October 20th, 2017

Wonder Woman Nail Art for Halloween

Wonder Woman is set to be one of the most popular Halloween costumes of 2017. If you’re planning on transforming into the princess of the Amazons this Halloween, we’ve got the perfect mani to match. Jayne, nail art enthusiast and blogger of Cosmetic Proof, will show you step by step how nail the look – no superpowers necessary – using the brand new Prim + Proper nail lacquers, available exclusively at London Drugs. The formula is 7-free, non-chip, and has a brilliant shine that lasts and lasts. You won’t be able to resist their Canadiana-inspired shade names, either!

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October 19th, 2017

6 Science-y Things To Do With Kids for Halloween

Halloween is a great time to get your kids interested in science. When else does it make sense to make slime and goop and bubbling witch’s brews? They’re not just fun to play with; they’ll teach your kids about how the world works, too. Chemistry and physics can be exciting!

Whether you’re throwing a kids’ Halloween party or just want some spooky educational experiments, we’ve got you covered.

Make Some Halloween Slime

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Slime is the classic spooky science-y experiment for good reason: it’s easy, sticky, icky, and oh so fun to play with! You can make slime yourself with these borax-free slime recipes–make a bunch of different coloured batches with food colouring! You can also purchase DIY slime kits which contain everything you’ll need, as well as instructions. Want something even cooler? Make bubbling slime with xanthan gum, baking soda, and vinegar!

Ooh, Ooze!

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Ooze is a bit more foamy and a bit less sticky than slime. Think about those vinegar and baking soda volcanos you used to make as a kid, only with a bit more structure–that’s ooze! You can make ooze with hydrogen peroxide and yeast, both easily available ingredients. For your little witch or wizard, make this magical brew in a cauldron or beaker. Or if you’d prefer to scare your neighbours, make an oozing pumpkin for your front steps!

Dancing Ghosts

Teach your children about static electricity by making a ghost dance! Science Bob has the scoop; all you need is a balloon, your child’s hair (to create the static charge), and a ghost made out of tissue paper. Oh, and maybe some spooky tunes to add to the effect.

Glowing Gulps

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With a little tonic water and a black light, you make make glowing liquids that are safe to drink. Tonic water contains quinine, which has been used historically to prevent malaria. British colonists in India would drink gin and tonics for this very reason (the gin makes the tonic a bit more exciting.) Quinine will fluoresce under a black light, which just means that it glows! You can usually get a black light at a party supply store.

Fake Blood

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If you’ve got older kiddos, make some fake blood with them! Steve Spangler Science has a bunch of recipes. It’ll add some amazing colour to a scary Halloween costume!

Galaxy Play Dough

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If you’d prefer to make something a little less scary, try making some galaxy play dough. By adding glitter and glycerin, you’ll have a shiny, sparkly dough to pull, stretch, and play with.

 



September 21st, 2017

Awesome Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes 2017

It’s time to start planning awesome Halloween costumes for 2017. TV studios have been particularly kind to those who are costume-inclined this year. Check out our list below for 7 Awesome Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes for 2017. And if you should happen to try any of these, please, please share a photo with us on InstagramFacebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.

  1. A Handmaid – The Handmaid’s Tale
    This one is actually easier than you might think. Grab a vibrantly red (but very modest) long dress from a second hand store, and order yourself a bonnet to match. Advanced Handmaid’s can use poster board to create the full bonnet as seen on the iconic show. Here are a few versions of the costume to inspire your rebellion. Blessed be the fruit.

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    Photo credit: George Kraychyk/Hulu

  2. A Dragon – Game of Thrones
    Are you excited that Winter has finally come? What better way to celebrate than to channel your enthusiasm into an easy dragon costume for Halloween? This great blog has instructions on how to make no-sew dragon wings so that you can take flight against the white walkers or the Lannisters. You may not look as fearsome as Drogon, Rhaegal, or (gulp) Viserion, but you’ll inspire enough awe with how little time it took you to pull together this look. Dracarys!

