Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mac Pro Class: Highlighting and Contouring Recap

Hey Dolls,

I had the opportunity to take a Mac Pro Class this year! There were two in my area this year, I took the highlighting and contouring class at the Pentagon City Mac store in Arlington, VA; a few weeks ago.

FYI, the classes are cheaper now; this one was $25 for two hours and non redeemable in product. The price used to be $100 and fully redeemable in product.

The class was taught by Mac Senior Artist, Regan Rabanal. He taught us his tips and tricks and he did two demos on two women with different skin types and complexions to show how he uses a variety of techniques and products based on the client's needs.

Here are a few tips that I learned:

1. One contouring technique doesn't fit all. Consider the face shape and texture of skin. Someone who already has a slim, narrow face will not need as much contouring as someone who has a round face. It also helps to observe the skin to see where the natural highlight and contours are already forming. On some clients, you can already see the darkness on their jawline where the natural contour is already

Regan used all cream colored bases to highlight and contour on this model.

2. Highlighting and contouring doesn't have to be a full on beat. Regan brought out in the class that you really want to see the effects of highlighting and contouring. On the other hand, there are some who like the full on beat and others don't; whatever you like or feel comfortable with what suits you!

You can see a subtle contour that he used on her cheeks.

3. A lot of people experience grayness when contouring on darker complexions; to combat this, use warmer colors like reds, yellows and oranges. In the demo, Regan used a touch of warmer colored correctors and mixed it with concealer to add warmth and to combat any grayness.

Regan used concealer and correctors to highlight and contour on this model. 

4. Don't be afraid to use a variety of products to contour and highlight. In the class, he used the Mac creme colored bases (never thought of using those to highlight and contour), powders, foundations, concealer and correctors. He mentioned that the Mac Studio Conceal and Correct kit is great for contouring and highlighting. The kit features four concealers and two color correctors to conceal and correct the skin. He used the orange corrector,on the model above to highlight her skin.

My Haul

Since I did a big haul last month, I really didn't want to get a lot or anything but I couldn't just walk out of a Mac store without buying something! I don't have that much self control...yet.

1.I picked up the full sized Studio Moisture cream moisturizer. I have the trial size version of it and I really liked it, it's one of the few moisturizers that my skin doesn't drink up instantly.

2, I bought Flat Out Fabulous lipstick (bright-plum matte).

3. I bought  Love Nectar lustreglass, which is an old faithful gloss that looks great alone and adds an extra oomph to any lipstick.
Left to Right: Studio Moisture Cream moisturizer, Flat Out Fabulous l/s and Love Nectar lustreglass

Left to Right: Love Nectar lustreglass and Flat Out Fabulous l/s

Overall, I enjoyed the class. It really reinforced the old adage, "less is more." I see so many pictures on social media with the  obvious, heavy, sculpted faces (nothing is wrong with it) but it helped me to appreciate that all of that is really not needed for the every day woman like myself. Also, I learned to further enhance my technique by using a variety of products to highlight and contour.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Latest Haul: Urban Decay, Too Faced, Lorac and more!

Hey Dolls!

I have got to do so much better, these sporadic posts are for the birds. I did a nice lil haul for myself last month. I haven't purchased makeup since The Makeup Show (that was all for my professional makeup kit) so; I guess a haul for myself was long overdue. My hauls have no rhyme or reason, I just buy because of sales, my moods and the pretty colors! Here are the deets:

Urban Decay and Too Faced Cosmetics

Ulta had their 21 days of beauty sale last month. I had been eyeing the Urban Decay Shadow Box, I purchased it for a little over $30. It comes with 12 shades, 11 shimmer and 1 matte shade.

Urban Decay shadows have never disappointed me and neither does this palette. It's small, so it will be great for traveling. The color ranges are good for creating a neutral, colorful or smokey eye. I also received a mini sample of the Urban Decay Perversion mascara, not bad at all.

Ulta had a deal that if you by $50 in product, you cold get a free Too Faced mini cosmetics beauty set that retails for $47. I added the Anastasia Dip Brow pomade in Auburn to my cart (which I have been hearing so much about) along with the shadow box and it came to $50.

The Too Faced set came with a mini shadow insurance primer, a mini lipstick in shade dolly (nude), a mini Better than Sex mascara (my new fave mascara!) and a tinted beauty balm.

Mac Cosmetics

Of course, I had to hit Mac up. I needed an eye cream, so I figured I would try their Mineralize Charged Water Moisture eye cream. I've been using it for a week and I'll have to use it for a while longer to give my thoughts on it. 

