Cold temperatures and harsh winds can take a toll on your lips—and there is nothing sexy about a chapped mouth. The good news? Our favourite lip balms can help eliminate dry, sore and chapped lips. These affordable picks range from $4 to $32.
Blistex helps to relieve sore lips & restore moisture balance.
Blistex Deep Moisture Renewal with SPF 15, $4, walmart.ca
A 100% organic and 95% natural lip balm that's packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil.
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm, $4.50, walmart.ca
Chapped lips are rescued instantly, thanks to a hint of eucalyptus—plus cooled by a touch of icy menthol.
Maybelline New York, Baby Lips Dr Rescue Medicated Lip Balm, $5, maybelline.ca
This natural lip balm is loaded with coconut- and sunflower oils and rich in vitamins.
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, $5, burtsbees.ca
This hydrating balm contains shea butter, beeswax, grapeseed oil, vitamin E and meadowfoam seed oil to keep your lips soft, comfortable and looking great.
Sephora Collection Super Nourishing Lip Balm, $8, sephora.ca
Formulated with soothing emollientsl ike Squalanea, Lanolin, Wheat Germ Oil and Vitamin E this pick helps to protect lips from the drying effects of cold weather.
Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, $12, kiehls.ca
This balm leaves lips soft, repaired, and protected through antioxidants like grape polyphenols and repairing apricot oil.
Caudalie Lip Conditioner, $14, sephora.ca
This 99% all natural lip balm helps to smooth dry and chapped lips.
Yes to Coconut Naturally Smooth Lip Balm, Coconut, $15.30, amazon.ca
A concentrated lip treatment that will keep dry lips smooth and soft. This formula includes honey, beeswax and propolis extract that helps to soothe skin and provides instant relief to dry lips.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm, $25, sephora.ca
This product acts as an ultra-hydrating lip treatment that conditions lips. Plus it also enhances volume and improvies the overall definition of the lip area.
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, $32, sephora.ca
Whether you're on the hunt for a thoughtful gift that's sure to impress or simply a gift that can be delivered, your answer is easy: Go for subscription boxes.
They're trending hard in the gift department. So, what are subscription boxes exactly? Basically, there's a company out there (yes—in Canada, too!) that will bundle up specific things you're interested in and deliver them in a package right to your door. No matter what your thing is—beauty, sweets, wine, more wine—there's a subscription box for you.
Think about the people on your list and narrow down what makes them tick. Beauty buff? Get her a subscription to Glossy Box. Goop-enthusiast? Mama Earth Organics. Coffee Lover? The Roasters Pack. Sweet tooth victim? Bakers Krate.
Treat your mom to Oh Mother's boxes, which will deliver pampering products to ensure she gets a little "me" time. For your daughter, Ellebox will help her get through that gloomy time of month, for the bookworm, Owl Box offers new young adult books and fun extras, and for the relative who's going through a difficult time, Caring Crate will help keep their spirit up.
And there's still plenty more subscription boxes to choose from.
Flip through the slideshow to find out some of the best boxes available to Canadians and learn about what each one has to offer.
WineCollective sources wine from around the world and delivers a selection of the best that's been curated just for the recipient.
Ellebox offers a monthly delivery of pads, tampons, self-care gifts, and treats to help the least-fun time of the month be a little bit easier.
Up to a dozen healthy items–including skincare, snacks, vitamins and lifestyle items—will be delivered to her door in this box by Little Life Box.
This quarterly subscription box by Oh Mother ensures your favourite lady gets some "me" time. The box consists of artisan products including teas, chocolates, bath salts, aromatherapy sprays, candles, and more.
Canada Craft Club has scoured the world to curate a collection of the best craft beers and will deliver top selects to the recipient's door every month.
Perfect for the Gwyneth-type—the one who juggles it all and is devoted to healthy, organic goods—will go crazy for this monthly subscription service. Mama Earth Organics offers healthy foods and fresh produce from local organic farms and will deliver right to her door.
Ensure your friend who's out-of-the-country doesn't get too homesick this holiday season with Expack's Canada box. It boasts classic Canadian treats—like ketchup chips, Coffee Crisps, and Flakies—that are beloved by everyone north of the border.
Keep your guy organized with Harry's subscription service for shaving products. It offers simple items—like razor blades, shave gel, and post-shave balm—in sleek designs and at fair prices.
