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Hey everyone! Long time no see, I know, but I’ve been super busy with work, as in glamming people up!

Yesterday I just wrapped on a couple of shoots for a calendar that’s for a local charity, which I will share on here as soon as I get approved images from the photographer. I’m super excited about it because I got to do some really creative makeups as well as some classic looks and they all turned out SO well!

I’ve been trying to come up with a better layout/outline for reviews to make it easier to read when you’re in a hurry, but I still want to cover all the important parts, as always. I think I may split posts between a brief rundown and a more in-depth/how-to, or put the more extensive part below the summary… What are your thoughts on this? I’d love for some input!

Some additional ideas for regularly featured posts are monthly favorites, what’s trending in the makeup world, and adding a skincare feature each week for “Skincare Sunday” of something new or something that’s a must have product for me. I’m working on the whole YouTube thing but I’m still getting the hang of it and learning to edit, as well as overcoming my anxiety with filming (yep, I have anxiety disorder and it flares up PRETTY bad over some things)… Making videos is NOT as easy as it looks, but I’m getting there! I feel like I don’t want to half-ass my videos and disappoint anyone, ya know?

I’ve picked up a TON of new products over the past couple of months, which I’m currently photographing and rephotographing with my new lighting setup… I mean I’m working on it at this moment! So here are some of the posts that will be coming up in the near future:

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
  • Sunday Riley UFO Clarifying Face Oil
  • Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Haze Eye Shadow Stack
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Lipstick in Cherried
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Lip Liners in Kink and Edible
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Eye Liners in Baked and Bloodshot
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Lip Vault (all 8 Velour Liquid Lipsticks and all 5 Lip Ammunition Lipsticks
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Watermelon Gum Lip Scrub
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Skin Frosts in Summer Snowcone and Crystal Ball
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks (several permanent colors)
  • Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Eye Shadow Palette
  • Jeffree Star Princess Cut Skin Frost
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (not sure why I never posted it before?)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Glow in Perla, Bronzed, and Peach Fizz
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills new Matte Lipsticks – All 30 of them, but in singles or groups for posts… That would be too overwhelming as one review!
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills most recent single eye shadows from Summer 2017
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipglosses from Summer 2017 (only a few colors)
  • Kylie Cosmetics In Love with the Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Gloss
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Matte Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks (excluding Gorg) & Gloss
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil Free Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer in the color Tantric
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo Blushes
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (waterproof and regular formulas)

There are a lot more products too, but that’s just some examples of what I’ve been photographing and testing recently. I plan on slowly posting EVERY Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eye Shadow, Liquid Lipstick, and Lip Gloss too, as well as a lot of permanent products from MAC and other brands that have been my go-to’s for a long time!

Sometimes it may take me a while to get reviews up after a product launches because I do purchase everything myself, so I have to order it, receive it in the mail, THEN thoroughly test it out before I give you all my honest opinion. It’s also just dependent only work schedule at times, but I’m going to start pre-writing reviews so I can post them even when I’m swamped with other things and don’t have time to write!

I’ve been posting peeks at products on my Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat more often and consistently, so be sure to go follow me on those platforms… All are under the name lesley_makeup.

Well, now you all know what’s been going on and what’s to come! If you have ANY suggestions for posts or products you’d like to see, please leave me a comment! I do this because of YOU, so your input is always appreciated!

Thanks for reading!

XO, Lesley

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to make a quick post and say thank you to all the new people following my blog, and to all of my old followers who I see liking my recent posts, despite the fact that I disappeared for a while! I noticed that my blog has been getting a LOT more reads lately and I appreciate that SO very much! Nothing makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside quite like waking up to see that I already have like a bazillion views on a new post that I made the night before 🙂

I am afraid that you will be stuck with me from here on out, so I hope that’s alright! Unless I go on some crazy vacation sometime (which will pretty much never happen), I’m back to stay now that I’m all nice and settled in back in Oklahoma! My puppy is growing up enough that I actually have time to sit down in front of a computer more often now too, so that’s making my life as a makeup blogger much easier!

I’m not really sticking with a set day of the week for posts, but I’ll be making them every other day to twice a week… It just depends on my schedule. I’ve discovered how much more fun it is to do this blog now that I’m not pressuring myself so much to get a certain thing done on a certain day! It seems like every time I make a schedule to post something specific, some real life emergency comes up and I end up feeling SO bad that I didn’t post something when I said I would (thanks, OCD). I’m thinking that on the weekends, I’ll be doing a post or two for products that are new or really popular at the moment, or a grouped product post (like several lipsticks at once from the same collection)… Other than that, posts will mostly be broken down to ONE color of ONE product at a time. That way, it’s not as time consuming for me overall, but I’ll also be able to go more in depth with that review and not feel the need to rush through it to make some GIANT post in one afternoon! I feel like that will work out for the best, and will also give you all more posts to read more often!

