MAKEUP TUTORIAL – Classic cat-eye and bold red lip combo.

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MAKEUP TUTORIAL – Classic cat-eye and bold red lip combo.

Photography by: Union Photographers

The holidays are upon us, and in this week’s makeup tutorial, as seen in The Province and The Vancouver Sun Newspaper,  I’m showing you how to achieve a classic cat-eye and red lip combo; ideal for any festive occasion!

Makeup Tutorial, Nadia Albano, The Province Newspaper, The Vancouver Sun, Union Photographers, Stila, Make Up For Ever, Tarte, MAC

You’ll want to start by evening out the complexion with foundation and contouring the face with a light dusting of bronzing powder. For get a soft and supple glow on the skin, lightly sweep the cheekbones and peek points of the face with a skin illuminating powder like the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in “Soft and Gentle”.

Makeup Tutorial, Nadia Albano, The Province Newspaper, The Vancouver Sun, Union Photographers, Stila, Make Up For Ever, Tarte, MAC

Prime the eye lid with a cream-based eye shadow base. I’m using MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ocre”. It’s a beige-nude color, which brightens the eyelid and eliminates any red undertones in the skin. It’s a lovely based to use it on it’s own for everyday.

Makeup Tutorial, Nadia Albano, The Province Newspaper, The Vancouver Sun, Union Photographers, Stila, Make Up For Ever, Tarte, MAC

Using a medium blender eye shadow brush, sweep the crease of the eye with “Jetsetter” eye shade from the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom” shadow palette. This will add depth to the eye and create a soft and neutral contoured effect.

Makeup Tutorial, Nadia Albano, The Province Newspaper, The Vancouver Sun, Union Photographers, Stila, Make Up For Ever, Tarte, MAC

Hold the outer corner of your eye tautly with one hand, then draw line from the center of the eyelid upwards and outward towards the outer corner of the eye. The line should gradually get thicker as you get to the outer corner. I suggest using the Make Up For Ever XL Waterproof Pencil in M10 for it’s soft-gliding and easy application.

Makeup Tutorial, Nadia Albano, The Province Newspaper, The Vancouver Sun, Union Photographers, Stila, Make Up For Ever, Tarte, MAC

Using a firm angled liner brush, gently extend the outer corner of the liner to create a slightly winged-out out effect.

Makeup Tutorial, Nadia Albano, The Province Newspaper, The Vancouver Sun, Union Photographers, Stila, Make Up For Ever, Tarte, MAC

Curl the lashes and apply several coats of black mascara to extend the lashes. Add strip lashes to amp up and enhance the length of your natural lashes

Makeup Tutorial, Nadia Albano, The Province Newspaper, The Vancouver Sun, Union Photographers, Stila, Make Up For Ever, Tarte, MAC

I love the look of a strong red lip, especially when the eyes are lightly dressed. To get this look, I used the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Beso”. It’s a long-wearing lipstick that glides on like a lip gloss and dries like a matte lipstick.

Thanks to all of you for reading my blog and weekly makeover column in The Province and Vancouver Sun.  I love sharing my tips and transformations with you with the hope it inspires you to look and feel your best.  Your continued support means so much.  I hope that my tips make your daily beauty routine easier and excited your upcoming holiday event!


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Hello December…

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Hello December…

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hello December!  Yay — the holiday season is finally here (!!).  There’s a lovely feeling  in the air and I’m totally obsessed with the gorgeous foliage surrounding our beautiful City.  And lucky for me, the holiday plan this  year is to be a tourist right here in Vancouver!  I want to kick it with my friends and family, just like we used to back in the day, and enjoy great food, nice drinks and good company.  I hope to celebrate the festivities in a simple and stress-free way by popping in to see friends at home and going for walks in their various neighbourhoods.  I’d really like to enjoy some of the local hidden gems in and around the lower mainland and the Valley; all while looking “casual-chic” in my cozy sweaters and boots!

