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Western Canada Fashion Week - Global Collections

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 3:39 PM Comments comments (7)
Image: Kelly Rosborough; Designer: Aman Couture
Western Canada Fashion Week
Global Collections
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March 25, 2016
Edmonton, AB

Friday Night's Line Up

Zapato Sanchez – Men’s shoes [Clothing by Derks Menswear]
Designer's Den by Esha – Calgary / India
Aman Couture – Edmonton / India
Nazila Couture – Edmonton/Phoenix/ India
Hulos by The Huy Hai Long – Vietnam


Here we are again ready to tell you about the local and international fashion that has come back to Edmonton in season 23 for Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW).             
Joined by Kazper Harley, a male model  who walked the runway at last year's event, I was treated to an evening of colour, style and culture. 


Aman Couture - Edmonton, AB/ India

The show started with a beautiful East Indian dancer who made her way down the catwalk in a two-toned blue pants and top with a flowy dress over top and rose gold embellishments with music that took you away to the homeland.

Their makeup was a smokey eye with a nude lip, a perfect combination for this showcase. This line was an elegant mix of traditional attire with a modern twist.  There were many beautiful bright colours with exquisite detail. The male outfits had a strong noble feel as they walked to the end of the runway. My favourite dress was a cream coloured outfit with long steamed, closed orange roses with orange trim and matching sleeveless rose top.  The open back and the movement of the gown was flawless. 

I loved this entire collection. 

Zapato Sanchez - Men's Shoewear

Who doesn't love shoes especially a classy men's shoe with fine craftsmanship and attention to great detail? I truly loved the fact that this amazing line was breaking rules, but kept style and class paired with pops of colour, pattern and texture.  
                                                                                                                                            
Each shoe told a story of adventure and whimsy.   Kazper's pick was a black leather and multi-coloured combination: "They were different and fun like nothing I've seen before and well made too." Perfect shoes for stepping out of the box for any true gentleman.

Designer's Den by Esha - Calgary/ India

Long flowing hair paired with soft and elegant makeup on the eyes and pale pink on the lips was a simple, yet sophisticated look.  Dreamy East Indian music took us to a far off place where clean lines, beautiful fabrics and more colours than can be found in the rainbow lived. 

Image: (top left and middle) Kelly Rosborough of Aman Couture; (top right) Grex Photographic Visuals of Designer's Den; (bottom) Lindsay Thompson of HulosHulos by Huy Hai Long - Vietnam

Unfortunately the designer was not able to make it to Canada in order to be there with us, but fortunately their amazing collection hit the runway without a hitch.

It was, by far, my favourite collection of the night with bright colours, patterns, pictures and textures to treat the eye.   Each piece had its own story embedded in jewels and pictures. Long and short fitted dresses hugged each model as the amazing art work walked the runway.

Two oversized coats were presented in this collection and I'm a fan of the big comfy fashion oversized coat.  That's all I have to say about that. I loved a black jacket with patterns across the shoulder and front side which was very different.



Image: Ian MacDonald (Nazalia Couture)

Nazalia Couture - Edmonton, AB/ Phoenix, AZ/ India
Pants and tunics of sheer fabrics and shimmering tones with gorgeous saris and crop tops were a fine way to finish the evening.  The makeup was a soft smokey eye with winged liner, nude lips and subtle contour.
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Thank-you to the awesome WCFW photographers.  Check out some of the other amazing shots taken from the event at Flickr.



The girls of Nazalia Couture
Image (left to right): Kelley Rosborough (Aman Couture); Lindsay Thompson (Designer's Den); Lindsay Thompson (Aman Couture); Kelly Rosborough (Aman Couture)

 

Product of the Month - Tarte Cosmtics

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 12:14 AM Comments comments (1)

Product Showcase
Tarte Cosmetics





Rainforest of the Sea™ Wipeout Colour
Correcting Palette - $54.00

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This product showcase comes direct from the Sephora website.  It and others can be found at Sephora.com.


What it is:
"An all-in-one palette to correct discolorations, contour, and brighten up skin."

