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Beyonce for CR Fashion Book

What is there to say about this? FLAWLESS. That is all.

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W Magazine September Issue

There is too much fabulousness happening in the upcoming September issue of W magazine. Rihanna looks hypnotic on the cover with makeup by Kabuki, who I so admire. Then inside the editorial for Balmain. I die for Balmain and practically cried when I got to work the show in Paris a few years ago. Iman, Naomi, and Rihanna are hands down perfection. This is exactly why I forgo all August magazines so I can splurge on all the September issues.

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Model of the Moment: Gigi Hadid

American model Gigi Hadid has gone from steaming up the pages of Sports Illustrated to the pages of fashion publications W and Schon, not to mention the stunning Tom Ford beauty campaigns. She is a beauty.

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Cara Delevingne for Topshop AW14

The new Topshop fall campaign is decidedly British. Shot in London by Alasdair McLellan, featuring London’s most popular export of the moment–Cara Delevingne. The entire campaign which shows key looks from the fall collection, is made up of twelve images. Cara’s signature brows take centre stage along with kohl rimmed eyes. Perfect skin and a pale lip complete the look.

The fall collection launches globally and online in August. As my friend so accurately said to me today “summer is slipping away…”


Love Magazine 12th Issue

Love magazines has not one, not two but three very cool covers for their twelfth issue. Adriana Lima’s stunning flamenco inspired cover was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Kendall Jenner is Katie Grand’s it-girl as of late, so it is no surprise to see her featured on one of the American girl covers. Amy Adams also represents the USA looking rather sultry draped over a chair.

All three cover issues will be available July 28.

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Vogue Paris Foundation Dinner

A rather swanky Paris affair was held the other night in honor of Musée Galliera. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing arrived with a gaggle of models, and Kim Kardashian all dressed in his incredible designs. Celebrities like Emma Watson and fashion insiders like Anna Dello Russo made this the party to be at.

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Manicurist: Wendy Rorong

I am very excited to share some amazing nail art by fellow makeup artist Wendy Rorong. Wendy and I are on the Maybelline Canada team for World Mastercard Fashion Week Toronto. Read the interview below to see how being a makeup artist lead Wendy to being a multi-talented manicurist:

1. When and how did you start doing nails?

 I’m that girl who always has nail polish on her nails lol. I’ve always enjoyed painting nails, and I feel like in the past 2-3 years, nail art has been elevated to a whole new level in the fashion industry, so I want to be a part of that. I’d say I’ve been been doing nails more seriously in the past 2 years. I usually get inspired when I’m on set looking through racks of beautiful clothing the stylist pulled for the shoot, which automatically makes me think of what nails would go with that. At first, I would only do one shade manicures, but the more comfortable I get at doing nails, the more I wanted to challenge myself. I started practicing doing nail art on my own nails, and I’m still working on perfecting my skills every time.

2. Clearly you are a natural talent, but did you go to esthetics school as well?

I never went to esthetics school actually. I’ve always been a hands-on learner; I find that trial and error is the best way to improve your techniques. The more you do it, the better it turns out every time. I’ve also improved my ability to paint nails with my non-dominant hand since I do nail art on my own nails, so that proves that practice makes (almost) perfect! The key is to not get discouraged when you make a mistake. It’s not permanent, so if you don’t like it, you can simply take it off and start over.

3. Most memorable shoot to date?

 It would definitely be the latest Spring/Summer Nail Trends story I shot for Filler magazine. There was a lot of prep work involved in the shoot. First I had to meet the model to get her nail sizes, collect images from the Spring/Summer ’14 nail trends and then make my own interpretation of it. Some designs take hours to make! Altogether it probably took me a week to make all those nails, plus some extra sets for options. We ended up shooting 7 out of the 10 sets I made and I could not be happier with the results!

4. What are your must have nail products?

I definitely can not live without the Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover.  I also like Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat, and Seche Vite has always been my go-to top coat. My favorite cuticle cream is Dior Creme Apricot Fortifying Cream for Nails because it is effective and a little goes a long way.  I have just found a new holy grail product to remove polish by Deborah Lippmann called The Stripper. It’s fantastic and the best part is that it doesn’t have the usual stink of an acetone!

 5. What are your top tips for extending the life of your manicure?

Always start on clean nails, that means no oil or moisture residue on the nails. Do a quick swipe of acetone on all your nails before starting your manicure. When applying base, colour and top coat, make sure to cap the free edge to prevent the tip of your nails from chipping. You should also apply cuticle oil every day to hydrate your nails and prevents it from peeling or splitting. Last but not least, wear gloves when you’re washing the dishes!

Click here to view Wendy’s full portfolio.

Images: Top & left–photographer Joe Saraceno. Right–photographer Carlyle Routh. Middle & bottom left & right Natasha V.


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Malika Firth for Porter Magazine

The gorgeous Malika Firth in Porter magazine.

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Rihanna CFDA Awards


Rihanna won the Fashion Icon of the Year award. Showing up in something that wasn’t going to drop jaws was clearly not an option. The crystal and fishnet custom dress left very little to the imagination, in true Rihanna style and was designed by Adam Selman. As is most often  the case her makeup was flawless. Strong smoky eyes, defined eyebrows, immaculate skin, and a nude lip added a classic element to an otherwise avant-garde look.

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i-D Magazine Summer 2014

Love this painterly editorial from the summer issue of i-D magazine. Makeup by Isamaya Ffrench.

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