Monday, November 22, 2010

From the Roots I Came....

Hi beauties!! I just wanted to do a quick post on makeup that I did for a photoshoot yesterday with one of the island's well-known models. The theme was African, but more, rural, tribal Africa. I was definitely on board to do makeup for this shoot so I basically did a neutral look then "upped" it with random tribal markings.

Cassi is truly unique and has a distinct look. View the pics for yourself!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cayman Fashion Solstice 2010

Just about every country in the world has a fashion week except for us here in the Cayman Islands but Guavaberry Marketing (Cayman) Limited, gave us what we've been longing for; a fashion weekend. Once again, I had the fabulous opportunity to work with and network with some of the most gorgeous people in the business. Living on such a tiny island definitely has its pluses and being a makeup artist is definitely one of them (wink!)

Cayman Fashioin Solstice ( is the Caribbean's premier fashion gala event! The vision for Cayman Fashion Solstice has culminated into a four-day fashion and lifestyle evnt, which combines private soirees, fun fetes, island tours and sailing excursions.
The Solstice Fashion Gala, which remains the nexus of the Cayman Fashion Solstice event, serves as a platform for showcasing international trend-setting fashion designers and models from some of the world's top agencies including Ford, Elite, Major Models, Red, Muser, DNA, Q Models and Identities.
The evening's fashion show highlights renowned designers from New York, Los Angeles, Guyana, Trinidad and the Cayman Islands (YAY!!!!!). Headlining the international cast of modesl are Georgette (Georgie) Badiel, a former Miss Africa, Bobby Roache (YUM!!!!!), Leah-Mari Guevara, Wendell Lissimore, Kadeem Fischer etc and of course, some of the islands' GORGEOUS models.

I had the fabulous opportunity of being a makeup artist for this gala event and I met every person who was involved in this production. Imagine having to do makeup for 24 models back to back??? Needless to say, at the end of it all, I was NO USE to myself. Thankfully, I was able to catch an itsy bitsy part of the show.

Here are a few pics!
Leah-Mari Guevara & I
Sitting in traffic, heading to the show
Current Miss Cayman Islands 2010- Cristin Alexander (I look like a midget next to her :(

Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff (left), Stef & I

Bobby Roache & I (this is the "cheating" dude in Beyonce's video Irreplaceable)

INDASHIO!!!!!!!!!! (fashion designer)

Yup, that's Indashio again....he's such a COOL cat! Meow....

Local makeup artist, Stephanie Ford-Ramoon

Former Miss Africa, Georgette "Georgie" Badiel

Victoria Secret/ Runway model, Selita Ebanks (a fellow islander)

Local model, Adrianna Christian (LOVE this girl!)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

London Photoshoot

For a girl from a little island (one which is non-existent to many people around the world) I must say that I have been BLESSED to be able to meet and work with so many beautiful people (incl. celebrities like Nigel Barker from America's Next Top Model), Alicia Keys etc. This time around, I was able to meet and work with Roberto Aguilar ( a photographer from Florida based in London. Roberto is SUPER talented and does photography for Tigi Hair Care, Bed Head ads etc. I either stumble upon these people, get connections or simply seek them out on Model Mayhem (http://www.modelmayhem/), a social network for models, actors, hairstylists, makeup artists etc.
Below are a few pics from my photoshoot in London (September 2010). Whenever I travel, I try to network with models and photographers who can assist me in building an international portfolio.
Me & Nigel Barker (ANTM)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rosey Melon

It's been a while since I've done a makeup blog post but I finally got my computer back. YAY!!! Here's a look that was done a while ago and I'm soooooooooo sorry but I can't remember what products were used. If I stumble upon them, I'll list them.

Anyway, enjoy this look!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Makeup Giveaway- WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As promised, today is October 11, 2010 and it's the day to announce my makeup giveaway winner.........
First of all, let me thank ALL of you who participated in the giveaway. It was great to see everyone's versions of my looks. I really enjoyed it. To all of you, you are still winners in my eyes!! Keep up the awesome work!!
Ok, so without further delays.......................the winner of the makeup giveaway is....................................................

DRUM ROLL.................................

DEEA from Deaa's Beauty!!!!! Deea recreated my Color Pop look!!!!!


