A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners. -Lord Chesterfield

Friday, June 25, 2010
Today's post is a compilation of cute, and fun summer beauty tips that I found on the WWW:

+ Before leaving the house, check out your city's Beauty Forecast.
(An adorable collaboration with John Frieda & Jergens and the Weather Channel)

+ Dermatologist Dr. Linda Franks' Top 4 Skin Sabotagers:
  1. Re-using your washcloth/loofah: "Bacteria can build up and cause breakouts and other skin issues!"
  2. Using bar soap on your face: "It can overdry delicate facial skin with detergent soaps, toners, and over exfoliation."
  3. Allowing your products to expire: "Beauty and skincare products do go bad. Efficacy of products can decrease, especially with SPF. As soon as you open a product, some ingredients will start to oxidize and degrade. And every time you touch a product you transfer germs!"
  4. Talking on a cell phone for long periods: "It can cause some people to develop a rash on their ears or cheeks. It can be caused by an allergic reaction to the nickel in cell phone handsets."
+ MYTH: Twice the SPF is Twice the Protection
   Remember, overexposure to sunlight is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. But the FDA is about to release recommendations for sunscreen labeling, which for the first time rates UVA protection and limits the UVB rating at 50+. The FDA's intention is to protect consumers who might think SPF 100+ is twice as strong as a SPF 50 when in fact, it's only a few percentages higher. The danger here being the potential to be lax with reapplication, resulting in a sunburn.  
I personally use SPF 15 on my face everyday, because the difference gained by higher values is negligible (as noted on the graph). And if you know me personally, I hate having anything heavy on my face. Yuk!

+ On rainy days, avoid liquid foundation since it will melt!  (I can attest to this.)
On sunny days, dab sunscreen along your part to keep your scalp from burning.
+ It is best to use lighter make-up during the summer to avoid a foundation meltdown & oil pit fiasco- Women's Health recommends using a moisturizer, tint & sunscreen in one: You Rebel by Benefit. 

+ Top 4 summer concealers (drugstore & non-drugstore brands)

+ Cosmopolitan- summer questions answered by dermatologists:
Q: How can I stop sweating so much? 
A: Put antiperspirant on at night, too. That way, it will have plenty of time to absorb into your skin and start working, says Atlanta dermatologist Darren Casey. In the morning, shower and swipe on another coat as you normally would.

Q: My hair is fried from the sun. Any tips? 
A: If summer fun has wreaked havoc on the health of your hair, pamper your tresses back to their prime with this daily at-home conditioning routine suggested by Gil Ferrer, owner of Gil Ferrer salon in New York City: Mix equal parts of a scalp-soothing mint-oil conditioner and a shampoo made for your hair type. Try Gil Ferrer CoolScalp Conditioner, $28, or Graham Webb Ice Cap Revitalizing Conditioner, $12. Suds up with this mane-moisturizing concoction, and rinse thoroughly. Follow with a deep conditioner, rubbing the ends of your hair as you let it soak in for a few minutes. Rinse, and apply a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen to shield your strands from do-damaging UV rays.

Q: I'm afraid of skin damage, but I want to look like I have a tan. How can I get a summer gleam without actually sitting out in the sun? 
A: Here are four fantastic fine-tuned formulas:

  • Pro fake-bake sessions: Mystic Tan offers you a range of intensities from light to dark. Looking for more personalized service? Thanks to a superpowered spray gun, you can get an airbrush tan job performed by a technician at salons doing California Tan Sunless treatments in only four minutes.
  • Aerosol spray cans: Like aerosol hair sprays, these spew a continuous fine mist even when you hold them upside down. Try Lancôme Flash Bronzer Airbrush Spray, $28.
  • Individual towelettes: These individually packed, presoaked sheets will coat your whole body with self-tanner. Try L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes, $10.
  • Speedy mousses: Perfect for crunch times, these airy foams dry in five minutes. A great one: Coppertone Endless Summer Bronzing Foam.

+ Elle's '15 Celebrity Hairstyles for Summer'. (I'll most likely be doing a high ponytail, and side fishtail/french braid. I hate having my hair down on sweaty humid days. Frizz is not sexy.)

+ Summer skin care for men at AskMen.com

Be sure to deep condition your hair at least once a week, especially if you swim a lot. Hair tends to become dry, dull and brittle if it is soaked and dried too often.

+ Don't forget the insect-repellant when you head off to the beach, cottage, camping, etc.

Protect your color with a protector like Fekkai SunShine Shield Spray.


image sources: google, tumblr
information sources: elle, teen vogue, women's health magazine, cosmopolitan, about.com, & a few beauty blogs I didn't save (oopsies)

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. -Leon J. Suenes

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Two new blog favourites:


**Pür Minerals is selling their 5-piece mineral makeup brush set for $20 (down from $42). This is for those of you interested in starting a collection/need new brushes, and want to purchase from a company that doesn't test on animals.

