Saturday, March 21, 2015

Celebrity Makeup Twin and A-HA moment!!!

In the makeup world, its not uncommon to find or look for a makeup twin! What's a 'makeup twin'? Well, in a nutshell, its a celebrity that closely resembles your natural skintone/hair colour, eyecolour etc - someone that you can look up to when it comes to making makeup colour purchases and creating various makeup looks. I think that besides having a makeup twin, very often women also look for a Style twin or 'Icon' to look up to. Ideally, style is about creating a look that is unique to you - but we all like to look up to someone or go for an ultimate chic look that never goes out of style. Having a makeup/style go-to person is not about being someone you're not. In fact, it about looking up to a muse that already possesses what you know you like. This is something that I think we could all use to channel the best parts of ourselves. Its not about copying - its about inspiration!!! Time and Time again, people have pointed me towards 'Katie Holmes' as having similar look to mine. Strangely enough, most recently in an attempt to try the Bright Winter colour palette - many people have suggested, why not try the Summer palette again (I kept getting requests to try Soft Summer in particular). I love to experiment so I gladly started to test some Summer looks at home - I already know I'm not a pure cool season and I'm definitely not a light season. I then decided to try the Soft Summer again, but this time I tried 'Soft Summer Deep' - one thing that I've learned in this recent discovery is that many women who think they are autumns and even drapped as autumns are really 'Soft Summer Deep' colour types - When I started to read more and more about the season, I realized that my makeup muse Katie Holmes is a Soft Summer Deep. My jaw actually dropped because I really feel that my quest may be coming to an end, thanks to the inspiration of my Celebrity Makeup Twin and the help of many of the women on the Bright Winter Facebook Page who took the time to help me realize there was something aging about the Autumn on me and something not quite right about the bright seasons. This is not another 'Here she goes again' post - this is just another step in my colour journey that I'm excited to share!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bright Winter Palette - Lady Danger by MAC :)

'I'm so 'LOVING' this bright winter palette - going to stick with this for a while :) #macsmolder #macsmut #narsangelika #macmagenta #macladydanger'
I'm feeling that Spring is in the air and quite frankly, I'm looking forward to the sun shining down. WHat better way to welcome Spring than with a Bright and Clear makeup look. I'm wearing Lady Danger by MAC layered over Magenta lipliner (also MAC). Angelika blush by NARS was used to give this look a cooler toned glow and I decided to play up the contrast with Smolder eyeliner smudged with SMut shadow (MAC). In terms of colour palette, this would fall into 'Bright WInter'. Inspiration came from studying Elizabeth Taylor's makeup look from her younger years as an actress. I love the clear contrasting colours she wore! I found a makeup look I created for my cousins wedding and I found that it fit perfectly with the 'Elizabeth Taylor' look. I can't remember exactly what makeup I was wearing, but I think this look rocks for this upcoming SPring - check it out:

'Bright Spring or Bright Winter? I'm determined to experiment with the bright glam look! To my colour analysis peeps, is Elizabeth Taylor BSpr or BW???'
I'm enjoying creating these Bright Winter makeup looks. As much as I love my True Autumn palette, I love colour too much to just stick with one colour type. I've decided that I need to embrace that about myself vs fight it. I love being free to explore colour this way! I look forward to creating more 1950's siren makeup looks soon!!! :)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Everything is Crystal CLEAR...........

I've had a very interesting past couple of days. I've been watching a lot of movies from the era of bombshells and vixens - those staring Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey and Katherine Hepburn, Ms. Monroe. I couldn't take my eyes off the 'Clear' palette that I kept seeing over and over. It seems like the Bright Winter and Spring palettes were the most popular choices in the 50's - those Retro-Reds are 'amazing' to say the least. And YES, it got me experimenting with the Clear palette's. I'm particularily excited about the bright winter palette! I decided to do a little retro-search of my own and find some pics from the time I played around with this season the most! I know that there are some people who read this blog and have voted for Bright Winter in the past - I hope that you enjoy the resurection of these looks! I'm also so very grateful for the people who have been writing encouraging me to continue my makeup experiments. Thanks so much to all of you who truly understand my love of creating these looks and getting to the essence of what it means to 'express' inner beauty using the medium of makeup! Here are my top favourite 'CLEAR AND BRIGHT' Looks:

