Bike Lane…

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Fashion, Make-up | 1 comment

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo

The last time I hopped on a bike was over 5 years ago, when my husband and I spent a weekend in Whistler, and before that it was when I was 11-ish years old.  I’ve been wanting to buy a bike for years now and never got around to it, until a month ago…

My client, Christina, came in for a hair service and was telling me that her neighbour, (a good friends with Christina’s late mom, Anna), was clearing out her garage and offered to give Christina her daughter’s old bike.  It wasn’t exactly the right fit for Christina but she kept it in hopes to pass it along to someone who could use it.  When Christina heard that I was shopping for a bike, she offered it to me!  I was so excited and eager to take if for a spin, that I picked it up within a few days.  It needed a little TLC, but for a starter bike, it was perfect!  It hadn’t been ridden in years, so I took in to the experts at Reckless Bike Store, in Kits where they pumped my tires, replaced the breaks and adjusted my seat.  Of course I added a basket, because no bike is complete with out a basket – right?!  And then I discovered a blogger named Alison Lucien, who is the owner of Elanor’s Style Stylish Bicycle Accessories for Ladies.  She  actually based out of New York and I LOVE her blog and business idea.  Her bike shop offers a great selection of  bike accessories that are stylish and functional for women, and she shares tips and tricks for looking “french girl chic” not “tour de france” — what’s not to love about this?!

I’ve been really working on having a work/life balance and I try to ride my bike when ever I get the chance.   I love feeling the breeze in my hair and freely cruising around and exploring.  I don’t always know where I’m going but I trust, and follow, my inner compass and it always seems to lead me to great places.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination”, and the journey has been great so far!

Nadia Albano, Bicycle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bicycle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details

I’m loving the denim trend this season.  We’re seeing denim on denim jeans with jacket (aka: “The Canadian Tuxedo”),  denim overalls, denim cutoffs with a boyfriend shirt, and of course, the denim dress.  I saw this sleeveless little number at Winners and thought it was perfect for our gorgeous Vancouver summer.  I love the comfort and ease of dresses because you don’t really have to think about what to wear it with; you just slip it on and off you go!  I styled it with a woven leather belt, to cinch in and define the waist.  For footwear, I slipped on these cute metallic gladiator sandals, which I picked up a few seasons ago from Aldo Shoes, then added  this cute cross-body little purse, to hold my essentials like lipstick, iphone and keys.  This purse is a Value Village find for only $10.   To complete the look, I accessorized with my fave RayBan sunnies and my Jeweliette Jewellery studs and compass necklace.

Nadia Albano, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, San Pellegrino, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, San Pellegrino, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Mereadesso Skin and Beauty, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Mereadesso Skin and Beauty, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup

On my days off, I like to keep my makeup routine very simple.  Here are a few of my makeup essentials for this au naturel look..

Face: Mèreadesso Tinted All-in-one Moistruizer in “Light”| NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”

Eyes: Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara | Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #3

Lips: Mèreadesso Tinted Lip Treat in “Sheer Burgundy”

Nadia Albano, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Purse, Value Village, Sunglasses, Rayban, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Compass Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Compass Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

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Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Reckless Bike Store, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Winners, Purse, Value Village, Sandals, Aldo Shoes, Sunglasses, Rayban, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bicycle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Bicycle, Daniella Guzzo Photography

I always say, “I want to die knowing that I lived”, and to me that means enjoying every aspect of your life, especially the simple things; because it’s good for the soul.  I’m dedicating this blog post to Christina’s mom,  Anna, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Anna was a client of mine who had a zest for life.  She was a kind and classy lady who had so much wisdom.  We shared great stories together and she will be missed.  Anna loved being around her friends and family, and adored her children.  I feel fortunate to have been able to know her and her passing reminds me how important it is to live each day as if it’s your last.  God Bless!

Peace and Love my friends!

 

Fresh as Daisy!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Hair, Make-up, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photographed by: Richard Giordano Photography

We feel very lucky to work with so many wonderful brides.  This week I’m sharing images of our lovely client, Daisy; one of the sweetest people I have ever met!  We hosted her and her bridal party at the studio, where she got ready for her big day, and here’s how it went…

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Makeup and Hair

Daisy wanted a clean and classic look for wedding day.  We kept the makeup light and natural and created a low, side-chignon.  To incorporate softness, I twisted pieces from the sides of her hair into her chignon to create texture and for an added touch of romance.  For volume, I backcombed the crown area and finished the look with side sweeping fringe.

