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Stocking Up on Supplies

Yesterday went by in a big blur! A very exciting blur that left me tired and exhausted when I walked into my front door at midnight! I am not complaining because I love what I do. So, it’s a very satisfying exhaustion. Jinaki and I started our day bright and early at 730am to run a few errands and grab some supplies from the hair store and Ulta to stock up on supplies that have been running low in our kits. Two of my favorites that I stocked up on were NYX White eye shadow primer and a beauty blender sponge!




Speaking of supplies, I ordered a few things I needed from ebay too to add to my kit.


I ended up purchasing the Ben Nye Matte Foundation Pallete! I love their body paint, so I know I will love their foundations! This baby will come in good use for a few makeup gigs later this month for a play that Jinaki and I were invited to do makeup and hair at Willett Hall.


The lights burned out on my overhead projector, and I have been looking locally to find a replacement, but after searching various stores, I just went ahead and ordered some from online and it’s so much easier this way. I cant wait to get these, because I use my projector a lot when it comes to refining my tattoo designs.

Yesterday, we had some fierce wind and rain and when I say fierce…I mean, I was blown across the street heading into the photo studio! Our special client is a talented young woman who is a singer, songwriter and actress,Tia Rachelle. I cannot wait to show you more from the photoshoot but I cant yet until its released!

Since I cant show you those photos just yet, Ill show you a couple of photos from the past week or two.

Below: Jinaki, Myself and James Person


Below: Myself and Lance who is also apart of Roger Mitchell’s Motiontography helping to test out the lighting and to get in a behind the scenes shot.


Below: Miss Shannon Marie in another stunning shot with makeup done by me! How amazing does she look?!


It’s rounding midnight and I have an early appointment and I am ready to go to bed! I’m pretty tired since I woke up early to do a video shoot (but it got rescheduled) and I ended up just staying awake to go through emails, invoices and clean up my art studio!

Goodnight my friends and see you tomorrow for more random adventures!

Believing in yourself is the first secret to success.

If you ever want things to happen in your life, you have to first be willing to believe in yourself. One thing we have to learn in life is that we will make mistakes, we will do things wrong, but one of the worst things we can do when we do things wrong is to get so down on ourselves that we forget to keep pushing.

Monday Morning Makeup Kit

Good morning all! It’s Monday and if you’re like me, you’re already nursing a cup a coffee and trying to wake up and get motivated. I have my “Ellie Goulding” pandora station going to get me moving, and I’ve already gone through my emails and made my contacts for today for later gigs this week I have going on. I have a few errands today including a visit to the VA Hospital for check ups, lunch with a friend, a face paint workshop this afternoon I will be teaching. Then, last but not least, I am stocking my makeup kit this week on some things I am low on.

I wanted to share some makeup essentials that are on my wish list or that I already have. Just in case any fellow makeup artists out there are reading, I will provide links (when you click on the image, it should take you to wear you can purchase items!)

Stage Make Up



Portable Makeup Station



Kryolan Ultra Cream Foundations


Kryolan Make Up Case


Ben Nye Setting and Face Powders


Ben Nye Foundation Pallete ( I am ordering this one!)


Isn’t this necklace really cute?! I need to get this!


Ben Nye Concealer Wheel


Bobbi Brown Face Pallete



ZUCA Pro Makeup Bag Set


A lot of my makeup I have posted here, if you haven’t noticed is Ben Nye and Kryolan. If you have never heard of these brands, they are mainly used for stage makeup or even movie production makeup. You see these brands behind the scenes and even at the IMATS. (International MakeUp Trade Show)

I use Ben Nye for my body painting, but I want to branch out and start using their cosmetics as well. Their foundations and powders really help on photoshoots helping to keep your model looking fresh and not oily and sweaty as their foundations, powders and sealers help to keep it sweatproof and long lasting. I am ordering a bunch of stuff this week and next, so I will be sure to give reviews if yall want that sort of thing.


Here are a few images of their catalog from the Ben Nye Website


This is a pic of Priscilla Ono, who is an amazing MUA! This is her latest obsession color above! She pulls it off really well!


And some exciting news out there for Hair Stylists that use Paul Mitchell Products, they finally made a Dry Shampoo Spray! So, keep your eyes open for this one! I haven’t bought it yet, but I will be because I am a huge fan of dry shampoo!


I’s thinking of doing something like this (color wise) to my hair. What do you think?

Well, I need to get into the shower and get ready for the day! Thanks for waking up with me this morning!

Don’t forget to smile today! You never know whose day you will brighten!

xoxox, Cecilia

At the end of the day you will not remember the person with the most beautiful face but you will remember the person with the most beautiful heart and soul.

Body Paint


I once worked at a custom airbrush shop back in Colorado and I loved every second I was there. I did learn some really cool techniques and did a lil bit of graphic and fashion design. That is where I learned to airbrush and played with alot of paint and color.

A body painter working on a model (courtesy of

I have been doing alot of graphic makeup and regular makeup applications, but there is alot of creativity and freedom in body painting. Yes, I said body painting. A month or two ago, I met someone who does body painting full time, and after talking to him and seeing his work, it inspired me that I wanted to do more body paint too. In Colorado, we had many clients come in to get their bodies airbrushed or painted for mainly football games, but also holidays.

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A couple weeks ago, after a client seen some of my work, offered me to work with her for a show where I can paint 3 models. Of course I said yes! I am super excited since it is so much fun to do body painting. I love to see my art on people even if it is not permanent (YET, hahahaha)

I just ordered my body paint this morning and cannot wait for it to come in. In case anyone reading this is wondering where do you even get body paint from, well, keep reading because I will share with you!

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There are many different brands you can use for body painting. What you want to look for is paint that is not going to rub off easily from sweat of rubbing. You can find body paint in any party or halloween store, but I find that to be a lil messy at times.

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I have used Ben Nye Magicolor before and really found it to work best. There are many colors to choose from and has versatility to it. I can take a paint brush, or a sponge and apply it to the body or I can thin it with the Ben Nye Finisher Seal and use it in an airbrush, which is nice!

International Fun Shop
I really liked this website because of the variety of products, the price is not too bad and that they have served many celebrities, shows, movies and more. (You can check out more here for media)

I just ordered some body paint in white, black, red, yellow and blue. I can mix any color I may need from there. But  I am not getting paid to mention this site, I just wanted to share with you where I bought my makeup from so you can check it out! There are even tutorials on their website to help explain how to apply some of the makeup. You can sign up also to receive coupons or discounts through your email.

Once again, here is their website- check it out.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this inspires you to do some body painting if you havent already!

“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn't life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don't they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you'd meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to - like talking to dogs. ”
Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief

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