Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blotting Sheets a MUST for Summer Brides!

I get asked quite often by my brides "will I get shiny through the night". The answer to this is YES! Unless you are in a very cold room and not dancing, posing or hugging anyone at all or have super dry skin you will most likely have shiny spots often in your t-zone.

The solution? Blotting papers or sheets such as Shiseido's Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers ($18) found at Sephora or Clean and Clear's Oil Absorbing Sheets (approx $8) found at Wal-mart or your local drugstore.
Not only will these sheets eliminate excess sebum and shine but they are super compact and can fit in even the tiniest bridal clutches!

Tip: Use these sheets to blot lips to remove excess lipstick or gloss they work great! ;)

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Friday, May 20, 2011

New Monthly Feature: SURESH SAYS! Tips and Tricks from Celeb Makeup Artist Suresh

Today is the first of a new monthly feature here on FacesByFarah.com called Suresh Says! with the celebrity makeup artist behind Suresh Beauty .

If you follow Suresh on twitter you know how great his beauty tips are and I am so honored that we get  to team up exclusively here on FBF to get those tips, tricks and secrets out there to my readers. 

Suresh answers a readers question below on how to wear light lip colors if you have pigmented lips.

Q: I have dark pigmented lips, love wearing lighter colors and nudes but the color on my lips always shows through... Help!

Suresh Says!
Dab a creme concealer 1.5-2 shades lighter than your skin over entire lip. Then use a nude lip pencil that has an opaque coverage to line and fill the lip. Top with your favorite light or nude lip color. Remember, glosses break down concealer and lipsticks quickly so use gloss sparingly.

So there you have it ladies, follow Suresh's tips for that perfect nude pout this summer!

If you have a question you would like to ask Suresh feel free to email me with them and be sure to add "Suresh Says" in the subject line.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sunscreen Protection for your Face with Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen

I always tell my clients and friends that your 2 best secrets to keeping your face looking young are eye cream and sunscreen! Sun damage is no joke and besides giving you wrinkles and sun spots it can also cause cancer.

If you don't wear sunscreen on your face every day (even when its cloudy out) today is the day you should start!

My tried and true favorite is Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen with Helioplex. It comes in different SPF's I happen to use SPF 60 at the moment. This sunscreen will protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays which is ultra important.

What I love about this products is that its light weight, fragrance-free, oil-free, non-greasy, non-comedogenic and waterproof! Its even gentle enough for those with sensitive skin and is dermatologist approved.

What I like to do is put a tiny bit in the palm of my hand, followed by a bit of my regular moisturizer and mix it together in my hands before applying it all over my face and the front and back of my neck. I find that for me its easier then waiting for one to dry before applying the next.

Tip: Make sure to apply sunscreen to the back of your neck especially when wearing your hair up. Its often forgotten but can just as easily be damaged by the suns harmful rays!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Feature: You Go Girl! Featuring the Founders of Luxy Hair Sisters Leyla & Mimi!!

 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 the 2 beautiful founders of Luxy Hair. These sisters are not only business savvy with their growing business selling luxury hair extensions but they also have a strong following on their YouTube channel that features everything from simple how to hair styles to outfit of the days to an inside look at their lives.

I recently chatted with the sisters about beauty, life and business. Keep reading to find out what they had to say....

So tell us a little about who is behind Luxy Hair and why are you ladies fabulous?
M: Luxy Hair is an outlet for me and Leyla to share our creative ideas with like minded girls around the world. We are really grateful for Youtube that have created such an amazing platform that makes it possible for us and other Youtubers.  Why are we fabulous? We don't particularly think of ourselves as fabulous to be honest. We are just regular girls, having fun with beauty and make up.  
L: I wish we could just credit all the fabulousness to ourselves, but as most people might find it surprising, that part of our Luxy Team is actually a man! Mimi's amazing husband, Alex is the mastermind and the business savvy brains behind all of the success. And of course, Mimi & I are the face of the brand, as well are hugely involved in all the other parts of the business.

