Friday, September 16, 2011

TIFF Celeb Swag: The IT Lounge

The IT Lounge hosted by Natasha Koifman and her team at NKPR is one of busiest gifting suites during TIFF. We were lucky to get a peek inside the TIFF celeb swag bag and for a chance to scope out the hottest new products at NKPR's Toronto headquarters. 
The team from Goody wowed Wendy and I with busy girl hair tools like the spin pin and the bun spiral. Here we were thinking they just made hair elastics! The bun spiral is my new best friend. I have thick-ass hair and getting a top knot above my head is like a championship wrestling match with my mane. The bun spiral is actually a tool that you twist into your bun to hold it in place with no triple elastic knots required. The spin pin does the same thing but for a low chignon.
An artist from Ardell gave me a couple falsie lashes on the corner of my eyes for a little kick of glam. I wish I had that steady of a hand. I got a couple packs to practice with and they were really easy to pluck off at the end of the night. The lashes are made of 100% natural hair and feel feather-light because of it.
A make up artist from Stila gave me a fresh coral glow on my cheeks and filled in my brows with a liquid liner that gave the same results that you would expect from a pencil. It was very natural and didn't look 'drawn on'. I'm putting it on my shopping list for sure.

One of the shimmery new palettes for fall from Stila Cosmetics
T-shirts that smell! But in a good way. The NYC tee actually smells like a 'Big Apple' and is the #1 bestseller for the brand that launched less then a year ago. The Parental Conscent line caters to tweens, while the Conscent line is delicately scented - so you don't have to think about putting on perfume. Lasts 15-20 washes.
Wendy tests out a pair of House of Marley headphones. We were both pretty impressed with the high quality sound and the reggae cool style.
Wendy and I travel A LOT. We picked up a pair of these fun passport holders from RW&CO.
Mmm-mmm. Cupcakes and samples from Toronto-based Baker Street were also on display. Some of these treats we've seen in grocery stores before, but we didn't know that this company was local and family-owned for over 30 years. We each took home a beautiful handcrafted apple pie and practically devoured the whole thing in under five minutes.
One of the nicest yoga studios in the 905 is Stratusphere by wrestler, turned yogi - Trish Stratus. She has developed a DVD, yoga line and these neoprene weighted workout gloves (above) to give you more arm definition during your downward dogs. Stratus' new line is already selling out everywhere.
Fila Canada was on hand to gift away athletic gear while celebrating their 100th anniversary. I always thought of them as soccer wear, but it turns out they do some pretty decent workout wear for women too.
Celebs were also being gifted glamarous and dramatic jewelery from The Simply You Collection
Ben Dugas from KOBO was the most excited about being featured on a blog called, "The Hip & Urban Girl" and happily posed for this picture. We tested out the new wireless edition of this Canadian-based e-reader featuring an updated touchscreen.
In addition to all the great swag, The IT Lounge has made a point of raising funds and awareness for two charities near and dear to their hearts - Artists for Peace and Justice and for Camp Oochigeas. Participating brands are donating to both causes to help improve the lives of children in Haiti and by those affected by cancer. Thanks again to NKPR for inviting us!

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