Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gift Ideas for You:)

As the holiday's fast approach, some of you might be at a loss for what you should give different folks on your list:)

So, to give you a li'l help, here are some gift ideas that you can run right out and wrap with a bow!!




For men or women!! Xbox 360 is good times and high fives just WAITING to happen!!




It's entirely too cold out to not have cozy somethings to lounge around in!! These can be found at GAP!!




Nuff said ya'll:) Who wouldn't want a gift card to Starbucks so they can get their own peppermint soy latte something or other.. (Yeah I don't drink coffee so I'm at a loss, but HOT CHOCOLATE is also sold here:) )



All year long, we do our best to be the best "us" we can be. Now, after all of that Christmas shopping, family gatherings, shoveling and all around "stress", who couldn't use a massage. How bout a day at the spa?? Too much? How about an hour?
SIGN ME UP!! WOO HOO!!





Ok this li'l do-dad is on MY Christmas list in PURPLE!! Yah baby! It's the Jawbone Prime in the "ear candy" line! Sooo super-dee-duper sexy and a rediculous noise assasination capeability!!





Now these are kind of pricey for me right now, but one day I too will own one of these beauties. I spend HOURS at Barnes and Noble/Borders reading, and spend so much on books. If only I had one of these bad boys to allow me to bring my magazines, newspapers, books and work with me in one little tablet? aahhhh.... simplification is key:) Holler @ the Kindle!!!





I'm fortunate enough to be the proud parent of a Palm Pre. I lalaloove my phone and don't know what I ever did without it. I DON'T however have a Palm Stone and I have to say.. I NEED IT!!
So this too is on my list:)






Size does matter!! So whether it's the new Macbook Pro or the small little Netbooks, there's one size for all. It's never been easier to tote around your computer from place to place and stay connected with the cyber world.


Hottest new Kodak video camera!! yup.. Bing it, Google it, learn about it, love it!!



IPod touch!! Nuff said.




Digital cameara for the ages:) Look at how sleek and sexy they are?! Can you STAND it?!



If the Ipod isn't quite your steez, why not try a Zune player?! "Music, makes the people, come together" .... LOL





No one ever gets tired of candles!! They can be found ANYWHERE for a wide range of prices:)



VCR? What? DVD Player.. ok.. but BLU RAY?! This is where it's AT!! Make no mistake, blu ray is FIYAH!!




For makeup artists, makeup junkies, makeup users.. they'll all appreciate these hygenic little wonders created by Roque Cozzette. They're just WAITING to help clean up your world!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The CW is casting now!!

Apply now to be on the network that brings you Melrose Place, Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and 90210

The CW is Casting a new Series!

The CW network is looking for career-focused, professional women between the ages of 18-28 who are grappling with a bad habit.

Do YOU have a secret that is making your life unbearable?

Do you feel like you’re leading a double-life?

Polished on the outside, out of control on the inside?

Do you get a rush by dating more than one person at a time or have a problem with maintaining a relationship with one person?

Do you have a PASSION for FASHION that has actually put you in major debt? Are these financial pressures closing in on your seemingly perfect professional life?

Does your anxiety overwhelm you to the point that you have no choice but to self-injure yourself? Is your out-of-control attitude slowly pushing away the people you love?

If you have a deep dark secret habit that you just can’t kick despite your best efforts you should get in touch with us. For more information about this series and the producers please visit our casting website (viewable when you click to apply).

Location: All states, United States

Payment details: no pay

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Visit www.starnow.com and create your profile!!!

On the real.. this is probably something that you really don't wanna miss out on! xo

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Evalyn






It seems that every one now adays is going green, vegan and au natural. One thing that you'll find many an article telling you is to verify that the products you're purchasing that promise such a claim.
In this same vein, I'd like to talk about a product line that I discovered while at the IMATS Toronto. It's called Evalyn. This product line was intriguing and as I spoke to one of the presenters I found it seems to really be all about the natural.

Evalyn is a product line that dates back to the Tang Dynasty of ancient China. Here's a little info taken directly from their website:

"Herbalists had discovered the orchid’s abilities to replenish itself, improve skin texture, and boost radiance, and developed an all-herbal formula only offered to the imperial family to help maintain their youthfulness.

