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I truly hope you will enjoy my collection of ideas, thoughts, inspirations and funny stuff that I have found along the “Way of Art". This is my adventure, my "slices of life" and pieces of dreams that have come by during my Travels, Colors,
Foods and Sparks of Creativity.

Loving Nibbles

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Vampire Killing Kit

Now this is NEWS!!!
“200-year-old Vampire Killing Kit was recently sold at an auction in Natchez, Mississippi!!! “
A complete and authentic vampire killing kit — estimated to be made around the 1800, complete with stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets, crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and even garlic, all kept in a handy dandy American walnut case with a carved cross on top — attained $14,850 in the Jimmy Pippen estate sale by Stevens October 3–4 in the new Natchez Convention Center. Isn’t that Wonderful?!?!?
Ok so here is what I think…I read a lot. I read all the times. I average a book a week when time permits…and that is whit a full time job…and one of my favorite topic it Vampires, from the Teen Fictions all the way to the Romances, Mystery, and Sci-Fi Novels. I love Vampires!

So please explain why would one want to kill Vampires???

Curiosity get the best of me all the times, it's sad, but I decided to do some research on this “kit” and I found out that there are more Vampire Killing Kits out there, some to be found on even on e-bay!

Here a few more I found on the Internet....

Now I need to ask, since Holly Water, Bible and Crosses are present in almost all these kits, does that mean that only Christians can kill Vampires, or are there no Vampires in non Christian Countries???? Are there no Vampires in Iraq?? Or India??
And what about the silver bullets??? I thought that was for Werewolves and other Shifter beings…last I checked Vampires were unaffected by bullets.
I wonder...

Friday, December 19, 2008


Everyone Deserves a Happy Ending!

It's a romantic full moon,
when Pedro said, "Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."
"Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.
"Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.
"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.
"Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."
Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."
Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang....."Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Fantastic Event, I am planning to attend!!
The Powder Group is bringing back the Makeup 101 Event!!
So here is the email they have sent me....


Dates and locations are as follows:
Los Angeles, January 24-26 -House of Marco Marco
Houston, February 7-9 - Renee Rae Makeup Studio
New York City, February 21-23 - Make Up For Ever Studio
Chicago, February 28 - March 2 - Ruby Room
Toronto, March 7-9 - Industry Cosmetics
Washington D.C March 28-30 - Studio 400

And as a part of holiday gift deals offer - you can sign up for any Makeup 101 event for a savings of $200! Through December 22 the three day event is being offered for $790, instead of our regular price of $990!
All you need is a $250 deposit to reserve your space for any of our Makeup 101 events this Winter! This great holiday gift deal is only valid through December 31, so check out the details below and give us a call today to join us at this intensely pro event.

Makeup 101 covers essential industry, artist tools and makeup product information, in depth so you can have be the strongest expert on your career that you can be! We will review:
Industry Terminology - from tear sheets to your CV to HD, what do the key terms used on a daily basis in the business of makeup artistry mean and how do they effect you.
Getting Started - how do you go from learning about makeup artistry to actively working in the business from assisting up to keying a project.
Testing - how to go about getting the strongest pictures of your work to showcase your skills to potential clients. Where to find models, photographers - how to choose photos to use
Marketing and Promotion - using photos, websites, business cards and more to promote your business in the most efficient and cost effective ways
Your Makeup Kit - what goes into a strong and effective makeup kit. How do you edit your kit per job. What will you need to be sure to keep as a must-have in your kit
Brushes - review of the most important tool you will use as a makeup artist. Density, shape, fiber type and cleaning your brushes are reviewed
Tools - what are the must-have tools every makeup artist needs to keep in their kit, how do you use them and what extras should you keep around just in case
Hygiene - what do you need to know about keeping yourself, your tools and your products in the best shape possible and how do you maintain the cleanest, safest work environment and experience for your clients
Working with a Client - understanding how to create the most memorable experience for your clients, understanding non-verbal communication and what questions to ask before you get started.
Color Theory - the absolute necessity for every makeup artist to understand when considering every aspect of their makeup artistry. Color correction, choosing and mixing foundation shades, deciding on color product choices - all revolve around this critical aspect of makeup artistry.
Of course we'll also take you through the pro technique and tips that will make your make the difference between doing beautiful makeup, and being a great makeup artist.

From basics to makeup for editorial and photography, and a thorough review of Hi-Def - this is an intense review of the most important areas of application that every artist needs to know.

  • Beauty Makeup Application including: Preparing the SkinUnderstanding skin typeFoundation matching and applicationColor correctionUsing textureHighlight and ContourConcealer and camouflageBrow shape and applicationEye shape and sizeEye color applicationEye lining - powders, creams and liquidsLashes - curling, mascara, false lashesBronzers and blushLips - pencils and lip color applicationShaping the lips
  • Variations on Beauty including:Makeup for PhotographyWorking in Editorial Beauty and FashionUnderstanding Hi-Def and how it impacts every makeup artistAttendees will observe demonstrations, and participate in hands-on application of all makeup technique reviewed.Please join us for Makeup 101 this season and start off 2009 with a focus on making you they best artist you can be, and your career the strongest possible!