What it does:
"Balance, correct, and perfect your complexion as you wipe out skin discolorations with these powerful cream complexion correctors. This easy-to-use palette features numbered shades and includes a coordinating visual guide to make the professional technique of colour-correction accessible to everyone. It features six colour-correcting shades: Orange counteracts darkness; Green neutralizes redness; Warmth sculpts, contours, and defines; Peach 1 camouflages light to medium skintones; Peach 2 camouflages medium to deep skintones; and Yellow highlights and brightens. These universal shades work across skintones to offset the appearance of dark circles, redness, and acne, while contouring and highlighting, with a creamy texture that helps minimize the look of imperfections, including pores and fine lines." 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
     Parabens
     Phthalates

  
OMD4 Says:

I love this must-have palette. I have used this on clients at work and on myself.  It's easy to use and looks great on all skintones.  Just a note: if you are a deeper tone, you may want to stay away from the green to avoid ashiness. The super creamy texture means you don't have to use much to correct any discolouration and it blends to a flawless finish. The contour and highlight is very subtle and creates the perfect gentle sculpt of your face and add a touch of brightness we all love.







RMEA: Underwater Workshop with Jenna Martin

Posted on March 5, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (3)
IMAGE: Jenna Martin; MUA: Olivia Marie; Model: --
RMEA: Underwater Modelling Workshop with Jenna Martin

Bozeman, MT
February 20 and 21, 2016
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The girls of OMD4 Makeup & FX were back in Montana working with some familiar faces for Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency's (RMEA) Underwater Modelling Workshop with Jenna Martin.

Winter weather wasn't about to stop these girls from hopping into the water for the weekend-long workshop.  The solution: a private indoor pool with a view of the mountains.

What's the toughest part of doing makeup for an underwater shoot?  Olivia Marie said: "Making is last with all of the up and down and in and out of the water.  You have to use the right product, something that is not water based.  It took me a lot of trail and error to get it right." 

The girls of OMD4 Makeup & FX were joined by Edmonton-based photographer, Katherine Kingston who was excited to help Jenna with the underwater shoot for a little on-the-job learning. 

Katherine said: "I absolutely loved the opportunity assisting Jenna. Underwater photography is completely out of my element (pun intended)."

IMAGE: Jenna Martin; MUA: Olivia Marie; Model: Rylee KlaetschKatherine, who studied at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, has been shooting professionally since she was 16.  She also had the opportunity to schedule some dryland shoots as well.

"I am a terrible control freak, so I was able to create mood boards for each of the girls. Day one was off the cuff, but day two was planned. I really wanted to give the girls something they could practice and incorporate into their modelling," said Katherine.

RMEA model Rylee Klaetsch was the lucky winner of a trip to Greece in June 2016 to model for the Underwater Portraiture Tour organized by Jenna Martin.

Underwater with Katherine KingstonIMAGES: Lynne Morley; Model: --; MUA: Olivia Marie

How to: The Perfect Lips

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 6:56 PM Comments comments (4)
IMAGE: makemeupsa.wordpress.com




The Perfect Pout
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We all want those awesome kissable lips, but there's a little bit more to it then simply smearing on some lipstick.



  TIP: Always hydrate or use a lip scrub to keep your lips soft and crack-free.  Try Fresh Lip Scrub or Glamglow.



Follow these steps to get that Perfect Pout:

1) Pat your foundation over your lips

IMAGE: elscosmetics.com
2) Lightly powder lips

3) Line lips with sharpened pencil, start with the peaks and the middle of your bottom lip then connect the line

  TIP: Identify your lip shape and use the guide for any corrections

4) Fill entire lip with the same pencil

5) Use a brush to feather colour over lips

6)  Press a sponge onto lips which helps the pigment to set

7) Start to fill in edges with lip stick

8) Fill in rest of lip with lipstick

9) Clean up outer edges with concealer to create that sharp lip look

10) Blend concealer outward to finish the lip

  TIP: Place one-ply Kleenex over lips and brush translucent powder over the lip for a longer lasting finish

