It's Friday! You know what that means? Yes, the weekend is upon us. Can I get a Hallelujah? Too much? Alright. Well I am pretty pumped about this weeks 'Be Fab' Beauty. Jennifer is a new momma of twins (and boy are they adorable!!) Despite how busy having two babies has kept her, Jenn always takes the time to get ready and feel good before she leaves the house. In fact, whenever I am making excuses about getting ready all I have to think about is her, and how she does it! I really have no excuse. So, I wanted to ask her about her beauty tips and tricks. She also has a massive makeup collection that I was dying to hear more about. This is what Jennifer had to say:
Name: Jennifer Touhey
Age: 39 (if I have to tell the truth and you post before next week haha)
Skin Type: Normal
Tell us a little about your skin care routine: Much to the horror of all you beauticians and make-up artists, soap, water and good old Nivea cream.
What is your go to beauty routine? My routine? Well, I start with foundation or bb cream, a little concealer and some powder to set! If I am feeling blah, I will add a little bronzer, and then some blush. Then I do my eyes, keeping it simple, and finish with some mascara and eye liner. I like to dabble a little (as far as brands go), so I use MAC for foundation, powder, bronzer and some of my eye shadows. I use Lise Watier concealer, Bobbie Brown's shimmer brick on my eyes, and Clinique for my mascara. My eye liner is either Clinique, Lancôme or Quo. Depends on my mood. Also, if I want to add some spice and shimmer, Bobbi Brown or Mac do the trick! Hey, I never pretended to be low maintenance. I do this almost every day. My lazy days ( including my beach and seadoo days) include BB cream, a little blush and mascara- water proof of course!
If I took a look in your makeup bag what would I find? A lot! I love trying new things. You will find anything and everything.. foundation, powders, bronzer, a ton of eye shadows and eye liners, mascara, lip gloss and of course for those occasions when we go out.. a little glitter! One could say I am as fanatic about make-up as I am about my hair!
If you could only have one makeup item to use everyday (deserted island style) what would it be and why? BB cream or tinted moisturizer- at least I would have even skin!
What is the best beauty product you've come across? Why do you love it? Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick. Any, and all colours. I love it because it has multiple functions, and they are just sooo pretty!
What was the worst beauty purchase you've made? Why was it awful? Electric blue mascara. I thought it would be a good idea to match my mascara to my dress. It was the 90's. Not such a great look for me!!
Do you have any beauty secrets you'd like to share? If so, please tell us: I don't have any real beauty secrets. I would just say don't forget to take care of yourself. Get ready every day. When you take the time for yourself you will feel good walking out the door each day.
When I first read Jenn's answers I sent her a text saying, 'soap? like a bar of soap?!" she replied, "Yep. Am I horrifying you?" To be perfectly honest, I wasn't horrified at all. Just shocked. She has great skin! The thing about those fortunate enough to be blessed with 'normal skin' by the skin gods, is that they can get away with using pretty much anything on their face! That being said, just because it works, doesn't necessarily mean it is the best option. A lot of people use a bar of soap on their face. However, unless it was designed to be used for the skin on your face it is likely that the ingredients are going to be too harsh for your skin. Although Jenn has already heard my speech about skin care, I really do appreciate her honesty as I am sure there are a lot of women out there who use a bar of soap as a cleanser. Just be mindful of how your skin feels afterwards. If your skin feels tight when you get out of the shower, it could be that it is removing your skin of it's natural oils and drying it out. I read this article the other day and learned a lot about skin care habits. I am guilty of not following quite a few of them myself. Check it out if you're not sure if you're washing your face right. You might learn a thing or two. I did.
I have to admit, I really loved reading Jenn's beauty secret. I couldn't agree more about the importance of taking time for yourself everyday. If you haven't done so all week, please make sure you do today. After all, it's Be Fabulous Friday.
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!
Fridays are a great day of the week. The weekend is upon us, and we have two glorious days to do whatever it is we want - or are committed to (haha). Whatever it may be, chances are your weekend has something enjoyable ahead. Even if your idea of enjoyable is sitting on the couch in your sweats binge watching Netflix, chowing down on some home made popcorn. I am not judging. That was more of a confession.
Moving on. In continuing with the good feelings Friday brings, I thought I would profile some beautiful women in my life on Fridays. I want to know what beauty routines you follow, and what are some of things you do to feel fabulous!
This Friday I thought I would profile my gorgeous cousin Lindsay. A busy mom on the go! Whom I am sure many of you will be able to relate to. Check out what Lindsay had to say:
Skin Type: Sensitive
What is your go to beauty routine? Wash, moisturize and BB cream! Then I throw on a little eye makeup, blush and I'm out the door.
If I took a look in your makeup bag what would I find?
Lise Watier powder (Sesame), Lise Watier Concealer Wheel (Normal), Smashbox Photofinish Eyelid Primer, L'Oreal Youth Code BB cream (Light), Smashbox Full Exposure palette, Gosh blush (though I don't love it), Stila Smudge stick waterproof liner, Sephora Kohl liner in nude (for my waterline).
If you could only have one makeup item to use everyday (deserted island style) what would it be and why?
Concealer is a must—especially after my niece asked me if I had a black eye the time she saw me without make up.
