Saturday, August 27, 2011

Insight on My World

I happen to be "reminiscing" about the good ol' days with my pal & decided to peruse my old myspace account (that I havent touched in well over a year!) & came across the blog post I did back in 2007 when Mailyna was granted "her wish" to go to Disney World her kindergarten year.  It made me remember her kindergarten year today when I ran into another parent at the "ice cream social" at Mailyna's school & we chatted about our kids being in the same classroom this year & remembering when they were little kinderbabies.  So heres the article that from 2007, that ran my baby on  the front page of the Daily Review.

Straight off Myspace:

Below is the article ran in Sept 8th's Daily Review about Mailyna.  Make a Wish is real & does great things for kids who truely deserve a little bit of sunshine in their lives.  I'll be forever greatful that my daughter was giving such a wonderful opportunity...


Fairview girl gets trip to Disney
Foundation provides vacation for 4-year-old suffering from disease
By Karen Holzmeister, STAFF WRITER

Almia Armas and her daughter Mailyna Mayate, 4, in their Hayward home Thurs. Sept. 6, 2006, are going to Walt Disney World in Florida with the help of Make A Wish foundation. Mailyna suffers from a life-threatening blood disease.

FAIRVIEW — Mailyna Mayate resembles a little princess in her pink-spangled gown, rhinestone tiara and wand sparkling with pixie dust.
The 4-year-old feels like one, too.
In late August, she started kindergarten at Stanton Elementary School in Castro Valley. On Sept. 16, she turns 5. And, she was asked Thursday, "Mailyna, what are you doing Saturday?"
"I'm going to Disney World," she said, giggling before collapsing in a fluffy heap to work on Cinderella and Little Mermaid puzzles.
Yes, at 11 a.m. today, a lim-ousine is taking Mailyna, her mother and her grandmother to San Francisco International Airport.
They'll fly to Florida and stay five nights at "Give Kids the World" Village, a resort in Kissimmee, where Mailyna will eat at the Gingerbread House. They'll also have passes to four Disney theme parks, Universal Studios and Sea World in neighboring Orlando.
A special trip for a special little girl?
Yes, and the fulfillment of a special wish by the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation for a child who has undergone more physical turmoil in her short life than many adults.
Mailyna suffers from thalassemia, a life-threatening blood disease. Her body cannot produce red blood cells.
She has had blood transfusions every five weeks since she was 6 months old. Just before her first birthday, a port — or small reservoir — was implanted in her chest for the transfusions. It lasts five to seven years before a replacement is necessary.
If her body temperature exceeds 101.5 degrees, Mailyna is hospitalized for three days for antibiotic therapy. She has liver biopsies yearly. She's currently not a candidate for a bone marrow transplant, which could introduce blood-forming cells into her body.
In addition, Mailyna takes medication every day to reduce the effects of iron overloads on her body caused by the transfusions. The oral medicine is a blessing, said Mailyna's mother, Almia Armas.
Until a year ago, Armas had to prick Mailyna's arms or legs with a syringe at bedtime, so that medication could pump through her daughter's body overnight. The child's limbs grew hard and callused, and it hurt her to walk.
Now, looking at affectionate, effervescent Mailyna, you would never know she is anything but a normal child.
"She is normal," Armas insisted. "She plays, swims and dances Tahitian dances. She loves to go camping and to the snow, to work on the computer and to take pictures with my camera."
In part, Mailyna accepts her illness "because she knows nothing else," explained her grandmother, Eileen Armas.
Love and diligence account for Mailyna's quality of life.
She lives with her mother, grandparents, aunt and uncle near Don Castro Regional Recreation Area. Mailyna's father is not involved in her life, Almia Armas said.
The family has good medical coverage, in part due to Armas's employment and insurance plan at Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, where Mailyna is treated in the pediatric hematology department.
"I wouldn't trade my life for anything else," Almia Armas, 25, said as Mailyna cried "Mommy!" and leaped into her arms. "She's my world."
And, for five days, Mailyna's world will be one of princesses and heroines whose names she reels off affectionately and quickly:
"Aurora (Mailyna's middle name). Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty. Snow White. Ariel. Belle. The Little Mermaid."

