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Saturday, October 31, 2009

I got beat down!!

This is kinda my first attempt at special effects makeup. A ton of people on youtube have been doing some amazing tutorials. I wanted to throw mine into the pile. This is going to be the first one and if I have time I will do a few more.
Here are a few pics!

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In my kit

I recently came across this site called inmykit.com. I first heard about it from makeupbyrenren and I rediscovered it from a current video on becoming a makeup artist by scandalousbeauty. HERE

I wanted to blog about it because I have discovered that if you stick to only high end makeup brands and forget about the cheap drugstore brands it will take much much longer to build a good kit for your makeup artistry. My kit is in no way complete and I have been collecting for quite some time now, a little over a year. I do have all the things that I need to do makeup for clients and I have not had any problems yet so far.
However, there is always room for improvement. I have had to improvise, create colors by mixing which is all fine and really can show how creative I can be but sometimes you are looking for a nice matte deep aqua blue color and the closest thing you have to it is way too shimmery.

Other than that I do have foundation but I do not have the shade range that I would need to do big jobs for all different types of skin tones and types. I have found that to be fine for now because not many people that I have done makeup for are even interested in foundation or blush for that matter.

Ok back on topic... This website gives products from each category that do the job & do it very well. No matter what the price tag or the name brand. Its good for the beginning makeup artist as well as the established one to find products that one normally would not have heard of.

A few of the foundation and concealor palettes are going to be among my first purchases from this sites recommendations.

And the one thing that really surprises me is the fact that not one MAC product is mentioned in any of the lists. :/ I love MAC as many others do but sometimes it can get way too overrated. There are some products that I absolutely HATE as well as those that I cant live without.

This has been a ramble..

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blow drying natural hair

So this video I made the day I straightened my hair for the wedding. I just got finished editing and uploading it to youtube. So here is how I blowdry my hair.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Back 2 MAC- 10/23/09

I took some of my depots and did some back to mac'n. I got 4 new lipsticks. Also as you may find out I am a sample nut! It doesn't help that the girls at my MAC counter love me and give me whatever I want! lol! Me loves them too muy mucho!! haha

But anyways heres what I got:
  • M.A.C RED- Satin
  • Fluid- Frost
  • Blood Red- Lustre- DSquared collection
  • Black Knight- Cremesheen- Style Black collection

I also got some pigment and glitter samples:
  • Gold- glitter
  • Fuschia- glitter (lol & Its purple)
  • Reflects Copper
  • Reflects Rust

Pigments in
  • Purple Edge
  • Heritage Rouge

Eye of the day!- 10/24/09

Today I used:
Woodwinked- on the lid, inner corner to the middle third.
Post Haste- outer third & slightly into the crease.
Sketch- in the crease
Rule- above the crease
Ricepaper- highlight
Penultimate liner in rapid black- upper lash line
HIP kohl liner- upper & lower water line

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I finished my kinky twists!

I finally finished my kinky twists! Took me a while cause I have been so busy. But yea, here are a few pics.

I used Janet Marley braiding hair in #4 and #30. $4.99 a pack. I used 4 packs.
I used the #4 on the bottom layers and the #30 on the top. I tend to use this color combination a lot when I am wearing fake hair. I love it!
Do you??

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Estee Lauder Take it away Total Makeup Remover- a Review

I got this product at the Cosmetic Company outlet store closest to me. Every time I go to the CCO the back of my hand and even up my forearm turns into swatch city! From pigments to pencils...

At the CCO they have this product there for the customers to use in order to remove whatever makeup they may need. I have used it every time I have been to the CCO and each time I was more amazed at how easily and quickly it removed every bit of whatever I had on my hands or arms. lol! So one day I ventured away from the MAC products and decided to see what Clinique, Estee Lauder, and other brands had to offer. This is one of the products that I picked up that day.

This is what the Estee Lauder claims this product does:

Quickly and gently removes all makeup, even long-wear or waterproof formulas.

