Backstage with Make Up For Ever, Paris!

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Backstage with Make Up For Ever, Paris!

Paris in December is pretty amazing; the culture, the architecture, the Christmas Market and the “joie de vivre”.   And to be invited by one of my FAVORITE makeup companies, Make Up For Ever, to tour their original Boutique, which opened in 1984, was one of the highlights of my trip.  Here’s a sneak peek of my visit with the legendary cosmetic company and my dream meeting with makeup Guru, and founder of Make Up For Ever, Dany Sanz.

Here is the original boutique located at 5 Rue La Boétie, Paris, France.  I visited this location over three years ago and still get goose bumps.  To think that this location is the birthplace of Make Up For Ever and continues to be the spot where new products are created by Dany and her team of chemists.

Walking into the Boutique made me feel like a kid in a candy store.  The color palettes were bright and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on everything.  We toured the boutique then proceeded to the back pro showroom, where Dany and her team provide private consultation for media personalities and celebrities.  As I browsed, I could help but notice Dany’s collection of vintage makeup memorabilia, books and posters; a little something that we have in common.

We moved our way into the color lab, where everything known to Make Up For Ever is created.  This is the place where Dany formulates new colors and product for our consumer pleasure.  Upstairs is the Pro Makeup classroom, were artists from all over the world can take part in the intensive makeup training program, taught by Dany and her team of senior artists.  Don’t mind if I do!:)

After visiting with everyone and touring the Boutique, I was treated to a makeup application and of course, a meeting with Dany!

Thank you Make Up For Ever, for your kindness and hospitality.  You have made this trip to Paris so unique and I look forward to seeing you all again very soon!  Merci!


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Sara & Hector’s Penticton Paradise

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Sara & Hector’s Penticton Paradise

Once upon, a time in a land far far away, a beautiful bride and groom were wed!   Set on a mountain top, at the See Ya Later Ranch, the view was spectacular and the mood was joyous as close friends and family gathered to celebrate the union of Sara and Hector… Sara, a native of Vancouver and Hector, born in the Ivory Coast,  never would have imagined crossing paths until fait brought them together.  5 years ago, Sara and Hector met in Montreal at Bishop’s University.   A friendship began which quickly lead to a courtship.  Hector fell in love with Sara’s kind gestures, loyal friendship and positive outlook on life.  Sara was taken by Hector’s gentle spirit, insightful words and loving affection. Alas, a romance flourished which lead them to Penticton; where they sealed their love with a kiss.

Sara, looking poised in her beautiful gown and Elsa Corsi teardrop earrings, wanted a loose upstyle hairdo and fresh makeup – what a stunner!  She chose a palette of robin’s egg blue for her color scheme which also inspired the idea of a “Wishing Tree” for guests to leave messages of love, well wishes and advice.

Hector, looking dapper himself, was all smiles (and it wasn’t because of the delicious chocolate cake!).  Complementing Sara’s style, Hector donned a grey suite and seafoam blue tie with a set of custom Elsa Corsi cuff links.  A perfect gentleman!

Jane and Lanny (mother and father of the bride) and Katie (sister of the bride) were a strong support for both Hector and Sara as many family members were unable to attend and celebrated from afar!

University friends of the bride and groom, Angela and Larissa, spontaniously pose for a photo opp! These gals were AMAZING!

Sara and Hector, I love you!  Thank you for letting me share in your special dayand for letting me be the un-official photographer! (…not bad hey?)  I wish you both a life filled with laughter, love and many more joyous occassions as this one!  Congrats! xo


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