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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Iced Blue Look


Products Used:
NYX jumbo pencil (eye shadow base)
Inglot AMC shine 05 (inner tear duct)
Inglot Pearl 429 (inner eyelid & under eyeliner)
Inglot Pearl 413 (mid - end of the lid)
Inglot Matte 338 (bottom crease)
Inglot D.S. 491 (crease)
Inglot AMC 08 (brow highlight)
MAC NW40 concealer (under eye)
Maybelline Masterdrama eyeliner - Midnight Master (waterline)
ELF cream liner (lid liner)
MAC NC50 foundation
#600 lashes

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Cupcake Soiree" Look




A lot of people have asked if I did a YouTube video tutorial for this look and the answer is "no". Truth is, I didn't know what look I was going to do that day so I didn't want to do a video. This look is very similar to the "white, pink & purple" look that I did that is very similar to this look. Since I didn't do a video tutorial I've decided to list the products that I used.

Brows: NYX brown eye pencil
Foundation: Black Opal (nutmeg)
Concealer: MAC select cover up (nw40)
Finishing powder: Loreal True Match powder (c7)
Eye shadow base: NYX jumbo eye pencil (milk)
Lid colors: Inglot AMC 35 & AMC 05
Crease color: Inglot Matte 338
Cut crease: AMC 65
Milani liquid liner (black) - eyelid
Mary Kay Ultimate mascara (black)
Eyeliner (bottom) - Danessa Myrick pink gel liner topped with Inglot D.S. 495 eye shadow
Bottom smudge - Inglot Matte 326
Blush - Inglot AMC 51 & Blush 35
Lip liner - MAC (cork)
Lipgloss - Armour Beauty (Edie)



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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dior vs Maybelline...The battle of the Blue Mascara's

DIOR vs MAYBELLINE
The Battle of the Blue Mascara's 


Last year I was watching a YouTube video where a girl used a blue mascara.  I had been searching high and low for a blue mascara that was actually visible on natural/false lashes without having to use the whole tube.  I have purchased a blue mascara from MAC cosmetics but it was a "seasonal" product and was a light blue.    Once I'd seen her video, I rushed over to Lord & Taylor to purchase Dior's "DiorShow" mascara in "Azure Blue".  I tested it out while I was there to make sure it was everything I had been looking for...and it was!  When I went to pay for it, my mouth dropped.  NEVER IN ALL OF MY LIFE had I spent $25 on mascara.  Even though I hesitated to give the salesperson my debit card, the makeup artist in me had to have this mascara. 

About a month or 2 went by before I popped the tube open and used it for the first time.  I was in love.  I wore it often and got compliments on it.  "DiorShow" had become my favorite mascara until......


One day (on my usual weekly run to target) I was browsing the makeup section to see what was on sale and to see what new products had come out.  I knew that I needed some black mascara for my kit when I ran across Maybelline's "Great Lash" washable mascara in "Royal Blue".  I loved my Dior mascara so there was no need to replace it but the price was something that I just didn't like.  Don't get me wrong, I'd purchase another one in a heart beat if there was no other choice.  Once I found Maybelline's mascara, I had to purchase it and weigh my options and here's where the battle ends: 

"DiorShow" in Azure Blue

What I liked:
The blue pigment was very vibrant 
The packaging is pretty snazzy 

What I didn't like:
The $25 price
The wand/brush was too big for my lashes (especially the bottom)
Dries quick so I am almost unable to get 2 coats of product on

"Great Lash" in Royal Blue

What I liked:
The blue pigment was vibrant
The price is reasonable ($6)
The wand/brush is small enough for my lashes (top and bottom)
This mascara is easier to find and purchase (Target, Walmart & Maybelline's website)
I'm able to get 2 coats of mascara on 

What I didn't like:
The packaging looks like the others so it can easily be mistaken for black or brown
The blue is not as vibrant as "DiorShow"

In the end Maybelline wins the battle!