This one's for the coffee
snob adorer. The Roasters Pack delivers three amazing coffee roasts from three artisan roasters to the recipient's door each month.
She'll probably be equally happy and mad at this gift: Bakers Krate delivers locally-sourced freshly baked goods (including cookies, brownies, and cupcakes), made by Canadian artisans, right to her front door.
Help your beauty-loving bestie stay in-the-know with the classic, latest and greatest beauty finds with Glossy Box. It brings makeup, hair, and skincare products to consumers’ doorsteps around the globe.
For the friend who's suffering—whether from a life event or a mental illness—Caring Crate delivers care packages that include mood-enhancing aromatherapy and tea, journals, and healthy snacks.
Full of cat treats and toys that have been selected for each individual feline, Meowbox's monthly boxes will be a fun gift for your cat-loving friend—and for her little cat too.
My Tea Box will deliver three new blends of loose leaf tea to the recipient's mailbox each month. Our favourite blend so far? Tiramisu rooibos tea.
Fuel your teen's love for reading with the Owl Crate—the company delivers a brand new young adult novel as well as some extra goodies to recipients each month.
Cakey or fudgy? Crunchy on the outside or gooey all over? Topped with pecans or doused with ice cream? No matter how you take your brownie, you'll be sure to find your perfect match (and maybe a new favourite!) in our roundup of the best brownie recipes.
If you're anything like us, your love for brownies goes back to your childhood and the hot, gooey homemade batch your mom would whip up. You couldn't wait for it to cool even a little before taking a forkful and would soon be begging for seconds. And then there were the sundae-topped brownies you'd order for dessert at your local restaurant. Complete with vanilla ice cream that melted down the sides of the brownie, whipped cream, chocolate fudge, and a cherry, this was dessert at its finest—or at least, child-approved finest. And so, it should come as no surprise that this classic comfort treat still remains one of our most beloved desserts today.
From the overload of chocolate to the gooey texture, there's plenty to love about brownies. But in case you need another reason, here it is: They're easy to make and easy to take to a decadent—or even more decadent—new level.
For those who favour fruit in their desserts, whip up a batch of brownies that boasts banana and coconut, chunks of cherry, or rhubarb and cream cheese. For the ones who like brownies extra sweet, load them up with chocolate chunks or toffee bits. Looking for an extra dose of flavour? Add plenty of peanuts, top them with caramel popcorn or add some Irish cream to the batter.
Flip through the slideshow for the top recipes, and get ready to discover a new beloved version of your favourite, classic treat.
Chopped banana chips and toasted coconut flakes make these dark, fudgy brownies extra special.
Get the recipe: Dark and Delicious Banana Coconut Brownies
For your go-to brownie recipe, look no further than this classic version. Deck your batch out in your favourite toppings, or simply serve it with a dollop of whipped cream.
Get the recipe: The Best Chocolate Brownies
These holiday-ready brownie bites are loaded with chocolate—including milk, dark and white. For a cakey texture, bake for an additional 7–10 minutes.
Get the recipe: Triple-Chocolate Reindeer Bites
The combination of rich dark chocolate and a sublte crunch from chopped toffee bars is what makes these the best brownies you'll ever make.
Get the recipe: The Best Chocolate Toffee Brownies
Sure to please every chocoholic, these brownies are so chocolaty that there's no need for icing.
Get the recipe: Super Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies
Crunchy peanuts, fudgy chocolate and a smooth ganache topping—what more could you ask for in a brownie?
Get the recipe: Peanut Explosion Brownies
Brown butter icing adds a rich nuttiness to these brownies and enhances the buttered popcorn flavour of the topping.
Get the recipe: Caramel Popcorn Brownie Bites
Sweet glacé cherries and vivid pink icing give these sumptuous brownies a nostalgic retro look.
Get the recipe: Cherry Chocolate Chunk Brownies
These enticing squares blend the flavours of moist banana bread and cakey brownies.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Banana Brownies
A sweetened cream cheese swirl ties the unexpectedly delicious combination of chocolate and rhubarb together in these soft, chewy brownies.
Get the recipe: Rhubarb Cream Cheese Brownies
A double dose of chocolate—creamy milk and decadent dark—makes these moist brownies unbelievably gooey and indulgent.
Get the recipe: Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies
These little treats are topped with a rich Irish cream–flavoured ganache.
Get the recipe: Irish Cream Brownie Bites
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