One Fine Beauty Gives Back - Dancing with the Docs

This past weekend, we were so happy to have been included in an incredible event - Dancing with the Docs for the Ottawa Hospital, as the Official Makeup Sponsor!

Dancing with the Docs is a unique event of professional dancers paired with our local doctors, who put on an amazing show, all to win the coveted prize of the Medicine Ball. The performances were nothing short of spectacular and a clear reflection of all the time, practice, sweat and patience put into it.


Shannon, Penelopy and Marianne did makeup for over 15 performers and judges for the event - and the amount of colour & glitter we used made our hearts skip a beat! Take a peak at the video to get an idea of how amazing this event was! 

Through the Doctors’ own fundraising, and that of the event itself, 2019 Dancing with the Docs raised a whopping $455,000!!!

Here’s to an amazing event and cannot wait to see what the 2020 event brings!

Review: rephr Makeup Brushes

As a professional makeup artist, one of the questions I’m asked the most is always - what makeup brushes do you recommend? 


Well, that’s a loaded question! My first reply is always a combination of the following:

  • what tools do you currently have?

  • what tools do you feel you are currently missing?

  • what looks are you trying to achieve?

  • what is your budget?


For years, the answer was simple. I always loved and recommended MAC Cosmetics makeup brushes. The quality and softness was second to none, and they were adored by both consumers and pro artists alike. But over time, things changed - suppliers seemed to change hands, the source of the bristles raised questions (shedding and losing dye), and just overall manufacturing - in my opinion - started to slip. Which, quite honestly, broke my heart because they were my tried and true for nearly 25 years. And truth be told, my brushes from two decades ago are still amazing and perform super well; they’ve been put through the ringer and still look as good as the day I purchased them (back at the Bloor location in 1999!). But having had to replace my modern day #109’s 3 times in just as many years, I had to look for another option. NB: the entire line of MAC Cosmetics has recently been switched over to synthetic bristles, which, well... I’m not a fan of. But that’s a different conversation!


This is when rephr came up in my feed. Now, if you’d followed me for any length of time, you know that I’m not into the whole ‘influencer’ lifestyle, dream, market, whatever. I only trust the recommendations of fellow makeup artists who have a boat load of experience under their belt and have similar standards and expectations as myself.  Anyone who recommends a brand like Morphe or BH will never sell me on a single thing in life...

So when my fellow senior artist peers started recommending this brand rephr, it peaked my interest. rephr (yes, without a capital R), is a Canadian brand, with natural, un-cut bristles brushes and manufactured in Japan. If you didn’t already know, brushes made in Japan are typically 😍; Hakudodo brushes are the HG to many Pro Artists. So I went online, and purchased most of rephr’s Core Set (I have enough brushes that look like 02, although looking back, I should have purchased it regardless). The concept behind the way they develop their end result brushes is amazing - they have sent their brushes, at a promo price, to PRO ARTISTS all around the globe and asked for their feedback on prototypes. And what do they do with that feedback? They take the most popular feedback/change requests, and produce ANOTHER prototype brush. Still needs more work? Well, they make another...and another.... You get the picture. 


What I love the MOST about this, is that they are asking and valuing the opinion and feedback of real working pros! Not influencers who are paid for their content and/or reviews. It’s not about the clicks or the reach or the social media presence - it’s about those true artists who are on the frontlines, servicing real people. Whether it be artist who work with brides on their wedding day, or maybe local Moms booking makeup lessons to boost her confidence or improve her technique, or an perhaps a Pro Artist with a celebrity clientele. The end result is the same - rephr wants to know what the pros want and need! 

Delivered in a beautiful, sturdy box that protect your investment nicely. Perfect to double as your daily brush holder, too

Delivered in a beautiful, sturdy box that protect your investment nicely. Perfect to double as your daily brush holder, too

These brushes are THE BEES KNEES!!!

So unbelievably soft, yet supportive enough to do their job.

