• Olivia Rodrigo shares 18-track playlist of favourite songs for her 18th birthday

    Olivia Rodrigo has shared an 18-song playlist to mark her 18th birthday – you can listen to it below.

    The singer, who has enjoyed break-out success already this year with her debut single ‘Drivers License’, turned 18 on Saturday (February 20).

    Rodrigo marked her birthday last weekend by sharing a new video where she selected “18 of my favourite songs that have shaped me into the girl that I am today”.

    The clip, which you can watch in full below, sees Rodrigo expand on why she selected tracks by the likes of Taylor Swift, The White Stripes and Fiona Apple for her playlist.

    Rodrigo has also shared a playlist of the songs, titled ‘18 years, 18 tracks’, on Spotify.

    The collection, which includes tracks by the likes of Lorde, The Killers and Black Sabbath, is available to listen to below.

    Earlier this month, Rodrigo performed a stripped-back rendition of ‘Drivers License’ for the Grammy Museum’s online streaming service Collection:live.

    Rodrigo spoke after her performance about the recent challenge she’s set herself to write music on a daily basis.

    “Before quarantine, it was always kind of a, ‘Oh, if I have a spark of inspiration, then I’ll write a song’. I’ll just vomit all of my feelings onto my piano keyboard,” she explained.

    “But doing that challenge kind of really taught me how to have creativity as a tap and be able to work on something and kind of craft something from the ground up, even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired.”

    Speaking to NME last month, Rodrigo reflected on the massive commercial success of ‘Drivers License’.

    “I truly don’t feel like my brain can process all of it: I see all the numbers, but it doesn’t really sink in totally. I’m sort of in a state of disbelief,” Rodrigo said.

  • Editors Favourite Products: Shop Our October Picks

    Back when the FLARE team shared an IRL office space (RIP to my abandoned aloe plant…), my mornings looked a little something like this: rush to get up the elevators in time for our 8:30 a.m. daily meeting (for which, I admittedly showed up to at approx. 8:32 most days), hit the button on my Nespresso machine, roll my chair over to our meeting table and start discussing the trending news items of past 24 hours with my brilliant colleagues. We’d assign a new story or two, check in on the status of our scheduled posts for the day and then invariably our attention would turn to what new outfit, eyeliner or gadget one of us was debuting.

    Since WFH became our new reality, there’s been less opportunity to share sale scores and new obsessions. For one, most of us put a hard stop on unnecessary shopping; and furthermore, we found ourselves wearing sweatsuits much of the week. But now that things are opening up (and we’re opening up our wallets again) we decided to take our conversation online—like everything else right now—and a new series was born. Introducing FLARE Faves, where we’re sharing our top fashion, beauty and home buys from the past month.

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    Here, the best things we bought or were gifted in October.

    Jenn’s picks

    Best sweater

    editors favourite products: club monaco sweater

    This oversized cable knit beauty is possibly the most fetching shade of blue—somewhere between cyan and aqua—that my eyes have ever gazed upon. It’s the next best thing to sitting on an actual beach gazing at the turquoise ocean. I vow to wear it with a contrasting merlot lip, tuck it into leather pants, and layer a slim thermal turtleneck under it for cold weather patio wine. We’re going to do everything together.

    Oversized Cable Crew Sweater, $249, clubmonaco.ca

    Best serum

    editors favourite products: valmont serum

    The price tag on this targeted blemish treatment is not small but its effectiveness is major. Unlike so many spot treatments, it’s not at all drying or irritating (you know when you wake up without a pimple but with a new ring of parched skin?). In fact, the texture is akin to a moisturizer so you just feel like you’re dabbing a lightweight lotion on your irritated area. It contains active ingredients like a keratolytic agent to help eliminate the build-up of dead cells in inflamed areas and borage oil to soothe irritation. And yes, I used it recently on a little effer ready to erupt on my chin (thank you so much, maskne) and it was 100% gone in the morning.

