I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Fashion, Beauty and Jewellery

It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. The fifth edition of the Gift Guides is the one we’ve been waiting for Fashion, Beauty and Jewellery. This is a big one and I could go on for days with selections.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Cabaret Vintage Flapper Dress
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Cabaret Vintage Flapper Dress

Who doesn’t love the 20s? It’s my favourite style era and I love these Vintage Style Flapper Dresses by Cabaret Vintage. They range in price from $195 to 350 and are available online or at the Queen Street location.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Comrags Quartz Border Ed Tunic
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Comrags Quartz Border Ed Tunic

It’s really unfortunate that I don’t own anything by Comrags yet (Note to self, remedy this in 2014). I love the Quartz Border Ed Tunic by Comrags for $335. It’s available online or at their Toronto location.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes
I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes
I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes

Philip Sparks’s Footwear is amazing. I love every style with the tall boots being my absolute favourite. They range in price from $350 to $495 and are available at the Ossington location or online.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Christopher Kane Sweatershirt
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Christopher Kane Sweatershirt

The ultimate sweatshirt is the Christopher Kane Resort 2014 Printed cotton-jersey sweatshirt which retails for $465 at Net-A-Porter. The Room at The Bay also carries Christopher Kane but I’m not sure if this sweater is available there.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Abel Munoz
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Abel Munoz

I finally bought my first pair of Abel Munoz shoes this year. I love Harlow Gold and Black which retails for $495 and is available online. If you are in Toronto you can book and appointment and buy the shoes in person.

SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lazypants
SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lazypants

I’ve purchased sweatpants twice in my life since turning 20. They are just something I don’t wear outside the house. Sometimes, I do need something cute to wear when running to the corner store and the laundry room. I’d be totally happy to receive Green Camo Skinnies from Lazypants are perfect. I love camo print, they are slim fit and they aren’t the traditional grey colour. They retail for $118 and is available online or at TNT.

SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Ela
SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Ela

I own an Ela Editor’s Pouch in rose gold but it doesn’t have stars. You can get the Ela Large Editor’s Pouch online at eLuxe.ca for $338 or visit a Holt Renfrew location.

SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lancome
SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lancome

It’s not an I want – I got gift guide if I’m not telling you to get some Lancome mascara. The Holiday Makeup Collection by Lancôme contains:
– limited edition Hypnôse Star Étincelle for $33
РHypn̫se Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches for $28

This ultra-precious kit contains 3 pairs of eyeliner patches which can be reused up to 3 times, to enhance the shape of the eye and stretch out towards the outer corner for an incredible wide-eyed look.

– Vernis in Love nail polish in Étincelle d’Agent, Étincelle de Neige and Lovered for $16 each.
I’m in love with the nail polish this holiday Étincelle de Neige has a really beautiful effect. The holiday collection is available online or at your local Lancome Counter (try The Bay, Sephora or Holt Renfrew).

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Dean Davidson
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Dean Davidson

No words are needed to describe the beauty that is Dean Davidson’s Spectrum Collar for $425. Available online and there is a select of merchandise available at Holt Renfew. It comes in several options for stones (Black Onyx, Lapis, White Topaz) and metal (Rose, Silver, Gold).

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lancome Show False Lashes
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lancome Show False Lashes

There are still Hypnôse Show Lashes from Lancôme. Get you hands on these false lashes designed by Alber Elbaz for $35. Available online.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Shay Lowe Jewellry Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Shay Lowe Jewellry Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace

Eyecatching statement jewellery is always a great gift and Shay Lowe’s Shay Lowe Jewellery Fall and Holiday Collection definitely fit the bill. I’m quite partial to the Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace which retails for $395 and is available for purchase online.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Jenny Bird
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Jenny Bird

Jenny Bird is such a sweet person. I purchased some earrings from her and she gifted me the Long Horn Tusk Earrings which were inspired by the beauty of elephant tusks. They are amazing and come in a Gold version too. $55USD available online.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Marni
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Marni

Marni Eau de Parfum is my favourite new perfume of the year. It’s exclusive to Holt Renfrew and retails for $125

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Dermalogica
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Dermalogica

Dermalogica – Stock up on their favourite products or introduce them to new ones with the Holiday Skin Sets. Sets start at $32 and can be purchased online or at a licensed retailer like Concepts.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Pink Tartan
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Pink Tartan

Pink Tartan makes a killer full skirt. I just love the Chrysanthemum Midi Skirt in Black for $325. You can order the skirt online or at the Pink Tartan shop in Yorkville.

