The Makeup Show 10th Anniversary Products

Top 3 things I think about when I hear the Makeup Show? Let’s see.. Education. Networking and ….

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Yup.. you said it right.. S H O P P I N G. Usually a frenzy to stock personal and makeup kits, each and every brand offers spectacular deals and discounts.

How can the Makeup Show make the 10th anniversary more special? Besides the extra education, dinner and gala – They are launching products exclusively at the show and all brands partnered with The Makeup Show to create a co-branded product.

It’s exciting to see brands I know and love celebrate in such a memorable way with The Makeup Show. You will find everything from glosses to brow tints and blushes. Now you guys know me, my hauls are usually the smallest ever but some of these I definitely won’t be able to pass up. Some of the brands you will find are:

1. Mehron (I LOVE these folks and the products are to die.. please try their blush palette. That’s an order)

2. Inglot

3. Temptu

4. Pinnacle

5. Crown Brush

6. Auroline

Find more info on The Makeup Show’s website 

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Beauty: The Art of Makeup Event Recap

So let me paint the picture, no pun intended of course. I have never seen so many people packed into the Alcone Pro Shop on 49th Street. Needless to say, the event was a success.

The gathering was all in the name of Moises Ramirez, who’s work you’ve seen in my previous blog post. The way Moises marries his love for art and makeup is breathtaking. He is a true painter that transfers his art onto faces.

I first met Moises when he was at MAC Pro cosmetics on one of my visits to the Pro store on a brief trip to NYC from Trinidad. I’ve always admired his face charts (aka fainting) and over time seen him grow into an even better artist. (yeah how is that even possible right?)

The event brought the best of the best out to see his latest work accompanied with great networking and conversations over drinks – what else could you ask for?

Alcone is rolling out a series of events so stay tuned and follow the latest updates on Instagram & the Alcone website. 

His pieces are available for sale and if you are looking for more information – you can find it here


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I’m a mascara junkie. If I could just wear black eyeliner with several coats of mascara everyday – I would. I’ve tried countless brands, brush shapes and sizes. I tested it for about 4 days before writing this review. I experienced no smudging even after my 50th coat. I loved that it was easy to remove because after a long day, I really don’t like spending an extra 5 minutes removing mascasa. I would usually wash my face, use a wipe and finish off with Bioderma makeup remover for the excess.

What YSL says: The most emblematic “false lash effect” volume mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula. Its secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes. 

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I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

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Brow Threading in NYC – A Petra Alexandra Inc Review

Uncharted territory. That’s where I was headed when I first stepped into Miss Evelyn’s class.

It went like this: For a long time, I waited to delve deeper into the art of brows but for some reason, I could not find someone who focused on the type of brow I admired in magazines.

Miss Evelyn and I met for the first time at The Makeup Show 2014. We had a short chat at the Crown brush booth and after that conversation, it was solidified in my mind, that I would be taking her class.  I’m a big believer in education, as if forces you to look at your work with a new eye. To me, building a career is like building a house – its better to lay your bricks on a solid foundation. Taking time to become better at what I do is my desire. After all, it takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota.

Vanessa Evelyin is very well known for her brow perfection. Don’t believe me? Just watch! Her work has graced both celebrities and the pages of countless magazines. The class was intricately dissected into understandable parts. Miss Evelyn first touched on tools – then followed by an evaluation of own brow arsenal (ouch!) We followed up by learning about bleaching, threading, and brow shape correction. It was a pleasure learning from her as she went in a pace that was just suited for me and encouraged me all the way

Two days later, I decided to take the plunge and get my own brows bleached. It took awhile because my brow hairs are very thick. I got so scared at first because it turned a weird orange color. *straight face* but guess what…


Sitting on the other side of the chair, I felt how it would feel for a client who would get their makeup done or their brows threaded. It was a true boost of confidence. (I was feeling myself lol) and that is why I love my career and truly enjoyed the ALL ABOUT EYES class with Miss Evelyn herself.

Looking forward to sharing my progress with you all!

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The Makeup Show – 7 Days of Beauty

Ahh May – Makeup Show Month. The time where I hoped you saved some cash to restock your kit and invest in a couple makeup classes. One of my favorite times of the year is during The Makeup Show – why? – Let’s face it – as a makeup artist you’re hardly around your peers, unless you happen to work on counter and see them almost everyday – but other than that, its difficult to have coffee with everyone in your free time. The Makeup Show brings artists from everywhere under one roof to learn, to share and to be inspired.

I could not be happier when I saw what  The Makeup Show has in store. 7 Days of Education – such a bonus! I will definitely be in attendance for the Makeup Show Gala hosted on the Friday before The Makeup show.

If you are looking for education on a plethora of different topics – I highly suggest you go to The Makeup Show’s website and purchase tickets ASAP!

See you there!