This was highly adored by many empresses including the only female monarch in China Empress Wu, and daughter Princess TaiPing.

Combining traditional practice, culture, and modern innovation, Evalyn is about the strict practice of using absolutely no preservatives, no chemical additives, nor any fragrance to promote a healthy and natural choice"







Their presentation was as clean, their demeanor tranquil and their product line, flawless. Dr.Hu is a world renowned herbalist, acupuncture, professor and researcher.
His bio reads as follows:

"Dr. Hu specialized in neuroscience and endocrine; then later mastered pharmacology and life science at SRI. During his first 10 years of neuroscience research, he was fascinated by how closely it is related to the Chinese practice of acupuncture, in which he began extensive research studies.

Dr. Hu is also a famous TV and radio show host of "Understanding Chinese Medicine," which gains a global audience. He has found that many viewers - both men and women - share the same interest in staying healthy and having beautiful skin. He then began developing Evalyn's herbal formula to offer a solution to healthy-looking skin."








The scent of this gentle formula is that of Orchid; a fragrance that is known to have calming properties. The Orchid itself is known to give energy and has the ability to replenish itself, has purifying and brightening properties as well. This skincare line has no preservatives, chemicals or fragrance. It was sought after by ancient Chinese Empresses because of it's wonderful scent.

The cleanser acts as both a cleanser and exfoliator. Talk about cutting down on your skin regimine time!! And if you leave it on longer than 5 minutes, it acts as a MASK!! Dare I ask it to multitask even MORE?! Yowza!!

Because it's a non-lathering powder (just add water to activate it), it doesn't have a need for any preservatives. Its claims to being all natural, are in face, true! Huh.. go figure.

This product can be used on all skin types and will definitely calm your skin into submission. You will see a radiant glow shine through that you're not likely to find anywhere else.

This product is available in two different ways. You can purchase the 7 day clear skin challenge for $9 CAD + tax (and even fit nicely into those stockings) or you can go with the larger Evalyn Orchid Nourish that runs you $32 CAD + tax.

You really have to try it to understand what I'm saying so if you're scetchy, take the 7 day challenge and see for yourself:) Personally, I tried it there at the show and could tell the difference right away.

This holiday season, give the gift of clean, naturally clean skin:)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Roque Cozzette




Roque Cozzette of Kett Cosmetics

By Cristina Rivera

As I approached the Kett Cosmetics booth at the Toronto IMATS I could see the sea of people hovering. I made my way over to see Sheila hard at work speaking to attendees and demonstrating product. I looked over and saw Roque by the counter behind him speaking to a fellow exhibitor. He turned to me and I smiled. He smiled and said “I recognize youuuuuu, it’s so nice to finally meet you” as he opened his arms for a great big hug.

I introduced myself to him and made small talk. He sat down and gave me his full attention. We talked about where we’re staying, how the trip was etc…Soon there after we got into the nitty gritty. He took time to speak with me and answer some questions.

Let me start by saying, Roque Cozzette is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met EVER! His sincerity, sweetness and passion for what he does shines through with every word he utters. His insight into the cosmetics world is unique, as he is both an aesthetician and cosmetologist in addition to being a makeup artist.

As we began talking about Kett, he filled me in on the “how it all started”. Turns out in 1999 Roque and Sheila were aware that we were scheduled to go to hi-def TV in 2006 (the original date) and they decided to try to figure out what they could do to keep up with the times and use makeup that works on hi-def TV. They tried many different types of makeup only to find that it just wasn’t up to par. So Kett Cosmetics was developed by default.

Here’s some info taken directly from their website:

"Kett Cosmetics was founded in 2000 by innovative makeup artist and educator, Sheila McKenna. Award winning film and television producer, Doug McAward was quickly brought on board for the essential technical support of HD equipment and New Business Development.

Kett Cosmetics was produced in the lab and tested in the studio in front of high-definition and digital cameras. The Kett Jett System is the only system developed in tandem by both a makeup artist and an HDTV producer designed to satisfy the demanding needs required by talent, makeup artists and producers working with this new technology.

