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.
I am only going to say this once. Put the jogging pants away my friend. They don't do a thing for your booty, not to mention an elasticized waist band isn't anyone's friend. Okay, now that we've addressed the pants, I think we need to talk about your makeup routine. You're probably thinking 'what makeup routine?' Precisely! Spend some time on yourself! Just because you're studying, or swamped by the amount of papers you have to write doesn't mean you don't have time for yourself. Make.time. Showering does not count as 'pampering'. I know you're broke. You're going to have to deal with that. It isn't' going to change any time soon...so get thrifty! Turn that dorm room into a mini spa and give yourself a much needed study break. Paint those toes! We both know how much 'cave woman' toes drive us up the wall. Pluck those brows, and spend time on skin care. Stress is not doing any favours to your skin right now so you need to take care of it. At the end of the day no one is going to know the marks you got on that exam, but you will look back on pictures and think why didn't I care more about myself? You are working hard, so don't be so hard on yourself. Even if you aren't going out anywhere, get dressed. Do your hair, and put on some makeup. Trust me, it will do wonders for your self esteem.
Sending lots of love,
The wiser, older version of you.
Prom season is around the corner, which is why I thought it would be a good time to address prom trends. Thanks to the lovely folks at awkwardfamilyphotos.com we are able to re-visit the mistakes of our past, and hope that we don't make the same ones in the future.
Let it be known. I have unruly hair. Wild, curly hair. When I wake up it often looks like the 80's called and they want their hair back.
As a result, it has been a struggle for me to maintain nice hair without it being incredibly time consuming. So, I decided I needed to figure out a solution to tame my wild mane. Recently I branched out and went to a hairdresser in Waterloo (I am sorry Kaitlynn - I still adore your haircutting) who told me that I needed to rehydrate my hair. I knew it. The winter had done some serious damage. She also told me to wash my hair less. Having fine hair I've always been susceptible to the, not so attractive, 'greasy rat' look after a day or two of not washing my hair. She said, "try to wash your hair twice a week if you can." You can imagine my reaction. However, I knew there was truth in what she was saying. So I set to work, looking for some products to help rescue my tresses.
This is my recipe for awesome hair, even on day 3:
This is my grade 8 school photo. I wanted to share this picture for a number of reasons. This was the year I first began wearing makeup. Looking back now I am so thankful my mom didn't discourage me from trying my own makeup techniques. To me makeup has always been art, and a way to express yourself. I think most of us discover our own personal style through trial and error - and I have to admit it's fun to look back at some of the looks I thought were a 'good idea' at the time.
You probably can't see but in this picture I was wearing a terrible nude/brown lip liner, matched my eyeshadow to my shirt (a pale grey ) and tried to apply mascara to the best of my ability. I specifically remember the photographer taking his finger and trying to politely 'fix' my lip liner (ha ha!). My sister Olivia has a school photo where she snuck in cream blush and used it as lipstick - in Grade 3! That is one of my favourite school pictures of her.
I do hope to have children some day, and if my child comes out of their room in an interesting outfit, or perhaps they've attempted to style their own hair, and maybe even tried on some of my makeup - I plan to leave it be. In fact, I plan to encourage it. Personal expression and creativity are too important to me not to.
Do you have any gems in your school picture collection? I'd love to hear about them! Or better yet - send them to me! I'd love to see them.
Thanks for reading,
Yep! You guessed it. Mascara. Okay, well that and concealer I suppose. I need them BOTH okay! I don't know about you, but for me mascara is just one of those things I can't go without. I'd feel naked without my mascara. The unfortunate thing about mascara is it has the shortest shelf life. I have owned a few pricey mascaras in my day and I have to admit some are just amazing...but with only 3 months to use it I sometimes feel as though it's a waste.
Alright, I will admit it. When it comes to sports I've never been much of an enthusiast. It took me a while to remember the term personal best. Clearly I haven't set many new personal bests when it comes to sports....but I have when it comes to makeup!
What do I mean by personal best? Well you could think of it in terms of looking your personal best. In fact I hadn't even thought of that when I started to write this....zing! What I actually meant was a personal best in terms of getting your morning routine down pat. Time wise.
Let me start out by saying. I am NOT a morning person. It is best not to talk to me when I first wake up. For those moms out there - I give you serious credit. When sleep deprived I can be quite the bear.
Not to mention I wake up with hair that often times looks like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket (Again, refer to Exhibit A).
So to paint a picture for you, I wake up looking like I am stuck in the 80's, growling (no word of a lie) and give myself only minutes to get ready before rushing out the door. This is a daily occurrence which earned me the nickname 'hurricane B'. No judgement.
Okay, if you're thinking get to the point already! Here it is...
If you've been following my blog you will know that I am all about using makeup to help you feel like the best version of you. I mentioned in my last post that I would like you to try out a different makeup look.
That is my request for you this weekend. Try something new. A new look, a new product. Something that pushes you out of your comfort zone, but still feels like 'you' when you wear it.
Here is a few pics I took of a makeup look I did the other day, wearing a new sweater I bought at Marshalls (love that place!). Some people might call it being vain, I call it being FAB-ULOUS!
I would love for you to do the same. Send me a picture of you being fabulous. I'd love to see it!
Have a great weekend!
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!
Alright ladies. I know sometimes it is hard to put ourselves first. But this is what I am going to ask of you. This weekend give yourself some 'me time'. Whether that be a warm bath, reading a book you have wanted to start, painting your toe nails or plucking unruly eyebrows!
Okay, now that you've done something for yourself I need you to do something for your makeup routine.The other thing I'd like you to do is take a look at your makeup brushes. Some brushes I have seen make me feel like I want to open up a brush shelter. A place for neglected brushes to be brought back to their former glory. A place where I can take them, wash them, and bring them back to health. Ladies, if your brushes have never been washed since the day of purchase. Please, please, take the time to wash them.
How often should you be washing your brushes? I'm glad you asked! Concealer brushes, and foundation brushes should be washed every day, or every other day. The best product for washing them is dish soap. A gentle dish soap breaks up the oils and breaks down the product. Brushes that are used for powders can be washed every week - two weeks. Just remember: the cleaner the brushes, the better the application. Same with you sponge users out there. You know who you are. If your sponge looks like it could grow legs and walk away, please toss it! If you use a beauty blender, wash it. Brushes and sponges are better able to do their job when they are properly taken care of.
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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!