By Melody Iafelice
Vooqo – Anti Aging Skin Routine
A deluxe, conscious beauty skincare system made right here in Ottawa, that uses natural and organic ingredients only, to work with your skin’s natural processes for long-term care. When skin has had too much exposure to dust, pollution and irritating-to you-ingredients, it may feel sensitive and can begin to react with issues like redness, dermatitis, acne and rosacea. With just a few uses of this exquisite skincare routine, you’ll start to feel the calming—I did—plus, go on to healthier looking skin with regular use. LUXE readers receive 20 per cent off any skincare kit plus any additional items with it, online or in-store with code: LUXE20
Vooqo Flagship Store Ottawa, 100 Marche Way (Landsdowne Park) vooqo.ca
Shoo Foo – Charcoal Bamboo Wash Cloths
Stop settling for rough fabrics when you wash. These gentle charcoal bamboo wash cloths are amazing for the whole family. They are made of organic bamboo and dye free. The colour comes from a combination of bamboo fibre and bamboo charcoal, which in turn creates the grey-hued yarn. I also recommend this shade as it is great for messy makeup removal, plus, they are mould-resistant, super absorbent and the ultra soft fibres and charcoal are suitable from face-to-toes, even on the most delicate skin.
$30/package of 4 shoo-foo.com
Chanel – Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in #274 Codes Élégants
This palette exudes elegance no matter how you choose to play with and wear it. We can combine a couple of hot eye makeup trends for fall, that are great for any age and occasion. Neutral; metallic shades are the new neutral and a favourite as they are not just for evening anymore. Refined shimmer; soft and sophisticated, they can awaken and lift the eyes. Wear each shade alone for a touch of brightness, or layer and blend with other shades you already own for more pizzazz. My makeup-artist suggestion? Keep the lighter metallics to the eyelid and inner corners, while the darkest shade works great as a soft eyeliner, crease and outer corners. Be open to creating new finishes for yourself.
$70 Hudson’s Bay select locations and thebay.com/chanel
Fitglow – Lip Colour Serum
Shine and colour are the look for lips and this lip colour is full of plant-based lip treatment ingredients, keeping your lips smooth and hydrated. Thanks to its lush texture and shine, never sticky, your lips will appear fuller-looking. Within the flattering hues are vegan collagen, antioxidants and more, that improve lip cell-structure making it a true lip treatment with colour. They feel so good on, that I’m positive you’ll love to reapply and want more than one shade.
$24/50ml Sephora Rideau Centre and online at sephora.com
Guerlain Terracotta – The Bronzing Powder
Terracotta has been a legendary bronzer powder since 1984. They offer multiple shades and varying tones to choose from—more than any other brand to date, making them the experts. I’ve trusted them for years, as these powders are an elegant recreation of the sun’s natural warm glow on skin, year-round, including winter. The formulation is never powdery-looking on skin and it’s buildable to create the level of sun-kissed warmth you choose, and you can easily add a touch of blush for a little healthy flush overtop.
$64 Shoppers Drug Mart select locations and shoppersdrugmart.ca
Viver – Hyperpigmentation Program
After enjoying the rays of sun and years of exposure, chances are you may have some hyperpigmentation, those pesky visible brown spots of sun damage. Invest in your skin, work towards a brighter, smoother and protected complexion while caring for it at home. As a beauty expert, I’ve seen the dramatic improvements on clients that this pharmaceutical-grade Canadian-line can do to erase years of visible sun damage and make skin glow again. Using exceptional and patented ingredients, Vivier has a professional Hyperpigmentation Program just for you, aimed to restore vitality in your skin.
Tosoni MD, 110A Clarence Street 613-706-4178
Bio Ionic – Stylewinder Pro Rotating Styling Iron 1.25″
Shiny, loose waves that last for days are easily achieved with this professional iron. The heat is adjustable according to your hair type or condition, plus the iron holds a constant temperature so you can wrap, roll and release hair quickly, preventing damage. The nanoionic technology helps to seal and smooth hair cuticles as you use it, which leaves hair soft and gleaming. It’s the only curling iron that gives my hair long-lasting, smooth, frizz-free waves that can last for days between washes. After curling hair, run fingers loosely through it to slightly shake them up, making them a little more imperfectly perfect.
$200 Rinaldo Hair Designers & Spa, 90 George Street, 613-235-6666
Kristen Ess Hair – Dry Finish Working Texture Spray
Next day or even third day hair can truly be chic, although bedhead isn’t quite the look we’re going for. No need to overthink it, as the aim is for a slightly lived-in style, not too structured. This texture spray formula rivals higher priced ‘celebrity hairstylist’ versions I’ve used. It provides a boost at the roots, a soft matte finish and that desired playful texture to the ends. Spray through freshly curled hair to make them less formal or stiff looking.