long hair that has a tendency to tangle, so I am particular about my conditioners. I was excited to try Acure's Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner, as I'd heard good things about the line.

  • Vegan and gluten-free
  • Safe for color-treated hair
  • Shampoo lathers well
  • Conditioner leaves hair soft
  • Fresh, lemony scent suitable for men or women
  • Made with many organic ingredients
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Article: Multitasking Makeup

BWC Natural Eye Pencil in Delft Blue
Makeup is packaged and sold as blushes, lipsticks, and eye products, but many of the formulas are surprisingly similar. Several products can pull double-duty, sometimes for unique effects. Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC), a 100% vegan line, was kind enough to send me some products that are excellent multitaskers. Read on to see how these products be re-purposed.
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Book Review: How to Be Vegan

In , / 8/11/2014
The vegan lifestyle has become increasingly popular in recent years, but many of the books on veganism still focus on recipes. I I was excited to be offered the opportunity to review a new book called How to Be Vegan, which focuses on the entire vegan lifestyle as opposed to merely snacks and recipes. It is penned by Elizabeth Castoria, former editor of VegNews, and covers a broad range of topics.

  • Beautiful, colorful layout
  • Easy and fun to read
  • Includes a healthy dose of humor
  • Offers original content beyond diet advice
  • Has many entertaining graphics and charts
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