IMGAE: Brittany Smith; MUA and Hair: Olivia Marie; Model: Michala Zambon
Olivia Marie having a bit ot fun with red lips - Bite lipstick (Red Velvet)


























Lead & Cruelty Free Lipsticks




Top Posts of 2015

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 11:26 PM Comments comments (3)
Time for your close up Katelyn Malayko; Western Canada Fashion Week; Royals Management; Underwater shoot with Jenna Martin; Debra Kelly's paper dresses









Top 5 Blog Posts of 2015

2015 was an amazing year for us at OMD4 Makeup & FX.  From feature films to underwater photoshoots to meeting our RMEA family, it was a steady year of awesomeness.  Here we are taking a moment to look back at the five most visited blog posts of 2015.

#1 - Time for Your Close Up - High Definition Makeup

          Originally posted in April 2014 (and reposted Jan 2016), this post discusses the benefits of using high definition makeup to achieve a cleaner more finished look that stands up even under the closest of close ups.

          Read Time for Your Close Up here

#2 - Western Canada Fashion Week - Spring 2015 Posts

          Originally posted in April 2015, the blogs we posted about the Spring 2015 showing of Western Canada Fashion Week in Edmonton have continually been popular with our readers.

          Read Western Canada Fashion Week - Fantasy Nighthere         
          Read Western Canada Fashion Week - Local Collections here         
          Read Western Canada Fashion Week - Designer Collections here

#3 - Royals Management Photoshoot

          Originally posted in April 2015, here I share the wonderful experience I had working with Calgary-based modelling agency, Royals Management, for the first time.

          Read Royals Management Photoshoot here

#4 - Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency Summer Camp

          Originally posted in September 2015, this post shares images from a shoot with underwater fashion photographer Jenna Martin at Flathead Lake in Montana.  Our first ever underwater shoot and the images are spectacular.

          Read Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency - Summer Camp here

#5 - Q&A with Debra Kelly - Makeup Artist

          Originally posted in January 2015, our interview with this Australian makeup artist extraordinare discusses her travels, inspirations and her stunning and meticulously-created paper dresses.

          Read Q&A with Debra Kelly - Makeup Artist here 


Thank-you everyone for checking in with our blog this year and sharing your comments.  As great as 2015 was, there are even better things planned for 2016.  Be sure to come along for the ride.










Time For Your Close-Up - High-def Makeup

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (3)
Image: Danica Stonehouse, MUA: Olivia Morley, Model: Katelyn MalaykoTime for Your Close Up -
High-def Makeup

High definition or not high definition?  Some say there is no such thing as high-def makeup, while others say it's the best makeup out there.  I wanted to find out who carried HD Makeup and what is was all about.

What is HD makeup?

High-def cameras expose any crease, wrinkle or blemish; however, thick, unnatural pancake makeup is also obvious through an HD lens.

"To avoid the cakey texture of standard TV makeup, high-definition brands are more sheer, while still hiding uneven skin texture and other un-telegenic flaws", said makeup artist Joanna Schlipp.  She has used HD-friendly makeup for the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, “You can see the skin through the makeup, but the makeup creates a softer focus,” she said.

In other words, these cosmetics simultaneously camouflage imperfections, cover blemishes and still manage to appear invisible. The pigments and formulas are designed to blend seamlessly with the skin.


What’s in HD makeup?

"The main difference is light-scattering ingredients," makeup artist Tina Turnbow said. “The reflective particles are what make the foundation really flattering.” 

Diffusing light creates an illusion of an even finish so you can’t detect the flaws underneath -- like airbrushing for your skin. Cosmetics with an HD label will likely contain one of the following: mica, silicone, crystals, or quartz. These particles sit on top of the skin and help to scatter light in subtle ways. 

The powders are often milled to a fine consistency to help avoid detection by the cameras. Mineral pigments in a micronized texture are often present as well because they don’t settle into pores. Some formulas may contain mattifying agents to prevent shine in oilier complexions and avoid glare. So foundations are usually oil-free. 

