Friday, July 31, 2009

Trendstop People!! Learn it, Live it, Love it!!!

If you're anything like me, you like to know what's coming down the road as far as fashion, technology and makeup.. It might just be a sickness, but I feel I absolutely HAVE to know what's new and the next "big thing" in order to not become obsolete. LOL...

Besides, how else will I be able to bring you (my loyal readers) the best, newest and most helpful information?! EXACTLY!! Sooo, anywho, I did stumble across my latest addiction recently and I thought I'd share it with you...

You can think of me as your Make Up, Fashion, Health, and Technology pusher..LOL... :)

So, in my inbox today I was greeted with a wonderful "Good Morning" from Trendstop. What is trendstop you say??? Well, lemme tell ya. Trendstop is a website that calls themselves "Trend Analysis for Fashion Professionals".

Here's a little blurb from their website:

"trendstop.com is the trend analysis and trend forecasting tool of choice for fashion, creative and marketing professionals. For accurate, customer-focused fashion and lifestyle trend forecasts, market directions and key trend reports in an intuitive format try trendstop.com. We're better. "

They bring you Trend Predictions, Runway Analysis, Store Reporting, Color Forecasts, Print and Graphics, Accessories.

You'll also get trends for emerging trends, street style, materials, footwear, street sport & Jeans, tailoring, knitwear, shirts, skirts & dresses, lingerie & swimwear, detailing.

Being that makeup trends change from season to season, I was in contact with Trendstop and asked them if they had a specified trend follower and they told me they did!!

So imagine getting the newest makeup trends right to your inbox. You would be THE makeup artist with the newest and freshest take on what's in right now. Enter catalog and magazine shoots!! HELLO!

With that said, I thought I'd bring you some trends that were sent directly to MY inbox courtesy of Trendstop.com.

To gather more information on Trendstop.com, click on the title of this blog post to be taken directly to their website:)

The following information was taken directly from Trendstop.com:


spring 2010 catwalks
milan & paris menswear
Men’s fashion has never been so influential. Menswear continues pushing the possibilities of the modern man’s wardrobe, as well as inspiring womenswear this season. From S/S 2010 men's shows, we bring you 37,000 full view and product images, 750 pages of essential overviews and key trends in 14 product categories.

spotted!
tapestry embroidery
The classic colorway and layout of this embroidered flower bouquet on sheer chiffon is reminiscent of a classic artisan's work produced on a frame and another example of feminine trends in menswear. The placement also reflects another emerging trend: attention to the backs of garments.


trendstop mobile solutions:connecting you to your customers

Major brands are increasingly using mobile phone applications to engage with their customers. Since Apple launched the iPhone apps store, companies have rushed to develop downloadable phone applications which connect to their online services. From retailers to publishers and e-commerce sites, major companies are recognising the value of putting their brand permanently on their customers handset, with product news, offers or purchases just a click away. Now trendstop's mobile solutions allow you to jump on this trend to build and publish mobile applications which are compatible with over 85% of mobile phones - not just iPhones!

Our self-publishing environment means your own design team can create applications. Our provisioning platform takes care of the complexities of delivering the optimum version of the application to the customers' handset. Add dynamic content feeds, from images to video clips and we'll adapt them to different mobile screen sizes to give your consumer the best possible experience. Integrate your loyalty programmes or your e-commerce and take advantage of our secure authentication to allow your customers to purchase directly from their phone. What you offer is up to you - we provide the tools so you can give your customers an exciting mobile experience!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Prepare for Economic Recovery: Start a business now

Here's an article that I found in my inbox.. I totally didn't write it, I simply copied and pasted it into this post but it's just really good information that I thought some of you might appreciate...

If you'd like to get more information like this sent directly to your inbox, click on the topic of this blog post and subscribe. It's just really good info:)

And now, with no further adieu.. the article:

Prepare for Economic Recovery: Start a Business Now


Author(s): Lisa C. Johnson
August 2009

Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming economic recovery. There are plenty of advantages to starting a business during an economic downturn, but there are even more to having an established, healthy business during an economic upswing.

What Kind of Business?

Recently, David Pollard wrote an interesting online article called Ten Important Business Trends. One of the business trends he noted was getting back to basics. "That means companies that are depending on a rebound of frenzied consumer spending after each recession will not fare well, and those that help customers to be self-sufficient, to connect with each other, and to learn, those which have a reputation for quality and attentiveness, and which get most of their business by word of mouth, will flourish."

During a recession, people have to do more with less money. That mindset may remain when disposable income increases. Pollard states that there will be "more do-it-yourself home and car repairs, purchase of clothes and other durables that are well-made and timeless, more self-made entertainment and recreation less tolerance of low-quality goods and services, [and] preference for locally-made and hand-crafted products"

Pollard's vision is very much in line with a business called reMade USA, a design company that takes used leather jackets and upcycles them into one-of-a kind leather bags. The owner, Shannon South, states on her website, "I see reMade USA as part of a back-to-basics, holistic approach that is in line with the way I try to live my life."

