February is one of our favourite months—with Valentine’s Day and proposal season, it really is the month of love for many. It’s also a good month to stock up on some beauty goodies for you and your bridesmaids—after all, you do deserve a little pre-wedding pampering. Looking ahead, especially if your wedding is coming up in the next few months, you’ll want to stock your kit with essentials that will have you looking your best for any pre-wedding functions, your wedding and your honeymoon. These are our favourite products for the month of February.
Boosh Lipstick in “Bobbie”
When Sarah Walker found she was allergic to red food dye found in lipsticks, she set out to make a lipstick line that was free of chemicals, parabens and petroleums. From this, Boosh was born. The lippies, made from beeswax, lavender oil and mineral oils, are produced on a farm in Ayr, Ontario. Not only do we love that the brand is Canadian, but we also love the shades and the fact that they’re inspired by the women in Walker’s life. For the prettiest wedding-day lip, we highly recommend the new shade “Bobbie”–a medium-pink shade with warm undertones.
Clear Clinical Cleanser
If you’re looking for a fuss-free cleanser that’s effective for your pre-wedding skincare routine, the Clinical Vitamin A Cleanser should be next on your list to try. This cleanser, meant to be used daily, contains clove oil, which helps eliminate excess oil as well as pumpkin seed oil, which calms inflamed skin and gives the skin moisture. The lactic acid also found in the cleanser exfoliates and removes built-up dirt, leaving you with cleaner pores.
Céla Crème De La Crème Light
Céla, the Canadian brand known for making luxe, naturally sourced, Made in Canada skincare, has one product in particular that we love for wedding-day perfect skin. The light version of their original beloved cream boasts a lighter, faster-absorbing consistency and moisturizing Amazonian cupuaçu butter and Abyssinian oil. The “Cela Complex”—the brand’s blend of six Canadian botanical extracts including blueberry, elderberry, evening primrose, juniper berry, rosemary and lavender gives the skin resilience—especially important during Canadian winters.
Maybelline Red Lipstick
For any bride who’s looking to sport the ultimate red lip on her wedding day, look no further than Maybelline’s Made For All lipstick in Red For Me. This matte formula gives you a picture-perfect pucker, and the shade is universally flattering, no matter what your skin tone. This long-lasting formula will ensure that your lip colour stays on well through into your reception.
NEST Wild Poppy Fragrance
If you’re still looking for your wedding-day fragrance, the latest from NEST should intrigue you. Their newest scent for spring, Wild Poppy, is free-spirited, sweet and flirty—exactly how you want to feel on your big day. NEST founder was inspired by the beauty of the poppy once it blooms (if you have poppies in your bouquet, this is a total sign this needs to be your wedding-day fragrance), and likened it to the coming-of-age of her 19 year-old daughter, who recently started college. With notes of pear, apricot, raspberry, Himalayan jasmine and Rose de Grasse, this scent is equal parts cheerful and romantic.
Covergirl Simply Ageless Instant Fix Advanced Concealer
The right concealer needs to mask any dark undereye circles (let’s face it, who sleeps the night before their wedding!?), and do it in a way that doesn’t emphasize fine lines or look cakey. The Covergirl Simply Ageless Concealer will do everything you want for your wedding day and then some. The formula is lightweight and provides medium-to-full coverage—which is important when you have cameras on you!
Buxom Wanderlust Blush
Looking like a blushing bride isn’t a difficult feat with the right blush. This month we’re particularly in love with the Buxom Wanderlust Primer-Infused Blushes. Richly pigmented, this velvety smooth formula applies like a dream and gives us the natural flush we’ve always wanted.
Magicstripes Hand-Repairing Gloves
This dry, winter weather is enough to make anybody’s skin freak out. Cracked hands are the norm in harsh climates, but for brides, this is an absolutely nightmare. Who wants to take engagement-ring photos with dry hands? Not us! That’s why in the winter, Magicstripes Hand-Repairing Gloves are a godsend. We’re on-board with the sheet mask train (is there a sheet mask for the whole body? Asking for a friend), and this unique one gives us the softest hands—perfect for wedding-day hand-holding.
$48 for a box of 3 pairs, eskincarestore.com