Welcome Catherine!

Hey Guys! 

As most of you know by now I have recently hired a wonderful young artist, Catherine Krahn. We have commenced training and she is more then excelling. The reason for my need for a second artist was I was just turning too many of you away! With a wait list of over 50 weddings last year and with the wedding season barely started and sitting at over 30, it was due time to get a second set of hands on the scene! As when most of you inquire you are looking for the style and look that I provide for my clients, I wanted to hire an artist who was willing to learn my techniques and practice them on our clients. Catherine comes to us with a great skill level and we've worked together and will continue to work together in training sessions to grow as artists and offer consistency to our clients. 

Rather than me going on and on about her I thought I would ask her a few interview type questions to help you better get to know Catherine! 

B: When did you first fall in love with makeup? 

C: Growing up, I never considered makeup as something with which I could play and experiment. As soon as I started high school and discovered mascara (brown, at first! So natural and oh, how the times have changed!), my obsession quickly spiralled as I started adding eyeliner, foundation, eye shadow, etc! Now, it almost feels like the time when I didn't love makeup never existed!

B: When did you start free-lancing and putting yourself out there to book in your own clients?  

C: I started freelancing with my own artistry a year ago. When I first started working at MAC Cosmetics, I began to consider branching out on my own. After I finished my course at Elegance Schools Inc., I actively sought opportunities to grow and help beautify the city! Social media is a big outlet for me, so I set up my own Facebook and Instagram to showcase my work.  

B: What is your current work experience in the beauty industry (companies, salons, brands)? 

C: I've been working in salons for a little over two years and that is where I found the inspiration to become a makeup artist. The atmosphere is so nurturing for young artists and I've always had a great support team in the salon! I've also be an artist at MAC Cosmetics for almost two years. I love being able to touch and try all the products that MAC has to offer! It's my kind of candy store!

B: What is your favourite part about the makeup application process? 

C: My favourite part of the makeup application process is the skin. I love creating that dewey glow with a mix of so many great products. That is the moment that a look really comes together for me and I can finally see what I've been envisioning. Another favourite though is actually the end result! I love to see those happy faces in the mirror as my clients see their transformation! 

B: Why did you apply for this position with Makeup by Brittany? 

C: I applied to work with Makeup by Brittany because I admired her particular style of makeup. The winged liner, dramatics lashes, and glowing skin are all specific to my style as well, so I knew it would be a good fit! Plus, Brittany's application is flawless! And if you're going to learn, why not learn from the best?

B: Where are you from?  

C: I am born and raised in London, Ontario!

B: Lipstick, bronzer or brows? Yes. You can only pick one! (I'm terrible, I know.)

C: How could I possibly choose just one?! Brittany knows I love all three equally but I would have to pick... brows! I love playing with brow shape and thickness. It is amazing how changing the brows can change the entire face!  

B: What is your current favourite product to use on yourself and clients alike? 

C: My current favourite is an e.l.f. product! The e.l.f. Studio HD Mattifying Cream Foundation is perfect for contouring after foundation because it blends beautifully into the skin and gives the perfect sun-kissed glow! Plus, you can't beat the price!

B: Describe your personal style in three words ;) 

C: Classic, chic, and... Pink!

B: What is the most exciting part about this new venture in your makeup career?  

C: I'm mostly excited to take this city by storm, beautifying everywhere we go! I know that my partnership with Brittany will grow into something amazing!

Let's give a warm welcome to Catherine and wish her all the best with her future in this industry! We are currently working on building Catherine for Makeup by Brittany on Facebook and Instagram (catformakeupbybrit) so please, share the love and give us a follow there! 

To book in with myself or Catherine, please contact us here!

Smashbox Product Review!

Hey Guys! 

I know, I know it's been a while since I've done a product review or step by step tutorial. Things have been busy to say the least! Also, my main source of communication with you guys is via social media (instagram and fb mainly). So, if you are looking for more frequent updates, come follow me there! 

Ok so let's get down to it. Today I'm reviewing a couple of my favourite new and old products from Smashbox Cosmetics. If you are a Londoner, you can pick up the product from Sephora White Oaks (hit up those Beauty Insider points!) or most Shoppers Drug Mart locations (optimum points!) in London. 

 

Starting from the top left and working my way across and down, the pot product you see in the beautiful deep plum shade is a 15-hour wear cream shadow. I applied this all over my lid today and blended out the crease using the palette but we will get to those details a little later. This product is awesome. What I like about it is it's super creamy texture, it's workable. Unlike a lot of cream shadows that tend to dry too fast and leave little room for error or blend-ability, this product dries just fast enough. This product is more of a 3-in-1, it's a shadow as I mentioned, you can also use it as a primer for all over the lid (it comes in an array of colours), you can also use it as a means to pack on shimmer to the lid. For example, using a shimmering shade from the Full Exposure palette you can press it onto this cream shadow and use it much like a glitter glue. 

The It's A Wrap waterproof makeup remover (found at shoppers), is a great and may I stress gentle remover. It get's the job done without having to tug and pull at your lashes/eye area. Apply some onto a q-tip and carve out your shadow to create a sharp cat eye effect! 

