Introducing Celebrity Jewellery Designer Dean Davidson

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Beauty Blend had a bit of a lengthy hiatus. But we’re back! And we’re here to keep you updated on the latest beauty, fashion and lifestyle trends. Let’s start by updating you on some of Blend PR’s latest.

Blend PR has taken on a new and exciting client: celebrity jewellery designer Dean Davidson.

Since launching his eponymous jewellery line in 2007, Dean has become an internationally celebrated designer with his creations consistently gracing the pages of renowned publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and InStyle. Based in Toronto, in addition to now being available on Gilt.com, his unique designs can be found in over 250 select boutiques across the globe and seen on such high-profile clients such as Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde and Demi Lovato. Dean was also recently nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year at the 2016 CAFA Awards. Exciting!

What’s really cool about Dean’s pieces is that every single one holds its own story, designed to make the wearer feel confident and unique. Whether it’s masculine shapes paired with feminine textures, or architectural lines and contrasting fluid gemstones, the common thread found throughout Dean’s creations embody an unexpected combination of minimalism with maximum impact.

All of Dean’s pieces are cast out of high quality brass and then plated in 22KT gold, rhodium or 22KT rose gold. His unique and signature brushed finish gives a timeless and luxurious quality to his designs. Every season he chooses a different selection of gemstones to further enhance the collection. The gemstones are all custom cut and polished in India and complement his forward-thinking aesthetic. Davidson’s clean and tasteful designs are chic and versatile, geometric and fluid, and most importantly, current and enduring.

Most recently Dean created a custom pair of earrings for Sophie Grégoire Trudeau inspired by a traditional Japanese hand-fan which she wore on her trip to Japan back in May 2016.

Dean explained it was important to carefully consider Japanese culture when designing the earrings: “Sophie has incredible style and is thoughtful in her fashion choices so we made an effort to honour Japanese culture in a tasteful and elegant way. This design is a beautiful nod to the iconic Japanese symbol while remaining contemporary, current and true to the Dean Davidson aesthetic.”

 
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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau continues to bring Canadian fashion to the international stage and Dean says it’s a pleasure to see his work showcased: “Sophie’s influence is growing quickly and it’s always an honour to have my designs worn by someone so kind and graceful.”

Check out more about Dean here: http://deandavidson.ca/  

By: Chantal Legge
 

The Perfect Lipstick? Yes, Please!

My Top Pick for Winter 2015

By: Samantha                                                                                          

Like many girls, my bathroom cabinet is full of an array of lip-glosses, lipsticks, and chap stick. I’ve accumulated so many lip products over the years, especially as we have three women in our house, that it’s hard to remember what belongs to whom. I’ve tried products from tons of companies, from high-end makeup houses, like Chanel, YSL, and NARS, to every girl’s favourites, like Smashbox, MAC, and Elf.

If you’re like me, the colour of your lipstick is always changing depending on the season and current colour trends. At last year’s Toronto Fashion Week, Maybelline had a booth set up where beauty experts were giving advice and complementary touch ups before the show. I left my consultation with a new lipstick, a colour I loved at the show but didn’t think I’d have much reason to wear in the future.

It was only when I was out one day and wanted to add some colour to my lips, that I reached into my purse and happened to grab the Maybelline lipstick I was given. I applied the colour effortlessly with the smooth texture and absolutely loved the result! The colour was so natural and went perfectly with my complexion (I’m usually a medium skin tone).

I’ve been using Maybelline’s lipstick for about six months now and I still use Touch of Spice (#660) everyday! I’ve bought other colours from this collection and I’m pleased with every single one.

I apply it in the morning when I apply my makeup, eat lunch, snacks, drink, and still have the colour on my lips at the end of the day! It’s extremely long lasting and I recommend it to everyone who asks what colour I’m wearing.

The lipsticks are priced under $11, which, as many of you will agree, is extremely affordable, especially when compared to other makeup brands. So what are you waiting for? Head over to Shoppers and choose your colour today!

Rating: 4/4 stars

Top colours to try:

• Born With It (#015) – for a clean, nude lip

• Touch of Spice (#660) – a darker colour for your edgier days

• Pink Wink (#105) – for a playful lip

Check out more lip colours at: http://bit.ly/1EuP7Lz

Beauty Essentials To Survive Any Weekend Festival

By: Deanna

Summer is full of so many great festivals its hard to choose which one to attend. Between Veld, Digital Dreams, Boots and Hearts, Way Home etc. there are so many options depending what genre you prefer. But whatever the festival and whenever the weekend, it’s important to be prepared and still look good (for Instagram..duh!)  

For your hair…

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Beach waves scream summer festivals! However if you’re attending a weekend festival like Boots & Hearts where you’re camping for 3 nights, getting that beach wave look can be hard. With Lush Cosmetics Sea Spray it is easy to cover up that bed head you got after only sleeping for 4 hours. The mist will give your hair a lift while still holding body with a gentle perfume.

For your eyes….

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At music festivals like Veld and Digital Dreams the days can be hot and long. Don’t make the mistake of sweating off all your makeup! Be sure to pick up some waterproof mascara. Cover Girl is my favorite drug store brand, big and bold and holds strong.  

For your face…

Sweating is inevitable at any festival. And you don’t want to be caught tagged in a photo with your face all greasy (eeek!) In your purse be sure to carry a small amount of baby powder in a container (empty Chapstick tubes will work great) and pat your face with the powder to take away the grease!    

Now all you need is to throw your cute festival outfits in the mix and your ready for the weekend!

Camping Essentials: Tips For The Girly Girl Inside Of Us All

By: Deanna

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Women, naturally, are much more elegant beings than males are (sorry boys). We take more pride in our appearance and enjoy being well put together.

