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Skyla Arts by Elizabeth Chang is serving the Bay Area and strives to provide makeup and photography that satisfies the client 100%!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Blog Awards!

Special thanks to Lilly G. for nominating me for my very first blog awards!! =D

To honor these awards, I will:
1. Thank the person who nominated me for this award.
2. Copy the awards and placed them onto my blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated me for these awards.
4. Identify 7 things that people might find interesting for the Beautiful Blogger & Kreativ Blogger awards and 6 things that people might find interesting for the Gorgeous Blogger award
5. Nominate 7 Kreative Bloggers
6. Posted links to the 7 blogs I have nominated.
7. Left a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

The 7 Kreativ Bloggers/Beautiful Bloggers/Gorgeous Bloggers I nominate are here:
Milk & Cookiie
My Makeup Reviews
Give Good Face
Tony Yang Photography
A Beautiful Sentiment
Smitten Kitchen

So to satisfy point #4, I need to list 13 things people might find interesting about me...that's hard and I don't know if these are interesting, but here it goes:

1. At the age of 5, I won my first set of watercolor paints at an event while living in San Jose, Costa Rica. We went out to the park, and had 3 hours to complete the drawing. I drew a woman with a colorful dress - I think I brought the park scenery into her dress.
2. I can reproduce the Color Wheel with paint, and my eyes.
3. My parents grew up in Taiwan, but I was "made in" The Domincan Republic, but was born in San Francisco, CA. I grew up across 3 continents, and about 6 countries. I don't identify strongly with ethnicity and nationality; if you ask me where I'm from, I say I'm from Planet Earth. And I'm not trying to be funny here.
4. My husband (who is Korean), shares the same transnational identity like me. Between the 2 of us we speak 5 different languages! Hurrah! We're going to dominate the world! Muahahaha! (just kidding..)
5. I started piano lessons right before I turned 4, and harp lessons age 6. I played at the Sinfónica Nacional Infantil of Costa Rica, but experienced racial/ethnic/national discrimination with the rehearsal harp teacher. After the brief passion for 3 years, I was LAZY, and would practice piano scales while sleeping on the seat with my upper body laying horizontally on the piano seat. I stopped music completely at age 15, mainly because my preferred medium of expression is visual arts.
6. I "had" a perfect pitch, but of course it deteriorates if you don't use it all the time.
7. I like to sniff my stuffed animal called Daisy - she is a while seal, from the Japanese plushies company, Mother Garden. Her character is actually called Sirotan, but to me she is Daisy. I usually spray cologne or perfume, she she smells really nice! In the past, my classmate jokingly asked me if I put coke powder on their faces. -_-||...! She and Carobear (Korilakuma) are siblings, and are our babies! :) [FYI=this is why my personal blog is called Chronicles of a Mad-Daisy Sniffer!]
8. In this industry, a lot of people will treat you like an idiot...but actually, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Occidental College, received departmental distinction for my research thesis, and belong to the elite-est honor society (the first society to use three Greek letters to identify themselves. All fraternities/sororities copied them! hmph!)
9. I'm doing what I'm doing because I'm passionate about using beauty techniques to help people. In the near future, I plan to start my own branch of the creative therapies.
10. I will attend a Masters in Counseling Psychology program Fall of 2010, and one of my life goals is to open a Creative Arts Therapy Center.
11. Skyla is the name of my first pet ever - she is a kitten I adopted from the Pasadena Humane Society, and the vet thinks she is a Bengal Cat mix. She certainly is moody and feisty...I wish she would cuddle with me more..
12. In my household, we own all gaming systems because the husband works in the video game industry, and I love video games too(Clearly, that is where all our money goes, and not the bank!) I can probably whip your @$$ in Halo3/Killzone2~ challenge me/our clan if you dare!
13. I REALLY need to find a good Yoga studio soon...I used to exercise regularly, because it used to be convenient. I hate running, so~ well~ I just have to establish a new routine for myself! :)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Xixi's Before & After

Yesterday I did Xixi's makeup (and hair) for her shoot with my admired photographer, Tony Yang! I just straightened her hair a bit (nothing fancy!) ^^ She had a smiling 'before' photo but unfortunately it was a little blurry! Sorry! I didn't mean for it to me smiling in one and not smiling in the other~! She left me a note:
Hey Liz!