HD makeup is often made to moisturize because makeup can settle into cracks and creases of dry skin. The hydration also plumps up dry skin to make wrinkles and lines less noticeable. 

Sephora, Cargo, Christen Dior and Smashbox all carry HD Makeup, I went to a few others but they either told me that they didn't know what I was talking about and looked at me as if I just asked if I could get them to roll on the floor and flap like a fish, Some of the counters I went to today told me there is no such thing as High Definition Make-Up that is it a gimmick or just a sale pitch.....I do not agree with that at all. I was totally sold at Sephora!! Make-up forever has some AMAZING high def products, I was able to try the foundation and finishing powder....and let me tell you I have never looked so good in hard daylight as I did that day.

Here are a few products from Makeup Forever and Cargo that I really really loved using


Makeup Forever HD 

HD Microperfecting Primer - $32 

What it is:
A lightweight, oil-free complexion corrector that enhances the skin's texture and primes the skin for makeup application.

What it does:
HD Microperfecting Primer deeply nourishes, moisturizes, and softens the skin, creating a glowing effect. Creates a protective layer on the skin allowing foundation to glide on easily and last longer.

What else you need to know:
The Sephora-exclusive primer comes in six color-correcting shades and one transparent shade. 

HD Invisible Cover Foundation - $40

What it is:
An oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life.

What it does:
This foundation creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish, it can withstand bright or harsh lighting.

What else you need to know:
This Sephora-exclusive foundation comes in 25 shades to suit all skintones.


HD Microfinish Powder - $30 

What it is:
A universal translucent finishing powder to be applied over foundation or worn alone.

What it does:
Sets the foundation and slightly mattifies skin without changing its natural contours. This 100% mineral silica powder softens the appearance of imperfections. Completely evens out the complexion for a glowing, radiant look. One universal shade for all skin tones.

What else you need to know:
It's completely translucent and goes on any skintone. Its talc-free formula does not dry the skin and is formulated with 100% silica. Dermatologically tested.


Cargo Blue Ray HD Makeup 


CARGO HD PICTURE PERFECT MATTIFIER - $28

Created for high definition filming to provide flawless results while looking natural, this oil-free mattifier is pore refining, line minimizing and conditioning. 
Applied under foundation as a primer it refines the appearance of the pores and helps to control the look of oil and shine during the day while minimizing the need for foundation touch-ups.
 
Features and Benefits

  • Vitamin E - A powerful anti-oxidant that helps the skins ability to fight off damaging free radicals found in the environment.

OMD4 Pick for best HD Makeup is Makeup Forever 

But don't take my word for it try these brands for yourself and you be the judge.  



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Resources:
WebMD
Makeup Forever 
Cargo Cosmetics 

How To - Copper Goddess for New Year's 2015

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 7:33 PM Comments comments (4)
Image Courtesy of Pinstrest User Emily Lerner
Copper Goddess
New Year's Makeup Look
Bronze Eye Red Lips

**Check out contest details following the steps

This makeup is sure to turn heads when you walk into the room this New Year's Eve with classic glamour lips and a modern-coloured bold eye.
Here is a step-by-step on how to create this smoking hot look.


1) CLEANSE, TONE and MOISTURIZE
The skin is a much easier canvas to work on when it's clean and hydrated.

2) PRIMER
Use a primer all over the face and eyelids.  This will help the makeup last all night.


  TIP - Start with the brows and eye makeup this way if you make a mess, you can easily clean up the fallout

3) TWEEZE AND SHAPE
Tweeze the brows of any stray hairs to give them shape and sharpness. The focus is on the eye makeup and lips so don't overdo the brows with pencils or colour. Use a natural brow colour and follow your hair line filling them in lightly.

4) EYESHADOW - THE LID
On the eyelid use a light copper shadow or lighter bronze and just cover the lid. The more shimmer in the shadow the better.

5) EYESHADOW - THE CREASE
For your crease colour use a deeper brown with a crease brush (one with a tapered tip) and follow your natural crease.  Be sure to bring it slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye.

