{Beauty Panel} Who is your Celebrity Hair + Make-up Inspiration?

A celebrity I always look to for hair and make-up inspiration is Eva Longoria. Whenever I want a fresh ‘do, I tend to Google her name, save the photo on my phone and then show the hair dresser.

One of my favourite hairstyles of hers is when she wears her hair down and curled:

 [Photo Credit: www.people.com]

My hair is thick and layered and with the right tools and technique I’ve been able to recreate her look many times over. When I’m in a rush, I use both a hot roller set and a curling iron. A hot roller set is so quick and easy to use and the curling iron gives me more curl control.

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Side part your hair and separate the front section of your hair on both your left and right side. (We will be curling this section with a curling iron later on.)
  2. Take a hot roller set and apply the rollers in different directions (some outwards away from the face and others downwards). Ensure that what you do on one side, you do on the other in order to keep the curls symmetrical.
  3. For this look, I prefer loose curls so the jumbo and super jumbo sized rollers do the trick! Because my hair is medium in length, I tend to just use the jumbo rollers. The super jumbo rollers do not give me as much of a curl for this look.
  4. Once the rollers have cooled off, take them out.
  5. Take your curling iron (1” – 1.5”) and curl the two front sections you kept aside. Curl your hair away from your face as it opens up your face and neck giving it a more flattering look.
  6. Once this is all done, get your favourite hairspray and spray away!
  7. To loosen up the curls, gently and lightly pull some of the curls straight. I don’t run my fingers through my hair because I don’t want to create more volume — my hair is already pretty thick! And there you have it, Eva Longoria-inspired curls!

 Not only does Eva’s hair styles inspire me, but her bronzed, natural makeup is also a look I like to emulate. Here’s a few quick makeup tips:

  • Some people have told me that they are afraid their eyes would look tired with this look because of the brown tones. To brighten up, use an off-white pencil (more natural than white) and rim the inner lower lash line. Also, a few coats of mascara will really help open up the eyes.
  •  To deepen up a bronzy, natural eye look, take a black eye shadow and apply a bit of it on the outer corner of the eyes and gently blend up.
  • If you are limited on products, take your matte bronzer and apply it to the hallows of your cheeks and then sweep it onto the crease of your eyes. This will help warm up those beautiful eyes. 


{Products used}: 


  • Conair Xtreme Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Rollers
  • Palladium Ceramic by Jilbère de Paris
  • L’Oréal Paris Elnette Satin Hairspray
  • Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in “Medium” 
  • Cover FX Matte Fx in “Medium” 
  • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish “Sunny by Nature” 
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Twice Baked” 
  • Stila Smokey Eye Palette in “Black” 
  • Nars Eyeshadow Duo in “Surabaya” 
  • M.A.C Fluidline eyeliner in “Blacktrack” 
  • Physicians Formula Eye Booster in “Ultra Black” 
  • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
  • M.A.C Lipliner in “Dune” 
  • L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in “Golden Splendor”

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    {Beauty Panel} 90s Beauty Make-up is Back! What 90s make-up trend would you try?

    When I think of 1990s makeup, I think of Brenda Walsh from the original 90210, Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell, and Daisy (Neve Campbell) from Catwalk— all beautiful women! (Did I just reveal my age?) This week’s inspiration is a bit of Brenda and Daisy mixed together: sexy and sultry with a blend of grunge.

    What makes this look? Soft smoky brown eyes and deep red wine lips.

    Part of the 1990s beauty trend this season is a focus on the lower lash line. So grab your favourite neutral eye shadow palette—one of my favourites is the Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone palette. It’s very pigmented and super affordable!

    After you apply eye shadow on your lids:

    1. Take a dark brown eye shadow with an eye liner brush and apply it to your lower lash line. Concentrate the colour closest to your lash line and then blend down diffusing the colour.

    2. Take a lighter brown eye shadow and apply it slightly under your lower lash line. This will help achieve the gradient smoky affect, going from dark to light.

    3. To keep this ’90s look modern, add a lighter colour on the inner corner of your eye to brighten up the look.

    4. Apply your favourite mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

    If you want to go a step further with the 1990s beauty trend, add a wine-coloured lipstick. This was definitely a staple in Brenda Walsh’s purse!

    {Products used}



    • Nars Firming Foundation in “Syracuse” 
    • CoverFX Matte Powder 
    • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Dark”
    • Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Pencil in “22E”
    • Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone Palette
    • Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in “72 Brown” 
    • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
    • Elizabeth Arden Shadow “Fawn 02” 
    • M.A.C Lipstick in “Destined”

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    {Beauty Panel} The “No Make-up” Make-up Look

    I have exciting news!

