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The All New Avon!

Posted by katbraxton on February 26, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Nothing in recent history has changed the way people interact and shop more than the Internet; the creation of a digital, virtual world has altered fundamental behavior.Avon has innovated from the ancient door-to-door catalog sales, tweaking its direct-selling model to fit seamlessly into Representatives’ and customers’ lives.

There are now thousands of products you could buy from your neighborhood Avon rep, so it can be tough to know which to choose. Avon has evolved immensely over the yours. This is not your mother's Avon.;)  The company has expanded it reach offering customers a broader shoppping experience. Avon now stocks everything from apparel to kitchen wear. However, the majority of Avon's core consumer base still primarily purchses the company's signature cosmetic and bath & body products. 

As a professional model that is nothing more critical than monitoring they types of cosmetic and skincare products that I utilize. Avon offers products that are environmentally friendly and nonabrasive to the skin. Here are just a few Avon products that I swear by for my daily makeup and cleansing regime. 

1. Clearskin® Professional Acne Treatment System

I personally battle with three different skin condition which cause discomfort, pain, and can leave marks. Is is extremely important that I maintain a strict cleaning regime for my face. This product provides a simple 3 steps process to skin that's clearer in just 3 days! The Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub exfoliates pores;leaves skin feeling cool, clean and healthier-looking. The Clarifying Toner Pads is specially formulated to help retexturize, calm and soothe; skin looks and feels smoother after just one use. The Daily Correcting Lotion visibly minimizes pores and controls surface oil. Proven to even skin tone.

2. Avon's Moisture Therapy Products

As an individual who suffers from eczema, it is a must that I keep my skin heavily moisturized or run the risk of looking and feeling like a snake. Avon has several product sin there Moisture Therapy line; a hand lotion, a body wash, a body lotion, and a anti-itch spray.  The anit-itch spray is such a relief on those unfortunate days when rough patches appear on my skin as a result of an eczema flair up. I also utilize the hand lotion daily. My hands are always extremely dry. This product is thick and creamy, and you therefore only need a dime sized amount to get the full effect. These products offer all day comfort for dry, itchy skin. 

3. Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30 Pump Spray

This product is pretty much self-explanatory. I am very much the girly girl. I don't do grass. I don't do dirt. I don't do bugs. I DON'T DO NATURE PERIOD, but with Spring just around the corner the blood sucking bugs are on their way and ready to attack. Since I can't spend all Spring and Summer hiding in the house, I always keep this product in the armrest  compartment of my car. This product repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus for 8 hours. Provides effective protection against gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges. It is DEET-free, dermatologist-tested, and hypoallergenic. Unlike other repellents, that products has no harsh, unpleasant smell. 

4. Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation

As a model and MUA, makeup is essential part of my life each and everyday. However, some days you just don't feel like executing a full face of makeup. Sometimes all you really want is medium coverage to hide any imperfections that may be present. When I'm in one of my lazy moods this is my product of choice. Mineral powders offer more of natural look. Avon's mineral powder contains hints of gold, which offers a beautiful natural glow. The only setback is that mineral powders don't last as long as standard powder or cream foundations. To alleviate fading I recommend priming the face before applying the mineral powder. 

5. SuperExtend Infinitize Mascara

No makeup look is ever complete without a perfectly lined eye and seductive lashes. This mascara is designed to make lashes appear darker, longer, and thicker. This draws more attention to the eyes and provides a more polished look. The triple sphere brush hugs lashes for end-to-end coverage. It wears for 24 hours! The exclusive ermaset formula wraps lashes with lengthening fibers and curling agents. This product is also humidity- and sweat-proof. The product is glob-free, non-clumping formula. I recommend lining the eye with Avon's Mega Effects Liquid Eyeliner in addition to the SuoerExtend Infinite Mascara. 

To get your hands on these awesome products visit http://www.youravon.com/CrazyBeautiful and shop until to drop!

So You Want To Be A Model ?

Posted by katbraxton on May 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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Whether clicking through television channels, flipping through the pages of magazines, or scrolling through social media news feeds, we are met with images of stunningly gorgeous models that are paid top dollar to be beautiful. They live lives of fame, glamour, and fortune. The thought of having this fantasy lifestyle is quite intriguing to most, and many young men and women the world over dream of a career as a  model. It is for this reason that model coaching is a service that is quickly becoming big business. However, consumers should know that while most modeling schools are willing to except anyone who is willing to pay, less than half of all students enrolled in modeling schools actually have the potential to book work in the field.

As a noted modeling coach, who has worked for popular franchised modeling schools, I have seen many people fall victim to the romanticized view of the modeling industry. Now that I am an independent modeling coach fronting my own company, I am at liberty to be brutally honest with all potential clients. The fact of the matter is that not everyone is model material. Therefore you must be critical in your self-evaluation in order to determine if it is truly worth the time, money, sweat and tears that must be invested when trying to build a successful modeling career.

