More Photos from RuPaul Drag Con, L.A, 2018

Here are more photos from last weekend at the convention. Enjoy. And make sure to check out my previous post and LIKE, COMMENT, and FOLLOW my blog on both this post and my previous article on RuPaul’s dragcon L.A, 2018.

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RuPaul’s Drag Con, Los Angeles 2018

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   Hello there! I’m here to talk about my experience at RuPaul’s Drag Con, 2018.  There’s so much I saw and experienced there that I can’t list every person I saw and met here otherwise it would be a really long post, but here are some of the highlights. I’ve always wanted to attend this convention before and this year I was finally able to go. I’ll start by saying the whole experience of drag con was so magical and positive. There wasn’t any negativity anywhere. The convention this year was the biggest turn out that they’e ever had. There was so much positive energy from the moment we got there before even entering the actual convention. I knew it was going to be a fun day.

When the convention started, I immediately ran to my favorite drag queen’s stage, Miss Alyssa Edwards. If you read my past posts on drag queens, you already know that she’s my favorite. She looked so beautiful and glamorous in all gold. When I met her, the first thing I said to her is that she’s inspired me with new dance ideas since Alyssa is wonderfully talented dance teacher and choreographer. She was so sweet to me. After meeting her, I was asked to walk the runway near her in my mermaid skater dress that I put together. I definitely had fun doing my “shantay on the runway.” Besides the picture below, here’s the vid my husband took of me on the runway. He recorded me meeting her too which is very cool. She was such a darling.

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   One of the funnest things at drag con is seeing what everyone’s wearing, both drag queens and people attending the convention.  My hubby and I had fun snapping photos of the coolest looks we saw there. There were also random props and backdrops, such as this huge horse specifically there to take pictures with which was fun.

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   The next person I met was the famous Michelle Visage. If you don’t know who she is, (how could you not?) she is RuPaul’s long time best friend as well as one of the main judges on Drag Race. As a judge she can be intimidating, but when you meet her outside of the show, she is such a sweet woman. The fact that she was walking around in furry slippers without caring and still looked stunning is so fucking cool. She said I looked like an iridescent mermaid which I took as a huge compliment. I actually got a piece of jewelry from her that she actually wore on the show. She had a couple pieces to choose from and I chose this gorgeous black diamond rose ring. I’m going to post a picture in my next article on DragCon merchandise. Thank you Michelle for my new jewelry and being so wonderful.

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One of the queens that I definitely wanted to meet was the famous Detox. My husband thinks she is so funny on the show so I was looking forward to telling Detox that she was my husband’s favorite drag queen. She looked so correct at her booth. She was donned in a judge’s robe with her courtroom back drop and her neon judge’s wig. It was a perfect setup. Detox is also such a cool and sweet queen as well as extremely creative and talented. 

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   During the day, there was only one nagging issue I had. The only critique I have about Drag Con is that the booth numbers and names were really small to read. Also I didn’t get to do actual meet and greets with some of them because the VIP lines and the regular lines weren’t clear and would take up to 3 hours. Also the fabulous James St, James, the original club kid, who came up to me to hug and take a picture with me specifically said to not wait for three hours to meet someone, so I definitely listened to him. Fortunately I got to quickly meet and hug some of my favorite people there when they took a break from their meet and greets, such as Ben Dela Creme which you all know is one of my all-time favorite drag queens, Trixie Mattel who I love, Bianca Del Rio, which is also one of my top favorites, and Jeffree Star who I had been wanting to see for awhile because I wasn’t able to attend his last grand opening. It was really cool to be able to say hi to them and without waiting for a long time in a crazy long line..

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It was really fun seeing the entire cast from season 10 of RuPaul’s drag race, which is airing right now every Thursday night. I wish I had photos of every person I met to show but what can you do? At least I got to see and meet them. 

   The last queen I met before the convention ended was the famous Cher Impersonator and All Stars 1 winner, Chad Michaels. I almost can’t even describe how amazing she is. First of all, she doesn’t believe in charging a minimum amount to spend to get a photo and autograph. She is strictly there for the fans. That alone shows how extremely professional and classy, Chad is. Another thing that I loved is that after taking a few photos and signing an autograph, she didn’t immediately push me to the side or rush me. We chatted with her for awhile and talked about the business side of drag which was very fascinating. Also she looked gorgeous and classy in her blouse and pants. When saying goodbye to Chad, while giving each other hugs and kisses, she actually turned to my husband, and thanked him for bringing me, which actually made me teary eyed because it was such a sweet thing to say, and it felt very genuine. That was the perfect ending to my time at Drag Con.

