The most wonderful time of the year!
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.
DREAMS COME TRUE - EVEN THE ONES YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD...
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.
And a little #BTS action too!
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!
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.
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!
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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!
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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!
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!
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!
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!
I say finally, but really it was like 2 weeks from when I ordered. I'm thoroughly impressed with The Ordinary thus far, in terms of their marketing, overall product quality and their customer service. Just after I placed my order, they announced that there was a production hold up with their Colours, and I do believe it was due to packaging (everyone wanted pumps instead of droppers - good choice and well worth the wait, IMO). They made a public apology as well as an email blast to their customers stating the issue. See? That's all us customers want, is to be kept in the loop. For such a green company, they are already making good choices! I did notice on their website that they still are out of stock/production of some due to waiting for those pumps, but hopefully they'll have a solution figured out soon.
So when it comes to makeup, I always have a hard time deciding what I'd like and tend to over-purchase. All in the name of product research, I say! With The Ordinary Colours, there are two formula options - Coverage Foundation and Serum Foundation. I normally like a fuller coverage, so that was a given, and I've been on the hunt for a lightweight option for summer and weekends. At $6.90 and $6.70 respectively, I figured I'd give both a whirl.
The packaging is practical and not fussy at all. Some would say that it's a bit plain like their skincare line, but seriously, it's functional, well made and that's really all that matters. I've been in the industry long enough to know that sometimes (note I didn't say all the time), but sometimes, fancy packaging can just be smoke and mirrors for the actual ingredients inside said jar/bottle/package. The plastic bottles feel good in the hand with their rubberized feel, and same with the pump. I have to mention again how happy I am that they bypassed the dropper option. Ugh... I see droppers and all I think of is how unsanitary and contaminated the product will become. I know you're know supposed to touch the dropper, but everyone does, and a pump just avoids all of that ickiness. Not to mention the mess a dropper foundation can become. The boxes are stiff and sturdy, and have a rubberized characteristic to them as well.
Generally speaking, foundation also has a tendency to wear down on my skin throughout the day, no matter what their long-wearing claims may be. It always starts off looking fresh, and by end of day, will look tired, cakey and heavy, accentuating every line, pore and texture on my skin. Always a challenge - what works one week might not work the next. My skin is pickyyyyyy.
Sun protection factor
In terms of formulation, I love, love LOVE the fact that the foundations are created without chemical sunscreens, because my skin hates, hates, HATES those. Oxybenzone & Octinoxate will literally give me craters on my face by end of day, and I'll end up with rash-like acne. Trust me - it ain't pretty. So when I noticed they spoke about using physical protection ingredient Titanium Dioxide, I figured it was one less thing for me to react to. You won't notice an SPF notation on the packaging though - long story short, that's reserved for the the European packaging for now (same formula, different wording). Did I mention my skin hates chemical sunscreen? Hates.
Shade options - there are A LOT! What brand launches 21 shades during their initial release?! Not many, that's who! The Ordinary separates and categorizes their Colours in the most perfect of ways - a way that makes sense. They use the numbers and letters (sounds familiar!), but I do like this system. Because what does Classic Ivory or Buff Beige really mean anyways?! Like, really.
So it works like this:
Level of Colour: 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Undertone: P (pink), N (neutral), Y (yellow), R (red)
So some will select level first, some undertone. As long as you end up at the same place and the correct shade, it doesn't matter.
undertones & swatches
For myself, I like a truly neutral foundation for winter and spring; for summer I tend to get a bit more neutral/pink and I like to mix foundations. I'm not pink enough for a straight pink undertone foundation but a mix suits me well. So for my shade, I opted for the following:
2.0N Serum Foundation
2.0 Coverage Foundation
2.0P Serum Foundation
2.0P Coverage Foundation
If I'm being critical about shades and undertone (which I usually am), at first glance, these are almost bang on to what I expected from the description online. I didn't grab a Y (yellow) undertone to compare, although maybe I should have. But from what I saw in online comparisons is that it was quite gold. Good for some, but not for this Mediterranean/Scottish blend chicka.
The formulas are quite nice, having only swatches them on my arms so far. The Coverage formula offers a nice medium-full coverage liquid; non-oily, but a lovely demi-matte finish, in my opinion.
Serum Foundation sounds super liquidy and watery when you shake it up, whereas the viscosity of the Coverage is a tad thicker (although no thicker than any other medium coverage foundation out there). I'm wearing the Serum formula today and the coverage is LOVELY but the texture is so difficult to describe, because I know will butcher what I want to say LOL! It's lightweight and luminous, and imparts the most beautiful flawless finish with a whisper of coverage and colour. Due to the nature of the slip and slide of the formula, I figured it would oxidize a bit, but 6 hours of wear so far and we are still fresh and looking like the 2.0N I applied hours ago! The skin combo I used today was:
Applied with Sonia Roselli Sable Foundation Brush
One Fine Beauty Matte Perfection Touch Up Veil in N25 under eyes
Topped off with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
So as of now, I'm super impressed. With this Serum Foundation, I may have found a new lightweight, everyday, non-SPF foundation! If so, given the price point, colour range, and overall product composition, I will be super stoked and a loyal customer for a long time!
