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Monday, November 22, 2010


 Hip-hip-hooooRAYYYY! My Lime Crime Candy Eyed Eyeshadow Helper eyelid primer just arrived.  I can't wait to try it out.  (I was in a rush so these pics were taken on my iPhone)  Heading out the door to meet a blushing bride, sorry this is so short!  review to follow of course... 

huh? Her WHAT is photoshopped?

  Hey all!  I don't know if this is me venting, merely expressing, knit-picking, who knows...maybe its the dash of "B" that's been brewing in me due to some added stress, but any-who, I've got a bit of bone to pick.  I love looking at portfolios, whether its a collection of work put together by a model, photog, stylist, or designer, I love them all.  I find others' work to be forms of inspiration, examples of what I need to add to my own portfolio, and sadly sometimes examples of what "not" to do.  One thing that irks me is retouched photos when its meant to make one's work look better.  grrr!  I understand using ye olde Photoshop to take a few fly away hairs out of a model's face, or enhancing a subject so it comes out clearer, but altering a photo to improve one's quality of work, i.e., lying about the quality of one's skill, that's wiggity-wiggity whack...
  Don't get me wrong, graphic designers themselves are artists, but I don't agree with an artist showcasing a photo of his work that CLEARLY makes them out to be amazing, when they are mediocre at best.  I'm sure that people in other fields feel similar, like why should Jane the model work her bum off to get some killer abs, when Jenny's new shoot just came out and her pics show off her nonexistent perfect waist?  I guess it all goes back to my cheating theory, gawhhhhh! LOL  Like The Dirty's Nik Richie has said, "Photoshop is for liars."

  Perfect examples:
Photo posted & edited by Chloe at
Photo posted & edited by Chloe at
Photo posted & edited by Chloe at
As for household names that have been edited to look like what many strive to look like:
Courtesy of Stilleto Revolt
Courtesy of Stilleto Revolt
Courtesy of Stilleto Revolt
Courtesy of Stilleto Revolt

So ok, I'm done yapping for now.  I guess its safe to say to expect anything published with a celeb attached to be switched up to be more aesthetically and sexually pleasing, but if you're trying to show off how astonishing your makeup or hair artistry skills are, if a pic in your portfolio's been edited, please note it!  Hey, hey, I'm not being a hater, but wouldn't it suck to higher a makeup artist that couldn't blend, contour, use the proper primer, or line lips correctly when you needed them to?

Friday, November 19, 2010

How are you spending your Saturday?

There is nothing I enjoy doing more (haha, non-family, friends, bf related) than pounding some faces with makeup!  The blending, lining, contouring, enhancing, beautifying, and basically helping someone feel like a million bucks is what keeps me going.  Whether it be a fashion show or wedding day, I love meeting new people and being an essential part of his or her day...
  With that in mind, aside from my clients in the morning, I will be joining MsBellezza Jewelry again for their last trunk show of the year.  Stop by, say hi, mingle, check out some gorgeous bling, and leave with some Christmas shopping completed, sporting some luscious lips, and batting a fresh set of lashes!  There is no cost to come party and OoooOo don't forget to RSVP for your chance at having an extra GRAND in your pocket this holiday season...

Here's more info that was sent out by Jen, MsBellezza's rocking "go to" gal:
MsBellezza Jewelry is having their very LAST Trunk Show of the year, and we're going out with a BANG! There will be tons of raffle prizes, jewelry, music, sales, live demonstrations of body painting, a lash and lip bar, acoustic music, and a Grand Prize valued at $1,000!
In brief, MsBellezza [miz-ba-LET-za] Jewelry is an established local Bay Area jewelry line, whose owner and designer is Catherine Potgieter [pot-guy-ter]. MsBellezza Jewelry has three collections: everyday, cocktail and special occasion, and bridal.

Eat, mingle & network, enjoy good people and delicious looking jewelry! Our prices will be the best of the year! So get there early and buy the piece you've had your eye on, or get your holiday shopping done early!

We cater to an upscale clientele; our clients range from wives and women (and their husbands) coming from backgrounds of public speaking, leading top companies in Silicon Valley's industry, CEO's and Presidents of new and/or established companies in the Bay Area; Canadian popstar, Kreesha Turner; a mother of a Housewife of Beverly Hills (the new Bravo series that recently aired); and other various people in the fashion and styling industry.