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Outfit Details:

My December go-to “uniform” will definitely include this new oversized wool cardigan sweater from Zara!  It was a recent purchase and it’s been a wardrobe staple.  It’s seriously been on repeat and I love the way it looks with this classic black and white ensemble!  The black jeans I’m wearing are by J Brand and I got them at Winners on the sale rack for $49.  JBrand are a favorite of mine for fit and feel (ie. medium rise, contours the body, and stretch denim fabric).  They have many styles and colors to choose from but if you’re looking to elevate your casual holiday look this year, opt for black because it always looks more chic.

I don’t know about you but I own a lot of white shirts in many different styles — tailored, asymmetrical, short-sleeve, long-sleeve etc.  White simply adds a crispness and brightness to an outfit, as well as contrast and balance.  The “boyfriend” shirt is a casual relaxed fit that floats away from the body and feel super comfy.  I accessorized it with my vintage broach, for a little sparkle, and of course my custom “NadittudeTM” hashtag necklace, which I got from our friends at Jeweliette.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

This Louis Vuitton Damier  Ebene “Eva Clutch” has been in my collection for almost 10 years now.  I got it at Holt Renfrew and I absolutely love it.  It’s is a classic and timeless piece that works with just about any outfit.  It’s extremely versatile and has a long removable, cross-body leather strap; which comes in handy if you want to be hands free.  Alternatively, you can wear it without the strap as a simple evening clutch.

And don’t even get me started on these spectacular gold leather Buttero boots (made in Italy!!).  They’re another one of my Winners fab finds and are going to make regular appearances this season!

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Blog, December, Zara, JBrand Jeans, Winners, Jeweliette, Louis Vuitton,

So, what ever it is that you’re doing over the holidays, I hope you enjoy it simply and stylishly with the people you love!  And if you happen to be out and about shopping, be sure to pop into Zara and grab this wool cardigan; it’s seriously the coziest!

Have a great weekend, everyone.  Get out and enjoy the sunny weather (fingers crossed!)

Reference:

Black Jeans: JBrand Jeans at Winners | White Shirt: Winners | Wool Cardigan: Zara | Purse: Louis Vuitton | Gold Boots: Buttero, Winners | Accessories: Vintage and Jeweliette Jewellery| Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”


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Smooth Blowout with KMS Haircare…

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Smooth Blowout with KMS Haircare…

Photography by: Union Photogtraphers

Here are some easy to follow techniques on how blow dry your hair like a pro, using KMS Hair Product!  KMS has an intuitive styling regime which is very simple; START, STYLE, FINISH!

START: Jumpstart your look with the proper cleanser for your hair needs.

STYLE: Bring your look to life with the correct styling product.

FINISH: Define your style statement with the ultimate finishing product!

Start by shampooing your hair with a cleansing product that suits your hair texture and color needs.  I used KMS “Color Vitality” Shampoo and Conditioner for Blondes, to maintain the vibrancy and tonality of my blonde.

Nadia Albano, KMS Hair, Blowdry, hair tutorial. Union Photographers

After shampooing your hair, it’s always a good idea to apply a leave-in conditioner to the ends.  This keeps the hair hydrated and helps with detangling.  To strengthen the hair and reduce split end damage; start by spraying using KMS “Moist Repair – Anti Breakage” Spray.

Nadia Albano, KMS Hair, Blowdry, hair tutorial. Union Photographers

Next, to prepare the hair for long lasting style, you’ll want to apply a styling product to give the hair a bit of grip. Dispense an egg size amount of KMS “Add Volume – Style Foam” into your palm and emulsify into the hands.  Apply product thoroughly into the hair from root to ends for added volume that lasts for up to 72 hours.

Nadia Albano, KMS Hair, Blowdry, hair tutorial. Union Photographers

Attached the airflow nozzle to the end of your blow dryer and gently dry the hair until it’s 80% dry.  It’s important to use the blow dryer nozzle, as it helps to control the airflow, which prevents frizz and causes less damage to the cuticle.

Nadia Albano, KMS Hair, Blowdry, hair tutorial. Union Photographers

Use a hair clips to section the hair (nape, back, front and crow) then blowdry each sub section with a round brush.  You’ll want to gently smooth out the hair with a slightly beveled end.  Start from the lower back of the head and work your way to the front

Nadia Albano, KMS Hair, Blowdry, hair tutorial. Union Photographers

When you get to the front and sides of the head, place the brush behind each section and blow dry the hair away from the face to create a soft sweeping finish.  I’ve gone with a center part, however this technique works beautifully for a long side swept fringe.

