WINTER LIP CARE: Live Clean Lovely Lips!


According to a survey, the average woman uses lip balm anywhere from two to 30 times a day. Even though lipsticks, lip stains, and lip gloss are the usual muses for women, balm is another essential item you will find in every lady’s purse. Personally, I feel unarmed if I leave the house without my lip balm.

Live Clean products are Canadian-made and are sold at across Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Rexall Pharma Plus. The great features of these balms is that they are USDA organic certified, made with up to 100% natural ingredients, preservative free, dye/colour free, hypoallergenic, cruelty free, and GMO free. Live Clean balms are without doubt crème de la crème when it comes to eco-friendly lip products. After putting 3 of their famous balms to the test, here are my thoughts on them.




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Sweet Holiday Wishes with Philosophy

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It’s ALMOST holiday season (whoa). You know when Thanksgiving in America passes, we go full-throttle at Christmas (or more politically correct…”The Season”). It’s exciting to know that being in New York has me subject to some stunning lights, scenery, and a first-hand experience of the Home Alone movies.


So, how is Philosophy celebrating? They want you to send some sweet wishes to your loved ones. Here’s some more detail:


Just in time for the holiday season, philosophy is inviting canadians to send sweet wishes to their loved ones. from november 11th through to december 8th fans can enter by simply going to the “sweet holiday wishes” microsite and start sending sweet wishes to family and friends.  as more wishes are sent, the number of lights on the holiday tree hosting on the microsite will increase to show love spreading all over the world.


For urbanebloc readers, they’ve offered up the following (pictured above):

  • 240ml purity 3-in-1 cleanser
  • living grace discovery set (the image uploaded in the link provided is the amazing grace set, let me know if you prefer that one instead)
  • the fruitcake mix
  • sweet fluffy cupcake


These are all outlandishly good products – they smell amazing, work amazing, and you’ll want them in your vanity. Worth over $125 CAD, use the RAFFLECOPTER widget below to get your hands on these goodies. PS – even if you don’t win, you can snap them all up at The Bay. Contest open until November 30th, no cash prize, open ONLY to Canadian residents.

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So what are you waiting for? Get to wishing <3

Gloria Chik's Signature


Beautylicious 2013 - Pure and Simple, Marc Anthony


Beautylicious is here again – arrived alive all over the Bloor-Yorkville area. I was lucky enough to select two services from the menu to try out, and here are the findings:

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Plums - Fall Beauty - Header

With the sudden drop in temperature, it’s time to put away those neon brights and choose shades that match appropriately with the season.  For Fall 2013’s makeup trends, don’t bother with the typical burnt orange, or reds! Instead, go for something sexier and with a spike of edge. Ladies, are you ready for something much more exciting? Spotted on many of the F/W 2013 runways, the IT color of choice has been plum.

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Taking Eyelash Extensions for a Test Drive

Eyelash Extensions - The Review

Behold the phenomenon of eyelash extensions which have spiked in popularity in recent years. For anyone who’s always on the go, eyelash extensions provide the convenience of wearing minimal makeup as you always wake up looking fresh. I’ve had my eyelashes done previously once and it wasn’t the best experience as they were heavy, uncomfortable and irritated my eyes. However when Natural Solutions (Eaton Centre) approached us with the opportunity to try their services, I decided it was time to try and give it another go to see if they would be able to change my mind.

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I was introduced to the lovely Hana at Natural Solutions who’s been an Esthetician for 10 years and has been featured in LOULOU Magazine, and on Breakfast Television as well. An expert in a number of areas, she specializes in a multitude of services ranging from eyebrow threading and shaping, eyelash extensions, hair removal, skin tightening and more. Hana has trained a number of salons including L’attitudes Georgian Mall, Natural Solutions Scarborough Town Centre and L’attitudes Eaton Centre and is a teacher at the Aesthetics school of Canada and at the Universal Spa Solutions. On top of her credentials, Hana was an absolute delight and made me feel uber comfortable while walking me through the entire process at the same time.

Click through to see the before and after, and my top five maintenance tips on how to keep them looking full and lush.

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