From the Editor’s Desk: Brands I’m Dying to Try

© Gil Segev 2016

© Gil Segev 2016

     Spring has finally sprung here in Toronto, and it is the perfect time to dust off my beauty drawers and take a peek inside. Throw out a few expired pieces, rotate the ones I’ve been meaning to use more often, and of course, create an action plan for acquiring even more!

     Being a blogger and working in the industry, I get to try lots of amazing brands. However, I still can’t help but want to see, feel and touch new products from companies I haven’t tried before. This is a list of the brands that are currently on my radar, including which products I’ve got my eyes on and why. Let me know if you have tried any of these, and if you want to see reviews in the future!

  1. Korres: This line recently exploded onto the scene in Canada after a buyout, and can be found in all its glory at Shoppers Drug Mart. I have tried the Black Pine line (serum, oil, moisturizer, eye cream) on the back of my hand and liked it, but they’re a little pricey for a drugstore brand. I do like the scent of the oil, and the packaging is just so stunning. Will hold off until I read some better reviews than what Paula’s Choice gave it.
  2. Darphin: This is a drugstore-turned-Sephora brand that comes from Paris and is tempting me with beautiful bottles and an “anti-fatigue” line (VITALSKIN Anti-fatigue Dynamizing Serum). Sounds perfect for my soon-to-be-a-student skin!
  3. Drunk Elephant: Everyone and their mother is going gaga for this range, but it’s a little hard to find north of the US border. As sunny days fill the horizon, I’m hoping to land the Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 for days when I want to skip the foundation but protect my skin.
  4. Joe Fresh: Canadians know and love Joe Fresh, but did you know they recently expanded their makeup range into Shoppers Drug Mart? I haven’t been too impressed with the Gentle Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover I purchased, but the Illuminating Primer seems like an interesting alternative once my Laura Mercier Radiance Primer runs out.
  5. Sephora Collection Men: Once again, Canada gets cheated out of something cool. You can find innovative products for men like the 8h Mattifying Moisturizing Fluid and Toning Cleansing Gel online, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them and compare to similar drugstore products.
  6. Farmacy: The packaging for this line gets me every time. I got my hands on the Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask, but it’s not enough! I want to try the extensive range of masks and “Lip Blooms” before delving into the traditional skincare.
  7. Tatcha: When it launched in Sephora earlier this year I wasn’t impressed by the line, especially the much-hyped Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. However, I would like to try the acclaimed Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder and Luminous Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate before I dismiss it altogether.
  8. Herbivore: When I received a sample of the Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil I fell in love with the smell. Now I want to try everything! In particular, the Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish and Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask have my attention.
  9. Sunday Riley: After learning that the Luna Sleeping Night Oil is not for me (fishy smelling blue face tint), I am open to trying different things. The Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil and Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm seem like better-smelling options for me, and I can’t even with the packaging.
  10. Lunatick Cosmetic Labs: If the name doesn’t do it for you, maybe the Gothic packaging will. I have my eyes on the Zombie Defence eye palette, which may very well make an appearance on the blog soon (*wink wink*). This would be my first foray into niche makeup.
  11. Temple Spa: While I could list each and every product from this company as my Most Wanted, I’ve narrowed it down to the decadent-sounding Body Truffle, Power Breakfast, and Aaahhh!. I’ll let you find out what that last one is about.
  12. The Vagabond Prince: This is a perfume brand by the founders of Fragrantica, so they’re bound to know what they’re doing. I think I’ll order samples of their 3 scents via Lucky Scent, because at $200 a piece they’re a little out there for a blind buy.
  13. Artis: These are the brushes you’ve seen all over social media that kinda look like toothbrushes. I want to try the Oval 7 brush and see how it compares to my favourite Tarte The Buffer™ Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush.
  14. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Now that they’ve pulled out of Sephora Canada, finding OCC is troublesome. Ever since Willam Belli became a spokesperson I wanted to get my hands on Poolboy lip liner, and once I figure out where I can find it I will do so.

     What brands are you eyeing this spring? Let me know your thoughts on these products in the comments so we can compare notes before I break the bank!


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