U N N U D E

I picked up a couple new items from Walmart the other day, looking for some inspiration and the new highlighter palette by FlowerBeauty. I obviously did not get the palette because this Walmart didn’t have it yet. I was pretty disappointed, but I found a few other items I had my eye on. the Ardell Magnetic Accents lashes and opted for this beautiful HardCandy highlighter palette. I stumbled upon the L’oreal Crushed Foil¬†metallic eyeshadow in Diamond dust. Honestly this shadow is so pretty, it has an iridescent green tint as well as a kind of Burgundy undertone. It’s a crystal kind of finish and its just stunning. A little goes a long way! The magnetics lashes are amazing, they required a bit of fidgeting about in that I had to use a tweezer to get them to stay in place. You have to first put the top lashes to rest on your now lashes and then let the bottom ones join on via the magnets. They stay nice and tight and do not move, which is great once you have them the right place, but until then, its a bit annoying. It’s worth it for me though because then I do not have to deal with eyelash glue, which I don’t mind, but it does save time not having to deal with it. Definitely give them lashes a go! The picture below is an image of the look I created and on my YouTube channel you will find a close up clip of the look. Tutorial coming soon.

UNNUDE

F I S H I N G

Today my husband took me fishing. This is our second fishing adventure. The first time I ever went fishing was with him on our anniversary in Banff, in my home province of Alberta. That was quite the adventure, we were up in the Rocky Mountains fishing in a National park and we didn’t catch anything. Today we went to Marble Falls just outside Austin, Texas and didn’t catch anything. But it was so much fun. We got our gear ready and stopped at the local Riverside Grille for some local eats. I had the catfish and enjoyed the sides of fries and mash more than the entree itself. But still a cool location in that the original structure was a textile mill making surgical gauze and other cotton goods.

We got some live bait from the local Thomas Bait shoppe and set out for a good spot. The funniest part of fishing I find is the casting and reeling. I couldn’t stand the site of the worms so I didn’t use the live bait. My husband got me a crappie magic tackle piece. Apparently there’s a fish called crappie out there! I thought that was hilarious!

So my crappie fish and I set out to catch some non-crapy fish but after three hours we were not successful.

On the plus side, I got my workout in! I set my fishing rod down while waiting for the fish and completed day three of @zalibhai 6 week challenge. I didn’t have weights with me so i improvised with some stones and did the best I could! It was awesome. The cold wind made my heart rate rise more and kind of doubled he workout!

Overall, it was a fun adventure and a nice way to spend Valentines weekend.

W E D D I N G

On November 27th, I had the honor of creating and executing wedding makeup looks for three very unique and wonderful women. The mother, sister and sister-in law of the groom!

Prior to the day, I had a brief makeup consultation with the vivacious Maryam who told me she wanted a soft dramatic eye with light green and gold tones as her East Indian gown had these colors in it. I told her to send me photos of her clothing since they were her inspiration and this is often the ‘tradition,’ for lack of a better word, that most ladies like to have a makeup look that matches their clothing for East Indian or desi weddings.

Upon receiving her pictures, I could see that what we spoke about during the consultation without the clothes, was not quite what would work with the pictures Maryam sent to me. Furthermore, on the day of, I got to see their beautiful gowns in person and the photos did not do them justice at all. In fact Maryam’s dress wasn’t green at all. It was this pretty sky blue color with pretty pearls and white gold embroidery throughout it. It was the same color as Elsa’s dress from the movie Frozen.

These three ladies came prepared. Maryam has a working knowledge of makeup and clear talent as she showed Sadi and I (the beauty I’ve partnered up with and it is at her salon, Sadi’s Beauty Works, where I host consultations) pictures of the mendhi event (Henna party) where Maryam had done her own and her mothers makeup. Both looked stunning and beautiful and her talent was evident.

Once I got to see the dress, I had a general idea of what I wanted to create for this beauty. But to be perfectly honest, the final cut was no where clear in my mind. Meaning I honestly had no idea how this was gonna turn out. I had prepared my makeup kit the night before thinking that her dress was the olive green and gold that it looked like in the photos. All three of them had similar color profiles in the gowns according to the pictures. So¬† when I did indeed see everything, I was momentarily at a loss. Then I remembered I packed the beautiful @fentybeauty Galaxy palette that brings the necessary effervescent drama that Maryam was going for. So I made quick work of creating a clear palette where I did not color correct Maryam’s eye lids as I found although she has pigmentation there, it was already uniform and in a shade that matched her skin tone and would allow for any eyeshadow colors to show up true in tone.

I go to work with @anastasiabeverleyhills Prism palette which is another versatile palette that all makeup artist must have in their kit. These incredibly smooth matte, shift, and glittery eyeshadows work so well with he Fenty beauty palette! I started building a base with Anastasia and then topped everything off with Fenty and the finished it all off with @hudabeauty liquid lipstick and highlighter and away Samina went.

Being new to this industry and self-taught, I never thought I would experience what it is like to subtly transform someone. Samina changed from inner diva as is her personality to crystalline princess in 1.5hrs. Yes it took 1.5 hours to complete her look, from eyes, to color correction, foundation and contouring, cheek color and eyeliner with lash application to liquid lip finish. Not an easy task for a newbie to do in an under an hour. It also didn’t help that I instantly connected with this girl and we couldn’t stop talking, and therefore ‘fixing’ whenever we got too animated.

It was honestly the best experience so far, that I’ve had and I am so grateful for the opportunity! You can check out the makeup looks in my portfolio slideshow in the sidebar. They’re the three that are all dressed up like East Indian Princesses.

F L O W E R B E A U T Y

About face foundation by Flower Beauty is a different kind of addition to my makeup treasure trove. I’m conflicted, as I am surprised by how the shade I chose seem to dry lighter, meaning it aerated or oxidized to a shade too light for my skin. however, how wonderful it feels going on and the fact that it stays all day due to the built in primer are reasons for me to recommend this foundation. I feel like those benefits outweigh the shade in that it is easy for you to go in store, be that at Walmart or Ulta beauty to color match. I ordered this online based on a picture and thus, mistake were made.

Definitely give it a try considering it’s on sale now for only $9.80 USD, it is a decent product and fortified with all kinds of good treats for the skin such as vitamin C and E as well as anti-oxidant and anti-aging qualities. It comes in a pretty package in that it’s a glass jar with a removable cover and a nice pump that gives just a little at a time. It has the signature faux rose gold leaf logo on it that makes the packaging so elegant. Which is perfect because a little goes a long way. It is, after all, a full coverage foundation.

Check out my Instagram for a mini video on a finished look I did using this product.