Sunday, October 31, 2010

Beauty Quote of the Week # 17


"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength"
- Maya Angelou

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Toronto Fashion Week Part 3: The Makeup



Hey Everyone, 


This is the third part of my Toronto Fashion Week posts, and I have saved the most exciting part of the experience for last. In working towards becoming a makeup artist, my biggest dream has always been to one day do the makeup for a runway show, so I was so excited when Marlene offered to take me back stage to meet the hair and makeup team. 




The first person I met was Eddie Malterre, the lead makeup artist for L'Oreal Paris and Artistic Director of makeup for Toronto Fashion Week. He was obviously very busy but was nice enough to take a minute to talk to me and listened as I explained my dream of becoming a makeup artist. As Artistic director, Eddie is in charge of meeting with all of the designers before their fashion shows. With a blank face chart, he and the designer will come up with a concept that works best for the collection. On the day of the runway show, Eddie gathers his team and demonstrates the look he and the designer chose on one of the models. Once the team has seen how its done, they each have their own models to recreate the look on.




The second person I met was Eric Del Monaco the lead hair artist and colourist for L'Oreal Paris and Artistic Director of hair for the Toronto Fashion Week. Eric was really busy creating hairstyles for the next runway show but was nice enough to take a quick break and talk to us. Like Eddie, Eric is also in charge of meeting with all of the designers to create a concept for the hairstyles for their shows. On the day of the runway show, Eric gathers his team, demonstrates the hairstyle on one model and then his team splits up and each work on their own models. 




Unfortunately, meeting the two men sent me into such a state of excitement, I forgot how to think properly and came off looking like a big idiot when Marlene asked if I had any questions for them. Instead of asking all of the things I really wanted to know, I froze and could not think of one simple question to ask. 




While I loved seeing all of the runway shows, I would have been content just standing backstage all day, watching all of the hair stylists and makeup artists at work. I couldn't believe how talented everyone was. I also couldn't believe the amount of products spread all over the room. Case after case of lipstick, foundation, hairspray, etc. It truly was beauty heaven. 





Lana Dugmag
The makeup for the Lana Dugmag show was very simple and feminine. The eyeshadow consisted of a very light peach colour over the entire eye with a little bit of smoky brown on the outer corners of the eyes. The brows had a heavy look. The face looked fresh and glowing and had a small amount of orange blush just under the upper part of the cheekbones. As for the lips, you could see that this summer's trend of orange lipstick will still be in for 2011, but the colours will be less coral-toned and more peach-toned.




Trends: orange blush, peach-orange lip, peach eyeshadow, smoky brown eyeshadow, heavy brow, dewy, natural.




Rita Liefhebber
The makeup for the Rita Liefhebber show was very different from the previous show. Both the upper and lower lashlines of the models eyes were rimmed with black liner giving the eyes a really messy look. As for the face, the skin appeared to be matte and there was a little bit of orange blush above the cheekbones. The models lips were the most dramatic part of the look with heavy orange-toned red lipstick. Finally, the models brows were heavy but had a grey tinge to them.


Trends: orange-red lip, messy eyes, heavy brow, orange blush, matte face




DUY
The makeup for the DUY show consisted of a more dramatic eye and lighter lip. The eyes had very heavy black exaggerated winged eyeliner. The models' skin looked flawless and matte and the models had a rose-toned blush applied to the apples of their cheeks. Finally the models lips were very natural with just a little touch of pink. 


Trends: large winged eye, flawless skin, light natural lip, warm-toned pink lipstick, little to no blush




Amanda Lew Kee
The makeup for the Amanda Lew Kee show was the most dramatic. Amanda is known for her signature blue lip, so all of the models were wearing a very icy toned blue lipstick. The rest of the face was very pale with only a tiny touch of orange toned blush on the upper part of the cheek. As for the eyes, there didn't appear to be any eyeshadow or mascara on the models. 


Trends: very natural matte skin, blue lips (probably not a real trend), icy tones, orange blush, no eye makeup. 




Denis Gagnon
The makeup for the Denis Gagnon show consisted of a very dramatic eye, a highly contoured cheek and a very natural lip. In terms of the eyes, the models had very heavy black winged eyeliner with golden yellow eyeshadow coloured in the center of it. The models' faces had more of a dewy glow and their cheeks were heavily contoured using an orange-toned blush. As for the lips, the models looked to have no lipstick or gloss on their lips and instead had a very natural lip look.


Trends: dewy skin, black winged liner, orange blush, heavily contoured face, natural lips. 


Being able to go backstage and meet the head makeup artist and head hair stylist was amazing. Not only did it provide me with a great story to share with all of my subscribers, it also confirmed that my passion is still to become a makeup artist. 


Let me know what you think of the different makeup looks and the trends I noticed for Spring/Summer 2010. Are there any that you would wear? 


