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Fashion Week survival kit

- March 15th, 2012

Twice a year, Toronto Fashion Week offers the style set the cruel and conflicting combination of very little sleep (as many of us juggle coverage with our day jobs), and a reason to look our best in front of well-manicured attendees and shutterbugs.

This vain desire usually wanes by day three to a vague hope that we don’t look our worst. Basically, if I can manage to hold off a full-on goblin transformation to Friday afternoon, it’s because the following items keep me going.

For skin: Yes To Cucumbers Calming Night Cream ($15.99) feels so lovely on tired skin and refreshes it for the day ahead. Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

For eyes: L’Oreal Paris’ new Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer ($12.99) hides dark under eye circles nicely and smooths out unsightly bags.

For fun: Mascara is my best friend. Stila’s Glamoureyes Mascara ($29) separates lashes well and gives a bodifying-yet-natural look that works for day or night. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and Murale.

For lips: I loved Maybelline’s Baby Lips balm ($4.99) from the first application. The purple colour smells like a grape popsicle and has an incredibly smooth feel.

For feet: It feels great to tuck banged up feet into Gap’s comfy City Flats ($39.99) at the end of the day (or between shows). Plus they come in cute colours and you can stash them in a matching drawstring bag.

For my spirit: I filled up my Starbucks gold card before the week began. One of my best decisions of the year (aside: you’ll get free drinks and free flavour syrup by registering your Starbucks card online).

For work: While a laptop and cell phone are key for reporting, nothing beats a lined notebook for jotting down ideas front row. Indigo Geo Clover Peridot Notebook ($8).

For long days: Secret’s Outlast Invisible Solid ($5.49) lasts all day and night – no re-applications necessary. Available at drug stories nationwide.

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