I can always count of the YSL Holiday collection for amazing packaging that feels just like opening a present every time I use it and shades that sparkle and glow, just like the holidays should! Inspired this year by the winter sky for shades that are magical, shimmering and frosty, just like you'd expect!
Boréal PaletteArctic Night 4 Wet & Dry Eye Shadows - $79 - exclusive to The Bay - even if you're crazy enough not to love the night sky themed Pure Chromatic shadow shades, you have to love the silver sequined pouch in comes in that was styled after YSL vintage couture!
Pure Chromatics 4 Wet & Dry Eye Shadows #12 - $74 - from sparkling silver to deep grey - the perfect shades for a festive smoky eye or a deep smouldering one!
Whether you're looking to get the boy on a skin care routine or are looking for a gift, skin care sets are a great way to try new lines and get a great deal! Here are a few worth checking out:
Men's Holiday Topbox - $40 - with $109 worth of products including: Bread&Butter Skincare's Natural Shave Gel (full size) and Face Moisturizer (full size), Calvin Klein's Encounter Eau de Toilette, Task's Stop Burning after shave balm, and Fendrihan's stainless steel Double Edge Safety Razor (full size), California's Woody's Matte Hair Clay (full size) and Aveda's Invati Shampoo and Conditioner as well as The Laundress's Sport Detergent sample to keep his clothes smelling as good as him.
Jack Black First Class Five Gift Set - $55 - includes 5 must have products including: Eye Balm, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, Lip Balm, Beard Lube and All-Over Wash.
Available at Sephora and sephora.ca. L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Full Routine Kit - $14 - with $35 worth of products including: Men Expert Hydra Energetic Energizing Gel, Men Expert Anti-Irritation Shaving Foam, Men Expert Hydra Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller and Men Expert Energizing 3 in 1 Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash all inside a travel bag for easy portability.
Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.
Isn't it funny how strongly you can relate a memory to a scent and how just smelling something can bring you back to that moment in time? I don't normally really like a fragrance with floral aspects but I'm going to have to make an exception for the new Philosophy - there is something about it that reminds me of the flower stall picture in a scratch and sniff book I had when I was little - more sophisticated of course but still - and it reminds me of just how much I loved that book! Philosophy Living Grace - 60ml EDT - $55, Satin-Finish Body Oil Mist - 174ml - $33, Firming Body Emulsion - 480ml - $44, Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath - 480ml - $31 - formulated to help center a women's mood enabling her to fully embrace the beauty of living in the moment - with notes of neroli, musk and lily-of-the-valley.
The Philosophy Living Grace collection is available now at Sephora, The Bay (except the oil mist) and Shoppers Drug Mart (except the oil mist and bubble bath).
I know you've been admiring the Alice in eosLand sets with the cute little Mickey dimple and probably lusting after them for yourself - wish granted! One lucky reader is going to win three each of Sweet Vanilla Nonsense and Watermelon Wonderland balms but with a catch.
We want you to keep two for yourself, give two to your bestie (it's the least you can do to make up for them having to put up with you) and pay two forward to someone whose day they will make - could be somebody else who entered the giveaway and didn't win (because you did), the homeless guy on the corner who could probably really use a lipbalm in this cold weather or somebody at work who looks like they're having a crap day - anybody you think whose day will be brightened by them!
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Those poor feet of yours have a season of being stuffed into damp winter boots to look forward to (not) so when they're not slogging around, why not treat them to something wonderfully moisturizing that will still leave you plenty of cash for another pair of boots!
Curel Foot Therapy - 100ml - $3.99 - hydrates and softens dry, cracked feet in just 2 nights with a formula infused with shea butter, coconut milk and vitamin E tht helps build a 24 hour hydration barrier and significantly improves the look and feel of even the driest heels and feet.
What's different about this one and what I know many of you will appreciate as I've heard the complaints about foot creams that are too strong/medicinal smelling - it has pretty much no scent at all! It's also great for my favourite super-moisturizing trick of applying a layer and then putting on cotton socks and going to bed - by morning you will have the softest feet ever!
Available now at drug, grocery and mass stores across Canada.
Avon Foot Works Berry Vanilla offers the sweet scent of vanilla and berries for tired feet - available in the collection are: Comforting Soak - 100ml - $7.99 - refreshes, relaxes and rejuvenates, Smoothing Scrub - 100ml - $7.99 - stimulates and smoothes, Moisturizing Cream - 100ml - $7.99 - soothes and refreshes.
If you're looking for a gift or just a great deal, also check out the Avon Foot Works Holiday Pedicure Collection which includes: a full sized Winter Spice Moisturizing Cream and Exfoliating Scrub, vinyl caddy, nail brush, emery board, wood orange stick, 2 toe separators, Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Ruby Slipper and nail clippers all for $14.99!
Available from your Avon rep - 1800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.
