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[3.31.09]

Polo Ralph Lauren


 
Polo Ralph Lauren

Magic Pony
Looks like FLARE isn’t the only one toasting a 30th anniversary this year. Seems we share our birthday with Polo Ralph Lauren, the classic spritz that screams rugged all-American-male goodness. Originally inspired by equestrian tradition and the raw sport of polo, Ralph Lauren is celebrating the scent’s sophisticated heritage with the release of Polo Modern Reserve, a “special vintage” of the old classic. Carlos Benaim, the original Polo perfumer, mixed a unique blend of rich cardamom spice, vetiver-leather and humidor wood to create a crisp new twist on the old-school favourite.
–Megan Kirkwood


[3.30.09]

Perfume


 
Perfume

Slick Serum
German holistic skin care brand Dr.Hauschka recently snagged an award recognizing their popular Regenerating Serum at the Vivaness trade fair in Nuremberg. The product was named “Sales Hit of the Year 2008” for being the most frequently purchased natural cosmetic face care product at national health stores. Launched in 2008, the Regenerating Serum (which Martha Stewart also just named a “must-have” on her show) contains quince seed extract and organic clover blossom honey, which helps restore moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Available across Canada at select The Bay, Murale and Pharmaprix locations.
–Megan Kirkwood


[3.26.09]

Perfume


 
Perfume

Parlux Loves Paris
While we’re willing to bet that she’ll never make it to the Oscars, Paris Hilton will snatch a top honour at this year’s Fifi Awards, presented by the academy of all spritzes, The Fragrance Foundation. A new category at the awards, “Celebrity of the Year”, will honour Hilton, much to the delight of parent company Parlux, who distributes all of her candy-coloured juices. The company recently signed the socialite for 5 more years of party-inspired perfumes.
–Megan Kirkwood


[3.25.09]

Shu Uemura


 
Shu Uemura

Spring Fling
Brighten up your day (and your complexion) with these chic, bouquet-coloured compacts from Shu Uemura. Part of their limited-edition Mirage collection, the sheer, bright shades are the perfect way to play with your peepers and make them really pop for spring. And if that doesn’t put you in the mood for warmer days, just displaying these pretty cases on your vanity will. Available in Toronto and Vancouver at select Holt Renfrew.
–Megan Kirkwood


[3.24.09]

Body Shop


 
Body Shop

Butter Up
This week The Body Shop and MTV hook up to bring us the new “Yes Yes Yes” Tantalizing Lip Butter, $8, and we can’t think of a better way to primp our pucker. The preservative-free lip butter donates 100% of sales directly to the Staying Alive Foundation, a charity dedicated to empowering young people around the globe to protect themselves and their communities against HIV and AIDS. Get in line to support the cause (and your pout)– shockingly, over 3,000 young people are newly infected with HIV everyday. Available across Canada at The Body Shop
–Megan Kirkwood


[3.23.09]

Lush & Lavish


 
Lush & Lavish

Face Time
If you’re looking for a great way to shed Winter blahs and get your skin buff for sunnier days, treat yourself to a luxe Girl’s Night In, thanks to Lush & Lavish Salon Spa. Head to the Ossington retreat Tuesday, March 24 for their free facial event, featuring tips on how to perform your own thrifty facials. Plus, you’ll go home with complimentary organic skincare samples and a gift voucher for your next visit. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Tuesday night to us. Call 647-343-6001 to reserve a spot. Lush & Lavish Salon Spa, 200 Ossington Ave., Toronto.
–Megan Kirkwood
Photography, Anthea Simms.


[3.20.09]

BACKSTAGE CONFIDENTIAL

With LG Fashion Week‘s feverish pace, it’s hard to imagine anyone being as cool and collected as Eddie Maleterre, official makeup artist for L’Oréal Paris and the week’s artistic director, and Eric Del Monaco, lead hair artist. But amid the backstage buzz, these seasoned pros are calmly steering a 40-plus crew of beauty experts, dolling up more than 500 models and—with time to spare!—giving me an up-close-and-personal peek at fall’s top makeup and hair trends. Here are a few of the highlights:

Andy Thê-Anh


 
Andy Thê-Anh

Joeffer Caoc


 
Joeffer Caoc

Comrags


 
Comrags

Andy Thê-Anh Joeffer Caoc Comrags

Barely there lips. A departure from fall’s usual scarlet shades, nude lips let super-sleek chignons steal the beauty spotlight at Andy Thê-Anh.

