Here, Boy! Six Reasons We’re Beckoning the Year of the Dog

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Happy New Year! We’re gearing up to celebrate the year of the dog in the Chinese calendar on February 16.  Also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, we’re extra excited this time around because not only do we love puppies for obvious reasons, but within Chinese tradition the dog represents the coming of fortune. And with these oh-so-cool, limited-edition relaunches of some of our fave products, we’ve already hit the jackpot. 

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Pearlescent Puppy

Did we mention we love dogs? Thanks to Armani, we’re drooling over a new palette, and not just because it’s etched with an adorable hound. Ultra-soft and formulated with champagne pearls, this fine-textured illuminating highlighter imparts the kind of natural glow that transitions perfectly from the workplace to cocktail hour. 

Giorgio Armani Chinese New Year Palette, $118, at Hudson’s Bay.   

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Fetching Colour Sticks

A handbag must-have, this new limited-edition kit from Nudestix will take you effortlessly from day to night with its best-selling Lip + Cheek Pencils in a subdued nude and statement matte red. Formulated with shea butter and vitamin E, they’re winter-skin friendly and glide on both lips and cheeks — and even eyes — in one easily blended swipe. 

Nudestix Lunar New Year Lip + Cheek Set, $28, at 

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Brightness Boost

Packing the punch of a serum, yet as light as a water, this treatment from Biotherm formulated with 35 nutrients, proteins, and vitamins absorbs quickly into the skin leaving behind an extra soft and hydrated canvas. To be used as a first step in any morning skincare routine, it promises boosted brightness, uniformity, and smoothness — so, like, all the things we’re looking for before applying cleanser. 

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence, $88, at Hudson’s Bay. 

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Moisturize with Marimekko

With record-breaking, deep-freeze temperatures, we’ve been overloading on all of our favourite skin-savers and that includes Clinique’s Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate.  And with a name like that, you can trust that this anti-oxidant infused water-gel formula is going to do what it says — supercharge your skin with hydration. This partnership with Danish design company Marimekko on a colourful print collection, has us stocking up on this oil- and fragrance- free beauty so we can enjoy the bottle art on our vanity all year long. 

Clinique Marimekko Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate, $46, at Hudson’s Bay. 

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Red Hot

Our all-time favourite reds all in one set? Yes, please! Offering the convenience of an artist’s pencil thanks to the generous size, and a non-drying formula, care of vitamin E, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils do it all — line, define, and fill in the lips, while adding just the right amount of moisture. Plus, with this handy trio, that trendy, ombré lip spotted on the likes of Emily Blunt and Blake Lively is made hella easy. 

Nars Narsissist Holiday Lip Pencil Three-Piece Set, $75, at Hudson’s Bay.

Heather Marrin