Maple Holistics- Vitamin C Facial Serum

Trying new skincare products is always a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand, it is exciting to try the latest in skincare technology or the newest product. On the other hand if you are someone like me with a large amount of allergies and sensitivities, it can be nerve-racking to risk a reaction on your face.

I always recommend a patch test when trying a new product before you apply all over your face or skin. If no reaction is visible, then slowly add more. Recently, I tried the Vitamin C Serum from Maple Holistics.  An organic company that I reviewed a couple years ago and loved. The products are packed with natural and healthy ingredients that you can feel safe using on your skin.

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Serum

It has been roughly two months of using the serum. I always apply a few drops to my palms and pat into my damp, clean face. I make sure that my face has some moisture to avoid any unnecessary pulling on my skin, which can create wrinkles over time. Immediately, the serum dries and leaves my skin feeling a bit tight, almost as if I can instantly feel my skin smoothing. I have also noticed a complete brightening of my skin tone, which would be perfect for those with uneven skin or sun/age spots. It is important to add your favorite moisturizer on top of the serum to hydrate skin. Here are some storing tips for your beauty products, which will increase the length of effectiveness.

Keep in mind that Vitamin C should be clear and any yellowing or brown change in color reflects oxidization, rendering the Vitamin C ineffective.  

Cool Winter Fashion

The color palette of my accessories in this shoot are not typical in my wardrobe. However, I was interested in incorporating a couple of Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2016 colors. As accents to my simple all black look, I paired cool tones including Airy Blue and Sharkskin. Some of the shades this season are on the vibrant side, but adding them sparsely with a neutral outfit is the perfect way to experiment with these bold shades.

The focal point of my look is the faux leather pencil skirt from Karen Millen. This skirt is incredibly versatile as you could wear out with heels and a fancy top or as I have more casually. My black sheer top may look simple, but the cuffs have a little detail. They are cut in a “v” shape around the wrists. Sparkly tights are not just for when you are five years old- or maybe I was feeling nostalgic. The silver thread in the tights worked well with the silver coiled bracelet from Charming Charlie. The weather was brisk, but sunny. I wore a reversible black and Sharkskin shawl. My flats with a silver zipper in faux patent leather, which are comfortable and chic. The entire look was completed with a satchel bag with silver lock in Airy Blue.

My makeup needed to also incorporate the cool tones of my look. I applied the silver and light cream eyeshadow over my entire lid and crease from the Haute Right Now palette by Laini Cosmetics. To my cheeks, I added the pink blush to my cheeks and the Sophia Loren lipstick in gorgeous pink nude from Dolce & Gabbana. My nail polish is called Charmer- a silvery blue from the organic brand, Scotch Naturals.

Zara flats





Wendy Buiter- How-to Create the perfect Spring Beauty Look

As you have seen on previous articles, Wendy Buiter is an extraordinary artist, a talented International Illustrator who has created several custom pieces specifically for Sugarpeel. Wendy is also a Makeup Artist and today she shows us how-to create a beautiful Spring makeup look using Laini Cosmetics!
For this Spring Make-up Look I used Laini Cosmetics Camera Ready primer followed by the Like Magic corrector quad foundation primer under my eyes and covering the darks around my nose. Then I used the BB Cream in light, which has a really nice texture. It feels so soft and spreads out very evenly.
I shaped my face with the Cream Contour Palette using the lightest (first from the left from the upper row) on my forehead and chin and the lightest-dark (first from the left lower row) right under my cheekbones.
The second color from the left from the upper row for my eyelid and the third from the left, middle row I made the crease shade using the Nude Ambition palette.
I curled my lashes. I believe this is an absolute must before applying mascara! *For an evening look I recommend using Laini Cosmetics false lashes, which are just perfect. They look natural, but also make the eyes pop. Followed by the Inkjet Eyeliner pen.
Wendy Buiter

I used the Black Intense Lash Mascara. It has a very small brush so I could easily reach all lashes. I applied the ballerina pink color from the Bronzer Duet for blushing my cheeks. I applied the lipliner Cherish from the Classic Lip Collection (coming soon) to totally color in my lips, not just the lines, but the complete lips. This makes the color very long lasting. On top of that I used the Hot Lips (coming soon) lipgloss.

I loved all of my Laini Cosmetics make-up! It stayed perfectly during the whole day AND evening. My favorite product is the eyeshadow I used on my eyelids, it has a beautiful shimmer. The BBCream is just perfect as well!

Wendy Buiter

Wendy Buiter

Wendy Buiter


Today, I have the great pleasure of introducing an incredibly talented Illustrator, Wendy Buiter. Wendy’s career is remarkable and an inspiration to all women. I had the opportunity to speak with Wendy and learn about her story and professional journey. Please take a minute a read her interview below.

