Tuesday, 30 August 2011

And now for some shameless self promotion!! :)

Hello again!

I would like to show you some of the makeup looks I have done up to date. I don't have photos of all the girls I have made up, but I promise to take more pictures!

This is my lovely cousin Anschke, who helped out by being my model in one of my classes.

Next is Este and Shevonne, who also modeled for classes.



The last three of Shevonne was for our glamour class, where you basically do weird makeup. I chose geisha inspired makeup and made it my own.

This was for a competition over at Makeup Geek a few weeks ago, and the theme was Lady Gaga. Now, I'm not a fan of her AT ALL, but I thought it would be fun to try something wacky. This is my hand drawn lace mask look :

And lastly, just some beautiful ladies I have made up! Alicia and Lynette!

Hope you guys enjoyed looking at this!

Stay beautiful!

Update : DIY Egg Facial

Morning everyone!

Just wanted to update you on the results of yesterday's egg mask. Turns out that I have a very fine acne breakout all over my face this morning. I don't usually have problems with acne, I have the occasional spot or two, but never on this scale. So I can only assume it is from the egg mask, as I didn't do anything else from my usual skincare routine differently.

Please don't egg yourself the day before your wedding! :)

In unrelated news, have you guys seen Michelle Phan's newest tutorial? It's called "Catch my heart" and is the most fantabulous makeup tutorial I have ever seen! Check it our here :


Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day, and stay beautiful!

Monday, 29 August 2011

DIY Face masks

Hi everyone!

I've noticed in the past month that a lot of the beauty guru's and blogs I'm subscribed to have been using DIY facial masks and scrubs, and today I decided to put one of them to the test!

My all time favourite guru, Kandee Johnson, did a egg facial mask tutorial, which you can watch here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqBUm0txdhQ

After I watched the video, I was sceptical, and I Googled for more egg masks, to see if anyone really put egg on their faces, and to my great shock, there are! One of my other favourite guru's, Michelle Phan, actually also did a tutorial for the egg mask, and because hers didn't need honey (which I don't have in my house at the moment), I decided to try it out.

You can watch the video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk4xdYt3ick

Today, I realized I am a trooper! Let me tell you, I did NOT enjoy having egg on my face for nearly half an hour... All I kept thinking was : 1) I smell so bad right now, 2) Somewhere in the world this egg could have fed a hungry child and, 3) Thank goodness no one can see me right now!!

I have to be totally honest and say that, without a doubt, my pores are smaller and my skin is smoother and tighter. Also, these guru's aren't joking when they say they can't even smile... Having said that it really works, I highly doubt I'll do it again. Having the egg on your face feels strange, and doesn't smell nice. My bathroom sink actually smelled like egg for hours after I washed my face, and I had to clean it with bleach to get rid of the smell.

I may try some of the other DIY facials though, and I'll let you know how that turns out.

If you have the guts to try this mask, please comment below and let me know what you think about it!

As always, stay beautiful!


Sunday, 28 August 2011

Pro Beauty Expo 2011

Hi everyone!!

So, I went to the expo today, and I have to admit that I was kind of disappointed. There is an entire hall just for hair products, and another hall for all things related to spa treatments, nails and VERY FEW makeup stalls. The only thing makeup related I bought was Kryolan foundation.

I also picked up the coolest nail stamping kit (which I will review for you guys) and 3 colours nail gel. That is all I bought!! We got no freebies (as we were led to believe we would) and it was so chaotically busy that we were literally pushed through the isles by the crazy crowds.

I have to be honest and say that I really doubt I'll go again. But I'll go through the pamphlets and things I got, and I promise to let you know if I find something awesome!

Anyway, have a great rest-of-your-Sunday, and stay beautiful!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Things every girl should have in her makeup kit :

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I would like to talk about your personal makeup kit. I know nobody ever told me, "Hey, Yolandie, you should have ... in your makeup box!", and that if they had, it would have made my life easier! Only when I enrolled for my makeup course, did I learn what you need, and what to use some stuff for. Let me tell you, there are some scary makeupy things out there!!

