In the spirit of Halloween, my boyfriend and I have decided to be Victorian Vampire Rockers. A bit of lace, leather, and blood… I studied up a bit on makeup tricks and tips on Youtube and came across Bailey Van Der Veen’s channel. She is a Canadian makeup artist. She does a smokey red and black eye, white natural painted face, and reddish black lips with blood streaks dripping from the corners of the mouth. We went out yesterday to purchase the makeup in SF. The first store we stopped at was Kryolan on Union Street to buy a clown white face makeup. Next, we drove over to Fillmore and headed into the Discount Beauty Supply for a smoothing face primer, white setting powder, and a package of three blending sponges. The last stop was Goodwill on Fillmore for vampire teeth including face paint.
I first wash my face with a Skin Resource MD Cosmeceuticals Soap Free Total Facial Cleansing Gel. Bailey Van Der Veen starts with a Smashbox spritzing primer, but I just plan to spray a bit of rose water on my face. I add a Kiss New York Pro Touch Smoothing Primer and then go to filling in the brows with a Malibu Glitz 2 in 1 brown brow pencil and filling powder and angle it upward to give the brow character like in the video. Next, I apply Milani eye shadow primer to the eyelids and under areas. After that, I put on red eye shadow all over my eyelids plus the under areas. Black eye shadow goes over the lid and underneath and blends out. I take a Lancome black eyeliner pencil and draw it into the waterline of the eye and above as well as along the crease of the eyelid. In addition to what she does with the eyeliner, I paint on a Rock N Glitz Silver Liquid Liner for some added sparkle. Next, Bailey glues on fake eyelashes, but I simply apply Vibely XPress Control black mascara to the lashes. Next, I dip a blending sponge into the Kryolan Clown White Makeup and blot it onto my face, smoothing it in to give the face a natural dead look without being too clownish. After that, a Kiss New York Pro Touch Setting Powder is applied with a medium brush to the face. She also addresses contouring the cheeks and forehead areas with brown eye shadow and gray for the nose. I may or may not use this tactic for my boyfriend and my faces. A cool tip I learned for the lips is to blend black and red lipstick and Cinema Secrets Pro FX blood with a syringe for the corners of the lips, but I’ll probably line the lips with L.A. Girl Sexy Red lip liner and then apply Sinful Color Legacy black lipstick and layer it with Smashbox red gloss as well as to the corners of the mouth for a dripping blood look.
Rock music typically has guitar as a lead instrument. The concept of taking the violin and making it a central instrument brings forth an interesting trend in playing and listening. Though Lindsey Stirling and Brian King Joseph perform in a different genre, they bring violin to the forefront of mainstream music, which is truly groundbreaking. Lindsey Stirling, who came out of America’s Got Talent does an act involving dance, singing, and violin. Though I don’t really listen to this type of violin music, the entire spectacle involving various art mediums thrown together is captivating. Her music goes from rock to dance to pop. Brian King Joseph from America’s Got Talent does an electric violin hip hop/pop mashup. His layering of violin over popular pop/rap songs and his virtuosity makes him unique.
As a violinist in Love Lyzardz, I like doing slow melodic passages in the country/folk/rock/psychedelic vein. I don’t necessarily play at high speeds or lay down technically challenging notes like Brian or Lindsey, though I have had classical training in the past from being in school orchestra for many years, but I shape a distinctive mood or story in my playing. My partner Johnny Saffire keeps a steady intricate rhythm on guitar, which frames the violin’s sound and texture. As a duo, we marry guitar and violin, weaving rock and classical music, which creates Classical Rock. Yngwie Malmsteen, an influence of mine, had done something similar, taking classical music and applying it to guitar. Johnny Saffire’s background in blues, rock, and punk gives his guitar playing an individual finesse merged with a classical instrument like violin.