Registration can be handled by calling 212.627.7448, 866.876.9337 or get more information by emailing makeup101@thepowdergroup.com MAKEUP 101 IS PRODUCED BY THE POWDER GROUP THEPOWDERGROUP.COM"

Todd Homme from Blush

I normally do not watch TV...OK I do watch TV, I just turn it off if there is nothing good on. I do not channel serf for hours with the hope that something good will magically appear. I particularly dislike having a date/appointment with my television....that is why I record or wait till the DVD comes out at Hollywood Videos!!!

But once in a while the Magic does happen!! And that was "Blush :The Search for the Next Great Make-Up Artist" that aired on Lifetime for the past few weeks.
The Show was AMAZING!!! I learned sooooo much!
I recorded almost all of it....I think I am missing only one episode...

Sooo much Talent in on Show!
And for this reason I have to say I am sooo sad for the passing of Todd Homme, one of the finalist in the show.
A beautiful and Extremely Talented Artist with a Contagious Smile and a Positive and Light Heated View of Life.
My thought and prayer are with Todd's family and loved ones.

Go Paint The Beautiful Angels Todd!

The world has lost a great Talent :(

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Purity Made Simple by Philosophy

My product of choice for today is Purity Made Simple by Philosophy!
I call this my Magic Cleaner!!

I have a bit of the acne prone skin, I have to use Proactive to maintain. As we all know Proactive does not remove makeup very well, especially this time of year when we add on more foundation, more mascara and all that glitter that makes us sparkle!!

So this is my product of choice to remove all, even the most stubborn glitter and waterproof mascara!
So here is the break down...taken from the Sephora web site...
What it is: A highly-effective one-step facial cleanser!!
What it is formulated to do: Philosophy Purity Made Simple is a pH-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. The best-selling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot.

What else you need to know: Purity Made Simple is part of a collection of Philosophy products designed to soothe even the most dry and sensitive skin.

I have also noticed that it does not dryers my face, it is smooth and pleasantly scented, it last a loooong time, a small nickel size amount can do the magic! It does not burn or irritates my skin even on the breakouts, I use it at night and after a scrub/mask since it makes the process easier and less tedious (you have tired to wash out a clay mask.... right???)

I can actually forgo the lotion (not a good idea due to my skin and age) but the pleasant feeling is like that first bite of very good chocolate...you want to savor it till the end!!!

I love this Philosophy Purity Made Simple.

Chicano Park Photo-shoot with Hayley and Cherie

Hayley and Cherie

Life as a makeup artist is perceived to be beautiful, glamorous and full of highlights and fabulous moments!
Well I got to say that is a bit off the make...OK it is beautiful and glamorous but it's also a lot of work , long hours and little sleep...stress, pressure, and wonderful accomplishments!

To illustrate my point:
I was book for this Urban Style photo-shoot.
The shoot was to take place at Chicano Park, San Diego CA at 9:30 am on a Saturday.

So here are some of the things I had to keep in mind as a makeup artist...
Meeting location for hair and Makeup: Model's house in North Park....15-20 minutes away form Chicano Park....and well 30-35 minutes way form my house.
Photo-shoot makeup take approximately 35 to 45 minutes, depending on look, degree of difficulty...(yeah we got that too), how much and what type of makeup I need to be carrying, can I bring the large kit or the travel kit, what is the color coordination for the Models, expectation of the Photographer, time commitment etc....
No wonder I feel so tired!

So I arrive at the Cherie's house at 7:30pm...parking in North Park is hard....no it's horrible!!
The hair stylist was on location all ready (thanks the Heavens) and was already working on Cherie! So I hanged out waiting for the Hayley (that was having parking difficulties)
Once she walked throw the door, the cinnamon rolls were ready (model's diet), we started to rock and roll!
After a few brakes, meeting the pets (very cute Chinchilla), roommate, and eating cinnamon rolls the models were done and ready and on their way out!!

What I have learned:
Both models are beautiful in their own unique ways, I have worked with both on several occasions. I have learned their faces and was able to create something I consider beautiful and very appropriate for the occasion...both models and photographers were please by my work.

Practice makes prefect, one of the model has unique features, and no matter how many time I worked with her I could never get it just right, but I believe I nailed it this time, so I am super Happy!

Here is what come of it...

Photographer Bruheim http://www.modelmayhem.com/bruheim

Models Portfolios:

Cherie http://www.modelmayhem.com/cherryblushing

Hayley http://www.modelmayhem.com/hayleykay

More images by ME are on:





Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Penetrators and Manual Scan

Check out this fantastic Event!!!

