Mar 30, 2012

The Wizard of Early Cinema

   James and I finally saw Hugo this week. Great movie. I had no idea it was about the filmmaker George  Méliès. I didn't know his name before seeing the movie but I have seen many images and heard of his famous film A Trip to the Moon. This man is a pioneer when it comes to the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres. He was literally a magician and was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography and hand-painted color. Within a 19 year period, he directed 531 films. Simply amazing. 



Mar 28, 2012

Ollie the Dog

I couldn't go long without mentioning my adorable dog Ollie. AKA Baby Bear, Baby Butt, Ollie Baba, Little Bear, Oliver J. Dog.... the list goes on.
I was going through a Friendship Bracelet craze...

   Needless to say, I'm quite obsessed with my dog. He's my baby!!! I searched far and wide for a dog when James and I first moved to Austin and he was definitely worth the wait. He was born to a three legged bitch of a mother and he was always ashamed of this. Haha! Sorry I couldn't resist. He's my little mutt munchkin. He's a Boston Terrier and Toy Poodle mix. I think his mother was the Boston Terrier but I could be mistaken. I don't know if that really makes a difference. I do know that he was born on October 17, 2007. He's older than me now! In dog years... I've looked up this combination and haven't found any dog that looks like him. Bossy Poos?? Haha! That's a horrible name. I was seriously crazy about finding a dog. Poor James. Haha! I first saw his picture on Petfinder.com and I had to meet him ASAP. 

   Look how little he was! Isn't he the cutest?? Sorry, I'm just totally gay for this dog. He's the best dog. The last three pictures were posted on the Pet Finder page. His name was originally Les. It was a really long process to adopt him. The organization is called Jack's Fur Angels. They're an all breed non-profit rescue organization that specializes in chihuahuas, Boston terriers and pit bulls. Ollie came from a litter of 9 puppies. Sadly, two died soon after birth. They were kept outside and were very dirty when the rescue group found them. The poor babies all had their tails docked too. Jack's rescued the remaining puppies and successfully adopted them out to great homes. I got in touch with this girl, Dragana, who adopted his brother Sid and we became fast friends. We met up so they could have a play date and she caught this picture. I love it! 

Update:
 I just Google searched Boston Terrier/Toy Poodle and found this post about Ollie's litter:

"Another rescue group contacted us yesterday after seeing a sign at their veterinarian's office for Boston Terrier/Poodle mix puppies. She called the number for information and learned that these poor little pups are living outside, even in freezing and rainy weather. There were originally 9 puppies but only 3 still remain -- all males. They were born October 17th and each currently weigh approximately 8-10lbs. Apparently, their Mom (Boston Terrier) and Dad (Toy Poodle) lived in an outdoor kennel run their whole lives and this is the first time they've bred. The husband chopped the puppies tails off shortly after they were born. These puppies have never seen a vet but the owner indicated they all seem to be in good health. There are two black and white short haired and one brindle and white wired haired."

Awww my poor little bear! :( He's in good hands now though.
Our Christmas card from last year. 

MAC Masterclass: The Art of Contour

  I finally got to attend a MAC Masterclass and it was great! I received the class schedule in the mail about 2 months ago and I immediately called the store at North Star Mall in San Antonio to reserve my seat. Sadly, there were no classes scheduled for the Austin store but SA is less than a 2 hour drive so it was definitely worth it.
    My guy and I were having a lazy Sunday and headed out around 3pm, made a quick food stop and arrived at the mall with an hour to spare before the 7pm class started. He was so sweet for coming along (I always prefer company for long drives) and he went to some local stores while I was in the class.
    The employees there were super nice. As the students came in, they handed out water and these adorable notepads. 
 

  I'm glad I showed up early because the seating space was very limited. I sat 4 rows back which was great for taking photos. Our presenter was Jane McKay and she did a fantastic job. At the end of this post, I'll copy/paste her bio from the MAC Pro website. 

     I can't remember the model's name but she was gorgeous. She had excellent bone structure which sort of defeated the purpose of the class. She didn't really need to do that much contouring, but she did do a lot of highlighting on the model. I took A LOT of notes so I'll try to get them in order and list the products she used and why.


