Makeup & nails
Products the beauty team can't live without
by : Elle Canada- Jan 1st, 2019
Everything ELLE Canada's beauty team can't live without.
Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots
Originally created to counter the damage caused by keratin treatments (also known as Brazilian blowouts) in Brazil, Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots ($8 for three) are coming to Canada—with an upgrade. A manufacturing breakthrough in Pantene’s Tokyo lab allowed the brand to include its highest-ever level of lipids (something that your overprocessed/overstyled hair is seriously lacking) in the product without it weighing down hair. The treatment is “virtually overdose-proof,” says Dr. Jeni Thomas, principal scientist at Pantene. “We tell people to feel free to saturate their hair—it is absorbed deeply, and the excess rinses away.”
Burt's Bees Liquid Lipsticks
At last an all-natural liquid lipstick that can hold its own against the traditional lot is here. Burt’s Bees Liquid Lipsticks ($15 each) are pigment packed (courtesy of iron oxides), hydrating but not sticky (thank you, apricot oil) and free of synthetic polymers (so don’t expect any days-long-wear claims, but we found that they held up through lunch just fine). “We use the same principles to formulate our cosmetics as we do for our skincare, using ingredients that are going to nourish your skin,” says Abena Antwi, chemist and innovation lead at Burt’s Bees. “You’re not just getting colour cosmetics but colour with care.”
Detox Mode Altogether Oil
When I take home luxurious, weighty bottles of body oil in the dregs of winter, I am convinced of my imminent ascension to hydration nirvana. And yet they sit mostly unused on my counter. I’m happy to report that Altogether Oil ($42), the first product from Detox Mode—the new in-house line from clean, green beauty mecca The Detox Market—is not one of those products. The genius spray top is the Goldilocks of jojoba- and macadamia-oil dispersal (not too much, not too little), and the oil dries down within seconds. See you on the flip side.
Marc Anthony Bye.Bye.Frizz Protecting Leave-In Conditioner
Marilisa, artistic director for Marc Anthony, taught us this super-fine-hair hack to prevent the dreaded second-day oil slick: Use a leave-in conditioner like you would use a regular rinse-out conditioner. (Spray it in and then rinse it out.) Brilliant! We love Bye.Bye.Frizz Protecting Leave-In Conditioner ($12).
Chanel No.5 Red Edition Eau de Parfum Spray
The iconic, minimalist Chanel No. 5 fragrance bottle is getting a limited-edition holiday makeover—and what befits the spirit of Coco Chanel herself more than a festive and fiery red? Chanel No. 5 Red Edition Eau de Parfum Spray ($198 for 100 mL).
Orveda The Prebiotic Emulsion
Luxury vegan skincare line Orveda is the brainchild of storied former L’Oréal Group exec Sue Y. Nabi. (During her tenure as president of Lancôme, she launched the now hugely successful fragrance La Vie Est Belle and convinced Julia Roberts to be the face.) Powered by green biotechnology, her products are packed with potent yet gentle ingredients that won’t disrupt the skin barrier, like the marine enzymes and fermented black tea kombucha in The Prebiotic Emulsion ($427). More eco cred: The entire line, both its packaging and formulation, contains less than 5 percent of anything from petrochemical origin, so it’s not adding to plastic piles in the middle of the Pacific.
