June 10th, 2013
Between shampoo, body cream, mascara and sunscreen we probably use upwards of ten products a day. What we lather on our bodies effects our health and the environment in a big way.
Resources like new Toronto-based online beauty site, Clementine Fields is a great help with a fabulous range of all-natural and organic beauty products for skin, hair, face and body. Founder, Ingrid shares her current picks:
May Lindstrom's The Problem Solver ($92) is great for break outs and leaves my skin super soft. It truly is a miracle worker.
Roots Rose Radish solid perfume in a clam shell ($47) smells divine, fresh and not at all overpowering! They’re an elegant gift that you’ll want to keep for yourself.
Vered Organic Botanicals Signature Scent Body Oil ($93) is gorgeous, exotic, hydrating and it leaves skin super soft while giving off a light scent of rose, jasmine, amber and orange blossom.
Tammy Fender's Antioxidant Creme Neroli and Orange ($98) is a wonderful cream that is light enough for summer yet nourishes and hydrates perfectly. It really makes your skin glow.
One Love's Skin Saviour ($68) is the ultimate all-in-one product. It's a cleanser, moisturizer, hair tamer, and lip balm all in one! Less time getting ready, more time to spend outside in the sun!
May 20th, 2013
As we breeze into summer temps, it's time to trade in cold weather creams and salves for a beauty regime that reflects the season.
Trust Bumble and bumble's surf foam wash shampoo and rinse for beachy hair all the time. From $24 each at www.bumbleandbumble.com
May 15th, 2013
Move over BB, we’re into CC now.
We admit that to anyone but beauty enthusiasts, this sentence must sound like gibberish, but long-time readers will know that we love a product that multitasks. Short for ‘Complexion Corrector,’ the Almay CC Cream is packed with complexion improving ingredients, while conveniently providing coverage with one product. Unlike its predecessor BB, CC can be thought of as more of a skincare product, rather than a makeup one. Almay’s brand new Smart Shade CC Cream does the trick without having to spend a fortune on multiple products.
Wear alone for a light summer cover up nad you've got this season's minimal trend covered. —Anya Georgijevic
April 8th, 2013
We’re suckers for luxe creams in pretty packaging, but sometimes, it’s those cheap and cheerful drugstore buys that work the biggest miracles.
Chapped lips be gone. Our kit is never without a pot of good old-fashioned Vaseline.
Essence Cosmetics is another makeup kit staple. The colours are gorgeous, with nothing over $3.99. Bargain.
When we can’t be bothered to wash our hair, Klorane's dry shampoo (or a chic cashmere beenie) works wonders.
Another mane miracle, is the restorative conditioning mask from Live Clean’s argan oil collection.
And for winter worn hands, few things beat Burt’s Bees hand salve.
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
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
November 27th, 2012
This week, our team is opening their purses, closets and cupboards to reveal their favour things. Today, our stylish publisher, Tara Parker Tait.
I don't know how we ever survived before these versatile and chic Muuto Restore storage baskets came into our lives. We have them in every room for everything from blankets, magazines and the Sunday New York Times to my son's books and blocks. They hold their shape and are the perfect size for a million applications. We love the grey but they also come in an array of fun colours like indigo blue and army green. $129 in-store or order by phone from Vancouver's Livingspace, 604-683-1116, www.livingspace.com
I got turned on to these ultra-soft V Room hoodies at a great little West Coast boutique called 11th Moon in Laguna Beach, California. They are the requisite layering item for OC gals under leather jackets or over T by Alexander Wang tees. Mine are so worn through they need new zippers and I have to ration how often I wear them for fear of losing them for good. $275 at at Lost and Found, www.lostandfoundshop.com; find Toronto and Montreal stockists here.
It's a fight to the finish to see who gets to sleep with our newest Wings and Horns heather grey blanket. It's got the same incredibly comfortable feel of the brands must-have hoodies, is machine washable (huge bonus with my toddler dragging it to and fro!) and makes a great roof for our pillow fort. $148 at www.wingsandhorns.com
A close friend from New Zealand gifted me Antipodes body oil and I am completely in love. I have a very hard time with normal fragrance and super sensitive skin so I tend to cringe when people give me beauty products, but Antipodes has zero artificial ingredients or overpowering scents. A nice subtle mix of lavender, ylang ylang and jasmine, drop a bit in the bath or rub on post for a light, calming scent. $43 at www.spaboutique.ca
I discovered the perfect Thymes Frasier Fir Candle candle while shopping at Mandula in Gastown as owner Hajnulka has them burning year-round in her avant-garde boutique. I give them as girlfriend gifts for the holidays and keep my house stocked with them at all times. From $25 at Indigo.ca
The informative folks at Betty Hemmings Luggage got me hooked on this Knox backpack from Tumi's Alpha Bravo Collection. It's the best way to travel with kids (or without) as your hands are free, there's a million amazing compartments for your documents and it looks cool to boot. $350 at Betting Hemmings Leathergoods (Vancouver and Toronto), www.bettyhemmings.com
November 19th, 2012
After seeing Diana Vreeland at the movies, I am determined to wear ruby red lacquer throughout the festive season. The exaggerated rouge I can live without, but her nails—oh the nails—are just grand.
So my poor talons don’t take a beating, I’m turning to Aquarella. The polish is non-toxic, non-flammable and doesn’t have that wicked smell that comes with most others. The flipside of righteous polish is that it doesn’t have much staying power.
But what are chilly nights made for if not for movies and manicures? —Athena Tsavliris
The Detox Market, 367 King St., Toronto, 416-548-9879, www.thedetoxmarket.com
September 10th, 2012
While editing your beauty regime with the seasons is sensible, pick your products wisely. All most of us really need is to add a serum or rich night cream.
I’m a big fan of Pure and Simple, for its holistic approach to skin care. The Collagen Elastin serum ($119.95) enhanced with Honey, Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid is a staple of mine, especially in cooler months when my skin needs a boost.
New to my kit, is Consonant’s HydrExtreme ($72) – 100 per cent natural and made with Cassia Angustifolia, an ingredient said to outperform hyaluronic acid.
And lastly, beauty pros rave about Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair ($64): “You will look better when you wake up,” insists Guardian beauty columnist, Sali Hughes.
August 7th, 2012
In these brand-new northern tropics, beauty routines have to be fuss-free and sweatproof. These four low-maintenance products will give you an easy on-the-go glow.
Ditch lipstick in favour of Korres lip butter ($12) for a no-makeup look with polish. Some shades, including my favourite plum, can double as a cream blush.
Canadian favourite Consonant's new matte mineral sunscreen (15 mL, $36) in SPF15 goes on smooth, sans grease, white residue and questionable ingredients.
Hot off the press, Weleda's new all-natural body lotions (200 mL, $20) are rich in plant oils and packaged in a fancy pump bottle that promises to leave no lotion behind; the lightweight citrus version contains organic Sicilian lemons and smells bright and clean.
Use pure Moroccan argan oil as a multipurpose moisturizer for skin (it might even make your face less greasy) and hair (to tame frizzies); look at your local health food store for brands or try Essence of Argan (15 mL, $45). —Kat Tancock