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
July 16th, 2012
With BB cream being the buzziest thing out there, we forgot how great good ol’ tinted moisturizer can be.
We’ve fallen for a new formula that delivers a sheer wash of coverage and colour, nourishes skin and provides SPF protection.
There’s something to be said about the tried, tested and true.—Christine Laroche
Nars available at Sephora. 677 Ste-Catherine St. W., 514-849-8484, www.sephora.ca
May 9th, 2011
We’ve cared for our skin by staying away from sun-exposure and cigarettes, but it seems there’s a more potent cause of wrinkles. Getting older. Who knew?
We tried Vichy’s new patented Liftactiv Derm Source (Day $45, Night: $46) to prevent and treat some of our deepening laugh lines. The lush face cream targets the upper layer of skin responsible for regeneration with the active ingredient Rhamnose, a plant sugar originating in Brazilian plants like the Uncaria, or trees like the Silver Birch. With ten years of research resulting in six scientific publications and seven patents, we’re just happy to see our skin looking soft and sag-free.
Now if we could only reverse the effect of time on our metabolism. Give up Skor bars? No way. —JN
Available at Pharmaprix.
February 7th, 2011
Our winter wardrobe is turning into a boredrobe and our heating system is making our skin as dry as the Sahara. We can’t help our waning interest in our sweater collection, but we can take action where it counts.
We put NeoStrata’s Intense Moisture Rescue Sheet Mask on our parched skin. We looked like a serial killer for about 30 minutes while we waited for the 0.15% hyaluronic acid formula to soak in, but saw the moisturizing and plumping effects immediately. At major pharmacies, $40 for a box of 8 masks, www.neostrata.com
Karin Herzog’s Erase & Raise ($115) is an anti-aging serum designed especially for thirty-something women. But we think that regular application of the hydrating and revitalizing combo of hyaluronic acid, chamomile and vitamins E and B3 will help women of any age brighten their dull winter skin. Find locations here.
We’re slathering our body with fluffy mounds of our fave new moisturizer, Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream ($33). The rich shea butter cream smells exactly like buttercream, making this body lotion an addictive treat. At www.beautymark.ca
August 17th, 2009
Is there anything less attractive than a face coated in ghostly white sunscreen?
For a healthier pallor, we’re smothering ourselves with Barely There from Laura Geller. This brand new tinted moisturizer ($30) comes loaded with SPF 20 and just the perfect hint of foundation (in five shades, from fair to deep). Because it’s oil-, fragrance- and talc-free, we never break out, and we love the handy-dandy pump tube. Best of all, it’s water resistant so we can bike from one end of the canal to the other and still look fresh faced.
It’s like our own little ghost-buster.
July 27th, 2009
We’ll never be mistaken for a minimalist but we do believe in paring down, especially en voyage.
Packing for weekends away is a whiz since we discovered worldPRODUCTS. Created by Kim Cattrall’s stylist Brian Phillips, the eco-conscious line includes a trio of basics, each serving double-duty: worldCLEAN can be used to wash hair and skin, worldPROTECT moisturizes legs and locks, and worldBELIEVE salve soothes chapped lips and bug bites. Use them scentless or customize with drops of essential oil blends such as citrus and peppermint ($28). Best of all? No artificial colours, sulphates or parabens.
Apparently, the best things in life are three.
worldPRODUCTS trio ($75) at www.world.ca