The Dior Grand Bal Holiday collection has such pretty packaging that I would have been content to just look at the bottles - but if you aren't quite that shallow, you'll be happy to know that their insides are just as wonderful as their outsides!
I love a palette - there is just something about having all my products in one shiny case that makes me so happy - and these holiday Armani ones are just so freaking elegant that they must be taken out of your purse while riding the subway just so everyone around you can see incredibly classy you are!
Moonlight White Palette - $95 - snow face shimmer highlighting powder in is paired with a
gradation of grey eye shadows to create the color wash, finish with the red lip
wax for a sophisticated winter style.
Moonlight Beige Palette - $95 - beige shimmer powder joins taupe eye shadows that intensify
gradually, along with Beige lip wax, for sheer, natural elegance.
Inspired by Paris at night, the Bourjois winter collection is mysterious and magical - full of the blues and silvers that I love the most!
Smoky Eyes Trio - $27 - in 15 Bleu Nuit - bold blue, metallic blue-black and silver and 01 Gris Dandy - charcoal, deep metallic grey and silver
Also available: Khol & Contour Pencil - $17 - in Ultra Black - deep black and Bleu Graphique - deep blue Liner Effect Mascara in Black - $20 1 Seconde Nail Enamel - $8.99 - in Bleu Moonlight - deep blue with fine glitter Effet 3D Lipgloss - $18 - in Rose Epic - soft natural 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation - $26 - in 73 Beige Clair Little Round Pot Blush - $19 - in 43 Rose Ambre - natural glow
Available at selected Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
Whether you are discovering Kiehl's for the first time or looking to stock up on your favourite products, their holiday gift sets are the way to do it - you get a bunch of great products at an amazing price with a few deluxe sample sizes thrown in perfect for travel!
This is the set my winter-dry skin has it's eye on (if my skin had eyes):
Kiehl's Creme de Corps Collection 2012 - $68 - is chock full of Creme de Corps products, rich in all-day hydration and ideal for luxuriously pampering dry skin. Including:
250ml Creme de Corps
200ml Creme de Corps Nuturing Body Washing Cream
75ml Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish
30ml deluxe Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
30ml deluxe Ultra Facial Moisturizer
There are lots of other gift set choices if this one isn't exactly what you are looking for - you can find them in-store or online at www.kiehls.ca.
Snow Angel Colour Palette - $51 - a snowflake shaped pan that contains 12 cheek colours in Shimmery Snow Angel, Matte Bronze, Shimmery Coral, Matte Clay, Shimmery Apricot, Matte Berry, Matte Melon, Shimmery Peach, Shimmery Pink, Matte Pink, Matte Plum, Shimmery Plum and 18 eye shadows in Peace, Love, Gold, Sleigh, Cookie, Dashing, Eggnog, Icicle, Dance, Merry, Kitten, Jingle, Gingerbread, Truffle, Chestnut, Cool, Clove and Fairy that can be applied wet or dry. As well, it comes with a deluxe Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara as well as a step-by-step artistry look book for inspiration and tips!
Written In The Stars Eye Shadow Palette - $26 - this star-shaped patterned palette contains 12 neutral eye shadow shades in Starlight, Eden, Luna, Sun, Ray, Galaxy, Asteroid, Constellation, Pigalle, Bouquet, Heaven and Ariel that can be mixed and matched for countless looks!
All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set - $33 - with 8 amazing lip glazes including: Black Cherry, Jack Frost, Sugar Plum, Splendor, Jolly, Jingle, Holly and Joy
Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Set - $42 - in 5 metallic shades: Moray - golden olive shimmer, Stargazer - black with gold and silver pearl, Tetra - deep shimmery purple, Angelfish - metallic pewter and Oscar Fish - warm brown with gold pearl.
Holiday Brush Set - $36 - with 5 professional brushes for complexion and eyes including: #24 Powder Brush, #5 Eye Shadow Brush, #33a Foundation Brush, #33b Domed Concealer Brush and #4 Smudger/Liner Brush
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques, Murale, The Shopping Channel - www.theshoppingchannel.com and Sephora stores across Canada.
If you love a good mani and pedi done in a relaxing and super cute atmosphere you are going to want to check out the new Nailopolis Specialty Manicure & Pedicure Beautique at 609 Mt. Pleasant Road in Toronto! They offer friendly service, comfy chairs and a shabby chic decor that will have you feeling right at home!
I stopped in this past weekend to see Alex for some finger and toe pampering that involved soaking, scrubbing and wonderful massaging!You will also want to check out the seasonal soak scent - cinnamon and the moisturizing creams - dark chocolate, vanilla coconut, peppermint candy cane and pumpkin spice - which is the one that I chose and I smelled like a bakery for the rest of the day, which is a good thing in my book!
