Archive | October 2013

OOTD: Purple Glitter Nails & Cardigan

Purple is the reigning colour this fall.  My new purple glitter fade manicure inspired me to include a purple ruffled cardigan in my OOTD on Sunday.  I love mixing purple with grey. Throwing on a bit of bling dresses jeans up.  My favourite playful necklace these days has dragonflies on it.  I wear it with everything from jeans to my little black dress.

Nails photographed in sunlight and artificial light:

Purple glitter fade nails in sunlight

Purple glitter fade nails in artificial light

Here’s my first selfie.  Harder to do than I thought!  Thanks to my hubby for stopping what he was working on and taking some pictures for me.  I couldn’t look at the camera because it was super bright outside on Sunday after a very windy Saturday night!

Purple cardigan, grey top, dragonfly necklace

Purple cardigan, grey top, and jeansPurple cardigan, grey top, jeans

Silver cuff bracelet and hoop earrings from Stella & Dot:

Stella & Dot hammered silver cuff bracelet

Stella & Dot hammered silver cuff bracelet & hoop earrings

Have you added any purple items to your wardrobe this fall?

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

Pomegranates taste good, but will they really make me look younger? I decided to stop wondering about the hype and actually do some research to get some answers. Here’s what I found out about this interesting little fruit, enjoy!

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

Photo credit: Canida

Where do pomegranates come from?

The term pomegranate comes from the Latin phrase pomum granatum, which means “apple of many seeds.” The pomegranate is a small fruit-bearing tree that originated in Persia. It is one of the world’s first cultivated fruits.

What are the health benefits of pomegranates?

Pomegranates have been valued for their nutritional benefits for more than 4000 years. They have been called the “miracle fruit.” Their health benefits include:

  • Prevents cancer
  • Supports immune system
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, & kidney disease
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves sex life
  • Improves depression symptoms
  • Increases bone mass

Do pomegranates help with anti-aging?

Yes, a glass of pomegranate juice a day helps keep the wrinkles away! In November 2011, researchers at the ProbelteBio Laboratory in Murcia, Spain discovered that pomegranates slow down the aging process of DNA. This study examined the pomegranate’s rich supply of antioxidants, which prevent age-related cell damage. Subjects were given an extract of whole pomegranate fruit in a capsule form daily for one month. Researchers then found a significant decrease in a specific marker (8-Oxo-DG) linked to cell damage. This marker can have numerous detrimental effects, including aging of the skin. This decrease slows down the natural oxidation (or “rusting”) of DNA in cells that occurs over time. The lead researcher, Dr. Sergio Streitenberger, concluded “the study demonstrates that regular consumption of this new pomegranate extract can slow down the process of DNA oxidation.”

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

HOW do pomegranates help with anti-aging?

The pomegranate is the most powerful antioxidant of all the fruits. Pomegranate juice has almost three times the antioxidant potency of green tea or red wine. Antioxidants neutralize damage from free radicals, which are highly reactive chemical substances that damage the body’s cells. These chemical substances have been linked to accelerated aging and major degenerative illnesses.

The pomegranate is the best anti-aging food for softening the skin because it is loaded with vitamin C, which helps protect skin from the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Pomegranate juice contains ellagic acid, which fights free radical damage. This juice also contains punicalagin, a supernutrient that increases the body’s ability to preserve collagen, which makes skin look plump and smooth.

How much pomegranate should I eat?

Jackie Newgent, a nutritionist based in New York City, recommends eating 1 cup of pomegranate seeds every week.

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

This week I made a delicious spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, after watching a helpful tutorial on how to cut a pomegranate.  Thank you to my dear husband who patiently waited to eat dinner while I photographed the pomegranate seeds and salad!

Spinach and kale are the best anti-aging foods for firming the skin because they contain phytonutrients, or antioxidant compounds, which help protect skin from damage caused by the sun. Spinach is packed with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that improve elasticity of the skin. Newgent recommends eating 3 cups of spinach or kale every week.

After doing some research, I have concluded that pomegranates really are the fountain of youth!

Do YOU like pomegranates? Please share your favourite recipe ideas!


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Fall Trend Alert: Wine-Stained Lips

Saturated, wine-stained lips are all over the red carpet this fall. Get the look with BeautiControl’s super moisturizing, long-lasting Hydrating Lip Color ($18):

  • Hypnotic (18190) – deep blackberry plum shade
  • Shiraz (18196) – burgundy plum shade
  • Truffle (18189) – shimmering, copper-flecked chocolate shade

Fall Trend Alert: Wine-Stained Lips

Pair these gorgeous lipsticks with BeautiControl’s Lip Perfecting Pencil ($13) for that perfect pout:

  • Hypnotic – pair with Plum (16846)
  • Shiraz – pair with Plum (16846)
  • Truffle – pair with Chocolate (16849)

BeautiControl's creamy, long-lasting Plum lip liner with a unique wind-up applicator means no sharpening is necessary!

BeautiControl's creamy, long-lasting Chocolate lip liner with a unique wind-up applicator means no sharpening is necessary!

