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PHAMExpo Beauty HAUL!

k150_14Stiletto_City_heel_iconSZDWhen the PHAMExpo Beauty Conference comes in town, I know I have to brace my credit card for some serious purchasing. That’s because PHAMExpo brings the best products and experts in the beauty industry to offer makeup tips and products available at deep discounts so makeup enthusiests like me can fill up our makeup drawers with new products to try and rave about, and professional makeup artists can load up their kit with the latest in beauty.

Check out what I brought home from the PHAMExpo this year and click the links below to shop each item.

Shop* the items mentioned in this video:

Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream

Cinema Secrets Moisture Spray

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Stiletto Pinup Cosmetics

Bdellium Studio 365 Square Mask Brush

Brett Brow Duo Eyebrow Shadow

Brett Brow Duel Sided Eyebrow Spool/Brush

Rock Your Hair Bombshell Volumizing Powder

Rock Your Hair Spray It Hard Big Volume Hairspray

Rock Your Hair Moringa Dry Oil Mist

Rock Your Hair Hot Curls Thermal Spray

See photos and a full report of PHAMExpo LA 2014 in this previous blog post.

Haul it home!
Kastle

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Report from PHAMExpo 2014

k150_23SZDheel iconThe PHAMExpo returned to Los Angeles last week and it was a full weekend of makeup and hair products, demos and some of the top beauty experts in the biz.

The whole two days was filled with so much eye candy, it was hard to know where to start and (for the sake of my credit card) when to stop, because all the makeup was on sale for deep discounts for makeup artists to load up their kits and bloggers like me to try new products to tell YOU all about it!

I had the pleasure of meeting two of my favorite YouTube vloggers – Sam and Nic Chapmen from PixiWoo and Marlena from Makeup Geek.

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The Pixiwoo girls were there to promote their line of professional makeup brushes with Real Techniques and did an onstage demo while telling the crowd how they got started as one of the early beauty vlogger channels back in 2008.

Marlena from Makeup Geek was there with her own line of makeup that I have been eager to try. I went home with four of her eyeshadaw colors. Look for a video review coming up in the next few days!

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I also got a whirlwind taste of the styling of legendary hair artist Michael O’Rouke who must of cranked out hundreds of haircuts between his stage appearance and working his booth for his Rock Your Hair product line. Michael is all about bringing back rockin’ big hair that falls with the natural angles of the head and face. He was also incredibly inspiring, at one point jumping off stage and walking into the audience to tell them they could anything and be anyone they wanted to be because he was living proof. I bought a few of his products and I’m loving them so far!

Another hair demo hit the stage with the power team of Scott Barnes and Frank Galasso who shared their trade secrets of creating BIG hair (with the help of a headful of hair extensions and generous amounts of hairpray) and a dramatic makeup look. I picked up some good tips on contouring as well.

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Speaking of contouring, one of my favorite makeup artists Cory Bishop held a seminar of contouring in the one of the side stages while representing Gorgeous Cosmetics. I became a fan of Cory’s when I met him last year after his demo for Stila products. This guy is knowledgeable about makeup!

You could tell who were the real crowd pleasers at the show by the long lines at the booths. As with last year, the Lime Crime booth had constant long lines to buy their products and their big, bright Lime Crime bags could be seen proudly in the hands of girls everywhere. When founder Doe Deere took the main stage to talk about the building a cult brand – with her colorful trademark look of extreme, doll-like cuteness  and colorful hair and makeup – it was standing room only as every seat was filled and every nearby space was taken up with their intensely loyal following clamoring to hear every word she said.

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One of my high points of the weekend came when I spotted celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman working his magic on a customer with his Brett Brow Vanity Mark eyebrow products. As I checked his product line, I was delighted when he asked if I would like a brow makeover. I knew of Brett from my pals over the Pinup Girl Boutique where they sell (and rave about) his products. And you know those girls have the best brows in town! Brett was sweet, fun and professional as he went at whipping my brows in shape and helping me find the right color products to go with my red hair. I was absolutely loving my brows when he was done! See the before and after below.

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So I can say my PHAMExpo Weekend was quite a success. Stay tuned for my PHAMExpo haul video coming soon where I’ll share all the exciting new products I bought.

Beauty is as beauty does,
Kastle

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Retro Hairstyles with His Vintage Touch

k150_23SZDheel iconIf you want to pair your vintage or vintage-inspired clothing with the perfect hairstyle, look no further than Tony Medina of His Vintage Touch. Tony does his styling wizardry out of the Pinup Girl Boutique in Burbank, CA and is known for creating the amazing sculpted do’s seen in the Pinup Girl Clothing catalogs. You may have read about Tony previously here on this blog after I attended one of his hair styling classes. I made a trip to PUG to interview him on how he got started doing vintage looks and had him do a little number on me! Check out the video:

Check out the final look on Instagram.

