Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shoot with the artist...Moye

This Thursday, I will have the sincere pleasure of working with an artist I have admired for years! I have admittedly labeled myself as one of her "groupies", and further more proud of it! She has produced images that have literally taken my breath away...yet and still consistently leaving an heir of mystery, in photo and in person. There are many you can say that you like their work...there are few you can say you respect their art. Moye is that artist.
So when she posted a photo special for only $65!!! OH! a sista had to jump on that!!!! LOL! (You just don't get work like this for that amount of money) And as much as I would like to keep it all to myself, I thought I'd be nice and share it with y'all. :) So you don't have to be jealous when you see my new pics...you can just get your own! LOL!;) But in all seriousness...this is a gift, to share her art this way. To give us a cost effective way to share her talent... I totally dig it and...Respect it! I'll be sure to post the pics...but most def, get your own!

Check out more of her work here...

Kisses! ;-*

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Commercial for Enso

ENSO :: Asian Bistro :: Sushi Never Looked So Good from Andre Araiz on Vimeo.

I absolutely love the fact that my career path has so much flexibility! One day can be a photo shoot, the next a wedding, or even freelancing for a company. This was one of those right place at the right time opportunities! I was actually just chillin and my girl called me up...said the MUA on this project flaked and they needed somebody asap! Luckily I was there to save the day! And look how cool! A commercial for Enso! Actually did a little hair on this gig too. Turned out quite nice too...if I do say so myself! ;) Shouts to Famous Nobody and Shanae "Lady Truth" Levine!
That's the beauty of freelancing in this biz...u just never know what you're gona get! And I am truly thankful for the opportunities that find me! :) Here's a couple behind the scenes pics I snapped on my phone...all in a days work! ;) Kisses ;-*

Monday, July 18, 2011

On the way to Beauty Editing! :)

Check out 2 Posts that I was quoted in on Tyra Banks New Beauty Site...Type F!  How to Wear Your Makeup Perfectly  and The Best Nude Tone Lipstick !!! It's so exciting! :) I love giving makeup tips, especially real ones that don't sugar coat the truth. My newest aspiration is to become a beauty editor for a major publication! (Hello Universe!...Is this thing on? LMAO) My last attempt to merge my journalism degree and this cosmetology path that I chose. Totally surreal to see yourself quoted like this, but I guess I know what I'm talkin about after 7 years of doin this! lol  Anyhoo...I definitely feel this is a step in the right direction! Many thanks to my girl Amelia Keith and her blog  Pretty in the Queen City!! For writing the article and using my expertise!

She's actually having an event this Thursday too! :) A Skinny Girl Margarita Party!! Find more info here > Skinny Girl Margarita Party at BluPrint   

Hope to see ya there!  Kisses! ;-*

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sole to Soul

Come out this Thursday evening for fashion networking at its best!!! TFC presents Sole to Soul...fashion networking and shoe social! Part of the Harvey B. Gantt Center's Social Supremacy Summer Series!

Thursday night will feature live music from Cleo Jones, Venah S and Shameka L.Dwight! A 360 Shoe cam...another reason to wear the haute-est pair in your closet and show em off! An informal "shoe show" by Elle VJ Boutique and a few other surprises that you'll just have to show up to see! ;)
Seen Uptown Magazine will be our media sponsor for the evening! So be there and be ready to take pics and get yo photo opp on!

Entrance requires a $5 donation to the Hewitt Education Fund. Cash Bar as well. Can't wait to see you there! Press inquiries please contact me at flawlessmakeupart@gmail.com

Kisses! ;-*

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Present Moment...

Well! It's been a minute since I've just written what's on my mind...so here goes it! :)
Life sure is a fascinating journey! I never...EVER...thought I would be here, at 30 years old. When I was a little girl my vision of me, now, was no where close to this. But the fabulous thing about it is...I'm happy. :)

Single...no children...make my own money...pay my own bills(most of em anyway!) and doin my own thang. I think I'm finally ready to just step out and enjoy life...every unpredictable moment! The past 3 decades have been about other people... long term relationships, family, toxic friendships, etc. I've had my fair share of life's hard blows, some to knock the wind outa me quite frankly! lol But, I have been blessed  in the process of God guiding me through the tests, to get to this very point...I am finally strong enough to do it on my own. In fact I always have been...I just needed to see it on my own! ;)

I'm so ready to go after exactly what I want, to manifest the destiny that belongs to me. To get the man I want, reach the level in my career I want, have the family I want, and live the lifestyle I want. And it starts here...I will accept no less than exactly what I want. Because I deserve it, and I'm willing to work hard for it...and though it may be taking a little longer than I ever dreamed as a little girl. God knows, it'll be worth the wait! ;) Shouts out to the 30 something's who aren't where they thought they would be...but doin just fine!!! 
Kisses!!! ;-*  

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

When it all comes together...

