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Pink Tartan is easily one of my favourite shows every time WMCFW rolls around.  I love Kim Newport-Mimran’s collections – between the colour palettes she leans towards, the luxurious & wearable styles and her use of different textures, I’m obsessed.

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Rita Remark, Essie’s lead nail artist says, “The nail look is an androgynous matte nude, but each pinky carries a small ‘nail tattoo’.  One symbolizes ‘God’ and the other ‘Goddess’ to honour the monastic theme of the collection.”

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Remark played on the collection’s Japanese & Tibetan inspiration to design this unique nail look, using Essie Allure as the base shade before painting the nail tattoos on with Essie Licorice.  The look was then completed with the Essie Matte About You top coat for a smooth finish.

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I really love the idea of playing around with “nail tattoos” and am already thinking of fun ways to incorporate this into my look.  What do you think?

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Last night I got to check out my first show of WMCFW SS 15, Pink Tartan.  The show was fantastic, with a full 70s vibe (a little Led Zeppelin was even thrown in for good measure, which I can get behind).  Rita Remark, Essie’s lead nail artist, decided to use this theme to create a simple and sexy yet glamorous look for the models walking the runway.

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Rita prepped fingers and toes with essie’s nourishing and revitalizing Apricot Cuticle Oil and one coat of essie’s Ridge Filling Base Coat. She then applied one coat of essie’s Good As Gold, topped with ultra-shiny Good to Go Top Coat.  She finished off the look by applying essie’s Quick-e Drops to speed up the polish’s drying time.

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Simple but chic, this mani fit perfectly in with the collection’s 70s theme, and as Rita noted, brought a bit of a sexier spin to the look than we’re used to seeing from Pink Tartan.  What do you think of this look?

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Happy Monday gorgeous!   It’s going to be an exciting week here in Toronto as World Mastercard Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2015 gets under way downtown.  I’m a big fan of WMCFW and seeing all of the beauty and fashion trends that come along with it.  This week, I’m not going to be spending as much time as usual at the tents because of work, but I’ll still be there for a couple of days and will keep you updated with all of the news and upcoming trends!

I’m going to be backstage today and tomorrow to hang out with Essie, Redken and Maybelline backstage so I can get a firsthand glimpse of the upcoming hair, makeup and nail trends for SS ’15.  I’ve also got something fun going on with Redken – I’ll be checking out the looks for a few different shows and will even have a chance to have one of the looks recreated on myself – be sure to let me know which one is your favourite so I can try it out!  I’ll also be checking out the Pink Tartan, Melissa Nepton and Target shows, three of the shows I can’t wait to see!  I adore Pink Tartan, Melissa Nepton is one of my favourite Canadian designers, and do I really even have to say anything about Target??  If you were following along last year you would know exactly why I’m so excited for this show.

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so you can see all of my WMCFW SS 15 coverage as the action happens on the runways and backstage.  I can’t wait to see what we have to look forward to for the Spring/Summer 2015 season and am so excited to be able to share it all with you!

Will you be checking out WMCFW at all?  Which collections are you excited for?  What do you hope to see on the runways for this season (fashion and beauty)?

 

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Photo Credit: Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur via Maybelline Canada

If you follow myself or any other Canadian style/fashion bloggers I’m sure you noticed that style took over Toronto last week as World Mastercard Fashion Week for FW ’14 took place.  The tents went up in David Pecaut Square as some amazing Canadian designers showcased their upcoming collections on the runway.   I had a chance to take in some of the shows, including Joe Fresh, Pink Tartan & Mackage, and even though winter is finally coming to an end I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to next Fall/Winter’s trends already.  I’ll be sharing more of the big trends and looks that took that stage this past week, but first I wanted to focus on an area that has a big impact for me every time WMCFW rolls around – backstage beauty.  This year, Maybelline (with lead artist Grace Lee), Redken (with lead artist Jorge Joao) and Essie (with lead nail artist Rita Remark) were all on hand to help the designers’ visions come to life.  Today I wanted to focus on my favourite beauty trends as created by Maybelline and Grace Lee for FW ’14.  Take a look at my favourite looks below and find out the steps and products used to get them.

Line Knitwear

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Line Knitwear at WMCFW FW ’14
Photo Credit: Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur via Maybelline Canada

“The designers describe the inspiration for this line as “A mythical forest.” This collection is soft and very feminine, with an added emphasis on bright colours rather than the neutral shades that they tend to favour. Taking a cue from the inspiration, Grace created an otherworldly graphic silver eye, accented with a matte, bright pink lip courtesy of Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids LipColor in Vivid Rose.  Color Whisper by Color Sensational LipColor in Faint for Fuschia was brushed onto the entire lip, and Vivid Rose was layered on top and concentrated in the centre for a three dimensional effect.”

Pink Tartan

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Pink Tartan at WMCFW FW ’14
Photo Credit: Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur via Maybelline Canada

“The beauty for this ultra-luxe collection was inspired by a modern-day Verushka braving the Polar Vortex for a glamorous night out. With elements from iconic 60’s beauty looks, Grace worked brown Lasting Drama Gel Liner into the crease, and blended it out for a softer take on the classic “banana boat” liner. She blended Crayon Kohl Liner by Color Show in Chocolate Chip into the top and bottom lash lines and added the same pencil in Barely Beige to the waterline. Grace encouraged her team to be “very generous” when applying multiple layers of Pumped Up! Colossal mascara. To create a wintery sun-kissed look, Grace worked FitMe Bronzer into the skin and blended Master Glaze in Pink Fever into the cheeks to give the effect of wind burn. For the final touch, Grace used Color Tattoo Cream Gel Shadow in Too Cool to add a frosty highlight to the skin. And that perfect nude lip? It’s all about The Buffs by Color Sensational in Nude Lust.

