Fashion Friday CMA Awards

The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in country music's state Nashville, Tennessee.

Longtime CMA Awards co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returned to the Nashville stage for the 11th time. Luke Bryan opened the show with some help from special guests. He opened with his title track of his newest album "What Makes you Country." To finish off the evening the biggest award of the night went to non other then Keith Urban, winning 'Entertainer of the Year'!

Winners aside, we need to talk about the most important part of the evening, the Red Carpet!
Here are our top 6 best and worst dressed of the CMA Awards.
Some had feathers, some had ruffles, and some just need a new stylist!
No matter who wore what, country music queens were rocking their
country chic on the red carpet!

Top 6 Best Dressed:

1. Carrie Underwood in Uel Camilo
2. Danielle Bradbery in Jovani
3. Kelsea Bellerini in Zac Posen
4. Kavey Musgraves in Versace
5. Jennifer Nettles in Uel Camilo
6. Kimberly Williams-Paisley in Ramona Keveža

Top 6 Worst Dressed:

1. Meghan Linsey in Lily Guilder
2. Raelyn
3. Cassadee Pope
4. Kellie Pickler in Anne Barge
5. Andrea Boehlke
6. Katie Stevens in Hayley Paige

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Victoria Beckham Fashion Icon 2018

If you grew up in the 1990's Victoria Beckham nee Adams was a household name. While we were singing in the bathroom with our hairbrush microphone, this Posh Spice was transforming herself from Spice Girl to Fashion Style Icon.

For Victoria the rise to fashion's highest mention has been a long journey with many memorable outfits and style reinventions. From the days of Spice Girls where monochrome palettes and sleek hair ruled, she had even then made a statement. From the film "Spice World" the most famous line from that movie was Mel C telling Victoria to wear  "the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, Or- the little Gucci dress" We knew at that moment Victoria was bound for fashion greatness.

Beckham made a guest appearance on the catwalk for Maria Grachvogle on February 17, 2000, making her debut as a model at London Fashion Week. She also acted as a British ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana and was briefly the face of Rocawear. She first designed a limited-edition fashion line for Rock & Republic called VB Rocks in 2004, consisting mainly of jeans. In 2006, Victoria walked the runway for Roberto Cavalli at Milan Fashion Week, and was for a period exclusively dressed by him for red-carpet and social events. 

Beckham has graced countless fashion magazine covers during her career. Her first Vogue appearance was February 2004 for her solo Vogue cover for the Spanish edition. This was followed by Vogue India, Vogue Paris as well as the British, German, Russian, Australian, Turkish, Taiwanese & Chinese editions. She has also graced various international Harper's Bazaar and Elle. Here is her very first solo Vogue cover and her most recent October 2018 edition.

Beckham's label was launched in September 2008 in a low-key presentation. By 2011, it had grown into a fixture of New York Fashion Week! Known initially for its dresses, the line expanded into separates and luxury handbags. Alongside the main fashion line, the Victoria Beckham brand still includes separate denim, eyeware and fragrance lines. This line would not be complete without a line of eyeware, in 2006 Harper's Bazaar Victoria admitted to a personal love of sunglasses, saying "I'm quite obsessed with sunglasses. I collect vintage Guccis and Carreras. They can make virtually any outfit look cool." Nowadays, when Beckham steps out you hardly ever see her without a pair of sunny's. 

Victoria Beckham had made the transition from novelty to respected designer, citing her editorship of French Vogue and her participation in a panel discussion with the dean of Parsons design school in New York. In 2018 her collection was presented at London Fashion Week instead of at New York Fashion Week as normal.  

Sunday November 11, 2018 Victoria was honored with the Fashion Icon Award at the People Choice Awards and accepted her prize in true Beckham fashion, wearing a chic all-white blazer - and - trouser ensemble. 
During her acceptance speech, she thanked the firefighters who were working tirelessly to help battle the devastating California wildfires, and gave a call to all others like her who dream big - referencing a lyric from the Spice Girls "Wannabe". "I always told myself, 'Dream big and then dream even bigger.' I wanted to show that if i can do it, anyone can do it. And what you can achieve really can be limitless," said the singer and fashion designer, 44, adding with a signature Girl-Power peace-sign hand gesture, "I can't help it - if you really, really want it, okay?"

Congratulations Victoria Beckham on being the 2018 Fashion Icon!

