Friday, May 28, 2010

Summer Beauty Buys

Hot, humid weather for 7 days straight and loving every minute of it!! A change in temperature is always a great time to re-evaluate your cosmetics and skin care and adjust accordingly. Here's a list of my current hot weather favorites:

Almay Smart Shade Makeup is more like a tinted moisturizer with SPF15 than a full coverage foundation. It's great for hot weather when you don't want your skin to feel cakey with makeup. By the way, the tint that "magically" "matches" your skin tone is a gimmick and will not match your skin tone perfectly, however it's a nice product in excellent packaging with adequate SPF.
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CREAM BLUSH!!! I love it! It is your best friend in hot weather. Almost all cream blushes impart a glow, no matter what price point you're trying. M.A.C., Stila, Nars, Maybelline, L'Oreal, NYC, they all work, so test one out. Peach, pink, red, fuscia, anything works!

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Bronzer is a great way to ease out of pasty, sallow winter skin (the healthy way). I personally think that cream to powder bronzers create the most natural finish, where as gels and liquids are really hard to blend over foundation/sunscreen and powders can be a bit dry and cakey in the heat. NARS multiples in the bronze shades are good, as well as Maybelline dream matte mousse, Stila and M.A.C bronzing products.


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Waterproof mascara is also your friend when it's hot out. It's not necessary every day unless you find yourself looking like Groucho Marx by 5pm because mascara has transferred below your eyebrows (it happens). But it is a great way to get around the beach, water parks, camping trips, etc. Maybelline The Collosal Volum' Express Waterproof mascara is a good one.

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Sunscreen. YAWN. I know, I know. Applying sunscreen is so boring and monotonous, but it's necessary and your future self will thank your present self for taking the precaution. The higher the SPF the longer you can stay in the sun without reapplying. SPF 30 is a good start (I personally use 45). I like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen, and Hawaiian Tropics Sheer touch sunscreen (because it smells good!):


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Fake Tanner is another summer staple for me because it means I'm less likely to want to fry myself in the sun. I like: Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube (the irony!), Bare Escentuals Faux Tan, Jergens Natural Glow Mousse, St. Moritz Foam Tan (UK product), and Rimmel Sun Matte/Shimmer wash off tan.

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A few subtle highlights woven throughout hair really warm up any complexion. I added some highlights throughout my hair a couple of days ago using a box of highlights and then toning the highlights to remove the brassiness (if you don't have access to a beauty supply store, or you're not comfortable doing this additional step by yourself, then purchase a box of brassiness remover - available now at drugstores - and apply once highlights have been added and hair is dry).Just make sure you pick a tone of highlights that will compliment your base hair colour - bleach blond does not suit dark brown or black hair, try caramel highlights instead. 

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Try China Glaze For Audrey as your next pedicure colour for a fun way to welcome summer.
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HAPPY SUMMER!! (almost!)





Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Reebok Easy Tone Shoes

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 The Kardashians. The most trusted source in health and fitness, right?
 
The title says it all, I've succumb to the latest marketing strategy: shoes that claim to make working out "easy".  I got the "Easy Tone" shoes specifically for walking, not running; Reebok has also come out with a training version as well as a running version.

Lately I've been experiencing lower back pain which I suspect is from the flats I've been wearing when I commute every day. So I let my inner impressionable consumerist take over and purchased a pair (in black) last week for (CDN) $109 from Footlocker. I bought them with the goal that I could wear them to and from work (white socks over top of beige panty hose optional) and as advertised, when I'm "out and about" and doing errands on weekends. So far so good.

So what the heck are these shoes about? Similarly to their Sketcher's counter part, these shoes work on the premise of instability training...Luckily though, the Reebok version is incredibly subtle aesthetically and less, um, orthopedic looking. They use the same concept behind doing squats, push ups or ab work on an instability ball, it forces every muscle to work over time.

Reebok claims that these shoes will work the glutes (butt) 28%, thighs 11% and calves 11% faster than normal walking can achieve. To be honest, I can't say that I feel any new muscles being activated that weren't already being activated, but it's only been one week so results could still appear. Also, the fact that I do work out on a regular basis might mean that these shoes aren't as effective on me, as say someone who usually doesn't do any kind of physical activity. That being said, I still really enjoy wearing them and don't mind if I don't see a 28% improvement in my derriere, although it would be welcomed.  

