We see a lot of new products and press releases come into our email every month. Here's what we're loving right now.
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1. Give back
Donating your time to an animal shelter or hospital isn't just good for the soul, it may also be good for the brain! A recent study from the University of California suggests that volunteering is associated with better executive and cognitive function in older adults, which may lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
2. Fab Fringe
For volumized, lengthened lashes that dazzle, adopt an eyelash serum into your nightly routine. This powerful serum from French beauty company Vitry boasts an effective formula with panthenol and matrix peptides that help strengthen the lash root and banish sparse spots. Apple a few coats before bedtime and start seeing results in just weeks—it's that easy.
3. Step to it
Timeless and versatile, the loafer is a fall footwear classic. If you’re looking to add a pair to your wardrobe, try one of these chic styles.
4. Mugs & Kisses
Start your day off right with a hot mug of Fairtrade-certified coffee freshly roasted in coffee company Bridgehead’s Ottawa roastery. The brand’s limited- edition fall blend boasts notes of red fruit and toffee, and you can drink away knowing that every cup helps support sustainable family farmers in Marcala, Honduras.
5. Must-See TV
Unfolding over 100 years and exploring under represented parts of Canadian and Indigenous history, Bones of Crows is a moving mustwatch. The program tells the story of Cree matriarch Aline Spears, who was forced into the residential school system as a child, and her descendants, as they face the scars of the past and fight for a more just future. The five-part limited series premieres September 20 on CBC Gem, CBC TV and APTN.
6. Scarily Delicious
October is the month of ghosts and ghouls, and there’s no better way to mark its arrival than with a horror movie marathon. To get into the spooky spirit, try a killer food and cocktail pairing from The Horror Movie Night Cookbook, inspired by iconic lines and characters from your favourite freaky flicks. Sip The Campfire Sour while watching The Blair Witch Project or dig into a decadent Bird’s Nest Pie inspired by The Birds for a scary good time, guaranteed.
7. Join the scrub
Make room on your counter for a sponge that’s just as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. The Super Scrubber made of antibacterial and odour-free silicone, from Toronto-based cleaning brand Dotti, can tackle dishes, counters or shower tiles with ease. One of these mighty scrubbers can last as long as six regular sponges; plus, one dollar from each order goes to support mental health research and programming. Available in three chic colours, these versatile tools have made cleaning a whole lot easier...and cuter. Dotti Super Scrubber in Sage, Blush and Odyssey, $11.50
8. Door to Door
Whether hung outside to greet guests, or inside for the family to enjoy, a festive wreath on the door is a great way to bring the stunning colours of fall to your home. These autumn-inspired styles are enough to bring visions of pumpkin-picking and Thanks- giving dinners to mind while still looking super chic.
Top: Northlight 13.75" Orange Pinecone Indoor Artificial Fall Wreath, $60
Left: Holiday Living 22" Orange, Green and Brown Artificial Fall Wreath, $45
Right: Northlight 19.5" Chrysanthemum Artificial Fall Wreath, $100
9. Small but mighty
Looking to relieve muscle aches and period pains? Ready for relaxation the go? This portable massage and heat device is a hands-free alternative to the popular massage guns, plus it’s small enough to tuck into your handbag. With three adhesive pads that can be reused up to 20 times each and nine heat and vibration combinations, all you have to do is find your favourite setting, stick it to your sore spot and let your stress melt away. Hypervice Venom Go heat & Vibration Wearable Device, $200
10. Going Bananas
We’re loving Kingston, Ont.-based skin-care brand EI Skin’s sensorial formulations, small-batch production and effective active ingredients. Made with raw materials sourced sustainably from organic farms across the country, the company is all about creating a restorative self-care experience to help you feel your best. Try the Sassy Banana mask that brightens the complexion and smells good enough to eat! EI Skin Sassy Banana Pineapple Enzyme Mask, $64
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