Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year (a little early) to all my lovely readers out there! I hope 2010 brings you all the happiness, joy, & contentment in the world!
My goals for 2010 are to keep this business of mine rolling forward- I am so happy with how my makeup line is being received, I love that I am being offered more & more opportunities to work with fantastic models & very talented photographers!
I love that I am getting to fly to Ca ( a little nervous too about the long flight) to teach (which i love) all about mineral makeup & it's different application techniques!
I am thrilled with how supportive my hubby is in all this- got me a garmin GPS for Christmas so I can easily find all these out of the way places for photoshoots, etc.
My main focus now, right now is gearing up for 2 trunk shows- one Jan 9th, the other Feb 4th @ Prep (www.shopprep.com) Anyone local who would like to go, just comment & I'll send you an invite which is redeemable for a gift certificate worth $10 good on any merchandise in the store!
And to harass the crap out of my web guy to get this retail site up and running! I am being patient as he's only 22, and likes to sleep late (he's also a ridiculously talented musician), but I promise all of you who have been asking that I will make this a priority!
Also for all of you who have contacted me- make sure you click that follow button, 'cause as soon as that site is up I'll be hosting contests & one will be exclusive to followers only!
Lastly it is still a goal of mine to get some videos up & going on youtube! I've had my subscription for a year now (MakingUup), I just have one little obstacle- I need an actual video camera- so that is definitely on my list of things to buy! it's such a shame stuff costs money LOL.
Have Fun this New Years, be safe!!!!!! Designate if you're drinking PLEASE! Love to all my peoples!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I am so excited to announce that I am teaching a mineral makeup and application Boot camp at the Nova Studio in Point Richmond, CA. Clicking the link above will take you to the site for a class description, dates, times, costs, & how to register!
If you've ever considered making your own mineral makeup, or you wish to perfect application techniques, this is certainly the class for you! not only will students learn how to custom formulate mineral makeup of all kinds, but also HOW to use them for beautiful flawless results!
Friday, December 18, 2009
No one claims the beauty industry is easy, and that was doubly true for last Saturday when we shot at the Quabbin Reservoir . It was 20 degrees, actual temp & with the wind chill, at least the teens, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was negative numbers. now don't feel too bad for me, i had on thick boots, warm ski coat, hat, scarf, and gloves (at least in between touch ups, or when I wasn't lending them to the model)
No, no don't feel bad for me, all kudos, and sympathy go to Carly our brave & very cold model. Despite the bitter weather we got some beautiful shots and I thank her for her bravery & ability to not have her discomfort read all across her face in every shot.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Left to right Conquered, Rich Amber, Beach Bronze Gloss
A local boutique, Prep Cosmetics 220 North Pleasant Street in Amherst, Ma, has booked me to do two trunk shows, one January 9th & one Feb 4th. when I met yesterday with the store manager, Tara, she said the company president had requested for me to do something before the holiday, um, that sort of meant this weekend!!!!
Well, since I'm not usually scared of a challenge...
Plus I'm upgrading all my packaging to these lovely brushed silver jars, and thought, what a great way to sell out all the clear jars , especially since everything in the store right now is 20% off, so I know people will be getting a great deal-since only the outside is changing, the stuff in the jars is the same awesome minerals!
I'm also offering my holiday promotion at Prep, Fortunate Face Minerals' "Glow, Glow, Glow! for the Holidays." A cute little stocking stuffed with my matte mineral bronzer, Rich Amber, Conquered eye shadow, that has a silky sheen with bronze/brown tones for a gleaming eye, and my Beach Bronze lip gloss to complete the all over bronzy glow. (My pics never do the colors justice)
Anyone one local, or visiting for the holidays be sure to stop by the boutique. You can actually get a look at the store at their website- www.shopprep.com.
I also booked a lovely local actress to come and be my model this Saturday, she's getting a complete makeover- first a perfectly nude flawless face, then I'm going to glam her up & give her makeup pointers for her awards ceremony in LA next month (she was involved with the big movie filmed here last year, can't say the name or the director!)
I'll be there from 11 am to 3 pm giving advice, consults, color matching, etc. with the demo scheduled for around 12:30-1.
They have some great lines there at Prep, from Stila ( in love with their smudgepots!), & Becca, to Mario Badescu skincare, just to name a few.
If you can't make this Saturday, then please feel free to come either Jan 9th or Feb 4th. I'll be doing consultations, by appointment only. Call Prep to schedule @ 413-256-4600.
If you plan on making it out to one of these events (9th or 4th)- contact me & I'll tell you how to get a complimentary $10 gift certificate good for anything in the store! (have to be present to redeem certificate)
hope to see you There!
