A Fab Video and other stuffs…

I absolutely love beauty folx who aren’t caught up on just one brand of make-up. I’ve always been a hidden make-up lover, and it was MAC that brought out the obsession. However, I STILL can’t help but have a field day in drugstores and Sephora. Hell, I even get excited to go down beauty aisle in grocery stores! Craziness, I know.

I stumbled upon this video from D0rksta’s Beauty Blog. This man did a wonderful run through of his make-up collection and his essentials. It covered all the basics and as a newbie I found it to be extremely helpful! He even mentioned my Mineralized Skin Finish and I felt so proud. I was like, “Awww, I have that!” Please check out the video below for his tips, recs and reviews of make-up essentials. It’s a good 10 minutes of such wonderfulness!

He’s also on YouTube @ EnKore Make-up. I’m sooo watching all of his vids!

 

Reviews and my Top 10!

So I decided to do some quick reviews on my newest products. I still consider myself a newbie in the make-up business. There are so many things I don’t know! But I’m learning….can’t believe how far I’ve come. Yay me! So, I feel a bit juvenile having just been introduced to some of these products but heyyy…..I’m getttin’ there! So first up…..

MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish/Natural

Overall Rating: 5
Price: 4
Packaging Quality: 5
Would you buy this product again? Yes!

So I just purchased my first MSF and I absolutely love it! I really owe Scandalous Beauty a ton of love because it was that site that got me into even considering purchasing this product. Because I’m NW45, I have to use Deep Dark and it really sets my make-up and gives me such a nice….finish. I am very impressed with this product. Find out more about it here.


Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Overall Rating: 2
Price: 2
Packaging Quality: 5
Would you buy this product again?
Probably not. I’m a bit disappointed in this. The innumerable amount of raves from Specktralites convinced me to purchase this $18 curler. I didn’t give it a “1” because at least it doesn’t crimp my lashes like other curlers do. But it doesn’t seem to do much at all. Not for me, at least. Find out more about this product here.

MAC’s Strobe Cream


Overall Rating: 2

Price: 1
Packaging Quality: 1

Would you buy this product again? No way!
Being that I’m new to smog-filled LA, I’ve been looking for a reallly good moisturizer. Something that not only protects my skin, but keeps it feeling moisturized and conditioned. I thought Strobe Cream would do the trick, but I think not. For one, it’s too expensive! $29.50 and I only get a 1.7oz? That’s awful. Aside from the packaging, I don’t think this product is made for darker skin tones. It contains an opaque “pearly” pigment stuff that is supposed to make your face shine…as if a strobe light is on your face. Didn’t do that for me. Instead, I ended up looking like I had white shimmery residue on my face. Not a good look. And I made sure that I used a little, but then my face was left too dry. And when I used too much, I ended up with a white face. I hated it. Back to my jojoba oil by day and cocoa butter by night! Find out more about this product here.

MAC’s Green Gel Cleanser



Overall Rating: 4
Price: 3
Packaging Quality: 4

Would you buy this product again? Sure. Why not?
I was initially introduced to this product via sample. It was good enough for me to purchase. I like it. I use it in the morning and it realllly gets my dry skin nice and moisturized. I exfoliate every night and this cleanser seems to replenish my skin and give it back some of that moisture that was lost during exfoliation. If I came across something better, I’d go to it, but for right now the Green Gel Cleanser is doing the job. Find out more about this product here.

Aveeno’s Positively Ageless Rejuvenating Serum



Overall Rating: 3
Price: 3
Packaging Quality: 3

Would you buy this product again? Maybe.
Hidden fact: I’m a bit obsessed with fighting wrinkles and other “old age” lines that tend to plague our faces when we reach our “mature” ages. I’m only 22, but I strongly believe in taking care of my skin now so I can look 30 when I’m 80. LOL….I received this as a sample and it’s just “okay”. I love the way it smells and how light it feels on my face. It says that it can be used under a moisturizer, which I think is pretty cool. I use it under my eyes and on my forehead just because I know that’s where wrinkles first start. I’m going on my 2nd week using it and ehhh….it’s okay. Haven’t seen too many results yet, but then again I don’t have any wrinkles, so what exactly am I looking for? HA! I like it though. I’d give it a chance again. Find out more about this product here.

