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2016 NPC Patriots Challenge

2016 NPC Patriots Challenge

2016 NPC-IFBB PATRIOTS CHALLENGE *NATIONAL QUALIFIER* / PRO BIKINI *OLYMPIA QUALIFIER* PLUS MASTERS 40+

SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION
Friday, July 1st 5:00pm Women’s athlete brief followed by check-ins Event Hotel
Friday, July 1st 7:30pm Men’s athlete brief followed by check-ins Event Hotel
Saturday, July 2nd 10:00am Judging Orleans Hotel & Casino
Saturday, July 2nd 5:00pm Finals for all classes Orleans Hotel & Casino

CLASSES

UNLIMITED MENS BODYBUILDING WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
  • Lt. Wt. – up to and including 165 ¼
  • Mid. Wt. – over 165 ¼ up to 176 ¼
  • Lt. Hvy. Wt. – over 176 ¼ up to 198 ¼
  • Hvy. Wt. – over 198 ¼
  • A: Up to 5′ 6″
  • B: Over 5′ 6″
NOVICE MENS BODYBUILDING UNLIMITED BIKINI
  • Lt. Wt. – up to and including 176 ¼
  • Hvy. Wt. – over 176 ¼
  • A: Up to 5′ 1″
  • B: Over 5′ 1″ to 5′ 2 ½”
  • C: Over 5′ 2 ½” to 5′ 4″
  • D: Over 5′ 4″ to 5′ 5 ½”
  • E: Over 5′ 5 ½” to 5′ 7″
  • F: Over 5′ 7″
MASTERS MENS BODYBUILDING 40+ MASTERS BIKINI 35+
  • One class
  • A: Up to 5′ 4″
  • B: Over 5′ 4″ to 5′ 6″
  • C: Over 5′ 6″
UNLIMITED MENS PHYSIQUE MASTERS BIKINI 40+
  • A: Up to & including 5’7″
  • B: over 5’7″ up to & including 5’8″
  • C: over 5’8″ up to & including 5’9″
  • D: over 5’9″ up to & including 5’11”
  • E: over 5’11” up to & including 6′
  • F: Over 6′
  • A: Up to 5′ 4″
  • B: Over 5′ 4″
MENS PHYSIQUE MASTERS 35+ NOVICE BIKINI
  • A: Up to 5′ 8″
  • B: Over 5′ 8″
  • A: Up to & including 5′ 2″
  • B: Over 5’ 2” to 5′ 4″
  • C: Over 5′ 4″ to 5′ 6″
  • D: Over 5’ 6”
MENS PHYSIQUE MASTERS 40+ UNLIMITED FIGURE
  • One class
  • A: Up to and including 5′ 2″
  • B: Over 5′ 2″ to 5′ 4″
  • C: Over 5′ 4″ to 5′ 6″
  • D: Over 5′ 6″
MEN TEENS PHYSIQUE (16 THRU 19) MASTERS FIGURE 35+
  • One class

    Teen Physique competitors are eligible to compete if they are between the ages of 16-19 and must not have reached their 20th birthday on or before day of contest. Teens can cross over into unlimited physique only if they are between 18 and 19 years old. No exceptions.

  • A: Up to 5′ 4″
  • B: Over 5′ 4″ to 5′ 6″
  • C: Over 5′ 6″
NOVICE MENS PHYSIQUE MASTERS FIGURE 40+
  • A: Up to & including 5′ 7″
  • B: Over 5′ 7″ to 5’ 10”
  • C: Over 5’ 10”
  • One class
CLASSIC PHYSIQUE (NEW FOR 2016)
  • DIVISION “A” (UP TO AND INCLUDING 5’7″)
    Up to and including 5’4″ – up to and including 155 lbs.
    Over 5’4″, up to and including 5’5″ – up to and including 160 lbs.
    Over 5’5″, up to and including 5’6″ – up to and including 165 lbs.
    Over 5’6″, up to and including 5’7″ – up to and including 170 lbs.
  • DIVISION “B” (OVER 5’7″, UP TO AND INCLUDING 5’10”)
    Over 5’7″, up to and including 5’8″ – up to and including 177 lbs.
    Over 5’8″, up to and including 5’9″ – up to and including 185 lbs.
    Over 5’9″, up to and including 5’10” – up to and including 192 lbs.
  • DIVISION “C” (OVER 5’10”)
    Over 5’10”, up to and including 5’11” – up to and including 200 lbs.
    Over 5’11”, up to and including 6’0″ – up to and including 207 lbs.
    Over 6’0″, up to and including 6’1″ – up to and including 215 lbs.
    Over 6’1″, up to and including 6’2″ – up to and including 225 lbs.
    Over 6’2″, up to and including 6’3″ – up to and including 232 lbs.
    Over 6’3″ – up to and including 240 lbs.
coconut oil benefits

