Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Beauty at the 2010 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards

The 2010 Fall Beauty trends were in full swing at the 2010 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards this past Sunday at the Nokia theater in LA.

The smokey eye, with emphasis on lashes of course was seen on almost every diva, starlet & newbie on the red carpet, from birthday girl Lea Michele to Claire Danes to newlywed Anna Paquin. Paired with a neutral sexy lip this look was a big hit.

(Image courtesy of Temptalia.com)

(Image Courtesy of socialitelife.com)

(Image courtesy of InStyle.com)

Special mention goes out to one of my fav’s Kim Kardashian who wore an amazing white goddess Marchesa gown and had simply flawless hair & makeup as usual!

(Image courtesy of Temptalia.com)

When it came to misses at this years awards although not many there were a few. Keri Russel with her prom style hairpiece, lack of lip color and that awesome Pepto Bismol coloured dress that simply did not suit her skintone at all.

(Image courtesy of InStyle.com)

Another miss for me was Heidi Klum. I hate to say this since I simply adore HK but her lashes just looked like mascara gone clumpy. Top lashes would have been ok on their own but adding those bottom lashes and white liner just killed the look for me.


(Image courtesy of InStyle.com)

The night went on as Jimmy Fallon hosted and then performed his tribute to the shows we lost this year while impersonating Elton John, Boyz II Men & Green Day - hilarious!

Overall there were more hits than misses on that red carpet and although January Jones blue dress left me questioning how her makeup artist (who did a wonderful job) didn't say anything to her stylist, at least there weren't any dresses with images of the president on it a la Victoria Rowell's 2009 Emmy getup.


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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Feature: You Go Girl! Featuring Marketing Guru & Former MUA Megan Pais!

Every Sunday I feature a blogger, artist, photographer, makeup artist, actress, socialite or all around awesome person on my blog in a feature I like to call "You Go Girl!" or in some cases "You Go Boy!".

This week Ill be featuring marketing guru, former MUA, Cargo Cosmetic rep and bride to be Megan Pais!

After meeting Megan this past February we realized we meshed very well we kept in touch and become good friends. I will also have the honor of being her personal makeup artist in just a few weeks at her wedding and I couldn't be happier.

Read her thoughts on beauty, business & Cargo Cosmetics below :)
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Who is Megan Pais and why are you so fabulous?
Haha Fabulous? Me? I am a mid-20's beauty junkie who prides herself in being able to cut through the crap of marketing cosmetics. I see things for their true value. As a *retired* makeup artist, I have seen alot through the wedding and fashion industries and now try to make an impact with the current company that I work for - CARGO Cosmetics - through enhancing their online reach from zero to hero.
Also, when I was in retail I noticed a huge need for finding the perfect foundation/concealer and blush match. I then invented a technology that would mathematically match your skin to a foundation/concealer/blush within 30 seconds. I'm still trying to get the technology on its own two feet, but the point is there - Making makeup easier, better and smarter for the people. L'Oreal took a stab at using the system, anyway, and they did see an increase in sales.

Where can we find you on the world wide web?
Unfortunately, the places you can find me aren't scandalous. :) haha!
I am on youtube under "BeautyCrime" and I had a website up for when I was an artist full-time called http://make-upbymegan.blogspot.com/. Now, it's just an old blog. Although, I think I need to revive that part of my life. I do have the website up for the ColorMatch technology but there's not alot of meat on there.

How did you get your start with Cargo Cosmetics?
People really disregard getting relevant experience when they're young. They take jobs that are in a completely different path to where they want to be. I always knew makeup was fun but I also knew I wanted more than to be an artist. I built the software for the Color Matching Technology and threw myself into internships in marketing. Everything's starting to come full circle but I still feel like I'm still not where I want to be.


What is your favorite Cargo product and why?
That's a difficult question! I love the blu_ray Pressed Powder. For me, I don't like to look anything but natural. People always think I barely wear makeup, and even though I do, the blu_ray keeps me looking fresh and even without that powdery approach.

