Saturday, September 16, 2006

Best of Sephora 2006 - Part 1

In one of my past posts I briefly mentioned that I had taken part in this survey. Well now I am here to tell you who some of the winners are. Today and Sunday I will bring you some of the best of the best products out there!

Best Foundation
Bare Escentuals i.d. bareMinerals Foundation - SPF 15 Sunscreen


Best Powder
Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil


Best Concealer
Sephora Light Touch Highlighter


Best Mascara
Dior DiorShow Mascara


Best Bronzer
Stila Sun


Best Blush
Nars Blush Orgasm


Best Eyebrow Enhancer
Anastasia All About Brows Kit


Best Face Cleanser
Philosophy Purity Made Simple


Best Face Moisturizer
Philosophy Hope in a Jar


Best Tinted Moisturizer
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Died and Gone to Lipgloss Heaven

I honestly think I have died and gone to lipgloss heaven! Have you seen the Some Like it Hot lipgloss set from Tarte? It contains 10, yes 10 mini lipglosses in a black and purple lace patterned case. Three interchangable connector pieces are also included so that you can mix and match your glosses, snap ‘em on and go!

With great names like pep, cayenne, and zip, these glosses are in shades of playful pink and sheer flirty neutrals.

Hold on a minute! I forgot to tell you the news…they are all cinnamon flavoured! Each lipgloss in this little kit has a sizzle as well as a sparkle! My favourite one out of the lot is actually named Sizzle too!

Wear them alone, try two together, have fun and you know….some do like it hot!

http://www.tartecosmetics.com/ $28.oo USD

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A Bevy of Balms

To give your lips a little bit of moisture and a little shine, these little tins and tubes are perfect. They don't cost the world and easily slip into the tiniest of purses. No longer do you have to own the non descript tube of lube, these balms come in the trendiest of packaging. Here are is a selection of my favourite balms.

Delux Beauty Lip Balm
Super-packed with shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and mango butter, this extremely soothing balm with natural humectants seals in moisture and softens the lips.
Price: $14.00 USD from Sephora

www.sephora.com

L'Occitane Tinted Lip Balm
This balm protects with Shea butter and Vitamin E combined, while a light color highlights your lips and a sweet taste deliciously tempts you. The ultimate in practicality, it can even be used as a light cream blush to create a natural, sun-kissed and fresh look.
Price: $8.00 USD from Sephora
www.sephora.com

Perfumeria Gal Lip Balm
As seen on Good Morning America! Imported from Spain, these luscious lip balms nestled in art nouveau tins impart a silky shine to your lips and smell incredible.
Price: $6.99 CDN from Bombshell Bargains
www.bombshellbargains.com

Pout Superbalm
Pout's ultimate multi-purpose treatment balm for lips and chapped skin is packed full of time-release vitamins A, C, and E to protect, and mango seed oil to maintain moisture levels in the skin and soothe sore, dry skin. The honey aroma is irresistible and the subtle golden shimmer looks as gorgeous as your lips and skin will feel.
Price: $15.00 USD from Nordstroms
www.shop.nordstrom.com

Principessa Bacio Me Lip Balm
This nourishing lip balm is like a who's who of lip ingredients. Every imaginable lip-treat like Shea Butter, and Vitamin E is packed into this pout-perfecting indulgence leaving your lips indescribably silky and kissably soft. Comes in an adorable keepsake tin — perfect for keeping jewelry, coins, vitamins, etc.
Price: $6.99 CDN from Principessa Beauty
www.principessabeauty.com

Smith's Rosebud Salve
This cult-favorite, multi-purpose lip balm soothes dry lips, calms and heals irritation, and soothes the sting of minor burns. Try dabbing on dry elbows or knees to condition, and relieve dryness. Also an excellent remedy for the treatment of diaper rash. The light rose scent and vintage packaging makes it hard to resist!
Price: $6.99 CDN from Bombshell Bargains

www.bombshellbargains.com

TheBalm Plump Your Pucker Pot
Put one in the pocket of all your jackets to keep your lips soft and luscious!
Formulated with a special combination of folic acid, menthol and vitamin C, these sexy glosses increase blood flow to the lips and reduce the look of fine lines. But the lip building benefits have only just begun...an additional ingredient, Maxi-lip, works cumulatively to create lasting fullness. Be prepared for a poutier pucker after 30 days!
Price: $12.00 USD from Beauty.com

www.beauty.com

Urban Decay Lube-In-A-Tube
This rich, creamy shea butter and mango-enriched lip balm leaves your lips smooth and kissed with a hint of sexy, vanilla-mint infused color.
Price: $11.00 USD from Sephora

www.sephora.com

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Friday, September 15, 2006

A New Dimension of Wow!

Have you had the chance to try DuWop’s new product Browwow? This small but deadly kit is the item to have in your makeup bag when it comes to brow beautification.

This portable copper bronze compact comes with a colored brow powder, tinted finishing gloss, shimmer cream highlighter, mirror, and a double-ended brush. It’s hard to believe all this would fit into such a small package!

What I like about Browwow is that your brows look natural but...better, when using this kit.

I am the girl that over plucked her brows when she was a young teenager and never got them all back (sadly). By using a little of the powder in those sparse areas, I can give the illusion of a fuller brow and then I just smooth a little of the tinted pomade over my brow to keep those hairs in place. Adding the champagne highlighter to the brow bone with my finger makes my eyes pop! I have just added a new dimension of WOW! Thank you Duwop for creating this wonderful product!