Running on Coffee & Dry Shampoo

We just restocked our favourite Kevin Murphy product, we are talking about Fresh.Hair!
Give fine, limp hair a boost while soaking up any excess dirt and oils along with all your sins from the night before. This amazing dry shampoo, instantly freshens and deodorises to transform your hair back to fresh, bouncy looks. 

This is the perfect product for your mid afternoon hair pick me up or after that hard Barre work out before you need to run back to office.
This is must have essential for every girl on the go!

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Best & Worst dressed AMA edition

Last night’s AMA awards celebrated all genre’s of music, but before we get into that we must talk about the Fashion!

Stars were on full display as they walked the Red Carpet at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Even though most Artists were on point, there were a few that missed the mark completely. Here is Artists Within’s picks for Best & Worst dressed!

Top 6 Best Dressed:

  1. Carrie Underwood - Steven Khalil

  2. J.Lo - Georges Chakra

  3. Mariah Carey

  4. Taylor Swift - Balmain

  5. Kelsey Ballerini - Nicolas Jebran

  6. Vanessa Hudgens - Cushnie

Top 6 Worst Dressed

  1. Heidi Klum

  2. Patrick Starrr

  3. Poppy

  4. Qveen Herbie

  5. Tyra Banks

  6. Bad Bunny

AMAs 2018

The 46th annual American Music Awards took place last night October 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show opened with a bang as Taylor Swift performed "I Did Something Bad" making it clear she was back, and she did not come to play!
For the second year in a row the show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, best known for her role in the comedy series Black-ish. Tracee is known to not hold back on anything and  her opening number proved just that! She performed choreography as well as vocals during her musical medley. Featuring music from Queen B Beyonce, Childish, Gambino, Cardi B and many more.

It was definitely made clear that women ran the night, as Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello led the night with four awards each! Taylor broke her own record for most wins by a female artist. 
Camila Cabello won 4 out of the 5 categories she was nominated in: New Artist of the Year, Best song in Pop/Rock,Best Collaboration
and Best Video of the Year!
Cardi B also was another big name to take over the winners circle last night. Winning 3 out of the 8 categories she was nominated in: Rap/Hip-hop Artist, Best Rap/Hip-hop Song of the Year and Best Soul/R&B Song of the Year.

To close the show, the AMAs did the most amazing tribute to the iconic Queen of Soul and Gospel Aretha Franklin. Aretha passed away this August leaving her legacy to be loved and shared by millions!
Last night Gladys Knight performed a touching rendition of Amazing Grace. Following Knight minister and gospel singer McClurkin belted out "Climb a Higher Mountain". From there gospel singer Winans sang a very touching version of "Mary Don't You Weep" Finally Mary Mary took the stage with their rendition of "Old Landmark"

5 Minute Hair

Hair Trend Alert!

We are so excited for this '5 minute' fall hair trend. The slicked back wet look is all the rage this season, and the Kevin Murphy Body.Builder is the best product to achieve this look!

Work that body and boost your hair with flexible fullness and hold. Create smooth, big shapes by layering  BODY.BUILDER, a weightless, moisturising, volumising mousse which will build beautiful body without fear of crunch.  Don’t be afraid to keep adding, the more the merrier, with the end result being gorgeous flexible fullness and hold. 

The main ingredient, Citrus Recticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil  is full of antioxidant goodness and vitamins, which not only protects against stressors, its delicious scent helps stimulate the senses too. This hardworking essential oil also helps to create intense shine while Vitamin B5 helps to bind moisture into the hair.

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Makeup Monday

When it comes to fall essentials look no further! 

Our most desired fall must haves are here and better then ever. 

A clean and flawless base is key this fall. Try our 'Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation' which is a full coverage foundation.This formula goes on as a liquid but sets to a silky powder that retains a youthful fresh glow, there in no need for setting spray or powder! 

Flawless skin looks amazing with a subtle highlight. Use a large brush and apply a light finish of 'Illuminating Powder' (shown here in 'Peach Bronze') all over the face focusing on cheek bones and temples to amp up the youthful glow. 

Eyes are luxurious and intense. We love our 'Liquid Eyeshadow' which applies as a cream using the build in wand and sets to a beautiful rich shadow. Try ‘Aurora’ for your daily go-to. 

Lipstick is pigmented and rich in tone this season. One of our favourite fall formulas is our 'Liquid Lipstick' which are a cross between a pigmented lip colour and a sheeny gloss. Try our most popular fall shade, 'Mink Pink'!

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The Ultimate Guide to White Shoes after Labour Day

White shoes after labour day; taboo or the hottest trend?

