December 2nd, 2013
Winter months can be tough: we tend to work longer hours, exercise less and spend most of our time indoors.
All of this can lead to stress and anxiety, and even worse, skin issues. One magical little plant soothes it all: relax with L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath ($29 at L’Occitane, left); nourish your skin with Weleda’s Lavender Relaxing Body Oil ($21 at Whole Foods, right); refresh with Green Beaver’s Natural Deodorant ($5.99 at Choices); and escape with Urban Spa’s Lavender Sleep Pillow ($13.99 at well.ca).
September 16th, 2013
No holiday to Europe is complete without a trip to the drogerie/farmacie/farmakeio. Whether you're picking up mozzie repellent, sunscreen, artisan toothpaste or your favourite Paris-made hand cream, pharmacies are always a delight.
On a recent sojourn in Athens here's what I stuffed into my suitcase:
Korres' fig shower gel is the Greek islands in a bottle.
Infused with honey, aloe and lavendar, this shampoo from Propoline is heaven for thin, dull hair.
Made with extracts of rosa damascena, known as the queen of flowers for its skin rejuvenating properties, we love the Rose Otto facial serum from Dr Organic.
With its whimsical packaging, this fabulous range of natural shampoos and body washes from Apvita leaves the little ones squeaky clean and smelling like honey.
May 15th, 2013
Move over BB, we’re into CC now.
We admit that to anyone but beauty enthusiasts, this sentence must sound like gibberish, but long-time readers will know that we love a product that multitasks. Short for ‘Complexion Corrector,’ the Almay CC Cream is packed with complexion improving ingredients, while conveniently providing coverage with one product. Unlike its predecessor BB, CC can be thought of as more of a skincare product, rather than a makeup one. Almay’s brand new Smart Shade CC Cream does the trick without having to spend a fortune on multiple products.
Wear alone for a light summer cover up nad you've got this season's minimal trend covered. —Anya Georgijevic
April 8th, 2013
We’re suckers for luxe creams in pretty packaging, but sometimes, it’s those cheap and cheerful drugstore buys that work the biggest miracles.
Chapped lips be gone. Our kit is never without a pot of good old-fashioned Vaseline.
Essence Cosmetics is another makeup kit staple. The colours are gorgeous, with nothing over $3.99. Bargain.
When we can’t be bothered to wash our hair, Klorane's dry shampoo (or a chic cashmere beenie) works wonders.
Another mane miracle, is the restorative conditioning mask from Live Clean’s argan oil collection.
And for winter worn hands, few things beat Burt’s Bees hand salve.
March 26th, 2012
Because beauty doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny, we’re spilling the deets on our best-loved drugstore products. Trust us: They are as affordable as they are awesome
Simple Skin Care
A staple since our teen years, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($9.19) is still the best sensitive-skin cleanser we’ve ever come across.
The gold standard of hairspray, find me a stylist that doesn’t swear by L'Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray ($11.99).
Back to Basics
Why spend a fortune on artisan lip balms when good old Vaseline ($1.99) will do? No girl should be without it.
Quick Change Artist
We change our polish as often as our pants (yes, daily) so there’s no point in shelling out on expensive lacquers. Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish ($6.99) is five-steps-in-one. Save on time and cash.
Beautifully packaged hand-milled soaps belong
among our delicates. To keep us squeaky clean, we choose the ever-so-lovely Dove ($1.99 for a 2 pack). —Athena Tsavliris
All products available at Shoppers Drug Mart, www.shoppersdrugmart.ca
April 21st, 2011
Our childhood discomfort in the dental chair has been replaced by slick offices with personal TVs and spa-like facilities—but it all starts with the daily brush.
Just in time for Earth Day we tested a sustainable, compostable, biodegradable dental line, Clean Idea. Designed in Vancouver and made from veggies like potatoes, corn, tapioca and wheat, the children's toothbrush ($3.99) has soft bristles and a handle designed especially for small hands, while the kid's ecoflosser is topped with a Mr. Molar cartoon.
We'll get over our headgear one day.
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March 22nd, 2011
There are creams that belong in a safe they’re so luxe, but we’ll stick with our trusty drugstore favourites. Herewith, five products no girl should be without:
For an instant glow, we massage a few drops of The Aromatherapist Rosehip Oil ($29.99) into our cheeks. Whole Foods Market, 87 Avenue Rd., Toronto, 416-944-0500, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/toronto
July 12th, 2010
The smell of barbecues, campfires and sunscreen tantalizes our senses and affirms that summer is here. And so does the stench of most bug sprays.
This year, we’re keeping the bugs at bay with Buzz Away, a DEET-free insect repellent with cedarwood, citronella, peppermint, eucalyptus and lemongrass. Although you have to apply it more frequently than other repellents, the smell is subtle and more fresh than fierce and the convenient 60 ml bottle ($10.25) is easy to tote around.
Cottage country, here we come.
$10.25 at Well.ca