Ral Onyes aka Makeup By Loveglam

I am totally and completely fan-girling hard with this Inemesit Chats post y'all! Ral aka Makeup by Loveglam is an MUA that creates some seriously Insta-worthy looks. I met Ral during my undergrad at McMaster University and I was always so stunned by her unreal fashion sense as well as the amazing makeup looks she put together for various events around Hamilton. I was so hype to find out that she had started her own Youtube channel so that I could tap into her goddess-like glow! It is so refreshing to see a makeup vlogger with the same skin tone as myself creating affordable and re-creatable looks to help all of us tap into our inner makeup maven. I am so excited to see Ral grow Makeup by Loveglam and I'm so glad she joined me in Inemesit Chats!

1. How long have you been a makeup artist? How did you get started in the industry?

I’ve been a professional makeup artist for a little over 4+ years now but I got into makeup/ started doing makeup for different shows at my university (Sync Afrique + Style and Profile Fashion Show) to get a hang of the craft itself about 5years ago.

As for getting started in the industry, I got started by doing a few makeup jobs that offered me a platform for exposure as well as an opportunity to practice my craft and from there, when I deemed it appropriate to venture into working for makeup brands, I applied to my first one; MAC Cosmetics, and the rest was history.

2. When did you know a career in beauty was for you?

I’d say after my very first full face client at MAC Cosmetics tipped me for a job well done, applauded my skills and warmth. That gave me chills and so much satisfaction to see her walk away THAT HAPPY. That truly reaffirmed it for me…that this was something I was meant to be doing.

3. What do you love most about makeup? 

Honestly…you’d think I’d say the application, the endless varieties to choose from and all that right? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE all those but for what I love most about makeup, it has to be the confidence boost it gives you once you’re done. Everyone is beautiful with or without makeup but you know that moment you finish SLAYING your face to your satisfaction and you look at yourself in the mirror like…”YOU DAMN RIGHT I’M READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD TODAY…LET’S GET IT !”…yeah that feeling has to be what I love most about makeup.

4. Who in the make-up industry do you currently look up to? Where do you draw your inspiration from? 

I have a few that I sought for inspiration and guidance here and there but my two faves at the moment are MALI MAGIC (@kingmalimagic on IG) AND NICKY POSLEY (@nickyposley on IG). Their work combined is the epitome of what I want my brand to exude…their style, execution and creative window are to die for! I actually asked Nicky a question a few weeks ago on how he would describe his brand and he said.. “TIMELESS BEAUTY”…I instantly melted because that IS my ultimate goal. As for my inspiration, I draw from every and anywhere; my idol OG MUAs, Instagram explore pages,; MUAs, Fashion bloggers etc., Youtube, Movies, Magazines …down to outfits in my closet lol.

5. What are your 5 “can’t live without” beauty products? 

This is a tough question because I feel like my answer is expected to gear towards makeup products right away but I don’t actually have attachments to my makeup products, sometimes I go a full week without wearing anything. But skincare is life ! I take it very seriously and I am a strong advocate for “what’s underneath matters”. So top 5 skincare products would have to be:

My Ole Henrikson Serum

Ole Henrikson moisturizer

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydragel eye patches

And of course any type of lip moisturizer…current fave is the YSL Tint Lip Oil

6. Your first ever "Loveglam Hands On Makeup Seminar" was an amazing event! Where else do you see Makeup by Loveglam going in the near future?

Aww thank you so much…it really was an amazing event! I was very proud of myself to say the least. As for where the Makeup by Loveglam Brand will be going in the near future … I have a few plans for sure, one of them being to make the “Loveglam Hands On Makeup Seminar” an annual thing. I want to do more photoshoot makeup, television and film as well because I’d love to be a well rounded artist in the “Beauty Makeup” realm. Also make more youtube videos and continue to build my brand via in-person and social media! 

7. How would you define your own personal, signature makeup look? 

My personal signature makeup look is on the very simple fresh face/ soft glam side of the spectrum; skin is very glowy, very luminous but yet natural. Subtle Highlighting and Contouring of course because that’s very vital no matter what, light powder contour (I use bronzers because they’re a lot warmer for a beautiful fresh face flush) and a concealer .5 shade lighter than me for a quick lift, neutral blush, 1-2 coats of mascara, natural brows and a dark brown lipliner topped with some gold toned lipgloss.