    Primary Solution, $250, lamaisonvalmont.com

    Best hand sani

    editors favourite products: paume

    I don’t leave the house much but when I do this hand sani is in my belt bag. I’ve been asked at least twice in public (you know, like in line at Shoppers Drug Mart) what the smell is because with notes of citrus and cedar, it is the least rank-smelling sanitizer I have tried. It’s also made in Canada by a female entrepreneur, comes in packaging that is almost too chic for hand sanitizer and made with thoughtful, sustainably-minded materials including a refillable pump format and my purse buddy, a travel bottle made with 100% recycled plastic that’s meant to be refilled five to 10 times and then recycled.

    Hand Sanitizer, $16, mypaume.com

    —Jennifer Berry, managing editor

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    Elham’s picks

    Best sweatshirt

    editors favourite products: ssense sweater

    I’m technically still waiting on it to ship to my home, but I already know it’ll be a fave and I’ll be living in this sweatshirt for the foreseeable future.

    Essentials Mock Neck Sweatshirt, $115, ssense.com

    Best hair wax

    editors favourite products: hair wax

    I’ve been itching to do something new with my hair, but the damage I put it through the last time I went on a dye-spree still haunts me years later. I’d rather get my hair professionally done, but I know that I personally won’t be stepping foot in a salon for a while. So this coloured hair wax is a fun substitute! The tone ended up pulling more pink than red on me, but it washes out easily so I didn’t mind the unintended hue. Do take note: This stuff definitely works better on curly hair. I tried it on my straight-haired roommate and it just looked like she stepped out of a painting studio.

    Mofajang Hair Wax Dye in Red, $15, amazon.ca

    Best wireless mic

    editors favourite products: wireless mic

    It was originally bought as a joke to make video chats and online movie watch sessions more exciting, but it’s quickly turned into the most entertaining way to just casually talk at home. The echo feature is by far the funniest at making mundane phrases turn into unnecessarily long musical numbers. This is definitely a contender for best purchase of the year.

    Bonaok Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone, $41, amazon.ca

    —Elham Numan, graphic designer

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    Charlotte’s picks

    Best leggings

    editors favourite products: sweaty betty leggings

    Remember last month when I said I was ready to wear pants again? That lasted approximately a week. Once the weather turned crisp here in Toronto, it was back to cozies pronto! Just in time for my return to stretchy everything, cult fave yoga brand Sweaty Betty arrived in Canada via Nordstrom, and I couldn’t be more excited about finally trying the leggings that chic Notting Hill moms have been sporting on their school runs for years.

    Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity Leggings, $169, nordstrom.ca

    Best bar soap

    editors favourite products: glossier bar soap

    I know I’m in the minority, but I much prefer bar soap to body wash in the shower. (For one, important, reason: There is generally less packaging waste.) So I was pumped when Glossier made it cool again by launching an exfoliating bar version of their popular-with-young-millennials Body Hero line. My tub just looks happier with this powder-pink brick on its ledge, and the orange blossom and neroli scent lightly perfumes my bathroom, even while I’m not using it—a delightful bonus.

    Body Hero Exfoliating Bar, $17, glossier.com

    Best read

    editors favourite products: breasts and eggs

    Originally published over a decade ago in Japan, Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs ended up on international best-seller lists again this year after being translated into English and introduced to a whole new audience. I picked it up and, as the cliche goes, couldn’t put it down: It’s one of the most unflinchingly nuanced explorations of womanhood and motherhood that I’ve read, well, ever. Plus, this cover is just so beautiful—I bought the book on my Kobo reader, but need to get another copy just for my bookshelf.

    Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, $39, chapters.indigo.ca

    —Charlotte Herrold, editor-in-chief

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    Katherine’s picks

    Best matching set

    editors favourite products: roots

    If you’re wondering if you *really* do need yet another matching sweatsuit, the answer is yes, and it’s 100% this one. Roots is a pretty tried and true Canadian brand when it comes to the perfect sweatsuit, and this new addition to their line-up is no exception. It’s super cozy, extremely comfortable, and the vintage look of the mockneck and smaller brand logo give it a bit of a more chic edge. Plus, the dried sage colour is really unique and a nice switch-up from the brand’s typical range. And yes, I’ve already watched about 30 hours of Netflix in it. Pro tip: The sizing runs large in the sweater, so definitely size down. (For reference: I’m typically a Small and went with an XS.)

