An Absolutely Dazzling Dream Brought to Life

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An Absolutely Dazzling Dream Brought to Life

My name is Angelica Alberti & this is my story on how I became a Makeup Artist.

Starting out in cosmetology school in 2012 I learned that my true passion was makeup. Problem was that in the state of New Jersey, they only touch on about 3 days of makeup and you are pretty much just reading out of a book! Educating yourself by reading is great but I knew that if I really wanted to find out if I had what it took to be in the Industry of Beauty as a Makeup Artist I had to grab a brush and do some hands on work with a pro! That is when I signed up to be a student at the Glam Academy with Alexa Prisco. Making that first big step was super intimidating and I was so nervous because I had NO IDEA how to do makeup or what to expect.  I am here to tell you that the Glam Academy and Alexa Prisco have given me the best experience of my life!

 

Alexa really challenges you and brings out the best artist in you. She shows you that if you really work hard in her academy, you can go beyond a makeup counter. When I was going into Makeup I didn’t really know what I would do going out of it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to end up at a counter or a salon. Alexa and the Academy really shows you that the sky is the limit! You can customize your services and brand to whatever it is that would set you apart from other artists in the industry.

 

That leads me to, life after Glam Academy and Absolutely Dazzling (My Brand).. Of course its scary when you are officially out there on your own with plenty of competition. For me, I did not waste any time! I was trying to book clients immediately! I had my first Bridal Expo while I was I was finishing up the Academy and I still get calls to this day from brides from that expo. I learned on my own that patience was very important and to not give up if you are not getting calls right away!

 

Where am I now in my career? I can tell you that right now as I am typing this I am preparing to do Miss New Jersey USA Emily Shahs makeup for her send off tonight as she prepares to take the crown of Miss USA 2014! I have done work with CW’s PIX11 News and also Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, which I made it to CNNs home page for! I am also doing special events.. Anything that needs a little glam and I feel that it would benefit my name & resume, I’m there!

 

See some of my work here at www.absolutelydazzlingmakeup.com

 

Everyday I am working to get more exposure and a positive name for my brand! I look forward to blogging on here & sharing my journey with all of you! Make sure you check back for more entries from other me and other GA Graduates!

 

Stay Dazzling! xx

 

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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

Alexa's Closet

— 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.

Frye Jenna Disc

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 (56460)

Spring into Summer with The Glam Academy!!!

The fourth semester of the Glam Academy (Hoboken, NJ Makeup School) will be starting this August.  This is after three semester’s of successfully transforming people with either an interest in makeup or makeup artists looking to refine their skills into full blown entrepreneurs!  Each of these artist’s have taken their own independent interests and passions and fused that with their love of makeup– creating lines of services drastically different from one another.  Whether it be a play on language, a specialization in cultural makeup, or catering services to a particular demographic (kids, teenagers, older women)– the Glam Academy students have created businesses that answer WHY someone will come to them instead of someone else!  Each of these students continue to impress me daily by utilizing the full gamut of social media– truly understanding the capacity it has to fuel the exposure of a business.

Please feel free to research these highlighted students and see the incredible stamp they have left on the internet

For more information including course description and dates please visit http://theglamfairy.com/academy.html

to book your seat either fill out a contact form or email us directly at info@theglamfairy.com

 

The entire shot below was both shot, directed, and stylized by Angelica Alberti from Absolutely Dazzling.

And most importantly– she did the incredible makeup!

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Winter Glam Academy Dates!

The dates for the next Glam Academy are finally here! If being a makeup artist is a dream of yours — this is the course to make those dreams a reality. Glam Academy is an in-depth course where Alexa, The Glam Fairy, herself teaches you all of the fundamentals about being a makeup artist and creating your own business. Get all of the details here and check out the new dates below:
Basic Level– February 2013: 23, 24 and March 1,2,3
Senior Level– March 2013: 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
Email info@theglamfairy.com to find out about our pre-registration special you won’t want to miss out on!

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