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[10.31.08]

Gwen Stefani


 
Gwen Stefani

What’s your Costume? Oooh-ah-ah-ah (that was my scariest laugh, but tough to spell). Today is Halloween, and I’m curious, who will you be? I’m a sailor girl-by-way-of-Gwen Stefani. High-waisted white sailor shorts, robin’s egg blue hosiery, red Dior heels (tee), a striped nautical Gap sweater, sailor hat, giant black faux eyelashes, Clinique lipstick in Party Red and I’m drawing a tiny gold star on my cheek using Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Gold 4 (ok, so that part is more Kate Moss). Naturally, I’ll spritz myself with L.A.M.B before heading to the party… will you be completing your outfit with the apropos scent? Anyone going as Shakira will have to wait until next year to get the full effect, when Puig plans to launch the songstress’ first perfume.—Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.


[10.30.08]

Harry Rosen


 
Harry Rosen

One Stop Shop Harry Rosen—a name synonymous with impeccable menswear—has been the go-to guy for suits since 1954, when he opened his first store in Cabbagetown, ON with his brother Lou. Now, 54 years later, the Toronto flagship location on Bloor Street has expanded to include a men’s fragrance bar and toiletry section. Keep your eyes peeled and your credit cards on standby for more Harry Rosen grooming bars across Canada in the new year. —Maxine McLachlan, Beauty Intern.


[10.29.08]

Amanda Billington


 
Amanda Billington

We Have A Winner The search is over. On October 1st, Amanda Billington, a 19-year-old from Brampton, ON, won Jacob’s “Be the Face” modeling competition we told you about last month. Billington out-smiled, out-posed and out-lasted 700 “real” girls from Montreal to Vancouver. Now, she’ll enjoy a $3,000 Jacob wardrobe, a one-year modeling contract with Folio (and $1,500 towards building her portfolio), $500 in Smashbox Cosmetics, and a $500 Shop! card from Cadillac Fairview. Look out for her fragrance campaign pics in store starting in January. —Maxine McLachlan, Beauty Intern.


[10.27.08]

LG Fashion Fusion


 
LG Fashion Fusion

Saturday Night… More Than Alright L’Oréal Fashion Week is officially over and thankfully, the closing LG-sponsored party did not disappoint. The night included shows from Wayne Clark, Greta Constantine, and a heart-racing Agent Provocateur segment that really got camera phones snapping. Not to mention Maroon 5 playing to a relatively intimate crowd. I ran into Natalie Brown (pictured with me here) of the CBC show Sophie on the dance floor, which completely brought back memories of the days when she was one half of the party promoting team RNB (Side note: they used to throw the best house music parties in the city, many of them beneath an open sky at Sunnyside Pavilion beside Lake Ontario.) Jeanne Beker MC’ ed the finale, and I have to say she is looking unbelievable these days. I was loving her black leather trimmed mini-dress and I’m pretty sure she was wearing these to-die-for Halston boots the other day at the collections. It was inspiring to see so many stylish Canadians in one place, but I suppose that’s really the point! —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.


[10.24.08]

Andy Thê-Anh
Andy Thê-Anh

That’s a Wrap Fashion Week is ending and I’ve finally gotten the chance to assess the overall trends. Economy woes be darned, the beauty looks were elaborate to say the least. The top trends in hair and makeup? Hair accessories were everywhere from silky scarves at Pink Tartan to the hand-made jewel-encrusted hairpins at Andy Thê-Anh (my personal fave). Both shows embraced a girl’s glam side with faux eyelashes —even hot pink ones at Andy. Here’s a tip from L’Oréal makeup man Eddie Malterre on placing the lashes just right: lay glue on your hand, dab the base of the lashes, centre it on your eyelid first with your index finger, then pat the outer and lastly the inner corners. I’m totally inspired, in fact, I’m raiding the beauty cabinet for my Halloween lashes right after this blog. Lashes first, the rest of the costume will come later…—Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.

