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 This week’s Pinterest-pic-of-the-week from Southern Charm, enjoy! xo

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This week’s Pinterest-pic-of-the-week is Christian Dior, 1950. Photo by Phillippe Pottier. Divine!

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We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Jayna Marie to our blog this Monday morning to share her advice on keeping skin healthy and happy, who doesn’t want that?! Jayna Marie is a Vancouver based hair and make-up artist, who has been beautifying brides for years! Thank you for these great tips Jayna!


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When I work with a client, I am always focused on her desire to stand out on her wedding day. My ultimate goal is that instead of the guests saying “What beautiful makeup!” , they say “Wow…what a beautiful bride!”. In my opinion, there is a big difference between the two. One of the ways a bride can make sure she’s looking her absolute best is to focus on some of the following tips. Personally, I believe there are many amazing products out there to choose from and a beautiful makeup depends more on how you use those products rather than which ones you purchase. Good skin, in my opinion, is the very most important part of a beautiful face. It makes the perfect canvas for a wedding day makeup- no matter how natural or dramatic the bride wants to be. Here are some tips for the best skin possible!

1. WATER, PLEASE!! I can tell right away if my client isn’t getting enough H20. Stay hydrated! When you have enough water in your body, your skin actually looks more plump – even fine lines are less noticeable! On top of all that, drinking enough helps with digestion, it prevents headaches, makes sure toxins are flushed from your body AND helps stop bloating….so you to look more slim! To make sure you’re getting enough, try drinking 1litre per day for every 50 lbs. that you weigh. (ie: a 150lb. woman should drink 3 litres!)

2. UDO’S OIL- If you’re getting enough water and your skin still looks dry, you may not be getting enough Essential Fatty Acids. Udo’s oil is the perfect blend and is also vegetarian. (I like to drizzle a tablespoon over my salad with some balsamic vinegar). If oil isn’t something you can stomach, try adding some salmon or avocado to your diet! A good way to tell if you’re missing out on EFA’s is if your skin always looks matte- without a natural glow. You’ll notice that by increasing the amounts of healthy fats, your hair will look more shiny too!

3. EXFOLIATION – It’s really hard to create a beautiful makeup when a client has dry, flaky skin. Most of the time, the solution is simple- just exfoliate! There’s no need to purchase an expensive product. You can make your own at home with sugar or even just by gently massaging your skin with a cloth. Getting rid of dead skin regularly also helps to prevent breakouts.


4. PEROXIDE- If you have issues with blemishes and breakouts, look for a product that has a good amount of peroxide as it’s active ingredient. My favorites are the “Clarifying Night Cream” by ProActiv Solution and “Acne Solutions Emergency Gel Lotion” by Clinique which has 5% benzoyl peroxide and anti-inflammatory ingredients as well.

BONUS TIP FROM JAYNA MARIE: INDIVIDUAL LASHES- I realize these don’t have to do with skin care but I had to mention them! I love how natural and flawless they look- plus they’re so comfortable to wear and long lasting too!

Images are all courtesy of Jayna Marie.

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This week’s Pintrest Pic-of-the-Week is courtesy of Oscar PR Girl.

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A few weeks ago Aurora shared some suggestions for Wedding Worthy Ballet Flats that brides could change into when they are ready for the dance floor and wanted to dance the night away.

We had a visit to Holt Renfrew last week after they had just got a ton of new spring styles in (perfect for weddings for those brides still looking!) and we decided that we had to do a post on our favorite (less dance practical) wedding shoes.

Our Pintrest followers might recognize some of these images from our ‘Shoe‘ board.

Have a great Monday everyone!






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In her career that spans nearly two decades, Leo award winning makeup artist Hayley Miller has become a very well known face behind the scenes in the Vancouver film industry. Hayley has added her talent to magazines editorials, television shows, movies, runways in addition to her work as a bridal makeup specialist.

Hayley is particularly passionate about working with eco-friendly cosmetic products including organic cotton pads, bamboo make-up brushes, organic skincare and organic make-up.

