NJ Makeup School: The Glam Academy– Spring Packages (weekend exclusive)


From now until Sunday March 23rd you can get exclusive savings on The Glam Academy:

Save $200 on Basic

Save $300 on Basic & Senior

Save 10% on any package 100 hours & up: (Basic, Senior, & Masters)

Here is a preview of some of my favorite portfolio images from our most recent Semesters students!

The Glam Academy was literally an idea I had.  I wondered why so many people wouldn’t tell “every” secret when they gave a demonstration on a particular look.  I wondered why there was no place when I started my business that could explain to me all the things that I spent years learning the hard way.  My only goal is to create a place where creative, passionate people with an interest in makeup can not only grow as artists, putting to good use all of their talents (even those outside of makeup), but also a place where I can make people understand that the road doesn’t end at a makeup counter.  They have the ability to be their own boss, pave their own road, and never stop learning or growing as an artist.  The only reason I know this program is a success is because of the immediate results I see in my students when they leave the program.  Students that within months have bustling business’s booked for months out.  It goes without saying that this is all dependent on the individual drive and passion of the student.  However, even with that in mind, I find it amazing just how passionate all of my students are.  Every update I have from Instagram is a testament to the transformative power of this program.  Every post I see from a past student simply demonstrates that your wildest dream can be a very possible reality.

For more information on The Glam Academy please visit our website:

Here you will find course descriptions, dates, certification information, among other details about the program.http://theglamfairy.com/glam-academy-overview.html

Please email us directly at info@theglamfairy.com to secure your seat! (1148)

Glam Academy Semester 6 Presents: 60′s Italian Vogue

This photoshoot was inspired by 1960's Italian Vogue and each student was not only responsible for the makeup-- but the entire vision.  Bravo Semester 5!

The Glam Academy has been more of a success than ever!  Semester after semester our students within months of graduating the program have flourished into full grown businesses– some booked out solid for two years.  One of our recent graduates was covered in an article by CNN doing makeup for fashion week!

The design of the program is unlike any other.  We help you identify those things about yourself that you don’t realize are specific to your own wealth of knowledge.  Meaning I grew up in a highly artistic environment– so the language of Jazz, artistic terminology, the way I observe shadow and light is something that is just normal to me.  And something I didn’t necessarily realize other people may not know.

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Discovering the things that you don’t realize you are passionate about and fusing that to your artistry allows you to create a brand and line of services that no one else has.

The Glam Academy builds you as an artist by allowing you to see the world of makeup through an artistic lens and breaks the “yes’s” and “no’s” we allow to mold our perception of makeup artistry.  Fusing that with those signature things about “you” that make you different from the rest of the world– we help you hone in on an untouched brand and market.  As quickly as your artistry develops so to does your business– essentially we fuse both the artist and the entrepreneur.  We identify your goals and show you just how much further you can go.

The student that leaves the program is not someone that has left a 90 hour program but an individual that has changed their course in life.  A person that has worked not only on Academy days, but on the days between working on independent assignments that build your artistry and understanding of business.

The entire year of Academy dates has been released.  We have a variety of schedules designed to fit anyone’s availability.  With 60% of our students out of state our “Intensive” program is identical to the Glam Academy in curriculum but is in two back to back weeks.

We have also recently release our Masters program which is exclusive to graduates of the Glam Academy.  This program advances and perfects your artistry and comes with a complimentary internship/ externship where the student is able to gain field experience by assisting at a variety of levels– observing, assisting, and actually doing makeup on clients. This creates a cushion and provides the students with actual experiences only further preparing them for their own business.

To learn more about the program, please visit the Glam Academy section of our website– http://theglamfairy.com/glam-academy-overview.html

Our 2013 pricing is being extended to March 13th so book your seat now to lock in this rate! 

To reserve your seat in any of our upcoming Semester’s, please visit http://theglamfairy.com/glam–academy-dates.html

To book your seat please either fill out a contact form on our contact page or email us directly at info@theglamfairy.com.  Seats are limited so reserve your seat now!  We have payment plans available.

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7 AM Enfant 212 Evolution Giveaway!

To all my Glammy Mommies!

Winter is hands down my favorite time of year!  And not only because my Edward Cullen skin gets to take a rest from the relentless UV rays, but also because it’s down time for makeup artists.  Its the time of year when business tends to slow down and as a glorious result I get to spend time doing the things I wish I had more time for during the rest of the year.

