Sponsored Content https://fashionmagazine.com Canada's #1 Fashion and Beauty Magazine Fri, 02 Jun 2023 15:49:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 How to Find Your Signature Scent https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/find-your-signature-scent-guess/ Mon, 29 May 2023 10:00:46 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=470122 Three easy tips to help you find your new favourite fragrance.

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Nothing makes a lasting impression quite like a captivating signature scent. If you haven’t found the one for yourself just yet, don’t be intimidated. Selecting a fragrance might seem like a daunting task, but a few simple tips and tricks can make the process a lot easier. All you need to do is consider your favourite fragrance families, lifestyle factors and the season. For example, if you’re into floral and fruity scents that make you feel empowered, try the luxurious GUESS Bella Vita. With notes of zesty Italian lemon, enchanting jasmine and warm amberwood, the fragrance is all about embracing your mysterious feminine side. Read on for helpful tips to help you confidently choose a fragrance that represents your own unique style and personality.

Identify your favourite scent families

There are five fragrance families to know about before you begin your research. Floral scents include romantic notes like jasmine, freesia and lily of the valley, while fresh scents include lighter notes, for example, lavender, lemon and bergamot. If you want something warmer, try the amber family (think labdanum, coumarin and nutmeg) or more woody scents with notes of sandalwood, myrrh and patchouli. If you like sweet smells, go for gourmand (which can include cocoa, coffee and vanilla to name a few). Not sure where to start? Think about bath and beauty products you love. Are you a fan of vanilla? Or do you dream about fresh roses? Identifying which notes you like the most can help you figure out what to look for in a fragrance.

Remember that a fragrance is made up of top notes, middle notes (often referred to as ‘the heart’) and base notes. The top notes make the first impression, while the middle notes can be smelled starting 20 minutes after application, and the base note tends to linger on skin and clothing.

GUESS Bella Vita has playful top notes of lemon, juicy cassis and luscious black cherries, with velvety white floral middle notes of jasmine, tuberose and vanilla orchid. The base notes, a warm blend of amberwood, tonka bean, praline and fluffy musks, leave a sweet and unforgettable trail.

Choose scents that suit your lifestyle

When choosing a fragrance, consider the occasion you’ll be wearing it for. Is this going to be an everyday scent you wear to work? Or is it a special scent you want for a romantic date? It’s important to think about how you want to feel while wearing the fragrance too. If you’re looking for something light and fresh you can wear to the gym and then the office, you might want an energizing fragrance with aquatic, light floral or zesty notes. Or, if you want to feel sexy and confident during a night out with friends, a scent with notes of amber and vanilla could be ideal. GUESS Bella Vita is a great option for the woman who lives her life to the fullest, always seeking out a new adventure while forging her own path. The hypnotic scent is undeniably sensual and celebrates unique beauty.

Find the perfect scent for the season 

When in doubt, think about which season you’re in. Amber and woody notes are great options for winter and fall (there’s nothing quite as luxurious as a woolly sweater that smells like warm spices). For spring and summer, fresh and floral scents are ideal—notes like grapefruit and jasmine evoke thoughts of a sunny day in a gorgeous garden. A gourmand fragrance is a fun option for a summer night, especially when love is in the air.

GUESS Bella Vita is one of those rare fragrances that works for every season all year round, since it’s vibrant, sensual and warm all at once. Even the opulent design of the bottle, which features the iconic GUESS peony medallion, is timeless.

With these pro tips, you’ll be able to find the signature scent you’ve always dreamed of to leave a lasting impression wherever you go.

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Tails of Love https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/pet-valu-wedding-style/ Tue, 23 May 2023 16:07:46 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=469079 Everything you need to know about making your pet a stylish part of your wedding day. Plus: A glimpse into Bailey & Bella’s new posh pet-approved wedding collection (available exclusively at your local Pet Valu).

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Levi’s Love Letter: Why My 501 Jeans Are Such an Essential Part of My Wardrobe https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/levis-love-letter-501s/ Sat, 20 May 2023 12:00:02 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=469695 Christina Mychas shares more on how she renegotiated her style by going back to her denim roots.

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Many of us spend our lives searching for fragments of ourselves in people and things we encounter. We weave these pieces together to reconcile who we think we are, who we want to be, and who we really are. Christina Mychas had to try on a few different versions of herself before she reconnected with who she’s always been at the very core. This rediscovery of self-fit flawlessly—like the perfect pair of jeans.

I used to be a shopaholic, a full-blown emotional spender. I was always interested in fashion, but somewhere along the way, my interest and passion became my vice of choice. I felt stuck—and guilty. I couldn’t make progress in my life because of the way I was choosing to spend my money. I had been curating a wardrobe for a version of myself that I believed I should be, which left me with a closet full of clothes, nothing to wear and confused about my style. After attempting minimalism, getting rid of everything and feeling no enjoyment from my wardrobe yet again, I realized I just needed to learn how to enjoy these things in a way that wouldn’t hurt me. That’s how I got to Minimalist-ish—a space where I could reap the benefits of minimalism, declutter and let go, and find ways to focus on pieces that were special to me and without guilt.

Curating my personal style started with what I already had—and it made perfect sense. I grew up with frugal, Ukrainian-immigrant grandparents who reused everything and a resourceful, hand-me-down-embracing mom with amazing style herself. I mean, my parents were bikers. I’m talking boots, denim, t-shirts, leather jackets and Harley-Davidsons—the whole nine yards. Levi’s were a standard part of their uniform and quickly became mine as well. But growing up, we wouldn’t go out and buy new jeans every season. Whenever I had any rips or tears, my mom would patch up my Levi’s with parts of other worn-out jeans. I remember thinking it was the coolest thing, but my fellow classmates didn’t agree and would tease me for my cut-and-paste jeans. Looking back, I wish I held my chin up proudly because this personalized approach to fashion has become such a deep part of my personal style today.

My mum was very much a Canadian tuxedo kind of girl; Levi’s were her thing. She’s effortless, edgy, gritty and a bit undone. She formed what “cool” meant for me, and she did this with ease—that’s how I wanted to move through the world, with ease. We all idolize our moms in some way, don’t we?

I shopped her closet and mine and landed at Levi’s 501s. They stand the test of time and only get better as the years pass—timeless and durable. Putting them on was very instinctual. We often underestimate the impact of clothing on us, but feeling at ease in what you’re wearing allows you to stand just a little bit taller and move through the world feeling confident and capable. My love for the 501s and Levi’s as a whole, has grown as I’ve grown older—from my first pair of classic light-wash blue 501s to my growing, colour-coded vintage collection featuring various washes from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Beyond being my favourite fit, they also hold significant sentimental value since I grew up with denim my entire life and it was such a memorable part of my childhood. With my mom’s vintage Levi’s jean collection and my own in hand, my wardrobe slowly but surely became one that could reflect who I was, am and will grow to be. My iteration of the effortless, yet definitive and impactful style, my mum reflected into the world.

There’s something about the perfect pair of jeans. Buying them is a deeply personal experience. It isn’t trend-led. It’s more rooted in getting to know yourself, your shape and your lifestyle. There’s a thought that’s almost ingrained into our minds that the perfect pair of denim is the one that makes us feel the smallest, lifts our booty the best, or whatever else. But having gone through my journey, I feel compelled to say that a good pair of jeans is one that makes you feel confident and, quite frankly, the most at ease.


@levis’ iconic 501 jeans turn 150 this year! To celebrate, we asked a superfan to share her unique history with the brand and why they’re an essential part of her personal style. 150yearsof501

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All the unique experiences you’ll have and all the people you’ll meet along the way will help you define your personal style, like the denim patches on my childhood pair of Levi’s—you’ll feel the most like yourself when you put them on. Stylish, but yourself.

Click here to learn more about Levi’s and to shop for your new favourite pair of 501s.

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The Best Looks from the Canadian Film Centre’s 35th Anniversary Gala https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/best-looks-from-canadian-film-centre-gala/ Wed, 17 May 2023 16:00:42 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=470319 The CFC’s fundraising event gathered Canadian talent from every corner of the industry for an ’80s-inspired night of festivities.

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On May 11, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) celebrated its 35th anniversary with its first in-person event in three years: The CFC Gala: Take 35, a gathering of Canadian talent at Toronto’s Rebel nightclub, presented by Netflix. Celebrating 35 years of Canada’s entertainment industry and its storytellers, the festivities rocked an ’80s theme—honouring the decade the CFC was ‘born’—from its fashion, its décor and its music.

The fundraising gala raised more than $600,000 towards full entrance scholarships for incoming residents to the CFC and towards its suite of programs across film, TV, acting, music and digital/immersive media.

Attendees enjoyed a variety of activities throughout the evening, starting with a cocktail reception hosted by Shaftesbury and AMC, which led into a surprise dance performance by Mayhem’s Finest before guests sat down for dinner. Later, they were treated to incredible performances from The Collective featuring Cleopatra Williams, Slaight Music artist Theo Tams, Juno-nominated roots contemporary artist Shakura S’Aida, and Gordon Deppe and Sandy Horne of iconic Canadian new-wave band Spoons. Plus, there was a number of onsite activities and a digital auction filled with exciting packages and experiences, like a private villa in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, weekend getaways at exclusive resorts across Ontario, shopping sprees, spa treatments, unique cultural experiences and more.

Check out the top looks of the night on the red carpet—and on the dance floor—in the gallery below.

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4 Canadian Skincare Ingredients You Need To Know About https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/watier-ingredient-decoder/ Thu, 04 May 2023 13:16:30 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=469180 Your ultimate skincare decoder, right this way.

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We all want skincare products that deliver the results we’re after and leave us looking and feeling our best. We want to see a decreased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increased radiance, and an overall smoother, more even complexion. We also want to know what the ingredients we’re putting on our skin are, and really understand how they work. Oh and better yet, we’d like to achieve those results using local, good-for-you Canadian ingredients. Is that too much to ask?

The newly reformulated Watier Age Control Supreme Sublime Advanced product range, including a day cream and light day cream, checks every single one of those boxes. Now formulated with superstar local Canadian ingredients and featuring more protection via antioxidants, you’ll see the anti-aging, brightening results you’re after in less time than ever. Their recent clinical study resulted in a significant anti-wrinkle and smoothing effect after only 14-28 days.

This range was re-formulated with Canadian women in mind. Our harsh Canadian climate, along with other daily stressors, impact our skin more than we realize. This is why their formulators decided to add extra levels of protection and antioxidants in these new and improved products.

“The global anti-aging benefit is still present (wrinkles, prevention, uniformity and radiance of the complexion, hydration, plumping effect). However, we wanted to make the antioxidant protection shield even more powerful and complete,” they said. “We also wanted to promote local Canadian key ingredients. Using our distinctive Canadian ingredients goes one step further than simply claiming to be a local brand.”

Whether you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for Mom, or shopping for yourself so you can feel strong and confident in your skin, Watier’s newly reformulated Age Control Supreme Sublime Advanced line has what you need. Continue reading for the ultimate decoder about the hero ingredients in this collection and how they can help you achieve stronger and healthier skin.

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Labrador Tea +

Extracted from the Labrador Tea plant, the hero ingredient in Watier’s Age Control Supreme Sublime Advanced product range is known for its age-defying properties and incredible ability to keep skin looking youthful and healthy. The recently reformulated products now feature Labrador Tea in encapsulated form, so the ingredient can better penetrate and diffuse into the skin. It also ensures its potency is preserved. A powerful antioxidant, Labrador Tea + helps the skin maintain its elasticity and firmness, helping it effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to this new encapsulated formula, when you apply their day cream (also available in a light formula), the concentration of Labrador Tea + can better penetrate, allowing for even better and faster results.

Cranberry Biopeptides

Peptides derived from cranberries are featured in all two formulations of their Age Control Supreme Sublime Advanced line. From soothing and moisturizing skin to revitalizing dullness, cranberry biopeptides can really do it all. In fact, they also have serious anti-aging properties, working faster than retinol (yes, really) to address issues like wrinkles and dullness without any irritation. They don’t call cranberries superfruits for nothing.

Boreal Chaga Mushroom

It’s no secret that a strong skin barrier is crucial for healthy skin, which is why Boreal Chaga mushroom is a key component of Watier’s Age Control Supreme Sublime Advanced line. The extract is rich in polyphenols, which help rejuvenate skin. Boreal Chaga mushroom, which is a more potent antioxidant than vitamin C, strengthens the barrier function of the outermost layer of skin. Better yet, the Boreal Chaga mushroom used in Watier’s formulations is responsibly and sustainably harvested in Canadian forests.

Boreal White Pine

Thanks to Boreal White Pine’s unique antioxidant composition, it targets three major areas of skin issues: pigmentation, inflammation and translucency. When you use Boreal white pine, you will see a reduction in the appearance of dark spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone. It also brightens the complexion and leaves you with luminous, glowing skin.

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3 Local Creatives Share Their Favourite Tequila-Based Recipes For Cinco de Mayo https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/don-julio-cinco-de-mayo/ Tue, 02 May 2023 12:00:06 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=469256 Made complete with Don Julio Tequila, of course.

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Tequila and Cinco de Mayo go hand-in-hand. As Mexico’s national spirit, tequila holds a special place in the country’s cultural heritage. It has evolved over time to represent Mexican pride and tradition and has even become a popular part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations. This annual celebration is held on May 5 to honour the victory of the Mexican army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. After 161 years, the deeper history behind Cinco de Mayo is not as widely known, but the day is still annually celebrated by thousands around the world with tequila-based cocktails in hand— Don Julio Tequila, to be exact.

