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Be a Babe and Help Fight Breast Cancer

20 Sep

Perform on Stage with the Babes4Breasts Group 

If you can carry a tune and live in the Ottawa area, you can join the fight against breast cancer.

The Be a Babe contest offers budding musicians (12 years of age and older) an opportunity to perform on stage with the Babes4Breasts group as they continue to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

If you’re a potential “Babe,” all you need to do is upload your best acoustic/acapella video to the St. Laurent Facebook Page at by September 30, 2012. You then have between October 1 and October 7, 2012 to encourage everyone you know to vote for your page. The best part: every online vote triggers a $5 donation by the St. Laurent Centre to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

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Affordable Essence Cosmetics Brand is Now Available at Your Local Drugstore

3 Apr

Beauty Must Haves at Low Prices

If your European friends are always taunting you about picking up the latest makeup trends without breaking the bank, you can now join the club.

Essence Cosmetics is now available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada, where you can now indulge in a makeup haul (courtesy of the German brand) and not go broke.

Essence has a huge range of products ($1.99 to 4.99) and does not test on animals (animal testing for cosmetics has been banned in Germany since 1998).

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Limited Edition Mad Men Makeup Line

29 Feb

Make Up With Mad Men

If you’re doubting whether you suit the 1960s style fashion that has become so popular on Mad Men, you may want to try out a makeup line inspired by the popular series.

Estee Lauder is launching a two-piece collection that will help create looks worn by the former Mrs. Draper (January Jones) to impress her hot ex, Don Draper, and Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks).

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Beauty Update for This Week

21 Jan

The Latest in Beauty

Here are some beauty trends that hit this week’s Inbox.

MAC Cosmetics is introducing several new products next month. The Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection includes the Shop & Drop Eyeshadow Quad in wearable brights. Check out one of our favorite blogs, Temptalia, for swatches.

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women in the world. You can prevent heart disease with a healthy diet, exercise, and a supportive supplement like femMed Heart Health. Find out more here.

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Celebrate with the Dior Holiday Eye Palette

11 Nov

Universal and Classic Look

Dior always sets the bar with holiday palettes, and this year is no different.

The Holiday Eye Palette – Celebration Collection is not your average eye palette.

Inspired by Dior couture collections of the past, the eye palette comes in a gray tweed colored case with an iconic bow and dangling charm.

The palette contains a smoky brown and beige range of pigmented eye shadows, cream eyeliner, and highlighter. It also includes a mini-double-ended liner brush/shadow applicator and a mirror on the inside of the cover.

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Face Anything with this Soap-Free Cream Cleanser

31 Oct

Sensitive Facial Cleanser with Cotton Extract

Burt’s Bees has introduced a new skincare line called Sensitive Skin Solutions.

This sensitive range of products is timely because many people experience more sensitivity during the harsh winter weather (if you live on the east coast and are coping with the historic October snowstorm, listen up).

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser contains natural ingredients to help your skin look moist and healthy. The most unique ingredient is cotton extract to fight dryness and soften your skin. It also helps skin replenish its outer later, protecting it from potential irritants.To moisturize and soothe skin, the formula also contains rice extract and Aloe.

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Make Yourself Over with These Beauty Apps

5 Oct

Check Out These Beauty Apps (In Honor of Steve Jobs)

Sadly, Steve Jobs has lost his fight with pancreatic cancer (also called the silent killer, because early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms).

It’s a tragic loss for technology diehards and those of us who are familiar with the intense suffering this cancer causes (I lost my beautiful mother to pancreatic cancer this past June).

If you love beauty and fashion, you can thank Steve Jobs for all the cool apps you can now download to Apple devices.

iStylist Makeover ($0.99)
This is the #1 virtual makeover app for iPhone and iPod Touch. Pick an existing photo (or use the camera) and try different hairstyles, glasses, hats, and makeup. Designed for both females and males, it also includes the latest celebrity styles.

