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Welcome to my blog and thank you for visiting! I'm a budding freelance makeup artist and makeup/beauty blogger! I reside in New York where I was born and raised. I love this place! I'm young, vibrant and creative! Please I encourage you to follow my blog, leave comments, ask questions or even browse. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TRUE REVIEW: Mehron Barrier Spray

Friday, August 26, 2011


Hey Blossoms,

After asking MANY photographers and TONS of research. I've compiled the top 6 (yes 6, and I'm glad I have your attention now) things photographers do NOT want to see from YOU, the makeup artist on set. THIS will be a 2 part special so be sure to follow this blog for more.

Let's begin, shall we?

1. Park your ego, a real team is at work.

You do the most amazing cut crease looks, your "no makeup" makeup look IS virtually and digitally undetectable. GREAT! Now place your ego in the trunk of your car before you go on set. You do a stunning job, you're talented, you may even be sought after. The photographers know this. That's WHY you were hired. If you let your ego get the best of you the word "booked" just may become obsolete in your list of makeup artist terminologies. There is no "I" in team, cliche but true... get it? Got it? GOOD!

2. You have 20/20 vision, that's nice. Use it to see what the photographer wants.

Photographers know you want everything you work on to wind up in your portfolio but realistically that won't happen. So you really want an avante garde piece but you are on set of a shoot that's aiming for something that parallels an Abercrombie & Fitch print ad. I know...I know...it'll be alright...now back away from the MUFE Flash palette...

3. Did you really bring more equipment than the photographer, stylist, model and maintenance man of the studio combined?? *blank stare*

I'm pretty sure Picasso wouldn't approve! True artists have what they need. Stop treating your makeup kit like your savings account. There is no need to "save for a rainy day". You will NEVER go on a set booked for 5 models and end up with 50! So there is no need to bring every piece of makeup you've ever bought. Furthermore, let's see you fit 10 eyeshadow palettes on that little countertop area designated for makeup. *I'll wait...*

Remember rule #2. Use your 20/20 vision to see what you will truly need and just bring that.

An over packed kit can lead to lost items, broken items, stolen items and an overall unorganized looking kit. 


No,this isn't the title of the newest blockbuster horror flick.

Models are used to having their makeup applied, hair pulled, body twisted and turned, clothes place on, shoes pulled off before most of us even have a cup of coffee.

 So if a model offers you a short cut (by giving you tips on what works best on their skin) or helps you avoid a disaster on their face, pay heed. For example, if a model states she is a chronic blinker and tears excessively , skip tight-lining unless the look your going for is "streaked face raccoon". Take what applies and throw the rest out. This is NOT a threat to you as a MUA but actually a bonus. Models NEED MUAS. You may get booked again to work with that same model if she feels comfortable with you and you actually treat her like a person and not just a face.

Most importantly, the photographer wants the model happy and focused so that the perfect shot can be captured. If you are known to upset models or cause unnecessary tension with the models then you will NOT be called back in to work. It's not about YOU remember, in case you forget, refer back to #1 & #2.

 5. Light makeup please: FLAWLESS & NATURAL

Yes, that's right. The photographer wants the model to look flawless AND natural. Makeup artist aim for years to perfect this look.  Clean beauty is where the real money is. Flip through your favorite magazines and check out the work of your favorite big time makeup artists and you will see that the "no makeup" makeup look is what rules. So get use to it, get comfortable with it, work hard to perfect it and be sure, if you have dreams of seeing your work in a major magazine and/or on the red carpet, your portfolio reflects this!

6. Time + Talent x Professionalism = MONEY

Time on a shoot can fly by. Between makeup, hair, wardrobe and all the in-betweens it can feel like a whirlwind. So move expertly and work diligently. Time management is key and frolicking is frowned upon! Photographers want to see a level of professionalism from you that rivals (and in some instances far surpasses) their own. Basically, your professional presence needs to stand out, long after you've physically left the set. It's that type of impression that will have you booked with that photographer time and time again. So remember the time management and talent you bring to the table times your level of professionalism will equal MONEY (in the bank) for you for future booking. Simple enough, eh?

That's it, 6 simple things photographers DO NOT want to see and what you must do to overcome them. Photographers will appreciate your understanding of the aforementioned. Apply it to your business and the results just may surprise you!

What has worked best for you in your makeup artist:photographer relationships?

Until Next Time,

Later Blossoms

Tuesday, August 23, 2011





In his new role as Creative Makeup Director, Fine, a 20 year makeup artist veteran, will apply his accumulated artistic acumen and fuse it with Fashion Fair's brand DNA, to advise on the creation of new products, enrich its color palette and make in-store appearances.  In 2012, Fashion Fair will unveil Sam Fine for Fashion Fair trend collections, starting spring 2012.  
From Chicago, Fine worked for two years as a makeup artist for Naomi Sims Cosmetics in stores before embarking on a successful freelance career.  His talent has appeared on the covers and pages of Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Essence andMarie Claire; he was chosen as the first African-American spokesperson for Revlon and Covergirl Cosmetics; and he earned a devout following from star clientele, including Jennifer HudsonVanessa Williams and iconic supermodels Iman, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks.  He authored a best-selling how-to beauty guide, Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African-American Women, and followed it up with his instructional DVD, Fine: The Basics of Beauty.
"Sam Fine is a true artist who understands women of color and has built an illustrious career unparalleled in the industry," saidClarisa Wilson, President of Fashion Fair.  "His experience in the fashion editorial world with global beauty brands and celebrities will translate wonderfully with Fashion Fair, and our consumers will reap its benefits.  We're thrilled to have him with us, and you'll be able to track his progress at www.fashionfair.com."
"There's no place I'd rather foster my creative energies," said Fine.  "Fashion Fair was a barrier-breaking cosmetic line since its inception 38 years ago and remains a leader in prestige cosmetics for women of color."  
About Fashion Fair
Fashion Fair Cosmetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson Publishing Company LLC, is a global prestige cosmetics brand for women of color. Founded in 1973 in conjunction with the Fashion Fair traveling show, the world's largest touring fashion show which raised over $55 million for scholarships and various charitable causes, Fashion Fair is a trusted and revolutionary brand. Fashion Fair products can be found in 652 prestige stores across the U.S., LondonParis, Canada, the Caribbean and at www.fashionfair.com.

