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Club News A Look Back: A Night With the Headmistress On the table are piles of feathers, vintage furs, and soft knits. That’s what I walk into as I attend A Night With The Headmistress, and that’s what Jillian Wood, designer of Headmistress, is surrounded by when she works on her mini masterpieces. On February 9th, F&LS hosted Jillian as our guest speaker, where she got the chance to reveal how she went from wanting to be a lawyer, to setting up shop in London, UK with her hair accessories. She inspired us with the serendipity of her life, and showed us that following your passion pays off. I’ve learned to take what life gives me, and know that I’ll only ever excel doing something I love. Thank you, Jillian!


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ometimes the sweetest compliment doesn’t even need a single word. Instead, a sincere smile can be more than enough. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’re bringing you two beauty looks—one for the daytime and one for the evening—that will not only garner the attention of those around you, but can also be achieved with some inexpensive drugstore essentials.

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First use gold eyeshadow as a base to add some sparkle around your eye, then mix red and brown in the crease. A line of liquid black eyeliner along the top lash will help define your eyes. For the lip, choose a red that’s on the verge of fuchsia for a bright and flirty look. Adding some lip gloss on top completes this look. 1 NYC

Berry Rich lipstick 2 NYC Midtown Mulberry liquid lip shine 3 Avon Vixen liptstick 4 E.L.F. eye shadow pallet 5 Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless mascara 6 E.L.F. liquid eyeliner 7 Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer


if you love me, will you please, please smile? make up artist photographer

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model C O L L E E N H A Beginning with red eyeshadow as the base, blend charcoal colours into the crease and up towards the brow. Finish the eye with some classic wing-tipped black eyeliner. For the lips, take a risk and achieve a sexier look by choosing a dark red that compliments the eyeshadow.

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Perfect Valentine’s Day makeup look Written by: Angela Clemente February 14th is fast approaching. Whether you’re celebrating with your girlfriend, boyfriend, a group of friends, or even your dog, it’s always fun to get a little dolled up.

Being a makeup artist, a look I recommend for Valentine’s Day would be something soft and neutral. You’ve all heard of the must-have product of this year: the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. It’s filled with “rose-hued naturals from pale, shimmery pink to a deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter” which, in my opinion, screams Valentine’s Day!

complexion It’s important to have the appearance of a flawless complexion, so go with a foundation that you know and love! The main focus of this look is going to be the eyes—whether you’re planning a low-key night with friends or a night on the town, this look works both ways with just a few tweaks!


eyes For a daytime look we are going to create a sexy, smoky eye using shimmery pink shades and some mascara. For the evening look, do the exact same thing, but add some liquid eyeliner and maybe some false lashes for dramatic flair.

lips Now onto my favourite part—the lips! I love pairing a deep, smoky eye with a neutral lip. I recommend MAC Faux satin lipstick paired with a neutral gloss on top such as Elizabeth Arden Royal Plum. If lipstick isn’t your thing, then just try a lip-gloss!

hair Last but not least is the hair. I would suggest going with a look that you are comfortable with. Don’t overdo yourself with the stress that Valentine’s Day can bring. Complement your smoky eye with a simple hairstyle such as sleek, straight hair with a few curls, a high pony, or even a few accessories. Remember, this look is all about the eyes!

A few tips: remember not to over-think your look. Try not to tamper with new products on your special day; go with something you know will work with your skin. Don’t over think it and have fun!


february ready

lipwear Written By: Stephanie Ling & Jaein Mun

There is a reason we titled this “February Ready” and not “Date Ready,” because while Valentine’s Day may fall in the month of February, these are lip-wear suggestions to sport on any occasion. Whether you’re spending the night out with your friends or on a date, the perfect lip colour can be a great accompaniment to any outfit. Including a variety of vibrant reds, bold pinktones, deep burgundies, and everyday nude shades, here are some of our favourite lip colours of the month. Top Left to Bottom Right:

MAC: “Ruby Woo” Lipstick ($18) Sephora + Pantone Universe: “Radiant Rush” Matte Lipstick ($22) Urban Decay: “Naked” Revolution Lipstick ($22) NARS: “Scarlett Empress” Semi-Matte Lipstick ($30) NARS: “Dragon Girl” Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($30) Tarte: “Amused” Lip-Surgent Lip Tint ($29) Bite Beauty: “Madeira” High-Pigment Pencil ($28)

ABOUT: Twosum is a fashion and lifestyle blog created in early 2013 by F&LS mem-

bers Stephanie Ling and Jaein Mun. Check them out at www.two-sum.blogspot.ca.

