Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ultimate Beauty Seminar with Sam Fine & Renny Vasquez Experience! (Pic Heavy)

Hello Dolls,

I'm finally back...didn't mean to take this long writing this follow up post, but; life (as always) gets in the way. Here I am, back in the new year, and I'm hoping 2016 is starting off wonderful for all that are reading this!

Back to the post, the Ultimate Beauty Seminar was well ABOVE & BEYOND my expectations! I loved every minute of it. I learned so much and I saw so much, it will be hard to detail everything (as much as I like to do), but I will give an overview. If you want to go straight to some of the tips that I learned, scroll down to the bottom :-).

The ballroom
Me & my beautiful makeup woes at the seminar!

The first part of the seminar started of with Renny Vasquez. Renny is very informative, funny and insightful. Not only was I taking down notes from his makeup tips, but, I was also writing down the different quotes that he shared with us. He started the class off with doing a full face demonstration with a bold lip. Renny shared with us that he is all about the "client's experience". He's all about using products that make his client's feel good throughout the entire makeup application process. 
Renny doing her brows
Renny touching up her lips
The final look!

This is the second model that Renny used, the ever so gorgeous, Fifi (who is also a very talented MUA). He showed us how to do two different techniques for contouring and highlighting. The first was the traditional way, which is after foundation and concealer have been applied. The second way is to highlight and contour before, then follow up with foundation and concealer. The second way to do it came out very subtle and with an "inner glow" to the skin.

Next, Renny did the eyes and he did a natural cut crease. He used a very small fan brush to create the cut crease line, the little fan brush made it so easy to do, in under a minutes time. The brush he used was an Esum T11 mascara fan brush. 

After Renny completed the cut crease on her right eye

After Renny finished, it was lunch time; and then next up was Sam Fine! Sam is so funny, very knowledgeable and real...what you see with him is what you get. Sam showed us how he does his "oh so famous" smokey eye on Fifi; which he did the left side of her face. He gave her a gorgeous red lip color and afterwards he sprayed her with this beautiful glitter spray for that extra touch of glam.

Sam beginning her smokey eye
Sam applying shadow on her lower lash line to complete the smokey eye

She's so gorgeous!

Fifi after Sam finished her left side
Sam and Renny answering questions in the Q&A

After Sam finished, there was a questions and answers session for all of our questions. There had to be at least 200 attendees, so there were lots of questions on just about everything. After questions, we were all able to take pictures with both Renny and Sam...who waited patiently for all of us to take as many pics as we wanted!
Me & Renny
Renny, me and Sam!!!
Us again!

We also got our amazing goody bags after class! There were a few things that everyone received, but each bag had different contents. My bag had a Beauty Blender with the cleanser, Cover Girl Queen face powder, a Black Opal full sized cream stick foundation, a Motives blush and lip gloss, a Cover Girl lipstick, the entire Black Opal Pore Perfecting foundation collection (in the deluxe sample size), Damone Roberts AM and PM facial wipes, a Black Opal skin moisturizer sample; and a Gleam body radiance cream! I've been to numerous makeup classes that have goody bags and this was by far- the best goody bag I've ever received. 
The goody bag
Inside my goody bag!
Candid pic of me with Derrick Rutledge
There was a special guest that came later, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Entrepreneur, Derrick Rutledge! Derrick has done work that we've probably have seen everywhere from on TV screens to magazine covers. He is the personal makeup artist to Oprah Winfrey; and he has also worked with First Lady, Michelle Obama! Derrick was a true pleasure to meet!

Trying to get it together....

Some tips that I learned...

The class was full of awesome tips; but these are five tips that really stood out to me:

1. The mastery of using cream products: Both Renny and Sam are masters at using cream products. They used it to conceal, correct, apply foundation; and highlight and contour. I only use it for foundation, correcting and concealer. I really want to push myself to use it more for highlighting and contouring, one reason is because it will challenge me to work on blending the cream out adequately. Using cream products on the face will always improve your blending skills.

2. Highlighting and Contouring: As mentioned earlier, in the seminar, we learned two ways to highlight and contour. The first way which is to highlight and contour after foundation, which gives you a little more of an obvious highlighted and contour look; but, the second way which is to do it before foundation gives you a nice "inner glow from within" look that I really like; and I'm going to try it! Also, I learned that the products have to overlap to blend Sam said " if everything that you apply doesn't overlap, it's not going to blend."

3.  False Eyelash application: Renny shared a trick that he uses to make false eyelash application easier. He applies glue to the lash line first (with tweezers), then he also applies glue to the lash band. After the glue becomes tacky, he applies the false lashes to the lash line...because the glue has already been applied to the lash line, the false eyelash sticks to it and holds in place better without having to manipulate it to center it and stick in place. He also suggested that if you want to "up" the glam of applying false lashes, you can add individual lashes to the strip lashes to give a more fabulous look.

