1. Behind the scenes of a recent commercial with HP featuring one of my fave music artists, Merna, formerly known as Ayah. I’ve been a fan of her music for years now (since we first worked together in 2007) + we have similar interests so it’s always lots of fun collaborating with her :D

    The purpose of this HP commercial is to feature artists with various mediums who bend the rules. Merna has a real passion for creating beautiful music and has the raw talent to back it. Over the years, her evolution has prompted her to write, produce & perform incredible songs that don’t really fit into specific genres or classifications but have a strong focus on lyrics, musical composition (including live strings) and sounds that evoke emotion.

    Learn more about Merna & Click below to vote for her on HP’s site:

    #1 rule bender

    You may vote everyday to increase your chance to win a new HP laptop!

    The above is a collage of random iPhone snaps I took over a few days of taping ~ Clockwise from top left: 1) Makeup trial at my place  2) On location at Revival  3) & 4) At one of Merna’s favourite vocal recording studios  5) At revival  6) Just my lunch break read ;)  7) & 8) At The Remix Project in Liberty Village

     
  2. Fun times with the creative team at Four Seasons Hotel for the launch of Dine Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue. The atmosphere at Aria, located on the third floor of the hotel, is whimsical to say the least and of course the food was impeccable just as I expected. Really enjoyed collaborating with this editorial team and couldn’t be happier with the final product ;)

    Dine Magazine Cover Fall 2014

     
  3. Dine Magazine ~ Cover Photoshoot

    Recently did makeup for Dine Magazine’s Cover Shoot, art directed by Shannon Willis at Casa Loma Conservatory.

    I snapped some behind the scenes photos of our beautiful model and lovely set, styled by Lisa Nicolaou. Everyone on the team did an amazing job in their respective roles! See below for full credit list.     

    I’ll be attending the magazine launch party tonight so stay tuned for the final image ;)

    p.s. The whole crew got to devour the cake & macarons post shoot and they were absolutely divine!! Kudos to pastry chef Eyal Liebman for one of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted! :D

    Photographer: Alan Martin

    Art Director: Shannon Willis

    Food Stylist: Eyal Liebman

    Set Stylist: Lisa Nicolaou

    Model: Mia Lantos

    Hair: Mandy MacFadden

    Makeup: Sherlyn Torres

    Shot on location at Casa Loma Conservatory, Toronto. 

     
  4. Beauty Photoshoot ~ Next Models Toronto 

    Photographer: Drew Haran

    Makeup & Hair: Sherlyn Torres

    Model: Monty Preston at Next Models

    GET THE LOOKS: Product Highlights

    Look 1: M.A.C. Lingering Brown Pencil  •  M.A.C. Contour Powders  

    Look 2: NARS Laguna Bronzer  •  NARS Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

    Look 3: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner  • Stila In the light palette

    Look 4: Stila Espresso Eyeshadow  •  Stila Olivia Colour Balm Lipstick  • NARS Striptease Candlelight Gloss  •  Stila Stingray Smudgestick Liner

    5. Tools from left to right: Stila Brushes ~ #33 Foundation & Concealer / #24 Powder & Blush / #30 & #20 Eyes & Lips

     
  5. Behind the scenes iPhone snaps ~ Kenton Mag Photoshoot Featuring Drew Nelson of The Strain

    Had a really fun time shooting this feature with Kenton Magazine! It was a hot summer day with clear skies so all the shots were captured with natural sunlight via hotel ocho’s bright & airy industrial space.

    I was in charge of grooming Drew Nelson, who is one of the lead actors in Guillermo del Toro’s new drama series ‘The Strain’ on FX Canada.

    Always a joy collaborating with kind spirited people and both talent & crew were in the same boat. Drew stars as Matt Sayles and although he confesses to getting more villainous roles over the years, he’s actually a humble and down to earth person in reality.  

    Another common thread in the group that day was everyone’s love for 90’s hip hop! lol It’s not a common genre played on set so it was a nice change of pace listening to some nostalgic hip hop faves :).

    Talya Macedo, Kenton’s Fashion Editor, did a stand out job putting together tailored patterned pieces with flattering colour combos + the casual options in between were a perfect blend of comfort & luxury!

    Click here to check out Drew’s interview in Kenton Mag and here to learn more about The Strain. 

    Talent: Drew Nelson

    Stylist: Talya Macedo 

    Photography: Drew Haran

    Grooming/MUA: Sherlyn Torres

    Shot on location at Hotel Ocho, Toronto. 