Fabulously Fit w/Positive Vibes Fitness

{January 2011}

This was the year that I put all of my energy in to "education".  I wanted to take classes and teach classes.  What I didn't expect to take a class in was "fitness".  I use to HATE working out so what started out as sort of a joke, became a way of life.  In June I began the "21 day challenge" with fitness guru David Cox of Positive Vibes Fitness {Glen Burnie, MD}.  I wanted to see how much weight I could lose before my trip to Los Angeles for the annual IMATS show.  What turned out to be 21 days continued on to the present day.  

For 21 days I changed my eating habits, exercised, did personal training sessions with him (2 days/week) and in the end I lost weight and my bad eating habits.  Working out with David completely changed the way I thought about food, the juices/sodas I use to drink and even the types of snacks.  Once that challenge was over I started his 30 days for $39 challenge and went even further.  I incorporated a "Latin Caliente" dance class and 1-2 more days of exercise at the gym. 
{September 2011}

Now I go to the gym or get some type of exercise in at least 3-4 times a week because I "like" the gym.  My clothes are fitting better and I'm feeling better.  I try not to eat late at night.  I drink water throughout my day and make sure that I'm eating as healthy as I can without depriving myself of "goodies" every now and then.  If I go out to eat (most of the time) I get a "to go" box so that I'm not eating everything in one sitting.  I want to personally and publicly thank David for changing my life and helping feel better about myself and leading me on a path to healthy eating.  He's not only my personal trainer but also a great person and as hard at his business as I do.  I love you DAVID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


www.positivevibesfitness.com 
http://www.facebook.com/PositiveVibesFitness
www.twitter.com/dcoxii


Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Modern Friction" vs "Buffy Body Butter"

Recently I was in Origins picking up my usual skin care products.  The lady that helped me was like a regional director or something so I asked her what type of body scrub she would suggest for shower use to exfoliate the skin.  She suggested "Modern Friction for the Body".  Now you know how much I love Origins skin care products and you know how much I love Lush Cosmetics body products soooooo I put it to the test.  I used the "Modern Friction for the Body" twice a week for 2 weeks to see if I would like it and if I noticed a difference in my skin.


Here's what I liked:
- Not a heavy fragrance
- Exfoliated the skin
- I only needed a small amount and the size of the tube is large (6.7 oz)

Here's what I didn't like:
- $35.00
- Left my skin feeling dry
- The exfoliation beads were everywhere and hard to rinse away


Compared to my Lush Cosmetics "Buffy Body Butter"
Here is what I Liked:
- Not a heavy fragrance
- Exfoliated the skin
- The bar is easy to use and doesn't require a wash cloth
- Moisturizes the skin
- Easy to rinse off
- $11.95/small bar $22/large bar

Here is what I didn't like:
- Leaves the shower/tub slipper
- Leaves the shower/tub with a greasy film
- I only get about 3-4 uses out of the small bar




In the end I will stick with my "Buffy Body Butter" just because I like the way my skin feels after using it and I love it more than I do the "Modern Friction for the Body".

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Congratulations Tanyka!


I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely bride last year. She was a bridesmaid in her friends wedding that I was working on. This anxious bride was ready to get started with her bridal trial almost a year before her wedding {smile}. I have to admit that she was one of my sweetest brides. It was great working with her and her bridal party this Saturday and to also be reunited with her Matron of Honor whose makeup I did last year as well as another bridesmaid.
For Tanyka’s special day I did her hair as well as her makeup (airbrush). Her wedding colors were a pretty summer green with a hint of pink {representing the AKA colors} so I did her makeup with a hint of the pink and her bridal parties makeup in neutral & green tones. Her hair was a low classic pincurled bun with a feathered bang.
Congratulations Tanyka!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Divine!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIVINE!!

Today is "Divine Cre8ions" 11th birthday. I remember when I first started this company I was sitting in my moms home office trying to think of names. I actually did a survey to let friends/family and clients get involved with the process. At that time my friend Laurry and I brainstormed and came up with "Divine Creations". The "8" didn't replace the "a" until sometime later when I went to get a website and the name was taken my a guy who owned "Divine Creations" in philadelphia. Once I added the "8" I felt like my own identity had been created and here we are 11 years later still going strong and have conquered 2 states!!! 

