As Seen On: Remark Magazine July/August

Photographer: Arash Moallemi, Makeup: Joy David-Tilberg, Hair: Emily Pike, Stylist: Renee Reardin, Model: Emily Bishop (B&M Model Management), Creative Direction: Kristie Stoodley, Location: Elm Wood Spa

Photographer: Arash Moallemi, Makeup: Joy David-Tilberg, Hair: Emily Pike, Stylist: Renee Reardin, Model: Emily Bishop (B&M Model Management), Creative Direction: Kristie Stoodley, Location: Elm Wood Spa

The summer issue of Remark Magazine has launched! Check out the editorial I worked on with a fantastic team on pg. 20. To view the whole story click here:

Want to see my summer lip picks in the juiciest shades? Check out pg. 6!


Feature: Bite Beauty Lip Lab NYC

The fam-jam and I just returned from a 5 day road trip. It was a whirlwind of a trip seeing 5 major cities in 5 days (this is not counting smaller cities we made pit stops in). Our 3rd stop was in the city of bright lights NYC. The last time the hubby and I had visited we were minus 2 kids, so the experience this time around was more kid friendly. Although, I did make a point to fit in some beauty fun for moi!

The blogosphere has been all abuzz about Bite Beauty’s Bite Lip Lab in NYC. I’m a huge fan of their lip products and have written rave reviews on my old blog Makeup Junkie. When I heard they opened up a store where you can make your own custom lipstick, I just had to make a visit! It happen to work out that it was our first stop in New York.


The whole process took minutes to make especially since I had a colour in mind already. I debated before going if I wanted an everyday shade or something fun and bold for summer (first world problems). I figured, go big or go home so I had the fabulous Brooklyn (tell him I sent you to visit him), mix up a fun pinky-red shade. I wanted a stain-like finish so he suggested the formula be a shiny finish with lots of pigment – very summer appropriate.


The next step was to choose the scent: peppermint, starfruit, cherry, or violet. I like the cooling effect and fresh scent of peppermint on the lips so I went with that.


After the scent was selected, little chunks of lipsticks that looked like chocolate truffles were melted and mixed together for my custom shade. Looks good enough to eat right?


The mixture was then poured into a mold and placed on a cold plate to harden. I tried my best to contain my excitement as my lipstick was being poured. It’s such a simple process, but I was very fascinated by it all and wondered why Toronto didn’t have its own Beauty Lab. Brooklyn let me know that NY was a test run and if it does really well it will come back to Toronto – yipee!


While I waited for the lipsticks to harden, I checked out the rest of the Bite Beauty products while my oldest son showed off his karate moves. I was very tempted to pick up some lipsticks I had been wanting for my kit, but I resisted!



The lipsticks were finally ready to be placed into the sleek lipstick tubes. I was over the moon to receive 2 tubes of my lip colour plus he included a little sample of the Luminous Creme lipsticks in Champagne and a lip brush. He also provided a card with the colours I chose in case I wanted more made up in the future. I am so in love with this shade. It’s the perfect mix of bright pink and red. It has a beautiful glossy shine with lots of colour and feels so hydrating on the lips. When I want it to be subtle I dab it on like a stain. After a few hours of wear, it actually leaves a nice stain on the lips.


I definitely plan to make another visit, but hopefully they will be in Toronto before then.I think the next lip colour I make will be the perfect colour for bridal. I had such a fantastic time watching the whole process and chatting with Brooklyn. If you are planning a trip to NYC and love lipsticks like I do, then this a must-do! It makes a great memento. My lip shade is appropriately named NYC. 🙂

Bite Lip Lab is located on 174 Prince St. in Soho NY. Custom lip shade retails for $28 USD. Hours Tues-Sun 11 am – 7 pm. 

Joy Approved: Love My…Body Butter By Eva Therese Studios!


Do you know what I love? People who love what they do. My good friend and uber talented hair stylist, Eva Therese, has created her own line of bath and body products appropriately named, Love My…Body Butter. I absolutely adore this handmade, all-natural body butter made with organic ingredients like shea and coconut oil. The texture feels hard and a little grainy at first touch, but once you melt it between your hands it smooths over the skin like an oil. I also love that it comes in a durable glass jar that can be refilled – organic and earth-friendly!

For those of you that love multi-use products like I do, this body butter has many uses. This is my go-to moisturizer after I shower and works amazing to smooth cracked heels and dry cuticles. Pregnant women will love using this on the belly to soothe itching from stretching. If you have a dry scalp, you can also use this as a scalp treatment.

