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The Minimalist Makeup Kit of a Professional Entertainer

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Articles for Performers, Blogs & Vlogs, Gismos & Gadgets, Minimalism & Zero Waste, Random Fun, Travel & Adventure Comments Off on The Minimalist Makeup Kit of a Professional Entertainer

There was a time when my collection of cosmetics rivalled that of a professional makeup artist, although I certainly did not have the skills to match. I had a terrible habit of picking up one or two new things every time I walked passed a Sephora. Two years ago I began to minimize and simplify all aspects of my life, and when I started to downsize my professional makeup collection, I found it overwhelming.

As a full-time entertainer who often performs as different characters, each with a very specific look, I believed that I needed an elaborate professional makeup set up for my job. The giant makeup case pictured above on the left was my mainstay, a beauty with a set of working lights, extendable legs that fit into the base for transport, wheels, and a telescoping handle. It was super cool, expensive and very, very heavy, which meant I rarely took it to gigs. I had originally purchased it with the fantasy that I would cart it around from dressing room to dressing room and would always have everything at my fingertips, but instead it just became an overly fancy makeup storage box that sat idly in the corner by my vanity.

As I whittled my collection down slowly over months, I discovered a few downsides to my mound of cosmetics:

1
When you have a huge makeup collection it can be difficult to find what you need which puts you at risk of buying doubles or even triples of the same thing.
2
It’s almost impossible to keep track of how long certain things have been sitting around. Makeup expires which is a bigger concern for people like me who suffer from acne-prone and sensitive skin.
3
A large collection can make you more susceptible to makeup trends; what’s one more cream, lipstick, or specialty brush when you have the space in that giant vanity?

It took a lot longer than I expected to sort out what was essential for me but it was worth it. I went from a case the weighed over 50 pounds when fully loaded, to one that is just over 2 pounds. One of the best parts of minimizing any collection is that the focus shifts from quantity to quality. It is an opportunity to reconsider your values and how your purchasing decisions can reflect those values. For me, minimizing was a shift toward high-end products that are vegan, cruelty-free, minimally packaged (ideally with no plastic), and do not irritate or dry my skin. That is a lot to expect of a product, so often I have to compromise on one of those elements as well as be willing to pay a little more.

Minimizing has also helped to make my setup more travel friendly. I have been touring full-time for 8 months now and it would have been impossible to take my previous makeup case on the road. Reducing my collection to a well-curated set of just my ideal tools means I have everything with me all the time, no risk of forgetting something at home. I’m also less likely to leave something behind at a hotel because everything has a place, a quick glance will reveal an empty slot and therefore a missing item.

If you’re interested in minimizing your collections here are a few tips you might find helpful.

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Be like Marie Kondo and get it all out in the open. Start by collecting everything into one place so you can get a sense of how much you actually have. Might be a lot more than you expected.
2
Group like items together (lipsticks, foundations, brushes, etc.)
3
Toss all expired products.
4
Toss unflattering items, such as foundations that are 3 shades off or that grey lipstick you hate the look of.
5
Toss or give away all impulse buys or trendy fad items you never use. The trill of buying the fun shiny thing is long gone and now it’s ready for a new home.
6
Make note of the things you use most often.
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Clean your brushes and wipe down your containers.
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Display remaining items in a way that allows you to see the most-used products at a glance and put everything else away so they are organized and easy to find when you need them.
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Consider your values and ask yourself if you see them reflected in the items you have. Are you interested in zero waste? Vegan? How can you collection be a better reflection of your values.

I’m so happy with my current set up, it’s perfect for life on the road, but it took over a year of testing to get here. It’s a lightweight, well organized set and an one of the most beneficial things about this new minimized makeup kit is that it’s made getting ready for a performance a more satisfying ritual that focuses me before the show.

Bellow is a full list of everything in my kit for the curious.


What’s in our Go Bags? Travel Tips and Favorite Things!

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Articles for Magicians, Articles for Performers, Blogs & Vlogs, Gismos & Gadgets, Minimalism & Zero Waste, Travel & Adventure Leave a comment


Full-time touring professional entertainers Carisa Hendrix and Tianna the Traveller show you how they pack their go bags/mobil office bags/personal carry on item sized bags. When you are living on the road, it’s important to have the right things with you, and not a lot extra. Essentials will be different for every person based on where you are traveling, how you are traveling and who you are. Tianna and Carisa have different destinations, traveling styles and personalities which you can see reflected in what they packed in their personal carry on sized bags, but both run their companies from the road and have for years.

The goal of a bag this size is to contain everything you need to make your office mobil and your flight comfortable.

**Many of the links bellow are amazon affiliate links

Carisa’s Bag

Tree frog notebook backpack
Front Pockets
Reusable metal drinking straws
Pens – Stolen from a hotel
Passport, money in different currencies and keys
Reusable grocery bag
First Pocket
2X 2TB portable external hard drive
Sugru moldable glue
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB microphone
Mic windscreen in blue
Second Pocket
Bagsmart cord bag
Many cords, thumb drives and memory cards
Jaybird X3 in-ear wireless bluetooth sports Headphones
Camera panasonic lumix DC-ZS70
Bullet journal
Tooth brush and Toothy tabs
Eye mask, sun glasses, wet wipes and deodorant
Wow stain remover stick
Ear covers
Flossers
Folder for papers
Coffee mug
CamelBak eddy water bottle, 25oz 
Big Pocket
Macbook pro
iPad

