Making Moves With Makeup


There things I can do as an MUA and there are things I really need to learn for the next phase of my career. As one who’s spent the bulk of her adult life as an educator, it’s only fitting that I enroll in classes to educate myself. Most makeup artists will tell you that they are self-taught, and honestly, you can’t learn this craft without tons of practice. There are some things we can’t teach ourselves, and that’s when it’s time to become a student again.

Make Up First Pic

After taking a tour of Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry, I decided that I should proceed with some coursework that will make me an even better, more marketable MUA. It’s my goal and dream (a part of my new vision) to work full-time in the film industry as an MUA but I am realistic about my skill-set. I know “pretty” and “natural” but I’m no expert at special effects, theatrical and other types of makeup that will propel my career to the next level. Education is key. I’m making moves with makeup. What moves are you making?

Until next time,

Tiffany

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New Vision


Vision Board

I literally have “new vision” since updating my eye-glass prescription recently, but my “inner vision” took a hit a few months ago. I really needed to get back to my old self, the woman who had mapped out a plan for becoming a full-time MUA in the film industry.

Now, I’m working on my new vision board because I realized that I had not spent enough time creating the visual that will help me in the next phase of my career. Seeing really is believing, and although we have to look within ourselves to find inspiration, finding pictures and words that give us a boost of confidence helps to make the dream a reality.  Spending quality time pouring over hundreds of images in the many magazines I own helped me start focusing on what I really want, and also making myself accountable for, well, myself. I’d allowed myself to veer off the path but I won’t ever do that again. It is really self-sabotage when we find reasons for why we aren’t doing what we love. We all deserve better. I know I do, and so that’s why, on this sunny afternoon, I am choosing to put in some work, to use my “vision” and start “seeing” my dreams manifest. I have some other things in the works (I can’t tell you yet), that I’ve already started putting in place to catapult myself to the next stage in my career.

One thing I want for myself is the autonomy to create, and the autonomy that comes with being the one who gets to call the shots, aka “Boss Lady.”  It took a lot of soul searching, mishaps, setbacks, and fear to understand that I’m happiest when I’m doing what I love. When “it” doesn’t feel like work, “it” is the right career for you! It’s time to grab my scissors and glue and get back to creating my “new vision.”

Until next time,

Tiffany

Infinite Touch of Chicago-Best Massage Ever!


Kimm Danzie

 

My nerves were shot and my anxiety level was high. I knew it was time to start visiting Kimm Danzie, massage therapist, and owner of Infinite Touch of Chicago, and not just sporadically! With all the stressors in life, I was in dire need of an expert’s touch to rid me of the kinks, knots, and sore muscles, and my visits needed to be biweekly.

First of all, Ms. Danzie is a friendly, welcoming woman,with a calm voice. The location is nondescript and if you’re not paying attention, you can walk right pass the entrance. The environment is quiet, with good, soothing music playing in the background. This modest space includes the little things  that make a difference, like having a hook and hangers for my clothes, plus water and tissue on a stand next to the table. I believe Kimm emits magic dust from her hands or something because I truly can say that her techniques helped my aching muscles tremendously. I swear I dozed off, so I’m still not even sure if she used hot stones (along with the oil that kept me moisturized long after I left).

I had time for a 90 minute massage and it was totally worth every second. She used a combination of techniques (deep tissue, Swedish, and trigger point) to get rid of the bad juju that I was carrying (literally) on my shoulders, neck, back, legs, and arms. Inhaling and exhaling at various times during the massage helped to keep me calm but also helped to reduce the tension. At the end of the session, Kimm wrapped me up in my blanket like a cocoon, and S T R E T C H E D   my bent knees towards my chest!  My lower back started singing “Thank you Jesus!”  I can’t wait for my next appointment (I made this upcoming one while I was still floating from the last massage).

Everyone swears that their massage therapist has the best hands but I’d put my money on Ms. Danzie any time. Not only is she a therapist, but she also nationally board certified and has a “black woman owned” business. Now YOU don’t have to be a black woman to enjoy the massage! I’ll be booking my hubby for one too. You really need to make your way to Infinite Touch of Chicago if you’re in the market for a quality, relaxing experience.  If you don’t believe me, read the Facebook reviews!

Until next time,

Tiffany

Makeup Goodies Make Me Giddy!


Goodies from Naimies!

Goodies from Naimies!

