With bridal season around the corner, it is time to get those last details booked. Unfortunately if you wait too long, you may not be able to book the makeup artist you like. Truly thank you for all inquires and bookings past and present. So sorry if I was unavailable when you inquired. With some parties I am getting requests almost 2 years in advance!
When booking your makeup artist, make sure they are a fit for you. We all have our own style. We all have a vision that is beautiful to us. We have our own philosophies when it comes to makeup. We all have our standards in how we operate.
I support anyone who is interested in venturing in to the freelance world. It will take a number of people before you get comfortable and it will take a significant amount of money. We are all artists and I applaud your courage.
My philosophy. Your wedding means A LOT to me. You have chosen me to deliver a luxury service with quality products. I have a very high standard in the makeup I produce and the highest amount of professionalism. Many people have no idea how much time is devoted to getting everything ready packed for the wedding day. Not to mention the travel and set up time before we even get started. At times we are on our feet six or more hours without stopping. I arrive early to make sure you and your party are ready on time. Appreciate your artist 🙂
I am certified. I am insured. I am respectful to you, your guests and your day. My products are high quality, well cared for and many disposables to prevent cross contamination to my products. My brushes are always sanitized. My makeup palettes are always cleaned. I literally clean all my palettes. Lets face it, I invest a hefty amount and the last thing I want is my kit to look dirty or unkept. It melts my heart when a photographer walks in and comments on the amount of cleanliness and organization of my makeup.
Trends are great. Trends come and go. Keep in mind that you will be looking back on your photos. The last thing any bride wants is to look dated to a specific time period. I will do a trend more for a special occasion or prom. When it comes to brides and bridal parties I keep it classic.
What does classic mean? It means you will be timeless. Your photos will not be dated. Yes big brows and many other things are huge right now. I may suggest dialing it back a bit for your wedding. I concentrate on accentuating features. Keeping skin flawless. Making you pop without being too overdone. My favourite saying. You don’t want your makeup to enter the room before you do!
One of my biggest inspirations for makeup was my mother. She was a young mom. She never over did herself and she was always beautiful. I look back on old photos. Even her and my dad back in the day, mom looked great! She was filling in her brows 40 years ago. She followed the natural shape of her brows. Not like today when you find yourself secretly saying oh yikes when you see a fair girl with big dark brows in a harsh stencil shape. I am observing not judging. You do you!
The majority of my clients have one common phrase. They rarely wear makeup. Moms too! No problem. I will not make you feel like you want to scrape your face off with a putty knife. Don’t get me wrong, I do love when my girls love makeup. For those beauties we turn it up but still keep it classic. On the other hand, I have clients that are stuck in a trend they were doing in high school. Chances are it was not a classic trend and it may need to be broken.
If you are interested in booking your special day or special occasion with me you can visit my website for samples of my work and pricing.
This blog is more about what I have discovered recently. Something personal that has opened my eyes.
I was diagnosed 15 years ago with Hypothyroidism. One of the most common autoimmune disorders. More commonly found in women. If you are not familiar with the purpose of the thyroid gland, its number one function is to run the body’s metabolism. If your metabolism is not running correctly, there is an entire list of side effects. From fatigue, brain fog, difficulty with memory, hair loss, dry skin, irritability, depression and weight gain. From a young age, I experienced a few symptoms. I had major irregular cycles, loss of the lateral part of my brows and still today I am always cold.
I was not at all surprised when the diagnosis finally showed up in my blood work. It was a year after the birth of my daughter. I was a young mother. Yes I could have very well chalked up my exhaustion to being a parent and working full time. We all know parenting does not have a snooze alarm.
My physician prescribed me a relatively low of dose of Synthroid. My symptom of severe dry skin was lessening. My hair was not coming out in clumps and I was feeling more alert.
Over the years and continual testing my thyroid levels, my prescription dose had increased 4 times. Where I stand now is feeling the effects of the extreme fatigue. Lack of go go go that I always had. Yes I do have long days and very early mornings. I feel as though I am not myself. Like I need to take a step back and try to figure out what is going on.
A gift to myself was a Mentorship with Alexandra Jamieson. Alex is incredibly awesome, check her out! She recommended I read a book by Dr Aviva Romm. The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution. Wow. I had no idea. I had no idea about many things. One in particular that stood out is was I can reset myself. Alex had recommended going gluten and sugar free. Major inflammation triggers. Inflammation of the thyroid is what leads to Hypothyroidism.
A major point that blew me away was it is extremely common for a person to start out with Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease can predispose people to develop a thyroid condition. There is a direct genetic link between both autoimmune diseases.
This makes complete sense. I have had issues since I was born in relation to sensitivities to foods and digestion. No one ever said anything about it when I was younger. I always dealt with it and accepted this is who I am. The symptoms have worsened over the years.
I am very excited to start over and reset. Recommended by both Alex and Dr Romm. With daily lifestyles and food choices, it is no wonder we feel extremely fatigued and run down. There are days I feel my wheels are turning but I am not moving. As Dr Romm states in her book “Eat for how you want to feel.”
Did you know that there are certain kinds of lipstick that contain gluten? That your daily skin care routines and makeup could be a red alert to why you are feeling like garbage. Gluten is a binding agent. It is widely used in food and cosmetics. That is why I jumped on board with Beautycounter. For my own self awareness and self care. I wanted to share this knowledge with my family and my clients. Offer safer and cleaner products while still delivering pro quality results.
I will be sharing and documenting my reset journey. Very excited to feel the benefits of the replenish and reset.
For more about Dr Aviva Romm and The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution
For more about the incredible Alexandra Jamieson
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Acne Prevention & Mattifying Skin. My daughter is currently using this system. She is a competitive swimmer spending many hours training in the pool and sweating in the gym. Chlorine is incredibly harsh on the skin and so was her previous acne face care Proactiv. We discontinued her use of Proactiv last year. Chlorine in large doses creates havoc on good bacteria both inside and outside the body. She uses a number of natural products to help combat the effects the pool. Silver (incredible) being one of them. Unfortunately after taking off her cap, she is left with an intense breakout. She has had great results with Beautycounter. Her skin is clearing. It is not red or irritated. The moisturizer is keeping her skin soft and supple. Two thumbs up!
Advanced Hydration & Age Prevention. Ding ding ding! Here is my winner. Age effects us all differently. Our life style, environmental factors and genetics are all elements to how we age. Approaching 40 very soon, age prevention is something I have embraced. Along with joining a mentorship involving self care but I will touch on that another time. I have acne prone skin and so far no breakouts and my skin feels great. In the bundle you get the Cleanser, Moisturizer, Serum and Sleep Mask. You may not see wrinkles yet but the key is to moisturize to avoid them from coming. Not to mention the cold and dry Canadian Winters are horrible on your skin. Two thumbs up!
Advanced Antiaging & Hydration. This collection is meant for skin that is mature and showing signs of increasing wrinkles. I have heard all positive feedback from samples given out to clients. Being a makeup artist, I do get asked a lot of questions about skin care and maintenance. I have a number of Mothers of Bride ask me about skincare. This would be one I would recommend. Ingredients are safer and a little goes a along way with all Beautycounter products. Investing in your skin and selfcare is so worth it.
Male Skin Needs and Shaving. This is geared towards men. Men are relatively low key with skincare. Although when shaving they are exfoliating, men need a good aftercare cream on their skin. I bought the Counterman system for my husband. The kit included shaving gel and aftercare lotion. The lotions help reduce pore size and decrease irritation from shaving. My husband said it was strange for him to use a gel when he is used to shaving cream. His face was soft and left smooth. He had no redness or irritation. Two thumbs up!