Thursday, November 7, 2013

AJ Crimson Creme Foundations... The Artist Kit.

So I wish I had something great to say.... But I don't because I have yet to receive my products. I placed an order for the AJ Crimson Artist Kit Foundations on October 1, 2013... Here it is a month and a few days later and I still have yet to receive my products. Has anyone else experienced this? I live and die by Dermablend foundations in my kit as my go to cream formula. But after hearing such great things about the AJ Crimson foundations I wanted to use those to replace my other creams as I began to run out.

 I place an order on 10/1 and didn't receive any further correspondence from the company. I sent emails over and over again inquiring about when my items will be shipped. The money had already been taken from my account immediately. I sent at least 3 emails, and then finally I sent an email with a more frustrated tone. It was then that I finally got some response. Whoever this person was on the other end of the email told me that it normally takes a week for items to ship. I'm like ok cool, maybe you guys should indicated that at time of order or somewhere on the web site etc. I am pretty reasonable and as long are things are communicated to me I can be patient and wait. I understand its a small business.

So somewhere into the second week of not receiving any shipping information I contact the company again. I send two pleasant emails. No response. I send another disgruntled email letting them know that if I don't receive some sort of update or shipping information by close of business the following day I would be contacting my financial institution to dispute the charges. Again, now after sending another disgruntled email I get a response telling me that the items were on back order, and that I should receive my shipping information by that Tuesday and that if I didn't, respond to the email.... Needless to say, Tuesday comes and goes. Now mind you I ordered these products October 1. It is now Friday October 25, 2013. I send another frustrated email telling them that I was supposed to receive some shipping information on Tuesday and that it was now Friday. They don't respond to the email but they create a shipping label. Now anybody can create a shipping label. I check the shipping label over the next 4 days no update. So now I'm feeling like ok... they created a hush label because I was complaining. So now its October 30, and finally the shipping information updates and its saying that my package is scheduled for delivery on Nov. 6, 2013.

So here I am, as Nov 6, has come and gone and still no Artist Kit. I have been sitting here all morning talking to different post office employees trying to figure out where my items are. I am so frustrated and I was really looking forward to working with the product as I have heard so many great things. I am a real life working makeup artist and now because I was expecting to receive these foundations by the time my previous product ran out.... and I haven't... I have to spend money twice because now I have to go repurchase foundation because an order that I placed over a month ago is missing.

I love supporting fellow makeup artist and small businesses. But as artist we are a customer service based industry. I love AJ Crimson as an artist. I respect his work. I was excited to try and support his product, but this has been the absolute worst customer experience I have ever had with a business. Nobody answer my emails unless I send some angry letter. The one phone number I have for the company no one ever answers. I have sent AJ messages on Facebook. I have been on the phone all day with the post office trying to figure out where my package is....

Has anyone else experienced this?!?!?! Please help!!!


UPDATE!!!!! 

So I finally spoke with someone at the post office who told me that the package was sent via MEDIA MAIL. She asked me what was in the package that I was looking for. I told her that it was foundation/makeup. She told me that Media Mail is the slowest shipping method out of all the shipping methods. Also she told me that Media Mail is only for DVD's, books.... etc.... She told me that the reason I may have not received my products yet is because they randomly inspect packages and if the inspector finds any other items in the packages other than the specified media that they will return the package to the sender..... WTF?!?!?!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Motives Cosmetics

A few weeks ago I met National Motives Trainer Nathalie Smith, at her boutique Plush Beauty Box, in Washington D.C. who introduced me to the Motives Cosmetics product line. Skeptical at first, I had the opportunity to play around with some of the products on Nathalie's face this weekend. I have more than enough makeup in my kit, but after using these products I must admit I am impressed. The shadows where pigmented, went on smoothly and I loved the glitter pots and adhesive. The concealer quads were creamy and had good coverage with very little effort... I look forward to learning the line and playing with the products more in the future!!! In the meantime check out the two looks I created this weekend using some of Motives Cosmetics Product!


Look 1: Smokey Eyes


The Breakdown:

Brows: Motives Cosmetics Mineral Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown. The brow highlight is one of the colors from the Color Perfection Medium Concealer Quad.

Eyes: Mac Cosmetics Paint Pot in Blackground w/ Motives Cosmetics Onyx Eyeshadow on the lid along w/ Motives eyeshadow in Foxy brown blended into the crease. I used Motives Khol Liner in Onyx to line the bottom waterline and Motives Mineral Gel Eyeliner in Little Black Dress to line the top lid. 

