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Jenny Beavan, winner for Best Costume Design for "Mad Max: Fury Road", poses during the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTS8H6D

What’s All The Buzz About Jenny Beavan?

beauty, GEAR, style By March 2, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Photo Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake

It’s not surprising that two days after the Oscars everyone still buzzing about the display of fashion on Hollywood’s biggest night. What may be surprising is the lady getting the most attention is none other than Jenny Beavan, who took home the trophy for Best Costume Design. The twist is it’s not her award-winning designs from Mad Max Fury Road that has the internet all atwitter; rather it’s a dust-up about her choice to wear an off-the-rack faux-leather jacket and slacks to what is considered a traditional black-tie and formal frock event.

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5 Makeup Products to tan in winter

5 Makeup Products to Capture that Sun-Kissed Glow

beauty, GEAR By January 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

We all know that tanning beds and UV rays are terrible for our skin, but many of us still crave that lightly bronzed look–especially during the seemingly endless dark days of winter. Fortunately, there’s some makeup products that can help smooth the way without increasing your risk of melanoma.

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Julia is a freelance writer living in Minnesota with her husband and two young children. She loves reading, writing, photography, and all things equestrian. She blogs about Motherhood with humor and honesty at FranticMama.com.

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Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Serum

beauty, Featured, GEAR, self By September 14, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

The problem with being photogenic is that as you age, every angle is no longer your best angle. People can now tell that I’ve had little sleep or have neglected to eat cruciferous vegetables recently.

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Summer Bucket List

Contests By July 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 47 Comments

Summer Bucket ListSummer is just around the corner, and with the arrival of warm weather it’s time for outdoor activities with the kids and events that can last all day.  Olay and Crest want to help keep your skin hydrated and fresh and your smile shining bright through your endless summer fun!

To start your summer off right, try Olay’s newly enhanced Total Effects formula with 40 per cent more vitamins, which has the highest level of Niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skincare product! This moisturizer packs more vitamins than the leading prestige moisturizer and will help you get ready for the hot, sunny days ahead.

To brighten your smile, we’re giving away Crest Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips, which are super easy to use and offer great results. These strips use an advanced technology called FlexFit, allowing the Whitestrip to stretch around your smile for a perfect fit that hugs your smile’s curves. Not only do they whiten as well as a $500 in-office professional treatment, but they are the best fitting Whitestrips yet.

We have a Brighten Your Summer prize pack, valued at approximately $40*:

  • Olay Total Effects Anti-aging Moisturizer, Fragrance-Free– $32.99
  • Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit – 4 samples

*Pricing at discretion of the retailer

Ends July 30, Can only, excl. Quebec. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest.  The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G.By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program.  However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway.  If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

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Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The Apothecary that is Kiss and Makeup

beauty, GEAR By June 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

Kiss and Makeup isn’t your typical beauty store. An apothecary with a focus on local products and natural beauty regimes, this is one of the hottest beauty experiences around. I’ve heard that celebrities make special jaunts to the new Londsale location while filming in Vancouver, and with the new venue opening in Olympic Village in July, it’s now skytrain accessible. But don’t fret if you can’t come to YVR in person. That’s what the web shop is for.

sjal kiss and makeupOur favourite finds?

  •  Scarves and perfect-for-Coachella ponchos by Jackson Rowe
  • Bags by Lloyd and Wolf
  •  Happy Spritz
  •  Everything Rahua
  • Verso and Rouge Bunny Rouge (exclusive to Kiss and Makeup)
  • Sjal Beauty (The Canadian version of Creme de la Mer)
  • Blind barber from NYC
  • Ilya beauty, CV Skinlabs and rms beauty – (local brands and have exploded into the celebrity market)

rms beauty kiss and makeupPendleton ScarvesTata Harper Kiss and MakeupRahua Kiss and MakeupHappy Spritz Kiss and MakeupI bought some Creme Ancienne by Fresh that was hand-mixed by Monks in France – (I couldn’t make that up). After using it a month the compliments just keep rolling in. But more are always better so feel free to keep them coming. Or you can tell me in person when we bump into each other at Kiss and Makeup.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Spring Beauty Boost Giveaway

Contests By April 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 74 Comments

Pantene Dry DefyDisclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

With winter winding down and warm weather here to stay, it’s time to finally free our hair from winter toques, shed the extra layers of sweaters and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Unfortunately, the long, harsh Canadian winter can leave hair feeling dry, your skin longing for nourishment and your smile a little less bright!  P&G wants to offer solutions and help get you ready for fun, spring activities.

Has winter wind left your hair lifeless? Don’t fret! The Pantene Dry Defy system is designed for women with chronically dry hair that’s lost its natural movement and shine. It’s is perfect if you’re hair is feeling a little lifeless from the winter wind. This is a three step system that works to replenish lost moisture and block damage sites, where it’s most easily lost. The three step system includes an intense hydrating shampoo and conditioner, as well as a Velvet Crème Infusion, which absorbs into hair and starts working immediately, leaving your hair soft and velvety for all those mid-afternoon strolls and trips to the park!