The new Photofinish Pore Minimizing foundation primer is targeted towards all skin types. If you are unsure of what your skin type is, as many are, this is a safe bet. It also has some skin care proporties built in to add moisture and hydration such as grape-seed extract, green tea and vitamin E - all the while minimizing the look of pores. Used as a base, it will help to ensure a super long lasting look! 

Next up, (sorry for the glare) is the Photofinish Eye Shadow primer. I've actually gone through a couple tubes of this product so that's saying a lot. The tiniest amount is all you need. Smooth over entire lid from the root of the lash to the brow bone then tap away any access. Apply your shadow and liner and watch throughout the day as your look isn't going anywhere! I use this even if I'm not applying shadow and just liner as it also helps to prevent smudging. 

Smashbox glosses, I've loved smashbox glosses since the time I can remember. I think their gloss was one of the first luxury/pro products I ever bought back when I first got the beauty bug! They've come out with a new formula gloss (the one with the X), it's more of a lip laquer and gentle stain in one. It stays all day, but, it doesn't dry out your lips as it has vitamin e and avocado oil. 


One of Smashbox's most iconic product families are their primers. They offer many different types targeting all different skin issues. This one is oil-free and is targeted to more of an oily skin (me!), helping control oil and to create a long lasting wear in your foundation. A little goes a very long way with this primer!

Last but not least the Full Exposure palette. This palette features 7 mattes and 7 shimmers, they are long-wearing and crease resistant. It also comes with a professional brush and a deluxe mascara sample. There is actually a side to the brush specifically made for applying the shimmer shadows. I have always found Smashbox shadows to be super blend-able! This is great for those of you with trouble blending, but for those happy blenders out there, don't over blend as you will end up loosing the opacity of the shadow. 

Here is the look I created using all of the above products! 

Hope you all enjoyed this review post and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event! 

 

 

OCT/NOV/DEC Special!

Hey Guys!

For these three months I will be offering a special for individual event appointments (this does not apply to weddings or Halloween). 

How to qualify for the special: 

  • Print off or screen shot the below coupon 
  • Book in for yourself and a friend (or two!)
  • Receive $10 off both of your makeup applications!  

It's that easy! 

Keep in mind in the coming months there are lots of events you may want to look fabulous for! Christmas parties, attending a wedding, a bridal/baby shower, bachelorette or it's just a night out on the town with your girlfriends or significant other! Lot's of occasions to look and feel glamorous

One-on-One Consultations

Hey Guys! 

So recently requests for lessons/one on one consults have really gone through the roof, so thank you! For those that are unaware here is some info... 

1st-Hour Private Makeup and Skincare Consultation/Lesson ~ $85 

During the first hour I see where you are at in terms of the products you have, the products you need, skill set and comfort with makeup, etc. This initial hour is vital and is usually one of the most informative as we look through your makeup bag together and determine the missing holes and suitable, affordable/in your budget fillers. 

After that we can do 3 hours for $220 (which is over $10 less per hour), using your three hours however you would like. I usually suggest 1.5 and 1.5 as you will see, an hour flies by!

(these prices are subject to change)

This was a review I recently recieved from a client... 

After having a make up application done by Brittany for my wedding anniversary I just knew I wanted more! When she mentioned she did make up lessons I booked a few appointments right away. Yesterday, I had my first lesson and I was not disappointed. From start to finish Brittany  was so professional, keeping to her lesson and making sure I understood what she was saying so I would get the most out of the lesson. We covered so much in one lesson and I really appreciated how she took a look at my products to see what I could include to benefit my   look. She gave suggestions on products I needed that are inexpensive and amazing products! She is incredibly patient and she would talk me through what she was doing and then ask me to copy what she'd just done on my left hand side. I did most of the left hand side of my face all by myself and I must say I did a fairly good job. Brittany does an excellent job making you feel comfortable, competent and has so much experience. You can tell you're in the best hands.  I cannot wait till my next lesson! Take the guess work out of your make up application and go see Britt! -Crystal

Lessons are also a great gift! Inquire within if you wish to purchase a gift card for a friend, family member or co-worker! 

Here is a little more info on lessons... 

What to Bring for lessons: 

Please bring your current makeup bag and brushes, even items you don't use on a daily basis. I like to look at everything to see if there is something you should be or shouldn't be using. I will provide you with a pen and note pad and I will draw a face chart to make things more visual for when you are at home looking over instructions. 

I ask that you pick 3-6 topics to discuss. I can't promise that we touch on all of these topics as depending on what they are we could spend a full hour on one thing. Also, for the initial lesson I like to see where you are at start with something suitable for your skill level. Moving forward our lessons will be more dynamic and full of topics.  

Idea's for topics: 

- products that I should buy and incorporate into my daily routine

- skin care regime (as no makeup can be applied well on skin that is not well hydrated and cared for!) 

- an everyday eye look 

- a night time eye look 

- bold lips (getting them perfect and long lasting) 

- filling in brows

- applying false lashes 

- contouring/highlighting (a whole lesson is needed for this topic)

- liquid liner application 

… I could keep going but there is just a few to inspire your own ideas! 

 

My Fall Wish List

Hey Guys! 

I can't believe it's already the end of August! Summer flew by but in a good way, I had an amazing summer filled with weddings galor, tons of beach days, and great times with friends and family. This is my first week back after my 10 days off and it feels good to be back in the swing of things! If I had it my way, it would be fall half the year, summer the other half and winter just for the month of December. I'm a fall junkie. My husband and I actually got married Thanksgiving weekend because we both love the season that much. 

