I always love receiving photos from my brides. Andrea and her beautiful bridal party were captured beautifully by Neil Ta Photography. On Andrea, we created a very glamorous yet timeless look with winged liner and lots of individual lashes.
2013 has been a very memorable year for me. The good, the bad, and the REALLY good have happened. It’s amazing the things one can go through in just one year.
The start of the year started out rocky with unsure career paths and dealing with my younger son’s health issues (who is healthy and growing up too fast now), but it sure ended with a bang! I learned many lessons this year, but the most important was learning to be honest with myself and those in my life.
Not to sound cliche, but my life seemed at a crossroad in terms of my relationships. One way was saying “If you’d like to be a bitter, unhappy and broke ol’ bitch go down this path”. Taking the opposite path seemed like a no brainer, but it definitely was a struggle to let go and steer into the right direction. My BS tolerance had reached its limit. Is this what happens as you get older??
Someone once told me if you don’t have integrity in this (makeup) industry, then what do you have going for yourself? You won’t expect to go far that is for sure. Who you surround yourself with really affects your life and you begin to mirror what you see, hear, and feel. Once I let go of all the selfishness, dishonesty, negativity, jealousy, fears and stopped tolerating these feelings from those around me, all the good that I knew would happen one day started happening!
It’s amazing the things we are willing to do or how much we convince ourselves we really need something or someone to survive in this world. But in the end, you realize is it really worth it? My initial reaction was hell no, but you know what? I wouldn’t have changed a thing. That’s the thing about growing pains. They suck and are sometimes extremely painful, but you need them. Otherwise what lessons would I have learned?
I have been so very lucky to be surrounded by people who truly love and support me in my personal and work life. I am so thankful to those who really saw my true gifts and encouraged me rather than break me down. I have been so lucky to have received such generousity and thoughtfulness from friends and colleagues. I am inspired everyday by the struggles and the happiness of those around me because it keeps me grounded. I am so very thankful to do what I love everyday (I am a full-time mom, full-time wife and a full-time makeup artist and yes that is possible lol) and to be surrounded by fellow creatives who love what they do as much as I do.
I feel for the first time in a long time that I can finally exhale (remember the movie Waiting To Exhale??? lol), even if it’s just for a short time because I know life has a lot more curve balls to throw at me but I’m ready for whatever. Bring. It.
OK, one New Year’s resolution? To be a better full-time friend. No one said juggling relationships is easy!
Happy New Year to you all and I wish you an abundance of happiness, success and just a wee little bit of pain!
I did this bridal editorial a while ago and so happy to see that it finally got published on WedLuxe.com! The theme was inspired by the classic style of Jackie O. Check it out!
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Time really does fly by when you’re having fun! Where has November gone?? It’s hard to believe that Christmas is about 1 month away – eek!
November has been a crazy month of work and fun so here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to.
IMATS Toronto 2013 Highlights:
Did you get “Minked”? If you didn’t, you definitely missed out! Our booth was crazy busy both days. I don’t even know how many lashes I applied, but I probably can apply fake lashes with my eyes closed now. It was such a great experience working with the lovely Minked Lashes team and working with these absolutely beautifully hand-crafted, 100% mink and horse hair lashes (which by the way are 100% cruelty free). Oh did I mention that my dear friend and talented artist, Arabella Trasca, is also the Creative Director? Pretty amazing! Be sure to check out their site now which is now live. You will want to snatch up all of them. For the quality and styles, Minked Lashes is the most affordable brand I’ve seen. The most expensive pairs are $26! I seriously am in love with all the styles.
Thank you to all my special peeps who came and got “minked” and those that stopped just to say hi! You know who you are!! IMATS is like a reunion for all us artists. I love you guys and appreciate all your support!! I also enjoyed meeting new friends and can’t wait to do it all over again next year.
Hi. That’s me with 5 time Emmy award-winning makeup artist, Eve Pearl. This moment was obviously the biggest highlight of the weekend for me. Meeting her and this picture could not have been possible without Eve’s Pearlette and fabulous makeup artist, Nicole Lemos Makeup Junkie! I actually met Nicole at The Shopping Channel days before IMATS. I was super bummed I wouldn’t get to meet her and made it my mission to meet her at IMATS. Mission accomplished! Eve is one of the most gracious, humble, and utterly kind celebrity makeup artists I have ever met! If you’re a fan (and why wouldn’t you be??), Eve will be back at The Shopping Channel with her team and amazing products on January 31st in the new year!