I also bought a travel sized Strobe cream. I wanted something to give my foundation a more dewy look the Strobe cream is supposed to help give your foundation a dewy, moist look. I bought a Mac Spiked brow pencil (which is a staple for me) and a the Pearlgide liner in Petrol blue (navy) and Oyster Girl (freshwater pink) lip glass. 

Lorac Cosmetics

I had been wanting to try some other brands and a friend recommended the Lorac Pro Palettes 1 and 2. I saw the first pro palette and it reminded me of the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette so I chose to get the second one. I actually bought two of these. The first one I bought directly from the Ulta store and I chose to keep that one for my professional makeup kit. 

I bought the second one from HSN. I read a post on Instagram from Nouveau Cheap that HSN had the Lorac Pro palette along with the full sized Lorac mascara on sale for $42. Of course, if you follow Nouveau Cheap; you know she always has a coupon or discount code.

I used the $20 off code for new HSN customers, plus the palette  had free shipping. That brought my total to $22. I was stoked! I love a good deal...all thanks to Nouveau Cheap! Needless to say, I kept this palette for myself. I love the feel of the shadows, they are very easy to blend and the colors are beautiful!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Revlon

OCC had a 30% off sale that was only valid for a few days. I bought the Black Dahlia (blackened red) metallic lip tar, which is a great color for fall and the lip tar primer for moisture and seal.

I also received the Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara in my Onyx box (beauty box subscription) for the month of September. I've received so many free mascaras that I haven't had an opportunity yet to try the Revlon mascara.

Real Technique Brushes

Lastly, I bought a Real Techniques eye starter brush set. I saw this on sale at Rite Aid. I feel like I can never have enough eye brushes. It comes with 5 brushes: the base shadow brush, deluxe crease brush, the accent brush, fine line brush and the brow brush. 

Do you own any of these items? If, so what do you think?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Makeup Show 2014 Recap + Haul (Pic Heavy)

Hey, Dolls!

The Makeup Show NYC was a blast, as always. For those who may not know, The Makeup Show is an annual trade show held in select cities for makeup professionals and the like to learn of new products, partake in workshops to perfect their craft and to also shop for beauty and makeup products with discounts up to 40% off.

This year, I went on one day, which was Monday. It was still crowded but not as it normally is on Sunday. We arrived around noon time, so that gave us till 5 to shop, meet and mingle. I went with my friend and fellow makeup artist, Stephanie Patterson.

Any words highlighted in pink, are links to click more info about the person/product or site.

Me & Steph

Anyone see Celebrity Makeup Artist Danessa Myricks towards the left? I tried to meet her but I wasn't able to...

Character Makeup

We Met...

Me & Kym Lee at the Crown brushes booth...

As always, we met quite a few fellow makeup artists and gurus. I had the pleasure of meeting, Celebrity Makeup Atist Kym Lee. I follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She's very down to earth and gorgeous in person. She also owns her own makeup line, Wink and Pout. It's always nice to meet fellow artists who are in my area, like Kym Lee who have accomplished so much in the industry. She's a true inspiration!

Towards the end of the show, we met Lauren (bka) the Queen of Blending. I have been following her on You Tube for years, I love the bold looks that she does. It always seems like she has never ending creativity. I've seen the Queen of Blending at several makeup trade shows before, but; she always has a crowd or line around her...this was the first time I could meet her :-).

We learned...

We were able to take two classes in the afternoon. The first class was called "Pearls of Wisdom" and it was taught by Celebrity Makeup Artist and Emmy Award winning, Eve Pearl.

She showed us quick demos on how to perfect face makeup. She used people from the audience, two women and a man for her demos. She used her infamous salmon concealer to cover up the color and darkness of the man's beard. I loved seeing that in action!

Eve Pearl demonstrating the reverse contouring method...

Eve Pearl corrector the darkness from his beard with her salmon concealer...

I also learned that Eve Pearl firmly believes in the reverse contouring method, which she demonstrated in the class. She takes two foundations, one light and one darker and applies each of them on one side of the foundation brush. The lighter shade is applied to the eyelids and above the jawline. The darker shade is applied to the chin, cheeks, nose and forehead. When she did it in class, it looked seamless...nice and even coverage that wasn't flat looking.

I will admit, this method is contrary to the traditional way of highlighting and contouring, but; that's what classes like that are about, learning new tips and tricks. I want to try this method on myself first, before I attempt to do it on clients. Click here for a link on the reverse highlighting and contouring method.

