geekiviews: More thoughts on Care by Stella McCartney

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In the post geekiviews: Care by Stella McCartney, I talked about the new Stella McCartney skincare product line I’m testing out. I’ve been using the product for a month now and I’m liking it a lot. I am a little surprised that the line doesn’t have eye cream, facial scrub or mask offerings. I received a bunch of different products. Two cleansers, Three elixirs and three moisturizing creams.

I love the foam cleanser. It smells great and isn’t irritating to the skin at all. It also does a very good job of cleaning and removing water based makeup. I have kept the Dermalogica practice of washing my face twice, which first removes any pollution and then gets to cleaning the skin proper. I like the results of this cleanser better than my regular Dermalogica routine.

I also received a cream cleanser which I’ve had no experience with before. I wasn’t even sure how to use cream cleanser until a few months ago. I’ve used the product a couple of times. It’s great for those late nights when you just want to fall into bed but you know you should wash your face. You just rub some in and then tissue it off. It’s very moisturizing since it’s cream based.

The elixirs have different uses. The Calming and Soothing elixir is cream based. The Nourishing and Radiance & Youth elixir are oil based. I really don’t pay attention enough to notice the difference between the Calming and Soothing and Radiance & Youth elixirs. However, the Nourishing elixir is just that. You use it at night and it’s super moisturizing. Perfect for Canadian winters and my dry apartment.

There are 3 types of moisturizing creams, a fluid, cream and night cream. The night cream is used with the Nourishing elixir. The fluid moisturizer is a lighter version of the cream moisturizer. The differences between the cleaners and moisturizers are all about personal preference. I prefer the foam and the fluid myself. All of the products in the line are quite gentle. I like the matte finish of the Stella products as the Dermalogica ones were always a little shiny.

Well readers, I’ve been given a coupon for Care by Stella McCartney that you can redeem at The Bay. Just print it off, it expires in January, 2009

geekiviews: More thoughts on Ocillation by Lancome

I’m drinking the koolaid hard. The more and more I use the Ôscillation by Lancôme the more I like it.

The main reason I love this mascara so much is the consistent results. My lashes look the same every time I apply. I’m not a big fan of the clumpy mascara look and I really like the application of the product. They are thin, long and separated. There is a Canadian website now, oscillation.ca.

The product will be at The Bay from December 6, 2008. I missed out on the Ôscillation One Day Sale on Thursday November 20th at Lancome.ca, The Bay Queen Street and La Baie Montreal. It was sold out by the time I goto the website. Seems demand will be brisk on December 6, I hope I can get another one before they are all sold out. I have no idea when or if they will restock and I was told that supplies will be limited.

When I attended the preview, the reps really had no idea if people will pay for the product, hence the limited run. Doubley so with this economic climate we are in. If you’ve been reading my del.icio.us fashion links, you’ll know that the Beauty industry isn’t going to ride out this economic situation very well.

geekiviews: Emergency Valet and Purse Hooker

I hate good ideas poorly executed. It was bad from the absolute beginning and frustrating. I received a package of items from the company My Tagalongs via Ashworth & Associates. They are the makers of a great product called Tagalongs which are disposable underwear. They are perfect to keep around for a variety of reasons. I keep a pair at the gym for those days I forget to stock up my locker and I’m left with no underwear after coming out of the shower. Those days are not fun and Tagalongs have saved my ass before.

The first item was the Emergency Valet for $30 bucks. It includes a metal crush-proof Tampon Tube (it looks like a cigar holder), portable Eco-Chic Tote, Sticky Notes To Go (different sizes in one pad) and a 911 Tin (a sewing kit, pre-cut double-sided clothing tape, tweezers, a nail file, a hair elastic, band-aids and individually wrapped flossers). This is a great idea. Everything is small enough to fit in your purse. I love the 911 Tin. The Eco-Chic Tote is unfortunately very cheap. I’ve used it a few times and the stitching is coming apart in places. I noticed the handle stitching was totally coming apart today and soon this bag will be broken. Thank god for the 911 Tin, although I don’t think fixing the bag was the intended purpose. I was surprised that they took the cheap route on the tote considering they aren’t that expensive.

The next item was the Purse Hooker. I was excited about this one until I opened it for the first time. One of the screws fell out and it fell apart. I didn’t even get to use it. I really liked the shape of the hooker and it looked like it could accommodate tables that my current one cannot. Now maybe this was a fluke and I got a defective product, but I expect at least a few uses of something. It shouldn’t break without some kind of weight being placed on it.

So I was a little disappointed with these two items. Great ideas but crappy production.

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geekiviews: L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes


I tend to avoid mascara that requires two products to work. Too time consuming and I think that it’s a bit of overkill. The product should deliver results without the white base coat first.

I managed to score myself a sample of the soon to be released L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes. A nourishing and lengthening mascara. Canadians will be able to purchase this mascara in January of 2009. It was the official mascara for L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring 2009.

Here’s the corporate speak

Unlike traditional mascaras that paint or coat your lashes with mascara formula, Double Extend® Beauty Tubesâ„¢ Technology forms lash-extending tubes that firmly attach to the tip of your lashes. These tubes visibly lengthen your lashes up to 80%, and provide excellent wear, as they will not run, smudge, clump or flake all day. The beauty tubes remove easily from lashes with just water – no makeup remover or rubbing necessary. The ultra-nourishing patented base coat with Ceramide R nourishes lashes, and provides a unique layer of protection that prepares lashes for Beauty Tubes.

