Halloween Countdown

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The countdown in on to one of my favorite times of the year, HALLOWEEN!  Its basically like Christmas for Makeup Artists. My whole family has always been into the Halloween spirit, we would be that house on the street with scary music, fake tombstones and strobe lights that everyone wanted to go to for trick or treating. And most of the girls in middle school would choose to be a cute animal or their favorite cartoon character while I would come to school dressed as Freddy Krueger complete with his trademark metal-clawed glove on the right hand. Maybe that is part…

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NYX in the SIX

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Attention Attention!!!!  NYX Professional Makeup is coming to Toronto VERY soon-YAY!  Have you heard about NYX before? Maybe you have seen a portion of their cosmetic line at Rexall or maybe in Target (when they were still in Canada-RIP). Toni Ko is the founder of the multi-million dollar cosmetics brand.  In the summer of 2014 Ko sold NYX to Loreal. The company has done really well because Ko realized there was a gap in the cosmetic markets between prestige brands sold in department stores and mass brands sold in drugstores.  She created NYX with the idea of having professional, richly pigmented products…

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Wedding Wednesday-Cabo

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For today’s Wedding Wednesday I wanted to reminisce about a fabulous wedding that I did hair and makeup for, in sunny Cabo San Lucas Mexico! The bride Brianne is from Toronto and she went to university with my husband.  The groom Riki, is from the other side of the world-New Zealand!  Brianne has lived in NZ for the last 5 years and that is where they met.  Obviously having friends and family in 2 different parts of the world a destination wedding was a perfect solution to have everyone meet in the middle! They chose to exchange vows at a…

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Guyliner Quiz-take the test

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Buzzfeed always has fun finds to distract you from really anything, work, paying bills, doing homework etc .  I stumbled upon a fun quiz today where you need to identify which male celebrity the eyes belong to…and the key is they are all wearing GUYLINER! Now what exactly is guyliner???  Simply put, its guys who wear eyeliner!  This trend has really taken off in the last 5 years and its often seen on male musicians when they preform on stage or tv.   I have applied makeup to 2 of these rockers that are featured in the quiz. Here is Pete…

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Coeur de Pirate-Toronto Interviews

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Last week I had the opportunity to work with Beatrice Martin of Coeur de Pirate.  She was doing multiple press interviews to promote her latest album Roses which is being released TODAY!!! For Beatrice’s hair she wanted simple soft curls and to wear it down.  For her makeup she loves a winded liner and she wanted a shimmery eyelid.  I used MAC‘s Retrospeck eyeshadow on her eyelids and Inglot gel liner in Black to shape her eyes.  For her lips she wanted a fun coral tone so I used Lustering lipstick from MAC Cosmetics. Here is her performance on CBC’s…

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Q & A with 3 Top Makeup Artists

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Ever wonder what its like to be a big time makeup artist?  Now you can get a little snapshot of their lives in this great Q & A by Wall Street Journal.  The interviews are with Sir John, Lisa Eldridge and Hannah Murray.  Now you might be asking yourself just who are these artists???   I’m pretty sure you have probably seen their work on red carpets or in one of the giant fashion magazines.  Here are some quick backgrounds on these PRO makeup artists: Sir John is best know as the master behind Beyoncé’s beautiful looks.  He was also named…

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May the Force of Makeup be with you!

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Back in 1977 when Star Wars hit theaters the concept of a large franchised movie pairing with a cosmetic company would have been crazy.  In the past decade it has become the norm for makeup companies to launch a line of limited edition colours and products that correlate with a blockbuster film. In tune with this new trend Cover Girl has just announced that they will launch a collection of makeup that is based on none other then Star Wars! A sneak peak of the collection was revealed and here are the first 2 images out of 6, one makeup…

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Makeup Tricks to save you $$$

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We all love getting the best bang for your buck, especially when it comes to makeup.  Over a lifetime the average woman spends $15,000 on makeup alone!  Makes sense considering the cosmetic industry brings in 15 BILLION +++ a year. Here is a great article from BuzzFeed that gives you 18 genius tricks to get your money’s worth on makeup: Makeup Tricks Enjoy and you’re welcome! XO J9

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Sephora-Lower Free Shipping!

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This one is going to be short and extra super sweet!  Beauty junkies right across Canada can now rejoice because Sephora has lowered their free shipping from a $75+ a purchase down to only $50+!!! That’s great news for any one who loves makeup and online shopping-ME ME ME! With the holidays right around the corner this could be very, VERY dangerous. Oh well that’s what credit cards are for 😉 Happy Shopping!!! XO J9

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‘PRODUCT REVIEW’ Sigma Blending Brush

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Whether I am doing multiple makeups for a large bridal party, dolling up several celebrities for TIFF or doing face after face for Toronto Fashion Week, I always make sure to have plenty of brushes to go around. As you can see I have a few 😉 I prefer to retire a brush once it’s been used for the day and I will wash/sanitize it thoroughly at night.  I find quick brush cleansing in between clients is not always feasible and I also find my brushes don’t perform the same when they have brush cleanser in them.  Most of my…

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