2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?  No?  Well I'd like to help you with that and share some of my favorite products with you.  Here's my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide!

1. Artistry Signature Color Eye and Cheek Kits

As much as I love the Artistry Eye Shadow Quads....I love this product even more!!  Artistry Signature Color Eye and Cheek Kits include an eye shadow quad, as well as a co-ordinating eye pencil, and blush.  These kits take all the guess work out of what colors go together.  Also included is a booklet that gives suggestions on what lip color works with your kit, and gives you instruction on how to apply your eye makeup. What could be easier!!

If you want to make sure you have co-ordinated makeup for your photo shoot, or if you are looking for a fabulous gift for someone you love, you can't go wrong with an Artistry Signature Color Eye and Cheek Kit.

There are 5 different kits available that are designed to flatter any woman,...but if you aren't sure where to start here are some suggestions based on your eye color.

Blue Eyes:  Natural Glow, or Plumberry

Green Eyes:  Plumberry, or Pink Chocolate

Hazel Eyes: Pink Chocolate, or Spice Bronze

Brown Eyes: Smoky, or Spice Bronze

Click here to see all 5 of the Artistry Signature Color® Eye and Cheek Kits

2. Artistry Hydra V Skin Care System

Beautiful portraits start with beautiful skin. Artistry Hydra-V System is a simple 3 step system that makes a perfect gift for women in their 20's and 30's. A Nobel-prize winning discovery inspired the technology breakthrough of Hydra-V skincare collection.  Available for Normal-Combination Skin, and Dry Skin.

Find out more about Artistry Hydra V Skin Care System for Dry Skin here.

Find out more about Artistry Hydra V Skin Care System for Normal to Combination Skin here.

3. Artistry Youth Xtend Skincare System

Cultivating nature's most powerful ingredients, scientific discoveries and cultural insights from around the world, the ARTISTRY® brand delivers revolutionary, age-defying skincare with the ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Skincare System. This high-performing restoring regimen is designed to rejuvenate skin's youthful appearance morning to night and into the future.  This makes a great gift for women in their 40's and beyond.

Find out more about Artistry Youth Xtend System for Normal to Combination Skin here.

Find out more about Artistry Youth Xtend System for Dry Skin here.


4.  Mortensen Photography Gift Certificates

Give the gift of a portrait session to a beautiful lady in your life!  Gift certificates are available in several denominations, or ask me to create a custom gift certificate.

 Click here to see whats available and to place your order in my online store.

5. Artistry Cosmetic Brush Set

Must-Have Brushes for Expert Application

  • The perfect brush. Seven times over.
  • Seven-piece brush set includes brushes for powder, blush, eye shadow, eye contour, eye liner/brow, eye brow/lash, and lips.
  • Set includes ARTISTRY® carrying case with room for your favorite ARTISTRY cosmetics.

Read more about this brush set in this article Makeup Brushes 101

Read more about this brush set in this article Makeup Brushes 101

Artistry® Eye Shadow Quads

I think this has to be my favorite Artistry product.   I absolutely LOVE these Eye Shadow Quad kits.   Each quad includes four perfectly coordinated, complementary colors that work beautifully together!  It takes all the guess work out of creating a beautiful look that's just right for you!

Each quad has a highlight, define, accent, and contour shade that you can mix and match. The shades range from natural brown hues to plum and fashion smoky shades in multiple finishes like shimmer, satin, and metallic.   The five different quads available are Natural Glow,  Smoky, Spice Bronze,  Pink Chocolate, and Plumberry.   My favorite is the "Natural Glow" quad.  It's perfect for a natural daytime look, but can easily be transformed into an more smoky evening look.  

Take a look at all the delicious colors quads here Artistry Signature Eye Shadow Quads



Artistry Exact Fit® Pressed Powder

Beautiful portraits start with great makeup, and smooth, even skin is the first step!

Artistry Exact Fit™ Pressed Powder helps control oil and shine and gives you a polished yet natural look!

  • The Artistry Exact Fit™ blend of Tahitian pearls and optical prisms minimizes imperfections by softly reflecting and scattering light.
  • Can be used on bare skin or over foundation to extend wear.
  • Transparent, matte finish looks natural and helps prevent shine anytime, anywhere.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Designed for all skin types (oily, combination, dry).
  • Allergy tested and dermatology tested; non-comedogenic.
  • Fits perfectly into the Artistry Exact Fit™ Compact (Item #: 116745).

To read more about this product or to place an order click here!

Artistry® Concealer Stick

I can't stress enough how important it is to have a great makeup application before your portrait session!!  I always recommend using Jenn,  my professional makeup artist (she's amazing!) but I understand that it isn't always an option.  

If your choose to do your own makeup I highly recommend that you read my Makeup Tips Page because there are some special tips you need to know for a natural light portrait session.  
If you don't normally wear makeup and you want to go with a more "natural" look you I still highly recommend that you wear some foundation and concealer to even out your skin tone and cover up any blemishes.  It's really important to how your finished portraits will look.

You can wear your own makeup, but if you are looking for a high quality product you won't go wrong with Artistry. You can read about their foundations in this blog post, but today I want to tell you about their concealer.

Conceal Imperfections, Perfectly 

Creamy to the touch, this new and improved formula covers, wears, and protects to leave your skin feeling smooth and moisturized.

  • NEW formula wears longer and provides enhanced coverage.
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines, dark circles, and discoloration.
  • Helps protect skin with a lightweight and exclusive Protective Complexion Barrier that helps neutralize free radicals to fight signs of premature aging.

The ultimate anti-aging concealer - minimize the appearance of fine lines, dark circles, and discolouration while you brighten your skin and help protect it from future damage. ARTISTRY Concealer offers an exclusive Protective Complexion Barrier that helps neutralize environmental damage to fight visible signs of premature aging. And the long-wearing formula will leave your skin feeling smooth, protected, and moisturized. Ideal for all skin types.

Please visit my Artistry webpage for more information or to place an order. 

Artistry Exact Fit® Longwearing Foundation

This foundation works overtime to give you high-performance coverage with a perfectly matte finish that lasts all day and all night. From work to workout to late nights out, it stays fresh – even in heat and humidity. The exclusive Artistry Exact Fit® blend, formulated with Tahitian pearls and optical prisms, is naturally perfecting, and mimics the look of real skin for a flawless complexion with an invisible, seamless fit that looks so believably natural. 

The Artistry science behind the product:

Long-lasting, perfecting formula features breakthrough Color Lock technology - no matter the activity, heat, or humidity, pigments are perfectly calibrated to wear long and stay in place, and keep skin looking flawless.
All-day comfort wear: The flexible, transfer-resistant formula holds pigments in place while allowing the skin to remain comfortable during wear.
Exclusive Artistry Exact Fit® blend is formulated from Tahitian pearls and optical prisms that filter light to visibly blur imperfections and the look of pores for a natural looking, even finish.

Stands up to heat, humidity, and constant activity for up to 24 hours, so you won’t always be checking your look in the mirror or taking time out for touch-ups.
Looks natural and blends well for a seamless fusion that instantly mimics the look of real skin – perfected.
Lightweight formula won’t feel heavy or look cakey.
Skin-nourishing vitamin E and pure Norwegian water to help keep skin feeling comfortable and smooth.

Click here or on the photo for more information or to place your order!