OMG—this blog just won an award! Even though yesterday I had a HUGE #beautyfail (it happens)

Hole Live Through This Outtake Prom Queen

I have the best (and by best I mean worst) timing. Yesterday, on the night of P&G Beauty’s annual Beauty and Grooming Awards—a VERY big deal in my industry—my cat, who is 19 and also diabetic, decided to stop eating (which is very dangerous), and to make a long story short, cost me $400, two hours at the vet and literally ALL of my prep time for the event.

You see, normally when I’m faced with a special occasion—especially one where you’ll find more beauty and fashion judgement in one room than in all of Canada—I put a little extra effort in. If not a proper professional blowout then at least some DIY mega-teasing a la Sally Hershberger. Maybe one of these cool smoky eyes. And definitely a better outfit. But thanks to “kitteh,” I literally had to get ready in <15 minutes. And then walk up on stage to accept an award.

So… yay?

No, really, I’m thrilled to tell you that BeautyEditor.ca picked up the award for Best Beauty or Fashion Blog. Hooray!

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I totally flubbed my acceptance speech because I was sure that one of the other nominees—beauty guru Janine from Beautygeeks, who won last year, or the clever Ali from ChickAdvisor—would win instead. If you don’t read their sites, you really should! (FYI—a full list of the winners is here.)

But anyway, because I am vain—which should not surprise you in the slightest because I write and generally obsess about beauty every frickin’ day—I can’t help but wish I looked/felt more, uh, beautiful. (And of course, it would’ve also been nice to actually have glass of champers to celebrate… instead of rushing home to administer Kitty antibiotics and special vet food with an eye dropper. Fun times.)

But you know what? Sometimes it’s good to have a total #beautyfail (complete with hashtag for extra emphasis) because you do learn some things.

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The bad parts:

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If your skin freaks out when you travel (and mine always, always does), it’s probably not a good idea to be in New York two days before your big event (which I was). I don’t know if it’s because I’m like a kid at Christmas and can never sleep the night before I leave—or if it’s the drying plane air or even the not-so-healthy food choices. But every single time, no matter how diligent I am with chugging water and applying moisturizers and serums and my fave cloth masks, my skin always gets super-dehydrated AND breaks out. A lovely combo.

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Never, I repeat, NEVER start fiddling with your skincare routine before an event that requires you to have good skin. You would think I would know this, right? Everything was going SO well what with my cod liver oil and this great stuff for rogue pigmentation issues and these fancy European luxury botanical prodz. But then, coupled with the airplane travel, I threw the whole thing out the window by over-reaching.

castor oil OMG—this blog just won an award! Even though yesterday I had a HUGE #beautyfail (it happens)

Swayed by glowing reviews in forums such as this one, I tried the Oil Cleansing Method: more about it later, but you basically wash your face with a combo of castor and jojoba, olive or other type of oil. It’s supposed to make pores disappear, dissolve blackheads, soften fine lines… you get why I was intrigued, right? They warned that there was a “purging” period. I just did not anticipate it would be this severe, forcing me to abort my mission at least temporarily. (It didn’t help that I’ve also had to start rationing my cod liver oil, cutting my dose in half while I wait for my new shipment to arrive. As soon as it does, I’m mega-dosing to see if I can get rid of this “situation.”)

chipped nail polish OMG—this blog just won an award! Even though yesterday I had a HUGE #beautyfail (it happens)

Probably you should not leave your manicure to the last minute, like I always do. I was planning to re-apply my new favourite nail colour in the world, the pinky-red hybrid Too Hot Pink To Hold ‘Em, from the forthcoming OPI Texas collection (out in Feb) in the short, rounded shape I’m loving these days. I just ran out of time… so I just had to roll with the chips. Ugh!

The good parts:

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Cortisone injections are a lifesaver if you’ve got one of those inflamed suckers, and know where to go. I wouldn’t recommend doing this on the regular, but it’s good to have a place like the Toronto Acne Clinic up your sleeve for emergencies. Usually they can fit you in for a same-day appointment, where they inject two spots for $10. It can take a full 24 hours for them to calm down, but you should see a difference in as little as two hours. Yay!

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It IS possible to blow dry your hair using the vents in your car. Random discovery: cranking the heat on high as you zip down the highway TOTALLY works to dry wet hair, maybe even faster than an actual hairdryer. It’s not ideal, but it works.

