Hi Beautiful! Meet Rebecca. She's a Toronto based beauty maven, writer and professional mua. You’ve stumble upon a space filled with her love for makeup, snippets of her life and all other fluffy related things.
On January 8th, I turned 23 years old and this little platform of mine, just celebrated its third birthday. Where does the time go? It really doesn’t feel like it was that long ago when I was mapping out the idea of what I wanted to call this thing, or how it would look. Behind everything this blog is today, there were a lot of people who supported me, so before I dive into things, I wanted to thank those who have brought RBB to where it is today.
At my age, I’m still in the developing stages of building my life and although I may not always be patient with myself, I for once feel like I have everything I need to make me happy. What does everything entail? Well, I have a small group of friends that I would do anything for, a family who always supports me, my health and lastly, an amazing career.
This year, I’m looking back at how far I’ve come and counting the 23 million reasons why my heart is so full today. Instead of sharing some sort of birthday makeup inspo, I thought it’d be fitting to share some things I’ve learned thus far as I continue to grow as a young adult. Whether it be your birthday or not, I hope I can share something valuable as you grow everyday too.
Good Things DO Come To Those Who Wait!
Patience has never been my strength but it’s something I’ve been forced to learn after undergoing many circumstances. It wasn’t too long ago when I had the mentality that If I did not see things coming together quick enough, I’d run back to the drawing board to figure out ways to make things happen sooner. Some saw this as me being resilient, passionate and hungry but eventually I watched things unfold in ways I didn’t want them to, and realized my lack of patience brought me there. Although I don’t regret many of the decisions I’ve made in the past, there were things I could have done to make circumstances easier.
So what’s life lesson number one? Sometimes being patient and enjoying the ride for what it is, is sometimes what we are meant to do. Always love each step you take in life, you’ll look back in wish you did.
Don’t Give Up, Even When You’ve Hit Rock Bottom
Last year was a perfect example of how quickly things fell a part for me. I was unhappy, uninspired, heart broken and got myself into a car accident that took a financial and mental toll on me. For a long time I focused on “Why are these things happening to me? It never ends.” But seriously, one day it all just clicked!
I was unhappy and over having a pity party for myself. Rather than obsessing over what was going wrong, I wanted to focus on what I had, that was worth valuing. I made this change by surrounding myself around the people that lifted me. I took it upon myself to not allow social media and other’s successes bring me down because in life, we grow at different stages.
In that moment I accepted that it just wasn’t my time. I also started doing what I loved again. I started creating content, networking with experts who inspired me and decided if my moment wasn’t now, I was going to take the baby steps towards it. And what do you know? A few short months later, I landed myself a pretty kick ass job, I’m now an account executive for an amazing beauty brand and genuinely can say I love what I do everyday.
My suggestion to you? When you’re in a dark place, set goals that will change the way you feel, set affirmations that will bring you to a positive mind set and always remind yourself that you are capable of anything.
Love Comes In All Different Forms and Relationships
Love is beautiful. It can blossom quickly but sometimes relationships don’t head in the direction that we plan. Last year, I underwent a breakup with someone I envisioned myself growing old with. When we parted ways I felt helpless, heartbroken and wondered if I’d ever find love again.
The void I felt was quickly filled. Not by another partner but by people who loved me and those people were my friends. I’ve always known tough times brought people closer but under going this experience with those I trusted taught me that love is powerful and it comes in many different forms.
We sometimes obsess over finding the one but if I could share a piece of advice in the love department it’d be: Appreciate all the love you’re getting from those who care about you in your life and continue loving yourself. When you love yourself so much, that makes you the best partner for anyone who is yet to enter your life.
When You Learn To Love Yourself, You Can SERIOUSLY Do Anything
As this being the most recent thing I’ve learned, I’d have to say this is probably the most important piece of advice I’d give to anyone. Only recently have I learned to love my imperfections, embrace my curves and simply accept that I am imperfect.
It’s easy to be influenced by what we see on our phone screens, but use that as a piece of inspiration, don’t let your life revolve around trying to be what seems like perfection. I’ve also learned that balance is important and whatever balance may be for you, it’s okay to be selfish because it’s your life and you’re the one living it.
The words, excited and proud are the two adjectives that come to my mind when I think about Mississauga’s newest brow bar, Motherpluckers, as it’s founded by my good friend, Vanessa Soares. Vanessa has been my fairy-brow mother for years and over time we’ve experimented with the shape of my brows together and have worked our way to how they look now.
A before and after shot of my brows and lashes after my brow wax, lash lift and tint service.
Vanessa recently introduced me to a lash lift and tint, which was an eye opening experience — literally! An eyelash lift and tint is a semi-permanent service that keeps your natural lashes curled, while the tint simply adds more drama and depth to your natural eyelashes. In all honesty, the service did make me more confident to rock my natural lashes more and it did give me more of an awakened eye effect.
