April 4, 2017

A few of my favourite things.......

These are a few of my favourite staple beauty items that you will always find in my kit and makeup bag:

Flawless Face Blender by Crown: 

This is my favourite item for applying foundation or a BB Cream. The face blender is perfect for that flawless airbrush look. It's eco friendly, washable and uses very little product. Great for applying a cream highlighter as well. To wash I use a small amount of baby shampoo and squeeze and rinse in water.

March 28, 2017

Life isn't Perfect.....But your Hair can be!

 My hair has felt damaged and dry after the lightening process it endured for creating Balayage. I didn't want to give up my new lighter locks (because I'm obsessed) so I invested in a hair treatment at the Matthew Jonathan Salon in Oakville. Roman is their product specialist and understood my concern and gave me an amazing Pro Fiber APTYL 100 treatment which came with an at-home care kit to prolong the effects of the in-salon service. The L'Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber Re-Charge Treatment is their at-home hair care kit which acts as a booster to continually renew damaged hair weeks to months after your salon visit.

March 9, 2017

All things are possible with Coffee and Mascara

Isn't it amazing what coffee and mascara can do for you? It makes everything possible.  Finding the perfect mascara can be a challenge though.  I have literally tried every mascara on the planet. Some good, most throw aways until I found one that I can't do my makeup without. Maybelline Lash Sensational is the best mascara I have ever used. You need to try it just once and I promise you will be hooked. It also comes in waterproof which I use on vacation and on my bridal clients. Don't use waterproof daily though as it will dry out your own lashes. Use the regular black daily. I promise you'll fall in love. I always get a million compliments and get asked if I am wearing false lashes when I'm wearing this mascara.   It's actually on sale right now for $7.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart in Canada. I stocked up this weekend. Make sure to get the Lash Sensational in the pink/rose gold tube. I have tried the black tube and found it too thick and clumpy. Here are some of the benefits of using the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara:

February 22, 2017

Full Shine Clip in Hair Extensions

 Clip in hair is fun -- it adds sexy length and volume to your own hair without the price tag, maintenance and damage that bonded etc extensions do.  I recently changed my hair to the popular Balayage trend but found it difficult to find good quality clip in hair extensions to match my new look. I literally spent days browsing through google to find the perfect match.
I am always skeptical buying items from China and International  companies as the quality is never quite like the picture and the return policies are a hassle. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the Full Shine Balayage clip in hair extensions I found on AliExpress. They resembled the pictures and I got a million compliments this weekend when I wore them out to several different events.

February 1, 2017

The Ultimate Setting Powder

Finding the perfect setting powder is essential for all makeup lovers looking for a long lasting and flawless finish. I have been in the beauty industry working as a makeup artist and trainer for 8 years and have tried several different brands and setting powders. I have become addicted to the Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powders and the oh so popular Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.

Setting Powders were created to be used (some) before and after makeup application to enhance the longevity and wear of the makeup application. They are used to essentially set the makeup for all day wear. They are great for preventing shine by absorbing oils and leave the skin smooth by minimizing fine lines and pores. They are especially perfect to be camera ready as they contain light reflectants remove shine and glare. They are best applied right after foundation application (while foundation is still wet) by using a powder puff or makeup brush and patting it into the skin. Take a look at the benefits of my two personal favs to see which best suits your needs and price range.