Unique water-based creme-gel refreshes you with a crisp herbal citrus scent.

Rinses away easily and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth with no greasy afterfeel or oily residue.

My first impressions on this product are as follows:
  • This product removes everything easily and quickly. It dissolves all types of products from eyeliner to waterproof mascara. I LOVE that about this product!
  • It is a creamy gel like product and my first thought was that it needs to stay far far away from the eyes. However, I used the product in the eye area and it did not burn. I don't know if the product advises against that but I would suggest to anyone to use at your own discretion.
  • It does smell good without being overpowering. Thats a plus!
  • It wipes away easily with just some tissue.

A little bit goes a long way. I have had my bottle for months and have barely made a dent. I use it to remove eye makeup mostly. Foundation and things like that I just use a makeup wipe or a good face wash to get rid of the product and dirt. If you have sensitive eyes then I would advise against using it too close to the eye area.

Would I repurchase: Hell yes!

So far I have reviewed products that I have mostly good thing to say about. There are products that I absolutely hate and I will do a post in the near future about products that I suggest you to stay away from. k thx bye! LOL

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Upcoming Collections!

There are a few collections by MAC that are coming out this holiday/winter that I am very much looking forward to. The packaging on some of the items are to die for!

The packaging for this collection is so sexy! I want to buy two of each type of set just to use it as decoration on my dresser. lol

I just hope that the boxes are nice and sturdy, ie. not made of cardboard! :P It looks like the base is but the top I hope not.

This collection looks very interesting. I cant wait to see the 2 new MSFs! Spiced tea, modelette, and milled cider are definitely on my list to check out so far. Light that fire! lipglass sounds simply beautiful! I'm going to have to cop that one. :)

I cant wait to see this collection plain and simple. The colors sound lovely and since judging by its title the colors should be perfect for any skin tone!

Source- Temtalia.com

Gallery of looks!

This is just a compilation of makeup looks that I put together.


Because I was rushed my hair didnt come out as smooth as I would have liked. That was fine with me because I got to see where i was really at. There is not much damage, however there are a ton of split ends and single strand knots. I bought some scissors and got to work.

The last few inches were so thinned out, I attribute that to the shedding which also lead to breakage.

This is the same thing that I had to deal with a few years ago. Its going to take a lot of hard work to get it back to what it was. I am still at BSL however I am not happy with how it looks. I am going to be doing a ton of protective styles until I get back to where I need to be. Starting with my kinky twists which will be done within the next week or so. :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The wedding!

So today was a CRAZY one!! I had to finish up someones hair, which did not come out as neat as I would have liked because I was having a terrible asthma attack! I was so messed up but I didn't want to leave her hanging... :P I pushed on! lol
It turned out good & she got a lot of compliments.

Aside from the hair, I was running around like a mad woman and was running way late as was everyone else. The wedding started 2.5 hrs after everyone got there!

So when I got there I got down to business. I did a few of the bridesmaids makeup. The rest did their own or didnt want makeup. The bride had another makeup artist because of the shambles stated previously and because everyone was rushing she thought I wasn't coming. :/ I got there in enough time. To bad I didn't get to do hers cause my girls makeup looked way better than everyone else's.. lol And my girls got the most compliments! The bride said that my girls looked better than everyone in the wedding!

I didn't get hardly any good pics but I will do a tutorial of what I did. The bouquet shown above was an actual bouquet from the wedding. The wedding was beautiful. I loved the color scheme! Its was fabulous! I did the makeup to follow along with the color scheme of the wedding. I did everyones makeup a little different than the last in order to go along with their skin tone, face, and eye shape. Those who had lashes got lashes. They all looked FAB!!

