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Get the scoop on what products the Stars are using and what they have in their bags. See what products Rachel thinks are the best in the Face Off challenge!

Discover Diary of a Trendaholic!

Discover Diary of a Trendaholic!

When beauty maven Erica Davis isn’t educating her Diary of a Trendaholic audience about the latest runway trends or products on the market, she’s coveting the closets of Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner and T. Swift.

We chatted with Erica, runner up winner of our So…? Fragrance #SoBloggerSearch to learn more.

On how she got her start

I’ve always been interested in the art of makeup. In high school I began watching videos and playing around with colour in an attempt to enhance my skills. Eventually I became good at it. I realized many women share a common interest: we want to look our best and feel beautiful! I decided to use my love of writing to create a website that reviews the hottest beauty products on the market and make it easy for women to get the lowdown on formulas, quality and application. The response has been very encouraging. I love being able to help and inspire.

On the summer trends she loves

After wearing dark shades all winter, I embrace summer with a splash of bright colour! I’m loving vibrant floral prints, long flowing maxi dresses and sexy backless tops. For makeup I like minimal eye shadow, daring winged liner and a bold lipstick – red is always classy.

On the celeb wardrobe she covets

I am impressed by Kendall Jenner’s style. She is young, fresh, high fashion and her outfits are so trendy! I love Taylor Swift’s cute summer dresses and the array of glamorous gowns in Sphia Vergara’s closet. Blake lively, Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez always look gorgeously chic.

On the future of Diary of a Trendaholic

In the future I see myself writing for a magazine, expanding my social network and teaming up with more beauty brands. I would love to collaborate with an established organization to create my own line of makeup or products, meet new people, attend more fabulous events and totally immerse myself in the beauty industry as a trendsetter and sought-after beauty editor. I have big goals but I’m getting there one step at a time.

Follow Erica as she navigates the latest in fashion and beauty at diaryofatrendaholic.blogspot.ca, on Twitter @ericachristinad and on Instagram @diaryofatrendaholic.

Meet Simply Fashion TV!

Meet Simply Fashion TV!

We teamed up with So…? Fragrance to challenge fashionistas of the world to enter our #SoBloggerSearch. We’re happy to announce that Andréa Christine Jones, the beauty behind Simply Fashion TV was chosen as our winner!

We caught up with Andréa to learn about about her, Simply Fashion TV and her top fashion and beauty picks for summer.

VG: You originally hail from Atlanta, Georgia. Have you always loved fashion and beauty?

Growing up my family was very frugal. My mom was by herself and worked very hard to send my siblings and I to a private school in the U.S. We didn’t have a lot to spend on fashion and beauty, but that didn’t stop us! My mom taught my sister and I how to search the discount racks and shop the thrift stores to find the best deals. People always complimented us on how well we dressed. I loved seeing the shock on people’s faces when they found out that the dress they were complimenting was $5 from Walmart.

Photo credit: simplyfashiontv.com

Photo credit: simplyfashiontv.com

VG: Any fashion trends you see popular in Atlanta that still need to make their way here?

I think people in Toronto and Ontario are a bit afraid of colour. I love bold colours, patterns and lots of it! I think that’s just a reflection of my Southern roots though. Honestly, I think Toronto is a bit more fashion forward than Atlanta.

VG: How would you describe your personal style? What are some key pieces in your wardrobe?

My personal style is girly-chic. It’s a bit preppy with lots of colour. I’m not afraid to wear my prescription glasses as my favourite accessory. My key pieces are my maxi dresses, black skinny jeans, chiffon tunic tops and fun scarves.

VG: How did you get your start on Youtube? What influenced you to start your own channel?

In some way or another, I’ve been blogging since I was 14 years old and I’ve been posting content to YouTube since 2009. So when I decided to create Simply Fashion TV near the end of 2011, it was a very natural decision for me.

VG: What are the must-have products in your beauty kit?

I’m a huge fan of full body skin care, so I have to have my moisturizers. I’m literally obsessed with body butters, oils and lotions. I’ll try them all!

