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    DOs and DON'Ts: Makeup Application

    By missmua · January 19, 2016

    <span style="font-size: small;">DO: match your foundation to your neckline rather than your cheek. Nobody should see where your foundation starts and finishes.

    DON'T: forget skincare!!!! Take care of your canvas, this will make a world of a difference when it comes to makeup application. 

    Do: invest in good makeup brushes. You need the proper tools to get the job done. A painter can't paint without his brush just as a makeup artist can't create without his/her makeup brushes.

    DON'T: skip your moisturizer. This is extremely important. Even if you have oily skin like myself, look for a moisturizer that caters to your skin type. My fave is by Shiseido 'Pureness Matifying Moisturizer' retails about $33.50 for about 1.6 fl. oz. A little goes a very long way.

    DO: wash your brushes!!! This means not just spot cleaning, but deep cleaning as well. Avoid the buildup ending up on your face and clogging your pores.

    DON'T: forget the SPF. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging and enlarged pores. Protect your face with a broad spectrum sunscreen daily.

    DO: have fun with your makeup by changing up your routine. Makeup is here to enhance natural beauty so have fun well keeping it simple no need to over do it.
    <span style="font-size: small;">DON'T: over draw your eyebrows. Remember eyebrows FRAME YOUR FACE. So make sure you groom, trim and even fill in any sparce area that may need to be filled in without over drawing them.

    DO: practice. Practice makes perfect. Don't worry you'll have that wing liner down in no time. ;)

    & lastly DO: have fun. And more fun and did I say FUN?!!

    Peace, Love and Paint!
    XO Crystal


    Ariana Grande goes Viva Glam with Mac Cosmetics

    By missmua · January 15, 2016

    Ariana Grande is the latest celebrity to lend her lips to MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign. The songstress follows in the footsteps of Miley Cyrus as the line's latest spokesmodel. Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and, of course, RuPaul have all fronted the line in recent years.

    100 percent of the proceeds of every VIVA GLAM product going directly to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS - See more at:


    *Pro Discount Not Available*

    #vivaglam #supportthecause #maccosmetics #macvivaglam #macgirls #arianagrande

    Testing, testing.. One, two, one two... I'm back!!

    By missmua · January 14, 2016

    <span style="font-size: small;">Hey loves!! Wow, can you believe its been 3 years and change since I've wrote on my blog? (Insert embarrassed emoji) Let's skip from 2012 to now the New year of 2016 so much has changed.

    For example, since then Instagram has taken over and created so many self taught makeup artist along with what is known as the "instafamous" slogan. Portfolio's seem to be a thing of the past. I mean come on now who prints pictures anymore? It's become more of a "tag me". Hashtag this and hashtag that... womp womp womp as much as I love technology and how far we have come I miss the simplicity.

    Who remembers when Twitter used to be poppin?! Lol Now it's IG and Snapchat. Call me basic, but I miss what a simple 140 characters used to do. Talk to the world via a sentence. Now its post a pic, focus on "likes" and make sure you hashtag every word and remember if it doesn't get at least (enter #) likes you must delete picture... I REPEAT DELETE PICTURE!!! Ugh its just so damn complicated and nerve wrecking at times. Haha Please don't ever think your work is not "good enough" by the amount of "likes" you get. If you love it then display it!!

    Times have changed, but there's one thing that hasn't changed and that's my love for this thing called MAKEUP. So that being said I look forward to posting Makeup Mondays again, Interviews with people I love, New Makeup alerts, tips and advise. Till next time.


    <span style="font-size: small;">Peace, love & paint!


    Makeup Monday with Special Guest, Celebrity Nail Artist "Hasani Young".

    By missmua · October 8, 2012

    It's Makeup Monday!!!! Today I have Celebrity Nail Artist Hasani Young in the hot seat ;) Seriously when I say this girl is talented I mean she is TALENTED!!! I only go to her when I want to get the nails done fancy ;) She's the only one that can get me to wear acrylics!!! Lol She's done my Birthday nails the last few years and anytime I need them done for a special event. I met her a few years ago on while we were both working on set and instantly fell in love with her work. I'm sure you'll agree after this post!

