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Hair Styles to Turn Heads

TRESemme is a brand I know of but have never actually been one that I tend to go for just because we hadn’t really crossed paths or I was inundated with other hair care products and my hair routine is rather minimal so I always overlooked them. It was nothing personal, it was simply just I never had a need to look for styling products.

They recently sent me their TRESemme Extra Control Salon Finish Mousse which is to for a firm style to hold all day no matter the humidity. I am always hesitant of hair products but I will try anything once so I used this to create fabulous curls using my Babyliss MiraCurl Iron (review coming soon!).

Upon first using the mousse I cringed a bit as it is so sticky and I thought am I really going to run this through my clean hair? As my hair was towel dry it quickly absorbed into my hair and made general drying of my hair easier than normal. I then proceeded to split my hair to use my MiraCurl Iron to make these curls and this was then finished with a spritz of 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray and my hair lasted! Here is what it looked like (note – the next morning)…

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Yeah, its nothing wow but it is a wow for me, given the fact that I have such straight hair the simple fact that TRESemme can help me hold a curl is noteworthy, never mind the fact that it dropped slightly but there was still a legitimate beach-worthy curl the following day is unheard of in the land of my hair.

TRESemme’s celebrity hairstylist Matthew Monsoor recommends using the Extra Control Salon Finish Mousse before styling to freshly washed and towel dried hair to create loose romantic curls or if you are going with a style with lots of volume or even an eccentric style which give your hair added texture in order for the styling to be extra savvy.

For extra expert tips be sure to check out TRESemme’s website and follow them on Facebook.

The Extra Control Salon Finish Mousse retails for R76.99 and is available at most Clicks, Dischem and Medirite pharmacies nationwide.

x flea143

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me from TRESemme this has in no way altered my view of the products in anyway.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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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10 FACTS ABOUT OPI NAIL LACQUER

10 FACTS ABOUT OPI NAIL LACQUER

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1. OPI was founded in 1981 by George Schaeffer and used to manufacturer artificial dental appliances such as dentures. The acrylics which were used in the making of the dentures was the same used by nail technicians and in 1989 their business model changed to NAIL LACQUER, not dentures!

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2. OPI prides itself on quality and safety and have scientists and visionaries working daily to progress in the world of nail lacquer.

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3. OPI has over 200 different shades of polish which are all developed and selected by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann.

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4. OPI confirms that each shade of nail polish is ensured to have the status of “the” colour of the season.

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5. Not all of their products have been a hit, in 2003 OPI launched a nail polish for dogs which received mixed reviews.

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6. OPI has created several nail lacquers exclusively for specific charity organizations, these include – the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, breast cancer research.

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7. OPI is committed to making sure that their products are only sold through reputable beauty salons. The reason for this is that it deprives the consumers of professional care and advice that are necessary to enjoy these products.

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8. OPI keep up to date with latest trends and current pop culture, they have had collections in the past for Legally Blonde 2, Alice in Wonderland and Dell, current collections include the Skyfall collection, Oz the Great and Powerful collection to name but a few however, they also have some great vintage including the Vintage Minnie Mouse collection, the Brights by OPI collection and the Soft Shades by OPI. OPI has a designer collection, which is always new and innovative in the world of nail lacquer.

9. In conjunction with the nail lacquer, OPI boasts a GelColor, various nail care, including Classic Nail Essentials, Lacquer Removers, Nail Envy, Lasting Manis and Quick Drying Treatments and they have hand/feet care including AvoJuice Skin Quenchers, AvoJuice Body Creme, Avoplex, and Feet by OPI.

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10. OPI proudly boasts all of their nail lacquers have been reformulated to eliminate chemicals DBP (dibutyl pthalate), formaldehyde and toulene.

...last but not least, OPI is cruelty free! <33

…last but not least, OPI is cruelty free! <33

x missfitz

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EXCEPTIONAL SA MAKEUP ARTIST : DAVID SHARP

Featured makeup artist…

DAVID SHARP

David Sharp - Makeup Artist

David Sharp – Makeup Artist

Can you tell our readers a little bit more about yourself and where you’re from?

