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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicures for Fall 2014 (with Application Instructions)

Fall is my favourite time of year. There is nothing I enjoy more than cozying up with a pumpkin spice latte while wearing a cozy scarf and watching one of my sons' hockey games or daughters' dance practices. With Fall just around the corner, I thought now was as good a time as any to introduce some fun new Fall products from Broadway Nails. I've raved about the imPRESS Press-On Manicure before. I mean, what's not to love? The trendy yet functional product has taken the beauty world by storm. Described as the salon-perfect manicure that lasts up to one week, takes minutes to apply and removes like a dream, these press-on nails are not only safe for your natural nails (no glue necessary!) but they also come in countless cool patterns/designs. See below for a peak at the new Fall 2014 designs available in stores now.
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impress Press-On Manicure Fall 2014
(L) Bottom to Top - WinkWink, Night Fever & Glitz & Glamour
(R) Bottom to Top - In the Spotlight, Vamp it Up & Dancing Queen
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impress Press-On Manicure Fall 2014 - $10.99 CAD
For those of you wondering how the imPRESS nails actually work, take a look at the following photos and instructions......

Each imPRESS package comes with a saturated prep pad, a nail file and 24 nails in various sizes. Once you've selected the colour/design you like, I'd recommend checking the top left corner of the box to ensure that you are selecting your desired length since these do come in short and medium sizes. The nails also come in an adorable plastic faux nail polish bottle. 
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STEP 1: Using the prep pad, cleanse your natural nails to remove any oil/dirt from your nails surface. Next, measure each nail and select only the ten that fit your nail beds the closest. Put aside the others. 

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STEP 2: Notice the adhesive strip behind each nail. That is what secures the nail to your natural nail without having to apply any glue. Once you're ready to apply, simply peel off the backing of one nail at a time and align the nail with your cuticle, pressing down to secure it in place.
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I got my niece hooked on these press-ons! Take a look at the picture that she sent me last month of her sporting the neon pink medium length imPRESS nails. Hot, right? The great thing about these nails is that if you don't like designs or nail art, there are plenty of solid colour options like the one below to choose from. These nails are great for events like weddings, prom or any night where you want to look a bit more polished without having to step foot in a salon.
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Do you ever wear press-ons? 
Have you tried the imPRESS Press-On Manicure? 

NEW: Dior 5 Couleurs Palette Collection for Fall/Winter 2014 (Photos, Review & Swatches)

If you know me well, you know that Dior is my all-time favourite cosmetic brand. Their luxurious products are unparalleled and come in the prettiest shades, finishes and packages. I can usually be found waiting, albeit impatiently in anticipation for every new seasonal collection....wish list and shopping list in hand. The new Dior Fall 2014 Makeup Collection focuses on five coordinated beauty looks that each include a 5-Couleurs palette, a Rouge Dior lipstick and a Dior Vernis nail lacquer. The five new 5-Couleurs palettes take their inspiration from the couturier's favourite colours: red, grey, pink, black & blue. Most of the shade combinations are what you'd expect to see for Fall, however others will definitely surprise you. 
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Each Dior palette includes five eye shadows with a variety of textures (i.e. matte, satin, shimmer). The signature shade is housed in the center of the palette while the four accompanying or "accessory" shades surround it. As mentioned, the palettes, which will join the permanent collection have been paired with coordinating shades for lips & nails (more on those below). They themselves however, can be used to create a natural daytime look (using the upper trio of shadows) or a more sophisticated evening look (using the lower trio of shadows). 

Trafalgar Red
"Intense, dramatic and luminous, red electrifies any look". This may be true however the central shade in this palette is quite difficult for me to pull off. I've been loving the other shades though, especially the bottom two....a stunning gold with excellent pigmentation and an electrifying satin chocolate brown.  
Pair with: Rouge Dior #869 Rouge Massai (brick red) & Dior Vernis in #853 Massai (red) 

Tutu Pink
This palette was the one that surprised me most since you don't normally see pinks in a Fall lineup. A pleasant surprise if you ask me. The shimmery shadows in this palette come in varying shades of pink and work well together for a more feminine look. I like using an extra dark black liner and jet black mascara when creating a look using these shadows to balance out some of the soft/subtleness. 
Pair with: Rouge Dior #354 Rose Tutu (pink) & Dior Vernis in #254 Rose Tutu (pink)

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Carré Bleu
I consider blue to be one of the most challenging shades to work with on my skin tone. Blue shades intimidate me for some reason but surprisingly these shades worked out well. Inspired by Raf Simons' Fall 2014 runway collection, this palette has a casual vibe to it, which I can certainly appreciate. I really like that a steel shade was included and also like using the midnight blue to smoke out evening looks, however I would have like a different shade in place of the pastel blue included.  
Pair with: Rouge Dior #135 Carré Bleu D'Or (beige) & Dior Vernis in #796 Carré Bleu (blue)

