Monday, December 27, 2010

NYE 2011!!

Click here to see last year's NYE looks for different activities - 
a concert, skating, house party, etc. 

I LOVE this time of year because sequins and glitter nail polish are always appropriate if not mandatory! Here are some fun inspiration boards for this year's NYE...


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010



 Some hi-larious cards from
Funny Christmas Season Ecard: I'm going to regift something special for you.
Funny Christmas Season Ecard: Happy Holidays, acquaintance.

Funny Christmas Season Ecard: I'll never be the Secret Santa you deserve.

...and this is so true! 

Funny New Year's Ecard: Let's not spend New Year's Eve trying to figure out where to spend New Year's Eve.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winter skin blues

Does anyone else's skin feel and look like sandpaper these days? Thanks winter!!

Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help bring the moisture back to skin and keep it there:

Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream (drugstores $9.99) "lasts through hand washing, moisturizes for 24 hours and is non-greasy" - it's true, love this stuff. I have one at the office and one at home.

Josie Maran Argan Oil (Sephora $50) chocablock full of vitamin E and essential fatty acids this can be used as a facial treatment, on cuticles, hands, and hair. I have acne prone skin and have not found this to to cause breakouts, however I use it sparingly as an overnight treatment every a few days or so (not every night). It has really healed the cracked skin around my chin and cheeks. *great for healing chapped lips too

Argan Oil

 M.A.C. Lip Conditioner (M.A.C. $15) is a tube applicator full of moisture and anti-oxidants. Heals and prevents chapped lips. *as a general rule steer clear of any lip or skin product with menthol or eucalyptis in the description or ingredients list as it literally irritates your skin to the point of draining it of moisture. 

Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Omega 3-6-9 Replenishing Body Lotion ($40) Although this is pricey for something you'll be slathering all over your body, it is well worth the added expense because of the quality of ingredients (essential fatty acids, vitamin E, etc).
If the above suggestion is a little steep for you (understandably) then try Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy (drugstores, $9 or so), which uses silicone as a skin protectant - perfect for active people who need dryness protection or if you suffer from persistently dry skin (although the name implies that you need to suffer from 'clinical' dryness, anyone can use this who just wants moisturized skin!).

 Some general tips for preventing dryness in your 
skin and hair...

  • Avoid/limit hot showers and baths which suck moisture from the skin and hair (warm is fine)
  • Wash your face with a cream based face wash and remove makeup with mineral oil instead of toners or wipes (wash the mineral oil off though)
  • Wash your face at night to remove oil and makeup, and just splash your face with tepid water in the morning to freshen up. A second face wash in the a.m. is probably not necessary and will only dry your skin further
  • Apply deep moisturizers at night and let them soak in. Apply spf in the morning under makeup.
  • Shampooing every day probably isn't necessary, try co-washing! (washing with it!)
  • Skip powder makeup and consider a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation, and gel/cream blushes to add moisture and life to the skin.
  • Avoid anything with menthol, peppermint or eucalyptis in the ingredients list as these are known skin irritants and do not aid in moisturizing ever.

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That eyelash is out of place...let's Photoshop it

Clearly it was naiive, but I didn't realize that those 'candid' celebrity shots in magazines were photoshopped to the hilt as well. We all assume that ad campaigns, fashion shoots, beauty spreads and celebrity interview pictures are often photoshopped beyond recognition...but I overlooked the fact that literally EVERY photo inside a 'lady mag' is probably photoshopped. Duh.

Jezebel demonstrates the insanity with a "before" and "after" photograph of Megan Fox from InStyle magazine from a few years ago - she's not exactly the most 'natural' person in Hollywood as it's been well documented that she's undergone several plastic surgery procedures, but these photos reveal that magazines feel there is always more to 'fix':

How Photoshop Transformed Megan Fox

 The detailed steps of the photoshopping can be seen here. It's fascinating, but sad! I'm all for erasing a zit or blotting out extra shine, but changing a person's eye colour? Is 'teal' even found in nature?! Crazy!

If this kind of stuff interests you like it does me, check out Photshop Disastors.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gift ideas for HIM

This isn't exactly beauty related, but I love this time of year and couldn't resist listing some of my gift ideas for the men in our lives
(check out Gift ideas for HER for more gift ideas):

 Vapur Collapsible water bottle. Perfect for the gym bag, car or office. Can be emptied and folded to take up less space when not in use. 
(I have one of these, it's awesome! You can freeze it too) 
Available at Indigo/Chapters

The Vapur Bottle is a collapsible water bottle that folds flat when emptied. Perfect for traveling and commuting, reasonably priced too.

Portable iPod/iPhone speaker,
Urban Outfitters $30

Remote Car Starter (installation included) 
Best Buy, $189.99
Viper 1-Way Remote Car Starter (4103V) - Install Included - In Store Only

 Tweed Trapper Hat with faux fur interior
$15 Forever21

 Stainless steel espresso cup and saucer
$9.95/each from Crate and Barrel


MX Snow Sled (don't forget about the helmet!) for kids and adults, 
$149.99 at Canadian Tire

iBottle Opener (iPhone sleeve with built in bottle opener) $24, Urban Outfitters.

Happy Holidays!

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Friday, December 3, 2010


I'm late on the bandwagon, but I'm assuming that since this only recently entered the Canadian market that a lot of you probably haven't tried this stuff yet either...

Elnett Hairspray

Before you judge it based on its 80's chic gold exterior let me just say that #1 this stuff works and #2 it doesn't SMELL like hairspray usually smells. Also, you get a lot of it. Bonus.

The first thing I noticed about this hairspray is how fine the mist is. It feels almost powdery to the touch, and it does not leave any alcohol-like sticky sheen on the hair. I can't really tell if it adds shine, but my inclination is that it just literally holds your hair in place and doesn't add or takeaway anything. 

I have only used the "Strong Hold" version (there are several versions, and my eye would be on "Extra Strong Hold" next time I'm looking just to try it) and found that was the perfect amount of structure I needed. I used it after straightening my usually extremely curly hair to help with winter fly-a-ways and to be able to sleep with my hair straight without it bouncing back to a frizzy mess. It worked. If you need real hold (ie. for updos, or other 'styles') then try 'Extra Strong Hold' instead. 

One of the features marketed on the can of Elnett is that you can brush it out. This probably seems counter intuitive when you're looking for hold, but it's actually genius! How many times have you either messed up your hair and wished you could start over, or woken up the next day with a nest of hair due to over hair spraying the night before? It really is as simple as brushing your hair and it just relaxes the style, or brush a little more and it will completely remove the hairspray. 

Before Elnett I was using Joico Hairspray and absolutely hated it. It was just too drying and unforgiving, and it stunk.

Try it before all of your upcoming holiday parties and see what you think!

And if Kourtney Kardashian buys it in must be good (haha)
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