From head to toe, we picked the best buys for this summer.
If your eyelids attract oil like a wool dress draws lint, you're probably plagued by constant eyeshadow creasing. The trick is to eliminate as much oil as possible from your eyelids, then use an eyeshadow primer or dab lids with pressed powder before applying colour. Skip cream shadows and opt for powdery ones.
QUICK FIX: UNMASK AND GLOW
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask, $4, garnier.ca.
Skin feeling tight and looking dull? Before you consider consulting a dermatologist or booking a facial, try a sheet mask in the comfort of your own home. These one-use, individually packed serum-soaked fabric masks are made from cotton or silk cellulose and require no rinsing post application. In just 10 to 15 minutes, they deliver a high concentration of nourishing ingredients, and they're especially effective for plumping up dry skin. we're currently coveting the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask. Each cellulose mask contains half a bottle of serum!
CHEAP THRILL: LITTLE BLACK BATHER
One-shoulder swimsuit, $30, marshalls.ca.
Black and white and chic all over sums up this asymmetrical swimsuit. The side-swooping shoulder and peekaboo mesh midriff lend some serious sex appeal without showing too much skin. With the addition of structured neoprene-like fabric and princess seaming, it skims the body and creates a clean, smooth line.
THE SHOE OF SUMMER
Canvas espadrilles, $60, lechateau.com.
Looking for a shoe to wear to a garden party? If you're craving height, nothing beats a wedge. If summer had an official shoe, it would undoubtedly be a rope-soled espadrille. Skip the lace-up styles and look for a low-slung ankle strap to give you more support—and versatility.
Vichy Minéral 89 Fortifying and Hydrating Daily Skin Booster, $40, vichy.ca.
To say that Vichy water is drenched in history is an understatement. Originating from volcanoes in the French Auvergne countryside, this water has travelled through rocks that are 380 million years old and picked up some souvenirs (15 minerals) along the way.
Its cocktail of minerals helps strengthen the skin's barrier. "You may think the barrier function is basic, but in fact, this structure is very complex, sophisticated and organized," says Elisa Simonpietri, international scientific director of Vichy Laboratoires. "It gives us physical protection, but it's also antimicrobial, antioxidative, and photo protective and retains water," says Simonpietri. To celebrate its fortifying water, Vichy Laboratoires set out on a mission to create a moisturizer that's brimming with as much thermal water as possible. Two years and hundreds of trials later, Minéral 89 was crafted. This daily skin-care booster is formulated with 11 ingredients, with the stars being 89 percent Vichy mineralizing water teamed with a high dose of hyaluronic acid. Think of this gel-like moisturizer as the founding step in your routine to enhance the skin's barrier by giving it both strength and moisture.