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Wearable Art with Paraezo Couture @WMCFW

floressa_aParaezo Couture, designer wedding gowns, was established in Toronto, Ontario in 2009 by lead designer Bruce Dang, with the first bridal collection launching in 2010, Paraezo Bridal designers combine European style and high fashion runway couture to create pure and original wedding gowns for the modern bride. The brand uses only the highest quality materials and never shies away from elaborate detailing so that every gown evokes feelings of elegance and beauty. In 2012 Paraezo Bridal launched the Paraezo Couture and Wish by Paraezo collections. Paraezo Couture amps up the haute couture design elements creating wearable pieces of art.

Dang’s interest in bridal fashion was sparked while working as creative director for a local wedding boutique. From there, Dang has created seven bridal collections under Paraezo Couture. For the Spring/Summer 2013 collection (entitled “Essence”) at World MasterCard Fashion Week, Dang took inspiration from natural elements, the simple beauty of flowers and foliage, to design wedding gowns with sensational curves, thoughtful embellishments and sharp contours, transforming the pieces into wearable art. He continues to pursue his dream of becoming a world-renowned bridal designer, and to grow Paraezo Couture to become among the most desirable brands in bridal fashion.

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In designing this collection, I found myself inspired by the novel The Secret Garden,” said Dang. “The themes of growth and rejuvenation illustrated in this classic tale captured my attention. Since weddings celebrate joy and new beginnings, I wanted my designs to reflect the optimism inherent in a budding flower. My hope is that brides who chose Paraezo Couture will feel like they have stepped out of a modern-day fairytale, thanks to a combination of European and haute couture influences and indulgently feminine details. The Paraezo woman is one who appreciates sharp cuts and style, but still believes in romance and happily ever after.”~ Bruce Dang

Paraezo was inspired by the Spanish word paraiso, which means paradise, mountains and the garden of eve. The brand defines Paraezo as a place of complete bliss, peace and harmony.

As I sat awaiting the show at WMCFW, I was mesmerized and intrigued by the studio runway decor (especially the wall which was draped with orchids). The gowns were beautiful and dreamy, I honestly had so many favourites. I had the opportunity to meet Bruce backstage and express my love for his designs. With such pure beauty gliding the runway, I jumped at the chance to feature Paraezo Couture on Beauty Buzz 411. If you’re a bride-to-be, this is a designer you must check out. See how the “Secret Garden” inspired this collection and how his pieces are true works of wearable art.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

BD~ It was my sisters 16th birthday and with my mom I had designed a gown for my sister. The moment she had tried on the gown and seeing how happy my sister was, made me realize that this is the feeling I want all of my brides to feel. Then I knew that this was something that made me happy.

BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

BD~ I actually would love to be an artist and have a gallery somewhere in Toronto.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

BD~ Karl Lagerfeld, Monique LhuillierAlexander McQueen and Elie Saab

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

BD~ I always loved fashion even though I didn’t realize it until later on being older. But I have always notice how people dressed and I criticized and thought how they could have dress differently.

_MG_8381BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

BD~ Someone who is a romantic and traditional but yet loves the new things in life.

BB411~ Who would be your favourite celebrity to dress?

BD~ I love Victoria Beckham, she is so sexy, daring and I would design anything for her!!

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing during Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

BD~ The moment at the end when everyone claps, I thought to myself that I have come so far and it feels really good.

BB411~ What was the inspiration behind the Beauty Looks during the show (make up & hair)?

BD~ For the makeup I thought bridal needs to be soft, light and whimsical hence my inspiration for my s/s 2013 collection is “the secret garden”. For the hair I wanted to throw in real flowers to show the pureness of each bride, a different trend rather than a tiara and veil._MG_8232

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

BD~ I would say Spring and Summer collection, because I love using natural elements.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

BD ~ I try to stay with the trend and maybe set a few trends whenever possible, but the main idea behind my collection is how I would see my perfect bride go down the aisle.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

BD~ I love blue and blush pink. Pink I have used in a few of my gown designs already but would love to do some blue in the near future.

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

BD~ I would say black pumps (something classic), a black dress, accessories, hats and a few different dresses with different necklines.

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BB411~ Describe your style?

BD~ I like to be preppy, love wearing suits.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

BD~ Everyone is beautiful in their own way and naturally they are a beauty.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

BD~ I get many compliments from my clients and brides who had seen or bought one of my gowns and that really keeps me going but other inspiration comes from movies, books, nature or simply other people.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

BD~ I would love to be a part of Make a Wish Foundation & The Breast Cancer Society.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

BD~ To me I feel that Fashion is a part of life and I am designing to make people happy when wearing my designs. So designing quality and fashion forward dresses is giving back.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

BD~ Never be afraid and never give up.a21r1386

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

BD~ Fun, Silly and Creative.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

BD~ Well my skin is very oily so I was my face 2-3 times a day with a skin cleanser. I keep an acne cream on hand just in case I break out.

BB411~ Three beauty products you carry with you always?

BD~ I love the foaming cleansers, nail clippers, and floss.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

BD~ A good face wash/cleanser.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favourite Cologne?