Face: Motives Cosmetics Color Perfection Quad in Medium and Dark to highlight and contour the face. Dermablend Cover Cream Foundation for all over foundation. Ben Nye Loose Powders in Banana, Sienna, and Chestnut to highlight, contour and set the foundation and concealer. The Blush is Mac Cosmetics Blush in Blunt, and Sweet as Cocoa

Lips: MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Cork, Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup, and Angel Lipglass

Look 2: Silver Eyes


The Breakdown:

Brows: Motives Cosmetics Mineral Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown. The brow highlight is one of the colors from the Color Perfection Medium Concealer Quad.

Eyes: MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Blackground. Motives Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Star Struck layerd with Motives glitter adhesive and glitter pot in Celebrate on the lid. Motives Onyx eyeshadow on the outer crease.  Eyes are lined with Motives Khol Pencil in Onyx and Mineral Gel Eyeliner in Little Black Dress. 

Face: Motives Cosmetics Color Perfection Quad in Medium and Dark to highlight and contour the face. Dermablend Cover Cream Foundation for all over foundation. Ben Nye Loose Powders in Banana, Sienna, and Chestnut to highlight, contour and set the foundation and concealer. The Blush is Mac Cosmetics Blush in Blunt, Desert Rose, and Pink Swoon

Lips: MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Magenta and Lipstick in Candy Yum-Yum

For more make up tips and tricks follow me on Instagram!!! @MelanieJonesBeauty




Friday, September 6, 2013

MAC Cosmetics - Retro Matte

Finally!!! A collection I can be excited about.... If you know me you know that I used to wear bright eyeshadow and kept my lips pretty nude back in the day. But in recent years as I have gotten a little lazy when it comes to applying my own makeup I love to keep my eyes pretty basic these days but have a lip that pops. So I am excited about the fall color story from MAC Cosmetics - Retro Matte. For years I have felt like the Matte lipstick section of the unit were pretty "dry"... lol Same colors for years, MAC rarely introduced any new shades. With this new collection they have 8 shades, 7 which are new... Ruby Woo as a re-promote and 3 of the shades are limited edition.

The collection launched online yesterday, September 5, 2013, and will hit U.S. stores on September 12, 2013.  P.S. - You can "Back 2 MAC" items to get these hot new shades! So I decided I am going to save my pennies, and wait until they hit stores to get mine.... Swatches coming soon!







Shades

Steady Going (LE)
Runway Hit (LE)
Fixed on Drama (LE)
Ruby Woo (RP)
Dangerous
Relentlessly Red
All Fired Up
Flat Out Fabulous




Sunday, August 25, 2013

This Weekends Shoot!

Today I did an amazing Hair Shoot with Stylist Joii King of Coifs Salon in Northeast, Washington D.C. She requested that her model have a very dramatic purple smokey eye. So this is what I came up with. I loved it... I hope you love it too!!!! 


Get the Look!


Brows: MAC Strut Brow Pencil & GirlBoy Brow Set. 

Eyes: NW30 Studio Finish Concealer as highlight. MAC Saddle & Brown Script Eyeshadow all over crease. Imaginary Paint Pot all over lid as base. MAC Push the Edge Pigment all over lid. Outer crease is Urban Decay Blackout. 

Skin: Foundation is Dermablend 2 3/4 as highlight, 4 1/2 all over and contour is 5. Set with Ben Nye Banana Powder as Highlight. Rest of the face is set with Ben Nye Camel. Contoured with MAC Blunt Blush. Cheeks are MAC Blunt Blush and Dolly Mix. 

Lips: MAC Cork Lip Pencil, Snob Lipstick, & Angel Lipglass.

Follow Me On Instagram: @MelanieJonesBeauty


Check out Joii King @ Coifs Hair Salon
2127 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington DC, 20018
Phone: 202-526-1600
www.coifssalon.com
Instagram: @coifssalon








Tuesday, July 23, 2013

OCC Skin: Primer

Okay so I'm going through my kit... doing some editing. Getting rid of some stuff to make room for some new stuff. At some point I am going to do a blog about my kit, staple items, and must haves. Now I am not that extensive product review blogger but when I love or hate something I gotta tell you. So any who.... Doing some editing today and I came across my OCC Skin Primer...

