Feb 282014
 

WOW! Would be the short and sweet version of my 1st New York Fashion Week experience, however, I’m sure you’d prefer actual details of my trip. LOL! :-)

NYC Selfie at the Park with Snow 1 I had to take selfies with the snow in the background because before this trip, I’d never been in real snow. :-)NYC Selfie in the park with snow 2 By the way, I’m wearing MAC Lipstick in Sin. It’s a Pro color.  It lasted all day! Like, for real. I took it off before I went to sleep that night.  I tried it on at the MAC Pro Soho store and kept it on.

MAC Pro Selfie

I almost got it, but it’s so close to Diva.  I really couldn’t justify buying it. Here are swatches below.  The Beauty Blogger in me couldn’t resist doing a product review while I was in NYC. LOL! :-)MAC Sin Lipstick Label

MAC Sin vs Diva Hand Swatches

Me in front of the MAC Pro Sign I was on my way to work on a photoshoot with UK Designer Blessed Zion. This explains why I’m at the store with my Zuca and my bag. You know, just in case you were wondering.  Ha ha ha! :-P

Now back to talking about New York Fashion Week. I was blessed to be able to work on 4 fashion shows while in NYC. I almost did 5, but due to the snow on Sunday, the promoter felt it would be best to cancel it. So we did a photoshoot instead.

The 1st show I worked on was on 2/4/14. I assisted Celeb Makeup Artist AJ Crimson who was the Key for the Michael Bastian Show. It was a Mens Wear show and I had a great time. AJ Crimson Michael Bastian TeamAbove is a picture of the AJ Crimson Glam Squad for the Michael Bastian Show. Here are a few behind the scenes shots I took. 2014-02-04 13.02.52The hair and makeup team getting prepared for the models to come in.
2014-02-04 13.00.31Above is my makeup station set up. :-) Below is a picture of the models, and designer team getting the guys ready for the runway
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Muji was one of the sponsors for the makeup team.  They provided these amazing masks for skin prep.  I forgot to take a picture of them, but they’re really small; like the size of a nickle.  Once you wet them, they expand and you just peel it a part and place it on the face for a few minutes.  It provides instant hydration to the skin and makes it smooth and ready for makeup.   Below is a picture of AJ showing us how to use the Muji Masks.2014-02-04 13.12.452014-02-04 13.14.342014-02-04 13.14.46After the time is up for the mask, he sprayed Caudalie Beauty Elixir (also one of the sponsors for the Makeup Team). Then he perfected the skin with his AJ Crimson Creme Foundation
2014-02-04 13.18.20 Here are a couple of the looks from the show below.

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

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Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

I have so much to share with you all. It’s hard for me to know when to stop so that I don’t overload you in one post.  I’m still trying to decide just how many parts I’m going to break up this series into.  In the meantime, I’ll stop here for the 1st part.  Make sure to stay tuned to find out more about my 1st experience working at NYFW!!! :-)

Jan 262014
 

EcoTools Lash ContanerI received these lashes as a Klout Perk a few months ago with this Eco Tools Kit. I like the fact that it gives you directions.EcoTools Lash Container backThe packaging is so cute. I love that these lashes look like they’re on a mannequin.

EcoTools Lashes This set comes with “tools” to make it easier to apply your false lashes. There’s a container of lash glue as well as a spoolie/lash tool. EcoTools Lash GlueThe glue isn’t a squeeze tube. It actually has a plastic applicator

EcoTools Lash with Glue It doesn’t show up at first, but for some reason this glues seems to turn an iridescent blue color when applied to the lash strip.  It’s both cool and strange. Ha ha! :-)EcoTools Lashes On Open EyeThese lashes are very natural. On the package it states they’re great for everyday wear.
EcoTools Lash Left side looking downEcoTools lashes 1 eye up One of the downsides of the lashes was that with a flash, they appear very shiny, almost like plastic. Another downside is that the strip is kind of stiff so it makes it harder to bend to fit the lashes on your eye.  Last thing I don’t like is the design.  I get that they want the lashes to wisp at the outer ends, but I don’t like how the lashes are lighter and thinner on the inner corner.  When you put them on, it appears that you only have on half a strip.

Overall, they’re okay. Not dramatic enough for me but they’re better than not doing anything.  I’m guessing these lashes will stand out a lot more with mascara on top.  I didn’t apply any because I wanted to give a true review.  I may reapply them for another look.

Jan 262014
 

The newest installment of MAC Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass was released this week. The newest Viva Glam Spokesperson is Rihanna.

2014-01-03 10.18.091390806106815I purchased the lipstick and I love it. It’s a different red than the other MAC lipsticks.  It’s a pretty red frost. Here it is below.Viva Glam Rihanna ContainerThe box has Rihanna’s autograph

Viva Glam Rihanna LabelViva Glam Rihanna Lipstick TubeI Love this red packaging! The texture of the case feels really smooth. Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick Here’s what it looks like on my lipsViva Glam Rihanna lip applicationViva Glam Rihanna on lips close

Wearing VG Rihanna Lipstick 1Viva Glam Rihanna looking downViva Glam Rihanna Head shot tiltedViva Glam Rihanna holding tubeViva Glam Rihanna Head Tilted Yep, I’m very happy with this lipstick! Rihanna and her team did a great job picking this color.  I know a lot of people dislike frost textured products, but this one is really pretty and isn’t overly shimmery. Somehow it has just the right amount of sheen.  I worked at the counter today and sold quite a few of these Rihanna Lipsticks and Lipglasses.  I can honestly say I haven’t seen it look bad on anyone.  It’s a very wearable red.   It also has great staying power.  There’s not an official guaranteed time frame as far as how many hours it will last, but this is my 3rd day wearing it and I don’t have to touch up throughout the day until I eat.  Even when I drink water, the color stays true.

