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IMATS is coming to town

Photos courtesy of Make-Up Artist magazine

The exhibition floor only tickets are sold out but there are some tickets still available. Get yours before it’s too late at

Also check out the great speakers that will be at IMATS this year in LA.

Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Friday, June 24 (Pro Card holders only) 6-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, (General admission) 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, (General admission) 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

During general show hours, IMATS is open to the public. No make-up artist credentials are required to get you in the doo


Take the poll! Tell us if you have ever lied to get a date

Have you ever lied about your age to get a date?

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Have you ever lied about your age to get a date?


Older men, lying to get laid

Now that I am almost 40 years old, the men I date are older as well.  I consider this a natural progression in life. Oddly enough, I have found that older men prefer to date women 10 to 20+ years their junior. So what happens when the guy hits 45 & the 20-something girls cringe when he says his age? He lies, lies, lies. I have spoken to several men over 45, who all say lying about their age is the only way to get laid these days. IF they want to keep sleeping with much younger women.

It made me curious. So I asked, why not date women close to your own age? Then there would be no reason to lie.  The answers varied slightly but the main theme is that women their own age were too much work.  Younger girls weren’t looking to get married and were happy if you bought them dinner & drinks. Basically saying that younger women had lower expectations. Or at least the younger women they were pursuing did.

These older “gentlemen” consider lying about their age to be a little white lie. A harmless deception that  shouldn’t really even be considered lying.  These men are all professional, upstanding, God-fearing men that believe that lying about their age is an acceptable dating practice.  I missed the part where Jesus said it was ok to lie about your age to get laid.  I am sure that King David  wrote a Psalms about it somewhere.  I wonder what these upstanding christian men will say to God after they die?

75-year-old Randy is at the pearly gates of heaven
Randy: “Hi God”

God looks over St. Peter’s shoulder at the book of life.

God: “Sup Randy? I hear you haven’t been following my rules. What’s all this about you constantly lying without repentance or remorse? I am afraid that St. Peter can’t let you in.”

Randy: “Oh…. right….. I, I… only lied because younger girls wouldn’t sleep with me if I told them my real age. How else could I get a 25-year-old to be with me when I was 49? I was truthful about everything else!

God: “Oh… so you lied to get some young strange?  You wily dog, you.  Come on in brother! “

Not only do women out-live men, but the ones that are still around are more interested in getting laid that getting serious.  Still, I have hope for my  dating future as I get older and the pool of eligible men goes from being olympic size to a small wading pool.    And if things don’t work out, I hope I am a good-looking cougar (GGGRRRRRR!!)

Have you ever lied about your age to get a date?

People and Places: Leah Cevoli

Photo by Angela Little

While in LA I have come across some extremely talented, incredible people.  So I thought I should tell others about them.  One such person is Leah Cevoli.

Leah Cevoli is an actress, host, model, and producer extraordinaire.  I had the pleasure of doing her hair and makeup recently for a photo shoot with famed photographer, Angela Little, here in LA.

The multi-talented Leah, also has a weekly vlog called “On The Road with Leah” on her YouTube channel

I was impressed by Leah’s professionalism, positive attitude and confidence.   You can find out more about Leah at her website

Neurotic Shari…..

Procrastinating the day away..... Not winning 😦

Throwing stones at crazy Charlie Sheen gave me a chance to distract myself from my own personal issues, like anxiety and procrastination.  Like, why I seem to be unable to send my sister and mom the wigs I made them.  I feel paralyzed at the thought of sending them off.  I am not sure why.  I know I did a good job making the wigs.  I know my family will be honest about how they like the wigs. Or nicely say that it’s not their style.

Actually, even though I don’t have tiger blood running through my veins. I did muster up the courage to mail the wigs out, but when the package was sent back due to insufficient postage, I felt as though it was a sign. Now, I can’t seem to bring myself back to the post office.

Since I don’t live with a porn star, or make 2 million an episode, this may not be interesting to anyone but me.  It is just a public apology to my mom and sister that they have not gotten the wigs I promised.  And a personal admission about my unrealistic neurotic, anxiety concerning my work and life in general. Everyday I feel worse and it gets harder to get other things done as well.

I am sure posting this will result in an uncomfortable phone call from my mother.  Not sure I will answer the phone.  😀

Since the box-o-wigs was returned I have taken the wigs out to tweak them a bit. I will stop fiddling with the wigs, repack them and ship them out…. one day. And like a Charlie Sheen party, it will be EPIC!  “Winning!”

