The Mall Haul Sephora & Kiko Milano | Product Review 

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

Look, I’ve never considered myself a “Mall Girl” but this past week I needed a reprieve from a bought of sadness. And I thought that I would go and get myself some personal treats (which I hardly do because most of what I shop for is usually for my kit) and a few items for my Pro Kit. Well, today was my treat to myself a kind of therapy even. My first stop was in Sephora then the Kiko Milano Boutique. So I got a few things I just can’t do without in my personal cabinet and travel bag.

  1. Fresh Rose Floral Toner (I spray it on my face all day long, like almost every hour or so). Rose water has always been one of my secret fountain of youth treatments.
  2. Caudile Divine Body Oil Spray and Perfume (a new discovery of mine but now a must for my travel bag)
  3. Kat Von D liquid ink eyeliners ( I discovered her liners about 2years ago and it’s the only eyeliner found in my Pro Kit for its long wear)
  4. BECCA Glow on the Go a new find for me…I like it but next to Tom Fords highlighters no one can really hold that trophy but this is a cute thing because it’s small and portable with a lot of punch in color deposit.

So this BECCA Glow on the Go! Rung a close and tight third in my book of popular highlighters. My personal go to is Tom Ford BUUTTTTT this BECCA highlighting duo is close and far more affordable. It goes on like a champ and stays on like a champ! For $20 at Sephora found in their “In the Fly” section of the store. Not bad at all and yes I give it a serious thumbs up. And for this little number SIZE DOES MATTER!! 

Now let me blow the roof off al this “Strobing” , “Highlighting” phenomenon. For the Pro’s this will not come as a surprise unless of course you know nothing about lighting for makeup. But for my makeup enthusiasts and beginner MUA’s all strobing and highlighting is, is a play on light and where it hits the makeup when we are using a beauty light aka. “Ring Light”. When you are using a ring light it usually, without provocation highlights the rings of the eyes, the tip of the nose, the cheekbone and sometimes the forehead and upper lip. There was a time where lots of powder was used to anti-shine those glowing points on the face. But if left as is the look can create a beautiful healthy looking glow to the face that you didn’t necessarily plan while doing the makeup.

In this era it’s been blown up and is now the hottest trend but not necessarily good on all forms of film I.e. Film and television…it has to be modified for the 4HD film so it doesn’t look like the subject is pouring sweat on their faces in a scene that does not require sweat. Contemporary makeup on 4HD film for movies and TV takes a special hand and eye to master this modern makeup effect. So proceed with caution or skilled artistry.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore Kat Von D Ink Liners!! Honestly I have put all the other eyeliners away because they just don’t compete. Again as I stated in my comments above its about the long wear I get from the liner. The brand literally is a 24hour wear to it. The only other one I’ve seen that acts like this is believe it or not the Sephora brand liquid eyeliner that also literally stays on for 24hrs until you make an effort to take it off.

I got these trio of minis at Sephora “In the Fly” section for $18!!! Ummm trust me I thought about going back and scooping up like 4 more of those for my stash! Yes it’s always best to buy in bulk when these brands are on sale because you never know when they will discontinue the very item you love because it’s a limited edition or something. Anyway go and pick you up some (but be sure to leave me some okayyyyy!) LOLOL!

I’ve been a longtime Kiko Milano eyeshadow fan. So whenever I have a chance to go and get some with a coupon code trust I’m in there! So I went in the shop and picked up 7 of these shadows and can I tell you how glorious these are? The pictures do them no justice in how richly pigmented the colors are and how they blend so easily. My only drawback with these gorgeous shimmery colors is that their in that baked format!! Ugh!!! I hate that because I haven’t yet found and effective way of depotting the shadows without breaking them and having to put them back together again.

You see just like pressed powder does not have the same effect when you use a brush as when you use a puff or a sponge is because of the way it’s constructed molecularly. That’s why even if you do have a pressed powder that breaks up and you put it back together again in the pan it is designed to best work with a tool that has similar or equal amount of pours density. That’s why when you use a puff for a loose powder the powder really becomes ineffective because loose powder is designed to be light and airy and for movement inn certain spots. Now that’s not to say you can’t use it in a pressed way but it has to have a sealing agent to get it to stick and congeal. (Sorry I got scientific on you, but makeup brands are scientific and getting even more scientific in this era to get a better product).

So these two beauties are Color Sphere Mat & Pearly Duo shadows and when I say those highlight colors are high beam…trust me they are unapologetically high beam! And check the price….are you ready?….$6.90!!! Yessssss!! Great for highlighting those inner corners. The photos dots do it any justice because it was shot in low light but trust me that eye will be on blast with the best lighting.