I’m in the Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013 Edition

Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013
Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013

I have a little feature in the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook. They approached me to discuss my beauty routine and what new products I’m looking forward to this fall. I give shout outs to some of my favourite beauty brands and retailers: Lancome, Chanel, Essie, Givenchy, Marni, Balenciaga, Philosophy, Concepts Salon & Spa and the Miraj Hammam Spa at The Shangri-La Hotel.

Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera
Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera for the Toronto Life Stylebook

The most surprising thing about the feature was this illustration of me. I was completely stunned. If you remember, I hated the last illustration Toronto Life commissioned of me.

Judit García-Talavera is an illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. She is absolutely incredible and I’m not just saying that because she created a kick ass illustration of me. She’s worked with clients such as Marie Claire Spain, Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Bloomingdales, ELLE China, Teen Vogue, Gilt Group, ELLE Girl Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, Stylesight, Rolling Stone Spain, Hennessy Cognac and Piaget. You can see all the rest of Judit’s work for the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook on her blog.

The Toronto Life Stylebook is in stores right now.

Alber Elbaz x Lancome Video

Lancôme x Alber Elbaz 2013
Lancôme x Alber Elbaz 2013

The teaser video for the Alber Elbaz x Lancôme makeup collaboration is out and I’m freaking out. I can’t wait to see what they come up with, it’s going to be amazing.

“Our job is to tell stories. It all starts there,” explains Alber Elbaz. “It all stems from the incredibly rounded and curvaceous mascara bottles. The moment I saw them I thought of women’s bodies. There’s something of Cinderella and her magical carriage in this idea of fairy-tale metamorphosis. The transition from the real to the surreal of course echoes make-up itself, and sparks the imagination. So I came to this idea of a fashion show where all you see are eyes in the front row, and the women gradually transform into bottles.”

“Alber is a born storyteller,” emphasises Youcef S. Nabi, President of Lancôme. “The whole thing began with his story, which he told in the form of a short film. The stars of this film are the mascaras, just as he imagined them. I don’t think anyone has ever created a product quite that way before, and that’s what makes this collection so unique. Once again, a story that is genuine and infused with joy: pure Elbaz and pure Lancôme!”

The limited edition Alber Elbaz x Lancôme is available on June 15, 2013. You can expect to see mascaras, palettes, eyeshadows and false lashes. This will be the first time Lancôme has created false lashes. They do mascara so well I’m very excited to see the results.

Lancome x Alber Elbaz 2013

Lancôme x Alber Elbaz 2013
Lancôme x Alber Elbaz 2013

I’m so incredibly excited about the Lancôme and Alber Elbaz beauty collaboration. This is going to be massively successful.

“Alber Elbaz is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. But beyond that, he is also the most talented, explains Youcef S. Nabi, Lancôme President. His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancôme. We are extremely proud and happy that, with us, he is set to channel his universe into the world of make-up for the very first time.”(source: press email)

The collection will be available in June 2013. Check back for updates.

image: Courtesy of Lancôme

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 4

So, part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series are complete now it’s for the final installment, Part four.

This is the part four of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, here is the last part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas. I hope you had as much fun as I did exploring my Christmas wants.

Eighty Seventh St. Fashion Inspired Greeting Cards, Acne Velocite Shearling Jacket, Acne Rita Shearling Jacket, Rdio Gift Certificate
Eighty Seventh St. Fashion Inspired Greeting Cards, Acne Velocite Shearling Jacket, Acne Rita Shearling Jacket, Rdio Gift Certificate
Preen Tyler leopard-jacquard peplum top, Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress, Out of Print A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt
Preen Tyler leopard-jacquard peplum top, Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress, Out of Print A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt
  • Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress ($1,195) – Net-a-Porter – It wouldn’t be an I want – I got Gift Guide without some Preen.
  • Preen Tyler leopard jacquard peplum top ($880) – Net-a-Porter
  • A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt by Out of Print ($42 USD) – Drake General Store, outofprintclothing.com
Essie Winter 2012 collection, Fan di Fendi Pour Homme, Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara
Essie Winter 2012 collection, Fan di Fendi Pour Homme, Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara
  • Essie Winter 2012 Collection ($11.99 each) – Shoppers Drug Mart, Nailpolishcanada.com
  • Fan di Fendi Pour Homme ($68 – $88) – The Bay, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart – It’s for men but I wear this myself. I’m also a big fan of the women’s version.
  • Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara ($38) – Sephora – This new Oscillation mascara from Lancome looks amazing.

