Cargo Most Wanted + Giveaway

Cargo products are finally easier to get in Canada again and to celebrate we decided to do a Most Wanted on our favourite Cargo products and giveaway a prizepack to one of our lucky readers!

Cargo High Definition Mattifier
Cargo HD Picture Perfect Mattifier
Not only is a primer really important in the summer but one that’s also mattifying? Completely necessary. This one goes on really smoothly and lasts all day without feeling heavy. And it does a really good job on getting rid of the shine.
Cargo Brow Pencil
Cargo Brow Pencil
My eyebrows are so pale they look bleached, which makes finding a pencil that doesn’t look completely fake nearly impossible. Until I found the Cargo Brow Pencil. It’s pretty much changed how I feel about my eyebrows.
Cargo Essential Palette
Cargo Essential Palette
If you’re not an eyeshadow expert (and really, how many of us are?), this palette is perfect for you. It tells you exactly where each shade goes and comes in a few great neutral options.
Cargo Essential Lip Gloss
Cargo Essential Lip Gloss
The shades this lip gloss comes in are gorgeous, not sticky and have pretty good wear time. What more could you want in a gloss?

We’re giving away a Cargo prizepack consisting of:

Texasliner Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Bronzing Powder in Matte-Medium
Essential Eye Shadow Palette in Warm Neutral
Long Wear Lip Gloss in Bourbon Street

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Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue

Schwarzkopf Moisture Kick Collection
I’m pretty sure I’ve tried seven or eight repairing hair collections in the past few months. Some are ok, some are definitely not. But I haven’t been noticing a huge difference in my hair. Until I started using Schwarzkopf’s BC Bonacure Repair Rescue line. I don’t have a huge amount of damage to my hair but this line fixes everything that’s wrong with it.

I don’t really notice anything special while I’m actually washing my hair and I don’t notice a difference at all between the Repair Rescue Conditioner and the Repair Rescue Treatment but when I’m styling my hair I notice it’s a lot stronger, less tangled and much easier to manage. This line is for damaged hair but it doesn’t put any claims to being moisturizing or volumizing which left me with no expectations whatsoever.

The star of the line for me is the Beauty Balm. Usually I have to mix a bunch of styling products to detangle, get rid of frizz and generally get it managable. Especially when the humidity makes it crazy in the summer. I use the Beauty Balm on it’s own and it covers all the bases and gives me way more volume than I’ve ever gotten from another product, including ones that claim to give your hair added volume, but never actually do.

This is one hair line I’ll definitely be replacing when I run out.

KS Beauty Lounge

We love finding new spas, salons and nail places but KS Beauty Lounge is something we haven’t tried before. They specialize in eyebrows, eyelashes and makeup. We had the option of choosing what we wanted to try from their services list. Stephanie chose eyebrows (and ended up adding on makeup) and Alyssa chose eyelashes.

I got my brows done first. I am quite proud and happy of my natural brows, so they only usually need minor maintenance to keep them looking clean. Maryam from KS Beauty Lounge totally understood and made me feel comfortable that she wouldn’t go in heavy handed. I lay down and let her do her work. This was probably one of the most gentle brow jobs that I have ever had done. She did a little waxing and tweezing to clean up my eye brows. It barely hurt at all. She told me I could say “ow” but compared to other waxings this was nothing.

After, she sent me off to Joey to get my makeup done. You need to understand that a week before this appointment, I was hit in the face by a baseball at my baseball game. So I was suffering from a serious black eye. The swelling was down and it didn’t hurt, it was just embarrassing. I asked him to work his magic! Joey explained to me while doing up my face with a light airbrush foundation, that KS Beauty Lounge developed all of their own makeup. It’s used by pros in the business, but anyone can go in and get their makeup done for an event. Unlike most other professional makeup, nothing felt heavy or thick. My skin felt like I could breathe. He was great at asking me what I wanted and was comfortable with wearing. He wanted to know what I usually wore and what trends I was into, so he could give me a look that I loved. When he was finished I was shocked and amazed. He had almost completely covered up and hidden my black eye. He turned the shades of purple on my eyelid into the base for a light purple smoky eye. And that pink lip was fab! But it was nothing compared to what Alyssa was getting done in the other room.

