Overall rating: 10/10
My bottle of Beauty So Clean came in the mail yesterday and I have to say, I'm very impressed with the product. For those who don't know, Beauty So Clean is a sanitizing spray for pressed powders, eyeshadows, blushes, and cream makeup. It removes all bacteria and germs from the makeup with a quick spray. Some makeup artists just spray alcohol on their makeup to sanitize it but doing so tends to leave a glaze over top of the product - which I find looks really icky. So I invested in some Beauty So Clean instead. It contains alcohol to sanitize the products but also contains various emmolients that stop the product from drying out or glazing from the alcohol. I bought two professional size bottles, but they also come in little handy spray bottles as well (much like a perfume sample). They are great for cleaning your professional kit as well as personal use for at home.
Overall rating: 10/10
After a long day of shooting yesterday, I decided it would be a good time to wash my brushes. I always clean them with 99% alcohol after every client, but every so often, especially after you've done a bunch of people, you should give them a good wash. Because makeup brushes are made of real hair, you have to treat them like hair. You must shampoo AND condition them - just like your own hair. Once you have done that to each of your brushes, squeeze all the water out of them with paper towel and fluff them back up to their original shape, then lay them flat to dry. If you do not lay them flat (i.e. stick them in a tin), the water will drip down into the base of the brush and loosen the glue, resulting in your brushes falling apart.
PS: I put my initials on everything in my kit so they don't get lost, mixed up, or stolen.
Here is a pic of the beautiful Jamie Bell and I after her shoot with Mark Bradfield. I had the honor of doing hair and makeup for him during his sessions with some of the WBFF contestants yesterday. He is such a great photographer and a wonderful person to work with, I definitey hope we can work together again. All the models were so nice and so gorgeous - makes me want to go to the gym more often lol. Stay tuned for pics of all the girls on my portfolio page!
I've been looking for a director's chair for quite some time now. I've actually been looking on the Internet for years - ever since I finished makeup school. They've been hundreds of dollars everywhere on the Internet plus loads more for shipping so I've never bothered to get one. I recently found some at Pier 1 Imports but was waiting to get it because the chair alone was 90 bucks and then another 30 for the canvas. But luck was on my side tonight and I found out they were on sale and today! I'm so happy with it, it's such a good quality chair! Definitely worth the money. Having a nice tall and portable chair is essential for any makeup artist so you don't have to break your back working on clients. I highly recommend them, and this one is well worth the price.
My z palette came in today* and I have to say I LOVE IT! It has a super strong magnet and even came with little metal stickers to in stick other pans that arent magnetic. I did not have to use those yet though as my MAC and Yaby eyeshadows fit right in :). In this picture it makes the MAC shadows look huge compaired to the Yaby but the Yaby are just super tiny. But they are quite deep so for kits (not daily personal use) they are awesome. I’m hessitant in buying MAC shadows for my kit as they are huge and by the time they expire, you probably wont use much. The only thing kinda bad about the z palette is that its cardboard. It can get beat up looking very fast - I definitely prefer plastic. But overall it’s a great product.
Overall rating: 9.5/10
*Copied from old tumblr blog
Colours left to right: MAC shroom, ploof, naked lunch, seedy pearl. YABY first snow, blank,silver dust, hermatite, abyss, fairytail, pink diamond, glazed rose, azalea petal, strawberry sherbert, dusty pink, slightly plum, lady orchid, fairy princess, perfect wine, pottery, chocolate smoothie, old barn, baby grizzly, bark, smoked maple, antique bronze, sand dune, antique, olivetini.
So I got my paw palette in the mail today* and I have to say I’m a bit dissapointed. I originally wanted the pink sparkley one (anyone who knows me knows I’m like a crow) but you could only get those off the Beautylish site which only shipped to the states :(. So I was stuck with the white one from the Crystal Powder Ink site - i chose the lips so it matched my business cards lol. The quality looks excellent, the strap seemed to be attached very well and I love that the band is stretchy and adjustable (I have super small hands and wrists and nothing ever fits them) but the palette is TINY. They looked much bigger to me in pictures - the top picture makes it look fairly big, but in the second you can see how small it really is. I might be able to fit a couple different products on it and that’s it. It’s great for not having to go back and forth to a palette on a table and having your other hand free instead of holding the palette but I honestly expected it to be a lot bigger than it is. It is not really worth the $25 for the size.
Overall rating: 7/10 (too expensive for what it is, they should make one that is bigger)
*Old post from tumblr account
I was so excited to get these in as I am in dire need of some new blushes. When I opened them however I found they were more redish/orangey than in the pictures on the internet (the pictures on my screen looked way more peachy/pinky - great for brides). The swatches look nice to me but I was hoping for some more softer pinks and may have to fill in the gaps with a couple other blushes. The quality of the blushes are great, they are very pigmented and show up fairly true to their colour in the palette. My favourite I’d have to say is the middle one in the lace palette - it is very similar to Nars Orgasm. Also, the middle one in the Sugar palette surprisingly has redish undertones once you dig through with your brush (the top picture was taken before I started swatching them).
Overall rating: 8/10 (slightly dissapointed in the real colours compared to the colours shown on my screen)
I havent really used these yet as I just did the swatches but I’m so excited! These are some inexpensive versions of OCC Lip Tars (which I still need to get to fill in the missing colours) but I cant wait to use them for some fun makeup shoots. The packaging is a really good size and you only need a little bit and the colour comes out just like paint (so cool!). I’ll keep you posted about how I feel about these compared to the lip tars once I buy and use both :)
The colours above are Cloud 9 (white), Pin up (red), and Peek-a-boo (blue). The red and the blue are a nice primary colours so hopefully they will mix well to make other colours :)
I’ve been looking for a dark purple lipstick like this for a while, ever since I saw the Azealia Banks for MAC lipstick (I was so bummed it was US only). So when I saw this I was so psyched. I used MAC lipliner in Currant which is a little darker than the lipstick but I lined my lips, then filled them in with the lipliner doing an ombre sort of thing so it would all blend nicely. The colour of this lipstick is BEAUTIFUL, however, it goes on a little sheer. After wearing it for a few hours I noticed it was starting to bleed very badly and when you wear dark lipstick, bleeding is the worst. Another plus (or minus depending on if you like this about lipstick or not) is that is doesnt really stain your lips as bad as other MAC lipsticks so it’s very easy to take off and reapply completely. I like lipsticks that stain my lips more because then I dont feel the need to reapply it 20 times a day, with this lipstick I felt like I had to reapply it a lot to keep it looking dark. When it would fade, it looked a lot like Rebel from MAC (another one of my faves). Also, this lipstick was a cremesheen so that could be the reason it wore off so easy and was a little sheer (my other cremesheens are bright colours, not dark)
Overall rating: 8.5/10 (Only because I love the colour)
This is my new brush belt. I’m absolutely in love with it :) I got it from eBay for almost 15 bucks with shipping. It has slots for almost 30 brushes and 4 pockets total. However, the loops for the brushes are not super large (I had to put most of my Real Techniques brushes just in the pockets and not in the loops) but they are all the same size. I can fit multiple small brushes in one loop. It kind of had a funny smell but so does most things that come from China when you order off eBay. I also love how it has the flap at the top. It covers all your brushes, keeping them from getting dirty inside your kit. You can also easily tuck the flap in behind the belt as you are using it.
Overall rating: 9/10