Fast Fashion- You Get What You Pay For

Most of the clothing available to us is mass produced in a run down factory in a third world country. Just look at the tag inside a garment and you will see that is was probably made in China or Cambodia or India or somewhere similar. It is rare to find clothing made in Canada or the United States. Pinup Girl Clothing, Heart of Haute, Steady Clothing, and Cherry Velvet have brought production back to North America, to provide quality clothing. Quality clothing has a price and unfortunately  a lot of people will just look at the price tag and scoff at how much a dress costs. These people have become accustom to fast fashion and its prices- H & M, Forever XXI, Zara, and the like pump out new styles every week at a fraction of the cost of a Pinup Couture dress; these stores drastically cut prices when a item is no longer in “fashion” to make sure they aren’t left with any of yesterdays fashions. Pinup Girl, Steady, Heart of Haute, and Cherry Velvet cautiously mark down their items or will have flash sales, as they create timeless pieces that do no go out of style. When a customer is surprised at the price tag of a Heart of Haute or Pinup Girl dress, I tell them these dresses are made in the States and are very high quality; I have owned a few Pinup Girl dresses for 5-7 years and they still look brand new. I have also never had a zipper break on a Pinup Girl dress, or a Heart of Haute, or Steady Clothing…hmmm, imagine that.

tumblr_l75z7rlm3a1qcc0h5o1_500Then there is the other half – the other pinup brands we love but which are mass produced in a dingy factory in China. The great thing about these brands, is that they are usually cheaper, and thus make pinup and rockabilly clothing more affordable to those people who really just can not afford to buy a new Pinup Girl Clothing dress for every occasion. Brands like HellBunny, Sourpuss, and Hearts and Roses offer cute pinup dress in the $50-$100 range. These dresses, however, fall in the fast fashion category. Because they are cheaper people feel more inclined to toss them, donate them, or not bother getting them fixed when a zipper breaks…which it will.

I am lucky enough to work at the mecca of pinup and rockabilly clothing, so I get to see everything brand new, try it all on, feel it, see its construction, and also see its destruction. Zippers break, buttons fall off, seams split- it is a fact of the fast fashion life and everyone had just better accept it if they are going to continuing buying fast fashion. Do you know how often I will see a zipper break or have a customer come in/call/email to say the zipper broke on the Hearts and Roses or Sourpuss dress? And I think to myself “….and your point is?”. Do not get me wrong, I love Sourpuss…I own a ton of dresses by this brand because I love the designs and the affordability. However, I do not hold it up to the same expectations as a Pinup Girl dress and neither should you!

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I am tired of hearing complaints that your button fell off your dress or jacket… guess what? It was bound to happen! That garment was most likely mass produced in a very short period of time, having to meet minimal quality expectations, so it could get here in time for you to wear it this winter. Here’s a little tip your grandma should have taught you- reinforce your buttons or when they fall off, simply sew them back on. Stop phoning/emailing the stores you bought it from to complain about the quality – guess what? I didn’t make it! And I didn’t make you buy it. And you should not be surprised when the zipper on your $50 dress breaks…instead, you should just drop it off at the tailor to pick up next week with a brand new zipper and get on with life.

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I have made it a habit to always look at tags to see where an item was made and then base that on my decision to buy it – I gauge the quality, the price, how much I will wear it, and if I think its going to last. This is why I own a handful of Sourpuss dresses and HellBunny Jackets…the cost and quality meet in the middle, which allows me to decide I will take the risk of buying a fast fashion item, which I know will get a lot of wear. Consumers need to take responsibility for their own purchases, as “I didn’t know” is simply not a valid excuse. We should all know what we are buying – we should all look to see where an item was made and what material it is made out of- that is 100% a consumers responsibility.

A store like Rowena offers up the best of the best of pinup and rockabilly fashion. It provides the consumer with options in style, design, brand, and cost because we feel every one should be able to be a pinup if they want to…and who doesn’t want to be a pinup?! In providing this service however, we bring in a select selection of brands that we feel meets the demands of our customers – this includes both made in North America slow fashion brands and out-sourced fast fashion brands. If the demand for both was not there, we wouldn’t carry both. Until the consumers stops buying fast fashion, until they demand more of the brands they love, they will remain the same, and zippers will break and buttons will fall off, because that’s life.