I love all things eyelashes so I went in for ‘something eyelashes.’ Maryam decided to give me the Truly Natural Lash Extension set. My own lashes are pretty long so I’d never really thought about extensions before but they’re almost completely white and I didn’t realize that extensions alone could make them darker. Maryam had me lie on the table after I took all my makeup off and told me it would take about an hour. She placed hydrating eye pads on my eyes to protect my lower lashes but also to keep my eyes closed.

KS Beauty Lounge eyelashes done
No mascara!

Seriously, the whole process was a lot easier than I ever expected, while she was attaching the extensions to my own eyelashes I almost fell asleep and to be honest if I hadn’t heard Stephanie talking and taking pictures of what was happening to me I could’ve slept through the whole thing. The end result was amazing. My eyelashes were longer than I can even accomplish with false lashes and were so dark it looked like I was wearing mascara. And that was the natural set. I was given a clean mascara wand and told to comb my lashes every morning because they can tangle and they really do but combing them out fixed everything.

Most lash extensions last about a month before they need a refill and in the first week it was a great experience. I woke up every morning looking like I was wearing mascara and found I needed a lot less makeup to look ‘done’ but then I ran into the snag. I have crazy allergies in the summer and with the humidity it gets worse. Just past the first week with the extensions my eyes went crazy with my allergies and while I was sleeping my eyes were so itchy I basically rubbed my eyes to the point where most of my extensions, and some of my own lashes, came off completely. But while I didn’t have the greatest overall experience with my extensions I would definitely try them again in the winter when allergies don’t take over my life and I can keep them on longer. I would even go to the next step and get the Luxurious Lashes or Lash To The Max set.

Maryam and Joey worked their magic on both of us and everyone there was completely welcoming. We had a great experience and can’t wait to get back to KS Beauty Lounge to try something else.

You can find more information on KS Beauty Lounges, their services and locations here.

Defiance Actress Stephanie Leonidas Talks About Makeup

Stephanie Leonidas

As Irisa on Defiance, Stephanie Leonidas shines as the feisty extraterrestrial. This tough warrior on screen becomes her character so completely that you might barely recognize her outside of the alien attire. Once you see her though, it’s impossible to deny that this Brit is anything but gorgeous. With Defiance’s season two premiere airing tonight on Showcase, we talked to Stephanie Leonidas about her off screen makeup and beauty.

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?

One of my favourite early memories is of me sat in front of a mirror with my mums black eyeliner and using it as a lipstick. I loved the way it completely changed the way I looked.

What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?

Blush! I can’t physically blush myself and I’ve always been jealous of people who have a natural colour to their cheeks. I look like a corpse otherwise. Ha ha!

What is your budget friendly beauty secret?

Neutrogena face scrub. I love it. My skin can be temperamental.  I suffered from acne as a kid and this product is one I’ve always been able to rely on without breaking out. Even when my skin is good, the scrub really helps keep it that way.

Do you have any tricks that you have learned on sets?

I love a hot towel on my face in the evening once all the makeup has been taken off. I’m often too lazy to do it at home, but it’s a nice routine, after a day of being caked in makeup.

Do you have a signature scent?

I love to vary perfumes through the year. But my go to scent is actually an Egyptian Musk oil that my friend Sophia Myles introduced me to. It’s such a smooth calming scent. I love it.

armani-mascaraDo you have any products or treatments that you splurge on?

Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara and Maquillage Fusion Foundation. Two great products. The mascara is like putting on false eyelashes and the foundation is so smooth and light. There’s no going back now!

What is your latest beauty obsession?

Drinking a litre and a half of water a day. I get very lazy with this, but I’m back on track with it. The differences are incredible. You just look and feel so much brighter, and it’s cheap!

