Read-the-Label: Yaby Lip Color Refills

It’s no secret that I like refills. I also have three Zpalettes for my bronzers, blushers, concealers and a whole range of eyeshadows. Lip products can be great in refill form like the Yaby lip colour refills.  A review on the Yaby website tells that these babies are very creamy, highly pigmented and only require a few touch ups through the day. Sounds good! But what is in the product?
Well, here’s an ingredient list: Continue reading
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Behind-the-Scenes April #1

It’s been a quiet week with just the usual goings-on that come with managing the store. We did have to take stock and do the inventory for the close of the first quarter of 2012 and that took a big bite out of my week. Not a lot of fun, but it has to be done. And it feels good to have everything in order right at the beginning of the new quarter and not having to do everything last minute. I’m challenged and I know it.

Huge Yaby Cosmetics shipment came in on Friday and it had these beauties in it! Available very soon here for all your travelling needs.

On those rare nights where I have the house (and the remote) to myself, I watch @24kitchen! And I eat my favorite salad of string beans, cherry tomatoes, sjalots and tuna. Yummm. Funny thing, I made that garlic toast that’s going into the oven just the other night.

Nothing says Easter like miniature daffodils. so cute.

Animal prints NEVER go out of style.

Embryolisse fully stocked again for the Easter rush!

Everything looking pristine after taking stock! Yay

R.C.M.A. Research Council of Makeup Artists

One of the least known brands carried by Promakeupstore, RCMA has been an insider secret of pro makeup artists for many years. The reason you haven’t heard of RCMA? They don’t advertise. Why don’t they advertise? Because they don’t have to. The brand has earned it’s good reputation with the pro’s by being consistent, hard working and performing at top level at even the most grueling of circumstances. They many not sport fancy packaging or big screen names to promote their brand, but the good news is: you will not be paying for that either! Because of their low profile and organic marketing strategy, you only pay for Continue reading

Wayne Goss on Yaby Cosmetics

Wayne Goss, popular Youtube reviewer gives his honest opinion on Yaby Cosmetics Eyeshadows and Pearl Paints!

Yaby Cosmetics was developed by Canadian makeup artist Liz Yu.. She developed the brand with her peers in mind, knowing first hand how we always have way too much stuff in our kits and everybody is always trying to condense. Yaby is actually the reason I started PROMAKEUPSTORE in the first place in 2008! I had the pleasure of meeting Liz for the first time at IMATS London in 2010.
I already used Yaby as a makeup artist before I started selling the brand and I have never seen shadows so pigmented in my entire career. A lot has been said on their small size, but for me that’s more an advantage than anything else. Yes, I want to have every color under the sun in my kit, but I don’t want my kit to weigh a ton. And that’s exactly what you can achieve with these palettes. After all I do want a bright yellow and an acid green shadow just in case I might need it some day, but I don’t need them to be the size of a dollar (or a euro for that matter). They would last me my entire career AND my back would go out from carrying all that stuff around.
So before being put off by the size, think about the advantages. With this kind of pigment you aren’t likely to run out of a color any time soon, even though they are small.
If you need to replace a color in the palette, just press down on one side of the pan until it flips up, take it out and replace it with a full pan! It’s that easy.
Another plus is that they are vegan!

The four eyeshadow palettes each contain 40 shades of eyeshadow.
The “World of Pearl Paints Palette” contains all 40 Yaby Pearl Paint eyeshadows. Of the 2 kinds of shadows, these have the most pigment and they are all shimmery, and waterproof after application.
They go on like paint and then dry to a powder that won’t budge. I use these even on the waterline instead of pencil. Mixed with FACE Atelier Transforming Gel the possibilities are endless!
The Pearl Paint palette is 115 euros and refills are 2.80 including tax.

The “Dramatically Neutral Palette” contains a collection of 40 nude, brown, grey, blue, pink and black shadows in both matte and sheen finishes. For clean commercial and bridal looks you can’t go wrong with this palette.
The full palette is 95 euros.

The “Something Bright Palette” contains 40 bright eye shadows in a range of colors varying from blue greens to orange/reds, pinks and purples.
Palette is 95 euros.

Finally, the “Best of Both Worlds Palette” contains a selection of  40 best selling pearl paints and eyeshadow shades. This one is a great starter palette for first time Yaby users as well as those people who are serious about condensing their kit.
Full palette is 100 euros, refills are 2,25 for the eyeshadows and 2,80 for the pearl paints.

Of course you can always buy an empty 40-well palette and start your own custom Yaby palette as you see fit!

In My Kit

I wanted to wait until my new Züca Pro arrived before doing this post, because I haven’t been happy with my old set up for a while. I keep switching it around but it never really feels ok. My old trunk, which was just a very cheap aluminum toolbox from the hardware store, was literally screaming for retirement. At any time, I felt like it would just fall apart, and there is never a right time for that to happen.

I waited a long time before ordering the Züca, for a number of reasons. The single most important one being that I’m a “open-the-paintbox-and-start-working” kind of a girl. I don’t like unpacking anything and everything before being able to do something.
A couple of my fellow artists already owned one, so I was able to see theirs and how they work it, but ultimately, you can only find out if it works by trying it yourself. At 245 euro’s, I just stopped thinking, closed my eyes, and pressed “go”. Ouch.

I’ve been working with it for almost a week, and I have to say I’m ambiguous, but not ready to give up on it already. After all, there is no such thing as the perfect makeup case. It’s like moving house in a way, in your old one, you could find everything blindfolded. In the new house, you will need to find the perfect spot for your belongings, and that takes time, and a lot of switching and moving around. And maybe saying goodbye to some items that no longer fit. So I’m struggling, but willing to be patient and see if I can adopt this new way of life.
A good case is crucial for any artist, specially if you have a bad back like I do.
Oh, I’ve also ordered the Züca Artist Backpack for all my hair goodies and that should help with becoming even more organized. And organized is what we LOVE.

I have a second (smaller) kit at home that I use in a pinch, when my big kit is somewhere on location and I need to rush out for a last minute job, pictures of the baby kit will come in a seperate post.

Ok, on with what’s IN the Züca right now 🙂

Brushroll, loose brushes, powders, blenders
Quad roll with lipglosses, mascaras and misc. inside
contents of the quad roll, pencils, mascara, lipgloss, liptar, highlighters
Palettes from Nixie, Yaby, RCMA, Graftobian; LaFemme, and
various ZPalettes and Yaby freestyle palettes filled with Dior, MAC and Yaby.
foundation/powder bag with Cinema Secrets, RCMA, Visiora, Face Atelier, LeClerc, MAC and also some
Yaby and Max Factor powders (not visible but under the small 5-well palettes)
Skin PrepFinish Bag with Embryolisse, CS moisture spray, alcohol, makeup removers,
disposable mascara/lip wands, small q-tips, Face2Face, BeautyBlenders, eyedrops, and much much more.
Yaby liquid foundations, MUFE flash palette, Japonesque lipstick palette, MAC lip palette, lashes,
tweezers, lash comb, scissors, lashcurlers

And here is the Beast, packed and ready to go..

I will update this post with the Züca Artist backpack as soon as I get it in the mail!
The pictures are made with my BlackBerry so they are not very high quality, but I hope you enjoy them anyway.