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, KMS California, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, KMS California, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Nadia Albano, Makeup and Hair, Richard Giordano Photography

Congrats, Daisy and Egidio!  Your 1 year Anniversary is coming up and we wish you many more years of love and happiness!

xo,

Pasta Famiglia!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Nadia at Work, Reviews | 0 comments

Photographed by Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Growing up, I used to always cook along side my mom; which explains my love for food.  The concept of preparing something wholesome and with love, to share with friends and family, is what life is all about.  It’s a way of connecting and sharing that is unlike anything else.   For me, cooking feels liberating and relieves stress, especially while your sipping on a glass of vino.  For me its a free-style art form for my mind, body and spirit.

With my busy schedule, I’ve been feeling a little disconnected in the “art of doing stuff”, like riding my bike, drawing and preparing food from scratch.  So, I spend the afternoon with my friend and fellow Italian, Peter Ciuffa, to jumps start my love for home-made cooking.  Peter is the founder of Pasta Famiglia Artisan Pasta and Italian Cooking Classes.  He is a very charming and funny man with tons of interesting stories and loads of passion!

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Outfit Details:

I wanted to be comfortable yet stylish, during my pasta making session with Peter.  I slipped on my navy-blue palazzo cropped pants from Winners, with this boxy nautical striped t-shirt from Joe Fresh, and for  a little sparkle, I layered on this chunky gold necklace, that I found at Value Village.  Of course, one must always wear an apron while cooking, so I layered this cute green one on to protect my duds.

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano,  Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Espresso, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q. When did you start your business and how did you come up with the concept?

A. Pasta Famiglia began 3 years ago. As an Italian-Canadian, who’s family has been involved in food & hospitality for over 100 years, my quest was to bring artisan bronze extruded pasta to Vancouverites. My pasta was carried in stores locally and sold at various Farmer’s markets but the biggest demand from my customers were requests to learn how to make their own pasta. The business/obsession has now morphed into me teaching classes, demos and private parties, where my guests learn my family traditions of pasta making.

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia,  Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano,  Pasta Famiglia, Gnocci, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What can clients expect when they take your pasta making classes?

A.  As the worlds only professional pasta making actor, I like to turn my classes into a bit of theatre. I’m lucky to have grown up Italian and learned to cook from the amazing women of my family. I am also lucky that while acting, I have worked in restaurants in NYC, Rome and Vancouver, learning tricks from chefs, which I pass on to you. The classes are small hands-on affairs of 6 to 8 people, taught in non-traditional locations. We cook, we snack and you go home with pasta/gnocchi for two. When you leave my class, you will be able to make traditional pasta or gnocchi for the ones you love.  Plus you’ll have heard a few stories and shared some laughs.  This poem I wrote sums up my philosophy…

Eat with those you Love and you will stay in Love,
Eat with those you Like and you may fall in Love,
Eat with those you hate and you may learn to Tolerate.

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano,  Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  You love singing when you cook, what’s on your current play list?

A.  James Brown, Sam Roberts Band, The Black Keys, The Rat Pack, Whitehorse, Lucio Battisti

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What are your staple cooking tools everyone should have in their kitchen?

A.   A cast iron skillet for searing & frying || stainless steel frying pan for sauteing ||  sharp chefs knife for everything || An enamel cast iron pot for braising || wooden spoon for tasting, stirring and smacking hands that are picking at the food (…tradition) || 2 large pasta/stock pots; one for soups and sauces, and a wide mouth one for boiling pasta!

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What are your 5 ingredients you can’t live without when cooking?

A.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil || Sea/Kosher Salt || Garlic || Lemons || Parsley

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  Who is your style inspiration/ icon, when you’re not working in kitchen?

A.  My biggest style inspirations are: 1)  My Dad. He was born in 1926, had me at 50 and had an old school style. Looking at all his old photos with everyone in beautiful tailored suits, pressed shirts, cuff links and fedoras left it’s mark.  2)  My time living in NYC taught me that trends come and go, but personal style is forever.  3) My time living in Rome taught me that  Italians live for “La Bella Figura”, which literally means “The beautiful figure”, but really means “Keeping up Appearances”.  Whether they’re teenagers in ripped jeans or fathers wearing the latest designers, they take the time to style themselves before they leave the house. PS My Mom never left the house unless she was presentable. Translation, done up to the Nines – lol!

Nadia Albano, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Cermatics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Druta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What do you prefer: New York or LA? Paris or Rome? Coffee or Tea? Wine or Water? Sweet or Savory?

A.  New York || Rome || Espresso || Wine || Savory.

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Deruta Ceramics, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Q.  What’s the next step for you and Pasta Famiglia? Any new projects coming up?

A.  I just finished filming a Hallmark Movie of the Week and returned from a trip to NYC and am I’m playing a bit of catch up. Outside of teaching classes and auditioning, I’m in pre-production for a cooking/comedy web series, and a large Italian dinner event for the winter. Both the series and dinner will bring my two passions of food and acting together into something unique.

