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Vogue Air Review

Airbrush makeup is gaining a rise in popularity worldwide. Its popular in film, theatre and where the real obsession came through – fake tanning.

What does this mean to you? As a consumer it means you have more options available in how you would like your makeup applied by professionals, and as a makeup artist, like me, it means there are new techniques to study and learn about in order to ‘keep up with the Jones” and to keep clients happy with more options! Vogue Air 2

Rather than having your makeup applied with a sponge, brush, fingers or any other “tool” the airbrush gently and lightly sprays makeup directly onto your face. This means a couple of things, when airbrush makeup is applied by a qualified professional using the right products, the makeup finish guarantees to be flawless, the application will be light and not weigh down your skin, with long lasting makeup which is perfect for special occasions and don’t forget incredibly fast and easy to be applied.

I have played with airbrushing in the past but I haven’t done an airbrush course… yet! So I am definitely no expert – and they say that a little knowledge can be dangerous! However, I always grab the oppurtunity when it arises and when the Salon Outlet contacted me to review one of their airbrush systems, I couldn’t refuse.

I was sent the Vogue Air Multi-Purpose Makeup Airbush Kit.

  • Its made of durable stainless steel and mine is in a classic black colour.
  • Its a multi purpose air brush with a built in air filter
  • It has a dual action trigger control motion

To be completely honest, I am well aware this airbrush is not the best you can get on the market but for the price of $59.99 its a really good starting point for beginners and practicing the art of airbrush makeup. Learning to use the dual action trigger on the gun is possibly the main technique you need to learn in order to achieve flawless application and the gun of this machine is fairly sturdy and easy to manoeuvre. It’s all about practice. The instructions are written in very poor English and have clearly been translated from another language – so when assembling the airbrush I was grateful for the pictures which make more sense however I did think that someone with no working knowledge of how an airbrush works would of been completely lost. Vogue Air 1

The airbrush compressor itself is fairly quiet (compared to other brands I’ve played with) and mine can only be plugged into the wall but the instructions did make mention of a battery pack but I couldn’t find out if this was to be bought as an extra or if its something I should of received in my box.

I really don’t think I’d ever try doing my own makeup with this airbrush (or any other airbrush) just because the thought of it actually scares me BUT I have been using it to practice on a few friends – the results were not so great (as I am kind of a noob) so I won’t embarrass them and post pictures – but who knows – one day I might nail it and share some of those pictures with the wonderful people of the internets! Vogue Air 3

Thank you to the Salon Outlet for letting me try out this little beauty. I look forward to improving my skills in the future.

Note to South African consumers, the Salon Outlet only ships within the USA. Follow them on Facebook here.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was sent to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Phantastic – em by Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan

The world of YouTube beauty gurus is vast and growing by the day, however Michelle Phan has to be one of the biggest boasting over 4.5 million followers! She started with simple makeup how-tos but has since touched on subjects like health, skincare and lifestyle tips over the years.

Her brand is called “em”, which is term of endearment in Vietnamese, which is Michelle’s heritage, although born in Boston, USA. The collection comprises of changeable palettes for every occasion: beach, party, career, etc. Each will cost $75. Although the products are being backed by L’Oreal, whose cruelty free status is always up for debate when it comes to PETA her website’s FAQ section you type in a question and it gives you an answer… this was the websites response:

em michelle phan does not test any of our products on animals, nor do we allow anyone to test our products on animals. also, all of our applicators are made with 100% synthetic hair and do not use animal hair.

Michelle is due to open her first em store in October in New York City.

Congratulations Michelle!

x flea143


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Things I Learnt at IMATS London 2013


a very belated, hello dear readers

Hiiii, I'm in London!!

Hiiii, I’m in London!!