Photography by George Pimentel


[10.23.08]

Diane Chênevert
Diane Chênevert, winner of the Clarins-sponsored Dynamic Woman Awards

Clarins Congratulates Clarins knows a lot about skincare. They know tons about body care. They’ve even mastered make-up. So what’s the one thing that sets Clarins apart from the rest? They’ve got heart. Every year Clarins holds The Dynamic Woman Awards, a $50,000 prize awarded to a Canadian woman, 18 or older, who is directly involved with a foundation or non-profit organization that improves the lives of underprivileged children. This year’s grand prize went to Diane Chênevert, founder of The Centre de Répit Philou, a 3-year-old centre that offers respite services to parents of physically handicapped kids. Chênevert was awarded for her success in raising the money to start up the organization, as well as helping to triple the number of respites from 500 to 1,500 in just one year. Chênevert was called to action after her son Philippe was born with a severe handicap, yet persevered with the emotional and financial support of her husband. Some women aren’t so lucky: with 85% of marriages ending in divorce after the birth of a handicapped child, Chênevert saw a social need and acted on it.—Maxine McLachlan, Beauty Intern.


[10.22.08]

Amanda Laine
Canadian catwalker Amanda Laine at Louis Vuitton Spring ‘09
Photo by Anthea Simms

I caught up with Canadian model Amanda Laine backstage at Mango during L’Oréal Fashion Week and boy did she surprise me! The 16 year-old Orillia, Ontario native, who’s been shot for the pages of FLARE, was labeled one of Style.com’s “Top Ten New Faces” after her Fall ’08 turn at Prada, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton, thanks to her rock solid cheekbones, super-slinky frame and perpetually fierce facial expression. But don’t be fooled by her too-cool-for-school exterior. Ms. Laine instantly morphed into one normal, well-balanced and totally sweet kid the second she opened her mouth. Click here and see for yourself. —Carlene Higgins.


[10.21.08]

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Nights


 
Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Nights

A Perfume for Serena It’s surprising that Gossip Girl hasn’t come out with its own perfume yet (remember that Desperate Housewives fragrance?). I’m betting it’s just a matter of months. In the meantime, we’ll have to guess which scent Serena van der Woodsen might wear, and her gaggle of New York girlfriends—which is kind of a fun game, actually. There’s the obvious bow-tie-clad Juicy Couture choice, but a new limited edition scent just landed at The Bay and Sears that also warrants consideration. It’s Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Nights, a floral oriental loaded with white flowers finishing with a white chocolate dry-down. Perfumer Marypierre Julien of Givaudan envisioned “a young, modern, urban woman who personified the spirit of Manhattan…elegant, sophisticated, youthful, classy, sexy and cosmopolitan” when she whipped up the fragrance. Sound like anyone you know? —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.


[10.20.08]

Chanel


 
Chanel

Front Row Fabulous Toronto Fashion Week may be here, but I’m still stuck in Paris. It’s this amazing Chanel Eau Premiere press kit that I’ve waited months until today—when it finally hits counters—to tell you about. For starters, it definitely deserves the award for Best Press Kit of 2008, because it’s the only one I’ve ever wanted to take home and display on my dresser. The box, made with only the finest white paper, folds out into a runway complete with pop up French chairs. The perfume, a modern, “fresher” interpretation of the original Chanel No. 5, stands tall against a mirrored wall, like a svelte model waiting to take her glamour steps. Just like Karl Lagerfeld’s life-size storefront façade he commissioned for Chanel’s spring runway show, this grandiose plaything continues the “gotta have it” presentation that makes all things Chanel so utterly addictive. Oh yeah, the perfume smells pretty too. —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.

P.S. Read all about my backstage beauty adventures from T.O. Fashion Week later this week!

Runway Photography by Anthea Simms


[10.17.08]

Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker


 
Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker

Sex And The City The Movie Gift with Purchase! Starting tomorrow, head to Sears and pick up a 100mL bottle of Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Eau de Parfum Spray and they’ll throw in the SATC DVD for free! What’s that? Oh, it’s the sound of sleigh bells ringing. Get ‘em while they last. —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.


[10.16.08]

Revlon's Race for the Cure


 
Revlon’s Race for the Cure

Revlon’s Race for the Cure We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but you may not know that beauty brands are putting their money where their mouth is—or where their feet are, in this case—to contribute to the cause. For the annual CIBC Run For the Cure event, Revlon led a team of 148 employees across Canada. The group raised an amazing $21,000, which brings Revlon to an impressive $1,082,106 over the last four years as a national sponsor. Way to go Team Revlon! — Maxine McLachlan, Beauty Intern.


