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Win a FREE beauty package from Mèreadesso!

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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.

Includes:

– 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.

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Good luck and stay beautiful!

Subscribe to Colour Chameleon YouTube Channel for tips!

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 – www.trendhunter.com.
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!

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

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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.

Thank you to all my supporters!

How To Deal With Adult Acne

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Canada’s first ever Acne Awareness Week is September 14 to 20, 2015. Five million Canadians have acne. Acne was once thought of as a teen-only skin condition, however, it is also common in adult women. Acne effects 90 per cent of teens. Up to 22 per cent, or one in five women, suffer from acne during adulthood compared to just three per cent of men. The rate of depression due to acne is 10 per cent.

Adult acne isn’t pretty. It makes you want to run and hide. Here are some effective treatments to help you handle your out-of-control skin.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Primarily an antibacterial agent, the main effect of benzoyl peroxide on the skin is to introduce oxygen to the clogged parts of the skin’s pores. The more oxygen, the more fatal the environment is for the anaerobic bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide is capable of wiping out acne-causing organisms such as propionibacterium acnes. Benzoyl peroxide may also be used in combination with salicylic acid.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is an exfoliating agent that peels off dead skin cells by loosening the binding substance that make the surface skin cells stick together. It combines well with oil and can penetrate deep inside clogged pores. By doing this, salicylic acid helps speed up the growth of new skin cells, it keeps the pores clear and prevents future acne outbreaks. Salicylic acid may be used in combination with benzoyl peroxide. If you have sensitive skin it is best to start with .05 per cent as the active ingredient and move upwards of two per cent because it may cause dryness.

MicroSilver BG

MicroSilver BG is a natural antimicrobial cleansing product. It is a pure metallic silver powder with a very unique particle structure consisting of highly porous micro-sized silver particles. MicroSilver BG is safe, free of side effects and does not penetrate skin or mucosal tissue because of its large particle size (average of 10 micrometers). The 99.9 per cent pure metallic silver is obtained from nature and, using a patented production process, pulverized by purely physical methods. It contains no parabens and has never been tested on animals.

Read more…

Sensational Skin: Review of the Hammam and Gommage Treatment at the Miraj Hammam Spa

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Photo taken from http://www.mirajcaudaliespa.com/

Taking care of our skin is always essential, but a little extra care is necessary when the weather is changing. I was lucky to get an appointment at the luxurious Miraj Hammam Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto for the Hammam and Gommage treatment and it was unforgettable.

I was welcomed at the front desk, where I filled out a form asking what type of pressure I prefer, as well as any sensitivities and health concerns I have. I was then taken to the change room where I was given a locker with a digital lock to put my belongings in, fresh slippers in my size and a robe.

I was then introduced to Inna who would be giving me the treatment. I was given the option of disposable undergarments and a sheet to wear like a towel and then I was taken into a beautiful, gigantic steam room made of Jerusalem gold marble. The room is extremely hot at 110 degrees Celsius. I was given a towel to lie down on and a cup of fresh, cold water. Inna explained that I could turn the steam off if it felt too hot and that she’d check in on me in eight minutes and would be in the next room if I needed anything. I spent 15 (very relaxing) minutes in the steam room and it felt amazing.

We moved to the front of the steam area, which is 100 degrees Celsius, and I lay face down on my tummy, on a towel, and Inna, wearing Keess gloves, massaged me with eucalyptus and black Moroccan soap. I started to feel like a new person. I turned over onto my back and was exfoliated from neck to toe. Read more…

Creating a Makeup Effect – One Model Place

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Hi Everyone, I love creating different looks, hence I really love my career as a makeup/hair/spfx artist.

Although I have been involved in a number of great projects over the years, one of my recent favorites was a greaser-style shoot with the rock band, Hedley. Besides working with Hedley, one of the things that made this shoot so special was a top notch team including Matt Barnes (photographer), Courtney Boyd (producer), and Dwayne Kennedy (wardrobe stylist).

There is a lot that goes into the production of a large-scale photo shoot. Time is money and the shoot must run smoothly. Communication is very important, so budgets, looks, location and scheduling were all discussed at a pre-production meeting for this shoot took place. At the end of the day, we needed to put together a well-executed shoot and produce something awesome.

At the pre-production meeting, Matt Barnes explained the lighting, how the shots were going to be organized as well as what looks he liked for us to go with. From my end, I relayed to the producer my requirements that all of the models come with clean, dry hair, no makeup and no nail polish

The theme for this photo shoot was very “Greasers” inspired. Once learning about this, I researched a lot of 50’s looks that would compliment the concept. I also needed to go with great looks that could be done in the shortest amount of time with lasting power as there were 3 locations and some of the shots were outdoors. I watched the movie “Grease” for reference. On the shoot day, Dwayne, the models, Hedley, and Courtney all got organized. Since all the shots were group shots and everyone was a “hero” (no background talent), it meant we all had to work well and quickly as a team. Dwayne would take certain models and dress them while I started on hair. Read more…

Enjoy!

Thanks so much to OMP for this opportunity.

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Poor But Sexy Magazine Article

Hi Everyone,

Please feel free to check out the new blog in Poor But Sexy Magazine: http://www.poorbutsexy.ca/the-artists-guide-to-self-publishing-part-i/

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You wouldn’t be wrong to say that Robert Brodey, author of the political thriller, “Josef’s Lair” , and Natalia Zurawska, author of “I’m Not Making This Up”, a book of make-up tips for fashion newbies, come from different ends of the arts spectrum. One is an avid photojournalist and the other a talented hair and makeup artist.

What both of these authors had in common was the goal of writing a book and taking it public with or without an agent or publisher behind them. For the next two days, we will find out how they did it, what companies they chose to work with and what their results were. If you’ve ever wondered about self-publishing, stay tuned. – excerpt from article

A HUGE thanks to Photography and Art Direction duo Thomas Bollman and Ingrid Jones of

Thanks so much!

Photo of cover by Matt Barnes – www.thatsthespot.com

 

 

Hi Everyone,

Spring is finally here and Mother’s Day is coming up!  I am a huge fan of Dermalogica products.  Dermalogica has recently come out with a Face Mapping Campaign.  It is a complimentary service.  Here is more information –

http://www.facemapnation.com/CA 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlfum4fgb-k

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Makeover Milestone for Trend Hunter

Hi Everyone,

Trend Hunter is an amazing company that researches all of the latest and greatest trends.

They recently reached a milestone of 2 billion hits!

Check out the makeovers and article.

http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/party-makeover

Thanks so much!

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Simple Make-Up Tips For Authors

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I have been a professional makeup artist for the last 10 years. I absolutely love my career as well as making people laugh and smile.  I also love to read and write.

When I was starting out, I experienced many trials and tribulations and realized that there are so many problems that may be so easily resolved.  Whether it is beauty or production related, I have learned so much and love to share that wealth of knowledge with others.

Everyone loves simplicity, easy problem solving, looking and feeling their best as well as saving time and money. For that reason I wanted to provide some tips about how you can look and feel your best whether it’s for an author photo shoot, an in-person reading or a book signing appearance.

Often, author photos for the back or inside of books are done in black and white. And it might not at first be obvious of the subtle difference that photography in this two-toned medium might make. A great make-up tip to use with black and white photography is to use stone colours, beiges, browns and greys. Those colours tend to work best because in black and white, reds can come off looking extremely harsh.

Another great tip when getting head shots done is to focus on looking like yourself, only enhanced. The photos on a book can last a lifetime so it is great to look and feel like yourself.

Every woman has experienced buying a powder and have it shatter a day later. Argh!  Don’t throw it out. Collect as much of the powder as possible and put it back in the container. Spray rubbing alcohol until a paste is created. Leave the lid open for the makeup to dry. This also works well for any powder makeup such as eye-shadows, and blush. Tada! It is back together once it dries. The alcohol also sanitizes it. Just make sure to use 70% or over.

Easy, fun, simple!

My belief is that every woman should look and feel her best all while saving time and money. When you look great, you feel great and it radiates into all aspects of life.

 

NataliaAuthorPicNatalia Zurawska is a Toronto Based makeup hair and SPFX artist, beauty blogger and author of I’m Not Making This Up and How To Work With a Makeup Artist.

Natalia’s website, Colour Chameleon, includes many more great tips relayed in both articles and videos, sharing her many years of insights as a professional makeup artist.

You can also connect with Natalia on your favorite social networks:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MsColourchameleon/videos
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colourchameleon/338696082913680
Linked In: Natalia Zurawska http://www.linkedin.com/pub/natalia-zurawska/22/b09/410
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Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+NataliaZurawskaColourchameleon/posts/pub

 

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