SIGH.... I have tried and tried and tried again to love this stuff because everyone else rants and raves about how great it was. From magazines to beauty blogs people swear by this stuff. I purchased it last year when I purchased my set of airbrush foundations from OCC (I have another story about those). I have probably only used a few drops out of the bottle and its still pretty full. I don't know if it's just me but I find it to be very greasy. I have used it at least 5 times. I first applied a small amount with a makeup sponge to the clients skin. I found it to be a bit tacky and sticky. I didn't like that. So I thought that maybe I was using to much, so I wiped it off and reapplied it again. Still kinda sticky but ok, but again it was greasy BOOTS! I applied the airbrush makeup anyway which is a natural matte finish and standing there looking at the client I felt like I could see the primer shining through the makeup. I even called OCC to see if there was something I wasn't doing right... Which would be hard cause it's a primer, you can't mess that up too bad lol. But they said they had never heard that before. I tried to use it again... SMH Needless to say. I can't be bothered. Has anyone else had this greasy experience?!?!?! I wanna love it... its just not working for me. So as of this moment its definitely being removed from my kit.

Any Suggestions?!?!?!?

Sidenote: I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE LIP TARS!!!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Real

Today began the 4 week trial process of a new talk show on select Fox 5 channels called "The Real". The show will be hosted by 5 women - Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon, and Tamera Mowry-Housely. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting the 5 ladies while they were in Washington D.C. visiting the WTTG Fox 5 News station, and doing co-host, and comedian Loni Love's makeup!
Co-Host Loni Love



Me & Tamar
Me & Celeb MUA Terrell Mullin
Me & My Client Co-Host Loni Love
The Glam Squad & Tamar
MUA Warren Beautiful, Myself, & Demi V.
Myself & Tamera Mowry-Housely

Fox5 New Team and the ladies outside of the station



The Hosts of "The Real" & the Fox 5 News team. 

For the next 4 weeks the show will Air in 7 markets - Washington D.C., LA, NY, Tampa, Philadelphia, Houston, and Phoenix. Check your local listings for air times.


For more information and air times check out www.therealtalkshow.com 







Friday, June 28, 2013

Riri Woo vs. Ruby Woo

So after sitting at my computer for what seemed like hours on end, trying to figure out why it wouldn't accept my billing address as the same address as my shipping address (insert blank stare here)  I was finally able to complete my order for the 3 lipticks from the Riri Hearts MAC Summer Collection. I get my order confirmation order... HOWEVER, the next day I get the backorder email stating that the Riri Boy, and "Heaux" lipsticks would ship in two weeks. Complete irritation.... Anywho, I got the email that my "Riri Woo" had shipped and I should receive it by 6/21. Long story short I didn't get it until 6/25. I wasn't even going to order the lipstick at first.. I don't get caught up in the MAC limited edition hype... I have seen a number of lipsticks come and go, come back, go again, get renamed or a new texture and come and go again....lol But somehow here I am writing this review and waiting on my other two lipsticks lol

I guess I am done with my rant... 

So at first glance out of the package the lipsticks look exactly alike.

I stared at  both lipstick for at least 5 minutes. I couldn't see a major difference if any at all. After a while I almost tried to convince myself that they looked slightly different... but honestly they don't look any different side by side in the tube.

When I swatched the two lipsticks on the back of my hand is when I was able to tell them apart.


Riri Woo seemed to be a much deeper red and Ruby Woo was a lot brighter. They are both retro matte lipsticks and blue based but Riri Woo is cooler, and went on a lot smoother and wasn't as dry as Ruby Woo.  When I put them on my lips just by looking in the mirror I couldn't tell the difference in the two lipsticks. But when I took the 2 pics below Ruby Woo looked much brighter when compared to Riri. 
Ruby Woo and Brick Lip Pencil
Riri Woo and Brick Lip Pencil

Suggested Lip Pencils:

Brick
Cherry
Burgundy

Out of the three lip pencils, Brick was the closest match. Cherry was a tad bit brighter than the Riri Woo but went perfectly with Ruby Woo lipstick. Anything darker than burgundy lip pencil is gonna change the color of the lipstick too much. 