It was actually quite fun going back and looking at all my older looks. I absolutely adore wearing red lipstick, so playing around with the bright winter palette for a little while is going to be fun. My Ruby Woo is coming out of the woodwork again :) Cheers to the golden age of movies where women wore red lipstick with confidence and passion!!! Elizabeth Taylor, this ones for you!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Have you ever noticed that when you do a google search about seasons, you'll find one celebrity pic on various seasonal analysis sites. For example, on one site, Jennifer Lopez is seen as a Soft Autumn, yet on another site, she's True Autumn or Soft Summer? What about Julian Moore and Marcia Cross? Sometimes they are used as classic True Autumn types and other times, they are in the 'Spring' Category? What gives??? Well, I just came across a few interesting photos of myself on various sites. One one site, someone said I was a soft autumn, on another my photo was used as a typical 'clear spring'??? On my own blog, I've been everything under the sun LOL - so what can one conclude about this? I personally think that colour analysis, just like beauty is in the EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. In fact, I feel like I finally have PROOF - We've all been exposed to the Gold and White VS Black and Blue dress photo that's been all over the internet. How is it that we can look at the same photo and each see something so different? In my experience, I can post so many makeup looks and everyone is going to see something different. I can also see celebrities sporting different makeup looks - some I will like, others I wont. Another person may like something I don't or see something I don't. Does that make either or us right or wrong? Everything depends on how we look at things and in all honestly, there is no right or wrong - there is only our 'interpretation' of it!

If I've learned anything about colour, the way we see it, the way we judge others based on colour, I've learned some important lessons: 1) Wear what YOU love 2) Wear what YOU know looks great, regardless of outside opinions 3) TRUST your own colour judgement 4) Never stop experiementing, playing around and learning about colour 5) Remember - its YOUR colour journey - be the Hero of your own story - OWN your experience!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Little Bit About Me.....................

I was just looking over some of my past posts, when I came across a post I did about answering a few questions about myself. It's been almost two years since that post, so I decided to answer the questions again - I hope that you enjoy this little break from my makeup posts and I hope that it gives you a better glimpse into who I am as a person!!!! Ok - Here it goes..................................... 1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:15 am - yes, I'm a morning person. I love my morning routine and taking my time to get ready. I know 5:15 sounds crazy early, but it works for me! 2. How do you like your steak? When it comes to steak, 'Medium' although I like Medium-Rare on ocassion. Steak is a 'treat' for me - I prefer eating fish and chicken (in moderation). 3. What was the last film you saw at the movies? Big Eyes - starting Amy Adams 4. What is your favorite TV show? Vikings - although I also like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Yolanda is my favourite Character - I love her European Flair) 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? This is a tough one, I'd love to live in Paris, but in all honestly, I'd love to really live on a rustic farm or in the mountains, eating everything organic, waking up to fresh air, living a very simple and natural life. It sounds so surreal and almost escapist, but I'd love to live on a Montana Farm or live on a Tuscan Farm 6. What did you have for breakfast? Starbucks Soy Chai Latte and a Croissant (not the healthiest breakfast I know) 7. What is your favorite type of food (i.e. cuisine)? Rustic-Orangic Cooking - I love rustic pasta dishes or organic meat/seafood dishes. Lately, I've been craving Shrimp, lots of chopped veggie salads. I love Italian and French cookings, but I'd love to learn to make Spanish Tapas too. I have many vegan friends too and I love many vegan dishes, esp the soups and organic salads! 8. What foods do you dislike? I dislike fake, cardboard taking foods. Going to Paris made me a bit of a food snob - so anything less than 'awesome food' just doesn't cut it for me! 9. Favorite place to eat? I love French Bistro's and Authentic Italian Rustic Restaurants. Currently, I'm loving Merlot restaurant in Toronto. Also, I love trying new vegetarian places too, 'Live' in Toronto is one of my faovurite places! I love their soups. When I'm pressed for time, Panera breads is great - I love the rustic inspired sandwiches, soups and pastas!!! 11. What’s your favourite car? I'd have to say that even after many years, Jaguars are still uber classy for me! 12. What are your favorite clothes? Something that is Classy yet Chic - for everyday, I like clothes that have a preppy edge, yet still chic. For evening, I like a little bohemian flair. I would say, I love 3/4 shirts, cardigan sweaters, scarves, scarves and More Scarves. I like basic, simple clothes amped up with simply, preppy and chic accesssories! 13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? I'd visit a remote area of China or Tibet. I've also found the landscape beautiful there. I love the idea of visiting a small village vs a huge city! I feel that you learn more about life talking to locals in remote, rustic villages! 14. Is your cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? ALways 1/2 full 15. Where would you want to retire? I'd love to retire to a small cottage type home somewhere in the mountains, maybe in British Columbia or Montana somewhere! I love the idea of a simple. yet very happy, fulfilling life! 16. Favorite time of day? Morning - I've very much a morning person!!! 17. Where were you born? Toronto, Ontario, Canada 18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Soccer and Hockey 19. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning - 110% 20. Do you have any pets? Yes, I'm completely in love with my beautiful cat Duchess - I love her to bits! She is so smart, affectionate and such a great companion on days when I'm all alone! 21. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Yes I have exciting news, but no, I'm not ready to share it - I will as soon as I'm able!!! All is well!!! 22. What did you want to be when you were little? I've always wanted to be creative, be it an artist, author or 'cowboy' lol, yes, at one point I've wanted to be a cowboy!!! :) 23. What is your best childhood memory? Spending time at my grandparents house, esp when I would stay over for a weekend - I loved watching classic movies with my grandmother, watch her cook and listen to her stories. I love and miss my grandmother very much!!! 24. Are you a cat or dog person? Definitely a Cat person!!! I like dogs too, but cats speak my language lol 25. Do you ever want to get married? It depends - I've honestly very happy right now in my life. If the right person comes along, then for sure, but I'm actually having the time of my life being single right now. I'd rather see life evolve as a journey! 26. Any pet peeves? Of course, I wouldn't be human if I didn't have a pet peeve - my pet peeve is ignorance and seeing someone bully another person - we need to stop putting others down in order to raise our own self esteem. 27. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Olives, garlic and feta cheese! 28. Favorite Flower? Roses - classic, yet eternally beautiful! 29. Favorite ice cream? Strawberry or Mocha 30. Favorite fast food restaurant? Subway! 31. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Probably Holt Renfrew 32. Do anything spontaneous lately? Yes, I acted on an impulse based on my intuition and it worked out to my advantage!!! Sometimes acting on spontanety is listen to God's wisdom combined with being open to your intuition! 33. Like your school/job? Currently yes - But I feel change is good too!!! 34. What was your last vacation? Chicago 35. Last person you went out to dinner with? My friend Amy (tonight) 36. What music are you listening to right now? 70's - I love my XM radio and Stingray 70's music chanel - my faovurite is 70's folk! 37. What is your favorite color? GREEN 38. What are your favourite hobbies? Painting, writing, cooking, working with clay and other artistic mediums and Makeup of course! 39. Coffee or tea drinker or other? I love teas - Pu'erh, Oolong, white/green tea and herbal tea!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fully Embrace Your Colour Palette!!!

