Back to basics: 8 mass-market beauty finds to try this November


They say that everything worth having is worth working for, but by the looks of 2015’s beauty trends, the industry is still trying its darndest to prove that particular old adage wrong.

This year has seen a lot of really cool “instant fix”-type products (like this one from Deciem), and the brightening Neutrogena Healthy Skin Instant Tone Corrector SPF 15 ($19.97 CAD) and vivid orange The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer ($20 CAD) are two more examples of this quick-fix trend–which, can I just say, I am loving.


The Clinique Dramatically Different and Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit ranges are two of the beauty world’s most popular ranges for people (especially teens!) with acne-prone skin. And this year, I am happy to say, BOTH ranges are getting a long-awaited update. 

Clinique is adding a Dramatically Different Cream ($14.50 USD) for those with dry skin, and Neutrogena has created an Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer ($8.78 USD/$12.99 CAD) with 0.5% salicylic acid. Starting at under $15 each, they’re great picks for the teen or tween just getting into skincare — and just as good for those still struggling with acne in their college years.


In other “instant” news, this year has been pulling out some awesome new brow product formats! I’ve been loving a lot of angled pencils and double-ended brow liners, but they’re far from the only new formats that companies are testing right now.

For a super-quick brow, I’m really loving the Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse ($16.50 USD), which fills, tints, and shapes your brows all in one swipe. For something really different, though, check out the Maybelline BrowSatin Smoothing Duo-Brow Pencil & Filling Powder ($9.40 USD), which features your typical brow pencil on one end and a sponge applicator with powder in its lid on the other!


October may be over, but if you missed out on all of this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness products, it’s not too late. Origins’ Limited Edition Make a Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment ($25 CAD) is still available, and the brand will donate $4 to the BCRF for every tube sold until the end of the year.

And, in terms of looking out for yourself… well, there’s never a good time of year to go sunscreen-free. If you’re headed skating, skiing, or hiking this winter, make sure you still protect yourself from the sun with the Garnier Ombrelle SPF 60 Ultra-Fluid Lotion ($12 CAD).

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  • Nice selection! I didn't know about this Maybelline brow duo, will have to check it out. And I wish we had access to Garnier Ombrelle line here in the US! It's not like the whole world has approved new generation UV filters but we're still waiting on the FDA… :/
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    • I hear Maybelline's coming out with a brow pencil/wax stick for 2016 that's supposed to be amazing, too! I'm not usually crazy about their brow shade range (too warm for me), but the products themselves have been SO cool and innovative recently.

      I had no idea that you guys couldn't get Ombrelle down there! It's usually Canada's FDA that's slow, so I'm always surprised when we get stuff approved before the US does!

  • Oh wow, Garnier has an SPF 60? Nice!
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  • Alright, the Maybelline brow duo and the oilfree Neutrogena moisturiser have intrigued me… But I have questions!

    How do you like the brow duo? I've heard about it, but I don't know if it sounds like a must have…

    Is the moisturiser a lotion/cream, or more of a gel?

    Thanks for this post!
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    • Hi, Kristy! The brow duo is a really cool format, but unfortunately, it's much too warm for me — because I have light olive skin but very dark hair, I usually need my brow products to be super ashy (like the Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Ebony, which I LOVE.)

      The moisturizer is a light lotion/cream. It sinks in immediately for that "nothing" finish, but it's not runny or jelly-like. Hope that helps!

  • Fiona Powell

    This seems to be a very nice selection! Very psyched to see this blog. by the way, how do you find the power brow better than others? and the SPF 60 is also enticing! Does the sunscreen feel heavy? Is it easy to glide under make up?

    • Sorry for the late reply, Fiona! I am absolutely LOVING that brow powder, but it's not the right tone for me! The formula applies very evenly, smoothly, and quickly, though — it's like an instant magic brow wand. ;)

      I'm afraid I can't test the sunscreen under makeup as I am allergic to some of its ingredients, but it has a very thin, lightweight formula and feels great to the touch!