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Start your Holiday Shopping with Living Simple

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Now that Thanksgiving has passed and Halloween is just around the corner our next big Holiday is Christmas.  Now for all your early Shoppers out there, we now have officially 71 days till Christmas. It will come just like that.  I know some of you are looking for Great Gift Ideas for Friends/ Family, significant  others etc.  Every 2 weeks from now till Xmas I will be feature a New Gift Idea for those who are stuck.  This week I have chosen the Body Care Line ” Living Simple

 

Living Simple is a Vancouver based company ( husband and wife team) that specializes in Natural Ingredients in their products.  They only use Ingredients they can pronounce with their products also being paraben, toxin, and chemical free.  They currently  have amazing products which range from body scrubs, moisturizers and even deodorant creams.  Soon soap bars, tons and moisturizing oil with their signature scents will be added on in their menu 🙂  I had the chance to try these products and I will say they live up to their hype.

Here are a few of my favourite products:

 

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Lemongrass- Cedarwood Sugar Scrub.(Scent different from picture)  One of the more popular scents in their catalogue.  I loved using this in the shower and honestly loved how there was not a greasy artificial residue afterwards. It felt like a aromatherapy session in my shower. haha One of Living Simple Tips was to use the scrub before shaving. =). Will try that next time!.  The sugar is super fine and definitely got rid of any dead skin cells without any effort.  2 Thumbs up for Smell and Results!

 

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Peppermint-Tea Tree Deodorant Cream. (different from picture above)  This is not a anti-perspirant but a deodorant.  You will still sweat however  with the cream you will actually not smell bad but instead smell fresh 🙂   I love how this product can be uni sex as all know  everyone out there sweats! I love how it came with a l little spatula! <3  My Peppermint Tree Deodorant Cream smells amazing, this is definitely a Stocking Stuffer Idea for me!

 

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Grapefruit- Ylang Skin Moisturizer-. Okay so being a Beauty and Skin Care addict, this is where I put Living Simple to the test.  I have a list of qualities I look for in a a moisturizer.  One of them being non greasy, it has to feel light to the touch without making me look like  Ive been at doing hot Yoga. I tried this moisturizer and applied it, as instructed ” little bit goes a long way”.   Pro-Tip: If it feels greasy  you have applied too much.  Another A+ in my books!

 

There you have it, Living Simple Natural Products. Be sure to follow  them on Instagram to stay up to date any on new products they come out with.  Its great knowing there are small local companies out there who carry only 100% Natural Products.  I can’t wait to try the other scents and products!

 

Stay tuned for next times Holiday Gift Ideas

 

 

Happy Canada Day

Its July 1st and its Canada Day. Today we celebrate the 148th Birthday of Canada.  There are tons of activities going on around town. From food trucks, celebrations, festivals and of course Fireworks.! One thing we shouldn’t forget about is our Red Lipstick!. Here are my Top 3 LIPSTICKS  that are great on all skin tons!

 

MAC COSMETICS RUBY WOO

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STILA COSMETICS LIQUID LIPSTICK  IN BESO

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Makeups Latest Trend…Strobing

 

Forget about all your hundreds of $$$s you spend on contouring products the past year.  This years trend is…the opposite of contouring, its called “strobing” aka ” Highlighting” to the MAX!. Highlighting/Strobing goes on “high points” of your face such as on top of your cheek bones, brow bones, cupids bow and on the center of the forehead.  Applying highlight on these parts of the faces will give you the illusion of a “iridescent glow” and also bring forward the high points of your face.  This is a very good tutorial on where to “strobe” by Nikki.

 

 

 

 

I have yet to try “strobing” yet  but when I do I will post my Top3 products that I use =). Have you tried the latest trend?

Leo Awards 2015

Its that time again for the Leo Awards =). This year the Leo Awards were held during a 3 day event span.   I had the honour of doing Sabrinas makeup for the Leo Awards for 2 dates.  We have worked together before for the past few years and its always a blast catching up.  Sabrina is the  writer for Westender Vancouvers column Reel People.  She quite possibly has one of the coolest jobs, interviewing actors, actress, crew that work on local productions =).  I love how she has such a passion for the Arts.

For her makeup we did a feline flick with a pair of lashes and she rocked her signature “red lip”.  She definitely rocked it at the Leos this year!.  Thank you so much for having us doll you up Sabrina and we look forward to seeing you again.  Lastly Congratulations to all the Winners and Nominees!

 

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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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10 Min Smokey Eyes =)

As a makeup artist I always get asked by clients and friends  “How do I do a smokey eye without looking like a panda?”.  The key to a smokey eye is blending and also have the ” darkest” colour near your lash line and blending upwards creating the ” smoke effect”. One of the fastest ways of creative a “smokey eye” is only using 3 products!.  Black eyeliner, a shadows of your choosing ( this will determine your smoke) and mascara.

1) Line your eyes with the black eye liner ( top and bottom), I like to use a waterproof one like Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes to really have it stay there all day

2)Using your brush or your fingers “smudge it” upwards ( this does NOT have to be perfect), just make sure you see no harsh lines and the darkest part is still at the lash line.

3)Apply your smoke colour with a ” blending ” brush, be sure have the gradient from lash line to crease. – Don’t forget about the bottom ( focusing more on inner 2/3 of eye)

4) Apply Mascara and ta da! You are done.

 

 

Here are a few other ways of applying a smokey eye.~ Which one is your fave?

 

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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

Falsies for the WIN !

We all love longer, fuller more voluminous lashes right? There are so many products out there that claim to  give you “fuller lashes with just a swipe” and “360 degrees curl and drama”.  So many mascaras but where do you start? I believe the easiest step is just to apply a pair  or 2! of false lashes to give your lashes that extra ” oomph!”. Here are a few options

1) Strip lashes- One of the most popular ones are the strip lashes, they come with a lash band which you apply glue on, wait 30 secs and  plop them close to their lash line.  Applying them may be a bit tricky but it just takes practise. I like using real hair strip lashes instead of the synthetic ones as they feel more comfortably and look more natural. There are many brands which include Ardell, Red Cherry, Davinci and even MINK lashes which are my favourite ( so soft and gorgeous) Its all up to preference. TIP: You can always cut the band in half and apply them separately if you are having a hard time

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2) Individual Clusters- Another popular temporary option is individual clusters. Whats great about individual is that they are more versatile. They can be placed only on the outer corners for a more “winged eye” look which out having a full strip on.  You can also strategically place them on your lash line with Small, Medium, Large clusters to have a more custom look.  I recommend cluster lashes for those are want a little enhancement, these are also perfect for those who are just  starting to wear  lashes.  TIP: Apply 4-6 clusters at the outer corners of your eye and watch the magic happen

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3)Lash Extensions- I’m sure you have a girlfriend who has gotten these done. Depending on the style they can look super natural or very full.  Lash Extensions are everywhere at the moment with different styles/ curls/ 3d, 4d/ classic set etc.  The lash extensions lasts 4-6 weeks depending on how well you take care of them.  Once applied no need for mascara in the morning.  TIP: Once you have them, they become quite addictive so beware ;).  If getting extensions done, do your research sometimes its worth it paying the extra dollar.

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What are your favourite “false lash” options?

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