Vancouver - HEALTH & BEAUTY
August 23rd, 2012
There is a reason we use the phrase “Amazonian Beauty”: the Amazon rainforest is filled with magical ingredients.
One of them is the restorative oil called Rahua, the star ingredient in Rahua’s Voluminous Shampoo ($32) and Conditioner ($32) that we are just gaga over. This all-natural and vegan hair care line was created in partnership with Amazonian nations, so you know they mean business. Before you can say “Brazilian Supermodel,” your hair will regain its lustre and that expensive salon dye job just might last a little bit longer. —Anya Georgijevic
At Kiss & Makeup, H5 - 925 Main St., West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, http://kissandmakeupstore.com/collections/rahua
August 8th, 2012
When you feel good, you look good.
Such is the theory behind Lush’s new Emotional Brilliance cosmetics line. It goes a little something like this: you spin a wheel and pick the first three colours that call to you; this editor chose fuschia, neon pink and bold blue. Each corresponds to a feeling (passionate, drive and motivation respectively) and a handmade cosmetic - in this case, a lipstick, lip stain and liquid eyeliner.
So you can forget the colours of the season, and opt for the colours of your feelin’s. —Kelsey Dundon
Lush Cosmetics, www.lush.com
July 30th, 2012
We're always suspect of anything with Miracle in the name. It just sounds too late-night-TV.
But we set our prejudices aside in the name of our readers, to test the Black 15-in-1 twice-a-week hair program. Consisting of shampoo, conditioner, and a refreshing spray, your blow-dry is said to last up to four days. The longer you use the products, the better they work.
Right after the treatment, build-up was gone from our hair, and after three humid days and a cross-country flight, we were still locking fabulous.
With wedding season and its entire weekends of events upon us, this is one time saver we can use.
Now we'll be singing in the shower: "I believe in Miracles, etc." —Sarah Bancroft
Black 15-in-1 hair treatment blow-dry, $35-$45 at Workshop Salon, 522 Beatty St., Vancouver, 604-558-0299, www.workshop-salon.com
July 12th, 2012
If your manicure is toast before you’ve even had breakfast, we’ve got some handy advice.
Promising to last two weeks (ours lasted three), shellac manicures are ultra-glossy, dry in mere seconds, and virtually un-chippable.
Using a patent developed by their dentist dad, a brother-sister team built CND (Creative Nail Design), whose shellac is known as the “power polish.”
While we opted for a neutral pale pink called Romantique (as seen on the Spring runways of Phillip Lim), colours can be layered for an ombré effect or made iridescent with a rainbow of metallic powders.
Colour gets soaked off at the salon (or DIY at home in 10 minutes) and the nail bed is as healthy and strong as ever.
Now, about that breakfast. —Sarah Bancroft
To see a gallery of our favourite runway images with CND, visit our Editors' Diary.
July 11th, 2012
Marrying countless skincare steps, Dermalogica’a new SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 is one of those magical all-in-one products to fall in love with.
Much more than just a regular old primer, this might just be the first and last step to flawless skin. Its formula not only smoothes away fine lines and illuminates the skin, but its light tint provides all the coverage one needs in the summer, including sun protection. The light lavender fragrance leaves the skin smelling just as dreamy as it will look. Easy, peasy, protected and primed. — Anya Georgijevic
July 9th, 2012
When we received the tube of Seanol shampoo and conditioner, we were confused. One small tube? To replace both products? And no specifications on hair type? It seemed too good to be true.
Luckily, it wasn’t. Seanol, a beauty brand founded by two sisters in Korea, are products made from a purified, high potency extract of brown algae found only off the coast of Jeju Island in South Korea. Its Procava shampoo and conditioner works wonderfully, doing the job of both products. We’ve been using it at the gym (so much easier than carrying two big bottles around) and it will also be our travel essential.
The product can be used sparingly, and its 100ml tube doesn’t exceed the carry-on liquid limitations when flying
Rinse and repeat! —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Seanol Shampoo and Conditioner, 100ml for $25 from Seanol.ca
July 3rd, 2012
Evil UV rays must be blocked, but is the list of unpronounceable ingredients contained in chemical sunscreens really better? It’s hard to say, but thankfully, we’ve found a sweet solution.
Coola Sunscreen SPF 35 Spray ($32 at Chapters) is made from 97 per cent natural ingredients. Think soothing aloe, cucumber and algae extract as well as red raspberry seed oil—a natural sunscreen with anti-inflammatory properties.
The weightless formula contains no nanoparticles, its spray format is easy to use and the pina colada or mimosa fragrances are incredibly addictive.
The only thing missing? A paper umbrella. —Christine Laroche
June 26th, 2012
Botox, shmotox—we’ve got an alternative that’s the bee’s knees.
The bee venom craze has been happening in Britain (those Brits, always ahead of the times) for over a year now, and it’s finally here. “Bee venom?” you ask. Notice how Duchess of Cornwall has been looking extremely fab these days? Well, it’s not just marital bliss. Camilla has been “stinging” her face for over five years. A BC product, Queen of The Hive introduces this bee-uty regimen to Canada with its Face Contour Mask. Safe to use daily, the venom relaxes one’s facial muscles just slightly enough to prevent deep line formation. (Don’t worry, no bees are harmed in the extracting process.) It will have you buzzing radiance. —Anya Georgijevic
$72.99 at wedderspoon.ca and $77.99 at select health food stores.
Editor’s note: It’s not safe to use if you have allergies to bee stings.
June 14th, 2012
Vancouver has become the first Canadian city to inspire a highly-coveted palette from Stila.
“Vibrant in Vancouver” pays homage to the city’s iconic locales, from the golden green Cypress to pearly English Bay. Vancouver Island’s native flower, the Tiger Lily, plays double duty as a convertible lip and cheek colour. The hues are fresh and lovely, and definitely worthy of our gorgeous city. As for the rest of Canada’s beauties, don’t be jealous, maybe it will be you next. —Anya Georgijevic
June 11th, 2012
I recently diagnosed myself as having fallen into an exercise rut. (Symptoms include: humbled by a Kerrisdale granny at ballet boot camp, scanned the yoga studio for an emergency exit, and found myself running away from hills rather than up them.)
Enter MG Pilates, a new private studio in Kits. At MG Pilates, experienced instructor Matthias Gustavsson will design a program to suit your individual goals and fitness level. Whether you are a reformer expert, recovering from an injury or in need of a fresh approach to your exercise routine, Gustavsson calls on over a decade of Pilates teaching experience to help you find your optimal function and balance. After three sessions, I’ve already noticed improvements in my core strength as well as in my overall motivation to run, stretch and practice.
The MG Pilates studio may be serene, but prepare yourself to work extra hard over the one-hour session ($95). Pilates is a total body work-out and splurging on private classes means there’s no room for the cheating maneuvers I usually pull.
Bring it on, granny. —Julie Whelan
Three 45-min introductory private sessions: $225, MG Pilates, 2130 Yew St., Vancouver, 604-724-4332, www.newmovespilates.com