6) EYESHADOW - OUTER CORNER
You can use the same colour for this next step or use a dark brown or even a black, but if you use black, make sure to dab your brush on a Kleenex to remove any excess shadow. Use this colour to create a V-shape in the outer corner blending it into the crease.

7) EYESHADOW - HIGHLIGHTING
Image Courtesy of HarpersBazzare.comUsing a highlighting shade in nude or one shade lighter than your skin tone, place this shadow right under your brow lightly blending down towards your crease.


8)EYESHADOW - BLENDING
Take a blending brush (a really fluffy one) and blend the crease in with the shades on the lid and under the brow.  Blend! Blend! Blend!

  TIP - Overblending can result in a muddy-looking finish

9) CONCEALER
Wipe away any fallout under the eyes and use a yellow- or orange-based concealer to cover any dark circles by blending the edges into the skin. Use a green-based concealer to hide any blemishes or redness.

10) FOUNDATION
Using your regular foundation cover your face and neck to the desired finish: light, medium or full coverage. Remember to blend in the concealer.

11) HIGHLIGHTING AND CONTOURING
For this you will need a matte cream shade which you will place under the eye brushing onto your cheek bones.  Also put a light amount on your chin, along the bridge of the nose and your forehead. The colour to use for contouring should be a matte tan colour that will be applied just under the cheekbones, temples and along your hairline. Blend any hard lines in with a sponge.

  TIP - When contouring, do the Fish Face and where you see the hallows of your cheeks, apply powder

12) LIPS - COLOUR AND LINER
To complete this look you can use any shade of red, from the brightest cherry to the deepest blood-coloured hue. Once you have chosen the shade, line your lips with a red liner, creating the shape you want.

  TIP - If you have thinner lips, line them just slightly above your natural lip line

13) LIPS - FILLING
Use a lip brush or an angled brush to get a shaped lip line and fill in your entire area, right to the corners of your mouth. This will give a fuller look. You can finish the lip with a gloss in red or clear.

14) LASHES AND LINER - Add a set of full beautiful lashes.  Apply mascara before and after lash application create a full and seamless look.  You could add a thin line of black liner if you choose.

15) FINAL POWDER
To set everything in place for the evening, use a fluffy powder brush with a transluant power and go over the whole face.

Now you are ready to take your Golden Goddess look on the town.  Enjoy! 


Copper Goddess Contest

Send your Copper Goddess pictures to
[email protected]and post your photos on Facebook and tag OMD4 Makeup & FX fanpage for a chance to win a set of brushes from Sephora worth $70.
Contest deadline is January 31 , 2016 when the winner will be announced and featured in this very blog.

Good Luck!!  

Courtesy of Tumblr User A Girl's Addiction



Last-Minute Gift Ideas - Holiday Season 2015

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 8:59 PM Comments comments (1)
Overload Their Desire for Makeup this Christmas 
Christmas 2015
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Christmas morning is only four sleeps away.  Are you still looking for that little something extra to put under the tree or bring to the dreaded work party?  I am here to help and to celebrate a new job at Sephora, everything on my list can found at your local store or online at http://www.sephora.com.

I'm super excited about this one so here are a few of my favorite things (or so the song goes).

Cheap & Cheerful: Gifts Under $20

Are you looking for that perfect secret Santa gift for the office party? Are you a student on a budget? Or are you just wanting to get that perfect little gift while still being able to pay the rent?

Take a look at these gift ideas that will be sure to make that special someone, well ... special.

Formula X Studded X: Mini Lip + Nail Polish Duo - $18.00

What it is:
"This lip and nail duo features a mini Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick with its exact Formula X Nail shade match."


What it does:
"Saturate lips in this lipstick’s Color Cushion Technology™, which delivers bold, one-swipe payoff that stays put from dawn to dusk without sacrificing comfort. Then, coat nails with Formula X’s three-free, patented No Compromise formula—infused with ShineXcel™ for enhanced color and overall brilliance. "

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
    Parabens
    Sulfates
    Phthalates


What else you need to know:
"Studded Kiss is formulated with a powerful antioxidant complex and vitamins A, C, and E to keep lips supple from dawn to dusk.  This product is a three-free formulation and is cruelty-free."