The Kett journey would soon involve makeup artist and confidant Roque Cozzette who shared the same passion about the availability of inspirational products on the market. Roque joined the Kett team for its launch as the Director of Makeup in June 2003; facilitating educational programs and assisting in the integral development of Kett.

With years of experience between the three of them in the fields of television, print, runway and education, Sheila McKenna, Doug McAward and Roque Cozzette are bridging the gaps between producers, makeup artists and airbrush enthusiasts with airbrush makeup awareness.

Kett provides full technical support and training for all professional makeup artists, television stations, schools, retail establishments and prestige boutiques."

Now, being that Roque is the Director of Makeup at Kett cosmetics he works on both the development of their products and the marketing. He is also the one who handles the educational curriculum and travels globally presenting airbrush seminars.

His talent has graced the faces of Heather Graham, Lil Mama, Jaslene Gonzales and Christina Milian. He has also worked on fashion shows such as Christian Dior, Valentino, Y3, Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto, Victoria’s Secret, Prada and Boudiacca. A moment of silence please..LOL.

The difference between their makeup and other makeup lines is that their line is moveable. You’re not going to get an artificial “mask” when you’re wearing Kett Cosmetics. It’s an all inclusive line (color theory) so you can create your own custom colors when necessary. The finishing powders are micronized so they feel like silk. When I touched it, it truly disappeared into my skin creating a flawless finish. Covering a tattoo is easy with Kett as there are no visible layers of makeup to try to conceal. Let me just say, I’ve worked with other lines that promise this and found it to be untrue..With THIS LINE… absolutely true. Tried it myself:)

Now a question I had for Roque was about how his makeup holds up to oily/problem skin. Being that I still struggle with breakouts and my skin is very oily, this was a kind of personal question though, I have many readers who have emailed me for information on this very issue. His answer, “Try the cream foundation”. Their cream foundations have a wax base (not bees wax), vitamins A, C and E which are antioxidants and liquorice root extract which has a low level block for UV rays (though it’s not to replace sun block) and helps hyper pigmentation. He was sweet enough to gift me a full sized cream foundation pot and a setting powder for me to try and report back to him.

Roque was very excited to share with me his new line of makeup brushes and vessels. Named simply “Cozzette”, Roque has such passion for his new creations. Though for his brushes, there are just two available for now, he’s ok with that. As long as it’s done to his standards he will wait as long as necessary. Putting his name on something is what motivates him to be hard on himself and work diligently to make sure the outcome is 100% Roque.


The bristles on these brushes are all synthetic though you wouldn’t be able to tell when touching them. He showed me his powder brush prototype and the bristles on it felt like squirrel. It was soo soft to the touch I had to ask him again if he was serious or kidding about the brush being synthetic. He smiled and nodded. He’s created a vegan brush line.

The foundation brush he gifted me as well as the concealer brush were also quite unique. His foundation brush is a slanted brush with plenty of bristles to get large areas of the face done at once and easily get under the eyes, the edges of the nose and other hard to reach areas. The concealer brush is cylindicular in order to be able to use it for more than just one thing. Using the point of the brush allows you to use minimal product and conceal smaller areas, while with a little bit more pressure you can smooth under the eyes & in the inner corners of the eyes. The handles are the best part! LOL… well, they’re a brilliant shade of purple! Coming from Roque’s spirituality, he chose this color because it signifies peace. The name for this peaceful line of makeup brushes is called “The Divinity Collection”. I came home with one of each of these fantabulous brushes. Thank you Rooooqquueeee :)

Roque doesn’t just stop there however. He’s created a line of containers to ensure hygiene for all of your makeup tools. They’re multitasking so with the larger vessels, they hold all your brushes and the top will hold the brush cleaner so you can clean your brushes before storing them. It is after all, all about the hygiene. The smaller containers can hold anything from your Q-tips to scrapers. They’re made of PVC and are flexible so they’re resilient and crush proof. No more cracking containers or disheveled brushes when taking a plane trip somewhere. You’re tools will now arrive in the same condition as they were when you packed them. I was lucky enough to be blessed with one of each of these vessels as well. He’s just too good to me:)

There are many different cosmetic lines out there, many airbrush compressors, finishing powders , brushes and different places to learn about all of it, but when I asked Roque what was the inspiration/motivation behind his new line, his answer was simple and heartfelt “It’s not about the money, it’s about Integrity”. Roque is a very spiritual person. In his words “Intention + Creation = Experience” and he strives to create an experience for his students and his clients alike.

