Beauty Tuesday: Face Primers

Face Primers
Hello my beauties, and I know today’s post is coming out rather late but hey it was the holiday weekend.  Anywho today’s post is going to be all about face primers and showcasing some of my favorite products.  One of the must have items in every makeup kit would definitely be a face primer that fits your skin type.  It smooths out the skin and creates a flawless canvas for foundation of all kinds.
I have tried to choose primers in every budget so no matter what your price range you can add one of these amazing products to your kit.  Until next time my loves!!

Tools of the Trade

So for my very first Basic Thursday (#basicthursday) I thought I would do a review on a brand that I have been using for years now in my professional hair kit.  For years I have had this deep love affair with the Cortex International brand for curling wands and flat irons, they were one of the very first companies to have a full ceramic plate on their flat irons.  And believe when you are doing a client with super frizzy hair it really makes a difference.

So image my surprise last week when I come into my office and fine not only a new flat iron but also a 4 in 1 curling wand wait for me I almost jumped through the roof!  I have been lusting for that 4 in 1 curling wand for so very long but the $200 price tag has prevented me from investing in this beauty but now I am the proud owner of this kit must have.  Check out my review below and until next time my loves…..

 

To find a retailer near you check out the Cortex website directly.

Knowledge is Key~Build Your Own Site

Hello my beauties, so today’s business Wednesday tip is all about educating yourself when it comes to business.  If you are like me you already know that having a website is essential  in today’s business world, and if you’re like me then your website is more likely than not WordPress based.  Over the years I have spent so much money on updating and maintaining my site that I am just like I am going to do this myself.  I’m not totally lost when it comes to my dashboard but everyone needs help so here are two books that really helped me get a leg up when it comes to my website and SEO!

Check out my review below and be sure to pick up your copy!!

WordPress To Go: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1481130501/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

SEO for WordPress: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1481948377/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

DIY Brush Storage

Hello my loves!!  And welcome to my first Beauty Tuesday post!!  Very excited about this one as it’s a DIY project that I am sure so many of my fellow freelancers can relate to.  So a while back one of my fav stores Sephora started storing there brushes in these cool clear beads and the next thing you know there were tons of DIY tutorials everywhere on the internet and I will admit even I had to follow suit.  Well fast forward 2 years and I am so sick of stepping on and sweeping up these little beads I could scream and besides that I have collected so many new brushes I needed more storage.

Enter these cool candles that Siobhan picked up from Marshalls for the studio and they smelled amazing….well now they are gone so what to do? Turn them into handy storage for my makeup brushes, now not only do I have some detailed brush holders I now have even more storage for them so I can sort my babies out by use.  Check out the video below and if you have your own DIY project I would love to see it, be sure to tag me on social media using the hashtags #beautyTuesday and #BWilsonBeauty.  Until next time my loves

Business Wednesday: Contracts

So after all this time I can’t believe that I have never posted this video on my website, a few months ago I had received so many questions on contracts I just decided to make a video about it.  I have had so many conversations about contracts sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode, and especially due to the fact that I deal with so many bridal parties on a daily basis I am no longer surprised when life throws a monkey wrench at me.  Here is a video that I hope you all find helpful and will take away some important tips to make your business better.  I mean let’s face it there are some scandalous people out there who are just look to exploit my fellow talented artists for there own personal gain.

You never know what may happen, snow storms, hurricanes, peoples finiancial status may change so be sure to protect yourself and your clients in writing. If you have any additional questions on contracts and protecting yourself legally please feel free to contact me via email and I will make another video!!

 

 

Beauty Tuesday: Stila Magnificent Metals

Hello my loves and I am  back with another product review, this is one that has been on the market for I want to say 3 months now.  It’s the Stila Magnificent Metals metallic eyeshadow…..whew that is certianly a mouthful.  So at first I received a sample of two shades, Gilded Gold and Kitten from my girls over at Macy’s Impulse Beauty, and I have to say at first glance I was very impressed until I had to actually use the product.  Let’s discuss the packaging……..

