Beauty Secrets of Michiana’s Most Beautiful

Left to right: Jackie Sharpley, Miss Indiana 2011 and Zarah Skelton, Mrs. Indiana 2016.

There’s no question that makeup is transformative. It can hide bags on the most sleep-deprived new mother. It can bring out the green in someone’s hazel eyes. It can even hide an old tattoo or scar. Most of us though have a pretty established beauty routine. We may feel pretty loyal to our go-to products and our trusty techniques. But every once in a while, it’s important and actually exciting to try something new and be “transformed” all over again.

Maybe it’s a special night out that awakens your desire to try a dramatic, smoky cat-eye look. Or maybe you are tired of an over-tweezed brow and finally eager to try the new, fuller brow trend. But for many of us, the spark that ignites the curiosity to try something new is seeing something we want to try on another woman. The catch is that despite the inspiration, you often don’t know how to implement the look you are after. That’s where we at Camellia come in! We love when our customers pop in and show us pictures on their phones or from Pinterest and ask for help in recreating that look. So please always feel free to do that! In the meantime, we thought you all would love finding out some insider beauty secrets and tips from two of Michiana’s most beautiful women. This is essentially the HOW behind their flawless looks!

This week, we were one-on-one with Miss Indiana 2011, Jackie Sharpley and Mrs. Indiana 2016, Zarah Skelton. Both of these women hail from Michiana, and we were fortunate enough to have them in the studio for a makeup and photo session. While they were here, they spilled the beans on some of their best tips and tricks!

Meet Jackie Sharpley, Miss Indiana 2011

Jackie Sharpley, Miss Indiana 2011

Jackie (Jerlecki) Sharpley won Miss Indiana in 2011, after first winning the local competition Miss Duneland. Now you may know her through her role as co-owner of Sharpley Training. She and her husband Evan Sharpley, who was a Notre Dame football player, own the business together. You can also find her via her social media profiles where she goes by the catchy name of ThereSheSweats, on FOX 22 sharing weekly workout tips, and in the upcoming “Still Dancing in Elkhart: Dancing With Our Stars” competition.

Did someone say #goals?

So now that we all just vowed to get back into the gym tomorrow morning, let’s find out what Jackie shared with us! Here are some of her insider beauty secrets.

  1. Be confident! During the entire shoot, Jackie was smiling, joking, and just being herself. And there’s no doubt that her confidence and zeal for life are electric. It’s a good reminder that just owning your own beauty and FEELING strong and beautiful is powerful!
  2. Drink LOTS of water! Even if you’re not in the gym all day like Jackie, she reminds us that keeping hydrated is incredibly important for your energy and for your skin. When you are properly hydrated your makeup looks that much better: you look moisturized and radiant as a result.
  3. Eyes, Eyes, Eyes! Jackie says if she could only chose to use cosmetics on one feature she would elect to accentuate her eyes. Mascara, like our BLINC mascara ($26), is her most important tool, and for special events she recommends using false lashes to draw even more attention. At Camellia, you can book or even pop in last minute for a lash service for just $15!

Jackie says that accenting the EYES is the most important part of her beauty routine. Here Camellia artist, Adriana, is working on Jackie’s favorite part of her look: eyes and brows!


Jackie Sharpley, Miss Indiana 2011, is a big fan of our BLINC mascara, better than waterproof, $26. Once applied, these mascara tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes.


Jackie says confidence, which she definitely radiates, is one of her best beauty tips!

Meet Zarah Skelton, Mrs. Indiana 2016

Zarah Skelton, Mrs. Indiana 2016.

Zarah Skelton is this year’s Mrs. Indiana America! She’s from the greater Michiana area and attended Purdue University, which is where she met her husband, Daniel Skelton. Now she’s a teacher, and her passion both in education and as your reigning Mrs. Indiana, is to help inspire other young people to practice community service. Basically, she’s committed to helping others! Meet her in person at the upcoming Sass & Glitz Fashion Show by Sassy Magazine, and read below to find out some of the insider beauty tips she shared with us!

