Don’t mind me.

Me

My imperfections are many. I have scars and zits on my face, I have gained weight, my teeth are not by-any-means perfect looking. I won’t smile with my mouth opened and my knees turn in to each other. My posture SUCKS and my back is constantly in pain.

Recently my Mom asked me if I had put on weight, I answered with a resounding “YES!! Didn’t you notice?”.

Yes, I’m overweight.

I’ve gone up 1 or 2 pant sizes (depending on the brand). I’m not sure if it’s from being fired last August or starting my Anti-Depressants not that long afterwards. It took me a very, very long time to come to terms with needing to take them. I believed, wholeheartedly, that they would hurt me. (I am not talking for anyone but myself.) I realized that they do help me. I’m not sure if it’s contributed to my weight gain or if having free sugary drinks during my work has instead. I need some self control but it’s hard, considering I have quite the sweet tooth.

My social life hasn’t grown at all and the fact that i’m pushing 30 doesn’t make me think that it’s ever going to change.

I do have something to look forward to, a few hotel collaborations and some product reviews coming up as well as a potential writing gig.

I’m still learning how to balance positivity in my life and it’s honestly a lot harder then I thought it ever would be. I’m trying to keep my mind open with a goal of positive personal growth.

-Margaux

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New Videos: Chewigem & LipSense!

Oops! I posted these videos on youtube and of course, being slightly absent minded, I completely forgot to post them here.

Spotlight: East Vanity Parlour

East Vancouver is like a world of it’s own. It’s urban, hip and full of variety. In the midst of it all is East Vanity Parlour which provides an out-of-this-world glamorous experience!

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Their bio reads:

A BLENDING OF PASSION & NOSTALGIC BADASS
ONE PART KITCHEN CUT – ONE PART SCULPTED MASTERPIECE – A SPLASH OF COUTURE HAIR COLOUR – A DASH OF SPILLED BEANS -A SHAKE, STIR, AND SERVE OVER A CULT FOLLOWING.
GUARANTEED TO KICK START ANY PARTY.

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EVP is involved in all kinds of programs that help the environment and empower individuals!

They:

I had the pleasure of having Shimona Henry cut, colour and style my hair. Her expert precision, attention to detail and wonderful conversation made me completely at ease.

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Shimona is all about creating haircuts and styles that make a statement. She’s been working as a makeup artist and hair stylist (film sets, photoshoots & bridal) for over a decade. She also runs her very own company called Pin-Up Perfection Photography est. 2006.

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Shimona and I share a passion for vintage and it was amazing to connect with someone who knew what I was talking about!

Graduating at the top of her class, she was the student of the year at John Casablancas in 2016.  Her love for colourful hairstyles and building strong connections with her customers is a driving passion with versatility and uniqueness being the name of the game!  Need a fab new do? Her hours are 10am to 8pm Sunday to Wednesday. She also shares her wisdom and knowledge at East Vanity Parlour in group demos as well as one-on-one sessions!

Connect with Shimona:

I was so lucky to be given the most incredible hair cut and colour i’ve EVER HAD. Shimona made excellent suggestions and asked how I wear my hair and my maintenance routine. This is the first time I felt guided and had kind, professional advice.

The cut was done a few weeks before the colour! Shimona bleached my hair and used Joico products for the colour. She finished it off with some product and cute hair straightener curls!

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Need a new do? Get in touch with them!

They are located at 2482 East Hastings in Vancouver BC.

Open 10 am – 8 pm  and the phone number is 604.637.1122

Their email is evpreception@gmail.com

Website: http://www.eastvanityparlour.com

-Margaux

Pictures of me were taken by my Boyfriend, Justin Kawin!

New Podcast, New Review & A New Look!

Today I recorded a brand new episode of my podcast covering my sensory differences and perception (or misconceptions) towards my Autism.

I also posted a new review for Purelygreat deodorant:

My hair was coloured by the amazing Shimona Henry at East Vanity Parlour (post coming soon!)

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I decided to get my nose re-pierced and saw Captain Matt at Rebellion Tattoo in Langley BC!

-Margaux

I am Colour.

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Yes, I will admit it: I am Weird.

I believe I have embraced this as my identity in a very subconscious way. I have no fear when it comes to expressing myself and I don’t think I ever did.

Anxiety is also a big part of who I am. It sometimes forces me to freeze and feel very weak-minded. It takes over me. I sweat profusely, I get heart palpitations, I just want to run and cower. It even can prompt me to sleep a whole lot.

Art is something that can help calm me right down, it is my soul doing the talking. It is an everlasting moment of freedom. I can look at my Art and think “I made that?”. It can be incredibly hard to believe.

I have hopes and dreams with it. Literal “close-my-eyes-and-fall-asleep” dreams. I see myself in the heart of a big city with my art in a gallery. I know it can be considered low brow and heck, I know there’s people who don’t like it and who could truly care less about me. I still have this dream.

“It’s too small. It should be bigger!”

“I can’t be your friend because I can’t stand your Art.”

“Your art is ugly.”

Tell me this. Tell me this over and over and over and over again. Please.

Why? Get your negative thoughts out, it’s good for you.

But for me?

I’ll keep creating.

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Love,

Margaux

Lipstick Queen Dating Game

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Top to Bottom: Bad Boy, Good Catch, Mr. Right Now and Mr. Right

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I love these colours, they are so perfect for a date or everyday wear. They show up more shiny and are incredibly comfortable. Watch the video above for some great information!