Where can we find you on the world wide web?
We have a very strong web presence, and can be found on any of the following sites:

What are some of your must have beauty products and why?
M: Gosh concealer and Mac Bronzer. Those two products have the ability to make me look refreshed in minutes.
L: My Amazing Cosmetics concealer - it truly is amazing, super creamy, great coverage and you only need a teeny-tiny amount to do the job, Bobbi Brown Hydrating Under-eye cream  - it's lightweight, fast absorbing and leaves my under eye area/skin feeling like silk and the Macadamia Deep Repair Hair masque - I love how creamy it is, the smell is amazing and it leaves my hair really soft and easy to manage! :)

Have you ever lost or broken a beauty item you wish you still had today?
M: Estee Lauder limited edition bronzer. I dropped it on the floor the second or third day after I bough it and it broke it into tiny pieces
L: Can't really recall anything from the beauty items, however, I once forgot all of my jewelry while visiting Montreal in a hotel room, and I wish I could retrieve all of it back.. But it's long gone..

How did Luxy Hair get started?
L: Mimi was getting married last year, and was looking for great quality clip in hair extensions at an affordable price for her wedding day. And when she couldn't find any on the market, Alex suggested that we start our own brand. He proposed that Mimi & I would be the face of the brand, while he would handle all the behind the scenes, technical, business and financial aspects.

Favorite fashion look for Summer 2011?
M: A white ruffle summer dress. I'm loving white at the moment.
L: There are so many! But if I had to choose just one, it would be florals! Especially floral rompers.. Pure love!

Favorite makeup look for Summer 2011?
M: Very light and natural smoky eye ( using brown eyeshadows) and peachy blush.  
L: Fresh face and dewy make-up that makes you look like you're glowing from within.
Favorite hair look for Summer 2011?
M: Beachy waves or a side braid.  
L: This one is easy. It's braids! In all of its shapes and sizes and variations, from a simple side braid, to a french braid to a more complicated fish tail braid.. I love and wear them all constantly!

The thing I love the most about my career is...?
M: I love what I do , because it doesn't feel like work. So, I don't necessarily think of it as I career. It's just something that I do and enjoy.  
L: That it isn't a career to me or feel like work. It is my life, and it allows me to have the freedom and flexibility to do and be what I want, when I want. That to me, is priceless!

My sister would say Im crazy for.....?
M: I'm crazy for herbal teas:) hehe Fruity and caffeine free, it's my absolute favourite beverage. 
L: The sun, the beach and a beautifully tanned skin

My best kept beauty secret is?
M: Smiling. I think that instantly makes anyone beautiful :) 
L: I wish I could say I have one, but since starting both of our YouTube Channel (LuxyHair and EverythingLuxy) most of my beauty secrets are being revealed one by one in all of my videos and tutorials on hair, make-up, fashion and life in general

Are there any fashion, makeup or beauty faux pas you really really cant stand?
M: To me a faux pas is wearing something only because it's trendy. I believe you should wear things that make you feel good and comfortable as well as look good on you.
Are you guilty of any yourself?
M: I have in the past, and I believe it's completely fine, as we learn by making mistakes. As my awareness is growing, I'm becoming more selective as to what I wear and why I wear it, whether it's clothes or make up. 
L: It's not really a beauty related faux pas, but I do love to wear my Uggs in the winter time... I know some people can't stand them, but to me a winter in Canada and Uggs go hand in hand.

Was there a product you bought due to word of mouth hype that you just weren't please with once you tried?
M: Yeah....lots of hair shampoos and conditioners. Also, the brazilian blow out treatment. It's so sad, that I've had it done about a year ago, and I still can't get my curls back. 
L: I'll only try out a product if the hype comes from a source (friend or YouTube Beauty Guru) whose opinion I trust, and as such it's hard to recall if there ever was any product that I got because of a hype that I didn't enjoy later on.

