Name: Erica Mendoza
Youtube: No thanks! I’m much too awkward!
Twitter: I don’t use it. The little bird notifications annoyed me.
Occupation title: Makeup Artist / Beauty Blogger
Fave #1: SKINCEUTICALS Retinol 1.0
I love this item because it’s my Botox in a tube! I seriously love this stuff! Helps keep the wrinkling away! I am not against Botox by any means, but this product works amazingly and I don’t have any lines or wrinkles to worry about… Yet. I will be using this until I find that fountain that JLo drinks from. Goals
Fave #2: Coconut Oil
Ready? Coconut Oil is a makeup remover, moisturizer for face, moisturizer for body, use in lieu of shaving cream, hair treatment, oil pulling, and cooking (which I don’t do).
Fave #3: A good red lipstick
Whether you are wearing a white T-shirt and jeans or a little black dress, a red lipstick just glams it up a bit. It exudes confidence. It will never go out of style and you know you feel sexy when you rock a red lippie! Ruby Woo from Mac cosmetics is one of my favorites.
Fave #4: Sole Serum. Period. The End.
Beauty is pain they say. Umm. No. I am a shorty 5 foot 1. I really enjoy a good high heel but not the pain. I apply it once and I don’t feel any pain whatsoever. It’s essentially a numbing serum (even thought it doesn’t say that) targets any hotspots. However, my feet didn’t feel numb or weird.
Fave #5: NYX Jumbo white pencil
It instantly brightens the eyes and makes the whites of your eyes look whiter. Looking like you didn’t get your beauty sleep? Place in the inner rim, pop on some mascara and boom! You look awake. Go to Starbucks, get a Dirty Chai and then you are really ready to run into people.
Book: Little Women
Movie: 3. Selena. Sandlot. Suffragette.
TV Show: What’s that? Kidding. I guess New Girl when I catch it. Love Schmidt!
Guilty Pleasure: Watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. Never stop learning /picking up new tricks.
Time of Day: I would have to say evenings where everything slows down just a bit. Arizona sunsets. Going for a run at Tempe Beach Park. Dinner. Quietness. Snuggles. Removing of all of the makeup from the day.
Valley restaurant: The Mission. Always a good idea.
Annual Local Event: Phoenix Fashion Week. I get to doll up the gorge models backstage with MUZ Makeup and challenge my skills to create looks for the amazing designers that are part of the show… with a quickness I must add!
Thing about Arizona: The more I travel, the happier I am to call this place home. California almost got me but I cannot deal with that traffic. London was pretty amazing but put me in a car to drive and I would probably crash the car in 1 minute and 10 seconds. We are pretty spoiled here. Weather is great , everything is on a grid, Cost-of-living, and amazing tacos. What more could you ask for?
Erica’s Bio: I’ll keep it short and sweet like myself. Erica Mendoza of June Pearl Beauty. Who is she? Make up Artist and Beauty Blogger born and raised in Arizona. June Pearl Beauty is a blog offering tips, tricks, and thoughts on all things beauty. 10+ years working for M.A.C. Cosmetics. Became my own boss over a year ago. Love to travel, learn new things (starting school next week as a matter fact), passion for fashion, always willing to self-evaluate and change paths. I am a true believer that it’s never too late to start over!