Youre in a huge rush, what one beauty product do you grab?
OneBase, hands down. It's a foundation and concealer in one. If I'm on the go, it's probably because I got up too late and didn't give myself enough time to do my essentials in daily pampering. OneBase is great to *dot dot dot* on the face, blend, and out I go!

Has working for a makeup company changed the way you think about beauty & makeup?
Absolutely. It's made me appreciate the hard work that goes into every season. I am able to see everything from the conceptual stage to the actual launch and then the consumer feedback. Every year you try to come up with something you hope everyone will adore. Sometimes you hit and sometimes you miss. As for the makeup itself and working in the marketing/customer service department, I get to see a lot of concerns people have about their makeup. Gluten-free, aluminum-free, animal testing etc., these things really affect the way people live their lives and you understand buying habits a lot more.

Are there any makeup or beauty faux pas you really cant stand?
Oh gosh, yes. What is up with the orange face/ white neck? I don't understand how in this day in age people can walk out the door looking so terrible. Also, less is more. If I can take a fingernail to your cheek and see makeup in my nail bed, put the bronzer down - You've gone too far.

You're about to walk down the aisle, what are your beauty must haves for your big day?
Yes, I am! For me, CARGO's Better-than Waterproof Mascara, CARGO's blu_ray pressed powder with the new Magic Brush which is AMAZING for brushing and buffing on the powder, a mattifier to keep me from looking like a pubescent boy and a lip stain because I have a terrible memory for re-applying lipstick. One last thing which has never really been big on the market, but I love, is the Kryolan Finishing Spray. This is my "Botox-in-a-Can" and I swear by it to set my makeup. I can't stand wet sprays and this is a nice dry aerosol.

Was there a product you bought due to word of mouth hype that you just weren't pleased with once you tried?
People are very informed consumers, which brings me to the point that word of mouth hype is usually correct when it comes to purchasing. Reviews and feedback are so big now because unless there's a mixed review, the general consumer knows the if claim is real or not. I personally have never bought anything anyone has told me about because even though I love makeup, I love to beat my own path on what I love or don't love.

What can people expect from Cargo Cosmetics in the future?
Definitely some great things. We have our new website to be launched this fall, and that will be full of pro-artist discounts, sales, specials, ability to Ask an Artist and best of all - shop us online! That is going to have a huge impact on our brand image and the way consumers connect with us. What we want more than anything is to be able to be contacted at any time should someone have a question or comment. Customer service is our number 1 priority and we feel that gets lost in many other companies. We want you to feel like you can be our best friend and we can help make you look and feel like the fox you are. I hope that people enjoy the site as much as I have working on it!
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Huge thanks goes out to Megan for taking the time to chat with me :)

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Victoria's Secret Arrives in Canada.... Finally!

For years one of the big reasons Canadians have put up with the long car rides and even longer border waits was Victoria’s Secret, a lingerie and women’s clothing store that lured us in with practical yet sexy under garments, deliciously scented beauty products and those famous ‘Angels’ pictured below with their “Victoria’s Secret Loves Canada” tees.

Well, Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and La Senza, has finally listened to the probably millions of requests for a VS store in Canada! This past Thursday the Angels landed in Toronto for the east coasts first flagship store. Although this is the second store in Canada (the first opened just 2 weeks ago at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta) its still managed to stir up quite the buzz here on the East coast.

Not only will this store carry all the lingerie items Victoria’s Secret is known for but it will also carry their beauty products which will include the popular Beauty Rush cosmetic line, those sweet scented fragrances and body products which as a beauty junkie makes me want to get down to the mall asap to stock up!


(Images Courtesy of fashionist.ca)

Head on over to Yorkdale Mall and check out the 13,549-square-foot store for yourself, the only lines you will be waiting in here is to cash out!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fall 2010 Beauty Trends a little something for everyone!

Walk by any news stand and you will see headlines about Fall trends. Beauty seems to often get a large dedicated section in these publications because well lets face it, whats fashion without beauty right?!

