Bust a move!
Devin Brugman used to need to wear three sports bras to get through a workout. (She’s a 32DDD.) “The only options were these maternity-style harness bras or slim, sexy types,” says Brugman, the co-founder of the A Bikini a Day Instagram and website. (Yes, she and bestie Natasha Oakley pose in swimwear every day; no, they are not insane.) So she designed her own bra, the “Devin,” for her Monday Active sportswear line. Here are her non-negotiables:
We need this so our breasts stay in place and because it prevents the stretching of the Cooper’s ligaments – the connective tissue in the breasts. (Stretching = sagging.) “Eighty percent of the strength and support of the bra is in the band,” says Jenine LaFayette of Brooks Running Canada. “It’s like the foundation of a house.” (The band should be tighter than your typical bra, so you may need to go down a size.)
If the cup is wrinkling, it’s too small and can chafe. Make sure it sits smoothly over the breasts.
Run in place, squat or do your best Britney Spears impression while trying on the bra in the change room. If it’s even the slightest bit pinchy, walk away.
(Don’t) free the nipple
Sleeping in a sports bra won’t make your girls perkier (sorry), but it can reduce pre-period tenderness. “It feels better because your breasts aren’t moving around at night,” says Dr. Ruth Heisey of Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.
“Devin” Bra, Monday Active ($161), at bandier.com.
Food-based beauty products you don't have to make yourself.
If you primarily use your kitchen as a place to store utensils for your UberEats deliveries, it’s unlikely you’re the type to whip up homemade beauty products. These fruit-and vegetable-based face masks will add more nutrition to your life (if not to your diet).
When Lev Glazman, co-founder of Fresh Beauty, set out to make a brightening face mask, he used food-grade-level citrus fruits that contain powerful natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to make up half of the ingredient list. Naturally sourced ingredients can also be antibacterial (honey), anti-inflammatory (blueberry extract) and even firming (green banana and thyme).
No time to mask, you say? Take your cue from Glazman, who says he masks while doing almost anything: “I drink tea, I watch TV,” he says. “My daughters and I love watching reruns of Sex and the City.” Count us in.
1) Erborian Pâte au Ginseng Black Concentrated Mask ($76), at sephora.ca.
2) Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel ($113.38), at reneerouleau.com.
3) Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask ($55), at sephora.ca.
4) Tata Harper Purifying Mask ($87), at tataharperskincare.com.
5) The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask ($28), at thebodyshop.ca.
6) Clarins Extra-Firming Mask ($65), at clarins.ca.
7) Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask ($80), at sephora.ca.
8) Éminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque ($45), at thefacialroom.ca.
9) Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque ($45), at kiehl's.ca.
And she wasn't the only celeb feelin' herself on the 'gram this week.
With a shritless Justin Hartley.
Rachel McAdams' Thursday was probably a lot more fun than yours. She popped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about her new movie, Doctor Strange, and naturally Ellen persuaded/strong-armed her into playing the game, "Oops My Water Broke." (Cue all the pregnancy rumours.)
The premise: A shirtless star, in this case This is Us star Justin Hartley, is forced to sit under a precarious water balloon situ. McAdams actually felt seemed to feel genuinely bad when she soaked Hartley. #soCanadian