and told no one! Okay, well a few people! I am not a person who generally 'wins things'. I was never good at sports, and anyone who knows me would tell you I am the least competitve person. The first medal I ever got was in my 20's for completing a half marathon. Coincidentally, it was also the last medal I ever got.
The reason why I didn't post sooner was becuase I found out I won this award the same week I started my new job and things just didn't really slow down until now. However, the morning I found out I pretty much happy danced my way into work - for the rest of that week and beyond.
Winning the Waterloo Record Reader Award for Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist was a big deal, and I have all of you to thank. So, honestly, thank you. Your support means the world to me.
In my last post I mentioned I was getting married...and doing everyones makeup right? Well, I am here to tell you I am now happily married and survived doing my whole wedding party's makeup! I think one of my favourite quotes from my photographer was, "I have seen brides do their own makeup, but I have never seen a bride do everyones makeup. This is definitely a first!"
I suppose my need to do the whole wedding party's makeup was 'next level' as my youngest sister would say. Next level as in I took controlling the makeup situation to a new level haha! I freely admit... I regret nothing.
Now some of you might be wondering why on earth would I do makeup for the entire morning on my wedding day? Let me tell enlighten you.
Being a bridal makeup artist I get to be a part of the hustle and bustle of a wedding morning, which I must admit...I LOVE! Sometimes I am so immersed in the whole experience I forget I am not part of the family! I realized this last summer when the bride's brother in law asked the family if they would watch his son while he got ready. To which I replied, "sure no problem!" I should probably point out that this was the second time I had met the bride - the time before was at her trial. Oops! That is how much I love my job. It doesn't feel like a job at all. If anything I find the experience calming which is another reason why I wanted to spend my wedding morning surrounded by a sea of makeup and hairstyling (and lets not forget the mimosas!) It was my own kind of heaven.
I had no idea what to expect for my own wedding day makeup. To be honest I winged it when it came to my makeup. I had done a trial on myself but knew I wouldn't follow anything on the day of - so I just went with my instinct. I had had lashes put on since I learned while completing a trial that my vision in my left eye was not good enough to allow me to put on fake lashes. I will admit that the look of lash extensions is beautiful...but for me the look of them was the only thing I liked about them. I found them so irritating. I missed being able to coat on my mascara, not to mention the whole shedding factor really weirded me out. That being said, they did the trick for my wedding day and two days later I googled how to remove them yourself and had them off! Whenever I have brides ask me about extensions I am always honest about my experience. They just weren't for me.
A special shout out to Christian Lee - at Christian Lee Photography for the beautiful pictures!
It's funny because I think about all of the brides who have trusted me on their big day, and now that I am a bride to be I can finally put myself in their shoes. The trust you have to put in that person to apply your makeup for the photos (that you pay a pretty penny for) that immortalize your wedding day is paramount (in my humble opinion). Not only is that a lot of pressure, but to me it is also an honour that people trust me enough. Some people have asked me if I would like to have someone else do my makeup on my wedding day, to take the pressure off doing it myself. To that I say, see above reasons 1-4. All kidding aside, to me doing makeup is almost therapeutic. I love doing it. I love how it makes me feel, and most of all how it makes other people feel. Knowing that I am capable of doing something that seems simple to me, but makes others feel so good that day is a feeling I will never tire of.
With all of that said, the true question will be. What will I wear?! On my face that is. I've already got my dress.
Anyways, bridal talk aside, I am so glad to be back in Kitchener/Waterloo for the tail end of wedding season. If you're getting married, or know anyone who is and would like to have their makeup done please pass along my details ( As long as it's not on October 10, 2015 - sorry to the brides who have contacted me about this day already - I wish I could, truly).
More pics from the shower. Seriously though. How cute are they?
What prompted me to take action was a comment from one of my students who casually asked me about my 'chickenpox' while they waited in the lunch line. I can't blame my student. My blemishes really did look like chickenpox. It still didn't feel great hearing it though, I won't lie. However, it wasn't until later that week after sending my students off to find learning jobs that I was approached by another student. I was still sitting at this point, so there my student stood face to face with me. They proceeded to ask me if my spots hurt, and then counted them. All 12 of them. I have to admit the teacher in me was impressed that they were able to count to 12 since that was the previous weeks focus. Numbers from 11-20. Aside from that I felt a bit mortified. Sometimes children say the things that no one else would ever say out loud.