Be sure to check out the previous videos from the Pinup Girl Boutique series:

Be sure check out:

Part One of this video series on the Pinup Girl Boutique featuring manager/pinup model Doris Mayday

Part Two featuring an interview with Micheline on how she got started as a makeup artist and the secret to having the perfect brows.

Part Three featuring Micheline Pitt’s eyebrow makeup demo.

Pinup Girl Boutique video series filmed and edited by Secret Agent Mojo Würkin

 

Go big or go home,
Kastle

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Eyebrow Makeup Tutorial with Micheline Pitt

k150_23SZDheel iconAny good makeup artist will tell you – eyebrows are the frame for your face. Having a good shape can flatter your bone structure and make the rest of your makeup look balanced and polished. Defined eyebrows are also what makes a classic pinup look. Not everyone can get their eyebrows  in perfect shape – let’s face it ladies, it’s hard to get those babies even! That’s when it’s time to seek professional help.

Makeup artist Micheline Pitt from Pinup Girl Boutique in Burbank, CA  is known as the “Eyebrow Queen” (just look at her own gorgeous brows!) She shows us how to create the perfect eyebrow in this makeup tutorial.

Be sure check out:

Part One of this video series on the Pinup Girl Boutique featuring manager/pinup model Doris Mayday

Part Two featuring an interview with Micheline on how she got started as a makeup artist and the secret to having the perfect brows.

Pinup Girl Boutique video series filmed and edited by Secret Agent Mojo Würkin

Here’s to beauty,
Kastle

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Pinup Girl Boutique: Video Interview with Micheline Pitt

k150_23SZDheel iconThe classic pinup look is defined by the bold statement it makes with makeup. With roots deep in the era of 1950s glamour, modern pinup makeup features porcelain matte skin, bold, highly-arched brows, and topped with a cherry of red lipstick. Nobody knows pinup makeup better than makeup artist Micheline Pitt who works for Pinup Girl Clothing. There, she transforms their catalog models and Beauty Bar clients into perfect pinups. As a model herself, she often shows off her makeup artist talent on her own beautiful face.  She is known as the “Queen of Eyebrows,” sporting her own incredibly-shaped brows and giving her makeup clients, “The Micheline Treatment.”

We caught up with her at the Pinup Girl Boutique to talk about how she became a makeup artist and what goes into creating the pinup makeup look, including those fab brows! Check out Part One of our video interview:

Tune in next week for Part Two with Micheline Pitt featuring an eyebrow makeup demo!

Pinup Girl Boutique video series filmed and edited by Secret Agent Mojo Würkin

Stay beautiful,
Kastle

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1930s Vintage Glamour Day

k150_23SZDheel iconImagine stepping back in time to the 1930s – what would your hair look like, your makeup, your wardrobe? I got to find out and do my own modern spin on between-the-wars glamour for the “1930s Vintage Glamour Day: Makeup, Fashion & Film” at the Egyptian Theatre.

The action-packed day started with 1930s makeup makeovers at a station for Bésame Cosmetics, a brand know for their beautiful vintage-recreation cosmetics. And if you wondered what some of the packaging of actual cosmetics items from the ‘30s looked like, Joan Renner of The Vintage Powder Room had an impressive display of makeup and hair styling accessories.

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Over at the hair station, stylist Sandra D. was showing a crowd of lovely ladies how to do a pin-curl set. The event made for plenty of  great people watching opportunities while shopping from Papermoon Vintage, and photo-taking ops, including the one here with me and the gang from the Art Deco Society, including Margot Gerber (right) who co-produced the day’s events. I did my best ’30s era look with side-pinned, curly hair, green eyeshadow and drop-waistband dress. Oh and in case you were in need of a refreshment, you could grab an old fashioned ice cream soda from C.K.Farnsworth!

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The main events included a presentation on beauty trends and makeup products available in the 1930s by Gabriela A. Hernandez, CEO of Bésame Cosmetics and author of Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup. Think Max Factor Pan-Cake makeup and greasepaint ladies! Our cosmetics have come a long way! It was especially fascinating to hear of the makeup techniques that had to be used for film to compensate for the ultra bright lighting that was used – some so strong it even gave some actress permanent eye damage!

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The presentation was followed by a fashion show of 1930s era fashions, flowing with long party frocks, fur stoles and delicate materials. We were surprised to learn each exquisite outfit was owned by the model who wore them and ever-dapper MC Nathan Smythe added to the fashion celebration with his playful commentary.

The fashion show was followed by a film screening of “VOGUES OF 1938,” a rarely seen Oscar-nominated, Technicolor film starring  Warner Baxter and Joan Bennett that tells the story of a successful fashion designer, who’s life is turned upside down by a runaway bride who comes to him looking for a job, and possibly romance.

