Saturday, June 30, 2012

Products Of The Month - June 2012

These are my picks to be honored for the month of June.
Angel Butter by Skull Soap

This is an ultra rich, creamy, whipped body butter and it is pure awesomeness!! It is handcrafted, quickly absorbed into the skin, and contains these ingredients:
shea butter, olive oil, sweet almond oil, glycerine, jojoba oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid, germaben, fragrance.

It leaves my skin super soft and lightly scented. I use this especially on my feet in-between my pedicures, which I do myself at home; as well as on my elbows. This butter gives me the ability to stretch the time between my pedis even longer because of how well my feet retain the moisture. No ashy feet and elbows over here! Heyyyy!!

Get your whipped on from Skull Soap products here.

Finger Paints - Neons

I decided to get these when I went into Sally's. I had never used the brand before, and decided to give it a try. The promotion was buy any 3 and get a free mini tote bag. So I said why not?! I was so impressed with the quality of the polish. The stuff even glows in the dark or under black lights!!!!!!!

Neons are in for this Spring and Summer. This formula is nice and rich and thick.

How did this fair? Check out the Q & A below....

Q. Does it chip or peel?
A. No

Q. Are the colors true?
A. Yes

Q. How many coats do you need to apply to get a finished look?
A. About 1 - 2 coats.

Q. Is it streak-free?
A. Yes

Q. Is it easy to remove with nail polish remover?
A. Yes. It comes of clean with Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Remover. Leaves no residue, or stains. 

Finger Paints and Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Remover are available at Sally's Beauty Supply, in stores or online.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to write them in the comments section, and I will try to answer them for you.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Fashion Finds

This is one of my go-to online shops. They stock mostly mid-range designer pieces. I have been shopping here since 2007, and have never had a problem with the pieces I buy. Because they don't accept returns, they make sure that everything that is shipped to you is of the best quality! The greatest part of it all is that, EVERYTHING is $15!!!

Check out their just-in items for Summer!
Click on images to see more and shop...


How To Apply Eyeshadow To Compliment Your Eye Shape

We all love eye shadow. Some of the packaging is irresistible, not to mention the colors! Unfortunately, one application technique DOES NOT fit all! Since the are different shapes of eyes, I have put together a tutorial to explain how to correctly apply eyeshadow to compliment your eye shape.  For the most basic of applications, three eye colors are used. 

Chart of various eye shapes
What makes this even more interesting is that some people have a combination of these shapes shown here!

This shape is considered to have the 'perfect' proportions, therefore any application technique will work.

Close Set...
The space between the two eyes is narrower/smaller than one of the eyes. Use light and/or shimmery colors on the inner corners to 'open-up' the eye area,  creating the illusion of the space between the eye appearing wider than it actually is. Extend the outer corners using dark colors. 

Deep Set...
This eye is set deep into the socket. Use light colors on the lid, and a medium one just above the socket and blend up and out. The already deep natural crease needs no definition in this case.

Hooded Eyes...
This shade has a fold of skin over the socket line. This sometimes happens as we mature. Matte colors in medium to dark shades are best to use if the eyes are more mature. Apply the darker color on the lid, and the lighter one above and up to the brow.

Droopy/Down-Turned Eyes...
The focus for this eye shape is apply colors up and out. Apply liner thinly and close to the lash line and blend shadow upwards and along the socket line in the outer 2/3rds of the eyes. Curling lashes and applying mascara can also help to created the illusion that the eyes are more 'up-turned'.

Protruding/Prominent Eyes...
Sometimes people call this eye shape 'bulging' eyes. The eyes 'bulge' from the socket to the lash and has a lot of lid. Matte colors are the best texture type to apply. The brightest of all colors chosen to be used, should be applied to half of the lid only and the medium and darker colors blended into the crease.

Asian/Smooth Eyes...
This eye shape has very little lid, if any at all. To create the illusion of more eyelid, darker shades in a matte or satin texture should be applied from the lash line all the way up to the socket. Create the illusion of a crease by blending a darker color than what has been applied to the lid into the socket area from the outer corner of the eye. Blend a light color under the brow.

Round Eyes...

To elongate the eye to give it a more almond shape apply a medium shade to the corner of the outer eye, and continue down along the lower lid. Sweep the color to just under the center of the eye. Apply liner extending beyond the outer corner of the eye. This is also called 'winging' the eye shadow.

Small Eyes...
To open up eyes, apply a frosted pastel or light color on the entire eyelid, and up to the brow. Use a darker color in the crease, sweeping color from the outer corner into about ¼ of the eye using a small blending brush. Use light/frosted colors on the waterline as well as under the bottom lash line. It also helps to shape the brows by removing some of the bottom hairs, this will increase the eye space.

I hope that this was able to help you, and remember - practice makes perfect!

Coach Factory on Ebay Sale!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Quick Smokey Eye Shadow Application - Tutorial

Don't you just love a smokey eye look? It is the most sultry way of adding drama to your eyes. Here's is a quick and easy tutorial where you can get that look in 5 minutes.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bantu KnotOut Flat Rolled UpDo

After moisturizing and sealing my hair overnight with EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil) and one of my favorite leave-in conditioners: Vitapro Fusion Leave-In Hair Treatment by Giovanni, I put my hair in three regular bantu knots. One at the back, and two on the sides close to the top.

Bantu knots, give you the same result as cold wave rods, and are a great way to get your hair curled without using heat. 