    Cloud Mockneck Sweater, $78, and Slim Pant, $74, in Dried Sage, roots.com

    Best spot treatment

    editors favourite products: mario badescu

    Maybe it’s the change of season, maybe it’s stress, maybe it’s the fact that maskne is a thing, or maybe it’s a combination of all three, but my skin has been going *seriously* bonkers this month, with tons of breakouts, especially around my chin area. While I was initially hesitant to try cult favourite brand Mario Badescu (I’m wary that something this popular is just being over-hyped), I’m glad that I did. The drying lotion is perfect to pop on emerging breakouts during the day or overnight, and has taken several of my pimples down in just a few hours. It’s so effective that I’ve actually started using it in place of my dermatologist-prescribed spot treatment. (Shhh!)

    Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $23, sephora.com

    Best luggage

    editors favourite products: away luggage

    While purchasing luggage—especially right now when travelling is limited—is definitely a luxury, if you’re looking to treat yourself with something special for your first trip after quarantine (once it’s safe to travel, of course), then I’d definitely recommend the latest collection from Away. I’ve personally been eyeing the luggage brand’s wares for several years, and their latest collection with actor Rashida Jones seemed like the perfect excuse to pull the trigger. The range comes in a series of unique colours that are inspired by Jones’s home in Ojai, California, where she’s been spending time during the pandemic. While the suitcase (which I was generously gifted) is predominantly spending most of its time right now stored under my bed in its super chic dust bag, that hasn’t stopped me from pulling it out from time to time to admire the colour and dream about my next trip.

    The Away by Rashida Jones Collection The Carry-On in Copper, $435, awaytravel.com

    —Katherine Singh, assistant editor

  • Editors Favourite Products: Shop Our November Picks

    Back when the FLARE team shared an IRL office space (RIP to my abandoned aloe plant…), my mornings looked a little something like this: rush to get up the elevators in time for our 8:30 a.m. daily meeting (for which, I admittedly showed up to at approx. 8:32 most days), hit the button on my Nespresso machine, roll my chair over to our meeting table and start discussing the trending news items of past 24 hours with my brilliant colleagues. We’d assign a new story or two, check in on the status of our scheduled posts for the day and then invariably our attention would turn to what new outfit, eyeliner or gadget one of us was debuting.

    Since WFH became our new reality, there’s been less opportunity to share sale scores and new obsessions. For one, most of us put a hard stop on unnecessary shopping; and furthermore, we found ourselves wearing sweatsuits much of the week. But now that we’re settling into our “new normal” (and we’re opening up our wallets again) we decided to take our conversation online—like everything else right now—and a new series was born. In FLARE Faves, we’re sharing our top fashion, beauty and home buys from the past month.

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    Here, the best things we bought or were gifted in November.

    Charlotte’s picks

    Best tights

    threads tights

    Opaque Tights, $17 USD, yourthreads.co

    I know what you’re thinking: “Pantyhose? In this economy??” And, trust me, I was right there with you. At the end of summer, when that first fall chill started to creep in, one of the pandemic silver linings I sold myself was: “Since I’m working from home indefinitely, at least I won’t be subjecting myself to the pure torture of wearing tights this winter.” Then I was introduced to Threads, courtesy of a lovely package of samples that showed up at my door. Skeptical, it took me a few weeks to actually try them, and I finally did when meeting a friend for a chilly patio lunch in early November. The temperature was hovering around zero but my legs actually stayed warm?? More surprising, these tights were so comfy (we’re talking no digging or rolling waistband, no sagging, no suffocating qualities whatsoever) that I didn’t immediately strip them off and change into sweatpants when I got home. Reader, I kid you not: I sat down on my couch in REAL clothes and watched Netflix. Mind. Blown.

