MAC Pro - Agency Talk

I recently attended a "Master Class" best described as a Panel Discussion.
The class description was as follows:
The gate keepers share their thoughts on the industry and becoming a working artist. Listen to an Agent, Creative Director, Publicist and Editor discuss their roles in the industry and what they look for when booking artists and reviewing portfolios.

The panel included Judy Casey and Joan Zingarelli of Judy Casey Inc. Judy Casey Inc is an agency representing a diverse group of photographers, stylist, hair and makeup artists.
Also on the panel was Richard Ferretti, Creative Director for Gourmet Magazine and Cari Ross, publicist to the stars.

Here are some of general notes that a took down during the discussion:
Be Professional - Across the board, they couldnt have stressed this more.
Maintain Relationships/Network - Keep in contact with all contacts you make (old and new).
Team Player - Dont just go to a shoot a do makeup... become involved, communicate and ask questions. Work together with everyone involved (ex: photographer, stylist, director).
Be Expansive/Flexible - Be open-minded and willing to try new things.
Be Open to Creative Input & Critique - take criticism as positive as possible.
Be Personable - Easy to communicate and work with
Don't Rely on Retouching - You want your work to look as amazing before as it does after. Photographer shouldn't need to retouch makeup.

Portfolio & Career Development
Avg portfolio size is 11x14
Have atleast 10 GREAT Images in your book
Keep your book clean and sleek
Make the images flow - Series of images that "tell a story"
Set realistic goals
Assist Professional Makeup Artists
Ask Advice
Be on the look out for up and coming talent to work with.
Request untouched photos along with the touched images. This way you can self evaluate your own work and improve in areas which need improvement.
Focus on clean and beautiful makeup.
Find a hair stylist to work with.
Understand lighting.

Next blog .... Notes from MAC Master Class - Celebrity Style w/ Celebrity Makeup Artist Frances Hathaway ... Stay Tuned!!!
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Prep, Prime the Skin...Get it Colour Ready

Here's what I purchased from this collection:

Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone

A light, oil-free emulsion that helps cloak visible pores while controlling oil and shine. Applies "wet" for a gentle micro-exfoliation: dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.

Prep + Prime Line Filler

A primer used post-foundation, pre-makeup to camouflage, soften and relax expression lines and wrinkles. Applies as a dense cream: dries to a transparent, smooth, natural matte finish. With ongoing use, clinically proven to help rejuvenate your look.

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

A silky finishing powder that provides an invisible way to set makeup. Reduces shine while optically minimizing the look of pores, lines, imperfections. Available in one universal colour that suits all shades. Wear over makeup or on bare, moisturized skin.


Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.

Amped-up fuchsia (Amplified Creme)

I am dying to replicate this look. I think it is amazing.
I just need some free time. Lets see if I can find some time this weekend.

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Rave :: Tresemme 24 Hour Body - Hair Products

OMG!!!! I'm in love with this stuff.

I tried it today for the first time. I wish I had taken before and after pics.
The products are on sale this week at Target. I will be going back to stock up.

Full Review with pics to follow.

So far this stuff gets 2 thumbs up!!!
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Follow up to the Stipple technique

Yesterday, I posted a topic on getting a flawless face with a J-Lo glow, using the Stipple technique. This look can be achieved with any foundation. It doesnt have to be the MAC Hyper Real foundation. You can use any foundation but the Brush is "KEY" to getting the look. Whether its the MAC 188 or the 187.

Also, while on you-tube yesterday, I came across a video Koren, of EnKore Makeup did, kind of explaining the stipple vs the stipple and swirl technique. Check it out:
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Technique: Flawless Face with a J-Lo Glow


= A FLAWLESS w/ a J-Lo Glow

Today, I decided to try something different from my everyday routine ... MAC Studio Fix Fluid.

So I grabbed my MAC Hyper Real Foundation in NC400 and my 188 Brush (the baby brother of the 187). I began with a moisturized face. Today I used Cetaphil Moisturizer Lotion and let in sit on my face about 15 min before I applied the makeup.

I poured about a nickle size of foundation on to the back of my hand. I took the 188 brush and dabbed it into the foundation just getting enough makeup on to the tips of the brush. Make sure not to pick up too much product on your brush.

