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?

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Mac, NYX, Sugar Pill, Urban Decay & More Haul!

Hello All,

Here is my latest makeup and beauty haul. I took advantage of some of the Black Friday sales and bought a few things. Read on for the deets!

Nyx Eyeshadow

Nyx had a really nice sale on their site last month. They had shadows for $1 and lip liners for $2. I have several eyeshadow palettes for my makeup kit but I wanted more neutral shades. I bought eight shadows all total, mostly neutrals and a few colorful shades for the kit. I also bought their taupe blush, I heard that it is a really good contour color for light and fair complexions.

Swatches from left to right: Taupe blush, golden, irises, dark brown, hot pink, silk, hunter green, taupe e/s and walnut. 

Mac Studio Conceal and Correct Palette

I have also been needing a decent concealer palette for my makeup kit as well. I have individual concealers in darker colors but I needed some concealers in the medium range as well as color correctors. I chose to purchase the Mac medium/deep conceal and correct palette.

My plan is to also purchase the light or medium palette. You get four concealers and two correctors in the palette to mix and match to get your desired shade. The palettes are the perfect size to fit in your kit and I love that the shades offer both warm and cool shades. This palette is $40 regularly but since I have a Mac Pro card it was about $24.

Top Row left to right: NC40, NC 42, NW 40 & NW 43 studio concealers
Botton Row left to right: Rich yellow & Burnt coral color correctors


I have one Sugarpill eyeshadow that I won in a giveaway and I've been wanting to try more of their products. Fortunately, they had a Black Friday sale, everything was priced from 20-50% off. I bought the Magpie loose eyeshadow and the limited edition @#$%! pressed shadow.

The Magpie is so gorgeous, it's described as silky black with metallic blue sheen and turquoise sparkles. The @#$%! is described as a vampy pearl red with silver metallic sheen. Sugarpill products are ridiculously pigmented and you get a lot of product for the price.

Swatches: Magpie and @#$%!

Magnolia Makeup

I've talked about Magnolia Makeup on my blog before. I'm still a big fan of their pigments, they are true to color and have a great color selection. Magnolia Makeup had a few sales last month, a 50% off sale and a Black Friday sale, the pigments were $5 each.

I placed two separate orders and bought a total of nine pigments. I'm still waiting for my second order to arrive. I bought Sublime, Paris, Funky Liza and Tchoupitoulas pigments. I love all of the colors, I'm a sucker for a blue or turquoise shadow so my fave color is Tchoupitoulas, it's gorgeous plus it's matte.

Swatches from left to right: Paris, Tchoupitoulas, Sublime and Funky Liza

Victoria's Secret Lip Scrub

In the winter time my lips always need a good scrub, so; I decided to try this VS Pro Smooth FX lip scrub & balm duo. It's really neat the way it's packaged. The scrub and the balm come together in a tube and the balm can be removed from the tube. I tried it Sunday, you just rub the scrub on for 30 seconds, tissue off and follow up with the balm. It's very simple and it works.

Urban Decay 

I'm smiling as I type this, lol. I heart Urban Decay Naked palettes...nobody does neutrals like Urban Decay (in my opinion). As soon as I saw the promos for this on the blogs, I knew I wanted it and had to get it. Of course it was sold out and I didn't want to shell over $52 at the time. A month after it's release, Sephora sent me a $15 gift certificate off of a $50 purchase for being a beauty insider that had to be used in three days.

I went on the Sephora site and looked for the Naked palette and it was sold out, I called their stores and they said the Naked 3 palette was dropping that night at 9pm. I stayed out until 9pm, walked in Sephora and bought my palette. It ended up being $40 after taxes and the gift certificate. 

It's gorgeous, the rose gold packaging is so beautiful. All of the 12 shades are new to Urban Decay, you get the dual ended eye brush and it comes with a sample of all four of the primer potions. I didn't swatch the palette because I'm sure you've already seen the swatches for them. If not, here are the swatches from Xsparkage's blog. 

Samples of the primer potions in Original, Eden, Sin and Anti-Aging formulas

My Naked family is complete!

Have you hauled any purchases lately?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Photo shoot Makeup (LOTD)

Hello Glamour Dolls!

It has been some months since I posted, so much has been going on. I have done some traveling, still working full-time and I've been busy with my two side hustles. In the midst of everything, I have been keeping up with the beauty world, thanks to You Tube and Instagram.

Recently, I did my first photo shoot last June and my second photo shoot I did a few weeks ago and it features...yours truly. Here is the makeup that I did on myself for the shoot. The actual pictures of the shoot are not available yet (these are the pics I took with my own camera), but when they are available; I'll post them.

Eyes & Brows

-Mac Spiked brow pencil
-Mac Groundwork paintpot as eye base
-Mac Arena e/s as highlight
-Urban Decay Buck & Naked e/s as bridge color
-Mac Tan pigment lid color
-Mac Sketch e/s in crease
-Maybelline Ultra eyeliner in black
-Duo Adhesive Dark eyelash glue
-Miss Adoro 600 lashes (Thanks AC for helping me with them!)


-Milk of Magnesia as face primer
-Bobbi Brown peach corrector under eyes
-AJ Crimson cream foundation #4
-Ben Nye Banana powder
-Mac Select Cover up NC42 concealer to highlight
-Mac Blunt blush to contour
-Elf Berry Merry blush on cheeks


-Mac Beet lip liner
-Mac RiRi Woo lipstick
-Mac Clear lip glass