We’ve found creeping and loving blogs is one thing we totally have in common - other than that, we’re pretty much opposites. But that’s what makes our blog work. You get two completely different styles along with two totally different perspectives on just about everything.


Award Winning Beauty:

The Golden Globes Written by: Teresa Harris

With the 2014 Award Season underway, it’s time to review the beauty choices our favourite leading ladies have made on the red carpet. The Golden Globes have come and gone, and in their wake a fresh set of beauty trends have risen for us to emulate (or stay far, far away from). From bang on to straight up blunder, here’s my round up of the best and worst red carpet beauty looks from the 2014 Golden Globes.

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E M M A WAT S O N No matter where she goes, Emma Watson always manages to look fresh and youthful, yet completely put together. Thanks to impeccably groomed brows, minimal eye makeup, and a flattering berry-pink lip, her makeup looks sophisticated, yet clean and minimal, letting her natural beauty shine. Her up-do is equally understated, as she opts for a smooth deep side part and a simple bun.

R E E S E WIT H E R S P O O N Going for a shorter, more mature version of her memorable, ultra-flattering hairstyle from the 2007 Academy Awards, Reese Witherspoon took her trademark wispy blonde bangs and baby blonde highlights to a new level at this year’s Golden Globes. The shoulder-grazing do was complemented by subtle bronze eye shadow, nude lips, and a glowing complexion, making us wonder: does Reese Witherspoon age at all?


L U P I TA N Y O N G ’ O Although 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o is a newcomer to the star studded red carpet, her beauty look shows no sign of inexperience. I’m in love with her blown-out fade haircut, her subtle cat eye, and brick red, glossy lips that perfectly complement her flawless complexion and charismatic smile.

C A IT L I N FIT ZG E R A L D This season, I’m obsessed with the “lob,” and at the perfect length with a healthy dose of body and movement, Caitlin Fitzgerald nails the trend. While not everyone may go crazy for an orange lip, I think it provides a fresh and striking contrast to her otherwise understated makeup and pale blue dress. She may not be a household name yet, but this Showtime’s Masters of Sex star is making a name for herself as a master of beauty.

AMY POEHLER Sporting golden blonde waves and a tan reserved for the California coast, funny girl Amy Poehler, looked positively radiant on the Golden Globes red carpet. While her and her hilarious co-host, Tina Fey, underwent many wardrobe and beauty changes throughout the entire show, this was by far my favourite as she proves being blonde is nothing to make fun of.


THE WORST Sofia Vergara is undeniably beautiful, and her bronde (brown + blonde) blowout and stunning turquoise statement necklace are no exception. However, I can’t help but feel her brows need a little—scratch that, a lot—more grooming here, and her obvious false eyelashes and matte berry lip are a bit boring and predictable. When it came to beauty at this year’s Golden Globes, another Modern Family star left me wanting more—no wait, less...I’m not really sure? Sarah Hyland’s braided crown and bold brows seemed to overpower her tiny face, yet her nearly non-existent makeup did nothing to highlight her big brown eyes, making her appear a little tired. Unfortunately, the overall look aged the starlet beyond her 23 years. Blonde bombshell Amber Heard must have done something right to be able to call the legendary heart-throb Johnny Depp her boyfriend—hopefully he doesn’t hold her over-the-top hair at the Golden Globes against her. While I can imagine the poufy pompadour and smoky bronze eye shadow popping off the pages of Vogue, for the real-life red carpet, it was more confusing than couture. For the upcoming Oscars, she should stick to something a little more classic—a red lip and soft blowout. Despite the Golden Globes taking place in the middle of January, I couldn’t help but think Hayden Panettiere looked a little hot—and not in a good way. Her slicked back hair looked a little too slick (read: greasy), and her complexion could have used a blotting paper or two. While it’s safe to assume the Nashville star was going for sexy, she ended up looking rather sweaty.