During a recent appointment, I put together a short vlog to share my thoughts on this type of service. To learn more check out this short video below!
Eyelash lift and tints, should you get one? - YouTube
Looking to pay Motherpluckers a visit? Here’s where you can check them out:
19 Stavebank Road
Mississauga, ON L5G 2T4
If you’re following me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I’ve recently returned back to school to get my bachelors degree in PR! That’s right people, I’m living that #studentlife again, but one thing I’ve learned in my career as makeup artist and beauty writer is that it’s important to dress to impress!
I’ve teamed up with my friends over at Ricki’s once again to chat about their new Instant Smooth Pants collection along with me chatting about pants. Whether you’re a full time working lady, an intern or a student like me, here’s a few of my tips to look out for to finding the perfect pair.
Invest In A Style
Seriously, invest in this! A good pair will last you forever and last through whatever your day brings you. Luckily, Ricki’s pants sit at a pretty happy price point so look no further if you’re hunting for a new pair.
I’m a curvy girl who’s 5’4 so, anything that makes my legs look longer is my go-to. Ricki’s Instant Smooth Pants collection offers a wide variety of pant styles that are flattering for everyone. Like I said, I like my legs to look longer so here I went with their Straight Leg style.
Go With Something Timeless
When I was younger, I was a lot bolder with my style choice. I vividly remember purchasing up a pair of red skinny jeans that in my young mind I thought I’d wear ALL THE TIME! And well… I’m pretty sure I can count on one hand how many times I wore those.
Now I’m not saying don’t be bold because if that is your preference and your style then, go for it! But quite often having neutral coloured pants or black pants in my case tends to make it easier when trying to pull a look together easily.
In this look, I chose black because black does go well with everything!
Find Something That Feels As Good As It Looks
Something I love about Ricki’s is that their cuts and styles of pants have never neglected me in terms of comfort and flattery. Who doesn’t like something that looks great and is comfortable?
These pair are an amazing go-to that can easily take my look from day, to night.
Ricki’s Instant Smooth Pants come in an array of fabrics, styles and length, which makes it easier to find something pretty close to customized. From now until September 25th, you can get 25% off when you try on their pants (whether you buy them, or not!)
Mascara is a staple in anyone’s makeup bag but a good mascara is one that has a place in mine forever.
We’ve been told that simply swiping the mascara wand through our lashes is enough but there are ways to further maximize your mascara.
I’ve teamed up with Givenchy to showcase the latest addition to their mascara category, Noir Interdit, while sharing a few of my favourite mascara hacks. Check them out below!
The Right Brush Will Make a Difference
Personally, I enjoy a defining brush that will comb my lashes. This leave no room for my lashes bunding up together but a great brush really goes hand-in-hand with the right formula. The Givenchy Noir Interdit mascara formula provides extreme length with buildable volume.
Curl First to Avoid Damage
I wasn’t blessed with lashes that lift naturally, so curling my lashes first is a must.Curling your lashes after your mascara application can create clumping, leave a crimp and the curl may not last as long. I usually curl my eyelashes first makes it easier to lift my lashes naturally with the applicator and this leaves room for my lashes to look defined but still full looking.
Coat Your Bottom Lashes First
Not everyone adds mascara to their bottom lashes but I never skip this step on myself or my clients. The Givenchy Noir Interdit mascara makes it easy to apply mascara on the bottom lashes, regardless of your lash length, thanks to its 90 degree brush. This unique feature makes it easy to apply mascara on lashes of all lengths.
Wiggle Your Way Up
For many years, we’ve been taught to sweep however I like to maximize my mascara formula for it’s fullest potential. The Noir Interdit’s brush bristles hugged my lashes closely and dispensed the right amount of product when using a back and forth motion as I made my way to the top of my lashes. Wiggling your brush through your eyelashes will build up the formula and coat your lashes perfectly to create the ideal awakened eye-look.
If You Mess Up, Don’t Wipe the Mascara Off Right Away
And even when you do try to avoid messing things up, somehow a little product always ends up on our cheeks or eyes, but don’t panic! During times like these I like to let the mascara dry, then I use a dry cotton swab to flick the mascara off.
Givenchy’s Noir Interdit is now available at Sephora for $38.
Growing up I suffered from dry patches all over my arms. I was 13 and I didn’t know what this was or its cause, but I do recall being so embarrassed that I’d often reach for long sleeves shirts all year round.
As I got older my doctor discovered I was simply reacting to the ingredients in my body soap that my mother and I would purchase easily at our local mass market stores. At a very early age, this was the beginning of me dabbling into the world of using natural body products.
Today, I’ve partnered with Sade Baron, a local Toronto vegan brand. The local company carries a wide range of vegan products that are perfect for the cautious, the sensitive or the consumer who simply enjoys pampering themselves with quality ingredients. Additionally, they are cruelty free.