Founded in 1942 by Don Julio Gonzales, this spirit was born out of a dream to create the world’s first luxury tequila. It has now earned a reputation for excellence, precision and devotion, and embodies the beauty of doing things por amor—for the love of it. To celebrate this sentiment and Cinco de Mayo, Don Julio Tequila has decided to collaborate with three local creatives (and tequila enthusiasts) who share a similar passion and love for their own crafts.

Meet the Tastemaker, Tamara Alissa

Alissa is a multidisciplinary artist of Syrian-Flipina descent. She fuses her passion for pottery with her ancestry by using traditional crafting techniques. She appreciates and understands the value of history and tradition, which is why she reached for Don Julio Reposado Tequila when crafting this special cocktail.

“This mango margarita is my go-to drink as the days get warmer. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, tart, refreshing citrus and vanilla agave, which complements the notes of oak and vanilla from Don Julio Reposado Tequila,” she says. “It’s also fun and simple enough to make while celebrating with friends.”

Tamara’s Spicy Mango Margarita with Don Julio Reposado Tequila


  • 2 oz Don Julio Reposado Tequila
  • 0.5 oz dry curacao
  • 0.5 oz vanilla agave syrup
  • 0.5 oz mango juice
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • Tajin salt rim
  • Lime wheel garnish


  1. Rim a coupe glass with Tajin Salt by rubbing a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and then dipping it in Tajin Salt.
  2. In a shaker, add Don Julio Reposado Tequila, dry curacao, vanilla agave syrup, mango juice, lime juice and fill the shaker with ice.
  3. Shake the mixture well until chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into the prepared tajin salt-rimmed coupe glass.
  5. Garnish the cocktail with a lime wheel.

Meet the Tastemaker, Jordana Masi

Masi is the founder of White Oak Flower Co., a boutique floral studio in downtown Toronto. As a florist who uses nature as her medium, she also views tequila-making as an art form due to the detail that goes into producing every sip (which is made with mature Blue Weber agave hand-picked by generational jimadores in Jalisco, Mexico). She honours the brand’s artisanal craftsmanship by mixing her own artisanal cocktail with Don Julio Añejo Tequila.

“I love this cocktail—it touches on all the senses for me. The sweet, tangy, spicy elements play very well with the smoothness of Don Julio’s Añejo Tequila,” she says. “It’s the perfect cocktail to welcome the season. Fresh and exciting, with a gentle kick to keep your attention.”


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Jordana’s Cherry Tomato & Strawberry Margarita with Don Julio Añejo Tequila


  • 1.5 oz Don Julio Añejo Tequila
  • 1/2 a vine tomato
  • 3 strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz-1 oz agave syrup
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Rim a glass with salt (or tajin).
  2. In a shaker muddle strawberries and tomatoes. Add cayenne and make sure to muddle to a pulp.
  3. Add Don Julio Añejo Tequila, lime juice, agave syrup and ice to the shaker, and give a good shake.
  4. Strain over fresh ice in the prepared salt-rimmed glass and enjoy.

Meet the Tastemaker, Keith Pears

Born into a family of chefs in Vancouver, Pears was destined to be a part of the culinary field. Now the Executive Chef at the acclaimed W Toronto, he is driven by his passion for unique flavours. This passion naturally draws him towards Don Julio Blanco Tequila when creating this nostalgic cocktail.

“I took a family trip once to Mexico and my mom kept ordering a tequila sunrise. It was her go-to drink for the trip so it is my go-to drink for Cinco de Mayo as it reminds me of her,” he says. “But I wanted to make it a little different with Don Julio Blanco Tequila and the blood orange, cherry syrup and Prosecco.”


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Keith’s Tequila Sunrise with Prosecco and Don Julio Blanco Tequila


  • 1 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • 2 oz Prosecco
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 oz cherry syrup
  • Garnished with blood orange slice


  1. Add chilled Don Julio Blanco Tequila to a glass.
  2. Add chilled Prosecco.
  3. Add OJ.
  4. Add cherry syrup and garnish with the blood orange slice.

Click here to learn more about the Don Julio brand and to purchase from their coveted range of tequilas today. 

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How To Make Your Skincare Routine More Sustainable https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/sustainable-skincare-aveeno/ Fri, 28 Apr 2023 13:02:41 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=468857 5 tips to reduce your beauty footprint

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Over the past few decades, the beauty world has grown exponentially, which unfortunately also includes its carbon footprint. With the rise of the beauty social sphere and public awareness of environmental issues, consumers demand more transparency and better environmental practices from their favourite brands—and they’re delivering! Individual changes in self-care practices can have a positive environmental impact. It all comes down to daily choices. 

Making more eco-conscious choices when shopping for new products and establishing your beauty routine is easier than ever. While positively impacting the environment may feel like a hopeless feat for a single person, every little bit helps. Here are five tips to get you started.

Shop from environmentally conscious brands

Make sure you buy products from companies committed to shrinking their carbon footprint, like Aveeno®. The brand is making a number of changes to its packaging to be more sustainable, including their popular Daily Moisturizing Lotion, which is now packaged in 30 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic. Committed to being an environmentally conscious brand, more than 70 per cent of all Aveeno® packaging is recyclable. They’re also working towards expanding their line of existing refillable packaging, along with plant-based, home-compostable wipes with recyclable packaging. By 2025, they aim to be 100 per cent recyclable and reusable and run their manufacturing sites solely with electricity. As a consumer, try your best to be educated on the brands you invest in. 

Recycle your jars and packaging

Find different uses for your jars and packaging to avoid them getting tossed in a landfill. Hot tip: clean out empty makeup bottles and use them as travel-friendly containers for your go-to skincare products or reuse glass jars to keep your beauty drawer organized—they’re perfect for holding bobby pins and hair elastics. 

Pay more attention to ingredients

Simplify your routine using cleaner products, like the Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It’s formulated with prebiotic oat and rich emollients and has been proven to protect and balance your skin’s natural moisture barrier and keeps your skin hydrated for 24 hours. Plus, it’s free of fragrance, parabens and dyes. In addition, the brand uses a patented system called the “Global Aquatic Ingredient Assessment” tool to protect aquatic life and neighbouring ecosystems. Choosing clean beauty ingredients that are derived from natural sources and are non-toxic can help protect the ocean. All this said, look deeper into ingredients that are good for you and the planet. 

Reduce your consumption habits

Be mindful of overconsumption. It can be tempting to hop onto new beauty trends. Ask yourself: do I want to use this product or do I want to buy this product? A less-is-more approach is better both for your skin and your wallet. Stick to refilling products you know and love when necessary. Plus: makeup and skincare products expire faster than you think. If you hoard more than you can handle, it can lead to unnecessary waste. Try embracing a minimalist, “less is more” routine.  

Use reusable beauty tools

Reduce, reuse and recycle—that’s the name of the eco-conscious game and also applies to your choice of beauty tools. It’s time to get rid of those single-use products once and for all and invest in reusable cotton pads, makeup remover pads, cotton swabs (yes, those exist), and face and eye masks. Try opting for the Aveeno® Refillable Moisture Pouch or the Calm + Restore Nourishing Oat Cleanser Refill Pouch to kick-start your new reusable packaging routine. Minimizing your ecological footprint all comes down to these simple green swaps; you’ll be amazed by how easily you can adopt a more eco-friendly beauty regimen. 

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Your Ultimate Denim Thrifting Guide https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/levis-thrifting-guide-denim/ Thu, 20 Apr 2023 12:27:04 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=468021 Vintage Levi’s 501 jeans have a cult following in the world of second-hand shopping. Here’s how to spot the right pair for you, every time.

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Every thrift shopper knows the feeling of a good find. There’s an unparalleled triumph in uncovering the perfect pick after fishing inside bins, combing through racks or painstakingly perusing the aisles of a second-hand shop. And no vintage garment feels more like a prize than a pair of Levi’s 501 jeans.

In the thrifting world, Levi’s 501 jeans are their own kind of currency. As the blueprint for modern denim (since 1873!), their legacy lives on, well, everywhere—but especially in second-hand spaces. Known for its timeless styles and high-quality craftsmanship, Levi’s 501 jeans have become a fixture of circular fashion: only getting better with age and always ready to be revitalized by a new wearer.


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Through the decades, 501 jeans have become the ultimate hidden treasure of thrift stores. Just ask self-proclaimed denim collector Emma Chamberlain. With Levi’s 501 jeans being her favourite cut, the Gen Z star has her own set of tricks for sourcing second-hand. “A lot of it is a gut feeling,” she told Levi’s in January. “You know, you see a pair and you’re like, ‘That’s just the one.’” So, how exactly do you find the ideal pair of vintage Levi’s 501 jeans? Read on for our top thrifting tips.

Know what you’re looking for

Low-waisted and baggy? Straight leg and snug? Medium or light wash? These are the questions to consider before embarking on your 501 denim expedition. Thrift stores are brimming with racks of mismatched garments and packed with eager shoppers, but if you come armed with a plan, they shouldn’t feel overwhelming. Whether you pin some inspirational photos on a mood board or jot down a list of the style components you’re looking for, shopping with intention will help you cut through the clothing clutter and zero in on what you want. That being said, you likely won’t find exactly what you’re looking for right away. But believe it or not, that could actually be a blessing in disguise. This brings us to our next point.

Don’t be afraid to try different sizes

Allow us to turn your attention to Drew Barrymore. Decades ago, the ‘90s icon famously posed in a pair of low-slung Levi’s so long and loose-fitting that her rolled-up cuffs sat halfway up her calves. The image has lived on as a source of inspiration for low-waisted denim (look no further than Levi’s latest styles), but also, for the delightful disregard of sizing. Say it with us: sizes are just suggestions! You probably know your perfect fit when purchasing 501 denim brand new, but thrifting is different. Through years of reliable wear, pre-loved jeans grow and shrink, and the size on the label versus the fit on your body might surprise you. So don’t let the rules of sticking to a strict size hold you back. What might seem ill-fitting at first could be a style risk that majorly pays off, à la Barrymore.

Always check the men’s section

Loyal thrifters know that women’s sections tend to get the most foot traffic. In comparison, the racks dubbed “men’s” are usually quieter—even though they have just as many 501 denim washes and styles. For instance, boyfriend jeans, with their hip-hugging fit and relaxed slouchy silhouette, are a timeless wardrobe staple. So why not source them yourself?
On your next thrifting outing, think of the men’s section as an untapped market; a gold mine waiting to be explored. After all, Levi’s 501 jeans are a canvas of self-expression because of its gender-transcending wearability. This is where the aforementioned mindset of sizing suggestibility comes back into play. Base your selects on what feels right, not necessarily a number. However, if you don’t know where to start when it comes to men’s sizes, a general rule of thumb is to take your size in women’s jeans and add between 2 to 3 inches, depending on the fullness of your hips.

Be open to a fixer-upper

Say you find the ideal style of 501 jeans, but they’re a touch too long. Or perhaps they fit well but don’t have the flare you want. That isn’t a sign of defeat, it’s an opportunity for transformation. Denim is made to be personalized, and throughout history, Levi’s 501 bottoms have been endlessly embellished, patched up, and distressed to reflect the person wearing them. This ability to be reinvented is what makes them so sustainable. After all, the Levi’s mantra “Buy Better, Wear Longer” goes hand in hand with the fundamental thrifting ethos of longevity and minimal waste. In fact, it’s the raison d’être for Levi’s Tailor Shop. The Canadian in-person locations offer size alterations, repairs, and complete customization—from a simple button swap to an intricate chain-stitch embroidery. Ultimately, where vintage 501 jeans are concerned, know that you can always get thrifty (pun intended) to perfect the right pair.

Most importantly? Have fun with your search. It’s the beloved thrift store rummaging that makes finding the right pair of jeans, particularly special. As Emma Chamberlain put it, “It’s like falling in love.” And you never know when denim serendipity is just around the corner.

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Answers to Questions About Contraception You’ve Been Too Scared to Ask https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/birth-control-questions/ Thu, 13 Apr 2023 12:00:15 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=457003 Because the best way to tackle misconceptions is by getting informed.

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Birth control shouldn’t be taboo. And yet, there’s still a hush-hush mentality when it comes to talking about safe sex, reproductive health, and contraception. Enter: Essencelle, with the goal of raising awareness about these very topics.

“Birth control is probably the number one empowerment tool for women,” says Rupinder Toor, a family doctor and founder of a women’s clinic in Calgary. Dr. Toor weighs in on some of the most common queries and myths surrounding contraception. To learn more about your options, speak to a healthcare provider and visit Essencelle.ca.

What types of birth control options are available?

Not all birth control methods are the same — and there’s a lot to choose from. A few examples include the implant, as well as both hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs. The pill, the vaginal ring, the patch, or using a condom.

How do I choose the right method of birth control?

“What you really need to think about is: what are your reproductive goals?” suggests Toor. “When do you actually want to be pregnant? And how important is it for you not to be pregnant until you’re ready?” Once you have a clear understanding of your path and plans you can speak to your healthcare provider to understand the best option for you based on your needs. 

How can I talk to my doctor about the different methods of contraception?

Be open about your sexual activity and plans for pregnancy, and ask what option is right for you based on that, says Toor. “Reframing it from a reproductive goals approach takes it away from the sex part, which is what people have a tough time talking about.”

Doctors can also help in figuring out financial logistics, from government subsidies to assistance programs offered through pharmaceutical companies.

How can I talk to my new partner about our birth control options?

Have an honest conversation about when — or if — you want kids. “If the answer for both of you is like, ‘Yeah, not now. Not anytime soon,’ then talk about what the options might be,” says Toor. “Sometimes the reproductive burden falls on women [because] most birth control options are designed for women.” (Currently, the only male birth control option is a condom). But even if one partner is not taking birth control, they can still be proactive in prioritizing reproductive health — whether it’s by offering financial and emotional support or wearing a condom and getting tested to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

What is the most widely-spread misconception about birth control?

