There’s no denying that our offices are swamped with product obsessed beauty junkies. After months and months of meticulously testing out thousands of products (nothing goes undetected under our radar and a few cat fights have erupted over must have products), we can confidently share our beauty favourites with the world.

 

SKINCARE

 

Face Wash

SHISEIDO Perfect Cleansing Oil ($55).

“Please, please, please, don’t strip away my natural oils!” my skin yells every time I wash it with an abrasive cleanser. That’s why I strictly opt for oil-based face washes. They leave your skin feeling clean, with a dewy finish: the best of both worlds.

-Bianca Taylor

 

Toner

PAI Rice Plant and Rosemary BioAffinity Tonic ($56).

Perfect for sensitive skin, this product will give your skin a boost and help with the regulation of its PH-level. It’s like having a true spa moment at home.

-Marie-Eve Venne

 

Serum

RODIAL Bee Venom Super Serum ($200).

Everything in this line is amazing, but the serum is the all-star—it’s literally a filler session in a bottle. Bee venom (the brand warns not to use it if you’re allergic to bees as the formula mimics a sting), P-Cell, Cyclopeptide 5, and collagen work to plump up skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles (and it actually works). I’ve almost convinced myself to take up beekeeping as a hobby.

-B.T.

 

Moisturizer

ÉMINENCE ORGANICS Balancing Moisturizer Duo ($68).

Don’t be fooled. All skin is combination skin. Your oily/dry spots may change seasonally, monthly, or even daily, but this moisturizer has you covered on all fronts. The moisturizer is divided in two sections: the green tea mattifier (usually applied to the t-zone) and pomelo hydrator (usually applied to cheeks).

-Valerie Silva

 

Eye cream

CLINIQUE Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment ($59).

Your eye area is the most delicate part of your face; treat it with care. This serum improves firmness and visibly reduces crow’s feet (so you don’t have to stop smiling, like Kim Kardashian).

-B.T.

 

Makeup Remover

BIODERMA Sensibio Cleansing Milk ($19).

This soothing cleansing milk calms down even the pickiest of skin types. You’ll never wake up with raccoon eyes and a horrified partner again.

-M.E.V.

 

Exfoliant

DR ROEBUCK’S Polish ($40).

This ‘polish’ works double duty. It’s a two in one formula: a mask and exfoliant in one. Perfect for lazy girls (like me) who don’t want to put in too much effort but still want results.

-B.T.

 

Mask

VALMONT Prime Renewing Pack ($230).

Looking for something that will nourish your skin? Trust this product. It’s anti-aging and will leave your face plumped and hydrated. You don’t need to apply lot of this product to get great results. It’s pricey, but the jar lasts up to six months.

-Kathia Wendschuh

 

HAIR

 

DAVINES Minu Shampoo and Conditioner ($TK).

This hardworking, moisturizing duo leaves my red hair looking vibrant and feeling silky soft.

-Frederika Raymond

 

Treatment

RENÉ FURTERER Complexe 5 Regenerating Scalp Treatment ($49).

In an ideal world where my votes are final, I would populate this whole section with René Furterer products (no, I’m not hired by the brand). Their “prescription” literally changed my hair, and I highly recommend seeking out the help of a salon professional to cure all your hair woes too. The brand’s MVP is most definitely this pre-shampoo treatment, which activates the microcirculation of your scalp, so your shampoo and conditioner will be easily absorbed.

-B.T.

 

 Dry Shampoo

DRYBAR Triple Sec 3-in-1 ($33).

There’s not much this magical concoction can’t do. It’s a volumizer, texturizer, and dry shampoo all in one (I know it sounds too good to be true). It’ll leave you with the coolest bedhead hair ever.

-B.T.

 

Oil

L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL Mythic Oil Nourishing Oil ($29).

This hair serum gives shine to hair and helps soften split ends. The smell is to die for, and you’ll wish your bottle stays full forever. They even have a version that you can use on your body and hair at the same time!

-M.E.V.

 

Volumizer

KÉRASTASE Volume in Powder ($38).

This product is simply phenomenal.  It’ll give you big sexy hair that’ll hold perfectly, so you could go dancing all night long. Your hair will still look fantastic the next day, really!

-K.W.

 

Hairspray 

MOROCCANOIL Luminous Hairspray in Extra Strong ($26).

Hairspray scares me. I have bad childhood memories of being forced to wear artful updos that required half a bottle of hairspray. I think I may have just overcome my fear. Infused with the brand’s famous argan oil, this hairspray holds hair and adds volume without that frozen and stiff look. You’ll still be able to run your hands through it.

-B.T.

MAKEUP

 

Foundation

YVES ROCHER Zero Défaut Flawless Skin Foundation ($28).

 This foundation made my skin look perfect!  Yves Rocher uses good quality natural ingredients, and the result is just great. You really have to find the right color though; it might not be a match made in heaven for everyone, but it was for me.

-K.W.

 

Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($36).

It’s hard to find a concealer that hydrates without attaching itself to dry patches (and fine lines) like a magnet on a fridge. This smooth, long-lasting concealer does just that.

-B.T.

 

Bronzer

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Bronze Fusion ($42).

Sorry to hear that your beach house is under construction this season. Fake an effortless glow with this gel-based formula. It’ll cost much less than hiring a second contractor.

-B.T.

 

Lipstick

GIORGIO ARMANI Lip Maestro in 400 ($39).

I tend to stay away from red lipstick at parties because I’m afraid I won’t be able to scoff down more canapés than I can hold in my hand (yes, I’m that person). One day, I found this lip stain, applied ambivalently, and happily learnt it does not budge under any circumstances!

-B.T.

 

Eye shadow

MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana ($26).

This long-lasting eye shadow doesn’t crumble when applying, and its shimmering metallic effect is a great everyday look.

-F.R.

 

Liner

KAT VON D Tattoo Liner ($23).

This is the best. Period. My cat eye is always on fleek thanks to this magic pencil, and I can explore different sizes and shapes without messing the contour of my eyes. Don’t even bother trying another one.

-M.E.V

 

Mascara

COVERGIRL The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara ($10).

Save your money to buy that expensive pair of shoes you’ve been obsessing over because you can find this mascara at any drugstore. The brush is super easy (breezy) to use, and it adds length to your lashes for a wanna be bambi look.

-M.E.V

 

Powder

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen ($TK).

Touted as a highlighter, sculpting powder, bronzer, and blush all in one, this natural looking product has all your bases covered. The beautiful packaging will dress up any boudoir.

-B.T.

 

BODY

Oil

L’OCCITANE Arlésienne Body Oil ($38).

For those who have never tried their body scrub, you should start there. But, for those who are familiar with the quality of this brand’s products, their body oil is quite exquisite. Apply after showering to help keep the humidity in the skin and smell divine.

-K.W.

 

Moisturizer

THE BODY SHOP Spa of The World Japanese Camellia Cream ($TK).

There’s something so luxurious about this velvety lotion. It leaves your skin feeling smooth (and never sticky!).

-B.T.

 

Nails

CHRISTIAN DIOR Vernis Cosmopolite ($31).

This nail polish helps you achieve that pro effect, making it easier to skip an appointment at your favourite nail salon. Add a little touch of luxury to your fingertips.

-M.E.V.

 

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Marie-Ève Venne
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Marie-Ève is a little person who still secretly wishes she was one of the Olsens twins. You can catch her running from event to event, a coffee bigger than her face in one hand and her cell phone glued to the other. At Dress To Kill, she is the one writing about the newest musician you need to discover and that trendy bar that makes the best damn cocktails in the city.

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