Deluxe Mini Fragrance Sampler For Him & For Her ($105.00 each at Shoppers Drug Mart)
Fragrance is super personal and this is the perfect gift to give. These gorgeous mini fragrance sampler sets are the perfect gift because the recipient gets to try seven designer scents and then redeem the enclosed Scent Certificate for a full-size bottle of their favourite one! There is a set For Her and a set For Him
Glamglow Superstar Set, $65. Available at Sephora and Sephora.ca.
This kit contains two of Glamglow’s best-sellers: fan fave Supermud Clearing Treatment (a full size!) and two tubes of coloured GravityMud Firming Treatments (pink + purple!). Supermud gives instant results - known for its proprietary blend of six acids (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and tartaric acid) that work to help minimize pores and create clearer skin. Gravitymud instantly and visibly tightens and lifts for a youthful-looking complexion. Usem in combination (hello multimasking!) or separately depending on your skin’s needs. The kit also contains a spatula and star stencil so that you can create Instagram worthy mask moments at home – how fun?!
FOREO UFO Smart Mask, $349. Ur Future Obsession. Available at Sephora
Features innovative technology that transforms the traditional 20-minute masking treatment into a 90-second treat. The brand new Advanced Collection of UFO-activated masks offers more targeted treatments for specific skin concerns. Life span charge - 1 hour charge will last about 1 month. What’s great about it is that the masks are hyper targeted, not only do you get a fast experience your treatment is optimized to your specific needs.
Bioré Charcoal and Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water $9.99. Available on Amazon and mass market retailers.
New All-in-one Bioré® Charcoal and Baking Soda Micellar Waters are gentle, yet efficient cleansers that remove makeup and leave skin feeling fresh and clean. No Need to rinse! The Bioré® Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water is formulated for combination skin, to condition, smooth, and balance the skin. The Bioré® Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water is formulated for oily skin, it absorbs excess oil and leaves skin matte.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse. $9.00 Available at mass market retailers.
This ultra-light mousse helps volumize fine strands and add lasting fullness without the crunchy feel. Help volumize fine strands and create full hair after styling with this thickening mousse. For long-lasting fullness, without the crunch! Give your fine hair some volume with the Perfectly Full Mousse, your essential styler for the holiday season. Shake the can well, dispense, then blow-dry and style to maximize your volume. Styling Tip: Work mousse from root to tip and finish with a blow-dry for an extra boost
Matrix Biolage SUGAR SHINE Illuminating Mist. $20.00. Available at Matrix and Biolage salons and online.
Biolage Sugar Shine Illuminating Mist is a leave-in anti-frizz heat protecting spray from styling tools up to 450 F. and imparts a lightweight mist to help seal in shine for a brilliant, glossy finish. Helps to smooth hair. Tames flyaways. Provide heat damage protection from styling tools
Matrix Total Results Brass Off Mask, $23.00
Highly pigmented blue-violet pigments to effectively reduce brassy/orange tones (GREAT FOR BRUNETTES!). Helps repair and protect fragile hair. Shine-enhancing ingredients help hair reflect light to give hair luster. Suitable for color treated and natural hair.
KISS ImPress Press-on Manicure One-Step Gel, $7.50.Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs and Jean Coutu and impressmanicure.com.
This is the fastest way to flawless-looking nails in minutes. These press on nails require no glue - so there’s no nail damage - and it’s completely hassle-free removal. It can last up to 5-7 days and must be done on clean, dry nails. There’s tons of colours and designs so you can customize your look.
Herbal Essences Bio:renew Detox & Replenish Charcoal Shampoo and Conditioner, $8 each. Available at mass market retailers.
The latest skin care craze has made its way to haircare; charcoal is the main ingredient in the new Herbal Essences Bio:renew Detox & Replenish Collection. The black charcoal in the Herbal Essences Bio:renew Detox & Replenish Shampoo removes oil and dirt from hair. The white charcoal in the Herbal Essences Bio:renew Detox & Replenish Conditioner helps restore, balance and nourish strands
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, $88. Available at all leading retailers and online at Esteelauder.ca
Stay up late. and still look great!” Estee Lauder’s #1 selling serum It addresses the visible damage caused by the environment during the day and lack of sleep at night. While you sleep, it helps skins natural nightly renewal with an exclusive repair technology. HYDRATES—Hyaluronic Acid helps bind moisture to skin, helping to create an optimal environment for skin’s natural repair process.
Clairol Root Touch-Up Temporary Root Powder, $10.99. Six shades; Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Pesky greys basically disappear with this 10-second fix. Simply brush on the temporary cover to roots and the water resistant formula will stay put all day. It’s natural feeling, lightweight and oil-free powder that blends seamlessly with your natural existing colour, refreshing your roots in 10 secondsThis oil-free powder flawlessly fixes roots for touchable, natural feeling hair.
