Hey luvs! Yes, I'm still alive but I've been super duper busy...and while it's a great thing I haven't been able to devote much time to my blog so I'll be gone til' the New Year. Fresh start, blah, blah, yadda, yadda....I won't bore you with those cliches I just need a moment to breathe honestly. I do hope to see each and every one of you in the new year. Happy Holidays, hope all your fierce beauty wishes come true;)
Does everyone remember Queen Latifah's epic song of the 90's U.N.I.T.Y? I mean how could you not it was the the women's anthem of the era right? Especially with that in your face tagline/hook "Who you callin' a b*tch?" U.N.I.T.Y was a call to arms of sorts for women everywhere to command respect for themselves. It made you want to jump up out of your seat and say "Yessssssssssssssss Queen!"...well at least that's what it made me want to do:) Well, Tuesday night I was invited to the UNITY Reignited Premiere sponsored by CoverGirl Queen Collection. There, we were treated to a special sneak peek of the amazing new 10 part web series "The Road to U.N.I.T.Y" chronicling Queen's search to discover America's Next Female Rapper in the Ignite Your Persona competition. The 5 winners got the chance of a lifetime to record a new version of the U.N.I.T.Y, with each young lady contributing her own verse. The talent in the room was intoxicatingly amazing! These young ladies are postive, creative, and intelligent with talent coming out of there ears...and mouths...and every single one of them just plain beautimos. Episode 1 launched on yesterday so please do run on over and check it out on theCovergirl Facebook page, (it's directed by the gawjus Nefertiti Nguvu) immediately. The first episode talks about the various trials and triumphs of breaking into the music industry with commentary by Queen, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Rage (Virginia STAND UP!!!!! I just had to do that...whew). Plus you can download the new version of the song for FREE on CG's website, as well as meet the young ladies Naakira, Christel, Shea, Amber and Gina and learn how to get their Covergirl look! What I love love love, is that the web series and single are only the tips of the iceberg...Covergirl is launching new Queen Collection of Lip Colors in a range of (wait for it)....24 shades!
I got a sneak peek at the collection and the shades are truly gorgeous. Standing by to help with the launch of the new collection and to help ladies pick their shade of perfection was none other than the makeup man extraordinaire Mr. Sam Fine! Could you just die??? I stood by and watched as he worked his magic on each woman, as we all held court around him trying to snag a new makeup tidbit. Sam says that a key point of difference with the gorgeous Queen Collection lipcolors is that ..."you are getting a department store formula, prestigious packaging but Covergirl has made it drugstore accessible." Perfection. You all do know that Covergirl was my very very first makeup purchase ever right?? Yes honey, it was me and the CG Lipslicks and my "Vanessa Williams Right Stuff red lip" aspirations. Well, old habits die hard because as I perused the new collection I was immediately drawn to a hue called 'Paint the Town Red'...how fitting:) Even Mr. Fine himself was overheard saying "...with a True Red you can't go wrong" as he chose the exact same shade for an attendee. This proves I have taste....well it does!
Queen Collection of lipcolors launch in January of 2011 so keep your eyes peeled ladies! And if you do nothing else this weekend do be sure and check out "The Road to U.N.I.T.Y" webisodes and get your free download on with "U.N.I.T.Y reignited"....it's the knock! ;) Enjoy images of the event below <3<3
Hey guys! So yesterday's makeup was pretty epic and I only wish you could've seen it in person (maybe you did if you're one of the lucky few). I based the look on a tutorial by Petrilude on Youtube, called "24hr. party people ". The concept--if you hadn't guessed--is that you've been up partying for 24hrs and your makeup just runs down your face....but in this case, in a very pretty, colorful, sexy-chic manner. Now, for the video Petrilude used lots of black eyeshadow and gloss. I, on the other hand wanted to do a different spin on it and make it more bold and vibrant so I used purples, pinks and blues. I know I can't leave without giving you some guidance on how to achieve this look and I won't--you may find the video tutorial HERE. To get the shiny look sans the major creasing of putting a lipgloss on your eye like in the tutorial, one of the main products I used was the Illamasqua Liquid Metal, a highly pigmented metallic creme, in Superior and Resolute--a sapphire blue and a garnet type red. I tapped these all over my eyelids and then drew lines of it down my face with an angled liner brush to simulate the 'tears'. I then used the Pure Pigment in Static to get the sparkly pink sheen effect. Of course I added lashes and contoured my face to the 'Skeletor' type of appearance I love to give because....well, I'm Kim, and I'm fierce!
I have to say it was a major hit and since I was feeling quite under the weather the 'runny' appearance of the makeup was the perfect disguise as you couldn't tell what a mess I really was--score! You must, must, must give this one a whirl...oh what beautiful fun! There won't be a look for Thursday as I'm taking a personal day to rid myself of whatever germ has decided to jump on me. Trust me whatever I look like today you will have absolutely no interest in seeing much less using as Halloween inspiration...though it is quite scary. I'll see you chicas (and chicos;) very soon. Xxoo!