  1. Never let anyone dull your sparkle! Zarah is quick to smile, and indeed her eyes absolutely sparkle. She’s always uplifting and encouraging others. It’s important to remember that even when we are feeling off or down, a smile not only brightens other people’s day — it also perpetuates our own happiness and well being!
  2. Eyes, Eyes, Eyes! Just like Jackie, Zarah stressed to us the importance of accentuating the eyes. However, her main trick in doing so is complementing her eye color via her choice in eye shadows. Since she has beautiful blue eyes, she likes to wear brown shadows. The brown is closest in family to orange, which is the complementary color to blue. Hence, the brown (rather than grey, pinks, or green shadows) is the perfect color family to complement and bring out her blue eyes. We would be happy to help YOU find just the right complementary shadows for YOUR eye color too!

Camellia artist Molly chose brown shadows for Zarah BEFORE we even knew that was her favorite color to use! Our experts can help YOU nail that complementary shade too!


Zarah recommends using eye shadow shades that complement your eye color to make your eyes sparkle and stand out! We used our signature Camellia Cosmetics shadows in “Vanilla” and “TerraCotta” (each $14) to create this look.


She loved our “TerraCotta” hue from our exclusive Camellia fall collection of matte, modern brown eye shadows in rich, warm, interesting shades that are everywhere right now.




Think Pink: Meet Two Hometown Beauties Battling Breast Cancer

From left to right: Molly, one of our amazing Camellia artists; Meg Radde, one of our hometown beauties battling breast cancer; Vanessa Cooreman Smith, the former owner of Flourish Boutique who is now working with us on photo shoots and marketing consulting; Kim Burkey, our other hometown beauty conquering breast cancer; and Rebecca, the owner of Camellia Cosmetics.

By the 11th of October you’ve probably seen the pink themed displays at the grocery store, the pink ribbon pins out and about, and maybe even a special commercial or two. Somewhere deep in your subconscious you remember, Oh yes, October is breast cancer awareness month.

At Camellia, we wanted to do more than just a promotion that claimed to be about breast cancer awareness. We wanted to honor real, local women who have been on the front lines battling breast cancer. These are women that many of you know and care about. These are women who are actively impacting our community. They are beautiful inside and out. So last week, we set about giving them a little pampering and me-time. We invited them into our studio, enjoyed a little girl time, and pampered them with some of fall’s freshest looks.

So without further ado, we are so excited to introduce you to these two courageous hometown beauties:

Kim Burkey

Kim Burkey, beating breast cancer in 2016!

Earlier this year, Kim and her husband Tim were elated to find out they were expecting their third child, due November 30.  At a routine eight-week OB appointment, Kim mentioned to her nurse that she had found a lump on one of her breasts, even though it was probably nothing. At just 34, breast cancer was not top of mind. The nurse had the doctor examine the lump, and they decided to do an ultrasound right away, and then went on to recommend a biopsy. They were shocked to find out that in fact the lump was cancerous, and worse yet — a very aggressive form of cancer. Being pregnant brought up a lot of question about how to treat the cancer safely for mom and baby.

Shortly after meeting with her oncologist for the first time and creating a treatment plan that allowed for being pregnant, Kim went back to her OB for a routine appointment. When they used the Doppler to try to find the heartbeat, they could not hear anything. She was taken across the hallway for a more detailed ultrasound, but heartbreakingly again silence echoed across the room. Kim says she doesn’t remember a whole lot from there, other than the nurse asking her for her husband’s work phone number. Their sweet baby was gone, and left in the place of all the promise and excitement was the scary and looming cancer. How could they process all of this so quickly? How do you grieve when you have to gear up for the fight of your life?

With her husband by her side and with a strong faith, Kim carried on. She started a blog called Kimberly Beats Cancer. She underwent surgery, many rounds of chemo, lost her hair, battled through all the side effects of the medication, and somehow found her way through all the deep emotions of miscarriage and illness. Only a couple of weeks ago, Kim shared on her blog that the treatment seems to have done its work and her cancer appears to be dead! A follow-up surgery and pathology report will confirm this soon, but in the meantime Kim is relieved to have completed her chemotherapy and trying to find a new normal.

It takes real beauty to fight these kinds of battles — the kind of beauty that comes from within and then finds its way outward. If you know Kim, or are lucky enough to meet her, you would quickly agree that she’s that kind of radiant. Her eyes sparkle and her smile shines from within; cancer hasn’t dampened that at all.  It was an absolute joy to pamper her with a special make-up session and photo shoot.  To get Kimberly’s look, you will want to try our new pink hues in Camellia eye shadows as seen below!

Kim Burkey.

Owner, Rebecca Maalouf, working on Kim’s look.

