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Treat Yourself: A Little Luxury for Your Wedding Day and Beyond

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Soft Shimmer Moisturizer

 A beautiful body moisturizer with a soft scent that lingers throughout the day. It also has a bit of sheen/shimmer to it, making the skin look healthy and hydrated (great for photos). The bottle is cute enough for your photographer to snap it with your getting ready photos. It acts as a perfume too, if you forget to spritz yourself.


Cream Eyeshadow

 A lovely little cream eyeshadow that leaves a soft shimmer on the eyes. A great little “one and done” eye product- just add lots of mascara and you look polished in a hot minute. This is a great one for all those pre and post wedding events (think you honeymoon!), when you want something fast and effective.


Rose Gold Lash Curler

 Another photo worthy goodie- this is a great little lash curler. It looks cute but it also works, and I have never pinched myself using this one. Tilt the curler up for maximum lift. Follow with a waterproof mascara to really hold that curl. 

Pearl Headband

 Perfect for the boho bride, but honestly this little baby will juje-up any outfit. I know headbands are trendy right now, but they are a classic hair accessory. The pearls make it bridal, but you could wear this baby with any outfit for instant cool girl vibes.


Makeup Mist

 A bit of a splurge, but if it’s your wedding day, I am sure you have spent way more on flowers than on anything for yourself- so I say go on and splurge. A little luxury in your life will melt that stress away, so don’t look back with this one. It looks beautiful on your vanity, and it really makes your makeup last. Also a good way to refresh yourself after all the dancing you will be doing at the reception!

Makeup Tips for Bridesmaids

Posted on July 30, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Team work makes the dream work— especially when it comes to weddings; they truly are a team effort. And as a bridesmaid, you are an important part of the team. Making sure things go smoothly for the bride is #1, but looking out for your fellow bridesmaids is important too. Here are some of my tips for making the most of your time as a bridesmaid:

Say yes to lashes 

False lashes can be a little intimidating; but when applied by a professional, the whole process is pretty quick and trust me, well worth it. Lashes instantly open up the eyes, and really add 3D definition in a way that makeup simply cannot. Even if you have long lashes, falsies can add volume- fill in those gaps to give you a richer, fuller lash line, and overall more definition. The result: bigger, brighter and more defined eyes. Who doesn’t want that? My advice is to go for the lashes- they really look beautiful in photos and help to make everyone’s makeup look uniform.


Skin prep

Keep the heavier eye creams and face oils to a minimum on the wedding day. If you like to use richer skin care, use it the night before. Keep to your normal skin care routine for two weeks prior to the big day. Making changes to your routine, getting a facial you have never had, extractions or trying new products shouldn’t be attempted. If you get your brows threaded or waxed, get them done at least a week before.

Skip the SPF 

For the wedding day, try to avoid applying any SPF, at least on your face. SPF (chemical or mineral) is notorious for having the potential to flash back in photography. These are the pictures the bride will have forever; and they likely cost a pretty penny! For one day, don’t apply any SPF to your face, neck, chest or shoulders.


Bring a couple lip options, Q-tips, blotting papers and a makeup refresh/setting spray 

If you are a part of the bridal party or will be in most of the professional pictures, you should be prepared to touch up your makeup throughout the daytime portion of the wedding. Being prepared is never a bad thing, and there will be at least one gal in your party that will need something. Bringing additional things like bobby pins, safety pins, double sided tape, a nail file, small scissors and earring backs will score you extra points as well!


Tips for Bridal Accessories: Hair Pieces, Jewellery and Veils

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

If the hair piece/accessory is important to you, plan your hairstyle with the piece in mind 

The hairstyle and the hair piece should flow together organically. I think the best way to approach this would be to search for hairstyles alongside the hair piece. For example, if you have a tiara, search for “bridal tiara hairstyles” instead of searching for the terms separately. Seeing how each hairstyle pairs with each tiara will give you a sense of how the components work together.


Bring your pieces to the bridal trial- hair trial and makeup trial 

Testing out placement options at the trial is key to a seamless hair and makeup session on your wedding day. Bring your veil, hair piece or pieces, and jewellery to the trial. It’s also a good idea to wear something with a similar neckline, so you can get an idea of how the hairstyle will look as a whole.



If in doubt, go with your first choice

There are so many options for brides out there- it can be hard to make a decision on what would look best. If you find yourself going down a rabbit hole on Pinterest, stop and reflect on what you were first drawn to. I have found that what you were immediately drawn to right off the bat is usually a good indicator of the direction you want to go in. If you were not over the moon about anything, start by the process of elimination. Eliminate things you don’t like first, and that will leave you with some workable options moving forward.


Less is more

It was Coco Chanel who said “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” I think this sentiment holds true for your wedding day, as well. Too many accessories and jewels can take away from the bride herself. On your wedding day you want to shine as the best version of yourself, and not be hidden under too many distractions.