“People think birth control is about sex,” says Toor. “But birth control is about having a reproductive plan. It’s about being in control of your goals and getting more information about the things that will help you meet those goals.”

That involves busting another myth: the idea that there aren’t that many options out there. “A lot of women, when they think of birth control, they think of the pill,” she says. “But there’s so much available outside of that.”

Ready to learn more about your birth control options? Visit Essencelle.ca today. 

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How This British Fashion House Is Making The Investment Bag We All Need https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/burberry-investment-frances-bag/ Tue, 11 Apr 2023 12:00:32 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=468106 A true display of craftsmanship and attention to detail, Burberry's Frances bag is the quiet luxury you've been looking for.

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When the topic of investing comes up in any conversation, stocks, bonds and real estate are usually the first ideas that come to mind—but what about works of art? Amid all this noise, works of incredible craftsmanship should also be thought of as worthy investments, and this includes high-quality and timeless designer bags.

Investing in a bag isn’t just a move you make to diversify your portfolio; it’s an investment in yourself and a step toward defining your deeper sense of style—a way for you to punctuate the impact that goes hand in hand with your entrance into a room.

So when does a bag become an investment piece in a retail world that is, arguably, more circular than ever? When high-quality materials are married with a timeless design and the potential to appreciate in value over time—in dollars and in our hearts. Taking it further, a bag truly becomes an investment when its simple yet sophisticated features, classic style and assembly effortlessly endure as a fashion piece that will never fall out of style.

Enter: Burberry.

Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry at just 21 years old, the house of Burberry is one that is steeped in rich history and creates effortlessly timeless fashion finds. Known for traditional check patterns and iconic trench coats that have become synonymous with British fashion, Burberry has always been able to easily dance between revolutionary and classic. A coveted brand with a reputation for craftsmanship, Burberry turns out quality-made pieces that stand the test of time, and the meticulously crafted Frances bag is no exception.

The Frances tote, as it’s affectionately referred to among fans of the design, displays nothing less than functional elegance. It’s a testament to Burberry’s ability to turn heads for over a century.

With roots in the Burberry archives, the Frances bag’s TB motif was inspired by a vintage design of Thomas Burberry’s interlocked initials. The fashion house flawlessly reinterpreted this TB design for modern times, making it an authentic legacy piece for the brand. A structured, rectangular bag made with a premium calf leather exterior, the Frances tote is both durable and luxurious.

Available in three sizes, the Frances bag is dyed in a host of core and seasonal colourways: from classic neutrals to pinks, greens, blues and even glossy leather embossed to replicate the crocodile effect. Burberry truly gives you the opportunity to choose a style that best suits your taste (and wardrobe).

The Frances bag is a harmonious symmetry of clean lines and curved top handles. A magnetic snap keeps your belongings secure, and both a handle and strap make for a versatile carrying experience.

Its understated design is defined by a polished hardware, a leather-inlaid TB motif and a leather-wrapped mirror charm engraved with the Burberry logo. Levelling up the luxury, shoppers, or in this case, investors, can opt for a complementary personalization and have their initials printed onto the leather cover housing the mirror charm. With two spacious compartments inside the bag, as well as a zip pocket and two slip pockets, the Frances bag can easily inject your every day with a dose of luxury.

Going beyond the Frances bag’s unique qualities and characteristics, it also serves as an ideal addition to the closet of anyone yearning for a modern approach to the finer things in life—it doesn’t scream luxury, it effortlessly whispers it, making it the unequivocal go-to bag for anyone with impeccable taste.

Click here to explore Burberry’s Frances bag and here to explore the fashion house’s offerings.


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5 Ways to Build a Timeless Capsule Wardrobe Around Your Denim https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/denim-capsule-wardrobe/ Mon, 06 Mar 2023 14:43:06 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=464683 Because a tried-and-true pair of jeans never goes out of style.

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Be honest. You know those mornings when you swear you have nothing to wear? What do you put on? Your favorite pair of jeans, right? Unlike your ex, they’ll never disappoint you. Throw on a faded graphic t-shirt and chunky combat boots, and suddenly you’re Hailey Bieber stomping around the streets of New York City. Or, sleek black boots, an oversized blazer and cat-eye sunnies take your jeans from Sunday brunch to a Monday work meeting. You work hard, but your jeans work harder. They literally look better after every wear, making them the ultimate timeless and sustainable fashion purchase.

That’s why, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Levi’s® 501 jeans (a.k.a. the most iconic, recognizable pair of jeans in history—everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Kendall Jenner has worn them), we asked Toronto-based fashion stylist Ashley Galang to help you create a timeless capsule wardrobe around your denim. From running errands to date night and yes, even work, here’s how to wear your 501 jeans for every occasion using items you already have in your closet. Thank us later!


@Levis’ iconic 501 jeans turn 150 this year! To celebrate, we’re styling them for every occasion, using items you already have in your closet. Which look is your fave? #levis #levis501 #levispartner #liveinlevis #150yearsof501

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The wardrobe must-haves

  • White button down
  • White t-shirt or tank top
  • Grey hoodie
  • Denim shirt or trucker jacket
  • Oversized black blazer or leather jacket

The footwear

  • Black boots
  • Chunky loafers
  • White sneakers
  • Black or nude pumps

The accessories

  • Dad cap
  • Gold hoops
  • Black sunglasses
  • Black leather belt
  • Tote bag or belt bag
  • Shoulder bag

Look #1: Running Errands

The denim: Levi’s 501 Skinny Women’s Jeans in Tango Light, $118, levi.com
The add-ons: Grey hoodie + tote bag + dad cap + white sneakers

The perfect casual look doesn’t exi—oh wait… we take it back. This is the perfect casual look. Despite what you’ve probably read, skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere. These skinnies aren’t like the painted-on jeggings that you had in middle school—they’re tailored but still slightly roomy around the ankles. Keep the laid-back vibes going with a grey hoodie, white sneakers, a dad cap and a roomy tote bag to hold all of the things you weren’t supposed to buy. Going to the grocery store has never looked so good.

Look #2: Brunch with Friends

The denim: Levi’s 501 ‘90s Women’s Jeans in Sketch Artist, $128, levi.com
The add-ons: Denim trucker jacket + white t-shirt + black boots

Name a better occasion to break out the Canadian Tuxedo than brunch. Bottomless mimosas, the best people and a cool-girl ‘fit? The best recipe, IMO. To modernize the denim-on-denim look, Galang recommends pairing these relaxed straight leg ‘90s jeans with an oversized denim trucker jacket and a fitted white tee. Crank the jeans’ cool factor up a notch with square-toe leather booties—it’ll make the rips and distressing truly shine.

Look #3: Casual Fridays at Work

The denim: Levi’s 501 Original Fit Women’s Jeans in Deep Breath, $118, levi.com
The add-ons: White button down + black belt + black loafers + gold hoops

These dark wash jeans are a classic for a reason—and that’s what makes them ideal for the office. “It’s not too high waisted but it’s not low waisted. It’s that in between, the mid rise. It’s something that you can invest in and hold onto for a really long time,” says Galang. You can’t go wrong with a men’s white button down, half-tucked to show off a black leather belt, black loafers with gold detailing and gold hoop earrings. There’s no need to be nervous for your 1×1 with your boss when you’re meeting (and Pinterest) ready.

Look #4: Date Night

The denim: Levi’s 501 Mini Waist Women’s Jeans in Light Indigo, $148, levi.com
The add-ons: White tank top + oversized blazer + pumps + shoulder bag

Want to test-drive the low-rise jean trend but aren’t quite as brave as Julia Fox? These mini waist jeans hit just below the belly button, so they’re practical enough for every day (we also love the hidden button, frayed hem and tasteful rips). Add a little bit of spice to a night out with a cropped white tank top and sleek black pumps to show even more skin, then top it off with an oversized black blazer and structured shoulder bag. Is it getting hot in here or is it just you in those 501 jeans?

Look #5: Weekend Concert

The denim: Levi’s 501 ‘81 Women’s Jeans in Medium Wash, $108, levi.com
The add-ons: White t-shirt + leather jacket + black boots + black sunglasses

The vibes we’re going for here are edgy yet effortless—and these ‘81 high-waisted straight-leg jeans embody just that. They feel equally nostalgic and modern at the same time. They’re the vintage jeans you’ve hoped to find at the thrift store, but without the rummaging. A boxy white tee, hardware-heavy leather jacket, lug sole combat boots and statement sunnies mean that you can be comfortable enough to dance around and sing your heart out.

Discover even more timeless styles of Levi’s 501 denim at levi.com and scroll through our product gallery below to start shopping.


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5 Celebrity-Approved Red Carpet-Ready Hairstyles https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/celebrity-hair-dyson/ Thu, 02 Mar 2023 16:20:28 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=465727 Get ready for the Oscars with these show-stopping looks.

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Red carpet season is in full swing and whether you’re into soft romantic waves, flouncy blowouts or sleek updos, there’s a hairstyle to inspire everyone (and attempt from home).

When digging into the secret behind these flawless celebrity looks, we discovered that its equal parts technique and choice of styling tools—and Dyson’s hair tools are usually the first to come to mind. Their innovative and award-winning range of styling tools has drummed up a lot of attention for good reason. They’ve each been technologically engineered to create better styles, for different hair types with less heat damage.

To really get into award show season, we asked celebrity hairstylist and Dyson Global Styling Ambassador Matthew Collins for his hottest styling tips and how we can recreate six of our favourite looks from home using Dyson’s beloved tool collection, including the Dyson SupersonicTM hair dryer, the Dyson AirwrapTM multi-styler and the Dyson CorraleTM straightener.

Camila Cabello’s tousled bangs and textured waves at the Grammys


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To create this sexy style, start by wetting the roots of your fringe really well and applying a small amount of volume mousse. Next, grab a brush and the powerful Dyson Supersonic hair dryerTM. Pop on the Styling concentrator attachment and blow dry your bangs in a back-and-forth motion so they’ll eventually lay flat, instructs Collins. The wide and thin design of the Styling concentrator is great for focused styling since it creates a high-velocity blade of air.

Then, swap in the Gentle Air attachment (great for faster, cooler drying without extra heat damage), flip your head upside down and blow-dry the rest of your hair to create as much volume as possible. Add in some textured waves using the Dyson Corrale straightenerTM. Taking inch-wide sections, start slow at the roots and turn the Corrale out away from your face and then move quickly from the midshaft to the ends.

“The Corrale has flexing plates, so it gathers every hair in your section properly, so you don’t have to squeeze the straightener. What this means is you get greater control, making it much easier to style and allows you to use fewer passes, which means less heat damage,” says Collins. Finish by brushing your hair with a wide-tooth comb, spray some texture spray and bind a few pieces with a little bit of dry paste.

Lizzo’s glossy curls at the Grammys


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Lizzo stole the show with this slick look. Start with wet hair, then comb out tangles and use your fingers to help form your curls. “Apply lots of smoothing conditioning products like leave-in conditioner and oil to get that high gloss look,” says Collins. Apply hair gel throughout for hold (not too much—you don’t want stiff curls). Gently comb out any tangles with a wide-tooth comb and softly blow dry using the Dyson Supersonic hair dryerTM and the Diffuser attachment. Diffuse your hair from the side rather than cupping your curl clumps from the bottom. Finish with a shine spray to make it look even glossier.

Bebe Rexha’s disco blowout at the Grammys


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Rexha turned heads with this Farrah Fawcett-inspired ‘do. Part your hair down the middle and using the Dyson Airwrap multi-stylerTM with the 30mm Airwrap barrel, start curling your hair out and away from your face. The cool tip on the Dyson Airwrap multi-stylerTM rotates to change the direction of your curl, making it easy to mimic this style. As you curl each section, leave the Airwrap on hot for 10 to 15 seconds, then use the cold shot for five to 10 seconds to help set your curl. When you get to the front of your hair, hold the Airwrap at a 45-degree angle to create the flip. Use a lot of mousse or texture spray to add elasticity to your hair, suggests Collins. To finish, gently brush it out and apply a mist of strong hold hairspray, making sure your hair is lifting away from your face.

Brandi Carlile’s short, wavy look at the Grammys


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Create Carlile’s cool wavy style by first applying mousse or texture spray on damp hair. Then, use the Dyson Airwrap multi-stylerTM with the Small firm smoothing brush attachment and brush your hair back until dry. “You can also brush it a little bit forward on top to create that kick-up she has,” says Collins. Next, grab your Dyson Corrale straightenerTM and create different types of textures and curls. “It’s very sporadic, not perfect,” says Collins. Finally, apply a little bit of texture paste to create smoothness and shine. Hot tip: For an extra voluminous side part, style your hair in the opposite direction and then flip it over.

Kerry Washington’s voluminous natural ponytail at Critics Choice


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“One of the greatest things we’ve seen in the last few years is embracing natural hair on the red carpet, which is amazing,” says Collins. To create this extra voluminous ponytail, start by getting extensions that match your natural hair colour and texture. Wet them, hang them on clothes hangers, and let them air dry or use your Dyson Supersonic hair dryerTM with the Diffuser attachment for five to 10 minutes. For your hair, create a centre part and apply a light gel, then pull it back into a lower ponytail at the occipital bone. Start clipping in your extensions throughout your hair up to behind your ears, and then blend them in. You can do this upside down to create extra volume. Use a wide tooth comb to break up the texture a little, as it’s meant to look a bit tousled.

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Why Levi’s 501 Is Still the Most Iconic Pair of Jeans https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/levis-501-history-iconic/ Mon, 06 Feb 2023 13:00:23 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=463250 From historical workwear to innovative fashion, no jeans compare to the ever-adaptable button-up bottoms. Here is a glimpse into the past, present, and future of the 501 Jeans.

