{Flower} by Drew Barrymore

Blog post written by j & a makeup artistry‘s makeup artist guru Amber:

So a few weeks ago I was shopping at Walmart and ventured to the makeup isles in search of something new and different in a foundation. I didn’t think I’d find anything until a new display caught my eye. It was bright white with the name “flower” on it. I saw Drew Barrymore pictured at the top of the display and decided to check it out. I’m not really the type of person to buy a product just because a celeb endorses it. I’d prefer to buy a product, name brand or not, based on how well it suits my needs, ingredients, and price. Well, apparently these products are made from flowers that Drew hand-picked herself. Not sure how true that is, but knowing that she is the eternal hippie she is, it only makes sense for her to name this cosmetic line “flower”.

So I decided to give the BB cream a try. I needed a new one and this was around $12, which was affordable for my budget. I chose BB2, which was a bit too light for me- but I loved the coverage it gave me. I didn’t need ANY concealer OR powder. My face was breaking out a little at the time, and it totally covered my zits and under eye circles, all while looking very natural and feeling like i had nothing on. Plus it lasted all day! I was amazed. I actually went back and bought another one a shade darker to mix with the one that was too light. I also purchased a blush & bronzer duo that I fell in love with. I haven’t had time to try out anymore, but I do want to see how the mascara and eye shadows work out. I like that the products are natural, plant based & they are department store quality but at a lower price point. There’s also lipstick, lip gloss, powders, eyeliners etc. I’m sure whatever you try you won’t be disappointed.

20130307-200532.jpg

20130307-200638.jpg

20130307-200646.jpg

20130307-200652.jpg

{Review} Maybelline 24 hour tattoo eye shadow

I have been hearing all about this product. The things people have been saying made me think it was going to totally rock and be the next newest thing everyone had to have. So I went and bought it (on sale of course) at Ulta.

First, I played with the white one called “Too Cool”. It wasn’t what I thought it would be or what I wanted. Although white is a hard color to get exactly pigmented. I wanted it to be a harder white and not so shimmery and sheer.

Since I knew that whites are just hard to do I grabbed the orange and purple ones. The texture reminds me of the MAC paint pots a bit, but these are a little bit thicker and have more of a color to them where the paint pots tend to be sheer. I didn’t have to layer the orange hardly at all and the purple only a few times to get the darker color I wanted.

I woke up the other morning to do a shoot and decided I would rock one out and picked the orange. I put that on without a base since it seems thick enough that it wouldn’t need it. Then I added a hot pink I got from Loreal at the dollar store and highlighted as well. Real simple, nothing too hard about it.

As the day went on I was getting hot and working hard. When my day was done I sat down to clean my face and noticed that my eye shadow was creased and had mostly sweated off. I was very disappointed as I have not had that happen in many years. I am not sure exactly when it started to fall, but it fell nonetheless.

Next time I will try it with Too Faced Shadow Insurance underneath it to help it stay. Other than not lasting 24 hours (or less) I did like the colors I picked out. You can check out more colors here. Please check out the Too Faced Cosmetics line here.

I will tell you it was rough trying to get the swatches off my hand with a wipe though hehe.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo.

Love my Dinair!

200x200_white

Click here to visit their page.

I can’t even tell you guys how much I love my Dinair! I’ve tried two other company’s machines so far and theirs is the best. One thing that really stands out for me is the size and weight of it. Since I travel on location to my jobs it makes it so much more convenient for me being small and light weight. Very compact.

The foundation and even their concealer is amazing. The foundation is water-based. I didn’t really think it would work for my skin as I’m very oily, but I challenged the makeup to the limit. I wore it to the beach! We took the family to the beach and I sat under an umbrella for a few hours. Now I sweat very easily….even in snow….so when I got back in front of a mirror and it still was on I was amazed! The coverage was perfect and you couldn’t see my pores and it wasn’t cake-y.

I have never ever had a complaint from a bride either. Only positive comments about how they love it! Many come to me and ask if they should do airbrush because they think it will be too thick or messy. We always try it at the trial run and they love that they feel like they don’t have anything on and how it lasted all day and all night even through all the dancing. I love hearing that!

The most important thing I do with my airbrush though is use it to apply makeup for our local women’s shelter. The women there don’t have it as easy as they’d like. One of the first ladies I met there had a huge bruise covering just about her entire face! It broke my heart. She was old enough to be my mom or younger grandma type. I didn’t have the airbrush by then, but she inspired it. I had a difficult time applying as much makeup as she normally could’ve had. Unfortunately, these were new bruises, so they were tender. I applied what I could and was very thankful she even let me do her makeup. I’m sure it took a lot of courage to come to another woman who doesn’t know you to see you like that. Not that I minded, but I was very glad she did because she inspired me and she doesn’t even know it. The airbrush helps us to not even have to touch their faces at all. Dinair carries the regular foundation, as well as the paramedical line that covers these types of discoloration and tattoos with ease.
We can apply everything with it!!! Yes even mascara! It’s amazing to be able to see the transformation physically, but even more so emotionally! This awesome machine has changed lives.

If you wanna have some fun with this machine as well you can get stencils to make designs. There’s just no excuse not to have one. They are priced very nicely as well!

I encourage you to get yourself an airbrush machine from Dinair and have it change your life.
Please contact me if you have any questions and click the picture above to view the items they have on their website.
Enjoy and know you are beautiful!