My thoughts:

  • The 01 is my favourite brush ever! It’s my new replacement for my beloved MAC #217; it is literal perfection. The tapered tip nestles itself effortlessly in the crease and allows for a controlled and well-blended application of product. $30

  • The 03 is the tightest, smallest pencil brush that gives you the most perfect and precise smoked out look. At first I thought it would be like any other pencil brush, but this is essentially half the size of others I have. And while its tightly packed and has a nice sharp point, it’s not scratchy at all. $30

  • The 04 is a beautifully shaped blush brush, that is perfect for contour and highlighting as well. Not too flimsy and not too stiff, you can create the most beautifully blended cheekbones with using this brush alone. $46

  • The 05 is a luxuriously fluffy powder brush, that doubles as a bronzer brush. Typically brushes that we use for bronzer are larger than blush brushes, so they give a seamless, sun-kissed glow all over, without being too heavy or mimicking blush application. The natural tips on these bristles allow the product to glide effortlessly over the skin. $66

  • The 07 is a longer blending brush, with a flat end. While it’s not the style of brush I would use to ‘apply’ a shadow colour, it’s the perfect type for blending out a crease. And even better use for this brush is for setting concealer, with a product like Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes (love that trick!). As a note, I was sent this prototype brush complimentary in exchange for honest feedback; this brush will soon be launched for $30, and is currently $0 in it’s prototype phase.

You can see the “Japan” stamp. Manufactured in Japan, in most cases, is a quality stamp in itself.

You can see the “Japan” stamp. Manufactured in Japan, in most cases, is a quality stamp in itself.


So after sending in my feedback, I was given a link to share with friends, family and One Fine Beauty fans. I was not paid for this review, nor will I be in the future. When people click the link to see my review, they can shop from the same page and rephr can track who/where they are getting their customers from. 

Additionally, consumers who shop via the link of an industry pro have the opportunity to have new prototypes sent to them for free to test, in exchange for feedback.  Pretty solid deal if you ask me! With the detail and thoughts I sent in about the 07 brush, I’ve already received an email back with the changes they will be making to that brush, and how the new prototype will look. I’m super impressed that this company cares so much and listens so intently to what we have to say. Hopefully in the future, other companies will follow suit and involve real professionals when trying to create an outstanding product, because honestly, this is working out really well for rephr so far.


Check out for my full testing notes!


2019 Wedding Bookings


Here we are - another year underway for our fabulous One Fine Beauty Team! We are currently over 50% booked for our season, which is great - this generation of wedding clientele actually books their makeup services quite a bit later than our clients in seasons past! But hey - we are easy and breezy - give us a shout anyways, even if your upcoming nuptials are happening before GOT is back on the air!

Being able to adapt to the flows of business and being really flexible to work with are two of the things our clients compliment us on. So if you’re still looking for an artist for your BIG day, don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

We have 12 talented artists between Ottawa to Niagara/NOTL, all ready to make you picture perfect and enhance your natural radiance and beauty on the day it matters most!

**Please note, Shannon is 95% booked for all Saturdays during wedding season, but don’t let that stop you! Sometimes, she can squeeze in an extra bride, but quite honestly - you are in the best hands in the city with any of the #OFB team!

Introducing our *new* PEC Makeup Artist!!

We are so excited to welcome our good friend, and incredibly talented makeup artist Jazlyn to the One Fine Beauty Team, servicing Prince Edward County!! 



Jazlyn has been a professional makeup artist for 12 years, with many of those years managing the MAC Cosmetics counter located at the Hudson's Bay Kingston. Following her time at MAC, she saw herself in Toronto (which is now where she calls home), directing and teaching at SOMA - The School of Makeup Art for three years.

Proficient in both beauty and special FX makeup, Jazlyn brings a lot of talent and enthusiasm to the One Fine Beauty team!

Seeing as Jazlyn is located in Toronto, she is able to see her brides for their consults there, when she is booked for their Prince Edward County weddings! For One Fine Beauty, Jazlyn services PEC, Kingston, Brockville, and sometimes Ottawa.

