Friday Feature: Just Add Makeup Studio

Hey Loves!

Today I want to feature a lovely lady whom I adore and who’s been there for me the last two years supporting me during every leg of me climbing through the beauty industry. I’m still climbing (and she’s a big part of my making it anywhere in the makeup world) and I hope to share every success with her. I call her my makeup mamma.

Deb Letch Just Add Makeup Studio

Her name is Deb, and she is the owner/operator of Just Add Makeup Studio. A chic on-location makeup service in the Ottawa and surrounding areas that specializes in making beauty shine. We use techniques that blend makeup perfectly and achieve a crisp, clean look with your own special twist – if you want a smoky eye, a pop of colour or light pastels, we’ll make it happen all while keeping your look you.
That’s what I love about Deb – her and I are on the same page. Two peas in a pod, we are. We have the same goal when we’re putting makeup on a face – how can I enhance what she’s already got?

Deb’s main area of focus is bridal makeup (though she does a little of everything on top of freelancing for Clinique) and she’s built herself quite the rapport amongst Ottawa area brides and for good reason – in my opinion she’s the absolute best at making the whole wedding makeup process smooth sailing. She should, she’s been doing it for several years.

Here’s some words from her clients:

“I’d just like to thank you for being both professional as well as very down to earth and personable. JAM has helped make our special day even more special and I would most definitely refer you to any bride that comes my way. Thank you!”

“I recently had the pleasure of having Deborah and her team provide makeup services for my 2014 October wedding. Deb was professional and helpful throughout the whole process – from initial contact, to trial and finally, on the day of my wedding. All of my girls, including the mothers, looked absolutely fabulous the day of and many compliments were given. Being a woman who doesn’t wear much make up, I was incredibly happy with the final outcome of Deb’s work and thought it looked flawless. At the reception, I danced the night away and by the end, my makeup still looked flawless. I would highly recommend J.A.M Studio to anyone looking for friendly and professional makeup services.”


wedding photography makeup

I haven’t attended a bridal session with Deb where she didn’t make the bride not only look but feel gorgeous; and we’ve always left to smiling faces that radiate. Deb starts every session the same way, no matter who’s in her chair – with a compliment; not just any compliment, a sincere compliment. It’s something that’s unique to her and it gives the entire session a little extra.

I consider Deb my mentor, she’s constantly teaching me new things about being a makeup artist, and about growing my business and never tries to keep me down. This amazing woman consistently builds me up, encourages me to reach higher and is genuinely proud of me when I accomplish a new milestone. I an honoured to work for someone who has so much love, kindness and passion to share with her freelancers.

Thank you for being there during my makeup journey Deb! <3 Share JAM with your friends ya’ll – perhaps your getting married in the Ottawa area and you’re in need of a makeup artist?

My Wedding Day: The Reception

Loves, there is little I like more than a good party with good music and food; and since we were in full control of all party elements the day of our wedding, we had an absolute blast.

Our reception had approximately 200 people at it. A pretty large reception, and we held about half of those for dinner. We knew that we wanted one thing for our reception and that was to make sure everyone had tons of fun. I think we did a rather great job of delivering on that.

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My Wedding Day: Getting Ready and The Ceremony

Hey Lovelies!

This is part two of my wedding series. With photos and details out the wazoo of mine and James’ big day! We’re moving on to the day of the wedding now, getting ready and the ceremony.

getting readyI did my own makeup, along with my mom’s and my bridal party. It was a risky decision but I knew how I wanted to look, and I knew how I wanted them to look and I’ll go ahead and say it: we all looked beautiful. Especially my momma! Continue reading →

My Wedding Day Part 1: The Rehearsal

Hey Lovelies!

As some of you may know I got married last summer, in August to be exact. I’ve been waiting for my photos and I got them back about a month ago and I am beyond delighted to share with you some photos and details from our big day.

I started my pinterest board for our wedding pretty much as soon as James showed any interest in getting married. In a way you could say I almost had two proposals. There was my real proposal, with him on one knee, in front of his entire basic training graduating class and their families and there was the day he told me he wanted to marry me.
Up until he left for the military he didn’t want to get married – ever. He had no interest in starting a family.
A couple weeks after leaving he called me, feeling torn, lonely and broken. I don’t remember exactly how the conversation went but he told me he missed me and that he wanted to marry me.

That was when I started my pinterest board. We didn’t live together for almost a year after that. He travelled home to see me on weekends once he was posted and we started the process of getting a home together where he was but when he came home we would occasionally talk about when we wanted to get married and what we wanted it to be like.

I have a large family so I knew a large wedding was going to happen. Once you invite this person that person also has to be invited and so on and so forth.

I immediately knew who I wanted in my wedding party and James’ side was also a given. Which was great because we were leaving town and what couldn’t be planned from afar would have to wait until just three months before the wedding. While we were away I made phone calls home to book the venues and discuss other plans. Continue reading →

Face of the Day & Review

Hello loves!

I’m loving to mix things up right now with glittery lids, smoky eyes and simple lips. There’s just something about somewhat effortless makeup that makes my heart smile.

FOTD Face of the Day Smoky Eye Hard Candy Palette

I purchased this new Hard Candy Top Ten Trendsetters glitter eye shadow palette in Guilty Pleasures at Walmart a couple weeks ago and I have been loving it! It’s hard for me to find glitter eyeshadows around here and I’ve been wanting a little something more than what I have in my stash. Are we not trilled that more drugstore brands are coming out will full palettes now instead of small quads and singles?

Hard Candy Palette: Top Tend Trendsetters Guilty Pleasure

Face of the Day Smoky Eye

I used the chocolate brown shade from the Hard Candy palette along with a black eyeshadow on the outer corner and the crease. I added black eyeshadow to the lower lash line and then I lined all the way around my eyes.

I then filled in my brows using the Stila Waterproof Brow Colour and applied Julep’s Go Big mascara.

I finished up with my Lancome Teint Miracle foundation and a cream blush and Mary Kay’s True Dimensions lipstick.

What’s your favourite drugstore eyeshadow palette?