Thursday, June 05, 2008

Child’s Play

Ahhh the innocence of youth—the wonder, the curiosity, the perfect poreless skin! We may not be able to get back our smooth-as-a-baby’s-bottom complexion, but we can protect what’s left of our age-less looks with the new line of mineral-based sunscreen from Beyond Coastal.

Loaded with yummy antioxidants like green tea, grape seed, avocado and mango, this anti-inflammatory and anti-aging protection won’t clog pores and starts working the minute it’s applied—that means no more waiting 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Boasting the highest quality of natural ingredients, each product is made to shield the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays while nourishing your skin without the harsh extra additives and chemicals.

With products such as Beyond Coastal Baby Mineral Based SPF30 and Mineral-Based Lip & Face Screen SPF 30, even the most delicate of all skin types are protected. Now there’s really no reason to act your age.

Beyond Coastal
Available at Helly Hansen and Whole Food stores in the U.S.

- Jennifer Sgro

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

All Things Concealed

Like an embarrassing secret, dark under-eye circles and skin imperfections are better left under wraps. Problem is, concealers that boast opaque coverage often have dry and flaky drawbacks. That’s why we’re praising the brains behind Benefit for dreaming up this genius concealer.

Benefit Erase Paste blends like creamy butter and covers every last flaw (minus the caked-on, crusty finish). Because the consistency is so crazy smooth, the tiniest dab goes the longest way. All three shades conceal and brighten, so the result is skin that looks ‘lit from within’ (read: the most insane glow). Believe it or not, a few pats of this gives skin an instant look extra shuteye.

We’re particularly fond of the cute little add-ons: a teensy spatula to scoop out the rich concealer, and a step-by-step lesson book full of expert application tips. No shame there.

Available at Bloomingdales and Sephora.

- Katherine Flemming

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Get Dirty

Achieving the perfect texture for your hair-do is no easy task. Those waxes that give your strands an edgy separation also come with a hairful of grease. And the dryer creams create a monotone, flat look for your locks. FX Special Effects Texture Dirt Texturizing Paste is the much-needed middle ground, giving your hair volume and texture sans grease.

The uber-affordable product (less than five dollars!) comes in a small tub with a big effect. The consistency is a slightly creamy solid—not too gooey and not too hard. Simply rub a small amount between your fingers and apply to the bottom parts of your locks. Texture Dirt creates a subtle transformation, taking your hair from flat and dull to voluminous and sassy.

A small amount goes a long way with this product, so the application process is short and simple, and one tub of it really lasts. And an added bonus: The fresh, sweet and summery smell—what more could you ask for?

FX Special Effects
Available at Walgreens and Walmart.

- Emma Sarran

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Monday, June 02, 2008

In The Nyood

Take your fussy makeup routine down a notch for summer and opt for a naturally nude look. This classic hue is simple to apply and looks fresh in the heat.

Pink Beauty offers the perfect duo for kissable, nude lips. Luscious Lip Sheer Lipstick in Mabel is creamy and won’t weight lips down. Light pink undertones compliment fair and medium complexions. To punch up the volume, apply Mabel to the entire lip and dab Lip Scintillate Lip Gloss in Glitz (a champagne nude) just in the centre. This draws all the attention to the fullest part of your lips – talk about instant volume!

Put the focus on those killer cheekbones with Cream Radiance Rouge in Delight. The soft dusty rose colour leaves you blushing. For a light look apply one layer and blend well. If you want a slightly more saturated, dewy complexion apply a second and even third coat.

These products smell great, aren’t tested on animals and look incredibly chic in your makeup bag!

Pink Beauty
Available at and

- Stephanie O'Born

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Bare Your Soles

Summer is almost here and (gasp!) our tootsies are in dire need of a pedicure. No time for the spa? Then bring one home! Amongst all of the handmade products that LUSH has to offer, is a foot mask that will whip your feet into summer shape in less than 15 minutes.

With the spicy scent of cinnamon, Volcano Foot Mask is a treat for your feet and your senses. In true LUSH fashion, this deep cleansing mask is filled with natural ingredients like potatoes, papaya and kaolin to get dirt out of the cracks and deodorizing organic tomatoes. Lastly, they’ve added pumice to smooth out hard skin and glycerin for an ultra moisture boost.

It’s quick and simple: starting with completely dry skin, slather the mask generously over your feet and toes. Next wrap each foot in cling film so the ingredients can really get to work, while you sit back and relax for ten minutes. Once the time is up, rinse off the mask to reveal soft feet and a lingering cool sensation from the cinnamon oil.

Sayonara socks, these feet are ready for the beach!

Available at LUSH stores across Canada and the US or online at

- Sarah Hankins