This shadow is a multicolored shimmery black. This one is really gorgeous and can go over a deep matte black and make that black pop! It’s sickening how gorgeous this black diamond eyeshadow is. I love it and yes this one comes in a pan so it’s easy to depot for your palette.

All 4 of these colors 16, 18, 30 and 29 are all great and hands down glorious as face highlighters the only drawback is there is shadow fallout. But you can overlook it trust me because the color payoff is AMAZING!!! And these Color Spheres are priced at $12 a piece which I think is great considering the amount you get in the powder and the color payoff. Trust you will have these colors for a long long time if you are one to take care of your products.

So this concludes my review I hope it was helpful and like I did shop till you drop until next time!

Madame Madeline | Product & Site Review 

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles


Okay so I’ve reviewed the site and the site is soooo incredibly dedicated to THE LASH!! Unreal Lash Mega Store!! I can’t wait to write about the brand. And tell my Pro “working” Artists colleagues and makeup enthusiast alike.  

So this review took me a while to write. Why so long? Well truth is I had to try the lashes out a couple of times to see how they actually hold up. Each one of the brands I chose were really great! And yes I will be purchasing them and some other styles again. But more over I’m going to talk about the website or should I say MEGA LASH SITE?!?!!!! This website has so many different brands of eyelashes you can’t imagine! The site is and yes they are Pro Artist friendly!!! They have friendly customer service and get to you immediately and in safe secure packaging. In fact you can use My Pro Artist Code: MUA11 and get 11% off any purchase you make!


Okay so let me get into the actual lash brand review. First up is ModelRock Lashes. I got the Double Layered Lashes in “Smokey Velvet”. I was shocked at how thin the lash band was for these beauties! What a pleasant surprise. I think these are gorgeous and performance ready! You know me I LOVE TO STACK LASHES! Depending on the look I’m going for in a shoot I will for sure do a double, sometimes triple stacking of lashes! Yes I’ve even gone so far as a 5 stack!!! Lol it works perfectly for stage and video work. So these definitely get the thumbs up from me and they definitely are going in the permanent use Pro Kit!

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Next up are the lashes by bullseye called “Hayley” and these are like my regular Demi-Wispy faves. The Demi-Wispy is one that is good for a “neutral” look and easily stackable to make them a bit more risqué and glam. I usually use an eyelash curler on all my lashes, yes even the falseies. Curling the lashes always makes them have a more authentic blended look for the makeup. Not like they’re just this long lifeless eye appendage! Lashes are supposed to add to the eye makeup look almost like a finishing touch. So far this brand I do like and they are lightweight which is great because lashes can get a little heavy on the eyelid especially if you’ve not worn lashes before or are not a regular lash wearer. 

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Last but not least are these beauties by VLuxe by i ENVY…100% Virgin Remy Hair.  The lash I chose is called CHLOE. I think these are my FAVORITES so far of the 3 brands I chose. Why? Because they are super, super light on the lash line yet have the fullness in lash to give awesome impact!! Now in the pictures below I didn’t get to curl them but I’m positive they would look amazing curled!!! These are light and fluffy on the inner corner of the eye then towards the middle they get big and fluffy!!! I LOVE THESE!!! YES!!! Not only do I love the lash but the case is really cool and pushes out like a drawer and is made of a heavy acrylic and has a modern pod-like shape to them so you really don’t mind keeping them or any other lash in this case. This brand I will be ordering again by the dozens!!! 5 thumbs up and definitely goes in the Pro Makeup Kit!!  

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Artist Spotlight Hairstylist : Kim Berry * PRINCE’s Hairstylist (part 1)

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

Prince’s hair always SLAYED!!! Why? Because when you have a great GlamSquad you never let them go or walk away!!! You know and understand the value that they add to your VISUAL ARTISTRY!!! Kim Berry was very instrumental to Prince’s visual artistry. Kim was Prince’s Hair Designer for 25 years!!!!

There’s something Prince said to his former manager once “These days people not only want to hear the music they want to see it!”. How profound is that? Price had foresight about the future on many levels and one was the coming age of music video’s and even motion pictures for musicians in a way that would change the landscape of music and he was right!

Look at what Beyonce is doing with her music/videos. I wonder if Prince told her that that was going to be the next way to do music? Not just as a disc or digital but audio/visual digital download!! It’s genius! And something that certainly sounds like he got wind of long before anyone else did ; in his early days that not even the music industry would take notice of!