Tatcha The Silk Canvas primer
“When you ask a geisha to tell you the single most important thing about her skincare, she’ll always say it’s the bintsuke wax,” says Victoria Tsai, founder of the Japanese-beauty-inspired line Tatcha. “It keeps moisture in the skin and pollution and makeup out of pores.” Made with four types of silk proteins—which have a molecular composition similar to human skin—the new Tatcha The Silk Canvas primer ($62) provides the same benefits while intensifying any pigment you put on top of it (concealer, eyeshadow, what have you) without the heaviness of actual wax on your face. Win-win. – Victoria DiPlacido, Beauty Editor
Megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick
Here’s a category for which there’s covert, pent-up demand: anti-chafing products. Case in point: When Megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick ($25, at geebeauty.ca) launched last summer, it sold out within the week. The soothing aloe and pomegranate-seed-extract formula—now back in stock and available in Canada—isn’t sticky and comes in packaging that’s good-looking enough to display. – Victoria DiPlacido, Beauty Editor
Aveeno Positively Radiant Dark Spot Corrector Body Cream
Aveeno Positively Radiant Dark Spot Corrector Body Cream ($14.50, at drugstores and mass-market retailers), featuring a patented soy complex that uses soybean protein to improve discoloration.- Victoria DiPlacido, Beauty Editor
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($140, at geebeauty.ca), which is full of olive-oil-derived squalane to protect the skin barrier and antioxidant-rich purslane (a leafy-green succulent) to ward off damage from free radicals. – Victoria DiPlcido, Beauty Editor
James Read Self Tan Fool Proof Bronzing Mousse
James Read Self Tan Fool Proof Bronzing Mousse Face & Body ($32, at one2oneonline.com), an easy way to self-tan. Shower off any oils or rich creams before you apply as they can cause streaks. – Victoria DiPlacido, Beauty Editor
French Girl Lumière Rose Dorée Body Oil
Instagram artist Sara Shakeel uses Photoshop to overlay glitter and other sparkling motifs on stretch marks, and we can’t get enough. Since trying to recreate this IRL—applying glitter neatly to your body and getting it to actually stay there—might be somewhat of a Sisyphean task, try French Girl Lumière Rose Dorée Body Oil ($60, frenchgirlorganics.com) for similar joyous sparkle but with more hydration and less mess.
Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist
ELLE loves that you don’t need to ace Intro to Latin in order to understand the ingredients on the back of Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist ($10.49). All the sources are clearly listed—for example, the glycerine comes from soybean and the arginine comes from sugar. Everything in the SkinActive line is also free of parabens, silicones, mineral oil and synthetic colourants. We’ll spritz to that. – Victoria DiPlacido, Beauty Editor
Goop Incense 03 Eau de Parfum Spray
We’re partial to the warm, enveloping scent of the cedar-and-frankincense-dominant Goop Incense 03 Eau de Parfum Spray. Alas, not everything is available to ship. You’ll have to make your way across the border to get your hands on those jade eggs. (You know the ones.)
Goop Incense 03 Eau de Parfum Spray ($207), at goop.com.
Sisley Paris Hair Rituel Revitalizing Fortifying Serum
Sisley Paris, maker of many a mainstay in our skincare routines (Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream 4ever), is now vying for space in your shower. Massage the super-light (read “not greasy”) formula into the scalp when hair is dry or wet.
Sisley Paris Hair Rituel Revitalizing Fortifying Serum ($250), at holtrenfrew.com.
Mugler Aura Eau de Parfum Spray
When Thierry Mugler launched Angel in 1992, the now iconic scent was decidedly polarizing. The designer’s latest fragrance, Mugler Aura Eau de Parfum Spray, a heady, aromatic blend of the Chinese medicinal plant tiger liana and rhubarb leaf, is sure to be just as divisive. Wallflowers (literally) need not apply. —Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor
Mugler Aura Eau de Parfum Spray ($85 for 30 mL), sephora.ca.
Ralph Lauren Woman Eau de Parfum Spray
"The grand finale is a cocktail that feels decadent yet light, straddling the line between feminine and masculine—much like the perfect RL riding boot."
—Katherine Flemming, health & beauty editor
Ralph Lauren Woman Eau de Parfum Spray ($148 for 100 mL), thebay.com.
Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum
Caudalie and Dr. David Sinclair, a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, have patented a complex, available exclusively in Premier Cru The Serum, that works to kick-start sluggish cells. Studies show that after you use the resveratrol (an antioxidant) and naturally sourced betaine (an amino acid) blend for 48 hours, your cells begin to behave like those of a springy 21-year-old. Apply it to your “French face”—from your hairline down to your décolleté— and on the backs of your hands. Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum ($179), at caudalie.ca.
