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NARS Cosmetics- Product Review from Makeup In The 702

August 21, 2015
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We love new stuff here at Makeup In The 702 so when we were asked to take the new Audacious mascara from NARS Cosmetics for a spin we gladly accepted the invitation.

We put the new Audacious mascara  to the test over a 2 week period of time, typically during a 15 hour work day in the extreme Las Vegas temperatures.

Our findings!  We found the handle to be extremely lightweight and easy to get up close and personal with the lash line. Simply wiggling the wand back and forth for the first coat and then and upward motion for the second coat. The product itself dried quickly which was important to us so the tips of the lashes did not place mascara on the lid we just put eye-shadow on!

The end result- this mascara did in fact make good on it’s claims. It was lightweight and long-wearing.  Still in the testing phase is just how long the product stays fresh day to day and how long it will be before we need to replace the tube. We’ll keep you posted on those results.

About NARS Cosmetics

NARS-Audacious-Mascara-6-700x525NARS Cosmetics is a Shiseido-owned cosmetics and skin care company founded by François Nars, make-up artist and photographer. The cosmetics line began with twelve lipsticks sold at Barneys New York.

We are so lucky to have a NARS Pro store at the Forum Shops here in Las Vegas. And even more lucky to have PRO products not sold in department stores at our fingertips. As an artist we continue to educate ourselves and test products before adding them to our arsenal of products in our kits. This month NARS launched a new mascara- Audacious. Personally and professionally I feel mascara is one of the keys to a long lasting look. We all need our mascara to not smudge under eye, glide on to the lashes effortlessly and of course not flake.

Company Claim:

Picture1Intensity for the making. Control for the taking. From instant definition to blindsiding impact, every layer multiplies. Amplifies. Mesmerizes.

Designed with over 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks, NARS’ lash-catching brush evenly grips and coats lashes from roots to tips. Simultaneously separates, lengthens, and amplifies. Its tapered tip finishes off the inner and outer reaches of your imagination, while enhancing lower lashes.
An extraordinary balance of suppleness with staying power, this uniquely fluid first-to-market formula offers extreme build-ability. Lightweight. Long-wearing.

Don’t forget this weekend is the Bridal Spectacular. August 21 & 22nd as Cashman Center stop by and see us in booth #533!

 

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Makeup In The 702 Product Review

June 26, 2015
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Welcome to the first week of Summer in Las Vegas! Temps soar up to 120 in the direct sun and stay a balmy cool 105 in the shade. Low overnight temps typically don’t fall below 80, so what’s a makeup artist to do??? Search high and low for the worlds best waterproof and heat resistant products. After all we guarantee 15 hour water and transfer resistant makeup.

mac-waterproof-pro-longwear-foundation-3-e1427142890244A few months ago my friends over at Mac Pro Forum Shops hinted me up on a HUGE product launch and boy they were not kidding!  So generous that gave me the MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation Collection to try. Of course MAC is a name I trust whole heartily, but to try this out on a client for the first time on her wedding day- not gonna happen!

Calling all friends and family- come sit in my chair and let me try this out….. (I’m very fortunate to have friends and family that will let me test out and demo products.)

The Key claims and benefits for MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation are:

  • MAC-Prolongwear-Nourishing-Waterproof-FoundationWater-resistant
  • Transfer-resistant
  • Long-wearing, 24 hours
  • Provides instant and long-term hydration
  • Oil-free
  • Provides stay-true colour
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • For all skin types

That being said we put it to the test in the HOT Las Vegas desert and after testing this new product out on a handful of volunteers my findings were as I suspected ….  sure enough MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation is a wedding worthy product 61f0a0e5fb9f3eb781475e7c02861708to add to add to our ever growing kit/arsenal. With 16 blendable shades an artist can cover any imperfection or skin type and of course the multipurpose use of foundation and concealer is always a winner in my book.

Pro Long Wear Water Proof Nourishing Foundation is a tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 24 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

This foundation goes above and beyond it’s claims and benefits lasting on wards of 48+ hours. Again, don’t try this at home kids…. it was just for testing purposes. Please wash your face every evening.

I give MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation the Makeup in the 702 seal of approval!

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Water Proof Foundation in action!  Photos courtesy of Myrna Loy Photography.

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Las Vegas Photography “Shoot Out”

June 19, 2015
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When you pause to think about how technology has changed our world in just the last twenty years you probably wouldn’t think that it has affected hair and makeup artistry much but you would be surprised.

As a makeup artist I’ve always tried to maintain my education and stay updated with products, tools, training, and techniques. However, over the past 20 years technology in the actual camera has changed tremendously. The days of “pancake makeup” and 35 millimeter cameras and darkroom are almost obsolete.   So how does an old dog learn new tricks and stay current?  Join the national ordination of PUG. PUG stands for Pictage Users Group and the Las Vegas Chapter was spear headed by the lovely Chelsea Nicole of Chelsea Nicole photography.

This group of professional photographers, now 150+ has so graciously allowed me, a makeup artist, to join their group so I can learn right along side with them.

The organization hosts a monthly meeting with its members that is over 150 strong where they discuss the latest photography and business topics, host guest speakers, and just have fun.  I absolutely love that this group of men and women are so open to sharing and educating each other to elevate the level of work produced here in Las Vegas.

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Each year PUG holds a “shoot out” where Chelsea Nicole organizes a theme, location and of course style along with education for photographers. This year the shoot out was hosted by Alt f studios, John Michael cooper, Dalisa Cooper, and Chris Purdum of Orange Soda Photo.  Different lighting workstations were set up for the photographers to utilize learning the best lighting techniques for both indoors and out.   Makeup in the 702 was asked to join the learning experience to incorporate the hair and makeup for the models in the different lighting stations.