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What does your favourite pair of jeans mean to you? On a recent trip to Levi’s headquarters in San Francisco, I found myself pondering this question. After all, with its pop-culture ubiquity and trend-transcending force, the resilient blue jean has an unmatched wardrobe staying power. Finding the perfect fit is like meeting a lifelong friend; rips and frays add character, while stains become badges of honour. And for 150 years, the legendary Levi’s® 501 jeans have been the blueprint for this unique sense of companionship. So, I took a trip through their long-lasting legacy to figure out why.

For starters, at the risk of stating the obvious: history. As the original blue jean, 501s have served as a template for every pair that has come since. It all started in 1873, when the first iteration was created as durable workwear for miners. Though denim already existed, Levi’s changed everything with one small addition: rivets. Who knew little metal fasteners would change the course of fashion forever? This seemingly minor innovation made jeans stronger and more reliable; in other words, it made them what they are today. Of course, we all know what happens next. Going from a strictly utilitarian product to a stamp of self-expression, the straight-fit, button-fly jean has only become more relevant over the years. To truly understand this evolution, I visited the Levi’s Vault in the lobby of the brand’s headquarters.


Peek through some of the oldest jeans ever at Levi’s historic archive in San Francisco.

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This vast collection includes thousands of artifacts that document history through the eyes of well-worn Levi’s. What did I learn? Over the decades, 501 bottoms have been part of era-defining movements and cultural shifts. Take the 1960s, when they were the unofficial uniform of rebellious young people. During the counterculture movement, Levi’s were commonly cut, stitched, and embellished with messages of empowerment. Many of these vintage gems live on in the archive, along with the wardrobe relics of world-changing figures—from Albert Einstein’s pipe-smoke-smelling leather jacket to the worn-out pair of jeans that were part of Steve Jobs’ daily uniform. As canvases for personalization, 501 jeans have surpassed the boundaries of clothing entirely to become emblems of social change.

Then there’s the fashion of it all. The Levi’s Vault serves as a reminder of trends (or crimes, depending on who you ask) of bygone years. Naturally, certain standout pieces capture the colourful chaos of Y2K wardrobes, from a bedazzled Canadian tuxedo made for NSYNC’s Space Cowboy tour to the rhinestone-embellished jeans worn by Jennifer Lopez during her 2001 Super Bowl performance (Iconic). Point is, throughout history, the humble 501 jeans have seamlessly taken on their surroundings, thus embodying the people who once wore them and pinpointing treasured moments in mainstream culture.

Cut to today, when, let’s face it: we’re living in an era of denim division. Whether it’s the generational split between skinny and bootcut styles or the viral unrest over high-waisted versus low-rise, the modern fashion landscape is full of opposing stances. But while trends ebb and flow, the 501 jeans never go out of style. What do they represent in 2023, you ask? Well, anything. “I think [they’ve] become the default garment if you want to fit in in just about any group of interest—from punk to hip-hop to cowboy,” Levi’s historian Tracey Panek told me as we toured the archive. “They’re versatile and as relevant today as ever.”

From TikTok #OOTDs to the runways of Paris Fashion Week, today’s 501 jeans can’t be limited to a single thing, and that’s the point. With a design that hasn’t changed much since its inception, 501 bottoms have been able to latch on to new ideas, aesthetics, and subgroups. And just like they were decades ago, they’re still playing a part in youth-led, future-focused movements. Case in point: environmentalism.

Producing denim is notoriously bad for the planet, often requiring huge amounts of energy and water. Enter Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab. Within walking distance of the Levi’s Vault, the warehouse serves as a space to conceive sustainable production solutions. The result? New, cleaner iterations of the 501 jeans. Whether by using cottonized hemp (which works similarly to cotton but uses way less water) or dyeing clothes with all-natural indigo instead of its chemically altered counterpart, Levi’s is on a mission to innovate 501 jeans while keeping their signature made-to-last quality. This also means rethinking standard production practices.

We all love a new pair of distressed denim, complete with rips, frays and faded pleats. But those pre-worn details are typically added manually—and it turns out it’s an extremely taxing job. So, Levi’s came up with a solution that not only relieves physical labour but also reduces water wastage and combats overproduction. Using a laser called FLX (future-led execution), the Innovation Lab can create a pair of vintage-looking jeans in just seconds. That is the essence of the 501 denim legacy: by honouring the past while staying mindful of the future, each pair is just as fresh today as it was 150 years ago.

Perhaps the biggest secret behind the 501 jeans’ enduring appeal is that they don’t chase trends, they set them. Sure, they’ve been at the forefront of popular culture for decades, but 501 jeans are not trying to impress anyone. And that, in turn, is what makes them so special. The 501 “can be adapted by everybody, but doesn’t change to try capture them,” said Paul O’Neill, design director, Collections, at Levi Strauss & Co., toward the end of my trip. “It’s this slow burn that’s waiting to be found. And when you find it, that’s it. You’ll never go to something else.” All in all, that’s a pretty great way to define your favourite pair of jeans.

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An Inside Look at Canadian Artist Maxwell Burnstein’s Latest Collage Inspiration: LOUIS XIII THE DROP https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/louis-cognac-collage-drop/ Thu, 02 Feb 2023 13:00:59 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=464001 The unexpected collab you didn’t know you needed…

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Born and raised in Halifax and currently based in Toronto, Maxwell N. Burnstein is a self-taught collage artist who specializes in transforming deconstructed photographs into multi-dimensional art.

“Creating narratives by bringing all these different existing pieces together to tell something new really spoke to me and I’ve kept doing it since,” says Burnstein. “Thankfully, collage art has managed to remain a medium within the fashion and pop culture industry, even sports and entertainment.”

With nearly eight years in the industry, he’s worked with many luxury brands and publications including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, MCM, Porsche, Vogue, Esquire, and Elle.

While his work has become recognizable in the arts and culture spaces, his process is still down to earth and simple–as simple as cutting and pasting. He uses an exacto knife, taping glue and sourced copyright-free photography to create his works.

“The entire process is done physically,” he explains, adding that it is then scanned and made into a digital file for accessibility. “I wanted this work to remain present in our current digital age, but still recognize that sense of tradition and craftsmanship.”

His most recent project was in collaboration with LOUIS XIII Cognac to promote their latest innovation THE DROP. This 1 centilitre bottle is an ultra-personalized and high-fashion spin on the timeless LOUIS XIII Cognac, revealing the aromas of Cognac Grande Champagne since 1874. It’s designed to be carried on the move and represents a spontaneous lifestyle.

The elegant bottle is available in five different lid colours: Red, Sand, Clay, Gold, and Vine, and customers also have the option of purchasing a matching leather Bottle Case to empower them to travel with THE DROP wherever they go.

To bring this vision and story to life, Burnstein designed five different collage worlds centred around each of The Drop’s colour profiles.

“I first started by thinking closely about the key customer base behind this luxurious product. This helped me develop an identity for each of these colour profiles and build a little world around them,” he says. “Each one has multi-sensory elements to pull in that whole lifestyle component of fashion.”

When designing the collages themselves, Burnstein also leaned into the use of soft, organic shapes and silhouettes to also mimic the flow of the luxurious spirit.

“I wanted it to feel very dreamlike,” he says. “But my main inspiration and focus were on the types of customers I could envision wearing and experiencing THE DROP.”

Scroll below for an inside look at Burnstein’s pieces and click here to learn more about THE DROP and the rest of the LOUIS XIII Cognac collection.

Muskoka – Vine – Bold

“Vine brought me to Muskoka and played on that bold escape to nature with moss, a foggy lake, and a cabin.”

Gold – New York City – Glow

“At night, New York City glows and almost shines Gold. From the Hudson Yards and Times Square to the Empire State Building and the attendees of Le Bain.”

Sand – Oahu – Bright

“The Sand cap immediately made me think of the beautiful sands in Oahu, Hawaii. My mind went to bright florals, drinking out of coconuts, and elegant vacations.”

Clay – Milos – Smooth

“Silver led me towards the rock formations and homes of Milos, the island in Greece. There was an element of salt and invigorating marine life, which sparked the idea of being on a yacht, luxury hotels, and really relaxing.”

Red – Paris – Loud

“The Red cap felt like Paris for its loud, bold, and beautiful culture. The city is bursting with monuments like The Arc de Triomphe, luxury hotels, and cafes to discuss its vibrant film scene.

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Johnnie Walker Unveils Exclusive Collaboration with Angel Chen in Celebration of Lunar New Year https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/johnnie-walker-angel-chen-lunar/ Mon, 23 Jan 2023 13:00:46 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=463643 Plus: A peek into their launch event hosted at the Shangri-La Toronto in partnership with Holt Renfrew.

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Every year, the legendary Johnnie Walker celebrates Lunar New Year with a limited-edition design of its Blue Label bottle. This year, the award-winning spirit has collaborated with Shanghai-based designer Angel Chen to release a unique and collectable design.

Chen is part of the next generation who are making an impact locally and globally. As one of fashion’s brightest young talents, Chen is best known for smashing gender norms and reinventing the tradition of fashion. The Chinese designer’s signature colourful approach to fashion fuses Eastern and Western aesthetics and is often inspired by different generations, cultures, and genders.

The partnership between the vanguard Chinese brand with Johnnie Walker’s Blue Label is a natural fit given the synergy between arts, culture, and luxury lifestyle. Both Chen and Walker began the pursuit of their crafts at a young age; Chen is recognized for mixing textures and styles while Walker started his trade by blending spices and teas before moving into whisky. Chen is brave, bold, and expressive in her works, just like Blue Label, which is higher proof than the brand’s other blends—46 versus the regular 40 per cent—for a smokier result.

For the Year of the Rabbit, Chen has etched three modern interpretations of the 2023 Chinese zodiac animal in 18k gold jumping through a lush mountainous landscape on the iconic Blue Label bottle. Symbolizing the concept of striving forward–just like Johnnie Walker’s striding man logo and the brand’s motto, Keep Walking–the prancing rabbit also represents mercy, elegance, longevity and beauty.

The vibrant blue design was inspired by the depth of character found in Blue Label’s blend that uses the rarest, most exceptional whiskies from Johnnie Walker’s precious reserves, and captures the highly complex, yet perfectly balanced, whisky as vivid layers of colour. It’s an eye-catching tribute to Johnnie Walker Master Blender Emma Walker and her team’s expert craftsmanship of the blended whisky with its signature rich and smoky flavours expressed in each sip.

To celebrate the festive season and the latest of the Zodiac Collection Series, Johnnie Walker hosted Toronto’s most notable and fashionable creators and socialites for a one-of-a-kind fashion presentation at the Shangri-La Toronto in partnership with Holt Renfrew.

Embodying elegance, luxury, and self-expression, the evening welcomed guests to a grand red, gold and rabbit-themed ballroom where they sipped on well-balanced cocktails that Johnnie Walker’s Canadian brand ambassador Dante Raphael Concepcion Jr. created for the event. The team at the Shangri-La was also enlisted to help launch the limited edition Lunar New Year collaboration, curating a menu of auspicious foods that paired with each cocktail.

Once seated, guests were treated to an energetic Chinese lion dance which was eagerly captured by a room of flickering mobile phones. To the delight of the well-dressed crowd, the performance turned contemporary when the sound of a traditional drum and cymbals transitioned to electronic beats, with the lions taking on new dance moves along with colourful LED-lit attire.

Enhanced by art and culture, the experience paired the exceptional Scotch whisky with both fashion and culinary arts. Between sips of Blue Label-based cocktails, guests were privy to a presentation by Holt Renfrew which showcased couture looks for the Lunar New Year. It was an experience that resonated with those who have an appreciation for luxury and exclusivity, especially noting that the unrivalled masterpiece is made from a combination of Scotland’s rarest and most exceptional whiskies.

From waves of spice, vanilla and honey to hazelnut, sherry and dark chocolate notes to a warm smoky finish, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an extraordinary whisky for extraordinary occasions. Give the gift of elegance and luxury to the whisky lover in your life with a bottle of the exclusive, limited-edition Angel Chen-designed Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Rabbit. The only thing more luxurious, is to have it engraved with the name of its recipient.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label X Angel Chen Lunar New Year limited edition design is available at the LCBO.

Swipe through our gallery of images from the luxurious evening below:


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5 Laundry Hacks for Preserving Your Capsule Wardrobe https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/laundry-tips-capsule-wardrobe/ Wed, 21 Dec 2022 22:00:42 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=461542 Wear your favourite timeless pieces season after season

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While the world of fast fashion has normalized the idea of purchasing new pieces every season; learning how to properly wash and care for your favourite pieces can help you extend their lifespans. Whether it be a big-ticket fashion investment (Max Mara coat, anyone?), a thrifted gem, or a simple white tee—this slower fashion turnaround is not only more environmentally sustainable, but it just makes good financial sense as well.

Here’s a roundup of our favourite laundry tips that will help you preserve your wardrobe season after season. From air drying to opting for the cleaning power of OxiClean to treat tough stains, get ready to make your favourite pieces last season after season.

Tip 1: Use a laundry bag for delicate items

Silk. Wool. Lace. Keep delicate fabrics looking brand new by opting for laundry bags. These mesh bags act as a shield for your delicates, protecting them from snagging or tearing on bulkier clothing items. Another win? You’ll be able to find your delicates in a pinch, so you don’t accidentally toss your monogram Gucci nylons in the dryer.

Tip 2: Zip up zippers & tie loose strings

Ensure beloved pieces don’t get nicked by pesky rogue zippers. Take a moment to zip these up. Likewise, tie up anything with loose strings–sweatpants, bathrobes, hoodies–using a simple knot.