Why Now?

During an economic downturn, you can find significant savings on goods and services for your business. When demand lowers during a recession, there are deals to be had on everything from office rental and supplies to advertising. And as a new customer, you can bargain with providers for even bigger discounts.

You'll also have fewer competitors during an economic downturn. That gives you the chance to build a solid customer base and establish yourself in the market before the economic upswing and resulting flood of newcomers.

The experts are already predicting economic recovery in late 2009-early 2010. Americans are feeling the pinch of the current recession right now, but the tide is turning. When the economy picks back up, you'll want to have your business poised to catch the upswing. Prepare for success start your business now and reap the rewards later.

Five Reasons Why Now is the Perfect Time to Start a Company


Author(s): Robert Pagliarini
June 2009

The markets are crashing, unemployment is jumping, bankruptcies are increasing, foreclosures are accelerating, and consumer sentiment is in the gutter. Now is a horrible time to start a company, right? Not so fast. There are several reasons why now is the perfect time to use your other 8 hours to start a company.

1. No baggage.

It is incredibly challenging to downshift an existing company during a recession, but much easier to start a business during a recession. Why? First, an existing business has fixed overhead that cannot be reduced: long-term leases, employment agreements, and just plain excess that wasn't meaningful when profits were high but now can't be easily cut. Second, and just as problematic, existing businesses typically cling to old strategies and practices that may have served them well in healthier times but are counterproductive during a recession. For example, offering too many and/or too large discounts or misreading the severity of the recession and bulking up on inventory.

Start-up Advantage: You can avoid the traps faced by existing companies trying to adapt to a changing economy by being lean and focusing on products/services that make sense in today's market.

2. Less competition.

I'm reminded just how bad the economy is every time I work out. My gym is in a retail complex with 40 or so other shops. At last count, twelve of the 40 storefronts were empty with "for lease" signs on the doors. But instead of being spooked, understand that bankruptcy is just a form of natural selection. The companies were not suited for the environment in which they found themselves and became extinct. Fewer companies = less competition for you.

Start-up Advantage: A business can take months if not years to adapt and evolve, but as a start-up, you can mold your own company to fit today's environment.

3. Find great people for cheap.

You can find insanely talented and inexpensive employees and independent contractors because layoffs are increasing and nobody is hiring. I have several friends who recently lost their full-time jobs and are now freelancing. These are six-figure folks who are great at what they do and are now looking for any gig they can get at any price. Post your job on Craigslist and Elance, reach out to your LinkedIn connections, or get leads from your friends.

Start-up Advantage: There is no better time to find talented people across all areas (e.g., financial, accounting, technology, marketing, public relations) than right now. Your few bucks can go a l-o-n-g way.

4. Ads are cheap.

All of my favorite magazines are about half the size they were just six months ago. Advertisers have dried up. If you have any money at all to advertise, you can get some incredible deals. But in order to take full advantage of these deals, you need to plan ahead and act quickly.

First, determine which magazines you want to target. Go to the website and download their media kits and rate cards so you know the ad layout requirements. Create ads for each size/layout. Then call the magazine's ad department and negotiate a huge discount. Tim Ferris has written a good blog post on how to negotiate ad deals.

Of course, magazine advertising isn't the only game in town. Online remnant ads are down nearly 50 percent from a year ago. This translates into cheaper pay-per-click costs for you when you use Google's Adwords.

Start-up Advantage: Cheap ads are bad for publishers but great news for start-ups with limited ad budgets.

5. Deals abound.

Few industries have been spared during this recession. Most companies are willing to discount their products and services just to make a sale. "Recession specials" and company discounts seem to be popping up everywhere.

Start-up Advantage: Cash is king. If you need products/services to get your company started and don't mind a little negotiating, most companies are willing to deal.

If you've ever thought about starting a business, now is the perfect time. Don't take too much risk, though. Start small and don't quit your day job until you're making enough profit from the business to pay your bills. And if you're able to do that, you can brag to your friends that your business skills rank up there with J. Paul Getty, one of the richest men who ever lived and one who happened to make his fortune during and after the Great Depression.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rouge Makeup Studio

You down with OCC? Well You Should Be!!!
(couldn't help myself..LOL)





Again with the workshops:) You guys are just in so much luck that so many different makeup artists and companies are doing these fantastic classes to help you refine your craft!! Seriously... if you stop to think about it, it's really just opportunity after opportunity for you..

Up on deck we have Rouge Makeup Studio hosting and All Day Airbrush Intensive class with OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Creator David Klasfield... Can you immaaggiinnneee??? Learning from the man who CREATED this fabulous line?! I mean really!!

For just $250.00 you will get a 7 hour class to hone your airbrushing talent!! EVERYONE wants airbrushing now-a-days and who can blame them? With the airbrush makeup sitting so gently on top of your skin giving the flawless complexion WHY WOULDN'T you want airbrush???

