Sep 30, 2014
Natasha

Style Fix Spotlight: Brenda Hurtado

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Brenda Hurtado
Stylist
Texture Hair Salon

What inspired you to go into the beauty industry?

I’ve always been into beauty, since I was a little girl, learning how to put a curl in my hair or apply a bit of makeup. It’s just fun to think of different ways of changing your look and give other people that option for themselves as well.

Where did you study?

Ottawa Academy.

You work with a team of talented and industry recognized Senior Stylists at Texture Hair Salon. What has the experience been like so far?

It’s been the most rewarding experience to be surrounded by such talent everyday! I work with the best team, they are never afraid to push the limits on creativity. They all offer such different styles and opinions that inspire you to think outside the box. I’ve been so lucky to have the opportunity to learn from them.

What I’ve learned so far at Texture is to never be afraid of being different and go beyond what normal is – because that’s where you will find your own style of creativity!

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You took home silver in the Student Category at the 2014 Wella Professionals North American Trend Vision Awards. Tells us about that experience.

OMG I can’t even describe it ! When I entered Trend Vision, I had no idea I was entering a whole other world in the beauty industry. The journey it took me on changed my life! I could only dream of becoming part of this show for years and finally had the opportunity to go for it! Initially it was to see what my mind was capable of coming up with for this years trends. I already felt like a winner being chosen for LA but getting the award topped it off for me. I learnt so much during the whole experience, working with the greatest assistant my coworker Damien Carvery who really kept me organized and not to mention I had an amazing model as well!

The whole experience from beginning to end was surreal and I can’t wait for next year so I can do it all over again. Definitely hooked now!

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What was your favorite memory from Trend Vision and how did it motivate you as a Stylist?

My favorite memory was just looking around me and seeing so many passionate stylists go through the same experience. It’s motivating seeing all the different talent to continue growing my creativity and to be part of such an amazing show.

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You visited the Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum while you were in L.A. If you could meet any celebrity – who would it be?

This one is a tough one for me to answer, because I never really felt star struck by anyone. But, if I had to choose, I think meeting Madonna would be pretty interesting, just to talk to her about success and have an insight on how her life is being such a strong woman.

What are some of your favorite hair and makeup products?

The new Luxe line by Wella! I’m in love with the whole line! I used it once and it left my hair super soft and with a lot of shine.

I love the Brilliance TIGI blush and M.A.C. liquid eyeliner!

What is the most valuable trick of the trade you have learned so far?

Open your mind! Allow yourself to keep learning either from others or courses, because trends and techniques will always keep changing. You need to be open or you will never discover what you’re capable of creating.

What’s the best thing about going into work every day?

Just working around people I love and also knowing I’m making a difference in each clients day! Whether they are there to relax or a quick visit, they are there to feel good and as a stylist, it’s my job to make that happen for them.

What is your favorite thing to do on your days off?

Usually my days off I like to go to the gym, get things done around the house and catch up with friends and family. I also enjoy cooking especially being from Peru and not being able to go often means I have no choice but to make some of my favorite Peruvian dishes at home.

Since we are a fashion and beauty blog, would you mind answering some personal questions?

Of course!

Do you have a daily beauty routine?

Definitely – wash all my makeup off every night followed by a moisturizer. I’m serious when it comes to my skin and keeping myself looking young.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say I’m pretty versatile when it comes to my style, I like comfort and tend to always mix a bit of dressy with casual.

Let’s hear some of your favorites…

piece of clothing you own: It’s so hard to choose one! I guess considering the fall weather change it would have to be my leather leggings, their just really versatile that they can be dressed up or dressed down.
pair of shoes: I love all my shoes ! I have some high heal booties that are so comfortable I can wear them all day.
accessory: Diamond stud earrings are my thing. I think less is more when it comes to accessories, you don’t have to go crazy, just a few simple pieces mixed with one solid piece when dressing up goes a long way.
place to shop for clothes: Zara, H&M, Forever 21

What is your favorite way to pamper yourself?

That’s somthing I wish I can do more often! The ultimate pampering for me is to spend the day at the spa just relaxing.

Finally pick three words that describe you best.

Passionate, honest and positive.

Sep 26, 2014
Natasha

Hair Product Guide: Color Treated Hair

I’ve got a hair secret.

Do you know why your hair looks so good when you leave the salon – aside from the fact that a Stylist just did it – it’s the products they use.

The difference between salon hair products and drugstore hair products is quality. Although they contain many of the same ingredients – they don’t have them at the same levels/quantities – which are listed from highest to lowest on the bottle. Salon products contain more of the ingredients your hair needs – proteins, moisturizers – all important for the hair shaft.

