Blast from the past!!- Cult of cherry collection 2008

This collection had some lovely quads. There were 3 of them, Spiced Chocolate, Shadowy Lady, and Tempting. I skipped out on the tempting quad because I thought it was a little boring.
So yea here are a few tutorials that I did with the 2 quads from the collection...

My favorite look is the last one for sure! Although I love all 3! :P

Cult of Cherry 1

Cult of Cherry2

Cult of Cherry 3


Rule! in the crease

The past few times that I have done my makeup I have been very drawn to using rule eyeshadow just above my crease line. Rule is a matte orange eyeshadow. Not many people seem to be drawn to the color orange for an eyeshadow. In fact I don't really like the color at all. But I have been playing with my makeup and have found oranges and colors one wouldn't normally wear to look the best! Now I have been doing very simple, kinda neutral makeup and adding rule just seems to make it POP and give it that extra edge!

You might not be able to see the colors very well in the picture below but I'm telling you it was lovely!

For this look I used:
Smoke & diamonds -e/s inner corner
Glamour Check! -outer half
Spiced Chocolate e/s -in the outer corner & into the crease
Saddle e/s & rule e/s -mixed above the crease
Soft Force -for a highlight
For lips:
Fabby l/s
Funtabulous l/g

I didn't wear any foundation or do my brows mostly because it does kinda look overwhelming for my taste during the daytime. Although I have done it before with no issues I was just not feeling it yesterday.. :P lol

If you are a woman of color try using colors like rule. It will warm up any look and give it that extra edge that you may be missing form your makeup that day. You will love it as much as I!!

 PS. I promise to get another camera soon so that you can atually see what is going on with the makeup!! Because right about now the pics are washed out like crazy... I dont like it!!


Eye of the day 11/10/09

Its way more vibrant & looks much better in real life. I NEED MY CAMERA!! LOL

I used UDPP as my base.
In the inner corner I applied Museum Bronze pigment with a 239 brush.
In the middle third I applied Trax e/s with the 239.
The outer corner I used Signed Sealed e/s packed on with a 239 brush then blended into the crease with a 217 and Rule e/s.
For highlight I used Ricepaper e/s with a 252 brush and also in the inner corner with a 219.
On the lower lash line I lined with Trax e/s and Signed Sealed e/s in the outer corner.
I blended Rule into the outer corner of the lower lash line.
I used Lash Blast mascara and Revlon colorstay liquid liner.
For the waterline I used L'oreal HIP kohl eyeliner.

I love the look I get when Rule e/s is used in the crease. You cant go wrong with a neutral look that has a pop of color! :)
I wil be getting a new camera soon so the pics will be much clearer.



And the next tutorial will be...

This is what I would have done on myself had I been a brides maid in the wedding that I did for my cousin. :) Video will be up soon just have to edit it!

I still have a problem with urban decay primer potion

Now this product I absolutley love!! I cant live without! I use it every single time I wear eyemakeup! (unless I'm wearing MAC paintpots...) But they changed the shape of the applicator and look I have a problem!!

My video review

Blast from the Past!!- Halloween Edition!

So I decided that I wanted to incorporate some of my old makeup looks and tutorials into my recently started blog. So I am going to feature some of those looks every now and then on here so that they are not forgotten :P completely.

Now I didn't do any tutorials for halloween this year but I did a lot of face painting on the kids and fam. My lady got a very pretty colorful butterfly painted on her face for halloween. A few of the others played around on youtube. :P

I did 3 videos for halloween last year. A Spider Queen, A Jac o'Lantern, & TIger eyes.

Spider Queen

Products used were:
BFTE Black
MAC- Golden Lemon
MAC- Vanilla
MAC- Smolder
Revlon liquid liner
NYX candy glitter liner- gold
Walmart lashes

MAC studio fix- NC 45
EDM- tinted silk powder
NYX pencil- black
NYX candy glitter liner- gold

NYX liner- Plush Red
NYX lipstick- Bru

I loved this look mostly because it was simple and if paired with a fab outfit it would have been way to sexy. A simple smokey eye with a touch of gold. Love it! This one got the most views because it was a relevant video to one of makeupbyrenren's halloween videos. lol go figure...

Jack o'Lantern
Part 1

Part 2

Now with this one I love it because it is different. I wanted to be something that no one else was at the time. So I looked around and I didn't find anyone who did anything like this. I downloaded some music from a few horror movies such as Saw, The Ametyville Horror, ect ect... Blending was insane with these 120 palette shadows!

