Friday, August 22, 2014

Love For Makeup....

I feel like this is the perfect platform to open up about my background in makeup. Hmm where do I start? Well Ive had a passion for makeup since I was in high school. I decided to take the first step by attending M.U.D beauty school in Soho, NYC. Sadly I didn't learn much, I took the main beauty course which lasted a month and 15 days. They mostly taught us how to do stage/tv makeup, which wasn't very beneficial to me considering that wasn't the direction I was heading in. So for about a year I was really scared pursuing a career in makeup. I wasn't too confident and I kind of held off looking for a job. Until one day I randomly walked into my local Sephora to actually shop, and I coincidentally asked one of the managers if they were hiring. She said yes and I got the job two weeks after. I was super nervous working for them because I had no professional experience in makeup. Little did I know a lot of their employees didn't know much about makeup either. So I felt at home. Working at Sephora opened up a whole world for me, there was so much to learn about and it was the best place to practice my skills. The more I did makeup the better I got. I eventually left Sephora to go work for Mac. That's where I grew the most. Working around so many skilled artists was amazing. After so many months of working for Mac, I reached a point where I felt I needed to quit. Reason why is because I knew I wasn't meant to have a boss, my only boss was me. I have never been one to follow, and taking directions was not my strong point. So I knew I had to move on to the next chapter. I freelanced for a while until it wore out. Instagram started to open so many doors for me, and I was excited for new opportunities. I discovered that my next venture would be blogging on Instagram. Ive always enjoyed taking pictures, not just of myself but of anything I found interesting. I'm a very visual person, and with Instagram I was able to combine all the things I enjoyed (Makeup, Fashion, Photography, Design) My life has changed drastically due to Instagram and I am thankful for all the people that supported me. I just want to say don't ever give up on your dreams, as cliché as that sounds. Go for what you want and don't let anyone stop you. Life is too short to settle for anything less.

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  1. Awesome Post. I left MAC too 3 years ago and have been working for myself ever since. I definitely understand where you are coming from. Much success to you doll :-) VirgoVixxin-IG

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    1. Yes girl you know the Mac struggle haha

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  2. Very inspirational post. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading more.

    Tee

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  3. This is a really cool post. I have been following you on Instagram for a long time, but this is my first time on your blog site. I follow you because I like your style and fashion sense.

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  4. Crazy that you once worked in Sephora and now they sell a palette with your name on it. I love that we share Sephora in common. I worked there as well for 3 years but I gave it up to be home with my baby boy. I gotta admit I miss my gratis lol. I could only dream to one day reach your potential. Your makeup applicantion truly inspires me and I always find myself going on your instagram to get ideas for my MOTD look. Keep on shining girl you have the world in your hands!!

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    1. Yeah it is crazy haha life can change in the most unexpected way :)

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  5. I love how far you've come it's very inspirational!! I must know what is your favorite primer, base and shade, as I've been struggling to find good ones and yours looks so flawless always I must know what you use lol

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    1. Primer for the face? I don't use facial primers only eye shadow primer (Mac Soft Ochre)

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  6. Wow! That's awesome! I had a mac interview yesterday. I hope I get in. You inspired me a lot!! Kudos

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  7. I've been following toy since before you reached 1000, which is hard to believe there was ever such time...i can't remember how I found you but you're the only one I've been following everywhere (miss your keeks, btw) & told everyone & their mommas about lol maybe this, plus the fact that you're just perf in every way, makes me feel like I've been along on this exciting ride, I'm just so happy for you & can't wait to see what's next! XOX

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    1. Thank you for following that long!! I appreciate it :)))

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  8. Amra, I have to admit i am very very proud of how far you have come! I have followed since god knows when! I fell in love with your personality when i started watching your videos on KEEK! Your trip to cali with your friend that time had me in tears lol. You are my role model and you inspire me in every way possible. I always wanted to learn about make up and eventually turn it into a career. And from reading this post you give me that motivation to just never give up on something that i can potentially love doing. I cant lie my ass knows nothing about make up yet i love seeing talented MUA's like you and get a sense on how to get started . I think the first time i ever wore a smokey eyed look was for a photo shoot i did 2 years ago which is my default pic now lmao. Nonetheless i want to wish you many many great success in your life! I was truly heart broken when you announced your move to Cali because i figured i will now have a smaller chance of meeting someone i truly look up to considering i live in NY and you was In Brooklyn. Btw i am so happy you have a blog now. i enjoy reading them ! So how bout those youtube tutorials? Lol i know how much you LOVE editing < insert sarcasm here lol>. Love you doll! Keep these posts coming!