Please tell Sugarpeel readers how you began your career in fine art.

My career literally took off as a flight attendant where I balanced international flight schedules with long periods of leisure. I was inspired to do creative things in my leisure time, and always envisioned myself doing so professionally. One of my early passions was to make faces beautiful and people happy. This led to my decision to shift from being a flight attendant to becoming a make-up artist. I’m glad I did! I won several prizes including Cosmopolitan best make-up artist of the year.

Wanting to further professionalize my creative ‘make up’ skills, I started a company specialized in staffing cosmetics sales personnel to cosmetics shops and brands such as L’Oréal, CHANEL, LVMH, Yves Saint Laurent, MAC etc.. I also wanted to share my knowledge and inspire a new generation of make-up artists, which is why I founded a make-up and cosmetics academy as well. The company and academy rapidly grew in size, which was phenomenal, but it also implied that I became more involved with the business, losing touch with the creative aspect that initiated all this. In 2014 I made a difficult decision to sell my company after 10 years, and pursue my long desired career as a creative artist.

Tell us about your passion for and background in beauty and fashion.

I always made drawings from an early age, and when I was 12 I wanted to be a fashion designer. I also had lots of creative hobbies! I have always been involved in fashion, make up and trends. As a teenager, when school was out, you could find me at the cosmetics departments gazing at all the beautiful make-up displays.

What medium do you enjoy using when creating illustrations?

I like to mix and match various mediums and materials – I use pencil, pen, crayons, acrylics, watercolor paint and I’m really fond of Tombow markers!

As an accomplished make-up artist, how does that affect the way you create an illustration?

I always look at facial symmetry and try to emphasize symmetry in the eyes and eyebrows. Because I’ve seen so many faces in my previous career I realize that asymmetry can also look appealing. When I make an illustration I try to find the right balance between a beautifully symmetric face and unique asymmetric features. This creates a realistic face which, in my eyes, makes it more interesting to look at.

Your work tends to exaggerate the eyes and the lips. As an artist are those the most expressive features that you want to capture?

Well it really just happens! The eyes are the soul of the artwork as it is in a human face so that’s where I want to draw the attention to. And everybody knows; luscious lips are always appealing and complement the face. I want ‘my girls’ to be beautiful, but definitely not ordinary 😉

Does a particular beauty or fashion trend draw you to a project?

I’m scouring the internet (and Instagram) looking for new creations from fashion designers that are very appealing or distinguishable. Several fashion designers/brands such as Giambattista Valli, Prada, Chanel or Oscar de la Renta highlight unique features that I can incorporate in my art. I’m always looking forward to the upcoming runway shows and create an artwork that stands out. I like it when their fashion is exaggerated, it’s so much fun to make my own interpretation of bold dresses and lots of embellished items like the SS2016 show from Dolce and Gabbana!

Where would you like to see your illustrations being viewed and utilized? 

Oee, I can name a few! But my goal is really to create beautiful things that puts a smile on other people’s faces. How can we put a limit to that ambition!? I´d like to reach as many people as possible with my art!

I would like to believe that my art is universally applicable in various campaigns (as visuals for beauty/fashion companies and their products, in shops, product packaging etc.) and as editorial art in fashion magazines.

It’s really an honor to create art that people like to collect and display in their homes or offices. But ultimately ´my girls´ on the cover of Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar would be a dream come true, that would be sooooo amazing!


Wendy was kind enough to create original fashion illustrations for Sugarpeel with me as the inspiration! This is only the beginning as she will continue to collaborate with Sugarpeel and is available to commission original artworks. I am absolutely amazed by her beautiful creations and am so grateful to Wendy. Make sure to visit her website where her originals and prints are available for purchase. Please contact Wendy for more information [email protected]



Spring Clarins collection

This past weekend I attended the annual Philadelphia Flower Show (my coverage will be live tomorrow) and what better place to wear spring makeup? Surrounded by all the gorgeous flowers and plants I decided to try the new Garden Escape palette by Clarins. This six eyeshadow palette contains colors ranging from rose to olive green. The shadows can be worn as is or can be combined with a little water to create a deeper shade for an eyeliner effect. On my cheeks I wore Blush Prodige #8 Sweet Rose– light pink. The new Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Raspberry is a fabulous product, both hydrating and the perfect lip gloss for spring. It offers just the right amount of shine while the jojoba oil richly soaks into the lips. Immediately, after applying the oil, lips appear fuller from the hazelnut oil ingredient. These quintessential spring colors are the perfect way to kick off the new season.

Garden Escape


For a delicate spring look, I applied the lightest pink shade on my lids and layered the darker, Rose shade in my socket and layered with M.A.C. eyeshadow in Embrace Me for a darker color.


