If you don’t have anything nice to say

Let me start out by saying, I don’t accept negativity. Personally, I feel that negativity is a depressant, a downer, a weakening and avoidable concept. I feel blue just thinking about it:( Boooo!

 

That being said, I’d like to also acknowledge the fact that I know there are MANY MANY people out there that will always see the glass as half empty. There will be more people out there that will tell you that you can’t do something before they tell you that you can. Man it must suck being that miserable, seriously.

 

There will come a time in your life when you’ll realize that even those that love you the most may spew negativity your way, not necessarily to hold you back but in an attempt to protect you from disappointment and pain. There will also be people who will counter you’re achievements with downfalls. You will share your next idea and they will shoot it up with negativity holes. You will smile at the completion of the task you’ve just finished up, and they will suggest other things that could be done or tell you how you could have done it better. Don’t you just looooove when people do that? ugh! Total parade rain-on-ers (ok it’s not a word but still).

 

For these reasons, you will also have to determine who you will share your hopes, dreams and goals with. You’ll have to teach yourself to keep things to yourself until you’ve done them and then, and only then, share them with select people. There will also be people that you will just have to let find out what you’ve done when word gets around.

 

Sometimes people just can’t help themselves. They ‘hate’ on other people when they see their successes. They compare their accomplishments to yours and if they feel they somehow have come up short, they feel they have to bring you down with them.

 

I don’t think I’ll ever understand why people have to bring others down. Why people have to humiliate, degrade or otherwise knock down other people?? I won’t even make an attempt at understanding the negative people, I’ll simply say, that I don’t and won’t accept it.

 

In that same vein, I put together a little bit of “ammo” for those of you who’s businesses are on the line. Being that some ‘negativity’ can hurt your business you should know what’s what…

 

1. Slander– To defame

2. Defamation of Character– to disgrace, to harm the reputation of by libel or slander

3. Libel – a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression (1) : a statement or representation published without just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt (2) : defamation of a person by written or representational means (3) : the publication of blasphemous, treasonable, seditious, or obscene writings or pictures

4. Cease and Desist Order – an order from an administrative agency to refrain from a method of competition or a labor practice found by the agency to be unfair

5. Harassment – (1) : to annoy persistently (2) : to create an unpleasant or hostile situation for especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct

6. Copyright – : the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work

7. Insinuate – : to introduce (as an idea) gradually or in a subtle, indirect, or covert way

8. Suggest – : to mention or imply as a possibility

9. Rumor – 1: talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source2: a statement or report current without known authority for its truth.

 

Now, I don’t want to sound like a doomsday cloud. I simply want to make you all aware that such people do exist. No reason to be paranoid. No reason to second guess your judgment. I say hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. It’s really the only way you can be ready for anything.

 

If you’re anything like me, when someone hates on you, you say “bring it”. LOL.. Seriously.. I do.. But, still, there are some things that can’t be “unsaid”. There are some things that can affect your business negatively and this is when you need this arsenal of know-how to be able to assess the situation and react to it accordingly.

 

Not everyone can be as bubbily as those that know me know I am. I realize that when you’re in business for yourself there is always a chance that things can go wrong.

 

Keep your chins up:) (that’s not to say you have a double chin..LOL.. I’m just talking to more than one of you..LOL). Smile at people you see (what can it hurt really?lol), make eye contact, and be the best you that you can be!! Who’s gonna advertise your business and your personality better than you? In fact, positivity, humility, hard work, dedication and a solid work ethic will get you the job over the next person every time.

 

xoxo- Cristina

 

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Bouncing my way to happiness

So in my desperate search for nothing really, my impulse buying took me to my “always there for me” Amazon Prime account. Honestly they have EVERYTHING so browsing has become second only to Instagram. I stumbled across what looked to be a “beauty blender”. It wasn’t. BUT the fact that it was egg shaped, black and well, a makeup sponge, made me click to read more.

This particular sponge is by a company called Chic Republic. The seller is Motu Collective and it’s fulfilled by Amazon which is just another way of saying “relax and try it, cuz Amazon has your back”. It’s latex free and hypoallergenic! The description states they’re Vegan and Eco Friendly which is a plus in anyone’s book too.