Today I thought I'd share with you my wish list for this fall. Things I want, things I need... mainly things I want. Some are fall related some are just things I've had my eye on. First up, what's fall without a vampy lip? NARS came out with a line called Audacious which I'm dying to try. I have my eye on one particular colour though... Ingrid (que blissful sighing, ahhh). 

It's a super dark violet colour with a deep red wine feel. STUNning. Can't wait to get my little paws on it. 

Next up, this isn't just one particular item. On my fall wish list is a shopping spree at ASOS curve. For those asking where I like to shop, this is one of my favourite online stores. I love the styles and the sizes are usually right on. I love getting my clothes tailored to fit me perfectly. Everyone's body is so different and properly fitting clothing is so flattering and very important. I get a lot of my jeans darted and some of my blouses taken in at the waist as I need more space through the chest and shoulders. If you order something lean on the larger size and then have it tailored to fit you perfectly! It's worth the extra coin ;) Here are some looks I'm planning to recreate and purchase pieces from... 

 

Next up jewelry, for those that know me (or have been to home studio) know my love affair with jewelry. This fall I would like to add some more pieces to my collection. Pieces that are more dainty and feminin. Also, rings. I want to wear a ring on every finger. Here are some from Asos I like... 


An oldie but a goodie, Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. I just ran out of mine that I have been savouring and using very sparingly because it is a bit of an investment. At around $100 for the jar, it's worth every penny. I love this mask, if feels like butter and leaves your skin feeling taught and plush. I feel it's soul purpose for me is hydrating and firming although it offers much more to the skin when used regularly. I will have to pop into my local Sephora at White Oaks mall soon and bite the bullet... 

 

I've recently been watching the MM&L Show on youtube (literally obsessed and can't stop). Two best friends share tips and tricks on beauty, fashion, lifestyle, review products and are just hilarious. They have talked about this product in a few of their videos and now I'm just dying to try it. I think the best way to get it is off of amazon.ca but I'm going to look further into that. This product is by Jonathan and it's called Dirt. It's a texturizing paste that allows you to separate and create a piecey look, and let's you achieve that day-old-hair look that we all love so much. 

There you have it, my fall wish list! Please share with me some of your must have fall favourites below in the comments section. As always feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event! 

Have a fabulous day! oXo

My Journey as a Makeup Artist

THE BEGINNING 

I’ve loved everything to do with makeup for as long as I can remember. When I was in high school, I would do full applications for my friends for dances and proms. However, I felt as though my future was uncertain. I found that it was difficult to listen to my own dreams. After I graduated high school, I attended the University of Ottawa for a degree unrelated to makeup artistry. I began taking makeup even more seriously and started freelancing between classes. I had no professional training or certification and was charging below industry standard rates merely to gain experience and build my portfolio.

EDUCATION

After completing two years of my degree, I decided to focus on Makeup Artistry and Cosmetology. My family wasn’t exactly thrilled about my decision, but supported me nonetheless. It was at this point that I began blogging, which played an integral part in my career looking back. Being from London I had many friends and family there who followed and read my blog, passing it on to their friends and family and spreading the word. This was also happening in Ottawa, where I was living at the time.

I then attended the Ottawa Academy. My makeup artistry teacher there was amazing, she had worked for Stila cosmetics for quite some time as a pro artist and had many other professional credentials - she was awesome! I looked up to her and envisioned doing similar things. I saw the multitude of opportunities this industry had, as now she had slowed down, was pregnant, and teaching with a more regular schedule. I saw this career helping me do all the things I saw for my future, success in both my professional and family life.

WORK EXPERIENCE

After graduating I moved back home to London where I was hired at Sephora as a Colour Cast member. I learned so much working at Sephora, I gained product knowledge, learning how different textures and finishes work, lighting and wearability, application techniques and so much more. At Sephora, I was constantly doing makeup applications. I soon became Beauty Studio Captain and myself and a couple other artists were doing the majority of makeup applications. I would have to say that as a makeup artist the best way to improve your skills is to apply apply apply. Sephora and all the amazing people I worked with there taught me so much about this industry, myself and my skills as a makeup artist. Thank you Sephora White Oaks

Starting my own business had always a goal of mine, but I wasn’t sure how to get started. I still continued to blog and freelance when I could. Eventually, I decided to look for a job with a little more flexibility to work in my freelance clients. I wasn’t ready to be fully self-employed, but I knew that I was getting close. After I left Sephora, I began to promote myself via my blog and social media platforms. Things quickly began to take off and I was getting requests for weddings and events well in advance. I then got a job at Cake Beauty (a Canadian product sold within Sephora) as their National Educator. I traveled across Canada training all the Sephora cast members on the Cake product. Because I made my own schedule, I was able to accommodate more freelance clients.

After working for Cake from January to May (a slower time for makeup), my freelance work started to thrive. I could see that I no longer needed an additional income so I left my position with Cake. I started to book up into the following year during that same “slow period” and I could see that I was finally where I wanted to be.