Nadia Albano, KMS Hair, Blowdry, hair tutorial. Union Photographers

For the last section, wrap the hair around the brush and over-direct the hair straight up and forward to create volume and fullness at the crown area.

Nadia Albano, KMS Hair, Blowdry, hair tutorial. Union Photographers

Finish the style with a light mist of KMS “Hair Stay – Working Spray” for a touchable, movable finish.

Book a one-on-one blow dry session with one of our stylist to perfect your daily blow dry technique.  It’s super helpful and a great way to experience the KMS Haircare product!

Read my weekly Sunday Makeover column in The Province Newspaper and The Vancouver Sun, for more tutorials and makeovers.  Or click back on the previous post to get inspired!


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Kits Wings…

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Kits Wings…

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

October was quite the month!  There was a strange turn of events and it felt like I was winging it the entire month just to stay afloat!  We experienced many wonderful high moment and some seriously dark lows.  We laughed, cried, feared, mourned and definitely reflected.  And through reflection we were able to pause for a moment and be enlightened; giving us the strength and courage to rise above the fog (Phew!).

Soooo, this week’s style post couldn’t come at a better time.  I spotted this massive 40 x 25 foot “Kits Wings” mural on Burrard Street (at 4th Ave), back in August.  It was still in it’s initial design phase at the time and I knew at some point we had to shoot here and share this artwork with all of you!  This piece, painted by the talented Sandy Pellat, is extraordinary and I’m awe struck every time I walk by it.  It’s such an uplifting, inspiring, motivating and spiritual piece — which pretty much sums up my current headspace.  Next time you’re heading into the studio in Kits, be sure to check it out for a fun photo opp!  If you’re on Instagram don’t forget to tag #kitswings.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Kits Wings, Wings, Fashion, Style, Remembrance Day, Winners, Value Village, Black and Gold

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Kits Wings, Wings, Fashion, Style, Remembrance Day, Winners, Value Village, Black and Gold

Wardrobe Details:

With the cool winter air upon us, I wanted to feature my favorite over-sized metallic coated sweater-dress.  I love this piece so much because a) it’s extremely comfy and versatile, b) it feels like I’m wrapped in a cozy cocoon, and c) it’s a thrift-store find!!  I styled it with my black Joe Fresh Essentials Long Sleeve Tee underneath, for extra warmth, as well as my black opaque Calvin Klein tights (my fave), which I picked up from Winners.  Also from Winners, (last season) are these black leather platformed ankle booties.  They really anchor the outfit and are substantial enough to support the overall look.  Plus they look so great with my oversized floppy clutch and hat.

Style Tips:

For a holiday party look, wear this dress on it’s own with strappy stiletto heels, a Valentino “Rock-Stud” inspired clutch and a leather jacket.  Add a killer metallic cuff bracelet and a large cocktail ring, and you’re ready to celebrate!

For a casual urban approach, you could pair this sweater-dress with your distressed jeans, a white collared shirt underneath, topped off with a pretty vintage broach (centered at the top button of the collar).  Slip on your white Adidas “Stan Smith” sneakers and an oversized wool coat, like the Aritzia “Wintour” Coat, and instead of a clutch, opt for a large leather tote bag.

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Makeup:

I LOOOVE a bold lip; be it bright red, hot pink or a deep burgundy shade like this Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Rubino”.  It’s a strong, long wearing, full coverage liquid lipstick that dries matte and seriously lasts all day!  I used  my “Love Nadia – NadittudeTM ” Lip Brush ($12) to apply a light coat as a base, then layered Burt’s Bees Lip Balm over top to sheer out the color and add extra moisture.

