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Hot Shopping: Show Your True Colours with Makeup from Lush

Lush Makeup

Rather than matching your makeup to what you’re wearing, Lush thinks you should match it to how you’re feeling. This is the philosophy behind the company’s new 30-prodcut Emotional Brilliance line, which offers lip colours, liquid eyeliners, and cream eye shadows (all $22.95). Shoppers spin a wheel and choose the three shades that stand out most to them. Each colour has a corresponding word, and that word is said to be significant to your current subconscious needs. Regardless of whether you believe in the philosophy, the products are pretty, well-made, and vegan, and that’s bound to make you feel good.

ByWard Market, 43 William St., 613-241-5874; St. Laurent Centre, 613-564-5874, www.lush.ca.

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.