Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!!

Hey Loves!
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed the day with your families. I know I did. We got my son a 3DS and he was quiet all night. Best gift we have ever gotten him. I hope you guys are ready for new years. I have several looks to post for parties and such and I have a few friends guest modeling as well. I will also be doing some features in the near future. I want to do some feature models and makeovers and also feature other blogs and talented people. So if you are interested in being featured in a post or modeling please email me at thethyckvixen@yahoo.com. Okay I'm going to go eat some more because it's in my face and then go to sleep. That's healthy huh. Love you guys and until next time...Smooches!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sick Sick Sick

Hey Loves...
So I have been sick, sick, sick. I had a severe upper resperitory infection and sinuitusso that's why there have been no posts for a few weeks. I would like to say I feel much better now and I will be going back to business as usual. I have to get back into the know because I was on bed rest and slept as much as I could. But I don't want to leave you guys hanging any longer so posts will be up this week. I hope your all having a wonderful week and God bless you all, especially the families of Sandy Hook. You remain in my prayers. Until next time...Smooches!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tea time!

Hello My Loves...
This weeks tea is all about how excited I am to get Tiffany D's new palette from Sigma. Now if you don't know Tiffany D she is an outstanding makeup artist that has been making videos on YouTube for several years. She was one person that really got me into makeup and wanting to be a makeup artist. If you look over to the side she's one of my favorite blogs and you can click there and check her blog out. Anyway I am so happy for her and the I can't wait to get the palette and play with it a bit. She's made a palette that can do virtually anything. It's a fully workable palette and that's what I appreciate the most. She has really sat down and done any kind of look with this palette and when you get it you will also receive a look book to give you some ideas of how to use the palette. The palette has 8 eye shadows in it and 2 gel liners. It also has a two sided brush and a two sided liner pencil. This is what it looks like.
Isn't it pretty! That was so girly of me. LOL. Sorry guys. Anyway The gel liners come in chocolate and blackout. The shadow colors are brunette, chestnut, smoke, beam, in the dark, midnight, fog, halo. Check out her blog for more information and swatches. This is a limited edition palette so get on it! Thank you for reading and as always until next time...Smooches!
(Photo from Tiffany D's blog. I do not own the rights to this photo.)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Turkey Day!

Hello My Loves...
So Thanksgiving is here and we should all be filled with cheer! Notice I said should. Some of us are a little unhappy our husbands will be at work because of stupid black friday. But I'm not bitter. Okay maybe just a little bit. Anyway before we go getting up at the crack of dawn to hit the sales we will be at dinners or parties or whatever you do on thanksgiving. So special looks will of course be needed. So I have a done a couple for you to get inspired from. I hope these looks woo you into the spirit of the holidays and you guys have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. And also no matter what goes on this day or what's going on in your life, don't forget to be thankful and give thanks. You made it through another day and night in a warm safe place and others didn't have that luxury. Love you all...Smooches!

This look I call stuffing, lol. I used a neutral gold for the base color all over the eye.
Above Crease-Ben Nye-turquoise
Crease-Too Faced-coco puffed
Lid-Ben Nye-Indian copper
Eyeliner-Nyx-emerald city
Lashes-iGlam-unknown number
Mascara-Benefit-Bad Gal Lash

This one is roasted cranberries.
Black base was used on the lid and above crease area to bring more depth to the colors.
Lid-Maybelline color tattoo-bold gold (over top of that is Too faced-honey pot)
Gold Glitter-Nyx
Outer V-Ben Nye-purple haze mixed with Nyx-volcano
Above Crease-Ben Nye-purple haze
Mascara-Benefit-bad gal lash
Lashes-iGlam-unknown number

(Please excuse my photo taking ability. I am working on taking better photos and lighting and such. If my natural lashes are distracting I'm sorry. They go straight down naturally. All products were bought and paid for by me.)

Gems of the month!!!

Hello My Loves...
So as you guys know I am a working professional makeup artist and you also know that I like to use less expensive makeup. Reason being, I believe in being a well rounded artist and learning to work with every type and form of makeup. I can use anything from no name 99 cent store makeup to MAC, Makeup Forever (a favorite), Smashbox (also a favorite) to any other brand you can think of. I can also use stage makeup and mineral makeup and I also make some of my own. I love making something out of nothing and I enjoy experimenting. That's why I'm letting you guys in on my diamonds in the rough. When I find a product that I think works well for anyone in any stage of makeup I will gladly let you guys know about it. That way you can learn on the cheap stuff and work your way up into the expensive stuff. I'm a mother of two so if it's not something I must have I will work with what I can get...okay. Not to mention many of my clients enjoy being introduced to brands they may not have heard of otherwise, as well as being able to easily access them. Anyway, after my incessant rambling here are the products of the month.