SEPHORA COLLECTION Face Mask - $8.00/each

What it is:
"A line of natural fiber sheet masks, each with a skin refreshing benefit."


What it does:
"Each of these masks is infused with a different active ingredient for relaxing the skin and achieving a brighter, more revitalized complexion."


There is the Lingzhi Mask which smooths and plumps to give the appearance of younger-looking skin. If you want a refreshing way to reduce the sign of stress, try the Lotus Mask.  The Honey Mask is perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin and there are plenty more masks that tone, energize, purify, moisturize and much more.


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LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant - Super Sensitive Fragrance Free - $17.00

What it is:
"An award-winning, aluminum-free deodorant that is 100% natural, safe and effective."


What it is formulated to do:
"This all-natural, fragrance-free deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection for even the most sensitive skin.  Healing moringa oil blends with powerful antioxidants and beta glucan technology for extra gentle defense and nourishment."

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
     Parabens




Just Got Paid and Money is in My Pocket: $20 to $50

Did you just cash your pay cheque and feel like spending a little more on your friends or your family this year?  These ideas are perfect for your sister, girlfriend, aunt or cousin and are guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of those you love this Christmas.  

Caudalie Vine Body Luxury Set - $34.00

What it is:
"A three-piece collection of indulgent body products enriched with Caudalie's iconic ingredient: grapes."


What it is formulated to do:
"Caudalie's Vine Body Butter is a rich, hydrating body treatment formulated with repairing organic fair trade shea butter. It leaves skin soft, nourished, and repaired with a delicately perfumed, rich, buttery texture that is instantly absorbed. Moisturizing Lip Conditioner provides soft lips and lasting comfort with repairing apricot oil, and moisturizing Hand and Nail Cream provides silky hands and lasting luxury with organic shea butter."


What it is formulated WITHOUT:   
     Parabens
     Sulfates
     Phthalates


What else you need to know:
"These products do not contain animal ingredients and are not tested on animals."


SEPHORA COLLECTION Beautiful Crush Blockbuster Palette - $44.00

What it is:
"A must-have blockbuster makeup palette with 128 eye, lip, and cheek colors in fun shapes."


What it does:
"Makeup in 128 colors—72 eye shadows, 18 cream eyeliners, 32 lip glosses, and six blushes—allows for an almost infinite number of looks. The palette is organized vertically by color family and features a built-in mirror for super easy and foolproof makeup application every time."








ALTERNA Haircare Caviar Transformation Kit - $37.00

What it does:
"Experience the transformative effects of Caviar Anti-Aging and return hair to its youthful, pristine condition with this "on-the-go" quartet designed to instantly revitalize hair while infusing deep hydration, vital nutrients, and a healthy brilliance."


This set contains:
     1.35 oz Caviar Moisture Shampoo
     1.35 oz Caviar Moisture Conditioner
     1.5 oz Caviar Moisture Working Hair Spray
     1 oz Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
     Parabens
     Sulfates
     Synthetic Dyes
     Phthalates
     GMOs
     Triclosan

Time to Break The Bank:  Over $50
Are you looking to really impress this holiday season?  Do you want that perfect gift for your lover or someone that just deserves to feel extra special this year?  These wonderful gifts are sure to make anyone's holiday unforgettable.


**OLIVIA'S PICK OF THE SEASON**


Urban Decay UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette - $70.00

What it is:
"A limited-edition eye shadow palette created and developed with Gwen Stefani and loaded with her 15 must-have shades."


What it does:
"These eye shadows were carefully created with Gwen Stefani, filling a void by creating the exact shades she always wished she had in her collection. This palette features her 15 must-have shades of eye shadow, including 12 never-seen-before colors and three that are from the Urban Decay shadow collection. With the ultimate range of neutrals and a few jewel tones to mix things up, this is Gwen Stefani’s go-to kit to create her most iconic looks."

