By SHERI RADFORD
Are you already dreaming of the beach? Chanel’s Les Beiges à la Plage pop-up has transformed the Skybridge entrance to Holt Renfrew into an urban beach resort straight out of France. Relax in a lounge chair, under a beach umbrella, while getting pampered in Chanel style. Enjoy exclusive offers and complimentary beauty services, including a “swim-up” nail bar (swimsuit not included—neither is the pool, unfortunately). And try out some of the products in Chanel’s new Les Beiges collection, such as tinted moisturizer, eyeshadow, lip balm and foundation. You’ll feel like you’ve had a French vacation without ever leaving Vancouver.
Chanel’s Les Beiges à la Plage is on until June 3, 2018.
Pamper yourself at one of Calgary’s luxurious inner city spas. Photo: Sante Spa.
With the weekend just around the corner, urbanites on the go can book some last-minute weekend pampering at one of Calgary’s numerous inner-city spas. Check out our top 5 picks for the most luxurious massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, waxing and more in the downtown area.
Philosophy, the beauty and skin-care line known for its packaging with charming vintage images of children and inspiring quotations, is celebrating its 16th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a limited-edition Cinnamon Buns shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath ($21) is being sold at Sephora.
And if you love the brand’s products, you can now take its bestsellers on the road with you: the Happy Travels kit ($42) includes conveniently sized versions of five items, including Hope in Jar moisturizer and Amazing Grace shampoo, bath and shower gel.
George's Light Special Moisturizing Lotion
It’s no secret Canadian winters can do a number on the skin. Salvage dry limbs with George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion, invented by Albertan George Doherty, now carried in Ottawa. A lighter version of George’s Special Dry Skin Cream, this lotion is fragrance-free, gentle enough for everyday use, and is perfect for those with sensitive skin. $2.99 for the 30 ml, $10.99 for the 360 ml, available at Loblaws grocery stores.
Treat yourself to a day of indulgence in the nation's capital.
You work hard, it’s time to enjoy yourself! From small splurges to big-ticket items, we’ve highlighted five luxury items that — bonus — also make great souvenirs from your trip to Ottawa.
ROAD TO RELAXATION
Nothing says luxury like taking time for yourself (why is that?). In this day and age of smartphones, laptops, and nonstop digital communication, there is no greater feeling than turning off and tuning out to curl up with a magazine. The glossy pages, beautiful photographs, and scintillating stories offer an escape — if only for a little while. Whether you’re reading fodder for the mind or guilty pleasure rags, this act (and its inexpensive price) is one of life’s simplest pleasures. While in Ottawa, a trip to Mags & Fags on Elgin Street is a must. In business for 30 years, this shop carries 4,000 magazine titles that range from obscure and special interest to mainstream favourites. 254 Elgin St., 613-233-9651.
koko chocolates: delicious, rich, and local, too!
Local chocolatier Jen Winter has created quite a reputation for her gourmet sweets, koko chocolates. A perfectly grown-up treat that won’t break the bank, her tasty truffles have creamy ganache centres and are dipped or molded in premium Belgian chocolate. Find fine flavours such as Thai Chili, Triple Chocolate, Margarita, Passion Fruit, and more, as well as seasonal offerings. Retails for about $5.25-$6.50 per 3-piece sleeve. Available at The Candy Store, 350 Richmond Rd. in Westboro, and several other locations in Ottawa.
Essence's "XXXL Shine Nudes Lipgloss."
Spring is coming, so it’s time to revamp your look and add some pretty pastels to your palette. That should be easy (and affordable) with a new makeup line that’s just come to town. Essence is an award-winning value cosmetics brand from Europe that features a full line of products, from mascara to nail polish. And with prices ranging from $1.49 to $4.99, you can shake up your morning makeup routine. We suggest the fresh-faced “XXXL Shine Nudes Lipgloss” for an unbelievable $2.49. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Ottawa.
Sephora opened its newest location in Bayshore. There's also a store at the Rideau Centre.
Beauty mavens take note: Sephora has opened its second location in Ottawa! Boasting a jaw dropping 9,000 beauty, skin, body, and hair products from more than 200 top brands, it’s a must for any woman who wants to feel pampered. Hot tip: schedule a complimentary Express Service at the Sephora Beauty Studio for one-on-one expert sessions that range from attaining flawless foundation to perfecting the smoky eye. Bayshore Shopping Centre,
100 Bayshore Dr., 613-596 -5050, and the Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-1830.