All in all it was a success! The wedding was gorgeous! I was happy to be a part of it! :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

For the wedding

So for the wedding this saturday I decided that I will be straightening my hair out. Its not as rainy as it has been and the temps have dropped. So now i the perfect time! You know, no humidity and no sweating out my hair! Oh yes! lol

So this is what I am going to do!
  1. Shampoo & Deep condition the hair overnight with motions cpr
  2. In the am do a hot oil treatment with olive oil, rinse
  3. Let the hair airdry 90%, then blowdry while holding the hair taught to stretch
  4. Apply CHI Silk Infusion and Flat iron.
  5. Lastly I will do a silk wrap using some shea butter
  6. Leave it wrapped so that it will lay and fall right when taken down!
  7. I will finally either trim myself or go & get a hair cut from supercuts or something.

Its kind of a long process but the end results are always worth it! Since my hair has thinned out I really am wanting to see how it looks and if I can tell how much hair I have lost. I KNOW I need a haircut so I might go in tomorrow or saturday morning before the wedding. I just hope that they don't chop too much off.

I'm going to be taking pictures of my hair of the entire process from beginning to end! From deep condition to haircut! I cant wait! I may actually post the pics on this blog for the first time! :P

My shedding is slowing down more and more and is almost back to normal. Finally! I just really want to see how my hair looks straight cause its so very hard to see where I am as a natural with all this shedding. Its damn near impossible! Hopefully its all good for me.

I do have a few inches of new hair that is growing back in that may make it look a bit awkward. You know thick roots, thin ends. Same problem I had before from birth control while I was transitioning out of my texturizer. Another problem is that I have a TON of those single strand knots. The haircut will take care of that. :)

Wedding Party!!

I am doing my cousins wedding this weekend! I am very happy to be a part of it! However some may dought my abilities and assume that I lack professionalism. :P Too bad you don't have to get your makeup done by me! lol But everyone else will look fabulous!!

I have done makeup for people so please believe that I know what I am doing. And what they don't realize is that you do not need to be licensed in order to be a freelance makeup artist.

However, I aside from that I am very excited to be the one doing the makeup! I cant wait! If she says its ok I will most definitely be posting pictures! I'm going to be doing a demo for her tonight and I hope she is as excited about it as I am!! XD

This is my first wedding and hopefully not the last! ;)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

About me

I am a mother, a student, and also a person who is completely obsessed with hair and makeup. I love all things beauty. I love learning new techniques, tips, and tricks. As well, I love to share what I learn with all of you!

This blog is going to consist of my journey in becoming a freelance makeup artist. I will publish posts about makeup application and techniques. I will be doing reviews on new products, hauls, and much more.

Watch me on youtube! I do mostly hair tutorials showing different techniques and proper hair care. I also do makeup tutorials from full face to just the eyes to halloween crazy type makeup. :P

Just send me a message on youtube! youtube.com/marand313
Or email me at marand313@gmail.com

a work in progress...

I changed the layout. I really like this one but there are a few more bugs to work out. I have to figure out the pictures and the links at the top of the page. Other than that, YAY my makeup blog is up and running!! :D

Monday, October 12, 2009

Looking to switch it up!

I'm pretty much tired of looking at this blog layout. I have been trying to find something that screams me! But really haven't found anything I love... :( This will be looking fresh in no time! :D

L'oreal HIP Kohl eyeliner - a review

I just purchased this product in the color black. It is a kohl powder eyeliner and it comes in a cute little bottle. When you open it up it has a felt tip applicator very similar to the l'oreal linear intense liquid eyeliner, which I do like very much.
This product comes in several different colors including brown, blue, gold, burgundy, & teal.

My first impressions & thoughts:
  • I love the wand applicator that this comes with. It is easy to use this to apply the product to the lash line as well as the water line, upper & lower.
  • The product itself is a powder which can be messy at first. It takes some getting used to as with many things. Because of this there may be some fallout and it can smudge onto the lower lash line. In most cases that is not bad, just adds a sexy smokey effect.
  • When applying sometimes the powder can get into the eyes, which can be a bit irritating. I just squeezed my eyes shut for a few moments and by doing that the chunks of product blended out onto the waterline. It was fine after that.
  • It does go on dark, but its not that intense black that I look for in an eyeliner. This is fine because it makes up for it in other ways.
  • This product is great for the water line because it lasts an extremely long time! I applied it at around 3-4 in the afternoon & the liner stayed put did not fade smudge or anything at all, until the next morning when I wiped it off! Thats crazy! I slept in it purposefully to see if it would fade because nothing usually lasts well overnight for me. This sucker did not budge!!

