Put These Drugstore Beauty Picks in Your Cart RN (You Won’t Regret It)
The latest makeup, skin and hair care updates to try right now that won’t break the bank.
Anyone else getting love at first sight vibes? Inside this luxe rose gold-capped vessel, is loose finely-milled powder that delivers notable iridescence in a choice of three easy to wear metallic tones. A multi-purpose winner, you can use it on eyelids, cheekbones and even blend it with lip gloss, says brand ambassador Clint Dowdell. Plus, they’re part of a new-to-Canada line that boasts naturally-derived formulas that don’t contain silicones, parabens or other cosmetic no-nos. (Need an excuse to go shopping? This is what happens if you use old makeup on your face.)
Nude by Nature Shimmering Sands Loose Eyeshadow, $22 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Taking your hair care game up a notch just got easier, and more time effective!Sold individually, each sachet contains a sturdy sheet mask cap lined with conditioning ingredients like argan oil and aloe vera juice. Designed to a be worn in the shower, pop one on over a freshly shampooed mane and let the nourishing cream and steamy environment work their magic. Five minutes later and softer strands are yours.
L’Oreal Paris EverPure Aloe Blossom Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, $6 at mass retailers
Slip ’n Shine
After seasons of matte madness a glossy finish on the lips is making a comeback! For proof the beauty essential works with any style look to the SS18 runways where gloss proved its range from Valentino’s new-age romanticism to the edgy party queens at Alexander Wang. For a high-shine finish that won’t put you out of pocket, try this lovely blend of care and colour.
Joe Fresh Beauty Essential Lip Oil in Pomegranate, $8, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart
Hooray! = that feeling when you don’t have to fork over a lot of green to commit to green skin care. Made with 99% naturally derived ingredients and 0% parabens, dyes or silicones, the rose-infused liquid hydrates dry and sensitive skin and can be used before or after makeup, or to refresh throughout the day. At this price, you can indulge in guilt-free misting ‘til your heart’s (and face’s) content.
Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist with Rose Water, $11 at mass retailers
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Going the Distance
If longer lashes are on your daily beauty wish-list this divine red tube is worth every cent. Offering a ‘false-lash’ look in the blink of an eye, the inky black formula elongates the shortest of lashes while the tapered precision wand captures the wispiest ones. Plus, the long-wear finish stands up against smudging or flaking, even on uncooperative oily eye lids.
Smashbox Super Fan Fanned-Out Mascara, $24 at Shoppers Drug Mart and beautyBOUTIQUE.ca
An elegant tool can go a long way to taking the bore out of a chore. No longer the domain of men’s razors only, a sculpted metal handle accented with rubberized grip manages to take the ugh out of shaving. With nary a touch of pink in sight, what hasn’t changed are the presence of five angled blades that maneuver curves, like ankles and knees, with ease.
Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Shaving System, $15 at mass retailers
When a cool AF hair styling pro tells you this new addition is in her kit 24/7 you take note. Highly moisturizing yet quickly absorbed by hair, the airy whipped formula conditions instantly while taking down frizz and boosting shine. Don’t let the curly hair classification deter you – anyone can get in on this action, says Marilisa, Artistic Director for Marc Anthony Hair Care.
Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Perfect Curls 7-in-1 Leave-In Treatment Foam, $12
It’s time to shed some light on managing breakouts. Like, for real. Using the power of blue and red light therapy (the former kills acne bacteria, the latter reduces inflammation), this pen-like gizmo works on mild to moderate blemishes. Used for two minutes three times a day, and ideal for spots in the early stages of forming, this could prove to be the secret weapon of your skin care routine.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $35 at mass retailers
One and Done
Spend some quality time with this pretty palette will surely brighten any grey day of April showers. From rosy blush to champagne highlighter to sophisticated eye shadow tones, this compact can do it all. For an unexpected take on a smoky eye look, try blending grey or black shadow with plum, petal pink or copper. TBH there’s no wrong way to dabble in the eight eye shadow hues offered in this cohesive set.
Maybelline New York The City Kits Eye + Cheek Palette in Pink Edge, $18 at mass retailers
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Dry shampoo deserves a hard-working name. Besides its ability to soak up oils, dirt, and sweat, it’s a go-to product for Hair Food Celebrity Stylist, Rebekah Forecast who uses it to add volume. “It’s also great if you’re using heat on the hair, give a light mist of dry shampoo through hair and then use the appliance on top of that and it adds to the hold,” she says. This one earns her praise for a light consistency that doesn’t leave a chalky residue. And given her work – the roster includes Zoey Deutch, Greta Gerwig and Alison Williams – we’ll have what she’s having.
Hair Food Sulfate Free Color Protect Dry Shampoo, $15 at Shoppers Drug Mart