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tick, tick, giveaway...(CLOSED)

Hi beauties,
Don't let the time run out without you entering the Shades Professional Makeup end of Summer makeup giveaway. Remember that the closing date is September 30, 2010 and there will be no extensions.
Just re-create one of my looks and enter to win!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Hey beauties!!!

Giveaways are something that I don't do alot of but here's another opportunity to win fabulous makeup!

SHADES PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP is giving away a beautiful 78 color palette from NYX worth US$25 but you have a chance to add this gorgeous palette to your collection absolutely FREE!!

Here's what you gotta do:

1. You MUST be a follower on my blog AND a fan on my Facebook Page - Shades Professional Makeup (I will be checking)
2. All contestants MUST be 18 years or older (I will need your personal information to mail the pize).

3. You MUST recreate any of my makeup looks listing what products were used and showing pictures of the makeup applied on yourself. DO NOT have your makeup done by anyone else.

4. This giveaway is opened to everyone (yes, international persons also).

5. Competition opened from Sept 1- Sept 30, 2010 and the winner will be announced on October 11, 2010.

6. All images (minimum of 3, maximum of 6) MUST be emailed to me at
7. Judging will be done by myself.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Miss Earth Cayman Islands 2010

Hey beauties:

First of all, let me just say how much I MISS you and miss blogging. I need a computer ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmmph!
Anyway, I've been doing lots of makeup on myself for my blog posts (as usual) AND working with the Miss Cayman 2010 contestants and Miss Earth Cayman Islands 2010 (Samantha Widmer) who was announced on Saturday, August 28, 2010.
I received a request from one of the members of N'Vogue Productions to provide makeup services for the Miss Earth Cayman Islands 2010 winner. Of course, I was more than willing and ready to accept such a fabulous opportunity to work with Sam. It was more for the cause than the actual event. Mother Earth belongs to every living creature and we must all share the responsibility of nuturing it. It's the only one we have.
ABOUT MISS EARTH: Miss Earth is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. Along with Miss Universe and Miss World contests, Miss Earth is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote environmental projects and to address issues concerning the environment.

This year's international pageant will be held in Vietnam and can I just tell you that I'd pass out if I were asked to travel with Sam to do her makeup- wishful thinking!!
My day started at 5:30am- FAIL!!!! I am NOT a morning person. Anyway, for the love of makeup, I was up and at 'em in time. I had to meet Sam at the Grand Cayman Beach Suites Resort (formerly the Hyatt) for 7am. The beauty about being out this early in the morning was that I got a chance to watch the sun rise at 5:50ish- HOW GORGEOUS!!! and experienced the freshness of the beach before everyone went out.

Sam had to do an early morning beach shoot as her theme for the international pageant is water, and what better place to do a shoot than on the beautiful, white, sandy beaches of Grand Cayman (yes, I live there). We started makeup around 7:10am and finished at 7:45am.

To give you a sneak peek of my Saturday, August 28, is Miss Earth Cayman Islands 2010, Samantha Widmer.

CONGRATULATIONS Samantha and we wish you ALL the very best for this international pageant. I know that you will shine like the star you are.

Samantha Widmer (yes there are blonde hair, green eyed island people)

Sam & I (sorry about the quality of the photo)

Sam & I again

Sam's morning/ beach shoot makeup (she was wearing a
navy blue bikini)

Sam's evening wear shoot. She was wearing a
GORGEOUS 1 strapped dress. Simple but elegant.

The world famous Seven Mile Beach- Grand Cayman (Google it)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NO blog posts

Hi beauties:
Just thought I'd make a quick blogspot post about no makeup posts because we had a power outage and my laptop got burnt up :(. Needless to say, I didn't have a external harddrive so I lost EVERYTHING on my laptop (boo hoo, sniff sniff). I am NOT happy about it at all but what can I do but start from scratch?
I will be trying to source another computer very soon but until then, I won't be making any makeup posts.
Thanks for your patience with me.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Purple Inferno (Recreated Look)

YAY Sugarpill!! LOL!!! I happened to stumble across a YouTube Tutorial by Dayon ( called Purple Inferno. It was a combination of yellow, orange and purple and it was GORGEOUS. Dayon is also a blogger but she rarely blogs. If you're interested in her work, visit her YouTube Channel. Dayon is a "sista" and she create bold, vivid, original makeup looks. I really like her work. She's super talented.
So today, my look is a recreation of Dayon's look "Purple Inferno". If I'm not mistaken, it received the most comments and recreations on her YouTube channel- GO DAYON!!
Hope you like it! This was my first attempt at this look but I will probably give it another stab. Oh and I forgot to mention....seeing that we're going bold, I used my Sugarpill babies!

