Ten ways to look fabulous fast!

You don't have to stand on your head, but a few minutes of inversion works wonders! Photo: Jenna LefkfoffDo you feel less than fabulous? Have busy days, stress, and a hectic lifestyle left you with no time to be glamorous? Well darlings, help is here. Just in time for the holidays, here are 10 fast ways to look fabulous. They really work and won’t break the bank or take more than a few minutes. So no more excuses, it is time to look and feel fabulous. You deserve nothing less!

Wash your face
Cleaning your face is a quick pick me up. Removing grime and old makeup makes you look and feel fresh.  If you are in a hurry, use a clean washcloth or a cleansing wipe so you can leave eye makeup untouched. If you have a few more minutes, indulge in a refreshing mask to refine and moisturize your skin. You look like you’ve been to the spa!
Try Olay Daily Facials Express Wet Cleansing Cloths or L’Oreal RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes.
Elizabeth Grant’s Cucumber Gel Mask contains soothing botanical extracts of cucumber as well Elizabeth Grant’s anti-aging ingredient Torricelumn. I love this soothing and calming mask; it leaves my skin soft, refreshed, and dewy. 
Avène Cleanance Mask helps oily skin look fresh and clear without over-drying it. It contains Avène thermal spring water to soothe skin, botanicals to help regulate skin, zinc to purify, salicylic acid to exfoliate, and kaolin clay to absorb oil and impurities.
Also available in better pharmacies in Canada as well as dermatologists everywhere.
Single treatment Balea masks from Germany and Me-time-treats by Montagne Jeunesse are two of my favourite little indulgences. They are designed as single treatment masques or scrubs, but there is enough in one packet to share with a friend or daughter. Balea masks are found at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada and Me-treats can be found online and in many pharmacies. Both sell for about $2 per envelope.
Take a tip from the yogis and stars of the silver screen and reverse your blood flow for a few minutes. Lie down and rest your legs against a wall and rejuvenate. This is a good time to put a mask on your face.
Fluff your hair
A quick spritz of instant shampoo can perk up tired tresses. If you have a few minutes more, mist your hair with plain water and blow it back into shape. You don’t need more product in your hair; the water and the heat from the dryer will reactivate whatever you used when you originally styled your hair. Add more and your hair may become gummy or greasy looking.
If you like lots of volume, invest in electric rollers; they are the pro’s secret weapon for reviving flat hair.
René Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo is my favourite dry shampoo. Some dry shampoos make hair look good, but your hair still feels grotty. Naturia leaves hair feeling fresh to the roots! Also, try it for any style, if you have hair that collapses. It really does give very fine hair extra staying power.
Add a touch of blush to look fresh and fabulous. Blush lights up your face. Choose a blush to look more luminous and powder blush for dry skin. Get your blush on, darlings!
Here are few of our universally flattering favourites: La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Plum Glow. CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Royal Plum. A pretty golden bronze on your cheekbones will light up your face too. One of the prettiest powder blushes we have found is a warm golden rose by Chanel in Orchid Rose.
Whiten your teeth
There are few things more appealing than a bright, white smile. Whiten your teeth with Crest Whitestrips. They are fast, easy, safe and economical. Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips gives you a noticeably whiter smile in just two hours. I love this product because it works!
I also like Colgate Optic White toothpaste. It contains hydrogen peroxide, the ingredient in whitening strips and whitening mouthwash, and silica, to polish teeth.
Highlight your best features
A touch of highlighter can make you look glam in seconds. Add a touch of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes or on the top of your brows to play up your eyes. Sweep a hint of “light” on the top of your cheekbones or around the bow of your lips. This how the stars get their glam glow. We love Benefit’s High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer. The shimmery pink liquid is a favourite of makeup artists. We know why – it’s magic.
You can add fresh eyeliner over your existing eye makeup to freshen it up and add drama for evening. Liquid liner can make it pop. Pencil liner is easier to smudge for a smoky look.
For evening try metallic eyeliner. DolceDolce’s Anne Gravel and I are crazy about L’Oreal HiP Color Chrome Eyeliner. We wear it over our regular black matte eyeliner. Anne, who has blue eyes, wears the Silver Lightning. I have brown eyes and wear both the Silver Lightning and Gold Charge.  Ladies who prefer like a less dramatic look may prefer to try Violet Volt or Black Shock Chrome liner. The elegant new Limited-Edition Mary Kay Redefining Elegance Luxury Liner in the slim gold tube has a built-in brush that makes application a snap. You can even draw a thin line of liner close to the lashes.
Play up your lips
If you are really rushed you need nothing more than mascara and red lipstick to look polished.  If red is not your style, then go pale and glossy. The best nudes always have a pink or peach undertone.
Sonia Kashuk’s Matte Lip Crayon in Berry Nude are big crayons that go on fast and stay on. You can buy pricier versions, but I love these for under $10.
Berry Nude is an easy red to wear.  It is clear and soft. Find it at Target stores for less than $8. There is also a pretty pink nude. These crayons are a foolproof fast way to wear red lipstick.
Another trick for quick red lips is to find a flattering red lip liner. Use it to line and fill your lips. Blot and top with balm or gloss. This pro trick also works well with a nude liner, and often looks less flat than many nude lip shades.
Wear colour
Ditch the black and grey! A dress or top in a pretty flattering colour will light up your face and make you look fabulous. Try it.

