how to choose the right shade of blush…

Choosing the right blush…It can be overwhelming at the best of times. The right blush can make you look younger, brighten any skin tone & even create the illusion of cheekbones!  Here are some tips to find the perfect one for you.


To keep things as simple as possible I’m going to choose the main 3 skin tones ; fair, medium & dark that of course have many shades in between but with these 3 you can guide your way around to find which tone you are most comfortable with.


Fair.  A lot of ladies with fair skin tones are afraid of wearing blush for fear of looking like a clown.  Understandable, but for the fair skinned ladies it is more  important for them to wear it as they have the tendancy to look very pale and washed out without it.  A little can go a long way.  If you’re fair, they key thing to remember is to stick with soft pink and peachy shades.  Both of these tones will be super flattering and if you’re wondering which tone to go with just remember if you are a more pinky undertone stick with a soft pink tone and if you are a more yellowy undertone stick with peachy tones.  The direct picture below is a blush by Cargo in shade Tonga, one of my personal faves for everyday wear.  It flatters every look and just really enhances ones natural skin tone.


Medium.  In the medium skin tone range there are a wide rang of shades to choose from.  This tone could go from a soft apricot, to mauve…to soft berry.  For me the key when choosing a medium skin toned blush is to choose a medium tone, nothing too dark.  That sounds really obvious, but for example a full out deep berry toned blush would be way too harsh looking.  But a softer berry would look stunning. “Mauvey” & berry tones will give depth to medium skin and a soft apricot will give warmth.  You choose depending on the look you are going for.  If you chose a warmer apricot shade you could go heavier on the rest of your makeup as the warmth of this blush would give a soft & fresh look.  If you chose mauve or berry you could do a beautiful cat eye with a soft berry lip.  Beautiful.

The shade in the picture below is by Nars in Amore and I love it on a warmer skin tone to really bring out the cheekbones and freshen up any look.


Dark.  Dark skin tones are really quite simple & easy.  Just remember those with dark skin tones shouldn’t be intimidated by deep blush shades.  This tone needs highly pigmented, bold shades or they will look muddy and won’t even show up.  I love using a deep rose tone in a cream to really enhance their glow and the below blush in the picture is one of my faves.  It’s Stila convertible lip and cheek in Rose.  It adds a stunning pop of colour on the cheeks and lips and really ties together any look in minutes.  Throw it in your purse for quick touch ups when you’re on the go as they are also finger friendly.  I find they actually work better with the fingers as the product really melts into the skin and looks more natural.


So give your apprehensions about blush shades a vacation & get excited about trying something new.  I have a few more last tips before you go on your blushing journeys.  Remember that not all shimmer is bad.  Shimmer and sparkle are not the same and a slight shimmer can actually look beautiful and really add a flattering glow to any skin tone.  Fair to dark!  Also make sure you feel the texture before purchasing.  I really love a soft, buttery, glowing texture & look as it will read the same on your skin.  If it feels chalky, it will look chalky.  While you might be used to going with what you are most comfortable with, don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone a little & have a few shades on the go but deep down if you know you are never going to wear it, don’t buy it.  We all have those products in our makeup cases that we had good intentions of wearing but never have and never will.  Being wasteful, well that’s neither conscious or in good taste.  c15


Happy blushing ladies.

Namaste, my muse and I.

Select photographs by Iulia Agnew, of Vancouver, BC.

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conscious classic fashion…

Fashion has always been a huge part of my life… And it would definitely be an understatement to say that my style has evolved drastically over the years.  I would say now I consciously choose to buy less & more classic pieces that last and never go out of style.  I never used to think about how buying trendy things was not only bad for the environment but how having so much clutter around us effects our energy every day as well.

Here are a few key things I live by when making a purchase and a few key things that I think are must haves in every closet…


There are 5 important pieces that I will have in my closets at all times.  They are :  A good sweater that can work as a jacket for our Vancouver weather, a good pair of nice fitting black pants, interchangeable t-shirts, classic gold jewlery ( I love gold ) and a wicked pair of flats & booties.


T-shirts are really important to me.  I find over the years they are what I wear the most as they are always in style, they are comfy and you can layer on top of them.  I am on the go a lot and need to be able to take off and put on layers in the car, in stores etc and they really make my life a lot more comfortable because lets admit, as we get older…this is more and more important.  I’m all about the comfort.  I usually have about 5-8 t-shirts on the go in different colours and textures as the material really matters.  I buy quality over quantity and I am honest when I say some of them last me 5-10 years.  I take really good care of them and figure why buy new ones if they still work and if I still love them…no one needs to know hehe.


Sweaters, oh sweaters.  I love them because I’ve realized over the years that I hate wearing bulky jackets.  Sweaters are just so cozy and if you get ones that can act as jackets well then you’ve scored.  I have a few on the go all year round in neutral colours because even in the summer there can be some cool nights where a sweater is all you need to keep you warm on your long beach walks by the stars.


Jewelry is one of my favourite ways to glam up a look.  Adding something really simple can completely change your outfit in a subtle, beautiful way.  I love gold everything and I absolutely love to layer my jewelry.  I love chic pieces that never go out of style and go with everything I love to wear.  Statement rings with mesmerizing gemstones are my most favourite pieces to wear. The more the better!


Black pants…  I probably wear black pants 5 out of the 7 days in the week.  I’ll switch my tops, but I don’t switch my pant colours as they are just easy and who says black is boring? I think it’s classic & beautiful as it features other colours & gold perfectly.  I love a skinny black jean or a looser style fit that is fitted at the waist and the ankles.  Both comfy and both go with pretty much everything I own.