    Best balm

    LXMI balm

    LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt, $41, thedetoxmarket.ca

    One of the other pandemic silver linings I’ve been taking advantage of is really upping my skincare routine, which over the past few months has included adding a new vitamin A serum to the mix. My sensitive skin always takes a little while to adjust to any new product—especially one with actives like retinol or AHAs—so I’ve been pampering it nightly with this luxurious balm-to-oil salve from LXMI, an organic skincare line that focuses on a singular star ingredient, Nilotica. A form of shea butter, Nilotica is intensely moisturizing, but doesn’t leave a shiny residue on my skin (blessings!). I slather this stuff on my face at night as an intensive sleeping mask, and have also used it as a lip balm, a cuticle treatment and a healing ointment for a bike-accident scar, which I swear looks like it’s healing faster already. Get you a balm that can do it all!

    Best kitchen knife set

    opinel knives

    Opinel Kitchen Knife Essentials, $225, hopsongrace.com

    I spied these French kitchen knives in my IG feed back in June and immediately saved them to my wish list. According to the team at Hopson Grace, which is one of my favourite spots in Toronto to browse for tableware and decor, Opinel knives are so renowned for their form and functionality that the Victoria & Albert Museum named them one of the 100 best designs of all time. Indeed, these beechwood beauties are a much-needed upgrade to my mismatched (and admittedly pretty dull) stainless steel set.

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    Jenn’s picks

    Best booties

    la canadienne boots

    Budapest Booties, $450, lacanadienneshoes.com

    Photos simply don’t do these Chelsea boots justice. Between the pointed toe, the manageable heel height, the gold hardware and the subtle western details on the shaft, they’re the answer to my most enduring and elusive fashion want: a simple, yet interesting black leather bootie that will stand the test of time. And please don’t get me started on the unique heel shape—cool enough to feel special but not so wacky that it renders the boot less classic. They’re an investment, but one that’s Canadian-designed and Italian-made, and as beautifully constructed as this pair isn’t one you’ll likely regret. To me, they are perfect.

    Best face oil

    mutha oil

    Face Oil, $110 USD, mutha.com

    Yes, I absolutely wanted to try this buzzy brand after spotting it on Instagram and sites like The Cut, and now that they ship to Canada, we easily can. While it’s loaded with antioxidants, omega fatty acids, evening primrose oil, squalane and active ingredients like tsubaki, kalahari and borage seed oils to replenish the skin’s moisture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and soothe the skin, this face oil’s true super power seems to be its uncanny ability to absorb quickly and leave you feeling dewy and glowy, but not shiny. The oil is naturally scented with jasmine flower extract, giving its application a lovely spa-like experience. I like to up the ritual aspect even more by applying the face oil before going in with my gua sha.

    Best cozy throw

    oui throw

    Oui Chevron Chenille Throw, $59.50, chapters.indigo.ca

    The intersection of pandemic lockdown number two and the threat of winter means a few things: a dramatic rise in homemade soups, an increased urge to improve one’s home base, and a spike in the need to be nestled in soft, comforting fabrics. Much like the frequency at which I google “best flannel sheets,” my cozy blanket collection has increased exponentially. This ridiculously cozy throw, that comes in the most soothing off-white shade, complete with a subtle chevron pattern and charming nubby bits, is my latest fave from Indigo’s newly launched home line, Oui.

    Katherine’s picks

    Best quilted jacket

    uniqlo jacket

    U Recycled Down Jacket, $100, uniqlo.com

    I’m sorry, but I can’t be the only person who wants their entire life—and wardrobe—to reflect The Crown. While I may not be itching for a marriage like Prince Charles and Diana’s, I *am* itching for all of the Royal Family’s Balmoral hunting looks. And this newly released jacket from Uniqlo fits the bill. From the chic brown colour that I favour to the quilted design, this jacket screams for me to be atop a thoroughbred horse, galloping through the English countryside. (FYI, it also works over a sweatsuit for a Sunday coffee run.) Plus, as part of a sustainable initiative from the brand that started in September 2019, these jackets use down collected from around 620,000 unwanted Uniqlo jackets across Japan, repurposing older Uniqlo garments and making this purchase stylish and sustainable! Pro tip: The jacket is unisex, meaning that it runs a little larger. I’m typically a S and wear an XS in this item.

