Most Wanted Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is right around the corner and you’ve probaby picked up most of your bigger gifts but if you need ideas for stocking stuffers (or small Chanukah gifts) these are our Most Wanted.
Bliss Lemony Trinkets
Bliss Lemony Trinkets
Mini versions of Bliss’ famous Lemon + Sage scented Body Butter and Soapy Suds will leave you smelling amazing and your skin super hydrated.
Old Spice Fiji Dopp Kit
Old Spice Fiji Dopp Kit
If you know a guy who loves to smell great but is always on the run, this dopp kit is perfect. With a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, body wash, body spray, anti-perspirant/deodorant and a dopp kit travel bag; this is everything they’ll need.
The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Room Spray
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This limited edition cranberry scented spray will leave any room smelling delicious and it doubles as a body spray!
Burt’s Bees Tips ‘N’ Toes Kit
Burt's Bees Tips And Toes Kit
This kit will save your winter skin from head to toe. With two hand creams, hand salve, foot cream, cuticle cream and a lip balm in a travel bag; your skin is literally covered from head to toe.
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power
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Any guy, including those with sensitive skin will be thrilled to get a razor as a gift. This one has flex blades that makes shaving a lot easier.
fresh. Sugar Cravings Kissing Trio
Fresh Sugar Cravings Kissing Trio
If you’ve never tried fresh’s Sugar Lip Treaments, this is the perfect way to try them. This trio includes the clear original treatment, the Berry tinted treatment and the Cherry tinted treatment. These balms smell and feel amazing and make your lips really soft.

MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014 Collection

MAC Heirloom Colour Collection
I can’t count how many MAC holiday sets I’ve bought over the years. My first good set of brushes came from one of those sets and this years Keepsake kits are just as amazing as ever. I’ve never really paid much attention to the individual products you can get though and this year that changes. The Heirloom Mix Colour Collection has everything you want in a makeup collection; shadows, lip products, liners, nail polishes, etc… All in gorgeous, pigmented shades.
Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigment
MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigment Open
l-r Noblesse Oblige, Modern Majesty, Enchantment
Until you see these in person you can’t really get a good grasp of how insanely gorgeous these shadows are. They’re super shimmery, really buildable and just perfect for the holiday season. Modern Majesty is a personal favourite with it’s green pearl in a dark brown base.
Heirloom Mix Glitter in Amethyst
MAC Heirloom Mix Glitter Amethyst Open
MAC’s glitters are everything you want in a sparkle for the holiday. Amethyst is a really pretty purple that, well, glitters.It’s really loose and you can apply it anywhere you want to sparkle or add it on top of your shadow for extra shine. It works particularly well with the Enchantment Pressed Pigment.
Heirloom Cremesheen Glass in Courting Chic
MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glass Courting Chic Open
I’ve never tried Cremesheen Glass before so I was expecting the stickiness of Lipglass. I was so far off base and this might be my new favourite gloss. It’s creamy, non-sticky and you still get that glassy shine that you want. Courting Chic might be the most flattering red gloss I’ve ever tried. It’s more like a sheer red gloss tint with gold shimmer. The second I opened the box, I was blown away by the shade. Putting it on made it even better.

If these are any indication of what I’ve been missing each year by focusing on MAC’s kits, I guess I need to start taking a better look because these are some of my favourite holiday shades all season.

KISS and ImPress Nails 2015 Collections

KISS and Broadway Nails are about to make your manicure a lot more fun with their range of nails and art for 2015.

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Let’s start with the basics. We first got to try their new line of Salon Gel French Nails. They havecreated a line of different French tip gel nails so there is the perfect nails for everyone. They come with different shades and length of the base so that these nails will look as natural as possible. Consider this before you jump in and take the longest most dramatic nails on the shelf. You can get a long sexy look that also looks real. I chose the longest pair I could find and they didn’t look right.

Luckily this error in judgement helped me learn quickly how easy it is to fix these nails. An hour after applying the ridiculously long nails, I knew I would have to fix them. I cut them and painted them a pretty purple colour easily turning my mistake into a terrific look. Clearly these nails were made with everyone in mind.

