Thursday, May 14, 2009
I wanted to make sure to write this post so that you wouldn't think I fell off the face of the Earth. I've been talking about this trip for months...but today I'm off on a plane. First off, I'm heading to San Francisco for my brother's law school graduation. I'll be there only a few days...hopefully enough time to hit up the Asian Markets to pick up some fab cosmetics and skincare stuff.
On Sunday, I'm headed to the Philippines! I know there are a lot of Pinays representing on the blog scene, what what! This is my first trip since I was like 2 years old...so it's a big trip for me. It's just going to be me and the parents so it will probably be pretty tame (you probably won't catch me at the clubs, lol)...but I'm really looking forward to connecting with my roots and getting lots of Pulveron, Filipino memorabilia and cheap lashes, lol.
While I'm gone I'll probably have limited access to the internet...so no new posts or videos for at least 2.5 weeks. My boyfriend will probably be weeding out emails, but best to wait till I get back if you need to email me. However, I may drop into twitter here and there and say hi!
I wish I had planned a Manila meetup but hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to meet up! I'll be there for the first week...oh and don't shoot me but I don't understand or speak the native language (blame it on my school guidance counselors telling my parents it would confuse me to be bilingual).
Till next time (be back in early June), Ciao Bellas!
Atlanta Makeup Artist
I'm so excited to finally show you my new traincase I've been using. I wanted to wait until I actually had some traveling gigs to test out how this would handle on the road.
Now don't get me wrong, I love my current hard sided traincases like this one I got from Yazmo.com.
I love how it's so huge and can fit all of my kit supplies...but trying to lift this up stairs and into small spaces can become a pain!
You guys remember how I was feening for the MAC Zuca Soft Sided Traincase? Honestly, I just couldn't justify spending $270 for the one small piece.
In case you don't know this by now, when it comes to something I want, I'm a Googler! I wanted to find a more cost efficient alternative...I found one!
On Yazmo.com they have the Pro Soft-Sided Rolling Cosmetic Case with Trays TS-100 and they also offer a matching Pro Soft Sided Carry On Cosmetic Case with Trays TS-99.
Both pieces combined are still less than the Zuca bag!
Testing them Out
I had two gigs this past weekend...an airbrushing gig and then an Indian wedding. I packed the two cases separately for each gig to see how they held up. When I first checked these traincases out I was amazed at how many drawers, clear zippies, compartments, brush holders these things had! I love keeping my items over the top organized so I was excited to see that these traincases were really designed for a makeup artist. You can tell by the little touches...removeable velcro baggies, clear zipped up compartments...trays with removeable dividers. The only thing I was concerned with was being able to find my items with the millions of different sections and compartments. You need to check out my video to see how I fit everything in the bag.
Check out my video showing off the traincases.
Mind you the video is 24 minutes long...the reason for this is also because I show you exactly what I packed in the traincases for both gigs. So not only do you get to see the new traincase, but you also get to see an updated makeup kit vid.
I love these traincases! What a weight off my shoulders...literally! The weight of both pieces is probably a third of the poundage of my hard traincase set. It was still annoying to drag it upstairs, but I could do it far more easily than before. I'm loving the little velcro pouches they include as well as the large space inside...big enough to fit two regular sized airbrush compressors. Remember to try and keep this traincase standing upright when traveling...that way things don't fall out of the compartments. Also, if you're worried about powders cracking in palettes, you can always keep them in the carry on case and carry it over your shoulder.
Traincase Porn time! (Click on pics to expand)
Packed for my Indian Wedding Gig
First we'll start off with the TS-99...I call it the duffelbag traincase because that's what it looks like to me.
I keep all my lashes and glues/tweezers/scissors to apply them in the side compartment. These are the removable velcro baggies on the right I was talking about.
Top portion contains foundations, powders, blushes. I keep business cards in the side flap.
Side portion where I keep all the skincare stuff...along with a mirror and contract.
Here are where the trays are...I took one tray out so that way I had room to store my dirty brushes..cups...msfs...etc...
You really need to watch the video to see the products and traincases in better detail.
Meanwhile, Yazmo is generous enough to offer 10% off with the code RENREN. I'm telling you, this site is one of a kind...the only place to find professional train cases in so many styles and a good price. Check them out!Atlanta Makeup Artist
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I'm always a fan of finding affordable, yet high quality cosmetics. I recently had the opportunity to try out two from Max Factor. Check out my two part review!
I used to use Max Factor panstick foundation back in the day (Great for drag makeup by the way), but haven't really used it too much since.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
She makes makeup look so easy and her products are so multi-purpose and travel/kit friendly that I definitely wanted to get my hands on her line.
