Halston

10 Jan

halston warhol

My love for perfume started in my teens.  As of this writing, I probably own over 150 bottles/samples of perfume and I love every one of them.  Admittedly  – it has at times overtaken my life.   I do not consider this a bad thing per say but only a beautiful hobby.  It started with Halston.  Halston Classic came out in 1975 but I didn’t get my chance to love it until about 1988 (about 16 years old).  In my house, Chanel #5 ruled the roost.  My mom was a Chanel #5 addict.  Her dresser bore only that sleek black tube that was her scent.

Everything she owned smelled of this classic.  I liked it but it was a bit flowery for my taste.  Plus at the time, I didn’t want to smell like my mom.

halston perfume and him

I don’t remember how I came across Halston but I do know that it stopped me in my tracks when I smelled it.  It was unlike anything I was used to and I had to have it.  It was probably on sale at our local drug store which tells how I was miraculously able to afford it.  The bottle was designed by Elsa Peretti and  notes included things like  sandalwood, amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, vetiver and incense.  I of course…fell in love 🙂

halston perfume

For me, once I love something so intensely (much like my love for F. Scott Fitzgerald), I need to know everything about it so I began my research on the man who created this masterpiece.  I found that he was so chic, he only went by one name.  Halston.

halston girls _1

Roy Halston Frowick at the time I found him was two years from departing this earth.  He had not publicly acknowledged his illness that would eventually take his life in 1990.  I imagine in 1988 he was just starting to feel the effects from constant partying during his heyday.  He and his entourage were the “IT” crowd at Studio 54 when it opened.  Google anything on Studio 54 and you will no doubt come across photos of Halston and his friends. And now,  he had already been in the limelight, found fame, fortune and by this time unfortunately his body and mind grew weary and he was soon to be gone.  I was so sad that his light was burning out and he had now been labeled a sell out due to his association with JC Penny.  He was no longer the beautiful man draped on Liza Minnelli’s arm at  Studio 54 or remembered as the creator of Jacqueline Kennedy’s famous pillbox hat.

halston partying_1

He was a shadow of his former self having sold his own name to corporate giants that did not share his vision.    I didn’t care.  I was obsessed with not only the man but his clothes.  So elegant and carefree.  I would see photos of Bianca Jagger and Angelica Houston looking ravishing.  I was in complete awe (honestly, I still am).

I just watched a documentary on Netflix titled ” Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston”. 

halston movie shot

I found myself getting sucked right back into my former obsession and I immediately caught a whiff of my beloved Halston perfume.  Scents can bring you anywhere you want to be and I wanted to be 16 again, remembering how excited I was as I was learning about myself as an individual.   Without even knowing it, that period of time was to be my initiation into myself.  Now 40, I am still the same girl in love with  same things.

Here is a link to a mini documentary that offers a beautiful overview into his life.

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Halston – Mini Biography – Halston Videos – Biography.com.

Have a wonderful week!

~Michelle

Special F/X fix

5 Jan

depressing jan

I will be honest and say that I never really enjoyed January.   Or even February for that matter. If it’s January that means that the holidays are over, the tree  is down and the holiday spirit is quickly displaced.  I always struggled to switch gears.

Good news!  My 2013 was all the sudden not so depressing.  My January is full of things that are cool and awesome.   I have been working with a great group of filmmakers and actors/actresses for the past week and I have noticed an evolution of sorts within myself which I did not expect.  I was asked to be the MUA for this particular film and after reading the script I realized that the beauty end of things was extremely minimal.  This folks, is a film about sick, infected people who eventually perish and turn to zombies.  What? ??  This was going to be a challenge!  I have not really done film quality special f/x so what does one do?   I did tons of research and off I went with my blood, puke and festering wounds in hand.  Needless to say…I FELL IN LOVE.  I wasn’t so sure if I could pull this off but honestly, if you do your research and you have tons of love invested, it all turns out ok.  I may not be Oscar caliber  (yet) but so far, it looks really good on camera and I am so proud of what I have been able to accomplish.  Plus, I am realizing that this is definitely something I want to pursue for the long haul.  I love beauty makeup and I always will but there is something so cool about special f/x.

Anyway, I really just want to say that I am so grateful for the path I have been shown.  I am especially grateful that my mind opened up to allow me to see the endless possibilities that exist.  My experiences are what I choose to make them but it truly helps when you are in the company of wonderful people.

My wish for you for 2013 ……Open up and allow yourself to evolve and to see  all this great universe has to offer.

Now check out a pic of my homemade puke and blood!  Enjoy!