Thanks!
Alicia

October Giveaway Winner





Hey Everyone,


Thanks so much to everyone who entered my October giveaway. You all asked such great questions which I will be answering in some future posts. I am thinking of starting two tags, one with personal questions and one with makeup questions. That way I don't have to be the only one who answers all of the questions I was asked. I am also going to do some makeup tips posts because a lot of you asked about them. 




Anyway, as usual I added everyone's entries to an excel spreadsheet. After counting all of the entries, I ended up with a total of 234. I used the random number generator over at random.org to generate a number between 1 and 234. The number that came up was number 202. I looked for number 202 on my excel spreadsheet and found the winner. 




So, the winner of my October giveaway is... 




Congratulations! I have sent you an email and will send out your eyeshadows as soon as you give me your mailing information. 


Thanks again to everyone who entered. I already have my prizes for my November giveaway and am working on a BIG holiday/1000 subscribers thank you giveaway. 


Alicia

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

FunnyFace Question of the Week # 11





Hey Everyone,

Hope you are all having a great week. My week has consisted of lying around in my pajamas reading everyone's blog posts (I know, hard work, but someone has to do it). It seems like the weeks fly by. The fact that it's almost November is kind of scary. Anyway, here is this week's 'FunnyFace Question':

Q: If you could have any celebrity makeup artist, youtube guru or blogger do your makeup, who would it be and why?

A: I would choose Samantha Chapman, one of the sisters from the popular youtube channel 'Pixiwoo'. Not only is she amazingly talented, she also seems like such a nice person. I could seriously watch her videos all day long. I think its the accent but I almost feel like I am in a trance when I watch her tutorials. 

Let me know your answers to this week's question in the comment section below.

Thanks!
Alicia

Thank You and a Mail Haul





Hey Everyone, 


I am going to warn you in advance that this post is going to contain a lot of 'thank you's'. If you're looking to get drunk and are into playing drinking games, you might even want to take a shot each time I say it. 


First, I really want to thank everyone who voted for me in the Canadian Blog Awards. Thanks to all of your votes I came in 2nd place in the Best New Blog 2010 category. It means a lot to me that you would take time out of your busy lives to go and vote for me more than once. 


My second thank you goes to all of you who have subscribed to my blog. Today I reached 1000 subscribers which completely blows my mind. Blogging has been such an amazing experience. I have met so many wonderful friends and all of your encouragement and support has been great. Through blogging, I have found a passion for writing about beauty products and the beauty industry and I love the fact that so many of you continue to read all of my posts. THANK YOU!!


Okay, on to the fun part. I absolutely love getting mail and this week I was lucky enough to get two amazing packages from two amazing ladies. 




The first package I received was from Katie over at the 30 girl. Katie and Erika from TipToe Butterfly teamed up to have a giveaway and I was lucky enough to be one of the winners. Katie's blog is all about budget diy (do it yourself) projects and she is super talented. As my prize I received a gorgeous chunky necklace made out of t-shirt yarn. The necklace is braided with black yarn and has a cluster of 4 different coloured fabric rosettes. I love large pieces of jewelry so I can't wait to wear this necklace. Katie is working on setting up an etsy shop to sell all of her creations,, but in the meantime be sure to check out her blog. Thanks to both Katie and Erika for the great giveaway!




The other package I received this week was from Candy over at Curves Ahead Make  Up. Candy is one of the first people I met through my blog and I consider her a really good friend. She is incredibly sweet and always leaves the nicest comments which totally make my day. If you haven't already checked out her blog, you are missing out. Her OOTD posts are so stylish and she has the best video makeup tutorials. She also has a great giveaway going on right now which you can check out here. I was so excited when I ripped open her package and saw all of the girly things she sent me:




1. The first thing she sent me was a hot pink ring with bright shiny diamond-like studs. I am like a magpie when I see something pink or glittery, and I haven't been able to stop staring at the ring which has been on my finger since the moment I got it (yes, I wear a ring with my pajamas and unwashed hair, you don't?).


2) The second thing she sent me was a super cute pair of cupcake earrings. I love cupcakes and am actually known for making pretty good ones (thanks betty crocker!). I am totally into stud earrings and these are cute enough to be noticed without being over the top or heavy on the ears. 




3) The third thing Candy sent me was a heart shaped pocket mirror with a little doll on the front of it. The mirror is really cool and depending on which way you hold it, the dolls eyes open and close. I don't know how Candy knew this, but I have been looking for a cute pocket mirror since my sister got one from Sephora. This one will be a conversation starter for sure. 


4) The fourth thing Candy sent me was a Too Faced 'Starry Eyed Liquid Glitter Eyeliner' in Silver. I have never tried glitter eye liner before but had been thinking of getting one before I received Candy's package (how does she know?). I love the packaging of this product because it is similar to the ring she got me: pink and sparkly. 


My favourite part about the whole package was the card which had the most amazing quote on it "To give without any reward, or any notice has a special quality of its own". I try to live my life that way and for her to send me that quote means a lot to me. 
So, my final thank you is to Candy. Thanks so much for the package and for being such a great friend!


