Archive | December 2011

Tis the Season…

Tis the Season for SPF…

Tis the season to be beautiful, properly cleansed and well protected with a sun protection factor of at least 15. This time of year, even though it is cold outside the sun is still shining and with that the snow reflects it’s damaging rays. Always remember your Sunscreen no matter the weather.

Personally I like to get my SPF from my makeup. I get questions about makeup all the time on my Skin Chic Inc. Facebook page, what I use and where my loyalties lie. I use a mineral makeup line for both my practice and my personal use. There are many lines out there and very few are made alike. I have used Jane Iredale since 1996 when I worked alongside her at a Philadelphia Aesthetics Trade Show. Jane herself turned to me and said, “You remind me of myself when I was your age.

“Wow, that changed my life, and my loyalties! It was an added bonus that the minerals were amazing too. Jane Iredale was the very first mineral line ever to be patented. She was simply the pioneer in minerals and as a result I have continued to use her powders for my foundation and SPF ever since.

I know many other lines out there as well, one I personally helped to develop was the GloMinerals mineral makeup line from Caleel+Hayden www.glotherapeutics.com . You would assume that if I helped develop a makeup line that I would be loyal to them. Not the case, I much prefer Jane’s products. Makeup is personal and it’s emotional and with that I make my own choice.

Some experts say that primarily wearing your SPF in your makeup is a mistake, that it wears off and it doesn’t last. I agree, that is why I reapply every few hours. But don’t get me wrong I still use an SPF moisturizer when I know I will be outside for hours that day. This has always worked for me. I also love Rany James LaBrecque’s line Rande James, check them out at www.randejames.com

The moral of this blog is that no matter the time of year and whatever the weather wear your sunscreen. Merry Christmas to you and your choice!

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In Our World…

Having a Tim Gunn moment and making it WORK!!!

Yesterday I was the makeup artist as a promotional work for a great designer Bobbie Yvonne Kingsbury www.thefashionauthority.com for a photo shoot for Vocess magazine at the Tampa Museum of Art and I just thank the Lord it was a beautiful day in Tampa Bay because I had to do all the makeup outside in a park. Although this may sound strange to a person who lives outside the world of photo shoots, this is normal to us that do. Even though the lighting was perfect everything else proved to be a challenge. The chair was low and awkward and the sun was too bright for the model to look up for eye application. Worse still I had a bug fly right into my mascara wand.Yuck! Being the consummate professional I just acted like it was no big deal because frankly in this world, it isn’t.

During my 21 year career (I was the youngest National Makeup Artsit for Chanel at a ripe age of… nevermind) you come across many challenges doing makeup, especially when you’re freelance AND working on site. I remember one July I was working on an infomercial in Tampa, FL and the shoot was in the middle of nowhere on a remote plot of land that my model had just purchased. It was high noon, hot and sticky without a cloud in the sky. Without even the mere sniff of a breeze I set up my mini table and pulled out my big guns, a brand new box of tissues. I immediately knew my model was going to be sweating so I just smiled and said, “You’re doing fine, you just get your lines right and then we can get out of this heat.” By the time it was over the cast and crew were all burnt out, their clothes were soaked and we had given a whole new meaning to the word dehydration. Even though I’m not accustomed to carrying an umbrella when it’s raining I now make sure I have one in my car at all times!

I have worked in smelly hotel rooms with no air conditioning, beach sidewalks, poorly lit bathrooms, dirty living rooms, a pool hall (I have to say though the pool table did make an excellent surface ) a hotel lobby and even the back seat of a car. In our world as long as you have your makeup organized and a face to work on, you just pull a Tim Gunn and say to yourself, “Make it work!”

And finally here is a tip for any makeup artists and crew members on a shoot, anything and everything can and will happen. It’sall about being flexible and professional at all times, period. Remember to smile and to always think, this is just a part of the world I’m so blessed and happy to be working in. I certainly have otherwise I wouldn’t have lasted this long. Make it work!

In the beginning….

Skin Chic Inc. Picture

Hello out there in blog-land!!!

I have been told that I needed to start a blog, yet another tentacle out there in cyber space linking my two pages on Facebook, my personal Facebook page, my Twitter account and lastly my web site. It all seemed like more work but I really think this could end up being therapy for me, a diary of sorts. I might not be known especially for my writing but this doesn’t stop me having something to say and blogging is the perfect vehicle. So now I’m here and just like you, I’m hungry for knowledge.

By trade, I am a licensed Paramedical Aesthetician, throw in a little singing and there you have it. But let me stop right there because I realize not too many people understand what “Paramedical” means. Paramedical means that not only do I have advanced training hours outside of specific Esthiology but I also have an internship with a Plastic Surgeon and Dermatologist. This training has given me a complete understanding of what skin conditions like Psoriasis, Rosecia and Eczema, the specific histology of the skin that goes with these conditions and what to do to minimize, control and treat each patient. I just love to help others with skin issues. I am a survivor of a skin condition called Cystic Acne. I literally stuck to my pillowcase at night, not only was it painful for my face, the pain went much deeper than that. After three rounds of Accutaine and some wonderful facials from a Paramedical Aesthetician, a passion grew deep inside to help others with similar skin troubles.

I am also a Professional Makeup Artist. This started from sitting on my mother’s floor watching her get ready to go out. I was fascinated by how a face could look so different, so colorful and so beautiful after one hour of work. I was transfixed and from there a seed was sown. I love make up, it is so easy for me, so natural. I can see a women’s face and know just what to do to make her natural beauty shine. I love for the light bulb to go on and then when I am finished for them to look into the mirror. The smile, the hug, the appreciation makes it all the while. That makes everything well in my world…. and theirs.

As you follow my blog, I ask you to open both your mind and your heart. I will be tearing down the beauty myths we all grew up with and sharing with you some of the wonderful stories from my 20 year career together with some helpful hints along the way. So join me, I am humbled to do this and looking forward to the therapy that awaits not only me but you too!