Sorry it has seemed like literally forever since my last blog post, life definitley took me by the horns. Nonetheless, I am coming on here to provide a faster way to follow my blogging experience. In the months that I was not on here, I took to social media platforms such as Instagram and Make up Social. Please follow me on instagram linked below to see faster updates and makeup related context. Until next time!!
Two weeks ago, I was notified that the amazing Desi Perkins was planning to host a meet and greet at the Balm boutique in San Francisco via Ipsy. With already being a fan of her, I knew that I had to attend especially since I already had the day off. My coworker and I decided to do a day trip, majority of makeup shopping via Kryloan and Sephora, but wanted to end up at the Balm for Desi. With already having a good selection of the Balm’s makeup, I had to sit and think what products I needed, or I should say wanted since I truly don’t need any more makeup. I ended up replenishing my favorite Mary Lou-manizer, which I had already hit pan on and a loose eye shadow that I had been eyeing for quite some time. It was so good getting to meet you and thanks for reading this short post!
June 8th was the second stop on Iluvsarahii’s first make up seminar titled Face2Face. I was lucky to gain this day off in advance so that I could attend this make up seminar. If you are not familiar, Iluvsarahii is a make up artist whose only social media platform is Instagram. On Instagram, she has over 322K followers and her images and videos are flawless. Even though I think she should have more platforms, this busy MUA is taking time off her main job of beating faces to teaching a classroom full of ladies her techniques. She thoroughly demonstrated dewy skin, lashes, winged liner, day looks, smokey looks and order of application.
The picture above truly doesn’t do justice but her application was stunning. As a make up artist myself, I knew and understood every step that she took during application. The only comment that I had is that she did not prep either of her clients with eye cream, instead one with Photo Finish from Smashbox and the other with facial moisturizer. With that being said, I do wonder the wear time for the under eye on each of her clients. I understand how important and essential eye cream is so that’s why I was shocked.
I would have to say that a big portion of this class that I enjoyed was highlighting and contouring. Because she used cream products rather than powder, I got to truly see first hand how beautiful it looked. Seeing how harsh it was and then blended to softness in minutes was truly inspiring. I usually contour and highlight with powders but now I am going to take a second look for cream products. Cream also will truly help my drier skin with longevity as well. Looks like I gotta get new products in my current rotation or find products that I enjoy using on myself and on clients.
Overall, a lot of information in this class was reassurance for myself. I found myself answering the questions she proposed and explaining why she chose those shades over others. This is all thanks to having my background in makeup and being an make up artist myself. My attendance at this seminar was fun and well worth the commute to San Jose. Her tour was sponsored by so many amazing brands such as, Dose of Colors, Tarte, Beauty Blender, Ardell Lashes, Flutter lashes, Morphe Brushes and Vera Mona. The gratis bag at the end of the seminar was worth over $130, so it was well worth going! I gained her all time favorite products and well as learned how to use them since she demonstrated each one on her clients. Some of these products I’ve already owned and are familiar with whereas there are some that I am glad are being added to my collection. Thank you so much Iluvsarahii for having this make up seminar and it was a pleasure meeting you!!
On Janaury 22nd, Thursday, I had the pleasure to attend the first store opening for the Balm Cosmetics in San Francisco, California. This store is located at 788 Valencia Street in San Francisco and the shop totally fits the area. This cute little boutique is raving with classy etiquette along with screaming excitement like a candy store. With already being a fan of the Balm cosmetics for years coming, I knew that this was a golden opportunity to dive deeper into what the Balm Cosmetics truly is. Their cosmetic line takes a easy-going and cute approach to products and the naming that follows along. I would have to say their cult favorites for me have to be the eye shadows, specifically the shady lady palette’s.
Upon arrival into the store, I was greeted by my sister, Chelsea along with hoards of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to allow me to enjoy the night. Check out her review here! The amount of women, nails being done, makeup sessions, and flashing lights truly made me feel like royalty in this private beauty blogger opening party. I couldn’t stop swatching products, picking up new items that I have no knowledge on, and constantly raving about how amazing the Balm cosmetics is! This party was literally like a playground for me and i’m so thankful that I got to attend!
My sister Chelsea made sure to grab hoards of candid shots on her nice camera while I let my iPhone’s battery diminish as I used the camera. I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to grab my camera from home since I came to this event right after work. Every single person in the store was either thoroughly engaged in coverasation with fellow bloggers, employees or getting dolled up. While on my phone, I definitely tried to get the hashtag #thebalmsfparty trending. In this picture above we are delighted to get our goody bags, literally filled with holy grail’s from the Balm cosmetics.
The inside of this store is simply gorgeous. The gleaming chandelier caught everyone’s eyes as you walked in. It literally felt like candy land with the amount of product out to play with. I literally was swatching each product possible to make sure that I didn’t miss out on anything. Enjoy the loads of photo’s I took from this amazing event below!
