Archive for December, 2009

China Glaze Wizardof Ooh Ahz

Posted in Blue, China Glaze, glitter, Purple on December 29, 2009 by ainamakeup

In my continuous effort to catch up on all the polishes I’ve been missing the last 2 years or so, I was thrilled to know that China Glaze had re-released their Wizard of Ooh Ahz collection.  One of the most acclaimed colors is “Dorothy Who” which is a beautiful blue glittery bottle of beauty!

China Glaze Dorothy Who

The shade of blue is just too pretty for words and the glitter is dense and a total show stopper.  I like it on my fingers but I think I like it even better on my toes!

China Glaze C-C-Courage

What an awesome color.  I have to admit I’m falling more and more in love with glitters every day.  I love that the glitter pieces are smaller than most glitters and purple is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors to wear.  I’m so happy!  Two of my nail polish cravings have been satisfied!


Makeup Monday: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Posted in Brown, Makeup, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics on December 29, 2009 by ainamakeup

As I may have mentioned before I am a professional Makeup Artist and I absolutely love all things cosmetic.  Last week I decided to check out the new Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics showroom on 27th Street in Manhattan after hearing about it from ThisThatBeauty.

I was first introduced to OCC Cosmetics when I started subscribing to professional trade magazines like Makeup Artist Magazine.  My first experience with OCC Cosmetics was the first time I went to The Makeup Show.  Thats’s where I discovered their Lip Tars.  These are amazing!    Then I did a few freelance gigs where I used the OCC water based airbrush foundation, and I loved that too.

I tried to show restraint but not much. I picked up the nail polish in “fondue”, two lip tars, in “fondue” and “vintage”  and two mini sets of the OCC Airbrush Foundation.  One in Reds the other in Yellows.

OCC Cosmetics "Fondue"

I have a few other OCC nail polishes (Scrangie has some great swatches here ) and I love them as much as this one.  I’m a sucker for chocolate brown anything, be it lip color, nail polish, eye shadow…

As for the lip tars, you can check them out here.  I’ll post a picture of mine soon! Be warned, these are not for the faint of heart.  They are highly pigmented.  Don’t let the tube fool you.  These are not lip glosses. These are matte and extremely opaque and I love love love them!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Swatches

Posted in Black, Gray, Green, Purple, Red, Rescue Beauty Lpunge on December 23, 2009 by ainamakeup

I felt like a fraud being a lacquerholic and not owning even one RBL Nail polish.  I just cannot justify $18 per polish on my inconsistent freelancer income.  Luckily RBL had a 50% of sale last week, which I could not be happier about.  I finally stocked up on polishes I’d been dreaming about for ages!  It was so hard choosing which colors to purchase, but here’s what I got.  All of these pictures are three coats.

RBL Black Russian

This is just too pretty!  A gorgeous blackened red jelly-like base with red glitter tat has what I’ve heard the other bloggers call a “lit from within” effect.  I chose this polish because I don’t have anything like it.  It’s beautiful and I’m so happy to have added it to my collection.

RBL No More War

I love love love this!  I’m so happy I selected this.  I knew if I ever had the chance to buy an RBL this would be on my list.  Probably my first choice.  This pic is showing up a little brighter than it really is.  I’ll try to get a pic in natural sunlight ASAP.

RBL Stormy

I’m a sucker for gray nail polish so I knew Stormy would be on my list.  The name of this color says it all.  I like that it’s got a tinge of blue.  The euphoria continues…

RBL Orbis Non Sufficit

At first I thought I should have just gone with one green and called it a day, but I couldn’t make up my mind between this lovely grayed out green that is the brainchild of The Polish Addict. and the cult classic “Recycle” so I got both.  Recycle coming up after this little beauty below…

RBL Scrangie

The namesake of one of the biggest polish bloggers out there, Scrangie is a totally unique shade.  I’ll just use her words to describe it since she created it.  “It’s a medium blue-based purple with green iridescence and green microshimmer.”  I love the way this looks!

RBL Recycle

This was another must.  I’ve been hearing about this color since it came out and I just had to be one of the cool kids and have it.  I don’t regret it.  It’s a great shade.  A rich green that makes me smile!

Well, this was pretty much my Christmas gift to myself…maybe that’s why I selected so many greens!  LOL  A huge lemming has been satisfied…well at least until the next RBL 50% off sale!

Makeup Monday: Hollywood Glamour at Rouge Makeup Studio

Posted in Makeup on December 22, 2009 by ainamakeup

Happy Makeup Monday, y’all!

Ok so it’s technically not Monday anymore, but I’ve decided to make every Monday a Makeup Monday so I can write about my other great passion.  The passion that is my full-time job!  I’m a freelance makeup artist and I absolutely LOVE learning about new products, tips and techniques!  Last week I was privileged to attend a workshop on Hollywood Glamour at Rouge Makeup Studio.  Rouge Makeup Studio was created by celebrity makeup artists Anne DeMarco and Charles Douglass.  Rouge Makeup Studio is a full service studio that can do weddings, events, photo shoots, and if you’re an artist, you can even use their space to work with your clients.  Rouge has its own line of fabulous cosmetics and they also are a reseller of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics airbrush makeup.

I had the strong urge to freshen up my lipstick just by walking into The Moulin Rouge inspired decor of the studio.  Charles conducted the demonstration of a look inspired by Lady Gaga on the Cover of Elle…which was inspired by an old classic photo of Marilyn Monroe.  I wish I had thought to take some before shots.  There was a photographer there and if Rouge adds the pictures to their website I’ll be sure to post a link to them here so you can see the full effect of the transformation.  I learned a few key points that I’ll share here:

The debate over whether you conceal before or after applying foundation is as epic a battle as the debate over “tastes great” and”less filling” (I just totally dated myself here but I hope you got the reference).  Anyway, I take a mental count every time I observe a demo by a top makeup artist to see how they do things.  For example Sam Fine says “spackle before you paint” which makes total sense.  My teacher in makeup school says, how can you know what needs more coverage until you do the foundation.  I go either way depending on my client.