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If you have straight, boring hair like me—an old school curling iron is probably your best bet when you need to do something—fast!—with your hair. I don’t know about you, but I’m just not skilled enough with a flat iron to get those perfect flat-iron curls in a hurry. Hot rollers also require time… and straightening your hair with a flat iron, at least on me, never looks quite dressy enough (at least not with the dress I was wearing). But you know what’s easy and fast? Curling your ends with an old fashioned curling iron. It takes less than two minutes and gives you that little bit of polish… instead of looking like you jumped straight out of the shower.

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YSL’s long-lasting Ombre Solo eyeshadow is the very best way to do a smoky eye in a hurry. For serious. You don’t want to be fiddling with complicated lining or shading techniques. These puppies have the most incredible sheer but buildable pigment, which is easy to work with and along with just mascara is quite enough to dress up your eyes.

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Perfume goes a long way in at least making you FEEL dressed up. It’s psychological.

At the end of the day, pets are more important than beauty and fashion. Right? (And here is where I indulge my crazy cat lady-ness…)

sick kitty OMG—this blog just won an award! Even though yesterday I had a HUGE #beautyfail (it happens)

Have you ever had a major #beautyfail?
Sometimes it’s unavoidable, no?
Oh and back to the topic of beauty awards. I guess the pressure’s on, in a way, now that I’ve gotten all fancy and won something. (I NEVER win stuff.) So help a blogger out and tell me what stuff you’d like to see more/less of around here!

40 Comments

stephanie
Friday, November 12/2010 at 10:01 am

CONGRATULATIONS, Michelle!!
I hope your cat feels better soon!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 7:42 pm

Thanks! Me too – think he is on the mend now :-)

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Jenn
Friday, November 12/2010 at 10:09 am

Congratulations Michelle! I loved the dress you wore last night and you looked beautiful. Totally not a beauty fail – just the Beauty Amazing Race.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 7:43 pm

Oh thank you Jenn! It was TOTALLY the Beauty Amazing Race. Ha! Someone needs to make that into a TV show.

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Ali de Bold
Friday, November 12/2010 at 10:16 am

Congratulations, Michelle! Despite what you think you looked beautiful! It was an honour to be nominated with you and Janine. Hope your cat is feeling better! XOXO

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 7:45 pm

Thanks friend! And like I keep saying, I owe so much to you guys for all the support/tips/advice/overall inspiration. Really I mean it. xoxo

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Kat
Friday, November 12/2010 at 10:58 am

Hi, I’d love to see a piece on beauty from around the world, I’ve seen a few things on Dr.Oz, but he always shows only a few beauty tricks I’d love to see everything from haircare, skincare to makeup.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 7:47 pm

OMG! So funny you mention this as I JUST heard about that episode where they mentioned tamanu oil. Someone I met was absolutely raving about what I difference it made for her skin so of course I had to try. It was on sale at Noah’s so I have just started trying it at night… I will report on effects soon. And will try to think of some other exotic beauty stuff to talk about. Great idea!

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Janine
Friday, November 12/2010 at 12:02 pm

I just tweeted this and meant it: beauty fail, beauty shmail, Michelle. You looked so pretty up there in your sweet dress! Big, big BIG congratulations! Thanks for the mention — pshaw :-)

And HOW adorable is your photo of you and Kitteh? Glad he’s feeling a bit better today!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 7:51 pm

You are my beauty cheerleader, always! xoxo
As I keep saying, how could I NOT mention you?? Seriously – all the encouragement, bouncing-off of ideas (yeah I know that’s not grammatically correct), general advice…. I heart you.
Kitteh is recovering now – still on his antibiotics but I’ve gotta take him in for glucose monitoring now. Ahhh feline diabetes :-)

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Arianne
Friday, November 12/2010 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations Michelle! You are truly deserving of the award. Best. blog. evar!!!

Your kitteh is so adorbz! :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 7:54 pm

No YOUR kitteh is! Ha… I love that we have cat twins… except my guy is just a tad older :-)

And one of these days I WILL meet you. It has to happen!

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skybluesky
Friday, November 12/2010 at 12:50 pm

Congrats, Michelle! You totally deserved it and it warms my heart that you’re so good to your cat! Also, love your apartment!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 7:56 pm

Thanks lady! Yeah he’s very high maintenance but what are you gonna do – he’s SUCH a sweet little guy (never ever scratches/bites/hisses etc) so I’ve gotta keep him alive! :-)

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Jill D (29secrets.com)
Friday, November 12/2010 at 1:19 pm

You looked fantastic, don’t be silly! Congrats on the well-deserved honor!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 7:59 pm

Thanks friend! Sad I didn’t get to have a drink with you after!

