Friday, February 27, 2009

Shopping Deals

Double loyalty points event at GUESS and Marciano.

$5 off Coupon for Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara.

Visit and enter code W9KW. Offer only available in Canada. Taken from Keep On Shopping (Thanks! :-) )

Complimentary NM exclusive tote with any $100 cosmetics or fragrance purchase at Neiman Marcus.

• NM Exclusive Dior L'Or de Vie La Creme Yeux, L'Extrait, and La Creme, 0.03 oz. each
• Karl Lagerfeld Kapsule Eau de Toilette in Woody, Floriental, and Light, 1.2 ml each
• Clé de Peau Beauté Le Coton, 5 sheets
• Lancome Paris Definicils Mascara in Black, 0.09 oz.
• NM Exclusive Valentino Eau de Parfum, 0.06 oz.
• Molton Brown Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Bath & Shower Gel, 1 oz.
• Bobbi Brown Invitation for full-size Blush in Pink Clay
• Kiehl's Since 1851 Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion, 0.17 oz.
• NM Exclusive La Mer Invitation for Creme de la Mer, 0.24 oz.
• Arrives in a NM exclusive tote in your choice of pink, turquoise, or orange.

Shoshanna Free Gift worth $120 with $100 purchase at

Included in the Shoshanna bag are:
LORAC® Breakthrough Performance Foundation
ARCONA Booster Defense Serum
stila High Shine Lip Color in Amber (exclusive to Shoshanna bag!)
tarte® Blushing Bride
Frederic Fekkai® Coiff Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel
skyn ICELAND® Glacial Face Wash
Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
Jane Iredale® Eye Gloss (Full Sized!)
Too Faced™ Lash Injection
Ken Paves Healthy Hair™ Shine Serum
Bliss® Lemon + Sage Soapy Soap
DDF® Daily Protective Moisturizer

Please check the websites for full details. Happy Shopping :-).

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Currently Crushing on:

REDUX Charles Chang-Lima Silk Bloom Dress
$3,650 at Neiman Marcus

Christian Louboutin Petal Sandal
$995 at Barneys and Neiman Marcus

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Product Review: LUSH Angels on Bare Skin

I'm intrigued by LUSH products. I love the idea about them: fresh, hand made, all natural, sustainable packaging, and no animal testing.... I like how I can smell the store long before I even get there and when I do, there are always plenty of fun products to play with. I'll use them in combination with other products since I really do think that there's a limit to how much an all-natural product can do. Retinol, Salicylic Acid, and Benzoyl Peroxide, Lactic Acid, Glycolic acid, and other AHAs provide benefits that all-natural compounds cannot compete with. Nevertheless, I do enjoy integrating LUSH products into my regime.

I've tried all of their clay-based cleansers, Angels on Bare Skin, Aquamarina, and Herbalism. I'll post reviews on the other two at a later date since I'm currently using Angels.

Description and Ingredients list from the website:

"Angels on Bare Skin is a simple enough idea: clay and ground almonds to cleanse and gently exfoliate your facial skin, glycerine for suppleness plus lavender oil to balance the amount of oil your skin produces naturally, soothing chamomile, protective benzoin and rose absolute to soften your face. There are no preservatives in it so it helps to maintain your skin’s natural flora, your own defences against microbial attack. It looks like a lump of rough putty but it smells divine and works like magic."


"Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Kaolin, Water (Aqua), Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida), Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia), Lavender Flowers (Lavendula hybrida), *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume."

Despite the claim that it smells 'divine', that was definitely not my first impressions of its scent. It wasn't offensive per se, but like many LUSH products, the scent was strong. Given the ingredient list, it comes as no surprise, but it really just does smell very strongly like lavender.

I love how soft it makes my skin feel and albeit it relatively messy, I think it's a rather fun product to use! You pinch of a piece of the putty-like product, soften it with water, and rub it on your skin. The clay may help with oil absorption, and sometimes, I will use a little more product and let it sit on my skin like I would a face mask.

My only complaints are that I can't use this product alone but will use it only after washing with another cleanser first. I do this for two reasons. First, it isn't a very effective make-up remover. Secondly, I have fairly oily skin and perhaps it's more of a pyschological thing, but I don't feel like Angels is 'heavy-duty' enough to dissolve a day's worth of dirt/grime.

Angels on Bare Skin is priced at $10.50 per 100g and is available at all LUSH stores and online at

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscars 2009 Favourite: Evan Rachel Wood's Ellie Saab Gown

I'm leaving to the Amsterdam airport in about half an hour to fly back to Canada but had to share my favorite of the 2009 Oscar Dresses so far. Rachel Evan Wood's off-white Elie Saab gown is stunning! (photo credit: Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

See Fashionism's Top 14 picks here.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

I just might love chocolate as much as I love shoes...

How deliciously beautiful do these chocolate darlings look????!

These photos were taken at La Bouqueria Market in Barcelona last week.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Shopping in Barcelona - Phard

Last week after realizing that I had nothing planned for my week-long vacation, I booked a flight to Amsterdam to visit my parents. I couldn't have picked a better time to visit as they had planned a four-day trip to Barcelona.

I spent a good amount of time looking at the masterpieces (La Segrada Familia, Pregrada) of the architect Gaudi, but also managed to get a full day of shopping on Barcelona's famous 5Km Shopping line. The shopping line starts at the top of the Ramblas, through Placa de Catalunya, along Passeig de Gràcia and up Avenue Diagonal.

At Placa de Catalunya, you'll run into El Corte Ingles, a large department store. You'll find most of your popular luxury designers (Chanel, Valentino, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton Burberry etc.) along Passeig de Gràcia and it's a lovely street with wide beautifully-tiled sidewalks. It was on this street that I stepped into a Phard store for the first time. I had never heard of them before but was impressed with the fit and quality of the clothes. I picked up two jackets and a pair of black skinnies all at amazing prices since they were having a huge fall/winter sale.

My top three picks from their Spring '09 Collection:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lamborghini Heels?

Now this isn't the first time we've seen Lambos waltzing with fashion (although if you ask me, a Lamborghini on its own is freaking stylish!). In 2006, Lamborghini collaborated with Versace to produce a limited edition Lamborghini X Versace Murcielago.

CGSociety member Tim Cooper has taken the idea of mixing high fashion and stylish cars to a whole different level! Mr. Cooper "created them by combining a pair of his wife’s high heel shoes and lots of internet images of the Gallardo." I love Lamborghini's, I love high-heeld shoes, Lamborghini + Heels? NOT SO MUCH.