My day with Naked Truth Beauty by Kat St. John

 Your'e about to read up on all of these products. I put on my face. And I LOVED THEM.

Your'e about to read up on all of these products. I put on my face. And I LOVED THEM.

Last week (If you follow me on instagram - @ms.kitten) you probably saw that I was on Vashon Island for the day. While I do LOVE Vashon Island, I was not there for the day to have "fun", although I did have alot of it. There was a teensy bit of work, (I fit in some shopping too at Herban Bloom, my FAV place to get Paddywax + other local treats) and wonderful talks with Lauren - my client for the day from Naked Truth Beauty! 

Holy moly, this lady is a WEALTH of information, and talking product with her is just fascinating. I love her dedication to eco friendly packaging, and making a solid product that is natural and appeals to the masses. 

I had the honor of using / testing out her products for our shoot, and I CANNOT wait to see the images. One bonus to collaborating with awesome makers is getting a few things to try out on your own! Of course, I promptly went home and thought hard about how I was going to showcase this product. The best way? Photos. 


Look how darling this packaging is! I managed to stare at them for a few minutes (ok more like almost an hour) trying to figure out how to describe them. Instead, I snagged this description from her website since there is a whole section about it!! 

ALL of our product packaging - from padded envelopes to stickers - is recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, or all of the above!

Product tubes are made of 100% paperboard that is renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable – and made in the USA.

As a consumer, I appreciate the feeling of not contributing to so much waste. Each of these came with really neat instructions that I appreciated so much. 

  Pro tip : Most cremes, eyeliners, or anything that will melt, will become hard when it is cold. I found that with these cremes, I scoop a little bit, smear it on the back of my hand and work it until it because smooth and easy to blend. 

Pro tip: Most cremes, eyeliners, or anything that will melt, will become hard when it is cold. I found that with these cremes, I scoop a little bit, smear it on the back of my hand and work it until it because smooth and easy to blend. 

When choosing what to bring home to try, it was so hard. Do I make the decision based on what I would want to try? Do I want to try EVERYTHING and do an "Unconventional" post about how to use products in other ways? Nah. I just picked what I thought was the prettiest and most versatile and I was not disappointed


I am going to start with eyes, because that is the the process in which I do makeup for myself and on all of my clients. 


Bend & Snap






Such a beautiful wash of rose gold on
your lid. Subtle and glowy.

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A PERFECT contour for the lid,
Smoky eye or even pop some
under your cheekbones for some
facial contour. (I may or may
not have done this....)

To purchase Megara: Follow this Link.

NEXT ARE MY TWO FAV THINGS IN THE WORLD! Highlighter AND Multi-use products. 
Ok so, heres the thing. We all want to be beautiful, but product costs can add up. And I feel that it is kind of unnecessary to always buy ONE thing PER function. Like, we can get a little more creative with our looks on top of being conscious of the waste we create and saving space. Right?


Arwen is the Bomb












Arwen is what every person who loves highlighter LIVES FOR!! #Gimmethatdew

Creamy, light, and versatile! You can seriously put this everywhere on your face. It is light, transparent and shimmery (dewy) without flecking AKA Visual Glitter. I popped this on the bridge of my nose, brow bone, all up and down my cheek bones, chin and on the top of my lip. So,ummmmmm basically everywhere that caught light. My husband came in from a long day of work and said "Man, your skin looks amazing right now". YEP it did! And all thanks to ARWEN! 

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I loved Lumos for the same reasons I loved Arwen. However, you do get a golden glow from this product, and it is good for almost ALL skin tones. This is something for a new mom, or person-on-the-move who wants to make their face look fresh, warm and clean. Love Love Love the pigment, not too heavy and not too light. Perfect golden glow.

To Purchase Lumos: Follow this Link.

Last but NOT least were the Lip & Cheek tubes. Now, these happen to be my absolute favorite thing from NTB and I will tell you why. 1. Versitility (duh) 2. They are creme blushes AAAAAAND they're amazing for lips. BUT thats isnt the only reason I am excited, I contoured with these bad boys on my OWN face. Heres the thing though. I was having a really bad hair day, I really dont like taking selfies of myself and by the end of the 8 hour day photographing product, applying it on my face and making notes....I was toast. BUT I did want to shout from the mountain tops about this and give some pointers on how to use this even MORE than just lip and cheek because I love to play with product. Even more when it is a creme!


After I applied gobs and gobs of highlighter to my face (Yeah, I like dewy skin......what?) I finished off with Carrie on my cheek bones. Carrie is a beautiful deep red, that comes out a beautiful wash of dark pink. I first applied this to my hand and really worked it. Then located the apple of my cheek, and blended down. This creates your "Natural Flush" rather than a streak going up to your temple. (Thanks 80's trends! But I think we can do without your makeup looks for life.)