Tip 3: Reach for OxiClean to proactively treat stains and spot clean

Spilt wine on a brand-new ‘fit? Or want to breathe some life back into an oldie, but a goodie (shout out to our fellow thrifters). Get a head start on treating stains with a game-changing product, like OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. This chlorine bleach-free and colour-safe formula harnesses the power of oxygen to lift tough stains out of clothing and household items. If you’re dealing with a stain that’s already set, pre-treat it by soaking the fabric in OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover dissolved in warm water. You can also use it in the washing machine with each load–it helps boost the water’s pH to improve your detergent’s cleaning power.

When life gets in the way (think: work, home, and focusing on your own well-being), you can also reach for OxiClean Max Force Laundry Stain Remover Spray. It has the power of five stain removers in one, effortlessly breaking down and removing the most stubborn, and even dried-down, stains (grease, oil, grass, blood, soil, tea, the list goes on) in a single pass. Its handy spray nozzle makes applying the formula a breeze, and like its counterpart, it’s also chlorine bleach-free and colour safe.

Tip 4: Hang dry or lay flat

Everything is going great… until you realize you shouldn’t have put your new Alo sets in the dryer with the cotton towels. Hot tip: never toss anything with stretch (Lycra, Spandex) in the dryer, as heat will break down these materials. Instead, hang them up to dry. When it comes to fine knits, ditch the hanger, and opt for a flat surface–this ensures the damp garment won’t stretch out like it would if it were draped on a hanger.

Tip 5: When in doubt, read the label

If you’re truly not sure whether you should toss something in the wash, look no further than the laundry label. Located on the inside of your clothing, these tags are printed with symbols that indicate whether a garment is machine-washable or dry-clean only. Here, you’ll also find symbols on how to dry the piece (hang to dry, tumble dry low, etc.) and ironing instructions. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with these symbols, laundry will be like second nature.

Click here to level up your laundry game and to learn more about OxiClean’s range of products.

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The Best Holiday Gift Sets for the Beauty Lovers on Your List https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/holiday-gifting-beauty/ Mon, 12 Dec 2022 15:03:42 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=461237 If you decide to keep some skin care and fragrance for yourself, we promise we won’t tell.

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Look, you’re busy. Between festive parties with friends, your office Secret Santa and going back home for the holidays, you need to think smarter—not harder—when it comes to your shopping this year. Did you know that you can get all of your gifts at the same place you stock up on your toothpaste, cold medications and late-night munchies? Shoppers Drug Mart is your one-stop-shop for gifts for everyone from your super-picky best friend to your mom who swears she doesn’t need anything.

And the best part? You’ll earn PC Optimum points with every purchase—an extra-special gift for yourself (and your wallet). Plus, you can get free delivery on all orders over $50.

We asked Shoppers Beauty Pro Chanel Cruz to share her must-have holiday gift sets (which are sure to sell out fast). Get ‘em before they’re gone!

The recipe for #NoFilter skin

Kylie Skin Hydrate + Glow Mini Set, $58

A four-step skincare routine, created by Kylie Jenner herself, in one Instagram-worthy package? We’re listening. “Skincare sets are great gifting options for those looking to get glowing skin,” says Cruz. This set of minis, exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart, comes with a face mask, face moisturizer, eye cream and coconut body lotion that all work together to give you glowing, plump and moisturized skin on the go. Is your BFF going on a last-minute winter getaway to Cabo? She can just throw these in her carry-on and breeze through security, and when she lands at her destination, she’ll look like she just got a two-hour facial. A truly priceless gift. Thank us later!

The pop star-approved fragrance

Ariana Grande Cloud Gift Set, $82

*Out of stock online, but still available in store

“It’s my go-to fragrance,” says Cruz of the intoxicating mix of lavender blossom, juicy pear, creamy coconut, vanilla orchid and musk. “This set comes with a travel-size bottle that’s perfect for popping into your purse on those days where you’re racing to an after-work holiday event.” How cute is the retro cassette packaging that stylishly holds the two perfumes and a shower gel? And given that a full size of the Cloud eau de parfum is $78, this gift set is a steal. Fair warning to the receiver: people will stop you on the street and ask what perfume you’re wearing. It’s up to you whether you’d like to keep it a secret.

The moisture-boosting essential

Drunk Elephant Welcome to Lala Land, $84

This popular skincare brand—which is probably all over your TikTok For You page—just launched its new Lala Retro whipped moisturizer gift set, and it’s worth a spot under the tree. You’ll get a full and a travel size of this repairing and replenishing cream that’s infused with six rare, wild-harvested oils, a plant ceramide complex and omega acids. Translation: Your skin will be able to retain moisture for longer and be protected against environmental stressors. Who doesn’t want that?

The secret to perfect holiday hair

Quo Beauty 1” Ceramic Straightener, $37.99

With holiday parties in full swing, give the gift of fabulous hair with the high-performance 1” Ceramic Straightener from Quo Beauty. This straightener is made with rose gold ceramic technology that creates silky smooth, frizz-free, and high-shine results. Friends and loved ones with fully booked social calendars will be eternally grateful. 

The self-care starter pack

Air and Water Holiday Bliss 7-Piece Beauty Luxuries Robe Set, $47

Nothing says “’Tis the season to ignore all of my responsibilities, put my phone on airplane mode and bury myself under the comforter” more than this luxurious set. It comes with a fluffy hotel-style robe, three rich body butters and two nourishing hand creams (a.k.a. everything you need for a night of rest, relaxation and Real Housewives). “This is the perfect set for you or someone on your list who needs the gift of self-care during this busy season,” says Cruz. With scents like Rosé Champagne, Wild Vanilla, Peony Bouquet and Rosé Cake, each lotion is more delicious-smelling than the next. Bonus tip: you can even divide them up among your friends for their stockings.

Get even more gift inspiration for the beauty lover in your life at shoppersdrugmart.ca/holiday. Happy shopping!

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5 Popular Winter Hair Trends, Plus How To Recreate Them From Home https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/winter-hair-trends-remington/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 13:08:26 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=460464 Freshen up your look this season with some help from the Remington brand’s Shine Therapy tools

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As the weather gets colder, days feel shorter and the seasonal moodiness starts to set in, it’s important to do whatever you can to make yourself feel good both inside and out. For many, that can be as simple as freshening up your hairstyle. With holiday festivities right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to have some fun with your look.

With that in mind, we connected with Toronto-based celebrity hairstylist Cia Mandarello to spotlight five of her current favourite winter hair trends and how we can bring them to life from home using the Remington brand’s coveted range of Shine Therapy hairstyling tools.

Dramatic side part


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Go for glamour with this old-school Hollywood-inspired look (as seen on actress Ana De Armas) with a sleek update.

Get the look: Start with clean, blow-dried hair and heat-protecting spray, and use a tail comb to create a deep side part. Next, use the Remington Shine Therapy Argan Oil & Keratin Infused 1-Inch Flat Iron to smooth and straighten your locks from the part, directing your hair down and over the face. “That way, when you tuck it behind the ear, you get that nice sweep across the forehead,” Mandarello says.

Big, voluminous curls


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Take a cue from the decade of glam rock and Flashdance and go for bigger-than-life curls this season. This look is great for adding some oomph to curly bangs, too.

Get the look: For this look, use the Remington Pro 1” Mutli-Styler with Twist & Curl Technology. “[Once your curls are set], flip your head upside down and apply a mist of light hold hairspray. Then give it a tousle and go!” Mandarello advises.

Wispy bangs


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If you want a change but you’re not ready for a blunt fringe, this soft, romantic look (as seen on actress Jenna Ortega) may be the style for you.

Get the look: Blow out your bangs to add that soft touch of wispiness with the Remington Shine Therapy Argan Oil & Keratin Hair Dryer. To finish, add a bit of styling powder, rub it into your roots, and pull out those fringe pieces.

Classic ‘90s blowout


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Channel your inner Cindy Crawford with this super glamourous look, inspired by the original supermodels.

Get the look: Starting with wet hair, apply volumizing spray at the roots and a blow-dry serum, then use the Remington Shine Therapy Argan Oil & Keratin Hair Dryer and a round brush for a big, voluminous blowout. Next, part your hair down the centre and, starting at the nape of the neck, use the Remington Pro 1” Mutli-Styler with Twist & Curl Technology to curl sections, directing your hair into your face. “Lay the hair flat onto the curling iron so that it remains sleek and smooth,” Mandarello says. Continue to the next section and repeat, moving upward. Let your hair completely cool, then gently comb it out with a wide tooth comb, shake your hair upside down, apply some light hold hairspray, then flip up, and voila!

Modern mullet

Give your look an instant edge and take centre-stage with this rockstar look. It works for many different hair textures and is totally versatile.

Get the look: Start by giving your wet hair a rough blow dry using the Remington Shine Therapy Argan Oil & Keratin Hair Dryer to get lots of volume. Next, section your hair into small pieces and use the Remington Shine Therapy Argan Oil & Keratin Infused 1-Inch Flat Iron to create a curl, holding the wand at a 45-degree angle. “If you want to create a ‘70s mullet, flip the hair out, away from the face. For a fun ‘80s look, flip the hair in around the face,” says Mandarello. Finish with lots of texture spray, tousling the hair, and blast your locks using the cool setting on the blow dryer to break up the curls.

Beard trend: 5 o’clock shadow


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A bit of stubble is key to this cool look, as seen on Chris Evans.

Get the look: To achieve this style, use the Remington Virtually Indestructible Rotary Shaver 5100 or the Remington Virtually Indestructible All-in-One Grooming Kit. “Use the stubble attachment on the shaver so that it doesn’t get too close to the skin,” suggests Toronto-based barber and founder of The Groomed Society Mikka Gia. Another low-maintenance option: Just use the close shaver in the mornings every two days.

This collection of tools uses nourishing argan oil and keratin to create an even, consistent heat performance that delivers luminous shine every time. Look through the entire collection below. 

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The Ultimate Age-by-Age Guide To Retinol https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/ultimate-age-guide-retinol/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 13:32:19 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=454221 Everything you need to know (and more) about this popular skincare ingredient.

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If you ask any dermatologist, aesthetician or skincare junkie what their favourite skincare ingredient is, there’s a pretty high chance it’ll be retinol—and for good reason. Part of the larger retinoid family, this Vitamin A derivative is known as the gold standard for its anti-ageing properties as it speeds up your cell turnover rate to exfoliate the top layer of your skin.

“Retinol and other Vitamin A-based products can help treat and prevent acne and acne scarring, reduce hyperpigmentation and blemishes, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the glow and texture of the skin,” says Dr. Benjamin Barankin, a Toronto dermatologist and Medical Director of Toronto Dermatology Centre.

One drawback to retinol? Its quickened cell turnover process can also lead to a fair amount of dryness, flakiness and irritation, which can turn people off of using this anti-ageing ingredient. With this in mind, Biossance produced a powerful, yet gentle, Squalane + Retinol Night Serum that is ideal for both novices and more experienced users. Alongside retinol and retinal (a more potent retinoid), its key ingredient is squalane, a soothing, plant-based emollient that is proven to effectively deliver the retinoids while simultaneously providing moisture and minimizing the dryness and irritation that can happen when you first try this powerful ingredient. Its blend of rosemary and saffron also provides antioxidant protection and help support overall skin health and aging.

While anti-ageing skincare products used to be viewed or even reserved solely for those in their 40s and up, taking care of your skin proactively, starting as early as your 20s, is becoming increasingly common and even recommended by dermatologists. Using products, such as Biossance’s Squalane + Retinol Night Serum, gives you the preventative power to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay for longer before they even appear. To sum it up: It’s never too early or too late to start using retinol and taking care of your skin.

We connected with Dr. Benjamin Barankin to get his best retinol tips for every age and stage.

If you’re in your 20s

First of all, kudos on being proactive and setting positive skincare habits early. Whether you’re trying to treat acne, pigmentation, texture or proactively get rid of any fine lines, Barankin recommends taking it lower and slower early on in the process. “Pick up the lowest concentration product and use it two nights per week, and increase the frequency by 1 night per week each month,” he says. “Once you can tolerate it nightly, increase the concentration of the retinol and repeat.”

Biossance’s Squalane + Retinol Night Serum is both a sensitive skin and beginner-friendly blend perfect for those who are dipping their toe into the world of retinol.

For those with sensitive skin or well-controlled rosacea or eczema, start even slower at once a week at a low dosage and work your way up. If you have oily skin, which is more common at a younger age, Barankin also recommends starting with a mid-level retinol (0.025% – 0.04) and working up to a higher strength (0.1%) over top of a moisturizer.

If you’re in your 30s

If you’ve just started your retinol journey, make sure to follow the beginner notes above. If you’ve already been using retinol for a few years, you’ve probably developed a good tolerance at this point in your skincare journey. If you feel your results have plateaued, try increasing your dosage or frequency as needed (don’t skimp out on the moisture and sunscreen). If you feel your skin is thriving, maintain the routine you currently have.

“The higher the concentration you can ultimately tolerate, the better the results you’ll have,” says Barankin. “For your 20s and 30s, it’s important to work your way up with a retinol as the plan is to use them for life.”

Looking for a mid-level retinol with extra skin benefits? Biossance’s Squalane + Retinol Night Serum is a blend of Vitamin E and sustainably-sourced saffron, rosemary, sunflower, and rice bran extracts that work together to not only minimize irritation from the retinol and retinal, but also minimize skin texture, age lines, and blemishes.

If you’re in your 40s

For both our retinol novices and pros in their 40s, hydration and sun protection are more important than ever. While dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen (another anti-ageing gold standard) every day and at every age, it becomes even more important at this stage because retinol will make you, even more, sun sensitive and vulnerable to burning. Plus: UV rays have a drying effect on the skin and may make you more prone to irritation.