Many people ask me "Well, what do u do? Weddings and stuff?"... Here's a small window into what I do...a day in the life. Behind the scenes of a commercial shoot with photographer Thien La www.thienlaphotography.com. and the video is by Tarik Freitekh. Amazing job on all sides! I often say, in a real shoot....everyone has to play their part to 100 percent! The hairstylist, the mua, the photographer, wardrobe, etc. This is one of those moments, and look how fabulous it turned out!  Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!!! Comments are welcome! :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Beautiful Woman...Inside and Out!

These days, society is filled with a plethora of things to enhance outer beauty. As a makeup artist, I've seen more product lines than there seems to be faces for. The trend is to solve everything with a product, cosmetic, or treatment. What women don't realize is, that it ALL starts from within! Your confidence, what's on the inside, is what has to radiate on the outside. Before anyone can see the real beauty you possess...you have to see it and believe it first! 

So when I heard about this amazing event, I had to share it!!! On Saturday June 11th, 2011 "The Beautiful Woman Inside and Out"  is making a stop here in Charlotte, NC before heading to Atlanta and Los Angeles! Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey  is the creator of this fabulous event! She is a nationally recognized speaker, author, health advocate and executive director of The COSHAR Foundation. After a successful launch in Bowie, Maryland....it's so exciting to know that Charlotte is next to experience this conference! “We are well aware of the health disparities that plague all women, and particularly women of  
color,” Dr. Ottey continued. “Our objective is to address the ‘whole’ woman, and to help women 
make informed choices about their inner and outer beauty.”

There team of experts will be sharing empowering info on health, wellness, fashion and beauty!  For an entire 
day, Charlotte women will have an opportunity to learn, network, get pampered and learn how to 
live more balanced lives. Attendees will also be treated to luxurious door prizes and raffle items, 
breakfast and lunch, entertainment, and many surprises! The Beautiful Woman Inside and Out ...check out the site for the panel of experts. Celebrity hairstylist, MUA, wardrobe stylist and more!!! 

“Our goal is to  ensure that women have the proper information, zeal and motivation to move towards 
improving all aspects of their lives.”

I'm so excited about attending, and will be back with a full report on all the fun!!! Hope to see you there! You definitely don't want to miss this! Until next time! Kisses! ;-* 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The First, First Friday Gallery Crawl!!!

People in Charlotte are always screaming out "There's nothing to do!" "Always the same crowd and the same stuff"! But they never support the underground stuff ! :P

Sooooo! Here's your chance to start!!! This is a new initiative/vision that the Gallery Owner wanted to bring to the QC! His ultimate goal is to mix live art with still art and bring awareness to the Artists, whether that be Fashion Designers or Artists of fine paintings and sculpture. The essence of this event is to make it fun and to take out the stereotypical "stuffiness" out of the mention of a "Gallery Crawl".

So come on out and show your support! See you Friday!
Kisses! ;-*

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Another Segment on Wardrobe Wednesday!

Check out tips for Summer Makeup that I did on Fox News Rising! :) and even more tips on Summer makeup and how to keep it fresh! All comments welcome! And suggestions on what you would like to see on the next segment! Many thanks to Sam Badger and Raeshika Jones over at Fox!!! :)

The Magic Hour...

