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Phamexpo This weekend

This weekend is the Phamexpo(Professional Hair and Makeup Expo) in Los Angeles. The event is open to the public and super beneficial to pros and the beauty lover.  The launch of the expo was last year and it was really intimate and similar to IMATS with professional speakers within the industry, workshops and vendor deals on purchases. In fact it’s the same place where Imats is held and Phamexpo replaced the original Imats date before it moved to January. So We now have 3 makeup conventions, (that i know of)! How awesome is that?!  I assume since the buzz is getting around and this year will be a lot more people, which is good because as an artist or makeup lover it is important to support these expos so they keep coming back with awesome beauty deals and insightful information for pro and aspiring artists. Not so great because of the crowds but great to be around other artists  and like minded people who share your passion. Lets face it, not everyone understands the methods to our madness. The speakers and education they have to offer is enough to go even if you can’t buy anything.

Last year I meat a few other artists who has helped me get to where I am today. It’s amazing for networking, learning and to get products and learn about what’s new.  I highly recommend this event if you are in the Los Angeles area, aspiring artist, makeup lover. It’s all good! http://www.phamexpo.com

I will be in this workshop taught by the amazing Donna Mee on sunday. I am currently an Empire Student and TRUST when I say you want to hear what she has to say. She’s absolutely amazing!
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Come out and support the industry we love and appreciate! What are you waiting for?!?! 😛

Are you going to the Phamexpo this year?
Www.phamexpo.com

Summer Time with a Red Balloon

Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

I received a Mac gift card for my birthday last year, I’m actually quite shocked I held out this long. I was actually waiting for Mac to put out something that really caught my eye and spoke to me until I obsessed and dreamed about it. Oh the mind of a makeup addict!  And I missed out on the Punk Couture collection(I’m glad I did because I have enough dark lipsticks).

Mac usually puts out some really nice lip shades for spring and summer. I bought Red Balloon and as you can see it’s not quite red, at least on my lips. I LOVE Mac’s Amplified finishes so this was a no brainer to me. I really wish they had more Amplified because the finish gives excellent coverage and silky smooth. Sigh… I really like this lipstick although I’m sure it can be easily duped. This is a perfect Summer color that is bright, but not in your face bright, and the lipstick stays on the lips for a fair amount of time, like most Amplified finishes.

This is a Saturday look I did, not really crazy about the eyes but I wanted to play with and test my Kryolan eye palette.

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer 14
Mac Face and Body c7

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kryolan Nature and  Oak on the lid, Maroon in the crease.
Mac Costa Riche Kohl Eyeliner

Lips:
Mac Red Balloon Lipstick

 

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips
Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Neutral eyes Mac Red Balloon lipstick summer lips

Dark Fire

Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick

 

This was a look I wore to a night out, dinner event. As much as I love bright lips, I’ve always been loyal to dark lips, since high school; dark browns, dark reds and even black lips were my go to. There’s just something so mysterious and sexy about dark lips. The lips aren’t exactly spring or summer but I wear what I want. And I am sweating a bit because it’s been ridiculously hot!

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer 14
Mac Face and Body Foundation c7
Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blusher
Mac Mineralize Pearl on the cheeks

 

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Stila In the Night Palette (Kitten on the lid, Sandstone in the crease) Kryolan Maroon eyeshadow to deepen the crease.
Lise Watier Feline Hd Liner

Lips:
Mac Hang Up Lipstick

Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Mac Hang up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick Date night night out weekend dinner dark vamp Mac Hang Up Lipstick

Smoky Cocoa

 

 

Nars Night out day time Smokey Subtle  Mac Russian Red

I wore this look to work one day. it’s not an every day work look but I felt like amping it up and smoking it out a bit. It could also be a nice date or club look.

 


Nars Night out day time Smokey Subtle  Mac Russian Red

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer 14
Mac Face and Body Foundation c7

Eyes:
Nars eye primer
Nars God Created the Woman Palette(Kalahari on the lid, Galapagos crease and outer lid, Coconut Grove to darken the crease
Lise Watier Feline HD Liner

Lips:
Mac Russian Red Lipstick


Nars Night out day time Smokey Subtle  Mac Russian Red

Nars Night out day time Smokey Subtle  mac russian Red

A day at the Pool (Party)- Look

Subtle Daytime Summer beach

I did this look for a pool party so it’s very subtle and natural with some shimmering bronzer.

I was also testing out this lipstick for a friend of mine who is working on her own private makeup line so it doesn’t have a name yet but I must say I loved it. It was super creamy and smooth with great coverage.