As some of my Twitter/Instagram followers may know, I recently went on a quick trip to the United Kingdom for a little bit of business and a lot of pleasure. The business part being a trip to IMATS, The International Makeup Artist Trade Show which has six worldwide shows annually and the nearest one I could visit from South Africa was the London show which took place of the weekend of 21 – 23 June at the Olympia Hall, Kensington. The pleasure part being – FAMILY time, shopping time and some site seeing!20130622_114120


Back to the subject at hand – IMATS! Logistically, travelling to London from South Africa is quite an expensive deal, there are flights, accommodation, meals, transport and spending money involved in doing a trip and it wasn’t as simple as just deciding on a whim to go to the show, even though that is how I run my life, but I wouldn’t suggest anyone to do it that way…. lol – be organised, not like me.


Pre-booked one day tickets to show where £55 (roughly R825) and tickets at the door were £60 (roughly R900) – ouch right? For a makeup show that seems to me to be quite a steep price. The entrance to the show did not grant you any freebees, but you could walk around to all the brands and purchase, ask questions and speak to the brand ambassadors for more information on new products. Most of the products on sale were specially reduced to SHOW-ONLY prices, but everything certainly adds up, especially because you cannot help but want to buy everything. I mean EVERYTHING.


There were also speakers on the entire weekend. There were so many keynote speakers, mainly involved in prosthetics which I simply didn’t have the time to watch, but the first speaker I managed to catch was Einat Dan, who is fashion makeup artist who is involved in beauty and body painting, her career extends to campaigns for houses such as Valentino, Fendi and more. Who was utterly fascinating, she happens to have her own line of brushes – m.i.a. by Einat Dan.


I was lucky enough to catch the end of Lan Nguyen’s stage time, someone who I was not all too familiar with before IMATS. This remarkable artist works with A-List celebrities such as the Sugababes, Clare Maguire, Escala and Kimberly Wyatt. She has written a book, Makeup is Art, in collaboration with the Academy of Freelance Makeup.


I managed to catch Kevin James Bennett, one of my personal makeup idols who has been involved in the makeup industry for almost three decades and is responsible for lots of the behind the scenes craft in the evolution of the professional makeup scene over this time span.


So, that being said… this is what I learnt at IMATS….

  1. Everything worth having when it comes to good quality, is expensive.
  2. Quality over quantity.
  3. Less is not necessarily more.
  4. Makeup is like a religion, it brings people from all different walks of life together. I am grateful for the wonderful artists I had the privilege of meeting at the show.
  5. One brush set will NEVER satisfy my brush addiction. I want at least one of every single brush made, EVER.
  6. Smaller cult brands rule!
  7. Although South Africa is slowly becoming more up to date on some quality products, we are really lacking behind in some of the really amazing products the world has to offer.
  8. Makeup weighs a lot, and if you travel to IMATS do not over-buy as excess luggage is not cheap.
  9. Brands which embrace and introduce people to try their products will always be more attached to their consumers heart and purse strings.
  10. Cruelty free products are on the rise, and its good to see such a huge consumer demand for such products.

I will in due course be showing my small haul I bought at IMATS London 2013…


I would recommend this show, but only to a beauty professional…. a makeup artist or a retail specialist. The reason being that it is a trade show, and for the price as a general consumer, I believe you could 100% spoil yourself just as well at any makeup store and get quality advice.


That’s all for now… I may still write on the keynote speakers or new brands (new to me) or I may not. It all depends on what the future holds.

xo missfitz


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The Clothes Stay On – Makeup Comes Off (Part 2)

Hiya Poutlings

Not sure if you saw my previous post on PORN STARS WITHOUT MAKEUP! Here is part 2… Some MORE porn stars without makeup.


As stated before, I don’t know their names, sorry. But the makeup artist is Melissa Murphy and pictures are captured on her Instagram.

x missfitz

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The Clothes Stay On – Makeup Comes Off

Hiya Poutlings

These pictures fascinate me. These women are renown for having fabulous makeup and hair because they spend their average working day with minimal if any clothing on. Who are they? Porn stars.


10111213151617181819192021Seems like they are just as average, if not in some cases slighter rougher around the edges than the rest of us. Ha.

Check out what makeup artist Melissa Murphy captured on her Instagram  account while working with some of the adult industry’s most famous “vixens?”… sorry, I have absolutely no idea what their names are.

thank goodness for makeup… lol

x missfitz

P.S. There are loads of these images so this may call for another post!


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