I’m interested in seeing how other mascaras measure up against my favourite oscillating mascara from Lancôme. They share a parent company. So far the only mascara I like better is other Lancôme brands. HYPNÔSE still works like a dream. I also like the Dior mascaras. They also give an effect I desire.

This mascara just doesn’t give me what I want The base is hard to cover up with the top coat. It didn’t separate very well at all and my lashes clumped together. I don’t use a lash curler that often so I depended on the product to do that work for me. It didn’t lengthen to the degree it claimed. I get much better lengthen from my Lancôme products and this is suppose to be a lengthening product.

I guess I should remember price points. (I still wouldn’t waste my money). Lancôme is the best in the biz when it comes to mascara and the R&D that goes into one of those tubes is much more significant that the Double Extension Beauty Tubes.

Well this product won’t be part of my makeup routine. My technique isn’t great so I’m willing to spend for results

geekiviews: Oscillation, Mascara by Lancome

I had a day off work so I attend the preview of the new Lancôme mascara. Ôscillation, Mascara by Lancômeicon.

So the whole buzz about this mascara is that it vibrates. That knowledge brought out a lot of comments about eye poking and other injuries from most people. It’s not actually like that. The technology is nothing like your electric toothbrush. The brush oscillates at 7,000 vibrations per minute. Partner this action with a specially made formula and there you go. The oscillation aspect of the brush was chosen in order to mimic the way professional makeup artists would apply the product.

Jean-Louis Guéret, the designer of all Lancôme brushes gave a short talk about the product and the history of mascara. It was fascinating to be honest and it made me regret not getting into Chemistry when I had the chance. Could you imagine the R&D lab for Lancôme mascara!!!!

We were all given the chance to try the product out in addition to the demo. Even Jean-Louis used the product; that is dedication to your craft right there. His lashes looked fabulous.

So, what do I think. Well, I like it and it does a good job separating, lengthening and curling. Many people will have a hard time getting used to technique of applying the mascara because it’s a little different; you sweep up slowly from the base of the lashes. No wiggling necessary. I didn’t have much of a problem with the technique as it suited the way I apply mascara normally. It’s a much slower motion than what you expect.

You can safely put the brush near your eyes like a regular mascara brush. It’s vibrations are so small that there isn’t an additional risk of injury.

You can customize how you want your lashes to look by adding more coats or by lengthening the tips. They can get pretty fake looking if you are looking for that. It definitely applies better than other mascara I own. It covers easily and without clumps. I used to think my little sample of Dior mascara was the best, but not anymore.

The only problem I have is the price. $39. I’m not a makeup junkie so I don’t think I would spend the money. I don’t wear mascara enough to warrant the purchase. Although this stuff is really making me reconsider the not wearing mascara often thing.

There is more than enough product to last past the 3 month shelf life (That’s right girls, you shouldn’t use mascara for more than 3 months after opening it!!!). The battery is built to last well beyond that too. You can also remove the battery parts for proper disposal instead of trashing the whole unit battery and all into the garbage.

Ôscillation, Mascara by Lancôme won’t hit stores until December 29, 2008 and will be sold at The Bay exclusively for one month. On January 30, 2008 it will be available at all regular Lancôme counters, like Holt Renfrew, etc.

We were warned that there isn’t a lot of stock of this product, so if you are itching to try it you’ll want to hit up The Bay opening day. I’m looking forward to see how the product actually does in the marketplace. I’ve seen bad reviews and good ones. I’ll be giving this thing ago for the next 3 months and I’ll let you know what I think after some more field tests.

The marketing:

“This mascara is like no other. It cannot be compared to other mascaras. It is totally unique. My objective for over 30 years has been to further enhance eye beauty”, explains Jean-Louis Guéret, designer of all the Lancôme mascara brushes. “After years of research, I have come to the conclusion that the application of the formula around the lashes in a non-random, ordered way, charging the lashes homogenously, declares a new era in lash make-up. With oscillatory movement, the make-up result is truly unique and Lancôme creates the revolution on all levels.” Patented by Lancôme, the brush, oscillatory system, wiper and formula all work together in perfect synergy.

The longitudinal micro-oscillation system of the powermascara performs no less than 7,000 vibrations per minute for perfect formula application and ideal 360° coating around each and every lash. Micro-oscillation is activated as the thumb presses the applicator. Place the brush at the root of the lashes and smooth it towards the tip, all the while maintaining pressure on the button. Thanks to its micro-oscillations, the powermascara allows each lash, even the shortest and most hidden, to be perfectly coated and reshaped from root to tip. This controlled application method ensures no gaps are left and allows every lash to be coated 360° in intense black. This simple technique ensures lashes have a pure finish, with absolutely no trace of clumping.

The texture is ideal to work with as it allows for repeated applications to obtain an ultra-sophisticated result. The applicator’s affinity with the formula helps to open up the eyes, giving them new depth, without any risk of over-application.

geekiviews: Care by Stella McCartney

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My package of Care by Stella McCartney skincare products came by FedEx today. Just in time too, I was about to make my quarterly purchase of Dermalogica products. My friends at Matchstick like me being a guinea pig. Yay!

The line consists of: Nourishing Elixir, 5 Benefits Moisturising Cream, 5 Benefits Moisturising Fluid, Gentle Cleansing Milk, Purifying Foaming Cleanser, Toning Floral Water, Calming+Soothing Elixir, Radiance+Youth Elixir and the Nourishing Night & Day Cream.

