The products we're lusting after for spring 2017.
This new take on Miu Miu’s debut fragrance keeps lily of the valley and the patchouli-like Akigalawood as top and base notes while adding a white floral heart for a scent meant to evoke the first day of spring. Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue Eau de Parfum Spray ($105 for 50 mL), at sephora.com.
When Target left Canada, so did beloved brand Pixi. Now it’s back (hurrah!), and for the first time, skincare is available in addition to cosmetics. Our pick: this just-launched physical (sugar cane) and chemical (lactic acid) exfoliant. Pixi Beauty Peel & Polish ($34), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Organic mongongo oil, high in moisturizing fatty acids and derived from the South African manketti tree, is the star in this blend of fast-absorbing oils. Apply strategically (on wind-chapped cheeks, for instance) as the weather changes from cold to, well, slightly less cold. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bright Booster Oil Elixir ($20), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
If you’ve maxed out on Millennial-coloured products (you know the shade), may we suggest this powdery hue as an alternative? OPI Infinite Shine in Suzi Without a Paddle ($16.95), at chatters.ca.
Two satin (peachy beige and gold) and two matte (caramel beige and pinky red) shades comprise Chanel makeup artist Lucia Pica’s face palette for spring. Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony ($70), at chanel.com.
This hue is our favourite of the 10 shades of seriously-long-wearing liquid lipstick and gloss. CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Colour + Gloss in Coral Crave ($12), at walmart.ca.
Holding a can of dry shampoo close to your scalp and spraying will not do you any favours. Batiste applicators are designed to disperse product evenly from 30 centimetres (think half an arm’s length) away, and particles are sized to penetrate the hair shaft, nixing oil right from the roots. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry ($9) at walmart.ca.
The latest foundation from Giorgio Armani marries the technology of the brand’s oil-based Maestro Fusion with the long-wearing pigments in its liquid eyeshadows for a high-coverage formula that feels like a serum. Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation in 3.5 ($70), at sephora.com.
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And more things we learned about the charming star of Before I Fall.
Zoey Deutch is surprisingly perky for someone who is in the middle of a gruelling Toronto press day for her new movie, Before I Fall, (in theatres March 3) But, as I quickly learn during our phone convo, that’s her default setting.
She’s kind and complimentary (she loves Toronto, loves the warm weather streak we've been having, loves ELLE Canada, etc.) and hilarious (we’re on speaker phone and there's a bunch of people in the room with her whom I can hear stifling their giggles.)
In fact, the actress – whose mom is Back to the Future star Lea Thompson and dad is Pretty in Pink director Howard Deutch – seems totally unlike her Before I Fall character Sam. Quick Before I Fall plot synopsis: Sam is a popular girl-type who dies in a car crash and is forced to live her last day over and over. Think Groundhog Day with an existential crisis and with really chic chunky knits and tuques.
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Here are five more things we learned about Deutch during our chat.
She loves Drake “Normally I am, generally speaking, a conservatively dressed human, but I was scantily clad my first day in Toronto in the hopes that I would run into Drake in the lobby of my hotel. The address of my hotel is….. [Laughs]
She is super self-deprecating “What is one word I'd use to describe myself in high school? Hormonal. You were experiencing so many different things at times, and it was so emotional and so difficult to navigate.”
She's PUMPED to be surrounded by so many talented women “The movie is based on a book written by a woman (Lauren Oliver). A woman wrote the screenplay (Maria Maggenti); the director, Ry Russo-Young, is a woman and the movie is about relationships between women!”
She gets life – and she’s only 22 “I feel like it would be impossible for me to have had the opportunity to play this great part and be a part of the story without doing a lot of self-reflection. It just reminded me to not take things for granted and to continue to appreciate my family. You can never say I love you too many times to your mom and dad. Also, to actually appreciate routine and understand the privilege [like my character has] of being able to wake up every day with a roof over your head and a mother that loves you and a toothbrush and a breakfast. There is something to be said about the privilege of routine. Taking nothing for granted."
Watch the Before I Fall trailer here:
Courtesy of SoulCycle.
SoulCycle is opening in Toronto. Here's what to expect from a class.
The last time I took a spin class was in 2015. So when I texted my roommate the other day to say I was off to take a preview class at SoulCycle, the indoor cycling workout that has gained a cultlike following in the U.S., she replied, “Goooooooood luck. You’ll need it. It’s HARD!!”
I arrived at the downtown Toronto studio – SoulCycle’s first international location – and was greeted by a number of positive, peppy personalities. I spotted someone walking around with what appeared to be a tray of shots (at least something looked familiar) and flagged her down. I reached for one of the grassy-smelling drinks and drank it back, whispering to myself, “If Victoria Beckham can stomach this, so can you.” Beckham, along with other A-list celebs like Lady Gaga and Madonna, is a frequent SoulCyclist. (Michelle Obama herself was recently spotted at a Washington, D.C., location.)
After I “clipped in” to my bike (you can rent cycling shoes if, like me, you don’t own a pair), a Greek god walked into the dimly lit room. He was the instructor, Adam. “Is everyone ready to sweat?!” he screamed/laughed to the group. (The studio holds 55 bikes, and it was a full house.) I gulped.
Adam’s first song of choice was a hyped-up techno version of Beyoncé’s “6 Inch.” I started smiling. Was I actually enjoying this? Adam’s playlist really won me over, however, when Fat Joe’s “Lean Back” came blaring through the speakers. At this point, not only was the entire class cycling in rhythm, we were kind of dancing...with weights. It didn’t feel like a dance class, but it didn’t feel like any spin class I had been to before either. I was hardly a pro, but I was enjoying myself while burning calories (supposedly between 500 and 700 in a 45-minute class), and that is a rarity.
A SoulCycle studio.
A day after the class, still incredibly sore, I sat at my desk reflecting on my experience. “I should have turned up my resistance up a little higher,” I caught myself thinking. “Next time I will.” Next time? Was I actually contemplating going back? I had definitely drunk the SoulCycle cayenne-pepper-infused lemon water.
The King West SoulCycle officially opens its doors to the public on March 2nd, with additional Canadian locations – in Toronto (Yorkville) and Vancouver – planned for later in 2017. See you there.
Here's a comforting thought: There's very little chance you will do anything as high key cringeworthy as what Warren Beatty did last night at the Oscars.
Unless you were planning on announcing the wrong winner for Best Picture, too?
The moment—immediately pounced upon as #OscarGate—still seems a bit surreal. At the time, while still on stage, Warren explained that he opened up the envelope to find a card that read "Emma Stone, Lalaland". Beatty, clearly feeling something was wrong, can be seen checking in the envelope for another card, before consulting co-presenter Faye Dunaway, who just went for it and announced: "Lala Land!".
Cue everyone in that case rushing the stage, celebrating, and then a man coming up to the microphone saying: "Moonlight has won best picture. This is not a joke."
In the hours that followed, we're getting further details on how something like that happened. According to PWC, the accounting firm that handles the maintenance of the secrecy of the winners, released a statement that basically said: We messed up, he was given the wrong envelope, and we're launching an investigation to see how that happened.
And while, yes, thinking you won best picture and then having it taken from you literally while you're accepting the award sucks, LaLaland did have an otherwise succesful night: Emma Stone won best actress and Damien Chazell became the youngest best director winner at 32.