So what do they feel like? It feels like walking with springs in your shoes sort of. They're incredibly comfortable. The first time I took them off and walked around in socks my feet felt really flat and less..springy. They definitely make walking more interesting and enjoyable, at least for me.


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The downside to the Reebok Easy Tone shoes is that they can only be worn while walking, which is limiting, but potentially better for the feet as you're "supposed" to own separate running shoes in one size larger anyway. I also think they're slightly pricey, although I think they're excellent quality so far, so the price might be justifiable. I'll see how they wear as I go and let you know if they're worth it. 

Overall, this is one marketing scheme I'm glad I bought into. I know they're not the best or even necessary for everyone, but if you're in the market for a new walking shoe then consider these.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Modrobes...awesome!


Regular makeup and beauty related articles on the way...but in the mean time, anyone remember Modrobes?

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I owned this exact pair (red) in grade 7/8 .... Throw on some Sketchers running shoes and butterfly hair clips, and you really can't go wrong. Perfect outfit to see a Robyn and/or N'Sync concert, right? Modrobes were essentially glorified, overpriced Doctor's scrubs. But I loved mine, and I remember wearing those red ones to death. Unfortunately, Modrobes disappeared somewhere in the mid 2000's never to be seen again...

Well, our prayers have been answered!!The creator of Modrobes, Steven Sal Debus, has opened a new store in Toronto for sustainable and environmentally friendly clothing.
Click here to read all about it on torontostreetfashion.com.
Putting aside the Modrobes fad, I think it's great that a city like Toronto can create and re-create it's own trends. 

Does anyone outside of Toronto know about said Modrobes? What about your home city, can you think of any trends that are unique to your area?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Contrast is your friend

Alright, random thought of the day: contrast is good. This isn't a revolutionary concept, I know, but I think it's worth mentioning in the realm of style vs. makeup. 

While scrolling through pictures from the 2010 Costume Institute Gala, I noticed that the celebrities that looked best were those that had minimal makeup. Smoky eye shadow and heavy contouring don't really compliment those over the top, sparkly dresses and everyone who did this just ended up looking drawn and older. I guess this concept is sort of new to me, because I always thought that a black tie event meant wearing bold makeup. But maybe as I'm getting older I'm realizing that not every la-dee-da event needs to be a demonstration in my blending and false eyelash wearing capabilities. Likewise, casual outfits can be given an edge or editorial quality when paired with more daring makeup (think: bright fuchsia lips with a plain white tee and shorts, or kohl rimmed eyes with a casual sundress/romper). 

Here's a little photo essay to demonstrate what I'm talking about:

Karolina Kurkova looks modern and fresh in subtle makeup, while Alessandra Ambrosio looks severe and older than she is because of the heavy makeup paired with the pale pink gown.

Karolina Kurkova: 2010 Met Gala

Rachel Weisz could have gone the route of bright pink lips or cheeks, but thank god she didn't. This is a little brides-maid-ish, but I think it works when paired with soft makeup. 

 Rachel Weisz

 Zoe Kravitz works the masculine tux look and balances it with strong pin-up makeup. I think this works really well together.

 Zoe Kravitz

 Taylor Swift on the other hand is just too "perfect" - not a curl or eyelash out of place - and it's boring! I think she could have added edge by losing the cat eyeliner and wearing a dark, eggplant/burgandy lipstick.
And frizz out that hair! A little Helena Bonham Carter hair never hurt anyone.
It might just be easier to wear a new dress...snooze.

Taylor Swift

Blake Lively is just too done-up. Although you can tell she's trying to balance things by wearing her hair in a matronly bun and keeping the makeup simple. But I still think she over did it with the tanner. My suggestion? Strip off the tanner and add some bright orange lipstick, like MAC's M'orange to play off the dress. 
And/or get a new dress, Blake!

Blake Lively

What do you think?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

WE HAVE A WINNERRRR!


CONGRATULATIONS TO BRITTANY!! 
(check out her fun blog!)

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 the prize!
a selection of Maybelline Eye Studio products (not pictured) + a surprise!
 Mod Goddess Maybelline Eye Studio
Thanks again to everyone that entered the contest and is following and subscribed to GLOSS SPOT!

I'll be doing more giveaways in the future, stay tuned! :D


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