lightbox : more maleficent …

May 30, 2014By stephanie

I couldn’t NOT post these follow-up pictures of our shoot
with Rhokin Studio and the Maleficent theme.

I have no words for how awesome these are.

I have been told these photos were taken by William Ye.



recos from regina : revlon nail enamel

May 29, 2014By DJMC

When I was growing up, the first nail polish brand I ever encountered was Revlon Nail Enamel. It was a staple in my mom’s makeup vanity when I was a child, and Revlon Red was one of the first nail polish colours I bought with my allowance as a preteen. As a teenager, my “go-to’s” were Toast of New York and Blackberry.

It’s a polish that promises to provide “gorgeous smooth, chip-resistant colour to nails” and last up to 10 days when used with the Revlon Base and Top coat. It also boasts an “exclusive silk-protein shield [that] works to instantly help even out the surface of the nail while rising above colour to automatically smooth away bubbles, streaks and brush marks.” Big claims – so I put them to the test with a new shade.

When trying out 440 Siren, a bold summery orange shade, I loved how quickly it dried between each of the two coats I had applied, and that there were no brush streaks. It also lasted almost 10 days. I received many compliments on how nice the colour looked, and it lasted through housework and visual re-merchandising at my day job. My nails were smooth and didn’t chip within those days.

The colour is perfect for the spring and summer, and can even be worn throughout the year when you want that pop of colour on your nails and toes. Revlon’s classic polish is available in 64 shades, and retails around $5.00 so it’s a great bargain for a great quality product!

Have you used Revlon’s classic polish? What’s your preferred shade?

Disclosure: These products were sent to for editorial consideration by the brand or company. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!

musings from morgan : the face shop sheet mask

May 28, 2014By DJMC

One of my absolute favourite ways to unwind on a Friday or Sunday night is with a face mask. While I’m typically partial to clay masks or peels, I’m no stranger to the odd sheet mask, and if you’ve heard of The Face Shop you know sheet masks are something they have a wide variety of.

The Face Shop has been popping up across Canada in malls such as the Toronto Eaton Centre and the Chinook Centre, offering an array of affordable beauty and skincare products.

I had the chance to try out their Rice Real Nature Sheet Mask, a product meant to keep skin spot-free and bright. It’s worn for 15 to 20 minutes after toning, and good for all skin types. While I don’t consider myself someone who has problems with spots on the skin, I can happily report the mask was very cooling and calming, and a great way to freshen up my face while I enjoyed some me-time. Unfortunately I don’t have pricing information, but will update if I get it.

While the product itself wasn’t something I feel I could thoroughly review, it’s definitely piqued my interest in the brand. I’ve read about many other products such as their BB creams and am curious to check them out – I’ll be heading to the store in good time to get the full experience.

Have you used The Face Shop products or masks before? What do you think of their products?

things we love : /r/makeupaddiction

May 27, 2014By DJMC

If you caught on to the title of this post, bravo – you must be on Reddit or at least familiar with the site.

As the girlfriend of a guy who does most of his online surfing exclusively on Reddit and someone working in P.R., I knew about it but never felt like it was something to get into. My partner uses it for reading funny memes, chiming in on subreddits to do with the city of Toronto or video games, and because it’s quick to jump on breaking news stories – the latter being the same reason why I knew of it when it came to work (the rise of citizen journalism is a big deal, guys). I was curious, but not enough to start learning yet another form of social media – I’m admittedly notorious for dragging my feet when it comes to jumping on social media bandwagons.

However, a few months back a coworker mentioned her love for browsing Reddit for makeup inspiration, and needless to say she got my attention. A quick click in the right direction brought me to the Makeup Addiction subreddit, and before I knew it I was scrolling through pages and pages of FOTDs (face of the days), crowdsourced tips and advice, and plenty of average folks like you and me playing with makeup.

If you’re not a Reddit user, that’s okay – feel free to just browse around and get a feel for the site. It’s a great source for beauty inspiration and many of the posters will share detailed product lists and tutorials to recreate what they’ve shared. If you feel you’re ready to participate, it’s a place to share shameless selfies on those good makeup days, ask questions or look for constructive criticism (protip: CCW = constructive criticism welcome), and share your own tips and feedback to others.

It’s strictly moderated on a regular basis and rules leave no room for harassment, overly-edited or filtered photos, or self-promotion of blogs/websites, so you know you’re simply getting other makeup enthusiasts who want to engage in a positive community of makeup lovers!

Do you use Reddit for makeup inspiration?

lightbox : the magnificent maleficent …

May 26, 2014By stephanie 1 Comment

perhaps not your typical bridal look …

but nonetheless, the talented Samantha Wilson of team bp
created this beautifully done hairpiece to bring Maleficent to life …

she couldn’t have done it without the help of Crista Aguinaldo for makeup,
and of course Kin Hai for photography.

great job!!