New Year New Beauty

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A brand new year means a brand new beauty routine. It’s time to dump all the stale cosmetics and skincare bottles taking up space in your cupboard. Out with the old and in with the new.

Now is the time to pucker up your lips and prep your skin for these must-have products in 2014.

Here are a few we’re coveting:


KORRES® Greek Yoghurt

A staple in the Greek diet and now found in countless grocery stores across the country, Greek yoghurt has long been renowned for its nutritional properties; a natural source of lactose, proteins, minerals and vitamins. Now it’s been incorporated into face and body products by KORRES®, a Nobel-award winning Greek skincare line. Check out KORRES’® Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream ($32), Yoghurt Body Butter ($29) and After-Sun Cooling Gel ($23.50) which incorporates the edible ingredient that will instantly nourish, hydrate and refresh the skin. Available at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart.

NARS Final Cut

Don’t think of pink as a girly color anymore, NARS is introducing its latest collection this January called Final Cut that will turn the shade on its head. The limited edition, nine-piece collection of blushes, illuminator and lip pencils is giving pink an attitude adjustment with fierce shades and names such as Sex Fantasy and New Attitude. Final Cut will be exclusively sold at Holt Renfrew’s NARS counters across Canada.

PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

Recently announced as the color of 2014 by the Pantone Color Institute, Radiant Orchid (a.k.a: PANTONE 18-3224) will be on the lips, eyes and nails of every tweens, teens and sophisticated ladies in the New Year. This shade of purple symbolizes and encourages creativity and originality, in addition to flattering all hair colors and skin-tones. Splashes of lavender, purple and pink are perfect complements and can easily be found at your local drug store. Ignite the New Year and go easy on your wallet with Marcelle’s Mauve On Over Eye Shadow Quad ($15.95). For nails try Essie’s Play Date or Under Where? ($8.50).

Do-It-Yourself Gel Nails

You’ve discovered the joys of shellac manicures, but the cost to have salons apply this scratch proof and long-lasting gel polish to your nails is taking a toll on your wallet. Good thing Sally Hansen and Sephora have each developed the perfect solution with DIY gel manicure kits! Each kit contains everything you need to give yourself a total gel manicure; LED lamp, gel polish, gel top coat and polish remover. Application can be completed in a few easy steps with no dry time so you can be primped and primed at a moment’s notice – time to let out your inner nail freak! Peep the affordable Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Strips Starter Kit or splurge on SEPHORA BY OPI Gelshine™ At-Home Gel Color System.

MAC Maleficent Collection

Good girls may get Prince Charming but bad girls have all the fun, and being the ‘Mistress of Evil’ is even better. One of the most anticipated movies of 2014 is Maleficent which recounts the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty and stars Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie as the evil witch. To celebrate this upcoming summer blockbuster, Disney and MAC announced an 11-piece limited-edition makeup collection inspired by the wicked character that will include face, eyes, lip and nail products. Keep an evil eye out this coming May 2014 for the premiere of the movie and the MAC Maleficent Collection. Available at MAC counters and stores.

Rita Ora Rimmel London                                 

Rimmel London and British pop singer Rita Ora have teamed up to launch a limited edition collection of lip and nail products that will reflect the singer’s bold, fun and trendsetting personality. Ora has been giving fans and makeup junkies behind-the-scenes preview of her upcoming line via Instagram and so far there are five nail polishes and seven chubby lipsticks which will allow you to recreate her signature pout. Available February 2014.

Tags: affordable beauty, Angelina Jolie, beauty trend, beauty trends, collaboration, cosmetic, Disney, essie, holt renfrew, Korres, MAC, mac cosmetics, Marcelle, NARS, Pantone, Pantone's color of the year, Rimmel London, rita ora, sally hansen, Sephora, shoppers drug mart

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