To learn more about Roque’s new collection or Kett Cosmetics visit: www.KettCosmetics.com or www.RoqueCozzette.com

Friday, December 4, 2009

Look What I Found!!!!

Ok, so as I was perusing through different websites for tools and supplies to add to my stash, I came across the cutest li'l dodads and I thought I'd share with all of you just in case you had no idea they existed or where to find them.

Lipstamp Kit for Lips


The Lip Stamp is a great tool for applying lipstick in the perfect shape for you. There are 10 different shapes of stamps to choose from. The kit includes one Lipstamp tool, five playing cards with 10 different lip shapes.

Just pick your favorite Lip Stamp shape, apply your favorite lipstick and stamp on perfect lips!

An Alcone exclusive. As seen in the New York Post.


Lip Chic Lipstick Sealer

A 100% botanical formula creates an invisible totally flexible protective coating that turns any creamy, matte, or long lasting lipstick into smudge-proof, eat-proof, totally kiss-proof, perfect looking color that lasts all day.


Traveling Makeup Station





The portable makeup station is available for rent or purchase. It is a handy durable case that contains makeup mirrors with lights. It is essential when working in poor light or where space is an issue.

The makeup compartment tops flip open to hold brushes and smaller items.

Call us at 800-466-7446 to discuss renting.

Dimensions for case on wheels: 21.5" H x 24.5" W x 10.5" Deep

Dimensions for case without wheels: 19.5"H x 25.25" W x11.5 Deep



Japonesque MT-052 Brow Groomer Scissor
Pro Scissor & Comb Lifts & Trims Brows

The JAPONESQUE® Brow Groomer is the professional choice for perfect brows. The Groomer functions as both a brow trimmer and cutting shears. With the comb in place the brows can be combed upward and trimmed with the opposing scissor edge. Without the comb, the exposed blade and scissor edge act as a precise cutting tool. Custom crafted with easy-to-hold rubber grips and a handle that ensures amazing accuracy, this unique Groomer lifts and trims brows in one easy sweep.

And with this I say..... "Dear Santa......"

Adore Your Beauty Night with Sam Fine!



Ok, so don't you all jump at once... Ok, ok, JUMP!! LOL.. Here's an opportunity that you DON'T wanna miss out on! I'm talking about Mr.Sam Fine's class at Dex Studios. Yuh-huh!!

With the recent release of his DVD "Fine:The Basics of Beauty", Sam has been a busy bee. This is not to say that he's not normally busy, but he's definitely jam packed his calendar in order to come together with makeup artists and share his unparalleled talent.

When, prey tell, you ask? Why at Dex Studios in NYC of course:)
December 10th from 6:30-8:30 @ 244 West 30th street




For the bargain price of $65.00 per person you will receive:
  • A cosmetic demonstration
  • Autographed copy of "Fine: The Basics of Beauty" DVD
  • $25 towards makeup purchased @ DEX NY
  • Gift Bag
  • Cocktails
Click here to be taken directly to the registration site.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just my Two Cents





Just filling you in on my review of the hotel I stayed at in Toronto

The King West Hotel and Residence.



The trip to Toronto was not a difficult one. The thought of stepping foot in another country gave me goose bumps. I don’t travel outside of the US much so every chance I get to is quite the “Moment” for me. Yes I know it’s more than a moment, but you get the idea.

The train ride was a long one (at least it felt long with all the stops). Business class was nice, but the seats were definitely more comfortable in Coach. LOL… I sat there first and was then told that business class was in another area of the train. So up and walking I went and got to business class only to find that the seats were made of tough hard leather and were not very comfortable on my back side. Not to mention that its soo much smaller than coach and everyone wants a window seat (yep I haaave to have a window seat) that everyone scrambles to get to one. Ugh. I hope it’s really empty when I’m headed home.