BD~ I have always used CK Eternity and Euphoria, love the smell and gotten used to it.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

Paraezo_dresses-674x518BD~ My mother actually showed me how a gown should fit and how it should be structured so yes she showed me many details in a gowns internal designs.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

BD~ I love movies more than reading, which I am very ashamed to say.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

BD~ “Imagine the world you want to live in and then dress that way” -Paul Crik

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

BD~ To never give up and remember the reason you are designing in the first place! Your Motivation!listing_Paraezo Couture

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Winterized Beauty

With the New Year here and the cold weather still here, it is even more important to make sure to protect your skin. I always post on the importance of staying hydrated and keeping moisturized. Even though I try to drink as much water as possible, my skin still shows signs of dehydration at times during the winter months so I need to stay on top of my skin care regime. I wanted to bring you some of my absolute favourite things that I have discovered in 2012 that gave my skin that added boost of moisture.

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The first thing I want to talk about is treating yourself to a facial. Now it is important to keep up with weekly maintenance at home, but I recommend finding a great spa near you to pamper yourself each month. A lot of spas have specials that make it affordable to go on a regular basis. For those of you that have been following the blog for some time, know that I just adore SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic in Vancouver. From the moment I have been going to them my skin has been in love and just can’t seem to get enough. I swear that my skin acts up sometimes just so I will go in for a treatment. On a recent visit to SKN, I received the “Perk Me Up Peel“.This peel is a great, quick treatment that creates visible change and hydration in the skin. It boosts the skin by removing surface cells with AHA’s and is completed with an infusion of antioxidants.First off they started by cleansing my skin with Osmosis “Cleanse” with 20% lactic acid added to it. Then a 50% lactic acid was applied to my skin and left on for 2-3 minutes to help with cell turnover, decongestion and hydration. After a Rhonda Allison Omega 6 oil was put on my skin, along with a milk mask to pump up the moisture. While the mask and oil sat on my skin, a cold jade roller was glided across my face (this was the best part). To finish off the treatment, I had more Omega 6 oil and a growth factor serum added for healing and rejuvenating. Not only was my skin glowing when I left, but the next morning and days after I had clear, radiant skin~ no more dehydration and congestion. You can check out SKN Shop  for all these lines and many more great products.

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Now I have some absolute favourites when it comes to MUST HAVE products that hold a permanent residence in my cupboard. With saying this I want to not only include them in this post but also introduce you to some new contenders I have had cross my path.

Hair~ Now since I cut my hair last February and have a shorter style, I have really started to play around with different products. Recently I have started the journey of becoming a blonde, which means with curly hair as well, I need to find lines that give my hair tons of moisture. Here is a list of some of my favourite products that are keeping my hair in top shape this New Year.

Joico “Smooth Cure” hair care line~ This line gives my hair tons of moisture and helps protect it from the dry winter weather. I love their Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, both contain KeraShield Complex that reduces frizz and leaves my hair manageably soft and smooth. After I like to add Joico’s leave-in rescue treatment. This cream can be used alone on wet hair as a styling aid or it can be applied before blowdrying your hair. When blowdrying my hair I also like to add their thermal styling protectant, these two combined protect my hair against humidity and thermal damage. The whole “Smooth Cure” line from Joico smells great on top off all the goodness it does for your tresses. Another great leave in treatment I found was Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk. This light-weight mist helps control flyaway’s, frizz and gives added shine while leaving my curls bouncy and soft.

The original Mane ‘n Tail hair care line~ It’s funny I originally heard of this line and tried it years ago, but was recently sent some product. This line gave great moisture and strength to my hair. I enjoyed the shampoo, conditioner and hair strengthener. One product that was new to me (and not hair related) was their Hoofmaker hand & nail therapy, it was originally developed for horses to moisturize dry, cracked and brittle hooves. This cream is light-weight and non-greasy. It adds instant moisture to dry hands and left my cuticles nourished.

Moroccan Oil products~ What’s not to love about this line. One product that I recently discovered during a photo shoot was their Luminous hairspray, all I can say is it smells heavenly~ like being on a beach in the Caribbean. It has medium hold but still keeps your hair manageable with a natural look. It’s even easy to brush out if you’re needing to change-up your style. 03739

LUSH~ Awwwwww Good ol LUSH Cosmetics, what can I say ~ How I love thee! As many of you know LUSH holds a special place in my heart. I have discovered so many fabulous products from them that I enjoy sharing them all with you. When it comes to hair, LUSH has been a life saver. I am totally obsessed with their R&B hair moisturizer which I have posted about before. It is one of my go to products that I also use as a styling aid. The Blousey shampoo is a new-found favorite that contains rose oil, blackcurrant absolute, thyme and rosemary. It has fresh smashed organic bananas that provide my hair (especially being blonde) with intense moisture. Next I discovered Happy Happy Joy Joy hair conditioner, which reminds me of Springtime and all the flowers in bloom. With Orange flower absolute, rosewood and grapefruit oils your hair will be dancing a happy tune. Once a week I like to run a bath, apply a hair treatment/mask and relax. There is nothing I enjoy more than hair products that contain peppermint and honey, and Roots hair treatment contains both. I love the way it tingled and left a cooling sensation on my scalp. Honestly my hair had major bounce after this treatment! Last but not least Shine So Bright split end treatment. I love adding this to my hair as a finishing touch after drying. You can use to mend split ends or tame fly-aways as well. It’s a perfect size to slip into you purse and have as a quick fix when your out on the town.baby-lips_pack-shot-crop_Quenched

