Skincare? Yes! Show Your Skin Some Love

Who couldn’t up their skincare routine by this point in the winter? After months of harsh weather and dry heat – courtesy of furnaces working full-tilt – odds are your skin is parched and begging for moisture. Even if you are the dewiest of young brides-to-be, your body’s largest organ  and your beauty routine need some TLC.

Here’s some help:

derma e’s Soothing Oil-Free Moisturizer with Pycnogenol is a fragrance-free gel hydrator that replenishes moisture and helps reduce signs of aging and sensitivity. It’s ideal for using alone on normal to oily sensitive skin types or for those experiencing rosacea.

Soothing Oil Free Moisturizer

Moisturize and plump your skin to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles with derma e’s Hydrating Night Crème with Hyaluronic Acid. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment. It’s ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs richer moisture through the night.

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Restore dry, dehydrated skin with derma e’s Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm, a doctor developed, deeply penetrating, highly concentrated topical recovery treatment. Use it anywhere skin is extra-dry, chapped, hardened or flaky for maximum soothing, replenishing relief.

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An oil-free, lightweight, non-greasy facial formula, derma e’s Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion delivers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and anti-aging antioxidant defense.

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A sheer, enriched formula, derma e’s Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Lotion glides on evenly and absorbs quickly to provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and anti-aging antioxidant

Wedding Hair Flower, Veil or Tiara. Which One is for You?

Wedding Hair Flower, Veil or Tiara. Which One is for You?

As long as I can remember, the wedding veil has been worn by many if not most brides.   The veil is designed to accentuate not hide your wedding dress design.   The beauty of a veil provides the finishing touch for your wedding outfit and can be worn with a tiara or headpiece.  Traditional veils called blusher style are used in the church and lifted from your face by either your father or groom.    If you don’t like this idea then you can pull the veil back  away from your face.   Many veils are now detachable and can easily be removed by Velcro so you don’t have to worry about it blowing in the wind for pictures.

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What about hair flowers and no veil at all?   Big trend with more and more wedding hair flowers and bling clips without the veil.   Veils are still worn for many ceremonies in the church but for destination or outdoor ceremonies, many brides choose to forgo the veil especially if they have purchased a modern wedding dress.   The wedding flower is a big hit among brides.  You can get them in various colors and styles to accent your wedding dress and can even wear more than one!

The designs and styles of these hair flowers are endless.  I particular love the all white or cream ones with a touch of  beading.  You could also select a real flower piece for your hair that compliments your bouquet.  Make sure you choose a flower that will last throughout the day and evening.  Whether you decide to go real or faux make sure to do a trial run with your hairdresser.  You want to make sure the size of the flower is appropriate for you and compliments your dress.

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What about the tiara?  This is so popular and started back with Grace Kelly wearing one making them so timeless and classic.  When you put one on you really will feel like a princess for the day.  If you shop online you will find some beautiful ones to choose from.  There is a variety of pearl, diamond, faux and colored stones.  Sometimes that accent piece may just say it all and be the perfect accessory for your wedding dress.  The tiara should sit high and firm on your head.  You can choose to wear  the tiara free style or incorporate it into your up-do.

 wedding tiara

Choosing a veil, tiara, flower, or mixture of two is your personal preference but you won’t be able to answer that question until you pick that perfect wedding dress.  It’s then you can decide which one is the best fit for you and compliment the dress.

Tips for guys on body hair maintenance


Tips for guys on body hair maintenance

Men typically have a good grasp on what’s expected of them when it comes to maintaining their facial hair. But fewer men are confident about how they should maintain hair below the neck.

In fact, a recent Philips survey conducted amongst Canadian men between 18 and 40 revealed that 59 per cent wished they had more guidance on maintaining hair in one or more of the following places: chest, back, under arms, legs or nether regions.

Why would men care about their grooming habits? According to the same survey, the majority of Canadian men believe that good grooming habits can improve their romantic life (86%), social life (73%) and professional careers (70%).

No matter the motivation behind your grooming habits, check out the following top body hair tips for men:

1. For those with back hair, 44 per cent believe that a clean shaven look is the best way to go. To maintain back hair at home, look for tools that can be used in water so you can make maintenance part of your shower routine. Retailers point to the Philips Bodygroom 5000 for that purpose.

