Archive for March, 2010

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

March 30, 2010

This post was prompted by a request from a friend, and from when I did a consultation over the weekend.  I spoke about this briefly in an earlier posts titled, A Few basics…Enjoy! My client recently purchased a set of E.L.F makeup brushes, and brought them with her to her consultation this weekend because she wanted to learn what to use each brush for.  She came to the consultation ready to use the brushes, but, they were NOT washed! 

Washing your makeup brushes is an extremely important part of your makeup routine.  Her explanation for not washing them were that “They are new, and are covered.”  Yes, the brushes are new, but you don’t know if dye’s or anything else were used on the brushes, and washing them rids whatever dye that may be on the brushes off, as well as dust particles etc.

Cleaning your makeup brushes not only helps rid your brushes from bacteria, thus saving you from breakouts, it also helps to ensure proper makeup application; your brushes will not be contaminated with oils from your skin, skin cells, and old, oxidized makeup colors from prior makeup application.  Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly will save you money since by cleaning your brushes your brushes will last  longer.   Also, using dirty brushes in your makeup contaminates your makeup.  I would suggest investing in Beauty So Clean’s Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist. I purchased mine from Alcone Co.

How to clean your makeup brushes:
**Use luke warm water and baby shampoo if you do not have a brush cleaner.***

1. With the tip of your brush pointing downward, hold your brush under the running luke warm water. Be sure to not get the shaft of the brush wet (this will loosen the glue & your brush will come loose over time, & eventually fall out). Also, never leave your brushes soaking in water or cleaning solution – this will damage your brushes as well.

2. Apply a small amount of brush cleaner into the palm of your hand & GENTLY swirl the brush around.

3. After a lather has formed (see how much makeup comes out) rinse the brush off under the running, luke warm water (tip of the brush pointing downward) until the water runs clean. Repeat if necessary.

4. Gently squeeze excess water out (use a towel) & re-shape the brushes.

5. Lay the brushes flat on a clean towel (NEVER STAND THEM UP WHILE WET IT WILL DESTROY THE BRUSHES!)

 Repeat these steps at least once a week, especially if your brushes are being used on people other than yourself.  Bi-weekly cleaning is recommended for brushes used for personal use.
***Any brush used on a liquid cosmetic (lip gloss, lipstick, concealer, foundation) should be cleaned EVERYDAY***

For Daily Brush Cleansing, I recommend the following products:
1. Beauty So Clean Conditioning Brush Cleaner – Spray onto brush bristles, & wipe bristles on a tissue to remove makeup.  Price: $20 4.2oz bottle Alcone Co
2. Clinique Makeup Brush Cleaner – Spray on brush, wipe off with tissue. Let dry 1-2 Minutes. Price: $13 at Department Stores.
3. MAC Brush Cleanser – $11 MAC Cosmetics or Department Store Counter

This is what I use for regular cleaning.  I am almost done with this bottle & it’s discontinued .:sad face:. It makes my brushes so soft!
Nu Brush Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner & Conditioner Price: $19.99 Artistry
I have a youtube video explaining how to do this as well.  Check my youtube channel.

Do you clean your makeup brushes? If so, how often & what do you use?

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Makeover: Neutral Smokey Eye

March 29, 2010

I did a makeover yesterday, which included eyebrow grooming, full face (some contouring), and lash application.  She had a lot of redness on her face that I corrected and concealed.  I think it was due to a mask she did prior to visiting me.  Please, if you know you’re getting your makeup done, do your facials at least a week prior to just in case you have a reaction to the products used during your facial.  She also had dark under eye circles, that I concealed.

Before Pictures:

After correcting & concealing:

Finished Look:

MAC Fluidline BlackTrack
MAC Quite Natural Paint pot
MAC Amber Lights E/S
MAC Embark E/S
NYX Jumbo E/S Pencil in Black Bean
NYX Eyelashes EL 131
MAC Pigment in Shimmertime

MUFE Camouflage Concealer Palette No 5- Green & Orange Correctors
MUFE HD Invisible Foundation – 173
MUFE HD Microfinishing Powder
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Format Blush

MAC Dirty Plum Blush
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush
MAC Iridescent Loose Powder in Golden Bronze

MAC Viva Glam Gaga L/S
MAC Spice L/P
MAC Kumquat L/G


Weekend Recap: Tribeca Retail Club Fashion Night Out| Afiesha’s Birthday Party

March 28, 2010

On Friday,  March 26th, I went to the Tribeca Retail Club Fashion Night Out at Chacala a Secret Spot.  Several booths were setup, consisting mostly of accessory designers, two clothing booths, and one makeup station (Yagolicious).  The event was free, however, $15 VIP tickets were available for purchase on-line, which entitled you to a goody bag, and open bar.

