Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Four New Beauty Products to Try

Ever stood in front of a row of mascaras at the beauty boutique feeling totally baffled? With aisles full of choices it’s hard to figure out what will actually make a great addition to your beauty routine. 
That’s why each month we’ll be sorting through and testing the latest product offerings to put together our top picks of the items that deserve some consideration in your beauty arsenal. May nothing but good hair days, DIY manicures and the perfect lip colour be in your future. Here’s what we’re excited about this month!

Elnett Satin Heat Sprays
L’Oreal’s iconic hairspray has been in bathroom cabinets of in-the-know ladies since the 1960s, and now the legendary spray has expanded with the new Elnett Satin non-aerosel Heat Spray family. With three formulas for straight, volume and curl styles they promise to protect hair from heat of up to 230 degrees and lock in your style for up to three days. We were pleasantly surprised to still see pretty defined curls on day three on hair that usually falls flat and straight by the end of day one. $9.99 at drug stores. 

essie Sleek Stick Nail Wraps
Everyone’s favourite nail polish brand, essie, finally dipped its fingers into the nail sticker trend with a selection of 12 designs pre-cured under UV light for a chip-free, high-shine look. From studs and animal prints to lace and metallics it’s easy to find a stand-out pattern for a special event or fun everyday look. They take some time and patience to apply choosing the right size for your nail bed and filing off the excess, but the no drying time is worth the effort. Plus when they start to show wear (up to 5-6 days later we’ve found) or you’re tired of the print you can simply peel them off without worry about nail damage. $13.99 at professional salons and leading Canadian retailers.

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum 
We put down our tweezers and cancelled our waxing appointments months ago, but our brows haven’t made much growth progress on their own. After experimenting with multiple lash and brow serums we think we’ve found our new favourite. This one from Elizabeth Arden is designed to treat breakage, brittleness, sparse or thinning lash and brow hairs with a blend of vitamins, botanical extracts and antioxidants. It’s gentle on the eyes and sting-free for us sensitive and contact wearing girls, which is a big concern when it comes to serums. Our lashes are looking longer after two weeks of nightly application, and our brows are slowly showing positive signs. We’ll be keeping up the routine. $115.00 at Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay and Sears. 

Vichy ProEVEN Daily Eye Corrector 
Perma-raccon eyes are our biggest nightmare. Luckily we don’t have a severe dark circle problem, but sometimes the skin under our eyes isn’t looking as 20-something year-old fresh as it should. After the first week of use we looked bright-eyed and awake even after a couple long nights working on deadline. The treatment contains caffeine, Vitamin B3 and liquorice extract to decrease the intensity of dark spots and make eyes appear more youthful. It’s also hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free and safe for contact lens wearers. $39.50 at drug stores. 

-Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @ddeestefano or check out her blog, Making it to the Masthead

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