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Saturday, February 28th, 2015


Hot and Happening Looks from Hard Candy

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It’s hard to not fall in love with Hard Candy’s newest line of fun products, which have just been released in time for spring.

Among the newest merchandise are a few stand-out items, including a number of brand new shimmering shades of the brand’s iconic nail polish that first propelled Hard Candy into stardom. A brand new luminizer, high-shine lip gloss crayons and their Poppin Pigments multipurpose glitters are also joining the party.

Doesn’t the word crayon just get your artistic gears turning? The lip crayons stain the lips, producing deep lipstick-like color but go on more like a gloss. Best of all Hard Candy claims it won’t dry out your lips, plus it contains a lip conditioner. With excellent true-to-life color, it’s super easy to apply and never requires sharpening.

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The company has also reinvested in its classic nail polish line, which was the first product launched by Hard Candy back in 1995. Polish lovers will find 8 new shades of edgy nail polishes, which come in a series of fresh in-style colors. Among the collection are amusing features like unique and increasingly popular pop art lacquers. Intensely fun, totally non-traditional, completely affordable and 3-free: sounds like a win-win-win-win.

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Though we’re all looking for a boost of colour in February, it’s the luminizer, infused with real 24 carat gold, that’s going to grab attention. Soon beach weather will be upon us and beach weather means the beach look will be back. The Glow All The Way Sheer Glow luminizer is one of Hard Candy’s newest tools to replicate that dewy sun-kissed look – wait, don’t all people come in from the pool looking this stunning?

For the face or the body, it’s a light-weight product with gradual self tanner and is available in five shades, including the boldly named Glamazon Bronze (not for the faint of heart) and the more neutral In the Buff.

*Samples were provided for review

Jenn Schleich is a freelance writer from Ontario. She enjoys writing stuff people like reading. Check her out at www.pennedbyjenn.com or find her on Twitter (@jennschleich).



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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


Luxury Bedrooms on a Budget

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Beautiful, luxury bedrooms may seem like a million miles away when your money situation isn’t at its best, but there are plenty of ways to achieve amazing, stylish décor on a budget. Here are 5 tips for turning your bedroom into a style haven.

1) DIY
Bringing out your own creativity can be a great way to decorate your bedroom. You don’t even have to be an artist! You can make your own masterpieces for free. Why not try collecting some shells the next time you’re by the sea? You can make a beautiful collage, especially if you’re going for a summer look in your bedroom. You can also use vegetable stamps to make art.

Beds look great when they’re covered in all sorts of blanket and cushions. Why not break out the needle and thread and make your own bed decorations? You can use old sheets and curtains for fabric, or you can visit charity shops and find some bargains.

2) Websites
There are some great websites for great quality bedroom essentials at reasonable prices. Bedstar offers a wide range of beds and accessories at prices that will definitely fit your budget. It’s also easier to find sales on the internet, so don’t be afraid to hunt around for some chic furniture to go with your bedroom’s new look.

3) Colours
Colours are exceptionally important when it comes to creating a certain atmosphere. Deep, warm colours like red and purple are great for bedrooms as they’re cosier. You don’t have to have a complex colour scheme. It’s easy to create a great looking room by combining any colour with neutral tones, such as black, white or browns. You can use Adobe Colour to make any colour scheme of your choice.

4) Storage
Instead of buying expensive wardrobes and dressers, there are much easier, cheaper ways to create storage space in your bedroom. Beds with drawers work great as they don’t take up any extra room. You can also turn old or cheap shelves and cabinets into stylish places to put your books and CDs with a bit of paint. Add pops of colour here and there to give some life to your bookshelves.

5) Lights
Like colours, lights also have an influence on the atmosphere of the room. Fairy lights are a great way of creating a cosy atmosphere, and cost a lot less on the electric too! They look especially pretty in the winter. Hang some on the wall, or wrap them around the bed frame.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

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Award Show Celebrations Made More Colorful and Fun with M&M’S!