Who are your mentors/idols?
M: I don't believe in having idols. I think we are all the same- all talented in our own way, some are famous for it and some or not. That's the only difference. I do get inspired by many people but mostly just regular people I get to meet on daily basis. My mentor and best friend is my soulmate- Alex :)
L: There are a lot of people that inspire and motivate me, however, I cannot call them my mentors or idols. I just like to stay open and observant to life and people, and I can derive inspiration from the smallest of situations that I can later apply to my own life.

What can people expect from you ladies and Luxy Hair in the future?
M: More fun and interactive videos and projects. We enjoy those the best:) 
L: We have a lot of ambitious and large projects that we'd like to tackle in the future, but we like to take our time and do things thoroughly, one step-at-a-time. So we're in no rush to expand, but that is definitely where we're headed.

Any last words or advice?
M: Follow your instincts in life as they will guide you in the right direction of where you need to be to grow as a being. Always try to do your best and leave the rest to the universe.
L: The best advice I can give is to follow your heart, your passion and don't let fear of failure or rejection stop you from following your dreams. As cliche as it sounds, anything truly is possible, if you believe in yourself and your power to succeed!
Thank you Leyla & Mimi for taking the time to chat and share your story with FacesByFarah.com readers.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Bright Brights for Summer How Will You Be Wearing It?

Nothing says summer like introducing bright brights into your wardrobe. From jewelry to sunglasses to handbags adding a punch of colour can take a plain outfit from simple to WOW!

Adding color in can be a bit scary for those of us that love to stick to neutrals but adding in pops of color in small ways can be a great way to ease it into your wardrobe.

These Sobral  resin jewels are not only unique but versatile and will work with any outfit.

Michael Kors includes fun, great quality bags to its already amazing line with this cobalt blue tote ($348)
These cutesy heart shaped colorful shades from Boutique To You are great for hanging on the beach or by the pool and when you're feeling a little playful!

So how will you be introducing bright brights into your wardrobe this summer??

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Friday, May 6, 2011

New Fav: Mary Kay's Fragrances - Affordable and Fabulous!!

Next time you are in the market for new fragrance take a second and check out the Mark Kay Fragrance Collection. Not only are these fragrances affordable ($30-$55) but they smell amazing. I have had the chance to try a few different scents and although I had plans to give the ones I didn't love away I can honestly say they will all be staying with me - greedy I know but I cant part with them, I love them that much! Because I love them all equally I cant pick a favourite but I can tell you these have been my go to fragrances for the past few weeks.

The Simply Cotton™ Eau de Toilette smells clean, fresh and like a very pretty and not offensive version of fresh laundry which I love.
The Forever Orchid™ Eau de Toilette is a really nice blend of florals and vanilla and works really well with my skins chemistry.
Exotic Passionfruit™ Eau de Toilette smells good enough to eat with a hint of citrus mixed with a complimentary sweet scent mixed in.
No matter which of the 10 scents you choose you can rest assured that you will be happy. The scents lasts for hours and are delightfully fragrant without being over powering. They make great daily wear, affordable scents that would also be great as gifts (hint hint mothers day!) or to add to your own collection.

Mary Kay hasn't left the men out of the mix. I'm sure the male fragrances are equally as divine and with Fathers day around the corner they make a great affordable gift that any dad would love!

Once again MK you have hit the ball out of the park! I continue to be surprised (although I'm not sure why I still am), over joyed and in love with your products!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Guest Blogging on MTV's Fora Magazine.

A few weeks ago I had my first guest post go live on MTV's online magazine Fora. I will be continuing to share tips, tricks and secrets with all of you so check out tip #1 onhow to make your lip color last all night!
Check back later this week for tip #2!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What are your breakout secret cures?

I don't break out often but recently out of no where a monster of a pimple crept up on me and lead me to go on a search for a quick remedy. Now we've all heard that toothpaste dries out a pimple or that eye drops take away the redness but I want to know are there any odd or different breakout cures you know of?

One I recently read about that Id like to try is Aspirin. Crushed aspirin made into a paste with water and applied to pimples for 20 mins and washed off with a luke warm towel. Its supposed to bring down the swelling and helps to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads.

Have you tried this? Do you have any other suggestions for a speedy journey back to flawless skin?

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