REALIZING MY GOALS

That was over a year and a half ago and since then I have been self employed running my own business. Making my own hours, deciding my own income, and designing the life I want. This journey was by no means easy but it taught me so much about myself and what I’m capable of. I learned so much about this industry I love so dearly and I can’t wait to continue on. I am now booking into 2016, blogging for multiple outlets and running a successful social-media-present business and blog of my own.

In my opinion, in this industry working for yourself is where it’s at. But that is not to say that there aren’t so many amazingly cool and fun positions available If you are a person who is better at receiving a task and completing it. If you love to travel and live out of a suitcase, keeping busy and being on the go - so many job options out there. I on the other hand prefer to make my own rules.

Do what’s right for you and your personality strengths and weaknesses, life goals and ambitions and most of all happiness! That’s what it’s all about in the end :) Hope you guys enjoyed this post, because I truly enjoyed writing it

This was a topic I was also asked to discuss by one of the outlets I blog for, QC Makeup Academy. If you wish to check out the condensed version of this post or to look into their amazing courses offered click here!

 

 

A New Chapter...

Hey Guys! 

For those of you who have visited my little home studio over the past (almost) two years of being self employed, you know it's been rearranged, redecorated and revamped. I love my little space and it has done me well during the beginning stages of my business. I am SO excited to announce that my husband and I will be moving this October to a cute little house fairly close to where we are now. At our new place I will have a full room and some more space to work with - very exciting! 

I thought I would do a little post on my sweet little space, giving myself something to look back on and see the progress I've made. The same sort of style and vibe will carry over to my new space as I will be using some of the same decore and furniture and I want to stay true to my style. I always get so many comments and questions on where I get some of my decor so I will share that with you in this post! 

This wall happens to be my favourite, it features this beautiful Tassel Garland from Studio Mucci. I absolutely LOVE all of their tassel garlands and I secretly want one for every room in my house. This particular one is called Sherbet Love Mini and happens to match my business colours perfectly. The white mirror is from Target and the empty frames are from Michael's Craft store. 

 

This cozy corner is for my waiting clients, or friends and guests of clients to sit comfortably while waiting. I also love these prints by Stephanie Sterjovski...

 

One of my favourite places in my makeup room is my pin board filled with some of the beautiful thank you cards I have received over the years. Sometimes I look through these and am reminded of why I love my job so much... 

Something else I am really going to miss about my studio is the view, looking out onto the city as I sit and blog, reply to emails at my desk or am doing a clients makeup. I love the sounds of the city and I am totally inspired by the hustle and bussle. Our new place looks out onto the river, which will inspire me in a whole new way :) 

Thank you to all my amazing clients who have been with me since the beginning! And welcome to all my new clients who will continue on this journey of mine. Thank you for your support, this local female entrepreneur owes you the world! As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Starlet Treatment

Hey Guys! 

I just want to share a new package I will be offering called "The Starlet Treatment"!

Had recently had the pleasure of giving Genevieve Fisher this new service! It includes body bronzing/body glow, soft curls and a full makeup application including false lashes for $180! Here are a couple before and afters of her look... 
Genevieve is an amazingly talented young woman from right here in London. She is one of Canada's brightest up and coming country stars and has accomplished so much already at such a young age! She's all glammed up and ready to attend the CMAO Awards (Country Music Association of Ontario) tonight! Here is a peak at the finished look... 

Looking for that red carpet look and the full Starlet Treatment? Book me for your next special event here!

 

Peachy Glowy Goodness

Hey Guys! 

So I recently posted this motd (makeup of the day) picture on my instagram and got tons of emails and messages to do a tutorial/step by step on the look. Ask and you shall receive! 

This look is super easy to achieve and super quick! I love a dewy look anytime of a year really but in summer, it's a must! This post has 3 step by steps on how I achieve each section of the look. Let's start with complexion... 

 

1. Mix a liquid illuminator with your foundation. I used Sun Beam by Benefit with NYC Skin Matching Luminizer Foundation

2. Use a kabuki style foundation brush and buff into skin, starting from the center of the face (T-zone) softening outwards. I did not set this step, I wanted to keep the dewyness going! 

3. Next up apply a concealer/brightening product to the under eye in a V shape, between the brows blending up into the center of the forehead, chin and anywhere else you wish to brighten/conceal. I used the BH Cosmetics Concealer palette. I went ahead and used the darker shade in this palette to also contour my face. 

4. Then, apply a matte bronzer to the areas you contoured (hollows of the cheek, hair line, sides of the nose etc). I used Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced

5. Finish off your complexion with a peachy coloured blush and a glowing highlight. The blush I used is unfortunately discontinued but compare the picture to one you might have or wish to purchase! The highlight I used along the tops of my cheeks and down the bridge of my nose is Soft and Gentle by MAC

Next up, eyes! This eye look is sooo easy and sooo fast - it's literally going to be my go to all summer! Here goes... 

1. As always, start with a clean primed eye lid and brows done. 

2. Next take the same highlighting powder you used to highlight your face (I used Soft and Gentle by MAC), pick this product up on a flat dense brush. Begin to build the colour on your lid by pressing the product into the lid rather than dusting it on. Doing so will provide you with a super pigmented look. 

3. Then pic up a little of the matte bronzer you used (I used Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced) on a fluffy blending brush (I used Sephora Pro Blending brush), blend it through the crease using somewhat broad strokes. This will give a beautiful natural looking contour to the eye. 