A Style Resolution

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’m about to admit something that is rather embarrassing. Put simply, I’m feeling quite intimidated by, and a bit afraid of, fashion—more specifically, my own personal style. Armed with a wallet of leftover Christmas gift cards, by the end of January, I’ve found myself reluctant to hit the stores and refresh my wardrobe with the excitement, sophistication, and possibility that 2014, my final year at Western, demands. How did I get into this rut, and how do I get out? I looked to a good friend of mine for guidance and inspiration, and I realized that it’s not necessarily one’s ability to rock the trends that makes them appear well put-together. Her pieces are well-made and well-cared for, but rather than commanding attention, they subtly highlight the aesthetic beauty of the girl underneath. Her basic dark wash jeans contour her body in a way that only endless squats could compete with. Her tops are not the trendiest, yet their solid neutral colours and slim cuts complement her tiny waist and allow a statement necklace to shine. She carries herself with the knowing confidence of someone who not only looks, but also feels, incredible in what she wears. What I may dismiss as boring, she appreciates for its versatility, superior fit, quality, and how it enhances what she already has. As a result, she ends up always looking great. Which made me think: perhaps it’s not the items you wear that enable you to emanate a strong sense of personal style. Perhaps rather than sourcing style from the clothes we buy and using our bodies as clothes hangers, we must learn to use clothing to highlight the inherent beauty of ourselves. Maybe rather than relying on what fashion magazines tell us looks good on others, we should trust what we know looks good on us. I’ve learnt over time that even though our outfit may be beautiful, the compliments of others fail to compare with the


comfort we feel, knowing that what we love about ourselves is highlighted, and what we are less than happy with is conservatively saved for another day.

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This revelation may seem boring and irrelevant to those who truly enjoy pushing the boundaries of both the fashion industry and their personal comfort zone. I commend you for your courage, and recognize the necessity of risk takers who dare to try something new: after all, as Meryl Streep points out in The Devil Wears Prada, the trends the masses now wear, were once the conception of an experimenter, someone who didn’t want to play by the rules. But, for the rest of us, who face 2014 with the resolution of defining their own brand of comfortable and flattering personal style, the best advice I could offer would be to learn the terrain of your body. Celebrate what you love, accept what you don’t, and invest in a few key pieces that allow you to enhance and embrace it all.


Ta r a M a g l o i r e

LOVE YOUR BODY

It’s February, the month of love. Whether you are busy eating candy hearts on the couch or prepping for a Pintrest-inspired date, take the time to look inwards and love yourself. Taking steps to becoming a greater you can begin simply through diet. One method that has health nuts raving and couch potatoes pondering is the infamous addition of green smoothies to your everyday life. Now wait—I know that the thought of green smoothies alone can make people cringe, but I assure you there is more to them than meets the eye. Not only will they help your skin quell those camera flash fears, but green smoothies are also good for your liver and give you that much-needed boost in the morning. Other strategic additions to your smoothies may help your digestive system too (hint: flaxseed). As a student, this initiative is extremely do-able! People all across campus are taking up this resolution to better the body they are in. Can’t find a blender? Ask a roommate or a friend. For those folks looking to take this initiative up permanently, you can purchase an inexpensive blender and get to it! An amazing site to get you started is www.simplegreensmoothies. com. The site is jam packed with grocery lists and recipes to help beginners and intermediate-level individuals find blends that cater to their needs and preferences.

