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:

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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.


Sultry, great lips and eyes

72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

Love the red dress!


Lips set off the great eyes and hair colour!


Sexy as always with Diva styling!


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


Overall beautiful and pretty!

Just so adorable and fresh!

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Christmas Market in the Distillery Toronto influences my Holiday Makeup!


Christmas Tree Miniature Skate Ornaments


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.


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


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


It is all about the light!


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

Think Pink

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







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.


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.


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.


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


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!

IMG_2225-2.JPG*Photo courtesy of my sister Charlene’s Fall walk in London Ontario

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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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