Lipstick Queen Dating Game Collection in Bad Boy, Mr. Right, Mr. Right Now, and Good Catch, $32 each

Available in-store at Murale and on beautyBOUTIQUE.ca February 2018

You can also check out Lipstick Queen’s full collection here!

These lipsticks were provided to me in exchange for my honest review and my opinions stated are mine alone.

New Reviews: Carina Organics & PureBites

I’ve posted a couple new youtube videos this last week, check them out!


Furless Cosmetics

Plenty of wonderful THANK YOU’s to send to Furless Cosmetics for sending me some fab products.

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I am so impressed with the quality, the pigmentation and the softness of the bristles. I also LOVE the name because going FURLESS is SO incredibly important to me. I’ve even gotten “in to it” with some fur wearing fashion bloggers. Yikes.

They have an incredible range of products and it’s all top notch.

Check out my video to see how I use the brushes and eyeshadow pigments!

 

 

Missamé Brushes & Au Naturale Cosmetics

 

I would like to thank both Missamé and Au Naturale Cosmetics for sending me some fab products. They are both being used in my video above.

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They make an INCREDIBLE Synthetic Makeup Brush Set which they were kind enough to send me. The bristles are so silky smooth and the coverage is flawless. I am so impressed, this is my first real set of brushes and I could not be happier. They come in a roll up case too.  They can be purchased here!

 

Au Naturale Cosmetics

I love the fact ALL their products are natural. They were kind enough to send me a couple of samples and 3 full size su/Stain Lip Stains in On Pointe, Hero and Terra Cotta. I was apprehensive at first, thinking there was NO WAY I could pull off each colour but I was very surprised. They are ultra pigmented and taste like berries. You definitely have to carry it with you and make sure you reapply but the colour pay off is so worth it. I got tons of compliments and it’s ultra moisturizing. Check out their extensive line of products here!

 

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L’Oreal needs to be inclusive

If you are a fully abled individual without any sensory or mobility issues, you may not notice what’s wrong with this picture.

For months and months now i’ve been waiting for a response to what prompted this entire thing in the first place which i’ve described in the video above.

Here’s the entire story.

Summer, 2017. I had just attended my very first Autism meet up and was feeling like I finally fit in with people. I felt good about myself. I was happy. I also had time to kill and thought it was a great opportunity to visit Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby BC, it was on my way home and I thought I could get a few things done.

I noticed an Urban Decay store and they were celebrating their birthday in the mall. How exciting, I thought to myself. I love their products, the pigmentation and thought that this was just super cool and I wanted to get in on the action.

My heart sank and the mood quickly changed.

Why?

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This is why. Yes, it may look like your very ordinary wind booth where you have various pieces of paper flying around but only ONE will win you a coveted full size product.

I couldn’t figure out what someone who had sensory issues or mobility issues was to do since they were not presented with that opportunity.

I was sweaty, anxious, visibly upset and mustered up all the courage I had inside of me to march in to the store and ask for a manager and said I wanted to speak to the marketing department, that I was an autistic individual and didn’t think it was inclusive at all. I met this lady, Tania Garrigo-Meza and she did not tell me she wasn’t the manager, she’s actually the “Retail Biz Dev and Education Executive for Urban Decay Cosmetics”. Her response to me was the most disingenuous “oh, i’m sorry, our marketing team just left!”. Ugh. I asked for a pen and paper and she reluctantly gave me it. I wrote down my information, expecting a prompt response.

Did I get one? NOPE.

I then found her on Instagram. I found her with pictures of the staff and yes, I commented in regards to this situation. The assistant manager contacted me. She knew nothing of what happened. I wrote to every single channel I could possibly think of. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and LinkedIn.

Want to see the response I got from Line Miserere who’s position is “Information Management at L’oreal Canada”:

September 13th:

Thank you for sending all the communications. In terms of future contests/promotions, nothing has been determined yet but we have certainly learned a great deal from your experience. It would be my pleasure to send you the full-size product at home, unless you prefer something else. Please let me know.   

A course of action? Policy change? Nope. Just excuses, excuses, excuses.

I decided to write the mall too – because I believe there should be strict standards when promotions are run in the walkways of the mall. Their response:

Hi Margaux Thank you for reaching out to us. We are sorry to hear about this unfortunate experience that occurred with one of our tenants events. Please also allow us to apologize for copying you on our initial response. We review customer concerns received on our social media platforms internally, and that first message was meant for our internal group. In regards to this event, It is something that is put on with the Tenant, Urban Decay. They were responsible for all items. Accordingly, please do follow up with them directly in regards to your concerns. Regards, Metropolis at Metrotown

There isn’t a single person who wants to take responsibility for this and wants to come up with a policy for inclusivity moving forward.

Just take a look at the stocks:

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Falling. Sure, it’s climbing back up there–but maybe they’d learn a thing or two, if, OH, I DON’T KNOW- they LISTENED to their (former) customer base?

I just want a policy where they have criteria that ANY promotion has to meet to include EVERYONE from ALL walks of life and ALL abilities.

L’Oreal owns ALL THESE BRANDS and until I get a response or a resolution, i’m not supporting them and i’m not wearing them.

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You know what else is complete irony? They are working with AUTISM SPEAKS which is all kinds of HORRIBLE! MMMM EUGENICS.

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