[10.15.08]

Secret Obsession


 
Secret Obsession

Secret Obsession Editors were whisked to a top-secret location last week, to learn about Calvin Klein’s latest sexy scent, Secret Obsession. We were pleasantly surprised after trekking down four flights of cement stairs to find ourselves staring into an elegantly decorated old bank vault, formerly belonging to TD Bank. The vault, situated in the basement of what is now 1 King West hotel, is used solely for private events. I was blindfolded with a satin eye mask and ushered through a “sensory room” where I tasted truffles, listened to the sounds of waves crashing, felt luxe satin fabric and smelled the isolated base (woods), heart (white florals) and top (plum) notes of the scent—all to introduce the fragrance’s sensual theme. Afterward, we dined by candlelight while learning more about the floral oriental (the original Obsession defined the mainstream oriental category back in ’85). Eva Mendes looks unbelievably beautiful in the Meisel-crafted ad campaigns, but it was visions of the original Obsession ad campaigns that stirred up real emotions. Surely I’m not the only one who had my bedroom walls wallpapered with the elicit ads (including a very young Kate Moss in the mix), was I? Judging from the reaction in the room, I doubt it very much. —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.


[10.14.08]

Nars Bridal Palette


 
Nars Bridal Palette

Dearest Bonnie,
I can’t believe your wedding is only a week away! I’m so sorry that I can’t be there in sunny St. Maarten with you. Trust me, I could use a little Vitamin D and a margarita right now. Anyway, I’ve got a little gift for you that I know you’re going to love. And no, it’s not a set of pasties. It’s the new Nars Bridal Palette and it’s fantastic. Of course it includes Orgasm blush (a must for any girl’s wedding day), a creamy highlighting shade to give you that “innocent” glow (wink*), four shades of lip colour you can layer or find your perfect pink, and 4 eye shadows ranging from a shimmering beige to deep plum—gorgeous! May everything be perfect on your special day (with a little help from the pros at Nars). XO, Carlene.

The Nars Bridal Palette, $75, is available exclusively at Holt Renfrew.


[10.13.08]

Balenciaga


 
Balenciaga

Breaking News! The entire office is abuzz—Balenciaga is back in the fragrance game. Expect big things people. Huge. If you’ve been up on our fashion blogs, you know that Flare is a big fan of designer Nicolas Ghesquière, the immense talent behind the house of Balenciaga today. Will Jennifer Connelly be the face? Will the juice smell so futuristic it’s something we can’t even fathom yet? Or will it be a fierce twist on a vintage blend, a modern version of Le Dix? Oh, to own a piece of Balenciaga—a giant leap for fashionkind.—Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.

Photo by Anthea Simms


[10.10.08]

Spa Week=Cheap Deals Oct. 13th-19th is Spa Week in Canada. That means $50 full service treatments at participating spas including Angel’s Spa & Wellness Centre, Sormeh Spa & Inn, Jeanet Spa and L’Exquisite Day Spa. A portion of proceeds goes toward Cancer and Careers, a non-profit organization supporting working women with cancer. Book now before spots fill up!

Visit spaweek.org for a list of participating spas and cancerandcareers.org for more info on the charity.


[10.09.08]

Biotherm


 
Biotherm

Water Power Now in its sixth year, Biotherm kicks off October with their Nature’s Gift of Water campaign—a collaboration with Unicef that has resulted in pure drinking water for over 40,000 children in need. This month, when you buy an Aquasource set for $43, your money will be used to build wells, fund water testing and construct toilets in homes in Mulawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. Biotherm estimates each Aquasource set will result in clean drinking water for 64 kids.

Campaign Illustration by Christina Choi (drawing competition winner), 10 years old, Toronto.


[10.08.08]

Universal Contour Wrap


 
Universal Contour Wrap

Wee-ness Envy Remember that post we ran a few months back about the Universal Contour Wrap? Yes, we did notice remarkable (if temporary) results after a single treatment (the brand promises a total loss of 6” on average). Well the makers of UCW played host during the Emmy Awards, drawing quite a celeb crowd in their comp-treatment suite. No surprise since it’s a fave amongst the starlet set on days leading up to a red carpet event. We even spied 90210 star Anna Lynn McCord—the exact same week that the frightening US Weekly cover “Too Thin for TV?” hit newsstands. —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.