I started off with the essentials. As you may know, Eve breaks her products down into light, medium, tan and dark. I mainly chose products in the medium range since I thought they would be a good match for me. Unfortunately, the medium HD Dual foundation was a little light so I think I might go up to tan. However, all of the other medium products, including the concealer worked great!
The first video was a two parter showing me doing her foundation and then the second half showing off a smokey green eye tutorial. At least I have the pictures. I used mostly Eve Pearl products.
Third times the charm! My third attempt was a sultry summer eyes look that went with Melissa's yellow shirt she was wearing to dinner. This is also a great everyday school/work look.
I wish every company split their foundations into two tones like Eve - lighter side and a darker side. We all change colors year round from pale in the Winter to tanner in the Summer and the HD Dual Foundation cuts out the problem of having to run and buy multiple foundation shades year round. Like the concealer, it's super creamy. You can definitely mix them to get your perfect shade and also use both shades to contour and highlight. Extremely pigmented, this will last you forever. I'm a big fan of cream foundations because they're so versatile: wear them in cream state as a concealer, or thin them out with moisturizer for lighter coverage.
Tips for Using this Palette: The colors blend really easily. You may want to build the layers of color since they blend into each other so easily and tend to disappear a bit...that will maintain the pigmentation and make sure it lasts. Also, make sure to tap the excess off your eyeshadow brush before you apply the shadows because they tend to have a bit of crumbling.
Anti-Shine in Light/Medium
Blush Trio Sassy Cheeks - Medium
Another great dual use product. The fact that this product primes and moisturizes really cuts down on a lot of time. This past weekend I used this product at a wedding and it really saved some time when my makeup time got cut short. The product spreads easily but is extremely liquidy...on more than one occasion I held the tube too tightly without the cap and a whole bunch of product got squeezed out...so sad to waste so much product...maybe a different dispenser would make this better. Also, the primer isn't as siliconey as I'm used too...but it doesn't make it any less effective. I'm definitely keeping this in my kit for the fact that it cuts out an extra few minutes in a makeup routine.
Eve Pearl Mascara
I wanted to try this product because I'm a huge liquid liner fan. That's the only thing I use to line my top lashline. At first, I thought this product would be very similar to MAC's penultimate liner which I love...but upon testing they're very different. Unlike MAC's felt tip applicator, Eve Pearl's liquid liner has a very thin applicator which is actually an eyeliner brush made of separate bristles. This made precise lining easier because the shape of the bristles doesn't flatten and expand like a felt tip liner. The color is a rich black that doesn't face.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Here's a quick review on the products I've tried so far:
I've tried this mascara on myself a few times. It's more of an everyday mascara...average lengthening and volumizing. The kind of thing you wear to work or class...no complaints but if you're looking for big time volume or length you'd probably need to turn to something like Lash Blast or DiorShow.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Happy Friday! It's going to be a busy weekend for me. Tonight I have a gig doing airbrush tattoos at a middle school dance, he he. My airbrush teacher referred me for the gig and I haven't touched my airbrush tattoos in a while...since I mainly use my airbrush stuff for foundation. So I'm happy to make some quick cash and not let my paints go to waste. Saturday I'm getting my hair done, woo hoo! Sunday I have an all day makeup gig doing morning and evening looks for an Indian Wedding. It's also my last weekend before going to the Philippines so I'm trying to pay bills, pack, and do all the nessasary stuff I need to do before I leave.
Anywho, back to the post!
This last weekend was so much fun. My boyfriend's college buddy came into town with his girlfriend and we went out all weekend. It's good to get out there and enjoy the Atlanta nightlife because sometimes I feel old and tired and need to get on my dancing shoes! (See I sounded old again right? lol)
Sunday night we planned on hitting up an upscale club in Atlanta. My boyfriend's friend's girl actually does some modeling here and there and I offered to give her a makeover. She told me she loves blues so I went with it!
She already had a great brow shape so I lightly filled the brows in with cork eyeshadow from MAC. She told me how she loved that because usually people fill in her brows too darkly. I find filling in your brows with a shade lighter than your hair color looks a lot less harsh and opens up your eye shape even more.
She loved the sultry blue eyes and nude lip combo. Take a look!
Click on pictures to expand
-MAC soft ochre paint pot
-MAC solor white e/s (inner lid)
-MAC freshwater e/s (middle of lid)
-MAC deep truth e/s (outer v)
-MAC motif e/s (highlight)
-MAC blacktrack fluidline
-Red Cherry lashes
-black mascara (forget which one)
-Graftobian super cream foundation
-Graftobian dual finish powder
-MAC pink blush (forget which one)
-Steelo lip pencil in sand
-MAC C-Thru lipglass
Till next time, Ciao Bellas!