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia, Gnocchi, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Grazie, Peter!  I had so much fun and I thuroughly enjoyed my gnocci!  I look forward to attending your dinner event this Winter.

In the mean time, to catch all of Peter’s adventures, you can follow him on twitter {@PastaBoyPeter}, instagram {@pastaboypeter}.  To sign up for classes (which would be such a fun idea for birthdays or bridal parties), and find out about events and his show, sign up for his email list at www.pastafamiglia.ca .  Be sure to check out Peter’s  acting career on IMDb

Makeup TruTorialTM – Cut Crease Liner

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

Well hello there, friends!  I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend so far.  In this week’s makeup tutorial, I’m showing you one way to create a cut crease eye makeup design.  It’s very easy to create and I hope you will follow along and give this makeup style a whirl…

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20150616_Trutorial-0003Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation

Starting with a clean face, I  applied Mèreadesso All-in-One Moisturizer on my face and neck.  This product has now made it in on my “I-can’t-live-without” beauty list and acts as a moisturizer, serum and primer.  The great news is that it will be available at Notrdstom,  in Vancouver this Fall, or online at www.mèreadesso.com.

To even out my complexion, I buffed on Make Up For Ever HD Foundation ($50) with a skunk brush (Mint Brush #42)

20150616_Trutorial-0006Step 2: Apply eye shadow base

Apply a wash of satin-ivory shadow onto the entire eyelid and blend up to the brow bone.  I’m using MAC eye shadow in “Shroom” and applying the color with Mint Brush #22

20150616_Trutorial-0007Step 3:  Eye Liner

Holding the outer part of the eye taut, begin drawing on eyeliner, using short strokes and starting from the inner corner of the eyes.  Be sure to get as close to the lash line as possible and work your way toward the outer corner of the eyes.  Extend the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye lid in an upward possession.  In this photo, I’m using a black eye pencil like MAC PowerPoint Pencil in “Engraved”.

Tip:

Use a Eye Kohl Pencil as an alternate product option, as this formula is smoother and easier to blend out.

20150616_Trutorial-0010Step 4:  Extend the Eyeliner

To smooth out the liner, use an angled liner brush (I’m using Mint Brush #26) and lightly feather-out and extend the line at the outer corner of the eye.

20150616_Trutorial-0014Step 5:  Draw liner in the crease

To create a more defined and dramatic contour, use the same eye pencil as above to draw a line into the crease (roughly 3/4 way in).   Be sure to keep the line at the outer corner thicker and taper it as you work your way to the middle of the eye lid.

20150616_Trutorial-0017Step 7: Blend out crease liner

Using a tapered shading brush, smudge out and soften the crease liner.  Be sure to keep the bottom line (along the lash line) crisp and untouched.

20150616_Trutorial-0019Step 8: Define crease liner with eye shadow

Dip the domed shading brush (Mint #24) into a black or charcoal-gray eye shadow , then sweep it into the outer corner of the eye and atop the liner.  This technique will deepen and blend out the hard crease liner.

20150616_Trutorial-0023Step 9: Apply Shadow liner to inner corner of the eye

Next, rim the lower lash line using an angled liner brush and black or charcoal-gray eye shadow.  This will tie into the design of the upper lid, and define the shape of the eye.  I’m using Make Up For Ever M-100.

20150616_Trutorial-0031Step 10:

Dab a frosted eye shadow. such as MAC “Nylon”,  onto the inner corner and middle of the eye to brighten the eyelid to add a little dimension and shimmer.   Apply the same shade to highlight under the brown bone to make make the brows pop.

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20150616_Trutorial-0039Step 11:  Tight line the eyes.

Rim the waterline with black eye pencil.  Waterproof is your best option for longevity.  Also, if you want to create a very bold and opaque looking makeup, try using a waterproof cream liner.  I’m going for a more transparent finish in with this look (eyeshadow and liner) as it’s softer and can be styled for day of evening without looking to heavy.

20150616_Trutorial-0041Step12: Contour and shade the face.

To shape and contour the face, use Mint Brush #16 to shade in the hollow of the cheek bone.  Blend upward toward the ear and hairline until you see a subtle, yet defined shadow.  I like using the Make Up For Ever Skulpting Kit to achieve a perfect contour.  I find it very user friendly and easier to control.

