Archive | July 2013

Yes to Tomatoes Skin Clearing Facial Mask

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A friend of mine had this little red and white jar sitting on her bathroom skin and I was intrigued. I read the label and was impressed by the ingredients. The ingredients were mostly natural and free of parabens. What interested me the most was there are tomatoes juice, or lycopene, in it which is an anti-inflammatory that can inhibit cancer cells so I was interested about the benefits on the skin. It makes sense since most anti-inflammatory products helps calm the skin from breakouts but I only knew about their internal benefits.

There’s a debate about whether facial masks really work or not and I’m not here to talk about that. I like them and they make my skin feel good so they might not be needed but I like using them.

I have tried many clay facial masks and where I liked them I felt like they dried out my skin and made my face feel tight after I washed it off. The exceptions are the fresh face masks by Lush. They moisturize and skin while healing. But this isn’t a Lush review(I have a few Lush Mask reviews you may read at your leisure).

This mask is pretty great, I must say. lets look at the ingredients:
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The ingredient that stood out to me the most is Dead Sea Mud because the Dead Sea, or Salt Sea, is rich with good minerals that help cleanse the skin. People actually bathe in the dead sea and for good reason! In ancient times people bathed in the Dead Sea as a health ritual. And since the dead sea is a body of water on it’s own there is no contamination from other sources. Oh yeah, there is also Aloe Vera, Avocado and Jojoba Oils and all the fruit extracts in the mask.

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First off, the mask has a nice smell, I can’t quite decide exactly what it smells like but I do smell almonds. This definitely doesn’t have a medicine, clay smell to it. And the texture isn’t like most of the clay masks on the market. You know, that rough, dry, clayish texture? The texture of this was really smooth, almost like a cream. When applied there was a little bit of a tingling feeling but not a strong tingling feeling. And as it was drying there wasn’t that tight, pulling feeling. It felt very comfortable. When I washed it away with a wet towel my skin didn’t feel dry or tight. My skin felt clean, soft and balanced. Not oily or sticky but hydrated.

I really like this mask as a back up to my Lush Face Masks and this doesn’t expire. I really think I want to try more from this brand. Maybe not their facial cleansers because my current regimen isn’t broke so I have no plans on fixing it but definitely some other products.

Do you use a facial mask in your skin care regime? What is you favorite Facial Mask?

Exciting News!!!

RAW EVENT POSTER

Last year I went to an event showcasing work from up and coming artists in art, fashion, hair, makeup, photography, music, film and performing art called Raw. It’s an independent organization that supports artists and gives them a platform to showcase their work. It’s a great opportunity to network, get exposure, see some great acts and arts and most importantly to get inspired. Because I attended this even last year I was able to network with other artists and work with a couple photographers and other makeup artists. So just by being there doing nothing except talking with others about their passions and enjoying a fabulous show, I was able to get further ahead in my career path.

I am extremely happy and honored to announce that I have been chosen to showcase my work for the next RAW event, September 5, 2013. I will work with a hair team and create something fabulous that will be featured on a runways for a designer that will also be showcased. It feels so unreal to me. I have never done runway makeup though I have always wanted to and It’s mind blowing that I get a fabulous opportunity like this.

www.rawartists.org/ladydmakeup

I would really appreciate the support! People like you make this event possible and make aspiring artists dreams come true. If you live in the Los Angeles area, or surrounding area, please show your support to a great organization and purchase a ticket and attend the event. You won’t be disappointed! Share with other artists, family, friends or anyone who enjoys the arts. Please check out and buy a ticket through my link www.rawartists.org/ladydmakeup to support me. I would really appreciate it.

I would really encourage any artist seeking exposure and fun; hair, makeup, performing arts, art, film etc to check into showcasing. They have shows worldwide. It is extremely beneficial and it definitely wouldn’t hurt to check it out and apply. 

My personal experience of last years event and pictures can be seen here

www.rawartists.org/ladydmakeup

Golden Lime Eyes Featuring Sugarpill Goldilux

Gold, green, lime eyeshadow

I did this look for a day out at the park. It was a beautiful summer day and I wanted to wear something bright and fun.

