a few weeks ago, jen and i collaborated on a cute hair tutorial video! jen came up with the idea to document her hair styling process – she curls it with a flat iron, and i’m always all “jen your hair looks awesome!”, so i personally, was very interested to see exactly how to curl with a flat iron!
i tried it myself, and i just can’t get the process down – i’m terrible doing my own hair… we didn’t film that part, sorry (this means i’ll be referring to the vid myself on the reg). that aside, it takes a lot of work to produce a quality tutorial!
first, a cohesive storyline is created. we considered what was important to communicate, and how to make the lesson as appealing as possible. of course, for us this meant pastries, flowers and red lippy! whenever i see the finished version of a creative tutorial, i always forget how much time and patience it takes to create. multiple shots, and angles are required to get the piece to fit together, not to mention props, and a pretty space. it was such a fun and creative process to be a part of! we shot it at my place, and ava had to make a cameo.
a few products mentioned in the vid that we love:
oribe dry texturizing spray (worth every penny) | xo styling iron
we hope you enjoy, and find the tutorial helpful and a huge thanks to videographer paul milaire!
i’m so thrilled to tell you about my feature in the vancouver sun! growing up, the newspaper was always like the holy grail to me. the experts featured were always my be all end all, and to be on the other side of that feels amazing – it’s a total bucket list moment for me.
i was asked to chat about bridal beauty including hair and makeup for a brides big day. alongside tastemakers and industry experts soha lavin of countdown events, designer jason matlo, the flower factory and vancouver’s top bridal boutique, bisou bridal, we all discussed trends and wedding style based on our specialties! as a bride to be, it was lovely to read everyone’s perspectives, too.
the print version of the piece was a lot more in depth (here’s an image of the paper clipping if you’d like to read the full thing). read the online feature, here. huge thanks to the talented reporter aleesha harris (who also happens to have a very fantastic fashion blog).
still to come in the next week or so is a bridal beauty tutorial video!
who has time to spend on complicated makeup every morning? not me. if i’m not going out during my day (i.e. no meetings, lunches, appointments), i am bare faced at my computer and like to think my complexion is thankful for the break. for those days i need to simply look polished and pretty, this is the ultimate 5 minute makeup – my go-to look.
the ultimate 5 minute face is beyond simple, and this is how to get it:
apply tinted moisturizer with your fingertips – this product is so easy to use, and melts into the skin. blend it into the skin well
apply concealer under the eyes (don’t forget that darkness on the inner corners!)
using a blush brush, apply blush on the apples of the cheeks ( i love this nars cream blush) and then using another identical brush, brush some bronzer onto the cheekbones and high points of the face. these steps are crucial in bringing a glow and vitality to the face)
i love this palette - it has almost everything you need for a simple day look. apply a creamy matte shade to the lids to correct color, and a slightly shimmery shade to the browbone and inner corners. if you have more time, press some of that black shadow into the lashline for oomph.
fill in brows with powder and a slanted brush. the mac shade above (brun) is a perfect brown that isn’t too red, or too ashy.
curl lashes (i’m in love with this laura mercier curler) and apply a coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes. i always re-curl my lashes once the mascara dries, but it’s not recommended since there’s a chance lashes could break.
finish off with translucent powder – read all about it’s magic, here.
(hover over image to pin it to pinterest!)
whether you love, or despise valentine’s day, it’s a fun excuse to get a little glam and girly (like most of us really needed an excuse, but still). i’ve always been indifferent to the hallmark holiday, but secretly expect my fiancé to make a fuss, and am disappointed if he doesn’t. it’s a little bit more special this year, since we are recently engaged, and soon to be newly wed. that said, he does make me feel special, and loved each and every day!
our plans include absolutely nothing on the day of (which happens to fall on a friday this year, bonus, lovers), but we’re making our own special date day on saturday to just avoid the crowds and the craze. half priced chocolate and flowers anyone? we’ll have a leisurely brunch, an afternoon movie and a quiet walk with our pup, followed by a lovely dinner together. here are my valentine’s day essentials!
the ring (of course!) | the last minute manicure (this fast drying top coat will save me from smudges) | a set of great falsies… lashes, that is (i love flutter lashes from eternal skin spa on robson street. note that the price point is a bit high, but they are very reusable for about 4-5 wears) | a lovely smelling ladurée candle to set the mood (from beautybar on west 4th) | freshly curled hair, thanks to this flat iron | a spritz of rose body serum that often double as my perfume
lots of love, e
my skin has definitely been a journey pre laser skin treatments. when i was 22, i moved to vancouver, went to makeup school, and promptly, was hit with cystic acne. being in makeup school, having judgemental teens and twenty somethings thisclose from your red, bumpy skin is to say the least, unpleasant (traumatizing is more like it). i used to have to visit my dermatologist for cortisone shots because the bumps were just so deep and painful. it was debilitating, embarrassing and after trying everything, i went on accutane for 2 years. if any of you know about accutane, you know it’s a very serious drug, and it isn’t recommended for any longer than a 6 month round. that should give you a pretty good idea about how terrible my skin was. unfortunately, i was left with a few acne scars, and they have bothered me a LOT.
about 6 years ago, i visited a plastic surgeon to see about laser treatments to remove the scaring, but at that time, the technology did not allow laser on anything but fair skin for fear of hyperpigmentation damage. fast forward to now, and thanks to new technology, i’m finally getting something done about the scars.