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If nail art is more your thing, you are in luck! KISS has created a range of kits that will glam up your nails in every way imaginable. For serious nail artists, the KISS Salon Secrets Nail Art Pro Tool Kit includes gel nails and everything you need to create your own customized nails. For those of us without that much skill the Salon Secrets set includes charms and stones that you apply onto your nails for a touch of sparkle and shine. Finally, my personal favourite the Rococo Veil Kit includes accent art decals that you can cut out and apply to your nails in seconds.

As if that wasn’t enough, Broadway Nails is updating their imPress manicure sets in 2015 to give you more customization in every box. The new sets include 24 regular nails in one colour and then 6 accent nails so that you can mix and match your manicure. They come in all different sizes (which you can cut to fit your nails), so have some fun with it.

Everything launches next February and is under $20! Get ready for a nail transformation!

Lush Holiday 2014

Lush Holiday 2014
The holiday line from Lush usually have my favourite products and this year is no exception. We received a good mix of what the holiday collection offers but there are still so many options that we’re eyeing. I’m pretty sure Lush offers a bigger holiday collection than anyone else.
Buche de Noel
Lush Buche De Noel Open
Buche de Noel is by far my favourite Lush product. I pretty much count down to the holiday announcement to make sure it’ll be around each year. The ingredients for this cleanser read more like a baking list with ground almonds, mandarins and cranberries but this one goes on your face instead of in it. It’s really gentle, really exfoliating and makes my skin glow without drying it out. I wish they had this one all year since it expires pretty quickly.
Secret Santa Gift
Lush Secret Santa Open
This is a great stocking stuffer or you know, a secret santa gift. It includes a Honey I Washed The Kids soap and a Father Christmas Bath Bomb (it smells like Snow Fairy) that basically sums up two of the sweetest and most adored Lush scents. This is great for kids, adults, anyone who likes baths. Your options are wide open with this one.
Winter Garden Gift
Lush Winter Garden Open
Winter Garden also includes two of my most favourite Lush products: Rose Jam Shower Gel (another holiday only product that I wish they’d carry all year) and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. The rose scented combination of these two are a shower match made in heaven. Winter Garden also includes the almont scented holiday Snowcake soap, Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder and an Ultrabalm Body Balm which is literally good for everything, including fixing your cuticles. This is a perfect gift to pamper yourself or someone else with.

This list isn’t even a fraction of what Lush has in their holiday line but it’s a pretty good representation of how great a selection they have. There quite a few others I have on my wishlist and I can’t wait to try more out. Lush traditionally has a great sale on the holiday collection starting the day after Christmas and I’m hoping this year that tradition continues.

Guerlain Holiday 2014 A Night At The Opera Collection

The only experience I’ve had with Guerlain’s makeup is when I reviewed the Kiss Kiss lipstick. I love that lipstick so when I saw the A Night At The Opera Holiday collection, I knew I had to try a few things.
Ecrin 2 Couleurs in Cygne Noir
Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Cygne Noir
This eyeshadow duo is perfect for a holiday night out. With a shimmering silver black and a deep plum, it’s super dramatic and really pigmented.
Petrouchka Palette For Eyes And Cheeks
Guerlain Petrouchka Palette For Eyes and Cheeks
This palette has everything you need for your eyes and cheeks. Literally. It comes with a mini set of eye and cheek applicators, 5 shimmery sheer neutral eyeshadows and 4 blushes. All wrapped in a bow. The shadows and blushes definitely play well together and are really easy to apply and build up.
La Petite Robe Noire
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire
La Petite Robe Noire isn’t technically part of the holiday collection but this limited edition bottle looks like an ornament so I’m including it. With notes of rose, jasmine and orange blossom, this scent is subtle. It has a powdery feel to me but not in an old lady way. It’s classy and elegant and will make your fragrance match your makeup.

