November 23, 2012

The Charity Fashion Show

I wanted to share with you the work I did for a charity fashion show that was held last Sunday. This was particularly different because we, the makeup artists, never saw the dresses - we had no idea who was wearing what (there were several designers participating) nor the theme. To take away a lot of guess work, the head makeup artist instructed us to all do a smokey eye for the ladies.

All the models are doctors (or relatives) because it was their show and they were raising money for the hospital where they work. It was a great honor to get to contribute to a worthy cause. This was also near and dear to me because the hospital is actually an extension of the University that I attended.

I had the pleasure of doing makeup for this mom and her 2-year-old. It's not easy applying makeup on a toddler... especially when they don't want any. I bribed her with pictures of cats and pandas. In exchange, she let me put some color on her lips.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the photos. I hope I get to review something soon... I have a lot but I've been either working or sick. Boo!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I am thankful for being part of this awesome blogging community and having friends like you :) Now it's time for me to have more of my mother's homemade pumpkin pie!

November 15, 2012

Photo Shoot Series: No Makeup Look

As a makeup artist, I sometimes get lost in all the wonderful colors and textures in my kit. It's evident in most of the work included in my portfolio - the models either have a bold lip or a sparkly or dramatic eye.

A photographer/stylist friend of mine brought forth the idea of creating a "no makeup" look because a common friend (also a photographer) needed it for his portfolio. I jumped at the opportunity and the photo above was the final product.

I just wanted to quickly share with you the products I used to achieve this look. Here goes:

  • NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream
  • Clinique All About Eyes Rich
  • Make Up For Ever High Definition Primer

  • NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation - 01 Nude
  • Cinema Secrets Concealer - Kit #2
  • Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte Colorless
  • Make Up For Ever Shine On Powder
  • Smashbox Contour Palette
  • NARS Blush - Outlaw (just the tiniest bit)

  • Viseart Natural Eyeshadow Palette (as eyeshadow & brow color)
  • TonyMoly Cats Wink Mascara
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Corrupt
  • Make Up For Ever Lip Liner Concealer (yes, on the eye)

  • Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick - Night Romance
  • Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss - Sweet Dream

  • Benefit Bathina
  • Smashbox Contour Palette

I haven't used my Edward Bess lipsticks in a while but decided to whip these out and bring them to the shoot, without a plan. These were so easy to apply and photographed beautifully that I used them two weeks later during a bridal trial.

Anyway, I hope you found this post enjoyable or at the very least helpful. I plan on including more of my work and how I created the look, apart from the usual review.

Til next time ;)

November 12, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Roundup for Nov 9, 2012

Another week of the best beauty reads in the blogosphere!

  • Destany at Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom is loving Zoya Gia!
  • Blushing Noir uses the Guerlain Les Ombres Turandot Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette to create the perfect holiday eye look!
  • Pink, Purple, and Red Gradient Sugar Spun Nails & Tips
  • Will Christina Aguilera's Red Sin fragrance be your holiday pick? Alison Blackman of the Advice Sisters is " on the scent" of this new product!
  • Are you a nudist? Then check out Dior Grege at Cosmetics Aficionado
  • Sheila from Painted Ladies review and demos a look from Make-Up Secrets, a new beauty book from makeup pro Jemma Kidd.
  • BeautyTidbits gives you the skinny on the new Coola Plant UV Face SPF 30 Unscented Moisturizer. Find out why this all-natural sunscreen has been a welcome addition to her skincare arsenal!
  • Say no to racoon eyes and yes to Chanel Stylo Yuex Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner! Hop on over to The Stepford Witch's blog to read her review & swatches of this amazing product.
  • Mama Fashionista has Great Gift Giving Ideas for the Men that Make your World Go Round!
  • NEVO Hydra Pearls are said to be power shots of Drops of the Amazon. Always a fan of hair serums, Christina from Curls N Pearlsshares her opinion of the NEVO Hydra Pearls this week.
  • If you are looking for high quality makeup that is budget friendly, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog urges you to take a look at Prestige Cosmetics!
  • Flawless skin never looked sweeter! Check out these 6 SPAtacular tips -- plus an amazing DIY at-home facial and raw honey facial mask -- to melt those environmental blues!
  • TheFabZilla shares how you can achieve smokey eyes using only one shade.
  • With this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show just finished, Sarah from Scottish Beauty Blog finds out how to copy the Angels' glowing gorgeous look with Sara Hill from The Academy of Makeup Scotland.
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty's Holiday Shopping Guide 2012 series continues with her review of Laura Mercier's beautiful Color-To-Go Palette.
  • Looking for a new matte lipstick? The Beauty Professor swatches all 12 shades of Burberry's beautiful recent release, Lip Velvet.
  • Shalini from Be Beautilicious shows her new found love for Red MAC lipstick in Eden Rouge from MAC Style Seeker Collection.
  • Want the most awesome and easiest curls ever? Check out the Verge Bubble wand at Beauty Info Zone.
  • Angela from Lipgloss Break shares her splurge and steal options for bold red nail colors.
  • Mai over at Portrait of Mai does a thorough post on the Anastasia Holiday Kisses on my List Kit, check out the swatches and her review!
  • Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shows us her makeup through her first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Elena from Endless Summer found an eye makeup remover which doubles up as a facial toner. Is your makeup remover versatile like that?
  • Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful Shows the New L'Oreal Infallible Shade in Blinged & Brilliant Dupe Alert & Comparisons!
  • Mimi's Mani's shows some gorgeous polishes in time for Christmas nails!
  • November 7, 2012

    Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense

    Anyone who wears contact lenses, has sensitive eyes or extremely oily eyelids will tell you it's a PITA* to wear eyeliner. Even when something is labeled as smudgeproof or waterproof, there is still a chance of getting racoon eyes.

    I'm one of those people. Which is why I am loyal to liquid or gel eyeliner. However, I do get tired of the graphic eyeliner style and yearn for a look that can only be created using a pencil liner.

    Enter Stylo Yuex Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner from Chanel.

    The product itself is soft that you need to be careful not to twist too much of it up because there's a risk it'll break.

    The opposite end has a sharpener you can detach, in case you want a sharp edge on your pencil.

    Since the formula is soft, its easy to apply and won't tug the skin. True to enough, this is waterproof and long-lasting. After eight hours of wear, its still visible on my waterline. Not one second did I feel any discomfort from wearing this product.

    Of course that also means that this will put up a fight when its time to remove your makeup. I had a difficult time removing this with my Bioderma cleansing water and had better luck with the NARS Gentle Oil-Free Makeup Remover or my Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil.

    This, for me, is heaven sent since its kind to my eyes but has amazing staying power!

    *PITA - pain in the...