Thanks! (okay, I lied)
Alicia 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Toronto Fashion Week Part 2: The Designers (Picture Heavy)





Hey Everyone, 


This is the second part of my Toronto Fashion Week posts. The most exciting part of attending Fashion Week was seeing the actual shows. The energy of the crowd when the lights go off, a spotlight comes and the first model starts walking down the runway is palpable. Its almost magical seeing the outfits the designers have put so much work into make their debut on the runway. One thing I can say for sure after watching all of the shows is that Canada has some really talented designers. 


The thing I found most interesting about all of the runway shows I saw is the fact that all of the designers seemed to have the same trends running throughout all of their shows. I've always wondered how every designer seems to know that chains are in for fall or bright yellow is in for spring. Do they all meet before designing their collections and agree on what will be in? Is there some sort of memo that goes out saying "FYI, zippers are back!"? Somehow they all know what's in and what's out. 


I could go on and on about each designer and the collection they presented, but you would probably stop reading it at some point. Instead, I'm going to give you a little information on each show, tell you what trends I saw, and finally, show you a lot of pictures!


Lana Dugmag


Because it was the first show of the day, Lana Dugmag's show didn't have many people in attendance. Luckily for me, this meant I got a first row seat (okay there was only one row) right beside the runway. Being the first fashion show I had ever seen, I was in awe. Lana's collection featured cute little cocktail dresses with bursts and colour throughout. Ruffles and rosettes adorned the dresses making the collection very sweet and feminine. 


Trends: cream, pastels, masculine leather lace-up boots, frills, 
lace. 




















Fortnight Lingerie


The Fortnight Lingerie show was set up in the studio, a little area with mannequins (called an installation). People could walk around, see the clothes up close and feel the different fabrics (called an installation). I'm new to fashion shows, so I may be out of the loop, but I really didn't understand the set up or the collection itself. There were a total of six mannequins wearing black lace or beige silk bras, underwear or body suits. To be honest, I found the pieces to be boring and out dated (my sister said the underwear looked like "granny panties").


Trends: lace, see through cut outs, granny panties (lol!)









Rita Leifhebber 


The Rita Leifhebber show was also an installation set up, but instead of using mannequins, Leifhebber had models. There were a total of 4 platforms along the runway and three models stood on each platform. Liefhebber's collection had very muted colours with the occasional pop of blue. The collection was very trendy and once again showcased the popular trend of tight leggings and baggy shirts. I would say that this collection would be something I could see Kirsten Dunst, Mischa Barton or Lindsey Lohan wearing. 


Trends: muted greys and blues with a pop of colour, flowing dresses, leggings, baggy shirts, masculine leather lace-up boots.














DUY


I was so excited when it came time to see the DUY show. While the installations were interesting, I couldn't wait to see another runway show. I was not disappointed! This collection was very feminine with its flowing fabrics and pastel colours, but had masculine touches such as a tuxedo blazer and large bowtie. The shoes for this show were different from the other shows in that  they were feminine but they still had the same lace up trend as the other shows. 


Trends: creams, pastel colours, masculine touches in tuxedos and trench coats, flowing fabrics. 












   
 Amanda Lew Kee


Before watching the Amanda Lew Kee show, I heard a lot of people talking about the fact that she is going to be the next big designer to come out of Canada so I was really excited to see her show. Amanda's show was very muted with icy grey and camel tones and the occasional pop of pastel pink. What she lacked in colour, she made up in detail. Lew Kee's collection showcased zippers, chains, fringe and little pieces of silver metal hand sewn on different items in the collection. While a lot of the pieces hugged the models' bodies, there were a few flowing dresses that also happened to be see through.


Trends: muted greys, pastel pink, flowing fabrics, fringe, zippers, chains, silver accents.












Denis Gagnon


I was really excited to see the Denis Gagnon show. Gagnon is one of the more experienced Canadian designers and the stands were packed for the last runway show of Fashion Week. I honestly cannot describe how breathtaking Gagnon's collection was. The entire collection had a very punk rock feel with tight black leather and geometric black and white pieces on models who had their faces adorned with fake piercings. The best parts of the collection were the dresses made completely out of little pieces of coloured fringe or little pieces of silver metal. I can't even imagine how long it took to sew those pieces. There was also a lot of detail in Gagnon's collection including chains, zippers, braided detailing, mesh, and rope. The shoes which laced up were similar to the other collections. 


Trends: cream, black leather, fringe, silver accents, lace up shoes, mesh, braiding, rope, geometric prints, zippers. 















Hopefully my descriptions and pictures did justice to the collections I saw. The work was amazing and it's hard to comprehend the immense talent all of the designers have. 


Tomorrow I will be posting about the hair and makeup trends I saw throughout all of the shows and about my experience backstage meeting the head hairstylist and head makeup artist from L'Oreal.


Let me know what you think of the collections in the comment section below and don't forget today is the last day to enter my October giveaway. Finally, if you haven't already added me on twitter you can do so here.


Thanks!
Alicia