Tiger Eyes

This one is my favorite one for sure. I hate the pics I took though. lol some of the edges weren't blended enough. The part closest to the hairline was still white... So many flaws but its all good. I believe that I have improved dramatically over the past year and a half. And so has youtube! There are the kinds of tutorials on there now that you would actually have to pay for a few years ago to learn. I always wondered how people did the things the did with makeup such as scaring, bruising. I already knew about liquid latex but had no clue what so ever about the gluesticks! :P

The sound was removed from 2 of these videos because of the major copyright issue that came about last year. :( But its ok.


Just another makeup tutorial...

Products used:
Clean n Clear moisturizer
MAC Studio Fix Fliud- NC45- with a stipling brush
MAC Studio Finish Concealor- NC45
MAC Blot powder- Dark- with MAC 129
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Mythology- 239- inner corner
MAC Pink Source- 239- over Mythology
MAC Sushi Flower- 239- outer half
MAC Poste Haste- 239- outer corner
28 palette- dark brown- 224- crease & outer corner
28 palette- shimmer burgendy- 226- outer v
28 palette- highlight- 227
MAC Brow shader- SE266
MAC Breath of Plum blush- 165
MAC Whirl

For some reason the colors look way too harsh on video than they did in person. :P But I luvs it anywayz! Here are some pics!!

Upcoming tutorial!

I recorded this a while ago. It was a twitter request that I am kinda just getting the chance to edit. I say kinda because everyone around me is sick including me and my babies. :( We are getting better, I'm just trying to keep everyone away for now. Its over an hour of footage that I have to edit down to under 10 min so yay good fun!! NOT! lol


Emjoi Emagine epilator - A Review

So I didn't know where to put this review. My hair blog or my makeup blog. I figured that this was the best place to put it because it is about hair removal not hair growth. :P
This is the product description from the company:

Emagine the possibilities!
The Emagine Tweezer-Head Epilator from Emjoi is a groundbreaking hair remover that features 72 tweezer heads. It's faster, safer and more beneficial than shaving or waxing. The revolutionary Emagine Tweezer-Head Epilator removes hair quickly and comfortably and reduces the number of passes required to achieve the chief benefit of epilation: smooth, silky, touchable skin.
Emjoi's patented Glide Technology reduces irritation. Coupled with Emjoi's innovation of one fixed-tweezer disc and two that open and close, the skin gets gently stretched, to increase comfort and efficiently remove hair. Emagine is the world's first epilator to offer Silver Ion Technology, which provides antimicrobial protection from bacterial infections. Its innovative, dual-opposed staggered heads are a new feature for an epilator; they enable the unit to cover greater surface area than ever before while grasping and removing more hair in a single pass. To reduce the chance of ingrown hairs, Emagine features exclusive Middle Lifting fingers that raise flat or short hairs for easy epilation. The results? Skin that’s soft, smooth and hair free for up to 6 weeks. Emagine Tweezer-Head Epilator – it's the ultimate hair remover!

  • 72 tweezers, the most on the market, remove the majority of hair the first time, saving time and eliminating potential skin irritation by reducing the number of passes required to achieve smooth skin
  • 17-mm disc opening – the optimal radius to effectively remove hair
  • Our patented Glide Technology moves the tweezer discs over the skin with less irritation
  • Dual-opposed heads gently hold the skin taut, making epilation more comfortable
  • Staggered, dual-opposed heads cover greater surface area and grasp all the hair the first time
  • Middle lifting fingers prepare hair for removal by lifting flat or short hair, decreasing the possibility of ingrown hair
  • Removes hair from the root, leaving skin smooth for up to 6 weeks
  • Silver Ion Technology provides antimicrobial protection
  • Curved shape is designed to hug the curves of the body
  • Ergonomically engineered handle balances in your hand and is easy to hold and maneuver all over the body
  • Removes hair as short as 0.5 mm from the root
  • Gentle enough to remove delicate facial hair on the upper lip and chin
  • Great for removing hair on the legs, bikini line and underarms
  • Soft-touch grip gives ultimate comfort and control
  • Dual speed control
  • Electrically operated (corded)
Emagine is the ultimate hair remover.

Now I have never used a product like this. For my legs and pits I usually just shave, so this is kinda a foreign concept for me in a way. I pluck my eyebrows and have attempted to pluck my armpit hairs and bikini line when I get hair bumps. Did I mention that when I shave I get crazy hair bumps! No matter what I do they always come up and they hurt!

When I first found out about this type of product I ran for the hills because I do not like pain. I have since then become fed up with the hair bumps and started tweezing until I started to get tired of that also. As its very time consuming. I ended up coming back to trying to find the right epilator because it seemed to be the only solution besides waxing.  I don't really like waxing because I can't do it myself. What really sold me was pursebuzz's video with this product. here and here
OK enough of that! On to the review!