This past October I attended World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto and had the opportunity to go backstage with Redken and Maybelline to see all the magic created before the shows. I have always been a fan of both brands and during this trip I came across some new products that caught my eye. First off Hair! Again with shorter curly hair, finding a styling cream that doesn’t weigh my hair down is a little tricky. Also one that doesn’t leave it looking greasy is the key too. That’s where Redken Tousle Whip 04 comes in. This cream smells divine and delivers soft texture while providing a good hold. Then when I want to blow out and style my hair I first use Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide, with macadamia oil it adds protection and leaves my hair glossy smooth. After I dry it, I use Redken Iron Shape 11 finishing thermal spray. This heat protective spray locks in curl and straight shapes while adding a touchable, shiny finish. There are many Maybelline products that now fill my makeup bag, one being their new moisturizing lip balm “Baby Lips“. This lip balm provides 8 hours of hydration and I was passed on a beauty trick from Maybelline’s lead Makeup Artist Grace Lee ~ use it to highlight your features. That’s right girls, you can add “Quenched” (shown here) to your cheekbones for contouring. This new balm also comes in scrumptious shades and my new favorite is “Cherry Me”.

brown_ss_angleFace and Body~ When it comes to my skin I love products that smell great, deep clean and keep me well moisturized. I believe in exfoliating your skin each week, always moisturizing and not going to bed with makeup on (though we all have done this a few times I bet). Here are some of my favourites from 2012 that I can’t seem to put down. Even though I love going to the spa, I love even more finding products that I can indulge in right in my own home. During my birthday last year I received La Licious brown sugar & vanilla sugar souffle’ and this is definitely a scrub you need to get your hands on. It exfoliates your skin to perfection and did I mention it’s all natural! It has all my favourite ingredients~ Brown cane sugar, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and honey. It smells so good you will want to eat it. Another great scrub that I was introduced to by the same friend was Jade & Ginseng Sugar Scrub from Jade Spa. With the detoxifying properties of jade and many health benefits of ginseng, your skin will  be exfoliated, renewed, smooth and hydrated. These two have permanent homes beside my tub.

When it comes to shower time and cleansing my skin I tend to mix it up between using scrubs, body washes, milks and my latest craze~shower jelly. LUSH  introduced me to shower jelly’s and I was instantly hooked. A few of my favourites have been Calacas (limited time only)~which smells like green life saver candies, Ghost~which smells like a garden of jasmine and lilies, and my latest obsession Whoosh~ which bursts with a lemon scent and is sure to wake you up. The great thing about these shower jelly’s is they clean your skin so well without stripping the moisture. Another fave from LUSH  is their Rub Rub Rub shower scrub. This sea salt scrub contains a mimosa and orange blossom scent that is sure to awaken your senses. After cleaning your skin you always need to moisturize. It is said the best way is to apply your crams and lotions while you skin is still damp. Sticking with a theme I came across a few beauty finds from LUSH,  Vanilla DEE-Lite body lotion  is vitamin-packed and made with their Vanilla Fountain fragrance and fresh kiwis. Though this lotion is light it still leaves your skin supple. Another great moisturizer for those looking for an organic line is Consonant C ultra moisturizing organic face cream. This cream is formulated with organic botanicals and natural source hydrators making it a perfect fit for the driest winter weather. Last but not least when it comes to cleansing my face I look for a wash that is gentle for sensitive eyes, deep cleans and won’t over-dry my skin. Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel does the job. I love how easy this cleanser washes my face and easily rinses off. Dermalogica products are formulated without artificial fragrances and colours, making them suitable for all skin types.

Wel there you have it, a few of my favorites from 2012 that I’m continuing to love in the New Year. I’d love to hear what your MUST HAVE beauty products are that you just can’t live without.

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Design the Life you want to Live with Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy, designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother, designs to inspire women to feel smart, confident and individual. Raised in Northern California by an Indian father and Dutch mother, Rachel grew up immersed in the issues of Vogue magazines she collected and dreams of being a designer. After attending college in Washington, DC, Rachel moved to New York City and began styling magazine shoots. Her feminine aesthetic with a twist quickly earned her a reputation for knowing how to enhance a woman’s body without revealing too much. After almost a decade at a global urban brand, where she rose to Creative Director overseeing seven licensees and running all of design departments, Rachel launched her own brand.

Inspired by the strong, confident working women she knew, the Rachel Roy New York collection debuted in Spring 2005. The collection embodies an effortless, elegant and exotic lifestyle with Rachel’s design hallmarks of print/pattern mixing, the pairing of opposites and defining details that take women from day to evening. From the very first collection, Rachel has created modern iconic pieces – the trench, the blouse and the dress – that are, and continue to be, the cornerstones of women’s wardrobes.In August 2009, Rachel launched RACHEL Rachel Roy, a downtown, youthful companion to her designer collection featuring affordable contemporary sportswear, footwear, handbags and jewelry that has quickly become a destination brand.