I will definitely try to keep up with new products and launches, but I don’t have the funds for EVERY single item from a MAC collection and things like that any longer, since I do pay for everything on this blog out of pocket. You’ll also be seeing more drug store brands like Milani, NYX, and Revlon, because I understand that not everyone has the spare money to go out and buy a $30 blush or $50 foundation and I don’t want to be one of those bloggers who seems like an elitist makeup snob, because I’m not! Makeup is makeup and if it’s great stuff, I want to share that with all of you, regardless of the label or price tag!

In other news, I recently got a camera suitable for vlogging as well as a ring light, so you’ll get to see my face and hear me rambling about product reviews and tutorials on YouTube soon! Now that I’ll have an awesome lighting setup, I’ll also be posting pictures of my own makeup looks on here more often, like a MOTD/FOTD/whatever you want to call it.

I hope all of that’s cool with you guys! If there’s any questions, suggestions, or things you’d like to see more of on here PLEASE tell me in the comments! I created this blog to share my love of makeup with the world, so what you all think means a lot to me!

XOXO,

Lesley

I get asked a lot of questions, whether it’s through comments here on my blog, through emails, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and in person sooooo I think it’s time I answer all of them on here! It’s hard for me to respond thoroughly to everyone individually sometimes so hopefully I can cover everything in this post. If there’s anything else you want to know, leave a comment on this post and I’ll add it to the list!!

1)   Are you a “real” makeup artist?

Yes! I do freelance work for weddings, events, photos, personal lessons, etc. I’m also an Artist for MAC Cosmetics.

2)   When did you start doing makeup?

I was in high school when I really became interested in makeup, so that would be about 15 years ago? Something like that anyway.

3)   How old are you?

Since I was in high school about 15 years ago… Old. Okay so I’m not THAT old yet, I’m 31 (which looks a lot older when I type it)!

4)   How did you get started doing makeup?

Long story short… I went through an ugly duckling phase as a teenager so my mom was nice enough to take me to a makeup counter so I could get some concealer/powder/lipgloss/whatever. After that I fell in love with makeup because it made me feel so much better about myself. Fast forward a few years… I was COMPLETELY obsessed and started practicing looks from magazines and stuff on myself, family, and friends. I did makeup for my cousin’s prom. I helped out friends when they had events to go to or were getting their photos taken. I did work with photographer friends… I basically took every opportunity possible to do makeup on other people.

5)   What made you want to do makeup as a job?

It’s fun. It’s something that’s always changing and I get to help people feel better about themselves and look their best. It’s really rewarding for me to teach people how to emphasize the things they like about their face and hide the things that they don’t love. I think that everyone should feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. Sounds cheesy, I know, but it’s the truth! Oh! Also, I got my paws on the books Making Faces and Face Forward by the late and great Kevyn Aucoin… His natural talent and passion were things I saw in myself and I from that moment forward, I knew that I had to follow my dreams and make a career out of doing what I love. Discovering MAC also made me want to become a MAC Artist because the Artists at the counter back home were just badasses and they really inspired me!

6)   Did you go to school for makeup? Where did you learn?

To begin with, I was self-taught. The first 5 or so years that I did makeup, I just practiced on myself and other people. I used to hang out at the MAC counter back home and got to know the artists there, who ended up teaching me some really valuable things that still help me out to this day! YouTube was also a really valuable tool for me to learn a lot about different brands and techniques… Eventually I decided that I didn’t want to be stuck doing makeup just for weddings/proms/senior pictures and I hopped on a plane to Los Angeles to check out Makeup Designory (MUD). I ended up moving out here and completing the Fashion program at MUD so I could fine tune some techniques and learn more about the industry… So yeah here I am today, living my dream!

7)   What inspires you? 

All sorts of things, really… Other artists, of course, like looks I see on Instagram or YouTube, work I see done by artists I work with, fashion and trends, nature, my mood, music… A little bit of everything!

8)   Do your family/boyfriend/friends support your decision to become a makeup artist instead of going to school and doing something else?

They do! I’m surrounded by wonderful people who also do what they love for a living, so I have a great support system… Everyone understands that I’m a creative person and they get that this is my outlet and my passion as well as my job. They don’t just support me either… They all push me to better myself and be even more awesome and never stop progressing, so I’m super thankful for that!

9)   Did you go to college?