When I think of happiness I think of Winter.  For me it all of these wonderful small moments that I crave in the summer months.  It means making chilli for my husband and watching him splurge with a refill or two.  It means sitting on the couch with a cozy fleece blanket while McKayla plays with all of her Christmas goodies and Mommy and Daddy do a Netflix marathon of “that show” you never had time to watch.  It means indulging the DIY side of myself and saying “Yes I can use the George Forman Grille to make some grill lines in this construction paper for my handmade flower.”  It means that I get to indulge and enjoy the things that seem few and far between when things get busier.

Last winter Danny (“DH” to all you cornballs out there) and I went to Woodbury Commons for a day trip.  It was blistering cold and with a new baby most might think such a venture would be for the criminally insane.  But not us– because we had the “Le Sac Igloo” from 7am Enfant to keep our little Mikki beyond warm and cozy.  For us– going from store to store in 4 mile landscape of outdoor outlet shopping was a bit of a freezing venture.  But McKayla’s facial expressions leant the impression that she was in an entirely different climate.  And for parents– that is nothing short of an incredible testament to the product itself and the way it can change what you can and can not do.  Basically– if a product has the ability to transform your schedule, then in essence, it can change your life!

So as the months turned into a year and now McKayla is over 14 months old and double in length I couldn’t let one of our family adventures be without the absolute insulating warmth of a 7am product.  And this year its the 212 evolution.  This product is hands down the most versatile, warm, bunting solution for your little one.  And the fact that its extendable makes this little cocoon of fleece and micro down a product that is both relevant and usable for years to come– which is quite frankly a breath of fresh air in a world of baby trinkets that have a shelf life shorter than a loaf of bread.

So down to the nitty gritty.

Here is how the Giveaway works!  Can you just go to 7amenfant.com and 2nd day this bad boy because you simply cannot go another day seen in public with 7 blankets, 5 hats, a snow suit, and three mittens on your baby?  Absolutely.  But you can also let the rest of us get a little chuckle with a picture of your DIY baby bunting solution!  If your picture rises above the rest– you can win not only 212evolution bunting bag in the color and size of your choice, but matching Warm-Muffs!  Warm-muffs are basically these incredibly warm glove/ arm warming solution that attach to the stroller!

So this is precisely what you need to do:

1. Like the 7am Enfant Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/7AMENFANT

2. Like My Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/officialglamfairy

3. Share the word of #7amenfant with your friends and family!

4. Follow on Instagram @7amenfant @alexaprisco

In all of the above please share a picture of precisely why you need this incredible product– by showing us a picture of how YOU keep your baby warm in the winter.  

Make sure to hashtag #SOSmybabyneeds7amenfant!

Stay fabulous all my Glammy Mommies!

Smooches! (5147)

Give the Gift of Glam!

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An experience can’t be wrapped. And while there is something beyond magical about opening a new handbag or gloves– the excitation in the moment is just that– momentary.  We offer gift certificates for a range of services designed to create an experience!  From special occasion makeup to a Glammy Puss Photoshoot, to the gift of The Glam Academy– dropping your loved one at The Glam Factory for a day of Glam filled fun with Alexa is something that will truly never be forgotten.

Special Occasion Makeup: Give you loved one a special occasion makeup application where they can come to The Glam Factory and get just makeup or makeup and hair for a night on the town!

Private Makeup Lesson: Let your loved one put that perfectly organized makeup collection to good use!  A private makeup lesson is offered at two levels:

Categories of Students:

  • “Glam-me” the girl that wants to learn how to perfect her own daily routine or master the smokey eye!
  • “MUA” (MakeUp Artist) this is the lesson is tailored to where the artist is and where they want to be– with a fusion of education designed to change the filter through which the individual understands makeup and a hands on lab where the student works on a model to perfect these skill sets– this is a gift that truly keeps on giving.

2-3 hour Private Lesson–

    • For the “Glam-me” these lessons are a combination of education and hands on activities.  With two mirrors and a table filled with makeup– the student and Alexa sit across from each other, face to face, where the student actually “mirrors” each step of whatever look the want to achieve (smokey, every day, natural etc.) until a full perfected face is applied.
    • For the “MUA” these lessons are tailored to the students artistic needs.  Using there strengths and weakness’s as a framework for the Itinerary– we develop looks designed to strengthen those techniques that need work.  With a lab where the student works on a model creating a comprehensive look that tests and perfects a variety of techniques– any artist at any level will leave with a new sense of confidence in their artistry.

Multiple Private Lessons:

We have packages available to those who crave more than just one lesson:

    • 2– two hour private lessons
    • 2– three hour private lessons

For more info on Private lessons please visit our Classes section: http://theglamfairy.com/classes-overview.html

Crash Courses: The crash course is offered to makeup artist’s that would like to spend anywhere from 6-10 hours with Alexa privately. During this time we will focus on where the artist is currently and the corresponding skill sets that will develop their technique, building true confidence in their ability to create a comprehensive look.