So what's hot for Fall?

Jewel tones on the lids were spotted at the latest award shows and were even taken to up a notch to be edgy when paired with a dark lined eye.
Don't be afraid of colour, play around to see which pop of color works best on you.
Try: L'oreal Hip Eyeshadow Duo's in Reckless or Showy & Annabelle's Smudgeliner in Oh My Goth!

(Pictures Courtesy of lorealparis.ca & smarter.com)

Red hot lips are another trend that showed up on the runways for the fall season. Not only do red lips help create that perfect pout but there are so many shades of red to play with from crimson to deep berry.
Try: Vasanti Comsetics USA Lipstick

(Picture Courtesy of Amazon.com & letsfaceitbeauty.com)

Natural Glow is the way to go! You've worked hard over the summer working on that tan and now as Fall hits its time to play up that glow with neutral shades on the lid and soft pink lips.
Try: Mac Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Wood Winked & Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lip Gloss in Whistler

(Picture Courtesy of dermstore.com & stealthisdress.com)

Smokey Eyes never go out of style! Form dark blacks to deep plums smokey eyes scream sexy and work for almost anyone. This season try using a metallic shadow deepened with a rich black liner on the top and bottom water line to really make any eye colour pop.
Try: Mac Cosmetics Shadow in Knight Davine & Stila Cosmetics kajal eye liner in Onyx

(Picture Courtesy of stilacosmetics.com & spoonfulofperfection.com)
The Fall season is all about versatility, a little something for everyone!



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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fabove and FacesByFarah Liquid Keratin Hair Treatment Kit GIVEAWAY!

Since I had such a good response to my last giveaway I wanted to keep the giveaways coming!

This time its all about HAIR!

FaceByFarah.com and Fabove.ca have come together to offer my blog readers an exclusive giveaway because we love our readers and fans!
What you can win:
  • One lucky winner will win a Liquid Keratin 30 Day Straight Smooth Strong and Long Treatment Starter Kit from Fabove.ca (Approx prize value. $75.00)

Starter set contains:

  • 30-day Straight, Smooth, Strong & Long Treatment (4.2 fl. oz / 120 ml)
  • Keratin Infusing Healthy Hair De-Frizz Shampoo (1.7 fl. oz / 50 ml)
  • Keratin Infusing Deep De-Frizz Conditioner (1.7 fl. oz / 50 ml)
  • Keratin Filling Leave-in Conditioner (1.7 fl. oz / 50 ml)
Features
  • First safe, at home alternative to expensive salon treatments
  • Does not contain formaldehyde or other harsh chemicals
  • Choice to wear hair curly or straight
  • Hair is faster and easier to style,
  • Wash an dear curly or wavy hair without frizz
  • Long lasting but not permanent
  • Safe, easy to apply formula with no gloves needed
  • Instant and cumulative benefits
  • Hair is healthier, shinier and softer
  • Thermal heat protection in the treatment to protect hair
How you can win (mandatory):
  • Visit the Fabove.ca site & comment below on which product you are most interested in trying.
  • Become a follower of the FacesByFarah blog (click the follow button at the top right)
  • Leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you are the winner
Bonus Entries:
  • Follow Fabove on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Follow Fabove on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Follow FacesByFarah on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Follow FacesByFarah on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Blog or Facebook about this giveaway and comment with the link (1 entries)
  • You MUST leave a separate comment for each entry letting us know you have followed and where or it wont count.
Details:
  • Open to Canadian & US residents.
  • Contest closes Aug 31st 2010 at 11:59pm est
  • Winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day
  • Winner must be ok with their shipping address being passed on to Fabove as the item will be shipped directly
  • Winner will be contacted via email and have 48hrs to respond or a new winner will be drawn
Good luck and thank you for continuing to support FacesByFarah.com I really appreciate all the love.


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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Feature: You Go Girl! Featuring Entrepreneur Shah Emily Noaman

Every Sunday I feature a blogger, artist, photographer, makeup artist, actress, socialite or all around awesome person on my blog in a feature I like to call "You Go Girl!" or in some cases "You Go Boy!".