The reviews on this little beauty are actually what made me try it. Well that and the price! I mean can you really beat $6.99 with free prime shipping? I think not!

So I put in my order and waited impatiently as two days went by and I received my little goodie. While I waited however, I did receive an email from the seller. THIS was a first! The seller, Motu Collective, took it upon themselves to reach out to me to not only thank me for my purchase, but to also let me know IN ADVANCE that if I have any issues with their product AT ALL to let them know at once and they will make sure they “fix it” so that I’m satisfied. Talk about customer service!!

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Once I had my talons on it I noticed it felt to me like other “egg shaped” sponges I’ve tried in weight and contour. The material however, felt softer. Once I squeezed it a few times under water, it grew to about 2 times its own size!! It was so perfectly fit in my hand it almost felt ergonomic.

So here’s me, do I use liquid, do I use, cream, do I use powder… the answer of course was YES. So as I dabbed my foundation on my skin and started to bounce this little wonder on my face I noticed right away how much it felt like the beauty blender. It quickly, easily and seamlessly blended my foundations, my contours and even my highlights. I used it for my banana powder and for my translucent powder. Everything, flawless. The point fit beautifully into the grooves and hollows of my face, and never once did I see streaking or sponge marks.

As I stood back and took my selfie, I felt satisfied that my little bargain definitely proved to be my new money saving little beauty tool. After I received my sponge, the company reached out again asking how my experience was with their product and welcomed feedback. That’s just not something you see now-a-days. I’ll be purchasing these in large quantities for my kit! (and a few more for myself too).

Hair & Make Up Artist CNN Hair & Makeup NY

Guess who’s hiring?!

Turner Broadcasting •New York,NY

Job #237806095

CNN

Just got this job alert. Please note, I did NOT write this ad, I’m simply passing on the info for any of  you who might be looking for work! Apply directly though CNN 🙂

Duties: This position would be responsible for airbrush and manual application of makeup to enhance the features of CNN talent and guests in a manner that provides outstanding customer service. In addition, the position will be responsible for completing all hair-styling for clients, including blow-drying, round-brushing, curling, straightening, volumizing, and final styling. Keeping up with specifics for and desires of regular clients, as well as researching the latest techniques, styles, and products, is critical to the position in order to ensure the best on-air look for CNN.

In addition to working in the hair and makeup room, the artist will also visit sets (both on-site and off-site) for application, styling and touch-ups. This position will be responsible for the completion of daily client logs. The artist will be responsible for attending on-going training, both on and off-site. Finally, the position requires weekend work and scheduling flexibility as hours will shift due to changing programming demands.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will ideally have at least three years’ makeup and hairstyling experience and well as airbrushing/HDTV experience. Experienced in dealing with high-profile talent is preferred. Esthetician or cosmetologist license, or certified training from an accredited school/salon, or equivalent required.

Applicant must be willing to become or stay licensed/certified as requested. Applicant must be able to effectively and diplomatically communicate with clients in order to quickly resolve any issues that arise, as well as to provide the best possible customer service. Applicant must possess a friendly and outgoing demeanor. Creativity is a must in both seeking ways to improve service for clients, as well as adapting to changing methods and techniques. Applicant must be capable of maintaining high performance in a high-stress, fast-paced environment.

Successful applicant will be capable of maintaining confidentiality at all times. Computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Outlook required. Proactive work ethic towards constantly improving the hair & makeup room experience for clients is a must.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and its subsidiaries are E-Verify users.

Job Title: Hair & Make Up Artist – CNN – Hair & Makeup NY

Job Category: Other

Job Location: United States – New York – New York

Job Type: Part Time

Requisition #: 145993BR

Updated 03/05/2015

IBS New York

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International Beauty Show is on it’s way to a convention center near you!

