The Absolute BEST Makeup Sealing Spray

Guys, this is not a drill. This is the best makeup setting spray EVER. I will never use Fix+ again for setting makeup (I will still use it for other things).

Blue Marble Sealing Spray is a gift to all of us who spend time perfecting the masterpiece that is our face and who want it to last all night, or a lifetime.

I purchased from Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in North Hollywood. Turn’s out it’s not on Amazon (sorry prime users!) so here’s a link to Nigel’s as well as the company itself:

http://www.nigelbeauty.com/p-18180-blue-marble-selr-spray-1oz.aspx
http://www.ppi.cc/bluemarble.htm

MAKEUP ARTISTS: NO EXCUSES, YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR KIT.

X MDMA

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Never Have Tangled Wet Hair Again!

We’ve all seen the ad’s for this brush that detangles wet hair. I picked one up recently and here are my thoughts..

It’s freaking awesome and totally affordable. It’s one of those staples that should be in every household, especially those with small long-haired tangle-prone children.

Click here to order: http://amzn.to/1vq8ge0

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The 3D Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial!

I posted some pics on my Instagram a few weeks ago and had people asking how I achieved my eyeshadow look. This is a good technique to practice even if you don’t do the same colors, or make it as dark and rich as I did. It’s a cool twist on the smokey eye and so I made an easy follow along tutorial for you to practice at home with. I hope you enjoy! If you post your look on twitter or instagram please hashtag me #mdmamakeup so I can see how it turned out!

Products used:

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
NYX Milk Pencil
Smashbox Lithos Eyeshadow Quad
Trish McEvoy Mahogany Eyeshadow
Sugarpill TAKO Eyeshadow
Dior Art Pen
(Layered Tarte, Diorshow Overcurl and Trish McEvoy Lash Curling .. i don’t know why I did that, it just seemed like a good idea)

2 Blender Brushes (Trish Brush 29 or MAC 217 would be perfect)
1 Laydown Brush (Trish Brush 40 or Mac 239 would be perfect)
1 Eyeliner smudge brush (Dior Eyeliner Brush)

Face:
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Jouer Matte Tinted Moisturizer
Chanel Les Beiges
La Prarie Blush
Kevyn Aucoin Contour Powder
YSL Rouge Volupte Pearl (Discontinued)
Dior 123 Lipstick
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow #15
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EPILATORS: The Newest Beauty Device I’m Torturing Myself With!

Maybe you’ve heard of an epilator maybe not.. maybe your grandma has one of these crazy devices and you’ve been curious as to what it is. I bought one after my waxer recommended it for my thighs (barely any hair and not worth the cost of waxing) and in my style of curiously causing immense pain to myself in the name of beauty I decided to use it over my entire body. Check it out!

epilator

I actually love it. The hair stays away as long as waxing and it’s a fraction of a percent of the price of waxing. Maybe pick up a RX for some Vicodin while you’re at it!

You can order if you dare:

My Epilator

The shinier model with all the attachments (recommended by my friend) 

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New Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorial! Get her look from Glastonbury Festival!

Products used:
MAC Paint Bare Canvas $20
Chanel Quad Eyeshadow in “Dunes” $60
Dior Black Waterproof Eyeliner $30
Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner Black $28
Frends Lashes 747M
Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation $40
Dior Airflash Foundation $62
Illamasqua Under Eye Concealer $20
Dior Overcurl Mascara $28.50
Cle De Peau 221 Lip Luminizer $60
MAC Brow Fluidline Deep Dark Brunette $16
Kevyn Aucoin Contour Powder Medium $44+
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Highlighter $44
MAC Margin Blusher $21

Dior Spoolie $25
NARS #13 Brush $45
Trish Brush 66 Cream Blender $33
Bobby Brown Full Coverage Foundation Brush $42+
Shiseido Foundation Brush $30
MAC 227 Large Fluff $32

Total Cost for this look: $680.50

XX MDMA

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Farewell Drop Dead Diva! Here’s how to get Jane’s signature look!

Drop Dead Diva recently ended. It’s was such a guilty pleasure of mine!! The main character, Jane Bingum, wore a plum-toned smokey eye in every episode, even when she slept. Here’s my rendition of how to recreate her signature look on yourself.

I can’t wait to see more of Brooke Elliot (actress who played Jane) in the future!

