Archive | September, 2009

Eight Hour Cream Goes Vintage

30 Sep

Eight Hour Cream is a cult beauty product created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soothe, restore, and calm chapped, dry skin. With key ingredients like petrolaturm (one of the original beta-hydroxys) and Vitamin E, the legendary cream was so effective Miss Arden even applied it to her thoroughbred horses’ legs.

Today, this skincare classic is still a popular choice for moisturizing dry skin and providing anti-inflammatory benefits. But now you can enjoy the award-winning formula in a lip protectant stick encased in a limited edition vintage 1960’s lipstick holder. With a light, yet super-emollient formula, the lip balm also protects against sun damage with an SPF 15 sunscreen.

Perfect for chapped and cracked lips, take this stylish lip protectant along with you and your lips will feel soft, supple, and ready for the swinging 60s.

Fans of the 80’s can also get an Eight Hour Cream Vintage 1980’s Lip Protectant Stick reminiscent of the early Madonna days.

What to Wear Inside Your Boots

29 Sep cushions help prevent blisters

Now that it’s boot season, your feet are about to take a beating as you stomp around in the snow. Help is on the way with Foot Petals’ line of foot care and comfort products.

Heavenly Heelz are multi-functional cushions that make the transition from summer flip flops to winter boots super easy. Not only do they protect against heel blisters, you can also insert Heavenly Heelz in the inside top of your boot to ease friction or help with sizing.

Made of Poron, a light but dense foam fabric, Heavenly Heelz provide all day comfort while keeping your boots in place. Just place the sticky side of the cushion in an uncomfortable area, and your boots are made for walking.

Available in black, rose, buttercup, and silver rose, Heavenly Heelz will have you stepping out in style whether you’re wearing Prada slouch ankle boots or Nine West thigh highs with a laced tassel design.

Live Rich Tips: #11 Smoother Skin with Avocados

28 Sep

PennyUse Avocado Oil as a Moisturizer

A favorite of celebrity facialists, avocado oil is a secret weapon that helps to reduce skin inflammation and hydrate skin.

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Canada’s Controversial Breast Cancer Ad

26 Sep

A new fundraiser ad for a Canadian breast cancer charity, Rethink Breast Cancer, is causing controversy but may lead to more discussion about the disease.

The ad campaign called “Save the Boobs” shows up-close shots of a woman in a bikini as passerbys stare. The tagline reads: “You know you like them. Now it’s time to save the boobs. Booby Ball October 2nd.”

One website showing the ad has had almost half-a-million hits, but some people are criticizing the ad as being too racy. The woman in the ad is Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, who conceived, wrote, and helped to produce it entirely with volunteers. The MTV Canada host says she has nothing to apologize for and, as more people talk about breast cancer, good or bad, at least they’re talking about it.

Click here to watch the ad (note that a YouTube warning is displayed indicating that content may be inappropriate for some users).

Find out here how you can help Rethink Breast Cancer.

Don’t Lash out at Your Mascara

26 Sep;jsessionid=LAQZVEYGWURIWCV0KRRQQAQ?id=P235411&categoryId=C15941#moreInfoBreakthrough Lash Lengthener

Are you tired of clumpy lashes and middle of the day rings around the eyes? It could be time to try another kind of eyelash product. How about a conditioning boost for your lashes that increases them to twice their original size?


Cargo Cosmetics recently unveiled LashActivator™, a nourishing combination of ingredients that promises to visibly increase the appearance of lash length and fullness in just 30 days.

Sound too good to be true? Many lash lusting ladies swear by the formula that contains marine algae extracts to increase lash density and citrus-derived flavonoid to promote micro-circulation for optimal growth. Peptide-Biotin complex also delays lash loss.

With deep black pigmentation, you can wear the primer as a mascara if you’re looking for a more natural look. For glossy rich coverage, apply LashActivator before using your favorite mascara (be sure to let it dry well) and wait for the magic to happen.

Camouflage Your Skin Imperfections

25 Sep

Here’s your best weapon for covering up nasty red spots and other skin imperfections.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is a two-shade system with one shade to match your skin’s depth of color and one to match your skin’s undertone. With two shades that you can custom blend, you’ll be able to cover up just about everything from acne to red spots to dark circles.

The best way to apply this color is with a thin concealer brush using a warming technique to start.

