October 18, 2009

Scratch for the Cure!

I love scratch for the cure - breast cancer corner at divine.ca

Head to divine.ca today and enter their amazing Scratch for the Cure giveaway in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Aside from a load of great prizes from the likes of Roots, Yves Rocher, Microsoft, Hugo Boss, Fruits and Passions, and Breville, they are also donating ¢.05 for every entry to Look Good Feel Better a national non-profit that helps empower and improve the self image women suffering from cancer and its treatments.

To enter this great giveaway click here, and for more information on breast cancer and breast cancer awareness month visit divine.ca

October 12, 2009

Get beaut*eh*ful at Winners this week

Winners amazing Beauty Event starts nationwide this Thursday, October 15, and believe me, this is not an event any beauty lover is going to want to miss (so in other words, if anyone is looking for me on Thursday morning, you'll know where to find me!)

Find offers such as brand name cosmetics at 50% off, salon brand nail polishes for $5, salon styling products for under $10, and designer fragrances for less than $30. I mean, come on! My love for this amazing bargain shop grows more and more every day!

With 203 locations all around the country, you will have no problem finding a location close to home with their convenient online store finder. For more information on this event, check out www.winners.ca

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wishing you and yours a very happy (and beaut*eh*ful!) Thanksgiving!

September 28, 2009

Strong enough for a man? The ultimate test....

I am what many would call a deodorant devotee. I use it consistently and frequently, usually more than once a day. There is my usual morning freshening, the post-work/pre-gym touch up, and then finally the post sweaty shower dose. I love my deodorant and, well, being smelly is a personal (petrifying) fear of mine. So when Secret's new Clinical Strength deodorant came across my desk, I was thrilled, automatically assuming it was some super power deodorant with the ability to totally relieve my stinky paranoia. That was until I read the directions...

Plain, simple and straight to the point, they read: "Apply two clicks of product to underarms at bedtime". That can't be right I thought, who applies deodorant only once a day...and at bedtime for that matter? So onto Google I go to find out what exactly this product is all about. On the Secret website an (overly) informative little video tells me how this new product has been designed to provide "prescription strength wetness protection for the most demanding body chemistry's". Okay, fair enough...anyone who has set foot in an overcrowded elevator at 5pm knows there are definitely people in this world with more demanding body chemistry's, but was I one? I didn't think so. Then again, this little video is telling me that my normal deodorant should be protecting me for 24-hours after one application...maybe my body is a little more demanding then I thought.

The video explains that the product is designed to be applied at night to take advantage of your body's natural temperature variation. Our sweating is more controlled in our sleep (unless of course you're sleep involves visions of you and G.Clooney getting steamy together) and this allows for the deodorant to create a more effective barrier in your sweat ducts. Oh all right, enough of the technical stuff....go watch the video for yourself and then come back and I'll tell you if it works!

Ah, welcome back! Visual aid #1 over. So, did anticipations meet expectations? Well obviously I was a little skeptical so I had to put this product to the ultimate test. After a late night shower I applied the product the night before my hardcore double duty morning at the gym: BodyPump and BodyFlow Thursdays (p.s...for those of you who haven't tried LesMills classes, get to your gym now and take one, they will rock your world!)

Admittedly it was very difficult to wake up the next morning and head to the gym without my usually dose of baby powder freshness but I left with the optimism that even if this product (and its odor fighting capsules) didn't work, there was likely going to be someone else in my class who smelled equally as bad as I did. Stepping into my weight training class the room was already a sweltering temperature and I could feel my poor little glands just waiting to burst. I reach for my underarms in some sort of Molly Shannon-type instant reflex. Still dry. Phew. After the crazy hard squat track? Still dry. After 150 shoulder presses? Still dry. After 60 more minutes of bending myself into every insane yoga, pilates, and tai chi pose in the book? You guessed it...still dry.

I'm admittedly amazed (and it takes a lot to do that to me), but it got better. Convinced that I would give this stuff a go for the full 24-hours, I hit the showers and put in a full 9-hour day at work and I was still dry and odourless as I headed into the showers at 9pm that evening. Still not quite believe it wasn't a completely fluke (hey, you can expect to convert a deodorant devotee overnight can you?!) So I tried it the next day...and the next...and the next. It is now Monday evening and here I sit, pre-evening shower, and yes...I am still dry.

Secret's new Clinical Strength deodorant is available from all major retailers and pharmacies nationwide.

September 23, 2009

Toronto beaut*eh's take note!!!

Revlon and Johnson & Johnson are having one of their amazing warehouse sales from now until Sunday at 5pm at the International Centre in Mississauga! An opportunity not to be missed by all you bargaining beaut*eh's, I stopped by this afternoon and (after the initial product obsession overload subsided) found loads of great deals. Believe me, it is like a beaut*eh goddess' greatest dream come true!

I got ALL THIS for $20!

I'd like to point out that the tanner, which I paid $3 for, would have cost me almost $15 on its own in the stores! And besides that I managed to score a pair of amazing tweezers for $3, a magnifying tweezing mirror (badly needed!) for $4, some yummy Vanilla Mint Listerine for $2, three OxiClean purse sprays for $5, and a wicked nude nail polish for $2! How amazing is that? And believe me...it was hard for me to stick to my strict budget of $20 (I have student loans, okay?!) because I easily could have walked out with hundreds of dollars worth of stuff had I had the opportunity...and the cash flow...and didn't already have shelves overflowing with makeup and products that I really should use first. But such is my life and hopefully not yours, so don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Products on sale include Revlon, Almay, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Listerine, Clean & Clear, Roc, Nivea, Jergen's, Playtex, Trojan, as well as fragrances by Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Britney Spears, JLo, Ralph Lauren and many, many more. And everything is up for 75% off the retailer prices!! I mean, what more can you ask?

Check out this amazing sale from today thru Sunday at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Hall 4A, Mississauga. Free parking and free admission, doors open at 11pm everyday but Saturday when they open an hour earlier for all you eager beaut*eh babes!

So you're a twenty something...what now?

That was the question facing former Chatelaine.com editor Dayna Boyer as she went in search realizing that the last thing she needed in her 20-something life was another half-hearted stereotypical article giving her fashion or relationship advice.

“I couldn't find a magazine or website for my generation that reflected my values,” said Dayna Boyer. “Most 20-somethings are looking for some kind of direction, meaningful work and life experiences. So, I saw a niche in the online magazine market that hadn't been filled and I filled it.”

Launching October 6, Boyer's new website 20-something.ca will feature topics such as as health, style, love, life and diversity from the unique perspective of those who know it best...20-somethings themselves. With a special category for the LGBTQ community, dating content for inter-religious couples and even a food blogger who specializes in modern allergies, this unique online magazine strives to be accessible to a wide range of lifestyles across Canada.

Featuring a group of experienced writers (yours truly included!) who "strive to empower 20-somethings to make informed decisions in every facet of their lives", the website aims to dispel the stereotypes that often surround 20-somethings and highlight some of the young Canadians who are striving to make sure this generation is one that matters.

Still wondering 'what now?' Well then click on the link below to get your invite to this fall's hottest launch party and find out why we 20-something's are the best thing out there.

September 14, 2009

R.I.P Patrick Swayze

"Nobody puts baby in a corner..." - Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing

Another great loss for the entertainment world, Patrick Swayze, the man who made every woman wish to be stuck in a corner, has died after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. A terrific actor, a beautiful dancer, and a wonderful humanitarian (and the star of my all-time favorite film, Dirty Dancing), he will be sadly missed by all who lived to see him in his prime. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

Don't ever forget how important your regular health check ups are all my beaut*eh*ful followers....xoxo