Shiseido Makeup (Lipsticks, Blushes, Brushes and more), starting at $35 Available at the Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart, $35.00.
Shiseido has completely revamped their makeup line with new lipsticks, blushes, eye makeup, brushes and more. They have completely innovated the textures whether it’s a powder, ink, dew or gel and the performance and colour pay off is incredible. My favourites are their lip products, ModernMatte lip powder goes on smoothly, not drying at all and the colour is incredible and lasts up to 8 hours. I also love the VisionAiry Lipstick because it is 15% water so it actually feels weightless with maximum colour and lasts up to 6 hours. Brushes are high quality and blend seamlessly!
Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover, $10.99. Available at mass market retailers
Cetaphil has introduced new makeup removers made with aloe vera and soothing botanicals. This bi-phase cleanser effectively dissolves stubborn makeup, oil and impurities while moisturizing skin, leaving face feeling smooth, clean and refreshed. Removes waterproof mascara and suitable for even sensitive skin, dermatologist & Ophthalmologist tested, hypoallergenic, oil free, fragrance free, paraben free and non-comedogenic. Check out their #FaceYourself campaign, an initiative that invites women across Canada to get back to basics with their beauty routines at https://www.cetaphil.ca/en/faceyourself. Cetaphil is the #1 selling cleanser, clinically proven with 70 years of expertise, to remove dirt, surface oils, and makeup without drying or irritating your skin.
The Body Shop Mediterranean Almond Milk With Oats Instant Soothing Mask, $28. Available at The Body Shop.
85% of women reportedly have sensitive skin, which is why The Body Shop has created the perfect comfort solution - the Mediterranean Almond Milk With Oats Instant Soothing Mask. This creamy, 100% vegan comfort mask is blended with oatmeal from the UK, which is known for its gentle exfoliating texture. It's also enriched with Community Trade Organic Almond Milk from Spain, and Community Trade Aloe Vera from Mexico, so it's even kinder to sensitive skin. The Mediterranean Almond Milk With Oats Instant Soothing Mask is enriched with probiotics that help maintain the barrier function. It relieves dry, sensitive skin from feelings of tightness and itchiness, all while gently exfoliating to leave skin feeling softer, smoother, and recharged with moisture.
Dove Derma+Care Anti-Dandruff. Available mass market retailers From $7.49
Some women may think they are just prone to dandruff, while others don’t think they are at all. FACT: there are several factors that bring out this issue, such as seasonal, oil and sweat build up, lifestyle and hormonal changes that can cause women to suffer more from flakes and dandruff more than others. Some think over washing the hair is a bad thing for scalp and dandruff, but it’s actually the opposite. SO, since we wash our hair more often in the summer due to the heat and sweat build up, using this collection will help reduce recurrence of dandruff – a line that is gentle enough to be used every time you shampoo!
Joe Fresh Beauty Lips. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Perfect for summer are the new Joe Fresh Lip Oils – they are soothing and deeply moisturizing that nourish lips and deliver a transparent, high shine coat. You can use on their own or on top of your makeup.
KISS New York Professional Waterproof Wonders Eyeliner. Available at London Drugs. $12.99, New from KISS New York Professional, intense bold color that lasts 36-hours and available in 12 shades that range from bold mattes to sparkling shimmers
Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce. Available at Shoppers, Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, Nordstrom, London Drugs. $49.00
Unique WetForce technology strengthens UV protection when exposed to water or perspiration. Lotion’s transparent SPF 50+ formula leaves no white residue on the skin. Unique fragrance technology transform sweat odours into a pleasant scent.
Burt’s Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation $17.99. A mattifying formula (but without drying the skin) with buildable coverage that is available in six shades with lightweight. The key ingredient in this 100% natural formula is bamboo.
Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup $19.99. A hydrating, full-coverage formula that leaves skin with a radiant, natural-looking finish and is 98.9% natural and uses responsibly sourced Meadowfoam as a key ingredient in the formula. 12 Shades in the range
Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum ( in stores on June 14,) Available in spas at dermalogica.ca and Sephora. 30ml $118.00.
