Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Making Fashion History: The Allistyle Runway Show




Hey Everyone, 

After spending an exciting evening backstage at Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week last Monday, I was more than excited when I was invited back on Friday for Toronto Fashion Week's first ever plus size runway show featuring the brand Allistyle. Not only did I manage to get a glimpse of the hair and makeup process backstage before the show, I had a chance to interview Allistyle's creator, Pam Shainhouse and was invited to sit in the audience, and watch the history making show. 




Allistyle and Pam Shainhouse

Pam Shainhouse launched her 'plus size' clothing company, Allistyle, last year as a way to honour, and carry on the legacy of, her daughter Alli Shapiro. A the age of 19, Alli was diagnosed with Stage four Hodgkin's Lymphoma, for which the treatment caused dramatic weight gain. Having always wanted to work in the fashion industry, Alli was dismayed to find that the clothing choices for her new 'plus size' frame were extremely limited. It was because of this that Alli decided she wanted to create her own line of stylish and figure flattering 'plus size' clothes. Sadly, after fighting the cancer three different times, Alli lost her battle in 2006 at the age of 26. 

It was at that time that Pam made it her mission to carry out Alli's legacy and create a line of clothing that not only fit those with curvier figures, but also gave them stylish options that made them feel confident about their bodies. 

With simple patterns and soft jersey knits, Allistyle's figure hugging clothes aren't meant to wow with lots of decals or intricate designs. 'This line is simple' says Pam, 'women need to feel confident at any size. If you are a size 18, show off your curves'. One thing that really stood out to me was Pam's disdain for the words 'plus size', a phrase I am known to use very often. While I don't 100% agree that saying 'plus size' is a bad thing (let's be honest, I am still going to say it), I do understand the message behind Pam's dislike for the word. There shouldn't be two categories of women: the non-plus size, and the plus size. Women should just be women and they should all be able to feel confident in the clothing they wear. It is for this reason that Pam has started to introduce 'smaller' sizes to the brand, and these days Allistyle carries sizes 8 through 22. 

Being Toronto Fashion Week's first 'plus size' (notice the quotations I keep using around those words) fashion show, it is Pam's hope that she opens the door for more plus size brands to start showing at such events, and encourages the fashion industry to see that all sizes are created equal, therefore bringing 'curvy women into mainstream fashion'. 



Hair

Wanting to keep the emphasis on the clothes, Redken lead stylist Jorge Jaoa chose to give the models a simple and elegant wave. Redken's stylists curled the models' hair in 1-2 inch sections, pinning the hair as they went along. After letting the hair cool, the stylists raked their fingers through the hair creating a very natural looking wave. 



Makeup

Wanting to create a fresh, yet somewhat tropical makeup look, Maybelline's lead makeup artist, Grace Lee, used the following: 


Face: 
*Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
*Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
*Maybelline Bouncy Blush in 'Coffee Cake' and 'Peach Satin'
*Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Barely Banded' mixed with Baby Lips 
 in 'Clear' as a cheek highlighter

Eyes:
*Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Tenacious Teal' as an eyeliner
*Maybelline 'Rocket' Mascara

Lips:
*Maybelline Whisper Lipstick in 'Petal Rebel' and 'Made It Mauve'



The Runway Show

There was definitely an air of excitement as the lights dimmed, the music started and the models started walking down the runway. Despite not having created the line, or having met Pam Shainhouse  until an hour before the show, I would be lying if I said I didn't feel a sense of pride when the show started. Finally, a 'plus size' brand was getting the recognition that 'regular size' brands receive on a daily basis. 

The Spring 2013 show consisted of 30 different looks, including several dresses, leggings, tops, skirts and light sweaters. The line featured predominantly black pieces with bold pops of turquoise, coral, pink and purple. 

The models, who strutted to 'I'm Every Woman', looked confidentially curvy and excited to walk, what for most would probably have been their first fashion week runway. Ranging from a size 10 to a size 22, the models varied in age making the show that much more 'real', and sending home the message that all women (no matter what size or age) should be able to wear fashionable clothing. At the end of the show, Pam walked out with model, and Allistyle spokeswoman, Whitney Thompson under a screen that said 'dedicated to Alli' for what will surely not be her last standing ovation. 








What are your thoughts on Toronto Fashion Week's first 'plus size' show? Do you like Allistyle's Spring 2013 line? What do you think of the hair and makeup looks? Would you like to see more brands that cater to all sizes? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia


31 Days of Pink Lips for Charity: Day #31 Sula 'Summer Fling'




Hey Everyone, 

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have decided to do a series of posts called '31 days of Pink Lips'. Every day this month, I will include pictures of myself wearing a different pink lip product (lipstick, gloss, balm, etc.) While, I am hoping this series will bring awareness of early prevention through self breast exams, regular doctor visits and mammograms, you might be wondering how featuring different pink lip products really helps the cause. Well, this is where you come in. For every comment received on any of the '31 Days of Pink Lips' posts, Funny Face Beauty will be donating .25 cents to The Canadian Breast Cancer foundation to a maximum of $150 dollars.