I have to say, being a makeup artist is great fun around this time. Halloween time, that is. You really get to delve into your bag of creative juices and berries and concoct some wonderful things! This was Monday's look....kind of a cross between Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show and a super hero. It was very well received even in the conservative Wall Street area I was working in...although I did manage to get a few strange looks (score! ha ha). Everyday until Halloween I'll be featuring my LOTD (look of the day) for your viewing pleasure. If you'd like to attempt this particular look I'm happy to point you in the direction of the ever mah-velous Pixiwoo girls on Youtube for a fab tutorial HERE. (Caution you WILL become addicted). I'm completely stoked with the way it turned out. I can't wait to showcase tomorrow's look! Now grab your grey and black eyeshadows, and eyeliners (the lip could be ANY color in my opinion) and let's get it!
So, I was scanning through old episodes of American Bandstand the other night (if you don't know it stop reading and Google right now) and came across the awesome corniness that was the AB Spolight Dance. Does anyone remember this?? A few feature couples dancing their best dances under the dimmed American Bandstand houselights as the camera zoomed in close, to give them their proper moment. I have to admit...I kinda loved it...which is why I'm more than happy to feature my own Spotlight Dance this week on Fierce Beauty. Now, I know I've been away for a minute but I promise I'll be back in two shakes. In the meantime check out my dear friend, makeup artist Jackie Mgido in her video tutorial for Beyonce's "Video Phone" makeup. Ladies you are in for a real treat...Jackie highlighted and contoured this models face from here to Kingdom Come! True artistry at it's finest is what you're about to bear witness to so hold on to yourselves. Jackie counts Sam Fine as a great inspiration, stating that "he is the best and he inspires me everytime". I'm certain that he would be so delighted to hear that...and also to see this video! At the time of this tutorial Jackie was a full-time makeup instructor at MUD (Makeup Designory) in LA. She has since migrated on to greener grass as a freelance artist--and an ever successful one she is--while still part-time instructing here and there at MUD as time permits. So without further ado, I present Jackie Mgido in her very own FB "Spotlight Dance" below, enjoy chicas and leave Jackie some Fierce Beauty love! See you guys real soon!
Working working working y'all....gimmie a moment and I'll be right back (but I'm super-loving every minute of it!) :) By the way I'm super excited about some hair products I'm testing on my now blonder than blonde ever growing 'fro! I knew I was onto something when women kept saying 'what are you putting in your hair?' (almost demandingly LOL!) I'll check back in with my luvs next week...with pics too! TTFN (ta ta for now) Xxoo
Okay ladies...mama needs a minute to catch up to herself after working 7 days in a row. I will say however, that those 7 days were glorious and I'm learning a lot of exciting things about my new role and Illamasqua the brand. I will tell you this...when they say film and screen quality makeup that stays put ALL DAY they mean it! My face would be beat at 8 a.m (yes 8a.m...full contour included) and still in pristine condition at 7 p.m. True story. This appeals to me as I hate looking like a creased, grease ball halfway through the day and reapplying...who has time for that? I'd rather it just stay perfect all day and perfection is what I got! Which brings me to my next point: On this day in Fierce Beauty history, I hereby proclaim Alcone Make-Off Makeup Remover Wipes the best in all the land. You may quote me and things of that nature.
I would come home from work last week, sometimes too tired to take off my makeup (but I still did!) and I used my regular wipes (I won't say which brand) and still have to go in for makeup removal detailing after wipe number 5. Then I remembered the samples I'd gotten when I did an Alcone driveby a few months ago. When Maria shoved them in my bag I thought "yay now I'll have extra if I blow through my drugstore stash" but never gave it a second thought. On the outside of the package is a cute little illustration of a women with half a face on--the other half on the wipe. Cute. One wipe literally dissolved my entire face of makeup. It's like the Bounty "quicker picker upper" of makeup removal! My face was pristine clean after ONE WIPE. Which for me, was fantastic as I was feeling waaaaaay too lazy to do anything extra. Judge me if you must but I was on empty. Plus it's as soft as cashmere and though it's makeup remover there is no hellfire sting to your eyes to be had just mild makeup removing goodness. For your convenience each wipe is individually wrapped...how sanitary! How genius! I mean we all know the frustration of attempting to grab one wipe out of the packet only to pull out 5 by mistake and then having to shove them back down into the pack hoping they don't all dry out--right? Problem solved.
You can get 80 in a tub for $35...or for $200 get a case of 500....I'd say it's money well spent and time saved and isn't that what we all really want? Then it's settled. Go getchoo some! ;) I'm going to rest I'll catch you chicas (and chicos?) Wednesday.* Xx!