“If Pantene did what they claim, don’t you think every salon would have some?”
– Mark King

You are a walking advertisement for your Hair Stylist – they want your hair to look good. The products they use and suggest will help you maintain your hairstyle after you leave the salon.

Tip: Pay attention to how much product your Hair Stylist uses and how they apply it to your hair. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Natalie

Natalie Thompson aka the #QueenofGlam has come up with an ultimate hair product guide. All the products are available at Texture Hair Salon and Texture Hair Boutique.

This week: Color Treated Hair

The Ultimate Hair Product Guide

I absolutely, 100% recommend both these products. They make my hair look soft and shiny, extend the life of my color and they smell absolutely hair-mazing.  I love them.

The icing on the cake….

Marilyn Monroe said diamonds are a girls best friend – the shampoo contains diamond dust. It’s magical.

WELLA BRILLIANCE SHAMPOO 

Description: Its formula is infused with antioxidant action that carefully protects keratin from harmful free radicals for longer lasting and healthy looking colored hair, leaving even fine hair full of shine and vitality, and thick hair irresistibly smooth and soft to the touch.

Application: Apply to damp hair and massage gently into a lather. Rinse thoroughly.

WELLA PROFESSIONALS BRILLIANCE LEAVE IN BALM WITH ORCHID EXTRACT TO PRESERVE COLOR

Description: A silky, weightless cream for colored hair. It leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable. It enhances and protects color.

Application: Apply with hands directly to mid lengths and ends of damp hair. Do not rinse.

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Photo Credits: Texture Boutique’s very own Katarina – she has an eye for beauty.

Sep 25, 2014
Natasha

Style Fix Spotlight: kat kosk, blumenstudio

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kat kosk
professional floral designer
blumenstudio | cafe + floral

website www.blumenstudio.ca
facebook: blumenstudio
twitter: @blumenstudio
instagram: blumenstudio

What made you choose floral design as a profession?

.well, well where do I start .i was born in east germany and i didn’t really know what i wanted to be .maybe something with art i always thought

.when the wall fell, my mom had to adjust from being a secretary for a music school .it wasn’t enough anymore or what she wanted .so that’s when things changed .my mom at one point owned 5 flower stores

.but all that did not make me want to be a florist because we (my brother and i) had to help all the time .i didn’t like that

.after grade 10, i had to choose between abi degree, university or a trade .so trade it was

.florist!!! here i come

.little did i know i was actually really good at it and grew to love it more and more .who knew!

.i learned and worked in dresden and berlin, then moved to canada, that was 12 years ago .now it’s been 20 years as a florist

.i love it .it’s my passion and calling

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a cafe floral shop. blumenstudio is a very unique concept. How did you come up with the name and idea?

.the name is easy .blumen means flowers in german and studio well, it’s not just a shoppe or store, it’s almost i like to think a gallery but we work so that’s why we chose studio .i think what i do is art

.the café was always a given thing for me .in every store I worked, including at my moms, people would stay and talk and drink our coffee and because every flower store owns a coffee maker, i thought why not take it up a notch and add a really good café with fantastic espresso and goodies from local pasty chefs .that’s how that came along

Tells us a bit about the workshops you offer.

.they are 100% educational and fun .we don’t take more than 6 people per class .we do one or two a month .it’s always different and changing with the seasons .we take requests as to what you want to do .you get to take your product home to enjoy it .i love those classes, people getting so excited about flowers its almost magical

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What is your approach to floral design?

.it’s my life and i wish it would be taken more seriously .it’s a trade .an old traditional trade and unfortunately the trade education is dying .it’s too easy these days, hobby turns into profession .there is good and not so good about the whole subject .i guess call me old fashion, i still believe in trades .its the foundation where i am from .its about quality

Artist come from all different types of genres. What inspires your pieces of floral art?

.i have to be honest, i don’t get inspired that way .i love architecture and it’s always been Bauhaus – clean structured etc

If you were to make a floral arrangement that reflects your personality, what would it be?

.oh my .i can’t say .it’s so difficult to say, it changes all the time .but right now, i’m in love with dahlia .i would say something with dahlias

Tells us about your menu. What are some of the most popular treats.

.we like to keep our café traditional italian .i love the Italians .flair, life just everything .that was the idea of our café, a traditional italian café, simple menu, authentic sizes, all espresso drinks, cappuccinos, lattes and espresso with little treats .but treats are popular here, so we widened our selection a bit

.cinnamon rolls are the most wanted made by bread by us .a new bakery in our neighbourhood .just fantastic

.also la bottega’s treats .biscotti nougat amaretti etc all the good stuff

I cannot live without caffeine. What is your favorite drink on the menu?

