World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week: Vawk/Vawkkin & Express

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I love this picture!
It was done with a back light with no flash. I wasn't sure how it would come out but it's gorgeous!

Enjoy these various shots I took of the Redken & Maybelline team doing their thing!

EXPRESS comes to Canada!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This post brought to you by Express. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ladies! Have you heard? Express Canada is here! My boyfriend and I would always make a note to visit their stores whenever we were in USA. Last time we went they had a great sale and he came out with five ties! Now that they are local, we don't have to do the two hour drive.

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Incase this is the first time your hearing about EXPRESS, let me give you some background:
Express is the must-have sexy, sophisticated fashion brand for work, the weekend, or going out. It’s what’s new and what’s now for young fashion-forward women and men.
Currently the closest location to me is Fairview Mall but they will be opening an Eaton Centre location on November 21st. Super exciting! Here is an invite to their Grand Opening event. Don't forget to try your luck and enter the $1000 shopping spree. Here is the contest entry form.

I also had the opportunity to attend the EXPRESS Fashion show at Toronto Fashion Week last friday. They wowed the crowd with their Holiday line. I took a lot of pictures to share with you all!

For men, the sleek and tailored look is in.
I loved it! Very clean and sexy.
Express Mens

For the ladies, it was all about the soft and delicate pieces.
It totally made me want to step up my wardrobe!
express canada women

Here are my top three wants from the show that I can't wait to wear:

  • Coloured Denim
    Everything this model wore I wanted!
    I'd never grativate toward blue coloured denim but after seeing it on her skin tone. I must have it!
  • High Neck top with stripes
    I'm in love with this combo. Did you know that thin stripes can make your body look elongated?
     
  • Peplum Dress
    We already know why I love this! Any tummy issue you have are banished with this dress.
     
I had such a great time at the show. Look out for my upcoming EXPRESS posts. For now, I'll leave you with more great shots from the show!
Express Canada Recap

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Halloween: imPRESS Press-On Manicure

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Just because I'm in my 20's that doesn't mean that I can't go all out for Halloween!
 I know I can't dress up.. well maybe I can. 
I'm 5'2.. probably the size of a fourth grader..haha!

imPRESS nails came out with a
limited edition Halloween Collection!
Do you remember my previous imPRESS nails post?

  • No drying time
  • Superior, lasting shine
  • Easy removal
  • Lasts up to a week
One of their greatest selling points is the fact that you can find a design which suits your personality!
If you're like me and works in a corporate office, these nails would definitely get you into the spirit of Halloween.


Each nail has the opportunity to be a different design.

I have a lengthy nail bed and these nails were very long on me.
You can cut and file these down to a length that works best on you.
Note: The imPRESS collection is not as long as the Halloween collection.

These nails are really fun! 

What are you doing for Halloween?


World MasterCard Fashion Week: Joe Fresh

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I can not explain how much I LOVE this picture!
Her makeup, hair, look and expression is amazing!
For day three of World MasterCard Fashion Week, I decided to check out Joe Fresh.


Maybelline:
The look was very fresh with a pop of color. My favourite part was the lip! Grace Lee explained the lips as "It's a little bit on the matte side but we wanted it to look like chalk". She then applied translucent powder over the lipstick. Check out the get the look below:

Redken:
The look was a simple but elegant low ponytail. Jorge Joao shared with me the best way to get perfect ponytail, "Directional blowdrying. Tie it off and it will fall easily in place".
Joe Mimran of Joe Fresh making some last minute touches to the look.

Close up of the ponytail from the back.
Gorgeous!

World MasterCard Fashion Week: Holt Renfrew, Pink Tartan & Pavoni

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

World MasterCard Fashion Week kicked off to a great start. Designers from day 1 were Holt Renfrew, Pink Tartan & Pavoni. I was able to go backstage and get the scoop from Grace Lee, lead makeup artist Maybelline New York Canada and Jorge Jao, Redken's Lead Artist on the looks/inspiration for the show.

Holt Renfrew
Holt Renfrew decided to do something different this time around. They decided to make their collection based on what is available this season! Basically you could shop what you want off the runway. The look is wearable for everyday. Nothing over the top or overly glam. Grace Lee calls it "The Holt Renfrew it girl" look.
Eyes
Cat eyes mascara
Expert wear eyeshadow Nutmeg & Taupe
Gel liner
Face
Fit me foundation
Darker fit me power for contour
Lips
Color Whispers Mocha Muse

Pink Tartan
Pink Tartan's look was all about the girl. Natural and effortless. Bare nails, lips and face. Best part about it, Grace did most of the look with her hands. I also spotted the Beauty blender sponge!