Eva is such a warm, friendly person. You can tell right away that she loves what she does whether it is transforming her client’s hair or hand-making her body butters. I was so impressed by her body butter that I had to do a little Q & A with her!


Joy: Tell me about Love My… and why you decided to start a bath & body line? 

Eva: Love My…body butter started after I had my son almost 4 years ago and I started making my own products to use on him. I wanted to create something all natural, organic, moisturizing, and safe for my son with no additives. All the ingredients I tried to make as dual purpose for pregnancy & then for babies. My friends, family and clients started using it with great results, and started telling me all the other great things they had been using it for.

Working in the beauty industry for so many years, I work everyday with women and it gives me a deep understanding of the pressure women feel to fit into a unrealistic & distorted idea of what is beautiful. I wanted to name my products Love My so everyone using the products would think of love for themselves & others, and to me that makes someone truly beautiful.

Joy: Love My…Body Butter has so many uses. What’s your favourite way to use it?

Eva: My favorite way to use it is a teaspoon in the bath. It makes the water smell amazing like chocolate & coconut and really moisturizes your whole body. When I get out of the bath, I just rub the oil into my skin. You’re skin is glowing and smelling delish! I do have a unscented version available for people allergic or sensitive to scent

Joy: Where can people purchase your products?

Eva: Now available in 60ml & 120ml. By contacting me at or by phone (Eva) 416-894-6549.
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Joy Approved: Skin Savers

Every makeup artist will tell you that having good skin is important. Investing in the right type of skincare is equally important. As much as we want to dive in and apply the craziest colours on you, nothing will look good if you’re skin isn’t in proper order.

Before applying makeup to my clients, I always make sure their skin is properly cleansed, moisturized, and primed. Starting with a clean canvas will only enhance the beauty of the makeup. Read on to see what some of my favourite skin savers are!


1. CoverFX Clean FX ($24 CAD): Before receiving Clean FX, I was testing out an all-in-one cleanser from Marcelle that did not require rinsing. It cleansed and it toned the skin, but I found I needed to go over the skin at least 3 times to make sure all the makeup was gone. Another down side was that it did not remove water-proof mascara. Prior to this, I had always carried face wipes in my kit but I found I would go through them so quickly.As soon as I tried Clean FX, I was immediately happy with it. This cleansing mousse cleans, hydrates and tones the skin. It also does not require rinsing making it perfect for travel and on-the-job. It is PH balanced and works for all skin types especially sensitive skin. It’s free of alcohol, soap, fragrance, and colourant. The best part? It removes long-wearing and water-resistant products!

It dispenses more like a light foam than a mousse but is easy to work into the skin. It quickly and effectively removes makeup. All you need is 2-3 pumps on a cotton pad to clean the face. I do a separate cleansing just for the eyes. After makeup is removed, your skin feels refreshed and smooth.

One of my clients forgot her regular cleanser and was concerned to use Clean FX because her skin is highly sensitive. She has to use cortisone cream to fight a rash. I tested a small patch on her skin and after a few minutes she didn’t react! Her skin was in superb condition the rest of the night. She even asked me again what cleanser I used. Her favourite part was that she didn’t have to rinse her skin after making it perfect for her jet-set lifestyle!

Overall, I feel $24 is a pretty decent value. I used to use the MAC wipes which are $31 CAD and went through them pretty quickly. I’ve been using the Clean FX since March and there is still plenty left in the bottle. However, I don’t use this on a daily basis but I don’t really consider this a daily cleanser. It’s better for traveling or when you need a quick cleanse.

2. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector ($22 CAD): If you have drier or dehydrated skin and suffer from big pores you will love this product. I recently started using this on my clients and I love the results. I only apply this where pores are visible. It acts as a primer and works wonderfully under makeup. Pores appear visibly smaller and smoother. It has a nice natural matte finish, although it doesn’t totally mattify the skin making it perfect for dehydrated skin. You can wear alone, under Cliniques Pore Refining Serum, under and over makeup. Now that summer is around the corner, this is definitely a skin saver especially for all you brides!

3. Benefit Porefessional ($28 USD): This pore refiner works amazing but is much pricier than Clinique’s version. I think it’s because of the cute packaging. I find this one works really well on skin that is very oily. I made the mistake of applying this all over the skin as a primer on my bride before I realized her skin was oily but dehydrated. It ended up mattifying her skin way too much and the finish of the foundation looked too powdery. It was also hard to blend makeup on the skin. I ended up using this on someone extremely oily all over and the results were perfect. Her skin was nicely mattified but didn’t make her skin look like she was zapped of moisture.

What are your skin savers?

Products were sent for editorial consideration and I truly love them.