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Where to go between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Author: Elle Canada

Beauty

Where to go between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

 

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Beauty between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Where to calm stressed-out skin between shows

The International Dermal Institute 720 King Street West, Suite 300 Walking distance from David Pecaut Square: 18 minutes Uber-ing distance from David Pecaut Square: 6 minutes Fashion Week can be a recipe for stressed-out skin (see: long days, late nights). Sometimes it’s obvious what you need to do to make your skin look alive again (get some sleep, drink more water), and sometimes you need to call in backup. For the latter times, head over to Dermalogica where they’ll complete a “face map,” examining the skin on your face, neck and décolleté to determine what lifestyle factors could be causing your skin to be dry/dull/acneic or anything less than ideal. READ MORE: Lorde's makeup artist breaks down her "Magnets" beauty look

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

Beauty between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Where to take a breather between shows

Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris Shangri-La Hotel, 188 University Avenue Walking distance from David Pecaut Square: 6 minutes Uber-ing distance from David Pecaut Square: 3 minutes So you’ve just spent a long and chaotic day at Toronto Fashion Week. You’re well dressed, but beyond stressed. You need some serious R&R, and you need it now. Where to find serenity? Remove yourself from the frigid temperatures of downtown Toronto and get thee to the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris tucked inside the Shangri-La Hotel for a Hammam & Gommage treatment: a dreamy 30-minute steam and body exfoliation ($130). After stripping down, you step into a steam room (read: oasis) to detoxify your weary body, then relax on Jerusalem gold marble where you’re scrubbed down with a eucalyptus-infused soap. (Around this time you’ll need to remind yourself that you are still in Toronto and not, in fact, in Istanbul). To wrap up your retreat, you’re guided into a colourful Byzantine-esque lounge where you can relax and indulge in baklava and grapes for as long as you wish. At a recent visit, the only downside I found was forcing myself to head back to Fashion Week. I wasn’t quite done feeling like a queen. READ MORE: Products the ELLE Canada beauty team can't live without

By: Monika Markovinovic Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

Beauty between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Where to get waxed between shows

Waxon Waxbar 120 Adelaide Street West, Unit R11 Walking distance from David Pecaut Square: 8 minutes Uber-ing distance from David Pecaut Square: 4 minutes Am I the only one that finds it entirely impossible to keep waxing appointments that are booked more than a week in advance? Even when I reschedule three times because of last-minute meetings (sorry!), Waxon Waxbar manages to fit me in (thank you!). Services are done with a mixture of hard and soft waxes, which is great for use on sensitive skin and getting those super short hairs, respectively. They are also incredibly efficient: the “Waxologist” stays in the room the entire treatment, so no time is spared entering and exiting. And if you are the type to schedule in advance? Waxon is happy to do that too. READ MORE: Cleopatra Halloween makeup tutorial

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

Beauty between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Where to get a blowout between shows

Blo Blow Dry Bar 626 King Street West Walking distance from David Pecaut Square: 14 minutes Uber-ing distance from David Pecaut Square: 4 minutes Where better to get an express blowout than at a salon dedicated to them? They understand the urgency of your between-shows rush: my hair was washed and styled (choose from a selection of seven hairstyles, ranging from where’s-the-red-carpet volume to spent-my-morning-swimming-in-the-ocean waves) in under an hour. READ MORE: 4 personal trainers you need to follow on Instagram

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

Beauty between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Where to get a mani/pedi between shows

Her Majesty’s Pleasure 556 King Street West Walking distance from David Pecaut Square: 12 minutes Uber-ing distance from David Pecaut Square: 4 minutes Nails in rough shape? Her Majesty’s Pleasure, a spot that’s “equal parts spa, salon, café, boutique and bar,” has you covered. If you’re short on time, the Speedy Manicure service ($25) will have your nails filed, cuticles tamed and nails polished in 20 minutes. If your next show isn’t for an hour, you’ve got time for gel polish. Whatever service you get, add on the scalp and shoulder massage ($15), which, in a word, I would describe as heavenly. READ MORE: Is there an exercise pill in our future?

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

Beauty between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Where to get your makeup done between shows

M.A.C Cosmetics Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge Street Walking distance from David Pecaut Square: 14 minutes Uber-ing distance from David Pecaut Square: 5 minutes Whether you want to be fully prepped for the street style photogs on stakeout or you get a last minute invite to post-show fashion week party, having your makeup on point is as essential as having your phone charger with you at all times. With situations like this, leave it to the professionals. The makeup team at M.A.C’s pro store on Queen West are fast, fashionable and most importantly, used to working on a variety of different skin tones and face shapes. [Note: The Queen St. store has closed, but the Eaton Centre location is just as close!] (This is key to walking out looking like a more glam version of yourself, not like a completely different person.) M.A.C. artists are my go-to when I need a quick touch up or full face of fakery before a big night out – they are masters at adding false lashes and contouring to give you the nose Kim K wishes she was born with. Bonus: for each makeup application booked (fee is $50), you get to take home a mascara. READ MORE: Every celeb haircut and colour in 2015

By: Vanessa Craft Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

Beauty between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Where to workout between shows

Equinox 199 Bay Street, Commerce Court West Walking distance from David Pecaut Square: 8 minutes Uber-ing distance from David Pecaut Square: 5 minutes Toronto’s sexiest gym does not disappoint. For starters, the change rooms are stocked with oversize Kiehl’s bottles, so there’s enough Creme de Corps to quench parched winter-abused skin. Then, the classes. They offer everything from the waist-whittling Essentrics (and ELLE Canada fave) to the newer Rhythm & Barre (ideal if you’re looking to preserve your blowout). There’s also an impressive juicebar, which offers custom blends whether you’re looking to rinse last night’s vodka-fueled post-show party or re-up your protein intake. And if you’re dying for a massage or facial, there’s a compact spa embedded into the slick space too. READ MORE: 11 pumpkin beauty products we're coveting this fall

By: Katherine Flemming Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

Beauty between shows at Toronto Fashion Week

Where to restock your makeup kit between shows

The Detox Market 367 King Street West Walking distance from David Pecaut Square: 5 minutes Uber-ing distance from David Pecaut Square: 2 minutes In between all of the madness that is Toronto Fashion Week, melting makeup, flat hair and elevated cortisol are par for the course. But a beauty oasis exists, and it’s a mere hop, skip and jump from the tents. At the Detox market, you’ll find all of my favourite brands—RMS Beauty, Ilia, LoveOrganics, Odacite, Teatox, Vapour Organic Beauty, Rahua, and Mini Organics—all housed in a serene, laid-back space. It’s also a beacon for cold-pressed, fresh juices from Greenhouse Juice Co. Touch yourself up with RMS Beauty “Un-Powder”, refresh with some SoapWalla Deodorant, spritz yourself with some Honore des Pres Love Coconut Eau de Parfum and you’ll feel refreshed enough for round two at the tents. READ MORE: 7 products the ELLE Canada editors swear by in the winter

By: Katherine Flemming Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada
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Where to go between shows at Toronto Fashion Week