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Hot Shopping: Bargain Beauty Brand

Essence's "XXXL Shine Nudes Lipgloss."

Spring is coming, so it’s time to revamp your look and add some pretty pastels to your palette. That should be easy (and affordable) with a new makeup line that’s just come to town. Essence is an award-winning value cosmetics brand from Europe that features a full line of products, from mascara to nail polish. And with prices ranging from $1.49 to $4.99, you can shake up your morning makeup routine. We suggest the fresh-faced “XXXL Shine Nudes Lipgloss” for an unbelievable $2.49. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Ottawa.

Hot Shopping: Nail it with Serena Williams and OPI

Serena Williams' "Grape Set Match" nail lacquer from OPI

You may not be able to volley or serve like Serena Williams, but you can adopt a touch of her style. For the final installment of her Glam Slam collaboration with OPI, Williams presents a tie-in with the U.S. Open. Love is a Racket and Pros & Bronze ($20.95 for both) join the other nail lacquers debuted earlier this year in conjunction with the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon; available at The 10 Spot (749 Queen St. W., 416-915-1010).