The look was pretty simple with not a lot of products used, something you would want when you’re gonna be out in the sun all day at the beach or by the pool. You don’t want to LOOK made up like you’re going to the ball but you’d want to look good.

 

Face:
Nars Tinted Moisturizer
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Warm Blend

Eyes:
Lise Watier Feline HD liner
Maybeline Falsies Mascara

 

Subtle Daytime Summer beach

Subtle Daytime Summer beach

Subtle Daytime Summer beach

Subtle Daytime Summer beach

Command and Surrender- Sigma Fun

face Atelier, Sigma Eye shadows

I used a sample eye palette I got from Sigma for this look. It came with 3 shades, 1 from each of their palettes; Dare, Flare and Bare. This is the first time using their eye shadows and I must say I really liked the textures of the shadows.  Here’s a breakdown of this simple, fun look!

Have you tried Sigma’s eye shadows?

Face:

Face Atelier Foundation Zero+ mixed with Face Atelier Heat adjuster
Face Atelier Ultra Sheer 4(sheer peach highlighter)

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sigma Command Eye shadow on the lid
Sigma Surrender eye shadow in the crease.
Lise Waiter Feline Eyeliner HD
Maybelline Mascara

Lips:
Mac Deeply Adored Lipstick

 

Sigma Eye Shadow Command and Surrender

Sigma Eye Shadow Command and Surrender

Sigma Eye Shadows in Command and Surrender

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Face Atelier Foundation and Ultra Sheer Reviews

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations and Ultra Sheer

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations and Ultra Sheer

 

I got some samples of Face Atelier foundations recently and I wore it for about a week.  I wanted to test these more so because I wanted to update and add some foundations to my makeup kit. First off, the samples are enough to wear 3-6 days, depending on how much you use. I used mine for a week because the coverage is really good and you don’t need a lot of product.

The foundation is really lightweight and it feels nice on the skin. It is silicone based  so it acts as a 2 in 1, face primer and foundation, however I liked it best when I wore my Laura Mercier Primer underneath. This is great for a makeup artist, or makeup addict, because of the build-able coverage. There is also no SPF which is perfect for photos and because it is silicone based it’s mature skin friendly because it helps fill in fine lines.

There is a wide range of foundation shades so it’s a pretty good chance you can find your shade and they mix easily to customize shades. What I LOVE about Face Atelier is that they have foundation adjusters; Zero- is a white color to lighten a shade if it is too dark, Zero+ is used to darken a shade that’s too light and Zero++ is if you need a shade for beautiful, chocolate skin. There is also Heat, a reddish orange color, to add warmth to foundation or can be used to color correct medium-darker skin(IE. discoloration, dark spots, acne scarring, dark circles). I actually used the foundation with and with Heat and I really liked the foundation with the adjuster in Heat. My skin looked a lot less flat.

Face Atelier Heat Swatch

Face Atelier Heat Swatch

 

This foundation gave great coverage and covered my dark spots without a problem. The finish was smooth and dewy but not oily or greasy. It really did look like skin. I wore the foundation all day. After about 5 hours I noticed my skin was a bit oily but my skin still had good amount of coverage. Not a lot of fading at the end of the day.  I was really impressed with this foundation.

I used shade 10, Cocoa, which was a little too light for me initially so I also added a bit of Zero+ to darken it a bit and it matched Nicely. Also I found that Zero+ could possible be a match for someone with a darker skin tone, like NC 45-50. I am definitely more of Zero+.

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations 10 and 0+

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations 10 and 0+

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations 0+ and 10 and Ultra Sheer 2 and 4

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations 0+ and 10 and Ultra Sheer 2 and 4

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer 2 and 4

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer 4 and 2

I also got samples of Face Atelier’s Ultra Sheer. It’s a liquid highlighter to mix with foundation or moisturizer to make the skin look more lively and glowy. I am a fanatic for highlighters. I’ve tried some great ones and some that were just glitter for the face-not so great in my opinion especially if you’re trying for a natural look. I really liked these highlighters because it wasn’t glittery at all and it gave a nice subtle sheen to the skin. It’s very subtle and natural. 2 is a champagne color, 4 is a peach color. Both are great for all skin tones.  Again the formula wasn’t greasy. It was super lightweight

Face Atelier  Ultra Sheer swatches 2 and 4

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer swatches 2 and 4

Wearing Face Atelier Foundation 10 and 0+ mixed.

Wearing Face Atelier Foundation 10 and 0+ mixed with Ultra Sheer 2 on cheeks.

Wearing 10 and 0+ mixed with Ultra Sheer 2 on the cheeks.

Wearing 10 and 0+ mixed with Ultra Sheer 2 on the cheeks.

