Wedding Show February 22nd, 2015!!!

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Well folks, I’ve tweeted, Facebooked, Instagrammed, Linkedin’ed it, and finally blogging it. For all of you brides out there or friends of brides, you’re not going to want to miss the show on Sunday February 22nd at SIXTY STATE PLACE in Albany, NY. This show is from 12-4 and will offer enough vendors to provide you with one stop shopping for your big wedding day.

So whether you’re recently engaged or have been planning for a while, DON’T MISS THIS SHOW! Come see me at TABLE W and take advantage of an EXCLUSIVE to Sixty State Place deal for my brides. Come ready to have fun and forget about the cold air whistling outside.

Those of you that know of my business (transitioning from Glowing Faces to Cristina Rivera Beauty) know about my mobile makeup artistry services. Airbrushing on site?! MimosaWhat could be better than that! You can literally stay in your pj’s and slippers, sipping mimosas while having your makeup airbrushed on by a professional wedding makeup specialist. Trust me, you’re not going to want to miss what I have in store for you lovely ladies 😉

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You’ll receive luxury treatment from the moment you get there with valet parking. Check your coat and grab your “passport”. Stop at every vendor table and get your passport signed to be entered to win some amaaaazing prizes.

Here’s what they’ve got in store for you:

A 50% wedding venue rental at Sixty State Place

2 Night Stay at Lake Placid Courtyard by Marriott (dates are on the GC)

Let’s get this all straight, we’ve got valet parking, vendors GALORE, a chance to win some amazing prizes and FUN!! Tickets are already on sale at just $5.00 at Eventbright.com . It really is a steal. Bring your wedding planning notebooks, a pen, and a “lets do this” attitude! Just think, you could go home with everything you need for your wedding day besides your groom 🙂

Hope to see you all there 🙂

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Sixty State Place

60 State St.

Albany, NY 12205

Product Review- “Whish” Body Butter

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So I received this body butter in the mail and I gotta admit I was overjoyed. I absolutely LOVE body butter!! Unreasonably so actually. It’s called “Whish” and I absolutely love their shave cream so I couldn’t wait to use this little goodie. The name alone sounds like it’s fresh and light “whishhhh” like a warm summer breeze.

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After using it for a few weeks I thought I’d let you all know what I think just in case you were in search of a good body butter or simple gift to give yourself or someone else.

Scented lightly with lavender (one of my fav’s) it doesn’t over power my perfume but definitely doesn’t go un-noticed and felt less like butter and more like a thicker lotion. NOT to be confused with a cream either however. It was kind of in between. It goes on smoothly and absorbs rather quickly without leaving a greasy trail once it’s soaked in. The softness last pretty much until your next hand washing and that’s saying a lot since I use hand sanitizer all day long.

I wouldn’t say that I was disappointed with this product just simply had a completely different idea of what it was going to be prior to using it. I’m used to thick shea butter like body butter or at the very least, the consistency of the body creams from bath and body works. Still, this hard working, sweet smelling gem is def one I want at my desk always. whishbodybuttersingle

Did You Know?

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That some after makeup face sealer can also be used as a primer?! Welp, it’s true. One of my favorites to use for this is Ben Nye Final Seal. With its misty fragrance and light feel it’s an ideal choice for priming as well as sealing!!

It’s made for stage makeup so it’s heavy duty in its effort to keep you waterproof and sweat proof. This is awesome for every day but especially important for big events like weddings, gala’s, prom’s etc.

The frosting on this cake is that this products isn’t going to break the bank either. With sizes ranging from 2 fl oz to 16 fl oz and pricing ranging from $2- $25.50 it is definitely something worth packing in your makeup bag/kit.

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Dr. Jart + Pore Minimalist Mask- Look airbrushed by taking care of your skin!

20140925_193406693_iOSSo recently I received in my Birchbox an interesting mask. It clearly stated on the front that it was a black charcoal sheet mask, so you would think I was prepared for what I was about to try out. Before opening I read the package and it proudly boasted that it was good for my type of skin. Pimples, check, Large Pores, Check, Excess Sebum, check. To be honest I don’t think I have excessive sebum but I’m willing to bet that I have it since I’m already 2 out of 3.

So I pull my hair back thinking this charcoal stuff will surely get all over the place, in my hair, probably on my clothes and I don’t know if oxyclean gets out charcoal stains so I’d better be careful on this one. I was home alone and decided it couldn’t be a more perfect time to sit on the couch with a treatment on my face to rejuvenate my skin and get it ready for my day.

