Shellac Polish on my Toes and Why it was the Worst Idea Ever…

I’m a sucker for sales and probably every marketers dream they say!

I went in for just a basic manicure and pedicure ($45) but ended up walking out with a $75 bill which included $30’s worth of up-selling lol *fail*

But my feet did look and feel great so that makes it O.K right? 🙂

So here I am today, sitting on my kitchen floor, with foil paper over my toes, in the spare 30mins I had before my gym class….


Why, you may ask? It’s been a bit over three weeks and my toe nails have really started to grow out to the point they bother me when I’m wearing my runners. My schedule hasn’t allowed me to get out for another pedicure and the shellac is to thick to get a smooth cut through with a basic nail cutter 🙁

To top it off, can you see what’s wrong in the image below?


Let me show you…


Yup, the acetone decided it wanted to have a hidden leak today and corroded the paint in our BRAND NEW DINING TABLE… Anyone know how to hide it before my husband figures out what happened? LOL 🙁


Your hands endure your day-to-day activities…. getting washed 10x a day, opening cans, picking your teeth (whatever it may be). But your toes? Your toes just roam around comfortably in your socks, sandals, slippers (talk about living the good life). Nail polish on your toes always lasts longer than on your hands! *captain obvious here*

If you’re anything like me, worried about it wearing off because you’ll end up living with that chipped polish for more than a week or you cant sit still waiting for your nails to dry for more than 10mins (only to later find that something dug into a not completely dry part!) Seche vite makes the most amazing topcoat you’ll ever try!


It dries your polish to-the-touch in just 2mins and creates a beautifully thick super high-gloss finish on your nails. I always pick mine up at Sally’s Beauty Supply for like $7 bucks and it lasts me a year because I rarely have the patience to do my nails at home!

xox Neelu


One Product I Won’t be Wasting my Money on and Why you Shouldn’t Either…


Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic Lip-Perfecting System Website Description:

“Super-charge your lipcare routine with our breakthrough fabulips ‘pout’-o-matic, the must-have beauty tool for women who must have beautiful lips. This pro-powered lip-perfecting device uses gentle rotation and a custom-designed head with massaging nubs to softly yet effectively stimulate and exfoliate your pair, buffing away flakiness and dryness. Used with our nourishing fabulips sugar lip scrub, ‘pout’-o-matic will instantly revitalize, rejuvenate and smooth. The result: soft, healthy, beautiful lips that will look even more amazing with your favorite lip color.”

The Kit comes with the pout-o-matic device, Fabulips sugar lip scrub and batteries included and sells for $69.00. Replacement heads need to later be purchased.

Are you kidding me? I feel sorry for the poor saps out there that actually go out and by this new “device” :/

How can you get a flake-free kissable pout at a fraction of a cost?


Step One: Before bed, slather on a good amount of your favourite chapstick/lip treatment: I love Fresh Lip Treatment. It’s a bit thick but it really hydrates and leaves my lips so soft in the morning.

Step Two: When you’re brushing your teeth, lightly brush over your lips with your toothbrush! All the flaky bits will come off and the ones that wont, will come off when you do it again tomorrow. If you find that the toothbrush method is too harsh for your skin, you can also use a wash cloth to gently rub off dead skin from your lips.

Not only does this exfoliate your lips, it also increases blood circulation making your lips more plump naturally.

Step Three: Throw on some more chapstick/lip treatment until you’re ready to put on your lipstick. Heck, you might as well throw on a lip plumper if you’d like even fuller lips or make your own with cinnamon/cloves/cayenne pepper mixed with burts bees lip balm (let me know if you’d like a quick tutorial) When you’re lips are freshly exfoliated, it’ll soak in a lot better giving you more than your normal results!

There you go! Now go find something awesome to spend that $69.00 you just saved on and leave me some love below 😛 <3

pro discounts

Do you qualify? Pro Makeup Artist Discounts you’ve got to Apply for! Valid In CANADA!

