Posts tagged ‘vancouver’

“MILK” editorial in SugarKiss Magazine

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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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

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

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!

Throw out your sponges Merle Norman!

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!

A truly stained lip!

Yesterday I was doing some lip tar swatches on my lips for you guys because I had gotten a few new colors and had never done proper on lip swatches.  My idea for this post quickly changed when I finished the last swatch, sat around for a bit and then spent 15 minutes trying to scrub the hot pink color anime off my lips.

I was extremely unsuccessful to say the least.

This forced me to pose the question, how long is too long for a long lasting lip stick. I know lip tars really are pure pigment, and I know not all of them last this long and they really are an all around fantastic product.

However, I know I have used this color before in photo shoots, and recently reading a  models blog I worked with, noticed she mentioned that the  color I used on her lips, didn’t come off for a WEEK!

I don’t know about regular people, but when you are a signed working model as well as a law school student having hot pink lips for a week can be one heck of a problem.

Needless to say, my lips are still stained hot pink.The color is still pretty bright on my lips.  I have scrubbed my lips until they were raw, with vaseline, makeup remover, and olive oil. I have eaten dinner, eaten a truly fantastic mango melona bar for desert, and had a nice long sleep.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to curtail this stained pink madness?  I use the clear liptar under other liptars which should help but clearly doesn’t, if you use chapstick underneath the liptars just slide around all over the place.  What else can you do?  If I find out, I will let you know…..

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Want to know my secret to the perfect smokey eye?

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils is definitely one of them! These fat little pencils are a god send from the makeup geniuses that run NYX cosmetics.

I don’t know if you have tried their products yet, extremely affordable, extremely pigmented and workable, great on camera. I have quite a few NYX cosmetics running rampant through my makeup kit and work. I use everything from their shadows, to their lipsticks, to their lip liners and contour creams.

But today it is all about their Jumbo Eye Pencils!

The first time I heard about this product was actually through a you tube makeup tutorial (I can’t for the life of me remember which one) where the girl used the color milk as a base for her purple eyeshadow. The second time was in makeup school where my friend and fellow artist  Samantha Caporusso was using black bean as the base for her models evening smokey eye.

BAM! Lightbulb! I immediately went out and bought a handful of these pencils.  They are extremely pigmented, and emollient. They will help your eyeshadow out, and really bring on the pigment.  They are also great for face painting, and dramatic complicated makeups. Just draw it on and set with a similar colored eyeshadow! I use them for highlighting the face as well.

Some people have reported creasing with this product.  The pencils as I mentioned above are extremely emollient, so if applied incorrectly this could be a problem.

However for example with a smokey eye, I start at the lash line and apply a swipe of black bean, I then take a mini smudger brush and blend the product upwards in the general shape I want my smokey eye, until there is just a thin smokey layer of product.  Not only does this prevent creasing and increase longevity, it gives me a good guide for applying the shadow, and increases the sultry smokiness.

The only con for this product I can think of, is due to their size I have not found any sharpener except for the one sold by NYX that will work!  Other brands jumbo pencil sharpeners just aren’t big enough, so keep that in mind when you are buying!

However, these pencils are only $4.50 a pop on the NYX website so I can afford to buy one more sharpener.

This product gets a 9/10 for me!

Below I have included two swatches from a couple of my favorite pencils, #601 black bean and #618 purple.  With and without flash.  Maybe I will do a look using one or both in the near future.

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