Holiday 2017 Hottest Beauty Gifts!

Never too early to start your beauty holiday shopping for your loved ones - or grab some new beauty musts for yourself  *adds to cart*. Here, a few of my holiday favourites!

Best Beauty Gifts holiday 2017
Oral B Genius 8000. $269.99. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Amazon.ca.

Oral B Genius 8000. $269.99. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Amazon.ca.

Give the gift of a super bright smile. This Oral B Genius 8000 -- now in Rose Gold!-- comes with three brushheads and has a stylish travel case.  It has a new whitening setting and whitening brush head as well as a pro-clean mode. The app encourages you to brush for a full two minutes -- just like dentists recommend -- people who brush manually often only brush for less than a minute. Makes a great gift for someone looking for a beautiful white smile. It has whitening mode to get that bright white smile for the Holiday season. Pair it with Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste to get your whitest, brightest smile. It has 7 benefits in one and contains fluoride to help protect against enamel erosion - super important when we're indulging a lot during the holidays. 

Crest Pro-Health Clean Mint Toothpaste $4.96. Available in mass retailers in Canada

Crest Pro-Health Clean Mint Toothpaste $4.96. Available in mass retailers in Canada

Silk’n Titan $299.99. All major retailers including Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs.

Silk’n Titan $299.99. All major retailers including Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs.

Three different types of energy: LED, Radio Frequency and Infrared

Three different types of energy: LED, Radio Frequency and Infrared

 This anti-aging device using the same technology developed for leading dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, but redesigned for you at a fraction of the price! Used twice per week for 10 weeks (15 minute treatment time), the Titan is a breakthrough technology skin tightening device that activates your body’s own natural restoration process. For the first time ever, 3 forms of energy (Infrared, LED, and Radio Frequency) have been harmonized to penetrate deep beneath the skin, tightening elastin and strengthening collagen, to reveal tighter, younger looking skin on the face and neck. Simply apply a water-based gel on the skin so the device can conduct its energy to the skin and select the setting that works for you. It doesn't hurt and can be used on any skin type.
 

Smashbox Travel Primer Set. $28.00. Available at Shoppers drug mart and Sephora.

Smashbox Travel Primer Set. $28.00. Available at Shoppers drug mart and Sephora.

Smashbox is the primer authority and this kit contains three of our most-loved and best-selling primers – Classic Photo Finish, Pore Minimizing and Primer Water - all in travel size. Great gift for anyone on your list since you don't need to worry about shade preferences, colour matching etc. Love the package too - Smashbox collaborated with editorial illustrator, Ana Strumpf  - who turns photos into new works of art with her playful sketches.

KNOW Cosmetics No Bleeding Lips, $20.00. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, Beauty Boutique.

KNOW Cosmetics No Bleeding Lips, $20.00. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, Beauty Boutique.

This invisible lip liner is your lip colour's BFF for the holiday season (hello, mistletoe moments!) It can help stop bleeding can be worn with any shade of lipstick (including liquid) and perfect for holiday lip looks. 

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Collection. $10.97 - $12.99. Available at Mass retailers.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Collection. $10.97 - $12.99. Available at Mass retailers.

The John Frieda Luxurious Volume collection is perfect for those that fear flat hair.  The formula is made to strengthen hair from inside out and my fave is the Clear Conditioner - first of its kind - it detangles and weightlessly absorbs into hair without coating it.  The Advanced Protein Volumizer - apply this to wet hair and blow dry to get the full effect, this treatment strengthens hair from within to create soft, touchable volume. 

Dove Shower Foam. $7.97. Available in mass market retailers.

Dove Shower Foam. $7.97. Available in mass market retailers.

Advanced new formula and self-foaming pump. Light and airy foam with NutriumMoisture technology (a blend of moisturizing ingredients including stearic acid, a fatty acid found naturally in your skin) leaving it feeling light, hydrated and healthy. A first-of-its kind body wash from Dove

The Best Beauty Buys for Fall 2017

The Best Beauty Buys for Fall 2017 

Best Beauty Buys for Fall 2017

With fall upon us, I've rounded up some of my new faves to ease into fall! (#winteriscoming). 