*and if you can't wait until Wednesday you can definitely come coffee/makeup klatch with me @ Illamasqua in Sephora Soho on Tuesday...is it a date?*
It seems as if we are all ever the huge fans of the flawless, undetectable, look of an airbrushed foundation. I mean why wouldn't we be? It is, afterall, gloriously beautiful. However, as I'm sure you know, airbrushing is not cheap. In fact it's far from it even with the introduction of at-home airbrush makeup systems, you will probably find yourself shelling out at least $250 big ones to achieve that precision. My recommendation to my 'fierce beauties' that prefer to keep on the more frugal side of life yet still maintain that look of airbrushed glory? A good blush brush. Yes a blush brush my dear, you read correctly.
The tightly packed bristles and dome shape of a blush brush work together to really buff your foundation into the skin giving a more flawless, mannequin-like appearance. It is by far one of my favorite makeup tricks...especially if you're plagued by expression lines and/or blemished skin. I like to simply pour my liquid foundation (or scoop your cream if you prefer) onto my palette (the back of my hand usually) dip my brush into the yummy fountain of skin perfection and apply to the face using a 'cinna-swirl' motion. Perfection! And on the cheap too...my recommendation? Use a brush with synthetic hairs....not only is it an eco-friendly brownie point powerhouse, but you're also less likely to have to spend the moments after, gazing into the mirror and picking hairs off of your face. You'll love me for this one! ;)
If you've been an avid Fierce Beauty Reader (I'm certain you have) you ladies will remember a few months back that I was absolutely hell and gone enamoured with the new UK brand Illamasqua Cosmetics. The bold colors and art of self expression encouragement had me swooning! In fact I may or may not have taken to quietly stalking the company on Twitter and their Website and Blog watching and waiting for the latest word on maybe a U.S outpost (perhaps they needed a stellar makeup artist?) or to seek truth about the low chatter I was hearing of an Illamasqua Makeup School. Alas, there was no U.S outpost to be told of at the time and though I was super bummed I sought solace in their exclusive partnership with Sephora....knowing I could at least find them there made me smile.
Well imagine how excited--and--jealous I was when I found out that an Illamasqua School of Makeup Art was in the works PLUS a full on makeup boutique located on 20 Beak Street in the heart of Soho in Central London! The official store launch took place last Thursday September 16th (only 22 months after the official Illamasqua UK launch in 2008) and let me just tell you a-something...Illamasqua can reallllllly par-tay! Everyone who's anyone was on the scene for the celebration...including Boy George! I diiiiiie! **Remind me to devote a whole post to my love for him real soon.** I encourage you to run on over to the Illamasqua Blog and check out the party coverage HERE and to get the lowdown on the ever anticipated October opening of the Illamasqua School of Makeup in London and live vicariously by checking out a few party photos below. Illamasqua is definitely changing the makeup game and....
surprise surprise...what a lucky lucky girl I am to officially come aboard as Illamasqua Brand Ambassador in New York!! I couldn't be more thrilled actually...I mean talk about swooning...I'm positively lightheaded! I mean, not everyone can get to London but why should that keep you from a full Illamasqua Experience...especially if you live in NY?? Starting next week you can visit ME at various Sephora stores in NYC encouraging women (and men if you will) to embrace the bold expression of their alter egos the Illamasqua way! Curious? I know you are! New York (and prayerfully all of the US) are about to experience an Illamasqua awakening of epic proportions...and I'm so very fortunate to be along for the ride. The makeup gods are most certainly pleased.
I remember this album and I remember this video...vividly. Vanessa Williams circa 1988 "The Right Stuff". Her face was flawless and right there at that moment I wanted to wear bold lipstick because I knew it was the answer to everything...at the very least it would certainly give me the right stuff...right?? My fierce mother would be having none of the lipstick wearing until 4 yrs. later when I was 16....and even today I remember my first tube of Covergirl Lipslicks.
It wasn't really lipstick per se, it was actually more of a lipstain/gloss hybrid but I looooooooved it! I remember being in NY with my family because my Dad was running the marathon and us going into a drugstore to get it. It was a big deal for me....I got the yellow tube which was a bronzy lip color and of course the RED tube. Never forgetting Ms. Vanessa Williams in all her bright puckered glory I slathered it on rather heavily...like 10 coats heavily...trying to achieve that lipstick look and as tacky as I may have looked, (my Mom tried to deter me to no avail) I am quite sure it at least lent some shape to the makeup artist/beauty yoda I am today--just with a lot more style...a steadier hand...and most definitely....The Right Stuff. And yes, I STILL have a thing for red lipstick...I wear it almost every single day. Let's pay homage to Ms. Vanessa with The Right Stuff video below...and maybe, just maybe I'll grab a CG Lipslick while I'm out today for old times sake. ;)