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Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week – Highlights – Part II

17 Sep

****** Nicolette Lang-Andersen ****** Vancouver Fashion & Personal Stylist

A few more of my faves…

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

Delpozo

Delpozo

Delpozo1

DKNY

DKNY

Mark McNairy

Mark McNairy

Custo Barcelona

Custo Barcelona

Custo Barcelona

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Nicolette Lang-Andersen

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Style Diary – 9 to 5

21 Jun

****** Nicolette Lang-Andersen ****** Vancouver Fashion & Personal Stylist

I’t’s been a busy busy week, so I’m posting my Tuesday’s ensemble a little late.  Here it is…TA DAAA!

Clearly, I’m taking advantage of the polka dot trend this season.  It’s such a classic print that you can wip out at any time of the year and any season.  I especially love this print on these wide leg culotte pants that I bought from Jennyfleur Loves – the fabric moves so beautifully and gives my outfit a boho chic feel.

Here’s a fab little “did you know” for you…

Culottes describes a split or divided skirt or any garment which “hangs like a skirt, but is actually pants.  During the Victorian Era (mid- to late-nineteenth century) long split skirts were developed for horseback riding so that women could sit astride a man’s saddle rather than riding side saddle.  The term “culottes” was co-opted from the original French definition of the word to describe these split riding skirts…

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23 Jan

****** Nicolette Lang-Andersen ****** Vancouver Fashion & Personal Stylist

The bee keeper’s daughter

Sarah Burton – Alexander McQueen

Photographer – Monica Feudi/Feudiguaineri.com

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23 Jan

****** Nicolette Lang-Andersen ****** Vancouver Fashion & Personal Stylist

Smokey eyes taken to another level!

Shot by Alvaro Beamud Cortes – Images Fashion Gone Rogue

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It’s February and we feel the LOVE!

6 Feb

While procrastinating today, I opened this page to 5 new comments from readers. Congratulations – your requests for more are granted and the pile of make up on my counter will be sifted through another day!

SALLY HANSEN Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color ***

5 Jan

I’ve developed a new fascination with nail color – matte, flat, textured, you name it – color keeps stopping me in my tracks and grabbing my attention. I was lining up a color pallet yesterday and came across “Gunmetal” from Sally Hansens’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear collection. I’ve never tried one of these before, and had just recently purged my collection of all things Sally Hansen. I don’t particularly have any greys so I figured pitching the $5 for a product test was well worth it.

The pigment came out better than most Sally Hansen products I have tried, but it still wasn’t of great quality. The drying time was quite lengthy, leaving the product sort of muddy and vulnerable to smudges. After applying a top coat, a few nails chipped at the tips. The pigment is beautiful, a deep metallic silver grey with blue under tones – but updating the rating for this product, I am currently trying to prevent transfer from my third-time touch ups and over painted finger tips.

Sigh, sometimes lust is a blinding letdown.
Texture: Liquid
11.8 ml / 0.40 oz.
Product of USA

1/2 No issues with sensitivity but still contains some chemicals
1/2 Immediate color, persistent flaking
1/2 Application requires focus and time
* Not bad for a $5 product
1/2  Pretty color, touchy application and drying

Recommended Use:

Apply with quality base and top coat. Allow for ample drying time.

Backstage Pass: Brii Directs GreaTaste Photo Group’s Circus Shoot!

4 Aug

May brought many things this year, and with GreaTaste it brought the circus!

Thanks to Tracy Rodger for lending the jacket and skirts.

Three shoots into leading the team, this was as exhaustive as the last. Booking 12 models, 2 hair stylists, 1 mua, and 1 to hop between both – I decided to snag an assistant for the day of shooting. (Tristan, thank-you, thank-you for all your wonderful help!)

Prep for this shoot was interesting. Along side booking and applications the day of, I took on wardrobe styling and bit off a little more than I could chew. While the burlesque shoot demanded hair pieces, I spent most of my prep time for this theme working with the actual clothing.

