Tag: Holiday Gifts

Beauty Gifts For Under $20

Gifts for under $20? It can’t be real, right? We know how expensive the holidays can get. So these gifts and mini-stocking stuffers are perfect for a tight budget.

Hard Candy Party Ready Set – Fuel the makeup passion of the next generation with this fun glam set. For under $10 you can get this eyeshadow palette, setting spray, eyeliner and liquid lip colour. It also comes with a cute silver bag. The makeup is all fairly neutral to allow new makeup lovers to experiment without going overboard. It’s the perfect affordable gift.

Schick Intuition Winter Gift Set – Every girl has gotten one of these razor gift sets on Christmas morning, but that doesn’t make it a bad thing. They are a staple present. This year Intuition has upper the game with a pair of coy fluffy pink socks that I can’t wait to get my toes into. Every girl will love this!

Lipsmacker Disney Holiday Gift Sets – Lipsmacker has the cutest Disney co-branded products for the holidays. They are perfect for beauties of all ages from young to old. I will be adding the little Lip Balm Trio Bags into all of the gifts for my nieces. I know they will love it! I might just snag a few for myself too.

Scunci Hair Accessories – Find all of the stocking stuffers you could ever want with Scunci’s wide range of hair accessories. Skip the basics for the holidays and share some of the more unique products that will help friends try different styles or trends. You could try hair shimmer spray, a fun head wrap or a rose braid accessory that they can use to go glam on New Year’s Eve.


Calgon Bath Products – Calgon is another holiday staple that you can share with just about everyone. This year they have more great products and scents at an affordable price. I love the bag of Lavender & Honey Bath Fizzies as an unexpected choice. Their new Costal Gardenia scent is perfect to transport you away to warmer climates for a few seconds. It comes in everything from body spray to moisturizer for pure pampering.

Holiday Most Wanted: Skin Care Gifts

Everyone’s skin suffers in the winter and a skin care gift is a fantastic way to take care of it.

REN x Kangan Arora Moroccan Rose Otto Duo
Skin care experts teamed up with London based textile designer Kangan Arora to bring together some pretty great looking gifts. This Moroccan Rose Otto body wash and lotion will leave you clean, hydrated and smelling delicious all winter. It’s also great for sensitive skin.
Amopé Pedi Perfect Gift Set
If you know someone whose feet need help but don’t go for pedicures, you need to get them this gift. It comes with a rechargable foot file, charger station, Daily Moisturizing Foot Cream, suction shower hook and an Amopé and Veet coupon book.  Since the foot file is waterproof, you can use it wet or dry, meaning there are no excuses not to use it. I wish I had about five of these lying around, I know some people who would love it.
Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection Holiday Set
A lot of us have dry or oily skin with a ton of issues but if you’re shopping for someone with the covetable ‘normal’ skin, this Biotherm set is a great way to go. With an Aquasource Skin Perfection, Night Spa, Cleanser and Toner all in a holiday pouch, they’ll have everything they’ll need for soft, glowing skin.
Boscia Balanced To Pore-fection
I’m constantly trying to find products that’ll help minimize my pores and one of my holy grail items for that is Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask. I’ve been using it for years and it’s hands down my favourite. This gift set has that mask plus the Detoxifying Black Cleanser, White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray and Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel, all teaming up to whip my pores into shape. If you know someone who wants to minimize their pores or a teenager who might be a little self conscious, you might want this one.
Fresh Rose Skincare Ritual: Daily Essentials
Fresh’s Rose products have been cult faves for years when it comes to dry skin beauty junkies and their Soy Face Cleanser is also pretty legendary. This gift teams them up for an essential winter hydration boost. It includes the Soy Face Cleanser, Rose Hydrating Gel Eye Cream, Rose Face Mask and Rose Floral toner. Anyone would be happy with a gift of bright, hydrated skin!

tarte Holidaze Collection

Tarte Holidaze 2015
I don’t celebrate Christmas but my favourite time of year is the holiday season because of all the great gifts that get released. tarte’s Holidaze collection is one of my favourites this year and the value for their gifts are pretty insane for the price you pay. We received two pieces of the Holidaze collection and I have to say I’m pretty obsessed with both of them.
Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On
The packaging alone for Bling It On is gorgeous. Who wouldn’t want a black sequined palette? But the blushes inside are what make this palette special. It’s so rare to find a blush palette that I get excited when I find one.
Tarte Bling It On Open
With four limited edition blushes; Fetching (rose), Prim (plum nude), Smashing (coral pink), Beaming (shimmery apricot pink) and a permanent shade Dollface (cool pink) there is literally a shade for every skin tone. These are just as creamy and blendable as any Tarte blush and these last all day. Perfect for any blush fan.
Home For The Holidaze
Tarte Home For The Holidaze Open
Home For The Holidaze isn’t your typical palette. You get four palettes that each contain four Amazonian Clay eyeshadows and an Amazonian Clay Blush. You also get a full size LipSurgence Lip Creme in Ravishing (rose) and a deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara. But the best part is that you get a portable collector’s compact.
Tarte Home For The Holidaze Open Palette
This compact allows you to take any of the four palettes with you wherever you want to go.
Tarte Home For The Holidaze Shades
The shades of the palettes are all pretty neutral but give you lots of look options; whether you want a light daytime look or something more dramatic for night. Home For The Holidaze has a $396 value but it’s selling for $49. That’s really impressive for what you get.