Till next year!

New Year, New Nails

This is the first Nails post of 2012, yay! Shall we take a look at what I’ve been up to recently.

Nails by Melissa at @tipsnailbar

After two great Shellac applications, I decided to try Gelish. They had different colours to CND and I was willing to give them a shot. My nails are on the bottom and have the tie dye effect. I loved the way they looked and the Gelish lasted a very long time. Removal was a huge bitch and my nail were splitting pretty badly. So much so that I don’t’ recommend Gelish at all.

Getting used to this yellow nail polish. Colour doesn't seem right

I purchased some nail polish from American brand Rescue Beauty Lounge. This yellow polish called Mellow Yellow went on very well.

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I can’t remember what polish I used for this but I think the thumb is YSL Midnight Blue and the digits are NARS

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I’m incorporating the glitter polish at lot to. I like putting it on the tips only.  I believe the thumb is YSL Midnight Blue and the digits are Butter London Blagger.  The glitter is Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow.  She does some good glitter.

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NARS Galion and Deborah Lippmann Today was a Fairytale

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This is from the Daphne Guinness x MAC Collection. This colour is called Hyperion and I love it!

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Still playing around with the thumb as a different colour. Here I use a random red I got as a gift from London, England and Dior Apparat.

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Chanel Peridot is a classic and I love adding the L.A. Girl Glitter Addict Uninhibited polish to the tips

Nails-Purples

I love the Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow on the tips of this purple to pink gradient mani. From left to right: RGB pink, Elmspa Anita (yes, the colour is called Anita), Butter London Queen Vic, Cheeky Monkey Brazen Hussy, American Apparel Neon Violet.

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This was the product of a boring night at home, Random metallic mani.  Left to Right: Lancome MF072, Deborah Lippmann Believe, Dior Apparat, Chanel Peridot, Chanel Quartz.

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My latest discovery is matte top coat. Its changed my life. Here I’ve used a Lancome red with L.A. Girl Glitter Addict Uninhibited polish. I then decided to try out this Deborah Lippmann topcoat I’ve had laying around. OMFG, I love the results.

On the hunt for some of the polishes you saw here, well hit up the following:
Holt Renfrew
The Hudson’s Bay Company
Donato Salon and Spa

I received the L.A. Girl Glitter Addict polish as a Christmas present but you can order online here. I also ordered the Rescue Beauty Lounge polish off their website.

More Nail Fun at I want – I got

Here is another installment of my not so regular Nail fun column. This is what I’m wearing these days.

Doing MAC Venomous Villians Mean and Green nails today

MAC Venomous Villians Mean and Green

Loving @NARSissist Kismet right now. Cc @TheHudsonsBayCo

NARS Kismet

Deborah Lippmann - Lara's Theme

Deborah Lippmann - Lara's Theme

Deborah Lippmann Lara’s Theme – I decided to copy the nail bloggers typical pose with the bottle.  I love nail polish that matches my ToyWatch.  This is my favourite orange nail polish at the moment.

Love, love this colour nail polish. Artful Dodger by @butterLondon

Butter London Artful Dodger – I just love this shade of blue.

Coral nails for Saturday. It's Delovely

Deborah Lippmann It’s Delovely – This isn’t the best photo but this is a vibrant coral colour.

Waiting on my bday nails to dry at @elmspa. Bright colours FTW

For my birthday I got a mani and pedi at ElmSpa. A great feature of the service at Elm Spa is that you get to take the colour you choose home with you.

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Lancome Le Vernis Nail Polish Rouge Saint Honore – This polish is from the new Fall 2011 collection coming out in September 2011. I got a sneak peek at the collection thanks to L’Oreal Canada. I’ve never worn the traditional red nail before and now I’m hooked. I didn’t think it would look good.

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Essie and I don’t get along. This nail polish always chips immediately which is such a shame, I love this colour.

Denis Gagnon x Lancôme Fall 2011 Makeup

Denis Gagnon x Lancôme Fall 2011 Makeup
Here is my last bit of Denis Gagnon related fashion news today, a new makeup collaboration with Lancôme for Fall 2011. The collaboration will become available in Mid August at select Lancôme counters.