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The packaging is pretty. I’ll be diving in and using this product instead of my regular Dermalogica products baring any allergic reactions. Watch this space for my opinions.

geekiviews: The One Hundred

Melissa from Harper Collins send me the new book The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia and illustrated by Ruben Toledo. Regular readers will remember that I review Nina’s other book, The Little Black Book of Style a while back.

Nina decided to write the book because she is always asked what are the classic or must have pieces necessary for one’s wardrobe. So she put together a list of things she simply cannot live without. She goes on to say that this list isn’t the be all or end all and that a lot of self editing should be applied for your own personal style. She says the list is a guide and contains items that have lasted throughout the years. Nina always stresses the individual aspect of style in all her books and I appreciate that from her. It seems she not interested fashion clones.

The book is beautifully illustrated of course. What I love about The One Hundred is that it’s full of illustrations. Each item gets the Ruben treatment and the reader also is treated to full page illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. Nina always remembers to injects a bit of history and background with the “Fashion 101” panels. Favourite brands of Fashion Editors are includes as well as Nina’s personal favs.

Most of the list I completely agree with, she has good taste and picks the classics. A few items I wouldn’t want even if given to me for free:
1. Cowboy Boots – Never, ever, ever. I was a deluded child in Richmond Hill when I was 15 and obsessed over Cowboy Boots. I never managed to get them and I thank my lucky stars for that. I’ve wised up in old age. Save it for the real cowboys.
2. I don’t do Animal Prints in any way shape or form
3. Diamond Studs – Have I ranted about diamonds on this blog yet.
4. Moccasin – I’ve seen some nice ones, but really, lets not go there.
Some items I really didn’t understand their inclusion in the list and their contribution to style:
1. BlackBerry
2. iPod
Contrary to popular belief style isn’t determined by your gadgets.
And then there were the wildcards; things I wouldn’t recommend to most people
1. Wayfarers
2. Aviators – I find these either look great or look awful
3. Old concert tshirts – This only works if you ACTUALLY WENT TO THE CONCERT. You don’t look cool with a circa 70s Ramones tshirt when you weren’t even born yet.

Overall I liked this book better than The Little Black Book of Style and I think it’s more useful. It’s a great book for people who are wondering what foundation they should have in their closet. Nina provides a great base to build upon. Out of the 100 items I have 73. The book is worth the buy for the illustrations alone, but the content is pretty damn good too.

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own
ISBN: 9780061664618
Hardcover, 6×8, 304 pages
$23.50

geekiviews: Second Clothing Yoga Jean

Yoga Jeans from Second Clothing.

They came out last year amid the yoga buzz but somehow I missed hearing about them. It’s only after I received an email from Jennifer from Mudsharkstreetwear.com that I became intrigued. I was looking for another pair of dark skinny denim for the fall to wear with boots. This is what the website says:

Jeans are not generally associated with perfect comfort. They tend to impede the large movements of the body and restrain and ususual stretching. But Second has changed all that!
Combing fashion and comfort, Second Yoga Jeans are perfect for any lifestyle with an emphasis on well-being, flexibility and relaxation.
Made of top-quality denim containing 97% brushed cotton and 3% elastane, Second Yoga Jeans hug the curves of the body in any position. They fit the ups and downs of a hectic day and metamorphose into laid-back fashion in the evening. Second uses denim with 92 percent shape memory, while the industry standard is only 64 percent. And thanks to their revolutionary treatment, the cuts and styles actually shape, hold, and lengthen the body and helps flaunt just the right areas. Multifunctional and perfectly malleable, Second Yoga Jeans are offered in mid and low rises, with the option of a boot cut, straight, flare, or skinny leg.
SECOND uses natural materials and organic fibres to protect the planet. ) Every Second Jeans is hand crafted on an individual basis to give them an authentic vintage look. With this unique attention no two Second Jeans are exactly alike.

Second Clothing is a Canadian company based out of Montreal. They produce the merchandise in Montreal which is a bonus. After trying on a pair in a different style, I was all prepared to purchase some when Second decided to send me some to try out. So are they worth the hype?


I’m always wary of anything that uses yoga in it’s marketing. I don’t practice yoga (I appreciate it’s benefits, but I’m just not interested) and don’t follow the whole lifestyle aspect of it either. Removing that aspect of the marketing I can say yes, the jeans live up to what they say. It also depends on the kind of denim wearer you are. I’m a huge fan of tight fitting denim much more so than relaxed and looser fits. You won’t see me sporting the boyfriend jean.

The skinny style Yoga Jean looks really tight in the photos but they are extremely comfortable. To the point where you forget you are wearing them. I’m reminded of shapewear, the denim version, as there is a lot of smoothing and shaping with the body happening. Great butt lift girls! When I first tried them on, I was surprised at how long my legs looked; it was that noticeable, and this was before I read the website and the claims to lengthen the body. They also fit a bit small. I’m usually a size 27 or 28 in denim, but with Second I’m a 26.

Can you workout in them? The denim is flexible enough that I could probably play squash or something in them, but I wouldn’t want to. Denim, no matter how light and flexible is still too heavy to be comfortable in prolonged activity where you are sweating like a dog. Cotton doesn’t wick water away to well.

Are they worth $110.00? I say yes for the following reasons:

  • They are Canadian and manufactured in Canada
  • The fit!
  • You can get Yoga Jeans in a variety of cuts online from Toronto based, Mudshark Streetwear.

