Noor’s Makeup Must-have’s

Bridal makeup is all about ensuring all eyes are on the bride when she walks into a room. Every makeup artist has their fave makeup products, below are my top three. 1. High Definition (HD) Foundation – the particles in HD foundations are so refined that they create an optical illusion. The foundation looks flawless and natural in person – and absolutely gorgeous in pictures.  Face Atelier is my personal favourite because it glides on the face smoothly, has a built in primer, stays put all day, and has great buildable coverage! 2. Lip Stains – not only life savers, but also time savers! Lip colour stays freshly in place even in humid weather. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has a great selection of lip tars that can be mixed to create new shades! 3. Oil Controlling Powder – these magic powders, absorb excess oil and only activate when in contact with oil or moisture. Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder is a superb product. Its micronized Silca absorbs excess oil and when blended properly, does not leave any white residue on skin. The powder has absolutely no pigment and can be used on any skin colour!  

Secrets to a Picture Perfect Bridal Makeup Look

Secrets To a Picture Perfect Bridal Makeup Look

A truly trendy wedding: Christie + Owen

There are so soo many gorgeous special event venues in Toronto that make for unique wedding reception sites.  A typical banquet hall is not the only option. Brides just have to be a little creative and think outside the box! Below is a little inspiration – I came across this beautiful wedding on The Knot. The venue is C Lounge – uber trendy! oh & check out the bride & groom walking down the isle — how cool is the acrylic aisle over the pool? Photography: 5ive15ifteen Photography Venue: C Lounge Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe Enjoy! Noor

Fashion & Beauty Photoshoot

Hi everyone, I hope everyone had a fanstastic weekend – it’s getting super chilly out there! I had a busy but superb weekend. I did a photoshoot with the very talented photographer Stephen Loban, and model Krystal Reeve (represented by NEXT). I have done a lot of photoshoots, and this was my second time working with Stephen and Krystal. I absolutely loved working with them again. Not only are they very professional and incredibly talented than a lot of other photographers & models out there, but they have an amazing character as well. I have to say I have come across a lot of amateur fashion and beauty photography on Facebook etc. The worst part is, most of these photographers actually have too much pride and think they are the best of the best. I’m all for believing in your work and knowing your worth, but there is no reason why a photographer should have to  add strange Photoshop effects, or retouch, add, or subtract lighting/shadows in postproduction.  A good fashion or beauty portrait photographer should be able to solve such problems during the shooting process. I understand that the makeup artist has to be good as well, so that the photographer doesn’t feel the need to edit the makeup […]

Thank God for Sisters

Yay for having sisters.

Why hire a Day of Coordinator?

Hello everyone, If there is one type of vendor I can strongly recommend brides to hire – it’s a Day of Coordinator (DOC). They will take care of little details on the wedding day so you can focus on getting married. I can’t stress enough on how important it is to have a DOC for your wedding day! To be honest, when me and the husband were planning our wedding, we had not included a DOC in our budget. We had absolutely no plans of hiring a day of coordinator because we simply thought we didn’t need one. As the planning process continued, we realized that we wanted our families to sit back, relax, and enjoy the wedding without worrying about little things. We didn’t want our family and friends to be too tired or too busy to enjoy our wedding day (kind of seems unfair!). Our DOC was Shannon from Isabelle Annalise and we couldn’t be more thankful of her and her assistant, Christina. I am a fairly organized person, but Shannon kept me on track and organized before the wedding. When you are planning a wedding, you are under so much pressure and stress that it becomes easy to forget or miss little things. Shannon […]

Back & Married

    Hi all, I know I haven’t written in a while, but as some of my readers may know – I was busy getting married, honeymooning, moving into a new place, and adjusting to everyday life Well, now I am back & married. I’ll fill you in on what i’ve been busy doing for the past few months. I’ll start off with the actual wedding planning & vendor-hunting! Gosh, it was a long process. I had about 2 years to plan the wedding, so it was nice to have a good amount of time to plan (but it was not so nice to have a long engagement!) I didn’t start planning right away, I mean come on, I had 2 years to plan. So, I figured I had the option to procrastinate for a good 6 months …or so. Meh, that didn’t really work. I’m a sucker for all things weddings so during my ‘procrastination stage’ I was reading MANY wedding blogs and taking part in wedding forums, and I would drool over crazy gorgeous wedding pictures I came across. I made several folders on  my computer, dedicated to different aspects of the reception. Once I had gotten more than enough inspiration from blogs/forums/designer websites, I decided it was finally time to start […]

Some Makeup Recommendations!

Hello people! I’m back with another blog post after a decade of disappearance! I will try my best to continue blogging but no guarantees on how often I will be doing that! Anyhow, I recently wrote a blog entry for Shaadi Source (a good resource for brides!) So if you want to get some recommendations on which brands and products to use on your skin…go to their website & read the entry or CLICK HERE Also: I’ll soon be writing about my favourite makeup brushes…stay tuned for that!

IMATS 2010 Haul

Hi all! So I was at the International Makeup Artist Trade Show this past weekend – it was GREAT! I bought a ton of goodies, met some makeup gurus, & attended a couple of workshops/sessions. I’ll start off with the items I purchased: Brush belt from Royal & Lagnickel booth – brushes were not included, I bought those seperately from the Royal brushes, and the Crown brushes booth. Waterproof setting powder from Kryolan. Kryolan eyeshadow pallette in ‘Abu Dhabi’. – the shadows are highly pigmented and can be used for stage makeup, TV, Film, etc. Lip tar in ‘Memento‘ from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I also bought the lip tars in Vintage, & Plum.  These are the most genius lip products on the market: you only need a tiny amount to cover your entire lip. Highly pigmented, AMAZING colour payoff, and they last a very long time on your lips. Bonus: they are 100% vegan! Eve Pearl eyeshadow pallette in ‘Sapphire Eyes’. I also bought a lip gloss from the booth – haven’t used it on anyone yet, but it looks great. Eve Pearl was there herself =) ! A few other things I bought for my professional kit (but didn’t take pictures of): […]

Wedding Venues in Toronto

Hi all! I recently booked my wedding reception venue, and since I’ve looked into a lot of venues, I thought of writing a post about it! I know I searched through numerous blogs/forums/websites for venue recommendations – so I hope this helps someone. Ofcourse, there are hundreds of venues to choose from. If you know what kind of a wedding you want (i.e, indoor reception, outdoor/garden reception, banquet hall, unique venue, etc etc) it becomes a bit easier to find a venue. Although me and my fiance both knew what kind of a venue we wanted – it was still very hard to find that perfect venue. Below are some of the venues worth mentioning (or not): Unique wedding venues in the GTA: . – Old Mill  There are many weddings going on at the same time, you do not get to use the venue exclusively. They do not allow outside catering but can make Halal food, and I have heard great things about this place. It IS a gorgeous venue and perfect for an outdoor ceremony as well. .  –  Toronto Botanical Gardens (right by Edwards Gardens) It’s a good alternative to a typical banquet hall wedding. There are several room rental […]