As seen on Kim, left to right: Pink Cloud Eye Shadow by Camellia Cosmetics, $14 – A light wash of pink in a matte, smooth eye shadow. Desert Pink Eye Shadow by Camellia Cosmetics, $14 – This pink/nude creates a sophisticated, finished look.

Meg Radde

Meg Radde, Michiana hometown beauty & breast cancer survivor.

Many of you may know Meg from her role as an instructor at B. Present Studio. Indeed, health and taking care of herself have always been important to Meg. It came as a huge surprise then when she was diagnosed with HER2 hormone-driven cancer at just 29! Despite no family history of breast cancer and not carrying the infamous breast cancer gene, Meg was facing this dreaded disease and had no choice but to begin treatment. Treatment included seventeen rounds of chemo, a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, and a hysterectomy. That’s a lot to take on. During the heart of her treatment, Meg had to put teaching barre on hold. She lost her hair, and as you can imagine, she suffered from a variety of the physical and emotional side effects of both her cancer and the treatment.

She credits her commitment to health and well being though, as the foundation to her recovery. Through all the challenging days of chemo and other treatments, she found herself repeating the B. Present mantra of  “She believed she could and so she did.” Meg believed she could beat cancer, and so she did! Now a year later, Meg is cancer-free, back in the barre studio, and living life with a new appreciation and zeal.

Via social media, we have witnessed how many women have been encouraged by Meg’s journey.  At the photo shoot last week, it was touching to watch Meg and Kim meet for the first time and see the encouragement and hope Meg poured into Kim, who is just a little behind her in the journey. Meg wanted us to to encourage all of you too and shared the importance of taking care of your body, mind, and soul! She said the investment she had put into her health over the years really proved to be invaluable in getting her through chemo. You never know what your story holds down the road, physically or emotionally — so now is the time to invest in yourself and prepare for the future.

At the photo shoot Meg loved our new Cindy Lou Manizer from The Balm,  just  $24. It’s an all-in-one eye shadow, blush, and highlighter in a beautiful golden peach tone. All-in-one products like this make life on the go much easier! Also add our new Z Palette, which allows you to mix and match customized shadows and blush, etc.

Meg looking absolutely radiant!

Camellia artist Molly applying Meg’s fall look.

To get Meg’s look, use the following products (in clockwise order): Z Palette, $14-$20 – Organize your makeup like a pro with a customizable Z Palette. Cindy Lou Manizer from The Balm, $24 – An all-in-one eye shadow, blush, and highlighter in a beautiful golden peach tone. Mini Z Palette. Finally, Lash Domination by Bare Minerals, $19 – Get 10 lash benefits from just one super volumizing mascara.

Come see us Monday-Saturday from 10-7 and Sunday from 12-5.



Review: Esqido Mink Lashes are here!

esqido-mink-lashesMink. Sounds luxurious, right? Visions of getting ready for the day in your fabulous mansion in Bel Air, dripping in diamonds as you powder your nose while sitting at your marble vanity come to mind.

Okay, back to reality.

You don’t have to be a makeup guru to have heard of the hottest new trend in the beauty world. In fact, if you’ve picked up a magazine, been on social media, or even seen a celebrity in the past six months, then chances are you’ve seen Mink lashes or heard the buzz around these falsies. So much buzz in fact, that we had to get our hands on some. And boy oh boy, two words come to mind: GAME CHANGER.

Every woman wants thicker, fuller lashes. As a makeup artist, I talk to women every single day about insecurities, and much like eyebrows and hormonal acne (argh!), eyelashes are constantly a source of contention. Maybe it’s just the perfectionists in us, but we always want more. And why not? Darn it, we deserve it.

Mink lashes promise to be everything we want out of a falsie. Super soft and comfortable, easy to apply, and oh yeah, made by hand to mirror the appearance of real lashes. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect though, you can reuse them up to 25 times! Which is actually is super smart and convenient. More on that in a minute.

With all the fuss on Mink lashes, are they really worth it? I’ve been trying them out for the past week, and here’s my takeaway so far.

1. Mink lashes are extremely comfortable and natural looking.

False strip lashes you’ve worn in the past were likely synthetic, meaning they were made by a machine, aren’t the most flexible, can be heavy, and don’t always look like real lashes. But ESQIDO Mink lashes are handcrafted and made by ethically sourced mink hair, and they are so soft and comfortable you won’t believe how much they look like real lashes. Even just holding them in my hand, I was shocked at how lightweight they were. After I put them on, I didn’t feel like I was wearing false lashes at all, which is great because I’m kind of sensitive when it comes to my eyes.