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  3. Diana Prince – Wonder Woman
    Flex your amazonian muscles in a Wonder Woman costume this year. This video from Mashable gives a method for a DIY version that isn’t super simple, but doable for those inclined to spend some time with vinyl fabric. You can also do a simple version with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of cuffs (for deflecting bullets, of course). Merciful Minerva!Halloween Costumes for 2017
  4. Redshirt – Star Trek: Discovery
    Gene Roddenberry’s universe is coming back to TV for the first time in 12 years, and we expect to see many a redshirt (or even better Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham) on October 31st. Here’s a super cute version for little kids. Live long and prosper!

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  5. Wrestler – GLOW
    There is never a bad time to bust out truly huge 1980s hair and high-cut leotards. The characters in the Netflix Original show are based on a real group of pretty awesome women, and you can honour them with your Zoya the Destroya costume. Totally rad!Halloween Costumes for 2017
  6. Your Favourite Overwatch Character
    Is someone in your household obsessed with Overwatch? Ours too. This cosplay site offers links to kits that will give you a spot-on look for any of these striking characters (we’re team Symmetra and team Lucio). Certainly the DIY-ers among you can find even more creative ways to channel your favourite warrior. Catch phrase!Halloween Costumes for 2017

 

Don’t forget to share your photos with us on InstagramFacebook, Twitter, or in the comments below. Happy Halloween!



October 20th, 2016

5 All-Time Favourite Halloween Treats

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What was—or is—your all-time favourite Halloween treat?

You might be able to tell simply by paying attention to what you buy this year, since a good portion of adults actually choose the treats they hand out based on their personal favourites. (We don’t, after all, want to be left eating treats we don’t like, should the little ones not show up, right?)

Or check out our list below to jog your memory. And if we haven’t included one of your all-time faves, just let us know!

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October 17th, 2016

5 On-Trend Costume Ideas for 2016

Halloween is only a few weeks away – so now is the time to start planning your costume. Whether you’re trick-or-treating or celebrating with friends, Halloween is the one day a year that you can be anything you want – so make it a good one!

Here, we’ve picked our top 5 favourite on-trend costumes, and as an added bonus, they are all pretty simple to create.

Ghostbusters

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Who ya gonna call?

One of the year’s hit films, there’s definitely going to be a bunch of ghostbusters circling the neighbourhood come October 31. This one is easy to DIY – you just need a cheap backpack, a tan jumpsuit, and some craft supplies. An accompanying ghost is optional.

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October 14th, 2016

Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn: Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad is going to be one of the hottest Halloween costumes this year, and for a beauty lover, it’s a really fun look to recreate! In this video, our Beauty Blogger Britta will give you tips on how to get Harley’s signature pink and blue hair, and walk you through a full Harley Quinn makeover, from her matching pink and blue eyes to her facial tattoos.

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September 28th, 2016

Best Reasons to Love Fall in Canada

The end of summer is a sad time – farewell to warm sun, blue skies, and bare feet. Many Canadians wait all year for the summer months, and quick as a flash, it’s over. But don’t worry! Before winter descends, we’ve got fall – the most beautiful, colourful season of them all. There’s lots to look forward to – here are our favourites.

Jumping into a pile of leaves

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Rake all the leaves!!!

Maple leaf selfies

“It’s as big as my head!”

Seasonal beverages

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Whether it’s a pumpkin-spice something or a steaming cup of chai, hot drinks are everything in the fall.

Fuzzy (bunny) slippers

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Bye bye flip flops, helloooo slippers.

Walking on crunchy leaves

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Come on, you totally went out of your way to squash that particularly crisp leaf.

Slowly changing colours

There’s nothing like that mix of blue, green, and orange.

Pumpkins as decor

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Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween!

Cozy fires

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You’ve waited all summer for this. Enjoy.



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