Jackie Aina is a professional makeup artist and Nigerian beauty blogger from Southern California. Servicing clients and weddings throughout the Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego areas. Also specializing in editorial, commercial and beauty makeup since 2009. Available for travel and work internationally.
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The BH Cosmetics Take me To Brazil Palette is a 30 color eyeshadow palette that really hasn’t getting enough love on my channel lately.
Aaahhhh I have SO much to talk about in this post!!!!
First of all, the inspiration for this look. If you’ve never heard of Mathu Andersen, get into him asap. He is makeup artist to RuPaul and is also the producer of the hit show RuPaul’s drag race. You’ve also seen some of his work on earlier cycles of America’s Next Top Model. Mathu. Is. Everything yall.
WARNING: His work is not your grandma’s type of makeup and some of the images you will find of him can be a little graphic, and some may even find it a little strange. I really don’t care because he’s bada$$ and anyone who is courageous enough to be themselves is alright with me. When you define makeup artistry I think of THIS man right here.
Again, his work is NOT for the average day woman. But I don’t want to be the average woman anyhow!
The funny thing is I met him earlier this year at the makeup show and at that point I’d never heard of him *cringe, please do not judge me*. I saw at the Inglot booth when this model walked up to the booth and I literally stopped in my tracks and asked to take a picture of her. Shortly after Mathu Andersen approached us too and had I known he was the mastermind behind this I OBVIOUSLY would have asked him for a picture too! SMDH
^This photo does her no justice, it looked 10 times sicker in person! Ridiculously talented. Gosh what I would give to just be able to thank him for his creativity and inspiring others like myself.
Gratitude is when the little bit you have becomes enough, or in some cases, more then enough. I may not be a celebrity makeup artist (yet), I still may have my struggles in my career like every artist does, but seeing stuff like this reminds me of why I am here. There is so much beauty in this world sometimes it is overwhelming, I am just glad to be able to discover it all. I know many of you come to see my makeup look, but I have to stop and take time to give credit where it’s due. If you guys like my work you would absolutely love the people I am inspired by. I really truly love this industry.
Back to the original inspiration:
If this doesn’t have my name all over it, I don’t know what does! Plus it’s RuPaul, so….
I had two objectives, or goals with my recreation of this look.
1. To make it more wearable and
2. To execute it using inexpensive products.
YES I absolutely could have banged the hell out of this look but being that it would have taken a lot of different products and work, I thought using the Take Me to Brazil palette would make the look more attainable for a lot of my viewers. So here’s my look:
Notice how I even put flowers in my hair like RuPaul
My quick thoughts on the palette -
As you can see some of the colors are nicely pigmented. I do, however, think some of the mattes are a little chalky for my liking and this palette has a nice amount of matte colors. It’s great to be used for yourself, or beginners with color usage who just want to play with and see how things look so to me it’s definitely worth giving a shot but I can’t say that I’d use this for clients. The shimmers are beautiful though and the palette is so inexpensive (14 bucks yall) and lightweight you can pretty much take it with you anywhere (unlike a lot of other popular palettes that are sometimes too wide and too large. This is like a condensed “get to the point” version of that.)
I KNOW this was kind of lengthy but I truly love and enjoy sharing those who inspire me with all of you. I hope you enjoyed the look and check the very next blog post to see how you can enter my giveaway and win a free Take Me To Brazil palette of your own!
*muah* love you guys, hope you’re having a fantastic Tuesday. I’m off to get ready for a photoshoot!
Today I’m going to show you how to do a faux bob! Not quite ready to commit to a big chop, or to go bold like Victoria Beckham? When you’ve got long hair, or in this illustration a long wig you can easily go back and forth between both long and short styles with this quick tutorial!
The wig I am rocking in this video is the newest hit! tons of well received compliments with this one and I am absolutely in love with the color. Of course, it’s from RPGShow Also they’re having a countdown to Black Friday sale so make sure you utilize these coupon codes when shopping! Hay girl, who doesn’t love a good discount?!