EOS CRYSTAL, $7.99. Available at drugstores and select mass-market retailers. 

EOS CRYSTAL, $7.99. Available at drugstores and select mass-market retailers. 

The EOS Crystal is the best conversation-starter lip balm to ever land in your makeup bag. The balm itself is completely clear and wax-free with five nourishing oils (like coconut and aloe oils) so it's weightless hydration to soothe chapped lips. I love it as a base for my lipstick. Plus it's vegan too.

Glam Glow Galactic Cleanse, $46.00. Available at Sephora and sephora.ca

Glam Glow Galactic Cleanse, $46.00. Available at Sephora and sephora.ca

This is the most fun to wash your face! With this jelly to balm cleanser that you apply on dry skin, makeup melts away and when you add water, skin feels totally fresh but not stripped.  Charcoal draws out impurities while tea offers anti-oxidant protection.

 

 

KNOW Cosmetics No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer, $20.00. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, Beauty Boutique

KNOW Cosmetics No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer, $20.00. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, Beauty Boutique

I love when a product tells you exactly what it's going to do! The No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer using light-reflecting pigments in a brush on applicator to erase undereye bags and blemishes. eliminates darkness around the eyes  

Prada La Femme Intense Eau de Parfum, $180.00 for 100mL and  Prada L’Homme Eau De Parfum, $130 for 100mL.  Both available at Hudson’s Bay.

Prada La Femme Intense Eau de Parfum, $180.00 for 100mL and  Prada L’Homme Eau De Parfum, $130 for 100mL.  Both available at Hudson’s Bay.

Prada has a way to draw you in with its scents and these two are no different - L'Homme Intense -- with its tonka bean and patchouli -- and La Femme Intense with ylang land and tuberose. If you could touch these two scents, they'd feel like soft suede.  

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream, $36.99. Available at drug and mass retailers

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream, $36.99. Available at drug and mass retailers

When summer's fun-in-the-sun ends, usually we're left with some unwelcome souvenirs (dark spots, crow's feet ugh!) This regenerating moisturizer works super quick thanks to retinol and hyluaronic acid -- it reduces the look of wrinkles up to 5X more than a leading prestige anti-aging serum. 

KISS Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection, $9.99. Available at London Drugs and londondrugs.ca

KISS Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection, $9.99. Available at London Drugs and londondrugs.ca

Lashes are the one non-negotiable makeup item when I do TV. I love this ones from KISS because they're faux minx - so you get that fullness that celebrities love with a knot-free, invisible band that's a cinch to fit your natural lash line. They have naturally tapered ends designed to mimic the natural lash to deliver the most natural look.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Treatment, $12.99. Available mass market.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Treatment, $12.99. Available mass market.

This fall, unicorn hair is officially passé and no one is happier than me to go back to basics with rich, vibrant,  hair colour (the best version of your natural hue). To refresh between salon appointments, I love to use this John Frieda Deepening Treatment - it brings back colour vibrancy and subtly blends grey hairs.

 

 

Bomb's Away

***in partnership with belif Skincare
For the plumpest, softest skin ever, get your hands on these hydration helpers. Minimalism is having a moment – between the slew of documentaries, bestselling books and #hygge design trends, I’ve been inspired to cut the clutter, especially on my bathroom vanity. Paring down the plethora of lotions and potions in favour of a do-it-all moisturizer straight from the #topshelf of Korea’s beauty insiders. 

belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, $47 (left) belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, $47 (right) Photography: Marrin Hicks Creative

belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, $47 (left)
belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, $47 (right)
Photography: Marrin Hicks Creative

Photography: Marrin Hicks Creative

Photography: Marrin Hicks Creative

As someone who can’t get enough exfoliation, I usually end up over-doing it, irritating my skin, and need to reset my routine with a super hydrating moisturizer that won’t make my sensitive skin unhappy. Right now I’m digging belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb. It contains lady’s mantle, a powerful plant (with the best name) that helps to shrink the appearance of pores, oat husk, prized for its ability to boost moisture in the skin and free-radical fighting malachite – a copper mineral that puts the brakes on free radical damage (the invisible damage we can’t see from UV rays, pollution and more). The result is skin looks super fresh, hydrated and I swear it has more spring to it. One of the biggest things I look for in a moisturizer is that it’s not too thick or heavy as I’m prone to shine and thanks to the gel-like texture it absorbs right away so it never “pills” when you put makeup on top. 