2. While 51 per cent of men prefer to let underarm hair grow au natural, be sure to use scissors to trim any unruly hair for a cleaner, well-groomed look.

3. For gents with chest hair, 46 per cent believe that trimming or shaving is the best way to maintain it. Protect this sensitive skin with an easy to use product. The Philips BodyGroom 1000 has a unique skin protector built in

4. Manscaping private areas cause the greatest concern and the most questions. Many men say they are cautious, however, about who they go to for advice. Worry no longer. For down-there hair care, keep things looking natural but neat. Trimming works best so look for an all-in-one tool that you can use on both face and body. Bonus tip: Trimming in the shower helps keep your bathroom tidy.

Expert tips for winter skincare

winter skin care

Expert tips for winter skincare

A good skin care regimen is important all year long, but a drop in humidity and temperatures during the fall and winter seasons can set the scene for dryness and irritation. In a recent survey, 68 per cent of women across Canada said that when purchasing skincare products, the most important issue is dry skin.

According to dermatologist Dr. Paul Cohen, effective moisturization is the key to preventing dry, dehydrated skin. He explains that skincare oils can play a role in the maintenance of healthy skin, particularly during the dry, cold weather months. “When oil meets skin, an amazing thing happens,” says Cohen. “Oils such as Bio-Oil can hydrate and help balance the skin while providing a barrier to protect against the elements and seal in moisture.”

Products like Bio-Oil have helped consumers become more comfortable with using oils for skincare because it’s light, non-greasy and safe for sensitive skin. In recent years, new choices have appeared in skincare aisles, with the latest being Lipidol, an entire range of skincare oils designed to supplement the skin’s own natural oily layer.

Cohen cautions that without proper care, dry skin can reach a point where moisturization is ineffective and other treatments may be required. “Dry skin, particularly the hands, can worsen over time, become cracked, chafed, red and itchy,” he says. “You always want to prevent a breakdown of the skin barrier because this is when skin can become prone to dermatitis and infection. Preventing moisture loss is important to help keep the skin smooth, supple and in top shape.”

For smooth, silky skin, try replacing your usual cream or lotion with a moisturizing skincare oil this winter.

Grooming for Grooms | 5 grooming basics all men should know

5 grooming basics all men should know

5 grooming basics all men should know5 grooming basics all men should know

In the past, the art of grooming facial hair was generally passed down from father to son. For better or for worse, grooming lessons were at the mercy of how skilled – or unskilled – dad was with the shaver. With the proliferation of social media, however, gone are the days when you could only learn about hair maintenance at dad’s elbow. Trend setters and grooming experts now are able to provide tips and tricks to viewers and shed light on grooming tips – both new and old.

Jason Culala of Original Grooming Experts in Toronto, is just one of the many experts who is passionate about this topic. “I’m a firm believer that grooming maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated and familiarizing yourself with the basics is the best place to start.”

Here are Culala’s five top tips:

1: All facial hair is different. Some men have sparse hair, some fuller. While others are fine and straight and others thick and curly, the key to grooming is to understand your own needs and find a style that works best with what nature gave you.

2: Invest in quality tools. Good tools, including shavers, scissors, combs and hair products, will ensure you get great results. Culala says he relies on Philips’ wide range of shavers and groomers for face, body and head, all of which keep men looking fresh from head to toe.

3: When trying to achieve fuller looks like beards, moustaches or goatees, be patient and know that you have to commit to a certain growth period. A bit of general maintenance around the edges can help keep things tidy during the in-between stage and reduce unruly hairs.

4: Don’t ignore the hair on your body. This grooming is just as important as the style you sport on your face. Look for shavers that come with additional attachments to take care of down-there-hair like the industry popular, Philips Multigroom 7000.

5: Become your barber’s best friend. Establishing a relationship with your barber will help you get guidance on at-home style and maintenance. Get your barber to start you off with a style or shape you can easily maintain at home and ask for tips on how to do it well.