How do you get started? First off, grab yourself some spinach or kale (trust me, once blended it has no taste). Add a banana and any other fruit of your choosing—might I suggest frozen mango or blueberries—and blend away! There you go—you have just made your first green smoothie. Yogurt, soy milk, or almond milk can be added to fix problems with consistency, but for the daredevils out there, a good dose of flaxseed does just the same. Well that sounds easy, but how much of each should you add? Eyeball it to your liking. Depending on the cup size, you can add or remove ingredients to avoid having leftovers. If you slip up and make too much, store it in the fridge and enjoy it later on. Once you get comfortable with the idea that green smoothies aren’t harmful, you can begin to play around! Have fun with it; you are only benefiting yourself! Loving your body is not only about acceptance—it is about the incorporation of new initiatives that will have you feeling your best. Take this month to aim for a greater you, and ultimately direct the body-love arrow towards yourself.


Daniel Barrow:

The Face of Everything

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useum London is a seemingly unseen attraction to the student population here at Western, drawing most of its crowds through local supporters and artists. The Museum is a phenomenal place to visit, a sort of ‘ivory tower’ in the clouds that may appear industrially intimidating from the outside, but features a creative, modern finishing on the inside. Last month, the museum held its first “Third Thursday” of 2014, a night of art, live music and mingling, as a summation to its latest exhibition titled “Storytelling”. The exhibition itself was an examination of the formation and expression of tales, joining traditional conventions of narrative with contemporary communications. Artist Daniel Barrow, who had been exhibiting “Storytelling”, was invited to perform one of his most well-known performance pieces: “The Face of Everything”.

“The Face of Everything is set in mid 1970s Las Vegas and tells a story inspired by the life experiences of Liberace’s most notorious boyfriend. The performance unfolds in the form of visual and emotional, cartoon vignettes, with speech balloons depicting all dialogue. The live monologue traces and develops the internal dialogue of a cartoon, dejected teenager and a visual meditation on the relationships between beauty and sadness, and a romantic view of pain. A nostalgic, electronic score, composed by Matthew Adam Hart, of the Russian Futurists, parallels this monologue.” Barrow is a curious artist who left his Winnipeg home in pursuit of travel and greater things. Using an overhead projector to relay his ideas and short narrative, Barrow’s inspired performance held a sense of autobiographical tragedy relative to the artist himself. The intimate story in combination with a thematic score provided for a brilliant show. His performance centered around the projection of handdrawn images, photocopied onto the surface of transparencies. Layering multiple transparencies at once, Barrow conveyed his tale through the manual movement of sheets, and created captivating imagery for audience members.

by: Stephanie Ling


MOVIE REVIEW Angelica Ng

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s romantic couples linger around town in a flurry of roses and chocolates, family love doesn’t always get the chance to be acknowledged. However, with August: Osage County, it does. But not in the upbeat way you might expect. August: Osage County takes a frank look at the reality and complexity of loving those we were born to love.

August: Osage County

Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film follows three generations of women from the Weston family as they reunite at a time of crisis. The reunion becomes both darkly hilarious, and touchingly heartbreaking. August: Osage County explores what love within the family looks like, and reveals that it’s anything but straightforward. From young to old, we see how each character Directed by John Wells and copes with the pain brought based on a play, August: forth by words that are said, Osage County features a fine and words that are left uncast including Meryl Streep, said. Although occasionally Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, bordering on the melodra-

matic, August: Osage County manages to capture tiny instances in familial relationships that all of us can relate to in some way. Brilliantly acted, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are both up for an Oscar, and beautifully written, August: Osage County forces you to think about the family ties that bring you into a crazy, complex form of love. While more of a dark film (tears will be shed), sometimes knowing what’s wrong helps you decipher what’s ultimately right.


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the FEBRUARY issue MANAGING DIRECTOR Angelica Ng LAYOUT EDITOR Christine Ng Maryam Golafshani EDITORS Stephanie Ling, Jasleen Sembhi WRITERS/CONTRIBUTORS Emily Bluemke Angela Clemente Maryam Golafshani Colleen Ha Teresa Harris Erica Ho Stephanie Ling Tara Magloire Jaein Mun Angelica Ng

Life&Style February Issue  

This month, we explore the theme of love, and ask three different makeup artists to give us their take on Valentine's Day beauty.

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