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Turning Defeating Moments into Motivation

This last week was a challenging week from sending a much loved family member to his uplifted home in heaven to professional obstacles – there were many solemn moments of reflections for me to endure; not to mention nearly losing my voice from a traveling household cold.

A conversation a couple days ago brought me flashbacks to a heartbreaking professional conversation that happened in the previous year. I had tears remembering that gut wrenching feeling of someone you admire dearly saying the opposite of what you thought was going to be proclaimed. I may be young in age but my soul is mature and I will forever believe that my goals are attainable because I know myself.

In general, I consider myself someone with a strong will and thankfully news that truly frustrated me in the working environment did not only motivate me to think creatively but it brought me to great analytical thought over what my personal value truly is. So often I review products, ingredients and recap events but do not give myself a moment to soak in newfound accomplishments.

Though I felt defeated I am not one to stay down for long. I took a bold move in lieu of basking in disappointment and put my heart/soul onto paper for someone who did not immediately believe in my talents and I’m confident that she will not forget my name. As I discovered my passion at a young age, I decided to absorb all of life’s experiences and prepare for the moments of life when discouraged opportunities turn into points of difference between success and regret.

On that note, a new week has begun move with your heart and creative mind in tact and anything is tangible.

Good Night.

Z Palette & Vueset: Makeup Kit Essentials

Over the last few days, there has been one major notion at the forefront of my daily to do list: Organize!

As I’ve been doing some frequent freelance makeup work back to back and my calender has been filling up quickly, my anxiety of condensing my makeup kit has brought me to downsize some of my favorites with my growing Z Palette collection and my new found makeup organization brand favorite Vueset. One thing I’ve learned over the 8 years of professional makeup work is packing too much has always been a blessing of a problem to have since I’ve had the pleasure of receiving some generous freebies over the years but lugging around a heavy, cluttered train case can create some unnecessary annoyances.

A few years back, I requested a Z Palette as a birthday gift from my sister and to my delight she bought me two black large size palettes that are still sturdy to this day. From then I was in love and enjoyed the thrill of depotting and organizing my collection with the convenient clear top and magnetic slim case perfect for professional or personal travel. I now own 7 Z Palettes including my latest purchase of two zebra print large Z Palettes that I ordered with the generous Pro Discount on Frends Beauty website.

Although I have a fond adoration of packaging in my personal collection of makeup, for my kit ease and clean presentation for makeup set up is what matters most. For this, I am forever in love with Z Palettes and highly recommend them. Personally I’ve shopped the Zpalette.com, frendsbeauty.com and Beauty.com for my Z Palettes and all websites offer fast shipping and great customer service.

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3 Large Z palettes holding eye shadows from Dior, Le Metier De Beaute, Chantecaille, Motives Cosmetics, Cargo Cosmetics, Urban Decay & Inglot.

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2 Large Z Palettes holding blushes and bronzers from La Femme, Chantecaille, Dior & Laura Geller Beauty.

Read my post about why I love La Femme Blushes by clicking here.

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The top Z Palette is a Pro Leopard Z Palette which is slightly bigger and holds bronzers and highlighting powders from Cover FX, Laura Geller Beauty & Becca Cosmetics.

The Bottom one is a Large Z Palette that currently has cream foundations from Cover FX, Sleek Makeup, Dior and concealers from Illamasqua.

I’ve been on the hunt for an empty lip palette for awhile and most did not have the right size or were too expensive for the materials they were made of. I was hoping to find something compact that could hold a large quantity of product and thankfully I stumbled upon the Vueset palettes when browsing on the Camera Ready Cosmetics website. The ‘Tahiti’ palette is made of sturdy high quality acryllic and has 24 empty wells that hold a generous amount in each spot. The empty wells were able to hold almost an entire lipstick bullet which is a major plus when travelling. For my personal preference I did not melt the lipsticks into the palette but many makeup artists have stated that the palette can be put in them microwave at 30 second intervals for a smooth top finish; I chose not to do so because I find the texture changes once the formula is heated. Vueset carries many size options and can be filled with anything including cream foundations, concealers, pigments and glitters.

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The above photo shows how compact the Vueset Tahiti palette is (it’s the size of an average lipstick in height)

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In this lip palette there are favorites from Dior, Becca Cosmetics, Nars and the incredibly pigmented Maybelline VIvid Lipsticks.

Must Have Makeup: Laura Geller 25 Shades of Baked

When this luxuriously presented makeup portfolio arrived, I literally gasped at how beautiful the colors were at first glance. As an obvious color fan I was delighted to receive the gorgeous 25 Shades of Baked Eye Palette from Laura Geller Beauty. This QVC exclusive is an impressive array of wearable, bold, dramatic and vibrant shades to fulfill any makeup look for fall/winter seasons and beyond. Since the colors are conveniently packaged in a chic matte black packaging and generous mirror it makes getting ready quite enjoyable! The shimmering jewel tones and rich pigments make this a must have for any makeup collector.

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The above swatches are all 25 shades shown dry and the below has the swatches showing dry shades on the left and the wet version of the same shade.