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Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Kits Wings, Wings, Fashion, Style, Remembrance Day, Winners, Value Village, Black and Gold

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Kits Wings, Wings, Fashion, Style, Remembrance Day, Winners, Value Village, Black and Gold

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography, Kits Wings, Wings, Fashion, Style, Remembrance Day, Winners, Value Village, Black and Gold

These “Kits Wings”, for me, represent freedom, warmth, love, confidence and acceptance.  They remind me to be fearless and simply spread my wings and fly to my highest potential!  They remind me to continue to be a positive, supportive and uplifting force for those facing dark times.  And to celebrate the beautiful angels we’ve lost over the years (especially over the past few months) and continue to do well by them and make them proud!

In honor of Remembrance Day, I dedicate this post to all of the those who battled and died for our rights and freedoms.  I give thanks to the special angels who passed on and are watching over us from above.  And I pray for anyone out there, who at times, could use some wings like these to carry them up and over those unexpected and challenging times life presents. – God Bless.

Reference:

Dress and Black Leather Clutch: Value Village | Black Long Sleeve Top: Joe Fresh | Leggings and Boots: Winners | Necklaces: Jeweliette Shop


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My Ikea Pax Wardrobe Makeover…

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My Ikea Pax Wardrobe Makeover…

Photography by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography

I’ve been a fashion consultant for almost 15 years now and in that time, I’ve seen some closet hits and some definite misses!  It often starts with clients saying “I have nothing in my closet” meanwhile, their closet is bursting at the seams with clothes they’ve had for waaaay too long.  They’re using wire hangers from the dry cleaners or folding everything up because they have zero hanging space; which makes it hard find anything!  Sadly, most of the standard closets out there are not very functional and require a little creativity when it comes to organization.  I’ve seen (and tried) all kinds of hanging contraptions and storage saver to stay organized but truthfully, they took up too much space and most of time they just didn’t work.

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

It wasn’t until I invested in a new a proper wardrobe system like this Ikea Pax Wardrobe System. Honestly, it has changed my life!  The entire experience with Ikea was incredible.  I started off by measuring the wall space in my bedroom to it ensure that everything would fit, including the height and depth for the closet doors.  Next, I designed and created my virtual “dream closet” directly on the Ikea website.  It allowed me to pick the exact color, drawer style and accessory components I wanted and actually see how it would look; which always makes life so much easier!  I went to Ikea with my spec details and made my final door and hardware selection, and as simple as that, my delivery and installation took no longer than one week!

NOTE:

1) Prior to installation, be sure to remove your baseboards and cover any electrical outlet with a plate.  2) Provide a clean working area by clearing away any furniture out of the way so that they can build out your closet (YES! No allen key necessary!) 3) Also, note that the Ikea installers must secure the wardrobe unit to the wall for obvious safety reasons.  It is a strict Ikea policy in the event of an unforeseen hazard. 4)  The total cost for everything (including the closet in the second bedroom) came to $1700!  Such an amazing value!

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Details:

I love this handy-dandy little retractable hanger accessory for displaying my collecion of necklaces.  It’s also useful to hang your purses and ties;  or even to display your “outfit of the day” up!

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

5 Simple Wardrobe Tips:

Learn the art of layering!

I like to avoid the major seasonal wardrobe changeover, and layering is a great way of maximizing your wardrobe .  Luckily for us in Vancouver, our winter season is fairly mild, which allows for us to stretch out our wardrobe into an “all seasons” capsule (so to speak)!  Meaning you don’t have pack up and store away all of your summer tops and dresses.  All you need to do is unpack your thicker sweaters, pick up a few trendy cold-weather fashion essentials and voila!  Many of our summer clothes can easily be transitioned into winter season with some layering magic.  For example, wear leggings, ankle boots and a cable knit sweater over your flowy summer dress.  Or, add a faux fur vest over your white eyelet blouse and distressed jeans.  Top it off with a wide brimmed hat you’re good to go!

Organize by color!

This might be a little OCD for you all but, in my fashion retailing days at Club Monaco and Aritzia, we used to merchandize the stores by color and style category.  Try hanging all of your like-colors together (lightest to darkest); you’ll notice immediately that not only does it look nice, it allows you to take full stock of what you have in your closet at any given time.  With a simple glance,  you can pull together a perfect little outfit in a snap!

