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Wedding Makeup: My Top 3 Go-To Products

I recently had the opportunity to BOTH work and participate in a wedding! This has never happened to me before… Let’s just say it was a LOT of stress for me but very rewarding!

Because the schedule was tight with getting myself done too, I was only able to grab one of the girls for photos right after I made her up, but thought I would share anyway:

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A shout out of a few of my favorite wedding day stand-by’s to use when I’m working are:

The Bride’s lip color:  MAC Russian Red

The Bride’s Lashes: MAC #7

Foundations on all the girls: Temptu Airbrush

Until Next time, stay fabulous, My friends!

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Mad About Mac Retro Matte

I’ve been rocking a couple of Mac Retro Matte Lip Colors lately. It occurred to me that I haven’t accepted so many compliments or ‘where-did-you-get-that?’s on my lip color in… I don’t know, a long time. This collection is not that new (Sept 13, I believe) but I’m having some fun and thought I’d share!

After much positive reinforcement on the color, along with a slow and passive realization that it does not smudge off during the day, I had to go grab some additional ‘flavors’

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Here’s what I grabbed: Retro Matte Colors
(From Left)
Relentlessly Red
Ruby Woo
All Fired Up
Not pictured: Flat Out Fabulous

“All Fired Up” is my total fave… but Ruby Woo is the original crowd pleaser of this collection, known for it’s Vampy Hollywood True red with its (visually teeth-whitening) flattering blue undertones.

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I was told by a Mac Pro that the Retro matte collection features some of the usual, pre-existing Mac Mattes, now made with the same formula that made Ruby Woo popular back in like,1999 or so.
Legend has it that these bad boys are made with kaolin clay, which undoubtedly provide its lasting, mattefying effect. My fave features here are how light it feels, it’s very vibrant colors, and it’s lasting effect without drying you out (like a stain)*

*That last part seems to vary slightly between formulas… Ruby Woo and All Fired Up seem the creamiest to me… While Flat Out Fabulous (Fuschia) and Fixed on Drama (wine) seem to go on drier.
For official info on the collection: http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/11605/New-Collections/Retro-Matte/index.tmpl

and until next time- Stay Fabulous My Friends!

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Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! (Makeup)

I had the pleasure of doing makeup for a Halloween-themed wedding recently. The Bride and Groom (Laura and Jay) wanted to be Lydia and Beetlejuice, which was a fun challenge for me to plan out.

With Halloween only a couple days away, I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures of the Bride and Groom. The cutie-pie couple was thrilled, and tells me they had lasting makeup and an AMAZING time!

It was fun creating the hair with Liquid Latex and Crepe Hair, which I steamed straight… no wigs were used in the making of Beetlejuice!

Lydia decided that GOTH was a no-go for her bridal look (and I don’t blame her!) so we tied in her GLAM look with a Temptu S/B foundation that was about half a shade lighter than reality, and some MAC ‘Orange’ and ‘Signed, Sealed’ colors. She’s got Mac Cosmetics Russian Red on her lips for a classic vamp look.

Enjoy!

Liquid Latex and Artex mixed with Cornmeal set the scene for Beetlejuice’s weird Mossy hairline


Uhhh... sir? You have something in your hair....

Uhhh… sir? You have something in your hair….


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You look GREAT! High Five!!
…Uhhh… Errr, AIR FIVE!


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Watched Latex never Dries…


Lydia Goes Glam, which is much better than Goth when you're the Bride

Lydia Goes Glam, which is much better than Goth when you’re the Bride


Yes, the shadow coordinates with the bouquet.... You are right to be impressed.

Yes, the shadow coordinates with the bouquet…. You are right to be impressed.


Lydia and Beetlejuice

As Beetlejuice says: It’s SHOWTIME!!!


Lydia and Beetlejuice (Laura and Jay): The Happy Couple!

Lydia and Beetlejuice (Laura and Jay): The Happy Couple! **Sniff** I love happy endings…

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Tutorial: Let your eye-shadows run free!!!! …in 7 Easy Steps

Why would you want to de-pot your eyeshadows (and blush/bronzer etc) from the packaging, you ask? Why WOULDN’T you?: This way you can put them all in one place, and make your life much easier! …Well, at least where makeup is involved…

Many products are offered in “pro” pans, without the packaging… but many are not. This is especially true in the case of limited edition products, or items from another brand that you’d like to combine with your pro pans in a palette.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial of how I de-potted my MAC products:

You’ll need: Parchment Paper, a flat iron, a pointy knife or screwdriver, an exact-o knife, rubbing alcohol, and craft magnets with an adhesive backing

Step One: I used a cheap IKEA knife to CAREFULLY pop the pan out of the packaging. The seam is hard to see at first. Be careful not to accidentally throw your shadow across the room!

EEEEK: don’t shoot your eye out, kid!

Here’s what the pieces look like separated:

Here are the two pieces separated

Step 2: Place the parchment paper over the flat iron (or other comparable heat source) Mine was set on 145 degrees, which is about MEDIUM. Place the pieces onto the paper so the heat can start to soften the glue (as pictured here)

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Too Hot to Hold: be careful, now!

Step 3: After about a minute or so, remove the lower packaging from the heat. The label’s adhesive will now be soft, so you can easily remove it. Set it aside.

Step 3

Yes, I label EVERYTHING

Don’t throw that label away now, ya hear!?!

