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Mèreadesso Moisturizer – Special Promotion!

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Hi Everyone, my name is Natalia Zurawska. Represented by Judy Inc., I have been a professional makeup/hair artist for the last 10 years. I am a HUGE fan of Mèreadesso products. They are chock full of antioxidants and minerals.

See the details for this limited time promotion!

Purchase a full sized All-In-One Moisturizer from Mèreadesso.com and receive a free Travel Size All-In-One and Travel Size Tinted Moisturizer (Medium shade only).

Just like the original, it’s an all-in-one moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream and eye cream. Still made with 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes, and over 20 antioxidants from around the world. However, the Tinted All-In-One takes all that love to the next level, by also acting as a concealer that helps even out your skin tone.

That’s a lot to absorb, but we’ve made it easy, because you can apply it by hand (skipping the need for spatulas, sponges and pretentious ’professional’ application techniques). And the more you apply of the sheer formula, the richer the coverage gets. So if your skin isn’t looking or feeling its best, we’ve got you covered…literally. Visit Mèreadesso for more information.

Offer ends November 8th

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

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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

diner_shot_with_hedleyPhoto by Matt Barnes, Westside Studio

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.

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

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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.

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Lash Love

Moov Magazine Article

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The Best Makeup Artist Tools for OMP Members

Hi Everyone,

My name is Natalia Zurawska. I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. There are so many amazing products on the market today. Here are just a few I could not live without. If you are a professional makeup artist, try these out – true time and money savers as well as great quality! I have included some great tips as well.

Enjoy!

Dermalogica’s Pre Cleanse Wipes

These amazing wipes are perfect for removing environmental pollutants, sunscreen, waterproof mascara and more. I like to use them on myself as well as on set. Infused with aloe, apricot oil, rice bran and Vitamin E , they nourish the skin and don’t clog pores. Use alone or add a little water to create a cleansing milk before fully washing your face. No artificial fragrance, colour or parabens. Comes in a package of 20 for $18.

www.dermalogica.ca


The Zuca Artist Backpack

The Zuca Artist Backpack is perfect for the artist on the go. The innovative design features 4 clear vinyl-lined pockets on the door panel to store small items. A very clever strap is perfect for storing alligator clips.

This amazing backpack also features 2 clear vinyl-lined Utility Pouches – (can accommodate up to 4) used for organizing all tools and products.

It includes a thermal pocket for a flat and curling iron so there is no need to wait for cool down. Built in straps secure the backpack to your Zuca rolling case. Even the straps are ergonomically designed and the back is padded.

The backpack is perfect to set up anywhere and transforms into a sleek workstation. The convenient strap holds the door open for easy access.

$139.00

www.zuca.com

Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage

I love the Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier. It comes in a variety of tones perfect for every complexion. I also love that you can customize your colour because of the two-hue pans. It is perfect if you or talent get a bit of a tan or lose a little colour without having to get a new product. A little goes a long way and stays put all day with no creasing, drying or discoloration. Infused with chamomile, Vitamins A, C and E, it is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. Apply with a concealer brush and use your clean hand as a palette to mix desired shade. Apply to under eyes and blemishes by blending gently outwards. $38 for .26oz pans. Concealer brush $32

Best Tip*

Apply after foundation so you don’t wipe it away. If you are doing a dark smoky eye, it is best to apply shadow first and let the residual eye shadow fall. Clean off after a few minutes and apply concealer. It prevents the concealer and eye shadow from creating a messy mix.

$38.00

www.lauramercier.com

M.A.C Eye Shadow Palette

Every makeup artist as well as makeup lover should have one! The case size is 4.25’ by 7.5’ and contains 15 little circle containers to pop in the eye shadows which you can customize. I notice that some artists like to take out the “holding circles” and fit in many more eye shadows as the case is magnetic. Whatever floats your boat I personally like to keep them apart as I notice there is much less shattering and mixing of shades. Empty palette available at M.A.C stand alone stores $12.50. Each shadow $13.50 each. You can also get a free shadow for recycling 6 empty containers.

www.maccosmetics.com

Best Tips*

If you happen to get a regular pot eye shadow from M.A.C you can wiggle the little lip where you open it with a knife. Heat up a flat iron and pop the little pan and eye shadow on the heat checking every few seconds. Simply wiggle the eye shadow out if its plastic pan and pop into your palette. Voila!

You can use wax paper to protect your flat iron however I find it works better without, just keep an eye on it. Wipe your flatiron down with a wet wipe afterwards while it is hot by clamping it down and running it through a few times. It will get rid of any previous hair product residue as well as anything melted.

Clean the palette easily by spraying 70% rubbing alcohol. If any of the shadows have shattered a little, make a little paste with the alcohol and leave the lid open to dry. Clean around the edges with a q-tip or folded over paper towel.

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A Variety of Mascara Wands

As a professional makeup artist, I have noticed it is not so much the formulation of the mascara unless it is waterproof but the brush that makes the biggest difference.

Some brushes give a very natural effect while others provide a lot of drama and depending on the look hence, it is great to have a lot of brushes on hand. Since it is unhygienic to use the same brush on many eyes, I cut the brush wands out of the new mascaras and wash gently after every use.