Flats & booties.  Most of the time, I’m in comfy black flats…but if I feel like changing it up a bit, I’ll wear comfy booties – high or low.  I’m not a shoe addict.  I know, you girls out there are probably like WTF.  No, never have been.  I just really like to have about 3-5 shoes on the go all year round that I rotate and I’m happy with that.  All my shoes / boots / sandals are classic so they go with everything.   I think having thousands to choose from would just really stress me out so I’ll stick with having less options.  Saves time in the morning anyways & less goes in the landfill when their time is done.


I have come to the place in my life where I consider what the impact of every purchase I make will have on the environment.  Fashion is included in this because all of our purchases end up somewhere at the end of their useful lives.  I don’t want to just buy something and a few months later decide I don’t like it so it ends up in a landfill which is why I choose to buy classic, quality pieces that last years and years.

These kinds of things keep me up at night. Everything we do has a cause and effect & I don’t want to ever be supporting something that is harmful to the planet.  wherever possible, i try to  I can make a difference, no matter how small.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” – Margaret Mead

Sweater : Vince,  Black pants : JBrand,  T-shirts : Vince,  Jewelry : Kvbijou,  Booties : Rag & Bone.

Namaste, my muse and I.

Photographs by Iulia Agnew, of Vancouver, BC.

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the secrets to glowing summer skin…

Sitting by the ocean with the wind blowing in your hair, late summer nights when the air is so warm, walks along the water… take me there.  Summer is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited.  Scratch that – excited about all of it except the dreaded sun damage.  Sometimes it happens when we forget we’ve been in the sun too long and those harsh rays can do some fierce damage.  I’ve got some favourite products that will keep your skin damage free and your skin looking smooth & glowing all spring and summer long.

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Smooth skin starts with exfoliation.  And there are so many ways to do that… Right now my favourite routine is using my sea sponge with my fave body wash.

Some cool facts about sea sponges are that when they are harvested they are trimmed on the outer edges ( like pruning trees ) and this actually makes them regenerate!  I love that.  They are also hyp0 -allergenic and toxin – free.   Synthetic sponges are often made from petroleum bi-products and are normally treated with toxic substances. Organic sea sponges are actually filled with natural enzymes that inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.  All of these features are huge bonuses on top of the fact that they gently exfoliate your skin every time you use them…they are little ocean gems.

The body wash that I love using with my sea sponge is the Korres shower gel in “fig”.  The scent is intoxicating and it is free of mineral oil, silicones, ethanolamines, parabens and propylene glycol.  It has moisturizing ingredients, emollients and humectants to keep your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized.  I love it in my bath too!


Next step to your summer glow is St. Tropez self tanners.  Self tanning at its finest.  I have been using this line for many years and the results are consistently amazing.  They have really nailed the formula down so perfectly so that your skin will never look orange like an oompa loompa or come out looking streaky.  It will just look natural and gorgeous.   Another big thing for me is the smell.  So many of the other brands out there wreak once they are on your skin and trying to sleep with a stench steaming off your body is not pleasant to say the least!

Some of my other favourite features is that it dries quickly after you apply so that you can put your clothes on shortly after.  I’ve put a white shirt on right after and it’s been totally fine.  If you’re ever scared because you see that some of the colour has rubbed off onto your clothes if you’ve sweated or had a long day, don’t be alarmed because it’s an all natural product and it washes out no problem.  I actually spilled an entire bottle on white sheets one time and of course I had a freak out but to my surprise it washed right out!  Pretty cool.


The two products in the above picture are my two favourite products from the line.  They are the Gradual tan everyday body moisturizer and the Gradual tan tinted everyday body lotion.

I love being able to just jump out of the shower, quickly rub one of these on, put my clothes on and run out the door.  After I do my makeup and hair of course… The tinted moisturizer is new and I’m in love with the fact that you can see where your putting it on & how quickly it gives results.  The tinted one will give more colour, more quickly.

The gradual moisturizer is actually just a great moisturizer to use a few times a week to keep up that slight golden glow.  It doesn’t give a ton of colour but is just makes your skin look super pretty and it’s great if you’re fair and are scared to use the darker ones.  All of the St. Tropez products go on beautifully and fade beautifully.  You’ll never be left with ugly blotches everywhere.

Now ladies, I know if feels nice to lay out in the sun…but let’s be serious.  The damaging rays are just getting worse and worse and our skin is not getting any younger..A real tan may look & feel amazing for a few months but the long term results of sun damage can be pretty horrific.  We can all read between the lines.  St. Tropez is an amazing alternative to beautiful looking skin all year round without acquiring any of the negative effects of the sun.


Last but not least.  Moisturizer.  Such an important part of our skins health.  My absolute favourite moisturizer is from Harlow.  Harlow is a Vancouver based clean beauty brand that uses all natural ingredients that are ethically sourced from all over the world, free from preservatives and other unnecessary additives and chemicals.   The brand is all about health and well being, which completely aligns with conscious beauty and health awareness.  My absolute favourite product from the line is the body whip.  It’s the most amazing texture that melts once you start rubbing it into your skin and oh my you won’t want to stop.  The smells are intoxicating & so relaxing I could sniff them all day, no joke.  Your skin will be left feeling soft, smooth and so nourished.  I really could go on and on about how much I love them but you get the point…


Are you craving the ocean yet?  I am.  Imagine yourself sitting under a big umbrella with a beach hat, sunglasses and looking like a bronzed, glowing goddess without laying in the sun.  No one will know our secrets…wink wink.

Namaste.  My muse and I.

Lovely photography by Iulia Agnew, of Vancouver,  BC.

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