Because Hayley is passionate about eco-friendly products, she loves to support Sappho Cosmetics because they are local and natural.

You  might recognize ‘Blueray‘ eye shadow on our bride Stephanie:

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Hayley also recommends Amazonian clay 12-hour shimmering blush:

Visit her website for a complete list of her favorite products: Hayley Miller. Thank you for the recommendations Hayley!

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We wanted to end this week with Ai Nagasawa of Makeup by Ai‘s top three beauty picks. Ai is a freelance make up and hair artist based in Vancouver. She has been in the industry for over 12 years including nine years with MAC as a makeup pro. Thank you for being a part of our beauty column Ai!

Here are Ai’s fave things!

MAC Paint in the color “untitled”: One of my must have item in my kit is MAC paint in “untitled”. It is a silicone based creamy eye shadow that has a powder finish. It is completely waterproof and prevents creasing of the eye shadow. I love to use this product as a primer on the lids before I do any sort of make up application on the eyes. It comes in a variety of colors so you can wear it alone or use it as a base for your powder shadows. This product truly allows for long all day wear for your shadows!! Perfect for brides.

Color Science Pro Pressed Mineral Foundation compact: This foundation is absolutely amazing!! It offers light to full coverage (depending on how you apply it) to the skin and feels weightless and non drying. It gives the skin a flawless finish without the look of wearing any powder on the skin. Truly magical! There are many mineral products out there but this one is by far the best I have ever used.

Beauty Blender egg shaped sponge: This sponge is an absolute must have if you are a make up artist. It is such a great tool to use when applying foundation and concealer. The tip is great for the hard to reach corners and the curved base is excellent for larger areas of the face. The suede texture is very soft and comfortable when applying make up. It is also latex free and odor free.

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Happy Monday everyone, we hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!

We are so happy to welcome Margaret Lai as our beauty expert this week. Margaret is a Vancouver based makeup artist and hair stylist. She was trained at Blanche Macdonald School of Design and has years of experience in film, TV, fashion and of course bridal hair and makeup.


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My pick is Atomy BB Cream. Some people say its like a tinted moisturizer, or primer. Others have called it a “beauty balm”. BB cream is a new craze in most Asian cosmetic and skin care lines that gives the “flawless” complexion look. Applied over moisturizer it is undetected (unlike most foundations), and covers up age spots and acne scars. The finish is natural and satin. The one shade oxidizes to match most fair skin tones (however, I do wish they would produce more shades). When worn on the skin, it works to improve skin tone, provides SPF 30 and can replace foundation! I love that one product can have so many functions. Atomy is a natural skin care line from Korea. The BB cream is like silk in a tube, and without fragrance- great for sensitive skin. This is a product I personally use on a daily basis to protect my skin and give me a clean complexion. I just love it!!

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Happy Thursday everyone, we hope your week has been going well so far. As we continue our feature on Vancouver’s make-up artists and their beauty picks, we wanted to share with you Melanie Tremblay’s Must Have Product. Melanie is the owner and principle stylist at Mink Make-up and Hair. Mink’s studio is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver but Melanie and her team of stylists are able to do both mobile make-up and hair  services. It always makes for a stress free morning to have your artist come to you. Be sure to visit her website when you have a chance.

Image is courtesy of Mink Make-up and Hair.

I love Make Up For Ever and MAC’s Face and Body Foundation. The brands have very similar formulas of this glowing, natural-looking foundation but have shade variations so it’s easy to find at match to any skin tone. This is my go-to foundation for anyone who wants a light to medium finish that lets the beautiful texture of skin shine through. Its gentle water base makes it ideal for anyone who struggles with breakouts (it won’t cause more!) and it’s not drying at all so great for someone with flaky or aging skin. It doesn’t sink into pores, accentuate lines, or become cakey in any way. I have yet to find a coverage product I love as much…okay, well maybe Make Up For Ever’s Full Cover Concealer comes close.

It looks like Make Up Forever is a top pick among our experts!

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