I love this picture I took of Supermodel Charlotte Free getting her makeup done by Grace for the Pink Tartan Show. How cute is her pink hair!
Face
BB cream
Boucy blush- coffee cake pink plum
Baby lips as a highlight, eye lids and lips
Eye Brows
Great Lash clear mascara
Define a brow pencil
Lips
Color Whispers Peddle Rebel

The lashes are curled in three steps: Root, middle & tips.

I think Pink Tartan had my favourite hair because it's something that I can do!
Jorge Jao, Redken's Lead Artist described it as "Very Playful, very natural with texture."
We created a dramatic left side part and pinned up with side sweep. Then we added texture with a 11/4 inch curling iron, setting it with Iron Shape 11 and applying the iron shape into each section, and then spiral-wrapping vertically using big sections. Then we worked our way around the head spraying Shine Flash 02 into our hands and raking through the waves to create a beachy-type texture. We finished the look with Wax Blast 10.
 Here is Charlotte Free's finished look with hair & makeup.

Pavoni
We created a foundation at the crown of the head and then wrapped textured pieces around the foundation to give us a textured buffant with a left side part.  

I had the opportunity to be seated by Maybelline for the Pavoni show. I was honestly blown away. My pictures do not do the collection ANY justice. Check out the video:

Canadian Contests: Playtex, Maybelline & Redken

Monday, October 22, 2012

 I recently found out about these great contests on social media by some of my favourite brands.
Why not try your luck and enter?

Twitter

Playtex 
Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360 ͦ™ Tampons wants to get the conversation started to ensure women have all the facts so they can feel comfortable and protected during their time of the month – and what better way to do this than through a contest!

All you have to do is tweet hilarious advice you were given when you first got your period to @PlaytexGG using #PlayOn for a chance to win a $1,000 Visa gift card!  To increase your chances of winning, you can tweet daily from Monday, October 22nd at 9:00am until Thursday, November 22nd at 5:00pm.

Super easy right? Here is my tweet:
 @PlaytexGG I was told that I should avoid the gym during that time! Very odd lol #PlayOn 

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Maybelline
New this season, @MaybellineCan presents #tweet4aseat. This latest social media venture grants Toronto’s style mavens an opportunity to tweet for a chance to win two seats to one of the week’s highly anticipated shows. To enter, follow @MaybellineCAN on Twitter then tweet @MaybellineCAN: “I want to be spotted @WMCFashionWeek wearing....(insert favourite Maybelline New York Product) #tweet4aseat.” A lucky winner will be chosen at 5:00PM every evening for the opportunity to sit at the next day’s show with a guest. Contest ends October 25.
Rules and Regulations:  http://bit.ly/QIW00S
 I had the opportunity to sit in a show today and it was awesome! Maybelline is an amazing beauty brand, you should definitely enter to win.

Facebook

Redken
Redken 5th Avenue NYC Canada, in support of its breakthrough colour line, Chromatics, is running a contest where the innovative fashion designer Sunny Fong, lends his talents to create an exclusive VAWKKIN fashion item, inspired by the colour palette of Chromatics.

Six, one-of-a-kind limited edition VAWKKIN creations, will be given away exclusively to contest winners. The creations will be a feature in the VAWKKIN runway show to be held in Toronto on October 26, 2012. Winners will hold an original design, and a piece of Canadian fashion history.
There are 6 weekly VAWKKIN prizes to be won and each consumer is also entered to win the grand prize: a year of colour for themselves and a friend at a participating salon.

Each entry is given a coupon to receive a FREE full-size Redken Colour Extend shampoo and conditioner when they get their hair coloured at a participating Redken Chromatics salon.
The contest runs from Oct 15 to November 30th, 2012.
Enter here: Redken facebook
This is another amazing opportunity! 

Givenchy & Fendi Fall 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Have you ever had the opportunity to be inside a Sephora before it opened to the public?
 I have!

I recently got the scoop on the new products for Fall 2012 from Givenchy & Fendi!
 Remember my Givenchy: Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara review?
It made my lashes very elongated and curled like a dream.
After that I knew I had to check our their full line. 


A demo was done on the model using some of the Fall 2012 products.
I loved the end product. Her look was wearable for the day and the night. 

We also got the low down on some of the new scents of Givenchy!
Dahlia Noir Eau de Parfum is definitely an amazing fall scent.
Strong & feminine at the same time. Perfect for a date or girl's night out.