I asked john Michael cooper of Alt f photography why he gives so much to the organization and his words were “if I help others and give them an education I give them an inspiration to become better and continue to make Las Vegas a sought after photography market”. Wow john wow!!!

I could go on and on and on about how truly AMAZING this group of professional is and how being a member has helped Makeup In The 702 remain an industry leader here in Las Vegas….  but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words!  So please take a moment to browse the galleries below and enjoy the best of the best photos from the workshop all submitted by Chelsea Nicole herself!

Brilliant Imagery

Chelsea Nicole Photography

KMH Photography

Joey Allen Photography

Bubble Gum Photography

Lorenz Foto

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Divine Envy Photography

Kristen Joy Photography

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May 2015 Sin City Woman of Business-Megan Payne

May 1, 2015
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Makeup In the 702 Owner Megan Payne was selected as the May 2015 Sin City Presents Magazine Woman of Business!

About Sin City Presents Magazine

“Sin” City Presents” Magazine delivers the back-beat of Las Vegas! There’s something for everyone! Sin City Presents, your brand, your event, your cause… Sin City Presents… YOU! Entertainment, Business & Community! “Sin” City Presents” brings you news from the back-beat of the Las Vegas Community. Featured articles include industry news from the local music and entertainment scene, leading local industries, business and causes in SIN City. A publication for you and about you.

A note from the Sin City Presents Magazine Editor, Genie Forkner.
Each month we select a shining example of women in business in our community. These women represent the epitome of professionalism and integrity in their respective industries.
Don’t forget to subscribe to Sin City Presents Magazine! It’s FREE!

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Taking Care Of The Skin You’re In…

February 20, 2015
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meganAs a veteran makeup artist, I’ll make one statement loud and clear- GOOD SKIN AND GOOD COLOR GO HAND IN HAND. Again, good skin and good color go hand in hand. When a client has her best skin forward the end result of makeup can be so much more. Let me explain.

Take a look at the wall next to you. See its texture? I can paint the wall aka your face, any color. Blue, purple, yellow- it doesn’t matter- the texture of the wall aka your face will still come through the makeup. In order for the “paint” to be smooth, we must change the texture of that wall. Huh???

Okay so now, you are probably asking yourself how do I do that, Why can’t the makeup do that?

Well for starters makeup is not a miracle.  No kidding you say.  But skincare and good practices can make the difference immediately and over time truly change your programmed cells to become stronger, less hyper pigmented and of course get those smooth, if you will “sanded” surface.  It’s never too late or too early to start and continue a consistent skin care routine.  No matter the age, you can always improve your skin through the use of products.  Now remember to keep in mind there is not an instant miracle in a jar. Results are cumulative.  Your results will depend on the time you invest in taking care of the skin you’re in.  To get you started on the path to good skin care I thought I would share a few of my favorite things with you today.  These are 3 luxurious useful items that I personally use daily.

Shiseido UlitmuneThe autoimmune protects and prevents!

Like your body, your skin has an immune system that functions less efficiently with time, environmental exposure and stress. Ultimune helps boost skin’s multi-defensive powers while helping to strengthen its resistance to day-to-day damage and signs of aging. Over time, skin looks smoother and more resilient, making wrinkles less noticeable as your complexion begins to glow.

• Shiseido’s exclusive Ultimune Complex* is formulated with a unique blend of Bulgarian Rose Water, Aqua In Pool and Yeast to protect, strengthen, and maintain healthy looking skin.
• Formulated with a unique botanical power blend with Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Shiso and Thyme.
• For women of all skin types and all ages.
• In 4 weeks: firmness and resilience are improved, making wrinkles less visible.
• To use: Apply two pumps morning and evening after cleansing and balancing skin. Apply Ultimune before using targeted serums.

Shiseido White LucentNext, I use Shiseido’s  “White Lucent All Day Brightener”, The ultimate brightening solution for even-toned skin with perfect radiance,  Shiseido’s  “White Lucent All Day Brightener” diminishes the appearance of dark spots and hyper pigmentation.   The brightener helps repair the damage that I’ve already done and helps keep my skin stay youthful.
This brightening serum combines Shiseido’s advanced brightening technologies to achieve ultimately bright skin. Shiseido’s exclusive new complex, ProBright 4MRtm, has been developed based on the latest research for a superior combined effect* of overall brightening, and flawless, perfectly radiant skin.
The light, dewy texture absorbs quickly from the skin surface to deep within**.

Shiseido Ulitmate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+Lastly sunscreen, I know, I know you know this already….Sun protection is essential!  We tend to forget that we need this year round in this brutal desert climate we live in.  Sunscreen doesn’t just protect from the harmful rays- it’s protecting your skin from the environment and all the yucky things floating around in the air.   I’m an active Mom just like many of you and “Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Cream” keeps up with me all day!   Swim, play, and enjoy the outdoors, knowing your sunscreen loves water as much as you do. Providing powerful protection for your skin, this innovative protective veil actually becomes even more effective when it comes into contact* with water. Discover powerful sun protection for the face in a nourishing, water-resistant cream that is comfortable and gentle on the skin without any sticky texture or white residue.

• Broad spectrum UV protection helps reduce the appearance of photo-aging with exclusive SuperVeil-UV 360™ technology.
• Formulated with WetForce technology, which reacts positively to water on contact*, activating additional strength within the protective veil.*
*Compared before and after soaking in water for 30 minutes. Be sure to reapply product immediately after water activity such as swimming or after toweling drying skin.

So there you go!  A few of my favorite things now what?  The reality, sure you go out you buy these products but how will you know if they work?  The answer simply is just use them!

 

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