Party Like A Rock Star…. From Mars – Winning?!?!

(Charlie Sheen is seen during an interview with ABC News)

Everyone has things they are are obsessive about.  For me, I know that certain things I can not buy because I will over indulge.  I will eat Cap’n Crunch, Crunch Berries cereal until my mouth is raw.  I cannot control myself with PEZ candy, or Cheetos. They are like crack for me. I understand that I have limitations. I am human, I am not a “rock star from Mars.”

Often times when celebrities go crazy, it makes me feel a little better about myself because with all of my faults and limitations, at least I am not mad as a March Hare . Until now, Mel Gibson held the title of King of the Fruitcakes, but Charlie Sheen has recently dethroned him royally.  However, he does not consider himself a king, he called himself a “Warlock” and “Rock Star from Mars” with tiger and adonis blood running through his veins.  Also claiming that drugs and alcohol work during his interview with NBC’s Jeff Rossen.

Access Hollywood Live’s, Kit Hoover, called Charlie Sheen, “Chatty Charlie” and that he is.  Every time he opens his mouth, Charlie is a great anti-drug ad. After every interview, the reporter should look at the camera and say “This is your brain on drugs, any questions?”

The sad part is that Charlie’s girlfriends said they support him in everything he does.  How old are these girls anyway? They don’t look old enough to drink.  I wonder if it has ever occurred to them to check out or codependents anonymous?  I am guessing this is not their first codependent relationship.  Does this remind anyone of the relationship in the movie, Leaving Las Vegas?  Where a prostitute takes care of guy who is drinking himself to death.

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At least Charlie’s brother and dad are worried and praying for him.   And what about the kids? It cannot be a healthy environment for them. Who has their best interest at heart? And, where is the mom? What does she think of the “goddess” girlfriends, raising her kids, with crazy Charlie?

If I ever go off the deep end and go on a week long Crunch Berries, Cheetos and PEZ bender with a bunch of porn stars, I hope my family would love me enough to break into my house, hog-tie me and make me watch these Charlie Sheen interviews.  Then find me mentally unfit and send me to some kind of AA type group and give me salve for my Crunch Berries mouth.  I’m just saying.

Oscar Glitterati Walk the Judgement Carpet

I really enjoyed Anne Hathaway and James Franco’s opening number for the Oscars with the spoof on Inception and cutting themselves into the nominated films.  Some critics say that Ann and James weren’t entertaining enough and they are too young to host the Oscars. I didn’t realize there was an age limit on hosting awards shows.

Anyway, no surprise on the winners. Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, blah, blah, blah. Do we really care who won? Everyone wants to see the beautiful people strut their stuff down the red carpet and then talk about them.  Why do we love to judge others on the red carpet? Because that’s what red carpet events are all about.  I actually liked most of the dresses. Here are a few of my picks for Oscar red carpet hits and misses.

Who was your favorite on the Oscar red carpet this year? My favorite is James Franco in pink satin. He was working that dress like nobodies business.

HIT: Country Strong - Gwyneth Paltrow looks like a rock star in this shimmering Calvin Klein gown. AMAZING!

Hit: Natalie Portman is the cutest pregnant woman ever in this perfectly plum, Rodarte dress.

MISS: The back of Scarlett Johansson's dress looks like it was ripped out and her hair is a hot mess. I think she fell asleep in the car on the way to the Oscars and didn't get a chance to run a comb through her locks.





HIT: Russell Brand was the most interesting man on the red carpet.  I think more men should mix it up for events like this. Yes, Russell likes to wear ill-fitting trousers that make him look a little Jack-The-Pumpkin-Kingish, but at least he is willing to be original.  And he gets points for bringing his mom as his date.  How come this is ok for the Oscars but not for the prom?

HIT!: OMG! I almost didn't recognize Jennifer Hudson, she is stunning in Versace. GGGGRRRR!












MISS: Grizzly Adams - Is Christian Bale trying out for True Grit II? I am not a fan of this look on him.

HIT: How can you say anything bad about Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit. She is so adorable in this Marchesa dress. She looks like she should pop out of a music box.

MISS: Flying in on a broom? – I like Helena Bonham but this dress, by Colleen Atwood, makes me think that a house is going to land on her at any moment. Where are the flying monkeys?

I am up in the air about Halle Berry's look. It's like the bottom of her Marchesa dress got tangled in some tule. But I think I like it

HIT: Holly Harpo! Oprah wows the crowd in this custom designed Zac Posen gown that really shows off her great curves. Meeeooow!

