Elly Mayday visits Rowena plus a giveaway!

Rowena in Edmonton had the amazing pleasure to host Elly Mayday for a meet and greet a few weeks ago. She happened to be on a layover for a flight and it just worked out perfectly! And might I add, she was sweet as pie!

20150318_174125She came in the shop for a few hours to chat, meet some fans, sign autographs, and take photos. Cherry wanted to meet her as well, she came out to the meet and greet too ūüėČ

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Elly also tried on a handful of dresses and my goodness, was she ever stunning in them. Especially the pink Monica – keep an eye out on her facebook and instagram page for photos.

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Elly had some beautiful photos and her calender available to be signed. If you didn’t come down, you sure missed out! If you got a calender, she left a little note on your birthday – it was so sweet! Keep an eye out on Rowenas and Ellys facebook page for future events like this…Elly may even be back some time!! So if you didn’t make it out this time, don’t worry, you’ll catch her next time

20150318_175907Be sure to follow the Danger De Lux facebook page to also hear about fun events, giveaways, and sales at Rowena!

But especially watch out on the Danger De Lux facebook page for an Elly themed giveaway coming up real soon ūüėČ

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Meet Hello June Photography

Finally, I get to properly introduce you to the women has been overly generous in photographing me in the past year. Without her, I would not have the beautiful images I do to keep with me as I age and to share with all of you now. Hello June Photography has given me the most beautiful photos of myself I have ever seen – and I don’t even care if that sounds vain. This women has a natural born talent to take photos and make you look amazing 100% of the time. She has also coached me on posing and built up my self-esteem by mounds!
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1. Does Hello June Photography have a philosophy on photography?
Hm, it’s pretty hard to try and pinpoint a philosophy (also I feel more than certain I’m going to misinterpret this so lets just run with it!). I suppose it could be to use my camera as a tool to allow the subject to see how others view them. Not to try and sound pompous (as most do when quoting one of the “greats” in photography) but Ansel Adams said “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer”. I capture images specifically for the subject to be the viewer and I want them to see themselves through my eyes. Everyone is their own worst critique and I think to be able to see how someone else may view yourself may cause one to step back and see themselves in a new, hopefully more positive, light. If that happens, then I have succeeded at what I set out to do. And, you know, pretty pictures.
2. What kind of photography do you focus on and what is your favorite to shoot?I’m 100% portraiture. I have tried to photograph other things, but I never felt passion for it the same way as when I have a human subject. Give me anything retro inspired and I’m completely done. These days my focus is on pinup but it took a few years of dabbling and trying to be someone I wasn’t creatively to come to this point.
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Oh, you mean me? Well aren’t you just a doll to be interested! I guess the basics would be that I’m a mother of 2 living in the wonderful city of Edmonton with an obsession for antiques and spontaneous trips. I have an affinity for colourful hair, terrible jokes, and my personal style ranges from beer box t-shirts to over the top pinup. I’ve been shooting as my “main gig” so to say since 2010 but dabbled much before that (lets be honest it was mostly self portraits but it did teach me a lot).
4. Where and who have you worked with? Anyone we might know?Ah, time to name drop! I jest, but while in the past I have mostly done client work with those not in the industry I have gotten to work with some pretty cool people! I’ve had the honour of working with international pinup model Ruby Roxx in Vancouver recently which was a pretty amazing experience. Looking more locally I worked with Calgary designer Maark Abeenir of Averynthe back when his company was called Pretty Hipster as well as¬†Katarina Zwierink who models and they are both doing pretty amazing things these days. Working with Rowena has allowed me to work with some locally known lovelies like¬†Lucky¬†L’amour, Maila Mustang, and yourself! Mostly though, I’m pretty new to working with those in the industry so I look forward to being able to work with more amazing designers, models, stylists and the like in the future!
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5. What makes you and your style unique? What makes you stand out?
My colourful images and shining personality? Really though, it’s so hard to pinpoint what about my work, my style, is different from that created by others who photograph pinup. I try to create a relaxed atmosphere on shoots that allow my subject to be relaxed as well. Often this means lots of my terribly punny jokes, a dash of too much honesty, and letting my subjects know when they are really nailing a look (the amount of times I tell someone they are gorgeous on a shoot should be counted, I’m sure it would be in the double digits!). But with all this I think it allows images that are highly posed and directed to not look stiff or robotic. To get the look and style of a 50’s pinup, on the modern woman – the modern pinup. That, with my own love and obsession for what pinup is, mixed with influence from the great pinup artists Vargas and Elvgren and photographers Bunny Yeager and Viva Van Story, creates the imagery and style that is Hello June Photography.
 
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6. Is there someone or somewhere you would just love to shoot?
 
¬†Gah, how can a photographer limit their list of “want to photograph” down to a reasonable rate for a blog post?! Location wise I honestly have a short attention span and love shooting in the great outdoors. To be able to go back to Europe and shoot in Lausanne (or pretty much any other European city) would be a dream but give me even a prairie field and I’m over the moon elated. Like I said before, there are some honestly amazing pinup models in Vancouver like Elly Mayday, Kerosene Delux, and Jen Kaboom but I would be lying if I didn’t admit I would probably fan girl way too hard if I ever got the chance to photograph the lovely Mosh.
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7. If someone wants to shoot with you, how do they go about doing that?

Shoot me an email at hellojunephotography@gmail.com or message me through the Facebook page fb.com/hellojunephotography ! From there we can get down to the nitty gritty details of setting up

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I highly recommend Hello June Photography for your next photo shoot. I especially recommend her for a pinup shoot and if you have not done any pinup modelling before, she will guide you in posing to make sure you end up with amazing photos. Not only does she capture beautiful images, Hello June Photography has fun with her shoots, making you feel at ease, relaxed, and like a total bombshell – its true, I should count how many times she tells me I’m gorgeous next time we shoot!
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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.”
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“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!”
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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 ‚̧ 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