Archive for May, 2013

May 31, 2013 10:00 am

Pinterest For Wedding Planners


Pinterest is all the rage these days. It’s quickly become a part of our daily vocabulary, and has changed the way we do a lot of things. We find ourselves saying “Hey, I think I saw that on Pinterest!” more and more, and it’s now our one-stop shop for recipe, DIY, décor, event, style and travel inspiration.

As a wedding planner myself, I’ve watched as the site has quickly made itself an invaluable resource to professionals in the event industry. And for good reason. Aside from finding inspiration there, I find it’s also an incredible way to connect with my clients.

Gone are the days of magazine clippings. A picture might paint a thousand words, but a Pinterest board filled with a bride’s wedding inspiration can save a thousand words. It’s now easier than ever to communicate concepts, which makes the whole wedding planning process much more efficient.

Now, one of the first things I do with my new clients is create a secret pin board. In the past this would have been a physical folder full of magazine clippings; oh how the times have changed!

My only tip? Recommend to the bride that she not look at Pinterest starting at least one month from the wedding. Pinterest bombards us with new and inspiring images every day, which makes it so easy to second guess those table centerpieces we were so sure of a few months before. I promise, getting your bride to commit to banning Pinterest for that last month will save you both a lot of hair pulling stress!

The possibilities are endless, so let the pinning begin!


Kim is an experienced wedding planner, a cultivator of ideas with the resourcefulness to make creative dreams a reality. From concept to completion she is a detail oriented, creative out of the box thinker whose experience and knowledge are second to none. She takes great pride in assisting others to achieve their dreams beyond expectations. She has had opportunity to live in many locations including Europe, Quebec City, Montreal and even rural Ontario; her travels have deeply influenced her creative flair making her an invaluable resource to her clients. Connect with Kim via LinkedIn and Pinterest!


May 30, 2013 10:00 am

Summer Rustic Wedding Ideas

Rustic is a beautiful summer wedding trend

Rustic weddings aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. They’re simple, use the beauty of nature to their advantage, and offer a whole host of DIY options. In this post, I’ll be sharing four of my favorite rustic wedding decor ideas and why I like each. I’d love for you to link me to any other pictures you know of in the comments section below so I can keep this post constantly updated!

If you’re a planner or bride with an upcoming rustic wedding, I hope this helps! If you don’t like rustic weddings… well, you probably won’t like the following five pictures all that much.

I love this picture because of its simplicity. The grass, trees, flowers, and white picket fence really let nature work its magic. The simple, natural folding chairs are really all this outdoor venue needs and keep the focus on the bride and groom. If I were to add anything at all, I’d probably do a small bunch of yellow and cream flowers at the end of each row – but nothing more. It’s gorgeous all on its own!

This gorgeous cake takes the rustic theme and adds a pop of color with the true blue pebbles. I love that the cake has been decorated with faux birch tree pieces, and that the base has been made to look like a bird’s nest. Plus, the feather applique is to die for! This particular display would work well for a rustic wedding or a shabby chic wedding.

In this photo, we’re given a glimpse at a sign from an outdoor wedding. Not only would this sign make for an adorable addition to the entryway for the reception, but it’s something that could be easily kept and displayed within the home or backyard for years to come.

Lastly, there’s this cute and theme-fitting sign giving directions. There may be one or two too many arrows, but you get the idea! This is a neat idea for anyone planning a ceremony and reception that have venues near one another. Plus, it would be an incredibly easy and cost efficient DIY!

So, what do you think? Have I forgotten any that I should add? How do you feel about rustic weddings? Let’s discuss in the comments!

May 29, 2013 10:53 am

Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

Let us introduce you to Danielle. She’s a twenty-something self-professed beauty addict on a never-ending hunt for the best of best in the beauty industry. Her blog Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My! is her documentation of her unique beauty journey. The blog title really says it all; you can find a little bit of everything on this polka dotted corner of the internet!


Danielle’s reviews are detailed, professional, and very informative. And best of all she infuses each post with a touch of humor that really makes it feel like we’re just sitting around gabbing with a close friend about makeup and boys – minus the boys. Danielle seems to jump on the latest makeup and beauty releases, both drugstore and top of the line, and appeals to a wide audience. In an increasingly competitive world of fashion and beauty bloggers, she has managed to stay relevant and build up a strong following. That in itself is no small feat, and makes her blog a must-read in our books.

