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Elle Canada October 2020

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Libra SEPT. 23 – OCT. 22 Feeling perky after a much-deserved rest, you are ready for anything. You’ll set out on a bold course, your words will hit the mark and your actions will have the support of others. Best of all? You’ll achieve everything that you undertake—and even thwart some deception along the way. SCORPIO OCT. 23 – NOV. 21 You have made time your best ally. Over the years, you have gained depth, confidence and wisdom. And you’re still capable of shaking up the barracks on occasion. You may need to stir things up again this year, but it won’t be on a whim. It’ll come after a moment of reflection or from the desire to evolve. Respect. AQUARIUS JAN. 20 – FEB. 18 Feeling allergic to the rules of your job? You could rebel, but…

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full throttle

For details, see Shopping Guide. Models, Sheida (System Agency) and Ali Morgan (Public Image); makeup, Nicolas Blanchet (Folio Montreal/Chanel); hair, Geneviève Lenneville (Folio Montreal/Oribe); editorial producer, Estelle Gervais; photographer’s assistants, Mitchell Wright and Guillaume Fouillet; styling assistants, Laurence Labrie and Quinn Lowsky Special thanks to ICAR, Louis-Philippe Gélinas, Jason Labrosse and Tommy Bourret.…

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you better work

Set FOCUS PERIODS. Let’s be real: It’s near impossible to work eight hours at home with no interruptions. (Hello, dog, Amazon delivery and internet.) Toronto-based productivity coach Clare Kumar suggests aiming for two 90-minute focus periods. “[Set] one as early in the day as possible, [when you have] your best energy,” she says. These stretches of time should be reserved for the things you’re actually paid to do—writing, researching, thinking and creating. This will also help you ensure that your most important tasks get done first. Use the time outside of these windows for collaborative work and time-consuming administrative tasks, like catching up on your inbox. Talk ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED. Engaging in open and honest conversations with your boss about what you need to do your best work is essential. And if…

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editor’s note

Editor-in-Chief Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @vanessacraft. IT'S OFTEN SAID that creativity thrives in an unrestricted, free environment, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. For example, that oft-used instruction during a brainstorming session to “think outside the box” rarely leads to my best ideas—if anything, it stifles my creativity. What is the “box” I’m supposed to be thinking outside of anyway? The options are so vast I feel like a little kid in a toy store who’s been told by a well-meaning relative to choose one thing and then ends up in a puddle on the floor, overwhelmed by choice. Architect Frank Gehry, known for some of the most incredible buildings in the world, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, has said that…

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open book

IF YOU LIKE Gossip Girl + Gossip Girl scribe von Ziegesar is back doing what she does best: stirring up drama in NYC (albeit this time it’s among four privileged families, not extravagant teens). Pair the tea-spilling session with sunny and sensual notes of apricot and orris root. IF YOU LIKE The Boys + What better to match the fiery rage of Hench—about a woman who is wronged by society’s so-called superheroes and decides to reclaim her power—than Diptyque’s heady and dusk-evoking fragrance housed in a startling vessel? IF YOU LIKE Grey’s Anatomy + Curling up with a romcom that has enough chemistry to rival that of Meredith and McDreamy can only mean one thing: putting on your coziest sweater and surrounding yourself with the warm and spicy scent of vanilla, cardamom and amber. IF YOU LIKE The Talented Mr. Ripley + Intoxicating notes of…

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get lifted

As we reintegrate into society and get back to pre-pandemic grooming rituals, one thing is certain: Over-the-top lashes coupled with a sweaty mask feel, well, unappealing. The fluff y, glossy trend for brows now includes lashes; hence brands are turning out formulas that prioritize lash lightness and health over drama. Take BAREMINERALS STRENGTH & LENGTH MASCARA ($27), which features a blend of red-clover flower and amino-acid-rich peptides, or MAYBELLINE NEW YORK FALSIES LASH MASK ($10), an overnight treatment that infuses lashes with an argan-oil and pro-keratin complex to condition them and encourage growth. For a buoyant, fanned-out effect, the mousselike texture of L’ORÉAL PARIS AIR VOLUME MEGA MASCARA ($17), which will be available online on October 4, yields clump-free results. And it’s not just the formula that matters: These next-generation…