Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Sets!

If you love natural products and there are people on your holiday list who are sensitive to harsh chemicals and artificial additives Burt’s Bees is a great option! The brand offers a range of quality products that are safe on skin and infused with the best nature has to offer.

The Face Essentials Collection is a fabulous gift for everyone on your list including your favorite fellas since the scents are light, pure and natural. The kit features the Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream which is enriched with sunflower, coconut oil, cocoa, rosemary, aloe, witch hazel and an abundance of other extracts and butters that remove dirt, excess oil and makeup. This rich, gentle formula leaves skin clean, refreshed and silky soft with no uncomfortable dryness from harsh soap. You can also squirt some on your favorite cleansing device/brush for even more pore clearing action! On its own it retails for $12.99.

The little pack of Facial Cleansing Towelettes are moist and infused with aloe, white tea extract and cucumber to cool and soothe skin on contact while removing most makeup residue including shadow and heavy foundation. Since I have an issue with some wipes burning my skin and eyes I love how gentle and soft these are! The pack comes with 10 towelettes and it is a great travel size. On its own it retails for $3.99.

No skincare routine is complete without exfoliating to slough away those dead cells and replenish your complexion so the set also includes the Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub. With just the right amount of polishing granules this peachy smelling formula helps even texture and tone for supple, glowing skin. It contains an amazing blend of grape seed oil, coconut, flower extract, antioxidants and vitamins to restore and hydrate! On it’s on it retails for $12.99.

No set would be complete without Burt’s most famous product- the intensely moisturizing lip balm in Coconut & Pear. This yummy balm eradicates dry lips and deeply nourishes to alleviate rough, peeling skin. With a wonderful blend of natural beeswax, oils butters and extracts you can kick winter’s butt this season and keep that pout kissably soft! The balms retail for $4.89 each.

The value of this kit is $34.86 and it retails for just $19.99 which is a great deal!

You can also pick up the cute pre-packaged Lip Balm Trio for $9.99 which also makes a wonderful stocking stuffer!

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You can find Burt’s Bees at major drugstores nationwide. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mary Kay: Delicious Hoilday Gifts to Go!

Sometimes there are people on your holiday list who are difficult to shop for and with all the family, friends, neighbors and co-workers that you may have to buy goodies for its great when you can find gifts that are gorgeously wrapped and ready-to-go!

This year Mary Kay is making your task much easier with their limited edition assorted gift boxes in a range of delectable scents. The quenching body lotion and lip balm sets come in three yummy flavors that will make your mouth water like a kid in a candy store!

The collection includes:
Sugar & Spice (my personal favorite) - a cozy blend of sweet and savory
Berry & Cream – crisp, juicy and tantalizing
Apple Pear – A fruity fresh blend of sparkling orchard goodness!

The lavish lotions and hydrating lip balms have the same bright colorful packaging as the boxes they come in and look very trendy under the tree! The cute tubes of cream can be tossed in your purse and used to soften rough cuticles and dry hands so you can confidently show-off that festive mani. They can also be used on the entire body after a warm shower to soothe and replenish the skin.

The balms are a treat for peeling lips as they alleviate discomfort while providing luminous shine and delicious aromas! Each set retails for $18.00 and they are sure to satisfy even the pickiest recipients on your list.

The Limited Edition Cream & Sugar Gift Set contains a pampering combination of lush body whip and invigorating body scrub to replenish you from head to toe! When the winter wind hits I love a rich, creamy body lotion and this formula has a light texture with conditioning power that gets rid of those unflattering flaky patches for supple results. The scent is joyfully sweet and the finish is non-greasy with no sticky residue.

The scrub has just the right amount of sweet sugary exfoliating beads to soften and polish the entire body. These little particles go to work diligently smoothing out the texture of rough skin especially elbows and knees where many of us need it most. This set retails for $30.00.

These limited edition sets may be too cute to give away so make sure to stock up for yourself too! You can pick them up at marykay.ca and through independent consultants.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Urban Decay: Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette Review & Swatches

When one of the world’s most famous blonde bombshells teams up with one of the best cosmetic companies on the market the result is a match made in makeup heaven! Urban Decay (one of my personal favorites for eye shadow) has spent hours collaborating at Gwen Stefani’s house to finalize every detail of her new collection and the end product is a beautifully crafted palette loaded with 15 of Gwen’s must-have shades! The stunning new collection includes 12 all new hues and 3 of UD’s finest to help you achieve her most iconic signature looks and some beauties of your own!

With an impressive range of neutrals and a few knock-out jewel tones you have the versatility to create endless combinations from subtle and soft to edgy and glam. There is also a great selection if shimmer hues and soft mattes plus a mix of warm and cool tones making the palette useable and trendy through all seasons!

