Skin care secrets from around the world

Just like cuisine, every region has its specialty when it comes to skin care. These are great to know whether you plan on stacking your beauty supplies while travelling, or just want to know what ingredients to look for next time you’re shopping at Sephora

Korea

Koreans are known for their flawless skin and correspondingly meticulous skincare routine. The secret ingredient in every 10 step Korean skincare regimen is ampoule. This super concentrated serum is most often sold in tiny bottles or even one time use capsules because of how powerful it is. They have extremely high concentrations of their healing ingredients and are most popular for combatting skin care crisis or giving your complexion a quick boost. Ampoule combats dullness, dryness, and find lines and literally infuses your skin with a youthful glow.

India

Amalaki, also known as Indian gooseberry fruit, is a great antioxidant to cleanse your system. Eat this to flush out toxins, thus rejuvenating your system and your complexion. It also delivers nutrients and support to your skin, as well as your inner body – who said beauty was only skin deep?!

Greece

Greece is the second largest Saffron producer in the world, topped only by Iran. Saffron is a spice derived from a flower that also doubles as a skin remedy secret honed by the Ancient Greeks. There are tons of recipes online for incorporating saffron into DIY skin care formulas and the benefits to your skin are endless, including but not limited to toning, exfoliating, brightening, hydrating, cleansing, healing and softening. Or you could add a few drops of essential saffron oil to your bath, and bathe in it like Cleopatra used to do before meeting her male suitors.

Morocco

Morocco is low key skin care capital of the world. Obviously, their argan oil is the best out there for both your skin and your hair. But there are also two lesser known skin care secrets originating in Morocco. Ghassoul, also “Moroccan clay,” is exclusive to this country as it is comprised of minerals from the Atlas Mountains. It delivers deep cleaning and smoothing benefits for both your skin and hair.

Moroccan Black Soap is also locally produced according to a secret recipe. It contains natural oils, black olives, locally grown plants, and glycerol. This product should be applied as a face mask but only left on for a couple minutes because of its strength. After rinsing it off, your skin will be softer, exfoliated of all dead skin cells, and highly moisturized.

Bali

Coconuts are good for more than just sipping rum out of. Bali’s organic virgin coconut oil is superior to what you can find anywhere else in the world because it is handcrafted from fresh, locally grown, native Balinese coconuts. The well honed process by which the Balinese make their coconut oil doesn’t use heat, machines, or chemical solvents, making it healthier and safer for your skin and richer in antioxidants, vitamins, and medium chain fatty acids (which are amazing for your skin.) Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and can also be used to treat acne and heal scars. It also has protective benefits, acting as a shield for your skin against the sun and bacteria.

Brazil

Cupuaça is a fruit that grows off of tropical rainforest trees in this country known for its beautiful women. This fruit is full of tons of nourishing acids, antioxidants and vitamins. It’s one of nature’s most powerful moisturizers, leaving your skin extra smooth, silky, and hydrated for up to eight hours after application. It also improves elasticity and firmness. You can get some of these benefits just from eating it, but for best results try Cupuaça butter or a Cupuaça infused Brazilian skincare product.

MTL Bars & Clubs: Big in Japan

This is my absolute favorite bar in Montreal, starting with the entrance, which you’d never want to enter because it looks like it’s the door to where they host fight club. But instead, it opens up to a beautiful, candlelit bar.

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The. drink menu itself is pretty basic; what’s impressive is the bartender’s meticulous preparation and specialized technique. These bartender’s seriously know what’s up. Last time I was there, I saw my bartender whipping egg whites into what turned out to be my tequila sour. He explained to me that it created an incredible foam on top of the drink. The foam was actually such dope foam, I could get over the fact I was like, drinking eggs…


Big in Japan is perfect for a romantic date and for people who have a bit of disposable income. Or have my uncanny ability to have not been the one paying any of the times I went there 😉

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Pictures: designmontreal.com

Gaultier at Grand Palais, Paris


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The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit was hands down my favorite museum exhibit ever. This is in large part due to the way that Paris’s Grand Palais had put Gaultier’s work on display. After progressing past sketches and stories from Gaultier’s childhood (and this super creepy teddy bear he smeared lipstick all over), I noticed that the exhibit was designed to be a runway show. Gaultier’s exquisite and creative work was breath taking and seeing the progression of Gaultier’s designs over the course of his career was fascinating.


Creepy but still chic

Mannequins adorned with Gaultier’s creations glided around the mobile cat walk. Even more breathtaking was the incredible technology that gave many of the mannequins almost almost creepily realistic animated faces and monologues. My favorite mannequin, who looked like the model version of Ariel The Little Mermaid, donned one of Gaultier’s famous, mermaid- esque gowns. She sang a lilting song and rolled her eyes at onlookers.

One mannequin, who delivered the longest monologue, was built to resemble Gaultier himself, complete with the iconic blue and white sweater.


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Gaultier’s punk phase


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Surrounding the catwalk were mannequin’s sitting in the shows “front row.” Coolest part, they resemble actual people who frequent the front row during fashion week. If you can’t tell from her Vogue magazine and iconic hair, this is Grace Coddington, the creative director of American Vogue.


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Kate Moss, such an absolute icon as always.


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The sexual undertones in Gualtier’s work were not subtle  at all & I love it.


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