There a long-standing joke that I age backwards, so I refer to myself as Benjamin Button. In my current arsenal of age-defying beauty secrets are Oils. With their numerous minerals and natural properties, oils are fast becoming a trending alternative to common products. I test a variety of products to see what works best for my hair and skin type but here are a few of my faves.
The biggest thing I noticed about using oils is that they feel fresh and natural. With my skin when it’s behaving nicely, I don’t need to wear much makeup. Do you use any beauty oils that you think are the bomb-diggity? I would love to know. xo
February 22, 2014 No Comments
Two of my top read posts, EVER of all time is DIY: Sideways Bun, Zero Carbs & Lauren Conrad’s Hair Made Her a Star. I am very lucky because JC gave me a thick, long, shiny mane and I enjoy styling it in different ways depending on the occasion and the outfit. Now that the nights are warm, I like to wear my hair in looks that feel ”done-undone.” Very Serena van der Woodsen meets Lana Del Rey. It’s a sultry look to be sure.
DIY Hairdo: Loose Summer Waves
Step 1. Talk the bottom half of your hair and twist into a low bun at the nape of your neck. Secure with an elastic.
Step 2. Taking 2″ sections from the crown of your head and using a large barrel curling iron, curl from the ends to the top of your head. Hold for 30 seconds for each and pull the curling iron away from your head releasing on the diagonal. Repeat for all the sections of hair around the crown of your head.
Step 3. Release the bun and apply a generous coat of hairspray – I like both Pantene Maximum Hold & Elnett Satin. To define some of the curls, use a tiny dollop of a molding mud like Sebastian Professional, and twist the curls around your fingers. Don’t go crazy on the molding mud though as you still want your hair to be lightweight and non-greasy.
Step 4. You can either take your mane and pull it to your left side so that it cascades down your left shoulder naturally or you can take a few bobby pins and affix them to the nape of your neck for added hold.
Step 5. Hairspray all over again! Hairspray happy. I am. I am.
Wow, you look stunning! You could technically curl all your hair, but the point of this is to be “done-undone.” To have put in some effort without any major try. Now, there’s only one thing to do — get your hair tousled!
June 30, 2012 No Comments
I like to think of myself as a renaissance woman. Inspiration for me is everywhere but I do have an abundance of sources…
On Fashion – Working in the industry, I am constantly surrounded by clothes and accessories. Like a chocoholic in Serendipity. I have many wonderful fashionistah friends who always have their own distinct personal style. Brunch is never just brunch — it’s a lookbook. Reading magazines (my faves are Harper’s Bazaar & Vogue) and fashion blogs will also keep you up to date on how to adapt a trend.
On Beauty – The best resource for beauty is Allure. I learned how to apply makeup from reading the tutorials, collecting books from Kevyn Aucoin and practicing on my friends. I still beg them to let me before we go out; but they willingly oblige because I do a fierce smokey eye. In my early 20′s I visited my first Sephora in Paris. As you can imagine, the clouds parted, the rays of sunshine beamed down and angels sang ‘Alleluia.’ Then I entered, sprayed glitter in my friends’ hair, sampled eyeshadows and played with lipgloss for two hours. A heavenly experience.
To Live Well – As a bohogi, it sounds cliche but I value every experience from having sangria with friends to afternoon walks in the park. I love to travel and experience different cultures, so I constantly look at Conde Nast Traveller and dream of an exotic adventure. I never know how or when I will get there, but I put it out there and make a plan to go. The universe always delivers!
June 24, 2012 No Comments
Lately, I admit I have been reverting to my 90′s teenage heart. Buried away like an amnesiac grasping for a memory, “Wait a second. Ohmigod, I remember…lipstick! It looks so good on.” For a decade, I put away my M.A.C. matte Viva Glam in favour of lipgloss or Chapstick. But I have been enjoying a renaissance of sorts what with the off the charts ROC (return on compliment) that my pop-art fuschia lips have been inspiring from friends…and random strangers. By the way, you know it’s a winning look when you get stopped by strangers. Just take it and say ‘thank you.’
