SHOP ALL WEEKEND: WINTER SKINCARE

With the holidays over and starting a brand new year, you might have had a rough time with this hectic transition. We went from stuffing our faces and attending party after party, to getting the hang of our regular, basic routines. Not only that, but it also seems like the weather is playing games with our emotions. One minute it looks like the beginning of spring, and the next it is like we are back in the Ice Age.

All of this takes a toll on your body and plays a huge factor on your skin. As a result, it may be a lot more dull and dryer than usual. So here are a few beauty products that will bring the glow in your skin back and help you surviving these winter months.

Photo Credit: The Body Shop
Photo Credit: The Body Shop

One product that I highly recommend is The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Cream. Vitamin E has multiple skin benefits such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, warding off sun damage and brown spots, and smoothing out the surface of your skin. The Vitamin E Moisture Cream is extremely hydrating, and will bring life back into your skin when using consistently.

Where To Buy: http://www.thebodyshop.ca

Photo Credit: Sephora
Photo Credit: Sephora

Dry and dull looking skin is usually accompanied with dark under eye circles. It can be a result of staying up late over the holidays and not recovering because of the climate change. To help combat under eye circles, try Clinique’s Pep-Start Eye Cream. This cream is lightweight, and has brightening properties, that will hydrate your skin and make your eyes look alive again.

Where To Buy: http://sephora.com

Photo Credit: The Body Shop
Photo Credit: The Body Shop

I believe that everyone should invest in a really good exfoliant. By using exfoliating creams we get rid of dead skin cells that have been lagging on the surface, and help reveal bright as well as glowing skin underneath.The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Scrub is a perfect at home exfoliant. It is infused with Vitamin C, Amazonian Camu Camu, and Community Fair Trade Shea Butter. It is meant to be applied once a week and will illuminate the skin, correct uneven skin-tone and lighten dark spots.

Where To Buy: http://www.thebodyshop.ca

Photo Credit: Lush
Photo Credit: Lush

With winter, we not only get dry skin, but we also come in terms with dry lips. For a quick fix, use a lip exfoliant to give your lips a smooth surface that matches your face. A perfect lip scrub is Lush’s Bubble Gum Lip Scrub. It smells – and tastes – like bubble gum and it will leave your lips feeling hydrated, smooth and looking luscious.

Where To Buy: http://www.lush.ca

Photo Credit: Walmart
Photo Credit: Walmart

Even though it is winter, and the sun loves to hide, UV rays are still peaking through and can cause damage to your skin. Using exfoliators and brightening agents will most definitely leave your skin being a little more sensitive than usual. A sunscreen that I love is Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 70. This sunscreen is super lightweight and is the number one recommended suncare product by dermatologists. Just apply a generous amount on your skin after moisturizing, and you’ll be shielded for the day.

Where To Buy: http://www.walmart.com

Sade’s Beauty Holiday Gift Guide

With December finally here, Christmas is right at the tip of our tongues. The days are flying by, but if you haven’t put a dent in your shopping list yet, don’t bust your brain — I’m here to help. If the true loves in your life happen to be makeup junkies, take a look at beauty treasures. (They’ll impress way more than a partridge in a pear tree, anyway.)

NYX Highlight and Contour Palette

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The opening of NYX Cosmetics at Square One was a huge success, to the point where products were constantly selling out. One popular item that every girl had to get her hands on was the NYX Highlight & Contour Palette. It comes with four highlight shades and four contour shades, letting users play around until they find the perfect combination to brighten and sculpt their face. And it’s affordable to boot, considering how contour kits usually cost a small fortune.

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow

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Another foolproof pick from NYX is their Prismatic Eyeshadows. These highly pigmented hues really make the eyes pop, and it stays on the entire night. There’s a total of 12 beautiful, shimmery shades — a handful of them makes for the perfect stocking stuffer.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Treat Box

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One can never go wrong with a gift from the Body Shop. Who doesn’t adore a nice body scrub to indulge in after a long day, or a thick body butter to quench dry winter skin? The Body Shop’s Holiday Collection is in full swing, so you can choose anything from candles to beauty essentials for the beauty gurus on your list. Tip: if it’s a stocking suffer you seek, reach for the Frosted Cranberry Treat Box, a mini gift set that includes a luscious cranberry-scented shower gel, body butter and little crinkle bath lily. Cute!

The Body Shop Advent Calendar

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The Body Shop’s Advent Calendar is also a holiday must-have. It’s great if you’re one of those people who can’t stand waiting until the 25th for your friend to open the gift you got them — this way, they can open a little something every day leading up to Christmas. The mystery gifts inside are way better than your average chocolate version.

Perk Citrus Mistress Body Scrub

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Some products just aren’t for everyone, and because of that, people will go the natural way. Natural beauty products are just as good, if not even better, than regular beauty products. Perk Citrus Mistress Body Scrub is an all-natural, vegan product. Made by Toronto’s own Perk Naturals, the scrub bans dry and flaky skin, acne, and eczema (in other words, it’s your all-in-one winter beauty remedy). Bonus: the delicious citrus smell will make you believe you’re on a tropical island instead of icy Toronto.

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths

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Another all-natural Toronto based company is Kaia Naturals, which is known for its Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths. These hydrating cloths are ideal for removing makeup or excess dirt on the skin, and they smell divine.