Here are a few things I tried and how you can save on your purchases with the Toronto based brand.
Being a makeup artist, beauty writer, blogger, (and newly student) I enjoy pampering myself with products that provide me with a little aroma therapy. I selected the Sade Baron Lavender Soap for its relaxing and soothing lavender scent.
These bars of soap are quite a generous size and aside from having the lavender and peppermint oils, the soap is free from parabeans, synthetic fragrances, dyes, gluten and soy.
I mostly reach for this when I’m taking a shower in the evening as the blends of calming scents truly relax me before hopping into bed.
Fun Fact: I <3 self-tanning! I often exfoliate to keep my tan looking smooth and prior to a new coat. Sade Baron’s Coffee Soap is an amazing body scrub! It’s abrasive enough to help remove dead skin cells while leaving your body soft to the touch with its coca butter properties.
Regardless of the season, your skin will always thank you for scrubbing away dead skin cell and it will allow your skin to absorb your body moisturizer even better.
Looking to build an entire vegan beauty routine? Sade Baron offers a wide range of products beyond their soaps. You can check them out here and use REBECCASBEAUTY10 from now until September 30th to save 10%!
Mabel Lee wasn’t your typical university undergrad. While she had a dream of someday becoming a lawyer, she also had a hobby of creating lashes during her own time and soon she’d change the lash game as we now know it. Today, Lee is best known as the Founder and CEO of one of my favourite beauty brands, Velour. The Canadian luxury lash brand started off as an e-commerce business and has quickly made its way into major beauty retailers such as Sephora.
Recently I chatted with Lee at Velour’s Live In Lashes Tour to talk about her brand and what is yet to come! Ready to get inspired? Read on to learn how this Canadian babe turned her hobby into a busines as she shares the evolution of Velour Lashes!
Q: How did Velour Lashes come about? Mabel Lee: Seven years ago, I was in university and I was obsessed with false eyelashes. Back then I didn’t know much about makeup but faux lashes were my thing. At the time there really wasn’t anything that fulfilled my needs, so on the weekends I made it a hobby of mine to create my own lashes!
Slowly I began sourcing other materials other than plastic and tried my best to create the softest eyelashes out there. A year into this hobby of mine, my friend and I started making lashes in my living room, which lead to me selling these 11 styles we created. Soon, another friend made us a website, then we launched it and that’s how Velour Lashes came to life.
Q: Velour Lashes is a huge name in the lash category. What was the brand’s major breakthrough?
Mabel Lee: Back then we did a trade show at IMATS Toronto and Beyonce’s makeup artist, Wei Lang, was there. People’s Magazine interviewed Lang later and she told the publication, “I always use mink lashes on her. They look amazing. I use strips by Velour called ‘Are Those Real? She buys them by the ton.” This quote made headlines and the business took off over night because more celebs started using Velour after.
Mabel Lee: When I decided to dedicate my all into the brand, my goal was to get into Sephora. I was determined to get in within the first five years. Within three years into the business, I was approached by Sephora to enter their doors and we became their first luxury lash line to be sold in Sephora.
Q: Were you ever faced with any challenges?
Mabel Lee: At the time we first launched in Sephora, we only had three people working for the brand. It was definitely a huge learning curve but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I did have to learn everything within the business in a short amount of time and it taught me so much so I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
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Q: How does it feel knowing your brand is a pilot for the fluffy lash trend?
Mabel Lee: I’m so proud of that and I’m so flattered but I can’t take all the credit. I owe all of that success to YouTubers and beauty influencers. When we first started six years ago, gurus and influencers weren’t what they are now but we built strong relationships with them and they really are the ones who also helped create our brand.
Q: What insight do you have for young women who want to start their own beauty brand?
Mabel Lee: I see so much ambition amongst the millennial generation but there’s a lack of understanding of how much work it actually takes. My advice is to be ready for the amount of work that may not always be so glamourous.
Yes, I may have gained a lot of success with my brand exposure and having worked towards my brand now being in Sephora’s, but I also don’t have much time on my hands. You have to be prepared to give that up to gain what you dream of.
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Q: Why did you decide to re-brand?
Mabel Lee: When we first started, branding wasn’t anything! I just wanted to put lashes in a nice box and sell it to people who cared just as much as I did about false lashes. Now that the business has grown to where it is, I want more out of Velour and I want people who purchase the product to know that it is a name they can trust.
The re-branding also wasn’t just about a new box, it was to send a message that lashes can be a part of your daily beauty routine. We wanted consumers to believe they could live in lashes the way they do wearing lipstick daily. It should be a part of your beauty routine and I think lashes give me the confidence to take on my day.
Q: What’s next for Velour?
