Monday, May 4, 2015

RAW Exposure Show

Hey everyone!!  It's been a long time and sorry for my absence on here.  Just wanted to show some work I did at my first showcase last week. 


My inspiration for the makeup came from our traditional Hmong clothing.  I wanted to do something that incorporated my culture into the look since this was my first show.  And what a show it was!!  I'm glad I got encouragement from my husband and friend to do the show and to put my best foot forward.  Here's to many more exciting adventures in the near future!

You can view more pictures on my FB page HERmakeup82.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vidal Sassoon London Lilac

Hey ladies.  Tonight I wanted to share my hair dying experience using the Vidal Sassoon Vibrant Color dye in London Lilac (a product I've been looking for for months!)

Here's my faded out Garnier 53 Medium Golden Brown color

Vidal Sassoon London Lilac
You can see the purple shades in the 2 pictures below, which were taken the day after I dyed my hair.
The downfall with this dye is that if you don't have super light hair, the "lilac" shade doesn't show unless you're in sunlight. 

The picture below is from last Saturday and my hair looks more red now since the purple washed out.

It definitely was weird seeing myself with dark hair again but the hubby liked it, so that's a plus.  Now I'm pretty much used to the dark hair and it's only been about 2 wks.  LOL  But I will most likely dye it again with some dyes from Sally's Beauty Supply in the next couple months.

Until then, this will be the hair color I sport.  haha

Have a good night!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Feeling Like a Mermaid

Happy New Year Ladies!

Long time no post.  Just wanted to share a quick look I did over the weekend for the hell of it.  Nothing too special...just felt like wearing some color on the eyes.

Here's a hideous before and a beautiful after pic in natural light

Eve Pearl Medium/Tan Salmon concealer to conceal my dark circles
Cinema Secrets Cream Foundation Kit #3 palette - shades 302 & 301 mix with
Graftobian Cream Foundation Warm Palette #1 shade Ingenue
Mac Prolong concealer in shade NC20 for highlight
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent to set under eyes and face 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow and Brow Wiz in Ebony

Urban Decay Vice palette
shade Undone as transition color, Freeze all over lid, Dragon on outer corner with Heroine to darken it.  Smudged Freeze, Dragon and Heroine on lower lash line.
ColourPop Cosmetics eye shadow in Get Lucky in tear duct
NYX Gel Liner & Smudger in Jet Black to line top line and lower water line
Maybelline the Falsies Waterproof mascara
Lashes are unknown from an eBay set

Cinema Secrets Cream Foundation Kit #3 shade 202 to contour
Ben Nye Contour no. 1 to set cream contour
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light to warm up my face
Hourglass Ambient Lightning blush in Diffused Heat, Benefit Rockateur blush and Mac blush in Melba mixed for a nice peachy pink glow

NYX Lip Liner in Natural
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

Set my makeup with ELF makeup setting spray.

Hopefully I will have more motivation to do more colorful looks on my weekends but you know how it is...wear makeup all week to work that on the weekends, if I don't have to wear makeup, I won't wear it.  It's nice to give my skin a break from makeup.  haha

Anyways, hope everyone has a good night!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

What's in my Makeup Bag?

Hey ladies!!!  It's good to be back on the blog.  It's been a busy BUSY couple months since my last post.  

Tonight, I thought I'd share what was in my makeup bag that I usually pack with me on a daily basis (mainly to work).

My cute bag is by Sonia Kashuk.
Got it when it was on clearance so you can get the same one in a different color here.
I always have my Bobbi Brown bronzer with me and whatever blush I'm wearing for the day.
Today just happened to be benefit's Rockateur.
(I like to switch up my blush and try to do so every other day)
elf's Sunkissed bronzer is always a good to go over the Bobbi Brown bronzer
I always carry my NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer and a mini brush to apply it with.
Mac's Vex eye shadow is always a good inner tear duct color for me when I want to look more alive.
Make Up Forever's Aqua Brow in shade 25 is a must for fixing up this girl's brows.
Last but not least, my L'Oreal 12 HR infallible liquid liner to fix up any liner smudges. 

Then the brushes I carry with me (just in case a little blending is missed and needed)
flatter brush for contouring and blush
fluffy brush to blend out the bronzer and blush
flat shader brush, dense blending brush, fluffy blending brush, small smudge brush, eye liner brush, angled eye liner brush, Anastasia Beverly Hills angled liner and spooly brush, flatter blending brush (the purple handle brush.  I use this to contour my nose on the days I don't wear my glasses)

It may seem like I carry a lot of items in my makeup bag but TRUST me, it comes in handy when you have an unexpected night out or just have a makeup malfunction that needs to be fixed ASAP.  And once in a blue moon, I do carry the eye shadow palette I used in the morning.  This is only when I know I'm going out right after work, I can touch up my eye shadows.