Base, Foundation & Concealer
    Fix + was misted all over the face and neck. I love this product. I'll use this if someone looks too powdery or if makeup needs refreshing after a few hours. It's also a great moisturizer. Especially for men because most of the time, they prefer a water based moisturizer over a cream based one. 
   Fast Response Eye Cream was patted around the eye area with her ring finger. Use a patting motion so you don't pull or tug on the skin. This is a very delicate area and the skin is very thin. Jane praised this product and said it was a must for everyone's kit. It especially works great to reduce puffy eyes because it contains caffeine. 
   Strobe Cream mixed with Iridescent loose powder in Golden Bronze. The strobe cream can be used by itself with fair to medium skin but it's best to mix it with an iridescent powder or foundation when used on darker skin tones. 
   Studio Sculpt is definitely her foundation of choice. "Get this for your kit. You won't regret it. Get the lightest, middle and darkest shades in both NC and NW". She used NC45 all over the model's face with a 190 foundation brush. 
   Mineralize Concealer in NW35
   Studio Fix Powder in NC45 was applied only in that needed some extra color with a 224 blending brush. 


Eyes & Eyebrows

   The model already had a great natural shade to her eyelids and since Jane was going to start by using a gel based liner, she said there was no need for a primer. 
   Fluidline in Dipdown was used on the lid with a 242 shader brush. She then placed Blitz & Glitz on the outer corners with a 266 angle brush and blended the color with a 219 pencil brush.
   With another 266 angle brush, she applied eye shadow in Mystery on the bottom plane of the eyebrows. Again, the model really had amazing features and Jane only wanted to make the eyebrows a bit more prominent.
   Eye Shadow in Era was used as a highlight under the brow and Woodwinked was lightly dusted on the lid for a very nice gold shimmer. At the very end of the application, she went back with Golden Bronze to highlight under the brows.
   Jane went back with Blitz & Glitz to line the upper lid. She advised to drag and lift at the outer edge of the eye to create a nice tapered look with the liner. She lined the bottom waterline with Eye Kohl in Powersurge.
  The #7 Lash was applied with Duo Adhesive. I was doing makeup for a wedding this past Saturday and discovered that my Duo's cap had split. Before the class, I stopped by Sephora and bought the 0.5 oz dark tone. I've only used the 0.25 oz tubes before so of course I thought twice as much product for only a couple dollars more was a better deal, but I was disappointed to find the opening on the 0.5 oz tube was almost twice as large as the 0.25 tube. Personally, I apply the product directly from the tube onto the false lash track so this is going to be a problem with the larger opening. The instructions from the box suggest using a toothpick to apply the product. I'm probably just going to return the tube I bought because it seems like too much hassle to pack more items in my kit and the application will take longer.


Cheeks & Lips
     I really liked this next step Jane did on the model. She used a 275 angled shading brush with Carbon to shade in the models hairline. She said this was good trick to fill in those annoying baby hairs so they don't look very obvious. The model looked at herself and was really really happy with the results. Jane name dropped Michael Keaton and said she used Espresso to fill in his hair line for Sundance one year. I definitely have the curse of the baby hairs and will be testing this trick soon.
   Using a 168 angled contour brush, Jane lightly applied Powder Blush in Blunt in the hollows of the cheeks. The model was naturally contoured so she mainly used this color as a base for Raizin. The model's upper lip was already a great natural color so Jane patted on some Lip Conditioner in Soothing Beige to match and then added some Lustreglass in Ornamental to top it all off.
Jane, telling the class we absolutely need to have Raizin in our kit. 
She used a flashlight on her phone to show the highlighting. I love this look!
   Random Tips and Tricks from Jane

   Light reflective moisturizer can take the place of a foundation, good for older skin. Use very little powder with a small brush for problem areas. You don't need to apply it all over the face. When applying makeup to others, look at the results from a distance periodically. It can look much different when you're starring at it from close range. If you have (or a client has) a scar through the brow, it's best to use a wax based pencil, such as MAC's mechanical eye brow pencils. This type of fomula will show up on scar tissue and have lasting effects much better than powder. She found that using a color darker than the skin under the eyes works very well for Indian and Middle Eastern skin tones. Using the same color as the skin may cause it to become ashy. Most dark circles can be corrected with  orange. When applying eyeliner on another person, have them just look downward instead of closing their eyes completely which causes wrinkles on the lid. And when applying color to the crease of the eyelid, have the client look forward. This way, you will see exactly where the product is placed when they have their eyes closed and open. She briefly mentioned the new Matchmaster Foundation. The formula consists of half colored pigments and half clear pigments. The effect being that the skin tone will still show through, giving a much more natural look. I have yet to use this product yet. I'll be sure to give a review when I do. I just placed a huge order at the beginning of the week and I can't wait to post about those products. Stay tuned. :)


Jane McKay lives in Toronto and has been doing makeup since 1978! That's pretty impressive. The picture and info is copy/pasted from the MAC Pro website. 

