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

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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 and Chantel Simmons of, 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)
  • -- Best Fashion or Beauty Website (big props to site editor Lara Ceroni and team!)
  • Lolitta Dandoy, -- 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's engaging recap of the people and fashion at the event.)