<strong>FASHION LOVES</strong><br />We may be more than six degrees of separation from makeup artist Peter Philips, but now we have access to his backstage tools. These <strong>Chanel </strong>brushes (<em>from $25, at the Bay</em>) will never yield the same flawless results as having a take-home version of Philips, but they’re as close as we’re going to get.
<strong>CRACK POT </strong><br />Candy nostalgia often grips us when we least expect it. Like when we found out that Pop Rocks are used for more than just schoolyard dares (“Go on, drink some Coke with a mouthful of them”). As well as smoothing argan and rosehip oils, <strong>Lush</strong> Pow Wow Lip Scrub (<em>$9, <a href="http://www.lush.ca" target="_blank">lush.ca</a></em>) contains the fizzy crystals, which also make a great exfoliator.
<strong>VIRGIN COCKTAIL </strong><br /><strong>Rodial </strong>Socialite Bathing Balm (<em>$35, at the Bay</em>) merges two winter pastimes: hot baths and imbibing. Infuse your water with its champagne- and cassis-scented bubbles, and watch your tub turn into a Costco-sized kir royale.
<strong>THE STEAL</strong><br />After a faulty Tupperware lid leaked a packed lunch in one of our editor’s handbags, we’re overhauling the liquid beauty products we carry with us to avoid future spills. <strong>Avon</strong> Nail Experts Rose Cuticle Balm (<em>$7, <a href="http://www.avon.ca" target="_blank">avon.ca</a></em>) gets the green light. The solid moisturizer softens ragged nail beds with shea butter and almond oil.
<strong>PINNING CEREMONY</strong><br />The <strong>Bumble and Bumble</strong> Pin Tin (<em>$20, <a href="http://www.bumbleandbumble.com" target="_blank">bumbleandbumble.com</a></em>) holds four different types of hair fasteners, each separated into a neat compartment (use a two-inch hairpin to secure a chignon and a three-inch one to anchor a gravity-defying French twist). Though standard practice is to camouflage them, we like that these stand out in “winter white.”
<strong>TINTED WINDOW </strong><br />Makeup artist Charlotte Willer used <strong>Maybelline</strong> Baby Lips (<em>$5, at drugstores</em>) in “Quenched,” a clear balm, to create dewy eyelids at both BCBG Max Azria’s and Wes Gordon’s Spring 2012 shows (in addition to using it on models’ lips). The four tinted versions impart a subtle wash of colour while soothing dry lips. P.S. We’re also keen on the Stephen Sprouse-like scrawl on the tubes.
<strong>CITY PULSE POINTS</strong><br />Morning in New York is a sea of Starbucks cups bobbing down the sidewalks. This bit of Manhattan culture wasn’t lost on all-natural French line <strong>Honoré des Prés</strong>, whose trio of perfumes pays homage to the city that never sleeps by having each bottle packaged “to go” in a coffee cup. The We Love New York collection (<em>$98, at Anthropologi</em>e) sees the city through the Parisian eyes of perfumer Olivia Giacobetti, who recently moved to New York. Vamp à NY—a mixture of tuberose, rum and bourbon vanilla—aspires to capture the Big Apple’s larger-than-life vibe, while the other two fragrances are more unexpected representations: Love Coconut, a blend of coconut milk and coriander (a nod to sunbathers in Central Park), and Love les Carottes, which evokes bushels of the veggie on display at a Harlem farmers’ market.
<strong>SNOW PATROL </strong><br />To strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, <strong>Green Beaver</strong> Après-Ski Boreal Face Cream (<em>$12, <a href="http://www.greenbeaver.com" target="_blank">greenbeaver.com</a></em>) features Labrador tea, an aromatic plant that has medicinal properties and is also steeped to drink in cold climates.
<strong>SNOW PATROL </strong><br />Slathering on <strong>100% Pure Super Fruits</strong> Night Balms (<em>$41, <a href="http://www.100percentpure.ca" target="_blank">100percentpure.ca</a></em>) before bed is like your skin funnelling a Big Gulp’s worth of moisturizing avocado butter, antioxidants and vitamins.
<strong>SNOW PATROL </strong><br /><strong>Éclos</strong> Age-Defying Night Booster Fluid (<em>$20, at Shoppers Drug Mart</em>) is loaded with stem cells extracted from a Swiss super apple that heals itself. As if made for wind chill–ravaged skin, this serum has an extra-potent dose of the fruit’s skin-repairing power.
<strong>DRAGON SLAYER </strong><br />The transformation of actress Rooney Mara into androgynous punk Lisbeth Salander for <em>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</em> included more than 10 piercings (on her lip, nose, ears and nipple), bleached eyebrows and several temporary tattoos. (Pat McGrath, the queen of blocked-out arches, consulted on Mara’s makeup for the film.) But to kick off the metamorphosis, costume designer Trish Summerville charged hairstylist Danilo with the task of shearing 12 inches off Mara’s strands and dyeing her hair black. “It had to be intimidating upon sight,” said Danilo, a Pantene global ambassador and Gwen Stefani’s go-to coiffeur, on a recent visit to Toronto. “You needed to get uncomfortable [when you saw her].” He gave Mara a circular fade and shaved sides, but kept enough hair on top so the character could easily travel incognito with her hair down, he explained. “Her haircut was a big, big deal for us,” Summerville told W magazine. “I knew [Danilo] would get it. He’s an old-school punker himself—he knows it.”