Father’s Day is this weekend and other than posting about the usual gifts, thought we’d make some skin care suggestions for the men in your life.
No7 Energizing Face Wash, Protect & Perfect Intense Serum and Moisturizer SPF 15
While men are getting better at taking care of their skin, a lot of times we have to buy the products for them. No7 (available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart) have a great men’s selection and this grouping gives them everything they’ll need for great skin. These are all suitable for sensitive skin and the moisturizer has SPF in it. The serum and moisturizer have anti-aging properties while the face wash will give them a little boost in the morning.
Lush Smuggler’s Soul Shampoo Bar and Multi-Purpose Cream
While it’s nice for men to have their own products, it’s even nicer when they have stuff we can share. Lush’s Smuggler’s Soul line smells so good you’ll want it for yourself. With sandalwood, lemon balm and jojoba, the Multi-Purpose Cream can be used for face, body, hair, shaving and pretty much anything else. It also absorbs really quickly so nothing will get greasy. Pair this one with the matching scrub and anyone who uses it will have super smooth skin. The shampoo bar has a similar scent and gently cleanses hair while cocoa butter moisturizes. I would love for this line to stick around because I know a lot of guys (and girls) who are going to love it.
I swear it feels like Mother’s Day comes earlier every year, even though it doesn’t. If it snuck up on you this year (Mother’s Day is on Sunday in case you forgot), we have a couple of really easy gifts that you can grab for your mother, that will last longer than flowers will.
Demeter Orchid Collection Set
These orchids are way easier to keep up than the live ones are and in this limited edition set you get three gorgeous orchid fragrances that you can wear individually or mix and match. This set includes the Twilight, To Yo Ran and Aphrodite’s Slipper orchid scents but Demeter actually has two more orchid fragrances and if you want all five they have a smaller Orchid Collection Sampler Set. I love that Demeter’s florals smell like the real thing and not fake versions or flowers, so they’re not overpowering and perfect for perfume loving mothers.
Lush Flower Power Gift
Lush always has fabulous limited edition products for Mother’s Day and this year two of them are in the Flower Power gift (Yummy Mummy shower gel and Rose Bombshell bath bomb) along with six other Lush faves (Magical Moringa moisturizer, Butterball bath bomb, Sakura bath bomb, Dream Cream hand and body lotion, Rub Rub Rub scrub and Ro’s Argan skin conditioner). If those products weren’t amazing enough you can use the container and seeded paper as a planter box. You can buy one for your mom, but you’re going to want to get another for yourself as well.
The Body Shop British Rose Deluxe Collection
This pretty hatbox contains the perfect collection of rose products any mom will love. You get the new British Rose shower gel, body butter, body essence and eau de toilette so you can get that amazing layered rose scented effect along with a Vitamin E Moisture Cream. The perfect way to pamper any mother.
We want to wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day and hopefully you get one or all of these as gifts!
It’s the day of Christmas Eve and you still have shopping to do. Sound familiar? Most people don’t want to brave a mall on Christmas Eve and happily there are a few other options. Shoppers Drug Mart seems to be where most guys end up and luckily they have some great beauty gifts.
Quo Cosmetics Lips All Around
If you need a last minute gift for a niece, sister or someone’s girlfriend; this 8-piece lip gloss gift is perfect. Don’t want lip gloss? Quo Cosmetics has a ton of other gift options like eyeshadow palettes and nail polish sets.
Stila Sealed With A Kiss Lip Glaze Set
Yes, this is another lip gloss set but this one is more for the beauty junkie in your life. Stila Lip Glaze’s have a cult following and why give one when you can give six decent sized minis? This set includes Pomegranate Sparkle, Ruby Grapefruit, Raspberry, Mandarin Lights, Papaya Pizazz and Peach.
Burt’s Bees A Bit Of Burt’s Bees in Pomegranate
This little gift is essential for anyone spending a lot of time in the dry, skin killing outdoors. With a Pomegranate Moisturizing Lip Balm and Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, this will help out with chapped lips and dried out fingers.