Browwow comes in 2 shades lighter and darker – how easy is that?
$34.00USD www.sephora.com

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Spring 2007 Beauty Trends

Hello all! Don't you feel that fall has just descended on us? I know it feels that way to me. It won't be long until Spring is here so why not see and hear what the experts are saying the trends will be next year.

Kristen Kelly from Beauty Addict (one of my fav blogs) spoke with Gucci Westman backstage at the Peter Som show in New York and has the scoop on what's hot for spring!





Here are two models from the Peter Som show. Very fresh faced and natural looking. Love the pretty lip - nice to see a little colour. I never looked good in a nude lip!

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dove Real Beauty Self-Esteem Programs

The Dove Self-Esteem Fund’s Real Beauty Workshops for Girls are fun, educational and interactive sessions for young girls aged 8-12 and their adult female mentors: mothers, relatives, friends – anyone interested in starting a dialogue on beauty and self-image with a young girl.

Facilitated by an expert, these workshops are designed to shed some light on the issues of beauty pressures and self-esteem and spark discussion between young girls and their role models, giving them the tools to help overcome beauty pressures and build positive self-image. More information and registration can found online at: www.campaignforrealbeauty.ca/dsef

Workshop Schedule (Saturday mornings, 10am-12pm):
• Toronto: September 16th – University of Toronto
• Hamilton: September 23rd- McMaster University
• Winnipeg: September 30th- Tech Voc High School
• St. John’s, Newfoundland: October 14th – Memorial University
• Montreal (Longueuil): October 21st:-Théâtre de la ville
• Halifax: October 21st -St. Mary’s University
• Mississauga: October 28th -Living Arts Centre
• Montreal (Laval): October 28th: College Laval
• Quebec City: November 4th- Foyer Salle Albert-Rousseau
• Waterloo: November 11th- University of Waterloo
• Saskatoon: November 18th- TCU Place
• Vancouver: November 25th -Simon Fraser University
• Edmonton: December 2nd- University of Alberta
• Ottawa: December 9th- Bronson Centre
• Calgary: December 16th – Mount Royal

If you are in the States you can go to http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/dsef

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Makeup Artist Keven Kindelson on Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

I was very interested in this interview with Keven Kindleson at Fashion Week as I wanted to hear his thoughts on Jane Iredale. My local spa sells this brand and I have had a makeover twice with this brand. It has always felt great. Let me know your thoughts on Jane Iredale.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Frizz Be Gone

I am always jealous of the girl who walks past me with the incredibly glossy, smooth locks. I have tried SO many styling products that say they will control the frizz and have always been dissappointed. I tend to find that they do an O.K. job but my hair either fluffs up by the end of the day or starts to look greasy - yuk!

I recently purchased Kiehl's Silk Groom and was not sure if it was going to be another dud. I tried it and found out that...it's really great.

All it took for me to get glossy, smooth hair was 3 blobs of this wonderful product, my blowdryer and a large round bristle brush. What I really love (apart from the dramatic change to the look of my hair) was the formula. It is so light weight that after applying the product to my hair, I did not need to run to the bathroom to wash any slime from my hands, nor did I have a greasy looking head of hair at the end of the day. Fabulous!

The Scoop:
Kiehl's Silk Groom is infused with a blend of natural oils derived from Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, and Soy Beans and enriched with Vitamin E.
www.kiehls.com

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Week of Gloss - Day 7

Do you like feeling glamourous? Well then Too Faced Glamour Gloss is the product for you!

This gloss gives you such a full coverage, that you'd think you were wearing a lipstick! With Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to moisturize and smooth - your lips will never be unkissable.

The packaging is so fun that it's great to touch up your make-up in public just to show it off!

Glamour Gloss comes in Comes in 5 colours. I love a plum colour so Love Bites is my choice!

Available at Sephora, Drugstore.com and Beauty.com
www.toofaced.com

Monday, September 11, 2006

A Week of Gloss - Day 6

I am now on Day 6 of my list of favourite lip glosses. I think to be honest that I could write 365 days worth of fav glosses!
Today's gloss I feel is quite a find - Lip Sugar is it's name and it is from the Tutti Dolci line at Bath & Body Works. This little gloss looks like a bon-bon and is so sweet! It is packaged in a candy wrapper and opens up to reveal a smooth sheer glaze on one side and a frosted gloss on the other. This gloss actually smells good enough to eat with it's Crème Brulee fragrance (can you believe it?!)

I love how the glaze is just that perfect neutral brown that adds a little oomph to your lips! It is perfect for day wear. There is also a pinky one too but I have not had the pleasure to try that one...as yet.

Well I will be back tomorrow to tell you all about another gloss fav of mine. Take care.

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/

Sunday, September 10, 2006

A Week of Gloss - Day 5

Recently I tried Tarte's Rise & Shine Plumping Lip Stain in Cherry - my lips looked great!

This clever product is dual-ended and snaps apart. The first end has a waterproof pink stain that gives your lips a natural pink tone, the other end a pretty plumping gloss.

I found depending on the amount of stain I spread on my lips, the darker the colour. The gloss really makes the lips shiny and tingles slightly to get those lips pouty.

I highly recommend this gloss for those of you who want three products all rolled into one. At only $21 it's a steal!




$21.00 USD
Available at Sephora, Beauty.com and Drugstore.com
www.tartecosmetics.com

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