Want to make sure your favourite hair colour doesn’t fade? Look no further –  Pantene Fade Defy helps your colour stay resilient and vibrant. This collection includes a shampoo and conditioner duo formulated with three amino acids found naturally in the hair’s core that help colour form more intensely in the hair fibre. You can apply Fade Defy Vibrant Color Magnifying Gloss afterwards to seal it in and avoid damage!

Crest WhiteWant to rejuvenate your skin? Experience Olay’s new Fresh Outlast Body Washes formulated to work with skin’s natural pH. They are lower in sulfates and contain 3X more mild cleansers than before! The upgraded body washes come in four premium scents, like Cooling White Strawberry & Mint, made with essential oil fragrances, for a fresh clean that outlasts your day and keeps that spring in your step!

Olay Body Wash

Longing for pearly whites? You can whiten your teeth with the new Crest 3D White® Brilliance Toothpaste which works to enhance your smile’s beauty with an Illuminating Complex. Pair it along with new Crest 3D White Brilliance Boost –a polishing treatment designed to amplify your smile’s brilliant whiteness.

 Pantene, Olay, and Crest want to help kickstart your spring regime with a gift box including all the things you need to help you get started! With Mother’s Day approaching quickly, we’re excited to give you the opportunity to indulge a little early and offer your readers the chance to win prizes for their moms as well! Valued at $80*, the giveaway includes:

  • Pantene Dry Defy Shampoo & Conditioner- $9.99 each*
  • Pantene Velvet Crème Infusion – $11.99*
  • Pantene Fade Defy Shampoo & Conditioner- $ 9.99*
  • Pantene Vibrant Color Magnifying Gloss- $11.99*
  • Olay Fresh Outlast Body Wash- $5.49*
  • Crest 3D Brilliance Boost – $5.99*

*Pricing at discretion of retailer.
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P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest.  The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G.By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program.  However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway.  If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Nail it for New Years! (with Giveaway)

Contests By December 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 70 Comments

CND Vinylux

Nothing says class quite like perfect nails, and for busy moms that can be a hard task to accomplish. Why not nail it for New Years? CND Shellac is amazing for those vacations where you need a couple of weeks without chips, but sometimes Moms don’t have time to make it back to the salon in order to remove the awesome polish as it grows out. Enter Vinylux. This polish is a mix between gel and normal chippy polish. (BTW CND Vinylux does come in the same colours if you are in a bind). And we’re working with CND to do a New Year’s giveaway so that you can look your best while saving a chunk of salon time.

Canada only (excl Quebec.) Ends 12/25. Please fill out the rafflecopter form to enter and good luck!!

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Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Covergirl CoverMoment Giveaway

Contests By February 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 38 Comments

Jill Amery Covergirl#covermoment  | kəvərmōmənt |

noun: The moment one feels her most beautiful and empowered self and wants to share it with the world.

I remember as a child learning that models who grace the covers of glossy magazines get only $100 for their effort. And a whole lot of bragging rights. I dreamed of being a cover model. Now as I near my (gasp) 40’s, I look at women everywhere and see such beauty that I think everyone should be a covergirl.  A #covermoment celebrates the uniqueness in everyone – it showcases the moments in life when one feels most confident and authentic.

According to a recent survey by COVERGIRL, two-thirds of Canadian women surveyed were unhappy after seeing the selfies they snapped. Why not take your selfie to the next level and let your #covermoment shine through! Watch COVERGIRL Makeup Pro Amélie Ducharme offer a few quick and simple tips for Amelie, Alex and Katelyn!

A #covermoment can arise anytime, anywhere – be ready to click and share your next selfie with this COVERGIRL bundle you could win! The COVERGIRL bundle includes:

Share your #covermoment on Facebook and you could be featured on the P&G Beauty Canada Facebook page. Twice a month from February through March we’ll select our favourite #covermoment to celebrate your selfies.

*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer. 

Enter to win! #Canada only, ends Feb. 28th

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Tested: the Emjoi Micro Pedi

beauty, GEAR By August 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Emjoi Micro PediI have a friend who is famous for foot rubs.  Excited to be invited for dinner, I asked his wife permission to ask for a quick foot massage, and she was very graceful in sharing her husband.  But when the guru saw my feet he refused to touch them.  Come on!  I haven’t had time to get a pedicure recently!  Dejected and sad I left with sore feet.  But I now have no more reason to be embarrassed.  This tool might be my new favourite beauty product.  The Emjoi Micro Pedi requires 2 AA batteries and eliminates the need for sharp metal callus removers.  It enabled me to skip pricy, time-consuming pedicures at the salon.  (Some find the spa experience relaxing but it stresses me out.)  Seriously.  As if I needed another reason to be a hermit at home!

Within a week, my feet were soft and callus-free.  The roller should be used on dry feet to preserve the roller. Replacement rollers are readily available, as well as rollers of different grades.

