FASHION Magazine

FASHION Magazine: Festival Beauty!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #120)

The flower crown has been a festival staple for quite some time now. How can you not feel like a girlie, wild child while donning a gorgeous band of flowers around your head? Flower crowns will always have a special place in my heart, but if you want to stand out from the crowds at this years summer festivals, there are a lot of different ways to mix up the usual look!

An awesome and super easy way to have the festival vibe is to accessorize with hair jewelry. Lately, I have been swooning over full head pieces like the one I am wearing here. It is one piece, which makes it easy to put on, and it definitely feels snug which means it will be secure enough to last through all that dancing! I like the look of it with my hair in messy, beauty curls. Since the hair jewelry falls above my eyes, I went for a more dramatic eye makeup to allow for them to play each other up.

Products used:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20, Urban Decay Naked Skin Conealer in Light Neutral,MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium, MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul, Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow, Anastasia Beverly Hills BrowWiz in Taupe, Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow in Blonde, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, MAC eyeshadows in Naked Lunch, Amber Lights, Deep Fixation, Sketch, and Copperplate, Blinc Amplified Mascara in Black, KISS Blooming Lash in Peony, NYX lipliner in natural, MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy, Hair jewelry from Urban Planet. 

FASHION Magazine: Wedding Guest Beauty!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #119)


One of my favourite summer activities is being a guest at a wedding. In all honesty, I get so giddy whenever a wedding invitation arrives. In between those times I often sit and think about who out of my friends or family will tie the knot next so we can celebrate some love and have a great get together. It’s also a wonderful excuse to put on a party dress and do some fun primping!


When it comes to makeup for attending a wedding, I’m into looking polished but not overdone (it is the bride’s big day after all!). Natural tones on the eyelids, with a crisp liner and full lashes appear clean and simple. With a neutral pout you’ll have minimal upkeep, which means you’ll spend less time worrying about touching up your shade of lipstick and have more time to bust a move on the dance floor! Another bonus: natural makeup goes with any outfit!


Products used: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in “NC20,” Benefit High Beam Highlighter, M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Medium,” M.A.C Matte Bronze, M.A.C powder blush in “Tenderling,” Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in “Taupe,” M.A.C Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre,” M.A.C eyeshadow in “Brule,” “Naked Lunch” and “Swiss Chocolate,” Tarte tarteist Clay Paint Liner, Ardell Lashes in “108,” Duo lash adhesive, Annabelle Kohl eyeliner in “White,” Blinc Amplified Mascara in “Black,” NYX retractable lip liner in “Natural,” M.A.C Lipstick in “Patisserie.”

FASHION Magazine: Tanning Essentials!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #118)



There’s nothing like golden skin for the summer. Here are my favourite products and techniques when it comes to faking a sun-kissed tan.


1. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
I have been devoted to this self-tanner for a number of years because I find the formula to be so spot-on. It dries fast, gives a great tone, and I’ve never had any of those awful orange streaks that we all fear so much. It’s my favourite!


2. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
When you want a little extra oomph for your tan, this is the product to turn to. I usually spray the formula onto a dark facecloth or tanning mitt, and then apply to my skin. It gives just the right amount of extra colour. Since it is also water resistant, it is great for wear throughout the day, and comes off easily in the shower.


3. Grapeseed Oil
Once you’ve got your skin looking gorgeous with a tanned tone, give the colour a little sheen. I love using grapeseed oil as a body moisturizer. It soaks into the skin beautifully and leaves it glowing.


4. For the face
My absolute favourite powder bronzer for the face is M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Give Me Sun.” It is a great medium toned bronzer, without any shimmer (I like to add that separately if desired). Which leads me to my next favourite…Benefit High beam is a gorgeous highlighter that really helps show off your summer skin.


5. Bright nails
One of my favourite tricks for helping skin look even more tanned is wearing bright nail polish. It’s a great way to add contrast and tricks the eye. My two faves (and I always get comments about tanned skin whenever I wear them!) are “Lemon Fizz” and “Pool Party” – both from China Glaze.


Products used: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in “Tan Glow,” Now Solutions Grapeseed Oil, M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Give Me Sun,” Benefit High Beam, China Glaze Nail Laquer in “Lemon Fizz” and “Pool Party.”

FASHION Magazine: Road Trip Beauty!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #117)

It is so exciting that camping/road trip season is upon us! However, being on the open road or out in the wilderness makes for more interesting times when it comes to skincare and beauty. Here are some of my must-have products that I make sure to bring with me during all of this fun!