So the first thing you need is a cool, dry place to store your stuff in, no matter if it's a makeup box, bag or drawer, you need it. The simple and obvious reason for this is that if you leave, say your eye shadow, under the open window, through which it is pouring rain onto your makeup, it will be unusable afterwards. Here is a picture of mine, which is really unorganized!!

The second important thing in a makeup kit is, of course, the foundation. You need a shade that matches your skin to a T!! I know a lot of ladies out there test the colour of the foundation on the back of their hands. This is not the way to do it! Because your hands see much more sunlight than your face, most people's hands will be more tan than their necks and faces. This causes the makeup-mask look, because the foundation will be a perfect match for your hand, but too dark on your face. The best way to test the colour of foundation is on the inside of your arm, or if there is a mirror in the store, in your neck. I know a lot of makeup artists have more than one shade of foundation in their personal collections, usually a shade for winter and one for summer, when you are more tan. Also a foundation with SPF to protect the skin during the day, and one without SPF for evenings and special occasions (SPF tends to reflect the light from a camera flash, so it is a big no-no for when you're going to get photographed a lot, like on your Matric dance or wedding!!).

Then, you need either a translucent powder, or a powder foundation that matches your skin tone, and some powder puffs or a large brush to apply it. "Why do you need powder?", you ask. Well, I am here to tell you!! Powder sets the makeup underneath it, and will give it longer staying power. It also helps to keep the skin matte during the day, because it absorbs sweat and moisture. If you have an oily T-zone, or any other oily parts on your face, you can add some extra powder there (this is also a good tip for your wedding, add extra powder under your eyes, as it will help dry your tears of joy!!). My own powder is basically finished, so I took pictures of the stuff in my pro-makeup kit, which I use for clients.

You need something to keep your eyebrows neat. I use two things for this : tweezers and an eyebrow shaver. They look like this :
You should also always have a neutral matte shade eye shadow, to fill in your eyebrows with. This shade should be close to your hair colour. If you prefer using a pencil to fill in your eyebrows, remember to use short strokes when applying the product. I never understood why people fill in their brows, till I actually learned how to makeup! It's simple, your eyebrows frame your face, and filling them in draws more focus to your eyes. Who doesn't want a framed face!! Haha! Please see my post about eyebrows if you have any more questions : http://thebloomincouch.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-tame-wild-and-wacky-eyebrows.html

Eye shadow. If you are just staring out with makeup, I would say get some nice neutral shades first, and then get some wild colours as you get more confident applying makeup. The unspoken (well not really, everyone says it quite frequently!) rule in makeup is that for every two shimmery eye shadows you use, you need at least one matte one. There are no rules in makeup, but if you have too much shimmer on your eyes it wont look good either. Shimmer can also look like sweat on photographs, so keep this in mind when applying!! This palette in the photograph is one I ordered from BH Cosmetics in the USA. It ended up costing me about R200 in total (including shipping and customs), which is really inexpensive for makeup. It has 28 neutral shades, and really lasts all day long. They are having a sale over at BH, 35% off everything, so if you are interested, go have a look : http://www.bhcosmetics.com/

Then you need some eye pencils / liners. The most important shades to have are black (or if you have a lighter skin tone grey), brown and white. The other colours come with time!! White is used to line the waterline of your eye (this is the rim of your eye on the inside. I may do a post about where to apply what on your face if you chicas want it!!), and this helps to make the white of your eye seem whiter, make the eye seem larger and more open. You all know what the black and brown are for!! These are also the liners in my pro kit, because mine are really short and used up!! Remember what I said (wrote!!) earlier about powder setting makeup? Well, it applies to eyeliner too. After you apply the liner (in whatever form, this is a good thing to remember even with liquid eyeliner), take a cotton bud or angled makeup brush, and apply the same colour eye shadow as the liner, on top of where you put the eyeliner. This will set the colour and it will last longer.