Two Faced Shadow Insurance (primer all over lid up to brow)
NYX Jumbo Pencil- Milk (shadow base on lid up to crease)
Sugarpill Buttercupcake (yellow) e/s -(center lid)
Sugarpill Flamepoint (orange) e/s- (around yellow)
Sugarpill Poison Plum (purple) e/s- (outer "C" into crease)
Urban Decay Sin e/s- highlight
MAC Embark e/s- brows
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner- top lashline
NYX Doll Eyes Mascara
Clinique Superfit Foundation- Spice
MAC NW43 Studio Fix Powder
MAC Breezy- blush
MAC Viva Glam

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My hair...

Hey beauties.....

Today I'm doing a quick post on my hair. Yes, my hair! This is the first post as such but I felt the need to do it because I'm constantly being asked if my hair is real. Well yes it is.. I have dread locks and I enjoy it alot. I have been growing my hair for 5 1/2 years.
Ever since I was a child growing up, I always admired dreadlocks and wanted to have my hair done the same. My father also has dreadlocks. (It's pretty hard to see from this photo but yup, he has dreadlocks)

I am a HUGE fan of natural hair. I believe that we were born with the right texture hair for each of us whether it's straight as an arrow or curly like spaghetti. I firmly believe that we were created uniquely and we got everything that we were supposed to get.
Anyway, I've taken a picture showing the actual length of my hair and here are a few frequently asked questions that I usually receive about my hair;

1- How do you wash your hair?
The only difference between my hair and "other" hair is that my hair is matted together to create the "locking" effect. It CANNOT be undone. Regardless of what others say and try, if you try to undo dreadlocks that have been locked, you will lose more hair than what is actually locked. The only way to "undo" dreadloks is to CUT IT. So to answer the question of how I go about washing my hair, I wash it like normal hair- wet, shampoo, lather, scrub, rinse, dry

2- How does it grow that long?
Well I'm not dead so my hair will grow. If I'm not mistaken, the hair continues to grow even when a person is dead. It justs grows and grows and grows and when it gets to a point where I cannot handle it, I will cut it.
3- How do you color your hair?
It's colored just like any other hair type/ texture. Initially I had to bleach the sections of my hair that I wanted colored then apply the hair color (you know the process).

4-Is that your real hair?
YES IT IS!!!!!

5- How do you curl your hair?
I curl my hair on spiral rods which takes forever but nothing else works and not to mention drying time (4hrs under the dryer. Aaaagghhhh)
6- Will you cut it?
Again, when it gets to a point where it's becoming a bother, I will cut it.
7- How is it maintained?
I personally have my hair interlocked every month. Others with dreadlocks may either palm roll or twist the root of the hair to lock in new growth. I've tried all forms of locking my hair but only the interlocking works. The other unravel too quickly. That's just MY personal opinion and preference.
To moisterize my hair, I use Softee Comb-Thru Softener. That stuff is awesome and it smells GREAT.
Ever so often, I'll heat/ steam treat my hair with the raw Jamaican Castor Oil. Steam treating natural hair works great because it locks in moisture and keep the hair from drying out quickly and becoming brittle which eventually leads to breakage. Yes, natural hair breaks too. Sometimes (when I'm in the mood), I'll blend the raw Aloe Vera with the Castor Oil and treat my hair. Nothing beats natural products.
There are alot of great websites on the net about natural hair and more so, dreadlocks. I'm very happy to be nappy. I embrace every facet of my naturalness.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Haul and Swatches- Pure Luxe Cosmetics

Hi beauties!! Today I'm going to introduce my Pure Luxe Cosmetics ( collection. For all the shimmery, sparkley, glittery, mineral eyeshadow lovers, this is the line for you.