Watch Defiance tonight at 10 pm on Showcase.

Rodial Super Acids Collection Review

rodial super acids

Some people might have sensitive skin, but others want to get extreme clean. Just the name Rodial Super Acids made my tired, dull, uneven skin shudder. With names like X-treme After-Party Scrub and X-treme Acid Rush Peel, I knew this was serious skin care.

I waited for the right day to try the Hangover Mask and After-Party Scrub. I wanted to give these products a chance befitting of their name. I was surprised when I started to apply. I was surprised that while they might be called Super Acid X-treme, but they didn’t feel intense on my skin. The mask actually felt very soft and moisturizing without that tingle you get from some masks.

While I may have not felt any better in my head after applying, I did look better. My skin was dewy, moisturized and fresh. I could have gone to work without anyone knowing the difference.

Next up was the Pore Shrinking Pads. These pads are supposed to shrink your pores for smoother looking skin. I love the tingly feeling they leave on my cheeks after using them. So far, I think my pores look the same, but my face feels great after using them.

I saved the best for last: The Acid Rush Peel!  I was understandably cautious and nervous. The word peel frightens me just a little. I applied it one night though. This instantly started tingling on my skin. My face felt like it was humming in some small pinprick sections. It didn’t stay tingly though. It would come and go in different areas. I assume it was as it worked its magic. It is strange because the peel is clear, so you can’t see it on your face. It doesn’t tighten or anything. It’s just the little tingles reminding you it’s there.

I washed it off about 13 minutes later anxiously. I was surprised at how moisturized my face felt. I thought the peel wouldn’t rinse off and then I realized that was the feeling of my soft skin. My face wasn’t red or irritated like I had planned. I looked almost the same, but just a bit better. My pores looked a little smaller and my face was a little brighter. I can see how with regular usage of twice a week, you would have amazing skin in no time. My boyfriend told me that I looked more beautiful after using it, which is a sure way to tell if you have a winner.

If you could only get one product from the line, I would definitely recommend the peel, but only if you have strong skin.

Summer Most Wanted Makeup Essentials


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Whether it’s playing baseball, riding my bike, taking a dip or going to a summer festival, my summer is always packed. I am always on the go, so I demand more from my makeup in the summer. I have rounded up my Most Wanted Makeup for a busy summer with products that won’t let you down when it gets hot.

Cargo Water Resistant Blush – Honestly, I never thought that anyone would need a waterproof blush, but Cargo has given what we didn’t even know we needed. I am not recommending this blush because its waterproof though. I love it because the baked clay shade is gorgeous and it lasts all day long with just the perfect pink glow.

Olay Complete Moisturizer – I love a no nonsense face moisturizer in the summer time. Something that does it all with a sunscreen. Olay’s complete moisturizer is perfect for all skin types and with SPF 30 just right for every summer day.

Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara – Smashbox has made their most popular mascara in a waterproof formula. This is an intense black mascara that makes your lashes super thick with mascara that won’t come off for hours. Warning to users though because this mascara is so thick, you need to apply very carefully and clean the brush often. It gets clumpy easily, so you need to use with care.

Pixi Lash Line Ink – Get perfectly lined eyes that won’t smudge or budge with the summer heat. This liner is so easy to use. The pen liner has a fine tip, so you don’t have to worry about getting black liner everywhere like some liquid liners.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eye Shadow – This new eye shadow pencil is easy to apply with just one swipe. It doesn’t smudge and it’s practically impossible to screw up. Perfect eye shadow that can last through anything, who could ask for more.

Maybelline Color Elixir – This combines a lip colour, balm and gloss to do everything in one. It gives me a glossy shine, but rich colour. And my lips feel soft and smooth. It’s perfect for summer and affordable, so I can get one in every colour.

Proactiv Solution – Summer activities can also mean annoying breakouts. Proactiv’s three step system is perfect for anyone suffering from acne. Stick to it all summer and you won’t have to worry about having a zit on the beach.