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   I’m so happy I finally got to go, and can’t wait until next year. I’ll probably post more photos from the convention later this week. Thank you so much for reading about my time and love for drag queens.

Hair Removal Tips and Tricks

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   This tip ad trick is a great one that i just discovered. This evening when I was taking a bath, I had a yummy new bath bomb from one of the my favorite brands, Soap&Glory in warm arm, and two conditioners in the other. My sexy intuition razor was laying beautiful on my bath counter. By the way, for those who don’t know, I’m about to get personal….I only take baths. I was getting ready to take my bath this evening with the biggest purpose was my hair removal routine. I have many hair removal routines but that’s too personal and will be saved for another time.

 

To get my bath ready, I turned my water on so it was very warm, not scalding, but very warm. Warm temperature helps your hair follicles stand up better than cold water. This tip is great for shaving and other hair treatments.

 

Also when adding my yummy lime bath bomb to the hot water, I took my hair conditioner and squeeze a few dollops into the running water. That helps soften your bath water, hence softening your skin.

I’ve mentioned this tip and trick in past articles here but it’s a good one so I thought it good to repeat it. Applying a hair conditioner, especially a thick hair conditioner to your body where you plan to do hair removal will really soften your hair and make it less painless when removing. Tonight I used my OGX Sugar Cookie conditioner because I ran out of my vegan hair mask that I can get cheaply at the drug store. Normally I use my mask for hair removal. My favorite one is Maui Hair Masks.

Once I finished my removal treatment, my body felt like butter. I fell yummy in my Ed Hardy night gown.

****Hope these tips and tricks help you with your hair removal excursions. Any questions you have about anything above, feel free and comfortable to leave them in the comment section below. 

   xoxo

Here’s a BIG TIP AND TRICK to BOUNCE BACK YOUR SKIN

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You all know I try ON A LOT OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS and doing MANY BEAUTY REVIEWS. Anyone who wears or tries a lot of skincare and makeup products that they have never tried before and don’t know how they’ll react to your other products and skin need to remember that not all products you try will react perfectly with you skin.

If you notice your skin getting dry, dull, noticing new acne popping up, etc., IMMEDIATELY STOP USING YOUR NEW PRODUCTS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE USING A BUNCH OF PRODUCTS AT ONCE. ESPECIALLY ONES THAT YOU’VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT BEFORE AND/OR JUST STARTED USING.

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After you stop using the beauty products that are affecting your skin in a negative way, go back to your normal skincare routine. This will definitely balance and bounce your skin back extremely fast right after you stop testing your beauty products.

******ALSO YOU MUST ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED! DRINK WATER AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. I’M NOT SAYING OVERLOAD YOUR KIDNEYS BUT WATER IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET YOUR SKIN LOOKING BACK TO NORMAL AND HEALTHY.

HOPE THIS BIG TIP AND TRICK HELPS YOU ALL! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, LIVE THEM BELOW!  THANK YOU FOR READING AND FOLLOWING MY PAGE HERE!! LOTS OF LOVE!

None these photo images were taken by me.

Getting ready for my Ethereal Victorian Photoshoot

Some of you heard me talk about an upcoming beautiful 1900’s Victorian-esque photoshoot. It’s for a very important photography commission.

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   When getting my outfits and costumes ready, I got all my jewelry and accessories and makeup out but looking at myself I knew that something was still missing from my Victorian look. It was a hat. As an artist, you all know I love unique and handmade pieces so when I saw these beautiful HANDMADE hats and hat fascinators, I knew I had to have them. They are created by the lovely and fabulous Debra Shirley. Her MILLINERY SKILLS or (THAT MAKING SKILLS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT MILLINERY MEANS) are ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE and the pieces she creates are ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLY FABULOUS! She makes hats and fascinators for all occasions such as the Kentucky Derby, going for afternoon HIGH TEA at a fabulous hotel, and more.

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I can’t wait to do my two shoots with my new hats and a HUGE SHOUTOUT to Debra Shirley. She is so sweet and will be doing a big feature on her very soon. To see her work on her INSTAGRAM, her profile name is debrashirley1111.

    I also included two pics of me with one of the hat fascinators that she specifically made for me. I have two from her but I’m not sure if I want to show both sneak peeks yet. I might wait to reveal my other flower hat until I do my shoot in a few days.