When it comes to transitional footwear, the white boot reigns supreme! After taking over the street style scene last winter, the trend has since become a year-round footwear staple,
especially as you shift your wardrobe from summer to fall.

Whether worm with a boho dress, sleek power suit or jeans, a pair of white boots has the power to make any outfit instantly pop. 

Whether worn with a boho dress, sleek power suit, or jeans, a pair of white boots has the powder to make any outfit instantly pop. 

Invest in a pair of ankle-length boots and wear bare legs and midi skirts for the perfect transitional summer to fall look.
Shop these boots from Sam Edelman, Roya Studded Boot available at Nordstroms $236.73

 Once resigned to "comfort shoe" status, the sensible two inch heel height is back chicer and sexier then ever!
Pair your pointy toe Kitten Heel bootie with top - to - toe denim, while including cream hues elsewhere in your outfit for an elegant touch.
Shop these Jerirewia boots available at Aldo $140.00

These glossy Aquazzura style booties pair perfectly with a loose-fitted or straight-leg jean. A geometric heel adds a flash of glamour to a minimalist pointy-toe bootie. 
Add some extra flair by rolling up your jeans to show off the
flirty ruched topline of the bootie.
Shop these boots from Katy Perry, The Gigi Bootie available at Nordstroms $201.55

Team white heeled boots with a white on white scheme. Pair with white trousers and a white turtle neck for an effortless, minimal look. 
Finish by adding a white teddy coat.
Shop these Wiema boots available at Aldo $130.00

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Makeup Monday

We are unveiling the hottest fall makeup trends from NY Fashion Week 

As we say goodbye to New York Fashion Week for another year, the makeup trends we saw on the runway for fall were amazing. The trend is minimal, but just enough to make a statement. Here are a few looks we absolutely love for this season!

We adore this look from the Brandon Maxwell show!
Keep the look low-key with just a pop of red for the lips. Try our AW03 Liquid to Matte lipstick in Ruby, as well as the Duo Action Highlighting Pencil to enhance the cupids bow on your upper lip. Finish the look with lashes of our Volumizing Black Mascara. Effortlessly chic!

Add a touch of sunshine to your look with a pop of yellow on your eyelids.
With this look from the Noon by Noor show, leaves skin au naturel with a vibrant yellow shadow swiped across the eyes imperfectly.
When creating this look groom your natural brows, apply our Eye Primer, then use the AW03 Metallic Gold Addict Shadow and swipe across the eyelids. Finish with a slick of our Platinum Lip Glaze in Blush giving you a natural lip, with shine and hydration! 

Alexander Wang was all about minimalistic beauty that makes a statement! All you need to keep your skin fresh and glowing is the 
AW03 Brightening Day Moisturizer and Pressed Powder Illuminator. Keep those cheek bones in check with sharp contouring and just a touch of colour using our AW03 Sunkissed Frost Blush. Finally add a very light pink gloss to give this look a touch of pizzaz with the AW03 Platinum Lip Glaze Girl Crush.

This is the perfect evening look with minimal effort! Cushnie Et Ochs brought the berry lips to life. In order to create this beautiful look apply our AW03 Liquid Eyeshadow in Eclipse as a wash over your eyelid and then Volumizing Black Mascara to give lashes flair. For the final touch you will use our Liquid Lipstick in Uncorked to get that perfect berry red tone.

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Thursday Blast

October 22nd sees the return of our Advanced Makeup Diploma course.

Advanced makeup is a diploma program for those who have taken the basic makeup diploma program or are an established makeup artist wishing to enhance their skills, push their limits and get creative!

If you are looking to expand your creativity, then our Advanced Makeup program is exactly what you need to diversify your portfolio. You will have the opportunity to learn everything from theatrical stage makeup, statues and 3D techniques!

Full Time 12 week Advanced Makeup Diploma
October 22, 2018 till January 8, 2019
Monday & Tuesday's from 9:30am till 4:30pm

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RAW Calgary presents OVATION

RAW Calgary is pleased to announce OVATION. An interactive evening of everything art! 70+ participating local artists in Music, Fashion,
Accessory Design, Visual Art, Film, Photography and Makeup!

Guests will have the unique chance to meet the artists, all while sipping on a glass of wine and watching live entertainment on the main stage. 

We are so excited that our very own instructor Scarlett is going to be one of the featured makeup artists!
Scarlett will be doing makeup LIVE on models throughout the night.

