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What is in your “On Set Bag”?

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

You know, I was just having this conversation about what you actually carry in your On-Set Bag/ “Set Bag”, with another colleague who is a hairstylist. 

Over the years I have always made it a project to condense my On-Set Makeup Bag. It’s like you’re a walking junkyard carrying this, carrying that and mostly carrying everything you know you don’t need, or actually use and every bottle is half empty and you don’t even know it?!?! UGHHHHH! I hate that!!! So I’ve come up with a system that pretty much works for me.

Organization is a big deal for me, always has been. 

Every so often I change the way I set up my makeup station. I just get bored sometimes looking at the same thing, the same way. So, I change the color scheme, the actual set up, my Set Bag and my Pro Makeup Kit. I also spend a lot of time depoting product (I will talk about that in another post) and condensing them for my convenience. 

For years I’d gone through several changes in what’s in my Pro kit, On-Set Bag. I also change what brands I’m featuring. What I realize about the way products are made today is that they’re made to make life simpler and easier. So, with that said makeup is formulated differently to have long wear and portability and in more creative packaging. 

With so many new and innovative products constantly coming out on the market, your favourite things can get old fast! But, what remains consistent is the staples a Pro carries in their kits for on set touch ups.


  1. Kleenex
  2. Loose Powder
  3. Blotting Powder
  4. Blotting Papers
  5. Powder Puffs
  6. Anti-Shine/Pore Perfector
  7. Wet Wipes/Cleansing Wipes
  8. Lotion/Moisturiser/Lotion Wipes
  9. Makeup Brushes
  10. Lipstick Palettes
  11. Foundation
  12. Blood
  13. Pros-Aide/Spirit Gum/Telesis
  14. Bond-Off
  15. Eyelash Glue
  16. Disposable Lip Wands, Mascara Wands
  17. Makeup Sponges 
  18. Q-tips
  19. Hand Sanitizer
  20. Sharpie
  21. Bottle alchocol
  22. Roma palatttes
  23. Ben Nye Powder Palettes (pressed powders)
  24. Illustrator Palettes 
  25. Kett No Color Powder
  26. Candies (chocolates, mints, gum, etc. Usually from the craft service table)
  27. Individual Eyedrops (Renew)
  28. Aquafor (ointment)

Now, when I talk to Hairstylists they have a whole other set of items that they always walk with in their On-Set Bags.

And the things they carry are things they really need and use on set. Everything should have a place and purpose in your set bag. It’s like that big ol purse you have that is full of junk, pure junk that you don’t use.

Set bags are a product that has yet to find innovation in product design. Most set bags are made of the plastic with fabric borders, various compartments and convenient zippers.  They come in 3 different sizes…small, medium and large (I have them all). Do you find it melts in the summer and gets hard and crackly in the winter? Hahaha…its crazy!

Here’s what some Hairstylists  I spoke with told me they use in their On-Set Bags:


  1. Comb
  2. Brush
  3. Hairstpray/Sheen/Gel
  4. Pomade
  5. Hairpins
  6. Spirit Gum
  7. Alcohol Pen
  8. Chargeable flat Irons/Curling Irons
  9. Portable Blow-Drer
  10. Brown and Black Mascara
  11. Makeup Palette (Illustrator, Creme and Powder colors)
  12. Spray Water Bottle
  13. Hair Elastics

So I still have yet to try out the MiyakePro Artist Set Bag. I’ve been eyeing it for quite a while and it looks amazing! It’s not made of plastic but like fabric and mesh and most of all my fave is that it’s black! It matches a pro look. It has the adjustable strap to go over your shoulder or around the body. The bag is sold at all of our favourite Pro supply stores Alcone, FRENDS, Naime’s and Manhattan Wardrobe Supply for retail price $80.

Here’s a photo of some Pros on set with their set bags ready for work!

Has MEDIOCRE become the new EXCELLENCE…MUA’s??

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles




of only moderate quality; not very good.

“a mediocre actor”

synonyms: ordinary, average, middling, middle-of-the-road, uninspired, undistinguished, indifferent, unexceptional, unexciting, unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, prosaic, lackluster, forgettable, amateur, amateurish; More

Just haphazardly getting by MUA’s. They refuse to learn from those who mastered the art form before them. They skate by on following the heard of mass “followers”, unfortunately never becoming a leader.

Ooohhh they get by on simply doing okay work…nothing stellar or memorable. And they know it deep inside. If they were wise they would rise by humbling  themselves. To learn to surround themselves with people with more talent and refinement than themselves and not be fearful or offended by them. IF they’re smart or a visionary.

If they are insecure in their mediocrity they will never have masterful Artists in their presence…because it’s a painful reminder of all they lack. A form of psychosis, phobia and a mirror to shortcomings.

Mmmmm, never really quite hitting the mark because the lack of humility, focus, study and purpose. There’s always something that’s just a bit off; you know like the wrong shoes or purse with that dress. Mmmmm no!

Oh, let me be clear about myself; I’ve had off times too in my career and,… at times in my personal life…so there’s no read there in my own admission. HOWEVER, I have laid the foundation of purposefulness in Artistry in my early years. 