Thanks to all of my supporters, fans, friends and family. You all help make "Divine" a success! 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

30 days for $39

At Positive Vibes Fitness, we pride ourselves in being a bit unconventional. We are not a gym. We offer our services in an upscale, carefully designed studio and are dedicated to providing personal, private attention and unparalleled service from our trained fitness experts. All of our focus is on our clients. We offer programs that produce results, not packages or sessions that are unfocused and in turn unproductive. We want to prove to you that we can give you what you need, and invite you to enjoy this special offer.....

30 days for $39
Positive Vibes Fitness Website

Positive Vibes Fitness
7452 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Suite 201A
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
(410) 768-8423



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Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Grace" Lipgloss by Armour Beauty




"Grace" Lipgloss by Armour Beauty

This shimmer gloss retails for $21 at Armour Beauty. This has to be my FAVORITE. I love love love this color. It puts my Inglot iridescent lipgloss to shame and you KNOW how much I love Inglot. It's an iridescent hot pink lipgloss with a hue of purple. I would definitely rock this color all alone so it can show off and show out! For the eyes I would do a matching pink/purple look.
The consistency is a little thicker than your normal gloss which to me can be a good thing because it will last longer. This gloss comes in a 6.5 ml cute clear bottle and smells like vanilla.

"Edie" Lipgloss



"Edie" Lipgloss 

This Opaque gloss retails for $21 at Armour Beauty. It's a pale beige/pink color that really like. Somehow I feel like I would wear this color by itself but I would rather not have the "ashy lip" look so I would cocktail this gloss with a brown lip liner and nude lipstick. For the eyes I would do something smoky!  
The consistency is a little thicker than your normal gloss which to me can be a good thing because it will last longer. This gloss comes in a 6.5 ml cute clear bottle and smells like vanilla. 

"Last Dance" Lipgloss



"Last Dance" Lipgloss

This Opaque gloss retails for $21 at Armour Beauty. It's a burgundy/wine brown  color. I would cocktail this gloss with a burgundy lipstick and a neutral eye so that the "lips" are the center of attention. 
The consistency is a little thicker than your normal gloss which to me can be a good thing because it will last longer. This gloss comes in a 6.5 ml cute clear bottle and smells like vanilla. 

"Foxy" Lipgloss



"Foxy" Lipgloss by Armour Beauty

This Opaque gloss retails for $21 at Armour Beauty. It has a rich dark chocolate color that I think is amazing because I have never seen a lipgloss shade in this color before.  
The consistency is a little thicker than your normal gloss which to me can be a good thing because it will last longer. This gloss comes in a 6.5 ml cute clear bottle and smells like vanilla

"Gazarri's" lipgloss by Armour Beauty


“Gazarri’s” lipgloss by Armour Beauty

This shimmer gloss retails for $21 at Armour Beauty. The consistency is a little thicker than your normal gloss which to me can be a good thing because it will last longer. This gloss comes in a 6.5 ml cute clear bottle and smells like vanilla

Friday, May 27, 2011

Here comes the bride!



I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely bride at a bridal show. She was one of the nicest ladies there and had even come by my booth twice. Once we left the show she contacted me about doing her consultation and booked me on the spot. What’s funny is that she referred me to a bride and hadn’t even gotten her makeup done by me! She has also referred other people to me including one of my students in my mentoring program. She is truly a special person. Well today was her special day and I’m glad to have been apart of it.

CONGRATULATIONS SHAUNA!!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Andrea's wedding Pt. 2

Andrea's wedding



Yesterday I drove to Virginia to service Andrea and her bridal party. I had no idea that they would all be so gracious and kind. Their family is extremely close and you can tell. She is one of my favorite brides because she was kind and her words were gently. She didn’t complain or have any major outrageous plans. All she wanted to do was make her glamorous and that is what I did.

Andrea is wearing a full face of airbrush makeup (including eyes) enhanced with traditional makeup. She has eyelash enhancements as well.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Airbrush Makeup with a Conventional kick up



My models face was completely done with airbrush makeup. I also used used conventional makeup to enhance the airbrush in the eye area. Brows, lashes, and lips were done with conventional makeup.