Mani Monday – Rococo Nail Apparel Concrete Jungle Autumn 2014 Review + Swatches

It might feel like winter but officially we’re not there yet and I’m still working on fall nail polish collections. I’ve tried UK brand Rococo Nail Apparel before and now I have their autumn 2014 Concrete Jungle collection. All three of the shades I received are gorgeous and had almost full coverage with one coat. All the photos are two coats just to be safe.
Artful (Creme Gloss)
Rococo Artful Creme Gloss Swatch
This milk chocolate shade is pretty much the definition of a fall shade to me. I like my browns a little darker but I was pleasantly surprised at how great the application was.
Prowl (Luxe)
Rococo Prowl Luxe Swatch
I’m not sure what happened to my camera while I was taking photos of Prowl but you can get an idea of the deep wine shade. Unfortunately you can’t see the underlying shimmer that goes with it. I really love the depth to Prowl.
Cool For Cats (Luxe)
Rococo Cool For Cats Luxe Swatch
Cool For Cats is by far my favourite shade of the collection. It’s a gorgeous greyish purple with a blue duochrome underneath. I wish the blue came out a little more but I pretty much can’t get enough of this shade.

I’ve tried a handful of Rococo’s polishes now and I’m super impressed with all of them. I can’t wait to get my hands on more.

You can buy Rococo Nail Apparel in Canada at Murale.

NUDESTIX #GILTYLOVE Holiday Kit Review + Swatches

Nudestix Holiday 2014 Case
There are so many things I love about NUDESTIX. I love the idea that almost everything comes in crayon form so that you don’t have to worry about brushes and you can throw them in your purse. I love that there’s a lot of neutral options and I love that it’s a Canadian family business (mom and two daughters). But my favourite thing might be the fact that their Magnetic eye colour crayons are made with oily lids in mind. If you’re not going to carry brushes around, chances are you aren’t carrying primer either, which could make creamy eyeshadow a nightmare.
NUDESTIX GILTYLOVE Kit Open
The #GILTYLOVE Holiday Kit has three of the Magnetic eye colours along with a sharpener that comes in a gorgeous limited edition tin designed by Jessica Gorlicky that has a huge mirror inside. Apparently limited edition cases are going to be a thing with NUDESTIX and I can’t wait to see what the next one looks like.
NUDESTIX GILTYLOVE swatches
The shades inside #GILTYLOVE are Gilt (gold), Twilight (dark bronze) and Night (black). These are the perfect colours for a night out or a holiday party and you’ve got everything covered from shadow to eyeliner. They’re super creamy, blendable and extremely easy to use. And in the case of the oily eyelid (or sweaty ones), they stick.

There are so many other NUDESTIX products on my to try list but #GILTYLOVE is a great place to start and if you’re gifting, it’s a great way to introduce others to the brand.

Holiday Gift Sets Most Wanted

Gift sets are the easiest way to give a gift, especially to someone new to a brand you love. These are some of our Most Wanted Gift Sets for the holidays this season.

Fresh Sugar Legends
Fresh Sugar Legends – I’ve said it a hundred times, everyone should own at least one Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. If you have a friend who doesn’t have any, get them this set to help them stock up for the whole year. It includes seven essential flavours including my personal favourite Passion. Maybe they will share with you too.
Bliss Crown Jewels
Bliss Crown Jewels – Show someone how much you love them with Bliss’ best selling products. This set includes the thick Lemon + Sage Body Butter, Fabulous Foaming Face Wash, Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask and The Love Handler. This is perfect for someone who has been searching for the perfect products that are high quality. Bliss always impresses and their products are perfect for most skin types.
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Burt’s Bees Energizing Peppermint Kit  – Give someone a gift that will refresh and revive them with this peppermint set. The minty smell is strong, but great to boost your morning shower. Peppermint is especially good on tired feet, so think carefully about who gets this gift set!
Body shop olive Premium Selections
Body Shop Olive Premium Selections – This kit will not only make someone’s skin feel fantastic, it’s also part of Body Shop’s team up with War Child and will help send a child to school. This olive scented gift box contains a body scrub, soap, beautifying oil, bath butter and a poof. Everything you need to make your skin feel amazing in the dead of winter.

