The Detox Market Scollard St. Toronto tour & haul | BEAUTY DESTINATIONS

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Detox Market Toronto review tour about Scollard St

Tucked away in the heart of Yorkville, just a couple blocks north of Bloor, is The Detox Market’s newest location. A quick five minute walk from the Bay metro station, this tiny Scollard Street shop houses some of the best finds in all-natural and Canadian beauty.

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Lotus Wei The Detox Market Scollard St review

The shop, which opened early July, is narrow but long (and carries about 80% of the brands that the King St. location does, with more products still arriving each week). It’s hidden in a row of gorgeous white storefronts at 96 Scollard St., just above a salon and a stone’s throw from Holt’s.

(And, more importantly, within walking distance to the largest Indigo I have ever seen in my LIFE. We’re talking multi-staircase book buying, people. This is not a drill.)

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I was in twice during my trip last month–once to grab these photos and do a little travel haul; once to stock up on Odacité–and walked away each time with lots of great product recommendations and tips.

I make it a habit to ask sales associates what they’re loving whenever I check out a new shop (who better to tell you what’s awesome than the people who’re surrounded by it all day?), and The Detox Market Yorkville was no exception. Marisette recommends Ilia lipsticks, Rahua and Sudsatorium products (both of which I picked up and am LOVING, so thank you, Marisette!), and the Odacité Beautiful Day Moisturizer, which I also really like.

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Odacite Pure Elements serum concentrate review The Detox Market Scollard St

I also took a moment to poke at some of the other Odacité products that I hadn’t tried yet, and here’s what I found:

  • Po+R is definitely the only really viscous oil. However, Moringa + Petitgrain feels really comforting as well (I need to try this!!), and would be a great place to start if your main problem is dryness, not dehydration.
  • Their Blueberry and Jasmine oil is thin, clear, and light. It would be a great starter oil for someone with oilier skin (both Marisette and Kim really love this one!)
  • Their Hydration Mask, according to Marisette, makes an awesome sleeping mask for dry skin. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I have a small sample and I’m gonna give it a go soon!

The Detox Market haul

And, finally: my tiny travel haul! I picked up some Rahua Shampoo and Voluminous Conditioner to start, which my hair is loving (paired with my Klorane dry shampoo, I’ve been going three days between washes!!) I might have to order their regular conditioner online, though — I sniffed the volume line in-store and it was totally fine, but something about it makes my stomach turn when I wash with it.

I also picked up Sudsatorium’s Dirty Thirty bar soap, which I’ve been dying to try ever since they released it for Laura’s 30th birthday. It is, as expected, divine: coffee-scented and super scrubby, with a thick, non-stripping lather. Marisette also threw in some Rahua samples (so I can try a regular-regular wash and the voluminous-voluminous wash), the aforementioned Odacité mask, and the line’s new Hand & Heel Therapy, which is supposed to be great for dry hands!

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Have you been to the new Detox Market yet? What’s your favourite beauty boutique?

30 (free!) hair braiding tutorials | The Couture Book of Braids by Kérastase

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kerastase the Book of Braids tutorials

My hair–like most Asian hair–is a braiding nightmare. It’s fine, flat, and almost incomprehensibly smooth, which all sound like they’d be good attributes… except what they add up to is hair that, unless you apply product first or start with wet hair, just can’t hold a braid.

Kérastase aims to fix all us straight haired gals’ problems this fall, though, with a brand new Matéraliste Thickening Spray Gel ($38 CAD) and a 100-page e-book full of tips, tricks, and tutorials. 

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Nowadays, I only really give hair tutorials in person (compulsively and enthusiastically, but uh… only after at least three shots of tequila), so you’re going to have to rely on Kérastase’s Book of Braids for your late summer/back-to-school braid training.

The book is “for all those who dreamed of artful braids but couldn’t,” so in the spirit of dreaming, here’s a special, 30-braid gift for all of you guys, illustrated by Jessica Durrant.

» Click here « to access your complimentary copy of the Book of Braids!

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Guerlain Boutique & Institute Toronto photos, Complete Facial review | BEAUTY DESTINATIONS

Monday, August 10, 2015

Guerlain Yorkville Toronto Boutique and Institute review

The most unexpected adventure I’ve taken so far this year was a trek into the gorgeous, glossy depths into Toronto’s Guerlain Boutique & Institute at 110 Bloor Street West.

I wandered in one fine Tuesday, expecting to just take a quick sniff of Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille–could it really be as gorgeous as I remembered? (Spoiler: it is, and then some.)–and walked out with some seriously sharp bronzer and a facial appointment for that Friday.

Guerlain Boutique Toronto tour review

The Boutique 

As a fragrance junkie, the only thing you need to know about Guerlain boutiques is this: there is only one in Canada, and it contains all of the brand’s current fragrances…

Les Exclusifs and all.

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From bee bottles to tailor-made fragrances (you know, if you have a year, time for a trip to Paris, and a spare $75 000 lying around), this is the place to be. The staff here know everything there is to know about Guerlain’s recent launches as well as their classics, and can tell you about everything from Guerlinade to Theirry Wasser (Guerlain’s in-house perfumer).

Scents you must try while you’re there:

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The Institute

Tucked discreetly in the back of the boutique is a small treatment room and all the necessarily amenities — a gorgeous glass shower, a mirrored change room, and the boutique’s secret weapon: a petite esthetician named Sakien Teymouri who, I swear, has magic hands.

