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: Haughty Neutral

I pulled two of the most neutral shades from the new Haughty Eyeshadow Collection, Confidence (matte) and Beauty (shimmer)

I layered them with Strength (black matte) for a simple look.

Kanebo Sensai Foundation (204.5)
Koh Gen Do Face Powder
Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey
Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Confidence (lashline to brow)
Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Beauty (lids)
Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Strength (lashline)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Taupe (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
Chantecaille Lipstick in China Rose
Now, after eight hours of wear, there was no creasing… but there was some fading. I wore these shadows with no primer. So it’s possible that primer will help them stay put longer.
8 hours later:

Must Do: The Sweat Shop LA

Okay, I’m not really sure where to begin with this. I got a random email about a place called ‘Sweat Shop LA’ and I’m thinking to myself: “I live in LA. It’s hot as HADES here. Why in the WORLD would I go somewhere to sweat?”

LA can be very ‘trendy’ that way, and I’m not a trendy girl at all, so I tend to shy away from such things. I’m not a fan of the new ‘hot spots’ and what not… because believe me, as soon as you start to get used to them they either fade away or fall out of favor with the ‘in’ crowd… and you just wasted a whole bunch of money and time. And, I’ve found that a lot of places are heavy on hype and light on substance, so I’ve learned over time to be very discriminate with where I spend my time and money.

I think this means I’m getting old.

But back to the story…

So I start doing a little research on this place and two things stick out to me: These ‘infrared’ heat saunas that the Sweat Shop features is worlds apart from your average sauna at the gym. And the other thing I notice is, IT’S AFFORDABLE!

Seriously, an hour session in one of these saunas is $35! Then I really start reading about it, and I realize that you can get massages, acupuncture, and injections (B-Complex, ect) to further enhance your experience. Plus it’s next door to a little eatery…

Total day spa experience, without the average day spa price tag.

And suddenly, I’m REALLY interested in this detoxifying experience. So I book an appointment.

I meet the owners, Mina and Julian…

…and they are just the kindest, most attentive people. Mina broke down the ‘why’ of The Sweat Shop LA… and talked about the benefits of detox and sweating out the ‘stresses’ of life. The more she talked, the more I fell in love. Julian (the architect) explained to me that the ENTIRE setup of The Sweat Shop is eco-sustainable. From the ‘air plants’ on the walls, to the filtered water from the showers… everything is designed to minimize (if not completely erase) the company’s carbon footprint.

This space is so impressive. In Los Angeles, where real estate is scarce (and expensive), this couple took a narrow space and built it ‘deep’ — setting up individual ‘suites’ with a private sauna, private shower, and everything that you need to quietly detox without necessarily interacting with another soul.

I first got my ‘shots’ (Lipotropic (fat burning/metabolic booster) and Glutathione (detox)) in this room. And then I went into my ‘sauna suite’ to sweat…

In case you get too hot in the sauna, you can always dip out and cool off in the filtered water shower. You’re also provided with water, and you’re welcome to use your phones or listen to music while you sweat (the noise factor is kept to a minimum though, so use your ‘indoor voice.’)

I just vegged out. I put on some ear plugs, closed my eyes, turned out the lights and let the sweat come. I have to say, I’ve never done anything for myself like this… and I take pretty good care of myself. I run, I regularly practice yoga, and I try to ‘rest’ as much a possible. But THIS.. this was a completely different experience, and it was AMAZING.

When I was done with my ‘sweat’ session, I was given a ‘mineral shot’ (which tastes completely awful), and I left two pounds lighter (no really. I checked), an inch smaller… and I GLOWED. Seriously, I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the flushed, golden girl staring back at me.

This is such a ‘red carpet’ secret. I’m laughing at myself for not discovering it sooner (I’m normally up on these kinds of things). And although lots of folks pay lots of money to do this (or have this done)… it’s absolutely REFRESHING to find a place that is accessible to everyone… and totally affordable. What’s also wonderful is that the Sweat Shop is not just staying in LA… Mina and Julian have plans to expand to the East Coast as well! I’m completely impressed. I feel refreshed, and healthy, happy…

…and I’ve already booked my next appointment.

You can find out more about The Sweat Shop LA HERE.