Thursday, June 12, 2008

Guardian Angel

Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs protecting from the sun—it does a number on your hair as well. And yes, you do look quite fetching in your sun hat, but sometimes you’re having too good a hair day to hide away those tresses!

That’s why Schwarzkopf Professional is giving you options with it’s BC Sun Guardian collection. Designed to refresh, protect and repair your hair, it’s three step system uses Solar-Care Technology to deliver just the right amount of moisture, protection and repair to sun-stressed hair.

The three products— BC SUN Hair and Body shampoo, BC Sun UV Protection spray and BC Sun After-Sun treatment— address the specific effects of the sun’s rays and provide instant hydration, while shielding your delicate strands from UVA/UVB rays and regenerating your hair with vitamin E and aloe vera. Use it before, during and after sun-exposure and your hair is left shiny, healthy and frizz-free.

Schwarzkopf Professional
Available at professional salons


Don't Be So Sensitive

You shouldn’t have to compromise your complexion in order to achieve protection from the sun. There are several natural sun care options just as effective at warding off the sun’s rays.

Alba Botanica’s Fragrance Free SPF 18 Mineral Sunscreen
Block out the sun without layering on the harsh chemicals with this premium sunscreen. Alba’s mineral sunscreen gives you great protection with added aloe to pamper sensitive skin.

Alba Botanica
Available at London Drugs, Capers Market and Trader Joe's

Kiss My Face 100% Paraben Free SPF 18 Sun Screen
100% paraben free, but chalk full of natural ingredients. Oat protein and oat beta glucan combine to reduce irritation and inflammation while combating damaging free-radicals. An added bonus — oat beta glucan has been shown to reduce burn cells by 80%.

Kiss My Face
Available at Whole Foods Market, Vitamin Shoppe and Wild Oats Market

Burt’s Bees SPF 30 Chemical-Free Sunscreen
Reflect and scatter UV rays with Burt’s Bees 100 % natural concoction. Bursting with beta-carotene to nourish sun-exposed skin. Calendula and goldenseal extracts partner to soothe and simultaneously soften skin.

Burt’s Bees
Available at Target, CVS, Walgreens and Whole Foods Market

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care After-Sun Lotion
Take care of your skin and your tan by lathering on this intensive care treatment. It’s great for sensitive types and helps you hold onto that tan long after you’ve left the beach.

Dr. Hauschka
Available at Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats Market

- Morgan Schimminger

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Your Little Angel

Wouldn't it be amazing if your face powder could hydrate your skin, reduce those pesky fine lines, AND leave you looking beautifully flawless. Crazy huh? We have found such a product! Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder from Smashbox is a multi-tasking face powder with advanced skincare technology built right in.

Packed with goji berries and pure gold to provide antioxidant protection (the gold is also what gives your skin such a remarkable bright finish), it also contains 60 minerals (yes 60), 11 amino acids, a powerful peptide and Smashbox’s patented hydrogel technology to maintain high levels of moisture.

You'll also be pleased to hear that it is completely oil-free, talc-free, and paraben-free. It's quite the little angel isn't it.

Available at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dolce Vita

The La Toscana collection for summer 2008 from Lise Watier is the essence of Italy. Colours are inspired by clear, turquoise waters, lush greenery and sun baked terracotta.

Soft textures, beautiful colours and the warmth of this collection enhance lips, cheeks, eyes and body.

Toscana Quartets: two eye shadow palettes featuring four complimentary tones that work together for a Tuscanesque smokey eye.

Mer (ocean-blue, terracotta, sand and pearly brown)
Terre (emerald green, woodsy green, copper and
polished beige)

Glitter Pencils: eyeliner studded with shimmer for a
stunning nighttime look. Choose from a range of six
colours that glide on smoothly thanks to vitamin E and jojoba oil.

Brun (deep brown)
Marine (navy blue)
Noir (black)
Turquoise (light blue)
Vert (dark green)
Violet (purple)

Pink Marble Blush: one sweep over the apples of your
cheeks with this pinky copper blush will leave you
looking absolutely radiant.

Havana Sun Dust: this bronzer’s divine texture is due
to its unconventional manufacturing process - baked on
ceramic. The two different textures (matte bronzing
powder and glittery powder) leave you luminous.

