Monday, September 29, 2008

My Little Pink Egg...

My birthday was last weekend. I had some close friends come out for some dinner, and a few days ago, my girlfriend asked me what I would like to have.
Knowing Alyssa pretty much my whole life, I knew that there was nothing I could say to make her not buy anything at all, so I settled for something I had heard about and have had my eye on for quite some time.

A little pink egg!

No, not a real egg. It's a make-up sponge! It's the BeautyBlender Sponge. It sits there, on my counter now, all hot pink and cute, just waiting to be cracked open. I've heard wonderful things about it. Make-up goes on smoother, lighter, better. Your make-up is only as good as the tools you put it on with, so getting this pink egg was a necessity. AND it came with an egg cleanser. I haven't found an occasion yet to use my egg, but when I do, I'll let you know how it goes!
You can get it at Holt Renfrew for about 25-30 bucks....It must be the cheapest item in that store! It's a re-usable sponge, and will last you for a few months with proper care.

If anyone has used the egg, let me hear your story about it!

I Heart Bio-Oil Part Deux

Ok, so I know I've already spoken about Bio-oil, but I was dead sick last week. Absolutely horrible. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose...I tore my nose to shreds with boxes and boxes of Kleenex. It was pink and scabbed over. It even hurt to wiggle my nose when I was unhappy at my poor little kitten, Cole!

So, two days ago, I thought, I'll put bio-oil on it to heal it a bit faster.

I woke up the next morning, and the scabbing was next to gone! The soreness was healed over by new flesh coming through and healing. I could even put make-up on it without it looking gross and crusty! Bio-Oil...I really DO heart you...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Emlin Skin Care...It's a Secret, Apparently!

So, I have a very tiny family. And in my very tiny family, I have an aunt, who is my father's sister, Maria.
My aunt Maria is somewhere in her high 50's, however...she looks like she's about 35-40. Her skin is always radiant, and in fact, she looks younger now than when I watch old family movies.

About 3 years ago at Christmas time, when she came up from Hotlanta (Atlanta for those of you who don't know), I asked her what the hell she was doing for her skin so that in 35 years, I'd look just as good as she does. I've already started the high spf on the face when in the sun and drinking plenty of water, and although genetics are on my side since my mother is just as lucky in the wrinkle and sag department, I wanted to know if there was a secret. And there is.

The secret's name is Emlin. Came around the time of Estee Lauder and the first major cosmetics companies, in 1979. It was then Emlin started their luxurious and exclusive bath products in all Hyatt Hotels as part of the Hyatt Hotels' way of pampering their patrons.

Since then, Emlin got many phone calls, letters, and.....Telegraphs???? Woh...Well, I told you it was a secret and it's old....

Anyway, apparently their business boomed and you can now order their products online, or visit one of their, like, THREE locations to get the products.

I had gone to Atlanta, and I wanted to check this line out for myself. It was made with mink oil, and I wanted to see what the cosmetician had to say about it.

She gave us some free samples, my aunt stocked up, and we all went on our merry way.

Now, this stuff is expensive. I won't lie, but the proof is in the pudding and it lasts forever, anyway. My aunt....amazing skin. Been using it for YEARS.

The biggest clients...old women in nursing and retirement homes. Been buying Emlin for YEARS, and still do, until their dying day. I have to say, that's loyalty to the brand!

I now have most of the Emlin products, but I have to wonder why the company never grew beyond it's current state. Alot of their clients will pass in a few years. The packaging is ugly as sin, and the entire way of marketing is horrible. In fact, no one's heard about them, even in the U.S. I thought about calling them and being their Canadian representative. I've told many cosmeticians about it, and all want to see this oil, and the creams and masks that go along with it.

I've tried the items, and I love them all. The oil is the seller though. I know I just spoke about Bio-Oil, but Mink Oil is the answer to the wrinkle question. This product wouldn't be good for young people. It is oily. But this is a great night-time serum for those of you who see the little lines creeping up on you.

Check it out, I advise it if wrinkling up into a raisen is not your cup of tea. Beats buying alot of the crap out there that doesn't so anything at all. :)

Plus...maybe someone out there can vouch for this company, and maybe I'll call them and ask them if I can distribute the product up here. What do you think?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I Heart Bio-Oil

I am a realist. I have worked in cosmetics and seen products come and go. Some work, most....Don't. I have seen advertisements go up, and money be spent on displays and booklets and commericals go on and on about the "New and Improved" this and that. I don't believe any of it, because frankly, I don't think there's really too much to improve.

But then....There was Bio-oil. I bought it in line at Wal-Mart for 11 bucks a month ago, and it's been sitting on my make-up counter for weeks, untouched. 'What am I going to do with a tub of oil?' I would think to myself, as I felt guilty about purchasing it in the first place.

And then my moisturizer ran out last week. I was sad. It was expensive, but it was good. Nothing special, but good. I was dehydrated after my shower. My skin was thirsty. I was stuck. And then...I decided to give my little bottle a chance. I used Bio-oil as my moisturizer. I am in love.

My old pimple scars have faded. I had a mark I attempted to pop (and failed) and I had cut myself. I don't even see a scar today. It has healed. It is gone. My eyes are light and fresh, I don't even wear concealer anymore and I wear make-up on my eyes every day. And it's an oil. As I touch my baby-butt smooth skin, I am not oily. I am supple. And at this rate, I'll look like this forever - wrinkle and aged free.

