November 21, 2010

Coming Soon...About Face: Nutty Tutorial



Hello!  This is a look I did a few weeks ago that I loved and recreated for a tutorial.  I am kind of rusty at the tutorial making process so this isn't my finest attempt but I'm in the process of editing the video and should have it for you guys soon.  The products are mostly drugstore so it's an easy and inexpensive look to duplicate.

November 17, 2010

Are You Feeling This? Keri Hilson's "No Boys Allowed" Album Cover


Keri Hilson has leaked the album cover of her sophomore release, "No Boys Allowed", ahead of its scheduled December 21 release.  I think it looks fantastic!  Keri is hit or miss a lot of the time with me.  Sometimes I LOVE her look and sometimes I really don't get where she is coming from.  But, I've gotta say I love everything about this look.  It's so sultry!  The makeup was done by makeup artist Billy B., who never ceases to amaze me.  I might do a blog post on him because he is really out of this world...but anyway....Are You Feeling This?

October 28, 2010

Sephora Halloween 2010



Halloween is here again!  YAY!  Sephora has created a group of looks using products from some of your makeup brands.  You can use these looks to accent your existing costume or build a costume idea around them.  The great thing about them is that, unlike a costume which you will probably wear once and put aside, the makeup used here can be incorporated into your collection for use everyday....or on special occasions.  :)

October 18, 2010

FOTD: All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go


I was headed out last Saturday in the unseasonably, amazing weather but I never made it.  I would show you guys my outfit to put this look in its proper perspective but I don't really do OOTD so....yeah.  But it was a beautiful purple button down with white shorts.

September 30, 2010

Are You Feeling This? Nicki Minaj for OUT Magazine


Nicki Nicki Nicki.  Such a divisive character.  People either love her or they hate her.  Why she evokes such strong reactions I don't know.  I don't have strong feelings about her either way.  I look at her for what she is - an entertainer.  In this spread for OUT Magazine she puts a whimsical twist on her playful, colorful persona.  It's more stylized and a little surreal.  I.  LOVE.  IT.  

40% OFF at Ulta


Now is the perfect time to stock up on your favorites from Revlon, Maybelline, Physicians Formula and NYX because they are all 40% OFF at Ulta.  So, if you need backups of your foundation, lipstick, jumbo pencils or powder, GET TO IT.  AND here is a coupon for $3.50 OFF a $10 purchase (make sure to read the fine print).  That makes this sale THAT much better.  Hurry though.  
The sale ends this Saturday, October 2, 2010.


September 28, 2010

10 Ways to Look Better in Pictures - 10 Ways... - Beauty - InStyle

Instyle.com gives you 10 ways to look better in your pics including Faking a Tummy Tuck and Cutting Back on the Hairspray.

10 Ways to Look Better in Pictures - 10 Ways... - Beauty - InStyle

September 16, 2010

Watch The Blonds S/S 2011 show live tonight!


You may have heard me mention my love for The Blonds on Twitter or Facebook. I absolutely love this design duo. The have dressed Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole, Britney Spears and so on and so on. If I, scratch that, when I make it to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week I have to see their show. This year they have teamed up with MAC&Milk to present their show. For those of us who can't make it (:D), it will stream live tonight at 7:15PM EST on milkmade.com. It will be well worth checking out. Not only are the clothes amazing but the hair and makeup is fantastic. Here's a look at their F/W 2010 collection where Kabuki was the lead makeup artist:

September 13, 2010

Are You Feeling This? Kelly Rowland for YRB Magazine


Kelly Rowland is ramping up the promotion for her upcoming third solo album. She recently shot with photographer Mike Ruiz, who I love, and here are a few pics from the session. The shoot was done for YRB Magazine and the above picture features Kelly rocking a design by The Blonds. I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Blonds. If I can ever make it to New York Fashion Week (I'm looking at 2011) that is the ONE show that I would die to see!

September 11, 2010

My Secret to Clear Skin


I have found my cleansing HG (Holy Grail). I am always in search of the best cleanser, moisturizer, mask, etc. It's hard to find that one product that you can count on and go back to time and time again.

September 8, 2010

Review: Rock & Republic Blush in "Kinky"


Rock and Republic is a premium denim brand made famous for its celebrity clientèle and its collaborations, namely their collection with Victoria Beckham. What a lot of people don't know is that the brand also has a line of cosmetics. It debuted in the fall of 2008 and was sold at Rock & Republic stores as well as high end department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. It has since been pulled and can only be found at R&R stores and on their website. I think the main reason that this line didn't catch on was the price point. The blush is $40. There is a highlighting and bronzing powder duo that is $225. O_o WHOA! The line is extensive including lip gloss, pressed powder, blush, eyeshadow, tinted primer, etc. But, I think the price point - even for a luxury brand - was certainly a hurdle for them, especially in this economy. Luckily, I was able to catch a sale on HauteLook, which is an online sample sale site. The Rock & Republic cosmetics were 50% off. So, enough of that. Onto the blush!