Products of this month are: Kleancolor True Self Luminous Moisturizing Foundation, NYC Lipsticks, and Kleancolor Everlasting Lipsticks

Kleancolor True Self Luminous Moisturizing Foundation. I bought 1-Ivory, 4-Nude, 8-Caramel, 12-Mocha. I love how easy they are to blend and how sheer they are but they are buildable if you like more coverage. I give these 4 stars out of 5.

These shown on my hand which is not ashy thank goodness are NYC lipsticks. Colors are 312 chiffon on top and 308 retro red on the bottom. Chiffon is not my favorite color but blended with other colors is nice. 2 stars. Retro red however is the most amazing red. It has the most beautiful punch of color that looks good on anyone. I love it so much and give it 5 stars.
Here we have my new favorite fall colors. These are from Kleancolor and they are 738 cranberry mix on the left and 754 blackberry on the right. They both look so good on and I love them matte and glossy. These are easily my favorite lipsticks of the season and are stockpiled in my kit. 5 stars!

These are my gems for the month. I hope you guys can find them and try them out for yourselves. I also hope you guys are having fun with fall colors and trying new things this season. Give me a shout. Until next time...Smooches!

Monday, November 19, 2012

American Music Awards

Hello My Loves...
So as some of you may know tonight was the American Music Awards on ABC. Normally I don't watch the AMA's but this time I had no choice because my husband had the other television and Revenge wasn't on due to the awards. To sum it up I thought it was fabulous. I like the concept of having all or most genres in one award show as well as a slew of actors. The makeup and most of the gowns and tuxedos were amazing and the styling was fantastic. I really enjoyed it. It was a treat for the eyes. My favorite points of the night were PSY doing his Gangnam Style dance with M.C. Hammer. I loved that! I also really enjoyed Pink and her performance was a-ma-zing! I loved the choreography of her dance and the symbolism it had. I also enjoyed Carrie Underwood because, well, she's fabulous. Without further ado here are some of my favorite looks from the evening.
(All photos were from yahoo.com and google.com. I do not hold any rights to these photos or otherwise copyrighted materials.)


Here we have Pink looking amazing. I love her and I think she is amazing! Her hair and makeup are simple and chic and her dress is a great coppery gold color with just the right amount of girliness to it. Love it!
Here we Have Christina Aguilara looking sickening. I loved her performance as well it took me like ten minutes to realize those were drag queens on stage. You would think I would know better.

50 cent looking suave this evening. I thought he looked very handsome and I love the fit, cut, and color of his suit. Very nice 50.
To the left we have Jenny McCartney looking rather fierce in this belted black and metallic gold dress. Her hair looks amazing with the vampy makeup and subtle styling. She looked awesome.
Brandy looked plain great this evening. Her hair paired with her smokey eye and dainty accessories went great together. Her dress is fantastic and looks great on her. Only thing I would have changed is the shoes. They take away from the dress a bit but other than that she looks fabulous.
Moving on to the folks that looked less than great...
Now Chirs B you looked just plain bad. I don't know if your going through some things or what but this look is not good. Sorry Mr. Brown.
When will Tyga learn? Everytime he comes out he is on the bad dressed list. He needs to hire a stylist or fire stylist. What goes through your head when you choose an outfit like this? Whatever it is it needs to stop because it is not working.
Okay Heidi Klum we know you're a model. This dress with the round shoulders and high slit on the short skirt is a miss for me. It's really awkward and uncomfortable looking and ill-fitted. Plain and simple no.
J. Cole is a pretty cute fella. So this should have not happend. He wouldn't look bad if he got rid of the tacky, two sizes too large, red blazer and the leather t-shirt. He would look severely underdressed but not as bad. It's better to be underdressed than badly dressed. Am I right?
Moving on to the Honorable Mentions List. These folks looked nice and we thought they deserved some mention on this review.
Well that is it for the American Music Awards review. Hope you all enjoyed it. Who were your favorites of the night and your least favorite? Give me a shout! Thank you for reading and as always until next time...Smooches!

New Tea!!!

Hello My Loves...

This weeks tea is the new metallic OCC Lip Tars!