    I have been asked to be a part of www.fashionmagazine.com‘s Beauty Panel team which launched on March 7, 2013!

    What is the Beauty Panel?

    It’s a team of Canadian Beauty Bloggers who answer questions about make-up, hair, and nail polish!

    The first question is: 


    Mine is what I call, the “No Make-up” make-up look!
    A look that is very natural, easy-to-do, and presentable for a day in the office

    To see the actual post on www.fashionmagazine.com click here

    Products used:

    Moisturizer – Embryolisse – Lait Crème Concentrè

    Foundation – NARS Firming Foundation in Syracuse
    Concealer – MAC Select Moisturecover in NW30
    Powder –  MAKE-UP FOREVER HD Microfinish Powder (set under-eye concealer) & MAC Blot Powder in Dark (face)
    Bronzer – Annabelle Perfect Bronze in Sun Goddess
    Blush – MAC in Gingerly


    Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
    Eyeshadow – MAC Malt and Shroom
    Eyeliner – Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Brown
    Mascara – MARCELLE Power Volume Mascara in Black


    Lip balm – Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner in SPF
    Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Voluptè SPF 15 in Beige Ultimate (#3)

    To see entries from the other beauty bloggers on Beauty Panel, click here

    What is your everyday make-up look?

    {BlushPretty Photoshoot} Low-end or High-end?

    When it comes to anything in general, people tend to get caught up in name brand items.
    But what most of us sometimes disregard is, with name brand items, comes extra cost. Whether it’s a vehicle, purse, shoes, groceries, or make-up does expensive necessarily mean better?

    In my opinion, when it comes to make-up, high-end (departmental) make-up doesn’t necessarily mean it trumps low-end, affordable, drug store brands. With low-end brands, the quality of the actual make-up could be just as good or even better. The only difference might be when we buy high-end make-up we are paying for better packaging, the ability to try before we buy,  and of course, the “name”.

    Some of the BlushPretty (www.blushpretty.com)  make-up artists were put to the challenge of creating a high/low look. We had a theme (mine was Bronzy Beach Babe) and had to do one look with high-end products and one with low-end products.

    High-end look: I used products such as MAC, NARS, Shiseido, Urban Decay, etc.
    Low-end look: Elaine (www.fromelainenextdoor.com), sales rep for Avon/mark, provided us with affordable products that anyone can use! !

    Here are the two beautiful models. Have a look and let me know which one you think is the high-end look and which is the low-end look. Feel free to comment below or tweet it (@makeupbytess) . . .

    Can you tell the difference?

    Photo #1

    Model: Stephanie
    Creative Director: Stephanie Daga
    Production Coordinator: Elaine Atkins
    Photographer: Dimitris L.
    Makeup: Tess Lopez
    (www.makeupbytess@blogspot.com // www.tessmakeup.com)
    Hair: Stephanie Daga
    Jewellery: Maria Wing for Stella and Dot

    Photo #2

    Model: Melissa
    Creative Director: Stephanie Daga
    Production Coordinator: Elaine Atkins
    Photographer: Rhommel Bernardino (www.torontophotographer.net)
    Makeup: Tess Lopez
    Hair: Monica Dan Le
    Jewellery: Maria Wing for Stella and Dot

    I’ll post the products I used in another post! 🙂

    Holiday Look – Smokey Green

    Hi everybody!

    So, it’s been a bit of a pain for me when making this YouTube video. This video that you will see is actually my second try. The first time I did it, my camera (for some reason) stopped recording within 40 seconds of my video and I didn’t know until I was done!!! (It still had the red video camera image on the screen stating it was recording….so I don’t really know what happened! :P) So I had to do it again.

    I apologize if I’m not as enthusiastic in this video as I had to rub off my make-up and do it again and it was really late at night! 😛 I also babbled too much to the point where the video was too long to upload so I had to edit the video to make it shorter. I lost a lot of good info I wanted to share with you….but I’ll just make short tip videos in the future because I feel like these tips will be very helpful!! 🙂

    Anyway, enjoy the video!!

    Products used:

    Foundation: Make-Up Forever HD Foundation in 155
    Powder: Prescriptives in Level 3
    Bronzer: Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Dark
    Blush: Nars Orgasm

    Eye base/primer: Mac’s Painterly Paint Pot
    Eyeshadow: Nars Key Largo Duo Palette (base and crease), Smashbox Electric Quad Palette (crease – green and brown, base – yellow), Nars Kilimanjaro – inner eye highlight), 88 Palette (lime green)

    Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on pencil in Zero
    Mascara: Maybelline’s The Colossal Volume Express

    Lip liner: Estee Lauder in Spice Writer
    Lip Gloss: Mac Monodramatic

    Thanks for watching! 🙂