The next class, we took was hosted by the Alcone Company. Koren Zander (aka) Enkore conducted this class. Enkore showed us several of Alcone's new and best selling products. He showed us the proper way to use all of the products.

Giveaways from the Alcone workshop...

All of the attendees in the class received free samples of the Alcone makeup remover wipes and the new Skindinavia face primer mist! I've used both since the show and I'm really impressed.

The Skindinavia Face Primer works really well. It's very easy to use because it's a spray and my makeup lasts the whole day when using it. I also won one of Enkore's lavender brush soaps. I have yet to use the brush soap yet, I may review it on a later post.

My Haul...

This year at the show, I bought things mainly for my kit. When I went to The Makeup Show last year, I said I wanted to revamp my makeup artistry kit and I did. My kit has been upgraded and with the exception of a few color correcters and powders, it's just about done! Here's what I bought...

Bdellium Tools and Crown Brushes

Last year's makeup show was the first time that I tried Bdellium Tools brushes and I really like them. They are really affordable and they get the job done. I realized I needed more blending brushes and I had no pencil brushes.

I bought two blending brushes, two pencil brushes (1 for me), one angled brush and another square lip brush. I bought six brushes and paid $30. Crown Brushes was at the show as well, their brushes are good quality too and really cheap. I bought another pencil and blending brush, it came to $7.

Parian Spirit

I tried the small Parian Spirit 2oz spray cleaner at the makeup show last year. I finished it up, so; I bought the 8 oz cleaner and another 2 oz spray cleaner. The 2 oz spray cleaner is good for cleaning brushes quickly and it dries quickly, this is really helpful when you need clean brushes ready in between clients.

I also bought some disposables from Dante's Disposables. I got the curved mascara wands and the non latex sponges. I bought a Ben Nye Neutral set powder from Nigel's Beauty Emporium....I heard that it's good for setting makeup for lighter complexions and for mattifying oily skin.

Auraline Beauty & Cinema Secrets

I bought some shadows from Auraline Beauty (a privately owned makeup company). Auraline Beauty had all types of makeup, the good thing is that they had swatches for me to test their shadows. The pigmentation is awesome and the prices are really cheap. They had a sale of five for $10 but I bought seven shadows. I also bought some matte shadows from Cinema Secrets. Their shadows were $1 each.

Top Row: Cinema Secrets Matte shadows; Bottom Two Rows: Auraline Beauty shadows

Cinema Secrets Matte swatches

Auraline Beauty Swatches from left to right: Peachy, Ultramarine, Pearl Glo, Aqua Blue, Raisin Shimmer, Royal Blue and Gold Beige

LA Pro Girl Concealers

By now everyone has probably heard all the rage of LA Pro Girl concealers. If not, they are light weight, crease resistant, opaque coverage concealers for the low price of $1.99 per tube. There are 18 shades available in a variety of tones from the lightest to the darkest.

I had planned on purchasing several colors at the show, but they ran out of a lot of shades. I ended up buying five shades in: Pure Beige, Medium Beige, Nude, Cool Tan and Beautiful Bronze. A friend told me that they sell them at a Beauty Supply store in my area, so; I went there and bought: Warm Honey, Fawn (great for highlighting) Toast and Dark Cocoa.

These concealers are worth the hype, (to me) the tubes are small but you don't need a lot and it provides a medium coverage. It works so well to cover my dark circles. I don't have any swatches, but; click here to see a listing of the swatches.

That was it in a nutshell...I left the show with a nice sized haul, new tips and tricks that I learned and lots of inspiration!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Makeup Show...Here I Come!

Hey, Dolls

So it has been a good while since I posted, this is actually my first post of the year (I'm a bit ashamed). Being busy has gotten the best of me, it has left me little energy for my hobbies; like blogging. Everyone is busy these days, so; I don't feel so bad.

I am going to The Makeup Show this year! I will be going only one day this time, which is on Monday. I'm excited (as usual). Although, I haven't been blogging; I am up to date on the beauty world...I just haven't blogged about it lately.

This time at The Makeup Show, I will be buying for my kit mostly. I have a few more things to add to it and will be complete. I hope to take a few workshops as well. When I get back, I will have a post of my haul and the happenings at the event.

I always get inspired all over again for beauty, blogging and makeup at the show, this year, I'm sure will be no different. I have some reviews, an OOTD post and a couple of other posts I want to blog about when I get back.

Will anyone else be going to TMS NYC this year?