After applying the carrie to the apples of my cheeks, I liberally applied Beauregarde to the lower cheek bones to contour and blended UPWARD. NOT towards my mouth. Make sure your colors connect and blend. I am a firm believer in contouring with blush when you can! I am very fair, and most times bronzer and other countour palettes just come out looking muddy on me, not to mention super obvious. I am ALL about natural beauty and enhancing what you have. Not everyone does well with browns on their face. 

If you are fair, THIS is your combo!!

I finished my look with Carrie on my lips, because Sex & the City. HUGE FAN. 

Thank you for reading, go give my girl Lauren some love on her instagram! To see her whole line of products (she does MORE than makeup) - go to her website!






Masks for days. by Kat St. John


During our monthly podcast - Beauty Tips and Bullshit, I mentioned how much I love masks. And that I would be doing a blog. Well, here it is - two weeks later! IF you didn't catch us, then get on it! We have so many tips and tricks, product reviews and stories to share with you. Click on the Link to give it a listen! I promise, we are getting better. 

So, during this blog I am going to try and narrow down my list, in the last two months I have tried NINE different masks. I love all of them for different reasons, but I will list my four absolute favorites (in no particular order).

The first one I want to talk about is the Kiehl's Ultra facial overnight Hydrating Masque! Only because I JUST took a nice long bath and thought it was time to use this stuff, sit down and blog. Inspiration, if you will. 

To use this product, you literally just slather it on your face and then go to bed. I like to bring it down my neck and onto my chest for a little extra love in those areas. 

It is a little slimy, and then sticky at times but I have to say.....when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels like it is plump again. As though I had absolutely NO moisture in my skin before putting this on. You can FEEL the difference, and that means more to me than anything, I hate massive texture on my skin. My face is depressingly dry and it can get really scaly.

A+ for this easy to use product!


Easy Peasy.

Slather on face, and go to bed. No Brainer.

OK, so another thing you might have heard me mention on the podcast are these masks that Anne got me when she was traveling. Saborino Mezama Sheets. One of my favorites I EVER tried was this mask. When you read the packaging for the instructions it's a little......uh.......interesting. BUT they did have a photo diagram showing you how to apply it. Put 2 + 2 together, you get it.


The package above comes with five sheet masks and is resealable. Or you can get a larger pack that dispenses them for just a tad more money. I would definitely get the larger pack, and I'll tell you why. 

1.  These are gentle enough to use daily. Why not? Love the skin you are in.
2.  The effect is a light tingle with a nice cooling & brightening effect. It's a great pick me up in the morning, even if you skip your shower and is GREAT to use before applying your makeup. Good Skin Prep = Good Makeup. A nice addition to your daily routine. 

Next up is Dr. Jart - Pore Minimalist! I 100% LOVE their masks. They make a really great pore minimizing strip too but my personal favorite is the Pore Minimalist! You may have seen my blog about pore strips earlier. Like I mentioned before, I have lunar craters in my face (ok not really but they're super big pores) and anything that can help reduce them, I will gladly try. This mask definitely helped with minimizing the pores but not only that, it helped smooth the texture of my face.


Def. Fav.

Got huge pores?

Last but not least - TONYMOLY I'm Real Pearl Luminating Mask !

I swear this made my skin look like it was shimmering almost. Or maybe its just because I loved the idea of having pearl finish on my skin? It felt so good, and you know what? It is a really inexpensive treat. Give yourself an excuse to write in your journal, take a long bath, put up your feet and read a book. Hell, go try ALL of them! You're worth it.


An It Girl and her Nose Strip! by Kat St. John

Did you get anything during the holidays and were pleasantly surprised? Well, this year I did and I am here to shout it from the rooftops (aka my blog)! As per usual, while Christmas shopping for other people, I was derailed by Ulta & decided to fit in a little "me time". For real, looking for gifts is hard work. 

OK first, I just want to say that I LOVE MASKS (seriously though, I have a problem) - there will be a blog about this soon. 

Another thing I am a huge fan of is that (oddly) satisfying feeling of dead skin and black heads being pulled from your pores. Before you go "Ewwwwww" I KNOW there are some of you out there who feel me on this. Gross? Maybe.

But for real, the Yes to Tomatoes clear skin 2 step nose kit is killer for the price! <------- (Link to my affiliate account)

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You'll see it is a 2 step system (most are). The top portion is a gel cleanser that comes with a really cool little half inch sponge on a stick and gel that you cleanse your nose with before applying the actual strip. This was a bit odd - but kind of awesome. I liked the idea of thoroughly cleansing the area before trying to extract/ exfoliate!

Now, the reason I said it was a bit odd is because, usually all strips I have tried in the past have a strip and then a 2nd follow up "Pore minimizer" strip. I have pores like freaking lunar craters, and minimizers RARELY are successful. But this one was different and I really liked it! Plus, the price is right.

Another fabulous item that I received as a gift from my MOM! She picked out this killer palette from It Cosmetics - It Girl.

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A. the packaging is SO pretty and sparkly!
B. The colors work for almost anyone. They're very pigmented, creamy and the shimmer actually doesn't have much fall out, which makes morning routines go quite a bit quicker. WIN!

