The It girl preaches less foundation and more authenticity.
‘Twas the night before my interview with Dree Hemingway, the face of Chloé Fleur de Parfum, and I found myself lost in the depths of her Instagram feed. The model/actress' stream of chic bohemian photos had me double tapping, wondering how I could also be this inherently cool. The next morning when the interview started, I was thrilled to discover our mutual love for vintage shopping (as one feels when they discover some level on which they can relate to a model). “I really wish I had more time in Toronto to explore all of the vintage shops!" she enthused. "You guys have so many!”
Hemingway (yes, she's the kin of esteemed American novelist Ernest Hemingway), is widely known for her laid-back attitude and no-makeup aesthetic. When I asked her about this, she laughed. “If you cover yourself up too much, your spirit can’t shine through!” But, of course!
Here, four chic tips from face of Chloé Fleur de Parfum on low-maintenance beauty and living an authentic life.
“Sometimes it can be easy to get pigeonholed as a 'blond'. I got my septum piercing to be a little bit different, to let people know I’m not what they might expect. I got it pierced this past June, but I go through phases of loving it and wanting to take it out. That's why I could never get a tattoo.”
"[I admire] French women. I lived in Paris when I first started modelling and would observe their approach to beauty. Nothing is fussy. If they put a lip on, that’s it. They only accent one element. [I'm also inspired by] '70s beach vibes and my aunt Margaux; I have so many beautiful photos of her. I’ve always been attracted to the Chloé woman and her way of life, the ease. It's light, delicate and free-spirited."
“I think that it is really nice to let your natural colouring shine through. I never cover my cheeks with foundation or anything, and I don’t cover my eyes either, because I like the natural pigmentation that your body has. It's almost like your own natural eyeshadow.”
"Laugh and smile everyday like you mean it; it's illuminating. And don’t pick your pimples."
Chloé Fleur de Parfum Spray ($122 for 50mL), at sephora.com.
Are you using it yet?
We're guessing you've heard of Proactiv? The founders behind the acne treatment line – dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields – also happen to be the savvy brains behind another skincare brand, aptly named Rodan + Fields, which zeros in on anti-aging treatment systems. The duo were recently in Toronto to talk about a super secret launch from said skincare brand, and while my lips are sealed on those details (guys, I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement!), I can tell you my takeaway from meeting with them is that I need to start using retinoic acid like, five years ago.
According to Dr. Kathy Fields, who is still a practicing dermatologist and prof at Stanford School of Medicine in San Francisco, it's all about retinoic acid, which has been around for over 30 years.
"Retinoic acid is still the favoured molecule by dermatologists," says Dr. Fields. "It's vitamin A. It makes the pores look smaller because it debrides the pore [for all you word nerds, that means it unplugs the pore]. It helps normalize cell turnover, which is anti-wrinkle. It helps shed dark skin [think brown spots] and a little anti-cancer."
"If you have sun damaged skin, it helps normalize the epidermis," says Fields.
A few things to know about using retinoic acid:
But the number one anti-aging cream of all time, to infinity and beyond? Come on, you should know this by now.
The answer is sunscreen. "If you're not protecting your skin, you're toast," says Fields.
Chanel brought a taste of Cuba to St. Tropez for their new Cruise campaign, and we’re in love.
Models Stella Tennant and Mica Arganaraz pose in the breathtaking images, shot by Karl Lagerfeld himself in the South of France.
The colours and landscapes perfectly evoke the island mood of the collection, and the photos have us daydreaming about our next getaway.
Take a look at all of the stunning images from the campaign.
As we age, plushy collagen and taut elastin fibres break down and skin loses it's elasticity. These ingredients can help bring back the glory days of youth.
Peptides are the naturally occurring building blocks of protein in skin. We don’t necessarily become deficient in them as we age, but introducing more into our routine is beneficial because of a specific receptor in the cell. “They stimulate collagen in a very unique way,” says Dr. Dennis Gross, a dermatologist based in New York. “The more receptors you put to work, the more firming you’ll see. If your concern is wrinkles or laxity, then it’s an important ingredient to look for in your products.” With consistent use, expect to see changes after one month.
Dr. Dennis Gross Firming Peptide Milk ($78), at sephora.com.
The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum ($14.80), at ordinaries.com.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found in connective tissues that supports skin due to its ability to bind water, says Dr. Kucy Pon, a Toronto-based dermatologist. “Creams that contain hyaluronic acid can improve hydration of the outer layer of skin and give a softer, smoother appearance,” she says. “When skin is well hydrated, the look of fine lines and wrinkles may also be improved.” Look for hyaluronic acid and/or sodium hyaluronic on an ingredient list.
Lierac Paris Hydragenist Moisturizing Rescue Balm ($70), at lierac.ca.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($25), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Ceramides are waxy lipids in the top layer of skin that act as a protective barrier and help retain water. The production of ceramides declines with age, compromising the skin barrier. “This can let in harmful environmental components and lead to inflammation,” says Gross. “An intact barrier is also essential for the delivery of other anti-aging ingredients.” On a label, look for ceramide NG, AP or EOP, ceramide 2/ceramide NS, ceramide 3/ceramide NP, sphingolipids or phospholipids.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 ($140), skinceuticals.com.
Ren Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion ($52), sephora.ca.
B vitamins have an essential role in the body. “Topically applied, niacinamide [a type of B vitamin] perfects the skin, strengthens the cell membrane, combats acne and controls hyperpigmentation,” says Gross. Retinol and niacinamide work exceptionally well together. Look for names like riboflavin (B2), niacinamide (B3), panthenol (B5) and biotin (B7).
Kat Burki Complete B Bio-Correcting Face Crème ($430), at murale.ca.
AlumierMD AluminEye ($80), at alumiermd.com.