One thing for sure Prince surrounded himself with like minds…visionaries…people who had vision…and people who were experts at their gifts; the gifts he recognized in them! 

Just look at all the amazing designs she created for Prince and each one is different and made a statement. Of course always executed with perfection! Literally not a hair out of place.

(This portion of this post is excerpts from another post)

Berry went on to work for her stylist sister in-law, then built her own clientele in a commission salon before renting her first booth. Then came what she now calls the “holy hookup.” She was friends with a bodyguard for Prince. Through him, she became friends with Prince’s stylist. Whenever the entourage arrived in L.A., they’d call Berry to join the party.

More than a great time to party, this was a place to learn. “I started studying her table. Whatever was on it, I read it, I started buying what she had,” said Berry. After all, this was the personal hairstylist to one of the greatest performers of the generation. Then, Prince’s stylist left. “I’d studied everything she had, I duplicated it, so when she left, I was ready. My kit was already built.”

Berry recalled walking into a club after Prince returned to L.A., having just learned that he needed a new stylist. “I was waiting for him. I met him at the club, put the portfolio on the table.”

Not long after that, she got a call. “Can you travel? … the plane leaves in an hour. We’re sending a car to pick you up.” All the way to LAX, she was screaming with excitement. She was in Minneapolis for Christmas, Miami, then New York, Atlanta and back to Los Angeles.

That was about the time that Prince did “Purple Rain.” Said Berry, “I ended up travelling the world with the artist for 25 years … he became my brother and my friend.” One thing leads to another and Berry has in that time done hair for other stars. 

I loved this interview Kim gave news show 20/20. Her story is so very similar to my own experiences in being an aesthetic visual Artist you always want to be excellent at all times so you can give your clients the very best. And when your clients are the best so are you! Clearly Kim is one of the best, at the top of her game…EXCELLENT.

Here’s the 20/20 interview 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

I have reached out to Kim for an interview. I hope we can chat up so I can share more of Kim’s beautiful work and career journey with you in a Part 2 Artist Spotlight here on TheGlamSquadFiles.

Sigma Beauty | Review 

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

Sigma Beauty is a brand that first exploded on the beauty market with what would be coined as “The Makeup Brushes To Have”! The brand started small and mostly by word of mouth! I think that’s the best marketing strategy any brand can have. Oh and of course an excellent product.   Not only has Sigma Beauty become a huge name in the beauty industry but it’s become a friendly name for Pro Makeup Artists and Makeup Enthusiats nationwide! I must say my initial contact with Sigma’s representatives was also a pleasant surprise! They win in hands down in customer service, being Pro Friendly (especially when many brands are hostile towards Pro Artists due to the over saturated market being flooded by faux Makeup Artists) and efficient packaging and shipping!

  With Sigma Beauty, I’ve found them to be really innovative in the beauty tools department. Honestly these Spa Mat/Spa Glove Brush Cleaners is one of the best cleaning methods out here voted Best Product by Beauty Insiders. And so far I have to agree! I’m a girl who loves her gadgets and yes so far I’m loving it!

I have the Spa Glove and have put it on the list of items that I actually put in my Pro Kit for work especially when I know I have doubles of a certain brush and maybe one or two got super dirty while on set; just using my favourite brush cleanser (London Brush Company) and a couple of swirls with water and I’m all set again!!

  So, now for beauty products by Sigma Beauty. This is relatively new for the brand since they started out only with their brush collections. I received this beauty right here called Lip Switch! And can I tell you it’s THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LIPGLOSS I’VE EVER ENCOUNTERED!!! It’s holographic and reflects almost every color in the spectrum yet the base color is pink!!! 

The photos I took in this post can’t possibly do justice to this color lipgloss. It’s a color that has to be seen in person because it reflects off the light much like glitter does. And we all know glitter is hard to capture it’s true beauty just in pictures but is stellar to see live! Same with this lipgloss!!! This one stays FOREVER IN MY KIT FROM NOW ON!!!!

Now let me talk a bit about the liquid eyeliners the colors are brilliant and vibrant! I used the purple one called “Inscription” to fill in my eyebrows. Yes hunni you’ll see what I’m talking about in the photos below. Pink is the signature color for the Sigma Beauty brand and when I tell you how much I 💝 the color of this liner…I can’t even….


So yep, you know me eyeliners  have  always been my friends. I’ve used them in every possible way you can think of. And the technology of makeup right now is so amazing it’s science + technology + beauty = innovative beauty for all!! These gel liners are creamy and easily spreadable. 