Photography: Marrin Hicks Creative

Photography: Marrin Hicks Creative

If you want skin to be even more satiated with moisture, opt for the belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb. I’ll reach for this one if I’m travelling a lot and my skin looks weathered. It’s free of parabens, mineral oil so you get the most from its key moisturizing ingredients like glycerin. 

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Lip Service: Ace your best selfie smile


***in partnership with eos

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Smooth & exfoliate

An HD lens can be unkind to winter-weary lips, exposing every crack and line and magnifying any flakiness (which is downright cruel if you’re wearing dark lipstick!). Perfect your pout with a DIY lip scrub before you slick on lip balm, gloss, lipstick. Mix sugar with coconut oil, smear on to lips, leave for a minute or two and then use damp washcloth to massage lips. Voila - watch dry skin slough away.

 

Condition before colour
Our lips are the thinnest skin on our whole face, so when they’re exposed to the elements like wind, sun and dry indoor air, they can look weathered, fast. That’s why it’s always a good idea to double-down on moisture to keep your pout plump. Post-DIY scrub, slick on an clear lip balm like eos Organic Smooth Sphere Lip Balm to help combat shriveled lips – it’s petrolatum-free and packed with all-natural coconut oil that acts like a barrier to lock in your lips’ natural moisture and all-natural jojoba oil, known to be rich in vitamin E and B-complex for an antioxidant boost. And all-natural shea butter drenches lips with moisture so they feel super soft. Sweet Mint is a personal fave – moisturizing but doesn’t feel “medicated.”

Layer on lipstick

This season’s must-have is a long-wear lipstick formulation – from pigment-packed matte lipsticks to will-not-budge liquid lipsticks. These can look cool, but sometimes severe. A little trick to add fullness and life to the lips to swipe a shine-enhancing lip balm with pearlized pigments (try the eos Shimmer Lip Balm in Pearl) right in the centre of both your top and bottom lip. When your lips catch the light from your Lumee case, they will look plush.  

EOS Pearl shimmer

Shine on
Sometimes you’ll want to opt for no-makeup makeup – like when you’re bored in an Uber and take a few selfies (#beenthere). If you want a trick for brighter, whiter smile, try eos Shimmer Lip Balm in Shimmer Pink. It will make your lips look rosy and that subtle contrast will make teeth look brighter, no FaceTune necessary.  

red carpet beauty musts

There’s a lot to love about awards’ nights lineups: the couture dress code, hot date reveals (ahem, Amy Schumer) and awkward red carpet interviews. But the things that really keep me glued to the pre-show are red lips, boho braids, glowing skin and killer contour. That’s when the thrill of the hunt begins – scouring social media feeds of Hollywood’s go-to glam makers to pinpoint exactly what they’re using *adds to cart*. 

Here, some of my recent discoveries to help get the red carpet look at home: 

Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins, $5 each. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins, $5 each. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

I always stock up on these adorable lip tins when I cross the pond – finally they’re available here in Canada. I love that they are proven to heal dry lips, plus the four formulas let you customize. Original (love using this before bedtime), Rosy Lips (perfect hint of tint on top of lipstick), Cocoa (contains hyper-hydrating cocoa butter and smells amazing) and Aloe (super soothing especially after a day in the sun). 