I will most surely be purchasing a few of the new products developed under Mr.Fine! I am beyond excited. Fashion Fair is going to take its place at the top! Stay tuned for those reviews!

Congrats Mr.Fine!!!!!!!!!!!

Have you congratulated Mr. Fine yet? Send him your messages HERE!

Until Next Time,

Later Blossom


Friday, August 19, 2011


Hey Blossoms,

I will be moving my blog over to WORDPRESS!!!

I have some amazing things in store! 

Please bare with me as I make the change!



Wait until you see all the AMAZING NEW FEATURES!!

Thank you for your patience!


Sherry Blossom

Monday, August 8, 2011


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Inglot Pressed Powder Review/ Swatch

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Hey Blossoms,

We all know that no amount of makeup could ever replace plain ol' "good skin". Our skin is the largest organ on our body and our FIRST line of defense against germs and other unmentionable invading somethingorothers floating through the air. We should be viligant in our skin care regimes BUT we tend to forget the fight is BEST fought from the INSIDE out.

What do I mean???


Our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water. We need water to live and our skin needs water to thrive.

Forget what you THOUGHT you knew about the benefits of water to the skin. I'm going to give you only 8 shattering truths but trust me there are many more. So, sit closer to your screen and pay attention! Your skin depends on it!

  1. Many of you walk around in a state of perpetual dehydration because you do not drink enough water.
  2. Water carries nutrients throughout your body and flushes out toxins via urination and prespiration.
  3. If your not frequenting the restroom odds are you are NOT drinking enough water!
  4. Water aids in maintaining the body's PH balance, pivotal in healing & recovery after sickness.
  5. Your skin regulates its body tempersture by prespiring when you become overheated. If you don't replenish the lost fluids quickly then you will become dehydrated. Dehydration is a PRIMARY factor of dry skin!
  6. Dehydrated skin can look like the surface of a prune aka WRINKLES(yes, not all wrinkles are "natural" some may be prevented/treated).
  7. Without proper hydration, capillary (blood vessels just beneath the skin) circulation is reduced and your skin can lose it's color (think: you'll look tired/sick)
  8. Keeping hydrated is imperative for skin repair. Lack of water intake can slow your skin's ability to repair itself resulting in deep wrinkles on mature skin and looking older than you actually are for other women.

Need I go on???

So here's the challenge.

I am committing this month to drinking 1.5-2 liters of water a day. That's 8-9 glasses of water a day.


 For me it's easier to just have my entire day's supply of water in a 2 litter bottle so that I know I'm getting the proper amount and psychologically it's much easier to do. I bought a 2 liter bottle of Sprite..POURED IT OUT and then filled it with water!  I used to love Sprite... so this makes me feel like I'm laughing this challenge right in its face...

For those that may have difficulty with just drinking water for the remainder of the month of August  ...milk and 100% juice does count as well.

EVERY SINGLE DAY until September 3 I will drink ONLY WATER (no exceptions) I am planning on making this a permanent part of my skin care regime and overall quest to health consciousness.

If you cheat and grab an alcoholic drink (which REMOVES water from your body and can dehydrate you RAPIDLY) or drink soda (it does have some water in it but its quite insignificant and won't count towards your daily intake) it's okay. Dust your self off, back away from it and grab a glass of water. Do NOT think you can't continue the challenge because you most surely CAN!

Also, do your best to drink your daily amount throughout the day if you drink any water at least 2 hours before you go to bed you may wake up with puffiness!

Water in conjunction with using my daily skin care products and I'll have clearer skin in no time!

Here's a photo of  the products I use for my updated skin care regime/anti-acne/breakout regime (View my video of how I care for my skin here) I will do reviews of each individual product soon...

Here are candid photos of my skin sans makeup...I'm on a quest to CLEAR SKIN!....BRACE for it please (and you all thought I was kidding when I told you my eyebrows are SPARSE lol)

AHHHHH I must love you all to show you these photos!!

The white cast is actually my acne medication that I place on nightly...


Hyper-pigmentation of old acne scars : a few spots on the forehead, both cheeks and chin

I had terrible acne as a teenager into early adult hood and the hyper-pigmentation used to be FAR WORSE. I remember when my skin first began to clear. It was during the summer and I declared to give up soda (ohh how I used to LOVE Sprite) and drink lots of water daily. By the time the fall arrived. My skin had improved 10 fold. Well time for history to repeat itself...

We will support each other and encourage each other to stay on track via my FACEBOOK PAGE! So SEND ME A FRIEND REQUEST! 

So who's joining the challenge??!!

Until Next Time,

Later Blossoms

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