My Alopecia Story

Sunday, March 26, 2017 0 0

My alopecia story

 

Ok so this post has been a long time coming. You might’ve noticed I’ve been a bit MIA from the blog. This is due to various reasons, as I previously mentioned I’ve been working with a mentor, Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential (eek!). We decided I needed to take some time to focus more on my Youtube & Instagram for a bit.

 

The other reason, well if you haven’t been following me on social media, is because back in August I got hit with Alopecia. Alopecia Areata is a condition in which you lose your hair. Over the months of August to January my hair was falling out. Non-stop. Every single day. Some days would be less, some days would be more and a few days I had clumps falling out. Seriously one day it was as much as a baseball. I’d guesstimate I lost about 70% of my hair.

 

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Needless to say it was an extremely stressful time. One of the many causes of Alopecia Areata is believed to be stress, so I decided to take any extra things off my constantly overloaded plate and go back to the basics. Hence cutting back on blogging.

 

I decided to open up about my struggles with Alopecia in hopes that it would help any of you out there that are going through the same thing. After all, the Deep Beauty message is all about helping each other out. I am going to post a lot more about my journey with Alopecia, what I’ve been doing to regrow my hair (yes it stopped falling out and is growing back in!) and all about my transition into healthy eating (still transitioning- it’s a bit of a process haha!).

 

Anyways if you haven’t seen the video, here it is:

 

 

My Birthday Vlog: Adventures in Niagara!

Friday, August 5, 2016 0 0

Deepa Berar Birthday vlog

 

In case you missed my big secret video, I talk all about my thoughts on turning the big 4-0. Yup, you read it right. Before you get all “woahhh 40??”, let me just say I couldn’t be more excited. Aging is a privilege denied to many as the saying goes and it’s the way I choose to approach each birthday.

 

birthday cake

 

Anyways, the girls and I all headed down to Niagara for the weekend. It’s less than an hour away from where I live in Burlington, and I absolutely love going down there. It feels like you went away even though you’re basically in your own backyard.

 

We started off the festivities checking into a hotel across the street from the Fallsview casino which is super close to the actual falls. We then headed out on a wine tour of a few vineyards in Niagara on the Lake which is like the cutest little community ever. I mean the walking street is always bombarded with tourists from all over the world. It’s def a place to visit if you guys ever get the chance.

 

niagara wine tour

 

We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up and then off to dinner- Mexican of course! So yummy :)

 

birthday dinner

 

After that was the Casino for some drinks and people watching. There was a cute little dance floor and they had a cover band doing all sorts of really fun songs that everyone knows. I had a blast.

 

The next morning we went to my fav diner- Famous Cafe. I had a breakfast burrito of course. Then off to see the Falls, because no Niagara trip is complete without a glimpse.

 

That’s it! Here’s the vlog for you all to watch:

 

 

What’s your fav bday destination?

My Big Secret..Shhh!

Friday, July 1, 2016 0 1

Deepa Berar secret

 

Ahh I’m so back logged on blog posts it’s crazy! Life has been crazy lately period. Been working A LOT and with it being summer in Canada, well you know what that means..barbecues, family visits from out of town and endless weekend parties. Trust me I am not complaining :)

 

Also, I’ve decided to bump my youtubing up a notch so that’s been taking up a lot of time. Anyways, enough with the excuses, I have my latest video for you! This one is in honour of a recent milestone I hit.

 

 

How have you guys been btw? Any special weekend plans?

My day at GenBeauty Toronto!

Thursday, June 2, 2016 2 3

Genbeauty Toronto 2016

 

A couple of weeks ago IPSY, the beauty company founded by the biggest beauty Youtuber ever, Michelle Phan, had their makeup show GenBeauty in Toronto and I was fortunate enough to attend! As I’ve told you guys before, I’m a member of IPSYOS which is IPSY’s organization for beauty gurus. They have their studios in Santa Monica which I shot a few of my videos at. Anyways I was so excited that they were coming to Toronto as it was their first show in Canada!

 

Genbeauty Toronto Ipsy Stylists

 

Most of the IPSY Stylists were there! We got to see my favs- Desi, Chrisspy & Christen Dominique! I got to chat with Christen at the show for a bit. She really is one of the sweetest girls ever. She was telling me about her upcoming travels and how she juggles everything with being a mom. What an inspiration :)

 

Genbeauty Toronto Christen Dominique

 

I also got to chat with Michelle Phan’s right hand man, Corey Weiss. Corey is so amazing, I’ve met him before at the Santa Monica studios. He runs this giant company yet is so humble and down to earth! He was so good to me and really made sure I was well taken care of at GenBeauty. Such a great guy.

