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Archive for August, 2009

Secrets of Seduction: Video

[ 0 ] August 24, 2009

High fashion is not just limited to suits and handbags.  The French have long cornered the market on fine lingerie and their reign continues.  I checked out a fashion show in Toronto recently, where top French lingerie designers showcased fall’s trends on Canadian models – great combination, eh?!

Check out the video here.

Heavan-illa!!

[ 0 ] August 18, 2009

vanilla-lushMy obsession with vanilla continues.  I add pure vanilla essence to practically every dessert I bake and have been looking for a fragrance that carries this scent without smelling like cupcakes – although that might not be such a bad thing!

I came across the perfect scent – in a batch of vanilla-inspired products from LUSH Cosmetics.  The dusting powder is absolutely decadent and enhanced with the scent of jasmine.  Not only is the fragrance exquisite but there is something quite luxurious about dusting oneself with scented powder before bedtime…  It also works great as a deodorant and dry shampoo!

Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder

$10.95 for 100g

LUSH Cosmetics

Aviator Sunglasses: Sexy, Smart & Always in Style

[ 0 ] August 17, 2009

Nothing makes a cool statement like a pair of classic aviator sunglasses.  Check out my article and video produced for Sun Media.  The article gives expert advice on finding the right pair while the video showcases the latest models – on our model!

Enjoy.

Jessica Simpson: A Public Affair

[ 0 ] August 17, 2009

jessicaThe trials and tribulations of being in-and-out-of a relationship.  We’ve all been there but maybe not as publicly as Ms. Jessica Simpson.  Check out the article and video I produced for Canada’s Sun Media.   Three experts weigh in on Simpson’s problems and provide tips for those currently residing in Heartbreak Hotel.  Personal Trainer Ryan Campbell of Ryancamp.ca also gives us great workout tips to get back in shape and back at the ex!

Click here to read the article.

Click here for the quick and (not-so) easy workout video!

The ‘Skinny’ on Ultra-Sleek Pants

[ 0 ] August 17, 2009

Not quite sure what took me so long but I finally bought a pair of sleek, slim black pants.  They are actuallybrown-pants more like leggings but with piping running down the centre front and back leg.  That essential detail gives the “pants” enough structure to be worn at the office with a blazer and or/crisp, button-down shirt.  In other words, your boss is unlikely to send you home with a note asking your mother to dress you properly.

I’m someone who loves to buy on sale – even to the point where I get things I don’t need, just because it was 20 or 30% off.  Unfortunately, staple items rarely go on sale (usually sold out by mid-season) so if you want to add instant sex appeal to your fall wardrobe without being “overly ambitious” bite the bullet, pay full price and enjoy your purchase for the entire season.  Skinny jeans/ pants,/leggings have and will continue to be around for a while so display those tight glutes and gams.

If you haven’t hit the gym recently or are worried about some, ah, “extra bit of baggage” or just want to err on the side of modesty, stick with black and wear a top or jacket that covers your backside.  Keep in mind though, leggings can be slimming (thanks in large part to Lycra) and your butt probably isn’t as big as you think it is, so show it off!!

The Big Brush-Up

[ 0 ] August 17, 2009

What woman hasn’t experienced a little high after buying a new lipstick or makeup palette?  It’s a rather 190-brushinexpensive luxury that still allows you to feed, clothe the kids and make mortgage payments.

While makeup can be an essential beauty pick-me-up, its silent helpers often go unnoticed: the lowly brushes.  These little guys work overtime to ensure flawless, makeup applications – if you are using a high-quality brush.  That means, no shedding (terribly annoying and embarrassing), maintaining its shape wash after wash (you’re washing your brushes regularly, right?!) and it is soft and luxurious.

I found such a brush at Sephora the other day.  Made by Cover FX, this powder brush retails for $49.00.  Is that steep?  Yes.  Do you get what you pay for?  Yes. If you’re on a tight budget and have to choose between high quality makeup or brushes, many makeup artists will advise the latter option.  A great brush will likely outlast your latest makeup fad.

This brush is made of 100 % unbleached goat hair), does not leave stray hairs on your face and is guaranteed to last a long time.  It also remains sturdy and balanced thanks to the ramin wood handle.  A lot of work has gone into this brush and in my opinion, that makes it worth the money.

If you’re in the market for a great loose/pressed powder brush, give this one a try and let me know what you think.  I’ll highlight more of my favourite makeup brushes in future posts.

Cover FX Brush #190, $49.00

Available at Sephora


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