Pied-de-Poule Black
Smokey-eye lovers rejoice! The darkest palette, Pied-de-Poule is a sultry vixens dream come true. It includes an assortment of deep, edgy shades that wear beautifully chic. The undertones of each shadow varies but each one is intense (but blendable) in its own right. The palette centers around a matte black which is surrounded by velvet, iridescent and metallic variations of red, blue and green in a charcoal base. I LOVE the variety of finishes that you get with this one and the pigmentation!
Pair with: Rouge Dior #977 Pied-de-Poule (wine) & Dior Vernis in #206 Pied-de-Poule (greige)

Bar Grey
My favourite palette of the five mentioned is a myriad of elegant and casual grey-toned shades. There is also a matte black included in this palette, but it is paired with an iridescent white, a pearly pink highlight, a taupe and a gorgeous asphalt. This palette was the most flattering on me and in my opinion the most well-balanced neutral palette in the collection. If I could only choose one, this would be my personal choice.
Pair with: Rouge Dior #317 Bar (icy pink) & Dior Vernis in #902 Bar (black)
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Want a closer look? Here are some press images......

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Dior 5-Couleur Palette in Trafalgar ($60 USD/$61 CAD)
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Dior 5-Couleur Palette in Tutu ($60 USD/$61 CAD)
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Dior 5-Couleur Palette in Carré Bleu ($60 USD/$61 CAD)
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Dior 5-Couleur Palette in Pied-de-Poule ($60 USD/$61 CAD)
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Dior 5-Couleur Palette in Bar ($60 USD/$61 CAD)
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Dior Fall 2014 - Rouge Dior Lipstick ($34 USD/$36 CAD)

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Dior Fall 2014 - Dior Vernis ($24 USD/$26 CAD)
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The Dior Fall 2014 Collection is available now and can be purchased at your local Dior counter (i.e Macy's, Holt Renfrew, The Hudson's Bay, Nordstrom) & at Sephora.
What do you think of the Dior Fall 2014 5-Couleurs Makeup Collection? 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Beauty 2014 featuring L'Oreal Paris, Moroccanoil, Shoppers Drug Mart, WaySpa & more!

With the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) wrapping up tomorrow, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't just "a little" envious of all of the stars in town. Their personal entourage and beauty team has had them looking their very best as they've jetted around town to various interviews and events while promoting their movies all week. Although we don't have the same luxuries (i.e. personal chauffeurs, assistants, etc.) WaySpa is a great tool for those of us looking to receive "celebrity treatments" all year long and an easy way to get your glam on!

Some of the Star Services Available!


Caviar Facial 
Diamond Micro-Dermabrasion
Luxe Eyelash Extensions
Eyebrow Sugaring
Deluxe Manicure/Pedicure
Dead Sea Salt Scrub
Warm Bamboo Massage
Body Bronzing & Exfoliation




I've also been busy this week visiting some great #TIFF14 suites and lounges and must say, I've been feeling a little spoiled. It's amazing what some good old pampering can do for the soul. 

Shoppers Drug Mart

This week the #SDMtiffSuite showcased some great brands available at Canada's largest drugstore chain. From Sally Hershberger, Stila, Ceramic Glaze, St. Tropez and more, "Shoppers" has you covered. One of my favourite accessory brands - Cocoa Jewelry is also sold at select SDM beauty boutiques. They also offer free shipping for orders over $100 to Canada and the USA. Definitely check them out if you like stylish and edgy jewelry.TIFF Beauty, TIFF 2014, Shoppers Drug Mart, SDMTiffSuite, SDM Tiff Suite, Ceramic Glaze, Cocoa Jewelry, Sally Hershberger, DUO Lash Adhesive, Stila
Variety Studio

This year was the first time I got to experience the Variety Studio held at Holt Renfrew downtown. I attended the lounge as Moroccanoil's guest and got to do some serious star gazing. While I was there, Michael Douglas, Jennifer Garner, Salma Hayek and others dropped by to do their Variety Magazine interviews and take photos. It was an experience that I'll always remember, especially the full arm massage I received using Moroccanoil's Intense Hydrating Treatment. 
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(L-R): Salma Hayek (The Prophet), Corey Stoll, Shawn Levy & Jonathon Trooper (This is Where I Leave You), Sam Claflin & Max Irons (The Riot Club) & Jennifer Connelly (Shelter) 
(photo collage by LinerGlitterGloss)

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Jennifer Garner at the Variety Studio Presented by Moroccanoil talking about 
"Men, Women & Children"
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Michael Douglas at the Variety Lounge promoting "The Reach"
*picture taken by me
L'Oreal Paris Fibralogy Launch & Movie Screening

