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Makeup Mondays: 5 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

Posted by hmazur07 on March 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Coconut oil has made a huge impact in the food world recently, but did you know that it is  extremely useful in the beauty world as well?

With only one simple ingredient, you can replace  multiple beauty products.

Here are my 5 favorite!


­Makeup remover


Even the most persistent makeup is no match for coconut oil. Whether it is waterproof mascara, or


a lip stain, warm up a dime size amount between your finger tips, gently rub the oil over the


makeup, and watch as it all disappears!


­Tame frizz


If you struggle with fly aways, try using a pea sized amount of coconut oil warmed up between


your hands, and then run your fingers through the frizzy areas. Just be sure to not use too much.


You want your hair to look smooth, not greasy!




If you are struggling with cracked heels or dry palms, coconut oil will make a significant


difference. Just rub a generous amount of the oil on the area you are struggling with and quickly


put on socks and gloves. If you sleep like this overnight, you will achieve the best results, and in


the morning you will be left with soft, hydrated skin!




Coconut oil is also an amazing base for a body or face exfoliating scrub. Right before your next


shower, mix 1⁄4 cup of the melted oil, with 1⁄2 cup brown sugar. Using this scrub will not only give


you soft, smooth skin, but it will also leave your skin smelling wonderful.


­Hair Mask


If winter left your hair with dry, split ends, add some hydration with a conditioning hair mask! All


you need to do is generously lather up your hair with coconut oil an hour before you plan to wash


it. While your hair is being deeply moisturized, try to keep it out of the way by either placing it in a


bun, or wrapping it loosely in an old towel. After your shower, you will be amazed at the shine and


softness your hair is left with!


Next time you are running errands, instead of purchasing these 5 separate products, look for 100%


pure coconut oil. It is usually found in the cooking aisle. It will not only save you money, but it will also free up lots of bathroom vanity space!


By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

You can learn more about Bethany on her You Tube Chanel.


will also free up lots of bathroom vanity space!

How To Make Your Eye Shadows Last

Posted by hmazur07 on March 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Eyeshadow application can be an intimidating process, and not one that everybody likes to attempt.

Fortunately, it is not as daunting as it seems!

Keeping some of these tips in your back pocket will be sure to help.


Prep your base

Just like when you are painting a wall, to achieve the best results, you will need to prep your  base. To do this, apply an eyeshadow primer all over your entire lid and lightly blend it out with  your finger. Using an eyeshadow primer will ensure that the product you place on top will not crease, and any veins or uneven color on your lids will be canceled out. When using a tacky  rimer, make sure to set it with an eyeshadow close to your skin tone, or even a face powder. That  way when you apply the eyeshadow it will blend evenly, rather than stick to the primer in patches.


Start with a small amount of product

A very common mistake that I see quite often is starting off with way to much product. When picking up eyeshadow on your brush, be sure to only pick up a small amount, and then tap off any excess that is just sitting on top. This will ensure any extra product will not fall onto the rest of


your makeup, and will eliminate the chances of creating a mess on your eyelid. Remember that you can always add more, but you cannot easily take it away.


Go slowly

In my experience when I rush doing my makeup, especialy eyeshadow, it just takes longer in the end and doesn't look as blended. If you use fast and jerky hand motions, the eyeshadow will come out looking patchy and messy; if you use a slow and fluid motion, you have more control


and can easily see what you are doing. Work on slowly blending, and you will notice how much smoother the result is.


Practice­ In basically every aspect of life, practicing a new (or even old) skill is beneficial. I don't think I have met anyone who mastered eyeshadow application within 24 hours, so be sure to take your time and just have fun with it. One thing that significantly helped me along the way is practicing


whatever makeup technique I was struggling with right before washing my face at night. If my attempt didn't look right, I didn't have to worry about it because it was soon to be washed away!


It took me a while to achieve well blended eyeshadow, but with these methods, hopefully it won't take you as long!

Practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to experiment and have fun with it. Before you know it, applying eyeshadow will become second nature!