The Crash Course is the perfect outlet for either the aspiring makeup artist, or the makeup artist looking to freshen up their technique, to have an intense, hands on, lab oriented, private session with Alexa. Based on the hour amount of the crash course and the overall speed of the student, we pack in a variety of activities designed to change the way the individual understands both makeup and its ability to transform a client. In any crash course one will find themselves immersed in a variety of the below activities:

  • Education based on understanding makeup through color, shadow, light, product development, production intention etc.
  • Kit Building– Learning the “must haves” for any artist and building your kit for speed.
  • Chemical Recognition– Learning how to identify particular chemical bases in products.
  • Labs– The student applies the education by creating a look designed to strengthen those skill sets that the particular student identifies as weakness’s.
  • Photoshoot for Portfolio: Alexa does a photoshoot of the model– giving the student not only images for their portfolio but a true understanding of how their work translates on camera. With this understanding, the student can tailor their technique to meet the needs of modern technology.
  • Multiple Looks– Based on the amount of time booked and the overall speed of the student– we can book two models, allowing the student to develop two looks, and therefore have two images for their portfolio.

 Multiple Crash Courses can be booked. If the curriculum parallels that of The Glam Academy– the student can be certified if they meet 40 hours privately.  A Certificate of Completion is distributed to anyone booking over 8 hours AFTER submitting homework assignments designed to perfect particular skill sets.

For more info on Crash Courses please visit: http://theglamfairy.com/classes-professional.html

Glammy Puss Photoshoot: This is truly the “Gift of Glam” with a variety of pampering packages– this is the gift for that special someone who needs to truly see just how gorgeous they are.  Our packages include a variety of the following:

  • Makeup by Alexa
  • Hair Styling
  • Wardrobe Styling
  • Body Glow
  • Up to 4 comprehensive styled looks

Please see our packages for more info http://theglamfairy.com/glammypuss-collections.html

Glam Academy: For the loved one that has always wanted to be an artist but doesn’t know where to start, this is a life changing gift.  Our Academy is offered at 40 and 90 hours– designed to fuse the artist and the entrepreneur.  Relevant to the Makeup Artist that wants to take their artistry and business to the next level and the individual that wants to become a well rounded independent artist– this is the gift that can make someones dream of becoming a makeup artist– a very possible reality.

For more info please visit: http://theglamfairy.com/glam-academy-overview.html

How to Gift? 

We have gorgeous gift cards where you can purchase a specific service for your loved on. They can then contact us after they receive your “Gift of Glam” Gift Certificate and book the service on a date that is convenient for them.

For pricing on any of the above services and to purchase your Gift of Glam– Please contact us directly at info@theglamfairy.com  (3820)

Glam Academy Semester 5: Fall Photoshoot

We are now in the final days of fifth semester of The Glam Academy.  One of the first shoots for the Senior portion of the program focuses on all of the beautiful jewel tones in both fabric and makeup trending whenever the leaves turn crispy and golden.  With eyes having an ombre effect of deep to light bronzes, cheeks “flush” with color isolated on the apples, and deep wine glossy lips– these looks show the students artistic ability to stay relevant to what is trending while still preserving a timeless nature of the composition as a whole.  These photo’s are my favorite of each photoshoot.  Enjoy!

For more information on how to book your seat in our Winter Glam Academy starting Feb. 2014 visit www.theglamfairy.com or email us at info@theglamfairy.com

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Fresh Off the Crawlway– McKayla in her Baby Headbands

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I recently shot a little web clip for Jerseylicious showing off McKayla in many of her baby headbands!  They wanted some still shots to insert throughout and asked me if I could take a few!  I saw this as the perfect opportunity to test out my photography skills for a subject very much in motion! 

Enjoy!

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Sunday-Fun Photo’s of McKayla:)

After a very early wedding this morning (rise and shine at 5 am) my creative juices were still flowing when I came home.  With an “under the weather” hubby (common cold), we kept a day we normally reserve for some sort of small adventure within the walls of our apartment.  And to me I couldn’t think of it as a more perfect time for a mini photo-shoot of McKayla.  I recently upgraded to the Canon 5d Mark II with a 24-70 lens– and while I have used this paired with a ring flash, time and time again for my Glam Academy photoshoot’s– I haven’t really tested its natural light capabilities.  I know ridiculous.  In any event, after many failed attempts I finally found the perfect combination of settings to show off my daughters gorgeous blue eyes.  Granted I am no Timothy White– but I think these are pretty good for my first venture with this camera and lens in natural light.  Enjoy!