Atlanta Makeup Artist
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I finally uploaded a new video...sorry it's been a while, but i'm back!. I decided to do this video on Graftobian foundation and skin products because I already highlighted some of the eyeshadow and other makeup products in my last entry. I wanted to dedicate an entire post to the skin and foundation products because they're just that awesome. In my posts I try to be completely unbiased and give you a detailed opinion about the product, performance and price....that way you can see if you want to invest in the product. FYI, another long post, lol!
Check out my foundation/contouring video using Graftobian Products. Very helpful for learning to contour with cream products.
Graftobian Oxyderm Moisturizer
In my tutorial, I started with priming and moisturizing my face with Graftobian Oxyderm moisturizer. If any of you are familiar with the famed makeup Artist KJ Bennett (he is the head MUA for Makeup Forever) he mentions this moisturizer as one of his fav in his unbiased kit website . It doesn't break me out at all, and it reminds me of my beloved Cetaphil moisturizer except not as greasy and it absorbs more easily into the skin. Best of all, my sensitive skin had no reactions to it...that's a plus! This is definitely a great addition to your kit or own skincare regimen. The price is pretty comparable to most good quality, department store brands.
Next, I corrected my undereye circles using the light orange color the left. It helps to cancel out the dark blue/green under my skin. The colors in this palette correct different skin conditions/discolorations. For example, the yellow cancels out purple undereye circles, the green cancels out redness like rosacea, and the light pink acts as a highlight color. This is a MUST HAVE for a makeup artist's kit. I haven't seen many palettes that have all the basic corrector colors like this. The price is very affordable at $21.99 (less than MUFE concealer palettes) or you can get each color individually for only $7.99. That's a great deal for those who want to buy a corrector on their own for their personal use.
Super Cream Palette - Warm Tones
Next, I used the Super Cream Palette to apply foundation. I picked a color to match my skin tone and scooped a pea size drop onto my Graftobian steel palette. I then mixed it with my Oxyderm moisturizer to thin out the consistency and sheer out coverage. I applied it to areas of my place where I wanted to highlight my features. Next, I took a shade 2-3 shades darker and applied it onto my face in the contour areas (i.e. sides of nose, hollows of cheek bones). I then used a damp sponge to blend it out. This is how the celebrities get contoured...think Tyra, Oprah, and Monique.
I get a lot of questions about foundation palette recommendations for a kit. I used to recommend RCMA KO and Shinto palettes because of the great amount of colors in one palettte. However, I found RCMA a lot dryer and denser. You HAVE to use their foundation thinner with it. It has a lot of colors, which is why I recommended it, but it was hard to use. The Graftobian palette is the best of both worlds. A lot of convenient colors in one case, and super easy to blend! I definitely recommend this for other makeup artists. They also have a cool tones palette and neutral tones palette which I intend on adding to my kit as well! 18 foundation shades for $64.99...that's about $3.61 per color...can't beat that! Each foundation well will also last you a super long time since they're so concentrated and pigmented.
Dual Finish Foundation Palette - Neutral Tones
Afterwards, I used the Dual Foundation palette to set the foundation. I used a mix of the lighter tones to highlight and then moved to the darker tones to enhance the contour colors. This palette is a life saver if you accidentally miss the mark on matching foundation...if you go too light, just sweep a powder brush over a tanner shade and you can correct any mistakes immediately. It's also great to have as a powder foundation for men, children, or those who don't need a lot of coverage. I don't know what I'd do without this in my kit. For $79.99 you can get the pre-filled palette...or you can order it individually at $8.50 for each full sized pan. Seriously though, $8.50 for this amazing foundation? You really can't beat that.
Powder Blush in Shiny Penny
To add the finishing touch I used the Graftobian blush in Shiny Penny. This is a reddish orange color with gold shimmers. Talk about pigmented! I talked about this a little bit in my last review but I'm telling you....this is amazing. I use it with a fan brush to apply subtle color but this will work on the lightest to darkest skin tones, hands down.
Now onto pics of my newly concealed, corrected, higlighted, contoured, and blushed face!
Make sure to check out the products at Graftobian.com or Camera Ready Cosmetics.
Stay tuned for my upcoming vid tutorials using these products: Bright FantasEyes look, Clubbing Tutorial with Joy
Atlanta Makeup Artist