Personal Disclaimer: I am sorry that in the paper they printed my statement that her father is not involved... while he is not a constant in her life or actively involved the way my family friends & loves ones are, he does see her occassionally & I have no doubt that he loves Mailyna very much, so I am sorry that everyone who has read it will perceive him in that light, regardless of whether or not the statement is true.  So to her dad, I'm sorry.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


One of the biggest indicators that you've "made it" in Hollywood is having your own scent.  A-listers all over the world have partnered with companies to create their own signature scent, the latest being the new Mrs. Kim Kardashian (Humpheys).  Earlier this month NY Daily News reported the Kim Kardashian would be releasing 1000 bottles of a limited edition wedding fragrance called "love" for her wedding party, guests & 799 bottles to be sold to fans.  Such an amazing gift to her wedding party that will bring all those feelings of happiness & love every time they wear it.  So whats my point?  Well, I can give you that same feeling!!  

No, I dont have the secret recipe for "Love" by Kim K... but I CAN help you or anyone you know create your very own scent just like she did!  I'm now a part of a company that specialized in allowing you to create your very own scent.  Its a simple process of taking a whiff of an array of base notes, heart notes & top notes, listing your favs & putting them together to fit you & only you!      The moment I created my own scent, I knew I had to share this concept with all the lovelies in my life.  I'd love to help brides do the same as the new Mrs Humphreys & create that long lasting memory in a bottle!  

I mean, its not exclusively for brides, I've created scents for women of all ages.  From my little cousins to my mom & sister.  Men, women, doesn't matter.  Everyone loves to smell nice!  You may think that something like that would be ridiculously expensive... but I'd gladly shell out $35 for a personalized bottle of my own pure oil, no alcohol or water added, parfum!  Thanks to Ms Christine Pacifico & Angie Ayala, anyone near me can enjoy "Mia'mour".  Credit to my mama for naming my signature scent!

So if you'd like to create your very own signature scent, you know where to find me!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Catching Up

Its been so hard keeping up with everything thats going on... I'm just about a month or so behind on updating. Thankfully, my fellow MUAs are much better at taking pictures and I just spent the main portion of my evening reviewing & posting pictures.  I've had the opportunity to work with 3 of the most gorgeous & talented Makeup Artists around & every moment has been amazing!  I dont want this blog post to be extremely picture heavy, but I'll post a few & link my FB "fan" page that has all the latest.  

Last weekend we had the opportunity to train under Denison Entertainment with the fab George to learn some of the hottest special effects work being done in movies today... heres a few of us trying our "acting" skills after we worked our magic with the makeup!  Special thanks to Christine Pacifico Paul, Darren Denison & George for putting together this amazing class!

Ms C's bullet wound by Liza

The Fab 4 showing off our dramatics

My work on the beautiful Patty
A couple of weeks ago, we had the chance to be a part of the Make Up For Ever Road Show that debuted here in San Francisco at the beautiful W Hotel.

Christine, Patty, Michael  Devellis, Mia & Liza
michael devellis
The morning of the MUFE Road Show, we also provided our services for the Pistahan Parade for the Heavenly Ice Cream Float

Christopher Castillo & Malou Hipolito
Photo Courtesy of JB Adkins
A month or so ago, Liza, Oksana & I helped out on promo pics for Bay Area Fashion Week, coming up in September...

Various Models for Bay Area Fashion Week
Photo Courtesy of JB Adkins

Hopefully that enticed you to want to check out the full picture sets on my Facebook Fan page... & please dont forget to click "like" & share my hard work!  Thanks for reading & supporting my MUA dreams!

hugs, Mia