Holiday Party On The Go Makeup Most Wanted

With the holiday season comes holiday parties. So we’ve put a list of our Most Wanted products that’ll make getting ready for the parties just a little easier.
Laura Mercier Oil Free Flawless Face Kit
Laura Mercier Oil Free Flawless Face Kit
This travel size kit will make getting ready simple regardless of where you are. With a primer, tinted moisturizer, concealer and all the tools you need in a makeup bag that you can throw in your purse, you can get ready anywhere.
mark. Nailed It 
mark. Nailed It
This duo of mini nail polishes (a red and a shimmery charcoal) will make last minute application and touch ups super easy. They’re small enough to throw in your purse but big enough that they’re easy to use.
Revlon Photoready Eye Art Lid+Line+Lash in Gold Glitz
Revlon Gold Glitz
Don’t have room for a makeup bag? This tube includes a cream eyeshadow on one side and a glittery liner on the other. You can also use the liner on the tips of your lashes for extra sparkle.
NARS And God Created The Woman Eye Kit
NARS And God Created The Woman Eye Kit
This NARS kit gives you a ton of options so you’re not wearing the same look each night. With six neutral shadows, a shadow primer and a brush you can get any look you want with one kit.
Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray
Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray
If you’re going to use hairspray to get a last minute finish, why not get some gold shimmer with it? Joico’s Gold Dust Finishing Spray will give you a light hold, a golden shimmer and repairs your hair while giving you shine. You can buy it on it’s own or get it in a bunch of Joico holiday gift sets. If you’re going to a bunch of holiday parties, you may as well get your shine on.

L’Oreal Pure Reds Collection Review + Swatches

L’Oreal has been putting out collections from their spokespeople for a while now and I love the idea of them because you can pretty much always find something for your skintone. The latest collection is the Pure Reds and it’s pretty much exactly what I was hoping for, there’s a shade of red for literally anyone. With six lipsticks and their corresponding nail polishes (we got five of them), they’ve got everyone covered.
Doutzen’s Pure Red
Doutzen's Pure Red Lipstick And Polish Swatch
Doutzen’s Pure Red is more of a Tangerine red but it’s actually pretty flattering on me. The nail polish is super sheer, three coats didn’t even begin to cover my nail line so if that’s something that bothers you just skip the polish and go for the lipstick.
JLo’s Pure Red
JLo's Pure Red Lipstick and Nail Polish Swatch
I’m pretty sure JLo’s Pure Reds are going to end up being my favourites. The classic ruby red has a slight blue tinge that I love and they’re so matchy matchy that I kind of love it.
Eva’s Pure Red
Eva's Pure Red Lipstick and Nail Polish Swatch
Eva’s should really be the one I’m drawn to the most but I was clearly having a bad nail polish day because I was just having issues left and right and it had nothing to do with the actual polish. If you like a darker classic red shade, this is the one for you.
Blake’s Pure Red
Blake's Pure Red Lipstick and Nail Polish Swatch
Blake’s Pure Red set made absolutely no sense to me. The lipstick shade is a pure classic cherry red and the polish is more of a vampy purple red. I love both of them so I guess they don’t have to match.
Laetitia’s Pure Red
Laetitia's Pure Red Lipstick and Nail Polish Swatch
I adore Laetitia’s Pure Red. It’s a dark, blood red that’s a little vampy and gothy. You could probably call it oxblood. It’s just so pretty.

L'Oreal Pure Red Lipstick Swatches

L’Oreal Pure Red Lipstick Swatches

I honestly can’t remember if I’ve ever used L’Oreal nail polishes before, I don’t own any so if I have, it wasn’t recently. That’s going to change after using these polishes. With the exception of my Eva bad nail day these polishes were a dream to work with and even though Doutzen’s was really sheer, they’re all really pigmented. They’ve really covered all the bases with these reds so that there’s something for everyone. The hardest part is picking a favourite.

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