VG: What fashion and/or beauty trend are you loving for summer?

I just picked up a printed pant that’s the modern version of Harem style pants. I’m in love. It’s so comfortable and looks very chic and effortless. My favorite beauty product at the moment is Argan Oil. I use it at least once a week on my whole body!

VG: What inspires your videos/posts? Do you find it hard to continue to come up with original, unique content?

I’m mostly inspired by what I do in my own life. I love fashion and beauty so if I see a maxi dress that I love, I blog about how to find maxi dresses that you love. I have the problem of too many ideas at once and not enough time in the day to finish them all! I have a running list in Google Drive that I’ve been adding to over the past few years. If I ever feel stuck I’ll choose from there.

VG: How would you describe your personal style?

Seek out Andréa’s latest finds at simplyfashiontv.com. Or follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@simplyfashiontv).

Keep Skin Shine-Free This Summer

Keep Skin Shine-Free This Summer

By Arveen Mann

The hot heat of summer is here. Unfortunately for some, the warmer weather can lead to shiny and oily skin. As a girl that also suffers from shiny skin in the warmer temperatures here are my tips on to keep your skin looking oil-free.

Tip #1: Don’t use a strong cleanser for oily skin. I would recommend a mild cleanser. Strong cleansers often dry out pores. When pores are over-dry they produce even more oil, making your skin look shiny.

Tip #2: After cleansing use a moisturizer for shiny skin. An oil-free moisturizer is best for shine control. An oil-free moisturizer will mattify and reduce shine on your skin while still keeping your skin hydrated.

Tip #3: Don’t over-wash your face. Try to limit washing your face to only two times a day. By washing your face too often will also lead to increased oil production and shiny skin.

Tip #4: Wash your face using slightly warm water. This will relax your face without putting too much stress on pores.

Tip #5: Blotting sheets are a girl’s best friend! They help remove excess surface oil and are small enough to slip into your back pocket.

I truly hope this article will help you out this summer from one oily girl to another.

Youtubers We Love: In The Frow, Cimorelli and Lucy and Lydia

Youtubers We Love: In The Frow, Cimorelli and Lucy and Lydia

Girl power! International Women’s Day may have come and gone but that doesn’t mean we’re finished celebrating. To keep the festivities going we’ve rounded up a few of our new favourite ladies on YouTube.

In The Frow

Fashion, lifestyle, makeup, travel – nothing is out of bounds for Victoria, the talented photographer, stylist, editor and writer of In The Frow. By day she works as a fashion retail lecturer at the University of Manchester. By night this lilac-haired beauty is posting about life in the Front Row (aka. the frow) and her latest fi nds on Youtube. Her Instagram feed is full of gorgeous outfi ts and accessories you’ll want in your wardrobe. You can even shop a few of the looks in her feed via liketoknow.it.

Check out Victoria’s trip to LA where she was featured in Vervegirl covergirl Meghan Trainor’s shoot for “Lips are Movin’” in “Meghan Trainor – Lips are Movin’ BTS ad | Inthefrow”. Plus, find out how she maintains her signature pastel locks in “How to: Pink Hair and Hair Extensions | Inthefrow”.

Follow Victoria on Twitter (@InTheFrow), on Instagram (@InTheFrow), on Facebook and on Youtube.

Cimorelli

Search for “Cimorelli” on YouTube and there they are: six smiling sisters performing the latest pop hits in an a cappella style, their voices blending in perfect unison. Not only do these girls know harmony, but Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani each write their own songs and have individual talents that impressed executives at Universal Records, who signed Cimorelli in April 2010.

The girls’ Youtube channel features covers of hits from Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Bruno Mars, with more than 500 million views and over two million subscribers. Check out the girls’ cover of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and their original songs Renegade and I Got You.

Follow Cimorelli on Twitter (@cimorelliband), on Instagram (@cimorelliband), on Facebook and on Youtube.

Lucy and Lydia

Double trouble! The lovely Lucy and Lydia are 20-year-old identical twins from Norwich, UK who love and are obsessed with all things beauty, fashion and music related! They regularly feature fun and energetic song covers of popular artists on their channel, along with beauty tutorials, Q&A sessions, vlogs and hauls with their favourite products each season.