“In your 40s onwards, we’re starting to get drier, and so applying a moisturizer first before the retinol will make more sense,” says Barankin. “If you get too dry or red or peeling or irritated from retinol, simply take a break for two to three nights, moisturize only, and then resume using it. Our skin will typically get used to the products over time.”

With irritation minimization in mind, Biossance’s Squalane + Retinol Night Serum is a special time-release formula that slowly dispenses product into the skin over the course of eight hours. The squalane also simultaneously hydrates and nourishes the skin.

If you’re in your 50s and beyond

If retinol’s been a part of your skincare routine since your 20s and 30s, you’re a superstar and we can all learn from you. According to Barankin, at this point, your skin has probably “retinized” and you’re already able to tolerate higher concentrations of retinol and are able to increase your potency (with a lot of moisturizer and sun protection, of course).

For those in their 50s or 60s and just starting their retinol journeys, it’s important to be extra gentle with your skin because, as you know, it is going to be a bit thinner, dryer and more sensitive than it was in your 20s or 30s. Make sure to always wear SPF and to start with the lowest potency of retinol paired with “more and/or thicker moisturizer, cream or balm.” From there, you can slowly work your way up as needed. For effective results minus the dryness and irritation, opt for a more gentle retinol-based product, such as Biossance’s Squalane + Retinol Night Serum.

Note: Your skin may be even dryer during the winter, so either double up on the moisture or take breaks when needed.

Click here to start your retinol journey and try Biossance’s Squalane + Retinol Night Serum today.

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Which Fragrance Matches Your Personality? https://fashionmagazine.com/beauty-grooming/guess-fragrance-quiz/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 13:00:49 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=458289 Discover here your soon-to-be favourite signature scent.

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As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe—and with that comes the perfect opportunity to discover new fragrances and find your new signature scent, or gift one to someone you love. The GUESS Bella Vita Collection is what you are looking for. Consisting of the GUESS Bella Vita Eau de Parfum and the GUESS Bella Vita Rosa Eau de Toilette, these two fragrances are both embodiments of modern femininity.

Thanks to its perfect balance of white florals and zesty lemon notes, the Bella Vita leaves behind an unforgettably luxurious and elegant trail. Along with its blend of vibrant black cherries, cassis, and warm amber wood, it’s sure to be a wow-worthy present this holiday season (self-gifted still counts). Meanwhile, the Bella Vita Rosa is more playful with its fruity florals with notes of fresh Italian lemon, juicy cassis, sandalwood and sensual skin musks.

Plus: Both bottles would look equally beautiful on your dresser. The Bella Vita bears the iconic GUESS peony medallion on transparent glass and an opulent gold cap. The Bella Vita Rosa is now in a delicate shade of pink with the peony money medallion in rose gold.

Want to know which scent is your perfect match? Take our quiz to find out!

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Your Fall Dopamine Dressing Guide With the Hi-Line collection by SOREL https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/fall-dressing-guide-sorel/ Fri, 14 Oct 2022 12:00:11 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=457714 Make the city your runway with these four looks.

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Every year when Fall rolls around, there’s a wave of excitement and nostalgia in the air. Our coffees become more festive, our movies become spookier and the fashion becomes way more fun. We’re finally able to take our sweaters out of hibernation and layer to our heart’s content.

While neutral hues are usually the popular colour palette for colder months, fashion meets function footwear brand SOREL is hoping to inspire people to embrace bolder patterns, fabrics and styles this fall. The term dopamine dressing was thrown around quite heavily by style publications earlier this year as a way to use your wardrobe to spark joy in your life. Wearing vibrant hues and fun textures have been proven to have a positive psychological effect, and thankfully they pair beautifully with the new SOREL Hi-Line collection from their Fall ‘22 line.

The Hi-Line series was designed with busy professionals and creatives in mind. Created with durable materials and iconic style these boots were made to transition from day to night without a hitch. Featuring four boots with lightweight, utilitarian comfort and forward-looking fashion it’s the perfect blend of street style and all-weather function—helping you to keep moving through the city in style all season long.


This collection is made to be paired with bold looks. Thanks to its timeless silhouettes and neutral tones, they’re the perfect grounding element to any outfit. To put this matter to the test, we teamed up with two Toronto-based creatives with a love for fashion and footwear: Abby Albino and Mirian Njoh.

Abby Albino first fell in love with streetwear during her basketball days. Once she saw that there were very limited options for girls and women, she decided to launch Makeway, a sneaker and streetwear boutique for women and by women.

“Basketball is truly a big part of who I am. The NBA and fashion in the ‘90s were kind of where a lot of culture stemmed from. If it wasn’t for basketball, I probably wouldn’t love sneakers,” said Albino. “There’s never been a sneaker boutique or streetwear shop for women, so I realized that I could create one myself.”

Her love for footwear also goes beyond sneakers. Sorel used to be her staple winter boot growing up and now she says she’s marvelled at the brand’s design evolution.

“I used to only think about winter when I saw SOREL footwear and then I began to see more and more lifestyle pieces that I would gravitate to,” she says. “They’re such great quality, stylish pieces that you can wear no matter what you’re doing. Whether it’s doing a training session with my dog, running errands, speaking on a panel or attending a corporate conference—it’s amazing to have a pair of shoes that allows me to be every version of myself.” 

Mirian Njoh is a multifaceted creative with a love for fashion design, digital content creation, creative direction, modelling and styling. In 2018 she was selected to be a part of the annual Global and Mail Canada’s Best Dressed List and the same year was featured in Toronto Life’s annual Style Book. In summary: her love for fashion and footwear is a defining part of her life.

“My passions have always been rooted in self-expression and creativity. I’ve always dabbled in different roles that allowed me to really lean into that. My style is also as broad as my range of interests. I love the fact that I can’t put my style in a box. Some days I like to dress very feminine, others I want a tomboy vibe. It constantly changes,” says Njoh, adding that her love for colour is one unifying element between all her different styles. “I definitely think it comes from my West African background. You never see a West African in all black— we love to use colour to express ourselves.”

In terms of footwear, Njoh believes that your shoe is the anchor of your whole look and it has the power to fully elevate whatever you’re wearing.

“Your shoes can help punctuate or accent whatever point you’re trying to make, or it can also offer a nice contrast,” she says. “I love these Hi-Line boots, specifically the Heel Chelsea, because you can really make them your own. You can dress them up, down and really pair them with anything. I think that having footwear with versatility that can keep up with me and my different styles so that I can get the most out of them is the best.”

Ready to start styling your Hi-Line boots? Here are four looks to try out this fall:

Hi-Line Chelsea Boot

Who said high fashion can’t be cozy? For this look, we pulled out an eye-catching fluffy lilac coat and paired it with a thin, sheer turtleneck, sleek black faux leather pants and our favourite pair of Hi-Line Chelsea Boots (colour: Scorch/Tawny Buff) as a grounding element.

Hi-Line Heel Lace Boot

For this look, Abby’s bringing both hot and cold with her Hi-Line Heel Lace Boots (colour: Warp Red) and show-stopping indigo corduroy trench coat. This is the perfect statement piece to layer over your favourite skirt + sweater combo. Don’t forget a pair of fishnet stockings for that extra bit of spice.

Hi-Line Heel Chelsea Boot

Go bold or go home. We decided to elevate these simply chic Hi-Line Heel Chelsea Boots (colour: Umber/Ceramic) with a popping pink blazer, complimentary olive green faux leather pants and a vibrant corset designed and created by our very own Mirian Njoh. We’re living for her colourful corporate baddie vibe.

Hi-Line Lace Boot

Finally, we leaned into the stylish functionality of these Hi-Line Lace Boots (colour: Geo Yellow/Jet) and paired them with a classic cream bomber jacket, wide-cut jeans, and for all our sweater weather fans—a vibrant neon yellow turtleneck for a pop of colour.

Click here to shop the full Hi-Line collection by SOREL. 

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I Tried It: Huawei’s Latest Stylish Smartwatch https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/trying-huawei-watch-gt-3-pro/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:28:19 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=455953 Fall is forever a season of fresh starts, so the new Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro smartwatch couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Beyond the fact that it’s really pretty, when paired with the Huawei Health app, the Watch GT 3 Pro becomes a powerful fitness and wellness tool. Tracking my health stats […]

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Fall is forever a season of fresh starts, so the new Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro smartwatch couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Beyond the fact that it’s really pretty, when paired with the Huawei Health app, the Watch GT 3 Pro becomes a powerful fitness and wellness tool. Tracking my health stats and fitness goals is important because it keeps me accountable, plus I love being able to check things like my oxygen levels and sleep habits. 

The Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic Edition is an advanced piece of tech created with luxury and style in mind. (Fact: The design was inspired by Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus; there are 24 waves of gold surrounding the face). The sleek white finish stands out and shines bright, achieved via repeated polishing using diamond abrasives. It’s classy yet modern, and a sneakily elegant workout companion. (It also comes in titanium for a sportier vibe.) 

The watch is lighter than I expected, leading me to believe that I’ll be able to wear it all day and night comfortably, for as long as seven days on one full charge. The face is extra-large and crystal clear, made from diamond-hard sapphire glass, surrounded by ceramic—both materials that are resistant to scratches. And while it fits my wrist out of the box, it does come with a tiny screwdriver and extra ceramic links to increase or decrease the band size.

Alicia Cox Thomson wearing the Huawei smartwatch

After pairing with the Huawei Health app on my phone (it’s compatible with most iPhone and Android phones), the watch face comes to life. It’s user-friendly and I quickly head to settings to set everything up, start my Health app profile and select a watch face design, landing on the boho  “Late Autumn” style with moody florals. I start the day with a podcast and walk in the local park.

The face design I chose includes my heart rate, step and calorie counter, so I can easily check in while exercising, but there are tons of smart fitness features on the Watch GT 3 Pro. There’s the usual sleep and blood oxygen trackers as well as body temp, stress levels and a Breathe function which counts out deep breaths, handy for meditation. There’s even a personalized running plan based on the wearer’s own history. It learns your abilities, gradually getting harder, helping you improve as you train. If you’re like me and not a runner, there are dozens of other workout modes to choose from including indoor cycling, skiing, swimming, elliptical and more. It’s highly water resistant and dive-proof up to 30m, even when it comes to saltwater—so you don’t have to worry about days at the beach. 

I walk rather than drive to a coffee date to increase my step count, feeling pretty good about myself (there’s that accountability I mentioned earlier!), and after dinner, I switch to workout mode and tackle an indoor cycling workout. In the morning, I excitedly check how I slept (thanks 3 a.m. car alarm for that interruption).

Having received EISA’s Best Smartwatch Product award three years in a row, Huawei’s got the tech perfected. The Watch GT 3 Pro (EISA’s latest winner based on independent technical reviews) is Huawei’s latest success in the popular GT Series, with high-quality, thoroughly-tested advances in sensors, screens and fitness capabilities. 

Personally, the triumph is in the design. It truly looks and feels like a luxury timepiece rather than a sophisticated piece of health and fitness technology, a welcome addition to my accessories roster that’ll do more than simply look good—it’ll help me be healthier, which is always in style.

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6 Chic Fashion Trends to Rock this Summer https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/nordstrom-sale-summer-fashion/ Thu, 14 Jul 2022 11:33:07 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=451585 Plus: The full scoop on the un-missable Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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With warm weather in full swing, it’s the perfect time to have fun with fashion and embrace new summer trends. Thankfully, Nordstrom is making that even easier for fashion lovers with its annual and much-anticipated Anniversary Sale.

From July 15th to the 31st, shoppers can buy brand new items at limited-time low prices both in-store and online. Featured brands include Rag & Bone, Hugo Boss and Charlotte Tilbury along with a few new additions like Mini Boden and Naked Wardrobe. Items will be available for men, women and kids under every category including beauty (special shout-out to our Estee Lauder and MAC lovers). They even have stylists on the floor available to offer quick and free fashion advice and help you build out a whole new wardrobe.

Along with the sale, Nordstrom will also host an in-store daily happy hour from 2:30-5:00 p.m. from July 14th to the 31st, which will include a menu of drinks and light bites at specialty pricing in their various locations. They’ll also host 18 days of beauty events both in-store and online; on July 16th will be an in-store celebration of all-things beauty featuring special offers, gifts with purchase, samples and makeup tutorials.

Ready to start shopping and elevate your summer wardrobe? We chatted with Stefanie Lowe, an in-house stylist at Nordstrom, for her take on this season’s hottest trends plus easy tips on how to make them your own.


From tops and dresses to shoes, cut-outs are all the rage this summer. Whether you’d like to rock an open back, an exposed side or a cheekier stomach reveal (show off those abs), you can make this trend your own by looking for cut-out pieces that you feel confident in.

“We’re seeing cut-outs on the back, the side, the neckline, the shoulder, even on shoes and activewear. It’s super fun,” says Lowe. “My tip? Keep your accessories minimal and let the cut-out do the talking. Keep everything super simple, down to your hair and makeup.”

Patterns + Textures

Summer is the perfect time to make bolder fashion choices and this season, it’s all about vivid patterns and textured pieces. Luckily for you, the one-of-a-kind Nordstrom Anniversary Sale features a wide variety of vibrant pieces that you can mix and match into eye-catching looks.

“We’re seeing lots of texture and loud prints shine through; think faux leather or more retro patterns,” says Lowe. “You can dive in loudly with bold matching sets, or you can make a nod to this trend by incorporating single pieces into your look. Either way, being bold is an absolute must. Don’t be afraid to take risks, then you can accept all the compliments.”

So, go for a loudly patterned dress or jumpsuit or a certain texture from head to toe (hello, faux leather matching set), or you can pair a bolder piece with some denim and break it up.

