Friday, March 28, 2014

Sugar Coated

Zara blue coat, Joe Fresh knit top, F21 skirt, Michael Kors boots, Tom Ford sunglasses

If you have seen my Instagram feed recently, you'll know how crazy I have been about powder blue. From handbag and nail polish to outerwear, I've been completely drawn to this sugary and light colour that's perfect for spring and summer. This Zara coat is the latest blue addition and is a great transitional piece for spring.  I kept the look sweet and simple for the weekend with a light knit top, window pane knit skirt, and comfortable Michael Kors booties.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

COVERGIRL looks at VFW

Just as inspiring as the hair styles were the makeup looks created with COVERGIRL this season at Vancouver Fashion Week. I was lucky to be backstage all week to witness the beautiful transformations as fresh-faced models turn runway ready. Led by makeup director Yasmin Morshedian, a team of artists worked nonstop and created dozens of unique looks. Here are some of my picks:

Beauty Look #1
To create this glam look, the artists first used Olay lotion to prep the skin before applying truBlend liquid foundation and FIXSTICK concealer for a natural and even skin tone. The brows were lightly defined using the brow and eyemakers pencil. Cinnamon toast (156) cheekers was the perfect blush to add warmth while Goldmine (272) eye shadow palette's dark brown was used on the eyelids. The look was completed with dramatic lashes created by the bombshell volume by LashBlast mascara and rich colored lips created by the LipPerfection lipstick.


Beauty Look #2
I love the look of smokey eyes with violet shadow and this one created for Evan Clayton's show was completely on point. The face was first prepped using Olay lotion, truBlend liquid foundation and FIXSTICK concealer. Using the stunning purple shade from the eyeshadow set Fairytale (274), the colors were layered and blended to perfection. To make the eyes pop, artists used the Bombshell intensity liquid liner with precision felt tip applicator and added generous coats of bombshell volume by LashBlast mascara.



My first makeup purchase at age 13 was a blue COVERGIRL eyeshadow and I love that after all these years, there's a familiarity to the packaging and the products continue to impress me in their quality and price. As a Beauty Correspondent for VFW, I had the fun opportunity to try out a ton of COVERGIRL products and my favourites so far are: LipPerfection lipstick in Bombshell (327), Flamed Out Shadow Pencils (305 and 350 are amazing), Bombshell volume by LashBlast mascara, and the Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss in all of the colours, of course!

I hope you'll get a chance to try some runway-inspired looks with COVERGIRL!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Runway looks with Pantene


Having spent a week backstage as a P&G Beauty Correspondent at Vancouver Fashion Week, I got the chance to learn all the secrets to the amazing runway-ready looks created with Pantene styling products and I'm happy to share them with you! I was also lucky enough to get my own hair styled by Chris Funk, the creative director for hair, as well as many other talented hairstylists volunteering at the event. There were so many inspiring looks but these picks below were my favourites!

Look #1: The Sleek back top with texture waves 
One of my favourite looks was this edgy yet feminine hair created for the designer Gaby. This chic yet wearable style was created first by adding soft waves in the back with a curling iron. Then, Pantene Pro-V All-In-One Styling Balm is applied on the top of the hair to create the wet look before being secured with bobby pins in the back. Stylists then used the Flexible Hold Hairspray as a finishing spray to secure the beautiful waves.


Look #2: Voluminous French Twist
The names spells it out: a classic french twist up-do amped up with volume.  This look was created for Grandi's show and it certainly caught everyone's attention. To create the up-do, stylists used Heat Protection Spray to shield hair from heat damage before curling and teasing the strands.  Pieces are then pinned and tucked upwards. The Flexible Hold Hairspray was again used to secure the look.


Look #3: Side pinned fringe waves

This playful yet feminine look created for the Sirette show is one I will definitely be trying this spring/summer. I love the light, fringe waves parted on the side and pinned to perfection.  Tousled with fingers, the Root Reboot Dry Shampoo was used to refresh and create volume near the roots. As always, the Flexible Hold Hairspray worked its magic to hold the curls in place.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Official P&G Beauty Correspondent at VFW

Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2014 kicks off tomorrow and I'm thrilled to announce that I will be an official beauty correspondent for COVERGIRL, Pantene and Olay! With all access to the magic backstage, I'll be bringing you the best of the runway makeup and hair looks. Get ready to be inspired all week long!

The F/W 2014 shows at VFW is taking place between March 18-24th and will feature over 50 designers from 21 countries (see schedule here). P&G Beauty, which includes COVERGIRL, Pantene and Olay, is the official presenting sponsor at VFW and their wide range of makeup and styling products will be used for all runway looks this season. Guests will also be treated to free hair and makeup touch-ups at the Beauty Bars and get a chance to discover products such as COVERGIRL Bombsell and TruBlend. Once they're made to look runway-ready, guests can get their photos taken by a professional photographer or get selfies through one of the "selfie mirrors" setup at the event! How fun is that?

GIVEAWAY!
Not only am I excited to share this experience with you, I'm also happy to announce that there will be a fantastic giveaway! One lucky blog reader/instagram follower will receive an amazing prize pack full of COVERGIRL, Pantene and Olay products! Follow my Instagram (@carolinacfon) & Twitter (@carolinacfon) for instant updates and stayed tuned this week for more Giveaway details!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hashtag OOTD event


Come shop my wardrobe! I'm excited to support a good cause and be part of an upcoming event put on by students from my alma mater, the University of British Columbia. The Hashtag OOTD event is all about giving back and asks attendees to bring clothing for donation as admission. All clothing donations will go to The Salvation Army. A few bloggers and I will also be there with our clothes for sale and help you build a new wardrobe just in time for Spring! I hope you can come by to hang out with me for an afternoon!

The Details:
Date: 23 March 2014, 1PM - 4PM
Location: YWCA Vancouver, Welch 1 & 2 - Fourth Floor
No Admission Fee! You simply have to bring at least one clothing item, old or new, to donate to charity.

There are swag bags going out to the first 50 people who RSVP on Eventbrite: http://hashtagootd.eventbrite.ca/ so be sure to Register soon!

See you on Sunday, March 23rd!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Home Republic by Quilts Etc



I was ecstatic to receive this beautiful set of bedding from Quilts Etc's new Home Republic line last week. Our home already had touches of Paris in the living room so this addition perfectly ties our rooms together. The crisp white duvet cover with oversized Eiffel tower and stamp prints really livens up our small bedroom and of course, there are adorable pillow cases to match!

I love that Quilts Etc is a Canadian-owned company with a unique selection of linens at very reasonable prices. This set is just one of the many amazing designs from the Home Republic line. Check out the full collection as I'm sure there's one to compliment your individual style!