Today's pink lip features Sula's Natural Lip Gloss in 'Summer Fling', a medium pink with iridescent gold, green and pink shimmer. This is my first lip gloss from the brand (I received it in a subscription box) and so far I am not too impressed. While I love that it has a non-sticky texture, and smells similar to the NYX Mega Lip Glosses (yummy!), the gloss itself is very sheer. The bright pink gloss you see in the tube is not what you get on the lips. With that said, 'Summer Fling' is all natural, and therefore, free of parabens, phthalates and petroleum byproducts. 



Have you tried any of Sula's Natural Lip Glosses? Do you prefer a sheer, or a more pigmented gloss? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 Days of Pink Lips for Charity: Day #30 essence 'Deep Rose'




Hey Everyone, 

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have decided to do a series of posts called '31 days of Pink Lips'. Every day this month, I will include pictures of myself wearing a different pink lip product (lipstick, gloss, balm, etc.) While, I am hoping this series will bring awareness of early prevention through self breast exams, regular doctor visits and mammograms, you might be wondering how featuring different pink lip products really helps the cause. Well, this is where you come in. For every comment received on any of the '31 Days of Pink Lips' posts, Funny Face Beauty will be donating .25 cents to The Canadian Breast Cancer foundation to a maximum of $150 dollars.



Today's pink lip features essence's Stay With Me Lipgloss in 'Deep Rose' a nude rose with brown undertones and golden shimmer. While this gloss is somewhat sheer, it does have good pigmentation and leaves the lips with a non-sticky, very moisturized feel. Like all of essence's Stay With Me Lipglosses, 'Deep Rope' adheres to the lips for a longer lasting finish. At only $2.99 CND, these lipglosses are a steal, and therefore I highly recommend you pick one up the next time you get a chance. 



Have you tried essence's 'Deep Rose'? Do you want to? Have you tried any of essence's other products? What is your favourite? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia

Backstage with Redken and Maybelline at Toronto Fashion Week



Hey Everyone, 

Last Monday I had the opportunity to go backstage at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week to watch the teams from Redken and Maybelline put together stunning looks for three different runway shows: The Holt Renfrew show, The Pink Tartan show, and The Pavoni show. With limited time, a small backstage venue, and a large number of models to work on, I got a chance to see how talented all of the hairstylists and makeup artists, working backstage for both companies, truly are. 

The Redken team hard at work backstage at Toronto Fashion Week 

The Maybelline team hard at work backstage

When I first arrived backstage, I was greeted by Annette, one of Redken's publicists who explained how looks are chosen, and implemented, during Toronto's Fashion Week. Step one begins approximately two to three weeks before each show, when each designer sits down with lead hair stylist, Jorge Joao, and lead makeup artist, Grace Lee, to explain their vision for both their fashion line, and the models who will be sporting their clothing down the runway. Once they have received all of this information, Jorge and Grace sit down and sketch their ideas, taking into account each designer's ideas, as well as current and future beauty trends. Once a look has been agreed upon, Jorge and Grace sit down with their hair and makeup teams one day before the show, and teach them how to create each look. On the day of the show, all of the team members work interchangeably to ensure uniformity and perfection when it comes to each model's final look. They are with all of the models until the minute they walk out on the runway to ensure everyone looks their best.  

Redken's Lead Stylist, Jorge Joao working on model Charlotte Free's Hair.   

Lead makeup artist, Grace Lee working on a model's makeup. 

Grace Lee and model Charlotte Free 

Jorge Joao finishing a model's hair look. 

I had a chance to talk with both Jorge and Grace, who explained  the inspiration behind the looks for each of Monday night's shows, as well as the products used and the steps taken to achieve these looks. Here are the looks from each Runway show:


Holt Renfrew




While most of the designers at Toronto Fashion Week previewed their Spring 2013 collection, powerhouse Holt Renfrew (a well known, and very up-scale Canadian department store), decided to show some of their Fall 2013 collections, so that consumers would be able to see a look on the runway, and buy it the following day. It is because of this that both Jorge and Grace decided to keep both the hair and makeup very natural and soft (looks that work nicely for both Spring and Summer). 

Hair: 
This 'consumer friendly' and very achievable hair look consisted of super soft curls, held in place by Redken Iron Shape 11,and a fairly large side part.  

Face:
- Maybelline Fit Me Foundation for flawless looking skin.
- Maybelline Fit Me Powder (as contour)

Eyes:
-Maybelline Cat Eyes Mascara
- Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in 'Nutmeg' and 'Taupe' 
-Maybelline Eyestudio Creamy Gel Liner in 'Brown'

Lips: 
-Maybelline Colour Whisper Lipstick in 'Mocha Muse'



Pink Tartan



Wanting to keep an emphasis on all of the beautiful clothing pieces in Pink Tartan's Spring 2013 line, which consisted of a lot of pastel and cream, 60's inspired pieces, Jorge and Grace decided to keep both the hair and makeup very light and fresh. 