The images from this blog post are from a styled shoot that features some beautiful pieces from The Loved One, a boutique here in Toronto. Hair is by Nataliya of NV Bridal Hair, and photography is by Amrinder of Blackbox Photography. 

4 Tips For Natural Looking Makeup

Posted on July 9, 2019 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

TIP #1 Skip Eyeliner

Skip the eyeshadow, too. A fresh and youthful look feels light, even if you spend some time on your makeup. Skip the smokey eyes or darker shadows. What you want to create is a bright and even toned lid. You can achieve this with a colour correcting primer and concealer, or a satin cream shadow that is very close to your skin tone. For some definition, sweep your bronzer into the eye socket, with a small fluffy brush. Add a touch of highlight to the centre of the lid, and the inner corners.


TIP #2 Rosy + Dewy

 Keep the skin dewy and fresh looking. I like to use an illuminating primer to give my skin a lift when it is dull, especially in the winter. I like a healthy amount of cream blush too- pat it on with fingers on to the cheekbones and blend upwards. I like blush to sit quite high on the face, to lift the complexion. If you are oily, use a cream highlighter under your foundation for a subtle glow, and follow with a powder blush. You can use your favourite creamy lipstick as a cream blush, too. Pat onto the cheeks, and blend out the edges with your foundation brush. 


TIP #3 Brush Those Brows 

Fluffy, full brows are #goals when you want a little youth boosting. A tinted brow gel will get the job done, adding tone and texture to the brows. If you have soe gaps, fill in with pencil first, and brush the gel overtop.


TIP #4 Get Lashy 

A good volumizing and lengthening mascara is key to this look (don't forget to curl!). With a smooth clean lid, the lashes will really pop. To widen eyes, make sure to apply more to the center, giving a doll eyed look. Finish the look with a shiny but hydrating lip oil or gloss- something that feels good on the lips. For extra definition, add a little lip liner- one that is very close to your natural lip colour.

7 Tips to Maximize Time Spent with Your Wedding Day Glam Squad

Posted on June 21, 2019 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Streamlining your schedule for the morning of your wedding can be tricky. There are so many moving parts- vendors, family members, deliveries- it can get a little hectic. Doing what you can ahead of time will not only help you feel in control, but those little things you can take care of beforehand really add up! Setting yourself up for success in this way will mean you can enjoy being present on the morning of your wedding day, rather than being stressed and burnt out even before the festivities have begun. Here are my tips for things to prepare or think about well before the big day:


Tip #1: Be Ready Before Your Photographer is Set to Arrive

This means makeup and hair done, so you can take those “getting ready” shots and look your best ;) Most of the time these photos are staged, so why not take full advantage, and have everything done ahead of time. Then all you need to do is get dressed, and put on your accessories. I like to schedule the bride to be finished about 20-30 minutes before the photographers are scheduled to arrive. This way, the bride can attend to any last minute items, and not have to be stationary.


Tip #2: Bridal Accessories Prepared/Laid Out Ahead of Time

This tip is related to Tip #1- having your bridal jewellery (rings!), shoes laid out, dress and veil hanging and any other special trinkets prepared ahead of time, really will help you feel on top of things. You can also opt to delegate this task to a member of your bridal party, so they can direct the photographer to your items. Keep everything in one place, so it is easy for them to get to.


Tip #3: Skincare the Night Before

 If you want to do a face mask, or take your time with your skin care, it would be best to really take your time the night before the big day. Any facial oils, creams and masks would be best applied at night. This way they have time to soak in. You want to avoid any heavy or complicated skin care on the morning of your wedding. Typically, any rich skin care can potentially move your makeup, and stop it from lasting as long as it is meant to. So, if you love your skin care, make it a priority weeks before the big day, as that’s when it will have the most impact. The best thing to do in terms of skin care the morning of your wedding is to cleanse and gently exfoliate, and apply a light moisturizer.

Tip #4: Snacks and Straws

 Make sure you give some thought to having some finger foods/snacks available on the morning of the wedding- easy little bites that will keep you going. Having a few platters, water bottles, orange juice and champagne ready to go in the fridge. Straws are also great to have, as well as toothpicks. Food that you can pop into your mouth and drinking water out of a straw is very impactful in helping keep your makeup pristeen until you are ready to go.

Tip #5: Designated Hair and Makeup Area

Your glam squad needs a space to work, so why not prepare an area ahead of time. They will need a large table and some chairs and stools, also a working outlet for their hot tools. Designating a zone for the makeup artists and hairstylists to work keeps everyone organized. If you are getting ready in a hotel room, ask the concierge to bring you some chairs the night before, especially if you have a large group getting ready.


Tip #6: Phone Duty 

Assign a bridal party member or family member to answer your phone while you are getting your bridal hair and makeup done. Your time getting ready should be relaxing and fun. If someone needs something, it is likely a small thing that someone else can take care of. Trust the process and all the planning you have done and take a moment for yourself to just be.