September 3, 2010

About Face: Christina Aguilera Inspired Tutorial




Soooo....here it is. I wasn't going to post this tutorial, as I mentioned in my previous post, but you guys liked it and I aim to please. :)

August 28, 2010

Beyond My Blog

image courtesy of valentefrazier.com


Valente Frazier walks you through recreating the sexy, bronzed look he created for Nicole Ari Parker. Nicole Ari Parker: Fresh Bronzed Face (Valente Frazier)

Cheryl gives great advice for keeping hygiene first when testing and swatching beauty products. Sephora Etiquette 101: No Double Dipping (Beauty and the Blog)

Troy is incredible. Here he creates a beautiful, soft bronze look on the already beautiful Kelly Brook. British Beauty Kelly Brook, Decked Out In Revlon (Troy Jensen)

Laura shows how the other half live. Lucky Bitch! (Lollipop26)

Yinka shows why NARS Taj Mahal has a cult following. Unlocking The Vault: NARS Taj Mahal (Vex In The City)

UPDATE: There are two more links I'd like to add

Danielle shares her favorite drugstore items - several are my faves as well.
Beauty on a Budget: 15 Bitchie Drugstore Makeup Products to Try (Bitchie Life)

AND

Danielle also share her recs for nude lip colors on women ranging in skintone from Jennifer Lopez to Alek Wek.
Nude Lips for Skin of Color (Bitchie Life)

August 26, 2010

Sneak Peek: Behind The Scenes with Makeup Artist Kat DeJesus

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to be doing an upcoming post on a recent visit to a photoshoot. This isn't that post but more of a sneak peek. I am going to be profiling a local makeup artist named Kat DeJesus. So, I wanted to get some shots of her at work and talk to her about her work and her process. It was really interesting, actually. I also got to chat a bit with the stylist and the photographer. It should be a great post! Here are are few pics from my visit:


Essence 40th Anniversary Issue

A couple of weeks ago, Sam Fine posted a link on Twitter to a video showing the behind the scenes footage of the 40th anniversary cover shoot of Essence magazine. It features Iman, Naomi Campbell and Liya Kebede. Sam was Iman's makeup artist for the shoot.

Three generations of Black beauty. Three of the most successful Black supermodels. I'm awed. When you see the three of them together you can see the power of Black beauty. You also see why they are and were at the top of their profession. Gorgeous!

I always love behind the scenes footage. I am the person that is always curious about the things we don't see. I also love to see artists at work - whether it's the photographer, hair stylist, makeup artist or wardrobe stylist. Speaking of which, look forward to my own BTS post of a shoot I recently attended.

August 13, 2010

Beyond My Blog

image courtesy of Deshawn Loves Makeup

I love the visual makeup artist Deshawn created for FASHION JOURNAL BEAUTY 2010. Something New (Deshawn Loves Makeup)

Jennifer REALLY breaks it down for those doing retail makeup "I love working at _____!" OH DO YOU? REALLY? REALLY?! (Jennifer James Beauty)

I love Erin's enthusiasm for her Ravens. LOL. I Heart The Ravens Purple FOTD (Scandalous Beauty)


Jackie shows you how to execute a Copper Smokey Eye. Fall Beauty: How To Get A Copper Smokey Eye (JG Makeup) <----I heart Jackie

Speaking of Smokey Eyes...My God! Introducing My Newest Pop Muse Kristine Elezaj (Troy Jensen)

Nic and Sam give you a peek inside one of the makeup courses they offer. iPhone Picture Log - Pixiwoo Make-up Course (Fashion Face.tv)

Stila gives a mini lesson on contouring & highlighting the face. Pro artist tip of the week – How to contour (Stila Blog)


August 12, 2010

The Makeup Show Chicago June 2011

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After celebrating a successful 5-year anniversary and with the recent acquisition of The Makeup Show by Metropolitan Pavilion Events & Production from The Powder Group earlier this year, The Makeup Show announce today it is expanding to the Midwest with the addition of The Makeup Show Chicago in 2011.

August 11, 2010

About Face: Christina Aguilera Inspired Tutorial (FAIL)



Lordy Lordy. I had such ambitions for this look. If you watched my latest video, you know that I mentioned I would be doing a Christina Aguilera inspired look. I was inspired by a look from her "Not Myself Tonight" video. Well, it didn't turn out. It was such a pain to do that I haven't felt like trying to recreate it. I pretty much chucked the whole idea.

