Fashion-able: favourite beauty finds

We’ve shared some of our all-time
favourite beauty products
before, but everyone’s makeup case is in need of
a few additions every once in a while, right? It’s a relatively inexpensive
treat and we’re basically powerless to resist when we read about a new product on Twitter or our favourite beauty blogs. Today, we want to share the love for a few new (or new
to us) products that have given us a little boost this fall.
Today’s post was inspired by Debra, who wanted to spread the
word about Revlon’s
Just
Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
 ($9)
. Shaped like a giant crayon, this interesting
lipstick/lip balm combination offers colour that lasts through long nights on
the event circuit, while the gel formula is hydrating and smoothing. If you
want to copy her lovely bright lips this season, pick this up, stat.

A rainbow of long-lasting colours.
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Andie created a sensation in the office with her long and
thick lashes this fall, causing us to question whether she’d sprung for eyelash
extensions. Nope, it’s actually the amazing new Benefit “
they’re
real” mascara
 ($29)
. Gamechanger – promise. She’s also loving Caudalie
Beauty Elixir
 ($48) for a refreshing pick-me-up during long days.
they're real! mascara
They really do look like false lashes!
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Abby has been rocking a dark lip at events and red carpets
across the city. If you catch her reapplying, you’ll find out her favourite
shade this season is 
Rebel
by MAC
 ($15)
.

This rich, deep berry shade flatters lots of skin tones.

Ashley D. falls for any product with an innovative gimmick and loves the new
Clarins
3-Dot Liner
 ($26)
, an eyeliner pen with three tips that make it easy and quick to
apply liner to the root of the lashes.

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Seriously, have you seen an eyeliner like this before?
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Lisa recently went darker with her hair colour, calling for
a more enhanced brow. She’s raving about Vasanti Cosmetics
Cape
Town Universal Brow Powder
 ($15)
. A great option if you want to try the fuller
brow look this season, or if you went a little tweezer-happy and require damage
control.
Whitney is a 24-year-old administrative assistant from Calgary who will appear on The Bachelor Canada.
Apparently, fuller brows are in this season.
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Disclaimer: Consonant Skincare is a client, but Christina can’t stop talking about the benefits she’s seen from using their new moisturizing serum HydrExtreme ($72/$149). It’s done wonders
for dry patches without irritating her sensitive skin. (And she’s not the only one  thrilled with the results – the product just won the 2012 Canadian Beauty
Innovation Award!)

HydrExtreme
Congrats, Consonant.
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Lucky for our readers, we have straight and curly haired
gurus in the office. Cait has deep love for
Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid ($27) for blow-drying her lovely straight hair and
repairing split ends, while Ashley B. swears by Aussie Sprunch Spray and
Sebastian Potion 9 ($20) to manage and define her curls.
Light Elements™ Smoothing Fluid
Cait’s secret to beautiful hair?
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With all the products from swag bags, trips to Shopper’s
Drug Mart, gifting lounges and more, these are the products that made it to the
top this season. Know of something else we should check out? 


Media, Darling: Carlene Higgins

Carlene Higgins started her publishing career as an
administrative assistant at Salon Magazine before joining Flare nine years ago. As
beauty director, she’s responsible for award winning photo shoots,
up-to-the-minute beauty stories and testing the latest products and trends.







Twitter: @carlenetweets
Website: www.flare.com


Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what
other careers were on the horizon?

I graduated with an Environmental Studies degree with a
minor in English. I worked in advocacy for a bit but it didn’t suit me. I felt
good about making a difference in the world but ultimately, I wasn’t happy and I
don’t believe that’s doing anybody any good. I needed more structure and
creativity and once I stepped foot in the magazine world, I knew I was in the
right place.


Where would you like to be five years from now?
Dunno. I’m really happy with where I’m at right now. I
love my work, I’m being challenged, I’m learning and I’m given the freedom to
push my work creatively in different areas I want to go. Sometimes I think
about being an editor in chief or starting a website, and other times I dream
about going in on an independent project with somebody and making trillions of
dollars on a really great idea instead of writing about other people’s all the
time.



