Vancouver - HEALTH & BEAUTY
October 29th, 2012
The only thing more decadent than eating caviar is dabbing it on your face.
And if you're due an afternoon of luxury, look no further than the serene and gentle Golden Caviar facial at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. Unwind in your private suite complete with bathtub, separate shower, change room, fireplace and lounge area (yes, the treatment rooms are bigger than most Vancouver apartments).
But why fish eggs? Caviar extract is complemented by soy protein, shea butter and lactic acid, which combine to moisturize, protect from sun damage and assist in the natural regeneration
process, meaning noticeably brighter and
Unintended side effects of this chichi facial include a faux posh accent and forgetting where you docked your yacht. —Maria Tallarico
Golden Caviar Facial, 90 minutes, $185 at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La,
October 10th, 2012
Ever want to recreate a memory from a certain time and place?
That’s exactly what Maison Martin Margiela has done for its latest highly anticipated collection of three fragrances, Replica. Each captures a special moment in time: a stroll through a Parisian “Flower Market” in 2011; a “Funfair Evening” spent in Santa Monica in 1994; and a “Beach Walk” in Calvi on the romantic island of Corsica in 1972. Each magnificent and delicate in its own way, these memory capsules really evoke a sense of being on a journey.
Who said time travel wasn’t possible? —Anya Georgijevic
$100 at The Bay.
October 9th, 2012
Shopping for functional running shoes can be a depressing activity.
Not only are they expensive (that money could go towards some heels), they’re not used for fun activities (we’d rather be at a restaurant than the gym) and they come in a very limited range of styles (usually neon pink with grey or turquoise, yellow, and lime green.) We’ve often wondered why no one makes a discreet grey running shoe.
Well now, someone does. Strike Mvmnt is a local brand that has designed an ultra-light interval crosstrainer for running and weights that comes in various shades of blue or grey. We loved that it was a great shoe to workout in, but mostly, we loved that it matches our black athletic wear.
We may even wear them outside of the gym. Ok, maybe not, but at least that’s an option. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Strike Mvmnt interval crosstrainer, $125 at www.strike-mvmnt.com
September 27th, 2012
This is the moment of vamp, but winter fresh and retro beauty also found their way onto runways this season.
Vampy is the buzzword of the season, so get ready for very deep wine coloured lips. Seen at Gucci (pictured), YSL, Etro, and dozens of other shows, this dark shade requires some bravery, but once you try, you won’t stop. Editor’s Pick: Ilia Lipstick in Femme Fatale, $24 at ILIA.com and Kiss & Makeup, H5-925 Main St., West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, www.kissandmakeupstore.com
With vampy lips come vampy nails. Intense brights and complex nail art is put on the sidelines in lieu of the classic Hollywood burgundy, as seen at Catherine Malandrino (pictured) and Jenny Packham. Editor’s Pick: Essie nail polish in Skirting the Issue, $11 at Kiss & Makeup, H5-925 Main St., West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, www.kissandmakeupstore.com
Green shadows are making their biggest return since the ’80s. Avoid looking like the Jersey clan from Working Girl and opt for a shadow that’s easy on the glitter and with a slightly pearly finish, as seen at Jason Wu’s presentation. Editor’s Pick: Stila Eye Shadow in Jade, $24 at Beautymark, 1268 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver, 604-642-2294, www.beautymark.ca
Winter fresh is the best way to describe this flushed cheek seen at Michael Kors, Preen and Issa. Keep it looking youthful by keeping the rest of the face clean and opting for a dewy cream blush. Editor’s Pick: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush in Truth and Dare, $30 at Sephora.
Poof and Band
Channeling Brigitte Bardot and a current It Girl Lana Del Rey, bouffants are the up-dos of the season, seen in the ladylike collections of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera (pictured). What you need is a lot of hairspray, some backcombing action, and a headband to top it off. With a sultry ‘60s poof, this is not a schoolgirl look. Editor’s Pick: Goody Iconoclass Satin Headbands (2 pack), $5.99 at London Drugs.
September 25th, 2012
Detox, cleanse, restore - no matter how you say it, giving the body the occasional break from caffeine, carbs and cocktails is a good idea.
But no need to pull the '90s juicer out of its (unopened) box: popular food cart The Juice Truck has developed The Juice Cleanse, a program that does all the healthy heavy lifting for you. As a first timer, I opted for the 3-day cleanse and the night before my start date, a box of carefully labelled bottles, along with instructions (the juices have to be consumed in a certain order), was delivered to my door.
