November 11th, 2013
We’ve found the ultimate remedy for a cold, dark and dreary day.
Incidentally, it gets rid of a dry skin and a bad mood, too. All you need is a bathtub (the deeper, the better) and The Body Shop’s HoneyMania Bubble Bath Melt ($12). A single tablespoon of this unctuous formula, which is boosted with Fair Trade honey, creates copious amounts of decadent, skin-softening bubbles.
Just add a glass of bubbles and the latest Bridget Jones installment and you’re golden.
Take that, November! —Christine Laroche
705 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-843-7273, www.thebodyshop.ca
October 28th, 2013
With experts donning lab coats and a skeleton mascot named Mr. Bones, Kiehl’s isn’t your average beauty boutique.
And in 160+ years of existence, the NYC-founded apothecary has learned a thing or two about skincare. Case in point? On a visit to the new Dix30 location, we picked up three products that have become our go-to's
1. Ultra Facial Toner ($22.50): Despite our reluctance to add a step to our skincare regimen, anything that makes moisturizer and makeup glide on beautifully is worth it. Trust.
2. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($35): The temperature change left the delicate skin around our eyes dry and irritated, until this little marvel worked its moisturizing magic.
3. Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream ($36): With vitamin C, a sheer tint that comes in three shades and SPF 50, this is (literally) a desert island product.
Consider them a prescription for pretty. —Christine Laroche
6000 Boul. de Rome, Montreal, http://www.kiehls.ca
October 19th, 2013
The dreaded email from the classroom teacher; the creepy diagrams taped to the preschool door: yes, it's head lice season again!
And just in time for hat-swapping and costume-sharing, we've discovered a drugstore shampoo that could save us a whole lot of grief.
We knew the little critters don't like the smell of mint, but tea tree oil seems to be their real nemesis. We're lathering the whole family up with the new Tea Tree Shampoo ($5.99) from Rexall's just-launched house brand, Be.Better.
Why would any mom not try this? That's a real head scratcher. —Sarah Bancroft
$5.99, to find store locations across Canada visit www.rexall.ca
October 14th, 2013
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re supporting the cause with these limited edition beauty buys.
Clinique’s Limited Edition Almost Lipstick in Pink Ribbon Honey ($19 at Clinique counters, with $3 going to the Breast Cancer Research Fund) is universally flattering, ultra-moisturizing and long-wearing. Enough said. www.clinique.com
August 26th, 2013
From monogrammed flats to preppy stripes, Michael Kors' approachable and polished aesthetic is all over our closet.
And now our make-up bag, too.
The newly launched Michael Kors' beauty line includes bold nail and lip colours and flashy bronzers, perfect for the lady-who-power-lunches. The entire line adds a little glamour to everyday life and the luxe gold packaging is mesmerizing. But it's not just the outside that glimmers - the lightly scented Liquid Shimmer Dry Oil Spray ($65) glides on for the sun-kissed look MK just adores.
Getting ready for work just got a lot more jet-set. —Sara Samson
August 5th, 2013
At this point in the season, we’ve perfected our it’s-too-hot-to-for-a-beauty-routine regimen and these are the top 3 must-haves:
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($26 at Sephora) has all the moisturizing benefits of a balm plus with two very important bonuses: Buildable colour plus SPF protection.
Sunscreen, moisturizer and sheer coverage in one step? SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 ($34 at Etiket) makes our desert-island cut. Full disclosure: It’s our year-round staple.
See you in October, blowdryer! With a few spritzes of Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($8.99 at Jean Coutu), our locks feel fresh and clean.
July 29th, 2013
Montreal may be an island, but we’re about 500 kilometres from the ocean.
Needless to say, we need a little help when it comes to creating that elusive beachy hair look. Texturizing sprays have long been our go-to – we’ve been all about this one lately – but now, we’re taking things to the next level.
Our new trick for sexy, tousled locks is Bumble and bumble’s Surf Foam Wash Shampoo ($28) and Surf Crème Rinse Conditioner ($29.50), the new complements to the brand’s iconic Surf Spray.
Used as a trio, they’re the easiest way to get a marvelous mermaid mane: Wash, condition, spritz and let air dry.
We're swept away. —Christine Laroche
At Sephora, 677 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-849-8484, www.sephora.ca
July 15th, 2013
The must-know equation for summertime beauty?
Shimmer + Sheen = Sexy
To bring both elements to our look – whether it’s to show off our stems in shorts or bring a little va-va-voom to our décolletage – we’re smitten with Moroccannoil’s new Shimmering Body Oil ($45 at Ben & Tournesol).
The shimmer comes from teeny-tiny light-reflecting mica particles and the sheen comes from ultra-moisturizing argan and sesame oils.
Math may not be our forte but in beauty, we get straight A's. – Christine Laroche
4915 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-481-5050, www.moroccanoil.com
July 1st, 2013
Our country turns 146 today, yet it’s still as hip as ever. We celebrate this momentous day with True North designed and made products.
Splitting their time between Vancouver and Toronto, Muttonhead Collective does unisex apparel meant for exploring our great land. Its Camping Hoodie is ideal for summer excursions, camping and beyond. And—look!—it comes in red. $132 at Muttonhead Collective and these retailers.
Loyal Loot has had its share of loyal admirers since the very beginning (one of them is pre-Kim Kanye). Not a surprise, since this Calgary-based design collective’s Log Bowl is as Canadiana chic as it gets. $77-$185 at Provide.
They keep with Italian cooking traditions, but hail from Vancouver: Sugo Sauce is causing quite a stir in kitchens across Canada. Choose from Classic Style, the spicy Angry Style, or, um, the traditional Whore Style—saucy in more ways than one. $10 each at Sugo Sauce and these retailers.
Toronto-based Arts & Crafts music label just celebrated its ten year anniversary a week ago, with this special compilation by the artists on its roster. That would be Broken Social Scene, Amy Millan, and Feist—get it now. $9-$16 at Arts & Crafts.
June 25th, 2013
Sunscreen in the summer – and year round, for that matter – is a non-negotiable.
And thanks to new textures and improved formulas, wearing UVA/UVB protection is as enjoyable as diving into the pool on a hot day.
Our obsession du jour? Roc Soleil Protexion+ Invisible Touch SPF 45 ($26 at Jean Coutu). Not only does it smell fresh and feel completely weightless but its spray formula makes it ultra-easy to apply.
Let the sun shine! —Christine Laroche
980 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-866-7791, www.roc.com