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 I’d like to say that I’ve become a bit more daring lately. Since I chopped my hair (kind of on a limb), I’ve been craving new ways to spice up my life as well. So, I accumulated a few lipsticks here and there, but was too afraid to wear them out. Why? Well, for the 15 year old high school student in me, they’re a disaster waiting to happen. I mean, what will people say? And, quite honestly, I didn’t really know how– what if it gets on my teeth? How often do I reapply? So many darn questions but no answers for this lipstick rookie.

Upon some research, I concurred that I needed a lip pencil to avoid bleeding. But, by then I had bought out practically the entire selection of Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks. I can’t buy a lip pencil for each shade! That’s insanity! But then my lovely sister, Amanda, told me about these fabulous transparent lip pencils that can be paired with absolutely any lipstick. So much freedom!
So, anyways, (get it together, Anna) I picked up Lise Watier’s Virtual Lip Contour so I could finally don some of my bright shades. After applying some lip balm, I pencil this in starting with the perimeter of my lips, then colouring in the inside. I smack my lips around a bit to evenly spread the product, then apply my lipstick, blot, then more lipstick. My drugstore lipsticks last a good hour and a bit, and my high end ones about 3 hours (this includes snacking my friends). Oh, and no bleeding in sight. So, I think I can rightfully say, mission complete.

–Anna Raponi



Lancôme asked 20 of the world’s foremost photographers to create an exhibition of photographs inspired by Lancôme’s iconic emblem, the rose. This exhibition will be making it’s final stop in Toronto at the Luminato Festival, June 14-20.

To run alongside this exhibition, Lancôme asked 20 of Toronto’s top beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers (Vanity Presse included!) to create their own images inspired by the rose. These photos will be presented in a virtual gallery at a cocktail reception the night before the opening of exhibition.

The twenty photographers in the “Rôses by…” exhibition are:
Ruven Afanador, Jeff Burton,  Patrick Demarchelier, Koichiro Doi, Nathaniel Goldberg, Dominique Issermann, Nick Knight, Brigitte Lacombe, Peter Lindbergh, Jennifer Lund, Eric Maillet, Chen Man, Raymond Meier, Tom Munro, Josh Olins, Dusan Reljin, Mark Segal, Carter Smith, Sølve Sundsbø, Warren&Nick.

We are so excited to be included in this exhibition and can’t wait to attend the event (Lancôme spokeswoman Daria will be there…)!