Dermalogica’s new BioLumin-C Serum, in stores on June 14, is formulated with an ultra-stable Vitamin C complex. BioLumin-C brightens, firms and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Most importantly, the formula enhances skin’s own defence system and protects against free radical damage. Brightens skin from withi. Firms and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Usage: after you cleanse and tone - pump half a vile into the palm of hand and smooth it on neck and face.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Body Lotion & Exfoliating Body Wash. $11.50 (wash), $14.50 (lotion). Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used soy for thousands of years to reduce the appearance of blotchiness and discolouration, but AVEENO scientists devised a way to process soybeans that retains the integrity of the proteins to provide immediate and long-term skin benefits for brighter, more radiant looking skin is now available for the first time in a body lotion and body wash and works to visibly improve the look of tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots — to leave your skin looking fresh, awake and radiant. Formulated with Active Naturals Total Soy Complex, the new body wash is enriched with natural exfoliants to gently wash away dry, dull skin while the new body lotion contains rich emollients lock in moisture for a full 24 hours to leave skin softer and smoother!
Garnier Skinactive 3-in-1 Soothing Balm (rose one). $21.00. Available at mass market retailers. With 96% Naturally-Derived Ingredients. New high-performance skincare formulas to soothe, refresh and mattify skin. Free from parabens, silicones, dyes, sulfates and mineral oil. 3 ways to use it (Day, Night Cream + Mask) with one main natural ingredient for each skin type. Aloe Leaf Juice for Normal to combination; Green Tea Extract for Oily; Rose Water extract for sensitive dry skin
John Frieda Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam $12.99. Available at mass market retailers.
The newest innovation from John Frieda, it's a lightweight non-sticky foam that enhances waves for a tousled look for summer. Dispense into palms and work through we hair from root to tip, scrunch a bit and let air dry. John Frieda updated the Dream Curls line to now included Abyssinian Oil, which provided light, non-greasy frizz control to nourish without weighing down
Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse. $13.99. Available at mass market retailers. Create flawless, natural-looking colour instantly with this airy mousse that applies evenly and dries in just 60 seconds. Colour is visible instantly and will develop over the next four hours. Works with your skin tone to mimic the colour results you would get from natural sun, with no orange hues.
Beauty Blender, Beauty Queen. $20.00. Available Sephora (online only) and beautyblender.com.
Replace all your makeup brushes with this one tool. Wet squeeze bounce. Main thing people don’t know is that it needs to be used wet. Wet with water, squeeze out water, bounce foundation, BBcream, for flawless results. Category creator - first elliptical shape, aqua-activated material, reusable makeup sponge. First reusable sponge. No microwave
6. L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion $19.99, L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops $18.99, L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette $20.49. Available at mass market retailers. .
3 levels of glow: adding a glowing look to your beauty routine. Customize your highlight - from beginner to a more expert application. Glotion *low intensity can be put on its own for a healthy glow use it as a primer or use it on top to highlight. 4 shades (white one is a bit more purple - more charismatic) other three more natural glow. Works on any skintone. Glow boosting drops has medium intensity. Apply on cheekbones, cupids bow or mix in with foundation. Glow nude highlighter palette is high intensity as an all in one. Also using as eyeshadow and sunkissed look overall.
TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hairspray. Available in drug, mass and grocery stores nationwide. $6.00. TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray helps to give you lasting style with movement, no matter what style you are creating. It uses breakthrough technology and is all about flexible, natural hold for style without stiffness. The superfine Compressed Micro Mist permeates hair to hold your style. It’s also resistant to humidity and keeps frizz at bay for up to 24 hours.
NEW Vaseline Pink Bubbly Lip Therapy Tin (LIMITED EDITION). Available in mass and grocery stores nationwide. $6.00. Made with champagne grape extract, this luxurious jelly will intensively moisturize and smooth, creating a perfectly kissable pout. Luxury living is all the rage, but this time it’s all about letting your lips enjoy a champagne lifestyle. These non-sticky lip treatments are smooth and melt on to lips to lock in moisture
Almay Shadow Squad. Available at Walmart nationwide. $10.49.
Soft, creamy texture monochrome shadow quad, your favourite shade, four different finishes (Matte, Satin, Metallic, and Glitter). 15 shades – colours ranging from flattering neutrals to on-trend shades. Inspired by the latest colourblocking and modern minimalist trends, these shadow quads take eyes to the next level with four ways to throw shade
T3 Cura LUXE. Available at Sephora. $320.00.
Every red-carpet look begins with an incredible foundation, and a luxury dryer like the new T3 Cura LUXE. It really increases shine and reduces frizz thanks to the digital ionic technology. There's 5 heat settings and two fan settings
Marc Jacobs Shameless Youthful-look 24-Hour Foundation. Available at Sephora. $56.00. Available in 29 shades, Shameless Foundation features a buildable, medium coverage that blends seamlessly without settling, thanks to its patented infinity milling process. Oil-free, 24-hour formula is self-setting, which means you get a fresh, natural finish that lasts all day, and is flashback-free, so you can take the best selfies. Contains snow mushroom, nature’s answer to hyaluronic acid, and blue daisy extract to help soothe the effects of environmental stressors. Together, they help give skin a hydrated, plumped and more youthful look, and allows radiance and the texture of the skin to come through
Guys!! I’m playing Santa🎅🏻 and doing a giveaway of the CHarlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Advent calendar worth $250.00!! 🤩🤩🤩 it’s got 12 minis of her iconic bestsellers (Hello Magic Cream!! Swipe above to see contents)
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Never too early to start your beauty holiday shopping for your loved ones - or grab some new beauty musts for yourself *adds to cart*. Here, a few of my holiday favourites!
