Thursday, December 30, 2010

First Things First

Let's talk about the fundamentals of skin. As most of us know, everyone has a different skin type therefore everyone should have a different skin care regimen. Let's break it down...

Normal Skin
Normally people with this skin type has a smooth even texture. They may experience the occasional shine on the forehead, nose or chin area, but it's definitely nothing to be worried about. When it comes to caring for normal skin, it's pretty simple. Cleanse daily (I recommend twice) using a foaming cleanser.  Also, exfoliating twice a week is good for removing dead skin cells, it adds that extra natural glow to your skin. Then lastly, moisturize. This is a VERY important step. A light weight mositurizer works well for normal skin.

Dry Skin
I suffer from very dry skin. A sign of dry skin is tightness of the face after washing, flaking, dry and/or rough patches. There may even be some sensitivity. Caring for dry skin is a little more intense (for lack of a better word). A rich cleanser should be used. A light weight mositurizer is good during the day, but I recommend a night cream for bedtime. Jergens has a good all purpose face moisturizer. I recommend exfoliating once a week instead of twice to avoid skin irritation. Products with alpha hydroxy acids are good for dry skin, they also help remove dry, dead skin.

Oily Skin
A sign of oily skin is frequent breakouts. Oily skin should be cleansed twice daily using an oil free cleanser, it helps to prevent dirt accumulation and it won't clog pores. Also use an alcohol free astringent  to remove excess oil and a oil free moisturizer.

Combination Skin
This skin type consist of an oily t-zone with dry spots on the cheek areas. Cleanse with a mild cleanser and use a dense moisturizer preferably with alpha hydroxy acids to help target the dry spots.

Sensitive Skin
This skin type can range from dry to oily. It can be itchy and blotchy and it is very easily irritated by makeup, cleansers, moisturizers, etc. To care for sensitive skin cleanse with a mild perfume free cleanser, a alcohol free toner for the blotchiness and a moisturizer developed specifically for sensitive skin.

I recommend Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens or any local drug store in your area for your skin care products. These items are very inexpensive and come in several different brands. You don't have to spend alot to have healthy skin.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

M.A.C. Style Session

So today I went to my first M.A.C. Style Session, I was uber excited about this event seeing as though I'd heard about them for years but never experienced it. All week I've been looking forward to it and finally the day had come. I pictured this to be something that would give me insight on the new products, something to show me something new as far as application, etc.

So I get there and check in, I'm given a cute little M.A.C. notebook filled with face sketchs and note pages along with a cute little M.A.C. pencil and a lanyard.

The session starts, we're broken off into three groups and taken to our stations. The way it works is there will be three stations. Each station has a different inspired look. For instance todays session included looks inspired by Tokyo, London and Los Angeles. Basically, all that they did was take a model from each group for each look and do the inspired look on that model. They did give you step by step instructions on what they did as well as which product and brush they were using as they went along. In my opinion, this event would be great for a newbie, someone who is just getting into make-up. There were opportunities to try products and ask questions which I thought was good. I love trying new products.

There were two products that were new to me, which I'm going to list:

First off, we have the new Digi Dazzle collection, it was love at first sight when I seen "Smash Hit".
This color looks like a goldish glittery color, but it goes on very glittery with a pinkish purple tint. I'm in love!!

Secondly, there is another product that I fell in love's called Venomous Villians Magically Cool Liquid Powder of course from the Venomous Villian Collection.

It's composed of 70% water. It's something you would use after you've completed your makeup application. It's often compared to the Fix Plus. The feeling of this powder gliding on your face with the right brush would feel like heaven.

I'm absolutely in love with both of these products. I would highly recommend the Cool Liquid Powder as a finishing powder because it gives you a natural, smooth, airbrushed look. The Digi Dazzle "Smash Hit" is just an added extra that will give your look that extra pop. It'll be great for the holidays.

Hope this helps, be on the look out for my next post introducing the new M.A.C. Spring collection.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I'd like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is JaLauna better known as Mz. Launa and I am an up and coming make-up artist. I've been into make-up for the past four years, but I've just recently started building a clientele. The purpose of this site is to share my experiences, insight and opinions.  I'm also here to bring the the inside scoop on what's hot and what's new. I'm always trying new products and I'll be doing weekly reviews on different items. If there is a product that you would like for me to try and you want my opinion on it, feel free to email at Thank you for visiting and please make sure you subscribe. Smooches!!!