Shape, Ship, Shop!

While you’re organizing your closet, be sure to take everything out and try things on!  I call this process, separating the “keepers” from the “creepers”!  If something in your closet doesn’t work for your body shape or is out of style, why are you holding on to it?  If you have a garment that is out of shape, then ship it (donate it!) and shop for something that fits your body and current style.  When you love what you have you’ll actually look great wearing it because FEEL great wearing it!

Use good hangers! 

Please, please PLEASE…purchase good hangers!  Ikea has a great selection of sturdy hangers in a variety of color.  Wire hangers from the dry cleaners are sad and a nightmare to hang things on.  They stretch out your clothes, they look terrible and they simply are not functional for daily use.  Trust me when a say use good hangers!

Storage Savers!

If you are storing your summer clothing, be sure purchase plastic or fabric lined containers with a clear zip-top cover.  This way, if  you don’t have an Ikea Pax Wardrobe, you can neatly store these bins out of the way and under your bed.  PS. I really like containers with clear tops so that you can easily see what is inside.  I purchased mine at HomeSense for $19.

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano. Ikea, Pax Waredrobe, Seasonal Closet Change, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

I hope this post gets you excited to clean out your closet and get creative with your style.  Also, if you’d like to book a “Rockin’ Walk-In” wardrobe/personal shopping session with me, simply contact us via email at info@nadiaalbano.com.  This service is customized to suit your individual lifestyle and performance needs.  It is very fun and will make your daily “getting ready” routine much easier!

Reference:

Pax Wardrobe System and Hangers: Ikea | Storage Containers, Bedding and Area Rugs: HomeSenses | Down Duvet: Rothman & Co | Lamps: Villa Beau Interiors | Vintage Cane Chair and Wall Medallion: Value Village | Kimono Robe: Barefoot Contessa Boutique | Cushions: Handmade


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Makeup Tutorial – Everyday Makeup!

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Makeup Tutorial – Everyday Makeup!

Photographed by: Union Photograpers

Good morning!  I hope you had a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend.  It’s been a while since I posted a makeup tutorial on my blog.  You may have noticed that we’ve been incorporating makeup tutorials in my weekly Makeover Column in The Province and The Vancouver Sun Newspapers and I hope you find them helpful.

Everyday beauty is all about simplicity and minimalism and doesn’t have to cost a fortune!  Soooo, I wanted to show you a step-by-step tutorial on how to create an even and natural look using drug store products. To get started, I applied a Maybelline Facestudio Master Primer on clean and moisturized skin.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Use a slightly damp foundation brush, like this synthetic domed NadittudeTM brush, to apply Cover Girl Vitalist Elixir Foundation.  Stipple the product onto the face for a natural finish and to even out the complexion.

Note:

This product offers an SPF 20 and leaves the skin looking beautifully radiant.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Use a small to medium sized skunk brush  to apply a Maybelline Facestudio Master Stroning Liquid Illuminating Highlighter in Light Iridescent  onto the high peeks of the face (cheek bone, bridge of nose, brow bone).  This technique is called “Strobbing” creates an illuminated and glowy finish.

Tip:

Mix a drop of this liquid illuninating highlighter into your foundation or tinted moisturizer for an all-over glow.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Contour the face using a matte bronzing powder with our cheek enhancer brush. The trick is to apply the contour below the cheek bone, on the forehead and jawline. This created depth, contrast and definition to the face. I’m using the Joe Fresh Bronzing Powder

Did you know…?

Our NadittudeTM cheek enhancer brush was featured in the BC Living’s Simply Beautiful Editor Box.  It’s shaped with an angle to hug the cheek bones for a perfect sculpted effect. And it doubles as the blush brush.  Click on the SHOP tab to view our assortment of professional makeup brushes and other NadittudeTM products..

