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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Known for A-list clientele, Smashbox has brought its beauty trailer to TIFF offering samples to consumers on the streets of Yorkville. Meanwhile, Quadrant Cosmetics national trainer Shawn Hlowatzki has been hopping all over T.O. to pretty up the stars (including Canuck actress Kristin Booth).
It’s easy to go glam for your red carpet moment with Smashbox must-haves and new options from their Wicked Lovely collection:
Monday, May 12th, 2008
When it comes to beauty, certain products evoke cult followings. And when those babies evolve, good things happen. Take Tarte Cosmetics best-selling Cheek Stain, for example. The chubby wind-up tube is a cinch to apply and comes in a range of wearable shades. So Tarte added a natural version to their cheeky spring collection—aptly named Full Blossom Natural Swirl Cheek Stain. After swirling together two universally flattering shades, the resulting sheer rose shade leaves skin with the sweetest, pink glow.
Aside from the colour (which is derived from gentle mineral pigments), the formula designed with your skin’s health in mind. First off, it’s free of harsh preservatives, parabens, mineral oil and phthalate. Meanwhile, the balm-like blush is infused with active super fruits like goji, acai and pomegranate (all renowned anti-agers) and moisture-boosting shea butter and safflower oil. If that’s not enough, the soft scent of rose and vanilla will reel you in.
Eco-bonus? By purchasing this cheek stain, you’ll be helping preserve the Amazon Rainforest, via the Sambazon Sustainable Acai Project (SAP). Talk about a remix.
Available at Sephora
Monday, April 28th, 2008
Sephora’s own brand was originally launched in France in 1994, and now occupies a large section in each Sephora store. What I really like about their products is the quality, that they are extremely affordable, and each item is available in a wide range of fun and fashionable colours. Here are the latest offerings from Sephora that will rock your eyes and make your lips pop:
Give your face and body that sun-kissed glow with a powder brush and this powder. Say no to sunbathing and yes to bronzer.
Colorful Mat Mono Eyeshadow
Enriched with green tea to soothe the delicate eye area, these matte shadows can be layered for added intensity. Available in nine pretty, sheer shades.
Atomic Volume Maximum Volume Mascara
Quite the mouthful! Sephora has developed an innovative tubular brush applicator with a lash-lengthening comb that separates lashes for a full, sexy flutter. In addition to providing you with mega-volume, this mascara will condition lashes, keeping them pretty and healthy.
If you’re a fan of lip and cheek stains, you need to try Lush Flush. This Red Wine Extract formula provides a natural flushed look, and is loaded with anti-oxidants to help protect skin from environmental pollutants and free radicals. All this for only $10.
Maniac Long Wearing Lipstick
I will only wear lipstick if it is hydrating to my lips. Why wear a product if it isn’t going to improve the look and feel of the body part it is applied to? Sephora’s new Maniac lipstick has my lips looking and feeling great, and each shade is long-lasting too. Available in 16 shades.
Ultra-Shine Lip Gloss
Shimmering colour in 24 shades that is perfect for that glossy pout. Every lipgloss addict needs to add this to their makeup bag.
Have you ever purchased a Sephora Brand product?
- Ellen Mirza
Monday, February 11th, 2008
Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Here are a couple of my picks for getting all sassy for your big date with that special someone…
Philosophy Valentine’s Day Lip Duo
Give your special someone sweet kisses this Valentine’s day. Pucker up with philosophy’s high-gloss, shimmery lip shines in powdered sugar cookie and raspberry sorbet. These deliciously scented lip shines smooth and soften lips for the ultimate kiss.
Innocent Illusion by Thierry Mugler ‘Seduction’ Kit
A personal seduction kit to charm in all innocence. Two must-have roll-on perfumes which will caress the skin with the sensual, mysterious notes of Innocent Illusion. A multicolored lip gloss feels sublime on your lips and perfects your charms. All packed in a Thierry Mugler mirrored makeup case.
Tarte Infinite Glow
Achieve a naturally radiant look with this essential palette from Tarte that has everything you need to tan, highlight and add rosy color in minutes. Includes a Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess (sheer golden tan), award-winning gel Cheek Stain in Tipsy (sheer coral pink) and a moisturizing 24/7 Lip Sheer in May Flowers (sheer rose).
Smashbox ‘O-GLOSS’ Intuitive Lip Gloss
The lip gloss that delivers a personalized pink pout. O-GLOSS is packed with natural skin energizing ingredients like smashbox’s exclusive Goji Berry-C Complex, ginkgo biloba, marine plankton and moisturizing pomegranate seed and avocado oils for long-lasting colour and shine.
Too Faced Hopeless Romantic Quickie Chronicle
The palette features seductive hues of Eye Shadow, Blush, and Lip Gloss.
This pretty pink powder provides that natural flush, that you usually can only get from being a little naughty. Perfect for brushing onto cheeks, forehead and chin.