Product Review: Spiny Brush Cleaner

Okay hold onto your Bunnydeer Hatbox hats ladies…. for once….. I DON’T HATE SOMETHING!

I saw this advertised on instagram, by which I mean the instagram robots told me to look at it probably 100 times over the past few months. It spins your makeup brushes clean and then dries them. Of course I first thought… probably wreck my brushes so I shrugged it off. This past weekend a bride brought it in for her trial just to show me and I tried it and absolutely loved it! Though of course testing any makeup the internet shows me requires me to rigorously test it.

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Product Review: Younique 3D Fiber Mascara

I know this product is old, its not a new thing and most of you have probably tired or heard of it already. This is the reason why I didn’t even bother with it purposefully in the first place, but my sister in law had some and I asked to try it. I already knew it’d be garbage, and for its original price that was 70$ it was to much for all this hassle for a meh product. Even now that it is 34$ on their website now its still not really worth it.

As a makeup artist of 15 years I have seen many different combos of extra extending lash mascaras. Clear sealers,extra waterproof, extra fibers inside, extra nourishing oils, different pigments, glitter.. you name it, I’ve seen it.

Read on further to see why this I give this product a 3/10

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Watch Out for Job Offer Scams -UPDATE

2 Years ago I wrote about my experience with getting what seemed a too good to be true makeup job offer with Instyle magazine.

What  it turned into was a big let down to start with, then a very scary realization: that in the least my credit card and identity could of been stolen…to the extreme of I could of been caught up in human trafficking or dead.

Since then I get weekly comments (136), phone calls, emails and DMs from other makeup artists all over the world who are getting the same emails.

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Help! Broken Toenails + Fungal Infections!

Most people think feet are gross to begin with. 90% of my pedicure clients think they have the worst feet (trust me you don’t unless you are the 2% of clients that I do send to a doctor before I can take them). Pedicures can fix a lot of your feet problems that you may think are unsolvable.

Issues that I see the most in the spa:

  • Dry feet
  • Calluses
  • Ingrown toenails
  • No pinky toes (or barely anything there)
  • Fungal Infections (in nails or athelet’s foot)
  • keratolysis (pitted holes in soles of feet)

Regular Pedicures can help with all of these issues and if you also consult with your doctor; they can be totally resolved (minus pinky toes..if you can’t grow the nail that’s kinda it… but there’s a interesting solution to it!)

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Cosmetic Labels

Ever get really excited about a product and can’t wait to use it…

Then your phone dies and your stuck in the bathroom reading labels like it’s 1998?

How the Hell do you read these labels?

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When Exactly Do I Need a Facial?

Want to know a truth about me? 

I barely ware makeup. For a makeup artist it seems weird, but I honestly just focus on my eyes, brows and lips for everyday wear. But it’s because I keep up with my skin care routine the the point I see no point in everyday foundation. But what should be a skin care routine? I’ve been hearing a new trend that differs from what I have been taught and telling my clients for years…

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Why Won’t Shellac Stay?

Shellac nails are a nail lovers dream come true. No longer the days where it only lasts 2 days, and the waiting……. and the waiting…… and more waiting… and the “Sh*t. I touched them.”

Shellac (which is a brand name) is a gel polish which cures in a LED/UV light. They are dry the second they come out of that bad boy and are supposed to last up to 2-4 weeks. But what if they don’t? What happened? Who’s fault is it? Should I get my money back?

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Questions for Scotia: Do I Need Moisturizer?

Today someone asked: “Genuine question I had to ask today: Can you put moisturizer on in between face washings? Or it is like a once a day thing? Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuch a girl, amirite?”

Easy answer: Yes, you should use at least 1 moisturizer on your face each day.

Click more for more answers and why you should!

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2017 in Review

Happy New years everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and fun time! I finally was able relax because it was so cold, I was forced to stay in and cuddle with family and watch movies.. how horrible I know!