This week Ill be featuring Shah Emily Noaman! She's not only a friend but a talented, driven beauty who's pushed through the odds to become a successful entrepreneur & business woman.

Not only is Shah ridiculously stunning but shes intelligent, sweet & always willing to help others. Shah talks to me about business, life and beauty :)
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Who is Shah Emily Noaman and why are you so fabulous?
I am a professional jeweler, style adviser, entrepreneur, and an aspiring
philanthropist. My creative vision has allowed me to pursue my passion
while helping hundreds of people define their unique style. On a daily
basis I try to positively adorn our world and this makes me fabulous!

Your'e a successful young entrepreneur, how did the 3 SHAHS brand begin?
Making jewellery started out as a hobbie when I was in my teens. I really
enjoyed making pieces for my family and friends and soon people placed
orders. I have always been good with colours and balance and that showed in
the jewels that I made. One night while making jewellery with the help of
my mom and sister, we decide to give the jewellery a name. The name we
came up with was 3 SHAHS. The 3 being the three of us and Shah is the
abbreviation of our names, it also means ‘king’ in Persian. So that is how
the 3 Kings was born and the rest is history.

How did “Bask Tanning Salon & Boutique” come about?
I had experience working at trade shows and in showrooms, therefore I
developed a lot of contacts worldwide. As well I worked at a tanning salon
when I was a teenager and enjoyed it very much. A few years ago, I decided
to open a boutique to carry my jewellery line, so I combined my experiences
and passions and opened Bask Tanning Salon & Boutique.

Are there any beauty products you would recommend to my readers and if so
why?
Yes, one of our best-sellers at my salon is called “Quick Tan”. It is the
best self-tanning product I have come across in years. It give you
instant, natural looking colour, smell nice (Coco), dries within seconds
and is easy to apply. The price is very reasonable too (under $30 at our
salon) and it lasts for months. As to why…it’s simple, because it’s
PHENOMENAL!

What is your favorite tanning product and why?
There are so many great tanning products from ‘nail savers’ to indoor
lotions. I love lotions. In regards to my favorite indoor tanning lotion,
I would have to say it’s “Bridget” by California Tan. It is paraben free
(naturally based preservatives) and has a dermadark feature which boost
melanin production, resulting in an immediate and natural looking glow.

Who or what has been your inspiration behind your success?
My family has been the number one reason for my success. My parents
always put my sister and I before themselves. They left their families,
friends and all comfortable familiarities to provide endless opportunities
and equality for us. In a nutshell - my father has taught me how to be a
business woman and my mother has taught me how to be a good human. My
sister has been my idol growing up. She is kind, intelligent and an
absolute beauty. She has supported me through life, love and everything in
between.
A dear friend who touched my life deeply is B.J. She is literally an
angel on earth who is like a second sister to me. She inspires me to
challenge myself to my full potential. She is my definition of a perfect
being - when I grow up I want to be just like Barbara Jeanne!
These great people along with my other loving circle of friends inspire me
to be and do more for our world.

Are there any makeup or beauty faux pas you really cant stand?
People who look orange! This is due to using a lotion that is not right for
your skin type (ie. A fair skinned person using a x2o bronzing lotion).
This can easily be avoided by using the right type of product for your skin
type. Salons that are Smart Tan Certified – like ours, often are very well
education in lotions and can help in choosing the right product.

Do you have a favorite 3 SHAHS Collection?
Hmmm, difficult to say…It really depends on my mood and outfit.
One of my all time favorite collections that I often wear when I go out is
my DTN (down-to-nipple) Collection. As the name implies these are very
long (and light weight) earrings. I usually pair these earrings with a
matching ring from my “Cocktail Bling” Collection.

My “Native Rock” 2010 Fall Collection is also turning out to be one of my
favorites. Some of the colours and trends to look out for include chunky
camel tones to ox reds.