Any advice for people getting started in your industry?

Be really good at whatever it is you do. If you suck at
photocopying and filing, nobody is going to keep you around long enough to find
out what you really are good at. Make yourself indispensable, pay your dues,
and every once in a while, push to go in the direction you want to go. Also,
forget the attitude problem you mastered in high school. It won’t work in the
real world (my tongue bled from all the biting those first few years). You need
to quickly adjust to find new ways of settling matters. Hint: it involves
removing your feelings from any work situation. It’s tough. Practice your poker
face in the meantime.


What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own? 
I took a year long break from TV watching but television
seems to be having a moment right now. I’m pretty convinced Game of Thrones and
Girls could be the best shows ever to air, just comparing to a few years ago
when I actually thought Lost was a really good show.


Best interview you’ve ever had?
Justin Timberlake. My husband still questions my
daughter’s true DNA.


Worst?
I’d tell you, but I’d get in shit from the PR
company tomorrow.



Best advice you’ve ever been given?
Writing well is using the least amount of words to say
the most you want to say (thanks Dad).



What rule(s) do you live your life by?

Be brave and forgive yourself when things don’t always
work out. It was worth a shot.


What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
Calling an editor to follow up on whether a package
arrived is the equivalent of telemarketers calling during dinner.

Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear
about #wins.
I am so happy when a press release comes in with
A) the name of the product B) a description of its benefits including key
ingredients C) the price D) the launch date E) arrives 3 months before the
launch date. 

I hate? 
Haters.

I love? 
Lovers.

Reading? 
A book that is so similar to Downton
Abbey it’s a bit scary.

Best place on earth? 
Home.

Dinner guest? 
Ellen DeGeneres.

Hero? 
Ellen DeGeneres.

Pool or ocean? 
Both.

Voicemail or email?
Email.

City Living: Going Green

This
summer had some sizzling heat waves that left us in need of a swim or
at least an old-school run through the sprinkler. With these record-setting temperatures, one major concern comes to mind: climate change. We are putting a strain on our natural
resources and while this is a sad reality, there are ways we can all ease
the stress that we’re causing our beautiful planet.  



We’ve compiled a list of easy, very do-able,
green ideas that can go a long way to inspire your inner David Suzuki.



1. Wash in cold water whenever possible.

Ninety per cent of the energy used in
washing clothes goes towards heating the water. 
It turns out that using cold water actually saves
the equivalent amount of energy as driving nine miles in a car.  



2. Avoid bottled water. 
It’s
not good value, it’s no healthier than tap water and, more importantly, it
causes a lot of waste. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year and more than 80 per cent of plastic bottles are simply thrown away.







3. Stop idling.
Idling produces more emissions per minute than
driving, 
which generates needless greenhouse gas emissions.  And it’s expensive – idling wastes more than $100 a year
per vehicle.



4. Unplug chargers and small appliances when
they’re not being used. 

In the average home, nearly 75 per cent of
all electricity used to power electronics is consumed by products that are switched
off.





5. De- junk in your mailbox.
Junk mail destroys 100 million trees a year.  For more information, visit http://www.reddotcampaign.ca/ and put a stop to junk mail overflowing your mailbox.


6. Consider some homemade beauty products and home
remedies. 

Avoid all those nasty chemicals on your skin and unnecessary packaging, by using common household ingredients to make your own beauty recipes for a sea salt body scrub, a revitalizing face mask and an end-of-day
foot spa. 

7. Host a clothing swap party.

Invite your pals over to swap clothes and accessories for a new spin on your old wardrobe. Bonus: Not only is it less expensive than hitting the mall, but a it’s great chance to trade with your friend for that awesome shirt you’ve been eyeing.


So
there you have it- some awesome and easy ways to be a better friend to our
planet.  With these tips you can join the
likes of celebrities going green like Cameron Diaz or Leonardo DiCaprio, or adopt Rachel McAdams’s attitude that “green is sexy.”  It is, isn’t it?

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