F is for Flabbergasted: BeautyGeeks wins P&G Beauty Award for Best Beauty or Fashion Blog

by Janine on 30 October 2009 · 40 comments


Well the staff’s still a bit freaked out. Last night marked the first P&G Awards evening to honour the beauty-and-fashion content creators in Canadian media (P&G Beauty Awards have been an industry highlight in the UK for the past five years). Held at The Carlu in downtown Toronto, the event featured Academy-Award-and-Golden-Globe-nominated Canadian screenwriter and actress Nia Vardalos (above, right) as delightful emcee, and presenters such as “FT” host Jeanne Beker, designer Joeffer Caoc, hair/makeup-artist agency owner and “Style by Jury” stylist David Clemmer, MTV host/producer Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, international model and “Canada’s Next Top Model” judge Yasmin Warsame, and Top Model winner Meaghan Waller.

A big fan of Kristen Vinakmens of SugarShockBeauty.com and Chantel Simmons of Sweetspot.ca, fellow P&G Beauty Award finalists for Best Beauty or Fashion Blog, Staff doesn’t quite understand how BeautyGeeks managed to win. She is, however, pretty impressed I got a buddy photo with Nia  (who has the softest skin, I noted as we were cheek-to-cheek). Staff’s also feeling smug that she’s the first mention that came to mind when I managed to get to the stage. Sheesh.

Had I prepared a proper acceptance, I’d have said thank you to everyone more like this: I’ve had so much wonderful support and encouragement from family and friends — heart, heart, heart! Thanks also to all my professional associates such as the amazing editors and writers I’ve worked with, the PR pros who keep me informed, the social-media-savvy folks who generously offered and provided invaluable guidance, and online colleagues (grateful shout-out to Lipstick Powder N Paint‘s Lesley Ellen Mirza in particular) who shared advice and experience.

And a big thank you must also go to P&G Beauty for creating a spotlight opportunity for media devoted to lipgloss and shoes, and for including the blogosphere in the appreciated.

Congratulations to all the finalists, and Big Congrats to the following P&G Beauty Award winners:

  • Fashion (Ceri Marsh, Editor) — Best Magazine Cover
  • Rhonda Rovan, Best Health — Best Beauty Editor of a Magazine
  • Elizabeth Cabral, Flare — Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine
  • Anne Mullens, Best Health – Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
  • Joanie Pietracupa, Clin d’Oeil — Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (French)
  • Karen Burshtein, Fashion — Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (English)
  • Jean-Francois Légaré, Clin d’Oeil — Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper (French)
  • Leo Petaccia, Sharp — Best Male Grooming Feature (English)
  • Andrée-Anne Léonard and Claude Laframboise, LOU LOU – Best Male Grooming Feature (French)
  • ElleCanada.com/ElleQuebec.com — Best Fashion or Beauty Website (big props to site editor Lara Ceroni and team!)
  • Lolitta Dandoy, moderue-clindoeil.ca — Best Beauty or Fashion Blog (French)
  • Chris Nicholls – Photographer of the Year
  • Addison Gill (Sutherland Models) — Best New Face
  • Dylan K. Hanson — Hair Stylist of the Year
  • Simone Otis — Make-up Artist of the Year

Wondering who the judges were? Their job wasn’t easy — they reviewed more than 200 entries (wherever possible, the author/publication names had been blacked out) to whittle them down to finalists and then to winners (P&G was not in any way involved in judging). Thank you to:

  • Donna Braggins — Professor of Illustration, Sheridan College
  • Hughes Chandonnet — Copy Writer, BCP Advertising
  • Sandra Cliche — Editor
  • Chantal Durivage — Co-president; Sensation Mode
  • Charlotte Empey — Associate Dean of Creative and Performing Arts, Humber College
  • Tracy Howard — Editor-in-Chief, Rouge
  • Hans Koechling — President; The Image Is
  • Susan Langdon — Executive Director, Toronto Fashion Incubator
  • Rona Maynard — Speaker, Author and former Editor of Chatelaine
  • Francine Nadeau — General Manager; Marie-Victorin College
  • Robert Ott — Chair, School of Fashion, Ryerson University
  • Carly Stojsic — Market Editor; WGSN

And thanks to you for reading! Hugs! Oh, and if you have any suggestions on how to deal with a now-too-big-for-her-already-big-britches Staff running around telling folks she’s an award-winning beauty-blog type, please share. *sigh* (Click here to see ChickAdvisor.com’s engaging recap of the people and fashion at the event.)

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Malena Harbers 30 October 2009 at 4:52 pm

Congrats Janine! Very, very well deserved!!


Denise 30 October 2009 at 5:21 pm

You’re amazing! Go you!!


Janice 30 October 2009 at 5:45 pm

Me – not flabbergasted – you so deserve the victory! Delighted for you…enjoy!


Lorraine 30 October 2009 at 5:50 pm

You deserve the acknowledgement! Way to go!