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

image source: various editorials from different magazines all found @ studdedhearts

Reputation is for time; character is for eternity. -J. B. Gough

Sunday, June 20, 2010

  My over-use of this skirt thus far has been nauseating.
It is tellement cute, so I suppose that's a semi-valid reason.
 I'm terribly sorry for never having any shoes on
(my sea foam green wedges really completed the look)!
Eh, c'est la vie.
 I hope all of you are enjoying the World Cup games,
and the [hopefully] wonderful weather!
Unless you're from the southern hemisphere... sorry about that.
We hate you pendant l'hiver anyway.


Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air. - Johann C. F. von Schiller

Saturday, June 19, 2010
Kate Moss
W Magazine

Source: Noir Facade via StuddedHearts

If you ever need a helping hand you'll find one at the end of your arm. -Yiddish Proverb

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Luxirare: this young woman is ingenious. I admire all her creations, and the originality of her designs. I found this particular clutch mind-blowing. I cannot imagine the hours of tedious work that must have gone into completing the above project. Wonderful woman, wonderful! 

Aim of Luxirare: "Instead of typical “collections” or batches of ideas which are grouped into “seasons”, the goal is to move towards a season-less, collection-less presentation, promoting a constant renewal of thought."

We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do. - Samuel Smiles

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

An absolutely atrocious day in Toronto; it has successfully reduced my will to study to zilch. I didn't apply any make-up today, and now I resemble a 14-year-old girl. Joy...
- Chantelle

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same. - Helen Keller

Monday, June 07, 2010

Organic cotton can make even leotards feel like comfortable t-shirts. I'm currently sitting in bed, watching an Amanda Seyfried movie and reading through some physical chemistry notes. I would love to be sitting in a café in Italy instead, drinking some lemonade and people watching. Hope you are all doing well my beautiful readers. If any of you are interested in viewing some gorgeous photography, please pay a visit to pia ulin's site.


Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. - David Ogilvy

Sunday, June 06, 2010
I love lazy Sunday mornings...

Dorothea Barth Jorgensen by Camilla Akrans for Contributor Magazine

*I've been updating my tumblr with wonderful photography all night, and will continue throughout today.
Ahhh blogging...my favourite waste of time.* 
- Chantelle

"To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift." - Franklin Roosevelt

Saturday, June 05, 2010
Disheveled, my love. 

Abbey Lee Kershaw

Moussy S/S 10


"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough." - Albert Einstein

Friday, June 04, 2010
Miranda Kerr
i-D Summer 2010

 How does one bum around elegantly? 
Alas, I shall never know (but apparently Comme des Garçons is a requirement).

Source: tfs

Years teach us more than books. - Berthold Auerbach

Wednesday, June 02, 2010
I love school-girl outfits. So youthful, and girly.

Miranda Kerr
Numero #114

*image source: studdedhearts

To unpathed waters, undreamed shores. -William Shakepeare

Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Hi everyone,

This is just a make-up post for the Maybelline EyeStudio Collection. I tested out one of their gel liners, eyeshadow quads, baked eyeshadow singles, and volumizing mascara with primer. As I move through the collection I will add a few anecdotes at the end of posts discussing what products I particularly enjoyed, and those I would recommend for purchase. The photo below was taken after 6 hours of wear, with no primer or base utilized, and a 20 minute nap (I put all the products sent to me through hell). Reaction: the gel eyeliner is amazing! The mascara was adequate enough to enhance eyelash definition, and the eyeshadow had great pigmentation and shimmer (its wear-life was average, had I used a primer it would have survived the night). The gel eyeliner takes the cake, the one I used was in charcoal (there's a dark dark grey shimmer to it when it hits the proper light). I'm quite impressed with Maybelline's eyestudio range; everything was well-pigmented and smooth. Those two qualities are quite rare in drugstore make-up brands. With regards to application, it was fairly simple and easy to manipulate. I taught a 12-year old how to apply the entire look, and she did one of my eye's below. See..super easy.

Here is my visage. I'm wearing concealer over a couple blemishes (sadly, my face is currently a war-zone because the special lady-friend came for a visit). 

** Disregard the busted up lips, I have a tendency to tear off dead skin. Clever segway coming up... I (also) busted up that heart necklace that's tangled in my hair. Why? Because I brought my face 2 cm from the mirror, causing the chain to drape around a faucet. As I pulled back, the necklace snapped into 3 pieces. Devastated. I sat on the cold bathroom tiles putting it back together before I hopped into bed. 
Moral of the story: Don't stare at your skin that intently. The only object that should be that close is your esthetician's magnifier.