Step 4: After about another minute or two, you can carefully remove the shadow pan from the heat. Very CAREFULLY wiggle your x-acto blade between the pan and the plastic. The glue should be soft, and the pan should come out easily. If not, give it another minute or so on the iron.

Step 4

God bless the label-maker.

Step 5: Be careful not to burn yourself, the metal is hot when it first comes out of the packaging. After a brief cool-down, clean the old adhesive off of back of the pan (when it’s still a little warm is the easiest!) with your rubbing alcohol. You are now ready to apply your magnet.

Step 5

Don’t Burn, baby, burn: (let the metal cool for a sec before touching it!)

I found these pre-cut adhesive magnets in the craft section at Hobby Lobby:

It JUST CAN’T get any easier than this!!

Step 6: Almost there! Put that little magnet on the back of your pan. By the way, check to see if your empty palette is just plain metal, or if it’s already magnetized… you could possibly skip this step!

Step 6

WAIT for it…….!!!

Step 7: Seems a little overkill-ish, but you’ll be happy when you run out of that color and want to get more!! Apply your label onto the back of the magnet. There should be enough left-over adhesive on there to stick it right on.

Step 7

Awwwww, Label and Magnet: a match made in heaven.

Woooo-hoooo! Now you can pop those pans into your palette and hit the road! Want to know how to make your palette look like mine? Check out my post on cracking your palette here!

Step 7

Pop those pans into your palette and hit the road!
By the way: I learned this trick via you-tube vids. Petrilude‘s vid is BY FAR my favorite one out there! Click on his name above for the link to his video^ if you’d like to watch this in action!
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Is the MAN keeping you down?? Customize your x15 MAC Pro Palette

Don’t let someone tell you how to organize your shadows… You are the ARTIIIIST, after all!

BEFORE: BORING and limited shadow storage ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

BEFORE: BORING and limited shadow storage
ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

To fit more fabulous shadows onto my Pro x15 palette, I wedged a small flat head screwdriver through one of the empty shadow spaces, and underneath the top plastic piece. I pried it up just enough so I could grip it with my hand…

Go Home, extra plastic grid-thing!
(Who even invited him???)

Be careful here, if you give it too much muscle, it will snap and could fly across the room- possibly injuring an innocent bystander (or you!). Slowly pull one end up, and if you get it just right, that piece will pull right off.

Waaaah-LAH!

Waaaah-LAH!

This can work for many brands of palettes, existing Mac Pro x15’s, and mac palettes that are smaller as well… so play around and see. Mac is making a new ‘blank-canvas’ large palette that you can customize now, I purchased this newer generation palette with an optional plastic liner for lips. Sounds like we won’t be breaking the inserts out of mac pro palettes for long! Good work, MAC.

Thinking outside the box, errr, palette: you can get nuts with products, too: invite your foundation powder to the party, blushes, bronzers, cream blushes, whatever!

Getting crazy here, people

Getting crazy here, People!

Get creative, and let me know how it goes. Until next time, Stay Fabulous my Friends!

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Beauty on the Brain: What’s on my countertop right now

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

If you’re anything like me, you use a holiday weekend (BONUS DAY!) to have some fun AND get a little bit ahead of the game. I had a chance to get organized and thought I would share what’s on my Review To-Do list, and what I’m playing around with now!

Getting Glam

MAC Cosmetics Pressed Pigments (new collection 2013) in Blonde Streak and Black Grape: picked these babies up at the MAC pro store on Armitage in Chicago last week. Loving these so far! If you try them, be sure to do your foundation AFTER your eyes (despite being easier to use than MAC Pigments, there can still be plenty of fallout)

These guys can be just a little messy… but they’re not as bad as their big brother, MAC Pigment

Not all glosses are created equal

e.l.f HD Blushes and e.l.f Super Glossy Lip ShinesI picked up a bevy of these inexpensive OTC products in lots of colors to mess around with, and it seems that there is a pretty big difference in consistency based on which colors I am using- crazy! For example, the “Honey Do” gloss is sticky and unenjoyable… but “Goddess” is a dream to wear. This should be interesting…

But oh yeah: they were only $1. So as long as they aren’t like, tar or poison or something, it will be worth it to find a keeper! =)

Snake Oil? No, Snail Serum!

Biopelle Tensage Products: Have you heard? Snail Secretions is being used as an anti-aging element. At this point, I’m only scratching the surface with my research… but here’s what I know so far: Companies are using snail secretions in facial products for anti-aging. It sounds a little weird so far, but the theory is that (pre-historic?) snails have evolved over time to protect themselves from environmental damage/ repair injuries, and are secreting growth factors and glycoproteins that are great for our skin. I need to do my homework and check out some clinical data, but in the meantime, I’m hearing good things!

Biopelle Tensage SCA 8 Biorepair Index is a particular brand of snail serum product that I’m experimenting with. SCA stands for Secretion of Cryptomphalus Aspersa, which I understand to be the type of snail. Biopelle Tensage Eye Contour Cream is their super popular slightly-tinted eye product, and I am LOVING it so far. Absolutely LOVING it. I’ll be sure to review this as I learn more!

Slow and Steady wins the race! Wait: maybe that only applies to tortoises...

Slow and Steady wins the race!
Wait: maybe that only applies to tortoises…

Have a safe holiday and until next time: Stay Fabulous my friends!

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