4. Applying products under the eye upwards: Renny demonstrated that when you pat up makeup under the eye, instead of downwards, it gives you a more youthful look. This means that when applying concealer or foundation under the eye, you can pat the product up to the lash line; instead of patting the product down.

5. Doing brows last: Renny shared with us that he does brows last on clients. The reason being is that he says "where you start off first is the focus on your face." If you do brows first, there may be a tendency to go in really strong with the brows because you spent the beginning of your time and detail on them, but; if you start off with the face first, then your focus and detail will show on the face ,and you may not need as much brow makeup. That tip made me go "hmm..."I had never thought of that before. I have already started using this tip and my brows are much more natural and lighter in appearance.

Overall, the seminar was truly an amazing experience that I will never forget! It was a great day of inspiration, learning, laughter, networking, and new whole entire makeup life was made after that seminar! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

I am going to the Ultimate Beauty Seminar feat. Sam Fine and Renny Vasquez!!!

Hey, Dolls!

I'm so excited that I have the opportunity to attend the Ultimate Beauty Seminar with my all time favorite makeup artist, Sam Fine; along with Renny Vasquez! 

I have been loving and following Sam Fine's work since I was a teenager. I have his book, his DVD and I've wanted to meet him on several occasions at The Makeup Show but I've always missed him. Now, I finally get to meet and learn from him! I have been following Renny's work on Instagram for a while now and I really love his flawless beats, he can give you an all out beat or just a very natural glam look. 

Now for my story...

When these two announced they were bringing their final class to DC, initially; I knew I wanted to go BUT I saw the $300 investment and talked myself out of it...especially since I had just come off a makeup cruise where I had  just paid to take some classes. I convinced myself not to go, and then the DC class sold out in 2 hours after the tickets went out sale. I figured no big deal, the class is sold out; I can't go anyway, but it stayed on my mind constantly. Then, Renny announced on Instagram that since the DC class sold out so quickly they were going to see if they could get a bigger ballroom and release more tickets to sell! I kept thinking about my funds...paying the $99 deposit wasn't too bad of an issue, it's the rest of it that's due the day of the class. #thestruggleisreal

I said to myself "this is their last class", this is also the opportunity to be taught by two of the greatest in makeup artistry. Plus, the class is from 10am-5pm. I have paid almost the same price of this class for classes that were only 2 hours long for 1 artist; and this is an all day event to see 2 artists... it really is a steal and an investment at the same time. So, when the tickets were released for those on the wait list (like myself) I went on and paid my deposit and sacrificed some expenses in my budget so that I could afford to pay the remaining balance.  I'm glad I did it, I can't wait and I'll definitely will be writing about my experience! 

Makeup and beauty is one of my passions and my craft in life and to be taught by someone who is at the top in the industry, who I've admired for so long is just mind boggling!!! I can't even articulate it sufficiently, it's just an honor and a privilege and it will be an unforgettable experience!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Glam ALL-Star Voyage Makeup Cruise Experience! (Pic Heavy+LOTD)

Hey Dolls,

I went on the Glam ALL-Star Voyage makeup cruise last month and I really enjoyed myself! I took two classes on the cruise, "Highlighting and Contouring: Cream vs Powder" and a "A Nicely Face." I won't go into too much detail because the classes offered by all of the artists are still being offered to take; and I don't want to spoil it for the artists or any potential attendees. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I completely enjoyed the idea of learning about makeup while on vacation! Read on for my full experience and pics.

The Carnival Victory... BKA my home for those 5 peaceful days!

The first day!

Meet and Greet makeup panel...I'm on the far left with the black and red shirt on. This pic is from the Glam All-Star Voyage Instagram page.

The first day was an open panel to meet the Glam All-Stars. All of the artists were there to introduce themselves and just talk. It was also an open floor discussion for any questions we had. There were questions from how to get started in the business, contracts, product choices, techniques, color theory, client etiquette and lots more. All four of the artists all had different personalities and each made the cruise a successful one, they were all genuine, humble and down to earth.

It was there at the meet and greet that we received our Glam All-Star swag bags. The bag had giveaways from the Glam All-Star voyage sponsors. I received a pair of Qosmedix lashes, eye lash curlers, tweezers, a Morphe eyeshadow brush, lip balm and some coupons to use from the sponsors.

First day of class!

The first class that I took was by Lauren Nicely and it was the Highlighting and Contouring: Cream vs Powder. She compared the advantages and some disadvantages of using both. For an example, using cream to highlight and contour can be heavy if not applied properly; and it can be time consuming to blend it sufficiently as a opposed to powder.