What is the best beauty product you've come across? Why do you love it?
The Lise Watier concealer palette. It’s perfect for covering dark circles and blemishes, and I use the purple shade for highlighting.
What was the worst beauty purchase you've made? Why was it awful?
Pretty much every lipstick I’ve ever bought. I’ve never found one I like. I always feel like it’s too dark or too light, and my hair always gets stuck in sticky lip glosses. I usually just stick with Burt’s Bees for my lips.
Do you have any beauty secrets you'd like to share? If so, please tell us:
Heating your eyelash curler! I remember reading that trick in YM when I was in high school (ha ha YM…is it even around anymore?) about heating up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer for a few seconds before using it to ‘set’ your lashes (kind of like a curling iron) and I’ve done it ever since.
I love Bobbi Brown. I'm a big fan of her books and think that she has many great words of wisdom to share with women of all ages. I was reading her book Pretty Powerful and something she said really stood out to me about being comfortable in our own skin (and makeup):
Women look and feel their best when they are comfortable. But if you don't experiment with different looks, you can get stuck in a beauty rut. You will never know what looks, colours, or formulas you will fall in love with unless you try them.
Makeup is supposed to enhance our natural beauty. You should never feel uncomfortable in your skin because of your makeup. I have heard many stories where someone has paid to have their makeup done, only to leave and re-do it themselves. Makeup should not leave you feeling like an unrecognizable version of your former self, but instead should leave you feeling like an enhanced version of yourself. Even if it's just a bit of BB cream, blush, mascara and lip gloss. Makeup should leave you feeling confident and beautiful.
I know I've said it before, but please don't be afraid to experiment with makeup. I love the look on a person's face after I've finished a makeup application. I often hear, "I wish I could look like this every day!" I want you to know that you can. It is nice to splurge on a makeup artist for special events, wedding days, graduations, or any milestone where there will be a multitude of photos taken. Makeup artists have products that you won't find in the average makeup kit, that will create a long lasting look that photographs well. However, I don't just want you to feel great that day. I want you to feel great everyday! So try out new looks. If you have a quiet night and some free time try a new look before bed. If you don't like it, wash it off and start over! Don't try a new look with 15 minutes to spare before you have to head out the door. The last thing you want is to spend the whole day feeling uncomfortable in your skin.
Here is a day and night look that I've worn. Remember, everyone is different. My day look might be your night look and that is perfectly okay! As Bobbi says, wear what is comfortable for you!
For your first experiment, I would like you to try to change your makeup look from day to night. Many of us have our signature look (myself included!). For some that might be burts bees lip chap and a pony tail, for others that might be false lashes applied daily. That's fine, if that's what makes you feel your best. I just want you to push the envelope a bit when it comes to changing your makeup look. Here are a few things you can do:
Also, with Valentine's Day coming up it might be nice to surprise that special someone by changing up your look! If you have an evening out planned - try one of the day to evening tricks. Stay in your comfort zone and highlight your favourite features. Let your inner beauty shine!
Thanks for reading!
Winter is here. So I thought I would write a post about the difference between summer and winter skin - and how that affects our makeup collection and skin care routine. I also just wanted to reminisce about summer a bit because, well, I miss it.
For the most part, our skin is likely to darken in the summer and lighten in the winter. For those of you who work outside, or those who get a summer glow going on, you probably notice a big difference between the shade of your summer skin and your winter skin. Not only with the tone, but the level of dryness as well.
In the winter I rock more of a 'Snow White' look, then in the summer (due to my olive undertones - thanks mom!) I can get pretty tan. The makeup I would use in the summer does not work for me in the winter. So, if you're anything like me please change your foundation so that your coverage remains a match with your skin tone. If you use a colour that is too light your skin will look ashen and gray and if you use a shade that is too dark your face likely won't match the rest of your body.
Here is the look that I created in the video below. I have watched MANY YouTube tutorials in my day. YouTube has helped me teach myself so many tips and tricks. I wanted to try filming a tutorial so I could share my morning routine with all of you. I did speed up the video - if only I could do it that quickly. The video was closer to 15 minutes - which isn't bad considering I had some heavy concealer work to do!
Makeup on mature skin is one of the most difficult tasks for a makeup artist, or so they tell me. I have not had as much experience working with mature skin, however my mother kindly volunteered to be my model so I could practice. There are a few things that have to be altered when you're working with a client with mature skin, however they are small so don't worry! If you follow these tips and tricks your skin will look fresh and youthful. Just look at my mom! She is a perfect example.
My mom, like so many of us, is rushed in the mornings. Most of us do not have much time to spend doing makeup in the morning. She wanted to know how to achieve a 5 minute face. So, we went to Wal Mart and purchased a few items so she could spend 5 minutes every morning and leave the house feeling great!
Steps for a 5 minute face:
This is the BB cream that I spoke about in my previous post.
As I mentioned, I like to try before I buy. I had heard a lot about BB (blemish balm) creams so I thought I would try out a couple brands. I tried several different brands from Dior to Smashbox's CC Cream (correcting cream), but still Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier was the clear winner for me, and at a fraction of the cost!
Let me tell you why.
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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!