I used the stippling technique to apply my foundation all over my face. And what a result! It gave me great coverage with a flawless finish.

Now when you use the stipple technique, all you have to do is just dab dab dab all over your face. I may just have to do a video tutorial on this. The main idea is just to stipple only all over and do not swirl.

I hope this make sense. LOL!!

The MAC Hyper Real foundation is a smooth pearlescent liquid foundation formulated to make the skin reflect a natural health and vibrancy. Giving you that J-Lo Glow.

Give it a shot ... you will not be disappointed.
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Hello Kitty Launch Party 2/3/09

Here are some photos from the Hello Kitty Launch Party on 2/3/09 at the MAC store in the Roosevelt Field Mall in NY.

What a gorgeous collection. The cases are Super Cute!!!

I'll be purchasing my Hello Kitty stuff this coming weekend at the MAC Counter in Macy's of Manhassett. They are have a Hello Kitty Event all weekend. I'll be there with some of my girlfriends.
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Hello Kitty Event @ Macy's Manhasset ... Will you be there???

With the long awaited Hello Kitty Collection being released in just 2 weeks,
I thought I'd give my NY Tri-State Area peeps a heads up:

February 19th - 21st (all day)
Macy's of Manhasset will be hosting their Hello Kitty Event.
View the Hello Kitty Collection and get a Makeover.

Call ahead to book your appointment 516-869-2264.
And don't forget to ask for David (my personal favorite MAC Artist).
I've already booked mine and I cant wait.

Do you think the collection will sell out faster than Barbie Loves MAC?
How much will you be spending on this collection?
What item do you think is a must have from this collection?
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MAC + Hello Kitty = LOVE

Credit to

Hello Kitty Mild, meet Hello Kitty Wild!
Sweet and innocent or out on the prowl:
when she’s good, she’s very good,
but when she’s bad, she’s unmistakably M·A·C!

The icon adored by millions around the world is causing a commotion with our special, limited-edition collection of colour, finishes, glitter and shine, and a fanciful the range of exclusive, It-Kitty accessories: The season’s most sought-after collectibles!

Lipstick (LE) - $14.00USD/$16.50CDN
Fashion Mews - Sheer pale lavendar
Strayin' - Description not available to me at this time
Fresh Brew - Creamed coffee (Lustre) (Permanent colour in LE packaging)
Big Bow - Sheer bright intense blue pink
Cutester - Sheer peachy pink with pearl
Most Popular - Sheer deep berry

Lipglass (LE) - $14.00USD/$16.50CDN
Nice to Be Nice - Sheer bright intense orange with pearl
Nice Kitty - Sheer neon pink with blue pearl
Mimmy - Light creamy pink with pink and gold pearl
Sweet Strawberry - Sheer berry with blue pearl
She Loves Candy - Pale blue pink with gold pearl
Fast Friends - Sheer bright intense purple with pearl

Tinted Lip Conditioners (LE) - $14.50USD/$17.50CDN
Pink Fish - Soft neutral pink
Popster - Lively coral pink

Eye Shadow Palettes X 4 (LE) - $38.00USD/$46.00CDN

Lucky Tom Palette
Stylin' - Mid-tone violet pearl with multi-dimensional pearl(LE)
Lucky Tom - Dark chocolate brown with gold pearl (LE)
Creme Royal - Yellow wheat gold (VP) (LE) (Repromote: Antiquitease Royal Assets: Metallic Palette
Paradisco (Permanent) - Soft bright pinky-coral with golden shimmer (Frost)

Too Dolly Palette
Too Dolly - Frosty mid-tone mint (LE)
Stately Black - Rich blue with silver sparkle (L) (LE) (Repromote: Antiquitease Royal Assets: Metallic Palette
Yogurt (Permanent) - Soft pale pink (Matte)
Romping (LE) - Rich magenta with pink pearlized pigments (Frost) (Repromote from C-Shock)

Pigments - $19.50USD/$23.50CDN
Milk - Frosty pale silvery pink (LE)
Deep Blue Green - Rich, deep bluish green (Pearl) (Pro repromote)

Reflects Glitter - $17.50USD/$23.50CDN
Reflects Very Pink - Sparkling fuschia pink (Pro repromote)
Reflects Blue - Sparkling blue (Pro repromote)

