Where on earth do I begin? This was one of the most spontaneous decisions I have ever made. I was sitting at home with my fiancé when Sam Fine started a live video via Facebook. I tuned in and within about 5 minutes I kept saying to Jesse "Oh my gosh, I HAVE to go.... I have to go...I have to go" It sparked my interest and I just knew it would be unforgettable. The one thing that held me back for a total of 3 minutes (lol) was the $ and the amount it would likely cost when it was exchanged to CDN dollars. I actually hate to admit it but I didn't even do the math, which is probably a good thing because when I did eventually see the payment come out, it was more than I anticipated. Nevertheless I was beyond excited and on a total high as I pushed "Pay in full".
I had met Sam at the Portland masterclasses I attended back in November of last year. Click here to read about my Portland experience. His class was undoubtedly one of the ones that I was most excited to attend at the week of workshops. Due to flight issues, I found myself strolling into the beautiful Hilton Embassy Suites hotel on Day 1 of the Portland classes a late, tired traveller in need of a good meal and a shower. I thought I missed his class and I was SOOO sad! I went upstairs to peak in and see what was happening and there I found a room full of 200 eager makeup artists, and Sam Fine on stage with a gorgeous model. I missed everything up to the blush. I didn't stick around for the entire class but I had to eventually pull myself away and get upstairs to freshen up. After I got ready I headed downstairs to meet up with my fellow makeup artist friends that I was meeting there. I sat down in the lobby, gathered my thoughts while feeling extremely grateful that I finally made it there in one piece... one suitcase short but I still made it with my makeup kit and that was all that mattered! I sat in the lobby for a few minutes and thats when I saw Sam walk out with his suitcase on his way to check out of the hotel. I approached him and introduced myself and explained that I had missed his class but was very glad that I could atleast meet him. He was very approachable, genuine and kind. This is one of the reasons that I knew that my money was not going to be wasted when I invested in his class only 2 weeks before.
Alright, that ramble is done....... lets talk about the INCREDIBLE hands-on class!!! This was Sam's first ever Hands-On Masterclass. I woke up nice and early in my beautiful hotel room in Times Square, New York City. First of all, I never thought I'd find myself in that situation but I was very happy about it. I anxiously got ready and headed down for a quick breaksfast. After that, it was time to go upstairs to class! I arrived at the door and a fellow there knew my name right away and I was pleasantly surprised! He gave me a name tag and pointed me in the right direction. I walked into the room and the room was already more than half full. Sam greeted me with a big smile and said, "Wait don't tell me....Caitlyn?" I was shocked! How did he know my name, I doubted that he remembered our short encounter in Portland. It was a special touch and it started the day out just right. It's amazing how something as simple as a couple people knowing your name, can make a huge impact and not only that but instantly put you at ease in the presence of 20 talented American makeup artists! I was the only Canadian there, so that was pretty fun!
The demo + presentation by Sam was breathtaking. I haven't learned that much in one day in a very long time. His techniques and style are unlike most other makeup artists. He has a unique touch and his attention to detail is second to none. Watching him work away at perfection was a real treat. His model Heidi Powell has been with him since the 90's as his muse, she was the same model that was with him in Portland! She was so lovely and helpful throughout the entire day. You can tell they have a special and unique bond. During the presentation, if someone asked a good questions they would win a product that was donated by Naimies! I raised my hand, and Sam was impressed that I would do that. So before I even asked the question he handed me a brush portfolio (holder) which is literally the one thing I have been wanting for months! I said "Thank you!!!!" and he laughed and loved that too. I think I definitely fit the friendly Canadian stereotype that day! lol
A little while later in his presentation he asked us who had travelled from the furthest places. Everyone quickly said Canada but then we realized their were two others, one from California and one from Arizona which is technically further than Saskatchewan. He called all 3 of us up and gave us each a makeup kit from Naimies. I was thrilled, I got the smallest one and it was absolutely perfect... I've already loaded it up with all my hair things. It made a good foot stool on my way home when I was stuck in the La Guardia airport for 13 hours too lol......P.S. ALWAYS fly through JFK airport. Apparently La Guardia is famous for their delays and cancellations...
