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Bare Naked Legs February 17, 2009

Filed under: The First Few Posts — shinypackages @ 11:27 pm

The other day I was wearing coulottes and boots. All was well when I was standing up, rather fetching actually. The problem surfaced when I sat down. Either the pants were too short, the boots too low or the legs too long, but at least two inches of my bare legs were exposed (no, I wasn’t wearing tights, that would have been far too much work). Of course this wouldn’t have been a problem if it were summer and my bean-brown legs were all supple from lotions and potions. Not so in the winter. Time for some help. The Venus Spa Breeze is the newest version of the 2-in-1 razor with built in shave gel bars (thank goodness) and a soothing white tea scent. About $10 for the two pack.venus-spa-breeze


Dreaming of Garden Tomatoes February 13, 2009

Filed under: The First Few Posts — shinypackages @ 3:58 pm

I think there should be a wintertime law against those tasteless, textureless orbs they call tomatoes in the supermarket. In no way do they resemble those heavenly bursts of flavour we get from our own gardens or the farmers’ markets in late August. Oh how I dream of garden tomatoes. Do a little dreaming of your own with inspiration from a lovely book called The Heirloom Tomato by Amy Goldman. The photography is top drawer and the recipes will certainly whet your appetite for a late summer harvest. About $38 at all major bookstoresheirloomtoms.


Free Love Messages February 12, 2009

Filed under: The First Few Posts — shinypackages @ 5:12 pm

I feel euphoric in your arms. When you’re gone, I ache for the moment that you will return. I dream of your kisses, for the memory of your lips is never far from my mind. Feed my temptation and tantalize me once more.

Whoa! somebody turn down the heat! This is just one example of the steamy messages you can send your lover (or lovers) on Valentine’s Day, courtesy of your friends at Taco Bell .Yes, I said Taco Bell. Here’s how it works. Visit and select your steamy setting then choose a video message, text, love letter or voicemail. Taco Bell has partnered with daytime soap writer Marina Alburger to create spicy, over-the-top and tongue-in-cheek Valentine’s Day greetings. The voicemails are delivered by a sexy Latin lover voice (male or female). Tons of fun and cheaper than dinner.taco-bell-logo


Joe For Spring February 11, 2009

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I like to proclaim that I’m the world’s most enthusiastic fan of Joe Fresh Style. I’m starting to think this isn’t so because EVERYONE I talk to is the world’s most enthusiastic fan of Joe Fresh Style. In case you don’t live in a place with a Loblaws or Superstore, let me explain that Joe Fresh Style is the inhouse clothing line of these grocery stores. Yes, clothing in grocery stores. And not just necessities like socks and t-shirts. Joe Fresh Style gives us clothes for work and working out as well as threads for guys and duds for little ones. It’s up-to-the-minute stuff and the prices are shocking—shockingly low, that it. Here’s a little teaser of the spring fashions to come. This ultra hip dress will make dressing up a snap. Pick up one now and wear it over tights. $49 at Superstores and Loblawsdress


All The Coolest Dudes Are Wearing ‘Em February 10, 2009

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Say the word slipper and you automatically think of grandpa shuffling around in his elbow-patch cardigan. The fact is, everyone can use a pair of slippers. Live in a lovely, century-old Victorian? You need slippers. Head out to the cottage while snow is still blanketing the ground? You need slippers. Even the coolest of dudes and dudettes need slippers when they come off the slopes after a day of boarding. That’s where these puppies (but not Hush Puppies) come in. Airwalk Snow Board Slippers have a grippy sole that makes them look more like a sneaker than a slipper. The fluffy inside; however, will remind you just how good slippers feel on your tired dogs. $54.99 at Payless ShoeSource.


Just Like Butta—Carrot Butta

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Don’t you just love walking by a Fruits & Passion and store and breathing in those intoxicating aromas? I’m sure you have your favourites in the store but here’s something new. Fruits & Passion has stepped into the carrot game. Carrots are all the rage these days as skin care gurus trumped the orange one’s antioxidant properties. Carrot Nourishing Butter is an ultra creamy concoction that doesn’t smell like carrots but it sure smells nice. The butter looks a lot like mango pudding and even comes with a little spreading stick (but your fingers will work just fine). There’s 12 per cent carrot oil, sunflower oil and shea butter so there’s no shortage of skin softeners. It’s a little slippery on the hands for daytime use but it’s a wonder everywhere else as our winter-weary bodies crave moisture. $22 at all Fruits & Passion stores.


Drink Up For The Health Of It February 9, 2009

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My sister first introduced me to FUZE beverages while we were celebrating New Year’s Day poolside at a hotel. I was a little reluctant to try them because the bottle says they are a natural health product. I suffer from that old ‘if it’s good for me, it must taste awful’ syndrome. Boy was I wrong. One sip of the banana colada flavour and I was on a tropical beach. FUZE beverages come in 10 flavours and are infused (hence the name) with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I know where I’ll be getting my A, B, Cs and calcium from now on. I like to drain a bottle into a blender filled with ice. A shot of your favourite spirit (yesfuze I mean vodka) never hurts. $2.29 at all major drug, grocery and department stores and the vending machines at the hotel pool, if you’re lucky.


Take Cover

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You know the type, the ones who say “I’m not going to use sunscreen today so I can get a base.” Apparently it doesn’t matter that they’ve just come from being indoors for four solid months and that the Mexican sun is anxious to sear that fish belly white skin. Well, it does matter. I may sound like your mother here but please take this advice: use sunscreen, every day, no matter where you are. Sunthera3 is a new line from Shoppers Drug Mart featuring lotions and sprays that won’t clog pores or leave an oily, white residue on your skin (like sunscreens of the 80s, wait a sec, there were no sunscreens in the 80s!). The line is waterproof and approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association. Broad-spectrum coverage comes in SPF 60 lotion, SPF 30 continuous spray and SPF 50 lotion for kids in a spray bottle. $11.49 and $11.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart.sunscreen


Kit Kat Grows Up

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It was bound to happen. Kit Kat has grown up. Remember when you had to split that Kit Kat with your little sister? Two sticks for you and two for her. Perhaps now, with the new Kit Kat Senses, each of you can afford to have your own bar. It’s a small stick, perfect for an afternoon snack (and only about 170 calories). It comes in five little blocks that you can allocate for special occasions throughout the day, like before lunch, after lunch, 2 o’clock, well, you get my drift. The addition of hazelnut cream gives the Kit Kat you know and love a decidedly uptown feel. If I were you, I would buy a dozen and tuck them into an affordable flower vase. Depending on your sweetheart’s sweet tooth, this Valentine’s Day gift will last a little longer than a dozen ridiculously-priced roses. $1.25 or less at grocery, drug and department stores.kit-kat-senses1


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