4. Apply your liquid liner. My go to liquid liner is Line Stiletto by Maybelline

5. Apply false lashes. I used Red Cherry Lashes #43.

6. Apply a white eye liner to the waterline on the lower lashes. Top off the look by highlighting the tear duct and brow bone with the same highlighter!

Lastly, a peachy pout...

 

Whenever you are creating a super nude/pastel/light coloured lip you always want to neutralize any pink/redness in your natural lip colour. Doing this will help avoid those muddy tones and will help the lip colour that's in the tube show up true to colour. 

1. Take a concealer that matches your skin (nothing too light, something closer to your skin colour), press the concealer into the lips getting into all the little lines and cracks. I used the same concealer as linked above, BH Cosmetics Concealer Palette. 

2. Use a peachy pastel lip colour. I used a shade from the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette. This product is an awesome investment (yes, it is quite pricey). But it can do SO many things! It is definitely more of a professional product but if you are comfortable playing and creating it is perfect for you. It can make foundations, lip sticks, brow fillers, face paint, body paint the list goes on! From the palette I used this pretty pastel peach hue and filled in my lips using and lip brush. 

3. Finish off with a gloss if you wish and highlight your cupids bow! This will all add to that end result of peachy glowy goodness! 

There you have it... 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and all the best recreating this look at home! As always, let me know if you have any questions or if you wish to book me for your upcoming event! 

Have a fabulous day! oXo 

 

Summer Must Have's of 2014

Hey Guys! 

I recently picked up some summer essentials and thought I'd share them with you. If you follow me on instagram, you have probably seen a couple but I had so many questions as to what I was wearing in my recent photos, so, I thought I would fill you in on all of them! For me, summer is about ease, comfort and beauty! I want to look summer fresh but still naturally glam (a girls gotta stay up on her glam!). Check out some of my must haves below. I will be going through each individual product with you! 

Beachy Dream Waves...

Nothing worse on a hot humid day than having to blow dry your hair for a half hour and getting all sweaty! I plan on taking the easy route a lot this summer by letting my hair air dry using these Marc Anthony products! First off, I comb all the tangles out of my hair so it's smooth, then I run an oil through it to smooth and help with frizziness. Next up I apply Strictly Curls Styling Foam in my hand and tousle it throughout my hair, scrunching as I go. Then I shake it out and turn my hair upside down a few times (still scrunching). Next up, I mist on some of the Beach Spray (can be used on straight or curly hair!), scrunch a few more times and call it a day. What's awesome is you can use the Beach Spray to touch up throughout the day as well as the next day to maintain the style. Also, these products smell amazing. That is hugely important to me when it comes to hair products. The beach spray smells like coconuts :) I bought these products at my local Shoppers Drug Mart - it was about $23 bucks for both. 

Peachy Keen... 

This product is a bit of a splurge but OMG, it's my new obsession. I may have to buy a couple other shades... uh-oh! The product is by Dior and it's their Addict Fluid Stick. I purchased mine here in London at Sephora White Oaks for $36.00. This amazing lip product doubles as a lipstick and a gloss. Takes away the two step application process and leaves you with a beautiful pigment as well as a deliciously glossy finish. It feels so silky smooth on the lips, I love it! I picked up #239 Frisson, a nude peach hue (it looks way brighter in the picture for some reason). All in all I am such a fan and will be rocking this all summer long! 

Tropical Pink...

Another lip product I know, but I am going to be all about lips this summer. Keeping my eyes fresh and natural and focusing on lashes and lips! This product is unreal. SUPER pigmented, a little goes a very long way. It has a matte finish with a slight luster/moisture so it doesn't dry up and crack like a lot of mattes. It's creamy and long wearing - perfect combo. This colour looks quite a bit different on, I would say on me, it looks like a bright pink/peach pastel-ish hue. Picked this guy up at Sephora White Oaks for $20. My sister grabbed a darker hue called Mulberry which I may have to get next - a deep raspberry hue. Check out the rest of the shades here!

Dewy and golden...

This has been a staple product of mine for a while now, those who know me know I'm a sucker for a golden glow. This summer I will be religiously mixing this product with my foundation. It gives that perfect all over glow with a beautiful golden undertone. Sun Beam by Benefit can be found at Sephora as well for around $32! 

Hydratation...

I am an oil addict. Constantly running oils through my hair as I tend not to wash it for a few days and like it to stay smooth (ish) looking. I also use oils to hydrate my face and body. This little mini on the go oil is perfect for summer to through in a beach bag and drench yourself from head to toe after a long day in the sun! The Divine Oil by Caudalie is all purpose - body, face and hair! This little guy was $10 but you could grab the full size for $52. 

Sweet Jasmine, Orange blossom and more... 

Summer scents can evoke so many memories, beach days, cottage nights or dewy sunny mornings. Bath and Body Works says this candle is...

Fragrant, sweet jasmine, orange blossom and the fresh scent of fluffy white towels evoke the endless-summer feel.

Sign me up! Also, love the mason jar packing and mint green hue :) 

Flower Crowns (need I say more?)... 

I'm a bit of a flower crown junkie. If I could wear one everyday, I would. Our wedding was almost two years ago and my husbands' Aunt constructed me one of the most beautiful crowns ever! Check it out (hehe great excuse to show a wedding photo)... 

