Monday, December 19, 2011

SpeedyGel Kit Tutorial

SpeedyGel Kits on Overstock.com 


Sunday, December 11, 2011

SpeedyGel Kits!




I am absolutely in Love with UV Gel polish! Acrylic nails are fun, but its just not practical for everyday. Nail polish is fun if you have that much amount of free time on your hand to change it up every other day.  Amazing Shine has launched a line of UV Gel Polish and have a fabulous kit that will help you start up your gel system! I absolutely love it! The kit is 49.95! I know it sounds pricey but honestly its worth it! The kits contains the following:

  • 1 Primer
  • 1 UV Gel Base/Coat
  • Cleanser
  • 1 Gel polish
  • 1 Cotton Pad Dispenser
  • 1 Cleanser Pump
  • 1 Sponge File
  • 1 Zebra Nail File
You get a total of 8 items in this kit, averaging at  $6.25 which is not bad at all given that these are all salon quality items! You can find this item on overstock.com and they offer free shipping.  You do have to purchase the UV Lamp but they Amazing Shine also offers very affordable UV lamps.  Put it on your Xmas wish list!

Buy SpeedyGel Kits on Overstock.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sanrio Nail Art Series!

Im doing a Sanrio Nail Art Series...but first I need to get some nail art brushes...and more nail art pens. check back =]



Sunday, September 4, 2011

whats the rage about UV Gel Polish?

Its the best thing ever invented! I tested a new UV Gel Polish system at work and I loved it! Seriously my color did not chip at all! Which is the great alternative to regular nail polish.  If you use regular nail polish your nail color will usually chip withing 2 or 3 days...in my case its always 2-3 hours.  I was amazed at the fact that my Gel polish lasted 2 weeks with absolutely no chipping.  The process of application is a little longer then just applying regular nail polish, but it is less then getting acrylics.  You have to cure each product you put on the nail with a UV Lamp. Its kind of like a sandwich application process.
1. Apply the base gel coat.
2. Cure under a UV watt lamp 2 minutes.
3.  Apply a coat of gel polish.
4. Cure under a UV lamp 2 minutes.
( you can apply a second layer of color if you like)
5.  Apply the sealer top coat.
6. Cure under a UV lamp 2 more minutes.

I added a third layer of glitter with a gel brush and added a final layer of topcoat to make the nails more fun!

I loved it!
 Cant name the product used but I will post it up as soon as it becomes available!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

its Bananas! Home made facial mask for Oily Skin

My skin type is Oily and now that summer is in full effect, it only gets 100 times worse =/
I found this recipe for a easy home made banana face mask and I love it! It leaves your skin feeling refreshed, its super relaxing and smells so yummy! Try it!

Ingredients:
  1. 1 ripe banana
  2. 1 tbsp of organic honey (NOT SYRUP, real honey)
  3. 1 orange
Preparation:
Using a spoon smash the banana and mix in the honey in bowl.
Ad a few drops of the orange into the smashed banana/honey  and mix.  Don't let it get to watery, it should be think and paste like.

Application:
Remove all makeup and wash your face first.  Apply your banana face mask and let sit for 15 minutes.  Remove and rinse with a warm washcloth.

Try it out! let me know how it goes



Monday, July 4, 2011

MUA Inspiration: Kevyn Aucoin

If you read my last post I gave you a glimpse into my personal love for makeup story, but I would like to dedicate a separate post to my inspiration to makeup artistry.  While I was living in Santa Barbara I found the book that opened my eyes to makeup as a form or art.  I found Kevyn Aucoin's book "Making Faces" at a yard sale in Isla Vista for one dollar (yeah $1!!) and I fell in love.



I consider this book an essential item in a MUA's kit.  Why because since I began enrolling in different workshops and classes, there is always some pages from "Making Faces" handed it out to us as part of the class materials.  The first half of the book covers everything from skin care and preparation, the facial structure to shading and highlighting.  The second half of the book is a series of celebrity photographs in which Kevyn Aucoin works his magic and transforms them into a classic icon of the past.  Its so had to pick a favorite, he transforms Courtney Love into Jean Harlow., Demi Moor into Clara Bow, Lisa Marie Presley into Marilyn Monroe just to name a few.

I read the book cover to cover by the end of the day and I fell in love with makeup artistry.  I researched everything about Kevyn Aucoin and his work and learned how he was one of the youngest creative directors at Revlon and how he was discovered by Vogue and became their staple makeup artist for many of their cover shoots in the 80s until he passed away in 2002.  Reading his books I admired the way he would always embrace enhancing a woman's natural and inner beauty instead of just a surface application.  Since this day I believe it was in 2003 a year after Aucoin passed away, I started collecting more and more makeup to the point where I kept getting asked to do makeup for special events in my friends and families lives, weddings, graduations, etc. I enrolled in classes and workshops and I kid you not, in every class I have ever taken, Kevyn Aucoin is referenced or actual pages from his books have been handed out as part of the instructors teaching materials.  I highly recommend his books but most importantly recommend people to embrace his philosophies.  He wasn't afraid to criticize the industry that made him an icon.  He believed no amount of makeup could mask an ugly heart, and I agree. So thank you Kevyn Aucoin for opening my eyes to a new form of artistry and reminding me that makeup is only a way to enhance my inner beauty.  I will keep your legacy alive by sharing your philosophy with my friends, family and clients.

Everyone is beautiful to someone - Kevyn Aucoin

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Now or Never

I have decided to finally get rolling on this blog! Its something that I have always wanted to do and have been encouraged by many of my close friends and family to do but  for some reason or another I never did it.  Excuses, excuses I know! My blog will not be the typical makeup blog where you will find hundreds of swatches and product reviews. Here I will share with you pictures of my work as well as stories and yes occasionally a review here and there. I have been a freelance makeup artist since 2007.  In 2008 I started working with a cosmetics manufacturer here in Los Angeles.  Working for a manufacturer gave me a behind the scenes perspective to the beauty industry as a whole.  This manufacturer produced some of the most popular brands out there.  For legal reasons I cant name the brands that were manufactured, but I will share some stories with you every now and then. I stopped working with this company this past March and I am now working with another company.  I am currently working with one of the leading salon tool and nail-care companies.  So that's a brief intro into my point of view.  Hope you check back in with me soon! =]