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New Beauty

Ever stood in front of a row of mascaras at the beauty boutique feeling totally baffled? With aisles full of choices it’s hard to figure out what will actually make a great addition to your beauty routine.


In an attempt to combat this problem not just for myself, but for hundreds of confused women everywhere each month I will be sorting through and testing the latest product offerings over at the Hip + Urban Girl’s Guide to put together my top picks of the items that deserve some consideration in your beauty arsenal. May nothing but good hair days, DIY manicures and the perfect lip colour be in your future. Here’s what’s new and exciting this month.
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Mix n’ Match Like a Genius

It’s T-minus one week until Christmas Eve, meaning the holiday party circuit is in full force. Between gifts, menu preparations and last-minute decorations you probably don’t have much time to give your outfit-clothing coordination too much thought.

L'Oreal App

If you’re not sure which shade of lipstick goes best with that new holiday frock, may we suggest downloading the free L’Oreal Colour Genius app from iTunes.  I discovered it a few weeks ago at the L’Oreal Spring 2013 preview event in Toronto and have been playing around with it ever since.

See how it can help you save time and keep stylish in the review I put together here on the Hip + Urban Girl’s Guide, or let the L’Oreal beauties tell you all about it themselves.

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Spa-ahhh Time

Sometimes you just need to unplug, log off and be pampered for 90 blissful minutes.  When it’s time I suggest heading over to Sweetgrass Spa in Toronto to see Lourdes for their signature 90-Minute Treatment Facial that combines a customized facial with a heavenly full-body massage.  Definitely my choice for a decadent way to combine the best facial and massage features into one indulgent service. Read more about my Sweetgrass experience on The Hip + Urban Girl’s Guide.

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Beauty Rave: The Clarisonic Mia2

I know we are only midway into February, but I’m confident that the Clarisonic Mia2 is my best beauty investment of the year. Let me explain. For the last few months I’d been hearing rave reviews about the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System from some of my favourite beauty bloggers and magazines. Made from the same people who brought us the Sonicare Toothbrush, this thing is basically deemed to be a giant electric toothbrush to remove dirt and makeup from your face. I finally became a proud Clarisonic owner on my last trip to the United States (The Mia2 that I purchased is not yet available in Canada, but the other models are) and haven’t looked back. You can read more about how it works and what I think about it here.

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All-Natural and All-Canadian: Consonant Skincare

Beauty brand Consonant Skincare recently opened its flagship store in Toronto. It’s 100% Canadian and 100% natural soaps, moisturizers and lotions. I stopped by the shop on behalf of Hipurbangirls.com to learn more about the brand created by Bill Baker, and try some organic skincare products for the first time. Verdict: Works just as well as the mainstream chemical-laden products you’re used to, minus all the irritating and potentially dangerous properties. And the packaging is super cute (huge bonus). Find out more about the store and the brand here.

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Clean, Girly Fun at Pretty Beauty & Books

Andrea Victory is living one of my dreams. She’s the owner of a little piece of beauty paradise in the Mirvish Village known as Pretty Beauty & Books. A place where two of my loves comes together – books and beauty products. And what a lovely marriage it is.

I popped in for a visit last week and left with a perma smile and some samples of One Love Organics Skincare products and Tallulah Jane natural fragrances that have changed my opinion about eco-friendly scents. Read all about it here on Hip & Urban Girls.

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A Hair Affair: My Visit to Greg May Hair Architects

The ultimate indulgence

Having someome fuss with my hair for a few hours while I sit back and enjoy a coffee comes in a close second to getting a manicure on my list of The Best Ways to Pamper Yourself. At the nail salon or hair salon you can catch up on your celebrity gossip in the latest issue of US Weekly and also get the scoop on some local dirt from your stylist.

My hair got some extra TLC a few weeks ago during my first visit to Greg May Architects Salon in Yorkville. After months of seeing before and after hair makeovers posted on Greg’s Twitter page I knew I had to be next in his chair. The results were awesome and you can read all about my hair pampering here.

Voilà! My new haircut

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Blog-worthy Nails

After months of Tweets and Twitpics about my nail endeavours and new shades, and a few blog posts and freelance pieces dedicated to the beauty of the manicure, my nails have officially made it to the big leagues. They were recently featured on TheKit.ca in a photo gallery depicting some fabulous manicures from readers such as myself. My green and pink half-moon mani, as well as my OPI Axxium with an altered French tip made it on their list. Should I be looking for an agent to get my hand modeling career off the ground?

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Lacquered Up for Fall

You’ve already heard me profess my love for nail polish many times so this next beauty feature in Whatever Magazine should come as no surprise. Enjoy Fall nail trends and some advice from an OPI expert to get your hands looking marvellous. Add a big sparkly cocktail ring and let them admire as you shake hands hello.

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Tried, Tested and True Beauty

With internship stints at fashion magazines and PR firms, I’ve been exposed to my fair share of lipstick, hairspray, nail polish and mascara, putting me at risk for sensory overload. I’ve learned that seasonal collections and new formulas come and go in the world of beauty, but there will always be those few amazing items that will never fail at making you feel glamorous even in your darkest, stressed and sleep-deprived hours. Here are some of my favourites shared with Hipurbangirls.com

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