In the era of fast fashion and high competition, where foreign workers are often subjected to low wages and inhumane working conditions, events like the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, which killed more than 1100 workers, are not beyond the pale. The factory (which collapsed exactly two years ago today) at the time was employed by numerous international fashion companies such as Joe Fresh, Benetton and J.C. Penney.
To honour the tragic event, more than 65 countries are participating in Fashion Revolution Day, and have instigated a social movement called #WhoMadeMyClothes, which encourages people to wear their clothes inside-out and post a selfie of themselves with the hashtag, in an effort to raise awareness. The movement is already taking hold, with over 11,000 Instagram posts (and counting!) popping up so far.
Organizations such as Canada’s Fashion Takes Action have organized a public sew being held today at OCAD University, where signed squares are being sewn together in a petition for fairer wages, safer working conditions and to encourage more corporate transparency. Both the sew in and the social movement encourage fashion brands to create better working conditions for their workers.
It’s not just the non-profits that are commemorating today’s anniversary. Also premiering today is Traceable (8 p.m. ET on MTV, Bravo, M3, and E!), a documentary by Canadian designer Laura Siegel, which follows her trip to India as she meets with weavers, embroiderers and various textile workers. The film highlights the plight of these workers and how fast fashion has not only affected the environment but also their quality of life. Siegel herself has committed to creating a ‘traceable’ line, working with artisans in Southeast Asia in a way that is not only sustainable but provides support to the workers’ communities.
Eco-sustainability and safe working environments are becoming more and more important to consumers, so it’s hard to ignore. Smaller companies are taking the lead, with direct-to-consumer startups such as Everlane and The Reformation making transparency, accountability and sustainability a cornerstone of their brands. These notions are becoming major buzzwords in fashion, largely in part to movements like the ones listed above. Join the movement today and ask yourself, #WhoMadeMyClothes?]]>
Last night, the Art Gallery of Ontario lit up for its annual Massive Party. True to its name, the gala fundraiser was one OTT affair, with installations, open bars and performances taking over the modern art mecca. Directed by mixed media artist Talwst, the night’s theme played off the hotbed of art talent in New York during the mid-’80s, holding up local artists in the image of Jean Michel Basquiat, who was most famously birthed from the scene. It featured works by Brad Tinmouth, Maya Fuhr, the Broadbent Sisters and the ever-cheeky Chloe Wise—who, if you haven’t heard, is totally blowing up right now—and performances by Prince Innocence and 88 Camino.
Artist Virgil Baruchel went so far as to cover a room in angular florals, which made for the night’s choice photo-op stop. Check out this gallery from Massive Party 2015.
You could say there are six Earth Days this week, with the ninth edition of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week kicking off on Sunday and wrapping this Friday.
Commandeering a wing of the Fairmont Waterfront, the first night kicked off with a special standing presentation of the latest Conscious Exclusive collection from H&M, with EFW founder and president Myriam Laroche wearing the line’s ivory flapper-esque frock covered with recycled sequins. Other guests there to fête the launch were Steve and Chris associate producer and style expert Mana Mansour, Capture Photography Festival executive director Kim Spencer-Nairn, and The Province social columnist Fred Lee.
On day two, guests funneled into the ballroom for the first evening of runway presentations. Highlights included the Thrift Chic Challenge, wherein three stylists had $500 to create a cohesive series of looks from Value Village clothes—Dominque Hanke was the standout there with a vibrant vision that conjured the mood of Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” music video—and the 68 Pound Challenge taken by designer Carlie Wong, which resulted in a smoldering all-black evening collection, every piece spliced together from thrifted fabrics. Wong, deservedly, received a standing ovation for her painstaking efforts.
Of the eleven collections shown on Wednesday’s final evening of runway shows, up-and-comer Evan Ducharme captured attention with an edgy, androgynous aesthetic that bared some skin and bent the rules, with boys in skirts and girls sporting jock straps, but surprisingly it was a loose, knee-length silk tunic printed with a stormy painting by artist Emmett Rose that lingered longest in the memory banks. Veteran Jason Matlo took the closing show honours, with a collection that Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” ladies might wear to High Tea, dominated by lady-like sheaths in python prints worn with fishnets and face nets, an apt wrap on the sexiest Eco Fashion Week we’ve seen yet.]]>
If those Mother’s Day reminder bubbles are just starting to percolate, here’s a quick reminder: there’s only three weeks until May 10th. The pressure is officially on, but lucky for you, we’ve sourced 55 of the ultimate gifts for mom.
The days of macaroni necklaces may be gone, but this list includes steals like $25 Pink Tartan sunnies and your very own framed family tree. For the big spenders, why not go for broke with a just-released Apple Watch? (Seriously, you can’t put a price on all those years of endless hugs.) If pampering is preferred, take mom to Toronto’s new part-café-part-salon Her Majesty’s Pleasure for an afternoon of macaron-eating. We’ve taken the ephemeral into consideration too, with Kit and Ace’s brilliant Real Talk cards, guaranteed to get any dinner conversation flowing.
So, without further ado, flip through our ultra-curated list of unique gifts for mom.]]>
It’s come to this: in the wake of teens trying to blow up their lips to emulate Kylie Jenner, the 17-year-old has had to step in and ask that they stop.