From the packaging to the unique ideas inside, tarte’s Holidaze is one of my favourite holiday collections this year and people seem to be agreeing because it’s selling out everywhere.

Holiday Most Wanted Blockbuster Makeup Kits

Sometimes we need just a little more makeup choice than what a regular palette offers and while we see a lot of gift sets for the holidays, these blockbuster makeup kits will give you more options than you’ll know what to do with.
Avon Makeup Studio Palette
Avon Makeup Studio Palette
This makeup palette doesn’t look all that big in the box but when you open it up there’s 24 eye shadows, 12 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and a couple brushes.
Avon Makeup Studio Case
The colour options are great and give you lots of choice and while I would probably use other brushes than the ones in the kit, the fact that they’re even in there is great.
Avon Makeup Studio Palette Inside
This is a great gift for someone just starting to use makeup or don’t want a lot lying around. It’s also small enough that it’s great for travelling.
Sephora Color Wonderland
Sephora Color Wonderland Box
I always look forward to seeing what huge makeup palette Sephora will pull out every year. This year’s Color Wonderland is for every eye shadow junkie you know.
Sephora Color Wonderland Inside
The 78 eye shadows, 2 eye pencils and a dual-sided brush are split up into a neutral side and a vivid side.
Sephora Color Wonderland Neutrals
The neutral side is perfect for day looks or a neutral smoky eye.
Sephora Color Wonderland Vivids
The vivid side is great for experimenting with colour and there are literally endless combinations between both sides. The packaging is great, nothing is going to pop apart like previous years and it’s folded into a slim book that makes it easy to carry or store. Another added bonus is that the shades you’ll use more often are significantly larger than accent shades.

If you know anyone that loves makeup and really wants to play around, one of these palettes would make the perfect gift.

Too Faced Christmas In Paris Collection

Too Faced Holiday in Paris
There are so many holiday collections available this year that it’s hard to decide which ones to spend your money on and we’ve received a lot of them. Too Faced’s Holiday In Paris collection though is my personal favourite and I’m pretty much obsessed with everything about it. The packaging, the colours, the variety, there’s literally something for everyone.
Le Grand Palais
Too Faced Le Grand Palais
With 18 eye shadows, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer, 1 luminizer, deluxe samples of Shadow Insurance, Melted Lipstick in Peony and Better Than Sex Mascara; this is the most extravagant Too Faced set.
Too Faced Let Grand Palais Open
It’s perfect for your sister or niece or just to keep on your makeup table. The wide variety of shades give you a ton of looks to choose from as well.
Le Grand Chateau
Too Faced Le Grand Chateau
I can’t get over the packaging for Le Grand Chateau. It opens up to reveal 3 mini palettes that have a combined 18 eye shadows, 2 bronzers, a blush and a deluxe sample of Better Than Sex Mascara.
Too Faced Le Grand Chateau Open
These palettes are perfect to carry with you and are sorted into complimentary shades. Perfect for nearly every look you could ever need.
Melted French Kisses
Too Faced Melted French Kisses
Too Faced’s Melted lipsticks are by far my favourite lipstick. I’ve been wearing these non stop from the second I tried one. I have multiple different shades in my purse at all times.
Too Faced Melted French Kisses Open
Melted French Kisses gives you four deluxe sizes in Melted Metal Peony, Melted Chihuahua, Melted Metal Macaron and Melted Berry. I love that you get shade options in this kit and you’re not stuck with bright classic red like most holiday gifts.
Too Faced Melted French Kisses Swatches
I love all the shades but for the holiday season I’m going to be wearing a lot of Berry and I really like the combination of Chihuahua and Metal Peony.

I really can’t get enough of this collection and I wish there was more of it. If you want these, you should probably hurry, they’re selling out everywhere fast.

Splurge Worthy Holiday Gift Set – Rodial Bee Venom Collection

Rodial Bee Venom Collection

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!

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
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.

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.
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.
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.
Burts Bees EnergyMint_Kit_xl
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 Most Wanted: Tarte Sweet Dreams Collection

Holiday season brings out the prettiest palettes and Tarte has won our hearts with these holiday must haves:
Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess
Park Ave. Princess Contouring Palette – A gorgeous holiday glow is now ours thanks to this palette! This gold palette includes Tarte’s beloved Amazonian clay bronzer, blush and highlighter in shades that are perfect to get a shimmering glow. The matte texturing ensures that I am only shining in the right places, but the bronzer gives me a golden hue that is warm by the firelight.
Tarte Ladies Who Lash
Ladies Who Lash – If you’re a fan of anything to do with lashes, this set is definitely for you. The pearl-like handled limited-edition Picture Perfect eyelash curler brings a touch of elegance and the deluxe mini version of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara is the perfect mascara to add to your curled lashes. You’ll have long, defined, curly lashes that will last through any holiday party you’ll go to.
Tarte Kiss And belle
Kiss And Belle Lipsurgence Lip set – Lipsurgence is an award winner for a reason and this is the perfect set to try it for the first time or to just get a bunch of your favourites in one place. With four lip tints, two matte lip tints and two lip glosses, there’s a pencil for every time of day and occasion.