Have your jewels been worn by any celebs?
Yes…Fergie - the Black Eyed Peas, Laura Vandervoort – Smallville, Mariana Valente - Miss Universe 2009,
Alexz Johnston – Instant star, Jane McLean – Actor….to name a few.

Where can people buy the 3 SHAHS Collections?
The largest selection of the collections is available at Bask Boutique
located at 1365 Yonge St. However, the 3 SHAHS brand is available
throughout the GTA (from Bloor West to the Danforth). For a full listing
or the location nearest you, feel free to contact my sales representative,
Alaina (alaina@3shahs.com).

Is it true that you repair & make jewellery at Bask Boutique?
Yes, I do. Be it a broken clasp to watch batteries. I also do a lot of
custom orders on a daily basis. Be it for a special event (ie.
Bride/bridal party) or for every day wear (ie. For men, pets etc). Because
I do all the repairs myself, the turnover time is very quick and the fee is
very reasonable.

Favorite foundation, lipstick & mascara?
Mac or Estee Lauder, Balm Shell Lip Gloss (smells yummy, not sticky),
Almost any Lancome Mascara preferably for lengthening – that’s my personal
preference.

What can people expect from you, 3 SHAHS & Bask Boutique in the near and
far future?
In regards to 3 SHAHS I am currently working on my “NATIVE ROCK” 2010 Fall
Collection, which I will be premiering on August 28th at LOKI Lounge on
King St. If your readers or you would like to attend this fashion-forward
festivity for a sneak peek, please join me.
As for the future, I am continuously looking to expand my line into
different boutique/salons. So if you know someone who would like to carry
the 3 SHAHS please contact us at info@3shahs.com.

In regards to Bask Tanning Salon & Boutique, I am preparing for my busiest
season. When the weather starts to cool down people love to enjoy the
‘indoor sun’. Tanning indoors is great for getting vitamin D, boosting
your serotonin levels and getting a gorgeous glow. As well with the
holiday season just a few months ahead, I am already at suppliers and trade
shows, shopping for unique gifts.
As for the future of Bask Tanning Salon & Boutique, I am looking to
franchise, so if you know someone who wants to be in business for them
selves but not by themselves, contact me directly.

Where is Bask Boutique located and how can we contact you?
Bask Tanning Salon & Boutique
1365 Yonge St. (one set of lights south of St. Clair)
416 924 2275
info@3shahs.com
www.3shahs.com,
www.basktanningsalon.com
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Thanks again to Shah for taking time out of her busy day to chat with me. Visit her at Bask Tanning Salon & Boutique!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Its all about the EYES! Before & After

Here's an example of one of my beautiful clients who liked her freckles and wanted her eyes to pop. I happen to adore freckles so I was really happy she decided not to fight them :)

Here is her before pic.


And after Voila!


She is one of my brides to be and was having her engagement shoot that day. She wanted her eyes to stand out and look bigger, this is how it turned out and we both couldn't be happier!

I achieved this look by using a bright highlight shadow in her tear ducts and on her brow bone, using purple shades to compliment her green/yellow eyes and by adding Ardell's "Demi Pixies" lashes to give her that wide eyed sexy look. I also defined her brows a bit more to frame her eyes and make them stand out even more!

What do you think? Did I achieve in making her eyes pop and look bigger?

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The Winner of the Huge Cargo Cosmetics Giveaway is.......

Thank you to all who entered in this amazing contest brought to you by FacesByFarah & Cargo Cosmetics.

We had a fabulous response at 362 entries I let random.org pick the winner. Lucky #34 is.......
GABY!


Congratulations Gaby I will be emailing you to get your info. You will have 48hrs to get back to me or another winner will be chosen.

Since there was such a huge response to this giveaway, Ive teamed up with more fabulous companies to bring you more giveaways!!!!

Stay tuned next week for the next big prize ;)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Review: KORRES Raspberry Liquid Lipstick

KORRES is one of those brands that Ive always heard people raving about and have always wanted to try but never got around to it, so when I was approached about testing out the new Raspberry Liquid Lipstick I was excited to see what all the hype was about.

