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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!

Makeup Most Wanted November 2016: Alyssa’s Picks

I can’t believe it’s already the end of November; it feels like it was just summer and now we’re working on holiday posts. These are my favourite things from the past few months.

Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir
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Right now my anti-aging needs are mostly preventative but considering I’m a skin care junkie, I love to try new products. Boosters seem to be the new serums lately and I’m seeing them everywhere so I’ve tried a couple. Korres has my favourite of them so far. The Golden Krocus Elixir is pretty delightful. I love everything from the packaging, to the texture, to the slightly spicy scent. Made with Greek Saffron, you really only need a drop or two of this booster to get results. Now obviously I’m not looking for major results in wrinkles in my skin because I don’t have any; but my skin looks brighter, feels smoother and really just glows. It’s so light that it absorbs within seconds and you follow it up with whatever serums and moisturizers you’d normally use. It really feels amazing. I love the scent so much, I’ve been reaching for my unscented options.

Clinique Lash Power Flutter-To-Full Mascara
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I have so much mascara that I actually have trouble on a regular basis deciding which one to use but I’ve been using this one for months and absolutely love it. I generally like Clinique’s mascaras but they all seem to serve only one purpose. I have one for volume and one for length but Flutter-To-Full is kind of a three-in-one. There’s a dial with three options that let’s you control how much intensity you get. The lowest form gives you a barely there, natural look. The next one amps it up a bit but still stays fairly natural and the third gives you major night look drama. I tend to always use the third option because I love big lashes but I appreciate the options. It also stays on forever without smudging or flaking. Clinique says 24 hours and I totally agree with that. They also say it comes off with warm water and I would like to disagree, I have the hardest time getting this one off but that also means I can trust it not to disappear on me.

Sephora Collection Double Time Double Ended Brush Set
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I think one of the most underrated things about Sephora is their variety of Sephora brand brush sets. There’s something for every need and every budget and while they’re not always the highest quality, they usually do a decent job. I really love this Double Time set because each brush is double ended, so you get twelve travel brushes that look like six full size ones and handle like full size. This is a great set for travel because you have every brush you could need in one place and the faux leather is super soft and durable; just like the brushes themselves.

Avon Skin So Soft Winter Soft Nourishing Hand Cream
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I think one of the first hand creams I ever used was from Avon (my mom sold it when I was in high school) and it’s really nice to know that it still works as well as I remember. I’m so picky about hand cream and this one works quite nicely. It goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. It has Shea Butter, Babassu Oil and Vitamin E to soften and hydrate your hands. While it doesn’t last 24 hours for me like it claims, I only have to use it a couple times a day and my hands don’t feel dried out.

Maybelline The Loaded Bolds in Gone Greige
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As much as I love a matte liquid lipstick, the winter dryness isn’t really letting me use them as much as I did in the summer, so I’m back to a creamier, more traditional lipstick. Maybelline’s The Loaded Bolds aren’t really a typical lipstick. They’re matte but they’re also extremely hydrating and comfortable. I keep forgetting that I’m wearing them because they feel like lip balm. The shades are also incredibly pigmented. One swipe and I have full coverage and zero patchiness. But it’s my favourite shade that surprises me the most. Greige anything doesn’t look good on me, it really washes me out and makes my skin, well, grey. I tried Gone Greige because I really wanted to love it. It’s such a 90’s inspired shade and I am a 90’s kid. So I was completely shocked when the grey-ish brown actually looked good on me. I hope they end up releasing more shades, because ten just doesn’t seem enough. At least I have a winter lipstick that I’ll be using a lot. And it’s not red.

Weekend Getaway Makeup Most Wanted

When you are heading out of town with friends or maybe for a romantic weekend away, you don’t want to have to pack your whole arsenal of makeup. Here’s a little glimpse at some of the things I packed to hit the road for a weekend in Boston!