Give the gift of a super bright smile. This Oral B Genius 8000 -- now in Rose Gold!-- comes with three brushheads and has a stylish travel case. It has a new whitening setting and whitening brush head as well as a pro-clean mode. The app encourages you to brush for a full two minutes -- just like dentists recommend -- people who brush manually often only brush for less than a minute. Makes a great gift for someone looking for a beautiful white smile. It has whitening mode to get that bright white smile for the Holiday season. Pair it with Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste to get your whitest, brightest smile. It has 7 benefits in one and contains fluoride to help protect against enamel erosion - super important when we're indulging a lot during the holidays.
This anti-aging device using the same technology developed for leading dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, but redesigned for you at a fraction of the price! Used twice per week for 10 weeks (15 minute treatment time), the Titan is a breakthrough technology skin tightening device that activates your body’s own natural restoration process. For the first time ever, 3 forms of energy (Infrared, LED, and Radio Frequency) have been harmonized to penetrate deep beneath the skin, tightening elastin and strengthening collagen, to reveal tighter, younger looking skin on the face and neck. Simply apply a water-based gel on the skin so the device can conduct its energy to the skin and select the setting that works for you. It doesn't hurt and can be used on any skin type.
Smashbox is the primer authority and this kit contains three of our most-loved and best-selling primers – Classic Photo Finish, Pore Minimizing and Primer Water - all in travel size. Great gift for anyone on your list since you don't need to worry about shade preferences, colour matching etc. Love the package too - Smashbox collaborated with editorial illustrator, Ana Strumpf - who turns photos into new works of art with her playful sketches.
This invisible lip liner is your lip colour's BFF for the holiday season (hello, mistletoe moments!) It can help stop bleeding can be worn with any shade of lipstick (including liquid) and perfect for holiday lip looks.
The John Frieda Luxurious Volume collection is perfect for those that fear flat hair. The formula is made to strengthen hair from inside out and my fave is the Clear Conditioner - first of its kind - it detangles and weightlessly absorbs into hair without coating it. The Advanced Protein Volumizer - apply this to wet hair and blow dry to get the full effect, this treatment strengthens hair from within to create soft, touchable volume.
Advanced new formula and self-foaming pump. Light and airy foam with NutriumMoisture technology (a blend of moisturizing ingredients including stearic acid, a fatty acid found naturally in your skin) leaving it feeling light, hydrated and healthy. A first-of-its kind body wash from Dove
The Best Beauty Buys for Fall 2017
With fall upon us, I've rounded up some of my new faves to ease into fall! (#winteriscoming).
The EOS Crystal is the best conversation-starter lip balm to ever land in your makeup bag. The balm itself is completely clear and wax-free with five nourishing oils (like coconut and aloe oils) so it's weightless hydration to soothe chapped lips. I love it as a base for my lipstick. Plus it's vegan too.
This is the most fun to wash your face! With this jelly to balm cleanser that you apply on dry skin, makeup melts away and when you add water, skin feels totally fresh but not stripped. Charcoal draws out impurities while tea offers anti-oxidant protection.
I love when a product tells you exactly what it's going to do! The No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer using light-reflecting pigments in a brush on applicator to erase undereye bags and blemishes. eliminates darkness around the eyes
Prada has a way to draw you in with its scents and these two are no different - L'Homme Intense -- with its tonka bean and patchouli -- and La Femme Intense with ylang land and tuberose. If you could touch these two scents, they'd feel like soft suede.
When summer's fun-in-the-sun ends, usually we're left with some unwelcome souvenirs (dark spots, crow's feet ugh!) This regenerating moisturizer works super quick thanks to retinol and hyluaronic acid -- it reduces the look of wrinkles up to 5X more than a leading prestige anti-aging serum.
Lashes are the one non-negotiable makeup item when I do TV. I love this ones from KISS because they're faux minx - so you get that fullness that celebrities love with a knot-free, invisible band that's a cinch to fit your natural lash line. They have naturally tapered ends designed to mimic the natural lash to deliver the most natural look.
This fall, unicorn hair is officially passé and no one is happier than me to go back to basics with rich, vibrant, hair colour (the best version of your natural hue). To refresh between salon appointments, I love to use this John Frieda Deepening Treatment - it brings back colour vibrancy and subtly blends grey hairs.
