Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Feature: You Go Girl! Featuring Hip Urban Girl and DJ Lisa Ng

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 editor, DJ, voice over talent and probably one of the most bubbly girls I know Lisa Ng!

I first met Lisa at a Toronto Beauty Bloggers meetup and was drawn to her immediately. She was friendly and warm right away and I remember thinking her smile was infectious. Since then Lisa and I have kept in touch and Ive become a loyal reader and fan of her site The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide.

She's tiny but she packs a lot of punch. From networking queen to one talented DJ with Lisa's talents and personality I don't see anything getting in her path!

Lisa chatted with me about how she got started as a DJ, her work as the voice of a cartoon character and of course her favorite beauty items.

So Lisa tell us a little about who are you & why are you so fabulous?
Haha, thanks for the compliment off the top! I am the Editor and Co-Founder along with Wendy Kammarcy of an online lifestyle brand called, The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide.
Our website blogs on urban eats, hip getaways, life advice and events to make things easy for the busy girl in the city. Our goal is to bring you the best things we find to help you live well. We host a unique networking event for our Hip & Urban Girls (HUGs) and sometimes Guys, once a month to give our readers a chance to connect offline. Our attitude is fun, positive and outgoing with no room for negativity -- we choose to profile people and places that share this same energy. We like to tell it like it is, without being uppity. The HUG style is casual, fun and ambitious all at the same time.

When I'm not blogging, I am DJ-ing. I run a small boutique DJ business specializing in weddings called hello DJ!

Where can we find you on the world wide web?
The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @
Twitter @hipurbangirl
How did get started?
It was a collaborative effort with my friend Wendy who I met while I was the Meetup Organizer for Toronto Work at Home Women. We were both freelancers with our personal blogs that we decided to combine together to make a 'super blog'. We are both foodies, we love living in the city and keeping both our professional and social schedules busy. The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide shares this information with our readers via the blog. Our events provide the unique experience and networking event with help from our sponsors. There is definitely not a lack of young, ambitious women in Toronto. We are all about helping each other get ahead in life without the 'mean girl' attitude.

What beauty products would you recommend to other women and why?
I am a big fan of mineral foundation. I don't like to look like I caked it on and mineral powder is so sheer and light. Your skin doesn't feel oily. My favourite brand is Clinique, because you give it two clicks to bring the powder up from the container. It's way less messy this way! Biotherm moisturizer is something I swear by. You don't need to use a lot to get good coverage on moisture on your skin. I tried cheap moisturizers from the drugstore and apparently there is some alcohol by-products in there that can actually dehydrate your skin. So I've learned that it's worth it to splurge a little bit more and use the Biotherm stuff that I love.

Your favorite beauty treatment is?
A facial. Your skin feels so new and fresh. It's like going to the dentist for your face. I had an amazing one at Langdon Hall Spa in Cambridge with all these amazing masks. The extractions are always painful, but I know it's worth it.

You're not only the founder of HUG but you're also a DJ and the founder of! when did you start DJ'n and how did you get into it?
I started DJ-ing in 2005 while I was finishing up my undergrad at The University of Toronto in Poli Sci & Cinema Studies. It really just snowballed into a full-time career and company after I graduated because of my niche as a female DJ in the male-dominated wedding market. This definitely keeps me busy when I am not blogging. I manage around 50 events a year and work a lot on the weekends, so life and work are really all about balance. I actually had a banquet manager say to me last month, that in the 10 years he has been working - I am the FIRST female DJ he has ever seen. Can you believe that???

What is your 1 go to beauty product right now?
My Clarins Brow Kit. I have very sparse Asian eyebrows. So it's easy to look either overdone or eyebrow-less! The brow kit comes with three different shades: black, brown and blonde that you can blend together. The wax applies on after to hold the colour and there are mini tweezers and an applicator all in one compact. It's a great product!

My beauty pet peeve is ____________?
Washing my face late at night. I usually just give up, use a face wipe and deal with the next day. The lavender scented ones by Neutrogena are great and get you ready to sleep after a long night out.

Favorite career highlight & why?

Voicing an 8 year-old cartoon character on the TV Show, 'Wayside'. Her voice is just like mine, only two octaves higher. You can still catch it on Teletoon! I play Dana, with the purple hair and glasses. I still do voice-over work here and there every once in awhile. It's a fun job, you get to be creative and I am very lucky that I get to do it. Going to work and being silly is a definite highlight!

What can people expect from Lisa Ng in the future?

More events hosted by The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide, fun blog posts and more pictures of food :)

A big thank you goes out to Lisa Ng for chatting with me. Be sure to check out her sites The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide and hello DJ! for more on food, travel & music ;)
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Lisa Ng on July 18, 2010 at 12:36 PM said...

Thank you SO much for the feature Farah! You can find my DJ company online at

Hope to see you again soon :)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi on July 18, 2010 at 4:23 PM said...

What a fun profile!

StarFaces on July 18, 2010 at 11:21 PM said...

Talk about girl power!

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