8. What are your favourite fall/winter beauty trends? What beauty trends do you see coming up in 2017?

Fave fall/winter beauty trend hands down has to be the VAMPY LIPS!…the burgundies, smoked purples, deep reds, oxbloods etc. This trend will never die…it’s a timeless trend. Even as I’m answering this, I just had a quick rush of excitement flow through me, that’s how much I love the Vampy Lips trend for the colder seasons. As for the beauty trends I see coming up in 2017, definitely the “Fresh Face No Makeup Look” where your face just illuminates light for that effortless glow. Also glossy lids…yes glossy lids! I’ve been drooling over this trend because I want to hop on the band wagon so badly but I know I can’t pull it off personally so I’m just dying to recreate it on another person…which leads us back to when I said I wanted to do more photoshoot makeup this year because that gives a maximum creative window for things like glossy lids!

9. What is the one piece of beauty advice that you think every woman should know? 

Take care of your skin first ladies before you put on makeup, don't use makeup as a coverup to bad skin because….if your skin looks great, your makeup falls better.

10. What are your tips for an everyday, quick and easy make-up look?

Know what works best for you, which features you’d like to accentuate before leaving the house no matter how much of a rush you’re in. Once you’ve pinpointed those, bring out the makeup products needed to achieve the look, lay them out in a tray including your brushes. In the morning, the tray makes it super easy to find products….all that is left is to practice doing all you want to do in 10mins or less. Believe it or not, the reason why your everyday, quick and easy makeup doesn't work out and ends up taking much longer is because you spend half of the 10mins looking for your concealer or eyebrow pencil ! I have a 10min face video on my youtube channel actually, check it out for more tips and tricks.

11. Where can beauty fanatics go to find out more about you?

Haha I totally gave it away in the question above but that’s fine! You can definitely find me on the following social media platforms:

Instagram: @Makeupbyloveglam

Youtube: Loveglam

Twitter: Loveglambition

Facebook: Loveglambition

Don’t forget to click the Follow button, Subscribe to my channel and Like my page! Message me so we can chat some more because as you can probably tell, I can talk about Makeup unending !

Also I am a freelance artist so feel free to book me for any upcoming events you might have; loveglambition@gmail.com

Missanova

All images by me! had fun getting behind the camera for a change!

I am beyond excited to share this amazing woman with you on Inemesit Chats. To many, she is known as Missanova, bad ass female DJ that is revolutionizing the industry, but to me, she is Taya, one of my dearest friends. Taya and I have known each other for what feels like forever and it has been my absolute pleasure to see her talent blossom and grow. Her passion for music and unrelenting drive to bring diversity to a male-heavy industry is nothing short of inspiring. In just a few short years, Taya has made waves in the DJing community in Hamilton, Ontario and she has no plans of stopping anytime soon. I had the pleasure of getting behind the camera for a change in order to capture this strong spirit in her signature blue lips. Read below to get an insight into her journey so far as well as find ways to support her music movement!

1. When and why did you start DJing? Who were your first teachers/early mentors?

I started playing around with music at a really young age, around 13 I would say. Music has always been my escape when I was growing up. You know, moving around different countries, I couldn’t get a firm rooting anywhere I went because I expected that we would end up moving somewhere else in a few years anyway and I would have to start from scratch again. I was severely bullied throughout my elementary and beginning high school years, and without really realizing it, I had turned to music as my means of coping. I used to imagine myself DJing in front of a crowd of people while I was dropping tunes on Windows Movie Maker on my computer at 15. It was one of those things that I had full control over, and it gave me a sense of peace and self-fulfillment. 

After I had decided that I wanted to pursue a DJing career on the side and had taught myself how to use software mixing programs, I turned to my cousin who has been DJing for years, and she taught me how to switch from a computer program to a physical mixer in front of me. Whenever I would visit her, we would dedicate a day where I would practice on her equipment and she would give me little tips here and there based on her own expertise and experience. I have to say I’m quite lucky to have her as a role model. 