Model: M. Roberts
Makeup By: Divine Cre8ions
Photographer: Daryl Brown Photographer

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Buffing Bar


BUFFING BAR
I can’t say enough about this bar. It is a MUST HAVE in your shower/bath. When I first purchased it at “lush” I didn’t get all excited because I didn’t want to be let down but this bar really does work.
One side smooths and moisturizes the skin while the other side exfoliates. It’s A-MA-ZING! For only $11 (small bar) you can get 2 full body applications out of it.
I have the large bar ($22) and use it every other day on arms, legs, & feet. Once a week I’ll do full body and it lasts a long time.
Now that I have the buffing bar I hardly use lotion anymore. I use it on my feet then put socks on to lock in the moisture so my feet stay soft.
I highly recommend this bar to everyone…yes that means you men out there can use it also.

YouTube Video Link: http://youtu.be/GJou_yBO78c

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fine: The Basics of Beauty

I must say that I was excited to learn about this DVD when it came out but for some reason I didn't rush out and order it.  I'm a huge fan of Sam Fine and have his book but I hesitated on this DVD.  After my recent purchase I posted this picture on my Facebook Fanpage where I got mixed reviews.  I was then hesitant to open it up because I thought I was going to have to send it back to Amazon and get my money back lol.  Like I said before, I'm a huge Sam Fine fan so why would I expect anything less that great from him.  He's never let me down so why would he start now?  I finally watched the video today and I must say that it's awesome!  Sam Fine for one is a cutie-patootie and speaks very well in order for the consumer to understand what he is talking about and why.  Secondly, this video is just as it says "the basics of beauty" therefore, it's geared to beginning makeup artists and consumers wanting to enhance their beauty the right way.  Now I consider myself a "seasoned" artist so I know most of the things talked about in the DVD but there were several things that I didn't know such as blotting moisturizer and foundation with tissue to cut down on creasing and shine before apply powder.  As a makeup artist there are things that I may know that other MUA's don't and vice versa that is why there is ALWAYS room for education.  There are things that I know but sometimes forget or overlook overtime and this demo helped to refresh my memory.  In the end I am happy that I went with my "Sam gut" and purchased the DVD.  I'll watch it over and over again until he comes out with another one :).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Congratulations Paul Mitchell



I have loved Paul Mitchell products since I was introduced to the line in 1997. My cosmetology school used some of the products and then over the years I researched other products in the collection. This new "Awapuhi" line is sulfate free and is changing the direction of hair care products. Once again Paul Mitchell has proven to be at the top of their game and I'm proud to say I use their products!

www.divinecre8ions.com

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Black Smokey Eye Look


Products Used:
- Cover Girl stick concealer
- MAC Paint Pot in Delft
- Inglot Black Eye Shadow
- MAC Down Brown Eye Shadow
- Inglot Brown/Black Eye Shadow
- Nixie Cosmetics Beige Eye Shadow
- NYX Eyeliner
- Sephora silver glitter liner
- MAC black glitter liner
- MAC false lash mascara

- MAC Chestnut Lipliner
- MAC Dazzleglass lip gloss
- NYC Lip gloss

YouTube video link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfQkOradem4
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2010 Favorite Makeup Things

2010 Favorite Makeup Things

The Beauty Blender is an amazing tool for applying liquid and cream based products. It doesn't eat up your makeup so you won't feel like you're wasting product AND it's reusable! Here's more on this product








I LEARNED THIS TRICK FROM PATTI LABELLE, FOR OILY SKIN, APPLY MILK OF MAGNESIA OVER YOUR MOISTURIZER AND UNDER YOUR FOUNDATION TO DECREASE SHINE. PLEASE NOTE THAT A LITTLE GOES A LOOOOONG WAY.  FOR ABOUT $5 IT CAN SAVE YOU HUNDREDS IN THE LONG RUN. 

‎I LOVE THE CONSISTENCY OF COVER GIRL CONCEALER. IT'S FULL COVERAGE AND CAN BE BLENDED DOWN IF NEEDED AND FOR ONLY $6 IT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY BECAUSE A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY.


