While April showers may currently be in full swing, May flowers are just around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about all of the fun beauty buys that come with warmer weather, like sunny new scents, bright, summery makeup and ultra-refreshing skincare picks. Below are some of our favourite April 2021 beauty launches that you need to have on your radar. Happy shopping!

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom Lipstick, $52, chanel.com

Chanel’s latest lipstick collection, Rouge Coco Bloom, has just launched after an impressive three years in development and over 140 different iterations and tests conducted at the brand’s research labs in both Japan and Paris. The collection features 20 shades and new two-phase technology: the first phase deposits the colour, while the second produces an ultra-shiny plumping effect.

Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream

belif Aqua bomb brightening vitamin C cream
belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream, $56,
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Nordstrom SPACE and Dover Street Market Paris partner to highlight emerging global designers

ERL, designed by Eli Russel Linnetz.
Photography courtesy of Nordstrom SPACE x Dover Street Market Paris.

This week marked the launch of Nordstrom SPACE and Dover Street Market Paris’s exclusive partnership. With a goal of discovering nascent creatives and independent labels all over the world, Nordstrom SPACE will house all seven indie brands under Dover Street Market Paris — Vaquera, Rassvet, Weinsanto, ERL, Liberal Youth Ministry, HFD and Youths in Balaclava — in an exclusive retail experience. Youths in Balaclava, a Singapore-based creative collective, serves as a platform to rebel against political inequality through unisex streetwear, while Rassvet, meaning sunrise in Russian, aims to mirror a new dawn in Russian youth culture. These special pop-ups will last for six weeks starting April 5, and can be shopped online at nordstrom.ca and in-store at Nordstrom Vancouver, New York … Read the rest

Goop Beauty’s latest launch, GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion, is Apple Martin-approved

 

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On the hunt for a new moisturizer to take you from spring to summer without being too heavy or sticky, but that’s still nourishing enough for all of the weather changes that lie ahead? Look no further than the latest launch from Goop, GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion (say that 10 times fast), a lightweight moisturizer formulated with spirulina enzyme, kakadu plum and vitamin C. Clinical testing on the latest launch from Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand shows promising immediate and long-term results, like improved texture, smoothness, and hydration. Want to learn more about the launch? You can check out how Gwyneth’s daughter, Apple, uses the product in her morning routine. “It gives me a little…I don’t know — it feels like silk going on your skin,” she says.

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Earlier this week, an unedited photo of Khloé Kardashian appeared on social media and, as things tend to do on the internet, it spread. Soon after, people began posting about how her legal team was messaging many of them to take it down in a futile effort to have the image scrubbed from the internet.

But in the same way things spread rapidly online, they also never really go away. What followed was the perfect example of the Streisand Effect, which is what happens when efforts to hide something only end up publicizing it more. It was coined in 2005 by Techdirt’s Mike Masnick, and alluded to Barbra Streisand who, in 2003, sued a photographer for violation of privacy for taking an aerial shot of her California mansion as part of a public collection of coastline photographs. Prior to her filing the lawsuit, that photo had only been downloaded … Read the rest

After a tumultuous 2020 during which the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) Gala was first postponed and then eventually cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the annual festivities recognizing Canada’s brightest fashion stars are going virtual this year.

CAFA announced on April 8 that its seventh annual Awards Gala will take place virtually on May 19, 2021.

The beauty of a virtual event? No limit to the guest list! “In place of the traditional in-person CAFA Gala, the 2021 edition can be experienced virtually by all,” reads a press release. “A first for CAFA, the digital format democratizes the Gala while acknowledging and honouring Canadian fashion’s great creatives.”

Amanda Brugel attends the 2019 CAFA Awards Gala. Photography by George Pimentel.

The host for the 2021 virtual CAFA Awards Gala was also revealed, with Canadian actress Amanda Brugel, known for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale, Kim’s ConvenienceRead the rest

Like many of us over the past year, Pete Hellyer — founder of Non, a denim-centric label based in London — has been searching for meaning. With 15 years of experience in the e-commerce and digital realms of the fashion industry, he found his client-based work was becoming more sporadic as the pandemic’s hold intensified. “I had a lot of free time, and there was a lot of uncertainty,” says Hellyer, who had worked as creative director for businesses including Ssense and The Outnet before going freelance.

To bring a little cheer into his life, Hellyer — who, again like many of us, found himself primarily wearing loungewear throughout lockdown — decide to treat himself to a pair of jeans. “I live in denim,” he notes of his typical attire. “I’m one of those people with a uniform [of] a white tee and jeans.”

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It’s about to get a lot easier to recycle your beauty products in Canada thanks to the Nordstrom Beautycycle program.

Starting today, the retailer will accept empty beauty product packaging, regardless of brand, at any Nordstrom Canada store. The goal is make sure that hard-to-recycle packaging isn’t sent straight to landfill. (Of 120 billion units of plastic packaging produced globally by the beauty industry, less than a mere nine percent is actually recycled.)

The move makes Nordstrom — which first launched the program stateside last year — the first major retailer in Canada to offer a catch-all beauty-focused recycling program.

So how does it work?

In Nordstrom beauty departments nation wide, customers will find TerraCycle Zero Waste boxes where you can simply drop off your empties. Once full, the contents will be sent off to the the recycling company to properly be cleaned, sorted and recycled.

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Another awards show has come and gone and the cast of Schitt’s Creek has once again found themselves on the winning side of things. This time, the gang took their winning streak to the 2021 SAG Awards.

The beloved Canadian sitcom picked up the top prize for best comedy ensemble at yesterday’s pre-recorded Zoom ceremony. But it was a big night, in particular, for Catherine O’Hara, who won best female actor in a comedy series for her turn as Moira Rose in the show’s final season (beating out, among others, her co-star Annie Murphy). And, if nothing else, the Canadian icon’s win cemented a certain truth: She’s been totally winning awards season. Here’s how.

A record-setting win 

With her latest win, O’Hara joins a very exclusive club. She’s now only the fourth person in history to win all five major TV acting awards in a single season. The SAG completed … Read the rest

Sure, you could wear a t-shirt and leggings to get a shot in the arm, but folks like Marc Jacobs, Dolly Parton and Jeff Goldblum are here to provide some delightful alternatives for vaccination day. Sporting everything from a blinged-out face mask to a velvet robe, these celebrities have made getting their COVID-19 vaccines a veritable style statement. (And honestly, who can blame people for wanting to make an event out of anything that gets you out of the house?)

Although adults, including politicians, celebrities and athletes, began receiving their vaccines as early as December 2020 in the U.K. and January 2021 in the U.S., each country has its own vaccination roll-out plan, including for us Canadians, with the elderly and essential workers receiving priority at the time of publication.

So while it may be some time still until we all get our moment in the chair, in the meantime … Read the rest

With Earth Month around the corner, we can expect to see many brands launching new sustainability-minded products and initiatives in the coming weeks. For example, Toronto-based jewellery brand Oremme just introduced a first-of-its-kind recycling program for customers in Canada and the U.S. Read on to find out what else is happening in the fashion world this week!

Oremme introduces a gold recycling program

Photography courtesy of Oremme

Toronto-based, hand-crafted jewellery label Oremme — which is already a member of the environmental initiative 1% for the Planet — wants your unwanted gold jewellery. Why? So it can be melted down for future use. The brand just announced its Gold Recycling Program, which asks customers to send in gold jewellery that they no longer use for a store credit (based on karat weight); Oremme will then melt the gold down to use in new pieces.

Founder Emilie Nolan notes in a press … Read the rest