Another technique that separates most top artists is when to do the eyes.  Some do it before touching the rest of the face, to avoid having to redo the under eye area due to shadow fall out.  Others feel the need to see the canvas perfected with foundation in order to begin working on the eyes.  Again, I can go either way.  The artist I assist ‘s method is to do the eyes first.  I can do it. but I always think I’m doing a terrible job until I apply the foundation and concealer.  That’s when the whole face begins to come together for me.  I digress yet again…

Charles does the foundation and concealer first then uses the popular “loose powder under the eyes” trick as a catch-all for the shadow.  Then sweeps it away with a stroke of a brush.  For some reason the loose powder trick doesn’t work for me because I’m just too damn messy!

Charles also spent a good deal of time contouring.  He did an amazing job using a dark foundation under the chin,  under the cheek bone, down the sides of the nose, around the forehead.  He did minor highlighting down the center of the nose and on top of the cheekbones.

The eye work looked simple, but it really wasn’t.  First, Charles applied a dusting with a light shadow and a little contouring of the crease.  The eyeliner and the lashes is what made the eyes really stand out.  A fabulous trick I learned was using a blonde color eyebrow pencil to add shape to the brows without darkening the brow.  Brilliant!  That little tip was worth the entire two hours!

I didn’t think it could get any better than the blonde eyebrow pencil trick, but it did!   Charles also drew a fabulous red lip and a gret trick he told us was to do the entire liner in a flesh tone to nail down the shape.  Then go over it in the strong color to avoid mistakes!  Super brilliant!  I had a “coulda  had a V8” moment there!  Why hadn’t I ever thought to do that, especially since I can’t draw a straight line to save my life!

Here’s two after shots.  One with eyes open and one with eyes closed.  The model was already gorgeous to begin with but she looks like a total knockout in these photos. One was taken without flash, the oher with flash.  Happy Makeup Monday!!!

NOTD: Orly Goth

Posted in Black, glitter, Orly on December 20, 2009 by ainamakeup

Orly Goth

I got  a mini bottle of this black with silver glitter because I wasn’t sure I was in love.  Well I am in love.  This pic was taken after more than a day of wear.  I really like this polish and thanks to a coat of Seche Vite it wore quite well!  Just a bit of semi noticable tip wear.  The silver glitter shows up in real life better than this picture demonstrates, but you get the idea.  I like that the glitter is loosely packed so you can still see the black in it.  If you think you only need one black nail polish in your stash, you’ll change your mind after picking up this little gem!

Zoya Green Friday Swatches!!!

Posted in Green, Matte, Shimmer, Zoya on December 16, 2009 by ainamakeup

Zoya has quickly become one of my favorite polishes.  While most polishes on the market are free of the harmful chemicals we used to subject to ourselves to back in the day (like Formaldehyde) Zoya takes pride in being Non-Toxic – even safe for Pregnant women! I took advantage of their “Green Friday” event after Thanksgiving and here are my new lovely greens!

Zoya Suvi

Suvi is a medium green shimmer.  This is three coats and it applied really well.  This is definitely among my favorite greens!  I love that it’s dark but doesn’t look black.

Zoya Tangy

You can only sort of see the melony-pink shimmer that comes out in the light green shimmer.  The shimmer is holo-ish and the application on this one is quite thin and smooth.  This is three coats and no top coat.

Zoya Envy

Oh how I love Envy!  This was one of the first Zoyas I bought and hoped it was a dupe of the rare find Nars Zulu, but according to Scrangie (yeah, I asked her!)  Zulu has  more jelly finish and it’s just not the same. .  That’s fine with me.  I can’t miss what I never had and I absolutely LOVE this green!!!

Zoya Midori

This is darker than Tangy and instead of the pink-ish shimmer it’s got a hint of silver shimmer.  The application on this was a little on the thick side.  The color on this one surprised me.  I didn’t think I was gonna like this color on my skin tone but I’m actually looking forward to spring and rockin’ this shade!

Zoya Veruschka

I don’t wear mattes often.  Mainly because you can’t use Seche Vite with a matte and I usually do my nails at night before I go to bed.  With Seche I can do my nails, wait 20 minutes and go to bed without worrying about sheet marks or smudges.  This looks very similar to Suvi IMO and even more so with a coat of clear, though I think its got a little more sparkle with the matte version with the coat of clear.

Veruschka with shiny clear coat.

I think Veruschka has a tad more yellow than Suvi.  Suvi is a teeny bit bluer, but just a hint.  For a matte, this went on really well.  It was thick but that’s typical of most mattes.  It wasn’t very difficult to apply and   It was opaque in 2 coats but I did three.

Overall I am just at the tip of the iceberg on Zoya.  I can’t wait to try more!!!

NOTD: Sephora by OPI, 212 Sephora

Posted in glitter, NOTD on December 11, 2009 by ainamakeup

While I may have my makeup compulsive shopping under control (somewhat), I haven’t been able to curb my desire for new nail polish.  I think the last time I’d went on a nail polish binge was last fall when the OPI France collection came out and I fell in love with so many of the colors.  I’m definitely making up for lost time, though.

I stopped in Sephora a while ago and checked out some of the Sephora by OPI colors.   I picked up, among a few others is 212 Sephora.  This is a black with multicolored glitter.  It looks like a New Years Eve party on my nails.  In fact, 212 Sephora just might be my NYE nail color!

Sephora by OPI 212 Sephora