I live in Cape Town, originally spent most of my life in Durban. A lover of the finer things in life and a coffee shop junkie.

How did you get into professional makeup artistry?

By accident actually. I was hairdressing for a while, got bored and then  I started off as a fragrance consultant in 1999, I went onto become the first male beauty advisor for Lancome in KZN, from there did 2 Miss SA Pageants, was headhunted by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and worked as a studio manager and events co ordinator for Bobbi Brown in Cape Town for 4 and a half years, now pursuing  professional artistry as a freelance

What do you enjoy the most about makeup?

The fact that it’s not permanent, you can change the way you look just with a bit of concealer and mascara and still look fresh. Make Up should not have any rules, it’s fun and the best part is that you having fun with colour.

Are you a full time professional artist, or part time freelance artist?

Full Time Professional Artist

David Sharp - Makeup Artist Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

Currently working on my Pilot Episode for my show! Very exciting time for me, so watch this space for details.

Who inspires you?

There is only one person and that has to be Madonna. She has the ability to Morph and Re Invent herself from one look to another and look totally different. I truly admire her incredible business mind.

Who is your favourite makeup artist?

Kevin Aucoin, Carl Isaacs and Algria Ferreira

What is your most memorable makeup moment?

Definitely working on Choreographer, Dancer, Kevin Stea who worked with Madonna on her Blonde Ambition Tour and In Bed With Madonna! Had a few others but that was one of my finest moments

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

I think I prefer to say that every person I work with is a highlight in my career, I don’t pin point anything down to a definite highlight.

David Sharp - Makeup Artist What do you do to relax?

I take my puppy for long walks and I tend to eat out a lot, but nothing beats reading a newspaper at a cosy coffee shop while munching on a good cheese cake. Give me a couch, dvd’s and a kitchen as well and i’m happy!

Do you believe women should go without makeup?

No woman should go without make up. Concealer, tinted moisturiser (BB Cream), mascara and a bit of lipgloss at least.

If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring makeup artists what would it be?

Learn your trade and don’t think you better than anyone else. Every artist I believe is good in their own right.

Do you have any tips for school leavers that are looking at going into the makeup industry?

Go to a good make up school. Find part time work in a retail environment, it disciplines you and if you work for the right cosmetic brand, you can grow into a talented artist. Have a natural flair for make up as well, it helps.

536954_538993842819017_791503132_nAre you happy with the availability of cosmetics in South Africa? Do you ever have to order items online/from overseas that are not available here?

I have the pleasure of being The Brand Ambassador for Ofra Cosmetics South Africa and am a distributor for the Cape Town Region, Fantastic skin care and beautiful make up range that also caters for professional make up artists. It is only available online and through distributors. Check it out! I reckon SA does lack some of the good brands that you only find overseas but the times are changing very fast.

Some trends can feel a bit out-there for the average woman. Especially style-conscious women of “a certain age” who wish to remain current but fear looking as if they’re trying too hard. Do you have any advice on some comfort-zone friendly ways to rock the latest trends?

Your Make up starts with good skin care. The skin must look beautiful at all times. Less is definitely more cliché’ I know but it’s true. Blusher is a definite must it gives you a natural flush and automatically you look fresher.

Speaking of age appropriateness, let’s consider the flipside. In this day and age of Toddlers & Tiaras and 20-something-looking tweens, is there an age you, as a makeup-artist consider too soon for girls to begin wearing makeup on regular basis?

Teenage girls honestly should stay away from make up until the age of 16. Still keep in Minimum please! Their Matric Farewell day is the day you see the teenager transform into a young lady.

What are three makeup items that no woman should leave home without?

Lipstick, Compact Foundation for touch up’s and Mascara

If you could do work on any celebrity, who would it be and why?

Stupid Question! Madonna!

David’s work speaks heaps and bounds! One of my favourite local makeup artists… If you’d like to follow David Sharp’s work, check out the following :

FACEBOOK : David Sharp Makeup Artist

TWITTER : @davidsharpart

INSTAGRAM : @slatco

or email : davidsharp87 [at] gmail [dot] com

Thank you for communicating with me David, I look forward to hearing more on your show!

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We wish you all the success with your makeup artistry!

x missfitz

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