Shine On

How to enhance your sunscreen's performance, a fast food joint joins the plant-based crusade & sustainable swimwear to brighten up your beach day.

Shine On

How to enhance your sunscreen's performance, a fast food joint joins the plant-based crusade & sustainable swimwear to brighten up your beach day.

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✨  Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, March 2, 2019 and the soundtrack to your weekend (life?) is right here.


While the Cardi Bs of the world are still chasing Instagram likes with (admittedly v. impressive) #UnicornHair, the rest of us will be glad to know that 2019’s biggest hair colour trends are a little (actually, a lot) lower maintenance. Better yet, they’re DIY-friendly: Hair glosses — also sometimes called glazes — are here to subtly (but impactfully) enhance your tresses and save you a boatload on salon visits. Whether your tresses are au naturel or are already covered with layer upon layer of dye, a colour gloss will add heaps of shine and a sheer wash of tone to refresh your colour in the time it normally takes to deep condition your hair in the shower. And, now is the best time to give one a shot to bring your hair out of its dull winter funk. Refinery 29

• What Else You Need to Know

While clear glosses will give shine to all shades, shade-specific products are your best bet to enhance your colour, boosting the richness of brunettes, the cool or golden shades of blondes (your choice), or the vibrancy of coppers. Internet-famous hair stylist Kristin Ess released her collection of Signature Glosses last month to much fanfare; the eight shade range — with cute names like Copper Penny, Tortoiseshell, and Golden Hour — was chosen based on the colour Ess’s clients ask her about most often, and is designed to keep your tone in check between salon colourings. French colourist Christophe Robin is a longtime pioneer of at-home colour care. His luxury-priced Shade Variation Care masks are intensely pigmented for major results that rival in-salon treatments, making them great value in the long run.


Kristin Ess Hair Signature Hair Gloss in Smoky Topaz, $14 at
Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask in Baby Blond, $67 at Sephora.
Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Gloss in Universal Red, $42 at Sephora.
dpHUE Color Boosting Gloss + Deep Conditioning Treatment in Golden Blonde, $39.50 at Ulta.


• Making a Splash

Madewell has just released its first-ever sustainable swimwear collection and it’s so cute, you’ve got to wonder why the heck people haven’t been turning plastic bottles into bikinis all along. Thankfully, the textile industry has now perfected the process of recycling plastic as fabric — and our swimwear drawer can reap the benefits. According to a brand rep, the company used approximately 50,920 bottles to produce the 32-piece collection, appropriately dubbed Second Wave. The line serves up high-waisted bikinis, backless one-pieces and cutout maillots in a cheery palette of colours and prints. Along with being eco-friendly, it’s also budget-friendly: Each piece is under US $100. (Now we just need to recycle our muffin top.) Fashionista

Image Credit: Madewell


• New Kid on the Block

Although we should all be wearing it year-round (and we do, right??), it’s about this time of year we start thinking more about sun protection. Whether you’ve got a beach vacation booked for March Break or you’re just spending more time soaking up the rays reflected off the snow, the key to effective SPF use is — annoyingly — frequent reapplication. Enter LaSpa Natural’s SPF50 Ultra Sun Protection Stick ($18). This pocket-sized balm provides broad spectrum physical protection with zinc and titanium dioxide minerals (meaning it will prevent both sunburn from UVB rays and photo-aging caused by UVA). Formulated with 95.7% certified organic ingredients, it also contains a healthy dose of vitamins D and E for added skincare benefits. Yes, it’s available to buy online, but seeing as how the brand also sells though spa retail shops, why not book yourself a nice full body mud mask while you’re at it? (We won’t say no to an invitation.) LaSpa Naturals


When you use a high-quality vitamin C serum with a sunscreen, it actually boosts your photo protection by 8 to 15 times naturally.

– Medical aesthetic specialist and Vivier Skin business development manager George Scandalis explains how vitamin C works synergistically to enhance the rest of your skincare routine. (Give me a C!)


• On a Roll

When A&W’s Beyond Burger was introduced last year, it caused quite a fervor among hungry Canadians. (Heck, Bill Gates even listed meat-free burgers as one of the top 10 breakthrough technologies of 2019.) Now, another fast food chain is giving those seeking vegan options more choices: This week, Quesada introduced its partnership with the plant-based meat maker, becoming the first establishment focused on Mexican cuisine to offer the ingredient nationally. Quesada’s Beyond Meat Burrito is available as a traditional wrap or as a tortilla-less bowl and features Beyond Meat’s Feisty Crumbles, which kick up the standard pea protein-based Beyond Meat recipe with chili pepper, onion, and garlic extracts. Eat North

Image Credit: Quesada


• Windows Down, Tongues Out

What’s a road trip without your favourite furry BFF? If you’re heading to Prince Edward County in Ontario, you won’t have to choose between a weekend getaway and spending time with Poochie. Already famous for their namesake hotel in Toronto, the Drake will be opening the pet- (and family-) friendly Motor Inn, a stone’s throw away from its sister property in the area, the Devonshire Inn. With 12 guest rooms and dog beds upon request, as well as fun little perks like old-school Polaroid cameras to borrow and a novelty vending machine stocked with Canadiana collectibles, it’s sure to be one of this summer’s buzziest — and busiest — places to stay. Find out more and get on the waitlist hereDaily Hive


• Granny Chic

The snow may still be hanging around outside, but spring has sprung indoors for Hudson’s Bay. The retailer partnered with Toronto-based interior designer Christine Dovey on creating her first collection of bed and bath linens, released this week. Staying true to her decor aesthetic, which she describes as “a cocktail of delicate pretty mixed with a strong hit of modern edge,” Dovey’s collection blends antique-inspired textural fabrics like pointelle, crochet and matelassé with faux-leather fringe and contemporary illustrated prints of graphic florals and naked ladies. Along with duvet covers, throw blankets and pillows, towels, and shower curtains, the collection also includes a custom-designed bed and chair, available at select stores. Hudson’s Bay

Image credit: Hudson’s Bay


• Strong and Beautiful

The history-making Misty Copeland (she’s the first female African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre) first partnered with Under Armour to create a line of ballet-inspired workout wear, called Misty Copeland Signature, last year. This spring, the beauty is back with even more goodness. With a gorgeous, understated palette of rose and pale yellow, many of her versatile pieces can be worn at the gym or on the street, making your day-to-day look that much more comfortable without sacrificing style, even if you don’t know a demi-plie from a pirouette. The collection was released earlier this week, and includes airy tanks, cold shoulder shirts, and cut-out crop tops, along with everyday (but elevated) basics like leggings and hoodies. Fashion

Image Credit: Under Armour


• On the Edge of Our Seats

We’re so ready to book our trip to Batuu. 🚀 💫

We’re not gonna lie, we kind of wish could crack open one of these for breakfast this morning. (Although come Monday, we’ll probably be craving one of these instead.)

Illustrations by the lovely and talented Monica Smiley.

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