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

Berry Blush

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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!

Burberry Mens Minis

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

Fairy Blush

Fairy Blush

3. Small Eye Shadow Brush

Eye Shadow Brush

          Eye Shadow Brush

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Tip of the Week – Dedicated to the sign of the Scorpion

The Scorpion has certain traits that I would like to describe and then create a makeup look that suits this personality! How much fun is that?

Sign of the Scorpion

Sign of the Scorpion                                    

The Scorpion is known to be dead serious in their mission to learn about others. They travel in a world that is Black and White with a keen sense of intuition, they have tremendous regenerative powers, they are stubborn and determined to succeed. Scorpions work as hard as they do so they can someday sit back and feel satisfied with themselves they are passionate and filled with desire. They’re also complex and secretive, so don’t expect to get much out of them, lest they become suspicious and head for the exit.
They are intuitive, probing and very focused on knowing who’s who and what’s what. Scorpio’s colours? Powerful Red and serious Black. When it comes to love, Scorpions soften up a bit and are caring and devoted with their lovers, even if they do hold on a bit tight. The great strength of the Scorpio-born is in their determination, passion and motivation. They do not know the word quit, a powerhouse like no other!

Here are a few Famous Female Scorpions

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ANNE HATHAWAY

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KATY PERRY

DEMI MOORE

DEMI MOORE

What do they all have in Common? Red and Black makeup look, it is fabulously sexy!

Here are a few items from PANDORA’S Makeup Box that fit with this look, Red Lipstick to go with the determined personality, the Smokey Brown eye shadow for their view of everything in black and white, the Berry Shadow that can be used to Flush the cheek or contour the eye for their sense of adventure and travel and passion!

Smokey Brown

Smokey Brown

Flushed Lipstick

      Flushed Lipstick

Berry Blush or Eye Shadow

      Berry Blush or Eye Shadow

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Tip of the Week! Great Skin = Perfect Foundation Coverage

Great Skin

Great Skin

We all want that perfect glowing skin with all imperfections ‘perfected’ … but without a little help there are very few of us that can claim this naturally.

Here are a few tips to follow to help you achieve the look and feel of softness and clarity that your skin can gain from a little tender loving care.

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Step 1:

Try not to use products that are highly fragranced but rather designed for more sensitive skin. This will include a lightweight daytime moisturizer or serum, evening nurturing cream and most importantly a gentle exfoliator. Rinse all surface makeup and environmental dirt from the skin with a cream or lotion cleanser and baby washcloth and warm water.

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Step 2:

Exfoliate with a product that includes a bead like consistency, not too grainy, no salt based formulas and easily massaged without irritating the skin. Massage your product of choice with your fingertips on clean dry skin, circular motion on your forehead, chin, nose and more carefully on your cheeks so as not to break any capillaries. Take a baby washcloth and rinse remaining grains on your skin with warm water soaked in your cloth.

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Step 3:

Using a gentle moisturizer for sensitive skin and press onto the centre of your face blending outwards towards your hairline till your skin is completely covered.

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Wednesday: Tip of the Week ‘Falling for You’

It is still Fall or transitioning to winter or end of summer depending on where you live but what it all comes down to it is time for change. A new sweater, a warmer jacket, a lightweight scarf, short boots all contribute to the cooling weather!

PANDORA'S Lips in Spicy

PANDORA’S Lips in Spicy

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Khaki Gel EyelinerI would love for you to warm up your look by mixing a hint of ‘gold, honey, bronze, green’ it could be in your eye shadow, lips or eye liner.

I would love for you to warm up your look by mixing a hint of ‘gold, honey, bronze, green’ it could be in your eye shadow, lips or eye liner.

The Perfect Dark Green to line or shade eyes!

The Perfect Dark Green to line or shade eyes!

Amaretto Eye Shadow is the perfect colour to add to your crease, corner or liner for warmth and richness!

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Wednesday Tip of the Week : Another use for Concealer

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PRODUCTS REQUIRED two Concealers two Brushes – Highlighting and Contouring

Using the small concealer brush and the lighter camouflage, apply at outside corner of your eye and around your nose and upper lip area. Then use a small amount of the darker concealer down the side top of the nose.

Now the nose looks more defined but shaded narrower, the upper lip is brighter and adds more contrast to lip colour. Your concealer of choice should be more liquid to give a dewy area for the lighter colours. The darker concealer should be one tone darker than your skin and used very subtly. Concealer is especially great to use when you have dry skin to highlight and contour with.

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Scary Makeup for Halloween!

Sugar skullHalloween is almost here and you are probably thinking about what scary makeup you’re going to create! But who says that zombies can’t be gorgeous and terrifying at the same time?

Here’s two fabulous looks created and modeled by one of our in house Makeup Artists Samantha. A light blue sugar skull and a dark purple gothic look, both perfect for the most terrifying night of the year!

For more Scary Halloween Makeup you can also skim over our Pinterest Tab ! You will find a lot of other ideas.

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Family Dinner Makeup Look

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Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and Sam, Makeup Artist for the Kirsch Cosmetics Studio in Toronto is giving you some tips for a family dinner makeup look.


1. Apply your foundation and cover your small imperfection with a concealer.

2. Brush and fill in your eye brows

3. Take a soft brown and apply it all over your lid and into your crease. Use a darker brown on the outside corner of your eye.

4. Highlight your brow bones and the inside corner of your eyes with a light beige shimmer.

5. Use a dark and neutral eyeliner to line your top lash line. For cat eyes, you can extend the line and flick it up a tiny bit.

6. Use a brown pencil in your waterline and just below the lashes.

7. Apply Mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

8. Use Bronzer and Blush for a peachy complexion

9. Apply a nude lipstick and gloss.

This is a great and easy look for family events. You’re definitely prepared for group selfies!

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What does each makeup brush do?

Makeup Brushes

- Small Camouflage / Large Camouflage: Designed to be used for covering small or bigger imperfections.

- Eye Shader Brush: Used for packing the eye shadow on the lid.

- Small Detail Brush: Use this tiny detail brush for the outer corner, or below the lashes to apply shadow in a targeted area. Can also be used to highlight over the tear duct with no mess.

- Medium Contour Brush: Use this brush for applying shadow into your crease if you want more precision, or have a smaller crease area. Large Contour Brush: A brush for blending colour into the crease of the eye or across the brow bone.

- Eye Liner Brush: Use this brush with gel or liquid liner to get a very thin, fine line.

- Angular Brush: It can be use for brows or eye lining with a wet eye shadow.

- Angled Blush Brush / Round Blush Brush: Use to blend in colour or apply face powder.

- Bronzer brush: Perfect for your bronzer application.

- Kabuki Brush: In order to apply your bronzer and your blush at the same time. Apply bronzer on the white face and blush on the black.

- Spool Brush: Blend out brows for a natural look or comb through lashes after mascara.

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