Havana Precious Tanning Pearls: help fake the perfect
tan with this combination of three different coloured
bronzing pearls. They have been designed to match
light and dark skin tones so they compliment every

Havana Dry Oil: enhance your tanned or starkly pale
self with reflective pigments that highlight your
beautiful contours. After one application you are
moisturized and luminescent.

Toscana Gloss Stick: available in four shades to keep
your pout pretty in the hot summer heat. Olive oil
creates the lush texture and the fruity scent gives
this gloss a little something extra.

Orangé (orangy pink)
Rose (soft pink)
Sable (peachy nude)
Ambré (dark nude)

Lise Watier
Avaliable at Sears and The Bay in Canada, Naimes in the United States and online at

- Stephanie O'Born


Bye-Bye Bikini Bumps

Beat those embarrassing bikini bumps and irritations that can brought on by constant shaving and waxing. A little exfoliation and moisturization goes a very long way. Here are a few of our picks that will keep you bikini-ready all summer long:

Cake Beauty Sweet Cheeks Sinfully Smoothing Brown Sugar Scrub
This almost edible brown sugar scrub not only sloughs away your dry skin but contains olive oil and cocoa butter to leave it moisturized too. Slather away in your shower or bath, applying in a circular motion for smooth and supple skin.

Cake Beauty
Available at Sephora in Canada and online at

Aveda Caribbean Therapy Body Creme
Soothe and relieve your dry skin with this rich creme made with Caribbean mango and cocoa butter. The light scent of fresh limes transports you to a tropical beach even if you’re at a pool in the city.

Available at Aveda Salons and Spas

The Body Shop Aloe Caring Body Balm
Love The Body Shop's body butters? If you do, then we have something new for you to try. This body balm for sensitive skin packs in all the intense nourishment from their butters with some soothing aloe vera, and is preservative, colour and fragrance-free to minimize any irritations. Sounds pretty good? As a Community Trade product, you will also have the piece of mind that the cocoa butter and aloe vera in this moisturizer are fair trade products.

The Body Shop
Available at The Body Shop stores

- Carole Park

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Monday, June 09, 2008

À la carte colour

Makeup palettes are crowd pleasers for obvious reasons. They’re portable, offer one-flip access, and the synchronized colours can be just dazzling.

But have you ever carted around a cumbersome lip palette for that one redeeming shade of berry gloss, or worn down that sandy eyeshadow to its casing while the slew of tropically-bold shades remained in their virgin state? So annoying.

Thankfully, Bobbi Brown has caught wind of our frustration and created the Customized Palette. Select from one of the empty mirrored palettes in three, four or six pan sizes and the fun starts. Choose from dozens of gorgeous eyeshadows (in matte, shimmer wash and metallic) and two blush finishes (the standard and the shimmery version). Shades can easily be transferred from their flip-top casings into the pan in a jiffy. Comes in handy if you’re running low on your standby shadow or have a hankering a lilac liner.

Not sure what colours will wake up your eyes and give your cheeks the most desirable flush? No problem. Bobbi Brown artists are on hand to walk you through oodles of colours and textures, creating a personalized combination that ensures a knockout finale, every time.

While you’re at it, (and since the palettes are some slim and sleek), why not create a version for weekends, glamourous soirees, stuffy work events, drinks with your other half…

Bobbi Brown
Available at Bergdorf Goodman and Holt Renfrew.

- Katherine Flemming

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Bronzed Goddess

You’re sitting on a patio enjoying a cocktail—and the stares from the cute guy at the next table when you realize he’s not staring at you, he’s staring at your makeup drip, drip, dripping down your face. We’ve all been there, but what’s a girl to do during the lazy hazy days of summer? The new Melt-Proof Makeup Collection from CARGO is a limited edition kit of long-wearing, water-resistant make-up and includes Better-than-waterproof Mascara, Melt-proof Bronzer and Melt-proof 3-in-1 Eye-Cheek-Lip Palette that doesn’t melt, smudge or run and provides the perfect dose of summer colour—think shimmering apricots.

Perfect for traveling, hitting the beach or lying poolside, this collection is super-easy to apply (finger-paints anyone) and made up of a mixture of emollients and waxes that create a water resistant barrier and provide increased staying power.

Available at Sephora.

- Jennifer Sgro

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