The crowns from the first photo I picked up at Claire's for about 12 bucks each. Flower crowns are such a great accessory for summer! I think they show off your hair and frame the face really nicely! 

Below I am wearing one of my flower crowns, styled my hair using the products listed above, Sunbeam is mixed into my foundation, and I am wearing the Sephora Luster Matte lip in Pink Flush Luster... 

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event! 

Dry Shampoo Love

Hey Guys! 

Sad to say but blogs are going to be a little less frequent now that summer is upon us and I will be diving full speed into weddings! I will still do my best to get out as many as I can for you. As always, feel free to request topics here

Today, I want to share with you my new favourite dry shampoo. I use and love many but I'm always willing to try new things. Who knows, you may be missing out on your favourite product because you have been using the same stuff for years. Don't be afraid to switch it up! 

Product: Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-powder

What Bumble has to say... 

It's equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volume in a pinch.

I seriously love Bumble and Bumble, I find their product do what they say they are going to do. I also find a little goes a very long way with most of their products, this one in particular. The powder is a very very finally milled powder that is almost a similar consistency to the Make Up For Ever HD Powder, if any of you are familiar with that. It's silky yet powdery enough to absorb oils and build volume.

I love applying it on freshly washed and blow dried hair, doing this not only adds volume but also extends the life of my shampoo, keeping my hair looking cleaner for longer. As most of you know I am a huge proponent of washing my hair as little as possible. I find it styles better a few days in and the look becomes more lived in and tousled. This product is amazing for all of those purposes! Also, it smells amazing: sweet and citrusy (in my opinion). 

I gotta say, I also love the packaging. That opalescent finish? I'm digging it. 

All in all, two thumbs up Bumble, keep it coming! 

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, to book me for your next event or to inquire about my freelance blogger services :) 

Have a fabulous day oXo 

Too Faced Melted Lipstick

Hey Guys! 

Hope your week is going well! Thought I would brighten up your Thursday afternoon with a review on a brand new product that I am LOVING. It is the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick...

I grabbed two shades, the Melted Coral and the Melted Peony. Other shades include Melted Nude, Melted Ruby, Melted Violet and Melted Fuchsia. Basically the product is exactly what it sounds like. Lipstick melted down into a tube. But not just any lipstick, long wearing, hydrating and deeply pigmented lipstick. Although the lipstick finishes to a matte eventually, it does not dry out the lips like most matte/long wear/stains tend to do. I'm loving these two colours - perfect for spring!

The product features a felt tip squeeze tube, great for applying directly to the lips but still able to squeeze some out onto your hand or a dish to apply more sanitarily with a lip brush. 

Here is a look I did using the Melted Peony with a light application. Another quality I like about the product is you are able to sheer it out or build it up. Allowing to create many shades within just the one colour :) 

Hope this review was helpful for you and as always, feel free to contact me regarding booking me for your next event or any other inquiries! 

Purple and Glitter

Hey Guys! 

Thought I would play around with more glitter today - I've been feeling glitter lately as I'm going to Vegas in May and excited to go all out glam and glitz while I'm there! 

What you will need to achieve this eye look: 

Glitter Glue by Too Faced 

A purple/pink glitter of your choice (unfortunately the one I used is discontinued) 

Sketch by MAC (dark purple)

Beautiful Iris by MAC (lavender with an iridescent sheen) 

Naked Basics Palette 

1. Apply Glitter Glue onto the center of the lid. Then pick up your glitter on a flat synthetic brush and press it onto the lid where you applied the glue. 

2. Apply Sketch onto the inner and outer corners of the lid. 

3. Blend out Sketch and soften the colour into the crease connecting the two over the glitter. 

4. Apply Beautiful Irish onto the tear duct blending up along the crease. 

5. From the Naked Basics Palette apply Naked 2 (soft grey) into the crease softening Sketch and helping to blend out the look further. Also apply W.O.S as a brow highlight. 

6. Apply liquid liner and lashes! 

7. Mirror the top lid by applying sketch along the lower lash line only on the outer and inner edges. 

8. Pick up a bit of Glitter Glue and glitter and press a few sparkles onto the center of the lower lash line. I then finished this look with a bit of white liner along my water line! 

Give this look a try! It's a lot easier than it looks :) Here is a peak at the finished look... 

I finished the look with a super nude lip "In the Buff" by Too Faced and lined with Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil in "Medium"!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or to inquire about booking me for your next event, guest blogging services or product reviews! 

Step by Step Smudged Lash Line

Hey Guys! 

Today's step by step is going to be on this eye look... 

Instead of doing my go-to liquid liner I applied a pencil liner and smudged it along the lash line for a more naturally full lash look. 

You will need...

- blending brush 

- smudge brush 

- flat eye shadow brush 

- stiff flat liner brush 

- pair of lashes 

- lash glue 

- pink/gold shadow 

- cranberry shadow 

- dark purple shadow 

- brow highlight 

- brown soft pencil liner 

Follow along with my step by step instructions!