The next classes hosted at Rouge for airbrush makeup will be on August 10th 2009 (Monday) and September 2nd, 2009 (Wednesday).

These classes are from 11:00 am- 6:00 pm and include a 45 minute lunch break. Now... don't think that you can just put off registration till the last minute just SURE that you can get in cuz that's not the case. These classes are limited to 10 people per class. You're going to want to grab a friend and sign up for this class immediately!!! Either that or let the Klasfield train pass you by.. Your choice.

What more can I say? I'm putting this great opportunity right in your lap. The price really can't be beat. And just think... when you've got airbrushing up on your website, chances are, you're going to be one of the makeup artists in your area to still be working while the others are waiting for bookings.



Click on the title of this posting to be taken directly to the Rouge Makeup Studio's website:)

You Asked for it & She Delivered


"Ask and ye shall receive"

The renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist Debra Macki has heard your request for NYC Classes. She has taken it to consideration and has come up with a class just for you/us New York peeps!!!

See, it really doesn't hurt to ask for something, because you just might get it..

The information isn't on her website just yet (yes it's that new of a decision).
Here are the details as Debra has emailed them to me:)

The Pro Class:
November 9-13 Mon-Fri, from 10am-5pm.

Info., along with a registration form can be found at www.DebraMacki.com

She is not consistently scheduling NY Classes so this is definitely something that you will want to take advantage of .

"Get the training and information you need to succeed
Famous for her unparalleled private classes in an unobtrusive setting, Debra teaches her theories and techniques from the heart. Build a foundation for a successful career in makeup by learning from the industry's best. See why people come from all over the world to take a class with Debra Macki!"


Here's some info. from her website so you have an idea of what taking a class from her includes. She's pulling no punches and giving you the best she's got..just as she does for all her workshops.


Class outline: Tools & brushes, client analysis, designing a look
  • Color Theory Workshop
    • color analysis
    • custom blending
    • undertones
    • warm vs. cool
  • Bone Structure
    • face shapes
    • eye shapes
    • basic highlight and contour
  • Brows
    • color balance
    • shape
  • Natural makeup
  • Makeup for the office
  • The 5-minute application

Bridal makeup:

  • the bridal industry
  • contracts
  • the consultation
  • color balance and selection
  • timeless beauty
  • setting and lighting

Special occasion makeup: false lashes

Anti-aging techniques: techniques that work best for 40+

Pageant makeup


Photography makeup: color vs. black and white techniques

  • advanced highlight and contour

The Business of Professional Makeup:

  • marketing yourself
  • networking
  • strategies for developing your business
  • how to get work
  • testings
  • promo cards
  • fee structures
  • the pro makeup kit
  • freelancing
  • assisting
  • building your portfolio
  • your image
  • makeup agencies & unions
  • rules for success and working with celebrities

What to Bring to Class:

  1. Notebook & pen
  2. Facial cleanser/toner/moisturizer/- whatever your regular skincare regime consists of
  3. Tweezers
  4. 5 examples of natural and 5 examples of dramatic makeup looks that you like (best place to find examples is magazines)
  5. A good brush set (8-10 brushes) and brush sanitizer
    If you do not have a good brush set, you can order one from us before the first class.

So... go ahead and click on the link I've provided you with and be taken directly to her page. Remember, you won't see the class listed just yet because it's soo new. You're still allowed to register for it using the pdf file you'll download from her site:)

I hope all of you makeup artists, hair stylists & makeup junkies take full advantage of this opportunity, cause she's doing this just for you!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Powder Group Workshops

Well, The Powder Group does it again:) Not only have they brought you workshops, but for those of you who are TPG Pro members... some of them are FREE!! Yep! Can you STAND it?!

If you have considered becoming a TPG Pro member and just haven't gotten around to it yet, THIS is just one of the many examples of why it's a good idea... WE GET GOODIES!!! LOL...

Anywhoodles, Let me tell you what Michael DeVellis and James Vincent have in store for you THIS time... I'm giddy just thinking about it...teeheee:)

The following information comes directly from The Powder Group:


photo by Brandon Showers

The Powder Group is pleased to announce the following summer events and appearances by TPG Founder, Michael DeVellis and Director of Artistry James Vincent!!

Makeup 101
Three days of artist and industry essentials that will change your career, craft and confidence forever.
On day one, Michael DeVellis will take you through the ins-and-outs of the professional makeup industry including marketing, branding and working in different areas of the business. Days two and three bring the artistic side of the industry to the forefront as James Vincent takes you through application and technique with hands-on practicals to fine tune your work. Great for all levels of experience.