[10.07.08]

Model Sanctuary in London


 
Model Sanctuary in London

Models’ Moms Heave a Sigh of Relief Despite being tall, thin and generally gorgeous, models do have it tough, especially when they first start out in the fashion industry. Imagine being a teen faced with the stress of going to a foreign place and being scrutinized to the nth degree, plus taking subways to endless castings, fittings and let’s not forget catwalks where they’re expected to look fierce while teetering in 8” heels. Having worked with quite a few young Canadian models now working abroad, I got a warm fuzzy feeling inside when I learned about a “Model Sanctuary” in London, set up by former runway regular (now the Vice Chair of London Fashion Week) Erin O’Connor. In its third season, the centrally located luxury hotel suite is a free drop-in space where models can feel safe and welcome among like-minded girls. What’s more, they’ve got access to Wi-Fi, healthy food, and support info on eating disorders (the suite is backed by the British Fashion Council, which in 2007 ruled that healthy food and drink must be available backstage at all London Fashion Week shows.) Are models too cool to care? Think again. O’Connor is pleased to report she’s got many repeat customers —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.


[10.06.08]

Hoola by Benefit


 
Hoola by Benefit

YOU CAN DO MAGIC I’ve been checking out the Paris shows and have noticed so many heavily contoured cheeks! Whether you’re born with chiseled cheekbones or not—you can perfect this look. The hardest part is choosing the correct shade for your skin tone. Women with fair skin tend to have the hardest time, since choosing a shade too dark looks muddy. For a safe bet, try M.A.C Powder Blush in Strada (a light brown). Hoola by Benefit is a good choice for those with darker skin tones.

The other important trick to contoured cheeks is placement: suck in your cheeks and fill in the hollow part, working from your hairline to just below the apples of your cheeks. Presto, you too can have runway worthy cheekbones.

Kayleen McAdams


 
Kayleen McAdams


Kayleen McAdams
Celebrity Makeup Artist


[10.03.08]

John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze Clear Shine Enhancer


 
John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze Clear Shine Enhancer

Hair Wars: Back to the Future Balenciaga’s futuristic Spring ’09 collection – inspired by the play of light – was met with enthusiastic praise in the fashion world—but we couldn’t stop staring at the models’ ever changing hair colour as they strutted the runway beneath pinging Tron-like lights. Is her hair burgundy? Yellow? Or Blue? Models sported middle parted, tight low ponytails that shone as brightly as the extraordinary dresses themselves (okay, so the hair was secondary, but still on theme). One thing is for sure, slick hair seems to be back in favour for spring, versus the back-teased manes of season past. Want to bring your hair back to its once super shiny state? E.T. phone John Frieda. The brand’s Luminous Colour Glaze Clear Shine Enhancer makes hair glossy without depositing any of the colour that might interfere with your expert-crafted hue. —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.

To watch the Balenciaga show on video click here


[10.02.08]

Borghese


 
Borghese

HOT ITALIAN IMPORT Early trend alert! Metallic nails will still be hot this spring (so invest now). I spotted copper marbleized “cat eye” talons at 3.1 Philip Lim in New York and last week, Versace’s glamazon girls sported short copperized nails in Milan. All this nail talk has got me picking at my own cuticles and thankfully, there’s a new line of spa-at-home products that just arrived—exclusively at Shopper’s Drug Mart—all the way from Italy. Borghese goes beyond the usual nail buffers and basic hand cream so you can really pamper your hard-working digits. An exfoliating cleanser is pleasantly scented with limoncello (yum); a brightening hand cream rubs out dark spots; and there are 30 shades of nail colours. Check out the luxeness of the cuticle cream—honestly, would a royal Italian family make it any other way? —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.

See the Versace nails here


[10.01.08]

Cover Girl Shade Selector


 
Cover Girl Shade Selector

PALE FIRE Have you been keeping up with the beauty looks during Spring Fashion Week in Paris? I realize the really artsy designers show there, but come on, how white do their model’s faces need to be? We get it Rick Owens, Bruno Pieters, Anne Valérie Hash and Yohji Yamamoto—they’re somber. They’ve got the economy blues and they’re miffed because they can’t go to St. Bartz. But guess what? A little blush, bronzer and foundation is one of the cheapest ways to keep yourself looking glowing and carefree (even if inside you’re bummed because you can’t afford a superfluous Prada bra-top without brown bagging it for a month). Anyway ladies, here’s a runway-to-get-a-real-life clue: Cover Girl just made it easier for us to find our skin’s matching foundation shade with a clever Shade Selector fan. A transparent strip mimics 13 shades with remarkable accuracy (less than the eye can detect) so all you have to do is hold it next to your jaw line to find your own shade. Hint: it will be the one that appears virtually invisible because it blends right into your skin tone. —Carlene Higgins, Associate Beauty Editor.

Check out the paleness at www.style.com


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