RSVP you and your friends to, and your name(s) will be entered into our raffle drawing for some fabulous prizes!

Only those who RSVP in advance will be eligible for the drawing.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: e.l.f. haul update (part 2/3)

Alrighty... I've had a little over a week to review some of the e.l.f. products I had purchased...
  So far I've tried out the Studio High Definition Powder, Mineral Blending Brush, and the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer, enough to write up a true review.

e.l.f. Studio HD Powder I really like the packaging.  I would never use the powder puff, but it serves as a great barrier to keep powder from slipping between the cracks when closed, I HATE THAT!  The texture is ridiculously silky smooth!  It is supposed to be great for all skin tones, but I would hesitate to use it on a client with a deeper skin tone than Beyonce (I usually use celebs as references for skin tones, versus foundation #s).  It has no coverage whatsoever but it serves great as a "wearing makeup for about 5 hours max" setting powder.  I would not recommend it for oily skin, mature skin, a humid environment, or if you plan on breaking into a heavy sweat.  It is not oil/moisture absorbent and it tends to settle in even the finest of lines.  Overall, it leaves skin with a natural satin finish.  I will reach for it for clients that have annoyingly perfect skin, use as a sublte "bridal" cheek highlight, in place of a beauty powder (which I use to keep blush from getting blotchy), and for setting my makeup on any days when I'm only wearing it for a few hours.
It gets 3 out of 5 Moxie kisses and I'm still debating if I'd buy it again.

e.l.f. Mineral Blending Brush
I was happily surprised by this brush!  Normally I steer clear of discount priced makeup brushes.  I believe finely made makeup brushes, along with their steep prices, pay for themselves in the long run.  Just think, the more you have to replace one, the less money you can spend on new stuff!  Like I said in my prior post, I ordered it because it appeared to be the little sister to MAC's #222 brush, but when I received it, it was more like the #217.  It grabs product well, its made of synthetic brush fibers, its well made (I tried to take it apart under hot running water-I know that's pretty psycho, but if a brush comes apart under that test it sucks), and it has multiple uses.  You can use it for detailed powder dusting, nose contouring, concealer, and blending.  The handle is not very long (the longer the handle, the easier the blending) so you have to work a little harder on your blending, but it works great for defining and concentrating color in the crease.  I think I am going to buy a million more, especially because softer brushes, especially white/cream colored ones, take FOREVER to dry.
It gets 5 out of 5 Moxie kisses and like I said, I'm going to buy a million more!

Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
  I was most excited to try the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer.  I used the primer 5 separate occasions, we all know I'm a skeptic and I had to put it to the test!
  The first time 2 times I applied it with my #252 MAC Brush (the orange larger sized firm bristle brush), big mistake!  It has a doe foot applicator (which does nothing in terms of helping you apply it smoothly), so I added three small gobs of it and spread it out with the #252.  Both times I used MAC eyeshadow over it, if anything is going to crease or fade you are going to notice most on your eyelids, so besides my other shadows, I packed Melon Pigment (frosty finish) on the lid one day and Brule (satin finish) on the other.  Come hour 3 or 4 the creasing began...bOOOoo!  I still wanted to keep trying it out because it was easy to blend over and wasn't fast drying nor did it made my eyes look "parched" like Urban Decay's Primer Potion.  I figured I had to buckle and use my finger to spread it out (I hate using my fingers around my lid, it makes for premature wrinkles), but I was super surprised the primer smoothed out easily and evenly.  Over the next couple of tries I was truly impressed, who would have thought it would work well doing the whole finger thing instead of a brush?  I have abnormal eyelids LoL they are extremely sensitive, they tend to be dry towards the inner lid and surface of the brow bone and can get pretty oily in the inner crease.  I would recommend this primer for any occasion on eyes that don't tend to get oily, or for combination type of eyelids for days when you won't be in a humid environment or sweating.  I absolutely love this for more mature eyes and will be using this on my clients.  Its also great because my shadow didn't fade.  If I was doing a super colorful and pigmented look, I would layer a creamier primer over it (primarily on the lid).  When I used it, the longevity was just as awesome as my "go-to" primer MAC's Paint in Untitled.  Best $3 I've ever spent!!
It gets 4.5 out of 5 Moxie kisses and like I said, I'm going to buy a million more!