So that’s it for now….I hope I’ve given some of you other newbies (or pros) some good ideas….or recs. If you have some, please share! Especially in the department of skincare! Matter fact, before I peace out, I’ll drop my top 10 gotta get before ’08 comes list:

(1) A kabuki brush
(2) A good eye cream serum
(3) A foundation primer (looking at Smashbox’s )
(4) A good eyelash curler (looking at Shiseido’s)
(5) An everyday blush (looking at NARS’ Outlaw)
(6) Always looking for good mascaras.
(7) MAC’s 187 foundation brush or something close to it.
(8) Benefit’s Brow Zing
(9) A subtle but nice everyday lip color
(10) The perfect neutral eye combination.

….hopefully I can snag at least half of that list before ’08 rolls around. Give me some of your tips of favorite products!

Peace and kabukis!

Just updatin’….

Hi beauties!

Thanks to you all for the positive (and honest) responses in regards to the brows. I’m feelin’ a tad bit better about it. Well, not really but at least I’m not cryin’ about it anymore. I have, however, indulged heavily in my head wraps and making sure that they cover my brows. Guess I still haven’t been able to accept it. HA! It’s kinda funny when you think about it.
So I’ve been goin’ to work and ‘roun town lookin’ like this.

LOL, look at me. Got the snob look goin’ on and fake wedding ring blingin’. I look like I’m in mourning…of my brows. I’m a mess, yall. Some days I’ve pulled the scarf to the side for the gypsy look and other days I’ve tied it up like my African sistas do. So sad. I’ve prayed (literally got on my knees) and prayed about these brows. LOL, it can’t be that serious. But then again it is. I have purchased Espresso e/s. So we’ll see how that works. Trying to draw on brows with my MAC Stud eyebrow pencil is soooo hard.
Today I did a different kind of purple eye. For the look below I used:
Artifact paint pot as a base
Inner Lid-Hepcat
Middle-Nocturnelle
Outer V-Carbon (my new BFF. Sorry Vex!)
Crease-Satellite Dreams (Sooo fab!!)
….and then I dabbed some Vanilla along with S.Dreams and blended up.
Came up with this:

I can dig it. Did a super nude lip. Gotta love that Bare Truth lipstick from Blue Storm.
I also went to MAC and returned my Strobe Cream. I played with it as much as I could but I realllly didn’t like it. I didn’t feel like a strobe light was on my face. It didn’t give me enough moisture and all that opaque pearly stuff just made me look a bit ashy. So instead I returned that and purchased my first Mineralized Skinfinish. Really excited about this! Can’t wait to see how that works!
My girl Vanessa at NecessaryMakeup.com (faaab beauty blog. Check her out!) is pro Beauty of Essence brushes just like me. For great quality brushes for a realllly good price, please check out this brand at your local drugstores. And is it bad that I absolutely adore NYC’s lip stuffs? Pictures of “Mission Salvage Brows, Act I” will be available soon!
….but before I go! Cross your fingers for me! I’ve entered my Jigsaw look in Temptalia’s Halloween Mask Contest! Some girls have entered some beauuuutiful looks so we’ll see. Just to be featured on this wonderful beauty blog is considered an honor to me! To my other bloggers, add this one to your list. I don’t purchase anything until I get the trusty pictures and reviews from this site.
Love and L’Oreal macaras!

Brow drama & other looks

Sooo, I’m in a pretty bad mood. I went and got my eyebrows waxed…bad mistake.

I told the lady I just wanted to “clean” them up. No arching, no thin brows. I LOATHE thin brows on my face…and of course, what does she do? Takes off so muuuuuch hair from my brows. I burst in tears the second I saw. Yikes!



Some bad things have happened to face. Dermatitis, bad pimples, healing nose ring drama, LA smog induced pimples, swollen eyes, pink eyes in BOTH eyes at the SAME time….I mean, really. I’d rather go through all of those again at the same time than have my brows look like this.

Today was Halloween. Never been into this day. The faculty’s theme was “Pirate” which bummed me because I don’t think pirates are any kind of attractive or fun…but whatev. I put on a shirt, bandanna and some jeans. And of course this gave me the opp to play with make-up. I did….The next look represents how I feel about Halloween overall….I don’t know, it’s just never been my thing. I used:

L’Oreal Gel Liner in Black

Carbon on the lid

The red from MiLady on crease

Vanilla as a highlight

…and my new lashes which I didn’t put on so good. HA!


Speaking of Mi’Lady….which I’m lovin’ to learn, here’s a look I did the other day. I used Artifact Paint Pot as a base.