Soap & Glory Winter Wonderhand
I go through hand cream like crazy during the winter and there’s never enough to go around. If you’re like me Soap & Glory’s Winter Wonderhand is a must have. With three versions of the super moisturizing Hand Food in Original Pink, Sugar Crush and Smoothie Star; this gift will keep hands soft and hydrated all winter.
If you still haven’t picked up all your stocking stuffers and are willing to brave a mall in the last few days before Christmas, Sephora is a great place to get little items that are perfect for any beauty addict. Most of them are right by the checkout, so you probably won’t have to do more than stand in a super long line to get to them.
Sephora Collection Breakups To Makeup Holiday Bag
Every girl needs a great makeup bag and these ones are not only super cute and a really good size but they’re also vegan but look and feel like leather. I’ve already swapped out my old bag for this one and I seriously love it.
Bite Beauty Mix And Mingle
This lipstick duo comes in six shade choices (the shade above is Pepper/Café) and is tiny enough to fit in any purse. They’re tiny but pack a major antioxidant punch and are really hydrating.
KAREN WALKER Amber Craft: Mirror Compact
Karen Walker’s Sephora Collection is gorgeous but this Mirror Compact is something that most girls are going to want in their bags. With a tortoise shell patten plated with 24 karat gold, it even comes with a zip pouch so it doesn’t get ruined in your purse.
fresh Suga(RED) Lip Treatment
Most of us already have at least one (or 10) fresh Sugar Lip Treatments in their arsenal but 25% of this one helps (RED) fight AIDS. Plus it’s nearly identical to the original Lip Treatment, so you get soft lips and you’re helping others.
Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Rollerball
If you haven’t tried any of Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica fragrances, a rollerball is a great way to start. Lazy Sunday Morning is supposed to remind us of silky skin, crumpled linen sheets and fresh laundry and the lily of the valley, patchouli, white musk and iris really do a great job.
The holidays can get expensive, but they don’t have to be. Try one of these great gift sets that won’t break the bank this year:
Yves Rocher Spicy Vanilla Bath Collection
Something about the holidays always makes me crave vanilla in the bath. Yves Rocher has added a subtle spice to warm up the classic scent of vanilla. This line of bath products is so nice and cozy, I wish I could actually wrap myself in it. The Yves Rocher Spicy Vanilla scent comes in a variety of different forms from shower gel to bath bubbles and oil to lip balm. The best part is the cost. These Yves Rochers holiday products top out at $8 each. You can buy a set that comes with almost every product for just $25. It doesn’t get better than that!
Quo New Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
For only $25 you can give your friends the gift of gorgeous eyes all year long. This simple palette is perfect for almost everyone because of the universal colours. The eyeshadow shades run from off-white through all of the different shades of brown right to a black eyeshadow. There aren’t just matte colours either. Some of the shade are also a bit shimmery for some holiday glam. It’s perfect for every beauty lover and looks great!
Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi Set
Make your eco-friends happy with this mani pedi set that they can use to pamper themselves all winter. With Foot Lotion, Hand Cream, and Cuticle Cream, they will be all set to transform their dry winter hands and feet into something soft and smooth all over again. The eco-tools brush and pumice stone that are included are just an added bonus.
Stila Eternally Yours Lipstick Set
If you know anyone who hasn’t discovered their favourite Stila lipstick, they need this set. Tey will get six fabulous minis of one of my all-time favourite products. The lipstick colours range from the nude ‘Caramello’ to the dark red ‘Chianti’ to the classic red ‘Fiery’. There’s a lipstick in here for everyone. Add to that the fact that this gloss based lipstick is so light and lasts for hours and you have yourself a winner.
Mark Sparkle Soap & Body Lotion
Add a little holiday glam to your shower routine just in time for New Year’s Eve. Start with the gold bar of soap. The soap has a bit of an exfoliating texture. It’s a little rough, but not hard on the skin. The jasmine and berry scent is really girly and feminine. In case your boyfriend is concerned, the soap doesn’t leave a gold sparkle on your skin, so he can share if you let him. If you do want a little sparkle, add the Mark Body Lotion to your routine. This body lotion adds a golden sparkle to your skin wherever you apply it. I will be adding it as a part of my New Year’s Eve look to get a shimmer all over my arms under the midnight lights!