By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

You can learn more about Bethany on her" target="_blank">You Tube Chanel

Makeup Mondays: Amazing Skin Care Benefits of Aloe Vera

Posted by hmazur07 on March 10, 2015 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)


As enhancing as makeup can be, there is nothing better than having good skin to start with...

There are an endless amount of products on the market that claim to be the answer to all skincare prayers, but unknown to most people, that answer has been in existence since the beginning of time. It is common knowledge that aloe is great for sunburns, but the rest of the incredible benefits are often overlooked.


Aloe vera gel contains amazing hydrating benefits.

Because of the gel like texture, it never feels greasy, and it deeply penetrates to bring long lasting moisture. For maximum results I would suggest using it underneath your typical face lotion, and you will definitely notice a difference.

It also works well for those with sensitive skin due to the fact that it is anti-allergenic...

I have been using it for over a year now, and I no longer have any problems with dry skin.


Another area that aloe vera greatly assists with problematic skin.

It is excellent for those who suffer from acne since it contains a hormone in it called giberellin.

Giberellin stimulates cell growth which, in turn, heals blemishes quickly.

Aloe Vera is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce redness and swelling.

Amazingly, acne is not the only issue aloe can alleviate. Eczema, stretch marks, canker sores, and small cuts are all among the long list of things aloe aids in.


Hunting for the magical wrinkle-reducing remedy is a common search among a surprising amount age groups.

Fortunately, anti-aging and fine lines is yet another department aloe vera gel shines in.

It stimulates collagen growth, and a large number of studies have shown that within 90 days the appearance of wrinkles was reduced. It also contains a large number of antioxidants, as well as vitamin C and E which aids in skin brightening and firming.



Whether you have flawless skin or extremely problematic skin, aloe vera can and will improve it. If and when you decide to purchase it, I would highly suggest finding 100% aloe. Avoid those on the market that have alcohol, fragrance, and dyes that are less that good for your skin. Hopefully from now on you will reach for aloe vera gel more frequently than just after a sunburn.

By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

You can learn more about Bethany on her You Tube Chanel


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Makeup Spring Trends 2015

Posted by hmazur07 on March 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The other day I was flipping  through a spring 2015 fashion magazine, and I was pleasantly surprised by the majority of the makeup I saw accompanying the attire.


Although I am not necessarily one to work hard at having my makeup be “on trend”, it is always fun to be inspired by new looks. There were two that I saw most frequently, and I  am definitely a fan of both.


The look I noticed most was the “minimal makeup” appearance...




The skin was dewy, flawless and very lightly bronzed with a hint of peachy cheeks. The lips and eyebrows were defined, yet understated. And as always, there were lots of lashes. I think this look  is an absolute staple anytime of the year, but I was shocked at the amount of times Inoticed it while observing the spring makeup trends. I personally am a huge fan of the “minimal makeup” look and am more than glad it is so popular right now. 


The other most popular look I saw was honestly very surprising. Typically spring brings lots of pastel colors into the works, and the lips are very bright; however, I was  pleasantly surprised to see that, instead of baby pink and light fuchsia, deep berry  shades are a lot more on trend. Along with those bold lips, most often times there was very little to no eye shadow with thick brows and flawless skin. As someone who loves deep lip shades, I know I will be sporting this look a lot this spring.


It is great to see that the two most popular makeup trends right now are so simple. Finally, bright lips are not the main focus of this time of year, and fortunately, sharpie brows are slowing fading into the past. It doesn't take much to achieve this spring's  desired look. With a good lip liner and foundation you can easily pull off this seasons.

By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a  beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist  sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

You can learn more about Bethany on her You Tube Chanel

Perfection in the Crooked Liner

Posted by hmazur07 on January 20, 2015 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The other day I have caught my daughter playing around with my makeup.

As I watched her silently, first I saw  just a seven-year old venturing into the new, unexplored plain, then I saw a little women, trying to make herself look and feel special. I saw myself and I saw millions of other people who spend hours watching tutorials and practicing different makeup looks.

Watching my daugher made me wonder:  If I were to step in and take over, showing her the correct techniques and better choice of colors, would it make an impact? How would it change the look for me and for her? Do the tools and techniques really matter at this point?