“I’m not here to try & encourage people/young girls to look like me or to think this is the way they should look,” Jenner tweeted on Tuesday. “I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF & not be afraid to experiment w your look. [Emoji hearts]”
So, in other words: she would like you to stop taking the #KylieJennerChallenge and quit sticking your lips into shot glasses (and then sucking all the air out) because it’s dangerous. Which makes sense. Our obsession with Kylie Jenner’s face, however, does not.
Let’s be real: since she started sharing the stage with her older sisters, Kylie’s face (nay, lips) have undergone a transformation. And because of that transformation, Jenner’s been accused of undergoing plastic surgery, and she’s had to defend herself, on top of asking human adults to stop talking about her lips. This is especially weird, since more than a few makeup artists have stepped up to explain how you can achieve fuller lips via liner and technique, which means there’s no reason to preoccupy ourselves with Kylie’s lips in any way. And there’s especially no reason anybody should be hurting themselves when a few beauty products can achieve the same look (minus the bruising and pain — so, like, bonus).
So what’s the deal? Granted, we’ve all practiced questionable beauty techniques as kids (see: straightening my hair with an actual iron and buying bad box dyes), and we’ve all aspired to look like somebody else. But unlike the aforementioned, the Kylie Jenner Challenge is actually dangerous. Not only can the glass break under the pressure (shattering, and sending pieces of glass into your face), dermatologists have also warned against permanent disfigurement and scarring.
When you’re young, you do stupid things. And the last thing you tend to consider are the long term effects of most things. Which is also why it’s up to adults to step up and send a different message about Jenner than the one they have been.
Kylie Jenner’s aesthetic transformation should be a lesson in respecting somebody’s choices as opposed to romanticizing or criticizing them. As adults who are in no way associated with this 17-year-old girl, it’s none of our business what she does to her face, how she does it, or why. To crucify her for surgery she’s denied having is as invasive as publicly scrutinizing the sexual behaviours of teen pop stars (like we did to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera once upon a time — and we all saw how that turned out). And to shame her for wanting to change her look is to penalize her for trying to figure out who she is, at a time when she’s supposed to be figuring out who she is. Because, hello: how many of us look and act and dress the same as we did when we were 17? (RIP Modrobes.)
The Challenge is upsetting, of course. But Jenner hit it on the head when she tweeted about the importance of being one’s self as opposed to aspiring to someone else. At no point during Kylie’s time in the limelight have we simply accepted her face. Instead, we forget how difficult it is to be a teen, and we zero in on what we can criticize. We don’t commend her for her makeup skills (which are on point), or her experimentation with hair colour; we focus on the work she’s (maybe) had done, and why it’s bad.
That’s why the Kylie Jenner Challenge is less about her actual lips and more about the impossible standards we hold young women (especially celebs) to. Would teens participate in the Challenge if we shut up and commended Kylie for successfully navigating an industry that’s nearly impossible to wade through? Would they be so obsessed if we acknowledged that Kylie looks different now, but that’s fine, because she’s a thinking person with her own sense of self? If we championed the makeup technique as opposed to making fun of it? Probably not.
Ultimately, Kylie Jenner’s lips are none of our business because they do not belong to us. And to police her face or her choices not just sends the message that “If you look this way, we will talk about you.” It tells women that we’ll hold them to impossible beauty standards from which they dare not stray.]]>
What happens when four women fall head over heels for the same man? A stellar makeup collection, apparently. The Shu Uemura x Yazbukey collaboration sees the Japanese cosmetics brand teaming up with Paris-based jewellery designer Yaz Bukey for a quirky, pop art-inspired line. Inspired by the true story of Bukey and three of her girlfriends once lusting after the same guy, the line is split up into four characters: Sexy Yaz, Smart Lola, Romantic Betty and Daring Tina, with the pieces ranging from California-chic to eccentric and bold.
Available online now, and in stores starting in May, the 30-piece line features everything from false lashes to glittery shadows and even cleansing oils. The cheeky packaging is practically begging for a spot on our vanities.
Watch the campaign video, starring Bukey as all four characters, and browse the full Shu Uemura x Yazbukey collection below.]]>
“It’s just coincidence when great stylish minds think alike. Giovanna and Laure are wearing the same silhouette but with slight variations. The prints are both busy but the overall look is very polished and pared-down—it’s all in how it’s accessorized. The drop earrings, handbag and sleek flats give Giovanna this Jackie O/La Dolce Vita aura. There’s a certain boldness and energy here that women of any age can relate to. It was so inspiring to see such a moment of style that could have been from another era. Seeing the two of them together with the beautiful light shining through the Louvre brought so much joy to my lens.”]]>
I’ve always had a pretty lax beauty routine, which is something I’ve always just assumed made me invariably cool. You know, kind of like a Prada girl who’s always “stepping out of the shower, putting on a really expensive dress and walking out the door.” (A legit inspiration circa Fall 2013, btw.) The same goes for grooming, which I sort of just… fit in when I can.
I spent the summer after Grade 9 at a hippie-bent camp where non-shavers roamed free. One counsellor, in particular, Kit, left the biggest impression with boyish legs and curly hairs peeking out below her shoulders. Sharing the shower with her (actually, it was just a pole with multiple spouts) was a lesson in IDGAF—hair everywhere, and it didn’t even occur to me to care.