Blood

The business of makeup brushes

14 Dec

I have spent the better part of my life deeply engrained in the world of makeup.  It is fascinating to me how one can wake up looking like the dog and then walk out the door looking like a supermodel.  That is………… if it is applied right.  Makeup artistry is not for the faint of heart.  To work in this field or even apply your own makeup seriously you need to be on your game and understand the different shapes of the face and how to highlight, contour, accentuate and enhance what lies before you in the mirror.  It truly is an art form.  With that said, an artist needs proper tools.  Let’s talk brushes.

Now so not to sound snobbish, I want the reader to know that I have tried everything when it comes to brushes.  When I was a young gal,  I was not about to spend $25 on an eyeshadow brush.  I will use what the product came with or get that 50 piece brush set on sale at Ulta.  Experience has taught me everything!  All I can say is “don’t do it!!”.  If you are serious about makeup then you need to be serious about your brushes. It has taken me a long long time to build my brush collection and I take immaculate care of them.  Below is a list of my personal favorites.  This is what you should invest in for your own personal collection.  I use them on clients as well as myself every day.  If you are working as an MUA then you will need a few of each, especially if you are working on multiple clients in one day.  It is way more sanitary as well as easier for you to work.

fave brushes

My holy grail from bottom to top.

1)  MAC 219 – For precision shading on lid, in eye crease or along lash line. The soft, smooth fibers of this brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip. It is ideal for blending eyeliner into eye shadow to create a smoky looking eye.  A must.

2) Sigma EO5 Eyeliner brush -Fine tipped and tapered. Create smooth and even lines.  Use with gel or liquid liners.  This brush does the trick to create the most perfect cat eye.

3) MAC 217 – For shading or blending of color or creamy products. This brush has fine, densely packed fibers that are arranged in an oval shape.  Today I used my Kroylan dermacolor lip palate (DL16) on my eyelids.   This brush buffed it out PERFECTLY and gave me an intense dark burgundy that wouldn’t have blended properly if not for the right brush.

4) MAC 239 – Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibers. It can be used to build intense color on the eyelid.  I also will apply a gel eyeliner with this brush in my waterline as well as set my lash line and tight line.  It works like a charm.

5)Napoleon concealer brush – The density of the brush hair acts as a reservoir to hold and release the product onto the skin.  The hair is super soft and the product just glides on.  I use this as a precision lip brush as well.  It applies lipstick flawless.

6) Real Techniques buffing brush –  ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.  By FAR the most outstanding foundation brush ever to touch my face.  You can go light as well as heavy.  The brush allows you to build the product as you feel necessary.  Plus I LOVE Sam Chapman (and Nic as well) so anything from her you have to believe is true quality!

So there you have it.  These brushes are one of many in my collection  but they are the most loved and the brushes that I depend on daily.  I can do everything I need to do with these and still look like a million bucks.  If you’re like me and experiment with new looks then trust me when I tell you that if you have these, you can pretty much pull of any look you want.

Let me know your choices.

Happy Holidays beauties!

the great balancing act ….

27 Nov

I am off today thankfully.  Trying to get caught up and my first instinct is to write an awesome blog post because it has been awhile.  Time is so cruel sometimes….grrrr.   Anyway,  so I see here that I have saved about 4 drafts of unfinished blog entries.  As of now, they are still sitting in my drafts.  I have one that covers all types of makeup brushes, one about perfume and yet another on my top 5 beauty products.  As I have discovered since beginning this blog site, it takes time and accuracy to create these posts.  I want them to be full of worthy information as well as include lots of cool photos.  My work schedule has been extremely busy in the past month and that has lent itself to incomplete entries.  Not good 😦

Well the buck stops here!

As much as I like a regular paycheck, I realized that trying to work full time, take care of my family AND get my new business off the ground was not working out so well.  The hours that go along with retail are not workable in my situation.  I can’t possibly get everything done.  So as of December 1st, I am 100% on my own and getting my freelance business off the ground.  I am marketing myself like crazy, meeting lots of new people and making myself available to every opportunity possible.  This will also allow me to work on my websites and my personal favorite, my blog site.  I need to get camera and video savvy in a hurry to keep this site feeling fresh and inspiring!!

This adventure has been the best ever and I want to devote all of my energy to working in and talking about the profession I love so much.  I am looking forward to diving right in and getting Supernatural Makeup Design off to a great start for 2013!

“Open your eyes, look within.  Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

~Bob Marley

Thank you as always for your support and interest.

