Behind the Scenes: If Models were Superheros

Could you imagine if models were superheros? Well if they did, I had my very own “Storm” in my chair this week. Sarah from Fusion Models carries her look so well and who doesn’t love when a model makes your job easy. I took some behind the scene shots with photographer Chrisean Dames and at the end of the shoot,  I came to the following conclusions:

1. Fascinating Eye Khol is probably the best white eye liner you could buy. I say this because I’ve use tons of brands and funny I say this because I didn’t even have my Fascinating with me (faint), I used Makeup Forever’s white pencil and it just didn’t last as well on the water line, it faded lots. I would probably try the Aqua line (waterproof) of pencils, I am sure that would be a way better quality. I ended up layering NYX Jumbo eye pencil over it and it saved the day.

2. Skin is skin..and skin will always do what it wants. (Hello uninvited pimple) So Sarah has beautiful skin and sometimes with acne medication and the wintery weather we’ve been experiencing in NYC, dry skin happens and it happened with me. I used a combination of Face Atelier and MAC Face & Body foundation with a beauty blender and #159 brush and had to remove the foundation between looks because of flaky skin. I say this because foundation isn’t typically removed when there are makeup changes unless its necessary. Her skin was thoroughly moisturized, Fix +’ed yet it still happened. Nothing to complain about but another lesson in effectiveness and speed.

3. Don’t let brands blur your vision. During this shoot, I had a combination of brands: Face Atelier, MAC, Makeup Forever, Viseart, NYX, Wet N Wild. I usually don’t reach for my Wet n Wild Palettes but the quality of the white eyeshadow is very creamy. UGH. So good! Each brand has something unique to offer, be open to that and try new thangs. OK?

Stay tuned for the pictures.

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Photoshoot with Aurielle Sayeh

I had a blast shooting with model,  DJ & fashion blogger, Aurielle Sayeh and photographer Emmie America. We got dressed at this cozy midtown apartment and took the shoot to the streets of NYC. I was still in my element as it wasn’t too cold yet. You guys know the struggle of this island girl. It’s real.

Aurielle was fitted in London based brand Boohoo  and a couple cool pieces from Nike, who this beauty also works for.

I wanted to add some fun to the sporty vibe, so I opted for a sleek winged liner and MAC’s Chromagraphic Pencil which never fails me. I built the winged liner with a couple products like MAC Blacktrack gel liner  & Ardency Inn liquid liner pen. I chose to highlight AlMay because I just love the way that it dries. Could I tell you? I never  thought I would love this liner so much and it’s so affordable . Don’t sleep on this one beauties.

Makeup: Jaleesa Jaikaran    Photo: Emmie America   Hair: Jennifer Jocelyn

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The Brink of Fall

Living in NYC right now  is like being in an dysfunctional relationship. You  just don’t how she’s going to act. Sometimes hot, sometimes cool and sometimes just plain cold. I put together this outfit at the brink of Fall, on a day where a jacket was optional. Of course something like this can work where it’s warmer and layering will look exceptional with this slightly chic bohemian vibe.

Hat: H&M

Dress: Forever 21

Belt: Forever 21

Shoes: Steve Madden

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My Skinspiration – NARS at Phillip Lim NYFW

Although NYFW has been long gone, I remain inspired by the images I see floating around online. Thankfully, BeautyPress caught this one because the skin at Phillip Lim NYFW SS2015 blew me away! I caught myself evaluating my own skin care routine and the level of love I really show my skin.

During this year I’ve used DermOrganic, The Aloe Source and a couple other skin care brands which I loved, but none so far has developed into a full fledged skin care routine. Now don’t get me wrong, I take care of my skin, but as a beauty writer that’s constantly trying new things, I find myself yearning to have my “I’ll love you forever” product, while still leaving love for new products of course.

For the show, lead artist Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics describes the look as:

“There is a lot of see-through transparency and airiness to the collection – I wanted that to come through in the makeup. My inspiration is sensuality; the way the morning light hits you as you wake up in your bedroom, with sensual skin beaming with rays of light. I highlighted the cheek bones, high planes of the face and the bridge of the nose to accentuate and bring out that glow in each girl.”



The Products used to create the look are:


  • Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
  • Stick Concealer
  • Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose
  • Reckless Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try New Order Blush)
  • Right side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try South Beach Multiple)
  • Right side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try South Beach Multiple)
  • Valhalla Single Eyeshadow (New for Spring 2015; for now try Nepal Single Eyeshadow)
  • Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara
  • Eyebrow Pencil
  • Brow Gel
  • Guyane Lip Gloss (New for Spring 2015; for now try Born This Way Lip Gloss)

And yes, we know, it’s makeup. Always remember that good makeup starts with good skin. I started using Dior’s Capture Totale Serum for Face & Eyes and pleased so far. It’s too early in the game to determine whether this can take the spot of my go to skin care, however, in the mean time, I am currently auditioning for the part of “Jaleesa’s Favorite Daily Sunscreen” So far we have 3 contenders and I will be sure to let you know who wins.




