Category: Beauty

When the name of the company says it all… Nailed It

By: Andrea Green, Stephanie Wilson & Jana Manolakos Nailed It Beauty Imports by Silvana Inc. is a new Canadian distributor for Berenice Nail Care Products. Berenice is a Swiss developed polish which allows nails to breathe, regenerate and grow. Our Test Divas had the opportunity to try a variety...

Sunscreen: the good, the bad and the ugly

By: Jana Manolakos The number one culprit that ages your skin – that beautiful, supple surface you so lovingly care for, is the sun. You may never get too rich or too thin, but you can get too much of the sun’s UVB radiation, it’s the stuff that burns...

Test Divas: These 3 Products Upped My Self Care Game

By: Amanda Lewis To me, skincare is self-care. Like most moms, my life is hectic and most of my time is either centered on my work or my little one. Yet at bedtime and in the morning, I enjoy moments of me-time. I take this mini indulgence seriously. There’s...

Beauty: New beauty tech devices aims to kick start a face mask revolution

By: Jana Manolakos The Foreo UFO (Ur Future Obsession) is the world’s first smart mask treatment, according to the Swedish beauty tech firm which launched it earlier this year. The device offers spa-level facial treatments in just 90 seconds, combining LED light therapy with cryo-therapy, thermo-therapy and T-Sonic pulsations...

The Colour Wheel

Our Summer 2016 issue is all about beauty. In her piece on oncology esthetics, Morag Currin gives estheticians working with clients undergoing cancer treatment advise about using the colour wheel to find the best palette to suit their client. Whether you’re an esthetician or spa therapist helping a client look...

Not Your Grandma’s Permanent Makeup

Tina Davies is the owner and founder of Natural Effects Permanent Makeup in Toronto. I spoke to her about her microblading practice and the special tools she’s designed for it: What is microblading? Microblading is the newest hottest trend in permanent makeup. It’s really natural eyebrows that last for...

Test Divas: Lip Lock

By Hermione Wilson I used to think wearing lipstick required a sacrifice. You could have this bold, beautiful lip colour but in order to have that you had to accept the fact that your lips would feel dry and cracked the whole time, and have to refresh your lipstick every...

A Skin Care Convert

By Kelly Townsend First, a confession: I’m utterly clueless when it comes to skin care and beauty regimes. If you’d asked me a week ago, I couldn’t have told you the first thing about what exfoliating your skin does, or what skin toner even is. It hadn’t been much...

No Hair Here

By Hermione Wilson Every two weeks I go to visit an esthetician at the mall. “What do you need Honey?” she asks me as I approach the front desk. All the other customers swivel instinctively towards me, curious. I mumble something. “Sorry, didn’t catch that?” she says. I clear...

Natural is Nothing New

By Hermione Wilson It’s funny how we often package old trends as new. Like the organic DIY skin and hair product trend going on right now. You can’t swing a #catvideo on YouTube without hitting an all-natural beauty vlogger mixing her own hair and beauty products with items she found...