Lady Gaga- The Sound of Music

Did you watch Lady Gaga last night at the 87th Oscars???? If you did not, she walked the red carpet wearing a custom Azzedine Alaia gown, which took a grand total of 1600 hours of embroidery and 25 people! This was the first time a dress by the legendary designer was worn at the Oscars and what a showstopper. Gaga took the stage, looking like the epitome of elegance, with a Sound of Music medley that brought the audience to their feet and Julie Andrews to the stage. What a marvelous performance! Watch here.



As for her makeup for the red carpet. It was created by NARS makeup artist, Sarah Tanno. Here are the products that Sarah used for Gaga’s striking look.


All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

Jungle Red Lip Liner Pencil

Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Here is her look during her performance.




All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Anita Audacious Lipstick

And Finally, her look for the Vanity Fair Oscars Party




Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

Bette Audacious Lipstick



Lady Gaga at The Grammy’s 2015

Last May, a good friend took me and my sister to see Lady Gaga in concert for the first time in Philadelphia. It was awesome! The concert was fun and energetic. The fans were sweet and lively. The majority of them dressed in elaborate costumes. Her vocals were incredible and she sang all of her hits from her previous albums. At the risk of embarrassing my younger, much cooler sister, I could not resist dancing a bit at my seat.

Did you see Gaga last night at the Grammy’s? She walked arm in arm with the legendary Tony Bennett, a man I had the privilege of meeting when I was in high school. He looked dapper as usual, but Gaga really did shine wearing a Brandon Maxwell silver gown. The two collaborated on an album called Cheek to Cheek and won the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocals.


Now for her makeup. Her gorgeous beauty look was created by celebrity makeup artist, Sarah Tanno.  Here’s how to achieve this look!


Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Tin (SV810) was applied all over her eyelids.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Mist (WT901) was added just to the inner corners of her eyes.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar (BK912) was applied to the outer corners using a smudge technique and also onto the lash line.

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Lido (GR412) the above products are cream eyeshadow so they were set with the satin color.

Shiseido Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil in Black (BK901) was applied to both the top and bottom lashes.

Shiseido Perfect Mascara Defining Volume in Black (BK901) finished her eyes with two coats.


Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask applied to her face, followed by NEW Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum and then applied Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 17 was applied to the center of Gaga’s face and then blended outward.

Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector in Natural (103) applied under her eyes only.

Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder set the entire face makeup.

Using the Shiseido MAQuillAGE Dramatic Mood Veil Blush in RD100, Shiseido Bronzer in Medium (2) was applied to her cheeks to create a contoured look then Sarah used MAQuillAGE Dramatic Mood Veil Blush in RD100 to blend, which is unavailable. Instead try using Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Starfish (OR308) and Petal (RD103)


Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil in Hazel (BE701) first outlined her lips.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Carnelian (RD309) completed the look.



Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

I first smelled Wood Sage & Sea Salt from Jo Malone when it was advertised in Vogue. I usually resist pulling back the seal, but was intrigued by the combination. The herbaceous notes of sage mingled with the fresh and light citrus fragrance is invigorating. Jo Malone describes this scent as reminiscent of the salt spray from breaking waves, the epitome of walking along the beach, breathing in the sand, dunes, and sea. The best adjective I can find is intoxicating. One spritz is not enough, it is addicting. You will want to make sure the fragrance lingers all day on your clothes too.

Jo Malone attends to every detail in the purchasing of your cologne process. I chose to order my bottle directly from the website. The shipping and gift wrapping is complimentary and you receive two samples of your choice. I picked Peony and Blush Suede and Orange Blossom from the floral category. My delivery was wrapped beautifully in their signature black and cream tissue paper. If the woodsy category is typically not the type of perfume you enjoy, I suggest sampling Wood Sage & Sea Salt. It will surprise you at how delicate and refreshing it smells, perfect for layering with citrus lotions like grapefruit from C.O. Bigelow.






Annual Friends and Family Sale starting today on beauty favorites including Laura Mercier and RéVive!

Now through Friday receive 20% off purchases and free standard shipping if you spend $75 or more on Laura Mercier website. 

RéVive sale offers $50 off a $250 purchase with FREE shipping. Also receive 2 deluxe samples!

This amazing sale ends on June 27th- Friday so make sure to check out both sites soon! It’s the perfect time to try a bold gel lip color at Laura Mercier or a hydrating creme moisturizer with SPF protection at RéVive. 

New Spring Collection NARS

NARS Cosmetics is releasing a stunning and vibrant new collection for Spring! Mark your calendars because January 15th this collection will be available in NARS boutiques and This complete collection includes everything from nail polish to lip gloss.  I am especially excited to try the turquoise shimmer eyeshadow!

NARS Spring 2014 Color Collection