August 7, 2010

Giveaway: The New "Fundamental Beauty" DVD by Danessa Myricks

This weekend the world famous Bronner Brothers International Hair Show will be taking place in Atlanta, GA. There will be exhibitors and educators from across the beauty and hair industry. One of whom will be renowned makeup artist Danessa Myricks. If you aren't familiar with Danessa, check out her website. She's accomplished, impressive and an educator who focuses on proving you with the tools and techniques needed to perfect a flawless makeup application.

Danessa will be debuting her latest DVD, "Fundamental Beauty", for those attending the show this weekend. But, for those of you who can't make it to ATL don't worry. Danessa is offering one of my readers the opportunity to win the DVD! She describes it as a "focus on the core essential concepts for achieving a natural beauty makeup application." I can't even stress how crucial, I feel, it is for every woman to know how to apply her makeup in a way that best highlights her natural beauty. Danessa's videos walk you through step by step and are a great way to soak up some of her best tips and tricks if you can't make it to one of her workshops.

The contest will begin this Saturday, August 7, 2010 and run through this weekend, coinciding with the show. The contest will end Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 11:59 PM.

The rules are very simple:
  • You must follow Danessa (@DanessaMyricks) and I (@aziajs_faces) on Twitter.

    (If you don't have an account, open one! It's easy. All you'll need is a valid email address and you're in business. Twitter is a great way to stay connected to your family and friends as well as a tool to connect you to others who share your passion for makeup and beauty.)

  • Leave a comment below telling me what you, personally, feel is essential to executing a flawless, natural makeup application. Don't forget to include your Twitter name in your comment!

It's just that simple. So, comment away and Good Luck!

This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

August 6, 2010

Steals & Deals Around The Web

Stila ONLINE Warehouse Sale


It's started! The Stila Warehouse Sale went live at 3:00 AM EST/12:00 AM PST this Friday, August 6, 2010. Be sure to head over to Stila's website and stock up on deals up to 75% off! I saw eyeshadows for $7, eyeshadow palettes for $15, mascaras for $8 and SO MUCH MORE!

I've been looking forward to this all week. I always miss Stila's annual Warehouse Sale because I don't live in LA but now anyone around the country can take part. PLUS, there is FREE SHIPPING on any purchase of $50 or more. So, what are you waiting for?!?!? Happy Shopping!

July 29, 2010

Beyond My Blog

Here are a few posts I've come across this week in the blogosphere which I wanted to share:

July 26, 2010

Are You Feeling This? Brandy for 160g Magazine

Brandy has been out of sight (and out of mind) for a while now. Well, it appears that she's back with a new reality tv show and a new album in the works. A part of the promotion for her new projects involves getting her face out there through features in magazines and new photoshoots. This particular photoshoot caught my eye and I'd like to know what you think. It was done for 160g Magazine and is, in my opinion, THE BEST I've seen Brandy look in a long time...if not ever. So, I ask: Are You Feeling This?

For the full spread visit the 160g Magazine website.

Necole Bitchie's Interview With Celebrity Make Up Artist AJ Crimson

AJ Crimson is amazing! I first learned of him through his work with Amerie. Whenever I would see her in a magazine, in one of her videos or during a performance I would always wonder, "who did her makeup?"

AJ recently spoke with Necole Bitchie about his work, how he got started and working with some of his celebrity clientele.

Necole Bitchie and I got our start in radio at Detroit’s FM 98 WJLB, and so did you! How did you go from a producer at WJLB to a Celebrity Make-Up artist?

$25 Makeup Classes from Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson

The Affordable Beauty - Class Series is a series of four (4) dates AJ Crimson has set up throughout the country to provide women with an opportunity to learn some of his tips and tricks to a flawless face - and for only $25.

If you aren't familiar with AJ, he is the man behind some of the work you see on faces like Fergie, Letoya Luckett, Amerie, Estelle, Keisha Whitaker (a partner in his Kissable Couture lipgloss line), and Brandy. In fact, AJ did the makeup for Brandy's latest shoot for 160g Magazine, in which she looked gorgeous.

AJ is amazing and I'm sure the class will be WELL worth it. Here are a list of the dates, I just wish he was coming to my city!

July 4, 2010

Haul: The Makeup Show NYC 2010


Ok, here is the final installment. It took me a week to edit this video because the editing program or my computer was acting crazy. This is my haul from the show. I was really proud of myself because I didn't go crazy. I already have so much makeup that I really went for things I didn't have or things that I have been wanting for awhile.

June 4, 2010

The Makeup Show Week - Out & About in NYC


This is my next to last installment of The Makeup Show Week. I fell off my posting schedule. Sorry. The next post will be my haul and I think I'll do a video for that so stay tuned. Anyway, let's get to it.

