Boudoir Babe

Romantic boudoir dressing has officially moved out of the bedroom and into the daylight. The Fall runways saw models at Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs in slinky slips; silky, tailored pajamas; lace-trimmed velvet dresses and jackets with marabou feathers. The lush, romantic looks all embodied a luxurious languor. There are pieces in stores now that perfectly capture this look without getting too literal. See some of my top picks below and tips on how to get the boudoir beauty look.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Zara Lingerie Style Dress, $59.90

Zara Lingerie Style Dress $59.90

Topshop Floral Velvet Kimono $80

Topshop Floral Velvet Kimono $80

ASOS Premium Faux Fur Stole, $88.72 at asos.com

ASOS Premium Faux Fur Stole, $88.72 at asos.com

The makeup at Louis Vuitton translated into a look that made me think of a girl who painted on dark eyes and lips to go out, but then stayed in and slept face down in her makeup. Any hard defined edges were softened with lips in a washed-out matte plum and eyes dressed in smoky charcoal and soft brown that fell just a bit under the eye as if slept in.

LV Boudoir Beauty

To get this look, I used Anna Sui Eye Shadow in shades 902 and 502 from Anna Sui’s Rebel Girl Eye Shadow Collection. The shadows are available in a range of 37 shades that you can purchase individually and house in Anna’s signature black, lacquered packaging, which itself looks made for a boudoir vanity.

Anna Sui Eye Shadow Palette, $TK at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

Anna Sui Eye Shadow Palette, $11 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

AS 902

Anna Sui Eye Shadow 902, $9 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

AS 502

Anna Sui Eye Shadow 502, $9 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

To amplify the smoky eye, I applied Maybelline’s The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara ($8.99) that delivers a matte finish to lashes to complement sultry eyes.

To complete the look, I used Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, which is a deep, rich plum and part of the decadent Evening Opulence Collection by Gucci Westman. To get the washed-out lip look, just pat with a tissue or keep as is if you want more of a shiny lip.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, $10.50 at drugstores

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, $10.50 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

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Stocking Poppers! Part 1

It’s that time of year again, when the stores are filled with anxious shoppers and bewildered faces. I do admit that I’m a fan of shopping for friends and family. I enjoy brainstorming gifts that will bring joy to my loved ones and I have no shame in admitting that I like receiving them as well. My family still exchanges stockings, which I love. There’s something about those little “gifties” – as my mom calls them – that are so much fun. It’s like getting a bag filled with fun impulse purchases – a weakness of mine. To help you find what to get the retro girl in your life or if you’re looking to treat yourself, I’ve compiled a list of stocking poppers. Let me know if there are any gifties out there that you’re jonesing for this season.

SOAP & GLORY A GREAT KISSER LIP MOISTURE BALM
Soap & Glory A Great Kisser is my kind of lip balm. It feels more like a lip gloss than a balm with moisturizing mango butter and apricot butter to protect your lips from the elements. A Great Kisser comes in two scents – Juicy Peach, which delivers a pretty pink shiny tint and Vanilla Bean, which has more of a warm rose sheen with a bit of sparkle. And who can resist those cute, retro tins?

A Great Kisser Juicy Peach RGB

A Great Kisser in Juicy Peach, $10 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations

A Great Kisser VanillaBean RGB

A Great Kisser in Vanilla Bean, $10 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations

ANNA SUI NAIL COLOR N AND NAIL ART COLOR N
I like to dress up my nails, but don’t have the patience for nail art so I gravitate towards glittery, glitzy and bold polishes that add impact. Anna Sui’s nail polishes come in a spectrum of 45 shades and finishes spanning from gold glitter to flamingo pink and the perfect red. Plus, look at those bottles. Can you tell I’m a sucker for retro packaging yet? Available at Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques for $15.

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BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL MASCARA
Believe the hype. Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara does it all – lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates in a long-wearing formula that doesn’t dry out. The custom domed brush tip will accentuate lashes you didn’t know you had. Check out the Benefit website for tips and tricks on how best to apply if you’re looking for a doe-eyed look or want to boost your bottom lashes.

Benefit_RealMascara_Murale $29

Benefit They’re Real Mascara, $29 at Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

– Jodi Goulart

Fit For A Queen – Get Dolce & Gabbana’s Regal Beauty Look

December’s almost here and with its approach comes all of the shimmery and shiny glitz and glitter of holiday fashion and beauty. Lately I’ve been drooling over the pages of December issues in wide-eyed amazement like a kid staring at a Christmas toy display.

One of my favourite gilded collections this year came from the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 runway. The beauty look was inspired by sultry style icon Sophia Loren and featured a matte powdery complexion, crimson lips and a black cat eye topped off with a chic chignon with volume at the crown. Speaking of crowns, some of the models even sported bejeweled, Byzantine-inspired crowns.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

To recreate the regal beauty look myself, I turned to Lancome’s new Artliner 24H in Black Diamond. The precision-tip, foam applicator makes it super easy to create a bold line and the perfect cat eye flick. The formula boasts 24 hour staying power, which I haven’t been able to test yet, but come party season I may just have the chance.