2. Available in different styles

I was also really excited that ESQIDO has several different types of mink lashes, specifically made for different eye shapes. I have almond shaped, almost hooded eyes, so a lot of times I’ve felt like my false lashes overwhelmed me. I love the “Oh So Sweet” and “Lash Named Desire” styles; they compliment my smaller eyes so perfectly and feel like they were made for me!


3. Easy to use

At first, I was a little intimidated. They’re mink, right? Sounds pretty fancy. When you get your Mink lashes at Camellia, we’ll help you trim the lashes to fit perfect and teach you how to apply them. If the idea of applying them yourself freaks you out — don’t sweat it — you can have them reapplied at Camellia anytime. I’ve worked with synthetic lashes a lot, and I could not believe how much easier these were to apply than other lashes. I was shocked. Two minutes, boom, and they were on. And they came off nicely when I was finished with them — just pop them back in their box until next time.

4. Reusable up to 25 times

HERE IS THE BEST PART: You can wear each pair of mink lashes up to 25 times. Yep, that’s right: wear them when and where you want to! I find this a great alternative to lash extensions, which require expensive and time consuming “fill” services every 2-3 weeks to keep up. Some people will want to wear their minks every day, and you certainly can! Even on your busiest morning you can throw on some lashes and lipstick and look ready for the day. Or keep them on hand for date night, family pictures, a big day at work, a wedding, baby shower, etc.

The fact that one pair of mink lashes can not only be super comfortable, but also easy to apply and last through 25 uses makes these an instant favorite. I expected these to be too good to be true, but honestly, they are just too good. I challenge everyone reading this, whether you’re a beauty junkie or just curious, to stop into Camellia and check these out. Besides, how cool is it that something so Hollywood is within your reach in your little hometown? Shop local, y’all.


10 years ago Camellia Cosmetics brought the Hollywood Brow to Michiana, and now Mink Lashes are about to be the next big thing. We can’t wait to rock your world. See you soon!

Learn more about Mink Lashes at Camellia Cosmetics here.

Get this Look: Girls’ Night Out

get-this-look-girls-night-outEver look at Facebook or Instagram pics after a girls’ night out and wonder where your makeup went? Guilty! Everyone wants to feel sexy, cool, and confident when they’re out on the town, and sometimes all it takes is having a signature, simple girls’-night-out look. See our look breakdown below.

Top Picks for a Summer Girls’ Night Out


A smoky eye and pink lip go together like champagne and bubbles! Summer humidity and shimmer never mix, so always opt for matte shades. Matte, warm highlight and a smokey rose and charcoal give sultry, skin-flattering look.

Camellia Shadow Trio: Bisque (highlight), Roselle (lid), Charcoal (crease)

Camellia False Lashes

Camellia Precision Pen: Black


There’s something so flirty and fun about about a pink lip — you really can’t go wrong for a night out. Don’t make the mistake of going too neutral on your lips — you’ll want the pop of color for pics. Make sure to use a long-wear color for a smudge-free night. (Drink proof!)

Camellia Lipstick: “Kiss N’ Tell”

See how these products (and more!) look on you before your next big night out. Stop in and let one of our Camellia artists help you lock down your look.

3 Products You Need for a Sweat-Free Summer

sweat-free-summer-makeupYou still want to look good even when it’s 90 degrees outside. So what do you do to fight the hot-and-sweaty summer blues?

Essential for a day by the pool or sideline at the kids’ softball game, we’ve got your must-have products for a sweat-free summer.

3 Products You Need for a Sweat-Free Summer

Use a Setting Spray

Model in a Bottle seals your makeup so it stays in place all day. How good is it? We use it for all of our special events, photos, and bridal makeup applications!

Use a Tubing Mascara

Blinc Mascara & Primer is the best ever! It seals over lashes for EXTRA smudge resistance, without the hassle of special eye makeup removers. After use, tubes glide off with warm water.

What’s #3? There’s even more where that came from! Get the rest of our tips (and more!) this summer at Camellia.


4 Days of Flash Sales!

A different flash sale for every day of the week! April 26-29th, only at Camellia.

Tuesday: Brows, Baby!
All Camellia eyebrow products 20% off
$5 brow wax with new talent Rachel
(by appointment book here!)