    1. What first prompted your love for nail art? -One of my good friends sent me a link to YouTube for cheetah nails. After I watched the clip I said to myself I can do that.....and have been in love ever since.

    2. Who are some of the celebs that you've worked with and what would you say is the most popular "industry" trend? -One of the biggest trend right now are stiletto nails. I've worked with Chelsea Handler, Kourtney Kardashian, and Iggy Azalea to name a few :)

    3. What advise would you give to another manicurist looking to break into the industry? -My advise to other manicurist breaking into the industry go for it follow your dreams, always be willing to learn, and you must stay ready!

    4. What are some of your favorite nail polish brands? - I love Essie I also love NCLA and I love CND polishes.

    5. Do you have a favorite clear coat? (I can't seem to find one I love, Lol) -My favorite clear top coat is Seche Vite.

    6. Any nail tips for our nail loving readers? -Tips: always make sure your nail bed is super clean (ie wipe down with alcohol)  before applying polish for lasting manicure.

    7. Where can we keep up with all your doing?  (websites, twitter, fb?) -Twitter and Instgram: @Sanimacc, Facebook: Hasani Young & Tumblr: Saninails

    Thanks Sani!!! Follow her, tweet her and book her!!! Booking email: Hasani.nails@gmail.com



    Special Guest with Basketball Player Mr. "Terrence Townsend"

    By missmua · October 8, 2012
    Hey loves!!!! So today I have special guest Terrence Townsend an International Basketball player. He's young, talented and an inspiration to those looking to break into the game. Basketball is my FAVORITE sport so I figure why not interview a ball player???! It's a hard job, but someones got to do it ;) So without further a due I introduce to you Detroit's very own Mr. Terrence Townsend to give an inside scoop on what it's like to play internationally, how he got started in the game and what's to come for him.
    1. How did you get started in the game and was it something you always dreamed of?

    >I started playing ball at a very young age and a dream, I've always felt basketball was something I was put on this earth to do not only to be great on the court but using ball to be great off the court as well.

    2. What's the hardest part about playing internationally & what do you miss the most when playing out the country?

    >The hardest thing for me is communication I play in Dubai the UAE. What I miss most have to be my friends and family.

    3. Where do you play and what's the name of your team?

    >I play overseas currently in Dubai for a team called Sharjah.

    4. What does your workout regiment consist of daily?

    >Beach workouts, stairs, gym time & pool workouts.

    5. What advise can you give young athlete's that are trying to break into the world of professional basketball?

    >Play as MUCH basketball as u can, stay focused.

    6. Are there any player's that currently influence your game?
    >Carmelo Anthony and a good friend of mine Paul George & of course JORDAN!!!


    7. What are your future plans and where can we keep up with all that your doing? >Continuing my road to happiness with basketball, acting, modeling and my art as my guide.. Hit me one Facebook, twitter @ttownsend15 and of course INSTAGRAM.

    8. & finally a fun question for my ladies Lol... Are you currently single & if so, what do you look for in a woman? >yes I am single and what I look for in a woman is ambition.

    9. Any final thoughts or quotes you live by?

    > All smiles all love all the time.. #teamttownsend


    Makeup Monday, "Is it time to throw away your makeup?"

    By missmua · July 2, 2012

    Hey loves!!! How amazing would it be if all our makeup item's came with expiration dates printed right on them?!! Unfortunately for us they don't! You ever grab your mascara, apply and all of a sudden your eye's feel extremely irritated, turn red and start crying?? Yup, that my friend is a sign that your mascara is no longer worthy of being placed on your precious natural lashes. Instead it has become worthy of that little plastic bucket in the corner of your restroom also known as "The Trashcan"! I'm here to share some simple tips on when it's time to get rid of certain makeup items depending on how long you've had them. So, lets get started!

