Editors Favourite Products: Shop Our December Picks


Again when the FLARE group shared an IRL workplace house (RIP to my deserted aloe plant…), my mornings appeared somewhat one thing like this: rush to rise up the elevators in time for our 8:30 a.m. day by day assembly (for which, I admittedly confirmed as much as at approx. 8:32 most days), hit the button on my Nespresso machine, roll my chair over to our assembly desk and begin discussing the trending information gadgets of previous 24 hours with my sensible colleagues. We’d assign a brand new story or two, test in on the standing of our scheduled posts for the day after which invariably our consideration would flip to what new outfit, eyeliner or gadget considered one of us was debuting.
Since WFH turned our new actuality, there’s been much less alternative to share sale scores and new obsessions. For one, most of us put a tough cease on pointless procuring; and moreover, we discovered ourselves carrying sweatsuits a lot of the week. However now that we’re settling into our “new regular” (and we’re opening up our wallets once more) we determined to take our dialog on-line—like every part else proper now—and a brand new sequence was born. In FLARE Faves, we’re sharing our prime vogue, magnificence and residential buys from the previous month.
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Right here, the most effective issues we purchased or have been gifted in December.
Elham’s picks
Greatest snow boots
editors favourite products: best snow boots
Palmroth Ankle Boot with Entrance Zipper, $130 (common $348), brownsshoes.com
It’s been a fairly gentle winter thus far however I’m at all times chilly it doesn’t matter what the temperature is (and in keeping with my physician I’m not anemic, so what provides?). My outdated fall boots simply don’t minimize it for me anymore, however fortunately I snagged these hotter boots on mega sale. This Palmroth pair has the softest wool interior lining that retains my forever-frigid toes pleased, they usually’re tremendous snug too. Plus, the silhouette is gorgeous with the smooth exterior suede and thick tread on the only real, total making for my excellent winter shoe.
Greatest lip balm
editors favourite products: Jack Black lip balm
Jack Black Moisture Remedy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Black Tea, $11 sephora.com
I’ve tried so many alternative lip balms in my life, and I assumed I found out the proper lip moisturizing routine that works for me (making use of lip balm earlier than mattress, after showering, and every time I head exterior), however my latest concern has been balms which are too minty and burn my eyes once I put on my masks. So I’ve not too long ago switched again to this outdated devoted and haven’t had any points since. Undoubtedly considered one of my holy grail merchandise.
Greatest diffuser mix
editors favourite products: Saje diffuser blend
Saje Liquid Sunshine, $18 saje.com
One of many issues that’s helped me immensely in coping with the unfavorable elements of quarantine is attempting to “re-learn” my house at residence. It’s not a whole lot of house to start with, so introducing New Issues isn’t essentially the most suitable choice for preserving it uncluttered. However including sensory parts like this citrus-y diffuser mix helps me convey moments of peace in some in any other case semi-chaotic days, and typically a easy uplifting second like that’s all I want. —Elham Numan, graphic designer
Katherine’s picks
Greatest lounge set
editors favourite products: Dynamite lounge set
Dynamite Luca Puff Sleeve V-Neck Sweater, $45, and Sauve Vast Leg Pant $60, in Stone Blue, dynamiteclothing.com
That is actually considered one of my favorite finds of 2020, and the most effective and best WFH ‘match ever. The sweater is simply fashionable sufficient to appear to be you’ve made an effort on your work Zoom calls, but in addition *so* snug. I’ve worn this to earn a living from home in, to run to the grocery retailer in and for a digital vacation social gathering—it truly is simply tremendous versatile! Plus, anybody can rock it. My mother simply positioned an order for an identical set of her personal!
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Greatest mascara
editors favourite products: Glossier mascara
Glossier Lash Slick, $20, glossier.com
A tried and true favorite for many individuals, I’m a brand new convert to the Glossier mascara household, and am really obsessive about their Lash Slick. As somebody who sadly has a penchant for lumping my eyelashes collectively (taking a cue from the spider eyelashes discovered on girls from The Bachelor), the lash slick is a saviour, simply separating my eyelashes whereas giving me tons of size. I actually can’t consider these are my IRL eyelashes!
Greatest wi-fi headphones
editors favourite products: Apple headphones
Apple AirPods Max, $779, apple.com
I’m at all times an Apple product skeptic. As in, I can’t consider {that a} product is definitely *as* good and life-changing as individuals hype them as much as be. And each time I doubt them, I’m confirmed unsuitable. So it goes with the model’s newest launch, the Apple AirPods Max. These are positively a luxurious buy (I used to be gifted this pair), however for those who’re available in the market for a terrific set of headphones (for work, gaming or private use), and have a bit of additional money to spend, you want a pair of those. They’re surprisingly mild weight, have wonderful sound high quality (severely, take heed to Bon Iver’s “Hey Ma!,” you received’t remorse it), and cute as heck. My pair is pink, and once I let you know I really feel just like the chicest DJ whereas bopping round to the brand new Taylor Swift album in my room…I’m not mendacity. —Katherine Singh, assistant editor
Jenn’s picks
Greatest throwback sweatshirt
editors favourite products: Club Monaco sweatshirt
Membership Monaco Crest Sweatshirt, $129.50, clubmonaco.ca
My loungewear assortment has by no means been extra strong (I mainly might have created an creation calendar with a brand new pair of leggings or sweats for every single day in December) and I don’t intend to cease carrying my cozies anytime quickly. That stated, in 2021 I’m planning on reserving my ~fanciest~ athleisure for earn a living from home days and solely reaching for my really ratty retired exercise leggings for weekend cleansing sprees. This crisp Membership Monaco emblem sweatshirt, a part of the model’s beloved limited-edition assortment of retro-feeling types that includes the Membership Monaco crest, is good for a day of enhancing and Zoom calls. Come for the varsity vibes, keep for the smooth, lived-in feeling cotton.