Wednesday: Go for the Glow!
All Camellia Bronzers and Highlighters 20% off

Thursday: Kick up your color!
All Camellia Lipstick and Blush 20% off

Friday: All about the eyes!
All Camellia Eye Shadows and Eyeliners 20% off
Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 8
Treat Mom to something new from Camellia!

Model Alisia showing off flash sale finds!

Model Alisia showing off flash sale finds!

In-store only.  Mention flash sale to receive discount. Valid on item for day of sale only.  No combined offers. Appointment required for any brow waxing services. Flash sale not valid toward services.

How to take better selfies

Andrea loves dropping by the U93 Morning Show every Monday to share all our favorite beauty tips and tricks!

This week, Andrea enlisted the the help of AMAZING photographer Meagan Gilbert ( to share her advice on how to look better in selfies and pictures in general.


1. Lighting, lighting, lighting!

The best way to flatter your makeup, hair, and skin? Lighting! Don’t choose lighting that is too harsh or too dark. Meagan’s advice? Go outside! Car selfies and photos taken with natural light are always a sure way to get a good look.

how-to-take-better-selfies-022. All about the angles

Sometimes learning how to take your best picture is as easy as finding the right angle. Meagan says, “Avoid taking photos from underneath the chin. No one wants to see up your nose! The most flattering angle is always going to be slightly raised above your head.” Practice smiling in the mirror so that you look natural. Avoid those  forced, cheesy smiles!


3. Check your background

Look for solid colored walls, textured curtains, or any clean space. Avoid taking pictures in a messy room.

4. Look your best

There are certain tips and tricks to make your makeup look its best in photos. For starters, you always want to use a primer so the texture of your skin looks smooth and flawless. Opt for more matte colors, limit the shimmer because it can make your skin look oily. Check your makeup in natural light before taking a photo. We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves where we thought our makeup looked good before we left the house, and then were surprised to see a not-so-good look in pictures. Don’t be afraid of a little color on your cheeks and lips — without the added color, you run the risk of looking dull and washed out in pictures. A Camellia artist can help you find the right colors.

Check out our Headshot Event with Meagan Gilbert Photography on 4/9: Click here to join our event page and for more info!


Headshot Happy Hour 4/19


Everyone needs at least one great photo. No more failed selfie attempts – get the perfect pic you’ve always wanted, and learn how to take better pictures for the rest of your life!

For $30 You Get:

  • One headshot taken by Meagan Gilbert Photography, including professional lighting and posing with makeup touch-up and styling by Camellia Cosmetics.
  • One High Resolution Digital File.
  • Professional Makeup artist to freshen up your Makeup.

(add false lashes for $15, add full makeup application for $40)

Get all the details by joining our Facebook event page here!


Spring Revival at Camellia Cosmetics

It’s time to go from winter gloom to springy, sassy, and confident!

brow highlighter 2 shades

Brow Highlighter, available in 2 shades

Give your makeup routine the jolt you’ve been waiting for all winter at Camellia with your custom FREE 15-minute spring makeup tutorial featuring brand-new spring arrivals, must-haves, & more!


Smokey lilac/lavender eye shadow tips & tricks, natural hues on eyes and lips. Soft, subtle touches of soft purple hues to brighten you look while keeping it wearable for work and warming weather. As seen on the Fox28 Morning Show!

prcision brow pencil. 3 shades

Precision Brow Pencil, 3 shades

No appointment necessary, tag a friend and “Like” us on Facebook. You’ll both receive 20% off one item when you shop our new arrivals this week!

*Minimum 3 products to receive 20% off discount.
*Walk-ins welcome for FREE 15 look, appointment encouraged
*Come as you are, leave like a star 😉

See you this week!

5 new lavender shades

5 new lavender shades

#MOTD: Get This Look

Don’t you wish there was a way to make your eyes pop? Well, my fellow blue-eyed friends, this week we’re accenting your dreamy blues.

The Look: Enhance your blue eyes
                   + Glowy, natural complexion


Eyes: Camellia Natural False Lashes, $15

Cheeks: The Balm Highlight, “Mary Lou-Manizer,” $24
Camellia Baked Blush, “Orchid,” $16

Lips: Palladio Lip Stain, “Berry,” $6
Camellia Lip Gloss, “Calla Lily,” $14

Get this look, customized just for you, only at Camellia!
To schedule a lesson with one of our makeup experts, book online here,
Just select *Best Look!*