PHAME: The Haul

Quick shots of what came home with me (sans the shirts. I’m keeping those private ’cause it’s Saturday and I just feel like it).


I did say I was not interested in eyeshadows. HOWEVER, the Nubian 2 Palette got me! Such pigmentation, and the names are just DARLING. I had to.

I already confessed about the Makeup Geek blushes. I no longer wish to talk about it. NOPE! Not the Makeup Geek palette either +4 (which is empty and thankfully magnetic. Thank you Marlena for thinking like a professional, unlike damn Troy Surrat. I’m still not over that idiotic palette).

Organic makeup brush cleaner. I have to try it. I have to. I’ll let you know if it works. I’m keeping that flannel for my face. Too cute to wipe brushes on.

Velvet 59 is quaint, but not tacky in a Benefit kinda way. I like it. I like those colors, the lip velvet doesn’t dry out my lips, the gloss is mad pigmented, and the flesh tones (on my skin) just called to me.

I HAD to support Miss Casanova! Wasn’t even a question.

Swatches at a later date. Ciao for now!

PHAME: In Pictures

Edica Casanova is a colleague (we did the Capo Nata Lookbook together) and an all around amazing human! She was selling her makeup brush cleaner and I snapped up a bottle (in PINK) plus her brush cleaning pot!

Products off the makeup beaten path. I’ve seen Sauce Box before. Nice to know they’re still going strong. ❤

Products. I was a good girl this year and skipped anything that I can get any other time, and anything that wasn’t truly interesting or move me in some way.

Consider me MOVED by Makeup Geek Blushes! I avoided most eyeshadows like the plague, and these were no exception. But the blushes are insane. INSANE. I started out with 2, grew to 6, then 10, then SCREWITGIVEMEALLOFTHEM. The SA’s eyes nearly popped out of her head. Yeah, I said it. All of them. Show prices, within budget, and I’m not paying for them once they get in the packaging and are sold as singles. I’m good with pro pans at pro prices. Yep.



Consider me BOWLED OVER by Crimes of Beauty! The quality of these shirts is soo good. The owner, Whitney (pictured), says she’s a stickler for quality. She’s not lying. I need to bribe her for a pair of tights (they’re not available until she can recalibrate costs) because the shirts are EVERYTHING. And they speak to every makeup lover. I’ll let you just guess which ones came home with me…




PHAME: Day 1

Whew I am TIRED! I have to be getting old because I wasn’t even at PHAME that long today IMG_1981and I feel like I’ve been there since 7am! Trifling.

That’s the face ya’ll: MAC Face & Body in C6, Tom Ford Bronze Age, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Make Up For Ever felt liner, Urban Decay Pencil in Zero, Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara, and OCC RTW Lip Tars in Artifact and Hollywood. I’m super shiny because I sprayed with MUFE Mist + Fix and it was still setting. Kept my makeup ALL day. I swear by that stuff. I know a lot of people use Skindinavia and Model in a Bottle. But this is my go to. I’ve gone through gallons of it, and I’m known to douse clients with a ton of it before I send them on their way.

Hopped up this morning and started the day right with yoga, taught by my favorite Bag of Skittles (her description of herself. not mine). Then I got ready, got gas, and got to getting IMG_2095my tail to the convention center in Pasadena. By the time I got there (11am), it was 100 degrees and there was a line around the corner.

THIS picture is after the fact (about 3pm) because I didn’t think to take it until I was leaving. But my GOODNESS when I tell you that people are troopers for standing in that damn heat? I literally wore yoga clothes because I was not sweating out anything that couldn’t be tossed in the wash asap and cleaned with some kind of random detergent. You can always tell the old pros from the new ones because we were comfortable as hell. I am not wearing heels, too much makeup that I gotta worry about sliding off my face, or clothes that I have to adjust every 20 minutes. Comfort and performance is key. Oh, and black. Hush. You can tear it up and it cleans easily without an issue.

Pictures of the actual convention are coming. Kudos to the organizers for being really streamlined in the check in process. I was impressed. The artwork was better this year too. They are getting better and better. I will say that this time I focused on brands that I knew little or nothing about. I found some real gems and I’m really happy about that. They do need more education and maybe a competition or two at this convention. And some hair stuff! No, not all those damn extensions, but PROFESSIONAL products and tools for people who do hair! Why was that not there? We also need hair education. Still, overall I’m not mad. PHAME is coming along nicely.

Prep for PHAME and Thoughts on IMATS

Where did the time go? I swear it was January 10 minutes ago. I actually had to check the calendar for PHAME because I just KNEW I had another week. No such luck. Ah well. The good news is, the passes are confirmed, my yoga classes are subbed out and I think I’ve got a workable plan to get around the floor, gather as much info as I can and get out relatively unscathed.