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& here are my two favorite colors from the palette on my eyes the top pic features Laura Geller Beauty Khaki and the bottom photo features the Cobalt shade:

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Discover the limited edition Laura Geller Beauty 25 Shades of Baked Pallete on QVC now!

Cobalt Blue Graphic Eyeliner

Friday’s makeup look revolved around two things: strategic highlighting and a graphic eyeliner. One of my favorite trends that has made a comeback in the last year is a graphic eyeliner but many visuals reveal a severe black gel eyeliner so I decided to wear the trend in a more colorful option. I paired Lush Emotional Brilliance Eye Liner in In Charge and Cargo Cosmetics Babylon Eye Shadow to create this play on a fall beauty trend. Since the eyes were more intense, my complexion was soft with just a bit of concealer highlighting with my current favorite, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer in shade Medium 1.

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I’m wearing Dior Forever Foundation, Dior Matte Bronzer, Dior Blush, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, Cargo Cosmetics Chestnut eye shadow in my brows, Stila Lip Glaze on my lips, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer, Lush Emotional Brilliance Eye Liner in In Charge and Cargo Cosmetics Babylon Eye Shadow and Chantecaille Wild Horses Palette on my eyelids.

Lemonade, Lush & Little Treats

If there is one thing I love about meeting with old friends is the nostalgia and reminiscing that comes along with it. It feels like lifetimes ago but in my Junior year of high school I was sitting in the back of Geology class with a compact open lining my eyes with MAC’s Black Tied eye shadow and an angle brush and noticed a girl across the way who had a little shimmering makeup assortment in front of her also. Lauren and I could go on playing and talking about products literally forever! Fast forward to our adult lives we remained connected and to no surprise we are both beauty bloggers, makeup artists, skin care obsessed and beauty addicts. We were long overdue for a meetup so we stopped by the new Lemonade in Fashion Island n Newport Beach for a food coma of delicious treats. It’s always refreshing to have someone who is in the same industry striving for similar goals. We share stories of the politics of cosmetics, networking adventures and share our latest beauty finds; it’s a good time!

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I had the ‘small portions’ of Lemon Mushroom Couscous, Meatballs and Truffle Mac and Cheese with a Peach Ginger Lemonade. $16 of deliciousness!

After lunch, we parted ways and I decided to stop by two of my favorite places: Inglot and Lush. I love both of these beauty spots because the atmosphere is creative and the people are friendly. From Inglot, I picked up a matte navy eye shadow and a rusty orange shimmering shade. My eye was drawn to a deep emerald green and vibrant matte orange but unfortunately they were out of stock. Lush has some of the most unique products for bath, skin and body care not to mention a killer makeup line. I walked in just to check out what’s new and found some lovely new items including adorable penguins, metallic treats and a mini Santa!

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For some reason I didn’t take any pics at Inglot but I snapped a stream of pics at Lush!

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Check out Lauren’s blog by clicking here! Visit Inglot’s only boutique in California at Fashion Island in Newport Beach; they offer a pro discount which is always a plus and check out the Lush shop while you’re there to see some cruelty free creative finds for smelling and feeling refreshed!

Rochelle at your service

I recently joined thumbtack, a website that helps to advertise local services. If you or someone you know are in need of a makeup artist for upcoming special occasions, wedding, photo, fashion or print I have over eight years of professional experience and would love to treat new clients to a little makeup magic. My November makeup calender is filling up quickly, inquire about service pricing in the following link.  I am based in between Orange County and Los Angeles. My services include makeup application, makeup lessons and I’m always up for a little beauty chat! My pro kit includes luxury products from Dior, Chantecaille, Cover FX, Illamasqua, Urban Decay, Cargo Cosmetics, Le Metier De Beaute s as well as organic beauty from Dr. Hauschka, Caudalie and Vapour Organic Beauty. Book me for you next event!

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& here’s one of my favorite MOTD from last week’s work grind. I’m wearing Dior Rouge #786 on my lips, Ardell Wispies False Lashes, Dior Forever Foundation, Cover FX Bronzer, Chantecaille on my eyes and cheeks, Bobbi Brown Color Corrector in Peach under my eyes, Koh Gen Do UV Powder, Kardashian Beauty Navy eyeliner on the bottom lash line & Dior Liquid Liner on the upper lash line.

On the Go Glamming

Whenever the image of someone applying makeup in the car comes to mind I cringe at the thought of uneven face symmetry and horrible blending but this morning I was guilty of having a 405 Freeway traffic glamming session.

I have mastered makeup application on myself knowing exactly where to apply products without looking with the exception of my eyebrows which I refuse to do without proper mirror time. Often even at home, I can literally do my entire face pretty spot on minus brows with no mirror. This morning I applied my eye shadow primer, eye shadows, eyeliner, foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush and loose powder all on the way to work (which is usually a thirty minute to an hour drive).

Of course for more intricate makeup days when a precise liner or extravagant eye makeup plays a part in my overall look of the day than an on the go glamming session is not the best idea but this morning was an early one and I had no choice but to glam it on the freeway. I applied my eyes and cheek products with a brush and blended all of my face makeup with just my fingertips. The lashes were a last minute addition I threw on right after I parked.

