African Fashion Week Toronto – AFWT2016

Hey Everyone!

TGIF!!

This is going to be a long post, but I hope you enjoy reading it. I had the chance to go to African Fashion Week Toronto this year which was held from August 18th to the 21st. Although I was not able to attend every day, but the one day that I was able to go to was amazing!! I am not sure if it’s because it was my first time at a fashion, but to me it was great. Although there were little mishaps such as the start time, but I don’t think that it was that big of a deal because unexpected things happen and in any event, I think there should be room for the unexpected and the mishaps.

Now a little bit about AFWT.  According to the info on their website, it is one of the most recognized Fashion Weeks in Canada. The program was established by the Fashion Ready Foundation in 2012 and has developed into an internationally-recognized event. AFWT showcases local, national and international designers by providing a progressive environment for them to promote their creative designs. This multicultural platform supports Toronto’s unique and diverse cultural heritage while contributing to the fashion and tourism market of Canada.

One thing that I don’t like is that for such a great event, not many people know about and support it. I am sure the AFWT committee works very hard to put this event together, but there is a huge lack of support especially from our communities.

There were many designers who were able to showcase their beautiful collections, but I was only able to see just a few.  And here they are:

ZNAK DESIGNS

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HOUSE OF RUTH

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KYLE GERVACY

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SORO BIS

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KWESIYA

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KAELA KAY

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EDEN MYLES AND THE KING’S COVER

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COCODY

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PEREIRA

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HELMER

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Overall, it was a great event and I had enjoyed every single show. Each designer exhibited some very unique and colorful pieces. Some of of them were able to mix and match different colors and patterns flawlessly. I also loved the “all inclusive” exhibit of Melanin from the lightest to the darkest shade models. The only thing is that I wish they included more voluptuous plus size models (I mean size 14+). Other than that, it was awesome!!

If you would like more info about African Fashion Week Toronto, check out their website at http://www.afwt.ca/

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading; until next time

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ABH Brow Contour and Color Event

Happy Monday Guys!

This past weekend I had the chance to go to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Contour and Color Event at Sephora Square One in Mississuaga. Although I didn’t get to meet Anastasia, but I had fun. I was able to try the ABH powder contour kit and the ABH Glow kit (not sure which one), but my highlight was poppin’!!

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Also, many people were complimenting me and asking what I am what lipstick I am weraring. It’s nothing fancy, it’s a combo of these 2:DSC_2507 Essence lip liner in the color 15 Honey Berry and the Maybelline Colorsensational High Shine Lipgloss in the color 100 Raspberry Reflection.

That’s it in a nutshell!

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My fun experience at GenBeauty Toronto

Happy Sunday Guys!

I have been procrastinating about doing this post, but here it is. last weekend I went to Toronto for Genbeauty. Given that it was my very first makeup/beauty convention, I must say that I enjoyed it. I went as a general attendee, which means that there are certain perks that I was not able to benefit from, i.e: the swag bag, the cocktail party and more full size samples. Only the beauty creators that are part of ipsyos were able to get those. Aside from that I did receive a decent amount of products some of the companies that were there and in addition to that I received 2 small goodies bag: one on Saturday and one on sunday.

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some of the products I received…
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Smashbox full size primer
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Brushes from tarte, Luxie and Moda
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make up forever goodie bag
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Some sample size shampoo and conditioner from OGx and a face mask from Pur-lisse

My favorite booths were Makeup forever (although I had to wait in line for about an hour because they had a 3 to 4 step process in order to get the goodie bag), Too faced, Smashbox (their line was the quickest and most efficient), NYX, Pixi, and Tarte. My least favorite were Caudalie and Skinfix because they “ran out” of samples???? Really? as if they were not aware of the amount of people that were attending.

The only negative thing I have to say about the event is that the amount of products that were given to general attendees compared to beauty creators was slim to none. The reason I say that is because beauty creators were able to get some extra full size products when general attendees who paid mad money for their tickets and came from out of town, walked away with little or no products. I only paid $105 for my ticket and I came from out of town. Although I did receive a good amount of products, but imagine my disappoint when some of the companies say they “ran out” of products.

Aside from that, I had a great experience based on this being my first time at a beauty convention and some of the staff at the booths were super nice and helpful. I went with my sister, so we had so much fun taking a whole bunch of selfies and meeting new people. Given that this is Ipsy’s first Genbeauty in Toronto, I can say that they did good, but I hope that they do better next year.

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Thanks for reading guys, until next time….

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My mini Make-over at ShopEco featuring FitGlow Beauty products

Hello Beauties!

Happy Monday!!!

I’m not always excited for  Mondays, but for some odd reason I am today… Weird eh!

Let me just say, this post is going to be long, but I’ll try my best to keep it as short as possible. This past weekend was a great one for me, it was Easter weekend and I got to spend the day with my mom, doing girl stuff; and I also had the chance to attend my appointment for my mini make-over featuring FitGlow Beauty products at Shop Eco, which is a local shop that sells eco friendly products such as make up, skin care products and many more that are organic certified.

So lately I have been gravitating into using more natural, organic, cruelty free, paraben and phtalate free products for my skin. I am not in any way bashing non organic products, but it is just a matter of preference now that I have to be more concious about what I am forcing my body to absorb, and I figured that if I can’t read or pronounce the name of an ingredient, I might as well stay away… The natural/organic skincare products market is becoming so saturated with brands that I don’t know which one to go with. Going to events where I get the chance to sample the products can help me narrow down to which brand I want to go with, trust and swear by.

Just a little disclaimer; I am not being paid to do this post, this is solely based on my experience as a customer. Although I wasn’t new to Shop Eco (saturday was my second visit), but it felt like I was stepping in for the first time. I walked around the store for a bit, trying out some of the products while waiting for my turn. There is variety of products, but what I liked the most is the fact that there were testers for each product. So I was able to try some of the body butters and lotions. The atmosphere/vibe at the shop was like earthy,  eco-friendly, fresh and cozy and the staff is nice, friendly and very welcoming! That is a definite plus for me!!  The downside is that I wish that the operating hours were a little long especially for people who can’t come during regular business hours. I also wish the shop was a little bigger in space and that more people would know about the store and how amazing the products are.

So now on to my mini makeover. Prior to my mini make-over, I have never heard of the FitGlow brand. My make-up artist Melissa from ShopEco was awesome! She explained what each one of the skincare products do and how to apply them. Seeing how excited she was about the products persuade me to go ahead and give this brand a try. Talk about the power of persuasion!! 🙂  Besides the skincare products, I was able to try out some of the makeup products like the foundation, lipstick, lipgloss, mascara and eyeshadow. I am not a big fan of the foundation because the range of colors is limited especially for women of color. There are only 7 shades and I was not able to find my correct shade. On the other hand it is a very lightweight foundation, not full coverage, which is perfect for those days when I don’t want to wear heavy foundation especially in the summer and also perfect for people who don’t like to feel that they are walking around with a cake face. I, on the other hand, like a full coverage foundation because I  like to cover up my imperfections. I do hope the company comes out with a full coverage foundation and more shades. The eyeshadow was not so bad; it was surprisingly very pigmented than I expected. The items I loved the most were the mascara, which smells amazing and it didn’t irritate my eyes; the lispstick and lipgloss (which are on my birthday wishlist!)

I love the fact that the owner of the company, Anna,was there to answer questions, provide more information and promote her brand. I also love that it is a Canadian brand and the products are easily accessible.

So that is it… I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for my first impression of the FitGlow Beauty products that I purchased and my free eyecream! until next time Beauties!

 

-XOXO-

 

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