My skin was bad. Hormonal acne is not fun. It is so painful. It feels like some sort of cruel joke to wake up on your 25th birthday with a face full of blemishes. That might be an exaggeration as it doesn't quite happen that way. Though it is normally seen once women approach their mid twenties. As I approach my 29th birthday I am running out of patience for these 'spots'. For those of you who have battled acne for most of your adult lives, and those who have dealt with it in teenage years I can honestly say I feel for you. For people who have never had to deal with acne, it is hard to understand. Not that we would ever want you to. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
Washing your face in front of other people is something that brings anxiety. In many ways I've found comfort knowing that my makeup skills can help me camouflage what I don't want the rest of the world to see. I feel so much nicer when my skin cooperates. Sometimes I wonder how much makeup I would wear if I felt I didn't have to?
This past week over half term I finally took the plunge and headed to the doctors office - without makeup. I knew that in order to get the help I needed this doctor needed to see what they were up against. My only regret is not going sooner. I kept hoping that each break out would be the last, but with it comes scars. So my advice for those of you reading this is this: if you are having break outs that consist of large, painful bumps under your skin please make an appointment with your doctor. I am hopeful that the new medication I am on will cure me of my 'chickenpox'.
Here's hoping! If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to contact me or comment below.
Thanks for reading.
Bright coloured lipgloss and warm coloured blushes, Rimmel eyeliner and eyeshadow from MAC, products that make me loosen my purse strings...these are a few of my favourite things!
I hope you were able to hum along to that make shift rendition of one of the best songs from the Sound of Music. Happy New Year to all of you! I thought that I would start the year off by sharing some of my absolute favourite makeup items from 2014. Some of them have probably been around longer, which solidifies their spot as makeup favourite since I am always changing the products I use.
I have to start this post with a bit of a precursor. Having qualified for my MAC pro card has meant that I have formed a new found love affair with MAC makeup. That being said, if I have listed a product here it means that I believe it is a worthy investment. I don't feel that way about all MAC products, but there are a few staples I would pay full price for (and have) because now that I've used them I don't think I could ever turn back.
All about the eyes
It is buildable, it doesn't smudge or flake, and it takes two makeup wipes to remove all of it at the end of the day. It is $22 per tube, but (if all you wear is mascara, or if deserted on an island all you would take with you from your makeup bag is mascara) I highly recommend you invest in this little tube of heaven. Next is Rimmel Scandaleyes in 005 Nude. This nude liner is creamy, waterproof and won't break the bank. I tried many different nude liners before settling on this one. It remains my favourite for applying to the waterline to brighten up my eyes. Last but certainly not least, is Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid eye liner. I've tried so many black eye liners. Gel liners, pencil liners, with brushes, without brushes, and I always come back to this liner. I hope Rimmel never stops making it. This liquid liner doesn't budge! It comes with a brush that has flexibility and can create the thinnest and tidiest of lines. I love it, and it can be bought in any drugstore for under $10! It will always be a staple in my kit.
It's so pretty, the colours aren't that pigmented so if you're new to blending and using shadows Estée has got your back. Her beautiful, buildable and blend-able colours won't let you down. I promise you.
It is a gorgeous warm brown and I added it to this picture because I sometimes mix up my bronzer with warm dark brown shadows if I really want to contur my cheekbones/face. This eye shadow colour is beautiful and one that I will make sure is always in my makeup kit. I didn't include a favourite bronzer or highlight because I don't have a favourite. I love Too Faced Chocolate soleil bronzers, Harmony from MAC and random eyeshadows in palettes I own. I am always switching it up depending on the look I want. So I didn't feel it was fair to list one as a favourite. The same goes for cheek highlights. I change it depending on just how much or how little highlight I want. One honourable mention for a highlight I love and use as a shadow sometimes is a powder blush from MAC called Full of Joy. It's a bright purple colour (which I have to admit scared me at first), but adds a lovely highlight to your cheek or eyes.
For a flawless foundation
Whether I use cream or liquid foundation depends on my skin (if it is dry or not) and the weather. If it is damp or humid I tend to stay away from liquid foundation. Though this foundation from Sephora gives such a beautiful dewy look. It really makes your skin glow which was why I wanted to include it in my favourites list.
