Who’s ready to welcome 2018 ? I am !!! 2017 was a great year and I saw lots of professional and personal growth I’m hoping 2018 brings more growth for my blog and my makeup artistry business, which I have to say brings me so much joy! I’m m so happy I found this passion of makeup + blogging , albeit even if it was later on in my life. Truly I believe that if you have a dream and it makes you happy you should chase it at all costs!
I used to always worry about failing in this industry. At first when I started doing makeup I had a small kit with all drugstore brand makeup ( Maybelline masacara is life people!!) I was practising on my sisters, mom and friends and I didn’t have any paying clients and I was ok with that. But then it came to a point where I really wanted to get paid as a makeup artist because I had invested so much time, effort and money into my skills, so one day I answered an “ad” on facebook for a bride looking for a makeup artist for her wedding which was the next day as her makeup artist backed out on her last minute. On a whim, I PM’d her and she responded back with “let me see some of your work”. I sent her some pics and she liked them and booked me. I was ecstatic, she was super super sweet and the appointment went well and I couldn’t have been prouder of myself !!
I have this passion that I love so much and this year is the year I grow my skills and my client base, god willing of course! There is no time to worry about failure ! There are so many people I admire in this industry of blogging + makeup artistry and they all started with a dream and passion for the craft and mostly likely they had a funny meme to inspire them too lol!
I created this soft gold look to enhance the eyes as the eyes are the door to ones soul right?…I know ,I know I should have been a poet instead lol!
These are the products I used to create this soft gold new years eve look.
One of my favourite stores for trendy, casual and work wardrobe pieces is definitely Zara! I know I’m not the only one who walks into the store and wants everything! It seems Zara continues to create pieces that land on every bloggers most wanted list and I’m no exception. I found a few…ok more than a few pieces that I need to incorporate into my fall wardrobe this season.
Happy Canada Day to all my Canadians across the world celebrating and honouring our beautiful country! Regardless of where we Canadians call home come July 1 2017, I know we’ll all be celebrating our amazing country from coast to coast! It’s no secret that I love my home and I’m a true patriot.
What’s not to love about Canada?
We have :
a great diverse culture that incorporates a multitude of religions and languages
we invented and dominate hockey AND birthed Wayne Gretzky ( well Canada didn’t….Mrs.Gretzky did but still, you know what I mean)
we’re a peaceful nation and EVERYONE in the world welcomes us to their country
we have the cleanest water than any other nation ( it’s true!)
1/3 of Microsoft programmers come from the University of Waterloo in Canada ( that’s not really that interesting but it’s a Canadian fact and we should be proud of it!!)
and last but not least we gave the world Bieber Fever…..right???
OK OK so my list isn’t comprehensive but you get the point….* insert dj Khaled voice * WE THE BEST!
With all seriousness,we are so lucky to live in this peaceful and diverse country!
I said it before and I will say it again, Thank you Canada !. Thank you for accepting this young refugee and her family into this amazing country and giving us another chance at LIFE! If I could hug you,Canada, I would but for now I honour you by continuing to teach my children the morals and values that we as Canadians hold so dear; to accept others for who they are regardless of their colour, creed or wealth status; to lend a helping hand to your neighbours when in need and most of all to come together as a community to give back to the place we all call Home.
XO Happy Canada Day!!!
P.S Here’s a look I did using the MAC Proud To Be Canadian Lipstick. I loved it so much I had to show it off to you all! Enjoy!
I’m always curious about what products other women carry around in their makeup bags so I thought I would share with you what I currently have in mine.
It seems that every month my makeup bag gets fuller and fuller with little treasures I find in the form of lipsticks,liners, foundation and mascara wands ! My bag travels everywhere with me !!I ‘ve been known to apply my makeup on the go like on the metro, in a cab and recently in my classroom! I’m a busy girl so when I need to freshen up I make sure I have all my essentials with me.
If you live in Ottawa, you’ve either seen or heard that the Rideau Centre has been transformed into a fashion and art hub! Actually it’s considered more of a concept change with it’s first introduction of Nordstrom, Tiffanys,Ted Baker,and of course the well-to-do food court. The architectural change is the brain child of B+H Architects. From it’s surrounding areas to the indoor architectural design, CF Rideau Centre is a glorious site. I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive evening event celebrating the CF Rideau Centre continous expansion before the grand opening TODAY! I had exclusive access to over 230,000 square feet of shopping heaven and first hand viewing of the new boutiques including Maison Simons, H&M, NYX, Massimo Dutti, VANS,SKECHERS, DISNEY, Frank& Oak,and Anthropologie, just to name a few. Oh yeah, I also got to mingle with some of the CF executives. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night!
I was most excited to see what new fashion trends the new retailers would bring to the Capital and I was thoroughly impressed. What an exciting time to live in Ottawa! Here is your exclusive look at what you can expect on opening day August 11 2016! ENJOY!
So by the title you’ve guessed it, this isn’t a beauty related blog post. Happy Canada day to all my fellow Canadians! How amazing is it that we live in this beautiful country and every year we gather to celebrate our achievements as Canadians! Have I told you lovely readers that I, along with my 2 sisters and brother were born in Lebanon? At a time where safety and freedom were scarce and the war was about to begin pouring down on our beautiful homeland, my parents were provided with an opportunity to leave Lebanon for a safer place called “Canada”.The situation worsened quickly and so we fled Lebanon with little in our hands but much in our hearts. I recall my father telling us years after arriving in Canada that he had heard Canada was a good place to raise kids but he was unsure of how immigrants would be treated and he felt unsure of leaving all the comfort of his home. We will see, he would say.
Was it an easy transition for my parents? No, it wasn’t. Being a young immigrant family in the 80’s in Canada was challenging for them. Not only were they not used to the winter months , but they had little income. My father took up work in various restaurants and hotels while studying at both the University of Ottawa, as well as University of Toronto. The work was humbling for him, as back home in Lebanon he was a teacher, and a great teacher that was loved by all his students. He took such pride in his service work at the hotels and restaurants as his strong work ethic ,regardless of the work, was paramount and ever present . Months go by and my siblings and I are learning to speak English, making friends and feeling welcomed in Canada.
Fast Forward 30 years, and here I sit reminiscing about my younger years as an immigrant child in this now culturally diverse and accepting country.What if my parents never left Lebanon ? Who would I be today? Would I dress the same, enjoy the same food, listen to the same music? I don’t know the person I would have become had we stayed in lebanaon, but I do know the person I am today. Being raised in Canada has shaped me immensely. Because we believe in Freedom, I’m not afraid to speak my mind ; because we are diverse , my neighbours are Asian, Italian, and Indian; because of our acceptance of all faiths I can visit a mosque, synagogue and temple all within 4 km of each other. I would never have had the educational opportunities that I did or the security that surrounds me and the compassion and inclusivity I feel with my fellow Canadians. I type this post as I ‘m sitting in my lovely backyard while my kids are jumping on their trampoline laughing and enjoying their freedom, unbeknownst to them the struggles that came before in order for them to experience these moments. Thanks mom and dad for sacrificing so much of your life and your comfort to travel to an unknown country for a better life! Because of your sacrifices my kids have opportunities available to them that would never have been possible. We really are living the “Canadian dream ” eh?