Friday, August 29, 2008


Alright, for you older ladies out there, don't get excited...I don't actually have botox-in-a-can.....

What I do have, however, is a finishing spray that will hold your make-up better than an Evian pump.
I remember buying my can of Kryolan for the first time. I went into Industry Cosmetics down on College and Bay in Toronto, and I saw this glow from a far corner....It was calling to me....."Buy Me....BUYYYY Me....." it seemed to say.....

Ok, so it didn't sing to me, but I was highly interested as I'd heard girls using setting sprays that was essentailly over-priced mineral water. Yea! Like, Vichy and Evian both make one, AND you can get setting sprays from MAC and Make-Up Forever...Which cost you $40 bucks and it's just a sort of mist....And don't get me wrong, when you're on a plane for a long time and your face is dehydrated, alot of women do enjoy this as a refresher, but I wouldn't spend more than $1.50 where I can just hook it up to a spray bottle and mist my face instead of putting down a second mortgage on my house for the same idea but with a cute little name on it...

ANYWAY.....So I'm at Industry, and I buy the can. I take it home and do a make-up application on my sister for some party she's off to, and I say "Hey, I got this new thing, and I want you to be my guinea pig" So I spray her....and she looks at me, her face frozen....Her creases unable to crease....And she calls it...."Botox-In-A-Can". So, that's what it's coined for me and my regulars.

If you're just an every day lady, and you're getting your make-up done, make sure that your artist has some sort of setting spray. The reason why this is so great, other than the fact that it freezes your face (which is actually a temporary feeling, you get used to it and you can move around again) is because it's really does keep everything from slipping off in heat, sweat and rubbing on other people when you kiss and hug and move around. Kryolan is more for theatre make-up, but I use it every time I have a big day and all my customers think it's fabulous.

If you're an artist, don't go spending your hard earned money on a $40 can at Industry for a small can. Order it online at Cosplaysupplies and get a HUGE can for $23.

I know on this blog I'm sounding totally frugal. But this is what keeps my prices low and keeps money in my pocket. I don't mind spending on good stuff, but it has to be worth my dollar. To be a successful businesswoman like myself :) you have to be smart with every penny you make...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My Empty Weekend Turned Hectic..

So, this coming weekend was my weekend to relax. I was looking forward to it, although having business coming in is always a nice surprise. And that's what I got...A surprise phone call.

And...I just got another one for September the 13th....

So, where was I going with this? Oh yes...

So I got a call from a bride, and I actually mentioned her in an earlier post about CONTRACTS!!!, and I'm not only doing her wedding this Saturday but a boudoir RIGHT after. So things are actually starting to book up. And don't think that every weekend in September just filled up about 3 minutes ago!!

I'm not complaining.

I have to find time to fix some of the pictures I have posted for my weddings. I think some are either outdated, or I have girls in there in the backgrounds of whose make-up I didn't do, and some pictures are just plain dark. So...learning to crop and lighten pictures is in my weekend plans.

If any of you are looking for a day-of wedding planner for a very good price, I do have someone who is amazing at it. Maybe I should make that an entire page on my website....hmmmm.....

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Lashes Lashes Lashes!

For those of you who know me, I am a HUGE advocate for falsies. Ok, we're not talking about breasteses here, we're talkin' about LASHES!

I love them. The way they extend your eye. They come in a vareity of colours and shapes. Thick, thin, green, black, blue....Whatever your heart desires.

People always come to me, buying MAC lashes, which I never understand. You're paying more than double the price, for what? You'd be surprised what other, less expensive lashes can do for you. And those of you who have never given it a second thought because application looks tricky, I suggest you don't sell yourself short on a special occasion.

Things you need, if attempting day-long lashes by yourself.....

1. A mirror
2. lashes
3. Scissors
4. Glue

Now, this isn't a lesson on how to put them on. If you wanted one, then you'd call me and I'd just come over and do it for you :)

What this is, is what's the difference, what are the best, and where do you get....LASHES!?

I have bought my lashes at both Shopper's (I like the Quo ones, but since the price has increased, I wait until they're on sale) OR I have recently tried the Wet N' Wild lashes. Now, Wet N' Wild is for kiddies, but I tried them on a trial last night, and VA VA VOOM they looked good.

Here's a picture. I had the lashes named "Vivacious"....

And they feel so soft...Not as hard as the other falsies.

I figured for the price, I would get crap, but I'm very happy with its look, and to be honest, I'm going to skip on spending $7.00 a pair, and put down my $3.50 for these puppies.

You can find these at Wal-Mart!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Things You Should Look For In A Make-Up Artist...

Because the majority of readers who come through here are either brides-to-be or women about to have boudoir done, I'm going to walk you through what to expect from your artist on the day (and even before) you go and spend money on him/her.

Being in the business for a few years now, I've heard alot of horror stories, and seen alot of panicked girls frantically searching for a replacement (or simply cry over the fact they're locked into a horrible contract they can't get out of and are miserable).

