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)


The Original N.A.D!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Fashion, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing – Black Blazer: Winners | Denim Skirt and Graphic T-shirt: Joe Fresh | Sparkle Pumps: Badgley Mischka, The Hudsons Bay | Belt: Betsy Johnson, Winners | Clutch Purse: Florence, Italy | Lipstick: Joe Fresh “Melon”

Some of the best days of my life were spent hanging out with the neighbourhood kids in East Van (you know who you are…).  We often hung out at the park playground, played make-belief, and were super creative and imaginative.  We rode our bikes everywhere and spent our summer days at New Brighton Park Pool.  I can remember playing “Roommates” and pretending to be soap opera actors, complete with fake names (I was Kate Kim Moore…?).  We started a pop singing group and spent hours listening to music by WhitneyMJ, Bon Jovi, Run D.M.C and Beastie Boys; to Elvis, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles and Abba.  We used to write and record our own songs on tape cassetts and preform our stuff during lunch hour at school.  We actually had our own Children’s Television Show on Roger’s Cable (now Shaw TV) because of it… crazy, Right?  I went to Hastings Elementary School and had a wonderfully divers group of friends and amazing teachers.  Gosh, just thinking about this warms my heart and puts a smile on my face!

This week’s shoot brought me right back my old hood and although so much has changed, in my heart and mind, the nostalgia is still alive. It’s funny how there’s such a strong 80′s and 90′s influence in fashion this season which reminds me of my youth — graphic t-shirts, head-to-toe denim, athletic wear and pumped up kicks.  Let’s not forget the hair and makeup, ie. the french braids, side ponytails and the blue and green eye liners and mascaras – HA!  Not to mention the 80′s and 90′s sound in music that we’re hearing these days from bands like Foster the People, Haim and The Killers.

How cool is this graffiti art?  It totally reminds me of a recent TED Talk by Mark Ronson titled “La Di Da (Di)” where he explains that “La di da di” by Slick Rick  and Doug E. Fresh is the fifth most sampled song of all time.  He traces it to  Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G and Miley Cyrus’s music; each sampling it in their own original way.  And all of whom have made a huge impact in popular and hip-hop music.  I’m sooo going to make a crazy awesome mixed tape…ummm, I mean play list! ;)

I had some of the best teachers a kid could ask for.  Aside from my parents and older siblings, my teachers were my life coaches, mentors and encouragers.  They were an integral part of my child development and taught me the important skills that make me who I am today.  In some ways, I guess I’m sampling a little bit of what each of them showed me, and for this, they deserve a HUGE shout out!

Mr. Dransfield -  Was my Grade 3 and 4 music teacher, who influenced me in my love of music, poetry writing, and media and TV production.  Forget the typical children songs, we learned every Neil Diamond song known to man, did spelling in song and memorized poetry like “The Daffodils” by William Wordworth.  It was “School of Rock” meets musical theatre everyday! I remember a few times a year, Mr. D would plan a potluck lunch.  We each had to bring a traditional dish from home and present it to the class, so we could learn about each other’s multicultural background.  RIP, Mr. D! xo

Mrs. Bolene – Was my Grade 5 teacher art teacher.  I’m a kenesthetic learner (I learn by doing), and art became my muse.   I loved her hands and the way she signed her name.  I would practice my signature for hours, in hopes that one day it would be like hers.  And guess what?…oddly enough, it’s very similar!  I remember as a class, we designing a year book and I was most likely to be cast as the lead in the movie “Hairspray”.  Wasn’t that foretelling…

Mrs. Nakamoto – Grade 6 with Mrs. Nakamoto was so fun!  She was super cool!  I loved the way she dressed and how she always popped the collar up on her polo shirts!  She was all about working hard then playing heard, and made you feel so special when she spoke to you.  I remember collecting “Nak-Rid Dollars” currency everytime we did our homeowork.  We would record our earnings in our “bankbooks” and several times a year we could redeem our dollars for cool school supplies, t-shirts and stickers etc., which she had stashed away behind her desk.  Thanks to her, I developed a love for  Japanese food, waaay before there was a sushi restaurant on every block!

Mr. Stella – As the new Grade 7 teacher, he had his work cut out for him.  We probably gave him a hard time, yet he showed us tough love to prepare us for highschool.   I remember that on sunny days, he would move the classroom outside so we could take in the fresh air while we worked on our projects.  He loved taking photos to document our last year in elementary school including school events like Sports Day, Camp Elphinstone and Grade 7 Grad (It’s kind of like what I do on my blog!).  In fact,  years later, Mr. Stella compiled the photos and made DVD’s for each to have as a keep sake.  How thoughtful – Thank you, Mr. Stella, you’re the best!