See how the girls get their signature curls in “Our Everyday Curly Hairstyles – Ad ”, or watch as they visit Disney World for the first time with other popular vloggers in “VLOG: Our Disney World Adventure”.

Follow Lucy and Lydia on Twitter (@lucyandlydia), on Instagram (@lucy_connell and @lydia_connell) and on Youtube.

Feature photo credits:

In The Frow – Youtube.com/InTheFrow
Cimorelli – Mike Cimorelli Jr.
Lucy and Lydia – Youtube.com/LucyandLydia

 

Win a Spa Package from Glama Gal Tween Spa!

Win a Spa Package from Glama Gal Tween Spa!

Going to a spa for the first time can be intimidating for anyone. Not sure what to expect? Here’s where Glama Gals comes in to make it a healthy, fun and an everlasting memory! This package includes a dessert manicure & pedicure, Organic Edible Chocolate Facial, and Photo Keepsake to cherish your first and definitely not last visit at Glama Gal Tween Spa.

Looking for something to do with your friends on New Year’s Eve? Check out Glama Gal’s Noon Year’s Eve with your besties! Visit glamagalparty.com to learn more.

Enter now!

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Contest closes January 31, 2015

Fix Dry Winter Skin with these Remedies

Fix Dry Winter Skin with these Remedies

Dry skin or not, the harsh conditions of winter can wreak havoc on the sensitive, exposed skin of face and hands. But have no fear! Expert Chloe McCauley, National Dermocosmetic Educator of La Roche Posay has a few tips up her sleeve to keep skin looking fresh all season long.

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PHOTO CREDIT: deepblue-photographer/Shutterstock.com

Why does skin get so dry during the winter?
In the winter a lot of people experience dryness (due to a lack of oil) and dehydration (a lack of water in the skin). Cold winds, the forced air of indoor heating systems and fluctuating temperatures cause skin to dry out. Going from indoors to outdoors all the time doesn’t help either.

What are some symptoms of dry skin?

  • Irritation, inflammation and redness.
  • A feeling of tightness in the face, especially when you smile.
  • Skin that is rough to the touch, or even flaking.

Can dry skin be treated or is it something we just need to suffer with until summer?
To treat dry skin, an inside-out approach really works best. If it’s a situation you really want to fix, you’ll need to commit to a bit of a lifestyle change.

Try these tips:
Trade in hot showers for warm ones and limit the time you spend lathering up. No more than 15 minutes. If you’re already lacking moisture, the hot water will start to break down the natural oils in  skin.
Don’t rub skin dry. Instead, gently pat skin dry with your towel and apply moisturizer immediately  after drying, while skin is still damp. This helps the moisturizer penetrate deeper into skin.
Omega-3s and Omega-6s. Omega-3s helps bodies hold moisture and keeps everything lubricated. Try adding a few Omega-3 rich foods like raw nuts, avocado and salmon to meals. Good thing granola, guacamole and sushi are so delicious!

How can our readers protect their skin against the sun’s rays while snowboarding, skiing or even while out for a walk?
Prevention is still key! In winter UV rays are still incredibly strong. Snow is a reflective surface and actually reflects 80 percent of those rays. What does that mean? It’s extremely important to use high quality sunscreens that push UV-A rays away from skin. These harmful rays are present all year long so it important to keep yourself protected. A broad-spectrum sunscreen can help.

Some acne medications cause dry skin. How can our readers who use these meds fight off  dehydration?
Aside from dry skin on the face, it can also happen on lips. Luckily there are a few products that can hydrate. La Roche Posay’s Ceralip is formulated for people on the acne medication Accutane. It’s also great for those who participate in cold weather sports.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

The condition of skin can really fluctuate over the course of a month. Can periods have anything to do with that?
Definitely. The fluctuation of hormones plus the stress that can occur around “that time of the month” can definitely change our skin. Closer to your period, your skin produces a thick, sticky oil, which means you have a higher chance for breakouts. You may also find that your pre-period breakouts are always in the same spot, like your chin or forehead. This is caused by a single oil gland that produces more each month.