    Best foundation

    kosas foundation

    Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation, $56, sephora.com

    As someone with naturally oily skin, I was hesitant about trying out a face oil, but this light foundation provides the perfect amount of coverage for my daily Zoom calls and virtual meetings, camouflaging redness and dark spots while also still looking super natural. I don’t find it adds any extra oil to my face; and as a bonus, the brand really emphasizes makeup as an extension of your skincare routine, meaning their products, in addition to being sulphate-free, are packed with clean treatment ingredients like rosehip seed and avocado oil.

    Best tequila

    best tequila

    1800 Anjeo Tequila, $51, lcbo.com

    This isn’t your typical university-experience tequila. Whether you’re looking for a nice gift for your dad for the holidays or just want to treat yourself, a bottle of tequila *might* just be the best decision you make. This aged tequila is perfect for sipping (because that’s something I do now) with a spicy aroma and notes of caramel and toffee. Want to really warm yourself up this winter? Try it out in your evening cup of hot chocolate (with marshmallows, obvi). You won’t regret it.

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    Elham’s picks

    Best puffer

    uniqlo puffer

    J+ Hybrid Down Jacket in Wine, $180, uniqlo.com

    It hasn’t even gotten supremely cold yet, but I’ve still donned this jacket and felt uber warm and super snug. True, I’m not planning on going anywhere far for the next few weeks (abiding by lockdown rules over here!), but I still wanna feel cute. Plus, I’ll be using this jacket as an excuse to get my vitamin D-deficient self outdoors to see the light of day on some afternoon walks around the neighbourhood.

    Best haircare kit

    olaplex kit

    Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix Kit, $80, sephora.com

    I’ve been trying for a while now to find the right treatment to get my partially heat-damaged hair back on track and feeling revived again, so I picked up this holiday kit from Olaplex, which includes a minis of their beloved shampoo and conditioner, as well as pre-and post-shower strengthening and smoothing lotions. A few uses later I think it’s working quite nicely!

    Best pillow

    buckwheat pillow

    Organic Buckwheat Hull Pillow, $109, comfycomfy.ca

    I’ve been progressively upgrading my sleep game over the past year with a weighted blanket and new mattress but, honestly, this pillow is probably the biggest game-changer for me. I don’t wake up feeling like I got whiplash in my sleep anymore, and it’s all thanks to the buckwheat filling of this pillow. It’s firm enough that I don’t feel like I’m wrestling with my pillow, I never need to flip to the cool side since it doesn’t heat up, and I can shape the pillow to take whatever firmness I want. Bonus: It’s Canadian-made.

  • Editors Favourite Products: Shop Our December Picks

    Back when the FLARE team shared an IRL office space (RIP to my abandoned aloe plant…), my mornings looked a little something like this: rush to get up the elevators in time for our 8:30 a.m. daily meeting (for which, I admittedly showed up to at approx. 8:32 most days), hit the button on my Nespresso machine, roll my chair over to our meeting table and start discussing the trending news items of past 24 hours with my brilliant colleagues. We’d assign a new story or two, check in on the status of our scheduled posts for the day and then invariably our attention would turn to what new outfit, eyeliner or gadget one of us was debuting.

    Since WFH became our new reality, there’s been less opportunity to share sale scores and new obsessions. For one, most of us put a hard stop on unnecessary shopping; and furthermore, we found ourselves wearing sweatsuits much of the week. But now that we’re settling into our “new normal” (and we’re opening up our wallets again) we decided to take our conversation online—like everything else right now—and a new series was born. In FLARE Faves, we’re sharing our top fashion, beauty and home buys from the past month.

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    Here, the best things we bought or were gifted in December.

    Elham’s picks

    Best snow boots

    editors favourite products: best snow boots

    Palmroth Ankle Boot with Front Zipper, $130 (regular $348), brownsshoes.com

    It’s been a pretty mild winter so far but I’m always cold no matter what the temperature is (and according to my doctor I’m not anemic, so what gives?). My old fall boots just don’t cut it for me anymore, but luckily I snagged these warmer boots on mega sale. This Palmroth pair has the softest wool inner lining that keeps my forever-frigid toes happy, and they’re super comfortable too. Plus, the silhouette is lovely with the soft exterior suede and thick tread on the sole, overall making for my perfect winter shoe.

