Category Archives: tips and tricks

Tips for efficient kit repacking.

Other MUA often comment at how compact my kit. I’m a minimalist and I like to fit it all in a small carry-on size suitcase. I make this happen by packing specifically for the job and above all, repacking as efficiently as possible.

Foundations, lotions and other liquids go into small soft plastic 1 or 2 oz  press top bottles similar to these :


Empty bottles for liquid makeupPress top bottles for repacking liquid makeup.


Lipsticks, cream colours, cream foundations and concealers go into deep well palettes. You can get this 24 well palette for only $5 and with the rounded bottom no product gets wasted in corners.


Palette for cream makeup. Perfect for cream products.



To organise pigments neatly and prevent spills from getting all over your kit (you know how much of a pain that is!), this sweet case including 20 stackable jars is just ideal at less than $4.

case with stacking jars for makeup pigments

Case with stacking jars to store makeup pigments.


Happy repacking and enjoy your lighter, more compact kit!





I want safe cosmetics!

As a professional makeup artist I make choices every day about the cosmetic products I use. For years I’ve strived to use the safest, cleanest and most cruelty free products available but identifying these products isn’t easy.

I am no cosmetology chemist and faced with a mile long cosmetic ingredients list, most of which I can’t event pronounce, my choices are often guesstimates. Yet I’d love to know that each and every product I use is safe and cruelty free and better yet, promotes personal and planetary well-being. Woah that’s a tall order! But I’ll keep working at it.

Here are a few things you too can do to ensure you use the safest products possible.

1. Educate yourself about cosmetic safety and pay attention to ingredients. A good place to start is well made and easy to use Skin Deep an online cosmetics safety database you can use to research products.
2. Join the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
3. Ask Congress to get behind the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

And be realistic, sometimes you have to make tough choices.