Stila Metals $32 Sephora.com

So if you are a makeup newbie I’m not sure if I would actually recommend this product being as thought it comes across like a chem project with it’s special mixing liquid and tray.  Yes I said mixing liquid…….once you open the packaging you will receive the shadow, a mixing tray, and special mixing liquid.  The hype of this product is simple, add the special liquid and mix with the shadow to get a long wearing ultra metallic shadow that will have you shimmering all day.  Maybe……..

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The Pros
The coloring on these shadows are simple amazing, and with 12 shades to choose from in all different color families I’m sure you will have no problem finding one that fits you perfectly.  So that’s it for my pros.

The Cons
I really hate this part….loving a product so much but there are so many con’s to it that it’s not worth keeping in my kit personal or professional. [insert sad face here] The price first off is a bit much for me at $32 retail I feel like I can get the same thing with a MAC pigment and Fix Plus.  That my friends was all ‘T’ No Shade………..but really I think it’s a bit on the pricey side and doesn’t deliver a truly WOW product.  Now let’s go to application, I find that all this mixing will just lead to a lot of wasted product.  Oh and let’s mention that the mixing liquid is just the Stila brand primer and honestly it doesn’t keep this on all day, due to the heavy metallic finish of the shadows I find that they crease through out the day, and it really doesn’t work well with any other mixing medium.  I mean come on this is makeup can I get a little freedom with products, the fact that this HAS to be used with the Stila primer gives it yet another thumbs down for me.  But with all these things being said I have seen several beauty bloggers use the shadows dry and with pack on with a flat brush or use their fingers to apply and get an intense color.  Since I do have them I guess I should try that method………but it won’t be anytime soon.

I hope that you have enjoyed the first of my new series #BeautyTuesday be sure to check back here each and every Tuesday for my beauty reviews and tutorials.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss out on my daily ups and downs in this world of freelancing!!

 

Photoshoot Fab: Skinny Minority

Happy New Year everyone!  You all know I live for a good photo shoot and today was no different, so I thought I would change things up a bit for the new year and give some detailed behind the scenes.  When it comes to keeping clients happy, making sure your kit is stocked with quality products.  Today I had the pleasure of working with Karima Renee Owner & Founder of Skinny Minority for her blog and as always it was uber fashionable!

I love working with Karima simply because she is one of those clients that knows EXACTLY what she wants, even though I manage to wiggle a little bit outside of the lines.  So today the shoot was all about Spring 2014 so the look had to be fresh and clean…………..think ROSE GOLD the ‘IT’ color for Spring 2014.

IMG_4608For Karima’s look let’s start with the skin care, this lovely young lady has very oily skin like mine, which is a blessing and a curse, so to start with clean smooth skin I use my go to Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 Calming Cleansing Solution

Next I reach for my Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer which is one of my Top 10 Kit Must Haves and Smashbox Face Primer in Light

For the eyes I wanted to give Karima a light smokey eye using rose gold tones.  First I primed the eyes with Urban Decay’s Eden Primer Potion to ensure the colors really pop.  I used MAC’s All That Glitters on the entire eyelid, MAC’s Beauty Marked for the outer v and Urban Decay Buck eyeshadow for the crease and of course BLEND BLEND BLEND to give the look a soft airbrush look.  For Karima’s brows I filled them in lightly with Anastasia’s Brow Powder in dark brown and used a spoolie to make sure they look soft and natural.  My fave lashes in #110 were applied for a bit of drama

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For the face I had to reach for my go to foundation when it comes to shoots Makeup Forever HD Foundation.  Now I know there are a lot of MUA’s out there who have mixed reviews on this product but I will address that later…..

First I used Makeup Forever’s Camouflage Cream Pot in #20 Orange to correct slight imperfections, I then used the MUFE HD Foundation, Karima’s Color is #177 and I paired it with MAC’s Select Cover Up in NW40 used as a highlighter.  My fav banana powder was used to set under the eye and MAC Mineralized Skinfinish was used to set the rest of the face.  I did a slight contour using Avon Ideal Shade Powder in Mocha to keep things natural and for the cheeks I used MUFE Sculpting blush in #22 which is a coral orange and perfect for spring.  To top things off I think I have found my new favorite neutral lip combo, the Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Rich Cocoa and Urban Decay Lipstick in Naked.  It looks absolutely amazing!!!

Hope you enjoyed this my loves!  Be sure to comment and let me know if you would like more posts like this…until next time!