If you want to really see my other hat, leave it in my comments.

Makeup Tool Essentials

These are my favorite makeup tools that I use daily. I have many beauty tools I use but these are my tops.I recommend all of these products to check out and try. Most of these are inexpensive and are available online as well in most stores.

 

FAVORITE FACE TOOL ESSENTIALS:

  1. Powder puff– For touch ups and to control shine. Very cheap to buy and can be found almost anywhere. They usually cost a dollar or two.
  2. The Original Beauty Blender. I also am really liking my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. My go to for foundation, concealer, setting under eye powder and more is definitely the beauty blender although I do like the shape of the real technique sponge. 
  3.  A Big Fluffy Powder Brush- This is a must-have for setting makeup, touch ups, wiping away any eye shadow excess, etc. This brush does the most work when doing makeup and it has many jobs and can fix a multiple of sins. 

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FAVORITE EYE TOOLS:

1. Morphe Eye-Shadow Brush M433

2. Morphe Eye-Shadow Brush M441

3. My sharp angled Brush- The brand wiped off the handle because I use it so much.

4. Shiseido Eye Lash Curler- I can’t be without my eye curler and the best eye curler I’ve ever used is by Shiseido.

5. Eye Brow Comb and Brush- I believe this is a must-have in any makeup lovers and artist’s kit. It brushes your brows straight, separates your lashes if you have any clumps, and more. You can find these anywhere but the one I have right now is by Beauty360.

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FAVORITE HIGLIGHTING TOOLS: 

1. Morphe brush M510

2. Higlighting Fan Brush- You can get these anywhere and don’t have to spend money on a luxury fan brush if you don’t want to.

These two brushes are my tops because my Morphe brush is perfect for when I want to have a blinding highlight so aliens can see me from space, and my fan brush is perfect for everyday when I want a more natural glow.

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FAVORITE BLUSH TOOLS:

  1. Artis Oval 6 Brush

2. Ucanbe Purple and Black Blush and Contour Brush

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LIP TOOLS:

1.   I only have one lip tool and that’s only if I’m not wearing liquid lipstick. It’s my lip brush. There are so many on the market by I like the retractable ones because they are easier to store and less messy. My current one I’m using is the retractable lipbrush by E.L.F

*****My last makeup tool essential is my fan. I’m sure you’ve seen me in photoshoots and pictures with my wooden flip fans. I have a collection. My fans are essentials because I use them to dry and makeup, setting spray, (especially since I use my double setting spray technique) lipstick, and more.

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I hope this list inspired you to try new makeup tools out and to see which ones are the best.

How to do Pinup Rolls, Part Two, Basic Hair Roll Technique

Ok so in Part 1, we went over on how to start doing a pinup style hair roll by teasing and smoothing. After you tease and smooth your hair and hair sections like part one, you’re now ready to create your actual hair roll. After learning this, you’ll be able to create many pinup and vintage inspired hair looks. Below I included different pictures of me and some of my past hair looks you can create with hair rolls. If you have any questions about anything, leave them in the comment section below here.

Tools you’ll need: Curling iron or wand, rat tail comb, smoothing brush, a lot of bobby pins, pomade or hair wax, and hair spray.

Here are steps to creating a basic hair roll.

First with the end of your rat tail comb, part your hair.  Next, with your curling iron or hair wand, curl just the ends of your hair section. You don’t have to do this step but it helps make it easier to curl the ends so the inner part of your roll doesn’t have any straight or frizzy bits sticking out.

Next thing is to TEASE AND SMOOTH using the steps I talk about in Part One. After teasing and smoothing, hold your hair section by the layer that is the shortest and roll the ends around your fingers, most people including me use the index and third finger for this. Keep rolling down using your thumbs to lay in place.

Last thing is with your bobby pins, pin your roll into place. Use as many bobby pins as you want but try to hide them as best as you can so you can’t see them through the front of your roll. Pin from the back of the roll to help hide them. Last step is to take your hair spray and spray your roll or rolls to keep them in place. Then you’re done.

To make sure your hair rolls will stay up and last, move your head around, (not crazy wild) but just enough to make sure nothing is moving. If you feel anything not secure, use more bobby pins.

It does take practice to create the perfect hair roll so don’t ever feel discouraged if your roll doesn’t look absolutely perfect the first time. It will happen. Just practice, practice, practice.

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