Friday, January 2, 2015

MAC Technique: Create Your Own Influential Look With Techniques Featured On Your Favorite Celebrities

Last month I had the opportunity to attend a M.A.C Technique Class at M.A.C Dillard's located in North Olmstead Ohio. It was an incredible experience attending this event as a M.A.C Makeup Artist, a Student and Blogger, to learn from some of the best Artists in the world!

Get up close and personal with top M.A.C Artists as they take you through their top products for achieving the looks you love from magazines, movies and more. Create your own influential look with the trend-setting techniques featured on your favorite celebrities.

Gina, Kiana, Me, Patty and Justin

Senior MAC Cosmetics Artist Gina Bettelli

It is rare to have a M.A.C Senior Artist in our region so this was an event I didn't want to miss. Senior Artist Gina Bettelli was in the house showing us her "must haves" and "how to's"! It was inspiring and unbelievable. I'm still pinching myself right now!

You can see Gina's work adorning the runways during fashion week in Milan, Paris and New York. She creates the looks on celebrities like Sienna Miller, Andie MacDowell, Paula Patton, Fergie, Cyndi Lauper, Matthew Broderick, Lucy Liu and many others. You can also spot her work during events like Cirque du Soleil, Oscar week, the Sundance Film Festival and international film festivals as well. That would explain why I am very excited to share with you a few things I learned while attending M.A.C Technique!

During my interview with Gina the only question I needed answered was, "How do you balance family life and your career? You travel so much?". Her response was simple and comforting, "They come with me!". My next thought wondered if she would consider adopting me :)

Kiana rocking Nightmoth Lip Pencil for a bold lip look.

Kiana is wearing a dark, vampy and bold lip look provided by Gina. I gotta tell ya, with all of the matte, burgundy and red lipstick I got for fall, I was extremely happy to know I didn't have to ditch them anytime soon. Gina explained, "It's more about texture this spring. We are shifting into more frost and less matte.". Great! I'll layer some lip glass on top of my matte lipsticks and I'm good to go!

Also, I can't forget the flawless skin finish and the softer eye to compliment this bold lip. I learned that prepping the skin is key to achieving the perfect finish and a little eye liner can go a long way. Check out some of the products Gina used to create this look. 

Fix +
Use Fix + after cleansing to 
soothe and calm the skin.

Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Prep + Prime Natural Radiance hydrates 
and primes to improve foundation or powder 
application, control oil and promote smooth texture.

Pro Longwear Concealer
Gina applied Pro Longwear Concealer with a 
#209 brush for a controlled and precise application.  

Penultimate can give you an "invisible eyeliner" 
look if applied between the lashes and less mascara. 
This technique is great for mature skin or 
people who don't wear a lot of makeup.

Studio Sculpt Lash
Studio Sculpt Lash is great for 
defining and lengthening.

Nightmoth Lip Pencil
Nightmoth is a deep plum 
that is perfect for anyone.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot
Gina used a #168 soft brush with Pro Longwear 
Paint Pot in Groundwork to contour Kiana's face. 
You can also use Dipdown Brown for deeper skin tones.

MAC Trainer and Artist for Ohio and Up State NY
Justin Burch

Meet Justin Burch! I met Justin this past November during my M.A.C Cosmetics Basic Training. He taught me everything I know about products, application and M.A.C Culture. His energy is infectious, his artistry is impeccable and his passion is inspirational. Let's check out Justin's
techniques below.

Justin's model Patty is wearing a bold, winged eyeliner look with a softer lip and dewy skin. This eye focus can be tricky to create but after watching Justin's technique I felt confident I could do this without fail. Using Fluidline eyeliner, the #209 brush and starting with the wing first, you can achieve this youself at home. Here are a few more products Justin used to create this look.

Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation
Mineralize Moisture Foundation creates an 
optical blurring effect that virtually diminishes 
imperfections and fine lines, for a more even tone.

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural provides a skin 
finish that keeps your glow without being overly matte.

Fluidline is a gel formula that provides the 
precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish.

In Extreme Dimension Lash
In Extreme Dimension Lash adds volume, 
extends length and creates curl, while conditioning for
softness and flexibility. This mascara provides a one coat lash look.

Brave Lipstick
Justin completed this look with Brave
 Lipstick which adds color plus texture.

Now onto tools! When ever anyone asks me what my favorite product is, I always say a brush. I personally believe the difference between ok makeup and flawless makeup is the use of brushes during application. If you think about it, Van Gogh, Picasso and Da Vinci didn't create the most beautiful paintings with their fingers! I think you get my point :)

There are many different ways to use each brush so I highly recommend visiting your local M.A.C store or counter. Since M.A.C is a "Show and Teach" brand, a Makeup Artist will be able to help you decide which brushes best suit your needs. Here are some of the brushes Gina and Justin used to create their Influential Looks.

159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush

168 Large Angled Contour Brush

109 Small Contour Brush

217 Blending Brush

286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush

209 Eyeliner Brush

In conclusion, I learned so much while attending M.A.C Technique. If you have the opportunity to attend this class I would seize it. I have been using these tips and tricks on my customers at my counter and everyone has been extremely happy.