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Playtime with the Moises Ramirez

It always happens to me, I’m always at the right place at the right time. After shopping at Michael’s around 23rd Street in NYC, I headed to the MAC Pro store on 22nd, I had a bunch of things to collect so I headed to the back to gather myself and my belongings and who would I see? Moises Ramirez. Moises, a former MAC Artist, is a creative soul and talented painter. He takes his love for art and transfers it on both paper and faces.

The Photographer, Pino Gomes and I shot together for the Makeup Forever Ad I did over a year ago. Since then, we’ve been connected and truly not only talented but a genuine and humble person.

Fast forward, 2 minutes – Pino asked if I wanted to get in front the camera. Now, it might seem this is always easy for me but I’m usually my most comfortable in my own space recording for my online tutorials.

We did some macro shots where Moises used some Makeup Forever Flash Palette and Wolfe Cream Makeup to create this kaleidoscopic eye, that I myself was in awe by.

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Green Your Beauty – Jolene Hart’s Tips on Becoming a “Beauty Foodie”

Remember the old saying “you are what you eat?” In the endless pursuit of beauty and wellness, trends are gearing towards returning to naturals and all that is wholesome. It turns out that the key to attaining the highly desired youthful appearance and healthy, radiant skin begins from within. Simply stated, what you put into your body has just as much, if not more direct impact on your looks than topical products.

At a recent Green Your Beauty event in New York City, Jolene Hart, a former beauty editor turned Beauty & Health Coach and founder of Beauty Is Wellness educated fellow beauty enthusiasts on how simple diet and lifestyle changes can address and prevent common beauty concerns like acne and signs of aging.

In addition to being the largest organ in your body, your skin is last to receive nutrients and is the first to lose them. Therefore, one should approach food selection process just in the way as choosing a beauty product– paying close attention to desired ingredients, actives and quality over quantity. Here are some of Jolene’s tips on how be a “beauty foodie:”

  1. “Beige is bad,” is the famous quote of Dr. Jeannette Graf, a leading skin science expert and board-certified dermatologist. Very much like beige can be a no-no in fashion, “beige” foods, such as processed breads and grains have unwelcome health effects as they are virtually stripped of their nutrients and are handled with difficulty by our digestive system. Instead, turn to colorful fruits and vegetables.
  2. Don’t forget your greens. Often discarded and overlooked, greens (kale, spinach, beet greens, swiss chard) are great for balancing the pH of your body, not to mention their high mineral content. A great way to incorporate your daily dose of greens is to go for an all natural green juice or smoothie.
  3. Bring on the berries. Not only are they sweet and delicious, especially during this time of year, but berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) are full of antioxidants, and vitamin C, which supports collagen.
  4. Lean, (not so mean) protein. Protein-rich fish, chicken, walnuts and almonds are loaded with collagen-boosting nutrients and keratin, which supports strong, healthy hair and nails.
  5. Make time for (green) tea. Long honored for its health benefits in the eastern cultures, green tea is also a powerful wrinkle blocker.
  6. Detox. Instead of loading up on coffee, try a glass of warm water with lemon to start your day. It will kick-start your digestive enzymes, detox your system and brighten your skin from within.
  7. Beat the stress. Stress causes premature aging and unwanted weight retention. If you want to relax, opt for some foods that release stress-busting nutrients into your body: dark chocolate (between 60%-70% cacao), oatmeal and chamomile tea.
  8. Shield your skin from within. Red and orange colored beta-carotene-rich foods are packed with vitamin A, which helps protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If you are planning to spend some serious time in the sun, try to load up on tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, etc. at least two weeks before hitting the beach. Don’t forget your sunblock, either!
Source: Jolene Hart, Beauty Is Wellness 
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The Perfect Lip – NARS at Phillip Lim NYFW AW/15

You could always count on seeing a post from NARS at Fashion Week on my blog. Especially one of my favorite shows, Phillip Lim. NARS does skin so well. Beautiful, breathable skin. This time paired with a stunning red brick lip. As usual, my friends at Beauty Press got the inside scoop on NARS shows, perfect for me while running around during the craziness of NYFW.

This makeup was so well done but that’s not a surprise because Francelle Daly was the key, and if I were to reveal one of my makeup crushes – she would be one of them. NARS is also revealing new products this Fall which I am too excited to try!

Show: 3.1 Phillip Lim AW ‘15

Lead artist: Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics

Look: “Utilitarian punk is the direction this season. Natural radiant skin mixed with a punk-inspired oxblood red shade on the lips for a bold statement.

NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer

Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
Stick Concealer

Brow Perfector

Tribulation Blush (new for Fall 2015, for now try Nico Blush)

VIP Red Lipstick (New for Fall 2015, for now try Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil)


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Paris Beauty Haul

Oh, how I miss Paris! The skin care, the hot chocolate, the food. My time in Paris was such a delight, exploring the pharmacies took quite some work and required lots of research! I got lots of help from my friends in beauty, Lianne Farbes and Diva Does Makeup.

I went in with the intention of buying little, since I had new/unused products in my storage even some of the brands I purchased while there.

You can find out more about these fabulous products in my video review

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