20150616_Trutorial-0045Step 13: Complete the look

To complete the look,  dust on a hint of bronzing powder all over the face to warm up the complexion.  Next, dust on a shimmering highlighter to the peak points of the face (cheek bones, bridge of nose, chin, above brown bone), to give the skin a perfect glow.  Fill in the eyebrows to frame the eyes and opt for a neutral lip color to balance out the intensity of the eyes.  I selected MAC “Snob” with MAC Pro Long Wear “In Anticipation” .  As for blush, I dusted the apples of my cheeks with a pink shade in by MAC called “Pink Swoonl”

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Have a great weekend, everyone!  I hope you get around to trying this look, and when you do, be sure to snap a selfie and tag me on Instagram or Twitter.

Nadia Albano Style Inc. – Summer Soiree

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

It was an evening of sipping, nibbling and celebrating as Nadia Albano Style Inc. entered it’s 18th years in the biz – YAWZA!  You see, in a nutshell, I started my career as an independent, mobile freelance makeup and hair stylist.  Over the years, I  happily worked in various leading hair salons, cosmetic counters and fashion retailers.  I developed my craft in the beauty and fashion industry and worked hard at building a good reputation with my peers in the industry.  I worked with Vancouver Community College, where I founded and taught the Make Up Artist Certificate Program for 5 years.  I took an inspiring trip to Paris with my husband in 2010, then opened my first boutique studio space in Downtown, Vancouver (on Granville at Robson) in 2011.  Shortly after that, I began writing my weekly “Makeover” column in the Province Newspaper and provided my support and expertise in various publications across Canada.  In 2013 I moved the business into the quaint Yorkville area in Kitsalano (just minutes from Downtown), where I now call my home away from home.

I feel extremely proud and grateful for all of the wonderful growth and positive endeavors I have experienced thus far and can honestly say that I wouldn’t be able to do what I love the most without the love, encouragement and support from all of you; my loyal family, friends, staff, colleagues and guests.  To show my gratitude with a little NadittudeTM, and to celebrate how far we’ve come,  I hosted an intimate garden themed summer soiree last week and here’s how it went down…

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Hilary Miles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Hilary Miles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Countdown Events, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Countdown Events, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Countdown Events, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Candy Bar, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Debut Event Design, Countdown Events, Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Candy Bar, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, NadittudeTM Cookies, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, NadittudeTM Cookies, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Prosecco, Fire Fly Wines and Ales, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Prosecco, Fire Fly Wines and Ales, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Le Gateau Bake Shop, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Andy Chu, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Andy Chu, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Natalie Langston, Andy Chu, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Natalie Langston, Andy Chu, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Roberto and Erin Sousa, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Roberto and Erin Sousa, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Madalena and Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Madalena and Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Sparkle Media, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Sparkle Media, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Samantha, Annelie, Roberto and Vanessa, Summer Soiree, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Samantha, Annelie, Roberto and Vanessa, Summer Soiree, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The Wedding Lady, Jeweliette Jewellery,  Summer Soiree, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

The Wedding Lady, Jeweliette Jewellery, Summer Soiree, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Summer Soiree, Jessica Thomas Cooke, Wanderlust Management, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Summer Soiree, Jessica Thomas Cooke, Wanderlust Management, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Wade Chan-Kent, Vincent and Theo Videography, Holly Truchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Wade Chan-Kent, Vincent and Theo Videography, Holly Truchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Hilary Chan-Kent, , Wanderlust Management, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Hilary Chan-Kent, , Wanderlust Management, Elsa Corsi, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Model Valentina, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Model Valentina, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Holly Turchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Holly Turchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Jaleh Fotoohi, Nadia Albano, Gratutude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Jaleh Fotoohi, Nadia Albano, Gratutude with NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Holly Truchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Holly Truchan, Union Photographers, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nice Pops, Popsicles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nice Pops, Popsicles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nice Pops, Popsicles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nice Pops, Popsicles, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Kristy Ryan, Blush Wedding Photography, Elsa Corsi Ear Cuff, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Kristy Ryan, Blush Wedding Photography, Elsa Corsi Ear Cuff, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Maurizio Peta, Debut Event Design, Le Gateau Bakery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Maurizio Peta, Debut Event Design, Le Gateau Bakery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Le Gateau Bakery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Le Gateau Bakery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lucas Mattiello, Level Up Living, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Lucas Mattiello, Level Up Living, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Joe Sakic, Lucas Mattiello, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Joe Sakic, Lucas Mattiello, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Annelie, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Annelie, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Vanessa,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Vanessa, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Soha Lavin, Coundtown Events, Hilary Chan Kent, Wanderlust Management, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Soha Lavin, Coundtown Events, Hilary Chan Kent, Wanderlust Management, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Daniella Guzzo, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Daniella Guzzo, Nadia Albano Style Inc