 

Genbeauty Toronto Corey Weiss

 

To say that there were tons of makeup booths is an understatement. Virtually every brand you would want to see was there! They were pretty much all doing giveaways and we got to preview a bunch of products that are about to come out. Being an IPSYOS member I got to meet and chat with a bunch of the PR reps as well. Everyone is always so lovely at these events.

 

Genbeauty Toronto makeup booths

 

I was invited to the Cocktail party IPSY was throwing after the show on Saturday. Everyone was there! Desi, Chrisspy and even Katie showed up a little later. It was held at The Fifth Social club in Toronto, which I’ve been to several times, but this was definitely my fav time there. I got to chat with Chrisspy for a bit. She is humble and so approachable. I had to compliment her on her crazy makeup skills. That girls eyeshadow is always so beautifully blended, she definitely inspires me as an artist!

 

Genbeauty Toronto Chrisspy

 

I put together a short video of the day for you guys. Remember I was telling you about that event I attended in Toronto with Inglot and DubDub? I edited this using the dubdub app on my phone and seriously, it is quickly becoming one of my fave editing apps! It’s sooo easy to use. Anyways, here’s the vid!

 

My trip to Cali

Sunday, April 24, 2016 0 1

Cali trip 2016

 

Thought I’d share some pics with you all on my latest trip to Cali! I’m still in San Diego, heading back home tomorrow. It’s always so much fun when I get to visit, I’d have to say San Diego is one of my absolute favorite places on this planet! It’s so gorgeous, the weather is perfect, there are immaculate beaches everywhere and the people are so down to earth and nice.

 

This trip was a very special trip because we were coming down to meet my brother and sister inlaw’s baby, Kai Berar. He’s sooo adorable! I can’t get enough of him!

 

Cali trip 2016 Kai guy

 

The fam and I all had a little celebration before meeting him at the local Indian restaurant. Hey what can I say, Punjabi people love to celebrate everything! Makes life a lot of fun :)

 

Cali trip 2016 celebrating

 

Kai was born at the hospital in La Jolla. You might’ve seen me mention La Jolla in the past. My brother used to live there and it’s definitely my fav neighborhood in San Diego. I mean check out the view from the hospital!

 

Cali trip 2016 La Jolla

 

We spent every day with the little guy. He’s so cute and cuddly and loves to listen to your every word. My brother calls him a sleep thief though as he won’t let them sleep lol. Hello, he’s a baby. How can anyone not fall in love with that face!

 

Cali trip 2016 Deepa Berar

 

So another totally exciting thing happened on this trip…I got to meet and interview Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential!! Her blog is my absolute all time fav and has been for a long time! I’m just in love with her branding, design and her business sense! Total inspiration and super nice girl.

 

Cali trip 2016 Deepa Berar and Lauryn Evarts

 

No trip to San Diego would be complete without a trip to the beach! My fav beach in San Diego has got to be Coronado. It’s on the Coronado island and you have to take this crazy scary bridge to get there but it’s totally worth it cause it’s so big and clean and the view is beautiful. Plus it’s next to the hotel Del which is super nice. You might recognize it as I shot my October 2015 favs video there.

 

Cali trip 2016 Coronado beach

 

I’m super sad to leave this little guy! I’ll definitely miss him. Thank god for modern technology cause I’ve already gotten my brother to agree to mandatory regular skype sessions with the little guy :)

 

Cali trip 2016 Deepa Berar and Kai

 

Until the next trip..

The next chapter..

Saturday, April 23, 2016 0 0

Deep BeautySo I’m super excited and a little nervous to be honest with you guys..I know you have all been hearing me talk about the series on Deep Beauty that I launched on the blog at the beginning of this year..well..I just launched it on the Youtube channel as well (eek!).

 

I just wanted the message to get to as many people that need it as possible and there’s no denying Youtube’s reach. So, I decided in addition to the Deep Beauty posts on here, I’m going to be posting videos as well. The topics will range from self confidence tips to empowering each other to things like the importance of gratitude.

 

If there’s anything you guys would like me to cover, please let me know in the comments! Oh and if I haven’t already said it, I absolutely love all of you. Thank you for all your support over the years. It’s because of your support that I keep at this thing. Hope you all enjoy the next chapter!

 

Want a complimentary Online Makeup Lesson with Me?

Thursday, April 21, 2016 0 0

Online Makeup lessons with Deepa Berar

 

You guys I am sooo incredibly excited because I have a big announcement to make…

I’m launching online makeup lessons!!  I have been doing in person makeup lessons for years. A while back I had the idea to broaden my reach globally and do them over skype, and voila, online makeup lessons were born! You get to work 1-on-1 with me and the entire experience is tailored to your unique needs.

