I am generally patient and polite to sales people, even though my personality doesn’t like being cold called or appreciate being told that “I can’t live without” something. I understand local advertisers calling me looking for more ad sales, and they aren’t pushy. Multi-level Marketing (MLM) sales people on the other hand: holy hell I just can’t handle it.
This is a more personal blog post today: I was targeted for a pretty scary scam.
Ever get a job offer that seems too good to be true? And you hope and hope that it really is! I got a email yesterday from someone at Instyle magazine offering me a job on a photoshoot for them. It was all paid for and a super crazy paying job. Oh god how I was excited and flattered and then my logical self kicked in. Is this a real person?
Here is the full story and what to do when you get one of these emails. There are a few updates at the bottom please read these too!
Questions For Scotia: this month’s question for me was from Nikki.
“how do you go about introducing makeup and skin care to a 13 year old?”
Great question because as we know from so many studies and documentaries like “Killing Us Softly”, that the media starts early and hits hard at our young women with the massive media presented image of “WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK LIKE”. Which to all us grown ups shake our heads, and shed a tear for all the pain we know our young ones will go through and for some, may never get past.
I will give you my last answer first: the best is always take them to someone who is a professional: a makeup artist at a store or spa, an esthetician, or a hair stylist. They can point you in the right direction for answers.
But now I can in detail answer you.
“Going green at the salon” used to be words that my Mum would roll her eyes at: because it meant that I was dying my hair another weird colour. But that isn’t what it means anymore!
The Green movement is picking up in Thunder Bay and the trend is becoming a business savy way in one of the most waste producing business: Hair Salons.
- we do our weekly recycling, even if its just our empties because we can get money back
- we use energy efficient appliances
- when buying a new phone, laptop, tablet, etc we pay the electronic recylicng fee
- we turn down our heat or air conditioning
- use the hydro off and peak times chart to do our laundry + using only cold water
- some of us compost for our gardens
- use LED light bulbs (which you can get great coupons for online now as a incentive program)
- walk, roll, bike to work or school / using public transport
- bring your own bags or ask for paper bags instead at the store
I know we all know the main use for talcum powder aka baby powder : to keep wet/sweaty areas dry. But googling quickly can get scary, what is it made up of and how did it become such a common house hold beauty product?
Blush otherwise known as cheek colour(guess where it goes) can comes in creams, gel, liquids, and powders(loose and pressed). Powder blush is the most common to find and is the easiest to use.
So its a few months till your big day! And you have a entire pinterest wall full of makeup and hair and nail ideas but how do you even pick one?
I like the lips on this one… but the top part of this hair style… but these nails don’t match my dress but the style is super pretty!
Wanting to be the most beautiful bride is super stressful. But that is why there are professionals who can help!
For the past 10 years, I have heard some crazy things of what other spa owners, estheticians and assistants have told clients what to do, and how to prepare for their spa service.
And to be honest it is flabbergasting what they expect of clients and how lazy some people are. This is the service industry: I am here to serve you and your beauty and spa needs.
So how do you know what to get? How to get it? Will You feel comfortable? What happens? What should you do?
This morning whilst having a shower, I looked at the back of my body wash and saw in big purple letters: Paraben free.
I know that I talk alot about products that have parabens, antioxidants, organic, and that are gluten free and cruelty free.
I explained anti oxidants in my post “Summer Sensitive Skin”. I went through other toxins like formaldehyde and toulene in my post about ZOYA nail polish and we all know what cruelty free is. I haven’t gotten into parabens but they are something that is a scare word now in the world of cosmetics but why? When it comes to the chemistry of our makeup and skin care, what are the tiny differences to our body as a whole?
So what are they?
Contouring is all the rage, but did you know pretty much all of the posts on instagram and pinterest you are following are wrong?
There are different kinds of contouring, the ones that are most popular on the internet is the 3-4 step contour… this is not meant for daily ware.. not even for evening ware… its meant for stage performers and drag queens. Lights on stage are bright and will flatten out your face shape, for different looks for different performers you will want to have a different look. This involves building up lighter and darker features on your face, setting the foundations and concealers so they don’t sweat off or melt off with all the lights.
This type of contouring where you are painting on with different shades of concealer, is for photoshoots and weddings.
This photo is from behind the scenes at a photoshoot.
Daytime contouring is very easy and I bet you don’t even realize you are doing it!
Blush, powder highlighter and bronzer.
Thats it. Pretty easy eh? We use the highlighter to brighten up our eyes, blush to make us look more awake and alive.. and bronzer to lightly contour cheekbones, chins and foreheads.
For special occasions, like a big date night or parties and weddings, you can do a bit more and this is usually when you start using more concealer than just powders.
Different concealers are used for different areas:
2 shades lighter foundation or concealer packs for places you want to highlight: like under eyes, on top of cheek bones and your cupid’s bow(above your lips)
You can use brow pencils and filler to reshape brows, and lip liners to correct thin or uneven lips.
Green takes out red: good for rosecea marks, pimples, and scratches.
Yellow takes out dark browns and purples: liver or age spots, bruises, dark under eyes.
1-2 shades darker concealer or foundation for or bronzer: hiding a bigger chin, under neck(or double chin), in cheek bone hollows, and to hide a larger forehead.
Now for high fashion, bright photo shoots, artistic recreations and drag/stage performers this is where you can really transform your face.
This is when you definitely need a contour concealer palette.
- this is creamed based, lasts longer and blends best with your foundation
This is where all those pictures of Kim Kardasian are from.
You can give yourself a smaller, thinner nose. Or totally reshape your face.
Having a makeup lesson and having a contouring map of your face is always fun, it can show you where you need to focus on with the different colours. The whole point of contouring is to even the shape of your face into a oval, keeping center focus.