I knew early on no matter what it looked like to others, I knew the power of speaking my career into existence. Not simply faking it to make it. You see the kind of family I came from mediocre was unacceptable. Don’t come up in this race with wood when we’re working on bronze, silver and gold medalists mentalities! 

That’s rough right?? Mmmm no, not really,… if you choose to see it as a challenge to build in you greatness instead of taking it as a negative. 

Sometimes it’s hard because we don’t get to control every step in our journey. 

But it’s not just one putting out mediocre Makeupartistry.  

No, a lot of it is that funky attitude, lack of follow up, lying about your work, self importance with no track record (receipts/checks/clients), or you do have a track record BUT…you’re on some ol pedestrian style makeup (mediocre) but you just got lucky and always managed keep working simply because you have a track record (résumé’).

I’m indeed calling it all to the carpet because I’ve seen so much overtime and a lot of it is an imbalance between artistry, excellence and attitude. Artists are in a beauty industry with ugly practices?? 

This post is for both the seasoned artist who yes has paved the way BUT…you’re not giving back to the industry babies or your peers by operating in fear.

This post is a memo to the newbies…you may have some skill but learn to humble yourselves and learn from those who cleared a path for you to come through and show your art. The respect does not just go to your contemporaries but to those who came and sacrificed before Instagram/YouTube/Twitter…give respect and you will get knowledge that can take you beyond mediocre!

Now,… I challenge you to greatness with respect!!!

The Cast of OITNB | Fashions!

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

So, as I’ve recoup erased from Monday’s VH! Hip Hop Honors and hearing the announcement of the 68th Emmy Awards Nominees for Makeup…I was thinking about fashion again (as ALWAYS really). I remember meeting Dasha Polanko at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors backstage and just having a good chat with her just before she was about to go on stage as a presenter. I thought…WOW! She’s really tall and simply beautiful in person…with pretty smooth skin.

As we talked I found I really liked her and her realness and genuine smile was refreshing. Not to mention how well she is representing curvy women everywhere!! It’s so encouraging to see real women on film in this era. They’re looking amazing and following their passions in entertainment and paving a new path for others to walk in. 

I said you know what I need to do some homework on her fashion style! She was beautifully dressed in a beige/apricot colored lace jumpsuit with a matching long topcoat. She looked stunning! I thought you know what the ladies on her show never get to look stunning on the show but outside of the show during award season and during fashion week and in magazine spreads they look amazing! 

OPEN LETTER TO | Pro Working Makeup Arists *YouTube’rs *Instagrammers* Beauty Brands *Production Companies 

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

FAMOUS?!?!?! Girl bye!!!

For me it started one day when I was shopping in a beauty brands store downtown Manhattan. I was shopping for a project I was working on at the time. 

So, if you know anything abut me I’m very organized so going in any store I already know what I came in for , I find it, purchase it and then I’m gone because I have a list of other things to do and I don’t waste time AT ALL.

So I go in and I get 12 of these, 12 of that, and 24 of those, OH WAIT!!!…and 24 of this right here! 

So a young lady finally comes sauntering around the counter and finally asks me if I need help and here’s a basket. Duh!!! Clearly I need help and a basket!!! She was on her phone texting behind the counter, not recognizing that she has a major sale on her hands. 

Which in her case may mean a big commission or maybe even a long awaited promotion  because you’re cash register is full and you gone beyond your daily sales quota.

She says to me ” I see you have several dozens of similar items, are you a Makeup Artist?” I smiled and said “Yes, Yes I am.” She says “Wow! I thought so. Where do you work?” 

So I tell her what I’m working on and why I’m purchasing so much product. The girl almost fell off of those 4″ heels she was wearing. I chuckle a bit and tell her to calm herself. 

She says “Thats what’s up! I want that!” I said “What do you want dear heart? To work as a Makeup Artist? She said ” No, to be FAMOUS, well no, yeah, to be a FAMOUS Makeup Artist! Yeah a FAMOUS Makeup Artist.”

I thought to myself “A FAMOUS MAKEUP ARTIST”? Well, I personally don’t believe in luck but ummm yeah, good luck with that one honey! 

Try being a GOOD MAKEUP ARTIST first, then graduate to  being a GREAT MAKEUP ARTIST, BUT that doesn’t mean even if you’re a GREAT MAKEUP ARTIST that you’ll wind up being “FAMOUS”! 

All kinds of thoughts ran through my head. Mostly thoughts of how naive she actually was about how this industry really works.


Well, I just stopped short and looked at her with a blank stare. 

Why did I look like that? 

Well, mostly because at first glance of this young lady and hearing what she’d said to me made me think and really look at her. And I thought about an industry I’d worked so hard for years to get to work in. 

So many years I’d put in doing home study and classes. Talking to Pro’s I’d admired. And I even had the pleasure and honor to speak to them. And to get information and encouragement from them. 

I was ambitious and just wanted to be a GREAT Makeup Artist when I came into the biz. Clearly, speaking to that young lady, there is a difference in our reasons why we wanted to be Makeup Artists. I asked her “How old are you dear heart?”, “I’m 24.” I thought to myself….shoot, at 24, I was already deep in the entertainment industry!!! 

