Friday, January 22, 2010

"Starter Makeup Kits"

For those of you looking to pursue a professional career as a makeup artist. Check out these cool little kits from NYX. I read the description and their kits have all the essentials one would need to become a self taught guru. Of course, every makeup artist has a tool or shadow they can not live or work without. So one would want to purchase little goodies, which would make the kit their very own. If you're in the market for a kit, and you want to do it on budget, I suggest heading over to NYX's website and check it out their wonderful kits. Have fun! 

Side Note: Kits come in A & B (NYX Link Below)

Other Cool Cases:

Pro Rolling Aluminum Makeup Case W/ Dividers
Pro Rolling Makeup Case
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Tools of the Trade"

If you don't know, now you do because I can tell you from first hand experience, Shu Uemura's eyelash curler is a must have for all makeup enthusiast. I've used this eyelash curler in my kit for years and I love it! Shu Uemura eyelash curler has been rated number one by beauty experts all over the World. At this point, it has the same reputation as the pink and green mascara by Maybelline. I can guarantee every professional makeup artist Worldwide has a Shu Uemura eyelash curler in their kit and if you love all things makeup like I do, this a MUST have for you too. Check it out below.
shu uemura Eyelash Curler 1 ea
Shu Uemura's "Famous" Eyelash Curler
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"Larchmont Beauty"

Larchmont Beauty Center is one of the coolest beauty supply stores in LA. It's tucked away in this fantastic little shopping area referred to as Larchmont Village. Of course, they have all your standard favorites. However, because they cater to makeup pros who work in the industry, they have all sorts of goodies your normal beauty supplier would never carry. If you live in LA and you love makeup, you have to check this store out. If you don't live in LA or the US and you plan to visit, check out this wonderful little gem. I promise you will not be disappointed. Also, Larchmont Village is a wonderful place to grab a bite (delightful restaurants), shop at all sorts of cool boutiques or grab a cup of coffee and check out one of the best newsstand in LA where you can catch up on all your celebrity gossip. Oh yeah, if you're in to star gazing, you may just catch a star or two going about life as usual. For all I know, the woman in the photo could be famous.
Beautyblender - Season of Love Blender Sponge & Cleanser Kit
Beauty Blender Hot Product
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Makeup & Hair by Miranda"

This photograph is from one of my very favorite shoots. Fifty photography students in the US entered a photo contest held by the New York Metropolitan Museum and our photo was chosen. I was shocked and happy!!

"2nd Annual Makeup Show in Los Angeles"

How exciting! The 2nd annual makeup show for Los Angeles is coming to town in the next few weeks. I'll be there both days covering all the events. Of course, I'll post every little bit of fabulous information I can get my hands on. My post will include photos and perhaps a little video coverage as well. I'll keep you updated as the event gets closer.

"MAC Lovers on a Budget"

NYX Glitter Cream Palette 

Okay all you MAC makeup lovers. Here's a list of products by NYX, which according to this anonymous MAC makeup artist, the products on this list are comparable to MAC. I have a few of their products in my kit, which I enjoy using. Now with all the sudden interest in NYX, and the comparison to MAC, I feel it's worth checking out their line. Plus, their price points are a great value for the quality. NYX link below. Have Fun! Beware this a long list, but worth the read.

First off, before I worked for Mac and had a discount, I frequently bought NYX makeup, especially their shadow trios. Their makeup is very pigmented, and absolutely great. I will gladly make a list of comparables for you, but i'm only going to do ones i'm absolutely sure of...

NYX Liquid Foundation = Mac Hyper Real SPF 15 (Mac Pro only): NYX Twin Cake Foundation = Mac Studio Fix Powder or Studio Tech Maxfactor Pancake Foundation = Mac's Full Coverage (Pro only) NYX Concealer Jar = Mac Studio Fix Concealer NYX Concealer Stick = Mac Studio Stick Concealer NYX Concealer Wand = Mac Select Moisture Cover

NYX Bronzer Powder = Mac Bronzers
NYX Loose Face Powder = Mac Select Sheer Loose NYX Highlight & Contour Set = Mac's Sculpt & Shape (Mac Pro only)

NYX Mosaic Powder Blush = Mac Mineralize Blush NYX Rouge Creme Blush = Mac Blushcreme
NYX Powder Blush = Mac Powder Blush**
** I noticed a lot of the
NYX blushes have the same name as Mac's blushes and are very similar in color (dupes).

NYX B07 Flat Top Brush = Mac 187/188 Duo Fibre Brush NYX B01 The Big One Brush = Mac 150 Large Powder Brush NYX B24 Kabuki Brush = Mac 182 Buffer Brush NYX B02 Cheek Brush = Mac 168 Large Contour Brush NYX B03 Blush Brush = Mac 129 Blush Brush NYX B05 Foundation Brush = Mac 189/190 Foundation Brush NYX B06 Powder Brush = Mac 134/150 Powder Brush NYX B08 Fan Brush = Mac 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush NYX B09 Flat Foundation Brush = Mac 191 Square Foundation Brush NYX B10 Blending Brush = Mac 217/222 Blending Brush NYX B20 Concealer Brush = Mac 194/195 Concealer Brush NYX B15 Smoke Brush = Mac 219 Pencil Brush NYX B13 Shadow Brush = Mac 213 Fluff Brush NYX B14 Shading Brush = Mac 239 Shading Brush NYX B11 Primer Brush = Mac 242 Brush NYX B12 Crease Brush = Mac 224Tapered Blending Brush NYX B16 Contour Brush = Mac 275 Medium Angle Brush NYX B17 Smudge Brush = Mac 228 Mini Shader Brush NYX B22/B18 Angled Brush = Mac 266 Small Angle Brush NYX B19 Liner Brush = Mac 209/210 Liner Brush NYX B21 Definer Brush = Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush

NYX shadow trios are similar to the Mac special edition palettes that come with three or four shades together. I believe NYX makes 45 different trio palettes alone, not to mention their single and loose shadows. Their single shadows have the same finishes as Mac ones, ie. Pearl, Frosty, Matte, etc. Some shadows I can attest for: NYX Black = Mac Carbon NYX Cream Cheese = Mac Nylon NYX Midnight = Mac Black Tied NYX Irises = Mac Electric Eel NYX Morocco = Mac Deep Truth NYX Golden Orange = Mac Orange NYX White = Mac Gesso
NYX Deep Bronze = Mac Bronze NYX Herb = Mac Brun
NYX Yellow = Mac Chrome Yellow NYX Hot Pink = Mac Passionate NYX Platinum SIlver = Mac Electra NYX Seafoam Green = Mac Newly Minted NYX Khaki = Mac Mink & Sable NYX Marrakesh = Mac Greensmoke
NYX Deep Purple = Mac Beauty Marked NYX Lime Juice = Mac Bitter NYX Antique Gold = Mac Woodwinked
NYX Odyssey = Mac Contrast

NYX Tube Lip Gloss = Mac Lipglass
NYX Lip Gloss w/ Mega Shine = Mac Lustre Glass NYX Lip Plumper = Mac PlushGlass
NYX Sheer Gloss = Mac LipGelee
NYX Tinted Lip Spa = Mac Tinted Lip Conditioner NYX Diamond Sparkle Lip Gloss = Mac Dazzle Glass NYX Round Lipstick = Mac Slimshine
NYX Black Label Lipstick = Mac Lipstick


NYX Giant Glitter Palette
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NYX GLITTERAMA Gigantic Glitter Cream Pallet