Products used:

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer
YSL Cherry Black Gel Eyeliner
Lancome Color Designer Palette in Violet Sweetheart
Dior Plum Eyeliner
Chanel Le Volume
747M Lashes (www.frendsbeauty.com)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette
Cle de peau concealer (not mentioned)
Dior Airflash
Laura Mercier Loose Powder (not mentioned)
Dior Nude Tan 002 Sunlight Bronzer
La Prarie Blush (mixed)
Trish McEvoy Nude Essential Pencil
MAC Viva Glam V Gloss

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Makeup Mystery Theatre: Episode 4 (Starring GLEAM by Melanie Mills!)

I love love love GLEAM by Melanie Mills! I attribute it to me getting into the Golden Globes’ Weinstein after party with no questions asked. In today’s #MMT I had plans to be outdoors, doing something near the beach with a very good looking friend 😉 I wanted to do something that would look great yet stay appropriate.

Products used: (I’ve posted links for Amazon users)
GLEAM by Melanie Mills Rose Gold Cream $40
GLEAM by Melanie Mills Rose Gold Powder $59
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer $44
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer $42
Make Up For Ever Face + Body Foundation $40
Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer $39
MAC Mineralize Powder $32
La Prarie Cream Blush in coral and pink $140
MAC Perky Paint Pot $20
NYX Milk Pencil $4.50
Trish McEvoy Eyeshadow: Antique Rose $18
Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eyeliner: Black $28
Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara $31
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow $20
MAC Wedge Shadow $15
MAC Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick (PRO) $16
MAC Neon Orange Lipstick (PRO) $16

Brushes:

GLEAM Body Brush $85
Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush $42
Smashbox Crease Brush $24
MAC 242 $25
NARS Kabuki Artisan Brush $50
Trish Brush 50 $28

TOTAL COST: $850.50

Something new I think is important and different is saying the total price for the look. No one really talks about how much investment goes into making even the easiest look. It is not to brag but more so set realistic ideas of what luxury makeup costs. A lot of people expect makeup done for free or very cheap not realizing how much it costs to be a working makeup artist. I think it’s important for people wanting to be makeup artists as well, luckily a lot of products are available at pro discounts but most ultra lux products are not (i.e. ysl, trish, dior, la prarie). Start budgeting!!

xx MDMA

Marilyn Monroe’s Actual Lipstick Trick!

Here’s how to make any lipstick last all night thanks to Marilyn Monroe and her makeup artist Whitey!

I’m wearing the actual lipstick shade that Marilyn personally wore: Guerlain “Insolence” (previously named “Diabolique”).

Pretty cool that it’s still available! I purchased mine at Nordstrom.
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The Best Order to do your Makeup to Save Time in the Morning!

I often get asked what order to do makeup. Foundation first? Concealer before or after foundation?
In this video I break down the 8 steps to a flawless face and do my own makeup along the way. Write these down on a post-it and stick to your vanity. Do makeup however you like, just in this order and I guarantee you’ll save a ton of time and have better results every day!

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STEP ONE (Eye Base):
Make Up For Ever Aquamatic

STEP TWO (Eyeshadow/Eyeliner):
Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner
Dior 5 Colour Designer 508 Nude Pink Design
(MAC 217 or Trish 30, Dior Eyeliner Brush)

STEP THREE (Mascara):
Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara

STEP FOUR (Triangle of Light):
Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift

STEP FIVE (Face Makeup i.e. foundation, tinted moisturizer..etc):
Japonesque Liquid Light 02
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 5.75
Beauty Blender

STEP SIX (Face Color- any powder/bronzer/blush/highlighter):
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Dior NudeTan Bronzer 002 Sunlight
MAC Margin Blusher
NARS Kabuki Brush

STEP SEVEN (Eyebrows):
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow 15

STEP EIGHT (Lips)

*Sorry didn’t realize I sped through the liner! I was sick when editing this haha*

Trish McEvoy Barely Rose Lip Liner
Trish McEvoy Gorgeous Pink Essential Balm
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Serious Doubts About Creme De La Mer, Is it a HOAX?

Gel De La Mer

I feel a bit nervous to write this blog but I felt it needed to be put out there in hopes that some questions I have get answered.

First of all, I like La Mer. I use the Gel & Soft Creme myself and their concealer is wonderful. I have seen The Concentrate heal clients’ eczema and rosacea, therefore I believe in the product itself. Anything that costs $165/oz (The Soft Creme), $285/2oz (Gel de La Mer) and $425/1.7oz (The Concentrate) should probably create miracles, and it does according to all of the reviews. All 43 reviews from each store.

la mer concentrate reviews

Here’s the reason for my blog post. If you’re familiar with La Mer you’ve heard the story of it’s origins. If not, here’s how it goes..