A frequent lifestyle, fashion and culture contributor to various publications, Rachel is a featured monthly columnist for InStyle Magazine and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Rachel has appeared on numerous national TV programs; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Project Runway, The Nate Berkus show, Lifetime’s Catwalk 24/7, Sundance’s All on the Line, and Extra TV as the red carpet style correspondent for the 2011 Oscars. Rachel and her work has been featured on leading blogs like The Cut, Refinery 29, WhoWhatWear, and The Glamouri to over 200 million web viewers annually. Fascinated with technology and how it enhances women’s lives, Rachel has created a robust social network that engages women and acts as a research and laboratory to test new designs and ideas that includes Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

Rachel has garnered editorial acclaim in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Vanity Fair, Glamour and InStyle. Rachel has had the honor of dressing First Lady Michelle Obama, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Iman, Halle Berry, Sofia Vergara, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow among other esteemed actresses, musicians and businesswomen.

Giving back is one of Rachel‘s greatest passions and one of the founding principles of the Rachel Roy brand. Rachel always looks to create opportunities to give women and children in need a voice. As you can see Rachel really embodies true inner beauty.

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Rachel Roy has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to collaborate together on a collection of tshirts featuring Chopra’s inspirational quotes and a jewelry line showing her favorite evil eye symbol. “I have a vision of vintage rock-and-roll tees, but instead of the title of the album, it would be the saying,” Roy said. “Even girls who don’t know Deepak will think they’re wearing a cute shirt.” . And the collection involves charity: All proceeds will be donated to the Chopra Foundation to support education in India. I think it is truly remarkable what they are doing~ to see more on their collaboration click Here. I am absolutely in love with the pieces and am having a hard time deciding which one I want!

 

 

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In September I was invited to meet Rachel as she unveiled the most coveted items for fall with her latest RACHEL Rachel Roy collection 548815_10151217488354228_958447699_nat the BAY. The evening consisted of an informal fashion presentation where the models stood on platforms displaying her beautiful creations. There was refreshing sips, sweet treats and hot dj beats. I had the opportunity to try on most of her collection, her designs are a perfect fit (for us shorter girls too!). I fell in love with her purple and black banded cut out dress (on the mannequin in the video and photo), it fit like a glove and hung perfectly on my body. I actually came out of the change room and Rachel gave me her approval with a smile and nod. You can’t get a better compliment than from the designer herself. She was such a sweetheart, I was captivated by her elegance, grace and beauty. Rachel is even more beautiful on the inside with her heart of gold. I was definitely a fan before, but after attending this event I have a whole new level of appreciation and admiration for her. I was beyond excited when Rachel agreed to be featured for a beauty Q&A. So get cozy while we get up close and personal with Designer Rachel Roy, she may just inspire you to give back and dream big!

photo 2BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

RR~ I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be designer. Vogue magazines were my escape and really inspired me to design the life I wanted to live – and that life, for me, was design.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty, what is your earliest memory?

RR~ Always! I was the young girl who was always styling her family members, my poor brother! I was also the girl who took a job in fashion at 14 and begged my bosses to let me style the mannequins in the store window.

BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

 

RR~ A travel writer. I love exploring new places around the world and sharing it.

BB411~ You collected Vogue magazines growing up, what did it mean to you to be featured in Vogue?

RR~ It was one of the highlights of my career. To have the support of something that was so influential and instrumental in my development as a designer means a great deal to me.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

RR~ I am inspired by Coco Chanel and her story. She was an orphan who grew up in a completely different world than those she ultimately designed for and did it with such grace and strength. She did not let her beginning dictate her ending and that’s something that has always stayed with me.

BB411~ I absolutely am inspired by her as well and I love the statement “She did not let her beginning dictate her ending”.

BB411~ What did it mean to be inducted into the CFDA?

RR~ It’s another highlight of my career to be able to stand next to such talented designers and help make the industry a better place, not just for now but for the next generation of designers.

BB411~ Describe your style?

RR~ I’m a bit of a chameleon. Getting dressed in the morning is an opportunity to play to how you are feeling that morning. A little sexy, rocker girl, I love it all as long as you feel like an individual – that’s my goal with how I dress and how I design for women.

BB411~ What kind of woman does your line represent (including Rachel)?

RR~ I love helping women find their individual style – whether they are just entering school or the job market or are established in their career and life. My goal is for women to feel, smart, confident and individual through what I design.

BB411~ Who has been your favorite celebrity to dress?

RR~ I love the relationship that I form with women when I dress them. I learn a great deal from them – entrepreneurs who are starting or running established businesses to amazing actresses and political leaders.

BB411~ What is your favorite thing about fall?

RR~ The change of season – the cooler air, the leaves changing colors. It’s a great time to escape from the city with my girls and take a drive in the country.

BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

RR~

  • An amazing dress that fits you like a glove.
  • A thin black turtleneck that you can wear under a dress to get more mileage out of it.
  • An office to cocktails blouse.
  • A trench coat in a soft fabric that can double as a dress.
  • A caftan. You can wear it a hundred ways from beach to street.

BB411~ What is the #1 fashion mistake a person does?

RR~ I don’t believe in fashion rules

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

RR~ I think beauty starts within us. We all choose to express it differently on the exterior but it starts within us.

BB411~ What has being a Mom meant to you and what do you want to teach your daughters about beauty?

