Royal Apothic Lip Tinties_MuraleI know Royal Apothic for its beautiful tubes of lovely, scented hand creams. So I’m a tad taken aback when founder Sean O’Mara tells me emphatically, “I have always hated hand cream. I didn’t want to make them.” What? Royal Apothic sells more than 40,000 hand creams per week – it’s their number-one seller! Another startling detail: “I don’t like vanilla.” Wha? Dude has an Imperial Vanilla hand cream! Who is this guy? And then I figure it out: Sean O’Mara is a person who turns “un-likes” into likes. Plus now he’s created the most adorable little pots of lip butter maybe ever. [geek on]


NARS holiday 2014_Virtual Domination Cheek Palette_limited-edJust when I’m feeling all smug that I don’t need separate blush (let alone powder blush) because I dab my lip colour on my cheeks, three makeup brands have to muddle things for me. That’s the thing about special-edition, giftable makeup — temptation, even when you thought you were safe. And if these cheek palettes are hollering to me, they’re great choices for blush enthusiasts. In fact, two of these limited-editions are sold out online because blush junkies bought them for themselves (you know who you are)! [geek on]


Lancome Holiday 2014_Lancome Drama Eyes Hypnose Palette in Parisian Lights_Hypnose Dazzling eye shadowsThis Holiday 2014 Lancome Drama Eyes Hypnose Palette of eyeshadows in Parisian Lights is so pretty! One of the prettiest I’ve ever seen from Lancome. Magical even, with a fine shimmer of fairy dust in each shade. My camera certainly loves it. And the more I look, the more I want to wear it. Who am I?? [geek on]

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"Horrible Bosses 2" - Los Angeles Premiere - ArrivalsJennifer Aniston has an excellent jawline she doesn’t often show off like this on the red carpet. And those blue-green eyes — well, thanks to makeup artist Angela Levin, they grabbed attention at this week’s Horrible Bosses 2 premiere in LA (attention that wasn’t on her huge engagement ring, that is). We have all the makeup details here, anyway — it’s a look that totally works for a holiday-season party, right? [geek on]


drew barrymore_janine falcon imabeautygeek.com_flower beauty in canada_nov2014“I’ve been in the makeup chair since I was six years old,” says Drew Barrymore. Actor, producer, cosmetics maven, wife and mother of two little girls, right now she’s focussed on launching her two-year-old brand, Flower Beauty, in Canada. When she was in Toronto a short time ago, Drew spent a few minutes with every single editor and blogger packed into a cozy space at Colette Grand Cafe. (I’m pretty sure everyone — about 45 people — got a warm, enthusiastic hug, a photo with Drew, and a personal thank-you for attending. So lovely. And smart.) The next day, Drew sat down with me for a little chat about what keeps her going, staying positive, and her favourites from her makeup and fragrance line. [geek on]



advent calendars 2014_Hard Candy 12 Days of Beauty_pseudo advent calendar 2014You know who gets great beauty advent calendars? The Brits. They’re a thing on that side of the pond. Retailer Selfridges offers one created by L’Oreal — it includes Armani, Lancome, Kiehls, YSL, Opium, Urban Decay and more. (Actually, L’Oreal did a special-edition advent calendar thing for North America last year or the year before, but not since, I don’t think.) Then there’s the extravagant Jo Malone London advent calendar… wow. We don’t have that. But whatever. Canadians (and Americans too!) have excellent options nonetheless. And there’s still time to snag one before December 1st if you want a 24-day calendar. Or maybe a 12-day version is more your style? Got those too. [geek on]


YSL Spring 2015_YSL Palette Lumiere de Jour Glow Enhancing Powder compact

Maybe you caught that sneak-preview shot of YSL Spring 2015 makeup in yesterday’s Google Glass post? Well here’s a closer look at the Desir de Jour collection items in that photo. I haven’t been able to get them out of my mind — probably because like a magpie I like shiny things. Look for these beauties at and in January. [geek on]


YSL Google Glass makeup lessons_YSL Spring 2015 makeupSo soon after blowing my mind with a one-is-not-enough holiday compact, YSL Beauty blows my mind again. I can’t take it! Before I explain, though, if you live in Toronto or Montreal, get your calendar out now. And cross your fingers that other makeup brands eventually follow YSL’s example — it takes the makeup-counter application to a futuristic next level. [geek on]


Smashbox Cherry Smoke_Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing_a vibrant matte red with a hit of blueHoliday-party season is just about to hit, so the Lipstick League is curious: What’s your go-to party makeup look? Smoky eyes? Cat-eye liner? Bright lips? [geek on]


OPI Infinite Shine_OPI Unequivocally-Crimson Infinite-Shine 1Ooooh! OPI Infinite Shine has finally launched and I tell ya what, I haven’t been this excited about a product launch in a really long time. I love OPI. I can’t help it. It’s my favourite. And this Infinite Shine is supposed to be OPI’s answer to long-wearing polish. Yes, polish. It’s not gel. It’s polish. [geek on]