Welcome to Our Cosmetic Kitchen

September 28th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Our Esthetics students were whipping up a bunch of deliciously invigorating head-to-toe body masks in the other room and invited me to hang out with them… and the next thing I knew, I was right in there, smelling all of their concoctions and watching them slather their creations on each other!  One side of the room literally looked like I’d dumped all the contents of my refrigerator and pantry out onto a giant metal table alongside a couple of blenders and mini whisks…
Oats, honey, yogurt, sugar, cocoa powder, coconut milk, extra virgin olive oil, ginseng, and tons of fruits and vegetables were spread out at their disposal… which pretty much explains why I was hit with that fresh waft of air when I walked into the room!
Mmmm a zingy lemon mask…I learnt that sugar and oatmeal are great for exfoliation and that cocoa powder is packed with antioxidants.  How’s this for hands-on?! 

Here is a simple and effective all-natural recipe Mama Simona shared with me.  It’s probably one of the most popular homemade facemasks out there. You’ll never have to leave your kitchen to make it and it’s especially great for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons, keeping your skin moisturized and free from dead skin. Oatmeal comforts and nourishes the skin – it’s rich in protein, potassium, iron, phosphates, magnesium, and silicon.  And it’s perfect for sensitive skin because it is naturally gentle and mild.

Oily Skin:
½ cup cooked oatmeal, cooled
1 egg white
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ cup mashed apple

Dry Skin:
½ cup cooked oatmeal, cooled
1 egg yolk
½ mashed banana
1 Tbsp honey

Normal Skin:
½ cup cooked oatmeal, cooled
1 whole egg
1 Tbsp almond oil

Step one: Mix all of the ingredients into a smooth paste
Step two: Apply and leave on for 15 minutes (avoid eye area)
Step three: Rinse with tepid water, pat dry with towel

Thank you to Mama Simona for the recipe!

Don’t Look Back

September 24th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future.  I live now.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Styled by: Alexia Anastasiou
(Tyler’s styling class)

Plenty of Fish

September 23rd, 2010 / Posted by natasha

It’s a cute story how Markus met Anne eight years ago.

Just recently, the local millionaire, Markus Frind, founder and CEO of the globally successful personal dating site, Plenty of Fish, exchanged vows with Anne (his front desk girl) in the beautiful stretch of beach of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico!!  To compliment the scenery, the couple flew in our Makeup grad, Jayna Bussiere, to do all the hair and makeup for the entire wedding party at the wedding destination!
This was definitely one of those moments where Jayna had to pinch herself, “Is this for real? Can I seriously call this work?”

Unfortunately, the rain would not stop pouring on the day of the wedding so the pictures in front of the endless blue backdrop had to be postponed until the following day. In other words, Jayna had to stay an extra day.  But of course, who wouldn’t mind that? Especially when it’s in the company of such a close-knit group and on a resort! Everyone was so much fun, too! After the shoot, since the gowns had served their purpose, the whole wedding party jumped into the sea behind them (yes, gowns on and all), splashing and laughing!

The couple loved working with Jayna so much, she was booked to do the bridal makeup for their Vancouver reception. Take a look at the pictures of Jayna’s makeup from their masked ball soirée on WedLuxe!

Vote for Alissa!

September 21st, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Last week, we profiled our Pro Hair grad, Alissa Shalagan, one of the best young hairstylists in Canada! She already placed first for the BC 2010 Redken Cover Competition and now she has a chance to be the session stylist of the year if she wins this national 2010 Redken Cover Competition. The more votes she gets, the more chances she has to win!

Click here to vote!

Her model is the 3rd one in the gray blazer (as shown below).


September 17th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Styled by: Jessica Garcia
(Tyler’s Styling Class)

Win an Alexander McQueen Scarf!

September 16th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Oooh I love giveaways! The winner of the Apple 32GB iPad will be announced on our Facebook page soon.  So excited to share this next one!!

The Blanche Macdonald Centre wants you to perfect your accessories collection this season with the iconic Alexander McQueen silk chiffon skull-print scarf! Featuring fabulous ghostly skulls, this stand out scarf is one of the designer’s most memorable and sought-after pieces. Drape it over your neck or bag to refine your downtown, off-duty look. Pair it with a simple tee or blazer to add that hint of a tough-chic attitude.Made in Italy. Retail value approximately $350 Canadian.

One lucky Blanche Macdonald fan will be randomly selected so click here for details on how to enter. Contest ends October 15th, 2010 at 6:00pm.

Good Luck!