ON THE ART OF MAKEUP


Make up may make you feel empowered. If you feel better about how you look, you will project the image to the world with conviction.
CREATIVE INFLUENCE
My child and husband (both Artists), extended family (more Artists), my co workers (more Artists), nature, sports, community, arts, laughter, gardening, TV, magazines, internet, movies, etc.
MOST IMPORTANT TOOL
Hands and eyes.
FAVOURITE M·A·C PRODUCT
Face and Body Mixing Medium.
FAVOURITE FEATURE
Skin. It is the largest organ and it reflects your overall health and well being. It is now SO easy to create glowing, youthful skin through innovative skin care and make up.
MOST ADMIRED MAKEUP ARTIST
Kabuki, Mathu Anderson, James Kaliardos, Terry Barber, Val Garland, Tom Pecheux, Pat McGrath
MOST RESPECTED DESIGNERS
D2Squared, Zac Posen, Joh Richmond, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, LuLu Lemon. 



I hope this post was helpful to those who are interested in MAC Masterclasses, MAC Cosmetics and makeup in general. Please comment if you have any questions and I'll be happy to answer. 

Thanks for reading!

All product pictures were sourced from the MAC website.

Mar 27, 2012

From Wahoo's, with love

   James and I have been massive Wahoo's fans for quite some. Being a California native, James has been a fan much longer than me. He showed me the Light on my first visit to see him back in 2007. "The Wahoo's story began in 1988, when the three Wahoo's brothers, Wing, Ed and Mingo, combined their love of surf and food to create a restaurant with an eclectic Mexican/Brazilian/Asian menu and a Hawaiian north-shore vibe." The food is fresh, never too filling and always satisfying. We used to eat at the Lake Forest location during the 3 months I lived in CA with James and were both very excited to learn there was one in Austin after we moved here. We now frequent both locations on Rio Grande and South Congress.
James and I brought some friends to the Rio Grande location after kayaking on Town Lake. 
    Since surfing is pretty much nonexistent in downtown Austin, the locations have both taken on this land surfing vibe as they're very popular with the skateboarding community. See the walls? They're plastered with all kinds of interesting stickers. Free advertisement for all!
   I think it was a couple of months ago when we first thought we saw a Wahoo's sign off IH 35 between New Braunfels and San Marcos. It was so in the middle of nowhere, I put it out of my mind. Then, this past Sunday on our way down to San Antonio, we saw the sign again, decided to become hungry and pulled over to check it out.
   Fittingly located at the Texas Ski Ranch, we parked and took the short boardwalk route along the side of building to a surprise on the other side. A beach? Palm trees? Water?! From the highway it looked like a water sport shop. This place was awesome! We ordered the usual regular Maui bowl for James with black beans and white rice. And the flame broiled fish taco combo with black beans and white rice for me.
We sat on the patio and had a great view of all the fun. 
 
   This was definitely the most entertaining Wahoo's I have ever been to. Everyone was so nice and having a great time. I can't wait to go back and check out the cableways again. It looked like so much fun, I might join in next time.

Mar 21, 2012

SXSW 2012

   I've only been to SXSW a few times but it has definitely become a tradition for me from this day forward. The first time I went was in 2007. I got to see the Octopus Project and was blown away by the incredible talent of St. Vincent.
   This year was a lot of fun. James and I drove down last Thursday afternoon  to catch our friends' band $50 Dynasty. Very very talented guys I went to school with back in Bandera, TX. Sadly, we missed their show due to traffic. I even got off of work early to accommodate traffic but we still didn't make it. We caught up with them and did some bar hopping. I was trying to slyly take some pictures of cute outfits I saw walking by. 
If it isn't weird, it isn't Austin.

I actually took part in the festivities on two different days. On Saturday (St. Patrick's Day) my good friends Megan and Gabe accompanied me on the Capital Metro Rail to downtown Austin. It was my first time and I can't wait to take advantage of that again. So easy and fast. You don't have to worry about finding or paying for parking. It was great. 
Megan + Gabe = Adorable

We had lunch at the Iron Cactus and then took a bus down to South Congress to catch a free Ben Kweller show!!! I could not stop taking pictures of them but I was finally able to select a few to share. 



"Wasted & Ready"
 
"Mean to Me" off their new album Go Fly a Kite
This was awesome! A fan jumped on stage and he let her stick around and sing the last song with him. So cute!

Mar 14, 2012

"Some snacks? A condom?"

          

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