Picture Perfect!

The last time a camera and I met professionally I did my own make up.  I had the idea that I would put on false eyelashes and even practiced.

But the morning of the first call, I just couldn’t see getting the stiff band of lashes on and skipped them.  I did get a couple of layers of primer and foundation on, made for HD, but when I see my face blown up, I can still see things that bug me.

So when it came time to renew my headshot for a talent agency, I called on Dorys Foltin of Maleana Cosmetics.

I’ve used Dorys over the years for my talent’s make up -Dorys can make anyone look absolutely flawless!  Her years of experience helps her choose the perfect colors that make the talent, like you, but better.

For myself, I went in bare-faced, except for a little sunscreen of course, and freshly washed hair.

Dorys started with my hair, smoothing it out with a flat-iron, teasing it a little bit around the crown.  She shared a tip – take dark or black powder shadow and dust it into your hair’s part.  This takes the attention away from the “bald”, white spot in your part so it’s less distracting.

After hair, Dorys blended her own Maleana Cosmetics cream foundation so it matched my complexion. It’s amazing how the right color foundation-that matches your face and neck, helps in creating a more youthful appearance.

I mentioned to her at the start that I would be considered for “mom” or “business woman” roles, so the makeup should be natural.

The colors she chose enhanced my features instead of shouting out.

In the end, I was very happy with my look!



Twirl Girl – Curly Lashes!

I’m one of those girls who loves my products but when it comes to doing some steps – well, I just skip them.

Like doing exfoliating masks on a regular basis. I start out with good intentions, but until I read an article about the goodness of scrubbing I fall off the wagon.

And then there is the curling of the lashes.

I like the look and watch my friends curl theirs – or seek out products that curl the lashes and then whip out the curler.

But pretty much all I do is put on my MAC Falselashes, brush on one coat with a pulling up direction and off I go!

But the other day, I got my make up professionally done by Dorys Foltin of Maleana Cosmetics on Waialae Avenue.  She expertly applied a few single lashes and then the finishing touch – her Twirl heated lash curler.

Twirl, a product distributed by Dorys thru Maleana, is different in that the heated wand, is curved and has little comb-like bristles that help pull your lashes.

I noticed even after having them curled at 11am in the morning, at 9pm at night they were still curled.  http://www.shop.maleana.com/index.php?product=001

I give a high recommend!


Light Up My Life – Laura Mercier “Guava” Eye Shadow

I had a photo shoot the other day and was looking to pick up a few tips from the make up artist, Dorys Foltin of Maleana Cosmetics.

I had already been searching for a light natural almost skin color eye shadow to use as a base-and watching the makeup artist apply light colors to the lids of my talent, I was very impressed by how much it brightened the whole eye area.

Much more exciting for me because I got the current NM beauty bag by purchasing Laura Mercier’s eye shadow stipling brush, guava eye shadow and the new Kiehl’s fragrance in Orange and Lychee.

The color looks so beautiful under the store lights and on my lids – it really looks darker here- but when I put it on my lids without primer-it almost matches my skin but somehow makes it look brighter and my eyes don’t recede as much!  (Loving the stipling brush too!)

I love a natural look for day – some radiant primer, tinted moisturizer, guava shadow and a chocolate-ly eyeliner!

I spoke to LM’s Global Make Up artist Luis Soto about the current trend of Cinema Noir-you remember those gorgeous black and white photos of the film stars before “talkies”.

I love that LM has added videos too!  Check them out on their youtube channel!


Near Perfect – Body Lotion SPF15

I’m always searching for options – like life, options are a good thing.

I really love my spf30 Keihl’s Creme Lotion but since I hang out on the windward side, my moisturizers are sent into hyper drive and end up being sticky.

So, I was tooling around Whole Foods Kailua the other day to check out what they might have in terms of body lotion with spf and found Alba’s Very Emollient spf15 Body Lotion for normal to dry and sensitive skin.

It’s not as big a number in terms of spf, but 15 will do since I take multiple showers per day anyway.

As we know, it the application of the spf vs the number.  What I am saying is,  the higher the number means you can stay in the sun longer with that coating of spf, but if you shower frequently, a few times a day let’s say, then it’s ok to wear a lower sunscreen if you are not in the sun for a long period of time (more than running errands in and out of the car) and plan to shower and re apply.

I know I know -who has the time?

But really, do you want to look like a crocodile?


I’ll Follow YOU!


So you guys know how I give a lot of credit to Hillary J for getting my hair back to a healthy condition via using vegetable gloss to color the gray, instead of using “color” and harsh, drying dye?

Hillary J will be opening her own location on Kokohead Avenue in Kaimuki – near Jose’s Mexican Cafe & Cantina.

It will echo a lot of Winam Hair Studio’s zen like quality – not so far out like you’ll hear tinkling bells and incense, but a mellow atmosphere is planned.

I might miss the spaceship contraption at Billy F.’s for setting in my gloss, but that’s ok, the gloss stayed in before and will again!