I have another skin product that has very little exposure I'd like to write about next...But today, I dedicate my entire post to...BIO-OIL!

Check it out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Boudoir Photos!

I have some new photos from a latest boudoir! Enjoy! These were done just a few weeks ago with Jessica Blaine Smith!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Boudoir Session - Saturday November 15th Bookings!

Jessica Blaine Smith's Boudoir Marathon dates have been very popular and booking up quickly! Saturday, November 15th is the next Boudoir Marathon! Her boudoir portraits take place at her studio located near downtown Toronto. The cost of a session is $330 and includes a disc containing high resolution files of all final photographs, including your top twenty favourite portraits all retouched so that they are as close to perfect as possible! I will be doing make-up. Please contact Jessica if you would like to book a session or if you have any questions about our boudoir sessions.
Saturday, November 15th, 2008
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12:30pm - booked

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday's Boudoir, Monday's Workday

I had another boudoir session yesterday with the infamous Jessica Blaine Smith. It was great. I did the make-up for three ladies, all of them wonderful, and hopefully looked and felt their best. I have to admit, two were super nervous, but I'm glad in the end they all loved it.

One of the women inquired about her wedding day. Hopefully, that works out. Another asked about me maybe sitting down and going over what I had done for her wedding down south this November. I hope it all turns out well, regardless of what end up happening.

Sidenote: This morning I checked my email and someone had written me to tell her she just loved my work. How nice is that? I thought it was so nice. Thank you!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kristina Mendoza's Wedding!

I have some pictures of my latest bride, Kristina, who was married a few weeks back in late August. I just have these raw digital camera pictures for now, but plan on updating my website with the professionals, coming soon. Ugh, I look so bad.


Friday, September 5, 2008

Brushes....The Dos and Don'ts

People tend to ask me to take a look at their make-up case. Apparently, most of my friends enjoy abuse. When I do make-up for women I don't even know, sometimes they whip out their little bag, and allow me to peek inside and rate what they have.

My biggest issue is not your eyeshadow. It is not your lipstick. It is not your foundation...although now that we're on topic, if you've had your foundation for more than a year, please throw it out. You should actually be rotating foundations (or anything liquid) every 6 months. Blegh! What I have a problem with is your brushes. Please.....Invest. I know that they can be pricey, but if you're smart, your brushes can last for over a decade. I've had some of mine for that long, and they're still goin' strong!

When buying a brush, make sure it's natural horse, squirrel, or some sort of course animal hair...Although I've heard squirrel is best. Buy a brush that has a thick ferrule (where the bristols fit into). If you are playing with the brush in the store and the pieces start to fall off, skip that brush and go on to another. The quality is obviously not there. For those of you animal lovers...I am one too...There are vegan brushes you can buy, but buyer beware - they are quite pricey and sometimes not as great unless you do your homework.

Some people aren't sure what KIND of brushes to buy. Every woman should have a blush brush, a liner brush, a lip brush, an all-over shadow brush, a contour brush and a foundation brush.

Pictures as follows....

There's not a specific brand I care about here, but these are examples of what the brushes may look like.
Take care of your brushes. There are different opinions on how to take care properly. Some people use mild shampoo for extensive cleaning. Just run the tip through warm water, wipe off on Kleenex, shape the bristols and lay flat to dry. Other people use the spray you can buy from Shopper's or other cosmetic places. I like using that as a spritz, for days that have gone by and shaping them up a bit. I like Quo's brush cleaner. $10 bucks and you get a huge spray bottle.
If you're looking for decent brushes, save your Optimum points at Shopper's Drug Mart and buy theirs from Quo. Good quality, good price, and around Christmas, you can find sets for an even better price. If you wait until a bit after the holidays, most stores have extra sets and they'll be discounted. YAY!
Or, go on EBAY and find an artist who's selling theirs, but you never know how they were treated, artist or not, so I suggest buying new.
Have a question? Let me know!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Beautiful Boudoir

I had done the make-up for Katrina a few weeks back at a boudoir session with Jessica Blaine Smith. Check out more at!

Richelle Wheeler-Doobie Wedding!

I have some pictures from the wedding that I had done last weekend. The bride was a make-up artist herself, so it was PRESSURE to do my best.

All girls are wearing falsies. :)

People Say Some Pretty Nice Things!

I have some quotes here by some of the girls I've done before....Thought it'd be nice to post them!

I have to also give props to Megan Pais who did my makeup and made me look like a movie star. If I hadn't already hired a makeup artist for the wedding, it would have definitely been her.


I had my boudoir done in Toronto by Jessica Blaine Smith - she was AWESOME! I love my photos! Her website is and you can look at her blog... she has boudoir sessions every few months! Mine cost either $300 or $350, I don't remember which, and it included makeup - her makeup artist was Megan Pais, and she was just amazing, love her!

- Rebecca

My name is Kristina, you did my makeup on June 14th for my boudoir photoshoot with Jessica. I just wanted to say that I loved what you did with my makeup. I liked your style of makeup so much that I wanted to know if you are available to do my makeup the day of the wedding, along with some of my bridal party…..

- Kristina