Wednesday
Nov122014

Smashbox Product Review! 

Hey Guys! 

I know, I know it's been a while since I've done a product review or step by step tutorial. Things have been busy to say the least! Also, my main source of communication with you guys is via social media (instagram and fb mainly). So, if you are looking for more frequent updates, come follow me there! 

Ok so let's get down to it. Today I'm reviewing a couple of my favourite new and old products from Smashbox Cosmetics. If you are a Londoner, you can pick up the product from Sephora White Oaks (hit up those Beauty Insider points!) or most Shoppers Drug Mart locations (optimum points!) in London. 

 

Starting from the top left and working my way across and down, the pot product you see in the beautiful deep plum shade is a 15-hour wear cream shadow. I applied this all over my lid today and blended out the crease using the palette but we will get to those details a little later. This product is awesome. What I like about it is it's super creamy texture, it's workable. Unlike a lot of cream shadows that tend to dry too fast and leave little room for error or blend-ability, this product dries just fast enough. This product is more of a 3-in-1, it's a shadow as I mentioned, you can also use it as a primer for all over the lid (it comes in an array of colours), you can also use it as a means to pack on shimmer to the lid. For example, using a shimmering shade from the Full Exposure palette you can press it onto this cream shadow and use it much like a glitter glue. 

The It's A Wrap waterproof makeup remover (found at shoppers), is a great and may I stress gentle remover. It get's the job done without having to tug and pull at your lashes/eye area. Apply some onto a q-tip and carve out your shadow to create a sharp cat eye effect! 

The new Photofinish Pore Minimizing foundation primer is targeted towards all skin types. If you are unsure of what your skin type is, as many are, this is a safe bet. It also has some skin care proporties built in to add moisture and hydration such as grape-seed extract, green tea and vitamin E - all the while minimizing the look of pores. Used as a base, it will help to ensure a super long lasting look! 

Next up, (sorry for the glare) is the Photofinish Eye Shadow primer. I've actually gone through a couple tubes of this product so that's saying a lot. The tiniest amount is all you need. Smooth over entire lid from the root of the lash to the brow bone then tap away any access. Apply your shadow and liner and watch throughout the day as your look isn't going anywhere! I use this even if I'm not applying shadow and just liner as it also helps to prevent smudging. 

Smashbox glosses, I've loved smashbox glosses since the time I can remember. I think their gloss was one of the first luxury/pro products I ever bought back when I first got the beauty bug! They've come out with a new formula gloss (the one with the X), it's more of a lip laquer and gentle stain in one. It stays all day, but, it doesn't dry out your lips as it has vitamin e and avocado oil. 


One of Smashbox's most iconic product families are their primers. They offer many different types targeting all different skin issues. This one is oil-free and is targeted to more of an oily skin (me!), helping control oil and to create a long lasting wear in your foundation. A little goes a very long way with this primer!

Last but not least the Full Exposure palette. This palette features 7 mattes and 7 shimmers, they are long-wearing and crease resistant. It also comes with a professional brush and a deluxe mascara sample. There is actually a side to the brush specifically made for applying the shimmer shadows. I have always found Smashbox shadows to be super blend-able! This is great for those of you with trouble blending, but for those happy blenders out there, don't over blend as you will end up loosing the opacity of the shadow. 

Here is the look I created using all of the above products! 

Hope you all enjoyed this review post and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event! 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep172014

OCT/NOV/DEC Special! 

Hey Guys!

For these three months I will be offering a special for individual event appointments (this does not apply to weddings or Halloween). 

How to qualify for the special: 

  • Print off or screen shot the below coupon 
  • Book in for yourself and a friend (or two!)
  • Receive $10 off both of your makeup applications!  

It's that easy! 

Keep in mind in the coming months there are lots of events you may want to look fabulous for! Christmas parties, attending a wedding, a bridal/baby shower, bachelorette or it's just a night out on the town with your girlfriends or significant other! Lot's of occasions to look and feel glamorous

Thursday
Sep112014

One-on-One Consultations 

Hey Guys! 

So recently requests for lessons/one on one consults have really gone through the roof, so thank you! For those that are unaware here is some info... 

1st-Hour Private Makeup and Skincare Consultation/Lesson ~ $85 

During the first hour I see where you are at in terms of the products you have, the products you need, skill set and comfort with makeup, etc. This initial hour is vital and is usually one of the most informative as we look through your makeup bag together and determine the missing holes and suitable, affordable/in your budget fillers. 

After that we can do 3 hours for $220 (which is over $10 less per hour), using your three hours however you would like. I usually suggest 1.5 and 1.5 as you will see, an hour flies by!

(these prices are subject to change)

This was a review I recently recieved from a client... 

After having a make up application done by Brittany for my wedding anniversary I just knew I wanted more! When she mentioned she did make up lessons I booked a few appointments right away. Yesterday, I had my first lesson and I was not disappointed. From start to finish Brittany  was so professional, keeping to her lesson and making sure I understood what she was saying so I would get the most out of the lesson. We covered so much in one lesson and I really appreciated how she took a look at my products to see what I could include to benefit my   look. She gave suggestions on products I needed that are inexpensive and amazing products! She is incredibly patient and she would talk me through what she was doing and then ask me to copy what she'd just done on my left hand side. I did most of the left hand side of my face all by myself and I must say I did a fairly good job. Brittany does an excellent job making you feel comfortable, competent and has so much experience. You can tell you're in the best hands.  I cannot wait till my next lesson! Take the guess work out of your make up application and go see Britt! -Crystal

Lessons are also a great gift! Inquire within if you wish to purchase a gift card for a friend, family member or co-worker! 

