Bella Brushes: Professional Tools at a Fraction of the Cost

Ying Hsu Are you on the hunt for essential makeup brushes that won’t break the bank?  I have discovered Bella Brushes for daily makeup application.  It’s not quite the same quality as MAC brushes or any professional line brushes, but never the less it does its job, inexpensively.  The six piece set includes powder brush, […]

The Media and the So-Called 'Plus Size' Model

Cynthia Cheng They’ve been in the news a lot these days, the so-called “plus-size” model.  And usually, commenters say that these women “don’t look plus.”  Well, of course they don’t.  Models like Crystal Renn, who is 5’9″ and a size 12, are still model-height.  The average woman, who is a good four or five inches […]

Keeping One's Lips Deliciously Soft and Chocolatey

Ying Hsu For lip care products junkies who love the chocolate and mint flavour, you will fall in love with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Butter, Dark Chocolate & Peppermint (it reminds me and smells like After Eight chocolates). It comes in a squeeze tube and glides on smoothly onto dry chapped lips.  This lip […]

Gorgeous Silver Jewellery Make Things Pop

Chrissy Cook, a graduate of Millersville University in Pennsylvania (where she majored in Fine Art Metals) and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design (United Kingdom), studying Contemporary Jewellery Design, launched Chrissy Cook Designs, a line of sterling silver jewellery just this year.  Prior to launching her line, she had been working professionally as a goldsmith […]

Emily Hartzman: From Journalism to Beauty

Emily Hartzman arrived at the University of Western Ontario to major in journalism and business.  However, after a while, she discovered that it wasn’t the line of work for her and went to hair school.  After graduating, Emily went to study to become a make-up artist and it was there she met Lauren Simpson, who […]

Plus Size Model Search, Part II

Last issue, Prospere Magazine caught up with five of the finalists from the Plus Size Model Search.  Here are four more finalists, including the winner, Brittney Fisher.  NOTE:  Not all finalists chose to participate. Brittney Fisher of Vernon, BC – WINNER: Brittney has had a great deal of press since winning the search.  She has […]

The Mane Event Does Hair for Charity

Cynthia Cheng Lemonade made by elementary school aged boys The 12th annual Mane Event was held at two downtown (Solo Base in Yorkville and Lift Salon and Spa at Yonge and Adelaide) salons on Sunday, October 25.  The event, which was founded by Steve Roy 12 years ago, is to benefit Teresa Group, an organization which helps children affected […]

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion

Ying Hsu I love this all over body moisturiser, containing hydrating ingredients, like Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E.  It is creamy, long-lasting and soothing.  It has the perfect consistency – not too thick, as well as, it sinks into my skin quickly and doesn’t give a greasy film, but instead made my skin baby soft!

Plus Size Model Search Finalists and Their Thoughts, Part I

Cynthia Cheng It’s been more than six months since we last met with the finalists of the plus size model search held by Penningtons, Additional Elle and Lou Lou magazine.  So what have they been up to, and how have their communities reacted to their being picked? Prospere Magazine recently played catch-up with them to see where […]

Blo-Out POGO Party!

Cynthia Cheng Blo, Toronto’s only blow-dry only bar held its fundraiser for the POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) on Thursday, September 24.  The event, held at  Andrew Richard Design featured not only pink drinks (or “bevvies” as the party invite called them), but a “pink carpet” at the entrance. Guests were made to feel […]