Monday, March 19, 2018

The Makeup Show Presents The Makeup Shop And I, Forum In San Francisco This Weekend!!

If you're a regular reader, you might remember seeing me talk about The Makeup Show, held several times throughout the year in various metropolitan areas for industry professionals.  There are classes, workshops and shopping at discounted prices as well as opportunities to network with others in the industry.  An off-shoot of The Makeup Show is happening this coming weekend, (beginning March 24th), in San Francisco called The Makeup Shop.  The Makeup Shop is a public event that any makeup artist or enthusiast is able to attend.  In conjunction with The Makeup Shop is a new and exciting three day event, (beginning March 21st), full of teaching and workshops called I, Artist, The Makeup Show Forum.  The entire 5 days will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco.

I would urge you to read all about the event on the website.  "iArtist pulls you deeper and pushes you further into a place where there is no limit to your success. Make up your mind to surround yourself with people that challenge you. Figure out what you need to do to be where you want to be. Meet the people who are doing it and have done it already. Make the change. Take action. Are you up for the challenge?"  Doesn't this call to action just stir your soul??  It is THE place to be this week.

Three of the lead artists were very gracious to take a moment out of their busy preperations and answer a couple of basic questions about the event for you.  I posed two quick questions to them and would like to share their thoughts with you.  It gives you a little bit more insight into the events this week.

The artists who participated in my tiny questionnaire are:

Lijha Stewart is a Makeup Artist and Breathwork Healer.   She's been an MA for over a decade, having worked as an artist and trainer for Mac Cosmetics and Make Up For Ever.  You can read her list of accomplishments as linked by her name.  It's impressive.

Danessa Myricks has a slew of accomplishments synonymous with her name.  She is a makeup artist, consultant, photographer, teacher and CEW of Danessa Myricks Beauty.  She is so incredibly beautiful that when I saw her at TMS LA, she took my breath away.  I couldn't bring myself to speak with her because - no breath!!

James Vincent is Director of Artistry at TMS, a Makeup Artist and owner of Outlaws and Rebels, which launched at TMS LA when I was there last fall.  His resume' reads like a Who's Who in the beauty and entertainment industry.  Seriously impressive credentials that you should check out on the website.  At TMS LA, I couldn't believe I was fortunate enough to sit in the front row and listen to him speak.  Artistic greatness right there!

My questions:

1)  With the new I, Artist event, what are you most looking forward to?

Stewart:  "At iArtist Forum San Fransisco I am most looking forward to the unique immersive education that only The Makeup Show can provide. Attendees will learn, experience and gain exposure in topics to enhance this artistry and business."

Myricks:  "I’m so looking forward to artists being able to experience makeup and makeup education in a completely different way. The program is really special and I sincerely believe that perspectives will shift and creativity will flow like they have never experienced before. Im seriously counting the days!"

Vincent: " iArtist: The Makeup Show Forum is an event that looks at inspiration, artistry and career in and all new way. Completely immersed in it's experience with a 360 degree view. It is artists working with experts to see the bigger picture, yet gain insight into how to make their individual artistry and career work for them. It is about putting together real plans, taking realnacrion and setting a course towards success in a much more measurable way. iArtist kicks off our new TMS Makeup Shop with an intimate look at individuality and artistry in a city that has always celebrated those two things."

2)  What makes TMS Makeup Shop SF THE place to be this weekend?

Stewart:   "TMS Makeup Show is the place to be if you're looking to connect to your community, get inspired and be immersed in all things Makeup."

Myricks:  "How often to you have so many magical, talented, fun, positive people willing to share under one roof at one time! Beyond the education and the incredible networking and community building opportunity , who doesn’t love to shop for makeup at deep discounts! It's a no brainer !"

