Vancouver - HEALTH & BEAUTY
February 21st, 2011
What chunky knits are to winter, punchy prints are to spring.
Playing with the 'lighten up' mood of the upcoming season is the Milly for Clinique Pretty In Prints Spring 2011 collection. The set includes a melon pink Long Last Glosswear with SPF 15 ($18), a High Impact Mascara to make your eyes pop ($18) and a limited-edition compact (adorned with the Milly print) that contains a Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad and Blushing Blush ($43) and comes with a an adorable cloth pouch inspired by a 1960s couture print.
Here comes the sun.
At Clinique counters, www.clinique.ca
February 16th, 2011
There's nothing glamourous about having a cold.
But at least your congestion relief can come from mineral-rich French seawater.
The all-natural Hydrasense saline nasal sprays not only work amazingly well, they're completely sterile and non-medicinal so they can be used as often as you like.
Now, about that deep, raspy voice.
February 14th, 2011
As January fitness resolutions turn into February reality, even the most motivated can use a little pink-me-up.
Joe Fresh Style's new 42-piece health and wellness collection, Jogi, comes in a peppy pink-and-grey palette and has plenty of pieces to keep us sweating till spring. For the all-around athlete, the cardio kit has push-up bars, weights and a jump rope ($25), while posers will love the non-slip hot yoga towel ($25) that goes over yoga mats to wick away moisture.
Although a cute workout ensemble is not included, it is just an aisle away.
At Real Canadian Superstore, www.superstore.ca
February 11th, 2011
A box of chocolates he wants not.
A decorated sugar box, now that's a Valentine's present.
Surprise your sweetie with a bikini wax in the shape of a heart, or decorated with a sparkly rhinestones from Yaletown's new Sugarbox waxing salon.
Owner Jane Brooks has gone ultra-girly with this larger location, replete with gilt mirrors, refurbished shabby-chic antiques, and pink and purple walls ("I couldn't decorate my home this way," she laughs).
Neat and discreet (her "single dip" waxing policy avoids cross-contamination between clients), Brooks gets the job done at lightning speed with minimal pain.
Now all you have to do is plan the "reveal."
Bikini waxing from $30. Sugarbox, 1025 Cambie St., Vancouver, 604-569-1100, www.mysugarbox.com
January 31st, 2011
Cher couldn’t turn back time, so what makes us think we can?
Dermalogica’s new Age Reversal Eye Complex, that’s what. The cream combats puffiness, dark circles and, with a touch of Retinol, crow’s feet too. Smooth as silk and speedily absorbed, a little dab will do ya.
While we’re going back to the future, we’d like the long, shiny locks we had when we were 10.
$105 (15mL) at Shifeon, 1156 Robson St., Vancouver, 604-688-3291, www.shifeon.com
January 24th, 2011
If only the bags under our eyes were money bags, we’d Crème de la Mer morning, noon and night.
For those pores on a skin care savings plan, Sephora has you covered. This month they launched a complete range of affordably-priced products that skimp on the bad stuff (i.e. no parabens, sulfates or GMOs), but splurge on the good stuff (a special plant-derived super ingredient called HydroSenn+). We love the everyday oil-free instant moisturizer ($24) for being half the cost of most competitors, but just as good.
See, these pores are rich.
At Sephora Pacific Centre, 910-609 Granville St., Vancouver, 778-331-3942, www.sephora.com
January 18th, 2011
A no dairy diet doesn’t mean you can’t have your whipped cream… you just can’t eat it too (it’s for your hair).
Milk_Shake conditioning whipped cream by Z.ONE Concept smells like the yummiest vanilla diner shake, but the leave-in mousse protects locks with milk proteins for strength, wheat germ for repair and shine, and a special Integrity 41 complex for helping seal in colour.
Milk. It does a bob good.
$23 at BeautyMark, 103-1120 Hamilton St., Vancouver, 604-642-2294, www.beautymark.ca
January 10th, 2011
Nothing like a deep fried Mars bar to spoil your master cleanse.
But, oh, it’s worth it. The meaty main courses too, at new casual Carolina BBQ joint Peckinpah around the corner from Gassy Jack. Studded leather stools surround a saloon-like bar adorned with a bookcase of bourbon bottles, while up above clusters of work lights and a wire mesh ceiling exude extra toughness.
Pull up a chair and put your teeth into a pulled pork sandwich with a side fixin’ of creamed corn or corn bread ($9.50), plus a pint of our new favourite brew White Bark ($5.50) from Victoria’s Driftwood Brewery, and for a moment you’ll feel as though you’re back on the bayou—even if you’ve never been before.
Peckinpah, 2 Water St., Vancouver, 604-681-5411, www.peckinpahbbq.com
January 5th, 2011
We’re still on a post-holiday tight pants embargo.
But if we’re going to fulfill our resolution to run a half marathon this year, we need to get our butt in gear.
Trading in our tight, tapered running tights, at least for the time being, we’re trying Lululemon’s more forgiving Resolution Pant. The loose but not too loose track pant has a moisture-wicking outer layer and a super soft inner lining, not to mention a safe place to stow the house key.
$108 at Lululemon Athletica, www.lululemon.com
December 17th, 2010
'Tis the season to sparkle. Too bad about that library of matte nail lacquers in your medicine cabinet.
Now, hold on, don’t throw the buff out with the bathwater. A shimmery top coat from Sephora by OPI will make any shade fit for the holiday season. For gilded girls, there’s “Only Gold For Me,” and for silver foxes “Flurry Up,” both clear with specks of glitter to add a festive flourish on top of whatever hue you already have on your fingertips.
No fading back to flat black.
$9 at www.sephora.com