Elsa Corsi, Aubrey Arnason, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Elsa Corsi, Aubrey Arnason, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Lele Chan, Tutu and Fru, Nadia Albano, Kristy Ryan, Blush Wedding Photography, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Lele Chan, Tutu and Fru, Nadia Albano, Kristy Ryan, Blush Wedding Photography, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Roberto, Samantha, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Roberto, Samantha, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Vanessa Westerager, Aubrey Arnason, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Vanessa Westerager, Aubrey Arnason, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Maurizio Peta, Debut Event Design, Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Madelena Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Maurizio Peta, Debut Event Design, Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Madelena Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Chella Levesque, Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Chella Levesque, Alexandra Thompson, Wardrobe Apparel, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Samantha, Vanessa, Nadia, Annelie, Cathy, Silvia, Roberto, NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Samantha, Vanessa, Nadia, Annelie, Cathy, Silvia, Roberto, NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Stesha Ho, Canada Wide Media, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Stesha Ho, Canada Wide Media, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Holly Turchan, Union Photographers, David Light, Debut Event Design, Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Holly Turchan, Union Photographers, David Light, Debut Event Design, Erin Cebula, ET Canada, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Debute Event Design, Jeweliette Jewellery, Erin Cebula, NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Debute Event Design, Jeweliette Jewellery, Erin Cebula, NadittudeTM, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Outtakes, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Joe Sakic, Nadia Albano Style Inc, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Gratitude with NadittudeTM, Summer Soiree, Daniella Guzzo Photography

I’d say that was a great event!  Thank you Daniella for capturing every moment, and thank you to everyone who made it out to celebrate with us.  I appreciate everyone’s kindness, support and love!  Special THANK YOU to my amazingly talented and growing team: Vanessa, Annelie, Roberto, Samantha, Cathy, Silvia and Madeline.  It feels so good to know that you have my back, just as I have yours, and that you’re open to accepting new opportunities and experiences.  You are all a wonderfully honest, kind and talented group of individuals and make coming to work so enjoyable!  I love and appreciate you all so very much!

Big thanks to all the sponsors and vendors for your generosity and time, and for helping me bring this event to life.  Soha, Jenny (Countdown Events) and Chella (Chella Lavesque Inc.)…you ladies ROCK!  This event went off without a hitch because of your guidance and expertise! – MERCI!!

Jeweliette Jewellery (Madelena and Elsa),  THANK YOU for always making us ALL sparkle a little brighter, and for supporting and encouraging me through my career over the years.  You ladies are the real deal! xo

An extra special GRAZIE to my dear, dear friends, David and Maurizio of Debut Event Design, for transforming my space into an outdoor garden escape.  You two are truly the best in the business and I’m so grateful that you’ve been in my life for the past 18 years…and counting — LOVE YOU!!

Thanks to my beloved family and friend for always being so encouraging, loving and nurturing.  I’m eternally grateful for you!

To my partner in crime, my right-hand man, my sunshine, my husband “Jozy-Bear” — I am so incredibly in love with you and am glad we’re sharing life’s awesome journey together.  Thanks for  being my rock and my biggest supporter!

Cheers, Everyone!

Special thanks to our event contributors and sponsors:

Countdown Events | Chella Levesque | Debut Event Design | Hilary Miles Flowers | Jeweliette Jewellery | Elsa Corsi |Le Gataue Bake Shop | Salmon’s Rentals | Fire Fly Wines and Ales | Project Skin MDDaniella Guzzo Photography | Union Photographers | Kardz Kouture | Make Up For Ever | KMS California

Lady Bug…

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Polka-Dot Culottes: Value Village | Sleeveless Faux-Leather Top: Winners | Red Sandal, Sam Edelman: The Bay | Sunnglesses: Urban Outfitters | Accessories: Jeweliette Jewellery, Minichello Jewellers

We walked the neighborhood of East Van (where I grew up) and came across this beautiful floral backdrop.  These colorful blooms worked perfectly with this weeks blog vibes which is all about enjoying the little things in life.  After all, it’s the little things make me the happiest!  I enjoy the sunshine that beams through our bedroom window in the morning; waking up to sweet kisses on my face from my hubby as he leaves for work; breathing in the clean fresh Vancouver air…and the list goes on.   I’ve been feeling extremely motivated lately and have been staying super healthy by exercising every morning, eating well and trying to find a work/life balance.  I can’t help but feel incredibly grateful and blessed for each and every day.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot, Culottes, Lady Bug, Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot, Culottes, Lady Bug, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

Marc Jacobs once said, “I don’t think there is ever a wrong time for a polka-dot”, and I couldn’t agree with him more!  There’s something so quirky and playful about this print; it reminds me of a ladybug.  I spotted these cute pleated culottes for only $10, so obviously I scooped them up.  They have an elastic waist band and are very billowy — sooo comfy and great for traveling!  This shape adds a lot of volume so it’s important to define the waist by wearing something structured on top, like this tailored, faux-leather sleeveless top.  On my feet, I’m wearing my red cork wedged sandals, from a few seasons back, for a splash of color and a little height.  I like the look of a flat pointy shoe with this outfit as well, to elongate the leg and for a Euro-chic vibe.

