Sunday, July 24, 2011

My first gig being a "mua"

So it was really crazy, as you can imagine.
I did the make up for the models in a promotional event a few weeks ago. I've been meaning to post about it, but so much has happened in the last few weeks.
the location was really nice, the people were cool, music was pumping, etc....
But before all of that, it was a fiasco getting things together. 

Of course, it was a great learning experience for me and I am now prepared to handle things better the next chance I get! 

The product were were promoting, if you cannot tell are these slippers full of bubbles that are all the rage in Korea and other parts of Asia. And now it has come to Japan!! lol

Yea, at first I thought the bubbles were a bit O.D.... but they have indeed grown on me now. So anyway, I was told to do a "bubble inspired look", to make it dramatic, and colorful....
So here were the looks that I had practiced/played around with a few weeks before the event.
They were "rough drafts" so please don't mind the eyelash that's falling off etc lol!!!

Unfortunately, somehow as with all events, the schedules got a bit mixed up and crazy and I was given about an hour to do a dozen girls' make up!! Luckily the girls were all so helpful and helped out =)

It was fun and I'm definitely thinking about doing this more often!

Here are some pictures from the night!

....setting up.....

these are the slippers!

everyone's having a good time!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hakuhodo Brush Giveaway

SO I decided to do a Hakuhodo Brush Giveaway. I've raved about this one brush of theirs and got comments about how it's not cheap or easy to get outside of Japan. Although I'd like to give everyone a brush, I'm no Oprah....I can only afford to give out one brush at a

So anyway, I explained the 2 simple rules in the video, so I hope you enter!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Random Haul

I'm not sure if I have told you this, but I'm going to be doing make up on about 12 girls for an event next week.
So for the last week I have been stocking up on things that I think I will be needing for the whole event. It's definitely a bit nerve racking when I think about the amount of girls I will have make up in a given time and that... well it's my first time being the make up artist for a event lol!
So I have hauls from camera ready cosmetics, coastal scents, cherryculture, and professional makeup supplies some time soon!

Today is a bit of a random haul of things from donki ho-te, (not sure how to spell it in english)

I have some old favorites and new things that I'm happy with!
So first I got these makeup sponges, I thought the English text was too funny!!! 
I've been having a hard time finding make up supply stores in Japan, as in places where I can get disposables, etc. So i thought it was funny that they mentioned makeup artists like these... So I thought I'd give it a try.

The next two things were actually in the nails area, but I needed a spatula (again, so hard to find) to scoop up foundation, concealer, etc. The dotter is gonna be used for glue (will be putting on gems on their faces) and also I've been wanting one for my nail art =). 

Next, I needed make up removers and some type of cleaner. I looked through so many things, but didn't want a big bottle I wasn't gonna use up (for a lonnnnnng time at least) and I needed something that I can use with out a sink. So I read all the labels and found that these wipes can actually be used to remove all make up, then from there you can simple move on to the toner and moisturizer. BAM! No need to wash face, or wash off the make up remover. It also says it that doesn't leave that sticky feeling etc, so I will be testing them out to see whether they will be good for that event.

The next thing I got isn't for the event: it's a "hair cologne/fragrance" as they call them here. So basically especially in summer, we all sweat. I have fairly long hair, and I work with kids (we go play outside, etc) and so throughout the day I don't like it if my hair goes from smelling like shampoo to stank. yes, stank. 

So I used to use this hair cooling spray last summer, but I can't seem to find them in stores yet. So I settled for this "hair fragrance". It doesn't leave my scalp cool, but my hair should smell good and sweet all day now =)

Here is my old favorite deep conditioning hair mask. I decided that since it's summer, I'll go back to using this one because I feel like the scent is so summery and of course, I love the way my hair feels when I use it.

This may be a bit random, but they are cotton pads. Believe it or not, since I came to Japan, I've been using American cotton pads. For some reason, the Japanese one's didn't cut it and they were pricey! but I saw a two pack for about 3 bucks and thought I'd finally give it a try because I'm running out of my American ones. 

and I love it. It has these really smooth covering yet can grip onto and wipe off the dirt/whatever you are wiping off. I don't know how to explain it, but it feels way better than what I used to use! New fav!!

That sums up my haul and mini review/description. I'll be posing on my other hauls soon. I'm still waiting on my cherry culture order =(

And of course, I still have more to buy =P I'm such an addict, this is not good!!! 

I have a question for you guys though. I need a train case or something, but I'm not sure I want to spend 100 bucks on it, especially if I'm just doing 1 event and don't know if I'll ever be doing another. Any type of alternative bags or recommendation would be really appreciated!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A brown smokey eye tutorial

So I kept my word and did a smokey eye tutorial I was asked about maybe a week earlier or so.

Doing tutorials and videos kinda suck right now though because it's SO hot and humid here, and with the whole "saving energy" thing going in on in Japan (because of the disaster with the nuclear plant) filming can be a nightmare. I get all sweaty, my make up starts melting... hopefully you guys don't see any of that, I tried my best to stay sweat free in the video (^.^)

Anyway, here is the video <3 hope it helps someone!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pool Party in Japan

Remember that white bikini I got???
Well I went to a pool party last weekend and thought I got a chance to wear it!
The thing is, June is rainy season in Japan, and throughout the day it would rain a bit and look as though it was gonna rain. The pool party I was invited to was at this up scale location, and I was a bit confused when I heard it started at 11....PM.

So any who, there's the dj, a pretty pool side, such a great view from the roof of I forget, a 9 story building? (I can't remember, I might be getting it confused with the 9th floor of some other building I went to the other Either way, it was gorgeous, I can't believe I didn't take any pictures. Well I know why I didn't I was freezing cold for some reason. It started drizzling about an hour in, not pouring, but that misty, foggy like drizzle. So I didn't even bother changing into my bikini.

The best part of the night wasn't all the half naked Japanese guys dancing up on each other and the Japanese girls dancing at the other side of the floor (it was like a high school, no middle school dance), but the fact that WE WEREN"T ALLOWED TO GO INTO THE POOL! lol!! It was all just for show I guess, which was really nice by the way. But a pool party with no pool that you can go into lol,,,,
There was a sign by the pool that told us not to go in, or we will be fined, and also in the elevator on our way out.

and by the way, 300,000 yen is like $3000..

I really should have snapped pictures of the night; it was really nice and I had fun. Shame!

So I will leave you with random old pictures of flowers...cause I think they're pretty lol!