Editors’ All-Time Favourite Beauty Picks
We’ve all got a few products we consider game changers. These are the WL team’s favourites.
Best Cleanser If I’m being honest, my nighttime routine involves brushing my teeth and changing into PJs – and that’s about it. I do my best to remember to remove my makeup as —but if a multi-step process of eye-makeup remover, facewash, toner, etc. was part of the deal, well, it’s not happening. Which is why I adore Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser. It cleanses, tones and removes even stubborn mascara easily, and most importantly, my skin feels like a million bucks afterward—clean without feeling tight or stripped. And I reclaim important minutes at night. Available at the Bay, thebay.com —Anicka Quin, Editor-in-chief
Best Foundation I tried and tested countless foundations in the search for the right fit (it was all very Goldilocks)—one was too greasy, another was too cakey, etc., etc.—until I finally found Teint Miracle from Lancome. It’s lightweight full coverage that makes you look like you were born with great skin! Perfect for people like me who yearn for a tinted moisturizer, but need more coverage. Available at Sephora, sephora.com —Julia Dilworth, Staff Writer
Best Lotion for Guys I don’t have much of a face routine. I wash with whatever soap is available, I don’t exfoliate and I shave sparingly and in the shower so I don’t use fancy shave creams or oils. But one thing I do every day is wear a moisturizer with sunscreen. I used to use Everyman Jack but they dropped the sunscreen from theirs so I dropped them. Kiehl’s make’s a nice version but it’s a little oily for me and crazy expensive. So now I go to the nice section of London Drugs, grab Neutrogena Men Face Lotion SPF 30, plunk down $10 and am happy (and protected) as a clam. Available at London Drugs, londondrugs.com —Neal McLennan, Food and Travel Editor
Best Moisturizer I’ve got sensitive skin so I’m always dodging harsh products; to boot, I constantly worry about all the chemicals loaded into the phalanx of skincare brands out there. When I learned about Dr. Roebucks’ all-natural products at anti Le Mer-like prices, I practically jumped out of my, well, skin. Started by two women from Australia (one now transplanted to Vancouver), this line’s original provenance hails from their dermatologist father who used to concoct homemade creams for his patients experiencing eczema and a host of other issues. Everything in the line-up is so natural, you could eat it: we’re talking rose hip oil, vitamin E and macadamia oil as key ingredients that repair, moisturize and minimize wrinkles. Hell yeah. Available at Murale, murale.ca —Amanda Ross, contributing editor
Best Shampoo In terms of shopping for shampoo, I’ve always made my decisions based on complex, two factor system: is it on sale, and does it smell good? But my hairdresser recently gave me a talking to about treating my hair right, and so a splurge was in order—and now I think my drugstore days are over. Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam wash gives my fine hair a little bit of day-at-the-beach texture without weighing it down. (And, most importantly, it smells good, too.) Available at Illusion Studio and Spa, Vancouver, illusionstudio.ca; Hedkandi Salon, Calgary, hedkandisalon.com —Stacey McLachlan, Associate Editor