August 28, 2010

Beyond My Blog

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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)


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

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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

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

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!


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