Sure...I am pretty confident I can do a better liner then she does, but what I realized that  by "taking "over her creativity, we would completely lose that sense of originality and pride for creating something truly unique and most importantly on her own.

Once I have heard somewhere, " There is nothing wrong with wearing a red lipstick, but are you ready for the attention you are going to get with the red lipstick?"

How many times have you applied your makeup and thought, "did I do it right?" or "What would others think of me when I wear it like this?"

The irony is that if creative geniuses like Picasso or DaVinci really cared about what the audience would think of them or their art, I do not think we would see and admire their work if they did.

We wonder not just at the stunning imagery, but also about the story of it's creation: the creative, the inspiration, the WHY?

Watching my daughter draw a black eye, made me  once again think about the WHY? Why do we apply makeup? If we do, what makes us think the makeup we applied looks good on us? (I am most confident it is not youtube) 

The irony, I think, is that we each try to filter perception of Beauty through our subjective vision. 

My daughter that evening, once again reminded me, how incredibly sensitive and important it always is take into account  person's sense of style, their preferences even if we think it is far from perfect (come on, what is?)

Obviosly, it is my job to steer and guide my clients towards the more aesthetically suitable for them look, but then again, the criteria, I would use to choose that look  for them is still very subjective...

She also reminded me how fun applying makeup really is. It is so amazingly creatively challenging (you never know who is going to be in your chair next), and fascinating in terms on experimenting with textures, formulas, colors.

You always will hear " I love makeup", or " I love having my makeup done".

I think it is the combination of fun, relaxing and personal experience that makes makeup so exciting.

It is that incredible pride of creating something truly unique, by yourself and for yourself to make you feel truly one of a kind.

After the "look was complete", I asked my daughter, "So, how did it make you feel?", to which she replied, "It made me feel special, because I know I am".

Here she is (and I promise, bathroom cleaner was not used in the makeup application)

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Katherine by Ashley Berryessa Photography

Posted by hmazur07 on January 17, 2015 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Absolutely stunning and the sweetest, most humble creature with the noble name Kathryn on the blog today.

Of course, huge shout out to incredible Ashley Berryessa for these stunning images and her charming personality.


Sweet Sloane by Nikki Closser Photography

Posted by hmazur07 on January 12, 2015 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to this job of mine I am lucky to work with the most beautiful, most creative and dedicated people in their field. 

It's even more exciting to see my amazing clients at the start of their creative journey.

It was a pure pleasure to pamper sweet Sloane and so inspiring to hear her  excitement about starting a  modeling career.

She could not have selected a more perfect photographer for her photo-session. Nikki Closser is aboslutely incredible at what she does, and her wit, her sweet personality and ease with which she instantly makes her clients fall in love with her, is undeniable. 

I have been raised in the most loving and supportive family and having a little girl myself, I know I would encourage and help her to reach her dreams and beyond. It was so emotional to watch Sloane's incredible mom Michelle support her little girl at her huge endeavor. Their love and bond is hard not to notice.

Good luck beautiful Sloane and thank you so much MIchelle and Nikki for letting me be a part of this wonderful shoot.

Wedding Wire Awards 2015

Posted by hmazur07 on January 8, 2015 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I am beyond excited to once again celebrate the Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Awards 2015.

Thank you most amazing vendors: venues, photogaphers, wedding planners, florists , djs, and other super-humans who make my couples' weddings perfect, but most importangly, HUGE thank you to the most amazing brides and grooms I am fortunate to work with.

Here is  toast to you guys!!!!


WeddingWire Hanna Mazur, Make-up and Hair Artist Reviews, Best Wedding Beauty & Health in Seattle - 2015 Couples' Choice Award Winner

Annette and Dan's Alderbrook Wedding

Posted by hmazur07 on January 8, 2015 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As I welcome 2015 wedding Season Brides (belive me, they are so fun, and witty and so unbelievebly gorgeous and I cannot  wait to share their beautiful weddings with you soon), I keep on catching up on blogging about all my amazing lovely brides of 2014.

This one is truly special to me.

I was truly lucky to professionally  work with Dan (who was my former manager and was a true mentor to me)  and through him I got to meet his absolutely incredible -wife Annette, who is just the most incredible person, no questions asked period. 

