Monday, December 30, 2013

[DIY OMBRE GLITTER NAILS] Eye Kandy Cosmetics... Not just for your face and body...But your nails too!

I went to get nails done on Sunday because they needed to be filled. I ended up taking my acrylics off and redoing them because I wanted them a little longer and wider. I usually just do the natural fill with a clear coat on top. It's pretty abnormal for my nail technician because most people who get their nails done want the whole Sha-Bang. But being me, I change my nail color pretty often, I'd say about once a week, so I tell my technician "just a clear coat please!". I get home and put on a thin coat of Orly's Sheer Nude........

Yeah this lasted me ONE DAY! LOL. My friends were right, who was I kidding! Bare nails are not for me. Even my husband thought my bare nails looked weird - I do not concur with his thoughts.

So with New Years around the corner, I decided to go sparkly! You know me, I love my shiny things. Instead of just using any regular ol' glitter polish I decided to use my Eye Kandy Cosmetics Glitter and turn that into nail polish. I did a little step by step Ombre look, I think you'll love it. Check it out.

All the materials you need
Materials Used:
Beauty Secrets Hardener - I got this from Sally's and used this to mix with the Eye Kandy Glitter.
Eye Kandy Glitters - I used Toffee and a limited edition color Winter Wonderland.
Seche Vite - Top coat.
Makeup Wedges - Used to create the Ombre look, you can get at any drug store or Target or Walmart.
Scrap piece of plastic - I used this to mix the clear coat and glitter together. You can even use an old CD.

Step One:
I mixed the Beauty Secrets Hardener with a little bit of the Eye Kandy Glitter in Toffee. Then I dipped the makeup wedge and started on the tip of my nails and gradually dabbed upwards. I did this to all of my nails and waited for them to dry a bit.

Step one with Toffee on my pinky nail

Step Two:
I mixed the Beauty Secrets Hardener with a little bit of the Eye Kandy Glitter in Winter Wonderland. Then I dipped a different makeup wedge and started where I left off with the Toffee. I started pretty close to the tip because I wanted that Ombre look and just kept gradually dabbing upwards.
Voila - finished product. Taken without flash.
Step Three:
I used the Seche Vite as my top coat. Watch closely when you're doing this final step because you will see how much more your nails will shine once you put the top coat on. You think that your nails were shiny before the top coat- oh boy they sure are shiny after a nice top coat.

Taken with flash. I like the photo before this one.
I LOVEEEE the way my nails came out. Its super extremely shiny. I swear it seems shinier than a regular glitter polish. These pictures do not do the glitters justice. Well it also doesn't help that I did this at night time with no natural lighting - tee hee. You can pretty much do this with any of the Eye Kandy Glitter colors. Check out their Facebook for tons of ideas and updates. They have TONS of beautiful colors - you'll want them all! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my mini tutorial!

Hope everyone has a fantastic and safe New Years! See you all next year!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

[DIY] Glittery White Eyelahses!

I'm kind of a last minute type person, okay I lied, I'm very last minute. Only probably because I have a full time job, 3 kids and a husband - I only have so much time on my hands. Anyway, I needed some white eye lashes for a photo shoot I'm working on THIS Saturday - YES that's in like 3 days! I have no time to order any and I didn't want to because most of them were way overpriced for a one time use - Ridiculous!! So, what do you think I did? Well, I made my own lashes and added a flair of glitter to them. Check them out!

I'm also a nail polish junkie, so I thought hmmm why not just paint them white! I grabbed my Borghese polish and started painting away. Then I grabbed my Eye Kandy glitters in Confetti and Marshmallow and sprinkled them onto the wet lashes. Why did I use my Eye Kandy Cosmetic glitters?? Well because these lashes will be on my model's eyes... If the glitter were to flake off, even a little bit, it will not irritate the eyes. Besides, makeup glitter is way better than craft glitter. You definitely do not want to put craft glitter near your eyes. Play the safe card like I did and use makeup glitter. As a contact wearer, I LOVE that Eye Kandy glitters do not irritate the heck out of my eyes. So why not use the best glitter out there? Doesn't the glitter give these lashes pizazz?? It's totally what I was going for and I needed something "Ice Queen"-ish. I will totally update this post with some more pictures of these lashes in action when we finish the photo shoot and my awesome friend Kristine sends me some "sneak peaks".

Wanna know how I did this? Keep on reading!