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Guilty Pleasure: I crave peanut M&M’s in the middle of the night, get up and travel to the 24hour pharmacy to buy them and devour the bag. I’m one for all great things in moderation. One should always indulge without hossing out on too much decadence.This brings me to my very ‘valid point’ of the glorious Award Season: M&M’S has been personifying personality and pr by taking their own spin on-camera action. Cutting to the candor and allowing us to see what they are really about. Their cleverly animated commercials and fun humor present us with take-it, not leave it, candies that remind us of our chocolate loving palette.

“M&M’S® is commemorating the biggest night in Hollywood by debuting a commercial on national TV that shows M&M’S characters invading the movies.”

From crispy to milk chocolate, peanut to butter, simplifying our sweet tooth and cracking a smile.

“M&M’S Milk Chocolate: The classic M&M’S® Milk Chocolate candies have been one of the most loved chocolate treats in the world since 1941. The bite-sized pieces of chocolate in a colorful candy shell are instantly recognizable all over the globe.”

M&M’S are great for us fashion girls that want to stay ‘red carpet’ ready. Ultimately, you can have a few and still be svelte enough to skivvy into your favorite body-con number working your magic flat tummy pose. Here are a few tips for Red Carpet Readiness:

1) Good Posture

2) Put Weight on You Back Foot

3) Make Eye Contact with the Camera

4) Wear Body Shapers

5) Think “Happy Thoughts” 

The M&M’S commercial debut is reminiscent of ones we’ve seen before, with a fresh ‘Award Season’ take. The engaging characters plot for the limelight and sweetly steal the show, touching on collagen lips and entourages. Hollywood meets hysterity lightens the mood, as we watch on to discover which of our favorite movie stars will be accoladed.

We would love for you to join us in sharing your favorite Oscar moments by tagging M&M’s on Twitter using the hashtag #Oscars. Please feel free to comment on the site or tag us on twitter with your favorite M&M’s recipe to win a bag of crispy M&M’S.

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

Fashion, Luxury, POSHGLAM

The Style Contingent, Your Source for Curated Vintage | Free Shipping “POSHGLAM”

 The Style Contingent, Your Source for Curated Vintage | Free Shipping POSHGLAMThe Style Contingent brings you a series of carefully curated collections of vintage, one of a kind originals, throwback, revival and designer archives. They travel the world sifting through endless racks of style history to find those life changing wardrobe pieces. Some call it an art, they call it an obsession. What used to only be available to a select base of private clients has now expanded and you will have access to their rare finds through their vintage Little Black Dress Boutique on Etsy, readers get free shipping until January 31st with “POSHGLAM” code.

The Style Contingent was founded by veteran fashion curator, Desiree Ontiveros in 2012 when a collection of luxury labels and rare vintage finds organically evolved into working daily with fashion industry professionals providing wardrobe rentals for television, film, music videos, advertising and red carpet projects. The Style Contingent granted access to the collection with the public through fashion for hire services where guests can rent one of a kind pieces coveted by their style icons at a fashion exhibition in Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Since then, The Style Contingent is always on the road sourcing the best in vintage and revival from amazing cities and their vintage stores to estate sales. They treasure hunt and curate so that you don’t have to. The Style Contingent serves as the go to personal vintage shopping resource to private clients only, but the little black dress boutique is open to the public.

About The Little Black Dress Boutique:

Black is the new black and you can never have too many dresses in your wardrobe. The Style Contingent brings you a selection of everything from classic to cocktail little black dresses year round through one of their favorite marketplaces for vintage finds, Etsy. They keep the collection well edited so unless its serves to inspire, it doesn’t make the list. Dresses can be anything from 1950’s Dior to no-label fabulous cut LBD, they do not discriminate against brand, they embrace cut, fabric and style.

The Style Contingent would like to invite you to come adventure with them as they find stylish treasures from city to city and uncover stories within the archives of the most hidden gems of vintage collectors and retailers in the world.

Inventory changes often, so check back or follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to find out when new inventory arrives.

