Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Reviva Labs Review, Part II

The wonderful people at Reviva Labs contacted me once again to review a few more of their products. Having already loved the products they initially sent me I accepted.

So here I am, ready to tell you about these 3 products I tried. The first is the Organic Cleansing Milk.

"A herbalist's cornucopia of wonders that not only deep cleanse but also help improve skin tone and add antiseptic and antibacterial action. Today's pollution gets deep into pores. So, Reviva Labs newly formulated Organic Cleansing Milk contains certified organic herbs, floral water, aloe vera plus aromatherapy oils and a complex of vegetable extracts that penetrate deeply to flush dirt from pores. Leaves skin feeling fresh, moist and immaculately clean. Creamy, soothing, it's also an excellent makeup remover."

Ecliptica: Caposhi

Once again I was with the Ecliptica duo doing makeup for their Fall/Winter 2011 Collection called "Caposhi' . The look and clothes of this collection was all about the 70s.

Javier Romero was, of course, the head makeup artist and he showed us what the makeup would be like. Golden eyes, nude/pink lips and healthy glowing skin. The event was sponsored by L'Oreal. We received powder foundations, lip liners, eyeliners, lipsticks, primers, blushes, mascaras and makeup removers.

The look was pretty much simple but I ran into the trouble that one of my models had broken out 2 days before the show. I had to cover up those bad boys without making her look pasty, which was hard because she's so pale (picture of both of us below), but makeup does wonders!

"Hello Abu Dhabi" Editorial for Matte Mag

This shoot was a lot of fun. I got to do 2 of my favorite things: dewy skin and color. Of course, I would have liked to have used more colors but that isn't up to me, it's up to the stylist, who on this shoot was Mr. Christian Ramirez.

I came in fully stocked with lots of eyeshadows and pigments but in the end I only used MAC's Orange. Now, I know I said above that I got to use "color" but remember that on shoots, I have no control over the makeup. Yes, I apply it but I don't choose the looks or colors and most of the time stylists want simple makeup because they don't want it to take away from the clothes so the fact that I used an Orange eyeshadow and a purple liner was pretty sweet.

It was because of this shoot that I made 2 pretty amazing discoveries The girls' skin had to look glowy but I have the problem that although the foundations in my kit are pretty damn great, they tend to dry out quickly and I don't have enough time to blend them out on skin. The first thing that I discovered is that when I mixed the foundation with my beloved Argan Bronzing Oil it went on the skin like butter! It blended effortlessly and the end result was glowy, dewy, beautiful skin! The second thing was that when I asked Christian if he wanted the cheeks to look really contoured or slightly flushed he said "contoured". What he did next I'll never forget, he chose MAC's Blue Green Pigment was the blush/contour. I put it on thinking "Ok, he's insane. This is going to work. Wait.... this is working. Wow!" The end result was a gorgeous kind of orange/brick-red color that worked perfectly as a contour and blush.

(Here they have the Blue Green Pigment as contour already. Also to give their arms and chest a glow I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mega Electronic Fest Makeup 2011

This was the toughest job I've done to date. I was contacted to do makeup on MEF (Mega Electronic Fest) just 3 days before the show. MEF is a 12-hour festival where DJs from all over the world came to play their music for their fans. I was told that I had to do makeup on 26 performers. As soon as I heard that I freaked out a little because I had called all the makeup artists I knew but none could do it on such short notice.

Monday, March 28, 2011

EOTD: Golden Jester

This "eye of the day" is the product of me taking a look at my necklace collection, seen below...

And this one caught my eye. I'd been wanting to do some more eye makeups and this necklace had just what I needed: contrasting colors and fun shapes.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Beauty Shot: Bleached Spots

The photographer called me the day before the actual shoot to see if we wanted to do a beauty shot of whatever I wanted. I, of course, said yes.

Since this was improvised I had not idea what I was going to do. I just packed a little bit of everything in my kit. I'd seen a picture on Model Mayhem of a model who had lines and spots on her face. If you don't already know, I love messy, colorful makeup, basically makeup out of the ordinary. So I drew inspiration from that model's makeup and a look I'd done on myself before (picture below).

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ICON Magazine's Cover Feb/Mar 2011

Oh, this shoot was such an event! We were supposed to shoot on location at some beautiful gardens but this is Puerto Rico one day it's sunny, then it's raining like there's no tomorrow, the next it's sunny and then it's cloudy, it's just the way things work here. The days before the shoot had been perfectly sunny, but of course, the day of the shoot it got really cloudy, meaning the shoot had to be moved to indoors. We went to a studio near the salon where the model got her hair done and I started working on her there.

(Picture taken with my phone)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Makeup for Cultura Profetica's "Baja La Tension"

The day started at 10:00am. When I got there I set up my station and just waited for the band members and extras to start arriving. After about an hour the extras came in. Most of the people I did makeup on that day were men. I did makeup on 3 women: one of them played a babysitter which meant pretty basic "day" makeup, the next was a Cougar and her makeup was sultry and dark, the last one was the "prom queen" who's makeup had to be over-done and dramatic. For the Prom Queen I did a medium brown smokey eye and hot pink lips. The lipstick was provided by the Producer, Miss Natalia Collazo.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Reviva Labs Review

I was approached a couple of months by the wonderful people at Reviva Labs to review a few of their products. Among them was their new Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) Cream. I told them I would be happy to, seeing as how I'm always looking into new moisturizers, anything to make my skin better. I told them about the products that caught my attention and in a matter of days they were at my door.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy Holidays! (EOTD)

This all started because I was about to throw away a pair of lashes when I thought "Why not just use them one last time? Throw some glitter in there!" So I used a light green gel glitter liner from NYX and covered them but I let them dry well enough before I touched them again.

NOCTURNO Magazine Cover

It's now January 1, 2011 and I'm remembering things from 2010 like when I wrote on my bucket list I wanted to get the cover of a major magazine. Sure, I've done covers for ICON magazine but it's a new magazine, hence it's not a "major" one. So getting the cover for NOCTURNO magazine's December 2010/January 2011 issue is a big one for me, I can check that item off my list now!

A little about the shoot...