Friday, August 31, 2007

Black Orchid

Carrying on with the Fall Collection theme, today I'd like to introduce you to Rimmel London and their Black Orchid Collection. Inspired by Marlene Dietrich, this collection is sophisticated by day and seductive by night.

Greg Wencel is the creator of "Black Orchid" and suggests that the look should be "built off a clear and fresh base". The eyes are glamorous and seriously smokey and the lips are nude and neutral.

Cool Matte 16 Hour Mousse Foundation
Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Mono Blush Sienna


Colour Rush Mono Eye Shadow
Colour Rush Duo Eye Shadow: Pink Fever
Colour Rush Quad Eye Shadow: Smokey Purple, Smokey Noir
Lycra Lash Extender Mascara
Extreme Definition Two Tone Eye Definer: City Girl, Rock Chick
Exaggerate Liner: Noir, Aubergine

Vinyl Lip Gloss: Eastend Snob
Lasting Finish Lipstick: Airy Fairy

Lycra Wear 10 Nail Polish: Black Satin, Hypnotise

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

CHANEL: Fall 2007 Collection

Rich, Sultry, Sensuous. This is the CHANEL for Fall 2007.

A collection springs to life each season, like a flower in an imaginary garden,” explain Dominique Moncourtois and Heidi Morawetz.

The Imaginary Garden collection boasts of monochrome shades: rosewood, beiges, browns and deep reds. Of course as in any garden, there is a touch of green too.

Le Crayon Kôhl Intensive Eye Pencil:
Ambre (chocolate brown)

Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow:
Jungle (forest green)

Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow:
Garden Party
Sequoia limited-edition

Irréelle Duo Silky Eyeshadow:
Lotus-Cactus (soft pink and emerald green)

Joues Constraste Powder Blush:
Narcisse (light pink)

Les 4 Camélias de Chanel:

Trio Lèvres de Chanel Satin Shiny Lipgloss:
Orchidées limited-edition

Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick:
Wild Tulip (brown plum)
Lotus Rouge (pink plum)
Lily Beige (soft beige)
Magnolia Rose (deep rose)

Rouge Double Intensité Ultrawear Lipcolour:
Rose Garnet (plum rose)
Nude Topaz(nude brown)

Aqualumière Sheer Colour Lipshine SPF 15:
Key West (coral brown)
Catalina (deep plum) limited-edition

Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer:
Iris (peachy pink)
Hibiscus (plum shimmer)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pretty Jewels

July 2007, saw the launch of Alexandra's Jewels. Based out of New Hampshire, this all-natural skincare line was developed out of concern for what harmful ingredients might be going into our beauty products.

Alexandra Wolf is the woman behind the brand "The use of parabens and other common chemicals in cosmetics are now giving evidence that they cause cancer, especially Breast Cancer. I was convinced all the more that making my skincare line of products earth sustainable was the path for me."

Two years were spent with formulators developing these specialty skincare products. Each 'Jewel' is free of parabens, polypropylene, petroleum jelly and fragrance, and the packaging is recyclable too. No cardboard boxes are used but the sweetest little silver bags to envelope the jewelesque casings.

Alexandra's Jewels is broken up into two categories - Lip Jewels and Body Jewels. I sampled three products from these collections:

Butter Me Beautiful
This whipped cream is full of antioxidants and contains Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, and Moringa Oil. Light and fluffy, this product soaked into my skin immediately and left it smooth and soft, without a trace of greasiness.

Sugar Lips Polish
Brown Sugar, Moringa Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamins A, C and Calcium assist to help revive and restore lips. I had to stop myself licking my lips. The aroma from the brown sugar was delicious!

Lip Masque
Made with Shea Butter and Tamanu Oil this lip treatment can be applied before bed or during the day to fight chapped lips. I have been using this for the past couple of nights and have woken up to kissably soft lips.

For more information on Alexandra and her products visit

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Ask Ellen

Q: hi! as a beauty reader that enjoys your blog very much I have a question for you. Whilst going through shoppers drug I happened to notice the Reversa 3-1 Cleanser stuck down below and well hidden away. My question is this I am having problems finding anything about this product and because I need to change the skincare routine I am using (being older you need to change products because they become less effective as you age, I am 53) do know anything about this line? thankx shazza

A: Well thanks Shazza for your question. It is true that your skin is a little different than from your 40s. In your 50s skin starts to show character. As you enter menopause, your skin may feel thinner and more fragile. You may notice more wrinkles and a paler overall skin tone.
Some tips are:
- Hydration is so important. Use a rich, protective moisturizer. Apply a nutrient rich night cream before bed.
- Use a creamy cleanser to assist in hydration of the skin.
- Exfoliate to clear dead skin cells but avoid harsh abrasives.

