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Holiday 2017: Skin Care Gifts

Skin Care gifts are some of the most coveted presents but also sometimes the hardest. Everyone has a different skin type or need, so this list has a little something for everyone.

Sunday Riley – Bright Young Thing


Winter does a great job of drying out our skin and make it look dull. This adorable set of minis from Sunday Riley will brighten you right back up. Start with the Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment to exfoliate, add C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum and finish off with Tidal Water Cream and you’ll end up with skin that glows. Even in the middle of a snow storm.

Avon A Box For Fall Moisture

Fall might be over but this little kit will take care of a good chunk of your skin care issues. With cuticle and lip conditioners, a hand cream and a Moisture Therapy body wash and lotion duo, you’ll be covered head to toe. I love the triangle box it comes in as well.

Fresh Picture Perfect Mask Set

If you’re like me and love Fresh’s face masks, you’re going to adore this gift. It includes their Rose Face Mask, Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask and Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask. Plus you get two coloured pencils to colour in the gift box while you’re waiting to take off your masks.

Korres Greek Beauty Sleep Set

There’s really nothing I love more than skin care that works while I sleep (less work for me!) and  this little gift set is amazing good at hydrating and brightening your skin while you sleep. It has their Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Oil and the matching Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. If you want to wake up to magically transformed skin, you need to get this.

Burt’s Bees Travel Essentials

If you’re shopping for someone who travels a lot, this is a great little bag to help them take care of their skin. Inside the carry-on friendly bag is Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Beeswax Lip Balm and a Coconut & Pear Lip Balm. It’s great for a family trip because kids can use these as well.

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes Quickie Review

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I have loved a lot of face cleansers in my time, but none as much as these from Burt’s Bees. The grapefruit scent is so refreshing. My face feels just as clean as if I had used a regular face wash. Since it’s for normal to oily skin, it leaves my face feeling nice and dry. There is no residue or moisture leftover to clog my pores. My face is just dry and clean. The cleanser can’t stand up to strong waterproof makup, but it will remove any normal makeup and dirt from your average day.

Makeup Hits & Misses

Not every product can be a hit. We hate to call out the misses, but sometimes we have to call it like we see it. Here are some recent makeup hits and misses from our favourite brands.

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HIT – Sephora Collection Cushion Glossy Eyeliner – I’m not really into liquid liner. I don’t have time for the hassle of it. I expected this cushion eyeliner to be similar. It’s not. Just because you don’t have a steady hand for liquid liner doesn’t mean you should count this out. I found that using the brush was a bit steadier than a pencil. The eyeliner itself isn’t a runny as normal liquid liners. You should still be ready in case you need to do touch ups. The finish is stunning. It’s way better than any pencil!

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MISS – Essence Say To Imperfections Concealer – All I ask of my concealer is that it’s no fuss. I don’t want to have to fight with it to stay on or cover everything it needs to. This essence concealer is far from perfect. There have been some days when I’ve had to fight with it. It’s also really affordable and easy to take on-the-go when necessary.

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HIT – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – This is going to sound crazy, but this product made me wish that I had problem brows. I have pretty standard brows. I can fill them in a bit and do a little maintenance, but I don’t have to worry about drawing them in or regular waxing. I am usually happy about that, but Anastasia’s Brow Wiz pencil worked so well, I wanted more of an excuse to use it. This pencil looks so natural and real. It must be good if I am wishing away my normal brows.

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MISS – Burt’s Bees BB Cream – I hate to come down on brands that I love, but Burt’s Bees has disappointed me with their BB Cream. My first issue is the smell. It smells a bit like lemons. It’s really strange. Next, the cream always separates in the bottle. No matter how many times I use it or shake it, I always get this weird runny liquid the first time I squeeze it. I have to squeeze it a second time to get the product mixed. Finally after all of that, the coverage of this cream isn’t strong enough to make it worth it. If it gave me great coverage I would be happy to forget those other issues, but the way it sits now I can’t.

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HIT – Annabelle Lash Launcher Mascara – This is really the little mascara that could. I wasn’t excited to try it at all. The first time that I used it, I blew it off as bad without even noticing it. Slowly, day after day, I found myself reaching for the Annabelle mascara more and more. Unlike some other mascaras that I’ve been using lately, this one keeps my lashes looking soft and natural. it has one row of longer bristles that are perfect for making my lashes look extra long. Serves me right for ignoring this little red bottle.

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SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN – Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup – This stick is a great new innovative way to think of foundation. This foundation is all in one stick with a pad on the end to make applying even easier. Let me start by saying that I really like the foundation. It’s just thick enough to fill any fine lines, but not feel too cakey. It dries quickly without any moisture, so my face looks great. It’s the applicator that I’m not crazy about. I don’t feel like I have enough spreading control by using the pad. Once it’s been used, it feels a bit dirty and I would rather use a foundation brush or my finger to spread it around. That is just me being picky though, because the makeup inside is great!

