Behind the scenes images by Ruthless Images
(Article main image by Juan Neira of One Photography Studio)
Cover story shot by Mai Tilson
Hair and Makeup by Beauty by Mallory
& Lisa Davis (cover model)
If you are like any number of my clients this past week ( London, Ontario’s heat wave of above zero!) you may notice the uncontrollable static and frizz that is affecting your ‘do!
These troubles are usually caused by environmental factors like humidity and dryness in the air. Just like our skin, our hair shafts need to be protected from the elements as well or else they will start to show signs of wear and tear.
I’ve gathered a small list of the top 3 items that I recommend for daily care and maintenance that are also adorable and easy to get.
1) Matrix Exquisite Oil
This lightweight, yet effective serum can be used on damp or dry hair. I love it to use on styles that require sleekness and to tame flyaways. The main ingredient is Moringa Oil. This miracle oil is harvested from the Moringa Tree which grows in the Himalayas. The high levels of antioxidants contained in the seed oil contain protein, vitamins and have been known to protect cells from damage.
Any serum, when used incorrectly, can cause hair to look dirty or greasy. The key is to emulsify the product in your hands (rub all over like. Hand lotion) one pump at a time. I would start with half a pump in this case as it is a high quality professional product so a little will go a long way.
Getting the product distributed all over your hand (even on the back and between fingers) will ensure you have no heavy spots from where you begin application. Start at the ends always. That’s where it most needed. Unless you have extremely dry scalp, don’t massage into root area. Instead, smooth just the surface with your palm. You may not see the product, but your hair will take what it needs from what’s left on your hand.
You can buy this at most salons that work with Matrix. It’s approx $20+ but will last you a long, long time. And you’re guaranteed authenticity of ingredients.
2) Ogx beauty
To date Ogx is my favourite store brand line of hair (and even body) care products. Ogx is a paraben-free, salon-inspired formulas contain exotic, active ingredients. Two things attracted me to this line: sulphate-free and paraben free.
Sulphites are detergents and can be harsh on hair and seriously shorten the lifetime of your hair colour.
I have tried the coconut milk and coconut water formulas and I adore them! I get the same luxurious result time after time, which tells me that the ingredients are quality.
You can get this at Shoppers Drug Mart and maybe Superstore (I assume since they bought out SDM)
3) One ‘n Only Argan Restorative Mask
Such a treat for your hair and your sense! This mask smells amazing and will leave your hair feeling soft and manageable. Made with Argan oil to nourish and replenish hair, this is a great choice for a weekly of bi-weekly hair treatment. Saturate hair and cover with plastic cap to generate heat. Leave on for 30-40 mins and rinse out. This brand is available at Sally Beauty and is the next best thing to buying professional brands.
Continuing on into my week, I had an opportunity to assist with the supremely talented Deanna Ronson of Deanna Ronson Style & Image Consulting for a 4 part series called “Wealthy Women Leaders” with Pat Mussieux for Rogers TV.
Well first off I was so excited to work with Deanna, whom I’d only chatted to a couple times at our area networking group. She trusted my work ethic and skill set, and because of that so did her clients. My job was to basically make sure she was able to perform makeup duties timely and efficiently prior to taping.
It was inspiring to meet these women who are just full of love for life and entrepreneurial spirit.
photo source: Pat Mussieux
This was my first time on a film/TV set. My prior experience has been on photoshoots and back stage work. It was so fun!
Building working relationships and friendships is important to me. I believe that while we are in a competitive field. There is always enough work for all of us. The only way you lose is when you chose to stop learning and helping others 🙂
Makeup by Deanna Ronson. Assisted by Mallory Antone
Hair by Wright & co.
This past week I was lucky enough to be asked by not one, but TWO industry professionals whom I admire to assist or provide hair and makeup services for their daytime tv debuts on Rogers TV (London, Ontario).
On Wednesday morning, I got to glamify my amazing friend Stacey of Stacey Hanlon Photography
Stacey is a photographer from the Ingersoll area who specializes in glamour and boudoir portraiture. I came to know Stacey in June 2013 through a woman’s business network that we both belong to, and I took the chance and reached out to offer my services to her and her clients. BEST decision ever.
