It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40, $53, itcosmetics.ca SHOP HERE
The perfect daily skin enhancer: I’ve been a longtime fan of It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, but even I can admit that it can feel a bit thick at times, especially in the heart of summer or on days when you’re craving something something a little cooler. Well, it’s that thing. It has that great creamy quality of the original while being absolutely weightless on the skin. It’s also lighter in coverage than its predecessor, but it’s not so sheer that it’s useless (we’ve all been there, right?). The finish is probably my favorite part: very natural shine and no shimmer. I’d say it’s just the thing to reach for when you’re looking for that “clean girl makeup look” that’s so big on social media right now. You know what Hailey Bieber always looks like coming out of the shower – damp locks swept back in a bun, skin glistening but seemingly bare? That’s the point. And because we’re not all 25-year-old millionaires, we thank the universe for this great hit.
Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Rice Water Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment, $54, sephora.ca SHOP HERE
Hair care that goes back in time: As soon as you rinse that out, it’s like your hair starts singing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”: “I was had, I was sad and blue, but you made me feel. Yeah, you made me feel shiny and new. That’s the best way I can find to describe this treatment. Once a week I pump a few pumps into my hair and leave it on for 10 minutes between my shampoo and conditioner. (Perfect time for body scrub, leg shave, heel smoothing or just laying in the shower and letting the water splash over you – a bit dramatic but very nice.) You can also leave it on all day. night if you prefer. The star ingredient is rice. Fun fact: some people use the starchy water left over from cooking or soaking rice to make their hair smoother. This formula takes it a step further by blending rice water with rice brand oil and rice ferment with B vitamins and seaweed extract. Clinical trials have shown that just one use leaves hair twice as strong and reduces breakage by up to 60%. I tell you: as shiny and new as virgin locks.
U Beauty The Plasma Lip Compound Treatment, $90, ssense.com SHOP HERE
The lip plumper that does not sting: I’ll say it right away: I hate that it’s $90. Other than that, I love every thing about it. It’s divine, really. Silky and luscious like the sky descending on your mouth, and not at all slimy or sticky. The formula is packed with encapsulated hyaluronic acid and peptides to hydrate lips and plump them from within. As soon as you apply it, your lips appear smoother, more juicy, their natural color is slightly reduced and any signs of chapping are made practically invisible. Clinical trials have shown an increase in collagen expression of up to 170% after 72 hours and elastin expression of up to 112% after 48 hours. But the even more impressive results came around the four-week mark. This is when the volumizing effects become more lasting. You have to maintain them by continuing to use the product, of course, but you may notice a fluffier pout with more defined contours. And all without making your lips feel like they’re on fire. I swapped my usual sheer lip gloss for this one and my eternally flaky lips relish every slick.
Trinny London Tiptoe In PHA Exfoliator, $56, trinnylondon.com SHOP HERE
The über-gentle exfoliating lotion: I have the opportunity to interview many dermatologists for my work and just about everyone I spoke to said they preferred chemical exfoliation to physical exfoliation, which means they recommend to use hydroxy acids instead of scrubs. The reason for this is that the former can be quite irritating and abrasive, even causing micro-tears in the skin, which can lead to inflammation and premature aging. No thank you, right? While they can his more pure and harsh, chemical exfoliants can actually be much gentler. That’s because instead of “gritting off” dead skin cells, they melt the “glue” that binds them together so they just, poof, take off. Personally, it was a game changer in my diet. I’m talking about a smoother texture and a brighter, more even complexion. I’ve tried a lot of great formulas over the years and this is the latest addition to this list. It’s from British style maven Trinny Woodall who is a total hoot. I interviewed her once on Zoom and she made me do this exercise where you force yourself to laugh for a minute straight. It’s weird in the moment, but you feel really amazing afterwards. Either way, Woodall really knows her skincare. She recently launched a brilliant range of not one, but three chemical exfoliators, to suit all skin types and needs. I like PHA (short for polyhydroxy acid), the mildest of the bunch, hence the nickname “Tiptoe In”. It’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin and revives radiance while fighting dehydration, so you won’t feel any tightness afterwards. There’s also a salicylic acid version for blemish-prone skin and a more potent AHA version, which targets dullness and fine lines. All three feature refillable packaging and really sleek and effective formulas. Just greatness all around.
Attitude Leaves Bar Dry Body Oil, $20, attittudeliving.com SHOP HERE
The body oil that thinks about the planet: Let’s be honest here. Quite often switching to greener beauty alternatives – shampoo bars, natural deodorant, etc. – means sacrificing a little on convenience or performance. Which can be worth it in the grand scheme of things, of course. But still, it’s nice when things work as they promise and are actually a pleasure to use, right? Well, let me introduce you to this solid body oil from the Montreal brand Attitude. It is vegan, biodegradable and packaged in a plastic-free and fully recyclable cardboard tube. More importantly, I would say it’s actually After convenient than its traditional counterparts. Don’t get me wrong, I love slathering it in a good body oil and marinating it in a bathrobe, but it can get messy. Squeeze the bottle a little too hard and your bathroom tile turns into a slip hazard. Put on said dress too quickly afterwards and the pretty silk gets oil stained. You don’t have to worry about any of that with this handy stick. Simply glide it over your skin while it’s still a bit damp, then rub it in with your palms. The high-fat jojoba and avocado oils melt right away, leaving your skin soft and glowing but not greasy. I’m a fan of the sea salt version, which is laced with the most subtle seaside scent. It smells like a luxurious beach vacation. I sniff my forearm as I type this and instantly feel more relaxed.
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