Back To Blogging


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I took a break from blogging, sort of. The truth? I kind of felt burned out, overwhelmed and pulled in many directions. I also wanted to focus more on my career as a makeup artist. During this self awareness period, I also had to remind myself, you are a mother of two, a wife and a human, it’s OK to take breaks. I am also back to exercising more, doing yoga and being a Gen X in a world that wants millennials who are Instagram-perfect with 50K followers wearing the latest trends.

This is an introduction, a new beginning as well as a hello friends who used to read Norah Loves Makeup. In this new space, I am going to share things that interest me in the realm of lifestyle. I still love makeup. To this point, I also love food, CBD, fitness, skincare and fashion. I will try my best to mix it all up.

I am using very recent photos of an event I attended at Caravan Studios in New York. It was an awesome afternoon treat. I had a complimentary hair treatment thanks to Martino Cartier, Intact Hair and Janine Just. My hair has been going through it with the shedding and thinning, thanks in part to all the heat and styling I do. I went to Caravan’s beauty lounge just expecting a blowout and walked away with an amazing treatment for my hair. It was a 30 minute application of Intact Hair Scalp Primer, regular shampoo and conditioner plus a blowout. I posted the before and after on my Instagram feed. I felt amazing.


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Photo credits to Thomas Concordia



Collaboration With South Orange Photographer

I finally got a chance to do a collaboration with local South Orange photographer Steve Vaccariello. We are practically neighbors and our schedules finally aligned. As it turns out, the model he booked was Victoria Winner, a model I had makeup on several times while teaching makeup in NYC. 

During our shoot, we did a few makeup changes to reflect the clothing and vibe. I am happy with the results and hope you like the images as much as I do. The fun of collaborations or test shoots is that I can try different things, and in this case, we added fabrics, black and white, color and used the rain to our advantage. 

 

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Digital Campaign for Fila // SIX02

I wanted to share some of my latest work for Fila and Six02. We shot a streetstyle campaign using mostly Fila outfits (as well as studio photos with video). This was a rare spring day in February (a super random thing in New York city).

I got extremely lucky with the weather and an awesome team. For Maria's look, the brand wanted a very soft, glowy and free spirited hair and makeup look. Our model had the best skin and hair and made my job so easy. Fun fact, we shot this on Valentine's Day just after NYFW.

UPDATE - This campaign made it to the FILA USA Times Square store! I am elated. Below see some of the photos I took off Fila's social media. This is a milestone for me as an artist. 

 

 

 

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A Montauk Bride

Lisa was a dream client, she knew what she wanted, took care of her skin and had the most fabulous Montauk wedding during the second week of September in 2015. For this bridal client, my friend Gloria Espinoza did the bride's hair as well as Lisa's sister. The makeup for Lisa was super clean, glowy skin, soft lines, and nude lips. For those who wonder whether I do brides or not, I do! It is hard to get images from bridal clients because this is always an after-thought. Luckily for us, Cly by Matthew provided the most stunning imagery, I highly recommend their services. 

If you have an engagement or a wedding coming up, you know where to find me.

Makeup For MeUndies Campaign

This was a series of photos that went into a new MeUndies campaign shot on location in the Hamptons and Montauk, New York. Thanks to photographer Bekka Gunther for bringing me on this project which to me felt more like a weekend away than work. I truly feel very lucky that I get to do what I do. Also, all the models were amazing humans who made this trip super fun, as well as our stylist Georgia.   For this job, I did hair and makeup and although it was not quite summer just yet, the beaches were super stunning and dreamy.

This was a series of photos that went into a new MeUndies campaign shot on location in the Hamptons and Montauk, New York. Thanks to photographer Bekka Gunther for bringing me on this project which to me felt more like a weekend away than work. I truly feel very lucky that I get to do what I do. Also, all the models were amazing humans who made this trip super fun, as well as our stylist Georgia. 

For this job, I did hair and makeup and although it was not quite summer just yet, the beaches were super stunning and dreamy.

Collaboration With Leon Reisen

This was a series of portraits I worked on with Leon Reisen a photographer from Russia that was visiting New York for just a few months. I did makeup/ hair for a few of the Elite NYC girls, Iliana, Nichole and also for Linda Helena from Lions NYC. This is Iliana from Elite NYC, a beauty from Mexico. As luck would have it, I got an editorial published with Iliana later on for One Magazine.