RR~ I live for my girls and it’s important that I teach them to be citizens of the world by taking them on trips to other parts of the world to experience different ways of life, cultures and how beauty can take on many forms and expressions.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

RR~ I think it’s the opportunity to give women a voice through what they wear, to create a look/style that makes them feel like individuals.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

RR~ Each collection starts with a specific inspiration, a story, and builds from there. I personally fit every piece I design – I want my pieces to feel as amazing as they look.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

RR~ Margherita Missoni introduced me to OrphanAid Africa about 5 years ago and it’s been such an important experience for me. I think of the kids there often and every holiday season we do a book wrapping paper to send to them. Recently I traveled to Haiti with Martha Stewart to visit an artisan colony to develop product to be able to feature on my website. It gives the Haitian artisans a platform for telling their story and showcasing their amazing talents.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

RR~ I think it’s one of the most important things you can do both personally and professionally. Donating your time personally to local shelter, food banks, or reading programs are simple ways to get involved. One of the goals of my business has been to help create jobs for women and give them a platform in which to create a better life for themselves.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

RR~ I think sometimes as young women we tend to hold our voices and not speak loudly enough on things we truly believe in because we think it’s going to hurt others feelings or not be the popular opinion.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

RR~ Loyal, honest, inquisitive.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

RR~ My mother passed down the importance of a good classic scent. Hers was Chanel #5 and
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BB411~ You have great skin, what’s your secret (skin care regime)?

RR~ Make-up artist Cynde Watson gave me a Clarisonic skin care system. When I have time at night it helps ten-fold with the appearance of dark circles and tired skin. I swear by it!

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

RR~ Bobbi Brown concealer, ESOS lip balm, RICH cosmetics lip pencil.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

RR~ Water.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

RR~ I love Jo Malone Grapefruit and Red Roses candles.

BB411~ You have beautiful hair, what do you use as your go to products?

RR~ I swear by everything Ted Gibson makes – especially his hair sheets which I travel with.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

RR~ I do a bit of comedy acting in the videos my team and I produce.480289_10151280699994228_2143956638_n

BB411~ Favorite quote?

RR~ “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

RR~ The road will be harder than you expected, it may take more time you expected but it is
possible to design the life you want to live – just never take no for an answer.

Meeting Rachel was a highlight of my career as I have been a fan of hers for so long. It was such an honour to interview her and I am very grateful to have been able to share this feature with all of you. I look forward to having her designs continue to fill my closet and can’t wait to see all her collections to come. To stay connected and see all the updates on Rachel, be sure to check out her website and follow her on all her social media ~ FacebookTwitterFlickrYoutubeTumblrInstagramPinterest and Google+.

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Look Good and Feel Great with MASC

One thing that Beauty Buzz 411 is constantly on the look out for is fabulous men’s skin care. I have spoken to many men and skin care is not much of an importance on their list. Usually because they want to keep it simple, don’t have time and most don’t know what’s best to use. Beauty Buzz 411 is pleased to be working with MASC, a one stop shop in Vancouver for everything when it comes to skin care for the boys. Their online shop is amazing and I love how they are selective on which brands they carry. From The moment I stepped foot into the Vancouver store (in the heart of Yaletown) I felt right at home. It doesn’t hurt that Owners Patrick Levesque and Jamie Beuthin are incredibly knowledgeable and are such amazing guys. I still remember the moment I first met Patrick, it was an instant connection and I knew that we would work on something great together. As the months rolled on I have had the chance to get to know Patrick more and realize how down to earth he is and passionate he is about mens skin care needs.

Beauty Buzz 411 will be working with MASC and testing out the latest and greatest skin care for men. There will be on going monthly posts on what products and lines are a “MUST HAVE”! Recently I had the opportunity to indulge (along with my male panelists) in some amazing beauty products that were an instant hit. First was the Jack Black “Beard Lube” Conditioning Shave. I have to say this was a HUGE Winner for both myself and the boys. I used it on my legs and was blown away, I actually think it may be the best I’ve ever tried! As for the men they found it incredible, a 4 day hair growth shaved as easily as 1 day (without the razor catching the hair). With jojoba, eucalyptus and macadamia nut oil your skin will be left feeling clean and soft. Beard Lube is a pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner all in one. Not only does it go on clear making it easy for the men to see the hair, but it rinses easily and won’t leave a film or clog your blade.

Now you all know I am an advocate for exfoliation, well Menscience “Microfine” Face Scrub is a great addition to any skin type regime. I love how this product contains glycolic acid to remove dead cells, salicylic acid to clear pores and allantoin/aloe/glycerin to soften and soothe skin. It’s gentle for the face but still worked great on the chest and back! For the men it was great to prepare the skin for shaving. Also from the same line, another absolute MUST HAVE was Menscience “Advanced Face Lotion”. This lotion was ultra light-weight yet provided mega moisture, perfect for the men (especially those travelling on planes a lot). Not only is it formulated with advanced water-binding agents and skin-refining ingredients, It helps renew and restore your complexion. It really nurtures and protects your skin.