Sorry about the crappy quality of these pics, my camera was ruined by a Red Bull spill in my purse. *tear* So I had to use my web cam that came standard on my laptop.  These were taken in the wee hours of my insomnia-tic mornings, after about 12 hours of wear.  I couldn't believe this discount primer lasted! 

I like to call this look the "Lazy Smokey Eye" LoL because its so easy and fast to do. 

I used these products to create my look:

MAC Studio Moisture Fix (mixed with)
  MAC Micronized Airbrush Foundation
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
e.l.f. Studio HD Powder
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Bronzer for contouring
MAC Beauty Powder in Blush Of Youth for an "airbrushed" cheek
MAC Blush in Don't Be Shy for color on the apples
e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
MAC Eyeshadow in Grain (on the lid), Tete-A-Tint (in the crease)
MAC Pigment in Fairylite (brow highlight), Gold Dusk (inner lid)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack as liner, blended into MAC Eyeshadow
  in Print (not further into the crease, just to fade)
e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden (to soften the outer edges of Blacktrack)
Rimmel Maxx Volume Flash Mascara
MAC #3 Lashes
MAC Fluidline in Dipdown to define my brows
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Bronzer to fill in my brows
MAC Viva Glam GaGa Lipstick
Smashbox Lip Gloss in Champagne

Please ignore both the "Thug Life" pose (was trying to show the majority of the lid) & the half-sucked-in lip (bad habit). Thanks! haha

Monday, November 8, 2010

OMG OMG fellow makeup lovers...we may have a new eyeshadow primer!!

Our favorite Unicorn Queen Doe Deere does it again!  Lime Crime is bringing us a "Candy Eyed Eyeshadow Helper Eyelid Primer."  Geez, this stuff needs a waterproof makeup remover at the end of the day, WOW!  Lime Crime is claiming it intensifies color,  prevents creasing, and is moisture-resistant.  They say:

"No other primers work for you? Meet your new BFF: the Eyeshadow Helper! Formulated to withstand extreme heat, moisture and even the oiliest of eyelids, this primer is guaranteed to keep your eyeshadow on! In fact, it's so potent our lab says you will need waterproof remover just to get it off.  Comes in a highly giftable turquoise box."

This product took 6 months to develop and Lime Crime says you can swim with it on.  I just put my order in because its available in limited quantities, don't forget to preorder yours today... (enjoy: "fb10" gets you 10% off)  I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas morning, I can't wait to try it!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

e.l.f. Haul

I had to do it guys--I had to finally use those coupon codes flooding into my inbox.  Overall I saved about $16.00, and in eyes lips face product, that's tons of dough!  I'm super skeptical about products with such a low price point, being that I've spoiled my face with some of my favorite pricey/finely jet milled/MAC-alicious/baked in Italy/Smashbox-ed type of stuff, so I hope I don't end up throwing these items in my "mom, these are free game" box (Momma G has been known to snoop and scoop up products out of my kit).  It took about a week and a few days to arrive.  When I opened the package I was a tad concerned because the boxes looked a bit beat up, luckily all the product was fine.  Anywho, a review is mos def to follow after a few days of play time with it all...   

  *Glitter Limited Edition Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection ($30)-  My BFF cousins and I have been really curious about e.l.f.'s brushes... I decided $30 for a set of their Limited Edition Brushes was a steal!
  *5 Mineral Eyeshadows ($3 each)-  After seeing their mega sparkle on a few blogs including The Hollywood Heels, I knew I had to try them-ugh once again-its just so cheap!!!  I picked out some shimmers in Golden, Celebrity, Angelic, Socialite, and Innocent, which has a matte finish.
  *Mineral Blending Brush ($5)-  This brush called out to me because it looked like my favorite #222 MAC Brush online, but I was completely surprised when I saw it in far, just by the looks of it, I'm not impressed.  Its basically chopped in half and the bristles aren't as densely packed, bOoo, super disappointed...
  *Studio High Definition Powder ($6)-  I'm an "HD" powder addict, I've tried them all and just had to check this one out!
  *Mineral Eyeshadow Primer ($3)-  I've heard this is an e.l.f. must! Once again I'm skeptical-but who knows?
  *Mineral Lip Gloss ($3)-  OOo Pageant Princess, is a dreamy light pink hue and for the month of October all proceeds went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, just had to get it!