For more information contact Desiree at Desiree@TheStyleContingent.com

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


First Date No-no’s: Check Please or Back to Mine Please?

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Ahhh, first dates. Sweaty arm pits, too many cocktails and the promise of eternal love, marriage and a truck load of babies. Sound familiar? First dates can be exhilarating and let’s face it, who doesn’t like buying new heels you can’t afford and walking into a restaurant to your own personal theme song playing in your head…Baby Got Back? I think so!

But let’s not forget, for all those first date butterflies, you also have an equal chance of meeting American Psycho or Glenn the Medieval Re-enactment Society chairman who lives with his mother. Before you pull the plug and signal your best friend to make that “emergency call” so you can make a hasty beeline for the exit, read the WAGs’ (hopefully helpful) guidelines for knowing whether your date is Mr. I’ll-see-you-again or Mr. One-date-was-enough-FOREVER.

1) The first fifteen minutes were going great. That is, until Cindy – your very blonde and very buxom waitress – brings over the water for the table. Suddenly your date’s eyes are no longer on your baby blues but are glued to Cindy’s damn jugs. And no, he’s not parched from running a marathon. The jury is split on this one; whilst we do think men tend to be visual creatures, the first date is pretty early to be checking out other talent. Though it could be a harmless habit (maybe he’s a nervous character or maybe he’s wanted by the cops!?), it can also be a sign of possible obstacles to come. If it becomes clear that he just can’t help but look at anything that’s breathing, has breasts and wearing a short skirt – it’s time to grab yourself a cab. Alone.

2) Dan is charming, well dressed and devilishly handsome…and he also happened to dissect and debate every last cent on your dinner bill when it finally comes. Was that extra scoop of ice cream his or yours? Did they really charge for water? And what do they mean the breadsticks are included in the service charge!? Oh Dan – you were doing so well. We’re clear on this one: no one likes a cheap skate on the first date – or going forward. Whilst we don’t consider ourselves gold-diggers, a calculating and stingy attitude can be a real turn off….and we doubt it will get any better by date No. 2.

3) When he checked his phone the first time, you didn’t take notice. The second, you asked if everything was okay at home. By the tenth, you were convinced he would rather be anywhere else but here. Frankly, if he can’t make you a priority on the first date, he’s probably never going to get the Lifelong Partnership Award. Unless his house is on fire, he has a critically ill aunt or Scruffy-the-dog is suicidal when left alone for more than an hour, you may not want to arrange that second date unless you’re prepared for another three-way with him and his Blackberry.

4) It’s an hour into your date and you know all about his life story, his family’s history of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (WHAT!?) and his Uncle Herbert’s penchant for paisley ties and well done steak. Oddly enough, you haven’t got past your name and the fact you work in HR. Hmmm – he might just be a tiny bit self-involved. Whilst confidence is key and a good talker is entertaining, there should be room for breathing and acknowledging the fact that this is a date and not a one way monologue. Ditch now or forever hold your peace.

5) Unless this guy is Michael Fassbender from Jane Eyre (in which case, tie us up and call us Jane!), sexual deviants are a big no-no. I’m eating lasagna for f**ks sake; I don’t want to hear how you want to bend me over a table the second you get a chance. This reminds us of a date one of us had…and no, it didn’t end well. While some sexual tension à la Christian Grey is very exciting, it sounds to us like this could fizzle very quickly if we can’t make it five seconds into the date without sexual innuendo.

So there you go, the WAGs guide to that all important first date. Hopefully our insight has been somewhat helpful in navigating this sometimes scary territory. Most importantly, let loose, be yourself and trust your instincts. May the odds forever be in your favour!

Contributed by the WAGs, Sophie and Aleks – Singaporean and American, two good friends with a penchant for making fools of themselves in public. Together they navigate living abroad, regularly hand out unsolicited advice on lifestyle, beauty and fashion and what it truly means to be a fabulous WAG. Check out their website, Like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram and Twitter and watch them on YouTube…

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