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut belongs to the Arecaceae family and the Cocoideae subfamily. Its flesh being very high in healthy fatty acids and the composition of fat is different depending on the type and processing of the oil. 90% of the coconut oil is actually the medium-chain saturated fatty acids and there is also a slight contribution of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids. it turns out that coconut is the main ingredient in each product:

  • coconut oil
  • coconut butter
  • coconut shreds
  • coconut water
  • coconut milk and cream
  • coconut flour
  • and even coconut soya sauce

The flesh of the coconut oil contains healthy fatty acids, and approximately 90% of them are medium chain fatty acids. The medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA’s) are very beneficial because human body can easily digest, absorb and utilize and are essential for brain function, immune system and also for neurological health.

WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT MEDIUM CHAIN FATTY ACIDS?

Coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits.  Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these healthy MCFAs. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils comprise long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.  Let me tell you why these long-chain fatty acids are not as healthy for you as the MCFAs found in coconut oil 10:

  • LCFAs are difficult for your body to break down — they require special enzymes for digestion.
  • LCFAs put more strain on your pancreas, liver, and your entire digestive system.
  • LCFAs are predominantly stored in your body as fat.
  • LCFAs can be deposited within your arteries in lipid forms such as cholesterol.
  • In contrast to LFCAs, the MCFAs found in coconut oilhave many health benefits, including the following beneficial qualities:
  • MCFAs are smaller. They permeate cell membranes easily, and do not require special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body.
  • MCFAs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system.
  • MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.
  • MCFAs actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism, leading to weight loss.