While I profess my love of M.A.C., I don’t think it’s necessary to splurge all the time on lipstick. I mean, you also need money to fund your shoes and grocery. You can find some lovely hues at the drugstore and like me, you won’t shed tears when you lose your favourite gloss or get it confiscated at the airport security. Here are my Top Summer picks:
1. Coral Crush – I think that Coral is one of the most flattering hues to wear in Summer, what with your tan, white eyelet summer dress already going for you. Whenever you wear a bright lipstick, I think it’s best to keep the rest of your makeup somewhat neutral with shades of taupes or browns and a gentle application of mascara.
2. In the Mood for Nude - Nude is sooooo 90′s matched with your M.A.C. Spice lipiner. Ahhh, we were freshmen then. Le sigh. I love a nude lipstick with a baby pink undertone – this is very Edie Sedgwick circa Andy Warhol’s The Factory. Looks amazing paired with a heavy handed smokey eye and dramatic swirl of cat-eye liquid eyeliner. Meow!
3. Red Never Dies – My mom was trying to make me buy red lipstick today. It is the classic go-to. The key to red lipstick is first finding the hue that suits your complexion then practicing to achieve a perfect shape and applying enough coats so that the colour is opaque. Here is a mini tutorial on how to get The Perfect Red Pout. Special trick: If you have trouble lining your lips, start filling in your lips working your way out so you don’t line outside your natural lipline. Ronald McDonald is a definite don’t. Please be a DO!
May 13, 2012 2 Comments
I am obsessed with my eyebrows. And I despise falling into strange lighting in an elevator only to catch glimpses of stray hairs that I have missed. Ooh, it gets me so crazy. The best on the market are Tweezerman Tweezers – an Allure fan favourite. The slanted edges make plucking less ouch and its tiny size are great for travelling.
A little bronzer goes a long way, especially if you use a chubby bronzer brush. I don’t have a particular favourite brand, however, I never leave home without bronzing up the apples of my cheeks, my nose, chin and slight brush all over (where natural sunlight hits your face). Otherwise, I would look like an extra from The Walking Dead (ahem, a zombie if you didn’t get my pop culture reference).
If you are going to invest money in makeup brushes, I firmly believe that M.A.C. has the best ones out there. Because I like to create sexy eyes on a daily basis, I swear by MAC 219 Pencil Brush. After applying a pencil eyeliner to my top and bottom lashline, I tap this brush gently into a chocolate eyeshadow and blend for a smokey effect.
February 22, 2012 1 Comment
Forgive my lack of new blog posts, but I have been working day and night, night and day to bring you Creative Heart Collective. Spring is almost here and what better way to celebrate than to have a leisurely afternoon, perhaps brunching, meeting artisans, shopping local and doing a community workshop? Sounds like too much fun, non? Don’t pencil or pen it in. Sharpie that!!
Date: Saturday, April 16th, 2011 & Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Place: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto ON
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Admission: PWYC* (Suggested Donation $2)
The Love Collage presents Creative Heart Collective, a Spring show and sale for local artisans, crafters, designers, bakers and retailers. The mission of the event is to give artists and retailers an opportunity to connect and showcase their wares with the community in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Join us as The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom is transformed into an exciting, bustling marketplace. This two day event will feature the talent of more than 50 local vendors and artisans.
The focus for the show will be: Indie arts and crafts, Fashionable giftware, Jewellery & Accessories, Homemade food, Home décor, Beauty, DIY presents, Apparel and Vintage.
* Door proceeds will go to the non-profit organization, The Corsage Project www.corsageproject.ca
Join us for the following community workshops:
LEATHER WEATHER – SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH: 1PM – 3PM
The Make Den’s Irene Stickney will be teaching a FREE workshop, ‘Leather Weather.’ She will be teaching participants how to sew little leather medicine or cell phone pouches. These petite fringey pouches are the perfect functional accessory while galavanting on the sidewalks of Queen West West.
WEARABLE ART – SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH: 11AM – 5PM
Steeped in ancient history, symbolism and a celebration of beauty, Mehndi designs are awe-inspiring works of wearable art. Henna Yasir will be contributing her artistic talents to the event. Take a break from shopping and receive a unique herbal temporary tattoo (applicable fees).
For more info, please visit: www.creativeheartcollective.com
April 1, 2011 No Comments