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Behind The Scenes Of A Schwarzkopf Makeover


Schwartzkopf is known for their amazing hair care products. In Canada, they have only been available for hair professionals in salons. After 10 years of research and perfecting the products with Claudia Schiffer as a co-developer, Henkel Canada is proud to announce the launch of the Schwarzkopf ULTÎME collection for colour, care and styling and Schwarzkopf Keratin Color for hair that needs extra attention for the luxurious experience at home.

I was lucky enough to be one of the stylists for the new launch and Rosemina was my client. I sprayed her hair with the Ultime Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Shine Spray ($6.97 CDN) and decided to use the Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret Curling Iron ($98.96 CDN) to enhance her already gorgeous curls on level 8 on heat setting #2. I finished her hair by using the Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Crystal Shine & Hold Hairspray ($6.97 CDN).

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Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Shine Spray
Photo Credit: Walmart

For makeup, I enhanced Rosemina’s look by applying MAC’s Plum Foolery blush ($26 CDN) onto the apples of her cheeks. I filled in her brows with Benefit’s Gimme Brow Volumizing Fibre Gel in Medium/Deep ($30 CDN).

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MAC Powder Blush in Plum Foolery
Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics

I used Mac’s Eyeshadow in Brun ($19 CDN) on the other ends of her eyes to add some contrast and Mac’s Eyeshadow in Shroom ($19 CDN) on the brow bone.

I applied false eyelashes #802 by Quo ($7.65 CDN) as close to her eye line as possible. I curled her natural lashes along with the falsies. This step helps adhere lashes together to prevent the “double lash.” I finished her eyes off with a double coat of 24-Hour LashBlast Mascara by Covergirl.

For lips, I lined Rosemina’s lips with Cutie Pink 07 Lip Liner by Essence to complement her gorgeous skin tone and used Nymphette Lipglass by M.A.C. ($19 CDN) to add shine.

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Essence Lip Liner in Cutie Pink
Photo Credit: Shopper’s Drug Mart

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MAC Lipglass in Nymphette
Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics

I get Rosemina to flip her head over one last time and finger tousle her curls and spray with hairspray one more time. I always say, “hair is like cookies; it needs a few minutes to settle into its own.

Read Rosemia’s full post about her makeover here:

Thanks to:

Rosemina Nazarali

Anokhi Media/Beauty Blog

Judy Inc.

Review of the Resveratrol Treatment by Caudalie Paris


Caudalie product line.
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I was recently lucky to get the opportunity to get a Resveratrol Facial Treatment at the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris at the Shangri-La Hotel. I was greeted upon arrival at the luxurious spa and led to the change room to put my belongings away. A robe and properly-sized slippers were given to me and I was assigned a locker to store my belongings.

I then met with Alexandra who would be giving me the facial. She explained that the Resveratrol Facial Treatment lasts an hour. The facial treatment (a Canadian exclusive) firms and lifts and immediately boosts collagen and elastin in the skin. It’s performed with stimulating rollers meant to encourage circulation for a toning effect. The new Resveratrol product line contains hyaluronic acid to promote immediate lifting and firming results.

Alexandra began by cleansing my face, neck and decollage with a gentle cleansing milk. All of the products used are by Caudalie and are natural with no parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate or animal ingredients.

My skin was then exfoliated with a gentle buffing cream to remove any dead skin. Next, a moisturizing toner was applied which balances and brightens, followed by a spritz of grape water that hydrates and soothes. A firming serum was applied next, followed by an eye and lip serum that firms and drains. A spritz of the beauty elixir was then sprayed and I have to say, I loved this product the most. The smell is just incredible.

A mask was then applied which promotes the previous products to sink in more efficiently.

A hand and foot massage is included when getting any of the facials.The Miraj Hammam spa offers seven different facials (The Caudalie Grand, The Men’s Vinotherapie, the Vinoperfect Treatment, Polyphenol C15 Treatment, the “Premier Cru,” Vinosource and the Resveratrol Facial Treatment). A luxurious hand and nail cream along with a foot beauty cream are massaged in while the mask hardens.