It is yet again time for the long-awaited make up trade show that every girl gossips non stop about. With this being my third year going, I am just as excited as I was the last two times. This year, the International Make up Artist Tradeshow (IMATS) is taking place on January 17-19th at the location as the previous years, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Friday, the 17th is only open to pro card holders whereas both Saturday and Sunday are open to the public. If you are going Saturday, prepare yourself because the trade show is open from 8:30am till 5:00pm. Whereas on Sunday its 10:00am till 5:00pm, so gives you some more time in the morning to get ready. I will be attending both days with my sister Chelsea and one of my girlfriends, Lindy. IMATS allows you to fully immerse yourself with cosmetic, skin care and cinema brands and schools, giving you an all out unique experience. If you have a moment, you should check out all the brands that are attending this show because it’s a pretty lengthy list!
Did I forget to mention that all of our beloved make up gurus on Youtube are typically there?!?! If you’re looking to finally meet one of your favorite beauty bloggers or Youtube guru’s, IMATS is a great destination to do that at. My favorite is Lauren, also commonly known as Queen of Blending. I must say her make up in person is just as immaculate on how you see on Youtube or any other social media platform. I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to know her over the past two events and I am looking forward to seeing her again. Other notorious bloggers who will be at this event are Chrisspy, Makeup Geek (who has a booth!!), Nicole Guerrero, Start2finishmua, just to name a few!
Attention all beauty bloggers!!! I am helping promote this blogging event hosted by the one and only Crown Brush. This event is going to be taking place on January 17th from 3:00-5:00pm. This is a great event if you are a beauty blogger and you would like to gain the chance to attend an amazing event where you can connect with other bloggers who share the same passion and gain great new insight to products in the future for Crown Brush. If you would like to attend this event, please email the address that is listed in the picture above. I will be attending this event so I look forward to seeing and meeting any of my followers. Do not be shy, please approach me, I would love to get to know the audience that I am speaking to. Hopefully see you there or at IMATS!!!!
Making our vanity as beautiful and as neat as possible is what every make up loving individual strives for. Whether it’s getting the infamous Alexander draw sets from Ikea, hoarding multiple acrylic storage cases, or filling up your desk draw, we all want the most organized vanity possible. I personally have several storage pieces on my vanity which house palettes, cream shadows, new items and more. However, as I expand more and more into this makeup world, it is getting harder to give homes to all of these products.
The first storage piece I would like to talk about is actually the newest to my collection. The one acrylic storage piece that I own was actually gifted to me from my sister, Chelsea. I was given the Cubby 5 draw acrylic storage set from Muji for my birthday! Now that I have this amazing piece, the question is, how to organize it and what items are going to be placed in it? With it being completely see-through, I need to be wise with the choices of products that are going to live there now. The five draws allow me to easily assign each draw to a type of makeup product if I would like.
Another storage piece that I have within my vanity is basically a file holder. I picked up this inexpensive, Paris decorated piece from Marshall’s that is now home to majority of my larger palettes. This storage unit is divided into six sections, three on each side, all of which are different in size and width. I placed all my palette’s vertically so that I can visually see which ones I would like to use. The slots on this storage piece are large enough to store a 120-pan palette, which is pretty large just to give you an idea. Unfortunately it does not store all of my palettes, but it gets the larger palettes out of the way.
My last piece of storage on my makeup vanity currently is a medium size storage piece from Target. This piece is three medium fairly deep-set draws which home most of my smaller palettes, individual glitters/pigments and more. I enjoy how deep-set these draws are so that I can stand up majority of my items upright and they still fit. Even though this storage piece is large, and takes up a good portion of my vanity, I am glad that I can store majority of my makeup in it and on top of it as well.
I’d love to know how you store your make up! Please leave a comment or even a blog post in response to this and I would love to hear different methods and techniques people use. Thanks so much for reading and talk to you soon!
This video is taking a little bit of a different turn on the typical beauty guru monthly empties. I’ve accumulated and finished all of these products over the summer, so why not have just one video honoring them? There were some months where I didn’t have as many and some months where I had a lot. What were your summer empties? How many did you have? Leave a comment below and i’ll respond!
Neutrogena makeup removing cleansing towelettes (2 pack)
Neutrogena oil free grapefruit cleansing towelette
Lorea’l Magic smooth souffle foundation
Too faced Shadow insurance (eye shadow primer)
Hard Candy Cosmetics Lashaholic mascara
NYX HD Studio photogenic foundation
Covergril Stay Fabulous outlast 3-in-1 foundation
Simple Replenishing rich moisturizer
Covergirl Lashblast Length mascara
Lorea’l Telescopic Shocking extensions mascara
Tarte clean slate poreless 12 hour perfecting primer
NYX extra creamy round lipstick in Power
Almay eyeliner crayon in Black Noir
Shiseido Refining make up primer
Visine advanced redness relief
Sephora doe eyed liquid eye liner
Stila Stay all day liquid eyeliner (AMAZING!!)
Benefit Cosmetics Total moisture facial cream
Benefit Cosmetics Stay don’t stray eye shadow and concealer primer
Benefit Cosmetics That gal brightening face primer
Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional face primer
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