MY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR BEAUTY LOVERS | FEAT. FRESH, BURT'S BEES & MORE!


Happy December everyone! I've been so excited for the Holiday season (it is my absolute favourite!) and have been going a bit overboard with shopping for presents. As a beauty lover, I also love seeing all of the gift sets that come out this time of year and I've selected a few of my favourites to gift to my family and friends this year. 

I'm featuring some uber luxurious stocking stuffers, gifts from Fresh and Burt's Bees, and more! If you're looking for some ideas for the beauty lover in your life, whether it be a best friend, sibling, or even if you're a guy reading this for his girlfriend, then keep on scrolling down to see my picks.

STOCKING STUFFERS

FRESH ZODIAC SIGN SOAPS | $18.00
These are limited edition, vegetable-based soaps that celebrate your zodiac sign. Depending on the sign, there are four different scents to choose from; verbena, sugar, waterlilly, and mangosteen. Each soap comes wrapped up in artisanal paper featuring the Fresh Sugar pattern and an illustration of the zodiac sign and is finished with a wire tied around a stone. These are an online exclusive which you can find on Sephora.com.

BURT'S BEES KISSABLE COLOR SETS | $9.99
A trio of lip-nourishing, 100% natural lip balms in two different collections; warm or cool. These are formulated with vitamin E and beeswax, sunflower oils, and have a peppermint flavour for an invigorating scent. The warm collection includes the shades: Fig, Rhubarb, and Peony. The cool collection contains the shades: Grapefruit, Apricot, and Watermelon. 



GIFT SETS

FRESH SUGAR LIP PREP 'N' PAINT | $47.00
A gorgeous, limited edition set with a retail value of $82.00. This gift set is the ultimate lip ritual that allows you to prep, protect, and paint your lips. What's included is the Sugar Lip Polish, Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy, Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment, Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy, and Sugar Cream Lip Treatment. All of these are deluxe sized minis, and as an added adorable touch, the set also includes a love note and coloured pencils. You can read more about each product on Sephora.com.

FRESH FACIAL ON THE FLY | $41.00
If you have a skincare junkie that you want to gift to, Fresh offers a ton of limited edition, holiday themed gift sets such as the Facial on the Fly set. It has a retail value of $55.00, and features a couple of their best selling skincare products such as the Soy Face Cleanser, the Rose Face Mask, and the Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. This set is great for all skincare types too, so it definitely makes it easier to gift to that special person in your life.


GIFT SETS CONT.

CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE NAIL LACQUER TRIO | $85.00
At the higher end of the tier, if you're looking for an even more luxurious gift, this nail lacquer trio is absolutely stunning and I'm sure anyone would be thrilled to receive this. These nail polishes are quick drying, high opacity shades that are housed in three beautiful bottles that will look great on your nails and your vanity for display!

BURT'S BEES FACE ESSENTIALS | $22.99
For those on a tighter budget, this gift set is perfect for the skincare lover in your life. You get four full sized items in this set: White Tea Towelettes, Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub, Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, and Coconut & Pear Lip Balm. I love how the Burt's Bees Face Essentials set comes with all of the products someone will need for a perfectly cleansed face, which will be a great base for any New Year's makeup!

RODIAL XXL LASH & LIP | $50.00
A sister brand of Nip+Fab, Rodial is known as the higher-priced tier. This set comes in a festive box and features their Glamolash Mascara XXL and their Dragon's Blood Lip Plumper. Both items are full sized, making the value of this gift set much higher. 




Annnnd, we have come to the end of my Holiday Gift Guide for the beauty lovers in your life. Which of these sets would you like to receive yourself? Let me know in the comments down below! I have a few more holiday-themed blog posts in the works for December, so stay tuned for that! :)


Happy Holidays!
- Nancy

Disclaimer: All of the products featured in this post were press release samples.

WET N WILD MEGACUSHION COLOR CORRECTORS | REVIEW


New in this season are the Wet N Wild MegaCushion Color Correctors! I've wanted to try these since I saw them on the Wet N Wild website, and after a few weeks of use, I wanted to share my thoughts on these cushions with you. 

These colour correctors are not the most practical (each shade is sold separately), but they are the most adorable little compacts ever! From the cute, youthful looking graphic on the front to their small and portable design, I quite like the design of them. In terms of convenience though, I do wish the packaging was a hinged type of compact. For this compact, you will need to twist to open the lid and if it's something you want to use every day, it can be a bit annoying.


The MegaCushion Color Correctors come in four shades: Green, Yellow, Peach, and Lavender. In terms of what each shade can be used to correct... Green neutralizes redness; yellow helps with dullness; peach can be used to lighten up dark circles; and purple is typically used to help brighten the skin. I tried every shade except the yellow, although I have heard it is very similar to the Green shade.