2. How much has the scene changed since you started DJing?

I’m relatively new into the techno scene, and it took me a while to find my niche. I experimented with Top 40, hip-hop, big room anthems, trap music, etc., at night clubs. Although in those settings, it meant I had to play certain songs and genres to appease everybody, like taking song requests, and it got boring very quickly. So slowly, my personal scene had changed as I became exposed and delved into the underworld of techno, tech house, and deep house. It was during my gigs at those shows that I had found my alter ego and thrived over being able to control the crowd exactly the way I wanted to, and played my own music. Both scenes are very different in terms of atmosphere, people, and mentality, and I found that this one worked best with my personality and tastes.

3. In your opinion, what does it take to be a good DJ?

Every DJ is different, with their own style of mixing, producing, and partying, but I believe there are certain criteria that need to be met in order to classify as a good DJ. Other than having the skill to beat match and overlap tracks together with minimal train-wrecking and obvious mistakes, there are certain ethical considerations necessary, in my opinion. So typically in a night you have an opener, a headliner, and a closer. It is the opener and closer’s jobs to cater to the headliner’s sound, since event attendees are going there for the headliner. An opener should be able to create an atmosphere that prepares the crowd for the headliner, so that means not playing a heavier set than them. It becomes a selfish act, when the lineup should be a team effort to support each other. It amps up the vibe too much, which makes the headliner’s job very difficult in maintaining that, and puts a lot of pressure on the closer to continue afterwards. There should be an almost natural progression throughout the whole night, because it’s like a domino effect. The opener could have a killer set with great effects and smooth-as-butter transitions, but if they aren’t working to create an overall vibe of the night, then to me that just means they’re there for themselves and the night wouldn’t be as enjoyable as it can be. They should also be personable, open, and social. Yes, you’re there to do a job, but this job is supposed to be a fun time for everyone. The DJ shouldn’t be uptight; they should acknowledge the crowd, vibe out, and socialize. After all, they’re there for the crowd first and foremost.  

4. How do you juggle your professional career with your DJ career?

Honestly it fits in almost like a puzzle piece. The 9 to 5, Monday to Friday working hours leaves evenings to shop for music and past-time mixing, and weekends for gigs. I do enjoy having both careers separate from each other, so the time slots really help with that.

5. Have you found being a female DJ has influenced your DJing career path? If so, how?

It definitely influenced it, sometimes negatively, and sometimes positively. As a female, there is harsher criticism. So if I make a mistake, more people will likely comment about it or be turned off by my ability than if a male makes a mistake, because there are much fewer females in the industry. I’ve been met with blatant disrespect of my abilities, whether it’s an automatic assumption from the get-go that I will suck, or hearing commentaries during my actual sets from others who “want to help” and they start playing around with knobs assuming that I would be okay with it. Some event planners wouldn’t even respond and give me a chance, and some said they would “try to get me in”, with a catch, which tend to be sexual in nature. It’s been a bumpy ride to say the least, trying to ensure that I am taken seriously and judged only based on my performing ability, and not anything else. It’s constant networking with as many people as possible to show them that I am more than just what they see, and that given the chance, I can set a place on fire. I’m a hard worker and it’s demeaning and invalidating when I’m judged because I have one set of genitalia versus another, you know?

But there are many positives! Some event planners love the fact that I’m a female; it adds certain appeal since it’s not common. I got signed up as one of the residents at Hamilton’s O Ultra Lounge after being a part of Hamilton’s first all-female lineup. I’ve also had phenomenal gigs at Club 77 in Hamilton as well. So although there are some negatives, the positives are definitely a large factor and it’s those moments where I can shine and show others that I am capable of creating a sick party. 