.big fan of single shot espresso with a tiny, tiny splash of hot water .i call it a mini americano

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Since we are fashion and beauty blog, would you mind answering a few personal questions?

Do you have a daily beauty routine?

.to be quiet honest i don’t think i do .shower, breakfast, styling, dressing and go .exercise here and there more less at the moment .getting into more of a swing again in the fall .i run our 16 floor staircase 3 times a day from fall to spring .if you want to call it a routine i guess that’s it.

Let’s hear some of your favorites…

piece of clothing you own: right now gs raw jeans from schad on sussex
place to shop for clothes: victoré on wellington
hair product: sea salt spray by tigi catwalk from fernando cellini on murray street
beauty product: don’t laugh lubriderm non scented body lotion
pair of shoes: swedish hasbeen boots from schad on sussex

How would you describe your personal style?

.not sure if i have a name for my style .it’s just me .i just wanna feel good and look great in my clothes and that makes you look confident

What is the biggest difference, in your opinion, between North American and European fashions and style?

.oh my .people care about their appearance in europe .here it’s all about comfort

.but that being said there is change happening .more and more people care

How happy were you about Germany winning the World Cup?

.OMG thrilled of course cried a little even

If money was no object – what designers would be in your dream closet?

.chanel

Finally pick three words that describe you best.

.honest
.stylish
.spunky

.meticulous .i would say too

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Sep 23, 2014
Connie

The ‘Blare’

From the ‘if money flowed files’…

This black leather tote bag with gunmetal studs from Jimmy Choo (A/W 2014) would be coming home with me…

 

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Sep 19, 2014
Natasha

Hair Product Guide: Curly Hair

I’ve got a hair secret.

Do you know why your hair looks so good when you leave the salon – aside from the fact that a Stylist just did it – it’s the products they use.

The difference between salon hair products and drugstore hair products is quality. Although they contain many of the same ingredients – they don’t have them at the same levels/quantities – which are listed from highest to lowest on the bottle. Salon products contain more of the ingredients your hair needs – proteins, moisturizers – all important for the hair shaft.

“If Pantene did what they claim, don’t you think every salon would have some?”
– Mark King

You are a walking advertisement for your Hair Stylist – they want your hair to look good. The products they use and suggest will help you maintain your hairstyle after you leave the salon.

Tip: Pay attention to how much product your Hair Stylist uses and how they apply it to your hair. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Natalie

Natalie Thompson aka the #QueenofGlam has come up with an ultimate hair product guide. All the products are available at Texture Hair Salon and Texture Hair Boutique.

This week: Curly Hair

The Ultimate Hair Product Guide

SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONALS TEXTURIZER FLEXIBLE BODIFYING-LIQUIGEL

Description: Superpower get-ready-go for hairspray. Protein liquigel that builds a light and buoyant foundation for shape with a soft hair hold.

Application: Rub through damp hair as a base for the shape. Rub into dry hair for texture. Works on all hair types.

SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONALS MOLDING MUD

Description: Fiber-fused mud molds uncombed-looking style for drop-dread groovy locks.

Application: Sculpt into damp or dry hair to mold street-chic style. Blow with cold air to increase hair’s moist-look volume. Blow with hot air for moist, head-hugging shapes. Spread through dry hair for shiny separations. Best for thicker and layered hair.

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Photo Credits: Texture Boutique’s very own Katarina – she has an eye for beauty.

Sep 18, 2014
Natasha

Spa Junkie: Taking care of business

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At Spa Junkie we are passionate about making beauty. That means we are specialists; combining advanced products and techniques with skill and artistry in a select offering of services.  Because of that passion and commitment to our technique and skills, we spend a lot of time training and we share knowledge with each other on an ongoing basis.

What makes us so very different, (apart from all the great things we do), is our technique.  In particular, you will notice a huge difference in our waxing and sugaring – what we call our “gentle technique”.   Because we have very specific standards in our waxing and sugaring every staff is assessed and guided to work in this way when they join us – even if they have been in the industry for many years.  Rest assured, we don’t let anyone loose on you until they are fully versed in all the areas of our standards!

So much of what we love about what we do is the art of straight talk we share with our clients.  Spa Junkie is all about giving it to you straight, we won’t sugar coat it, sister!  So get ready, here it comes!

Part 1: Sugar (no, not that kind of sugar).

It’s not easy being a girl, right?  Between putting ourselves together, making our way in the world and everything in-between, the last thing you want to worry about is a getting WAXED.  Let’s face it, some would rather give birth than go through one more Brazilian wax session!