Legendary San Diego punk/post punk band The Penetrators (Gary Heffern, Chris Sullivan, Chris Davies, Jim Call, and Joel Kmak) will reunite for one night only during The Casbah's 20th anniversary celebration.

Manual Scan (Bart Mendoza, Kevin Donaker-Ring, Orrick Smith, and Morgan Young) will be opening the show. If you only attend one local show, this is the one to be at.
Make sure to purchase tickets early as this one will sell out.
Tickets are available through the Casbah website: http://www.casbahmusic.com/

Time and Place
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009
Time: 8:30pm - 11:55pm
Location: The Casbah
Street: 2501 Kettner Blvd

See you all there!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday Wisdom...

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

by: Bessie Stanley (adapted; erroneously attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is an adaptation of a poem published in 1905 by Bessie Stanley. No version of it has been found in Emerson's writings.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sephora's Glitter Eyeliner

It's Christmas Season again, OK it has been for a while, but I am only know starting to feel it, with all the lights on the homes...and the weather is finally cold.
Living in Southern California (Sunny San Diego) has its perks, one can still wear shorts and a t-shirt in December.

Because of the occasion I chose a product that would work great this Holidays.

I found myself at Sephora a few days back, looking for Christmas Gifts (like I need a reason to be in a makeup store) and bumped into the Sephora's Glitter Eyeliner...I have to say this product is great, and so much more affordable than other glitter stuff, so I bought 2! (not for presents, these are for me)

So what is it? A gel-based eyeliner with some serious sparkle.

What does it do: Sephora Brand Glitter Eyeliner creates a defined, precise, long lasting line that is full of brilliant glitter for an all-out glam-tastic look!

This versatile liner adds glitter to the lash line and can also be used over different eye shadows

It's waterproof, and it comes in 7 different colors: Gold, Purple, Teal, Blue, Silver, opal and Black!

How do I use it? Well I am a bit unconventional so I chose to use it over my mascara on my lashes...yes instead of buying a glitter mascara I use this, it's cheaper ($12)...and it works fabulous, plus I can add more glitter without having to cake my lashes with extra mascara.

I say this is a must for the Season!

Monday, December 8, 2008

New Moon form Stephenie Mayer

Have you heard????

Summit Entertainment has tentatively slated Nov. 20, 2009, as the release date for New Moon, the Twilight sequel!

BUT "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke will not be involved or directing or anything on the new installment of the Twilight vampire franchise's New Moon, or at least that is what Yahoo said, there is some kind of conflict...

That saddens me, since aside form some of the actors choices I believe she did a great job at following the book, and picking up some of the small but important details that make Twilight memorable. Thinking of actors, rumors says that the studio does not want to rehire baby-faced Taylor Lautner as Jacob...I think that would be a mistake, he is the perfect cute werewolf!

"New Moon" is the second installment in Stephenie Meyer 's four-book series.

I can't wait!!

Monday Wisdom...

"Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain"

by Robert Gary Lee

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Effacernes by Lancôme

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" but when you are dealing with dark circles and fine lines under the eyes, beauty can take a different meaning...and well, it's not what you stare at when you look into the mirror...so I tried Effacernes!

I am not a big believer in concealer since I feel like it's application can be tricky, I usually refrain form using it unless strictly necessary. Not applied well concealer can take a life of its own and instead of fixing the problem it might cause it to stand out more, or aggravate it.

The perfect Concealer would have natural coverage concealer that instantly eliminate tell-tale signs of stress and fatigue. Provides complete, natural-looking coverage, evens skin tone, covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines around the eyes.

That said I have tested and searched high and low for the perfect Concealer. My search for the perfect Concealer brought me to Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer.

The Vitamin A and skin conditioning ingredients gives it a smooth texture, easy application and blendability, a matte finish that does not cake or crack, and best part of it all...it's waterproof and that makes it extremely long lasting! Another point in favor to Effacernes is that unlike most eye concealers that are available in a basic yellow tone, it comes in nine different shades ranging in tones from Porcelain to Bronze.

I love this product! I have added it to my professional makeup kit and my own personal one!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Marina Village Photo Day!!

When: Sunday, December 7, 2008
Time: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: San Diego Marina Village

It is a

Hosted every first Sunday of every month, this event is one of the longest standing modeling event in San Diego.

Photo Day Events are designed to introduce aspiring models and amateur photographers to each other and the creative world of modeling and photography. Aspiring model or photographer looking to start a modeling portfolio or to update an existing one will benefit highly from this event. The Photo Days are held monthly all year long at various parks and other locations.

I have personally attender several of these events and I must say they are super fun, I have met some unique and inspiring individuals that I now call friends.

So that said, I say check it out!
Bye bye for now :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Monday Wisdom...

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?
by Mary Manin Morrissey (author)