Vegan Products

Vegan Products


Posted May 14th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Vegan Products

I’m not Vegan, what does it matter if my products are?

Some of us might not think much of it, especially if we are not vegan or vegetarian ourselves. But here is why Vegan products are so important to keep in mind the next time your reach out for that cream/soap/product at your local store.

We are all familiar with our colorful recycling bins, the blue and the green…but how many of us are familiar with the red recycling bins? not as many as should be. Here is what you need to know:

“The majority of tissue processed comes from slaughterhouses, but also includes restaurant grease and butcher shop trimmings, expired meat from grocery stores, the carcasses of euthanized and dead animals from animal shelters, zoos and veterinarians. This material can include the fatty tissue, bones, and offal, as well as entire carcasses of animals condemned at slaughterhouses, and those that have died on farms, in transit, etc. The most common animal sources are beef, pork, sheep, and poultry. 

Rendering is a process that converts waste animal tissue into stable, value-added materials. Rendering can refer to any processing of animal products into more useful materials, or more narrowly to the rendering of whole animal fatty tissue into purified fats like lard or tallow. Rendering can be carried out on an industrial, farm, or kitchen scale.” 

Source: Wikipedia 

What does Animal Rendering have to do with your daily consumables? Because the Red Bin content is then boiled until a white foam forms, that foam is collected and sold off to Cosmetic companies in an attempt to reduce recycling costs. So to put it simply – When we apply our creams/ soaps/ cosmetics on, what we are also applying is recycled rendered animals directly on our skin, on a daily basis without being aware of the consequences.

As I mentioned in my last post, one significant phrase that I feel so important to share is: “What you put on your skin, goes into your body, through every major organ, ten times more than anything you put in your mouth”. So we just got to ask one thing: If something is too dangerous for me to eat….how can it be sold back to me for use on my skin?

This is where the importance of Vegan products comes into the picture. When buying products, it is so important to learn about the ingredients on the back and understand what has been put in and what we will be putting on. It goes without saying to also look for the “Animal Cruelty Free” / “Not Tested on Animals” symbol.

For more Health & Wellness info & tips, stay tuned for my next blog entry: What Mineral Oil is really all about and just how common it is in North America.
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“What’s In It For Me?”


Posted May 9th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on “What’s In It For Me?”

Getting under the surface of your daily products


What do we really put on when using every day consumables such as face wash, toner, moisturizer, shampoo, soap ect.? Do you know the answers? if you’re not sure, remember this and stay tuned to this blog section:


What we put on our skin, absorbs through every major organ in our body ten times more than what we put in our stomach.”

Working as an international Makeup Artist for the past six years, my clients always ask me;  “Which product would you suggest for my skin?”  “Which product is good?”  and the answers, of course, vary as the people who ask. But- a few basics remain the same- we all deserve product safety and benefits without harmful consequences.


After attending some very inspiration expert lectures, I’ve decided to dedicated a blog section specifically for the subject of skin care and consumable product knowledge. I’ll also be regularly hosting FREE get-togethers for those who are interested to know more (including cosmetics) and also explore amazing work opportunities in my Health & Wellness business.

** For a list of group session dates and/or to book your FREE one on one consultation with me, contact at SPACES AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT MAY, please RSVP**







Custom Mixx Makeup


Posted January 17th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Custom Mixx Makeup

So here it is- the exciting news I’ve been waiting to share with everyone. I always make it a point to recommend products that I have a great experience working with, and after having worked with this new line of products, I’m very excited to Introduce Mixx Pro Cosmetics, a new Makeup line by Makeup Artists for Makeup artists.


Here’s the scoop:

Mixx Pro Makeup products are sold in Pro Kits which are available for certified Makeup Artists and working professional Makeup Artists. There are two Pro Kits, a Mixx Pro Foundation kit and a Mixx Pro Lip Gloss kit. Altogether, the Pro kits provide foundations, transformers, pigments, frosts and toners to create endless possibilities of foundation shades, bronzer intensities, concealer shades in various consistencies and lip glosses from long wear to sheer consistencies.With new products and pigments releasing on a monthly basis.


