Santa doesn’t visit everyone. That’s a harsh reality. Not everyone has a special sweetie that will carefully select and wrap just the right present, and that’s okay. We can certainly DIY, and should anyways. I make a rule when shopping to treat myself to something too, whether it’s skin cream that I know is just the right blend, or it’s a gym outfit that begs to be tried on before you pull the trigger. Some things you just want to do yourself, you know?
In that spirit, here’s a little round up of feel good gear to launch you into 2020.
Plantronics BackBeat FIT
I first starting using these dynamic and secure earbuds back in 2015. I *still* use the same pair. The battery life is upwards of four hours per charge, and even after all these years, they’re still holding a charge and working perfectly. Bluetooth enabled, duh, but also pairs with your smartphone for calls on the fly. From $129.99 at Plantronics.
Remington Twist & Curl
Do you dream of effortless curls, or a frizz-free flock of hair? If you’re confounded by curling irons, or a baller for the blo-dry bar, buck the trend and take matters into your own hands, with this revolutionary tool. It straightens, sure, but the real magic is in the comb-like teeth that gently pull and press hair into a coiffure of your dreams. From $37.99 through Remingtons.
Nike is known and celebrated for their curve hugging and shape sculpting workout gear, and supporting the girls are part and parcel of that ethos. The new FE/NOM Flyknit Sports Bra is a technical achievement for the northern states, instead of the usual smushy support, your boobs are put on a pedestal, with all the love and support they deserve. FE/NOM Flyknit fights the flatness and lifts you to greatness. From $100 through Nike.
Part yoga pant, part go-to-work pant, these super soft leggings are your new secret weapon. Dressy enough to pull off in the office, and slouchy enough to curl up all weekend in, I’ve gone from rink to date night in these wonders, made entirely of recycled material. Sewn, knit and dyed in Toronto, the wide waistband makes them feel almost high waisted, with a extra little support where we most need it. If there’s one thing we need more of, it’s pockets, and these beauties have TWO! They’re snug and hidden for a sleeker look, so you can stash a phone or slim wallet with ease. From $138 at encircled.
If you’re looking for “cleaner” alternatives to athletic wear you may be interested in this new Canadian label. The company started when the co-founders, who’ve worked for international athletic performance wear brands, began questioning the worldwide standards in the clothing industry. After several years of extensive research, TMPL (as in your body is your temple so take good care) the line recently launched that’s not only better for the planet but also better for you. The company developed their own highly technical fabric including better dyes and process that’s now produced in Europe and pieces in the collection are made here in Canada. From $56 through TMPL.
The Family run beauty company from NYC specializes in vegan and cruelty skin care, and we’re slurping up their recovery treatment oil. Evening primrose, argan and jojoba oils go to task on depleted and dehydrated skin, two conditions native to winters in Canada. It rejuvenates and reconditions; the elixir that your skin craves is here. From $82 through MALIN+GOETZ
Disposable face cloths are so 2010s. Adopt a future-friendly face cloth that cleans thoroughly while gently washing away dirt, pollution and makeup. Two in a pack means you can swap them in and out of the laundry, or share with a friend. The hand sized organic cotton towel has two textures for what level of contouring you need to wash away. From $15 from Province Apothecary.
With a full feel-good range of skincare products for a variety of skin types and steeped in a green and sustainable mission, Biossance goes the distance in their efforts to be good to the environment, from not testing on animals to sustainable and recyclable packaging, you can breath easy knowing they’ve done the dirty work for you. From $54 through Biossance.