Monthly Archives: January 2011

Timeless Glamour

Everyone loves a wedding – I mean, what’s not to love? It’s basically a huge party, with lots of food, alcohol and dancing. But what’s even more fun than actually being at the wedding, is getting ready for the wedding. Pretty dresses, nice shoes, nice hair and makeup – I ask again, what’s not to love?
When getting ready for a wedding, I think it’s important to keep things classy – channeling timeless glamour. Remember, wedding makeup isn’t the same as clubbing or party makeup – and you definitely don’t want to outshine the bride in any way!

Before - No Makeup

After - Timeless Glamour

After - TImeless Glamour

After - Timeless Glamour

Foundation, foundation, foundation!

Okay, so I wasn’t born with the best skin – definitely a genetic trait – and I am always secretly envious of girls who have flawless, perfect skin. I battled with teenage acne, which resulted in a few scars, which leads to discolouration. I’ve seen worse, and I’ve seen far better – so, not to be my own worst critic for once, I’ll say that my skin is in between. However to me, my uneven skin and few scars have caused a slight complex and I now can’t leave the house without putting something on to cover up my skin.

I’ve always hated girls who cake on their foundation, especially now a days when there are so many options (from light/minimal coverage to meduim coverage to heavy coverage). Leave the heavy foundations for bigger events and for every day use opt for a light to meduim coverage foundation (if you’re lucky enough to not need foundation, or not care enough to wear foundation – well, skip this entirely!) – but with so many options to choose from it can be overwhelming.

Nars - Sheer Matte Foundation

Nars - Sheer Matte Foundation

I have four favourite foundations that I use depending on the day and occasion (or who I’m trying to impress haha). I have a darker, more tanned if you will, complexion. Girls with darker complexions seem to suffer from more discolourations than girls with lighter complexions – but it may not always be the case. These work with my skin and colouring, and will not be the same for everyone!

Mac Studio Fix

Mac Studio Fix Powder

Foundation #1 – Mac Studio Fix Powder
This is my lighter foundation – which I reach for almost on a daily basis. It is a powder, so I personally find it lighter than a liquid foundation, giving a more natural look. I don’t use the sponge that comes with it however, and instead I opt for my Sephora Professional Kabuki brush. It provides a great coverage, covering up everything that I need to cover up, without feeling heavy (like some liquid foundations have the tendency of doing).

Nars Sheer Matte Foundation

Foundation #2 – Nars Sheer Matte Foundation
So, I’ve been eyeing this foundation for months and recently decided to go ahead and make the purchase. I’ve had it for about two weeks now, and I seem to reach for it every morning and evening out. It is a very, very light – I can’t stress that enough – providing a light to meduim, but buildable coverage. This is what prevented me from buying it earlier, because I was scared that it would almost be too light of a coverage (think: tinted moisturizer). Well, needless to say I have been very pleasantly surprised. The foundation is supposed to also help the radiance of your skin, as it has complexion brightening properties. I like this foundation, a lot actually. It smells good, and it leaves me feeling fresh and not overly done up. To apply the foundation I use my Sephora Professional Platinum Airbrush, for an even and blended coverage. I definitely recommend this foundation!

CARGO Liquid Foundation


Foundation #3 – CARGO Liquid Foundation
Okay, so I recently ran out of this and was super upset (and the main reason why I bought the Nars Sheer Matte) since they don’t sell it at Sephora anymore. I googled it – and the only place in Montreal where the line is carried is at the Murale downtown, and I havent had a chance to make it out there. This foundation is everything anyone would want – it smells amazing, it provides the perfect coverage and it has an array of colours all in a cute little package. I’m definitely going to buy more once I’ve used up all the Nars foundation. Plus as another bonus, CARGO is a Canadian company – does it get any better than this?

Mac Studio Fix Fluid


Foundation #4 – Studio Fix Fluid
Okay, so this is my go to foundation when I need a full coverage look (think: going out, weddings etc). This foundation provides an amazing coverage – actually covering every blemish and imperfection that your face might have. The best thing about this foundation isn’t the coverage, but the array of colours that it comes in. So girls, if you usually have trouble finding your perfect colour, I am sure it’s because you haven’t checked out the Mac Fluid Line.

Incredible India!

India is an experience – an experience that is so hard to describe through words or pictures, although I’m going to try. My adventure took place over the span of two weeks – I started in Delhi, made my way to Mumbai (Bombay), then relaxed in Goa. Three cities – two weeks, countless stories, experiences, moments of pride and moments of sadness.

I’m definitely no newcomer to the world of travel, but none of my previous experiences could have prepared me for my first trip to India. India is a land of contradictions; there is so much beauty and development, yet there’s so much pollution, hustlin’ (everyone is a hustler), poverty and dirt. The undeniable beauty of India is how everything manages to function together admist all the chaos, and function well – after all there is a reason that India is a developing powerhouse. Plus, don’t even get me started on how amazing all the food was (obviously a must!).

I usually spend all my time taking pictures on my trips – but this trip I decided to take a breather from my camera to actually enjoy India with all my senses. India cannot be summed up in any photo collection, but here are a few of my favourite shots from the trip.
Mumbai, India
Mumbai, India
Mumbai, India
Food!
Goa, India
Goa, India
Goa, India






Simple & Easy Glam

Let’s face it, we all have our go to looks. Some girls play up their eyes, some girls play up their lips – but all girls want to start off with one thing, and that is a clean and flawless face. Some of us aren’t so blessed in that department (I curse my battle with teenage acne) – and yet, some girls have flawless faces and don’t even need foundation to cover up any scaring or discolouring. But even for us girls who need the heavy duty coverage (more on this later) – there is always a way to achieve a clean and simple look.
My friend Wendy is one of those girls who naturally has a very nice complexion (makes me green with envy!) – and hardly needs any foundation. Her biggest worry (like so many girls with fair complexions) is the redness in her cheeks. A perfect way to balance out the red is to cut it with green concealer, or to use a foundation with a bit of yellow in it. However, in my opinion, there’s no need to completely cut out the red – let it come through underneath your foundation for a natural and flushed – I just ran a 5km race – look.

Before - Natural Makeup

Before - No Makeup


After - Glam Makeup

After - Glam Makeup


After - Glam Makeup

After - Glam Makeup

So ladies, remember, more makeup doesn’t always equal more glam. Wendy’s makeup is simple and clean, yet glamorous and sophisticated. She’s wearing her makeup, her makeup isn’t wearing her.

The Many Faces of April – Revisited

A few months ago, my friend April needed her makeup done for her engagement shoot (let’s go back in time to check out her original makeup). Since then I’ve been waiting and anticipating to see what the results would look like on film (it was my first photo shoot after all!). After all the wait, the results are in – and I am beyond pleasantly surprised. The pictures are amazing first of all. They were done by a Montreal Based husband and wife photography team – Tim Chin Photography.
Here are a few of my favourite shots – check out April + Mike: Engaged for the rest!

April + Mike: Engaged


April + Mike: Engaged


April + Mike: Engaged

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