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wp_ss_20150307_0008That’s exactly right, for those of you beauty professionals who are hell bent on making it in the industry, building your careers and your income,  You will learn from artists from around the world as they provide tips and tricks you can put in your tool belt for future use on your clients. You’ll get in-booth education from the masters in the industry that will help your income soar!! Of course we can’t forget the fact that hundreds of suppliers offer super special show pricing (read cheap and bulk buyable) on THOUSANDS of products and tools. I’ll pause to give you a chance to compose yourself…. It’s ok I’ll wait…. You good? Ok, lets proceed 😉

wp_ss_20150307_0001  wp_ss_20150307_0006I’m sure by now you’re wondering what the price for this little gem will be. If you buy your ticket Mar 8- Mar 10 it’s just $95.00. Now if you’re anything like me you’re thinking to yourself “whyyyyy would I only go for one day when I could go for longer??” so pricing for more days in heaven are as follows:

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Two Days:    $170 (Jan 6-Mar 7)                           $190 (at the show)

Three Days: $255 (Jan 6- Mar 7)                          $285 (at the Show)

This is not all they’re offering, you have the option of not just attending but you can also attend the HANDS ON WORKSHOP!! Yep, you can get in there and practice what you’re being taught. I learn by doing so this is some kind of special to be able to roll your sleeves up and DO as wp_ss_20150307_0009opposed to watching.. This is definitely on my “Big Deal Alert”, cuz it’s kind of a big deal. Pricing for your HANDS ON WORKSHOP is $250/$265/$290 again depending on when you buy your ticket. Are you seeing the savings here?

How ‘bout as though that wasn’t enough, you can also attend a MASTER CLASS where you will be able to hone your skills and gain insight and tricks for you to bring back to your salon/business. Master classes are $250/$265/$290 depending on the dates you buy your tickets.

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Please note, her highness, the one and only Eve Pearl will be at the show! Could you just DIE?!

Registering is easy as 123 or in this case 1-877-6938 or you can email them ibsny@xpressreg.net.

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Lashes for Days!

Anyone that knows me knows that the answer I give to just about everything makeup related will include the words “use a primer” in it somewhere. This goes double for lashes!

Did you know that by using an eyelash primer before applying your mascara you can quite literally DOUBLE the volume?! Yep, and the length of your lashes gets a kick in the pants too! I wouldn’t recommend this for waterproof mascara however cuz it can affect the “waterproofedness” yep it’s a word.

First CURL YOUR LASHES, then just apply your primer as you would mascara on your upper and lower lashes, wait 20-30 seconds and apply your mascara over top! I prefer 2 coats but it’s up to you the intensity you’re looking for. Just make sure you cover all the white from the primer or you’ll look like a weirdo.

Here are some options for you in the world of eyelash primers 🙂

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Something Blue…

As traditions go, this is one we all know very well. Whether you’ve dreamed of your wedding day since you were a child or just started planning when you met your one and only, “something blue” has or sill unavoidably pop into your mind.

As many people have undoubtedly gotten engaged recently or will come February 14th, I thought I’d help out with your planning with some fun ideas!! Just pin them and save them for later if you’re waiting on your honey to pop the question.

Some of you are “traditional thinkers” and some are “out of the box” thinkers but whatever your mode, these ideas might just be what you never knew you always wanted.

First, let me start with the obvious. Well obvious for me anyway being a makeup artist. What if you forgo the traditional soft browns and blacks and went with a more electrifying and captivating eyeliner? Makeup Forever has an amazing waterproof formula that will make your eyes the focus of your day. Windows to the soul and all, this isn’t exactly a bad idea!!

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If that’s too much for you, maybe mixing your black/brown traditional liners with a blue mascara?! MAC makes an intense blue that will fringe your eyes in a unique way.

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Need your black liner, black mascara and lashes?  I’m with ya sister, cuz i can’t live without them either. What if you added a smidge of YOWZA to that bridal look? YOWZA in the form of Makeup Forever’s electric blue eye shadow that is!!! This creamy powder glides on, crease free, leaving a trail of pigmented yumminess that begs you to make it a staple in your makeup bag. We’re not going for 80’s here, we’re going for edgy so don’t get all crazy with the hot pink cupie doll blush and frost pink lipstick on me now.

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Leading into other fun options, maybe your jewelry can have a pop of color a midst the diamonds and pearls! Just look at these earrings! Can you just imagine these (or something like these, I’m just giving ideas here) dangling from your lobes?!

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What about this amazing necklace draped around your neck adding to the elegance you’re already radiating? Again, we’re going with the idea not necessarily the exact piece. Though this one is kind of amazing and I think the makers are Nagota Creations.