Dark, smoky eyes. This perennial fall fave was spotted at Joeffer Caoc in dramatic midnight-black eyeshadow and embellished with black sparkles.

Textured tresses, as sported at Comrags. Think: artfully tousled, perfectly imperfect curls and waves, not a just-tumbled-out-of-bed bird’s nest. The final touch to set the style? A spritz of L’Oréal Elnett, a classic hairspray adored by industry insiders that is—finally—re-launching in Canada this fall.

-Wing Sze Tang

Photography: George Pimentel


[3.18.09]

KissCase


 
KissCase

Kissy Face
If you never caught on to the cult status of DuWop’s Lip Venom lipgloss, now’s your chance to jump on the beauty junkie bandwagon. You’ll find Venom Flash, a variation of the original lip-plumping gloss with added sexpot shimmer, packaged in DuWop’s new pucker-friendly KissCase. Perfect for travel, the cute zip-up is also stocked with a neutral coloured lipstick, liner, and our latest obsession, the Elixrstix sheer, super-slick gloss. We’ve already created endless lip looks by mixing and matching all of the loot…just another reason why it’s perfect for vacay. At $44 it’s a steal––the products alone would set you back twice that price. Now available at all Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.17.09]

Foundation


 
Foundation

Photography by Anthea Simms

The Perfect Match
Ever peered in the mirror and wondered what’s so hard about creating a foundation that’s not pasty, orange, or ashy? You’re not the only one. A 2006 survey conducted by cosmetic giant Proctor & Gamble showed over 50% of participants revealed unhappiness with their shade of makeup. P&G researchers have found that how our foundation reflects light instead of how our skin reflects light is the key to finally creating the perfect match. Their findings show that makeup that reflects too much light can make us look pale and pasty, while makeup that doesn’t reflect enough light results in a darker, more orangey complexion (hello, Lilo). Keep an eye out for a new foundation with big promises in the not so distant future.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.16.09]

Louis Vuitton


 
Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2009

Paris Fashion Week: Looking Lush at Louis Vuitton
Leave it to MJ to laugh in the face of drab, recession-ruled style. His glamazons stalked the runway (in the courtyard of the Louvre, no less) with Antoinette-ambition bouffants, some even laced with humorous, jumbo bunny-ear headpieces. Our favourite, perfectly winged black liquid eyeliner made a comeback (sigh, remember its omni-presence back in Fall 2007?) paired with glossy, nude pouts. It’s the perfect, polished look that screams swank like only a Louis gal can-can.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.13.09]

Chloé


 
Chloé

Chloé, Fall 2009
Photo: Anthea Simms

Paris Fashion Week: Earthly Pleasures at Chloé
Retro-glam hair and makeup fit right in with Chloé’s vintage silhouette and sandy colour palette. We’re digging the bouncy, fit-for-Studio 54 locks but especially love the super sculpted faces and soft, smoky bronze eyes. There’s something so smoldering about this tawny desert-babe look, we might just want to give it a test run earlier than Fall, that is when the sun finally comes out.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.12.09]

Chanel


 
Chanel

Chanel, Fall 2009
Photo: Anthea Simms

Paris Fashion Week: Spring is in the Hair
Cascading waves at Viktor & Rolf and Chanel have us loving pretty hair again. While the rest of the Viktor & Rolf’s look, i.e. white powdered faces, was a little ghoulish for our taste, we’re dying for their gals’ super-polished, glossy waves. Tresses were a little more un-done at Chanel (très Parisienne), but we’re happy to report hot rollers are still haute this Fall.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.11.09]

Christian Lacroix


 
Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix, Fall 2009
Photo: Anthea Simms

Paris Fashion Week: Tangerine Pouts
We spotted identical, slick lips in a juicy shade of blood-orange popping up at Sonia Rykiel, Dries Van Noten, and Christian Lacroix. While the warm shade looked fresh on every face, we thought it was particularly spot-on at Lacroix, where it was paired with clean complexions and swept back, sky-high chignons. A shade this bright deserves to steal the spotlight.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.10.09]

