The greatest movie gala in our country’s history is taking over Toronto. TIFF, the annual tinsel-town explosion of all things extra is back on our doorstep and we couldn’t be more excited. From gallivanting around stalking celebs to top films we can’t wait to see, even if you don’t leave your house there are still ways to explore and embrace Toronto’s favourite festival.
With our depth in all things food, fashion and fun, here is our list of TIFF-friendly necessities to keep you going all festival long!
Carole has curated the best mask list for everyone’s face, a logical first step if you plan on stepping out to cinemas, where you’ll be asked to keep your mask on for all TIFF films. But if you’re relaxing at home and streaming TIFF screener instead, why not do your face a favour and treat yourself. Sonya’s been raving about Victoria Radford’s 24K Gold Hydrogen Mask: Nothing screams red carpet ready than a dose of this gold mask enriched with soothing, calming nutrients that any tired skin will enjoy. At $16 a pop, it’s a dream! Created by celebrity make-up artist and beauty expert this is a worthy treat to help instantly refresh, plump up skin, and add that healthy dewy glow to your skin.
Keep skin looking happy and harmonious overnight with Libby’s favourite skincare from New Zealand, Antipodes. The new Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum pledges to restore your youthful glow, scientifically shown to stimulate elastin production, a perfect sequel to an at-home mask routine. Vegan friendly with a Himalayan Goji Berry base, this serum helps lock in moisture, something TIFF schedules and diets can definitely tweak!
And while you’re tucking yourself in tight, don’t forget to treat dry and dehydrated lips too. A proper pout is a primetime red carpet threat, so we love the intense moisture delivered by Belif Overnight Lip Mask. Distrbibuting an antioxidant-rich formula in three easy steps, this mask is enriched with shea butter to provide nourishing relief from parched and chapped lips, we blame you, popcorn!
But it also could be alcohol that’s leaving you tapped out for moisture. Let’s face it, TIFF parties are often open-bar and offer enough hooch to host a hockey team, but at home we’re sipping stylish cocktails that leave us feeling refreshed and ready to hit play on the next flick. Enter sunny and summery Absolut Watermelon Vodka. Toss in the freezer and mix with your fave low-cal bubbles, ice and enjoy!
Even if you’re not drinking, it’s not a bad move to embrace a morning routine that will leave you flush for the daily grind. Libby’s made Hydralyte a ritual, especially after drinking and particularly on days when you’re having more caffeine (isn’t that the official TIFF sponsor?). With nutrients and vitamins to support hydration and chock-full of electrolytes stow and go for fruity fun on the run, so pretty much all nine days of TIFF!
But our huge pro-tip to anyone TIFF-ing this year? Read the book first! Just like your teacher used to tell you, the book is always better than the movie. But you know what is even better? Audible.ca’s catalogue of books on-demand, we envision actually enjoying waiting in line at Prince of Wales with Joshua Jackson reading crime-thriller fave Oracle by Andrew Pyper with every gritty detail and tone totally entrancing us.