Nadia Albano, Flowers,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot, Suede Red Wedge Sandals, Sam Edelman,  Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Polka-dot, Suede Red Wedge Sandals, Sam Edelman, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Short Hair, Balayage, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Short Hair, Balayage, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Jeweliette Jewellery, Minichello Jewellers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Jeweliette Jewellery, Minichello Jewellers, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Get this look with these products…

Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #118 | Laure Mercier Secret Camouflage #3 | NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”

Eyes: MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in “Engraved” L’Oreal Carbon Black Mascara

Lipstick: MAC “Damn Glamourous”

Nadia Albano, Animal Print Clutch, Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Animal Print Clutch, Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Polka-Dots, Lady But, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Flowers, Polka-Dots,Lady Bug, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Happy Weekend, Everyone!  Enjoy every minute of it – xo

Makeup TruTorialTM – Teal Green Liner

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by Union Photographers:

This week’s makeup tutorial was inspired by the oh-so-pretty Jessica Biel, when she styled her eyes in that gorgeous teal-green eye liner.  This look brings attention to the eyes, while the skin and lips remain clean and minimal.  Extremely playful and easy to achieve, this look is perfect for summer!

Nadia Albano, Union Photographers, Makeup Tutorial

Nadia Albano, Union Photographers, Makeup Tutorial

Before and After

Nadia Albano, Union Photographers, Makeup Tutorial

Nadia Albano, Union Photographers, Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation

I was recently introduced to a new skincare line called Mèreadesso.  It’s made in Canada, which is always a plus, and designed with simplicity, ease, and effectiveness in mind.  The brand philosophy is “One step, one product, for everyone”; You gotta love that!

After applying Mèreadesso All-in-One Moisturizer on my face and neck (which acts as a moisturizer, serum and primer) I evened out my complexion with Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation #118 ($46).  I lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (MAC Bronzing Powder – $30).

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Eye Shadow, Ricepaper, Union Photographers, Makeup Tutorial

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Eye Shadow, Ricepaper, Union Photographers, Makeup Tutorial

Step 2: Apply eye shadow base

Apply a shimmery ivory shadow onto the entire eyelid, up to the brow bone.  I’m using MAC eye shadow in “Ricepaper”

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup Tutorial

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup Tutorial

Step 3: Line the lower lash line with green eyeliner

Saturate a firm angled liner brush (Mint Brush #26)  by rubbing it onto the tip of a MAC Kohl Pencil in “Minted”.  Once the brush is loaded with color, trace a line, using small strokes, from the inner corner of the lower lash line, toward the outer corner of the eye.

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Step 4: Apply Shadow liner to inner corner of the eye

To smooth out and set the liner, layer a frosted eye shadow (in a similar shade) to the inner corner of the eye and lightly blend out toward the middle of the eye.   This will amplify and illuminate the color and create added dimension to the line.  I’m using MAC eye shadow in  “Steamy”

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the upper lash line.

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

 Step 6: Tight Line the eyes

To intensify the look and to create a clean sleek look, line the inner rim of the eye lid with MAC “Minted” Kohl Eye Pencil.  You can opt to use a different shade for added contrast, or stick to a monochromatic finish as seen here.

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, Highlight, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, Highlight, Union Photographers, Makeup

Step 7: Highlight under the eyes and the peak points of the face

I applied concealer under my eyes to minimize imperfections and then used a highlighter pen to brighten under the eyes and peak points of the face (as seen in the above diagram).  This technique really brightens the face and enhances the bone structure.  I can’t live without this MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in “Radiant Rose”.  Be sure to use a foundation brush to press in and blend the highlighter out for a soft finish.

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, MAC Kohl Pencil in Minted, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers, Makeup

Step 8: Apply blush

Select a peachy-pink blush color and apply it 2 fingers away from the nostril (apples of the cheeks) using and upward sweeping motion toward the temple area.  In this photo I’m using MAC Powder Blush in “Blushbaby”

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers, Makeup

Nadia Albano, Mint Brushes, Union Photographers, Makeup

Step 9:  Complete look

To complete the look, select a sheer lip color in a light pink shade like the Dior Addict Lip Glow .

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel

Celebrity Inspiration:

Jessica Biel

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Adorable Adrianna!