So, anyone who's read my blog more than once, probably knows of the unending saga of the undeliverable package(s). poor Crystal, my lovely winner of my inspiration contest, couldn't seem to get any of the 3, yes 3 packages that I sent to her. Well, Oh happy day- cause finally it has arrived! You can check out pics of what she got at her blog, http://makeupbycrystals.blogspot.com/
I can see from the pic that my poor little fortune cookie got smushed to smithereens ( her post office probably threw it 'cause they are soooo not in love with me!), and my &*@# lip gloss label is coming off, Argh! labels are the bane of my makeup making existence! Back to my supplier to order different ones, that will hopefully stay on!
Anyway, I'm excited for her to try out some of the stuff, and she's a beauty, AND a makeup artist& she takes great photos to boot, so she's certainly going to make my stuff look good!
I promise the web store is slated to be up and running soon- my web guy says the end of this week, but I'm kind of thinking more like next week (knowing him) Like right after Christmas, sigh, only the biggest shopping season! oh, well.
I've had a few of you contacting me wanting to know when I will be online, I promise I will post here the day we start- in the meantime- for those who have been asking you may certainly contact me through the contact page if there is something specific I've showcased here, that you would wish to purchase- my Paypal account is up & running so we can definitely work something out.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Alrighty, so our lovely Crystal has been sent a package for the third time... think it's a charm?
we'll wait and see. Fingers crossed, prayers uttered please.
Anyway, I've been booked to teach a three day mineral makeup making & application boot camp at the Nova Studio in Point Richmond, California, yay me!
The class is scheduled for March 5th, 6th, & 7th, the studio is owned by Lori Nova, who teaches a lot of soapmaking, lotionmaking, & general bath & body products classes. You can learn more about the studio, as well as my upcoming class here:
The class description and pricing as well as registration should be up tomorrow. Early birds definitely get a price break, so anyone who's interested- booking early is worth $.
This is very exciting, not only do I get to teach others what I've learned about custom creating mineral makeup, but also helping people understand the many different ways mineral makeup can be used- from wet to dry buffing application, and even airbrushing! Color theory, highlight and con
tour, as well as what you need to know about running a mineral makeup business. We're even going to make lipsticks- fun, fun, fun!
My nude lippie palette
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
O.k so anyone who's been following me, and actually reads any of the random stuff I post, will remember that Crystal S won the color inspiration contest in October. I announced her as the winner Friday October 17th, and mailed out her package of goodies on Monday, October 20.
well, I expected it to take several days, as we are literally across the country from one another. By the beginning of the following week I email Crystal just to check if the package has arrived. nothing yet, ok I'm disappointed, but not concerned. Next week-same, now I'm a little concerned, next week "Still no package?" Ok, very not happy. So I decide that it's time to send a new one, this one was obviously lost or stolen. So I package up a whole new box & send it, and pay extra for tracking this time. This is november 16th at this point- a ridiculous amount of time to wait for one little package, but there you go. So the package goes out, along with another that I'm sending to Boston. Anyway, I track both, both arrive on the 18th of November, Boston package-delivered & confirmed. Ca, package- "status not updated" o.k probably out for delivery, wait a day- "status not updated" Why did I pay extra for tracking again? Shouldn't it at least read "out for delivery", "attempting to deliver" something? anyway that Saturday, I get the first package returned and marked undeliverable. Uh oh, I think, this does not bode well for my second package. So I contact Crystal to re-confirm her address, and make sure I have it correctly, yup, right address, nope not a p.o. box, and uh, yeah, she gets mail delivered every day, so huh? She has been more than kind & patient, and frankly, as baffled as myself. She gets me the phone number of the post office there & I speak to a fairly clueless woman, who confirms the address as legitimate, which I KNEW, since I give Crystal credit for having a brain, and knowing both where she lives, and where she gets her mail delivered, can't say the same for this particuar employee, however.
So, I tell her when the package comes back on the truck today (Monday about 3pm Ca time) take it off the truck, hold it, I will call Crystal, and she will come pick it up, cause she's nice like that.
no call, nada, nothing, after keeping me on hold for 1/2 hour...
on a cell phone.
Guess what I got in the mail Saturday?
So I go yesterday to MY post office & speak to a supervisor with both packages, receipts, and tracking invoice, he calls- gets the same Mensa candidate as myself, who doesn't want to refund any of my money, or actually help deliver this package. The supervisor insists that she contact me today to reach a solution.
Think I' m holding my breath waiting for the call?
I don't look good blue.
So, tomorrow I have every intention of trekking back to MY post office & having the very helpful supervisor force this woman to delver this *&#$% package!
Crystal, you're an angel. I hope you love the stuff, cause frankly I wouldn't even want it at this point if I were in your shoes!
( but I promise, it is really good, and the colors are Fab!)
Anyway, I'll keep you all "posted" on my post office saga (pun intended)
It reads like a serial.
I feel like Charles Dickens.