For registrations or more details contact: register@thepowdergroup.com

New York City: Makeup Forever Studio- NYC SOLD OUT!
Saturday August 1st-Monday August 3rd

Los Angeles: Naime's Beauty Center - LA
Saturday August 22-Monday August 24

Marketing Your Career Now
FREE for TPG Pro Members
The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine Founder, Michael DeVellis returns with this updated version of The Powder Group's most popular events:
Marketing Your Career!! Learn how to update your basic marketing tools and how artist marketing has changed over the past few years and how social-networking, blogging, web development and marketing have changed the way you need to market yourself and your work!
Free for TPG Pro Members, $65 all others
Paid Event Registration Contact: Register@thepowdergroup.com
TPG Pro Free Registration Contact: Members@thepowdergroup.com

New York City: Temptu Studio-NYC
Sunday August 2nd 12-2

Los Angeles- Temptu Studio- LA
Sunday, August 23rd 12-2

Trend Presentation- Free Event Sponsored by Korres Natural Products!

Korres Makeup Experts Master Class.
Sephora 5th Avenue's Mezzanine Space will be transformed into the ultimate beauty classroom. Guests James Vincent, Director of Artistry, The Powder Group and Michael DeVellis, Executive Director, The Powder Group and Editor On Makeup Magazine, will host a class dedicated to makeup experts and makeup artists, giving insider tips on fall trends and looks. This event is ideal for makeup artists, makeup junkies, and anyone wanting to take their skills to the next level!

Technique and trends for fall will be covered. Free to attend. RSVP required.

For registration contact: Lexie@KorresUSA.com




Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dinair Airbrush Workshops

Pro Workshop - Manhattan NY
August 24-25
Train with the world’s leading experts and the originators of beauty, high definition, camouflage, paramedical and daily wear airbrush makeup.

Dinair has taught hands-on Professional Airbrush Makeup training classes and workshops for over 15 years in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. You will Master the makeup skills needed to be a successful airbrush makeup artist, in a high definition world.

Dinair Professional Airbrush Makeup Artist Workshop
2 Day Advanced Airbrush Makeup Course
The professional workshop is the result of over 15 years of ongoing airbrush makeup training classes.
"We explain each technique. We demonstrate. You practice, and master, as we guide you.”

Learn Airbrush Foundation, cheek, eye shadow, eyeliner, eyebrows, eyebrow hairs and lips.
• Produce high definition quality makeup quickly, consistently and confidently.
• Helpful camouflage and paramedical techniques for face, body, scalp and hair.
• Stencil techniques and applications for beauty, medical aesthetics, fashion and fantasy.
• How to do your own Dinair makeup.and how to teach others to Dinair themselves.
• Airbrush Moisturizing and Sunscreen. Why we moisturize (over our makeup) after the makeup.

Specialties
• Dinair Beauty and Airtan System - color principles, artistic strategies and techniques.
• High Definition TV makeup that works
• Matte to sheen, blending and contour
• Opalescent and glitter effects
• Transparent to opaque and multi-shade micro-pointillism™ coverage method
• Cover, lighten or create freckles, age spots, birthmarks, veins, lines, wrinkles and bruises
• Stencil and application technique for eyebrows and eye shadows.
• Avant-garde makeup and stencil effects
• How to airbrush your own makeup
• Transparent to opaque and multi-shade micro-pointillism™ coverage method
• How to virtually eliminate touch-ups
• Cover and camouflage tattoos
• Easier, faster and coverage that feels extraordinarily light
• Men’s techniques for print, TV, film, and wedding
• Learn how to cut your own stencils
• 6 and 12 airbrush systems
• Operation and maintenance of Dinair systems, airbrushes, hoses, manifolds, CO2 tanks – hands-on training

Register Today!
Toll Free 800-785-4770

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Ultimate Beauty Challenge

Lookie-Loo what I've found for you!!

I got this info right from the yourbeautyindustry.com website. Those of you who are up for some fun and a challenge, go for it!!!


The Ultimate Beauty Challenge: Win $4,000!

UBCA Creative Hair & Makeup Competition where the best of the best will face off in the Ultimate Beauty Challenge.

Enter your team today for a chance to win $4,000!

Your Date: Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Your Location: The Liberty Hotel in Boston

Your Team: 1 Hair Stylist, 1 Makeup Artist, 1 Model and 1 Assistant

Your Challenge: To create the ultimate creative fantasy look...but there's a twist. Right before the competition starts we will reveal an item that you must use in your look. Judging will be based on overall appearance, creativity and your model's presentation. You are permitted to use ANYTHING to achieve your look (anything legal of course).

Your Prize: The Grand Prize Winning Team will be awarded $4,000.

SPACE IS LIMITED and the deadline to enter is August 21st, 2009.


Click on the title of this blog post to be taken directly to the "Your Beauty Industry" website for more details. $4k is nothing to sneeze at in this, or any, economy!! Good luck to you all:)

Need a Make Up Artist?!

Attention All Designers, Photographers, Models, Magazine Publications, Public Relation Firms, Agents, Brides, etc..(anyone needing a makeup artist really)

Do you have an upcoming photo shoot, fashion show, TV appearance, event, movie or anything of the like coming up? It may slip many people's mind that a make up artist is an essential part of the image that you will want to portray.

