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! 

 

 

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

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 

 

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! 

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! 

 

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 :) 

Cut Crease Smokey Eye

Hey Guys! 

Happy New Year! So glad to be back doing what I love :) I've been busy today and there are TWO posts coming your way. This one and another on how to achieve soft big waves/old hollywood style waves. I've been getting some requests on doing different kinds of cut crease looks so here is one for the books! I also did another one you can check out here!

I used the Naked Basics Palette (all matte) for this entire eye look. I highly recommend this palette - I'm obsessed. Here is a closer look at the palette... 

1. Start with a primed clean lid. Then apply W.O.S all over the lid. Use a flat dense brush so you can really pack it on and get a very opaque finish. Then, pick up Crave on a small brush and draw out your crease. I always suggest going just above your crease as when you blend it will come down just a touch. 

2. Take a blending brush and pick up more Crave. Apply it directly on top of the line you just drew and blend up (not to much!) in small buffing motions. 

3. Next, pick up Faint on a different clean blending brush and apply right where Crave finishes - blending up. 

4. Apply Venus as your brow highlight and apply your liquid liner. 

5. Line your waterline with a waterproof liner then drag Crave along the lower lash line until it is very black and pigmented. 

6. Grab a smudge brush and pick up Faint, soften the edges of Crave with this soft brown hue.

7. Apply false lashes.

8. Apply multiple coats of mascara to the lower lashes.  

There you have it! A super sultry smokey eye with a cut crease. A cut crease technique is great for people with hooded lids. If you can master this technique with softer more natural colours it's great and helps any eye appear much larger! 

Here is a closer look at the finished product... 

 

Luscious Lips

Hey Guys! 

So yesterday I posted a look on my friend MARS on facebook and instagram. A few people were asking about the lips in the look so I decided to recreate it for you! If you didn't see the first look on MARS here it is... 

Here is how to recreate the lips and make them appear larger and fuller! 

1. Line the lips with a neutral lip pencil. Something that is a shade darker than your lips.

2. Apply Cosmo by MAC on the outer corners of the lips (upper and lower).

3. Apply Hue by MAC into the center of the lips (upper and lower).

4. Apply Spring Break lip gloss by NARS just in the very center of the lips then press together.

Here is a look at the products used to see if you have something different by similar in your makeup bag... 

A closer peak at the look... 

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

 

QC Academy Blog Post!

Hey Guys! 

As some of you know I guest blog for QC Makeup Academy and I just wanted to share a recent look I did for them! To see the step by step tutorial on creating this look yourself click here!

Stay tuned for a this look as well! It will be posted on their blog next week. Also be sure to check out a contest QC Academy is running called All That Glitters

To check out some other looks featured on the QC Blog click here!

Dressing for a curvier figure

Hey Guys! 

Ask and you shall receive! I have been getting TONS of requests on where to shop for curve friendly or plus size fashion, how to dress to flatter curvier features and how much skin is appropriate to flaunt! I will be touching on all of these topics :) 

Here are a couple emails that got me thinking this is something I need to put more of a focus on... 

I'm a really big fan of your blog/Instagram/Facebook page and just wanted to say thanks so much for all the work you're doing! As a bigger girl myself I do find days where it's really hard to love what's looking back in the mirror, but your updates help make it a little easier. I was just wondering if you have any suggestions for stores that you buy all your clothes! I love your style and it's so flattering to your shape, and I was hoping you'd help make the shopping experience a little better too!

I have been following your posts after seeing it on Tumblr. I have to say that you are an inspiration for curvy woman! As one who often battles with self love and acceptance, it has brought me comfort coming across your posts and seeing how you embrace yours. Now I am slowly but surely feeling comfortable in my own skin and 'eff'ing those beauty standards! Thank you for that. Truly.

I love your work, you truly are someone who inspires me, any good books you've read on self confidence and stuff like that, because you girl are on fire :) Just wanted to tell you that! I had a bad day today with someone in a clothing store saying something to me and just wondering if you had advice or things you would recommend ? 

I have a very random question for you...I know you do more make up but was wondering if you could give any suggestion on where I could get any plus size dresses for my cousins wedding. The new stores (that I shop at) I find tailor to the thinner sizes so I'm having a hell of a time. You always look great when you post your pictures so I was hoping you'd have a suggestion for me :) 

First off I want to thank my amazing clients and followers who have taken the time to send me these kind words! YOU are all helping me with the daily battle of pushing out negative influences from the media and so forth and accepting who I am right now!

I will have to say I am kind of lucky as I can shop at both regular stores and some plus size stores as my size hovers in both options. You may not be plus size yourself but I find that if you do have a curvier shape, larger breasts, a bigger butt, or large calves or quads - sometimes it's hard to find things that fit even if you wear a size 6/8 or smaller! Sometimes it's good to check out plus size stores as trying to make something fit that just doesn't, can be very unflattering. Just get over what the tag says and buy clothes that fit well! 

