Luxury

Nicole and Ians April Wedding

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A few months ago we have the pleasure of glamming up Nicole on her Wedding Date. We had been referred to us by our friend and Wedding Collegue Amanda Coldicutt Photography. When we met Nicole we instantly clicked as we had a mutual love of working out, dogs and sharing our stories. On her Wedding date the team of Carmen, Cathy, Tara and Tia went out to Langley to glam everyone up. Stefanie Fournier Photography was Nicoles photographer for the day and she took so many amazing photos! Here are a few photos from Nicole and Ians Love Wedding =)

 

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Dorothy and Bens Disney Themed Wedding

 

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I had the chance to meet Dorothy and Ben a few years ago as Ben is actually a amazing photographer in town. His work can be seen here  We have worked several photo shoots together and he is always great company to be around. Not only is he amazing at what he does, he is always calm, professional and very kind.   I actually met Dorothy while working with Ben, she was assisting him at the day but at the time they were just friends.   A year or so had past and I found they they were engaged ( yay!), Dorothy had approached me to do her makeup and hair for her big day and I felt very honoured.  The wedding was a Disney Themed ( super cute) and I was very lucky to be a part of their big day!.  Noyo Creative took these amazing photos and we are so lucky to the chance to have them featured on our blog!  Be sure to check out the same day edit by Life Studios here

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Sam and Vus Vancouver Wedding

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Our feature Wedding today is Sam and Vus Vancouver Wedding.  Both of them currently live in San Francisco but decided to have a wedding in Vancouver (Sams home town).  We got referred to Sam from one of our good friends David Tam who also photographed their wedding. We have worked on several weddings together and David is one of my top Preferred Photographer Vendors <3.  Sam trusted me with her big day as she had no time to do a trial, we did a glamourous look on her with triple layer lashes, a lovely smokey eye and a nude lip.  For her hair we decided on up do incorporating in french braid in the front.  Thank you so much for having us big a part of your big day! We wish Sam and Vu nothing but the best!! =). Here are a few pictures from their photo session in Whyte Cliff Park with David Tam.

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Romantic Ballerina Wedding Editorial

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This was one of my favourite editorial shoots to date.  When I got asked by Daniel Ha of D’Soleil Photography to do the makeup on a Ballerina Bridal Inspired Editorial I was very excited and of course honoured.  Daniel and I have worked together before with CC Roa of Roa Luxury Floral Event Design before on a Tuscany Wedding Theme Shoot so I knew we would have  a great time. We shot this at the Vancouver Club in downtown Vancouver and collaborated with other amazing vendors such as Benefit Cosmetics,  Flip Vision,  Love by Phoebe , Hair by Micah Gibert plus a few more which can be seen in our publication in Praise Wedding.  The models were amazing and they really looked like real life ballerinas!  Here are a few shots from the shoot. Enjoy <3

 

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Engagement Session With Jessica and Nick

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Last year I had contest through Vancity Weddings for a Free Engagement Session Makeup and Hair =) The winner of that contest was Jessica <3  She came in right before her engagement shoot which she had schedule  Alanna Milaney Photography.  We wanted to make her feel and look amazing with a soft smokey eye, lashes and voluminous curls =).  Jessica was a doll to work on, so out going and so sweet.   They set off to the Richmond Night Market ( where her and her fiance met) then off to Iona Beach for a sunset shoot.  If you ever are at the Surrey Night Market be sure to drop by their yummy food stall “Cheese Stix Factory” for some treats =) We are happy to say her pictures turned out amazing and look forward to seeing her again <3.  Be sure to check out this video made by Charles De Jesus Photography of their E Session together here

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Throwback Thursday Wedding =)


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We are happy to say its been 2 years since Maggie and Ray tied the knot. Back in 2013 Maggie had hired me as her Personal Stylist for the Day =). It was amazing, we started the day off bright at early at 4:30am with hair and makeup for the tea ceremony. Followed that was portrait pictures of her groom and family taken by Nhi Le.  During the day there was 2 changes of hair and makeup and we couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out.  We recently caught up with Maggie and they now have a beautiful son =).  Wow time flies.  It seems like yesterday that we glammed everyone up for the big day!.

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My TOP 5 Favourite Makeup Products!

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Clients all the time ask me ” What is your favourite makeup brand” and to be honest I don’t have a “Favourite” per say.  Every product brand  has someone unique and different that I like about them.  I don’t necessary like EVERYTHING in a line but I have my “Top Must Have Products” that work well with my line of work.  Being a professional full time artist I rely most  on quality and durability.  There are times when I will pay the extra $20 for a foundation because it works ! ( You know what they say, you get what your pay for).  Expensive products doesn’t mean they are the ” best” either, sometimes you are paying for marketing, a celebrity endorsing it or “luxury” packaging so don’t be fooled! ;).  Here are my TOP 5 Makeup  Products  that I absolutely LOVE

 

