Vancouver - HEALTH & BEAUTY
September 13th, 2010
Located in the stunning Jacobsen development in South Main, the new J Spa is a secret new urban oasis.
From polished concrete floors to the prettiest polishes from Essie, with its two treatment areas and infrared sauna, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon escape.
We sampled the “juicy facial” with all organic products and were glowing like a summer peach for days.
Orange you glad you took some time out for yourself finally?
J Spa, The Jacobson Building, 276 E. Second Ave., Vancouver, 778-229-1510, www.j-spa.ca
September 7th, 2010
In preparation for what’s called “seasonal lethargy,” bears put on 30 pounds of body fat a week. Heading into our own hibernation, the only bulk we care to 'bear' is chunky knitwear.
Keep the tush toned with a twice-weekly September session of Booty Camp. Located across the Lower Mainland, the girl only classes are lead by certified trainers and include fitness assessment and nutritional support on top of cardio and strength building circuit training. And enrollment comes a exercise DVD for doing on off-days.
We just finished four weeks and feel fit to bare arms beneath fall’s faux fur vests.
Camps ($159/4wks) start today and tomorrow in Yaletown, Fairview and North Vancouver, to sign-up visit www.bootycampfitness.com
August 30th, 2010
If washing our face was like being a contestant on The Wheel of Fortune, we’d ask to buy a consonant, not a vowel.
Winning words like “natural” and “organic” describe the foaming face wash ($18) from Canadian skin care line Consonant. Feather light and refreshing, it’s sans synthetics and loaded with the natural goodness of tea tree and grape seed oils. Have yours unscented or with an air of citrus bergamot.
Purchase the wash as a part of their three piece 30 Day Challenge Kit ($90) and they’ll give you back your cash if you’re anything but pleased with the products. That’s good game.
August 23rd, 2010
We turn to Burberry when we want the nattiest of raingear.
And now the venerable British line has coverage for our faces as well.
Burberry’s new makeup line pays homage to the legacy with foundations named “Trench” and a storm-inspired range of greyed-out eyeshadows ($33).
The shimmery compacts feature the signature Burberry check, which reminds us, time to check our makeup!
Ah yes, still perfect.
Burberry Beauty, Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, 604-681-3121, www.holtrenfrew.com
August 19th, 2010There’s nothing better than slipping out of work early on a slow afternoon for a “dentist appointment.”
With a recipe more than 1,000 years old, a fragrant bundle of Thai herbs (like lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime and cumin) is steamed to 100 degrees, then used as a hot compress from the back of your neck to the balls of your feet.
Muscles melt, essential oils heal the skin, and everything from circulation to congestion is addressed.
Hmmmmm…I think we are overdue for a teeth cleaning.
Herbal Compress Massage, $104/60minutes, Sabai Thai Spa (downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver), www.thaispa.ca
August 16th, 2010
In the early '90s grunge era “dirty beauty” meant nonchalance about hair care. In today’s green era, it means caring about toxins in our beauty products.
If 'ignorance is bliss' isn’t your motto, pick up No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt. The former Montrealers and journalists dig into the dirtiest ingredients and their risk factors, recommend less toxic products they’ve tested and provide home recipes for hair, face and bod. They also offer up a slew of sidebar beauty tips, like doing your hair wash routine backwards for better results.
We appreciate that the authors don’t hold back on the bad stuff, but remain even keeled. For instance, while hair dye holds many horrors, they won’t forsake all honey-blonde highlights.
August 9th, 2010
With the camel coats and chubby knits of the fall collections arriving in stores, visions of soft smoky eyes and flushed cheeks are beginning to dance in our heads.
On the latter we’ve fallen for the new Nars eye and cheek palette Only You ($75). Packed inside a sleek and secure zip-up compact, the palette is armed with four fab shadows, including a metallic neutral, matte black, golden espresso and aubergine, and loaded with its Hungry Heart highlighter and Orgasm blush.
Perfect for popping in your purse, it’ll take you from Donna Karan by day to Alexander Wang after dark.
At The Bay, 674 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-681-6211, www.thebay.com
August 6th, 2010
A mayjah event + a group of girlfriends + one bathroom mirror=sharp elbows.
Avoid the drama and book your girlfriends in for a session at Rouge Make-up Lounge. The sophisticated space has seven stations and carries primo products (like Becca and Paul & Joe Beauté) that in-house make-up artists will expertly apply to your specifications.
Smoky eyes and red lips? That’s drama we can live with.
From $45 per person, Rouge Make-up Lounge, 1038 Hamilton St., Vancouver, 604-681-1118, www.rougemakeuplounge.com
July 30th, 2010
If Coco Chanel was right when she declared, “a woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” then perhaps it’s time we talked No. 5 year plans.
At Holt Renfrew’s new Chanel Olfactive Bar, trade fortune tellers for fragrance experts and sit in a tweed chair surrounded by black and white photographs of Mademoiselle. Instead of crystal balls, there are ceramic blotters so you can smell the fullness of each fragrance as the perfumer would, without the successive sprays.
The bar is also the exclusive carrier of Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection, from which we found our next scent (we’d tell you what it is, but some things in life should remain a mystery).
Chanel Olfactive Bar at Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, 604-681-3121 (call to book an appointment), www.holtrenfrew.com
July 23rd, 2010
If the eyes are the window to the soul, then the soles must be the doorway to everything else.
But between flimsy flats and killer heels our feet never rest, so we hauled our tired tootsies up to the new Sole Spa. The soothing reflexology foot massages are low-maintenance (no time-consuming spa day required), pocket-friendly ($40/50 mins) and a perfect spot for a pre-stagette gathering or girlfriend catch-up session. After a warm soak, a thorough massage and a soothing application of cream from the light and delectable house line Shui, you’re out the door with your best foot forward.
We think we’ve developed a foot fetish.
The Sole Room, 3086 Cambie St., Vancouver, 604-876-6808, www.thesolespa.com