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Here’s what I used: Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation G40, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer Medium 1, Koh Gen Do UV Translucent powder, Chantecaille Matte Eye Shadow in Celestine and the Wild Horses Palette, Chantecaille Blush in Ecstacy, Cover FX Matte Bronzer, Kardashian Beauty Navy Eyeliner, Cle De Pea Lip Luminizer in #203 & Katy Perry for Eyelure Eyelashes.

Makeup Medicine

This morning I woke up feeling very nasal and sick but that’s nothing a Soy Caramel Machiatto, a lot of water and makeup can’t fix.

It sounds ridiculous but makeup transforms my mood all the time. Whatever emotion I’m feeling there is always a calm that hits my body when I pick up a makeup brush and start creating the perfect blend. Since my throat and nose was causing me to feel low energy, I picked up my colorful Crown Brush palette that I purchased during a Hautelook Beauty Sale last month and started pairing random colors together.

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Here is my makeup of the day that got me out of my sick funk:

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What I used: Prepped my skin first with Jurlique Hydrating Lavender mist, Chantecaille UV50, vbeaute Eye Never EYe Cream, Cargo Cosmetics Chestnut through my brows, Dior Forever Foundation #030, Cover FX concealer G30, Dior Matte Bronzer #003, Koh Gen Do UV translucent powder, Motives Cosmetics Lipgloss in Passion, Dior Lash Maximizer, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara & Crown Brush Palette (the cobalt blue, dark purple and pale blue shades)

 

Brush love for 3 kit favorites

Having the right brushes is a major part of a working makeup artist’s kit. The right taper, firmness, and bristles all play a part in what executes the outcome of a perfect blend. Although my kit is filled with many options, of all of my brush arsenal, there are three particular tools that I must reach for each time.

photo credit Rochelle Delossantos
photo credit Rochelle Delossantos
  1. Makeup Up Forever Professional Angled Eyebrow Brush #270: This angled brush is the best for achieving the perfect brows. Even for models with barely there eyebrow hairs, this precise tool creates both sharp and soft stokes that is essential for getting brows on point. Though I primarily use this brush for brows the tightly packed firm bristles are also useful for creating winged eyeliner and for smudging cream eye shadow at the base of the lashes. The small brush head is idea for applying just the right amount of powder, gel or cream.
  2. Dior Beaute Cheek Brush: What can I say about this tool; it’s been in my kit for over six years and it literally does not shed and still feels baby soft no matter how many shampoos it goes through. Recently in the past two years, Dior has changed to a new cheek brush which is beautiful with a matte black stem and fuller bristles but I prefer the feel and application of this one. I use this brush mainly for sculpting the face with bronzer or blush but it can also give an airy finish when used to apply loose or pressed powders.
  3. Japonesque Pro Blush Brush #324: I was so excited when I was sent this brush for review as I’ve always been a Japonesque fan. When using this brush over the last weekend, the common response was that it was incredibly soft. I love to use this for applying loose powder on curved areas including under the eyes, over the nose and on the chin. It distributes powders without looking cakey or heavy and the long stem gives it a luxurious appearance. Since the brush head is tapered and smaller than the Dior brush mentioned above it makes is a gorgeous choice for detailing small areas without applying too much product.

Falling for red lips all over again

One of my all time favorite things about fall is seeing red lip colors emerge out of every makeup brand. The iconic lip color is synonymous with not only old Hollywood vintage glamour but with autumn fashion trend each year because the rich shade of red is always complementary to the breezy weather. It’s like the ultimate declaration that summer is over when I hide my bright pinks and turn my attention to my red lip collection. Making a major comeback this year is orange-red lip shades; a warm twist on the dark reds seen in the past few fall seasons. See a full list of my orange red lips faves, by clicking here.

Also, here are some swatches and info on a couple standouts in my personal collection: Top Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Tangerine Tango, Middle Chantecaille Persimmon, Bottom Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in All the Way.

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For timid beauty fans, try a sheer lip gloss instead of a full on, opaque lipstick. Try the amazing Kelly Tee Garden Organics lip gloss in shade ‘red’ it has a seriously useful light up wand and side mirror for touch ups in any setting.

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& if you’re like me with big lips, a long wearing lipstick is a total necessity. I recently saw the new formulation of the Dior Rouge Dior Lipsticks and love the classic #999 shade that made Dior so famous for killer lipstick with its luxe feel and full coverage finish. I don’t have the new packaging, I’m debating if I should purchase it  (more on that later) but if you scroll down to my post ‘Dior In My Heart’ there is a photo of my hand with swatches that shows the red #999 color in the center of my hand. There are three majorly addictive orange-red lipsticks that have made it to my collection from Avon, Chantecaille and Marc Jacobs which are so beautiful and carry an impressive wear and pigment. (Thank you Avon and Chantecaille for sending over these beauties my way). All have a moisturizing feel but don’t slip of the lips easily. Love that!

 

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What’s your fall season beauty favorite?