Since, shaving my armpits has become reserved for those particularly lazy days during which bathing is the main event. And if a couple weekends pass without one? Them pits are getting dark.
Flaunting my armpits never felt particularly punk until I saw Miley Cyrus doing the same on Instagram earlier this week. Maybe it was a statement (after all, she was inducting Joan Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) or maybe, like me, she was just feeling lazy. But as writer Alice Newell-Hanson raised on I-D’s website earlier today, defining Cyrus’s hairy moment as part of feminism’s new wave seems pretty important—#Freethenipple’s successor, so to speak. Some might argue that labels have traditionally held us back from true self-expression, but latching onto a rolling stone seems like just the thing to do right now.
What better time to improve on my underarm selfies.]]>
23-year-old Australian model Andreja Pejic is having a stellar month. First, she became the first-ever transgender model to grace the pages of Vogue with a four-page feature in the magazine’s May issue, and in that interview, she revealed that she’d signed on to be the face of Make Up For Ever. This makes Pejic one of the first transgender models to land a major beauty campaign (model Lea T was the first to hold that honour, landing a Redken campaign last winter).
Pejic, who transitioned last summer and changed her name from Andrej to Andreja, posted an Instagram shot of her Vogue shoot, captioning the pic, “If at the beginning of my career in the modelling industry or half way through it or even this time last year you told me that I would end up having a 4 page feature in AMERICAN VOGUE I would have probably told you ‘oh I dunno about that! That might be a bit difficult to achieve in the near future.’ In fact I was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none. So you can only imagine what I’m feeling right now! Thank you #AnnaWintour, #TonneGoodman, #PatrickDemarchelier and #HelenaSuric for making history and having me be part of it but even more importantly for representing a whole social minority and an often forgotten community of women in such an important publication and opening doors for the rest of the fashion industry to do so!”
We love seeing the beauty industry taking steps to celebrate all types of women, so this news is nothing short of epic. We cannot wait to see how gorgeous Andreja Pejic’s Make Up For Ever campaign will be.]]>
Do you need another step in your skincare regimen? Probably not. If you’ve been following our advice, you’re probably well on your way to adopting a Korean beauty-influenced 10-step routine. That’s why we’re not saying you should add another step; we’re simply suggesting that you replace your current toner with witch hazel, especially if your toner has alcohol in it and has been drying you out.
We swapped our old toner for Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner ($14, well.ca) about a year ago and we haven’t looked back. It comes in tons of different scents but we’ll always be partial to rose petal, because of its refreshing yet luxurious smell. Oh and before we continue, you should know that the name witch hazel just comes from the Middle English word for “pliable” or “bendable” due to the nature of the plant’s twigs. No witches involved, unfortunately. (Almost as disappointing as finding out there’s no blood in Dragon’s blood. What’s a girl got to do to get some creepy and mythical beauty products around here?)
We’ve rounded up the six best ways to incorporate witch hazel into your skincare routine below.
1. As a natural toner
As we mentioned, our favourite way to use witch hazel is after cleansing. The high concentration of tannins in the product makes it a great natural astringent, removing excess oil and shrinking pores.
2. As a blemish fighter
From bruises to pigmentation to redness, witch hazel works from the inside out to heal underlying damage and broken skin, and fade dark spots. It’s definitely not as strong as the salicylic acid in your acne products, so don’t expect it to take care of any monster pimples, but it’s great for gentle redness relief.
3. As an under eye bag fighter
Witch hazel can tighten skin and reduce inflammation and puffiness, making it perfect for early mornings when your under eye bags and dark circles are out of control.
4. As a facial mist
What in the world is more glamorous than spritzing your face with rose petal-scented witch hazel? Keep a small spray bottle at your desk to refresh and moisturize your skin throughout the day. It’s great for fighting water loss and locking moisture into the top layer of your skin.
5. As aftershave
Keep a large bottle under your bathroom sink and make it your go-to after each shower. From soothing dry skin caused by hot water, to treating razor burn, red bumps and minor cuts, soak a cotton pad in witch hazel and watch all your irritated skin problems disappear. And since it’s so good for tightening skin, witch hazel stops bleeding in no time.
6. As a natural remedy for your outdoor woes
From bug bites to sunburns (which we hope you don’t get many of because you use SPF religiously), applying witch hazel to affected areas is a speedy way to sooth inflamed, itchy, and peeling skin.
These days, natural beauty products are full of outstanding ingredients sourced from every part of nature imaginable. Researchers and formulators are going to the ends of the earth and as deep into organic fruits and vegetables as possible to extract high-performing ingredients. The good news is, all of this research means that you don’t need to turn to synthetic products in your own quest to find the fountain of youth. Ranging from basic single-ingredient-wonders to sophisticated product blends, natural anti-aging products take the form of masks, cremes, serums, treatments, oils and cleansers, with key ingredients to plump, refresh and refine skin naturally. The shelves are brimming with options, but here are six faves to stock up on to beat the clock.
Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum ($207, clementinefields.ca). Apply this jam-packed serum post cleansing and toning to lift and firm. With over 35 active ingredients, this concentrated booster stimulates collagen production, tightens slackened skin and decreases the appearance of wrinkles.
