Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Coming Soon! Review: Urban Decay's New Primer Potion in "Sin"

I recently purchased Urban Decay's New Primer Potion in "Sin" from Sephora for $22 CDN + tax after hearing great things about this new champagne colored primer.

I thought something was wrong with mine because the wand was on an angle but apparently after taking a closer look at the UD website I see that they have a new wand for the primer potions so that it reaches every angle of the "Genie" like bottle.. smart!

Review coming soon stay tuned!

xoxo Farah
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Rest In Peace Michael Jackson

We have lost one of musics most influential, timeless and talented artists.

Rest in peace Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
You will always be fondly remembered....

Check out this MJ Tribute mix that Dj Divsa put together. (Click picture to listen)

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

With the sunshine comes....

tIts summer time and most people cant wait to enjoy basking in the sun however did you know that the sun can cause fine lines and wrinkles?

Many people incorrectly assume dry skin leads to wrinkles and that moisturizers can prevent them. Not true. Research shows 90 percent of wrinkles are caused by the sun's UVA light and sun damage is the #1 cause of premature aging in women and men.

Why are UVA rays so bad? Even at low-level exposures, UVA light breaks down collagen, which causes wrinkles. Even worse, scientists have found that UVA is the main culprit for many melanomas because it reaches deep into the underlying support structure of the skin.

Try this lightweight dry-touch sunscreen from Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock.
This product retails for approx $15.99 in Canada but is well worth it.
This sunblock should be applied after your moisturizer and be given a few minutes to settle into the skin before applying makeup.
It goes on lightly, doesn't turn an oily face into a greasepit and best yet, it won't cast "ghost glow," the annoying white cast that some sunblocks give.

Neutrogena's products are now made with Helioplex, which, like Mexoryl, offers ultra protection from the sun's UVA rays. Most sunscreens on the market only offer protection from UVB rays, but it's the UVA rays that can wreak havoc deep within the epidermis and causing some bad skin cancers.

Whatever product you choose a facial sunblock used daily even when cloudy is essential in the fight against fine lines so go do your research and testing to figure out which sunblock works for you.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Exfoliating... Do I really have to?!

The answer to that question is no.. you don't HAVE to but here are some reasons you may want to ;)

Facial scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. I find exfoliating skin 1-2x a week with a gentle scrub keeps skin glowing and looking it's best. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good.

My favorite scrub at the moment is the Queen Helene's Natural Mint Julep Facial Scrub which you can pick up at Sally's Beauty Supply.

Queen Helene's Mint Julep Facial Scrub is a refreshing natural-fiber facial scrub that deep cleans your skin and leaves a pleasant, tingling mint glow! The gentle exfoliating action draws out impurities, unclogs pores and removes dead, dry cells from the surface of your skin. Natural emollients help replenish lost moisture, effectively protecting your skin from the harsh elements. The result is skin that looks fresh and healthy and feels refreshingly soft and smooth. can be used on all skin types. Apply daily, or as often as desired. Ideal for use in the shower, too!

I personally use this scrub after I cleanse my face and only max 3x a week. Since I have been using it I have received many compliments on my skin and I myself find it softer, more supple and generally healthier.

So next time you're at Sally's Beauty Supply make sure to grab this facial scrub which I believe sells for only $6.99 CDN - you can't go wrong!


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mac Cosmetics 25% off sale!

Do you have a product that Mac Cosmetics carries that you cant live without or have always wanted but hate paying retail for?

Well you're in luck because Mac Cosmetics is having its annual 3 day ONLY 25% off sale June 16-18 2009.

Be sure to stock up and enjoy ;)
Click picture for details.


Save 25% on all online purchases. Use offer code SAVE25 at checkout.
Offer is valid from June 16 - 18 on orders shipped to Canadian addresses
only. Offer is not valid on Viva Glam products.

Receive FREE STANDARD SHIPPING with any CAD $75+ purchase. No offer code necessary. Offer is valid on orders shipped to Canadian addresses only


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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

May's Photoshoot Pics are In!

