I’ll find any excuse to bake. Whether it’s cookies, squares, cupcakes… the list goes on. Though I’m a fiend for baked goods, I avoid baking a whole cake unless it’s for a special occasion, meaning my boyfriend and I won’t be the only ones indulging. Now that the holiday season is in full swing I’ve been baking some yummy treats for friends and family. My recent excursion in the kitchen had me looking rather sad in my boyfriend’s too-big, striped brown apron. So I tracked down some cute and kitschy aprons to make whipping-up sugary goodies even more fun.
The Lady's Apron, $34.89 at Anthropologie
Baker's Delight Apron, $34.89 at Anthropologie
Mrs. Claus Apron, $19.96 US at Pier 1
Earth Angel Designs Apron, $38 at Doll Factory By Damzels (1122 Queen St. East, Toronto)
If you’ don’t have much of a sweet tooth (for shame!) or need to feel a little more inspired to get in the baking mood, then lather up with Cake Beauty‘s scrumptious-smelling Bath & Shower Bubbles as part of their Winter Wonderful collection. Available in three scents, Gingerbread Woman (soft ginger and sweet vanilla frosting); Snow Woman (toasted walnuts and vanilla cream); Jacky Frost (raspberries and vanilla crumble), the Bath & Shower Bubbles at a hefty 473 ml will leave your skin super soft and smelling good enough to eat right through winter.
Cake Bath & Shower Bubbles, $20 at Sephora and specialty retailers
— Jodi Goulart
Remember how I wrote about my obsession with the French Revolution in “Vive Le Lancome Revolution” about Lancome’s royally chic Declaring Indigo collection? Well, you can imagine my delight when I discovered that Too Faced’s holiday collection is inspired by Marie Antoinette – mon dieu! Too Faced, experts at making me fawn over their sexy fun and retro chic collections that make my heart go pitter-patter when I enter Sephora, have unveiled four limited-edition kits filled with “everything a glamour queen needs to overthrow an old beauty routine.”
The punk rock by way of boudoir packaging is reminiscent of Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette and the eyeshadow and lipgloss shades aren’t far off from the film’s sugary colours of pink frosting, turquoise, dusty rose, mint green and lemon cream yellow.
Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"
There’s the French & Fabulous palette, travel-size Glamour To Go III kit and Queen For A Day makeup bag filled with popular and exclusive products. The piece de resistance is the Glamour Revolution makeup book that contains nine eyeshadows, three lipglosses, bronzer, blush and an eyeshadow primer along with cards on how to create different looks. So run out, pick up one of these kits and have fun — just don’t lose your head in the process.
Too Faced Queen For A Day Set, $58.50 at Sephora
Too Faced Glamour Revolution Kit, $52 at Sephora
— Jodi Goulart
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
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
— Jodi Goulart
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m an Aquarius, but when I saw photos of go-to glamour gal Katy Perry performing at the Vienna Life Ball in a starfish and glitter encrusted dress with strategically-placed seashells, I couldn’t help but feel an urge for the life aquatic.
Katy Perry Performing at the Life Ball in Vienna
To channel your inner Ariel, Too Faced‘s Mermaid’s Treasure Beauty Collection inspired by the sea comes with a treasure trove of goodies in a metallic aqua blue makeup bag with mermaid decals. In the bag, you get the Sun Bunny Bronzer, Lip Bronzer in Sun Bunny, Mini Lash Injection in black and a Flatbuki Brush for only $40.50 at Sephora.
Too Faced Mermaid's Treasure Beauty Collection, $40.50 at Sephora
If you’re looking for something a little more intense then pick up Urban Decay‘s new Liquid Liner and Eyeshadow both in Minx (a rich metallic teal) and Ecstasy (a deep metallic violet).
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in "Ecstasy", $19 at Sephora
Urban Decay Liquid Liner in "Minx", $22 at Sephora
And don’t forget your hair. To get soft and sculpted glamorous waves, use Sunsilk’s Waves Of Envy Gel & Cream Twist. I like the combination of the two formulas for a nice soft hold. No one wants a piecey mess of hair, no matter how much it makes you look like Daryl Hannah in Mermaid.
Sunsilk Waves Of Envy Gel & Cream Twist, $3.49 at Shopper's Drug Mart
— Jodi Goulart
I’ve never been one to wear blush, or rouge as our grandmothers called it. And the idea of wearing blush has always seemed antiquated to me as well. Maybe it’s because my fair skin has always made any colour on my cheeks look more like I was wearing face paint rather than glowing from within.
That is until I found MAC’s “Blush Of Youth” Beauty Powder from its Rose Romance makeup collection. Just a sweep of this over my cheeks, shoulders and decollete give me that freshly plucked glow. And just this week, the luminous look was on the red carpet at Cannes.
Diane Kruger in Cannes
MAC "Blush Of Youth" Beauty Powder, $26.50
If your skin has more of a medium or olive tone, then look to Angelina Jolie and Asia Argento for inspiration. The two actresses demonstrated how a peachy pink blush, like The Balm‘s “Hot Mama” all-in-one blush, highlighter and eyeshadow, looks sizzling on darker skin by giving it a sun-kissed look.
Asia Argento & Angelina Jolie in Cannes
The Balm "Hot Mama" Powder, $26 at Sephora
— Jodi Goulart