This event was similar to Shecky’s Nights Out.  I think this was a pretty cool event, and is something that will definitely “pop-off” in the upcoming years.   It’s great for up & coming designers who would like to get the word out about their products.  I just wish there was a larger variety of vendors.    Like I said before, it was mostly jewelry designers.  
I ended up purchased a fly pair of shades from Accessory Remix.  These shades have been worn by people like Teyana Taylor.  They’re pretty cool since you can wear the chain on the shades sans shades.  I can’t wait to take them to the beach!  
Here are more pictures from the event:
The bag…
Yesterday was one of my best friends birthday parties – the one I asked you guys to help me pick an outfit for in this post last week.  It took place at the Gansevoort Hotel’s Rooftop.  It was nice.  All of us who came out looked great! Here are a few pictures from last night.  I ended up wearing the jumpsuit since it was so cold here in New York City.  
Birthday Girl
Me & the birthday girl
The girls!

The Cake! 
My sister made it.  If you need a cake you can email her. 
She’s on twitter too! Souldelcious


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Liptar

March 25, 2010

On March 19, 2010 I purchased four Lip Tars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in the following colors:

1. Complex (New) – “Super pale, greyed beige/violet” 
2. Hoochie (New) – “Lush, vibrant magenta” (Love it!)
3. Demure (New) – “Intense, purple fuschia” (Love it!)
4. Safety Orange – “Vivid, vibrant, juicy orange” (Love it!)

I meant to grab Vapid (pale, bubblegum lavender), which is also a new color, but I totally missed adding it to my cart.  

Description (source):
A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a featherweight, long-wearing satin finish.

Price: $12.50 

Application:  You only need very little.  Use a lip brush with this.  It glides on really smooth, and the colors are really pigmented. 

Consistency: It’s really light.  I have it on now as I’m typing this, and I don’t feel heaviness or stickiness.  Reminds me of a lipstick.  It’s a little watery coming out of the tube so be careful not to squeeze it too hard.

Demure & Safety Orange stain your lips a little, but that’s not a major deal. 

I want to pick up a few more like Tarred, Pageant etc.  they have some pretty cool colors.  I also want to try their pigments.  I heard some good things about them.

Now for the swatches:

L-R (Complex, Hoochie, Demure, Safety Orange)

From L-R (Safety Orange, Demure, Hoochie, Complex)

Lips bare (sorry about the flicks of sparkle. I was wearing Pinkarat prior to swatching these)




Safety Orange

Have any of you tried OCC Lip Tars? If so, how’d you like them?  I look forward to your feedback.

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*IMPORTANT* March of Dimes Walk – Participate & Donate (Please!)

March 25, 2010

A friend of mine signed up for the March of Dimes Walk taking place Sunday, April 25,2010 in memory of their daughter Caitlyn who passed days after being born (she has a surviving twin sister, Cassie). 

Date: April 25, 2010
Time: 8:00 AM (registration) Starts at 9:00 AM
Place: Riverside Boulevard
Riverside Boulevard (at the Boardwalk)
Long Beach, NY 11561
Phone: (516) 496-2100 

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 

March of Dimes is an organization dedicated to making people aware of thousands of babies born too soon, too small and often sick. Their team is walking for babies because we want to do something about this. I know you care, too. That’s why I’m asking you to join them. It’s easy: just click on the link March for Babies If you can’t walk with them, please help by donating to their team. 

Thank you for helping give all babies a healthy start!

The Importance of Primer II: Eyeshadow Primers/Base

March 25, 2010

Over the weekend I introduced you to the world of makeup primers, in the post titled The Importance of Primer: Keep Your Makeup Lasting all Day where I talked about the different types foundation primers, and their purpose.   In this post, I will cover eyelid/eyeshadow primers/bases.  

Eyeshadow primers serve the same purpose as foundation primers, which is keeping the eyeshadow in place throughout the day, and ensure smooth application of the eyeshadows you’re applying.  Eyeshadow primers are great for people like myself who have oily lids.   If you have oily lids, and have used eyeshadow without a primer, you’ll notice that within a few hours of wear, the eyeshadow has slid off and/or creased.  
An eyeshadow base, is a base color you apply before you apply a eyeshadow to make it “pop” and become more vibrant; it ensures the eyeshadow shows true to color.  For example, applying a white cream base like NYX E/S Base or NYX Jumbo E/P in Milk,  before applying a blue eyeshadow will make the color “pop.”  An eyeshadow base can also help prevent creasing but it doesn’t always work.