Let those glossy images inspire you!

Find inspiration in the pages of  your favourite glossy !Gone are the days when fashion dictates sent made women despair, if they couldn’t afford the latest designer looks. These days, less expensive alternatives go on sale as soon as designer dresses hit the runways or are seen on the red carpet. Often the designer who made the original also created the knockoffs. All that keeps women from being fashionable these days is a lack of personal style or confidence. 

Reading a fashion magazine can be a daunting experience for anyone who takes it too seriously. As a former glossy magazine editor I swing between exasperated and amused. I am annoyed at superior little articles by editors raving on about how dark roots are just the thing to show how busy and savvy one is these days. Neglected roots make hair look dirty, unkempt, and sometimes make woman look a touch haggard. A recent survey of more than a thousand women in the United Kingdom confirmed that women judge other women harshly for having uncoloured roots. It’s just not a good look.  
Darlings, I love a little attitude and effect, but not at the expense of individuality and true style. While you may see a few streaks of gold in Anna Wintour’s signature bob, I am fairly certain you will never see her sporting platinum or red locks, no matter no strong the trend. She has a style and sticks to it. Well-dressed women adjust to fashion, but seldom stray from their own styles. Fashion slaves are amusing to watch, but are they well-dressed?
Fashion should be fun. Too many women today don’t enjoy fashion. They stress too much about wearing uncomfortable shoes or constricting clothes. They wear things that hurt or forego beautiful clothes for silly reasons. They worry they are not as tall or thin as the models in their favourite magazines. Well, neither are most of the editors who create those glossy pages. Have you seen Nina Garcia from Project Runway? She does not let her Latina curves stop her from being a world class fashionista.
The images in glossy magazines intimidate most women. Even those with big budgets can be overwhelmed by those pages. The pictures are idealized, but are meant to inspire. Study the photos of celebrities and socialites; many are not “model” tall or thin, but they look fabulous. While the outfits may be pricey, the images are not unattainable. Learn to take apart the pages and pull out the elements you like and think will work for you. Things similar to those shown in the magazines are in the shops at all prices, and they will work for you.
Next time you read a glossy magazine, let those glossy images inspire you!

Fabulous flats

Henry Beguelin Double Ankle-Strap Flat$398 understated and elegantWhen I hear women moaning about their sore feet and the pain of stilettos, I wonder why they don’t take advantage the season’s fabulous flats. Towering heels are not the only way to make Prada Gold bow --a flirty flat about $400shows looks sexy and cute. A bare or strappy sandal on a pretty foot can also be alluring.



Gracey HitchcockDarlings, embrace the season with sense of whimsy. Summer is the perfect time to show off your romantic side. Wear one of new long dresses and stick a flower in your hair, or dress in crisp white and nautical strips! Get ready for the smiles that will come your way. Let your imagination be your guide!

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Little luxuries

Crabtree & Evelyn Black Sea Mud & Seaweed Triple Milled soap smells like the sea with a splash of citrus and cedar. The sexy-looking black bar is spa-like experience that pampers your skin with purifying sea silt extract and red and brown algae. It also contains shea butter, cocoa butter, and primrose to leave skin moist and soft. Pair this luxe soap with a big fluffy loofah, and you have a perfect gift for any luxury loving friend.  


Our favourite sun screens

Large sun hat, this one from Eric Javits, is the ultmate sun protection add-onThe best way to avoid lines, wrinkles, brown spots and skin cancer is by using a good sunscreen every day. Preventing sun damage and premature photoaging is more effective and less expensive than trying to undo it.  

Invest in several good sun protection products and use them. Consider applying a good spray-on sunscreen head-to-shoulders daily as a base. I like to use one with anti-oxidants and UVA-UVB protection. I like spray on sunscreen from Neutrogena and CVS the best for everyday use. They are affordable and smell good. Neutrogena makes a dry-touch spray which is excellent, if you hate the feel of sunscreen.
There is evidence that non-chemical sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide may be better for your skin. This is the type of sunscreen that I use on my face. The minerals reflect the sun away from the skin and prevent sun damage.
Whatever sunscreen you chose, be sure to reapply it frequently when you are outside. If your makeup or moisturizer has an SPF 15, you need additional protection of at least SPF 30. Remember, most window glass doesn’t protect you from sun damage, so use sunscreen inside when working by windows and when driving.
Do not forget to protect your hands and scalp. You will look decades younger and avoid life-threatening diseases, if you pay attention to sun protection.
Some favourite sun screens:
Lily B. SPF 30 Ultra Defense
Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50
Lumixyl Moisturelock Sunscreen SPF30