I love this for the waterline! For the lash line not so much only because it is not black black. If they brought out an 'extreme black' shade I would be happy! It has wonderful staying power! I mean how many eyeliners last that long?!? I have been trying to find one that I wouldn't have to reapply every hour, I thing I've found it. ;)
I dont like how the powder can get into the eyes. Yesterday I felt like I had something in there for at least an hour!
All in all it is a great product. You may just have to get used to it at first.

Would I repurchase: Hell yes!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara- a review

Welcome to my first official makeup relate post on this blog!!

The product that I will be reviewing today will be Rimmel London's Sexy Curves Full Volume & Curve mascara.
This is what Rimmel claims its product will do:

"Fuller figured brush – fuller figured lashes. Curves in all the right places! The first Triple Plump brush with 3 x the curves for 70% curlier lashes. Voluptuous brush with CurveControl technology wiggles easily through your lashes quickly coating them. Exclusive brush design curves IN to maximize lash loading, curves OUT to curl and de-clump each lash for a complete curved look. Lashes look lusciously curled, plumped and defined. Plump ‘em up! Enriched with proteins, the plumping formula strengthens lashes over time for a continuous lash boosting effect. Rich cream texture instantly amplifies your natural volume x 7 and fixes the curl for 12 hour hold. Fabulously fuller lashes."
source: http://www.rimmellondon.com/US/products/eyes/product.aspx?id=366

First impressions & thoughts of this product:
  • I love the packaging! The metallic purple tube & the shape of it is so pretty imo. The waterproof version is a metallic turquoise color.
  • The brush is very interesting. At first I thought the shape of the brush was going to cause the mascara to go on clumpy but no. The short bristles apply the mascara giving it volume while the longer ones separate the lashes very well.
  • The mascara itself has a very good formula. It kinda reminds me of Covergirl Lashblast. It thickens nicely and gives added length at the same time. I bit more volume than lashblast though.
  • I got it in the shade "extreme black" & I can say that I am happy that it does go on very black. Its lovely. I did give me the kind of look I want in a mascara.
  • After wearing this mascara for several hours I have not experienced any flaking.
  • I rubbed my eye as I usually do when I forget that I am wearing makeup and the mascara did not budge. I usually smear it and have to grab a wet wipe to clean it up. I was very impressed by this!

As far as the claims the company makes for this product:
  • I didn't really notice that it actually curled my lashes.
  • It did give volume and length but we all know how cosmetic companies like to exaggerate in order to make their sale. I wouldn't say it amplified anything 7x at all... maybe 3-4x :P
Overall I really enjoyed this particular mascara. As stated I love the packaging, I really like the shape of the brush wand. It is really unique. I said that the formula reminds me of Cover Girl Lash Blast and it is actually a little better. The last blast did flake on me after hours of wear. I look for a mascara to last and it did but not as well I would like. So far I have had sexy curves on for about 8hrs now. I have rubbed my eyes, there has been no fading, flaking, or smearing. It does not clump the lashes are flexible to the touch, no stiffness!

I thought I loved lash blast... This is WAYYY better!! Sexy curves has taken its place! XD

Would I rebuy: Hell yes!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

kinky twists

I will be going back to the kinky twists soon. I figure I should do one more set of silk locs first so that I can upload that video, but after that I am putting my hair away! The kinky twists will stay in for at least 2 months.

While I have the kinky twists in I will be:

1. shampooing every 2 weeks
2. using whatever growth aid I decide on my scalp every 2 days
3. deep conditioning every week making sure to concentrate on the braids so I dont get too much buildup on the roots.

This style will take care of my hair for the next few months. I wont have to worry about getting my hair done or protecting it.

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