Emma Stone Inspired Makeover…

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Hair, Make-up, News | 0 comments

19 year old, Devon Orth-Lashley, is a 2nd year UBC student and has been dying her hair with drug store color.  She wasn’t getting the results she wanted, and needed professional help.  Read more in today’s Province Newspaper on Page B5.

Emma Stone, photo credit: Zimbio

Before Styling:

I applied KMS “Moisture Repair – Revival Creme” to the ends of her hair for moisture and manageability.  I added a palm size amount of KMS “Hair Stay – Style Boost” which acts as a primer and provides long lasting style.  I blow dried her hair using a large round brush and finished the look with Chi “Infra Texture Hair Spray” for light hold.

Makeup Must-haves for this look:

MoisturizerNuxe “Crème Fraiche”

PrimerMake Up For Ever HD Primer #0

FoundationMake Up For Ever HD Foundation #115

ConcealerLaura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3

BronzerNARS “Laguna”

Eye Color Make Up For Ever #35 with Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner #6

MascaraPur Minerals “Double Ego Mascara”

Eye Brows – Make Up For Ever “Eyebrow Pencil #4”

BlushMAC “Well Dressed”

Lip colorMAC Matte Lipstick in “Silly”


Get the Look – Soft and Shimmery Eyes!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Featuring cosmetics by: Aerin Beauty, Estee Lauder and Laura Mercier

Get the look with these simple steps…

  1. Start by moisturizing the skin with Estee Lauder “Resilience Lift Firming and Sculpting Face and Neck Creme”.
  2. Apply a dime size amount of Estee Lauder “Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation“ in 1W2 , to even out the complexion and create a flawless finish.
  3. Contour the face with Estee Lauder “Bronze Goddess“ bronzer, in medium, to enhance the cheek bones.
  4. Using Estee Lauder “Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo“, in Rich Brown, lightly fill in the brows to frame the eyes.
  5. Apply Laura Mercier Eye Primer Eye Basics in “Linen” to enhance the durability of the eye makeup.
  6. Sweep Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Color in “Ballet Pink” over the entire eye lid to brighten the eyes.
  7. Apply Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in “Terracotta” in the crease area (eyeball socket) and softly blend in toward the inner corner of the eye; creating a cut crease.
  8. Using an angled liner brush, sweeping “Terracotta” eye color along the lower lashe line, from the inner corner to the outer corner.
  9. Curl the lashes and generously apply Estee Lauder “Sumptuous Infinity Mascara“ in black.
  10. Brighten under the eyes with Laura Mercier “Secret Camouflage” #3.
  11. Using a small blush brush, apply the rose-plum shade, from the Aerin Kaleidolight Palette, to the cheeks (two fingers away from the nostrils) and lightly sweep  up toward the temple.
  12. Finish the look with Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick in “Pretty”.


Chasing Waterfalls…

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Trousers: H & M | Polka Dot Blouse: Loft | White Blazer: Zara | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini, Nine West | Belt: Winners | Bracelette: Stella & Dot | Silver Stud Earrings and Heart Tag Pendant: Tiffany & Co. | Kaleidolight Palette and “Pretty” Rose Balm Lipstick: Aerin, Estee Lauder

Metallics, sequins and glitter was all over the runway this past Fall/Winter and it’s still holding strong for Spring and Summer.  This week’s blog post was photographed in front of Vancouvers Waterfall Building, in Kitsilano, which was the perfect setting for this outfit.  Here is how I’m wearing the shimmering trends now and how I’m re-working a few of my faves, from seasons past, into my Spring wardrobe.

Remember  my Style SacramentTM “DLDB” – Dark, Light, Dull, Bright.  When pulling an outfit together, balance is key!  In this case, these shimmery blush pink trousers are the statement piece and compliment the polka-dot blouse, which gives the outfit personality.  The solid white blazer anchors the outfit and the metalic t-strap pumps and silver accessories add a little sparkle; making this outfit perfectly balanced and cohesive!

Another easy style tip that I created is 5C’s – Casual, Classic, Chic, Charming and Couture.  Determine your style category and shop for pieces that represent your individuality.  We each can relate to a style that works for our lifestyle (personal and/or professional), and some of us fall into more than one category.    I’d say this outfit is a mix of Classic and Chic because it combines timeless cuts done in cool fabrics and in fresh, upbeat colors.

Swap your black blazer for a white one to freshen up your look for Spring and Summer.

I love how the design of this Kaleidolight Palette, from Aerin Beauty, resembles the architecture of this building!  So beautiful!

Happy Easter, Everyone!


#TBT – 40… One More Time!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

It was one year ago, this weekend, that my amazing husband turned the BIG 4-0!  To celebrate this milestone, I decided to secretly organized a private soiree  at Commune Café, with some of our close friends and family.  And boy,  was he surprised!  He seriously had no clue, thanks to my Oscar winning acting skills!  It was a fantastic night filled with dancing, great laughs and connecting with amazing friends and family!  Here’s to another 40 years of laughter, good health and happiness.   Joz, you are the most  AMAZING, loving, supportive and generous person I know.  I love you forever!