Pucker up with these Burt's Bees Lipsticks - the 18 shades are 100% natural lipsticks. Thanks to #KissesforBees, in partnership with Wildlife Preservation Canada, for a limited time, the purchase of each lipstick goes towards the planting of 100 wildflowers. You're protecting your lips and bee habitats :)
Ideal for combination skin - this baking soda-based powder scrub will not dry out your skin as it purges pores from impurities. It cleanses skin 2.5x better than your basic cleanser - Great for travel as it is liquid free.
When worn directly on skin or mixed with foundation, this gel cream highlighter makes skin look like it's hyper healthy, glowy and hydrated.
A first of its kind, these super easy wax strips have cold wax that require no rubbing or warming up. You simply, peel and place. It removes even short hair (as short as 2mm) and lasts up to 4 weeks - No after care required and will leave you feeling moisturized
New 100% mineral tinted SPF 60 provides a weightless, broad spectrum protection. It's ultra lightweight and does not clog pores. Plus it's fully mineral block using titanium dioxide so it's ideal for even sensitive skin.
THis is your go-to antiperspirant -- it has Anti-white and anti-yellow stain technology - Provides 48 hour protection.
Geared toward colour treated hair, hair is smooth with movement and protects against frizz - Gives you a polished finish without having pin straight hair - Keratin protein and moroccan argan oil smooth each strand and revitalize colour
Spring Trend To Try: Skincare Boosters
Ultra-concentrated formulas allow you to customize your skincare routine based on your specific need.Use alone or add a couple of drops to your favourite serum, foundation or cream. Some of my fave are from Indeed Labs - There are six in total but Collagen is one of my faves because it helps to boost anti-aging; Q10 fights oxidative stress caused by pollution and UV damage while radiance is perfect when you need a little skin perk-me up.
***Special discount code to receive 20% off all Boosters at www.indeedlabs.com from April 4 - April 18 2017.
Enter discount code at checkout: JILL20
Spring Trend To Try: Sweet-smelling Dry Shampoo
We all like to stretch the time between shampoos - this rice-based formula eliminates greasy roots right away and adds instant volume. The new cherry scent means even 3-day-old hair smells great.
Spring Trend To Try: Dewy Highlighter
Make no mistake, hyper-highlighted and glossy skin was super in this season. It's all about skin first, makeup second. This versatile highlighter from Joe Fresh offers a soft, satiny texture that sets with a dewy finish, providing a healthy glow to the skin. Use as the last step of make-up application to add luminosity to the cheek and brow bones. Comes in a convenient compact package that allows for easy application and touch-ups on the go. Works on every skin tone
Spring Trend to Try: Bold Lips that Don't Budge
I love bright lipstick hues but hate when they move all over the place. This lipstick topcoat is genius because it seals in colour so there is no transfer, no smudging, no fading and is neutral in taste with no stickiness. Hydrates your lips and helps save you from re-applying lipstick
Spring Trend To Try: Shampoo Smarter
This shampoo and conditioner restores proteins and amino acids to hair as you wash -- it prevents 90% of hair damage before it happens. Hair looks great right away and is more resilient over time. Plus, it smells amazing.
***in partnership with belif Skincare
For the plumpest, softest skin ever, get your hands on these hydration helpers. Minimalism is having a moment – between the slew of documentaries, bestselling books and #hygge design trends, I’ve been inspired to cut the clutter, especially on my bathroom vanity. Paring down the plethora of lotions and potions in favour of a do-it-all moisturizer straight from the #topshelf of Korea’s beauty insiders.
As someone who can’t get enough exfoliation, I usually end up over-doing it, irritating my skin, and need to reset my routine with a super hydrating moisturizer that won’t make my sensitive skin unhappy. Right now I’m digging belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb. It contains lady’s mantle, a powerful plant (with the best name) that helps to shrink the appearance of pores, oat husk, prized for its ability to boost moisture in the skin and free-radical fighting malachite – a copper mineral that puts the brakes on free radical damage (the invisible damage we can’t see from UV rays, pollution and more). The result is skin looks super fresh, hydrated and I swear it has more spring to it. One of the biggest things I look for in a moisturizer is that it’s not too thick or heavy as I’m prone to shine and thanks to the gel-like texture it absorbs right away so it never “pills” when you put makeup on top.
If you want skin to be even more satiated with moisture, opt for the belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb. I’ll reach for this one if I’m travelling a lot and my skin looks weathered. It’s free of parabens, mineral oil so you get the most from its key moisturizing ingredients like glycerin.
I test out the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $500 to see if it's worth the hype. The best part is that I'm also giving one away!!