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Bridal, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Life Studios

It’s  been a steady go since January, and now our 2015 wedding season is officially in full swing!  To celebrate, we’re looking back and sharing some highlight moments with our brides from last season, and this week we’re featuring our gorgeous and adorable bride, Adrianna.  Enthusiastic, energetic, hilariously funny and absolutely stunning (inside and out), is how I like to describe her.  We had such a blast beautifying her and her bridesmaids at our studio and we’re thrilled to have been a part of her wedding day.

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Hair:

Adrianna wanted a loose and romantic, asymmetrical cascading up style for her her wedding.  We incorporated a few hair extensions for added fullness and length, which is always a great options if you have a fine her type or if your natural hair length is shorter.  I then created a soft side swept fringe and incorporated softly curled tendrils to frame her face.

Makeup:

For makeup, Adrianna wanted the focus to be on her eyes.  I created a soft smoky eye using shades of browns, burgundy and salmon-pink eyeshadow.  I rimmed her eyes with dark brown waterproof eye pencil and added a row of Nadia Albano false lashes, for extra definition.  I finished with a hint of peachy-pink blush on her cheeks and a long wear lipstick in a nude coral shade on her lips.

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios, Jeweilette jewellery

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios, Jeweliette Jewellery

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Nadia Albano Style Inc., Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Nadia Albano Style Inc., Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Nadia Albano Style Inc., Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Nadia Albano Style Inc., Adrianna, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna and Sergio, Life Studios

Nadia Albano, Adrianna and Sergio, Life Studios

Big love, Adrianna and Sergio!  Wishing you a life time of love, happiness and respect for one another! xo

Graffiti

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Metallic Dress: Club Monaco | Leather Jacket: Winners | Shoes: Zara | Accessories: Jeweliette Jewellery

Do you ever look at life and the world around you and feel like it’s too big to comprehend?  Do you ever feel like it’s hard to determine what’s fact and fiction sometimes, or catch yourself comparing your life to that of others?  Do you get lost in who you are, versus what you think society wants you to be?  On one hand you say to yourself, ” I have a purpose and can conquer anything I put my heart and soul into”.  While on the other hand you feel overwhelmed and “stuck in a rut” and think, “who do I think I am?”.  This has been a topic of discussion at the studio lately among my clients and it makes me think of the Sex in the City character, Carrie Bradshaw, who once said, “Eventually all the pieces fall into place….until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment, and know that everything happens for a reason”.  I know that I’m quoting a fictional character here but I couldn’t agree with these words more!  I feel like we all just need to live in the moment and do the things that make us smile and feel fulfilled.  At the end of the day, we can only control our own behaviors and attitudes, ya know?!

I like to think of myself as a “glass half full” kind of thinker.  I believe that thoughts are things; what you put out will come back to you tenfold, so keep it positive!  When your clear with your intentions, take thoughtful and calculated risks, and do things with passion and integrity, you can accomplish anything!   I started blogging because I wanted to share my creativity, flair for beauty and style and love for life with all of you.  My intention has always been (and continues to be) to inspire people and share my perspective in my area of expertise.  I want people to know that it’s okay to do things that make you feel special and good about yourself when ever you can.  It’s not about WHAT you’re wearing or doing, it’s about HOW, and how it effects you and the people around you!  We each are unique and have something special to offer.  Let’s face it, when you do YOU well, life’s canvas will paint itself into a masterpiece.  It’s all about the NadittudeTM!

Nadia Albano, Graffiti, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Graffiti, Daniella Guzzo Photography

This week’s style series brings us to this gorgeous graffiti wall, of our Downtown Vancouver City scape.  Daniella and I were so impressed with this artwork and had to use it as a backdrop for our shoot.  I don’t know who the artist is that created this piece, all I can tell you is that it’s remarkable to see the work and effort that went into creating this.

Nadia Albano, Dress, Club Monaco, Leather Jacket, Winners, Shoes, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Club Monaco, Leather Jacket, Winners, Shoes, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Outfit Details:

I purchased this dress this past Winter at Club Monaco and feel it still works for the summer season.  I love the metallic sheen and the way it flows.  The triangular “trapeze” cut is extremely comfortable and typically suited for a long and lean silhouette.  For structure (and to compliment my body type), I’m wearing a light-weight leather blazer to cover my arms and to define my waist.  A sparkly t-strap heel adds an element of interest, elongate my legs and to adds much needed height to my 5’3″ stature.

For a casual summery look, simply swap the leather jacket for a distressed denim jacket or vest, and slip into a casual wedge sandal or flat metallic sandals.