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

To prime the eyes and to ensure longevity of your eye makeup, try using the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base.  This smoothes out the skin and eliminates any discoloration.  You can use the applicator directly on the eyelid, but I prefer to dab it on with my finger, so not to over apply the product.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Define the eyes by lightly contouring them with a neutral taupey-brown colored eyeshadow (second color on the top row) from the Maybelline Nudes Eye Shadow Palette 

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

To brighten up under the eyes and to conceal imperfections around the face, try using CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Soft Touch Concealer. It’s creamy, smooth and natural looking.  We’ve been playing with this product on our clients at the studio and we’re in love with the lightweight finish this product offers!

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Filling in the eyebrows is a very important step in creating this look, as the brows frame and draw attention to the eyes. Using the NYC Micro Brow Pencil, lightly feather on and fill-in the brows. I suggest using a color that is the same or one shade lighter than your natural color for a more blended effect.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Curl your lashes and coat them with mascara.  I’m using L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara.  I’ve used this since high school and it’s still a favorite!

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Apply NYX High Definition Blush in “Soft Spoken” onto the apples of the cheeks for a hint of color. The general rule of thumb is to apply blush approximately two finger away from the nostril, then sweep the brush up toward the temple area.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Opt for a neutral, long wearing lip color for a more casual understated look. I’m wearing NYX Lip Lingerie in “Silk Indulgence”

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Day Makeup, Drugstore Makeup, Union Photography

Here’s the finished look.  You can spend more on your makeup but when you know which drug store products to try, and how to use them, you can look great no matter the price!  At the end of the day, I always like to stick to my motto of, “less is always more”.

I’ll be creating a lot more beauty content during Fall and Winter seasons and would love to know what you’d like to see.


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Cool in Croatia…

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Cool in Croatia…

Photographed by: Christine Williams

When I was planning a seaside vacation to Croatia, I knew I needed to bring a great summer dress.  And when I found this little treasure, I naturally had to share all the juicy details with you!

Cold shoulder dress, Croatia, Winners, Christine Williams Photography, Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

I was scanning the sale rack at Winners and spotted this navy, cold-shoulder dress.  It was only $22 and it had all the makings of the ideal “LBD” (little blue dress) for keeping cool on a seaside vacation in Europe.  This cotton number is perfect for dinner and an evening stroll along the marina, a boat trip to the local Islands, or even a day of exploring the City sights.  The lovely eyelet trim detail and the criss-cross straps on the back add an element of femininity and airiness.  I coordinated the dress with my gold wedge espadrilles, but you can also style this with a pair of flat sandals, sneakers or even a pair of tan ankle boots and an oversized cardigan for Fall.

You could also wear this as a swimsuit cover for a day at the beach. And bring a handy beach bag for carrying your essentials such as a towel, sunnies and sunscreen.

Cold shoulder dress, Croatia, Winners, Christine Williams Photography, Nadia Albano

Cold shoulder dress, Croatia, Winners, Christine Williams Photography, Nadia Albano

Cold shoulder dress, Croatia, Winners, Christine Williams Photography, Nadia Albano

Cold shoulder dress, Croatia, Winners, Christine Williams Photography, Nadia Albano

Lash Extensions

My go-to vacation beauty essential are false eyelash extensions – they are the best for defining your eyes and are so convenient!  Our lash technician, Julie, applied a set of the “Ciao Bella” Classis Mink Lashes on me just before I left and I don’t even have to thinks about makeup while I’m away.  They last for up to weeks and all I have to bring with me is lipstick; that’s it!

Cold shoulder dress, Croatia, Winners, Christine Williams Photography, Nadia Albano

Cold shoulder dress, Croatia, Winners, Christine Williams Photography, Nadia Albano

Cold shoulder dress, Croatia, Winners, Christine Williams Photography, Nadia Albano

So while we were trying to keep warm in London with the latest in Fall fashions, we’re now ready to chill out in the sun with a little cold-shoulder action!  Follow our vacation adventures over on Instagram @nadiaalbanostyleinc.