The Creme de La Mer Story

There was a NASA Astrophysicist named Dr. Max Huber. He and his team suffered severe burns during a lab explosion. He dedicated the rest of his career to finding a cure for scars. He loved the ocean and noticed men working with sea kelp had normal sun damaged skin but their arms were pristine from handling the sea kelp. “It took 12 years and 6,000 experiments” of studying sea kelp (he played music, sounds of the ocean and pulsed light through it) but he finally made a potion that worked and called it “The Miracle Broth”. He added a special kind of  Mineral Oil (La Mer says the difference between their mineral oil and the kind you can get for a few dollars is “the difference between a fine aged wine and grape juice”- personal La Mer training experience) and other ingredients and made it into a cream and sold it in front of stores. “He would even eat it with a spoon to show people how natural it was”. The tale goes on to say that when he died, 90% of his scars were cured. To this day every jar of Creme de La Mer has some of the original batch of miracle broth in it. Hence the price.

Yeah Yeah Yeah… What an incredibly interesting story. They should make a movie! Except I had a recent revelation that makes me question the entire thing. Keep in mind, I’m not saying the creme isn’t wonderful. It is. I’m playing devil’s advocate for the validity of it’s origins. I tried doing research on this Max Huber guy. There is no information about him, any accomplishments at NASA or records of his existence beyond Estee Lauder websites (If you didn’t know, La Mer is an Estee Lauder brand), and various blogs that tell the same story I just did. It is said that his daughter sold the recipe to Estee Lauder who uses the exact recipe from Dr. Huber and it’s even created in Max Huber Research Laboratories. What you can’t find is his daughters name anywhere, or his obituary. When doing research I found their business listing on bizapedia.com. The company contact is Maureen Case, CEO of Estee Lauder. I like the advertisement on the side, it’s a nice touch.

max huber research laboratory

Their office looks amazing!

Max Huber Estee Lauder Parking Lot

Edit: The 7 Corporate Center Dr. Is also the building to the right (Estée Lauder headquarters)

The only photo of "Dr. Max Huber"

I’ve been searching for weeks for more information about the Huber family, the labs or even a single photo of Max Huber (maybe a before and after?!) but there is absolutely nothing except for 1 black and white photo of a man (with no scars). There is no family photos. No photos of him posing with a jar (surely there would be photos of that after working 12 years and 6,000 experiments.) There is no obituary. There are other Max Huber’s that were scientists from Switzerland and Germany but they have nothing to do with Creme de La Mer. It could literally be anyone. After all of these revelations and exhaustive research it is my personal opinion that the story is completely made up. It’s a nice skincare line that does give wonderful results and coming from a marketing background I can understand why Estee Lauder would create this lovely imagery to justify an insane price but I’m not buying it anymore and I don’t want anyone else to either until they can back up their claims. La Mer seems to be the biggest scam in the Beauty Industry.

Please do your own research and share this blog to raise awareness because it’s my hope that some information about this family, maybe another physicists name from this “lab explosion” at NASA would emerge.. I just think it is potentially the biggest lie in the cosmetics industry and had to share my thoughts. If he’s a physicist where was he educated? Does he have any remaining family? It’s my hope that this article will have people better experienced in research ask these questions and hopefully find some answers.

I will always ask questions on behalf of my clients and I realize this article will piss some people off. It’s truly not my intention. La Mer is a nice product that gives good results that I have personally experienced for myself and my clients. I just need some answers before I shell out my hard earned dollars to support a fairy tale.

I also want it to be known that I have worked alongside La Mer employees and they are trained on this background and have never questioned it. I don’t believe they are intentionally lying to anyone. I have been invited to La Mer trainings as well and I was drinking the punch until recently. When this product was launched in the 1990’s the internet wasn’t really a thing yet so I don’t think Lauder ever expected to be questioned. I think it’s a good time to bring up these questions now and demand proof. Please share this blog via social media. I’m not an expert at research but I hope this intrigues someone who is who can get some hard answers.

EDIT 8/24: Things I’m still searching for:

– newspaper article about lab explosion

– any photo of a jar of La Mer before Estee Lauder “purchased it”

– any photo of Max Huber with this cream

– any remaining family members

– NASA employee records

– Obituary

– College Degree

– Articles written about La Mer prior to Lauder acquisition

XX MDMA