These cushion correctors are a little more watery, given that they are in a cushion sponge. Each compact also comes with a sponge to tap and blend the product out. In terms of finish, it is super lightweight, which is nice because you typically don't want something heavy when you might also be applying concealer and foundation on top of it.

In terms of opacity, I found that I liked the coverage of the Peach shade the most. If you have to cover undereye circles, this shade works very well. Lavender also had high coverage, but I found that I had to apply more of the Green shade to get better coverage.


Each colour corrector retails for $5.99 on wetnwildbeauty.com. I like that they are sold separately because most of the time, colour correctors are sold in palettes, and I never find myself using the other shades as I tend to deal with only redness. This way, you can pick which correctors you need without worrying about not using other shades!

Have you tried the MegaCushion Color Correctors yet? They also come in a bronzer and highlighter if you're interested!

- Nancy


CALMING TONER & POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM | ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP CO.


I've always been keen to try natural beauty products and incorporate them into my skincare routine as often as possible. About a year ago I was introduced to Rocky Mountain Soap Co. after seeing a few of their store fronts in Alberta when I was home for the holidays. Naturally, I tried some of their bath bombs and absolutely loved them! 

While they began with soap, they have branched out into body products, bath bombs, and most importantly, skincare! I've been introducing two of their 100% natural skincare products into my daily skincare routine and wanted to share my thoughts on them with you.


POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM | 50mL($35.00)/20mL($14.50)

This day cream is made to nourish, protect, and prevent the signs of ageing. As an ingredient with high levels of anti-oxidants, pomegranate has naturally hydrating ingredients that helps your skin stay moisturized all day long. When you think of a face cream, you tend to think of a greasy type of formula, but this day cream is so lightweight and immediately sinks into the skin.

It's definitely a nice treat for my skin, and since it has anti-ageing properties, I've been applying it on my smile lines to prevent wrinkles. It comes in a 50mL size, and a 20mL size which is great for travel. The only thing I wish this product had is some type of SPF since it is a day product and I feel like that factor is extremely important in the morning.


CALMING TONER | 100mL ($27.00)

This toner contains lavender and arnica which helps to soothe sensitive and/or irritated skin. It comes in a spray bottle which is great to use with either a cotton pad or as a mist for an added layer of hydration and refreshment. Lately, my skin has been going insane. There has been redness, itchiness, breakouts, etc and nothing has soothed it like this toner has. It just feels so refreshing and the lavender scent makes it perfect to spray on at night because it's instantly calming and relaxing before bed.

Since these were my very first skincare products from Rocky Mountain Soap Co., I wasn't too sure what to expect, but I have to say they're definitely worth it! Price wise, they're not far off from most skincare brands, and they're 100% natural so you know you're not loading up your skin with sulfates, parabens, and other preservatives.

Have you tried anything from Rocky Mountain Soap Co.? I can't wait to go back home for the holidays to pick up more of their products.. :)

- Nancy

MY CURRENT MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE | NORMAL/OILY SKIN


Happy November! Today I'm all talking all about the skincare routine I've been doing in the mornings over the past three to four months. I use different products in the morning and at night, and I always love to read about what people are currently using, so I thought I would share mine!

In general, I go by three set steps: Cleanser, tone, and moisturize. In addition to those three things, I like to add in a skin treatment and an additional toner spray because it just feels amazing in the morning when I get out of the shower.


CLEANSE

I wrote about Pixi's Glow Mud Cleanser a few weeks ago, so you can read it here if you want more information, but I love using this in the morning because it feels very gentle on the skin. It does its job in removing any leftover product from my nighttime skincare routine and is an overall great cleanser for the morning time to prep my skin for the rest of the products.


TONE

One of my holy grail products is The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner. I've literally been using this since 2009 and even though I've tried different toners here and there, I somehow always return to this product. I like to put a little on a cotton pad and rub it all over my face, focusing on my T-zone as that's where I tend to get most oily.

As an addition to my toning step, I like to spritz Hylamide's Hydra Density Mist all over my face to calm it after the tea tree toner, and it also gives an extra boost of moisture!


MOISTURIZE

Before moisturizing, I will use a drop of The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum to combat my oily skin and any blemishes. For my daily moisturizer, Purlisse's Blue Lotus Daily Essential Moisturizer. It's super lightweight and non greasy, and it even has SPF 30, which is a must for the daytime.