Of course if you know anything about me as an artist I take the unconventional and make it work as beauty (always have played a lot with color in my painting on clients). So I used the gel liner “Standout Peacock”(it’s a navy blueish emerald greenish mix) as my dramatic lipstick choice as well as using it to line my eyes (see pictures below) I event topped it off with my Sigma Lip Switch lipgloss “Pink Lotus” for even higher impact!! In person the color is INSANE! 


Last in the gift box was the set of Sigma Beauty Makeup brushes!!!! 💝em!!! Yep it’s official!!! I used all of the brushes to execute the makeup looks below. Beautiful blending yet they are clearly set firmly in the ferrule of the brush which means they will hold up with the roughest use and constant cleaning that they will take from me! What am I saying….I’m saying these are well constructed brushes indeed!!!

Okay so I’m done with the review and I’ll let the pictures take it from here. All I can say is I can see a beautiful partnership in the future with Sigma…I just feel a beauty soirée coming on!! See you next time😉!  


Vera Mona Color Switch | Product Review 

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

  I’m going to tell you right now this review is a NO BRAINIER! Of course I love this product by Vera Mona because it’s about keeping your brushes clean and neat for quick makeup changes. 

I’ve always hated powder buildup on a brush. You know you’re going to have a quick eyeshadow change and what you would end up with sometimes is a murky colored mess that you know is going to take even more time to fix!! And I’m funny about using brushes just cleaned out of a cleaning solution and using it directly from my clients eyes.

Color Switch is single handed resolving that issue in one swirl in the pan!! I love that it’s in a tin pan that you can easily cover and take with you in your set bag.

 So here is my gift from Vera Mona! After corresponding with them about the product in a flash Color Switch was ringing my bell! Hello Beautiful!

Thank you Vera Mona for my Color Switch gift. you know I like to keep it neat and clean!!! ❤️💛💚


Here you have Color Switch Solo & Color Switch Duo. I use the Solo for face powder and the duo only for eyeshadows.


Now let me be clear this is a dry product. The black cleaning sponge (which is really a stippling sponge) is dry at all times. How it works is the powder gets pulled off by the many tiny curved holes in the sponge. The remaining powder falls to the bottom of the pan. The only liquid involved is when you add liquid for saturated color with the Color Switch Duo. 

Cleaning your brushes for quick makeup changes just got easier!

  The shop prices are as follows:

  1. Solo $16.99
  2. Duo $19.99
  3. Color Switch ProBand $34.99

Video #1 How to use the Color Switch Duo

Video #2 How to use the Color Switch Armband

Here’s your link to the Official Vera Mona Website

Tom Ford Beauty | Product Review

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

I love makeup classics. Makeup classics are products that have an elegant feel and look. Brands like CHANEL, YSL, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Estée Lauder/LANCOME, Kevyn Aucoin are what I consider to be classics. You know exactly what you’re going to get with that brand elegance and beautiful smooth clear skin and flawless makeup. And let’s talk about packaging that is sleek and clean yet edgy.  Tom Ford Beauty is now added to my list of classics.

I’ve always admired Tom and his personal journey in this fashion and entertainment industry. And he surely gave the GUCCI brand new life and a new audience with his design collections. And now I consider his cosmetic line to join the ranks of “The Classics”. Tom Ford Beauty like Kevyn Aucoin Beaute are this generations classic elegant brands. Tom Ford is millennial dark, sexy and a bit daring. I think the brand defines what will be millennial classic. You know how a woman has to grow into looking just right wearing a pearl necklace, that’s what this brand feels like. The skin is light and luminous and no real sharp lines yet clean and simple. Much like his clothing line.


illuminating Highlighter Pen $52

Can I tell you how much I LOVE THIS HIGHLIGHTING PEN!!!! I have never seen such a beautiful highlight with any brand so far. The highlighter comes in a clicker pen and is very similar to YSL’s Touché Eclat (which hands down is my favorite concealer next to NARS)…the colors I received were Citrine and Lavender Voile. Citrine is a yellow gold  and Lavender Voile is a pinky lavender color both have a beautiful high shimmer. The product is lightweight in formula but has extreme long wear. Packaging is smart with this product in my opinion because you are able to directly apply to the skin with no mess and fuss. Most liquid highlighters come in a bottle with a pvc stick inside to apply the product. This skips that whole process and gives you what you want directly. 

*This product definitely goes into my permanent Pro Makeup Kit for my clients!

Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss $46


Ultra Shine Lip Gloss comes in 10 colors from nude to a deep violet. This product has lovely colors and a medium glossy shine. The applicator is in a brush format whch I love so much more than a doefoot sponge applicator (I tend to dislike those kind of applicators because it tends to hold bacteria more and is stingy with product application). I chose to try out two colors that I deemed neutral Peach Absolute and Naked both colors are lovely BUT the drawback for me is the gummy sticky feel of the product. I will say the colors do have longer wear but truly I would use these over a regular lipstick as a highlight color. I personally didn’t like the feel of the product and would probably only use it for print more than video not because of the look but because of the feel.

Shade Illuminate $80


Shade and Illuminate comes in 2 colors and is in a cream format. The cream is lightweight and can best be applied with a brush or fingers for best blending. These are a contour and highlight duo. When I first saw this I have to say I was unimpressed but after application i found I really liked it!!! I think this product is best when you’re using a liquid foundation and want a light dewy look to the skin. It simply makes the skin glow and gives a great contour.

*This product goes into the permanent Pro Makeup Kit for my clients.

Skin Illuminating Powder Duo $80

The Skin Illuminting Powder Duo makes all other brands of highlighter BOW DOWN!!!!!!!!!!! UNREAL GLOW is all I can say or should I say SLAY!!! I’ve tried a few others and I have to say Ton Ford SLAYS!! YESSSSS!!!! This one quickly goes into my Pro Makeup Kit for all ETERNITY!! Yes don’t ever discontinue this product okay?

Both colors are highly pigmented and yes fits any skin tone and color. My only complaint is ….well…I have none! Just go out and get yours today but, be sure to leave some for me!!!

*This product definitely goes into the permanent Pro Makeup Kit for my clients (and me too).

Men’s Grooming with Tom Ford

Can I tell you how excited I was to get these Men’s Grooming products?! You’d think I’d be more excited about the products for women (which I was) but to know that men can now groom themselves at optimum levels is exciting to me!

With great grooming brands like BEVEL and Tom Ford the world is a much better groomed place!! So okay, I only have 3 items but boy have been impressed! I have the Hydrating Lip Balm, the Beard Oil (my absolute fave in this gifting in the original Neroli Portofino scent) and Bronzing Gel.

So far this mini collection can do just the trick alone. The Beard Oil is AMAZING! What shine on the facial hair and it’s more manageable because it’s softens the hair especially when you’re “training” your beard. And let’s face it it smells incredible!! I hate looking at these guys with these beards and wondering of it smells good?!

 Here I have one of my actors who I’ve given a good grooming before he went out on set. Wow what a difference right?! His skin is healthy and clear looking and just check out his beard! No more dry chaffed lips either. I used all 3 products to achieve this look on him and he still looks natural.

The Bronzing Gel gave the right amount of warmth to the skin without looking strangely orange. Just warm and approachable. The gel is lightweight and mildly clean fresh scent. The Hydrating Lip Balm is transparent, light, not gummy or sticky and glossy. And most of all it doesn’t smell like camphor! It works immediately to hydrate so in winter months or extreme heat the guys will hold up fine on set.

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YSL Touché Eclat Anything!!!!! | Product Review

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

I really don’t know where to begin this review. Uhhh okay, so  let’s start with a question. I think this is a great way to lay down the tracks for this post. 

Sooooo, let’s say you’re a Professional Makeup Artist. And you’ve been in the entertainment and beauty business for close to 30yrs.You’ve used every brand of makeup (unknown brands to designer brands) in your makeup kit for your clients in every medium from print to film. So, what kind of makeup do you wear personally? I mean do you even wear makeup?

Answer: Well, I have to say there are days that I wear makeup and days where I just simply don’t give a rip!! But when I do wear makeup you can be rest assured I hold no punches on the beat!!! Hahahaaa!!! I have to say I have a few staples that are in my personal makeup kit and one brand I totally stand by is YSL!!! Tried and true. I know exactly what I’m gonna get with this brand and its perfection!! And honestly for me it all started with the Touché EClat Pen. Can I tell you how that pen has always given my work life on set! And yes, I then started using it for myself as well.


Honestly in the early days of YSL they really did not have my color foundation available at the time but I would wear the mascara and the lipsticks (which I loved). For me like most women the packaging is a classic and this brand is definitely a classic upscale brand that exudes style and taste. Now when I say classic I mean more mature women but how would that classic translate to millennials? Well trust me it has translated well!!!! The brand has gotten some new chemists or something and definitely have awesome package designers and product developers.



Oh and YES THEY HAVE MY COLOR NOW!!! Thanks YSL my classic beauty brand on full display.