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The Face Shop Mango Seed Cleansing Wipes – Everything about these wipes is moisturizing. I have been addicted to these wipes this summer because they are perfect no matter where the day takes you. The moisturizing wipes are perfect after a long day in the sun to dry out your face. They do leave a little bit of a residue, but it didn’t bother me most of the time. Everything feels nice and dewy.

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Leonor Greyl Luxury Travel Kit – I hate going away and not being able to take my favourite shampoo and conditioner with me. This travel kit is really the next best thing. It comes with a shampoo, conditioning mask and oil. My first thought was, why do I want a hair mask while I’m on vacation? It’s nice because you can cheat and use it like a regular conditioner as well. When I was away recently I became hooked on the oil, which is perfect on wet or dry hair. You can find this luxe set for volume, dry hair or curly hair (or even just pick up the travel size oil solo), so you can get exactly what you need.

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Juara Candlenut Obsession Trio – Since you are in the shower, you also have to take care of that body. I don’t know what a candlenut is, but I can tell you I really am obsessed. This trio box has a Body Polish, Hydrating Shower Gel and Body Crème with this new scent. It’s got a mix of shea butter, coconut, and something musky underneath. It smells a bit like men’s soap. I can’t even describe it properly. All I know is it made this weekend away even better!

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Sephora Collection Look Color In The Eye Brush Capsule – I hate travelling with my regular brushes. I always get worried I will lose them, break them or otherwise ruin them while on the road. This little brush capsule is perfect to take instead. It has all of the eye brushes I could ever want. The pretty capsule keeps them clean and protected in my luggage.

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Mac Cosmetics She’s A Model Eyeshadow Palette – Lately MAC has released some crazy, bold and beautiful colours, but that doesn’t always work for my real life. Enter this palette. While the eye shadows can be worn together in more daring ways, it’s also work appropriate. You can use the nice neutral tones for the office once you get back to reality. Then glam up your look with the sparkly silvers or better yet, the daring teal eye shadow. This collection also comes with some bright pink lipsticks and nail polishes, so there will be no shortage of colour when you enter the room.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlighter – Get a little shimmer and shine with the new highlighter powder from essence. I’ve gotten really into powders this summer. The idea of wearing heavy foundation in the heat is just too much for my skin. This highlighter has been good to add back a little shine where I want. I think that highlighters are seriously under-used makeup, at least by me. I have been applying this highlighter on my cheeks above my cheek bones and nose for a little natural shine. Paired with my blush and bronzer, it gives me the natural glow you want, not the one you get on a humid summer day.

Makeup Most Wanted July 2016 – Alyssa’s Picks

I can’t believe summer is half over and with the heat wave we’ve been having in Toronto, I’m about ready for fall. I went on vacation during July so this month all my picks were what I used the most while travelling.
Dermalogica Active Moist
Dermalogica Active Moist
My combination skin tends to go to the oily side during the summer, so finding a lightweight moisturizer that keeps my skin hydrated without making it greasy is really important. Active Moist is oil-free and made for combination skin, plus it absorbs pretty much instantly. It leaves my skin really soft and dewy without looking like you could fry something on my face.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Flying is pretty much the worst thing for your skin. While some people use masks to keep save their skin from getting dehydrated, I love face mists and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is one of my favourites. It comes in 30mL and 100mL, both of which are perfect for travelling. This grape-based mist not only totally refreshes your skin but also minimizes pores, boosts radiance and can be used as a setting spray.
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm
My lips aren’t in the best shape from all the matte lipstick I’ve been wearing and this lip balm has been a massive help in fixing them. I love that it applies like a lipstick. It’s really creamy but absorbs quickly and it has a really subtle vanilla scent. There are honestly quite a few Sephora brand products that could’ve made this list but the lip balm edged them out.
Stila Convertible Color in Camellia
Stila Convertible Color CamelliaI’ve tried a ton of Stila products over the years but never a Convertible Color, which have basically been around forever. If you love a multi-use product like I do, this one’s the motherlode. You can use it as a lipstick and blush and I’ve been known to use it as an eyeshadow in a pinch as well. Camellia is the closest thing I’ve found to a decent bronzer on my extremely fair skin. All you need with one of these compacts are your fingers. There’s a mirror built in and they’re creamy enough to blend really well without a brush.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate BarI took exactly one eyeshadow palette with me on vacation and it was this one. Considering my trip consisted of a wedding plus a lot of full day walking trips, I needed something that would cover everything and boy did it. There are lighter, neutral shades mixed in with deeper browns and pops of blue. Plus it smells like chocolate! All the shadows blended beautifully and there was a way to use it whatever I was doing. This is probably my favourite neutral palette right now.

