Carry-On Travel Essentials

We are starting 2016 with a two week vacation to Antigua. I am so excited since it is my first time traveling to the Caribbean. We will be sailing from Antigua to St. Barts with a few stops along the way. Since we won't be in a hotel where there is room for a large suitcase I had to be clever packing. Here are a few staples I am bringing in my carry-on...

Carry-On Travel Essentials

Bronze Winged Eyeliner

Confession, ever since I created this bronze cat-eye look for Jill from The August diaries, I have rocked it on myself for practically every Holiday party I've attended. There is something so simplistic yet elegant about this bronze eyeliner. I just can't get enough. Take a look below at the third look in the Holiday Makeup Tutorial Series photographed by Britney Gill...

Bronze Winged Eyeliner

Fashion Magazine: How to wear glitter during the holidays (and still sit at the adults table)

I am a tad obsessed with gold, glitter and the Holidays. My beauty routine is fairly simple so when it comes to my nails I will often go bright or sparkly. In the past I have done glitter tips or just one nail on each hand with glitter but this year I decided to go all out with gold sparkly nails. Perfect for New Years!

Fashion Magazine: How to wear glitter during the holidays (and still sit at the adults table)

Had Too Much Fun Last Night? 5 Steps To Jump Start Your Beauty Recovery

It happens to the best of us, one after work cocktail at happy hour leads to crawling into bed at 2am. Usually for me it's when I am catching up with a close girlfriend and we get caught up in the convo before realizing it is 1am and we have had more than just a glass of wine each. Then you wake up the next day feeling oh so wonderful but have to go on with the day regardless, because going back to bed isn't an option. For times like these a good post-late night action plan is all you need to help you get back to feeling great or at least get you through the day.  Here are my 5 steps to jump start your beauty recovery after a late night...

Had Too Much Fun Last Night?  5 Steps To Jump Start Your Beauty Recovery

Blue + Burgundy

I have so much love for this bride! When I met Christie back in January we had such a great time chatting during her trial, I instantly was excited for her August wedding. My team and I had an amazing time with Christie and her bridesmaids the morning of the wedding day. They were all so sweet and gorgeous! Take a peek below at the stunning photos by Whitney Krutzfeldt and florals by Garden Party Flowers...

Blue + Burgundy

Holiday Golden Smokey Eye Look

The second look I created for The Holiday Tutorial Series with The August Diaries founder Jill Lansky is a golden smokey eye look.  The first look in the series, Deep Red Lips focused on the lips, keeping the eyes totally bare.  See the red lips tutorial here but first take a look below at this smokey eye, lash + nude lips look...

Holiday Golden Smokey Eye Look

Why You Should Be Using Face Masks

I have always been aware of my skins appearance, mainly due to bad breakouts that started at a young age. Then once I got into makeup I really took notice of the texture of my skin and how it looked with foundation or powder. Something I didn't always pay attention to was any of the extras after cleansing, moisturizing and occasionally toning. Then I turned 32 this year and, well to put it bluntly, I started freaking out about aging. Now don't get me wrong, 32 is not old but I think now it is time for me really to add certain skincare steps to my routine as a preventative step.  Coming up over the next few months I will be writing more about skincare as I learn about and discover new products...

Why You Should Be Using Face Masks

Fashion Magazine: Holiday Beauty Look

I love the holidays. It is one of my favourite times of the year. There are tons of activities around the city and lots of weekend holiday parties. With this being such a busy time of year, sometimes I don’t have much time to get myself ready. My go-to look is wavy hair, winged eyeliner and red lips...

Fashion Magazine: Holiday Beauty Look

Deep Red Lips

I first met Jill this summer while I was doing makeup for her good friend (and one of my favourite brides) wedding.  She was so nice to chat with and a natural beauty, so of course I couldn't wait to do her makeup again!  Here is a look at one of three Holiday looks we created, photographed by Britney Gill...

Deep Red Lips

Function Health Club: How to Lighten Up the Holidays

It’s that time of year again when Starbucks has all of their holiday drinks and the calendar is filled with parties to attend.  I love the holidays but I don’t like that feeling you get after they are finished, when you realize the parties replaced your cardio routine and all you have been lifting is a cranberry bliss bar...

Function Health Club: How to Lighten Up the Holidays

Fashion Magazine: How to wear black lipstick IRL

 

Dark plum and deep burgundy lipsticks are always fall makeup essentials, but recently, the must-have lip is just a bit darker. Black lipstick is now an edgier option to add to your fall collection. If you are thinking about trying the dark lip trend, here are a few tips to keep in mind...

Fashion Magazine: How to wear black lipstick IRL

I ❤ Lately

1. Wild fox Couture I'm a Cat Hoodie - $124, 2. Made well 'Perfect Fall' Jeans (Vance) - $128, 3. Ted Baker Imia Floral Print Romper - $295, 4. J. Crew The perfect party skirt - $128, 5. J. Crew Brushed wool-blend crewneck sweater in plaid - $98...

I ❤ Lately

Bridal Beauty: Rose Gold Eyes

After prepping the skin with Caudalie's Beauty Elixir and cream, I then applied the Original Laura Mercier Primer.  I applied the Make Up For Ever HD foundation with my Beauty Blender and concealed with the Giorgio Armani High Precision concealer. Next I set with a translucent powder and contoured the cheekbones with matte bronzer.  For a pop of colour I used a pink blush and highlighted the skin with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder...

Bridal Beauty: Rose Gold Eyes

Giveaway: Bridal Makeup & Hair Trial And Beauty Bag

Even though wedding season is winding down for myself and the team at Katie Elwood Makeup Artistry, we are already in full swing for 2016.  This weekend is the Creme De La Creme Grand Wedding Showcase and we couldn't be more excited to be attending once again. To celebrate, I have put together a giveaway for all of the brides-to-be!  Enter below for the chance to win a complimentary bridal trial with myself and my head stylist, Jen Mathison, along with a beauty bag filled with some of my favourite makeup and hair products...

Giveaway: Bridal Makeup & Hair Trial And Beauty Bag

5 Must-Have Jewelry Pieces For Fall

For the second time I had the pleasure of doing makeup for Lover's Tempo jewelry collection.  We shot this Fall/Winter lookbook during one of the hottest days of the summer so it was a bit of a challenge to get into the fall mood but the team nailed it.  I love the feel of this whole collection, the jewelry pieces are delicate with rich tones of burgundy and blue, perfect for fall and holiday season...

5 Must-Have Jewelry Pieces For Fall

Fashion Magazine: Elsa-Inspired Halloween Makeup

I decided to channel Elsa from Frozen this year for Halloween. This tutorial is an easy makeup and hairstyle that definitely completes any Elsa costume! To achieve maximum volume for hair, first curl and pin the whole head to set while applying makeup. Tip: make sure to backcomb the front sections before...

Fashion Magazine: Elsa-Inspired Halloween Makeup

West Coast Farm Wedding

Last year I had the pleasure of working with some amazing vendors to create this gorgeous bridal styled photoshoot. Kim Maru of Maru Photography requested a natural look for our model and I did just that! See what I used to create this simple but stunning bridal look, along with all the details and decor from this farm wedding...

West Coast Farm Wedding

Fashion Magazine: How To Contour For Daytime

Now and then, I love a good sculpted makeup look, however my day-to-day look is slightly softer. I like to use cream products when contouring. I find them easier to blend and build, then intensify with powder which also helps to set and hold my makeup. Take a look below at my basic contour/highlight makeup routine...

Fashion Magazine: How To Contour For Daytime