After doing a little research on the brand I found out that they were established in Greece in 1996 and make an effort to use as many natural ingredients in their products as possible.

Their Raspberry Liquid Lipstick is packed with raspberry and pomegranate extracts that help to keep its long lasting colour, shine of a gloss and a lightweight texture.
It comes in a range of shades that include Soft Pink, Fuchsia, Nude Beige, Natural, Red and Berry.



Colour Swatches


What I liked:
  • super lightweight texture and feel
  • pretty colours
  • great shine
  • cute packaging
  • intense color
  • long wearing
  • includes antioxidants
  • non sticky
  • good size for small purses
What I disliked:
  • At $22.00 bucks a pop it can add up
Conclusion:
I really love these glosses! The color is intense and as Ive mentioned before I'm not a fan of wearing anything on my lips so the fact that these glosses are SO lightweight is a huge plus for me.

Available at your local Sephora and www.korresusa.com

* These products were sent by KORRES for consideration however all reviews are based on my honest opinions.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Fav's : See what products get my stamp of approval!

As the summer (sad to say it) comes to an end in the next few weeks I thought I would talk about a few products Ive been loving this summer.

Here are my summer 2010 fav's!


1) Cargo Cosmetics 3 triple action mascara: I love the brush and the fact that it separates my lashes and appear to make them longer which lets be honest any girl would want! This one took some getting used to but now I love it!

2) Mac Cosmetics 'Naked Lunch' eyeshadow: Described as a 'minimal pink with shimmer' by Mac and described as a 'looks good on everyone and is a super pretty colour everyone should have' by me :)

3) Bodyography's Translucent Powder: A new brand I recently discovered that I'm really liking! Not to mentioned I used this awesome pressed translucent powder on 3 NHL hockey players and it worked beautifully ;)

4) Vasanti Cosmetics Liquid Cover Up: Um only my personal holy grail foundation and cover up in one! Even if I just wear this product under my eyes its one amazing product that makes people believe I have zero dark circles when in fact....well you get my point! love love love!

5) CoverFx Matte FX Oil Absorbing & Blotting Powder: I wear the medium shade and it keeps me matte as can be especially with this super humid and sticky summer we've had. THANK YOU CoverFX for this product!

6) Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner: This spray has kept my skin cool, hydrated and looking soft and smooth all summer long! Read my review to see all the reasons why I heart this product!

7) Annabelle 'Oh My Goth' Smudgeliner: Well actually I wear the black (oh my goth) and brown (Rich Chocolate) religiously. They glide on so smooth and are easy to smudge for that smokey look. They are super pigmented and actually stay on my eye even in this heat! This is one product I think everyone should have!

These are just some of the product Ive been reaching for over and over this summer so they get my Tried & Tested stamp of approval ;)

What are some of your summer fav's?

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Feature: You Go Girl! Featuring Makeup Artist Nancy Power!

Every Sunday I feature a blogger, artist, photographer, makeup artist, actress, socialite or all around awesome person on my blog in a feature I like to call "You Go Girl!" or in some cases "You Go Boy!".

This week Ill be featuring fellow makeup artist, mom and beauty blogger Nancy Power.

I met Nancy back in February when she attended the Toronto Beauty Bloggers meetup. We drove down together and chatted about everything from blogging to makeup to careers. She inspired me with her business savvy sense and we have been friends every since.

Nancy is currently expecting her second child and so we chatted about health,beauty & pregnancy... Here's what Nancy had to say.
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Who is Nancy Power and why are you so fabulous?
I am a mom of 1... and 1/2 (due in October) that loves all things beauty whole heartedly!! I have worked for over 5 years in the beauty industry as a makeup artist and started blogging about a year ago as a way to share my passion with a wider audience. As for being fabulous... that is a hard one to answer! I am so thankful that my job brings me so much happiness and allows me to work with and meet amazing people where ever I go! I have had experiences that I never thought possible for a FT mom PT makeup artist and more and more I am amazed at amazing opportunities that come my way!

