Saturday, December 24, 2011

PR: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Spray V.S. Tresemme's Heat Tamer Spray

Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Please do not buy this product!

It is $5 you will lose on a product that is going to dry out your hair, and leave you trapped with frizz and split ends. Not worth it at all. I bought it for the straightening aspect, hoping it would give me a straight finish, and I was super disappointed to find it didn't even protect my hair, only left it feeling like I was straightening it dry....

May I suggest as an alternative,

Tresemme's Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray  which is AMAZING, smells great and gives fantastic heat protection. Add a little sprits after styling to leave hair extra soft and shiny throughout the day!



PR: John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo and Conditioner

OK Guys, so a while back I got the free beauty bag from Target which I have to say was very exciting because it came with a cute mini makeup bag and everything in it was mini!

One of the samples was a one time use John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo and Conditioner. Now, I try out hair products like nobody's business, and I'd been curious about this line since it came out so I was super excited to try it.

At first use, the smell is AMAZING, reminiscent of Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, and if you use that fragrance I would definitely suggest this shampoo as a cheaper alternative to keeping that smell going all day long. I love the sample SO much that when it went on sale at target for 4.50 each (plus the added bonus of a $5 gift card) I snatched it up. It is a great volumizing shampoo when your leaving your hair natural, but the conditioner is no bueno. I left my hair really dry and I found myself scrambling for a moisture alternative. I could cry myself to sleep with disappointment, I expected so much more from John Frieda.... at the very least a conditioner has to at least (duh) condition. However, in a way I shouldn't have been all that surprised... (2 words: Frizz-Ease)

Anyways, hope you all are having a great holiday!!! I'm hoping to post a holiday look video as the official launch of our YouTube page tonight, so keep posted for that, and more PR's after the holiday haul!

Happy Holidays!



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Uglies Series By Scott Westerfeld

 For my final project in my makeup class we were supposed to choose a novel or play to do a makeup interpretation of and I chose the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. For those of you that aren't in the loop, you can find out all about the series here (Beware of spoilers).

For the first look, Tally Youngblood in Uglies I went without makeup mostly.... taking my makeup from the day off and adding some light cream foundation (Ben Nye) and adding emphasis to my imperfections (darkening pimples, under eye circles, lightening lip shade, etc.) My hair design follows the original description in Uglies of Tally having curly frizzy hair and I would curl, tease, and add uneven crimps throughout the hair to achieve this look. Overall, I'd try to keep it mostly natural looking to show how Uglies are really just normal looking people in our time.

For Shay in Pretties, I used a lot of shimmery eyeshadows and glitter. Kept the consealer pretty neutral, I would have loved to use L'oreal's Magic Perfecting Base under concealer and foundation to give skin a truly flawless look. Some light highlight was added on cheekbones, chin, and nose, and eyebrows were colored in. neautral looking pinkish blush was applied just under cheek bones  and brown and black eyeliner were added (brown on the outer ledge and black on the inner ledge). A cute colored lipgloss or tinted lip balm in a favorable color suggested.

Shay in Specials was by far my favorite look, and the most difficult. I followed the same path of "Perfect Looks" on the Specials makeup, using a slightly lighter cream foundation, some light blush that I tapped over with the foundation sponge to make it not so fresh looking. I did black loner (NYC) on the bottom lash line, and black shadow under eye and on eye lid, as well as using it to shade inside of nose curve, as well as using that to contour dark shadows under cheekbones and lightly under jaw and chin like a blush or a bronzer. I used a little liquid latex (Ben Nye) on eyebrow to imitate Shay's scar, and lightened lips.

NOW, the flash tattoo. I went through many different processes to achieve this look, but I ended up using wax paper to stencil on the tattoo and coloring it in with liquid eyeliner. I looked up the tattoo designs of the Maori tribe that inspired Scott in his vision for the tattoo as well as some Celtic tattoo designs and flash tattoo designs I found on Google. (More on this process in this(comingsoon) post.)

And that is my design for Shay and Tally in the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld! If anyone has any requests for makeup designs, email me at, I'd love to hear from you!