If you read my last post, then you know I had been disillusioned with  beauty (and blogging) for a bit and that now, I’m ready to rejoin the beauty world and continue to make my mark as an artist. Sometimes, you have to find ways to get yourself back into the swing of things after a long hiatus. I do this best by shopping for makeup and tools as a treat. I TRY to buy practical things that I can use in my kit but it was HARD to not to start clicking all the whimsical items available online at Naimie’s Beauty Center and filling my cart with things I may not need any time soon (hellloooo glitter paint)!

The first thing I added to my car was RCMA No-Color Powder, which doesn’t look “cakey” and compliments ANY color of foundation. Then I decided to add the RCMA VK Palette to the mix. I love getting more bang for my buck and this palette doubles as concealer AND foundation! Speaking of foundation, I am a firm believer in applying a good primer as a base before I add foundation, so I ordered more Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze (I am addicted to this creamy, shimmery bronze primer that makes my face glow). I wasn’t done shopping, so I added a Bdellium SFX Stippling Brush (you know, just in case I do any special effects makeup soon), and before I knew it, I was adding to my cart a small Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray (you know, just in case I’m traveling for fun and want TSA sized products). I didn’t REALLY need more lashes but the Red Cherry lashes were calling and they ended up as the final purchases for the day.  All in all, I was happy with my mini-haul!

Makeup goodies truly make me giddy. I love not just having the products, but also I love what I can do with them. Creating the perfect look for a client is extremely rewarding and I”m grateful that I get to make people look and feel great. I’m also thankful for companies like Naimie’s where one can really find the products they need!

Until next time,

Tiffany

update: I neglected to mention my Aqua XL Eye Pencil because it was actually purchased from a different store but just added to the “new purchases” pile.

 

Renew


Hello All,TheRealTPayne

I have been away for too long and received a gentle reminder that it is time for me to get back into the swing of things. I’m an artist. I don’t draw or sculpt, and for some, that’s what comes to mind when they hear “artist”.  I do makeup. I do it well. I get paid to do it, so that makes me an artist. But I deviated from the path of artistry, because I had become disillusioned and uninspired. As a result, I took a few steps back and returned to a career that I now loathe.

As we zoom through the 2nd month of 2017, I realize that I must pick myself up, dust off my brushes, and get back to work. There are faces to paint, sets to visit, and movies to be made, and they can’t be made without me. I am publicly vowing to put myself out there more, to work more, to learn more, and to grow more as a makeup artist. It is time to renew.

Until next time,

Tiffany

 

Cognizant Shopper


Lome Clutch Bag by Babatunde. Purchased at The Silver Room-Chicago

Lome Clutch Bag by Babatunde. Purchased at The Silver Room-Chicago

If you follow my blog, then you’ve seen the last post about shopping during the holidays with companies that respect black people. I will continue to write and share pictures of my purchases that make me a proud, cognizant shopper.

I recently acquired yet another clutch bag by Babatunde, a South African company that is in the business of creating beautiful, handmade items from African fabrics in the most vibrant patterns and colors. My latest coup has fabric with my beloved sorority colors strategically placed.

I didn’t have to travel all the way to South African to buy my bag (although a trip there is definitely on my list for 2017). Instead, I walked over to The Silver Room, a Chicago, Wicker Park neighborhood staple since 1997. The owner, Eric Williams, has been able to make the word “community” not just be a word, but a feeling. The Silver Room, now located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, just makes me happy and grateful that I can spend my dollars knowing that the recipients of my hard-earned money (and as a makeup artist and an educator, I. WORK. HARD. AS. HELL) respect my culture and gender.

The saying, “You get what you pay for” is my reality. I pay for quality, unique products created by people who had me in mind and I am thankful that my money is going where I want it to go. When people buy from small, black-owned businesses or companies that create with black folks in mind, everyone benefits. Shop where your dollars make sense.

Until next time,

Tiffany

Holiday Shopping With a Purpose


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I won’t be supporting any companies that support racists. I won’t be buying products from companies that do not support people who look like me: Black women. There are many ways that I can spend my hard-earned money so today, I chose to buy some new jewelry from Rachel Stewart Jewelry. I like knowing where my dollars are being spent. If you’ve not checked out Ms. Stewart’s line of afrocentric jewelry, you are missing out. Her work is currently being sold at the Smithsonian in the National Museum of African-American History. I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of earrings in the picture above. You can thank me in advance and enjoy your holiday!

Until next time,

Tiffany