Skincare 101

by Sarah

We strongly believe in the importance of great skin care, and how a daily regime is crucial for keeping skin healthy and happy. Before opening Room 152, and prior to my stint as an archaeologist, I worked as an esthetician (still can’t make that connection between my three career choices lol). For a year and a half, I preached the four daily-do’s … cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer. Above all, you need these in your life twice a day, everyday! Trust me, the results are outstanding! Not only are you helping to protect a portion of your body’s largest organ, you can visibly see the results. Tired, dull skin?… gone! Youthful glow?… you bet! I have kept with this ritual all through my 20’s and 30’s, rarely missing a single day. When people discover my age, their shock cracks me up. It’s satisfying in a way, since I’ve worked long and hard for it, and it sure has paid off!

Two of my absolute (take-my-arm-but-don’t-take-these) favourite products are Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream, and Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum. I’ve tried MANY different products, and have NEVER had the results that these two have given me. Now that I’m in my late 30’s, I’m far more committed to fighting the good fight with those pesky fine lines. I’ve found that whenever I’ve strayed from, or run out of one of these products, my skin starts to show it in a very sad way. So I’ve learned not to, and will stick to them like glue! With a high antioxidant content, as well as citrus fruit oils to tone and refresh, Citrus and Kale Serum helps with improving skin’s hydration and elasticity for a younger looking appearance. Magic Night Cream works over night to firm and improve elasticity, making the skin appear far more smooth and supple. It’s like an over night face lift in a jar!

So there it is, my secret’s revealed! The key to beautiful skin is not just good genes, it’s maintenance. It’s sometimes difficult to stick to such a strict routine, especially after those long, hard days where it’s more appealing to stay stuck to the couch then to drag your feet to the bathroom sink. But I can say with absolute certainty, you’ll thank yourself tomorrow!


Hollis + Jane

P.S. We’ve recently discovered the miracle of GlamGlow. Details to come!

Left: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream (available at Holt Renfrew), Right: Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum (available at Spirt Spa)

Kit Bag Essentials

We’re completely smitten with beauty products! It’s fair to say that we’ve each spent a pretty penny testing the latest and greatest, which guarantees to cure what ails us. Many products (high or low) fall short of their claims, but here are some of our staples that we think have nailed it!


Hollis + Jane

From left to right: Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer by Aveeno, Better Than Sex Mascara by Two Faced, Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm by Fresh.

Emily: If I had to choose only three products to take on vacation they would definitely be moisturizer, mascara and lip balm. These are my can’t-live-without’s! I love trying new products regularly, and switch between brands often. These are the three I’m loving right now. Aveeno daily moisturizer is a nice light moisturizer with an SPF of 15 (great for summer time!), available at most drug stores and is incredibly affordable. Better Than Sex mascara by Two Faced adds volume to lashes, creating the full, thick look that I love. It’s great for a played down day look, or can be layered for a more dramatic evening look. Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm by Fresh is my current go-to for lips. It’s deeply hydrating, feels silky smooth and smells incredible! Completely in love!


From left to right: Puff. Me by Design.Me Hair (available at Bowtique Hair & Makeup), BB. Colour Stick in brown by Bumble and Bumble., Blacklight Blue Shampoo by Oligo Professional (available at Bowtique Hair & Makeup).

Sarah: I sometimes feel like I’ve been blessed with the worst-of-the-worst hair type: Thick, fine, and oh-so limp. Combine that with those pesky greys, and you’ve got a hot mess :(. But that’s OK! With a little help from my stylist and some pretty fantastic products, I have finally beaten my flat hair woe’s. Puff. Me gives incredible, long lasting volume (that actually works!), BB Color Stick covers the grey and freshens roots in between color, and Blacklight Shampoo prolongs color life. Perfection!