December 23, 2009

Mario Dedivanovic Interview (from The Wedding Audiocast)

I was browsing Mario's blog awhile back and saw this interview with The Wedding Planner Audiocast. Wait, let me back it up. Mario is Mario Dedivanovic, Kim Kardashian's makeup artist. He's amazing and he seems like a really cool guy as well. So, when I saw the interview on his blog I decided to listen thinking I might catch some pro tips or insight into makeup that would be useful. The interview is about 20 minutes, I think, and it was good. I didn't learn anything mind-blowing but there were a few gems in there.

December 22, 2009

What's in your makeup folder?

What do you do with images that inspire you? When you flip through a magazine or watch a YouTube video and see a look that you love, what do you do with it? When someone posts a FOTD do you save the pics to your computer? I do - all the time. The image to the right happens to be one of them. When something jumps out at me and I want to recreate it or just commit it to memory to draw from it later I save it. I have a "makeup" folder on my hard drive that is full of these images. There have to be around 300 pictures, all of which were found on blogs, stills I captured from YT videos, FOTD posts people have done, Google image results and many other things. I'm constantly adding to them and like to browse them when I'm bored or just in a makeup rut.

December 21, 2009

About Face: Ruby Slippers Tutorial



Simple enough. Take the classic pinup look and kick it up a notch (thanks Emeril!) with red glitter on the lips. I really wanted the eyes to be neutral but to pop a bit more. There's always next time.

Project: Blue Black Hair

There is a Polish girl that works at the Sally beauty supply I frequent. She has a tan that's deepened her skin tone to only a few shades lighter than mine. LOL. But what catches my attention every time is her hair. She has a really cute razor cut bob that is JET BLACK. It's the kind of black that you can tell is from a bottle and not her scalp. I love it! I think the contrast between the tan skin and deep black looks amazing. I see women from time to time with hair like this and for the last 2 years or so I have been soooo tempted to dye my hair so that I can get that color.

December 9, 2009

Black Hair & Ruby Lips

I have two posts coming up this week, both of which feature videos and both of which I'm in the process of editing:
  1. I dyed my hair black. If you follow me on twitter or notice my updates in the sidebar, you'll know I dyed my hair. My hair is naturally dark brown but I've been thinking about dying if for a couple years now. I used a demi-permanent color which will gradually rinse out over the next 2 months. The video shows what I used, how I applied it and the results.

  2. I did a makeup tutorial with the classic neutral eye & red lip BUT I used red glitter on top of the red lipstick. Pretty cool. I also added a little gold to the center of the lips just to add something a little different.
Sooooo....here are a couple pics, sneak peeks if you will.

December 8, 2009

Tarte Friends & Family Sale



I have another Friends & Family sale to share with you! This time it's brought to you by Tarte Cosmetics. This sale is actually pretty spectacular. You're getting not 20%, not 30% but 40% off everything on the site. What a great gift to us from Tarte! I can personally recommend the Clean Slate Natural Face Primer. I don't actually use this all over my face as a foundation primer. Instead, I use it on my brows. My brow pencils glide on and STAY PUT. It's awesome. Just a little brow secret from me to you *wink*. And for $16, on sale, it's worth it.

Discount: 40%
Promo Code: FFDEC
Effective: 12/07/2009-12/13/2009
Website: http://www.tartecosmetics.com/

December 6, 2009

Because I Love It: Amber Rose Edition

PhotobucketAmber Rose = Hot! Like really hot.

I noticed her when she started dating Kanye West. I loved that she was rocking a bleached buzz cut (essentially) when most other women are so hair obsessed that they're trying to grow hair down their backs. I've seen her color her hair blue. I've seen her with bright blue lipstick. I've seen her in leotards & leather jackets, leggings & evening gowns. She stands out because she takes risks with fashion & beauty. There is nothing more refreshing & intriguing than someone who isn't afraid to be different. Actually, I think she revels in it. I love it and because of it I love Amber Rose.

December 5, 2009

Hourglass Cosmetics Friends & Family Sale



Here is the scoop on the Hourglass Cosmetics Friends & Family sale. Hourglass is a brand I heard of awhile ago. I honestly can't remember my first introduction but I was very curious about what I heard. I have samples of each of the primers but haven't gotten around to trying them. I really need to get to it because I have read rave reviews of them. The brand has a higher price point than MAC, for instance, but they seem kind of luxe and hopefully well worth the extra cost. So, if you are curious about the brand or have been waiting for an opportunity to try it now is your chance.

December 4, 2009

Get The Look - Rihanna

Ok. You have heard me mention that I love Rihanna. If you read my blog for any length of time you can expect to see a lot of Rihanna love here. So, when I saw this a few weeks ago I thought it was the perfect thing to share. Originally, I just tweeted about it but I thought I could do better than that! I wanted to share it here with you guys. This is a segment from It's on with Alexa Chung. Basically, they took a young lady who was a huge fan of Rihanna's style and transformed her, bringing out her inner Rihanna. With the help of a makeup artist, hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Rihanna's look was analyzed and recreated, faux hawk and all!


December 3, 2009

About Face: Violetta Tutorial



Here is a look for you that is essentially eyeliner & lipstick. But of course to make it interesting I have created a bold shape with the liner & a beautiful purple lip. Enjoy!

December 2, 2009

Scott Barnes

Scott Barnes. Is the name familiar? If you are really into makeup then either his name or his work are very familiar to you. He is the man responsible for the infamous JLo "glow" that everyone was trying to perfect a few years ago. But, aside from Jennifer he has worked on Nia Long, Lucy Liu, Brandy, Kimora Lee Simmons, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Uma Thurman, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Celine Dion, Mariska Hargitay among many many others. He really is fantastic at what he does. I would encourage you to check him out. There are several ways to see what he's up to, browse his portfolio or just say hello:

http://www.scottbarnes.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottBarnesTV
http://twitter.com/scottbarnes68

December 1, 2009

About Face: Silver Prism Tutorial


I am on a roll! Here is another look for you. I had so much fun doing this that I didn't want to take it off...well that and the fact that I knew it would be a pain in the ass to remove all the glitter. Anyway, enjoy & stay tuned for more!

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