Michela is Zooting

A beauty & lifestyle blog by creative Michela Wariebi

Month: August, 2015

Review : Tre’stique – “Tinted Face Stick Beauty Meets Simple”

Because my time is severely limited as an adult, I often find myself applying or touching up my makeup on the go.  If it doesn’t happen in the morning at a mirror, it is definitely happening on a train, in the back of a cab or anywhere that I can sit and balance my purse on my lap really. That means that portability and ease of use are essential features for most of my go-to beauty choices.

This is why I was pleasantly surprised at the discovery of the tre’Stique brand in the selection of products from my DIY Makeup swag bag I recently received. tre’Stique is a fairly new beauty brand “offering alternative everyday beauty routine, wherever life takes you.” Please and thank you beauty gods.

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Here’s the low down on tre’Stique; what they offer, how it works and why I think it’s great or not so much.

Everything from tre’Sitque is done in cute dual-ended sticks with interchangeable parts.  All packaging is designed to look like chubby crayons without tops. My weakness for packaging is so real and for some reason the packaging tapped into my childhood nostalgia of holding a handful of colored pencils. Packaging is sealed with a custom magnetic cap, so the chances of things opening and smudging in your purse or makeup bag or minimal. So much yes!!

Color & Contour: Bronzer Stick

This baby has a great color and the texture was fantastic.  The color payoff was also wonderful without being too dense.  My only issue is that it is the only shade and it was barely deep enough for me to use.  I’m a pretty middle-of-the-road shade of brown, so it’s a little crazy for the only bronzer shade offered by a brand to be only as deep as my skin tone. They will definitely need more shades for this stick.  Includes contour brush on opposite end of stick. Available in 1 shade.

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Matte Color & Shiny Balm: Lip Crayon

Easily one of my favorites from what I received. One side has a highly pigmented matte lip color and the other a semi-sheer shiny balm.  The balm can be used before the matte lip color to moisturize and prep the lip.  It is a great moisturizer including ingredients like cocoa butter, tahiti butter, peach oil and olive fruit oil. It can also be layered over the matte lip color to create a shiny finish. The matter lip color is highly pigmented and it wasn’t so matte that it dried out my lips and having the balm readily available makes it easy to moisturize lips if they do begin to dry out.  Available in 6 shades, all of which I need!

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Color & Smudge: Shadow Crayon

A highly pigmented shadow that is blendable and crease-free, buildable and a long-wearing 12 hour formula.  Say what?  Run that back! A highly pigmented shadow that is blendable and crease-free, buildable and a long-wearing 12 hour formula. Feel free to whip and nae nae…I’ll wait. Includes a shadow smudger on the opposite end. I’m all for a little smudgey wudgey, effortless smokey situation. Ayyyeee! Convenience is always a great feature. Available in 6 shades.

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  • Tinted Face Stick: Only available is 6 shades that do not really meet the needs of women of color. They have an amazing opportunity to gain brand loyalists with women of color if they provide deeper shades.
  • Concealer Crayon: Only available in 3 shades.  A wider shade range is definitely needed. Opposite end includes concealer blender.
  • Blush Stick: 2 shades only.  Once again I think an expansion of colors is needed, but the current colors are still promising. Opposite end includes contour brush.
  • Eye Pencil: Gel liners offered in 3 shades. Opposite end includes sharpener and mini-smudger.
  • Brow Pencil: Triangle-shaped tip, which sounds like it would make great hair like strokes of color. Other end includes tinted brow gel.

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A very cool and innovative refillable tool system for pencils.  You can easily twist on or twist off the offered interchangeable parts to individually customize your pencils. For example, instead of balm, you can have your matte lip color paired with a lip brush.

images-4Overall I love the tre’Stique concept and the quality of products was stellar.  They really are offering something truly innovative with their cute, but practical packaging.  My only issue is the lack of complexion products to meet the needs of women of color.  It is very difficult as a woman of color to support a brand that seems to have forgotten that you exist.  The addition of deeper shades would definitely put tre’Stique into a makeup bag must have category. I will go ahead an give my stamp of approval, because they are a fairly new brand and I expect that there will be more products added.

Find out more about the brand and purchase products here.

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Book Work: Video – Fiskars Acquires WWRD

I had the pleasure of working as the makeup artist with No Frames poductions for a video announcing the acquisition of the WWRD group by Fiskars.  For those who don’t know the WWRD group includes iconic luxury brands like Wedgewood, Waterford, Royal Albert and Royal Doulton. Fiskars is a little know company that makes the quality scissors with the iconic orange handle.

Take a look at the final compilation video below.

Production: No Frames

Makeup: Michela Wariebi

Hair: Auralis Flores

xoxo

MW

DIY Makeup Expo – Guess Who’s a VIP Influencer

Super excited to announce that I have been selected as a VIP Influencer for the DIY Makeup Expo being held by DIY Makeup Mag. The team at DIY mag selected a group of pro makeup artists and bloggers in the NYC area with unique social media presences to be part of the influencer circle connecting us with brands and tapping into our expertise.