Welcome, Jazlyn!

Truly a Canadian Moment!


I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about the amazing opportunity I had back in January!! Being a pro makeup artist for so long, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty cool people for some awfully wicked occasions. But one of those that might take the cake, is a little something I worked on for the Canadian Olympic Committee!


When I received a call from the COC, the lovely lady who booked me mentioned it would be for a last minute gig—this was a Saturday night, and the photo shoot was on the Monday night. Couldn’t tell me location, couldn’t tell me the talent. All she could tell me is that it was top secret and that I would get more details Monday afternoon. 


There was a hair component to the photo shoot, so naturally my first call was to my partner-in-crime, Lori from Showpony Hair and Beauty. Whenever something cool comes in, she’s the one - always the one - I can count on. So we ponied up, got super excited and awaited our details! 


We got to the location, and it was dark from the outside, but we were welcomed at the door by part of the super friendly crew. Minute by minute, more people showed up, and we had an opportunity to get to know the photographer a bit by chatting while we waited for the talent to arrive from the airport. The photographer’s name is Chris Gordaneer - he’s part of a collective named Westside Studio in Toronto and his work is EPIC. Seriously, go check him out!


Talent arrived and we were blown away - it was Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir!!! The ‘soon-to-be’ Olympic gold medalists (again!) at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. We could not believe it - we were working on the official Olympic image for our Nation’s Flag Bearers!


They truly are the kindest, most genuine, and funniest, pair ever. What you see is what you get with them. We worked on Tessa first, and I gave her my classic soft smokey and a mid-tone lip. We kept it fairly natural due to the nature of the shoot, the styling/clothing, the setup etc. Her hair ended up being in a voluminous pony, but softly pulled back. For Scott, we just did the regular amount of grooming that we would normally do for a shoot or 4K video.

Photo: Chris Gordaneer

Photo: Chris Gordaneer

And a little #BTS action too!

A little #BTS shot from Georgia from @TeamCanada!

A little #BTS shot from Georgia from @TeamCanada!

As we were working with Tessa, she mentioned she would love to have us do her hair and makeup for the official press release the following morning at the House of Commons with Prime Minister Trudeau - so naturally we were so happy to doll her up the next morning as well. What an absolute pleasure to work with her again! You can see from the pictures below the overall look was a lot softer, but equally as pretty. When you’re working with such a natural beauty like Tessa, it doesn’t take much at all!

At the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa  Photo: Tessa Virtue

At the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa

Photo: Tessa Virtue

Photo: screenshot from CBC Broadcast, January 16, 2018  House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa

Photo: screenshot from CBC Broadcast, January 16, 2018

House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa

And then they went on to win GOLD(s)!!!


This one will definitely go in the books as highly memorable and one that I’m eternally grateful for.

Sign Up for our Newsletter! (5 years later...)

I know, I know...

I'm late to the game here, but something about mailing lists has always scared me. Besides the fact that I'm a unsubscriber (#guilty), I've always wondered what I could do to provide our clients and fanbase some sort of additional info in a non-annoying way (that last part is super-duper important). But by being a professional makeup artist for nearly 20 years and lordt, I'm dating myself, I'm bound to have a few tricks up my sleeve, amirite?! So for 2018, I've decided to try out this whole newsletter thing - I know that I do have a lot of good info up in this noggin of mine and I feel a bit selfish not sharing it ;)

Truthfully, whenever I do seminars, my first thought is always "but what am I going to teach today - everyone knows all this stuff I'm about to talk about?" To which the retort from 95% of my attendees exclaim "No, we don't know everything you're about to say - this is why we are here!"

Point taken :)

So for now, the newsletter will remained unnamed until I think of something genius, witty or just plain awesome, but I promise good content! No junky email cluttering up your inbox, and you can unsubscribe anytime (although we hope you won't!) 

