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Fuzzy peaches

Whether you’re after a Manzilian or a Between the Cheeks (if you have to ask, you can’t handle it), business-savvy duo Jessica Frampton and Florence Gaven encourage customers to walk in and strip. As owners of Fuzz Wax Bar, the first full-service, unisex walk-in wax shop in Toronto, Frampton and Gaven want to eliminate long wait times, expensive services (a full Brazilian only costs $45 compared to the much higher price tag at most salons) and people’s fear of hair-removal torture. The concept of express waxing came from France, where salons made it as simple as getting your bangs trimmed. While these French boutiques were both cheap and cheerful, Gaven thought there was room for improvement. “Sanitaion didn’t seem to be the number one priority”, she says. “You’re basically crouched in a stall that has an open bottom, and an aesthetician slider under, does her business and moves on”. So, Fuzz Wax Bar upped the ante. Treatment rooms are furnished with a proper bed and blush towels, Berodin hard wax is used and it’s staffed by a team of aestheticians who specialize in waxing techniques. (Think quick and fluid motions). Bikini season may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason to abandon your Brazilian-maintenance routine. Bottoms up!

Wax fact

If you shave between waxes, you cut hair at mid-shaft, making fuzz coarser. “Aestheticians can tell if you’re shaving between waxes”, says Frampton. “And, because of the hairs’ thickness, it will hurt more”.

Bounce back

If your main concern is sagging skin (the unwelcome face party crasher who shows up after wrinkles), a two-step approach is your best course of action. Restoring volume on its own will only increase the downward pull on skin – you’ve got to tone up too. Send your skin to the gym with Philosophy Full of Promise Uplifting Daytime Peptide Serum and Uplifting Nighttime Retinoid Gel ($89 for both). By day, the serum puts on some spandex and a pair of fingerless leather gloves and does some heavy lifting. Peptides are combined with kigelia, a bio-active African fruit, and rye seed extracts to help strengthen elastin (the stuff that gives babies that trampoline-level bound back when you poke their cheeks). At night while you rest, the gel uses a combination of kigelia and a retinoid (an anti-aging superhero knows for its ability to increase collagen in the skin) to get skin pumped. Working out has never been easier.

Description: Philosophy Full of Promise Uplifting Daytime Peptide Serum

Philosophy Full of Promise Uplifting Daytime Peptide Serum

Description:  Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Raise Your Glass ($22)

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Raise Your Glass ($22)

Birthday bash

Luxury Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew celebrates its 175th anniversary with a series of limited-edition products dressed up in the brand’s signature magenta.

DIY Shellac

We love having a chip-proof manicure that lasts three weeks, but finding time to get the spa once a month can be a scheduling nightmare. This DIY gel-nail-polish system lets you create a lasting manicure from the comfort of your couch (while watching the latest episode of The Bachelor, naturally).

Description: Quo by Orly Instant Artist Nail Paint in Charged Up ($4)

Quo by Orly Instant Artist Nail Paint in Charged Up ($4)

Description: Quo by Orly LED Lamp for Nail Gels ($80)

Quo by Orly LED Lamp for Nail Gels ($80)

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