May 6th, 2013
Our summertime resolution is set: No more shaving with soap and water.
Want to get on board? Grab a bottle of Eos shave cream ($3.99 at Jean Coutu) and never look back. It’s sweetly scented (we’re partial to pomegranate raspberry), decadently moisturizing (with aloe, shea butter and antioxidants, for starters) and comes in a design-y bottle we adore.
No stubble, no trouble. —Christine Laroche
April 15th, 2013
With Earth Day just a week away, we've got our eye on all things eco-friendly, starting with our medicine cabinet. Herewith, the beauty-full green picks we love.
How could we resist the brilliantly-named Vitamine & Sea? The Montreal brand opened its first shop-in-shop and stocked it with all things natural and organic for skin and hair. Read the full dose here.
April 8th, 2013
Because bargain is never a dirty word – especially when it comes to these fabulous drugstore products!
Butters can be too heavy, lotions too light, but Garnier’s Hydrating Gel-Cream ($7.99) is just right. Lightweight, non-sticky and perfect for parched skin.
Full disclosure: We’re suckers for a beauty product dispensed with a pump. Besides love-at-first-packaging-sight, we love Neutrogena's Naturals Cleanser ($8.99) for its gentle, refreshing and paraben-free formula.
The latest installment of the CoverGirl LashBlast series, Clump Crusher ($9.99), is just as great as those that came before. For ultra-long, defined lashes, this tube is tops.
Fancy-pants brands have nothing on Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish ($7.99). Fabulous colours, a shiny, long-wearing formula and the secret weapon to a pro DIY mani: A wide brush that makes application a cinch.
Vidal Sassoon, the iconic line born during the sixties in London, is back, and there’s no better way to get the retro style (that, incidentally, was all over SS13 runways) than with the brand’s all-new Pro Series Foaming Air Mousse ($7).
March 18th, 2013
If you think Moroccanoil is all about hair, think again.
The beloved Montreal brand has launched a body line and, yes, it’s every bit as good as the cult classic hair collection.
The lineup includes staples like body butters, a bath bar and hand cream, as well as one product that has made it into our desert-island-kit: the Intense Hydrating Treatment ($27).
Just a few drop of this golden elixir (it’s actually a blend of organic sunflower oil, argan oil chamomile water) makes our dry danger zones (read: elbows and knees) baby smooth.
Skin baring season? Bring it! —Christine Laroche
Victoria Park Spa, 376 Victoria Ave., 514-488-3779, www.moroccanoil.com
March 4th, 2013
Step away from the mint-y green and buttery yellow nail polishes.
Although the deep burgundy and grey feels a little tired, the sunshine season isn’t quite here.
For the perfect transitional mani, we’re opting for practical and trendy neutrals. Whether you go for a budget-friend option (CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Forever Frosted, $8.49, was good enough for Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar night, so it’s definitely good enough for us!) or spring for the luxe investment (we’ve been smitten with Chanel Le Vernis in Frenzy, $27, since its launch), a barely-there shade is as chic as it is refreshing while we wait for spring.
P.S. That’s T-16 days, but whose counting? —Christine Laroche
Photo: Courtesy of CoverGirl
February 11th, 2013
We’ve sourced the secret to gorgeous skin and like many good things – John Stamos and tart yogurt come to mind – it’s Greek.
Korres was born in 1996 out of Athens’ first homeopathic pharmacy and the first skin care product ever launched by the brand, Wild Rose 24-Hour Cream ($44), remains a worldwide best seller to this day.
Harnessing the power of wild rose oil, grapeseed extract and olive oil (all extracted in Greece), it deeply hydrates skin, leaving it smooth and glow-y.
And almost as important as what is in this cult classic formula is what’s not: It is free of petrochemicals, parabens, silicone and synthetic dye and is not tested on animals.
Apply daily to for the full Aphrodite effect.
At Pharmaprix, 3861 St-Laurent Boul., Montreal, 514-844-3550, www.korres.ca
January 28th, 2013
Fans of natural products, meet your new favourite label: Vitamine & Sea. (Ed. note: Love that name! #greatminds)
The Montreal brand has opened its first shop-in-shop at Mimi & Coco (Cours Mont-Royal location), a dedicated space that stocks the entire range of good-for-you-and-the-planet goodies. Vitamine & Sea skin and hair care products are natural and organic, as well as free of dyes, fragrances, synthetics, sulfates, parabens, silicones and petroleum-based chemicals.
Green is gorgeous. – Christine Laroche
1455 Peel St., Montreal, 514-904-0697, www.vitamineandsea.com
January 14th, 2013
‘Tis the season for dull skin. Or rather, ‘twas.
If we can speak in the past tense about our tired complexion it’s that we’ve found our perfect pick-me-up… and she’s a beaut!
Hormeflash Gold Shining Mask by Swiss brand Hormeta ($108) is packed peptides, Vitamin B5, minerals and, most important, gold powder. Apply the decadent, refreshing formula, wait 10-15 minutes, look like Heidi Klum as a golden alien and rinse to reveal smoother, brighter, softer skin.
Auf Wiedersehen, Heidi: We’re the fairest one of them all. —Christine Laroche
Spa Tai at Le Nouvel Hôtel, 1740 Réné-Lévesque W., Montreal, 514-938-4011, www.hormeta.ca
December 17th, 2012
Some gadgets are instant cult classics. Dyson vacuums. Vitamix blenders. The latest inductee? The Clarisonic.
The Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System for Face & Body ($269) is our new (healthy) obsession. With its ultra-gentle brush, this miracle-worker deeply cleanses and exfoliates skin, leaving it incredibly soft and allowing our beloved products to be better absorbed.
A glowing, I-just-had-a-facial every day complexion? One whirl and we were hooked. —Christine Laroche
$269 at Sephora, 677 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-849-8484, Montreal, www.clarisonic.ca
November 30th, 2012
This weekend, we opened our team's purses, closets and cupboards and had them reveal the everyday items they love. Catch up on the entire series here, here and here.
Being pregnant and chasing an 18-month-old doesn’t leave me with much time to get dressed, let alone choose accessories. My Alden Rae is my “arm party” staple. I wear two, linked, and wrapped around my wrist eight times. $49 each, at Shut Up I Love This.
Children Inspire makes the cutest wall hangings, which are available in a multitude of languages. We just bought my son the Swedish alphabet poster ($30) and French farm animal wall cards ($22.) www.childreninspiredesign.com
We love and use the entire Weleda baby range, and their Calendula Weather Protection Cream is amazing for kid’s face and lips in the cold weather, especially when the skin around their nose gets all dry from being wiped all the time. I’ll be stealing some for cold winter walks and ski season. $15.99 at select markets.
My drink of choice is San Pellegrino’s Sparkling Fruit Beverages, basically adult fizzy pops. I hoard them in my storage room, and when guests are lucky, I’ll serve them. The Limonata is my favourite. San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages available at most grocery stores.
How can I not use this opportunity to self-promote, and tell people about my favourite nightwear? This holiday season my husband, family, and I will all be sleeping well in The Sleep Shirt, my nightwear project. Simple, comfortable, and roomy, it’s the best way to sleep. $195-$210, www.thesleepshirt.com