Winter really does a number on my hair. It feels drier, less shiny and definitely less soft. Since my hair is fine, a lot of repairing conditioners are too heavy for me but the Therappe & Humectress line seems to have found a happy medium.
Therappe Rebalancing Shampoo
Therappe has a medium thickness for a shampoo and lathers really well. My hair feels clean when I’m done but doesn’t feel stripped. I definitely need conditioner after but I don’t feel like my hair is completely moistureless.
Humectress Restoring Conditioner
Humectress is a lot lighter than a lot of conditioners I’ve used and even though my hair soaks it up, I don’t need a lot. I leave it in for a couple minutes and it leaves my hair completely manageable and easy to deal with.
Both Therappe and Humectress smell amazing and you really don’t need to use a lot of either one. I did notice a huge difference in my hair. It’s so much more manageable and the frizz level seems to be down quite a bit. But the biggest plus is that my hair is so shiny and looks really healthy. I barely want to put any styling product and to be honest, I need less than usual. I don’t know how my hair will react in the summer but Therappe and Humectress have really made my dry, winter hair look and feel amazing.
Lip Crayons are probably my favourite type of lipstick but there’s always something missing. Maybe the pigmentation is never really quite what I want it to be. Or they have a weird scent. With GOSH’s Forever Lip Shines, I finally have everything I want in a crayon. There’s no scent or flavour, there are numerous shades to pick from and the pigmentation is insane. The tip on these twist up crayons is slightly pointed so you can outline your lips and then fill them in.
L-R: Baby Baby, Love Story, Flirty Dreams, Magic Monday, Funky Friday, My Valentine
And just look at the colours in this swatch. These are all one swipe of colour. My favourite shade is Magic Monday, it’s the perfect bright coral for spring. Forever Lip Shine is definitely not transfer-proof but you don’t have to reapply constantly. They’re also not as shiny as you’d expect and leave you with almost a matte feel but they’re so comfortable that you basically forget you’re wearing lipstick.
GOSH has finally given me the lip crayon I’ve been waiting for.
Very few makeup brands can change the way that you think of makeup. Clinique’s new foundation is doing that for me. It’s changing everything, because it’s not just a foundation. This is a foundation and concealer from Clinique.
What does that mean you might ask? It means that this foundation is incredibly thick. It’s not heavy on your skin, just thick. For how thick it is, it actually feels very natural on your skin. A little goes a long way, we are talking a very little!
I have been so used to thin foundations. I have been so used to layering on thin foundation all over my face praying that eventually I will have an even skin tone. With Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation I have stopped doing that. I’m not long applying makeup all over my face. I am only applying this foundation where I need it. You can blend it in in such a way that your face comes away looking, well, perfect.
It has been making me feel all glamourous and camera ready just lately. I even looked good under the harsh light of a change room at the mall (which we all know is the worst!). I don’t know how I’m going to go back to my old ways and other foundations again.
If I had to pick a favourite thing from MAC it would be their eyeshadows, or more specifically their palettes. Unfortunately most of their palettes are limited edition and when they run out it becomes an issue. But now we have Eyes On MAC. These new palettes are part of the permanent line and come in colour families: Navy Times Nine, Amber Times Nine, Burgundy Times Nine, Purple Times Nine, Cool Neutral x 15 and Warm Neutral x 15.
While I’m dying to get my hands on the amber palette, we had a chance to try the Navy and it’s gorgeous. There are subtle shades for daytime and dramatic shades for night and countless combinations in between.
These palettes are so well put together and the quality is exactly what you’d expect from a MAC shadow palette. Great shades, multiple finishes (everything from matte to shimmer) and the pigmentation is fantastic. I had trouble doing swatches because a couple of the shades blended in to my skin a little too well but trust me when I say you want this palette in your life.
If you live somewhere that suffers through extremely cold, dry winters, even if you don’t already have dry skin you’ll end up with it. My skin already has dryness issues so by the time mid-winter hits my skin is itchy, flaky and generally unbearable. RoC’s Enydrial collection has pretty much saved my skin from the worst of it and it’s made for sensitive skin so it doesn’t cause other issues.
Rich Shower Cream
I love that this comes in a pump and lathers really well. There isn’t a scent (which I normally love) but my skin feels moisturized even before I add lotion.