Remember THIS post I wrote about a photoshoot I did a few weeks ago? Well some of the final pics are in so I thought Id post them for all to see.

I'm pretty happy with the way they came out despite some lighting issues.
This was one of Natalie's first attempts at head shot & beauty/fashion photography. All photos were shot in natural or existing ambient light, which made for an interesting and challenging shoot.

We worked with an amazing team of people that all worked it out to produce some great pics.

Makeup Artist: Farah - Faces By Farah
Hair Stylist: Jessi D
Photographer: Natalie Mandic
Models: Mira D, Narges N, Hayden A.


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Monday, June 8, 2009

Photoshoot teaser pics!

I had the pleasure of working with some talented people this weekend. I worked on a lingerie photoshoot Sunday with a great photographer and amazing models.
Here are some proofs from the shoot... what do you think??

Please keep in mind these are unedited & un-retouched proofs only...

Photographer: Nawaz Pirani
Makeup Artist: Farah - Faces By Farah
Model: Melissa Isabella Hwang (Elite Model Management)

Photographer: Nawaz Pirani
Makeup Artist: Farah - Faces By Farah
Model: Kristina Catherine(Sutherland Models)

Models: Melissa & Kristina

I had a great time working with these girls they were so sweet and easy to work with.
I cant wait to see the final edits but so far I'm pretty impressed :)

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Off To The Prom!

I felt the excitement in the air for these two young ladies as they prepped for their big prom night.

I'm so glad I got a chance to be a part of it. They were so sweet and looked beautiful in their colourful dresses.

Here are some shots of the beautiful ladies after their makeup was all done.

Makeup Artist : Farah B - Faces By Farah
Prom Girls: Jenn and Amy G.



On Jenn:
Mac Face & Body foundation
Makeup forever HD powder
Mac "Other Wordly" blush
Mac Paint in "Bare Canvas" all over lid as base
Mac "Tempting" all over the lids
Mac "Mystery" in crease and to darken
Mac "Nylon" on brow bone to highlight
Mac "Coffee" pencil eyeliner
Mac Plushlash mascara
Sephora 119A lip liner
Clear gloss

On Amy:
Mac Face & Body foundation
Makeup forever HD powder
Mac "Other Worldly" blush
Mac Paint in "Bare Canvas" all over lid as base
Mac "Electra" all over lid
Joe Fresh shadow "Black" in crease & to line bottom lid
Mac "Nylon" on brow bone to highlight
Mac Fluidline in "Blacktrack" as liner on upper lid
Mac Plushlash mascara
Sephora 119A lip liner
Clear gloss

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Makeup Artists should always be hygienic!!

Ever since I attended school for makeup I have been extra aware of hygiene and making sure everything in my kit is sanitary. It was always stressed to us in school and I'm a firm believer that it is our duty as a MUA's to make sure we follow this.

I have been in 2 weddings since I graduated and seen a few other artists apply makeup and almost all of them used the mascara wand from the used tube on their clients and then placed it back in the tube only to use it on another client.

I don't care how great of an artist you are this is NEVER acceptable!
Disposable wands should always be used and never double dipped as to not contaminate the entire tube.

Ladies if you are ever getting your makeup done and the artists tries to use the mascara wand from the tube, unless its a brand new tube and they are giving it to you to keep after, stop them right away!
Check out this article...
Taken from Jane Iredales Skin Care Blog

If you have your makeup done professionally, never let the artist apply mascara on you from a tester that still has its wand. This may seem drastic, but you don’t know where that wand has been! A conscientious professional will cut off the wand and use disposable brushes. She will also never double-dip.

Why is this so important?
We all have bacteria that live in our lashes. We live harmoniously with them provided they don’t get out of control. Every time you use mascara, you take off some of those bacteria and put them in a dark warm environment hospitable to bacteria - the mascara tube. Eventually, their numbers will break down the preservatives. So don’t keep your mascara longer than three months.

Professionally, if someone comes at you with a mascara tester with questionable history, ask the artist if she would mind taking a new one from stock and using disposable brushes on you, or buy a mascara from her and ask her to use that one.

Better to be safe than sorry ladies!


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