Vincent:   "TMS Makeup Shop is the place to be for Bay area beauty lovers. Whether you are a professional hair stylist or makeup artist that needs to replenish your kit, a makeup lover that wants to see the latest trend, or someone who knows little about makeup and wants to learn this is the place to be. With education from celebriry hair and makeup experts on topics ranging from complexion to smokey eye or business success, there are some amazing opportunities to learn. There is also more makeup shopping than ever with deep pro discounts on pro must have brands like MAKE UP FOR EVER, Gerard, Danessa Myricks, and so many others. TMS Makeup Shop is an opportunity to see what's happening in fashion or find the pieces that are your own individual style with all of the tools you need and the experts that can take you there ."

These folks know how to pump a girl up!!  Reading their comments, I can feel their excitement for this week.  They have such passion for the industry and for other artists.  They are committed to education in the industry and propelling the art forward.  I'm excited for them to hold their first I, Artist TMS Forum.  If you read the list of speakers,  you might see a lot of familiar names.  I see people I've met, people I've taken classes from, and even a personal friend!!  If you are going this week, you'll just have to come back here and tell me all about it.  I really can't imagine anyplace I'd rather be this week to share the passion of the beauty community.

You can find the schedule for I, Artist here and TMS The Makeup Shop here.  Make sure you're following The Makeup Show on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.  My thanks to Lijha Stewart, Danessa Myricks and James Vincent for their participation in this article.  Create on!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves to feature gorgeous nude lipsticks, and Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks in Kim K.W. and Valentine are absolutely covet-worthy nudes. Check out our review and swatches to see why! #CHARLOTTETILBURY

Prime Beauty tried the no!no!PRO hair removal device. She takes you through its use step by step and shows you before and after pics!

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom says she has a blush palette that's "to die for" gorgeous for spring and summer. Check out her review of the Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book.

Pammy Blogs Beauty dares you to be bold with this super bold and colorful collection from Vanessa Hudgens and SinfulColors.

15 Minute Beauty has finally published her much requested post on Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB & CC Creams! All of the products are full spectrum UV coverage. This post is a must read if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant!

If you missed out on the NARS Banc de Sable highlighter, Polarbelle just might have a potential dupe for you in her latest YouTube video.

Considering trying glycolic acid to exfoliate? NIP+FAB has an entire line of Glycolic Fix facial skincare products with several that are perfect for starting out with GA. Check out Never Say Die Beauty's review of these affordable, cruelty-free products.

Marcia at Beauty Info Zone is really into skin changing science with. Take a look at what has her eyes looking fabulous.

Do you think you can ever be too old for unicorns and rainbows? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares the Too Faced Life's a Festival Collection.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Vintage Cosmetics Launches New Spring Items In Ulta Beauty And They're Adorable!!

There are some new really cute and useful beauty items landing at Ulta this week from The Vintage Cosmetics Company.  I love the cute retro look and feel of the packaging as well as the high quality of the items I have previously shown you in this video on youtube.   When my husband and I met with the company at Cosmoprof North America last summer, we enjoyed reading the packages and you know I always love cute retro line drawings.  We went back to the booth several times because it was such a joy to be surrounded by the sweet look and feel of the brand.   I was fortunate last week to receive a set of three beauty lovelies to share with you.

scrubber, exfoliation, eye mask

Cute!  Cute!  Cute!!!  First let's talk about the Bunny Twist Makeup Headband, ($4.99).  Isn't it CUTE?!?!?!  I about died when I saw this!!  If you want to watch a video of me using it, it is below.

I love everything about this adorable headband.  I love the soft pinky coral of the base color.  Stars are my thing so I love that is has a star print.  The ears are lightly wired to retain the shape that you set them....make a bunny, make a Minnie Mouse, the shape will stay while you wear them.   The headband has light elastic in the back to hold it in place.  it is the most comfortable makeup headband I've ever had the pleasure to wear.

 And the best part of all?  I consider this adjustable!!  Because it is one long piece that is rather like a scarf, you can tie or twist the top wherever it suits you.  It will be comfortable for everyone!!!  Even big headed people like me!!  A scarf type of build that I pull and twist to my desired comfort works better for me than a preformed, non-negotiable cuff type headband.  It's a total adorable steal for just $4.99!!