To reflect the brand’s philosophy of partnerships between arts and beauty, Lancôme pursues its mission to promote excellence by associating with talented Canadian fashion designer Denis Gagnon. This artistic collaboration between Lancôme and Denis Gagnon started in 2010 with the celebrations surrounding the designer’s 10th anniversary and the related exhibition of his work organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. For this occasion, Lancôme had created makeup looks to complement the Spring-Summer 2011 collection of Maison Denis Gagnon. In the fall of 2011, Lancôme will continue this association by launching a limited edition, exclusive makeup collection created in collaboration with the fashion designer.

Denis Gagnon x Lancôme Fall 2011 Makeup

These beauty looks, created by makeup artist Lora Spiga in collaboration with Denis Gagnon, feature smoky and sophisticated eyes that ooze self-confidence, combined with a seductive mouth in shades of nude to intense purple.

“I wanted to create a look that was both edgy and sober. When I create, I always look for simplicity, interpreted differently. I think this theme once again applies to our collaboration. We have brought a new freshness to the structure of the face, while warming up the lips. The look is subtle, never overstated. Smokey eyes, defined cheekbones, and a mouth that can be almost unnoticeable or very present, as you wish”, Denis Gagnon

“I was very enthusiastic to work with Denis again as our last association, for his Spring-Summer 2011 fashion show, had gone so well. For the creation of this very special makeup collection, we have joined forces to create beauty looks that highlight women’s beauty and complement Denis’ new collection.”Lora Spiga, official makeup artist, Lancôme Canada

Denis Gagnon x Lancôme Fall 2011 Makeup

“This collaboration with Lancôme is a very happy marriage. I think that associating two prestigious brands, each well known in its respective field of beauty and fashion, brings a breath of fresh air to the beauty industry”, Denis Gagnon, designer.

The Denis Gagnon Fall 2011 collection will retail between $27 Р$50. A limited make up bag/evening clutch designed by Denis Gagnon will be available at select Lanc̫me counters in The Bay. The bag is filled with Lanc̫me samples worth $140.

images: courtesy of L’Oreal Canada

Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice at Luminato – June 10 – 19, 2011

Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice at Luminato - June 10 - 19, 2011
I love that Luminato and Lancôme bring Canadian designers to create beautiful art installations. Last season it was Mark Fast and this season it’s Denis Gagnon who is going gangbusters with good news this year. Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice is the name of the piece that will be on display during the Luminato festival in June.

Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of Canada’s iconic fashion designers creates a world of wearable fantasy.

One of the most acclaimed Canadian designers of his generation, Denis Gagnon is noted for his bold traversal of the boundaries between the fashion industry and art. For over a decade, his concept of clothing as “moving sculpture” has informed his innovative collections for fashion lovers across Canada while also finding expression in the realms of pure creativity.  As a result, Gagnon, who began his career designing theatrical costumes, recently became the first Canadian in his field to have his work exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

In this installation, a one-of-a-kind dress surrounded by a garden of roses provides an intriguing complement to Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet performed by the National Ballet of Canada.

Commissioned by Luminato and Lancôme.

June 10-19
Wintergarden Lobby
225 King Street West (beside David Pecaut Square)
Toronto

image: luminato.com

geekiviews: Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Cream and Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

I’ve been using the two Lancome skincare products I received from L’Oreal Canada religiously since I returned from India. The products have ridiculously long names, Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Cream and Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate. I wonder about the names of products are created at beauty companies. not only do these products have ridiculously long names, they have big media kits also. The Absolue Precious Cells media kit was the largest I’ve seen for one product.

Lancome Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Cream

Absolue Precious Cells is a skincare product geared for the woman in her 50s which uses a proprietary formula to “restore the stem cell environment and re-trigger the skin’s self-regenerative potential.” The media kit talks provides background information on epidermal stem cells. Lancome uses adult skin stem cells for anyone that is concerned. The results of Lancome’s quest to find the perfect combination of ingredients that create an atmosphere that allows epidermal skin stem cells to regenerate is detailed in the media kit. It’s fairly scientific for a media kit, I was a bit surprised to see graphs and detailed clinical study results. Studies with small sample groups can say a lot, the proof would be in the application.

Lancome Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

The Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate media kit wasn’t large at all. Instead of stem cells, Genifique targets genes. I’m sure there is a large media kit of this product available somewhere as it formula can “revive gene activity and stimulate production of the proteins of youth.” Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate is targeted to all skin ages.

