Friday, July 15, 2011

Ruby Kisses "Real Women Makeover" Contest Part 5

Round 3....This is the final round for Day 1 of the competition. In this video I battle the amazingly talented Patricia Cameron for the New York title. The winner of this round will go on to battle the winner of the DC competition.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ruby Kisses "Real Women Makeover" Contest Part 4

Round 2.....If you remember in the previous video (Round1) they were suppose to eliminate 2 of us but since there was a tie for first place (I was one of them) and a tie for second place they only eliminated 1 contestant. In this round 4 of us compete to create a look based on the inspiration image. The twist was we didn't receive the image until right before the camera started rolling. Talk about having to thinking fast on your feet. We also only had 15 mins to do this look!! For those of you that have ever done your eye makeup understand that 15 mins isn't a lot of time when you know what look you are doing so to not know is even more of a challenge. Also add in that this was the first time seeing or using most of the Ruby Kisses products. Some were still in the wrapper when the time started. Luckily I was smart enough to have my model help me open a few products that i was pretty sure I would need.

This round was a bit of a struggle for me because I am not the fastes artist. Dont get me to I slow down to a snails pace. The judges were walking around and asking questions qhile we were working so I was really nervous I wouldnt complete this is time. My model was even worried at one point. She made sure to remind me of the time but still keep me calm.

Well check out my look and let me know what you think :)

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ruby Kisses "Real Women Makeover" Contest Part 3

A few hours before the contest I was still hesitant about my participation but had already given my word. I wasn't sure how I was going to balance my other commitment of working The Makeup Show and the doing the contest at the same time. On top of that I hadn't done any preparation for the contest and I didn't even have a model. Thank goodness for great friends, my bff Ty Brown went scouring the crowd of attendees to find me a model. I couldn't have picked a better model if I had planned it. Having Carla Reed as my model was definitely not by chance. Not only does she have amazing bone structure but her positive energy and supportive words kept me motivated through out the contest.

So check out Round 1 of the challenge which had all 5 of us competing to make a flawless face with foundation and contour.

I couldn't hear the judges so I had no idea what was going on the whole

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Smurfette Rocks....."Accessories That Pop"

I remember growing up and loving the Smurfs. I even tried to take on the nickname Smurfette no one ever really called me that so it didn't stick. But a little secret about me is that I was part of a break dancing crew called The Smurfette I so wish I had a picture but unfortunately I dont. Its sounds cool to call it a "break dancing crew" but I assure you we weren't that cool at all.

With the much anticipated movie "The Smurfs" due to hit theaters on July 29, 2011 it seems Ms. Smurfette has found herself back in the limelight again and quite the fashionista to boot. So trendy that even Harper's Bazaar did a 4 page feature on her in their August issue. Its so super cute I just had to share.

How freakin cute is this??!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ruby Kisses "Real Women Makeover" Contest Part 2

Here we go with Part 2 of the Ruby Kisses "Real Women Makeover" Challenge web series!!

This is kind of exciting, like waiting for the next episode of your favorite reality TV show only you don't have to wait a whole week for the next part. This video introduces a few of the amazing judges (another reason I was so nervous) and our wonderful hosts. We had special guest appearances from YouTube Sensations Ateya from and Koren of along with Elessa Jade aka Pursebuzz.  

 The competition was set like any other reality TV competition ( I felt like I was on American Idol or where 5 contestants will receive a challenge that must be completed within the a set amount of time. After time is up the judges review the work and someone is eliminated (like Survivor...voted off the island). Noted Fashion/Beauty photographer Brandon Showers (i'm feeling a little ANTM now), World Renowned Makeup Artist Kevin James Bennett, and Celebrity Makeup Artist Victoria Stiles were a few of the super talented panel brought together to judge this competition.

and so in my best Cat Deely voice "Here are yoooouuuurrr JUDGES"

So what do you think? Wouldnt you be scared

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Ruby Kisses "Real Women Makeover" Contest

Some of you may know that I recently participated in the Ruby Kisses "Real Women Makeover" Challenge held at The Makeup Show NY 2011. This was my first ever makeup competition and I was actually quite nervous. I was especially nervous when I heard that this would be the first ever web series contest to kick off the launching of Ruby Kisses new line of products. I barely like to have my picture taken but a when I heard the words "video camera" I almost changed my mind about I'm not comfortable in front of the camera which still keeps me from making you tube video's but I dont think I did too bad.