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
   Parabens

What else you need to know:
Gwen Stefani had a hand in everything, including the case, which was inspired by her love of black-and-white graphic prints and antique gold accents. She also handpicked most of the shade names, which were inspired by her songs. There’s even a nod to the No Doubt song Magic’s in the Makeup on the palette’s huge mirror.


Dolce & Gabbana Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Gift Set - $139.00

"Dolce is a gentle, feminine mix of white flowers introduced by the freshness of neroli leaves and defined by the full-bodied scent of white amaryllis, a South African flower used for the first time ever in scent. The amaryllis is perfectly blended with a unique and opulent combination of white water lily and bold white daffodil creating a classic yet distinctly original floral fragrance."

This set contains:
     0.25 oz Eau de Parfum Fragrance Pen
     2.5 oz Eau de Parfum spray
     3.3 oz Body Lotion








Benefit Cosmetics Pret-a-Party Full-Face Makeup Kit - $59.00

What it is:
"A limited-edition holiday set with bestselling They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, POREfessional Face Primer, iconic rose-tinted, Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain, and Fakeup Undereye Hydrating Concealer in a giftable, collectible party tin."


What it does:
"This sexy gift for lashes, lips, cheeks and complexion comes wrapped and ready to give in a collectible party tin that’s a Sephora.com exclusive.  Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara features a breakthrough formula and a specially designed brush to boost length and volume beyond belief. Benetint offers a sexy flushed glow that won’t transfer or fade. Fakeup Undereye Hydrating Concealer camouflages dark circles and blurs lines while keeping skin hydrated for up to six hours of silky smooth wear. POREfessional instantly minimizes the appearance of pores with a silky, lightweight formula."


This set contains:
     0.3 oz They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
     0.4 oz Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain in Rose
     0.05 oz Fakeup Undereye Hydrating Concealer in 02 medium (mini size)
     0.25 oz The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Face Primer (mini size)

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
     Parabens
     Sulfates
     Phthalates

All descriptions and images are courtesy of Sephora.com and full details on each product can be found by following the link.

OMD4 Meet-N-Pose Edmonton 2015

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 8:41 PM Comments comments (7)

Image: Angela Funk, Model: Emily Fowler, MUA: Daniella Rose
OMD4 Meet-N-Pose -
Day of the Dead
Edmonton 2015
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Old Londonderry Cinema
November 1, 2015


OMD4 Meet-n-Pose (MNP) was back in action Sunday, November 1 in Edmonton, AB.  A late location change saw us back at the old Londonderry movie theatre (thank-you to Darin Wayne for the last-minute save). 

Meet-n-Pose is an event organized by OMD4 Makeup & FX and is an opportunity for photographers, models, makeup artists, hairstylists and designers to get together to build their portfolios and network  with others in the industry.  The event is open to new or experienced individuals.

The original plan for our Day of the Dead theme was to shoot at an abandoned farmhouse and homestead near Bruderheim, AB.  Unfortunately, accessing permits and getting permission proved difficult.  Oh, well!  C'est la vie.  We haven't given up on the location.  Fingers are crossed for September 2016. 

Behind the Scenes Images: L.A Morley

Typically the MNP events do not have a specific theme, but since this one took place on the day after Hallowe'en, also known as the Day of the Dead, the artists involved opted for darker concepts and colours.  Surprisingly enough no one used concepts around sugar skulls; however, there were plenty of beads, masks and top hats along with black lace, chiffon and capes.

A great big shout out to our three fabulous photographers: Darin Wayne, Lisa Lovallo and Angela Funk.  Finished images from the event started to appear within hours of the event wrapping up.  There are so many wonderful pictures coming out of this photoshoot.  Wish they could all be shared here, but the ones shown below should give you an idea of the quality being produced.

Models                         Makeup or Hair          Photographers
Kazper Harley              Molly Alanna                Darin Wayne
Emily Fowler                Daniella Rose               Lisa Lovallo
Image: Darin Wayne, Model: Emily Fowler, MUA: Daniella RoseToni Shenfield              Olivia Marie                 Angela Funk
Watfee Hajer               Emily Theriault

Thank-you to everyone who participated and made this one of the best Meet-n-Pose events yet.