 New Products:
  • Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm
  • Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara
  • Dahlia Noir Eau de Parfum
  • Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser High Definition
  • Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder
Last but not least we also got a sneak peek on the Fan di Fendi pour Homme.

That's a scent that I'd want my boyfriend to smell: Masculine and bold.
It's a mix of woody & citrus notes. Smells amazing!


What do you want to see a review on first?

Beauty Blog Link Love 20/10/12

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Have you tried the new Burberry Lip Velvets yet? Take a look at Sophie's glowing review at Makeup Wonderland!

Phyrra goes from nude to vampy with her Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars review, part one.

Still on the fence about the whole split-fibre brush trend? Then you can't miss Rae's review of the Sephora + Pantone Universe Enchanting Dual-Sided Brush Set on theNotice -- it might just change your mind.

Bun Bun Makeup Tips shares about her Holy Grail eyelash primer! Find out what she has to say about the Diorshow Lash Plumping Serum!

Addicted to Beauty gets spook-tacular with ten Halloween-themed nail art creations. It's Franken-nails time!

Sometimes, you just have to find the beauty in fitness. Check out Krasey Beauty's experience, doing boot camp with Under Armour.

Ever dreamt up a world without any dark circles and minimized under eye wrinkles? Lancôme Génifique Eye Light-Pearl may be what your dreams are made of! Come check out a before & after at Adorable On Your Vanity.

K from Beautifully Addicted To tries out nail art tattoos.

Not sure what you need now? Gouldylox has a list of beauties you shouldn't pass up!

Fleurissante is comparing the older and newer version of Sisley Phyto Blush Eclat.

This week on Makeup Morsels, MM plays with Illamasqua's Creator nail varnish and imparts a valuable life tip, all in one post.

The Pink Sith takes a trip to Sicily with a single spritz of the new Houbigant Paris Orangers en Fleurs Eau de Parfum. A bottle is certainly less than airfare these days.

Pammy Blogs Beauty might just have found her new favorite scent with Shiseido's Zen Secret Bloom.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed thinks all things in life should be pink and sparkle including her lips! Come check out her swatches and see if they bring you over to the sparkly pink side too!

Beauty Info Zone wants you to go trick or treating with them and LUSH. You'll love what treats you'll get.

It's that time of the year again, so check out which products Anita has hauled from Guerlain's new Holiday 2012 Collection and what she thinks of them!

With the seasons changing, Hellcandy discovers Liz Earle's new fragrance that is perfect for Autumn. Read her review here.

Anastasia's Holiday 2012 collection is all about bringing back 70s glamour. Check out Lydia's review and swatches on Perfectly Imperfect Beauty to see a preview of this limited edition collection.
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Jenn from Spiced Beauty is giving one lucky person the opportunity to win $50 MAC or Sephora e-giftcard. Enter today!

Don't miss the Spook-tacular Halloween Sweepstakes from Prime Beauty and the Beauty Blog Coalition--you could win a $500 VISA gift card!

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Want You To Want Me Eye Shadow Palette & Kisses On My List Gloss Set

Friday, October 19, 2012

 It's about time I start sharing holiday collection information. 
 I need to come to the realization that Summer is gone. 
We're fully into Fall... coasting into Winter

 Do you remember my past post on the Anastasia Beverly Hills See or Be Seen Kit?
I have nothing but good things to say about the Anastasia Beverly Hills line.

Want You To Want Me Eye Shadow Palette 
A deluxe eye shadow palette featuring an array of nude and plum shades and all that you need for a beautiful holiday look.
Eye Shadow in Platform Wedge, Members Only, Graphic T's, Iron on, Front Row Center, Ziggy, Brass in Pocket, Power Ballad, Jellies
Mini Clear Brow Gel
Liquid Eye Liner
Mini two-sided brush

This is exactly what I would look for palette! Everything in here can be used on the lightest porcelain to ebony shades. I love how the brow gel is clear! Not tinted or colored.
Also the palette is small enough to keep in your makeup bag.

Kisses On My List Volume 2 Hydrafull Gloss Set
A limited-edition HydraFull Gloss set that includes three sheer, ultra-hydrating glosses and three new and exclusive Hypercolor glosses.
Color shown: Moi
Colors: Sharona, Roxanne, Jolene, Lola, Maggie May, and Moi.

If you're into high-shine glosses this is definitely for you!
Two of the glosses were a little pale for my skin tone. I found an amazing nude in the bunch called Moi.

These products can be found at Anastasia.net and Sephora. Canadians Kisses On My List Volume 2 Hydrafull Gloss Set is $39.00 & Want You To Want Me Eye Shadow Palette is $44.00.

