WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY, GOOD OR BAD IDEA ?

Should you wash your hair daily?

The answer is Simple : It seems that it is a bad idea to wash your hair everyday, even if you like super clean, fresh smelling hair. In reality, your hair does not need that much attention.

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  • Washing your hair with less intervals creates greasy hair

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  • How each scalp reacts is actually uncontrollable :

For some people, their hair is greasy but for others the experience will be more disturbing as the will have dandruff. Sometimes, the consumers thinks that this is a sign of a bad capillary ritual, so it is suggested we have an assortment of products and regularly change them.

Other tip :

Hair Stylists recommend using a great hair brush with a brush that isn’t too aggressive with your scalp.

The objective will be to drag the brush from the top of the scalp to tip of your hair.

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Enjoy your Hair whether it is long, medium length or short!

Remember less maintenance is actually a good thing for healthier hair!

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4 Beauty Secrets of Jessica Alba

BEAUTY SECRET NUMBER 1 : HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

 As we can see on her Instagram photos, Jessica Alba likes sports. She uses exercise and healthy food as the mainstay to her lifestyle.

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BEAUTY SECRET NUMBER 2 : PLAY WITH HAIR STYLES

Jessica Alba always creates a different variation of her hair. She looks for creative ways of wearing healthy long hair. The shape changes from layers, to a more square looks and with all the different choices, she is always beautiful!

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Jessica Alba’s stunning long hair

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Beautiful straight hair

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Slight wave to hair

BEAUTY SECRET NUMBER 3 : TO HAVE STYLE

For her, the clothes are very important, they define an attitude, a state of mind. Choosing an outfit allows her to show her morphology. Thanks to her choice of form fitting clothes that suit her body type, she allows herself to shine and continually look glowing.

BEAUTY SECRET NUMBER 4 : TO STAY NATURAL

When we see Jessica Alba, it’s true that her natural side is very important. We see it when she is speaking on talk shows, when she is photographed and even performing she is never overdone.
Even if, she always has a beauty team of stylists, hairdressers, and makeup artists she wants to be stay with a more natural look.

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MAKEUP TRENDS SPRING/SUMMER 2015

While the fashion week Spring / Summer 2015 just ended, we have recreated the match up makeup trends to watch for or create this summer.

Option I. The Skin Tone :

One word for this season : The Nude

As we can see for many catwalk clothing brands such as Boss, Chloé, Mendel and Chicca Lualdi.

For summer, we forget the blush and we choose nude for a natural glow that reflect lights and seems natural.
We only recommend enhanced cheekbones with a little pink powder for the blonds and apricot for the browns.

Try our Fairy Blush for this look.

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Boss :

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Chloé

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Option 2. THE MOUTH

Normally, we have to choose between the mouth and the eyes.

But that was then and this is now, for this season we can focus on both!

So, this summer try :

  • The coral for Guillarme

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  • The red Carmine for Andrew, & Trussardi.  

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The pink Candy for Aquilano :

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But if you are not a fan of strong colored lips, or you prefer to bet everything on your eyes, don’t panic ! With the nude look, you can enjoy a soft monotone palette and be very trendy this Spring-Summer 2015.

Add a “touch of gloss” and it’s done ! Watch for our new lip glosses they are being filled this week!

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Option 3. Making Up Your Eyes:

  1. With blue makeup :

The wonderful days of spring and summer include blue skies. Lots of makeup artists get inspired by their surroundings and with a sunny day we can create and use shades of blue to define our eyes and sparkle in the brightness of this sunshine. Looking at the photos below you will find blue liner drawn inside, with kohl pencil, or smoky eyes with the blue invading our eyes in a sultry looks and the result is fabulous as we can see from the Armani, Saab, Grant and Honor shows..

We find the mascara version for Grant :

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The smudged blue eyes by day, for Emporio Armani :

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Sailor Blue

 

Smoky dark blue – Elie Saab : 

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Blue Mist

Blue Graphic liner – Honor

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Eye liner graphic

A graphic liner is adapted for people who are not a fan of makeup, do not like too much colour on the eyes as Cushnie and Braganza, just a simple blue liner will do!

