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Makeup Most Wanted Beauty Advent Calendars 2017

I didn’t grow up with advent calendars but beauty advent calendars have become some of my favourite things about the holiday season. Not only can you try a bunch of products at once but you’re also more likely to try things you wouldn’t normally buy and end up with new favourites. These are my favourite options this year.

NYX Lippie Countdown

If you love lipstick as much as I do, or know someone who does, this is the advent calendar of your dreams. With 24 different lip shades and finishes, there’s literally something for every look. From their iconic Soft Matte Lip Cream to Butter Gloss and nudes to reds to grey, it’s a fantastic way to find new lip shades and maybe find something you would never think of trying. That is, if you can still find one of these.

Biotherm Advent Calendar Christmas Set

This set has something for everyone. From moisturizer and lip balm to body care and men’s products, this is the gift that the whole family can share. But you’re probably going to want to keep it for yourself.

Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box

If anyone wants to pick one of these up for me, I won’t say now. It’s the perfect Charlotte Tilbury starter kit, or the perfect travel kit for things you already own. There’s makeup (eyeshadow, lipstick, mascara) as well as skin care (moisturizer, mask, makeup remover). This 12 piece box is the ultimate luxury gift and I’m still trying to talk myself out of buying one.

The Body Shop Countdown To New Year’s 

The Body Shop has a number of calendars this year but I love this take on the traditional ‘end on Christmas’ calendar. Instead this one goes to New Years. It has night cream, body cream, lipstick, glitter and a bunny headband, plus a couple other things that are necessary for all the parties between Christmas and New Years.

Summer Sunscreen Most Wanted – Steph’s Picks

Biotherm Body Milk Sun Protection
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Moisturizer meet sunscreen. With an SPF rating of just 15, this isn’t the kind of sun protection that you are going to wear on a trip out to the beach. For those days, we have stocked up on lots of serious sun protection. This is the super moisturizing body product that also happens to protect your skin while you’re out. I love it for work days when I will probably be indoors most of the time, but still want protection. It will also be great for the winter when you sometimes forget to wear sunscreen. It does have a tangy lemon scent that smells a bit like cleaning products, so be sure to have perfume ready if you aren’t crazy about lemons.

Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray
Clarins Sunscreen Care Milk-Lotion Spray
I’ve had some bad luck with spray sun screen this summer. None of them have the right spray with the right power. Clarins is getting closer to perfection with their milk-lotion. The spray is a bit weird. It doesn’t spray evenly, so you have to spread it around. The SPF is also just 20, so it’s not strong enough for many people I know. That said, everytime I wore it my skin was totally protected. I didn’t burn anywhere and started to feel really confident in this sunscreen. It goes to show sometimes you have to give things a chance.

Garnier Ombrelle Sport Endurance Sunscreen
Ombrelle Endurance Sport Sunscreen
It’s been so hot this summer that you need a sunscreen that is going to last through everything. Garnier’s new sunscreen is not just water resistant, but also sweat resistant. I love how quickly it absorbs into my skin and it doesn’t leave any weird residue. My skin still feels like my skin.

Banana Boat Sun Comfort Sunscreen Lotion
Banana Boat Sun Comfort Lotion
Somehow I’ve made it this long without ever using Banana Boat sunscreen lotion. It might be one of my new faves now. I love the faint smell. I love how it makes my skin feel moisturized. I love how strong it is to protect me from the sun. I’m not sure how I feel about the claim that sand will brush off easily. While I’ve only used it at the pool, I doubt that this is true. Regardless it’s still my new favourite sunscreen.

Biotherm Eau Soleil Perfume

Biotherm Eau Soleil Perfume

Biotherm is a go-to for skin care products, but I would never have thought of them for perfume. Actually, I didn’t even know that they made perfumes too until I got this one. In my mind, they are the moisturizer and face wash company.

From the name to the colourful bottle, there was never any question that this was going to be a very summery scent. It even contains non-photosensitive ingredients, so that it doesn’t react with the sun and cause burns. See, they are always thinking about how to protect your skin. It’s really amazing actually.

The scent is all about citrus. It’s a summery, fresh citrus explosion in a bottle. It’s a really refreshing smell to wear. It’s the best on rainy days to brighten your mood. Something about the smell just makes you feel a bit better.

I wouldn’t want to wear this perfume every day. It’s never going to be my signature scent. But it’s a fun different smell and pick-me-up when I have the blues.

Fall’s Must Have Face Oils

Oils aren’t new to the beauty aisle, but somehow face oils became a silent trend to the market. Many companies are now releasing oils based moisturizers and cleansers. As someone with fairly oily skin to begin with, this wasn’t a trend I was excited about. I tried four very different oils to see if this trend could win me over!

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil

This treatment oil is part moisturizer and part serum for serious dry skin. You only need a few drops of this oil to cover your whole face. I read some reviews that said that this oil was a bit harsh on people’s skin. While I have tough skin and didn’t see that as a big problem, this treatment oil did make my face a bit red when I applied it. It faded really quickly though. This oil is serious on its moisturizing properties though. I would only recommend it for the very driest of faces. Getting it in the summer, when my skin is normally oilier wasn’t great, it was just too much. It you have a problem with very dry skin, especially in the winter, this is the oil for you!