This expo will be the first cosmetics expo powered by social media and I am so excited to see what the DIY Mag team has in store! Find deets about the event below.

Name: DIY Makeup Expo

Location: The Attic NYC

251 West 48th Street

Date: September 26, 2015

Time: 5PM – 10PM

Tickets for this event are FREE.  With FREE admission you get access to free makeovers, product samples and products available for purchase.  You also have the option of purchasing a VIP ticket at $99 which gains you access to the VIP mix and mingle portion of the expo. But…you know I love a good discount.  Use my name “MICHELA” on the eventbrite page, here, to get a 25% discount of VIP tickets.

I hope I get to see your beautiful faces there.  If you are coming, make sure you let me know!!

Review: Chella Brow & Eye Collection

After just a few years of working as a professional makeup artist, my personal makeup routine has whittled down from a minimum of 3 MAC shadows to a great brow, liner lashes and a great lip. When I want to be fancy, I wear BB cream, blush and highlighter.  On a very special and rare occasion I may wear foundation.  Yes, I am one of many professional makeup artists who does not wear much makeup.  Surprise!

With that being said, my brow products are of the utmost important to me.  I look for great quality, the perfect texture and of course, I need whatever I fill my brows in with to have some great wearing power.  Your girl has minimal natural brows, so I must make a brow where there is no brow, while also maintaining a natural appearance.

I received Chella brow and eye products in a swag bag from DIY Makeup Mag and I was VERY pleased with the collection. Never heard of them? Neither had I, but the quality of products did not disappoint, so I wanted to share more info with you all.  Go ahead and scroll down to learn about Chella, one of my new favorite niche beauty brands.

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First, they are primarily a skincare brand that creates “specialized solutions and a robust fundamental daily regime” all to combat sign of aging. They have since expanded to include brow, eye and lash products and have 2 brow studios in California. All products are cruelty-free and there is no animal testing of products. (Hey PETA!)

[The Brow & Eye Collection] Brow, lash and eye enhancement.

Eyebrow Color Pencil $18

Retractable pencil with semi-fine tip.  Product is stiff enough to create hair like strokes, but emollient enough to diffuse. Available in 6 shades:

  1. Awesome Auburn
  2. Beautiful Blonde
  3. Dazzling Dark Brown
  4. Elegant Ebony
  5. Luscious Light Brown
  6. Tantalizing Taupe

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Excellent shade range suitable for all skin tones. You know I’m a fan.

Highlighter Pencils $18

A chubby sharpened pencil with neutralizing properties and it’s made for a quick and portable highlighting everywhere situation.  Use it to highlight, conceal, neutralize: brow bone, dark circles, blemishes, red spots, water line & inner corners of eyes, down the nose (oh!).  They also say it’s great for lipstick bleeds and eliminating darkness around the mouth.  Great coverage without being heavy and surprisingly creamy and easy to blend and diffuse. Available in 5 shades.

  1. Ivory Lace
  2. Latter
  3. Cappuccino
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Espresso

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Listen, Chella done crept up and snatched all my damn edges. There was no denying that they got this absolutely right when I realized that they offered highlighter shades for EVERYONE.  And I don’t mean they just have shades that are supposed to match human skin tones, but don’t, Chella has a shade range to suite most if not all skin tones and the colors are RIGHT! The Espresso is easily a shade I would use to contour my face so it would be a highlighter for someone with incredibly deep toned skin. Praise dance! Yall know the brown girl cosmetic struggle.

Eyebrow Defining Gel $18

I used this bad boy on set a few day ago and it tamed the most unruly of brows!  I’m talking slightly coarse and curly brows.  Hello!!!  Where can I get this in a jug with a wand?

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Of the products that I received, the aforementioned were what I was able to try and I loved absolutely every single one.  The eyebrow pencils had every feature that I look for in a quality pencil and the highlighter pens are and excellent addition to any makeup bag.  Super portable, great quality and easy to use.

Other products that I received and haven’t had the opportunity to use or products offered by Chella worth checking out are listed below.

  • Heated Eyelash Curler
  • Eye Brow Color Kit – brow pencil, highlighter pencil, brow gel, dual size sharpener and detailed instructions.
  • Anti-fatigue Eye Masks
  • Brow Full-fillment Eyebrow Treatment
  • Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment
  • Eyeliner Pens in black & indigo
  • Tools – tweezers, scissors, razor with brush and comb
  • Brow stencils (4 templates)
  • Chella brow organizer with Beautiful Brow Instructional DVD

Chella definitely gets the stamp of approval from me.  The products are undeniably of a great quality and they definitely did their homework considering product development.  I highly recommend Chella.

Purchase on-line here or find a brick and mortar location here.