How sweet was my roommie for helping me shoot this look? While we were shooting this we also caught some shots of the sunset. I swear Los Angeles gets the best sunsets! And living near the beach makes for an even better view!
Speaking of Los Angeles, and I can’t believe I ever thought I’d say this because I’m a summer baby but today I was totally digging the whole gloomesdale overcast weather today. And I love how it was still warm enough to rock this outfit without a jacket, that was kind of nice. This would explain why many people who aren’t from California do not understand why we dress the way we do – the criss cross weather situations can have you all types of confused! It will be summer warm during the day but COLD at night. And that would explain the “Uggs with shorts” or celebrity that will wear tight leather getups even when it’s bright/sunny outside, lol people don’t see that we have to dress for two different seasons.
But now I feel like we are finally finding a happy medium between two the two and cooling down into our version of fall. Even if it is mid-November lol don’t hate us because we can still wear skirts and sandals!
I hope you all enjoyed this brief piece of my life today. Be on the lookout for some new makeup tutorials this week. Any specific requests? Leave them down below
I don’t have a Marilyn Monroe “standard” body. I have average size boobs, big hips, a huge toosh and a flat waist. I pretty much stay the same weight all year round and have been at this weight for about 3 years now.
I am not shaped like “the average girl”, I think we should celebrate all shapes and sizes, not with this ‘real women have curves’ stuff we are trying to shove down everyone’s throats, because everyone’s ‘reality’ varies from person to person.
There is beauty in all shapes and sizes! Poetic Justice is designed to fit YOUR shape. That’s their motto, and I digs it. My measurements are all out of whack and sometimes buying clothes really can be frustrating, MAINLY when purchasing anything below the waist! lol So when they initially contacted me about reviewing their line of jeans of course I was all over it! I haven’t bought a new pair of jeans in years, for the simple fact that they often fit terribly.
I put together five looks with four different styles. I wanted to show the versatility they offer.
These were the pair that I found were a little too big at the waist on me, not like anyone will notice but because they could be taken in about an inch or two at the waist they actually make me look a bit bigger. But I don’t care because they’re cute as hell lol When I do jeans I tend to go for this color/wash because it’s the most flattering and versatile. I’m sure nce I run them through the dryer a few times they should be fine. I’ve already done it once and they fit better than the way they did fresh out of the box. The other printed jeans seem to run a bit truer to size so they’re way more skin tight as you can see, but these even at the smallest size 26 were too big for me. The fact that they’re midrise might also have a lot to do with it also as I find lowrise jeans fit me much better since my waist to hip ratio is so off balance.
Look 5 [Same bottoms, different top, and yes, we gon' act like I didn't forget to roll my other pant leg down thank you lol]
Aside from the individual links I losted for each pair, be sure to visit my Poetic Justice boutique and use coupon code Lilpumpkinpie50 for 50% off! YES you read that correctly! 50% OWF!! Hurr’ up girl!!
**make sure you type Lilpumpkinpie”50″ and not “05″, it’s a type-o. But the coupon code does work, because I tested it for you guys
Now, OF COURSE this line of jeanswear is designed for women who are on the curvier side, that’s a given. But the fact that they do it without bashing or excluding other women of various shapes is what makes me happy. I was browsing through their website and found Standards and Practices line which serves a full line of clothing for all sizes. They also have a website dedicated to extended and plus sizes. Yay!
How do you guys like the lookbook idea?! Thinking of putting together another one with a collection of fall/winter looks EXCEPT it’s difficult to do that when you live in Los Angeles, it’s mid-November and it still feels like summer! So maybe I’ll just have to tweak some thangs
Thank you guys so much for reading, and just for the overall support. I look forward to my daily escape when I am able to interact with people who are just as beauty/fashion obsessed as me and it is always an honor and a pleasure connecting with so many of you fabulous ladies (and some gents). Have an amazing weekend, and go be fabulous everyone!