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This Week’s Need-to-Know Beauty News

From gorg Sam & Lance gift boxes for healthcare workers to clever WFH-focused beauty ads, here’s what caught our attention.

Local online marketplace Sam & Lance has released self-care boxes that can be gifted to frontline healthcare workers

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Sister-owned business Sam & Lance, a Toronto-based online marketplace of ethically-made jewellery, skincare, and home goods made by women around the world (noteworthy Canadian artisans include LOHN Candles, Kind Karma, Brave Soles and NEWT by Elle) launched Care Crates last Monday, giftable boxes filled with self-care items like a rescue balm, candles, incense sticks and holder and roll-on essential oils. Retailing for $145 each, for every Care Crate purchased (be it a quarantine treat for yourself or a loved one), Sam & Lance will donate a second one to a frontline healthcare worker on your behalf. Shoppers can either nominate the healthcare worker, or let Sam & Lance choose via one of their partners throughout North America. What’s more, before you checkout, you’ll be able to leave a personal note (think: words of thanks or a loving message) that will be included in the box, and shipping is free!

Peace Out Skincare is now officially available at Sephora Canada

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Peace Out Skincare, a San Francisco-based unisex brand dedicated to acne and anti-aging products — all through innovative patches and strips — has made it to Sephora’s bestsellers list time and again ever since it launched in the United States back in 2017. Now, Sephora shoppers this side of the border can finally get their hands on three of the indie label’s hero skus: the detoxifying Peace Out Pores strips (a reinvention of the old-school blackhead treatment priced at $25) and the dissolving Microneedling Dark Spot Brightening Dots ($37) and Retinol Patches ($37), which use a whip-smart, micro-channel delivery system for better absorption of power actives like vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide and more.

Nudestix’s new anti-bacterial hand gel will now be available on sephora.ca and the Sephora Canada app

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Hand sanitizer has been a hot ticket item these days for obvious reasons, and many local beauty brands have been stepping up and manufacturing their own disinfectants to help address the current shortage. Canadian cosmetic line Nudestix is a recent contributor, having launched its Nudeskin Anti-bacterial Sanitizing Hand Gel just last week. Now, Nudeskin will be available on Sephora.ca and the Sephora Canada app, starting May 19th, with proceeds being donated to supporting emergency efforts through the Canadian Red Cross Emergencies & COVID-19 Response Fund. The collaboration is part of Sephora’s social impact program, and another strong example of the beauty industry doing its part to help others amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Beauty brand Billie has released a timely and relatable Instagram campaign that’s worth watching

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Women’s shaving brand Billie, who recently expanded its beauty footprint with an assortment of clean beauty products, has released a digital campaign aimed at challenging the current pressure many women are feeling to look a certain way during this (draining) WFH reality of virtual meetings and video calls. Cleverly dubbed “Are we doing video?” and inspired by personal WFH experiences of Billie’s own team, the campaign video was shot and edited entirely over Zoom, and points directly to women’s immediate instinct to apologize for their appearance when feeling like their falling short of societal standards of beauty. Billie’s mission? “[That] women will ditch the sorry and shrug off some of the pressure to look like anything other than themselves — because your roots (or wrinkles or eye bags) aren’t anything to be sorry for,” the brand stated in a press release. Amen to that. Watch the video here.