Saturday, October 07, 2006

Peanut Butter and...Gelée?

Juicy Gelée - kinda looks like a weird shaped nail polish or maybe a mini jam jar or...I don't know actually. What I do know is that this little container is full of non-sticky (yeah!) gloss that will give you a delicious shine and a full, plumped-up mouth that is absolutely irresistible.

How does it do it? A "stretch polymer" provides fullness and suppleness and there is also a film-forming "bouncy polymer" glides over the lips to increase light reflections. Sounds quite technical.

Juicy Gelée comes in a rainbow of fruity flavors like: Orange Burst, Kiwi Kick and Grape Jubilee.

At $16.50USD from Sephora, I think I may have to stock up my fridge!

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Logo me Baby

Have you seen the Dior palettes? I think I am in love. These two palettes are so cute and they won't break your piggie bank!

Dior Logo Palette for Lips
Six pretty lip glosses in a pink portable Dior signature case - the ultimate girlie girl accessory!


Dior Logo Palette for Eyes
These six Dior eyeshadows in black shimmer, light pink, matte white, baby blue, peach, and deep aubergine are perfect for all seasons. Use the lighter colours for summer and mix them up with the darker ones this fall.

Both palettes are only available at Sephora and are only $30.00 USD each.

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High Tea - High Fashion

Pamper your inner socialite while supporting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation at the inaugural Pret-A-Pour Tea hosted by Ask A Woman Enterprises













Thursday, October 12
3 p.m. to 6 p.m
Hycroft Manor
1489 McRae Avenue
Vancouver, B.C.

Tickets are $75 and include champagne and high tea with delicious treats from the Lazy Gourmet and a fashion show featuring top Vancouver designers.

To order your ticket contact Tammy: tammy@askawomanenterprises.com or (778) 552-1301

Thursday, October 05, 2006

"What's In Her Makeup Bag?" - Coming Next Week

Have I got a treat for all of you! Starting on Monday I will be sharing with you what some of the top beauty bloggers have in their makeup bags. Have you ever wondered what they use to beautify themselves? I know I have.

These articles will run for one week and be aptly named What's In Her Makeup Bag?

Here are the lovely ladies who have agreed to allow us into their makeup bags:

Shannon from Makeup Minute
Teri from Beautiful Makeup Search and For the Love of Lipgloss
Kristen from Beauty Addict
Elke from The Beauty Newsletter
Marcy from Fantabulous!
Lianne from The Makeup Girl
Carla from Product Girl

A big thanks to all of them!

And the Winner Is...

Whenever I watch the Oscars or similar snazzy Hollywood events, I always wish I could copy the “beautiful people” make-up – don’t you? Well Jillian Dempsey, creator of Delux Beauty, has put together a full proof kit to help me and you get that glam look.

Jillian has been reinventing the looks of more than a few Hollywood celebs and her work can be seen on the covers of international key fashion and beauty magazines. Just as a side note…she’s married to that hottie Patrick Dempsey from Grey’s Anatomy - lucky lady!

The Delux 5 Fav kit contains everything you need to look like an Oscar winner:

Liquid Pearl
This product is a head-to-toe treat which can be used on the face and body for a "lit-from-within" glow. A skin-enhancing luminizer lotion for face and body that works to minimize minor imperfections, while leaving skin with a soft opalescent light.

Golden Apricot Cream Powder Eyeshadow

Crease-resistant that glide on, these eyeshadows can be blended in seconds! Apply a small amount with fingertips for a sheer veil of color, or layer for a smoky, dramatic effect.

Nilla Black Eyeliner
A versatile eyeliner pencil which is uniquely formulated with an ultra velvety texture great for that subtly sexy or smoky eye look.


Sweet Plum Crush Lip & Cheek Stain
Provides a burst of blend-able color that works with all shades and tones. The Crush Lip & Cheek Stain an easy to pocket compact so that you can add an instant dose of healthy shine and color anytime, anywhere.

Royce Lip Gloss
Named "Best Lip Gloss" by Allure magazine – it’s gotta be good! This sparky mauve gloss will provide you with that perfect shine. Can be worn alone or over your favourite lipstick to add vivid shine and enhance color.

At $75.00 you will feel like you just came home with the award!
www.deluxbeautystore.com

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The Gal to Gal Foundation

This Friday, Design-her Gals will be talking to Martha Stewart about The Gal to Gal Foundation, which is the first national organization to dedicate 100% of its resources for breast cancer patients diagnosed in Stage IV (this means that the cancer has spread to other organs of the body, most often the bones, lungs, liver, or brain).

For the month of October Design-her Gals will be donating $10 per printed order directly to the Gal to Gal Foundation. In addition to being able to order the coolest customized business cards, stationery and other paper products, they also have t-shirts and hoodies!

This year, the funds that are raised will be going to Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization whose mission statement is “To provide an opportunity for metastatic breast cancer patients’ dream or wish to be fulfilled by providing a special time of 'Making Memories' together with their families, a chance that might not have become a reality without the assistance of the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation". In addition, they will be helping sponsor the first global internet site designed exclusively for patients in advanced stages of breast cancer.

The Gal to Gal Foundation believes that women diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer deserve a great amount of support in order to maintain their dignity while receiving treatment throughout the progression of their disease. Over 300,000 patients worldwide will lose their lives to Stage IV Breast Cancer this year.

The Gal to Gal Foundation is a Non-Profit corporation, meaning donations are tax deductible.