Read more at Anokhi Media

Visit for more details on the spa

All the best,

Natalia Zurawska


The Chatelaine Issue – with Natalia Zurawska

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From The Chatelaine Issue: 40-odd Canadian women on being 40(ish)
When we were asked to get in front of a camera and talk about life at 40(ish). Here’s what we had to say…


“It’s good to be the boss”. – Shasta Lutz


“When I wake up, I hop out of bed and I’m like, ’Damn, I look good.’” – May

“I love getting older and set in my ways and feeling very comfortable.” – Natalia Zurawska (Make up Artist and Author of “I’m Not Making This Up” and “How to Work With A Makeup Artist“)

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A Special Thanks to Chatelaine, Shelbie Vermette and Judy Inc.!

All the best,

Natalia Zurawska



The 4 Best Makeup Looks For Winter 2015/2016


The weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. Winter is coming soon, and looking your best this season is so easy with these easy-to-achieve looks.
The top 4 makeup trends for this winter are:

1.Red Lips


A red lip is always a classic. The red shades this season range from a true red to a dark crimson and even to berry tones.

*Best Tip

Apply the same shade of red lip liner to your lips. Lip liner is great for evening out any asymmetry or creating the illusion of a larger lip. Fill in your whole lip with the liner. Blot. Then apply lipstick with a lip brush — as it gives a much more precise line. Blot again. Use a little pressed powder around your mouth to prevent lipstick from bleeding. Drinking with a straw helps keep lipstick perfect for hours.

I love the Beautiful Moisturizing lipstick by Elizabeth Arden. The high-pigment colour lasts 12 hours with a single swipe —and all while moisturizing your lips! This product pairs perfectly with the Beautiful Colour Precision Glide Lip Liner in Red Door Red. It defines lips with ease and is smudge-proof, waterproof, transfer-proof and colour-extending. Don’t be afraid to be bold! All shades of red look so gorgeous on all skin tones.

2.Burnt Orange, Gold and Metallic Eye Shadow


To make your eyes pop, gold and burnt orange really make a statement. Whether you apply the shadow just as a liner or all over the lid and blend it out, these shades complement all skin tones.

I love the M.A.C eye shadow called Rule. It has a little bit of burnt yet vibrant orange. It pairs perfectly with Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar or on its own. I adore experimenting with blending or adding a burst of burnt orange to the corners of my eyes and a gold all over the lid — or vice versa.

Read more…


Natalia Zurawska is a professional hair & make-Up artist. She has worked on many editorials for leading fashion and wedding magazines. Her make up artistry and hair styling have been seen in Anokhi Magazine, Vogue Italia Pelle, Driven, La’G, Caribbean Bride and many more. Connect with her @

Interview with Stacy Hertenstein, Perfumer for P&G Herbal Essences


Have you ever wondered how scents are created for your favorite beauty products? I got the opportunity to interview Stacy Hertenstein who is a perfumer for the P & G Herbal Essences line. I have tried out the dry shampoo, shampoos and conditioner as well as the Volumizing Soufflé from the new “Naked “ line which features zero parabens, silicone and colorants and love all of the products especially the scent.

The information I found out was very interesting and how these glorious scents come into fruition is by doing a lot of research about what YOU the customer are interested in. Trends, food and fashion are also studied.

P&G has also surveyed 1000 women ages 18-35 in Canada and here are some fun statistics:

9 out of 10 women feel their daily shower is one of the few times they truly feel like they can escape.

87% agree that a shower transforms their day.

85% frequently purchase a shower product solely based on scent.

70% prefer a fruity scent compared to floral.

Women who buy shower products solely on scent consider themselves to be spontaneous, are more likely to have exercised within the past week, are more likely to have been intimate in the last month and consider themselves social.

Herbal Essences has always celebrated nature. Pure, clean and fresh are synonymous with what comes to mind. The Shine collection, within the Naked line, features white grapefruit and mint with citrus undertones.

When a fragrance is in the process of development, what the product is as well as how it will be used come into play of the design of the formula as it varies.

An expensive palette of ingredients is used. The perfumer works closely with the product team to create a compatible chemistry. Hundreds of modifications may be made during this time to perfect the look, how well it works as well as how long the results last.

After the products have been approved, they are tested on customers in the P&G technical test kitchen to see how much they are enjoyed. After approval, they get released into the marketplace so we get to enjoy them.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog.

All the best,

Natalia Zurawska


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Win a FREE beauty package from Mèreadesso!


As a loyal subscriber to Colourchameleon, you will be entered to win a beauty package from Mèreadesso. Winner will be notified by message. Toronto Residents only.