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Here’s another idea I saw as so our darling since it adds just enough subtle color without distracting from say, your dress. These hair pins fit sweetly and snuggly into your curls, waves & buns, kind of like the frosting on a cake!

Something Blue Pearls Wedding Hair Pins_ Set of 5, 8mm Swarovski ___Jennifer Bridal Hair Pins Something Blue White Pearl Crystal Spray

One little detail that people don’t really think of are the shoes! Sure you can wear a garter with something blue, a bra with a blue flower or whatever else hidden so you an just get the tradition “handled” but what about a delicate feminine detail that would only be seen if you so decided. If for example you say wrote your vow of “I Do” on the bottoms of your shoes, how cool would that be for your guests to see it as you kneel in church? I just love that idea.

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My last little brainstorming idea was to buy clip on earrings, in blue (duh) and clip them to the backs of your shoes. This gives them a bit of bling without going over the top! I’d love to see what ideas you guys have!!

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Under Eye Circles Be Gone!!

Those Little Dark Circles Don’t Seem So Small When They’re on your FACE!!

I’ve been asked a lot recently regarding how to get rid of or cover under eye circles so I thought I’d reach back to a previous post I did on another web page and bring on back. Yep, we’re recycling, heating up leftovers, re-posting, however you wanna say it. Lasagna is always better the next day so I’m ok with that. And of course, now I’m hungry.

Ok we are not a football player! Well, I would think that most of us aren’t anyway. And because of this, we would rather not have those pesky little circles under our eyes, am I right? Sure I am! Cuz no matter how funny those meme’s are, those bags are not and never will be…designer.

With that said, let me first start by saying that sleeping with your makeup on not only hurts me (it really does kill me to learn that people do this), it hurts your cause!! Did you know that if you don’t get all of that mascara and eyeliner off of those lids, over time they will actually STAIN your lids? UPPER AND LOWER PEOPLE!! Yeah, not pretty! (think that Seinfeld episode where they looked different in different light…from wow to ew). Don’t act like you didn’t watch Seinfeld and don’t know what I’m talking about either, we all still love Seinfeld.

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So, in order to avoid this awkward situation, how bout we go ahead and get some eye makeup remover, a cotton ball and a Q-tip (yes, I’m that serious). Make sure you remove all of your makeup before you turn in for the night. Get in there with your Q-tip so that you can get every bit there is and not wake up with racoon eyes (not attractive) and avoid staining this thin sensitive skin around your pretty peepers!!

Next, you’re going to want to moisturize on a regular basis. Yes REGULAR basis, as in morning and night. Find an eye cream that attends to the problem areas or problems you’re tryin to avoid (ie..puffy, dark, lines etc) and dab dab dab! Your eyes will thank you for it! Here’s a multi-purpose cream that will do everything you could ever want a face cream to do. Embryolisse… Learn it, live it, love it… you’re welcome.

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Moving right along, did you know that certain colors are used to correct different problems? Yep, that dang color theory wheel you had to learn in high school art sure comes in handy for us MUA’s!! Doncha wish you paid attention?? Well lucky for you, I’m here to give you some tips on how to use color (and not gobs of it for the love) to cover up your little imperfections until you’ve treated them away 🙂

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If the problem you’re having is bluish or purplish veins under your eyes and you’ve got light to medium skin tone you’re really going to want to use a peach/salmon concealer dabbed every so lightly. With medium to dark skin you’re going to want to reach out and pick up a yellow/salmon or orange concealer. These are to be used sparingly as you don’t want to have that chalky built up look under those eyes.

For dark brown or deep red circles, with light or medium skin you would use yellow or a very light peachy color and for medium or dark skin, use a yellow (more golden than yellow) or salmon color.

One thing that i find not only brightens up the under eye and top of cheekbone area is a product called “Banana Powder“. It is magic in a bottle! This yellow powder applied sparingly just under the eyes can bring a warm glow and brightness to the face giving the appearance of rest and energy. Ben Nye banana powder can be found at various stores and websites, just google or bing it!! (ooooor just click the words and it’ll take you there)

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Now repeat after me…”I will not use a shade too light for my skin to cover up my dark circles, or dark spots.” LOL…

Now off you go my fellow makeup junkies!! Remove, moisturize and dab your little hearts out!!