We've all seen the before and after images out there of Jane and John Doe or even well known celebrities?? Though some of them looked fine before makeup, ALL of them looked leaps and bounds better AFTER makeup. It's something that can be easily over looked and I'm here to help you STOP AND LOOK.

Granted, for most of your needs the makeup may not be the focal point. I mean if you're on the red carpet, you will most likely want people to notice your great shape in your beautiful clothes and jewelry. But if you're makeup isn't right, chances are you're going to end up on the cover of a tabloid as the joke of the week. We don't want that for you!!

There are so many talented makeup artists out there that it can be an overwhelming thought of trying to FIIIINNDDD one for your particular need. For this reason, I thought I'd bring to your attention this nifty little site called "The Powder Group".

This site is NOT only for makeup artists. I can see how you would think so but it's not. If you were to go to www.ThePowderGroup.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page you will see the following faded words:

About, Events, Artists, Services, Community, Blog, Press, Shop, Join, Contact.

Of these words, the one you will want to focus on is Artists. When you click on that word you will be taken to The Powder Group's list of Makeup Artists from across the GLOBE!! (Yes I did say GLOBE). Just think, if you happen to be shooting on location somewhere and either your makeup artist can't make it or its just not in the budget to bring them with you, you can refer to this page and find yourself a makeup artist in the area to shoot with.

What's MORE! You're not going into it blindly either! Simply click on the person's name on the list and be taken directly to their website. You will then be able to see samples of their work and decide if they're what you're looking for. You could then contact only the selected Make Up Artist that you've selected and avoid the awkwardness of having to tell someone you've gone another way. (lets face it that's an uncomfortable situation for all of us..lol)

So, click on the title of this blog post and bookmark it:) Be sure to pass it on!! Share the wealth of knowledge ya'll...

Smart Swipe For Online Shoppers


Sooooooo, I don't know about you but I'm definitely an online shopper. From stocking up on makeup that isn't sold locally, to paying for workshops, booking vacations, flights, hotels and anything else that Amazon might have cheaper than if I were to buy it in a store.

I've already been a victim of identity theft and so have other people I know. It's not a good feeling. It leaves you feeling violated. Not to mention it also leaves you cleaning up a mess someone else was good enough to leave for you.

Well, as I was surfing the internet in search of the next great thing to bring to my readers, I came across this handy dandy little doodad!! I believe it will definitely be a MUST HAVE in my household and should be in EVERY household that shops online. And with Christmas just a few months away, can you really afford NOT to protect your financial self? I'm thinking NO!

It's called the Smart Swipe. It is the worlds first truly secure personal credit card reader that keeps PC safe while shopping online.




Here is some information from their press release:

Regina, SK – July 14, 2009 – NetSecure Technologies is proud to offer US consumers the immediate availability of SmartSwipe, a personal credit card reader that keeps your credit card information and identity completely safe when you're shopping online.

Plug the SmartSwipe into your computer’s USB port, visit your favorite online stores, and swipe your credit card exactly like you would at a shop. SmartSwipe then scrambles and encrypts the user’s credit card data before it reaches the user’s computer or internet providing instant protection from malicious software attacks.


Traditional online securi
ty only protects your sensitive information once it has reached the internet, but not while it's sitting on your computer. Credit card companies, online retailers and security professionals spend millions every year to make the internet a safer place for credit card transactions. Despite these constant advances, credit card data is stolen every day due to the vulnerability of personal computers.

Hackers and thieves make a living taking your credit card data and personal information right from the desktop.
“Until now, there hasn’t been an affordable and effective solution for consumers to securely protect their credit card data while shopping online” said Daniel McCann, President of NetSecure Technologies. “Hackers have extremely sophisticated methods of circumventing traditional internet security to steal your personal information right from your computer. SmartSwipe facilitates transactions that leave no trace of credit card data, guaranteeing your information remains secure.”

SmartSwipe features simple plug and play installation and also eliminates the need to manually enter credit card information saving time while you shop online. The SmartSwipe works with nearly every major credit card and credit/debit card combination including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. System requirements include Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Internet Explorer 6 or higher. It also features a 90 day no-hassle return policy should you not be 100% satisfied.


The SmartSwipe is available now from SmartSwipe.ca with a MSRP of $99.95. For more inform
ation and a brief product demo video, please visit www.smartswipe.ca

About NetSecure NetSecure is dedicated to providing consumer-oriented, next-generation online payment solutions to break down the barriers that prevent consumers from fully embracing the online marketplace. At the leading edge of eCommerce solutions, NetSecure provides consumers with the very best in protection technology for online shopping. The flagship product, SmartSwipe, is the world’s first truly secure personal credit card reader.

Can you imagine a world where you don't have to worry every time you purchase something online?? That little padlock on the bottom of the screen doesn't always keep hackers from gaining access to your information. Before you know it, your credit score is in the pooper and you can't figure out why. You can't imagine someone got a hold of your information from when you bought that vase for your aunt off of the internet. However, this happens more often thanyou think.