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DYI Denim Skirt…

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DYI Denim Skirt…

Photographed by: Christine Williams

Well kids…it seems that Summer has come to an end.  Our peak wedding season is winding down, the tan lines are slowly disappearing, and the memories of the iconic PNE are a thing of the past.  But, while many of you are gearing up for back to school and cooler Fall weather, I’m going to be stretching out the Summer vibes as long as possible; at least until October!  That’s right, Summer is only getting started for me and Europe is calling!  In two weeks, my hubby and I are packing our bags and heading to London and Croatia for much needed one-on-one time in the sun!  I’ve got less than 10 days to plan my outfits and this week I’m taking my DIY distressed denim skirt out for a strut.  I think this beauty is coming with me…

 

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Outfit Details:

If you follow along on my IG Stories, you’ll remember this pencil skirt and top from a thrift store shopping haul I did last month.  The skirt is by Gap, which I purchased for $12.  It’s perfectly sun bleached and although it’s a few sizes larger than I would normally wear, I actually prefer a relaxed fit.  You’ll notice that I cut the hem to knee length and frayed the edges with a crochet needle.  It’s super easy but requires a little patience.  In fact, I ended up distressing the back pockets and hem a little more and really love the results!

I paired the skirt with this light-weight woven cap sleeve top.  The horizontal white stripe detailing is lovely and adds a little texture and a nautical feel.  I especially love the open back with the ribbons tie!  It’s super adorable and as the weather cools down, it can be layered with t-shirt or tank.

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Let’s just talk about my straw clutch for a minute…I mean, com’on, it’s everything, right?!  Another thrift store score for only $7.99.   The blue stitching adds a pop of color while the cute yellow and cream pom-pom tassels gives it personality and match my Alexander Wang shoes spot on!

Finer Details:

White Fleur de Lis Bracelet: Jeweliette Jewelry | Blue Woven Anchor Bracelet: Paul Hewitt | Gold and Aqua Cuff: Leah Alexandra

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, DIY, Denim Skirt, Value Village, Christine Williams Photography

I’m going to give this outfit an A+ for it’s comfort and versatile factor.  My skirt will transition into the Fall season perfectly (imaging wearing it with a chunky sweater, black tights, ankle booties and a leather jacket!), AND the entire ensemble was under $100 (excluding the accessories!).  Also, for those of you who think that being fashionable means breaking the budget, keep an open mind and try thrifting.  I’m all about affordable luxury; in other words mixing hi-end pieces with low-cost thrifted items.   Remember, the trick to great style is knowing what’s trending and shopping for what works for your personal style and silhouette.  I mostly love thrifting because it give me creative freedom with my wardrobe and adds a unique, one-of-a-kind twist!  Can’t wait to see what I find in London…

If you’d like to book a thrift store shopping session with me, drop me a line at: nadia@nadiaalbano.com.


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For the love of Blanc…

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For the love of Blanc…

Photographed by: Nadia Albano

Last night was Vancouver’s 7th annual Diner en Blanc event, and together with our wedding industry friends, we celebrated ‘al fresco’ in true style!  The event was held in two different locations this year; Harbour Green Park and Devonian Harbour Park; both near Georgia Street, at the mouth of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.  Our table was beautifully designed and decorated with large white sun umbrellas and green and white florals, which enhanced our lovely setting for a perfect outdoor dining experience.  Here’s a peek into how we celebrated…

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Lele Chan, Nadia Albano

Our friend and Designer, Lele Chan, of Debut Event Design was our table leader and the beauty responsible for organizing our set up.   Thank you, Lele, you did a fantastic job! xo

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Lele Chan, The Flower Factory, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Outfit Details:

I chose to go a little more casual this year and opted for this simple shirt dress from Winners ($29).  I love pockets, and I also love the high collar and cold shoulder cutout details on the shoulders!  I styled the dress with my incredible pearl platform oxfords by a designer label called Pertini, (also from Winners ($150) and accessories with my twin pearl studs by Jeweliette Jewelry .  I think I’ll take this outfit with me to London and Croatia in a few weeks!

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Lele Chan, The Flower Factory, Nadia Albano

Gloria of Flower Factory with Alicia Keats  and Angela of Photobooth Vancouver

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Lele Chan, The Flower Factory, Nadia Albano

Gloria Henry of The Flower Factory on Main Street, designed the floral for our table.  As per usual, Gloria and her team created lovely florals to enhance our experience and bring the table setting to life.