Take a look at some of our favorite posts from Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

Click on the photos below to be taken to some of our favorite posts. Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

You’ll also find a plethora of nail related posts on her site. Skimming through the pages of Danielle’s blog can sometimes feel like we’re rolling around in a rainbow. Sort of.

Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!

Liner and Glitter and Gloss

Another little gems we found on her blog was a tutorial for achieving incredibly long-lasting lip color. We’ve been using it religiously with excellent results. Click here for the full tutorial.

We’re excited to see what the future holds for Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My! We think Danielle is well on the way to making a name for herself in the beauty industry!

What beauty blogs do you follow? Share the links with us in a comment below!


Signs Makeup Artistry Is Right For You!

There’s no doubt that the field of makeup artistry is an exciting place to work. A makeup artist’s career is thrilling as no two work days are ever exactly the same, and immense satisfaction comes from being able to use makeup to transform any client – whether you’re using it to highlight someone’s best features to help them to look their best, or using it to create thrilling characters.

Over the years QC Makeup Academy has helped thousands of students on their journey to becoming talented professionals in the field of makeup artistry. We know what it takes to succeed. Take a read through the list of traits below to see if makeup artistry is for you!

  1. You love working with your hands and getting messy-creative
  2. You could spend hours experimenting with different makeup and skin care products
  3. You have endless amounts of creativity and imagination
  4. You have confidence in yourself and an outgoing personality
  5. Good communication and interpersonal skills
  6. You are able to take direction and accept criticism
  7. You enjoy interacting closely with others
  8. You have excellent listening skills
  9. You find you are able to see beauty in everything, even where it’s not most obvious
  10. You like to be on time and don’t mind working long, sometimes erratic hours
  11. You are comfortable working independently, but also with others in a team environment
  12. You have a natural knack for knowing how to mix colors and textures

As in any industry, you’ll succeed as long as you work hard and always put your best foot forward. If you’re thinking about starting a career in makeup artistry, contact the School at 1-800-267-1829. Have a chat with one of our student support specialists to see if you’re future lies in makeup artistry! You can also email us at


Iceland is a beautiful travel destination

You don’t have to go far in Iceland to come across breathtaking scenes unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. From the Northern Lights to the glaciers and mountain ranges, in Iceland you’ll find beauty, peace, adventure, and culture. Here are the must-see destinations when you visit Iceland.

1. Geysir

This notorious hot spring, pictured above, is where we get our English word geyser. When it erupts, it can send boiling water over 200 feet in the air. Imagine the photos you could take! Unfortunately, its eruptions are a bit unpredictable – you could make the (breathtaking) trip into the Haukadalur Valley and have to wait a few hours to see the spectacle.

2. Gullfoss

Iceland is simply full of incredible sights. A few miles away from Geysir, you’ll find the country’s most famous waterfall, Gullfoss. It’s their most popular tourist attraction for a reason – the water falls an incredible 105 feet into the canyon below. It’s best visited on a sunny day, when the rushing water and mist projects rainbows all throughout the sky.

3. Thingvellir National Park

Just outside of Reykjavik lies this incredible park – situated on a volcanic fissure zone – of both historical and geological importance to the country. It hosts the ruins of the first parliament, dating back to 930 AD, and the park was created in part to preserve this important cultural landmark. It also protects Lake Thingvellir, Iceland’s largest lake. It’s the perfect destination for hikers, fishing enthusiasts, and divers.

4. Vikin Maritime Museum

One of the most fascinating parts of Iceland is its Viking history. Located on the Reykjavik harbor in a former fish freezing plant, this museum is a fascinating journey through Viking history and coastal culture. If you’re going to visit one museum during your stay, this is a great pick.

5. Tjornin

In the center of Reykjavik you’ll find this large, calm lake, the home to over 40 species of birds. It’s a great afternoon excursion for families to feed the ducks and swans, and acts as the central landmark to the city, bordering on many parks, museums, and city hall.

What destination are you dreaming of? Let us know in a comment below!