MISS: It is not a bad dress, by L'Wren Scott, but she looks like she should be laying on top of a piano, singing.

HIT: Sharon Stone is HOT HOT HOT in Christian Dior!

MISS: I LOVE Cate Blanchette, but here in Givenchy, she looks bland and uninspired. All she needs is a bonnet and a bucket to go milk the cows. So very disappointing.

HIT: Lady in Red - Sandra Bullock is so drop dead gorgeous in Vera Wang.

HIT: Hillary Swank is working it in Gucci. Not everyone can pull of feathers and sequins. I wish she had jazzed up her eye makeup a little more but... you go girl!

HIT: The many looks of Anne - What can I say? Anne Hathaway can do no wrong in my book. She is a classic beauty.

HIT: Some Like It Hot - Not to be outdone by the ladies, James Franco, channeling Marilyn Monroe, made a joke about getting a text from Charlie Sheen. Could Sheen really get high enough to hit this? Yes, I believe he could.

Using the Bible to Bed the Ladies

On Sunday after church I went over a fellow church member’s house where he proceeded to make grilled sandwiches and  french fries for me.  In return, I had brought him a lovely bottle of Roija wine.

He is a platonic friend that I talked to occasionally. While eating he complained about how the women were causing him to slip and have premarital sex, when he was desperately trying to be celibate. He wanted to know what was wrong with women that they would get so attached to him so quickly.

In his eyes, he was an innocent bystander that was being manipulated into sex.  Since he wasn’t the aggressive party, he figures that it isn’t necessary to continue with any sort of relationship after sex.

He talked about being a religious, spiritually upstanding man. That he has the gift to see people for who they really are inside. And how he wants a God-fearing woman to be his wife.  He quotes scripture often during general conversation and talks so much about commitment, love and monogamy. Sounds great, right?

This is the same man that complained that women come into relationship with their defenses up and it doesn’t give him a chance to get to know them for who they really are (even though he has that special gift I mentioned earlier).  Apparently I fall into the category of a woman with her defenses up…. which is why he believes that I am still single).  Of course when the woman’s defenses are down, because they believe that he is an honest, sincere, christian man, he has sex with them and then looses interest.  I won’t be letting my defenses down any time soon.

It makes me wonder how many other men are using the church and the bible as a way to bed the ladies?

Blogger’s Block

Lately, I don’t know what to say.  I am currently unemployed, no pets, no kids, no “mans” (as my grandma likes to say), previously quarantined to the house for a week, due to the flu.  I wasn’t feeling too haute.

I was working as a personal assistant to someone who promised me the first non-union make-up  job that became available.  Then when job was available, they gave it to someone else.  I guess that’s how it goes here in L.A.  It wasn’t so bad that they gave it to someone else, but that the person that I worked so close to, day in and day out, didn’t even have the balls to tell me. Instead I had to hear it from a stranger at the last minute.  When I tried to talk to my boss, he wouldn’t return my phone calls.

Of course I am not the first or the last person this has happened to.  I have friends that have been screwed over royally.  Working long hours for free, with only the smile and the promise of a future paid  job.  Only to find that in the end, they have been passed over yet again.

So, today to lift my spirits I went out and bought a new Nars, Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Hopi to give my depressed pout a new look.

I also picked up Benifit’s Dr. Feelgood complexion balm and Clinique’s Mousture Surge moisturizer. I figure my skin doesn’t have to look as bad as I feel.  

And of course…. chocolates See’s Chocolate. Two pieces of glorious vanilla, butter cream truffles with pecans.

So, I still don’t have a job but at least I have something to blog about.

Invasion of the Gaga

At the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, Lady Gaga arrived in an “alien” egg…. or, womb….. or whatever), which she hatched out of in stage wearing pointy prosthetic.   Then she acepted her award in a futuristic, butt padded, spinny outfit with the same pointy prosthetics on her face and sholders.  As a spectator and a Sci-Fi fan, I thought it was cool… a little, weird but cool.  As a make-up artist, I want to know who applied the prosthetics and what adhesive they used. Did they have to be re-touched throughout the night?  If anyone out there knows this info, holla at ya girl.

Which came first, the Gaga or an egg?

She has come to devour your young

Alien Gaga

Maybe at the next award ceremony,  while Lady Gaga is performing, she will fall on the ground, start convulsing and a alien will bust out of her chest and run across the stage.  Then her dancers will stab it with a fork and tear it apart as they fight over who will eat it. YUM!