I also have some new work that was published in Remark Magazine’s holiday issue. I’m super proud of this issue because not only did I have a 3 page beauty story in it, I also got the cover! I’m so grateful to be apart of an amazing Canadian lifestyle magazine. Be sure to check it out for holiday ideas! Cover story on pg. 44 and beauty story pg. 8!
It’s almost that time of year again when makeup artists in the Toronto/GTA area flock to the International Makeup Show with our lists ready to go and cash in hand. This year, my experience will be a little different than previous years. I won’t just be dishing out the money but I’ll be working the show too at the Minked Lashes booth 101! Come visit our booth for the unveiling of a new line of mink lashes. They are absolutely beautiful!
During my break(s), this is what I’ll be shopping for. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ve probably seen my photos of my kit reorganization. I’ve created 3 kits: one for bridal, one for tv and one for fashion.
I think this is the best way for me to use what I need and be efficient rather than taking everything I own! Luckily I have doubles (and some triples) of most things, but have had to buy a few extras.
I’ve started working as a makeup artist at The Shopping Channel and I’ve come to realize that some products used for my bridal or fashion work just don’t work for HDTV.
1. bdellium Brushes (the “b” is silent): I love bdellium brushes and need to add a few more to my collection particularly their precision lip brush, finishing powder brush and precision blush brush. I am still debating if I want the yellow or pink bamboo handles. Maybe I’ll just have to get 1 of each. :D
2. Beauty Blender Sponges: I haven’t been able to find a place that sells these in bulk without a crazy shipping fee or that sells in Canada. These are great at applying foundation flawlessly when used wet. When working in HD, streaky foundation from a brush is a no-no. I like to use the brush to apply the foundation all over and then use the sponge wet to blend out the edges and smooth out any streaks. I’m usually working on multiple people in a row so having a few on hand will save me time from having to wash in between.
3/4. Eve Pearl HD Foundation/Salmon Concealer Pro Palette Refill: A few weeks ago, Eve Pearl had a Pro Artist day and had an amazing deal on the HD Pro Palette which includes 12 foundations, 6 salmon concealers, 3 cream blushes, 1 mattifier, 1 highlighter, and 1 lip treatment. It’s on sale right now for $250 but I was able to take off an additional $150 on the pro artist day! I LOVE this palette because it is such a great space saver. The empty pans can be used for mixing or for adding more refills. The texture is medium to full coverage but can be easily sheered out. It suits all skin tones from very fair to very dark. It’s important for skin to look like skin on HD because the camera can pick up and amplify texture. I love that you can keep layering and it still doesn’t look cakey. The salmon concealer, which is what Eve Pearl is known for (and it doesn’t hurt that she is a 5 time Emmy Award winning makeup artist) is so amazing under eyes with very deep undertones and bags. It also covers redness really well and is ideal for sensitive skin. I plan on picking up a few more refills of the shades I use the most. One tip I would suggest: be sure to prime or moisturize the skin really well before applying the foundation otherwise the skin can flake.
Eve Pearl will be at The Shopping Channel this Wednesday. I’m totally bummed I won’t be working but I hope to meet her at the show!
5. Stilazzi Clear Set Bag: I’ve come to admire the amazing hosts that I am lucky to work with at The Shopping Channel. They are on-air for 3 hours straight featuring 3-4 different brands with barely any breaks. When I’m on set, I have literally seconds to touch up the hosts and guest hosts which means I have to have my products easily accessible without dropping them! I’ve been using my MAC tool belt on set and while it’s great for holding your brushes it can’t really hold much else. I will definitely be picking up a clear set bag from Stilazzi at the Blur Makeup Room/yaby booth 306. This way I can carry a few brushes with me, blotting papers, my Kett HD pressed powder, tissue, q-tips, sponges, blush, and lip products.
If you’re coming to IMATS Toronto at the Metro Convention Center, be sure to stop by booth 101 and say hi and shop! I’ll be applying Minked Lashes. I’d love to hear what’s on your shopping list! If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, click on this link and see you there!