    Edit: I changed the title from “i got..” and changes this to a geekiviews post. That’s the reviewing section of the site. Traditionally “i got…” posts are things that I’ve purchased. The post url will not change so any linking done will still be valid.

    geekiviews: J.R. Watkins Vanilla Dry Oil Body Mist


    My good friends at Brill Communications have provided me with J.R. Watkins Vanilla Dry Oil Body Mist

    You might remember my last run in J.R. Watkins. I received a sampler pack and had positive things to say.

    This is what the website has to say about the product.

    Watkins has always been known for outstanding vanilla products. Now, the calming aroma of natural vanilla is used to enhance a truly special line of body care products with skin-softening moisturizers and an exclusive blend of essential oils.This rich, moisturizing spray leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. Apricot kernel oil and vitamin E nourish skin with essential lipids and nutrients—and because the oil is quickly absorbed by the skin, it leaves a dry yet soft feel. With our exclusive vanilla fragrance.

    I was skeptical of this product. I don’t like body oils, they always leave you greasy and I really don’t want any of that stuff all over my clothes. When it arrived I wasn’t sure I would use it and it sat around for awhile. One day,when coming out of the shower, I grabbed it from the shelf and started to spray. You are suppose to spray it on when you skin is damp.

    The vanilla scent is pleasant and not overpowering. You would basically have to grab me and start rubbing your nose all over my skin to smell the vanilla. I like that, like perfume, the scent should only be detectable by a person very close to you. It’s a natural smelling, super bonus! It wasn’t greasy, super, super bonus. You didn’t need a lot of oil to get good coverage. The dispenser is great and makes it a lot easier to use.

    There are 3 other scents, Aloe & Green Tea, Citrus & Chamomile and Lavender(yay!). The 120ml bottle retails for $10.99. I haven’t really put a dent in mine yet and I’ve been using it for a few weeks now.

    geekiviews: Zune Edition – Zune Premium Headphones

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    This is the second post in a series about the Zune. You can read the first post here.

    To recap, I’m a guinea pig testing out the Microsoft Zune – 8G. I have Matchstick to thank for this. I’m one of 300 people in Canada in the program.

    So I’ve been fully immersed in the Zune for the last couple of weeks. I have a lot to say, but I’m going to talk about the Zune Premium Headphones right now. All headphones provided with media players are crap, so I was pleased when I was provided the upgrade. I have a pair of Shure Headphones which I love to death, so these would have to be pretty good for me to be impressed.

    The Zune Premium Headphones are a step up from the standard but they aren’t my Shures, that’s for sure. (bad pun!). I took the headphones blading which is my standard for determining sound isolation – they failed unfortunately and I heard way too much wind for my liking. I think that might be more of a problem with the ear pieces; I can’t find a pair that fits the best. I don’t have that problem with my Shure headphones though, I hear nothing but the music.

    I thought the headphones were too heavy also. That’s mostly due to the magnets in the earbuds that are used to keep the wires from tangling. Neat idea though.

    I’m a huge fan of the soft fabric cable. I really wish my Shure’s had this feature. I love the look and feel of it and I hope this design catches on. I bet the wires don’t freeze up in the winter too.

    The sound quality of the headphones are good and they aren’t expensive ($59.99). I’m a headphone snob though. Yes, my headphones cost more than my iPod and Shure is my pimp.

    geekiviews: Zune Edition – Microsoft Zune, initial thoughts

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    So I’m a guinea pig again this time it’s for Microsoft instead of Motorola. I’ve been asked to test drive the Microsoft Zune – 8G. I’m not particularly attached to my iPod so I said why not. I have Matchstick to thank for this. I’m one of 300 people in Canada in the program.

    So you’ll be seeing some Zune posts on the site as I give you my thoughts about the product and if it can be an iPod killer.

    Initial thoughts:
    1. Interesting packaging. They are really trying to emulate the Apple way of packaging. The player is packaged great, not a lot of waste. I can’t say the same for the headphones and AC adapter that came with it.
    2. Not sure about the packaging colour scheme, brown, orange. It’s unobtrusive I guess.
    3. It’s a lot smaller than I thought.
    4. Don’t like the scroll wheel
    5. The interface is very flashy, with animation and all that. I’m definitely not used it to, so I’ll reserve judgment for now
    6. It has a radio. I don’t listen to the radio and can’t remember the last time I carried a music player that incorporated it.
    7. I keep trying to scroll in circles, lol. The Zune uses and up and down scrolling motion
    8. It’s has these social tools incorporated in it. Not sure about these yet.

    Another thing that is interesting with this program is they are tracking word of mouth. I have a Conversation ID: 102 986 0045, that you can use on ChatThreads.com to comment on this conversation about the Zune. If you complete the survey you can either donate money to charity or enter a draw for $500 gift certificate from Amazon.ca

    EDIT: Now I feel like I’m really being tracked. They gave me a fancy gizmo for the post. I wonder if I can get a hold of the report at the end, hmm 🙂

    geekiviews: Sex in the City movie

    Yes, even though I really don’t care, I saw Sex in the City. I knew that MJ would want me to see it with him. We went on Saturday, the theater was empty and the butter was real. The movie was way too long, painfully long. The storyline was predictably awful, but there were a few really good laughs. That theme song, hideous. That pretty much sums up the average Sex in the City fan to me, people who think Fergie is cool. The moving going crowd was fantastic, there wasn’t a short skirt or a stiletto in the place.

    The fashion was the only reason I cared and it was pretty intense. MJ and I played “what’s she wearing” the whole time. The product placement was totally ridiculous and I wonder how much money changed hands. Most of the outfits were just awful. The fashion show scene was completely laughable. I always hate fashion show scenes in movies (except Zoolander).