Fully embracing a colour palette and stepping into a season is different than just experiementing with different seasons. There is a certain level of commitment that comes with fully embracing a new look persona. In welcoming back the warm/true autumn palette, I decided that I wanted to celebrate this new 'colour commitment' with a hair colour change. My hair has always had a subtle warm/slightly golden undertone, but I wanted to step into the copper/copper-blonde and uber-warm brunette shades. The stylist I went to see had such a great eye for colour and she literally read my mind. She knew I wanted something warm, rich, but leaning towards the copper family. She and I discussed a new base and we went with a medium toned copper-brown base. The highlights she did were in the copper-blonde family and she mentioned that they would morph into a warm pure light copper shade. The photo here is day after I got the colour done, so the highlights appear slightly lighter then how they will eventually look. I can't help but ask myself why I waited so long to do this? Embracing the wamrth of my palette and truly bringing it to every aspect of my style persona has been the missing peice of the puzzle. WHen all the emelents come together in colour harmony/unity, you really get to see the full effect of colour analysis. Its about wearing your colours in your clothes and accessories choices, finding a harmonious makeup look in your colours and embracing a hair cut/style and colour that brings everything together. Adding elements of personal style to your colour persona helps this harmony fuse together so perfectly. If you know your colour season and already have some clothes/accessories/makeup put together, don't stop there - embrace a hair colour that will compliment your palette, literally bring your palette to life head to toe - you will see the effects of truly embracing your season!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Chanel Captivante Lipstick - A Lost Treasure!!!!

Today started off being a very interesting day - Toronto was in the midst of a snowstorm - the schools in my area were closed and being that I'm a teacher, I got a 'snow day' :) - It was the perfect morning and afternoon - I made pancakes, stayed in my pyjamas all day - watched a marathon of movies! I also went though my makeup case and rediscovered some shades I had forgotten I even had. One of these shades was Chanel Captivante. It was a lipstick I wore to one event, then it somehow got 'lost' in the jumble of my other lipsticks. When I took a close look at the shade, it 'wowed' me - its honestly the most perfect rose-copper-neutral shade. It's quite a stunning shade to say the least. Upon further examination, it seemed to harmonize with my other makeup shades - I realized, Captivante was held 'Captive' Wayyyy too long!!! This lipstick is going to be worn - its getting its 'get out of jail free' card! I actually really look forward to building a few more looks around this shade. In this photo (I'll call it my 'snowed in' look) - I used a mix of MAC shadows: soba and amber lights on the lid into the crease, Marcelle dark brown liner smudged with MAC saddle and black-brown mascara. I used a blend of MAC Gingerly blush and Chanel 'Candy' (another stunning shade I rediscovered)! I finished off the look with Captivante!!! Sometimes you need a snowday to remind you of the jewels that are hidden - the diamond in the ruff!!! I'm almost starting to think that there is something very metaphorical and symbolic about this find!!! :)