So when you're signing up for these fantastical classes and workshops, adding to your growing brush collection, re-stocking your makeup or hair kit for your next big gig, or making your travel plans you can do so at ease, knowing your information is protected. It's just one less thing to have to worry about. I dunno about you, but I could use some peace of mind here and there:)

If you're in NYC, you can go directly to this retailer to pick up your SmartSwipe and start protecting yourself today:

RCSExperience
575 Madison Ave @56th street
New York, NY 10022
1-877-SHOP RCS
ESHOPS@RCS.NET

As usual, click on the title of this blog to be taken directly to their site and find the closest retailer to you...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Make Up 101- The Powder Group


Come one; come all to The Powder Group's upcoming Makeup 101 Class for next month!! Who could ask for anything more?? Michael DeVellis aaaaaaaannddd James Vincent?! I mean...come on!! It's just a fabulous time waiting to happen. Be a part of this and take an active step towards fulfilling your dreams!!

Join Michael DeVellis and James Vincent for Three Days that will take your career and confidence to new heights.

The Powder Group's most intensive and insightful event- MAKEUP 101!!!

Seats are available for August dates in NYC and Los Angeles!

New York City August 1-3 Make Up Forever Studio 8 East 12th Street, NYC
Los Angeles August 22-24 Naimie's Beauty Center 12640 Riverside Dr. Valley Village

All you need is a $250 deposit to reserve your space for any of our Makeup 101 events this summer!

Event Details
Makeup 101 covers essential industry, artist tools and makeup product information, in depth so you can be the strongest expert on your career that you can be! We will review:

  • Industry Terminology- From tear sheets to your CV to HD, what do the key terms used on a daily basis in the business of makeup artistry mean and how do they affect you?
  • Getting Started- How do you go from learning about makeup artistry to actively working in the business, from assisting up to keying a project
  • Testing- How do you go about getting the strongest pictures of your work to showcase your skills to potential clients. Where to find models, photographers- how to choose the photos to use
  • Marketing and promotion- using photos, websites, business cards and more to promote your business in the most efficient and cost effective ways
  • Your makeup kit- what goes into a strong and effective makeup kit? How do you edit your kit per job? What will you need to be sure to keep as a must have in your kit.
  • Brushes- Review the most important tool you will use as a makeup artist. Density, Shape, fiber type and cleaning your brushes are reviewed
  • Tools- What are the must have tools every makeup artist needs to keep in their kit, how do you use them and what should you keep around just in case
  • Hygiene- what do you need to know about keeping yourself , your tools, and your products in the best shape possible, and how do you maintain the cleanest, safest work environment and experience for your clients.
  • Working with a client- Understanding how to create the most memorable experience for your clients, understanding non-verbal communication and what questions to ask before you get started.
  • Color Theory- The absolute necessity for every makeup artist to understand when considering every aspect of their makeup artistry. Color correction, choosing and mixing foundation shades, deciding on color product choices- all revolve around this critical aspect of makeup artistry.
Of course we'll take you through the pro technique and tips that will make the difference between doing beautiful makeup and being a great makeup artist. From basics to makeup for editorial and photography, and a thorough review of Hi-def. This is an intense review of the most important areas of application that every artist needs to know.

Beauty Makeup Application Including:
  • Preparing the skin
  • understanding skin type
  • foundation matching and application
  • color correction
  • using texture
  • highlight and contour
  • concealer and camoflauge
  • brow shape and application
  • eye shape and size
  • eye color application
  • eye lining- powders, creams and liquids
  • lashes- curling, mascara, false lashes
  • bronzers and blush
  • lips- pencils and lip color application
  • shading and lips
Variations on Beauty Including:
  • Makeup for photography
  • working in editorial beauty and fashion
  • understanding hi-def and how it impacts every makeup artist
Event Rates
TPG Pro member can sign up for any Makeup 101 event for $790- a savings of $200!!
A regular price $990.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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16 Things Every Website Absolutely, Positively Needs To Know About Website Legal Compliance

The following article was taken directly from the site reference website. It was originally written by Chip Cooper. I read it and thought it would help some or all of you in your endeavours. It's really interesting and very eye opening.

Sooooo, proceed with an open mind, a pen and paper, and patience. Enjoy!!


I talk to a lot of owners of small websites -- entrepreneurs getting started with new businesses or re-doing existing sites on the Web -- and most of them have a profound lack of understanding regarding the scope of legal regulation they face.

What's worse, most don't have any idea of their exposure to legal liability.

Why Aren't Website Owners Aware of Website Legal Compliance Requirements?