Redken Clean Maniac Clean-Touch Shampoo
Micellar water, the gloriously gentle but effective cleanser that removes makeup with a swipe of a cotton pad, has now entered the world of hair care. What micellar water does to your waterproof mascara (tenderly eviscerates), micelles (a group of oil-loving surfactant molecules) in Redken Clean Maniac Clean-Touch Shampoo ($21), at redken.ca, do to pollutants and product buildup in your hair. So fresh, so clean.
WithinUs TruMarine Collagen
WithinUs TruMarine Collagen ($80, withinus.ca) for its ability to boost collagen production while treating joint pain, all in a powder (with measuring scoop) that can be mixed into water, coffee or tea. It’s free of added flavor and preservatives, and it’s derived from sustainably sourced fish (scales!) fresh from the South Pacific Ocean.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
The long-time French-girl beauty secret beloved by every makeup artist, like, ever—it’s ubiquitous backstage during Fashion Week—is now available across Canada. C’est bon!
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré ($38), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments
They glide across lips like water yet lay down impressive colour. Every single one of the 18 shades is worth a second swatch. NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments in Wild Night ($34), at sephora.ca.
Before bed, we slather on our most hydrating creams to prevent moisture loss, but we often forget about our lips, which can actually decrease in volume overnight. (Skin is thinner there, making it more susceptible.) The sesame-seed and Indian gentian extracts in Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment seal in hydration not only on the lips but around the entire mouth area, reducing the appearance of vertical lines that become more pronounced with age. Sweet dreams. Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment ($68), at dermalogica.ca.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
We love the cushioning effect of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix. A patented polymer and hyaluronic-acid combo protects the delicate eye area and acts as a buffer against natural movements (like blinking, which we do up to 10,000 times a day) that research shows can contribute to aging. Apply prior to your next eye roll. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix ($88), at thebay.com.
Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray
Organic sea kelp, gold mica and Atlantic sea salt are swirled together in this gilded beach spray that adds a flash of gleam to all hair colours while softening hair. Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray ($28), at thedetoxmarket.ca.
Dove Refresh + Care Volume Dry Shampoo
“Clean hair has no guts. It doesn’t hold a curl or a wave. If I’m doing an updo, I always spray dry shampoo on my hairpins because it creates much better grip. The powder and starch get in there and cause friction so they don’t slip out.” – Mark Townsend, celebrity hairstylist for Dove.
Dove Refresh + Care
Volume Dry Shampoo ($5), at beautyboutique.ca.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub for its gentle approach to exfoliating dry skin (the formula feels like whipped butter) and its addictively nectarous fragrance, which may just be our next true love. (Please know that we will never forget you, Satsuma.) ($22), at thebodyshop.com.
La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation
“It’s this magical, transformative colour that works on different skin tones and under-tones.” –Kayleen McAdams, makeup artist for La Mer, on the brand’s Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation in Linen, which she has found to work on a wide range of fair to medium skin tones. For skin tones darker than olive, there are three deeper shade offerings: tawny, tan and honey. ($140), holtrenfrew.com.
Sephora Pro Dimensional Highlighting Palette
ELLE loves Sephora Pro Dimensional Highlighting Palette in Warm for its passport to JLo-level gleam in five different cream and gloss finishes. All are so satisfying to smudge under or over a favourite pigment ($45), sephora.ca.
Nutricap Dry & Damaged Hair Conditioner
Looking for a low-maintenance hair change? Take the plunge and scrape your hair into a deep side part. Run interference on frizz by prepping hair in the shower with Nutricap Dry & Damaged Hair Conditioner so hair lies smooth once it’s dry ($7), nutrisante.ca.
Dove Shower Foam
This foamy body wash invigorates skin and leaves it clean and tingly, but it’s so moisturizing that you’ll feel like you’ve been basted in cream. Dove Shower Foam taps the brand’s NutriumMoisture technology and ingredient stearic acid (a fatty moisturizing acid naturally found in your skin) so you don’t get the feeling that you’re washing all the skin-smoothing realness down the drain. It’s offered up in three scents: Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla, Cucumber with Green Tea Scent and Deep Moisture. Dove Shower Foam $7.97, at walmart.com.