2017 was crazy amazing for me: I started my year off moving into the new shop in downtown Fort William in Victoriaville mall. This has been such a awesome expansion and I love you all for your support.

With the move came hiring staff and getting my coop student, Troy, Shae, Nadine and Jess! Some of you have been short lived other with me longer but I have to give my biggest thanks to Troy! He has helped me move in, set up, get everything together, been my great assistant of learning my way of answering the phones, doing laundry, setting up for clients and has great customer service! He even bares going out into the cold for me to get supplies from the store!

My nail art game in watercolour and protrait was pushed to awesome levels thanks to all your requests. I was also awarded top 3 nail salons in Thunder Bay.

I was able to work on 2 films this year Mercy and another that is still in post production and hasn’t been released yet.

I was able to do my yearly workshop at Thundercon, this year I premade half a prosthetic and then live demonstrated how to do the rest. You can watch the live demo here.

I worked on a beautiful set with acrobats with Apple wagon productions, styling the scene 1920’s.

Westfort Productions and I have now teamed up as well for marketing campaigns for Tbaytel and McKellar Confectionery.

I was invited to speak at the HUB’s Lunch and Learn for small business talking about my experience in applying for grants and opening my own small business (this one 😛 ). Also spoke at Confederation College’s film students about makeup artistry and DIY special effects.

I was the busiest year so far with weddings! Irma’s Bridal was awesome in getting me to do all the makeup for their fashion show at the Fall Wedding show.

Once again I helped Katie of Silver Cedar Studios rock out her runway fur fashions for Derelict.

Lea from Eating Dirt and I did more awesome and fun photo shoots, goth girls, grim and reapers. Scott Hobbs photography and I got messy with a gallon of blood and also did a lot of fun boudoir, theater and family shoots.

Alot of people at the Thunder Pride Parade were happy, scared and confused by me and Veronkia’s Babadok. As well I was able to do Portia’s makeup again and talk to young teens and drag queens about makeup with Paloma Marquez.

Halloween is always big for me and this year my biggest was a anatomy cartoon body paint along with another fully booked halloween weekend full of scary and awesome costumes.

 
Thank you guys again for bringing me all your amazing weddings, fashion, costumes, nails, skin care needs, lashes and more!!! Lets create some more sweetness in 2018!

Xoxo Scotia

Why Are You Doing That Viral MUAs?

This is a letter to the general makeup artists on instagram and youtube.

Stop doing stupid shit.

Just stop.

This came to a hilt today when I watched a drag queen that I do really like and think is talented but she started her video off with this:

you don’t need that much primer.

Here’s a list of things you guys need to cut out:

  • blending with stupid household items (food, condoms, random objects). you can get good beauty blenders for like a dollar online! Use your clean hands if you really just don’t have brushes or blenders.
  • dripping/dribbling primer or foundation down your face. You don’t need that much.
  • contouring more than once. pick one you like: cream foundation, powder blush/bronzer/highlighter combo… doing both is too much.
  • doing the “100 layers of..” trend. stop wasting product.
  • using weird cheating products like the vamp stamp and other things. If you are a pro makeup ARTIST then you need to work at your craft not cheat your way there.
  • here’s another list too for more! 

I love trying these items out as a joke… I would NEVER use them on a client or on myself. Out of the 100s of new products that come out each year.. maybe 1 or 2 of them are worth adding to your kit. The only thing that I have tried and liked that was popluar and new was the “Beauty blender” egg sponge. But I still don’t use them regularly on my clients. That’s why I invest in nice brushes.

I just want to say that for those of you doing these as jokes, cool, don’t take it seriously. But I am a serious makeup artist, I have spent 15 years working on my self and my art. I went to school for it, I am a professional. In my personal opinion if you can only do your own face and have nothing to show for your own work then you aren’t a professional makeup artist. You can do your own makeup well, which is a skill but not on the same level as me or my peers.