Winner will be announced the week of March 20th. Good luck! See video below for the full review.
It's red carpet season! Get ready like a celeb with these new beauty innovations.
Portable light therapy device, designed to fight jet lag, boost mood and energy levels and to help you feel more rested with the winter blues. Substitute for the sun, this light is scientifically proven to help keep our body clock properly aligned, and help us feel good and ready for the day, and help to fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Portable with a travel pouch and is cordless. LED technology.
Beloved by beauty editors, Pixi is back in Canada and its latest launch is the best thing ever to get your glow on. Used once or twice a week, this formulas has lactic acid, papaya fruit enzymes and sugar cane to slough away dry dead skin. Apply on dry skin, leave on for 5 or 10 minutes and then wipe away with a damp washcloth.
Almond milk and honey collection works with any skin type, but is especially awesome for dry and sensitive skin. Smoothes scaly skin bits in a flash and smells divine.
Customize your brow colour with this 4-in-1 - brow colour pencil, taming wax, sharpener and brush. Works with any brow colour and skin tone so it takes all of the guesswork out of having to fill in your arches.
If you're used to brushing, braiding, blowdrying, curling, flat ironing, bleaching and colouring your hair, you're subjecting it to a lot of wear and tear. This Repair and Protect range address all of our hair sins in one wash - the biotin addresses hair condition to fix dryness and frizz associated with styling damage.
If you want a moisturizer that drenches skin with hydration, but that doesn't pill under makeup, this is the one for you. Suitable for all ages, Moisture Bomb has hyaluronic acid, glycerin to smooth skin and antioxidants like goji berry to fend off free radical damage.
Bite Beauty Discovery Set, $45. Available at sephora.ca.
This features a Deluxe Agave Lip Mask, Deluxe Line and Define Primer smooths lips and keeps colors on longer. The Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot is the perfect bold while the Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Leche provides a neutral, warm peach hue that is long lasting and hydrating.
Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin, $10.99. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Get smooth skin, stat thanks to this formulation that clings to wet skin.
Quo Master Brush Set, $65 for 10 brushes (includes a sleek, stand-up case). vailable at Shoppers Drug Mart and The Beauty Boutique
Quo Ultimate Beauty Eye, Lip & Cheek Kit, $35. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and The Beauty Boutique (Palette contains: 12 eye shadows, 1 black mascara, 5 lip glosses, 4 blushes, 2 face powders and 4 mini applicators)
***in partnership with eos
Smooth & exfoliate
An HD lens can be unkind to winter-weary lips, exposing every crack and line and magnifying any flakiness (which is downright cruel if you’re wearing dark lipstick!). Perfect your pout with a DIY lip scrub before you slick on lip balm, gloss, lipstick. Mix sugar with coconut oil, smear on to lips, leave for a minute or two and then use damp washcloth to massage lips. Voila - watch dry skin slough away.
Condition before colour
Our lips are the thinnest skin on our whole face, so when they’re exposed to the elements like wind, sun and dry indoor air, they can look weathered, fast. That’s why it’s always a good idea to double-down on moisture to keep your pout plump. Post-DIY scrub, slick on an clear lip balm like eos Organic Smooth Sphere Lip Balm to help combat shriveled lips – it’s petrolatum-free and packed with all-natural coconut oil that acts like a barrier to lock in your lips’ natural moisture and all-natural jojoba oil, known to be rich in vitamin E and B-complex for an antioxidant boost. And all-natural shea butter drenches lips with moisture so they feel super soft. Sweet Mint is a personal fave – moisturizing but doesn’t feel “medicated.”
Layer on lipstick
This season’s must-have is a long-wear lipstick formulation – from pigment-packed matte lipsticks to will-not-budge liquid lipsticks. These can look cool, but sometimes severe. A little trick to add fullness and life to the lips to swipe a shine-enhancing lip balm with pearlized pigments (try the eos Shimmer Lip Balm in Pearl) right in the centre of both your top and bottom lip. When your lips catch the light from your Lumee case, they will look plush.
Sometimes you’ll want to opt for no-makeup makeup – like when you’re bored in an Uber and take a few selfies (#beenthere). If you want a trick for brighter, whiter smile, try eos Shimmer Lip Balm in Shimmer Pink. It will make your lips look rosy and that subtle contrast will make teeth look brighter, no FaceTune necessary.
This amazing straightening brush heats up in less time than it takes to pour your coffee (think paddle brush meets ceramic flat iron). In 30 seconds flat it peaks at 400º so you can manage frizz, flyaways and get on with your day. Plus, the shine is next level.
