June 29, 2011

Sally Girl Eyeshadow

Hello Diamonds,

A month ago I finally found a Sally's Beauty supply store :-). I have to admit I was not very fond of the store itself, but I have gotten over that (trying). I went again with my sister-girl Candy. As she shopped I found myself huddled over the smallest makeup rack I had ever seen, and it was holding tiny eyeshadows.
Well after getting over how small it all was. I decided to grab four eyeshadows that stood out to me. Yippee!

                    


                               They are called E/S Connecting Compacts, and they come a variety of colors.

They are individual, but slide together allowing
you to make a personalized palette!
That is soo cool!
Purple Passion, Emerald, White chocolate, Turquoise

The purple and blue have glitter in them (but nor much). The texture is nice and smooth, not chalky. They go on smooth as well and blend easily together. I am looking forward to trying the rest of them as they all look really pretty and the packaging allows me the option of only carrying the colors I really want!

Make it a beautiful day!
Avi

Beauty Blog Roundup

This Week's Beauty Blog Round-Up! Check them out
Lip Tar and MAC Surf Baby Lipstick Give Away Winner on Cosmetically Challenged
Hard Candy Beetle on the Life and Polish blog
500 Follower Giveaway 6 winners on Midnight Manicures
Zoya Touch Swatches on Kewtified
Animal Manicure on Bright Lights Big Color
My First Nubar on A Day in the Life
PritiNYC Summer Day Kit Swatches on Polished to the Nines
Multidimensional Mani on Nailderella Nails
You're Moody, Bish on Lambchop Mobile
Home Laser Hair Removal Guide on Beauty and Fashion Tech
Review: Mary Kay Love Lash Mascara on Style Eyes
A rainbow tape mani from Let Them Have Polish
Are You Down With OCC? Polish Insomniac is.
Pink Glitter Mani on Bookworm Nails
Battle of brush cleaner on Purple Eye Diamond
Get to know JoElle Skincare on Creatively Yours By Ro
Continuing Education in Artistry on Royal Beauty Designs
Review: e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Plum Purple on Beauty Mamas
Essie Ruby Slippers on Nails and Noms
Walking the Plank on Polish Pauper
Get in the Mood for Friday with Tara's Nails
Real French Perfume from Fragonard on Reve Noir
Enter the Nicole By OPI Texture Giveaway on Addicted to All Things Pretty
Are you tired of the bandwagon trends? Glitter Gloss Garbage is.



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Make It A Beautiful Day!
Avi

June 28, 2011

NAKED or NUDE!!!

Morning Diamonds,

Over the last couple of months, I have become addicted to my Urban Decay "NAKED" palette!
It is probably the most sought after makeup palette. 
I was fortunate to find the orginal set which included the double ended 24/7 eyeliner pencils in Zero/Whiskey. But after such high demand they no longer come with the duo pencil but with a "professional quality, cruelty-free Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush"
This palette is packed with a dozen beautiful neutrals, ranging from champagnes to dark, shimmery silver. Also includes different textures: from glitter to shimmer to matte.




Now I know many people can't get their hands on this palette...but there is an alternative.
For about half the price of the NAKED palette you can get the NUDE ON NUDE palette from one of my favorite brands, NYX Cosmetics.This set has TWENTY neutral eye shadows AND it calso has a pull out section containing ten vibrant lip colors. How awesome is that! This palette comes with a mirror and 2 applicators.

Top row

Bottom Row


Lip Colors



I love both palettes, and they each are amazingly pigmented! They have great colors too. So now that you know there is a alternative which will you get. Do you already have on or both products, what do you thinkof them? Share your experience!


Make It A Beautiful Day!
Muahs Avi


June 23, 2011

The Battle of the Cleaners!

Which do I prefer?

Honestly, I clean my brushes with gentle baby shampoo and a touch of Sephora's Brush Shampoo. The combination of the two works great for me, and if I am really feeling fancy, I will condition them too. Yes I said it...I CONDITION my brushes. I do own a M.A.C brush cleaner, but rarely use it!
 *****
After being in (makeup) school for 3 weeks I quickly realized why I don't use it. This product really sucked. It takes forever to get the makeup out of my brushes. As an MUA I have to clean my brushes quickly and efficiently, and this did not do the job. I felt as though I had to grind the brushes into my hand and/or paper towel and there was still sooo much product left, and the brush hairs began to come out. *grinds teeth* What I found that really works is the MAC Gently Off eye & lip makeup remover. (angels singing) Because of the oil in this product, the makeup comes off super smooth and twice as fast. I don't have to work as hard, and my brushes don't lose hairs.

Barely used

Barely any left


In a nutshell, I will not restock the brush cleaner. I found it to be a waste and my fellow classmates felt the same! I will however continue to use the makeup remover until I find a lower brand eye makeup remover (with oil) and use that for on the spot, between faces, cleaning!

