Sunday, January 30, 2011

REVIEW: Kevyn Aucoin Face Forward

Over a year ago I picked up this book at my local bookstore for only $8. I was really into finding resources to hone my skills in a different level apart from daily makeup or makeovers.

Kevyn Aucoin's Face Forward is a fabulous book for any upcoming makeup artist. It's mainly on transformation. The first pages recommends products to have in your personal or working kit but doesn't specify which brand, mostly a brief explanation on each usage. My favorite parts are the transformation of celebrities to other iconic figures. Such as: Calista Flockhart as Audrey Hepburn. Gwenyth Paltrow as James Dean (yes, that's her!). Then it has everyday transformation on regular women (of different skin color) with detailed steps to transformation on different era periods.

The only gripe is that they never say what product they're using. It's along the lines as, "deep purple, cream foundation..." and so on.

Definitely recommend for those who want to go into theater makeup, print or those who simply love dramatic makeup and recreating certain iconic images - as this book is more geared towards that audience and doesn't have many everyday makeup tips, especially for beginners. But it does make a wonderful addition to any makeup lover's collection.


Friday, January 28, 2011

FOTD: Spectacle of Yourself

FACE: L'Oreal Foundation, MAC Springsheen Blush
EYES: UDPP Eden (base/primer), MAC Vanilla p/m (lid), Tete-A-Tint (crease-wash), MAC Spectacle of Yourself (crease), Sketch (outer v, lower lash), L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara, Prestige Liquid Liner, Ardell 120 Lashes, Wet N' Wild Brow Pencil, ELF Brow Kit
LIPS: MAC Viva Glam V


Thursday, January 27, 2011

HAUL: MAC Peacocky

MAC Mega Metal Eyeshadow - Spectacle Of Yourself
MAC Eyeshadow (perm) - Sketch
MAC Pro 15 Pan Palette

Urban Decay Primer Potion (lt to rt): MAC Spectacle of Yourself - MAC Antiqued - MAC Bronze
I was hearing a lot of good feedback on the Peacocky collection so I checked it out. The shades are all beautiful in this collection but all really duplicated. If you don't have anything similar, definitely pick one up.

Spectacle of Yourself is a deep chocolate, bronze shade. Most similar to Antiqued but has less red undertone and Spectacle is slightly deeper. The Metallic Metal collection definitely swatches much easier. It took one swipe as oppose to the shadows taking two each. If you have Antiqued in your collection, I'd probably pass. It definitely isn't unique but I do really love it and it applies so nicely.

I did love the glosses in the collection - I definitely want to pick one up before it's all sold out. I love SKETCH - oh em gee, I dunno why I never picked this one up before. And I officially now have 8 Pro Pan Palette (not including my 2 blush palette).

Oh, MAC... my wallet hates you but my face wants to make babies with you.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NOTD: WetN'Wild Haze of Love

2 Coats
Seche Vite Topcoat

Love this shade. For winter I wear nothing but white, navy, or deep reds - very flattering on my skin tone.
Deep burgundy/berry shade similar to my favorite OPI's No Spain No Gain.


Monday, January 10, 2011

FOTD: Gaga For Silver

Here's a silver look I tried out for my Grandma's visit prior to New Years.
I wanted to pair it off with Lady Gaga's Viva Glam lipstick but noticed with the cool tone of it and also with how cool silver turns on my skin, it ended up making me look very pale. So some pictures has varients of the lipstick with different glosses on top. It's definitely a lipstick I'll pair with a neutral look.

   KAFANI - She Ready Now

FACE - NARS Foundation Cardiz, L'Oreal Spa Concealer, MAC Sunbasque Blush
EYES - UDPP Eden, MAC Crystal (lid/lower lash), Vex (inner corner), Knight Devine (outer v), Typographic (deepen outer v), Texture (crease), Arena (blended above texture), Prestige Liquid Liner, L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara, ELF Brow Kit
LIPS - Lady Gaga Viva Glam L/S, NYX Natural L/G
On a personal note, I can't friggin' wait until my Nursing Assistant program ends this week. I did not enjoy school this time around but I am hoping to land a job soon in a hospital under my CMA or CNA certifications. Unemployment checks ain't the business. Afterwards, I'm considering finishing up my general ed courses (all my bio classes) and maybe doing RN and try my luck with their lottery. If not, then eh lol. Not really pursuing a career as Registered Nurse... anyone else doing or are in the medical field?

Monday, January 03, 2011

Haul: MAC Lady Gaga + Magenta

My small little MAC Haul...
Purchased Lady Gaga Viva Glam lipstick & Magenta Lip Liner.
LG Viva lipstick is really cool on my lips and a bright pastel but wearable and still unique in my small lipstick collection. Magenta is a nice deep fuchsia with blue undertone lip liner - I gotta find a lipstick to pair it up with. I'm pretty sure the more lavender shades work best with the lip liner...Up the Amp perhaps?

Any recommendations to pair up with Magenta Lip Liner?


Sunday, January 02, 2011

FOTD: To The Metal

Happy New Year!

Here is a look from last Christmas for a friend's birthday. Simple - just wanted to showcase my lips.

Bruno Mars - Granade

FACE: NARS Foundation, L'Oreal Concealer, MAC Cantaloupe Blush
EYES: UDPP (highlight), Urban Decay Naked (lid/crease), Prestige Liquid Liner, Ardell Lashes, MAC Bronze (lower lash), Wet N' Wild Brow pencil, ELF Brow Kit
LIPS: Real Colors l/l in Petal to the Metal