Calgary - HEALTH & BEAUTY
October 4th, 2010
We’re longtime devotees of Kiehl’s holy trinity: the Crème de Corp, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and Lip Balm #1.
And now with the opening of the first freestanding Kiehl’s store, we’re adding a few more beauty picks to our regime.
The shop’s reclaimed wood floors, chandeliers, family mementos and a product testing hub where customers can “try before they buy” are all part of the company’s signature apothecary aesthetic dating back to the first store in New York’s East Village in 1851.
In addition to the classics, we’ll be stocking up on the new Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Acai Damage Repairing Serum and the limited edition Jeff Koons Crème de Corp Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter.
Praise the Glow.
Kiehl’s, 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, 403-242-5546, www.kiehls.com
September 27th, 2010
It’s officially the dreaded in-between season: summer holidays are a distant memory and upcoming vacations are far-off in the future.
It’s time to rebalance your mind and body closer to home at Leela Eco Spa and Studio. Part yoga studio, part spa, the Bridgeland space offers yoga sessions and spa services that are meant to complement one another.
Start with a Rise and Shine yoga class and post Savasana, head to the spa for added Zen with an “I am Relaxed” therapeutic massage ($85). The studio also offers a variety of workshops and esthetics like the Pure Touch hot stone facial ($120).
If only hibernation was an option, we’d stay awhile.
Leela Eco Spa and Studio, 849 First Ave. NE, Calgary, 403-258-3268, www.leelaecospa.com
September 13th, 2010
If you’re jetting from the office to post-work drinks and then, on to evening events with no fairy godmother in sight, transforming for the ball is no easy feat.
But with the new Five Minute Face Palette by Joe Fresh ($20) it’s a breeze to go from drab to fab when it comes to your mug, at least. Small enough to fit into a purse, the palette includes four eye shadows, two lip glosses, a bronzer and a blush.
Start the day with the pale pink shadow, mauve lips and pink blush and when the clock strikes 6 p.m. add a touch of midnight sparkle to your lids, plum hue to your lips and a hint of bronzer to the cheeks.
Best of all, there’s no midnight curfew.
August 23rd, 2010
Your Baby-sitters Club days are over and now it’s time to become a card-carrying member at a club where you’re the one being taken care of.
New to the city, Massage Heights offers monthly memberships (from $49.99) that include a one-hour aromatherapy therapeutic massage each month.
With its trickling waterfall, relaxing music and lavender-scented air, the space has a spa-like feel but without too many frills so you can pop in at any time for a quick treatment without feeling like you have to lounge.
Add on an “elevation” like the hot stone therapy (from $10) or the peppermint foot scrub that will leave your feet tingling long after you’ve left.
Massage Heights, 5957 Signal Hill Centre, Calgary, 403-234-7529 and two other locations, www.massageheightscanada.ca
August 9th, 2010
Whether your summer holidays included traipsing around Europe or lounging in B.C., traveling is fab for the mind but can take a toll on the body. Herewith, three beauty pick-me-ups.
You love the sun, saltwater and heat, but the same can’t be said for your mane. Just one 20-minute Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment (from $21) brings your coarse and dry locks back to life. At Sephora.
Dree Hemingway swears by the Radiant Glow Express Mask by Sisley ($125). The fast-acting red clay concoction leaves skin refreshed and renewed without stripping it of that sun-kissed glow. At Holt Renfrew, 510 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-269-7341, www.holtrenfrew.com
We can’t promise the Gloomaway Grapefruit Body-Buffing Cleanser by Origins ($25) will take away the post-vacation blues, but it will get rid of your skin’s rough patches. At The Bay 200 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-262-0345 and 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, 403-286-1220, www.origins.com
August 3rd, 2010
After achieving Zen on the mat, a yogi’s greatest challenge is maintaining that inner peace in the outside world.
We’re still working on it, but until then, at least we can prolong the feeling of the mat under our feet with Sanuk’s Yoga Mat flip flops ($39.99). With a footbed that molds to your foot and a soft upper part that won’t cause battle scars, you'll be tempted to wear these cushiony sandals everywhere.
Now back to that journey of a thousand miles….
July 26th, 2010
We love our collection of glosses, balms and blushes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t heart it when our makeup does double duty.
The new Instant Blush Magic Colour ($28) by Clarins is made for the cheeks but can also be used on the lips to enhance their natural hue.
The pale pink, glossy texture goes on clear and is activated by the skin’s acidity and heat, adjusting to your skin tone. The result is an instant natural-looking rosy glow and a light pink lip.
July 19th, 2010
When the mercury rises, your wardrobe turns into a regular rotation of tanks and cutoffs. In favour of staying cool, your lady-like elegance begins to melt away.
Add a spritz of Donna Karan’s new fragrance Cashmere Mist Liquid Nude ($92) to your wrist and you’ll instantly feel a surge of her signature sophistication.
A reinterpretation of Karan’s 1994 classic, Cashmere Mist, Liquid Nude is a sensual scent that’s still soft enough for summer with hints of sandalwood, orange and lily.
The limited edition bottle is based on the original design, inspired by the lines of a woman’s back and created by Karan’s late husband, sculptor Stephan Weiss.
We’re born again nudists.
At Holt Renfrew, 510 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-269-7341, www.holtrenfrew.com
July 12th, 2010
The smell of barbecues, campfires and sunscreen tantalizes our senses and affirms that summer is here. And so does the stench of most bug sprays.
This year, we’re keeping the bugs at bay with Buzz Away, a DEET-free insect repellent with cedarwood, citronella, peppermint, eucalyptus and lemongrass. Although you have to apply it more frequently than other repellents, the smell is subtle and more fresh than fierce and the convenient 60 ml bottle ($9.99) is easy to tote around.
Now back to the barbecue.
At Community Natural Foods, 1304 10th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-229-2383, www.communitynaturalfoods.com
July 2nd, 2010
Get pretty from head to toe with our editors' top pampering picks.
No need to plan ahead, just drop-in to the downtown Benefit Brow Bar at Holt Renfrew for a brow arch ($23) or tweeze ($19) and you’ll be on your way before the lunch crowd gets out. Benefit Brow Bar at Holt Renfrew, 510 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-269-7341, www.holtrenfrew.com
Customize your facial depending on your skin’s needs with Skoah’s Kreate Your Facial ($150). Ideal even for the most sensitive skin types, Skoah’s facials are gentle yet effective, and will instantly give you an early summer glow. Skoah, Chinook Centre, Unit 159, 6455 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, 403-203-0200, www.skoah.com
With a little help from the crew at Josef Saliba, your locks will look naturally sun-kissed just as if you’d been frolicking on the beach all day. Highlights start at $95. Josef Saliba, 1516 Seventh St, SW, Calgary, 403-244-5556.
Whether you want a little off (the Alaskan) or a lot (the Brazilian), or anything in between (the Canadian or the Hawaiian) your bikini line is in good hands at Frilly Lilly (from $25). Frilly Lilly, 2105 Fourth St. SW, Calgary, 403-229-4023 and 11 McKenzie Towne Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-257-8868, www.frillylilly.ca
A celeb favourite, Urban Venus Nail Bar’s pedis are delectably divine with services such as the Chocolate Fondue Pedicure or the Fresh Squeezed Citrus Pedicure (from $67 each). Urban Venus Nail Bar, 638 11th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-266-1158, www.urbanvenus.ca