July 11, 2011

Event: Ja'Maal Buster Trunk Show at Barney's New York

This Spring Ja'Maal Buster held a truck show which traveled throughout the country appearing at several Barney's New York locations. One of his final stops brought him to Chicago. I got a chance to meet Ja'Maal, discuss his lash line and learn a little bit about his collaboration with Barney's and what brought him to this point in his career.

July 7, 2011

Review: Bdellium Tools


This is going to be a MEGA post, but please hang in there. There's a lot of valuable info.  I have 13 brushes to share with you including details about my experiences with them as well as recommended uses for them.  So, let's begin.  Let me start by sharing my introduction to Bdellium Tools.  Actually, no.  Let me start with the name.  Bdellium is NOT pronounced BEE-Dellium.  Don't believe me?  Check their site.  The "B" is silent so as much as you may be tempted to do not say BEE-Dellium.  Now that I have gotten that off my chest, onto my introduction to the line.  Nes, from the blog Lyrically Ness, tweeted about her love for the brushes and how she planned to purchase more.  I had never heard of Bdellium but she sparked my interest.  I have a good core collection of brushes so as I browsed the Bdellium website I decided to look for brushes which would augment my collection - brushes unlike any I already had.  The problem is that as I searched through Google and YouTube for blog and video reviews I didn't find info on any of the brushes that I wanted.  So, I ordered blind.  The purchase links on the Bdellium site re-direct you to Amazon where you actually place your order.  The brushes arrived less than a week later via USPS.  Bdellium was also an exhibitor at America's Beauty Show so I picked up a few brushes when I attended. At first I thought that I was just excited to try something new but in all honesty even now, three months later, I reach for these brushes more than any others.  

July 5, 2011

Event: The Makeup Show Chicago 2011 Recap

I have been dragging my feet posting my experience at The Makeup Show Chicago. I've been in a writing rut, I suppose. But, I just realized that the show was three weeks ago so this is MORE than overdue. I'm going to start with a post from Alia, the winner of my giveaway. I asked her to contribute a post sharing her experience at the show with everyone. It was her first time attending The Makeup Show and I really wanted to hear, in her words, what she took away from it. 

I had read blogs and articles about the Makeup Show in NY and LA never thinking it was possible to attend so early in my MUA pursuits. Then I learned that the show was coming to Chicago and I became determined to attend. I remembered Azia positing about the show and when I saw her contest video on YouTube I knew I had to enter. I audibly gasped when I woke up on Wednesday and saw that I had won a ticket! Woohoo, I was on my way to Chicago!

It was AWESOME! From the blogger preview that I was allowed to attend on Saturday, to meeting and hanging with fellow MUAs and people that I had admired from afar, it was all that I imagined it would be. I don’t know if it was the love of the artistry or happiness over having a show that prominent in the Midwest, but the energy was so great! I got the opportunity to purchase some items for my kit and try some new products in the market. I attended the Mastering Makeup Skills, Makeup Must Haves for Every Kit and Working in the Midwest & Beyond seminars. I also had the pleasure to attend the keynote presentations by Mr. Sam Fine and Maurice Stein, founder of Cinema Secrets. My passion and excitement for makeup artistry was magnified a million times over by this event and if you have the chance to attend one in the future, you MUST, MUST, MUST go! Thanks Azia!

I'm so glad to hear that Alia had a great time. I love giveaways! But even more than that I love when people truly enjoy what they've won and it benefits them. I have more coverage of the show coming up including the blogger preview and keynotes from Sam Fine and Johnny Lavoy.

June 3, 2011

Win A Ticket To The Makeup Show Chicago 2011

I have an AWESOME opportunity for one of my readers!  The Makeup Show is coming to Chicago next weekend for the first time ever.  Aaaaaand, I have a ticket to give away for entrance to the show on Sunday, June 12, 2011. This a pro only event which is not open to the public BUT anyone is eligible to win (well..almost anyone. You must be at least 18 years of age) in this giveaway.  If you've ever been curious about the show or were planning to attend anyway I encourage you to enter!  I have talked a lot about the show here and here. Plus, if you'd like to read up on my experience last year at The Makeup Show New York you can click here.

The rules are very simple. All you have to do is comment below and tell me why you'd like to attend the show AND be a follower. You can follow me by clicking the "Follow" button on the right. Please include your email address in your comment.  This will be a quick giveaway so comments will close on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I'll notify the winner via email by 12:00PM EST Wednesday afternoon. Once notified the winner will have until Wednesday evening at 11:59PM EST to respond. Good Luck!