And now that summer has arrived, it is all about exploring the great outdoors! However just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you need to smell like the great outdoors!

Don’t worry ladies! A few beauty products and tips can help you survive the shower free week!  

Baby Powder  

Similar to dry shampoo, baby powder will reduce grease in your roots and leave you with soft clean hair. However it is multi purpose. Baby powder can be used on your face and skin as well! Ideal for camping as it can be used for your hands to grip onto objects easier such as rocks or canoe paddles!  

Bum Boosa Baby Wipes    

If you didn’t already know, baby wipes are an excellent makeup remover. Especially on the go when you’re camping! These wipes are perfect to freshen your face up and are also biodegradable, which makes them environmentally friendly! Not to mention they take up little to no space in your pack!  

Moisturizer with SPF    

Since we all know how important it is to moisturize AND how important it is to protect your skin from the harsh sunrays, pack a moisturizer with sunscreen in it. You will be tight for space when packing and using a dual screen protector will save you time and space! ***Ombrelle complete extreme lotion SPF 30  

Waterproof Mascara      

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Although mascara will not be on the top of your list when camping in the wilderness for a week, women usually forget that we tend to leave for our camping adventures while still wearing a full face of makeup! Make sure you plan ahead and grab some waterproof mascara to avoid raccoon eyes the minute you hit the beach! 

The Seacret To Home Spa Treatments

By: Deanna

We all deserve to pamper ourselves every once in while. Unfortunately things like spa treatments and facials can cost a hefty amount of $$$. But still the importance of having a couple minutes of indulgence is important.

Recently I began looking into cheap spa treatments I can do in the comfort of my own home. The way I looked at it was its a win-win, I spend less money and get all the benefits of a day at the spa.

I heard through a friend about this great product line called Seacret: minerals from the dead sea, which uses all natural ingredients to help hydrate your skin. I have tried a few products in a small seminar that helped me know which products to use to help certain problem areas on my skin.

The three products I used were the Mud Soap, Mineral-Rich Clarifying Mud Mask, and the Mineral-Rich Body Mud Mask. The Mud Soap can be used daily and Clarifying Mud Mask which can be used bi-weekly.

The Body Mud Mask however is the real spa treatment. The Body Mud Mask comes in a bigger bag which can be used for multiple uses (make sure to create your own seal, I used tape!)

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I started out with applying the mud to the upper half of my body, reaching from my waist to my jaw line. And for my face I used the Clarifying Mud Mask.

I applied the mud and left it on for about 15 minutes and when the mud turned from a dark green to a light green colour, I washed off the (now) dried mud off with warm water. 

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The result, smooth skin and in total I spent $150 with more leftover for multiple uses. I was thoroughly impressed and not to mention my wallet was thoroughly relieved.  

Mud Soap $15.95

Mineral-Rich Clarifying Mud Mask $94.95

Mineral-Rich Body Mud Mask N/A  

http://www.seacretspa.com/

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Do You Need A New Skin Regimen?

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By: Deanna

Everyone is different, especially our skin! And finding the perfect skin regimen can be near impossible! Like most teenagers, I had awful acne in high school. I tried every skin care product advertised or recommended to me, and nothing worked. Proactive, Skin ID, and even random products that I’ve never heard of such as Seacret: Minerals from the Dead Sea. All seemed to work for a while, but nothing was the solution.

That was six years ago!

Recently I visited Dermalogica (a great skin care brand), and got my face sectioned off into 14 zones, something they call being Face Mapped. It was a great one-on-one consultation, and I learned that the skin products I was currently using were actually damaging my skin (NOT GOOD!) As the dermatologist talked about each zone in detail, she recommended 4 products specific to my skin type.

Because my current skin regime was damaging I decided to try the Skin Health product line. Under this product line there are specific treatments depending on your skin type. I am oily/normal skin so I replaced my old skin care products with ones more specific to my needs.

1. Special Cleansing Gel

For all skin types

Using a gel to clean your face will keep more moisture locked in than if you were to use soap. The cleansing gel is soap-free that thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance.

2. Daily Microfoliant

For all skin types

Before my one-on-one consultation I never knew how important it was to exfoliate your skin! This product is a rice-based exfoliating powder that acts as a scrub upon contact with water. The micro-exfoliate takes away dead cells, leaving your skin smoother and brighter.

3. Active Moist

For oily skin

Because I do have oily skin and trouble zones with dehydration, I use an oil-free active moisturizer. The product is lightweight and easy to apply, it helps improve skin texture and combat overall surface dehydration. Typically this product is suited for skin with excess oil production.

4. Total Eye Care SPF 15

All skin types

This is another product suitable for all skin types. This eye cream has an SPF of 15 that helps conceal dark circles and reduce the appearance of puffiness and fine lines.

The products recommended did wonders on my face even after only one use! The overall feeling and appearance of my skin has brightened and smoothened over the course of one night! The final product I purchased was to diminish my oily skin while I am wearing makeup. Ladies if this sounds like you, listen up!  

Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30

For mature/ aging skin types      

 
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I have always had excess oils on my skin and over the course of the day those oils were apparent on my face. This skin Primer is to be applied as a base to your makeup to give yourself a clean, photo ready face. The primer smooth’s away fine lines while brightening and priming for flawless skin.

Most skin care products are general to whether you have oily, dry, or normal skin. However, because of the one-on-one consultation I was able to get an expert opinion on specific zones, each recommendation was catered to the troubled zone, not my overall face.

If you’re unsure if your current skin regimen is the right one for you, or you’re just looking for an expert opinion, Dermalogica is hosting free Face Mapping events all over Canada from now until June! Check out FaceMapNation.com and see the next location closest to you!