Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Fountain of Youth

It starts from a young age – media puts these ideas in everyones head; aging is bad – being young is beautiful. I’ll admit that even I’m a sucker for society’s fight against aging. The day that I turned 25 I became obsessed with avoiding wrinkles – not something I’m admittedly proud of.
With a new found quest of avoiding crows feet, one of my good friend’s told me a “secret” to anti-aging, something that I should have started in my early twenties because it’s so simple – unfortunately this secret only sank in last year. We’ve all heard it – the sun causes wrinkles, yet how many of us actually register this fact? What’s the best way of avoiding wrinkles? Avoiding the sun! But how can that possibly happen? (I’m beyond guilty of sun worshipping with oil). So let me rephrase that – the best way of preventing wrinkles is as easy as sunscreen. Yeah!

Skin Tint FX Moisturizer - SPF 30


So on the quest for the perfect facial sunscreen, I went to my local Pharmaprix where I absolutely adore the girl at the cosmetics counter (how can I not bond with a girl over makeup?). She told me about the Cover FX line – and in particular their Skin Tint FX moisturizer with SPF 30 (which by the way is not actually tinted – foundation is still needed). I’ve been using it religiously since last winter. I mix it in with my regular Biotherm moisturizer every morning – rain or shine. The Skin FX moisturizer is amazing because it actually acts as a primer before foundation – evening out skin – helping the makeup go on smooth and last all day.

Biotherm - Skin Vivo Night


This is where my story may get a little more intense (not really). Last weekend I was doing some “back to school” cleaning of my room and I came across a sample of the Biotherm Skin Vivo night anti-aging cream that one of the girls from Pharaprix had given me. I decided to give it a try and have been using it every night for the last week. As of yet, I haven’t noticed a difference (Biotherm claims that this product will take ten years off your skin in four weeks) – but to be fair, I don’t really have any wrinkles yet and am just trying it out in the name of “prevention”.

Biotherm - Skin Vivo Night


Here is my breakdown of this product:
The cream has a very unique consistency and tingles slightly when it comes into contact with the under eye area. It is slightly drying (which I feel is better than being greasy, because grease = acne in my books) and if it is worn during the day (I haven’t done this yet) needs to be mixed in with a moisturizer. The full size product retails for $75.00, which I find to be extremely pricey – especially since it is not anti-aging and moisturizing.

This leads me to my next point, a little food for thought perhaps. Are anti-aging products worth the money – or are they just “fancy” moisturizers? We know that wearing sunscreen helps in the prevention of wrinkles – but using anti aging creams in your twenties – will that help in prevention? Or is just more products to spend money on and to put on your face? What do you think?

Trend Alert: Fall Eyebrows

Let’s face it – your eyebrows can either make you or break you. Beautifully groomed and properly shaped eyebrows can make a face look complete. So say goodbye to thin, over-tweezed eyebrows, because Fall 2011 is all about the natural (which I love) almost “boyish” eyebrow. The projected makeup trends are all about the defined eyebrow – darkened in with black (not brown!) pencil (or shadow) – which I absolutely love and rock on a daily basis thanks to my South Asian roots. So, if you’re not born with a thick and lush set of brows – no problem, after all that is why we have makeup!

Before - No Makeup


After - Natural Glam Makeup - with Groomed Eyebrows

Remember, when defining your eyebrows, it is always best to start with a good tweezer – specifically a tweezer that has a tip that is pointed or slanted. Here are three steps that I follow (remember, if you’re not sure – go see a professional before you begin tweezing!).
1- Imagine a vertical line going up from the outside of your nostril towards your forehead. The inner part of the eyebrow should hit this imaginary line.
2- A straight line going out from the outside corner of your nostril past the outer corner of your eye marks the end of your eyebrow (almost at a 45 degree angle to line 1).
3- Your arch should be found approximately two thirds of the way from your inner eyebrow.

I personally do not like the look that a pencil gives when used to fill in eyebrows because I find it a little too harsh and doesn’t look very natural. Instead, I opt for an eyeshadow or eyebrow-powder. After foundation (but before any eyeshadow is put on), I define eyebrows. The first step that I do is using an eyebrow gel (or clear mascara) I brush the hairs in place – this leaves them looking groomed. I then fill the eyebrows in with a brown eyeshadow (depending on ones hair colouring) with a slanted eyebrow brush.

Remember, clean and groomed eyebrows will perfectly compliment and complete any makeup look. So if you’re a huge fan of thick eyebrows, grab some eyeshadow and an eyebrow brush and get to work!

La Dolce Vita

So, I’ve been on (yet another) hiatus from writing. I fully took advantage of my free summer as a teacher and was in Italy & Greece for a little over four weeks. Another amazing experience and if you haven’t been – I no doubt highly recommend both countries. I was in Rome for a little less than a week – and fell in love with the city, the culture and of course the food (that goes without saying). The only regret that I have is not exploring another Italian city – I guess this just means that I will have to go back next summer!
In Greece we hit up a few islands and Athens. The Greek Islands are exactly what anyone would imagine – absolute paradise. Gorgeous scenery, beautiful people, mouth watering food and amazing parties – we explored & danced until our feet were blistered, but it was all done with a huge smile… After all, we’re in the Greek Islands!

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Vatican City, Italy

View from the Vatican - Italy

Chania, Crete, Greece

Chania, Crete, Greece

Chania, Crete, Greece

Naxos, Greece

Naxos, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Ios, Greece

Ios, Greece

Ios, Greece

Ios, Greece

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