    • Mascara This product expires the fastest: Throw out after 4 months. Extra tip: If you don't want your mascara to expire faster than its fresh date, don't pump the wand in and out -- you're only exposing the product to drying air.
    • Lipstick Some experts say 1-2 years. Others say up to 4 years. What everyone agrees on is that if it smells rancid, throw it out, it's spoiled. Extra tip: If you store lipstick in the refrigerator, it will last longer.
    • Lip liner Up to 3 years.
    • Foundation Check the ingredients: A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based will last up to 18 months.
    • Eyeshadow Will also last up to 3 years. Extra tip: A dark eyeshadow can double as eyeliner.
    • Pencil eye liner Should be sharpened regularly. Will last up to 3 years.
    • Cream & gel cleansers 1 year.
    • Powder 2 years.
    • Concealer Up to 12 months.

    *Please keep in mind that these are estimates*





    New Music Monday with Special Guest "RambosHustle"

    By missmua · June 25, 2012

    Hey loves!!! So today we have special guest artist, my friend & extremely talented "RambosHustle", he's introducing his latest work EP 'From Me 2 You'. This follows his first project 'Witness My Arrival'. I met him a few years back at a photoshoot and I have to say he never see's to amaze me! Such a hard worker and oh, so talented!! He's a jack of many trades, everything he does, he does wholeheartedly & I thought it would only be right to share not only his brand new EP, but also interview the man himself & let you guys get the insight on him and his latest project....

    Q: So your EP 'From Me 2 You' dropped today a nice gift from you to us since its Free Lol, where can we download it?

    A: Well...every day I have a new site or Blog that picks it up so that's a blessing all on its own. But so far the major ones really holding it down are HOTNEWHIPHOP.com , The Lovely and always supportive Miss MUA and of course RHustlemedia.com which is growing everyday.

    Q: What can we expect from your EP?

    A: The same shit you could expect from anything else I do. the truth. Although i def. feel it has much more soul and pain than my 1st project "Witness My Arrival" Which Was good but had no real "SOUND" . This one makes sense, it has a story...depth. Its honest...not that my last one wasn't..but this is just more current & Detailed.

    Q: Do you have a favorite track and if so why is it your fave?

    A: I have to Say "Here's 2 Life" mainly because the vibe of it feels so good but the content is deep and def. touches on very personal topics. its hard to make a record like that. Plus the video is amazing to me.....who knows....im biased on that one. Its my heart tho. i cant help it.

    Q: What inspired you while recording?

    A: Just life...my family...friends...and id say just feeling like i  HAD to create this project.  I didn't leave LA on purpose...i had to. When life puts you in a "Have to" situation its never easy.  I felt i had to tell people what i had been going through and really let people in. One of the biggest things i heard after WMA was that people didn't really KNOW me. This one uncovers alot. A.....LOT.

    Q: Any specific artist's that inspire you and your work?

    A: Hmmmm....Well...honestly..WMA was more of a commercial sound. Artists like Kendrick lamar who I have known for so long really inspire me to write about something bigger and deeper than myself. Specially since he's so much younger than me...I also love older classic artists. Scarface, PAc, DMX...cats that let their emotions speak through their music. you could feel it....you know? Lot of these new cats too cool to let themselves be vulnerable. But shit that's natural. No one is invincible. Our music doesn't make us that....but honesty in it can make us timeless.

    Q: Any upcoming shows?

    A: I just did a show with Slaughterhouse in April. And i have a big show here in Indianapolis in July. but honestly I'm just focused on promoting this project and let the music spread. the shows will come.

    Q: Now for my ladies reading... Are you single??? haha

    A: Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaa........hard to find a strong supportive woman now a days. Females love a man who is driven...but when they realize what it takes for me to get where i want to be they rather just go for some regular cat with a 9 to 5 or some shit like that. i mean...they want their time too..i get it...I just don't think about it much. When I meet her Ill meet her.

    Q: What do you look for in a woman?

