Spring can be a frustrating time for seasonal allergy sufferers: watery eyes make your mascara run, your nose is constantly red from blowing your nose, and your skin feels irritated and puffy. While allergy medications can help to ease symptoms, there are also some easy ways to adjust your beauty routine during allergy season that will help to combat those tell-tale signs. Our Beauty Advisors recommend compiling your very own allergy survival kit with these beauty essentials, so you’re prepared when symptoms arise.
Skincare for Sensitive Skin
Before applying anything else to your face, start with skincare that will help to calm your irritated skin. Bioderma has a whole line of products for sensitive and redness-prone skin called Sensibio. Apply their Sensibio AR Anti-Redness Care cream to a clean face before makeup application to soothe the skin and prevent and reduce the intensity of blotchy redness. When taking off makeup at the end of the night, make sure to use their Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution, which is also formulated for sensitive skin.
De-Puffing Eye Cream
The all-natural instantly cooling formula of Youngblood’s Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream will be your new best friend, if puffy eyes are a side-effect of your seasonal allergies. Apply first thing in the morning, last thing at night or at any time during the day for an extra bit of soothing and de-puffing.
An ill-timed sneeze or watery eyes can cause mascara to smudge and run. If you don’t usually use a waterproof mascara, it’s time to switch! A waterproof formula like Almay’s One Coat Multi-Benefit Mascara in Waterproof Black will stay put all day, even if your allergy symptoms persist. Almay’s products are also gently formulated with pure, hypo allergenic ingredients and are ophthalmologist tested, so your eyes will be irritation-free.
Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner
It can be hard to avoid rubbing your eyes when they’re itchy and watery, and it can end up making your eyeliner look more like ‘raccoon eyes’. To stop the smudging, a waterproof eyeliner is a must. An even better option is a kohl eyeliner, like Annabelle’s Stay Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner. The kohl formula is ophthalmologist tested and safe for use in the waterline, plus is smudgeproof for up to 12 hours.
Sneezing and using tissues constantly can leave your nose raw and red. Before applying any concealer or foundation, use the green shade from NYX Cosmetics’ Colour Correcting Palette to target areas of redness on the face: it will effectively neutralize the red colour. If the redness has spread further than just your nose, consider switching from a clear primer to this Green Colour Correcting Liquid Primer from NYX, and apply all over the face.
A stuffed up nose can cause you to breathe more through your mouth, which in turn can make your lips very dry and chapped. Keep a tube of RoC’s Enydrial Repairing Lip Care Balm on-hand to help protect and moisturize throughout the day. The balm is also formulated to minimise the risk of allergies, so your already sensitive lips won’t become further irritated.
Instead of slathering on moisturizer throughout the day, use a refreshing mist like Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist in Relax to soothe allergy flare-ups. The calming blend of lavender and vanilla infused with mineral nutrients and vitamins will refresh, protect and hydrate the skin for a healthy, radiant complexion.
Our Beauty Advisors wish you good fortune and happiness in the Year of the Rooster. To help you ring in the bright and beautiful new year in style, they have curated a selection of radiant beauty products worthy of celebration. Summon prosperity with joyful reds and lucky golds in the form of luxe skincare, makeup and fragrance. Indulge yourself in a celebratory splurge, or gift to family and friends!
The colour red promises to bring good fortune and joy in the new year, and this bottle of revitalizing essence from Shiseido will certainly make your skin look joyful. The treatment lotion conditions the skin, revitalizing it, and leaving your complexion feeling as soft as a flower petal with a radiating glow.
Nothing is more fitting to wear in celebration than the perfect red lipstick. Shiseido’s line of Perfect Rouge Lipsticks are richly pigmented and come in a range of red shades so you can find the perfect match for your unique skintone.
Start off the new year with a fresh new scent! Lancôme’s Miracle Eau de Parfum is a vibrant, sparkling fragrance that opens like the dawning of a new day with notes of Lychee and Freesia. At its heart, notes of Magnolia, Jasmine, Ginger and Pepper spice things up, while warm base notes of Amber and Musk envelop the senses.
This line of opulent gold skincare products make a luxe gift or a special treat for yourself. Choose the Absolue Premium BX Replenishing Rejuvenating Day Cream, and it will help to deeply replenish moisture and improve the skin’s firmness and luminosity around the delicate eye area.
Achieve a bright, radiant complexion thanks to this replenishing cleansing oil. Its nourishing formula with omega 3, 6, 9 and vitamin E will remove all impurities and makeup, leaving your skin feeling clean, soft and smooth.
Science will be on your side with these golden capsules from Elizabeth Arden. They hold the restorative power of Ceramides and essential lipids to help strengthen the skin’s barrier against the visible signs of time: fine lines and wrinkles.
Put your best face forward by making skincare a priority this year. Try Bioderma’s Hydrabio line: it will pamper your face with a generous dose of hydration, while also creating a glowing, smooth base for makeup application.
As a special Lunar New Year celebration, receive a gift with purchase, with a minimum $30 purchase of Bioderma products. This offer is in-store only.
From January 27th to 29th, you’ll also save $18 with a minimum $88 purchase of any London Drugs cosmetics. Click here to shop this exclusive Lunar New Year offer.
The season of music festivals is upon us! If you’ve managed to snag tickets and are now in the process of planning your outfits, hair and makeup, our Beauty Advisors have some tips for what to bring – aside from floral crowns, combat boots and crochet crop tops.
Access to electricity may not be widely available during the festival, so having wireless hair tools is key. The wireless battery-operated Conair Infiniti Pro Ultimate Brush tames static and frizzy hair using ion technology, so you can keep fly-aways at bay.
Let’s be honest, access to showers at festivals is a luxury. Use Fekkai’s Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo to skip a wash and give your hair an instant refresh. The dry shampoo will absorb dirt and oil so your hair will look and smell freshly done!
With back-to-back concerts and parties, your makeup will be put to the test. To avoid the dreaded melting mascara, swipe Marcelle’s Waterproofing Mascara Topcoat over your favourite regular mascara once dry.
A lightweight coverage BB cream is the best way to give your face natural looking coverage that won’t get cakey and melt in the sun. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar BB Blur not only gives light coverage, but it also minimizes excess shine and offers SPF 24 to protect your face from the sun throughout the day.
Spending all day under the hot sun with little to no shade means you’ll need to re-apply sunscreen every couple hours to stay protected. Vichy’s Idéal Soleil XL Sunscreen Cream has a fast-drying non-sticky texture that can be applied on face and body, offering both UVA and UVB protection.
Don’t forget to protect your lips with SPF too. A tinted lip balm with SPF, like e.l.f.’s Studio Lip Balm will give your lips a flush of natural-looking colour, while also soothing and protecting them from harmful sun rays.
You’ll look like a bronzed festival goddess all day long with Cargo’s Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer. The longwearing formula withstands perspiration, so you can rock a healthy summer glow without having to fuss with re-application throughout the day.
Long days with little sleep and lots of sun mean your skin will likely be begging for a pick-me-up. Give your face a quick spritz of Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist Refresh to soothe tired skin and give a refreshing boost of moisture to your face.
These makeup wipes from Bioderma are non-rinse: perfect for quickly wiping off makeup & cleansing skin after a long festival day, especially when you don’t have easy access to running water.