6. How did you come up with the Missanova persona? Has the branding around this persona been welcomed by your audiences?  

I actually came up with Missanova during my university career. It was one of those all-nighters before an exam. A few friends and I had reserved a study room on campus and it was 3am when I decided I wanted to pick a name. Some ridiculous names were suggested, like BASS DROP KILLA, or DJ EXPLOSION, which did not appeal to me. I was studying for statistics, specifically ANOVA, and I remember looking at the name and thinking how I could incorporate it and create a new name. I’m sure if you remember, Inemesit, you were there with me and you were the one who suggested I put the MISS in front of it to add a more feminine touch. And so, my alter-ego Missanova was born! It was also there that I pegged what I didn’t realize would become an amazing branding tactic, and it was the blue lipstick. The blue lipstick and dark clothing became my signature Missanova look, and its uniqueness stuck with everyone who saw me perform. Missanova only came out when the blue lips were on, so it adds a nice and unique barrier between both personas. Some people make some sexual jokes involving smurfs, but I generally receive positive and happy comments from viewers.

7. What has been your favourite show to DJ at so far and why?

This one is hard to answer, because every single one of my shows has been fun and amazing in its own way, but I will tell you 3 of my favorite ones. New Year’s Eve, I won a DJ Invitational hosted by Toronto Rave Community where I had the honor and pleasure of opening up for some of Toronto’s amazing techno talent in a warehouse. That definitely jump started my career this year and it is an unforgettable experience. I had another one where I was part of a full female Hamilton lineup at O Ultra Lounge, where the second opener was ill and unable to come in, and I ended up playing a 3 hour opening set. It was at that point that I proved to myself that I was able to improvise and continue the vibe without prepping, which gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities. The third was GLO at Club 77; the vibe was unreal, there were tons of people there to party and I just had so much fun behind the decks.  Every gig I have is unique, from the track selection down to the crowd and experience, and I learn something new every single time. 

8. What is your routine when creating a new set? What “rules” do you follow from set to set?

Before, I used to pre-prep a set to ensure I didn’t make any mistakes and that I knew each track that came on intimately. But now that I am much more comfortable in my ability, I don’t usually prepare a set in terms of having all my tracks listed in order. My routine consists of searching for new tracks about a week before, throwing them into a folder so I know they’re new, and then practicing on my mixer at home. It’s hard to remember names and sounds from the get-go, so it’s convenient that I can listen to the track before bringing it in and remembering how it sounds and builds. I’m not big on constant effects and warping because I find that overdoing them tends to interrupt the smooth flow of sound, which can become overbearing. I prefer working on extending the transition so that it builds almost effortlessly, bringing in different components of each track to create a unique sounding bridge between both. Most importantly though, it’s important that I have fun. At the end of the day, I have a job to do and I will concentrate and try to perform to the best of my ability, but having an uptight DJ takes away from the performance. I like to dance around, clap my hands, and really be involved in the crowd. If they’re having fun, then I’m having fun. 

9. Where do you see Missanova in 1 year? 3 years?

I can see Missanova making it big in the next few years. It’s hard to make a concrete plan on progressing, but I’m hoping to release my first original track soon to get my name out in the international sphere by signing up with a record label. I have been in talks with many event planners around the GTA, so it’s all really about networking. My goal within the next 3 years would be to headline my own show, where people would be coming out specifically to hear me and my music. The day that happens will be the day that I can officially say Missanova made it in the Toronto techno industry. Cross your fingers! 

10. Where can people find you, follow you online and keep up with your new music?

I’m pretty active on social media. My sets can be found on my SoundCloud page (https://soundcloud.com/missanova); If you like what you hear, please give my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/missanovasounds) a quick like as well so you can keep up to date on my upcoming shows in the Hamilton/Toronto area! I try and respond to inquiries as soon as I can, so don’t hesitate to send me a message! 

Good Genes

The level of creativity and talent that I am surrounded with never ceases to amaze me. I am constantly in awe of the personal drive and dedication that my friends and loved ones show when it comes to bringing a piece of their creative artistry to light - and Stefanie completely embodies this fact. I have known Stefanie for more than five years now and I can attest to her level of drive and creativity. I was so inspired by her new venture, Good Genes, that I had to not only invite her into Inemesit Chats, but also had to snag my very own Good Genes creation. Here's more about Stefanie's inspiring journey and details about where to grab your very own Good Genes creation!

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Hi friends! My name is Stefanie and I’m young professional born and raised in the city of Toronto. I’m a commerce graduate with a passion for all things business, fashion and marketing related. I have a shoe collection that is taking over my room and friend group that is slightly obsessed with one another. My goals in life are to live healthy, give back, and be on time for things every once in awhile.