    People really identify with this movie. Is it true women go to New York for love and labels? Seriously, is this real? I have a hard time computing the whole thing and don’t get me started on the “White guy with a baby, follow him” thing.

    Sigh! I did walk away with a love for this shoe.

    Dior’s Extreme Cutout Sandal

    geekiviews: Secret Slimmers

    geekiviews: Secret Slimmers

    Ashworth Associates sent me a Secret package. I’ve been trying them out for this post. The package included items for the Secret Slimmers shapeware line: thigh & tummy shaper panty, high waist shaper panty and the tummy shaper pantyhose. They also included a pair of red leggings (pictured) and patterned black tights. Almost all of the items were in black, the high waisted shaper was nude. Ashworth Associates gets a check in my good books. There is nothing more disappointing than receiving nude hose.

    It may surprise some but I’m a fan of shapewear. For some items of clothing, it can really clean up a silhouette (hello, unforgiving jersey). I have a pair of skinny black dress pants that I won’t wear without it. It’s not about losing inches, it’s about smoothing. I’ve bought Nancy Ganz shaperwear in the past and it’s not cheap. Secret’s offerings are at least reasonable at $9 – $25. I’ve never purchased pantyhose from Secret before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

    I now swear by their tummy shaper pantyhose. I don’t sheer hose that often, things are completely opaque or patterned to the hilt in my closet. The waistband stayed put for me and that was fantastic. You’d think that because it’s a tummy shaper it would be uncomfortable but it wasn’t constricting. I forgot I was even wearing them, they were like a second skin. The thigh & tummy shaper panty fit well and was comfortable enough to wear all day. It didn’t shift around and did a very good job of keeping itself out of my mind for the day.

    The leggings weren’t 80 den weight like I’m used to but they are great for wearing in the spring and fall. I don’t say summer because I don’t wear leggings without my boots. I hate leggings. I only buy leggings because they have colours I really want.

    I wasn’t a big fan of the high waist shaper panty. It covers you from the top part of the thigh to under the breasts. The waist band on this one rolled on me occasionally. I’m going to give this one another shot to redeem itself when I break out the white dresses this summer. Underwear and white clothing is always a nightmare.

    Secret has won me over, it’s a good alternative to more expensive options out there. I will be looking for more of their tummy shaper hose for sure.

    geekiviews on I want – I got is always looking for products to review. Think your product has the stuff that impresses me then contact me and let’s talk.

    geekiviews: Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority

    Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority

    Melissa from Harper Collins send me the proof to the new book Amazon.ca: Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority. It was very exciting because the book wasn’t in print at the time, so I felt extra special to be getting a pre-launch look. The actual hardcover version is like a coffee table book.

    Sephora is one of those stores that can suck you in. I’m not a big user of makeup but I find myself getting excited looking at all the colours and packaging. I don’t even look at the skincare section; I’m a Demalogica girl. This book reads like a catalogue. I’m not sure what I was expecting, maybe something more subtle. The book is similar to what net-a-porter is doing; incorporating content that helps to sell the product. I liked the Faking it chatper where it talked about faking long legs and high cheekbones. The try this at home section was interesting too with instructions on how to wear red lipstick, shape your eyebrows, wearing false eyelashes and creating that smokey eye. I was a big fan of the Tools of Attraction chapter. It listed all the different types of brushes and their usage. All the products in the book have been selected by experts at Sephora and within the Beauty industry.

    About 30% of the book is dedicated to experts in the Beauty industry with profiles and quotes. Rounding out the book is a list of Sephora’s top 100 must have beauty products. This list comprised of the bestselling products and the Sephora Best of Beauty award winners.

    I would recommend this book for Sephora junkies only. There isn’t much content in way of beauty tips and instruction. The heavy product placement, while warranted, turned me off a little.

    geekiviews: Revealing my beauty secrets tag challenge

    Bargainista decided to tag me in the Revealing my beauty secrets tag challenge. This should be interesting and you’ll get an idea of my minimal approach to makeup.

    My Foundation: Don’t wear foundation. I probably should, but I’m lazy.

    My Mascara: I love Mascara. Right now my favourite is Cargo in Electric Blue.

    Day Cream: Dermalogica Active Moist moisturizer and Total Eye Care eye cream.

    My Beauty Product Brand:
    I don’t really have a favourite and Dermalogica doesn’t do makeup.

    My Essential Beauty Product: Dermalogica Active Moist moisturizer and Total Eye Care eye cream

    My Favorite Makeup Product: Lip gloss. Loving the Make Up For Ever super lip gloss in clear. I like the wet look.

    My Perfume:
    Flowerbomb and before that the lavender perfume you get when you stay at the Hotel St. Paul in old Montreal. God, I need to get back there.

    Three Products to bring on a Deserted Island (besides solar): Dermalogica, Dermalogica and more Dermalogica. I would need my Active Moist, special cleansing gel and Total Eye Care

    Woman I admire for her beauty: I rarely admire people just based on looks, it’s usually not something they had a choice in. That being said I think Chanel Iman is gorgeous, but doesn’t beat Vintage Naomi, that’s hot (look for a vintage Naomi shot a few posts after this).

    Woman with the Best Sense of Style: I can’t pick one really; Isabella Blow and Carine Rotfield

    My Ultimate Dream (but I do not believe in selling my soul to the devil for it): A chalet in Whistler on the mountain with ski in/out access. I also don’t want to work during the winter months, hell I don’t want to work at all. Perhaps blog occasionally. I think I might sell my soul for this actually.

