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About thecuteinstitute

I'm a graphic designer, illustrator and entrepreneur Also currently owner of the cute institute: your one-stop-shop to cuteness!

Illustration friday: DUET

this week’s theme for illustration friday is: DUET!


MAC – quite cute: too cute!

I received this ad from a friend at work for the new MAC makeup collection: QUITE CUTE. A soft pastel spring collection of kawaii inspired colors and shades for lips, eyes & nails. Every girl’s dream has come true!
If you search online, you can barely find anything about it yet since it’ll be launched this April. I just can’t wait to get my hands on somer products and give them a try.  Take a look at the artwork. So kawaii ! I lovvve it!!!

As a graphic designer, seeing work like this makes me very happy and gives me hope that maybe one day, all these mega big companies will give artists like us a chance to shine. Allthought I’m really not crazy about the font used, in my opinion it’s not very kawaii or readable for that matter, they should of used a bubbly sweet font to complement the cute characters…

Voici des characters on the ads: kawaiii bats, squid, panda bear etc… ADORABLE! 🙂 I like.

sorry for the low resolution images, I had to scan this ad.
FYI I found some info on this blog HERE..  If you’re wondering where my sources come from..

here are more pictures of the products:

price list:
Lipstick $14.50 USD / $17.50 CDN
Playing Koi – Creamy white peach pink (Satin)
Saint Germain – Pastel pink (Amplified)
Candy Yum-Yum – Neon pink (Matte)
Quite Cute – Bright whitened lavender (Cremesheen)
Play Time – Intense violet (Cremesheen)

Plushglass $18.50 USD / $22.00 CDN
Fashion Fanatic – Creamy pale pink
Bubble Tea – Creamy pale nude
Girl ♥ Boy – Bright light blue pink
I ♥ U – Creamy mid-tone purple

Lip Pencil $13.00 USD / $15.50 CDN
In Synch – Bright yellow pink
Naked Liner – Light neutral
Boldly Bare – Mid-tone red brown

Eye shadow Quad CUTiE $36.00 USD / $43.00 CDN
Moshi! Moshi! – Pale white green gold (Frost)
Goody Goody Gum Drop – Light white pink (Satin)
Boycrazy – Pale lavender with silver pearlized pigments (Lustre)
Azuki Bean – Mid-tone violet (Frost)

Mineralize Blush US.$23.00 / CDN $27.50
Giggly – Light pink with a pearly plum heart (Frost)
Sakura – Lavender with pearly deep magenta heart (Frost)
Miss Behave – Light beige with a pearly mint green heart (Frost)

Nail Lacquer US $14.00/ CDN $17.00
Ice Cream Cake – Creamy blue pink (Cream)
Little Girl Type – Creamy pale lavender (Cream)
Mischievous – Creamy pale blue mint (Cream)

Penultimate Eye Liner $17.50 USD / $21.00 CDN
Rapidblack – True Black

Zoom Lash $14.00 USD / $17.00 CDN
Zoomblack – Rich black

Loud Lash [Asia Only] $14.00 USD / $17.00 CDN
Noisy Black – Black

False Lashes $14.00 USD / $17.00 CDN
7 Lash – Spikey, slightly seperated, high glam lash


❤ Hi guys!! I’m really excited to go see the new movie; Gnomeo & Juliet this weekend! I’ll let you know how it is. From the previews it looks super cute. I decided to create a gnome version of myself. Miss gnomette; my gnalter-ego!


kawaii nails

I discovered this little gem in montreal and wanted to share some of their work with you. I haven’t been there yet but it’s just a matter of time until i try some of those Harajuku or kawaii nails. The place is called: CANDY NAIL BAR it’s on St-Hubert in Montreal. Check it out. They even offer private mani parties for a group of friends at a discount price. Very tempting!!!!!! (LOVE THEIR LOGO)

Here’s the FACEBOOK page link.

This is what the place looks like. so pretty!

and some of their work. AMAZING!
(all credits for these pictures go to the website, I hijacked them from there!)

Kawaii maze

Just a little kawaii maze i created for kids..
Have fun!

kawaii sailor lolita

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custom paper toy cat

puurrrrrrr. Inspired by a custom paper toy on this AWESOME website: paperfoldables I made myself my own custom kitty kat! Please share! Download the HI-RES version here.