What is your morning skincare routine like? I'd love to know so let me know in the comments down below :)

- Nancy

GLAM GLOW SUPERMUD CLEARING TREATMENT | REVIEW


I have been in a frenzy throughout the month of October, and I can't believe it's coming to an end so soon! If you're a regular reader, you'll know that I've been hinting at some new and exciting things happening and I'm happy to say that I am finally moving! Beni and I are so excited to move into our new place, but if you've ever moved before, you know how much goes into it and there has definitely been a lot of stress on my mind lately now that we're getting closer to the move.

The GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment has been a lifesaver this past month. It's been combating my crazy stress zits and clogged skin so I've been reaching for it every week. This mask was developed to combat common skin problems such as blemishes, redness, scars, etc. Opening my jar of this treatment relaxes me instantaneously due to its eucalyptus scent. I like to use a brush to apply this mask, brushing it down the bridge of my nose, across my forehead, and all over my cheeks. Combat that oily T-zone, you know?

How I can tell it works is as it dries, small dots of oil show through the pores of my nose (gross, I know), and my skin feels tingly and cool due to the exfoliating salicylic and lactic acids. I usually give it about 20 minutes or so, and after rinsing off, my skin looks brighter and feels so much smoother and less clogged. 


I know GlamGlow treatments are expensive, this larger size retails for $115.00, but if you can splurge on one, I would splurge on this one. It's great for all skin types, especially acne-prone and will last you ages because you really only need to whip it out for really bad skin days. If you're thinking of Holiday gifts already, GlamGlow also offers sets that will allow you to try out a few in miniatures!

Have you tried any GlamGlow masks? Which one did you like?

- Nancy

*Disclaimer: GlowGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment received in a press bag.

MY MORNING RITUALS WITH DR. HAUSCHKA | MAKE-UP & SKINCARE


Mornings are always busy... and lately, my mornings have been hectic, not to mention my days and nights. Since there are a lot of new chapters happening in my life soon, I haven't really had the time to stop and relax. Luckily, there are a few morning rituals I have been doing to help me have a moment of peace to start my day, one of them being doing my makeup in the morning, which is always relaxing to me.

Lately I've been using some lovely products from Dr. Hauschka that I received a couple weeks ago at the makeup launch where bonjourzoe and I finally met, and had a very pretty morning with breakfast and custom floral bouquets at Berkeley Field House. These three products, the Facial Toner, Colour Correcting Powder, and Brow & Lash Gel, have made my mornings just a little prettier, and I'm excited to share my thoughts on them with you!


DR. HAUSCHKA COLOUR CORRECTING POWDER

I have been reaching for this powder every single day since I took these photos of the products. The Colour Correcting Powder is a translucent powder and features four different shades. All of the shades are meant to work together to reduce the appearance of redness and lightens shadows for a fresh complexion. The mineral pigments are combined with nourishing botanical ingredients such as anthyllis and witch hazel, which give the powder a light scent.

The Colour Correcting Powder is very fine, and so it blends so easily on the skin. It can be worn with or without foundation, but I always use powder to set my makeup, so I was thrilled that this powder seamlessly blends into my face without leaving a dusty residue whatsoever.



DR. HAUSCHKA FACIAL TONER

In the mornings, I love spritzing a couple sprays of the Facial Toner onto my freshly cleansed face. The mist is very fine and so it always feels so luxurious and refreshing on the skin. The Facial Toner helps me achieve a radiant and rosy complexion, and smells lovely with its extracts of witch hazel and anthyllis. 

In addition to using this in the mornings, I've also reached for it whenever my skin is feeling congested or on those hot days we had a couple weeks ago in Toronto. The Facial Toner leaves my skin feeling fresh and revitalised while encouraging a balanced pH level and simple hydration.



DR. HAUSCHKA BROW & LASH GEL

I do my brows every morning, but I've never been a big brow gel type of person. However, I was very excited to try the Dr. Hauschka Brow & Lash Gel after learning that it is one of the first of its kind in the natural beauty department. This is because it is very difficult to create a transparent gel using natural ingredients, but after a few years of trial and error, Dr. Hauschka finally delivered!

The Brow & Lash Gel can be used as a primer for mascara on the lashes, or as a setting gel for eyebrow hairs. I like to use it for the latter. As with all of the Dr. Hauschka products, this gel smells florally and botanical, and definitely holds my hairs in place throughout the day.

I should also mention that all of Dr. Hauschka's products are made in Germany. They are a cruelty-free and natural and organic brand, with no parabens or preservatives used in any of their products. You can find them at Hudson's Bay and on Well.ca.

What are some of your morning rituals? Let me know in the comments down below :)

- Nancy
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