In case you haven't seen this video...I thought I would share! We did this a while ago, but I am still just as in love with it as I ever was! This is where the artist in me comes out...no purpose except for to see a vision come to life and our portfolios of course... Fashion IS my passion! Styling by Londyn Pe ... Photography by Loany Goodwin and video by Fresh Pres ... I can honestly say magic happened here! Can't wait to collab with this talented crew again! :) Comments welcome!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jumping the Broom and Jones Magazine

I had the pleasure of a much needed girl's night out and a chick flick, when I went to see "Jumping the Broom" courtesy of Jones Magazine last week! The movie was absolutely fantastic! And the cocktails after didn't hurt either! ;)
The movie was written by TD Jakes, with characters like Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Pooch Hall and that fine ass Lil Romeo! (who made me question the "cougar" thing quite a bit throughout the movie, lol) It touched on so many issues that everybody can relate to...love, deceit, lust, religion, family. It truly had all the elements! And it wasn't corny or over the top...I thought they did an awesome job of keepin it real! There really isn't anything bad I can say about the movie...guys can watch it without questioning their manhood, women will love every minute! Their wasn't a lot of cursing or vulgarity and there's lots of eye candy! lol Hair and makeup were on point too! Well written, directed and executed...and everyone played their part to a T!!! 
Totally worth the money! I vote 2 thumbs up! I was straight bein the chick in the theater yellin at the screen! lmao!( Public apology to all those around me! lol)  So I won't tell anymore...you've got to go see it! Leave a comment after you do! Kisses! ;-*

PS! Many thanks to Loany G Photography  and Meet The Fresh for the awesome pics! :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Recap of Une Belle Femme...

Une Belle Femme | StyleMayvin.com | Shot by ABlackTV from ABlackTV on Vimeo.

Check out the video from our Beauty Event...Une Belle Femme! The premise behind it is that women read blogs and reviews all of the time on the latest and hottest products...we wanted to give women a chance to experience them! What makes this event so special, is that these brands come from a variety of places...from local to international! Rain Cosmetics (official beauty sponsor of Miss USA), Kahina (skin care line from Morocco), and Impact Cosmetics by Stanley Owings are just a few of the brands that participated.  

                                                                                                              The entry fee to the event was a wardrobe donation to Dress for Success, and Candice Johnson of CJ Wax Studio was our esthetician on site, answering questions and helping with demos! It really was a lovely time! The next one is already in the works! Many thanks to all of the brands who participated, Erin Hubbs for the amazing photography and www.ablacktv.com for the fabulous video!!! And last but not least Apostrophe Lounge, for hosting the event! Can't wait to do it again! Any brands wanting women in our market to experience your product, please contact me at flawlessmakeupart@gmail.com, to find out when the next event is scheduled!  
Check out more pics from the event on our fan page!
Enjoy! Kisses ;-*

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Summer Makeup...How to keep it fresh!

Summer is close by! And the heat is rising, and if your not educated about it...your makeup will be melting! I have a few tips to share about what to do in the Summer months when its comes to makeup.

Tinted Moisturizers are great in warmer climates! They are sheer and light, and give just a little color to even out the skin tone. You can even make one, by combining your favorite moisturizer and a little liquid foundation. Lots of product lines have them these days, so you can find the just about anywhere. Make sure yours has SPF! ;)

Pro Longwear Foundation by MAC Cosmetics is a great product! Guaranteed 15 hours of wear! Helps control oil throughout the day, and is great in any weather. This product is great for brides too! It can be an investment for some, but well worth it!

Fix + and Evian Spray... these are great to start and finish makeup! Give the skin a quick spritz before your makeup, to give the skin a quick drink of moisture and add those nutrients like cucumber extract and green tea, which calm the skin. Then after you makeup is completely done, spritz all over to set the makeup and take away a heavy powdered look. *You can also put them in the fridge and use them as a quick refreshment on hot days at the beach or pool*

Loose Powder... an oldie but goodie! This is a key step that many women miss! And will make a huge difference in the longevity of your makeup. After makeup is completely done, take a big fluffy brush and encase the full face with a light layer of loose powder. (I prefer those with a little color verses translucent, so you don't get an ashy cast or white splotches that only show up in pictures). This will keep the makeup from breaking down as quickly throughout the day. Use it once, and leave it at home...it can get messy carrying it around in your makeup bag.

Pressed Powder...is where your purse comes in! This is what you keep with you to touch up during the day. Blot the t-zone when your feeling a shine coming on. And this will help to refresh the makeup and keep it in tact, compared to taking a tissue and taking more product off of your face.