I'm thinking of posting about:

  • tips & tricks from an experienced makeup artist
  • upcoming promotions (services & products)
  • upcoming seminars
  • genuine product reviews, products I love and why, tried and true, splurge or steal
  • maybe small video clips if I muster enough courage lol

Any other ideas? I'm open at this point... throw anything at me! You can either message me or leave in the comments below!

If you've made it this far (thank you!), don't forget to sign up - it's at the bottom of our homepage.



*Wedding Chicks Approved*

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It's no surprise that we love all things weddings - and are happy to announce (or remind, depending on how long you've been following us!) that we are Wedding Chicks approved!!


We love the gals over at Wedding Chicks - they have über amounts of inspiring blog posts covering all things beauty, DIY, shower ideas, honeymoon & travel, and the list goes on! Be sure to check out the 'Printables' section - there are such great stationary ideas in there... and they are all FREE!


While you're over there, take a peek at our profile and let us know what you think! 


2018 is ramping up and there's no shortage on lucky gals getting engaged to the man of their dreams! We've had an influx of bookings for this coming year and some dates are already booked solid, so contact us soon to avoid disappointment. Remember - your photos will last a lifetime - make sure you feel like a million bucks in all of them!


Contact us today for your personalized quote for makeup services!


My AlumierMD Peel journey!

Last month, I decided to finally take control of my adult acne *cry* and figured it was time for some experimentation with a premium line I had recently heard a lot about. I also figured it was time for some grown-up facial care! I have recently had a bout with some not-so-lovely acne, and really, I haven't experienced acne like this before. While my skin was always not terrible, it's never been consistently broken out like this. After speaking and seeing the results of one of my lovely brides, I decided to take her advice and go to Dermis myself!



So today, I had my second AlumierMD peel at Dermis Advanced Skin Care and Medi Clinic on Albert Street. I see Jessica K. there and she really is a wealth of knowledge! 


The first time I went, we did a very mild, superficial peel, as I have very reactive skin. We were trying to decide it's temperament and didn't want to go too strong, too soon. Today, we did the AlumierMD Glow Peel, and stuck with just one layer (apparently you can do up to 5!). Before the peel started, Jessica cleansed my skin and did a clay masque. After that, she used a 20% salicylic acid composition to start the exfoliation process. The Glow Peel itself is a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid and resorcinol - all work together in perfect harmony to help to loosen dead skin cells, exfoliate the skin and treat acne. The peel itself wasn't uncomfortable, but it was a strong at times with a burning feeling up the nose (I tried to hold my breath lol). While it sat on for the full 5 mins, it was actually tolerable. Once the peel did it's thing, she went ahead and neutralized it, then used their Anti-Itch Intensive Recovery cream from their post care kit. Poof - instant relief! Having had the peel done about 6 hours ago, I currently feel like my face is tight and possibly like it's shrink-wrapped 😬


I also re-purchased an Essential Oil Complex from GM Collin which I am completely pleased with (and I feel like I'm always so disappointed with skin care). It keeps the reactive skin tame, soothed and feeling nice and clean. If I could bathe in that stuff I would...but at $64.00/bottle, I use it sparingly!


Here's a snippet of my current products that I'm using, that are NOT irritating my finicky skin.

Here's a snippet of my current products that I'm using, that are NOT irritating my finicky skin.


I can tell already that I will be pleased with the results. We are targeting some new acne (boooo!) and acne scarring from years of picking. Do as I say, not as I do... don't pick!


One thing I find interesting, is that a lot of skin care professionals who use the AlumierMD line, don't actually stock a lot of the products. You can easily order online and it should be at your door within 3-4 business days. I did do some sleuthing and figured out that Brookstreet's spa Au Naturel does carry the entire line. I guess it's a great way for pros to reduce their overhead and not sit on products that might not move - at first I was shocked, but now I understand. It's actually a great way to make sure that they products you receive are fresh and new, and not sitting on a spa's shelf for an extended period of time. But if you need it - Brookstreet will likely have it!