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Posts By Christine Laprade

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Christine is a contributing lifestyle and beauty writer for Zwivel. Her work has been featured in several major Canadian publications (The Huffington Post, La Presse, Clin d'Oeil, etc). Health advocate. Free thinker. HarvardEdx "Leaders of learning" student. The favorite part of my career is the privilege of learning from people who are the best at what they do.

underwear

Brandi Glanville recently boasted about having it done, and the Kardashian sisters love it too. Thanks to reality TV, we now know that it exists, and yet it seems like no plastic surgery procedure remains more taboo than vaginal rejuvenation. In fact, several surgeons declined my requests to be interviewed for this article. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons began collecting data on…

SculpSure vs. Coolsculpting

There’s a plethora of options nowadays for honing and sculpting your physique into a work of art. When diet and exercise just don’t cut it, an increasing number of people choose non-invasive body contouring procedures to get rid of stubborn fat deposits. With patients willing to pay thousands of dollars for these treatments, competition between medical providers is fierce. According…

Facial Rejuvenation Ultherapy

Ultherapy -- a non-invasive skin tightening procedure that uses ultrasound to stimulate collagen production --  has generated quite a buzz over the past few years. But some users are reporting alarming side effects. We asked the experts about these rumors. The procedure, featured on the Dr. Oz show in 2012, has been advertised as a non-surgical lift for the neck and…

Overpriced beauty products

Exaggerated claims, dramatic before and after pictures, enticing promises… Experts debunk dubious beauty product claims, and offer advice on choosing the right creams -- at the right price. Who doesn’t use a facial cream nowadays? It’s ingrained in our everyday lives -- just like brushing your teeth or checking your phone first thing in the morning. Yet in spite of their ubiquity,…

microneedling

Let's be real here: microneedling isn't for the faint of heart. After all, it's used in conjunction with platelet-rich plasma, a procedure commonly referred to as the vampire facial. But is it really something you should be afraid of? Let's find out. How microneedling works Microneedling is usually performed by certified aestheticians in the offices of plastic surgeons. Pen-like devices equipped with…

bethenny frankel before and after

If you watch The Real Housewives of New York City, chances are you’ve noticed Bethenny Frankel’s face has changed dramatically over the years. In a recent interview the reality TV star and fearless entrepreneur was asked about her ever-evolving appearance. Her candid answer? Botox… in the jawline. Say what? Botox? In the jaw? "I do look different," Frankel told the Daily Mail last…

madonna skincare

I recently had the privilege of meeting Gina Brooke, a legend in the beauty industry who has collaborated on no fewer than five of Madonna's world tours and several of her music videos, including "Hung Up," for which she won the Music Video Production Association (MVPA) award for best make-up. She's the person who first told me about oxygen facials, and…

led facial treatment

If you follow any celebrities on Instagram, chances are you’ve come across a picture of an LED treatment before. You know, that strange-looking serial killer mask that retails for about $2,000? That’s it. Or perhaps you’ve thought of trying one of the many at-home handheld devices, such as the Quasar MD Plus that Kim Kardashian uses (apparently, she’s “really big…

millenials

BBL, Thermage, Fraxel, Lumibel, fractional laser, Isolaz, Blue-U light therapy, red LED light therapy, BlueMD, amber light therapy and now… Clear + Brilliant. As if it weren’t already confusing enough for the average consumer, chances are the aforementioned labels all mean about the same thing to you. Which is to say just about nothing, right? But in fact, outside of…

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