My personal faves are:
*Punk- (a rich chocolaty matte brown with a burgundy undertone) this shade looks amazing in the crease and pairs well with so many hues in the palette! It sculpts, defines and contours to perfection adding depth and dimension.
*Steady & Baby- (shimmery champagne hues with a silvery undertone) These shades look fabulous on every skin tone and paired with a deep crease color you can use them to create quick, pretty looks that enhance and brighten the eyes.
*Pop- (champagne pink with mega shimmer and silver specks) when I saw this shade I knew it was a perfect match for holiday parties and New Years Eve! This hue seems to be the most glittery in the palette and I am so ready to embrace the glitz!
*Danger- (sultry deep blue with fleck of shimmery light blue) if you are a bit apprehensive about blue eye makeup then this shade will help you warm you up to the idea with its midnight sky depth and smokey allure.
The names of each shadow was also chosen by Gwen and inspired by her music!

One of the reasons Urban Decay is at the top of my list when it comes to outstanding eye shadow is due to the intense pigmentation! Their particular blend of ingredients gives the shadows a velvety, smooth texture but also makes the colors appear as bold as they look in the packaging! I always apply my UD Primer Potion no matter what shadow or brand I decide to use and although it enhances the pigments beautifully the quality is so good that you don’t need a base to make them look amazing!

The texture also has a creaminess that applies like a dream without creasing and these babies don’t fade throughout the day, they hang in there till the end! I’m predicting that when this palette is released on November 22 (which is this weekend) they are going to sell out fast and be pretty hard to come by around the holiday rush so I suggest getting down to your local Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart early! It is also available online if you don’t plan to leave you house this weekend. I’ve been playing around with the colors for a few days now and I’m already head-over-heels in love! The palette retails for $70.00.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Avon 2015 Holiday Collection & Gift Guide!

Who’s ready to deck the halls, light the tree and break out the eggnog?! I’m not ashamed to admit that the day after Halloween I got right into the holiday spirit and started scheduling events, singing carols and watching all my favorite festive films. I also got a head start on my gift list to avoid long lines, packed parking lots and pushy crowds. Avon has a wonderful variety of products to choose from including cute stocking stuffers, fluffy slippers, beauty products, fragrances and skincare. In fact their website can be your one-stop destination for all things Christmas.

This year some of my fabulous finds include these colorful mugs etched with inspirational quotes. They come wrapped with pretty ribbon, gift tags and matching coasters so you can gift them separately or as a set!

These mugs make cute gifts for friends, family, neighbors and even teachers and you can stuff them with a few other goodies like Avon’s adorable hand creams and matching lip balms. 

The mugs are great for parties and are made of quality porcelain that is dishwasher safe. Your loved ones will definitely enjoy waking up to a positive message everyday as they sip their favorite hot beverage.

The set retails for just $12.99 which is a steal and they are great for parties!

Avon's variety of festive hand creams and lip balms with cheerful little holiday characters are ideal for stocking stuffers or baskets! Giving the gift of supple skin and winter protection is always a great idea and these formulas alleviate dry skin and rough cuticles. The small tubes are the perfect purse size and retail for $4.00 while the lip balms are just $2.00 each!

Who wouldn’t love coming home after a long cold day and slipping those tired feet into soft, memory foam slippers! The Pop of Plaid design comes in 2 colors- dark purple and teal green and these fluffy feet warmers support your arches in plush, cozy comfort! You can pick them up for $19.99 and they usually go on sale for as little as $12.99 each.

Avon’s Metallic Fringe polish has been a hit this year as more women dapple in the world of nail art and the silver strips look like shiny tinsel! For an easy gift idea you can create a little package of lacquer and nail accessories in a range of pretty colors. The polish retails from $2-$8.

For the makeup junkies out there Avon has an extensive selection of products and one of my favorite brands is mark cosmetics. This glitzy set comes with a glam clutch/case and 5 pro brushes that are soft and super trendy! The clutch is a statement piece on its own so you can attend those holiday parties and take your touch-up tools with you. The set retails for $36.00.

As far as fragrances go Avon has hit it out of the park this year with an abundance of amazing, swoon-worthy scents! If you want to smell irresistible this holiday Sparkle is a wonderful fragrance that transitions from day appropriate allure to party time fun! This perfume has one of those remarkable aromas that appeal to a wide range of tastes and compliments all your glamorous outfits with a dazzling blend of flirty strawberry, playful pink jasmine and addictive chocolate essences! 

The perfume retails for $38.00 and you can also pick up the shimmer body lotion ($22.00) and glittery soap ($14.00) if you want the entire set...and you will!

You can find these great holiday gifts at avon.ca and through independent consultants. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush Review

We can all agree that makeup is bliss, I love the gorgeous colors and the ability to conceal, camouflage and transform from blah to bombshell but all those glamorous layers can clog pores. At the end of the day it is imperative to remove the heavy formulas and deep clean so that skin can recoup and replenish. That’s where a good cleansing brush comes in, using a wipe or face wash may appear to get rid of the residue but you’d be surprised at how much is actually left behind!

