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Waxing 101: Expert tips on how to get super smooth legs, just in time for summer

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Photography by Peter Stigter

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Some of the best beauty ideas out there are the ones that have been around forever, but you just haven’t tried yet. While I’ve experimented with waxing just about every body part possible, it wasn’t until a friend started raving about her monthly leg waxes that I decided to give it a go. Five sessions later and my skin has never felt smoother. (Also, you know those hard-to-shave spots, like knees and the back of your thighs? You better believe wax can take care of that.)

With summer just around the corner, now’s definitely the time to embrace leg waxing. To make sure you get the most out of your session, I sat down with Florence Gaven, co-owner of Toronto’s Fuzz Wax Bar, to find out her top leg waxing tips. Read more »


Afternoon Delight: Not all argan oils are created equal (so try this one!)

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Leaves of Trees Argan oil

Not all argan oils are created equal—though they should be, considering that it’s really just 100% pure oil from kernels of Moroccan argan trees. However, like all trendy beauty ingredients, argan oil is one of the latest ingredients to reach mass popularity, appearing in everything from shampoos to body washes to lotions. But why not play bathroom chemist and mix up your own argan oil-infused concoctions? I like to keep a bottle of Leaves of Trees Unscented Argan Oil on my vanity, adding a drop or two into whatever other product I’m applying. This cold-pressed argan oil is produced from a certified organic women’s cooperative in Morocco and adds a nice level of silky hydration to skin and hair. Also, I’m quite drawn to the simple design of the bottle.

Leaves of Trees Unscented Argan Oil ($60, leavesoftrees.com)


Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay: 28 photos from the bridal salon’s launch party in Toronto

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Kleinfeld Toronto Opening 18

Photography by Stefania Yarhi

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Is there a bigger bridal brand than Kleinfeld? Last night, to celebrate the Say Yes To The Dress juggernaut’s debut at Hudson’s Bay in Toronto, a lavish cocktail party took over all 20,000 square feet of the just-opened bridal salon. The space, with white-washed floors and vaulted ceiling could easily pass as a wedding venue itself (there’s even a small patio space for post-saying-yes cocktails!)—save for the dozens of dresses lining the walls. But what’s on display is just a sample of how much Kleinfeld has to offer: behind the scenes, there’s over 600 gowns to choose from, with more than 50 brands on the roster. Read more »


Afternoon Delight: Bronzer that’s creamy to the touch (and doesn’t need a brush!)

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RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer

I pretty much wear a bronzer year-round, but the return of warmer weather is always an ideal time to reassess what you’ve been putting on your face the last eight months. As such, the first thing on my to-try list is RMS Beauty’s Buriti Bronzer. This sheer, creamy bronzer is nothing like the powder palettes we’re used to. It delivers a true-to-tanned-skin bronze tint (no orange shimmer here!) and contains Buriti oil, fresh from Brazil and sure to be the next “must-have” miracle oil, due to its super-high levels of Vitamin A and Beta-carotene. (Oh and fun fact: When I first met RMS Beauty founder Rose-Marie Swift she was dog sitting for Miranda Kerr, so I alternated between sampling beauty products and petting a tiny Yorkie. What could be better?)

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer ($28, rmsbeauty.com)


Shopping in Dubai with Le Château: Why the Canadian retailer is making waves in the Middle East

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Le Chateau Dubai

Photography courtesy Le Château

Earlier this year, Le Château opened a store inside the biggest mall in the world. Nope, we’re not talking about the West Edmonton Mall or even one of the shopping behemoths in the United States. The Canadian retailer headed east—to the Middle East!—to set up shop at the Dubai Mall.

It’s no stretch to call the Dubai Mall, which has over 1,200 stores, a major international fashion hub. From Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s to stand-alone stores for every (seriously, every) luxury brand imaginable, the mall has brought together destination shopping experiences from around the world—making Le Château’s presence there all the more significant. Read more »


Afternoon Delight: Feel like you’re sleeping on a bed of roses with this overnight skincare solution

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Midnight Recovery Concentrate

While I’m obsessed with wearing about a thousand skincare products during the day (what, you don’t apply something between your toner and serum step too?) at night I’m all about doing as little as possible. And lately, that “little” has been a healthy coat of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I love pressing it into my skin—like a mini “get ready to fall asleep” facial massage—and its lightweight formula serves as an ideal companion for my at-night routine of removing the day’s makeup with an oil-based cleanser. Oh, also: it also smells like a fresh-cut bouquet of flowers and makes my skin looks refreshed and happy in the morning. Yay!

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($50, kiehls.ca)


Is this 3D makeup printer the future of cosmetics? Probably not

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3d makeup printer

Rochas Spring 2013 backstage photography by Peter Stigter

Okay beauty junkies, something exciting is making headlines this morning: a Harvard Business School student has created a 3D printer that can produce any makeup product in any colour you desire. It’s a tantalizing concept—which is likely why Mink founder Grace Choi is so set on “disrupting” the beauty industry with her 3D makeup printer. “Big makeup companies take the pigment and the [gel, powder] substrates and mix them together and then jack the price,” she explained in her presentation at this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt NY conference.

The Mink makeup 3D printer was created on the premise that the demand and desire for new makeup colours is what drives prices up in the cosmetics industry. Choi demonstrated how users will be able to swatch any shade they see online—from a beauty tutorial, Pinterest board, etc—and then print it on-demand into a tiny Mink-branded palette. Sounds like a beauty junky’s dream, right? Actually, we’re not so convinced. Read more »


Afternoon Delight: The best eyeliner out there (seriously!)

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Nars eye paint

A good eyeliner—like a really good eyeliner—has to meet a lot of credentials. It has to apply like a dream, last all day/night long and never smudge or transfer. It can’t be something you pay top dollar for, only to have it dry up in the package after a couple of uses. A good eyeliner also has to be easy to correct: that long-lasting quality can’t mean that once you apply it, any errors need to be sand-blasted off your skin. (Same goes for end of night removal—a few swipes of any ole makeup remover should be enough!) Now, with all of that to consider, may I present to you your new favourite eyeliner: Nars Eye Paint. It comes in 11 shades—from vibrant “Solomon Islands” blue, as pictured above, to classic black—glides on with ease, lasts without cracking or smudging and is just as easy to remove. Trust me when I say that this eye paint will totally change your eyeliner game.

Nars Eye Paint ($25, narscosmetics.com)


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