We often read about transitioning footwear from winter to spring and summer to fall but what about fall to winter? The struggle can be real—do you pull out the heavy duty lug-sole Sorel boots or do you hold out with a pair of rubber Hunter boots? Since Canada is vast, depending on where you live can mean different degrees of protection—and traction. Here are 13 transitional boots that will have you looking stylish and protected this fall and winter. We picked one to go with every major city in Canada, related to their average fall forecast.
Vancouver's wettest season is autumn, with an average of 450mm of rainfall. Come December the average temperature hovers around 6°C. Which means it's the perfect time to break out a pair of fleece lined rubber boots, or simply add liners to a pair of wellies you already own.
Redford boots, $110.
The most common forms of precipitation during November and December are light to moderate snow fall. Temperature can range drastically throughout the day, with daily highs of around 7°C dropping to -5°C.
Clarks Whistle Be a Leather Booties, $180.
Halifax gets a hefty rain fall come the autumn, with its rainiest month being November. The average temp is 6°C but come December it drops to -5°C with rain fall turning into snowfall of about 35 cms. Look for a water-repellant boots to keep feet dry and wool inning in your boots to get yours toes tasty.
Ecco ‘Elaine’ buckle boot, $290.
Charlottetown's rainiest time is during the fall, and come December there’s a mix of rainfall (59mm) and snowfall (66cm) with an average temperatures of -4°C. No need to pull out the big guns yet, stick to a sleek pair of waterproof boots.
Cougar ‘Quill’ boot, $110.
Come December Saskatoon sits at -11°C with light to moderate snowfall and an average of 18cm falling by months end.
Evener Peak Waterproof boots, $300.
Come December Toronto’s average forecast calls for moderate weather sitting at 1°C with a nice dusting of snow, 22cm to be exact. No need for heavy duty winter boots just yet, slip into something a little bit more fashion than function.
Arvida boots, $170.
December in Montreal is typically cold. According to Canada's National Climate Data, the average daily temperature for the month is -5°C. Though January and February are the snowiest months, Montreal normally has a blanket of snow come December. The month usually sees about 58 cm of snow, so it’s important to have a good bit of traction and warmth built into your boots.
Anchorage boot, $312.
Yellowknife's December average sit at a brisk -20°C with roughly 60 cm of snow projected, so it's time to break out the snow boots!
Ugg ‘Caleigh’ boot, $158.
Come the month of December daily temperatures range from -9°C—20°C. Snowfall is usually light and sits around 30cm. Look for boots that provide plenty of warmth, breathability and dry quickly.
Como boot with a temperature rating of -30°C, $170.
Fredericton enjoys a sunny climate, averaging about 2,000 hours of sunshine a year however its temperatures are on the chillier side come December, sitting around -6°C with snowfall accumulation hitting highs of 37cm.
Perry Top Sider Black saltwater boots, $140.
Winnipeg has its nickname "Winterpeg" for a reason, the city's temperature fluctuates but come December averages sit at -15°C with a light snowfall, accumulations only reach 12cm.
ROYAL CANADIAN ‘Kanata’ lace-up leather boots, $220.
Out east they get a warmer fall, and St. Johns is no exception. But the temps start to change quickly nearing the transition to winter with temps going from 4°C to -10°C in a flash with an snowfall for the months of December reaching 63cm. Try slipping on a pair of breathable leather boots with a flexible lug-sole and sterling lining.
Naturalizer ‘Tamsie’, $200.
Iqaluit is in the Arctic, so it's COLD. It's average fall to winter temperatures are crisp and cool: -23°C. Rubber boots won’t cut it, you need a boot that’s warm, functional and durable.
Tofino II Boots, $176.
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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Real talk: a facial isn't really a facial unless you're reclined, cocooned under a warm blanket and listening to the soft, soothing sounds of waves lapping against the shore while an esthetician massages your skin. But the next best thing is recreating the professional experience at home. Give your skin a beauty boost, your mind a rest and your bank account a break by pampering yourself with an at-home facial.
