As much as I’m ready to put February behind me and embrace false spring, the dreariest month did have a serious upside: a well-collected selection of must-haves. If you’re looking to upgrade your fitness routine (and wardrobe), ready to embrace the woo and want to level-up in skin care and mascara, keep reading!
The Pandemic Cliche
In true pandemic cliche/stereotype mode, we added a Peloton Bike+ to our home gym in February. I love it. If you struggle with gym motivation like I do, something like the Peloton is the perfect fix: the app/bike are gamified (perfect if you’re dedicated to your “streak” and reaching milestones like I am), the classes are motivational and fun and you can get away with a short class if you’re not feeling it. If the bike isn’t in budget, I can’t recommend the Peloton app enough. The class variety essentially brings an entire studio into your home. Peloton Bike+ and Peloton App, starting at $40/month
Spa In Your Shower
The first thing I’m doing when it’s safe is checking myself into the Four Seasons Spa for a much-needed massage and facial. Until then, I’m getting my spa fix from all things eucalyptus, like this pH-optimized and vitamin B3-boosted skin cleanser. It leaves skin feeling soft – never stripped – and the scent (while lovely in the shower) doesn’t linger. If you’re looking for a little dose of self care, this is it. Necessaire The Body Wash in Eucalyptus, $35 at Sephora
Found: Target Must-Have in Canada
Speaking of eucalyptus, it’s the reason I first picked up this oil-based balm from Target favourite (and Shoppers-exclusive) brand Versed. Eucalyptus, clove and jojoba oils help to melt off your makeup and massaging it into your skin feels so soothing. I’m now on my second jar and can’t see myself adjusting my routine anytime soon. Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm, $23.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart
The Best Mascara I’ve Tried In Years
Mascara has become the real MVP of my masked, tired mom face. Nothing perks up tired eyes quite like a few coats of something black and volumizing. This drugstore mascara by Maybelline has replaced my prestige picks in a flash: it creates bold, thick lashes and holds a curl so well. It’s hard to find right now, so if you come across a wand, grab two! Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara, ~$10 at drugstores
Your Smoothest Skin, Quick.
If you haven’t tried a retinol product before, buckle up. I’ve never experienced a visible difference in my skin as quickly as I have with retinol, specifically the Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum. Within days of use, my skin is glowing, clearer and just plain looks better. As far as lines go, the ones on my forehead are likely here to stay without a Botox intervention, but they do seem to be softened. I’m now on my second bottle, after trying the Pixi retinol oil for a few months (and seeing zero change). If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, consider holding off on trying retinol products and consulting your doctor first. Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum, $44 at Shoppers Drug Mart
The Cutest Spring Leggings
Never leaving the house has its perks: namely, justification for a collection of leggings that go the distance for lounging, yoga and training. My love for lululemon align leggings is well-documented, but I was thrilled to pick up this brightly-coloured pair for spring yoga sessions. Bonus: they’re a perfect match for an evening Mini Eggs situation.
For sessions on the Peloton, I’m loving these high-waisted, quick-drying tights in a hot pink hue. For both styles, you could likely size down for a more secure fit (I ordered a 10 and would probably re-order in an 8). lululemon Align Pant in Inflorescence Multi, $98 and lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Crop, $128
Embrace The Woo
Regardless of your “woo” level, you’re probably going to love Chris Corsini‘s Monthly Horoscopes. He’s to the point, funny and extremely knowledgable, sharing monthly horoscopes in a very accessible way (they’re easy to follow and he also does ASL throughout). I’ve been watching since late 2019 and always do a post-game analysis of our horoscopes with one of my girlfriends. His predictions and suggestions are always incredibly accurate, so much so that I tend to write down some key points and reference later in the month. (If you’re looking for a little extra woo – and I always am – I also really love his full moon workshops! I’ve found them to be a really impactful way to set intentions and banish bad energy.)