I’ve used Guinon, Swissline, Dermalogica and Care by Stella McCartney for extended periods of time. Of those lines I really liked Care before trying Lancome. The Lancome duo are the best moisturizer and eye cream products I have ever tried. I should note that I’m using Dermalogica cleanser, scrub and mask products as well.

I’m a fan of the texture of both products. The moistuerizing cream looks heavy and rich but doesn’t have that affect on the face; it’s very light. The eye cream looks as light as it feels. After months of using the products I can say that my skin is smoother and softer. It’s actually the smoothest I can ever remember it being. I’m really amazed with that fact. My skin just feels and looks good to me. Wrinkles aren’t something I’m worried about so I can’t say if these products have any affect on their appearance. I noticed that I had less blemishes using these products which is something I’m always worried about with new skin products.

I don’t spend a lot of money on makeup but I do spend on skincare. Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate ($80/15ml) and Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Cream ($170/50ml) are available at Lancome counters across Canada.

EDIT (Jan 26, 2009): You can purchase the Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrateicon and the Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Creamicon online at Lancome.ca.

images: macys.com

geekiviews: Lancome Ôscillation Powerbooster

Lancome Ôscillation Powerbooster

Someone asked me if my eyelashes were fake on Saturday at Shinan’s Boldface Names Party. I knew I had to get my but in gear and post about the Lancome Ôscillation Powerbooster. It’s a godsend.

My lovely friends at L’Oreal Canada send me a sample of Lancome Ôscillation Powerbooster. I’m not a fan of primers in general. My Double Extend Beauty Tube experience didn’t change my mind about primers either.  However, a primer based on Ôscillation technology had me instantly interested. I’m a big, big fan of Ôscillation by Lancôme. I was excited about a primer with the same type of application. The idea of primer amplifying the already amazing effect of the mascara AMAZING.

The combo of the Ôscillation powerbooster and mascara is amazing. My lashes are thicker and longer. I usually get a comment or two about how long and curved my lashes are when I use them together. I also use the powerbooster as a primer for my Benefit Badgal Plum mascara. The plum colour pops more with the primer on.  It was a staple colour in India.

The first ever vibrating booster from Lancôme to promote natural lash growth. Improves lash surface condition for visibly stronger, denser and longer lashes. A unique step in your beauty routine to instantly amplify the power of every mascara

I received a lot of literature about the technology behind the Lancome Ôscillation Powerbooster.

Lancôme can exclusively reveal an all-new technique: a groundbreaking complex – Crescentiaâ„¢ – associated with vibration to stimulate lashes at their base, promote their natural growth*, and maximise the make-up results of any mascara.

A lash-product premiere: Lancôme’s Research Laboratories have integrated Madecassosside, a Centella Asiatica extract used in anti-hair loss products, within their formulation complex. Combined with Arginine, renowned for its ability to boost micro-circulation, Madecassosside works to re-densify lash fibres. Ôscillation Powerbooster thus not only promotes natural lash growth, but also strengthens lashes so as to avoid premature lash loss. With each passing day, lashes are visibly amplified, becoming stronger, longer, thicker, denser and more resilient.

The Ôscillation Powerbooster formula works in perfect harmony with the applicator’s vibrations so as to act like a massage at the very base of the lash fringe, thus helping boost micro-circulation and achieve a unique make-up result.

By offering this unique combination of an exclusive Madecassosside-based formula, Ôscillation Powerbooster lives up to its promise of providing visibly denser, longer and stronger lashes, day after day…

I can’t speak to any of these claims and to be honest they don’t matter to me. I got my validation on Saturday. If my lashes look so big they could be fake, I’m very, very happy.

Ôscillation Powerbooster is $39 and available at all Lancôme counters and Shopper’s Drug Mark

geekiviews: Lancôme Paris Perfecting and Setting Mineral Powder

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Lancôme Paris Perfecting and Setting Mineral Powder

My friends at Lancôme Canada sent me two of the latest additions to their makeup line, Skin-Transforming Mineral Powder Foundation and Perfecting and Setting Mineral Powder.

