All posts tagged: Style Sensei

Luscious Lashes

Have you always wanted lusciously long lashes? If you’re like me then you’ve tried every trick out there to achieve the luscious look without any real results. The first time I tried eyes lash extensions I thought I would never go back to living without them. They looked STUNNING and literally stopped people in their tracks to ogle and stare. The only problem was that I kept losing my own lashes so that when I removed the extensions my lashes were very sparse.   Then I decided to try a growth serum but I wasn’t quite ready to spend $125+ on Latisse so I did much research and decided to try Careprost – the generic Latisse which costs 1/3 the price.  So I purchased two bottles online and started applying with an eyeliner brush once a day in November 2015       Now my lashes are full, long and beautiful.  The only side effect is that my eyelids have darkened in colour. I am so pleased with the results! What is your experience with …

Shoes, shoes and sneakers?

I have a slight love affair with shoes, so I am always window shopping the new styles of the season.   I noticed on my recent shop that 70’s trends are back with a vengeance in shoes, particularly with sneakers.  Ladies if you want some height in your sneakers, do away with the wedge – the new look is a platform sneaker. Capezio at the Eaton’s Centre has a selection of sneakers in a satin like fabric in camel and navy. They are quite lovely with a good inch platform.  I like the platform sneaker look much better than the wedge.  I think it matches the shape and image of a sneaker much better. I found these cuties at Zara.  I think you can really achieve a diversity of looks with the silver theme.  Dark high waisted jeans with a v neck crop top! Where did you find your favourite sneakers for spring? Share your stories and photos below! Your Style Sensei Jeanette

Contest alert! Start 2016 with a new look!

This contest is for men and women in the Toronto area to win a free StyleSmart experience. Either a Shop-a-Holic Smarts or Closet Smarts consultation with your Style Sensei, Jeanette. (Valued at $650) One runner up will receive a 40% discount off their choice of service. What do you have to do?  Share your favorite outfit and tell me why you like it so much. It’s that easy! Here’s how: 1.  Submit a short video or provide full length clear colour photos showing yourself in your outfit in full frame to your Style Sensei. Don’t forget to include your full name and the best way to reach you. 2.  Describe why you love the outfit so much. The colour? Fashion? Textures? Fit? What it hides? What it emphasizes? 3.  Share a style problem you need the most help with. 4.  Submissions are due on December 31st.  I will announce and feature the winner here on January 16th so don’t forget to follow my blog! Good luck! Your Style Sensei, Jeanette **Permission to use your name …

The “how to” guide of mixing and matching colour

Most people are attracted to a specific group of colours and for good reason, they typically look great on us. This is the first key to mixing and matching, colour. My favorite colours are red, hot pink, emerald green, navy blue, grey, mushroom and black. In my colour mix I have 4 staple colours that are easily matched with other colours; grey, mushroom, navy and black. The great thing about the other colours in this palette is that they are also easily matched with each other, so that I can make many different combinations of two, three and four colours. Not everyone has as versatile palette but I hope you see my point, which is to use colour as a guide when shopping. Buy variations in print, cut and style of your favorite colours and neutrals and make sure you also thread these colours into your accessories. You’ll find it much easier to mix and match outfits this way. Share examples of your new mix n’ match outfits. Or ask me questions about your colours …

5 tips to 5 minute makeup

Do you skip the makeup routine altogether because it takes too much time?  Or does it take forever to do your makeup in the mornings and you want to cut down? As a makeup artist I love doing makeup, but sometimes I just don’t have the time.  Here are 5 tips to 5 minute makeup that will make sure your face looks as put together as your outfit! 1.  Use a tinted moisturizer or moisturizing foundation. This will provide coverage and moisture without having to go through the primer and concealer stages. (1 minute) 2.  Instead of an eye liner or pencil use a shadow  and an broad angled brush to swipe on colour along the lashes. It will go on like liner but in a dusty way so you don’t have to worry about a perfect line. (1 minute) 3.  You can use a clear or tinted mascara to shape your brows.  The applicator does all the work for you. (45 seconds) 4.  Apply mascara to the bottom lashes first so that you don’t …

50 Shades of Grey a.k.a. The Groutfit

I was watching “The Social” the other day and introduced the new fashion term, “groutfit” which actually means wearing two or more items that are grey in a monochromatic look. Stylist Erica Ward suggested that the best way to wear a groutfit is to layer different colours and textures of grey.  Some of the outfits on the show incorporated fur, patent leather, wool, cashmere and some brought in a print into the mix. I think all of this is fantastic however, some people just can’t or don’t know how to wear grey. Grey is a tricky color.  If you wear the wrong shade essentially it can wash your face out causing a sallow, sick looking face – quite literally a grey face!  What is the solution? Find the right tone of grey and make sure that you wear that tone around/near your face.  Remember the summer, winter, fall and spring colours? Warm vs. cold tones? This ensures that you avoid the dark circled, old and tired look. The monochromatic look is pretty cool and sleek …