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Smart watches you need to get your hands on and the best brow mascaras.
One of the biggest mistakes women make with their wardrobes is wearing pants that aren't the correct length, especially for their shoes. If you're hemming jeans, you'll probably want the length to match your flats, but if you're shortening trousers you intend to wear with pumps, you need them stitched to your heel length. Typically, hems should graze the tops of your shoes, which means about half an inch from the floor.
ONES TO WATCH
Smart accessories might not be new, but it's taken some time for major players to design trendy work-friendly gadgets instead of silhouettes best suited for the gum. These pieces may not look like the future, but trust us, they are.
WiseWear Calder smart bracelet, $426, saks.com.
This gadget tracks activities and syncs with your smartphone for mobile notifications, though the real game-changer here is that the bracelet can be used as a distress messaging device, too. Tapping the bottom half of the bracelet will notify your emergency contacts with a text message and your GPS location.
Timex IQ+ Move watch, $260, timex.ca.
Timex fuses its affordable ethos with the latest in smart-watch technology by launching the IQ+ Move collection. It's a series of analog watches that connect with your smartphone to sync time, track activities and review fitness goals. There's no need to charge this bad boy, as it operates on a battery that lasts for about one year.
Striped shirt, $35, reitmans.com.
File this under "fashion favourites." The styling possibilities are endless with this wardrobe workhorse; think of it as the neutral of the print world. It looks effortless and timeless, and it doesn't cost a car payment.
Impress Press-On Manicure One-Step Gel, $10, walmart.ca.
It happens to all of us. An important event creeps up, yet you have no time to hit the salon or swipe on a coat of polish at home. The solution is simple: Keep a few packs of Impress press-on nails, available in two shapes and loads of colours and nail-art styles, on hand for beauty emergencies. The patented SuperHold Dual-Layer Adhesive is easy to apply: Remove the clear tab, then press onto your nail. It takes just a few minutes to apply a full set, and the manicure will look perfect for up to a week. The best part? No drying time.
WE TRIED IT: BROW MASCARA
1. Marcelle Perfect Brow, $13, marcelle.com.
This brush was the tiniest of the group; its sharp angle allows you to be extra precise. The product is available in only two shades (plus a clear version), but where it lacks in colour selection, it makes up for in definition and hold. The pigment isn't as intense as the others, but it's buildable. This mascara left our eyebrows sculpted and lightly tinted from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2. Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, $32, sephora.ca.
Available in three shades (Light, Medium and Dark), Gimme Brow claims to have a water-resistant formula. We did the fact-checking (that is, we wore it through a HIIT cardio class), and it didn't budge. It has teeny fibres that stick to your brow hairs and skin, creating the illusion of more hair. This cult classic is great for subtly enhancing brows with minimal effort.
3. Make Up For Ever Brow Gel, $25, sephora.ca.
This brow gel combines skin-care ingredients (such as red algae, which helps strengthen hair) and coloured fibres to help create the appearance of fuller eyebrows. What's notable is its extensive shade selection (five) and two-sided spoolie brush; the flat side combs eyebrows, while the angled side coats the hairs with gel. The colour deposit is more intense than the other two mascaras we tried, and the formula was the most buildable.