Tag: makeup kit

Me, a beauty expert?

Christmas eve as we celebrated all the glory of family and blessings, my mom turned to me and mentioned that she read my article on winter lip treatments for examiner.com and went to Costco to buy a stack of Jenna Hipp Pout Polish gift sets to bring to the Philippines. I often forget that the reach of my work is bigger and in this case, closer than I give myself credit. Friends I haven’t seen in years, past coworkers, even old mentors drop hints that they follow me on instagram or read my column religiously. It is such a trip sometimes to realize what type of impact I have on immediate, local and international followers.

This morning, I got an email that summed up my year with surprising stats that my writing has gotten attention from viewers in 101 countries & I thought that’s pretty powerful!

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The many selfies of 2014 @rochelledelossantos, find me on ig!

I suppose with just a limited time left in 2014, it is a good time to reflect. In no other year have a felt more empowered in my identity as a beauty expert. That title used to make me cringe because I hate hate hate when people with no experience jump into the beauty industry offering bad beauty advice and call themselves experts. My life has revolved around inching towards the goal of branding my identity as a well rounded voice in this crazy beauty world and 2014 really made me really LOVE what I do again.

For a bit, I felt lost in the shuffle halfway dedicating myself to my writing and networking and falling deep into crazy land freelancing for a makeup brand that functioned with high levels of chaos. Despite a few dips in the road, my mind is now refreshed and inspired to continue fighting for my dreams. I’ve built my reputation with clients from around the world as a master makeup artist ready to conceptualize any ideas they have of the perfect look. Weddings, photo shoots and teaching personal makeup lessons has made my heart happy this year. So many clients have made me again find confidence that if you do what you love then it is forever fuel for everything else.

My writing is always the heart of my love for beauty. I hit a milestone 300+ articles written for examiner.com and have met some pretty incredible people along the way. I literally am so blessed to work with iconic, innovative, prestigious and of course impressive green beauty brands that support my talents. 2015 is looking pretty bright and I cannot wait to continue developing meaningful relationships with all of the fab PR firms and companies that produce straight up the best in makeup, skincare, hair and beauty tools.

Motivation is an understatement. I am ready for the new year! Thank you for new and old subscribers, followers and friends for always encouraging me to do what I love.

A few favorite snapshots from the past year:

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Met the one & only Jenna Hipp and previewed her new collections!

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Put my kit to good use this year. Like really, good. LOL.

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Had my first Drybar blowout & fell in love with these products!

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Drooled over the new Make Up For Ever 30/30 anniversary palette @ the Pro store press event in LA

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Got pampered at the eSalon headquarters.

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Met Team Cover FX & fell in love with their products… again.

Happy New Year!

Work, Work, Live.

Had the pleasure of doing makeup for some very easy canvases. Lucky me.

Recent work on some beautiful people:

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Model: Jace Williams

Photo Credit: Antoine Davis Photography

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

Products used: Matte Artist Eye Shadows from Make Up Forever & Cargo Cosmetics, Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, Koh Gen Do Moisture Concealer, Inglot AMC eyeliner Gel #77 & #90 , Make Up Forever Camouflage palette/ Cover FX matte bronzer on Contour, Nars Copacabana liquid highlighter, Graftobian Pro Setting powder, Dior addict lip.

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Engagement Photo Shoot with Melissa

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Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

Products used: Stila Color Balm Lipstick, Becca Cosmetics Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation & Joy Blush, Inglot AMC Gel Liner #77, Makeup Forever 30/30 Artist Palette, Kiss Beauty Trio Individual Lashes, Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade, Eyeko Brow Gel.

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

Model: Alex Michelle Rubi

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

Photo Taken in Natural lighting

Products used: Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation & Matte Bronzer, Make Up Forever Artist Shadows & Camouflage palette to contour, It Cosmetics Brow Power pencil, Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel, Nars Orgasm blush, Mac Lip Liner, Custom stacked Eyelure and Kiss Beauty eyelashes.

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Model Lisa Duffy

Hair & Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos

*wish I took this in better lighting – wanted to show the braid detail in the back mirror.

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Model Lisa Duffy

Makeup & Hair by Rochelle Delossantos

Products used: eSalon Treatment Oil & Unite Conditioning Mist in hair, Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation, Make Up Forever Artist shadows & Camouflage Palette to contour, Chantecaille Blush, Dior lips, Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #77, Custom stacked Kiss Beauty and Eyelure eyelashes.

Makeup Essential Tools for Looking Flawless

Over the weekend, during a bridal makeup trial appointment I was reminded that I’ve really incorporated a lot of new favorite beauty tools into my pro kit. Since I finally have a quick minute to devote to writing, here is a post about new essentials that make painting a flawless face an easy task.