Last but not least I wanted to find a new cleanser that would be great for everyday use without stripping the skin of moisture. I discovered Kyoku “Daily Facial Cleanser” , it is inspired by Japanese herbal skin remedies and is designed especially with a mans skin in mind. I loved the way it felt on my skin and the scent of peppermint was uplifting. I was very pleased with these 4 beauty finds and look forward to searching out and bringing you all more. There was one more product that I tested out, Evolution Man Conceal and Treat and I feel it’s the perfect concealor for Men. It isn’t greasy and has a matte finish, making it great for providing coverage without looking like you’re wearing make up. I highly recommend picking one up as you never know when a late night or blemish will throw your complexion for a loop.

I recently had the chance to interview Patrick and find out the 411 on what’s to know when it comes to skin care for the boys!

BB411~ You and Jamie are the founders of MASC, how did the idea come to be?

PL~We graduated with Bachelor of Commerce degrees in Entrepreneurial Management, with no specific ideas of how we were going to apply that in the real world. We worked at several different jobs and gained some invaluable experience before it dawned on us about getting into men’s skin care & grooming. We both found ourselves having a hard time finding products  that were on the market, but were just not easily accessible. We also disliked having to go into a women’s shop or department store to find one shelf of product for men, which seemed more of an afterthought than anything else.

BB411~You carry select product lines, what do you look for in deciding which ones to carry?

PL~We consider the reputation of the brand, if it’s unique in comparison to other brands we carry, whether or not the product works well, the quality of the ingredients, whether it’s tested on animals, and of product packaging. We also really strive to offer our customers something unique and thus don’t see the point in offering a brand they can easily buy at the drug store.

BB411~ What do you want people to feel when shopping in the store or online with Masc? What makes you different from other stores?

PL~ We want people to feel comfortable and informed at masc. We are not about pressuring a guy to buy something, or the most expensive product, but rather finding the best products for their skin or to address their specific concerns. We take the time to ask questions, and are always happy to provide samples if he’s uncertain. Our store caters specifically to men, is run by men, we are knowledgeable about our products, and obviously have direct experience with skin care and grooming for men. We know what works. Online we try to provide as much information, including videos where we talk about the products so that they can feel like they’re in the store, even when they are not. We are renowned not only for our extremely high level of customer service but also for our unique assortment of quality products. Most of our brands will not be found anywhere else in Vancouver, and in some cases even in Canada.

BB411~How important is skin care for men?

PL~Men tend to underestimate the importance of a good skin care routine. If you consider the fact that men take blades to their face when shaving, I’d almost say it’s even more important for men. There are various skin complications that can arise from improper shaving techniques or poor quality products.

BB411~What are some key points for men in taking care of their skin?

PL~Cleanse & moisturize daily, both morning and night. Use a good shaving cream and exfoliate a few times a week right before you shave. Not only with this improve the appearance of your skin, but it will also allow for a smoother and less irritating shave. Just remember, your shave can make or break the appearance of your skin so it’s important to really figure this part out. Also, your under eye area can be the first area of your face that will show signs of aging. Using a good under eye product daily, morning and night will go a long way. The key is consistency with all of this. Get into a good routine and stick to it. The more you take care of your skin now, the more benefits you’ll reap in the future. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes.

BB411~Does nutrition and fitness play an importance in healthy skin?

PL~It’s all connected. If you don’t take care of your body by eating healthy, keeping hydrated, and exercising, it will reflect on the health of your skin as well. Just like if you work out like crazy, but eat takeout every night, you’re not achieving the optimal results that you could be.

BB411~#1 mistake men make when it comes to taking care of their skin?

PL~Not moisturizing. Guys have either never been told they should moisturize, and never experienced the benefits, or have had a bad experience with a poor quality moisturizer that made them feel greasy. There are some great moisturizers available that will make your skin look and feel great, and it is so important to moisturize daily.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

PL~I don’t necessarily carry any beauty products with me on a day-to-day basis besides a Jack Black Lip Balm. If I had to choose another, I’d select a hand cream. More often than not I don’t have a bag with me so I have to keep it simple. Oh, one product that is good to keep at work though is a jar of toner pads. Sometimes if you’re going somewhere straight after work and want to freshen up without having to wash your face, toner pads are great for that.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

PL~ The Vitamin E Moisturizer from (Malin+Goetz). I’ve been using it for years and it works so well. It’s oil-free and they use fatty acids as the primary moisturizing ingredient, so it absorbs into the skin very well.

BB411~ Favorite cleanser and exfoliant?

PL~ My favorite cleanser right now is the Menscience Daily Face Wash and my favorite scrub is the Urth Face Scrub.

BB411~ Favorite Cologne?

PL~ Duro by Nasomatto

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

PL~ Good question. I’d have to say that beauty comes from the inside out. I know that’s cliché, but I know that for me, if someone is an awful person, it changes the way I see them. The same goes for someone with a big heart. I think someone who respects others and themselves is also the same person that will take care of themselves and try to reflect on the outside how they are on the inside. It doesn’t always go hand in hand though.

BB411~ What does it mean to give back?

PL~ It means helping those that are less fortunate or that need a helping hand of some sort. There are so many organizations out there that need support and we feel really good about being able to help whenever we can.

BB411~ What charities or causes are you involved in or that are dear to your heart?

PL~ I’m definitely a supporter of anti-bullying and different causes that go along with that. We have and continue to support many Out In School events put on by Friends & Company. Also, we support the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as well as they are such a fantastic organization. Another one that is important to me is Autism Speaks. My niece has autism and it’s becoming more and more common and requires a lot of support and awareness within the community because there’s still so much unknown about it. Families with kids that have autism need all the help they can get. We support other causes, including different sports teams etc, but those two are ones that stand out in my mind.