2. What made you decide to start Good Genes?

Good Genes is a result of a lazy Sunday and a random burst of creativity. I was at home one day and all of sudden got an urge to paint something on my jean jacket (I’m not kidding). I couldn’t find my old jacket anywhere, but I was so determined to paint something that I decided to use my new one that I loved. I was nervous as I looked down at the yellow blob I just ruined my jacket with, but in the end all my friends ended up loving what I did. This turned into a request for another one and I realized there was a demand for painted denim jackets - I was looking for a creative outlet and finally found one!  

3. What is your favourite fall trend this season?

My favourite trend this season is the slip dress. I’m a sucker for dresses and I love that you can pair the slip dress with something casual like a jean jacket (hehe) for the day, and switch it to thigh high boots and a leather jacket for the evening. Its sexy, yet classy and is a look that everyone should try!

4. What is the one piece of clothing in your closet that you can't live without?

Without a doubt, the one piece of clothing I can’t live without would be my vintage pair of denim jeans that were passed down to me from my mom. I wear them all year round, with simple white tees and aviators in the summer, and over sized turtlenecks in the winter. I wear them out at night, but also pair them with runners during the day when I’m running errands. You wouldn’t think they’d be as comfortable as they are, but after all the wear and tear they truly fit like a glove. Unfortunately, each time I wear them the hole slightly larger and I dread the day they are too ripped to wear in public!

5. As an entrepreneur, what advice would you give to anyone looking to start a business?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Seriously! When I first started painted jackets, it took me forever to finally a) post one on my own instagram and b) start a new account for Good Genes. Once I went for it, I realized all my friends and family supported me 100% instead of being critical like I was so worried about. I was nervous that the jackets weren’t nice enough to feature, but if you want your idea to actually go anywhere you have to put yourself out there and show everyone your passion.  Anyone who can see that will be supportive!

6. If you were to design your own personal Good Genes denim jacket with no monetary restrictions, what would it look like?

My own personal jacket would involve a mix of intense studs and spikes yet be covered with a glitter and flowers all at the same time. I love pairing two contrasting looks with each other, for  example, lace and leather or floral dresses and chunky boots and this is how I would style the jacket if I had the chance!  I would distress the entire jacket, add studs and spikes to the collar and shoulders, and paint “Wild hearts don’t break” in huge letters on the back.  I would then brush silver glitter over the whole thing, and add rhinestones and fake flowers to anywhere they will fit.   

7. Where do you hope to see Good Genes in a year? 3 years?

My goal when I first started this company was to not only sell custom jackets, but also use a piece of the revenue to help a local charity. In the next year, I hope to gain a solid following on my Etsy page and Instagram, so I can hopefully *fingers crossed* reach 100 jackets sold with a portion going towards a cause. Over the past few months, I’ve really been focusing on getting the company started and creating enough inventory to open an online shop. Now that I feel comfortable, the next phase will be to start reaching out to local charities. In the next three years, I would love to have a strong relationship with a charity I feel passionate about and work together to host clothing drives and inspire my followers to give back. One of my favourite quotes is “Think Global, Shop Local” and this is the mantra I want my company to embody.

8. How can interested buyers purchase their own custom Good Genes?

I’m proud to say I finally started an etsy page! Find me at “GoodgenesTO” and feel free to scope out all of my custom designs.  If you can’t decide on anything, or the style you want it sold old, shoot me a message on instagram @goodgenesto or an email at goodgenes@gmail.com and we can work together to create your own PERSONAL one of a kind jacket!! Can you tell I’m excited to hear from all of you??  

The Giving Bowl

Inemesit Chats is a new part of the blog through which I will showcase the amazing and innovative endeavours carried out by those who I am lucky enough to cross paths with. It is a way to create exposure and cross dialogue between the variety of passions that we all share. I believe wholeheartedly in supporting one another and empowering ourselves to follow our passions. This mini chat series will be a theme carried through out the blog moving forward and I cannot wait to share all your unique and inspiring projects! If you want to be a part of this series and are looking for a platform to share your passion and interests, feel free to drop me a line at inemesitetokudo@gmail.com!