California-based line Marie Veronique Organics sources only efficient and harmless ingredients. Specifically made for mature skin, the Pacific Cleanser ($55, freshfaced.ca) removes dirt and makeup using naturally-derived sugar-based surfactants. Includes aloe vera to prevent moisture loss, and green tea oil to dissolve dead skin cells.
La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Seed Oil ($99, clementinefields.ca) contains only one ingredient. Extracted by cold pressing the seeds of the prickly pear cactus plant, barbary fig seed oil is advantageous for all skin types, most specifically for skin dealing with the effects of sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, hormonal issues, aging or fine lines. Gentle and naturally rich in Vitamin E and Linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid.
Also containing barbary fig seed oil, among a host of other natural and skin-rejuvenating ingredients is La Bella Figura Bio Active Healing Mask ($66, clementinefields.ca). Formulated for mature skin to stimulate new cell growth, exfoliate and brighten and featuring manuka honey, a nourishing ingredient known for it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and bio-active properties.
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Day Creme ($66, freshfaced.ca) moisturizes while stimulating oxygen supply to skin’s surface. Lightweight but high-impact, organic aloe vera, shea butter, and a proprietary herbal blend work to heal and protect while brightening the complexion.
Vered Botanicals Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment ($77, clementinefields.ca) treats hyper-pigmentation, age spots, and sun damage. A base of natural oils reads a list of super-skin oils including, rose hip, primrose, and carrot seed—all organic and ethically sourced.]]>
As fashion’s reigning It girl, it was only a matter of time before Chloë Sevigny released some sort of retrospective. It’s been over 20 years since she burst onto the scene with the release of Kids in 1995 and the title still fits like a glove. The self-titled book, out today, features film stills, modeling shots (remember this?) and choice personal photos, which we’ve previewed below. It also includes memorabilia and magazine tears from her first years in the spotlight which prove eternally inspirational, to say the least. “Plucked from the streets of Manhattan, Chloë Sevigny has become a celebrity of Nineties design. But what does her success say about our generation of cool,” proclaims a spread in The Face. Give or take a few words, couldn’t the same be said today?
A lesson in downtownism (we’re making that a word) from beginning to end, the book features a foreword by Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon and afterword by actress/long time best Natasha Lyonne. It also features the works of such greats as Ryan McGinley, Juergen Teller and Terry Richardson who’ve all found their image reflected in the ageless (but actually, newly minted 40-year-old) icon.
Chloë Sevigny ($35, Rizzoli) is available today. Flip through our gallery to preview some of the earlier shots included inside.]]>
Ever since she starred in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video, Emily Ratajkowski has become known as a professional hottie on the rise. Since, her career has skyrocketed to include Sports Illustrated centrefold, a starring role in last year’s Gone Girl as well as an upcoming one alongside Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends. Now, the 23-year-old model-turned-actress is going back to her modelling roots as she fronts Free People‘s latest lingerie and intimates lookbook.
Not one to shy away from baring her bod (see: Instagram and red carpet history), Ratajkowski is seen lounging in the boho-apropos collection, which features flirty boxer shorts, lace-y bodysuits and the new must-have: the brami (part bra, part cami).
The Intimately Free People collection is now available to shop online. Meanwhile, peep the steamy shots.]]>
Some people browse through cute photos of cats and babies when they’re bored, and some people browse through photos of standout makeup trends. We belong to the latter group.
Last week, we were infatuated with perfect-looking Cupid’s bows, and now, our Instagram search results are all about the always-popular clumpy mascara trend. This is a look we see on the runways every single season, but we have yet to see it executed well IRL. But isn’t that what makeup porn is all about? The more elusive and difficult to pull off, the faster we double-tap an Instagram pic.
We’ve been talking about beauty “mistakes” that present themselves as lust-worthy trends for some time now, and you already know that statement eyelashes are no new concept. But did you know that makeup artists often use about 20 coats of mascara to get the look? That’s a job that not even our favourite mascara resurrector could tackle, and the insanity of it makes us love the look even more.
And so, we present you with 10 photos of the clumpy mascara trend. No more, no less. Just eyelash porn.]]>
To say denim is a trend is at once an understatement and eye roll inducing. How can fashion’s perennial favourite really be called a trend? Well, just one look at Spring 2015’s most influential runways will answer that question real quick. It was shown head-to-toe everywhere from Stella McCartney, Kenzo and Gucci. Meanwhile, at Dolce & Gabbana, baggy rolled-cuff jeans were embellished with crystals and roses. Louis Vuitton took it to the next level by covering a heel with the fabric in patches. So, how to wear spring’s denim trend? Simple: however you want.
Flip through for our Style Panel’s varied takes on spring’s denim trend.
Question 134: How are you wearing spring’s denim trend? Read the answers now! »]]>
It’s tool time! (Sorry ’90s gals, we’re not referring to Jonathan Taylor Thomas’s humble cable TV beginnings.) As we usher in an era of cutting-edge dermatological services, spa secrets and professional tools, our vanities are beginning to look a lot like chic day spas.
This fleet of power tools boasts groundbreaking technology borrowed from the best in the business. Not only do they slingshot our daily skincare routines into futuristic territory, but they feature rare properties that you just can’t purchase from a drugstore shelf. We’re talking sanitation measures that could rival surgical wings in hospitals, and FDA-cleared technology that could finally combat your acne. So in order to better illustrate the booming business that is beauty tools, we spoke with Dr. Sandy Skotnicki-Grant, Medical Director at Bay Dermatology Centre, for her opinion on the matter.