  • I LOVE Asos Curve line. The pieces are so fashionable and trendy and really affordable!
  • Additionelle has super cute well made clothing that fits a curvy figure so nicely. Depending on your size you may or may not be able to shop there. I usually take their smallest size so if you are smaller then me it might be too big for you there! Their smallest size is a 14 :) Even if your not plus size but have a broader frame and have a hard time finding jackets that fit your shoulders or arms they have an amazing selection! I also find it's great to find oversized sweaters - since it's easier to find larger sizes then yours, you can grab something that is a few sizes bigger for a baggier fit. 
  • If you want some inspiration follow theashleygraham and nadiaaboulhosn -- two of my favourite plus size models that have amazing fashion sense and are great for curvy girl fashion inspiration! 
  • I also find that H&M and Joe Fresh tend to fit my figure nicely as well! 
  • Forever 21 also has a plus size line, unfortunately  they don't carry it here at the London location (although I can still manage to find some great pieces in there that fit me), you can order it online or go on the hunt for locations hear by that carry it! 
  • Another couple great places to check out is Winners, Marshalls and Reitmans! Not only do they carry a very wide range of styles and sizes but they also all have a plus size section! 

Don't be afraid to get things tailored! I have started getting clothes tailored more often in the last 5 years and it's amazing! My pants are notoriously too big around my waist as I have quite a big bottom half, so buying pants that fit my butt perfectly and then getting the waist tailored in to fit is so great. I have done the same with blazers, I have larger arms and breasts but I only wear a 34 around in my bra so I always need it taken in. 

Strategically Placing Blacks vs Colours/Patterns

I love to find pieces with panelling and colour blocking. Check out this blazer I got last summer from Target... 
Features this jacket has that you should look for when shopping for a piece: 
- Black colour blocking along the sides and underarms. This helps your torso and arms appear slimmer
- The bottom of the jacket comes to a point down the middle - this helps the eyes draw in and down creating a longer slimmer line
- The jacket cinches just below the bust - this works great for me as the smallest area on my body is right under my bra and down from there about 5 inches. 
I wore all black underneath the jacket and on my bottoms as it helped add more focus to the colour blocking on the jacket - ties it all together nicely! I also wore a plunging neckline to aline with the darting tails at front of the jacket, again drawing the eyes in and down. Picking and choosing where you show off skin is important. Since curvier girls have more skin to show, when something is just a little revealing it can seem more revealing then you intended. For me, if I'm wearing a plunging neckline showin' off the girls - I tend to keep everything else pretty conservative. Or if you're wearing a shorter dress and showing off legs, choose a higher neckline. Just my opinion in keeping it classy looking! Plus, gotta leave something to the imagination - keep em guessing ;) 
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I think that all shapes and sizes can benefit from this as there are some good pointers to keep in mind in dressing for the female body shape in general! Have a fabulous day :) 

 

 

My Hair Ladies!

Hey Guys! 

Just wanted to share some info with you on who are my go to ladies in London for my hair needs! I just recent changed my blonde/ombre to a cooler look for winter. Before I had very warm strawberry blonde hues... 

Yesterday I went to see my go to hair stylist Brittany Laine who works out of Scissor Hands here in London. She gave me some layers and blended my hair extensions into my natural hair as well as toned my blonde... 

Before going to get a colour and cut I visited Ray Leah owner and founder of Dream Hair for amazing luscious long hair extensions! I absolutely love her work and love my long hair! I wanted to show you the two different lengths she offers. In the first picture I am wearing the 24 inch hair and in the second 18 inch hair. Love them both but went for 18 inch this time around as it is a little more manageable for me! 

These ladies are super talented and definitely worth going to see for your next hair appointment! 

New Blog Look & Step by Step Eye!

Hey Guys! 

I am so excited to release my new blog colour scheme! I wanted to lighten things up a bit and give you guys a new pretty place to come and look at my portfolio, tutorials, product reviews, step by step looks and more :) I hope you like it! 

I would like to thank my good friend Edmond Huszar/Overwerk for always creating amazing new looks for my blog. If you have been following me for a while you have probably seen a few different looks and he as created ALL of them! He is so talented, and an amazing artist and musician - check out his work through the links above!  

With that being said I also wanted to post a new step by step tutorial with the release of the new blog look. This is the eye look that I am wearing in my new pictures found under the Brittany section as well as all my new display pictures for Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter

Here is the look... 

Here is the steps on how to create this eye look yourself! 

 

1. Start with a clean freshly primed eye lid. 

2. Apply a pink-gold shadow into the inner corner of the eye blending down around the tear duct. I used a Make Up For Ever Star Powder. 

3. Then apply African Violet by Laura Mercier (gold-purple hue) all over the lid avoiding the pink-gold and just softly blending into it. 

4. Apply a brow highlight of your choice, I used something with a pink iridescence which happens to be discontinued :( 

5. Apply Blackberry and Sketch by MAC into the outer corner. 

6. Deepen the very center of the crease with a matte black shadow, I used Carbon by MAC. Use a smaller brush to make sure you are just applying product to the very center of the crease. 

7. Apply liquid liner and false lashes! 

8. Apply Eye Bright by Benefit along the lower water line and smudge into the lashes. 

There you have it! Super easy and very pretty :) 

Hope you guys enjoyed that post as well as the new blog look! I would love to hear your feed back in the comments below or as always, feel free to contact me to book me for your next event or to simply ask a question! 

Makeup Haul

Hey Guys! 

Just did a mini makeup haul the other day and I thought I would share. Here are some of my staple items in my kit that I can't live without! 


1. Blanc Type by MAC (pan form - cream matte) 
2. L'Oreal True Match LUMI (light ivory w1-2 I love this shade for fair skins!) 
3. Maybeline Line Stiletto (blackest black) 
4. Mineralize Skin Finish by MAC (light - I use for highlighting/brightening T-zone) 
5. Studio Fix Fluid by MAC (C4.5) 
6. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (love the neutral matte hues!) 
7. Folie by MAC (pan form - red/brown matte)