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Boy with A Knife, Nadia Albano

Boy with a Knife provided the catering for our table, and what a spread indeed!  We were all very impressed with the menu and the flavor of the food.  I highly recommend hiring them for your next event.  Well done, gentlemen!

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

My hubby and I…

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Vasia, of Vasia Photography with Shirley of Filosophi Events.

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Boy with a Knife, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Angela of Photobooth Vancouver

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

My sister, Milena Santoro of MS Productions

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Jordan and Devon of Smitten Events

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Melissa Dubienski, of Cahoots Creative Happenings, added her designer touch to our table.  She dressed it with candles, seashells and lovely decorative elements which creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.   Head over to her website to view her lovely portfolio of work!

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

BIG thanks to my team of stylists, LJ, Vanessa and Jasmine, for beautifying our friends and guests at the table.  Everyone looked and felt fantastic because of you.  You ladies are true rockstars!

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

Dine en Blanc, Vancouver, Nadia Albano

To end things off on a sweet note, The Cake and the Giraffe and Letterpress Bakery, provided delicious tarts and popsicles, which hit the spot!

Want a lovely way to kick off the weekend!  Thank you to everyone who came together last night to make this event possible.  I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say this; I feel very lucky and grateful to be part of this wedding industry community.  You are all wonderful in all the\at you do and I’m so happy to call you friends.  BIG love and until next year!

Credits List:

Table Leader and Producer: Lele Chan | Florals: The Flower Factory | Decor: Cahoot Creative | Rentals: A&B Party Rentals | Catering: Boy with A Knife | Desert: The Cake and the Giraffe and Letterpress Bakery | Hair and Makeup: Nadia Albano Style Inc.


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White Linen…

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White Linen…

Photographed by: Christine Williams Photography

White Linen Dress: Winners | Leopard Sandals: Gaimo, Winners | Black Shoulder Bag: Alexander Wang , Holt Renfrew (no longer available) | Necklaces: Jeweliette Jewelry

Summer white is so my jam these days!  And this lovely linen number is definitely going to be on repeat this season, especially with Diner en Blanc AND my Euro trip coming up…

Nadia Albano, White Dress. Winners, Christine Williams Photography

Outfit Details:

I purchased this dress from Winners in late July, and not only do I love the light-weight linen fabric, I also fell in love with the loose and easy shape of the cut and how it floats away from the body.  It packs light, it’s great for traveling and I like how it camouflages the midriff area (so that I can indulge in as much food as I wish whilst hiding my food belly!)  To contrast the soft texture of the dress, I paired it with these cool leopard wedge sandals for Winners. The brand is called Gaimo, and all of their shoes are hand-made in Spain with high quality leather and natural materials.  These are hands-down the most comfortable shoes I have ever purchased and I love the mix of the jute espadrille sole with the leopard print and zipper front.    To complete the look, I chose to wear my black Alexander Wang “Diego” shoulder bag, which I invested years ago at Holt Renfrew.  The pebbled leather and metal grommets compliment the shoes perfectly!

Nadia Albano, White Dress. Winners, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, White Dress. Winners, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, White Dress. Winners, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, White Dress. Winners, Christine Williams Photography

Nadia Albano, White Dress. Winners, Christine Williams Photography

If you haven’t already decided on what to wear at Diner en Blanc, check out a Winners store near you to pull together the perfect head-to-toe, white-on-white outfit that will be sure to turn heads!  As the ad says; “Find Fabulous for Less!”  (Hahah!).

Special thanks to my friend Christine of Christine Williams Photography, for making me look so fabulous in this week’s style shoot.  She’s an incredible photographer, super down to earth, and specializes in natural light photography.  Check her out and follow her on Instagram @christinewphotography , you’re gonna love her!

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! xo


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Makeover expert, Nadia Albano, is a regular newspaper columnist and beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger who has 18 years of experience. Her passion, creatively, and experience successfully helps women define their personal style through hair, makeup and wardrobe styling. Her goal is to align her client’s image with their personal and professional goals, and to help women look like a million bucks for a fraction of the cost. Add a little NADITTUDE™ to your life; You’re going to love it!