For the final State Dinner as the First Lady, Michelle Obama's choice of dress didn't disappoint, and will certainly go down as one of the most memorable sartorial moments of her time as FLOTUS. The rose gold chain mail dress by Atelier Versace looked incredible, yes, but was also a nice nod to the visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini.
It's not the first time Michelle dressed for the occasion: She wore Canadian designer Jason Wu to greet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Trudeau, and Japanese-American designer Tadashi Shoji to dine with the Prime Minister of Japan.
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.
It looks like a pint of Guinness, tastes like a cold brew, and is only available in one Canadian Starbucks location—but it's not on the secret menu. So what is this mystery drink launching RN in Canada?
It's nitro coffee, which in terms of coffee trends is 2016's answer to 2015's obsession with pour over (and apparently an extension of our obsession with cold coffee in general, which Starbucks says is actually a growing part of our morning coffee order, even in the winter).
So what is it, and how is not just cold brew? Well, it is cold brew in the sense that it's based on the same intial process (steeping coffee for 20 hours in cold water) but then things get science-y when they infuse it with nitrogen. This is key because it's crisp and cold without any ice added, excellent news for anyone who's ever hated how watered down the end of your iced coffee sometimes tastes.
Nitro cold brew is currently only available at one location in Canada (Brookfield Place in Toronto) but word on the street is that they'll be rolling it out at more locations A-to-the-SAP.
Food-based beauty products you don't have to make yourself.
If you primarily use your kitchen as a place to store utensils for your UberEats deliveries, it’s unlikely you’re the type to whip up homemade beauty products. These fruit-and vegetable-based face masks will add more nutrition to your life (if not to your diet).
When Lev Glazman, co-founder of Fresh Beauty, set out to make a brightening face mask, he used food-grade-level citrus fruits that contain powerful natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to make up half of the ingredient list. Naturally sourced ingredients can also be antibacterial (honey), anti-inflammatory (blueberry extract) and even firming (green banana and thyme).
No time to mask, you say? Take your cue from Glazman, who says he masks while doing almost anything: “I drink tea, I watch TV,” he says. “My daughters and I love watching reruns of Sex and the City.” Count us in.
1) Erborian Pâte au Ginseng Black Concentrated Mask ($76), at sephora.ca.
2) Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel ($113.38), at reneerouleau.com.
3) Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask ($55), at sephora.ca.
4) Tata Harper Purifying Mask ($87), at tataharperskincare.com.
5) The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask ($28), at thebodyshop.ca.
6) Clarins Extra-Firming Mask ($65), at clarins.ca.
7) Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask ($80), at sephora.ca.
8) Éminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque ($45), at thefacialroom.ca.
9) Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque ($45), at kiehl's.ca.