Montreal - HEALTH & BEAUTY
November 5th, 2012
Some brands hire actresses or models as spokespeople. La Prairie? Jacques Cousteau’s granddaughter.
During a visit in Montreal, we had the opportunity to meet Céline Cousteau, an inspiring filmmaker, documentary host, environmental spokesperson and mom. Looking très chic in a lace dress (and assuring us that her everyday garb is much, much more causal), she the told us about her day in the city (highlights included noshing at Olive & Gourmando and browsing the racks at Holt Renfrew) and her next adventure (off to Australia to spend time with the in-laws).
As for skincare, Céline’s flawless complexion was all the inspiration we needed to start slathering our face with Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion Moisturizer ($160), which is boosted with Salicornia extract, Green Microalgae, Channeled Wrack Extract and Red Algae.
And while it’s pricey, the company’s commitment to the environment – not to mention the effectiveness of the products – makes the splurge worth every penny. —Christine Laroche
At Holt Renfrew, 1300 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-282-3750, www.laprairie.com
October 29th, 2012
Although Montreal is blessed with a pretty fabulous Sephora flagship, it’s always nice when beauty treats land directly on our doorstep.
Agree? Then rejoice: the beauty emporium has finally launched its Canadian e-commerce store. No duties, affordable shipping, an en français option and plenty of exclusive promotions.
Our first haul will include a sampling of shades from our new go-to lip product, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar ($19). It’s super-pigmented, glides on effortlessly, provides incredible colour payoff and lasts all night long.
Get ready to become BFFs with your postie. —Christine Laroche
October 22nd, 2012
When a facialist recently pointed out some sunspots on our face, we cursed the sunshine and went into (productive) panic mode: time to reverse that damage.
Our skin savior is SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator ($80), a serum that contains hard-to-pronounce but highly effective ingredients (we’re looking at you, Hydroexythyl urea and Aminosulfonic acid) to promote cell renewal, smooth skin, improve radiance and replenish moisture.
We’re halfway through our bottle and a makeup artist recently commented on our complexion. Plus: zero burning, redness or irritation, just incredibly soft and smooth skin.
Sun spots? What sun spots? —Christine Laroche
At Etiket, 1832 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-687-3886, www.skinceuticals.com/Canada
October 15th, 2012
There were three highlights to our visit to the shiny new Estée Lauder counter at the Bay downtown. First, we geeked out at the high-tech mirror that mimics different lighting situations for beyond perfect makeup. Très cool!
Second, a free makeup application – we couldn’t resist test-driving the limited edition Violet Underground shades.
And third was something – shocker! – shiny: lovely gold compacts depicting every sign of the zodiac filled with Translucent Pressed Powder ($80). When it’s empty, we’ll just refill it with the powder tray refill and that’s one less plastic box in the landfill.
Doesn’t every eco-friendly beauty routine need a Midas touch? —Christine Laroche
585 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.esteelauder.com
October 9th, 2012
Every now and then a game-changing product lands on our desk.
The latest to become an instant essential is Origins Peace of Mind balm, which is boosted with basil, eucalyptus and peppermint - think fancy tiger balm - to nix fatigue and stress. We’re hooked on dabbing this little marvel onto the back of our neck and temples.
Look for the limited edition pink tube (which comes with Make A Difference hand treatment) ($20.50) to de-stress and support breast research: $3.50 from each duo sold will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Nothing quite like a feel-good game-changer. —Christine Laroche
The Bay, 585 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.origins.com
October 1st, 2012
Noses love roses, and as it turns out, skin does too.
We’re hooked on Yves Rocher’s Perfect Primer ($24), which boosts makeup’s staying power and drenches skin in radiance, thanks to rose extract.
We recently got up-close-and-personal with the French brand’s beauty line and were more than impressed. A full range of colour cosmetics that are affordable and boosted with skin-loving botanicals (including sweet almond oil, rose extract and sandthorn berries)? Pretty impressive.
Well, almost as impressive as our glowing complexion. —Christine Laroche
Yves Rocher, 705 St-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-844-6223, www.yvesrocher.ca
September 24th, 2012
When it comes to mascara, we’re divided into two camps: Team Natural vs.Team Va-va-voom. Here’s a pick for each.
Natural length Give Mother Nature a boost with Benefit’s They’re Real mascara ($29 at Sephora), which is all about lengthening in the most dramatic yet believable way.
Showstopping style We cannot think of a better name for Italian beauty brand Pupa’s latest, Vamp ($20 at Jean Coutu). Craving thick, ultra-voluminous lashes that won’t clump or flake? It’s a must have.
As wise man once told us: New season, new mascara! —Christine Laroche
September 20th, 2012
If you think life coaching is all about organizing your lists and increasing output, think again.
Our recent series of coaching sessions with Life Compass was hardly that. The focus was personal transformation and integrating values into our daily life. After a gruelling questionnaire (What do you see as your life purpose? What is your definition of success?) we had our first conversation and were given a challenge: throw away the lists. Well, that particular challenge didn’t work out so well for us, but we did learn a lot. Here is a list (oops) of three things life coaching has helped us change in our lives.
1. We’ve stopped checking Facebook more than three times a day, as it was cutting into the time we spent with REAL friends.
2. We’ve stopped living life for the future. Life Compass Coaching taught us that happiness is about learning to enjoy all the good moments of life, whether it be that amazing trip or simply watching your dog swim in the ocean.
3. We’ve learnt to accept life as it is, even as we strive for change. This was a big challenge, but certainly a worthy one. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Life Compass Coaching, first session is free, following sessions cost $100 per hour. www.lifecompasscoaching.ca
September 17th, 2012
We swooned for saccharine fragrances this summer but now that it’s (almost) fall, we’re nixing notes of coconut, vanilla, or anything fruity.
Our new signature spritz is Kiehl’s Fig Leaf and Sage, a gorgeously green fragrance inspired by Provence. The scent, one of four in the brand’s new Aromatic Blends collection, is a mélange of fig leaf from the South of France (unique for its fresh quality, as opposed to the fruit’s milky and sweet aroma) plus sage for an herbaceous quality.
It is available in Body Mist ($56), Body Lotion ($30) and Body Cleanser ($25) form and, yes, it’s so good that we’re layering on all three. —Christine Laroche
760 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-788-4226 and Kiehl's Chinook Centre6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, www.kiehls.com
September 13th, 2012
White Yoga, meet your ultimate nemesis: The Color Run.
It dubs itself the happiest 5K on the planet and Montreal is the only Canadian city that will find out for itself on October 13.
The premise is simple: Start wearing white and finish with Day-Glo duds. At every kilometre, walkers/jogger/runners are doused with a different colour… and a party ensues!
Call us colour-crazy, but this is a run that really does sound fun. —Christine Laroche