I did… I went to a community college and majored in two different things because I couldn’t make up my mind. I tried both Psychology and Biology. I loved them both but I didn’t finish and get a degree in either… I’m only a few credit hours away but I decided to attend MUD and move out to Los Angeles, which basically used up the rest of my college fund. No regrets at all, though! Best decision I ever made!

10)   What would you do if you weren’t a makeup artist?

I would most likely go back to school and work towards a degree in zoology or entomology. I love animals and bugs so it would be fun to work with them and do field research to help with conservation.

11)  Where are you from?

Norman, Oklahoma born and raised! I now live in Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles.

12)   Do you do any special effects makeup?

I know how, but I don’t do much of it any more. I learned how to do basic character makeup and apply prosthetics and do old age makeup, beards, etc at MUD but it’s not something that comes up with most of the work I do these days. It’s fun to do at times, but I definitely prefer making people pretty!

13)   What else are you into? 

You probably don’t want to know lol… I really love animals and nature. I have a ton of pets, most of which being creepy crawlies… My boyfriend and I have a bunch of snakes, geckos, tarantulas, scorpions, a tortoise, and a really sweet, adorable boxer who is more like a child to me than a dog. I love going on hikes and looking for wildlife too. A few more “normal” things I’m into are hoarding clothes and shoes, photography, fishing (which I need to do more of), cooking & baking, reading, writing, and video games… I’m a total nerd. I’m getting more and more into collecting orchids too, thanks to the boyfriend and his nerdiness. Sorry babe, your secret is out!

14)   Why do you review so much MAC makeup?

Well, I don’t just go buy products to review for the hell of it… If I review something, it’s because I got it for myself or for my kit. Most happens to be MAC because I’ve always used and preferred that brand, even before I started working there.

15)   Do you get paid to review products or get free products to review?

Nope! Anything I review is something I’ve spent my own money on. If I did get free stuff, I wouldn’t hype something up, or even necessarily review it if I wasn’t even into it to begin with . So don’t fear, nothing on here will ever be anything but my own, honest opinion about the products I review!

16)   How do you get a job at MAC?

Well, you apply first! Take in a resume, look your best (in all black), and let your personality shine through!

17)   What is your favorite type of makeup to do?

Beauty/glamour I suppose… Yes, that whole “Kim K” kind of look. It’s just fun to look that gorgeous or to make someone else up to look damn sexy! I like to be creative too and do looks that aren’t necessarily the norm for beauty makeup. I like some of my work to be different and unique and really stand out.

18)   Why the name “lesleyrocksface”?

My name is Lesley. I rock, and I rock at beating face… So somehow that transformed into lesleyrocksface. I thought it was cute and I guess it just stuck!

19)   Why don’t you post looks on yourself?

Honestly, because I’ve gone through a super insecure phase over the past few years. Yep, I’m a typical girl when it comes to that kind of thing! I am starting to feel more confident though, and I want to share my looks with everyone, so you can count on seeing a lot more of those soon! I’m most likely to post them on my makeup Ingstagram account, which is @lesleymarshallmua, so go follow me on there!

20)   Do you have a YouTube channel?

Technically, yes, I do, it’s just not being used yet! I am planning on doing tutorials and reviews on there soon. I’ll make a post when I get it up and running!

21)   What are your favorite brands of makeup/cosmetics?

I love MAC (duh), Make Up For Ever, NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Melt, Guerlain, Deborah Lippmann (for nails), and La Mer (for skincare).

22)   What are the top 5 products you can’t live without?

Only 5?! Oh gosh this is tough… MAC Face & Body Foundation, La Mer Creme de la Mer moisturizer, MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, MAC Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion, MAC Invisible Set Powder… Perfect skin is a must for me!

23)   Why don’t you post as often as you used to?

I’ve been busy! I was promoted from a freelance/on call artist for MAC to a permanent Artist soooo between work and real life stuff like taking care of all my pets and finding some me time to relax, I don’t have as much time to blog as I used to. I’m going to try to make at least a post a week, though… Don’t give up me me just yet haha!

24)   Can you help me find the right foundation/blush/lipstick?

Via my blog/email/facebook/whatever? No, probably not. It’s best to go to your local MAC or other makeup counter or store and get a personal consultation with an artist there. It’s just too hard to fully analyze a face via the internet. Sorry!

25)   Can you do my makeup?

If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to pay me, yes, of course I can! As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I do freelance work, so if you need a makeup artist, you can check out my website: www.lesleymarshall.com and contact me from there to set up something!