Some pieces were selected from closets – some on the other hand, had to be sewn, dyed, fitted, ripped, torn, taken in, and all that jazz. It’s an interesting conundrum when you must explain to your landlord while you are boiling garments on your stove in a bubbly yellow mess.

Shopping finally finished up 4 days prior to shooting. We still had 3 pieces to complete, and the Ring Master’s shorts to alter. (Fit, take in, raise the waist, sew back up – I am sorry for putting you through that Maria!)

May 20th came quickly, and luckily I had a select few models who either slept over the night before or came to my house for an early round of make up. (Bribed with breakfast and waffles of course!) Starting the day at 7am -the Gypsy, Mime, and Horse Rider were almost set once we got to the venue at the 4pm call time.

Among the characters booked was the lovely Dani Pants doing areal silks. Location options were limited due to the need for silks support but we lucked out and found a great place to set up shop! Huge huge thanks to Josh at The Fall Tattooing & Artists Gallery for letting us use the space and sponsoring this workshop!

Keeping the idea in my head “antique circus”, I began work on the Fire Breather and Areal Act using Ben Nye Clown White and lining the face with Ben Nye black cream. Maintaining black and white similarities, Mae Calinisan and Emma Garland joined the team again to work on other characters. A make up extensive shoot, only two faces did not have the whited out base.
Eyes, lips, lashes, and other details were done with a mix of products – brushes were cleaned between rounds with Cover FX Brush Cleaner. Hair was styled by Erika Gingrich and Chelsea Lynne, Tristan Igriczi assisted with dressing, call times, and tool prep.

This chapter brought a new addition to workshops, beggining with a speach on technique relevent to the theme.

We wrapped up around midnight, yawning and exhausted, but generally happy and excited to see the results. It was a huge change from our usual early morning shoot, but working around store hours was definitely worth the use of location.

Jumping into July, we are now working on our Hollywood Icons theme – due in the second half of the month. Another great location booked, the spots in this one are to fill up fast.
Those interested in attending workshops can find the calendar and openings >> here <<

Models I worked with on this shoot:
Caelyx, Ring Master
Nemo, Fire Breather
Dani Pants, Areal Silks
Matthew Theil, Mime
Basia Wabick, Fortune Teller
Carly Winch, Horse Rider

View my work with GreaTaste >>here<<

View all work from this shoot >>here<<

View more behind the scenes >>here<<

Product Review List

3 Aug

Product Review List

If you do not find the product you are looking for, please visit our requests page.

Bedhead
Self Absorbed Shampoo & Conditioner

Bioderma
Atoderm Gel Moussant
Hydrabio Serum
Sebium Pore Refiner
Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel
Sensibio AR Anti-Redness Cream
Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution

Biotherm
Sensative Face Wash

Cover FX
MintGlaze
Setting FX Translucent Loose Mineral Powder

Elizabeth Arden
Ceramide Lash Extending Mascara

Estee Lauder
More than Mascara

Etival Labratoire
Ener-C Moisturizing Lotion

Deep Steep
Organic Foaming Hand Wash

Hawaiian Tropic
After Sun Lotion

Helios Suncare
Self Tanning Lotion

John Frieda
Root Awakening Detangling Spray

KMS
Hair Play – Makeover Spray

La Roche-Posay
Hydreane Legere

Lotus Pure Organics
Cream to Powder Blush
Pressed Bio-Mineral Eye Shadow
Pressed Powder Foundation

MAC
Lipstick

Organic Indulgence
Silkening Body Lotion

Revlon
Lipstick , v2
Photo Ready Liquid Foundation

Sally Hansen
Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color

Shea Go
Lucky Lips Lip Balm

Smashbox
Photo Finish Primer/Adjusters

Vichy
Aqualia Antiox Moisturizer
Normaderm Active Anti-Imperfection Concentrate
Purete Thermale Hydra-Perfecting Toner

Junky love

8 May

I await the day of Skin&Bows™

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