Then I was able to get on board  my absolutely incredible most talented, dearest  friend  and amazing wedding photographer Cheryl Ford to photograph the wedding, and super skilled Chamonix Thuston-Rattue to second shooot (what a team, I die)...

Stars were aligned and Alderbrook Resort  was a killer location for Dan and Annette's absolutely perfect wedding day: gorgeous weather, stunning couple, sweet, supportive family and friends, B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L

One of the most emotional things to me, was that Annette and Dan have actually dedicated their first dance to their parents. That alone, together with other sweet toasts of thier family had me sobbing in the lounge (yes, I am sensitive like that)....

 You can see more images of theri breathtaking wedding on Cheryl's website.

Wishing You All Amazing 2015!!!

Posted by hmazur07 on January 5, 2015 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Super grateful for 2014 and beyond excited about what future holds for us in 2015! 

Wishing you all love, success and amazing adventures!

Peyton Neste TCM by Brittany Moser

Posted by hmazur07 on January 2, 2015 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Such a pleasure working with Brittany Moser. Or model was and always will be a beautful Peyton from TCM.

Never Ending Branding Dilemma or Death to Damask Pattern

Posted by hmazur07 on December 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

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One of the biggest challenges for anyone working in the creative industry is defining the brand. After all, some of the most successful business models thrive largely due to a strong visual image. (Think Chanel, Apple or even Target)

Coming up with the brand is a lot harder than we think: for a long time it seemed to me like such a dilemma.

After all, once you inrtoduce a design, color scheme, pattern,logo, etc. it becomes a part of who you are, what you stand for.

I was afraid of it: I was afraid to limit myself to something specific, thinking it will limit my market outreach, but most importantly I was not truly sure what I was as a brand.

To be truly honest, I think it is always an ongoing journey, but one thing I knew for sure - damask had to go....I was so tired of black and white victorian pattern I chose as a default template for my website and business stationary (hello million business cards you will never get rid of)

I also knew I wanted to keep my name as a part of  a logo. The easiest route seemed to go with H&M but I knew the law suit will follow shortly. For some reason, butterflies, makeup items and flowers were just too cheesy and combining different styles into the name were too owerwhelming. I wanted it to be meaningful, recognizable and simple.

Desperately, seeking the help of a graphic designer we finally came up with the logo - which, ironically, I decided was not quite me....

(I had the most wonderful experience working with an expert and it was truly her who made me realize which direction I wanted to go)

So... after 2 nights of photoshop and tremendous support and encouragement from my husband, I had a logo.

Going with the idea of golden ratio, fibonacci spiral was a bit of a revelation to me. After all, it is so frequiently found in nature (universe, flowers,nautilus, think Da Vinci Vitruvian Man)... the idea of perfect proportions and the association of perfect proportions with beauty. 

Combining the idea with light, subtle color palette looked visually appealing to me but most importantly I felt a bit finally made sense maybe no of who I truly am, but who I want to become....

Am I going to change it? Probably.... After all, the only way to improvement is a constant striving for a different perspective.

Stephanie Duchaine by Studio James Thor

Posted by hmazur07 on November 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Had a great pleasure working with actress Stephanie Duchaine during her visit to Seattle last week. 

Stephanie is currently the host of People Magazine PEOPLE OF THE WEEK, and THE HOT SPOT on HSN and she is as lovely as lovely can be. 

It does not take much to get her camera ready, she is such a natural beauty (literally, the longest lashes, I've seen), so we played-up her eyes with  taupes and browns and went for soft curls for her hair-styling. 

Cannot wait to work with her again soon.

Amazing images are by Studio James Thor.

Miri Ben-Ari at Independence Sector Conference in Seattle

Posted by hmazur07 on November 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week I had an unbelievable pleasure to be working with a Grammy-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari doing her hair and makeup for her performance at Independent Sector National Conference in Seattle, WA.

In addition to being ourely mesmorizing performer who has worked with other amazing artists  (Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Akon, Patti Labelle, Brandy, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend and Armin Van Buuren, etc.), is also producer, humanitarian, UN “Goodwill Ambassador of Music”, founder and CEO of "Gedenk", a a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to educate, raise awareness and encourage self-expression among youth about anti-Semitism, racism and their brutal consequences.