BB411~ What inspires you?

Wow, that’s a good one. I think I’m inspired by the fact that all limitations are self-imposed. When someone says I can’t, I want to prove them wrong. Being an entrepreneur, there are no limits and it’s all up to us how big we want to dream. The other day I was at the gym after having not made it a priority for a while, and I saw a blind man working out, with his guide dog helping him navigate through a busy gym. People like THAT inspire me.

BB411~ That is truly inspiring, WOW!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

PL~ “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

BB411~ You are also one of the founders of Homorazzi, can you tell me a bit about that?

PL~ Homorazzi started about two years into Masc being open. I started it with my friend Donovan and a bunch of our friends were eager to join in as well. It’s  an entertainment site where we write about the latest in TV, movies, music, celebrities, gay issues, and of course, intermixed with some eye candy. It’s been an exciting ride and we’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many cool people along the way. We also have a show on OUTtv now where a panel of four of us talk about the same sorts of topics that we cover on our site.

BB411~ You are openly gay, has that been a struggle for you in your life?

PL~ Every since I’ve come out of the closet, being gay has never been a struggle. The struggle was when I was still in the closet and having to constantly lie to myself and others. When I was true to who I was, the world opened up many doors and I am a much happier person for it.

BB411~ What advice would you give to the younger generation that may be struggling with coming out?

PL~ We grow up hearing the phrase “be yourself” and it couldn’t be more true in this scenario. There is no rule for when you should come out, so do it when you feel ready, but know that your life will get better in the long run once you do.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you know now what would it be? (a lesson learned or wisdom gained?)

PL~ I would tell my younger self that my family and friends will love me for who I am, regardless of my sexuality. I would also say to myself, “Follow your dreams and do what makes you happy in life.”

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

PL~ I just found out last year that I was adopted! The news brought my family closer together so it was a positive experience.

To find out more about MASC and all the faboulous products check out their website, visit the store , follow on  facebook and  Twitter

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Backstage Beauty: Geoffrey Rodriguez for Kevyn Aucoin uses Bold Colors in Unexpected Places

Lead Makeup Artist,  Geoffrey Rodriguez for Kevyn Aucoin Beauty created the look for designer Gregory Parkinson’s S/S 2013 Collection at New York Fashion WeekInspired by Gregory Parkinson’s exuberant love of fabric and color, Makeup Artist, Geoffrey Rodriguez says “his S/S 2013 make-up look is all about the mixture of textures and Boldly Colored Cheeks!  The past few seasons have been focused on deep bright colors on the lips or eyes, so this season, I wanted to bring bold emphasis and color to a new and unexpected place- The Cheeks!  As for the lips, we are referring to them as ‘The Absence of Color’.

Just like make-up, Gregory Parkinson’s designs have intricately detailed color combinations and textures, so the creative synergy between the clothes and make-up are very organic. “Each dress could be its own make-up palette,” says Rodriguez.

Please see below for how to get the look!

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THE LOOK:
  • Cheeks: Apply Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Veil Powder in Candelight prior to blush to soften shades and highlight the temples of the cheeks. Then layer Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow blush in Shadore from the apple of the cheeks to the temples, followed by Pure Powder Glow in Myracle on temples to contour and sculpt cheeks at the base of the hairline. When the Shadore blush blends with Candlelight, the color actually becomes a softer shade.  This use of mixing and layering creates three different shades of pink on the cheek and adds multiple forms of contouring, highlighting and sculpting.
  • Eyes:  As a base, cover the lid with the NEW! Kevyn Aucoin Eye Shadow Single in #103 (a peach matte). For shine, apply a generous amount of Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Shadow in Citrine (a gold jeweled tone) at theinner corners and underneath eyes so it appears like the shimmer is ‘dripping down’ the eye.  Depending the model’s dress, the eyes are contoured with one of the gem-inspired Loose Shimmer Shadow shades, primarily, Jade (a vibrant green), Lapis (a bluish plum) or Amethyst (a bright purple), to create light and dimension against the matte lid.  To create lift, the bottom and top lashes are coated with Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara.  Two coats are applied using a zigzag motion from the base of the lash-line to the tips for fullness and definition.  A third layer of mascara is used tocoat tips of lashes.
  • Brows: Utilizing Kevyn Aucoin Eyebrow Gel, set to launch in 2013, brows are brushed upward with a little bit of gel, creating a wind-blown look that is free and easy, complementing the hair created for the show.  The Loose Shimmer Shadow in Citrine lines brows for additional highlights and dimension.
  • Lips: Because lip color has been so prominent the last few seasons, we are calling it “The Absence of Color”.  Using Kevyn Aucoin Elegant Lip Gloss in Cloudaine (baby pink) to hydrate and a smidge of Kevyn Aucoin Lip Gloss in Dahliana (nude cream) on top for a baby soft, pouty look.  Again, more layering of sheer textures on top of each other is beautiful for a natural look with a nod towards something modern.

