Wednesday, May 19, 2010

About Face: Make-up Artist Bloggers Extrordinaire

Make-up is something that I have always loved. I cant exactly pinpoint when my passion reached its height but it was probably a few months ago when I started watching tutorials on youtube....or maybe YEARS ago when I would enviously watch my mom, aunts, and grandmother rock red lipstick (one of my obsessions)like it was a neutral. There are so many talented people on youtube its absolutely ridiculous. Once I was able to get a step-by-step rundown on how to create some deliciously dramatic looks I was hooked!! Even my boyfriend would watch some of these artists with me, in awe of their ability to completely transform themselves. I started stocking up on product and then I got my first mini freelance brush kit from MAC for christmas (courtesy of the beau). After getting the tools I got into it even more. Its really fun to get glammed up and its almost theraputic; the way painting can be to an artist.

Here is a run down of two of my faves!!

1) The Ladies of Pixiwoo: Samantha & Nicola Chapman
They're looks vary from super feminine to super fierce and they even dable in some fantasy looks. I personally love their celebrity looks recreations. The tutorials are great and clearrrr and they give a full list of products they use. I also love how they even "freestyle" through some of the tutorials. They're relaxed attitude makes you feel confident to try new techniques and looks without feeling like ur going to ruin something. Bonus: They're gorgeous!

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2) Petrilude: THERE ARE NO RULES!
Pertrilude aka Josh aka Figa (Long story according to him) was really the first make-up artist to capture my attention with his incredible talent. At this point I wasn't even attempting to try anything I was just watching him!! He is absolutey creative which to me sets him aside. Its easy to copy looks but to be completely inspired by something and create something new and fresh from that is quite another. He defintiely takes make-up artistry to the next level; He has quite an imagination especially when it come to his more "costumey" looks. Perfect for Halloween. Bonus: He does drag and he is FEROSH!
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Im Crushin' On Me.......and Crystal Renn

Let me present to you the Miami heat that is Crystal Renn. She's super hot and a plus-sized high fashion Model. I had previously mentioned to you guys I wanted to write a post about body image and just in the nick of time I came across some amazing photos of Crystal that are the perfect example of a woman who is comfortable with her body and oozes sex appeal. Crystal, like many of us, also struggled with her weight. Sad Statistic: From 2002 to 2005, there were an average of 150 deaths per year related to eating disorders. It effects men, women and children alike! To read more about Crystals story follow the links: or

Im a self professed magazine freak. I need constant visual stimulation to survive, creatively speaking. Seeing all these amazingly aribrushed women can take a toll on you - even when you know there is a lot of "magic" behind the production of photoshoots. "Magic" being photoshop, amazing lighting, make-up artists, hair stylists, stylists, tape, safety-pins, and anything else you could think of. Recently we've been seeing a tiny bit of an anti-photoshop movement, most recently with Kim Kardashian, the queen of primp, posing for both Harpers Bazaar and In Syle sans make-up and photo retouching...A move I commend. HOWEVER!! Not everyone looks like Kimmy, but I digress. I think the main idea is to get girls, and women alike, to learn acceptance of their physical appreance and to also come to terms with they idea that they are in total control of their own image. You are what you BELIEVE you are. While finding inspiration in other women can be great we have to be careful to not impose impossible standards on ourselves. Love the body you were born with! It is yours and there is no other one like it! Treat it well and it will return the favor! I think the best piece of advice I could offer to people feeling "ehhh" about their jiggly bits is to learn yourself. Take the time to find clothing that flatters you and makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. Focus on all the things you LOVE about yourself instead of all the things that make you crazy. Try new make-up techniques. Pamper yourself...Tell yourself "I'm a bombshell!"

I am totally guily of having insecurities about my weight, or my nose, or whatever other random part of my body but seeing images of Crystal really put things in prespective for me...To me her photos have more to do with the energy she was exuding than anything. She was giving some serious attitude!! Which makes me feel silly about my complaints, however normal (or they may be. On the other side of the scale, pun intended (hee hee), are women who are naturally very very thin and would LOOVE to be voluptous. I look at Zoe Saldana, who is crazy thin, and see a woman completely at ease with herself, who struts proudly on the red carpet. That to me is what makes her so sexy.

I guess the point Im trying to get at with all this "Dove Beauty Campaign" stuff is 1) Be the person to set the standards to which you live your life! Don't let anyone tell you who or what you should be. Perception is relative. What other people find important or beautiful or special doesn't always have to be in line with what is important to you. 2) Be the apple of your own eye! Treat yourself well. The way you treat yourself sets the standard for how other will treat you. 3) Be thankful and aprreciative of whatever deck of cards you have been dealt. Be thankful for your health, for your friends, for your family, ect.

Now onto some sexinessss.....Here are some of my yummy plus size model friends.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I DO love you!

I don't want to go into a whole spiel about Beyonce...Instead Im going to watch the video a few more times and take notes on make-up, hair, and lingerie. I really really really love this video and ALL the elements in it. And I can be a harsh critic but what is there not to love? Its so Hollywood Cheesecake! (if you dont know - google it)

UPDATE: I just watched the video again on silent and I loved it even more. Muahahahaa!! The songs not bad; the visuals are just much better.

"Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo.


I am doing something seriously r-o-n-g wrong. Smh. The Queen of Pop at 52 years of age...about to be 53! AND NO PHOTOSHOP(Peep the fishnet imprint on her hip). She is all types of fierce. Go Madge! The irony of this post is that I was out sick from work yesterday and I wanted to write a post about body image (after spending part of my day at Spa Castle in the buff)....Im still writing that post and it will actually be the perfect follow up to this one...cuz her body is not normal. Lol.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Armani Heartbreakers

Okay - there are other things that I "need" more than these but I love them. And its killing me that I cannot find a retailer, name or price on these!! The need to know is starting a small fire in my brain. Fabulous and Fun and Flirty.

Friday, April 23, 2010

You do not create style. You work and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being" - Katherine Anne Porter

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Cutting Edge Color

Reeeoww! (Thats a cat noise, duh)
I love the uneven liner and secondary gloss! Part of the MAC Suplerglass Collection ($18.50 USD)

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Ride Sally Ride

Adeline Adeline needs to pimp my ride. This new bike shop in the West Village, NYC, is sweet as can be. They describe themselves on their website as "A Very Nice Bicycle Shop". Who can argue with that?!

From the Site:
Adeline Adeline is a bicycle boutique for the person who wants to rediscover the style, fun and romance of cycling. The shop is a friendly, welcoming environment that focuses on the beautifully designed city bikes and accessories made famous on the streets of Copenhagen, Amsterdam and now, New York.

Princess Sovereign $1,295.00 Yes, pls!

Read more about them and check out the selection at

The Perfect LWD

Ahhh Spring. So my two favorite seasons are Spring and Fall....but my problem is by the time Im ready to start dressing for spring its summer and when I wanna dress for fall its effing winter. I can't win. Anddd I haven't put away seasonally appropriate clothes in years. I have no special tupperware bin to put away 30 degree clothes when its 75 outside. IN MY DEFENSE - This weather has been bananas for a while. Plus, Im a huge fan of layering and "leather in the summer, silk in the winter" - Andre 3000 MOVING ON! This spring there is one thing that I am lovvving; The perfect Little White Dress. You can wear it on its own, with a blazer, or a jean jacket. Its fresh! Here are some of my favvvs. I stress SOME; so many to choose so little time. WARNING: The following white garments will REQUIRE the proper undergarments. If you are not heavily invested in nude colored undies/bras/spanx DO NOT PROCEED!!

These images are courtesy of,,, and revolve clothing.