COCONUT OIL FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE AND THE BODY

  1. Cuticle Cream: Pushing your cuticles back with coconut oil is quite simple – just rub a dab of coconut oil on your cuticles to soften, and then push them back – a little oil goes alongway!
  2. After Shave:Helps relieve razor burn. Put it on immediately after shaving to help nourish the hair follicle and heal any irritated skin bits.
  3. Pore Minimizer:If you haven’t used coconut oil for your pores yet, then you should probably consider! Coconut oil tightens up your pores, giving you softer, smoother skin. This also ensures no dirt or bacteria enters your pores, helping to prevent acne.
  4. Dandruff:Coconut oil reduces itchiness and flaking of the scalp, thanks to its incredible moisturizing properties. It also helps control oil secretion from the scalp, one major cause of dandruff production in humans and animals alike. Massage coconut oil into your scalp, and leave it in overnight. Rinse out in the morning, and shampoo with someraw vegan hair care products to avoid any harsh chemical irritants that make dandruff even worse.
  5. Stretch Mark Cream:Incredibly healing, coconut oil is a great way for nourishing stretched, damaged skin. Apply 3-4 times a day, every day, to help minimize the appearance of your stretch marks.
  6. Hair Gel:Want to style your hair with coconut oil? Simply use it in replacement of your regular hair gels, and style as you would normally.
  7. Hair Conditioner/ Deep Treatment:I personally love using coconut oil to deep condition my hair. The results are quite incredible. My hair gets so silky soft and shiny! Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and nourishes the scalp and hair follicles. Massage 2 tsp. coconut oil (you can melt beforehand if you want by placing it in a bowl, within a bowl of warm water) into your hair, and leave it in for 1 hour or overnight. Rinse out the next day with an all-natural shampoo, and condition with apple cider vinegar. This will reveal glossy, conditioned, beautiful hair.
  8. Eyelash Conditioner:I didn’t even know people conditioned their eyelashes, but it makes sense. I mean, our eyelashes are made of hair after all. Rub a tiny amount of coconut oil between your fingers and apply to your lashes before bed. Apply the oil only to the tips of your lashes.
  9. Tattoo Healing:Using coconut oil on tattoos will help the pigment from fading. When used on new tattoos, coconut oil will hasten healing time and reduce any chance of infection.
  10. Deodorant:Replacing your conventional deodorant (which likely contains aluminum) with coconut oil is one of the best things you can do, especially to help prevent cancer. Coconut oil is a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and kills yeast, fungi, and bacteria. Rub some coconut oil in your armpits every day, and enjoy going au natural.
  11. Hand Cleaner:Coconut oil makes a great hand cleaner because it is anti-bacterial. Massage the coconut oil on your hands for 30 seconds, and then wipe with a warm damp washcloth, finishing with a dry washcloth. Your hands will absorb the rest of the oil. This method works wonders for dry, cracked hands in winter!
  12. Massage Oil:One of the best uses – massage oil. Coconut oil smells great, and works as a great massage tool! Not to mention, it will help relieve achy muscles too, thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects.
  13. Varicose Veins:Tired of varicose veins? Coconut oil is a great all-natural treatment for varicose veins. Massage coconut oil into the area 3-6 times a day, until you get the results you desire.
  14. Exfoliator:Exfoliate with coconut oil by rubbing the oil on your skin and then using a washcloth or scrubby hand mitten to brush off dead skin cells while removing dirt and hydrating the skin. Coconut oil is highly anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, and contains lauric acid, which lifts dirt from the skin.
  15. Wrinkle Prevention:Coconut oil strengthens and tightens the skin and connective tissues, making you look youthful and refreshed. Using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer at night will help prevent and minimize the look of wrinkles.
  16. Chapstick:Hydrate and moisturize your lips with coconut! Coconut oil also has a natural SPF, which protects our lips from the sun and prevents peeling lips.
  17. Nail Strengthener:Rubbing your nails with coconut oil can help strengthen and protect the laminated layers of keratin, which help shield your fingernails from the outside world.
  18. Vaseline Substitute:If you haven’t already, replace your petroleum-based vaseline with coconut oil. It is safer, more natural, and is about 5000 times better for you. You can read all about thedangers of vaseline here.
  19. Eye Cream:Hydrate gentle skin around the eyes by dabbing a little bit of coconut oil around your eyes before bed. This will make your eyes look and feel better in the morning.
  20. Body Scrub:I love using coconut oil mixed with sea salt or sugar to create an all-natural body scrub for the face and body. Mixing 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of sugar (gentler) or salt is a recipe I often use.
  21. Insect Repellent:Make yourhomemade insect repellent with coconut oil to help make it last longer. For all intents and purposes, please stay away from DEET-containing insect repellents. They are not only bad for you, but they are bad for the environment too.
  22. Toothpaste:An easy, simple mix of coconut oil and baking soda creates an all-natural, easy-to-use toothpaste that is 100% fluoride-free!
  23. Burns:Apply to burn site, and continue applying until healed. This will hasten healing process and reduce chances of permanent scarring.
  24. Makeup Remover:Coconut oil is a great way to remove makeup, and I can attest to that fact! Simply place some coconut oil on a cotton pad and rub away your makeup before washing your face with a natural-based soap product.
  25. Prevent Split Ends:I used to have really dry split ends (mainly due to my rigorous hot yoga schedule, which destroyed my hair because I wasn’t protecting it from the heat). I fixed this by first cutting off a majority of my hair, and then using coconut oil in the tips of my hair before each hot yoga session. This has considerably improved the amount of split ends in my hair.
  26. Lubricant:Coconut oil is a great lubricant – it is all-natural and feels great. Use it in bed, but don’t use it with a condom, as it may break down the plastics.
  27. Sunscreen:Coconut oil has a natural SPF, and doesn’t allow your skin to burn. I use coconut oil all the time in summer, and have yet to receive a burn. Slather on your skin 20 minutes before going outside to allow it to absorb.
  28. Bruises:Helps quicken healing time when applied directly to bruise area – reduces swelling and redness.

COCONUT OIL FOR GENERAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

  1. Breastfeeding– for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
  2. Bones and Teeth– coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
  3. Digestion– the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
  4. Fitness– coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
  5. Insulin Support– Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.
  6. Lung Function– increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
  7. Nausea– rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist (PC 6) and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
  8. Nose bleeds– coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages.
  9. Gum Health– oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
  10. Stress Relief– relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
  11. Vitamin and nutrient absorption– makes fat-based nutrients more available to the body – ie. vitamin A, D, E, K
  12. Weight loss– the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings.
  13. Mental Cognition and Productivity– medium chain triglycerides freely pass the blood-brain barrier and allows an alternate source of energy to improve cognition.

