Monday, August 15, 2011

Urban Decay Naked Palette Contest Giveaway Winner!!!

Thanks to everyone for participating in my Urban Decay Giveaway!  I hope you guys enjoyed my blog and will continue to refer my blog to your friends and family! Drum roll please...  And the winner is...

Congrats to Brandi Shawnell!!!

Please send me an email by Friday at midnight PST to claim your prize or it will go to someone else.

Keep following... New giveaways will be posted soon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Illamasqua - Magenta Muse Collection

Illamasqua... Now if you guys haven't heard of this line yet, then your totally missing out.  This is a U.K. base line and currently one of my favorite vendor.  I am in love with their cream base shadows and their rich pigmented lip rogue (upcoming blog and swatches later).

Magenta Muse:

Featuring a fearlessly electric blend of textures and finishes, spanning from gloss to matte and iridescent, transform yourself into a Muse by midnight with the Magenta Muse Collection.

Set to transform perceptions of beauty, in this urban gathering of alternative hues for the lips and nails, grey, mauve and magenta mix effortlessly with flashes of coral and teal.

Visit for pricing and collections.

Published in Snap Matter Magazine

It's not everyday that my work get published in a magazine.  But, every so often when I do get published, it's a big deal.  I'm really excited to share this two page tear sheet with all of you.  I'm most excited for my friends, Designer Brandi of Shawnell O'Shea Designs, Photographer, Kevin Chan, Make-up Artist, Jasmine Cardenas and Model, Jenna Crowley!  Congratulations, we have made it on Snap Matter Magazine, August 2011, Swimsuit Edition Vol. 1!  This was a fun shoot to be apart of, without a doubt!

Readers, please check out Eric Courtney's Snap Matter Magazine, at, and purchase a copy! 
Snap Matter Magazine - Swimsuit Edition Vol 1 Aug 2011
Photographer - Kevin Chan
Designer - Shawnell O'Shea Design
Hair - seanALIAN
Make-Up - Jasmine Cardenas
Model - Jenna Crowley

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tracey Hughes Depiction Collection

Depiction reflects a style that symbolizes honesty, quality and refinement.  The collection epitomizes pure, clean, designs and represents a charming, timeless look amidst their futuristics illustration.  The flawless designs are complemented by a remix of energetic colors.  The juxtaposition of soft neutral tones and bold flashy tones excite the senses.  The rich diversity of blondes, brunettes, and redheads merge with feature shades of pastels allowing for eccentric variations.  With minimal styling of all white fashion featuring clean lines, cut outs and silhouette body shapes, this sanguine attire permits the hair to be the central focus.

Hair: Tracey Hughes, Creative Director of Meika Hairdressing, Redken Australia Artistic Director
Color: Olivia Zyneych, Colour Director of Mieka Hairdressing using Redken
Makeup: Claudia Qunonez, Meika Hairdressing
Photography: Andrew Maccoll
Styling: Elaine Marshall

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Victoria Secret Luminous Mineral Blush Duo

While shopping with my friend Brandi and her sweet little kid sister, this past Sunday, we walked into the Victoria Secret Store.  I've never really thought twice about buying any make-up products from VS, but I figured why not?  It would probably be a good thing for me to be adventurous and try something new. 

While checking out VS eyeshadows, I came across the Luminous Mineral Blush Duo. The Luminous Mineral Blush is a baked blush that features two contrasting shades of blush.  The product comes in four different shades.  The packaging seems a bit cheap to me, but the blush itself is an awesome product.  This probably wouldn't be a professional artist kit recommendation, but a great product for the girl on the go.

Check out the product and other stuff from VS at,

Starlet (Light Pink)
Surrender (Medium Pink)
At Last (Deep Pink)
Pleasure (Bronze)
$15.00 USD Each

Sunday, July 24, 2011

TokiDoki Pittura Brush Set

The TokiDoki Pittura Brush Set is a trio of eye brushes, Mozzarella, Adios Amigos, and Donutella.

Mozzarella Eyeshadow brush is a large, flat-headed, multi-purpose brush perfect for applying light or deep color over your lids, and highlighting your brow bone. Adios Amigos, crease brush has a precisely tapered tip that fits flawlessly in the contours of your eyes allowing you to fill and blend in your creases.  Donutella Angled Eyeliner Brush flows flawlessly along the lashline making it easy to achieve a perfectly straight line.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Charlie Price Romance Collection

 NAHA Hairstylist of the Year Winner, Charlie Price wanted romance.  And he delivers.  In his latest collection of hairstyles, he juxtaposes texture and volume with soft, sleek strands.  Hair pulled back reveals a whirlwind of twists, and harsh shape gives way to beautiful cascades of long locks.  Much like romance itself, the hair in this collection is a combination of textures and volumes that work to create a perfect harmony.