My initial thoughts on this product:
  • The packaging was great! It came with a lot of information on the product, as well as a pouch to store it, and a brush.
  • When I first used it I tried it on my armpit. OMG! It was painful! I had to stop at first, but I kept going and found that the pain does lessen when you keep going.
  • On my arms & legs it was easy. It didn't hurt very much at all and it removed all the hair. My legs were silky smooth.
  • The bikini area was very painful. Much worse than the armpits and the legs put together. I do not use this on the bikini area unless absolutely necessary. I just keep that area trimmed low.
  • It is fast at removing the hair.
If you can handle the pain I say go for it! Me, I have been through labor 3 times so I know that I can handle this with no problem. I do recommend this epilator to anyone mostly because I have heard that others do hurt much worse than this one. :P

This product retails around $120. I got mine for a little less than $100 with free shipping form a seller on amazon.

All in all I absolutely love this product! Its fast and easy. It does hurt like hell on sensitive areas initially but after a while the pain subsides and it does the job.

Would I repurchase: Yes I would if I felt like I had to... :P

I bought mine on amazon last year. The prices have come down a bit since then. :)


I got beat down!!

This is kinda my first attempt at special effects makeup. A ton of people on youtube have been doing some amazing tutorials. I wanted to throw mine into the pile. This is going to be the first one and if I have time I will do a few more.
Here are a few pics!

Happy Halloween!!!


In my kit

I recently came across this site called inmykit.com. I first heard about it from makeupbyrenren and I rediscovered it from a current video on becoming a makeup artist by scandalousbeauty. HERE

I wanted to blog about it because I have discovered that if you stick to only high end makeup brands and forget about the cheap drugstore brands it will take much much longer to build a good kit for your makeup artistry. My kit is in no way complete and I have been collecting for quite some time now, a little over a year. I do have all the things that I need to do makeup for clients and I have not had any problems yet so far.
However, there is always room for improvement. I have had to improvise, create colors by mixing which is all fine and really can show how creative I can be but sometimes you are looking for a nice matte deep aqua blue color and the closest thing you have to it is way too shimmery.

Other than that I do have foundation but I do not have the shade range that I would need to do big jobs for all different types of skin tones and types. I have found that to be fine for now because not many people that I have done makeup for are even interested in foundation or blush for that matter.

Ok back on topic... This website gives products from each category that do the job & do it very well. No matter what the price tag or the name brand. Its good for the beginning makeup artist as well as the established one to find products that one normally would not have heard of.

A few of the foundation and concealor palettes are going to be among my first purchases from this sites recommendations.

And the one thing that really surprises me is the fact that not one MAC product is mentioned in any of the lists. :/ I love MAC as many others do but sometimes it can get way too overrated. There are some products that I absolutely HATE as well as those that I cant live without.

This has been a ramble..


Back 2 MAC- 10/23/09

I took some of my depots and did some back to mac'n. I got 4 new lipsticks. Also as you may find out I am a sample nut! It doesn't help that the girls at my MAC counter love me and give me whatever I want! lol! Me loves them too muy mucho!! haha

But anyways heres what I got:
  • M.A.C RED- Satin
  • Fluid- Frost
  • Blood Red- Lustre- DSquared collection
  • Black Knight- Cremesheen- Style Black collection

I also got some pigment and glitter samples:
  • Gold- glitter
  • Fuschia- glitter (lol & Its purple)
  • Reflects Copper
  • Reflects Rust

Pigments in
  • Purple Edge
  • Heritage Rouge


Eye of the day!- 10/24/09

Today I used:
Woodwinked- on the lid, inner corner to the middle third.
Post Haste- outer third & slightly into the crease.
Sketch- in the crease
Rule- above the crease
Ricepaper- highlight
Penultimate liner in rapid black- upper lash line
HIP kohl liner- upper & lower water line


Estee Lauder Take it away Total Makeup Remover- a Review

I got this product at the Cosmetic Company outlet store closest to me. Every time I go to the CCO the back of my hand and even up my forearm turns into swatch city! From pigments to pencils...

At the CCO they have this product there for the customers to use in order to remove whatever makeup they may need. I have used it every time I have been to the CCO and each time I was more amazed at how easily and quickly it removed every bit of whatever I had on my hands or arms. lol! So one day I ventured away from the MAC products and decided to see what Clinique, Estee Lauder, and other brands had to offer. This is one of the products that I picked up that day.

This is what the Estee Lauder claims this product does:

Quickly and gently removes all makeup, even long-wear or waterproof formulas.

