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*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!

 

CTV Morning Live : Valentine's Date Night Makeup

Ahhh, love is in the air! It's that time of year where we dust off our finest clothes and head out for a lovely romantic dinner. But what about if you're just heading to a pub and a movie, or a first date at a coffee shop? The makeup you choose to wear should compliment where you are going - if you're heading to Starbucks, you may want to hold off on the glitter (unless, ya know...you really love glitter!). This morning on CTV Morning Live, we discussed the when's and why's of the makeup I chose for three date night looks!

Here is the video : Valentine's Date Night Looks

First model, my lovely Jen - she's on her way to a coffee shop. Cozy, casual and comfortable, but bright lights, so we kept the focus on skin! Especially in the winter months, we need to make sure we pay particular attention to our skin, and feed it full of all the yummy things. For Jen's luminous skin, I used The Body Shop's Fresh Nude Foundation for that radiant glow, and some of the Shade Adjusting Lightening drops to lighten where I needed, as well as to highlight a bit. Next we used Stila Convertible Colour on the cheeks and lips! (note: for the cheeks, use a fluffy blush brush for a super glowy, diffused look).

For Marla, she's going to dinner and a movie! We gave her a slightly smokier eye using our trusty Urban Decay Naked2 palette, and perfected her skin with Fresh Nude Foundation listed above. Kept the cheeks soft and used Meredesso's Lip Treats in Sheer Burgundy for lightweight, buildable colour. Lots of yummy ingredients in this one with sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil and Vitamins C & E. It also doubles as a fantastic primer for matte lipsticks, as there isn't too much slip to it.

For myself (ahem...me, a model? Not really), I went all out with glitz and glamour! What can I say... it's kinda my style :) Smokey, sultry eye that I topped off with Stila's Magnificent Metals in Kitten, just stamped over my lid to give a twinkly effect. I'm wearing Ardell Demi Wispies (a huge fave of mine!), and MAC Retro Matte lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous. Under the lipstick (which believe me, has pretty incredible wear on it's own), I paired it up with The Body Shop's Lip & Cheek Stain. That way, once my lip colour wears down, I still have something behind it to back it up a bit.

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CTV Morning Live - Makeup Spring Cleaning

Always wonder how long those shadows *really* are good for? Bought a new mascara a few months ago, but have only used it twice? Check out my segment on CTV Morning Live today as I talk to Lianne Laing and Melissa Lamb about expiration dates and when to purge your endless supply of makeup (yes, you have to…). Watch the video: CTV Morning Live -Makeup Spring Cleaning

Here's a handy list of how long products are good for, once they've been opened.

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I mention "up to" as there are certain circumstances in which products may last shorter or slightly longer periods of time. If you've noticed that your products smells "off", or that powder you've been using for a while has a weird film across it, it's time to pitch it - no matter what the timeframe.  Cosmetics, especially liquid and emollient based, are an incredible breeding ground for bacteria - it can grow at an exponential rate and can lead to irritation, infections and even allergic reactions.

Most products are still not required to have an expiry date, but generally speaking, most products have a shelf stable life of 30-36 months (meaning, from production date, unopened). Here is a link to a super website called www.checkcosmetic.net - it allows you to check out the batch code from your products, and tells you when it was made. The slight nerd in me finds this super interesting!  I have to admit, when I first stumbled across this site, I grabbed all of my makeup that was nearby and rung it through… aaaaaaaand then half of it hit the trash can! It's hard to keep track of what was purchased when, I hear that, says the makeup hoarder…

Another area that we don't tend to think about is the cleanliness of our makeup. We wash our clothes, our hair, our faces and bodies - but we never really think about how clean our makeup is. Imagine - it's the *only* thing we put on our bodies that we never wash ::shudder:: And really, I wouldn't use a dirty washcloth on my face, so why is makeup any different? There is a revolutionary product out on the market called Beauty So Clean, that was created by a top celebrity makeup artist in Toronto. Helps to keep your makeup & brushes sanitary and it's Canadian made? I like! They offer a few different products, including:

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Conditioning Brush Cleanser - for cleaning your brushes,

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Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes - for lipsticks, lipglosses & mascaras

Cosmetic Sanitizer Mists - for powders, without ruining their finish

This link here shows all about bacteria and your makeup. I feel like I should say sorry and you're welcome in the same sentence here :D   If you'd like to try any Beauty So Clean products, use the promo code "beachparty" for an additional savings off of regular priced items at checkout.

So now that the spring finally seems to be trying to arrive, it's the perfect time to go through your makeup bags, add in some fresh new colours and products, clean up what you're keeping turf those older ones that have been kicking around for a little too long