All of these products and tips will help keep your fun summer colors and bronzed beautiful summer makeup looking so fresh and so clean!!! ;) More tips coming soon! Feel free to comment and tell me what u wana hear next! Until then...kisses!;-*

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Une Belle Femme...A beautiful woman

Every Beautiful  woman should be at Apostrophe Lounge in Charlotte, NC on April 27th for Une Belle Femme! Four local beauty and fashion experts (including myself ;) ) will come together to bring you a unique experience.!Enjoy and play with Beauty products from all over the world! Amelia Keith of Pretty in the Queen City writes about new products all the time on her super popular blog! Ladies will have the rare chance to experience the products themselves! Our lovely esthetician Candice Johnson of CJ Wax Studio will be lending her expertise and advice throughout the evening.  And the lovely T. Strong aka The Style Mayvin will be our host of the evening!
Some of the Brands featured will be Kahina Giving BeautyBoom! By Cindy JosephTouch'd Bath and Body, Rain Cosmetics, Klorane, Eau Thermale Avene', and Impact Cosmetics!! one of my personal faves, a local cosmetic line by my friend Stanley Owings! We are so looking forward to an amazing event, capped off with champagne specials and a desert bar! A perfect evening for u and the girls! What more could u ask for?
The best part is this event is all about giving back! For entry into the event, bring a new or gently used business suit or business separate, to be donated to a local charity! We just love it when beauty and fashion collide! ;)
Hope to see u there!!!... Kisses! ;-*

Monday, February 21, 2011

This is what I'm talkin bout! Yes! ;)

So this is the "All Star Race" commercial that I worked on for NASCAR!!! A wonderful opportunity! Its so funny to me...in this industry you get surprises all the time! We put fake mustaches, chops, and beards onto the drivers. I also had the pleasure of doing Mike Helton's makeup...he is the CEO of NASCAR (A multi-million if not billion dollar industry I might add). Was definitely a fun gig! :) Here are a few behind the scenes pics...
 See makeup is a critical part of tv, film and editorial work! It can really make visions come to life! Not just beauty and pretty all the time. So when I tell people this is what I do for a living, they assume I work at a counter. Oh! On the contrary! ;) We do it all! ;)
 Enjoy!!! Kisses! ;-*

What's coming...

The Next Class is here!!! On March 26th we present you with  "Fresh Face"!!! This class is all about learning techniques to create a flawless and fresh everyday look! We will focus on the hottest trends in skin, blush, and lips. Partnered with Splendid Soirees who always adorns our classes with hors devours, delicious wine, and decor to create an atmosphere of fabulosity! We will have products for purchase available after class as well! RSVP to flawlessmakeupart@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Creating a Cat Eye...The Flawless Approach

Another Flawless and Fresh Collaboration! ;) Check out www.meetthefresh.com...this team is moving and shaking in a major way! Be on the lookout for them CIAA weekend! They are covering some of the hottest events Charlotte will have to offer! Also Ask a question and be the next model in the tutorial video! Find out more on Meetthefresh! Kisses! ;-*


Check out my services as a Freelance Makeup Artist on www.thumbtack.com

Feel free to sign up! Its a cool way to promote your business for free! ;) Great for new and old businesses! Freelancers and more!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fox News Rising! Fresh Start to 2k11!

Here is the segment that I did on Fox News Rising this morning! This is the 2nd time and I really enjoy my little 5 minutes of fame! :) Betchya didn't know I worked in News for 3 months of my life! lol! Anyhoo! Here are the tips in writing for "A fresh start to your Makeup Kit"...What to toss and What to be sure you have!

Expiration dates... beginning from the time you first open these products

Powders and shadows: 2 years
Cream shadows: 12 to 18 months
Foundation: 1 year 
Lipstick & lipliner: 1 year
Mascara & eyeliners: 3 months
Makeup brushes: Clean weekly ...depending upon use 
Makeup sponges: Replace weekly, or when sponge becomes soiled 

Best ways to tell when a product is old:

Smell your cosmetics...if they have an funny odor, they may contain bacteria and should be thrown out.
Always make sure that products are closed tight and stored out of sunlight, as this can destroy the preservatives.

If there are any changes in color and texture, Chuck it ASAP!

Must Haves for 2011:
A good moisturizer 
Cream or Stick Foundation
Blush and/or Cheek Stains
Lipstick or Stains

Feel free to comment and ask questions! Be sure to click the follow button to stay up of "Flawless"! Kisses! ;-*

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The latest from Flawless and Fresh!

