Source: Courtesy of Netflix
Okay, first – look, we have exciting new (Canadian exclusive!) posters for the Gilmore Girls sorta-sequel, premiering on Netflix November 25!
Second, OMG we also have never-before-revealed plot details of what's going down in the four 90-minute episodes!
In a release accompanying the photos, Netflix very casualllllly shares this little blurb about where we find our favourite Stars Hollow-ians, 9 years after the first series ended.
"...Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life finds each of our leading ladies at a major crossroad: Lorelai’s relationship with Luke is at an unnerving standstill; Rory’s budding journalism career in New York has stalled before it's even begun; and Emily’s world is turned upside down following the untimely passing of her beloved husband, Richard."
Take a moment to scroll through these posters (organised according to the four seasons, aka 'winter, spring, summer or fallllll, all you have to do is call'), digest, reread and come find us in the comment section to share how you're processing all this.
The Pretty Little Liars cast celebrates the end of filming. Credits: Instagram.com Source: ELLE Canada
Making us cry in the process.
Grab some Kleenex, Pretty Little Liars fans.
Shay Mitchell and the rest of the little liars wrapped their last day of PLL filming EVER yesterday, bringing seven years of the twisty, soapy drama to an end. While we can still look forward to new episodes in April 2017 (that's just enough time for you to rewatch all six-and-a-half seasons on Netflix), it's hard not to get choked up reading the cast's emotional goodbyes.
Here's Shay Mitchell, who plays Emily Fields, poetically capturing the bittersweetness of the moment.
Can't... stop... crying. I know I need to celebrate this amazing show and not mourn it- but that just seems too hard right now... 😭— Shay Mitchell (@shaymitch) October 26, 2016
Troian Bellisario, who stars as Spencer Hastings, shared a beautiful goodbye to her love interest, Keegan Allen (AKA Toby).
There are not words that I can write (here) that could express the gratitude I have for walking next to this man for 7 years. @keeoone you know how I feel about you. You know what this part of my life means to me, you know all of the darkness and the light that we have shared over these years, the insane pants pissing laughter and now the heaving and hiccuping sobs that will live in my heart forever. Even if Spencer and Toby only exist in Rosewood you will always have me. Love you friend. Thank you.
Ashley Benson is so sad about saying goodbye to her character, Hanna Marin, she can't even look at the camera.
Reflecting on these last seven years in my empty room I called home. I will never forget this experience. I was so lucky to work with such amazing people who have affected my life greatly. I am so happy to know they will be my family from here on out. To the fans...... what can I say other than I love you so much. Thank you for being on this journey with me and giving me so much support. I wouldn't be here without all of you. I'm sad to say bye to Hanna..... but I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm so happy to know that all of you will be by my side ❤️
But she did share this cute selfie with everyone.
Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery, made sure to include executive producer, Marlene King, in the quasi-festivities.
And Sasha Pieterse, AKA Alison DiLaurentis, went back to the stars' iconic pose.
It's time to start preparing for the finale now, PLL fans.
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.
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.