For brides and any type of sport/water involving shoots I love to use the Lash blast 24 hour mascara by CoverGirl. It stays put through sweat and tears and creates a beautiful natural look with defined lashes along with noticeably added volume and length. $10

www.covergirl.ca

For a major effect, I love the new “They’re Real” mascara by Benefit. The brush hugs each lash and saturates it so well making eyes pop. The effect is gorgeous and dramatic! $29

www.benefitcosmetics.com

Best Tips*

If you are out of eyeliner, gently swipe your eyeliner brush along the mascara wand and use it as liner in a pinch. Layer on for a defined look or smudge out using a q-tip.

Replace mascara every 3 months to prevent eye infection.

Never pump mascara in the tube – it just dries it out. Instead, swirl it in the tube.

Best Tips*

Keeping an ice pack or heat packet in your kit depending on the season and especially if you are shooting on location.

Makeup is expensive as well as fragile. Weather can effect the formulation. By keeping ice packs covered in a sandwich bag (to prevent condensation) or heat packets, this can greatly reduce the chances of any texture and quality changes. This works well in kits as well as personal makeup bags. Both are available at the dollar store. The interchangeable heat/cool pack works very well too.

I hope you have enjoyed my tips.

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All the best,

Natalia Zurawska
Makeup/Hair SPFX

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Laura Dern – Get The Look

Elevate the look

Thanks to Elevate for this article

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Conceal and Cover – Make up fixes for Your wedding

Concealer is not only great for the face. If you are having a destination wedding and showing off a lot of skin, you want to look and feel your best all over the body as well. An old tattoo, minor imperfections, a bruise, scar can easily be covered.

Here are my top picks for a quick fix. Enjoy!

Cover Fx Cream Concealer

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Cover Fx Cream Concealer is exceptional. The coverage is so smooth, even and very high in pigment. The concealer comes in a vast array of colours to match every skin tone. It covers tattoos and any other imperfections with ease. Powder in between layers and set to finish. I also love the Cover FX concealer brush. It can easily blend out edges as well as be used to stipple concealer for perfect coverage.

If you have an uneven scar, adding a little of the Cover FX primer before concealer application will help even the skin. Bonus – SPF 30 is added perfect for any hot climate.
www.coverfx.com

Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage
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This amazing concealer really covers and stays put with no creasing, smudging or smearing. It comes in fantastic shades. I love that it has 2 different pots so you can formulate the perfect tone. Even if you get a little bit more tanned! Laura Mercier really is an expert at concealing. Just perfection!  

www.lauramercier.com

Dermablend Leg and Body Cover

 Dermablend

Dermablend is fantastic. This light formula contains very high pigment that really does last 16 hours. Go ahead, sweat, run in the rain – it does not budge. Perfect for larger areas on the body such as stretch marks, tattoos and more. It comes in 14 colours to match every skin tone. The setting powder which. may be purchased separately is fantastic for a finish.

www.dermablend.com
Best Tip* To make coverage look as natural as possible, adding a mole, freckles or whatever is surrounding your natural skin tone helps it blend in flawlessly.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips!

Natalia Zurawska
Beauty Editor for Caribbean Bride Media/Magazine
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Pointers for the Perfect Pout

Congratulations! You are getting married! Nothing says love like a kiss. To keep your pout perfect – here are some of the best tips! Enjoy!

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Whether you are a lipstick lover or a gloss girl – moisturized lips are always sexy.

*Best Tip

The night before, slough off any dry skin on your lips with an extra toothbrush. I always keep one in the bathroom just for lips after brushing my teeth. Apply a lip balm. Lips will feel like new by morning. Vaseline also works very well.

Nivea’s “A Kiss of Protection” features sunflower and jojoba oils as well as vitamin E and an SPF of 30 to keep your pout pristine.

 

Less is more

The more natural the colour and texture, the less fuss and worry about making sure your lips look perfect at all times especially after kisses, eating and drinking. I love M.A.C Lipglass in Prrr. The colour is gorgeous, natural and looks great on every skin tone.

 

Line your lips

If you are going to be wearing a vibrant lip colour, lining lips first will keep the colour on for much longer. Lip liner is also great if you want to change the shape of your lips by making them symmetrical or bigger. Apply the same colour lip liner (the dark liner and light lipstick which I call “oreo mouth” days are long gone.) to your entire lip. Blot. Then apply lipstick. A lip brush creates pristine results. Blot again. Touch up as needed.

*Best Tip

Use a concealer brush with face powder to line around the outside of your lips to prevent lipstick from bleeding.

I love the Rimmel London Eggagerate Automatic Lipliner. It keeps lipstick from bleeding, comes in a great variety of shades and is very long lasting without drying out your lips.

 

I love the Beautiful Colour Moisturizing lipsticks by Elizabeth Arden. These high pigment lipsticks come in such a beautiful array of shades last 12 hours while leaving lips soft and supple.

The only great stain – Lipstain!

Lip stain is great if you are looking for a sheer hint of colour that lasts for hours. I love the line by Benefit as it can be used for cheeks as well. Apply to the apples of the cheeks and lips with the little brush and blend in with fingers. May be layered for a more dramatic look too. Benetint (Berry), Cha Chatint (Peach/Coral), Lollitint and Posietint (Warm Pink) look great on all skin tones.

 

Use straws

Use straws as much as possible when it comes to drinking. I like to keep a few of the covered ones you can get from Starbucks in my purse, just in case.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips. For my blog, work, YouTube and new e-book “I’m Not Making This Up” please go to www.colourchameleon.com

Happy Eternal Love!

By: Natalia Zurawska for YesBride
Makeup/Hair/SPFX

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