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Face Primer
Mac Face and Body Foundation

Cheeks:
Illamasqua Expose Blush

Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime lid
Sugarpill Goldilux Chromalust on lid
Sugarpill Acidberry e/s in the crease
Inglot 477 e/s in and above the crease
Mac Rated R e/s in and above the crease
Mac Rose Blanc e/s brow bone
Lise Watier Feline Eyeliner HD on upper lash line
Mac Feline Kohl Eye Pencil Lower lash line
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara
False Lashes

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Crown Brush- My Personal Favorites

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My Favorite Brushes from Crown

I love a good makeup brush. More so I love a good, inexpensive makeup brush. Every IMATS or Makeup Show I NEED to stop by Crown Brush to stock up on my favorites and see what they might have new in stock. They are really inexpensive and some are really good quality, others not so much. With prices like $5, $7 or $10 for some good brushes, how can one not stock up?  I am particularly fancy the eye brushes because they are really good dupes for a lot of Mac or Sigma brushes. They are synthetic brushes and get the job done. The quality is par considering the prices. Here are some of my favorites that I use daily at home and in my kit. I own multiple of these babies and I could always use more 🙂

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C204 Red sable Oval- A flat shader brush I use to pack on eyeshadow. I also like using this for cream eyeshadows or pigments because it is synthetic. It is really soft and dense.

C205 Red Sable Oval- The smaller version of the C204 I like to use to get in the smaller areas like the crease and the inner corners of the eye. Because of the pointed round tip, I also like to use this as a smudge brush and/or as a lip brush. I own a few of these.

C433 Pro Blending Fluff-An exact dupe to the Mac 217 blending brush. I love, love this brush and I own quite a few of these. They are super soft, blend beautifully and they don’t shed.

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Mac pencil Brush vs. Crown Pencil Brush

C431 Precision Detail- A Dupe to the Mac 210 brush. The crown brush is a bit more thicker but I don’t mind the thickness. I use this for detail work in the crease and to smudge shadows, liner, etc.

C149 Small Round Contour- I like this one for detailing work on the lash lines or in the crease.

Crown has brushes that are dupes(They have no names or numbers) to the Sigma Precision Eye and Face brushes. I only got the dupe to the P80 Precision Flat brush. I like it and it serves it’s purpose. The Sigma brush is fuller and more dense. I like using this for concealer and/or to apply cream eyeshadow.

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Crown Brush vs. Sigma P80 Brush

Crown has a brush(with no name or number) that is a dupe to the Mac 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush. I believe the Mac brush is more dense but again this one serves it’s purpose well. I kike using this brush for any cream product, especially blush and highlight. When I use this for foundation I find that it streaks a bit, probably because the brush isn’t as dense.

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Dupe for Mac 130 Brush

Makeup Forever Flash Color Launch- New Shades(plus an exclusive sneak peak)

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The New Additions to the Flash Color Collection

Last night Makeup Forever launched their new Flash Color Pro Palette with new individual shades. The palette is nice with some nice pastel shades. I can see this being great as a lip and cheek palette as well as some body art. I don’t own the original flash palette but it has been on my wishlist for quite some time for my kit. Playing with the palette, old and new, these cream colors are so vibrant and so smooth. I really liked the feel of these. They were not sticky or tacky and they weren’t dry.I can see these used on photo shoots or for fashion shows because they are fabulous for multi-tasking. These may be used anywhere on the face and body. There are exceptions as to what may be used on eyes(for example, red because it can stain) but I have seen artists use them anyways. Advice is to use a primer and don’t get them in your eyes(i.e. the lash lines). You can buy the shades in pots, in a stick, as refills to customize and pop them in a palette, or buy the 2 pre-made palettes. There are quite a few new shades added to the flash color collection. All of them so lovely!

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The New Makeup Forever Flash Color Palette

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Individual Flash Color Refills for Easy Customizing

Here are a few pictures of the new shades and swatches from the individual pots I took at the event. I will do a review for the shades I got once I play around with them.

