May 20th, 2013
As we breeze into summer temps, it's time to trade in cold weather creams and salves for a beauty regime that reflects the season.
Trust Bumble and bumble's surf foam wash shampoo and rinse for beachy hair all the time. From $24 each at www.bumbleandbumble.com
May 20th, 2013
When booking an appointment with our esthetician is tougher than securing a spot with our doctor, we know that summer is here.
Another surefire sign that bikini season has begun is when one itty-bitty Brazilian leaves our skin red and irritated (the exact opposite of the smooth skin we were hoping for).
Thankfully, there’s a quick fix: A generous layer of Bubs & Bits ($29.95) by Aussie brand Dr Roebuck’s. The soothing cream creates a protective barrier that soothes, hydrates and helps prevent ingrowns.
Skimpy bottoms, here we come. —Christine Laroche
$29.95 at Murale, www.murale.com
May 15th, 2013
Move over BB, we’re into CC now.
We admit that to anyone but beauty enthusiasts, this sentence must sound like gibberish, but long-time readers will know that we love a product that multitasks. Short for ‘Complexion Corrector,’ the Almay CC Cream is packed with complexion improving ingredients, while conveniently providing coverage with one product. Unlike its predecessor BB, CC can be thought of as more of a skincare product, rather than a makeup one. Almay’s brand new Smart Shade CC Cream does the trick without having to spend a fortune on multiple products.
Wear alone for a light summer cover up nad you've got this season's minimal trend covered. —Anya Georgijevic
May 8th, 2013
Mother's Day comes but once a year, so this Sunday, make up for that time you "borrowed" her car after curfew.
Consider a keepsake with a philanthropic twist, like the Blue Ruby Jewellery collaboration with Cause We Care. These stylish bracelets are made of teak wood beads with turquoise, aquamarine and blue quartz accents, and all proceeds go to the Vancouver-based charity. $20-$45 each or set of 3 for $55 at Blue Ruby, www.blueruby.com
Since you took away so much of her beauty sleep over the years, help mom restore her skin with philosophy's Hope in a Jar Night (the add on to the cult favourite, Hope in a Jar). This thick, intensely moisturizing cream that will have mom looking so young, she'll be mistaken for your sister. $48 at Sephora.ca and philosophy counters, www.philosophy.com
For a sweet end to Sunday brunch, visit the wonderful Beaucoup Bakery for a 10" macaron cake filled with Sicilian pistachio pastry cream and raspberry gelée, surrounded by raspberries and topped with fresh edible flowers. Serves six ($24), must be ordered by Thursday, May 9 by phone 604-732-4222 or email email@example.com.
Nothing feels more personal than an engraved item, which is why we love these stylish Colour Block Cutting Boards ($109-$159, plus $11 for engraving). There's still time to have one done for Mother's Day at Make at Granville Island, 1648 Durlanleau St., Vancouver, www.makevancouver.com
A good bag goes a long way. Vancouver-based Lloyd and Wolf’s Maddy bag combines fashion and function by acting as three bags in on: Extend the strap for a cross body bag, shorten it to make it a shoulder bag, and remove it for a clutch. Sourcing from Italy and Spain result in high quality skins, and limited production runs mean this bag is uniquely hers. $450 at www.lloydandwolf.com or at Rebecca Bree, 3680 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-714-0085, www.rebeccabree.com
April 15th, 2013
With Earth Day just a week away, we've got our eye on all things eco-friendly, starting with our medicine cabinet. Herewith, the beauty-full green picks we love.
How could we resist the brilliantly-named Vitamine & Sea? The Montreal brand opened its first shop-in-shop and stocked it with all things natural and organic for skin and hair. Read the full dose here.
April 8th, 2013
A quick trip to the drugstore means stocking up on our editors' go-to products.
To whiten my teeth I could give up coffee but that would mean, well, giving up coffee. Instead I’ll opt for Crest’s amped-up line of whitening warriors like 3D White Whitestrips Intensive Professional Effects, which is said to produce results comparable to in-office laser treatments. $74.99 at London Drugs.
Long-lasting mascara is the superhero of my beauty routine. But my lashes don’t always see it that way. Marcelle Renforcils Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover is a gentle gel formulated to save vulnerable lashes while being kryptonite for mascara. $17.50 at London Drugs.
I'm undeniably lazy when it comes to lotioning up. That's why I love the new and ingenious Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer: it takes mere seconds, so no more excuses.
$8.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. —Anya Georgijevic
My favourite drugstore nail polish is Revlon, which has great staying power and a nice sheen. I love the colour Goldfinger, as it looks great in the summer and is very forgiving to us lazy types. You can barely see the chips. $7.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
January 8th, 2013
New Year, new goals. Whatever they are, it’s best to start them stress free.
In the past, aromatherapy was a wee but fussy endeavour: messy oils and stinky candles. But no more: 21 Drops nails the idea of a truly modern aromatherapy with their slick little vials of essential oils. Developed by a clinical aromatherapist, 21 Drops’ twenty-one blends tackle everything from PMS to hangovers. This editor’s new secret weapons include “Sleep,” a dreamy blend of sandalwood oil and ylang ylang, and “Will Power,” a cedarwood and ginger rhizome oil blend to kick me when I’m feeling lazy. They’re easy to apply: roll it onto your temples, the inside of your wrists, and the sides of your neck, and the therapy begins. —Anya Georgijevic
$32 at Kiss and Makeup, H5 - 925 Main St., West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, www.kissandmakeupstore.com
December 3rd, 2012
Get to know our cross-country team of editors, who have opened their purses, cupboards and closets to reveal their most essential everyday items. Today, our splendid Calgary editor Kait Kucy, shares her favourite things.
