Vancouver - HEALTH & BEAUTY
December 2nd, 2013
Winter months can be tough: we tend to work longer hours, exercise less and spend most of our time indoors.
All of this can lead to stress and anxiety, and even worse, skin issues. One magical little plant soothes it all: relax with L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath ($29 at L’Occitane, left); nourish your skin with Weleda’s Lavender Relaxing Body Oil ($21 at Whole Foods, right); refresh with Green Beaver’s Natural Deodorant ($5.99 at Choices); and escape with Urban Spa’s Lavender Sleep Pillow ($13.99 at well.ca).
December 2nd, 2013
If you’ve ever found yourself in the drugstore aisle completely perplexed by the ingredients in face cream, this app is for you. Think Dirty helps us see past the label (because sometimes, “natural” is a bit of a misnomer) and get the real dirt on what’s in our favourite beauty products. Simply scan the barcode (there’s over 12,000 products in their database) and you’ll instantly get a level rating that examines toxicity and allergens. Don’t see your go-to shampoo? Send them the label, and they’ll do the research for you.
Style.com has long been the online authority of all things fashionable. Live streaming of fashion shows, photos from the most fabulous parties in all the land, and detailed trend reports and street style dissection makes this an invaluable sartorial resource.
We never want to miss a big story, but we don’t always have time to scour the web for trending stories. Enter Zite, which invites you cherry pick the topics that pique your interest, and they do the rest. It’s like a carefully curated magazine delivered right to your smartphone.
How long is that layover? And what time does your flight leave? Avoid the mad dash to the airport for with Tripit, a mobile travel assistant that saves all of your arrangements (flight times, car service, hotel reservations, calendar sync) in one place, so you aren’t stressing about missing that 7 a.m. breakfast meeting.
Dining:Best Buy Mobile offers the best choice of phones and networks, informed and impartial advice, and a free upgrade check. You can now find Best Buy Mobile at all Best Buy stores and as standalone stores in malls across the country. Learn more at BestBuyMobile.ca
When it comes to finding the best dishes in the city, no one loves dishing more than chefs. The most celebrate chefs in North America (Mario Batali, David Boulud, Vij, David Hawksworth) pinpoint specific meals at their favourite restaurants, from noodle bars to fine dining Italian, for Chefs Feed. Warning: don’t browse on an empty stomach.
November 25th, 2013
With the season of primping, parties and Prosecco upon us, switching up your hair style with some fun curls is the easiest way to pump up your party look.
And that's why we love the Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret, which makes curling tresses a breeze (read: no kinks and no tangles). Put a small section of hair in the clamp and the curl chamber wraps it around the ceramic wand. Release and voila, perfectly curled hair.
With your 'do done so quickly, you’ll have more time to change your outfit. —Sara Samson
From $100 at drugstores and department stores, www.curlsecret.com
November 18th, 2013
We can trust Canadian beauty companies to create natural beauty products meant for use in cold weather. Three of our pics to get you and your skin through the next few months.
Consonant Skincare’s HydrExtreme serum has won a number of beauty awards, and we aren’t surprised. Mix it with your regular moisturizer to increase your skin’s ability to absorb moisture, especially on windy winter days. It is 100 per cent natural, lightweight, and highly effective – we are hooked. 10ml, $72, www.consonantskincare.com
Cake’s Rejuvenating Oil for body, face and hair is a versatile product you can use head to toe. Scented with orange peel and made with inca inchi oil, the richest plant-based source of omega 3, 6, and 9, this product will improve texture, smooth skin tone, and condition split ends. Free of mineral oil, parabens, and all of the other additives, this 3-in-1 product is great for a winter weekend when you are traveling light. 118ml, $36, www.cakebeauty.com
For those of you who prefer a thick, luxurious cream, Escents Aromatherapy Almond Latte Shea Body Butter (Rich Formula) does the job well. With a base of shea butter, grapeseed and avocado oil, topped with almond essential oil, this cream is the ultimate cold weather skin nourishment. We like the smaller 50ml tubs ($9.95) so we can carry one in our bag and butter up when needed. $200ml, $26.95, www.escentsaromatherapy.com—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
November 11th, 2013
“Busy people, women who don’t like to put on a lot of makeup, and new moms, those are the people who like this service.” explained MJ from MJ Bataa Beauty about her eyelash extensions.