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    1. Thanks babe!! And I might give youtube another go "might" not making any promises :)

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  9. Love it!! So glad you have a blog!! I love going to your instagram page for makeup tips and especially to see what outfit you have on...I love everything you wear!! Looking forward to what's next! Maybe you can post about some nice areas of LA as well restaurants and clubs...I would like to visit there again but don't know my way around LA thanks again!!

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    1. Thanks!! La isn't big on the club scene but there's a lot of great places to eat :)

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  10. First off let me say congratulations on all your success! You are amazing and talented and you keep it real! Of course I follow you on Instagram and you are a friend in my head as I like to call it. I just finished a makeup artist course and I learned some things but now I find myself doubting what I'm doing. It's good to know someone as talented as you went through the motions as well. Thank you!! Xoxo

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    1. Awww thanks babe :))) I'm glad I can help :)

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  11. Awesome blog. Not many ppl can say they are doing what they love most. Especi when u don't know where to begin. I love how u began from not knowing much to this. Inspirational.

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    1. I mean my family didn't agree with a lot of my decisions but that didn't stop me, in life you have to do whats best for you. And if you're strong enough then you will know whats best for you. So follow your heart and pursue your dreams because anything is truly possible :)

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  13. i seriously am so happy you started this blog! no words describe how awesome it is for real! you're amazing!

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  14. Love this look!! Looks so flawless!

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  15. Wow I love your story. I'm so inspired by you & I love how you're so true to yourself ! You left MAC to be your own boss - that's incredibly impressive & Im so proud of you & I know you're tired of hearing it but you really inspire me and so many other girls to pursue their dreams ! #GlamrezyForever

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    1. I never get tired of hearing that!! Thank you for always being so sweet, I appreciate the support :)))

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  16. Hi Amrezy, I follow You on Instagram and everything You have going on is so inspiring. From your makeup to outfit choices, FLAWLESS!!
    Please check out my blog http://hashtagthatfashionista.blogspot.com

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  17. Great story! I have been wanting to blog for a while and have recently started a blog but am still learning and researching. What advice or tips do you have to have a successful Instagram/blog?

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    1. Well the easiest one to manage is the one I'm using, through blogger.com. It basically allows you to use your email to start it up. I watched youtube videos and that's how I figured out how to set it up.

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  18. I have been obsessed with you since day one of Instagram! I am so happy to have met you in person at Samer's seminar! You are even more beautiful in person, love how far you have come in the makeup industry, very inspiring!

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    1. Thanks babe!! Likewise it was so nice to meet you too! I hope you're doing well :)

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  19. I absolutely adore you you are such an inspiration in so many ways i stalk your ig page lol.... You such an amazing and beautiful person.... I too have a passion for makeup, and skin care... I went to cosmetology school and i start M.U.D in december.. Im super excited about it ,im doing the multimedia course... I spend most of my time on youtube Nd instagram trying to recreate different looks.. I hope this school help me enhance my skills, teach me a lot because there is more to make up then i think and im hoping to build the confidence and feel more comfortable applying makeup on others....

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  20. I'm so happy I came across this post because I'm going through what you went through! I just graduated high school and I know I want to do makeup! It makes me happy and I love helping people out with whatever knowledge I have. And I'm excited to start my makeup school, but it is kind of hard when you don't really have anyone to support you. Reading this definitely encouraged me because you are a big inspiration to me. You're amazingly talented and flawless girl!! I hope I ready your level haha thank you so much for this

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    1. Thanks babe! And best of luck to you! You can do it xoxo

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  21. Amrezy! I'd like to say thank you for considering this blogging that your doing, and your work and fashion is amazing your such a doll for taking the time to do this for the many people that you inspire such as myself. I just have a simple question since heat wave & whisper of guilt were both limited editions what illuminator would you recommend? Thanks!! ☺

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    1. The only other one I can recommend that isn't limited is Mac "Soft and Gentle". The color is completely different though, its more of a silver highlight as opposed to a gold highlight (which I prefer)

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing your journey so far! I live in NYC like you did and I've been looking for the right makeup school for a while now, because they are so expensive and its taking me a while to save up the money. I'm also afraid that if I go to a school I won't learn much like what happened to you :/ but I guess it's on me after that to find my creative side and do my own thing. Thank you so much for this blog and for sharing with us what you do! love you and everything that you do. you're the best! <3

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  23. This was an amazing blog! I always wanted to know where you started from & what inspired you to be wher you are. Thanks for sharing! <3

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  24. Amazing success story and beautiful person. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm new to makeup, still can't put on eyeshadow but I love highlighters. Should you change highlighter colors when it gets cold? Won't I look crazy as a bronze glowing statue in the dead of winter...? But I do want a glow. How do I do it without lookin crazy??
    Much success to you..xo

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    1. Thank you! And no I don't think you have to change highlighters, well atleast not powder ones. Ive had certain highlighters for years now and they're still in great condition, and you can always use it even in Winter ;)