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Be Wild at Heart with a Michael Kors Leopard Print Scarf

22 Sep

Exclusive Charitable Offer

The fall weather is here, and what better way to turn up the heat than to pick up a Michael Kors limited edition scarf.

The cashmere and wool scarf will keep you warm, and support the innovative cancer research programs of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Holt Renfrew is partnering with renowned fashion designer Michael Kors with a goal of raising $100,000 to support the foundation, which was established in 1986 by a dedicated group of volunteers.

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How to Get Big Hair

18 Sep

Help for Fine Limp Hair

MoroccanOil started the Argan oil craze for hair.

Now the hair care line has something really big for your hair.

MoroccanOil Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner have a lightweight and volumizing formula that helps restore moisture (especially important if you chemically treat your hair).

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Banana Republic Unveils its Mad Men Collection

6 Aug

Are You a Joan or a Peggy?

Mad Men may have been off the air for almost a year, but that hasn’t stopped fans from wanting to recreate the vintage looks of leading characters like Joan Harris and Don Draper.

The Mad Men collection, available in Banana Republic stores and online starting this month, includes 65 items created as a contemporary collaboration between the store and Janie Bryant, Mad Men’s costume designer. Bryant also has designed another line of 60s-inspired clothing (called Mod) for QVC and The Shopping Channel.

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New Additions to MAC Permanent Collection

20 Jul

Upcoming MAC Collections for End of Summer

If you thought you were caught up with all the new MAC products, you may have to dig deeper into your makeup allowance.

MAC has new additions available in August that will become part of the permanent collection.

Seasonally Supreme gets its inspiration from Far East cities like Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai. The new collection called Sheen Supreme includes a palette of twelve cream-or-frost-finished shades that incorporate the region’s colour preferences fusing together Lipglass’ high-shine finish with the saturated colour of a Lipstick (check out swatches here). Seasonally Supreme is available August 4, 2011 in the permanent collection.

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Would You Make Out in the Middle of a Riot?

17 Jun

Love is a Battlefield

Everyone is shocked about the crash and burn riot that took place in Vancouver this week after the last game of this year’s Stanley Cup finals.

But, there’s a lighter side to the destruction created by a roaming band of masked activists in downtown Vancouver.

Getting more attention than the Vancouver sky line with smoke rising above the mountains is a photo of an embracing couple on the ground as the Vancouver’s riot police moved in on the crowd.

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Star Multi-Tasker from MAC Cosmetics

22 May

Retexturizing Primer

Who doesn’t love a beauty multi-tasker, especially in the summer when you’d rather be enjoying the outdoors rather than touching up your makeup.

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm is the perfect go to product whether you’re looking for a colour perfector, face primer, UV protector, or hydrator.

Just apply the lightly tinted beauty balm to your skin before foundation for enhanced wear throughout the day.

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Find Out Chanel Makeup Secrets at Interactive Beauty Site

26 Apr

Chanel Makeup Studio Doors are Now Open

If you love the runway fashion of Chanel (but may not be able to afford it), you can create the luxury brand’s signature makeup looks instead with the help of their new beauty site.

Chanel Makeup Confidential isn’t an e-commerce site for beauty shopaholics (although it does direct you to to purchase the makeup). It features exclusive video content, backstage beauty looks, and tutorials on creating Chanel makeup looks.

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Shapewear that Tones and Burns Calories

14 Jun

The Workout You Wear

Body shapers have come a long way in the last few decades by using lightweight fabric that controls target areas without sacrificing comfort. Now, it looks like the next generation of shapewear is about to hit the shelves of your local lingerie department.

Shapewear products from ShaToBu were created by a Quebec chiropractor, Dr. Denise Perron, who sought to create a shaper that would provide muscle toning and exercise to improve posture. By incorporating resistance bands into the garment, she created shapewear that makes your muscles work harder causing you to burn more calories.

According to independent studies conducted at the University of Virginia, women who wore ShaToBu burned up to 12% more calories as they performed regular activities like walking or climbing stairs. Calculate that over time, and it adds up to 30,000 extra calories per year.

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