Unique water-based creme-gel refreshes you with a crisp herbal citrus scent.

Rinses away easily and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth with no greasy afterfeel or oily residue.

My first impressions on this product are as follows:
  • This product removes everything easily and quickly. It dissolves all types of products from eyeliner to waterproof mascara. I LOVE that about this product!
  • It is a creamy gel like product and my first thought was that it needs to stay far far away from the eyes. However, I used the product in the eye area and it did not burn. I don't know if the product advises against that but I would suggest to anyone to use at your own discretion.
  • It does smell good without being overpowering. Thats a plus!
  • It wipes away easily with just some tissue.

A little bit goes a long way. I have had my bottle for months and have barely made a dent. I use it to remove eye makeup mostly. Foundation and things like that I just use a makeup wipe or a good face wash to get rid of the product and dirt. If you have sensitive eyes then I would advise against using it too close to the eye area.

Would I repurchase: Hell yes!

So far I have reviewed products that I have mostly good thing to say about. There are products that I absolutely hate and I will do a post in the near future about products that I suggest you to stay away from. k thx bye! LOL


Upcoming Collections!

There are a few collections by MAC that are coming out this holiday/winter that I am very much looking forward to. The packaging on some of the items are to die for!

The packaging for this collection is so sexy! I want to buy two of each type of set just to use it as decoration on my dresser. lol

I just hope that the boxes are nice and sturdy, ie. not made of cardboard! :P It looks like the base is but the top I hope not.

This collection looks very interesting. I cant wait to see the 2 new MSFs! Spiced tea, modelette, and milled cider are definitely on my list to check out so far. Light that fire! lipglass sounds simply beautiful! I'm going to have to cop that one. :)

I cant wait to see this collection plain and simple. The colors sound lovely and since judging by its title the colors should be perfect for any skin tone!

Source- Temtalia.com

Gallery of looks!

This is just a compilation of makeup looks that I put together.


The wedding!

So today was a CRAZY one!! I had to finish up someones hair, which did not come out as neat as I would have liked because I was having a terrible asthma attack! I was so messed up but I didn't want to leave her hanging... :P I pushed on! lol
It turned out good & she got a lot of compliments.

Aside from the hair, I was running around like a mad woman and was running way late as was everyone else. The wedding started 2.5 hrs after everyone got there!

So when I got there I got down to business. I did a few of the bridesmaids makeup. The rest did their own or didnt want makeup. The bride had another makeup artist because of the shambles stated previously and because everyone was rushing she thought I wasn't coming. :/ I got there in enough time. To bad I didn't get to do hers cause my girls makeup looked way better than everyone else's.. lol And my girls got the most compliments! The bride said that my girls looked better than everyone in the wedding!

I didn't get hardly any good pics but I will do a tutorial of what I did. The bouquet shown above was an actual bouquet from the wedding. The wedding was beautiful. I loved the color scheme! Its was fabulous! I did the makeup to follow along with the color scheme of the wedding. I did everyones makeup a little different than the last in order to go along with their skin tone, face, and eye shape. Those who had lashes got lashes. They all looked FAB!!

All in all it was a success! The wedding was gorgeous! I was happy to be a part of it! :)


Wedding Party!!

I am doing my cousins wedding this weekend! I am very happy to be a part of it! However some may dought my abilities and assume that I lack professionalism. :P Too bad you don't have to get your makeup done by me! lol But everyone else will look fabulous!!

I have done makeup for people so please believe that I know what I am doing. And what they don't realize is that you do not need to be licensed in order to be a freelance makeup artist.

However, I aside from that I am very excited to be the one doing the makeup! I cant wait! If she says its ok I will most definitely be posting pictures! I'm going to be doing a demo for her tonight and I hope she is as excited about it as I am!! XD

This is my first wedding and hopefully not the last! ;)


About me

I am a mother, a student, and also a person who is completely obsessed with hair and makeup. I love all things beauty. I love learning new techniques, tips, and tricks. As well, I love to share what I learn with all of you!

This blog is going to consist of my journey in becoming a freelance makeup artist. I will publish posts about makeup application and techniques. I will be doing reviews on new products, hauls, and much more.

Watch me on youtube! I do mostly hair tutorials showing different techniques and proper hair care. I also do makeup tutorials from full face to just the eyes to halloween crazy type makeup. :P

Just send me a message on youtube! youtube.com/marand313
Or email me at marand313@gmail.com

a work in progress...

I changed the layout. I really like this one but there are a few more bugs to work out. I have to figure out the pictures and the links at the top of the page. Other than that, YAY my makeup blog is up and running!! :D


Looking to switch it up!

