Thursday, March 27, 2008

Go Blue (bliss blue, that is) to be Green

Earth Day is on April 22nd and bliss wants to make it a spa-tacular day...

Bring in a recycled bliss bag to any one of their spa locations on April 22nd, and they will give you 20% off any purchase of bliss and Laboratoire Remède products.

While blue might be their bread-and-butter, being a little ‘green’ can only mean more bliss for everyone.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sweet Summer Fragrances

I wish that summer was here, don't you? The warm weather, the sun shining and pretty, lightweight clothes. As it isn't summer and won't be for a while, I am faking that feeling with delicious summery fragrances. Here are three new ones you should try.

Lise Watier Désirable
A pure and delicate fragrance with fresh and invigorating notes, blending floral and fruity notes, intertwined with delicate woodsy accents, for a contemporary, feminine scent.

Top Notes:
Osmanthus, Wild Berries and Apple
Middle Notes: Magnolia, Freesia and Lily of the Valley
Base Notes: Sandalwood and Musk

Launched March 2008

Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean
Inspired by Catherine Zeta-Jones and her casual elegance, this fragrance was created by Givaudan perfumer, Oliver Gillotin. It is reminiscent of warm summer days on the beaches of St. Tropez and boasts of sweet, sparkling fruits and delicate florals.

Top Notes:
White Nectarine, Bergamot and Sparkling Pink Grapefruit
Middle Notes: Corsican Violet, Wild Jasmine Petals and Sweet Almond Flower
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Musk

Launching April 2008

Kenzo will be releasing their new summer edition of the FlowerByKenzo this April/May. Created by Alberto Morillas of Firmenich, this fragrance is a twist on its perennial classic.

Top Notes: Litchi, Ginger and Mandarin
Middle Notes: Freesia and Violet
Base Notes: Incense and White Musk

Launching April/May 2008 exclusively at Sephora

Here comes summer!

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Catch The Vibe

I just have to tell you about the fun challenge that I will be taking part in. It's not beauty related at all - but so much fun!

On Thursday, April 3rd, I will be taking part in the Catch The Vibe challenge, which will test my resourcefulness, determination, teamwork and on-line social prowess. Team Traction (the team I am a part of) will compete against 3 other teams for points in a variety of city challenges, armed with only a 2009 Pontiac Vibe, a Bell BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8130 smart phone and the Catch The Vibe website.

My team's progress will be linked to the website so it can be tracked throughout the day and you will be able to send me messages or provide help online as we compete in certain tasks.

So mark this in your calendar and wish me luck. I will be writing about this event on our new site Lipstick Lifestyle when it launches in May.

Oh and before I forget YOU could win a Pontiac Vibe for a year or other fabulous prizes. Click here for more details

Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

L'Oreal Fashion Week: Day 3

I unfortunately did not make it to the 3rd day of fashion week - but have no fear, I still have the under-the-tent scoop for you.


Vancouver designer and Project Runway Canada finalist Carlie Wong, infused some nighttime glam into her afternoon runway show.

Serbian-born designer Slavka Plavsic, revealed an elegant fall collection full of colour, inspired by a 1870s postcard with a portrait of a lady.

Montreal designer Andy The-Anh unveiled his Fall 2008 Collection of richly hued pieces. Teal, chocolate brown and midnight blue graced the Toronto runway.


Carlie Wong's models strutted the catwalk with Amy Winehouse-esq eyes, and lips were equally striking in a deep cherry colour. Not my typical evening look but it works for the runway.

Slavka Plavsic’s focus was totally on the clothes and kept makeup to the bare minimum. I am loving the braiding.

I understand from chatting with Eddie Maleterre that the look for the Andy The-Anh show changed at the last minute. I am not sure what the original look was to be, but I think the bold peacock blue and black on the eyes worked for the show.

Still to come...the final day of L'Oreal Fashion Week.

For more information on L'Oreal Fashion Week visit

Images: George Pimental


Monday, March 24, 2008

The Men's Room: Vichy Homme

1998 saw the launch of Basic Homme by Vichy, designed specifically for men. In 2001, the brand was redesigned and re-released as Vichy Homme, and then in 2007, Vichy upgraded the entire men's skincare collection, to respond to their further research into men's skin requirements.

Over the past few weeks I have been using a couple of products from the Vichy Homme line. Here are my thoughts on the Shaving Gel, Cleansing Gel and the Hydrating Care cream.

Anti-Irritation Shaving Foam
For me, shaving gels fall into two groups:

1. Those that come out in a squiggly continuous string, which then once applied to the skin,"foam up". I never know how much product I really have until I start rubbing that clump of gel into my face.

2. Foams that expand up to 5 times in volume upon release from the container. I always find that you have too much.

The Vichy Homme Shaving Foam comes out in a manageable one-inch ribbon that gives a smooth shave with just a little squirt.

Purifying Cleansing Gel
This product is soap-free, non-drying and contains salicylic acid for cleaning away imperfections. At first it felt as if I was just rubbing hair gel into my face-where was the soapy foam that makes it feel like it’s really working? Well, after washing it off, I found my face was really clean and felt refreshed.

I tend to get pimples from going overboard on sweets and soft drinks; this cleansing gel has helped to minimise my breakouts-without stopping my bad habits!

Hydra Mag C Fortifying 24 Hr Hydrating Care

Do you have dull and tired looking skin? I think this product will help. After applying a small amount to my skin, it looked as though there was a luminescence quality. Now it’s not sparkly, because that would be just wrong, but it just brightens up my skin. In addition, it keeps my skin hydrated in the cold and dry weather, which is great. I think that if I was hung over from a night of partying, this product, along with a pair of sunglasses, would make people none the wiser.

The branding consists of sleek black and red packaging. I understand that the colours are meant to represent Science and Fertility, Performance and Elegance and Rigour and Modernity. Hmm. I think the packaging looks masculine, and that's all that matters to me.

Overall, I was glad to test-drive these three products from the Vichy Homme collection. They were all easy to use and did a great job. I will be buying them again once my current containers are empty.

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