HUGE thanks to Holly, of Union Photographers, for joining us that evening and photographing all the behind the scenes details, and to Rose Rukavina for creating the perfect birthday cake!


Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Make-up, Reviews | 0 comments

There’s something about sparkle and shimmer that makes me smile.  When used correctly, shimmers and glitters can turn an ordinary day look into an extraordinarily beaming evening look.  It can also add the perfect amount of fab to an otherwise drab outfit.

Weather it’s your makeup or an outfit, all you have to remember is my Style SacramentTM “DLDB” – Dark, Light, Dull, Bright.  Finding balance and playing with different textures are key when applying the perfect makeup.  When you combine these four elements, you will look FLAWLESS darling!

For example:

Dark -  Refers to either the eyes or lips.  The general rule of thumb is that if you’re going for a dark smoky eye, keep the lips neutral, and vice-versa.  In this case let’s make the lips the feature and opt for a deeper shade like red, orange, coral, deep cherry etc.

Light – Seeing as the lips are dark, I would create a simple neautral eye, using taupe browns and cream shades.  I would stick to matte or satin finish eyeshadows, and stratigiclly place shimmer and glitter on eye to highlight – ie. inner corner of the eye, the inner part of the eye lid or along the lash line.

Dull – Dull refers to a matte finish makeup.  In this case you could go with a matte finish foundation, blush or lip.  If everything is one matte texture, it may look too one dimensional and flat!

Bright – Bright refers to either a bright pop of color or spotlight of sparkle.  In this case, we already strategically add a hint of glitter to the eye as an ascent, but if that’s not your thing, you could add a drop of dazzling lipgloss to the middle of the mouth for shine. You could also dust Make Up For Ever Star Powder onto the bridge of the nose and cheek bones, for a soft glowing complexion.  Or perhaps blend shimmering body oil to your arms and legs to make your skin glimmer.

Products you should try:

MAC  Dazzleglass in “Sugarrimmed” – $20

Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder #2 – $30

Sephora Glitterguard 24 Hour Eyeshadow Primer – $18

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray – $40

MAC Giltter in “Antique Gold” Glitter  - $21

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liquid Liner in “Urban Cowboy” – $23


Lisa Rinna Inspired Makeover…

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Hair, Make-up, News | 0 comments

44 year old, Michelle Dawn, is in the process of growing out a short hair cut and needed an update for Summer.  Read the full story in today’s Province Newspaper


Photo Credit: Zimbio

Before styling:

I applied KMS “Moisture Repair – Revival Creme”, for moisture and manageability, along with KMS “Free Shape Hot Flex Creme” for heat activated smoothing and shaping.  I blow drying her hair with my fingers and smoothed out the crown, front and sides with a small round brush.  I finished her style with KMS “Hair Play – Dry Wax” for dimensional texture and matte finish.

Makeup Must-haves for this look:

Moisturizer – Nuxe “Nirvanesque”

Primer – Make Up For Ever HD Primer #0

Foundation – Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #125

Concealer – Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3

Bronzer – NARS “Laguna”

Eye Color – Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #17 with Make Up For Ever Eye shadow #129 and MAC “Ricepaper”

Eyeliner – MAC “Teddy” Eye Kohl

Mascara – L’Oreal Voluminous

Blush – MAC “Melba”

Lip color – MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass on “Ready or Not”



Camera Ready…

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photography by: Nadia Albano

Hair and Makeup: Nadia Albano

#whatruwearing: Dress: Aritzia | Shoes: Nine West | Jewellery: Elsa Corsi and Jeweliette Jewellery

I’m taking a break this week and getting behind the camera to put my amateur photography skills to the test.  Don’t panic, I will never add “Professional Photographer” to the end of my name;  there are already so many amazingly talented photographers in this City that I admire and respect so much.  I prefer getting people “camera ready” and leaving the rest to the pros!  Plus, my left eye is still soar from shooting this style series!  Really though, I wanted to formally introduce you to the beautiful and talented woman, artist, painter and professional photographer, who manages to make me look and feel  so fabulous every week on my blog.  Meet Daniella Guzzo

Daniella Guzzo Fine Art Coasters are so beautiful.  Made from 100% natural Italian Botticino marble, these coasters can be custom desiged with your logo or personal image. ($50 for set of 4).

Here’s a little more about Daniella:

What are two things we don’t know about you?

In grade three, I was one of 2 children in Canada who recieved a special art award for a painting a created. And at 16, I made my first camera out of a cereal box.  I experimented with pin-hole photography for a couple years and developed my own photos.

Where is the most exotic place you’ve traveled to photograph a wedding?

Jamaica! It was so beautiful.

How long have you been doing photography?

I originally started when I was 16 years old with my homemade film camera.  At 23, I enrolled in the Photography Program at Langara and have now been working professionally, running my own business, for the past 5 years.

What are some of your extra curricular activities you’re involved in?