Tip #7: Collect Payments Ahead of Time

If your bridal party are paying individually for makeup and hair, collect their cash ahead of time, and have your payment ready in the morning, before you start hair and makeup schedule. Once everything gets going, you don’t want to have to remember to make your payment, and you will be thinking of so many other things. Pay first and forget about it.

35 or Older? Tips to Help Navigate the World of Makeup

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)


In the Instagram world we live in today, there is digital beauty, tutorials, tips, blogs, vlogs and everything in between telling you about the latest product launch and why you need it. And while I love the world of beauty, it can be a very overwhelming place. To be honest for a minute, a lot of these new trends or techniques really will work out pretty well for the younger gals. I am finding, being 36, that I must be picky with my makeup, and I encourage you to do the same, especially of you are over 30. The skin is just not what it used to be, and I am noticing fine lines and texture I never really noticed before.

So if you feel utterly clueless sometimes about the world of makeup, and you are not a teen or fall just out of the millennial realm, then these tips are for you.



My first tip is, and full disclaimer, these tips are very basic guidelines, that I think will help you find flattering, easy makeup that you can wear everyday and feel confident and polished. So, as I was saying, my first tip is to stay away from dark makeup.



Looking fresh and polished is a great approach to makeup, and one I often teach to my clients. That being said, the main purpose of makeup, in this way, is to bring definition to your features, and light to the shadowy parts. Brightening, youthful and “lit from within” is the vibe I am going for here. Makeup that is natural and fresh, does not really include these deeper tones. Stick to pinks, peaches and nude tones. If you like a little more colour, than coral, caramel and golds should suffice. Stick to a lighter colour palette, and you will make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to choosing products and shades.


My next tip is focused on what goes under the makeup, and that is skin care. So tip #2 is skincare, the time is now. Your makeup will only look as good as the skin it is applied to, and that skin needs some TLC. It doesn’t have to be a dozen products, you can get away with a good cleanser (one that removes makeup is a bonus), day moisturizer, and a night cream. Add a hydrating lip balm and your made in the shade. I have listed some of my current favourites below, but skin care is very personal.


Third, and as important as the first two, is the hotly debated “drugstore” versus “high end” makeup. Now, my personal feelings aside; I truly have found that drugstore base products, so your concealer, foundation and powder, is not going to cut it, when you are past your twenties. So tip #3 is: for the base, stay away from the drugstore. Investing in the skin is key; and if there were ever a time to splurge, it would be on a proper foundation, or tinted moisturizer. This will be applied to your face almost every day, and like your skin care, should work easily and be a joy to apply. I just find that drugstore base products, are not up to snuff, and not really worth saving that extra $15 or $20. Also, drugstore makeup has really become more expensive over the years, so if you are going to invest $20 in a foundation, why not spend an extra ten bucks, and open yourself to a whole range of formulas and shades that will likely suit your skin better.


My more mature clients often tell me they don’t wear mascara. To me, mascara is one of the ride or die, holy grail makeup products that instantly lifts your complexion. If you find mascara runs on you, you just need to keep trying different ones, until you find the one that works for you. The biggest tip that I can give you regarding mascara happens to be tip #4: don’t apply mascara to the lower lashes. This will save you a lot of the issues you may be facing with mascara. Nothing is there is smudge, and it saves you from looking, well, crazy. Another tip to help mascara from smudging, is to apply a tiny amount of translucent powder on the eyelid before you apply your mascara. This hinders any of the oils your eyelid produces, which can activate the mascara and cause it to run. There’s a bonus tip for you!


My last tip, relates to the first tip, bringing light to the complexion. One of the easiest and comfortable ways to do this is to go for the gloss. Tip #5 is, you guessed it: skip mattes on the lips and go for a lip oil, balm or gloss. If you want a little definition, pair it with a lip liner. The light that is reflected off that shiny gloss or balm, is very flattering, and I hate to say it, but it is youthful. So ditch the matte lipsticks, most of them have probably expired anyways, and go for a tinted gloss. I have included some of my favourites below. They are juicy and not sticky, my favourite combo.


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Skin care shout-out:

Origins Ginzing Moisturizer |" target="_blank">

→ Citrus scent is nice in the a.m., and works well under makeup

Shiseido Moisturizer |

→ Pricey but leaves a lovely glow to the skin. 

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask |

→ Treats dry lips and adds a supple, satin finish. Lovely on it's own or over lip liner..

Neutrogena SPF |

→ Leaves a lovely satin finish on the skin; perfect under makeup. Spray for the body leaves a lovely glow.


Lip love:

Dior Lip Glow |

→ Lovely for everyday. Juicy lips are in your future.

Marc Jacobs Gloss |

→ I love the shade cream and sugar. Smooth, shiny with a lacquered finish.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector |

→ This one leaves a lovely shine, and is not sticky AT ALL. A winner all year round.

Clarins Lip Oil |

→ Another winner from Clarins. Super comfortable to wear, with a mirror like shine.

Lancome L'Absolu Lacquer |

→ One of the longest lasting glossy stains I have ever tried. Apply multiple layers for more colour payoff. A really unique lip product.