I believe the lack of awareness and understanding is due to several factors:

* most small website owners don't have an Internet attorney; most don't even feel the need for one, and the ones who do, don't know how to find one they can trust;

* most website developers don't inform their clients of the need for website legal compliance;

* website regulation developed without fanfare; to date, there is no federal privacy statute of general application that would have been highly publicized at the time of passage;

* privacy and data security regulation has developed in piecemeal fashion in the form of state statutes (with California leading the way); federal jurisdiction was not created by any Internet-specific statute - the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) assumed jurisdiction for enforcement of privacy and data security violations by claiming jurisdiction (successfully) resulting from its authority to regulate false and misleading claims under Section 5 of the FTC Act; and

* despite press releases by the FTC regarding claims filed against websites, the message is just not getting through to entrepreneurs; for example, in the last 3 years, the FTC has settled with fourteen businesses over inadequate data security for personal information with substantial fines levied in some cases, and the FTC's aggressive enforcement has continued into 2009 with two new actions filed in the first two months of 2009.

So, given the factors listed above, it's understandable why most entrepreneurial website owners aren't aware of the need for website legal compliance. However, website owners won't be able to plead ignorance. The cliche you've heard before is true - "ignorance is no excuse".

16 High Risk Activities That Indicate The Need For Website Legal Compliance

There are certain website activities that are now very high risk - and indicate the need for legal compliance measures. They include:

* collection of any single element of personal information; for example, if you collect merely an email address for a sign-up form for product information, a newsletter, or a downloadable report, you have entered an area that is highly regulated - and which presents a very significant exposure to legal liability;

* collection of credit card information;

* failure to operate a secure server that stores personal information;

* failure to identify and assess internal and external risks to the security of personal information;

* failure to monitor the effectiveness of security of personal information and update security measures as indicated by changes in website operations;

* offering monthly subscription or membership payment models, or any payment scheme where payment is made over time after the delivery of the product or service;

* sharing of personal information with others for purposes of direct marketing;

* permitting third party service providers such as website maintenance and SEO service providers or hosting service providers to have access to the internals of your server;

* transmission of personal information outside the website's secure system or across public networks; Nevada and Massachusetts both have statutes regulating these activities;

* operation of a blog or forum that permits users to upload text or files;

* operating a website that targets children or at least by virtue of graphics, text, and products or services would be attractive to children under 13;

* serving third party cookies (e.g. Google Analytics);

* serving behavioral ads (e.g. Google's AdSense);

* appointment of online resellers or affiliates;

* use of a competitor's trademark in keyword-triggered ads; and

* "borrowing" someone else's privacy policy without detailed analysis of how it fits your own specific business and marketing practices.
Make Website Legal Compliance a Top Priority

If your website engages in any of the risk factors listed above, website legal compliance measures are required-- and compliance should become a top priority ASAP.

The legal liability for failure to comply can be significant. Leading Internet, IP and software lawyer Chip Cooper has automated the process of drafting website documents for small websites with his "My Legal Firewall" website documents drafting service.

Discover how quick, easy, and cost-effective it is to determine which legal compliance documents you need to draft them online, and claim your FREE special report, determine which legal documents your website really needs at http://digicontracts.com.

Monday, July 20, 2009

If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say.....

If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say.....

Let me start out by saying, I don't accept negativity. Personally, I feel that negativity is a depressant, a downer, a weakening and avoidable concept. I feel blue just thinking about it:( Boooo!

That being said, I'd like to also acknowledge the fact that I know there are MANY MANY people out there that will always see the glass as half empty. There will be more people out there that will tell you that you can't do something before they tell you that you can. Man it must suck being that miserable, seriously.

There will come a time in your life when you'll realize that even those that love you the most may spew negativity your way, not necessarily to hold you back but in an attempt to protect you from disappointment and pain. There will also be people who will counter you're achievements with downfalls. You will share your next idea and they will shoot it up with negativity holes. You will smile at the completion of the task you've just finished up, and they will suggest other things that could be done or tell you how you could have done it better. Don't you just looooove when people do that? ugh! Total parade rain-on-ers (ok it's not a word but still).

For these reasons, you will also have to determine who you will share your hopes, dreams and goals with. You'll have to teach yourself to keep things to yourself until you've done them and then, and only then, share them with select people. There will also be people that you will just have to let find out what you've done when word gets around.

Sometimes people just can't help themselves. They 'hate' on other people when they see their successes. They compare their accomplishments to yours and if they feel they somehow have come up short, they feel they have to bring you down with them.

I don't think I'll ever understand why people have to bring others down. Why people have to humiliate, degrade or otherwise knock down other people?? I won't even make an attempt at understanding the negative people, I'll simply say, that I don't and won't accept it.

In that same vein, I put together a little bit of "ammo" for those of you who's businesses are on the line. Being that some 'negativity' can hurt your business you should know what's what...

1. Slander- To defame
2. Defamation of Character- to disgrace, to harm the reputation of by libel or slander
3. Libel - a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression (1) : a statement or representation published without just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt (2) : defamation of a person by written or representational means (3) : the publication of blasphemous, treasonable, seditious, or obscene writings or pictures
4. Cease and Desist Order - an order from an administrative agency to refrain from a method of competition or a labor practice found by the agency to be unfair
5. Harassment - (1) : to annoy persistently (2) : to create an unpleasant or hostile situation for especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct
6. Copyright - : the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work
7. Insinuate - : to introduce (as an idea) gradually or in a subtle, indirect, or covert way
8. Suggest - : to mention or imply as a possibility
9. Rumor - 1: talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source2: a statement or report current without known authority for its truth.