Firstly, get your Eye Kandy glitter in Confetti and Marshmallow and mix them together. I used a tad more Marshmallow than Confetti for these lashes.
Step One:
Paint on the white nail polish to the lashes, one coat at a time. I did about 3 coats on each lash using the 3rd coat as a "wet glue" to adhere the glitter to them.

Step Two:
Take your Eye Kandy Glitters mixture and sprinkle over the WET polish. Let dry. Tap the lashes a bit to release the glitter that didn't stick to the lashes.

Step Three:
Flip the lashes over and tape them in place and repeat steps one and two for the underside of the lashes.

Top - 1 coat, Middle - 2 coats, Bottom - 3 coats plus glitter

Lastly, once you've finished glittering the underneath, let it dry a little bit but not fully because then you'll want to flip them and rearrange in your lash tray so that they will fully dry with the curve of the lash tray.

Since this is my first time doing this, I thought it would be fun to actually try them on. Please excuse the photo quality and my lack of makeup and tired eyes - had a long day at work lol. The lashes are a little heavier than you're use to but you get use to them.They don't feel or look like they are weighed down at all from the polish. I think they are actually pretty comfortable, and shinnnnnny. Check it out and let me know what you think??

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

[#GIVEAWAY] Marc Jacobs Smoky Eye

Hey Beauties!

I have fallen in love with the new Marc Jacobs Collection at Sephora & I think it says Fall all over it! I love the colors they incorporated & I can't wait to see what else they come out with! I knew when I laid eyes on this trio it would be perfect to giveaway right before the holiday seasons start! Perfect for a day time light eye & even more perfect for that perfect smoky eye look that brings us into the night flawlessly. Long lasting & highly pigmented, this is a winner!

You could be a winner to! Enter below for your chance to win this trio from the Marc Jacobs Collection! 

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

[#GIVEAWAY] Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

I was sold just by reading the name of the Sephora product Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. It makes for a perfect giveaway product. Also, the winner of the giveaway can choose the powder shade. Check it out:
What it is:
A universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light.

What it does:
Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer, younger, and lit-from-within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With six universal shades available, you can create your desired effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. Ambient is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles. It is available in six universally flattering shades from least pearl to most pearl.

Ethereal Light: A sheer, cool tone that eliminates shine and mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.
Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.
Dim Light: A neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections.
Mood Light: A soft, sheer lavender pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.
Luminous Light: A champagne pearl that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.
Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

[Photoshoot] Alice in 'Wonder'land with a hint of Tim Burton

In my line of work, Makeup Artistry, you have to network and amazingly you build relationships with the people you've met. I am very grateful to have met and worked with some very talented people, from models, to photographers to people who design and make custom wardrobes. Networking makes my world go round, and I love it.

Yesterday's collaboration turned out beautifully. The custom made wardrobe for 'Alice' turned out 100 times better than I could have ever imagined. Onsite location was perfect, and of course our photographer worked her magic and took a lot of great photos. She captured every movement and pose as she always does with all of her work. Makeup was on point, some may think a little scary but that's the look we were going; for a darker version of Alice. All in all, yesterday's photo shoot was something special and I loved every minute of it. I don't have all of the photos, but check out the few that I do have below.
Model: Kaite Hansen
Model: Kaite Hansen
Model: Kaite Hansen
What do you think?? Not your normal every day routine, but I think it turned out great! With passion, talent and creativity, you definitely achieve your dreams. Don't forget to check out the work of everyone involved with yesterday's photo shoot.
Photography by:
Kristine Wahner Photography
KW Photography Facebook

Wardrobe by:
Octaviana Corsetry
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Makeup and Hair by:
Makeup by Sammie
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Reves Creatifs Magazine
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Makeup (and tools) used:
Graftobian, Ben Nye, Mehron, Inglot Cosmetics, Eye Kandy Cosmetics, MUD, Cinema Secrets, Sigma Beauty, Bdellium Tools.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

[Review] To Die for Brows

Let's face it, my eye brows are not perfect. I know of one person that I can think of that has a set of eye brows that I would DIE for. My friend, Julie, she has amazing eye brows. They're thick but not super thick, dark and had the perfect shape and I had the privilege of grooming them for her... Anyway, sorry, was getting off topic - sort of. Onto the review.