As requested, I’ve put together a list for my aspiring artists of companies that offer professional makeup artist discounts! 😀 The biggest headache I found when I was applying had to be going through all the work only to receive an email back saying the program was only available in the U.S arghhhh… so this post is especially for you my fellow Canadians <3 xox pretty awesome, eh 😉

 And if you found it useful, please share and comment! If you let me know it’s been useful to you all or not, I’ll continue to update it and put a *** in front of the new ones added to the list each time <3


My personal favourite – Most of my supplies come from here!  Mary is amazing and the shipping is always speedy <3

Discount: 20% off, many exclusive products… they also have a 5% discount for aspiring artist (see page for further details)

Pick just ONE of the following to send us. Send to

  • A call sheet dated within the last 12 months. (A call sheet for a paid job, not a test job) and a copy of your driver’s license
  • A union ID and a copy of your driver’s license
  • A current Cosmetology license and a copy of your driver’s license
  • A link to an IMBD page with your name as makeup artist or assistant and a copy of your driver’s license
  • Website portfolio with published print ads or published editorials. Please send a link to your website portfolio. Social Media sites are not accepted.
  • Scan of an editorial in a magazine with your name as Makeup and/or Hair (ezines/internet magazines will not be accepted) this must be a magazine in print and available on newsstands, your name must be readable with a copy of your driver’s license.

Cost: None



Discount:  up to 30% off nearly all makeup, kits (up to 3 kits a year), and accessories

Photo identification and two pieces of professional criteria must be emailed, mailed or faxed after the application is submitted. Examples of professional identification include: Business Card with name and specific profession, editorial page with name credit, union card, head shot & resume, professional license, diploma/certificate, composite card, publication masthead, program/press materials with name, contract on production company letterhead, crew/call list on production company letterhead, professional letter of reference of employment. The required identification must be current, indicate your name and specific profession.

Cost: $35.00


Discount: 40%

One of the following: website, IMDb listing; letter of employment on letterhead, agency composite card, union card or makeup artist diploma from recognized school.

Cost: None



Discount: 40% for artists / 30% for Students, Aesthetician, Cosmetologist, Performers/On-Air Talent, Fashion Stylist/Costume Designer, Photographer, Model, Hairstylist, and Nail Technician.

provide two current pieces from the following that indicate your selected category/profession:
Composite Card, Business Card with name and specific profession, Editorial Page with name credit, Union Card, Professional License, Diploma/Certificate, Publication Masthead, Program/press Materials with name, Contract on Production Company Letterhead, Crew/Call List on Prod. Co. Letterhead, Professional Letter of Reference of Employment.

A Head Shot & Resume can only be used by Model or Performer/On-Air-Talent applicants. We do not accept business licenses, websites, pay stubs or tax forms as Professional Criteria.

Cost:  $45.00 annual        (Renewal $85.00)



Discount: 15% off subscription, 10% off IMATS tickets with exclusive PRO-ONLY times and expedited entry during normal show hours, other benefits

Government-issued photo ID, résumé, three items from the following list: editorial page with name credit, diploma or certificate from recognized make-up academy, program / press materials listing your name, recent contract on production company letterhead, recent paystub from a production company, recent crew / call list on production company letterhead, IMDB listing, current dedicated website showcasing work

Cost: None



Discount: 20-40%

a copy of your picture ID AND at least two of the following: business card, tear sheet or editorial page with name credit, agency information, call sheet with your name listed as the hairstylist or makeup artist, a working link to a website that promotes your work, state license, and portfolio.