A huge shout out goes to Sarah and her team at M.A.C Dillard's located in Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted Ohio for hosting this event. Everyone was so nice and very accommodating. I had such a great time and I look forward to stopping in again soon!  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Getting Fit at EB Fitness

The moment you walk into EB Fitness Club you are
greeted by this enormous logo. It's my favorite :)

With chronic illnesses on the rise, people are starting to take their health into their own hands. We all know that we need to eat well and exercise but going to the gym can be costly, embarrassing and let's face it..... you probably don't get the results you are looking for. From weight-loss to sports performance, EB Fitness Club has got you covered. 

It was hard for me to believe I could find a club that offered all the latest fitness classes, the world's best fitness equipment, guidance from degreed and certified personal trainers, the best amenities, friendly staff members and affordable memberships. Well, I now believe it because I've seen it.

 EB Fitness located in the new Flats East Bank has changed the way I feel about going to the gym, forever. Not only is it the most advanced club I've ever been to, EB Fitness also has a Medi Spa and a comprehensive weight loss program that is proven to give you long term success. However, I'll save those last two for another time because I have too many exciting things to show you! I'll start with the BodyPump event held on the rooftop and finish with a tour of the club. I'm certain they have something for everyone. It also doesn't hurt that they offer free 2 hour parking and memberships that don't break the bank starting at $55 per month. Take a look!


This class worked hard during BodyPump. The DJ played all the right music
to keep everyone pushing through.

Class was held on the roof of the Ernst Young Tower overlooking Lake Erie.

Fresh healthy snacks were provided after the event. Fuel!


This is my host Kelly Robusto, Account Executive at
EB Fitness. She truly made my experience enjoyable and was very
accommodating. It was such a breath of fresh air to meet all of the
warm and friendly staff here at EB Fitness!


This club is gorgeous! Designed by the same world class
designer who designed Disney Europe.


The curvaceous details found throughout the club give it an
open and spacious feel.


Meet Ann and KJ! Both trainers at EB,
 KJ is giving Ann a fitness assessment and
a little encouragement. All of the trainers
are here to help you reach your goals.


It must be noted that EB Fitness offers the worlds first
rope climbing machine, MtEverClimb! Rope climbing
is one of the most effective full body workouts one could do!

No fear, there is enough cardio equipment for everyone! Also, the
weight machines are right behind you. This makes
it easy to integrate bursts of cardio into your weight training
 routine without the wait.


My face says it all :) This was my first time walking on
an incline while pushing 20+ pounds of resistance. My body
wasn't used to this at all which is great! It keeps my muscles
guessing and once again, works the whole body in less time.
Meet Thorotread!


Jacobs Ladder is a low impact, high range of motion machine that provides
an amazing upper and lower body cardio workout. Used by pro sports teams, the Army and the Navy.

I have to be honest. I just like the way this machine looks and how it
has extra weights located on the side. Now I don't have to walk across 
the weight room just to add 5 more pounds to my set.


Hoist Roc-it machines are the best in the world for a reason.
It allows the user to become an integral part of the exercise by continuously
adjusting the position of the user with the movement of the exercise arm.
I experienced a greater range of motion with the ability to lift a bit heavier.


This is not your typical bench folks.
Performing the same exercises as you normally
would on a Vicore bench, improves balance, core strength,
and agility. To me, this was like a stability ball on a bench. I could
feel this move throughout my whole body.


Here's 1 of the 3 studios for over 50 group classes!
EB Fitness offers more classes than any other club in
Cleveland! No more re-arranging your personal schedule to catch your favorite class.


I thought they only used tires for training in CrossFit? Wrong! EB Fitness strives
to provide their clients with the latest fitness programs and equipment so
you can reach your goals under one roof. KJ, a degreed and certified
personal trainer acquired these tires to incorporate into his programs.

Welcome to what I call, "The Spin Studio". There's only one thing going down in
this room and it's spin class. No bells, no whistles, just pedals.

Ok, so maybe this isn't the appropriate way to practice AirYoga.......
but it sure was fun :) I can't wait to attend a class!

Stretching before Barre and wondering if I would be a
good candidate for TRX. I'm certain this is my favorite studio.

After a day of fitness on an empty stomach
(I know, I'm suppose to eat breakfast everyday)
I was pretty pumped when Kelly introduced me to the mint chocolate chip
Nutrishape Shake. It only has around 2 grams of sugar and 35 grams of 
protein. It was absolutely delicious and I was full for around 4 hours!
 Nutrishape is a comprehensive weight loss program that offers
all of the essential components that are proven to produce long-term success.
Click the link above for more details.

Relaxing with my shake after a hardcore workout. EB Fitness
boasts comfortable areas throughout the club to rest, chat
with friends or catch up on any last minute projects
before you head to work. 

The sauna :) A perfect end to my tour of
EB Fitness, and that's not all folks. They
have a steam room too! With monthly
memberships starting at only $55,
I had to pinch myself. I must
be dreaming :)


An added bonus, they fill these dispensers with Luxury shampoo and
conditioner from Kevin Murphy.


I feel like a million bucks!

The view from the top.

EB Fitness Club
1111 W 10th St #200, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 458-1000