1. Apply a pink/gold shadow all over the lid. I used a Make Up For Ever pigment. 

2. Apply a cranberry shadow into the crease blending along into the inner corner. 

3. Apply the dark purple just in the outer corner keeping it concentrated to the very outer crease. 

4. Apply a brown soft pencil - I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil Liner. Make sure to lift your lid and apply this deep into the root of the lashes. 

5. Take a stiff liner brush and blend the liner out smudging slightly and dragging out into a slight wing. 

6. Apply false lashes! 

7. Apply a highlight into the inner tear duct and on the brow bone! 

Here is a peak at the entire look... 

Hope you guys enjoyed and as always feel free to contact me regarding any questions you may have about this post, booking me for your next event or inquirying about free-lance blogging/product reviews! 

The Balm Luminizer/Bronzer Review

Hey Guys! 

I recently tried a new Bronzer/Luminizer duo that I am literally head over heels in love with. Mary-Lou Manizer aka "The Luminizer" and Betty-Lou Manizer aka "The Bronzing Bandit" by The Balm Cosmetics go further then their adorable kitschy packaging. These products are packed full of pigment and luster! 

Right now you can order the duo from obsessedcanada.com for $36.00 (CAN) regularly $48.00! I was recently introduced to obsessedcanada.com and I have to say its great to have a website that ships free to Canada on hand. From hair products, to lashes and lips, skin care, nail polish and tons of makeup brands you will find it all! Being in Canada and most of the popular websites for ordering product tend to be from the States, shipping costs can add up! You literally just can't beat the free shipping within Canada! 

Here is a closer look at the product... 

Both products are super pigmented which means you only need a light dusting on your brush. I am usually partial to a matte bronzer but the golden luster in this dark beautiful bronzer is lovely! It's perfect for along the cheekbones. The bronzer is quite dark (which I personally LOVE) so fairer skins can absolutely still use it just apply it gingerly with a soft hand. 

The Luminizer is also stunning. It gives that perfect glow to the skin without looking like too much or super shiny. I applied it along the tops of my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose, on my cupids bow and in my tear-duct. 

The combination of the two products was fabulous, made me feel like a glowing goddess ;) 

I highly recommend trying these products out! If you loved the look, order here!

Metal Marvels

Hey Guys! 

So if you have been following me for a while you are aware of my obsession with jewelry, whether it be costume or real I love anything that sparkles! Recently I have really been into colourful statement necklaces. I came across this awesome vendor on Instagram called Metal Marvels and I just had to order this gorgeous set! It's called Egyptian Goddess Necklace and comes in 4 different colours.  

 

What drew me to this line even further was the fact that is was started by a young female entrepreneur. Being one myself I just had to support the line! Katie is a recent college grad from OC California. She let her passion for business and beautiful jewelry guide her to this successful jewellery line - Metal Marvels! Not only are the pieces so pretty and unique but also are very affordable - my purchase came to $27.50 including shipping to Canada. 

I look forward to filling my jewelry station with more and more of these beautiful things! 

Also, if you like this makeup look a step by step tutorial will be going up on the QC Makeup Academy Blog very soon! As always feel free to contact me regarding any questions you may have as well as booking me for your next event!  

Valentine's Day/Date Night Look

Hey Guys! 

So Valentines day is right around the corner, some love it some hate it! I say no matter if your single or taken you can enjoy this love filled day! Look nice for yourself, family or friends. If you do have that special someone you want to impress, I have some little tips I like to live by when it comes to this day or any other romantic event. 

First off, a good rule of thumb is you don't want to stray too far from what you normally do. You still want to look and feel like yourself just turn it up a notch ;) You also want to give off a touchable and approachable vibe so I tend to avoid super harsh looks like a red/bold lip or perfectly styled hair. You don't want your special someone to feel like they will mess you up if they decide to sweep you off your feet. 

This is the look I went for... 

 

Hair

Instead of going for those perfectly set curls I decided to go for something a little more tousled looking. I used my Bombshell 1.5 inch Waver. This tool is just like a curling rod with no clamp but instead of being round it is flat and the waves come out in a zig zag form. It looks like this... 

After I curled my whole head in about 1 inch sections I let the curls cool. Next up I ran my fingers through them loosening them up - while doing this I also sprayed in Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, scrunching and tossing my hair back and forth. Once I was achieved those perfectly tousled locks, I set the look with a finishing spray.

Makeup

I love a softly blurred smokey eye with a bold liquid liner, lashes and a clean under eye - that tends to be my go to look. I stuck with what works for me and created this eye look. I decided to use a white eyeliner along my water line to brighten up the look and give it a sense of innocence. I used purples pinks and creams, sticking with soft feminine colours. Here are the colours I used (all MAC shadows)... 

The look... 

1. Start with a clean primed eye lid.  Then apply Yogurt by MAC all over the lid with a flat dense brush. 

2. Next up pick up Folie on a blending brush and buff it into the outer corner of the eye and along the crease. Then add a touch of Sketch and Blackberry softening and blending towards the center of the lid. 

3. Apply a brow highlight, I used Yogurt again for this. 

4. Take a small dense brush and apply Carbon to the very outer corner/crease. After you've applied the product, blend it out with the fluffy blending brush you used earlier. 

5. Apply liquid liner

6. Apply false lashes. 

7. Apply a white eye liner onto your lower water line, be sure to avoid the lashes as we are going for a clean look - smudging onto the lashes can look messy. 