So, you’re dreaming of a career as a professional model…well, I ask that you pause to consider these questions first!

• Do you reside in a market where opportunities are plentiful? If not, are you willing to relocate and do you have the resources needed to do so? Living in Small-town, USA and trying to breathe life into a career in modeling is a battle that you will surely lose.

• Do you have the look? Is your skin healthy and clear? Is your hair healthy and well cared for? Are your teeth straight? If not are your facial features striking enough to distract attention from minor flaws. Is your body free of noticeable scars or tattoos?

• Are you height and weight portioned? If so, what height and weight range do you fall into? This will determine what genre of modeling you will fit into. Keep in mind that not everyone is suited for fashion modeling.

• Are you willing to conform to the sometimes strenuous diet and exercise regimens that are imposed upon mdoels in effort  to maintain a certain physique?

• Do you have the necessary stamina? The schedules of models can sometimes be non-stop resulting in exhaustion and sleep deprivation. Do you have the ability to remain on you’re "A-Game" even though you may have to go 2-3 days without a full night’s sleep.

• In the event that you are unable to secure an agent or manager, do you possess the drive; ambition, resources and knowledge that is needed to brand, promote, and secure bookings as a freelance model?

• Can you except critique and rejection? This is not an industry that is big on hand holding and sensitivity. Casting directors are often impersonal and have no-nonsense attitudes. They have no problem with pointing out your flaws and tossing your photo in the rejection pile right in front of your face. You must be completely confident in yourself and your abilities, and you must have skin as thick as a crocodile’s.


Of course my goal is never to shatter anyone’s dreams. However, before you dive in head first I urge you to consider the potential outcome with a realistic and objective perspective. The modeling industry IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY, regardless to how many likes you get on Instagram and FaceBook!


Beauty Brief: Define the Line

Posted by katbraxton on May 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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From the mid 90s to the early 20s, one of the most popular urban trends was the dreaded dark brown or black lip liner paired with clear gloss. This fad was a prime example of a trend gone terribly wrong! Much to my dismay, I find that many women have continued to display this “makeup don’t” seventeen years later in the year 2014.

While a lip liner may seem like a minor cosmetic product, one must be mindful that next to mascara, lip liner is the one product that when applied incorrectly can create a very unnatural and unflattering appearance. Dark, overdrawn liner can quickly cheapen your look; oppositely, a subtle liner defines the lip in a more natural sense. When applied correctly the lips appear fuller, younger, and more defined. Lip liner is designed to give glosses and lipsticks something to adhere to, thus increasing wear time and preventing color from bleeding.

It is important to remember a few critical guidelines when applying a liner:

There should never be a time when the liner is darker the shade or hue of your gloss/lipstick

While I would love to be politically correct and tell you that individuality should be applauded, in this case it just makes you stick out like a sore thumb. I cannot express how unsightly a dark brown, thickly drawn liner/frosty lip color can be. The contrast is simply an atrocity to behold. This is equally true for a dark liner and clear gloss. Always ensure that your liner is either one shade darker than your natural lip color if you are going with a clear gloss. If you are applying a lip color, the liner will need to be either one shade lighter or one shade darker, depending on the contrast you are seeking

Do not overdraw your line

Thou shall not liken the lining of the lips to the act of tracing lines in a coloring book. LESS IS MORE!…Can you hear me now? We want to enhance, not exaggerate. Keep it soft ladies. Many often go wrong with the utilization of sharpened liners (pointed tips). A blunt or rounded tip works better, when trying to achieve a natural yet defined trace around the lip. For those of you like me who prefer to embrace the natural shape of your lips, cosmetic companies have introduced anti-liners. These products perform the same as standard liners when it comes to the adherence of lip color (preventing bleeding), but eliminates the border effect you get from standard liners. So in a nutshell, it is simply an invisible liner.

Be sure to define you Cupid’s bow

The Cupid’s bow is that endearing little peak found middle of your top lip. Since many of us are not fortunate enough to have a naturally defined cupid’s bow, it is necessary to create definition in that area when lining lip. Failing to do so and drawing a line straight across the top of the natural lip line will leave the upper lip in a deformed state. It is necessary to create a slight v-shape in the middle of the upper lip.

Now, off you go! Create those undeniably kissable lips and pucker up.





Kindred Dreamheart Spotlight Interview

Posted by katbraxton on April 20, 2012 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It's great to be able to share your story with the world. Im so thankful for the opportunity to be interviewed and featured on Studion KD3' s Kindred Dreamheart Spotlight.  Thanks Katrina for the awesome feature. Check out the interview at the link below.


Streets Global Feature

Posted by katbraxton on April 20, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Big thank to the staff over at Streets Global. It was a honred to be the blosg site's first talent feature of 2012 . Check it out at the link listed below.


Interview w/Patrick Covington Future of Art Blog

Posted by katbraxton on January 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Kat recently sat down with famed, Memphis based photographer Patrick Covington in an interview session for his Future of art Blog. Check it out right here!