"For these looks, I was going for a dreamy, romantic quality," Charlie says. "I also like the idea of each girl having over-the-top hair, but in a polished, beautiful way; the make-up was extra soft as well to support that notion."

Hair - Charlie Price
Hair Assistant - Scotty Fields
Make-up - Ron Lopez
Photos - David Raccuglia
Models - Donna Baldwin Talent
Fashion Styling - Danora Fisher

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Urban Decay Naked Palette Giveaway Contest

Ok readers... It's time for another giveaway contest.  This is a personal favorite palette of mine, as I have taken a liking to the Urban Decay's Naked.  My last three photoshoots where done with this palette alone, so why not share this wonderful palette with a lucky follower!

One lucky winner will receive this set! Here's how to win:
  • Follow my blog (Follow by emails are not eligible for contest entry)
  • Leave a comment telling me why you'd like to win
  • Open internationally
  • I'll pick a winner at random and announce it Sunday, August 14, 2011!
FTC Disclosure: Post not sponsored.
You can look great NAKED! This long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous neutrals. Shades range from delicate champagnes to dark, gritty gunmetal, and feature FIVE NEW shades with names like Darkhorse, Virgin and Buck. We've also included a range of textures: everything from glitter to shimmer to matte. The chocolaty velvet case is emblazoned with the word "NAKED" in gold foil lettering. (Just wait 'til your friends see you pull this sexy thing out of your bag. Jealous!) The mirrored case also includes a professional quality, cruelty-free Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush, AND a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion in original formula. This is a shadow palette EVERYONE can use, and a truly spectacular gift. Experiment with office-appropriate neutrals, summertime bronzy looks, or sultry smokiness. With such a diversity of neutral shades at your fingertips, there's more to neutral than meets the eye.

Fill Weight: Eyeshadows: 12 x 1.3g e 12 x 0.05 US oz; Eyeshadow Primer Potion: 3.7ml e 0.13 US fl oz

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TokiDoki Devil Girl Cromatico Summer 2011 Palette

Devil Girl Cromatico Palette by TokiDoki, released for Summer 2011, is currently available at Sephora.  The dual door palette in beach theme contains six TokiDoki Eyeshadows, ranging from neutrals to cool tones.

Thirsty (cream)
Riposino (shimmery light brown)
 Carina (pearl)
Nancy Rocks (purple)
Bruttino (pearl turquoise)
Bulleto (shimmery dark brown)
Aside from the cool artwork on the palette cover, I can honestly say, I'm not overly excited about this collection.  The palette casing seems a little bit on the cheap side and the pigments is really just ok.  I do like the fact that the palette offers three neutral shades, perfect for a day out on the beach.  I will say, Carina (pearl) is a fun shade to play with, whether you use it on your tear ducts or even on the brow bone for highlights, you'll definitely get that shimmering sparkle look, just be careful not to over pack the color, it can get messy.

Oh yeah, you also get a Devil Girl keychain too.. Whoopee...

Sigma Travel Brush Contest Giveaway Winner!!!

Thanks to everyone for participating in my first giveaway!  I hope you guys enjoyed my blog and will refer my blog to your friends and family.  Drum roll please....  And the winner is....

Congrats to Gia_Pet!!!

Please send me an email by Friday at midnight PST to claim your prize or it will go to someone else.

Keep following... I will be announcing new giveaways....  Urban Decay's 15th Anniversary Palette, Urban's Decay's Naked Palette and Toki Doki's 3 piece Eyeshadow brush set... 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

15 NEW (and only in this kit!) eyeshadow shades.  With just the right balance of neutrals and brights, darks and lights, the 15-Year Anniversary Palette is both versatile and the ultimate UD junkie collection. Shades like “Junkshow” (a bright pink), “Evidence” (a deep metallic blue) and Midnight 15 (an oyster pearl shade) mesmerize the eyes. The collectible gunmetal outer box features a luxe faceted jewel “UD” on the cover and an eye-grabbing laser-cut filigree design on the sides. Inside, the shadow tray pulls out to reveal a velvet-lined compartment that can be used to stash jewelry or personal mementos.
Included in this kit: Deeper (deep shimmery golden brown), M.I.A. (soft shimmery dark brown), Ace (dark gunmetal shimmer), Blackout (darkest, most saturated black), Half Truth (shimmery smoky purple), Tainted (pale matte purple with golden shimmer), Junkshow (bright pink w/fuchsia shift), Omen (shimmery metallic bright purple w/blue shift), Evidence (deep metallic blue), Deep End (bright teal shimmer), Midnight Rodeo (medium metallic brown w/silver and gold glitter), Midnight 15 (oyster pearl w/silver glitter), Vanilla (shimmery white gold), Flow (soft peach shimmer), Chase (metallic bright bronze)
Full Weight: 15 x 1.3g e 15 x 0.05 US oz


