get inspired : effortless buns …


One of my favourite looks from WeddingBonanza15 of brides is this beautiful textured bun I did for a beautiful bride early in the summer. The bride and I met for a few trial runs to consider different options, but she was really feeling this effortless twisted bun look which in the end, complimented her wedding dress perfectly.

I will say, that this bride had the perfect hair for such a look : a longer length that wasn’t too thick or too thin, and deep rich colour with subtle natural highlights. It responded to curling well, and didn’t have too many layers.

To complete this look, I spritzed through some dry shampoo, curled and then wrapped her hair around large velcro rollers for the morning to induce a slight wave, volume and lift while I completed the rest of her bridal party’s hair.  When I returned to her, I released the rollers, and teased the hair around the front and crown at the root.

I then started taking sections and twisting them while bringing them back to meet in a ponytail.  I repeated this step all around and then secured the ponytail with an elastic. I then twisted the tail to form a bun and secured with bobby pins.  Then I lightly pulled and and the bun and the hairline to soften and loosen up the look.

A soft spray of extra hold hairspray to keep everything in place, but not make it look crunchy or stiff.

I think this is the perfect ‘do for the effortless bride. It looks great with dressed that have a simple bodice, but a beautiful flowing skirt.


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if you must : paul+joe moisturizing foundation primer

It’s Fri-yay!

In an effort to let you get to your weekend faster, I just wanted to share with all you artists and junkies out there the current primer I’m having a fling with : Paul+Joe Beaute Moisturizing Foundation Primer.


While I do carry a few other primers in my kit, I love using this one to not only diffuse and blur imperfections, but also because it’s creamy and just sinks right in. I find some primers  pill on the complexion, making foundation or concealer harder to apply.

It brightens up the complexion and is weightless too, so natural “I don’t wear any makeup” brides or clients don’t feel like they have layers upon layers of makeup. It works wonders on mature skin too.

To get your hands on some Paul+Joe, check out Jacob+Sebeastian on Queen St. West or in the Distillery district.


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october 2015 : wine lips and big jewels …

Happy October 1, 2015 everyone …

September came and went, and we are starting to feel autumn weather. For me personally, I find that as seasons change, so does to my personal theme song that plays in my head daily. And with a new theme song … comes theme for a new look.

For Fall 2015, everything I do will revolve around wine lips and big jewels.  Think NARS Audacious lipsticks in deeps reds and burgundies and large gemstone rings worn in pairs, triplets, or quadruplets.

I like the idea of deeper lips in fall against glowing almost bare skin. It’s fresh and modern and always looks appropriate day or night. I currently have NARS Audacious lipsticks in Liv and Ingrid … and I have to re-purchase Bette as BlushPretty Junior got into my brand new Bette about three weeks ago and gave herself (and our new carpet) a makeover. I also picked up Glastonbury by Charlotte Tilbury … and who doesn’t love Bruised Plum by Tom Ford?

I’m pairing my deep lips with some Touche Eclat by YSL, sometimes some Peach corrector by Bobbi Brown. And groomed brows … wine lips, strong brows!
When it comes to accessories, I’m pretty much covered. I rather spend all my money on a nice piece of jewellery or a purse than jeans and t-shirts. This picture of Mary Kate (or is it Ashley – I don’t know) sums up my ring game for Fall 2015 : the bigger the better, the more the merrier. My inspiration also comes from Stylist and former editor Sacha Charnin Morison whom, if you follow on Instragram, wears huge rings in multiples and I love it. I’ll be mixing golds and silvers and stones ranging from amethyst to onyx for many months to come …

So that’s pretty much it … me wearing a sea of grey, black or navy … but with lips to kill and jewellery to match.

What’s your theme this Fall?


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get inspired : pink+gold …

My favourite thing about South Asian brides and bridal parties is the use of colour. Everything is deep and rich and jewelled, it’s so pleasing to the eye. I find it all very glamorous, luxe, and ornate.


But, that isn’t to say that we don’t have South Asian brides who want the best of both worlds … an infusion of colour into their wedding style, but also a more naturally enhanced look.

This past weekend, I got to try my hand at a soft pink and gold eye for my bride.  It complimented her coral and gold attire perfectly and played up her naturally flawless skin.


To achieve this look, I used Lorac’s Unzipped Gold palette, along with the pink and coral blushed from Smashbox’s Crush on Blush Palette . I lined the eyes with Tarte’s Tartiest. We kept all the layers light to keep in line with the bride’s request for minimal makeup, but regardless, I think it plays up her features quite nicely!


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in love with : all things charlotte tilbury

My obsession over the summer has been Charlotte Tilbury. She made a splash when she arrived at Holt Renfrew on Bloor, and the honest truth is that no makeup artist is immune to falling in love with the line.


Hiding behind the excuse that as a beauty artist I must completely immerse myself into the brand to truly understand it and make sure it will work with my bridal party … I bought myself quite a few pieces from the line, namely :

– the Rock Chick set;

– a selection of the Eyes To Mezmerize pencils;

– a couple of the Matte Revolution lipsticks;

– a selection of the kohl pencils;

– an extra eyeshadow palette;

– an extra blush; and

– an extra Fallen from the Kissing Tree lipstick.

I’m literally sitting on my hands from buying more, and I’m pretty sure Lace – a bp artist AND a makeup artist for the brand – thinks I’m nuts. Like, super nuts.

Encased in gold and/or rich brown, minimalist chic packaging, just holding the product makes you feel luxurious and in the know. But, I am very pleased to say, that the product itself also speaks volumes. The eyeshadows are super bendable and easy to wear. I favour my Rock Chick palette over my Uptown Girl, but I also love mixing and matching between the two. The colour combinations are pretty fool proof, so you can wear one or two from the palette, or go all out and play with all four!


If I’m in rush, which is like 99.9123456% of my week … I’ll stick with a swipe of the Eyes to Mesmerize Eye Pencils in Amber Haze and Golden Quartz. I’ll swipe Amber Haze first and then add some Golden Quartz to the outer corner and smudge it like a rockstar and boom … an instant “I slept in this makeup, doesn’t it look perfect?” look.

I have two nude lip shades from the line, and then two bolder colours from the Matte Revolution range. While at first I was worried that Bitch Perfect, a pinky nude, wouldn’t look good on my deeper skintone, I was actually quite surprised at how wearable it was for me. I’m currently tanned, but it doesn’t appear chalky or too light … it just sort of enhances my lip. I have yet to wear my Glastonbury lipstick, which is a matte deep wine colour, but I have played with Walk of Shame, also a matte, wearing it with full colour swiped across and also, dabbed on for a lighter softer look … love it both ways.

This probably is not the last of what I purchase from the Charlotte Tilbury line. I’m pretty positive I will go back. Again and again … and then once more after that.

I do plan to do more in depth reviews at a later date of my favourite items here and there, but wanted to share the quick snapshot of what’s happening in my makeup kit now, because you know, every beauty junkie deserves to know what’s up!


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