Jan 22, 2014
The ultimate music roundup
With a shritless Justin Hartley.
Rachel McAdams' Thursday was probably a lot more fun than yours. She popped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about her new movie, Doctor Strange, and naturally Ellen persuaded/strong-armed her into playing the game, "Oops My Water Broke." (Cue all the pregnancy rumours.)
The premise: A shirtless star, in this case This is Us star Justin Hartley, is forced to sit under a precarious water balloon situ. McAdams actually felt seemed to feel genuinely bad when she soaked Hartley. #soCanadian
Whether you’re like, “Wrinkles, LOL” or “Full intervention, pls,” here are your options.
I’m sitting in a treatment room at Toronto’s Glow Medi Spa holding a stress ball. Dr. Diane Wong, a cosmetic physician, has given me this squishy distraction because she’s about to administer my first Botox injection. A lot of people, she explains kindly, tend to get nervous around needles. TBH, I’m more worried about the side eye from my friends and loved ones. When I overshared that I wanted to soften the lines on my face, people looked at me like I was personally responsible for the melting of the polar ice caps. That’s because I’m only 32, which apparently is the new 16 or something.
My skin doesn’t feel 16, though. The rude fluorescent lights in my condo elevator first alerted me to the cross-stitch pattern under my eyes a few years ago. Then I discovered that the lines on my forehead no longer pulled a vanishing act after eight hours of sleep. So this summer, I finally worked up the nerve to book my Botox.
Wong says that I’m right on time. Today, most of her clients seeking their first Botox or filler treatment are about 30. “They’re starting to realize that it’s much easier to prevent wrinkles than treat them once they are there,” she says. “Once the skin actually creases [deeply], it’s much harder to reverse the lines.” I know what you’re thinking: Of course a Botox doctor thinks this – like how your MIL actually believes your husband is as smart as Steve Jobs and as handsome as Tom Hardy. But, it turns out, she’s onto something. A dermatologist friend refers to this approach as “baby Botox.” The premise? Injecting Botox, or its siblings Dysport and Xeomin – neuromodulators that block the nerves that move our facial muscles, essentially relaxing them – prevents the skin from folding into previously inevitable wrinkles.
The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons doesn’t track stats on plastic surgery or injectables, but south of the border, Botox (and its ilk) was the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure in 2015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. There were over 6.7 million injections. The use of fillers is climbing much faster – by 8 percent last year. The most popular fillers are Juvéderm and Restylane, injections of gel-like hyaluronic acid that plump and lift sunken areas like the cheeks and the folds between the nose and mouth. “We now know that part of anti-aging is not just tightening the skin; it’s about replacing volume,” says Dr. Jessica Wu, a dermatologist based in Los Angeles. Both Botox and fillers are now also being used to sculpt the face as an alternative to expensive plastic surgery. (Fillers start at around $600 and last about a year; Botox starts at around $350 and lasts three to four months.) Consider the “Barbie lift,” pioneered by Dr. Barb Loiskandl of Laser Health Works Laser + Cosmetic Services in Barrie, Ont. She injects filler five centimetres into the hairline across the top of the scalp for an instant tightening effect. “These little boluses of product tent the tissue back up and give it a lift,” she says.
Techniques like Loiskandl’s are technically “off-label,” which means that Health Canada hasn’t approved the injectable for that specific part of the body. This sounds ominous, but Botox and fillers have been tested for years and assessed in peer-reviewed journals around the world, and that includes these off-label uses. For example, doctors are now using fillers to tighten loose skin along the jawline, plump veiny hands and even correct an asymmetrical nose. Botox can reduce turkey neck and narrow the face when injected into the jaw muscles. A doctor recommended the latter procedure to me, and I wasn’t even offended. I get the draw of having a mug that’s more ScarJo than Mr. Strong – and I know I’m not alone. We want Angelina’s lips or Kerry Washington’s jaw and collectively are willing to spend billions (seriously) to get them.
Social media may be partly to blame; its negative impact on self-esteem is well documented. And in a 2013 poll, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found there was a 31-percent increase in requests for plastic surgery based on how a person would appear online. Wu has seen this shift first-hand. “[More and more], younger women are coming to my office to show me wrinkles and crow’s feet,” she says. “I assume this is due to the popularity of selfies and Instagram, where you see lines you ordinarily would not [notice] in the mirror.”
