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Cheers to New Adventures

‘You cannot achieve your dreams by keeping them to yourself,’ is advice that a professional mentor told me years ago and in the last six weeks, that advice brought me closer to a tangible reality I’ve been waiting so patiently for.

Always trust in yourself that whatever you desire in life can be made truth. Believe in the goals you set and without hesitation: say it out loud, tell someone who will help you succeed and ignore the No’s that come in your direction. The more you fight for what you want, there is confidence that breeds positive outcomes.

There’s no doubt this new year has been one of the most eventful and exciting weeks in a long time however at the same time I’ve struggled with catching a cold from my daughter or my husband and its been a crazy circle of everyone getting sick . Thankfully it was nothing serious and I’m ready to stay connected and post more frequently to keep my website up to date.

I have some new photos and great stories to share of inspiring encounters and full circle experiences that have brought some joyful moments in my life but for now: Hello and thank you to my loyal/new subscribers who have been visiting my site and supporting my craft.

 

Lipstick Diaries

Last week, as I was confirming some important dates for January I found myself sharing my excitement over being invited to IMATS LA with my four year old to which a scream and smile burst from her little mouth made me laugh.

Of course IMATS is a foreign term and she did not know that it stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show but I did explain that it is a huge makeup event with never ending brushes, makeup and artists. Unlike the average preschooler, my daughter is quite a creative mind and love Kandee Johnson YouTube videos, singing Disney’s Frozen songs and Designer lipsticks like no other little girl I’ve seen. Not only is she an expert when it comes to knowing where to apply ‘highlight in the inner corner,’ and other makeup tricks but she genuinely says she loves makeup because she wants to be like mommy.

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Here’s a photo of her holding one of my fave lipsticks from YSL, Fuchsia in Rage Rouge Volupte with my Dior Powder compact.

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& here she is her with a Beauty Blender, pink by her request of course, I bought  as one of her Christmas gifts.

Whether her future holds being an artist or just looking fabulous she already has some luxury taste when it comes to beauty!

Friday Motivation

In a rather strange encounter this week I found myself in the middle of a sort of ‘powerful’ group of women in the beauty industry to which I observed an interesting thought process.

Possibly in another universe somewhere it would be normal to have four powerful women standing deep in thought over the bland idea of moving a fixture 15 steps left of its original location or laying a photo flat instead of upright. Why would it be more important to discuss a chair or a photo over the talent in the four walls of the boutique? During the timeframe of this rousing conversation there was a major marathon of smiling clients and one superstar making it happen but alas the productivity was over- shined by a stagnant fixture.

Anyway in a more uplifting notion, I reconnected with one of my favorite people this morning via phone and without saying a word she told me ‘I can tell you are worried about something… You are so very talented in everything you do and that is a gift not many can proclaim.’ She always knows when I need an extra bit of motivation; leave it to retail connections to bring nonsense back to reality!

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Here is my favorite MOTD featuring two lip favorites: Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick + Nars Lipgloss & a new Favorite Combo the new Alexa Chung For Eyeko Eye Do Mascara and Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner LImited Edition now at Sephora! On my face I am wearing Dior Forever Foundation, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer, Koh Gen Do UV powder, La Femme + Chantecaille blushes, Cargo Cosmetics + Becca Cosmetics Eye shadows and Ardell false lashes.

Don’t let anyone outshine you!

Happy Friday!

Acrylic Storage to the Rescue

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In the spirit of fresh starts via welcoming 2014, I have decided to set mental goals for both personal and professional undertakings including organizing my ridiculous beauty collection. As generous press samples come my way I often get a bit overzealous and use products once they arrive at my doorstep but forget I have them and end up with a pile of once or twice used lipsticks and such. As one can imagine, with weekly new arrivals my collection could win in a head to head battle against my daughter’s Disney princess memorabilia.

Since purchasing my first Muji case over 3 months ago, I’ve been eyeing the website to buy more acrylic storage. If someone representing Muji is somehow reading my blog, Please open a boutique near me! I know they just opened a shop in Hollywood but the traffic alone makes online shopping a more attractive option. Just yesterday, Fedex delivered the 5 drawer acrylic unit that I stacked on top of my 3 drawer unit and I am in love all over again!

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The ease of seeing products lined up and in an easy access counter top place is a world of difference between opening multiple train cases. Acrylic storage makes such a difference for someone with a beauty collection as large as mine for easy compartmental organization and visibility; it is a total priority in my book.