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Fall Into Fall Trends Without Falling On Your Face. Literally.


The “must have’s” for the mommies living in the real world!

For each season, I scour the internet for my “favs”– a few pieces worth investing in that pay homage to the current trend, but won’t gather dust for the years to come.  I focus on pieces that are made well and help me preserve my own sense of style.

As a new mother I can count the days I have worn heels since I became pregnant on two fingers.  After I had McKayla, I decided that unless I am actually doing makeup, I will do anything “business” related at home.  After an “Ah-ha” moment, I pushed my dining room table into my closet and made my life as a mother, wife, business owner, blogger etc. “work”, well more like “merge”.

Long story short, I was moving into this apartment well before I met Danny and the damage was already done– the third bedroom was turned into a California Closet.  Fast forward two years and McKayla’s toys and various space consuming objects had a viral like consumption of our apartment– I had no choice but to hybrid this sanctuary.

I digress– In the moments I am actually sitting at my computer (any given email includes roughly 15 sprints into the living room to fix a binky, grab juice, put “Gabba” on– you know the drill) I find myself staring at my wall of heels.  Well lit, dusted, and on freshly cleaned glass IMG_0388

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– they are undoubtedly well preserved.  But that is all they are– “preserved.”  When am I going to wear a 155mm Louboutin Pigalle?  To pick up dog poo?  To wipe vomit off my shirt? No.

That said, as a new mom I think it is possible to stay current and relevant– even if you lift more in a given day than a heavy weight champion.

Boots: For me, heels are unfortunately a thing of the past.  I look at the Paparazzi pics of moms in YSL double platform pumps, full makeup, and a $4,000 jacket pushing their carriage down Madison Ave. and I just don’t get it.  For those of us pushing our kid through Target feverishly spinning the “Target Cartweel” for an extra 5% on Huggies– heels are the least of our concern.  We tend to focus more on getting through one store without a poo poo diaper, a crying fit, or some strange injury that occurred within the perimeter of the shopping cart.

That said for this season everything is “Moto”– whether it be pairing some hard leather piece and softening it up with a chunky LAMade sweater or going full blown Sons of Anarchy– having something that looks like it should be within ten feet of Harley seems to be the trend of the season.

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Frye Jenna Disc

I have made two purchases this Fall that make more than enough sense for any mom on the go.  I recently purchase the Frye Jenna Disc. from Amazon.com– and what’s even better is that when you sign up for the shoe email you can get 20% off and free shipping!  What’s better than that!  If  you take a look at these beauties they have that old sweatshirt quality in texture– worn in and cozy.

These are not my first Frye purchase either.  This brand is over 100 years old and have unparalleled craftsmanship.  This is a boot that can “Moto” up any outfit– be it jeans and a blazer, leggings and a sweater, or your husbands t-shirt and PJ pants (my blogging wardrobe of choice).

IMG_2563 Well, after I purchased these boots I happened to be on the hunt for the perfect parka and I came across a picture of Kate Beckinsale that haunted me!  What were those damn boots she had on? I searched and I searched and either I am Pinterest-illiterate or there was not one article or link to the brand for either the boots or the parka.  As I continued my search, I took the parka out of the picture and focused on the boots—googling “Kate Beckinsale Boots” in various forms over and over again.  Did I keep seeing these glorious boots over and over again, transforming endless simple outfits?  Yes.  White tank top and black leggings, spring dress, shorts, winter coats –they worked with everything!  Did I find the brand?   IMG_2555 No.  It tortured me.  I mean it could be that its Kate Beckinsale in them, but it could also be that these boots are just awesome!

FINALLY I came across the brand– Fiorentini and Baker.  And they are just as difficult to buy.  I eventually tracked them down at the actual F+B store in downtown Manhattan and ordered them over the phone.  At $620 these are pricey for any mom.  Well not ANY mom– I’m sure some housewife of something has them in every color.  Cheers to marrying old men for money! But for the rest of us– this is a purchase you hide.

Here was my rationalization– If Kate Beckinsale can wear them with everything for what seems like year round, than I can.  It also seemed like she was constantly walking in them– which says to me who skims 5 feet that I can do my normal baby trekking with a little more height!

Of course before I bought them I did a week’s worth of “should I?” but then I spotted someone in them!

“Omg are those Fiorentini and Baker?” me

“Yes!  I got them like 10 years ago!  Aren’t they great!” random person

This sealed the deal for me.  I would officially be “in” with my moto-esque boots but also have a staple for my wardrobe for years to come. Continue reading (10110)