Lets also talk about how pretty the ombre blush is! What I enjoyed most about the It Girl palette is how versatile it can be. That blush can be applied lighter and glowy with the highlighter, can JUST be highlighter or you can avoid the shimmer all together and keep a matte face. I give this 5 stars! This is my new fav of 2018 plus it has sentimental value because, mom always knows best. <3


New Year = New Dreams by Kat St. John


As we enter the New Year - I am reminded of how incredibly lucky I am to be a successful working artist in this industry! 2017 was a phenomenal year for my brand, for my business and for my own personal growth. 

On top of all THOSE wonderful things, Anne Timss and I have partnered up and officially launched our new agency PaperdollsNW!!! This little carrot has been dangling in front of us for almost a year. We (actually, Anne did cause she is the Social media queen!) made our announcement yesterday and the support we have received is overwhelming. *I may or may not have teared up.....*

What does this mean for Kat St. John Makeup & Styling? I am still my own brand! Anne is hers too! During the last year we really didn't like to say "No" to folks inquiring about work. Why not pass that work onto an artist who may need the $$ or experience? Plus, who doesn't like working with amazing people? I mean, lets be real. Our team is full of RAD artists.

My (personal) big push in Anne's and my joint venture is community, education and setting people on a path for success. Through Paper Dolls NW, newer artists can "earn while they learn". The best kind of experience! Makeup artistry can be a hard industry to break into. 

I say that because of my own personal journey of working a desk job at UW Medical Center, Four ten hour days as a General Anesthesia Coordinator + Freelancing on evenings and weekends.
How long did I do this? EIGHT YEARS. Folks, burn.out.happens. It is REAL, but totally avoidable. THIS is why I am pushing for mentorship, interning and assisting opportunities for new artists. A lot of us feel "stuck" in our jobs, or its too "Scary" to make the jump, and we stay way too long. 

Is it scary?
No. It isnt. You just haven't been pointed in the right direction. xoxoxo


Collaboration, Cat Eyes and Golden Light by Kat St. John

Recently while on social media, twiddling my thumbs.....(cause thats what you do when it is slower) I found myself comparing myself to other artists. People were busy, but I wasn't. I was just watching everyone work while I was looking for something to do.
*In reality, they're probably doing the exact same thing I am doing. le sigh*

Sometimes we find ourselves not knowing what to do with ourselves, or maybe feeling a bit "stuck which in turn, can become a "Creative Slump". Determined to keep that from happening, I put my foot down and decided it was time to do something creative.

For the first time in almost a year, I had a free week! A FREE WEEK. No work. What the heck was I going to do with myself?? Well, I will tell you what I did. 

Later that day, I posted on my facebook page asking for a model who wanted to get funky with makeup. (Not even going to lie, I think that is exactly what my post said.)
Maddy chimed in! We worked together on a styled bridal shoot a couple years back, so it was awesome to do something creative, go out of BOTH of our comfort zones while being able to add  new content to our portfolios.
As we began collaborating, we started to see things parallel. It was perfect - maybe even like it was meant to be. We were both aiming for the same things: creative light, playing with color, light and shape. 

First look - Simplistic. Clean and Pretty, just like my subject. She doesnt need much makeup, but we played with a tiny bit of pink from my Mac Pro Palette and gloss. BTW that lipgloss from ABH in "Rio" is my FAVORITE. 
*It smells like birthday cake!*


I decided to start with a more subtle look, since it is ALWAYS easier to go up than it is to go down with makeup.
Her skin is basically perfect, we worked on making it look flawless, which doesn't take much. Skin prep, Concealer, and my very favorite - Neo Bronzer from Kevyn Aucoin. <3

Second look - a little more extreme. We were so inspired by some of the really amazing artists we were finding on Pinterest. This was a kind of "minimalist"eye. We put our own little spin on it with some gel lights in my tiny little studio. Purple is almost always my go-to color to shoot with. And I got to use a fav NARS Velvet Matte Lip (Pussy Control - which....yes, is an homage to Prince).

Side Note: Before this shoot, I happened to order some "Shadow Shields" to try out. I used them when I was a blossoming makeup artist and they really helped when working with the not-so-great products we all work with when starting out. Did someone say "Fall Out"?!

Some folks might argue - "You dont need shields or tape if youre a Pro- Artist".
We Pros use these things all the time! It is a tool, it happens makes our jobs a little easier (can I get an amen?). Particularly when youre working with intense looks and trying to cut down on time. Now, if you are putting scotch tape on someone's eyes, we are going to have a very serious conversation. Shadow Shields are MADE for application on the face! If youre going to "Tape", use products that are made for that. Spend the $10 and get yourself a few!

Again, we really didn't change much about her makeup at all. The only thing we did differently is remove the black eyeliner from her eyes before applying the green cat eye. Which now happens to be one of my favorite looks from this year.

Photos/Hair and Makeup: Kat St. John
Styling/ Wardrobe: Maddy Buckmaster