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The Reveal: Six Pretty Ladies All in a Row on The Marilyn Denis Show

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I adore taking part in beauty-refresh stories. Makeovers, transformations, whatever you call them -- I love watching women see themselves in a new light and feel empowered by it. Even if her take-me-from-brunette-to-platinum-blonde dreams are quashed by an unfairly handsome expert celeb colourist, in the end, the new-look recipient feels gorgeous and confident. (Looking at you, Char, with your amazing cheekbones and eyes against that sultry dark hair!)

To recap: six women from across the country were chosen via contest to become Marilyn's Mavens. Their mission was to test and review eight beauty products from shampoo to foundation to razors. Today, they were treated to new looks on "The Marilyn Denis Show."

One of the things each woman said she loved about the products she tested is that they're widely available and affordable. Smart Beauty Buys, right? Overall favourites included Secret Fresh Effects Deodorant/Antiperspirant in Cucumber, Venus Embrace Razors, and Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash. As well, some new items I gave the ladies this week were a hit. Franca enjoyed the Olay Pro-X Intensive Firming Treatment Masks and Olay Regenerist Overnight Elixir (her skin was glowing this morning); Meaghan says she'll keep using the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer Plus Cooling Hydration, and she loves COVERGIRL Lip Perfection; and Liz is all over her new COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers 4-Kit in Tropical Fusion for the colourful-yet-age-appropriate eye makeup she's been craving.

For more from Franca, Liz, Char, Meredith, Meaghan and Colleen, and for the before-after shots, watch the episode at

Above, from left: Luis Pacheco, Clairol Consulting Colorist and founder of Hair on the Avenue; Justin German, Pantene Consulting Stylist and co-owner of Shagg Salon; Liz; yours truly; Marilyn Denis; Franca; Char; Meredith; Meaghan; Colleen. Backstage beauty crew: stylists from Shagg Salon and artists from Page One Management.