All about eczema

For some, living with dry, chapped skin is a daily occurrence. While some people face minor skin changes in winter, those with severe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can find their conditions become almost unbearable in the winter months. “People with eczema naturally have an overactive immune system. It’s like the skin wants to protect  against everything,” says Chloe. Using soap-free shower gels and hand washes can help. Consult your family doctor or pharmacist who can help you find a treatment that works.

 

Get beach-ready with summer essentials from Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive!

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Get your Stride on with Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive!

Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive is celebrating Canadians and the strides they take to help others and to help make sure you have a smooth summer, Hydro Silk is giving away a Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive razor, Skintimate Mandarin Burst shave gel, a beach tote with summer essentials and a $75 prepaid credit gift card.

Visit stridesandstories.ca for more chances to win, including a trip to Costa Rica!

 

To enter, simply complete the form below.


Click here for contest rules and regulations.

Contest closes August 10, 2014

Smell great and win with So?…Fragrance!

Smell great and win with So?…Fragrance!

Enter to win these great products from So…? Fragrance!

There’s something about a great fragrance that can help you to feel confident. It’s so uniquely you that you can’t help but feel great! That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at So…? Fragrance to bring you this great giveaway. From light and fruity to deep and musky, So…? has the scent you’re looking for this summer.

Two lucky winners will take home a So…? Fragrance bundle that includes:

So…? Sinful Eau de Toilette 30ml
So…? Sinful body fragrance 75ml
So…? Kiss Me body fragrance 75ml
So…? In Love body fragrance 75ml
So…? Fab body fragrance 75ml

To enter, simply complete the form below.


Click here for contest rules and regulations.

Contest closes August 31, 2014

Diva on a Dime: Indulge in Luxe Spa Treatments with Spa Week!

Diva on a Dime: Indulge in Luxe Spa Treatments with Spa Week!

Spa Week® by WaySpa.com is returning to Canada from October 15 – 21, offering consumers a chance to experience the largest spa and wellness marketing event in the history of the industry! Vancouver and Montreal (and their surrounding areas) are joining Toronto for the first time, allowing Canadians from coast to coast to take advantage of luxurious spa packages for just $50!

Spa Week has made it possible for Canadians to experience the healing and therapeutic benefits with a multitude of treatments – ranging from facials, manicures and pedicures using exotic ingredients to relaxing massages and rejuvenating body treatments.

Here’s a peek at some luxe treatments you can experience across the country…

VANCOUVER
Holts Salon & Spa Vancouver:
 737 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

  • 55 Min Therapeutic Massage – Valued at $100
  • 50 Min Aromatic Well Being Facial – Valued at $140
  • Manicure And Pedicure – Valued at $110

Trinity Salon & Spa Burnaby: 4138 Dawson Street, Burnaby

  •  60 Min Eminence Organics Customized Anti Aging Facial – Valued at $89
  • 75 Min Moroccan Oil Spa Pedicure With Gel Polish – Valued at $75
  • 45 Min Eurowave Stomach Slimming Treatment – Valued at $75

Scandinave Spa Whistler: 8010 Mons Road, Whistler 

  • 60 Min Swedish Massage – Valued at $148
  • 2 Day Spa Passes – Valued at $116

Sabai Thai Spa North Vancouver: 3B – 987 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

  • 60 Min Siam Blend Massage – Valued at $96
  • 60 Min Deep Anti Stress Massage – Valued at $110
  • 60 Min Bliss Facial – Valued at $96
TORONTO
Richmond Spa: 40 Richmond St. East, Toronto
  • 60 Min Aromatherapy Massage and Facial Care With Hand Paraffin Treatment And Foot Massage – Valued at $110
  • 60 Min Advancing Facial With Choice Of Mini Pedicure Or Foot Massage And Paraffin Hand Treatment With Massage – Valued at $100
  • 60 Min Detox Foot Bath With Foot Massage And Deep Tissue Massage With Back Scrub And Hands Paraffin Treatment – Valued at $100

