These iconic beauty products have been around for ages—maybe they were even used by your mother or grandmother. So why mess with a good thing? These winners are still available and beloved by celebs, makeup artists and hairstylists everywhere.
Though L’Oréal Paris’s Elnett hairspray first came to Canada in 2009, it has been flying off shelves in Europe since 1960. The name comes from the French words “elle” (meaning “she”) and “nette” (meaning “neat”), and the product is known for its ability to hold the hair in place without producing a helmet-like effect. The classic spray has continued to evolve for the past fifty years, but the “original” Elnett is still used by hairstylists around the world. L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, Ultra-Strong Hold, $15/400mL, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Revlon was founded in 1932 by brothers Charles and Joseph Revson, and their first product was a nail enamel that came in colours other than red. Funnily enough, their most iconic shade 80 years later is Revlon Red, a classic red polish for the fingers and toes. Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red, $5, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Formulated for dry skin types, the original Nivea Creme soothes the skin while softening rough areas such as the knees, feet, elbows and hands. It was first put on the market in 1911, and remains a nostalgic item for many, with its metal tin and clean, powdery smell. Nivea Creme, $9/200mL, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
The original green-and-pink Maybelline Great Lash formula has been on the market for over 40 years—since 1971! Having won numerous beauty awards, the mascara is known for its ability to coat and separate each lash for a great everyday look. Most women, at some point in their lives, have used and loved Great Lash. Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, $5, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Designed in 1885, the pricey Mason Pearson hairbrush has been elevated to cult status for its high-quality build and amazing wearability (it will last a lifetime!). The bristles are spaced perfectly to distribute oils and detangle even the most unruly hair. The boar-hair version is best suited to women with normal to fine hair, while boar with nylon suits normal to thick hair. Those with super thick hair should stick to all nylon bristles.
M.A.C's bestselling lipstick in the entire world, and a top seller in almost every country, is Ruby Woo. It was first launched in 1999 as part of a matte lipstick collection, and has since developed cult status for its extreme wearability and matte yet creamy formula. Ask any celebrity that loves red lipstick and she's sure to list Ruby Woo as one of her faves.
First released in the 1920s, Chanel No5 has become a legendary perfume synonymous with class, elegance and good taste. Marilyn Monroe cemented its status when she claimed to wear nothing but the fragrance to bed at night. The complex scent is made with eighty different ingredients such as Ylang Ylang, Grasse Jasmine, May Rose and Aldehydes, and is a staple in any fragrance wardrobe. Chanel No5 Eau de Parfum, $168/100mL, at Chanel beauty counters.
According to the Clé de Peau website, their concealer is "perhaps the most perfect product in the world." Very few would argue with this statement. The product has long been a must-have for makeup artists and beauty editors because it hides under-eye circles, pimples and dark spots and stays put all day long.
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Artwork has the power to transform the look of any room in your home, but it can be hard to find a perfect piece that fits your space and your budget. Our favourite online destinations for affordable art will help you decorate your walls without emptying your wallet.
Society6 is home to hundreds of thousands of artists from all over the world. Each piece is available either as a gallery quality print (multiple sizes and framing available), or on canvas or metal. With a huge selection and prices starting at only $17, there is something for everyone.
Painted protea pattern
Peachleaf willow gold tree rings
Everyone’s favourite bookstore is now a destination for home décor. The selection of artwork includes everything from fun typography prints to travel-inspired landscapes. The selection gets updated seasonally so check back frequently!
Beach scene art print
Our heiday flamingo art print
Etsy is an online community where artisans from all over the world sell handcrafted goods, including an incredible selection of original art and prints. Shoppers can save favourite items (for later purchase) by registering for free and becoming part of the Etsy community.
Paris art print
Started in 2007, Minted is an online marketplace for independent artists from across the globe. The varied selection of budget-friendly art is available in sizes ranging from 5 x 7 inches to 40 x 54 inches. You can search for the perfect piece of art based on style, shape and even colour. Custom framing is also available.
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Sarah Gunn, our home and garden director, shares her picks for the hottest looks you'll want to try in your home in 2017.
1. Wonder wall
The new breed of adhesive wall art (think colourful abstract patterns, gorgeous watercolours and large-scale moody florals) is sophisticated, is super easy to apply and makes a serious design statement.
Blossoms large wall mural, $811, anewalldecor.etsy.com.
2. Shape up
We've seen geometric home accessories in gold and other metallics, but now this silhouette can be found in light fixtures, decor and even furniture in a matte ceramiclike finish. This approach hitches onto the still-hot handcrafted trend and elevates mere home accents to objet-d'art status.
Mine pendant lamp, $389, anthropologie.com.
3. Purple reign
With some major paint companies choosing purple as their paint chip of the year—Benjamin Moore has selected Shadow, a rich amethyst shade, while CIL calls out Antique Violet, a soft greyish lavender—the time has come for this underused hue to hit its stride. While pastels are still holding on, this daring palette reflects a move toward intense, striking paint colours. If purple walls are too dramatic a change, try adding a smaller hit to your home by painting a console table or a desk in this royal hue.
4. Green crush
Following fashion's lead in textile and colour (Pantone has placed two verdant hues, Greenery and Kale, on its Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report), home decor has brought back luxe bottle-green velvet in a big way. While this incarnation calls to mind a posh library or a private club, its sleek lines and brass accents give a modern effect. A jewel tone might feel like a bold choice for such a big piece of furniture, but in an otherwise neutral room, it's a more approachable way to add colour.
Avec apartment sofa with brass legs, $2,199, cb2.com.
5. Swan dive
Move over, owls, foxes and flamingos. We predict that swans will make a graceful appearance as the animal motif of the year. Look for them in everything from fabrics to artwork.