Givenchy


 
Givenchy

Karl Lagerfeld


 
Karl Lagerfeld

Givenchy
Photo: Anthea Simms
Karl Lagerfeld
Photo: Anthea Simms

Paris Fashion Week: Crimping Makes a Comeback
While Karl Lagerfeld may have avoided the 80’s revival in his namesake collection, he made no qualms about rolling out fully primped power hair. When his futuristic runway gals weren’t sporting furry helmets or headphones their crimped and back-combed coifs were out in full force. Eerily, we spotted an almost identical look at Givenchy, where creative director Riccardo Tisci traded in the Kaiser’s pinned back twists for a more slicked back version. A crimping craze? Say it ain’t so.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.9.09]

Balmain


 
Balmain

Balmain Fall ‘09
Photo: Anthea Simms

Paris Fashion Week: Bed Heads at Balmain
While sexed up jackets and mini-dresses continue to rock on at Balmain, we also spotted a come-hither influence in the just-rolled-out-of-bed locks that keep popping up. At least this slightly more polished version will make this undone ‘do more office appropriate. Deep side parts and a little back-combing finally have us feeling this trend that can take us from a morning meeting to girls night out…and the other way around, come to think of it.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.6.09]

Versace


 
Versace

Photo: Anthea Simms

Milan Fashion Week: Versace’s Glam Slam
Just as a sea of bare-faced gals with lank hair continues to tip the trend scales, leave it to DSquared2 and Versace to bring back the Italian sizzle. While slept-in smoky eyes hid behind pap-friendly shades at Hollywood it-girl loving DSquared2 (complete with Blackberrys and Starbucks), Donatella had the high-voltage glamour out in full force. We love the rocker chick gone A-lister combo of slicked back/teased out hair and a seriously smoked out eye in metallic navy.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.5.09]

Dolce & Gabbana


 
Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: Anthea Simms

Milan Fashion Week: Big Primping at Dolce
We’re loving the ladylike look at Dolce & Gabbana’s over-the-top Schiaparelli-inspired show. Red lips (also noted on their new spokesmodel and front row-gal ScarJo) were paired with clean skin and gorgeous, perfectly winged liquid liner and lashes. Just when we thought the classic look was lacking the classic Dolce drama, the designers continued the hair accessories trend (they also showed curtain swags in hair at D&G) by adorning their girls with everything from street-friendly hairbands to far out headpieces crafted from ladylike gloves.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.4.09]

Gucci


 
Gucci

Photo: Anthea Simms

Milan Fashion Week: Gucci’s Rocker Red Pout
Good news: the hot red lipstick you finally scouted can kick around right through Fall. Rouge pouts are hot to trot in Milan and we’ve spotted them in all variations, from bright and glossy at Giorgio Armani to sophisticated and merlot-hued at Ferragamo. Our favourite, however, has to be Gucci’s creamy, true-red puckers paired with too-cool-for-school slicked back tresses fit for any rock-glam goddess.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.3.09]

Burberry Prorsum


 
Burberry Prorsum

Photo: Anthea Simms

Milan Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum’s Bare Necessities
Effortless hair and makeup ruled the runway at Burberry Prorsum, with nude faces and unruly tresses styled with unstructured centre parts. While we also spotted fresh-faced, minimal makeup at Missoni, Marni, and Etro, the look at Burberry was perfectly suited to Christopher Bailey’s slouchy, laid-back silhouette and muted colour palette. The low-maintenance look may be a bit of a buzz kill for our makeup bag, but it’s definitely recessionista-friendly.
Megan Kirkwood


[3.2.09]

Patrick Dempsey


 
Patrick Dempsey

Photo courtesy of L’Oréal Paris

Pretty Boy
Hollywood heartthrob Patrick Dempsey is joining the ranks of fellow eye candy Pierce “007” Brosnan and Lost man Matthew Fox as the new international spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris. Dempsey will be steaming up ads running outside of the U.S. (lucky for us!) for the new Men Expert Hydra-Sensitive skincare line as well as Studio Line Mineral Fx, L’Oréal’s new range of gentle hairstyling products hitting shelves this Fall. Now, you can make your own man into your very own McDreamy.
Megan Kirkwood


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