I’ll be buying more of these before they’re gone.  As a heads up it’s only available for a year. Also keep in mind all proceeds of MAC Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglasses go to the MAC AIDS fund.   You’re doing a good deed by purchasing these products so go get you some. :-)

Jan 232014
 

EcoTools SetI received this Eco Tools set from Klout  as a Klout Perk a few months ago.EcoTools Open boxI’ve never used any Eco Tools products so I was eager to receive this.  EcoTools Set 4 products It includes two pairs of false lashes and two brushes.EcoTools Lash Brow Duo BrushEcoTools Lash Brow Duo brush back This is the Lash and Brow Duo Brush. EcoTools holding Lash Brow BrushIt’s pretty big!EcoTools Lash Brow comparisonI compared it with another lash and brow brush I own. Can’t remember where I got it from though, maybe Clinique?EcoTools Full Eyeshadow BrushEcoTools Eyeshadow brush backAbove is the Full Eye Shadow BrushEcoTools holding eyeshadow brushThe bristles are nice and soft. It’s pretty dense which means, it should pick up product well. When I initially saw the brush, I figured it was similar to some other brushes that I have, but it’s actually different. See belowEcoTools Eyeshadow brush comparisons It turns out that it’s only really close to one of my Mondo brushes that I got from Nigel’s.EcoTools Eyeshadow brush and Mondo brush I’m looking forward to using these brushes.  I’ll review the lashes in a separate post.

Jan 062014
 

I have several Wet n Wild lipsticks, mostly the matte lipsticks.  I’d never tried the Megalast liquid lipsticks until I got this one.Wet n Wild Back to the FuchsiaI purchased this one from CVS while they had a sale on Wet N Wild Products that was Buy One Get One half off! I also purchased some lipsticks from the Fergie collection.  To see my review of those lipsticks click here for Ferguson Crest Cabernet and here for Pagan Angel.

Back To The Fuchsia is a gorgeous color…but I haven’t figured out how to apply it evenly without it caking and being too dry. Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia on lips In the picture above I have about 3 coats of it.  I love that the color gets bolder the more you apply, but it also gets cakey and cracks. I’m still trying to play with it to figure how to apply it and prevent this from happening.  It seems like if I could get it on with one smooth stroke, it would be ok.  That’s just hard to do.  When I use the applicator I go across the top lip moving up and across then down and next I fill it in.  On the bottom lip I use the applicator going down and across then back up to the other side then I fill it in. This liquid lipstick dries pretty quickly so if I go back and apply more in the middle it’s no longer smooth.  It’s different than how you can apply a lipgloss where you can just go back and forth across your lips.

Anyway, below is the look I wore with this lip over the weekend. FOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia  Angle viewFOTD featuring Wet n Wild Back to the Fuschia Ha ha! A silly pose belowFOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia silly pose

This last picture is with a flash and I added Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle to add an extra pop of pink to the middle and to take away some of the dryness. FOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia full viewFace

  • Cover Girl Queen Collection 3 n 1 Liquid Foundation in Brulee’
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Matte Powder in Golden
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as Contour
  • Nars Blush in Albatross for Highlight
  • Black Radiance Baked Bronzer in Gingersnap as blush

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on lid
  • Black Opal eyeshadow in Illusion on lid
  • MAC eyeshadow in Embark in crease
  • Black Opal eyeshadow in Ring A Ding above crease
  • Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand to shape brows, brow highlight, & under eye concealer
  • Maybelline Clear Mascara on brows to hold them in place
  • Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black
  • #138 False Lashes

Lips

  • Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Lipstick in Back To The Fuchsia
  • Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle in the middle of lips

Jan 052014
 

Stila Eyeliner Pen I’m not sure why I’d never tried this eyeliner or even heard anyone talk about it before, but I tested it at Sephora last month and instantly fell in love.  Eyeliner pens are my favorite liquid liners.  They just seem to be much easier to apply. The downside is that it’s hard to find a good one. So what do I mean by “good”?

  1. Wet
  2. Stiff and pointed tip
  3. Long wearing/lasting

I’ve tried MAC Penultimate and it used to be my favorite. It has a short precise felt tip that glides on smoothly. It lasts all day. I tried Revlon Colorstay, which is pretty good, but the tip is bigger than I like and they don’t seem to be made the same. I’ve had a couple that were great and then a couple that dried really quickly and were hard to apply. It stayed on all day without any problems, even through intense workouts.  I also gave the Elf eyeliner pen a try.  The original version of the Elf eyeliner pen was decent.  The newest version I don’t like at all.  It has a weird applicator.  It’s flat instead of long and pointy.  You have to keep pumping it to get the liquid to come to the tip.  It never seemed wet enough to glide on.  It ended up being almost painful to apply.  (plus it went up a dollar. *hmph*).

Stila Eyeliner Pen standing This Stila eyeliner pen is by far the best that I’ve ever tried.  When I took the cap off, I was instantly optimistic because I saw the tip.  It’s really long and goes from thick to fine.  This means you can easily make a very thin or thick line above your lashes.

Stila Eyeliner Pen Swatches On my hand I applied the same Stila eyeliner pen.  On top I held it at an angle.  At the bottom I used the very tip with a soft stroke.   Here it is on my eye. Stila Eyeliner pen open eye Stila Eyeliner Pen eye closed Another thing I absolutely LOVE about this Stila Eyeliner Pen is that it dries quickly and once it’s on…it’s on. You will need makeup remover to get it off.