Sam created the most gorgeous, flawless and effortless makeup look. It was major smoke with a stunning contour + highlight, without looking like "instagram" makeup, it was executed by a master and you could tell.
It was now our turn to play with the new techniques that Sam generously shared with us.. As we got back into the room, after lunch our models waited for us at our stations. We had a gift bag waiting for us as well and it was the gift bag of ALL gift bags! Holy smokes. I just don't even know where to start. Sam had so many generous sponsors that hooked us UP with all of his faves!
1 Mineralize Skin Finish in Gold Deposit
1 Haute and Naughty Waterproof Mascara
1 - 16 shade Eyeshadow Palette
1 Fix +
1 Eyelash Curler
6 Shades of the HD Foundation
1 Pro Waterproof Liner
1 HD Setting Powder
8 Shades of the Cream Foundation that Sam LOVES!
1 Blush/Bronze Combo
1 Full Size Body Lotion
1 Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Masque
2 Pore Cleansing Strips
1 Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
1 Liquid Lipstick
1 Anastasia Contour Kit in Medium
1 Pro Mixing Palette
1 Pro Brush Cleansing Soap
1 Beauty Blender Sponge
1 Beauty Blender Liquid Cleanser
1 Face and Body Lotion
1 Liquid Eye Polish
1 Salt Soak
1 Hand Lotion
1 Veil Primer
1 Radiant Magenta Blush
1 Liquid Illuminator
1 Argan Milk Moisturizer
220 Eye Shadow Finishing Brush
232 Quill Large Eyeshadow Crease Brush
302 Lip Brush
1 Crème Color Concentrate
1 Cosmetic Color Pencil
1 Brow Gel
1 Set of Lashes
My model's name was Errinn and she was such a sweet girl who had just moved to New York from Georgia. We had a lot of fun together as I experimented with new products and techniques. Sam came around throughout the hands-on portion giving tips and guiding us along one-by-one. It was really something having Sam critique my work and show me just how to take my makeup to the next level. His eyes truly see more than the average artist's. I ended up doing a classic smokey eye with a neutral lip.
After the makeup was finished we had the opportunity to shoot with celebrity photographer Keith Major. Love these images!! Can't wait to get them retouched + added to my portfolio!
It is safe to say that at the end of that 13 hour day, I was on cloud 9!!!! I can't even describe the feeling. I was filled to the brim with passion, excitement, motivation + restored dreams. Now it was time to enjoy NYC with my sister Leanne and my cousin Kayla who both jumped on board fairly last minute to accompany me to the big apple! During my crazy, busy day they had their own... they hit almost all the major tourist attractions in Manhattan! I wasn't there to see anything, I was there to do makeup, which is usually why I am ever in big cities! The next couple days were so much fun, we headed to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Centre) the views were absolutely incredible!!! I took this as an opportunity to snag a few shots of my Fifth Avenue Collection Jewellery.... I wore this gorgeous wing necklace, and how appropriate because for the entire weekend I felt like I could fly...
Click here to purchase this beautiful piece! You can use the code CAIT003 to get 10% off....
I absolutely love these earrings, the Crystal Cascades..... click here to purchase and use the code CAIT003.. www.fifthavenuecollection.com
I have been blessed with a truly amazing, supportive sister. She lets me use her as a model sometimes too hehe. She's wearing the Audacious Earrings + Necklace. To purchase click here and here.
NEW YORK CITY NIGHTS
This ring has been my absolute favourite for over a year.. they are so pretty stacked, side by side or worn alone. You can purchase here.
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Purchase these amazing earrings from Fifth Avenue Collection here. Use code CAIT002.
On Monday morning I received a text message from Sam.... he asked me if I'd like to assist him on a commercial beauty shoot.. Not such a bad message to start your now second last day in NYC. I quickly rescheduled my flights for one more day and booked my hotels. I couldn't believe it!!
Vanessa Williams is one of Sam's long time clients and she was so lovely. I have loved her since Desperate Housewives, plus she sings the song "Colours of the Wind" from Pocahontas which was one of my favourite Disney movies from my childhood. A very cool experience that I will never forget. Sam has assisted some of the greatest makeup artists including Kevyn Aucoin and here I am assisting Sam. PINCH ME!
All in all, an absolutely incredible experience and I am so grateful it turned out the way it did.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this....