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The reverse is also in fashion this season:

We find the eye liner inside the eyes for Celine and Chalayan :

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The smoky eyes with liner strongly drawn below and inside the lower lash line:

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And of course the smoky eyes/liners defined on different faces :

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Mascara for doll’s eyes :

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There you have it … Looks to try this 2015 Spring Summer Fashion Week!

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THE BOHO STYLE

BohoPhotoTHE BOHO STYLE :

PANDORA’S MAKEUP BOX is bringing you back to the sixties with our Bohemian Style and the collaboration with Ipsy Glam.

What is Boho Style ?

It’s a fashionable female who plays on the Bohemians and hippies influences.

Boho style is the opposite of precision, inspirited of the sixties

with printed flowers and brown boots. Rich and bright colours are the must have in a Boho

closet.

BoxFlowerFront_edited-1How can I create this Style ?

Bohemian style doesn’t have any rules, there are some key points that we find in our Boho style.

  • The printed flowers:

Lots of bohemians like this model, reference to the peace and love of the sixties.

  • The accessories :

When you see a Boho, accessories include arms full of Bracelets, Long Necklace, hairs are covered with Headband or Hats.

  • Be Colourful:Bright colour always exist in a Boho closet.
  • Multiples Layer Outfits:Bohemian Style is all about layering. With a right mix of textures and lengths, you can rock a very unique Bohemian Style in your own way.

IMG_2056For the perfect Bohemian makeup, Ipsy’s April Glam Bag-“Beautifully Bohemian” is what you need to change up your makeup routine. Look for the limited quantity set coming up soon, we created it specially for IPSY’S Offer.

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Packing for Sunshine Holiday

It has been a long winter for many of us so maybe you will be able to find the time +money to take a trip someplace warm to recover your mental health, feel nourished, pamper yourself and then return to your day to day routine refreshed and ready for any challenge life throws at you. Here are a few must haves to enjoy the sun vacation without aging your skin.

It makes so much sense to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and keep from squinting, non greasy waterproof sunscreen with 50SPF will last so much longer, a clip for your hair if coloured will help protect it from getting bleached out and a large brimmed hat is a must! Reading on a IPHONE is impossible with polarized lenses so the brim allows you to protect your eyes and face and enjoy a great book! 

Bon Voyage!!!



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Camouflage Makeup

It is almost impossible for us to have perfect skin. by the time we are 20 years old most of us have probably had over 14,000 hours of sunlight on our faces, add to that minor injury, irritations on the skin, natural freckling, or other skin imperfections due to allergies or other weather conditions, outdoor sport activities and hereditary.

So what do we do about it, the choices are endless:

Assortment of liquid foundations

Assortment of liquid foundations

More importantly the technique is what smooths out uneven complexion. The use of the colour wheel and blocking out discolourations work to conceal more effectively and give you the glowing even toned skin you would prefer. Choose products that suit your SKIN TYPE, oily skin water based products and dry skin creamier or oil based products. Camouflage can be applied to skin that has been primed first. This is especially important if you have dry skin.

TOOLS: Camouflage Brush used to apply wax or oil based products that are opaque enough to cover imperfections of the skin. Try using products that are ONE TONE lighter than your skin to effectively block out and do not over blend just press with your finger after applying with the nylon tipped brush. The heat from your finger will blend and cover.

PANDORA'S® Large CamouflageBrush #30

PANDORA’S® Large CamouflageBrush #30

Once the camouflage has been applied you may apply the foundation of choice with a specialty foundation brush, beauty blender,  your finger or another type of sponge or more expertly with an airbrush. Try to just lightly touch the camouflaged areas and use the liquid products at the edges of the waxier based products. If you have only skin use a touch of powder to set or use powder to adjust the colour and coverage as any powder once used over camouflage will darken it at least one tone, assuming the powder is translucent or the same colour as your skin. The will allow it to stay longer and you are also now more protected from the sun. If you are prone to melanomas please use a non greasy sun block out first prior to anything going on your skin. Please contact me directly if you have specific camouflage issues as I have a custom made PANDORA’S® cover up that is not available on our website: susan@pandorasmakeupbox.com

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Golden Globe 2015 Favorites, Fashion, Hair and Makeup

I just couldn’t help myself … being the communicator to our clients who perhaps couldn’t stay up to watch or interested in fashion but don’t have the patience to go through all the available photos on line I felt I should just grab some photos that are readily available and let you know what Pandora’s Makeup Box loved about the makeup hair and dresses for the Golden Globe Awards 2015!

