Fab 5: Get your glow on


Rebecca Tay explores five products that should have you looking your best, today and well into the new year.

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However you plan to spend your New Year’s Eve and whatever your thoughts on resolutions and reflections, the occasion calls for a fresh approach to skin care.

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Whether you spend hours prepping your face for a big night ahead or wake up on the first of January keen to re-evaluate your regimen, the ultimate goal is glowing, healthy skin and beauty products that actually work for you.

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Rebecca Tay explores five products that should have you looking your best, today and well into the new year.


Vancouver-based Okoko is all about vegan, cruelty-free products that use botanicals and “cleanical” actives to boost radiance and clear skin. Pop into their Gastown atelier for a facial or invest in their Diamant Bleu clarifying cream, a soothing formula with niacinamide and blue tansy to help combat redness, dullness, sensitivity and dark spots, as well as ingredients that provide a blue light shield against environmental factors.

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Okoko, okokocosmetiques.com | $160


You might have heard last month that Tom Ford sold his namesake brand to Estée Lauder Companies Inc. for a cool US$2.8 billion — the biggest luxury deal of the year. For a tiny, tiny taste of what the hype is all about, consider his Soleil Neige Shimmering Body Oil. Part of the Soleil Neige collection launched this year, the oil is both a subtle floral musk scent as well as a rose gold shimmer that can be spritzed onto arms, legs, and décolletage — basically anywhere you want to look well moisturized in photos. It’s an excellent two-in-one product that’s both luxurious and sexy: exactly what the Tom Ford name is best known for.

Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com | $45


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We’ve all heard it once, twice, zillions of times: vitamin C is good for us in more ways than one. If you know skin care, you’ll also know that it’s a difficult ingredient to encapsulate as it oxidizes almost immediately, reducing its effect on the skin. This new Vitamin C + PHA Serum by Neostrata is potent, with 15 per cent pure L-Ascorbic Acid to target dark spots, uneven skin tone and texture. It also has a precise formulation that includes two per cent gluconolactone, which exfoliates the skin so the vitamin C can better work its magic on renewed surface layers.

Shoppers Drug Mart, shoppersdrugmart.ca | $55


It seems the cosmetics industry hasn’t tired of thinking of ways to get us to put our food on our face: the latest is Fresh, whose Black Tea skin care and eye care set includes an eye concentrate and firming moisturizer featuring black tea, as well as a Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence that helps boost luminosity.

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Sephora, sephora.com | $109


You can never go wrong with Hermès, right? Especially not when it comes to their lipsticks. Not only do the beautiful shades come in gorgeous canisters and in two great formulations — satin or matte — but the tubes themselves are also refillable. Don’t miss the three limited-edition colours out right now.

Hermes, hermes.com | $93

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