Not long ago I did a shoot with photographer Kim Akrigg , who I have worked with a few times before. She recently relocated to Toronto, and it was great getting to do one final shoot before she moved.

Here are the end results of our collaboration, the model is Darian from Key Model Management, and it was published in SugarKiss Magazine.

 

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I have yet to do a foundation review, however next to brushes my great love is foundations.  Every time I go anywhere there is makeup I ignore all the bright colored eyeshadows and lipsticks, and sit down with as many brushes as I can find and test as many different foundations as I possibly can.

I have dry skin, albeit very clear  skin.  However, foundations are still tricky for me, I have always found it hard to find a good matte foundation that doesn’t show off the dry crackly skin on the bridge of my nose and in the center of my forehead.  I spend all day checking in any reflective surface I can find to make sure my foundation hasn’t settled into my crackly bits, thus destroying the most important part of my makeup, the base. It is especially hard to find a cream foundation for any sort of dry skin.

Now down to business.  So many companies are jumping into the HD game!  Everyone is just slapping the word HD on all their products and people are buying them up like Hot Cakes.  Of course when it comes down to it anything can work for HD when applied correctly.  But it helps when the product applies like the Ben Nye HD Media Pro Foundation does.

This foundation has a light to medium coverage.  It’s not going to hide every imperfection you have, use concealer for that.  It will however apply like silk , even out your skintone and make you look like your skin is naturally that even and glowy.  For people with reasonably good skin like me, this foundation is a god send.  You really only need a tiny bit, I like to apply this with my fingers.  It covers any redness I might have and really doesn’t look like I am wearing anything at all.

Most importantly it doesn’t show my dry skin.

The container is the typical Ben Nye cream foundation packaging. The 5oz clear screw top jar with the silver ring around the edge, the ben nye label stamped in the center of the lid, and the info on the back.

This foundation will probably last months with the little amount you have to use.  The finish is a silky demi matte, more matte then say graftobians foundation palette  and a little less matte then the kryolan ultra foundations.

You do need to lightly powder.

I highly Recommend you go out and give this a try I can see this becoming a staple in my personal as well as professional kit.

Picture time!

IMATS post #1

As many of you may know I was involved in the Vancouver 2011 Imats last weekend.  I only went on the first day the saturday, and most of my day was spent being a contestant in the beauty/fantasy student competition.

I am planning on doing a big post about it tomorrow or the next day with product reviews/ a haul post detailing the stuff I got in my goody bag (EVE PEARL PALETTES ) and what I bought after It was all over.

As well as my side of the student competition and how it went down / how nervous I was/ What the other contestants were like.

I will however leave you with a quick video that my school did of their and my Imats Experience.

After 1:07, It is all me and the student competition.  Excuse the constant giggling I am camera shy.

LIP TAR SALE!

If you are interested in trying some lip tars now is the time! OCC has created their coveted gift packs once again, you can get 6 liptars for only 50 bucks, which is a total steal! Buy them HERE

The first 6 pack is the Primary Mix Masters which has:

STALKER, TRAFFIC, RX, TARRED, DANGEROUS, FEATHERED

The second 6 pack is the  Beyond Pastel which has:

TONE, PLUM, PAGEANT, VAPID, LO-FI, CHA CHA

The last 6 pack is Not-Of-This-Earth-Tones which has:

CONQUEST, PETTY BEIGE, ANALOG, RED IO, MELANGE, UBER

Which pack is your favorite?  I can’t decide, and think I will get all of them! Luckily I only have 1 color out of all 18 colors offered. Let me know if any of you get the packs and how you like your new lip tars!

Another OCC/Lip tar swatch post, and review can be expected shortly this time I will focus on the customer service, shipping etc from OCC as I have never ordered directly from the site before!

Ciao

If you haven’t allready seen my extensive list of Pro Discounts, please go the sidebar and click the discounts category.  I have two more Pro Discounts to add to the list!

I have yet to put either into use but I thought I would share them with you considering they are pretty easy to get and I know they will come in handy in the next few weeks!

The first one which I am sure many of you all ready have is

 

Disclaimer** Lime crime has cancelled the pro discount read more about it here : https://misvie.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/lime-crime-cancels-pro-discount/

LIME CRIME :

 I have linked you directly to their pro page.  Lime Crimes discount is one of the easier ones to get, all you need is your name, email, and website/online portfolio.  You must also include a message, I just talked about the kind of work I did, where I had been published etc.

The Lime Crime discount gives you 35% off discount to any/all working makeup artists, for all their products that you order off their website.  Pretty darn good considering their products are pretty nicely priced anyway!  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of their creamy opaque lipsticks, and magic dusts.

The other discount which I am even more excited about is

NAIMIE’S BEAUTY CENTER

Naimie’s Beauty Center is a store located in California, which carries various top quality brands of makeup such as MUFE, Nars, Ben Nye, Cover FX, Temptu etc.  Luckily for me and well everyone else who lives outside of Cali, they have an online store and you can call their store and place orders which they will then ship to you. The discounts are pretty amazing, as you can get pretty much anything you need.  For some of the products like the MUFE, and Nars you have to call the store to place your orders!

For this discount you must Provide a copy of your picture ID and at least three of the following: business card, tear sheet or editorial page with name credit, agency information, call sheet with your name listed as the hairstylist or makeup artist, a website that promotes your work, state license, and portfolio.

Which once again isn’t terribly hard, I did business card, tear sheet, and website.

Here is the discount breakdown!

