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Make Up For Ever Academy New York Open House

Last week I had the exciting opportunity to attend an open house at the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Academy New York to celebrate the launch of their new Intensive programs. Although I’m far from becoming a professional makeup artist, attending this open house was a fun way to learn more about the MUFE educational programs and meet some of their instructors and alumni. There were also about 50 other makeup lovers like myself in attendance and during breaks we got to chat over light refreshments about our careers, hobbies, and of course our favorite products.

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I don’t work for MUFE, so I won’t try to sell you on their program, but I will say I was very impressed by the quality and breadth of subjects covered in their “Long” program (a 6 month makeup artist training course). It seems the intent of these new Intensive programs is to teach short sections of the Long course over sessions that last just a few weeks, or even one day or weekend seminars. For someone like me who’s interested in beauty, but hasn’t made makeup their career, these shorter sessions sound perfect! To learn more about the MUFE Academy and its programs I’d suggest visiting their website here.

Aside from the general information we received about the MUFE Academy and the new Intensive programs, we also were treated to a class in color theory and foundation mixing by their instructors, Floriane David, Jennifer Evans, and Emily Edgar. This lesson utilized the Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case, a product that’s always intrigued me, but I’ve been afraid to try. Using just the yellow, blue, red, brown, and white shades from the palette the instructors showed us how to evaluate skin undertones and mix colors to create the perfectly matched custom foundation. Along with their explanations the instructors demonstrated on two models of varying skin tones and allowed us in the audience to give feedback on what color should be added to the foundation mix next to achieve the perfect match.

Once the demonstration was over we were set loose with our own mini Flash palette and a partner and went about trying to create a match to their skin tone. This totally took me back to my Art 101 days from college, and after about 30 minutes of painstaking mixing, checking, adding more colors, mixing, and checking again, I finally achieved the perfect shade of sand beige to match my partner’s skin. I’ve mixed two or three foundation shades at home before trying to color match myself, but creating a totally custom color just using primary colors was a big accomplishment!

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After about 3 hours at the MUFE Academy I left with some great new tricks on how to customize foundation and a lot of intrigue about their upcoming Intensive courses. Once more information is available online (about one month from now) I’ll explore a bit more and keep you posted on whether I decide to join one of their new short courses. While the Sephora classes I’ve attended have been great (I just signed up for their new 2014 offerings, so watch for more posts coming soon!), taking some courses at the MUFE Academy could certainly help build my beauty knowledge and step up my game, plus it just sounds like a lot of fun!

-LMC ♥

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Weekend Wrap-up #1

Fall temperatures hit New York City this past weekend, and I for one am enjoying the fresh crisp in the air. Even more lovely than the autumnal weather was the weekend’s anniversary celebration with my wonderful boyfriend. Rather than buying presents we opted to surprise one another by planning celebratory activities around the city. I’d been speculating on what his plans would hold, but I managed to make it to Friday night with only the instructions to “be ready at 7:30 pm and wear something nice.”

I opted for a coral red dress from Target that was a perfect match to my new Lady Danger lipstick by MAC. The boyfriend sported a gray H&M blazer with Diesel jeans and some notable anxiety as our cabbie wove through side streets as we tried to make it down to SoHo in time for our reservation. We pulled up at L’Ecole just in time, as I let out a gasp of excitement when our evening’s plans were revealed.

L’Ecole is the award-winning restaurant run by the students and instructors of NYC’s International Culinary Center, and a spot that I’d been dying to try for months. After settling in at our cozy table for two we began with an amuse bouche of salted cod croquette (for him) and chilled corn soup (for me). Next our appetizers arrived- a hearty market salad for me featuring kale, roasted beets, walnuts, and green apples and a house-made pasta with peas and mushrooms in a Parmesan broth for him. The mushrooms were by far some of the most delicious I’ve ever tasted, and luckily my boyfriend was kind enough to let me steal a few from his plate! For the entree course I had a roasted eggplant topped with a tomato jam and homemade ricotta on a grilled flatbread and my boyfriend enjoyed a perfectly cooked roast duck and potato terrine. Finally we wrapped up the delicious meal with a hazelnut cake and Earl Grey ice cream, coconut pannacotta, and fruit tartlette with cinnamon and date ice cream for dessert.

Overall our meal was excellent, and was nicely complimented by our gracious server who answered all of our questions and guided me seamlessly towards the menu’s vegetarian options. As amateur foodies this was the perfect surprise outing for our anniversary, and we’re already planning our next trip to L’Ecole on a special occasion the next time family are visiting the city.

Saturday afternoon was time for my activity, a secret that I successfully kept until we walked up to Pier 62 to check in to our sunset cruise on the Schooner Adirondack. A bit of a cheeseball outing, I know, but I wanted to give us both a memorable and relaxing evening doing something together that we’d never done before. We boarded the 80-foot sailboat just prior to sunset and got settled in on a bench on the port side. We enjoyed a small picnic and a few Pork Slap ales and took in gorgeous views of the downtown skyline and Statue of Liberty. Aside from a few rowdy gents out for a bachelor party the majority of our shipmates were a tranquil bunch, and the sunset over the water and quiet flapping of the sails made for the perfect evening of relaxation.

Saturday's trip on the Schooner Adirondack

Saturday’s trip on the Schooner Adirondack

 

All in all it was a lovely weekend full of new memories that marked an excellent way to celebrate our first year together. It was tough to head back to real life this morning with an early conference call, but I suppose it’s just four more days until our next fun weekend. I’ll be back with another Weekend Wrap-up next Monday to share what we’ve been up to since then!

-LMC ♥