I usually alternate between a few different cleansing methods and brushes but if you are looking for an affordable yet effective device then the Skinvigorate by Mary Kay is a great option. This fabulous little tool comes with two brush heads that rotate and gently massage the surface of skin to thoroughly remove dirt and makeup 85% better than using hands alone!

The brush heads are very soft so they aren’t rough or abrasive on sensitive skin and you can adjust the force you apply to increase or decrease the cleansing pressure. I also like that the rotating action helps remove impurities with gentle exfoliation to leave skin soft, smooth and polished.

The cleanser is battery operated but it is waterproof if you prefer to use it in the shower although you should never submerge it. It is also very easy to use and incorporate into your daily routine, simply press the button to turn it on and switch between the two speeds using the other button. I like to remove my makeup with a face wipe first to avoid staining the brush too much and I wet both my face and the bristles so that my cleanser foams and distributes well. I prefer to apply my face wash directly to the brush and rinse it clean after each use. It is recommended that you replace the brush head every 3 months but with proper care you can stretch it a little longer and they retail for $18.00/per 2.

The device also comes in white if you prefer and aside from removing makeup and improving tone and texture to boost the complexion it also allows your skincare products to absorb more efficiently, increase circulation and help maximize the hydration benefits of your moisturizers. Because it is so light and small it is ideal for travel and makes a fabulous gift this holiday season!

The Skinvigorate cleansing brush retails for $60.00 and you can get it online at marykay.ca or through independent consultants.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

LUSH Christmas Collection & Gift Ideas!

A few weeks ago I attended the LUSH holiday event at the Eaton Center where I had the chance to meet some of the fabulous people who create the delicious bath goodies we have come to know and love. I even got my hands a bit dirty and made my own bath bomb which was a lot of fun!

This holiday LUSH has a fabulous selection of products to help make gift giving simple and delicious! From pre-packaged gift sets and festive bath bombs to rich face masks and moisturizers there is something for everyone on your list.

You can also make your own LUSH junkie gift basket!

The great thing about this brand is that they use natural ingredients like fresh fruit, luxurious butters and exotic smelling oils which is ideal for those sensitive to chemicals. Making these creative concoctions is actually a fun process and the creators at LUSH are passionate about their safe, handmade, cruelty-free products.

At the face mask station I saw how natural ingredients like fresh fennel, tofu and juicy cranberries were blended to make the Festive Face Mask which can be kept in the fridge and used to help revive the skin. This rich mask is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nourishing oils to boost your complexion and it smells good enough to eat!

As far as body products go there are many yummy treats to choose from! The Magic of Christmas soap and shampoo is a mouldable mound of glittery goodness that feels like play dough and looks like an enormous piece of candy! You can unleash your inner artist by creating cute little Christmas figurines and gifting them to family and friends or have fun in the tub playing with them yourself! If you have kids these colorful soaps will make bath time more enjoyable and you can simply pinch off a piece and crumble under running water or lather in your hands. It also comes in Alien & Monsters (pink, purple & green) and each color has a unique scent.

The shower and body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate from head-to-toe for soft, supple skin. Natural sea salt crystals buff away dead cells for a smooth finish and the lavender colored bar (Rub Rub Rub) is scented with a delicate blend of jasmine, mimosa and orange. The orange scrub called- The Rough with the Smooth has a luscious blend of black pepper, patchouli, murumuru butter, sugar and vanilla to eradicate rough patches and fragrance the body. The bars last a long time and also help stimulate circulation! They retail for $9.95 each.

If you don’t know what to choose you can always get a chunk of soap in your favorite scent or stick with classics like Sex Bomb or The Comforter Bath Bubble Bar ($11.95) which is also available as a delectable body gel ($9.95-$28.95). 

There are also glitter stars and cute little Santa soaps!

Another bestseller is the Face of Grace Moisturizer ($15.95) which is a solid serum free of preservatives and packed with hydrating tropical butters, chamomile and antioxidant mushroom extract. The bar melts as you massage it in and instantly nourishes dry skin which is much needed during the winter. Although the aroma is a tad strong I like the sweet botanical fragrance and it makes my face feel super soft and silky for hours.

The Christmas Kisses Lip Gift Set is already wrapped in pretty red paper and contains Santa’s Sugary Scrub which is made with delicious sugar, cherry extract, jojoba, coconut milk, lime and other natural ingredients. You simply rub it onto the lips and it gets rid of dry, chapped peeling skin to help smooth and lightly moisturize for a sweet, polished pout. The pretty pink scrub has a scrumptious cola flavor and you can lick off the excess granules after your treatment which is totally yummy!

The Santa Baby Lip Tint will keep your pout kissably soft and as rosy as Rudolph’s nose this holiday! Infused with butters and oils it provides hydration and a red stain that lasts for hours! You can also use it under your favorite lipstick as a base or primer. This cute set retails for $19.95.

You can pick up these great gifts and more at LUSH locations and online by clicking HERE.

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