Now is a great time to discover the joy of Nailopolis - right now Buytopia is running a deal - for $39 you get a 2-hour Shellac Manicure and Deluxe Pedicure that includes a pomegranate fig,
tuscan citrus, milk & honey masque & scrub (a $93 total value) - pick one up for yourself and one for a friend and make a day of it! Just go to the link below and buy as many as you like - just note that as with all deals - it's for a limited time so you so don't wait!
or cut and paste the link into your browser:http://www.buytopia.ca/deal/2222/?skip=true&a_aid=beautycrazed
Please note that using the above link to score your deal will also put a bit of money in the coffers of Beauty Crazed - if you are morally opposed to this, you can go directly to the Buytopia.ca site and get the same deal!
You'll find Nailopolis at 609 Mt. Pleasant Road in Toronto - 416-481-4943.
Avon Glitter Nail Enamel - $6.99 - in 4 shades: Sparkling Gold, Sparkling Sky Sparkling Plum and Sparkling Red - nothing is more glitzy for the holidays then nails that are all sparkle - and I love it when I get good sparkle payoff without having to add multiple coats - these offer all the sparkle I could ever ask for in just 2 coats!
Or create your own sparkle with Avon Nail Glitter - $4.99 - in Iridescent and Brilliant Chrome! Use it for all over shimmer or to create a sparkly french manicure!
Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.
Bourjois Volume Clubbing Black Jack Mascara - $20 - an intense black mascara enriched with golden micro-nacres for a subtly radiant effect and a vinyl formula that offers 10x the volume with no clumps and is ultra-resistant even in heat and humidity.
Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
While I'm totally going to agree with the volumizing, no clump formula
which didn't go anywhere during the day although I am lacking heat and humidity right now to test out that aspect of it...
I am just not seeing any gold micro-nacres - not that I'm even sure what a nacres is, but I'm not seeing anything golden at all! So if you were concerned this mascara might be sparkly, don't worry about it, the sparkle aspect of it is so micro as to be invisible!
Can you have too many eyeshadows? I really don't think you can - and if all the pretty palettes available out there now are any indicator, it would seem that the cosmetic companies agree with me - they want you to have choices baby, lots and lots of choices!
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - $60 - features a dozen pigment-rich taupe and gray-beige neutrals including five exclusive new shades: Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish), Half
Baked (golden-bronze with shimmering finish), Booty Call (shimmering
cork), Chopper (copper shimmer with silver microglitter), Tease (creamy
pale brown with matte finish), Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with
metallic base), Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmering finish),
Pistol (light gray-brown with shimmering finish), Verve (oyster with
shimmering finish), YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base), Busted
(deep brown with shimmering finish), Blackout (blackest black with
matte finish) as well as a Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush and a Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked (pinky neutral).
If you've been having a hard time scoring one at Sephora, you'll be happy to know that The Shopping Channel has started carrying it too! Find it at www.theshoppingchannel.com.
GOSH Eye Shadow Palette - $40 - includes 22 eyeshadows from neutral to bright along with 4 applicators.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Caryl Baker Visage Palette - $29.50 - with 3 specially designed palettes in matte in shimmer choices that can be used in a myriad of ways to create endless gorgeous looks!
mark. Drama Case Eye Shadow and Liner Palette - $24 - with 6 wet/dry shadows and 4 coordinating liners as well as a dual-ended application brush in a clever little case that opens up 2 ways - slide horizontally for the shadows and vertically for the liners!
Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.
Cougar Boots is looking for the new face of their advertising campaign and they setting up around town looking for it! All this week, they will be parked at different locations across Toronto and all you have to do is go visit them, try on a pair of boots and have your pic taken if front of their winter backdrop! Then starting next week, get all your friends to come vote for your pic on the Cougar Facebook page - most votes wins!
Not only will you win a professional photo shoot with hair and makeup as well as a pair of boots - you're pretty mug will be gracing a giant billboard at the corner of Queen and Spadina! And while it sounds like the most horrifying prize in the world to me (the billboard, not the boots), I bet some of you will like it - so check out the Facebook page to find out where the truck will be next so you can go enter! www.facebook.com/CougarBoots - and if you do enter, make sure you let us know so we can vote for you!
I visited the truck last week and while I declined the opportunity to be famous, I did try on a pair of boots these very cute Cougar Wedge Pillow Boots! They come in black and brown and are $295.
It's just become a lot easier for Toronto to get their hands on their fave shu uemura products - now being carried at Sephora at the Eaton Centre - the first Sephora in the world to stock it!
Lisamarie - the happiest day of my life was the day Sephora opened it's first store in Canada (thankfully in Toronto), second happiest day was before this when Sephora finally started shipping to Canada, third I guess would be my wedding day (but don't tell my husband where he ranks please!)
*** Christelle - I enjoy shoe shopping and drinking martinis...preferably at the same time!