I have said it many times- you get what you pay for. If you spend $110-$250 on dress you can expect that dress to last, to see you through rough times, and to be there in happy times. If you spend $40-$60 on dress, you should love it for what its worth and remember what you paid for it when the zipper breaks or a button falls off.

I highly recommend every one l read “Over-Dressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion” by Elizabeth Cline to learn a bit more about the fast fashion industry. She also talks about the environmental impact of the industry and how something needs to change…now.

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 We all know why Pinup Girl Clothing can be expensive and why Hearts & Roses isn’t, so lets all stop fooling ourselves into thinking every dress we buy should stand the test of time. Some dresses are meant for better things, while others are meant to be worn once or twice before being sent off to the tailor to fix a zipper or fallen hemline.

What’s in your makeup bag: Kerosene Deluxe

Bombshell Kerosene Deluxe is on the blog today sharing her favorite makeup with us. This mega babe hails from Vancouver, Canada, but is originally from Amsterdam. She is a highly successful plus size model, whose work ranges from pinup to gothic to fetish. Kerosene Deluxe is always looking fabulous and I cannot wait to share with you what makeup she uses – she even studied cosmetology in Amsterdam! Kerosene Deluxe also support body positivity, which in our world, is extremely important- love your body and all bodies equally – it sounds simple, but its not being practiced very well by a lot of people out there.

Here is what Kerosene Deluxe had to say about her look

“I have always had a flair for the dramatic and glamorous but also the dark and macabre. I’d say my ‘look’ tends to walk a line between classic Pin-Up glamor with a dose of Gothic chique.
I strongly believe I’d be a drag queen if I was born a man, haha. I like make-up, a lot…and have never been ashamed to admit that I wear a lot of it. I’ve been intrigued by it since I was a small child. My mother was a very glamorous woman and I used to love watching her getting ready (and rummaging through her cosmetics when she wasn’t home). I started wearing make-up at a young age, much to the dismay of my teachers. For my 8th birthday I received a beauty case filled with make up, I remember being overcome with joy with this treasure! 10 years later I put myself through cosmetology school to become a make-up artist. I do my own photo shoot make-up 99% of the time. I actually enjoy this process and taking my time getting ready, it get’s me into the character I will be portraying in the shoot.
For me make-up has always been more about art rather than vanity. (I feel equally comfortable barefaced as I do dolled up). I love experimenting with colors and avant-garde looks. I don’t believe in ‘trends’, seasonal or age appropriate propaganda…I believe in wearing what you love and doing so with pride. “
KeroseneBijouxJune2013-3004805-Edit (2)Kerosene broke down her look between day and evening for us as well!
Daytime Make-Up:
“I will start off with a smooth and even canvas. A lightweight foundation, concealer under the eyes, a light dusting of setting powder and some soft contouring with bronzer, I’ll pop a bit of a coral blush on my cheeks and a bit of highlighter on my cheekbones, under the brow bone and cupids bow (above the lips)
For the eyes I’ll apply a champagne tone (slight sheen) on the eyelid and a medium beige shade into the crease and lower lash line. I’ll finish it with winged black eyeliner (I tend to wear mine quite thick) and mascara (top lashes only) followed by filling my eyebrows.
My lip color that day depends on mood and what I’m wearing. Bold ruby red’s, vibrant pink’s and soft peachy shades are my go to’s.”
sf (2)Evening and Photo shoot Looks:
“Honestly anything goes for this and I tend to pull out all the stops. I’ll substitute the lightweight foundation for a fuller coverage cream based one (Cover FX total cover cream foundation), amp up the contouring and highlighting and dramatize the eyes by adding shades of black eye shadow (and/or a variety of other fun colors) and further extending the wings and width of my eyeliner.
I will often wear multiple pairs of false eyelashes for special events. Yes at once..I’ll stick and stack a couple on top of each other for extravagant drama. My brows don’t go through a drastic change for an evening look as I enjoy a strong and sharply filled and shaped brow day or night..
I’ll wear whatever lipstick shade suits my fancy; red, black, green..You name it!”
DSC_8401 copyweb (2)Here are Kerosene’s favorite products…are you ready for it?! S
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
This is how it all starts, a good make up needs a smooth canvas. A pea-sized amount of this applied all over the skin will ensure a smooth and even application of your foundation but also increases the longevity of your make up. Smashbox for me, is the king of primer and this one is my all time favorite.
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation
This foundation provides medium coverage and feels like air..Seriously, it feels like you are wearing nothing! It is SO beautiful and has a nice glowy finish. Perfect for a polished daytime look (but would totally work for evening too) I love this stuff..
NYX Stay matte but not flat powder
I love this powder because it’s super versatile (and also suuuper inexpensive!), it can be applied with a brush and make a great light setting powder but when applied by powder puff actually gives you a decent bit of coverage. I has  a nice non chalky finish. Because of that it makes a great little compact..I always have this one me..(car, purse, gym bag or in my husband’s pocket when I don’t feel like carrying a purse)
Smashbox Contouring Palette
So they actually discontinued this a while ago but after much uproar from fellow beauty fiends decided to bring it back. (Thanks goodness, I just couldn’t even….) It has 3 shades inside; a deeper contouring shade (for a dramatic contour), a bronzer shade (for adding warmth, glow or a soft contour) and an ivory shade (which can be used for subtle highlighting) All shades are matte which is perfect. The tones work really well as neutral eye shadows too should you have limited make-up bag space or need a multi-purpose product. It comes with a great little angled contouring brush <3 I hope they extend the shade range for these in the future so that a variety of people with different skin tones can enjoy them too.
 
