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showtime: HERVANA

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Man. I had so much fun glamming up the rock hard badass bawse ladies of HERVANA – a Toronto based all-girl Nirvana cover band, who will blow your socks into the lake with their live performances. They’ve been killing it as usual across Ontario with their must-see shows!
We had a blast working on their promo photos.  I loved giving them each of these hawt gyals a different look to rep their individuality + uniqueness to the group! Such beauties, all of them!

Now you HAVE to check them out! No excuse! It’s the perfect time to plug you about their upcoming 1st Annual Blowout Bash this Saturday, December 13th at Hard Luck in Toronto. More details here.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed, and it’s different this time around from any other show! They’re doing a special 2nd set of Nirvana related songs. Also, there’s LOOT BAGS and PRIZES to give away. Who the feck doesn’t want that?!?!?! I LOVE LOOOOOOT AND PRIZES! I’m going specifically for the confetti throwing on its own.
They are fully going to wreck the stage, and you definitely don’t want to miss it! I won’t! I’ll be there front and center with bells on my…..you’ll have to come and see! :O

Now go and get some hair extensions so you can maximize your head-banging capabilities!

Photos by: Rannie Turingan

xoxo

 

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showtime: Baby Mama Cj

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About 7 weeks ago I was super privileged to do makeup for my dear friend CJ, whom I like to call family.
I couldn’t get over how beautiful and glowing CJ got each day of her pregnancy. I can only wish to look THAT good when I, uhhh….get a dog.

For her maternity shoot, I wanted to keep CJ’s natural glowing beauty as much as possible, without over-doing it, because let’s face it:  she’s a stunning natural beauty MILF. I softy contoured her face, more focusing on highlight areas to enhance the glow she already had. Easy on the eyes with a light wash of colour and very subtle false lashes to make her eyes pop, and a tiny bit of blush to compliment the glow. So beautiful, I can’t handle it. Are you seeing this photos??? Dayum!!!!!! That dress tho!

Time has flown and I’m happy to announce that CJ and her hubby Ray are new proud parents to Kalea! Congratulations fam! Auntie can’t wait to spoil her and do her makeup!

xo

Photos by the amazing Vicky Starz

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klickclash + lover.ly

With all the amazing and fun wedding work I’ve been doing – I’ve been very inspired in search of creating more makeup looks for the bride. What better way to do so with a collaboration post alongside Lover.ly!

Now I thought that this post would be easy pease, but man was I wrong.
What’s so hard about it, you ask? Just pick a few dresses and create some makeup looks to go along with it. That’s all, right? No biggie. Easy pease. Peachy keen. Lets blow this popstand.
So I start picking. I think I ended up selecting about 77 dresses. There are just so many beautiful wedding dresses out there! It’s a bit overwhelming.
On top of that, what do I know about weddings? I’m not married, but I’ve been a bridesmaid a couple of times, the entertainment (both sober and drunk) and an MC (not at all the same wedding).
I’ve never planned a wedding, but I LOVE doing wedding makeup on beautiful ladies, I enjoy being a guest, and I have a lot of friends who are married and are working successfully in the wedding industry =)
Having said that I’m also shopping freak of all nature. Ok. I think I qualify to do this post.

HOW IN THE MOTHER EARTH DID YOU BRIDES CHOOSE YOUR DRESS? That must be one of the most difficult decisions in a girl’s life. If that ever happens to me, I wouldn’t know where to start! I would probably wear 5 at the same time from being so indecisive.
Oh wait I know….I would start with Monique Lhuillier.

The Classic Bride

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Monique Lhuillier $6325.00
Blush Spanish tulle strapless draped trumpet gown with full circle skirt

Girlfriend knows what is UP! I tried my best to have a variety of wedding dress designers, but Miss Lhuillier knows what ALL girls want. She has something for literally everyone. At times I was surprised that multiple dresses all had her name. They were all so different and can cater to any girl and style. The options are truly endless.

So the first dress I chose is the classic bride. Gorgeous lines and stunning silhouette. Hugging you all in the right places, yet still soft and dreamy. I can see why the mermaid dress is such a popular choice. Whatever shape you are, it makes your body go BA-BAM! And what woman doesn’t want that?

Classic Bride

Lover.ly had asked me to select makeup looks to go with each dress. This is a total classic bride look with beautiful dream wishlist products I specifically selected.
Giorgio Armini Luminous Silk foundation – needs no explanation. You will be looking flawless, fresh and smooth all night, setting it with Tarte’s Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay pressed powder.Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Palette is a complete no brainier. You have the option to go as light, dark, smokey, or as neutral as you want.
Strong brows are in so Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade is totally eyebrow game changer and defines the entire shape of your eye. Not to mention it compliments your beautiful dramatic eyes.
Neutral/nude with a hint of pink lipstick is a must for any classic bride look. It will balance your face to compliment your dramatic eyes.
Coutour, contour, contour and highlight! If you don’t got this, you got nothing. Don’t walk down the aisle without contouring and highlighting your ENTIRE FACE. TheBalm Cindy Lou-Manizer, perfect for that added glow of highlight and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette is a necessity in life.
Tarte is such a winner – they have an array of gorgeous blushes that give you the perfect amount of flush to your cheeks, and not OD on the rosy!
And what bridal look is complete without false lashes? These beautiful wispy lashes from Illamasqua are the pièce de résistance! Oui Oui!

