Under $100: Best buys for July
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Summer is in full swing and our editors share their favourite picks for July. The best part is that they're all under $100.
Now that summer has arrived, our style choices are heavily influenced by the weather. Yet, even as we find ourselves at the mercy of the heat, we look for every opportunity to be outside—whether we're at the cottage, the beach, or the nearest patio. Our fashion and beauty picks for July include some absolute must-haves including the perfect denim cutoffs, sleek summer sandals, and a decadent bath bomb.
Tie One On
Italian silk square scarf in navy polka dot, $40, jcrew.com.
This little accessory gives big look, and it can be worn anywhere from your head to your neck to your wrist. Not only that, but the classic accessory is ultra-accessible (you probably already have one in your closet), yet it comes in luxe versions as well, like this silk one from J.Crew. - Julia McEwen, fashion & beauty director
La Roche-Posay My UV Patch, $0, laroche-posay.com.
This transparent patch will let you know exactly how exposed you are to sun damage. It contains photosensitive dyes that change colour depending on sun exposure and you wear it for three days (on the back of your hand or somewhere else that gets a significant amount of exposure). Then, you scan the patch with the My UV Patch mobile app and together with your personal data (skin type, location, weather) you receive advice on how best to protect yourself from the sun, including products, information on what time to apply and SPF level. The results? According to La Roche-Posay who distributes the patch, the patch actually helps with sun safety thanks to increased awareness. In a preliminary survey, 63% of people experienced less sunburn, 37% used more sunscreen and 31% tried to stay in the shade more. Sun safety is no joke, so we’ll take any opportunity to make sure we’re more protected—and the first step is awareness. The best news? You can get the patch for free. La Roche-Posay will distribute 10,000 UV patches this month in drugstores and online. - Alexandra Donaldson, contributing editor
Butterball bath bomb, $5, lush.ca.
Bath bombs are the perfect bath time companion. They not only provide endless entertainment with their fizzy, spinning motion, but they also hydrate your skin and smell downright edible. The Butterball scent from Lush is one of my favourites because it’s so mild. It’s a soft, vanilla scent and it provides a light creamy texture to your bath. - Kaysey Davis, style intern
Cross My Heart
Multicoloured beaded cross body bag, $49.90, zara.com.
Nothing brings me more joy than a stylish accessory that’s also functional. Enter the cross-body bag, my favourite hands free carryall. This textured satchel mixes the cuteness of arm candy with the ease of a fanny pack. - JM
O’Neill One-Piece Swimsuit, $100, bikinivillage.com.
Chances are you have a go-to bathing suit you love. Something that’s basic and comfortable and black. While I would never suggest you give up comfortable, even neutral-loving souls like myself can see the merit of a fun, printed bathing suit. This monokini (looks like a one-piece from the front and a two-piece from the back) is fun without being too loud, and rings in at exactly $100. - AD
Canadian babe lips lapel pin, $11, peace-collective.com.
After what seems like months—if not years—of resisting the trend, I finally joined the pin and patch bandwagon. I found a couple pins that I absolutely adore and use opportunity to wear one. This pin by Peace Collective caught my eye for several reasons. I like that it’s small but still very detailed and I love the shade of pink. Oh, and of course, I love that “Canadian Babe” is scrawled across the bottom lip. - KD
Essie Gel Couture Nail Colour in Looks To Thrill, $13, well.ca.
This is the dream colour vacation manicures and pedicures are made of. Not too pink and not too orange, truly the perfectly peachy coral. This two-step polish system (after two coats of the colour you’re suppose to use the Gel Couture Nail Colour) nails are left more durable and shiny. Which you’ll need to rely on when you travel. - JM
Superfood Mask + Scrub, $39, graydonskincare.ca.
Canadian all-natural skin-care brand Graydon’s new launch, a mask and scrub, is perfect for travelling and low maintenance women who don’t want to change their whole routine to try a new product. What do I mean? Simply add one capsule of the mask-in-powder-form to your existing oil or cream cleanser for a cleansing scrub. Or mix with water and use as a mask a few times a week. The ingredients include glacial clay (to purify), meteorite powder (to exfoliate) and licorice root (to fight inflammation) to keep your skin in tip-top shape. - AD
French terry V-neck dress, $65, gapcanada.ca.
During the warmest days of summer, the last thing I want to wear is a pair of pants. I want to feel comfortable but still look great. Enter the t-shirt dress—the perfect summer garment. Usually made of cotton, linen, or other breathable fabrics, this item is guaranteed to keep me looking and feeling cool, calm, and collected. I usually accessorize with great sandals and a pair of sunglasses. - KD
‘Yoana’ sandals, $60, aldoshoes.com.
Elevate your everyday go-to flats and choose a pair decorated with pom poms, beading, or ribbon. If that’s too much embellishment for your sartorial senses you can’t go wrong with a golden metallic pair for fun flats. - JM
Pure Argan Oil, $50, zorahbiocosmetiques.com.
I’ve long been a fan of oils when it comes to keeping my skin soft and hydrated. And when it comes to those oils, the fewer ingredients and the more natural they are, the better. Which is why I was excited to learn that Canadian company Zorah Biocosmetiques has a pure argan oil product. Argan oil is known to hydrate and has a high vitamin E content. It absorbs easily and is non-irritating, making it a great oil for pretty much everyone to moisturize with. - AD
MUD water resistant mascara, $19, sears.ca.
This water-resistant mascara by LA-based makeup brand, Make-Up Designory (MUD), is quickly becoming one of my favourite mascaras ever. I only need a couple layers of the product to achieve longer, more defined lashes—but it’s the packaging that really sold me. MUD uses a squeezable tube instead of the harder plastic cases, which means I can get every drop of the product out. - KD
High Waist Shorts, $25, hm.com.
As my summer vacation approaches, I only want to wear one thing: denim cut offs. I’ll spend my cottage vacation week pairing this closet staple with swimsuits, plaid button-downs, summery blouses and oversized t-shirts. Despite how much use I get out of my denim shorts, I won’t be spending a ton of money on them. My usual go-to is to head to Value Village to cut up a pair of second-hand jeans, but with H&M selling already-distressed pairs at just $25, I may have saved myself the trip. - AD
Turn Up The Volume
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Clear Conditioner, $10, walmart.ca.
If your hair is thin, fine and limp and the thought of coating it with a rich conditioner makes you recoil try John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Clear Conditioner. Its one of the first clear conditioners on the market so it doesn’t contain any heavy ingredients that can weigh hair down while still detangling and moisturizing tresses. Plus it smells fruity, but not overbearing so it won’t compete with your fragrance. - JM