Janine 31 October 2009 at 10:51 am

Thanks, Malena, Denise, Janice and Lorraine — hugs! xo


Deborah 30 October 2009 at 6:29 pm

Congratulations J. You have worked so hard the past couple of years. You totally deserve to be too big for your britches!!


Janine 31 October 2009 at 10:51 am

If only I weren’t ACTUALLY too big for my britches — I don’t wanna buy bigger ones! *grin*

Thanks, Deborah — you rock. xoxoxo


Nikki 30 October 2009 at 6:52 pm

Yay Janine!


annette 30 October 2009 at 7:02 pm

Congratulations! You’ve been writing a most entertaining and informative blog with lovely photos too. WELL DONE! YOU DESERVE THE RECOGNITION!


tania 30 October 2009 at 8:24 pm

yay u !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i actually could probably read anything u put out there, u have a beautiful way with words !!


rasilla 30 October 2009 at 8:25 pm

congrats :) well deserved indeed XD


nix 30 October 2009 at 8:36 pm

So awesome, and well-deserved- this blog is consistently great!


Alex 30 October 2009 at 11:16 pm

Congrats Janine, you deserve every success that comes your way!!


Janine 31 October 2009 at 10:52 am

You folks are SO lovely — thanks so much xoxoxoxo


Monica 31 October 2009 at 11:03 am

That’s totally awesome, and not at all surprising ; )

Congratulations and much more success is coming your way, I just know it!



Diana 31 October 2009 at 11:26 am

You were adorable on stage and I’m thrilled you won as was the majority in the room judging by the way they went wild.

All the nominees in your catagory have excellent blogs but you know I have a soft spot for you! =)

Congrats again doll!


Janine 31 October 2009 at 12:29 pm

Y’all are making me all misty! Not kidding — thank you so, so, so much. Heart. xoxoxo


Kristen 31 October 2009 at 2:35 pm

Congrats to you again J – agreed it’s well-deserved! I loved your acceptance speech and you looked positively radiant the night of the awards (and in this photo)! oops, is “positively radiant” a J&J brand?!


Janine 31 October 2009 at 6:03 pm

Thanks muchly, KV — I was so dorky! And yep — tee hee — that would be Aveeno…


Monica 1 November 2009 at 10:06 am

a BIG congratulations!! You go girl:) Wish I was there to congratulate you in person! I’m so sad I couldn’t make it (tried everything to get a change in work schedules to make it, even had purchased an outfit) Alas, hopefully this will be the beginning of many acknowledgements!!


Rita J 1 November 2009 at 5:11 pm

You go girl!!


ChickAdvisor 1 November 2009 at 9:13 pm

Well deserved, Beauty! And I echo what Diana said about the crowd whoopin’ it when you won. It just goes to show what a gem you are. Keep it up!


annette 1 November 2009 at 9:27 pm

pretty please, can we see a pic of the trophy?

congrats again; well deserved


Janine 1 November 2009 at 10:53 pm

Thanks SO much everyone xoxoxoxo

Annette, you can get a peek at the award here: http://photos.newswire.ca/cnw-bin/cnw_preview.cgi?id=200910290015_PnG_EN_20091030_070238.jpg


chantel simmons 2 November 2009 at 9:48 am

Congratulations, Janine! Sooo happy for you! You deserve it! xoxo


Janine 2 November 2009 at 10:51 am

Thanks SO much, Chantelly! xoxo


Alison G-J 2 November 2009 at 11:54 am

Well done. I just found out about your win.
You’re leading the charge in digital media.


Janine 2 November 2009 at 9:12 pm

Thanks, Alison! Not sure about the leading, but I’m definitely enjoying things :-)


Martha McKimm 2 November 2009 at 2:59 pm

On behalf of the gang at MS&L PR, congratulations Janine! There was a ton of heart for you in the room, you deserved every bit.


Janine 2 November 2009 at 9:25 pm

Thanks SO much, Martha — everyone’s been so, so, so lovely! xoxo


Auntie Fashion 3 November 2009 at 9:58 am



Priti 3 November 2009 at 12:09 pm

Hey Janine!
Yay!!!!! Just read the awesome news! Congrats!!


Janine 3 November 2009 at 7:24 pm

Thanks so much, ladies! :-)


Heather 9 November 2009 at 11:35 am

Congrats – what a big honor!


Janine 9 November 2009 at 1:06 pm

Thanks — I’m still flabbergasted :-)


Gilda 11 November 2009 at 9:42 pm

I hope my good wishes are better late than never. So wonderful that your beauty know-how and always-clever writing got acknowledged with this award. Big congrats!


Janine 11 November 2009 at 10:47 pm

Gilda! Thanks so much :-) xo


Wendy Lee 20 November 2009 at 7:15 pm

You GO Girl!!! I’m sorry that I haven’t kept on top of reading things in a timely fashion.

You deserve all the success and more. XO’s


Janine 21 November 2009 at 11:48 am

Thanks Wen — timely fashion, shmimely fashion. Thing about the web is that stuff lives on here forEVAH, ready for whenevah :-) xoxo


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