I love Sigma Beauty brushes, but have never tried their make up before. When I saw that they were coming out with the Brow Design kit ($69.00), I had to get it. It was everything that I needed in a brow kit; grooming tools, stencils, a jumbo highlight pencil, a jumbo eye brow pencil, eye brow gel in tint and clear, 5 different shades of eye brow powder, an angled brush and a jumbo pencil sharpener. What more could a girl ask for? A few things actually...
As you can see in the very top picture, the box it comes in is nice, no doubt about that. One thing I would change about it though is the bulkiness of the box. As a professional makeup artist, this kit is just way too bulky for me to lug around along with all of my other makeup. I just couldn't understand why this awesome kit was so bulky! Another thing I would probably get rid of is the TINY mirror. It really serves no purpose because you need a bigger mirror if you're going to define your eye brows the right way. I also would change the fact that that jumbo pencils are just too big, maybe that's why they made the box so big?

As for the quality of the powders, I LOVE them. They are highly pigmented and of awesome quality. I've actually had this kit for almost a year now and I still use it. Yes, I know it's been a year, what can I say - I've been busy =). But that does go to show that I've had this kit for a very long time and I still have not made a dent in the one color I use most. My brows and clients brows lasts all day long, the powders don't flake or bleed. I'm probably also fired because I don't have swatches, yet. I will get to it and update this post, I promise. I do like the jumbo matte and shimmery highlight pencils. They get the job done, I just hate that they are so "jumbo". I don't really use brow gel so I don't have any negative or positive feed back on that.

This is my before and after. Before is a little

Overall I do love this kit. The colors are on point and quality is wonderful. The price is right for the quality. As for this kit in my professional makeup case, it is not for me. As I stated before, the kit is bulky and does not fit right in my professional kit. Would I recommend this kit to my friends and fans? Yes, I would. It's a great kit for starters and serves it's purpose.

Sigma Beauty: Online
Price: $69.00


Sunday, April 7, 2013

[Photo shoot] Zombies are taking over the world!!

This will be a short blurb. I am super grateful to have met my friend Kristine of Kristine Wahner Photographer. Today we went on a fun escapade and I decided to call it "Zombies are taking over the world". They aren't really, but today's photo shoot was fun. Something different and out of the ordinary but still super fun to create a zombie featuring Janel of Dollface Janel. I even made my own fake blood, super easy to do. Check it out below.

Little Red Riding Hood turned Zombie
Don't stand too close to the window, Zombies will get you!
Just an ordinary day at the beach.
Brains for dinner.

So, what do you guys think?? I did the hair and makeup for this photo. Stay tuned for more pictures to come.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

[Contest] Just in time for Mother's day!

We all know who to credit for our upbringing; our mom's of course! Now, she doesn't even have to be blood related to be your mom. I know a lot of people out there don't know who or where their biological moms are but that's okay. Because the lovely lady that you call "mom" is your mom no matter what the DNA results say.

This contest is for deserving moms. If you know someone, you should definitely nominate them for a day of Glamour! Check out the contest at Kristine's blog here for more information on how you can nominate a deserving mom. Don't forget to like Kristine's FB Page and my FB Page for updates.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

[Experience] Boudoir Photo Shoot

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR! I know I've been MIA, and I apologize for that, but I am back now. I'm only back part time, but I am back none the less =).

I love networking. Did I tell you guys how much I LOVE networking? Seriously, it's the best thing to do especially if you're trying to run a business. I came in contact with a wonderful photographer, Kristine of Sisters Photography. I was fortunate enough to work her Boudoir Photo shoot. Check out my FB page for some photos here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that boudoir is pronounced bow-du-wah [figures since it's kind French]? Maybe I'm the only one that didn't know - oops =).

Moving forward. I had such a wonderful experience. It was definitely worth the 11 hour day. I met some amazing women and was able to help make them feel THAT much more confident before they took their photos. I, myself, am not that comfortable with my body, but after seeing these ladies bare it all with such confidence, I feel like partaking in one of these shoots one day.

If you're local to San Diego, Ca and want to do a Boudoir photo shoot, then you should definitely get in contact with Kristine at Sisters Photography. Kristine understands how intimate and private the Boudoir shoots are and she takes everyone's privacy very seriously. When you're in the studio, its just you and her, no one else - unless of course you're having a girls day Boudoir shoot, then that's a different story. You can check out Kristine's FB page here. Don't forget to "like" her page!

That's all I have for now. Keep an eye out for my next reviews. There's tons I need to tell you all about, I just haven't gotten around to writing it down. Soon my beauties, soon.