When it comes to using a technologically advanced beauty tool, it can often feel more about having access to an ample disposable income, than the tool actually playing a significant role in your regimen. “Most dermatologists take the ‘less is more’ approach. We certainly don’t like people rubbing and scrubbing the surface of the skin too much, and that’s why these devices are not for everybody. They will increase the delivery system for your products, but you don’t need to use them everyday,” says Dr. Skotnicki-Grant.
And to get the bottom of what you might consider a routine requisite, or just luxury masked in genius marketing, we’re debunking the gizmos and gadgets du jour. These at-home products promise softer skin, spring chicken collagen and wrinkles-no-more without having to step foot in a salon.
1. Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution
Clarisonic catapulted a craze of minimized pores and a more radiant complexion almost instantly. The tufted bristles can help reveal your most radiant self (in combination with a routine skincare regime and regular visits to your dermatologist, of course). Keep in mind that “you won’t want to use this tool if you have inflammatory acne, as you don’t want to rub or irritate that kind of skin. This could also be true for a little bit of rosacea. And even though the head is oscillating, it could still potentially irritate,” notes Dr. Skotnicki-Grant. So if you can safely say you don’t fall into that complexion category, you can only benefit from this brightening tool.
Dr. Skotnicki-Grant explains that “part of the reason that Clarisonic helps is that it works as a delivery system for an active ingredient that you’re going to put on your skin after. If you want to apply a cosmeceutical such as a vitamin C, a retinol or a peptide, it’s going to increase the penetration of those actives.” And if we haven’t convinced your combination skin enough, this two-step cleansing system can gently remove dirt and debris, while diminishing dark spots and perfecting your overall pigmentation.
2. Tria Age Defying Laser
Guess what? This laser wasn’t just created to zap your leg hairs! If you’re looking for dermatologist-rivaled results in the comfort of your own home, look no further. The time rewinding laser can help combat those fine lines and wrinkles with the help of its targeted skincare serums. Additionally, it boasts the equivalent fractional technology that your dermatologist prefers to help promote your overall glow. This handheld anti-aging device also serves to stimulate your body’s collagen renewal process, whereby new skin cells can turn over at a higher rate.
This beauty tool has also been proven through dermatologist-led clinical studies and is FDA-approved for safety and efficacy for facial use on all ethnicities and skin tones. And for a tool to be FDA-cleared, the company “must show that the results are real. If the FDA clears something, it cannot be false advertising, as it’s a medical device. You have to be able to back it up with a clinical study,” adds Dr. Skotnicki-Grant, which makes this tool an effective and tangible method of anti-aging and a worthwhile step in your routine.
3. Foreo ISSA Electric Toothbrush
Imagine a clean so controlled, your dentist will think you’re cheating on him. Enter this Swedish-designed revolutionary silicone toothbrush that boasts breakthrough pulsating dental technology for that plaque combatting clean. Additionally, this intense yet gentle brush offers the benefits of a gleaming white smile sans scratches that your ordinary toothbrush would deliver. And while sonic toothbrushes are nothing new, this novel creation boasts a silicone bristle head that can generate the perfect amount of friction to effectively and efficiently remove stains, all the while remaining gentle on your enamel.
Furthermore, this technology is made from nonporous silicone that blocks a bacterial buildup, making it at least 35 times more hygienic than what you’re currently using. Plus, this particular handheld beauty device comes in at half the weight of the prototypical electric toothbrush, and can get into those hard to reach crevices with its 3D technology. The tool also beeps every 30 seconds reminding you to switch locations and signals when you’ve been cleaning for 2-minutes. This ISSA brush is free from BPA and phthalates, lasts a full 365 days without charging and is as hypoallergenic as they come. Basically it’s time to retire your bristle brush.
4. LUNA T-Sonic Cleansing and Anti-Aging System
This new beauty tool is breaking away from the bristles and ushering in a textured silicone pad that can rid your skin of dirt, oil and acne-causing bacteria. The T-sonic energy and lower frequency pulsations makes this an ideal tool for those with sensitive skin. This device features two sides, which effectively work hard at combating your concerns. The Luna also works on two sonic frequencies, high and low. And while the high works wonders for cleansing, the low is great for preventing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as stimulating dehydrated skin.
The stiff silicone head needs to be worked upwards and should only be used after you’ve thoroughly cleansed your skin. And once this tool is in your hands, you will notice that the thicker touch-point was designed to offer a precision clean, and the reverse side features silicone waves that can leave your face feeling firmer. Now you rest assured knowing that your actives are absorbing into the skin at the pace your pores require—and it only took two minutes of your time.
5. NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device
This microcurrent skincare device is the first of its kind, and is FDA-cleared for at-home facial stimulation use. Microccurent is a non-invasive technology that sends signals into the body via electrical currents. Once it has passed through the skin, it can produce several effects including muscle toning and micro-facial lifting. This handheld device has been clinically tested to improve your facial contour sans Kardashian tips and tricks. The tool can also improve your overall skin tone and reduce your fine lines and wrinkles in combination with routine dermatological visits and a routine skincare regimen.