Stila Custom Color Blush ‘Self adjusting Coral’
This is a great blush that gives you a lovely healthy glow..I adore coral shades because they bring such life to the skin and look great on all complexions. You can layer and ‘build’ the pigment of this blush too, to get the desired level of drama an color.
Estee Lauder Double Wear ‘stay in place flawless’ concealer
Concealer would probably be my number 1 ‘must have’ cosmetic item. I have terrible dark circles (no matter how much sleep) under my eyes and your average concealer just doesn’t quite cut it for me. I love this particular one because of it’s great coverage yet complete lack of creasing or settling into lines due to it’s long-wear, no transfer formula. It’s great for vacation too as this concealer is waterproof..Trust me I’ve tried and tested!
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Smashbox ‘Fade to Black’ eyeshadow palette 
Sadly this palette was a limited edition item from Fall 2013 and no longer available, which is sad because it’s a fantastic palette with shades suitable for soft daytime to dramatic evening looks. Due to the depth of pigment this palette lasts pretty long (as you don’t need a lot of product), which is great because I treasure it and don’t want it to run out. This is usually the shadow palette I’ll take with me when I travel, because it’s so versatile and compact in size so easy to fit into a smaller cosmetic bag.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color
I cannot even begin to say how much I love this product. It’s phenomenal. If you like super precise and neat brows this is a great product for you, because it’s liquid eyeliner like brush will give you the cleanest lines ever. You can softly feather in strokes or just go full on dramatic statement brow with this and it’ll all look fab..Best part, it will literally stay alllll day (as the name suggests), it’s sweatproof, waterproof, rubproof…It seriously won’t budge…LOVE
Geisha Ink Liquid Liner
I have a major love affair with eyeliners that don’t smudge or run..This is because I have year-round allergies which often leads to watery eyes. This amazing liner will not disappoint on that front, because once it’s on, it will stay there (until it meets Mr waterproof make-up remover). It’s hard to say what my favorite thing is about this liner because it’s just a total package of awesome. I can safely say I’m an eyeliner aficionado and this one is by far the best liquid liner I’ve ever used. The super precise microfiber brush tip gives an easy and superior application and the liner itself is jet black, so you don’t have to layer it to get that intense black finish. Bonus: Geisha Ink is a Canadian brand:)
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in ‘Snow’
This is a new product in the Stila range and therefor new to my happy make-up collection. I find myself asking where this has been my whole life, because I’m obsessed with it. What it is is a waterproof white liquid eyeliner. I use it right above my black eyeliner to give it pop. I love the contrast and the 60′s mod-like/vintage barbie look it gives.
Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara
I was never blessed with full luscious lashes, so good mascara is a big deal to me. This mascara is great because it provides everything I want; A jet black finish, lots of volume, lift and curl.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ‘Beso’
Another stellar product in Stila’s ‘stay all day’ line. This is my absolute favorite red! It’s super matte and long wearing, the perfect shade and lasts through nibbles and smoochies. Because of it’s lasting formula you don’t even need to use a lip liner with it, as it won’t ‘bleed’ ever…
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Matte in ‘Pagan’
I’ve always been a big fan of OCC’s ‘lip tars’ because they are super awesome glosses with great color and hold. This shade is a new favorite of mine, it’s a black with undertones of purple and super dramatic. I’ll wear it on it’s own if I’m serving up Goth realness or I mix in a drop with my other lipsticks to darken them and create custom shades. It gives a nice fresh feel on the lips too due to the peppermint oil ingredient.
Dior’s Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in Pink Icon
This is my favorite neutral pink shade for a soft shiny daytime pout. It makes my lips feel moisturized and plump.  I love Dior lipsticks…
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic mist
Last but not least, the one that seals the deal…So this is actually a toner (a great toner) but I use it as a finishing mist. It’s refreshing, smells nice but also set’s my make up. The hyaluronic acid ingredient is great for your skin and provides moisture and plumpness, while the dragons blood (not actual dragon’s blood but a tree sap) is a great skin soother and healer. I always carry this around because aside from a wonderful setting spray it also works great when I have allergic skin flareup’s and redness.
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What a great and complete list of products! I am interested in checking out the Stila brow color and Geisha Ink eyeliner (my eyes tend to water a lot as well). I am a huge fan of Canadian or American made products, especially as this means the products are more likely to be cruelty-free. The Geisha Ink website list the stores that carry their brand and there are 9 shops in Edmonton that do ( including Lux Beauty Boutique) and you bet I am going to go pick up an eyeliner! I’ll let you know what I think. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to do this series- to find out about new, amazing products I had no notion of- thanks Kerosene!
unnamedA huge thank you to Kerosene Deluxe for sharing a few of her beauty secrets with us. Not only is she delightfully gorgeous and talented, Kerosene seems like a real down to earth gal – someone I would want to be friends with. I wish all the best and even more success to her!
Please check out her facebook page:
And website to see more photos, find out more about her beliefs and background, and how to book her for a shoot
xoxo

