Spring Frills


Feminine frills hit the runway for spring 2016. Pair yours with nudes and shimmers set against a flawless complexion.

1.MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Otherearthly 2. Burberry First Kiss in Soft Peach 3. Rimmel Lasting Nude by Kate  4. YSL Full Metal Shadow in Onde Sable 5. Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow Palette 6. Nails Inc Victoria Beckham in Judo Red  7. Maybelline Master Contour  8. Trish McEvoy Eye Brightener Pencil 9. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 

Isabel Marant Jeanne Metallic Skirt/Sophia Webster Flamingo Frill Sandals/Simone Rocha x J Brand Denim Dress/Warehouse Bardot Ruffle Dress/MSGM Off Shoulder Striped Top/Zimmerman Silk Frill Collar Blouse

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation


I popped into the Charlotte Tilbury boutique in February when I was in London for the collections. I couldn’t wait any longer for the new foundation to launch in Canada (which it has now) I needed to see what it was all about. The sales associate quickly narrowed down the colour selection for me. The range is pretty diverse, which is what I had expected from Tilbury’s line. There are fifteen shades in total including half shade colour variations. I’m always in between colours and I don’t mind mixing to customize, so I went with 9.5 which is slightly darker than my face. What I am most concerned about with foundation is the undertone. Both 9 and 9.5 have a golden undertone which is exactly what I need! The undertone range varies depending on the shade from neutral, beige, pink, peach, warm amber, and bronze it covers a wide variety of skin tones.

The coverage is definitely full but I have been sheering it out where I need less with a Beauty Blender. The formula claims to minimize pores, cover acne scars and under eye circles, brighten dull skin and its weightless. It’s all true! My skin looks totally even without looking like I have loads of makeup on, and it stays looking that way all day. The three magic ingredients that facilitate these great results are Laricyl, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, and Supercharged Vitamin C. Laricyl is a concentrated mushroom extract that tightens pores, Hyaluronic Spheres plump and smooth the skin, and Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that revives skin for a glowing, lit-from-within complexion.


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Cara Delevingne for Saint Laurent


Hedi Slimane’s final campaign for the house of Saint Laurent is perfection. Hedi has captured the return of Cara Delevingne, who looks like the epitome of the past and present of the Saint Laurent brand. So it’s au revoir to Hedi and bonjour to Anthony Vaccarello.

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Beyoncé – Ivy Park


We knew something was brewing and this morning all was revealed! Beyoncé’s new athletic line Ivy Park, was inspired by days spent in her youth running through the park. I love the monochromatic colour scheme and the simple bold logo. I guess I’ll be running in the park too now wearing my new workout attire! The collection launches April 14th at Topshop and a few other retailers.

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Suva Beauty


The Suva Beauty brand continues to grow with the addition of a few new makeup lovers must-haves. A couple of months ago I was invited to the Suva Beauty Head Quarters to check out where the creativity happens and get the inside scoop on the products from Shaina.

I’m a big fan of the updated eye shadow palettes. First of all the lightweight packaging is way better for my kit, and the magnetic pans can be removed and replaced once they’re finished. I played around with the Hydra Liners which come in thirteen colours all with excellent pay off and in three textures: matte, chrome and UV. Probably the most unique thing about the liners, is that since they are water activated they can be used through the airbrush. Hydra Cream Base is available in eight shades. It’s essential when you need your eye shadow to stay put for hours. Panty Hose is my go to colour for anyone. The pale beige tone is a great neutral to apply under any colour of shadow.

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Belstaff AW16


The Belstaff presentation during London fashion week drew inspiration from Edith “Jackie” Ronne’s great Antarctic expedition. The collection of fur, leather, and wool was derived from a wintry landscape, with textures of snow, icebergs and rocks and a nod to Inuit dress. Lead makeup artist Maria Comparetto’s design included naturally flushed cheeks on top of highlighted skin, full brows, nude lips and softly sculpted eyes.

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Best of London Fashion Week


London fashion week remains the shortest of the four fashion capitals. Some how squeezed into those few days is a plethora of colourful creativity. I especially enjoyed Burberry’s departure from classic beauty to rock and roll cool. Backstage at Mary Katrantzou the brief was to create crimson heart shaped lips, totally bare eyes and a natural matte complexion, the girls looked beautiful!

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Best of New York Fashion Week AW16


It’s been about month since the fall collections kicked off in New York, and today in Paris the last shows of the season concluded. Looking back at the New York runways natural skin, and minimal lip colours reigned supreme. Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Marc Jacobs broke the trend with strong stand-out matte lip colours. The defined socket line at DVF and Marc Jacobs put a modern twist on the sixties. Of course I’ll never forget Public School’s lived in smokey eyes. It was my first New York fashion week show, and marked the beginning of the season for me.

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Public School FW16


On a particularly cold, extremely early Sunday morning in New York; I made my way to the Hauser and Wirth gallery for the Public School show. The brief from lead makeup artist Grace Lee was “anti-pretty.” The complexion was to be raw, meaning no foundation or concealer under the eyes. Only blemishes and redness around the nose were to be covered. To create a worn-in look for the eyes, charcoal grey liner was wrapped around the top bottom lash line and then almost all smudged off. Taupe coloured shadow and Baby Lips were applied to break apart the shadow and liner and add a sheen. The result was deconstructed tough girl makeup.

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2016 Oscars


There were so many gorgeous looks on the red carpet on Sunday. I’m always a fan of effortless style and Margot Robbie nailed the effortless chic look from head to toe. Robbie shimmered in gold Tom Ford, and I loved how her beauty look was totally understated. Lady Gaga can do no wrong lately. Event after event Gaga has brought the ultimate in glamour. Sunday’s Brandon Maxwell attire was stunning, especially with her structured curls and metallic eye shadow. Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence are Dior girls. Both ladies paired their couture gowns with smokey eyes and classic nude lips. Saoirse Ronan also wore smokey eyes and nude lips. Her hair was down and tousled which is definitely her best look this awards season. Of course Rooney Mara and her signature dark lip and strong brow, was quite the showstopper in custom Givenchy.


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