List of Eyeshadow Primers I’ve used/use

1. Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) Original – $18
– This is my HG eyelid primer.  I use it in all of my tutorials & during regular makeup applications.  It’s sheer/totally nude.  Goes on smooth with a thin, creamy consistency.  A little goes a long way. 

2. Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) Sin  – $18
– Nice champagne color when applied to lids, which allows you to wear it alone.  Great for use under shimmery/metallic eyeshadows. I love this just as much as the original. 

3. Bare Escentuals PrimeTime Eyelid Primer – $16
– It works well.  I don’t like the applicator. I usually use a concealer brush with it.  It a little too thick for me, and it makes my lids look “ashy.”  A little goes a long way.  

List of Eyeshadow Bases I’ve used/use

1. MAC Cream Colour Base (Luna) – $16.50
-Multifunctional product; can be used on lips, eyes and cheeks.  Be careful which base you use since all are not made to be used on all parts of your face.  It has a creamy/gloss consistency which allows e/s to stick.  I find it works best when used with a primer under.  Do not apply too much or you WILL experience creasing.  Can be applied with a concealer brush or finger. 

2. NYX Jumbo E/P  (Milk) – $3.50
– This is the HG base for most makeup junkies, mua’s, and beauty bloggers.  It works well, especially with bright colors. It comes in a variety of colors, but you mostly see Black Bean and Milk used most. Apply directly to the lid & blend out with a brush.

3. NYX E/S Base (White) – $6
– This to me is just the Jumbo E/S pencil in a jar; similar consistencies.  The Jumbo E/S Pencil is less.  They work the same to me. 

4. MAC Paint Pot (Quite Natural)-  $16.50 
-This has a creamy consistency, and dries to a nice smooth finish.  Creates seamless coverage without the weight or caking.  This is great if you have discoloration on your lids since it’s pigmented enough.  Available in matte & pearl formula’s.  It also comes in a variety of colors, which gives you the option to use it as a an eye prep, or go for a more bold/vibrant color to make your eyeshadows “pop.”  

***Bargain Hunter Alternative’s***
1. L’Oreal Decrease Eyeshadow Base – $7.99 at Walgreen’s
2. Victoria’s Secret PRO Lasting FX Eyeshadow Primer – $8 at Victoria’s Secret
3  Concealer (works well for me) 

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Makeover: Neutral Look

March 24, 2010

I did her eyebrows (shape, trim & fill) there’s a video for it, I just have to edit it and upload it onto youtube.

***Hair by Sonia Lashley – Soketah Hair Diva’s Brooklyn***

MAC Brow Set – Clear
Ardell Brow Powder in Mink

MAC Paintpot in Quite Bare
MAC Vanilla Pigment (brow Highlight)
MAC Bronze E/S
MAC Embark E/S
MAC Fluidline in BlackTrack
MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder
NYX Lashes

MUFE Camouflage Palette #5 – Orange Corrector
MAC Studiofinish Concealer in NC45 set with Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder – NC45
Graftobian HD Creme Foundation in Pecan (Nose Contour)

MAC Iridescent Powder – Golden Bronze
MAC Sweet as Cocoa Blush (contour cheeks)

MAC Honeyflower L/S

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Tutorial: Leona Lewis ‘I Got You’ Inspired Makeup & Giveaway

March 23, 2010

My friend, Jonesy sent me this video for Leona Lewis’ song ‘I Got You’ because she liked the look.  I took the time to do an inspired look.  Not an exact re-creation.  I hope you like it. 

