how to: the tricks to bigger and brighter eyes

are your eyes feeling dull and tired? let’s turn that around with a few simple makeup artist tricks that i use on each and every satisfied client.

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how to: a guide to blush

starting out our ‘makeup week’ here on {the sparkle} – a fresh makeup tutorial!

i’m SUCH a fan of blush and feel a face isn’t finished without it. this cosmetic must have adds life and youth to a face, but formulation and placement is key. especially for spring, it’s really livens things up! check out the tutorial and i’ll show you how to get the most out of your look!

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how to: daytime eye in under 5 minutes

{i posted this video on youtube a few weeks ago, and with a hectic schedule, completely forgot to post it on the blog!}

the ‘daytime eye’ is something i’ve had quite a few requests for, so this is how i do it. you can omit or add what you like; sometimes i skip eyeliner all together if i’m feeling really lazy. regardless, you’ll looked polished in under 5 minutes – total win. in other news, ava makes her video debut – it’s a big moment for her!

next up, also upon request, the simple smokey eye; it’s so not as complicated as you may think.

{all products used are listed in graphics throughout the video}

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how to: concealer

how to concealer

like many of you, i’m always looking for the perfect concealer formula to hide dark circles. my professional kit is stocked full of items that didn’t work so well. how many times does it happen: you’ve tried it in the store but after you bring it home, you find out that the product you over-spent on… under-delivers.

save your money and give my concealing system and product suggestions a go… basically, i’ve spent the money so you don’t have to!

colour correction: this is the first thing to consider. always look for an undereye concealer with a peach undertone, as this will counter act the purple undertone on which most dark circles are based. some of my faves: benefit, laura mercier, bobbi brown and the balm.


  • start with clean hands. using your fingers allows greater control and less product waste (brushes and sponges suck up a lot of that precious product!). this also warms up and emulsifies the concealer.
  • using your ring finger, dab (do not rub) the concealer from the inner corner, downwards, in the hollow of the eye (where most dark circles are concentrated). pressing the product into the skin as opposed to smearing it on will help it stick to where it needs to.
  • continue dabbing the concealer over the rest of the under-eye. you may even need another coat which is best applied at the end of your makeup routine followed by…

the trick: a light reflecting product is your secret weapon. yves st. laurent makes the uber popular touche eclat which i recommend.

  • the trick is to ONLY use this in the darkest areas/hollows since this is where you want the light to reflect… not all over the under-eye. clarins makes one similar one. BONUS: they also diffuse the appearance of fine lines!

set: to keep the concealer from creasing as much as possible (all concealer will crease throughout the day), set it with a little translucent powder. skip this step if you’ve used a light reflecting product as described above since the dull powder will cancel out any of those reflecting properties.

weekend sparkles: foodie edition

frosting a cake

the weekend is a great time to attempt those special projects we don’t have time for during the week. especially when it’s cold, i like to get bags full of groceries and spend solid time in the kitchen. these (mostly sweet) picks will definitely keep you on your toes:

this glitzy trifle will add serious sparkle to your dinner party

a caesar dressing worthy of an addition to your recipe book

so THIS is how you frost a cake like a pro!

macarons… made at home. wanna try?


drizzle this peppermint hot fudge sauce over your ice cream this weekend

how to make almond milk… if you’re feeling really adventurous

8 ways to beat the blahs

i’m not sure if it’s the copious amounts of food and spirits we consume in december, the lack of routine, the after christmas credit card bills or nasty weather (and by the way: who can cope with it getting dark at 4:30pm, really?!) but with january comes the “blahs”.

dull skin, you’re exhausted and are sure someone has replaced your wardrobe with a smaller version of each item. these 8 suggestions will help you feel bright and {sparkly} again… combine a few or try them all!

red lips

a bright lipstick: when i feel crummy, you’ll find me wearing a bright red or magenta lipstick. fake it ’til you make it, ladies!

green tea

green tea: drinking a few cups throughout the day isn’t only energizing but helps to detox the body and speed the metabolism.

nail polish

paint your nails: i feel my best when i’m ‘polished’. i love a classic red, and as spring gets closer, a neon pink.


brighten your teeth: crest whitestrips are such an easy, accessible way to sparkle your pearly whites.


shave your legs: don’t lie, you let it slip in the winter. exfoliating, shaving and then slathering your dry legs with moisturizer will make you feel more attractive!


groom those tootsies: get a pedicure or do it yourself at home. i feel so much better when my feet look the part. you can get one for $30 at some salons; treat yourself!


sweat it out: so obvious, but moving until you sweat will make you feel and look better. your skin will glow from the inside out and your brain will clarify. if it means dancing in your living room or walking up a hill to your fave music; move it!


self tanner: i haven’t ever used self tanner, but i know i feel so much better with a little colour on my skin. if you use one, now is the time to break it out! (don’t forget to exfoliate your skin first).

how to be a good guest

how to be a good guest

six rules for being a good guest from kate spade. we could probably all use an etiquette lesson! maybe this is a good post to forward around – passive aggressively – to friends and loved ones… *wink

does the last rule not crack you up? we’re all SO addicted to our phones (present company included!)

the full ‘guide on living colorfully’ below, makes such a cute gift for a girlfriend or hostess!

guide to living colorfully