In spite all these honorable awards, Miri is unbelievably sweet and absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous.

As we chatted about her styling along with the political situation in Ukraine (talk about combining business and pleasure), I was truly inspired to be introduced to such a wonderful selfless person. 

Being invited to watch Miri perform make me cry. Her music is exceptional and her impeccable performance is emotionally pristine - just like true art should be. 

Although video footage from her is performanve is unavailable yet, I simply have to share a video from one of her past performances. 



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Style Me Pretty Little Black Book

Posted by hmazur07 on November 10, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I am beyond excited to announce that  I have been given the priviledge to be  listed as preferred vendor in Style Me Pretty Little Black Book

I am even more excited knowing what a true honor it is to be included to such elite world-wide wedding community and what an extensive application process vendors go through to even be considered.

To be admitted into the Little Black Book, Style Me Pretty does meticulous research on the vendor’s “work of craftsmanship, technical ability, and professional artistic prowess.”  

Style Me Pretty Research Team performs extensive background research, check references and even conduct a phone interview (which is about an hour long, by the way)

They truly make sure they select the vendors who are perfect for their readers.

In any case, I  am incrediblty thankful to all my amazing clients and collegues who have helped me achieve this honor and am looking forward to a lot more amazing weddings, styled shoots and collaborations.

I love you guys!

Looks like they have even created a beaty category for me  being by far the only listed makeup and hair artist in Seattle :)

You can check out my listing on the Style me Pretty Page.

Joel McHale for Canon

Posted by hmazur07 on October 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week I had pleasure to work with Joel McHale during his visit to Seattle in partnership with Canon.

You could see interview with actor on King 5 live as well as personally meet him and see his images featured at  Axis in Pioneer Square as part of Canon's PIXMA PRO City Senses Gallery. 

Joel is just as amazing in person as he is on screen.  A pure joy to work with.

I certainly hope to see him in Seattle more often.


Posted by hmazur07 on October 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Stunning portraits of Rhiannon by April Staso Photography. 

I had such a great time working with this team. Rhiannon is such a  stunner... love...

Commercial Shoot for Reliant Recovery Water

Posted by hmazur07 on October 10, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Now, that the wedding season is pretty much nearing its end I will try to share other work that I do aside from May-October when everyone in Seattle decides they want to get married....

Today I bring to you a glimpse of the  commercial video shoot for Reliant Water I was fortunate a part of a couple of months ago.

Total pleasure working along Jason from Jason Ryan Creative and our amazing models. I cannot stress enough what a pleasure it was to be a part fo this wonderful team.

This particular shoot made me consider buying an RV at some point :) - those are totally awesome and for  prep "set"  by the way.

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Tips for Long-Lasting Makeup, Kate+Quinn

Posted by hmazur07 on September 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the most wonderful thigns about my job is the versatility - I get to meet so many fascinating people from so many backgrounds.

So many life stories, so many jokes and giggles exchanged in my chair...

Kate's beauty is undeniable, but what is more stunning about her is her maturity and her calm, almost tranquill manner.

I was truly honored to do her makeup and hair for this intimate photo shoot. Kate designed this shoot as a final "story" of her love to  her husband Quinn before they continue their journey on becoming Buddhist monks and every single images captured by Amber French Photogrpahy beautifully tells their story.

The photo shoot involved two hour hike into the mountains and although Kate was a bit conserned if her look was going to last 4 hours later in the August heat, and withstand the hike,  we were all pleased to see how beautifully if lasted and photographed.


~Prepare the skin

Clean, moisturized face primed with the primer, which corresponds to your skin type.

~Choose your foundation wisely

Smart choice of color-matched foundation, used sparingly and blended meticulously.

~Be patient

Working in layers assures your makeup looks better and lasts longer, rather than applying a lot of makeup at once...

Long lasting lip color with some lip balm for later touch ups does the trick.

The color used for Kate is Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Fascination (Perfect PInk)

Thank you guys for letting me share a couple of images...