Saturday, January 29, 2011

Out of the Beauty Box - An Insider's View

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to help Koren (aka Enkore Makeup) and Elessa (aka Pursebuzz) with their first Out Of The Beauty Box tour in Los Angeles. I had a lot of fun, even if my sole purpose was to be the demonstration model for applying makeup to "Old Lady" skin, lol.

I spent a good deal of time tweeting about the class and sending lots of pictures to TwitPic, and was suprised at how many people were either unfamiliar with the Tour, or wondering whether the cost of the classes were worth it. Although I was only there for the Pro Class on bridal & editorial makeup, I can definately tell you that, yes, it is well worth the cost!

Let's back up a little, and let me tell you what the heck the Out of the Beauty Box tour is. Koren and Elessa have put together this two day tour across America that is unlike any other makeup classes you can take. A total of 4 different classes, the first day is devoted to us lay consumers who pretty much wing it when we apply our makeup, while the second day is geared towards a more professional makeup artist. Each day is divided into two independent sessions - you can choose to attend only one or either. For full descriptions of what's covered on what days, click here to be taken to the website.

Learning the color wheel

How does this differ from other classes offered by well known makeup artists, or at trade shows? Most importantly, to put this in school terms, think of this more like a lab, not a lecture. The classes are intimate, and limited in size. Unlike most classes, you're not sitting in a room with some guy and his model a gazillion feet away making her look gorgeous while you take notes and hope to remember 20% of the tricks by the time you get home. Koren & Elessa demonstrate and educate, then turn the class over to you to repeat what they just taught you on your partner.


Not only do you practice what has just been preached, but you're provided with all the tools necessary. These kits are mondo kits, alone worth the cost of the class. Each kit is class-specific. To see what's included in each kit, it's detailed on the O2B2 website here. I'm personally dying to take the airbrush class. Not only do I think airbrushing is cool, but it's really hard to properly learn how to apply makeup this way. Koren and I wandered into a Sephora, where they airbrushed me, and you could tell she was just spraying away without really knowing what she was doing. Dang, it was loaded on me! If I'm going to invest in one of these puppies, I need to learn to do it right. But wait, there's more!!! Completion of the O2B2 classes gets you coveted certification for companies such as Make Up Forever, MAC-Pro, Temptu Pro and on, and on... Not to mention that it's the golden card to get your into Pro only events like The Makeup Show.

The next class will be the first weekend of February in San Francisco. I'm hoping they need some old lady skin again up there, ha ha. The Chicago class will be hosted by my good friend Kathy from Fusion of Color, and yours truly will be hosting one in the Pasadena/Burbank area right around IMATS. I need to sell out on that one, so be sure to buy a ticket if you either live in the LA/Orange County area, or are coming out this way for IMATS.

For more information, see the tour schedule, or to buy tickets, visit the Out Of The Beauty Box website.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Hacker Update & Other Things of Note

Yay! Most programming is fixed! I can log in, the payment modules work a-ok, and everything is once again secure. I still have the international shipping problem though...


My programmer fixed the hacking problem, and I was even able to briefly log into the administrative end to view orders. They are tightening all of my security parameters, so once again, I can't log in. Hopefully, this should be fixed within an hour or so (it is currently 6:30am PST). In the meantime, I'm working off of email notifications, which is why some of you may have hinky looking invoices - aka email printouts. If you are paying via Paypal, please make sure you click the "return to Purely Cosmetics website" button after entering your payment information. If you don't, I get a Paypal notification, but not an order confirmation, and have no idea what you ordered.

Now, another additional problem has arisen. Postal rates were raised today, and it has affected the international shipping module. If you are an international customer, it is displaying an error for the shipping rates. I notified the programmers, and they are working on that now too, while also fixing my security issues.

Hopefully, with a little luck, this post will be outdated before you even read it, and all will be fixed!

"If it's not one thing...it's another" ~ Roseanne Rosana Dana.


On a brighter note, check out the weather we had here yesterday. Who says it doesn't snow in Los Angeles?


Sunday, January 02, 2011

Hacked!

It appears that the website has been hacked. I can't log in to the administrative end to view or process orders. I've notified my programmer, and am speaking with my hosting provider as I type to figure out what is going on. The last time my site was hacked, there were suddenly a bunch of drug urls appearing in Google - which I have had removed. To the best of my knowledge, I don't sell Viagra, Cialis, or AMC movie theater tickets (yes, even movie tickets appeared).

VERY IMPORTANT: If you're placing an order and know what you want, please be careful. An additional payment option is appearing for credit cards that says "Not for production use". Do not select this option - it is not taking you to the secure server at Authorize.net. Better to either choose PayPal (you can still pay with any credit card and do not need a PayPal account), or be sure you have selected the first radio button for credit cards.

To be safe, better not to order until things have been fixed, or place your order choosing "money order" as a payment option, then call me to give your credit card info at (866) 373-9808 . I can input the credit card information directly through Authorize.net, and securely do so. I will update here as soon as things are fixed and safe once again. I am soooooo sorry!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Giveaway Winner Announced

I hate picking winners from random.org - it's so.... blah. Much more fun to let Twitter pick the winner!

SteeInPurple was the first to respond to my request, with the number 24. Who did that equate to? Drum roll please......


WindyCindy!

Congrats Cindi! SkinCareRx will be contacting you at the email you provided with your code for your $25 gift certificate to be used at SkinCareRx, SkinBotanica, or Apothica.

What'cha gonna buy?



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