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.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
What to Carry:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Nail Polish Remover (Oil free and suitable for both natural and acrylic nails)
- Hand Cream
- Nail and Cuticle Clippers
- Emery Boards
- Cuticle Pusher
- Top Coat
- Nude Polish
- Red Polish
- Soft Toothbrush or nail brush
- Small Bowl
- Cuticle Oil
- 2 or 3 Trendy Colors
- 1 or 2 sets of Stick on Nails/Acrylics for really really bad cases of chewed nails.
Great! One more excuse to go out shopping! Now some o
The other side of the coin...if you carry a kit you should know how to use it...
YouTube and google will help, or just pay attention next time someone give you a manicure! I should know I get my nails done....once a month...or every 5 weeks, my nail technician hates me!
The same way I do not believe in shaving or permanently re-styling the model/clients eyebrow, of hair...facial or otherwise...I will not do the full spa manicure. You want a massage? Go to the Experts!
Here are the basics of the basics...must know bare necessities...
1. Remove any old polish.
2. Apply cuticle oil and soak in warm soapy water if required.
3. Gently push back the cuticle using either a cuticle pusher. Practice makes perfect...practice on yourself to avoid damaging someone else's nails!
4. Shape the nails with an emery board. Cut if necessary (this is the case of 4 long nails 3 eaten ones and 2 medium size ones).
5. Lightly buff the nails to prep the nail. (if necessary).
6. Wash Hands.
7. Apply color or clear coat or nothing.
8. Apply hand lotion.
6. Unless you are a licenced and trained nail technician do not go out there and start cutting and chopping people's nails!!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
I was told as a young child that "Sharing is Caring"...
So let me share with you some inspirational work from a fabulous artist!
Here are some images by Nelly Recchia
Facts to know about Nelly Recchia:
1. She is French
2. Multi Award Winner Body Painter
3. Works only with Brushes
4. Her work takes Hours!
5. She worked with Madonna
6. She worked with Marylin Manson
7. She is now in LA and teaches at the Cinema Secret Makeup School
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
EMULSION LIP EXFOLIANT
Things I hate...
dry cracked lips...
Not only they are painful they look awful under lipstick...and not really nice to kiss.
So Solutions solutions...Exfoliate and Keep Moisturize!
So here is one secret...apply Smashbox Exfoliant to clean lips and rub with finger until desired smoothness is achieved, then wipe clean with a tissue. Leave on for 5-10 minutes for extra conditioning. Follow with lip treatment moisturizer (or Chap Stick, or lip balm, or lip lotion preferably with SPF 15 or higher) to protect and heal lips throughout the day.
My lips are always cracking, and worst since I started the process of using invisalign braces (yeah I am vain and wanted my teeth straight) so EMULSION is the perfect solution for me! This is a sugar-based, peppermint-infused lip exfoliant that is packed with vitamins and soothing conditioners to smooth and soften lips, pretty smelling too. Poppy seeds and sugar granules gently exfoliate while cocoa and shea butter, grape seed extract and jojoba deeply nourish. Lips instantly feel soft and kissable!
This is my next best friend after my 100% Natural Botanical Medley Chap Stick!!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
OK I can do very very little with hair, and it's very very basic...most of the times I just tie it in a bun and put paint. My luckier models get my friend and partner in crime Amanda...she can do hair-magic!!!
Anyhow like many makeup artists I would like to become more comfortable in working with hair, know more than the basics, and perhaps increase my job opportunities., etc...but where to start?
California does not require a Makeup Artist to be a licensed/certified Esthetician or Cosmetologist. One can be a Makeup Artist by just doing makeup and owning your own kit...I do not agree with that I think that the basic Hygiene, Sanitation and Makeup 101 is essential if not a must in my mind, one can not be to careful, how to get these...Well that is a different story!
But because there is not "licencing" requirements it does not man that a MUA should not know the basics. I believe that since I was able to learn makeup I could, eventually, one day, hopefully in the future...learn some basic hair.
So what is the plan?
I have various Options...
1. kidnap Amanda and force her to teach me
2. take a class at the community college
3. buy books on hair
4. Watch as many YouTube tutorial till I drop
5. Experiment on my own hair
Come to think of it a combination might be more appropriate...
OK I can woo Amanda into teaching me or threaten to paint her again...I can get some books and watch some tutorial and if all else fail I will take a class (I'm not big in school at this time in my life, even tho this would probably the most reliable and safe bet)
On that note let me show you some inspiration Hair Styles...Maybe in my next life I will be able to create some of these...
Andreas-H & Toni Kalin
Adam Livermore & Steve Rego
Kimmi Le & Noogiestyles
PS. Images are from ModelMayhem Members :)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Liberty of London Scarf ($95.00 U.S. / $115.00 CDN)
"A limited-edition scarf designed with an exclusively created floral pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Rows of coral, orange, yellow and blue flowers form a repeating pattern on a white background. The fabric is a soft wool/viscose blend. Made in Italy. Measures 27″ x 82″."
Monday, March 8, 2010
by Rhonda Byrne -The Secret...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
This was a fun one...a bit disappointing on some aspects, but super cool on others..
Let's start from the basics...
The Makeup Show LA is a Trade show for Pro-Makeup Artist.
Location is The California Market Center in LA, approximately 2 hours way from home (with no traffic) The show is for 2 days, so it's still happening today...but I decided to just go yesterday, and save some chips for the IMATS!
My Adventure partners were Amanda, Nancy and John. It's nice to have people you like around especially when the hamsters start running like crazy! And when the 4 of us are together...oh my...one got to really hold on. We are Trouble!!!
The show was great, but mostly Beauty oriented, a whole lot of beauty products, beauty seminars and beauty workshops, so much to do, so much to learn and the inspiration...the magic of being around so many artist...it's magnificent! So much Creativity in one space...but it's all Beauty...no SFX here, no prosthetic made dead body laying around, no blood and no fangs.
I felt highly under dressed...me and my Chasire Cat Sweater, but hey I went there to learn soak in some creativity, get inspiration and replenish products!
The disappointing aspect, aside from the lack of blood, was the lack of Pashur. I was really unhappy when I discovered that he was no were around...well or no were where I could see him!!! so yes I was very very sad, and what irked me is that there was no change noted in the schedule...no signs that the seminar was changed anywhere where I could see...just all of a sudden the speaker starts taking and well it's not Pashur!!
Well the "replacement" speaker was good, and good thing I like him too so no loss on the liking part and since this happened last year too (change of seminar with no notice) I was quite disappointed.
Ok Check out my Pictures...
MAXI found him wondering around...
EnKore and me and his model...I look bad but hey!!!
Amanda...my partner in crime!
Lisa Berczel and her Creation...
Just Too pretty not to take a picture of Makeup
And the best part of this is....John has the Whole Set!!!
Just a note: most of the images were taken using a Camera Phone...so the quality is not as amazing as I hoped...that will teach me to remember my camera next time...
Image or the Disco Ball Body Paint was snapped my Nancy...no matter where I looked I could not find him anymore :(