    How Do I Define Womanhood: Individual experiences by the female half of the species. – I don’t really understand what I’m being asked here 😐

    My Favorite Fashion Publication: I like Fashion Magazine and Wallpaper (which is more than just fashion). I only really like the editorials in magazines so I check the fashion spot for those.

    So you can see I’m definitely not a beauty junkie; mascara, lip gloss and perfume is all I really need. Don’t cheap out on your moisturizer and make sure you are using eye cream!

    No wonder Chatelaine and I don’t have anything in common.

    I can’t even get into the fashion section in this mag. It seems I’m not suppose to which is fair enough.

    Like every editor-in-chief, Sanati is fond of referencing “the typical reader” or, in her case, “the typical contemporary Canadian woman.” Usually, this archetype is a fiction, a statistical composite distilled, as Sanati remarked, from “a deep amount of psychobiography, demography and market research.” Chatelaine, however, draws heavily on a real woman.

    This is Robin (her last name is a secret), a white, blonde, pretty working mother, in her late-30s, who lives with her husband and two children, on a combined family income of about $80,000, in a suburb north-east of Toronto. Virtually everything about Robin is available in Chatelaine’s staff data base (and has been since at least early 2007). Rarely, Sanati remarked, does a day go by at Chatelaine headquarters without someone saying something like “Robin likes Patrick Dempsey” or “Robin would be interested in that” – and “that” could be a survey on the status of national day care, determining one’s correct bra size or pinpointing “miracle foods that fight disease.”

    Robin functions as a sort of holy ghost for Chatelaine. “We don’t bring her to sit in on story meetings or that sort of thing,” Sanati said. “I’ve never contacted her in my life.” But she is, as Auden said of Freud, “a climate of opinion” for the magazine, someone who “represents millions of women who are Chatelaine readers.” Sanati pointed to a collage-like poster on her wall of pictures that Robin provided to the magazine, and images of things Robin likes. “That’s her,” she said. Her and pictures of her kids and her purse (“You’ll see it’s not a designer handbag”) and her clothes closet and her refrigerator and the cover of The Da Vinci Code (a novel Robin has read) and, well … you get the picture.”Editors don’t make decisions based on one person,” Sanati stressed. “But [Robin] provides a really useful focus for us … There’s always research going on on the reader and you’re not doing your job if you don’t have a sense of that.”

    Robin and I would be at odds in all aspects of life. We wouldn’t be friends so no wonder I don’t like her magazine.

    This quote was taken from and article in The Globe and Mail Chatelaine turns a new page, which is pretty interesting if you’ve been following the past drama at Chatelaine. The mag is a Canadian institution.

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    geekiviews: LypSyl pure beewax lip protection

    I love my friends at Brill Communications. They send me samples of LypSyl lip protection to try out.
    geekiviews: LypSyl pure beewax lip protection
    I received three products but I’ve only used two so far. Overall I like the product. It’s not heavy and it keeps the lips nice and moist. I’ve heard some buzz about beeswax being good alternative to some of the things that are in lip balm. I’m a fan of the Lyp Moisturizer Honey Berry. It’s has a faint smell but is not overpowering and doesn’t have a taste. The applicator is big enough to get all the lip in one stroke. If you have bigger lips like I do, this is important.

    LypRadiance with Honey Rose is the one with some subtle shimmer in it. I didn’t like this one so much, mostly because of the smell and fruity flavour; it was really overpowering. The shimmer was very subtle and it left me wanting more. I can see little girls liking this one because of the smell and taste.

    Lypsensitivity with Aloe Vera is the only product I haven’t tried yet. It comes in a pot and reminds me more of my lip balm of choice, Carmax. I would have liked to have compared the LypMedication with Eucalyptus to Carmax.

    You can purchase LypSyl at Shoppers and PharmaPlus in the GTA.

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    geekiviews: Gloves in a bottle

    Gloves in a bottle

    I was sent a sample of Gloves in a Bottle. It’s a shielding lotion much like the Skin MD Natural product I reviewed.. Both lotions perform the same actions, protect the outer layer of skin from harsh damage. Like Skin MD, it took a while for the shielding lotion to kick in. I’m not religious about putting lotion on and I’m sure that had something to do with my results. I like Glove in a bottle better, the lotion is a thicker consistency without leaving your hands greasy. I bottle is $12.95USD and contains about 120 applications.

    You can purchase Gloves in a Bottle in Toronto at:
    Yarn Boutique
    1719 Bloor St W
    Toronto
    416-760-9129

    Quilters Garden
    931 Kingston Rd
    Toronto
    416-693-1616

    How Gloves In A Bottle Works
    The outer layer of your skin consists of dead skin cells – it’s a protective layer designed to protect the delicate living cells of the deeper layers of skin. This layer of skin needs to stay moisturized to protect the deeper layers of skin. In order to keep the moisture (water) from leaving the outer layer of skin, the skin produces natural oils. These oils also help keep irritants away from the deeper layers of skin. Regular washing with soap or exposure to chemicals can remove these natural oils.

    When the natural oil is stripped from the outer layer of skin the moisture (water) quickly leaves the outer layer of skin leaving the skin dry, irritated, and itchy. Worse, the deeper layers of skin are left exposed to harsh damaging substances including detergents, solvents, cleaners, paint and thinners, gardening chemicals, dirt and grease, latex gloves and powder, etc.

    This results in more dry, irritated, and itchy skin that becomes chapped, cracked and damaged.