Garnier Skin Active Micellar All-in-One Cleansing Water, $9.99; Garnier Skin Active Micellar All-in-One Cleansing Water, Waterproof. $9.99.  Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

Garnier Skin Active Micellar All-in-One Cleansing Water, $9.99; Garnier Skin Active Micellar All-in-One Cleansing Water, Waterproof. $9.99.  Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

I always spied prestige versions of micellar water backstage at fashion week. Micellar waters are one-step wonders that contains micelle cleansing spheres that act like magnets to attract dirt, oil and makeup. To use, simply douse a cotton pad and let the micelles do their work. No water required. This budget-friendly, no rubbing, no rinsing formula is amazing on sensitive skin.

Physicians Formula Super BB InstaReady Contour Trio BB Stick, $15.79. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

Physicians Formula Super BB InstaReady Contour Trio BB Stick, $15.79. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

We know that contouring is a huge trend, it’s sometimes hard to nail application. This genius 3-in-1 cream-to-powder makeup stick completely eliminates the guesswork. In one stroke, it allows you to instantly highlight, define and a pop of colour instantly chiseled cheekbones. 

Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo, $9.99; Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Conditioner, $9.99; Dove Advanced; Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil, $12. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo, $9.99; Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Conditioner, $9.99; Dove Advanced; Hair Series Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil, $12. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

No one is more subjected to hair damage than Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses (they have to be colour chameleons for roles, get hair styled daily when on set and subjected to various water and climates from excessive travel). 

So When Rachel McAdams’ hairstylist uses this on his Oscar-nominated client, beauty editors pay attention. This whole lineup is devoted to those with standing blow-dry bar appointments (*slowly raises hand*), those who crank their flat iron to 450 degrees, and those who never commit to one hair colour. In short – for those who love to damage their hair and pay for it later. The Dove Regenerative Nourishment range with Red Algae and Keratin NutriComplex, helps eliminate the signs of damage for smooth and healthier-looking hair. The serum-in-oil is amazing as it brings together the nourishing power of an oil with the restorative qualities of a serum 

Aveeno Active Naturals Absolutely Ageless Restorative Night Cream, $30; Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, $30; Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum, $30; Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser, $30; Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream, $30. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

Aveeno Active Naturals Absolutely Ageless Restorative Night Cream, $30; Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, $30; Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum, $30; Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser, $30; Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream, $30. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

Any Hollywood star knows any glam look starts with healthy, smooth and glowing skin. What’s so cool about this lineup is that it taps the power of dill and blackberry leaf extract (who knew that the leaf has more potent antioxidant power than the berry?). Skin treated with moisturizers containing blackberry leaf extract improves elasticity and firmness for younger, healthier looking skin in just one week. The Restorative Night Cream is a real star for red-carpet-ready skin, as it is so important to restore your skin’s moisture during the overnight recovery period, so that skin looks refreshed and hydrated when you wake up and face the day.  Strengthens skin’s natural moisture barrier to help maintain healthier looking skin over time. Deeply moisturizes to nourish dry skin throughout the night and help you awaken to softer, smoother skin. 

EOS Body Lotion, $6.49 each. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Walmart, Jean Coutu from March 2016.

EOS Body Lotion, $6.49 each. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Walmart, Jean Coutu from March 2016.

Nothing derails a red carpet look faster than scaly skin. These new body lotion include naturally moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, vitamin E, avocado oil, etc. just like the brand’s other cult favourite products. Love the delicate scents too that linger, but never overpower. 

Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara, $32. Available at The Bay, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara, $32. Available at The Bay, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart.

How many times per day do you blink? The Shiseido scientists determined the average number of times is 20,000 times PER DAY. The three types of bristles on this wand and lightweight waxes means you reach each and every lash and the colour stays put for each and every one of those 20,000 times

Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum, $42.  (for brows too). Available at The Bay, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart. 

Shiseido Full Lash and Brow Serum, $42.  (for brows too). Available at The Bay, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart. 

Huge hit already in Asia, this formula helps prevent lashes and brows from looking sparse, short, and thin. Full Lash Serum is formulated to create natural lashes that are longer, denser, and fuller.The Shiseido Research Centre labs intensively researched lash growth and found that the hair cycle of lashes is really short – just four months – and created a formula to support healthy growth within this short period. Apply it morning and night – at the root. First to lashes, then brows.