Bamboo Spa: 351 First Street, Midland

  • 60 Min Hot Chocolate Massage – Valued at $100
  • 60 Min Eminence Organic Facial With Hungarian Anti Gravity Upgrade – Valued at $100
  • 60 Min Bamboo Pure Pleasure Chocolate Moor Pedicure – Valued at $75

Serenity The Spa: 249 Queens Quay West, Toronto

  • Microdermabrasion – Valued at $120
  • 50 Min Ayurveda Facial – Valued at $100
  • 60 Min Signature Deluxe Pedicure – Valued at $75

Moksa Day Spa: 320 Millwood Road, Toronto

  • 60 Min Mary Cohr Paris Customized Facial – Valued at $95
  • 60 Min Luzern Organic Deep Cleansing Facial – Valued at $85
  • 75 Min Moksa Deluxe Pedicure with Chocolate Paraffin Treatment and a Foot Massage – Valued at $80
MONTREAL
Rainspa At The Place D’armes Hotel: 55 Rue Saint-Jacques Montreal
  • 75 Min Aromatherapy Spa Pedicure By Kerstin Florian – Valued at $75
  • 60 Min Algotherm Body Exfoliation With A Choice Of Salt Strength, Sugary Sweetness And Purity Navy – Valued at $120

Le Spa Du Manoir Saint-Sauveur: 246 Chemin Du Lac Millette Saint-Sauveur

  • 60 Min Nourishing And Moisturizing Facial Plus Make-Up – Valued at $95
  • 60 Min Hydrotherapy Bath With Essential Oils And A Sublime Leg Treatment – Valued at $125

Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux: 3900 Boul. St-Jean Montreal

  • 60 Min Aromatherapy Massage With Hammam Experience – Valued at $100
  • 60 Min Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion Facial – Valued at $125
  • 105 Min Delicious Manicure And Delicious Pedicure – Valued at $90

One Spa Retreat Montreal: 555 Rue McMillan Dorval

  • 30 Min Swedish Or Aromatherapy Massage Includes 30 Min Infrared Sauna Session Plus Day Pass For Fitness Centre – Valued at $125, 60 minutes
  • 30 Min Mini Organic Facial Includes 30 Min Infrared Sauna Session Plus Day Pass For Fitness Centre – Valued at $115, 60 minutes
  • 70 Min Manicure And Pedicure Retreat (Gel Finish Optional) Plus Day Pass For Fitness Centre – Valued at $130
For a complete list of participating spas and their offerings, please visit www.wayspa.com/spaweek.

Vervegirl Mirror In The Bathroom: Fifth Harmony “What’s In Your Bag”

Rachel’s got her work cut out for her this time! Not one but FIVE bags to check out in the latest edition of “What In Your Bag” on Mirror In The Bathroom! Fifth Harmony rose to fame on the hit show The X Factor. Now, they’re touring North America, but they have no idea Rachel is putting them up against each other in a WIYB showdown like never before!

Vervegirl Mirror In The Bathroom: FanExpo 2013 Beauty Looks

The Secret Is Out!

The Secret Is Out!

Rowenta Beauty & Trade Secrets Help Women Feel Beautiful, Inside and Out

Rowenta Beauty has paired up with Trade Secrets for their 7th annual Give & Take campaign designed to help give support to women in need. Trade Secrets is offering 50% a new Rownta Beauty Tool when they costumers bring in their gently used hair tools, which will the be donated to a local woman’s shelter. Donated tools will be given to local women’s shelters, helping women look good and feel even better. Since its inception, the Give & Take program has donated over 30,000 tools to women in need all across Canada.

Are you are looking to update your hair straightener, curling iron or hair dryer? Now is the perfect time! Help Rowenta Beauty and Trade Secrets make women in need feel beautiful by stopping into your local Trade Secrets or Glamour Secrets locations before September 27th.

Check out rowentabeauty.ca or tradesecrets.ca for more info!