That's it for my quick post.  
Hope everyone has a good night.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Belletto Studios HD Airbrush System

Hey ladies!  It's been a while since I've posted anything.  Just wanted to share my before and after using the Belletto Studios HD Airbrush System for the first time.

Bare face with skin care products and Hourglass Veil Mineral Foundation Primer

With Mac NC20 Concealer.
(heard it was better to put on concealer first before actually using the airbrush foundation)

 After doing the rest of my makeup, hair and getting dressed.  LOL

these two pics were taken at the end of the night

Included with the kit was (the kit online now has different products that are included):
Airbrush machine
1 perfecting foundation primer
4 foundation shades (I chose the medium with yellow undertones that had F3 Latte, F4 Sweet Honey, F5 Sarhara Sand, and F6 Dune)
1 eye shadow (shade Utaupia)
1 blush (shade Coralleia)
1 lustere drops
1 cleansing solution

I must say, I was a little intimidated with the system because it looked easy to do when I watched YouTube videos but when I first used it, it was a little tricky trying to get the hang of it.  After applying foundation to one side of my face, I found it wasn't as hard as I thought.  LOL  Although, I did spill a little bit on my pants.  oops  But as long as you kept your hand rotating in a circle motion all over your face, you got even coverage.

I did find that with my larger pores on my nose, the coverage wasn't as great.  I even tried building it up slowly but it wasn't covering good.  Might need to try a different primer to fill in my pores.

I do need to practice a bit more and change up the foundation shade(s) since first time around, it looked a bit dark after setting.

I will continue using this on myself for those special occasions and more so on clients since the foundation shades run about $15 each. 

I hope that this gives you a little insight on an airbrush machine and the wonders it does.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Current Favorites

I know I haven't written a post in a while but it's been pretty busy for me lately with the last 2 months.  Too many weekend events and busy work weeks that I can't find the time to sit down and blog.  When I do have time, all I wanna do is chill since it's the only time I get to relax.

But on to my current favorites.

Top from left to right:
Covergirl outlast stay brilliant in this lavender color (no name on bottle)
Makeup Forever Aqua Brow in shade 25 for the days I leave my hair down
Physicians Formula Gel Liner in brown for my eyebrows for a darker look on the days I put my hair up
Hydroxatone Anti-aging BB cream in shade Tan, almost out of this sample since I've been using it a lot
NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in shade CJ04 Beige to sharpen my eyebrows and for spot concealing throughout the day
essie nail polish in penny talk.

Bottom from left to right (what I have been currently mixing as a cheek combo):
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light 1
bhcosmetics bombshell Bronze in Diva
elf bronzer in Sun Kissed

I forgot to picture Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation in shade Rattan.
Only have a sample of this shade too since I have a little tan and don't want to commit to buying it yet.
I will share a before and after pic of me wearing this shade in a future post.

Hope everyone has a great night!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Bridal Trial

Hey ladies!  I had the opportunity to do a bridal makeup and hair trial for this lovely lady yesterday.
Too bad I forgot to do a before picture so you're just stuck with the with and without her veil pictures.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer to start off as a base
I mixed the shades Buttermilk, Desert Sand and Golden Sunset from the Graftobian Creme Foundation Warm Palette #2 to come up with the right foundation shade for her
shade Temptress from the Graftobian Creme Foundation Warm Palette #1 for highlight
shade Burnt Amber from the Graftobian Creme Foundation Warm Palette #3 for contour
Makeup Forever HD Powder to set her undereye concealer/highlight
Ben Nye Powder Rouge in Contour No. 2 to set the Burnt Amber shade and lock the contour
For the cheeks, I used Hourglass Ambient Lightning Blush in Diffused Heat first then went over it with Benefit's Rockateur blush
\I used Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone for highlight

I used Too Faced's Chocolate Bar for her eyes.  Milk Chocolate, the matte taupe shade, was the transition shade, Marzipan, the light shimmery taupe bronze shade was used for the inner 1/3 of her eye, Haute Chocolate, the shimmery medium brown shade, was used on the outer V, Triple Fudge, the darkest matte shade, was used to define the outer V more and give it a slight smokey look, and then Champagne Ruffle to highlight the inner corners.
A mix of Haute Chocolate and Triple Fudge for the lower lash line.
Urban Decay Perversion Gel Liner to give her a slight winged look
Maybeline's Falsies mascara for just the top lashes
(no faslies for the trial so we'll see if she wants it for her wedding day)

Mac Brave lipstick
Nars lip gloss in Turkish Delight

I had a great time working with this lovely girl, even if it was just her trial run.  She definitely will be a beauty on her wedding day since she kept on saying she looked good and she didn't look like herself that no one would recognize her on her wedding day.  LOL she's so funny.  All I did was enhance her already beautiful features.  That's what bridal makeup should be about.

Have a great Monday everyone!