Under $100: Best fashion and beauty buys for March
Besy buys for March, under $100 Image by: Zara
Under $100: Best fashion and beauty buys for March
We've got spring on the brain and our digital purchases this month are reflecting that! As always, these buys are under $100.
It's almost spring (really!) and so we're starting to think about warmer weather fashion and beauty purchases that we can indulge in right now. Here's what we're buying this month.
Contrasting metal earring, $18, zara.com.
The hammered metal, mixed with two-toned gold and silver makes for a cool set of earrings. The odd shapes are taping into the geometric earring trend, that’s blowing up this spring. - Julia McEwen, fashion & beauty director
THESE EYES HAVE IT
Lidstar in Cub, $22, glossier.com.
If you follow cult beauty brand Glossier, then you know that the day after the Oscars they released a new product. It’s a liquid eyeshadow in 6 shimmery shades that are sheer but can be built up, and we can’t wait to find out if these beauties can stand up to the 12-hour-wear they promise. For spring, you’ll find me sporting “Cub,” a rose gold shade that will look great in light-eyed gals like myself. - Alexandra Donaldson, fashion & beauty editor
Top, $25, forever21.com.
My newfound obsession with one of this season’s hottest colours only continues to grow stronger. This mustard yellow ruffle-sleeve top costs only $25, making it an easy addition to my collection of yellow pieces. If you’re still warming up to the sunny shade, check out our style guide on how to incorporate yellow into your next outfit. - Murissa Barrington, fashion & beauty intern
Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon Transformative Night Gel-Cream, $108, dermalogica.ca.
A lot of night creams are thick, packed with emollients and just plain heavy. This transformative night cream from Dermalogica is different. It has a gel-cream consistency and it’s brimming with essential oils. One of the key ingredients is lavender which helps promote a deep sleep. This formula uses motion-activated encapsulated lavender, so anytime you toss and turn the lavender scent is re-activated. It also contains tamarind seed extract, which helps to promote skin’s natural hydration process as well as wu-zhu-yu extract, which provides visibly radiant skin by morning. - JM
Harper shirt, $70, levi.ca.
Now that the weather is (sort of) warming up, I’m starting to think about what I want my summer wardrobe to look like. For me, that means embracing easy and breezy pieces like this simple, light button-down. I’ll wear it with jeans on the weekend, or with a midi skirt to work. - AD
PRESS AND GO
imPRESS Special FX, $10, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
I know press-on manicures of the past may have been flimsy and cheap looking, but in recent years the designs have seriously improved and the glue is now strong enough to hold for up to one week. I love this imPRESS press-on gel manicure because it makes it easy to get that freshly manicured look no matter what your schedule (or budget) looks like. This Special FX set comes in the popular spring hue lilac matte and features an accent nail with a shattered glass design. - MB
Obe light pink cross-body bag, $65, littleburgundy.com.
The round handbag is the shape of the season, and we like it best in a cross-body version. - JM
Biossance 100% Squalane Oil, $68, sephora.com.
If you haven’t already heard of squalane oil, don’t worry it’s about it be everywhere. This lightweight, fast-absorbing oil is also super moisturizing, making it ideal for pretty much everyone. The brand who’s bringing it to the masses is Biossance, who has created a sustainable and cruelty-free version of the oil (it was originally from the livers of sharks). If you’re a newbie, try the brand’s 100% Squalane Oil and make sure to apply it on your legs, elbows and hands for some serious hydration. - AD
MAKE A SPLASH
Jeffrey Campbell boots, $81, shop.nordstrom.com.
With spring now upon us, the days of rain, mud and in Canada- slushy snow are here. These boots by Jeffrey Campbell features on-trend Chelsea-inspired detailing and a comfortable chunky heel. What makes these boots even better though is that they’re waterproof, which makes for a stylish and dry commute. - MB
Bobbi Brown All Over Glow, $39, bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
On the quest to achieve glowy skin? Don’t want to look shimmery to fake it? Your fast track is this luxurious skin-illuminating formula that instantly captures and reflects light for a naturally luminous, lit-from-within glow. It’s packed with Squalane, which mimics skin’s natural moisturizers. - JM
Silver sandal, $50, callitspring.com.
If you’re not headed on vacation, it might be a little early for this sandal—which is sort of a sport-meets-space sandal. But, since I am headed somewhere warm at the end of the month, this simple old-school-inspired pair is the perfect sandal to pair with denim cut-offs, and breezy dresses. The silver colour definitely helps keep these chic. I predict this style to be a bit of a divider—so do you love ‘em or hate ‘em? - AD
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang! Volumizing Mascara, $32, sephora.com.
Believe the hype. This mascara is really all that it claims to be. Developers at Benefit Cosmetics reportedly spent four long years perfecting the new formula and clearly their efforts paid off. The result is a mascara that lifts and volumizes even the tiniest of lashes without weighing them down. - MB
Gap High Rise Crop Flare Jeans, $80, gapcanada.ca.
We love these jeans for their small details. A good pair of jeans is almost like an equation, in this case; high-rise + crop + raw hemline + two-tone = perfection. One of our favourite attributes of this pair is the subtle flare out at the calf—super flattering. - JM
Crossover top, $46, zara.com.
Nothing says spring more to me than a white eyelet blouse, so even though the weather isn’t likely to cooperate until June, I’ll be willing a little sunshine with this pick. It’s a super flattering wrap style and the long sleeves make it a bit more wearable for March. - AD
GO FOR BOLD
Large stud earrings, $75, ilovebiko.com.
Small delicate pieces of jewellery may be “in” for spring, but statement earrings are still making their mark this season. I love the sculptural shape of these Solarwave stud earrings by Canadian accessories brand Biko. This twisted style easily elevates and adds interest to a simple outfit without being overbearing. - MB
Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, $61, etiket.ca.
At $91 this mask isn’t exactly a budget pick—but I will say it stopped my latest breakout in its tracks. I had been given a sample of this mask a while ago, but it wasn’t until my latest breakout (thanks to a fun combo of stress, hormones and dehydration) that I actually got around to trying this mask. It’s awesome. Tata Harper is an all-natural brand and I loved that this mask helped to reduce redness and the appearance of red spots without drying out my skin at all. I’ll be savouring this mask for when I inevitably breakout next—it’s become my new favourite acne-combatting tool. - AD