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.

Sep 8, 2014
Natasha

Mistura Beauty Giveaway

One recurring beauty trend seen on the runways for Fall 2014 is fresh flawless skin with a less is more approach to makeup.

Harper’s Bazaar noted these trends at shows such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Diane von Fürstenberg, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Isabel Marant.

So to celebrate the new seasons trends we are doing a giveaway.

“Beauty is self-confidence applied directly to the face.”
Uknown

Do you want to look like you just stepped off a New York runway? Well you can and it requires no travelling whatsoever. (Although they do have fabulous shopping in the Big Apple.)

Simple beauty is on trend. Mistura can transform any woman no matter what age, skin type or color and give you an instant full-coverage glow. Bonus: Mistura also takes all the guess work out of choosing the right makeup – saving you time and money – that is always a good thing.

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Website: www.misturabeauty.com
Twitter: @Mistura
Facebook: Mistura Beauty Solutions
Youtube: Mistura Beauty

Products are available in over 700 Stores Nationwide.

What can you win?

We’re giving away 2 gift packages of fabulous Mistura Beauty Solutions products.

How do you enter?

Entering is easy. Simply tweet this post and be sure to include the hashtag #b3giveaway by September 12, 2014 12:00 midnight EST and you will be entered in the draw. Winners will be notified on Monday, September 15, 2014. Winners must be able to pick their prize up in Ottawa, ON.

Sep 5, 2014
Natasha

Hair Product Guide: Straight 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: Straight Hair

The Ultimate Hair Product Guide

NIOXIN BODIFYING FOAM WITH PRO-THICK TECHNOLOGY

Description: A styling foam that provides hold and creates a fuller, thicker end look while giving hair manageable body.

Application: Apply to damp/towel-dried hair and comb through for even distribution. Blow dry for volume or diffuse for curl definition.

SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONALS MICROWEB FIBER ELASTIC TEXTURIZER

Description: Re-moldable texture with silky web fibers. For separation and definition.

Application: Distribute the product evenly between the palms of your and use your hands and work into dry hair for separation.

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

Sep 4, 2014
Connie

Shoes: Spot On

The onset of Fall means updating the wardrobe and one of trends we’re loving is the leopard trend (we get that from our Mommy).

But with leopard prints – a little goes a long way…so we’re loving the leopard shoe trend.

Check out some our favourite finds…

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