Most Wanted Travel Essentials For Hair

My least favourite part about packing for a trip is trying to figure out what I’ll need for my hair. Is it going to be humid? Dry? Windy? But I’ve found some products that make it really easy to have a good hair day, every day of you’re away.
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler in Gold Rush
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Gold Rush.
There’s nothing better than a brush you can throw in your purse, especially when it comes with a cover that keeps it safe from whatever’s lurking in there. And the Tangle Teezer’s mini Compact Styler is the perfect brush for travelling. It’s gentle, effective and comes in a bunch of super cute designs and colours.
Sephora Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer
Sephora Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer
A lot of hotels have blow dryers in their bathrooms but this Sephora brand mini dryer is better than what you’ll find in most. Because it’s ionic, you can blow dry your hair in half the time and get rid of a lot of your frizz for smooth hair. In theory you can use this anywhere in the world but I have heard of some European outlets making it short out, so you might want to keep this one in North America.
Moroccanoil Jetsetter Set
Moroccanoil Jetsetter Set
There’s never a question that if I’m travelling, I’m taking my Moroccanoil treatment with me. This time the shampoo, conditioner and Intense Hydrating Mask are coming along. With all my basic hair needs covered in one set, it’ll make my life a lot easier.
Drybar I Heart Road Trips Travel Kit
Drybar I Heart Road Trips Travel Kit
Sometimes you want to go for different styles while you’re away and this travel kit from Drybar will make it really simple. With The Chaser Shine Cream, Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray and Triple Sec 3-in-1 all included, you can really get any look you want. And the name is so great.

Most Wanted Travel Accessories

A lot of us are going on vacation this summer and while we usually focus on all things beauty, I decided to be a little more helpful to the travellers and help you out with the accessory necessities.
Atlantic Canadiana Collection Carry-On
Atlantic Canadiana Carry-On
Every traveller needs a good carry-on, whether you’re going away for a weekend or a few weeks. This hard case bag has a great Canadiana design that you definitely won’t miss in an airport. The Canadiana collection also has a 24″ and 28″ suitcases.
Sephora Collection The Getaway Bag
Sephora The Getaway Bag
If you’re like me and feel the need to travel with half your makeup kit, you need this bag. It has removable pouches to help you organize your stuff, zippered compartments and tons of room. I love that it’s not bulky and can fit into a carry on, plus you can take the removable pouch and throw it in your purse for a night out.
Sephora Collection The Gallivanter
Sephora The Gallivanter
If you don’t need quite as much space for your toiletries, the Gallivanter are three mesh bags that stack into each other. Each bag is a different size and is labelled with toiletries, makeup and touch ups.
Stylize Mini Hard Case Travel Organizer
Stylize Mini Hard Case Travel Organizer
This small, hard case from Shoppers Drug Mart is the perfect way to carry your phone or sunglasses so they don’t get scratched. The outside might be hard but the inside is soft and has a zippered pocket on one side and a mesh slot on the other. Plus it has a detachable wristlet, so you can either attach it to your carry-on or wear it on your wrist.
Austin House Luggage Tag in Baggage
Austin House Luggage Tag - Baggage
I’m always looking for luggage tags that stand out and not only does Austin House have a lot of bright ones, they’re cute as well. I love this one called Baggage but there are also ones shaped like flip flops and sun hats. Adorable.
Austin House Neck Pillow With Memory Foam
Austin House_Washable Beaded Neck Pillow
Getting comfortable on a plane (or in a car) can be pretty impossible sometimes but I find a good neck pillow can make all the difference. Add in memory foam and a completely washable cover and I’m sold. I’ll definitely be using this one on my upcoming trip.

