Friday, February 22, 2008

Say NO to Acne

ACNE is the four letter word that makes most people cringe. I am sadly one of those unlucky people that have adult acne; mine is caused by overactive hormones and I really hate it. I am working hard to battle it and with the help of my Esthetician, Doctor and Dermalogica, I hope to win that battle soon.

"Blemishes start when sebaceous glands, which are attached to the skin's hair follicle canal, produce too much oil. When there is excess oil production - combined with 'sticky' dead skin cells lining the hair follicle canal that fail to flake - the pore becomes clogged. These conditions multiply, causing inflammation," explains David Orentreich, Clinique's Guiding Dermatologist.

Good daily skin care is so important for acne prone skin and will help remove excess oil, keep pores clear, and speed the healing of breakouts.


People with blackheads and other non-inflammatory blemishes may indeed find regular facials help to reduce the amount of breakouts they experience. During a facial treatment, estheticians perform extractions by manually removing pore blockages, or comedones. By extracting these impactions, the pores are cleared of excess oil and cellular debris. Blemishes are less likely to form, improving some cases of non-inflammatory acne.

David Orentreich
strongly recommends that you do not take matters into your own hands - that means NO squeezing or PICKING (though so tempting). He says that squeezing traumatizes and often breaks the stretched pore under the surface. The pore contains oils and bacteria and when squeezed will set off a spot.


Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Kit

The perfect introduction to the Acne Solutions Clear Skin System. Three simple steps that work together to treat acne—and help prevent future breakouts.
Step 1: Cleansing Foam
Step 2: Clarifying Lotion
Step 3: Clearing Moisturizer

Kit includes a 1.7 oz Cleansing Foam, 3.4 oz Clarifying Lotion, and a 1 oz Clearing Moisturizer.

Available at Sears and The Bay

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Line with Microclear


This line contains a new technology called MicroClear, which is clinically proven to boost delivery of acne medicine to unclog congested pores and speed treatment deep to the source. Each product is formulated with skin-soothers, including green tea and cucumber, to actively reduce redness and irritation.

Products in the line: 3 in 1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, Power-Foam Wash, Power-Clear Scrub.

Available at CVS Pharmacy and Shoppers Drugmart

Clean and Clear ADVANTAGE Acne Control Kit

Advantage Acne Kit

This convenient kit includes 3 Acne Controlling products that contain bacteria-fighting ingredients, penetrating pores and fighting breakouts long after you've washed your face.

Kit includes: Acne Control Cleanser 4 oz, Acne Control Moisturizer 2 oz, Spot Treatment .5 oz.

Clean and Clear
Available at CVS Pharmacy and Shoppers Drugmart

Murad Acne Complex Starter Kit

Sized for travel, this comprehensive collection of blemish-blasters is equipped with four target-specific products, which work synergistically to heal acne and decrease oil production.

Kit includes: Clarifying Cleanser 2 oz, Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel 1 oz, Acne Spot Treatment .25 oz, Skin Perfecting Lotion 1 oz.

Available at Sephora and Chatters

Philosophy Acne Kit

Philosophy offers a four-step approach to treating acne that is benzoyl peroxide free.
Step 1 - Suppress excessive oil production
Step 2 - Shed the pore wall (exfoliate)
Step 3 - Help sanitize the skin to protect against bacteria
Step 4 - Seal the skin to help keep the good treatments in and the bad elements out

Kit includes: On A Clear Day Super Wash For Oily Skin 3.3 oz, On A Clear Day Blemish Serum for Adult Acne 1 oz, On A Clear Day Hydrogen Peroxide Cream 1 oz, On A Clear Day Protection Cream 1 oz.

Available at Sephora and Blossom Lounge

Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit

Each product, with its unique acne-fighting and clearing ingredients, is designed to be layered upon the skin to provide around-the-clock, maximum control of the four main factors that contribute to acne: overactive sebaceous glands (the production of too much oil), dead skin cell accumulation, bacteria and inflammation.

Kit includes: Clearing Skin Wash 1.7 oz, Clearing Mattifier 0.5 oz, Overnight Clearing Gel 0.5 oz, Concealing Spot Treatment 0.1 oz, Sebum Clearing Masque 0.75 oz and a Oil Control Lotion (sample).

Available at Spas throughout North America

If you find that nothing is helping clear up your acne, visit your doctor or dermatologist.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Giorgio Armani Spring 2008


The Armani Spring 2008 Collection is all about looking fresh and feminine, with a touch of colour. Skin is translucent with a slight iridescence, lips are highlighted with light soft colours, and eyes pop with a contrast of light, iridescent and vivid colours.

