Friday, May 30, 2008

Seal of Approval

If you've never been one to swap your beloved quotidian mascara for its waterproof version, deciding to just “risk it” for the sake of loyalty, this product just might be your new paramour.

The Laura Geller Mascara Sealer is prepped to protect your mascara formula from streaming down your face whilst keeping your lashes in tact, just the way you like ‘em.

This sweat-proof, tear-proof and weather-proof sealer is an ideal alternative for those with a big event fast approaching (like a wedding) and no time to revamp their makeup routine. Simply swipe the colourless formula once or twice over after you’ve applied mascara and you’re set. It's usually sold with Laura Geller Makeup Remover, so you're not up all night tugging at your exhausted lashes when the time to end the glamourous affair arrives.

Laura Geller
Available at Sephora and

- Katherine Flemming

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Colours of (Summer) Love

While some of you may be crossing off your calendar days and tapping your sky-high stilettos as the Sexy and the City movie date nears, May 30th has a different meaning for fashionistas and beauty addicts living the Los Angeles area.

To commemorate the opening of a brand-new Chanel store on Robertson Boulevard this Friday, Chanel is launching the Robertson Boulevard mini-collection of four nail polishes inspired by the hip and glam nature of the city’s high-end shopping strip.

Chanel’s Creative Director Peter Phillips designed these limited-edition lacquers, in loud, pop-art shades that scream summer pedicure (although some of you could surely work these on your digits).

Here’s a rundown of the four punchy shades:

MELROSE: a full-bodied hot pink that puts Barbie to shame.
RODEO DRIVE: a milky purple, equally subtle enough for brunch with the in-laws or drinks with the girls.
L.A. SUNRISE: a bright, sunny yellow that’s destined to take the place of your licorice shades and become your new pedicure staple.
L.A. SUNSET: a warm and creamy tangerine, an ideal standby for sandy-coloured sandals.

If you’re a plane ride away from sunny California but you’re desperate to get your paws on one (or all four) of these coveted little bottles of luxe, check out the waitlist on Chanel’s website.

We’re predicting it’ll rival Samantha’s rampant obsession with that infamous red Birkin.

Robertson Boulevard Chanel Boutique and at in July 2008.
- Katherine Flemming

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Your Never Fail Lipgloss

The new L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss is our new gal pal. Just a hint of glossy colour will make your summer pout even prettier.

The gloss' Ultra-Resistant Shine-Fix, keeps your colour in place with incredible shine, even after enjoying your delicious Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino. And lip-infusing emollients, including Marine Collagen, wrap your lips in sheer comfort, leaving them feeling ultra soft and moisturized. We especially think you'll love the heart-shaped applicator that is so easy to use and contours the lips for precise, mistakeproof application.

With 8 lustrous shades to choose from, why not try a different one each day.

L'Oreal Paris
Avaiable at London Drugs and Walmart stores

- Ellen Mirza

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Tap, blend and bluff your way to the perfect summer glow with Airbrush Effects Blushwhip in Glow from Redpoint.

Versatility is key and Redpoint knows it. Part cheek tint, part moisturizer, this creamy gel blush goes on easily, lasts for hours and firms the skin. Vitamin Chydrates, DermaFiber fills in fine lines and helps mask their appearance while the Elastimide Amino Complex is a blend of anti-aging peptides that fight wrinkles. Together with colour pigments these ingredients leave your skin glowing and feeling like you aren’t wearing any makeup.

A little bit goes a long, long way. Just a tiny dab on each cheek will do you for the day.

Stuck in a pinch? This sheer blush does double-duty as an eye shadow or lip colour.

Available at and

- Stephanie O'Born

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Veiled Effort

Every beauty girl worth her weight in lip balm knows the potential consequences (a few that come to mind are premature aging and skin cancer) that come with sunscreen skimping. Problem is, while we’re super-diligent about applying our SPF pre-espresso, we often balk at the thought of round two by lunch. Layering white liquid over creamy blushes and gilded eyeshadows conjures up an image of a circus performer caught in the rain. With an extra-shiny finish, no less.

That’s why Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30 is so ridiculously amazing. It’s a brush on powder that deposits oil-absorbing minerals with UVA/UVB blockers onto skin instantly, and can be layered over makeup or worn alone. It’s also a savior when you’re left without your precious sunhat and your scalp is left exposed.

Dust it on midday to banish shine and keep your skin protected. It feels super light and gives skin a translucent, matte finish—thanks to the boatload of skin nourishing ingredients like mica, iron oxides, willow bark and vitamins A, C and E.

Last but not least—it’s portable. So there, no excuses.

Peter Thomas Roth
Available at Sephora and online.

- Katherine Flemming

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Let’s face it, you already love Dermalogica products, have been a fan for years and are thrilled when they come out with a new product; who knew perfection could be built upon? But they’ve gone and done it again, transformed an everyday product—yes sunscreen is an everyday product—into a superstar with the introduction of Super Sensitive Faceblock SPF30.

Not only does it guard against sensitive skin by protecting and reinforcing barrier lipids, but its UV Smart Booster technology safeguards against free radical damage. Jam-packed with an abundance of antioxidants and botanical extracts like Lavender and Green Tea, Dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Faceblock SPF30 is completely free of chemicals, colour and fragrances which makes it a no-brainer as your number one beach cover up!

Available at salons and spas

- Jennifer Sgro

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Suncare Simplified

The sun presents a whole new set of skin problems, whether you suffer a sunburn from a bad application or a greasy formula causes a breakout. From water resistant to all-natural sunscreen, here are a few picks for every need under the sun:

Biotherm Ultra-Fluid Body Milk Sun Protection SPF 30
Part of the Biotherm Sun Multi Protection line not only protects from both UVA and UVB rays, but moisturizes skin for up to eight hours. The lighter consistency of this product goes on like a lotion, but be careful of squeezing out too much.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sears

Kiehl’s Vital Sun Protection SPF 30 sunscreen
This all-sport formula provides UVA, UVB and broad-spectrum coverage for your skin and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes in the water.

Available at Kiehl's stores and Bergdorf Goodman

Clinique UV Response SPF 50
With a high SPF, this heavy duty sunscreen is a skin-friendly lightweight, oil-free lotion. This formula also contains liposomes that release anti-oxidants when exposed to UV light. Packaged in a upright tube, it lets you squeeze out every last bit of lotion.

Available at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom

Burt’s Bees SPF 30 Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil
This 100% natural sunscreen provides protection through Titanium Dioxide which creates a fine barrier to reflect harmful UVA and UVB rays while hemp seed oil prevents the loss of moisture from your skin. The tube packaging is both economical and environmentally friendly as 25% of it is made from post-consumer waste.

Burt’s Bees
Available at Whole Foods and London Drugs

L’Occitane Do Brasil Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 -Available July 2008
Containing only natural colours and fragrances, the new Buriti do Pará line of sun protection contains no chemical filters and is dermatologist tested. This mineral based sunscreen offers the standard broad spectrum protection as well as being immediately effective upon application, which is especially helpful if you are one of those people who forget to apply 30 minutes before sun exposure.

Available at L’Occitane stores and Sephora

Kiehl’s Ultra Protection Water-Based Sunscreen Lotion SPF 25
If you have breakout prone or sensitive skin, use a water-based lotion. This non-greasy formula is light enough to wear under makeup for every day. Don’t worry if too much comes out of the bottle as liberal applying will go a long way.

Available at Kiehl's stores and Bergdorf Goodman

- Carole Park

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