What’s so unique about this gadget is that it boasts a smart skin sensor and interchangeable attachments to help cater to your concerns. And in one of their independent studies, after 5-minutes of daily use for a full 60 days, product testers saw an 85% improvement in their contour, making this an effective measure for your anti-aging routine.]]>
Between our Spring 2015 fashion trends guide, top 10 beauty trends of the season, and your complete guide to spring cleaning (your beauty products, at least), you’re hopefully well on your way to enjoying the warmer weather as your most stylish, well-groomed self. Now that you’ve got your outfits, hair and makeup down pat, it’s time to move on to the finishing touches.
We spotted three main accessories trends for Spring 2015: denim, floral and suede. Sliced into swingy fringe on a boho bag or high-heeled sandals, suede adds a touch of softness to any ensemble. We’ve rounded up our favourite shoes, bags and jewellery that, while rust-coloured and (sometimes) fringed, somehow don’t scream Coachella.
When it comes to the blues this season, designers dipped into the jean pool with extras decked-out in patchwork, indigo dye and crystal embellishments. From those patchwork denim boots to light wash slip-ons, we’ve gathered eight accessories to prove once again, that denim never goes out of style.
And finally, freshly picked posies have sprung everywhere, from pointy pumps to decorative headbands. There’s a reason we go back to florals for spring time and time again. Click through our Pinterest-worthy picks and you’ll understand.
Browse the top three accessories trends for Spring 2015 below and get inspired to finally leave all traces of winter behind.
Jump to: DENIM | FLORAL | SUEDE |]]>
Coachella may have finished strong for its second weekend, but with plenty of other star-studded events happening this past week, we’re shifting the focus away from the desert and onto the red carpet.
For a handful of Hollywood’s leading ladies, it’s been one appearance after the other this week. Rose Byrne hopped from the Burberry Los Angeles show to her own premiere, while Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Wilde and Amber Heard attended Tiffany & Co’s annual Blue Book Dinner prior to attending the Tribeca Film Festival (it kicked off last week).
Meanwhile three of our favourite red carpet darlings also made appearances this past weekend. Continuing her cut-out dress streak, Taylor Swift accepted the Milestone Award from her proud mom at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards in an elegant Reem Acra gown. On the flip side, Miley Cyrus surprised us in a demure (with a hint of punk) Miu Miu outfit before entering the theatre for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Of all the celebs this week, Blake Lively easily tops our list. Officially back to dazzling us with her old Hollywood glamour, thanks to her The Age of Adaline press tour, the former Gossip Girl rocked “emoji chic,” wearing not one but two head-turning Monique Lhuillier pieces for the New York premiere.]]>
We’re not ashamed to admit that we take great pleasure in following our favourite celebrities on Instagram. A behind-the-scenes look at Taylor Swift’s star-studded girls night? Double-tap! J.Lo’s exclusive reveal of her award show look? We’ll take it.
But when celebs Insta-wide start embracing the true meaning of #iwokeuplikethis to reveal their “flaws,” stuff gets seriously real. And we have Kim Kardashian to thank for it. Back in 2009, Kim posted a selfie on Twitter of her (pretty bad) sunglasses tan. Later, Megan Fox posted an album on Facebook titled “Things you can’t do with your face when you have Botox,” featuring various selfies showing off her facial lines, in an effort to refute claims she’d had work done.
From there, the trend of celebrities sharing their flaws on social media began. Always one to encourage girls to be themselves, Tyra Banks affirmed “#perfectisboring” and shared a pic of herself wearing low-rise jeans and a makeshift crop top to highlight her “juicy muffin top.” Just last week, Chrissy Teigen posted a shot of her legs with the caption, “Stretchies say hi!,” while Brooklyn Decker posted a selfie from the most universally unflattering angle, encouraging followers to “count the chins.” And Decker didn’t stop there. The model-turned-actress Instagrammed a selfie wearing face treatment patches with the caption, “Acne-1, Decker-0.”
Other self-confessed blemish battlers include Lorde, who posted a selfie “in Paris with [her] acne cream on” and Diane Kruger whose selfie showed her wearing a face mask, accompanied with the hashtag “#whywontthatpimplegoaway”. Other problems the stars face that prove their humanness? They too suffer from painful, sometimes slightly embarrassing dental work. Miley Cyrus took a selfie while “icing wizzzzdoms and doing a hair treatment” and Mindy Kaling reminded us of our awkward tween selves, posting a selfie wearing her trendy mouthguard.
Flip through the slideshow for all the pics. And remember, the next time you get a pimple, feel better knowing that stars, they get ‘em too.]]>
Well, it’s official: COS is coming to Canada. For those have been lucky enough to dip into H&M’s sophisticated sister stores in Europe (or most recently in New York), you’ll know all about what that means for your wardrobe. But for those who don’t, here’s a quick primer: COS, which stands for Collection of Style, was launched by H&M in 2007 as a slightly higher end version of its fast fashion stores, focusing on sleek staples in muted palettes. Originally launched on the runway in London, COS also has somewhat of a more high fashion aesthetic, going big on the industry’s new wave of streamlined minimalism pioneered by the likes of Raf Simons and Phoebe Philo. Simply put: it’s not trendy—in a good way.
