31 days to a prettier 2017 : find your beauty spirit monster …

January 9, 2017By stephanie

With January signalling a time for change and evolving yourself, it is always good to have related visuals to your direction or goal to inspire and guide you. For example, I want to be fitter this year, so my current Instagram feed is nothing but before and after photos of women who really got into and did the work to be healthier and happier. You may want to cook more, so perhaps you’re pinning recipes on Pinterest. Or maybe, you want to quit your 9 to 5 and your Flipboard is lined up with articles about entrepreneurship.

Having a vision keeps your end goal in reach …

Day 9 : January 9

Find your beauty muse … or as I like to call it, my beauty spirit monster.

Whether you want to be glammed out on the daily like Kat Von D, or beachy and bronzy like Jennifer Lopez, or naturally imperfect like a Parisian girl … it’s always good to study the look. Following someone’s beauty evolution and style isn’t about copying their makeup from magazine and calling it a day. Rather it’s more like learning about the products they love and the techniques they (or their makeup artist) use and that work for them, to grow your own look.

Having one or two beauty muses can encourage you to try new colours or techniques, and bring you out of your comfort zone. It can prevent you from getting stuck in a beauty rut as well which is the quickest way to age you faster.

If you don’t already have Pinterest, it is a great tool to collect images of your chosen style muse, products you want to try and also, how-to articles on almost any makeup technique you want to try. If you have a 20-minute bus ride home, you would be surprised at how much pinning you can do.

Happy celeb hunting!

TIP : Images can help you shop better as well. Having images of a celeb’s look on hand when you hit a beauty counter can help the makeup artist determine what products and colours will work for you to achieve the same look and style.

HOMEWORK : If you love a good old magazine and have tonnes of them lying around BUT also know its time for them to hit the recycling bin, then grab a bottle of wine, park yourself in front of your pile and start ripping out photos of your beauty spirit monster. You can even tear out pages of makeup you’re interested in. Once your done with one magazine, toss it in your blue bin and move on to the next. Collect your images in a file folder for future reference.

motivation mondays : hard work pays off …

March 17, 2014By stephanie

I’ve been super-blessed to have been in the beauty, skincare, and
bridal industry for over ten years.

Waaayyyy back when … when I first thought “hey, I wanna give people great skin
and make them feel pretty all day long”,
I never once thought that it – my life-career – could be the way it is now.

Seeing my name in print, or having talented journalists and editors like Ava B. of Elle Canada reach out to me for “expert advice”, never gets old.

This week, I represented our sister studio, fresh.beautiful: the skin studio and
shared some tips about keeping your makeup and tools clean and fresh
in order to keep your complexion clear.

I hope you all enjoy the article as much as I enjoyed working with Ava.

Have a great week everyone!


bp love : inspiration

February 27, 2014By DJMC

I like to think part of what makes the bp team so awesome is the fact that everyone really owns the idea of being a “girl’s girl.” We’re supportive, we focus on making each other feel great and draw our inspiration from trailblazing ladies who hustle no matter what path they’re on.

What kind of ladies fuel our inner fires to be better and inspire us to express ourselves in new, edgy ways? Let’s take a look…

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Stephanie “I don’t think we can truly do an inspiration post WITHOUT paying our respects to Queen Bey. Am I right? I mean, woman drops an album overnight with no warning and literally skyrockets to the top of the charts. No promotions. No teasers. Nothing. Now that’s power. Given that I’m growing out my pixie, I’m moving towards a lob and Beyonce’s is the perfect mix of classic and edgy. While I don’t think I can pull off her wet look a la Grammy’s 2014, I do plan to try the twisted wavy thing she’s got going on. And then there’s her body … I’m not even going to talk about how she makes having a curvier (but toned) “fatty” look proper. You should just already know! She inspires me to always look like a video vixen … and to never eat a cheeseburger again.”

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Morgan “Let’s talk about Luptia Nyong’o for a minute. Not only did she steal the show in 12 Years a Slave (seriously, if she doesn’t take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress I might will lose it), but girlfriend has been owning every red carpet she has stepped foot on this awards season. Her skin is perfection, her makeup choices are bold and beautiful, and she’s turning heads for all the right reasons. She inspires me to take more risks in my style and try new things – particularly with lip colour (purple? orange? nude? she rocks it  all). Basically, she is my new queen and I simply bow down to her.”

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Lil Steph “Currently, Jennifer Lawrence) is at the top of my inspo list. At 23, she’s already an Academy Award winning, $20 million Dior contract signing success story. From Silver Linings Playbook to the Hunger Games, she’s not your typical Hollywood beauty. Plus, she’s got balls (re: pixie cut) and a sassy personality to boot. Sometimes I’ll rock a messy braid (Katniss Everdeen style) and a smudged eyeliner inspired by her glory.”

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Regina “Jennifer Lopez has been a beauty and style influence for me for many years. It’s great to see how she has evolved from when she first started out dancing as a “Fly Girl” on In Living Color in the 1990s to an actress, singer, mother and judge on American Idol.

Her current makeup looks are never overdone. I like that she either plays up on her eyes or her lips and it usually looks good with her hairstyle, nails and outfits. I appreciate that she wears outfits that look amazing on her body whether she is dressed up or dressed down. She hasn’t always had the best outfits in the past but she has definitely evolved with her beauty and style with age and maturity.”

Who inspires you?