We Have A Winner!

September 14th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Three styling teams with three distinctive concepts styled the five makeover-ready members of the pop-rock band, Joyride, at Tom Lee on Granville for the final round of our style-a-band competition!  Take a look at some final shots taken by photog Adrian O’Brien!

First up… Team JAC!
Coreen Miller, Jasmine Merinsky, Ana Luisa

Team Stilettos, Mascara and Pin Curls!
Sarah Danniels, Jessica Spoor, and Fiona Kennedy
(Assistant Stylist: Jessica Heath-Murphy)

Lastly… The EH Team!
Click to see full story »

Be The Flower

September 9th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Styled by: Kristi Ambrason
(Tyler’s styling class)

Make Up For Ever: Aqua Cream Review

September 7th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

We adore our makeup grad and little superstar, Timothy Hung.

We call him a quadruple threat. Not only is he extremely hard working, humble, and lovable, he’s also phenomenal at makeup, hair, styling, and photography.  He has such a fun resume, too. In Italy, he interned with Dsquared2 and worked backstage at Milan Fashion Week as a makeup artist for Roberto Cavalli and Pucci (to name a couple) season after season. Plus, he did photo shoots for magazines (Elle, Maxim, Moda), agencies, and photographers every week! And guess what – Tim recently introduced his own fashion and accessories line! We’re a fan and can’t wait to see what he will come out with next. (Check out his beautiful collection here!)

So, when he was personally invited by Make Up For Ever’s Heather Nightingale to participate in the launch of the 22 vibrant shades of the new and versatile Aqua Cream product at Sephora Pacific Center in Vancouver, we naturally had to get his opinion…


Tim: As a special guest artist, my role was to create a high fashion character with an aqua theme in the store front window. Given the 5 hours period, I have transformed the model (Grace @ Lizbell Agency) from girl next door to a high fashion editorial figure through makeup, hair, and wardrobe styling.  To complete the look and to add a twist on the aqua theme, I created a metallic sea shell head piece as a finishing touch.  It was a fantastic experience to demonstrate my artistic skills live and to experiment with the endless possibilities of the new Aqua Cream!

Tim’s Aqua Cream Review:

I applied the new Aqua Cream from Makeup Forever in many different ways on this makeup demonstration.  I’ve used them on their own and have also layered them with eyeshadows, powder, and lip gloss.  The new Aqua Cream have a beautiful soft and creamy texture that makes blending quick and effortless.  I was very impressed with how resistant the finishing texture is and how intense the pigments are.   I would definitely recommend this product for people looking for more artistic mediums or simply for those searching for impeccable hold.

How to create the look:

Here are the details of the products Tim used, listed in the order of application:

FACE: Paint Stick in White and Mat Velvet Foundation
Super Matte Loose Powder in Translucent Natural (#12)
New Aqua Cream in Gold (#11), Snow (#4), Turquoise (#21)
Matte Eyeshadows in Sunflower (#71), Irish Green (#93), White (#00)
Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow
Flash Colour Pots in White (#10), Black (#11)

EYES: New Aqua Cream in Gold (#11), Snow (#4), Antracite (#1)
Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow
Matte Eyeshadows in Antracita (#40), White (#00), and Black (#04), Sunflower (#71)
Fashion Eyelashes (#131, #134)
Aqua Smokey Lash Mascara

LIPS: Aqua Lip Liner Pencil in Fuchsia (#16C)
New Aqua Cream in Fuchsia (#7)
Glossy Full Lip Gloss in Vibrant Purple (#5)


we’re almost there!

September 3rd, 2010 / Posted by natasha

What a great voter turnout for our Colin Grieve (AKA Joyride) style-a-band competition! We are in the final steps to giving this band the new style they terribly need.

Congratulations to the glamorous ladies of the team Stilettos, Mascara, and Pin Curls: Jessica Spoor, Sarah Danniels, and Fiona Kennedy!  Not only did they win the $500 Viewer’s Choice Award, our talented panel of judges have chosen them to compete against the EH team (Kristi Abramson, Karen Schmidt, and Nicole Croxton) and Team JAC (Jasmine Merinsky, Ana Luisa, and Coreen Miller) on September 8th. All three teams will put their ideas into action to personally dress and style the band in a professional photo shoot. The winning team will receive $1500 and will have the opportunity to have their style used for all promotional and press material (maybe even the album cover!) for the band on their rise to national and international glory!

I bet these five guys are looking forward to this just as much as we are..

Yep. They’re seriously waiting for their makeover… can’t you tell?

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