Secret Clinical Protection Deodorant – When the temperature rises, it’s time to get serious. The rest of the year I don’t mind wearing regular deodorant, but things change in the summer. If you are getting active, once it gets humid, you need more. Clinical Protection Deodorant will stand up against anything. I have never felt more confident than when I wear this stuff. So far, nothing has been able to beat it.

Audrey Whitby Beauty Interview


Young Audrey Whitby has already started to gain a following and is following in the footsteps of so many of her Disney Channel predecessors. This weekend she’ll star in her first Nickelodeon feature film, Terry The Tomboy, and is on her way to becoming a household name. How could you not fall for this blonde belle. We caught up with the very busy Audrey Whitby to find out what she’s learned about beauty as a teen.

What is your first beauty memory?

My first beauty related memory was my mom putting hot rollers in my hair for the school play I was in. I remember loving the curls so much I wanted her to do it all the time.

What will you never leave the house without wearing?

My Mom is a southern lady and she always told me to never leave the house without lipstick and hairspray. “The bigger the hair the closer to God.”  I’m not good about the hairspray part, but I do always have some lip gloss near me.

Have you learned any makeup tricks on set?

I’m so lucky to have a team of professionals doing my makeup most of the time. They always have awesome little tips. They taught me about how if you add a little bit of water, any color eye shadow can be an eyeliner. That comes in really handy if I want to do something funky like blue eyeliner. Just put a little water on the eye shadow, use a thin liner brush, and just apply like eyeliner.

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Do you have a signature scent?

My signature scent is Meow by Katy Perry. It’s an awesome story because the same day they released it at Nordstrom she was doing a meet and greet. I stopped by and picked up my new favorite perfume and met one of my idols!  It was a great day.

What products will you splurge on?

I will splurge on lotion. I think moisturizing is the most important thing you can do for your skin besides keeping it clean. I have this one really fancy face cream from this spa. I’m not sure if I’m just trying to tell myself that it’s working better, but I really think it is!

What’s your latest beauty obsession?

My latest beauty obsession has been the red lip. I have this fantastic set of liner, lipstick, and lip gloss that all goes into making the perfect red lip. Thank you MAC!

Demeter Clean & Fresh Fragrance Review

Demeter has captured the smell of stepping out of the shower in their new Clean & Fresh fragrance collection. The collection has three scents: Baby Powder, Pure Soap and Clean Skin.

demeter baby powder

The Baby Powder scent smells exactly like you imagine. The powdery smell is strong and it almost feels like you just sprinkled powder onto your skin when you sprayed it. It’s so sweet and lovely it takes me back to my childhood.


Pure Soap has the smell of a new bar of soap. It’s almost an unscented smell. It’s hard to describe the smell of clean, but that is what this fragrance reminds me of.

demeter clean skin

Clean Skin is a pure smell like that of your skin after getting out of the shower. It smells like a bathroom full of the steam of floral soaps and the smell that lingers on your skin.

If you can handle the balance you can spray them all on your skin in the right combination to really get the smell of walking out of the shower. They are fun and fresh smelling. Most of my favourite perfumes remind me of clean soapy smells, so these fit right into my collection.

If there is one problem with the Demeter fragrances, it’s that they don’t last long enough. Less than an hour after you spray them on, you will barely be able to smell them on your skin. I wish that they lasted longer, because the scents are so nice I want to enjoy them all day.

MMVAs Beauty With MuchMusic’s Lauren Toyota


This weekend, MuchMusic headquarters plays host to Canada’s biggest night in music the MMVA’s. One of MuchMusic’s leading ladies Lauren Toyota will be center stage on the red carpet and with hosts Kendall and Kylee Jenner as it all goes down. To get ready for the MMVA’s we spoke to Lauren Toyota about her beauty regime and what she does to stay looking amazing.

How do you get ready for the MMVAs?