Now of course my Stud brow pencil doesn’t look that good, but look at how much thicker those brows are. :(

Wait a minute….can we focus on the fabulousness of my skin with that Tech and Fix +? Roomie Joy and I did a 3-step facial thing last night with some fab products and I’m lovin’ how my skin looks. I’m thinking of investing in some MSF. Dark or Deep Dark. I see that MSFs give you better coverage for a more flawless look. Didn’t know that! Thanks Scandalous Beauty.

The pic below was supposed to be on my face to really show off the pirate look, but Joy forgot to paint it on. This girl has some skills with the paintbrush. I’m getting into make-up art, but I could never do this. Hot! Carbon and Rondelle!



So I’ve learned:

1. To only let award winning estheticians touch my face. Seriously. No more quick fixes at nail salons. I need someone who specializes in brows. Either that or learn how to do them myself.

2. Stay away from acrylic.

3. You get what you pay for. $5 brow wax=jacked up brows. Makes sense.

4. Mistakes can lead into new creative ventures (my Mom & her motivational speech).

The End.

:(

Brow drama & other looks

Sooo, I’m in a pretty bad mood. I went and got my eyebrows waxed…bad mistake.

I told the lady I just wanted to “clean” them up. No arching, no thin brows. I LOATHE thin brows on my face…and of course, what does she do? Takes off so muuuuuch hair from my brows. I burst in tears the second I saw. Yikes!



Some bad things have happened to face. Dermatitis, bad pimples, healing nose ring drama, LA smog induced pimples, swollen eyes, pink eyes in BOTH eyes at the SAME time….I mean, really. I’d rather go through all of those again at the same time than have my brows look like this.

Today was Halloween. Never been into this day. The faculty’s theme was “Pirate” which bummed me because I don’t think pirates are any kind of attractive or fun…but whatev. I put on a shirt, bandanna and some jeans. And of course this gave me the opp to play with make-up. I did….The next look represents how I feel about Halloween overall….I don’t know, it’s just never been my thing. I used:

L’Oreal Gel Liner in Black

Carbon on the lid

The red from MiLady on crease

Vanilla as a highlight

…and my new lashes which I didn’t put on so good. HA!


Speaking of Mi’Lady….which I’m lovin’ to learn, here’s a look I did the other day. I used Artifact Paint Pot as a base.

Now of course my Stud brow pencil doesn’t look that good, but look at how much thicker those brows are. :(

Wait a minute….can we focus on the fabulousness of my skin with that Tech and Fix +? Roomie Joy and I did a 3-step facial thing last night with some fab products and I’m lovin’ how my skin looks. I’m thinking of investing in some MSF. Dark or Deep Dark. I see that MSFs give you better coverage for a more flawless look. Didn’t know that! Thanks Scandalous Beauty.

The pic below was supposed to be on my face to really show off the pirate look, but Joy forgot to paint it on. This girl has some skills with the paintbrush. I’m getting into make-up art, but I could never do this. Hot! Carbon and Rondelle!



So I’ve learned:

1. To only let award winning estheticians touch my face. Seriously. No more quick fixes at nail salons. I need someone who specializes in brows. Either that or learn how to do them myself.

2. Stay away from acrylic.

3. You get what you pay for. $5 brow wax=jacked up brows. Makes sense.

4. Mistakes can lead into new creative ventures (my Mom & her motivational speech).

The End.

:(

I’m learning…

I’m feeling so down still about this whole “make-up” thing. I’m trying to figure out if I should get serious SERIOUS about it or keep it a little hobby. I don’t feel like I’m good enough. And I know I need to practice to get better but….I don’t know.

Anyway.

Look at Joy. How pretty is she make-up less?
We went to MAC in Mode….MAC in Mode is a technique class that MAC Cosmetics sometimes hold. It is open to the public and free…..well, there is an assumed rule that you’re going to spend at least $50 worth of MAC Cosmetics. And I think you should….these make-up artists spend 3 hours teaching you some tricks. I think it’s the least we can do.

This makes my 3rd. Went to one in Tallahassee and one in Tampa) and boyyy did we learn A LOT! This was Joy’s time actually putting on make-up! She was such a virgin and left a serious lover of not only make-up but MAC Cosmetics.