Nadia Albano, Graffiti, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Graffiti, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Shoes, Zara, Dress, Club Monaco, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Shoes, Zara, Dress, Club Monaco, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Hashtag Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Hashtag Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, YSL Lipstick, MAC Khol Pencil, Hashtag Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Stila Cosmetics, YSL Lipstick, MAC Khol Pencil, Hashtag Necklace, Jeweliette Jewellery, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Makeup:

Get the look using these products…

Face: Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation 50 Watts, MAC Bronzing Powder, Diorskin Rosy Glow in #001

Eyes: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in “Engraved” | L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Lipss: YSL Rouge Pur Couture #22

Nadia Albano, KMS California, Goldwell, Balayage, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, KMS California, Goldwell, Balayage, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Hair:

I’m absolutely in LOVE with my new haircut!  Although it’s short in the back, I maintained length in the front for style versatility.  Plus, it’s going to be super fun to style for summer!  We used a dark smokey-brown permanent color at the regrowth area, for depth and dimension, touched up the ends by painting on ribbons of highlights called balayage.  This creates a lovely graduation of color and requires little maintenance .  I used a 1 inch Kadori curling wand to create a soft bend in the ends, then sprayed the hair with KMS “Hair Play Dry Wax” Spray for dimensional texture.

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Graffiti, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Graffiti, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Graffiti, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Graffiti, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Club Monaco, Leather Jacket, Winners, Shoes, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

Nadia Albano, Dress, Club Monaco, Leather Jacket, Winners, Shoes, Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photography

I leave you with the words of the great William Shakespeare, “The world in mine Oyster, which I with sword will open!”.  Shake things up and make things happen, my friends!

Makeup TruTorialTM – Garden Escape

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Make-up, Tutorials | 0 comments

Photographed by: Union Photographers

This week’s makeup tutorial features products from Clarins and Stila Cosmetics.  With all the flowers in bloom around Vancouver, I had to use my Clarins Garden Escapes 6 Color Eye Palette .  This limited edition palette contains 6 eye shadow shades of pink, pearl white, two very springtime inspired greens and an intense taupe.  Follow along with this week’s TruTorialTM sesh, then be sure to take a self and post in on Instagram and tag me!  I’d love to see your look!

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Before and After, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, TruTorialTM, Before and After, Union Photographers

Before and After

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Step 1: Prepare the face with moisturizer, primer and foundation.

I started by hydrating my skin with Clarins Hydra Quench Creme for Normal to Dry Skin. This moisturizer was voted the winner product of the 2014 ELLE Beauty Grand Prix in the “Daytime Facial Moisturizers, between $48 to $90” category!  To perfectly even out my complexion, I’m using  Clarins Everlasting Foundation #105 .  This foundation provides long lasting coverage for up to 18 hours.  Great for wedding season!

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Union Photographers

Step 2: Prepare the eyes with primer

Dab a small amount of  Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base onto the eye lid.  This product extends he wear of the eye shadow and energizes the eye.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Step 3: Apply base color onto the eye lid.

Using a wide flat shadow brush (Mint Brush #22), apply the pearly white shade onto the entire eye lid, to brighten they eyes.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Step 4: Contour the eyes.

Using a small domed brush (Mint Brush #24), apply the darks shade of green in tot he outer corner of the eye and into the crease.  Apply the same color onto the lower lash line, to mirror the eye lid.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Step 5: Apply shadow to the center of the eye lid.

Lightly apply the darker shade of pink, of the “Garden Escape” palette, to the center of the eye for a hint of color.  You can also use this shade to blend out and soften the contour.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

 Step 6: Line the eye lid.

Using Clarins Khol Pencil in Intense Green #9 , line the upper lid starting at the base of the lash line.  Step 1: Hold the outer part of the eye taut then begin drawing on the line, using short strokes and starting from the middle of the eyelid.  Work your way toward the outer corner of the eyes and apply the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye lid in an upward possession.   Step 2: Next, draw a line, starting from the inner corner of the eye, to connect to the liner to the middle of the eye. You want to ensure that the line in the inner corner of the eye is thinner than the line at the outer corner of the eye, as it creates a almond shape.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

 Step 7:  Curl lashes and apply mascara

Before applying mascara, be sure to use concealer to brighten under the eyes.  Then fill in the eyebrows as needed.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Step 8: Apply blush

Using a small blush brush (Mint Brush #16), lightly dust on Clarins Blusher in “Soft Peach” to the cheeks, using a upward sweeping motion toward the temple area.

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Step 9: Line the waterline.

Rim the waterline with Clarins Khol Pencil in Intense Green #9.  Using the lightest green eye shadow shade in the “Garden Escape” palette, create a shadow liner along the lower lash line and draw it on with an angled liner brush (Mint Brush #26).

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, Makeup Tutorial, Mint Brushes, Clarins, Union Photographers

 

To complete the makeup, I used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Belissima”.  This matt finish and color worked perfectly with look.

Aishwarya Rai, 2009 Cannes Film Festival

Aishwarya Rai, 2009 Cannes Film Festival

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