COCONUT OIL FOR INTERNAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

1.    Proven Alzheimer’s Disease Natural Treatment

The digestion of MCFA’s by the liver creates ketones which are a readily accessible energy by the brain. Ketones supply energy to the brain without the need of insulin to process glucose into energy.Recent research has shown that the brain actually creates it’s own insulin to process glucose and power brain cells. As the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient has lost the ability to create it’s own insulin, the ketones from coconut oil could create an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function.

2.    Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols.

3.    Cures UTI and Kidney Infection & Protects the Liver

Coconut oil has been known to clear up and heal urinary (UTI) and kidney infections. The MCFA’s in the oil work as a natural antibiotic by disrupting the lipid coating on bacteria and killing them. Also there is a study showing that coconut oil directly protected the liver from damage.

Coconut water also helps hydrate and support the healing process. Doctors have even injected the coconut water to clear up kidney stones. Coconut is a super powerful food!

4. Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis

 In a study in India, the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healing arthritis more effectively than leading medications.

In another recent study, coconut oil that was harvested with only medium heat was found to suppress inflammatory cells. It worked as both an analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

5.    Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Coconut oil has two qualities that help it fight cancer. One, because of the ketones produced in it’s digestion. Tumor cells are not able to access the energy in ketones and are glucose dependent. It is believed that a ketogenic diet could be a possible component of helping cancer patients recover. Two, as the MCFA’s digest the lipid walls of bacteria, they also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known as increasing the risk of stomach cancer. Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, the introduction of coconut oil prevents cancer from developing!

6.    Immune System Boost (antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral)

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is known to reduce candida, fight bacteria, and create a hostile environment for viruses. Many diseases today are causes by the overgrowth of bad bacteria, funguses, viruses and parasites in the body.

  1. Improves Memory and Brain Function

In a 2004 study published in the journal of Neurobiology of Aging, they found that the MCFA’s found in coconut oil improved the memory problems in their older subjects.

Across all the patients there was a marked improvement in their recall ability after taking this fatty acid. As the MCFA’s are absorbed easily in the body and can be accessed in the brain without the use of insulin, they are able to fuel brain cells more efficiently.

8.    Improves Energy and Endurance

Coconut oil is easy to digest, but also produces a longer sustained energy and increases your metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as it’s MCFA’s are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy!

9.    Improves Digestion, Reduces Stomach Ulcers & Ulcerative Colitis

Coconut also improves digestion as it helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. If coconut oil is taken at the same time as omega-3 fatty acids, it can make them twice as effective, as they are readily available to be digested and used by the body.

10. Reduces Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease & Pancreatitis 

The MCFA’s of coconut oil do not need the pancreatic enzymes to be broken down, so taking coconut oil eases the strain on the pancreas. Additionally, this super fat is so easy to digest that it has been known to improve the symptoms of gallbladder disease as well. Replace other long-chain fats with coconut oil to improve gallbladder and total body health.

11. Improves Skin Issues (burns, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, and psoriasis)

Coconut oil is wonderful as a face cleanser, moisturizer and sun screen, but also it can treat many skin disorders. The fatty acids (Caprylic and Lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation internally and externally and moisturize making them a great solution for all types of skin conditions.

12. Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Oil pulling with coconut oil has been used for centuries as a way to cleanse the mouth of bacteria and help heal periodontal disease. Coconut oil is one of the most effective oils for oil pulling due to it’s high concentration of antibacterial MCFA’s.

By swishing the oil in your mouth the oil denatures the bacteria and sticks to it.

13. Prevents Osteoporosis

Oxidative stress and free radicals are the two biggest culprits of osteoporosis. Since coconut oil has such high levels of antioxidants which help fight free radicals, it is a leading natural treatment for osteoporosis. Another of the amazing coconut oil benefits is that it increases calcium absorption in the gut.

14. Improves Type II Diabetes

When cells refuse to respond to insulin and no longer take in glucose for energy, then they are considered insulin resistant. The pancreas then pumps out more insulin to compensate and creates an overproduction cycle. Insulin resistance is the precursor to Type II diabetes.