It's like the heavens opened and dropped down bits of metallic colors in tubes! I am so excited for these it's not even funny! So the collection is called Metallurgy and it's six yummy vibrant metallic colors. The names are  Super NSFW (a gold-sparkling red), Yaoi (a silver-based Barbie pink), Authentic (a penny copper), Triptych (a neutral gold), Iced (an opaque silvery white), and Electric Grandma (a metallic coral). I love the Yaoi shade and got a chance to play with that a bit. These are such amazing lip tars and you must put them on your list to santa this year. Perfect stocking stuffers. This is what they look like below.
In order as pictured, Super NSFW, Tryptich, Yaoi, Electric Grandma, Iced, Authentic. So amazing! That's all for today's tea guys. Hope you enjoyed and until next time...Smooches!

The Weekly Tea

This weeks tea is...CC Cream

So I know I was excited about the whole BB Cream trend that started in the states but to be completely honest the Asian BB Creams are the best and none compare to the magnificence of those creams. There are a few that I liked though. Now we are seeing the next wave of creams and that is CC Cream. It is basically your BB Cream with added skin benefits. It's supposed to be the best makeup for your skin. Olay has kicked it off for the american CC Creams with their Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer. It brightens the skin while still being on the sheer side. It is said to be suitable for all skin tones but I will bump that down to most. I will be doing my own testing of each cream I can find to let you know the lasting power and texture for oily skin. It comes in three shades but because the coverage is so sheer it should work for anyone. Now the Olay one is supposed to target blotchiness, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation as well as spot diminishing properties. If I had a dollar for every product I bought that said spot diminishing on it... Anyway the texture of this formula is a lot lighter and smoother than the BB Creams which is nice and makes them easier to blend. With that in mind it may work for more people but don't bet the farm on it. I also hear that Chanel has a CC Cream but I am not sure if that will be sold in the states or not. I hope so. If I can get my hands on it I will test it out and let you know how it works. I hear it's the end all be all of cc creams. If you can pay the ridiculous shipping fees from Asia, the Rachel K Cosmetics CC Cream is a bestseller and worth trying I hear. I also saw another one available called iFiona Moist Color Control Cream. Haven't heard any review on that one but I thought I'd mention it anyway. So you have slim pickings at this point but be careful who you trust your face with when it comes down to new things like this if you live in the states. I am pretty intrigued by this and cannot wait to try them out. I'll put what they look like below so you can know what to look for. I hope this review helped out and you guys have good luck when trying these out. Give me a shout and let me know how they work for you. Until next time...Smooches!

Chanel CC Cream. Not yet available in the U.S. It is available in only 2 shades.

This is Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer.

This is the Rachel K Cosmetics CC Cream. You can purchase online or if you just happen to be in Asia. ;)
I know nothing on this brand but the packaging is super cute so that must count for something. My research shows it is a top seller, however I haven't had my resources tell me anything about this brand specifically. Anything else I learn about this one I will caption and add it for you.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New New New!!!

Hey loves!
So I have decided to revamp this blog a bit. I'm going to (and I am determined to keep this up) do a look of the week every week and have a weekly tea. If you don't know what the tea is, it basically means let me tell you the deal. So I will have a tea and a celebrity tea every week. I will also be uploading my newest work to this blog as I have been working rather vigorously lately. Thus my lack of posts. Well that and the fact that my baby is being crazy most of the day. LOL. And I am going to catch you guys up on my latest diamonds in the rough. My diamonds in the rough are the products I find that are simply amazing and dirt cheap. You guys know that I love a good product for cheap so I want to share that with you more often. I apologize for being so scarce the last few months. Trying to adjust with the new baby and all this new work has been rather tough. So please bare with me and I promise as I learn to deal with my schedule I will get it together. I love you all and until next time...Smooches!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Hallows Eve

Hello Loves!
  So here it is that time of year when people are decorated and filled with cheer. Oh wait not cheer. I believe the right word would be terror! Okay that was super corny. Sorry about that guys. It is that time of year again folks to dress up like you never would normally and get free candy. I love the free candy part. That's right Halloween is here again. So what are you going as this year? I think I may go as a doll. No not a scary one. But I can take it there if I wanted to. I think I may do a favorites lookbook for you guys of the looks I saw that were my favorite this year. Please share your Halloween looks with me on my new facebook page! I made this page for you guys so you can be interactive with me. Send me inspiration pictures and I'll do some step by step tutorials as well. Also if you have tried any look from this blog or one you made up yourself I would love to see it. So don't be a stranger loves ;). Love you all and until next time...Smooches!

