If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of the MAC Cosmetics Hello Kitty collection, the wait is over. Rumors have been popping up since late 2008 about the arrival of this kitty cat’s debut in the MAC Cosmetics line up and finally arrived in Canadian stores on February 10, 2009.
The collection is standard – with the usual lipsticks, lipglass, nail polish, eyeshadow pallets and blush. Although you would expect the colors to be the ultimate mecca of pink girliness with lipstick ($16.50) colors like “big bow” and “cute-ster” and glitter eyeliner ($20) in “girl groove” and “glitterpuss” there are some surprising shades of dark purples and a burnt orange color in the limited edition “Lucky Tom” eyeshadow quadrant. In my opinion, the most cat-like product in the collection is the “Hello Kitty Lash” ($14) which are false eyelashes in a criss-cross pattern with an overlapping effect on the outer corner, providing you with “big, wide, kitten-eyes”.
I’m no beauty expert, but I am a girl with chapped lips. Inspired by the freezing Vancouver weather and being snowed-in at home, I decided to come up with my own list of products to help chapped lips in the winter. Unlike my Mac lipglass and Chanel lipgloss (great color choices, crappy moisturizer), the below are my personal top three picks and the first products I reach for when my lips go dry and bizerk in the winter weather.
1) Bigelow & Co Rose Salve $5.50
Packaged in a cute vintage/retro tin, the rose salve has the consistency of petroleum Jelly (ie. Vaseline) with a slight rose scent from its 0.9% rose extract. This product actually places #1 on the Bigelow Chemists top-sellers’ list….
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On Saturday evening, I went to Wink Beauty Lounge (67 East Cordova Street) for The Style Spy’s Holiday Shopathon event. After a fifteen minute walk from Waterfront Skytrain Station, we graciously accepted a warm welcome into the brightly lit Wink Beauty Lounge in Gastown. The retail shop, with its whitewashed walls and clean white shelves, allowed its beauty and makeup products to colorfully stand out and be tried on.
The retail part of Wink reminds me a lot of Beauty Bar in Yaletown, but perhaps with lesser known brands. Brands which were familiar to me included OPI and Essie. The brands that I didn’t recognize were all packaged in a young and trendy fashion, such as 100% Pure, a bath, body and skincare line which boasts its lack of “synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins“.
The part of Wink that I didn’t get to experience this weekend includes its extensive list of beauty services – particularly its eyelash extensions which start at $65. Other services include facials, waxing, manicures & pedicures and even a special section dedicated to guys who want clear and energized skin.
If there was any event that could put you into a holiday mood, it was this one. Opus is a beautiful L.A inspired lounge, with white tile walls, and high ceilings, which were decorated with sporadic large glittering stars hanging above us.
The dresses themselves, which can all be found at Boudoir in Yaletown, were a myriad of satins and modals, in blacks and creams for all of your formal events, as well reds, sky blues, champagnes, coffee brown and greens for a few punches of eye catching colors. Over 25 dresses traipsed down the runway, in styles for the flirty and feminine girl, such as their salmon satin dress (notably worn by the beautiful violinist), with a scoop neck and voluminous short sleeves.