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Iggy Azalea Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Iggy Azalea stunned the red carpet at the MTV VMA Awards 2014. This look was inspired by her red carpet beauty look!

All That Glitters Eyeshadow – MAC
Wedge Eyeshadow – MAC
PR78 Makeup Atelier Paris
Mehron Detailz Liquid Liner
MAC Studio Sculpt Mascara

Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Pencil 14c
MAC Brave lipstick & Japenese Spring Cremesheen Glass


Light Skin Tones: MAC Cosmetics: Angel, Creme Cup, Revlon Matte – Pink Pout, Revlon Color Burst – Baby Pink

Medium to Dark Skin tones: MAC Cosmetics: Twig, Fast Play, Maybelline Color Sensational – Let Me Pink, Fifth Ave Fuchsia


MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC50
Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer 8
MAC NC45 Select Sheer Loose & Mineralized Skin Finish Natural Dark

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Honor SS 2015 Backstage Beauty Recap Front Row  in collaboration with Style Haul offered me the opportunity to cover backstage beauty for Honor’s Spring/Summer 2015 show.  I headed to Art Beam in the city and bask in all the backstage goodness. I found out the secret to the models flawless skin when I met Vbeaute’s CEO Julie Macklowe (stay tuned for an in depth look at Vbeaute)

The Inspiration: “Debutante falls in love with  George Harrison bad boy and they go on a “trip” together. She finally realizes he’s a bad person, untangles herself from him and comes out stronger for it”


- Prep hair from roots to end with PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray

- Blow dry hair with the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i

- Part hair in the center, allowing some front pieces to hang loose. Those can be given a little shape using the T3 SinglePass Twirl Curling Iron

- Add a touch of PHYTO Professional Matte Texturizing Paste at the roots of the crown for texture.

- Gather hair into low ponytail & secure.

- Use PHYTO Professional Workable Holding Spray through the ends to achieve a natural, lived-in texture.


- Keyvn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

- Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif in “Defining Navy:

- Keyvn Aucoin The Loose Shimmer Shadow in “Lapis”

- Curl lashes and apply Keyvn Aucoin The Essential Mascara to both top & bottom lashes

- Finish with a nude matte lip using Keyvn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Tulapina

- Cheeks were left bare

Key Artist Polly Osmond, says “she’s a little bit carefree, a little bit rock and roll, she transforming herself with blue eyeshadow, rather than black. We used lots of clumpy mascara as if she doesn’t care anymore” The blue was chosen as it offsets the color of the clothing” The foundation was also kept very light and we used Vbeaute skin care for a flawless canvas. A little powder on the forehead because there will be no shiny foreheads” 

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- Custom mixed shade by Nonie Creme for

- Add 3D pearls in a star pattern to faux nails from

Nonie shares “My hotel room is now covered in pearls, but it was all worth it. I like working with Honor because they like to tell stories, the look started with polka dots that felt too cute. She is a little cooler than that. We did a lot of trial and error and now we’re doing a 3D polka dot that’s a little more modern. Look out for the custom color nail in January (with tight lips) everywhere. Can’t say too much.”

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Makeup Style


noun: a mode of fashion, as in dress, especially good or approved fashion;elegance; smartness.


As makeup artists, most times we are expected to wear black. The official color of makeup artists, and if you wear it enough, it will be embedded in your soul forever. We’re still at an advantage though, as we have free reign to let our personal style shine through. Of course, different jobs/clientele will tweak our choices here and there but finding ways to make one color look professional and stylish at the same time can be daunting. I sometimes find myself wondering; what thoughts goes through a makeup artists’ mind when getting dressed for a job and sometimes even everyday life.

In lieu of fashion week and my inspiration of a buzzing New York City, Makeup Style was born. I’ve been fraught with the idea for quite sometime now and what better time to launch it?

Makeup Style will give you a behind the scenes look of the style of a makeup artist.  Look out for doses of inspiration, advice and style steals.

The intention is to inspire you to explore the power of black, to make up your own style.

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Chic yet comfortable, is that even possible?

OK, let’s make one thing clear, I live in black.

I. live. in. black. 

This makeup style post found me in a hot place, 85 degrees to be exact. September is shaping up to be a clear extension of summer. How could I remain in all black without doing a rendition of Nelly’s Hot in Herre? Surely none of my clothes would be coming off, so I opted for these shorts and loose shirt from Forever 21.

Clothing & Shoes – Forever 21 (each under $30)

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