Mascara. Before you apply mascara, use an eyelash curler (if you don't have one, you can pick one up really cheap at Beauty value. I think they go for as little as R15.) to curl your lashes. Do this before applying mascara, otherwise your lashes may break off. I know some guru's on YouTube, and other makeup artists first apply mascara and then curl the lashes, but breaking them off is not a chance I plan to take! If you use false lashes, invest in a good eyelash glue. The ones that come with the lashes never work, believe me!! Dischem has a good house brand one that really works, for about R25. They also have some cool lashes, so if you don't know where to get lashes, go to Dischem!! I know a lot of people have started using eyelash conditioner, which is applied like mascara, but I can't comment on this, as I've never tried it!! Will let you know how it is when I do though! The brands mascara featured here are 2 from China Town (the pink one DOES NOT WORK. Don't buy it. The black one was awesome, and I got it for R10!!) and the other one is Maybelline. Of all the brands I have tried in my entire life, Maybelline's mascara still remains the best to me.


You need blush!! I forgot to take pictures of mine, and honestly I'm too lazy to get up and take some now!! You need at least one shade blush, that suits you. If you have a lighter skin tone, go with pinks, if you are medium toned, go with peaches and rusts, if you are darker go with russets and browns. If you prefer bronzer, the only tip I have is son't overdo it. Use an angled blush brush (I use one), a kabuki brush or a large, fluffy, domed brush to apply blush. If you don't know what any of these things are, Google is your friend!! :D

Then you need your favourite lipstick and lip gloss. Some people swear by lip liner. My advice is this, If you don't like it, don't use it. The whole use of lip liner is to help define your lips, correct some imperfections (say if the one side of your lip is fuller than the other) and to help keep your lipstick on longer. I also don't have pictures of this. Sorry. :)

Brushes. If you prefer applying makeup with those little spongy-thingies that usually come with the eye shadow, by all means, use them! But if you want more accurate application of makeup, you need brushes.

I recently bought a professional brush kit, with 31 brushes, but you won't need all those brushes, so I will highlight a few : A large, fluffy dome brush and a medium fluffy dome brush (or a kabuki, or angled blush brush). The large one is used to apply loose powder, and also remove any excess powder from your face. The medium one is for blush.

For eye shadow, you need large, medium and small stiff domed brushes. The large for colour applied to the entire eyelid area, the medium for the part below the crease and the small one for the crease. You can also invest in a blending brush (no picture of this one!!), there are many shapes and sizes of these ones, but they are usually fluffy.

Before I go on, let me explain the terminology here!! :) You get domed (which are obviously dome shaped), angled (which are angled), flat (as the name implies) and pencil (which are tapered to have a point) brushes. There are more shapes, but these are the ones you'll hear about most. Fluffy means the hair on the brush are looser, as inn not packed tightly together. Fluffy brushes pick up less product. Stiff brushes have tightly packed hair, and pick up a lot of product, therefore putting more product on your face. Hope that helped!! Here are the picks of the stiff domed brushes.

Then you'll need an angled brush. This is used mainly to fill in eyebrows and to line your eyelids, though I have heard of many other uses for this brush. I have different sized ones for different uses, but if you have one, you should be OK. That is, until the makeup-bug bites!! Bwahaha!!

 These other brushes are ones used to comb through eyebrows. You can use an old makeup stick and save money in my opinion, but I had to show them to you.

Remember to clean your brushes at least once a week. You can use brush cleaner for this, or just wash the brushes with a little shampoo or Sunlight dish washing liquid. Don't submerge the whole brush in water, just wash the bristles, and let the brushes air dry. If you plan to makeup someone else, wash the brushes before you do!

Lastly, buy some cotton buds and wipes, or makeup wipes / remover, for your kit. You'd be surprised at what you can do with these things! They clean up smudged mascara, makeup fallout and can correct many other mistakes without any trouble.

Hope this really long post didn't bore you to death!!

Stay beautiful and have a great weekend!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

LF Photography

Hi everyone!

I had a pretty busy day, which is why I'm only blogging now! And I only have one hand to type with as my puppy is sleeping on my lap and using my hand as a pillow...

If you don't know about LF Photography, you seriously need to check out there website and blog! The links to both of these are in the links box, somewhere at the right side of the screen. Liani and Franco are dear friends of ours, who also happen to be extremely talented and nice people. Their photos are always really awesome and have a funky edge to them that you don't find often with other photographers. Show some love and support them by following their blog! (You can also see some of their work there, I don't have up to date photos by them!)

