I love year-end lists: best music videos, most newsworthy moments, a year in shocking celebrity meltdowns… Its a way for my to makes sense of the world and organize the intangible concept of time. Wrap 2010 up in a neat little packet and qualify its ribbons. So, I thought a “Best of Beauty” would be a nice way to start off 2011 but also give kudos to people and things which have made me (and my skin) look and feel its most fabulous!
Best Beauty Read: Besides “Beauty: Pure + Simple”? Ahem, I was happy to have picked up Kat James’ “The Truth About Beauty”. Written by a woman who underwent her own beauty transformation through proper nutrition and wholesome skincare, this beauty book distills natural beauty information with food and lifestyle tips that even had my head nodding.
Best RMT: Everyone needs a good massage therapist in their Rolodex…wait, its 2010, on their bbm. And my RMT, Felix Sun is just that (just a PIN away). Felix comes to you with what I would call the most comfy portable bed at very reasonable prices. He works wonders on my sore shoulders – and being an RMT, personal trainer and holistic nutrition student, always gives me great insight to my body. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Best Acupuncturist: I have seen a plethora of acupuncturists, but I always end up going back to Dr. Yan. NOW magazine also agrees with me and voted him best acupuncturist in Toronto too. Dr. Yan is my former acupressure teacher, but also started his career in medicine as a thoracic surgeon in China. He does his work with such precision, but watch out because this is no acupuncture for the faint at heart – he twist his needles until you can really feel it. But, I’ve never gotten better results than with his more intense approach. He works out of a few clinics, most notably Thuna’s on the Danforth. Email if you want his direct contacts though – because he does house calls too, though don’t want to post his cell phone number on the internet without his permission.
Best Stylist: I love my hair stylist, Shawna. Hell, I think most of the Pure + Simple staff go to see her. Shawna at Brennen Demelo Studio has been trimming my tresses for much longer than 2010, and I will never ever switch.
Best Mascara: Kiss Me Mascara all the way – I think this was mentioned several times in a blog contest I ran, and many people posted that they would need their Kiss Me if they got stranded on a desert island. Not only is it water resistant, but also is removed without any eye make-up remover. It just rinses off in coated tubes! This year I did make the switch to the volumizing formula, and I like the original way better. 2011 is going to be about back to basics.
Best Dentist: Ben and I have both made the switch to a holistic dentist named Dr Fortinsky. Dr. Fortinsky takes a homeopathic approach to dentistry and is also a certified acupuncturist. He even talked me out of whitening my teeth, when my previous dentist encouraged it. I told him my Pitta dosha has made my teeth more yellow than I wanted, and thought perhaps I should brighten them since I was starting to do more public speaking. His response? That he doesn’t agree with the pressures society impresses upon us and that my teeth are beautiful just the way they are…but that I grind them at night. A dentist with heart? That’s worth converting to.
Best Eye Lash Tech: I have been to a number of Eye Lash Extensionists and no one gets them as full and as luscious as Kathy Day Spa. I go to the one in Markham because I like the Sri Lankan restaurant next door for a quick bite – but they have one downtown on Spadina and Front. If you go to that location, the owner, Rebecca (who is I used to see and love) will do you.
Best at-home treatment: Apple cider vinegar hair rinse. My hair has never felt cleaner, and my scalp clearer than after massaging in about half a cup of apple cider vinegar. My second most favorite at-home treatment? The tried and true egg white mask.
Best New Discovery: The Apple Tree Markets! This little farmer’s market at Eglinton between Yonge and Avenue Rd (in the community center) was one of the highlights of moving to that area – and is keeping me happy, healthy (and fed). I was dreading moving back uptown from our downtown diggs, but I quickly got over it when this every second Thursday market had me chomping on some vegan, artisan chocolates (filled with hemp maple butter!) and a home made apple pie…oh yeah, and the vegetables.
Beauty inspiration of the year: Rob Ford…because if his rosacea doesn’t have you reaching for your collagen serum, I don’t know what does. I’m kidding (sort of). Someone did who inspired me this year (and not just to wear a Pinko T shirt) was Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC radio’s The Current. I think it may very well be the best show on radio, though I do like Day Six and have a tiny crush on Jian Ghomeshi, but Anna Maria reminds us that beauty is beyond skin deep as it even resonates over radio. A great reminder than words and questions make for intelligent, attractive, empowered women.