Eight Lavish Beauty Products to Splurge on this Winter
This season’s focus (other than donning a mask) is all about self-care and pampering our senses. There’s truly never been a better time – or a better excuse- to indulge in sumptuous creams and formulas. The end goal: to look and feel your best, thanks to beauty rituals that spark joy and bring a sense of normalcy. Here are our current obsessions for this winter.
—By Christine Elizabeth Laprade
Bain Noir Cannabis Sativa Bath Soak Treatment by Nannette de Gaspé
A high-end sensory respite that oozes “wow-factor”. Swirl well using the black wand before adding one dip to hot running water to enjoy a Bain Noir….How chic! Simply unrivalled, this bath soak will transport you to another realm, thanks to its hemp-derived formula that destresses the mind and the mind, without any psychoactive properties. Neroli, eucalyptus, Poppyseed oil & Meadowfoam leave the skin revitalized and supremely nourished. All Collection Noir™ formulations contain Concentré Noir™, a proprietary infusion of precious ingredients such as Black Tea Ferment, Black Superfruits and Black Tahitian Pearl extract. This Canadian brand rose to fame thanks to its innovative Techstile face masks, which have won beauty editors all over the world, on top of being sold at high-end departments stores such as Selfridges.
Body Cream & Perfume Duo Neroli Forever by Sangre de Fruta Botanical
Hailing from Bowen Island, BC and already a crowd pleaser (namely at Vogue & Goop), Sangre de Fruta is made by hand in small batches and inspired by holistic medicine apothecary. Featuring exceptional botanicals & and a supremely striking look (those black glass bottles!), the brand encourages daily rituals and mindfulness and supports small local farms. Free of harmful ingredients, full of active ingredients and not tested on animals, this skincare brand has it all. We love this botanical body cream for its unique whipped texture. Free of preservatives, delicately infused with orange blossoms, Neroli and Rose Otto essential oils, it melts into skin and comes with a chic black spatula.
The Neroli Forever Botanical Essential Oil Blend can be applied on pulse points whenever desired as a perfume, or combined with a carrier oil and added to the bath for a decadent soak.
$96 available on shopkalosophie.com
Gold Lust Collection set by Oribe
Vanity envy, much? When daily mundane routines and stellar design collide: meet the ultimate hair trifecta with this limited edition Holiday set. Each design (there are 6 different gift sets available) is intricately hand-drawn by native American artist Rowan Harrison of Two Tribes Pottery and features indigenous motifs that are both traditional yet modern… Sublime. Inside the sleek box: 3 iconic Oribe hair care products for him or her infused with their mesmerizing signature fragrance (think centuries-old healing oils, cypress, argan and maracuja extracts), purposely reminiscent of an Hermès Birkin bag… Lather, indulge, rinse.
$145 available on Oribe.com, at Nordstrom & Holt Renfrew
Vintage Single Extract Essence by Amorepacific
A novel anti-ageing serum packed with key Asian botanicals, for a flawless complexion. Thanks to its high potency ingredients such a fermented hand-picked green tea leaves carefully processed for 100 days and extracted for no less than 24 hours, this skin-enhancing essence acts as both a pre-tox and a skin purifier to prevent ageing. A true skin superfood.
$230 available on Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew
Fragrant Gift Sets by Maison Christian Dior
Celebrate love and generosity with one of the dazzling Maison Christian Dior bespoke assortments. Streamlined and stunningly wrapped, each midnight blue box is strewn with gold stars… The refined collection created by François Demachy, Perfumer-Creator at Dior, is an ode to sensory delights. Featuring various perfumed delights such as candles, soap bars, body creams and prestigious Eau de Parfum. Couture scents such as Oud Ispahan ($415,00), an Oriental smoky unisex scent with velvety notes such as rose, frankincense and resin, will enthral any perfume aficionado when offered as part of the Rose Constellation set ($597,00). As the French house says, “A drop of perfume and one is dressed in Dior”.
Prices vary by product. Available in-store only at all Dior beauty counters
Silver Skin Saviour by Omorovicza
Say goodbye to maskne, breakouts caused by stress and hormonal imbalances with this posh skincare brand hailing from Budapest, who knows how to harness the power of clean beauty and high-tech innovation like no other. Working with a Nobel prize-winning laboratory, Omorovicza puts the healing & mineral-rich Hungarian waters and renowned Moor mud at the forefront of their formulas. This S.O.S. Argent mask uses colloidal silver to trap impurities and combat blemishes. Breakouts are minimized, thanks to its high concentration in niacinamide, salicylic & glycolic acids. Nothing short of a sensory treat, one feels immediately transported to a spa on the Old Continent…
$120 available at Sephora and Nordstrom
Bear by Foreo
Say hello to your new at-home facial toning device! The ideal add-on enhancement to laser treatments or injectables, this microcurrent device offers 5 intensity levels accompanied by T-sonic pulsations that can be turned on or off. Taunted as the ultimate workout for your face, it stimulates more than 65 muscles on the face and the neck, while relaxing muscle tensions points and aiding in lymphatic drainage. After 2 weeks of consistent use, the jaw and cheeks look notably sharper and defined, while optimal results are visible after 2 months. That’s not all: the BEAR improves skin contour, tone, texture, and facial wrinkling, while its patented Anti-Shock System uses sensors to measure your skin’s resistance to electricity in real-time, so the sensation is barely perceptible.
Luxe-Lift Eye Cream Cell Shock by Swiss Line
This glamorous skincare line harnesses the power of cellular science, Swiss heritage and top Alpine botanical extracts and believes that luxury skincare should mean, above all else, visible results. The cream’s divine texture will delight your senses while being both supremely rich & silky. Effectively conceals dark circles, thanks to its potent ingredients such as Bio-Mimetic growth factors Collagen obtained from marine sources, fibroin (protein from silk), grape ferments and colloidal gold. Its pharma-grade complex, Haloxyl, diminishes the natural-occurring leaks in blood vessels, the resulting degradation of haemoglobin, and the formation of subcutaneous blue/violet pigments.
$199 available on swissline-skincare.ca