I declared 2014 as the year of saying YES! So when an RSVP came in my inbox about a BeautyUnited Grammy viewing party, I cleared my weekend and said yes to an adventurous 20hr stay in Toronto.
With an overstuffed suitcase in hand, as one can never been too prepared you know, I found myself on an 6am morning flight out of Vancouver heading into the polar vortex. Goodbye snow sprinkled majestic mountains and hello deep freeze.
My stay was kindly arranged at the Thompson Hotel
where the event was to be held that night. A modern boutique hotel on the outskirts of downtown, the area had a quaint rustic feel to it while still reminiscent of it’s earlier industrial days. Though I left the Westcoast at sunrise, with a 5 hour flight and the 3 hour time difference meant I only had a brief moment to enjoy the view before rushing to prepare for the party.
LET THE MUSIC BEGIN
Still adjusting my cobalt blue sweater in the elevator, my black suede pump lead me down stairs towards the chattering of excited bloggers and presenters. The ambiance which welcomed me was very urban with touches of classic glamour from the dark glass beaded lights to the neo classical paintings lining the walls. Bright splashes of red and purple anticipated the fun night to come.
RED CARPET RUNDOWN
As the stars started arriving, it was time for the big reveal of “who, wore, what” from the best hair to the most impeccable makeup. From Katy Perry’s crowning braided bun to Ciara’s golden goddess glow, Pantene Pro-V consulting stylist Justin German along with Covergirl makeup artist Amelie Ducharme chatted with us about who really stole the spotlight. For those who joined me on Twitter during the event using #MusicGlam, I loved all your responses as well!
THE LOOK: ROCKIN’ ROMANCE
With the stars getting seated in their spots an Beyonce prepping backstage for her opening act the room was abuzz with the big question, “who had the best look of the night?”.
The two glamorous ladies of the red carpet both caught our attention for breaking out of their usual familiar look. The usually scarlet lipped Rita Ora opted for a neo-retro smokey purple gaze and pretty pink lips while Paris Hilton caught our eye with her surprisingly elegant yet modern twisted bouffant.
By an overwhelming vote around the room, and Amelie combined the two looks into one and created the Rockin’ Romance
look. Here’s how to get it yourself using affordable drugstore products.
THE HAIR: Justin German
First, prepare by washing hair with the new Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo. Blow-dry with a round brush and pin in clips, like you would rollers – this will give you a great foundation for this updo.
Set hair with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray. After a few minutes, remove clips and shake out curls. Spray in Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist to relax the look and build texture.
Now, part the hair in two sections. Start by collecting hair from temple to temple and pile it in a knot on top of your head. With the remaining hair, gather and put into a ponytai
l just below the crown. While the sides are tight to the head, they are not slick. We want an undone look!
Backbrush the ponytail, while misting with hairspray. Next, twist the ponytail downward and pin into the head all the way down. Finish by tucking in the ends with a few bobby pins at the nape of the neck.
Undo the top section of hair and backbrush with a few spritzes of the Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Spray. Then lift hair at the front, creating tons of volume, roll and pin into the top of the hair roll that was created with the bottom section of the hair – connecting the top and bottom into one.
For the final touch, using your fingertips, pull out a few pieces of hair from the front, lifting and spraying for even more volume and texture. Finish with a few sprays of KERAGLOSS for extra shine.
THE MAKEUP: Amelie Ducharme
To keep focus on the eyes, skin must look flawless. Create your base with COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush. Even out any dark circles by applying COVERGIRL + Olay Eye Rehab CC Cream with a concealer brush. Apply in a triangular
shape under the eye – from corner to corner and down toward the nose.
Next, lightly apply COVERGIRL Clean Sensitive Skin Pressed Powder under the eye to set concealer. Also apply on forehead, nose and chin for a natural yet matte skin finish.
With your finger, apply COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in “Ohh La Lilac” all over the mobile lid up to the crease and along the bottom lashline with a flat shadow brush. Using a shadow brush, apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black to the outside corner of the lid and then from the inside corner, blending toward the center of the eye, connecting both sides in the crease.
To create dimension, apply the plum shadow from the COVERGIRL EyeEnhancer 4-Kit Shadow in “Prom Queen” to the middle of the lid, just below the crease.
Also, sweep this plum colour under the eye. Then, rim the bottom of the eye, tighter to the lashline, with the Shadow Pot in “Molten Black”, blending slightly wider toward the outer corner of the eye. Next, line the entire waterline with COVERGIRL Liquid Line Blast Eye Liner in “Black Fire”. To intensify the look, use this pencil to trace over the shadow on the outer corners of the eye and blend out and up using the sponge tip on the other end of the pencil. Using a shadow brush, connect the shadow from the top and bottom lids just beyond the outside corner, lifting up and out toward the temple, elongating the eye.
The further out, the more dramatic the look! Using COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in “Pitch Black Passion”, trace along the upper lashline starting from the inner corner and creating a thicker line as you move to the outer corner extending just beyond the lash in an upward movement. Coat lashes with COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara in “Very Black”. Start with multiple coats of Step 1 for extreme volume, then apply Step 2 for a pitch black glossy finish.
Finish the eye look by applying the silver shade from the Prom Queen palette under the brow.
For this smoldering look, you want to create a thick, strong brow. Fill in brows with COVERGIRL Brow & EyeMakers Pencil one shade darker than your natural colour.
To contour the face, use COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer
in “Spices”. Starting with the darkest shade of the palette, apply just under the cheek bone at the temple. As you move toward the apple of the cheek blend the middle and lightest shade.
Finally, prep lips by applying moisturizer topped with a thin layer of your foundation to cover any redness around the mouth. Then, fill in your pout with COVERGIRL LipPerfection in “Yummy” – a great pastel pink! For a more matte finish, apply a light dusting of Clean Pressed Powder.
THE ROCKIN’ ROMANCE LOOK
PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY
As the performances continued and our night filled with sugary sweets, I spend the rest of the night catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and playing with the displays of beauty products that were showcased at the event. Off to the side, makeup artists and hair stylists were on hand to touch up our lipstick or show us a new updo so many girls left with such fabulous hair that I almost wished I hopped in the chair as well.
Esther (In a Nutshell
), Jenn (Procastinating Pretty
Stephanie (Fun Sized Beauty
), Michelle (A Lovely Allure
) and me
Running on only a few hours of sleep sneaked in on my early morning flight, I was done with the night by 11:30pm and headed up stairs to sink into the warm fluffy duvet covers that welcomed me. By noon the next morning, I was back at the airport awaiting clearance from the snow and ready to fly home. Toronto, you were lovely and thank you for a great time.
Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own. For more details on how I blog, visit my blog policy page.