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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fair Ivy - surprises and handmade gift ideas. *CONTEST*!!!

This is my 100th post and to celebrate I have given my blog a bit of a facelift, including changing my logo [now there is a CityGirl attached to CityGirl :) ]. Check out my fabulous graphic designer here. Also, I am having a Fair Ivy Giveaway, so read this post to find out what they're all about, and be sure to enter!

I was recently introduced to Fair Ivy - they've taken the secret pal idea and brought it to a whole 'nother level. You just pick one of their 'surprises' - it won't show what it is, just a hint as to what it could be (so this way you can treat yourself and you won't know what your getting!) The surprises you can pick range in price  from $0-5; $5-10; $10-20 and $20 +. They are categorized under: babies, everyone, girls, men, pets, women.

Oh li li (from fairivy.com)
This is what I sent myself :) to try out the service. I didn't know what it was, only that it was $5.00 plus shipping,  for women, and described as "We have decided to call it a day and pamper ourselves with this flowery and bubbly item". Shipping ranges from $2-10, and it depends on package size and weight. I paid $4.90 for shipping, and was pleased to see I wasn't overcharged, as the shipping label from USPS said $4.90 exactly. Fair Ivy is located in California, and ships to U.S, Canada, U.K, and Australia, (with restrictions on some items). 

What was inside? 

Upon opening the box - a welcome card.

It's wrapped exactly like the photo on the website (cute little flowers!)

Oooh - handcrafted soap! Smells exactly like Lilac - heavenly!
I love the sparkly detailing and design on the top of the soap!

The soap was crafted by Pitter Pattern Designs.

Overall I thought this was a super-cute item and it would be a great way to give a little surprise gift to a friend. I believe they are working on a subscription-based service in the future. Fair Ivy also runs contests (like their facebook page for more info) and I was lucky enough to win the giveaway they had going on for these sweet lollipop earrings!

(from fairivy.com) - I cannot wait for these to arrive - how cute!

Now for my giveaway. To celebrate CityGirl reaching 100 posts in total on my blog, I'm giving away a fair ivy surprise. Who knows what it will be? If you win, be sure to tell me what the surprise was! Enter via the rafflecopter form (you can earn up to 5 entries!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

7th Annual SMUT Soiree - pics and swag bag!

Yay! SMUT Soiree time! Presented by The Society and LaineyGossip , this year's Toronto soiree was held on Monday June 25 at the Evergreen Brick Works. Here are some photos from the event (and scroll down to the end to see my amazing swag bag!)

Outside the Evergreen Brick Works (the green carpet!)
The H&M spot - take a pic of your camera-ready outfit.
The Vitamin Water stand - ahhh. 
Such a pretty table (now all I need is a cocktail to put on it!) Speaking of drinks...
Oh perfect!
Mmmm, I think I'll have the Strawberry SMUT mojito
Lovely mojito mint!
Thanks very much Mr Bartender, sir :)
Mojito in hand, this CityGirl strikes a pose
Let's check out some products!

Get coiffed at John Frieda (title sponsor of the SMUT soiree)
Primping at Stila
Ooh, lashes?
Yes, please!
Another view
My friends got 'lashed' too at Ardell.
Lashes for all!
Wine break! Courtesy of Jacob's Creek Moscato
The wine garden
Wine-ing and having a great time :)
Loving this event!
Very cute outfits ladies!
Ok, enough posing. Time for a snack and to get all the gossip!

Mmmm, gourmet sno-cones.

Time to start the gossip session!
Dan Levy and Elaine "Lainey" Lui, dishing it out.

Swag-bag time!!!

What's inside?

The goods.
From L to R: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Finishing Cream; Firm Hold Hairspray; 3-day straight  styling spray;
Lightweight Frizz Control.
Stila One Step Bronze and HD beauty balm.

From L to R: H&M Keychain, Vitamin Water Vitamin Schtick, Ardell Lash starter kit,
imPress press-on mani.
June 2012 Flare magazine and a copy of "Your voice in my Head" - Elaine's book
pick for 2011.

I had such a great time at this year's SMUT soiree; can't wait for next year!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Inspire Cosmetics - review and 5 minute makeover

I am quite excited to tell you all about a cosmetics line I found out about Divas in the City 3. Inspire Cosmetics is a line of products that celebrates women's natural beauty and makes applying makeup quick, easy and fun. Founder Wendy Crystal is a Ford model and developed Inspire to give women a selection of makeup that is simple to work with, has great staying power, and enhances your features. They have a range of products, from corrector sticks and powders, to bold eyeshadows and creamy lipsticks. 

A sample of their makeup (from their site).
When I was at Divas in the City, they were challenging people to take their 5 minute makeover, over their existing makeup. The challenge was to see if women would look even better with just a few Inspire products. I was up for it!

My 5 minute makeover (Wendy Crystal, founder of Inspire is applying makeup)
End result! (Me with DivaGirl founder Laura Furtado). (Photo from M Photography Studio)

I liked the results, (especially how I had a softer overall face with brighter features) but wanted to see how a few key products could work from scratch (that is, without any other makeup applied). So I did my own 5 minute makeover at home!

Inspire Cosmetics Guide

Inspire Cosmetics has a little guide to creating a look with their product line. At Divas in the City 3, Wendy put all the products outlined in the steps on me (corrector stix, powder, blush, mascara, shadow, white out liner and lipstick). I purchased the corrector stix, mascara, white out liner and lipstick, as I liked the products but had a limited budget.

Corrector Stix
Shade: Cream
Inspire Cosmetics prides themselves on being a foundation-free line. This is keeping in line with their philosophy of only enhancing a woman's natural beauty. Thus the mainstay of their cosmetics is the corrector stix. Retailing for $24.50, it has spf 18 and shea butter, and goes on creamy to brighten your face, reduce redness and cover dark circles.

White out liner
This white liner retails for $15.00 and is named 'white out' (cute). Rim this on the inside of the lower lash line for brighter eyes.

Luscious Volumes mascara in black
Their mascara (Luscious Volumes) retails for $21.00 and comes in a sleek black tube. What I love about this mascara is it not only gives lashes length and volume, but you can run a finger over the lash and it stays soft - not glued in place or flaky.

Lipstick in "Flip Flop"
Swatch on hand
Inspire's lipsticks are buttery soft and sheer, and almost wear like a gloss. I love the colour it gives. They retail for $20.00

Those are the products I bought, now here's my 5 minute makeover...

me sans makeup 
Freshly cleaned and not a stitch of makeup on (not even my moisturiser) :)


All I did was use the corrector stix to even out my skin tone, rim my eyes with the white out pencil, apply the 
mascara and swipe on the lipstick. Done! Ready to go out and face the day. I will most likely get additional products from Inspire in the future (I'm particularly interested in testing their tinted moisturiser, and getting my own blush and highlighting shadow).