The make-up artists were very nice and helping us in our make-up application and taught us about their skincare products. They are shocked that I knew that there is caffeine in Fix + and how holiday set brushes are machine made and regular brushes are handmade. At one point I shut the hell up because I felt too much like a snobby know-it all. But some of the ladies weren’t on point with their information so some of them , I think….need to stroll on over to Specktra. HA!

I ended up purchasing (out of obligation because I really wasn’t diggin’ the holiday sets…..until today when I realized I want one!):
Fibre Rich Mascara *insert upset smiley here*
Strobe Cream…..it’s aight. Too damn much for how much you get but it’s decent.
And #7 fake lashes. I like them, I like them!!

….I think I’m okay with purchasing for awhile. I’m back at work and can’t play around as much as I want to but I’m doing what I can.

I’m learning.

Oh….and here’s a picture of how I look today. I don’t look EXACTLY like that but the make-up is the same. Eyeliner and mascara…and I’m busting the StudioTech today with a Vanilla highlight and a little blush. Yay!!

P.S.
I want the 187 face brush sooooo bad. But damn, $42!!! I could buy my students at least 30 books from a discounted book store for that much. See….my humanitarianism pulls on my make-up obsession. I hate that!

Make-up Thoughts

I’ve been having these crazy thoughts lately…..about make-up, in general.

Sometimes I’m envious….envious of those who work at MAC, those who have bangin’ ass photos of make-up they’ve done, folx with killa FOTDs.

Sometimes I feel stupid spendin’ all this money on make-up. I could be donating money I spend to the school that I work at. I could be paying off my credit card. Or saving up for a ticket home for the holidays. Or for a new tattoo. Or for grad school. Or for the damn GRE to get into grad school!

Sometimes I feel excited! I enjoy looking at my pictures and seeing the designs that I’ve created. I get proud of myself.

Sometimes I compare myself to others….”Damn, I can’t do that.” “I’ll never be able to do this…..” I get rather defeatist.

Sometimes I want to pursue make-up artistry.
Sometimes I think I should just focus on grad school.
Sometimes I get mad for not being to afford the things I want.
Sometimes I get mad for wanting to spend money on things like this.
Sometimes I think I can do it.
Sometimes I think I lack the experience and references.
Sometimes I want make-up to be a hobby.
Other days I want it to be a fun career.
Sometimes I think I’ll never make it big if I did pursue it.
Other days I think I may be THAT bomb ass make-up artist.

…..crazy thoughts. But at least they are genuine. Can anyone relate?

I also did another MAC Halloween look. Just for fun.

I used….no face make-up.
No blush…
Revlon Colorstay Black eyeliner
Golden Lemon pigment
Pink Mauve pigment
Fix +…..I love this stuff with pigments!
Jellybabe Lipgelee….tis all!
….only took me a good 15 minutes.

Fab.
I certainly can dig it.

Color

*breatheeeee” Jill Scott’s new album has a song on it called “Breathe”…..I really only buy neo-soul and jazz albums. Random fact #15 about B: I HATE MAINSTREAM MUSIC.

Moving on again..the MAC jigsaw facechart inspired me. So I tried to do the same thing. Except I didn’t and ended up with something different. First I tried this ish on my hand.


Here’s the full face. It took at least an hour and you don’t even want to know how many colors I used. A LOT! I don’t feel like posting the 30+ colors I used. I had a great time diggin’ in the pigments though. I very rarely use them. And then I realized how fab the colors are when they are used wet. Loved it!
I used Picasa to make the colors a little more vibrant. I can dig it. It was a fun look to do. And I absolutely love Mattene’s Rapturous. I just have a hard time wearing it outside the house. HA!


Next Up….Rainbow Eye Attempt #3. Every few months I like to do a rainbow/parrot eye. It gives me the opportunity to play around with colors I hardly use and work on my blending skills. Yesterday my Fix + came in and after spraying some on my 242 brush and applying the pigments, I ended up with the most vibrant rainbow eye ever .


I can dig it….went to a Halloween volunteer gig and looked fab with all of my color. It was fun and people were in awe of my colors.

What exactly is Fix + for? I mean…what is its primary use? I haven’t figured it out but it works greeeeat with my pigments. I have a MAC class today. I’m taking my housemate Joy who, like me at one point, doesn’t even own any make-up. Yet she’s got that bomb ass Benefit eyebrow set. Joy is so pretty. She’s Japanese and has beauuuutiful features. Can’t wait to see how she’ll look with a little enhancement.

Peace beauties.