Refresh your skin with a simple routine

Refresh your skin with a simple routine

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Our skin goes through a lot during the day. It faces all kinds of irritants, including wind, pollution and the sun.  To keep skin glowing at all times, a dedicated beauty routine is a must so start with this guideline:

Cleanse. Beautiful skin is clean and glowing. Ensure you use a cleanser morning and night to get rid of sweat, dirt and oil that clog pores.

Exfoliate. Getting rid of the excess dry skin cells will help make room for fresh new skin cells to grow. Use warm water and an exfoliating cleanser to help remove rough skin. Exfoliating should be done a couple of times a week.

Moisturize and Protect. Keeping skin moisturized is critical for a beautiful healthy look. After cleansing, apply a moisturizer, appropriate for your skin type to keep it hydrated. If the moisturizer does not have an SPF, make sure you put on sunscreen as well. The sun can severely damage skin, making it look older and tired.

But what is the most important step of your skin’s beauty routine? Advisors tell us to get enough sleep.

There is a reason we call it beauty sleep. Getting the proper amount each night can help skin look more luminous and youthful.  At night our bodies recharge and if we aren’t getting enough sleep the stress hormone cortisol becomes elevated, leading to inflammation in the body that impacts the skin’s appearance.

If daily stress keeps you awake on the pillow, wind down each day by soothing the senses. Popular products like ZzzQuil Scented Plug-Ins and ZzzPads, in trendy lavender and chamomile aromas, are designed to create a calming sleep environment.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Home Hair Colouring

Do’s and Don’ts of Home Hair Colouring

Colouring hair at home is popular for many reasons: it saves time, money and can be much more convenient all while achieving great results. More than half of Canadian women colour their hair and, of those, half colour their hair at home, according to a recent poll. When asked what concerns them about using at home hair colour, the top concern raised by one-quarter of Canadian women was that they would not get the colour they want.

home hair colouringLuis Pacheco, Clairol’s Consulting Colourist, offers some tips to ensure women get the hair colour of their dreams.

Do a strand test. First, before colouring your hair, you should always do a patch test to ensure you don’t have any allergic reaction to the colour. Next, a strand test to ensure that you get the colour you want before you actually colour all of your hair. Not only can you test the shade, but you can ensure that you know how long to keep the colour on your hair for.

Don’t do a drastic colour change at home. There are times to seek out a professional colourist such as when you want to go drastically lighter or darker. The general rule of thumb for at-home colour is to stay within two shades lighter or two shades darker of your current colour.

Do try something new. Want to warm up your look summer? Try a colour with a bit of red in it or look for a colour with golden undertones. Clairol Nice ‘n Easy offers 44 natural-looking colours with colour-blend technology to ensure the result is full of depth and dimension. Have fun this summer and experiment with a new shade.

Don’t worry about choosing the right shade. Twenty per cent of Canadian women are concerned about choosing the right shade of hair colour. Choosing a you-only-better shade requires a little prep work but shouldn’t be intimidating. The first thing to consider is your skin tone. Take a look at the inside of your wrist. If your veins appear bluish, you should look for cool or neutral tones; if they’re greenish, look for warm or neutral tones. For warmer shades, look for the words golden, bronze, and copper. For cooler shades, look for the words ash, platinum, and Champagne. Then, select your colour based on going no more than two shades different from your current colour.

How to revive your makeup bag for spring

How to revive your makeup bag for spring

While your thoughts may be consumed with warm weather wardrobes, you can’t forget to update your beauty routine and shake up your makeup for spring. Grace Lee, celebrity makeup artist and Canadian beauty authority, helps you put your freshest face forward and tells you what to add, treasure, and trash this season.

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Update your colours. “As the weather warms, so do the colours: gold, rose gold, burnt orange and ochre,” says Lee. “These colours provide the palette for the whole face. Adding a kiss of gold to the eyelid or lips adds dimension to colours while keeping the look soft and modern.” Make your eyes pop by pairing these warm tones with a complementary colour like AIR OPTIX COLORS contact lenses in Blue. After all, spring is truly a time to #LiveInColor.

Be bold. Sometimes it just takes a simple lip colour to switch up your makeup routine and be ready to spring forward. From the classic red lip to bright fuchsias and corals, it’s a perfect way to show off a dramatic and edgy spring style.