Here’s the link to the video Leona Lewis Inspired Makeup Tutorial

UDPP Original & Sin
SMH Champagne E/S
MAC Eye Kohl – Smolder
MAC Fluidline – Black Track
Black, Navy Blue and Tan E/S 120 Palette
MAC Embark E/S (Crease & Brows)
NYX EL111 Eyelashes

MUFE Camouflage Corrector Palette #5 – Orange Corrector
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC45 (under eye)/NC50 (blemishes)
MAC MSF Natural – Dark All Over Face
Ben NYE Banana Powder (under eye to set concealer)

MAC Blush Ombre in Ripe Peach

MAC Bronzilla L/S
MAC C-Thru L/G

I’ve reached 250+ Blog followers .:YAY:.  I never thought I’d get 100.  I’m very happy & fortunate.  I will have a blog giveaway coming up sometime this week to thank you all.  I will try to have at least three(3) winners this time around. Check back to see when it’s posted so you can enter.  
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The Importance of Primer: Keep your Makeup Lasting all Day

March 21, 2010

MUFE HD All Mat Primer
MUFE HD Foundation #173 (center of face) & Mix of #173 & 177
MAC Bronze E/S
MAC Embark E/S
SMH Champagne E/S (highlight & tear duct)
MAC Fabulash 
MUFE Aqua Eyes in Black
Ardell Brow Defining Powder in Mink
MAC Dirty Plum Blush
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush
MAC Iridescent Loose Powder – Golden Bronze

MAC Silly Girl L/G

The Importance of Primer: Keep your Makeup Lasting all Day

In this post I’m going to talk about ways I keep (and probably most other people) my makeup lasting all day.   I use a primer; one for my eyelids and one for my face (foundation primer). 

Primers in general, prepare your skin for makeup application by providing a smooth, even surface free of lines and wrinkles (if you have them) and minimizes larger pores. Primers give makeup something to “grab” onto, making your makeup last longer, lessening the need for touch-ups throughout the day.  It’s not good layering makeup on top of old makeup.  Plus, you will decrease the likelihood of your makeup having that “cakey” look you see when people layer makeup throughout the course of the day.

Most foundation primers are silicone based, fragrance free and oil free, and come in a gel to powder formula.  A makeup primer is great for people with very dry and sensitive skin since it nourishes the skin and calms inflammations, and if using a color-correcting primer, it can help even out skin tone and discoloration. There are also special formulations for people with oily skin as well, which are called mattifiers, and I use this type.   

Foundation primers allow you to use less of your makeup since your foundation isn’t absorbing into your skin. The primer acts as a base, with the foundation adhering to the primer rather than the skin itself. With a primer reducing the imperfections of the skin’s surface, less of the product is needed to cover those areas.

Primer Application
1.  Apply Moisturizer & blot off excess with a tissue 
(apply an oil-free moisturizer  if you have oily skin)
2. Let the moisturizer set for 5 min
3. Put a little bit of primer on the back of your hand (warms it) 
4. Apply the primer with a  sponge all over your face in a stippling motion. 
***When using a mattifying primer, make sure to apply it to your t-zone or any areas you tend to be oily the most.***
5. Apply foundation after primer has set. 

These are the one’s I’ve used.  
***MUFE’s All Mat & Tarte are my favorite***
1. Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer – $30 at Sephora
(Doesn’t work & broke me out)

2. MUFE All Mat – $45 at Sephora & MUFE 

3. Tarte Clean Slate Primer – $30 at Sephora 
Look out for my next post on Eyelid Primers & Eyeshadow Bases

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Haul: Make Up For Ever, Red Cherry, NYX

March 21, 2010

Here are a few items I purchased within the last few weeks.

I went to Make Up For Ever Professional in the city yesterday, which was quite empty to my surprise.  I forgot to pick up Smokey Lash Mascara and a lipstick palette.  I also need to go back to pick up some eyeshadows & the HD blush.

This is what I bought from there:
HD Microfinishing Powder – Original Price $30
HD Invisible Cover Foundation #173 & #177 – Original Price $40
HD Concealer #355, #360, #345 – Original Price $28
All Mat  Primer – Original Price $45
Camouflage Concealer Palette #4 & #5 – Original Price $36

These are the Red Cherry Lashes I purchased from IHeartRedCherry.  They were $1.70 when they had their sale.  100% Human Hair & they are SO SO LIGHT! I love them.  I still Love my NYX Lashes though.

This is what I got from NYX
Jumbo E/S Pencils in the following Colors:
#622 Yellow
#618 Purple
#623 Orange
#616 Pacific
#607 Horse Raddish
#604 Milk
Orange Cream Blush – Great for Women of Color.

I also picked up this eyebrow grooming set for $9.50 from Duane Reade
It comes with a scissor, eyebrow shaver/brow comb (I will NEVER use), a brow brush.

My Nails for the last few days…

Essie Mint Candy Apple & Tart Deco on the Ring Finger

I went to Dashing Diva & got my toes painted in China Glaze For Audrey.

I hope you all had a great weekend .:smiles:.