COCONUT OIL AND TOPICAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

  1. Acne– Often acne prone skin is actually too dry, which signals your glands to produce more oil and clogs the pores.
  2. Head Lice – topical application
  3. Allergies/Hay Fever– rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
  4. Athletes Foot
  5. Toenail Fungus
  6. Back Pain and Sore Muscles
  7. Boils and Cysts
  8. Cellulite
  9. Circumcision healing– although I don’t support circumcision, coconut oil may help with healing.
  10. Decongestant– rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
  11. Ear infection– place a few drops of coconut and garlic oil inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
  12. Genital Warts– genital warts often go away on their own after 2 years of the initial infection. Addition of topical coconut oil application over 6 month may be helpful
  13. Gum Disease, Gingivitis and Canker Sores– use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums
  14. Herpes– applied topically and taken internally
  15. Hives– reduces the itch and swelling
  16. Pink eye– applied around and in the eye

BONUS: COCONUT OIL AND PETS/ ANIMALS

HEALTHY SKIN AND COAT
  • Clears up eczema
  • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
  • Minimizes doggy odor
  • Reduces allergic reactions
  • Creates sleek and glossy coats
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
  • When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
  • Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
 IMPROVES DIGESTION
  • Improves digestion
  • Increases nutrient absorption
  • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowl syndrome
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath
  • Helps with coughing
 “SUPERFOOD” BENEFITS
  • Assists with weight loss
  • Powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
  • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems
  • Helps prevent infection and disease
  • Aids in increasing energy

BONUS: OTHER USES FOR COCONUT OIL

  1. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, let it stay in for 30 minutes, and then roll the gum between your fingertips and see how it disappears!
  2. Goo Gone –Apply a mixture of equal parts coconut oil and baking soda to the “sticky” area and let it stay for a minute. Then scrub off using an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
  3. Insect repellent –extract and rub a mixture of coconut oil and peppermint oil all over exposed skin.
  4. Moisturizes and cleans leather products
  5. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
  6. Polishing Bronze –just rub a small amount of oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and deepens the color of your bronze.
  7. Polish Furniture – polish your wood furniture with mixture of coconut oil and some lemon juice, but first test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you like.
  8. Seasoning animal hide drums
  9. Seasoning cookware
  10. Soap making – coconut oil can is used as one of the fats in soap.

– See more at: http://healthylifestory.net/index.php/2016/02/28/they-said-coconut-oil-was-great-for-you-but-this-is-what-they-didnt-tell-you/#sthash.gz8zZEJ6.dpuf

Makeup Artist Las Vegas

What It’s Really Like To Be A Makeup Artist

Many people are oblivious to what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the cosmetics world. Most think that it is all sparkle and not as much work as it is in reality. When the flashy lights become dimmed, the models scatter, and the photography session ends, real life starts again. For just about every makeup artist in the world, this means living a life very similar to that of everyone else in Las Vegas.

One of the biggest oversights is that makeup artist customers are simply paying for a pretty makeover when they call upon their services. It isn’t as easy as one may think to carry out the life of a makeup artist, for there are numerous costs to living the life. Every licensed makeup artist has to pay self employment taxes annually. This tax is not taken out of the cost of service automatically, for most self employed have to keep very strict records of all their income and expenses.

bridal makeup las vegasAnother thing to consider is the convenience that makeup artists can provide. The luxury of having an artist travel to you is one that is unmatched by just about any parlor you can think of. No matter how comfortable those make you feel, there is just no place like home. Or, wherever else you need the service to be done. They have to account for the cost of gas and wear and tear on the artist’s car so they can get to you. The cost of the expensive quality brushes and tools used on makeovers alone would be enough to make anyone understand why there is sometimes a need for high service fees. The quality makeup that is used on you in their kit is also part of the reality of where your money goes after giving it to your makeup artist as well.

Let’s face it. Makeup artists did not become so only by having a love for their craft. It take years of training, experience, and practice as well. Just as with a number of other industry fields, the cosmetic industry constantly changes and evolves to keep itself competitive. Your artist’s education and continuing of initial education to stay current on trends isn’t cheap to fund either.