And on that note… “Ladidaday, have a great Friday!”


#TBT – Gastown Chic with Blush Wedding Photography

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Bridal, Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

I love creating multiple hair and makeup looks for my brides to maximize their bridal style on their big day.  A soft and timeless look for the ceremony can easily transition into a moodier, more dramatic look for the reception.  Here’s a sneak peek at an editorial shoot I took part in, last Fall, with the incredibly talented, Kristy Ryan, of Blush Wedding Photography.  Kristy has a background in fashion photography and was awarded one of the “Top 25 Most Inspiring Wedding Photographers in Canada”.  Based on these images, her creative vision and of course her passion and positive,  upbeat attitude (…or shall I say #naddittudeTM), I understand why!  Thank you, Kristy — I love working with you!

This shoot, called “City Chic”, was published in Wedluxe, and I’m sure I speak on everyone’s behalf when I say, we couldn’t be happier with the final result.  Here’s a great example of how brides can easily transform their look, from day to evening, while maintaining a consistent feel in their overall bridal style.  BIG love to Kristy Davis, of Pony Salon, for doing a great job on the hair for this shoot!

Venue and Set Styling: Peter Wilds Design

Gown: Jenny Packham from Bisou Bridal

Reception Gown Nicole Miller from Blush Bridal and Special Occasions

Bride: Kenta from Richards International Modeling Agency

You can read the full story at, and meet all the wonderfully talented vendors who made this shoot so AMAZING!



Mascara Madness!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Make-up, Reviews | 0 comments

By Vanessa Westerager:

Ready to bat those beautiful eye lashes? Some lucky ladies are blessed with naturally long thick eyelashes, and others would love it if they would share the wealth!  Mascara is one of those must-have products most women cannot leave the house without and finding the right one can be like finding that great pair of jeans – a huge task!  We’ve played with a few and here are just of some of our top picks for mascara!


Lancome Hypnose Doll Lash: Builds length and volume with a flared out effect at the outer corners for a “doll lash” look! 

Guerlain Maxi Lash: Experience astonishing volume and staggering curl thanks to a high-performance polymer trio.

Marcelle Xtension Plus: Reach high heights with this length doubling curling mascara! 

Covergirl Clump Crusher: Get 200% more volume with zero the clumps plus curl!

Benefit They’re Real: Get volumn, length and definition to your lashes with one coat, won’t smudge or dry out, you will have to convince people “they’re real!

Here are some of Nadia’s Tips…

  • “Opt for a lengthening mascara if you want to create clean and individually defined lashes.  The applicator is usually narrow with a plastic comb-like head, which provides individual lash length.”
  • “If it’s density and fullness you are after, a volumizing mascara is your best bet.  Note: volumizing mascara has a larger, fluffier applicator and is more fibrous, which may causes clumping and flaking.”
  • “Try applying an eyelash primer, prior to mascara, for added length and definition.  A primer often prevents flaking and comes off in tune-like fibers when removing with cleanser.”
  • “If primer is not your thing, try curling the lashes prior to mascara.  Two coats of mascara is usually best and be sure to coat both sides of the lashes (downward strokes and upward strokes)”
  • “Avoid applying mascara on the lower lashes if you are concerned with, or have problems with, your mascara running or smudging”

Catherine Bell Inspired Makeover…

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Hair, Make-up | 0 comments

Vicky Ressl, 40, is a health care provider in youth clinics around Vancouver.  She wanted 2014 to be her year of change – and that include her look.  Read more in today’s The Province Newspaper

Before styling:

I applied KMS “Moisture Repair Revival Creme” through her ends for added moisture and manageability.  I added KMS “Free Shape Hot Flex Cream” for heat activated styling and shaping, and blow dried her hair using a Denmen brush, followed by a touch up with the flat iron.  I finished the look with KMS “Hair Play Dry Wax Spray” 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 Face and Body Foundation #34

Concealer – Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #5

Bronzer – NARS “Laguna”

Eye Color – MAC “Amber Lights” and “Ricepaper”

Mascara – L’Oreal Voluminous

Blush – MAC “Style”

Lip Color – Burberry “Trench Kiss” Lip Glow (available at Holt Renfrew)