– I full size face and neck cleanser

– 5 Travel Size Face and Neck Cleanser (lasts about 2 weeks)

The globally sourced ingredient blend includes botanical extracts and vitamins. Effective as a deep cleanser but gentle enough for use around the eye area. After rinsing, your face will be free of residue and perfectly prepped for our All-In-One Moisturizer. Comes with a specially designed cleansing cloth (to be used with cleanser every time) in a reusable plastic pouch that’s great for holding everything from the cleanser to makeup brushes.

– 1 pack of lipbalm (2 lipbalms in a pack – 1 clear, 1 pink)

Lip Treats is a lush new series of tinted lip balms that perk up any pout. Made with evening primrose, grape seed, coconut and sunflower oils – then enhanced with Vitamins C and E – they’re a luscious moisturizer with a hint of colour to dress up everything you say.

– 5 Travel Size All-in-One Moisturizers (lasts about 2 weeks)

This lightweight gel-lotion’s globally sourced ingredients include 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes and over 20 antioxidants. Easy to apply, quick to absorb and impossible to give up because the longer you use it, the less you’ll need it.


Good luck and stay beautiful!

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Subscribe to Colour Chameleon’s YouTube Channel for makeup tips and more! My channel features a lot of how-to videos as well as portfolio pieces. I will also hold contests from time to time to give away some of my favourite products from Mèreadesso.

Here’s a new makeup video for you to check out. This one shows how to go from a ‘day look’ to a ‘night look’ in just a few minutes.

I have also been fortunate enough to work with TrendHunter –
Trend Hunter is an amazing company that researches the latest trends. I madeover their employees and shared the videos on my youtube channel. Make sure to check them out!

I hope you enjoy it! Subscribe for more to come soon!

Long Lasting Curls For Your Wedding


Happy Wedding! Every bride deserves to look and feel her best on this special day without fuss or worry. Here are some very simple tips for lasting curls you can do by yourself while at the destination.

Washing hair the night before your wedding is ideal because it allows hair to dry naturally. It also allows you more time for the next morning to relax or finish any final errands. Apply mousse to hair while it is damp by flipping head over and applying it evenly from root to tip with a scrunching motion. Mousse really helps hold the curls, adds protection against heat damage and tames frizz.

I love the Thermal Creations Mouuse by Tresemme. This amazing formula adds volume, shine and may be brushed through to create any long lasting hairstyle desired. The price is exceptional for the results it provides.

When styling your hair, I always like to section the hair into four parts. Two at the front and a section of the crown and lastly, the back bottom half. If you have hard to curl hair, spraying some hairspray on the section you are going to curl first and brushing it through will make curls last. I start with the back and move my way up regardless of whether it is using hot rollers, or a curling iron. The front pieces around the face should be curled outwards to frame the face. If you are a volume lover, tease the crown first and spray with hairspray. Repeat as needed until you are satisfied with the height.

Try the Climate Control hairspray by Tresemme. It is perfect for long lasting style, yet may be brushed through and really works well against the humidity in the Caribbean and Mexico.

The Curl Secret Infiniti Pro by Conair is one of my favourite. Read full article here…

Give as a Gift – How to Work With A Makeup Artist


Christmas is coming – it’s the time for giving. And for only $9.99 you can give an aspiring photographer great tips regarding production so that every shoot is fun and seamless! Communication is key regarding any type of relationship, and one with a photographer and a makeup artist is no different.

Section one: Scheduling your first shoot

A perfect start to get the look you want, how to prepare for it and what to discuss to make the shoot day flow easily

Section two: Terms for Makeup and Hair

Helps you understand makeup and hairstyling terms to get the look you want quickly and easily. This is also great when working with clients.

Section three: Lighting and Makeup/Hair

How to discuss lighting with your team so the makeup, hair and wardrobe all look flawless in the photos. How to set up and all work smoothly together.

Section four: Best Products to have when no makeup artist is present and how to use them.

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This is a great time to discuss whether the photographer (YOU) will be giving the makeup artist a CD, or prints, or both. You really do need to discuss this beforehand so there is no miscommunication or false assumptions. You should also discuss if you are both wanting to submit this to a particular magazine to get an editorial published. Makeup artist and model portfolios are a standard 9×12 and photographer portfolios are 11×14.

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