 

The Sexy Red Carpet Bride

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Monique Lhuillier $3795.00
White ice cream charmeuse halter neck draped sheath with front slit

 

Another Monique Lhuiller creation. See what I mean? A little bit daring for the bride, don’t ya think?
HELL NO. I mean, most bride- to-be go on one hell of some kind of crazy diet for the big day. You mean to tell me that you’re gonna just cover it all up in some igloo sized shaped dress? No. No don’t tell me that.
You’ve been working hard for MONTHS. You’ve been sweatin’ dreaming about all different types of carbs, chocolates and ice cream that you unwillingly gave up. You might as damn well find the sexiest dress, complete with cleavage and legs and skin all kinds. Instead of your hubby crying tears of joy, his eyeballs may very well fall out because he just can’t.

Drum roll please:

Red Carpet Sexy

Here is your sexy face to match your sexy dress, and your sexy body you worked so hard on.
Makeup Forever HD Foundation is a very popular choice for brides. It shows up absolutely beautiful in photographs and lasts you aaaaaaallllll day and night long. It’s what I use for my brides and bridesmaids, so there.
Set it with Ben Nye Banana Powder, made popular by Kim Kardashian. It gives you a beautiful matte finish and works with many skin tones. Unfortunately it’s not sold in Canada, but you can easily find online at Amazon.ca
Your eyes: Not as dramatic as it would be in the Classic bride look – but still defined. I would gravitate towards using gold eye shadows as they pair perfectly with your most prized possession for this look – your RED L IPS. For extra drama I would add a gold pigment to give your eyes a bit more of a boost if you need.
You definitely need jet black eyeliner, and it needs to be in the shape of a cat eye. Yes sir ree. Enter Stila Waterproof Eyeliner.  This is really THE holy grail of eyeliners. Colours are intense, control of the pen is great, won’t budge after application, stays on. I once got very intoxicated while wearing this eyeliner and really did “woke up like this”. It looked like I had just put it on! To compliment your cat eye, define it even more by applying winged falsies.
Many girls suffer from OD blush syndrome. You cannot make this error with this look. Here, it’s all about your lips, so you want to go easy on your cheeks. Hourglass blush gives you the perfect amount without over shadowing your red lips.
YOUR RED LIPS. This is the punch line. MAC’s Ruby Woo is one of the most popular red lipsticks out there. Worn regularly by Rihanna, this red is a must have and is perfect for the sexy, bold bride.

 

Fun in the Sun Beach Bride

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Kirstie Kelly $1535
Silk organza and net short front full layered skirt

Destination weddings have become a more popular choice for brides as of recent. A little less stressful on planing, finances and guest list, not to mention beautiful warm weather. Canada’s weather has been playing tricks on us for the past couple of years. Predicting the weather here is like predicting your lottery numbers.

Fun in the Sun Beach Bride

For my brides who are lax and fun, and just wanna role around the sand and get dirty – this is the look for you!
BECCA Luminous Skin Colour is a beautiful, beautiful foundation that has the perfect about of shimmer that will make you glow like a fire fly. Coverage is lightweight yet beautiful and buildable. For a more bronzy, beachy look, add a couple of drops of Sun Beam by Benefit to your foundation and blend well! Setting it with a little bit of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil will help fight the heat and sweat and lock your foundation into place, without taking away the glow. To add just a little bit more, because you are the bride, I would place Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder on all the highest points of the face (above cheekbones, above eyebrows, center of the nose and on the chin).
Creme blushes are so beach appropriate and the texture gives off a dewy kind of glow instead of shimmery. It makes your flush look more natural and is long lasting under the sun.
For your eyes, a mix of neutral colours with hints and pops of fun colour on the beach. Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Pallete is the perfect mix of beautiful shades that have you plenty to play with.
I would take it easy on the eyeliner. The weather is hot and you’re at high risk of sweating or smudging off harsh lines or intense colours such as black. Instead I would use a nice and full wispy set of false lashes. They still make your eyes pop and compliment the sun’s rays.
Lips are easy too – with all the bronzy and shimmery action going on, you don’t want to over do it. Beautiful shades of pink gloss are the PERFECT accent to golden and bronze tones. This Dior one also moisturizes your lips keeping you feeling comfortable, and re-application is easy and requires no mirror ;)

I just had too much fun matching dresses and makeup looks. I hope you did too! Stay tuned as there will be a part 2 with more daring wedding dresses paired with the perfect makeup!

xoxo

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showtime: Julia | before + after

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Gorgeous Julia seldom wears makeup on a daily basis, and she is as beautiful as a rose! That’s also probably why she has unbelievable natural glowing skin, which I envy lots!
She is my comfort and my heart – she says sweet nothings to me that melt my worries like cheese on meats, and listens to me like my niece listens to Frozen, and I love her to DEF for aaaaaallllaaaaadat and more! She’s smart, spunky, firey and fierce, yet soft and gentle at the same time. And thank you Julia for laughing at all my stupid jokes and poon greetings. xoxo

I had to get Julia camera ready for photoshoot. I didn’t use anything too heavy on her face. Why would I want to? She absolutely doesn’t need it. Everything was subtle, soft and just a bit of definition around her eyes. Simple, yet perfect – just like Julia! A little definitely goes a long way! It’s so much fun playing dress up!

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