Holiday Most Wanted: Stocking Stuffers

I’m not sure where December went, but with Christmas and Chanukah both this weekend; we’ll be posting a bunch of gift guides this week. Our first one is all about stocking stuffers, or if you celebrate Chanukah, one of the little mid-holiday gifts.

Fresh Zodiac Oval Soap
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I love the idea of these soaps. There are twelve scents to go with each zodiac sign. I’m both an Aries and a Taurus and I love the Mangosteen scented Aries soap. I actually found that I liked my signs the best, so maybe there’s something to this. This is a great personalized gift for anyone.
Burt’s Bees Kissable Lip Color Trio in Warm
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This little trio is great for anyone who wants moisturized lips with a hint of colour. It comes in warm and cool varieties and I love the warm version. It includes the classic Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers in Rhubarb, Peony and my favourite, Fig.
Arbonne Tahitian Coconut Lip Therapy Set
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If you know someone whose lips have taken a rough turn during the winter, this delicious coconut scented lip duo will definitely help them out. With a lip smoother and matching salve, you can give them super soft lips with one little gift.
Invisibobble Time To Shine Collection
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Ever since I started using these weird little hair elastics (they look like old telephone cords), I’ve been hooked. No more ponytail bend in your hair and I love using them with wet hair because they don’t feel damaging when I pull them out. The Time To Shine collection are really pretty metallic shades, and they’re tiny enough to fit in a stocking.
Tarte Limitless Lippies
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If you know someone who loves the matte lip trend, you get eight of Tarte’s mini Tarteist Matte Lip Paints. You can either split these up or give all of them as a gift. There’s everything from nudes to reds, so everyone can find a shade they love!

Last Minute Gifts From Shoppers Drug Mart

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
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
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
Burt's Bees A Bit Of Burt's Bees - 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
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.

Affordable Holiday Beauty Gift Sets

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

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 PaletteQuo 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

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-Liquid-Lipstick-SetStila 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 LotionMark 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!

Fall Face Care Most Wanted

Fall is the time for updating and modifying your skin care routine. Whether you try all of these new products or just think one or two are important, I have gathered products that will make transitioning to the cold months a little bit easier on your skin.

Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Keep your face super moisturized this season with this new classic cream. The Pond’s cream looks heavy, but it’s really light on your face. I love the cool feel and the powdery smell. Instead of leaving skin oily, it’s moist and dewy. It’s no wonder Pond’s is one of the most beloved products available.

Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

I have been a huge fan of Burt’s Bees for years, but I had no idea that they offered face cleansing towelettes. I was really excited to see them. I used the Cucumber and Sage towels that are meant to soothe your skin as well. As I expected from Burt’s Bees the wipes work great. My face feels clean without being dry and my skin looks great. I can’t wait to try a few more scents.

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B. Kamins Corrective Primer

Just because it isn’t as hot anymore doesn’t mean that my skin doesn’t still get shiny. This Corrective Primer from B. Kamins has been my secret weapon against skin for the last few weeks. This clear gel primer goes on easily for an instant mattifying effect. The shine on my face is toned down right away. I’m left with the perfect finish for applying my makeup.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

Sephora has modernized the concealer with their new gel serum. I find a lot of concealers heavy and thick. This gel concealer is light and airy on your skin. It sits on top of the skin as opposed to getting stuck. It brightens the area and covers up dark spots under the eyes (or anywhere else on your face). I can’t believe there isn’t more concealers like this. Luckily I found this one!

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

If you aren’t sure exactly what type of eye treatment you need, this Smart eye treatment is your new best friend. This treatment is an all-in-one for all eye issues that targets whatever you need. I always thought I needed to brighten my eyes, but it was the contouring that really impressed me. It goes to show that sometimes you need to trust your products!

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons

Burt's Bees Lip Crayons
I’ve been using Burt’s Bees in one way or another for longer than I can remember, so I was really happy to hear they were coming out with Lip Crayons. I generally prefer a crayon to a traditional lipstick and these are a great addition. I got to try Niagara Overlook (medium rose) and Sedona Sands (pinkish-beige). Both shades were pretty subtle but built up for darker colour easily.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayons Swatches
Niagara Overlook, Sedona Sands

What I really like about these crayons is that they’re creamy, lightweight, matte but moisturizing at the same time. And they don’t have that minty scent that so many crayons have. With six shades to choose from, there’s something for every occasion.

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.

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.