First and foremost, I always make sure I have sunscreen with me wherever I go. Don’t forget to reapply often for the best protection. I like to go fairly light with my makeup during this time of year because when it gets hot and sticky, the last thing you want is heavy makeup. Keep it clean with just a smidge of concealer wherever you might need it. Then I like to use a tint for cheek colour. I find that it lasts longer, and it can always double up for a lip colour as well. When I like to put as little effort in as possible, but still look pulled together I go straight for an easy bright lip and just a swipe of mascara. For longevity, my faves are the Nyx Full Throttle waterproof lipstick formula, Blinc’s amplified mascara and Blinc’s brow mousse. All are basically life-proof and will even last through a quick summer dip! An awesome straw hat can make any state your hair is in look complete (I practically live in mine throughout the summer months).

At the end of a long day camping or road-tripping, it can be tricky to make sure you get a good cleansing in of your skin. I like to pack face wipes with me, and then just rinse with a little water afterwards. Finish off with a drop of hydrating serum and I’m a happy camper!!


Products used: Kinesys SPF 30 Alcohol-Free Sunscreen, M.A.C Moisturecover Concealer in “NC20,” Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain, Benefit High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter, Nars Laguna Bronzer, Nyx Full Throttle Waterproof Lipstick in “Jolt,” Blinc Mascara Amplified in “Black,” Blinc Eyebrow Mousse in “Light Brunette,” Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Removing Wipes, Éminence Organics Stone Crop Serum.


FASHION Magazine: Clumpy Lashes IRL!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #116)


Clumpy mascara is a lash style that has been popping up all over the place, especially after being showcased in many recent fashion shows. It’s a trend that I myself have yet to jump on board for, however, I am definitely curious about it.


I can imagine this look for day-to-day as a focus element for the eyes. If I choose to do clumpy mascara, I would leave my eyes fairly neutral. Extra voluminous lashes stand out wonderfully on its own, so I personally would want to keep the focus just on them. 


For this look I used Maybelline’s Colossal Chaotic Lash. This mascara is amazing, and does wonders for volume. In this case, to build up as much density as I could, I applied the first layer regularly (upwards strokes with the wand horizontally) and then I went in with the wand vertically and applied all of that wonderful mascara buildup that usually sits on the tip of the wand. I went in spaced out sections, purposely coaxing lashes to stick together. Then to go even further, I applied individual lashes (4 of them) spaced evenly across my entire top lash line. After that, I went in with yet another coat of mascara, both horizontally with the wand, and vertically with the tip. A few coats of mascara on my lower lashes (which I never do!) sealed the deal. All in all, I probably did about 10 coats of mascara and I have to tell you, I loved it! It made me feel like a mix between a 1960’s twiggy, a 1920’s flapper and a doe-eyed doll!


Products used: M.A.C Studio Fix fluid in “NC20,” M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Medium,” M.A.C Bronzer in “Solar Riche,” M.A.C Mineralize Blush in “Warm Soul,” M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft and Gentle,” Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in “Blonde and Medium Brown,” M.A.C Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre,” Nyx Matte Eyeshadow in “I Have a Headache,” Maybelline Colossal Chaotic Lash Mascara in “Blackest Black,” Ardell Individual Lashes, Duo Adhesive, M.A.C Lipstick in “Studded Kiss” and “Chile”

FASHION Magazine: Prom Night Beauty (v2.0)!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #115)

For my graduating year, I found myself in a big, princess-style, hot-pink dress (something I never thought I would want), with multi-coloured embroidery all over the corset top.  It was loud and gorgeous. I remember having so much fun practicing my makeup for the big night. Which really is the most important part, having fun with it! I will definitely admit though, I have a few things I would do differently if I could go back to that day!

I was big into self-tanning at that time in my life. Even though I was into the bronzing of my skin, I neglected to adjust my foundation shade…so there I am, in every picture from prom night, with a face a couple shades lighter than my body! With trial and error comes knowledge, and I learned quickly that you need a couple different shades for different seasons/occasions. For my grad night, I also remember feeling like my hair was a bit stiff (the hairdresser and I had different visions…). But it was easy to fiddle with afterwards to have it a little more me.

If I were to re-do my look for prom night, I would go with something classy, a nice smoky, cut-crease eye, with winged liner and lots of lashes. I would have my hair gently curled and pinned softly to one side. And I would definitely make sure my foundation matched my skin!

Graduation and Prom night is one of the first times you get to present yourself to the world as an adult. It’s such a transformative stage in your life. So have fun getting ready for grad night and in a way, ready for the all the new things to come in life!

Happy prom days! 

ps: Here's a glimpse of me at my real prom circa 2005! In all my platinum-hair, glitter-body and pale-face glory! Big smiles though! Always :)