Know what and when to trash. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your closet. Do you know how long you can keep your makeup products around? Remember that all makeup has a set lifetime but it varies by type. General rule of thumb is mascara: three to four months; lip gloss and lipstick: up to one-year but look at expiry date; liquid foundation: six to eight months; eye shadow: one year or longer – unless they get wet.

Let the guilt go. Giving up those unused products that are cluttering your makeup bag can be hard. We love to get attached to the things that made a significant dent in our wallets so we hold onto colours we’ll never wear, and scents we don’t like. It’s time to take a deep breath and know that spring is a time of revival. “Just like you might experiment with a new hair colour or use a bold nail polish, AIR OPTIX COLORS contact lenses offer you another way to be unique, stand out and express your personality,” says Lee. Out with the old and in with the new to keep your face as fresh as your closet this spring.

How to apply true Holiday glam on-the-go

How to apply true Holiday glam on-the-go

We know you’re busy planning your wedding, but what about those holiday parties? Don’t fret, here’s some quick tips for make-up on the fly.

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During the Holiday season, are you one of those people running from the office to a party with only enough time to quickly swipe on lipstick – often without the benefit of a mirror?  With a few simple tricks, taking your look from desk to dancing is as easy as it is gorgeous, as follows:


Start with a neutral colour across the eyelid, plus a sweep of shimmer under the arch of the brow and the inside corner of the eye for a naturally highlighted look.


As the sun sets take a more vibrant shade and blend it close to the lash line. Lightly dust the deeper colour through the crease of the eyelid to create a glamorous, eye popping look. Reach for bold hues of green, purple, orange and blue, blended with touches of metallic.  These colours define the looks seen all over the winter runway.

A great combination shadow set that takes the guesswork out of matching colours is Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour Envy with five shades in each palette. Its convenient size is also perfect for those busy days to nights on the go.

Matte red lips are also having a big impact proving that less is more when it comes to shine factor. Brands such as Clinique and Lancôme from a leading cosmetics retailer like Sears, come in all the season’s best colours and are great investments in your Holiday make-up kit.

When applying (or re-applying) lipstick, a matching lip pencil in a shade slightly lighter than your lip colour acts as a base, helping to define your lips and keep the colour from bleeding – no matter how late your night.

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Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips for the Bride

Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips for the BridePre-Wedding Beauty Tips for the Bride

You want everything to be picture perfect for your wedding, including your smile. But like everything else about your big day, that perfect smile could require some work ahead of time. In fact, experts suggest starting your entire beauty regimen six months before the wedding.

Here’s a complete pre-wedding beauty checklist.

* Lips: Get soft, kissable lips by brushing away flakes of dry skin with an infant toothbrush soaked in baking soda and water. Apply healing ointment, and in no time, your lips will be ready for that “kiss the bride” kiss.

* Teeth: A cosmetic dentist can often correct an imperfect smile with veneers. But if spending painful hours in the dentist’s chair getting your teeth ground down sounds like it would put a damper on all the joyful planning, here’s good news: Lumineers are now used by thousands of dentists nationwide and can be applied in two short, pain-free appointments.

Unlike other veneer procedures, Lumineers are so strong and thin that they don’t require removal of sensitive tooth structure. The procedure is quick, painless and even reversible.

* Makeup: Women with warm skin tones look best in makeup with pink, coral, peach, amber, brown and red with yellow undertones. If you have a cool skin tone, choose pink, berry, lilac, mauve or red with blue undertones.

* Skin: Make your face glow with a good cleansing program. Use a cleanser that’s appropriate for your skin type in the morning, makeup remover and cleanser at night and a daily moisturizer. Use a gentle facial scrub once a week.

* Hair: If you’re planning to change your hairstyle or color, experiment several months before the wedding so you have time to correct any mistakes.

* Nails: If you’re a nail-biter, get weekly manicures to keep your nails healthy. Plan your last manicure a couple of days before the big day. Choose a pretty pale pink or splurge on a French manicure, not just because it looks great, but because the chips won’t show as much and are easy to fix. You’ll have beautiful hands for the rehearsal dinner and any other festivities.

Don’t forget, practice makes perfect. Schedule a trial run with your hair and makeup artists several days before your wedding, so there are no surprises the day of the ceremony.