Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Dinair Airbrush System

I am not here to be one of these bloggers that push out thorough product reviews. Im just kinda giving a basic opinion on what I think in various areas of makeup. So if this review is missing a lot of info that you feel you want to know, just ask me. Other than that imma keep it real basic.

So I purchased this system on a whim. Push came to shove and I needed something quick... I had a model who requested airbrush makeup for her shoot and I wasn't going to say no. So any who, I'll get right down to the nitty gritty of things. I ordered this because I needed something quick and I was working with a very tight budget.

Sooooo... If I could do it all over again I probably wouldn't have ordered this system. Its cute and its pink. Overall the system isn't powerful enough for my needs. I have a range of clients but most of them are brides. It you are just going to be doing a bunch of faces then this is great. It's small, quiet, reasonably priced, and very easy to fit in your kit. However, I have a corporate client who has a few tattoos that need to be covered on a regular basis. This compressor isn't strong enough to spray a layer of makeup, and then put out a strong blast of air to dry the layer quickly. Sometimes I don't have a lot of time to get the tattoos covered and the makeup done. In addition to the compressor not being as strong as I would like, I also feel like the gun isn't the best. I thoroughly clean gun after each use, but no matter how clean the gun is feel like I always get some sort of splatter during my makeup application and end up having to blend the splatters out with a sponge.

I have out grown this compressor in a matter of a few months and have already purchased something more efficient and powerful. Over the last few months I have really gotten into airbrush makeup application and need something that really can perform.  I may just keep this one for at home or personal use or I may give it to one of my makeup artist friends to play with.

All in all, I wouldn't recommend it to serious makeup artists who plan on doing a lot of airbrushing. Its cute for your bathroom sink and at home use, but will no longer have a place in my kit.

My shoot with Model Lashawn Daily and Photographer Roy Cox

So here are my favorite images from the shoot and my first real attempt at airbrush makeup.






Airbrush Makeup: My New Obsession

 Soooo, I came onto the airbrush scene kind of late in the game. After, losing brides to other artists who airbrushed I decided to research some systems and couldn't come to a decision. I researched the ins and outs of various systems and foundations, and still couldn't decide. So finally sometime back in February I was contacted by a model that I worked with to do a shoot w/ photographer Roy Cox, and she wanted airbrush makeup. The shoot was 2 or 3 weeks away from the time she contacted me so I made a quick decision and purchased the Dinair System and some OCC Skin airbrush foundation. The Dinair system was the cheapest and they also had a payment plan, and that fab hot pink and cheetah print color so I was sold...lol

Now mind you I had never airbrushed anything a day in my life and I had two weeks to order the system, the makeup, and learn how to do it before the shoot. To date I have never taken any sort of makeup class... I am a jump all in kind of person. So I receive the system, and the makeup and do a couple of test runs on myself. Seemed simple enough. I looked at it like its just liquid foundation thats made to be custom blended. So thats exactly what I did... Figured out my shade(s) and went from there.

Fast forward closer to the shoot date. I get a call from the model and the shoot was rescheduled. So I pushed the system to the side and kept it moving with my Dermablend. Fast forward to April... the shoot date comes... and I go in and get busy with my Dinair system and OCC Skin Foundations.

Stay tuned for the results!!!
Model Lashawn on set with Roy Cox



Sunday, January 8, 2012

Clarisonic MIA2 & Philosophy On a Clear Day Skin System

In my quest for a flawless canvas I have been researching several skincare products and tools on-line for the last few weeks.  So today I ended my research and finally went to Sephora and did a mini skin care haul (but spent major haul bucks) and purchased the items for the regiment that I HOPE will work best for my extremely oily acne prone skin.  My acne comes and goes and I am not as religious as I should be with a skin care routine. I’m really lazy with taking my makeup off on late nights…. I know, shame on the makeup artist… lol Some weeks my skin has one or two blemishes, other weeks there are none, and some weeks like this week I have a lot of active breakouts. Regardless of a breakout or not my skin is always extremely oily, and I have larger pores on my cheek areas. So with this system I have put together I hope that I can start to gain some consistent control of my problem skin.

My big purchase was the Sephora Limited Edition Moisturizing Clarisonic Mia 2 gift set in pink. It was $149.00 and came with 1.69 fl. oz. jar of Sephora Collection Instant Moisturizer.  The cleansing system comes with the Sensitive skin brush head so I purchased an additional Clairsonic Deep Pore Cleansing brush-head which was $25.00.  I had been eyeing the system for the past year and finally broke down and purchased one. I had been instructed by my dermatologist a while back to use only white washcloths on my face and to use a new one every single day. That ended up being a lot of washcloths and a lot of laundry so to eliminate that all together I thought that this would be a perfect alternative.
Inside the box there was the Mia 2, a compact pLink International charger, sensitive brush head, protective travel case, the Sephora Collection Instant Moisturizer, and a 1 oz. trial size Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser.

Last but not least I purchased the Philosophy On a Clear Day Skin System to use with my Mia 2 for $65.00. While doing my research I saw that some MIA 2 systems came with the Philosophy Purity Cleanser, and I had been interested in trying the Philosophy products for a while so I purchased a system with products that seem more suited for my skin type.  The system came with full-size products, which would have been more had I purchased them individually.
This system is made for acne prone skin and features four products:
-       6.0 oz Oil-Free Foaming Acne Cleanser
-       1.0 oz Oil-Free All Over Acne Treatment
-       0.5 oz Oil-Free Acne Spot Treatment
-       0.75 oz Retinol Clarifying Lotion

I am really excited about my purchase today and can’t wait to see what kind of results I will achieve. Check back tomorrow evening for a first use review video of all my products and what I think about them!!!

Peace, Love, & Lipstick!!! 

All products discussed in this post were paid for with my own money and I was not paid to do these reviews.