At her age I had already been on a major music World tour with the #1 Pop/R&B Artist in the world!! I’d travelled the world 2x at that age! Wow! I thought gee what a privilege it was for me BUT NO, I worked really hard to get to that level. I’d earned my respect in the industry because of the years I’d put in, in work!


When I worked I always wanted my work to be recognized and considered GREAT, which in my mind means to always do what I loved doing…MAKEUP!!!! 

Me doing makeup wasn’t about me being famous but about my work! This girl who stood before me wanted to simply be famous! 

Which said to me she could care less about being a Makeup Artist! So many REAL Makeup Artists sacrificed their lives and sometimes family life to work on sets perusing and living out their dreams to be real Makeup Artists.

When I speak to my professional colleagues they all seem to have the same feeling. That feeling is that our once respected industry is flooded with individuals who could care less about it.

 That the makeup is all the same and unoriginal. That the “artists” are in the biz for all the wrong reasons. The major cosmetic brands who once respected the Pro MUA now questions our credentials because a generation of “artists” we see now simply do not have any work credits but have “followers”!!! So now our years of hard work and contribution to entertainment is put into question by a generation that is simply duplicating what we had long before created.


Most of these Pro’s are asking where is the respect for us and the craft! The industry of beauty would not exist if there were not qualified tenured Makeup Artists to showcase those products or faces that we work on so diligently. Real Pro Makeup Artists are not sitting at home…they are out in the field working on their craft, working on sets for hours standing on their feet, hustling on every form of transportation to get to their jobs. We get cheques from major film companies, record labels, magazines and beauty brands.

I have to laugh!!! Really laugh at the notion that people think that a makeup Enthusiats, a YouTuber, Vlogger is actually a Pro Makeup Artist. *****NEWSFLASH*****

There is a difference! Pro MUA’s actually do makeup on other people besides themselves! In fact they are working so much on other people that they barely have time to put makeup on themselves!

What Pro MUA’s actually do:

  1. Design Makeup for projects
  2. Read Scripts/ Video Treatments
  3. Sit in production meetings/A&R meetings
  4. Hire teams of other MUA’s
  5. Build relationships with product brands
  6. Build their brand by the projects they work on
  7. Constantly doing makeup homework i.e., combing through old and new magazines, looking at vintage makeup, 

Let me first say this to be very clear….THERE IS NO CAMPARISON OR REAL COMPETITION!

Breath Beauty EV32| Product Review

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

As always I’m looking to improve the quality of the contents in my Pro Makeup Kit. You know when you’re working with a client face to face personal hygiene is a MUST!  While combing through the Ulta app looking for a good blow dryer and flat iron I found this little item called ev32 Breath Beauty

I ordered directly from the company. I ordered the variety pack which costs $30 . You get 40 packets total. 4 different flavors. 10 packets of each flavor. The mini boxes come in a magnetized keepsake box. I really like the packaging idea, kind of has an element of luxury.

Now I’ve been a faithful Listerine user for years from toothpaste infused, the mouth wash and the breath strips (my favorite on set and in the kit bag).

When my clients are about to do scenes where they have to get close I would always break out a listerine strip for them out of their personal set bags. But sometimes in really close situations you want to get at the root of what may be causing a sensitive moment (which can be embarrassing).

Normally when you brush your teeth you not only clean the teeth but the gums, tongue, under the tongue, inner cheeks and roof of the mouth.

Now like most human beings I’ve been caught out there too (and it is embarrassing) mostly because I didn’t have any of my usual products handy. 

I love my personal hygiene products but, sometimes I’ve had to go without my faves and opt for lesser quality items that simply just don’t have that special element.

Not to mention I’m a sucker for packaging but, ummm did I mention that? No? Well I’m a sucker for packaging!! I also am willing to test products out and, when I find one that really works I stick with it. 

Well, looks like I found a product that I will stick with in this brand. So far, so good and no weird aftertaste with this one it’s kinda straight forward.

It reminds me of the candy Pop Rocks. Remember those? You put them in your mouth and you get this big flavor and that powder you put on your tongue starts literally poping!! Like a firecracker in your mouth!! It’s crazy!!

Fizzing no, poping yes. 

So, the breath beauty comes in 4 flavors

  1. Peppermint 
  2. Spearmint 
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Watermelon Mojito

On the box it says:

  1. Open packet and pour contents into your mouth.
  2. Swish crystals in mouth with saliva for 60 seconds.
  3. Rub the crystals against teeth with your tongue and cheeks.
  4. Swallow and enjoy sustained fresh breath!
  5. Use as needed.

Well this is how I use mine.  I usually do my regular cleaning routine (flossing, brushing, mouthwash gargling, then rinsing).  

Usually the liquid gargling takes a two separate capfuls for me. First capful I gargle in the back of my throat and then the second capful is overall mouth washing. I wait a bit and then I go in with the beauty breath

This way usually works best because you don’t have any food particle leftover in your mouth and the product just works to the max this way. Not that it wouldn’t work without it but it just makes it that much better if you can.

Hope you enjoyed this review…😉