I will be doing several post giving detail about the company, pictures from the contest and even videos from the web series that was created for the contest. Here is part 1 of the 6 part web series. Make sure to leave a comment letting me know how you think I did :)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th of July ....Make Up For Ever Style

I happily worked this Independence Day at the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Sephora SoHo, it's always so much fun. Such an interesting dynamic of customers and a group of super talented and creative artist.

Here is how we showed our patriotism...

Patriotic to my fingertips :)

My face was painted by an amazing French man (I forgot his name) but eyes and lips were done by me.

Val is the amazing Lead Resident Artist for the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Sephora SoHo and here he is working is artistic magic on Derek a regular freelancer at the store.

A close up of Val's work.

Derek created this master piece including the New York City skyline and even the Statue of Liberty. This picture does no justice.

The lovely Frenchman did Jennifer's makeup too!

I'm always so inspired when I leave there. I really need to step up my avante garde and creative makeup skills. I will definitely be posting some of my creations.

Did you do anything fun and creative to show your holiday spirit?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My NYC 1 Year Anniversary Bucket List!

So in 4 months I will have been living in New York City for 1 year!!!! Whooooo hooooo!
My how time flies when you’re having fun. But only I haven’t had as much fun as I would have thought. There are so many things in New York that I have yet to experienced. So I decided to make a list.

My sister and I use to make list and we were very productive and felt very accomplished, so I’m hoping this will provide the same results.
This list is not in any specific order and I’m sure I will be updating it with more specific links and other information as I start crossing things off. I also hope to blog with a little more detail about each of my experiences. I picked 38 things because I just celebrated my 38th Birthday (yeah me).
So here it goes…
  1. Empire State Building
  2. Ride the Central Park Carousel
  3. Take a Carriage Ride thru Central Park
  4. Take a ride to Ellis Island and tour the Statue of Liberty
  5. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge thru lower Manhattan (I hear its beautiful sight)
  6. Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry
  7. Chrysler Building
  8. Tour the unique NY food landscapes of NYC (anything food I love)
  9. Cupcake Wars – Tour and rate cupcakes from 4 legendary cupcakeries, Billy’s Bakery, Cupcake Café, Magnolia Bakery, and Butter Lane
  10. Check out the floating barge in Brooklyn
  11. The Roof Garden café at the Met
  12. The Mandarin Oriental Lobby Lounge  – Stop by for afternoon tea, lunch or evening cocktails and enjoy a stunning view of Central
  13. Prospect Park
  14. Guggenheim Museum
  15. Metropolitan Museum of Art
  16. Natural History Museum
  17. Coney Island
  18. Rockefeller Center/Top of the Rock
  19. Tour the Apollo and See Amateur Night (I’m hoping to see Brian McKnight on July 23rd)
  20. Central Park Zoo/Bronx Zoo (Gotta see the animals)
  21. Shakespeare in the Park
  22. Madame Tussands
  23. Museum of Television
  24. The Highline (public park suspened 30 feet in air
  25. Double Decker bus tour
  26. Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival flushing meadow park
  27. Lenox Lounge
  28. Blues Bar B Que Festival August 22 and 23 Pier 54
  29. Korean Parade October 2
  30. Be in the audience for Regis and Kelly
  31. And David Letterman
  32. And Rachel Ray
  33. And the Today Show and Good Morning America (I have to do these shows)
  34. Attend an event (doesnt matter which one) in Madison Square Garden
  35. Attend a play on Broadway
  36. Take a real dance class.

By the way, I got a few ideas from this cool blog so you might want to check out his list: 

Please feel free to add any suggestions :)
And I look forward to keeping you posted on my progress.