Refresh Your Face
Even if you aren’t going back to school this fall, I’ve spoken before about how autumn always brings about a sense of ‘change’ for many of us. Maybe someone in your life is starting a new experience, maybe you’re hunting for a new job, or maybe, like myself, you’re simply eyeing the cute fall fashions that are rolling into stores and feeling like it’s time to add to your wardrobe. To take another angle – why not try something different that simply makes you feel beautiful or special? If you’re going to invest in upgrading another part of your life, it’s important feel great while doing it. Today, I’m highlighting five brands and standout products that are worthy of your attention as you go through some reinvention!
skinnyskinny: Choice Product – Dry Shampoo – $9 – $32
Beauty myth debunked: washing your hair everyday is NOT a good idea. I know some people are obsessed with scrubbing up, but really your scalp needs to replenish itself with the natural oils that are stripped away when you’re under the water. Dry shampoo has recently become my new best friend – it adds instant lift and volume at the roots for second-day locks, meaning you can skip a shower. The trick when using something right at the roots of your hair is to find something organic and all-natural, like skinnyskinny’s unisex range of dry shampoos with lush scents like Rose and Black Pepper or Grapefruit and Cardamom. Incidentally, skinnyskinny is an amazing, expansive line of organic beauty products that comes in really adorable packaging to boot! Try putting together a custom package of products to gift to the back-to-schooler in your life; choosing organic is just as much as a beauty reinvention as anything. For the record, you can also pick up skinnyskinny products at GreenBeauty.ca, FreshFaced.ca, Vedalift.com, and Oresta.ca!
BONUS: CGG readers, place your orders – you’ll get 15% off and a bonus sample product from skinnyskinny when you use the promo code ‘CGG15’ at checkout, but only for the next week!
Marc Jacobs Beauty: Choice Product – Style Eye-Con Palettes – $71 each @ Sephora
I’m fascinated by this next entry because, quite frankly, the fragrance game is crowded. It seems every celeb and fashion designer has a few signature scents to their name by this point – but a full line of makeup? That’s still new territory for a lot of folks. Marc Jacobs has entered the fray with his first-ever makeup collection, including the basics – foundation, concealer, liner, powder – and a palette of products that just happen to be perfect for fall. Rich, jewel-toned eyeshadow palettes, polishes, lipsticks, and glosses are rounded out by a set of artisan brushes. Frankly aside from the intrigue factor for me, I’m also keen on the adorable pill-inspired packaging. It’s just that extra je ne sais quoi, you know? Splurge on a bold yet on-trend colour this fall to help refresh your beauty regime. Available at Sephora.
By Nieves: Choice Product – Cloud of Protection – $7.50 – $18
Part of the natural beauty movement is spurred on by a desire to return to ‘simpler times’. By Nieves, one of my new favourites in the category, has capitalized on that with their line of handmade products that are packaged in really adorable, apothecary-style bottles. While their items would probably look more at home on a turn-of-the-century drugstore shelf than your medicine cabinet, they certainly take into account modern beauty concerns. One of my favourites of the bunch is their Wizard of Oz-esque ‘Cloud of Protection’, which uses the natural defensive power of essential oils to work as an anti-microbial shield against the bacteria and viruses that tend to pop up once we’re all trapped in school and office buildings together in the fall. It can be used as an air spray to freshen up after cleaning or even as a safe hand sanitizer before noshing down on lunch. Spritz your kids on the way out the door or gift it to someone that’s entering a new work or school environment this season.
Sally Hansen: Choice Products – Sugar Coat & Fuzzy Coat Nail Polishes – $7.95 each @ Drugstores Nationwide
If you’re not ready to make a dramatic change this fall, how about just taking advantage of a brand that’s done the legwork for you? Sally Hansen has released two new textured polish lines this fall. The Sugar Coat polishes make it look like you’ve dipped your wet nails in a jar of sugar for a funky, grainy look. Meanwhile their Fuzzy Coat line-up – inspired by the chunky knits that dominated the fall runways – uses micro-bars of matte flakes to give your nails a nubby look that’ll perfectly match those new snuggly cardigans and pullovers you snap up while fall shopping. It’s a low-commitment yet memorable way to upgrade your style profile – plus makes a fun birthday gift for your closest girlfriends.
Stark Skincare: Choice Product – GREEN TEA Detox Mask – $30
Finally, a Canadian brand! As the lovely Jessica of Stark Skincare noted to me, her brand of 100% natural vegan beauty products are actually probably better known outside of her home and native land. Again, not to oversell the packaging, but the mix of primary colours, clean lines, and glass bottles will make for standout pieces on your bathroom shelves. Of course, they’ll also have a standout effect on your skin. Instead of producing a dozen scent variations per product, the entire line is meant to work and complement one another. A personal favourite is the Green Tea Detox Clay Mask, which comes to you as a dry powder to be mixed with a wet ingredient of your choice – water, tea, and juice are all fair game. It’s particularly timely during the fall season for two reasons. First, it works wonders on dry, flaky skin – either from sun damage or from a cooling off in the temperature (try mixing it with honey for extra nourishing benefits). It also helps to efficiently and gently clear up acne, meaning you can kick those zits to the curb well before school photo day rolls around.
Phew! I hope you enjoyed this little tour of some new brands and products, all perfect to integrate into your beauty routine this upcoming season. I’ve got a fun prize package pulled together for one of you kids, including three Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat nail polishes, a Green Tea Detox Clay Mask from Stark Skincare, and a Dabble Bag from By Nieves. Here’s how to enter:
1) Leave a comment by September 16th, filling me in on which of these products / lines you’re most eager to sample and why!
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around September 17th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Like Stark, skinnyskinny, Sally Hansen Canada, or Marc Jacobs on Facebook; leave a comment about why you’re keen on trying their product, leave a link back to your comment here, earn up to 4 bonus entries (1 per page you Like).