Here is a little taste of what our amazing instructor will be doing for RAW

Join Scarlett and other local artists on Thursday October 18!
For more information about RAW Calgary and to purchase your tickets go to

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Fashion Fridays

Although we are sad to see summer ending fall is in the air, which means fall fashion! There is something so exciting about new collections, fall boots and fabulous jackets.
We consulted our fashion team to find out what to look forward to!

Here are some of the new upcoming trends.
When thinking about trends no need to go crazy, just add a piece or two to give your look a fall 2018 update!

The oversized jacket
The menswear inspired blazer is a must! Amazing to dress up paired with a long skirt, sweater dress or even over the shoulders for the evening. Try dressing it down with a logo t-shirt, jeans and little booties.

The logo t-shirt
Rock it with your favourite jeans and blazer or pair with cool sweat pants and high heel pumps.

The quilted bag
There are so many things we adore about this one....the colour, the detail and the quilted leather effect you will see everywhere this season.

The ankle bootie
Toes are pointy, boots are sleek yet relaxed at the same time. If there is one type of footwear to add this fall the bootie is it! Perfect with jeans, longer skirts or fitted dresses. You name it, it works.

Animal print jacket
Animal prints are huge and an absolute must have. This one piece is a statement that updates everything you wear.

White shoes
White is such a fresh take on footwear this fall. Try these with a simple pencil skirt, patent leather pants or sassy sweats. Pumps with a difference.

Large gold earrings
Large and bold is where it's at. Hoops are classic, timeless and work with everything. 

Pleated Skirt
This is a great piece for the season. Wear with slouchy boots, a longer blazer, tuck in a t-shirt or dress up with a crisp white shirt and sky high pumps.

High waisted leather pants
The jeans of the season. High waisted is happening and so flattering. Pair with pumps and a logo t-shirt, sneakers and a fitted sweater or booties and a fab coat.

Some great ideas to kickstart your fall wardrobe!
Add a piece or two to rework your closet and pair pieces differently to add a new life for the season!

What's been happening Wednesday's

A warm welcome to our new makeup trainees!
We love first week of class! This week has been full and exciting! Monday evening brought in
our new part-time makeup group lead by our very talented instructor Jessica Luther. The
evening group is always with us for longer than the day classes so we get to enjoy their faces,
get to know their personalities and really have a chance to work and carve their skill. Jessica is
unwavering, a rock in their sometimes unsettled sea which always ends up in calm beautiful
waters. We are really looking forward to seeing the group’s talent unfold. Here is some work
from the last group which was very impressive:

Today our full time group joined us, one that is full with 14 new makeup students ready to
become the best! We have our fabulous instructor Scarlett ready to teach them her tips and
tricks of the trade. Scarlett has been working as a makeup artist in the industry for over 10
years now. Her specialty is creativity. She is the sweetest soul with unbelievable patience, she
works hard with all of the students to help them reach their full potential. Here is some of her
fabulous creations.

We can’t wait for the talent of each group and each student to unfold, it’s always exciting for us towatch these students become the best!
Stay tuned for updates!

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Tara's Picks

These are Tara's go to must haves that she never leave home without! Tara has a full life of work, kids, working out and enjoying life. She applies first thing in the morning and never needs to touch up. Live your life while you look and feel amazing!

BB Cream - Covers imperfections leaving a dewy and fresh finish

Illuminating powder - Use instead of a powder to give a beautiful sheen

Liquid Eyeshadow - Tara is addicted! Use as a wash of color, they don't crease or fade all day long

Large powder brush - It's so soft and the perfect size for any sort of powder product

HD volumizing mascara - Tara loves lashes and this gives the perfect balance of thickness and length with zero clumpiness

Brow balm - Tara designed this to not be too pigmented. When she is applying, Tara gets the perfect coverage without looking fake.

Flawless lipstick from our new 'Platinum Collection' - Seriously she is obsessed! This is her go to 'Orchid' It's a beautiful soft lavender that just works!

Trend Tuesday

Have you wondered what the latest trends are in Hair, Makeup and Fashion?
Well wait no longer join us every week for Trend Tuesdays!

Today we are focusing on the one trend that has always been around,
but is making a BOLD spring comeback! I am talking about the Cleopatra Eyes! 
The Egyptian queen still reigns supreme over eye liner. All over the runway and instagram you see this trend popping up from Marc Jacobs and Roberto Cavalli to Tom Ford and Versus Versace!!

Stay tuned and join us for Thursday Tips! See how we create the hottest bold Cleopatra Eye using the AW03 m a q u i l l a g e Gel Eyeliner in Noir!!!