Earlier this week, I was introduced to the new Fibralogy haircare line by L'Oreal Paris. The launch included a special guest attendee....their gorgeous
beauty ambassador Julianne Moore! The new range is set to hit stores in January 2015 and is intended for hair that is thin/flat and lacks volume. On Thursday night, a few of us also met up with L'Oreal for the screening of Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro & Josh Hutchenson
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(L-R): L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Fibralogy Range, TIFF Movie Screening & Julianne Moore
Did you do anything exciting or watch any movies while #TIFF14 was running this year?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Back to School Beauty Essentials for Students: The Walmart Challenge

Preparing for "Back to School" can get expensive....whether you're shopping for new clothes, school supplies, or just the necessities of residence life, it all adds up, especially on a student's budget. When it comes to re-stocking your beauty essentials though, stores like Walmart make sure you get more product for less. Their "roll back" pricing, special sales and clearance section all make beauty shopping fun and affordable. My readers really range in age.....everywhere from 14 to 50, so I thought it would be fun to show you guys some beauty items that I would pick up for a teenager heading back to school. Whether you are a student yourself or shopping for your daughter, these products are great staples to have on hand this time of year. Walmart challenged me to pick up all of my "top essentials" using a $50 gift card and although I went slightly over, I was really surprised at just how much I actually saved in comparison to shopping at the local drugstore. Curious to see what I ended up choosing and how much it all cost me? Keep reading! 
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Makeup
1) Rimmel London BB Cream Matte ($7.98 CAD)
2) Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer in #305/310 ($6.97 CAD)
3) New York Color (NYC) Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powdein Sunny ($2.97 CAD)
4) Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black ($4.00 CAD)
5) Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss ($3.00 CAD)
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Skincare
1) Spectro Cleanser for Blemish-Prone Skin (fragrance -free) ($6.93 CAD)
2) Clean & Clear Hydrating Gel Moisturizer (oil-free) ($7.00 CAD)
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Body & Hair:
1) Nivea Energy Breeze Deodorant 48h ($3.58 CAD)
2) Herbal Essences Body Envy Citrus Dry Shampoo ($2.46 CAD)
3) Wet Ones Antibacterial Cleansing Hand/Face Wipes ($1.50 CAD)
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Grand total with taxes - $52.42!
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Back to School Beauty Tips:

Stick to the Basics: When I was in school, I remember only wearing some bronzer, lip gloss and a bit of mascara most days. I liked keeping my makeup simple and never wore any eye shadow or foundation. TIP: Bold lipsticks & smokey or dark eye shadow palettes are not exactly flattering on a young face. Lip balm, lip gloss, mascara, blotting papers, pressed powder, a light blush/bronzer or natural looking eye liner are much better options. 

Don't Forget to Cleanse & Moisturize Your Skin: Teenage skin usually = oily skin, and that unfortunately means unwanted breakouts & blackheads. Make sure to choose oil-free products whenever possible, cleanse your skin 2x/day with a product made for sensitive/acne prone skin and skip the foundation, which will only clog your pores. Moisturizing your face and staying hydrated is also very important.

Buy Multi-Use Products to Save Money:  Products like cleansing wipes, baby powder, coconut oil and/or q-tips have multiple "beauty" uses so you can actually save money and space by using them for more than one purpose.

Get Your Beauty Rest: A good nights sleep can combat those pesky dark circles and has also been linked to a reduction in breakouts/acne.
What are your Back to School essentials? 
Have any  other beauty tips? 
Leave me a comment below.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Moulinex Canada Challenge: Eat Healthy, Save Money & Get Cooking!

Ever since my cancer diagnosis and surgery last year to remove my thyroid, my "so-called" metabolism has been acting up. I've been extremely tired and it has been near impossible to lose any excess weight. My weekly schedule which includes working full time then running from hockey to dance to media events in the evenings doesn't exactly help either. Let's just say I can't remember the last time I saw the inside of a gym. With the deck completely stacked against me, I could really use some help and advise. 

Did You Know? 
* The average household throws away $2,000+ in spoiled groceries every year as a result of poor meal planning
Canadians spend about $2,500 eating out at restaurants every year
* Cooking at home is healthier than eating out.....but the average person could reduce their calorie intake enough to lose 22 lbs in just 1 year if they made the simple shift
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Eating healthy takes preparation & planning and usually costs more. Between September 15 and October 13, Moulinex is challenging Canadians to eat healthier and save money. The Get Cooking Challenge, which was designed by a Registered Dietitian is all about eating better (at home!), eliminating food waste and all those trips through the drive thru and saving money. Participants can save up to $400 a month by using the tools (i.e. meal plan) provided by the challenge. They will also receive a grocery list and meal plan every week that includes healthy and affordable options and can also enter to win Moulinex appliances. All for free! 

I'll definitely be participating! 
If anyone else is interested, you can sign up for the challenge here! Good luck!

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