May 16, 2011

Event: The Makeup Show Chicago 2011

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This is a follow up to a post from August of last year. In that post I announced that The Makeup Show is coming to CHICAGO! The Makeup Show is a trade show, networking and educational opportunity for those in the cosmetic industry.  The Powder Group started the show 6 years ago in New York and it has since branched out to Los Angeles and for the first time will be taking place NEXT MONTH in Chicago from June 12-13, 2011. I am BEYOND excited. I attended the show last year in New York so if you'd like to get an idea of what the show is about and see my experience check out these posts.  I had a great time and it was an incredible opportunity to meet other bloggers, learn about new products and companies and attend seminars taught by some of the best makeup artists in the industry.  I would HIGHLY recommend attending the show if you are a makeup artist, in cosmetology school/makeup school, a salon or spa owner, etc.

There following brands will be present at the show (plus MANY more just check out the exhibitor list) :

MAC, Inglot, Stila, MAKEUP FOREVER, Kissable Couture, LA Splash, Kett Cosmetics, Senna Cosmetics, TEMPTU, Alcone, Mehron, Smashbox, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Crown Brush...

Not only that but Sam Fine, Reggie Wells, Maurice Stein, Joanna Schlip, Michael DeVellis, Crystal Wright and several others will be on hand at the Keynote and Business Forum speaking. 

Here are the details on entry:

Proof of profession, such as a business card, industry license, COMP card, etc or student status is required at the door prior to gain entry. 

Entrance fees to The Makeup Show include the exhibit floor, main floor seminars as well as Keynote and Business Forums. Show admission tickets can be purchased via an online reservation system or at the door of the event, based on availability. For an additional fee, The Makeup Show will offer hands-on workshops on both days as well.

Ticket Prices:

One Day - $35
Two Day - $50

At Door Prices:
One Day- $50 - Tax is not included
Two Day- $65 - Tax is not included

Any additional info you may need can be found at The Makeup Show website.

I'll certainly be there and I hope to see some of you as well.

March 31, 2011

In The Know: Sears Revamps Cosmetics & Fragrance Department

I don't know where I initially read that Sears was overhauling the cosmetics and fragrance department but it looks like it's happening. I visited my local Sears and encountered a completely different department. There is bright white shelving and a kiosk for makeup demos. There was also a small register area to complete your transactions. I'm assuming there will be a dedicated beauty advisor of sort to help with your purchases. It's almost reminiscent of a mini Sephora outpost. I am very impressed. 

March 30, 2011

In The Know: New Ben Nye Mojave Luxury Powders

Ben Nye Visage Poudre Luxury Powder in Banana, a.k.a. Ben NYE Banana powder, has been a favorite of women of color and makeup artists whose clients are women of color for a long time. It's a finely milled translucent powder favored for its slight yellow/peachy tint. The powder is perfect on darker skintones because it doesn't appear ashy or create a grey cast on the skin the way some traditional white translucent powders can. 

March 29, 2011

FOTD: Top 10 of 2010

This is the look I'm wearing in my "Top 10 of 2010" Favorites video.  It was super easy and it's one of the few times that I have worn red lipstick in a video or in real life. I didn't do a tutorial but I did do a recap video where I explain the look and what I used to achieve it. I've linked that video below for those of you who'd like to see it.

March 28, 2011

Favorites: Top 10 of 2010

I'm a little late with posting this here but it's been on my You Tube channel for awhile. Here is a list of my Top 10 favorite products of 2010 and a few honorable mentions thrown in as a bonus.

March 27, 2011

In The Know: New Urban Decay Primer Potion Packaging

January 5, 2011

Are You Feeling This? Kerry Washington for LA Times Magazine

I first saw the above picture when Sam Fine tweeted it and said it was one of his latest projects.  That was a month or so ago and I saved the picture instantly.  It's gorgeous.

January 4, 2011

Sephora App AND A Free iPhone Case

Sephora has a great app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  I have it and love it.  I downloaded it about two  months ago after hearing about it from some fellow beauty bloggers on Twitter.  It's one of the nicest, most functional apps I have - and it's free!  But, not only is Sephora offering the app for free but a Sephora case for your iPhone 4G and 3G/S.  You can pick it up in store or add it to your cart when you make a purchase at sephora.com.  You can learn more about it here.  I don't know how long this offer will last so if you want it, jump on it!

January 3, 2011

About Face: Nutty Tutorial


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