I am always on the hunt for unique new recipes (think Miso Clam Chowder!) and the recently redesigned Bon Appetit never fails to show up with the latest in foodie trends, travel ideas and just all-around delicious looking photographs. I channel my inner chef as I peruse each issue and plan my next dinner party. $6.99 on newsstands, www.bonappetit.com
Hailing from New York and San Francisco, Blue Bottle Coffee beans are my absolute favourite brew in the world. I first discovered them at the Ferry Building in San Fran and have been stocking up on their various blends ever since. US$19.50/pound at www.bluebottlecoffee.net
I never go anywhere without at least one Fields Notes books. As a writer and blogger always on the hunt for the latest in lifestyle and fashion trends, I’ve got to have a notebook on hand to jot down ideas and story pitches. I love the colour palette of the National Crop Edition ($19.95) and while they may be modeled after traditional agricultural handbooks, they fit perfectly into my daily urban life. www.fieldnotesbrand.com
A lipstick fiend, I need to keep my lips moisturized and fresh feeling and no one helps me do that like Sugar. Its delicious clear lip balm has become my number one must-have in my make-up bag. It leaves my lips super soft and ready for any shade of lipstick! $26 at sephora.com
November 30th, 2012
This weekend, we opened our team's purses, closets and cupboards and had them reveal the everyday items they love. Catch up on the entire series here, here and here.
Being pregnant and chasing an 18-month-old doesn’t leave me with much time to get dressed, let alone choose accessories. My Alden Rae is my “arm party” staple. I wear two, linked, and wrapped around my wrist eight times. $49 each, at Shut Up I Love This.
Children Inspire makes the cutest wall hangings, which are available in a multitude of languages. We just bought my son the Swedish alphabet poster ($30) and French farm animal wall cards ($22.) www.childreninspiredesign.com
We love and use the entire Weleda baby range, and their Calendula Weather Protection Cream is amazing for kid’s face and lips in the cold weather, especially when the skin around their nose gets all dry from being wiped all the time. I’ll be stealing some for cold winter walks and ski season. $15.99 at select markets.
My drink of choice is San Pellegrino’s Sparkling Fruit Beverages, basically adult fizzy pops. I hoard them in my storage room, and when guests are lucky, I’ll serve them. The Limonata is my favourite. San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages available at most grocery stores.
How can I not use this opportunity to self-promote, and tell people about my favourite nightwear? This holiday season my husband, family, and I will all be sleeping well in The Sleep Shirt, my nightwear project. Simple, comfortable, and roomy, it’s the best way to sleep. $195-$210, www.thesleepshirt.com
November 27th, 2012
This week, our team is opening their purses, closets and cupboards to reveal their favour things. Today, our stylish publisher, Tara Parker Tait.
I don't know how we ever survived before these versatile and chic Muuto Restore storage baskets came into our lives. We have them in every room for everything from blankets, magazines and the Sunday New York Times to my son's books and blocks. They hold their shape and are the perfect size for a million applications. We love the grey but they also come in an array of fun colours like indigo blue and army green. $129 in-store or order by phone from Vancouver's Livingspace, 604-683-1116, www.livingspace.com
I got turned on to these ultra-soft V Room hoodies at a great little West Coast boutique called 11th Moon in Laguna Beach, California. They are the requisite layering item for OC gals under leather jackets or over T by Alexander Wang tees. Mine are so worn through they need new zippers and I have to ration how often I wear them for fear of losing them for good. $275 at at Lost and Found, www.lostandfoundshop.com; find Toronto and Montreal stockists here.
It's a fight to the finish to see who gets to sleep with our newest Wings and Horns heather grey blanket. It's got the same incredibly comfortable feel of the brands must-have hoodies, is machine washable (huge bonus with my toddler dragging it to and fro!) and makes a great roof for our pillow fort. $148 at www.wingsandhorns.com
A close friend from New Zealand gifted me Antipodes body oil and I am completely in love. I have a very hard time with normal fragrance and super sensitive skin so I tend to cringe when people give me beauty products, but Antipodes has zero artificial ingredients or overpowering scents. A nice subtle mix of lavender, ylang ylang and jasmine, drop a bit in the bath or rub on post for a light, calming scent. $43 at www.spaboutique.ca
I discovered the perfect Thymes Frasier Fir Candle candle while shopping at Mandula in Gastown as owner Hajnulka has them burning year-round in her avant-garde boutique. I give them as girlfriend gifts for the holidays and keep my house stocked with them at all times. From $25 at Indigo.ca
The informative folks at Betty Hemmings Luggage got me hooked on this Knox backpack from Tumi's Alpha Bravo Collection. It's the best way to travel with kids (or without) as your hands are free, there's a million amazing compartments for your documents and it looks cool to boot. $350 at Betting Hemmings Leathergoods (Vancouver and Toronto), www.bettyhemmings.com