Adeline’s Attic- handpicked vintage clothing

Adeline’s Attic is an Edmonton based vintage clothing shop. Adeline’s Attic has been open for 5 years; in fact, this month marks their 5th birthday! Adeline’s Attic opened shop in 2009 on Etsy and you can still find her and all her gorgeous vintage there.

Vintage loving owner, Jill, who looks like shes stepped right off the Atlantic boardwalk, has a deep appreciation for vintage aesthetic. Her shop carries a wide range of wares, ranging from the 1920s to the 1990′s. The bulk of her collection falls within in the 20s to 50s, with a wide variety of styles and sizes.

Jill asked me if I would like to model some of her vintage pieces and with delight, I said I would love to. As a vintage loving girl living in a modern world I have difficulty finding vintage pieces that fit my waist. It is common to find pieces with a 25-27″ waist, however 29-30″ is much rarer. Adeline’s Attic carries a a ton of different sizes, which makes me oh so happy, as I would love to add more vintage pieces to my wardrobe.

1919626_10154685024635618_5265573623224326381_nThis 1940s gown fit like it was made for me. This is something I could see myself getting married in- it is just divine.

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I love the colour of this gorgeous set ( jacket and dress). This dress felt so lovely on and would be a great addition to any gals wardrobe.

10606276_10154685043750618_6324600747658341722_nThe photos were taken by the owner herself, at an old building at the University of Alberta, which provided the perfect setting. This gal does it all herself- picking, cleaning, photography, uploading, packing, and shipping.

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This skirt also fit like it was made for me… vintage cashmere, how fantastic! I have had a very hard time finding vintage items that fit me like they should. All of the pieces I modeled fit like a dream! I have a feeling I will be visiting Adeline’s Attic quite a bit, especially as Viva Las Vegas approaches ( a little birdie told me she has some 50′s and 60′s swimsuits to sell)

Head over to Adeline’s Attic on Etsy to shop some drool worthy vintage pieces. You can also find her on facebook where you can keep up to date on new items added to the shop, see photos from shoots, and hear any news.