Over the holidays we focus a lot on makeup, hair and nails both for gift giving and ourselves. But our skin needs love too. So we found our Most Wanted skin care gift sets for both face and body that you can either gift or keep for yourself. Because everyone’s skin needs a little help during winter.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Gift Set
You get two choices with this gift set, Rich or Light. They both come with Boosting Essence Water and Aqualia Thermal Night Spa. All you have to do is pick which Aqualia Thermal you want and your dry to very dry, dehydrated skin will thank you.
StriVectin Skin Renewing Favorites
If you’ve always wanted to try StriVectin or know someone who’s into anti-aging skin care, this is a great gift. It includes SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks, Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles, TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream and Intensive Illuminating Serum. I have a couple family members who are getting this one and they’re going to love it.
boscia Japanese Favorites
boscia is known for their Japanese skin care and if you’ve never tried the Luminizing Black Mask, now you can try it along with other boscia faves like the Detoxifying Black Cleanser, Tsubaki Beauty Oil and Exfoliating Peel Gel. But really, try the mask. It’s insanely good.
philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set
philosophy’s Glowing Days Ahead has everything you need to transform dull, winter skin into glowing youthfulness. This set includes everything from cleanser (Purity Made Simple) to The Microdelivery Peels, Time In A Bottle Serum and the ever important moisturizer (Renewed Hope In A Jar). Glowing Days Ahead is a must have for the anti-aging skin care junkie on your list.
L’Occitane Almond Star Gift
We can’t neglect the dried out skin on our bodies during the winter and with L’Occitane’s Almond Star Gift you’ll not only have soft, hydrated skin but you’ll smell amazing. With the Almond Shower Oil, Almond Supple Skin Oil, Almond Milk Concentrate, Almond Delicious Hands and Almond Soap; you’re going to want to keep this one for yourself. Or you could buy a couple, $10 from every sale of this gift goes to Dress For Success.
Yog Nog Soap & Bath Bomb
Honour your favourite holiday drink with this soap and matching bath bomb. Yog Nog has that creamy feel of a glass of egg nog with a spicy kick that feels like the holidays. It leaves your skin oh, so, soft! Get it for someone very special who deserves smooth skin.
Joy To The World Gift Set
This little set is perfect for someone that you aren’t sure what to get them. Think your sister-in-law or a co-worker. It includes the Snowcake soap, which is a holiday Lush classic. The season just wouldn’t be the same without it! It also has the Love And Light hand cream, which is uniquely scented with a fruity smell that reminds me of Froot Loops. For under $20, you can’t go wrong!
Magic Of Christmas Fun
This little quarter of holiday soaps are so much fun. They aren’t just for washing. These soaps are also perfect for the kids to use as play-dough in the tub. Use the sparkly soaps as bath art before you wash. These soaps do have a very strong smell and leave funny coloured bubbles in the tub, so be warned. They also don’t last as long as a regular bar of soap. It’s more a fun novelty than a soap you want to get hooked on year round.
Cranberry Festive Face Mask
Get hooked on the superfruit of the season with this strong smelling natural face mask. This mask is nice and chunky, so you know it’s actually full of real ingredients and not just filler. When you apply, it has a light tingle on your skin. This is not enough to irritate sensitive skin, but just enough to let you know it’s working. The mask hardens in a few minutes, but it doesn’t ever get tight. After a quick and easy rinse, my skin feels so soft thanks to the argan oil and rose clay.
Christingle Body Conditioner
If you already love Lush’s body conditioners or just don’t want to add lotion when you get out of the shower, the minty super moisturizing Christingle will work wonders on your dry, winter skin. Put this on after you wash up, rinse it off and you’ll have tingly, super soft skin all day. You might want to hide this one, guys will love it as well. Just buy a couple so you can share.