Where can we find you on the world wide web?
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nancypowermua
Are there any beauty products you would recommend to my readers and if so why?
Products I recommend could end in an essay!! haha For me framing the eye's with great brows is a must and I have recently revisited an old favourite with Elizabeth Arden's Dual Perfection Brow Shaping Powder! It creates amazing perfected brows for anyone's needs!

You're in a huge rush, what one beauty product do you grab?
Concealer! My pale skin shows redness quite easily, so concealer allows me to always feel confident!

How did you get your start in this industry?
I started over 5 years ago by working at the counter for several different cosmetic brands. I really found my focus when I decided to free lance after the birth of my son! I knew I didn't want to go back to a 9-5 and my wonderful husband convinced me that it was time to take the leap and free lance so I could both stay home and do what I love. Now I have a flexible schedule and only take jobs that really make me happy!

Are there any beauty reads (mags or books) that you would recommend?
I love books by Kevyn Aucoin he was so talented and skilled at sharing his knowledge in an easy to understand way! I learned a lot from his books when I was first starting out! Also Makeup: The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris I bought this book last year and really found Rae's approach to makeup interesting!

Are there any makeup or beauty faux pas you really really cant stand?
Too much blush, or unblended blush really bothers me! It is supposed to be a natural flush not a splash of colour! I also cannot stand dark lip liner and light lips, I had a client request it once and I almost fell over! Makeup should enhance your beauty, not make people wonder what you were thinking!

What is your favorite product in your kit to use on brides?
I am a huge fan of great highlighting on brides! I think done well it gives an amazing glow to the skin that shows up beautifully for pictures during that special day! Just remember that if you have having issues with your skin highlighting can accentuate this so use a light hand and only on high planes of the face that are smooth and free from complication!

Do you have a favorite beauty guru/mentor?
Hmmm I can't say I have a favourite but YouTube's Pixiwoo has been a go to for viewing these days! As well I always look forward to my blogger lovelies for tip, tricks and product advice. My faves are in my blog roll and who I follow!!

Being Pregnant, are there any beauty products that you have either had to stop using OR have started using because they help?
I am so lucky that I haven't become sensitive to any of my regular products. My go to addition is Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil. It soothes dry skin so well, has an easy to use pump for application and has that great cocoa butter smell!

Was there a product you bought due to word of mouth hype that you just weren't pleased with once you tried?
Cover Girls Lash Blast mascara! Heard so many great things about it and EVERYONE loves it! I just couldn't stand it! The brush didn't work for my lashes, it made a mess and didn't stand up to the test at all! I tried several times to make it work for me but it was just a pairing that was never meant to be!!

Favorite foundation, lipstick & mascara?
Foundation for myself is Revlon Colorstay. I have heard of people being sensitive to it, but it has never failed my oily skin for all day wear.

Lipstick isn't something I wear everyday but I really love Besame lipstick. They have vintage inspired packaging and the most beautiful red shades. I also think MAC makes some really nice must have lipsticks!

Mascara is a hard one because I am always looking for the next best one. I always have L'Oreal Voluminous in my kit as I can always trust it! I also love CARGO's Triple Action Mascara!

What can people expect from you in the future?
So hard to say! Once baby comes in October I think I will focus on my blog for a little while but I have been so lucky to have amazing opportunities lately that you never know where I may pop up next!!!
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Thanks goes out to Nancy for taking the time to chat with me. I wish her the best of luck in her career and with the delivery of her new baby in about 11 weeks!


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Friday, August 13, 2010

GalleryFemme.com Why you need to bookmark it!



Gallery Femme is Canada’s first social and mobile media network to deliver an interactive online platform for you to explore the very latest trends in fashion, health and beauty. The site shares news on current deals, events and interviews and act as a platform for your style profile.

Besides reading about the latest and greatest fashion and lifestyle events you can also read up on some beauty insider tips,tricks and secrets :)

Oh.... and I also happen to be the new Beauty Editor ;) So please read!