After applying foundation, use the brush to place a generous amount of concealer on the top of your hand. Then, move the brush back and forth until the concealer is a creamy texture. Mix the two shades together until you get the perfect shade.

After application, pat the concealer with your fingertips and set with a translucent powder, if desired.

With the concealer’s dual shade system, you’ll be able adjust your coverage all year round to suit your changing complexion. Even better, Secret Camouflage contains aloe to soothe irritated and sensitive skin.

Organic Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes

24 Sep Organic Ingredients

You may have already tried organic foundation or lip gloss, but what about organic products for removing makeup? If you have sensitive eyes or skin, it’s worth looking into 100% natural origin for removing makeup. Organic products are free of harsh chemicals, which means fewer ingredients that may cause irritation.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear® is the first organic line of makeup in the U.S. to be certified by ECOCERT®, an international certification organization that guarantees the genuine practice of environmental respect throughout product formulation and manufacturing. In addition to a full line of cosmetics, Physician’s Formula Organic Wear has several choices for removing makeup, depending on whether you prefer pads, towelettes, liquid, or lotion.

Organic Wear Natural Origin Eye Makeup Remover Pads are the perfect choice for wiping away dark mascara and shadow without a lot of effort. Formulated with organic cucumber extract to soothe the eye area and OrganiSoy® to moisturize and help nourish lashes, the gentle formula easily removes makeup without oily residue.

To use the pads, just press the pad lightly over closed eyelids and lashes to gently melt away unwanted elements for your eyes and the environment.

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Marc Jacobs Lola Eau De Parfum

23 Sep

Sophisticated Floral Fragrance

If you’re in love with this season’s hot colors, you’ll definitely want to check out Marc Jacobs latest fragrance, Lola. The bottle features a layered flower on the lid, inspired by the designer’s fashion collection, with purple and red petals entwined with a green leaf.

The scent of this feminine fragrance opens with pink peppercorn, pear, and ruby red grapefruit. Layers of vanilla and creamy musk complete the long lasting scent.

Although the name Lola in Spanish means little woman, you’ll make a big statement wearing this modern and inviting fragrance.

Freshen Up Your Fall Wardrobe

22 Sep

Image: Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh Fall ’09 Collection

Fall is a time for renewal with a lot of options for freshening up your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Joe Fresh offers designer inspired pieces for under $100 with a Canadian touch.

Bringing to life a whole new plaid look with Buffalo check outerwear and accessories, the Joe Fresh fall collection also includes vibrant winter vests and knits. Whether it’s a cropped bomber jacket or a cozy v-neck cardigan, Joe Fresh Style will keep you warm as the temperature cools off.

Here are some fabulous finds from the Joe Fresh Fall ’09 collection available at select stores in Canada.


Image: Joe Fresh



Embrace your inner librarian with a white pleated blouse ($39) and a black ribbed cardigan ($29). Add some color with a thin patent belt ($6).




Image: Joe Fresh


Don’t be afraid to mix and match checks whether it’s a white and black Buffalo check coat ($89) or Buffalo check wellies ($29).





Image: Joe Fresh


Pump up a pleated denim skirt ($29) with a navy ruffled blouse ($24). Warm the look up even more with a trendy heather grey cardigan ($19).

Click here for more top trends at Joe Fresh.

Ladies in Red: Emmy Awards 2009

21 Sep
Getty Images

Getty Images

Ravishing in Red

If you haven’t noticed that red is a big color this fall, small screen stars at this year’s Emmy’s proved it.

Blake Lively wore a revealing shear V-neck and backless red dress by Versace with a single braided hairstyle to complete the look. Debra Messing chose a one-shoulder Swarovski-embellished red gown by Michael Kors.

Also in red was Mila Kunis, who showed off a ballerina inspired dress with layered tulle in bordeux red by Monique Lhuillier. While Hayden Panettiere embraced a one-shoulder look from J. Mendel in organza and and Bally gold leather platform pumps.



How to Wear Red

Red isn’t as hard a color to pull off as you may think. Here are a few guidelines to follow to make your red hot dressing a success.