Wearing Face Atelier Foundation Zero+ mixed with a bit of Heat with Ultra Sheer 4 On the cheek bones.

Wearing Face Atelier Foundation Zero+ mixed with a bit of Heat with Ultra Sheer 4 On the cheek bones.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers

I have been wanting to try these for a few years now but I have never committed myself to them until now. I have heard and read that a lot of makeup artists rave about these but honestly they have been outside my price range.

I am super impressed and happy I added these to my kit. The sensual skin enhancers may be used as a concealer, foundation, contour or highlight. It’s a cream formula. It’s really pigmented which makes it good to use as a spot concealer and/or to brighten up under the eyes but because the texture is light it can be sheered out to use as a foundation. The formula is super smooth and creamy. It’s not thick, not oily and it gives a beautiful finish. I added the shades 5, 8, 11, 13, 16. I was supposed to get shade 1 so I could have the lightest shade and the darker shade and a couple in between shades so I may mix and customize but the associate gave me 11 instead. It’s all good though. I’m sure I could use 11 on someone.

L-R= 5, 8, 11, 13, 16

L-R= 5, 8, 11, 13, 16

5, 8, 11, 13, 16

5, 8, 11, 13, 16

I used this on a client who had some pretty bad discoloration and scarring and I used #13 to color correct because it has a bit of a salmon undertone and it covered her dark areas really well. I was super impressed. And I only used a little at a time to build the coverage.

They can be easily mixed to customize foundation shades. I was initially annoyed with how small the pots are for the price however I found that you don’t need a lot of product to cover the face. The coverage is good enough for a less is more application. I found this really easy to work with. The only thing I don’t particularly like about these is that they do have a scent to them. And it lingers for a bit after application. But other than the scent I’ve had no issues with these.

Wearing #13

Wearing #13

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers

Skin Authority Super C Serum

51103-SuperCSerum

With a high, natural Vitamin C content, this serum is used to tighten, tone and brighten the skin. It can be used on the face, neck and eye areas. The vitamin c works to stimulate collagen production to help firm the skin and even out the skin tone. This also claims to boost UV defense when used with a broad spectrum sunscreen. It helps fight hyper-pigmentation, dark circles, crows feel and dull or sagging skin.
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I have been using this for a few months, since October or November, and I haven’t looked back. I absolutely love this product. My skin looks and feel very smooth and firm. I haven’t been wearing foundation a lot lately, with the exception of going out, because I don’t feel it necessary. I primarily wear foundation to help even out my skin tone because I can look really pale or blotchy. But now my skin is that smooth and I don’t doubt it. I can’t remember the last time my skin was so smooth and clear! I’m super impressed!

The serum is not oily or sticky and absorbs well into the skin. It’s not oily or greasy, it doesn’t break me out, irritate or burn my skin(not even a little tingle). It comes with a dropper and I only need 2 dots to cover my face. I use another dot of serum for my neck area. Keep the neck nice and firm, you know?
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I use it in the day mostly; after I wash my face I apply the super c serum then I apply my Spf or tinted moisturizer  when I wear it. I notice whenever I wear the serum under my tinted moisturizer my skin looks dewy and really healthy.  I have received many compliments on my skin since putting this in rotation. The super c serum with the Skin Authority Accelerating gel is magical!

A+ because it works!

What’s your favorite serum for the skin?

Nars Makeup Removing Water

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I stopped by the Nars boutique about a month ago to get some more tinted moisturizer and to check out the new collection and I got pampered with a full makeup. It was nice to have someone else do my make for once.

Anyhow. She showed me a lot of stuff but this stood out for me. I’ve seen, and love, the makeup removing oil to get all the makeup up off at the end of the night. But I’ve never seen a makeup removing water. She said it’s perfect for makeup artists if they need to do a quick change. My mind screamed, you need this exactly for that! Plus I was really intrigued because it’s not oily. So I thought I’d try it.

It’s really impressive because it removes my makeup and my skin feels refreshed and clean even though I hadn’t washed it. I have oily skin so I need to(like an obsession) wash my face if I need to change my makeup for whatever reason. But I used this and it didn’t feel the need to wash. So I think this is quite brilliant for those who wants to refresh their face and makeup and reapply after a long day for a night out. Like the sales associate said, it is great for a quick makeup change.

I really like this product. And I love it to clean up under the eyes from eye shadow fallout. I hate fallout with a passion. Because it’s not oily you can clean up and touch up your foundation or concealer under the eyes without a mess.

The ingredients are really nice too. Take a look:
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Overall It gets an A in my book! I love the way it feels and what it does.

How do you remove your makeup?