My boyfriend and I took a trip to a Walmart around the Oracle Arena area and I found a cheap bottle of Lemon Fresh Sun-In Hair Lightner for $3.48. Since the Balayage appointment at The Root Salon in Phoenix, I’ve been wanting to lighten my hair much more. This 4.7 oz. yellow bottle contains aloe, chamomile, marigold, flaxseed, and it’s alcohol free. Aloe contains antioxidant and healthy plant properties while chamomile treats the scalp. Marigold takes away dandruff and flaxseed has Omega-3’s and fiber. After spraying my entire head and combing the Sun-In Lightener evenly through my hair, it really softened the strands immediately while bringing out a honey hue. You can either blow dry the hair or I find simply giving your hair time in the sun does the trick. I also like the light lemony fragrance. Professionals say for getting maximum results, you should spray your hair every couple of days after showering for a summation of three applications. I’ll post the final reveal soon!
I had been playing with the idea of going blonde again for several months, but knew I didn’t want to go fully blonde like the last time. I dyed my hair black about a year and half ago and let it grow out to a medium brown, as was my original hair color. The original blonde I’d gotten done was a gift from a boyfriend at the Atelier Emmanuel Salon around Union Square in San Francisco. For touch ups, I went once a month to a hair salon in Rockridge on College Ave. close to where the BART stops. Both places offered me a high quality service.
This time, I was determined to do a coloring where it kept my hair natural looking. Through researching and talking with my boyfriend, we discovered something called Balayage. I noticed a lot of women have this hairstyle. It’s a French hair technique where the hair is painted on in a way so as to create a graduated and natural-looking effect, which is exactly what I was looking for.
My boyfriend took me to a salon in the Mission and one on Polk Street to see about pricing, but it didn’t seem to be these hairstylists’ specialty. Once we decided to go to Phoenix for fall break to visit Haji’s daughter Trinity, we looked into hair salons in Phoenix that did this particular hair style and we finally stumbled upon a salon called The Root Salon in the North Central Phoenix area, which did a Balayage including a blowout for a good price. My boyfriend contributed his share of the cost, as it was my birthday present.
In French, the term balayer means to sweep and balayage means sweeping. It is a technique where the color is painted on the hair in sections. It gives a light, sun-kissed touch from root to tip. It is a highlighting technique, but not one involving foils.
In ten years time, The Root Salon has become one of the best go-to hair salons in Phoenix. They give the highest quality service in terms of hair maintenance and color and use only the finest hair care products, including Alfaparf Milano and Aveda. They have paired up with L.A. Vidal Sassoon Academy and many beauty conglomerates in the industry. Their excellent staff is well-trained in various hair practices and travels to New York and other cities for extensive training in hair care.
Their commitment to making people look their best is what made me choose The Root Salon. I had the pleasure of getting my hair done by Shane, a senior stylist, who has had considerable training in the field, and his ability to find the exact coloring to match my complexion was what made the appointment notable. I am grateful to him and the team for making my experience a memorable one.
Several months back, my boyfriend and I took his daughter Trinity to a cool trending braid bar at the Glendale Mall called ANYA Braid Bar. They were there for a limited time and have since relocated to the Nail and Hair Bar at Bloomingdale’s. Appointments are recommended, so we showed up at the mall just in time to get Trinity a braiding appointment. She chose a neat light blue hair extension, which is her favorite color, to be woven into the Boxer Braids, which came out to $45 total. The price includes the two boxer (Dutch braids), an $8 Kanekalon installation fee, and the single pack of extensions. The young woman who braided her hair did such a beautiful intricate job.
ANYA Braid Bar sells gorgeous head pieces in addition to their braiding services with charming flowers, iridescent crystals, and other soft accents.
Braiding styles are for men, women, and children alike.
The prices can range from $15-35 depending on how intricate the braiding is.
Soft Dutch Braids with rhinestone and silver accents for $26
Free Spirit Braid for $30
Boxer Braids with Blue Extensions for $45
They also do private events like weddings or birthdays and special themed events if requested. Classes are offered during the summer for anyone who has an interest in learning the art of braiding.
Same day appointments have to be made by phone and future appointments go by e-mail.