1-Loreal- Yup Loreal you read right!, Its Drugstore brand but its okay =)  I go through mascara every few weeks from brides, grads to personal clients. Loreal mascaras have always been a staple in my kit.  They are not ” too wet” nor ” too dry”.  For me they are the perfect consistency  for what I need them to do.  Loreal Voluminous has one of the Blackest Blacks out there and it really enhances the lashes

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2- Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro- Canadian based company (thumbs up) that delivers a exellent foundation which is building, light weight and lasts.  I have used so many foundation out there from drug store, high end to luxury and I have finally found my go to foundation!. Its so soft and weightless and does so much with just a little bit of product.  the 0++ is a must in my kit too as it is a adjuster for those who want a different ” tone”

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3-YSL Rouge Volupte- These are my favourite lipsticks hands down. They are super pigmented, soft and very moisurizing. A swipe definitely goes a long way.  They come in a full range of shades and I am sure you can find one that will fit you. From soft beiges to reds and deep plums, these lipsticks are a must have in my kit.

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4-Viseart Eyeshadows- I got introduced to these a few months back when I was taking a Colour Theory Course in Seattle. After touching them and playing with these eyeshadows my life was changed imediately. Not only do these shadows blends like a dream, they also have no fall out at all.  You can create the ultimate smokey eye without having to go back and fix up under the eye.  I love how they come in all sorts of colours ( Perfect for a compact kit)

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5-Makep Forever HD Creme Blush-  Makeup Forever created the HD Foundation with HD Powder a few years back and they were a game changer.  As mediums have now changed to HD we ( makeup artists and consumers) require HD compliant products.  These creme blushes are amazing!, they create the most gorgeous colours when applied on the face ( kind of like that air brush finish look). They are easy to blend and the colour range works on all skin tones.

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Featured Wedding of May: Love Boat Fairy Tale




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If you have ever heard of the LOVE BOAT then you would know it was actually one of Princess Cruises original cruise ships back in the day. This is where we begin.  I had the pleasure of styling Alicia on her wedding date with her now husband Chris.  They met working on Sapphire Princess a few years back and last month they tied the knot.  As we got to know Alicia we also discovered we had worked on the same ship in 2009 on board the Caribbean Princess ( such a small world).  On Alicias Wedding date, it was a fairy tale made for them.  Their venue was at Steamworks in Gastown which showed off Canada Place ( Vancouvers ship port) and a meet and greet at the “Gassy Jack” whom had discovered Gastown and was from the  Hull which was were Alicia and Chris had lived in the UK. Everything at the wedding was about their journey traveling around the world together while working on cruise ships from different themes at each tables to the “guestbook” which were actually post cards. Everything was perfect and couldn’t be better. As we ( Cathy Lee on Hair)  prepped Alicia and her family for the big day we had the wonderful Sher More Photography take a few behind the scenes for us :) Thank you for having us Alicia and Chris, we wish you both  a lifetime full of happiness and joy =)AliciaAlicia2

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IIKON LASHES

I had recently gotten to try IIKONN LASHES and I love them!. There are so many 3D lash companies out there and its hard to choose which ones carry the best lashes. I love that IIKONN is a local company and I love supporting small buisness that are close by =). There are 2 collection GOLD and SILVER. The one I tried was the MARILYN 3D (below picture)from the Gold Collection and they are amazing! The full and whispey effect is definitely a plus for me!. What is great about IIKONN is that the lashes can be worn up to 25+times which in the long run is much more affordable then regular lashes. I’m looking forward to purchasing more for my clients this wedding season!Marilyn

Black Eye Liner. Love it or Hate it?

We have all had that one time when we applied “black eye liner” and within 2 hours it was all under neath our eyes, we look in the mirror and we looked like a mixture between a racoon and someone who hadn’t slept for days or both haha.  I have tried many eye liners on the market and some of them have claimes they are are ” water proof, non smudging, non moving etc”. Some of them lived up to their claim, some unfortunately are in the bottom of my makeup drawers collecting dust.  Here are my top 3 liners in all formulas

 

1) Eye Pencil-There are the pencil formulas and there are the ” kohl” formulas.  I personally think the kohl formulas are better for ” smudging” as they are softer so they are perfect for creating that based for a smokey eye. I love Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Black Eye liner as its not too soft and not too stick, you can apply this on top, bottom or even in the waterline. Make sure you sharpen it to get a more crisp line

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2)Gel Pot- Gel Pot liners can be applied with a angled brush for that “cat eyed” look, dip your brush into the pot, take off the excess and apply it close to your lash line and flick outwards.  With the angles of your brush you can manipulate the product to get the liner as thin or as thick as you want.  Black track has a quick drying time so you may have to move fast, remember practise makes perfect 😉

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3)Liquid Eye Liners- I used to hate them as the liner would end up all over my lids and when I would open my eyes it was a HUGE mess, it used to take me 15 mins to just to apply one eye.  I used learnt to love liquid as you dont need a brush or a sharpener. Tip: Just remember to tilt your head  all the way up and look down. This eye liner drys fast so it shouldn’t smudge all over your eye lids =)

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Hope this all helped everyones Eye Liner Woes!