September 27th, 2012
This is the moment of vamp, but winter fresh and retro beauty also found their way onto runways this season.
Vampy is the buzzword of the season, so get ready for very deep wine coloured lips. Seen at Gucci (pictured), YSL, Etro, and dozens of other shows, this dark shade requires some bravery, but once you try, you won’t stop. Editor’s Pick: Ilia Lipstick in Femme Fatale, $24 at ILIA.com and Kiss & Makeup, H5-925 Main St., West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, www.kissandmakeupstore.com
With vampy lips come vampy nails. Intense brights and complex nail art is put on the sidelines in lieu of the classic Hollywood burgundy, as seen at Catherine Malandrino (pictured) and Jenny Packham. Editor’s Pick: Essie nail polish in Skirting the Issue, $11 at Kiss & Makeup, H5-925 Main St., West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, www.kissandmakeupstore.com
Green shadows are making their biggest return since the ’80s. Avoid looking like the Jersey clan from Working Girl and opt for a shadow that’s easy on the glitter and with a slightly pearly finish, as seen at Jason Wu’s presentation. Editor’s Pick: Stila Eye Shadow in Jade, $24 at Beautymark, 1268 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver, 604-642-2294, www.beautymark.ca
Winter fresh is the best way to describe this flushed cheek seen at Michael Kors, Preen and Issa. Keep it looking youthful by keeping the rest of the face clean and opting for a dewy cream blush. Editor’s Pick: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush in Truth and Dare, $30 at Sephora.
Poof and Band
Channeling Brigitte Bardot and a current It Girl Lana Del Rey, bouffants are the up-dos of the season, seen in the ladylike collections of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera (pictured). What you need is a lot of hairspray, some backcombing action, and a headband to top it off. With a sultry ‘60s poof, this is not a schoolgirl look. Editor’s Pick: Goody Iconoclass Satin Headbands (2 pack), $5.99 at London Drugs.
February 28th, 2011
Butter London bids goodbye to Kate Middleton’s singledom.
She landed the world’s most eligible bachelor, and now Kate is landing on everyone’s best-dressed list. Girl deserves it: she’s been waiting for the Prince to pop the question for, like, ever!
To celebrate her, well, 'achievement,' Butter London was inspired to create “No More Waity Katie,” a soft rose greige with a little bit of festive lilac glitter. One can’t go royal without a little bit of sparkle! —AG
$17 at BeautyMark, 103-1120 Hamilton St., Vancouver, 604-642-2294, www.beautymark.ca
January 18th, 2011
A no dairy diet doesn’t mean you can’t have your whipped cream… you just can’t eat it too (it’s for your hair).
Milk_Shake conditioning whipped cream by Z.ONE Concept smells like the yummiest vanilla diner shake, but the leave-in mousse protects locks with milk proteins for strength, wheat germ for repair and shine, and a special Integrity 41 complex for helping seal in colour.
Milk. It does a bob good.
$23 at BeautyMark, 103-1120 Hamilton St., Vancouver, 604-642-2294, www.beautymark.ca
August 30th, 2010
If washing our face was like being a contestant on The Wheel of Fortune, we’d ask to buy a consonant, not a vowel.
Winning words like “natural” and “organic” describe the foaming face wash ($18) from Canadian skin care line Consonant. Feather light and refreshing, it’s sans synthetics and loaded with the natural goodness of tea tree and grape seed oils. Have yours unscented or with an air of citrus bergamot.
Purchase the wash as a part of their three piece 30 Day Challenge Kit ($90) and they’ll give you back your cash if you’re anything but pleased with the products. That’s good game.
July 20th, 2010
The evening is a quiet one, so you finally make face time for that goopy green clay mask. Five minutes into your DIY facial, there’s a knock on your door. You spy through the peephole your cute neighbour.
Sheet facial masks from myfaceworks would have saved you from this sticky situation. The Vancouver-based beauty brand’s line of paper-like masks are no mess and lay gently on your face, so they can be pulled off in a pinch. There’s 12 masks for every need, with names like “I need a clear day” and “I need to be firm” (6 for $60).
We tried “I need a quickie” and it left our skin feeling soft and touchable in just 10 minutes.
At BeautyMark, 103-1120 Hamilton St., Vancouver, 604-642-2294, www.beautymark.ca