You’ve all heard the post-wax horror stories – some of you may even have had the starring role.   Well I’m here to tell you that is all about to change.  Because sister, what you need is some sugar. Not the loving kind, or even the high-calorie kind, I’m talking about the hair removal kind. Yes, really!  Because at Spa Junkie we ONLY use sugar to remove the hair down below.

What’s the diff?  Well, to make a long story short:

Sugar removes only dead skin cells, not live ones.  Translation:  no redness, no rawness, no bruising.  Starting to sound good?

* The hair is removed in the direction that it grows.  Yes, you can have far FEWER in-grown hairs – how sweet is that?
* We use a GENTLE easy release technique. Just read that again – GENTLE.  So you don’t have to hold onto the side of the bed, and yes we can even have a nice chat while you get this done.

We are efficient and very, very clean.  Now that doesn’t mean we get you done in 10 minutes, because fast doesn’t necessarily mean good in our books and we prefer to have you on the bed, not stuck to the ceiling.  And I will say it again…we’re GENTLE.  The sugar is amazing but it’s that PLUS our gentle technique that really makes all the difference to how it feels for you.

Do I have your attention?  I should hope so.  Take a look at our Girl Talk page for everything you need to know about sugaring.   Check out our reviews and take a look around the Bernardi Beauty Blog to read about some very happy sisters who have tried our Sugar. And ladies…welcome to a whole new world of hair removal.

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Sep 16, 2014
Natasha

Stylist Spotlight: Donato Belli

“You’re only as good as your last haircut.”
Fran Lebowitz

Love this fade by Donato Belli from Texture Hair Salon in Ottawa. #goldstar


Sep 14, 2014
Natasha

Sunday Shoe Series: No. 47

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 Graphic Snakeskin Sandal
Casadei

Sep 12, 2014
Natasha

Hair Product Guide: Wavy Hair

I’ve got a hair secret.

Do you know why your hair looks so good when you leave the salon – aside from the fact that a Stylist just did it – it’s the products they use.

The difference between salon hair products and drugstore hair products is quality. Although they contain many of the same ingredients – they don’t have them at the same levels/quantities – which are listed from highest to lowest on the bottle. Salon products contain more of the ingredients your hair needs – proteins, moisturizers – all important for the hair shaft.

“If Pantene did what they claim, don’t you think every salon would have some?”
– Mark King

You are a walking advertisement for your Hair Stylist – they want your hair to look good. The products they use and suggest will help you maintain your hairstyle after you leave the salon.

Tip: Pay attention to how much product your Hair Stylist uses and how they apply it to your hair. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Natalie

Natalie Thompson aka the #QueenofGlam has come up with an ultimate hair product guide. All the products are available at Texture Hair Salon and Texture Hair Boutique.

This week: Wavy Hair

The Ultimate Hair Product Guide

SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONALS VOLUPT SPRAY
VOLUME-BUILDING SPRAY GEL

Description: A unique and effective non-greasy spray, formulated with cushion particle technology which works to combine full-on volume and sensual softness for a stunning salon perfect finish.

Application: Shake well to activate its 2-phase formula. Spray on damp hair. Blow-dry for extra body. Or air-dry to enhance waves and curls.

WELLA PROFESSIONALS CURL CRAFT WAX MOUSSE

Description: A distinctive foaming wax that shapes and creates supple curls that are full of life and vitality.

Application: Distribute a small amount into damp hair and gently form individual curls around your finger.

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Photo Credits: Texture Boutique’s very own Katarina – she has an eye for beauty.

Sep 9, 2014
Natasha

Style Fix Spotlight: Ashley Lawrie

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Ashley Lawrie
President of Free Form Fitness and Make-up Artist

Website: Free Form Fitness

Website: Ashley-Ann Lawrie
Twitter: @AshleyAnnLawrie

Ashley Lawrie is all about passion – she is a rising business woman in Ottawa – President of Free Form Fitness and Make-up Artist.

Health, fitness and beauty – it makes for a perfect combination.

You have been involved with the beauty industry since you were 14 – tell us about how you got your start.

I was at my brother’s hockey game when one of the other players mother had asked me if I would be interested in being an assistant at a hair salon and spa in town. It stemmed form there and I never looked back! I love the industry!

In April of this year you received your diploma from the Versailles Academy for Professional Make-up Artistry. Congratulations! Tell us about this achievement.

I had been contemplating getting the diploma for quite some time. My boyfriend told me to just go for it and even surprised me with a makeup vanity table – I had no choice at that point!