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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Beauty Shoot with MU Artist Jennifer Siqueiros & Photographer Xue Vue

Yesterday, I had a awesome opportunity to style hair for, Make-up Artist, Jennifer Siqueiros's Beauty Portfolio, photographed by another personal friend Xue Vue.  What probably started off as a rough morning, not having a good healthy amount of Red Bull, ended up with a chance to work with good friends, and new Artist and Models, I haven't gotten the opportunity to work with.  Jennifer Siqueiros, studied make-up application at Smashbox Academy.  I have gotten a chance to view her portfolio prior to working with her, and I must say, I was really impressed! 

The shoot took place at the Home/Studio of, Jay Lensch (another well established photographer in Sacramento, CA).  Haven't gotten the chance to open my can of Red Bull, I was introduced to the Jennifer Siqueiros for the first time, and from there we both started working on the beautiful models ( Tanya Fomina, Allison Nopel and Brooke Parker) casted for the shoot.  The day ended with lots of laugh and meeting such beautiful and lively people!  I will be posting photo's soon...  

Thursday, July 7, 2011

OPI - Texas Collection

Ok, so this collection kinda came out earlier this year, but I really wanted to review this.  Since the launch of OPI's Texas Collection, I wasn't really sure about it, the colors didn't really moved me much. Given the dull boring color palettes for this collection, I did find the names for the colors really humorous...  Seriously, who comes up with this stuff?  I have my fair share of nail lacquer collections, this just isn't one... Sorry...

I Vant to Be A-Lone Star, It's Totally Fort Worth It,
Austin-tatious Turquoise, Don't Mess with OPI, San Tan-tonio,
Suzi Loves Cowboys, Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?,
Big Hair...Big Nails, Guy Meets Gal-veston, Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em,
Do You Think I'm Tex-y?, Houston We Have a Purple.

Dior Fall 2011 Collection - Blue Tie

Blue is Dior’s new black this coming season as Dior introduces their Blue Tie Makeup Collection For Fall 2011.

This collection features 2 modern and stylish eyeshadow palettes which mimics the pattern of their classic and iconic Lady Dior Bag. With mainly deep blue hues and metallic silvers running across this collection, you will find yourself indulging into a world of smoky and elegant looks.

In this collection, you will find 2 limited edition Blue Tie Star Palettes with 4 eyeshadows and a gloss presented in an elegant metal case. The Blue Tie Star Palette is available in two combinations, 001 Smoking Blue and 002 Smoking White.

We will also be expecting to see the Dior 3-Colours Smoky Eyeshadow Trios which features a cream-to-powder base and 2 powder eyeshadows, one in a matte finish and the other in a shimmery finish. Dior will also be introducing a waterproof and retractable eyeliner – the Diorshow Liner Waterproof which will be available in 6 shades.

From beautiful eyes to sculpted cheeks, there will be 2 new Dior Blush in 839 Rose Vintage and 889 Pink In Love.

And from cheeks to lips, there will be 4 new Rouge Dior in soft beige and pink nude shades to compliment the smoky eyes. Shade includes 314 Angélique Beige, 428 Pisanelle Pink, 651 Tourbillion Pink and 741 Allegro Pink.

Dior will also be introducing a range of new lipstick formula – the Rouge Serum Crystal in 215 Primrose Crystal, 455 Tea Rose Crystal, 645 Sweet Pink Crystal and 675 Passionate Pink Crystal. 4 radiant new shades with even more transparency, shine and freshness than the rest of the range. These shades make lips shimmer with a hint of colour and delicate shine.
To round off and complete this collection, we have 3 Dior Vernis in 219 Safari Beige, 607 Blue Denim and 908 Tuxedo.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Makeup Forever Fall 2011 Smokey

MAKEUP FOREVER introduces Smoky Colour, a new collection of eye make up essentials inspired by the rich, jewel tone fabrics seen on the fall 2011 runways. This vibrant new take on an all-time classic provides a number of different ways to wear the eye catching look and adapt it to every mood, occasion and outfit.

The Smoky Colour collection includes a limited edition Smoky Eye Shadow Palette, four new shades of dramatic Smoky Lash mascara and three new ultra-creamy Khol Pencils — all in an array of bold, yet wearable colors.

