Category Archives: Makeup & Life

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  https://makeupmag.com/imats_tickets/cPath/210/

Also check out the great speakers that will be at IMATS this year in LA.http://www.imats.net/los/los_speaker_bios.php

LOCATION:
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

HOURS:
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

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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  http://www.YouTube.com/LeahAnn4

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

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!”

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!

Getting My Tweet On

I've been twittered!

I am now on twitter as, ShariSmithMUA, for those of you out there who want to stay up-to-the-minute on all of my thoughts on make-up, dating and life in general.

http://twitter.com/ShariSmithMUA

FOLLOW ME OR DIE!

(jk)

😀

M.A.C’s Wonder Woman Eye Liner Packs A Punch!

Eye liner that goes POW!

The original Wonder Woman

I was so excited to get to the M.A.C store and use my ex-boyfriends credit card to buy these basic necessities.  After searching around for a store or counter close to my current location (rather than wasting 2hrs in traffic driving all the way back home) I found a M.A.C counter in the Bloomingdales at Beverly Center in West Hollywood.

Gotta love the hair. I wonder if it's a weave?

The product launch was that Thursday morning.  I got there around 5pm that same evening and M.A.C was already sold out of most of the products.  Apparently M.A.C should be listed as a controlled substance.

The FABULOUS M.A.C make-up artist, Gina

The sales person that helped me, Gina, the make-up artist extraordinaire, was great!  She wasn’t just trying to get me to buy everything and anything.  She was actually interested in what my preferences were and the make-up look I was trying to accomplish.  She was extremely patient with me as I hemmed and hawed over what to get.  AND she gave me helpful career advice.

Here’s what I bought:

2 lip glosses in “Wonder Woman” red and “Secret Identity” bronze

1 lipstick in “Heroine”  a bronzy color

2 nail polishes in “Obey Me” red and “Spirit of Truth” blue (I want to get a red & blue french manicure with these two)

2 liquid eyeliner pens in “Rapidblack”

I wish I had purchased the bronzer and eye shadow sets too. Oh well, didn’t want to push my luck with the credit card.

The product containers are a little bulky, but fun

In the end, it cost about $136.64.  I am glad some things were out of stock because I would have wanted to spend even more.

You go girl!

The packaging is cute, fun and made me feel like a kid again (not that I wore makeup as a kid, but… ya know).  Also, the red, white and blue theme makes it a great way to show off you patriotism this July.

So far I only tried the eye liner, RapidBlack, which is… well black. I ❤ it!  The other stuff is so cute, I don’t want to open it.  The eye liner is basically a big felt tip pen, so if you want a tiny line, this may not be for you.  I was able to get a nice smooth line and I could even to the wingtip  and make them even on both sides on the first try, (I can do that cat eye, pin-up girl liner on others but I have a hard time doing it on myself with one eye half closed) I was very pleased.

Rapidblack eye liner and lots of packaging

I was surprised at the excessive packaging.  The products come in red boxes that are slid into colorful, comic book theme sleeves. I guess DC and M.A.C are not worried about the environment.

Some may say that DC sold out Wonder Woman.  She started out as an a** kicking super hero fighting Nazis and now she is hocking red, hooker lipgloss in an effort to “fight the powers of  drabe.” But, a girls gotta eat.  Who am I to say it’s wrong.  All I know is that with this “Wonder Woman” red lipgloss, I feel like I can take on the World!

M.A.C. and Wonder Woman, fighting against the forces of ugly.

Fighting the forces of Drab

Of the numerous comments on my last post, there was on from my most loyal reader (and sister), Almitra.  She ask what eyeliner Storm (Super hero of the X-men)would wear.  Now, I don’t know about Storm, but I can find out what Wonder Woman would use because M.A.C. just launched their Wonder Woman line of cosmetics today!!!  It’s cheesy, pandering and I ❤ it!!!! The moment that I heard about the line 2 weeks ago I was excited. I have had little sleep since then.

Today, right after work, I am heading straight to the nearest M.A.C store to shell out obscene amounts of cash to add to an already overstuffed makeup collection of mine.  They have eyeshadow sets, lipstick, nail polish, pigments & of course eyeliner.

Be still my beating heart!! Plus there is a magenta colored pigment. Magenta being my all-time fav color.   I can’t wait. Will these products make me invincible?  Only time will tell.

Wonder Woman Penultimate Eye Liner

Depending on how much my credit card can bear, next time you hear from me you may not recognize my new alter-ego, Magenta Mamma!
 

 

My Favorite Things (MFT) – Sassy Liquid Eyeliner

Fav liquid eyeliner

I ❤ L'Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner

One of my favorite items of makeup that I keep with me at all times, is my L’Oreal Liner Intense, felt tip liquid eyeliner in “Black Mica.”

It glides on smooth and is GREAT for evening makeup, but I wear it in the day time too (I know, I am a rebel :p  ).  It gives that smooth pin-up girl look for your eyes, like Marilyn Monroe.

Marylin Monroe - pin-up girl eyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Far from the Marylin Monroe look pin-up look. I personally love the name “Black Mica” it sounds like a cool blaxploitation movie character like, “Foxy Brown.”  I imagine that the Black Mica character would have razor blades in her afro, a skin-tight leopard print jumpsuit and a whole lot of attitude!

This liquid liner comes in four colors:
Earthen Rock Brown
Carbon Black
Mineral Grey
Black Mica

Honey child, whether you are a pin-up girl or a sassy talking foxy mamma,  if you want your eyes to look as sexy as you feel, you can’t go wrong with L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense.  Any color you choose will look dy-no-mite!

Pam Grier - One foxy lady!