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  25. I loveeeeeee you Amra , your such a talented individual , your Gorgeous , I been following you since before you were poppin on Instagram lmao , but it's amazing how much you've grown and they way you express your makeup and beauty blogs. You are a definition of what a successful woman should be , you do something you love and your amazing at it, GodBless you boo !!Btw I passed by your old job at mac In 5th ave , was so mad you weren't there anymore , But I'm so happy your on to better things now , Best of lucks <3

    Yari @Haleemax33 (Follow me Back Please it'll mean a lot) #GlamrezyForever

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    1. Thanks babe! I appreciate the support :))

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  27. How do you get your make up to stay on all day if you don't use a primer? My makeup doesn't last more than a few hours before I have to touch up and then I get dry patches and cakey (I moisturizer before) and I have laugh lines all the time. How to get rid of them? I haven't found a primer that works for me.

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    1. I have no idea why my makeup stays on all day, but at the same time it doesn't look as fresh as when I first do it. Makeup isn't meant to stay perfect the entire day, and smile lines and under eye creases are inevitable. Unfortunately makeup isn't magic, it wears off after a couple of hours

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  28. Your work is amazing Amra! Keep it up! I love what you do and im always on your insta page i love love love your make up and your fashion taste. Girl you rock!

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  29. Glad to see this blog! You have such a huge fan base and your talent is undeniable. You are an inspiration (obviously) to so many aspiring MUA's. Thanks for opening up here and inspiring us with your advice and personal story. All the best to you!

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  30. Would you do tutorials at some point? You makeup is always on point and flawless!!

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  31. Very inspirational and honestly you deserve it! <3 I'll follow you where ever you go hunny! You have attitude, professionalism, and beaauty which is what the world needs today as a female saying this. Keep it up girlie <3

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  32. Encouraging post, enjoyed reading this! Thank you for sharing your experiences!!!

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  34. Very inspiring ! It is just amazing to see that dreams can come true ! I have lot of respect for your work, im from france , first time that i saw your work ... i said "perfection"without exagerating �� all the details it was just perfect. Elegant,classy and stunning. I wish you to have a successful career ,good health, and to use the image i mean celebrity that you have to inspire more people. Thank you for sharing you story you gave me Stars in my eyes.
    God bless you
    Maysoun

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  35. I was thinking about. Applying for Mac. Everyone says it's a dream job but I know you'll be real to me and tell me what's the real deal with it I work at a car dealership right now and I hate it so much lmfaoo it has nothing to do with what I like to do I spend my day looking at makeup. Thinking about makeup whatsoever. Lol so I was thinking in applying either in sephora or Mac. I would like to know what would you think would be best for me due to I have a lot of stress here already I don't want to go into something worst I don't mind stress if it's what I love to do I don't mind anything but I don't want to jump into something worse

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  36. I went to New York Institute of Beauty in Islandia which is for MUD too...i took the beauty essentials class, it was a month & a half. I passed & now in certified. My teacher was great but i wish the class could have been longer. We never learned how to do a smokey eye or do glamorous eye looks & my favorite part of makeup is the eyes! My goal was to work at MAC but i heard you have to bring someone in for your interview & do makeup & even tho u passed im not 100% confident because i feel i still have alot to learn so i figured ill apply to Sephora. Reading this makes me happy knowing you learned alot at Sephora & then switched cause then maybe i can do the same. I would like to freelance one day when i become really skilled. Any advice?? Would you charge friends & families less than a random client? I ask because i would feel bad charging them the same amount. Also what do you think is a reasonable price to charge a client? Does it depend on whats being done? You are soo beautiful and such an inspiration! I live following you on instagram!

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  37. That was a great story. It got me thinking on how much i have in common with u. Only that Im a nurse and have a passion for make up and fashion. I have been in the medical field for about 6 years now and i like and all but my heart is with fashion and make up. I would love to get more experience in the make up and fashion part lol but i dont k ow where to begin or start? Any advice? Like u, I dont really take direction well and would love to be my own boss. How did u do it? I want to fully commit to my passion in makeup and fashion and work in that. I would quit my job as nurse to pursue my dream. I think, no, i know u will make a good mentor ;) (hint, hint) lol. Do u have any advice for me on that? Or what should i do first, where to begin??

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  38. Absolutely love your Instagram and blog. I've recently started getting into make up and would love to get to your level ! Amazing !! How long did it take you to learn and perfect your work? Xx

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  39. I just discovered your blog although I've followed you on Instagram for a while now Im so glad I finally clicked on your link for your blog!! I love you! Lol i don't know if you know jackyn hill or desi Perkins but I love their you tube videos. Especially desi's. With that being said I really would LOVE to see your YouTube videos they would make my day :)

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