    Best lip balm

    editors favourite products: Jack Black lip balm

    Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Black Tea, $11 sephora.com

    I’ve tried so many different lip balms in my life, and I thought I figured out the perfect lip moisturizing routine that works for me (applying lip balm before bed, after showering, and each time I head outside), but my newest concern has been balms that are too minty and burn my eyes when I wear my mask. So I’ve recently switched back to this old faithful and haven’t had any issues since. Definitely one of my holy grail products.

    Best diffuser blend

    editors favourite products: Saje diffuser blend

    Saje Liquid Sunshine, $18 saje.com

    One of the things that’s helped me immensely in dealing with the negative aspects of quarantine is trying to “re-learn” my space at home. It’s not a lot of space to begin with, so introducing New Things isn’t necessarily the best option for keeping it uncluttered. But adding sensory elements like this citrus-y diffuser blend helps me bring moments of peace in some otherwise semi-chaotic days, and sometimes a simple uplifting moment like that is all I need. —Elham Numan, graphic designer

    Katherine’s picks

    Best lounge set

    editors favourite products: Dynamite lounge set

    Dynamite Luca Puff Sleeve V-Neck Sweater, $45, and Sauve Wide Leg Pant $60, in Stone Blue, dynamiteclothing.com

    This is honestly one of my favourite finds of 2020, and the best and easiest WFH ‘fit ever. The sweater is just stylish enough to look like you’ve made an effort for your work Zoom calls, but also *so* comfortable. I’ve worn this to work from home in, to run to the grocery store in and for a virtual holiday party—it really is just super versatile! Plus, anyone can rock it. My mom just placed an order for a matching set of her own!

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    Best mascara

    editors favourite products: Glossier mascara

    Glossier Lash Slick, $20, glossier.com

    A tried and true favourite for many people, I’m a new convert to the Glossier mascara family, and am truly obsessed with their Lash Slick. As someone who unfortunately has a penchant for lumping my eyelashes together (taking a cue from the spider eyelashes found on ladies from The Bachelor), the lash slick is a saviour, easily separating my eyelashes while giving me tons of length. I honestly can’t believe these are my IRL eyelashes!

    Best wireless headphones

    editors favourite products: Apple headphones

    Apple AirPods Max, $779, apple.com

    I’m always an Apple product skeptic. As in, I can’t believe that a product is actually *as* good and life-changing as people hype them up to be. And every time I doubt them, I’m proven wrong. So it goes with the brand’s latest launch, the Apple AirPods Max. These are definitely a luxury purchase (I was gifted this pair), but if you’re in the market for a great set of headphones (for work, gaming or personal use), and have a bit of extra cash to spend, you need a pair of these. They’re surprisingly light weight, have amazing sound quality (seriously, listen to Bon Iver’s “Hey Ma!,” you won’t regret it), and cute as heck. My pair is pink, and when I tell you I feel like the chicest DJ while bopping around to the new Taylor Swift album in my room…I’m not lying. —Katherine Singh, assistant editor

    Jenn’s picks

    Best throwback sweatshirt

    editors favourite products: Club Monaco sweatshirt

    Club Monaco Crest Sweatshirt, $129.50, clubmonaco.ca

    My loungewear collection has never been more robust (I basically could have created an advent calendar with a new pair of leggings or sweats for every day in December) and I don’t intend to stop wearing my cozies anytime soon. That said, in 2021 I’m planning on reserving my ~fanciest~ athleisure for work from home days and only reaching for my truly ratty retired workout leggings for weekend cleaning sprees. This crisp Club Monaco logo sweatshirt, part of the brand’s beloved limited-edition collection of retro-feeling styles featuring the Club Monaco crest, is ideal for a day of editing and Zoom calls. Come for the varsity vibes, stay for the soft, lived-in feeling cotton.

