There are two kinds of people in the world: those who see bad weather as a masking opportunity and – well, those other people. You know who this post is for, right? And really, this is about a chance to to sample brands you’re curious about, courtesy of those gift cards Santa left for you (or the credit you've accumulated from stealthily returned gifts that didn't quite hit the mark). Happy New Year!
omorovicza mini mask duo
The box is inspired by the dreamy, starry sky in our favourite book, The Little Prince, and its contents, the Omorovicza mini mask duo, is a great way to explore this luxury skincare brand based on mineral-rich Hungarian spring water. It contains two heavenly-smelling masks made of Hungarian moor mud: one clearing and one brightening, as well as a snowy white application brush.
$55 CAD and $45 USD at beautylish.com
kérastase elixir ultime
Fact: Kérastase Elixir Ultime is the most beautifully scented haircare line of all time. (I rub the Elixir Ultime serum on my skin as perfume.) If you can still find it at your local salon(s), the Christmas trio of shampoo, conditioner and serum in the Elixir Ultime Holiday Gift Set is everything you need to keep your hair nourished, soft and frizz-free at this, the driest time of the year.
$112 CAD at select Kerastase Paris salons
gucci bloom limited edition
Language lesson: vaporisateur poire is "atomizer bulb" in French.
A special edition of Gucci Bloom eau de parfum, the white floral instant classic comes with a vaporisateur poire so you can create a scented cloud to walk through, because even if the world outside is cold and lifeless at least you can smell great.
$160 CAD at thebay.com
ole henriksen glow goals
Nothing brightens skin like vitamin C, and a little Glow Goals Set from Ole Henriksen will help you tackle uneven skin texture, tone and sun damage via pairing an AHA toner with a vitamin C gel. Already have the vitamin C moisturizer? The Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner with glycolic and lactic acid is available on its own.
duo: $18 CAD at sephora.com; toner $34 CAD and $28 USD at sephora.com
quo makeup brush kit
Not so long ago, natural-hair makeup brushes were the softest there were, but also the most eye-wateringly expensive (hello, $140 Shu Uemura kolinsky sable eye shadow brush #11).
But now synthetic fibre technology has improved (thank you, science), and you need to feel the cruelty-free, synthetic brushes in Quo’s Centre Stage set, each one as fluffy and soft as a Siberian kitten.
$40 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and beautyboutique.ca*
bite beauty agave lip masks
There's a reason the thoughtful people at Bite Beauty offer three balms (clear, light nude Maple and pinky red Candy Cane) in a glossy red logo tin. You need multiples of this super-healing, lanolin-rich lip salve to be truly protected. One by the bed, one in your coat pocket and one on the coffee table, so you’re never more than a few feet away from instant lip hydration.
$18 USD at bitebeauty.com
beautycounter hand cream
Wherever you have stashed a lip balm, add a tube of hand cream. Make one this shea-butter-and-jojoba-oil-rich Beautycounter Hand Cream in Citrus Mimosa and you will have conquered winter.
$21 CAD and $18 USD at beautycounter.com
the body shop facial mask duo
Wallis Simpson said “You can’t be too rich or too thin”, but we are more fans of “you can never have too many facial masks.” Take this duo from The Body Shop. Apply the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask to the oily bits (hello, T-zone) and the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask everywhere else for both a fetching two-tone look and the right amount of hydration and pore-clearing.
$24 CAD and $20 USD on sale at thebodyshop.com
bkr paris water bottle topper
If you panic when you don’t have a lip balm on your person at all times, a water-bottle-and-balm duo will be instantly calming, like a teddy bear but for lip balm obsessives. Wait, water bottle and balm? Yes, as in a bkr bottle with a bkr Paris Water Balm Cap and bkr Paris Water Balm. We take ours to the gym, for some lip attention between machines and stretching.
bottle from $32 CAD at well.ca and $26 USD at sephora.com; cap $9 CAD on sale at well.ca and $10 USD at sephora.com; and balm $24 CAD on sale at well.ca and $22 USD at sephora.com
Do you have any new beauty stuff set aside to try on your next bad-weather day?
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