The first person to step into Inemesit Chats is Nikki from The Giving Bowl. I've known Nikki for more than 4 years now and I am so happy to see her passion for sharing her plant-based recipes flourish. Through thegivingbowl.ca, Nikki is providing delicious recipes from her kitchen to ours while speaking to the importance of including nutritious, healthy choices in our daily diets. Here is a little bit more about Nikki and her phenomenal new blog as well as a yummy recipe you can try yourselves!

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

My name is Nikki, I'm 22 years old and I live in Milton, Ontario. I love all things Disney, all things food and I have a pretty rad crystal collection that I started back when I was in grade 2. I speak four languages, I still don't have my license, and I've been told I remind people of Phoebe from Friends.

2. Why did you start the blog?

Growing up, food was always a huge part of my life, mostly because of my Spanish, Italian and Peruvian background. Food has always been at the centre of everything for us. As a kid, I would spend hours in the kitchen with my grandma and my mom making all kinds of food. My fondest memories were made in the kitchen. When I started my plant-based diet, I didn't want to lose sight of where I came from. My inspiration was the same, but my purpose was different. As an animal lover, I cut out animal protein while staying true to the flavours and aromas of my childhood, without jeopardizing flavour.

3. What is your favourite ingredient to cook with?

This is a tough question. I think I'd have to say mushrooms. They're very versatile and have been a great animal protein replacement in a lot of my favourite recipes. I've even used mushrooms to replace fish in ceviche, the possibilities are endless. Their earthy flavour adds a little something extra to my recipes, which I just can't get enough of.

4. Who are your chef inspirations?

I grew up watching Jamie Oliver on TV, I'm a big fan of his. These days, I love watching The Pioneer Woman and Rachel Ray. Even though they don't cook vegan meals, I love watching their shows because I get inspired and enjoy vegan-izing their recipes. Cooking is a creative process, and I love being able to put things together and experiment with food because most of the time, the end result is delicious.

5. How would you describe your blogging style?

I like to keep it simple and straight to the point. I usually like to add a little blurb about what inspired me, or the story behind my recipes, but it all comes down to the food. Simple ingredients and easy preparations to get everyone feeling confident in the kitchen. You don't have to be a chef. All you need is simple ingredients and the right tools, and you're set!

6. Who are your ideal readers?

Anyone who likes good and simple food. I'm hoping that my recipes are able to inspire my readers. I think some people find vegan recipes intimating because they require ingredients that we don't usually have kicking around in our pantry. I'm not asking anyone to soak cashews overnight, or learn how to make their own cheese. This is real food, made simple. I'd also like to encourage my followers to remember that food can be just as tasty and satisfying without having to take the life of an animal. That's the idea behind the giving bowl - to give without taking.

7. What are three blogs you visit almost daily?

Jamie Oliver, The Pioneer Woman and Oh She Glows, of course! All great and passionate cooks who are inspiring the world.

Lemon-Tahini Quinoa with a Tomato, Cucumber and Mint Salad

What you will need: 

-1 cup of cooked quinoa

-1/4 of a white onion, diced

-a handful of chopped parsley

-1 lemon

-1 cucumber

-2 tomatoes

-a handful of pickled turnips (or pickles)

-a handful of fresh mint

-romaine lettuce (optional)

-2 tablespoons of tahini (sesame paste)

-salt

-pepper

-olive oil

Preparation:

-In a large bowl, add the diced onion, chopped parsley, the juice of 1/2 of a lemon, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of tahini.

-Give it a good mix and let it sit for 5 minutes.

-Add the cooked quinoa, and season to taste (salt, pepper, more lemon if desired)

-In a separate bowl, dice the tomatoes, cucumbers and turnips (or pickles).

-Add some chopped mint, the other half of your lemon and 4 table spoons of olive oil.

-Season to taste (salt, pepper, more lemon if desired)

Serving:

-In a big bowl, add some chopped lettuce to cover the bottom of the bowl.

-Top it all off with some of your salad and your quinoa mixture.

-Enjoy!