Health & Beauty

Vicki’s April Beauty Faves

May 9, 2024

As April showers subside (hopefully) and the scent of blossoms fills the air, I’m excited about the new beauty products that have entered my routine this month. From innovative skincare to fresh new sunscreens, April has given me a collection of beauty essentials I’ll love for years. Here are a few of my faves from the month. —Vicki Duong

institut esthederm intensive pro-collagen+ cream. This meticulously crafted cream ($109) has become my secret to achieving a radiant, healthy glow. This cream, formulated with cutting-edge technology and scientific research, is designed to replenish and stimulate collagen production in the skin. Its luxurious texture effortlessly melts into the skin, providing deep hydration and nourishment. It also serves as an excellent foundation base, ensuring a smooth and flawless application. 

fenty skin cookies n clean face scrub. This whipped clay mask ($44) is a game-changer, offering a blend of deep cleansing and gentle care. Enriched with ingredients like clay, it draws out impurities and excess oil, leaving your skin fresh and purified. This mask is also infused with moisturizing shea butter to nourish and protect your skin. It balances deep cleansing and hydration perfectly, ensuring your skin feels clean and soft.

ultra violette facial spf 50 sunscreen. Canadians, rejoice—Ultra Violette has officially landed at Sephora! Created with oily and sensitive skin in mind, this sunscreen ($49) is a game-changer. Say goodbye to the sticky, white-cast nightmares of traditional mineral sunscreens—Ultra Violette delivers a soft matte finish that feels like a dream on your skin. 

oribe gold lust dry heat protection spray. I’ve always been a fan of Oribe’s Gold Lust line. It smells delicious and nourishes while performing, so it felt like it was only a matter of time before a heat-protecting spray ($63) was added to the rotation. ​​Infused with Oribe’s signature blend of coconut water and marine algae extract, this dry heat protection spray envelops each strand, providing a barrier against the damaging effects of heat tools. 

yves rocher zéro défaut longwear foundation. Say goodbye to heavy, suffocating foundation and hello to breathable, flawless coverage with the Zéro Défaut Longwear Foundation ($30) from Yves Rocher. This revolutionary formula is a game-changer for anyone seeking lightweight coverage that allows your skin to breathe. Crafted from 97% natural ingredients, it offers buildable coverage without the weight, ensuring a seamless finish that lasts all day.

peace out acne treatment serum. Whether it’s the shifting seasons or the whims of temperamental skin, breakouts and excess oiliness can be a real nuisance. But fear not—introducing the Peace Out Acne Serum ($46), my new go-to solution for clearer, smoother skin. Crafted with a lightweight gel texture, this serum is packed with powerhouse ingredients like salicylic acid to combat blemishes and niacinamide to fade existing dark spots. 

redken acidic color gloss treatment. Get salon-quality shine at home with Redken’s latest Acidic Color Gloss ($38). This treatment recently took the internet by storm, going viral on TikTok for its transformative results. Experience the magic of this gloss treatment as it leaves your hair feeling deeply conditioned and looking brilliantly vibrant. With its unique formula, it not only enhances your hair colour but also amplifies its natural shine, giving you that coveted glass-like finish. 

nudestix blush tint spf 30. Enhance your natural beauty with the new Nudescreen Blush Tint ($34) from Nudestix—a game-changer in multi-purpose makeup. This versatile tint is designed to give your skin a fresh, flushed glow while providing SPF 30 protection against harmful UV rays. Plus, its lightweight formula blends seamlessly into cheeks, eyes and lips, leaving you with a monochromatic look that’s both chic and sun-safe.

koa yuzu facial cleanser. Elevate your skincare routine with the Koa Yuzu Facial Cleanser ($26), now available in Canada. Straight from the shores of Hawaii, Koa brings a touch of tropical luxury to your daily regimen. This cleanser goes beyond just cleansing—formulated to target uneven complexions, UV damage, and irritation; it refreshes and revitalizes your skin. Tested in climates where conditions can shift dramatically within minutes, Koa ensures that this cleanser is up to the challenge, no matter your concern.

kiss salon x-tend LED soft gel system. Embrace the stay-home era with ease, courtesy of the Gel Nail Extension Kit ($45) from Kiss. Transform your living room into a personal nail salon and indulge in salon-quality talons without ever leaving your couch. For less than the cost of a single salon visit, this kit empowers you to craft your own stunning nail extensions that boast a professional finish. With results that last up to two weeks, you’ll enjoy long-lasting beauty and the satisfaction of a DIY masterpiece.


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