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I curiously ripped open the top of the package and peeked inside. What in the world?? As I reached in and pulled out the mask I see that they meant exactly what they said, it’s a sheet mask. I mean this thing was like a black slippery piece of smooth material that I can only compare to felt with holes cut into it. Ok, well, I guess this will be less messy than I thought. I unfolded the mask (so weird) and found the flap for the nose (it’s tricky cuz it blends right into the right into the rest of the mask. 20140925_200847154_iOS Ok now to position this thing on my face. Slippery sucker. Ok I’ve got it. There, that wasn’t so bad. Smoothing it down on my face was a small challenge as it seemed as though it was a little too big for my face and so it bubbled up around the edges but whatever, I’m not worried about my edges, I need my really oily zones tackled.

Aaaaaand now I wait. 20 minutes on the timer and I sit on my couch ready to let this magic mask minimize my pores, soak up some oil and make me look refreshed and airbrushed. Ok so honestly I KNOW that one use of any product isn’t going to change my skin so drastically but I’m visualizing my better skin, visualizing what COULD be, so just bare with me.

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Tick tock and finally the timer goes off. As always I wonder if I should leave it on even longer to get an extra benefit but I decide to go ahead and follow the directions instead and peel it off.

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There was a slippery substance on my skin but it mostly just felt wet. I rinsed my face and patted dry. I have to admit it did feel cleaner than before and a little more moisturized without feeling lotioned up or greasy. I will admit that my skin didn’t LOOK drastically different but I can see how using something like this often along with a really good skin cleansing routine would work wonders.

All in all I’m glad I tried it. It was way less messy than other masks I’ve used, it didn’t smell bad if at all, it was easy clean up and left my skin feeling alive. I almost prefer this kind of mask to other goopy kinds because it actually saves time.

Remember to always clean your skin with a cleanser appropriate for your skin type, use a toner (like witch hazel) right after and always always always moisturize your skin with a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. These are minimum steps that you should be doing EVERY DAY. And I you’re like me, you will go that extra step and invest in a good eye cream and lip balm to protect that delicate skin around your eyes and on your pout.

Stop back soon for my “fav 5 for fall”!!

Sea Rx- Product Review

One of the goodies in my Birchbox is this amazing little anti wrinkle cream by Sea Rx.

It’s antioxidants and vitamins help to fade wrinkles leaving your complexion smooth and healthy looking. What’s interesting is that his face cream also works on crows feet!! So no more buying a separate cream for those.

It’s smooth thick texture glides on smoothly and absorbs quickly. Your face has no greasy feel. Just feels healthy and supple.

Not only do you save money, but your nourishing your whole face leaving it needing less makeup! Notice I didn’t say “no makeup”, lol.

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Flash Sale- JOE BLASCO @ Makeup Mania!!

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Makeup Mania is doing us all a favor in a way. Though they’ve decided to not carry Joe Blasco products anymore (boooo!) it’s allowing us to stock our kits with this amazing brand at quite the amazing bargain!!

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So you get a perspective on what I’m actually telling you, we’re talking about Joe Blasco. The co-author of “The professional Makeup Artist 1, 2 &3  that we all have in our “bible” stash of go to books. This is a man with YEARS in the business and has schools in Hollywood, Orlando and Palm Springs. It’s not your run in the mill school just as it’s not your run in the mill makeup. He’s been an artist since 1966 and has held strong in the industry. HIs cosmetics aren’t cheap, and they are worth every penny so when I saw that Makeup Mania was going to basically gift us these quality products at an average of $30.00 in a flash sale for $5.00, I almost slid out of my seat.

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Without hesitation I logged into my account, filled my cart with goodies and placed my order. With great satisfaction I sat back in my chair anxious and excited at the amazing bargain I just took advantage of. Then I thought, what’s better than getting something on sale?? SHARING where and how with people I know. Being that I don’t know all of you, I thought this might be a great way for you to not only be able to also fill your carts and hearts with the joy that is inexpensive quality makeup, but also share this post with your friends, family, fellow artists and makeup junkies!!! It’s just for a day so don’t delay!! (ok that was corny I know, lol)

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Photo Credit: JoeBlasco.com, MakeupMania.com

A little education goes a long way!!

Most of us makeup artists began with the curiosity of “how”. It’s a natural process we all have of seeing something and wanting to “tweak” it to make it say, better, prettier, more colorful etc. Those of us that are self taught may have a gift but that doesn’t mean that we should stop there (please don’t stop there). Learning is something that we’re never too old for, never too seasoned, never too much of experts that we couldn’t use learning a new way of doing things.

Education is important in any field you work in. Keeping up with the times, the technology, the “new” is the only way to keep from becoming overlooked in our field. To keep from becoming irrelevant or lose out to another artist we must all make sure we’re educating ourselves. This can be anything from reading a magazine (Makeup Artist Magazine, On Makeup Magazine) to name a couple, YouTube videos, books or even taking a class. If we all work to empower each other, lift each other and teach each other without prejudice we will become a strong industry of talented and caring artists beating faces and taking names. Lol

In an effort to bring you some ideas of where you can turn here are some quick references to get you on your way.These are great weather you’re already a working professional makeup artist or an aspiring makeup artist eager to break into the industry,

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