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Here are 10 new perfumes we think she'll love!
Perfume is a fail-safe gift option for all the women on your list this holiday season. It's personal, it's luxurious—and she might not think to buy it for herself. To help you out a bit, here are a 10 new perfumes that we think she'll love.
This unisex fragrance blends berries, moss, sap, fir balsam, incense, patchouli and cedarwood for an outdoorsy scent that is the perfect gift for an adventurer.
The legendary Chanel No. 5 gets a fresh update with this L'eau version—a lighter and more modern take that we're sure will become an instant classic.
This exclusive-to-Canada scent from Atelier Cologne has a touch of maple enveloped in a warm and sunny scent—the perfect antidote to the winter blues.
There's nothing sharp about this rose scent. But the classic flower gets a modern spin when paired with fresh, green vetiver.
Calvin Klein's Deep Euphoria is rich and sexy. Notes of white pepper, rose, jasmine, musk and patchouli mingle for the perfect date-night scent.
If your gal (and your wallet) and looking for something a little more relaxed, try this single-note scent from Demeter. It mimics the smell of a fresh bouquet of wildflowers to perfection.
Volet and rose combine with fruity notes and musk for a feminine perfume that will delight any flower lover.
Guerlain's iconic La Petite Robe Noire gets a gourmand update with notes of candyfloss, vanilla and rose—yummy!
Sharp, floral neroli mixes well with aromatic basil for a scent that you just might want to steal from your missus.
White flowers and vanilla are a great match for a flirty fragrance. The holiday season could use a little more affection, no?
This light and fresh scent comes with a side of sultry—notes of mandarin and woods that mingle with flowers see to that.
We know that cleaning out your beauty kit can feel like a chore, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming thanks to our quick and dirty guide to de-cluttering.
When to toss old product
You have to let go of the old to make room for the new—and there are new products being released every day. Remember that beauty products do expire, especially the liquid ones like foundation, mascara, and skin-care. There should be a guideline on the packaging (it will look like a cream jar with a number on it—that number is the amount of months after opening that the product is good for), but if you can’t find it or don’t remember when you opened it, here are a couple of things to look out for.
Look for changes in consistency. Lumpy formulas or a separation of oil and pigment are red flags. If the smell resembles something rotting or the colour has darkened or oxidized in the bottle, it’s time to throw the product out.
If there’s a bad odour when you open the lid or the product is crumbling and breaking apart, you probably shouldn’t use it. Also, if you constantly have to scrape off a top layer of grime, throw it out.
If you detect a bad odour or if your lipstick is drying out or applying patchy, toss it. If your lip gloss is goopy and coming out in lumps, you don’t want to put that on your lips.
Quick tip: If you live in a warm climate, it's a good idea to keep your skin-care products in the fridge to preserve freshness.
There are times when you find yourself not using certain products because they’re stored in the backs of your cabinets or drawers. Out of sight is out of mind so get those products back in sight. Try pulling them out the night before and keep them on your vanity or dresser so you can remember to add the items to your rotation.
When to give away perfectly good product
If you’ve got products that are as good as new but you don’t find yourself using them, take a moment and ask yourself: Why did I buy this product? Why did I stop using it? Can I add this to my makeup routine or skin-care regimen?
Chances are if you haven’t used it yet, you probably won’t. Perhaps pass it along to a family member or a friend who might get better use out of it. Or even take a box full of your unused items to a women’s shelter. If you are going to donate, make sure your items are in clean and sanitary condition.
How to sanitize your beauty products:
For powder compacts, wipe the powder with a piece of Kleenex to remove the top layer. Then, take a new piece of Kleenex—fold it or cut it down to the right size—and place over the powder to avoid bacteria from getting into the fresh layer. If you threw out the box, seal with tape; no one but the new owner should be opening it. This works for face powders, blushes and eyeshadows.
For lipstick, lipgloss and other stick products, wipe them down with a piece of Kleenex sprayed with the cosmetic disinfectant. Once again, seal boxes or the products themselves with tape.
Always use a mini spatula for products that are in jars so you’re not dipping your fingers in there. Also, don’t throw away the plastic divider that covers the cream. When you want to give it away, all you have to do is seal the outside with tape.
Cosmetic sanitizers can be found at most beauty stores and makeup artistry stores. Always keep a sanitizer and a brush cleaner on hand.
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Stomp, step and skip into winter with these three must-try boot trends.
Lug-sole lace-ups get an upgrade with sleek hardware and a streetwise silhouette. Juxtapose this rough and tough style with something more feminine like a cashmere sweater dress.
Nothing grounds an outfit quite like a pair of over-the-knee boots. Look for sumptuous suede textures and sleek yet sturdy heels, they play nice with skinny jeans and a-line skirts alike.
Ziggy Stardust inspired boots are making a run for being one of the most glamours trends in footwear this season. Kick around in a pair of velvet booties in a regal jewel tone or sleek metallic.
When Chanie Wenjack died of exposure in 1966, it triggered the first-ever inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children at Canada's residential schools. Decades later, this searing novella tackles his tragic story.
The first time Canadians heard Chanie Wenjack's story, it was 1967 and it had been months since the 12-year-old Ojibwa boy had died while running away from the residential school he had been forced to attend. At the time, Chanie's tragic fate barely made a dent in our collective consciousness, but 50 years later, Canadian artists—such as Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, graphic novelist and artist Jeff Lemire, electronic music group A Tribe Called Red and author Joseph Boyden—are working to make him a household name. Take, for example, Boyden's latest novella, Wenjack. It's a much shorter read than his last book, The Orenda, but no less critical.
Wenjack follows Chanie on his ill-fated journey home, where, shivering and starving, he's followed by manitous—spirits that take the shape of animals—which observe his journey through sympathetic eyes. Home, you see, is much farther away than Chanie realizes. Wenjack turns a scathing eye on residential schools and reminds us that Chanie's desire for his family, his language and his pet dogs is not a singular story, but, rather, evidence of a dark stain on Canadian history. Boyden continues the difficult conversation of reconciliation by allowing us a glimpse into the frightened mind of a child who only knows that home is where he should be—and that Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School is not it.
Wenjack (Hamish Hamilton Canada)by Joseph Boyden, $12.