I've always wondered if the more expensive the skincare, the better it is. Trust be told, my skin is quite reactive, which can be a challenge when testing out products. If you want to know if a product is irritating, I'm pretty sure my skin will tell you in 0.87 seconds.
So when I read about the brand The Ordinary online, I was intrigued. Actives, acids and serums for less than a tube of drugstore mascara? Nah...can't be. And even if it was so cheap, there must be some reason why. Lesser quality ingredients? Subpar packaging? Lacking customer services? Well, my first couple of weeks with the products, I can tell you it's a hard no on all those fronts.
And I'm pleasantly surprised.
At first, I found the website a bit confusing and tricky when trying to identify my needs. I mean, sure I'm in my late(r) 30's, but I wasn't really looking for wrinkle treatment. Prevention...sure. But not necessarily treatment. For me, I'm looking for something that can keep my adulthood breakouts at bay, not irritate my skin, and furthermore, work kindly with the products I already have and love.
It took some time to go through their site, www.theordinary.com, but I finally decided on 5 bottles (yes, 5...cause they are so dang inexpensive AND free shipping over $25CAD... and I'm brutally cheap when it comes to shipping). So I ordered the following:
The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum ($5.90, theordinary.com) really is a great, non-irritating product. While it won't help to control breakouts, it will help to minimize the appearance of blemishes, as well as pooling of sebum on the skin's surface. What I noticed while using it was, that while I still had the occasional breakout, it healed exponentially faster than when I hadn't used it. For example, a typical blemish for me could last 10-14 days. I would start treating from the moment I could feel it brewing, but it would be too late. I'd just wait it out.
While using this serum, I've noticed that blemishes are fewer and far between, and take less time to disappear (on average, 3-4 days). Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, also has the following perks:
- Helps to improve acne
- Reduces inflammation and redness
- Can help to treat melasma and discolouration
- Can help to boost elasticity and improve wrinkles
When I first applied the serum to my skin, it's gel-like formula dried down a bit too much for my liking. I think I was expecting a luxurious, silky formula, whereas this felt a bit like an acne gel. But I plopped my favourite moisturizer on top - Sonia Roselli's Water Balm and whammo - plump and happy skin!
The other product I was just having a fit over to try was the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($6.70, theordinary.com). It mentions on their site that it reduces the appearance of eye contour pigmentation (fancy way of saying dark circles) and puffiness. Right below that, it really puts reality in check with their disclaimers about how it wont work miracles with hollowness or fat deposits, which is great that they point that out. Managing expectations - I respect that!
Did you know that caffeine can help with the appearance of cellulite? I did. And now I want a bathtub sized container to soak in...
Another fun fact is that caffeine inside the body makes us hyper and agitated, but used on the outside in serums and lotions does the opposite - more calming, soothing effect.
I absolutely ADORE this serum - feels lovely on, doesn't smell offensive and works beautifully with my Water Balm. I use this just to treat the eye area before and then tap my WB on after. I've noticed a *big* difference in my undereye circles, and given the fact that I've used many of eye creams and gels over the years, this one will be a staple for a long time to come.
The Salicylic Acid 2% Solution ($4.90, theordinary.com) is a handy little gel to put directly on those unsightly spots to help speed along their healing. I've found it non-irritating, not overly drying and I've used it in conjunction with everything else I've listed here. Win!
I'm excited to try out the other formulas that I purchased but I wanted to go easy on the trials because a) my skin will freak out and b) it's only fair to let these products shine on their own - I need to know which is doing what! But for anyone that is needing extra moisture and lipids to their skin, I'm sure the Hyaluronic Acid and Rose Hip Oil with be great additions to the majority of people's regimes.
And while I'm fawning over my new products, can I actually just say that I love the packaging? Clean and effective - even the box is lovely (I still have them all... I'm weird like that). I still don't understand how I can get actives and acids for the price of a Frappucino, but hey, I ain't complaining! I have four of their new foundations on order (2 of their Coverage Foundations, and two of the Serum Foundations), and I cannot wait to try them!
If you've been wondering about The Ordinary's product line, seriously, don't hesitate. Not only are they Canadian made, shipped from Toronto, they also have a return policy that is the bees-knees. Try it - they don't disappoint!
This is not a sponsored post; all products discussed were purchased and opinions are my own.
Being one of Ottawa's most sought-after makeup teams certainly is a rewarding feeling.
To think - just over 4 years ago, I had this wild and crazy idea to quit my steady and rewarding career to start my own freelance company. Wasn't sure if it was the right choice, but it was a 'sink or swim' situation (and hope to heck I swim!).
Here we are - in year 4.5 and now we are across the country! You can find well trained, incredibly talented artists under the One Fine Beauty Team in not only Ottawa, but also in Kingston, Prince Edward County, Niagara and Vancouver!
I've been so gifted in my life to work with such exceptional makeup artists, but more than that, I work with people who CARE!
They care about their clients and their special day.
They care about their kits, keeping them super clean and having the best products.
They care about their reputation, and that of One Fine Beauty. We will never let you down.
They know they can offer the best service . We are more than just a group of makeup artists. We offer a wonderful experience to our clients' wedding day!