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March's must-have beauty finds for spring-ready skin

With spring almost here, now is the perfect time to brush up on what's new in the beauty department this month.
(Credit, left: islandjoy.ca; right: beautycounter.com)

With spring almost here, now is the perfect time to brush up on what's new in the beauty department this month. With a focus on healthy skin, March's finds are the best way to get prepped and excited about the coming season.

Lip service

For anyone addicted to lipstick, this new serum from Make Up For Ever is a must. Chalk full of hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and loofah oil, the formula glides on super smooth. The serum helps to fill in fine lines, creating a smooth, plumped-up surface, perfect for layering lipstick over top.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster, $23, Sephora.com

Pretty peepers

Most eye creams focus on crow's feet, but Lierac's newest launch helps you focus on the skin surrounding the eye, working to diminish fine lines, yes, but also to help decrease droopy eyelids, puffiness and dark circles. This multitasking cream contains Lierac's Premium Cellular complex, meant to mimic the FOXO protein (a longevity protein found in humans over 100 years of age), which boosts skin regeneration. An added bonus of black orchid, black rose and black poppy extracts work to hydrate and improve skin's elasticity.  

Lierac Premium Yeux, $95, lierac.ca

The shield

With longer days comes more sun exposure (yay!), meaning it's time to invest in a great SPF that will protect your skin throughout the season. MyChelle's all-natural and reef safe mineral-based lotion goes on to a matte finish without looking chalky white.

MyChelle Sun Shield Unscented SPF 28, $26, Murale and beautyboutique.ca

Make it matte

With a mousse/cream texture, this rich yet lightweight mattifying foundation slips onto skin smoothly, while it hides pores, redness and blemishes.

Clarins Teint Pores & Matité Pore Perfecting Mattifying Foundation, $39, clarins.ca

Protect and correct

Made to aid and help repair skin after a procedure (think laser, IPL and more), this calming masque from SkinCeuticals helps to reduce redness and discomfort with the help of green botanicals, such as thyme, olive and cucumber. Hyaluronic acid also provides lightweight hydration, which comes in handy should you also suffer from windburn or sunburn, or need a hand post-workout. This masque is safe to use multiple times per week as a 15-minute treatment or as an overnight masque.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, $68, at medi-spas and dermatologists offices across Canada, see skinceuticals.ca for store locations

Glow on

New, all-natural beauty favourite, Beautycounter, just launched a limited edition eye and cheek palette that is not to be missed. With six eye shadows and three blushes, this palette, inspired by the desert, is perfect for creating soft but smouldering day and night looks. And each powder contains porcelain flower extract to help moisturize the skin.

Beautycounter Desert Sunrise Palette, $75, beautycounter.com

Take me away

Looking to warm up a bit without actually heading to the beach? Toronto-based brand Island Joy, which literally just launched online, is bringing the scents of the Caribbean to your shower in four delicious smelling body scrubs. The Bajan Lime is sublime – with hints of vanilla and, of course, lime, it reminds me of sitting poolside with a refreshing rum and coke in hand, only my skin is softer, smoother and more hydrated than if I had been drinking all day.

Island Joy Bajan Lime Body Scrub, $29, islandjoy.ca

Electric shine

Created by television host Monika Deol, Stellar* is a brand new makeup line made for women of all skin tones, paying special attention to women with medium skin tones who, as Deol cited, are underserviced. The collection's standouts include this oil-free, weightless concealer, which comes in six flattering shades, and promises to hide dark circles while it adds a subtle glow to the face.

STELLAR* by Monika Deol Limitless Concealer, $32, Sephora.com

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