Make It A  Beautiful Day
Avi

June 22, 2011

Swatch Time: M.A.C shadows!

While in school we were given M.A.C. Student kits which included eyeshadows, blush concealers, etc..
They give you 10 leaving you with room for 5 more of your choice!

Here are 9 of the 10 they gave...(I already re-organized my M.A.C e/s's so I don't remember what the tenth one was) LOL

L to R: Chrome Yellow, Passionate, Bio Green, Deep Truth

I love these colors, they are very vibrant and blendable. When used with a white (or even black) base they are amazing. Unfortunately we never used them in class :-(
L to R: Espresso, Orb, Nylon, Satin Taupe, AmberLights
These are fabulous natural/neutral every day colors!

Father's day FOTD!

A simple eye look and a perky lip!
Products used:
MAC e/s "club" (lid)                  MAC e/s "amberlights" (CREASE)
MAC e/s "espresso" (outer v)    MAC e/s "omega" (highlight)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance    Chanel Mascara
MAC ProLongwear foundation  MUFE blush #9
Covergirl l/s "embrace"             NYS l/g "african Queen"

eye with flash


If you want to see a tutorial on this look let me know!
Make it a beautiful Day!
Avi

Beauty Blog Round Up

This Week's Beauty Blog RoundUp! Some great & interesting reads!

Beauty Supply Haul from Royal Beauty Designs
Essie Braziliant from Kewtified
Zoya Rica from Midnight Manicures
A day at the races with Bright Lights Big Color
Lights, Camera, Nail Polish with the Polish Pauper
Millions of Peaches for the Polish Insomniac
Lots of Deborah Lippmann from Nails and Noms
Cosmetically Challanged asks are we abusing our mentors?
Ruby Kisses Red Romance with Creatively Yours by Ro.
Forever 21 Friday with Tara's Nails
A new kind of Jelly Sandwich with Lamb Chop Mobile
Nufo 52 and Zoya by Let Them Have polish
Nail Art Giveaway with Getting Girlie
Korres High Drama with Beauty Thesis
Nail of the Day with Song of Hope
Sam Fine Interview with Eye Adore Pretty
Orange Plaid by Painted Pixies
Springtime Lippie colors with Purple Eye Diamond
The Makeup Show Chicago+Haul with Killer Lipgloss
Kayla's very first Franken
Free Hand Nail Art with The It Color
L'Oreal Infallible Swatches with Glitter Gloss Garbage
Nicole by OPI 6 Piece Shatter Giveaway with Addicted to All things Pretty

June 13, 2011

Beauty Blogger Roundup 6/5-6/12

         Here are some great Beauty Bloggers for you to check out and follow!!! 
You won't be disappointed!!

Polish Insomniac is Crusin Nude
OHC Beauty is going to teach you how to Treat Tone and Moisturize
Midnight Manicures wants to take you Across the Universe
Glitter.Gloss.Garbage reviews L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Eye Illuminator
StyleEyes reviews a body was for Earth Lovers
Lambchop Mobile shows off her nail polish layering skills
Beauty by Kayla's Rainbow Polka Dot NOTD
Kewtified revisits Misa Paradise Shore
Killer Lipgloss is having a Father's Day Giveaway
Creatively Yours introduces you to Danessa Myricks
Reve Noir has Glamour Doll swatches to share
Beauty Thesis reviews The Porefessional
Aquilah is having a massive Blog Sale
Royal Beauty Designs has a Target Haul
Let Them Have Polish lets Illamasqua grace her tips again
Painted Pixies swatches Zoya Casey
Purple Eye Diamond gives an update on Makeup School

June 11, 2011

Update...Makeup School!!

Hello My Diamonds,

It has been 2 weeks since I posted!. I have missed it dearly, but have been sooo busy with school!
If you follow me on Twitter or facebook you know that I am enrolled in a 3 week makeup program at Empire Beauty School in Manhattan NY.

The program is really geard towards the individual who has no or limited knowledge "lol" about makeup. I however wanted a little more guidance in my skills and techniques as an MUA...(more training and practice never killed anybody)

It has been a great yet challenging experience thus far. I am studying under a great MUA Orlando Santiago. He is hilarious and yet very passionate about his work and the Art of Makeup!
I can't even begin to pour out everything we have learned!

So far we have done:
Documentary makeup, Daytime, Evening, Fashion, Strip Lashes (ugh), Smokey eye (whoo hoo), and body paint (hmm), Contouring (everyone loves a slimmer nose)!

Here are just a few pics of some of the models I have worked on. Mr Santiago keeps us busy!
(note: these are the AFTER pics)...LOL
Enjoy



before and after pics will be on my FB page...eventually. LOL

Make it a beautiful Day!
Avi

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