Checks may be written to the The Gal to Gal Foundation
777 Wall Street
Suite 203-B
Bend, OR 97701
or you can Donate Online

Their goal for October is $50,000. If you can please help.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Here Kitty Kitty

Yesterday I found myself in my fav drug store needing a couple of things. I was out of conditioner and so I thought I'd buy that. Of course once I buy one item, I need to buy ALL the accompanying items!

I have been straightening my hair for what seems like forever and now I feel like a change - and why not? I have been on the hunt for a good shampoo and conditioner for curly hair so that if I do decide to go au natural, my hair looks Melina Kanakerdes-esq.

There are so many brands out there to try and I don’t like to spend too much on them incase they are not that great. I saw Tigi Catwalk and thought I'd give it a go. Here are my thoughts on the products I picked up...

I decided to go for the full meal deal and get the Curls Rock Curly Hair Conditioner $18.99 CDN, Curls Rock Shampoo $12.99 CDN and the Curls Rock Curl Booster $18.99 CDN. I see on the website that there is a Curl Amplifier but I did not see it at the store.

I washed my hair with the shampoo and the product smelt good - it's an orange berry fragrance. It lathered up and rinsed out really well. This product says it will "Define, Detangle and Defrizz".

The conditioner too smelt good and felt thick and creamy. I always feel my hair is getting a better conditioning when the product is thick - it may not make a real difference but it makes me feel good.

I liked the feel of the bottles, quite rubbery and easy to squeeze the products out of. What I did not like so much was that there are no instructions on them. Printed on the back was the same tagline in multiple languages and then the ingredients. How was I to know how long to condition my hair for? I guess had I bought it from a salon they would have directed me.

Lastly I bought the Curl Booster. I did not think much of this product. It says to spray into your wet or dry hair - "Curls will have tighter, more defined shape, shine and definition". I did as directed, but found it smelt like hairspray and made my hair feel a little dry.

Ok I've used all the products and my hair is now dry - results: My hair feels pretty soft, looks kinda shiny and has a good amount of bounce and some defined curl. It has not alleviated the frizz as much as I would have liked and it feels a little dry from the Curl Booster.

I guess I’m back to my search for the perfect hair products.



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“Think Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bare Escentuals is offering a limited edition Pink Passion Rose Radiance Collection, with all profits going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Our ultimate hope is that Pink Passion inspires you to live well, and to always feel beautiful from deep within - all the way out to your luminous skin.”














This wonderful three-piece kit includes:

i.d. bareMinerals Rose Radiance All-Over Face Color
Completely sheer and versatile enough for all skin tones, Rose Radiance brings a translucent, rosy glow to your complexion, capturing the essence of morning sunlight. Using the Heavenly Face Brush, apply it all over, under or mixed with any bareMinerals face product to create a variety of fresh, healthy and radiant looks.

i.d. Rose Radiance Lip Gloss
Designed to coordinate perfectly with bareMinerals Rose Radiance All-Over Face Color, this luscious lip gloss imparts shine and moisture with just a hint of rosy color. Added shea butter and vitamin E give lips a natural conditioning, hydrating boost.

i.d. Heavenly Face Brush
Supremely soft and plush, this brush floats over your complexion like a fine, silk feather for a light application of color that’s virtually mistake-proof.

Bare Escentuals’ limited edition Pink Passion Rose Radiance Collection retails for $48USD and is available during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Sephora.

www.bareescentuals.com

Monday, October 02, 2006

SK-II. The Miracle of Rebirth for Skin and Soul

In Japan, they call it holy water. We call it SK-II.

Gisele, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Chloe Sevigny and Jade Jagger are all fans of SK-II and supposedly Narciso Rodriguez relies on the rejuvenating masks during fashion week – that’s pretty impressive!

The story behind this brand - A Japanese monk visiting a sake brewery approximately 25 years ago was amazed that elderly workers, who handled the fermenting sake, had remarkably silky, youthful hands. The Monk decided to conduct a series of experiments to see how this was possible and eventually discovered what would later be named Pitera. Pitera is the almost miracle ingredient in all of SK-II products - a nutrient-rich liquid yielded only through a precise fermentation process with one variety of yeast. Pitera enables the skin's natural rejuvenation process, resulting in clearer, smoother and more radiant skin and contains a collection of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids.

The SK-II line has several products to Purify, Renew and Enhance your skin. Who wouldn’t want to look young and luminous for as long as they could?

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Holt Renfrew
www.sk2us.com

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Duwop Creates Product in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Do you know anyone with Breast Cancer? I have had several family members die of this disease and while the majority of cancer occurs in older people, young people are not immune to Breast Cancer. Approximately 10,000 Canadians aged 20-44 are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and about 2,000 will die from the disease. I find these stats to be quite horrifying.

Duwop has created Power Kiss in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is in October. This limited edition lip gloss set can be found online at www.duwop.com or www.sephora.com. A portion of the proceeds will be going directly to the Cosmetic Executive Women's (CEW) Cancer and Careers organization. Cancer and Careers (luanched in 2001) is a unique resourse that provides insight and inspiration for working women with cancer, their employees, co-workers, and caregivers.

Power Kiss is an adorable, pink mini lip gloss carrying case with a mirror and a vial of DuWop's Pink Shimmer Lip Venom lip plumping gloss.

If you have never tried Lip Venom - this spicy, tingly gloss enhances the natural color and shape of your lips by increasing circulation with a blend of essential oils including cinnamon and ginger.

$22.00USD
Available at Duwop and Sephora

For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month please visit these informative sites www.cancer.ca, www.nbcam.com, www.nationalbreastcancer.org