Chloé Love Story
Notes of orange blossom are highlighted by flourishes of heady sandalwood and peppery jasmine in the newest iteration of this iconic feminine scent. Chloé Love Story Eau Sensuelle Eau de Parfum Spray ($112 for 50 mL), at sephora.com.
Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit
As someone who hasn’t done her own nails for longer than I care to admit, I found this DIY gel-manicure kit surprisingly simple to use. (You could still see my cuticles when I’d finished painting—usually, they’re covered for days.) The polish is a base coat, colour and top coat all in one. Each kit includes a nail colour that matches the delightful macaron-shaped LED lamp, a nail file, a cuticle stick and enough presoaked pads to remove polish once. Apply two coats, cure for 30 seconds each and forget about your nails for the next week (at least). Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit ($45 each), at leminimacaron.com.
Bite Beauty Multistick
Bite Beauty Multistick tints lips, cheeks and eyes with a lightweight swath of rich colour. The formula is powder filled (35 percent) and silicone-free, which means the finish lands smack dab in the middle of shiny and matte. Bite Beauty Multistick ($28 each), at sephora.ca.
Saje Pocket Farmacy
Saje Pocket Farmacy ($59.95, saje.ca) is wee enough to tuck into your Fendi micro-ruffle bag should you need a little extra help after the taxing holiday-party season. A few dabs of these essential-oil infusions help manage headaches, indigestion, a zapped immune system and how-am-I-going-to-pay-this-credit-card-balance anxiety.
David Kirsch Wellness Co. B-12 Spray
Keeping the stress dragon tamed when you’re skipping sleep (oh, zee parties!) is harder than getting a ticket to the Drake and Rihanna #AtLastLuvFest2017. (It could happen, yes?) David Kirsch Wellness Co. B-12 Spray ($20, at NET-A-PORTER.com) is a mist that you spritz into your mouth to sharpen mental focus and protect your immune system.
Moon Juice Brain Dust
Are you one of those “But first, coffee” Snappers? (Us too.) Increase the health benefits of those beans by stirring a teaspoon of Moon Juice Brain Dust ($55, at NET-A-PORTER.com) into your Americano. It contains a medley of memory-preserving additives, such as maca, lion’s mane, ginkgo, shilajit and organic astragalus. And if that’s not good enough for you, Goop calls it “magic.”
RMS Beauty Swift Shadows
RMS Beauty Swift Shadows (shown in EM-64 and EM-68), a tightly edited range of micro-shimmer shadows that contain moisturizing organic jojoba oil and buriti oil. Apply with a wet brush for a deeper shade. RMS Beauty Swift Shadows ($28), at beautyboutique.ca.
Rodan + Fields Redefine Age Shield Hand Balm
"Sun protection for hands is tricky. An SPF lotion leaves palms sticky, but going without means a future of sun-wizened skin and age spots. I consider the discovery of this clever purse-size stick, which I can swipe across the backs of my hands, one of my greatest beauty finds." –Vanessa Craft, beauty director Rodan + Fields Redefine Age Shield Hand Balm ($51), at rodanandfields.com.
“I recently got highlights for the first time since my All Saints stage in ’98, so my hair is a bit parched. I’ve put it on a diet of Kevin.Murphy Repair-Me.Rinse. It’s boosted with amino-acid-rich aloe vera and green-pea protein for moisture.” –Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Kevin.Murphy Repair-Me.Rinse ($45), at kevinmurphy.com.au
Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel Lotion 10%
“This 8-percent-glycolic-acid, 2-percent-BHA lotion is my new fave way to exfoliate. I put it on before bed and use SPF 50 in the a.m. (Acids can sensitize skin to sun.) Thanks to slow-release technology, I’m never red or peeling.” –Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel Lotion 10% ($40), at jouviance.com.
Jason Wu for Caudalie Beauty Elixir
"The beloved face mist that is on every beauty editor’s desk is getting a new look for fall. Designer (and Caudalie superfan) Jason Wu designed a limited-edition stencilled-lace bottle for the signature formula of rosemary, rose-orange blossom and grape-pulp extract." Limited-Edition Jason Wu for Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($53), at caudalie.com.
Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer
"Exfoliation is a (major) key to skin success. I travel with these single-use buffers, which fit on a fingertip and are infused with alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids – leaving skin as smooth as the Snapchat beauty filter.” –Vanessa Craft, beauty director Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer ($96.50 for a pack of 35), at dermalogica.ca.
First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller
“When I was a teen, I thought my dark under-eye circles made me look like a mysterious, tortured intellectual. I’ve smartened up since then; I use this cooling metal roller containing caffeine to deflate puffiness and smooth fine lines.” –Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller ($32), at sephora.ca.
KaePop x ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip and Lippie Pencil in Chi
“Lipgloss is back on the runways, but I’m still aboard the matte train. This colour is the perfect beige nude, and the price doesn’t affect my ability to pay rent.” –Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor KaePop x ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip ($7.68) and Lippie Pencil in Chi ($6.40), at colourpop.com.
YSL Beauté Top Secrets Universal Makeup Remover Melting Balm-in-Oil
YSL Beauté Top Secrets Universal Makeup Remover Melting Balm-in-Oil was made for those nights you just can’t get into your 10-step K-beauty regimen. The cleanser – made with viperine-flower, apricot, coriander and blackcurrant oils – melts into an oil on the skin, is gentle enough to use around the eyes and rinses off like a milk. YSL Beauté Top Secrets Universal Makeup Remover ($50), at thebay.com.
Aveeno Gentle Scent Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion
Sensitive-skin or allergy-prone types are no longer resigned to a tragic fragrance-free existence. Enter the Aveeno Gentle Scent Skin Relief collection of body washes and lotions. The popular oat-based brand has replaced potentially irritating manufactured fragrance compounds with naturally scented ingredients that are known to be gentle on the skin, like coconut and camomile Aveeno Gentle Scent Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion in Coconut ($14), at drug stores and mass-market retailers.
Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser
“I’m always looking for a cleanser that won’t leave my skin feeling tighter than a hipster’s skinny jeans. This SLES-free face wash clears makeup but contains coconut oil and aloe for hydration.” – Vanessa Craft, beauty director Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser ($32)
Saje AromaGem Ultrasonic Nebulizer in Chrome
“My skin reacts to everything, and this air purifier not only reduces the dust in my apartment but also looks really good doing it. (Chrome, guys.) Bonus: The unit has no filter, which means I can’t forget to change it.” – Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor Saje AromaGem Ultrasonic Nebulizer in Chrome ($69.95)
L’Occitane en Provence Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil
“My DNA didn’t get the memo that beauty editors are meant to have long nails that even Adele would be jealous of. At least my cuticles deserve a standing ‘O’ thanks to this shea-butter-rich oil I apply nightly.” – Carli Whitwell, health and beauty editor
Clé de Peau Beauté
“The ultimate beauty pick-me-up? Nails that smell like flowers. After this polish dried, I kept catching a whiff of feminine fragrance. When I realized it was my fingertips, my hand gestures increased tenfold.” –Vanessa Craft, beauty director Clé de Peau Beauté Nail Lacquer in Deep Purple ($35), at holtrenfrew.com. READ MORE: The mind behind YSL Beauté's brilliant coloured mascaras
Batiste Dark & Deep Brown Dry Shampoo
“I have two morning needs: coffee and dry shampoo. But I worry overspraying the latter will leave white residue in my brown curls. This pigmented version lets me focus on more important matters, like my Americano.” –Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Batiste Dark & Deep Brown Dry Shampoo ($10), at drug stores and mass-market retailers. READ MORE: 3 new ways to keep coloured hair happy
For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Mask
“This is the only sheet mask I’ve tried that suctions onto my face and doesn’t budge. I can sprawl out and watch House of Cards while hyaluronic acid does its hydrating thing and not worry about it falling off.” –Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask ($63 for three masks), at forbelovedone.com. READ MORE: Your new & improved alternative to makeup remover
Burt's Bees Lipstick
"I've loved Burt's Bees balm tubes since Full House aired the first time around, by my grown-up self craves these new lipsticks that come in 14 shades and leave a finish smoother than a '90s slow jam." –Vanessa Craft, beauty director Burt's Bees Lipstick ($10 each) at drug stores and mass-market retailers. READ MORE: How an ELLE Canada beauty editor dealt with a surprising skin condition
