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 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!

 

 

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!

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 :) 

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 :) 

 

 

Leather Panelling DIY

Hey Guys! 

Thought I'd get crafty again with a little DIY project involving leather and plaid - two of my favourite fabrics right now!

What you will need... 

- an old plaid shirt (I got mine at Talize for $4.99) 

- a piece of leather fabric (size depends on what size your want your leather pannel to be - I got 1 meter by 1 foot ish from Fabricland for about $16 with lots left over for another project) 

- fabric glue that will work on thicker fabrics like leather. I used Quick Grip Permanent Adhesive Waterproof (got this a Fabricland for about $10) 

- scissors 

To get started... Fold the back of the shirt in half, with the fold running down the middle of the back.

Next up... Cut both sides folded together and create a triangle cut out on the back of the shirt. 

Leaving the back of the shirt looking like this...

Then take the piece that you cut out from the shirt and lay it flat over the leather fabric. 

Next up, cut out the shape leaving about 3/4 of an inch around the outside...

Now, lay the shirt on the back side with the inside of the shirt face up. Lay the leather piece on overlapping the triangle cut out. Apply the Quick Grip glue along the edge in a very thin line, pressing gently as you go. 

Here is the finished product! 

What I loved about this project is I have lots of fabric and glue left over to add leather to anything else in my wardrobe! Also, it took me about 10 minutes to do :) 

Hope this inspires you to take something from your current closet or hunt for a piece from a thrift store and create a one of a kind fashion statement! Have a fabulous Sunday everyone :) 

 

Yesterday's Look

Hey Guys!

Just sharing a really quick post. I posted this picture on Instagram yesterday listing all the products used. It was quite popular so I decided to make an entry for you to refer to! Check it out... 

Complexion: Naked Foundation by Urban Decay mixed with Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier - Kat Von D concealer - set with Mineralize Skin Finish 

Bronze/blush/highlight: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - Nars Seduction Blush - Soft and Gentle Mineralize skin finish by MAC

Eyes: Yogurt, cranberry, Folie, naked lunch by MAC - red cherry lashes #43 and Line Stiletto by Maybelline 

Lips: Smashbox medium lip liner and Chatter box by MAC 

Brows: Anastasia brow powder in Brunette