Joe Fresh

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Joe Fresh at WMCFW FW ’14
Photo Credit: Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur via Maybelline Canada

“It seems that the polar vortex has influenced more than just our outerwear; like Pink Tartan, Grace wanted the girls to look as if they’d just come in from the cold. After being prepped with Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, Grace perfected the skin using Dream Fresh BB Cream and added Bouncy Blush in Pink Plum to the lower cheeks to mimic flushed, cold skin. For the eyes, Grace mixed Baby Lips and Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Too Cool for an icy veil of shimmer. When it came to the lashes, one mascara simply wasn’t enough so Grace layered Volum’ Express The Rocket and Pumped Up! Colossal – her two favourites – for some serious volume. She finished the look with one of The Buffs nude lipsticks – each model’s shade was chosen to match her natural lip colour.”

Rudsak

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Rudsak at WMCFW FW ’14
Photo Credit: Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur via Maybelline Canada

“When creating this look, Grace envisioned “the kind of girl who would hang out with the Rolling Stones.” She created a rocker chic smokey eye by lining the inner rims with Crayon Kohl Liner by Color Show in Ultra Black before blending it across the lids. She topped the lids with ExpertWear Eyeshadows in Made for Mocha and Tastefully Taupe along with a layer of Baby Lips in Quenched to create a sheer wash of colour. Lashes were coated with Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara while brows got the Cara Delevigne treatment with Define-a-Brow eyebrow pencil and clear Great Lash mascara. For the final touch, Grace painted The Buffs by ColorSensational lipstick in Nude Lust onto lips.”

Narces

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Narces at WMCFW FW ’14
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“To match the flirty femininity of the collection’s glamorous dresses, Grace chose a classic red lip to take centre stage. She stuck to subtle shading for the eyes with Expertwear Eyeshadow in Earthly Taupe applied into the crease. She brushed brows up with clear Great Lash Mascara and coated top and bottom lashes with Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara. She mixed three products to give skin a luminous glow: Baby Lips in QuenchedExpertwear Eyeshadow in Vanilla and Color Tattoo in Barely Branded. The crowning glory of the look – the lips – was created with Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in On Fire Red.”

Matthew Gallagher

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Matthew Gallagher at WMCFW FW ’14
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“Taking cues from the antique family photos that inspired the collection, Grace wanted the makeup to recall the sepia and vanilla tones of those portraits. She started with a light shade of Dream Fresh BB Cream to make the skin pale and creamy. Grace kept the eyes soft, lightening dark brows with concealer and highlighting the lids with Expertwear Eyeshadow in Vanilla and Baby Lips in Quenched. For the lips, Grace combined SuperStay 14HR lipstick in Wine and Forever with Crayon Kohl Liner by Color Show in Ultra Black. Set against a milky complexion, this dark lip made a dramatic statement— the perfect fashion week finale.”

What do you think of these looks and trends for FW 14?  Which of these is your favourite?

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As I’m sure many of you know, we’re currently in the middle of World Mastercard Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2014 up here in Toronto.  I’m going to be heading backstage tomorrow and Friday to give you a first hand look at what’s going on, so make sure you follow me on Instagram and Twitter to get updates as they happen!  I’m also going to be bringing you daily recaps (along with products used and instructions) of the hair (by Redken), makeup (by Maybelline) and nail (by Essie) looks from the shows so you can get a first hand look at the upcoming beauty trends – make sure you let me know which you do and don’t like in the comments below!

Beaufille

Day 1

Beaufille at WMCFW (Photo credit: Redken, Jake Rosenberg via Maybelline, Essie Canada)

Hair:  To achieve this look start by spraying a little mist of water through the hair. Add a quarter size amount of Loose Endings 09 into your hands and rub through the hair, running it through from roots to ends pushing back away from the face. Finish this look off by spraying Control Addict 28 to give more hold, and Shine Flash 02 to give a shinier wet look.

Makeup: A soft brown smoky eye gives this makeup some attitude. Grace created this look by blending the Maybelline New York EyeStudio Master Smoky LongWearing Shadow Pencil in Scorching Brown along the lash line and up into the crease.

Nails: How cool are these?  Essie’s Lead Artist Rita Remark gave models a pale pink nail with a clear tip for a look that is totally modern.

Pink Tartan

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Pink Tartan at WMCFW (Photo Credit: Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur via Maybelline)

Makeup: Grace opened up the eyes with layer upon layer of the new Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara. 

David Dixon

Day 11

David Dixon at WMCFW (Photo Credit: Redken, Jake Rosenberg via Maybelline, Essie Canada)

Hair: Start by applying Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine (LOVE this stuff!) through out the hair.  Blow dry hair into the direction of the back of the head where you will be placing your pony tail.  Create a centre part then gather hair loosely into a low ponytail, make sure you allow the sides to drape over the ear and rest at the jaw line. Tie off your ponytail and use Fashion Work 12 to finish and polish the look. Finish with Shine Flash 02 for beautiful shine.

Makeup: Grace Lee kept things fresh with this look, adding Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Breaking Bronze to the lid and a light swipe of the new Color Elixirs to the lips and cheeks for a little colour.

Nails: Start with 2 coats of Topless & Barefoot, followed by one coat of Matte About You to soften the colour.  Polish half of the nail to the tip with Hors D’Oeuvres.

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