Winter Skin RX

I have been noticing this year, more than any other, that my skin and lips are so dry! The cold has come to Victoria, and I am reminded of that every day now! Brrrrr….

So, I wanted to share some of my very favourite ways to repair and rehydrate dry, chapped skin and lips. Skin tends to freak out when its undergoing sudden changes in environment, so its important to chug that water, get lots of rest (basically, all the simple stuff) AND…change your products up!

I can often get away with just gloss on my lips during other seasons, but when winter hits, I love using Yum’s lip balm ($10) which is super emollient and rehydrating. It gives a hint of gloss, too – bonus!

As for facial skincare, adding in a hydrating masque can be a saviour. Our Nori Mango, Pearl, and Chia masques from Yum ($48) are all packed with antioxidants, humectants and emollients to really draw and bind moisture to the skin. To keep your masquing results up, consider switching from a gel cleanser to a cream cleanser, so that more of your natural skin oils stay put. The Beta Carotene cleanser (both $38) is mild and cooling for sensitive skin, and the Sweet Orange Cleanser helps sweep away devitalized cells and is recommended for environmentally stressed skin.









And for body, the Hempz lotions are an affordable, delicious smelling way to rehydrate and protect the whole body. The brand’s lotions features Pure Hemp Seed Oil, which is one of the richest sources of essential fatty acids. Naturally conditioning for skin all over the body!

Finally, a paraffin dip is an amazing way for hands and feet to get some TLC. Moisturized hands are dipped in this […]

By |December 12th, 2014|Around Brun, Skin Care|0 Comments

NEW product alert from St Tropez: Luxe Dry Oil

We are so excited to now carry the newest product from St Tropez: Luxe Dry Oil! What is it, you ask? Well….its a silky-smooth body moisturizer, a self-tanner, and sexy golden shimmer all in one. I can’t believe how many things this one product can do!

But wait: what’s a dry oil? A dry oil is a product formulation that isn’t slick or actually oily, it leaves more of a satin feel to the skin. This one dries quickly, yet still provides moisture. The finish is demi-matte.

This amazing dry oil not only feels luxurious on the skin, but it has a subtle guide colour and a very fine golden shimmer to it, making it the perfect self-tanner to wear out with residue layer still on. We have long loved our St Tropez Illuminators, which are the perfect highlighter and an essential component for skin finishing (kind of the makeup of the body), so this dry oil is almost a self-tanner and illuminator in one! We love that.

This product is most easily applied with bare hands or vinyl gloves. Shake bottle quickly, then spread on to desired area. This isn’t the darkest-developing formula, so those new to sunless tanning, or fair girls, this is for you! Deeper skin tones will love this product as more of a maintenance product for its more subtle glow and hydrating properties.

Pick yours up today – just because it’s fall, doesn’t mean you have to lose that bronze! In fact, I find keeping a slight tan all year round makes me feel vibrant and glowing 🙂 Come see us sunless tanning consultants with your questions. See you soon and happy tanning!


By |October 28th, 2014|Skin Care, Tanning|0 Comments

An Introduction to Skincare

I was once performing a facial for a wonderful client of ours, D, (what – we do facials?! YES) and were chatting away about my favourite skincare line, which we carry at Brun, Yum Gourmet Skincare. D was simply amazed that her favourite department store moisturizer was over double the cost of what she was about to spend on an amazing, spa-quality moisturizer chock full of active ingredients and low on additives, artificial fragrance and water. From Yum. With us. Buh-bye, $100 moisturizer.

Does this make any sense? Let’s talk about spa skincare, not drug or department store skincare. And then I’ll give you a little routine to follow at home.

To start off though, there are generally a lot of questions clients tend to have if they’re new to skincare. It’s kind of hard to tell where I should even start. Basically, getting a real live grownup skincare regime sounds daunting, but it’s not. And it’s definitely something that will start to matter more and more as time goes on. So if you are currently washing your face with a bar of soap, stop now. I really mean it. Stop now, come on down to the shop, and I will give you some samples of high-quality skincare, ASAP.

So what I mean by a “skincare regime” is basically cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, with a little SPF and exfoliation thrown in the mix. If you’re a woman, from time to time, or every day, you’re going to wear makeup, so you’ll have to cleanse your skin anyway. And if you are going to wear makeup, wouldn’t you like the smoothest, best feeling canvas you can possibly get so you can spend less time and money on makeup and […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Skin Care|0 Comments

Dam Good Soap

One of the things we like to stress as estheticians is healthy, balanced skin that retains its natural skin oils. We talk about it a lot regarding facial skincare, but it’s important for the body, too. So you can imagine how excited we were when we discovered Dam Good Soap, from Richmond, B.C.

Dam Good Soap is luxurious to use. These giant bars last a fairly long time in the shower, and don’t disintegrate into a pile of mush the way other soaps do. Some of them are lightly scented with essential oils or natural plant extracts, and others are decidedly unscented for those too sensitive. But the really great thing about them is their minimalistic ingredients list and the way they leave your skin feeling.These soaps will clean you (some of them will exfoliate you) and your skin will feel hydrated, not tight and dry the way many other traditional soaps will.

They are an olive oil based line of soaps, but they usually contain coconut oil, cocoa seed butter, aloe vera (great for dry or sensitive skin types)and some contain clay (very purifying, and great for oilier skin types.)

Conventional soap often contains harsh surfactants (like sodium laurel sulfate) which are basically just really stripping to the skin and dry out the skin unnecessarily. Dam Good Soaps are a much nicer alternative, and there are even varieties that contain a bit of grit for a Dam Good exfoliation and cleansing in one.

Come down to the shop and check ‘em out!

By |September 29th, 2014|Around Brun, Skin Care|0 Comments

All about Brazilian Waxing – Everything you’ve ever wanted to know but never asked (hopefully everything….)

So, we love to talk about the latest fun colours of polish we have in the salon, or share knowledge about anti-aging skincare, but the truth is that the majority of our clients LOOOVE coming in for good ol’ waxing. Yeah, hair removal! Did you want to read about that? Not really? Okay, please try. So why waxing?

The cool thing about waxing is that unlike mainstream old wives tales, waxing actually causes one to grow less hair over time. Doesn’t matter if it’s on your face, legs, underarms, or bikini line, waxing never causes or stimulates hair growth. As one of my favourite waxing educators says, “If we could cause hair to grow by simply waxing skin, we’d have bald men lining up around the block.” Well said Lori Nestore! Lori is the Wax Queen, specializing in speed waxing and Brazilian waxing techniques. I have seen her lecture twice at the Vancouver ESI Spa Show, and I’ve learned more from her in those two occasions than I could’ve imagined.

Lori also knows the importance of homecare with waxing, which is why we offer two courses of treatments for ingrown hairs, the only real side effect of waxing (I’ll note here, though – many clients report worse ingrowns from shaving than from waxing): Lori’s Tuel Body Polish Kit, and her Clear-It gel, and then the PFB roll-on ingrown solution. Both systems spot treat ingrown hairs, and prevent them from forming in the first place. Your technician will fully explain which system will work for you in your appointment.

But wait…does it hurt? How is my skin affected? Do I have to be naked?

Well, waxing, particularly Brazilian waxing can hurt, yes. However, the standard recommended return visit is four […]

By |August 19th, 2014|Around Brun, Skin Care, Waxing|0 Comments