Cost: None



Discount: 40% VIP, 30% Freelance, 20% Student


Smashbox PRO Artist – VIP (40% discount)
We require 2 of the following, plus a COPY OF PHOTO ID:
o Valid union card
o Copy of a current agency ZED card OR comp card
o Copy of your business card
o 2 professional tear sheets that include your name

Smashbox PRO Artist – FREELANCER (30% discount)
We require 2 of the following, plus a COPY OF PHOTO ID:
o Valid cosmetology OR esthetician license
o Professional letter of reference
o Copy of your business card
o Crew call list
o Valid makeup artistry certificate within the last 5 years

Smashbox PRO Artist – STUDENT (20% discount)*
*only valid while enrolled in school
We require BOTH of the following:
• Proof of current enrollment
• Valid ID

Cost: None



Discount: 30% off all TEMPTU items excluding TEMPTU kits and non-TEMPTU products, 10% of TEMPTU PRO kits PLUS free shipping on orders over $100

Must provide 2 of the following:

  • Tear sheet w/ name credit
  • Valid Union Card
  • Agency Comp Card
  • Crew/Call Sheet w/ name credit
  • Letter of Employment
  • Valid Cosmetology or Aesthetician license

Cost: $30.00 Annual Fee Redeemable in product during your first 30 days of membership.



Spotlight: Raadiyah Marries Agha

We had the honour of getting to know Raadiyah and her family all throughout the year 2013 <3 After her bridal trial, she had us booked for each of her prewedding events along with the wedding and the DMG team had a ton of fun coming up with her looks. We wanted looks that would have her looking completely different at each event but we wanted to make sure that Raadiyah still looked and felt like herself <3

Captured by Hina Zainab Photography, below are a few shots from each of her wedding functions…

][ Engagement Photoshoot ][

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][ Mendhi Ceremony ][

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][ Wedding Ceremony ][

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][ The Reception ][

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DMG Designz: More than Just Another Hair & Makeup Service

DMG Designz is a mobile in-home service that was created to make our clientele look and feel like celebrities. Our motto, “Are you DMG approved?” is what defines us from other aesthetic companies, as we firmly believe that to look & feel great you need the “DMG stamp of approval.”

Mission Statement

We are determined to provide our clients with the best service possible. No event or party is too big or small for the DMG Designz team, we can handle it all with our staff of four Makeup artist and four Hair stylist. We can transform your place into a salon for a couple of hours, and then back into your home when we are done. We travel to you on your special to save you time and money; our prices are lower than the salons and the quality that is incomparable. Our passion will surprise you, as we love waiting till the end when our clients are in their dress, just to see how amazing you look. All our approved girls have never been late for their event, we always make sure we arrive on time and leave more than enough time for your dressing. Every girl is a celebrity it’s just a matter of having it brought out and that’s exactly what our service does!!

 We treat each client specially and appreciate their unique physical attributes. We work with your face shape, clothing, jewellery and shoes to create an overall look that is unique to you. We will have you looking like you just walked off a runway in Paris, or straight off the scene of a magazine shoot. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are flexible with our schedules AND we accommodate you to the fullest. We will come to you and get you ready in the comfort of your own home, using only the best quality products the industry can possibly offer.

DMG will create a look that is long lasting and will undoubtedly capture your fabulous look in all of your pictures to ensure that your memories last forever and will always be captivating. We have significant experience with the industry as we have affiliated ourselves with clothing designers, Magazines, Beauty competitions and Fashion shows so we are always on top of our game.

How are we different & how do we set ourselves apart from others?

–          We enjoy what we do, and have successfully participated in many events free of charge so that people can witness our talent first hand.

–          We work with what you have to make you magazine ready, helping you choose the proper jewellery to wear and which shoes look best.

–          We work with your vision and make sure you are completely thrilled with the final outcome.

–          We follow you to the washroom or mirror to witness your face when you see what we have done

–          We do not overbook; we have a record of always being 15 min early for all of our appointments.

–          We create a mini pre party while we get you ready, talking, gossiping in order to get you “pumped” for your special day

–          We work as your personal therapist, trainer, motivational speaker as we have witnessed first-hand that events can be stressful and it’s so refreshing to have a shoulder to lean on.

