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Each season I try loads of  new beauty products, some of them I hate, some of them I like enough to finish that one purchase, and others I love and would be willing to purchase all over again!  Vasanti  Cosmetics is one of those brands that has become a personal favourite.  Contrary to popular belief, Vasanti Cosmetics is a brand aimed at women of all ethnicities in every skin tone.  The brand is popular with South Asian  women because its founders are of South Asian descent, however their foundations, lipsticks, shadows and the like come in a range of shades and formulas for ALL SKIN TONES!  With affordable prices and great quality Vasanti should become  a part of your beauty bag too.

Here are my faves:

1. Face Base in V4

Vasanti Face Base in V4

The Face Base Oil-Free Powder Foundation in V4, $25.00, is a part of my daily beauty regimen, the colour matches my skin and feels light on my face despite its even coverage. The powder is available in 10 shades, so no matter what you’ll find your perfect match.

2. Sweden Ultra-Luxe Lipstick with Peptide Technology

Lipstick in "Sweden"

This ultra rich lipstick is a nude pink that is great to wear every day because the shade goes great with so many things! I fell in love with Sweden, $15.00, when makeup artist Kavita Suri used it on me on my wedding reception this past September. From then on it has stayed in my purse!  The lipstick’s main ingredient is Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, which helps  increase lip volume, reduce the appearance of fines lines and smooths the lips surface so you’ll be doing your pout some service when wearing it!

3. Lip Liner in Thames

Lipliner in "Thames"

Thames Ultra Creamy Pencil is a lip liner that  doesn’t feel dry when applied. Again, this is a nude pink with a hint of brown so it is a daily favourite as well.  For only $13.00 you can’t go wrong.


My Bridal Makeup Trial and a Short Q&A with Award Winning Makeup Artist Kavita Suri

Photo courtesy Kavita Suri Spa

How long have you been working as a professional makeup artist and where did you receive your training?

Gosh, I feel like I am aging when I think about “how loooong” I have been working as a professional. At the same time, I will let you know how long I have been working professionally.  I have come a long way, I have been a professional for 13 years. There I said it!
As a make-up artist the word artist is really what it is for me. I was self taught and love the field that I am a part of  because I am constantly creating, whether it be with my bridal clients, teaching and educating others, or marketing my business.

When creating a look for a bride, what do you take into account?

Bridal make-up is my forte, especially makeup for Indian brides. The colours and outfits I get to work with are  inspiring and  so much fun.  I can play up colors with the eye make-up and lips…it’s allowed.

The top three things I take into account are:

1) What the bride WANTS,
2) Her Outfit, and
3) Her personality.

What made you pursue a career in the beauty industry?

Nothing really “made” me pursue my career in the beauty industry. Honestly, it was a journey with trials and successes. It is true, when you love what you do nothing else matters. I just kept on going and I’ve been very blessed with all that I currently have in my life and all the people that show their love and support. I couldn’t be more THANKFUL. ( I sound like I am giving a speech at the Grammy’s, smile).

Name one of your achievements that you are the most proud of or currently excited about?

2010 has been a whirlwind and we are half way through the year, I wonder what God is planning next for me. If it has to be one achievement: I have dreamed of being a role model for girls that always wanted to be a make-up artist! You can do it, it really is possible. You just have to believe in yourself and have the right people around you to support you through it.

Tell me a little about the Kavita Suri Beauty Academy:

It was time for me to share my experience artistically as a Make-up Artist, therefore I started Kavita Suri Beauty Academy in 2008 which allows me to professionally train and certify individuals to enter into the field with confidence. The training is scheduled within 2 weeks with a photo shoot. The best part: it’s  one -on- one, so the student really gets the special attention they need to mprove their skill.

I was approached by the owner of Toronto Aesthetics & Hair Academy this June to provide my professional training with their academy. I was very honored and excited, so of course I accepted with a BIG SMILE. From this Fall onwards, I will be training at both their Scarborough location and their new Brampton location. Of course, my one-on-one training is still available at the Yorkville location.

