I can’t help myself. I try to refrain from buying too many beauty products and for the most part, I’ve been pretty good this year. But since the year is almost over (where did the time go?) I decided to treat myself to a little cosmetic retail therapy by heading over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics to drool over some pretty polishes. I tried to trick myself by focusing on getting ONE bottle of NAIL POLISH but I was only fooling myself. I am literally obsessed with OCC’s vegan, non-toxic super shiny nail polishes. Not only are the colors bold and beautiful, but they go on smoothly and dry quickly. They aren’t toxic and that makes me feel good. The guilt kicked in immediately when I saw how quickly I had filled my shopping cart, so I had to stop, regroup, and remind myself that I should only be REPLACING my nail polish favorites! I’m proud to say that I only bought 4 new nail colors (“Tarred” is my standby black nail polish) and one pigment for my eyes (a bright magenta)! I’m already trying to figure out which color to use for my next mani/pedi. OCC can be ordered from their website or you can check out your local Sephora store for some of the products.
It seems like I was just creating my summer palettes and looks and all of sudden, the hot (or lukewarm for us Chicagoans) summer has swiftly become a cooler fall. As you all know, I am a Beauty Budget Babe, meaning that I love to make the most of all cosmetic purchases. I splurge sometimes, but I really try to use colors and products until the package/pot/compact is EMPTY!
Changing up your makeup according to the season does not have to be a daunting task NOR do you have to run out and raid your local cosmetic stores to create a new look. I am recycling last year’s “Black Dahlia Metallic” Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC), which is a super sexy, electric take on the traditional Black Dahlia. I call this color a deep burgundy with a hint of fuchsia and gold, while OCC describes Black Dahlia Metallic as,
“Blackened burgundy with red pearl.” Whatever the description, I love how this color looks on its own, or when I’ve paired it with MAC Lip Pencil in Vino, an old standby that I’ve used on countless folks. I bought mine via OCC’s website but you can also purchase lip tar at Sephora. If you don’t know, let me tell you this: PLEASE use a lip brush to apply this product. A TINY dab will cover your lips completely! The highly pigmented formula does just what it promises, and you won’t be disappointed.
Until next time,
Recently, I had to have a “come to Jesus” conversation with my new relatives Mrs. Beard and her brother Mr. Mustache. They pop up periodically on my face like those relatives you don’t want to see! Both of them know that I despise their sneaky, pesky, and coarse facial hair attacks that decide to make appearances at various times of the month, but I’ve found an easy solution.
In a past post, I wrote about hair removal for the face and my thoughts on which products worked best for me. I’m officially hooked on Olay Facial Hair Removal Duo! I know that I’m probably late to the party but I’ve been busy trying so many other skin and cosmetic products that it’s only now that I’ve been able to use this product and report my findings. Unlike other home removal hair products, Olay does not include wipes and oils. Instead, the removal system (for hair textures ranging from fine to coarse) contains one balm that you massage into the area being treated before using the actual removal cream, which comes in a slim tube with an applicator at the tip. Olay did a great job with keeping the application process simple and they figured out how to almost completely eliminate that noxious odor that usually accompanies facial hair removal creams.
After removing the cream with a tissue and rinsing with lukewarm water, Mrs. Beard and Mr. Mustache had been officially evicted! On a serious note, I have dry, sensitive skin along with eczema, so I was elated to my skin felt smooth and suffered zero irritation issues. The removal system is available at your local mass merchandise stores (I purchased mine from Target) and the price tag was a little heftier than other brands, but totally worth every penny!
My skin USED to just be dry with sporadic eczema flare-ups, but lately, due to hormonal changes, I now have to experience something I’ve never dealt with before: acne. What the heck? I have pimples now, and I am genuinely confused about how to care for my used to be parched skin. I had to ask myself: do I chuck my “dry” skin moisturizer in favor of oil free products or do I just spot treat the acne areas?
If you’ve graduated from dry skin to combination skin, welcome to my world, where things are not making sense. I have to roll with the punches and so I’ve started using a combination of oil-free cleansers and moisturizer along with my normal dry-skin products. So far, this regime is starting to work, and I’m thankful because I’m frustrated with the way my skin looks right now.
As a makeup artist versus being a licensed esthetician, I am a great “cover up artist,” with just a little bit of skin care knowledge, so I know how to make my skin (and the skin of others) “look” good, however, getting to the root of the blemishes is a better long-term solution. I know better so I have to do better. Upping the ante on my water intake, insuring that I remove all traces of makeup before bedtime, and being consistent with how I use my skin-care products will help my face get back to “normal” or at least MY version of normal. Wish me luck!