A big thank you to Jill, from Adeline’s Attic for asking me to model her amazing vintage dresses and separates.

xoxo

Fall for B.A.I.T this Autumn

Rowena just got in a new shipment of B.A.I.T for the fall season. And I fell hard.  I can usually take or leave a lot of shoes…I am being more picky these days with the ones I do buy- they have to be practical, comfortable, stylish, and good quality. As we unpacked the new shipment of B.A.I.T, I squeed at each and every style.

BAIT AND BANNED 014B.A.I.T is known for making very cute, retro inspired shoes, which are comfortable and reasonably priced. Rowena always carries a handful of the cutest styles, that everyone falls for. I took home a pair with me the same day they came in and I don’t expect these styles to stick around long.

Alright, lets break it down…

The Valentine comes in black and burgandy and are just divine!

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Next, my favorite, the Roberta

BAIT AND BANNED 008 BAIT AND BANNED 009These have a thick heel and are so comfortable. I wore them all day three days in a row and they were fine! Nice and comfy, just how I like my shoes to be. These are just adorable little mary-jane style heels, which look super cute with a swing skirt.

Last,  the Hazels are a great pair of boots for the fall.

BAIT AND BANNED 010 BAIT AND BANNED 012These boots have a great Victorian look to them and are are very comfortable. They have a zipper along the inside and are laced up the front. What I loved most about these boots is that they fit my calves- this is very rare and I know I am not the only one. These are the perfect boots for the gals who have wide calves; I even had room to spare, which means these boots are guaranteed to fit the biggest of calves. These also have a thick heel, which make them easier to walk in and very wearable.

BAIT AND BANNED 001Come on down to Rowena and check out the great selection of B.A.I.T and all the other great shoes in stock for the season. And don’t forget to shop local – get these new B.A.I.T shoes at Rowena instead of online and if you don’t live in town, give the shop a call and pay over the phone to have them shipped out to you.

Banned Apparel: Sweet and Simple

I first saw Banned in the London Edge trade show catalog…. A model was holding the most gorgeous flamingo purse; I looked at the small print and saw the brand was Banned Apparel. Fast forward a few months and I am unpacking a new shipment from a new brand at Rowena. That brand was Banned Apparel.

BAIT AND BANNED 022Banned Apparel is based out of the UK and is the result of the dismemberment of Living Dead Souls. While some of their stuff is alternative/gothic style clothing… some of it is amazing retro reproduction. The cardigans I have seen are just beautiful – the appliques, the detailing, and the fabric are all very pretty and have a vintage touch to them. They are so sweet and so simple – just what every pin up girl needs. But what I was most looking forward to was that handbag that initially caught my attention.

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Are they not just the most beautiful handbag you have ever seen…well, pretty close anyway. They are even better in person. And they are so functional. They actually open up fairly wide, have a few compartments, zip closed, have a handle and a cross body strap. And they are only $63! I may have just have to get all three colours… that’s normal right?

We filmed a little video at Rowena yesterday, to show off all the new Banned we got in. This is my first video like this- usually I’m doing my hair or showing exercises- so please don’t judge my slight awkwardness ;)

I plan on doing a lot more videos like this one, so keep an eye out for those or give me suggestions for things you would like to see.

A big thank you to my lovely co-workers who helped to the video- you gals are the best…for real!

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Come into Rowena and pick up a cardigan and matching handbag or head to RetroGlam.com to get yours! Flat rate shipping in Canada is available for $8, so really there is no reason not to order!

And here is our little video!

 

What’s in your makeup bag: Sheri Bomb

When I first got into blogging, I came across the blog Sheri Bomb- instantly I loved this girl. I loved her blog- the look, the content- and wanted my blog to be just as good as hers ( i don’t know if it is yet, but I’m trying ;) ). Sheri is a rockabilly bombshell, who lives in Australia ( so jealous).  I have yet to go to Australia and dream oh so bad of going. From the blogs I follow, I believe it is safe to say they have a pretty rockin scene down there. While Edmonton has great shopping for rockabilly and pinup clothing, the scene leaves much to be imagined… it is fairly small. While I’ve noticed other cities have a big scene, who are into not only reproduction clothing, but true vintage, swing dancing, music, cars, furniture, and lifestyle, there are just a few of us here who have a true love for it all. Anyway, let me get back to the reason for this post… Sheri Bomb is sharing with us what is in her makeup bag!

