Agenda Magazine Beauty Shoot

At some point I’m gonna sit my ass down. I’m not sure when that will be … but for the moment I’m going non-stop. I get a call from the EIC at Agenda to do a ‘beauty video shoot’…

agenda beauty 2Say what?

By the way that’s my favorite role for Chris Pine… damn fool! “It’s the way of the world! Way it’s always gon’ be…” Anyway, you see what a hot mess he looked in that movie… that’s about how I feel on the inside. I GOTTA start saying no and get my life.Oh yeah, and some damn sleep.

Well, not for Agenda or any other beauty thing because I love that mess. LOVE it. But the rest … LISTEN. So I moved some stuff around, subbed out some classes, cancelled some crap I didn’t really wanna do anyway, and made it to the shoot.

The idea was to talk about things that I adore in skin care, hair care, and makeup. I purposely left out anything I do myself because… CONFLICT. I’m still a journalist people. I know better. And even as I woke up this morning and realize I misspoke on two items (I was ad libbing a lot ’cause I couldn’t find my damn notes), I’m still really glad I did it. This was a case of ‘just do it anyway.’

The EIC has been threatening to put me on camera for about a year now. And she never calls when I’m super svelte or my skin is super awesome. Noooooo… that would be too much like right. It just so happens that at the moment I’m wearing an extra 15 pounds because I’m teaching more than practicing and bread has declared itself my friend. And then Monday, after teaching three classes, THREE PIMPLES showed up on my face like… wassup? Thankfully they are on my bad photo side, which you never see. Trife. I know. I’mma get it together. I promise I am.

I got my makeup together for the shoot:

I later switched the lips to a cooler pink (OFRA Pasadena) and blush (Viseart Medium Plum) because it looked better on camera. Back to those Viseart Blush palettes for the overall look too; I used the orange on the cheeks and eyes, and added shimmer from the contour/highlight palette. Lips are Nude #3 from Black Up Cosmetics (those damn things are so much more expensive than I thought. I was all cute in Nigels … WHICH HAS BY TERRY NOW… scooping them up. Got to the counter like WTF. Just raggedy) before the lip/cheek upgrade.

I hope it turns out okay. Either way, I just did it anyway. Here’s to stepping out of my comfort zone.


And NO that does not mean my ass will be on some Youtube Channel sitting in front of a manufactured ‘makeup room/office’ because I’m sooooo busy you guys, or running down my block vlogging…

Yet. 😉

FOTD: BeautyCon

I covered BeautyCon last night for work (Agenda), and honestly didn’t expect it to be as awesome as it turned out to be. I learned a lot, and have to say… overall I was impressed with the quality of people there. I also met the awesome Miss Lily Seymour… more on that later.

Here’s what I did with my makeup:

Chanel Les Beiges (#20 and #30)
NARS Radiant Concealer in Ginger
Laura Mercier Blush in Violet Orchid
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in Silver Chaffer lids)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in Scarab Violetta (crease)
MAC fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
MAC Eye Pencil in Designer Purple (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
MAC Lipstick in RiRi Boy
*My skin is looking a little rough… hormones. Yuck. I should be right as rain within a week or so. 🙂 My brows could use a bit of work too. I’m working on it ya’ll.*

Professional Grade: SuperWoman

I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Natascha Hopkins. She’s an actress/stuntwoman who regularly doubles for the likes of :

I think she’s a dead ringer for Zoe, and I can see that she can easily do ‘movement’ replacement for Kerry and Jada. For the shoot, we kept  an ‘athletic couture’ vibe, and took her makeup from ‘soft’ and unfocused… to bold and messy.

We started here… with soft shades of lilac and lavender… and kept the look cool throughout, and added just a little bit of definition under the eyes for effect. For the first look I kept the base sheer because I really wanted her beautiful freckles to show through.

We kept ‘building’ on the look on location… adding more smoke around the eyes, and warming up the colors on the lips and cheeks with peaches, golds, apricots and orange.

Finally we went ‘full on’ with full coverage makeup, completely blacked out eyes, false lashes, major contour and red lips.

Natascha was a such a pro. I had the best time putting on her makeup and watching her work. It’s easy to see why she stays so busy in entertainment… she is truly a joy to work with.

Professional Grade: Sue Wong

I teamed up with the incomparable Kaylene Peoples (Agenda EIC), Bianca McMillan (hair) and Nia Dennis (stylist) for a photoshoot for Sue Wong.

We got to work on the lovely Isabella for the shoot:

I used the Armani Face Palette in #1 (Neo Black) to create this look. I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #27 as a base, then patted matte black shadow on top. I softened the edges with the shimmer charcoal green through the crease and under her waterline. I then put Armani Waterproof Eye Pencil in her waterline and applied Velour False Lashes (They’re Real). I contoured her cheeks with Chanel Notorious, and blush from the Armani Palette. On her lips is OCC Liptar in Memento.

Throughout the shoot, I only changed her lip color. The eyes stayed the same.

We also worked on a gorgeous male model (who’s name escapes me)…

…with stylist Nia Dennis.
From the set…
Photographer Ash Gupta
I LOVE this picture. I don’t think Ash was too fond of it, but I love it. So I’m keeping it. 🙂
I had SO much fun on this shoot. Afterwards I crawled home and fell straight into bed. Today I got lovely texts from Isabella and the rest of the team. We work well together. Hopefully, we’ll do it again soon!

Scene & Heard: Brunch for 3Lab Skin Care

I spent an unseasonably warm morning with the folks from 3Lab, at a brunch at the Thompson in Beverly Hills.

The occasion was to mark the release of the company’s new Super Cream, which promises to be all things to all skin types.

I gathered a ton of information on the cream (which sounds completely amazing, by the way), took pictures, and headed back out into the Southern California Sunshine (isn’t it Winter? We’re sporting 90 degree temperatures in some places this week).

The cream is currently in the testing phase for Agenda Magazine, with a full review coming soon. Ciao for now!

Beauty Breakdown: White Story

This is Polyanna.
You guys remember her from the Backstage story some posts back:
I used the new Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 4.5 and 5. Polyanna had a bit of a tan, so we had to go a little darker with the foundation to match her skin tone. Because the foundation dries to such a natural matte color, there was no need to set it with powder.
I sculpted her cheeks with Kevyn Aucoin Contour in Medium, then highlighted with Kevyn Aucoin highlighter in Candlelight.
I kept her eyes very simple with gentle contour using flesh toned and medium brown shimmer eyeshadows, and finished with just a little sweep of mascara.
On her lips, Tom Ford lipstick in Coco Ravish.
This was her basic look. Later in the shoot we got a little wild with a bright fuschia blush from Chanel, a strong red lip, and a wild orange and black lip using two OCC Liptars.
You can find out more about Polyanna’s Beauty Breakdown at

AGENDA Magazine: August/September 2012

The new issue of AGENDA Magazine is up!

In the Beauty Section:

A Review of the best makeup removers
An interview with the man behind Per-fekt Beauty
A closer look at Peter Thomas Roth’s Unwrinkle Pads
You can find those stories (and more) at