Year in Review: The Best Toronto Beauty Salons, Stores & Services in 2016
In Toronto, we’re lucky to have an abundance of beauty services and products within walking distance or a short TTC ride away. And although it seemed like there was already everything a beauty lover could ask for in this city, 2016 brought several new and exciting additions. From a DIY lipstick lab to an on-demand beauty service app, here are the top ten best beauty openings of the year.
Bite Beauty Lip Lab (678 Queen Street West)
This Toronto-based brand launched it’s Lip Lab in Fall 2016 on Queen Street. The lab allows you to completely design your own lipstick, from choosing the shade (they have 200 exclusive pigments to work with), finish and scent, as well as creating the mold and setting the lipstick. Though the service is pricey ($150 for two custom lipsticks per person) there is nothing else quite like it in the city.
LAC+Beauty (162 Davenport Road)
This gorgeous beauty bar and shop opened just down the road from its sister salon, Lac+co. The full-fledged salon offers everything from oxygen facials to threading services to makeup application, not to mention they have loads of gorgeous products for sale including home goods, beauty products and fashion accessories.
Launched in March 2016, this app is the first on-demand beauty service in Toronto. Have you ever wished that you could have a professional help you get ready before a big night out? With the click of a button, you can have a beGlammed hairstylist or makeup artist come directly to your door to help you (or you and your squad) get dolled up for the occasion.
Toronto “anti-spa” franchise, The Ten Spot, opened the doors of their 19th location this fall at CF Shops at Don Mills. This location is their biggest to date and boasts more than 30 services on offer, including a full range of nail services, facials and waxing (the “Brazilly” and “Bumkini” are appropriately named fan favourites), not to mention an in-house retail section so customers can stock up on their favourite products after their appointment.
Deciem (881 Queen Street West)
Deciem, the self-proclaimed “abnormal beauty company” start-up opened its first retail location this summer. The Pinterest-worthy store houses a wide range of products from the various brands that they carry, including Fountain and The Ordinary and is a must-visit for Toronto beauty lovers.
The Good Geisha (576 Dundas Street West)
The first premiere cosmetic tattoo shop opened this summer just steps away from Kensington Market. With over 10 years of experience, the shop’s artists specialize in cosmetic, reconstructive and corrective tattooing, with services including micro-blading, eyeliner, and scar coverup.
REVIV (626 King Street West)
A new IV hydration therapy service landed in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood this spring. Though not the first of it’s kind in the city, this specific location offers targeted therapies including the Royal Flush, which helps combat rough hangovers or the Vitaglow, the anti-aging infusion, as well as a range of vitamin and booster shots.
Urban Decay (100 City Centre Drive)
One of the most anticipated store launches of 2016 for beauty lovers was the opening of Urban Decay. The store opened in December in Square One’s new expansion and is the brand’s first freestanding location in Ontario. If you’re not already familiar, the brand is known for their best-selling and trend-driven makeup products.
Though not new in 2016, luxury hair brand, Locks & Mane had a bit of a moment this year with their Hudson’s Bay pop-up shops across Canada. The event allowed customers to try on and shop clip-in hair extensions and had stylists on hand to help with colour matching, blending and styling. Canadian model Coco Rocha even made an appearance at the Toronto event!
Sephora’s “TIP” Workshop (3401 Dufferin Street)
Sephora’s first Canadian “TIP” concept store (and it’s fourth in North America) opened in Yorkdale as part of the mall’s new expansion. The “Teach, Inspire, Play” store focuses on bringing digital technology into the retail space, with special features such as self-guided makeup tutorials on iPads, virtual try-on tools and Fragrance IQ, an innovative station to help you find the perfect perfume.