I was digging around Youtube this week and happened upon some mess that apparently happened in 2015, that would have totally changed my stance on IMATS in 2016. I know I’m late to the party, but since I don’t keep up with vloggers and the like, I’m excused. I guess some folks got kicked out of IMATS for holding meet-and-greets there. Forgive me if I nod in approval. I stopped going to IMATS several years ago because the blogger/vlogger meet up thing had gotten so out of control that it became impossible for the rest of us to actually do our jobs.

Besides the insane overcrowding that easily translated into a fire hazard, the event had become more commercial than professional and a lot of pros (who get the same discounts off season) decided that standing in line for 2 hours (a real thing  y’all) for a damn lipgloss was not gonna fly. IMATS had turned into the Six Flags of Makeup Shows, and it was really fotd mediveal 1a bit much. Vendors (who pay insane amounts of money for booth space) started complaining that the meet and greets were pulling focus from their business… and it was particularly heinous because the focus of those meet and greets hadn’t paid much more than the price of admission (if that). Plus, there were bloggers/vloggers who expected free swag from vendors simply because of their blog or YouTube channel. Man, listen.

The last time I went to IMATS I was in the middle of a conversation with the folks at OCC about their latest launch (I’m there in journalistic capacity), when a rather messy now-defunct vlogger (there is balance in the universe after all) pushed past me screaming and jumping all over the reps in familiarity. My conversation was immediately derailed and as a result that company got no coverage because I wasn’t condoning that bullshit. I decided then and there that I would not be back unless things changed. First, clearly this person was raised in a barn and had no home training. Second, WTF? So yeah. Nope.

Leaving IMATS wasn’t a strain because there’s so much brand crossover at The Makeup Show and PHAME. Plus PHAME was started by a former IMATS founder (which is why IMATS suddenly got pushed to January some years back) and is specifically geared to pros, so I didn’t feel any loss. I guess IMATS figured out real quick (like Los Angeles did about charging asinine production fees and forcing studios to shoot out of state/country) that being greedy short term would end up tanking the whole thing. So they’ve pulled back. As they should.

I believe that there is space for everyone. But when that space starts getting high-jacked to the detriment of the collective, it’s time to regulate.


*Makeup is By Terry CC Cream in Tan, NARS Orgasm, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Mascara, and Lipstick Queen Medieval*


Eye Adore: Anastasia Brow Pen (and Brow Duality)

Move over Suqqu… Anastasia has met your challenge on the ‘brow pen’ and exceeded some major expectations.

The Anastasia Brow Pen was a ‘why not’ purchase at the PHAMExpo… for a few bucks I wasn’t really going to break down if it wasn’t perfect. Turns out, it is.

This felt-tipped beauty comes in two colors: Universal Light and Universal Deep. Like the Suqqu pen, this one does not really show up on the skin. It is attracted to, and adheres to the ‘hairs’ on your brow (so you actually have to have hairs).

I also got the Brow Duality Pencil… but more on that later. As you can see, the brow pen is basically a saturated felt tip pen. I didn’t expect much, especially after I swatched it on my skin.

But then I used it on my brow, and I found out that you can ‘technically’ overdo it. This pen is amazing. But it’s Anastasia… of course it’s amazing. Brows are what they do.

That heart is covering a pimple… trust me, I’m protecting you guys’ vision. That thing is ugly, and I will not pick it! I’m being a good girl. But back to the brow… that was a quickie tryout. Took me five seconds. The pen naturally darkens the hairs of  my brow without making them look overly made up. It actually makes my brow darker than the Suqqu version. AND it’s easier to get here in the United States.

I asked for the the Brow Duality Pen in Shell/Lace, but things apparently got mixed up at the show (there were a lot of people wanting stuff) and I ended up with the pinker version in Camille and Sand:

Camile (Matte)
Sand (Shimmer)

I had a Brow Duality Pencil that I wore down to a gross little nub, so a replacement was long overdue. And I’m glad I gave the Brow Pen a shot. It’s pretty awesome.

You can find out more about Anastasia Brow Pen and Dual Highlighter HERE.

Flawless Finish: LORAC CC Cream

Did you know LORAC made a CC Cream? I sure didn’t. I was so surprised when I came across this little gem at the PHAMExpo over the weekend.  I was a little concerned when I saw how light the colors ran (the darkest color is tan… and honestly it looks more like beige), but it turns out the formula is totally self adjusting.

Now, it turns out that you can use ‘too much ‘of this stuff. I found that out the hard way while rushing to put on makeup this morning. Not a good idea. A little bit goes a long way, and you should really  blend it in and wait a minute to give it time to do its thing.

Look how light that is! I was giving this formula the serious side eye… 
Initial application…
…about 60 seconds later.

Turns out, this stuff totally works. It’s chock full of skin care goodness. Check out the ingredients:

{{Water, Jojoba Esters, Isohexadecane, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, May Contain/ Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)}}

It’s good stuff. You can find out more about LORAC CC Cream HERE.