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Green Dream

I just posted on Instagram a Pantone mood board for the colour Green Flash! One of Pantone’s 10 top colours for 2016. Not usually a green fan, I wore a green plaid uniform in high school, need I say more, but at the moment I’m having a mini love affair with the shamrock shade. What’s inspiring me right now. Pantone’s Fashion Colour Report top ten colours for Spring 2016.    

How to Protect Yourself

Are you protecting the delicate skin on your face by wearing enough sunscreen? Chances are the answer is no. My morning routine of the last several years incorporated a daily facial moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or over, worn under a foundation with built-in SPF as well. Should be enough on any given day right? Wrong! According to dermatologists we should be applying sun protection at least every two hours. How do you do that without feeling sticky, greasy or ruining your makeup? Read on. A few years ago while pregnant, my forehead went a darker pigment than the rest of my face. This condition commonly called pregnancy mask, is melasma gravidarum in medical terms. Post birth, I started noticing dark patches showing up on my cheeks too! Melasma is caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure worsens it. I tried in vain to cover the dark patches with lighter foundation, but it made my complexion chalky, and I didn’t like the feel of wearing so much makeup. I cut bangs to cover my forehead which hid part of my …

Five Steps to Perfect Brows

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Making the smallest change to your eyebrows can have a major impact on your appearance.  When Image Consulting, I’ve shaped some clients’ eyebrows before I’ve even peeked inside their closet! Eyebrow shapes come in and out of fashion, from pencil thin to the full brow that’s in right now. More important than what’s fashionable, is to figure out what eyebrow shape suits your face and balances your features. The colour of your brows is just as important. What if your eyebrows are too sparse? Read on to find out. This photo shows different eyebrow shapes on the same face, notice the effect different shapes have on the eyes and face. A major defining feature of our face, eyebrows help us to express our emotions. Depending on the shape of one’s eyebrows, they can falsely make a person look angry or surprised all the time, so let’s make sure we get this right, yikes! Studies also show that eyebrows provide important clues to one’s identity. “Eyebrows are very intriguing to me because they …

Check Out this Powerful Video #YouLookDisgusting

I read a couple of  articles this morning regarding the perception of beauty and the psychology of wearing makeup. What I found particularly poignant was an article about beauty vlogger (video blogger) Em Ford, aka My Pale Skin. Although she blogs about make-up and beauty, the fact that our culture and the media perpetuate an impossible ideal of beauty, has not been lost on Ford. She recently began posting photos of her makeup-free face on social media, hoping that exposing her acne would be a confidence-booster to her fans. Sadly, deplorable internet commenters responded with criticism including, “Seriously… has she ever washed her face?” and “Ugly as f*ck.” Ford decided to fight back the haters by making a powerful video #YouLookDisgusting, which has been seen by 7,241,757 YouTube visitors at the time of me writing this entry.  Hopefully Ford’s video will prompt discussion and ultimately perceptions about what it means to be beautiful. My idea of beauty? As quoted by Diane von Furstenburg “Character. Intelligence. Strength. Style. That makes beauty”. The most gratifying moments in my career are when a client I’m working with realizes the full potential of their self-image, which ultimately boosts …

Fabulous nails fast!

Photo: Michael Williams for Revlon Since having a child, doing my own manicure has become a disastrous affair. My application is messy because I’m out of practice, and I always smudge and ruin my nails before they are fully dry. I’m guessing most busy women don’t have the time to do their own nails. Until now! I love Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy. First you get the look and finish of a salon gel manicure without the expense. Second, as it’s a nail polish and base coat in one, you save time because you don’t have to apply a base and wait for it to dry before applying a colour coat. The polish is opaque, so had I applied my first coat a bit thicker I may have been able to get away with only one coat, more time saved! Third, it’s super easy to apply and control, because it has a thick brush which kind of looks like two brushes side-by-side. Fourth, the coat on my first hand was dry by the time I had …

For the Beauty Junkies

Ok Canada, here it is, the launch of Birchbox on Canadian soil. I’m not the kind of women who spends tons of moolah on beauty products. I’m loyal to the brands and products I like, but open enough to try samples. I have found some of my favourite beauty products by trying samples. The last big hit I discovered was from trying a sample given to me at Barney’s. I was buying a Kiehl’s product when the salesperson slipped me a perfume sample of Ange ou Demon Le Secret from Givenchy. I took one whiff and knew I had found my newest fragrance. Luckily my husband loves it on me too! When I first came across a Birchbox advertisement on the internet a couple of years ago I click on the link and was intrigued. Birchbox, headquartered in New York, offers a $10 a month, or $110 a year subscription service for beauty samples in the U.S. You simply fill out a personal beauty profile on their site, then every month, a little box of five high-end beauty samples from all …

Gel Envy

Photo: Revlon Long wear nail enamel, too good to be true? I’ve styled some Revlon Nail campaigns and the last shoot was for the new Revlon Colourstay Gel Envy. While Photographer Michael Williams was shooting away, award-winning top manicurist Leeanne Colley of Tips Nail Bar gave me a demo. No base coat necessary, primer and colour in one stroke. It dried much more quickly than traditional nail polish and had a super high gloss shine like gel nail polishes. Win, win, win! I bought a bottle at Shoppers Drugmart the other day and can wait to test drive it. I’ll let you know how it goes. Below are some photos from shoot day including close-ups of the gorgeous clothing I pulled for the shoot, a look behind-the-scenes.