Empower and Pamper

This past Saturday, May 2nd, we had our first women’s Empower & Pamper event. We were able to team up with Dawn from First Love Church in Costa Mesa. We had close to 40 women in need attend.

Our goal is to Empower & Pamper; Give back what we can with our beauty skills as well as strengthening the heart and mind.

We started the day with some songs from Jenn Dietz. An uplifting message from our good friend Loli, she is such an amazing woman! Not only is she a beautician & mortician, she spends her time uplifiting & strengthening women in prisons and affected by sex trafficking. So grateful for her time with us! We also had a lash bar, polish bar and braids/curls bar. Super thankful for all of our friends that helped out with our event and giving their time and skill to these women.

Thank you to Grace Pae, Karissa, Kim Le, Penelope Vazquez, Jessica Kreuger, Loli, Dawn & her husband & Chelsea and to Bonita Colors, Duo Adhesive and Salon Perfect for donating goodies!

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Makeup Monday- Influence: Where’s Your Heart?

Hey Guys!

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So today’s post is going to be a little bit different. We wanted to feature other artists who we are influenced by.  Its no secret that I just recently got Certified as a Makeup Artist. The Course was so much fun and I was seriously so blessed to have instructor that I did. Dominique (@Dominiqueldr  on instagram) is part of a group called Batalash. As an Instructor, Dom will push you to constantly strive for better. When I say Push, I Mean PUSH! Lol. She will make you start over and over until you get it right. I absolutely hated this at first, it was so frustrating. As weeks went by and I started to see my progress,  I grew a deep appreciation for her critique.

As An artist Dominique pushes the boundaries of what people perceive  as “Pretty.” Her passion for the art of makeup radiates in all of her work. If i could describe her work in 3 words it would be: Flawless, Edgy and Alluring. Here is some of her work:

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We Asked Dom Some questions about herself and below is her questionnaire. I hope you take a minute to check her out, she’s a truly talented artist.

 

How/when did you get started? I have always had a passion for art – a passion that was supported by my parents who always encouraged me to use my talents. I have since played around with different media, makeup being the latest.

 

What was that aha moment that made you realize this is you? I was the most reluctant to open an Instagram account, but as soon as I did, the feedback was positive and so many doors have opened. That was my affirmation.

Top 3 Must Haves for your Kit?
MUFE Flash Palette, Cozzette and Sigma brushes, Cinema Secrets brush cleaner.

What’s In Your Purse?
In my purse: my wallet, keys, a day planner, two notebooks, The Alchemist, perfume, a banana, an orange, a bag of trail mix, sunglasses, a mirror, headphones, three kinds of mints, Labello, Tylenol, eye drops, MAC Honey Love, and Gerard Cosmetics Shimmer of Hope.

Whats your unique style in Hair/Makeup: My hair changes colors all the time – I just can’t stick to one color for long. What is unique about it is that and probably the fact that I can’t often be bothered to do much with it. I just wash it and let it chill. My makeup varies depending on my mood and time limit. I go from crazy and colorful to toned down and neutral to naked faced. I do tend to reach for the most color (read: acid green)

Beauty tip: Whatever your style, rock it with confidence. Makeup is expression and we are all still learning. Book: the Bible.

Advice for newbies in your industry Perfect :practice produces progress. Do not use others as your measurement of success.

Songs On Playlist/on rotation

Million- Allen Stone

Resolution – Matt Corby

Change Going to Come – Josh Schott

Beautiful – India.Arie

Thank you Dominique for taking the time to be apart of today’s post!

 Hope you liked it beauties!

Love,

Karissa Sig

Makeup Monday- Sad Girl Glossy Lips

Hello Beauties!

Here is a quick tutorial on how to do a dark glossy lip. The reason why I did a gloss over this dark color was because this formulation from Anastasia BH is a bit too drying on my lip. I added the gloss over and I really just loved it. You can of course, go with out the gloss and keep it matte.

Products Used:
NYX Lip Liner in Plum”
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Sad Girl”
Urban Decay Lipgloss in “Love Junkie

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Hope You like it!

#LadyArtLooks #LAMakeupMonday

Love,

Karissa Sig

Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs: Shefali Khanna of Daily Look

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I just came home from this awesome networking event I had to share right away. My friend and fellow artist, Naomi, invited me to StilettoGal’s event. So basically, Hillary Gadsby, is the founder of Stiletto Gal. Stiletto Gal is a “multimedia platform to empower and connect women in business and inspire young girls to be entrepreneurs.” How awesome is that?!

Stiletto Gal has monthly events and invites successful women entrepreneurs to share their story and tips to help out. We all have different passions, different business ideas,  and although we may think that we need to stick with the same industry to be inspired or learn, Stiletto Gal thinks other wise. We can learn from all successful women. And it did feel good to be in a room full of inspired women sharing their stories and passion.

Tonights event was held at 41 Ocean Club: 1541 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica

It starts at 6pm, you get a free cocktail ticket and you can hang out for an hour because the guest speaker isn’t on until 7pm. Starting at 7, Hillary interviews the guest speaker then at the end, the guests have time for Q&A, then network and meet each other after.

Tonights guest was Shefali Khanna, cofounder of Daily Look She shares her story of how she got started, what to look for in a partner, what to look for in your team, what the customers want, Core values/work ethic/passion, “eliminate self doubt”, and most importantly DON’T QUIT ….You best believe I took notes!