Many think that after the makeover is done, makeup artists spend all of their time chatting it up with celebrities and millionaires. Truth is, there is a lot more work to be done after that point. You must consider the hours put in corresponding to your emails and drawing up your contract, as well as other customers. Since every customer may have different needs, the time put in can be considerable.

Lots of clients do not understand either that there are numerous other costs that a makeup artist must factor in to their service fees. The cost of phone & internet bill, office supplies, and computer so they can run their business has to be managed on a monthly basis. Since most makeup artists work outside of a typical parlor, the internet brings them the majority of their business, apart from that which they get from word of mouth. This means that they also have to pay for marketing so you can find them when you do a search. No company can be run without liability insurance either. This is especially true for those in the cosmetics field.

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Lastly, it should also be mentioned that no matter the level of commitment that a makeup artist has for her business and craft, they still are human at their core. The time spent away (usually on precious weekends) from who they love so that you can look beautiful comes at a high price for most, even if it is doing what they love to do. This holds true for even the most respected Las Vegas makeup artist. There simply never seems to be enough time, and this is even more true in the city that never sleeps.

Hopefully, this bit of insight into the life of a makeup artist will allow you to appreciate the craft even more, as well as the artistry that is being delivered to you regularly. Without your artist, you would not be able to express yourself as you can with their aid. In reality, they help you and you help them continue doing what they love the most in life.

Irish Weddings in Las Vegas

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I’ve done wedding hair and makeup for quite a few clients who traveled all the way from Ireland to get married in our lovely city of Las Vegas. And apparently, my work has the Irish talking! After multiple referrals from her friends, Linda called me all the way from Ireland and booked me to do her hair and makeup on her big day in Las Vegas. I was honored to have the privilege of working on her beautiful Irish hair and skin.

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A little re-shaping of her eyebrows gives her whole face a lift. Her eyes look open, bright and alert. That fair Irish complexion looks gorgeous and fresh. Her hair is modern, natural and full.

Linda loved this look so much that she referred me to a cousin who is having her wedding in Las Vegas next year!

Your Options on Bridal Party Hair and Makeup Las Vegas

The bridal party is different from the wedding ceremony in terms of overall vibe. While the actual wedding ceremony is more solemn and formal, the bridal party can be the exact opposite. Although there are couples who prefer a formal bridal party rather than a spontaneous one. By this, the bride and some members of the bridal entourage—particularly the maid of honour and bridesmaids may consider a different hair and makeup style for the bridal party.

 

The bridal party is more energetic with songs, dances and social interactions. Women who are part of the bridal entourage may feel that they want to have a different hairstyle and makeup done for the party so they can socialize more. If you have not considered this scenario yet, this might be the time to do so. Remember that although the wedding ceremony is the highlight of the “big day”, having a great bridal party is equally important.

 

For your bridal party hair and makeup Las Vegas, you can have the following option:

  • Opt for Makeup and Hairstyle Fit for Both Ceremonies

The easiest and most common way to have the right makeup and hairstyle for both the wedding ceremony and the bridal party is to choose a style that fits both. This type of style borders between formal and informal, with a touch of both without totally eliminating the other. Discuss this with your hair and makeup artists to find the best style for you.

  • Transforming Hairstyle

In this option, you can have the makeup as is, but allow the hairstyle to be easily transformed. For example, you may opt for an up-do on your hair for the wedding ceremony which can be easily let down for a different, but still stunning look for the bridal party.

  • Completely Different Styles

Finally, you can choose to have completely different looks for the wedding ceremony and the bridal party. This must be arranged with the makeup artist. This means that you need to have another makeup and hairstyle touch after the wedding ceremony or while the guests are still accommodating themselves at the venue. Just make sure that it is done quick so as not to drag the party and that your wedding program in charge has some tricks to entertain the guests while the touches are being done.

Beauty in Vegas Receives 2014 Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award

best makeup artist in las vegasLas Vegas Award Program Honors the Achievement

Las Vegas, March 10, 2015 — Beauty in Vegas has been selected for the 2014 Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award in the Makeup Artists category by the Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award Program.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Las Vegas area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award Program

The Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Las Vegas area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Best Businesses of Las Vegas Award Program

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Top Reasons to Hire Professional Wedding Services in Las Vegas

Every couple wants to make their wedding day as perfect as possible. Weddings give birth to memories that last a lifetime, and so every minor detail must be checked and ensured. This is the reason why professional wedding services Las Vegas must be hired. However, there are certain cases wherein the couple considers hiring a “budding artist” or a close friend to do some of the services for them—be it for relational or monetary considerations. Yet, how many times have we heard about wedding details gone wrong because the service provider was not professional enough to deliver the best results.