Until next time,
Here’s the scenario: You are flipping through Instagram, Facebook, etc., and see before and after photos of a woman who just had a makeover. In the first picture, the woman resembles Chewbacca from Star Wars and in the second, she is officially on Beyonce status. I’m seeing way too many makeup artists (and non-artists) posting heavily photoshopped pictures that are not an accurate representation of their skill set. I totally believe in the powers and wonders of photoshop in order to enhance and improve the overall quality of a picture HOWEVER (yes, I’m speaking in my loud voice), some people are going OVERBOARD. When pores no longer exist, when colors that you normally recognize have now taken on alien-like qualities, the photoshopping has gone too far.
When it comes to skills, makeup artists have to be able to create looks that are a true representation of what they have been trained to do. Lately, I’ve been seeing people post “before and after” photos of their work once various editing procedures have been utilized to enhance their work. Granted, there should be some editing done. The problem comes into play when the artist has used several editing techniques to completely change the “after” photo. This is an unfair representation of makeup art. When an ill-informed individual sees these sorts of misleading photos, they may reach out to that “artist” for a makeover, and be completely dismayed when they don’t get the results they admired on the artist’s social media site.
Integrity in what I do is extremely important to me. When I post pictures to this blog, they are for informational purposes and are not heavily edited. Real people have real flaws, and even the best makeup artists on earth (shoutout to Sam Fine, Billy B, and James Vincent) can’t erase wrinkles, frown lines, pimples, and pores. Why take away the things that make people who they are? While I believe artists should do what is right for them, I don’t think it’s fair to mislead potential clients. If you are a current subscriber to http://www.doingtoomuch.com it’s time for you to stop the photoshop and let your true talents shine through.
Until Next Time,
The show has left the city but the memories will remain forever! I am a huge supporter of
The Makeup Show and believe that it’s the perfect avenue for artists of all levels who may want something different from IMATS. Top artists are there to share their knowledge with other artists, students, and guests. Being able to spend time surrounded by like-minded peers creates a nurturing and dynamic environment that allows all of us artists to test out and purchase new products and connect with other artists.
There is something for everyone at The Makeup Show so if your medium is beauty, or special effects, or if you have a flair for the avant-garde, you won’t be disappointed with the exhibitors, workshops, seminars, and keynote speakers. There is a friendliness that permeates the atmosphere and even though I go alone every year, I still manage to see old friends or make new ones.
I had a chance to check out the Kosart Effects booth for Special Effects Makeup (J. Anthony Kosar won Face Off Season 4), see a seminar held by Jessie Powers for Make Up For Ever, and watch David Klasfeld, founder of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics transform his model using various OCC products. I’m really interested in vegan products so it was great to hear David talk about why he started his ever-growing brand. It was really cool to listen and learn from both seminars, especially since artists tend to “know it all” when it comes to products and application. We can always learn something from someone else and The Makeup Show is a place where you can truly learn something meaningful.
I had a chance to stop by Nigel’s Beauty Emporium (truly a premier beauty supply company), Frends Beauty (one of the world’s largest beauty supply companies), and Z Palette (who really had the most professional and pleasant salespeople), along with Alcone Company (they make my favorite non-latex sponges).
Since the weird Chicago weather is finally making sense, I’ve been inspired to create more Spring themed looks for my clients, now that we are actually having a Spring.
I love a bold eye like nobody’s business but I know for most women, the style is sometimes difficult to own, especially for a daytime look. My model wasn’t entirely convinced that she could pull off her bright, bold, blue look but she trusted me completely (maybe because I’m her big sister)!
I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics pigment in Saturate, a lovely, shimmery, aqua color. Applying the pigment from the inner eyelids out to the center of the lids (both top and bottom) gave just the right amount of “bright” before I transitioned to a darker blue. I actually used a combination of three additional shadows from MAC and INGLOT to add depth to the outer lids and crease area. MAC’s Pro Palette Shadow in Atlantic Blue, mixed with INGLOT shadows in 70 (bright blue) and 493 (bright purple) added a better level of dimension. After lining her upper lids with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stargazer, I used MAC Smolder on the upper and lower lash lines, and Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara to complete the look.
Little Sis was very pleased with the end results, and I think I’ve managed to convert her to bright shadow for the daytime (fingers crossed)!
Until next time,