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With Fashion week and people running around,Here are some great ideas about what to do with your hair from a video I love thanks to StyleHaul ~ The largest original fashion and beauty video content community in the world with more than 825 vloggers, who churn out creative tips and tutorials on everything from top knots to at-home ombré hair dying, StyleHaul is the next generation fashion destination. Serving a global audience of 25 million style influencers and tastemakers who all come to create, consume and share, the YouTube network aggregates and fuses tailored style guru channels with premium original programming under a single social fashion video platform. With a mix of key players and curators like BubzBeauty, JLovesMac1, Pixiwoo, CutePolish, DulceCandy87 and Rock What You Got (just to name a few!), StyleHaul is revolutionizing fashion video, connecting users with creative, authentic content.

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Fresh ideas for Fall


Hot Houdini

Hot Houdini bronzer from Karmaface is perfect for any skin tone. Not only does it give you great color, it has a matte finish with a light texture making it easy to apply. I love how you can add just a little for some golden glow, or more to contour and define. Karma truly is a beautiful thing! Visit KarmaFaceCosmetics today and remember $1 from every Bronzer is donated to YWCA Canada

 

Nails with Dazzle

For years I spent hours in salons and spas getting my nails done. But for someone like me that is constantly on the go, finding the time to sit in a chair having my nails prepped can be a little difficult. Then I discovered Dazzle Dry 3 part system over the summer and love its many conveniences. You will have people asking you where you got them done. With an abundant array of colors to choose from, you will be dazzled for any occasion. Available at Dazzle Dry and Beauty Mark 


A perfect pair

Recently I was testing LUSH solid perfumesKarma” & “Imogen Rose” and accidentally combined the two together. Although both scents are wonderful on their own, the combination ended up pleasantly surprising me. It was both delicate and romantic. I decided to test my new creation out on a night on the town and I had people asking to smell my wrist over and over again. It’s really was a beautiful marriage between alluring fresh roses, enticing sweet orange and captivating patchouli. When you can’t decide on which fragrance to put on, wear them both! Stop in to LUSH today and discover your perfect pair.

 

Put your feet up

With all the running around one can do, there is nothing like giving your feet some added love. I discovered LUSH “Volcano” and after only 10 minutes of this treatment, this mask left my skin soft and smooth. With fresh ingredients like papaya, tomato and cinnamon, your footsies will be thanking you. Winterize your feet at LUSH

 

 Eyes that make a statement

The eyes say everything, so why not make a bold statement with Lise Watier Eye Shine in “Black Gold”. With a metallic finish, this pencil defines my eyes, glides on smooth and adds just the right amount of sparkle for that glamour look. A good liner is a staple in any makeup bag and this is definitely a top contender. Learn more at Lise Watier

What are your Fall Favourites?

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When life gives you lemons…Use them for Beauty!

It’s funny they say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade~ I say use it in your beauty regime!

For centuries lemons have been used for their numerous health and beauty benefits. They are high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene. Lemons boost your immune system, balance ph levels and help promote clearer skin. Lemons act as a digestive aid and cleanse the liver, which when added to your diet can help with weight loss.

I wanted to share with all of you some great tips and tricks on how lemons are the perfect beauty tool and packed full of power for your health.

Digestion and cleansing the system~ First thing in the morning on an empty stomach, I add freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon to a cup of lukewarm water and drink. This helps jump-start my system and purges toxins from the blood which helps keep my skin clear. Lemon juice helps in digestion and aids the liver to get rid of impurities.  “According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down”. I say what better way to start your morning ritual then to add these beautiful little yellow gems to your day!

Acne~ Lemons contain citric acid and vitamin C, which can be effective in treating acne and promoting healthy glowing skin. I like to take fresh sliced tomato with lemon juice on them, place on my face and relax for a bit. This not only brightens your complexion, the natural acid helps to clear up blemishes.

Constipation~ Combine 1 cup of hot water, ¼ lemon and 1 tsp ground flax-seed, mix thoroughly and drink. This home remedy can be taken daily until issue resolves.

Oily Hair~ You don’t need to be annoyed with oily hair anymore! Take 2 spoons of lemon juice, add it to some water and use in your last rinse. It will also help add shine to your hair too. I remember growing up and putting lemon juice in my hair while going out and sitting in the sun. This lightened my hair and added natural highlights.

Blackheads~ Take 5 cotton pads and soak in lemon juice and place them onto your  face. After 15 minutes,  remove and allow your skin to dry. This process can be repeated daily until your pores are clear.

Discolored nails or excess nail polish~ Whenever I take nail polish off I sometimes tend to have a little discoloration on my nail bed. I take a lemon and cut it in half and squeeze out the juice into a bowl. I then take the lemon half and rub on my nails. After I take the juice that I squeezed from the lemon and soak my fingers in the bowl for 10 minutes. To finish off I take a nail brush (or a toothbrush will work too) and scrub my nails. Lemons are a great natural bleach and can be used for dark underarms, elbows and knees too. Again take half a lemon and rub onto the darkened area. Regular application of lemon lightens the skin color.

The color yellow reminds me of summer and I especially love rocking a great polish. A few of my favorites are MAC “Al Fredo” , butter LONDON  “Cheeky Chops” and Sephora O.P.I “opaque bright buttercup yellow”

What are the favorite ways you incorporate lemon into your life?

Would love to hear what your favorite nail lacquer is in YELLOW!

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