Anything I need to do to get ready for the MMVAs, like applying sunless tanner and painting my nails, is usually done the night before the show. Then I have a great hairstylist and makeup artist that come in to get me ready a couple of hours before the show!

Who is your favourite red carpet beauty celeb and why?

I really like Jennifer Aniston. She always looks put together, classic, and fresh.  It never appears as though she’s trying too hard.

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?

If I don’t have to be on-air that day, I usually won’t wear makeup, but if I do, I use mascara and throw my hair up in a high bun. If I have to do my own makeup for work, which sometimes is the case, it takes me about an hour and fifteen minutes to do full makeup and hair. I wash and moisturize my face every morning and night with two all-natural oil products from Province Apothecary.


What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?

I never wear makeup on my way to work or when I’m running errands on the weekend. But if I’m going out to a party or event then I definitely do full makeup including foundation, concealer, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and a bright lipstick or just a nude gloss, depending on the outing.

Do you have any tricks that you have learned on set?

When I first started in TV I had to get myself camera-ready, so I’ve become really good at doing my makeup. Over the years I’ve observed makeup artists and have learned how to contour my face and play with eye shadow techniques. I am also really good at applying false lashes, and almost always style my own hair as well.

How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?

My hair is pretty strong and resilient, likely because I’ve kept it one colour over the last 10 years so it hasn’t been over-exposed to chemicals. The truth is, I dye my roots once a month, I trim my bangs every one or two weeks, and if you see me on television I’m wearing clip-in extensions.

Watch the MMVA’s Sunday night where Lauren Toyota will be live!

Blo Dry Bar & Beautiful Blowouts


Like me, there a good chance that you have seen blow dry bars popping up in your town and thought why? I didn’t know why I would need a place to go just for a blow dry that wasn’t my hair dresser. To solve this mystery, I got in touch with the leaders of this hair trend, Blo Dry Bar.

Blo was the first blow dry bar in North America and the leaders with over 40 locations in North America and Asia. Sharmina Rajabali a Franchise Partner with Blo says that “We have become experts at session styling because that’s all we do! Blo is the perfect place to go in between trips to the hairdresser to maintain salon-quality locks. It is a quick, affordable and convenient luxury. After all, perfect hair equals perfect confidence.”


So I booked my appointment and headed to the Blo Dry Bar at Bayview Village in Toronto. It was early and I had a barbecue later that afternoon, so I was excited to see what they could do for my uncontrolled waves. When I went in, I was rushed into a seat quickly and asked what I wanted. I was nervous and I felt a little uncomfortable. I just said straight please, because I wasn’t sure how this worked. I was secretly envying the loose waves and braid from one of the girls working, but I didn’t know if I could ask for that.

I had my hair washed and then when I went back to the chair, I picked up the menu of Blo’s styling options. Blo doesn’t just offer regular blow outs, but an option of styles from classic to waves to straight and even braids, ponytails and buns. I asked if I could change my mind and pick loose waves for something fun.


Cristina went to work. I have had many stylists blow dry my hair over the years, but none were as fast as the crew at Blo. It wasn’t just Cristina, but everyone there was a pro at blow drying. Even though they were all focused and working fast, it didn’t feel rushed or formal. Everyone working was having a good time laughing and singing along to the radio. While at times, I felt a little but left out of the joke. Overall it made me feel more relaxed that I could sit and enjoy their company.

All the while, my hair was turning from crazy to gorgeous. My waves were looking beautiful. As each wave dropped, the smile on my face got wider and wider. When it was all done, xxx stepped back to admire her work and ask me what I thought. I was thrilled! But then she asked me how I felt about her adding a braid to my hair to keep my bangs out of my face, exactly like the girl’s hair that I admired on the way in.


When it was done, it was perfect. I walked out of Blo Dry Bar feeling amazing. I honestly don’t know if my hair has ever looked better.

I can definitely see how this could be addicting. They say there are some clients who come in every other day to keep their blow out looking amazing. I don’t know if I am that addicted yet, but maybe one day.