Announced this morning via press release, COS is set to open in Canada this fall in both Toronto and Montreal, taking over prime real estate spots in both cities. In Toronto, COS will take over Tiffany & Co.’s almost 7,000 square foot flagship at 85 Bloor Street, while Montreal’s will land on Saint Catherine West.
We’ll be bringing you more news as it develops. Meanwhile, just get ready for the latest way Swedish design’s going to change your life.]]>
When CoverGirl debuted its first lipstick line in 1964, it featured shades like “Pure Scarlet,” which seemed made for Mad Men types, while pinks were a hat tip to the Carnaby Street crowd.
Of course, those hues were jettisoned long ago. CoverGirl constantly assesses its lipstick portfolio to determine when it’s time for a reboot. One such overhaul was recently released: The Colorlicious line ($9 each) is made up of 36 hues categorized by four colour families (nudes, pinks, plums and reds), and boasts lipsticks with names like “Decadent Peach” (a kiss of pink-meets-peach), “Dulce de Leche” (a milky nude) and “Ravish Raspberry” (a punched-up berry). Makeup pro Pat McGrath, CoverGirl global creative design director, helped dream up the new collection and pinpoint holes in the existing one.
“We added some corals and oranges that we didn’t really have,” says Dr. Sarah Vickery, CoverGirl principal scientist. To develop the most user-friendly spectrum of shades, nude hues were given depth of colour, and reds were made over with diverse undertones to flatter various complexions. Take Succulent Cherry: The warm tomato-red is ideal for olive skin types. And “Seduce Scarlet,” an almost currant-coloured hue, is suited for even the fairest skin tones. But some old faves are sticking around, so there’s no need to hoard bestsellers like “Hot” (a universal red and one of McGrath’s backstage MVPs) and “Euphoria” (an aubergine, name-checked as Katy Perry’s go-to).
The brand’s headquarters (and birthplace) in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is a veritable beauty think tank with employees dressed in hairnets, white coats and goggles. The lipstick lab’s M.O. is to ace colour and continuity before bullets are blended, poured and moulded. To make it as a colour geek, R&D scientists have to pass muster on visual acuity: putting hues in order from dark to light while time’s ticking (only the sharpest eyes can do it under the gun), as well as deciphering colour chroma (“clean” colours, like lemon yellow, have really high chroma, and dirtier colours, like mustard yellow, have very low chroma) and figuring out subtleties in finishes (frost versus satin versus cream).
While formulators tackle the science of colour, McGrath dictates what’s new and now at the most directional shows and beyond (like this season’s to-die-for Dolce & Gabbana regal red). Her colour inspiration comes from many places, like prestige makeup or a swatch of fabric. “It could be an actual lipstick texture or a pot of cream,” says Vickery. “She’ll send it in, and say, ‘These are the shades that I want.’”
Offering the hottest colour trends is a big draw, but in order for a bullet to be a hit, the product needs to condition the lips. “Most women who wear lipstick three plus days a week, more than 50 per cent of them compensate with balms,” says Vickery. There’s also a misconception that the darker a colour is, the more drying it will be. To offset that, shea, avocado and aloe butters are mixed in.
While new lip hues are crafted largely based on internal expertise, next door in the mascara lab, researchers look to real women as their starting point in developing the next magic wand. “There’s a number of things that we’re looking at,” says Angela Fabula, a CoverGirl senior scientist who specializes in product research. “Her first impression of the product when she opens it up. Then we look at the application: How many strokes is it taking her? How easy is it for her to reach all of her lashes?” A two-way mirror lets researchers observe mascara guinea pigs as if they were applying it in front of their own vanity: Some apply multiple coats, while others wipe excess from the wand or zigzag for a lush and lifted look. It’s these idiosyncrasies that yield the most useful beauty intel. Post-application, a lens captures the lashes from all angles.
The latest innovation, Full Lash Bloom by LashBlast ($9), has a mousse-like texture with lighter-weight waxes. It’s paired with a moulded silicone brush that has a series of short and long bristles tapered to a dome tip for detail work. “It deposits product on the lashes in a more uniform manner, with less clumping, smearing and smudging than mascaras applied with a traditional wire brush,” she says.
Vickery admits that it took a while for women to adopt this new generation of wands. “When we first went to the silicone-bristle brush with the LashExact launch in 2006, we were very careful to make sure the design still looked like what everyone would expect from a traditional twisted wire mascara brush.” But now that different types of wands are de rigueur, expect even cooler brush innovations in the future.]]>
Move over, Chiara. There’s a new It girl, erm, doll on Instagram and she has a closet that even puts Kim Kardashian to shame. Cue the ultimate throwback.
She may have had her fair share of controversy, but Barbie is making a comeback, thanks to new-ish Instagram account: @BarbieStyle. It’s been only seven months since the launch of Barbie’s design VP Kim Culmone’s mini side project and the account has already generated 713K followers to date. Working with the company’s director of design Robert Best and photographer Zlatan Zukanovic, the trio acts as the It doll’s A-team, from styling her day-to-day looks to managing her social calendar for important events like the Golden Globes, Fashion Month and most recently, Coachella. And with our childhood idol reigning supreme in our minds this spring (we have Jeremy Scott’s army of real-life Barbie dolls on the Moschino Spring 2015 runway to thank), there’s no doubt we’re living in a Barbie world.