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Le Metier De Beaute Blush Brush I Typically am not a fan of short stem brushes but this one is so luxe with a matte black finish and ultra-soft bristles that it is hard not to be obsessed with this tool. Though I mainly use this soft tapered tool for applying bronzer and blush it is also a beautiful brush when used with loose finishing powder. Find this beauty at Neiman Marcus and beauty bar.com.

Japonesque Heated Mini Lash Curler As a self proclaimed eyelash curler hoarder I must say I was surprised to see how often the Japonesque Heated Mini Lash Curler has replaced my favorites from Tweezerman, Sephora Brand, Shu Uemura and Chanel for the last three months. Get a fully fanned out curl without a deep crimp competitors may lead from a traditional metal eyelash tool. Find this beauty at Ulta and ulta.com.

Tweezerman Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer Aside from being hot pink, this precision tool keeps my brow game on point plus is so perfect for placing individual false lashes – enough said. I got this beauty from Sephora last year and its still available in store and online.

Beauty Blender What I love about this tool is that it is non-latex for my sensitive clients and it blends foundation, contour and highlighting creams with such a quick application. My favorite way to use a beautyblender is to first dampen the sponge with rose water and use a stipple/rolling motion to blend the complexion. Beautyblender is available all over shop some of my favorite retailers: Sephora, Frends Beauty or Camera Ready Cosmetics.

Sephora Pro Brow Comb #21 Eyebrows and lashes are so important to the total makeup look – or even a bare face- because they frame the eyes. A perfectly groomed brow is easy to maintain with the stiff bristle end which pushes brows into the right shape. Use the opposite end to de-clump mascara for elongated lashes.

Morphe C139 Stiff Tap Brush Whether you are just getting into makeup or are a makeup pro, Morphe Brushes are affordable, functional and great for building an essential beauty wardrobe. Currently I have three C139 Stiff Tap brushes and I use them frequently to define the crease and apply loose and pressed pigments over the lid.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Crease Brush 011 Made from super soft natural goat hair, this is the perfect brush for blending any eye look from subtle to full on dramatic. The dome shaped bristles make it incredibly easy to create a perfect smokey eye. Find this beauty at rougebunnyrouge.com.

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!

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.

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  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.

La Femme: Holy Grail Blush

Rebellious would not be the first word I would use to describe myself but the occasional against the grain makeup choice counts right?

I recently purchased a few La Femme Blushes from the Camera Ready Cosmetics website and have been completely impressed with the high color payoff. At $2.79 each they are a total value especially for makeup artists who want versatile shades that actually show up on deep skin tones to include in a professional kit. The blushes were purchased depotted (just the pans) which is perfect since I love to condense my kit with Z Palettes; the best space savers!

A few days ago, I was experimenting and decided to wear the La Femme blushes in shades Sienna and Bordeaux as my eyeshadow. To my delight, the colors looked just as warm and autumn like on my eyes as it did when I imagined the shades in my head. Since it is still quite hot in SoCal, the eye look helped me crave the breezy fall pumpkin spice latte worthy weather that has yet to occur.

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Here’s what I used:

Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick, La Femme blush in shade Indian Rose on my cheeks, Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash Mascara, Eyeshadows from Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escapes Palette in Black Crow and Chestnut for my eyebrows, Sienna and Bordeaux La Femme blushes on my eyelids, Duo darktone eyelash adhesive & Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes.

If you are thinking of updating either your personal or professional makeup kit, La Femme blush refills are available in almost 50 shades from the Camera Ready Cosmetics website. I’ve got my eyes on shades Frambossia, Mulberry and Cinnabar for next time! They have quick delivery, ship internationally and a really large selection of affordable makeup artist essentials.

I love a good blush, don’t you?

Current relationship status: in love with false lashes

False lashes and I have been in a love/hate relationship for the past eight years.

From age 18-22 I had a major romance with false eye lases as I’ve always been a fan of over the top glamorous makeup; most likely from my pageant days and adoration for luxury beauty ads. On minimal makeup days, I loved to pair my huge false lashes with no foundation and a bold colorful lip. Even during my pregnancy, false eyelashes made me feel just a little bit more fabulous than I felt on exhausting days juggling school and work.

Experimenting with different lengths was especially fun when working behind the makeup counter but I gradually grew bored with the chore of applying them every morning.

Since then, I occasionally rocked a pair of lashes but luckily my natural lashes were easily boosted with my what seems like a lifelong supply of Dior Lash Maximizer and Mascaras from working with the legendary mascara brand for so many years.

Lately I’ve succumb to some frequent lash cravings. Yes, lash cravings! Going a little bit crazy on rebuilding my false lash stash with some amazing brands: Ardell, Japonesque, Eyelure and a new discovery True or False Lashes.

Today I’m feeling the false lash love, let’s see about tomorrow.

My current stash excluding a few pairs on top of my vanity:

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