8. Apply In The Nude lip liner by Essence all over the lip, creating a neutral base.  Then apply Spice lip liner by MAC slightly over lining for fuller lips. 

9. Apply Chatter Box by MAC all over the lip! 

 Here are the lip products: 

There you have it, a pretty&romantic, touchable&feminine v-day look! Hope you enjoyed this post, as always feel free to contact me with any questions or to book your next event! 

 

Sparkles & Pink

Hey Guys! 

This look is the definition of pretty and feminine. Using soft rosy pinks, plums and a sparkle pigment - it's perfect for a special event or evening look! 

1. Apply a pink matte shadow all over the lid. I used a blush by Make Up For Ever that unfortunately is discontinued but just use something similar! 

2. Next, I applied Cranberry by MAC into the crease. Softening the lid colour and blending out. 

3. Next I applied    by MAC into the outer crease with my focus on the outer edge. 

4. Apply a white eye liner along your water line - avoiding your lashes. 

5. Take     by MAC used in the outer crease and smudge it along the lower lash line, blending down and out. 

6. Apply a white/gold sparkle into the inner teat duct and blending down a bit onto the lower lash line. 

7. Apply liquid liner. 

8. Apply mascara on your upper and lower lashes and false lashes if you wish! 

There you have it, a pretty in pink look with a touch of glitter! 

I decided to go with a really soft lip - I used Spice (MAC) to line and Coral Bliss (MAC) lipstick then topped it off with Spring Break lipgloss (NARS)! 

Had so much fun creating this look! As always feel free to contact me with any questions about this post or any other as well as to inquire about booking me for your next event! 

Brown Smokey Eye

Hey Guys! 

I posted this look on my instagram earlier today and thought I would share a step by step tutorial! I used all brown or gold products for this look - the only black products used were liquid liner and mascara :) 

1. Apply a soft gold/champagne shadow over the lid. I used Laura Mercier Sun Lit. 

2. Apply a dark brown along your crease (cut crease technique - to check out other looks like this one type in "cut crease" or "step by step" into my search engine here!). I used Laura Mercier Rich Coffee. 

3. Take a blending brush and pick up a little more of the dark brown shadow just used and blend out the crease. 

4. Take a lighter brown and blend out the very edge of the dark brown shadow just applied. I used Folie by MAC. 

5. Apply a brow highlight - I used a Maybelline shadow in Linen. 

6. Apply your liquid liner then take a dark brown pencil liner and line the water line as well as the lash line. I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glid-On Eye Pencil in Currupt

7. Blend this out using the lighter of the two brown shadows used earlier. 

8. Apply false lashes. 

9. Apply a few coats of mascara on the lower lashes. 

There you have it - a wearable brown smokey eye! I find that since this look is a bit softer because we used browns instead of blacks, it can be worn during both day and night! 

Here is a peak at the full look... 

I used a different set of complexion/bronzer/blush products for this look so as promised here is a full product list: 

Foundation: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation (I am loving this product! The coverage is perfect for me - not to full not to sheer) 

Contour/Bronzer: I actually used a pressed powder in a darker shade for this step. I used the Fit Me! Powder also by Maybelline in Toffee/Caramel. It's the perfect shade of bronzer for me and actually very very similar to the Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced that I always use! 

Blush: I used Razin by MAC as a deeper contour blush - I applied this along my cheekbones. Then I applied Sunset Glow by Clinque along the apples of my cheeks 

Highlight: I used Soft and Gentle by MAC Cosmetics 

Lips: I lined my lips with Spice by MAC then I mixed two lipsticks. First I applied Creamy Nude by Essence Cosmetics then I applied just a touch of Cosmo by MAC. I then topped it off with a Stila gloss in Blush. 

As always feel free to contact me if you have any questions or to book me for your next event! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, have a fabulous week! 

oXo Brit 

Soft "S" Waves

Hey Guys! 

As promised, todays second post! I have been getting quite a few requests on how I do my waves or how to do old hollywood inspired "S" waves. I have a pretty easy technique to follow, check it out and follow along...

1. First, part your hair down the back of your head so half of your hair is on each side of your shoulders. Then take a 1 inch section, spray with hair spray and wrap around the wand wrapping away from your face. So over and around the wand. Continue to do that on each side Ex. the right side all the curls will be wrapped around and back to the right, left side around and back to the left. 

2. You curls will be hard, tight and not cute. Let them cool down like this. Do your makeup, pick out your outfit, paint your nails - whatever. Just let the curls cool completely before moving on. The reason for this is you want to create a curl memory with the hair spray and hot tool you just used. Letting the curls sit in such a tight hard state will make sure you don't loose your curls during the next step. 

3. Take a bore/bristle brush and slowly and deeply brush out the curls. You don't want to brush fast and lightly because that will just make the curls frizz up. You want to press the brush firmly into the curls as you slowly brush through them. 

4. Then, to accentuate the S wave. Pinch your hair where the wave is already there, as I've done in the above picture. 

5. Clamp your straightener down so that there looks to be a round bulb of hair peaking through. I gently tighten and let go of the straightener as not to make a line in the hair but to get a hot press. 

Finish with running a bit of dry oil to smooth any frizz and set with hair spray! I find these curls look better on day 2! Hope that helped you guys out :)