Flower Power: Beauty’s Latest Trend Is an Ode to a Rose

Rose oilThe flower that’s synonymous with Valentine’s Day—and, for better or worse, The Bachelor—is having a moment as a key ingredient and a colour muse. Throughout its long existence, the rose has been separated into its parts and liquefied, made into essential oil and otherwise processed and distilled for a wide array of benefits, from anti-inflammation to anti-aging, hydration and skin repair. But while the rose’s role as a power player on your beauty shelf is nothing new, the ways that some brands are tipping their hats to the hard-working flower is. So it’s worth giving the popular (#basic) bloom a fresh look.
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Why This 5-Step Nail Treatment System Is Everything

Londontown nail treatment system

This packaging is !!!

Yes genetics, environment, diet and lifestyle all play a part in how the aging process will hit you—gently, like a summer’s breeze or punishing like a tropical storm—but most people who have the time, money and inclination have smartened up with a skincare regimen that does some (okay A LOT) of the work for them.

So why doesn’t the same hold true for nails? A nice mani is one thing but kept-up nails that are clean, smartly filed and healthy-looking have long been a priority to me because if I feel good from the neck up but my nails are an uneven mess, something is off.

I was very eager to get my hands on Londontown’s Nail Treatment System to see for myself and test drive the multi-step system.

Read my full thoughts after the jump.

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I Tried It: Bold White Winter Liner Inspired by Chanel

This year, Chanel’s Métiers d’Art pre-fall show was held at the opulent, newly redesigned Ritz Paris, and while everyone was talking about the celeb-heavy

Find out how I got the surprisingly-easy-to-achieve look after the jump.

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Applause, Applause: The Best Beauty Products of 2016

Ouai texturizing spray

(Via sephora.com)

I’ve lost count of the numbers of new beauty items I’ve tested and tried over the last year (mostly for work but sometimes for fun)—creams and serums, blushes and bronzers, mascaras, brow pencils and pomades, lipsticks and stains, oil-based everything and a few new brushes and tools to apply said products.

But not every item that starting popping up on shelves as far back as January is worthy of being singled out. The six gems I’ve chosen weren’t even part of my beauty routine Some nine months ago and now I can’t imagine going without them. Cue the applause.

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Eye Contouring Is a Thing And It’s Surprisingly Easy

Contouring’s death knell may have rung last summer when makeup kween Kim K threw her support behind nontouring, but the trend isn’t quite done with us yet. Instead, it’s become focused, refined and, most importantly, simplified.

How to do Eye contouring

It’s no secret that wide-open eyes = awake-looking eyes, and eye contouring takes the same shadow and highlighting play that can change the look and shape of your face (see above image) and brings it to your peepers, with no complicated tutorial required.

Head to my super straightforward how-to on Glow.ca