Mabel Lee: Definitely becoming more than just a lash brand but also dipping into cosmetics. Maybe something that focuses around the eye area, but I won’t say too much because you’ll have to wait and see !
If I was stranded on an island and could only bring a few beauty products with me, bronzer and illuminator would be some of the few products! I love complexion. It’s my favourite thing to do on my clients and it’s become my mission to always achieve healthy looking skin for them.
A few of my readers have been asking me how I achieve my beloved glow, so today I’ve decided to share a few of my tricks.
In order to show you how I achieve this on someone other than myself, I thought I’d demonstrate it on one of my good friends. Thank you to the gorgeous Selena Jasmine for taking the time out of her busy schedule to be my muse, isn’t she a gorgeous canvas?
Now, read on for a few of my best kept makeup complexion secrets!
Use Multi-Purpose Products To Make Things Quick
It took me a while before I discovered what colours gave me an amplified flushed look, effortlessly. Once I did, I felt the need to use that same colour all over my face! Today this is best known as a monochromic makeup look. To achieve this look, use the same or similar tones onto your eyes, cheeks and lips. The final result is breath taking. On Selena, I used the Becca Cosmetics X Chrissy Teigen Palette to dress up her cheeks, contour her eyes and add a luminous shine to her skin.
Place The Coverage Where Needed
I love complexion products and I recognize that for some of my clients, light coverage works best and for others, full coverage works best. My rule of thumb is to start by applying your complexion products in the centre of your face then work your way out. After applying your foundation, begin by adding product only onto the areas needed. Applying coverage in the areas needed simply makes your makeup look fresh, not cakey and feels a lot better on your skin.
Invest in Your Tools
On Selena I used full coverage complexion products but see how it still looks like skin? The Beauty Blender is still a staple in my kit because yes, it does sheer out the product but it also does a great job at pressing the product into the skin.
In addition to the Beauty Blender, quality brushes and tools will give you results instantly. When it comes to brushes, I’ve been using Sigma Brushes for over seven years now because their brushes, like many other pro brushes, work well on creating the look I need faster. Aside from their quality of brushes they offer quite a few brush sets that cater to a wide range of prices.
Skip the matte lipstick, opt for gloss
A final touch to enhance an effortless glowy look is to accessorize with a lipgloss. Begin by defining your lips with a lip liner and jazz things up with the gloss of your choice. Lately, I’m obsessed with the Anastasia Beverly Hills glosses because they offer a full coverage formula with an incredible shine that makes anyones lips look fuller.
I really LOVE getting my hair done because first off, it’s pampering and secondly I’m obsessed with that fresh salon feel.
Now, I’m no A-List celebrity who can have someone like Jen Atkin at her door steps daily, so I’ve had to quickly learn how to maintain the integrity and colour of my hair.
Since I’ve gone blond(er) friends and family of mine often ask me, “How do you maintain the integrity and look of your hair?” Finding a new hair routine hasn’t been easy, especially because I like to keep things simple, but it’s now something I’ve been sticking to in-between visits.
After much trial and error, I’ve rounded up a few tips along with my favourite products. Here’s how to keep your goldy locks golden, salon fresh and of course, never brassy!
1. Tone it up
When I started going lighter, many advised me to use purple shampoo and conditioner. Why purple shampoo? Well it’s meant to knock the brass out which maintains the vibrancy and tone of the blonde in my hair. From personal experiences, I notice a shift in tone right away and I’ve started using the OGX Lavender Luminescent shampoo and conditioner. This sulfate free formulated duo is targeted to help prolong the life of professionally coloured hair and its scent is absolutely calming and heavily!
Because I liked keeping my hair golden and JLO fresh, I usually only used my purple shampoo and conditioner 1-2 times a week but the OGX Lavender Luminescent shampoo and conditioner was gentle enough for me to use entirely, without making my hair too ashy.
2. Don’t Add Stress
The texture of your hair does change slightly after colouring it, so I always look for ways to avoid adding more stress onto my hair. It’s now been a year that I’ve only used the Tangle Teezer to brush my hair, and since the launch of their new Ultimate brush, it makes it a lot easier to brush my hair without worrying about breakage.
3. Keep Things Hydrated
I like styling my hair but in order to maintain it I use quite a few styling products. About twice a month I put 1-2 tbsp’s of coconut oil onto the ends of my hair to add that added hydration. Coconut oil is my favourite super food and a jar lasts you quite some time!
Like I mentioned before, I LOVE styled hair but it does often involve me using heating tools to achieve the look I want. TO112 is a brand my talented friend, Luis Pacheco created. Whether I’m looking to diminish the look of my baby hairs or simply prep my hair prior to using heated tools, I enjoy using the Console Serum. It’s light weight, leaves a beautiful shine and helps hold and maintain the style. PSSST! This is also a safe product to use on coloured hair.