October 24, 2014

Red lips, confetti cannons, perfume shaped cakes and Minnie Mouse - it must be Toronto Fashion Week - Spring/Summer 2015!

My girl Fiona and I hit Toronto Fashion Week on Tuesday where we were greeted with a variety of shows and events that would have a sane person scratching their head - being far from sane we had no problem taking in all the crazy which included:

A dueling accordion and violinist, followed by lots of happy models of all ages and sizes finished off with a confetti cannon that actually made the lady in front of me scream and of course, Bullseye the dog just about sums up the Target show...
not to mention of course the clothes - the really great thing about the Target show is that I can look at this gorgeous Mossimo dress going down the runway and know that not only will I be able to find it in the store, it will actually come in my size!

The show also introduced Target's partnership with TOMS for a limited-edition collection of homes goods, apparel, accessories and shoes for women, men and children. For each item purchased from the collection, a donation will be made via the Canadian Red Cross, Food Banks Canada or through TOMS' worldwide giving programs. The collection will be available at Target stores across Canada beginning November 16th.
Lead Makeup Artist for Maybelline, Grace Lee worked her usual magic inspired by Target's iconic red logo to create a punchy look with matchy, matchy red lips and tips - Color Sensational Creamy Mattes Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet and Color Show Nail Lacquer in Keep Up The Flame; subtle eyes by layering Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24h Cream Gel Shadow in Creamy Beige with Barely Branded and Clear Baby Lips on the eyelids for a textured finish which was completed with a couple of coats of Lash Sensational Mascara in black and a touch of Eye Studio Brow Drama on the brows; and the perfect looking skin came courtesy of a brand new foundation that I am verboten to speak of until January - until then console yourself with some Dream Fresh BB Cream and Fit Me! Pressed Powder.

The hair is courtesy of Redken Lead Stylist Jorge Joao and since it wasn't really grabbing me I quizzed Jorge on what his favorite products are right now. Along with the Pillow Proof line (which you should enter to win here) he is a fan of Redken Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray which is not only great for beachy waves but is also great for adding texture and volume to straight hair.
I caught up with Lead Nail Artist for Essie Canada, Rita Remark doing some weird stretching - polishing nails isn't for wusses! Since she hadn't done nails for Target I took a gander at her Melissa Nepton nails instead...
Rita and her team polished all of the fingers save the ring finger with one of three shades: Where's My Chauffeur? - punchy aquamarine, Turquoise and Caicos - tropical aqua or Absolutely Shore - green sea foam - with No Place Like Chrome on the ring finger for an ultra-silver metallic pop. I asked Rita what the worst part about Fashion Week backstage manicures was - answer: when the designer changes their mind at the last minute and a frantic polish change ensues!
What's fashion week without cake? Not that models eat cake but the rest of us normal people do and is there anything better then cake shaped like a giant Juicy Couture fragrance bottle? I think not! Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture really does taste as good as it smells!
I thought we had stumbled into a theme park or a really kinky adult party but no, it was the Disney and Mercedes-Benz Start Up hosted by Samantha and Cailli Beckerman, where a group of finalists were asked to create a design inspired by Disney fashion darling, Minnie Mouse. The winning design by Sid Neigum scored him $2,500 and a set of ears. 
These aren't the winning designs, just the ones that Fiona liked best or managed to get shots of - it was super-crowded - apparently everyone loves a mouse!

- Lisamarie -

30 Days of BCA - Day 24 - Scentsy Ribbons Of Hope Warmer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month when all our favourite brands will be coming out with special edition products that in some way, will benefit charities associated with the disease.

A great thing all on its own - add in that many of the products will be pink and you've got something well worth talking about!

Be sure to come back everyday at 11:30am when we will be featuring a new BCA product!

Scentsy Ribbons Of Hope Warmer - $35 - a bold and modern warmer featuring the iconic pink ribbon. This warmer pays subtle tribute to their first warmer to raise for breast cancer – Love, Life, Hope, in its simple shape and black, white, and pink color scheme. A single pink ribbon inside the dish reminds us to inspire hope in anyone affected by breast cancer.

$8  from the sale of each Ribbons of Hope warmer will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada. In the US, $7 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Available from your Scentsy consultant - find one near you at www.scentsy.com.

- Lisamarie -

And don't miss out on the other great days:

Fragrant Friday - Calvin Klein Eternity Night

Love your Calvin Klein Eternity and have always wanted an evening-interpretation of it? Then check out:

Calvin Klein Eternity Night - 100ml EDT - $95 - a creamy floral inspired by the romantic aura of dusk featuring notes of pink pepper, elderberries, frangipani, jasmine, sandalwood and tonka bean.  