The next Meet-n-Pose will take place March 16, 2016 to celebrate three years of MNP. 

Images: Lisa Lovallo, Models: Emily Fowler, Kazper Harley, Watfe Hajer, MUA (L to R): Daniella Rose, Molly Alanna, Molly Alanna, Hair: Emily Theriault







Images: Lisa Lovallo, Models: Toni Shenfield, Watfee Hajer, Kazper Harley, MUA: Daniella Rose, Molly Alanna, Molly Alanna

Taking a Creative Break: Makeup for Fun

Posted on October 14, 2015 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (9)
Model: Dominique Huyghe; MUA: Olivia Marie
Photo: Renee Robyn Photography; Model: Dominique Huyghe; MUA: Olivia Marie
  



Taking a Creative Break: Makeup for Fun
September 2015


Sometimes I forget to do makeups for myself ... and I don't mean on myself.  I mean doing shoots and makeup concepts that truly let my creative juices flow.  I got the chance to do a few last month and they made me remember I need to do more shoots like these to keep my passion alive.

The first creative I worked on last month was with the beautiful Dominique Huyghe and the extremely talented Renee Robyn Photography who was assisted by Rob Swynar.  It started with Dominique sending me a message and a few photos with her inspired ideas and I was hooked.

When I found out Renee was the photographer I was even more excited.  She has been on my Facebook for sometime, but I had never actually worked with her in any creative way. When I got to Renee's she showed me a poster on her wall which she wanted to recreate, but with a twist.  We painted half of Dominique's face with brown makeup and faded it down into a pale colour which just happened to match her hair.  I paired this with a geisha-inspired lip. 

On top of striking makeup, she wore a stunning vintage wedding dress for the first set.  It was cold, windy and rainy, but we all stood outside on location so Renee could get her amazing images.

We did a second set with Dominique where she was in a lace body suit with a sickle . I love the feel of this shoot.  It's the essence of Autumn beauty.  Keep an eye out.  Some of the shots will appear in a magazine at your local Chapters.  I'll keep you posted.
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Another creative shoot I did last month was at the Evelyn Charles Academy with some old friends of mine.  Hairstylist Maggie St.Pierrewas looking for a makeup artist and that's when I joined the project.

The model for this creative was Delreene Kusnyir, another friend from South Edmonton Common Evelyn Charles.  We went with a mermaid theme on this one: more fish-like than human. It was so good to see and work with this awesome talent.  Maggie used rope and gold mesh to cover Delreene.  We used super gloss to give her skin a wet feel. 

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To finish off the month I was lucky enough to get two creatives in with Lisa Lovallo, my boss at L. Hair Studio, and owner of Lovallo Art Photography. Along with her assistant Kristen Robinson, a photography student at NAIT, Lisa made one hell of a set with lite tress, lace, mesh and a load of flowers.

Thanks to Lisa-Marie Couture whose gorgeous ballroom-style gowns added an air of elegance. The makeup for this was crisp and clean.  Flawless skin with a simmer highlight and a peachy-gold eye with lashes top and bottom.  It had a fairy-tale feel, very Sleeping Beauty.

With all of the work Lisa put into the set, she contacted us again to see if we wanted to do another shoot.  I never say no to a good idea. This time we wanted heavier makeup.  Eyes where black smoky all the way to the brow with orange and red blended on the lid and orange on the inner corner. I used a light grey contour on the cheeks and gave her pale skin. This went well with the black lace one piece the model wore.
 
Unfortunately I can't show any of the finished photos.  Lisa is getting them published in Gothesque Magazine and their 2016 calendar.
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I don't get to do creative often.  It was nice to let loose and use my imagination.  I think I'll be scheduling more in the near future because sometimes I feel like I'm loosing sight of the reason I do what I do.

Like Renee Robyn told me: "Make yourself your number one client."  I might just take that advice. 












 


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