The Kit beauty director Katherine Lalancette’s October beauty obsessions
Every day, new products make their way onto my (WFH) desk and it’s my job to try them out. The good ones find their way into various roundups and stories across thekit.ca and thestar.com, and the OMG-this-stuff-is-amazing ones go on to live right here, in my faves of the moment column. Behold, my latest loves.
Caudalie Instant Detox, $48, ca-en.caudalie.com
The TikTok famous face mask: The baked feta pasta was tasty, but this is way better. Presenting my favourite TikTok trend of the moment: Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask. Countless users on the platform have oohed and ahhed as they’ve watched the rosy clay mask dry and make way to a smattering of dots. Now, contrary to popular belief — and I hate to break it to you — those spots are not gunk extracted by the formula (though that would be Bioré-strip-level satisfying), but rather just one’s pores reappearing through the mask. That said, the mask is pretty magical nonetheless. Applied as a thin layer twice a week for five to ten minutes, it works wonders noticeably smoothing skin, refining pores, curbing excess oil and clearing blemishes. And unlike many clay masks, it’s laced with soothing lavender and camomile to prevent that dry, tight feeling afterwards. It’s been my go-to whenever I feel breakouts brewing.
Ilia Liquid Powder Chromatic Eye Tint, $37 each, thedetoxmarket.ca
The eyeshadow that’s impossible to mess up: Confession: I am terrible at applying eyeshadow. I think the problem is equal parts poor technique and just, like, my actual face. Every attempt makes me look like a kid who’s been playing in her mother’s makeup bag. Or at least, that’s how I felt until I met these. They are liquid-to-powder shadows sprinkled with the tiniest bit of shimmer. The shades are all quite muted and sheer, though you can build them up for more impact. I slick on a bit of the formula with the lipgloss-like wand then smudge it out with my finger for a scintillating wash. The whole process takes me less than 10 seconds and always feels cool, not costumey. My go-to at the moment is Hatch, a soft sage reminiscent of the makeup at Max Mara’s Fall 2021 show. It’s made me go from avoiding eyeshadow altogether to rocking green lids on a Tuesday. I guess people really can change.
Redken Shades EQ Bonder, around $80 depending on hair length, available in salons
The in-salon treatment that’s a total game-changer: The before and after shots speak for themselves, but allow me to elaborate. I recently made my way to the salon to try Redken’s new Shades EQ Bonder. The back-bar service combines a gloss and treatment in one convenient step, enhancing hair’s colour and lustre while also strengthening sensitized bonds. It’s available in multiple shades, including a clear option if you don’t want to tweak your colour. My lovely hairstylist, Camille, opted for something a smidge cooler than my natural strands to cancel out the post-summer brassiness happening in my ends (the treatment also doubles as a toner). After letting it sit for about 20 minutes, she rinsed it out and treated my hair to Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate line (the leave-in cream won one of our Beauty Disrupter Awards this year). I couldn’t believe how much shinier and healthier my hair looked as she started blow-drying it. When it was all over, I asked Camille to give it to me straight: How much longer could I go before snipping off some length? “Now that you’ve done this treatment, you can probably wait until the holidays,” she told me. My idea of an early Christmas present.
Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara, $26, sephora.ca
A round of applause for Selena Gomez who has created a truly brilliant mascara. When her range, Rare Beauty, debuted last year, it included loads of complexion enhancers and lip colours, but notably, no mascara. It’s a product that’s notoriously finicky to formulate (months can be spent fine-tuning the synergy between brush, formula and wiper) and this one was absolutely worth the wait. For me, its biggest selling point is its ease of use. The cleverly-designed brush captures every lash on the first swipe so there’s no wand acrobatics required. The amount of product dispensed is also perfect: no clumping or cleaning up the excess afterwards. It makes lashes look long and fluffy without flaking and — equally important — doesn’t put up a fight when you remove it at the end of the day. The only area I felt it didn’t perform as well in was curling, but that was nothing a few prior pumps of my Shu Uemura curler couldn’t fix.
The Body Shop White Musk Eau de Toilette, $35 (60 ml), thebodyshop.ca
The fragrance that turns you into a perfumer: I have rhapsodized about The Body Shop’s White Musk before and I’m about to do it again. See, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the little-fragrance-that-could so birthday wishes are in order. Launched in 1981, it was touted as the first-ever cruelty-free musk and became an instant bestseller. No wonder: it smells like warm skin and fresh laundry all at once, and a 60-ml bottle will only set you back $35. To mark the milestone, The Body Shop has made the eau de toilette available in a recyclable vial made with 42 per cent recycled glass (just remove the pump before recycling the cap and bottle). The new bottle is joined by three nifty toppers — Radical, an earthy, citrusy mélange; Lover, a spicy floral; and Free, a fresh, salty blend recalling an ocean breeze. They are meant to be layered over the original scent to create a bespoke concoction and I, for one, have been having oodles of fun reinventing my forever fragrance on the daily.
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