The perfect pout
A new found love
Hindsight is 20/20. Truer words have never been spoken (okay I am sure they have, but for this post that quote is fitting). Since moving to London my Hagrid-esque hair has not made friends with the climate. It had gotten to the point where it was so long and unruly that I was feeling tempted to cut it myself. I knew I had to start looking for a salon, and fast.
So, one morning I ventured out down a busy street near my new flat. Equipped with the words of my hairdresser in Waterloo, I was in search of: someone with hair like mine, women inside the salon with hair I liked, and just crossed my fingers the whole way hoping there would be an opening.
It was then that I saw a woman standing outside a salon with luscious long curly hair. I looked inside and it was a nice salon that used Redkin products...all good things, all good things. I asked if they had any spots available and she said they did. It felt like my lucky day.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
I sat back, and another girl came over and washed my hair. I sat in her chair and explained to her that I just needed my ends trimmed. Her english wasn't as good as the curly haired woman, but having taught English as a second language this past year I thought nothing of it. It wasn't until the word layer provoked a look of confusion that my heart started to pound.
Really....this was the moment that should have tipped me off (see photo below).
I lasted two weeks thinking 'just let it grow, it will be okay'. But it wasn't. I needed to fix it. This time I did my homework, and yesterday I went to another salon. I left feeling as close to Kate Middleton's doppelganger as I will ever feel .
I know this post doesn't have anything to do with makeup, but reflecting on my hack job experience made me realize just how important hair can be. To me, it is the finishing touch. The last accessory to whatever makeup look I am wearing. I will never take a good hair dresser for granted again. Thank you to the lovely hairdresser who viewed cutting hair like art. I feel the same way about makeup. Now I know how important it is to be able to have a candid conversation with your stylist. Over £80 later, and about 4 inches of hair (1' my own doing), I finally feel like myself again.
- Do your homework, ask people where they get their hair done if you like their cut. It will help you and make their day at the same time!
- Don't be afraid to be candid with your stylist. Just like with makeup artistry, hair stylists and makeup artists would rather you be honest about what you want. Unfortunately, we can't read minds.
- Ask them to style it like you would yourself, it will help you get a better sense of the cut.
- Put down the scissors. Cutting your own hair is never the answer. Trust me. I can now say that, as I speak from experience.
Hope you're all having a wonderful hair day!
Hello my lovelies! I have been away from my computer lately because let's face it...moving to another country in a suitcase (or 3) is no easy feat! I promised to blog about UK beauty trends, so I thought I'd write about the first difference I noticed since I've been here...lashes.
I'm not so sure on how I feel about the clumping phenomenon. I do love a lot of lashes. I also see false and lash extensions are much more popular here than in Canada. What are your thoughts? Let me know below!
I love summer!! It feels so good to finally have some sunshine in our lives. Not only do we get to wear fun colours, and cute dresses but also our makeup routine gets simplified!
I took this picture from the Globe and Mail beauty section where they featured Stay Blushed! I love when I discover a great beauty find before the beauty guru's publish about it! I wrote a review on Stay Blushed, you can read it here.
I wanted to write about two summer staples I am loving right now
One last thing about this - as if I haven't raved enough - it smells like Chocolate. Enough said. This is one item that I will make sure I never run out of.
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!
I am just getting back into the swing of things after a long vacation. It was nice, but it sure feels good to be back. While I was home my sisters prom took place. I was so excited to be doing prom makeup! It felt like a 'do-over' for my attempt at prom makeup in years past. For my own prom, it doesn't even look like I am wearing makeup in photographs! Oh the things I've learned. Having a sister a decade younger than you means that she gets to learn from your mistakes (hopefully). Like the dreaded 'plop' of curls updo, sigh. Anyways. I wanted to share a few pictures so you could see for yourself how my prom makeup applications turned out!
This is a picture of my mom that I took today. I am sure that most people would argue that they have the best mom ever, and I am no exception. My mom is pretty awesome - and I know all of my sisters would agree.
Today, I wanted to say thank you to all the moms out there - whether they are here on earth or in our hearts. Thank you, you truly do deserve this day. A day to be spoiled, thought about, and thanked. Without you, our lives just wouldn't be the same.
I love you Momma.
Your first born.
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!