Monday, October 17, 2011

Nothin' Better than Family Time

Over the weekend, I had a few makeup gigs, but more importantly, I had the chance to celebrate my aunts milestone birthday with all of our loved ones!  I wont mention her age, because, well, lets face it... women dont generally shout their age from the rooftops!  But I will say that my family has great genes!  Its not all genes though... my aunt takes phenomenal care of herself!  Take a look & enjoy the recap of our night!  Photos courtesy of Kathy Armas & Jenelle Armas :)

A evening brought to you by "M"
3 of my aunts that havent aged a single bit!
I forget what we were lol'ing about
My girls & I
The bday gal & her bffs (Myrna, Cheryl, Antoinette)
Emily, Trina, Mims, Me & Jassy - the ladies in the fam
My pops (middle) w/ his siblings (Earl, Cheryl, Glen, Kathy, Jenelle)
My aunt Cheryl, Trina & I
Jassy & GG (Great-Grandma Linda)
My silly family!
Me, Camille & Trina <3 Cousin Love

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Daughter the Super Model

A few weeks ago, my daughter had the opportunity to model in a fashion show that I was working.  It was the very first time she walked the runway & I've gotta tell you, she's a NATURAL!  The show was a benefit for at-risk youth in San Jose.  Call time was 7am, so she had to be there along side me & the MUA's and all the other models.  She had to sit & wait for hair & makeup, wait back stage and do a few run throughs.  All in all, it was fantastic!  Her first thoughts after the show, was "I cant wait for the next one!!"  

I'm so incredibly thankful for the opportunity she was given by Eddie Cotillon & crew.  In addition to his phenomenal photography skills, he's been absolutely wonderful in providing advice, opportunities & guidance on insight to "the industry".  Its rare that you meet such genuine people that will really be assets to your life & he has truly fit that description.  Here's looking at so many more ventures to come, not only for my career, but Mailynas as well!

xo, Mia

FAME: Young & Reckless

How LAAAATE am I on this one?! Well, lets just say that the show was Sept 17th... I'm way behind on blogging the events I've been a part of!  This show was an important one for me for 2 reasons.  The first was the look.  It was the first show that I've been able to do more than just "beauty".  The look was a fun punk/goth look.  Extremely heavy on the eyes.  The second reason... I've been to Bobbi Vie's events before because my friends always have booths (Breezy Excursion, Fully Laced, City League, Petals&Peacocks, Booger Kids... I really could go on for DAYS)... but this time, I was there for me.  It truly is something else to be a part of the event in your own right.  I got to be more than just "J's lady" for the festivities!  

Despite a few power glitches that added the new skill of "makeup using iphone flashlights" to my resume, the event was fantastic!  LOL, just imagine all the models wanting to charge their phones, fans to cool off the little rooms filled with all the models, a tattoo gun, the hair room w/ all the flatirons, curling irons & blow dryers, all of the regular lights AND the Fully Laced crew with their flood lights!  Gotta love the Fully Laced fam <3  But seriously, every 3 mins, the lights were going off!  Being the pros we are, we handled it & the models rocked the stage!  It was great meeting new MUAs & networking with such amazing people!  Thanks again Ivadell & Bobbi for giving me the chance to work the show!  Here's a few of my favs that I grabbed off Bobbi Vie's site & even more pics here courtesy of  P. Szeto Photography.  I'll try to link up more pics on my FB, but who knows how long that'll take!

Ryan of Breezy & Vicki of Petels&Peacocks
Jon of Fully Laced

Monday, October 10, 2011

Style at its BEST

I wouldn't say I'm the MOST stylish girl on the block, but I WOULD say that we keep it fresh. With that being said, I introduce you to my daughter Jassy & her new Yo Gabba Gabba swag.  For as long as I can remember, shes been a Yo Gabba fanatic.  That's her 2nd pair of Foofa kicks... the ones from last year are too small, but still sit in her room.  Not sure how many of my readers are YGG fans, or even sneakerheads, but I just had to put it out there.  In this pic -----> shes rockin her new yogabbagabba x vans in her pink tutu with her 2nd foofa. I don't think I'd ever wear the pink foofas that she got, but the 2nd pair we picked up yesterday was the all black w/ the character outlines... those, I just might wear... to the YGG show in November at least!  Be sure to pick up a pair for your lil ones while they're in stock!
XO, YoGabbaGabba Mama

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Proper Skincare = The Most Gorgeous YOU

Lets be honest, as a kid, "wash your face" probably meant you splashed your face with some water real quick & wiped it off on a towel.  As you got older, maybe you grabbed that soap on the side of the sink & worked up a lather.  Once you started using makeup, you most likely scrubbed away what you could see or even slept with your makeup on.  Ok, I'm guilty of it all.  But what I've learned & truly practice now, I hope, is saving the years I've mistreated my poor skin.  For years, I thought I didn't need to do THAT much for my skin, because hey, I'm young.  WRONG.  The day I noticed even the slightest bit of "crows feet" I had a fit.  So here's a few tips I never got or perhaps blocked out from my mom...

1) Wash your face.  Simple, right?!  Every morning & every night.  Take off every single bit of makeup, no matter how tired you are or how great you look.  Even if you don't wear makeup, wash off the oils & the pollutants from the air & environment.  Don't even get me started on Eyelash Mites

2) Moisturize!  I hear it all the time... "I don't use lotion because my skin is oily"... WRONG!  You have oily skin, wash your face, strip it of moisture & don't replace that moisture.  So what happens?  Your skin thinks its dried out & over-compensates on the oil production, making you even MORE OILY!  A good rule of thumb is "anything you take out, put back in".  Sounds a lot like the "what goes up, must come down", right?!

3)  Be gentle with your face & use "upward" motions.  Pulling & tugging is hard on your skin.  Gravity is already trying to take it down, so lift it up, baby!

4)  Stay hydrated.  Channel your inner Adam Sandler from "WATERBOY" & drink up!  Drinking enough water is important for regular function & to flush out any toxins you may have.  If all you're drinking in coffee & soda... well, I really don't KNOW how bad it is for you because I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I know it cant be good!

5)  Get some sleep.  A well rested body feels great!  While we sleep, our bodies are healing from the crazy day... So take advantage, because it really IS Beauty Sleep!

6) SMILE!  Its truly the key to beauty.

I've been extra busy lately, but I'm going to try my very best to bust a few blogs out this week & post some pics of all the events I've been working.  Til next time, Mia