After fluffing out the curls a bit, I then flat rolled my hair at the base, and then pinned using bobby pins. I always make sure that my bobby pins have the protectors at the ends like this.....

so that I don't injure my scalp and/or cause breakage to my hair.

This style is an all ages one, and can be worn casually or formally, as well as be accessorized with any hair accessory of your choice.

These three products shown are are all that I used. I didn't add anything after styling.

Fashion Week DFW - Fashion Friday

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Monday, June 18, 2012

Norcostco Texas Presents: 18th Century Fashions

One of my favorite stores - The Norcostco Texas Costume Store hosted a presentation on June 15th of their collection of Georgian and Colonial costumes. These fashions were worn by European royalty, celebrities, as well as prominent colonial figures of the 18th Century.

Make-up for this costume and makeup history seminar/fashion show, was designed and executed by Ava Gibbs Kamaria using products sold at the store.

The pieces shown, and many more are available for rent at Norcostco, located at 1231 Wycliff Avenue, Ste. #300, Dallas. 75207

IMATS, LA - June 22 - 24

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Dads are great!!! They are our inspiration, our strength, our providers and our best friends. 

to all dads. Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

H&M Blow Out Sale

@ H&M nationwide. Online and in stores.

Store locations in Dallas, TX -: North Park Mall


Willowbend  Mall

Get your gear!!

Shop online @: H&M.COM

Image courtesy Christopher Williams

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rocker Glam Themed Videoshoot

The theme for this shoot was rock and roll glam. Eye shadow looks needed to be bold. To create these looks I used my Wolfe Brothers Face Art & FX Neon Metallix  and 

Coastal Scents Creative Me# 1 palettes.  

The neons in the Face Art palette glow in the dark or under black lights!  

They are hydro colors, so water is needed to activate them.

These highly pigmented powder shades in the Coastal Scents Creative Me #1 palette are also fantastic for camera/video because they are matte, so the true color is reflected.

If you are looking for some colors to add a huge pop to your applications, then you want to try these! I highly recommend them.

Check out the video footage:

Due to audio copyright, this video is not available for viewing on a mobile device.

Get the palettes here:

Wolfe Brothers Face Art & FX Neon/Metallix Palette:

Friday, June 8, 2012

Coastal Scents Fire Sale!!!!

Get in on these great deals from Coastal Scents. Shop now:

Coastal Scents Brush Fire Sale

Disco Ball - Eye Shadow Application Tutorial

Love this look? This is a fabulous way to accessorize your outfit with some eye drama.  Werrrkkkk!!!!  It is pretty easy to achieve too. 

Check out my tutorial video below to see how.

If you do not have these cosmetic brands, any brand with similar colors will do.

Due to audio copyright, this video is not available for viewing on a mobile device.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Yay!! It's Summertime! Well depending on where you are in the world that is!!! If you live in the tropics, well it's always warm beachy weather. For those of us who live in temperate countries with varying timezones, this is for some of us, the best season of the year. It's all about the light single-layer clothing, warm weather, water sports, the beach, the lake, and lounging by the pool. Tanning is also on the agenda too!! Some of us hit the gym hard to get in shape for this time of year!

Great! So how do we enjoy the sun without the 'meltdown'? Skin care is most important during this season, especially when you are going to be out in the sun for extended periods of time. Time goes by so quickly when you're having fun and before you know it, hours would have passed!!!! The sunlight provides us with a generous helping of vitamin D when exposed to its UVB (ultra violet) B rays, but over-exposure to the sun's rays puts you at risk for skin cancer, this is why the use of sunblock is stressed by skin care health professionals. However, the use of sunblock/sunscreen does not stop the skin from being burnt/tanned, but it will NOT get damaged.

Tips for enjoying the sunshine, without the risk:
  • Do use a sunblock that is waterproof/resistant. These are usually 50-80SPF. SPF (sun protecting factor) - this gives you the protection as per the number of times multiplied by minutes you would be exposed to the sunshine. i.e. If you wear a sunscreen or moisturizer with sunscreen that has a SPF of 50, and you spend 10mins in the sun, this means that you would be able to be out in the sun 50x10mins (500mins) , before your skin gets sun burn.  
  • If you want a tan and prefer not to risk the one from the sun, then you can opt for the services of a tanning salon, or airbrush tanning. Yeah, they're fake tans, but without the risk of skin damage! These services however may turn out to be quite expensive, so you can also try those DIY(do-it-youself) tanning lotions that you can purchase at a pharmacy, department, or convenience store. The disadvantanges here are that you may not get an even application, so be sure to ask someone to help you apply; and these lotions may transfer to your clothing or wash off easily.

  • Keep yourself mucho hydrated, and this is not just for summertime or when it's hot, but all year through. Keeping your body hydrated has many benefits, including weight management, detoxifying your entire body, helping to keep your muscles pliable when exercising and maintaining the skin's natural healthy glow.

Sun Hat
  • Wear a hat that has a brim, this further helps to keep the face protected from the scorching sun.  Your facial moisturizer should contain a SPF of AT MOST 25. Higher than that can cause irritation especially in the eye area. DO NOT APPLY SUNSCREEN TO YOUR EYELIDS!!! Use a hair lotion that contains an SPF. Depending on your SPF strength and capabilities, you may need to reapply as necessary especially if you are sweating or in the water. 
    • Last but not least, wear your sunglasses, preferably one with UV protection.
Enjoy your time in the sunshine....