Falling in love with Fall

Hello Loves!
  Fall is finally here! I love autumn with the leaves changing color and the weather getting cooler. All the delicious smells that come around thanksgiving time and food. This to me is the greatest time of year. We can finally break out the cute boots and jackets and gloves and layer to our liking. Not to mention, we can get into the cooler colors and do more sultry eyes because it fits so perfect into the season. And what are some trends we are seeing this season you ask. Let's check it out.
Luminous Skin:
   The no makeup, makeup look. You want to keep your palette simple and clean for this one leaving the colorful fun stuff out. Browns, gold and carmel's are what makes this look subtle yet beautiful. Keep your skin nice clean with very little contour and highlight. On the eyes use your golds and browns just bringing out the crease a bit without over exaggerating it. Use a nice nude on the lip or a rich red or pink to make it pop. I love this look. It's super simple and can be done for an everyday look through out the year.
Smokey Eyes:
    Now it is indeed a fact that I cannot stand the smokey eye. All year long I see women with smokey eyes or black eyes looking either dead or tired and just plain bad. However, when we get into the fall and winter season a smokey eye done well can make you look bold, sexy and edgy. It is a great way to compliment the cooler tones you will be wearing this season. To do a great smokey eye you must first powder under the eye. This way the fall out you have will be easier to remove. Use a black pencil or paint pot first to make the colors more intense. When you use black shadow it can fall over the course of the day making you look tired so try to avoid using just black and use color instead. Vamp the look up a little by adding glitter or shimmery shadows. Glitter makes everything better so don't be a stranger. Just make sure to remove anything that falls under your eye with a clean spoolie or wipe.
Bold Liner:
    This is my specialty. I love graphic, bold, clean lines on the eyes. It's easy to do and can make you look elegant, sassy, innocent or bad ass. The key to liner is control. If your a beginner a liquid liner pen will do well for you or the pencil. If your more advanced in your skills you may use a cake liner or gel liner. It's a bit more to do but it's not difficult to control. If your a makeup artist or want to be, learn to master all forms of liner. They will come in handy. Study your eye and play with the placement of the lines. You don't have to do a wing all the time. Play around with placement and make lines and see what you like for your eye shape. Keep your lines crisp using concealer and plenty of q-tips.
Bold Brows:
     It's no secret that the thicker your brows are the more innocent you look. When you have a thinner arched brow you look more intense. Think of snow white in terms of brows. The evil queen has severely thin and extremely arched brows. Snow white however, has fuller and straighter brows making her look sweet and young and innocent. I love bold brows with a nice arch that are not to severe. Play with your eyebrows a bit. Fill them in and see how you look. It's an amazing difference how just a little bit of filling in can change your whole look.
Velvet Lips:
     I am so loving this trend. This has been one of my favorite looks to play with. It's so dramatic and sexy without being over bearing. To achieve this you will want to use a dark lip liner. Try a nice plum or red color with a blue undertone to it. Then add a nice deep lipstick over top. Grab a black liner or lipstick and line the lips with it or place it on the outer portion of the lips. You then want to add a bright color just to the center. Blot and powder the lips to make them matte.Voila! You have a matte velvet lip. If you prefer glossy skip the powdering step.
  These are a few things I've seen trending this season and I love it all. I hope you all can play around with these looks and have fun. I will have pictures up soon to give you guys some ideas. If you have any questions please let me know and if you try a look also let me know how it goes I would love to see it. As always love you all and until next time...Smooches!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hello Again!!!!

Hi loves!!!
It is official I am finally back! Yaaaay! So I just had my baby on Sept. 10th. He was 6 lbs 9 oz. and 19 in long and we named him Zaaron. Now he's 3 weeks and good and healthy and keeping me on my toes, lol but I'm enjoying it. Rather tired but I'm so ready to get back to blogging. I have pages full of notes that I want to post so I will be getting back in the swing of things soon. I also have tutorials and looks for fall and winter and holiday looks coming up soon so I hope you will enjoy that. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you guys I miss you all and I hope you enjoy the next posts. Until next time... Smooches!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Still MIA...Almost baby time...

Hello Loves!
 So I know a few people have been on my case lately. No I have not abandoned this blog. We are still live and in full effect. As you guys know I have been going through it with my pregnancy. It has been pretty rough on my body and I had to stop working and I have basically been on watch for over a month now. We are now safely at 38 weeks and fella number 2 is due any day. Anyway I have quite a few things I'm excited to show you guys and share with you and just get back to blogging. I really miss blogging and doing things for you all so I will be back soon. I have redone my logo and been looking into different ways to get business in so I can have some fresh work to show you. I have a lot of fall and winter stuff to share with you guys that I am really excited about. So I was just taking a moment out to apologize for my absence and let you guys know I will have some new exciting things up in the next few weeks. Thank you guys for bearing with me and being patient. Love you guys and I'll be back soon. Until next time...Smooches!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'm Back!!!