Lancome Artliner 24H, $37 at Lancome counters

Lancome Artliner 24H, $37 at Lancome counters

For the luscious crimson pout, I would recommend Anna Sui’s Drama Queen lipstick collection – shade 401 to be exact, which is a brilliant red. This shade is part of the Vivid Base range, which offers 17 vivid colours in an ultra-smooth and almost emollient-like texture, which is something I love about Anna Sui’s lipsticks, along with the glorious rose scent of course. As well, if you didn’t know Anna Sui cosmetics are now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations!! Thank you beauty fairies.

Anna Sui Drama Queen Lipstick, TK at select Shopper's Drug Mart locations

Anna Sui Drama Queen Lipstick, $29 at select Shopper’s Drug Mart locations

If you really want to bring some wattage to this look without going the crown route, then I would add some dangling, chandelier earrings. Below, I’ve included a couple favourites that I’ve found to complete the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired look.

ASOS Filigree Chain Chandelier Earrings, $22.51 at asos.com

ASOS Filigree Chain Chandelier Earrings, $22.51 at asos.com

Forever 21 Floral Chandelier Earrings $6.80

Forever 21 Floral Chandelier Earrings $6.80

– Jodi Goulart

Anna Sui Beauty Livens Up Drugstore Shelves

Upon hearing that Anna Sui‘s beauty line would be sold in Shopper’s Drug Mart as of May, I shrieked with glee like a little girl. Most likely because Anna Sui’s line of cosmetics and skincare brings out the girl in me with its fun, glam, rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and sigh-inducing rose scent. Until now the makeup range was only available at Sears locations making it a tad difficult to get my sweet Sui beauty fix.

Backstage at Anna Sui's Spring 2010 Runway Show

The Spring collection couldn’t be a better way to introduce the New York designer’s makeup collection to drugstores. New for the season is Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation and Moisture Rich Powder Foundation refill. The fluid foundation comes in a rose shaped bottle and gives a poreless smooth finish that promises “beautiful doll skin.” There are also new shades of the Liquid Eye Color that deliver high-pigment pay-off. My favourite shade is #250 a soft metallic purple that’s in trend with this season’s pastel lids. New fiery shades of the Lip Gloss range from baby orange to nude beige and my favourite #309, which is a bright glittery candy pink with a touch of red.

Anna Sui Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation $38

Anna Sui Moisture Rich Powder Foundation $33, Foundation Case $16

Anna Sui Liquid Eye Color in #050 (platinum white) and #350 (lady pink), $23 each

Anna Sui Lip Gloss in #604 (baby orange with aurora red flame), $22

But the highlight from the new collection is the new range of Lip Rouges that come in 4 different variations. Glossy provides a rich high-shine; Dazzle gives your pout a sparkling finish; Vivid comes in super bold colours such as Neon Pink, Deco Orange and even Super Black; and Tint delivers a slight tint to enhance your natural lip colour. With so many choices, my Shopper’s Optimum card is going to be very happy!

Anna Sui Lip Rouge Tint in #350 (baby pink), $25

— Jodi Goulart

Ahead Of The Pack

On a recent episode of Gossip Girl, the sympathetic Dan Humphrey may have pulled off Blair’s headband and said, “no headbands in college” to help the Upper East Sider fit in among the NYU crowd, but as we know, Blair is always ahead of the trends. On the Fall 2009 runways, headbands were adorned with jewels, stones, studs, feathers and bows. They were seen at Zac Posen, Anna Sui and Dolce & Gabbana and Eva Mendes recently wore a bejeweled headband on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009

Here are some of my favourites that are in stores now:

Bebe Crystal Brooch Headband, $39 U.S.

Bebe Crystal Brooch Headband, $39 U.S.

Goody Luxe Prudence Jeweled Headband, $4.99 at mass market retailers

Goody Luxe Prudence Jeweled Headband, $4.99 at mass market retailers

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Headband $10.80

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Headband $10.80

Le Chateau Black Studded Headband $9.95

Le Chateau Black Studded Headband $9.95

— Jodi Goulart

Anna Sui Dreams Up A New Fragrance

When I first saw Anna Sui‘s new fragrance Live Your Dream displayed amongst the designer’s aubergine boudoir chairs and lacquered vanity tables in the Sears cosmetics department, I was immediately intrigued — and concerned. Live Your Dream is housed in the same vintage scrolled bottle with a rose topper as Sui’s first fragrance, simply known as Classic. Could this be replacing the boho rock ‘n’ roll designer’s Classic? The same one that I bought 10 years ago for the first time in France at Sephora when the cosmetics behemoth had not yet crossed shores? The same scent that still takes me back to Paris with a single sniff and that my boyfriend recognizes as “my scent”?

Backstage At Anna Sui Fall 2009

Backstage At Anna Sui Fall 2009

Live Your Dream does have some olfactory similarities to its predecessor. Both eau de toilettes have woody and musky base notes and a heart of rose and jasmine, but the top notes that you first notice are where the similarities end. Where Classic has a powdery and musky top note dominated by Bergamot, Live Your Dream has a fruity floral mix of Lily of the Valley, Waterflower Accord and White Pepper. Without any bottles of Classic on the shelf in Sears, Live Your Dream is going to have a tough time filling that shelf space in my heart.

Anna Sui Live The Dream Eau de Toilette, $70 for 50 ml and $54 for 30 ml at Sears

Anna Sui Live The Dream Eau de Toilette, $70 for 50 ml and $54 for 30 ml at Sears

— Jodi Goulart