Friday, September 7, 2012

TIFF Insider: The Tastemakers Lounge

Now we all hear about these 'gifting lounges' where celebs get loaded up with all sorts of awesome free stuff. Well we've got the inside scoop and will be bringing you along with us as we snoop our way through all the gifting lounges at TIFF this year! 
The Hip + Urban Girl goes behind the scenes at The Tastemakers Lounge to show you the celeb swag life at TIFF 2012. First stop, The Intercontinental Hotel on Front street, hotel headquarters for a lot of media, film studios and celebs appearing at the festival.
Macarons, cupcakes and all sorts of sweet madness from local bakery and decorating studio, Le Dolci were available to tempt your sweet tooth! Check out the wickedly adorable TIFF cupcakes. Their storefront is just on the north edge of Trinity Bellwoods Park where you can stop in and pick-up a cupcake or seven.
A full fragrance bar from Demeter featured home fragrances, sprays, massage oils and roll-ons. The line will be coming to Loblaws and is a super affordable $15/bottle. We fell in love with scents like popcorn, vanilla ice cream, cotton candy and dragonfruit.
Reed diffusers from the Home Collection
If you royally suck at doing your own nails like me - KISS nail products are cool stick-ons in neon shades and hot patterns. Stick on and file off the end. Each application should last you around 2-3 days. Celebs will be treated to mini-manis at the Tastemakers Lounge.

Toronto-based The Tea Emporium will be creating custom tea blends for all the celebs who will be visiting the lounge and had some on hand for us to sample. Look at all those juicy bits of fruit!
Snack time! Refuelled and loaded up on the Popchips for my own personal stash.
Celebs will be getting sexy with La Senza and be gifted with a bra and panties set plus a gift card to use online. Level-three push-ups for everyone!
On the somewhat odder end of celeb gadgets, Viviscal will be gifting hair thinning supplements. On the left is a Micropedi tool to remove rough edges off the feet after long nights on the red carpet. Sort of like a microdermabrasion for your foot.
A star has got to stay hydrated right? The Bobble bottle has a water filter built right in with a super sleek design by Karim Rashid.
To keep celeb skin in check, Indeed Labs will be gifting away their eye creams, serums and moisturizers. We're big fans of this Canadian company and their treatments.
Corner Gas' Gabrielle Miller stopped by the lounge and enjoyed some of Kimberley's Own Granola - a local company that bakes its granola in small batches. The oats are gluten-free and contain no soy, corn or dairy. You may have seen it before at Fiesta Farms or at Pusateri's around Toronto.
And let's not forget about the boys. Ryan Gosling needs some love too! John Allan's, a spa membership for men will be doling out the shoeshines and manicures for the guys.
We suggest that TIFF celebs get their entourage ready, there's going to be some heavy lifting from all the awesome swag inside The Tastemakers Lounge. Drop-ins by the big names will run from September 6th - 13th. See you at the next lounge!

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