Hello Loves!
So I know I have been gone for quite some time. I went on vacation to Memphis last week. I had a great time and I will post some photos in a few days from the trip. But anyways I had a great time and now I'm home and trying to get back in the swing of things. I have a massive jewelry haul from the Avenue and I will do a separate post on that. So this is just a post saying hello and I'm back! Hope you guys are doing great and I will be posting some fun stuff soon! Until next time...Smooches!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bet Awards: My Hits and Misses list

Hello Loves!
So my husband and I may be the only people in life who did not watch the BET Awards last night. I know what your thinking but this has been an intense weekend for us. We spent all day sunday getting our home new baby ready because we are only 9 weeks out from my due date. So that being said I think we have a valid excuse to not have tuned in. So I looked around to see what was worn and I saw a couple of looks that I liked and alot that made me say wtf?! Aside from that I hear the performances were great as well as the tributes. I am sure the performance and presentation outfits were much better than the red carpet. Or at least I hope so. Without further ado, let's get into these looks.
(Disclaimer: All photos were found via google. I do not own the copyrights to any photo featured on this post. These are my opinions. Please do not take offense. It's not that serious. Thanks.)

Ciara looked lovely on the left. Her hair was great and makeup subtle.

Then we have Tamar Braxton on the right with our first wtf look. I mean really though this dress is not flattering at all. It just looked like she was trying way too hard. Complete miss to me.

Kevin Hart. What happend? Love you guy you are super silly but I must raise my eye brow on this look. However his skin looked really smooth on stage. Was makeup involved? If so it looked nice.

LaLa Anthony looked great! I am loving this glitter jumpsuit with the side braid. I thought she looked gorgous. Her makeup could have been a bit more bold for me but other than that I love it. Work!

Ummm Mr. Dupree, what goes on here? I mean I can't figure out if your going to an award show or to a golf course with some older men. Just saying. Sorry sir but you missed the swag train with this look.

Chaka Khan girl you look good. I hope I end up looking like this at some point in life. She looks fierce! This to me is what fabulous really looks like. Just sexiness! Work!

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose. I don't even feel like going into this. We all obviously see the clear and present ratchetness that is happening in this photo. Let's just leave it at that.

Elle Varner. I love this look on her. Very cute and sleek. The paisley print pattern is rather busy but other than that I love the whole look. Work!

                             Diggy Simmons looking young and privilaged. Yup that sums this up.

The little men of Mindless Behavior. They looked pretty cute. Got the all black working. Makes me wonder though how hot they had to be in all this black. Makes me sweat thinking about it.

Melissa Ford and Flo Rida don't look half bad. Well okay she looks great, he looks like he's about to go to a revival. That pastel blue doesn't do it for me but he doesn't look terrible either. Good job guys.

Oh! 2 Chainz you could be dressed in royal garb and you would STILL look ratchet. Looking pretty hood rich in this Versace.
                                                          So Tyga. I cant. I just can't do it.

So here is what seems to be everyone's favorite photo of the night. Bey and Jay and Kim K. and Kanye. How cute everything rhymes. Rolling eyes. Anyway you can see some of Beyonce in her Stephane Rolland gown but you can't see the unfortunate Givenchey sandals she was wearing. We can also see the bland Jay-Z and Kanye mucking it up whilst Kim sits there in her ever boring white dress looking slightly out of place. This whole situation bores me. Moving on.

Oh Tatiana Ali. Usually you look so lovely and such. But what is this? This yellow skirt with peplum looks really cheap. The fabric is bad the color is blah. She has such a great figure for this outfit. I also want to say i didn't care for her makeup either. I don't know I think her team just missed completely with this one. Hope they do better next time.

Tocarra you are entirely too gorgeous and beautifully built to cover your curves in this. I believe it's a Gucci ensemble she's wearing and no offense to either party this does not suit her. It's so busy I don't know what to look at. Next time grab something that hugs those curves and shows off that bust girl! You got it so you must flaunt it.

Now Keri Washington you are my girl! I love her just not in this outfit. The color of the top is bad not to mention the fit. I like the belt but all in all I have to say this was a miss. Sorry girl.

And that just about sums up the BET Awards 2012 hits and misses for me. There are several others who looked questionable who are not mentioned. As well as others who looked great who were not mentioned. These were my thoughts on the photos from the night. Hope you guys enjoyed this. Until next time...Smooches!