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I asked Sheri if she wanted to be a part of this series, because she just a fun, down to earth kinda gal. She has a very clean look- not everyone wants to use a ton of makeup and not every one needs to, and you do not need to use a lot of makeup to get a pinup look either.

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Sheri is a writer, so she had a lot to say about her look. Here it is:

MY LOOK

For my everyday look, I like to look polished and put together but I also like to be out the door fairly quickly in the morning, but would rather stay in bed than spend too long on my makeup. I try to keep things fairly simple while still proudly rocking my rockabilly look. I make things easy for myself with a BB cream, brow kit and light sweep of blush before spending a bit of time on my winged eyeliner. When it comes to my night time look, I still like to keep things fairly classic and understated (most of the time). I like my makeup to look as natural as possible so apart from a great foundation, slightly bolder cheek colour and some sparkly eye shadow everything is fairly similar, except a more ‘enhanced’ version. I also spend a bit more time and effort on achieving a more dramatic look with my lashes (I rarely wear false lashes) and of course, a good red lipstick to pack a punch.

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MAKE UP BAG

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Day Look:

Benefit Big Easy BB Cream in Fair

This is a recent addition to my make up bag. I’ve always been a big fan of BB creams for my everyday look as I like the easy coverage and application they provide and the natural looking result, not to mention the benefits for my skin. I used to only use the Garnier Oil-Free BB Cream in Light but I picked up this new Benefit product while I was in the US recently and have been loving it! It really ‘sticks’ to your skin. Although the Garnier product is much cheaper and given I use it everyday, I’ll probably end up going back to this product when the Benefit runs out.

Benefit Brow Zings in Dark

This is the second Brow Zings shade I’ve bought – I also used to have the Medium shade when my hair was a different colour. I swear by this product, it is the best make up for brows I’ve ever used. It’s really easy to apply and the teeny little brushes make it easy to get the perfect shape. I like that the first layer of tinted wax you apply keeps your brows in shape while the finishing layer of powder helps to fill them in and acts as a sealer, preventing smudging.

Classics Eyeliner Pencil in Black

I don’t always use this, but I always like to have it in my make up bag as it’s handy for lining the inner rim of my eyes, particularly up the top if I’m after a more dramatic look. It really helps to fill in the look of your lashes when they need a bit of a help. A simple must have product in any make up bag.

Rimmel Extra Wow Lash Mascara in Extreme Black

A favorite mascara of mine for a long time, I’m a big fan of Rimmel cosmetics in general as they are a great alternative for gals on a budget and for all the makeup basics. This mascara goes on easy with no clumps and offers a great result with only one or two applications. It also goes well with up to four applications if you’re looking for a dramatic result. I usually go two applications during the day and four applications for night time. It’s also great on sensitive eyes, which I have, so no irritation and especially no watering and smudging. Winner!

Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Another product I picked up in the US, I’ve always preferred felt tip liners as I don’t have a particularly steady hand and I feel that they offer me more control. This Stila liner is easy to use, glides on like a dream and doesn’t budge without some serious rubbing. Easy to touch up if you make a mistake, the liner has staying power that lasts all day. Love it!

Benefit Cheek Powder in Rockateur

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a big fan of Benefit cosmetics. Aside from their cute packaging, I’ve always found their products to deliver on their promises and they seem to work really well for my skin. This powder blush looks fairly shimmery in the box but offers very subtle illumination when you actually apply it. It has a lovely pinky peachy hue to it that looks fairly natural, however can be built up for a darker shade that contours the cheek for maximum impact. During the day I use a light sweep across my cheeks but come the night time I tend to amp it up a bit more.

Benefit Tinted Lip Balm in Benebalm

Created with their famous Benetint (which was originally created as a nipple stain for a burlesque dancer in the 70s) this tinted lip balm hydrates your lips without stickyness or too much shine – two of my pet hates. The subtle red rosey hue brings your lips to life without making you look too made up. It also has the same pleasant sweet rosey scent that the Benetint has.