 Why I choose to be a part of DMG Designz: In this competitive industry I’m blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside my best friends of, wow time flies to fast to say how many years now, Darick G as well as Damara Oliveira and be a part of a team that has as much genuine passion for what they do as I have. It’s not about just doing a “gig” or making money, for us it’s about leaving a mark, creating a memory and providing our clients with the utmost respect and highest level of service – we are, after all, hired to work for you. DMG Designz has become a family, always striving for better


A Message to my Beautiful Brides-to-be

So you’re engaged! Congratulations! <3  Now what? 

Between invitations, décor details, disagreements with family, and all that running around and planning you have leading up the big event, make your final moment’s stress free and be at ease with the DMG Designz team.

Many brides contemplate doing their own makeup, having their friend/relative do it, or having it done professionally. A makeup artist understands elements of video/photographic makeup and how it will be affected by camera/film/lighting. As a professional makeup artist, I work with you prior to your wedding day, taking notes and I help you complete the look and vision you’ve been dreaming up for years. Working with colours that compliment your complexion – not just what the latest trend is – weather it is soft and natural, summer bronzed with shimmer, bombshell kitten, Bollywood goddess, traditional or anything in-between or beyond, always focusing on enhancing your features. Your personality and style plays a very large role in your overall look, which is why I always recommend a trial prior to the wedding date. This not only gives us the chance to try ideas, but also the opportunity to get to know one another before the wedding day to put you further at ease. Allow us to wrap your entire wedding party in pure romance and luxury with makeup that lasts through the tears, dancing, kisses and running around <3

Lots of Love,

Neelam K saini

IFFA Brampton

Spotlight: Mr DMG Himself!

IFFA Brampton

Darick Gangaram
Lead Stylist
President of DMG Designz

DMG Designz was created and founded by Darick Mohammad Ghannie-Gangaram (or Darick Gangaram). At the early age of 12 he discovered he had a talent, to create things by just looking at a picture. He learned how to transform a person, with hair and make-up and give them confidence everyone should have. Getting his mother ready for any event become a hobby for Darick, His mother is his Queen and he loved making her feel like one. But he never expected people to notice her hair and makeup, but they did. That is where the questions started “Who got you ready, you curls are still in and you look fabulous.” His mother told them that her son did, and everyone was shocking wondering how a 12 year old can do this with no training.

Darick also known as DMG has an eye for things, he would look at a person and know how to make them look like a star. Then the word got around and now 8 years later DMG was created. DMG entered the industry working for another established make-up artist, but she tried stealing his technique and belittled him. That’s when he created DMG Designz with his friend Neelam Saini in 2008, and it has bloomed to where it is today. Struggling to show people his talent, he kept networking and people kept talking about him. He did multiple events for free or without pay just to show people what he’s got. DMG is believer of the saying “Just get your foot through the door.” Now his work is being featured in magazines and in multiple fashion shows around the GTA and Montreal.

People started noticing DMG is not only hair and make-up but also a trained choreographer.  Darick and Neelam both have a solid dance background, they used these skills to create different looks at photo shoots and be able to take an average girl and make her into a model. DMG was a teacher at Lets Dance Studio Mississauga and for many events in the GTA, being the choreographer for Miss Kohinoor International, Miss Pakistan World, Candles of Hope, St. Augustine’s Fashion show and many others. Darick created the term “are you DMG approved!” to show pride in everything he does, he will tell you when something does not look right, and he lives for the compliments of his clients after their event. Teaching you your best angles and different poses for the camera is something DMG does for all of his clients, already included in their service 🙂

“Everyone can be a model, its just a matter of the right make up the right hair and the right angle”
– Darick M G

“Take life as it is, Live everyday like its your last, But still plan for Tomorrow, Because it may still come, Dream, Accomplish and Never give up!”
– Darick M G

“Live, Learn, and represent what you believe in… Dont affiliate your name or companies name with people you feel are not worthy”
– Darick M G

“Having PRIDE in what you do is what we stand for, We enjoy give our clients make overs, and we enjoy working with others in our Industry!”
– Darick MG