Calvin Klein Eternity Night for men - 100ml EDT - $86 - a woody fougère that evokes the mysterious essence of nightfall – rich and dark, with a lingering impression, featuring notes of coriander seed, clary sage and vetiver.

I actually like the men's version better than the women's which is a little too floral for my taste - but I think we can all agree that real life married couple Christy Turlington Burns and Ed Burns are adorable!

Available now at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs locations across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

October 23, 2014

Pillow Proof your hair in 3 easy steps with Redken and a Contest!

You go to a lot of work to make your hair look great and then have to turn around and do it all over again the next day after an overnight of zzzz's wreaks your 'do. Not so if you follow these 3 easy steps to a pillow proof blow dry:

First, prime with:

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer - 170ml - $24.95 - reduces blow dry time while protecting from heat up to 450 degrees and amplifying the benefits of styling products.

Second, style with any Redken styling product to create the result you are looking for, I like:

Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist - 150ml - $30.95 - locks in lasting control, shine and staying power when styling with hot tools. Provides a crisp hold when styling with a curling iron or hot rollers while protecting from heat damage.

Third, extend your look with:

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender - 153ml - $24.95 - extends the life of any blow dry and eliminates oil with no residue.

and every great style starts with a great wash like the brand new:

Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner - 300ml/250ml - $18.95/$19.95 - cares for your coloured hair with next generation hair colour care technology - IPN and Charge-Attract Complex deliver charged amino-ions that are attracted to the hair fiber to help seal in colour to make sure that hair colour is secured with maximum vibrancy and alluring shine.

Now that you've heard all about it you want it all right? So have it! Read on to win...

This contest is open to all our Canadian followers and it's very easy to enter, just leave a comment letting us know that you follow through Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin' or Facebook Networked Blogs (if you aren't a follower you can do that now - sign up buttons are in the right sidebar).

1 entry for following and letting us know what your fave Redken product is or the one you would like to most try?

And for extra entries:
Follow @Beautycrazedcan on Twitter and tweet the contest
Follow @RedkenCanada on Twitter and tweet the contest
Like Burt's Bees on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RedkenCanada

If you prefer not to leave your info on a public post, please leave a post saying you want to enter and then e-mail your info to info@beautycrazed.ca, please put "Redken contest" in the subject line. Remember to leave the post or you name won't actually end up in the draw! Winner to be decided by random drawing and you have until November 7th to enter. Good Luck!

- Lisamarie -

30 Days of BCA - Day 23 - Estée Lauder Modern Muse Solid Perfume Compact

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month when all our favourite brands will be coming out with special edition products that in some way, will benefit charities associated with the disease.

A great thing all on its own - add in that many of the products will be pink and you've got something well worth talking about!

Be sure to come back everyday at 11:30am when we will be featuring a new BCA product!

Estée Lauder Modern Muse Solid Perfume Compact - $55 - a lush woody fragrance with an innovative dual-impression structure that features two contrasting aspects: Sparkling Jasmine Accord and Sleek Woods Accord in a limited edition solid perfume compact.

100% of the retail price of the compact will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Available now at Holt Renfrew, Hudson's Bay Yorkdale and online at www.esteelauder.ca until June 30, 2015 while supplies last. 

- Lisamarie -

And don't miss out on the other great days:

Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipstick - with swatches!

Avon Matte Finish Ultra Color Lipstick - $10 - in 6 shades: Matte Nude, Matte Berry, Matte Fuchsia, Matte Ruby, Matte Melon and Matte Amethyst - has an innovative formula with renewable pigments that delivers rich, sophisticated colour while stile maintaining a moisturizing feel that is very comfortable on the lips.
Matte Berry
Matte Amethyst

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

October 22, 2014

Eye Love Wednesday - Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Eye

Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Eye - 10ml - $14.95 - a rich and stimulating eye cream that defends against the look of fatigue by targeting the eye area to brighten and reduce the look of tiredness.

Contains Bee Venom - to control the facial muscles, increase blood circulation to gently plump out and firm the skin and fill and smooth fine lines and wrinkles; Propolis Extract - an antiseptic  anti-oxidant that is a great skin healer; Cocoa Butter - for moisture and elasticity; Shea Butter - to strengthen skin and repair damage; Tegocosmo - a skin brightener that helps fade age spots; and Elestan - for firmness and elasticity.

The formula feels rich but isn't heavy on the skin so you just need the tiniest amount to still receive  maximum benefits!

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

- Lisamarie -