Make-over in minutes
In winter, we tend to hibernate and go a bit longer between appointments. We get away with root regrowth, dry skin, dry hair, overgrown brows.... But spring is a great time to spring clean your entire body head to toe and give yourself a little makeover in minutes.
When it comes to your skincare routine, now is a great time to switch up your cleanser. I love Cerave products because they’re affordable and developed with dermatologists, and the SA line is enriched with Salicylic acid, specially designed to improve the comfort of extremely dry and the most sensitive skin and they have just launched the Renewing SA cleanser which gives you a non-irritating exfoliation without harsh microbeads or grains that can scratch the skin while also restoring your skin’s natural barrier because it contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, which soothes the skin. This is fantastic for sloughing off the dead dry skin from winter especially if you have acne-prone or even psoriasis-prone skin and it’s going to protect your skin against free radicals because it contains vitamin D. You can use it on your face or your entire body.
Now’s also the time to refresh your makeup and I love picking up one of these sampler beauty kits from Pur or Smashbox that give you a chance to test out new brands and products for a great price—these have some great primers, SPF products and glowy shades and bronzers that’ll give you a hit of sun kissed colour. I got these at Shoppers Drug Mart beauty boutique using the PC insiders subscription. How it works is that a subscription is just $99 annually and it comes with perks like free delivery from Shoppers Drug Mart and Joe Fresh, and when you buy luxury beauty boutique products you get up to 20% back in points so the subscription pays for itself! To sign up you go to pcinsiders.ca.
March is a great time to switch up your hair colour, or make sure that you’re covering any root regrowth now that we’re actually taking off our winter toques! Schwarzkopf is one of my favourite brands -- they’re known for bringing salon quality to retail so that you can DIY at home. I’ve talked about my love of the Root Retoucher before and I am so excited about this new product they just launched called the Hair Mascara. It’s a temporary cover-up for grey roots and strands that you can use on the go, and it fits right in your purse, so you can have it with you if you go to the gym. You can target only the strands you want to in seconds! Brilliant!
Our hair also tends to be super dehydrated and damaged from styling it plus being in dry indoor heat, which damages our hairs structure and leaves it rough and dull. That’s why Pantene, which is the world’s #1 conditioner turned to Brazil - where women have the most beautiful hair but also the most over-processed hair for their secrets. The result are these Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots. Each single dose tube contains pro-vitamin B5, strengthening lipids and natural glycerin for deep conditioning that targets the damaged areas to make hair soft, shiny and more resilient so you can continue to style it. It’s an at-home treatment that rescues your hair from styling. You use it weekly in place of your normal conditioner and leave it on just one minute!
Brows are another area we tend to let go a bit in winter. Fuller brows are still in style this spring, and there’s good reason--great brows make your face look symmetrical and add definition to your features. You look more awake when you do your brows, so if you’re short on time, don’t skip this step! Quo Cosmetics just launched this Tri-Tip Microblading Pen that’s great for any brow shape. The 3-prong applicator creates fine, hair-like strokes that mimic natural brows so it’s ideal for filling in sparse areas or sculpting a full arch. You lightly apply short strokes in an upward motion following the natural shape of your brow to get that sought-after microbladed brow look. You can find it at your neighbourhood Shoppers Drug Mart in 4 shades - warm blonde, warm brown, cool brown and deep ash.
Finally, I love using a sunless tanner and this is my absolute favourite way of getting natural-looking colour instantly. This is Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, which works with your skin tone to mimic results from the natural sun. It’s a really airy yet moisturizing mousse that gives you an even application that dries in 60 seconds. I’ve been a huge fan of Light Bronze since it came out and now they’ve added a new Ultra Deep Bronze to the lineup.