Here is a little more info on lessons... 

What to Bring for lessons: 

Please bring your current makeup bag and brushes, even items you don't use on a daily basis. I like to look at everything to see if there is something you should be or shouldn't be using. I will provide you with a pen and note pad and I will draw a face chart to make things more visual for when you are at home looking over instructions. 

I ask that you pick 3-6 topics to discuss. I can't promise that we touch on all of these topics as depending on what they are we could spend a full hour on one thing. Also, for the initial lesson I like to see where you are at start with something suitable for your skill level. Moving forward our lessons will be more dynamic and full of topics.  

Idea's for topics: 

- products that I should buy and incorporate into my daily routine

- skin care regime (as no makeup can be applied well on skin that is not well hydrated and cared for!) 

- an everyday eye look 

- a night time eye look 

- bold lips (getting them perfect and long lasting) 

- filling in brows

- applying false lashes 

- contouring/highlighting (a whole lesson is needed for this topic)

- liquid liner application 

… I could keep going but there is just a few to inspire your own ideas! 

 

Wednesday
Sep102014

Four Favourite Fall Mac Shadows 

Hey Guys! 

I can't believe it's September already! But I am so happy about it, I absolutely adore fall. We move this month and there are loads of exciting things to come :) I love that new-beginning feeling I get around September, and you just can't beat the yummy pumpkin flavoured goodness that's just about everywhere!

I love using fall tones in my makeup, deep rich browns, reddish bricky shades, warm creamy neutrals and burnt oranges. Here is a look I created today using these four shadows from MAC and to me, they just scream fall. Use together or separately they are great staple colours to add to your makeup bag/kit. 

Left to Right

Carbon - Matt Black 

Hand Written - Matte Rich Brown 

Brown Script - Bricky r reddish orange Brown (looks more orange here) 

Bamboo - Warm Creamy Nude

Here is a peak at the look... 

Paired the look with a burnt orange blush and a brownish nude lip to keep the fall theme alive! 

Hope your September is filled with the scent of creamy pumpkin candles, burning campfires and goodies baking in the ovan! As always, feel free to contact me regarding any questions or to book me for your next event! 

Thursday
Aug212014

My Fall Wish List 

Hey Guys! 

I can't believe it's already the end of August! Summer flew by but in a good way, I had an amazing summer filled with weddings galor, tons of beach days, and great times with friends and family. This is my first week back after my 10 days off and it feels good to be back in the swing of things! If I had it my way, it would be fall half the year, summer the other half and winter just for the month of December. I'm a fall junkie. My husband and I actually got married Thanksgiving weekend because we both love the season that much. 

Today I thought I'd share with you my wish list for this fall. Things I want, things I need... mainly things I want. Some are fall related some are just things I've had my eye on. First up, what's fall without a vampy lip? NARS came out with a line called Audacious which I'm dying to try. I have my eye on one particular colour though... Ingrid (que blissful sighing, ahhh). 

It's a super dark violet colour with a deep red wine feel. STUNning. Can't wait to get my little paws on it. 

Next up, this isn't just one particular item. On my fall wish list is a shopping spree at ASOS curve. For those asking where I like to shop, this is one of my favourite online stores. I love the styles and the sizes are usually right on. I love getting my clothes tailored to fit me perfectly. Everyone's body is so different and properly fitting clothing is so flattering and very important. I get a lot of my jeans darted and some of my blouses taken in at the waist as I need more space through the chest and shoulders. If you order something lean on the larger size and then have it tailored to fit you perfectly! It's worth the extra coin ;) Here are some looks I'm planning to recreate and purchase pieces from... 

 

Next up jewelry, for those that know me (or have been to home studio) know my love affair with jewelry. This fall I would like to add some more pieces to my collection. Pieces that are more dainty and feminin. Also, rings. I want to wear a ring on every finger. Here are some from Asos I like... 


An oldie but a goodie, Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. I just ran out of mine that I have been savouring and using very sparingly because it is a bit of an investment. At around $100 for the jar, it's worth every penny. I love this mask, if feels like butter and leaves your skin feeling taught and plush. I feel it's soul purpose for me is hydrating and firming although it offers much more to the skin when used regularly. I will have to pop into my local Sephora at White Oaks mall soon and bite the bullet... 

 

I've recently been watching the MM&L Show on youtube (literally obsessed and can't stop). Two best friends share tips and tricks on beauty, fashion, lifestyle, review products and are just hilarious. They have talked about this product in a few of their videos and now I'm just dying to try it. I think the best way to get it is off of amazon.ca but I'm going to look further into that. This product is by Jonathan and it's called Dirt. It's a texturizing paste that allows you to separate and create a piecey look, and let's you achieve that day-old-hair look that we all love so much. 

There you have it, my fall wish list! Please share with me some of your must have fall favourites below in the comments section. As always feel free to contact me with any questions or to book me for your next event! 

Have a fabulous day! oXo