Peeping Santa Bubble Bar
This little Santa bubble bar might be too cute to use but it’s also really effective. Just a little piece of this strawberry scented Santa will get you tons of bubbles. The shea and cocoa butters will keep you moisturized and if you choose to break it up you’ll get lots of great smelling baths out of it. Want to use it in one piece, watch out of the loads of bubbles coming your way.
I am a mask fanatic! I am truly obsessed! I love using all different types of face masks. When I first saw this Fresh Mask Must Haves gift set, I thought I was dreaming. With four of fresh’s best masks all in one place, this is a gift that I needed!
First, there is the cooling and soothing Rose Face Mask, which smells absolutely amazing. This is more of your every day mask for anyone’s skin. Next, the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask that soothes and firms while you sleep using natural ingredients. For a deeper clean, there is the Sugar Face Polish that uses sugar and strawberry seeds to clean those pores. Finally, the Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask that you can use as a cleanser or mask for oily skin.
Available at Sephora and their own website for just $80 this isn’t really much of a holiday splurge, but it is if you buy two: one for a friend and one for yourself. I see a lot of spa days coming up in my future.
If you really love me Santa, this will be under my tree on Christmas morning. I know this set is $199, but it is worth every penny!
Rodial’s Bee Venom skin care line is the ultimate in face care. Their moisturizer is the best. I mean, BEST! Since the first time I tried this moisturizer it’s been my favourite product, possibly ever. The description says it’s for aging skin, but I’ve been addicted since my early 20’s. I just know that I am never going to look old again. It’s really moisturizing, a bit cooling and plumping, so your face looks amazing. The container is also quite big, so it’s worth the investment that you are putting into it.
I more recently got the chance to try the serum and eye cream that are also included in this set and let me tell you, you won’t be disappointed.
If you really truly love me and know how good I’ve been you can always up the game and splurge for the Rodial Bee Venom 24 Carat Gold Collection. The addition of real gold flakes in this set for $399 makes it the ultimate Christmas present!
It’s that time of year again! Gift and shopping and holiday set time! We are sure that we are going to have lots of different stocking stuffers, most wanted, amazing sets and holiday beauty for the next two month. Let’s get things started with these little gifts that make the perfect stocking stuffer.
Bliss Night Night Facial In A Box
I am getting one of these for all of my girls and my secret Santa this year. I love this little kit. It’s possibly the best idea ever! It comes with the bliss fabulous makeup melt, multi-‘face’-eted clay mask and triple oxygen ex-‘glow’-sion moisturizer. It’s in a little box, but there is enough for two, so you can make it a girl’s night if you want. I love it even more because it’s the fastest three step mask system ever. Even someone who says they don’t have time for things like this, has time for this 5 minute mask. It’s a nice way to let someone you love pamper themselves.
Sephora Collection Face Mask
I am always looking for little stocking stuffers that are good quality for a low prize and are small and compact. These masks are my new saviour! For just $8 you can get a little Sephora Face Mask for everyone you know. There are eight different types, so you can customize your gift for everyone you know. I tried the Lotus Mask that you apply before bed and wear over night to refresh your skin. It’s great and easy perfect for any girly stocking.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Care Kit
Anyone who suffers from acne is going to love you for sharing this secret from The Body Shop. Who knew they would be so good at helping with oily, acne ridden skin. This kit comes with everything they will need: a toner, face wash, lotion and the best part the Tea Tree Oil. I discovered this line in the fall and have been keeping it close ever since.
Quo Cosmetic Crackers
These are one of my favourite things of the holiday season. Forget those boring regular Christmas crackers! Quo has upped the game with these beauty crackers. Buy a box and give one cracker as a stocking stuffer to every girl on your list!
Fresh Sugar Rose Ritual Set
Friends shouldn’t let friend live without a fresh Sugar lip treatment. This little set helps your friend discover one of the best beauty product on the market! As an added bonus you also have the shine treatment to go from matte to glossy.