    Best overnight skin treatment

    editors favourite products: Skinceuticals overnight

    SkinCeuticals Glycolic Brightening Renew Overnight, $110, skinceuticals.ca

    Don’t you just love when you can really see results from your skincare?! I can always count on science-backed brands like SkinCeuticals to get the job done. This glycolic and phytic acid night treatment promotes skin’s cellular turnover leaving your mug positively gleaming, and with an improved texture and more even tone, after regular use. The texture is lovely, too; more substantial than a day cream but not quite as thick as most overnight face creams and with just a hint of bounce. After using it nightly for about two weeks, I began detecting noticeably smoother, glowier skin in the morning.

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    Best steamer

    editors favourite products: Rowenta steamer

    Rowenta X-Cel Steam Pocket, $80, thebay.com

    In my version of hell, I’ll be forced to battle an old, squeaky ironing board and piping hot clothing iron until the end of time. (Is there a more sinister appliance than a red hot iron, just taunting you to trip on its menacing cord?!) This handheld gadget makes the traditional de-wrinkling duo seem positively archaic, while relegating bulky full-size steamers, the likes of which you might find backstage at a fashion show or in the dressing room of a boutique, look like actual torture devices. (Do not ask me how many times I burned myself on the evil steam while smoothing clothes at my university retail job, I absolutely lost count.) This cutie is lightweight and super compact, with its collapsible head making it even easier to stow—or pack, when we can travel safely. It uses very little water so you don’t have to refill it every time you want to steam a garment, and it heats up in 15 seconds. The efficiency! Timely bonus: hot steam sanitizes as it combats wrinkles, attacking bacteria, mites, odours, pollen and other allergens. —Jennifer Berry, managing editor

    Charlotte’s picks

    Best everyday earrings

    editors favourite products: Jenny Bird earrings

    Jenny Bird Toni Chubby Hinge Hoop Earrings in Gold, $110, nordstrom.ca

    It took several months, but I think I’ve finally figured out the staples in my pandemic wardrobe, and key among them are a pair of earrings that are bold enough to actually show up on a Zoom call, but not so heavy, dangly or otherwise cumbersome that I have to take them off for a lunchtime workout. These chubby gold-plated hoops from Canadian jeweller Jenny Bird are exactly that—the kind of goes-with-everything accessory that is still unique enough to garner a compliment or two every time I wear them (which nowadays is pretty much daily!). They’re statement-making enough on their own, but on days when I’m feeling fancy I’ll pop them in my second holes and layer them up with other gold earrings, and maybe even throw on a gold necklace if I’m going *all out*.

    Best hot brush

    editors favourite products: Revlon Hot Brush

    Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, $70, canadiantire.ca

    Blame it on TikTok: I could not resist trying the hot tool that has taken over my social media feeds for the past several months. After an IRL friend bought this hair dryer brush and confirmed it is as good as its hype, I was sold. At $70 it beats many of the pricer hair gadgets I’ve tested over the past year, both in terms of its ease of use (it’s all one piece—no interchangeable brush heads or charging nests to fumble with) and getting the job done; that is, smoothing my colour-damaged waves into a shiny actually healthy-looking lob. I’ve been using this on its own and as a first step before creating bends with a curling iron, and it’s noticeably shaved minutes off my morning routine. She’s a keeper!

    Best calendar

    editors favourite products: New Day calendar

    New Day Calendar, $40, newdayproject.ca

    It’s been a while since I purchased an actual wall calendar. Honestly, the last time may have been from the Scholastic book fair in grade school (best day ever, am I right??) and it came with a matching bookmark and door hanger. This calendar—a collaboration from Toronto-based photographers (and former FLARE collaborators!) Saty + Pratha and floral designer Coyote Flowers—is decidedly more sophisticated, not to mention chic as hell. In fact, I’d categorize it as wall ART, especially since the monthly prints can be saved and framed after their time marking your important dates. But the best part of this project is that the artists are donating every dollar from sales to Red Door, a shelter and crisis centre in Toronto that is working to break the cycle of family homelessness. Wins all around. —Charlotte Herrold, editor-in-chief