Key lipstick benefits:

  • Vitamins A, C, and E protect lips from environmental damage
  • Argan, sunflower, and jojoba oils moisturize and soften lips
  • Acai berry oil helps nourish skin
  • Blend of natural butters moisturizes lips
  • Specially treated pigments for enhanced colour intensity and better wear
  • Volumizing peptide complex helps reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Orchid flower extract moisturizes, fights free radicals, and reduces the appearance of fine lines

Key lip liner benefits:

  • Lock lipstick in place with these creamy, long-lasting lip liners
  • Unique wind-up applicator means no sharpening is necessary – saves time!
  • Water-resistant ingredients help prevent fading
  • Blend of vitamins protects lips from environmental damage
  • Natural waxes minimize feathering and encourage smooth application

To order from BeautiControl:

What lipstick colours are YOU loving this fall?

Save $30 on Clarisonic Mia 2!

It’s no secret that I LOVE my Clarisonic Mia 2!  My previous post Clarisonic Mia, Where Have You Been All My Life?! will attest to that.  Right now you can buy one of these blackhead-busting babies for $120 ($150 reg. price) at Beauty Store Depot.  You also get a FREE Clarisonic gift with purchase (GWP) travel bag in vintage blue.

Save $30 on Clarisonic Mia 2 sonic skin cleansing system

At checkout:

  • Use code  20AA to save 20%
  • Use code CLARIBAG to receive a FREE Clarisonic travel bag in vintage blue

Clarisonic sonic skin cleansing system gift with purchase


  • FREE samples tailored to every order
  • FREE domestic shipping on all orders (no minimum)

To learn more about Clarisonic’s Sonic Skin Cleansing System, see my previous post:


I just read an article from a dermatologist’s blog (Dr. Bailey’s Skin Care Blog) that I follow:

Q:  Is a Clarisonic really “worth” its cost?

A:  Yes!  If you want clear and smooth complexion, the Clarisonic will most likely help get you there.  Here at Dr. Bailey’s dermatology practice, Advanced Skin Care & Dermatology Physicians Inc., we incorporate the Clarisonic into our aesthetician facial routines and our at-home skin care routines because we see both the immediate and long term benefits that the Clarisonic provides.

MAC Toronto Saves the Day!

I recently had a scary makeup emergency while on vacation in Toronto!  In my last-minute packing rush, I forgot my trusty eye shadow trio at home.  Two weeks with no eye shadow?  Horrors!  The situation had to be remedied, and quickly before anyone got hurt.

You may be wondering: Why couldn’t she just go to the nearest drug store and pick up some eye shadow to tide her over until she got home??  Two reasons.  First, I order my eye shadow from BeautiControl, which isn’t available in stores.  Second, I’ve been disappointed with the low pigmentation of drug store eye shadows such as Revlon in the past, and didn’t want to spend money on something I didn’t really want.

As we were walking around Toronto, I saw a beacon of light – MAC!  Whew!  The universe could be set right again.  I eagerly scurried inside and explained my dilemma to the makeup consultant Ashley.  She said we could create a customized palette with 2 shadows or 4 shadows.  I usually use a trio of shadows from BeautiControl every day, but I opted for a two-shadow MAC palette (Soft Brown & Charcoal Brown).  Fortunately, I had managed to pack one MAC shadow (Orb) that I had been using at home in place of one of the BeautiControl trios I had used up.

MAC Toronto eye shadow saves the day

How did my substitute eye shadow palette from MAC measure up?

Colours:   A-

The MAC colours I chose were fairly similar to my usual BeautiControl colours (see Sedona trio below), but not as warm.  They look more similar in person than they do in the pictures because different lighting was used.  I took the MAC picture in my Toronto hotel room’s bathroom at nighttime, and the BeautiControl picture in my living room in natural daylight.  Side note: I like the built-in mirror and convenient two-sided brush that comes from BeautiControl.  In case you’re wondering what the heck that is reflecting in the mirror, it’s a paisley pillow that was on my lap while I was playing photographer.

BeautiControl Sedona eye shadow with two-sided makeup brush & built-in mirror

Long-lasting:   B+

Although MAC eye shadow is highly pigmented compared to drug store eye shadow, BeautiControl eye shadow is even more pigmented than MAC and lasts longer.

Price:   B-

MAC total = $48

  • MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow  x2 = $6
  • MAC Eye Shadow/Pro Palette Refill Pan (Soft Brown) = $12
  • MAC Eye Shadow/Pro Palette Refill Pan (Charcoal Brown) = $12
  • MAC Eye Shadow (Orb) = $18

BeautiControl Mineral Shadow Trio (Sedona) = $22

I usually stock up on Sedona eye shadow (15035) when it’s on sale for 20% off, so that brings the price down to about $17, which is almost one third of the price for MAC.

To order from BeautiControl:
Enter item number 15035  in the search box on the upper right

Overall MAC eye shadow rating:   B

I absolutely love MAC lipstick, but my go-to eye shadow is BeautiControl.  However, MAC was a good stand in on my vacation.  Thanks to Ashley at MAC Toronto for saving the day!  She kindly helped my friend Donna with eye shadow too (see pictures below).

What is your go-to eye shadow?  I’d love to hear from you!

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