Definitely check out Hillary’s events: www.StilettoGal.com

IG: @thestilettogal

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xoxo Azelle

Makeup Monday- Eyeliner Favorites

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I love Eyeliner! It’s one of the products that I can’t leave the house without wearing. 99% of the time I have a winged liner and when I don’t I feel incomplete. I get a lot people asking me what I use to achieve the perfect wing, so I thought I’d share my go to favorites.

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1)E.L.F. Liquid Eyeliner- Target for $1
Ok this is my alllllllll time favorite eyeliner. It is what i use every day. It glides on easy and smooth and the brush at the
end is the perfect length. And for a dollar you can’t go wrong right?!

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2)Inglot AMC Gel Liner #77- Inglotusa.com – $13
This eyeliner is worth every cent let me tell you! Its seriously the blackest gel liner I have ever used. Its super smooth and it lasts. I love this for when I do glitter on my eyes and i really want the liner to stand out.

IMG_71443) Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner- Sephora $24
This liner is a little pricey but I feel like if you really struggle with getting a winged liner its perfect. With just 2 clicks the liner comes out and you basically stamp where you want your wing and then just drag it in. You do have to work quickly with this product because it does dry quickly.

Let me know what eyeliner you love and #LAMakeupMonday & #LadyArtLooks to show us your work!

Love,Karissa Sig

  

Makeup Monday- Tattoo Cover Up

Happy Monday!

So I posted a photo on my personal instagram last week and I got a bunch of  texts from my friends asking me: “How in the world did you cover that tattoo with makeup!?” Color Theory my friend, Color Theory.

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When we correct our under eye darkness, in most cases we use a salmon color to cancel out the bluish tones right? Right. We use opposite colors (or complimentary colors) from the color spectrum to cancel them out.
Bust out your color wheel or use the one below for reference. Follow these steps

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(The picture above the bow was actually pink, (which is a hue of red) I used Green (Green is opposite of red) to cancel out the pink, but I only placed it in the areas where there was pink)

2)Find out what each color’s opposite is.

3)Take cream based makeup and use complimentary colors to go over tattoo. If you have multiple colors in the tattoo this will require some patience. You are basically going over whole tattoo color by color, this takes time.

Tip: Most “black” tattoos are actually a hue of green. Use red to cancel it out

4. Take a concealer and gently and ever so carefully pat the product over the tattoo

5. Set with powder

You may have to do a few layers switching between concealer and powder but be patient, trust me it will work!

Don’t forget to show us your work!
#LAMakeupMonday #LadyArtLooks

Love,

Karissa Sig

Makeup Monday- IMATS Haul

Hey Everyone!

Happy Monday! I’m super excited about today’s post.  This past Friday Alana and I went to IMATS in Pasadena. This was my first time going, and I was so lucky enough to tag along with Alana for the Adventure. Friday is the Pro Card Holder day and It was very chill. The lines weren’t too bad. The longest lines were at Morphe and Anastasia of Beverly Hills. I want to say I stood in the  ABH line for at leas an hour before a price sheet was passed back and we seen that there really was no discount. Then we decided to get out of line. All in all it was great experience.

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I waned to share some items I got for both my kit and personal use.

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1)Dose of Colors Baked Highlighter-Sun Kissed

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This was one of the items I was most excited to try out, I have been wanting this forever. Its so pretty and shimmery.

2)Inglot Gel Liner- #77

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I hear this is the holy grail of gel eyeliners, so of course I had to have it.

3)Make Up Forever Foundation Palette

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In my Kit I use the Bobbi Brown BBU Palette, and although I love it, its not great for oily skin. I’ve heard so many great things about the Makeup Forever Foundation Palette, so I thought I’d get it for my kit and try it out for myself.

I can’t wait to go to more shows! Its so much fun spending the day shopping for makeup and meeting other Makeup Addicts like myself. If you went to IMATS and want to share your haul with us make sure to #LAMakeupMonday. Below are some Pictures Taken at IMATS. Until Next time!!

Love,

Karissa Sig

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Makeup Monday- Wearable Cut Crease

Hello Beauties!!

So I wanted to share with you how I do an easy daytime cut crease eye shadow. As I was going through instagram, youtube and other social media, all I could find was over the top Cut Crease Looks. I wanted to something more wearable for any day of the week whether you’re going to work or school, and it can easily transition into a night out look if you want to top it off with glitter.

Let me know what you think! As always, share your looks with us! #LAMakeupMonday

Love,

Karissa Sig

 

 

Makeup Monday- Everyday Eyeshadow

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Happy Monday!

So I posted this picture Saturday and I got a ton of feedback and thought I’d share a quick video of I achieved the eye shadow. It literally takes 5 minutes today and doesn’t have to be neat!

1)Prime Eyes- Urban Decay Primer Potion

2) Apply Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies On Lid

3)Apply Transition Shade on crease- Too Faced Chocolate Milk

4) Too Faced Woolen Mittens Shadow on crease for depth

5) With the same brush you used for your transition shade blend out

6) Apply Eyeliner

7) Add Lashes (optional)

#LAMakeupMonday

Karissa Sig

Quick tip for your braids

Happy New Year!!! How exciting is 2015 for all of us! Here’s a super quick beauty tip to fancy up your braids. After braiding, carefully pull the sides of the braid to fatten it up, or make the braid larger and more noticeable. Just this simple trick will totally change your braidstyle

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xoxo Azelle