May 27, 2013 10:56 am

How to Care for Costume Jewelry

Trends are so fleeting these days, and it seems we’re constantly in the midst of updating our wardrobes just to keep up with the changes each season. We never hesitate to invest in solid and timeless pieces, but we usually opt for the cheaper retailers when purchasing each season’s ‘must-haves’ that might not be around for too long. Remember galaxy pants? These days, we also find ourselves buying a lot of costume jewelry from stores like Forever 21 and H&M; it’s not always the best quality, but it keeps us trending with very little stress on our wallets.

Learn how to care for costume jewelry

We love that we can we can grab 10 trendy necklaces for under $50 at Forever 21, but we don’t love how quickly they can become discoloured and tarnished. We hated the thought of abandoning our bargain buys, so we went on the hunt for ways to keep them looking spiffy and like new. After a solid hour of online detective work, we discovered something wonderful – Krylon Crystal Clear Gloss.

This stuff is great. It’s typically under $10.00, lasts forever, and works wonders for preserving our cheap baubles. Our gold plated rings no longer turn silver and our silver plated necklaces no longer turn black. Praise Krylon!

We’ve used it on metallic, plastic, and even wooden pieces, and it’s worked well each time. It’s so simple; just lay your jewelry flat on a piece of cardboard or wax paper, open a window, and spray away! If the jewelry has any jewels just cover them with a piece of tape beforehand. Once the Krylon has dried completely simply remove the tape and cover those bits with a quick swipe of clear nail polish. To further help preserve the finish, store your jewelry in plastic Ziploc bags.

Do you have any tricks of your own for preserving costume jewelry? Share them with us in a comment below!

May 25, 2013 1:03 pm

The 7 Basic Story Plots

Think you’ve got a really original idea? Something you’re sure no one else has ever thought of? Well, you may be surprised to hear the theory that there are actually only 7 basic story plots that exist in every story ever written. These plots are reused over and over, albeit with different characters, settings, and details, but the essence is always the same. But don’t let that get you down, writers! The great thing about this theory is that if you get to know the basic plots really well, you can craft them to work for your story. Take a classic plot and add your personal style and creative ideas to make it your own. That’s what all the greats do!

The 7 basic plots are…

There are only seven basic story plots

1. The Quest

A hero sets off on a journey to reach a goal. Along the way, he or she must overcome many obstacles.

As seen in: The Lord of The Rings, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Catcher in the Rye

2. Voyage and Return

The hero adventures in a completely new, often threatening world, and eventually returns to normal life a changed person.

As seen in: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Alice in Wonderland; The Time Machine

3. Comedy

Better known as the romantic comedy, the hero and heroine and kept apart by a series of complications, misunderstanding, or obstacles which are removed for a happy ending.

As seen in: Pride and Prejudice, Shakespeare’s comedies

4. Tragedy

The protagonist starts high, and through a series of poor decisions or character flaws, falls from grace – to the sympathy of the reader.

As seen in: Romeo and Juliet, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Anna Karenina

5. Rebirth

The hero is imprisoned by a dark force (whether physically, emotionally, etc) and eventually overcomes it, emerging as a changed person.

As seen in: Many fairy tales, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; A Christmas Carol, The Secret Garden

6. Overcoming the Monster

The protagonist must face a great creature, often much stronger than himself, and eventually overcomes the beast.

As seen in: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The War of the Worlds

7. Rags to Riches

Through a course of events, an ordinary protagonist rises to become extraordinary – the change doesn’t necessarily need to be about money, as long as a positive and dramatic change has taken place.

As seen in: Harry Potter, Cinderella

What’s your favorite plot to write? Let us know in a comment below!

We gets lot of questions about product recommendations here at QC Makeup Academy. Although we don’t like to recommend one product or another as a school, I’d love to share a personal favorite with you all, which is why I’ve written this Urban Decay Setting Spray review. It’s full name is All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay. Spoiler alert: it’s fantastic.

Sometimes, a setting powder just won’t do. If you’re hoping to keep a dewy finish, a powder can make it look a little too matte. If you’re hoping for extra long wear, a powder can slowly break down throughout the day. These reasons are why I love Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

Available in two different sizes, the All Nighter spray comes in a pump bottle and allows you to apply a thin layer of setting mist over a makeup application. The mist locks in the makeup’s true finish, color, and helps to keep it that day all day – or “all night” in this case.

