scene+heard : getting a truly radiant summer look

June 10, 2014By DJMC

As mentioned last week, I met with the Beauty Director of Us Weekly, Gwen Flamberg for a quick lunchtime chat to discuss tips, trends and secrets to achieving a great summer look.

Gwen was in town for the launch of Arm & Hammer’s newest toothpaste and Spinbrush collection, Truly Radiant. We were able to discuss some of her favourite beauty products for the summer, what makes her feel “truly radiant” and of course, the importance of a white smile when it comes down to creating a signature look that pops.

How you feel about yourself is really at the core of Gwen’s definition of beautiful. With every question I asked, it always came down to finding the products and practices that will make you feel beautiful – whether it’s swiping on a bright lipstick shade, using hair products that elevate your natural hair style or getting in a workout that you genuinely enjoy doing.

A white smile can be a simple way to contribute to creating that feeling of natural beauty no matter what you’re doing. Using a toothbrush and toothpaste that are designed to gently whiten, deep clean and protect not only boosts your look, but your health too. Gwen highlighted the convenience of the Spinbrush, as it’s easy to travel with and still delivers results because of its dual action head designed to remove 100% more surface stains than ordinary toothpaste. Pretty impressive, if you ask me! I also learned that strawberries are a natural stain lifter when you’re out and about sipping on coffee or red wine – the seeds work to lift stains before your teeth absorb them, so snack away on strawberries to keep your pearly whites gleaming!

Chatting with Gwen about her career was the best part, and in particular hearing the passion for what she does come through was great to hear. She shared that “Beauty is the most exciting thing to write about because the trends are constantly changing and it’s really easy with beauty to try a trend. You can get a piece of a celebrity lifestyle through a lipstick that a celebrity wore on the red carpet a lot easier than buying the gown.” I couldn’t agree more with her on that front!

As for the Truly Radiant collection, I was gifted with a Spinbrush and toothpaste to put to the test. I’ll be starting that soon (I just had oral surgery myself so I’m not quite ready to jump in to testing an electric toothbrush) and reporting back to see just how radiant I can get my smile to keep rocking pink and purple lips for the summer!

– morgan

things we love : Gwen Flamberg

June 4, 2014By DJMC

Gwen Flamberg is technically a person, not a thing, however I wanted to share her as someone we love this week.

Yesterday, I had a chance to sit down with Us Weekly Beauty Director Gwen Flamberg and chat beauty trends, secrets and tips and why one of the keys to summer beauty is a bright, white smile. Arm & Hammer brought her to Toronto this week in honour of the launch if their newest line Truly Radiant, a line of toothbrushes and toothpaste to help achieve that bright summer look we’re all aiming for.

Gwen was a pleasure to chat with, and if you aren’t following her on Twitter @Gwen_UsBeauty, go check her out!

I was gifted a Spinbrush and toothpaste to test drive, so keep your eyes peeled for a full review and post sharing Gwen’s summer tips and advice.

– morgan


all the world is a buzz (cut) …

August 13, 2013By stephanie
In case you haven’t noticed, short hair is here to stay …

In the past week, music powerhouse Beyonce went super short and runway powerhouse Coco Rocha took it all off too. Two women known for their beauty went rogue from the traditional long and sexy hair look. Interesting. Now, I wouldn’t say this is the latest trend or craze in beauty and hair – after all – Pink, Tilda Swinton and even Miley Cyrus have done the whole undercut/mohawk style for awhile now. And my favourites, Michelle Williams and Ginnifer Goodwin have been poster pixies for, you know, the “pixie cut” for years. Seriously, short hair is here to stay …

I myself am coming up on my two year anniversary for the “short hair, don’t care” club. One day, I went from waist-length hair to gamine in one fell swoop and faster than I could tweet about it. I haven’t looked back since.

I love my short hair. I miss my long hair from time to time, but I So much so, that it’s gotten a bit shorter (buzzed) on the sides and longer on the top. (And, as I type, I’m currently transitioning my hair into a modernized mohawk, but I still have some hair appointments to keep before the full transition is made.)

But don’t think that short hair is easy, folks.

Yes, there might be less fiddling and faddling but some fiddling and lots of faddling is still required – even when your hair is less than three inches long. Pixie hair is just as much work as princess hair, you know.

Blow-drying is still a big help in creating movement in the hair. (Short hair is cute. Helmet head isn’t.)  Before I blow-dry, I like to use a heat protectant which I spritz and comb through the hair first. Then, on a medium heat setting, I dry the hair, especially swishing the hair back and forth, side to side.

If you wear your hair longer on the top like Michelle Williams or Coco Rocha, large velcro rollers can give you some lift and height, especially if you want to toss the hair over to one side for a deep part. Try using two or three large velcro rollers across the top middle section of your hair. Place the rollers in your hair while damp and either air dry or blast with your blowdryer.  Once dried, release and finger comb into place.

Proper product is always your best friend and you will need some product. I like using waxes or putties for a piece-y look and gel when I want a slick look. The problem with product and short hair is that it’s easy to overdo it. The key is to use a small amount of product and work it from the back of your hair to the front.  This way, you don’t deposit to much product in and  around the bang and crown area where too much gel or wax can look oily and greasy as opposed to chic.

Right now, I don’t feel the need to go long again. In fact, I think my short hair might stay for quite a while longer. There ain’t nothing wrong with that …

Are you a member of the short hair, don’t care club? If so, What are your tips and tricks for keeping your short hair looking sexy?


StyleList: Jennifer Lawrence

April 4, 2013By stephanie

J-Law is pretty much on fire, isn’t she?

I mean, at the fun age of 22, she is an award winning actress, she’s kissed Bradley Cooper, and well, she’s hot. Her glowing skin, fit physique, and down to earth attitude – what’s not to love?

A very big thank you to Elaine Atkins of Toronto Beauty Reviews for being our guest contributor for this week’s StyleList. Read and follow her blog here.

Here’s Elaine’s top picks for garnering yourself some Jennifer Lawrence style:

Clutch Control (left to right):
Jessica Jenson Envelop Clutch ($178)
Aldo Parshall Clutch ($40)
Ela M.I.L.C.K studded black clutch ($328)

Basic Black (left to right):
Ted Baker London Ranni Dress ($348)
Zara: Combined Studio Blazer ($159.90) + Studio Trouser with Waist Band ($79.90)
Aime Luxury Jolie Dress ($388)

A Step Ahead (left to right):
Zara: High Heel Vamp Shoe ($99.90)