  • Choose a red dress that has a classic cut and uncomplicated lines. Too many details, like ruffles or bows, overpower the look.
  • Wear minimal jewelry as a red dress is a statement piece. Simple items in gold or silver work well.
  • Add black or metallics for your accessories as neutrals set off the red and don’t draw attention from the color.
  • Wear soft makeup that balances your look like Blake Lively’s hint of dark liner around her eyes and shimmery highlighter on her brow bone.

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Stop Chapped Lips in Their Tracks

21 Sep

As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to give your lips extra protection from harsh winds and overheated rooms. You can fight dryness using products with a natural humectant like sugar which provides long-lasting moisture.

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 contains a paraben-free moisturizer with natural oils like Meadowfoam seed oil and apricot kernel oil to keep your lips fully moisturized.

To shield your lips from free radicals, the balm also includes antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E for protection against wrinkle-causing free radicals.

If you’re looking for more than hydration in a balm, Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment has a subtle rose tint and Fresh’s trademark sugar lemon scent, all in a travel-friendly tube.

Dramatic Eyes for Fall

20 Sep
Image: New York Magazine

Image: New York Magazine

Vamp up Your Look

You don’t have to spend a bundle for this fall’s dark eyes seen on runway shows, like Yigal Azroul, during New York Fashion Week.

Express your individuality by pumping up eye shadows like Rimmel Colour Rush Mono Eye Shadow in Jet Black, a blendable shadow with long lasting color.

Or, try N.Y.C. Smooth Mineral Loose Eye Powder Kit in Black Onyx for intense color, either wet or dry. The kit includes loose eye powder and liner sealer if you want to turn the powder into a waterproof liquid liner.

To get the look, use a shadow brush to blend the color. Before applying, tap the brush on the side of the container to get rid of excess eyeshadow. Next, use the shadow with a liner brush to create a thin line close to the lashes. Finish with a soft lip gloss for contrast, and you’re ready to channel your inner rocker chick.

Finger Paints for Makeup Junkies

19 Sep Color Compact

If you loved playing with paint as a child, you’re destined to be a fan of Josie Maran Finger Paints compact. With a touch of your fingertips, you can explore your artistic side with sheer color for your eyes, cheeks, or lips.

Offering a two color combination with peach or pink shades, the compact includes just the right assortment of colors to build and blend coverage. A key ingredient in the compact is Josie Maran’s signature argan oil for replenishing and repairing skin cells. To soften and protect the skin, the palette also contains organic jojoba seed oil and Shea Butter.

With endless color possibilities, this multi-use palette for busy makeup junkies will definitely bring out the Rembrandt in you.

Get a Blast from the Past with Lush Cosmetics

18 Sep

When it comes to the retro movement, count LUSH Cosmetics in with their Karma collection of products and Happy Hippy Shower Gel.

To get you in the groove, the Karma collection offers everything from a citrus body cream to a moisturizing, solid perfume to bring harmony into your life. Karma Kream Body Cream, a citrus and spice scented body cream with cocoa butter, soothes your skin and makes it glow. With orange flower water and lavender extract, this body cream is on the light side which means it will absorb quickly into your skin.

You’ll create only good vibes when you wear Karma Solid Perfume, a sweet smelling solid with a slight touch of patchouli in a recyclable metal tin. Rub the perfume on your pulse points or anywhere you like for long-lasting fragrance and gentle softening with cocoa butter, Japan wax, and jojoba oil.

The Happy Hippy Shower Gel offers flower children true clarity with fresh ingredients like grapefruit water, bergamot oil, and frankincense oil. Since LUSH shower gels are concentrated, just a couple of squirts will cleanse your body and your soul.

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Mad Men Comes to the Oprah Show

17 Sep
Image: AMC

Image: AMC

It was only a matter of time before Oprah would jump on the Mad Men craze, and now she’s hosting January Jones and Jon Hamm as they sit down on September 21 to discuss the success of the show.

In the spirit of the 60s for which the drama was created, Oprah will be wearing a one of a kind red silk dress with a brooch closure designed by Mad Men’s costume designer, Janie Bryant. This Oprah episode will feature music from the 60s courtesy of the Jersey Boys, a Mad Men inspired set, and a studio audience wearing their best interpretations of vintage 60s style.

If you’re pulling for Mad Men at the Emmy Awards coming up September 20, why not throw a 60s cocktail party. Oprah has some ideas on how to put together the celebration.  Continue reading


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