Dinner with OPI's Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to do something amazing.
I had dinner with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann!

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann is OPI's Executive Vice President and Artistic Director. For two hours, a table full of Canadian Beauty bloggers and I talked about the wonderful world of nail polish. It was amazing!

Honestly, I am so grateful for the opportunities that I get through Spiced Beauty. Whenever I am unsure about my career path, I  meet strong, educated and accomplished women like Suzi. Believe it or not, it’s moments like this which keep me going.

Suzi was everything that I expected her to be! She was extremely knowledgeable and honest. She had an answer for everything. Check out some of her insights below:
  • Hottest color for the Holidays: Glitter
  • Hottest color for the Spring: Pastels
  • Colors that we should look for in 2013: Deep Blues & Yellows
  • Transporting nail polish: ALWAYS put them in a ziplock bag
  • Manicures in the office: Wear what you want! Add glitter to tone down a polish.
  • Top three manicures must haves: Axoplex Cuticle Oil, Drip Dry & Top Coat 
 The Kardashian Line up close:

We also got to take see and take home:
Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez collection.
Glitter, confetti, pearls and pastels... need I say more!
These lacquers are available January 2013.
I will be posting the swatches soon!

Are you a glitter, confetti, pearls and pastel fan?

How do you set your make up?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

On each of my past visits to IMATS, I've always came home with something new. 
I'm always looking for ways to make my make up last longer. 
Liquid setting sprays are becoming very popular lately. 

After using your setting powder, spray this on top to great a smudge-proof and sweat resistant barrier. These featured above are my "theatre" sprays. They are much stronger than the others that I have in my kit.

Have you ever used a liquid setting spray before?

Fight Bacteria with GoSwipe

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I'm obsessed with my phone, I bring it everywhere! I swear it's like a third limb to me. 
If I forget it, I'm feel completely empty.. Haha!

You would never believe how many germs are currently your phone. I once read an article stating that your phone as the same amount of germs as a toilet seat.

 EWWW!
Think about that.. 

You put it near your mouth daily. With Fall/Winter rolling around this is something that should be taken seriously! I was pitched a product called GoSwype for my phone:

Its a microfiber cleaning cloth
-Kills up to 98% of germs and bacteria
-Removes finger prints oils and dirt
-Comes in cute prints

Ladies who wear foundation daily, you may have realized that one size of your face breaks out more than the other.

Coincidence?

Have you considered your phone as a culprit? These come in a reusable sleeve so that they don't get contaminated. I'm soooo sorry to gross you all out but these are some important things to think about this fall/winter season.
 Do you clean your phone daily?

New products from Korres Fall 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Korres is a beauty brand that makes some amazing skin products. Everything in the line is made of organic and natural ingredients. These products are gentle on the skin and can be found in select Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores. I honestly feel like there is something for everyone in the line.

Check out what's in store for Korres this Fall:

  • KORRES® Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment, abreathable, oil absorbing formula that instantly fills in pores leaving the skin with a smooth, even, matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores throughout the day.
  • KORRES® Pomegranate Purifying Natural Clay Mask, deeply cleanses and tones the skin, tightening pores and absorbing oil.
  • KORRES® Pomegranate Toner purifies the skin’s surface, minimizes the look of pores and helps to reduce the appearance of redness, while leaving the skin feeling soft and fresh.

KORRES® Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, weightless soufflé texture made with Vitamin C and Wild Rose Oil, works while you sleep to renew dull, tired skin by morning. It melts instantly into the skin to re-texturize skin for smooth skin by morning.

  • KORRES® Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser, a gentle yet effective exfoliating cleanser enriched with Wild Rose oil, clinically proven to improve skin’s overall radiance and texture with daily use.
  • KORRES® Wild Rose Instant Eye Brightening Treatment, a cream formulated with Wild Rose oil in combination with yeast, ruscus and horsechestnut extracts. This formulation helps to add radiance and rejuvenation to the delicate eye area, while minimizing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.



 I've been using these three products daily for a few weeks and my skin is amazing!
Check out my regimen:
  • Start off with the KORRES® Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser. It's reminds me of a facial cream with light exfoliating beads. I get no irritation on my skin from using it daily.
  • Then twice a week I tone using KORRES® Pomegranate Toner. It's light so you can use it daily.
  • Lastly, here is my favourite step: KORRES® Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment. I'm definitely a "matte" girl. I'm not one for the "dewy" face look on me. This product keeps my t-zone under control. I wish I had this product this summer. It would have truly saved me!
Is there anything from the line that you would like to try?