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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Taylor Swift's Concert Covergirl Event! (Natureluxe Gloss Balm Review)

Taylor Swift came to Edmonton on August 18th and 19th - she sold out 2 concerts!  People were coming from Grande Prairie and Calgary. We were lucky enough to be able to do the Covergirl event for both her concerts!
The event was to do makeovers for Taylor Swift fans at her concert.  The event coordinators from Triple Point Interactions gave us (the makeup artists) a goal of doing 50 fans from 5:30pm to 8:30pm...
A picture of the setup...Calm before the storm...
Every fan got to take home a coupon from Covergirl and a free Natureluxe lipgloss!!!
 They provided us with disposables, spatulas, alcohol spray bottles, sanitizers, and the makeup to put on the fans.  In the first night, I did approximately 56 girls (3.2 min per girl).  In the second night, I upped it to 70 girls (2.3 min per girl).  Since this was a promotional gig, it's very important to do as many girls and spread the word while maintaining customer happiness.  
I did a lot of eyeshadows on little girls (they really liked the blue and purple eye shadows), eyeliner, and gloss.  Since we were giving away the glosses, I would apply the brand new lip gloss to their lips and then hand it to the client to keep for free!  That saved a lot of time from scraping the product out and applying it. 

At the end of the night, they let us keep the makeup...I gave most of mine away to the brand ambassadors (the photographers) and kept 3 lipglosses and 1 lipstick.  I was very impressed with the Natureluxe lip balm!   The other makeup artists were also pretty shocked at how nice it was.  

Natureluxe Lip Balm Review:  The pictures have the number and name of the lip balm/gloss and the numbers represent the number of swipes (to show buildability - is that a word? know what I mean!).  The Natureluxe lip gloss/balm has mango and shea butters in it plus SPF 15!  My lips were really soft and moisturized and I loved the slight tint to the came out sheer but it was buildable if I wanted more color.

Natureluxe Sandstone review:  I really liked the neutral color of this lip balm/gloss.  It is in the peachier range of colors and a very easy color to wear.

Natureluxe Hibiscus Review:  This one was my favorite.  It is awesome with my skintone (asian) and it has a slight berry color to it.  Although the color looks bold, it goes on very sheer and is super wearable.  You can definitely skip the lipstick with this gloss.

Natureluxe Peony Review:  This color is a like a fushia red.  This is the color that Taylor Swift wears (as per Triple Point).  Although this is just a gloss, the color payoff is amazing.  No lipstick required.  Great for an evening out.

After our makeup event was done and everyone went to go watch Taylor Swift, we closed up and I was able to sneak behind a curtain to take a picture of the concert on the last night...Here is the worst picture of Taylor Swift ever...
LOL...Stupid iPhone sucks at taking pictures.  Some of the other makeup artists stayed to watch the concert, but I left right after since I had a wedding to do at 5:30am the next day.  The lipgloss is probably not something that I would be able to carry in my kit but it's awesome for the everyday person to carry in their purse or school bag.  At only $6.50 (before the coupon) it's a pretty good deal.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Makeup Brush Tool Belt

A makeup brush tool belt is an absolute must for every professional makeup artist!  It helps makeup artists keep organized, it doesn't take up valuable table space (in which we put our products on), and saves time from digging through our kits for makeup tools.

Please note, I've owned brush roll-up bags and other tool belts...this is by far the best that I've used in terms of functionality and the amount I can carry.  With all my tools - It's like carrying a small baby in your pouch (like a 1 pound baby...)!

Here is a picture of mine:

I keep enough brushes for 5 people.  I also average about 9 brushes per person (e.g. foundation brush, concealer brush, eye shadow brush, blending brush, eyeliner brush, lip brush, blush brush, powder brush, and a small point brush).  So my little makeup apron carries a minimum of 45 brushes.  After I'm done with a set of brushes, I throw them into a Ziploc bag - the dirty brush does not go back into the belt!  The belt only carries clean/sanitized stuff!!!

I also keep the following in there as well:

Bottom right compartment:
- Waterproof mascara (I don't bother with buying or applying regular mascara) 
- Disposable mascara wands
- Q-tips (so handy in the tool belt to immediately wipe away a smudge before it dries)
- Lip pencils (about 5 neutral shades) and black pencil liners

Bottom left compartment:
- 2 Eyelash curlers (one regular one and one half sized one to get stubborn outer corner lashes)
- Tweezers
- Bobby pins (to pin back hair from the face)

Other compartments:
- 2 colors of eyelash glue (clear and dark tone)
- Scissors
- Orange stick (to help unstick top and bottom lashes if they get glued together)
- Brow groomer
- Spatula (you can use the back of the tweezers to scoop stuff out instead of buying a spatula - Stephanie Miniaci)
- Pencil sharpener
- 99% isopropyl alcohol spray bottle
- Business cards (I try to leave a few after every job...just throw them on a table and run!)

The tool belt carries soooo much but the only complaint about my MAC makeup brush tool belt is that it doesn't have a flap over it to keep the brushes from falling out during transport or from dust getting on it.  Glamcor and Modern Basics carries some makeup brush tool belts with a flap but they might not be able to fit as much as the MAC tool belt. 

If you're a makeup artist - go get one now!  It's a life changer!