Monday, February 27, 2012

hair inspiration

Love this image!

The best thing about hair and makeup is that it can change your entire look in minutes and can be as ever changing as your mood. I like to change up my hair every once in a while but I often find myself in a rut and then I either want to A) cut off all my hair, B) change the entire color scheme, or C) wear a wig or a hat. Lately I've been really digging this colorful My Little Pony-esque hair trend. I love the whole easter egg pastel explosion that I've been seeing with people's hair-do's. Growing up, listening to punk music and going to shows, I used to always look at the interesting shades of colors in other people's hair and up until my 28th year of existence, did not muster up enough confidence to put actual color (straying away from normal hair colors) in my hair. I do remember junior high school crazy hair days when we used that canned spray on color though. Here's to tasting the rainbow when it comes to new hair color!

Before my hair color makeover.



Brightly colored hair fades fast. A sulfate free shampoo helps to preserve some of the color, but expect your shower water to turn colors. Luckily I don't mind the washed out color. If only I could have lilac colored hair! I think that will be next on my list!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Return of the ROZ!

Looks like I got off to a roaring start and then let things sizzle out. Well, I'm back! And boy do I have a treat for you! Check out my newly launched YouTube channel!

Watch me babble and fumble around with my words (since I am a noob when it comes to making videos)! Let's do 'dis!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

the art of liner

Liner is one of the things that makes a huge difference and impact on a persons face just from a simple couple of strokes. It is also one of my most requested technique I am asked about by clients. Some people really struggle with getting that perfect, lash-line defining brush or pencil stroke down. Practice really does make perfect, in this case. Here are a couple tips and my favorite things to use...

1. Fluidline (gel eyeliner) by MAC in blacktrack (matte black) or dipdown (deep brown), $15
2. BadGal Waterproof Liner (pencil) by benefit cosmetics, comes in black, espresso or charcoal $20
3. Long-Lasting Eye Liner (liquid with felt tip) by Sephora, comes in tons of colors!, $10
4. 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay in Zero (black) or Whiskey (brown), $18

**Hard Angle Brush, many companies make a good hard angle brush, find one that has a stiffness you prefer, lol. This is needed mostly for potted eyeliners such as the fluidline. You can also use a hard angle to set creamier liners that tend to travel or smear with dark or matching eyeshadows. I like using NYX black matte shadow for setting black pencil liners, even in the water line!
**Slanted Tip Brush, I like Benefit's. The slant is at just the right angle to make it easy to apply and less awkward for some. Go to a counter to get a feel for it before you purchase it, you'll know by the way you hold the brush up to your lash line if it is more comfortable for you to use.

-For precise lines, esp. for cat-eye liner, use a liquid or hard angle brush and potted liner - you will get crisp lines. Hold the brush with a small amount of liner parallel to the lash line and follow its curvature, if it helps, use small strokes instead of long ones. You don't have to complete the entire line in ONE stroke, you'll find more control with smaller motions. To flick out your liner at the outer end, use the longer end of the slanted brush facing outwards and line it up with the angle that your bottom lash line makes (if it was to continue upwards). It helps me to brush inwards when doing the outside corner and makes the winged out part look more precise. If you're using a pencil liner, make sure its sharpened and again, use smaller strokes.
-To soften and set any liner, use a small brush and matching eyeshadow. This will also fill in any gaps in the liner.

Get It While you Can..
She-laq by Benefit is an amazing makeup sealant which works great with any liner. It comes in a blue bottle with a cap that has a brush tip and a bag of other small brushes to apply it (mascara wand, tipped liner,etc). Use a small amount to coat mascara and liner . It is a definite must-have for my bridal makeup kit! Unfortunately, this product is being discontinued so grab one if you can! This stuff really makes liner budge-proof. They also use similar ingredients in their newer liquid liner, Magic Ink. Try it! Test a small line on your hand of this stuff, let it dry and try to rub it off, this stuff will stick like glue!

Happy lining!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ready, Set... GO!

I'm starting my blog on all things related to vanity. The dictionary defines vanity as:


[van-i-tee] noun, plural -ties, adjective
–noun -excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities,achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain.

Some see it as a bad quality to have, but when it comes to believing in yourself or seeing yourself in a positive way, you really can't over do it. Sure, there are times when people need to be humbled but most of the time its because that person has chosen to compare and put others down in the process. That has no place on my blogosphere.

Yes, there are a ba-jillion other sources of makeup/styling advice, but I'm challenging myself to stay creative, open to new ideas and focus on trying to inspire others. I am consistently inspired by the imagination, drive and greatness of other people on a daily basis - so why not try to reciprocate? This is just a space for me to share what goes through my head and "do" instead of passively watch and listen.

I hope you can find something to be inspired by, whether it be here or elsewhere.
- Roz