Most Wanted Stocking Stuffers From Sephora

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
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
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 For Sephora 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
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
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.

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.

November Makeup Most Wanted

Where did December go? I know I am a few days late, but this year is going by so fast that I barely had time to blink before we were in the holiday season! If you are looking for some products to get prepped and ready for the holiday season, I’ve got you covered!

Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow Filter Palette

Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow Filter Palette in Sunbleached

I never know what eyeshadow colours to wear during the day at work. This palette has become my new best friend. The colours were inspired by a faded out Instagram filter, which is so much fun, but don’t buy it just because you love taking selfies. It’s the eyeshadow colours that you will really love! From the pale almost white of ‘Swan Song’ to the beige ‘Secret Boudoir’ the neutrals are my new favourite shadow base. After that you get into the pretty colours that will give you a look that is perfect for a workday. There is the shimmery rose of ‘Latergram’, the smoky purple of ‘Swell’, and the trusty brown of ‘#tbt’. I am in love with each and every one. With 10 different colours, there are enough different options for every day of the week.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel & Night Pads

Say goodbye to bad skin with this Nip + Fab skin care collection. If you are tired of fretting over clogged pores, acne and rough skin, you NEED to try these products!!! These are some of my favourite products of the whole year! The Purifying Gel can be applied every night after you clean your face. This gel gives you an extra deep clean by unclogging pores and helping to clear up skin while you sleep. For an even tougher clean, add in the Night Pads a few nights a week for deeper clean. These products include glycolic acid (exfoliates and helps skin tone), salicylic acid (clears pores), lactic acid (removes toxins) and hyaluronic acids (hydrates). They are really amazing for making you feel proud of your skin. Put your best face forward!

Maybelline Better Skin Foundation

Maybelline Better Skin Foundation

If you want to keep up your mission for amazing skin, after using the Nip + Fab collection, use this Maybelline foundation during the day. I haven’t had the best luck with finding the perfect Maybelline foundation until now. This foundation is meant to improve your skin by wearing it. It is supposed to reduce the look of acne, bumps, or redness. The second day that I wore it people started commenting on my skin. They were telling me that my skin looked great. I was getting compliments on my look. When I stopped using it, no other foundation gave me the same fixed and better than normal finish. I won’t be going long without it anymore.

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Yves Rocher Botanical Color Nail Polish Holiday Collection

Yves Rocher’s holiday nail polish collection is stunning. I am so bored with the average sparkly, glittery, gold and red nail polishes for the holiday season. Finally, there is something different. The Yves Rocher nail polish is full of pretty pale pastels with a hint of sparkle. There are also sleek nail polishes with a metallic finish. Frosted Pink, Frosted Green and Frosted Blue have tiny sparkles for a unique glitter finish. They also have a bit of a texture for something more diverse. Pearly Pink and Pearly Purple are smooth and rich. Now I just have to figure out how to pick just one!

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The Body Shop Honey Bronze Face Gel

This bronzing gel looks intimidating, but don’t worry it’s not as dark and scary for your face as you might think. This bronzing gel is easy to apply all over your face for a quick bronze solution when the need strikes. Your complexion will determine how you apply. I’m fairly dark, so I just used a light hand to apply this gel directly to my face. If you have fair skin, you should mix it with your moisturizer to get a lighter more subtle bronze.

Stocking Stuffers Most Wanted – Part 1

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.

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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

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.

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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 holiday Cosmetic Cracker

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

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.