For the last 3 years I have been a part of Help Portrait VancouverWe are a group of photographers that give back to the community, on the Downtown East Side, through portraits. People at the Union Gosple Mission (and various other locations) get their photos taken and printed on the spot for them to keep. I also dance and love to spend time outdoors and in remote places, far from the city, where I can see every star in the sky.

Who are your style icons?

I love Olivia Palermo‘s classy girly style; she always looks so polished! Dita VonTeese dresses so beautifully, in a retro  way, that looks modern.  And I love how she always rocks a perfect red lip!

What are your can’t live without makeup products?

I love Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara; I have never tried anything better! My current favourite lipstick is “Rebel” by Mac with “Currant” lipliner.

Would you say your style is casual, classic chic, charming or couture?

I would say I’m a mix of casual and chic.  I love to dress up.  When I have a chance to wear dresses and sky-high heels,  I jump on the opportunity!  I own a lot of black and am attracted to cool, edgy pieces and accessories.  When I’m shooting on location, or getting creative in my studio, I need to stay somewhat comfortable.

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from listening to music, playing my guitar, spending time outdoors and being around passionate loving happy people. Travelling and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone is also something that brings me a ton of ideas.  It changes my thought process in life and in my art, in a really positive way.

Describe yourself in two words.

Wildly Imaginative.  When I get an idea in my head, nothing will stop me from achieving or completing it.  When I get swept away and let my imagination run wild, great things happen!  I remember spending 16 hours straight on a painting and just couldn’t stop.  Before I knew it, I was shaking from not eating and it was 5am.  It was wild!


#TBT – It’s Written in the Cards!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Bridal, Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

I was downtown the other day and bumped into my old friend, and graphic designer, Winnie, of Zapp Worx Design.  I couldn’t  help but think of the fun business cards we created, along with my super fun and animated website.  At the time, I was going for a something playful, colorful and a little retro; think “Bewitched” meets “I Dream of Jeannie” — both were two of my favorite show growing up!  I commissioned an artist by the name of Mike Carter, to draw various caricatures of me, which were all used throughout my site.

Here’s a look back at my business cards from 2002 – 2005.  Big love and thanks to Louie Zappacosta (my brother from another mother) and Winnie Yeo Fritz, for turning my business and marketing concept into reality!  Hope to see y’all very soon!


Pink Inspired Makeover

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Hair, Make-up, News | 0 comments

Diane Sly, 59, is a retired Designer who was tired of her color and needed an upllifting change.  Read full makeover story in today’s Province Newspaper



Photo Credit – Zimbio

Before styling:

I sprayed KMS “Add Volume Detangling Spray”, for weightless conditioning and detangling.  I added “Add Volume- Root and Body Lift” for targeted lift and volume and began blow drying her hair with my fingers, away from face toward the crown and forward toward her face around the ears.  I finished her style a half pump of KMS “Hair Play – Moulding Paste” for pliable texture and definition, followed by a few sprays of KMS “Hair Play – Dry Wax” for dimensional texture and matte finish.

Makeup Must-haves for this look:

Moisturizer – Nuxe “Nirvanesque”

Primer – Make Up For Ever HD Primer #0

Foundation – Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118

Concealer – Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3

Bronzer – NARS “Laguna”

Eye Color – Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #17 with Make Up For Ever Eye shadow #311

Eyeliner – Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes #20L

Mascara – L’Oreal Voluminous

Blush – MAC “Well Dressed”

Lip color – Make Up For Ever Lip Pencil #44


Get the Look – Double Winged Liner with Coral Lip!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

Get the look with these easy steps…

  1. Start by moisturizing the skin, followed by Make Up For Ever HD Primer #0
  2. Apply a dime size amount of Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118 to even out the complexion with a matte finish
  3. Contour the face with NARS “Laguna”
  4. Fill in the eyebrows with Revlon Brow Fantasy in dark brown
  5. Apply MAC “Vanilla” eyeshadow on the entire eyelid to create a blank canvas
  6. Apply Benefit “Stay Don’t Stray” Eye Primer
  7. Using MAC “Blooz” Eye Kohl Pencil, start from the inner corner of the eye and trace a fine line along the lash line toward the middle of the eye.  Thicken the liner to your desired thickness, as you continue the liner, and extend it slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye.
  8. With a firm angled liner brush, refine the liner and wing the outer corner.
  9. Next, trace a line directly above the blue eye liner (as in step #7) using MAC “Minted” Eye Khol Pencil, thus creating a mirrored double liner effect.
  10. Gently lifting the eye lid, to expose the inner portion of the eye lid, and line the eyes with Indigo pencil, then lightly rim the lower lash line using the same pencil.
  11. Curl the lashes and apply Joe Fresh Lash Plump Mascara in black. (available at Superstore and Joe Fresh stores across Canada)
  12. Brighten under the eyes with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in #3.
  13. Dust on NARS “Deep Throat” blush for a hint of color on the cheeks.
  14. Finish the look Joe Fresh Lipstick in “Melon” for a retro matte finish. (available at Superstore and Joe Fresh stores across Canada)