I'm pretty much tired of looking at this blog layout. I have been trying to find something that screams me! But really haven't found anything I love... :( This will be looking fresh in no time! :D

L'oreal HIP Kohl eyeliner - a review

I just purchased this product in the color black. It is a kohl powder eyeliner and it comes in a cute little bottle. When you open it up it has a felt tip applicator very similar to the l'oreal linear intense liquid eyeliner, which I do like very much.
This product comes in several different colors including brown, blue, gold, burgundy, & teal.

My first impressions & thoughts:
  • I love the wand applicator that this comes with. It is easy to use this to apply the product to the lash line as well as the water line, upper & lower.
  • The product itself is a powder which can be messy at first. It takes some getting used to as with many things. Because of this there may be some fallout and it can smudge onto the lower lash line. In most cases that is not bad, just adds a sexy smokey effect.
  • When applying sometimes the powder can get into the eyes, which can be a bit irritating. I just squeezed my eyes shut for a few moments and by doing that the chunks of product blended out onto the waterline. It was fine after that.
  • It does go on dark, but its not that intense black that I look for in an eyeliner. This is fine because it makes up for it in other ways.
  • This product is great for the water line because it lasts an extremely long time! I applied it at around 3-4 in the afternoon & the liner stayed put did not fade smudge or anything at all, until the next morning when I wiped it off! Thats crazy! I slept in it purposefully to see if it would fade because nothing usually lasts well overnight for me. This sucker did not budge!!

I love this for the waterline! For the lash line not so much only because it is not black black. If they brought out an 'extreme black' shade I would be happy! It has wonderful staying power! I mean how many eyeliners last that long?!? I have been trying to find one that I wouldn't have to reapply every hour, I thing I've found it. ;)
I dont like how the powder can get into the eyes. Yesterday I felt like I had something in there for at least an hour!
All in all it is a great product. You may just have to get used to it at first.

Would I repurchase: Hell yes!


Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara- a review

Welcome to my first official makeup relate post on this blog!!

The product that I will be reviewing today will be Rimmel London's Sexy Curves Full Volume & Curve mascara.
This is what Rimmel claims its product will do:

"Fuller figured brush – fuller figured lashes. Curves in all the right places! The first Triple Plump brush with 3 x the curves for 70% curlier lashes. Voluptuous brush with CurveControl technology wiggles easily through your lashes quickly coating them. Exclusive brush design curves IN to maximize lash loading, curves OUT to curl and de-clump each lash for a complete curved look. Lashes look lusciously curled, plumped and defined. Plump ‘em up! Enriched with proteins, the plumping formula strengthens lashes over time for a continuous lash boosting effect. Rich cream texture instantly amplifies your natural volume x 7 and fixes the curl for 12 hour hold. Fabulously fuller lashes."
source: http://www.rimmellondon.com/US/products/eyes/product.aspx?id=366

First impressions & thoughts of this product:
  • I love the packaging! The metallic purple tube & the shape of it is so pretty imo. The waterproof version is a metallic turquoise color.
  • The brush is very interesting. At first I thought the shape of the brush was going to cause the mascara to go on clumpy but no. The short bristles apply the mascara giving it volume while the longer ones separate the lashes very well.
  • The mascara itself has a very good formula. It kinda reminds me of Covergirl Lashblast. It thickens nicely and gives added length at the same time. I bit more volume than lashblast though.
  • I got it in the shade "extreme black" & I can say that I am happy that it does go on very black. Its lovely. I did give me the kind of look I want in a mascara.
  • After wearing this mascara for several hours I have not experienced any flaking.
  • I rubbed my eye as I usually do when I forget that I am wearing makeup and the mascara did not budge. I usually smear it and have to grab a wet wipe to clean it up. I was very impressed by this!

As far as the claims the company makes for this product:
  • I didn't really notice that it actually curled my lashes.
  • It did give volume and length but we all know how cosmetic companies like to exaggerate in order to make their sale. I wouldn't say it amplified anything 7x at all... maybe 3-4x :P
Overall I really enjoyed this particular mascara. As stated I love the packaging, I really like the shape of the brush wand. It is really unique. I said that the formula reminds me of Cover Girl Lash Blast and it is actually a little better. The last blast did flake on me after hours of wear. I look for a mascara to last and it did but not as well I would like. So far I have had sexy curves on for about 8hrs now. I have rubbed my eyes, there has been no fading, flaking, or smearing. It does not clump the lashes are flexible to the touch, no stiffness!

I thought I loved lash blast... This is WAYYY better!! Sexy curves has taken its place! XD

Would I rebuy: Hell yes!
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