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In celebration of Earth Month, Kiehl’s has teamed up witht he Canadian Wildlife Federation on a special edition of their cult favourite Avocado Eye Cream. Continue reading NEWS // KIEHL’S SUPPORTS THE PUFFINS


Founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjean, Lancôme celebrates it’s 80th anniversary this March. For their birthday celebrations, the brand will fête their ambasaddresses and customers through a series of joyful initiatives. Continue reading NEWS // LANCÔME CELEBRATES ITS 80TH ANNIVERSARY


It’s probably pretty obvious why every girl should know how to give themselves an at least half-decent blow out. In a pinch, it works for any situation: interview, party, fancy party…you catch my drift. It takes you from 0 to sleek and professional.

It can be hard to learn (balancing a hair dry in one hand while brushing the back side of your head ain’t easy) but with time and practice, it is definitely something everyone can learn. It may never be as perfect as what your hairstylist can do (that’s why they’re pros) but it’s a good skill to have on the backburner should you ever need it.

Anna’s already broken this down for you in a tutorial–but the right tools and products are what make for a great blow out. Start by protecting your hair with heat protective shampoos and conditioners, then add in a few products to help with your hair type (i.e. volume, smoothing, etc.). Then, get a good quality (and lightweight) hair dryer with different speeds and heat levels and a natural bristle brush (gives a smoother result). Once you’ve learned how to do your own hair, you won’t need to pay your stylist to do it on the regular, or be scrambling for last minute appointments.

How does this save you $: your new skillz = less money & time spent at the hairdresser


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When we met the Canadian fashion blogger twins at the Clarisonic Aria event this past December at the newly renovated beauty floor at the Bay, we couldn’t get over how nice, friendly and funny they were (when we took a photo with them, they said that they couldn’t stand beside each other because they looked too similar). We chatted with them about pale skin problems and their all-time favourite beauty products (of course). 

Here’s what the super cute fashion queens use to get their signature look: porcelain skin, a bold cat eye and a bright lip.
From Cailli:
“I love the Givenchy Matte because it’s super light for my vampire skin town and is not shiny. It’s super matte. Also, I love Chanel sparkle pots because they are super glittery and look amazing on! NARS eyebrow gel has a really good hold and I love the color. And the bad gal Riri collection for MAC was epic. I love the eyeshadows because the tones are sooo perfect and it comes in an easy palette to use!
To get our signature look we also use:
NARS Dragon Girl lipstick, MAC Studio Fix powder, Chanel liquid eyeliner, Stila lipsticks, NARS Laguna bronzer for cheeks, l’Oréal mascara and Chanel face products with our Clarisonic Aria.”



This time of year, everyone is getting gussied up for all of their glamorous holiday fêtes with sequins, sparkles, all-out makeup, etc. So why not add a little je ne sais quoi with laidback, slightly messy hair that looks like you might have just taken a tumble in the sheets? Paired with a red lip, or sexy little dress, you will look more cool French girl than perfectly-perfect Christmas prom Barbie.

I promise you this look is incredibly easy to recreate, the point of it is to look imperfect, so definitely don’t try too hard, or it will show.

1. Start with clean, dry hair. I had second-day hair, which holds curls better for me. It would best if it was mostly straight or blown out. If you’re a smarty-pants and are planning to do this in advance, use some heat protective products.

2. Grab your wand curling iron and starting a few inches from the roots, wrap 1-inch pieces of hair around the curling iron, leaving about one inch of your ends off. This will make it look less prom-my. I used Rowenta’s Beauty Curl Active, which actually has a motor and a small clamp on it, in case you are especially inept at hairstyling. I prefer to use it without the clamp or motor function. If you have thin, fine hair like me, set it to medium heat, if you have thicker, coarser hair, set it to high heat.

3. When you’re done curling your whole head, mist your curls with some Elnett, then separate your hair into two sections and twirl your hair to create two Princess Leia buns. Clamp or pin in place and let them cool for 20 minutes.

4. Unwrap your buns and shake out your hair. Spray layers of your hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Dryspun Finish spray, or some more Elnett.

P.S. The Rowenta Beauty Curl Iron is on a Christmas special for $99.95 (that’s half off!) at Trade Secrets. This is an extremely affordable ceramic wand iron with two heat settings. It also has a small clamp and a motor function, but I prefer to use this as a wand! This deal ends December 24th. 



As much as clothing is important to a great image, having a solid grooming technique is equally essential. I use a variety of different products everyday to keep my hair looking neat and my skin looking fresh. Here are my secrets:
Hair care
My hair is probably one of the biggest components to my look. Depending on how my hair flows on a certain day will help determine what I wear. Because of this, I try to take care of my hair as best as I can. I naturally have thin straight hair so I wash withSeanol Procava Shampoo and Conditioner. It encourages a healthy metabolism in hair and renews damaged follicles, which is important for any guy who uses multiple styling products in their hair. It’s also a shampoo with conditioner which saves me a bunch of time in the morning as I rush out the door!
When it comes to styling my hair I use a couple of different products. First, I comb all my hair to the back of my head to give it some initial form. I usually do my hair right out of the shower, so I make it a point to wait till it dries slightly. Thin hair only looks thinner when it’s wet so give your hair some time to set up. I then spray Tresemme Hair Spray Tres Two on to a comb and lightly comb through. This gives my hair a light natural hold that’s humidity resistant. Then I put a small dap of Schwarzkopf Got 2 B Glued in my hand and run it through my hair. This gives it some stability and keeps fly away hairs from going wild over the span of a day. I comb through once more and my hair is ready to take on the day.
Skin Care 
I think skin care is one element of grooming that men usually neglect. I myself was one of those guys until I found day-to-day that my skin felt tight and was inflamed and irritated at the end of a day. I now use Vaseline Men Hydrating Face Lotion. It gives my skin a light layer of moisture without clogging my pores. I also use L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Under Eye Rollerfor those dark circles after a sleepless night. I couldn’t tell you how many times this one has helped me out!

–Mr. Jonathan Cavaliere, author of style blog, Mr. Cavaliere