I just adore the makeup on campaign face, Sasha Pivarova, she looks just exquisite.

Luminous Silk Powder
Luminous Silk Powder, a Micro-fil pressed powder formulated with spherical silk-like ingredients, glides seamlessly onto the skin without settling into fine lines. The combination of matifying powders and ultra fine luminous particles blend and tone the skin leaving a perfect sheer radiant, matte finish.

Fluid Sheer Radiance
Imparts an iridescent light and brightens the complexion with a flush of sheer, fresh colour.

Sheer apricot shade (17)
Sheer vibrant pink (18)


Maestro Mono Eye Shadow
A long-wearing buildable eye shadow with a smooth, silky finish.

Matte fresh green (15)
Sparkling pink beige - Limited Edition (19)
Iridescent white (16)
Matte nude pink (1)

Eye Brow Gel - Limited Edition
A versatile glossy light chestnut color suitable for light to medium brows.

Glossy light chestnut (2)

Maestro Mascara
A patented lash-tailoring and instant-volumizing mascara for a thicker, fuller, and more dramatic eye look.

Dark charcoal grey (2)

High colour cream lipstick for luxurious, lasting comfort.

Soft pink - Limited Edition (67)
Beige (55)

Lip Shimmer
Sparkling and iridescent coloured gloss that embellishes lips with soft, moisturizing colour.

Beige (49)

Fluid Shine
Lasting nail polish to complement every makeup look.

Nude pink (26)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

POSH Comes To Toronto

That's right gals. THE Victoria Beckham will be in town to promote her dVb by Victoria Beckham line. If you don't mind crowds of people then join in the fun!

February 26, 2008
2PM - 3PM
Holt Renfrew
50 Bloor Street West

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Seize the Day

You have probably seen commercial or print ads for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement - last month I briefly talked about the National Wear Red Day (post). This important movement runs until March 1, 2008, and their goal is to inspire and motivate women to seize that moment or opportunity to think about their heart and their health.

In 2004 (most recent stats) 871,500 people died in the USA of cardiovascular disease, 461,200 were women. That is so scary. Heart Disease is the number 1 killer of Americans.

I recommend that you visit the Go Red For Women website as it has so much wonderful information: a free 12-week physical activity program, submit your question to The Go Red For Women Expert Panel, great tips on the prevention of heart disease and of course my favourite - the Heart-Healthy recipes - the one that caught my eye on their site is the Berry Topped Pudding Pie - yummy!

For more information on Go Red For Women visit


The Sweet (and Cool) Smell of Pop Art

“My favorite smell is the first smell of spring in New York” Andy Warhol

What could be more appealing than the magnificant frangrances of Bond No. 9, combined with spectacular artwork from one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Andy Warhol Union Square, is the second in Bond’s Warhol series, made in collaboration with The Warhol Foundation.

The scent, a seductive green floral that’s simultaneously cool and warm, is housed in a slim Bond No. 9 glass flacon, displaying Warhol’s fuchsia, red and yellow coloured flowers with blue coloured blades of grass, as its surface design. Warhol’s Flowers silk-screens and Union Square itself, the second location of Warhol’s Factory (and the place where he created his Flowers), were the inspiration for this new fragrance.

If you are a serious Warhol collector, then you will be very interested in the limited-edition portfolio of ten bottles, each a different Flowers print - cost $1500.

Andy Warhol Union Square
, the latest in Bond No. 9’s series of collectible Warhol eaux de parfum, will be available March, 2008.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Want a Lipgloss?

I was in Sephora recently and was amazed at the number of lipglosses on the market - I just had to take a photo at this double-sided stand.

Now I thought I had quite the collection - guess not!

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Monday, February 18, 2008

The BAFTA Awards

Last night I was glued to the TV watching the glamorous British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, held at the Royal Opera House in London. This event is the British equivalent to the Oscars.

Marion Cotillard
won Best Leading Actress for La Vie en Rose. She was just glowing in her sparkly Chanel dress with tousled hair.

Tilda Swinton
won Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton

I am sorry Tilda, but you were not looking like a winner here. The dress (Dior) looks like it has seaweed draped on it and the no makeup look makes you look too washed out.

Keira Knightley
dazzled in a grey strapless Valentino column gown.

Keira was nominated for Best Leading Actress for her work in Atonement but lost out to Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose).

Kate Hudson
glittered in her Dior gown and emerald earrings from Bulgari.

Thandie Newton wore an Alexander McQueen gown. Love the pink accent.

Jessica Biel
in a simple black Dior by John Galliano gown and more than $700,000 in Cartier diamonds. I am liking the blonde hair.

Bring on the Oscars!

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