Moisturising Body Lotion
This isn’t supposed to have a scent either (none of the line is) but there is a really faint one that I actually love. This lotion isn’t nearly as thick as I was expecting but boy does it get the job done. It’s extremely hydrating and you don’t need a lot of it and there’s absolutely no stickiness.
This face cream was the biggest surprise for me. You really don’t need to use a lot and your face feel so soft and hydrated. I have combination skin that’s almost an equal amount of dry, oily and sensitive and this works perfectly for me.
Repairing Lip Care
I’m not a huge fan of stick lip balms but this one is fantastic for putting on before you go to bed. It’s pretty thick so I can usually still feel it in the morning and if you have really chapped lips, you might want to try it.
This hand cream is not only my favourite product in the line, it’s also by far the best hand cream I’ve ever used. It’s glycerin based, so it has a little of that slick feeling at first but it absorbs almost immediately. If I put it on at night, I still feel it most of the next day and it’s healed every dry skin issue I had on my hands, along with scrapes and cuts. I don’t know if my hands would’ve made it through winter without cracking if I hadn’t had this cream.
At one point or another we’ve all used those long wearing lipsticks with colour on one end and a clear balm on the other. But they used to be way too drying. Luckily makeup has changed and Rimmel’s Provocalips are just one of the new developments that gives us long wearing, transferproof lipstick that actually lasts and doesn’t leave our lips completely dried out. With ten shades to pick from Provocalips has you covered from subtle to dramatic.
My favourite shades are Make Your Move and Play With Fire, but I liked all four shades we were sent. You put the colour on first, let it dry for a minute and then add the top coat. And you’ll definitely need to reapply the clear top coat to keep your lips hydrated. And that is where my problem came in.
These lipsticks leak. A lot. I left them lying on my counter among other makeup on their sides and when I went back for them everything surrounding them was covered. My counter, other makeup, my hands when I tried to pick them up. Since they’re waterproof, cleanup was not easy. So while I really like these lipsticks, I’m not willing to throw them in my purse to take with me since I now keep them upright at all times. Which means I can’t reapply the top coat when I’m out, so wearing them out really isn’t an option for me.
I’d love to find a way to fix the leaking issue because I would get a ton of wear out of these if I could take them with me.
Lush doesn’t necessarily have a spring line but they do have limited edition St Patrick’s and Easter products and a ton of other products that have a spring-like scent so we put together a list of our Most Wanted spring products.
Grass Shower Gel
There really couldn’t be a spring list without including Grass. It really does smell like a freshly mown lawn, something we’re all waiting for after all the snow from winter.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow Soap
Somewhere Over The Rainbow is a limited edition soap but the scent is one of my new favourites and I hope it makes an appearance in future products. Called Rainbow, this scent is a combination of Neroli, Mandarin and Rose oils and just smells delicious.
If you love the Grass shower gel, you might want to pick up a Green Bubbleroon. This bubble bar has way more of a lime scent to it but would go really nicely with Grass. And since it’s easy to split in half you can easily get at least two baths out of it.
If you’ve never had the experience of using one of Lush’s Shower Jellies, you really need to try it. Try leaving it in the fridge and then taking a chunk with you to the shower. Pot O’Gold is a limited edition St. Patrick’s Day product and if you love Honey I Washed The Kids, there’s a good chance you’ll love it. They say there’s pineapple and oranges in it but all I can smell is the vanilla.
Mask Of Magnaminty
Mint always reminds me of spring and summer but if it’s not your thing, you probably won’t love this mask. The second you open the tub, the scent of mint is everywhere and I love it. You can use this mask on your face and your body to get your skin ready for the skin baring clothes coming up.
Ever since the launch of Birchbox in Canada I’ve been super impressed by the boxes. So much so that I’ve cancelled other subscription boxes and focused on Birchbox because it’s been so much better than the others. For $10 (+$4.95 shipping) you get five beauty samples a month and most of the samples I’ve gotten are pretty fantastic.
For March, every box will receive the cult favourite Beauty Blender. While most fans of this sponge use it strictly for putting on foundation, there really are endless options for it’s use. Here are a couple (all of these use a wet sponge that has been squeezed out):
Apply your base coat and two coats of your base colour. Paint a line of the other two or three shades you want to use on the smaller point of your Beauty Blender. Roll from the middle left side of your nail and do any cleanup necessary with nail polish remover and finish with a top coat. Repeat with every nail.