Would you like to see your posts on GalleryFemme.com? Want to be a guest blogger? Send your 200-300 word submission (with photos) to Farah@galleryfemme.com

I would also love to hear from you if you have any ideas or suggestions for beauty topics you would like to see on GF :)

In the meantime you can join the Gallery Femme Facebook page or follow us on Twitter


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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Enter the BIG Cargo Cosmetics and FacesByFarah Giveaway!!

Cus who doesn't love FREE goodies right?


FaceByFarah.com
and Cargo Cosmetics have come together to offer my blog readers an exclusive giveaway because we love our readers and fans!

What you can win:
  • Cargo's Contour Palette in Malibu - Includes a shell pink highlighter, CARGO Blush in Catalina for a natural, bright pink cheek and a neutral contour. Value $34.00
  • Cargo's Water Resistant Bronzer - One universally flattering medium shade, Offers reliable staying power in all weather conditions. Value $28.00
  • Cargo's Color Palette in Los Angeles - Vibrant pastels and classic nude,Oversized, professional quality shadows are easily layered and blended. Value $28.00
  • Cargo's Lip Gloss Quad in Oceania - lip gloss contains Rosemary Extract and Vitamin E to nourish lips, while providing a sheer, high shine finish. Value $25.00


A total giveaway value of $115.00!!

How you can win:
  • Tell us what you think of when you think of the Cargo brand and products in the comments below
  • You must be a follower of the FacesByFarah blog (click the follow button at the top right)
  • Leave your email address in your comment
Bonus Entries:
  • Follow CARGOcosmetics on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Follow Cargo Cosmetics on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Follow FacesByFarah on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Follow FacesByFarah on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Blog or Facebook about this giveaway and comment with the link (2 entries)
  • You MUST leave a separate comment for each entry letting us know you have followed and where or it wont count.
Details:
  • Open to Canadian, US, UK, France & Spain residents.
  • Winner will be drawn at random on August 19th 2010
  • Winner must be ok with their shipping address being passed on to Cargo Cosmetics as the item will be shipped directly
  • Winner will be contacted via email and have 48hrs to respond or a new winner will be drawn
Good luck and thank you for continuing to support FacesByFarah.com I really appreciate all the love.

Contest is now CLOSED! Thank you to all who entered.


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Monday, August 9, 2010

Bodyography's Flawless Finish Tinted Moisturizer

I'm a firm believer in wearing some sort of spf on my face every single day so when I was given the opportunity to try Bodyography's Flawless Finish Tinted Moisturizer with spf 12 I was really excited.


Never heard of the brand? Who is Bodyography?
Since it’s founding in the early ‘90s, Bodyography Professional Cosmetics has become a leading source of products for some of today’s biggest names in makeup artistry.

Bodyography cosmetics are manufactured exclusively in the United States using formulas that are unique in the industry. By working closely with our lab and a select group of top makeup artists, we are able to develop innovative cosmetic products that also represent exceptional value.

About the product:
The product comes in 3 shades #1-Light, #2-Medium & #3-Dark I happen to match #3 perfectly! The product comes in a 30ml tube with a unique synthetic brush applicator attached.
With an spf of 12, this tinted moisturizer provides sun protection and sheer foundation coverage in one! At a cost of $16.00 for a 30ml tube its reasonably priced and comparable to many other brands.


Where to find them:
Check out the website to shop online or to find a distributor near you.

(Product after being used)




Overall thoughts:
Although I really enjoy this product I have to admit I'm not a fan of the brush applicator. I find it hard to blend and feel the need to go over my face after with a sponge just to make sure its blended in. Also I feel like the applicator can trap a lot of bacteria in it. That being said the texture is wonderful! It lightly covers where I need it too and is extremely light and wearable for summer. I just wish it was in a squeeze tube perhaps. The quality of the brand is amazing though and I cant wait to try other products from the line.

* These products were sent by Bodyography for consideration however all reviews are based on my honest opinions.
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