Anywho, when I got to Toronto, the train station was REDICULOUS!! It was soo big it felt like an international airport. I reached the top and exited the big brass doors into the city. I was happy to see that it looked just like Manhattan ;) I wasn’t sure what to expect so being greeted with a place that looked so much like what I’m used to seeing was nice. It definitely made things less scary.

Luckily the taxis were lined up right outside of the train station. I was at my hotel in 5 minutes. (Oh and FYI, if you give a Canadian cab driver American money, he doesn’t give you the proper change). He gives you what it would have cost in Canada, and THIS particular cabbie, took it upon himself to keep a tip and give me change from THAT. Never mind leaving it to me as to how much he would get. Ugh... the nerve!

Anyway, the hotel was soooo beautiful. I stayed at the King West Hotel and Residence in Toronto. It’s where the IMATS (International Make-up Artist Trade Show) had acquired discounts for attendees and exhibitors. Honestly they couldn’t have picked a nicer hotel. The photos on the internet just don’t do it justice. The Ferrari’s and Mercedes in the parking area were just a hint of what I was to find inside.

The glass and brass doors opened on their own to welcome me into the expansive lobby. The marble floors and gleaming accents sparkled almost as much as the tall Christmas tree in the center of the room. The small bar in the corner catered to people who all seemed to know each other for ages.

The guest services desk representatives were ready and eager to help with check in and all questions those checking in might have had. A smile on each of their faces as they explained the keys, breakfast and amenities offered. I checked in and made my way to my room. When I walked in, it was EXACTLY as the picture on the internet had depicted except cozier. The far bay window area housed a desk with a lamp and a view of the city that just took my breath away. The kitchenette came equipped with a fridge/freezer, sink, stove, coffee maker, toaster, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, plastic storage containers and a microwave! WHAT?! Iiiiiiiii know!

The bathroom came with a large tub and separate shower. The vanity held all my bathroom essentials and even had storage room in drawers and cabinets. One of the room closets was filled with shelves that served as a home for my boots and sneakers, hairdryer, straightener and curling iron. The closet/dresser/TV area was mirrored and nestled into the far wall of the room directly across from the bed. The bed was a plush, queen sized serenity set with a down comforter, 4 pillows (two Queen and two standard) of different density (two firm and two medium). The leather studded headboard reached to the ceiling against a calming brownish/green wall. Doncha just see it in your head?

The green studded chair and ottoman placed in front of the bed was conveniently located near the full wall window for natural light illumination but also had a hovering lamp to the right accompanied by a small coffee table. Being that I’m not a coffee drinker, that table quickly turned into my computer table. Hey, girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. The only drawback with this window is that it wasn’t sealed (or closed all the way) and I could hear all the noise from the street.

The concierge was always soo helpful and seemed to be in such a good mood all the time. Since I got to this hotel around 8ish I was determined to unpack, stay in, order room service and relax. After all, I had to be up early for the IMATS show. Room service was unbelievable! The steak sandwich and fries I had were the BEST things I have eaten in a long time. Rightfully so as they charge you not only for the meal but also a 15% gratuity and a $5.00 delivery charge. A DELIVERY CHARGE!! We’ll leave that alone since I’m sure my all caps exclamation makes it pretty obvious how I feel about THAT!

The only thing that ticked me off about this hotel was the fact that they put a huge hold ($100 per day) on my credit card on top of the hold for the total fee of the room/taxes. It was a hold that they did NOT tell me about. I was soo ticked off because I was so careful when I booked the room and this was not disclosed to me. When I spoke to the supervisor he advised me this is their practice. They do this to reserve money for “incidentals”. After expressing my feeling about that and the fact that it was never told to me when I reserved the room I was left right where I started. I got no where. So this is something that I would definitely say is a strike, but honestly it’s the ONLY strike.

So, if I ever venture to Toronto again (and I’m sure I will) THIS will be the hotel I stay at. It was just too cozy for words. It was truly a home away from home. Enjoy the photos!