    Hand and skin lotions only replace natural oils with artificial ones. These offer temporary relief that does little to heal the skin. Regular use of lotions can actually cause the skin to produce less natural oils.

    Gloves In A Bottle is a shielding lotion – it bonds with the outer layer of your skin and helps lock in your natural oils and moisture – the reason why dermatologists recommend Gloves as an effective dry skin treatment.

    Instead of attempting to replace natural oils, Gloves In A Bottle forms a web or bond with the dead skin cells that works like an invisible pair of gloves. This invisible pair of gloves helps reduce the natural oil and moisture loss allowing the skin to heal itself. Gloves In A Bottle helps the outer layer of skin to keep its natural oils and moisturizers that protect the deeper layers of skin, leaving the skin soft and supple.

    Gloves In A Bottle keeps the outer layer of skin functioning so well so it can breathe and perspire naturally. Because Gloves In A Bottle becomes part of the outer layer of skin itself, it doesn’t wash off like conventional lotions. It comes off naturally with exfoliating skin cells. For continued protection, just reapply every 4 to 12 hours.

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    geekiviews: Yardley of London

    Yardley of London advertising The Sketch April 17, 1929
    My friends at Brill Communications send me a little package that consisted of Yardley of London English Lavender Bath/Shower Gel and perfumed talc. I’m a lavender junkie, so I was really excited when I opened the package.

    The heritage of Yardley is Lavender.

    When Yardley first opened its doors in London in 1770, lavender was the herb chosen to perfume an exclusive range of luxury soaps, a decision that established English Lavender as the international signature fragrance of Yardley. No one knows lavender quite like Yardley. Since 1770 the company has specialised in providing the finest bath luxuries scented with the distinctive aromatic freshness of this classic English herb.
    Over the centuries Yardley has devoted its energy to searching out the finest quality plants and oils and to developing luxury fragrances with a contemporary feel. No other company understands the benefits of this unique herb better than Yardley. Lavender has the ability to uplift, calm, restore and heal. Justifiably the company claim is: Yardley English Lavender – The finest lavender in the world.

    Yardley lavender is quite wonderful. It’s has a beautiful, natural scent that isn’t overpowering. The bath gel produces a nice foam and works very well when used as a shower gel. I’m not a big talc user but it smells so wonderful that I find myself using it for no reason.

    You can purchase Yardley of London products at Shopper’s Drug Mart. They retail for $16.99.

    I had to post one of the old advertisements. Check the Yardley site for more

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    geekiviews: The Little Black Book of Style

    The Little Black Book of Style
    The nice people from Harper Collins Canada send me the Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia to review. I gladly accepted as I love free books, and she gave me something to blog about. Nina Garcia is the Fashion Director at Elle Magazine and is one of the judges on Project Runway.

    Ruben Toledo illustration
    The first thing I noticed about the book is the fantastic illustrations by Ruben Toledo. They make the book worth buying alone. The book has a well rounded focus and adds some historical context that is normally found in other offerings of the same genre. I’ll give you a little breakdown of each chapter

    1. Be Your Own Muse – basic intro to the book basically telling people that how you present yourself is important, blah, blah

    2. The Basics – Great list of items that should be in everyones closet. The items that are the basis of a great wardrobe. It emphasizes wearing what is looks good on you, buying your size and purging your closet.

    3. Inspirations – Describes the influences of the following areas: Film, Music, Travel and Art on fashion and the major players

    4. What to Wear When – I found this section particularly funny, but I guess some people need guidance. Some of the funny guides included: How to dress on a plane, How to dress for a summer weekend and how to dress for winter.

    5. Insider Tips and Tricks – Here Nina has picked the brain some of major players in fashion.

    6. Fashion Cliff’s notes, decade by decade – great reference to fashion trends and major designers for each decade.

    I’ve read a few style book and I really like this one because it’s not done in a bubble. Historical references and trends need to be considered and many style books avoid this topic.

    The Eaton Center is doing a promotion, if you buy $200 of merchandise from any fashion retailers you will receive a copy of the book for free. Little black book of style promotion information

    Geekiviews: JR Watkins Sampler

    My good friends at Brill Communications send me the JR Watkins Sampler which consists of:

    • All-Natural Lavender Hand & Cuticle Salve
    • All-Natural Lemon Body Oil
    • All-Natural Lemon Hand & Cuticle Salve
    • Aloe & Green Tea Hand & Body Lotion
    • Lemon Cream Shea Butter
    • Mango Shea Butter
    • Peppermint Foot Cream
    • Vanilla Hand & Body Lotion

    JR Watkins Sampler

    100% all-natural botanicals, essential oils and other natural ingredients are the foundation for all of our personal care products and remedies. In order to maintain the optimum freshness and efficacy of our natural ingredients, we use the smallest amount necessary of safe, time-tested preservatives to maintain the integrity of our natural products. All daily use, personal care products must contain some form of preservation.

    I haven’t tried the body oil yet, but everything else smells amazing. The creams and body butters aren’t greasy. Good alternative to Burt’s Bees in my mind.

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    Geekiviews: Skin MD Natural

    Skin MD NaturalI agreed to review a skin shielding lotion called Skin MD Natural.

    “Shielding lotion is a lotion that forms a protective barrier on the skin and keeps out irritants and chemicals. It also allows the natural oils and moisture to remain in the skin so it can heal better. It is a big advantage that shielding lotions are light and go on without a greasy mess, ” says Dr. Brian Zogg, a dermatologist in Albert Lea, MN.