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Swatches from some of the individual shades

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***Now for an exclusive (well not really but I was pretty excited about it and I didn’t know about this until last night): I got to play around and get some pictures(not great pictures) of the new Artisan brush Collection from Makeup Forever! I am super excited about these babies coming out in September because I am a huge fan of the brand but has always been disappointed in their selection of brushes. Not anymore! There are 76 ( YES 76) new brushes coming out In September 2013 at Sephora and Makeup Forever Boutiques and they are 5 years in the making. They are SO SOFT and they look so professional. There are a nice variety of face, eye, lip and artistic brushes and the design is look is sleek and beautiful. I love that the end of the each brush is designed so it may be used as a spatula AND to apply your false lashes. Brilliant!!!! The look and feel of these are just different-Luxurious-  and I can’t wait for these to come out!

Here are some photos, not great but you get the point (I really should start taking my real camera to these events). I obviously couldn’t get close up pictures of all 76 brushes but I got close ups of a few. Enjoy!!

Check out my instagram or Facebook page for more photos!!

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Layout of all the brushes

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All Face Brushes- So Soft!

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Eye Brushes- smudger and crease brush

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Pointed Crease brush

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Flat Face brush- Looks great for precision contouring.Probably good for foundation too

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Now THAT is a fan brush. It’s big and fluffy and super soft!

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Their take on the Duo, Skunk brush- in brown

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The handle of the brush. Each brush has this design

3 Ways to Wear Sugarpill Asteria Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Asteria Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Asteria Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow

I did a review of this lovely lose eyeshadow here.

Here are three ways I wore Sugarpill’s Limited Loose eyeshadow, Asteria. Hope you get some ideas! More importantly, I hope you were able to grab one! If not, it’s not the end of the world. I’ve missed out on my fair share of limited shades and there are always some kind of dupe for them 🙂

Look 1:
I did this as a fun, playing around sort of look. This was my first time using Asteria and I just wanted to play around with it and see what I could come up with. I liked the end result.  I used Asteria Dry here.

Face:
Nars Tinted Moisturizer

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sugarpill Asteria Chromalust on lid
Sugarpill Love+ on outer edge and in crease
Sugarpill Flamepoint lightly on top of Love+
Sugarpill Poison Plum above the crease
Makeup Forever Metal Powder 1 as a liquid liner on upper lash line

Lips:
Makeup Forever 8c(red) around the lip line
OCC Lip Tar Beta(orange) filled in

Sugarpill Asteria with Love+, Poision Plum, Flamepoint

Sugarpill Asteria with Love+, Poision Plum, Flamepoint

Sugarpill Asteria with Love+, Poision Plum, Flamepoint

Sugarpill Asteria with Love+, Poision Plum, Flamepoint

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Look 2: I did this look as a subtle eye look. I was going for a more natural look with just a pop of color. I liked this to amp up an everyday look a bit. I used Asteria dry here.

Face
Nars Tinted Moisturizer

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sugarpill Asteria on the lid
Mac Brown Down Eyeshadow in crease

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Look 3:
I really loved how this one came out and is my favorite of the 3. I wanted something a bit more dramatic but as you can see it’s still pretty subtle. I could amp it up with more color on my lips but I loved it as is. I used Asteria WET and you can totally see the difference in the pigmentation. I think I am only going to use Asteria wet from here on out. What do you think?

Face:
Nars Tinted Moisturizer
Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover concealer

Cheeks:
La Femme Terracotta Blush
Mac Stereo Rose MSF to highlight

Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Sugarpill Asteria (used wet)
Mac Tempting Eyeshadow on outer edge and in the crease
Mac Bronze to deepen the crease
Urban Decay Zero lightly on upper lash line
Mac Raven Kohl Power Eye Pencil(Black with a red undertone) on lower lash line

Lips:
Nars Falbala Lipstick

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Everyday, Work Friendly Look

This is one of my go to looks when I’m going for a no makeup or very subtle look. I like to wear this to work or on a job interview because its nice and not distracting.
**What’s your go to everyday look?

Products used:
Face:
Nars Tinted Moisturizer
Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Concealer

Cheeks:
La Femme Golden Rose Blush

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Mac Texture Eyeshadow on lid
Mac Rule Eyeshadow lightly in crease
Mac Brownscript Eyeshadow lightly in crease
Mac Espresso Eyeshadow(as a subtle liner to top lash line)
Mac Teddy Eyeliner
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Lips:
Mac Chestnut Lipliner
Mac Marquise D Lipglass

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