Why is this so awesome?

If the idea of mixing your own endless variety of shades and custom products isn’t exciting enough, just think how far you can run with this concept.

Makeup Artists that purchase these kits will be able to custom blend any variety of products to sell to their clients during shoots, demos, bridal bookings and/or kitty parties. Not only making 300% profit in retail sales but also build their own following of clients who will be able to get their exact favorite product every time they order back. This is an invaluable tool for freelance Makeup artists in many ways.


My review of the products:

With the foundation, a little product goes a long way and feels like air on your skin. It’s light, sheers and has excellent coverage. Most importantly it’s oil free, talc free, fragrance free and non-comedogenic which means your skin can breathe! Making it an especially good product for sensitive skin. The foundations also contains an SPF 8 and are 11% pigmented, compared to the average store bough foundations that are only 6-7% pigmented!

The pigment toners are also talc free and do not turn your foundation into a chalky dull shade. The illuminizer creates beautiful silky finish when added to a foundation, whether for a pearl-like effect or for creating your own custom blend bronzers. The lip glosses are very moisturizing and nursing and last up to 8 hours, which makes them a great choice for long-wear occasions.


What do you get in a pro kit?

The Pro Lip Gloss Kit includes:

Ten Lip gloss bases, seven shades of pigments and five shades of dye-free frosts.

Lips bases include three types: Long Wear Base, Gloss Base and High Shine Sheer Base. The Long Wear Base is made of a rich blend of nut oils (Caranuba & Candellia) as well as Shea butter and Aloe extract. The Gloss Base is made with a rich blend of nut oils (Macadamia) with a sheer “Patent leather” high shine finish. And the High Shine Sheer Base is made with a smooth blend of Jojoba seed oil, vitamin E and pear extract.


The Pro Foundation Kit includes:

Six foundation shades, one transformer toner, one pigment toner and one Illuminizer pigment toner.

There are many more additives and modifiers and extra shades available to keep expending your basic kit with, allowing you to mix a huge variety of foundation shades, concealers, pearlized foundations and amazing liquid bronzers! You can also purchase a unique thickener fluid that transforms your foundation mix into a concealer.


*All kits come with mixing tools and storage containers such as lip gloss wand tubes for the lip kit and foundation / bronzer bottles and concealer jars for the foundation kit. Both kits come with client cards and labels.


Some Extras!:

These products are currently not available in India but will be available exclusively through me in India during the months of January to April 2012 and then April onwards across Canada.

If you are interested in a makeup lesson (professional or personal Makeup), a trial or a booking during these months and for more information including a list of available products and pricing (Pro Kit or retail), contact me at





“Labour of Love” Creative Make-Up


Posted September 8th, 2011 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on “Labour of Love” Creative Make-Up

These past few weeks have been full of creative variety; From doing Bridal bookings to Photoshoots, an Illustration Project, some Body Art and to wrap it up- a Funky Make-Up booking over the weekend for “The Labour of Love” 2-day event at The Guvernment Night Club in Toronto.

The first day of the event had a Red, White & Silver “Star” theme. A large star design on one side with a Glittering frame and contrasting eye shadows.

The second day had a Bright Green “Amazon Cat” theme. One side of the face was turned into a Leopard design with a touch of UV Glowing Make-Up for the Leopard Prints.


Check out the full album on my Facebook Fan Page at: 

A Glam Bollywood Makeover


Posted September 6th, 2011 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on A Glam Bollywood Makeover

Breathe Dream Go

Writer Mariellen Ward has been running a wonderful Blog called “Breathe Dream Go”, writing about Spirituality, Yoga, Culture and Travel across India.

To mark the very special two year anniversary of her Blog project, we recently did a “Glam Bollywood Makeover” Photoshoot with Photographer Andrew Adams (Katha Images).

Make sure to check out her Blog and recent entry about the Photoshoot experience.


“I wanted to find out what I would have to go through, and how I would look, after a “Bollywood” transformation. It all started…..” (read more)






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