And since this editor ticks all of these boxes, we were sold. Based in Coal Harbour (although they also offer a mobile service), this salon offers a variety of eyelash extensions, including a natural or red carpet application, using either synthetic or real mink lashes. The process takes around 90 minutes, and is painless (we could have probably power napped through it.) You can’t get them wet for 48 hours, but after that, maintenance is pretty easy and we hardly notice they are on (aside from a few seconds of discomfort when putting in our contact lenses.)
Lasting up to eight weeks if cared for properly, the lash extensions mean we’re saving precious minutes every morning. Less dark circles and gorgeous eyelashes – this editor almost feels glamorous again! — Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
$120 for a full set, $60 for infills (recommended after 4 weeks.) MJ Bataa Beauty, Vie Dermaclinic, 1128 W. Hastings, Vancouver, 604-754-8179, www.mjbataa.com
November 4th, 2013
Guy Bourdin’s fashion photography features dramatic, sensual, and provocative imagery with exotic, mysterious women.
In a bid to make our lives a bit more like his photos and subjects, we are digging into the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday collection.
The limited edition eyeshadows, lipesticks, blushers, and nail colour come in a range of bold deep colours with names like Coeur Battant (magenta), Bad Behaviour (deep pewter) and Exhibit A (matte red.) And since we are nearing the holidays, the gift sets will make lovely presents or a great addition to our own lists.
Although you’ve got every right to be suspicious if a lover gifts you the lip set called Fling ($55), or the bronzer blusher set called One Night Stand ($72). —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Colour Collection, eyeshadows start at $28 at www.narscosmetics.ca
October 28th, 2013
With labelling terms like organic, holistic, and natural dominating the beauty aisle, it’s really hard to figure out what products are safe, and which ones we should avoid.
So we turn to Think Dirty for advice on our cosmetics and skincare. This Canadian app has over 12,000 products in its database, and rates them based on carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, and allergies. Based on government lists, non-profit health organizations, and regulatory agencies, the product evaluations have forced us to reconsider a few of our staples. And if you can’t find the product you use, you can scan the barcode and Think Dirty will research the product and get back to you with information.
We also love that this app is free, because we are putting all our pennies to buying new beauty products. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
October 21st, 2013
Keeping up with the latest beauty products and trends is overwhelming (and expensive) but there is a way to test dozens of while keeping the pocketbook in check.
A $12 monthly subscription to Canadian company TopBox will deliver four top beauty products samples right to your door. With a 100 brands in the mix (including the likes of Benefit, Aveda and Clinique), boxes can be customized to match your skin care needs.
Finally, mail to look forward to. —Sara Samson
October 7th, 2013
Metallics and sparkles are huge for fall and winter—and we aren't just talking about fashion.
These brand new cream shadows from Stila come in 12 intense colours that will seriously illuminate your make-up routine. With holiday parties just around the corner, these are the perfect complement to a little black dress and sleek ponytail. Don't forget the primer to prep the eyelid and keep the shadow in place all night long.
Dull eyeshadow, you've been foiled. — Sara Samson
Stila Foil Finish Eye Shadow, $42, available at Sephora.
September 30th, 2013
It was a life-altering trip to Morocco and an ensuing romance (with both hammam spas and a fellow) that gave rise to Vancouver-based skincare line Saadia Organics.
The secret weapon — and our new one — is their vegan Argan oil (from $12 for 10ml). While most versions available on the market are machine-pressed at high temperatures that often boil away nutrients, this one is cold-pressed by hand in Essaouira, Morocco, retaining all the good ingredients. There is an element of social good in its production, too, with the company employing and empowering local women through ethical co-op programs.
While it's only natural to think oil worsens skin issues, Argan oil actually cleanses and detoxifies, meaning pesky pimples and dry dermis can be fixed with just a few drops. Did we mention it also takes care of stuck zippers? Put some on a cotton swab, dab away and voila.
Oil, oil, take away our troubles. —May Globus