With regards to Reversa, this brand is manufactured in Canada by Dermtek Pharmaceuticals Ltd and is available at drugstores. I have never tried these products but did some research and everything I read was good. Here is an article I found written by Karen Hall, a well respected journalist. I even found that the Reversa Corrective Night Cream was one one of the top 100 best in Chatelaine’s 2006 Best of Beauty.

Other skincare lines you may wish to take a look at are:

L'Oreal Age Perfect
Olay Regenerist
Dermaglow Nuvectin and
Vichy Liftactiv

Let me know if this is helpful!


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It's a Secret

This is a little different from the products that I usually talk about, but I was so impressed with the new Secret Clinical Strength that I had to share it with you!

With the summer being as warm and muggy as it is, sometimes I find that my current product is not as effective as I would like it to be. When you're zipping around town for events and meetings you need to feel fresh.

What is kind of odd is that you apply this product at nighttime. Strange I know, but the body is supposedly at its most natural temperature and most receptive to forming a stronger barrier against perspiration in the evening. Who knew?!

This antiperspirant really fights odour, wetness and actually moisturizes. I have the Light and Fresh but it also comes in Powder Protection too. I absolutely love it and will be using it forever more.

Secret Clinical Strength can be found at your local drugstore.

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Stormy Weather

Laura Mercier has just launched her new Fall collection Stormy and it is a beauty. With soft smokey greys and deep inky blues, this collection of metallic shadows will bring an intensity to the eyes.

Other items in this hot collection are three kohl eye pencils in - Black Gold, Black Navy and Black Turquoise and three barely there lip colours in Cinnamon, Discretion and Tea Rose.

Now you can create your own runway look!

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Fashion & Design Festival

August 23rd - 25th saw the largest outdoor fashion celebration in Canada. With 25 shows and more than 130 of the biggest names in Fashion, The Fashion & Design Festival sashayed into Toronto. With cutting-edge style, gorgeous models and high energy music, viewers of all ages were dazzled.

I attended I Love Kyoto, held on Thursday evening. This fashion-forward show spotlighted ethical labels such as Preloved, Revolve Clothing and Paper People Clothing. Models wore foliage in their hair and metallic green eye shadow to bring home the point of being environmentally conscious.

To increase the fun for female attendees, The Bay department store hosted a Beauty Bar where visitors could discover The Modern Odyssey Collection from Nars Cosmetics, Guerlain's new Kiss Kiss lipsticks and much more.

The Fashion & Design Show will be an annual event and I look forward to next year.

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Brush Away Dirt and Oil

Over the summer you may find that your skin is breaking out a little more than usual. This could be due to the application of sunscreens, self tanners and other topical products that are clogging your pores. The only way to combat this challenge is to ensure that your skin is receiving a deep cleanse daily.

Dr. Ranella Hirsch, a leading Dermatologist states that "Dirt, oil and bacteria left on the skin can wreak havoc and without clean pores, treatment products like acne fighters and anti-aging moisturizers are less effective."

I recently came across the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, from the inventor of Sonicare toothbrushes. Like a very large toothbrush, the head oscillates back and forth to gently loosen dirt and oil. It is so easy to use - just wet your face and apply your favourite cleanser, turn on the Clarisonic, wet and it does all the work. The Clarisonic is programmed for a 1 minute session that beeps and pauses momentarily to indicate that it is time to move to another part of your face. Two brush heads are provided in the kit - one for a more sensitive skin and one for normal and there is also a Clarisonic cleanser that you can use if you like.

Clarisonic is clinically show to be twice as effective at cleaning your skin than regular manual cleansing. I found that within days of using it, my pores were definitely visibly clearer, especially around my nose and my blemishes began to disappear. I really like that this hand-held device is completely waterproof and can venture into the shower with me. It makes life pretty easy.

Available at Nordstrom, Sephora, and online

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