    Shielding lotions are more effective in the treatment of dry skin than moisturizing lotions or protective creams. I had really dry hands this winter and started to use the Body Shop Hemp hand protector to deal with it. Trying out Skin MD Natural sounded like a good idea.

    I received the 120ml bottle in the mail. I’m told that a little goes a long way. The instructions are vague, apply a small amount every 2 – 8 hours, then 12 – 24 hours. The lotion is absorbed very quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue, or residue of any kind.

    Initially, I’m not impressed with the results, my hands are still dry and I’m not seeing much progress. I keep using the product because it probably will need some time to work. Those testimonials always are from the top 2% of people this works wonders for. It took me two weeks to see results that I’m extremely happy with. My hands haven’t been this smooth in ages. I don’t apply the lotion very often and my hands stay soft.

    Apparently the lotion is good for people with Eczema, Psoriasis and Thyroid Malfunctions. You can view a list of ingredients here.

    They also have a video demonstrating the power of the lotion which is a little over the top and sensational. Limestone is an extremely porous and fragile rock. It’s a cool parlor trick though.

    The downside is the price, $25USD. A bottle is suppose to last 1 – 2 months. I can say mine will last longer than that. There is also a lack of availability in Toronto, the store locater turns up nada. For now you can request samples through the website.

    Geekiview: Would you wear this?

    I get some funny submissions at times. Yesterday, I received information about the CPC STRAPâ„¢ which claims to be a hip and stylish way to wear your cellphone. I have a couple of issues with this:

    1. I don’t want to wear my cellphone and I think those that do have a serious problem, it’s a tool dammit.
    2. These things are neither hip nor stylish. I would use the word ugly, tacky even.
    CPC STRAPâ„¢

    You can tell this person didn’t read my blog because then he would know that I have something called taste. Adding tacky jewelery off a cellphone holder is not something I would endorse as hip and stylish. Normally I would just ignore this stuff, but this was good blog post fodder.

    image: www.htl-wireless.com

    KRZRblogging

    I’ve been meaning to do another post about my adventures with the KRZR for a while, but things would come up.

    Fashion and the Mobile Phone
    I’m going to start with a response to the question posed by my KRZRblogging friend Sonja from TorontoStreetFashion.com. She asks “Are mobile phones a fashion or in fashion? Do you think people notice your phone at all?”

    When it comes to mobile phones I’m a function over fashion girl. It’s a tool not a dress. People do notice mobile phones even in Canada, I’m guilty of it too, but it’s usually more from a technology standpoint than a design one.

    Software
    I made a comment about the KRZR software that is totally incorrect. It truly sucks. It’s beginning to remind me of my battles with my Sony MD player software back in the day. I have a couple questions for the software designers.

    1. Every time I connect the phone to my computer I’m prompted to install the Motorola USB Modem software. Why is this?

    2. Why must you add so much bloatware to your software? I don’t care about a spash page nor do I care for your graphical display.
    Motorola KZRZ software display
    I can just imagine the development and testing that went into this GUI when real problems like the USB Modem software are left. I don’t even understand the point of this display and why it couldn’t be incorporated in the main working window that displays when you click the icons on the phone. I can only compare this to my Moto Q and the software is way superior.

    3. Why is your software so slow?

    Pictures
    The lack of flash really hinders this camera but I was finally able to get some decent shots out of it.
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    Things I need to try still
    1. Connecting to my computer with bluetooth.
    2. Creating my own ringtone with Melody Maker.
    3. Creating a video.

    I wish I got my hands on this Krzr.

    geekiviews: The Slanket

    Gary Clegg sent me a message and asked me to review his product, The Slanket. I was surprised at first. Why would someone want my opinion. So I decided to give Gary what he asked for, my opinion on the Slanket. He had the decency to ask and he was the first to do so.

    First off, what the hell is a Slanket? Basically, it’s a blanket with sleeves. It’s not a cuddle wrap. There are no buttons and zippers. It’s dubbed “The best blanket ever”. I have to agree. I fell in love with the Slanket at first sight, it hadn’t even arrived at my house yet. I have a cuddle wrap. It’s broken because the snaps have come off. No snaps, no arms. The Slanket didn’t have the limitation and the arm holes are much more advanced than the crude cuddle wrap. Gary had me sold. All he needed to do was delivery on the quality side of the equation. The blanket is made from 300gsm (grams per square meter) polar fleece. It’s extremely thick and warm. I am very impressed with the materials and construction. The stitching on the blanket is perfection. The size of the Slanket is accommodating to all people, tall or short.

    The Slanket
    The Slanket is great for gamers, avid readers and tv junkies. I personally think the Slanket makes a great cat petting blanket as you can see from my photo. It’s taking the world by storm and is now available in over 20 countries. I think this Christmas will be the one of the Slanket. It’s perfect for the cottage and car camping. I can see Grandmothers and new Moms really liking the Slanket. It has been featured in numerous blogs, print and media outlets. They are hoping to get the word “slanket” in the Oxford Dictionary in 2010.

    The Slanket gets a big thumbs up for me. First off your have a great design idea. This is a product everyone can use, young and old. Second you have a great quality product. Gary and his team didn’t skimp out on the finer details; the materials and construction are excellent.

    You can purchase The Slanket online for $48.95 + shipping. There are no Canadian distributors at the moment, but I can see that changing soon. The Slanket is a really hot item and many retailers are interested.

    Thanks Gary for asking my opinion. I am willing to review products for anyone who feels my opinion is worth something, just drop me a note using the handy contact form.