I would also like to ask your support here on my blog. Please let your friends and family know about me! And remember that anyone who subscribes before 31 August will stand a chance to win a full set of tips and gel overlay!

Stay beautiful,

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Wednesday Review

Hi everyone!!

So, I thought it would be cool if I could review some makeup products, and in this way help you guys when you shop! If you would like me to review any products, please email me at yolandie.horak@gmail.com, and I'll see what I can do!

The first product I would like to review is Yardley's Whipped Matte Mousse foundation. I bought mine, in the shade medium beige, at the beginning of June this year. This is how the packaging looks :

You can obviously see that mine has been used for 3 months!! But this is just to give you the idea. It contains 14g of mousse foundation, where in liquid form you get roughly (depending on the brand) 37g, which is more than double the amount.

It applies quite smoothly, and dries very quickly. It also has an almost powdery consistency, which is supposed to help keep an oily skin matte and dry during the day. I have a combination skin, but I have to say that I found this product almost to dry on my skin. Here is a pic of the inside of the pot :

As you can see, the pot is quite empty. As I've said, I bought it at the beginning of June, and I used it every time I applied makeup since then. I don't wear makeup every day, I would say only about 4 of the 7 days in a week. So you can tell that it doesn't last that long. I also found that its staying power isn't that great, and it does rub off easily on clothes etc when hugging!! (And I'm a hugger...) Also, I found that it tends to streak during the day and is especially bad with eye shadow fall out, and regular ol' dust that gets blown onto your face during the day.

The colour was a good match for my skin though. I swatched this for you on the inside of my arm , and you can see it fades in well (and I applied it quite thick to show on camera).

It did keep my skin matte while it lasted, which is good too, because no one wants an overly shiny face! But I have to be honest and say that compared to liquid foundation it was really lacking. My liquid foundation usually lasts me at least 5 months when applied everyday, and usually stays on my face longer too!! ^_^

I also feel that when paying R110 (I bought it at Clicks for roughly that amount), I can just as well get our R50 or so more and buy a liquid foundation that will last longer, has better staying power and comes in a greater range of colours.

Product rating : 5/10
Would I buy it again? : Probably not.

That was my 5 cents! I really hoped it helped you! Please let me know if you feel differently about this product. I would love to hear back from you!

Stay beautiful!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

How to tame wild and wacky eyebrows!

Hi everyone!!

Now, wouldn't we all just love having perfect eyebrows like these...

In real life it doesn't work that way though, and we all look different and some of us have really untamed brows! In my family, we all have crazy long eyebrow hair, that literally grows up to 3cm long sometimes!! (Yes, I actually measured one of mine... Yes, I know that is TMI... Yes, I know it's really nerdy!)

So, my tip for taming Gandalf eyebrows is simple, and probably wont even cost you anything!!

What you need :
* An old mascara stick, one that is preferably dry, or a disposable mascara stick
* Some hairspray.
* And a mirror!! :P

All you do is this : after you've filled in your brows, just spritz some hairspray on the mascara stick and run it through your eyebrows. The hairspray will keep the crazy hair in place all day long, and it will also set whatever you filled in your eyebrows with, and make it keep longer.

I have tried filling in my eyebrows with a few things now, and I always come back to eye shadow. Eye pencils tend to have a reflective finish, so when light catches your eyebrow, the pencil tends to look sweaty. If you don't find it happens to you, good for you!

When you use eye shadow to fill in your brows, don't use one with a shimmery or glittery finish, always choose the matte one. Shimmery eye shadow in your brows will also tend to look sweaty as the glitter flecks catch the light.

And last, but not least, if you don't know how to shape your brows, go to a professional. It's not expensive at all, and will only do you good. Shortly after I left high school, someone offered to shape my eyebrows, and had never done it before. I let the person shape my brows, and just kept following the shape since then. Now I have two different eyebrows!! :P The one is more droopy than the other one, the arches don't start at the same place and one is shorter...