The Gel Bead Eye Mask, ($6.95), is such a welcome item for me!!  I've had a lot of allergic eye swelling in the mornings this past year.  I enjoy being able to slip this in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes and put it on to help the puffiness dissipate.   You can see in the first picture that it has beads in it that can be used hot or cold.  Warm them briefly in the microwave and I can relieve some of that congestion from the allergies.  The back is a soft pink fabric.  And again, adjustable headband!!!  You just have no idea how hard it is to find and adjustable band in an eye mask!!  Trust me on this.

Beaded eye mask

Make sure to follow the instructions.  If it gets too hot, you could burn yourself, and if it's too frozen, you might end up with frostburn.

Also on the back of the box is the best retro throw back ever.  It's feel-o-vision!!!

This totally gave me all the feels.  I was immediately taken back to my childhood and the Pat The Bunny book my baby brother had.  I love him more than life itself and my memories of reading it to him and letting him play with it are precious.  I then bought the book for my own son and have those sweet memories as well.  Just a day before, I was at the store with my boy and he picked up a similar book, and I was awash with memories and still feeling nostalgic when I received these items.  I totally enjoy this attention to a retro detail that is significant in my own life.

My third item is the Exfoliating Face Sponge, ($6.95).  This is a silicone mushroom shaped piece with a sponge inside.   On the top are small scrubbing fingers that gently exfoliate as you clean.

The mushroom shape makes for a very comfortable hold.

You can see the sponge inside.

To use it, drop your cleanser on the top.  Cleanse and exfoliate by rubbing it around, which could make your cleanser foamy.  When you're done, rinse your face.  Rise off the sponge device well and set it out to dry.  It seems to me that if you could replace the sponge inside, you could keep the outside and use the thing longer.  I tried to pull the sponge out for testing sake and it didn't come out.  Honestly, at that price, it's just as easy to replace the whole thing whenever the spongey part gets old.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company is just so fun with their unique items and cute retro look - I think you should check them out.  The bunny headband would make a great part of an Easter or spring gift for any beauty lover.  Children will love it to play with.  Adults will love it for keeping the hair dry while doing makeup or skincare.

I think you'll enjoy checking out this brand either online or at Ulta.  If you shop online, get the lashes!!  They're on sale and oh so comfortable!  I can't find them in town anymore.  :-0   Learn more about the brand and their items by following them on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and now on Snapchat as TheVintageCosCo.

Have you tried their products yet?  Have you seen them in store?  Are you just dying over the bunny headband?

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week of Reads

Prime Beauty has discovered the unicorn of mascaras! Benefit's BADgal BANG! Mascara voluminizes, lengthens, curls and is made of material the astronauts use! See before and after pics!

The Barneys New York LOVE YOURSELF Beauty Bag Event , March 6-11, is featuring AMAZING his and hers gift bags and fabulous step-up gifts, and as usual Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has all of the details for you!

Looking for an anti-aging skincare powerhouse? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty is giving away a bottle of Paula's Choice CLINICAL Cermaide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer. It's often sold out coz it's that good!

BeautyJudy has swatches of KBShimmer If You Want My Bodice but hurry, this polish is only available through the Polish Pickup this weekend; click through for more deets!

15 Minute Beauty has been updating her sunscreen series. Do you know why you should be looking for a full spectrum sunscreen instead of a broad spectrum? There's a big difference in coverage!

Polarbelle hauled it and now wants to show you how to use the Urban Decay Kaleidoscope Dream shadow palette. And check out the Vintage Cosmetics Company Bunny Ears Makeup Headband she's wearing to do it.

Hey Kiehl's fans, did you know that their classic Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate has been reformulated? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries it out and will give you the scoop!

Christa from Realizing Beauty reviews the new Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette and shares why she is loving this petite, yet complete, eyeshadow palette.

Can a drugstore highlighter perform as well as a high-end one? See what Stacie of Makeup Obsessed Mom thinks of this new one from Wet n Wild.