Revamp your brunette with the in-shower Colour Deepening Treatment. It lets you go from dull to deep in just five minutes. It instantly bonds to damaged areas to produce an all over colour, up to one shade darker. Works on both colour treated and natural hair - I always use between regular salon visits to blend away greys.
Soothe shrivelled skin with this tag team body wash and moisturizer - the coconut scent (just as gentle as fragrance free) lets you pretend the weather is balmy even when it's not.
It's red wine season, so I need a trusty whitening toothpaste. This Arm & Hammer version has baking soda and a zingy fresh mint flavour that gives you whiter teeth in five days.
After the summer, i need to perk up dull skin and tackle fine lines. This contains brightening vitamin C and glycolic acid so it's brightening and anti-aging in one!
Bold lipstick is back - shades like Bordeaux, oxblood and poppy ruled fall runways so there's never been a better time to find your perfect red. Love this wardrobe of 16 reds from Shiseido - flattering colours that have staying power to keep the same, perfect lip throughout the day.
Micellar cleansers act like magnets for dirt, oil and makeup. I love that these wipes aren't saturated with oil, so your skin feels fresher and fully clean with no residue left behind. Simple is all about treating sensitive skin kindly, so these wipes are tough on makeup not on skin.
When the mercury rises, you want to minimize primp time and maximize patio time. Here are seven beauty summer wonders that help save time (and money) this summer.
Shortcut #1: SPF that works even when you're active
Outdoor sports mean you want to stay protected while you sweat (whether it's tossing the frisbee or getting back on your bike). The Garnier Sport Endurance is water-based and can be applied on wet skin so you're covered. It goes on clear every time so no worry about chalky residue.
Shortcut #2: Antioxidants ward off that damage you can see
A pea-sized amount of this Vitamin C serum will act like a shield against all of the daily damage you can see with your naked eye that cause accelerated aging - from air pollution to smoke and UV.
Shortcut #3: Smell good on the go
A dry spray deodorant that goes on clear means you don't have to wait around to get dressed. Plus this one has Active Shield- it targets that bacteria that's responsible for odour so you are confident you'll smell great all day.
Shortcut #4: Cover greys in 3 seconds
Disguise your grey hair (without a trip to the salon) with this ammonia-free, peroxide free spray on colour. It dries in seconds and The six hues match 85% of hair colours.
Shortcut #5: Shave your legs sans shave gel
Electric shavers have come a long way. This one gets a closer shave and eliminates hair 75% more effectively than a regular razor. Plus it's meant to be used solo, wet or dry, so you can get the job done faster.
Shortcut #6: Create full, voluminous hair by reversing your routine
Condition first, shampoo second with this shower combo. The pre-wash conditioner adds manageability; step 2, the shampoo, washes away excess weight for super bouncy hair that lasts.
Shortcut #7: A melt-proof foundation that lasts and lasts
This genius foundation synchronizes with your skin tone and skin type -- it gives weightless, even coverage. Skin feels even but never smothered. Never looks cakey or obvious.
Shortcut #8: Soothe sun-drenched skin in the shower
To cut through SPF and sweat in the shower, I suds up with this non-greasy argan-oil infused body wash. It smells amazing and never feels heavy -- it leaves my skin silky after just one shower.
Decoding Colour Correctors
On the heels of the contouring craze, colour-correcting makeup is one of the biggest beauty trends to achieve a flawless face in 2016. Tackle skin trouble spots (redness/sallowness/dark circles) with different colours for complexion perfection.
To the uninitiated, colour-correcting concealers can seem intimidating —pastel hues like pistachio and lavender may seem better suited at a gelato counter. But colour correctors have been a staple in makeup artists’ kits for decades (used on photo shoots, TV sets and theatre makeup). Those old school textures were thick and pigments were flat so they were challenging to work with for the average person.
Today’s formulas are more nuanced and foolproof, with light-reflecting, pigments and user-friendly textures: in liquid, pencil and even cushion. Basic colour theory from art class applies – use complementary colours (green to cover red, orange to brighten blue, pink to cancel dullness etc)
Colour Correct 101: Eliminate Dullness All Over
Sallow/dull skin will benefit from a lavender pick-me-up. You can apply all over as a primer or target the area just above the cheekbones and forehead. Colour correctors are meant to neutralize skin tone, but they don’t replace concealer or foundation. You should still dab your usual concealer on top. Many makeup artists liken colour correction to wearing a great pair of shape-wear – it gives you that smooth base, but you don’t want to head out the door half-dressed, concealer completes the “outfit.”
Colour Correct 101: Rehab for Redness
If you breakout, or if you flush easily, green minimizes blotchiness and redness. Green is especially great around the nose, chin, cheeks and eyelids where blood vessels tend to be more apparent. I like using a precise applicator here (doe-foot, spatula type applicator or a pencil) to target blemishes or redness at the corner of your nose and on your eyelid.