We recommend this product for anyone who needs their makeup to last morning to night, weddings, outdoor photoshoots, and anyone who just wants their makeup to last as long as possible. Its lightweight finish, easy application, and reasonable price point makes it a clear pick for me. If you Google it, you’ll see it’s many others’ favorite too!

What do you think of setting sprays? Have you used an Urban Decay setting spray before? Let me know in a comment. I’d love to know!



If you are looking for an academy of makeup to build your skills and break into the industry, consider QC Makeup Academy. Their online learning system allows you to study from home at your own pace, with the careful guidance of a personal tutor. Take a peek into some of the topics covered in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry course:

  • Basic makeup artistry etiquette, and how to approach clients
    Each and every step of the makeup application process, from lips to eyebrows
    How to change your techniques for mature clients
    Creating a subtle look for your male makeup clients
    Bridal makeup
    Creating impressive glamour and fantasy makeup looks
    Contouring techniques
    Makeup for the stage

Are you looking for an academy of makeup?

Would you like to learn more about QC’s makeup artistry courses? Visit for more details and pricing information. Or email your questions to a Student Support Specialist at They would be happy to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision on your education and your future as a professional makeup artist. What are you waiting for?

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classic wedding

When it comes to wedding decor, classic is usually best. I know some of you will argue that classic can be boring, and it can be. But so can a wedding in which the decor has gone the complete opposite direction and the decorator has gone overly trendy. Read on to learn why, in my opinion, classic weddings trump trendy weddings – most of the time.

The thing with trends is that many people don’t know when they’ve gone too far. Let’s say you want to have a zebra print theme to your wedding. This could be fun, but it could quickly turn into a room so striped and black and white that your guests soon feel dizzy! Incorporating trends, prints, and of-the-moment colors isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just so long as it’s done tastefully. You wouldn’t want to deck out the full bridal party in head-to-toe zebra print. The bride probably shouldn’t wear a zebra print sash. The table clothes shouldn’t also all be zebra print. Not only will this look a little too busy to guests, but you might not always like zebra print and your photographs are really forever.

When I say “classic is best” I don’t mean everything should be black and white. I more so mean “simple” and “polished”. I’m all for someone wanting to incorporate zebra print into their wedding if they truly love it, but I’d suggest it be done by having the bridesmaids (and maybe even the bride!) wear a zebra print shoe. That way, they can expose it for photographs to add a little flair and guests will see them when they’re walking and dancing. But, you can also snap a few photographs with the shoes hidden to ensure you’ll love your pictures for decades to come.

The groomsmen could alternate, every other man wearing a black tie and the in-between wearing white ties. Instead of full zebra print table cloths, you could use the napkins as a change to integrate the print – or maybe you’d rather go for a zebra print ribbon around the center pieces. The options are endless, but less is definitely more.

When you think of a classic wedding, you should be able to picture something that is well balanced, tasteful, pleasing to the eye, and will look fabulous in photographs for more than five years. Imagine if in the 1980s you had an acid-washed themed wedding. I’m betting you wouldn’t be so fond of the idea now, and would probably opt to tuck away your photographs rather than put them on display. Color and texture is another fun way to integrate trends while keeping everything balanced.

Let’s say you want an under-the-sea themed wedding, for example. Instead of mermaid and fish printed linens, you could fill the space with different hues of blues and greens, bring coral in through the center pieces, and opt for a ceiling full of clear and light blue balloons to symbolize bubbles. Trust us, your guests will “get” it without the theme being plastered everywhere. Plus, it makes it a little more fun if they don’t – they’ll love trying to figure it out and will feel accomplished when they do.

Don’t forget, also, that you can establish a wedding’s theme and color scheme well before the actual event. You’ll have the invitations (and perhaps even save-the-date cards prior to the invites), bridal shower(s), and the added plus of social media.

At the end of the day, it does really come down to what makes you happy. This article is written completely in my personal opinion, although event and wedding planning professionals are likely to give similar advice. Some people will love zebra print for 30, 40, and even 50 years. Some people will find “classic” boring, and want to do something more extravagant to match their style. With that being said, I’d love to know… what do YOU think?