Friday, September 25, 2009

Make Up For Ever Flash Color Review & Swatches

I recently picked up 2 MUFE flash color individual pots @ Sephora after hearing so much about these from other MUA's in the industry. They cost about $20.00 CAD each or you can buy the 12 color palette for approx $95.00 CAD. If you have the $$ the palette is the better buy as a little goes a very long way.
Product Description What it is: Complete coverage, special effect cream color for face, eyes, lips, and cheeks.What it is formulated to do:A must-have for any professional makeup artist, these thick creamy colors flawlessly cover the skin and can be easily shaded together to obtain a wide variety of effects, depending on the quantity applied. Use to create special effects with color like decorative designs on the face or body. They can also be used for face painting on children.

I picked up the Coral & Fuchsia while I was there because I found them very versatile colors.

Here are the swatches without a flash.

They are so creamy, glide on without any effort and a little goes a LONG way so these should last forever!

I have tried the coral on my cheeks, lips and as a base for eyeshadow and it is by far my fav of the 2 (mostly because I don't usually wear bright bold colors) however I used the fuchsia on a models lips and it was really pretty.

Here Ive used the coral on my lids as a base and then gone over it with Naked Lunch by Mac shadow to set it and give it a bit of a shimmer.

The skies the limit with these flash colors and I will most likely be picking up the palette to complete my collection because even just owning these makes me feel more creative ;)

Also don't forget to enter my great giveaway you only have until Oct 1st to enter so hurry!


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Monday, September 21, 2009

100 New Friends means a GIVEAWAY! Enter Today!

Well as I mentioned in this post for my 100 friends/readers mark I was going to be hosting a giveaway. You voted and the Mac Cosmetics product winner was Brushes!

So not only will I be giving away a Mac Cosmetics (essential in my opinion) Brush (1st Prize) but some other Mac goodies (2nd & 3rd prize) as well so be sure to enter.

Note - All products are brand new and never used.

What you can win...

First Prize
  • Mac Cosmetics #217 blending brush - For shading or blending of colour or creamy products. This brush has fine, densely packed fibers that are arranged in an oval shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wooden handles with nickel-plated brass ferrules. A value of CA $27.00
Second Prize
  • **Discontinued Item** Heatherette for MAC Dual Edge Eye Pencil in Black Funk & Pop Blue - A dual-edged pencil where one of the tips provides a creamy eye liner formula that gives smooth, precise application in classic tradition while the second tip offers a glitter-finished eye liner. Use separately, as a dual line, or layer one over the other for an intense finish.A Value of approx CA $18.00 (comes boxed)

Third Prize
  • **Discontinued Item** MAC's A Rose Romance Summer 09 Collection Mini Lipgloss in Magentique a really pretty frosted violet fuchsia color. A CA $16.50 Value. (comes unboxed)

How you can win..

Comment below and let me know you're beauty secrets.
Do you have a product you swear by?
Is there a trick you picked up somewhere that you would like to share?
Do you have a tip all women should know?

Make sure you leave your email address at the end of your comment so I can contact you. Comments left without an email will not qualify. Contest is open to bloggers AND non bloggers just be sure to leave an email address once again.

The winners will be drawn at random via on October 1st 2009.

I will notify all 3 winners within a few days of the end of this giveaway.

Lets share our knowledge ladies (and gents are welcome too).. Feel free to share this giveaway on your blog, via email or to anyone you think may be interested.

xoxo Farah

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Photoshoot Updates & Bridal Trials

Last week I had another bridal trial for a wedding I'm doing in October. My client was already beautiful I just helped enhance it but working with her skin tone, her description of her outfit colors and preferences for the day.

I used Face Atelier foundation which I've been really impressed with thus far.

This last weekend I worked on a "head shots" shoot at my condo..
Here are some behind the scenes images from the day...

Photography: Nawaz Pirani
Makeup: Farah Balolia - Faces By Farah
Model: Alima R.

Photography: Nawaz Pirani
Makeup: Farah Balolia - Faces By Farah
Model: Steph

Photography: Nawaz Pirani
Makeup: Farah Balolia - Faces By Farah
Model: Christine

Then it was my turn Yikes!
I needed head shots to submit for a magazine's contributors page which my work is being published in so I had to battle my nerves and step in front of the camera.

We shot for about 10 minutes, just enough to get some decent shots.
This is by far my favorite...

Photography: Nawaz Pirani
Makeup: Farah Balolia - Faces By Farah
Model: Me :)

I ended up submitting another one where I was actually smiling because everyone said it looked more approachable. Ill let you know when the mag hits stands.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Poll results are in...

Thank you to everyone who voted on what Mac Cosmetic product you would like to see in my giveaway.

And the winner is.....
Mac Cosmetics Brushes!!

So in the next 2 weeks I will be hosting a giveaway that may even include some bonuses so stay tuned ;)

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Special Makeup Promo for all my Toronto ladies

Special Promo runs until Sunday October 11th 2009.

Heading out for a night on the town?
Going dancing with your girls?
Have a hot date?

Come by and get your party makeup done at a special rate!!
Spots book up quick so contact me asap for your time slot.

Please email me at for details.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Win a FREE pair of "Ugg" boots!

OK ladies (and men of course) winter is fast approaching and lets be honest who doesn't love the feeling of soft toasty toes when its freezing out?
Really, who doesn't love free?
I know I do!

Here is your chance to win a BRAND NEW pair of "Ugg" boots.
Take your chances on this lucky 09-09-09 day and enter to win.

This contest is open to all bloggers as they ship internationally!

Click the picture below to enter the info and post your very own Whooga badge on your blog, its that simple!

Sheepskin boots

Good Luck!


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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Busy weekend full of makeup, brides & photoshoots!

This past weekend was labour day long weekend here in Canada and while most people & families were relaxing, checking out The EX (Canadian National Exhibition) & enjoying the rain free weekend we finally got, I was out working.

I love what I do. I love the transformation and smiles makeup can provide and how happy it makes people, especially around weddings!

Here is some of my work from this weekend.
(click to enlarge)

A bride on Thursday her " Mehndi or Henna" ceremony night.
Wedding #1

Her tattoo cover up
(my first but turned out pretty good)

(without mascara or lipstick)

Friend of bride in wedding #2 on Friday.
I did 7 people for this wedding and only had time to snap 1 pic, hopefully more to come.

Monday's Bridal Trial with a lovely bride to be from out of town.

I was also kept pretty busy with the maid of honor and the mother of the bride makeup applications on Saturday for the wedding#1 reception & a photoshoot for an online magazine on Sunday (pics hopefully this week).

What a weekend!
Love it :)


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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

100 Followers Giveaway Poll

Since I'm almost at 100 followers/friends I want to show all my readers just how much I appreciate them by hosting a giveaway.

I want to know what Mac Cosmetics prizes you guys want so please vote and comment on items you may want to receive if you win.

Voting closes Sept 16th 2009 and the giveaway will be announced shortly after that. This contest is open to bloggers and non bloggers.

Thanks ;)


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Interesting Fact of the day: Fast fix for tired & puffy eyes!

Had a late night?
Want your eyes to look more awake and fresh?

Here's a neat little trick.

Apply one coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes as usual, then hold the mascara wand vertically and give the middle section of lashes another coat. Thickening and darkening the center lashes steals focus from eyelid puffiness, so you'll look more awake than you feel! Shimmering mascara will also help brighten tired eyes.

Try: CoverGirl Lash Blast Luxe Shimmery Volumizing Mascara or CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Mascara


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