Add a tiny bit of foundation to a damp Beauty Blender and stipple all over your lips. Tap Beauty Blender into a translucent setting powder and add to lips. Outline and fill in your lips with your lipstick and you’re good to go.
If you want a Beauty Blender in your Birchbox you have to sign up by March 17th but if you haven’t tried Birchbox, I strongly recommend it, even if you can’t sign up in time for the March box. You can find more information here.
I love when makeup collections are specifically suited to skin tones, I’m so fair I have a hard enough time finding the right shade half the time. Almay does a great job with their Smart Shade lines so I was really excited to try the newest edition, the Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks. They come in berry, pink, nude and red for light, light/medium and medium skin tones. I would normally head straight for the light shades but they sent us all of mediums. Luckily these lipsticks worked on me.
Almay really did a great job on the name of this lipstick because these definitely feel like butter. They are so smooth and creamy and a lot more pigmented than I was expecting, I thought they were going to be more like a tinted lip balm. The only drawback I found was that they were almost a little too creamy and didn’t always stay where I wanted them to, a primer is a definite must with these.
Even though the mediums worked well with my fair skin, I imagine someone with darker skin wouldn’t fare as well with the light shades. But if you’re having trouble finding a shade for your skin tone Almay just made your life a whole lot easier.
It doesn’t get much more on trend in Canada than the legendary Jeanne Beker. Most girls’ first memories of see the latest runway trends start and end with Jeanne Beker hosting Fashion Television as a kid. Beker has a new title as the Style Editor for The Shopping Channel and tonight she kicks off her new live show, Style Matters with Jeanne Beker. Makeup Most Wanted spoke to Jeanne to get her makeup memories and her secret tricks.
What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?
I remember rummaging through my mom’s drawer as a little kid and finding these weird little clear plastic stencils that she’d send away for – stencils to help you draw your eyebrows on! I must have only been about three or four, but I was mesmerized by them. I think there were a couple of plastic lip stencils too. Whew! Talk about a painted lady look! I also fondly remember wearing three pairs of false eyelashes to my Sweet 16! (Two on the top, one on the bottom…) That’s not a “first” makeup memory, but it certainly is a fun one. It was also the first time I ever wore lashes, so it was all very exciting.
What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?
I wash my face with an exfoliating mask most mornings, and then put on moisturizing cream, followed by a CC cream that gives great coverage, and then my liquid foundation. If I’m not going on camera, or anywhere that I have to get dolled up for, I’ll simply use a tinted moisturizer. Then, a little liquid or cake eyeliner, pencil in the eyebrows, some mascara, a little blush on the cheekbones, and top it off with lipstick and I’m good to go! I also use lots of body lotion and/or oil right after my bath. And I wash my hair at least every other day… but usually EVERY day, since I always seem to be going somewhere where I want to look my best!
What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?
Usually black eyeliner. I’ve been wearing it since the ‘60s, and feel rather naked without it!
What is your budget friendly beauty secret?
My good cheap nail salon is often my life-saver. I abhor ratty nails! I go to my favourite nail salon at least once a week, but likely wouldn’t go that often if it was an expensive manicurist.
Do you have any tricks that you have learned from behind the scenes at fashion weeks?
Takes lots of deep breaths, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!!
How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?
I use great products – NEVER cheap out on hair products – and I visit my colourist VERY regularly (about every two weeks because my hair grows fast!). I also regularly have it trimmed, and always carry a little brush or comb with me to keep it sleek. I’ve been going to the same fabulous hairdresser since 1979! I kid you not! His name is Gregory Parvatan, and he works out of Rapunzel.
Do you have a signature scent? What is it and how did you fall in love with it?
I used to, but lately have been experimenting with new ones. I love what Aerin Lauder does. I used to wear her “Private Collection” religiously, but now have been playing with some of her newer scents. She has a whole collection of little bottles that come in a lovely gift box, and I love just about all of them. Variety is the spice of life these days!
Do you have any products or treatments that you splurge on?
I do like a great massage every once in a while. I don’t go for facials nearly enough – just don’t have the time! – but sure would if I could.
Style Matters with Jeanne Beker premieres with a special two-hour show on Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. ET on The Shopping Channel. You don’t want to miss it because we are sure that she has some great picks ready! You will be able to follow Jeanne during the show on Twitter (@jeanne_beker) and Instagram (@thejeannebeker) using the hashtag #TSCStyleMatters.