    A: Personality. Sense of humor. good morals. Family ties .....And most importantly kinda goofy....i don't really care for people who take themselves too serious. Life's too short for all that....

    Q: Where can we keep up with all your doing?

    A: Mainly on twitter... @RAMBOHUSTLE Facebook : RamboMusic or the site. Even though im just starting to REALLY build it now with the new project.

    Q: Anything you want your fans to know about this EP?

    A: Just know its me...its my life through music. Just like anybody else...there's hard times and good days. If you listen to it from start to finish you'll understand. Its just a great body of work.

    DOWNLOAD LINK: www.hotnewhiphop.com/rambo-from-me-2-you-ep-mixtape.57366.html

    Back to The City of Angels!

    By missmua · April 15, 2012

    Hey loves! Just checking in and also wanted to inform you if you're not already.... Im moving back to Los Angeles, California. So i'll be setting up lessons, shoots and much much more! I'll also be posting behind the scenes blog post for upcoming shoot's so make sure to stay tuned! If you're interested in booking me for ANY occasion or shoot send me an email: bookmissmua@gmail.com Once again Thank you all for your continous support!!! Good bye Mid West and Hello West coast! Im back May 16th babyyyy!!!!! Can't Wait!!! Xoxo

    CREATE THE LOOK: "Glitter Lips"

    By missmua · February 26, 2012

    FINALLY, what a lot of you loves have been asking for!!!! Here's how I created my glitter lips.... I'm not here to tell you it's the only way they can be created, I'm just here to share my way. :)

    Things you'll NEED... 'Ben Nye's Glitter glue' <---this can be purchased online just google it or at some of your fave beauty store's. You'll also need a small angled brush and a lip brush. Just use whatever works for YOU as far as the brushes go. Then get one of your favoriate nude lipsticks or again whatever works for YOU, as you wont be able to see this color after your layer your glitters on. The lipstick is mainly used to protect your lips from the glitter glue. Now comes the fun part! Pull out all your favoriate glitters you'll be using and last but not least a clear gloss and a natural lip liner to outline your lips before you start!

    Step 1. Outline lips with your lipliner

    Step 2. Fill in entire lips with your LIPSTICK. Get a nice layer on there. Matte lipsticks would work BEST.

    Step 3. Dip your lip brush in your 'Ben Nye Glitter Glue' then construct your first application as if your lining your lips!

    Step 4. Soon as you got your glue on line pick your FIRST color of glitter and pick it up with your angled brush and apply on top of glue.

    Step 5. Once you have your glitter on layer it with a coat of your glue to seal it.

    Step 6. Repeat steps 3-5 depending on how many glitter colors your applying. Always start your layering from outside to in.

    Step 7. When you have all your colors in and sealed with glue (Make sure their dry, gently tap them) then apply a layer of gloss & your DONE!

    MissMUA's Face Secrets

    By missmua · February 26, 2012
    Makeup Tip: Keeping your makeup fresh is a MUST! & I have an AMAZING tip for anyone who deals with oily skin and is always spending so much money on oil blotters, you ready?? Next time your at 'Chipotle' having lunch, pick up a STACK of their napkins I SWEAR the best oil blotting napkins EVER!! Starbucks has nothing on them!!! Thanks to MUA Sharalee Anderson Eberhardfor this AMAZING tip. I'm HOOKED!!! ;)
    Now if your like me and have oily acne prone skin then this will also work for YOU!
    My FAVE easy to do and cheap facial mask is EGG WHITES! Yup, I'm addicted! Its something we all usually have in the fridge and offer AMAZING results!
    Here's the simple "How to" Just gently whisk an egg white, just enough to loosen it up. Then pat on face and neck! That's it kids! ;) Wait for it to dry about 10-15 minutes, you'll feel it really tighten your skin. Then rinse off with warm water and pat dry. This is great to treat acne, but also just a real good natural deep cleanser! You'll love the way your skin feels instantly. :) Enjoy.