Friday, June 01, 2007

You are What you Drink

You will have heard that you are what you eat - well did you know that you are also what you drink? Here are 5 reasons to drink up this summer...

The body is almost 2/3 made up of water. If you do not get enough water it can lead to dehydration, which can cause headaches and fatigue.

Drinking 5-8 glasses a day can decrease the risk of health complications like bladder and colon cancer.

Water distributes glucose, oxygen and nutrients to all the parts of your body and gives you energy.

Water provides natural moisture to your connective tissues and can give you a healthy, dewy glow.

Proper hydration regulates your body temperature and keeps your joints well lubricated, especially important when you're active.

Tip: Carry a small water bottle with you whilst hiking, walking, in the car or have at your desk. This will ensure that you are constantly getting the water your body needs!

Scents of Summer

Your scent's as unique as your signature. To make the most of the fragrance you wear, apply perfume to the spots on your body where blood pumps rigorously. Pulse points lie at the base of the wrists, the crook of the arms and the part of the neck where you take your pulse after a workout. In summer months, lightly spray the shoulders for a true trailing effect

It is not suggested that you wear you your perfume on skin that's exposed to direct sunlight. This can attract bugs (uugh!) or cause hyperpigmentation.

Here are a couple of summer fragrance suggestions for you:

Hypnose by Lancome
A gentle, warm fragrance that captures the scents of vanilla and white flowers.
Eau de parfum spray 1.7 oz
$50.39 USD

Aquazur by Lancaster
Ocean breeze-like with citrus and soft floral
Eau de toilette spray 1.7 oz

In Love Again Fleur De La Passion by Yves Saint Laurent
Fruity, floral fragrance.
Eau de toilette spray 3.3 oz

Kenzo Flower
Soft floral with hints of violet, vanilla, and rose.
Eau de parfum spray 3.4 oz

All available


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Maybelline Define-A-Lash

Yesterday I purchased the brand new Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara that promises definition and length without clumping. This ultra modern lime green tube has a flexible rubber brush with varying bristle lengths to assist in really lengthening your lashes.

I tried it today for the first time and am really liking it. It has been on since 6:30am (now 3pm) and has not flaked or smudged.

Another great benefit is that it's ophthalmologist tested, so it won't irritate your eyes. Give it a try!

$9.99 CAD $7.95 USD

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Meet a M.A.C PRO Artist

I met with Leah Ellison at the Guildford Store opening, held at the beginning of May.

Leah is personable, attractive and perfectly made up - everything you expect from a PRO artist. She has been with M.A.C for 11 years and is based out of the local M.A.C office and training facility in Yaletown, Vancouver.

I asked how Leah started her career with M.A.C "I was going to college and also working doing fragrance demos at the Bay Downtown. Whenever I looked over at the M.A.C counter it was so busy, everyone was having so much fun and the makeup was fabulous that it really drew me in. I knew that I would love to work there. At the time I did not know how to do makeup, but they were looking to hire a cashier so I applied and was hired."

Leah explained to me what she loved about working at M.A.C. "I like the versatility of my job and love that I am able to work with people all the time. I love the fact that something as simple as makeup can make such a big difference in someone’s life, boost their self esteem and bring out their inner beauty. It is very satisfying every time I work with makeup."

"My average day consists of lots of emailing and planning for upcoming events. I take care of special events, media, store openings and high profile events."

Leah gets to travel all over the world and had recently returned from the International Collections for the runway shows in Europe. What can we expect from M.A.C this fall?
- Lots of black eyeliner in either gel or liquid. Liner is dramatic, geometric with hard lines.
- Cheeks are natural with contouring and a bit of highlighter.
- Lips are really bare. No colour with concealer being used to block out lip colour, or to the other extreme - dark burgundy or dark red.

I asked Leah what her favourite current trend was "The nude lip. I am a sucker for the nude lip and am very happy that the trend will be following through to the fall".

Leah's two favourite M.A.C products are Tinted Lipglass in C-Thru and also Face and Body Mixing Medium - which is a MAC Pro Product.

The Mixing Medium is water based, colourless and can be added to any product. "Mix it with a loose pigment and create a paste to use on face and body or if someone has flawless skin you can use it by itself to create a sheen without glitter or sparkle."

What is M.A.C PRO? This is a specific range of products that cater to makeup artists. These products are usually more pigmented and will have more versatility in their use and
provide the high quality formulations, colours, and finishes to power creativity on-set and backstage. For more information on M.A.C PRO products, visit

What Leah was wearing:
Face: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark
Eyes: Shadow in Fertile and Seedling, Jardin Aires pigment from the Strange Hybrid collection
Lips: Propagate lipstick from the Strange Hybrid collection

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Lipstick, Powder n Paint has arrived in Toronto

I am finally here in Toronto and sitting in my new office!

I wanted to thank some wonderful bloggers that filled in for me whilst I was moving across the country: Elke from The Beauty Newsletter, Christina from Bon Bons in the Bath, Christina from eBeautyDaily, Guin from GirlPaint, Lianne from TheMakeupGirl, and Carla from Product Girl. Without help from these amazing ladies Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint would not have been very exciting over the past two weeks. THANK YOU!