Greatest in a single day pores and skin remedy
editors favourite products: Skinceuticals overnight
SkinCeuticals Glycolic Brightening Renew In a single day, $110, skinceuticals.ca
Don’t you simply love when you’ll be able to actually see outcomes out of your skincare?! I can at all times rely on science-backed manufacturers like SkinCeuticals to get the job achieved. This glycolic and phytic acid night time remedy promotes pores and skin’s mobile turnover leaving your mug positively gleaming, and with an improved texture and extra even tone, after common use. The feel is gorgeous, too; extra substantial than a day cream however not fairly as thick as most in a single day face lotions and with only a trace of bounce. After utilizing it nightly for about two weeks, I started detecting noticeably smoother, glowier pores and skin within the morning.
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Greatest steamer
editors favourite products: Rowenta steamer
Rowenta X-Cel Steam Pocket, $80, thebay.com
In my model of hell, I’ll be compelled to battle an outdated, squeaky ironing board and piping scorching clothes iron till the top of time. (Is there a extra sinister equipment than a crimson scorching iron, simply taunting you to journey on its menacing wire?!) This handheld gadget makes the standard de-wrinkling duo appear positively archaic, whereas relegating cumbersome full-size steamers, the likes of which you may discover backstage at a vogue present or within the dressing room of a boutique, appear to be precise torture gadgets. (Don’t ask me what number of instances I burned myself on the evil steam whereas smoothing garments at my college retail job, I completely misplaced rely.) This cutie is light-weight and tremendous compact, with its collapsible head making it even simpler to stow—or pack, after we can journey safely. It makes use of little or no water so that you don’t need to refill it each time you need to steam a garment, and it heats up in 15 seconds. The effectivity! Well timed bonus: scorching steam sanitizes because it combats wrinkles, attacking micro organism, mites, odours, pollen and different allergens. —Jennifer Berry, managing editor
Charlotte’s picks
Greatest on a regular basis earrings
editors favourite products: Jenny Bird earrings
Jenny Fowl Toni Chubby Hinge Hoop Earrings in Gold, $110, nordstrom.ca
It took a number of months, however I believe I’ve lastly found out the staples in my pandemic wardrobe, and key amongst them are a pair of earrings which are daring sufficient to really present up on a Zoom name, however not so heavy, dangly or in any other case cumbersome that I’ve to take them off for a lunchtime exercise. These chubby gold-plated hoops from Canadian jeweller Jenny Fowl are precisely that—the type of goes-with-everything accent that’s nonetheless distinctive sufficient to garner a praise or two each time I put on them (which these days is just about day by day!). They’re statement-making sufficient on their very own, however on days once I’m feeling fancy I’ll pop them in my second holes and layer them up with different gold earrings, and perhaps even throw on a gold necklace if I’m going *all out*.
Greatest scorching brush
editors favourite products: Revlon Hot Brush
Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, $70, canadiantire.ca
Blame it on TikTok: I couldn’t resist attempting the recent device that has taken over my social media feeds for the previous a number of months. After an IRL buddy purchased this hair dryer brush and confirmed it’s pretty much as good as its hype, I used to be offered. At $70 it beats most of the pricer hair devices I’ve examined over the previous yr, each by way of its ease of use (it’s all one piece—no interchangeable brush heads or charging nests to fumble with) and getting the job achieved; that’s, smoothing my colour-damaged waves right into a shiny truly healthy-looking lob. I’ve been utilizing this by itself and as a primary step earlier than creating bends with a curling iron, and it’s noticeably shaved minutes off my morning routine. She’s a keeper!
Greatest calendar
editors favourite products: New Day calendar
New Day Calendar, $40, newdayproject.ca
It’s been some time since I bought an precise wall calendar. Actually, the final time could have been from the Scholastic e book truthful in grade faculty (greatest day ever, am I proper??) and it got here with an identical bookmark and door hanger. This calendar—a collaboration from Toronto-based photographers (and former FLARE collaborators!) Saty + Pratha and floral designer Coyote Flowers—is decidedly extra refined, to not point out stylish as hell. In truth, I’d categorize it as wall ART, particularly because the month-to-month prints might be saved and framed after their time marking your vital dates. However the most effective a part of this venture is that the artists are donating each greenback from gross sales to Pink Door, a shelter and disaster centre in Toronto that’s working to interrupt the cycle of household homelessness. Wins throughout. —Charlotte Herrold, editor-in-chief



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