If you want to learn how to shape your own eyebrows, and don't want to go to a pro, please watch as many YouTube videos on the subject as you can find to learn how to do it.

Anyway, as always stay beautiful!


Monday, 22 August 2011

No makeup day

Hi everyone!

I hope you all have been keeping really well! Thank you so much for the support you have given me so far, and for the interaction I've had from you!

So today I had a no makeup day. I have these every now and again, because I really believe your skin has to rest, but today that was not my excuse!! Yesterday, the flu got me, so honestly I didn't feel like putting on makeup and beautifying myself.

Do you ever have no makeup days, and why?


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Pro Beauty Expo 2011

Hi all!

Hope you have had a fabulous weekend so far!

I would like to take this opportunity to write about the Pro Beauty Expo happening at Gallagher Estate next weekend (28 & 29 August). I'm really excited about it, as I have heard from some friends who have been there previous years, that is is pretty awesome!! You can find out all you need to know about the expo at : http://www.probeauty.co.za/site/default.aspx. If you're in Cape Town, you'll be able to go again next year, but sadly it doesn't look like it's in any other areas.

Some of the stuff is marked down radically for the expo, making it the best place to buy brand name products at really good prices. The expo includes all things beauty, ranging from all your hair needs to nails to makeup and all in between.

I will be going next Sunday with some friends and family, to try, discover and buy some new makeup and nail stuff. :) I'll also blog about the expo afterwards, and I'll try to take pictures for you girls who couldn't make it there (if they allow cameras...) I really hope to see some of you there!!

Have an awesome rest-of-your-Sunday!

Friday, 19 August 2011

What I did today...

Hi everyone!!

After doing some house cleaning and painting some puzzles with my father in law (will post photos sometime) I got inspiration to do some sewing!!

The inspiration came in the form of the awesome and talented Kandee Johnson, who you can find here : http://www.kandeej.com/. She did some shirt cutting videos on YouTube way back in 2009, and I discovered these yesterday while browsing her makeup tutorials. So I found a piece of pink t-shirting material and cut out and sewed together a off the shoulder, 80's style, shirt.

Unfortunately my step by step photos of the whole process are all really blurred, because my hubby changed the settings on the camera and I didn't realize it until the end... Sorry, blonde moment! Luckily he came home and saved the day, and I can show you the finished product! It still needs to be ironed though!!

I will be trying to cut an old t-shirt an I'll tell you how that works out!

Have an awesome weekend!


Thursday, 18 August 2011

10 things I love

I thought it would be fun to list some things I like, and get you guys to post 10 things you like!

1) Kisses from my hubby
2) Puppy breath
3) Sleeping late
4) Shopping sprees with my mom and girlfriends
5) Cuddling while watching a movie
6) The smell of rain
7) The ocean
8) Chocolate!! :)
9) My mother in law's cooking
10) Reading a good book

Hope you had a great Thursday!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

First Post!!

Welcome to my new beauty blog!

I hope you all enjoy my blog, as much as I know I'm going to enjoy writing it!

If you don't know me, here is the breakdown of my life :

* I'm married to the most wonderful man in the world, Jan. He is a Oracle programmer-person. I don't know / understand the half of what he does at work, but I love him anyway!! :P We have been together for 5 years, of which we have been married for almost 3 (our anniversary is on the 6th of September). These have been the most amazing years of my life!!

* We adopted a puppy named Xena (the will-be-someday Warrior Princess!!) just over a week ago. She is a Labrador crossed with a Chow, and is therefor a Labrachowdel :) She is about 7 and a half weeks old.

* I'm a freelance graphic designer and artist. I make a living by doing digital drawings of people and selling paintings. Check out my website : http://www.faithfullart.co.za
* A friend of mine nicknamed me Faith in high school, and that is where I came up with the name Faith Full Art for my art site.
* I enrolled for a makeup course when my makeup artist friend said she needed some help with some of her clients, because they became too many. I completed the course and loved makeup so much that I decided my future lies in the Beauty industry, and also did a nail technician course. I'll keep on learning until I can do it all!! Bwahahaha!! ^_^

Comment below so I can get to know you!

Lots of love,