About therealtpayne

Music and movie loving Makeup Artist, Wife, Bonus Mom, Guide, Mentor, Muse

Diversity in Cosmetic Ads


If you have been following my blog, then by now, you should know that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is one of my favorite brands. After searching online for the perfect white nail polish, I remembered that the brand sold one that I still needed to try, so I typed in the link to their site. I noticed immediately that the model wearing one of the latest lip tar colors was a woman of color.

For some people, particularly those who have been exposed to more cultures, the ad is no big deal. But for many women of color, most beauty ads do not feature women (or men) who share the same ethnic background. For the longest time, unless the beauty brand was Fashion Fair, people of color were never featured as models. OCC has taken a step in the right direction. It would be nice to see other cosmetic brands follow suit. Time will tell.

Until next time,

Tiffany

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Helping Hands (Product)


I “speak” with my hands and I create with them too. Sadly, my dry hands do not always look their best when they are on display, and that’s where    Lush Helping Hands Hand Lotion comes in to save my hands from looking like they’ve been intimate with flour! This creamy lotion is vegetarian, contains chamomile water, almond oil, shea butter, and other essential oils that are perfect for my thirsty skin.  A little goes a long way and lately, my skin has been thanking me. Like many people, I have eczema, so I have to be really careful about the products I introduce to my skin. I’m happy to say that this product works well for me and will stay in rotation (shoutout to my amazing hubby who bought me a trove of Lush products recently)! As the saying goes, “We all need a helping hand.”  

Until next time, 

Tiffany 

Prom Season is Here!


I love seeing the teens get dressed to the nines for their proms, as it is truly a rite of passage in our culture. I don’t book many prom appointments but when I do, I really enjoy making the young ladies look radiant and fresh.  It’s even more rewarding when I reveal the final look to them and they are so happy with the results. Check out the pictures of two beautiful and intelligent young ladies who hired me to be their makeup artist for their senior proms!

Until next time,

Tiffany

Spring Cleaning


Last night, I spent some time cleaning out my kit to prepare for some upcoming jobs. Since I had some energy, I started tossing old or rarely used cosmetics from my personal makeup stash and wondered to myself, “When did I even BUY all of this?” When you love makeup and beauty products, it’s easy, (almost too easy thanks to online shopping), to accumulate a vast amount of products. As much as I love my products, I value cleanliness and safety, so some things had to go.

Unless they are working every day as a makeup artist, most people don’t use all of the cosmetics they purchase. With companies like Sephora, Ulta, and MAC offering rewards programs for customers, the availability and easy accessibility to cosmetics makes it harder than ever to stop buying. As a result, people have literally transformed bathrooms, bedrooms, and nooks into home makeup salons.

Spring cleaning for me means paring down products to the ones I value the most and saying goodbye to those I’ve let sit around for too long. Spend money the way you choose, but when it comes to the world of cosmetics, it’s best to slow down, purchase what you need, and replace when necessary. I’ll admit that it’s hard to let go of cosmetics that you love, especially when you start adding up how much money you may have spent, but safe, clean products are better than “losing” some money over items that may cause a breakout or an infection.

Until next time,
Tiffany

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

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