Category Archives: Beauty

New spring beauty editorial for Ellements Magazine

Photography by Allana Wesley White

Hair and makeup by Marjo-riitta

Ellements Magazine

Summer’s most coveted makeup collection by Charlotte Tilbury with Norman Parkinson


Makeup artist to the stars, and a star herself, Charlotte Tilbury has collaborated with legendary photographer Norman Parkinson in creating this summer’s most coveted collection of makeup. I have a collection of vintage fashion magazines from the 50’s and 60’s filled with iconic images from Norman Parkinson and the compacts and cosmetic pouches with his images are treasures in themselves.  There are two gorgeous collections, “Miss 1975” and “Miss Kensington”,   my personal favorite, which is described as “haughty but naughty girls of the swinging sixties”.  Well, really, who doesn’t want to look like a youthful, fresh, sensual beauty from the era made famous by the likes of Audrey Hepburn?  These particular colors can go from glowing to glamorous by adding more product, depending on the occasion.  I know I will not be able to resist these pretty compacts and long after they are used up, they will have a treasured spot on my vanity.

Model Photography by Allana Wesley White

Summer’s prettiest hair


Soft, feminine hair is perfect for summer, showing off shoulders and neck, and keeping you cool at the same time.  Colleen Stone, hair and makeup artist for Blush and Beyond created these styles in our recent beauty editorial.  We began with a neat french braid that left our model’s hair with waves when we took it down.  After removing the french braid, she held the waves with just a bit of hair spray to help maintain their shape.  Next she gave our model a faux bob by pinning the hair up and underneath to create the illusion of shorter hair, showing off the model’s heart-shaped face.  Finally, she put the hair in a loose bun, pulling little pieces out to give it a soft, unfussy romantic look.  These looks go from office, to brunch, to evenings out.  Let your girly side free and try some of these looks for yourself.   The best part is, these looks are not meant to be perfect, only perfectly undone.

Photography by Allana Wesley White

Hair and makeup by Colleen Stone

Styling by Pamela Sarmiento

The top two makeup trends for summer:


This summer’s two best makeup looks are both classics with an updated twist.  Makeup artist Colleen Stone of Blush and Beyond created these two looks on our recent editorial beauty shoot with Elite model MacKenzie.

Colleen let MacKenzie’s freckles shine through and simply evened out her skin tone with a light BB cream, followed by a bright matte fuchsia lip using Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never and black mascara for a look that really plays up her light eyes.

For the smokey-eye, Colleen used Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock’n’Kohl Eye Liner Pencil in Barbarella Brown that she blended and softened with a brush, and for the perfect nude lip, she used Bite Beauty’s Lip Pencil in Madeira.

Both looks are super easy and quick, and quite perfect for all your summer activities, whether you need to look polished and professional, fashionable and fresh, or sultry, so give yourself three makeup minutes and put your best face forward.

Photography by Allana Wesley White Photography

Makeup and hair by Colleen Stone of Blush and Beyond


Body buffed and pedi-ready with Spongellé

Skin that glows is essential for summer, and getting that glow can actually be a treat.  I will be  pampering myself with the new and innovative Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffers for both the body and feet, which are infused with gentle cleansers and moisturizers to exfoliate and refresh your skin in the shower.  The luxurious, adorable body buffer is shaped like a daisy complete with ribbon on top to hang it in your shower.  I was offered one scented with exotic extracts of papaya and yuzu which is fresh, sweet and completely addicting, along with the beach grass-scented pedi-buffer that really gets the job done, leaving the feet pedi-ready.

I can’t wait to try the rest of the scents which include Ginger Bergamot, Bulgarian Rose, French Lavender and Coconut Verbena, and the Mandarin Mint pedi-buffer.  What a great treat for summer!

Shop for Spongellé here, and check out their lovely instagram feed at Beyond Cleansing

Photography by Allana Wesley White Photography

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Travel-sized beauty treats to go:

Going on a last minute short summer get-away?  No need to pack a heavy kit full of all your beauty products.  This is the perfect opportunity to take along the great little samples that you collect throughout the year.  I keep them in cute little pouches collected on other travels,  all ready for me to choose the appropriate ones for my next trip.

This weekend’s treats include sheet masks from Balea that I stock up on whenever I am home in Canada:  Reviving Face Mask with Red Wine Extract and Vitamin C, and Collagen Face Mask with Green Tea Extract.  Skincare samples include Murad Renewing Eye Cream, and La Roche-Posay Mela D Pigment Control Serum.  Don’t forget sunscreen: Tarteguard SPF 30 by Tarte Cosmetics, and Benefit Big Easy Liquid to Powder Foundation with SPF 35.   Small fragrance samples like this delicious Coach Poppy Flower is light and fresh, and perfect for summer.

Bon voyage!

Pretty Pout: Plum-perfect for summer


Summer should be laid-back and easy, right?  That should include makeup and hair styling short-cuts, which means more time to relax and enjoy life and less time fussing in front of the mirror.  I actually like my own lip color and have never been one of those women who will not let anyone ever see them without a full-on lipstick, perfectly placed even without a mirror, the result of many years of applying it on the fly.  I also don’t like glosses that won’t stay in place and end up on my face in areas other than right on my lips, or catch my hair and leaving a shiny streak on my cheek.

No one should look like they are trying too hard in summer, so I am using thick, sheer lip pencil sticks that are neither sticky, overly pigmented, or colorful.  These two shades are both quite close to my own lip color and go on easily and without the need of a lip liner.  They are one step up from a lip balm but with slightly more color which fits perfectly with just about anything you want to wear all summer long, either to work or play, and adds just enough polish.

Bonus: natural plum shades show off a complexion that needs only a BB or CC cream and a swipe of mascara to finish off a perfectly fresh summer look.

My choices:

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien at Sephora

Clinique Chubby Stick in 14 Curvy Candy at Sephora