Final Thoughts: 

I think they are great both red lipsticks and can be applied to a range of skin-tones. Although I could tell a difference when I applied both of the lipsticks to the back of my hand... the difference in color was only slightly noticeable on my lips. Although very close, the Riri Woo had a richness to it that I actually liked. They both fall into the classic red lip category. You can wear them both all year around... but if your more into categorizing lipsticks into seasonal categories, I would put Riri Woo into the fall/winter classic red category, and Ruby Woo would go more into the spring/summer classic red category.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

RiRi Hearts MAC Summer.... The Visual

Today MAC Cosmetics Launched the Riri Heart's MAC Summer Collection. At first I wasn't going to participate in the craze for the products, but as I surfed around the web looking at other blogs and thats all everyone was talking about. I kept seeing the above visual over and over again.... I have to be honest I am not one of those "I must have every limited edition MAC lipstick/collection that comes" out kind of makeup artist. But every time I saw this photo I became more and more intrigued. So I got online with everyone else. I logged onto the overloaded website that irritated my soul with all the checkout bugs lol and I ordered the lipsticks... but even still I am more excited about the visual than I am the products.

THIS VISUAL IS THE MOST AMAZING VISUAL MAC HAS PUT OUT IN A VERY LONG TIME!!!

I have seen hundreds of MAC visuals in my day and by far this is the most amazing makeup that I have ever seen....PERIOD. The aesthetic of makeup and what makeup should be has taken a turn the last few years. Everyday I see more and more people obsessed with putting as many eyeshadows on their eyes as possible, overdrawn brows with way too much concealer, and extremely harsh contours. I am so tired of seeing landing strip nose contours, and cheeks that look bruised and unblended. In this photo I don't one single contour line. Sometimes all you need is soft blended highlights and no contouring at all. Less is more. Enhance the beauty that you have instead of trying to create a whole new face!

I just want to give a STANDING O AND BRAVO to the artist who is responsible...

Seeing photos and makeup like this is what gets me excited!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Makeup Artists Social Media Frustration

For a few years I have had this blog... This is actually my second. For the life of me I cannot keep up with posts or writing... I love makeup and I love being an artist. There is definitely no question about that. But the problem comes with keeping up with the "social" aspect of it all. I have this semi-abandoned blog, a YouTube channel that still gets views but I haven't done a video in 5 years. Then I started another channel about two years ago for rebranding reasons, but still not one single video. Then there is my Facebook page... the personal one and the one for my business, Melanie Jones Beauty. I am on Model Mayhem, which these days is a complete waste of time because of the quality of photographers, and models featured on the site. There is Wedding Wire, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and the list goes on of all the social media sites I belong to. I for one just cannot keep up! Hats off to the ladies who do it all. 

I have a pretty consistent clientele base. I do a lot of weddings and just makeup in general. I have never understood how some bloggers, and YouTubers keep up with it all. When I am finished with my clients, answering emails, and cleaning brushes I don't want to do anything else. When it come to blogging, YouTube and social media in general... I just don't feel like it, but then again sometimes I do. 

Maybe I need to develop some kind of system, or get better organized. I need to come up with a master plan. I would love to take you all on my journey in makeup... I used to enjoy doing the YouTube videos, but hated the actual process. It was a lot to sit there, do my makeup, record, edit, post, then take all of my makeup off, and clean up... Who has time?!?!?! Well, I do have the time. Maybe I'm just being lazy, or feeling uninspired. However, I did enjoy the feedback and it felt good to get such a good response.

Then there is this blog. I have no idea what to write about. I know that as an artist I love to do makeup, but I don't necessarily want to write about it. Well not all the time. I read a lot of other blogs though. For products reviews and such. I do know one thing, I am not interested in reviewing products. I am just interested in doing makeup... but is that enough for my readers and to keep them interested?

So I pose this question to anyone who has just read my ramblings.... What do you want to see? What do you want to read about? What keeps you interested and coming back? Would you be interested in various makeup looks? Tips and techniques? My journey in makeup? I definitely would love to get back into YouTube videos, what types of looks would you want to see? What do you want me to talk about??? 

I NEED YOUR HELP!!!! Keep me encouraged.... 

Tonight I think thats what I am going to do. I am going to sit down and organize. Get it together... brainstorm.... come up with some social media goals. But in the meantime check out my old YouTube channel, Facebook Fan page, and Follow me on Instagram, and hey you might as well Follow me on Pinterest too.. I will my info below... 

Here Goes lol...

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