Still, you don’t want to start too young: Injectables can have the opposite effect if you do, creating an ageless – but not necessarily youthful – appearance. “At a certain age, eliminating expression can make you look older,” says Wu. “Even children have smile lines and expression lines when they raise their eyebrows. If I tell people to frown and I don’t see a crease, I’ll tell them to come back in a few years.” As for my creases, by the time you read this article, they’ll still be MIA. Wong softened my lines just enough so I feel like a real human, not a Stepford version of myself. And I’ve already had another round of Botox – side eye be damned.
1) Hands: The backs of your hands get plenty of sun exposure and need daily sunscreen protection. Seeing changes? Try Eve Lom Time Retreat Hand Treatment to treat discoloration ($63), at sephora.com.
2) Neck: This skin is thinner and drier than the skin on your face, and staring down at your phone all day puts stress on the area – a recipe for prominent lines and sagging. Try StriVectin TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream ($99), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
3) Eyelids: Magicstripes are transparent silicone patches that temporarily lift drooping eyelids sans surgery ($38), at thenaturalcurator.com.
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It's often overlooked that Victoria Beckham, though assumedly the poshest of the Spices, is delightfully funny. After her Spring/Summer 2017 show at NYFW, she presented her debut makeup collection with Estée Lauder, and interrupted herself to question whether she could say her go-to makeup was sexy. "I'm not saying that I'm sexy," she laughed.
"I’m not a model. I am a woman who has four children," Beckham told us. "I’m a working mom and I am hoping that women all around the world can really relate to me."
"I’ve worn makeup for as long as I can remember," she continued. "I remember going to school when I was really really young, and my mom getting her lipstick and literally putting it on my cheeks and saying, 'You look a bit peaky.' I don’t think I ever go out without makeup on, I like to celebrate being a woman. It is definitely a huge part of who I am, and who my customer is as well."
See some of the standout products in the limited-edition Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Makeup Collection and Beckham's thoughts on them, below:
Eye Ink in Bitter Clove ($55), now available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
Eye Ink in Charred Emerald ($55), available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
Eye Ink in Black Myrrh ($55), available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
Eye Kajal Duo in Black Saffron/Vanille ($36), available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
"I’m super excited about this Morning Aura," says Beckham. "I said to Sarah [Creal, global partnership initiatives at Estée] when we started to work together, 'Though I know this is a makeup collection and not skincare at this stage, when I get on a flight from London, sit on the plane for 11 hours, then I get off and I am photographed, I want something that is moisturizing, something that will act as a primer, close the pores, lift and give me that beautiful, youthful glow.' I mean who doesn't want that youthful glow? Especially when you’ve been sitting on a flight for so long. They helped me [create] that – because that was asking a lot! – and actually we did it with Morning Aura. This is something that I use underneath and on top of makeup. I’ll put it on my collar bone, on my legs, it's so yummy."
Morning Aura Illuminating Creme ($115), available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
The Paris City Look includes: Eye Foil in Burnt Anise, Eye Kajal Duo in Black Saffron/Vanille, Eye Metals Eyeshadow in Charred Emerald and Lipstick in Chilean Sunset. Available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
"When I travel around the world, I am staying in hotels where the lighting is horrible," says Beckham. "You can never get a decent mirror in the right lighting. So I said, 'Wouldn't it be great if we could create a mirror that had proper makeup lighting around it, and you could travel with that thing, whatever it is?' Sarah [Creal, global partnership initiatives at Estée] and Richard [Ferretti, global creative director for Estée] came to me, very excited with a light box that comes with a collection of makeup. You can actually take out [the mirror]. It's battery operated, it's really light, you can throw it in your suitcase and you have proper makeup lighting."
Victoria Beckham Collection Daylight Edition ($1,465) includes: Highlighter in Modern Mercury, Eye Metals Eyeshadow in Charred Emerald, Eye Foils in Burnt Anise and Blonde Gold, Eye Kajal Duo in Black Saffron/Vanille and Lip Pencil in Victoria. Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew.