Beauty News: Sam Fine in Maryland and Miami This Weekend

Makeup Sensation Sam Fine will be part of the Beauty Suite lineup for Uptown Escape.  Think of it as a luxury retreat for professionals in sunny Miami.  Looks like an amazing time.  I love the concept!!!  If you can’t make all of the events, you can’t miss the Beauty Suite!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Beauty Suite in Miami, FL

Celebrity Guest Stars include Nia Long, Nicole Ari Parker-Kodjoe and Cynthia Bailey

Admission: $50

Location: Hotel Gansvoort , Miami, FL

For more information and to register, check out and click “register”!

If you’d like to learn new techniques, get product recommendations, and watch the master work live, you’ve got to make it a priority to make it to Mr. Fine’s makeup seminar!

Sunday March 21, 2010

Admission: Class costs $125 and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the Sam Fine DVD, The Basics of Beauty!

Location: 2-4:30pm, Strands Hair Studios, Wheaton, MD

To RSVP, call 301.942. 1780

Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer


While reading over some notes from a Sam Fine interviewthat I did a few years back, I thought about the importance of bronzer. He always stresses the use of bronzer! Last night, I tried it again over Iman foundation. I still don’t have any raves about the Iman foundation, it’s just average to me. The bronzer, however, is a different story. The shade du jour is Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer in Ebony Bronze.

When I bought this about 6 months ago, I didn’t give it a fair shot. I may have been a little heavy handed. Looking back on it, I thought the color was a bit too dark, too muddy for my liking. I felt like it made me look dirty. Yesterday though, with Sam Fine on the brain, I tried a different technique. I used a much lighter hand, and applied the bronzer in very light, soft circular motions. The result, a sculpted face with bronzer! It warmed the look of my skin without making me look over done! Perfect! In the picture, the effect is subtle, but I loved it! In the seminar after the interview, Sam used my favorite blush (Nars Taj Mahal, duh!) to highlight the cheekbone right above the bronzer. Can’t wait to try that!

Sam Fine DVD Release Party!

How excited are we all that Sam Fine is finally coming out with a makeup video? Finally, we’ll get to learn the tricks of the trade (or just the tricks that he wants to expose). He can highlight and contour a face like I’ve never seen. When I attended his seminar back in 2007, he used over five foundations to sculpt his model’s face. The launch party went down at the Warren Tricomi Salon at the luxurious Plaza Hotel in NYC. Here he is looking so fresh and so clean with Iman (the host of the party), Deborah Cox and Vanessa L. Williams.

Sam Fine, Vanessa L. Williams and Dr. Lisa Iran

Sam Fine and Taraji P. Henson (Damn T, that hair though? Yuck!)

Apparently, the drink of choice was Nuvo! (I popped a bottle or two of this on my birthday in May, I really wanted to like it but it was overly flavored in my opinion. It was as if they wanted to hide the champagne taste with fruity syrup. I’ll stick to white wine.) The DVD will retail for $24.99, available of and Can’t Wait!!!

Update: The Essence Beauty Team was there for the action! Check out their coverage of the star studded event!!!

By the way, if you don’t have his book Fine Beauty, you’re NUTS! Go get it!!! It’s a classic amongst classics!!!!

Make Up For Ever vs. MAC Foundations, The Showdown!

Everytime I turn around, Make Up For Ever has come out with something else to stun the competition. Each time that I wear it, I am thinking that Mat Velvet+ Mattifying Foundation could be the best matte foundation EVER. Bold statement, I know. I seriously can’t stop using it. In fact, here is a video tutorial on how to use it! This is precisely how I felt about the HD Foundation that I had been wearing for months on end. But then I realized, if I’m oily, why not use the foundation that makes you matte and flawless all at the same time! HD is my go to foundation for dewy, natural and fresh faced looks. The two foundations are in very heavy rotation. Want to learn how to apply HD? I’ll show you how to do dramatic, delicious dewy skin as well as everyday natural skin!

Many people tell me that I never say anything bad about MAC. Well let me tell you what I HATE. I loathe Studio Sculpt Foundation on myself. If you have normal or dry skin, this will make your skin look blissful. I put it on several clients that complained of boring, flaky and dull skin. They all looked amazing in it! Absolutely flawless. I put it on myself, and within hours I was in bumps and welts. I have the dark marks ALL over my face to prove it. Here is the quick review I posted on a few message boards while my face still itched!

Oily girls beware. I wore this foundation the other day around my jaw line just to test it out, then the next day I wore it all over my face, and my skin was perfection!!!! Absolute perfection! My face itched a few hours after I tried it on my jawline, then all day after and is still itching 4 days later. If you’re an oily girl like me and every other oily girl with bad reviews, don’t even bother. I have fine bumps and regular sized bumps ALL over my face. It’s disgusting. So, I will stick to the concealer, which is Heaven. Clearly this foundation is for drier skins b/c of the creaminess, which I knew, but had to try anyway.

So, MUFE has to be the winner in this category. I don’t like to bash products, but sorry MAC, it just isn’t cutting it to me.