Hair: 
Similar to the Holt Renfrew look, Jorge created a textured, yet soft, beachy wave using a 1 1/4 inch curling iron and Redken's Iron Shape 11 spray and Shine Flash 02 spray. For a twist on the heavy side part, Jorge used large bobby pins to secure side swept bangs (giving the hair a 60s vibe). 

Face: 
-Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream mixed with H20 for dewy skin
-Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
-Maybelline Bouncy Blush in 'Coffee Cake' and 'Pink Plum'

Eyes: 
-Maybelline Define a Brow Pencil for a 'handsome brow'
-Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara
-Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara

Lips:
-Maybelline Colour Whisper Lipstick in 'Petal Rebel' and 'Pin Up Peach'


Pavoni



The Pavoni Spring 2013 collection, consisted of beautifully cut gowns adorned with jewels and beading, perfect for any red carpet. Wanting to further demonstrate the opulence of the Pavoni line, Jorge and Grace used Versailles as their inspiration for the lavish looking hair and makeup.  

Hair: 
To create the gorgeous bouffant updo with a heavy left side part, Jorge created a foundation at the crown of the head and then wrapped textured pieces around the foundation to give the models some height. To finish the look, and keep all of the hair in place, Jorge used Redken's Shine Flash 02 and Fashion Work 12 sprays. 

Face: 
Maybelline Baby Lips in 'Clear' (as highlight for cheeks and face)
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Eyes: 
Maybelline Eyestudio Creamy Gel Liner in 'Brown' 
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Bold Gold' to add a touch of opulence.

Lips: 
Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Gloss in 'Iced Chocolate' and 'Mirrored Mauve'


Plenty of Redken products backstage 

Maybelline products backstage

As a lover of all thing fashion and beauty, I can't even begin to explain how exciting it was to be able to get a glimpse of what goes on backstage at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week. Despite the hectic pace backstage, both the hair and makeup teams were incredibly friendly and kind, and took time out of their busy schedules to walk me through the looks they created. 

Thank you to Jorge and the Redken team, and Grace and the Maybelline team, for making my first 'backstage' experience a lot of fun. 

Which of these hair and makeup looks is your favourite? Would you be willing to recreate any of them on yourself? What are your favourite Redken and Maybelline products? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia

Makeup Forever Hallowe'en Face Charts: Part Two




Hey Everyone, 

With only one day left until Hallowe'en, some of you may still be scrambling to put your costume together. While I personally won't be dressing up this Hallowe'en, I wanted to share some of the amazing Hallowe'en face charts Makeup Forever has created, in the hopes of inspiring you (and your costume). 

Makeup Forever has created a total of six Hallowe'en inspired face charts, including the three I am showing you today (the other three can be seen here): Mod & Monsterous, Skull Candy and Hallowe'en Queen. 

Below are pictures of each look, as well as the products used , and the steps taken, to create these awesome Hallowe'en looks. 


Mod & Monsterous




Skull Candy




Hallowe'en Queen




Which of the Hallowe'en face chart looks above would you most like to recreate? Do you already have your Hallowe'en costume planned or are you still struggling for ideas? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 


xx
Alicia

Monday, October 29, 2012

31 Days of Pink Lips for Charity: Day #29 Revlon 'Fuchsia'




Hey Everyone, 

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have decided to do a series of posts called '31 days of Pink Lips'. Every day this month, I will include pictures of myself wearing a different pink lip product (lipstick, gloss, balm, etc.) While, I am hoping this series will bring awareness of early prevention through self breast exams, regular doctor visits and mammograms, you might be wondering how featuring different pink lip products really helps the cause. Well, this is where you come in. For every comment received on any of the '31 Days of Pink Lips' posts, Funny Face Beauty will be donating .25 cents to The Canadian Breast Cancer foundation to a maximum of $150 dollars.



Today's pink lip features Revlon's Colourburt Lipstick in 'Fushia', a deep, berry-like, hot pink with blue undertones. Like all of Revlon's Colourburst Lipsticks, Fuschia is extremely pigmented (just look at the picture), super creamy and fairly moisturizing. While many would consider this a Summer colour, I personally like to wear this during the Fall and Winter months to brighten up my makeup looks, and help get rid of the 'cold weather blues'. 




Do you own Revlon's 'Fuchsia'? Do you own any of the Revlon Colourburst Lipsticks? Which is your favourite? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia

Makeup Forever Hallowe'en Face Charts: Part One




Hey Everyone, 

With only two days left until Hallowe'en, some of you may still be scrambling to put your costume together. While I personally won't be dressing up this Hallowe'en, I wanted to share some of the amazing Hallowe'en face charts Makeup Forever has created, in the hopes of inspiring you (and your costume). 

Makeup Forever has created a total of six Hallowe'en inspired face charts, including the three I am showing you today (the other three will posted on my blog tomorrow): Underworld Beauty, Glampire Bride and Otherworld Beauty. 

Below are pictures of each look, as well as the products used , and the steps taken, to create these awesome Hallowe'en looks. 


Underworld Beauty

  


Glampire Bride




Otherworld Beauty




Which of the Hallowe'en face chart looks above would you most like to recreate? Do you already have your Hallowe'en costume planner or are you still struggling for ideas? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia