Archive | December, 2010

Scent of a Woman

15 Dec

Besides my mother and me having the big hair thing in common, I also think I have inherited a special love for perfume from her. No matter what I do or where I go I need to put on perfume. I feel naked without it. I really hope they never pass laws that make the world fragrance free. Scents remind me of people, places and times in my life. Exclamation and Electric Youth were my first encounters with perfume then I discovered The Body Shops oils and evolved to their White Musk scent. After that phase, I really evolved and got into Calvin Klein CK ONE – OMG a designer perfume! There is nothing more luxurious than a fabulous designer scent. If a fragrance smells really good on you, people always notice and associate that scent with you. Usually at Christmas time I would always and usually still do receive a new perfume as a gift. This year I’m hoping for Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf but that’s besides the point . . . well depending on who reads this. Holidays are a great time to buy perfume because they usually have sets that will stretch your dollar a little farther. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day are the biggest time for these “value” sets. For example, they sometimes have sets with a body lotion or shower gel for the same price as just the perfume alone or at a cheaper price.Some brands have collection sets with mini’s of their most popular fragrances.

Like I mentioned  a few weeks ago in my post Tis the Season, I love this time of  year for the tremendous amount of sets that are on the market. Department stores like Macy’s, JCPenney, Holt Renfrew, Sears and The Bay are all great places to look and after shopping this week it looks like Winners has a lot of stock this season too.  Maybe if we find the perfect scent, a blind lieutenant colonel will notice it and give us all a memorable Whoohaaa . .  .

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”- Marilyn Monroe

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Pick of the Week

11 Dec

As I have mentioned before in previous posts, I am always searching for a really good texturizing spray for that perfect tousled look. I find many of them dry my hair and don’t help combat any frizz. I know I raved about my Dollarama find here and although my newest love is more than $2, it was well worth the price. It is Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray. It made my hair BIG, tousled and yet touchably soft. The scent is also light but really nice.  Could this be everything I’ve always longed for in a hair product but could never find before? Maybe it is, and maybe I want to shout from the mountaintop that I am in LOVE . .. well with this amazing spray.  You can find it for $15 to $20.

What more could a girl ask for?

*If you don’t believe me, it was also Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Award winner for Best Wave Enhancer, October 2010*

-AP

I Got it From My Mama

10 Dec

As I previously mentioned, I had a pretty jam-packed weekend full of fun and birthdays, one of which was for my wonderful mother. They say you come to a point in your life and realize you have turned into your mother and I have to admit, this has yet to happen to me (or I’m still in denial about it). Either way, we are quite different especially when it comes to our beauty regime. I will say I hope that I am lucky enough to have skin like hers when I am her age;  my mother has great genes and very few wrinkles.  I would be considered a little more high maintenance than her although she enjoys perfume, good moisturizer and apparently she had a LOVE for big hair! So we do have  a few things in common . . . well at least one for certain – that big hair obsession. Here are some pics from back in the day to make even Snooki envious.

 Love you mom . . . and that big hair! xoxo

-AP

Beauty Quote

9 Dec

“Cosmetics is a boon to every woman, but a girl’s best beauty aid is still a near-sighted man

-Yoko Ono

Photo Shoot 12/04/10

7 Dec

This past weekend I was pretty busy with birthdays, holiday stuff and a photo shoot on Saturday. My friend Julia DiLorenzo is the founder and designer of Unity Strictly Clothing. It is a line of graphic tee’s with really fun designs. I would describe them myself, as a little quirky but definitely cute. It was a pretty small photo shoot but I met some really talented people who truly inspired me with their craft. I did the make-up for 2 beautiful girls and 1 handsome guy. I must admit I was quite nervous because I’ve only really done weddings professionally but the models made it very easy for me. Julia wanted me to showcase each of the models best features so for one we did a bolder lip and the other a heavier eye.

Here is Aurora and her gorgeous lips

Here is Brittany with her smokey eyes

All in all it was a good day and I was happy to help out in any way possible. If you get a chance check out Julia’s website at www.unitystrictlyclothing.com

-AP

A Little Pick Me-Up . . .

1 Dec

Have you ever went shopping, bought a “new” amazing colour of lipstick/lipgloss/eyeshadow to only realize you have something very similar or basically the same? Since I am a bit of a product (pardon my french) whore this tends to happen quite a bit. This actually happened to me on a recent trip to Sephora. I was looking at lipsticks and found the most perfect fall/winter shade. It is Make Up Forever Rouge Intense in #13. I have been wanting a deeper shade for my lips and since I already have a red and am not quite sure how well I can do the dark burgundy lips I thought this was the perfect balance. It is almost a ruby-red with some shimmer but has a violet hue to it. On my way home I was already thinking about when and with what outfit I wanted to wear this shade but then started thinking that I already had a shade like this? Oh the agony . . . I could have bought something else.  When I got home and looked through my lipsticks, I discovered a shade from an old Lancome gift that is quite similar. I don’t even know if they make the shade anymore – it is a colour design lipstick called curtain call.

 

 *Top is Lancome Curtain Call and bottom is Make Up Forever #13 . . . see more shimmer to it*

I tried justifying the purchase because the Make Up Forever lipstick has more of a violet undertone, whereas the Lancome is a true raspberry shade.  Since I found the Lancome lipstick I also decided to look through some of my eyeshadows and rediscovered some fabulous colours that I have not worn in a while and am anxious to try some different looks. Just like clothes, we can all get into a makeup rut and if a new lipstick can help get me out of it, then out with the old and in with the new!

-AP

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