Some tips that I learned...

1. To give a more defined, sculpted look under the cheek contour, she uses the wedge of  the cosmetic wedge and she applies Banana powder (any translucent powder will due) directly under the contour, with the wedge. She lets it sit to absorb any excess oils ("bake") and then she brushes it away and it gives you that crisp and defined cheek contour.

2. If you want a more softer, sculpted look under the cheek contour instead of a crisp, defined look; (instead of using the cosmetic wedge) you can use a dense blending brush to go back and forth to blend out the Banana powder or translucent powder.

The model was highlighted and contoured using cream on the left side; and powder on the right side.

Lauren's kit staples
3. If you ever go in too heavily with a contour powder on the cheeks, you can use a shade that is lighter than the contour to diffuse the heaviness.

Wear your Best Face!

There was a "Wear your Best Face" cocktail hour held on the ship for the Glam All-Star attendees! It took me a whole hour to do my "best face" and I still didn't get a chance to highlight and contour like I wanted, neither do I think that this look was my best face (sighs). I was shocked when Kleurmoi told me that my face was "beat!" Thanks girl!

Rocking my "I love makeup" necklace!
Waiting for my lashes to dry...

Anyways, the cocktail hour had nice drinks and hors d'oeuveres; it was nice to chat and mix and mingle with the artists and other attendees. I only wore the makeup for an hour as my massage was directly after the cocktail hour.

What I'm wearing...


-Mac Spiked brow pencil
-La Pro Girl concealer Fawn


-Too Faced Shadow insurance eye primer
-Mac Arena e/s as highlight color
-Viseart light brown e/s as transition color
-Lorac Taupe e/s as crease color
-Lorac Deep Purple e/s as lid color
-Wet n Wild Fergie Lil Black dress creme eyeliner on upper lashline
-Lorac Deep Purple e/s on lower lashine
-Wink & Pout Seductive lashes/Beauty Supply Store glue


-Black Opal Pore Perfecting foundation in Truly Topaz
-La Pro Girl concealer in Fawn
-Mac NC45 Studio Finish concealer under eyes
-Ben Nye Banana powder under eyes
-Bobbi Brown peach corrector (cheeks and under eyes)
-Mac Prep + Prime highlighter pen in peach lustre (around mouth)
-Ben Nye Dolce powder
-Viseart taupe/gray e/s as cheek/nose contour
-Missy Lynn gold highlighter on cheeks/nose


-Mac Vino lip liner
-Mac Rebel l/s

Right before dinner that night, I personally met Kleurmoi (middle); her sister (right); and their friend from Belgium (left). 

My second class!

The second class I took was held on the last day before going back home, and it was "The Nicely Face" class. Lauren Nicely showed us how she does a full face of makeup.

Some tips that I learned...

1. You can color correct with the same color concealer as the client's skin. Lauren demonstrated this in class and the results were flawless. I practiced this technique while I was on the cruise and it works when I want to conceal my dark circles; but no so much when I want to conceal the darkness around my mouth. I still use an orange corrector to cancel out the darkness around my mouth.

Working on the eyes...
2. Pressing powder into the skin as opposed to sweeping it on the skin ensures that the foundation will last longer before getting oily and shiny.

Finished look
3. To make eyeshadow look more pigmented, you can use the press and slide method. You press the shadow down in the center of the lid first; and then slide the color on to the rest of the lid instead of sweeping it on. Lauren demonstrated this in class and it came out super pigmented! She got the technique from another makeup artist but I completely forgot her name. 

I got this picture directly from Lauren's Instagram page; this is the before and after look for that class. 

The last day...

After my last class, we had a wrap up and closing panel with all of the artists and attendees for words of appreciation, closing remarks, suggestions for the next makeup cruise, sharing with them a few things that we learned and for giveaways. Later on that night, was the farewell Glam party in the disco!

The Glam All-Stars from left to right: JoMichelle (far left), Kluermoi, Lauren Nicely; and Alexandra Butler (right).  This pic was from the Glam All-Star Voyage Instagram's page. 

In Between The Glam...

Just a few pictures to highlight the fun that I had in between the glam! *Sidenote* this was a five day cruise and I wore makeup for at least four of those days...can you believe it?! I thought I was going to wear it at least two days; but, I kept wanting to practice some of the tips that I learned!

The travel agent for the Glam All-Star Voyage hooked us up with these treats, she's one of the best TA's!
Total bliss, relaxing at my fave place on the bed :-)
Lobster night was delicious!
Me eating my fave dessert on the cruise..bitter and blanc!
Striking a pose on elegant night :-)
Cayman Islands

Completely Relaxed!!!! #thegoodlife 
Ochos Rios, Jamaica