After meeting her and seeing how she interacted with her clients – I was awestruck. Never before had I seen anyone with the ability to connect and disarm the guards of a woman who is about to have photos taken of her in her delicates. It’s was all natural and genuine. The environment is a safe and secure one. Since then I have become somewhat of an assistant to Stacey on set. The comfort level she creates for the client produces mind blowing images that usually has the client in disbelief that they could “actually look like that”.
So it’s only natural that Stacey has words of wisdom when it comes to tapping into the world of self esteem and confidence. This is what her Rogers TV interview will focus on.
Please be sure to visit her facebook page as well.
Well September & October sure snuck past me, my apologies right now for not bringing you any new content. SHAME!
Alas, as a creative being I struggle with something called “focus” 🙂 It’s not that I can’t do it. I just cannot force it. Sitting down and piecing together a well written article just isn’t my forte. If I have a canvas (face) in front of me, and my artistic mediums (makeup), then I could teach and demonstrate all day!
After these last 5 years of freelancing and building the business & company that is *ME*, I realize it’s time to push myself a lot more into the areas of education and teaching. It’s one thing for me to sit with my client and give a thorough 20 minute consultation on skin, facial structure and complementary colours. But I realize this can be so much better on a question and answer basis. I am paid to take over and just do what will look good on the client. So this alternate to directing the session, rather turning into a lession, will benefit both client and myself. Client will leave with an added confidence in knowing exactly what they are doing and why when it comes to their application. I will take from it the experience of hearing all kinds of concerns, questions and make “wish lists” of clients ; which will give me more material to educate myself on.
I can promise you that my agenda does not involve pushing product, my kit is comprised of what works – not based on brand recognition. You may also notice my clients don’t leave my chair looking like they came off of a production line either. Everyone’s eye shape, bone structure and skin texture/tones/etc are unique to them. My intent is to have you leaving my chair as a more radiant and confident YOU.
So stay tuned and I will be sure to continue to share my stories, client pics and more!
Last week I asked on my Facebook page:
What’s your biggest beauty challenge?
And the replies inspired me to address each topic in a weekly blog post. I chose Sunday because it’s usually my day off 😉
So let’s talk skin. Particularly textures. Some folks deal with acne (or other) scarring, dryness, rosacea or constant acne. These issues pose a challenge when trying to conceal or hide them, because it either makes it more noticeable or doesn’t hide it at all.
here’s my before and after. I have rosacea as well as dryness that varies from day to day. Dependent on water and sun conditions. It isn’t painful like acne, but it can get itchy and requires constant moisturizing
The main thing to remember is the use of corrective colours and highlight/shading.
If you struggle with deep pores or scarring, try these steps.
•first, always start with cleansed and moisturized skin.
•use a primer and apply with a stipple duo fiber brush (the brush to the left of the middle in the pic below). I find this helps product reach deep and hidden surfaces.
•select a concealer that is close to your skin colour, if needed go lighter as a darker shade will leave a shadowy effect and make the spot look deeper or more noticeable.
•scoop a small amount of concealer out of the palette and scrap off onto the back of your hand. Your skin will warm the product to make it easier to apply.
•pat the concealer into skin using a fluffy, but firm, brush like the purple one to the left of the stipple brush. Concentrate on the blemish/problem area and pat around the area in a circular pattern to diffuse the product.
•now apply foundation using a foundation brush, like the one right in the middle (Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) – I find the flat foundation brushes move the product around too much.
the key is to press the product onto the skin first, and then lightly blend it in
image from Real Techniques facebook page
When you’ve achieved the desirable coverage (make sure you’re using the right foundation! I like Covergirl Clean for light, Urban Decay for medium/buildable and MAC Studio Fix Fluid for heavy/full) set your makeup with a matching powder, patting into skin with a fluffy brush and then with a translucent setting powder. This “sets” the foundation and gives a nice matte finish.
And voila! you should have a soft and smoothed out complexion.