Discount on most brands         20%
Hairdo  30%
HairUWear -POP  30%
Temptu (sets & kits 20%)        30%
Bobbi Brown     40%
Cover FX        40%
Croc    40%
DEX New York    40%
DuWop   40%
Ego Hair Tools  40%
Eve Pearl       40%
GHD     40%
Izunami Irons   40%
Jane Iredale    40%
Je Veux Hair Care       40%
Joe Blasco      40%
Jonathan        40%
Kim Vo  40%
Lise Watier     40%
Lorac   40%
Macademia Oil   40%
Make Up For Ever 40%
Marco Pelusi    40%
OPI Lacquer     40%
Osmo    40%
Smashbox        40%
Stila   40%

If you have any questions about Pro Discounts let me know, and I will do my best to search them out for you!

On Sunday after I finished doing makeup for a photoshoot, I went out to save on foods to grab some nyx glosses and what ever other lip products caught my eye .

I have been looking for some nude lipsticks lately, In shoots I have just been combining one of my sheer pink lipsticks with the cream foundation I use on the model, which is working decent.  However, I am still on the look for the perfect nude lip.  I imagine this perfect nude lip to be the color of lime crimes coquette with the feel of the OCC lip tars.

That doesn’t seem to exist yet, so I settled on just enough buff from Revlon’s super lustrous lipstick line for my kit, I also grabbed pink in the afternoon because I am a sucker for pink lipsticks!

Just enough BUFF

The website said:

To be honest the website doesn’t say much

New colors! Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness. Find your lip color amongst a dazzling array of 72 fabulous, fashionable shades!

– Exclusive LiquiSilk™ formula with mega-moisturizers seals in color and softness
– Silky-smooth, creamy texture
– Stay true color wears evenly

I Say: I’m pretty disappointed with this lipstick. It is so so so so sheer! I don’t get it.  It shows up on my hand when I swatch but not on my lips.  My lips are not overly pigmented either.  When I apply it on my lips they get a little shine to them, some glitter which I am not a fan of.  There is no way I can put this in my kit, so I guess I am gonna have to keep it for myself. Or it will rot away in one of my makeup drawers. I expect more from you revlon!

Pink In the afternoon

The website said:

To be honest the website doesn’t say much

New colors! Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness. Find your lip color amongst a dazzling array of 72 fabulous, fashionable shades!

– Exclusive LiquiSilk™ formula with mega-moisturizers seals in color and softness
– Silky-smooth, creamy texture
– Stay true color wears evenly

I say: 

This Lipstick is way more what I look for in a lipstick.  It is creamy and pigmented and gorgeous.  The color is a really great muted pink tone, that I could wear every day and I know will look flattering on a number of skin tones.  It really is moisturizing, I have the kind of lips that dry out easily, and flake everywhere and are often just a mess.  Even when I exfoliate them before applying lip products they still end up flaky.  This lipstick I do not have that problem!  Great for my kit, I might even go get another one for myself!

The color even lasts a pretty long time, I Put it on about 3 hours ago and have since drank a mug of chicken broth, a thermos full of chamomile tea, 2 taquitos and a pudding cup.  It’s still there though slightly less creamy then it was!

However the swatch on the website is totally off! I don’t know where the hell they got that from.  This pink is way darker then whats pictured there just fair warning.

I will post swatches in a few hours once my camera has charged!

CIAO!

Though I am a makeup artist, I often neglect my eyebrows.  I don’t like to pluck them myself, and I just am so busy sometimes I don’t get them done for a couple months.  Luckily I have been blessed with some pretty nice brows, good arches all that jazz.

When I do get them done, I like to get them waxed.  I used to get them threaded, which in my opinion actually delivers the very best results, however I totally can not handle the pain. SO, I like to get them waxed, and when I get them waxed I don’t mind spending a little extra money to hopefully get the very best.

I mean I know I can get my eyebrows done for 4 dollars, but on Friday I opted instead to pay 17$ at Merle Norman for what I hoped would be a quick, but satisfying experience.

It all started out fine, the girl who helped me was nice enough, told me about her school experience, we small talked, she worked away, trimming, plucking, waxing. She was a bit of a perfectionist and studied my brows intently after she finished making sure they were perfect, and to her credit they look pretty damn good.

Unfortunately, she had to offer to cover my red forehead up with a little foundation. Unfortunately, I had to agree thinking all the while “how nice, how nice, how nice.”  Unfortunately, the sponge she started to apply the foundation with looked like it had been dipped in a vat of foundation, and it was obvious by the foundation almost dripping of it, that it had been used on at least 20 faces other then mine.

My sponges don’t look like that after using it on set touching up a model for 12 hours, let alone my personal sponges which I sometimes use for a whole week straight on myself.

Needless to say I was disgusted! I stopped her half way through, paid, left and went and bought facial wipes at the grocery store across the way and vigorously scrubbed my brows worried about all sorts of skin diseases, remembering all the horror stories I had heard before.

Luckily, my forehead isn’t rotting off. But, Merle Norman did lose a customer. I will never go back there again.  Maybe being a makeup artist has made me a bit of a germaphobe. I do hand sanitize every 5 minutes when working on models, I do religiously spray all my makeup with 70% and 90% alcohol. I do clean my brushes before every shoot, and in between every model. I do make sure to clean out my kit every 6 months and throw out everything that needs to be. Frankly I think that is pretty standard, and if you don’t do those things you are abusing your right to apply makeup.

I don’t think its too much to ask, so I am just going to say it

THROW OUT YOUR SPONGES MERLE NORMAN!

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