Glitter Liners (LE) - $16.50USD/$20.00CDN
Kitty Power - Pink with multi-dimensional glitter
Her Glitz - Blackended gold with multi-dimensional glitter
Glitterpuss - Orangey bronze with multi-dimensional glitter
Girl Groove - Clear/white teal reflects with multi-dimensional glitter

Beauty Powder Blush (LE) - $18.00USD/$22.00CDN
Tippy - Mid-tone blue pink
Fun & Games - Soft orange peach

Beauty Powders (LE) - $22.00USD/$26.50CDN
Pretty Baby - Soft sunny pink with gold (Repromote for Icon: Diana Ross)
Tahitian Sand - Soft coral peach (Repromote from Icon: Catherine Deneuve)

Nail Lacquers (LE) - $11.00USD/$13.00CDN
Something About Pink - Pale pink fuschia
On the Prowl - Light creamy gray
Vestral White - Creamy White (Repromote from Antiquitease)

False Lashes (LE)- $12.00USD/$14.00CDN
Hello Kitty Lash: Half lash with overlapping hairs to emphasize outer cat eye.

Mascara - $12.00USD/$14.00CDN
Plushlash in 'Plushblack' - Black

Hello Kitty Accessories

Covet ├╝ber-cute beaded charm bracelets, devilishly adorable graphic totes, makeup bags, charmed and mirrored key clips…and Hello! Her absolute Must-Have: The fabulous Hello Kitty doll!

HK Soft Vanity Case (Traincase) (LE) - $55.00USD/$66.00CDN (Available at
Large, soft traincase with zip closure. Black, pink and white vinyl fabric.

HK Tote (LE) - $45.00USD/$54.00CDN (Available at
Rectangular tote bag with collaboration inspired graphics and logo.

HK Makeup Bags (LE) (Available at all counters, MAC stores and
Petite Makeup Bag - $22.00USD/$26.50CDN
Medium Makeup Bag - $35.00USD/$42.00CDN

HK Brush collection (LE) $49.50USD458.00CDN (Available at MAC stores, Nordstrom and
Plastic cup in the shape of HK's face, which holds three brushes.
#187SE Duo Fibre Brush - A flat-topped, full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of any formula colour – fluid, cream, powder or pigment. Ideal for creating soft layers or adding textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.

#109SE Small Contour Brush - Use on the face to apply, blend or contour powder products. Softly rounded dome tip delivers just enough colour; smoothly blends colour into the face. Of natural fibres.

#239SE Eye Shader Brush - Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibers. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid.

Purse Mirror (LE) - $22.00USD/$26.00CDN (Available at
Mirrored compact. The inside contains a regular mirror on one side and a magnifying mirror on the other side.

HK Plush Doll (LE) - $42.00USD/$50.00CDN (Available at MAC stores, Nordstrom doors and
14" Plush doll in white, pink and black nylon.

Beaded Bracelet (LE) - $34.00USD/$40.00CDN (Available at
Black beaded bracelet with three charms.

Mirrored Key Clip (LE) - $16.00USD$19.50CDN (Available at
Bag zipper clip or keychain with two charms and mirror.
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January 20th Get Free Cosmetics at Major Department Stores ... Yes I said FREE!!!

Starting next week, several big retailers will giveaway $175 million worth of free high-end cosmetics including such brands as Estee Lauder and L'Oreal to consumers as part of a class-action settlement alleging that the stores planned to fix prices.

Department stores such as Macy's and Nordstrom will distribute free cosmetics as long as supplies last to shoppers who bought certain cosmetics between May 29, 1994 and July 16, 2003 to settle claims that the stores violated antitrust laws and tried to fix prices.

The offer is part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed in 2003 in a California federal court. The suit alleges stores tried to limit sales and scale back on the amount of cosmetics in their inventory, thereby keeping both prices and competition high.

The department stores involved in the matter have denied any wrongdoing.

The products will be available starting Jan. 20. Shoppers are only permitted to receive one product made by cosmetic companies that include Chanel, Estee Lauder and L'Oreal USA, among others.

Stores participating in the settlement include: Bergdorf Goodman, Bergner's, Bloomingdale's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Dillard's, Gottschalks, Herberger's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Parisian, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Younkers.

A complete list of products set for distribution next week is available at
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