Avène Thermal Spring Water
"When I started at ELLE Canada, a fellow beauty editor knowingly passed along this soothing mist. I spray on the thermal water hourly to cheer up my parched office skin." –Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Avène Thermal Spring Water ($21.75), at eau-thermale-avene.ca. READ MORE: 25 beauty memes we will never get enough of
SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50
"I tried this sunscreen on a recent rip to Central America – a gamble with my easy-burn skin. It paid off: I was covered as I hiked a shadeless trail at noon. This is my new summer go-to." –Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 ($44), at skinceuticals.ca. READ MORE: The 8 hottest beauty buys for April
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Legend
“My seemingly fruitless search for an eyeliner to use on my waterline has ended. Whereas others smudge or migrate, this one—which comes in six shades—doesn’t move.” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Legend ($25), at sephora.ca READ MORE: 12 beauty products that sound good enough to eat
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate
“This oil-free formula boasts double the pigment of traditional foundations. That—and its radiance-boosting golden flecks—keeps my skin flawless way past last call or a Netflix marathon on my couch.” —Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate ($69), at sephora.ca READ MORE: 11 beauty products you don't know you want yet
Chanel Chance Eau Vive Hair Mist
“There’s just something so unabashedly luxe about hair perfume: Even if my outfit sucks and my makeup is ‘meh,’ my hair smells of fresh, floral Chanel.” —Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor Chanel Chance Eau Vive Hair Mist ($52), at Chanel beauty boutiques. READ MORE: The definitive guide to spring/summer 2016 beauty trends
Kérastase Paris In-Salon Fusio-Dose Treatment
“When my hair just isn’t that into me, I hit the salon for this custom treatment, which blends highly concentrated love potions to repair, thicken and boost shine.” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Kérastase Paris In-Salon Fusio-Dose Treatment ($30), at Kérastase PARIS salons. READ MORE: 6 facials to try in Toronto
La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold
“I watched a lot of Days of Our Lives in uni, so I’m into the soft-focus look. The real gold in this product blurs imperfections while the peptides in the precious metal stimulate collagen. Sami Brady would kill for it.” —Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold ($670), at holtrenfrew.com. READ MORE: 12 moisturizing face masks toe help you survive winter
Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector
“The genius of this illuminator is that it gives me the glow-y finish I love while balancing sebum to mattify oily skin—because they’re not one and the same, trust.” —Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector ($120), at sephora.ca READ MORE: 6 beauty hacks to get you through a date without a purse full of products
Miyu Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea
“I sip this fruity tea—which contains hydrating electrolytes and free-radical-fighting flavonoids—when I’m feeling guilty about overindulging (i.e., daily).” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Miyu Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea ($16 for 16 sachets), at miyubeauty.com. READ MORE: Why winter is the perfect time to up your skincare game
Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Round Brush
“My hair and I used to get along like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. But any bad blood is now gone thanks to this shine- and volume-boosting boar-bristle brush.” —Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Round Brush ($92), at moroccanoil.com. READ MORE: Why you love the scent of your hair products so much
Bioderma Sensibio H20
“After a recent misadventure with my beloved AHAs (always read the label, folks), my skin was, well, very sad. I used this supremely gentle micellar water to cleanse and remove makeup while my skin got back to normal.” —Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor Bioderma Sensibio H20 ($27), at drugstores and mass-market retailers. READ MORE: 4 things to know about Lise Watier's new skincare line
Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask
“Without a high-performance face mask, I’m nothing. This one creates champagne-like bubbles on places where skin needs the most repair—a must for that pre-party glow before a night out with the real stuff (vintage Krug, obvi).” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask ($69), at sephora.ca. READ MORE: The 7 hottest beauty buys for December
Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