Colour Correct 101: Brighten Dark Circles
Cancel out dark circles with an apricot tone. The depth of the hue should align with your skin tone. For example, fair skin types should seek a salmon-pink corrector, olive and brown skin tones should reach for a more peach tone and dark-skinned women should opt for orange correctors. Don’t go too light on dark skin - lighter pastels often have too much white in them that can look ashy on darker skin tones. Use your ring finger to work the corrector in to the skin under the eyes – that will help it blend seamlessly.
Products to try:
· Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Color Correct & Concealer, $49. Available at Sephora.
· Cover FX Correct Click, $24. Available at Sephora.
Colour Correct 101: Extreme Colour Correction
Once you get the hang of colour correction, you may want to try the technique on multiple parts of your face for a real pro finish – which is huge trend on Instagram. The key to a pro finish is the order of application you want to moisturize, prime the skin, colour correct and then go in with your foundation, concealer and finally, powder.
There’s a lot to love about awards’ nights lineups: the couture dress code, hot date reveals (ahem, Amy Schumer) and awkward red carpet interviews. But the things that really keep me glued to the pre-show are red lips, boho braids, glowing skin and killer contour. That’s when the thrill of the hunt begins – scouring social media feeds of Hollywood’s go-to glam makers to pinpoint exactly what they’re using *adds to cart*.
Here, some of my recent discoveries to help get the red carpet look at home:
I always stock up on these adorable lip tins when I cross the pond – finally they’re available here in Canada. I love that they are proven to heal dry lips, plus the four formulas let you customize. Original (love using this before bedtime), Rosy Lips (perfect hint of tint on top of lipstick), Cocoa (contains hyper-hydrating cocoa butter and smells amazing) and Aloe (super soothing especially after a day in the sun).
I always spied prestige versions of micellar water backstage at fashion week. Micellar waters are one-step wonders that contains micelle cleansing spheres that act like magnets to attract dirt, oil and makeup. To use, simply douse a cotton pad and let the micelles do their work. No water required. This budget-friendly, no rubbing, no rinsing formula is amazing on sensitive skin.
We know that contouring is a huge trend, it’s sometimes hard to nail application. This genius 3-in-1 cream-to-powder makeup stick completely eliminates the guesswork. In one stroke, it allows you to instantly highlight, define and a pop of colour instantly chiseled cheekbones.
No one is more subjected to hair damage than Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses (they have to be colour chameleons for roles, get hair styled daily when on set and subjected to various water and climates from excessive travel).
So When Rachel McAdams’ hairstylist uses this on his Oscar-nominated client, beauty editors pay attention. This whole lineup is devoted to those with standing blow-dry bar appointments (*slowly raises hand*), those who crank their flat iron to 450 degrees, and those who never commit to one hair colour. In short – for those who love to damage their hair and pay for it later. The Dove Regenerative Nourishment range with Red Algae and Keratin NutriComplex, helps eliminate the signs of damage for smooth and healthier-looking hair. The serum-in-oil is amazing as it brings together the nourishing power of an oil with the restorative qualities of a serum
Any Hollywood star knows any glam look starts with healthy, smooth and glowing skin. What’s so cool about this lineup is that it taps the power of dill and blackberry leaf extract (who knew that the leaf has more potent antioxidant power than the berry?). Skin treated with moisturizers containing blackberry leaf extract improves elasticity and firmness for younger, healthier looking skin in just one week. The Restorative Night Cream is a real star for red-carpet-ready skin, as it is so important to restore your skin’s moisture during the overnight recovery period, so that skin looks refreshed and hydrated when you wake up and face the day. Strengthens skin’s natural moisture barrier to help maintain healthier looking skin over time. Deeply moisturizes to nourish dry skin throughout the night and help you awaken to softer, smoother skin.
Nothing derails a red carpet look faster than scaly skin. These new body lotion include naturally moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, vitamin E, avocado oil, etc. just like the brand’s other cult favourite products. Love the delicate scents too that linger, but never overpower.
How many times per day do you blink? The Shiseido scientists determined the average number of times is 20,000 times PER DAY. The three types of bristles on this wand and lightweight waxes means you reach each and every lash and the colour stays put for each and every one of those 20,000 times
Huge hit already in Asia, this formula helps prevent lashes and brows from looking sparse, short, and thin. Full Lash Serum is formulated to create natural lashes that are longer, denser, and fuller.The Shiseido Research Centre labs intensively researched lash growth and found that the hair cycle of lashes is really short – just four months – and created a formula to support healthy growth within this short period. Apply it morning and night – at the root. First to lashes, then brows.