Be sure to comment with your questions! Or send Questions in to Flawlessmakeupart@gmail.com... and you can be the featured model in the Vlog for the Question you want answered! ;)
Check out more from Meet the Fresh> www.meetthefresh.com < Everything you need to know! Kisses! ;-*

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Flawless and Fresh approach!

Check out the premier of my collabo with Meet The Fresh !!! I am so excited to have linked up with them and they made me look fab in the video! lol ;) This is the first of an ongoing series called "The Flawless Approach"!!! You can find us on Youtube as well. Be on the look out for more from this collabo! We want to hear your vlog suggestions and will always need models for the videos! Feel free to comment! More to come! Kisses! ;-*

Joy:27 is in full effect!!! Get some!

Check out New Promos from Joy:27!!! Joy:27 is a collaboration of myself and photographer Natrice Bullard of Eye27Photography ... our tagline is Photography. MakeUp. Perception. Reality.
We like to take everyday women and make them look like they stepped straight out of a magazine!

The first Promo is our New Year's Special! Affordable, Professional, and Beautiful Photos! Great for head shots for business cards, comp cards, or just fun pics for yourself!

Just in time for V Day is our annual Boudoir Shoot! Ooh La La! ;) Here's a chance to take beautifully, feminine photos for the one you love (Even if that one is yourself! ;)! They make beautiful gifts that last forever!
Size doesn't matter, as women ourselves, we know how to make you look sexy in the most flattering way. Its not all about getting naked, its about provoking a feeling of intimacy that is simply seductive!

Also for Valentine's Day is our annual "Amour" shoot...photos with the one you love! Pretty self explanatory I would say...
Book one for you and your honey pie today! ;)

Check out more from Joy:27 here > Joy:27 on Facebook
Kisses! ;)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Invisible Soldier Collabo

Here are a few pics from the Invisible Soldier Look Book... I was brought on by Wardrobe Stylist Nikki Zalanka of Vain Magazine and God City Artist Marcus Kiser. Was actually shot this past summer by Kevin Womack (Find more of his work here>) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevin_womack and Myk Pate shot the series...Was definitely one of the coolest shoots I've been on! Everybody on the set was mad cool and knew how to play their part...and the energy was great! I even got an amazing piece of art as a thank you for participating. I look forward to working with all these folks again in the future! Check out more on Marcus and his work here > http://www.invisiblesoldier.net/
You can find the whole Invisible Soldier album and more on our fan page!!! :) Become a fan today! 

Do guys even try anymore? Social Networking is too easy...

Is it just me? Or when did facebook and social networking become the way to some instant booty for the night? I am often amused at the braveness of men behind the comfort of a computer screen... I'm sure I am not the only female who gets the ever so often "Hey" or "You cute" on your instant messenger. Or the ever so annoying "poke" on facebook. Wtf does a "poke" mean anyway...and why do some people poke you if your not even facebook friends? 0_o
Now don't get me wrong...I don't blame a brotha for trying...but my point is after "Hey" Ima need you to have something to say!!! And "Was gud?" or "What up" are not quite conversation starters. It seems if you are actually interested...you would say "How are you today" , "What are you doing this weekend" or somethin! Most guys who have hit me up have nothing more to say after "hey"...like seriously...dead air! And if you ask them a question they give you some vague answer as if you are prying into their business! lol I'm thinking...dude! You hit me up, and clearly want to talk to me! Now you have nothing to say? You need to do a whole lot more than chat with me on facebook to get my attention! And even more to keep it! *snaps fingers*
Just because I added you as a friend does not mean that I liked you! Are dudes really that simple until you don't look at anything else about that person but their profile picture? I mean do you look at their relationship status? their occupation? kids? siblings? friends in common? Anything!? If not...you should...you could probly stop wasting a lot of people's time including your own. I personally have a business so I normally add just about anyone. But I've come to be a little more selective lately...because of this foolishness! I even changed my relationship status to married (and no I'm not married) ...just to try and eliminate the irritation.
Point blank... I should be able to take a cute picture, and make myself available to clients and potential clients on fb chat...if I freakin want to! And not have to worry about some lame dude...hittin me up and having nothing to say! Facebook can be great for meeting people, finding people and networking...but the fellas are getting a bit out of hand with this. And to whoever the females are that this works on...please stop!!! You're just making it worse for all of us...you deserve more! ;) Smooches! ;-*