“My brows will never be like Cara’s, and I’m glad. (I’m a ’90s teen whose thick caterpillars caused me dismay until my mom finally let me wax them.) I do, however, like to pump up my well-groomed arches with this easy-to-brush-on gel.” —Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Medium/Deep ($30), at sephora.ca. READ MORE: 7 beauty looks inspired by party girls from the S/S 2016 runways
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
“I don’t like loud daytime makeup, but I don’t want to look like I just rolled out of bed either. Just a sweep of this creamy (and, most important, glitter-free) highlighter on my cheekbones makes me look polished but still vibes with the rest of my understated look.” —Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($42), at shopblackcaviar.com. READ MORE: Must-have "green" beauty buys for the holidays
Clé de Peau Beauté Synactif Nighttime Moisturizer
“Each night that I used this firming face cream, I had dreams of velvet cushions and cherubic babies. Upon waking, I discovered that my soft skin was the inspiration. #feelingmyself.” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Clé de Peau Beauté Synactif Nighttime Moisturizer ($350), at holtrenfrew.com. READ MORE: The products we saw everywhere backstage at fashion week
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Powder Pink
“As a sworn enemy of the early morning, I’ve perfected my makeup routine to take six minutes—and that includes putting on the kettle for tea. A dab of this two-in-one cream formula on cheeks and lips streamlines my a.m. even more.” —Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Powder Pink ($34), at bobbibrown.ca. READ MORE: 15 innovative beauty products
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
“After using these glycolic-acid-infused wipes while on vacation, I returned to work to high praise from a fellow beauty editor, who said my skin looked brighter and more even toned.” —Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel ($110 for 30 treatments), at sephora.ca. READ MORE: The 7 hottest beauty products for November
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Mystérieuse
“This velvety matte lipstick goes on soft, like a gloriously luxe second skin that you can barely feel. Lips look full, not flat. I’ve tried a lot of lipsticks, and this is simply one of the best.” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Mystérieuse ($42), at Chanel beauty counters. READ MORE: The 10 beauty trends you need to know for F/W 2015
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum Spray
“I’m a perfume monogamist: When I commit, I really commit, which is why I’ve only worn two fragrances since my teens. But after being seduced by this smoky and spicy scent, I’m finally ready for an open relationship.” —Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum Spray ($265 for 100 mL), at 6bygeebeauty.com. READ MORE: 13 fall fragrances you need to know about
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory
“I’ve used this creamy concealer for three years. The coverage it offers is—and I do not say this lightly—perfect. It hides everything from cheek redness to under-eye circles and doesn’t cake.” —Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory ($88), at holtrenfrew.com. READ MORE: 7 highlighters to make you look more awake than you feel
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense
“Before I discovered this hydrating face mist (which contains extracts from five different types of roses to soothe and condition the skin), life was sad, dry and unscented. No one deserves that.”—Vanessa Craft, beauty director Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense ($75), at sephora.com. READ MORE: None of a kind: The end of cookie-cutter beauty
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara
“I never thought I’d stray from comblike mascara wands, but this chubby brush curls, lengthens and plumps lashes without clumps. I’m hooked.”—Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara ($34), at holtrenfrew.com. READ MORE: 4 steps to wearing a dark lip without freaking out
Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair
“I have a love-hate relationship with my frizzy curls. But thanks to this leave-in treatment (with quinoa and wheat protein), my hair and I are closer than ever to BFF status.”—Carli Whitwell, health & beauty editor Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair ($36.50), at aveda.ca. READ MORE: 10 ponytails to try this summer
Zorah Sitala Pure Argan Face Cream
“When my love for rich creams is at odds with the weather, I turn to this light moisturizer from Quebec’s Zorah for my moisture hit. Bonus: It leaves skin feel- ing toned but not tight.”—Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor Zorah Sitala Pure Argan Face Cream ($57), at zorahbiocosmetiques.com. READ MORE: Talking beauty with Tei Shi
Lotus Aroma Essential Oil in Ceylon Citronella