Developed by a nutritionist, the ingredients are right on the bottle (organic veggies and fruit, cold-pressed for maximum nutrition) and surprisingly easy to drink. The 7 daily juices hydrate, energize and stave off hunger; each bottle seems to magically know what you need at each point in the day, like the Protein Milk, a mix of cinnamon, hemp and vanilla, which satiated end-of-day sugar cravings.
Three days later we're feeling brighter, lighter and ready to give up coffee for good. Well, maybe just lighter and brighter. —Maria Tallarico
The Juice Cleanse, from $195/3 day, www.thejuicecleanse.ca
September 24th, 2012
If it’s not about the destination, then we’re determined to make the journey as stress-free as possible.
jet/set/go, a new line of cheap and cheerful travel accessories, does just that. Over-packers will rejoice in the portable luggage scale ($24) that lets you weigh your bags before check in. Beauty junkies will love the travel container set ($9) that comes in a resealable bag to keep creams and potions pristine. Neat freaks will take comfort in the compact laundry bag ($6) that ensures worn clothes don’t mix with the unworn.
Hey, if we’re going to come with baggage....
At Superstore, www.superstore.ca
September 20th, 2012
If you think life coaching is all about organizing your lists and increasing output, think again.
Our recent series of coaching sessions with Life Compass was hardly that. The focus was personal transformation and integrating values into our daily life. After a gruelling questionnaire (What do you see as your life purpose? What is your definition of success?) we had our first conversation and were given a challenge: throw away the lists. Well, that particular challenge didn’t work out so well for us, but we did learn a lot. Here is a list (oops) of three things life coaching has helped us change in our lives.
1. We’ve stopped checking Facebook more than three times a day, as it was cutting into the time we spent with REAL friends.
2. We’ve stopped living life for the future. Life Compass Coaching taught us that happiness is about learning to enjoy all the good moments of life, whether it be that amazing trip or simply watching your dog swim in the ocean.
3. We’ve learnt to accept life as it is, even as we strive for change. This was a big challenge, but certainly a worthy one. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Life Compass Coaching, first session is free, following sessions cost $100 per hour. www.lifecompasscoaching.ca
September 17th, 2012
The term “fresh faced” is taken to a whole new level with Tata Harper’s farm-to-face approach to beauty.
You’ve probably heard her name mentioned by beautiful celebrity fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and Christy Turlington, and now Vancouverites can get a taste of this acclaimed organic skin care line.
Tata Harper grows most of her ingredients on her own 1,200-acre organic farm in Vermont, with flowers acting as the main components to her star products. We love the delicate Rejuvenating Serum ($165), whose hero ingredient is the Menyanthes flower, which helps to maintain healthy skin cells. Vancouver’s humid climate will appreciate the Rebuilding Moisturizer ($110), a delicate moisturizer with a matte finish.
Freshly farmed is beautiful. —Anya Georgijevic
At Kiss & Makeup, H5 - 925 Main St., West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, http://kissandmakeupstore.com
Read our interview with Tata Harper here.
September 10th, 2012
That is the question.
Vancouver’s latest fashion boutique, Rebecca Bree, has just opened its doors on Fourth avenue, nestled snugly between Kitsilano and Point Grey. Named after the owner, the store’s collections reflect her style: think feminine, pretty items fit for a lady (although not in the Macbeth sense of the word).
Neither a borrower nor a lender be, we will be shopping for printed Tibi shift dresses ($375), Rocaille bracelets encrusted with vintage jewels circa 1930 ($195), and necessities like Tocca candles, Hanky Panky thongs, and illustrated fashion tomes.
To thine own self be true. Or in this case, be true to the Rebecca Bree self. We shall be beautiful and well-dressed, ready to face the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Rebecca Bree, 3680 W. Fourth Ave, Vancouver, 604-714-0085, www.rebeccabree.com
September 6th, 2012
We love freckles… unless they turn into dark spots.
There are freckles you are born with (if so, lucky you — cute!), and there are those that appear from sun exposure. The latter of the two eventually lose their summer charm and turn dark and dull. A little brightening goes a long way! No harsh chemicals are needed: the new Bright Skin Masque by Eminence uses nature’s best brighteners such as bearberry, licorice (yum!), stone crop, and a plant-derived concentrate called Gigawhite.
Keep only the ones you were born with. —Anya Georgijevic
$54 at Spa Boutique, 3630 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, 604-734-7114, www.spaboutique.ca