Night Look:

When it comes to my night time look, it’s fairly similar to my daytime look but with a little extra to make things more dramatic.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in Ivory

I love love LOVE this foundation! It’s the best one I’ve found so far. It provides flawless coverage and brightens your complexion. Another product that really ‘sticks’ to your face, it doesn’t set to a matte finish, but that can quickly be rectified with a light dusting of powder.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

The perfect way to set your make up and brighten your complexion, this very subtle tinted violet powder gives a smooth matte finish to your skin and is small enough to pop into your handbag to take with you, meaning you’ll never look oily or shiny while out and about. It’s amazing what a difference a light dusting of this stuff makes, although keep in mind it’s more suited to pale skin tones.

Sephora Collection Moonshadow Baked Palette in Nude

A beautiful palette of 10 neutral eye shadows with a charming shimmery finish. Light and dark shades are well balanced in this palette which provides everything you need for a classic light shimmery eye or a more daring smokey eye. Coverage is good, the powder is soft (without breaking apart in the palette) and the shades are easy to build up and/or blend with each other. This always comes in handy for creating a striking look on my eyes, regardless of how bold I want to be.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Must Be Red!

This lipstick is my absolute favorite! I have a few different brands and shades that I wear from time to time but this is the one that I always love coming back to time and time again. It goes on smoothly, has serious staying power, doesn’t bleed or feather, doesn’t dry out your lips and best of all, it’s the most perfect pin up shade of red. Reds can be hard to perfect and everyone is different but this shade works fantastically with my skintone. Mwah!

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why shopping local matters

As I grow older, I think more consciously about my purchases- do i really need this? can I afford it? is it cruelty- free? is is organic or natural? could i find this somewhere local? I live in a bustling neighborhood- the hot spot of the city, if you will. Because of my locale it makes it easier to buy local and support independent business. Almost every thing  I need I can find in my community.

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There are three groceries stores in a 10 block radius- two of them being organic. I buy the majority of my clothing at the store I work at, which is an independently owned and run shop. I buy all my toiletries at the pharmacy in my neighborhood. I go to the yoga studio and gym near by. I buy all my book at the book stores a few blocks away or go to the library literally 2 blocks from my apartment. You get the idea.

When I see something in the mall I know I could also get at an independent retailer, I will usually wait to buy it. While I do occasionally shop at box stores, I prefer not to. Sometimes it will cost more to shop at a small business, but think about how your money is helping them and the neighborhood they are in thrive. Shopping local helps build the community, creates jobs, fuels the economy, and keeps small businesses open. When I buy produce at the Farmers Market I am giving my money to a person and not a corporation, I am helping to ensure they can keep growing the vegetables they do, I am eating seasonally ( which is so good for our bodies), I know I am buying quality products, and I supporting the endeavors of others in my community.

abe05290652e90c79e4ad716f8d67277As I mentioned, I work at a small, independent store, which sells rockabilly, pin-up, and vintage reproduction. I have heard many times, customers say they just want to try an item on so they can go buy it online or they saw it cheaper on line, so they refuse to buy it at the store. Blank stare. You’re kidding right? When people shop online they are NOT supporting their own community and in the long run, they are contributing to putting independent companies out of business. Yah, sometimes you can find something cheaper on line, but after the shipping and the possible duties, you don’t save much. Not only is it important to shop local, but if you do shop online, shop Canadian.

keep-it-local-logo-conceptsI can’t say I shop local 100% of the time or I buy from Canadian websites all of the time, but I do make the effort to do so. I think we all should. Why wouldn’t you want to support your own economy- the one you are directly effected by. I know that money sometimes is the issue…it is cheaper to shop at Walmart or a big box store than a small grocer or independent pet store, etc. Do some comparison shopping, sign up for newsletters, watch for sales, and get a ‘reward’ card.

I plan to compile a more complete list of Canadian companies and local, for Edmonton, companies, but here is a small start:

Barefoot Venus- made in Kelowna, British Columbia

Rowena and Retroglam.com- Edmonton, Alberta

Wild Prairie Natural Skin Care- Canadian made natural soap and other body care

Lux Beauty Bar-  boutique selling cosmetics and other beauty products in Edmonton, AB

Keep an eye out for a more complete list and feel free to comment with some Canadian companies you love!