Thursday, April 23, 2009

England's workshop, will it happen?

So I've been thinking about what to do over the summer about this workshop and here's what I've been thinking. . .
I will need to bring Lily with me (for those who don't know she's my 12yr old that I sometimes exploit as an assitant lol) and would like to stay at least 2 weeks if not longer. There are so many of you I would like to work with as well that it only seems right to just stay a bit longer.
I am most definitely interested in bringing the workshop over and if we can get enough interest in it I will! Please feel free to pass along the 'plan' as it were to fellow artists and we'll see if we can get something together on it like a bit of a working holiday.


LA workshop

First rounds of emails have gone out regarding tools for the workshop and making sure we're all good with the dates.
So we're looking at June 3-4, 2009 for the LA workshop dates. If you've not made it on the mailing list yet or would like to know more about what we're doing in California please feel free to email me at to get in on what's going on :)

Later Days~


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Model Mayhem FAQ rebuild

Just a note to let you all know I'm currently working on updating and reworking the MM FAQ for the HMS Forum. If you have links to helpful info or threads you want to be sure are included please feel free to email me or PM me on the site. There's a thread I started too for corralling the ideas to add to the update if you'd rather post there.
Thanks to all who are volunteering help with this and to all who will toss in the advice in the future :)


Monday, April 6, 2009

California here I come!

Just a quick note to let you know that we're taking this workshop show on the road again, this time to sunny California :)
The plan is 2 workshops in the state, one in San Francisco and one in LA. The planned schedule is for 2 pretty different workshops, one for bridal styling/elegant updo's and shoot basics/men's grooming/products & tools. If you have questions or are interested in these workshops feel free to email me for further details and keep the requests coming, if I don't hear from you I can't plan a workshop in your town ;)

<3 Later Days~


Saturday, April 4, 2009

New product loves discovered on my NYC trip :)

I can't tell you how relieved and yet annoyed I am by some of these things lol
I've been having a problem with my MUFE Star Powders since I've been in Wyoming that seems to have disappeared when I got back to the East Coast to show Cynthia. . . the product has a seriously chalky look to it when I've tried to use them out here that it does not have in areas that actually have some degree of humidity. So here's where my MUA help me questions for Cynthia got started.
Cynthia opened her kit of wonders and out came all of these things I really just now feel compelled to own lol

FA Transforming Gel - This is on my list of items to order now! The transforming gel took the loose pigments I had been avoiding using here in Wyoming and made the consistency something I could certainly use in any conditions. The pigments glided on smoothly and stayed put, I can't rave enough about this product!

OCC Lip Tar - Also on my list of items to order now! This product is smooth and has amazing pigmentation. It's all of the best of things you want in application and pigmentation but it gets better. . . it stays put! It's not gummy or goopy it is smooth and fantastic feeling very light AND doesn't budge once it's on :) Definately a must have item now for my kit ^^

Bed Head shadows - So I have some really rave things to say about some of their hair care products and would never have thought to use their makeup until now! I picked up a quad and a single shadow at Cosmo Pro on our field trip and I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with them for my own personal use! Pigment is great and amazingly wonderful to build up as well. blends great and lasts all day. I am considering adding some of these in to my kit as I run out existing shadows I like them that much.

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner - Ok what can I say here? I bought 2 of these while I was there as I needed to replace my personal black liner. I can't tell you how happy I am with the soft application, feel, staying power, I could go on and on. I will also be adding these to my kit as I run out my current liners, so much nicer lol

La Femme blushes - So I'm not a snob when it comes to makeup prices, we all know expensive does not always equte to good but how is it possible that this is so inexpensive and so good? There are so many colours to choose from but with Cynthia's expert eye we took a swatch of 4 and easily found jsut the right one for me to use daily. I love how easy it is to build this up for a more dramatic look or evening wear, it's just amazing!

So this is a short list of things I finally got to try out and bought not including some things I plan to purchase in the future lol I can't wait to move back to the east where I can get my hands on anything I want!

NYC Hair Workshop Part 2 :) The real work!

First off I want to thank Cynthia O'Rourke for hosting the workshop at her house, her sisters for modeling and her family for having us there :)
Also a thank you for Belinda and Allie for traveling to Long Island to participate in the workshop and Alexander for coming out to lend his support.

We covered so much in the 2 days we had I hope I remember to recount it all but I'm gonna give it a go!
On day one we began with covering the uses of all the products the ladies had already in their kits and what I keep in mine and why. We had at length discussions on brands and myths of all of these products and covered many many things here helping the girls downsize some things they had duplicate usages of and build up for things they would need.
We also covered our tools and what each one was best used for. Placement of tools, sectioning of hair, brushes, combs, clips, pins, etc. Things we could keep on hand that did the jobs of other tools that were bulky to carry and the best ways to use them in time with your make up applications. The ladies caught on to all of this pretty quickly and we moved on to demonstrations and applications of these procedures. They all got to try wrapping long hair and keeping from crimping the ends and how to slide the hair out once it had been curled to be able to pin it up for cooling.
Our afternoon went by fairly quickly as Allie had to leave earlier so we wrapped up the lesson for the day. While we were waiting on Alexander to arrive, we visited about things the other ladies wanted to make sure they picked up in their kits and things they wanted to make sure we learned for the next day. When Alexander did arrive, we all took a field trip to beauty suppliers to make sure the girls got to pick up things they didn't have for the next day's lesson and to cover things that are good buys and how to know the differences. We had a great time checking out things and I learned some great things about BedHead makeup lol

This is also the night I got my haircut. I can't begin to explain to Alexander how thankful and grateful I am for him staying up so late and hanging out with Cynthia and for such a fantastic haircut.

On day two we started earlier to try and make sure we got things covered before the models arrived. We covered blow outs, steps to building the base for updo's, back brushing, French Twists and prepared for our models. When the models arrived, the ladies practiced blow outs on amazing long hair and sectioning very curly hair to prep it for an updo. The ladies took turns blowing out and styling the creative updo and did very well :) In the afternoon we covered again the best places to shop for bargains, things to pick up at the dollar sotre, and some vintage types of hair styles before Belinda and Allie had to go.

I had such a fantastic time with the girls covering pin placements, curling long hair, applying decorations, braids, editorial hair, extensions and how to make them, products, achieving volume and texture, and so many other things I was sad to have it end. I was however so proud when I got word from Allie that her film project had gone so well with applying hair pieces that stayed put and when I got pictures of her happy bride that she had been so worried about :) I also was so happy to discuss vintage styling with Belinda who gave me so many ideas to make use of products in my kit to achieve things I had not used them for :) She's pretty inspirational and doesn't even know it. Cythina and I did some recon makeup shopping errands for my mom and spent some time going thru shops until we found products to put in her kit to flesh it out and she helped me get hooked on some new eyeliners lol We also tried out all the new MUFE HD products, found out purple straw hats are not for Cynthia no matte rhow much they cost and completely annoyed some slaes girl in Sephora. . . at the end of day two lol good times had by all!

On my last day in town, Cynthia and I met back up with Alexander and we covered some serious ground in Manhattan! We got some lunch and went to Alcone (my first trip) and tried out so many things. I managed to get myself some new blush, brush cleaner, and replace a blush brush! We had a good time and managed to stop by Ricky's and a few other places too while we were there before I had to make it to check in for my return trip.

I'd like to thank everyone in NYC again for having me and I can hardly wait to see more of the fantastic things the ladies can now create ^^

Later Days~