Also a great find is a clear 6 compartment open unit that I found at Target over the last few days. It was labeled “medicine cabinet organizer” or something to that nature in the home/bathroom section. I purchased one for under $8 on Friday with the intention of cleaning up my bedside makeup removal station and liked it so much I went back on Saturday to purchase another one! I now have one that holds cotton, a cleansing water from Dr. Brandt that I am testing out, Ahava’s Eye Makeup Remover, Creme Abricot cuticle treatment from Dior, Muji Cotton and a few other tidbits next to my bed and one that I placed on top of my Muji Cases on my bathroom vanity with complexion, lip balms & eye makeup products.

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Next on my organizing agenda is to save for 2 more Z Palettes & 1 more Vueset!

Highlight Without the Sparkle

Although I am a fan of glowing makeup, there is something about sparkling glitter highlighters that I cannot stand. In photos, on film and in daylight glitter overkill is not a good look.

Generally, a lighter concealer or color corrector is the only highlighter I use on myself with the exception of BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector. (I love love love that product – discreet and it is a flattering pearl finish). I’ve been in love with Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer as the texture is luxurious and the finish is lasting but I’ve hit pan and decided to test some new concealers that are in my stash.

My taste in makeup leans toward the luxe brands but when I find a drugstore beauty find that satisfies the look I prefer, it is an exciting moment.

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I was sent the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer a few months back and included the product in a piece for Examiner.com but forgot how much I liked it! The rounded sponge tip applicator is an idea shape for softly applying product on the curved under eye triangle. High pigment and lightweight in texture, the concealer sets to a matte finish without looking dry or settling into fine lines.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is available at most local drugstores, Ulta Beauty or Target and retails at under $10. I would consider it a slightly more matte version of MAC Prolongwear Concealer with more color payoff. Give it a try!

 

 

 

Multitasking to the extreme

Happy New Year!

This morning I woke up & watched my 4 year old princess carefully choose her outfit that included studded ankle boots, a patchwork design dress with navy blue leggings then listened to her creative story about how she will get ready for her ice skating birthday party this month. I took her to preschool and my working morning began.

I just spent the last 2 hours confirming product samples and sending article links to a long list of some great PR contacts. A plus to that is I did it all in my CSUF Alumni sweatshirt, no makeup and a top knot while I brainstormed some new article ideas for Examiner.com. I have about 20 minutes to now glam myself up for work while I reply to some makeup client inquiries via phone.

Complicated? A little bit but at least 2014 is looking productive!

How are you starting your Thursday Morning?

 

Goodbye 2013

December in my eyes was a reminder that I can breathe life I to more projects than I thought was possible because my talent and passion for what I do is greater than what some may see.

20131229-211822.jpg>>> Some of my fave December MOTDs!

Looking into my day, it is a constant from rise to sleep hustle of writing, booking clients, continuing professional relationships with the right people and proving myself over and over and over and over… and over to the same handful of people while gaining more Rochelle believers.  I have dreamed of being a luxury beauty educator for a longgggggg time. I know that in this constantly evolving industry being proficient as a makeup artist or skincare lover is not enough so I have programmed myself to chase this goal by becoming an innovator in the idea of what a beauty expert means.

In 2013 my life has become a multi-channel machine. In real life I have makeup clients searching for my work on social media while international beauty executives read my writing via a link passed on by Public Relations Firms that I have never met in person. The internet brings cross country and international fans following me for up to date articles featuring trending, new and pro makeup finds.

This year, I met innovative brand founder of British brand Illamasqua (more on that in a post coming soon) thanks to a PR contact, surpassed my personal goal of branding my own website with consistent traffic and decided to voice my personal goals to professional contacts in the hope of turning my lifelong dream into a reality. There is always uncertainty and hope that comes with a new year which always makes life interesting, right?

Goodbye 2013. Happy New Year Followers and friends!

Explain to me what you do again?

I have a massive respect for people who think creatively and push boundaries since as I often find it quite exhausting building my growing empire. I’m a writer, makeup artist, ingredient dictionary, skincare lover, blogger, aspiring luxury beauty trainer, media specialist, mommy, wife and I’m branding my name so remember Rochelle Delossantos because my job title hasn’t been invented yet.

Branding myself and skills quite frequently makes life complicated as when meeting others who have a 9-5. Recently in mommy life Tessa has become close with an adorable little girl to whose kind family we’ve been building a connection with via play dates and technology exchanging emails and so forth which has brought up one of those head scratching moments for me. What do you do? What does that mean? So what is your job? Always seems to be a streaming line of questions when I introduce myself to new acquaintances. 