You rock!!! The photos turned out great!!! I'd love to work with you in the future!...Have a good day!! :)

Your Fan,
Xixi Yang

I hope Xixi picks me again for her next shoot~ ^___^v Stay tuned for her photos from the awesome shoot when she gets them~ :) For now, you'll have to enjoy a photo I took of her slightly arched eyebrow! haha this was for the after pic but I didn't want you to think I did her eyebrows uneven!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mandy Matzke x Skyla Arts x Michelle feat. Jocelin

Remember Jocelin? I worked on her makeup, hair by Michelle and photography Mandy. I finally received the lovely photos yesterday! Hehe! I am a purple monster after all! =P For the rest of my "favs" from the set, check them out in my Makeup for Photoshoots gallery! :) Enjoy!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Princess Skyla

I also would love to photograph pet and their owners - (especially photographing my pet - Skyla - yes I did name my business after her!) I adopted her from the Pasadena Humane Society, and a vet that I took her to told me that she is most likely a Bengal Cat mix from the markings on her belly. The only thing is she's not a HUGE fan of water like some other Bengal Cats, diving into the shower. These days, she doesn't like to cuddle much anymore :( - but I still love her lots! She really grew a lot~!

Enjoy some photos of my kitten Skyla and her high fashion poses =P

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dramatic Purple Eyeshadow Look

Taking a break from website making...as it proves to be way too frustrating (and tear-inducing), I decided to try something new. I made a photo tutorial! yay! I'm still video challenged, but I hope you enjoy the tutorial! Feel free to ask me questions!

Primer, Foundation, Powder
MUFE HD Primer #5 (the Blue one)
MUFE HD #120
MUFE #3, #4 Camouflage Cream Palette

Loose Powder
Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte (colorless)

Kanebo Kate designing eyebrow N

Two Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC - Digit
MAC Stars'N'Rockets
Yaby World of Pearl Paints palette
dark purple (pp047)
Light Purple (pp017)
Black (pp082)

MUFE Aquaeyes 0L (Black)

Lash expander FramePlus Majolica Majorca

MAC Blush Peaches

Matte Nude lip color -MAC Matte Honey-Love
Clinique Superbalm Tinted Lip treatment 03 Mango Tint

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Behind the Scenes (?)

I am here to disclose my humble studio space for makeup. This space in my humble apartment is supposed to be the "dining room" but we never eat there anyway so I converted it into a makeup station! It looks kind of crowded, because there's a lot of stuff in the background but I assure you as a client, you can sit back and relax on the black chair~ =) While it looks like there's 3 different lights going on, the combination works for me, and I also have great natural lighting in the living room to double-check foundation color. Plus, since it's my place, I sanitize the table and clean it - but I cannot say the same for on-location tables where sometimes I need to lay my stuff on! I always come back and freak out and clean the bottoms of my stuff. You can see my small travel case and the plastic containers that I use to carry and organize my stuff! Makeup artists usually have their own unique way of organizing that works for them - and this has been working for me so far - but I might need to get a suitcase or something to help me. So anyway, here it is! ^__^

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jocelin's Before & After

Before and After

This morning I worked on Jocelin's makeup for a photo shoot with photographer, Mandy. I was really happy Mandy picked purple for the eyeshadow color because I'm a purple monster! Hairstylist Michelle did an amazing job braiding/styling her hair! I didn't carry my "camera" with me - but my little Canon Powershot S80 for the before & after photo so it looks a little different! She also changed seats to get her hair done~ ^__^||

I took the after photo when Michelle was still in the process of styling her hair~ The final result looked similar to the photo below~ I can't wait to see the photos from this shoot soon! Until then - stay tuned!

Michelle working