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Posted by on Oct 2, 2009 in Uncategorized | 32 comments

LG (Toronto) Fashion Week issues FB and Twitter Lockdown


I contacted Megan Loach, Communications Coordinator for the Fashion Design Council of Cananda regarding the talk of a social media ban for LG Fashion Week beauty by L’Oreal Paris.

Ms. Loach denied any ban was in place and stated they were actually:

  • Increasing seating to allow more online media (bloggers)
  • Equipping the onsite Media Filing Room with 15-20 LG Netbooks for “immediate filing of stories from the event venue.”
  • She said there had even been talk of adding a Twitter Booth this year (although this is not confirmed yet).

These are impressive moves, but in conflict with reports that designers had been notified to avoid all social media for their shows. Where is this talk stemming from? Please check back as the story gets updated. ~ Hillary

Social Media, at this time, is BANNED at Toronto Fashion Week this month for SS10 showings. Members from LG have apparently told all designers they cannot market their show using Twitter or Facebook for fear of impacting ticket sales.
This argument falls along the lines of newsprint. To stay competitive, newspapers have to maintain online presence. However, getting too popular online is causing their demise.

Does that really work in this case? Do you think increasing information for designers is killing their own show? Or is LG preserving the integrity of the system? Will keep you posted as we get closer to the event. In the meantime, speak your mind in the comments below.

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

ManGlaze is a Haute Mess for Pugh in Paris Fashion Week

manglaze_handsI first interviewed Marc Paez back in May about his matte polish line, ManGlaze (listen here for the radio interview) .  Relatively local, he works and ships out of Chicago, Illinois.  It’s a small company that started almost as a joke, but yesterday their polish landed on the models for Gareth Pugh’s show at Paris Fashion Week.  The stunning custom color, dubbed “Haute Mess” is a dark matte grey, somewhere in-between the company’s Fuggen Ugly (a stunning, green flecked grey that looks like steel or river rocks) and the signature Death Tar (matte black).

I’m not the only one impressed with the look. MAC’s Senior Makeup Artist, Victor C, included it in his overview of the show:

Gareth Pugh was BANANAS!!!! OMG!!! Blocked out brows, airbrushed them grey, metal nail polish, hoods and hair pieces! CAN I BE IN THE SHOW?

The European shows are always so experimental and fun (Viktor & Rolf, anyone?) and it must be a huge honor for Paez to see his product included. As you can see, ManGlaze compliments both male and female hand. ManGlaze Matte Nail Polish is sold primarily through the website and in select locations throughout the US and Europe.
By coincidence, I had a chance to use Fuggen Ugly yesterday. Check back for a post on a Milwaukee male pedicure (yes, it does happen!). You can purchase your own bottles of ManGlaze matte nail polish at the website,

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

Someday my Shoes will Come: Champagne Louboutins Oct 26

Is there a woman alive that can resist this combination?


Christian Louboutin and Piper-Heidsieck join forces to release a special Louboutin branded Champagne. Why? Because the holiday season is coming. Is the shoe actually wearable or just for drinking out of? No word, but while I am instantly in love, I hope this doesn’t mean they start going down the “brand everything that moves, and brand it anyway if it doesn’t” Ed Hardy route. Keep it Klassy, Christian!

Coveting a pair? They become available on October 26 via French site Colette.


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Posted by on Sep 30, 2009 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

Renee Rouleau Skincare

In honor of the last day of National Skincare Month, founded by Dallas’ Celebrity Esthetician Renee Rouleau, I’m reviewing a few items from her Type 2 line.

The Renee Rouleau philosophy is that all skin types are neither created equal nor  just the big 3 (oily/combo/dry). There are “9 unique skin types” and you can search for yours here.

From the Type 2 line:

Purifying Face Wash – I love the viscosity of this gel. It is fairly thick, and easy to get a decent bead into your hand. It has a low lather and cleans well.

Vitamin C & E Complex – I am a huge believer in Vitamin C skin therapy, and Renee Rouleau uses it liberally in her line. This product is used to “smooth lines, firm skin, reduce redness andimprove uneven skin color.” It comes in a rich, creamy base that is very easy to smooth on and will be especially comforting as the drier weather approaches.

Sheer Moisture – Loaded with Vitamins A, C & E, this is my favorite! It is so sheer, lightweight and absolutely greaseless, as promised. What really sets this apart is the addition of Jasmin extract and oil, creating a light and heavenly scent.

Daily Protection SPF 30: The final touch to your routine. Renee recommends reapplying often to keep spf levels up (easy to sweat or rub off). She provides daily tips on improving skin care, and the best I’ve read is that you can repair slight skin damage by using corrective actions, such as SPFs daily.


All of these formulas are very rich in a good way, and clearly keep the skin in a condition to keep it well hydrated. I personally think lack of proper moisturizing and protection is a huge reason we can begin to look older than we are, and love how this line combats that problem.

If you have a chance, catch a facial at one of her locations! Renee Rouleau Skin Care Spas were awarded “Best Spa” by Allure readers, with locations in Dallas and Plano. The only focus is skincare, so attention is not divided between hair or other therapies. Her celebrity client list is long, and the line is rapidly gaining popularity as word catches on across the US. in style facials_0003webI have to mention that in addition to her skincare line, Rouleau is also extremely personable and professional.  She takes skincare very seriously, and still has fun!  Look soon for transcript to our Solessence Radio Interview.

I previously reviewed Mint Buffing Beads

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