Now I need the manicure kit and would never have to leave the house again!

Emjoi Micro Pedi

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Shopping Online At Walmart

LIVE, wash By July 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

WalmartI’ve been known to toy with deliveries to my home to save gas and time, but this service is actually blowing me away.  Imagine not having to deal with bulky personal care and cleaning items and having them sent right to your house?  Now you don’t get to see all of the people of Walmart in person, but shopping online at Walmart makes life much easier.  Walmart.ca has just introduced an easy site that lets you get products shipped to you and many items qualify for free shipping.

As part of the #PGMom blogging program, I was asked to take a challenge from P&G and Walmart Canada to see how easy it was to buy some of my favourite products online.  You might be shocked when you look at my huge shopping cart.  Not only did the total hover around $100, but the over a dozen brands of essentials are all Proctor and Gamble products.  Along with the occasional grocery delivery, ok and maybe some flowers, this will be a new part of my self-care as a mom.  Every time I hear ‘we’re almost out of toilet paper!’, ‘honey, can you grab razor blades at the store’ or we have no dish soap!’ I will grin knowing I’ll look like a hero after a few clicks of the mouse.

WalMartOrderThe lowdown:

1.  Go to Walmart.ca
2.  Search to your heart’s content.  You can even narrow it down to ‘rollbacks’ or ‘beauty’.
3.  Click on the item you want and if you like the larger description, add the desired quantity to your cart.
4.  Keep shopping until you wish to checkout.
5.  In order to check out, you’ll need to fill out a quick form to make a user account.
6.  You will see which items qualify for free shipping. (All of mine did).
7.  Inputting your payment method you will be asked if you would like to save this info for future purchases.  I said hell yes.  Well, I checked the box anyway.  Again it improves my lifestyle.

  1. Walmart Shopping8.  You will be sent an email confirmation and expected delivery date for your order.

I don’t know about you but I may actually set up a standing order using their ‘lists’ feature so that Charmin, Tide, Gilette blades, Pampers and Dawn all arrive on a set schedule.  One less thought in my crowded Mom mind!

This product review is part of our participation in the P&G Moms blogging program. Products for review are supplied to UrbanMommies by P&G for the purpose of such reviews and we have recieved no monetary compensation for writing them. The views and opinions stated in ALL Mums ‘n Chums product reviews are strictly our own and we are under no obligation to provide favourable opinions for P&G, Walmart, Walmart Canada (or any other brand.)

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Our 20 Favourite Beauty Products for the Summer

beauty, GEAR By June 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Top Summer Beauty Picks
We get a ton of products shipped to the office for testing and we try as many as we can.  So we owe it to our readers to share our favs.  Some are a tad racy, so watch out… Presenting Our 20 Favourite Beauty Products for the Summer!  Enjoy and be sure to add your own in the comments section.

Noodle & Boo Afterglow

1.  Noodle & Boo Glowology Afterglow Gel is supposed to be for post-baby firming and slimming but I use it regularly for post-chocolate-chip-cookie firming and slimming.
aqua-rouge2.  Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge Lip Colour.  Developed for the Canadian Olympic Swim team, it withstands pretty much everything except soap.
Vidal Sasoon3.  Vidal Sasoon Pro Series Hair Colour.  Because I’m grey (ish) and I LOVE the lasting colour and soft conditioner.  (Why don’t they sell that stuff seperately?)
H2O plus4.  H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment.  I now use it nightly and I feel way less wrinkly in the morning.  This was given to attendees of Disney Social Media Moms and I am fully hooked on the brand now.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Nordic Treat Hydrogel Face Mask and Eye Patch

beauty, GEAR, LIVE, nourish By January 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Nordic Treat HydrogelThey had me at champagne.  The Nordic Treat Hydrogel Face Mask and Eye Patch contain champagne yeast which stimulates cell renewal, supports the skin’s repair mechanisms, helps metabolism and non-technically speaking – makes your skin feel baby-smooth.  It’s also a great excuse to accompany your spa treatment with some bubbly.  Just sayin’.

Opening the package, I pulled out a white hockey-like mask that was sticky when you remove the backing.  My kids stared and my husband chuckled.  I always have some new product on my skin and he never knows how I’ll appear when I’m doing a pamper session.  This felt wonderful and nurturing for the full 30 minutes and I couldn’t understand how the mask felt so damp on my skin without falling right off.  The formula is based on pure Artesian Water from Norway and the addition of Sparkling wine yeast, which is rich in anti-oxidant Glutathione.  Hydrogel is water in a solid form that holds all of the great nutrients and ingredients.  It feels cool to the skin and evaporates gradually, leaving the fragile ingredients behind.

The eye patch noticeably helped my dark circles and puffiness.  (Though the champagne I imbibed with the treatment probably didn’t help in the end.)  My only complaint?  I wish there were a full-body wrap.  Pretty please?

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Disclosure: UrbanMommies was sent samples for review.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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