Michelle

 

(photo courtesy of old-picture.com)

time for night owl to detox…willingly

7 Nov

I am doing a juice fast!  I have never done this before.  I tried when we got our amazing Omega Juicer over the summer.  A friend of ours lost about 17 lbs juicing and could not talk more about the benefits.  I found it tasty but unfulfilling.  I needed more substance because I love to eat and the plain ol’ juice wasn’t inspiring me to continue on a daily basis.  I will be honest and say my main reason is to thin out a bit.  I moved to Utah and gained 15lbs and I can’t seem to loose it.  I doesn’t help that my honey and I will get the munchies at midnight and eat really bad.  Like a two pound PB&J kind of bad washed down with cheese and crackers.  We are night owls…  what can I say.  HUNGRY night owls 🙂

So I realized that I like the consistent of blending my fruit and veggies.  I throw in some almonds and now we’re talking.  It is full of fiber, the texture is more like a meal and it is so delicious.  You really have to like the different taste that a green smoothie can offer in order to enjoy it.  My honey won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole BUT he will juice a beautiful sweet potato and some kale and ginger.  For me,  I throw in cilantro, kale, romaine and spinach.  A frozen banana for some thickness and blueberries for antioxidant properties.  I follow that with some almonds (unsalted) and I am full and feeling satisfied.  I am on day two and I am already feeling way better.  I just needed a kick start to eat right during the holiday season.  I am a huge fan of Weight Watchers but not of the monthly cost.  I did belong last year and noticed that the way they do it suits me and my eating habits.  I love to eat everything and yes I had to count points but that made me more aware of my choices.  I am going to follow a version of that once my fast is over.  When I hit Lotto, maybe I will consider joining again.

Be good to your body during this carb filled holiday season.  Consider a 3 day fast with a combination of juicing and blending your veggies and fruits.  You would be surprised at how your body reacts.  My entire digestive system is thanking me and my clothes are already fitting better.  Follow with a nice brisk walk and your on the road to staying fit and feeling great.  Check out my favorite green smoothie recipe below and tell me what you think.  This is courtesy of Cookie and Kate’s blog page.

http://cookieandkate.com/2011/green-machine-smoothie/

Even more tasty green smoothie receipes can be found below:

http://www.oatmealinmybowl.com/the-kitchen/30-delicious-green-smoothie-recipes/

Green  Machine Smoothie
Author: Cookie and Kate
Prep time: 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 granny smith apple (preferably organic), cut into big pieces or one pear
  • 2 cups of kale (pull leaves from two stalks to make two cups) or 2 cups spinach
  • 1 lime (juiced or remove the seeds and add the flesh, too) or one lemon
  • 1 small handful of cilantro (pull the leaves from the stalks)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (mine came from a jar but you can grate fresh ginger instead)
  • 1/3 cup chopped frozen banana (entirely optional, add if you want a more creamy texture)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve with a straw.
Notes
Yields about 12 ounces, so it makes one large smoothie or two small.

The combination of citrus, cilantro and ginger gives this smoothie a refreshing zing. Based on rough calculations, the smoothie comes in at about 200 calories, with 11 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, over 700% of the Vitamin A and 260% of the Vitamin C you need for a day, and a long list of other vitamins.

Some tips and tricks..

2 Nov

 

I have had the opportunity to learn some really useful tricks to make it appear that I know what I am doing when presenting the best face possible.  It is not always easy some days when things like pimples pop up or maybe you noticed the huge, saggy bags under your eyes that cool cucumbers didn’t quite fix.  Every morning can present a different situation and it will need to be dealt with.  Ugh!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a reliable skin care routine.  Ladies – even if you are 20, it is imperative to use sunscreen and moisturize.  This is to prevent the early signs of aging and wrinkles that start to hit us in our 30’s and set in every minute of the day, every day of the year til we die.  In order for our products to work properly, our skin needs to be cleaned and exfoliated.  Washing your face without exfoliation is comparable to brushing your teeth with your finger.  It will sort of clean things up but not really.  Our eye creams and moisturizers need to sink into open, clean skin so with that being said, I now will talk about the Clarsonic.

This life changing cleansing system offers up a daily massage for your face to get your morning going or comfort you into a dreamy sleep.  Using the Clarsonic will clean your skin of all of the days impurities and allow your skin care products to get right in there and do their job.  I do hundreds of skin care/makeup consultations during the week and during our conversation, people cannot believe my age.  I truly believe this is because of my Clarsonic which I have been using for about two years now.