First things first. The style. You want to have an artist that is going to give your look the style you are looking for. Do you want glam? Intense? Natural? Find out what you're expecting first, and if her portfolio (or trial) can deliver, then you're on your way...

Next, search for pricing. Is it reasonably within your budget for the amount of faces being done? Make sure she's within industry standards, and that her prices remain throughout the entire length of the contract. Don't think I wasn't called yesterday by a bride getting married THIS Saturday and was out of a make-up artist because hers went from 65$ to $100 and something PER girl a week before her wedding. Be smart, ladies, SIGN CONTRACTS!

After your style and price is figured out, next you have to meet with her. Go over your wants and needs (she should ask you...but if she doesn't tell her EXACTLY what you want). This can be something like "NO black-eyeliner" "No red cheeks" or "Only make my eyes pop, and please mute my lips"...Hey, it's your face. If you don't really know what looks best, maybe here's the time to let your artist shine to see if she really knows how to make a person look their best. Let her take reign. It may be a bit strange seeing yourself look so made up while you're probably in your jeans and a tee, so if you're a bride, wear a white shirt and maybe put some nice earrings on and clip your hair how it will be on your wedding day so you can get a good sense of how it will all come together. Maybe a picture from a magazine would even be a great idea!

I had a wedding this past Saturday, and I was applying lashes on a girl who I don't think ever wore them before and was a bit on the naturalist side. I put the lashes on -they were fantastic. She looked at herself and was a little shocked. She asked around what people thought, and everyone thought they looked great. I said - walk around, look at yourself and wait. I have one girl to do still. If you still feel the same when I'm done, we'll take 'em off.

Sure enough, 10 minutes later she comes back in.."I love 'em." Uh-huh! haha

Now, people always ask about the make-up itself. Some girls have kits from a specific company, some girls have a mish mash and some girls are just plain all over the place. In any case, in my opinion, I think that if a make-up artist has the best from each cosmetic manufacturer, this is best. Yes, I am bias because that's what my kit looks like. I have colours, foundations, blushes and mascaras from different types. They range from Bonnebell to MAC. Not only does this keep my costs low, but I'm taking the best from each line. I think Bonnebell glosses are great for that extra glass shine. I think MAC has fantastic eyeshadows that hold. Sephora's glosses for colours are great and natural and L'Oreal has a great long-lasting foundation, the Infalliable.

Not only is it good for the reasons I mentioned above, but most girls don't really know what make-up to wear or what should go in her day-of kit. This way, if I have real, afforable products, then the girls I work on can just go and buy those products to keep for themselves.

Even with foundation, they'll like the feel with the Infalliable, they'll say, "Oh! I'm a Buff??" Oh yea sister, you're not Classic Ivory. Please stop looking like a ghost! haha

So, you've picked your style, kept it in your price range, acknowledged the kit...After she applies your make-up, you have to decide (whether right away or in a few days when you've made your mind up) if you're going to keep her. Please please PLEASE sign a contract. In that contract figure out the day of wedding, the time she'll show up (around the time of hair is best) HOW MUCH she'll be, and if she's staying for touch-ups, is it by the hour? By person? Travel fees? Contact info and make sure you know her rules. I know I have a 30 day policy of # of people change. So if you say in December for your July wedding "You're doing 5 people" and three days before the wedding you let me know that I'm only doing 2....I have to charge you for not keeping me in the loop. 30 days and your girls should be able to confirm with you whether they're in or out. I feel this is a fair deal. I don't leave you with half your girls undone so the same logic is had in return.

Make sure you grab an invoice in the end. Tipping is only required if she works for a larger company. Usually self-owners like myself don't require tipping...However nice it is. :)

And that, my fellow make-up artist shoppers is that. It's a strange world out there when you're paying something for a service like this. But because you already have so many other services to pay for and research, don't get yourself stuck in something you're not really happy with.

At the end of the day, you have to like your artist. She is going to be apart of your memories in the hours before you wedding, so your personalities have to match - in style and in general likability.

Good luck. SIGN CONTRACTS! :)

And at the last resort, kill their reputation if they end up messing with you........ Muhahaha....

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The End of Summer

Well, the end of summer is approaching. But business is actually staying on track. This week, I've had two boudoirs, a boudoir marathon with Jessica Blaine Smith and then I had a wedding on Saturday for Kristina Mendoza. I actually have her boudoir pictures kicking around here somewhere. Here, this is what I did for her when she had done her boudoir:

So, hopefully I'll be getting her wonderful wedding pictures back as soon as I can.

As for the boudoir, they went quite well. I always have such a good time.

If anyone's interested in knowing about a cute little lip gloss I've been raving about, there are two that I use. Both from Sephora.
This one is great for people who want a sheerer look, the colours 1,2,3,4,5,6:

And there's the Round a Kiss here in Deep Kiss Rose:

The colours shown here don't look the same as my palette's does, but you can buy these two glosses from any Sephora. I know my make-up case can't go without it now!

Anyway, this is my weekend. Hopefully next I'll be posting more about make-up I love.