This customized, collector’s palette features eight MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadows that can be used to create five different smoky looks in brown, blue, purple, green and classic black. Expert application instructions, as well as a mirror and two individual applicators, are included to help consumers achieve a professional smoky eye at home. MAKE UP FOR EVER’S highly pigmented pressed shadows contain nylon powder for intense, lasting color and are easily blended and shaded. The palette includes:

  • Eye Shadow #04 – matte black
  • Eye Shadow #79 – deep plum shimmer
  • Eye Shadow #81 – metallic navy blue
  • Eye Shadow #80 – iridescent peacock green
  • Eye Shadow #122 – metallic copper
  • Eye Shadow #127 – metallic taupe
  • Eye Shadow #126 – iridescent yellow beige
  • Eye Shadow #07 – white shimmer

The ultimate mascara for volume, length and curl is now available in four new hues. Boasting the same lash boosting formula and unique elastomer fiber brush as the original best seller, Smoky Lash Colour delivers a dramatic faux lash effect in seconds. Each new shade is extremely concentrated with brown, green, blue and plum pigments so the mascara instantly coats the lashes with intense color.
  • Smoky Lash #3 – deep brown
  • Smoky Lash #4 – green
  • Smoky Lash #5 – dark blue
  • Smoky Lash #6 – plum
These soft, creamy pencils have an extremely blendable texture and are now available in pearly deep blue (#8K), matte mocha brown (#9K) and pearly black purple (#10K). Khol Pencils can be used to line the eyes for a more intense, striking look, and can easily be smudged for the perfect smoky eye. Additionally, the soft texture makes them ideal for rimming the inner eye. Apply above and/or below the lash line and blend to create a pigment-rich smoky eye.
  • Kohl Pencil #4K – intense pearly green
  • NEW Kohl Pencil #8K– pearly deep blue
  • NEW Kohl Pencil #9K– matte mocha brown
  • NEW Kohl Pencil #10K– pearly black purple

Also new for this summer from M.U.F.E, Lip Line Perfector.

New Lip Line Perfector is formulated with a mix of beeswax and evaporating oils that form a protective barrier to keep lipstick inside the lip line, as well as a film forming polymer which helps fix color to the lips for long lasting results. Additionally, Ceramide 3 improves lip firmness and prevents moisture loss, while silicone and high molecular hyaluronic salt fill in fine lines and improve elasticity.
The Lip Line Perfector can be worn as a base under any kind of lip product and with any shade.

Sigma Tavel Brush Giveaway Contest!!!

So here's my first Giveaway Contest.  The Sigma Travel Kit Nice in Pink.  I've heard many good things about Sigma's brushes from fellow Bloggers, so why not give a set away to a lucky follower!

One lucky winner will receive this set! Here's how to win:
  • Follow my blog (Follow by emails are not eligible for contest entry) 
  • Leave a comment telling me why you'd like to win
  • Open internationally
  • I'll pick a winner at random and announce it Sunday, July 17, 2011!
You can find this kit at . Good luck!

FTC Disclosure: Post not sponsored.

The Travel Kit Nice in Pink contains seven essential brushes to achieve a flawless look on the go. Take Nice in Pink to your favorite travel destination or keep it in your purse for a quick touch-up during the day or an evening out on the town. All brushes are individually stored in a stylish metallic pink clutch equipped with a convenient pouch to carry all your must-have makeup items.

Clutch Dimensions (closed): 7 x 4 inches.
Face Brushes: 5 inches total
Eyes/Concealer Brush: 4 inches total

Brushes in this kit:

Pencil - E30 - Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

Tapered Blending - E40 - Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.

Eye Shading - E55 - Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

Large Powder - F30 - Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.

Large Angled Contour - F40 - The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.

Duo Fibre - F50 - Specially designed to generate an airbrushed finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

Concealer - F70 - The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.

TIGI - Classic Roots

TIGI is highly acclaimed for their adventurous hair styles and a tradition of excellence. Yet their avant garde looks are rooted in classic cuts that you're sure to see time and time again in your salon.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I Forgot the Shoes From Alexander McQueen's Fall 2011 RTW

Seriously, I'm speechless...  You have to have mad skills to walk in these shoes...  Me? I trip wearing tennis shoes... Enough said.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 "Ice Queen and her Court"

Titled "The Ice Queen and her court”, McQueen's Creative Director Sarah Burton presented a couture collection. Burton's play between "hard" and "soft" was done mostly in black and white.  The stunning details were boutiful and included a skirt and top made from mosaic of broken bone plates fired together, fur lined hems, pleats formed with metal zippers that partially zip open, and a gown woven from strips of silk.  Burton's collection also included harnesses and leather made for bondage-like, tough-luxe pieces that served to counterbalance the more feminine look, notably the white gowns that closed out the show.