Deluxe Mini Fragrance Sampler For Him & For Her ($105.00 each at Shoppers Drug Mart)
Fragrance is super personal and this is the perfect gift to give. These gorgeous mini fragrance sampler sets are the perfect gift because the recipient gets to try seven designer scents and then redeem the enclosed Scent Certificate for a full-size bottle of their favourite one! There is a set For Her and a set For Him
Glamglow Superstar Set, $65. Available at Sephora and Sephora.ca.
This kit contains two of Glamglow’s best-sellers: fan fave Supermud Clearing Treatment (a full size!) and two tubes of coloured GravityMud Firming Treatments (pink + purple!). Supermud gives instant results - known for its proprietary blend of six acids (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and tartaric acid) that work to help minimize pores and create clearer skin. Gravitymud instantly and visibly tightens and lifts for a youthful-looking complexion. Usem in combination (hello multimasking!) or separately depending on your skin’s needs. The kit also contains a spatula and star stencil so that you can create Instagram worthy mask moments at home – how fun?!
FOREO UFO Smart Mask, $349. Ur Future Obsession. Available at Sephora
Features innovative technology that transforms the traditional 20-minute masking treatment into a 90-second treat. The brand new Advanced Collection of UFO-activated masks offers more targeted treatments for specific skin concerns. Life span charge - 1 hour charge will last about 1 month. What’s great about it is that the masks are hyper targeted, not only do you get a fast experience your treatment is optimized to your specific needs.
Bioré Charcoal and Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water $9.99. Available on Amazon and mass market retailers.
New All-in-one Bioré® Charcoal and Baking Soda Micellar Waters are gentle, yet efficient cleansers that remove makeup and leave skin feeling fresh and clean. No Need to rinse! The Bioré® Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water is formulated for combination skin, to condition, smooth, and balance the skin. The Bioré® Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water is formulated for oily skin, it absorbs excess oil and leaves skin matte.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse. $9.00 Available at mass market retailers.
This ultra-light mousse helps volumize fine strands and add lasting fullness without the crunchy feel. Help volumize fine strands and create full hair after styling with this thickening mousse. For long-lasting fullness, without the crunch! Give your fine hair some volume with the Perfectly Full Mousse, your essential styler for the holiday season. Shake the can well, dispense, then blow-dry and style to maximize your volume. Styling Tip: Work mousse from root to tip and finish with a blow-dry for an extra boost
Matrix Biolage SUGAR SHINE Illuminating Mist. $20.00. Available at Matrix and Biolage salons and online.
Biolage Sugar Shine Illuminating Mist is a leave-in anti-frizz heat protecting spray from styling tools up to 450 F. and imparts a lightweight mist to help seal in shine for a brilliant, glossy finish. Helps to smooth hair. Tames flyaways. Provide heat damage protection from styling tools
Matrix Total Results Brass Off Mask, $23.00
Highly pigmented blue-violet pigments to effectively reduce brassy/orange tones (GREAT FOR BRUNETTES!). Helps repair and protect fragile hair. Shine-enhancing ingredients help hair reflect light to give hair luster. Suitable for color treated and natural hair.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
With fall upon us, I've rounded up some of my new faves to ease into fall! (#winteriscoming).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.