Next little tip is the “Fatigue Fighter”.  This goodie is tried and true and will work even after you have a full face of makeup on.  Start by taking your favorite concealer and mixing a little bit of your eye cream or even eye serum.  Swirl both products in equal amounts onto the back of your hand and using your small concealer brush, swipe gently under your eyes and up into the corner of your face.  Add more concealer as needed.  (It is ok to use your fingers for this but please always use your ring finger when applying anything under your eyes.  This finger offers the least amount of pressure than your others and will not cause further damage to this already sensitive area.)  Anyway,this will no doubt give your eyes a refresh from the middle of the day wearies.  Be sure to use an eye cream that offers de-puffing and dark circle benefits.  Also be sure to use a concealer that is ONE shade lighter than your foundation (or skin tone if your don’t use foundation).

Lastly, let’s start thinking about a more dramatic look to compliment your holiday festivities.  A simple smokey eye can add lots of pizazz to your normal makeup routine.  Start by using your favorite eyeliner and creating a half inch circle on the back of your hand.  Really get a nice thick layer on there.  Then take a little bit of concealer and mix together.  This will create a shadow creme.  Take your finger and apply this mixture to your eyelid being real careful to cover completely.  Concentrate on staying just below the crease line.  Take a bit and put underneath your bottom lash line as well.  Next take a matte color that will match the shadow creme you just applied and layer on top.  Then blend into a soft, subtle smokey eye.  Take this look wherever you want.  It can be super dramatic or stay soft and smokey.

Please let me know if any or all of these tips work for you! I have dozens of fun little anecdotes to share. Feel free to share some of yours.  We would never get anywhere exciting without learning from each other.

Note:

I realize that pictures and videos enhance the entire “how to” experience” of this post and I clearly suffer in this instance.   I am working on getting better at this and will hopefully have a you tube channel dedicated to my blog by the end of the year.  I really do enjoy doing this and if I can move into the 21st century then it would be an even better experience.

Enjoy your day:)

Where do you come from?

18 Oct

I realize this is supposed to be a beauty blog but what I am writing about today is not about a beauty product. It is more along the lines of living life a happier person which imparts itself to true beauty.

A while back, I subscribed to a newsletter written by a life coach and motivational speaker named Christine Hassler.  She wrote a book detailing the more difficult changes your life can go through and some really effective ways to deal with it all.  Admittedly it was aimed at 20 somethings but regardless, I being young at heart, read it and desperately wanted to apply some of what she was saying to my daily routine.  Needless to say, it is next to impossible to rewire your thinking and basically alter your brainwaves to see a crappy situation in a positive light when your used to seeing things entirely different. When times are difficult, your brain will automatically go to your “comfort zone” and take you to where you think you should be.  This can be good or bad depending on your point of view and more importantly your overall perspective (glass half empty or half full kind of thing).  As luck would have it, my perspective was mostly a d-o-w-n-e-r.   I could barely see past my tears, fears or anger to get a clear view and when I did see something it was usually bad.  My defense mechanism was unhealthy.

Each week, I receive my usual weekly email from her which details positive affirmations, quotes, stories..  you name it.  I usually just skim it and move on. But last week, her email took me by surprise.   The header was “Come from a place of love and you will never go wrong”.  Wow.  It spoke VOLUMES.  Fortunately, it came at a time when I was open to understanding what that meant.  Without getting all Psych 101 on you, I want to express how much that sentence meant to me.  It has been overwhelmingly difficult to always come from a place of “love”.  We are human.  We get mad or sad or angry or fearful so we react from that place.  The results are usually disastrous.

I am going to quote a paragraph from her email so you can read it as it was meant to be delivered.

” True fulfillment is only possible when we come from a place a love.  And the problem is most of us are coming from a place of fear, not love. And the even bigger problem is that we are able to create a lot of success and goal line results from that place of fear – in fact, it is often our strongest motivator.  But when fear is what is propelling us, will we ever feel fulfilled?  Nope. 

Consider that the things that you are really good at in your life are not good for you and are not creating true fulfillment in your life. In fact the beliefs and skill sets you have developed from those beliefs that have created external success in your life may actually be blocking you from truly knowing and expressing your most authentic gifts”.

This may or may not matter to you but it matters enough to me to want to share.  And maybe those around me cannot understand the message at this time and I will continue to endure their selfishness and carelessness but now, little by little, it will affect me less (and has). I am finding that the journey to happiness doesn’t depend on someone else, it is all me and my outlook needs to be solid to get to that place of true fulfillment.

How can I tie this in to beauty?  Well less frowning = less wrinkles.  And if you use your Advanced Night Repair as well, your batting a thousand.

Stay beautiful inside and out 🙂

 

 

email excerpt taken from “Invest in the Business of You” by Christine Hassler at

http://www.christinehassler.com/

 

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