September 4th, 2012
It’s not often you get to celebrate a 175th birthday, so when Holt Renfrew announced they were celebrating theirs in September, we were put into a party mood and decided to get dressed up in magenta, the store’s signature colour.
We started with the limited edition magenta Alice + Olivia peplum dress ($275), paired with Louboutin Lady Peep Holts 175th anniversary platforms ($1,295) and Sydney Evan’s ruby moonstone bead bracelet ($775.) We softened our hands with Jurlique’s rose hand cream and painted our nails with Deborah Lippmann’s Raise Your Glass nail polish, then packed our Judith Leiber heart-shaped clutch ($275) with Giorgio Armani’s ‘Holts Magenta’ lipstick ($38.) Since it is almost winter, we threw on the Canada Goose Trillium parka with magenta lining, of course ($750.)
With all this limited edition birthday garb, we’ll be blushing with excitement and we’re giving our dreary black winter wardrobe the pink slip.—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Holt Renfrew limited-edition magenta products available in store at 737 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, www.holtrenfrew.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
April 30th, 2012
We’re spicing up our mani in the most fashionable way possible.
Thakoon – a favourite designer of everyone from the U.S.A’s fashionable First Lady to Hollywood style-setters like Rachel Bilson and Jessica Alba – has teamed up with Nars to create a Bollywood-inspired nail polish collection that hits counters tomorrow.
Must-have shades include Anardana, a pomegranate-esque pink and Amchoor, a gorgeous yellow reminiscent of the citrusy spice common in India.
Don’t let the $21 per bottle price tag scare you: With his dresses starting at a cool $725, these polishes are affordable, at least by Thakoon standards! —Christine Laroche
The Bay, 674 Granville Street, Vancouver, 514-281-4422, www.hbc.com
April 2nd, 2012
The boys in The Hunger Games are a tad underwhelming (sorry!), but one strapping man gives us summer beauty inspiration.
While the other Capitolians sport ridiculous neon-coloured manes, overly manicured talons, and falsies that would make Shu Uemura gasp, Cinna (played by the ageless Lenny Kravitz) is the picture of elegance with his signature gold eyeliner. This simple golden stroke created with Make Up For Ever’s gold Metal Powder is a subtle springtime look, promising to dazzle under the beaming sun rays. We’re opting for a convenient, small purse-appropriate Aqua Liner in Diamond Gold, because something tells us Cinna would approve of minimalism. —Anya Georgijevic
$26 at Sephora, www.sephora.com
March 5th, 2012
Dreamy pastels are on everyone’s mind this spring, from the runways of Phillip Lim, to Chanel’s beauty counters.
One Canadian brand, Jacob, serves up the finest confectionary colour palette with a line of affordable and formaldehyde-free nail lacquers. Their freshest concoctions include Retro Chic, a frothy cantaloupe hue, Miss Mousseline, a cotton candy pink, and Sunny Capri, a soft lemon meringue yellow. They might make you crave a cupcake or two, but your nails will look just as delicious. —Anya Georgijevic
$6 at Jacob, www.jacob.ca
January 3rd, 2012
New year = new you. Detoxes, diets, 30-day yoga challenges… Clean living is a big project.
To help our skin do the same, Pangea Organics packaged their most popular products into three Skincare Discovery Kits, targeted for different skin types. Pangea is the cult favourite among the green-minded celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Christy Turlington and packed with exotically unconventional, but powerful, antioxidant ingredients like Adzuki Bean and Nigerian Ginger. Its Japanese Matcha Tea formulated Facial Mask with Acai and Goji Berry is a one-step skin wonder, leaving the face looking instantly refreshed.
Before we can twist into that perfect Scorpion pose (because we’re sure Gwyneth and Christy can), it’s all about baby steps, right? —Anya Georgijevic
$43 at www.pangeaorganicscanada.com
December 6th, 2011
Even the most die hard nail fanatic can get a bit bored of the sheer number of new nail polishes launched on a monthly basis.
We’ve seen it all when it comes to trendy colours, quick dry, or crazy nail art, but it is rare to find something completely new in the world of nail polish. That’s why we got very excited when we discovered Nails Inc’s new magnetic nail polish. Coat your nail with the polish, which includes metallic particles, and then use the magnet embedded in the cap to create shapes and patterns.
And make sure to apply it a good distance away from your fridge! —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Nails Inc Magnetic Polish, $16 from Sephora, www.sephora.com