 

This is the exact scenario you would want to avoid on your “big day”. By hiring a professional wedding services Las Vegas has, you save yourself from worry and ensures only the best outcome for your wedding. Below are top reasons why professional service is always better than having a friend or an amateur work for you:

  1. A Professional is Committed to You

Professional wedding service providers, who rely on the reputation of their business to get more clients in the future, are bounded by professional agreements with you on your wedding day. Thus, you can be assured that they will turn up on time in the appointed day and will not leave you hanging. This is often stipulated in contracts signed by you and the professional service provider, so you can be certain that you are secured.

  1. You Get Experienced Hands to Do the Job

Most professional wedding service Las Vegas providers have the right experience and expertise in delivering only the best outcome for you and you wedding day. They are already familiar and adept on how the details are set and how to do the job, so you stay worry-free.

  1. Excellent Results

Because professional wedding service provider have the experience, you can be assured of excellent results as compared to amateurs. In short, you get what you PAY FOR!

  1. No Relationship Risks

Having a friend work for you may risk your relationship. A friend may feel bad for letting him or her work without paying them or you may have a hard time communicating when you don’t like the results. This may cause the relationship to sour and you don’t want that happening.

 

  1. Your Friends and Family Can Enjoy Your Wedding

 

Leaving the job to professional wedding service Las Vegas providers will allow your family and friends to enjoy your wedding more. You get to really enjoy the day with them and have great fun!

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Booking a Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist in Las Vegas

If you want to get the best wedding hair and makeup Las Vegas artist, you have to understand that those who are highly in demand often gets booked early especially during peak seasons as June and December. Thus, you have to make your booking at least four to five months before your wedding day, or earlier than that. When it comes to your trial makeup, it needs to be scheduled at least three or two months before the weeding for there are things that need to be fixed and to ensure that you have ample time to decide and perfect your look.

 

Things to Bring During a Trial Makeup

 

To make your trial makeup with a wedding hair and makeup Las Vegas artist bear a more desirable outcome, you need to bring the following with you:

  • Material sample of what your dress is made from.
  • Material sample of what your bridesmaids’ dresses are made from.
  • Picture of the flowers you will be carrying with you.
  • Jewelry and accessories that you consider to wear on your wedding day.
  • Wedding dress picture.
  • Venue details and other relevant information.

Working with Your Hair and Makeup Artist

 

Communication is key when it comes to working with your wedding hair and makeup Las Vegas artist. You need to disclose any information relevant to your hair and makeup. For example, if you have a certain look that you want to achieve, discuss it; or better yet, bring a long a picture to make it easier for the hair and makeup artist. If you are planning to change your look prior to the wedding day like getting a haircut or getting a tan, make sure that your hair and makeup artist is aware of it.

 

If during the trial makeup session, you are happy and satisfied with the work, make sure that they take note of the colors they used and the process as a whole. It is also advisable to take a picture of that look so the makeup artist has something to work with comes the wedding day.

 

Follow up your wedding hair and makeup Las Vegas artist a week before the wedding to finalize time and venue schedule of your wedding preparations.

Who Must a Hair and Makeup Artist be Booked For?

 

Aside from the bride, the wedding hair and makeup Las Vegas artist must be booked for other members of the entourage. This includes the maid of honour, bridesmaids who will get ready together with the bride, as well as the mothers of the couple who will get ready with the bride.

 

Make sure that the makeup artists are aware of who they are booked for, along with other details like pictures, ages (for young members of the entourage like flower girls) and others.

A Wonderful Review from Fitness Model, Allie Grady

“I came to Nikki stressed about entering my first bikini competition, and she went above and beyond to make my experience very enjoyable! From the spray tans, to my hair and make up, Nikki took care of me my experience with her was unbelievable! She was incredibly kind and made me feel completely at ease. She is my go to girl now, and I am a customer for life! Thank you for all of your help Nikki, you are the best!” – Allie Grady

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