“When cottage season rolls around, I bring out my nature-survival kit: fro- zen margarita mix, trashy magazines and an insect repellent that doesn’t smell like a cocktail of chemicals.”—Vanessa Craft, beauty director Lotus Aroma Essential Oil in Ceylon Citronella ($12), at lotusaroma.com. READ MORE: 7 times Rihanna wore dark lipstick this summer
CyberDerm Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF 30
“I gravitate toward physical-block sunscreens, and I love this one, which contains olive oil and pep- tides to thwart sun dam- age (a.k.a. looking old).”—Katherine Flemming, health & beauty editor CyberDerm Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF 30 ($38), at thesunscreencompany.com. READ MORE: 7 celebs to follow on Snapchat for everything health and beauty
Vichy Laboratoires Ideal Body Balm
“I’m part lizard, so I’m always on the hunt for a great moisturizer. This has face-cream-level ingredients, 10 different types of oil and an addictive feminine scent." —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Vichy Laboratoires Ideal Body Balm ($27.50), at vichy.ca. READ MORE: The new "nude" nails
Renée Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment
“Nothing tames cysts faster than this mix of pore-purifying lactic acid and bacteria-killing ethyl lactate. It’s basically Photoshop for your skin.” —Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor Renée Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment ($42), at reneerouleau.com. READ MORE: 6 totally wearable hair trends from NYFW Spring 2015
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance
“Laura Mercier wears this liquid glow-inducer as a substitute for foundation, and in my ongoing quest to mimic the French beauty aesthetic, I do too.” —Katherine Flemming, health & beauty editor Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance ($25), at holtrenfrew.com. READ MORE: 10 ways to detox the healthy way
Éminence Organic Skin Care Coconut Firming Body Lotion
“I’m a moisturizer slacker, but this lotion has a pump (key for laziness) and smells like coconuts from a far-off land (so I comply).” —Katherine Flemming, health & beauty editor Éminence Organic Skin Care Coconut Firming Body Lotion ($36), at eminenceorganics.com. READ MORE: 3 beauty looks you need to try this summer
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation
“Makeup infused with skincare is the best combination since caviar and champagne. Although this SPF 40 foundation gives a true second-skin effect, I love its fabulous spalike scent the most.” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation ($72), at Bobbi Brown counters, bobbibrowncosmetics.ca. READ MORE: The best beauty splurges and saves of top makeup artists
Pure + Simple Collagen Elastin Plus
“I layer this potent marine collagen, elastin, aloe-vera and algae serum on under my moisturizer morning and night to keep my skin happy (read ‘hydrated’).” —Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor Pure + Simple Collagen Elastin Plus ($145), at pureandsimple.ca. READ MORE: Celeb-approved beauty products that won't break the bank
Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser
“I’m not one to skimp on topical treatments—retinols, acids, what have you—so I give my sensitive skin a well-deserved break with this gentle hydrating cleanser.” —Victoria DiPlacido, assistant beauty editor Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser ($84), at beautymark.ca. READ MORE: Top 10 Asian-inspired beauty products
Renouve Anti-Aging Every Day Defense
“I’m both a germaphobe and an aging-aphobe, so this hand sanitizer with organic bitter-orange-peel extract and youth-boosting antioxidants is currently on high rotation.” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Renouve Anti-Aging Every Day Defense ($32), at renouve.com. READ MORE: Meet the 10 new Victoria's Secret Angels
M.A.C Veluxe Brow Liner
“No other brow product blends as easily, looks as natural and lasts as long as this creamy yet powdery pencil. Forget mascara; this is my lifeline to looking presentable.” —Katherine Flemming, health & beauty editor M.A.C Veluxe Brow Liner in Brunette ($24), at maccosmetics.ca. READ MORE: ELLE Canada editors reveal their biggest beauty splurge
Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection
“This new oil-free serum is a next-level touch-up situation. It softens your mascara-laden lashes and allows you to apply more (for a night out) without any flaking.” —Vanessa Craft, beauty director Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection ($26), at Sephora, sephora.ca. READ MORE: 4 tips to keep your airport beauty game strong
RMS Beauty Lip Shine
“This coconut-oil-based gloss morphs from slightly lilac to full-on Ursula (The Little Mermaid) as you layer. It also outperforms some of the best lip balms on the market.” —Katherine Flemming, health & beauty editor RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Royal ($25), at rmsbeauty.ca.
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