So ladies sign yourself up if you know you have a make-up artist in you!

How does Kavita Suri define beauty?

To me beauty is what you have inside, your personality and the way you live on a daily basis. It’s not how light your skin is, or how full your lips are, it’s about your beautiful personality.

What is your must-have beauty product that you carry with you all the time?

My must-have is Tahiti Tinted Lip Balm by Vasanti Cosmetics. The perfect trendy chap stick with a hint of color.

As a young and successful entrepeneur, what advice would you give to other young women and girls trying to make it out in the beauty industry?

The first piece of advice that came to my mind when I read this question is “keep your head up.” This industry can be very challenging if you don’t have the right direction. If you know where you want to be in 5 years then keep at it and eventually you will get there.

Anything special you’d like to share with readers of SAS?

I wanted to thank you SAS for doing this piece on me and I wish your blogging adventure to be a continual success.

Thank you Kavita for being the amazing woman you are and taking the time to do this for SAS! Your work and success continues to inspire and motivate other South Asian women to follow their dreams. Make sure you check out her website Kavita Suri Spa and interested brides book her now for your big day! You won’t be disappointed.

If you are a bride who needs some convincing, here’s the beautiful job Kavita did for my makeup trial for my upcoming wedding reception:

Here is the look that I was inspired by from a bridal magazine and here is the jewellery and blouse I'll be wearing at the reception!

Kavita applying air brush makeup

The End Result: Kavita and I were ecstatic, I love it! Be sure to check out my blog after the wedding at the end of September!

Get into the Olympic spirit and in-style with Vasanti Cosmetics official Go Canada Palette.

Closing Ceremony Musings

With the Olympics in full swing after yesterday’s breathtaking opening ceremonies, Canadian beauty label Vasanti cosmetics unveiled an official GO CANADA palette that celebrates the Vancouver Olympic Games.

First off, before I gush about Vasanti’s patriotic new palette, sorry for being away from my blog for so long. I was terribly sick for almost two weeks and struggled to juggle classes, while getting rid of this horrible cough! But, I am back now and ready to share with you the endless ideas I thought up to write about as I fought off my cough and pored over beauty and fashion magazines, websites, and great books in bed.

The fiddlers, tap dancers, the flame lighting in the stadium, and KD Lang’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” were my favourite moments at the opening ceremonies.

Listen to Cohen’s Hallelujah here. Cohen’s beautiful single was also recorded by Jeff Buckley and Imogen Heap for the OC, it’s so beautiful how one musician’s creation can take on so many unique forms by different artists.
What performances, or memorable moments of the ceremonies did you enjoy? SHARE THEM WITH ME!

Vasanti Cosmetics

For those of you who don’t know Vasanti, here’s a quick rundown. Vasanti Cosmetics was established in 1999 by South Asian BEAUTY divas Pinki Gosal, Monal Patel, and Priti Patel. Vasanti’s entrepreneurs developed special formulas and colours specifically for the Southasian yellow skin tone often not considered in mainstream brands found in drugstores. So Vasanti Cosmetics are a hit with women of South Asian descent because for once the colours match our skin and remain bold all day long.

The palette made for you to sport during the Olympic games includes a white shimmer powder reminiscent of ice rinks and ski slopes; bronze, silver and gold shadows in honour of the Olympic medal colours; and a sexy red gloss in honour of our flag.

Use the eye and lip palette for a glowing day look, or transform the makeup into a makeover for a night on the town by using a black liner on the upper and lower lash lines, apply a coat of DiorShow mascara to your lashes – my  favourite mascara, and a bronzer to highlight your cheekbones. Try Physician Formula’s Bronzer palette. What would you pair with Vasanti’s patriotic palette for a night on the town?

Vasanti’s GO CANADA Palette is available at your local Shoppers, Rexall or directly on their website for a limited time. At the cost of $40.00 this makeover will last you the entire Winter season well into the Spring. I can’t wait to go get mine! Now go support our athletes while flaunting your Olympic inspired beauty!

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