Makeup 101: Blush and Bronzer

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.


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Why are Wedding Trials Important?

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!

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Cold and White Fingers and Toes: Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Ever notice that sometimes our hands and/or feet are super cold and look almost white, then turn purple and red?  Especially in the winter or when you are stressed?

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Raynaud’s phenomenon is a very common answer to this question, particularly for women (but it can affect anyone). Sometimes called Raynaud’s disease, its not as scary as it seems unless you have other underlying medical issues that this can be apart of a symptom of.

If you feel these symptoms here is a test: press on your fingers, toes, legs or anywhere that feels like your skin is too cold or numb. Does your skin turn white and take a while to bring back its colour?  That is one way of telling you might be experiencing this phenomenon .

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What to Expect When You Visit a Spa

For the past 15 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?

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Is it a Pimple, a Boil or a Gummibear?

After this weekend my husbands anniversary surprise to me was getting a pilonidal cyst. Its a type of cyst that develops (usually from a ingrown hair) at the base of your spine, above the tailbone.  It was kinda a present as I am one of those people who love to lance pimples!

For about a week he thought he had bumped his tailbone at work, it was red and bruised. Then the skin started getting dry and really tight, which I thought was  it was dry from being sore, or he was scratching at it. Then 2 days ago it started swelling and I thought it was a pimple, or a ingrown hair(kind of). I was going to get it the next day until it turned into a giant swollen, weepy area which I then knew it was a cyst.

So as Homer has asked many times, is it a pimple or a boil?

But really the most common question is what is the difference?

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The Contour

Contouring is all the rage, but did you know pretty much all of the posts on instagram and pinterest you are following are wrong?

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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.

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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.

This is an example of wedding style contouring
This is an example of wedding style contouring

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 is4517b0645da5adfa78cdbebba4198e501a440be4 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.

This is an example of artistic contouring (For Drag)
This is an example of artistic contouring (For Drag)

The Bikini Wax: is it worth it?

It’s getting to that time of year where many women(and men) are deciding if they want to start on their hair removal routine for spring.

First when you are planning on you’d like to get smooth and hairless like those weird(but very cute) Sphinx cats: if possible figure out your hair growth cycle

Hair grows in 3 stages, growing(anagen), transition(catogen) and falling out(telogen).  Whenever you want to remove hair, you want to try to get it at 3 weeks growth, which is between the growing and transition stage.

What are your Options?

  • shaving

  • chemical hair removers

  • waxing

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Dry Hands and Feet

Following my last blog post about exfoliating I will be talking(sort of) about the next step: Moisturizing.  Because it’s winter time I’ll be focusing on dry skin on your hands and feet.

The most I personally suffer from dry skin in the winter is just a random angnail(hang nail) here and there. I work in moisturizer all day giving massages so I get way more moisture than I need to combat the dry air, cold winds, frost and all the other havoc that Jack Frost pulls on skin.


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Winter Lips: possibly the worst.

If you follow me on my facebook or my instagram (which if you don’t you totally should!) you would have seen this:


The winter plays havoc with all of us. Whether it’s too dark and effects our moods; too cold and effects our bodies; or too dry and effects our skin.When the cold air hits anything with moisture, like our skin, it freezes it. When we get inside, the moisture doesn’t get soaked back in: Instead it evaporates, leaving us with dry flaky skin that makes us feel like a skull being sand blasted in the desert.

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