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

Behind-the-scenes March

I’ve decided to start a new category of posts in this blog with a random selection op photo’s that will hopefully give you a peak into my life as a makeup artist and shop owner. Some will be personal, some shop-related and a lot will be makeup related! This first one is a collection of March events but I plan on doing one every week on Monday, so stay tuned!

My first Morrocan Oil order! I have high hopes for my hair now, so stay tuned for a review.

My makeup station half-way through a busy day of shooting! I forgot to bring Kleenex and of course 2 gas stations on the way to the studio were sold out, hence the Tempo tissue pack. Meh. This studio loves a good bikini babe though.

The long awaited first edition of Dutch Vogue finally arrives on my BIRTHDAY! YAY!      And look at the condition of the wrapper. I hate when this happens, thanks mail man.
Boo.

But here it is, and looking FAB! 🙂

My birthday started off SO good with these lovely flowers from my better half! ❤

Bubbles and bites at the beach with sunny weather and the one I love. Doesn’t get much better than this!

watching the sun set…

This just hit home with me SO much.

refreshing pick-me-up while working on the store in my kitchen instead of my office!

I gave myself a nice birthday present! testing is in progress, look out for the full review!

One of the new campaign pictures for Yaby Cosmetics, makeup by one of my fav makeup artists, Roshar! Can’t wait to use these on the shop page!

One of the pics I did for a lookbook way back in January!. Love brides!

Our living room before we decided to change it completely! Kinda nice now that I see this again haha!

Nice clean makeup station at 4.30 am, right before all hell broke loose. Too bad I didnt take any “after” shots.

New Yaby Pearl Paint tester unit!!

An oldie from back in February. The snow + streetlights + dusk is just.. magical.
This is the view from our appartment on the 18th floor btw.

Thats it for now, hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment or a question if you like! 🙂

Monique

Get the look: Eva Jinek

Event: book launch of Linda de Mol’s first photo book in 2011

A look I did for Eva Jinek, dutch tv anchor woman and talkshow host of (formerly) the NOS Network, and currently Vandaag de Dag and Eva Jinek op Zondag.

Eva, Bram and Linda de Mol together, showing the first copy of the book that Linda launched to celebrate her series of celebrity couples in Dutch magazine “Linda”. Eva and Bram received the first copy because their love affair actually began during their shoot and the interview they did for the interview.

How to achieve the look I gave Eva for this event:

Face prep:
Eva has lovely skin so only a touch of Embryolisse Lait-Créme Concentree on dry zones is sufficient. A touch of Elizabeth Arden’s 8-hour cream on the lips to moisturize and prevent flaky lips when it’s time to finish the look.

Foundation:
FACE Atelier Silicone Ultra Pro foundation in #2 Ivory along the t-zone and #3 Wheat on the outer perimeters of the face. This foundation does not require priming at all.
The new Super Foundation Brush by Royal & Langnickel applies this foundation beautifully. Buff it out with a dampned Beauty Blender for that lovely airbrushed finish.
Lightly powdered with Yaby loose powder.

Cheeks:
Nars blush in Orgasm topped with some Visiora pc104 face powder.

Brows:
filled in with Yaby brow powder in #3 and # 4 with brow shaper BC550 by Royal & Langnickel.

Eyeshadow:
Yaby es103 Golden Desert on the moving eyelid, topped with a touch of es192 Seashell for added highlights.
FACE Atelier eye pencil in black, smudged deep into the upper and lower lashline gives a smoldering look, and is set with Yaby eyeshadow es154 Abyss to make sure it lasts as long as the party does. The same eyeshadow is taken slightly up, into the outer corners of the eye to make the base of the crease definition.
Yaby eyeshadow es144 Twinkle Twinkle lightly applied into the lashline for a gently, but sexy sparkle that catches the light.
Crease definition is achieved by blending Yaby es168 Bark, es253 Milk Chocolate and es562 Royal Brown to bring out the blue in Eva’s eyes, together with es154 Abyss for depth.

Lashes:
Lots of FACE Atelier Mascara in Midnight Black on both the top and bottom lashes.
I usually do layers of mascara in between working on different parts of a face, allowing the lashes to dry completely, so I can curl them several times in between also.
The icing on the cake: a pair of half lashes by Cara K and a final coat of mascara to blend natural and false lashes seamlessly.

Lips:
Outlined and completely filled in with FACE Atelier’s lip pencil in Spice for staying power, topped off with a generous coating of non-sticky FACE Atelier Lip Glaze in Peach,
Eva’s favorite, along with Primrose.