So what’s the reason behind @BarbieStyle’s cult following? Well, for one thing, the team smartly tapped into a fun niche. Because let’s be real here, we’ve never seen anything like it from a brand this big. While the company’s official account (@Barbie) acts as a marketing platform for the brand (fan regrams, product launches, etc.), @BarbieStyle is essentially just like any other It girl’s Instagram, an account of her adventures and #ootds in real time.
Just like the top dogs of Instagram, Barbie’s feed contains tappable snapshots of her everyday life, from posting her chic (bespoke, of course) outfits to her accessories of the day (think doll-size copies of Chanel, Céline and Carven–to name a few) to her beauty must-haves. Styling tips are included.
“We pretend she’s a little person going to do all these things,” Best says in an interview with Racked, “so we think, ‘How would she do them? What would she wear? What would her point of view be?’ If Barbie’s like our celebrity and we’re her team, you don’t want her to falter!”
So to solve your (and our) Barbie nostalgia, we round up 18 of the best Barbie-inspired pieces out there, from pink motorcycle jackets to retro swimsuits to fierce iPhone cases.]]>
We love sheet masks. They’re an integral part of the Korean beauty routine that we adore because of their ability to intensely moisturize skin in 10 minutes. We also love putting weird stuff on our faces, like pig collagen and fake eyebrows. Our latest obsession from Korean beauty brand (and weird stuff connoisseurs) Holika Holika is the Prime Youth Placenta Sheet Mask. Don’t freak out. Let us explain.
The nutrients in placenta (we used vegetal but human placenta works, too, if you have some readily available) help to produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin. The ingredients also promote cell turnover in the skin, lighten scars and smooth out wrinkles when used regularly. But every skin product claims to do all of those things, right?
Here’s why we can honestly say that we’ll be using Holika Holika’s $10 Prime Youth Placenta Sheet Mask again: first of all, it smells incredible. Containing fruit extract, sweet almond and jojoba oils, we left it on for longer than we were supposed to (oops) because we couldn’t bring ourselves to peel the scented mask off. Secondly, it doesn’t tingle (like Dragon’s blood does, for example) but it does feel incredibly cool and refreshing on skin.
And finally, it left our skin feeling ultra hydrated and smooth. So much so that we didn’t need to moisturize before bed or the next morning. *Prayer hands emoji*]]>
Is California becoming the hottest spot for fashion? Tom Ford showed his Fall 2015 collection back in February, Nicholas Ghesquière is set to show Louis Vuitton’s Resort collection in Palm Springs. And with last night’s Burberry bash rounding off the bunch in Los Angeles, we think so.
Celebrating the opening of the designer brand’s new four-story flagship on Rodeo Drive, Christopher Bailey took over the famed Griffith Observatory (Rebel Without A Cause, anyone?) and threw one helluva fête, a garden party and runway show included. Hosting 700 guests, the fashion show featured the Fall 2015 collection with new looks exclusively added for the occasion.
“It took a lot of work and discussion,” Bailey said post show, “but we really wanted to bring a little bit of London to L.A. and so to be able to have them here in Los Angeles is very special for us.”
Now, a fashion show is not complete without a bevy of VIP guests sitting pretty in the front row. Besides the usual suspects like Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse and campaign stars Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell, January Jones, Rose Byrne and Mila Kunis were all dressed in Burberry’s hottest pieces. And repping both London and L.A. was no other than the beautiful Beckham posse.
The Burberry show is always a spectacle, but we’ve never seen quite anything like this before. Aside from the fact that guests were greeted with American and British flags lining the driveway and a light show upon entering the observatory that shone bright in blue and pink-orange ombre hues, the Queen’s very own royal Horse Guards (!) were present to lead the models down for the final march of the night. Talk about connections. And it was also no surprise to see James Corden, the host of The Late Late Show walking the runway as well. Having gotten runway tips from Campbell, the supermodel herself, the night before, Corden closed the show in his own comedic fashion with a hint of Zoolander flair may we add.
Now with Cruise/Resort collections rolling out soon at destination locations, we can’t wait to see what tricks Karl Lagerfeld, Raf Simons and Nicholas Ghesquière have up their sleeves. Because let’s just say after last night’s marvel with Bailey at the helm of it all, they have big things to follow.]]>
1. Kylie Jenner’s having a banner week
This week, Kylie Jenner attempted more beauty experiments than any of us ever have or will (combined). And it’s fine. First, she dyed her hair back to black from Coachella-appropriate mermaid blue, and then, the 17-year-old reality star slash model popped in blue contacts “for fun” a la sister Kim Kardashian, because why not?
And finally, to complete the beauty trifecta (which should for sure be an achievement in Kim Kardashian Hollywood) Jenner appeared in dreadlocks on the cover of Teen Vogue’s upcoming issue — which makes sense because back in February, she gave Instagram followers a sneak peek with the very detailed caption, “Dreads.”
Fortunately, in said issue, she opens up a little bit more, explaining that she “never really [wears] makeup unless [she] needs to” because “when I do my makeup I like to really do my makeup.” “So I’m never going to spend just 20 minutes, you know?” she continues. “A good night out is like, two and a half hours of full makeup, curling hair, whatever. I love false eyelashes — individuals, strips, extensions.”
Meanwhile, the other night I put on $4 lipstick and went to dinner in a toque. You do you, KJ.]]>