Leaves Of Trees Facial Cleansing Oils

Leaves Of Trees Facial Cleansing Oils

For a softer and more moisturizing way to get clean skin this winter, there are cleansing oils too! All natural company Leaves Of Trees has an organic cleansing oil that is filled with lovely natural ingredients like argan and rosehip that get me all excited! The smell of this oil is really strong! If you are sensitive to that kind of thing, be warned. This cleansing oil, like many oil products, is perfect for sensitive and dry skin. This oil gives you a very light clean that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and not at all dried out like some cleaners.

Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil

Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil

Oils can also be a new alternative to your daily moisturizer. This super affordable Skyn Iceland oil  promises to hydrate and repair gently. My skin is sometime oily, so an oil based moisturizer was worrisome. I didn’t want to add oil on top of oil. This Arctic Face Oil is actually quite light. I would recommend leaving some time for it to absorb before applying any makeup because it does take longer to dry. Otherwise though, my face felt really nice after wearing this oil.

Biotherm Balm-To-Oil Deep Cleanser & Makeup Remover

Biotherm Balm-To-Oil Deep Cleanser & Makeup Remover

This is my favourite of all of the oils that I tried. This cleanser comes in a balm consistency with little smell and just a simple creamy texture. As you massage it into your dry face, it transforms into silky oil that removes dirt and all makeup. It’s so light on your skin. Add a little water and it turns into a milky cleanser that you can rinse away easily. It doesn’t leave you with any greasy feeling on your face. It left me with all of the benefits of oil cleansers and moisturizers, while also acting as something really unique to the market!

Summer Beauty Products For A Fresh Face

Summer is here and I have been stocking up on face products just waiting for those hotter days. Summer face wash, wipes, moisturizer and makeup all have different requirements than your winter products. See what I’ve been using to prep for summer 2015:

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Gentle Makeup Removing Wipes
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I don’t have sensitive skin, but you don’t need that to love using these Aveeno makeup wipes. They remove your makeup, without ever drying your face. I feel like my face is even more moisturized after using them than before. If you are prone to acne or oily skin, I might avoid using them. They are better for drier skin because of how moisturizing they are.

Vichy Thermal Spa Water

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I feel like I have found this face mist at the perfect time. It’s meant to soothe redness and irritation on your skin with a little daily spray. It is a little cool and the perfect way to start your day in the morning.

Biotherm Aquasource

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Until Biotherm, I was pretty against gel face moisturizers. Biotherm has completely changed my mind on gel. Since I tend to have oily skin, I always thought that gel moisturizers were bad for my skin. I found out that it’s exactly the opposite. Aquasource actually helps my skin stay a bit drier and less oily. I wish the smell didn’t remind me of a Christmas tree, but otherwise I am in love.

Soap & Glory Peaches And Cream Deep Cleansing Milk 

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This face wash is great because it’s at the same time soft and strong. You will first fall in love with the smell. Nothing beats the creaminess of Peaches & Cream. Next you will love the texture. It’s so rich and cream it’s hard to believe it will clean your face. Then you will love how it works. You face will feel fresh and clean without feeling too dry.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer

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Summer is the time for sometimes skipping your foundation for something a bit lighter. This is going to be my new light product for the season. It wears somewhere between a moisturizer and a foundation. It leaves my face feeling soft, while giving great coverage. i am usually the first person to say that tinted moisturizer just isn’t enough, but this one is! My face looks great and the colour makes me look bright and healthy. I love it.

Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation

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I didn’t get the right colour of this foundation, so I can’t give a full review, but that doesn’t make me any less excited about it. This compact foundation is one of the coolest and most innovative foundations that has been released in a long time. The package has a little cushion that your press to release a creamy liquid foundation. From the little I could try, it’s clear this foundation is easy to work and moisturizing. I can’t wait to get my hands on the right shade!

Gift Guide: Charity Gifts

We always love when our addiction to beauty products can also help a good cause. This holiday season give something back when you are Christmas shopping with our favourite charity gifts:

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Kiehl’s x Craig & Karl – Kiehl’s has teamed up with artists Craig & Karl for their limited edition holiday collection. They added their bright fun designs to the Kiehl’s packaging in a way that feels totally natural. You can not only get the Kiehl’s classics, but also a cute gift box with the same bright packaging. As with all of their holiday collections, Kiehl’s is donating a portion of their sales to charity.

we see beauty makeup bag

We See Beauty  – This great site is connected to a foundation that helps to create coops for supporting local small business, building sustainable communities, and creating job security. One-third of all sales goes to the foundation and you have lots of options from makeup for accessories. We love this bright makeup bag made by women in a coop in Guatemala that is just $30!

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Biotherm Water Lovers Collection – Protect our planet’s most valuable resource with this limited edition collection. Their body lotions and moisturizers are already great, so they haven’t changed the formula, but the fun packaging. Money raised goes to the Mission Blue foundation to help protect water on the planet.

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Chantecaille Elephant Palette – Chantecaille is really helping some amazing causes through beauty. This beautiful eyeshadow palette helps to raise awareness and funds for baby elephants in Africa. It doesn’t stop at just elephants. You can get similar palettes that help raise money for white tigers, sea turtles, dolphins, honey bees, wild horses and more.