White Shoes

Whether it’s sneakers, booties or a pair of pumps, white shoes are a staple in a summer wardrobe (and beyond if styled correctly). They’re the easiest way to tie together a look and have the power to fully dress it both up or down.

“Nothing screams fresh like a pair of white shoes. My two favourite choices are a white sneaker and a white cowboy boot,” says Lowe. “For an effortless look, wear your white sneakers with your dresses and trousers this summer. For a statement, rock a monochromatic look, pairing your white shoes with an all-white outfit.”


Skinny jeans are *finally* a thing of the past and now, there’s so much more room to play in the denim category, especially during the summertime. Whether you like a boot cut, flare, straight or a wide leg, these different cuts of denim are so versatile when it comes to styling different looks.

“Updating your denim for the season is the number one way to stay on-trend,” says Lowe. “I love styling straight leg denim with an oversized poplin shirt, either worn open over a tank or with a half tuck.”

Summer Suits

As we make our way back to the office, it’s the perfect time to level up your summer work looks and find the perfect office-friendly pieces that can transition into happy hour without a hitch. The key is to stay light and breezy. For both men and women, find suits and blazers made with lighter materials and colours for both summer and fall.

“I love a matching set. We are seeing a relaxed suit vibe all over street style. Consider a pleated trouser short with a relaxed shirt, blazer or even vest,” says Lowe. “Mix up these statement pieces with sneakers for a more unexpected approach to everyday dressing.”

Accessories Galore

Finally, the key to tying any look together is accessorizing. From sunglasses and jewellery to luxe timepieces and handbags, take advantage of The Anniversary Sale by looking for both summer statement pieces and more timeless accessories that you’ll be able to wear season after season.

“Sunglasses complete a look. What’s trending are geometric shapes—think hexagonal, rectangular or even square,” says Lowe. “Embrace the revival of nostalgic fashion with your accessories as well, and add a straw or trinket bag to your look.”

Click here to start shopping or learn more about the buzzy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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3 Y2K-Inspired Looks You Need to Wear This Summer https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/y2k-fashion-samsung/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 13:00:02 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=452239 Plus: Everything you need to know about the sleek Galaxy phone they were inspired by.

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From boy bands and girl groups to neon gel pens and the infamous purple ketchup, the early-2000s were truly a colourful and nostalgia-packed time. Two trends really making a comeback from that era is the Y2K fashion and the flip phone, making the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition a trendy yet fashionable accessory to slide into your back pocket (literally so sleek and compact, it fits right in).

For all our fashionistas who use their sense of style as their main form of self-expression, the Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition lets you match your phone with your personal aesthetic. Customize the back of your device, choosing between five different colours with up to 49 unique colour combos. Whether you prefer to go bold by combining vibrant hues like pink and blue or sleek with cream and yellow, the goal is to have fun and make it your own.

Playing tribute to the ‘cellphone as an accessory’ era (hello, flashy stickers and cute phone charms), you can customize your Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition with different accessories like a flashy ring and strap cases1. Plus, let your mood and personality shine through the front Cover Screen, by picking between a range of clocks, wallpapers, colours or even GIFs. And did we mention its style with substance? With the Cover Screen, you can check your messages and notifications without actually opening up your phone— ideal for those with a lot on-the-go.

And, if you love capturing and sharing your OOTDs, the folding design of the Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition is made for you — selfies and vlogs are a breeze when you can go hands and tripod-free with Flex Mode2.

For smartwatch fans, you can also mix and match your aesthetic or daily mood with the Galaxy Watch4 Bespoke Edition. With over 500 potential combinations3 of watch faces, finishes, colours, sizes and strap styles, you can easily sport a new look 365 days of the year. You can even switch between looks throughout the day—pop on your sports band for the gym, then swap in a hybrid leather one for a chic look at brunch4. Easy, breezy.

Ever wish you had a personal assistant? Galaxy Watch4 Bespoke Edition can help level up your daily routine with a bunch of super intuitive features available right on your wrist. From mapping your morning run to vibing to your new favourite playlist, the connectivity on Samsung Galaxy devices lets you do even more from anywhere.

Just like these devices, the Y2K-era was all about self-expression and having fun with your fashion sense. In celebration of this colourful period and the customization opportunities available with Galaxy Bespoke, we’ve curated three early-2000s-inspired looks that you need to add to your summer wardrobe. Scroll through our look-book below to get inspired, and shop for your own Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition and Galaxy Watch4 Bespoke Edition.

Bring on the pleated mini

With summer in full swing, it’s time to bring on all the colour. Pair your favourite mini denim skirt (hello, pleats) with a vibrant blue cami and layer a sheer pink cardigan over top—we obviously opted for the one with a butterfly print. Let your ultra-customizable Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition and Galaxy Watch4 Bespoke Edition inspire your accessories. Throw in a fun pair of sunnies, a pastel purse and some blingy pink heels to tie everything together.

Hello, flared jeans

Thank goodness skinny jeans are out and wider cuts are in—our legs really needed a breather. This pair of 2000s-inspired low-rise, flared denim is everything you’ve been looking for. To make it the centrepiece of your look, pair it with a classic top, like this adorable baby pink halter and then accessorize with the Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition. From colourful clips and furry bucket hats to chunky Madden-style hot pink sandals and colourful gel rings, make sure to have fun with your look.

It’s Go-Go time

Ready to go bold or go home? This last look is really what dreams are made of. Pull out that statement coat you’ve been hiding in your closet—we went for a baby blue leather trench with a faux fur collar—and pair it with a fun skirt and a simple white fuzzy knit cardi. But the real showstopper of this look are these eye-catching white go-go-inspired platform thigh-high boots. Since you’re letting your clothes do the talking, you’ll want to go easy on the accessories this time with a soft velvet pink choker, baby pink sunnies, pastel gel earrings and rings. Before you strut out the door, ready to conquer your day, don’t forget to snap a selfie with your Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition and pop on your Galaxy Watch4 Bespoke Edition (gotta track those steps)!

Shop through Samsung’s Bespoke Editions of their Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition and Galaxy Watch4 Bespoke Edition today. 

1 Accessories sold separately.

2 The hinge hardware supports Flex mode at angles between 75° and 115°. For your convenience, Flex mode can also be set to activate before or after 75° and 115°. It may be difficult to maintain Flex mode while moving due to shaking or other movement. It is recommended to keep the phone stationary while in Flex mode.

3 The number of combinations available may vary depending on the country or region in which the Galaxy Watch Design Studio is available.

4 Galaxy Watch4 strap options sold separately.

5 The hinge hardware supports Flex mode at angles between 75° and 115°. For your convenience, Flex mode can also be set to activate before or after 75° and 115°. It may be difficult to maintain Flex mode while moving due to shaking or other movement. It is recommended to keep the phone stationary while in Flex mode.

6 Galaxy Watch4 strap options sold separately.

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What is Small-Molecule Formulation and How Does it Improve Skincare? https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/bao-laboratory-lotus-squalane-healing-facial-oil/ Wed, 06 Jul 2022 15:35:52 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=450403 The world of skincare can be a scary and confusing place, but it shouldn’t be. That’s exactly what inspired Dr. Julia Bao to launch her science-driven skincare brand BAO Laboratory in 2017. While completing her PhD in bioanalytical chemistry with a focus on small-molecule development, Bao often found herself in the same position—hunched over her […]

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The world of skincare can be a scary and confusing place, but it shouldn’t be. That’s exactly what inspired Dr. Julia Bao to launch her science-driven skincare brand BAO Laboratory in 2017.

While completing her PhD in bioanalytical chemistry with a focus on small-molecule development, Bao often found herself in the same position—hunched over her computer, working on her final thesis. Keen on multitasking, she began taking advantage of that time by using hydrating facial sheet masks daily. Around a month later, she noticed a rash spreading all across her body and knew the sheet masks were the glowy culprit.

“Even though I studied chemistry, I rarely paid attention to the ingredients in my cosmetics,” says Bao. “It really opened my eyes and made me want to stop using 90 per cent of my products and start my own cosmetic company.”

Enter: BAO Laboratory. A Canadian skincare brand that is known for its science-driven, small-molecule formulas that are customizable, 100 per cent natural, vegan, CertClean, highly effective and cruelty-free.

What is a small molecule formula?

You may already be using a few of them already. Small-molecule formulas contain—you guessed it—small molecules that are easily absorbed into your system. Think finely milled vitamins or over-the-counter medications. They’re quite common, but not among cosmetics.

During her PhD, Bao invested a lot of time researching this technique and knew it would be a skincare game changer since it would allow for products to be more potent and absorbable.“They’re so small that they can penetrate into the skin more rapidly, while larger molecules from popular creams or lotions often sit on top and create a barrier,” she says.

Which products can I find it in?

From essences and oils, to serums and masks, BAO Laboratory currently offers an array of healing and protective small-molecule formulas, but their Lotus Squalane Healing Facial Oil is currently garnering a lot of buzz in the skincare world for being certified by the Skin Health Program of the Canadian Dermatology Association and recognized for its fragrance-free, minimally irritating formulas that is also free from most common allergens. This product was even the winner of the Best Facial Oil 2022 Beauty Award—and for good reason.

Its healing combo of natural lotus wax and squalane leaves your skin and skin barrier healthier, nourished and renewed. Bao specifically favours squalane because of its anti-inflammatory properties and recommends this oil to anyone who may be dealing with acne, redness, dryness or irritation.

“If you have a problem, just grab this bottle, stop whatever you’re using at the moment and try it for one to two weeks. Then you’ll see the improvement,” she says. “So yeah, I would call that an almighty healing oil.”

How can I use it?

Bao recommends first cleansing your face before applying this product and then waiting five to ten minutes for the small molecules to fully absorb into your skin before applying any other serums or creams on top.

Because of the small-molecule formulation, she also recommends directly applying it with clean fingers so it immediately gets absorbed into your skin, rather than with a cotton pad.

Beauty tip: Make sure to also show your neck some love and work your products down there as well.

Ready to heal your skin inside and out? Visit baolaboratory.com to buy this award-winning oil and plug in BAOPROMO to get 20% off your order, a free travel set and shipping with your purchase.   

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This Award-Winning Mask Nourishes Your Lips Three Ways https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/this-award-winning-mask-nourishes-your-lips-three-ways/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 16:10:39 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=449636 Everyone’s lips could use a little extra TLC and there’s no better way to show your pout some love than with a product that moisturizes and smooths lips. belif’s Aqua Bomb Overnight Lip Mask is basically the only product you need to have the plump, hydrated lips you’ve always dreamed of. Thanks to its non-sticky, […]

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Everyone’s lips could use a little extra TLC and there’s no better way to show your pout some love than with a product that moisturizes and smooths lips. belif’s Aqua Bomb Overnight Lip Mask is basically the only product you need to have the plump, hydrated lips you’ve always dreamed of. Thanks to its non-sticky, mild formula that can be worn as an overnight lip mask, used to prep your lips before makeup or as a lip balm on its own, the Aqua Bomb Overnight Lip Mask is the winner of the Best Lip Treatment 2022 Beauty Award. Read on to find out what makes it a makeup kit must-have.

The winning formula

The Aqua Bomb Overnight Lip Mask provides long-lasting moisture in a nourishing formula that’s suitable for all skin types, including super-sensitive, dry, chapped lips. It’s formulated with 10 percent shea butter, which creates a texture that melts into lips for a comfortable effect that doesn’t feel sticky at all. It also contains cica (Centella Asiatica), which is also known as tiger grass because it is known that wild cats would roll in the herb to soothe and repair their wounds. “Cica helps to support your body’s natural ability to repair while soothing irritation associated with dryness,” says Samantha Mae Henderson, national district trainer for belif. Meanwhile, madecassoide helps restore lips to their natural beauty, while herbal ingredients including oat seed, calendula and antioxidant-rich raspberry leaf extract work to soothe lips. The formula is free from parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, animal origin ingredients and sulphates. Its scent is very mild and there’s no colour added, either—just a whole lot of caring ingredients for your lips.

How to use it

Option 1: As a lip mask

If you want to give your pucker a luxe treatment, apply a thin to generous layer (depending on how dry your lips are) of the Aqua Bomb Overnight Lip Mask evenly across your lips before bed. It’s the perfect product to try slugging, which Henderson says helps to intensely lock in moisture. Just apply a generous amount on the lips so that they feel nice and slippery for intense moisture-locking ability. In the morning, all you need to do is wipe off any excess and voila—start your day with super smooth, hydrated lips.

Option 2: As lip prep

Ready to rock lipstick again? Use the Aqua Bomb Overnight Lip Mask as a quick lip prep mask. Since it plumps and smooths lips, it works great as a base for lipstick or gloss. Think of it as the first step of your makeup routine: Simply apply an ample amount evenly across your lips and let them soak up the moisture for five to 10 minutes. Then use a tissue to wipe off any excess. Your lips will feel plump, hydrated and smooth for chap-free lip colour.

Option 3: As a lip balm

You can also use it on its own throughout the day as an ultra hydrating lip balm. Just spread a thin layer evenly across your lips and rub them together to promote absorption. “A little bit goes a long way to keep your lips feeling moisturized with a subtle glow,” Henderson says. Toss it into your purse and lightly dab it onto your pucker any time you want some nourishing moisture and light shine.

Add belif Aqua Bomb Overnight Lip Mask to your routine by visiting Sephora.ca and see how it can transform chapped lips into a soft, luscious pout.

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Say goodbye to ingrown pubic hairs and nicks with this award-winning razor https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/venus-beauty-awards-razor-for-pubic-hair/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 16:01:39 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=450157 The Gillette Venus for Pubic Hair and Skin line provides people who shave a more effective way to get rid of unwanted hair.

