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TAKE 5: Open Your Eyes

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Take 5: Eye Creams

Eyes give away your age and they certainly give away the number of hours you managed to sleep last night, so it is important to keep them in top form. Eye cream is the prefect weapon against dry, puffy, dark and lined looking peepers. Applying eye cream twice a day to clean skin makes such a difference. So, slather away! (more…)

TAKE 5: Pretty Polish

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Nail polish has stepped into the spotlight as of late and it is hard to keep up with all of the trends. Is the new it colour black? Is it blue that looks almost black? Is it orange? We are going to stick with what we like, colour wise, but we’ve tested five major brands to bring you the best of the best.

1 – Lackluster
2 – Not the worst of the bunch
3 – Getting there …
4 – Almost perfect
5 – Knock-your-socks-off good

Essie in Mini Shorts

Essie in Mini ShortsThe Claim: Famous for its chip-resistant formula, durability and huge selection of colours (over 200 in all).
The Truth: You get what you see with this bright, bright orange. After a few rounds of dishwashing the polish did begin to chip a little but it was minimal. Perfect for a manicure because it stays put.
One coat or two: 2
Chipped: 4 out of 5
Colour: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5

Available at select salons and online at


TAKE 5: Mascara

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Flirting is a science – so why not give yourself the upper hand by finding the perfect mascara? Our dream wand lengthens, plumps and saturates our lovely lashes with intense colour. No clumps allowed! We have tested five popular brands so that you don’t have to.

1 – Lackluster
2 – Not the worst of the bunch
3 – Getting there …
4 – Almost perfect
5 – Knock-your-socks-off good

Neutrogena Weightless Volume wax-free mascara

neutrogena weightless volume wax free mascara The Claim: “Builds full, naturally soft and healthy-looking lashes.”
The Truth: No clumps, no mess thanks to the small wand and light formula that coats ever lash individually. Ideal for those of us who are looking for a subtle effect.
Smudgability: 4 out of 5
Clumpiness: 5 out of 5
Colour: 3.5 out of 5
Wow Factor: 3 out of 5

Available at CVS, select drugstores and online at

L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Clean Definition mascara

LOreal Paris Telescopic Clean Definition mascara The Claim: “The patented No Clump Brush lengthens lashes up to 50%.”
The Truth: Telescopic is right – this mascara really pumps up the volume. The wand looks like a medieval torture device but does the trick! Be careful when you are removing this mascara – a good eye makeup remover is a must.
Smudgability: 3 out of 5
Clumpiness: 2 out of 5
Colour: 5 out of 5
Wow Factor: 5 out of 5

L’Oréal Paris
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Target and select drugstores


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