Now, I don't want to sound like a doomsday cloud. I simply want to make you all aware that such people do exist. No reason to be paranoid. No reason to second guess your judgment. I say hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. It's really the only way you can be ready for anything.

If you're anything like me, when someone hates on you, you say "bring it". LOL.. Seriously.. I do.. But, still, there are some things that can't be "unsaid". There are some things that can affect your business negatively and this is when you need this arsenal of know-how to be able to assess the situation and react to it accordingly.

Not everyone can be as bubbily as those that know me know I am. I realize that when you're in business for yourself there is always a chance that things can go wrong.

Keep your chins up:) (that's not to say you have a double chin..LOL.. I'm just talking to more than one of you..LOL). Smile at people you see (what can it hurt really?lol), make eye contact, and be the best you that you can be!! Who's gonna advertise your business and your personality better than you? In fact, positivity, humility, hard work, dedication and a solid work ethic will get you the job over the next person every time.

16 Things Every Absolutely, Positively Needs To Know About Website Legal Compliance

The following article was taken directly from the site reference website. It was originally written by Chip Cooper. I read it and thought it would help some or all of you in your endeavours. It's really interesting and very eye opening.

Sooooo, proceed with an open mind, a pen and paper, and patience. Enjoy!!



I talk to a lot of owners of small websites -- entrepreneurs getting started with new businesses or re-doing existing sites on the Web -- and most of them have a profound lack of understanding regarding the scope of legal regulation they face.

What's worse, most don't have any idea of their exposure to legal liability.

Why Aren't Website Owners Aware of Website Legal Compliance Requirements?

I believe the lack of awareness and understanding is due to several factors:

* most small website owners don't have an Internet attorney; most don't even feel the need for one, and the ones who do, don't know how to find one they can trust;

* most website developers don't inform their clients of the need for website legal compliance;

* website regulation developed without fanfare; to date, there is no federal privacy statute of general application that would have been highly publicized at the time of passage;

* privacy and data security regulation has developed in piecemeal fashion in the form of state statutes (with California leading the way); federal jurisdiction was not created by any Internet-specific statute - the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) assumed jurisdiction for enforcement of privacy and data security violations by claiming jurisdiction (successfully) resulting from its authority to regulate false and misleading claims under Section 5 of the FTC Act; and

* despite press releases by the FTC regarding claims filed against websites, the message is just not getting through to entrepreneurs; for example, in the last 3 years, the FTC has settled with fourteen businesses over inadequate data security for personal information with substantial fines levied in some cases, and the FTC's aggressive enforcement has continued into 2009 with two new actions filed in the first two months of 2009.

So, given the factors listed above, it's understandable why most entrepreneurial website owners aren't aware of the need for website legal compliance. However, website owners won't be able to plead ignorance. The cliche you've heard before is true - "ignorance is no excuse".

16 High Risk Activities That Indicate The Need For Website Legal Compliance

There are certain website activities that are now very high risk - and indicate the need for legal compliance measures. They include:

* collection of any single element of personal information; for example, if you collect merely an email address for a sign-up form for product information, a newsletter, or a downloadable report, you have entered an area that is highly regulated - and which presents a very significant exposure to legal liability;

* collection of credit card information;

* failure to operate a secure server that stores personal information;

* failure to identify and assess internal and external risks to the security of personal information;

* failure to monitor the effectiveness of security of personal information and update security measures as indicated by changes in website operations;

* offering monthly subscription or membership payment models, or any payment scheme where payment is made over time after the delivery of the product or service;

* sharing of personal information with others for purposes of direct marketing;

* permitting third party service providers such as website maintenance and SEO service providers or hosting service providers to have access to the internals of your server;

* transmission of personal information outside the website's secure system or across public networks; Nevada and Massachusetts both have statutes regulating these activities;

* operation of a blog or forum that permits users to upload text or files;

* operating a website that targets children or at least by virtue of graphics, text, and products or services would be attractive to children under 13;

* serving third party cookies (e.g. Google Analytics);

* serving behavioral ads (e.g. Google's AdSense);

* appointment of online resellers or affiliates;

* use of a competitor's trademark in keyword-triggered ads; and

* "borrowing" someone else's privacy policy without detailed analysis of how it fits your own specific business and marketing practices.
Make Website Legal Compliance a Top Priority

If your website engages in any of the risk factors listed above, website legal compliance measures are required-- and compliance should become a top priority ASAP.


The legal liability for failure to comply can be significant.
Leading Internet, IP and software lawyer Chip Cooper has automated the process of drafting website documents for small websites with his "My Legal Firewall" website documents drafting service.

Discover how quick, easy, and cost-effective it is to determine which legal compliance documents you need to draft them online, and claim your FREE special report, determine which legal documents your website really needs at http://digicontracts.com.