‎I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE EYE SHADOWS. THEY ARE TRUE TO COLOR AND ARE OUTSTANDING. I HAVE 4 PALETTES BY INGLOT COSMETICS AND I THINK THEY ARE THE BEST. IF YOU ARE EVER IN THE NYC AREA, CHECK OUT 


DON'T BREAK THE BANK BUT STEP OUT LOOKING LIKE A MILLION BUCKS WITH NYX COSMETICS.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEIR PIGMENTS AND GLITTER PRODUCTS. THEIR EYE SHADOWS ARE HIGHLY PIGMENTED AND TRUE TO COLOR.  


BITCH SLAP COSMETICS IS A VERY ECLECTIC MAKEUP COMPANY HAS ALL KINDS OF PRODUCTS FROM HIGHLY PIGMENTED EYE SHADOWS & PIGMENTS TO JEWELRY AND BRUSHES.  PRICES ARE AVERAGE BUT THE PAYOFF IS PRICELESS!


‎TO FILL IN MY EYE BROWS I USE MAYBELINE RETRACTABLE BROW PENCIL.  IT'S FABULOUS  


‎I LOVE SEPHORA'S GLITTER LINERS BECAUSE THEY ARE REASONABLY PRICED AND TRUE TO COLOR. THEY LAST A LONG TIME AND CAN BE USED ALL YEAR LONG...NOT JUST FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON.  


I USE LASPLASH AS A BASE FOR GLITTER AND SOME PIGMENTS. IT CAN LAST UP TO 12 HOURS AND IS CREASE, SMEAR, & SMUDGE PROOF! 


LOREAL TRUE MATCH POWDER IS GREAT TO "SET" FOUNDATION OR DUST LIGHTLY OVER MOISTURIZED SKIN AND FOR ABOUT $8 YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT! 


‎THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD IS SHADOW SHIELDS LOL. IT'S GREAT FOR "FALL OUT" TO PREVENT YOUR CONCEALER FROM MATCHING YOUR EYE SHADOW.


MAC COSMETICS #217 MAC BLENDING BRUSH IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BRUSH FOR BLENDING CREAMS & LIQUIDS.

 

‎I USE MAC COSMETICS PAINT POTS 80% OF THE TIME. I HAVE THEM IN 3 DIFFERENT COLORS AND THEY WORK FABULOUS UNDER YOUR EYE SHADOW TO HELP KEEP IT FROM CREASING AND DISAPPEARING. 

 

GIELLA “EYE M GLAM” CUSTOM BLENDED HIGHLIGHTING POWDER IS THE BOMB!  IT ADDS AN EXTRA GLOW TO YOUR FACE THAT YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.  I USE IN AS BROW HIGHLIGHT AS WELL.

DIORSHOW WATERPROOF MASCARA “#258” (BLUE).  BLUE IS MY NEW BLACK!

KLEANCOLOR EYE SHADOW PALETTE’S FROM BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE

TO SEE THESE PRODUCTS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, CHECK OUT MY YOUTUBE VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-_rLHeMV3A



Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


As I take a quick look back at 2010 I see disappointment, discouragement, and depression.  Then I see Jesus Christ and look at 2010 again and I see encouragement, gratefulness, and Blessings in spite of the trials and tribulations I went through.  Last year taught me lessons I may not have learned on my own and I'm grateful for that.  I'll tell you that if it had not been for the Lord on my side I don't know where I would be.  I am a child of the King and he takes care of his children.  I know he won't put more on me that I can bare but when you're in the midst of a storm you don't see that.  I had a couple of storms but have come out alive and well with a new understanding.  Thank you Jesus for bringing me out and moving me on.  Thank you Jesus for allowing me to see the 1st day of a new year and new opportunities.  
I would like to thank all of my supporters, clients, and family for the love you've shown Divine Cre8ions Hair & Makeup Studio in 2010.  I got to meet people that I would have never met thanks to social media and I got new clients that I never thought I would have thanks to social media.  I thank God for the visions and ideas that he gives me and allowing me to be able to do what I so love to do.  May you have a Blessed and prosperous new year.  Step out on faith and let God use you.  See you at the top!


"I'm getting closer to Heaven in 2011"
Nyoka "Nyke" Green