I love your website – Ashley-Ann Lawrie – Make up to go. How long did it take you to launch the website?

It took quite some time to create. I wasn’t happy with my first design and turned to my brother for some help. With our busy schedules– it took about 2 months to launch. I did not want to launch something that was done fast just to get it out there. An artist takes their time.

On top of everything else you do there is also a blog on your website. I think my favorite post is El Presidente posted on May 29, 2014. I agree with it 100%. You have a lot to be proud of – President – I would shout it from the roof tops.

Wow, thank you! It was definitely a surreal moment. I’ve worked so hard therefore that was extremely an emotional post. Hard work pays off. There were triumphs and failures to get there. You have to pick yourself back up and keep moving forward. Even when life keeps throwing you curve balls.

What inspires your blog posts? It’s really a mix of everything.

I really wanted to be different and inspiring. This was an outlet to help me communicate my thoughts, my goals, my adventures, my inspirations, my mentors, my life lessons and anything else that comes to mind. I look at our new generation who are all about social media. If you can’t beat them – join them. I’ve met so many young people who simply need a push in the right direction. If I can help one person in any possible way that I can then it’s all worth it.

How was it like meeting Mario López?

I was acting a fool. I grew up on Save by the bell. I have a thing for dark haired men. That shot was taken with my brother’s iphone. It was a perfect shot at the perfect timing! I feel lucky to have had a kiss on the cheek by A.C. Slater.

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Health, fitness and beauty – it makes for a perfect combination. How have your careers at Free Form Fitness and your involvement in the beauty industry influenced each other?

I knew I always wanted to help people. I had started with a generalized program at Algonquin for Nursing as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My best friend (we’ve been best friends for almost 14 years now) and I were both in the beauty industry fairly young as part time jobs. She is certainly a creative and artistic person. My brother had won Mr. Junior Canada (all natural) and had been in the fitness industry since I was 11 years old. I was luckily inspired to live a healthy and beautiful life at a young age!

If we took a look in your makeup kit what would we see? 

I have more brushes than you can imagine. I am a MAC junkie. Everything from primer, BB creams, concealers, eye shadows, lipsticks, and blushes – you name it.

What is the most common mistake women make when applying or choosing cosmetics?

Choosing the right cosmetics can be tough – ask a professional. I had gone to see three different makeup artists to really understand what works for my skin, eyes, eyebrows, cheekbones, lips and lashes. I did the course after that to learn how to help others. A common mistake that I’ve seen people go really heavy during the day or very minimal for the night. I’ve also seen the excessive mascara and heavy black liner to give a darker eye. The lashes look heavy and clumpy. Of course the proper colored foundation (and applying it properly).

What one beauty product should women never leave the house without?

I have a least three lipsticks in my purse and a compact powder foundation. You never know what can come up whether it is a meeting or event. You always want to look your best.

If you could offer one makeup tip to all women, what would it be?

I rarely wear makeup during the day – believe it or not. I really love a natural look. I am fair skinned and love that I am. I focus on eyes – there are just so many options to work with!

Do you have a daily beauty routine?

I wear tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 and SPF lip balm during the day. I stay out of the sun and will wear a hat if I am outside. Allow your skin to breath and have a proper cleansing routine with toner, moisturizer and eye cream. I use a face scrub once every two weeks for the dead skin and get a facial minimum 3 times a year.

Let’s hear some of your favorites…

fashion designer: I am loving Yves Saint Laurent right now. Always classy.
piece of clothing you own: I love dresses
place to shop for clothes: Aritzia and Holt Renfrew (bye Ottawa location!)
pair of shoes: My faves are my Jimmy Choo flats but am also a fan of Steve Madden – I don’t like shoes that hurt my feet!
accessory: Tiffany & Co bracelet with my Pandora bracelet. Both were gifts from special people in my life. Unless it is meaningful – I don’t wear many accessories.

What is your favorite way to pamper yourself?

I am a sucker for a good massage. I get one once a month!

How would you describe your style?

Depends on the day and what I am doing. If I am at work, I wear gym clothes. If I have meetings or events; I dress up and keep it professional. On weekends; my style is a mix of urban meets simple meets edgy. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. I have a curvy body frame and love to work with it!

What is your favorite quote?

“In business, as in life, all that matters is that you do something positive.”
Richard Branson

Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share with our readers?

My number one focus is running a well reputable company such as Free Form Fitness. We have a lot of new innovations that will be launching by the end of this year. Makeup is my creative outlet and hobby. It allows me to be artistic. I have an incredible team that works very hard. I would never be where I am today if it wasn’t for them.

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