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Meghan
Friday, November 12/2010 at 1:19 pm

Congratulations Michelle! I LOVE reading your blog so I totally agree that you deserved this award. I’m sorry your little feline wasn’t feeling up to par. These things tend to happen at the worst possible moment don’t they? My hats off to you for being such a good “mom” though. Cat’s are so worth it. I wouldn’t trade mine for anything (and my male cat just peed in a large box of buttons we have in our basement. I guess it felt sort of like his litter box.) Such is life!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:05 pm

That means so much – thank you Meghan! And that’s hilarious about your cat peeing on the buttons. (Okay – maybe not so hilarious to have to clean it up… but you’ve gotta love the little buggers.)

My guy is doing better now by the way – finally eating and it looks like now we just have to adjust his insulin dosage. I’m relieved it wasn’t a kidney problem!

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Farah
Friday, November 12/2010 at 1:20 pm

Congrats Michelle!!
I totally understand why you won you’ve got a fantastic site ;) Enjoy the success and I hope Kitteh gets better

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:05 pm

Thanks Farah!! xo

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Keep Calm Style On
Friday, November 12/2010 at 1:37 pm

CONGRATS! You deserve it! I love the site. It makes me laugh and gives me all of your expert advice so don’t change a thing! And am glad your cat is okay. You had your priorities straight!
So happy for you.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:06 pm

Hello elusive blogging friend! Thanks so much for the kind words, hope to see you soon. xoxo

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Joy
Friday, November 12/2010 at 1:46 pm

Michelle! I hope Kitteh gets better :( Poof lil’ buddy. And you were so not a #beautyfail! I saw Janine’s video and you looked beautiful! Congrats on the win and definitely well-deserved!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:08 pm

Uh oh I have to go watch that now! Thanks for much for the congrats Joy – and glad to hear the beautyfail was maybe not as bad as I thought? (I hope?)

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Lindsay Peterson
Friday, November 12/2010 at 3:37 pm

Love love love this post!! Sending it every woman I know. Congrats again on the award! This post was a great example of why the award was so well deserved. You know us and you engage us – so appreciated as some of us busy women need the help!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:09 pm

Wow Lindsay thank you – that means a lot!!! Lemme know if there’s ever anything you specifically want me to post about. xo

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Nepenthe
Friday, November 12/2010 at 4:06 pm

Congratulations, how fabulous is that?!

Though I can say that being in a rush for something you’d expected to have hours for, is so stressful. LOL

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:11 pm

Thanks Nepenthe! And yep – usually I’m pretty low key about hair and makeup but on a night when everyone is watching it was Murphy’s Law to have everything fall apart. Oh well!

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Kristen
Friday, November 12/2010 at 4:52 pm

You looked great! loved the dress, btw.
Hope kitty’s ok. I know how stressful that can be!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:13 pm

Thanks! H&M!
Kitty’s on the road to recovery – so relieved… too bad I couldn’t stay after to drink/chat :-(

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Anupa
Saturday, November 13/2010 at 9:03 am

Congratulations Michelle!! Well-deserved; your blog is fantastic.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:13 pm

Thanks A!

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Ilsie
Saturday, November 13/2010 at 11:25 am

Congratulations Michelle! Well deserved, I love your blog!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Ilsie! Hope your trip goes well btw!

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editor@lipstickpowdernpaint.com
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 9:26 am

A truly deserving win! Sorry I never got a chance to congratulate you in person.

Hugs to the Kitty.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 8:15 pm

Thanks lady! I know – so sad I wasn’t able to stay…. hope to see you soon! xoxo

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Jane
Wednesday, November 17/2010 at 8:49 am

Michelle- Congratulations on your win, you TOTALLY deserve it! I love your blog (and Janine’s too for that matter….) you inform, entertain and share fab secrets and knowledge. Not to mention the sacrifices….

I emailed your ombre hair post to my stylist btw. Gorgeous.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, November 18/2010 at 6:44 pm

Aw thanks Jane! are you thinking of taking the plunge and going Ombre?

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Monica
Saturday, November 20/2010 at 7:50 pm

Congratulations!! I’m sure you looked fantastic (as you always do in your pics). Very deserving win & continuation with success!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 5:01 pm

Thanks my dear! xoxo

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