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Guerlain facial review Toronto Yorkville

I was lucky enough to experience a complimentary Complete Facial ($170 CAD), which is a 1h30 treatment that can be customized to match your skin’s needs.

As someone with extremely touchy skin, facials aren’t usually something I can indulge in, but the boutique’s manager took the time to double-check ingredients lists and customize a gentle, silicone-free regimen just for me. (Thank you so much, Jaimelee — your kindness and attention to detail really made my day!)

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BISC Vol. 13 | Popular makeup trends (by country!)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

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What are popular makeup trends in your country and do you follow them?

KRISTEN | USA | Glambunctious

“Strobing” seems to be very popular right now, though I don’t think the trend is unique to the United States.  Strobing is basically using only highlighter with no contouring.  Since I have oily skin and the weather where I live is very hot and humid right now, I end up strobing by default at the end of the day.  No highlighter needed!

TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty

I am aware of trends due to reading blogs, articles on the internet, YouTube and beauty magazines however if I don’t think they are conducive to my daily routine I will not incorporate them.  For example I jumped on the contouring bandwagon (which really never worked out for me) but when strobing, baking, and cooking came along I didn’t pay it much attention. Right now it’s all about natural, no makeup makeup which is what I’ve always practiced so I guess I’m inadvertently following them.

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ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca

To be honest, I am not good at following trends.

With the change of seasons I will try and get an overview on what is hot right now, but for the blog more than for personal reasons. (Read the latest edition here). The one big thing around here at the moment seems to be “Strobing”, and as I will always be a powder girl at heart, I really can’t say I am following this trend.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

Canada is still working on carving out its own little niche in the beauty world, so our makeup trends are pretty much the same as the ones in the US. Right now, I feel like the major trends are (of course) highlighting and contouring, and while I do do both on a daily basis, I’m doing them the same way I always have — subtly and in very cool tones, which, for some reason, is inexplicably a very not on-trend thing to be doing!

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

I have not been back to Thailand long enough to know for sure but from my observation, makeup styles that make you look “doll-like” seem to be preferred by Thai women. Circle lens (to make your eyes appear bigger), fluttery lashes, big brows (and tattooed brows) are pretty common. Another thing a lot of Thai women aspire to have is a pale (or white) complexion as I literally see hundreds of skin-whitening products being sold at pretty much every beauty store. I rarely wear circle lens but I do wear falsies and big brows occasionally. Skin whitening is not my priority but I do use some to lighten my acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

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Juicy Couture giveaway (& behind the scenes at the I AM JUICY COUTURE launch party)

Friday, July 31, 2015

I AM JUICY COUTURE launch party

I had a pretty wide variety of adventures while I was in Toronto this month (I got home late Tuesday night), from factory tours to coffee dates. Today, though, I get to share with you something special: a launch party for the new Juicy Couture fragrance, plus a little giveaway with a memento for one of you.

I am Juicy Couture review notes

The I AM JUICY COUTURE party was a really weird experience for me: it was a lot of pink, a lot of people out to “be seen,” and a lot of fragrance notes that I’m not the biggest fan of, personally. (What? I like my fragrances vaguely snobby, kind of dirty, and aggressively unisex.)

THE NOTES: TOP – raspberry, pomelo, passion fruit / HEART – gardenia, heliotrope, Rose de Mai, sweet pea / BASE – musk, woods, amber

I AM JUICY COUTURE ($89 CAD/50 ml; available soon) was created for the house by Dora Baghriche for Firmenich Paris, and was inspired by candied pralines and the idea of the ultimate Juicy Couture girl. It’s described as a “rebellious gourmand” for the “prestige rebel,” and smells kind of like something that would happen in all caps. The press release says it’s for the girl who “daringly proclaims exactly who she is not in order to declare who she is“… but what kind of life is that?

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This guy is Juicy Couture

Yes you are, dude. Yes you are.

So here’s what I think. I think you should take the great parts of I AM JUICY COUTURE, and leave the rest. Feel free to tell people that you’re not apologetic, because no one should have to be. Tell them that you’re not conventional, because you’re not obligated to be.

But don’t operate under the assumption that these are traits of the “cool girl.” Girls, in case you haven’t noticed, are awesome. I’d be pretty damn proud if someone told me that I was just as cool as a conventional girl.

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The lovely Nicole (Beauty, Brains +), Megan (Megan Joy), and Erica (Diary of a Trendaholic)!

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Megan is THRILLED TO BE HERE; TO BE ALIVE (seriously though, how cute is she??)

The ultimate Juicy Couture girl sounds kind of like a bully. So aim higher than that; be better than that. Wear the I AM JUICY COUTURE fragrance, but wear it to say:

» I AM NOT going to be held down by the conventions of your misogynistic society

…not “It girls are not ordinary, shy, predictable, reserved, or average.” Because there is nothing, nothing wrong with being shy or predictable or reserved if you choose to be. 

Define yourself by what you are, not what you hate.

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Win it!

I’m not much of a memento type (well, except for scent memories, but more on that soon), so I’m sharing this little piece of my travels with one lucky reader! Enter below to win one (1) Juicy Couture “Juicy Bangle” in Gold. This giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is currently residing in Canada, and will close on August 8th at 11:59 PM MST.

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