 

In honour of this, I am giving away a full Personal Makeup Lesson course (valued at $275) to 1 lucky reader! Stay tuned on how to enter ;)

 

Here are the different packages I currently offer:

 

Personal online makeup lessons

 

Online Professional Makeup course

 

This last one is brand new and in response to the gazillion questions I get on starting a blog.

 

online blogging course

 

Interested in signing up for the contest?

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Each person that enters will also receive a complimentary 30 minute online makeup lesson with me!

 

I also have more information on my hire me page. Plus watch the blog as in a couple days I’ll be posting my professional makeup rates. I’ve been a freelance makeup artist for YEARS but only for select clients. Well not anymore, this chick is taking the show on the road! Watch out world ;P

 

How to Get More Views on YouTube

Friday, April 15, 2016 2 1

How to get more views on youtube

 

So you guys know how much I love featuring interviews with tons of tips and insights from some pretty inspirational people right? Well the tables were recently turned and it was my turn to be interviewed! How cool. Shon from Kairos Social reached out to me and asked me to appear on his podcast and talk tips on how to get more views on Youtube given how my channel recently hit 1,000,000 views (still can’t believe it!!).

 

I had a great time talking to Shon, he is a natural when it comes to podcasting and interviewing and he made the whole process super easy and smooth. We shared some pretty great insight so make sure you listen and please subscribe to his podcast!! He’s got some great podcasts up with tons of valuable information for those of you wanting to know more about how to master social media :)

 

Here are the links:

iTunes
Stitcher
IHeartRadio

 

A fun day at the Inglot & DubDub event!

Monday, April 11, 2016 0 0

Deepa Berar at the Inglot and DubDub event

 

Yesterday Inglot threw an amazing event at their flagship store in Toronto and a few select Canadian beauty bloggers/youtubers including myself got to attend. It was to preview their new spring collection plus this awesome new app called DubDub which allows you to record, edit and upload videos straight from your iPhone. We got to be among the first few to test out the app and honestly (and you guys know I never post anything dishonest) I am in love with this app! It’s super easy to use and very convenient.

 

If you are a youtuber you’ll get me, editing videos can be a ton of work, I don’t think a lot of people realize how much goes into it. Anyways I’d definitely encourage you guys to try it out! Now with fun pics from the event, starting off with the spring collection. Think pretty pastels :)

 

Inglot Spring collection 2016

 

The nail bar looked fantastic, it took everything out of me to not try every single color on haha. Apparently Inglot nail polish is better for your nails than most because oxygen can still travel through the polish to your nail which prevents your nails from turning yellow. Bonus.

 

Inglot Toronto Dundas Square

 

Seriously though they had a red carpet set up outside for us, champagne for everyone, plus if you follow me on snapchat you would’ve seen our greeting once we entered the store. Talk about amazing energy! If you guys have been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve gone to my share of events, and I have to say these guys definitely know how to throw an event. So fun.

 

Inglot and DubDub event Toronto

 

Have you guys tried Inglot before? I had seen it in Europe but this was my first time going to a Canadian store. I got to play around with the makeup for a bit and the thing I loved about it was that it is super pigmented. Kind of reminds me of Illamasqua a bit.

 

Inglot Toronto 2016

 

I got to meet Canadian Youtuber, Rosebud!! So cool! She’s so nice and super sweet. She has something crazy like 600,000+ subscribers!

 

Deepa Berar and Rosebud

 

The DubDub team having a good time. They were so kind and totally helped us figure out how to use the app. Not to mention their contribution to the swag bag. We all got iPhone 6s plus’s and Inglot gave us all $1000 worth of product including a makeup case! They definitely know how to treat a blogger right :)

 

Inglot and DubDub Event Toronto 2016

 

I’ll let you all know when the app is available to the public. Have you guys tried Inglot before? I’d love to know what your fav products are :)

 

Also, check out the video I recorded using DubDub!

 

A video posted by Deepa Berar (@deepaberar) on

 

How to Choose the Right Bronzer for you on CHCH Morning Live

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 0 0

Deepa Berar CHCH Morning Live all about bronzers

 

I was back on CHCH Morning Live yesterday, talking about how to choose the right bronzer for you. I wanted to show several different types of bronzers so I decided to demo the bronzers live on air. My friend Sejal and her friend Alicia were kind enough to agree to be on CH with me (you might’ve seen Sejal in some of my other segments). Watch the full clip here and read on to find out all about these bronzers!

 

If you’re looking to pick up a new bronzer but not sure which one to choose, the four bronzers I demo’d were:

 

MAC Bronzing powder

 

MAC Golden Bronzing powder

 

Body Shop Honey bronze face gel

 

body shop honey bronze

 

NARS Multiple in Vientiane

 

nars vientiane

 

Josie Mara Argan liquid gold self-tanning oil

 

josie maran argan liquid gold self tanning oil