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If there’s one thing most women can bond over, it’s the precariousness of shaving our pubic areas. Even if you choose to go au naturel or trimmed, we likely all have a story to tell—one full of nicks, razor bumps, close calls and awkward positions to get those hard-to-reach areas. But the beauty industry has come a long way since the millennial induction into in-shower shaving, providing women who choose to shave professional-quality alternatives to waxing and a smooth trim that you can get at home. Meet your new favourite Beauty Awards–winning razor and shave cream combo, the Gillette Venus for Pubic Hair and Skin Razor and matching Pubic Hair and Skin 2-in-1 Cleanser and Shave Gel.

These groundbreaking products won Best Hair Removal Tool and Best Shave Cream, respectively. And even if you don’t choose to shave, you’ll want to listen up—there are ways to maintain and care for your pubic region that reach far beyond just getting rid of unwanted hair. But let’s start there.

Say goodbye to pulling, tugging, razor bumps and nicks

Picture this: You’ve just spent 30 minutes contorting your body to get every nook and cranny of your pubic region as smooth as you can. An hour later, your skin is angry, red and irritated. It’s not the shaving that’s bothered it; it’s the tools. So, how is the Venus for Pubic Hair and Skin different?

This innovative razor has thought of it all, including a small cartridge to reach tricky areas and a groundbreaking Irritation Defense Bar that protects your skin from cuts. On the back of their optimally spaced blades is a precision trimmer that helps reach those tricky areas without you having to work overtime. It’s dermatologist and gynecologist tested, so you know your pubic area is safe with Gillette Venus.

It’s all in the gel

It’s not only the tool that counts—the magic is also in the products you use with it. Pairing your Venus razor with their Pubic Hair and Skin 2-in-1 Cleanser and Shave Gel is a sure way to get the most out of your shave. It’s pH balanced and made without parabens, dyes, fragrance and silicones, so it’s safe to freshen up with even on no-shave days. This translucent formula lets you see what you’re doing while shaving those delicate areas, and helps protect your skin against friction, leaving room for your smoothest shave yet.

Go the extra mile and treat your pubic area to some skincare (even if you don’t shave)

You may not know, but caring for the skin of your pubic region is just as important as caring for your face. Once you have the shave down pat, introducing an exfoliant, serum and oil can really help keep this sensitive area in top shape between shaves, or even just in general.

Using the Gillette Venus for Pubic Hair and Skin Daily Smoothing Serum after shaving helps inject your sensitive skin with moisture, reduces itch and improves smoothness between shaves. Avoid ingrown hairs with the Gillette Venus for Pubic Hair and Skin Skin-Smoothing Exfoliant, as it gently gets rid of dead skin cells, sebum, dirt and oils.

But even if you choose not to shave, you won’t want to neglect this area. Nourish your pubic hair and hydrate the skin underneath with the Gillette Venus for Pubic Hair and Skin Softening Oil. It even helps reduce discomfort from friction between your skin, hair and clothing.

For more information on the Venus for Pubic Hair & Skin line or any other of their shaving products, visit the website.

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5 Tips for Long, Healthy and Beautiful Lashes https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/revive7-beauty-awards-beautiful-lashes/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 16:00:17 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=451163 We put our lashes through a lot on a daily basis. These delicate hairs are constantly curled, lifted, tinted and even extended, yet it often comes as a shock when we see a few stragglers on our cotton pads or in bathroom sinks. If you’re struggling to lengthen and strengthen your lashes, it may be […]

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We put our lashes through a lot on a daily basis. These delicate hairs are constantly curled, lifted, tinted and even extended, yet it often comes as a shock when we see a few stragglers on our cotton pads or in bathroom sinks. If you’re struggling to lengthen and strengthen your lashes, it may be time to take a more holistic approach.

From strengthening supplements to lengthening serums, such as Revive7 Science’s award-winning Revive7 Lash & Brow Serum, here are five ways you can start growing healthier and longer lashes.

Lash serum

If you’re eager to speed up your lash lengthening process, but in a natural way, it may be time to try a lash serum like the Revive7 Lash & Brow Serum. This buzzy new product was the winner of the Best Clean Beauty category in the 2022 Beauty Awards and has been clinically shown to improve the health and volume of your lashes. This clean, Canadian-made formula is made with seven natural and active ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, collagen, biotin and pumpkin seed extract. They all work together to repair any lash damage and supply nutrients and protein to your lash hairs, hair follicles and surrounding skin. Within seven to 21 days, you’ll see that your lashes are healthier, stronger, more voluminous, and less prone to breakage. Just apply it once or twice a day to your eyelid line—it’s as simple as that.


Just like your skin or nails, what you eat may also have an impact on your lash health, so make sure your diet is rich in hair-promoting proteins, such as eggs (biotin). It’s also important to ensure you’re getting sufficient vitamins A, E and C through fresh fruits and vegetables. For an extra boost, consider taking daily vitamins or supplements, as well. Niacin (vitamin B-3) has been proven to help improve blood flow to hair follicles which encourages hair length and fullness.

Skip lash treatments

Beyond what you apply or consume, give your lashes a chance to grow by skipping any lifting or extension treatments. While these may scratch your instant gratification itch by offering quick results, they may also be damaging and delay your growth. While you’re at it, make sure to also give your lashes a break from mascara once in a while.

Clean makeup

We’re not telling you to stop wearing makeup entirely, but you may want to put more thought into what you’re applying to your lashes. Try investing in higher quality and clean mascaras, they’ll be less damaging to your lashes and may result in more length and volume over time.

Gentle makeup removal

Finally, treat your lashes with the love and kindness they deserve! Stop aggressively scrubbing or rubbing your makeup off every night. Instead, invest in gentle and non-irritating makeup removers and lather with love, not anger.

Ready to boost your lash game? Visit revive7science.com to buy their award-winning serum.

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Everything You Need to Know About Cutting Carbs https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/low-carb-oroweat/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 13:00:29 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=446829 Can you have your bread and eat it too?

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There seems to be a new diet trending every other week. Whether it’s juicing celery or intermittent fasting, it’s hard to keep up with the constantly shifting health headlines. But one that’s grown in popularity these past few years is a low-carb and high-fat diet widely known as “keto.”

Dr. Jason Fung is a Toronto-based nephrologist who specializes in intermittent fasting and low-carb regimes—especially for treating people with type 2 diabetes. As a kidney specialist, Fung’s priority is helping patients avoid diabetes by instilling healthy lifestyle practices. Back in the mid-2000s, most physicians would advise their clients to count or restrict their calories in order to lose weight, but Fung felt there needed to be a healthier and more accessible approach. After much research, he began advising his patients to adopt a low-carb diet alongside intermittent fasting.

“Some of the results were just crazy,” says Fung. “My patients were losing weight. Their diabetes was improving. They were able to come off certain medications. It was incredible and that’s where it all started.”

We connected with Fung to debunk a few popular low-carb-related myths and answer the most common questions surrounding the popular diet.

What does following a low-carb diet entail?

The main focus is on cutting down refined carbohydrates, particularly anything flour- or sugar-based, and replacing them with fat or protein, like avocados, fatty fish, eggs and non-starchy vegetables. In the last 10 years or so, people have finally realized that there are good and bad fats, and that eating whole foods that contain natural fats isn’t harmful.

How does it work? 

Carbohydrates stimulate a lot of insulin production because they break down into sugar. This prompts your body to start storing fat and calories as an energy source. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even healthy and natural foods can cue this process), but refined carbohydrates in particular rank the highest in boosting these levels and spiking weight gain. Therefore, following a low-carb diet means replacing these sugars and processed carbs with healthier proteins and fats to keep your insulin at bay.

What can and can’t you eat? 

Sugar and flour are the main ingredients to avoid or limit. Artificial sweeten-
ers are often questioned as well—not because they have a direct insulin effect, but because they trigger sweet cravings. But it’s less about following a strict diet and more about making balanced choices. Instead of jam and toast, scramble an egg. That will not only be the healthier option, but it will also keep you full for longer and cut down on your snacking, which also causes insulin spikes.

What are net carbs? 

Net carbs are simply total carbs minus fibre. Although fibre is a carb as well, it isn’t absorbed by the body, so it doesn’t really count. (Note: Taking net carbs into account allows those who follow a low-carb regimen to have more options, such as low-carb bread).

Is cutting out carbs healthy? 

There are essential amino acids and fatty acids, but there are no essential carbohydrates. You could lower your carb intake to zero and still be healthy—there’s no nutritional value. So fundamentally, there’s no reason why a low-carbohydrate diet would be unsafe. (Note: People who manage their carb intake, but don’t want to part ways completely, usually stay between 15 and 60 grams of net carbs a day).

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How Prom Inspired These Two Creatives to Live as Their Authentic Selves https://fashionmagazine.com/sponsored-content/pride-prom-hair-ogx/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 12:00:25 +0000 https://fashionmagazine.com/?p=450192 Navigating identities, high school, and self-expression, Myles Sexton and Mina Gerges had different experiences that led them to the same safe space

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For many members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, prom is either a runway or a place to hide. Navigating identities, high school and self-expression, Myles Sexton and Mina Gerges had different experiences that led them the same safe space—where shame ceased to exist, and self-love and self-acceptance could bloom.

Myles Sexton

They/Them, 31, Content Creator and HIV/AIDS & Sobriety Advocate

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Prom is like the last chapter of a really good book series, but the author, who happens to be you, hasn’t written the next book just yet. I grew up in a rural farming town with around 2000 people; we were most famous for growing pumpkins the size of a dining room table. So as you can imagine, high school—and school in general—wasn’t easy for me. People around me told me that I was gay or queer before I even knew what that meant. I was trying to discover myself while everyone told me that my existence was wrong and different. It wasn’t easy, but it also helped form who I am in many ways, and it oddly taught me survival skills and gave me the drive that I have now.

Navigating my identity at that time was even more difficult because I didn’t have a reference point. I didn’t grow up with the internet and we had maybe seven television channels to flip through, so there was no reference point for queerness and queer people living their truth and doing so joyfully. As I was trying to figure out who I was with the help of history, science fiction and fantasy books, I also had to hide and protect myself. I had to choose my safety over my authenticity.

Something changed when we finally got internet access and I entered that blip in time during the Myspace days, where “scene kids” were all the rage. I instantly gravitated toward the gender-role-breaking makeup, tight clothes and bright colours. This all came after I survived a suicide attempt and I finally felt like I had to face who I was and what kind of life I wanted to lead. I realized that I could choose joy and choose my authentic self by finding the courage to present myself in a way that I believe is my truth.

I worked at a grocery store during that time and this hairstylist, Sherry, came in and sparked a conversation with me. Not long after that, I walked into her small-town salon and told her I wanted aqua blue hair. She gave me a wave of colour underneath my natural blond layers, which peeked out every time I flipped my hair. For the first time in my life, I felt beautiful. That experience with her was the catalyst to my presenting as my true self.

High school prom was such a big deal in my town; people would line up to have a look at everyone’s outfits and hair. This was my moment. I wore my hair in a high platinum faux hawk, frosted eye- shadow to match and a bright neon blue outfit. As my date held my shaking hand and we walked up to our prom festivities, I heard a woman behind me say, “That boy has so much courage,” which was the little bit of validation I needed. I felt like I was finally “right.”

Mina Gerges

He/Him, 27, Beauty + Fashion Creative, plus size model and 2SLGBTQIA+ activist

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When I started high school, we had just immigrated to Canada from Egypt. It was a huge culture shock for me. I got bullied a lot for my name, how I looked and where I was from. For the first two years, I didn’t have friends. I didn’t know how to be around people without feeling judged. So I hid.

I remember finding out what being gay meant because I was bullied for “acting gay.” I had to google what that meant. I guess being bullied for being gay is how I realized.

To be honest, I never felt like I was truly living because I was in a constant state of self-defence. I was just trying to make it through and was on high alert. I wasn’t just the feminine immigrant gay kid, I was also the fat kid. Making sense of my culture was the hardest because I was taught that all the parts of my identities—being Middle Eastern, being Coptic and being queer— were not compatible.

As I was leaving high school, I knew I was gay. I don’t know what the switch was, but I developed an understanding that it didn’t matter what I did, and despite everything I was taught, I could not change who I was. It’s a scary realization to come to by yourself as a young person, but I think that once I realized this, self-acceptance started to come in waves.

I never took many pictures of myself in high school, so there’s a whole chapter of my life that I have no concrete memories of because I didn’t feel like anything was worth remembering. Prom wasn’t a particularly exciting event because I didn’t feel like I had anything to celebrate. And I didn’t feel good in my skin, so I didn’t even want to dress up or do anything special with my hair. Though I wish I showed up as a more authentic version of myself, I’m proud that I had the courage to even show up at prom.

My earliest memory of feeling good like myself was when I was still living in Egypt and would secretly sneak into my mom’s closet when no one was home to try on her clothes, shoes and red lipstick. I felt so free in these moments by myself, and it felt so right. It was the first time I realized that I’d have to live a double life. But by the time I went to post-secondary, I wasn’t around my bullies anymore. I was surrounded by allies, friends and a new community where I could free the feelings I spent my entire life suppressing. I was finally able to explore my identity freely and step into this new way of expressing myself through my hair and sense of fashion.

I’ve always done unorthodox things and on my terms. So I started making up for all the time I lost hating or hiding who I was. As soon as I started accepting myself, I started posting on Instagram, openly and publicly. The moment I felt that harmony within, I started unabashedly and unapologetically sharing myself. From vibrant hair and bold makeup to statement-worthy fashion choices—it was a way of telling my younger self that we weren’t hiding anymore and that we embrace our lives as truth.

So my message to you is: Don’t be scared or shy away from who you are or your feelings. Celebrate and embrace them; that’s where the magic happens.

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