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Following the film was a book signing in the lobby by 1930s-era actress Marsha Hunt with her book, “The Way We Wore: Styles of the 1930s and ’40s and Our World Since Then.” At age 96 Hunt looked beautiful and elegant and every bit the movie star – what an inspiration!

Be sure to look for more vintage events coming up at the Egyptian Theatre including Saturday, June 14 with presentation by Clever Vintage Clothing on Working Women’s Vintage Fashion followed by a screening of “The Best of Everything.”

Vintage style is where it’s at,
Kastle

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

k150_23SZDheel iconMoms, we gotta love ‘em. They might make us crazy once in a while but they gave us so much, like that little gesture of bringing us into this world. This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a gift to make her feel like the beautiful creature that she is. I know my mom always loves skin care and makeup products and is always asking about the latest things I’m using. So I thought I would put together a few gift ideas to get that special lady in your life – or add it to your own wish list for Mother’s Day!

All items are available at your local Sephora or click the image to shop online* (great for when you need to express ship to moms who live elsewhere!)

FRAGRANCE

What mom doesn’t like to smell pretty? These fragrances will look lovely sitting on her dresser and she’ll think of you every time she glances at them and puts ‘em on.

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Every lady loves to play with makeup. This gift palatte from Sephora guarentees she’ll never run out of options to try. And if you mom is anything like my mom, she can’t get enough lipstick! She may not have heard of the long-wearing Lip Tars from OCC that have recently gone from a pro makeup artist’s secret to the mainstream, so get her this perfect sampler set.

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SKIN CARE

OK, admit it, you may have helped put a few lines on your mother’s face. Time for payback for all the worrying and squabbling. Get her these skin care sets to care for her skin and fight the aging process.

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Now go tell you mother how beautiful she is!

Happy mother’s day!
Kastle

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Smart Beauty and Fashion Finds for Earth Day

k150_23SZDEarth Day is coming on April 22 – what it’s time to think about being kind to this dear planet we live on. That means recycling more, contributing to landfills less. It also means thinking about some of our purchasing decisions, to reduce our carbon footprint and use only materials that are sustainable and/or recycled. I found a few great products from The Ultimate Green Store that are practical and stylish. Click the photo to shop*.

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Eco Makeup Brushes

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Organic Terry Bathrobe

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Recycled Seat Belt Purse

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Solar Charger Backpack

 

Keep it green,
Kastle

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OCC Parties with Plastic Passion and Deven Green

k150_23SZDheel iconSpring is right around the corner and I’m so excited for new spring makeup collections. I got chance to take a look at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ new collection, “Plastic Passion,” which features an array of lip and nail colors, and color pencils that can be used on lips and eyes.

Featuring different finishes (matte, crème, pearlescent and metallic) in unexpected colors of pastels and ultra brights, the “Plastic Passion” line is like having a crazy paint box to play with for a variety of looks from daring to sweet.

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And to match their playful spirit, OCC selected performance artist Deven Green to be their spokeswoman for the collection.

Best known for her video parody videos and music performances, Deven was in person for the “Plastic Passion” launch at Sephora in Hollywood & Highland. Sporting big ‘60s-style hair and a long tangerine gown, Deven was easily the Queen Bee of the party with her rail-thin physique, cheekbones that could cut glass, huge Hollywood smile and welcoming personality. She didn’t hesitate to show off the neon green nail lacquer named after her, as she had each nail encrusted with the letters that spelled D-E-V-E-N G-R-E-E-N.

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She entertained the crowd with a musical performance, including a song that included each of the “Plastic Passion” color names.

Shop the collection of “Plastic Passion” nail lacquers, lip tars and color pencils at Sephora.

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Spring forward,
Kastle

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Favorite Red Lipsticks

k150_23SZDheel iconOne makeup staple is red lipstick. Every girl I know seems to stock up on them and is always on the hunt for the perfect red that is long wearing and not too drying. Red lipstick just feels glamorous and sexy and is the easiest way to dress up your look.

I pulled out my own makeup drawer to show you some of my favorite red lipsticks of the moment and share some tips for making it long wearing. Plus, I explain what it means to have a blue or orange-based lipstick.

Shop* the products mentioned in this video

NARS Satin Lip Pencil, Golshan

Stila Stay All Day Lipstick, Beso 

 MAC Lipstick, Ruby Woo, Relentlessly Red, Russian Red 

CoverGirl, Lip Perfection, Seduce 

NYX Extreme Lip Crème, Spicy

 Stila Lip and Cheek Stain,  Cherry Crush 

Benefit BeneTint, Rose

Sephora Lip Liner, Real Red 

Be kissable,
Kastle

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