May 26, 2010

The Makeup Show Week - MUFE Event



MAKEUP FOREVER EVENT

So, if you have been reading my posts thus far you know that Monday was a rough morning for me. But, I pulled it together and it ended up being the best day of my entire trip to NYC. Let me give you a little backstory (I love backstory - LOL). I was leaving the show on Sunday. I decided to stop by Duane Read to pick up a few things and then hop back on the train to my hotel. Well, who do I see as I'm making my way to the intersection???? DANY SANZ! For those who don't know, and I can't imagine that could be many of you, Dany Sanz is the creator of the cosmetic line Makeup Forever.

The Makeup Show Week - Fly Beauty Lounge Event


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Beauty Blogger Erin, from Scandalous Beauty, held a networking event for makeup artists, bloggers, photographers, and anyone in the beauty industry. The event took place on Saturday, May 15, the day before the Makeup Show began. It was held at Taj II lounge in Chelsea and was co-hosted by makeup artist Warren Beautiful. They hosted the first Fly Beauty Lounge a few months ago in DC and it was such a success they decided to host another. If I'm not mistaken, Erin and Warren are planning to host Fly Beauty Lounges throughout the country.

May 24, 2010

The Makeup Show Week - Day 2


DAY 2

Alright...day 2. I had such a rough morning. My legs started cramping late at night so I woke up tired, sore and I wasn't at all rested. Because I hadn't slept I wasn't feeling that great and I had a headache. I was dragging and I ended up missing The Bulletproof Bride: Durable Bridal Makeup Kevin James Bennett for Make Up For Ever . This seminar was the main one I wanted to catch at the show because I was doing a friend's makeup for her wedding (which I found out today won't be needed). So I wasn't in a good mood. Long story short, I spoke to my mother and decided that it was up to me to make the best of my time in NYC because it would be over before I knew it. I took a deep breath and decided to collect myself before I went to the show.

May 23, 2010

The Makeup Show Week - Day 1



Hey everyone! Last week I flew out to New York to attend The Makeup Show. For those that don't know, The Makeup Show is a pro event held every year by The Powder Group. There are makeup artists from across the country, and the world, who come together to network, to browse brands and products and to learn. You can learn a little more about it on their site.

There are seminars and workshops lead by some of the best in their fields. It was particularly great for me because I got to meet tons of beauty bloggers. Some of the bloggers I have known from beauty forums over the years, some through twitter and yet there were some to whom I'd only been introduced through the show.

I am devoting this entire week to my trip to The Makeup Show. I have A LOT to share, including my haul, my walk through SoHo, an event I attended at The Makeup Forever store (where I met Dany Sanz) and TONS of pictures. So let's get started!

May 9, 2010

Faces From Aziajs on Facebook

I now have another way to connect to you - Facebook. I recently created a Facebook page and I'd love for you to check it out. I have photo albums containing my FOTDs & Face Charts as well as pics from past tutorials. You can also view some of my tutorials and check out my blog posts. It's a really cool way to combine all of the content I've created in one place. You can find it here:

May 2, 2010

Product Spotlight: E.L.F. at Target



I remember having a conversation a couple years ago with my uncle's then girlfriend about makeup. She mentioned that she loved E.L.F, especially since all the products were $1. I politely smiled and nodded. I had heard of E.L.F. but I would never use it....I mean it was a dollar. I thought it was cute and novel but really meant for people who really weren't into makeup or knew anything about it. It would never compare to MAC or NARS, two of my then favorites. So, I avoided the brand. However, I read in the blog world that it was coming to Target and I had been hearing more and more about some of the great products from the brand. I'd also read that there was an expanded Studio line that was a step up in price and quality.

March 31, 2010

Review: LASplash Diamond Dust & Eye Sparkle Loose Mineral Eyeshadow



I am absolutely in love. Since MAC reduced the size of their pigments I have been looking for alternatives. I stumbled upon these last summer at Ulta but they were a limited edition product. Now, they are back and this time they are available permanently.

March 27, 2010

About Face: Nicki Minaj Inspired Tutorial

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Nicki Minaj. I am not a fan of her music but I am a fan of her style. I like that she's silly and has an over the top persona. I also like that she isn't afraid to wear color. Too often you see women of color focus on brown/gold/bronze colors. Nicki wears pink and green, yellow and blue. It's fantastic.

March 15, 2010

Coming up!

So I have a blog post coming about LA Splash Diamond Dust & Eye Sparkle Mineral Eyeshadows. But....I did a look for the video and I wanted to know if you guys think it's tutorial worthy. I really can't decide because it's not a wearable look. It's more of a creative/fun look. Would you guys like to know how I did it? Let me know!

Here's a look at the LA Splash Diamond Dust & Mineral Shadows:



March 9, 2010

About Face: Sunny Daze Tutorial

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This look is colorful, a little island-inspired and features one of my favorite products, LA Splash Diamond Dust.

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