     
  6. Pauleanna Reid recently featured me on her blog installation entitled: Girl on Top 

    ~ This is my second feature on her site! Thanks for the continued support ;) Check out my previous feature here » The Girlfriend Code

     
  7. Had a fabulous evening out with my beautographer Tavis Gordon at Panorama Lounge and Varsity Cinema yesterday. Ran into a few familiar faces like Fashion Mag Editor Bernadette Mora and got touch ups from fellow makeup artist Bianca at YSL’s makeup station :). Tickets to the brilliant film by Jalil Lespert were courtesy of The BHD & Les Ateliers. Many thanks to Daniella for selecting me! Tave & I are equally obsessed with fashion films & we thoroughly enjoyed the full experience ;) 

     
  8. Spent a lovely afternoon with beautiful & inspiring women last Sunday at Les Ateliers' premiere event, “Dream Up”, designed & hosted by Daniella of The BHD. I know this event has been in the works for sometime & I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out. I’m so proud of D for putting together such a well rounded event complete with usable intro gifts as soon as you step in ~ a beautiful notebook & balmain pen for taking notes during the presentations…

    She had smart, entertaining & informative speakers, ice cream sandwiches from Coco & Cowe, a delicious 3 course lunch on the scenic rooftop of The Spoke Club, an interactive photo-booth experience by Buick, complimentary nail bar & makeup touch ups via YSL Beauty! So many more highlights like the amazing giveaways & prizes announced during lunch + the giftbags handed out as the event wound down.

    I was also happy to see lots of familiar faces and like-minded women who all embody the ideal BHD woman ~ transparent enough to reveal their broken heel moments ~ simultaneously strong and independent enough to move on regardless of adversities, while still able to empower others along the way.

    I’m already looking forward to the next event & hope to take part in future workshops :) Keep up the wonderful work D and the entire BHD team!

    xoxo,

    Sher

     
  9. Been meaning to post this! Autumn Hill is a Canadian country music duo composed of Mike Robins and Tareya Green. Their debut single, “Anything At All,” entered the Canadian Hot 100 in January 2013. It is included on their debut album Favourite Mistake shown above.  

    In recent news, Jul 17, 2014 to be exact, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced Autumn Hill as nominees for Group/Duo of the Year. The award show will be broadcasted on Sunday, September 7th at 8pm on CBC and encore at 10pm on CMT. 

    Proud to see how well they’re doing in such a short span! Congrats on your nomination & keep up the great work guys ;) Good luck!! ;)

    Credits:

    ARTISTS: AUTUMN HILL  

    PHOTO - MATT BARNES

    MAKEUP & HAIR - SHERLYN TORRES

    WARDROBE - CAITLIN WRIGHT

     
  10. We’re at the mid point of summer and by now I’m sure you’ve had your share of fun in the sun! 

    One thing people may not think about while soaking up those rays is the long-term effects extended sun exposure has on our skin such as wrinkles, sun spots and worse, melanoma :(.

    Although most people wear SPFs these days, and many are familiar with the terms UVA / UVB, not everyone knows the meaning behind the  acronyms. 

    SPF ~ Stands for Sun Protection Factor

    • The higher the SPF the better. Since the number represents the theoretical amount of time you can stay out in the sun without getting sunburned. E.g. SPF 20 would allow you to stay in the sun 20 times longer than you could without protection ~ meaning if your skin reddens within 15mins of sun exposure without sun block, you can stay in the sun for about 300 mins with an SPF 20 given that it hasn’t washed of. 

    UV ~ Stands for Ultra Violet Rays 

    • A good way to remember UVB is to associate the B with Burn. These rays affect the upper layers of the skin, activates melanin production and causes the skin to burn when exposed to the sun for too long. Note: SPF only applies to sun protection factor for UVB rays. 

    • I associate the A in UVA to Aging. These are the longer rays that affect the deeper layers of our skin ~ the damage shows up on the surface many years later. E.g. wrinkles & age spots. 

    That being said, it’s important to get a really good sunscreen with a high SPF that shields you from both UVB and UVA rays. Although the SPF number won’t determine the protective factor for UVA rays, many natural based sunscreens contain ingredients like Zinc & Titanium dioxide that create a physical block which prevents UVA rays from penetrating. And of course opt for waterproof if you’ll be engaging in water related sports and activities ;)

    If you want to avoid the sun altogether but still long for a glowing golden skin tone, then go with Sunless Tanners as an alternative. There are so many new ones on the market in various intensities that either work gradually over a few days, instantly within an hour or washes off when you want. 

    If your skin is already showing signs of cumulative sun exposure, such as wrinkling or dark spots, there are also products that help minimize the damage.

    I have to confess that even though I’ve learned a lot of this info working in the beauty industry, I’ve been guilty of not wearing sunscreen religiously :/ but when I do, these are some of my faves in the sun care category:

    • Before Sun: 

    1. Coola Cucumber Mineral Sunscreen  /  2. Coola Mimosa Spray Sunscreen Sport  /  3. Elizabeth Arden Lip Balm with SPF 15

    • After Sun:

    4. Hampton Sun Aloe Mist  /  5. St. Tropez After Sun Lotion  /  6. Hampton Sun After Sun Moisturizer

    • Sunless Tanners:

    7. St. Tropez Bronzing Lotion  /  8. St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse  /  9. St. Tropez Gradual Face Tan 

    • Post Sun Damage:

    10. Clinique Dark Spot Corrector  /  11. Kora Luxurious Rosehip Oil   /  12. Mela-D Pigment Control

    Photo Credit: Kristof Arasim

    Makeup by: Sherlyn Torres

    Styled by: Janet Han aka GetJanet

    Model: Lina Shekhovtsova @ Sutherland Toronto