 

Wow, that took longer than I thought… I hope I covered most everything that my readers, followers, and friends have asked me! If you wanna know more, ask away in the comments section below 🙂

Apologies for being MIA for the past month or so… I have been working on some other things with work and in my personal life. Fortunately, I’m feeling more focused than ever now, so it’s time to get this going again!

There is some cool stuff coming up on the blog this week, though! I’ll be reviewing the majority of MAC’s Styleseeker collection, as well as Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara, and all of the new Cremesheen + Pearl Lipsticks and Lipglasses.

As well as MAC, I have two drugstore cosmetics reviews coming up too! I’ll be reviewing Maybelline’s Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eye Shadows and Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.

I promise things will be back on track very soon! Thanks for reading!

First off, I want to apologize for being kind of MIA all week.  I’ve been putting a lot of work into building a new portfolio website for myself! Blogging will resume as usual after this weekend 🙂

I recently got two Guerlain foundations… Parure Extreme and Lingerie de Peau. I have wanted these for SO long and I finally got the change to spoil myself a little bit so I gave in and bought them! After I test them for the next week or two, I’ll write some reviews and swatch the shades that I got. I also picked up some Guerlain Meteorites compact powders and a Terracotta bronzer… I’ll swatch and review those as well.

In the next week or so I’m going begin to do some Summer Favorites posts too… Probably divided up by product type. I’ll be posting those throughout the summer!

Speaking of summer… I’ve been using self tanners again and I finally found my favorite self tanning product of all time!! St Tropez bronzing mousse and dark bronzing mousse are amazing! Hopefully I will have those reviews up next week.

I’m also going to change up the way I do some things around here… There will be a single product review, such as one eye shadow, one lipstick, etc, nearly every day! It’s pretty easy to photograph, swatch, and write up a review for one product several times a week, so I really have no excuse not to! I will probably take weekends off, unless there’s a new collection out, but on weekdays you can look forward to lots of new posts!

 

There’s also a chance that the format of this blog will be changing soon… I’m not sure how yet but I’d like to get it cleaned up and divided a little more. Ideally, I want to start a swatch gallery, Tuesday Tip section, and a few other things.

Let me know what you think about these ideas…. Thanks for reading!

Xo,

Lesley

As of today, summer is officially here! Woohoo!

Lately I keep thinking of things I want to change about or incorporate into my beauty routine so I’ve been scribbling them all down to look back at them later on. I figured that turning them into a list of resolutions for summer was a great idea!

I feel like I’ve been in a sort of beauty rut lately and I want to break out of it so badly. Here are some of the ideas I’ve come up with for creating a new and improved version of myself…

 

  • Drink more water and stop drinking sodas. Also start eating healthier and working out more regularly.

I want to be in better shape, have better skin, and feel more confident.

  • Add more color into my daily makeup routine.

I always tend to lean towards neutrals, especially if I’m having a lazy day or I’m in a hurry, but I really want to step outside my box and start having more fun with color… No more Blankety Lipstick and Bisque/Wedge Eye Shadow combo for me!

  • Try different, colorful, creative things with my nails other than a pretty color + glitter.

I want to try new nail shapes and really focus on details more. I’m even going to try an at-home snakeskin manicure using shed skin from all of my little ball pythons.

  • Wear (and perfect) winged eye liner, especially with bright colors.

I can apply winged liner easily and flawlessly to everyone but myself. Weird, but true.

  • Start wearing heels and platforms more often…

Of course that involves me learning to walk in them better but practice makes perfect.

  • Use perfume more often, rather than scented body lotions and sprays.

I think there is something so feminine and sexy about perfumes. I always feel so much more put together and confident when I wear them. I have SO many different scents but I only wear them on “special days”… Well, I think every day should be special! I blame my mother for my perfume buying habit hehe.

 

Those are a couple of my summer beauty resolutions… I’m curious if any of you have some as well! Share them in comments if you do!

 

P.S. I apologize for there not being a Tuesday Tip this week. I had a bit of a fall and tore the ligament in my left ankle so I spent my Tuesday in several different doctor’s offices. I got a sweet boot/brace to wear so I’ll heal up quickly and be back on my feet in no time (har har). Tuesday Tip will be back next week!!

Soooo as you may have read, I am planning on doing some new posts soon over MAC’s Pro Longwear line and some other things BUT that will be next week after my macro lens arrives!

Not only will I have some awesome, really detailed, clear photos of the Pro Longwear products, I’m going to go back and redo EVERY other photo on here with it! Of course that will take a lot of time, but it will be completed eventually. I think it will make it much easier to see the true colors and textures of everything. I hope you all enjoy the new photos as much as I’m going to enjoy taking them!