Love all the looks below for suitability to the actor and total image of dress, hair and makeup. It seems that once inside the venue the air conditioning was not working and so the presenters faces were shinier than usual and the addition of the dewy ‘Look’ did not help the situations. Let us know your favourites too! As usual it is all about the eyes with full lips. Lots of lashes, from far away they photographed well and sometimes the closer photos were not as flattering so let’s hope no cake foundation and concealer, lips clearly defined and set through makeup artistry techniques of using sealer or surrounding lips with concealer and power to stop any lipstick from melting. Less glossy lips with the more matte finish more flattering. Shimmer used on the top of the cheekbone and around the eyelid, sometimes just on the bottom lid, without overly frosted shadows. Lots of contouring and everyone seemed to have defined cheekbones.

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Sultry, great lips and eyes

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Love the red dress!

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Lips set off the great eyes and hair colour!

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Sexy as always with Diva styling!

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Adorable as always, but the flower wasn’t necessary as the earrings were beautiful!

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Overall beautiful and pretty!

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Just so adorable and fresh!

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Christmas Market in the Distillery Toronto influences my Holiday Makeup!

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Christmas Tree Miniature Skate Ornaments

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Beautiful natural brick and green door entrance to knitting shop.


Listed as one of the world’s 10 best Christmas Markets, inspired me to gather up some holiday party makeup items that will best enhance the holiday spirit. All photos taken in this Blog were photographed by my amateur love of having an album of this wonderful Sunday experience.

This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs.

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Late afternoon light pre lighting of the trees.

What is a Christmas Market?

A Christmas market is a street market which celebrates the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas and is staged during the weeks leading up to Christmas. These markets originated in Germany, beginning in the early 1400’s, and are now being held in countries all over the world.

All you require for makeup is a little red lipstick, black shimmer shadow liner, white pearl eye shadow, slate brown taupe shadow for the crease of the eye, a touch of berry blush and softly waved hair.

Flushed Lipstick

Flushed Lipstick

Berry Blush or Eye Shadow

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Anne Hathaway’s perfect winter makeup, use our Flushed lipstick for the same red lip.

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It is all about the light!

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Why go to a Christmas Market without the food?

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Gift Sets Galore! What is a girl to do?

Do you have a long or short list of people to shop for? I walked into some department stores recently and was bombarded by Gift Sets. The benefit of a gift set is that they can truly be of great value if you are purchasing favourite products for your friends or family. They are also sold in limited quantities and often add more value to the brand.

Gift Set Assortments 2014

Gift Set Assortments 2014

Some gift sets have no value if the products are not suited to the person who is receiving them so I would do a little research first before buying sets of items that will not be appreciated. Price points to look for, 3-5 Products of Travel sizes should range in price from between $25.00-$50.00 and 6-10 items $55.00-$100.00. Anything above the $100.00 set should probably be quite special, I viewed a Tom Ford set that was $750.00. As a makeup artist I view this as a very specialized gift and not affordable to most people.  I can only assume they have targeted a small market and only produced a limited collection to add to the value. The Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Holiday Ornament set is only $54.00 and can be purchased at The Bay (Canada). The difference is the majority of the items are small travel sizes but a great sampling technique for YSL.

Men’s Gift Set … $50.00                                                ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING!

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Burberry Mens Minis

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Tip of the Week – I discovered how to keep LIPGLOSS on!!!

I am not sure why I didn’t think of this before but an old lipstick trick was to use powder to set your lipstick with and then add layers of lipstick and powder so it would stay.

So I decided to try something like this but not exactly. I applied my Lipgloss then matted it a bit with Blush Powder using a flat shadow brush till it felt dry to my touch then added more lipgloss. It didn’t take long to do this and now I was able to have my favourite product last through a lunch of salad with dressing (typically the oil would take off lipgloss in a nano second!) and the rest of the day till dinner at 8:00pm. Try it and let me know if this works for you.

I used these items for this Tip of the Week:

1. Lip Gloss

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Think Pink

2. Powder Blush

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Fairy Blush

3. Small Eye Shadow Brush

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