Pure Luxe Cosmetics was found by Christina Kocher and I was made aware of it by Jangsara (, a fellow blogger. Needless to say, after seeing a few of her makeup looks and swatches, I had to try these colors for myself. I was NOT disappointed.
Pure Luxe Cosmetics is an affordable line of mineral eyeshadows, liners, lip glosses and other makeup accessories. The shadows range from $2-$15. As I said, quite affordable.
I've purchased about 20 colors and I love them all. I'm still trying to decide if I like shimmery, sparkley, metallic shadows or matte shadows. Hmmm......thinking!
My swatches definitelyy don't serve any justice to these rich colors. You really have to try them for yourself.
Glory- A completely matte dark blue. Looks like crushed velvet in a jar
Boy Toy- Deep, peacock blue with same shade flashy highlights in it.
Twisted- Bold blue (this is a liner powder. Apply wet and it will POP)
Shameless-A tropical blue with green interference (GORGEOUS COLOR)
Oasis- Bright, summery turquoise. Color changes from metallic, blue/green/ pearl biege/ silver

Pandora- Deep green. Metallic finish
Blue Jeans- Medium blue with a brighter blue highlight
Utopia- Deep amethyst with charcoal base. Pink/purple interference
Love- Dark, dusty rose with light pink interference and red/pink shimmers.
Seduction- Shimmery burgundy with pink highlights. Works well as a beautiful blusher.
Jezebel- Dusty rose base with blue/ violet interference
Femme Fatal- Beautiful pink/ salmon with pink shimmer
Beauty Queen- SUPER sparkle peach/pink. Sheer base color.
Molten-True red shade. Deep red with brighter red highlights
Risque- Warm red/ brown
Ouch- A candy red with pinkish tone
Ravishing- Medium biege with very pearl finish.
Faceted- Dark taupe/ purple. Changes from red/copper/gold
Dusk- Soft dove grey. Completely matte

Kinky- Very rich, medium green with yellow/gold highlight (another GORGEOUS, RICH color)
Tart- Very rich light green with lemony highlights

Friday, July 30, 2010

Color Pop

When I started this look, I wasn't quite sure what I was going for but I went back to one of the old MAC collections. If I'm not mistaken, this collection came out in December 2009 with all the duo mineralize eye shadows. I just started adding color and this is what I came up with. Of course I couldn't think of a name so I called it "Color Pop" although it's more like a Peacock.

Two Faced Shadow Insurance (primer)
NYX Jumbo Pencil- Milk (shadow base)
MAC Mineralize Duo e/s- Blue Sorcery (inner lid)
MAC Mineralize Duo e/s- Sea & Sky (mid lid to crease)
MUFE #92 e/s (outer "C")
Coastal Scents e/s- Fuschia (inner crease)
Sugarpill pressed e/s- Buttercupcake (line lower lashline)
Urban Decay e/s- Sin (highlight)
MAC e/s- Embark (brows)
NYX Dolleyes mascara

Clinique Spice (foundation)
MAC NW45 Studio Fix (powder)
MAC Breezy (blush)
MAC Nymphette Lipglass

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Morocco Wildfire

This was a VERY easy and simple look using three different shades of blue from NYX- Morocco (a deep, satin blue, Iris- a bright, matte turquoise and Wildfire- a shimmery blue green). I also attempted to inch away from my usual nude/ neutral lips and added a soft, pinky peach lip color from MAC- Over Indulgence. I'm not a very big fan of bold lips colors for myself but I will try them.

Two Faced Shadow Insurance (shadow primer)
NYX Jumbo Pencil- Milk (shadow base)
NYX Morocco e/s (lid)
NYX Iris e/s (above Morocco up to crease)
NYX Wildfire (crease to brow bone)
Lorac Serenity e/s (highlight)
MAC Embark e/s (brows)
NYX Mascara (upper & lower lashline)
MUFE Aqua Color Liner-Silver (lower lash line & water line)
MAC NC50 Studio Tech (foundation)
MAC NW43 Studio Fix (powder)
MAC Breezy (blush)
MAC Over Indulgence Cremesheen Gloss

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