1. FRESH START
First, remove all traces of makeup, dirt and impurities from your face. If you have an oily complexion, use gel-based cleansers, which will balance out the skin’s natural oil. A gentle, creamy cleanser adds hydration to dry skin. For a spa-like experience, fill the sink with lukewarm water and add a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, rosewood or eucalyptus. Dip a cotton face cloth into the water, then wring out gently and press it soothingly on your face to further cleanse the skin. This second cleanse will help you unwind—and remove all residue without stripping away essential oils.
2. SLOUGH OFF
Next, choose a mild exfoliant, which will remove the surface layer of dead cells. If you frequently skip this step in your regular beauty regimen, it can cause your skin to have a dull and listless appearance–so get scrubbing! Depending on your preference, needs and skin sensitivity, you can either use a manual exfoliant with spherical beads that lift dead cells off the skin’s surface or a chemical exfoliant, which uses natural enzymes, like pineapple enzymes, that digest [or dissolve?] skin cells. Make sure skin is still moist before applying the exfoliant. Then, for a manual scrub, distribute the product around the face in a circular motion, using light pressure (avoid the eye area, as the skin is thin and can be damaged easily); rinse with tepid water. Slather on a chemical exfoliant, leave for a specified time and rinse with tepid water or micellar water. Your skin will instantly feel smoother and your complexion will look more radiant.
3. MIRACLE MASKS
Now it’s time to indulge in a refreshing, invigorating or soothing mask that’s designed to accomplish your skin care desires. Regrettably, there’s no such thing as a mask that can treat all of our skin care woes in a single application. That’s why treatment menus at spas include multiple facial options; each one targets a specific problem area. If your complexion is oily, use a clay mask. Natural clay masks are detoxifying treatments that help remove excess oil and cleanse pores deeply, which can help clear up pesky white and blackheads over time. If you have dry, dehydrated skin, opt for ultra-nourishing cream masks that add moisture and plump up the skin. These types of masks will likely be absorbed into the skin; however, they still require a final rinse. Women with combination skin can customize, by multi-masking, using a mixture of the different types. In oilier areas, such as the t-zone, try applying a clay mask, then apply a hydrating gel or cream mask to the rest of the face. When applying any kind of mask, ensure that it’s a safe distance away from the hairline, eye area and lips. After the specified time, use a clean, cotton face cloth drenched in lukewarm water to remove the mask.
4. ADD THE MOISTURE
Finally, it’s important to seal in all that hard work with your daily serum, eye cream and moisturizer. This also helps to rehydrate and calm the skin. Don’t forget your lips; apply a rich hydrating balm or treatment to get them looking just as radiant as the rest of your face. If you’re planning on stepping outside into sunlight after your facial, be sure to apply sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
SET THE MOOD
Get yourself in the mood for a relaxing in-house session with these suggestions.
This unique eye treatment uses a cooling gel technology that lets you feel the difference right on contact. It's a three step eye system that works together to aid with an uptake of hydration, depuffing and firming.
Flawless By Friday Mesmereyes, $26.
If a Snapchat filter and a mask hooked up we'd have this brightening character mask. It helps boost dull skin to look brighter and matte with cotton seed extract. Perfect for oily skin complexions
Character mask puppy brightening, $4.
This charcoal mask draws out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, $31.
Whip it Good
This nutrient-rich mask contains Argan oil and Moroccan rhassoul clay—whipped together to nourish, clarify, firm, and refine skin.
Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment, $59.
When it comes to skin care, NEVER FORGET YOUR NECK! This bio-cellulose patch mak intensely hydrates and moisturizes skin with amino acids and wheat proteins with skin tensing properties.
RODIAL Neck Masks, 8 for $64.
Looking for an greener option. This radiance repair mask is formulated with a gentle exfoliating blend of Glycolic and Lactic (AHAs) Acids to improve skin’s clarity and firmness. Bioflavonoid-rich hibiscus, raw blueberries and cranberries and super hydrating cold-pressed oils to restore moisture.
Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask, $86.
Great for oily and acne prone skin, this mattifying mask absorbs oil, impurities and environmental pollutants to help detoxify skin. Charcoal powder draws out deep-seated debris to purify pores, while mineral clays soak up excess oil.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask
This super luxe mask uses extract from honey which is repairs and smooths skin. This gel-textured honey mask leaves the skin plumped up and exceptionally smooth right from the first application.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Repairing Honey Gel Mask, $182.
Photography by David Wile Credits: Photography by David Wile