Having been in the professional industry of beauty and media for almost 10 years there is a serious trend toward blurred lines as far as job descriptions. As a writer I’ve developed relationships with so many lovely PR executives, brand owners, product creators and people who I admire in the broad spectrum of other creative minds in the industry.  Writing and posting onto the web is a more complicated process than the average person imagines. It often takes, days, weeks, even months to craft specific ideas into one 150-400 word article. The work of a makeup artist is no longer just a makeup artist but more often a social media strategist, self made marketing expert and serious hustler i.e. the Pixiwoo sisters, Kandee Johnson, Michelle Pham and Lisa Eldridge.

At 26 I feel like I’ve accomplished so much yet am still inching my way to the dream job… well multi-tasking woman of many hats type  of job. Until then, I am Rochelle Delossantos and the list of my job description is never ending but in a nutshell I’m a Beauty Expert. Nice to meet you.

Reviving Skin From Sick Symptoms

Peaceful mornings last week to calm my sick throat and headaches consisted of Lipton noodle soup, a soy latte and of course a face mask.

My current favorites from the previous week are Dior Capture Totale One Essential Ultra Detox Treatment Mask for its cooling gel texture and hydrating anti inflammatory/ anti aging properties & Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask for the amazing skin renewing radiance that my dull skin needs when suffering from a cold. A face mask is the best way to introduce a surge of skin boosting ingredients in a short time frame. Whenever my energy level is low or when my face needs a refresher I pick up a face mask and dedicate 5 to 15 minutes of me-time before going on with my day.

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There’s always time even just for a few minutes to maintain healthy skin habits!

October Beauty Favorites

Considering the last month passed me by with a quickness, from a ridiculous schedule of writing, work and makeup bookings, I managed to test and fall in love with many new and old beauty favorites. Currently my voice feels completely raspy and while I feel like recuperating after a night of discomfort from cough attacks and a stuffy nose I’ve chosen to work on some writing from my new Mac Book Air thanks to my husband.

Cheers to the beauty products that captured my love recently:

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  1. Carol’s Daughter Manoi Oil: Applying this smoothing hair oil gets me a compliment literally every time I wear it. Having really dark black hair (yes that is possible) that is naturally really deep in tone makes it difficult to add dimension in between hair cuts. Adding a boost of shine always makes me love this delicious hair treat.
  2. Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator: Intentionally, I decided to use up all of the physical exfoliators in my stash before using this one solely as my clear skin fix for the past month and I can’t say enough about what a difference this stimulating product does. Twice a week, place a thin layer of this tingly lightweight fluid over the entire face for a few minutes and reveal a totally refreshed, bright, smooth skin perfect for the dull skin weather that comes around when the seasons change. Those sensitive to abrasive scrubs will love this bead-free formula made of organic ingredients!
  3. Lush Oatfix Fresh Face Mask: I recently ran out of a clay mask that was a favorite and thought I would give the Oatfix mask a try as a purifying skin treat. At first application the scent drew me in as it literally smells like a bowl of breakfast with the banana and fresh oatmeal base. Who doesn’t love a lovely scent of sweet banana?
  4. Kure Bazaar Nail Polish: Let’s face it the French have an edge on many things including the amazing nail lacquers from Kure Bazaar. Opaque, full coverage application in just one swipe is what keeps me coming back to this beautiful formula made of natural and organic ingredients. Try it once, and you’ll know what I’m talking about!
  5. Inglot Matte Eyeshadow: Matte eyeshadows and I have a bit of a love hate relationship as I love the idea of them but never are drawn to purchasing matte eye shadows when I shop. I knew when I was in Newport Fashion Island that Inglot was one of the shops I really needed to explore since they have a pretty large selection of high pigmented shadows including mattes. I picked up a matte Navy and have my eye on a couple greens and warm browns for next time.
  6. Eyemimo False Eyelashes: On a fluke browse through Instagram, I saw a post for the Eyemimo Cosmetics Eyelash sample sale and since I’ve been obsessed with eyelashes this season I decided to order a couple pairs since they were only $1.50. I liked them so much that I placed a second order while the sale was still going on since the quality and look of the lashes were quite impressive.
  7. Dior Forever Foundation: This was the first foundation from Dior I was hooked on when I started working for the brand several years ago. The texture is really breathable with a medium to full coverage finish and most importantly the refined effect it provides lasts well, forever! Since my days are usually quite long it is a total plus to have a long wearing formula that feels weightless.