Tianna’s Bag

Resistor Charged Backpack
Front Pockets 
Ear stuff / Ear plugs and headphones
Luggage scale
Kindle
Rechargeable lithium battery kevlar iPhone cable – https://amzn.to/2xOMF5v
Laptop charger
A bag of hotel toiletries
First Pouch
Asthma Inhaler
Shea butter
Advil
Carabiners
2TB portable external hard drive
Thumb drive
USB wall plugs
Pens – Stolen from a hotel
Micro USB cord
Promo cards
Pencil case with pens, sharpies and highlighters
Pens, fancy multi color
Keys
Swiss army knife
Second Pocket
Lock Safe Bags
Bullet Journal
Personal Life Musings Journal
Go Pro
Bobby pins, chap stick, Lavender oil, mascara, lipstick
Travel Tooth Brush
Extra Charging Cables, Tape Measure, sewing kit with upholstery thread
Big Pocket – It opens all the way!
Macbook Pro
Duotang
MEC Smaller foldable backpack
Coffee Mug


Tossing my Loyalty & Membership Cards – Minimalism

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Blogs & Vlogs, Gismos & Gadgets, Minimalism & Zero Waste, Travel & Adventure 1 Comment

I’ve spent a lot of time today getting on top of my paper clutter by creating clear management systems for everything from mail to loyalty cards. This has been a huge relief and I want you to experience the same freedom I am now enjoying. All you need to get started is a smartphone and a couple of minutes.

Loyalty & Membership Cards

Stocard, Key Ring & UGO Wallet are the top three apps for lightening your wallet, they allow your to quickly and easily digitizing all your Loyalty and Membership cards. All three are avilable for android or IOS, all three are totally free and all three are currently sitting on my phone. Yes, that’s right, I downloaded all three apps and uploaded each and every one of my cards to get an idea of the quality of these three apps and to determine if there was one outlier in the bunch.

The answer is yes, after playing with all three and using them in stores I can definitively say that Stocard is the superior app. You can upload your cards at twice the speed of the other two with the impressive barcode reader, the interface is clean and simple and is has the largest database of shops.

Highly recommended!!!

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5 Great Cord Management Systems for your Gadgets

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Gismos & Gadgets, Top Ten, Travel & Adventure Leave a comment

I can’t wait till everything goes wireless, since I am awful to my cords. They get stuffed into luggage or left to tangle in a drawer and now I have to pay the price, literally. Recently I lost a couple cords to my negligence and found out it’s gonna cost me $80 to replace my iPhone earbuds and another $35 to replace a charger cable. Time to invests in an ounce of prevention.

These are the best cord management systems (CMS) that I found or were recommended to me, in no particular order.

Enjoy!

1. The Cable Clip by Blue Lounge

Blue Lounge makes a lot of really cool gadget helpers, one of which is the cable clip. This cord solution doesn’t add a lot a bulk, making it great for travel. Cooler still, the shape allows you to stack unused cords or line them up neatly in a drawer. Comes in 4 colours: light grey, dark grey orange and green.

They come in 3 sizes:

Small (25 x 26 x 11 mm): Ideal for thin cords such as earbud cords, small data cables and charger cords. Sold in packs of 6.

Medium (39 x 36 x 16 mm): Ideal for USB & data cords, small power cords, audio cords and phone cables. Sold in packs of 4.

Large (61 x 51 x 29 mm): Ideal for thick or long power cords and ethernet network cables. Sold in packs of 2.

Cost: $9.95 for a pack

2. The AppleCore by AppleCore International

The Applecore is basically a spool for your cords, you can’t get more simple than that. This fun, simple design makes me think ‘playful minimalist’. It comes in a bunch of colours and holds cords securely, very well designed.

Cool Fact: The AppleCore won the 2010 DaVinci Institute Consumer Product of the Year Award

Also comes in 3 sizes:

Small: Ideal for thiner cords, like earbuds, small data cables and charger cords. $1.99

Medium: Ideal for shortening or storing small appliance and household item cords, such as hair dryers, kitchen mixers and AV cords. $2.99

Large: Ideal for shortening or storing thick or long power cords such as power tools. $4.99

Cost: $1.99 – 4.99

3. The Bobino Cord Wrap

The Bobino cord wrap is designed by the same folks that did the ultra clever Driinn Phone Holder. This CMS is tiny, thin, and simple to use. Six colours to choose from, all really nice.

Small (L 6.3″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for thiner cords, like earbuds, small data cables and charger cords. $2.95

Medium (L 6.3″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for shortening or storing USB & data cords, small power cords, audio cords and phone cables. $3.95

Large (L 6.69″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for shortening or storing thick or long data cords and phone cables. $4.95

Cost: $2.95 – 4.95

 

4. The Sumajin SmartWrap

The soft silicone has a great feel in your hand, it’s durable, tiny and comes in a ton of colors. The cords snap in at each end for extra security so no worry about it unraveling in your bag.

Cool Fact: The SmartWrap won ID magazine’s Design Distinction award
Cost: $5.00

 

5. Cableyoyo by Blue Lounge

The Cableyoyo is shiny, super thin and a bit more high tech than the other systems. Two small inbuilt clasps hold the cord at the right length when you have finished coiling. To unravel it, you squeeze in the center hole and just pull the end of the cord, brilliant and easy on the eyes.

Cost: $4.95

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