Ageless Minérale, the brand’s first brightening mineral foundation that brushes away the signs of aging. Ageless Minérale includes White Sapphire Complex, the newest innovation from the Lancôme Laboratories. The complex is comprised of a special combination of ingredients including Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Alumina, Aloe and Vitamin E. Working in conjunction, these ingredients help blur wrinkles, cover imperfections and visibly erase pores and lines. The SPF 21 keeps skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

The ultra-fine loose Mineral Powder Foundation can be used alone or with the Setting And Perfecting Mineral Powder, which gently absorbs excess oil and further minimizes imperfections for a shine-free, soft-focus finish. Talc-free and never cakey, the powders wear beautifully for hours without irritating the skin. The modern packaging features a sliding cap ensuring an easy and clean application. Used with the ultra luxurious Powder Foundation Brush, the powder effortlessly fuses with the skin with a velvety soft touch. Made of 100 percent synthetic bristles designed to work in conjunction with the product, this revolutionary brush is one of the highest quality synthetic mineral brushes on the market.

I didn’t get a chance to try the Skin-Transforming Mineral Powder Foundation because the sample wasn’t for my complexion. I would have liked to try out just because of the SPF protection, but like most make up products that I acquire it’s never for my complexion.

I was able to use the Perfecting and Setting Mineral Powder, it was translucent. It wasn’t something that I would put on in the morning, but I would use in a similar fashion to blotting paper. It was perfect when I didn’t have time to prep between work and an event. Perfecting and Setting Mineral Powder would take the shine away and give my face a more matte look. The powder didn’t irritate my skin either, which is always concerns me. Some products makes my skin breakout and I’m very cautious with skincare products. Currently I’m using Care by Stella McCartney, but I also like Dermalogica. As for the brush, I couldn’t tell you if it’s revolutionary or not. It gets the product on my face and distributes it’s evenly and that’s enough for me.

Skin-Transforming Mineral Powder Foundation in 9 shades at $46/10g, Perfecting and Setting Mineral Powder, $41/10g and Mineral Powder Foundation Brush $30 are all available at Lancome.ca and a Lancôme beauty counter near you.

geekiviews: Lancome Pink Irreverence Spring 2009

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Before the holiday break I was send a package that contained the new Lancome Pink Irreverence Spring 2009 collection. I really did squeal when I opened the package, black and pink OMG. This is the first collection with the new make-up Artistic Director, Aaron De Mey.

This collection is cantered on a radical duo of strong colours: pure fuchsia, in homage to the emblematic rose, and sparkling black, inspired by the volcanic sands of Piha Beach in New Zealand, from where Aaron De Mey originates.

“I love opposites and extremes, the clash of colours and textures”, explains Aaron De Mey. “I chose this vibrant fuchsia as a tribute to the Lancôme rose. As for Piha Black, apart from the black-sanded beaches where I grew up, this colour also echoes a multitude of references which have influenced my work: the punk culture of London in the 70s, the smoky eyes of Marlene Dietrich who created her own black by burning a cork …”

Price list from left to right in above photo:

  • Le Vernis – Piha Black $20 (Limited Edition)
  • Laque Liner -, Pure Black $29 (Limited Edition) and Piha Sparkle $29 (Limited Edition)
  • Color Fever Gloss – Piha Black $29 (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Punk and Black Palette – Irreverent Madame $52 (Limited Edition)
  • Laque Fever – Furious in Fuchsia $32 (Limited Edition) and Pink my Ride $32 (Limited Edition)

Lancome Pink Irreverence Spring 2009

Laque Fever
The fruit of six years of research, the Lancôme Laboratories have developed an exclusive formula for Laque Fever…Laque Fever is a concentrate of pure, vibrant and ultra-shine colour, which offers ultimate lasting hold for 6 hours. Concentrated in colour pigments, the Laque Fever formula smoothes lips and adorns them in pure colour, with perfect coverage. Rich in pearly pigments which vibrantly reflect the light, Laque Fever creates a unique multi-dimensional effect, for never-before-seen shine. Its fluid texture also ensures long-lasting comfort.

For an optimal make-up result and glide-on application, Lancôme has designed the Soft Sculpt high-definition applicator which also ensures impeccable lip contour definition…Feminine and delicate, Laque Fever’s fragrance opens with a fresh harmony of bergamot and lychee, carried by voluptuous middle notes of rose, raspberry and apple, rounded off with a luxurious wave of white musk and vanilla

I really do like the Laque Fever and the applicator. My favourite colour alone is Furious in Fuchsia. Pink my Ride is way too frosted pink for me to be wearing alone. The lip colour does stay on for a long time, but it is drying and I would use a gloss for it. The smell as pleasant as the description.

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: 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.