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The New Classic

I love my new Sam Villa Texture iron.  Its great for adding bulk to otherwise limp hair.  Here I textured the hair all over with the iron and folded it under in the front to look like a faux bob.  I love these more simple, modern styles that I don’t typically get to do on clients.  I wanted her hair to look classic with a softness, like a pillow.

 Make up is Kat Von D blush in Por Vida on the lids and cheekies,  Kat Von D everlasting lipstick in Love Spell, Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow in Soft Brown, KvD everlasting Eyeliner in Ink and Perversion mascara and subversion primer by Urban Decay.




Photographer Tim Tiebout http://www.timtiebout.com

Model Dana Buckley

Hair and Makeup by Alex Tuley


Model Down

I’m not exactly camera shy but after I agreed to be a model for  Phoenix, a photographer in my building, I could feel my stomach flip.  All I could imagine was me desperately trying my best to make a “sexy” pose and the woman begging me to stop.  Looking like a child with lipstick smeared all over their mouth and mommy’s high heels on.  I spent a few minutes here or there looking at myself in a full length mirror practicing posing.  The more I thought about my body, I forgot about my face, the more I thought about my face the more anxious I got about my body shape.  Eventually I decided to just relax, being insecure and neurotic certainly was not going to help produce a good photo.

Phoenix had a few different shots in mind that she wanted to capture.  One was a head shot inspired by a men’s razor advertisement from the 50’s, another was a photo of Jennifer Lopez with amazing hair and low back cut dress.  We sat down a week before the shoot and had a quick chat about the logistics of it all.  She told me I can bring a bunch of fun outfits, sexy underwear, dresses or whatever to play with.  I was also told there would be wine and snacks (thank god!).  Phoenix sounded super pumped about working on this project together, so naturally it helped calmed my nerves and got me really excited too.

The day of the shoot, I arrived at the studio in the late afternoon.  Part of the set was already in place and several big lighting fixtures all around it.  I had a glass of wine while I applied my makeup and fixed my hair.  The first photo we were working on was the men’s razor ad.  In this scene, Pheonix wanted to capture the long necked pose from the original.  Getting the set and lighting perfect can take some time, the actual picture taking part didn’t take long at all.  The directions were easy to follow, and the bright lights and wine put me in a model trance.


All the photos came out more amazing then I could have ever imagined!  I realized after doing this shoot that I had no reason for being nervous.  A talented photographer is going to set you at ease and help bring out the inner hotness. Turns out in the correct lighting and through a very expensive lens, we are all babes.  But, truthfully, we are mega-babes already!  And I think it’s important to remind ourselves of that, no matter the shape, size, or age.  Everyone has a beauty that is unique to them.  Having confidence in yourself is one of the sexiest traits a gal can have.  It’s too bad so many woman shame each other into thinking confidence is somehow showing off or slutty.  And even if it is, who cares??  We shouldn’t be so quick to judge what makes others feel good.  To each it’s own, girlfriend!  Show it, Flaunt it, Selfie it, Tuck it, Accentuate it, Hide it, Color it,  Love it!


Perfect Pout with NYX Lip Primer

Up until about a year ago I wasn’t sure if I could wear lipstick. Actually, I wasn’t sure if I should.  I spent many nights in front of my bathroom mirror trying on every shade.  No matter how careful I was, I still felt like I was 5-years old going through my mother’s makeup.  Lip stick just looked like a smear across my mouth.   I kept blaming the lipstick, it must just be those cheap brands. I needed high-end rouge if I want a high-end pout.  And yeah, it helped, the better quality the product the easier it was to apply.  Wearability was another problem though.  Smudging, creasing, caking, feathering, I couldn’t figure it out.  And on top of it, trying to remember,  when you are a REAL lady, you can’t touch your face! Anyway, let’s just say I went through all the mishaps so you don’t have to.  I finally found my miracle product!



This NYX Lip Primer is the best! Truthfully, it is the only lip primer I have tried but it was everything I dreamed of! It has a velvety application which helps smooth lip texture.  I find using it with a matte color helps it turn into a sort of lip stain.  I can even kiss my boyfriend and his lips stay color free!  It has worked well with any lipstick I have put to the test, and no feathering!  I often wear lip stick to work.  I’ll apply my lipstick at 9am, spend all day under heat, talking, eating lunch/snacks, being awesome and get home around 8pm and my lips are in place.  Best part?? It costs about $7 at Ulta.  Thank you NYX, now anyone can be a real lady.

Hair for a Throne

Photos taken by Cait Molloy


I invited one of besties, Erin,  to stop by the salon and have a little medieval fun! The style was inspired by the totally bad ass head chain she produced from her bag. A very lucky thift find, no doubt. I wanted her to look elegant, regal and commanding.  A style she could take to a battle field or ball.

.As you can see my hair is black, these photos were taken about 2 years ago. I have SOOO many photos to add to my portfolio that I haven’t had a home for until now.  I will be a very busy bee this summer making the seacoast beautiful and plan to update all my favorite wedding styles and trends weekly.