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Acure is one of the top names in natural skin care, while I have tried a few of their items over the years and had great results from them, I have fallen  completely head over heals in love with these Argan based products. 

Brightening Facial Scrub (118 ml, 4 fl. oz)
This scrub features Argan extract and Chlorella Growth Factor (which comes from the stems of the chlorella plant) to help brighten and hydrate the skin and French green clay to purify, lemon peel granules to exfoliate and scrub the skin and Madonna lily extract for evening out skin pigmentation. It is also is packed with anti oxidants like Acai fruit extract and Blackberry extract, just to name a few.

This scrub goes on pretty darn green (that's the Chlorella growth factor in it) and feels nicely gritty (not too much or too little) that I can get a good scrubbing on my face without irritating or overdoing it. It rinses nicely too without leaving your face green.

Whenever I have used this scrub I have followed it up with the Brightening Mask, but I have loved how smooth my skin feels after using it.

Sometimes when I use a scrub I feel irritated and red despite my attempts not to scrub too hard. I believe so many scrubs have just too harsh and jagged granuals in it, but this Brightening scrub is just amazing in how it scuffs off my dead skin while not irritating it at all, it actually feels nicely soothed when I am done using it.

Brightening Face Mask (50ml, 1.75 oz.)
This mask partners up amazingly well with the Brightening Facial Scrub (they are in the same line), it features many of the same ingredients, Argan, Chlorealla, French green Clay, CoQ10, and many others.

Like the Scrub, this baby leaves your face green, but even more so, which is both fun and a great bench mark to see if you have used enough. I do find I need a lot of this to get a good cover on my face and the tube is about 60% smaller then the scrub (which you need very little of), so I would love to see a bigger tube of it down the line. That being said I adore how soft and smooth my skin is every single time I use it. It isn't red and inflamed, it isn't dry and tight, both things that can easily happen with my skin when I use anything with clay or mud in it. It is just soft and glowy.
Moroccan Argan Oil (30 ml, 1 fl. oz.)
Argan Oil is one of those things that I people usually associate with hair care and not skin care. I personally have been using Argan oil for my skin for years, but find most that are out their very heavy. Acure Argan Oil is much lighter and as a result works amazingly well on my dry skin as well as my hair and body.

What I love about an oil like this is that you can use it as a serum, mix it in with other lotions or creams to make them more hydrating in colder months but you can also use it on your body, hands and hair. Since it is such a multi purpose product it makes for a great travel buddy too. I also really enjoy that this one comes in a pump and not an eyedropper bottle, it makes for a much cleaner application and less chance of contaminating the inside of the bottle (or spilling, I usually spill things).

My personal favourite way to use this is as a thin layer after my serum but before my lotions to my face, or adding a few drops to my favourite sleep mask to give it more of a boost when my skin is more dry. Although I do have many other ways I like to incorporate it into my daily routine.
Overall these three products have been very good to my sensitive and reactive skin. The scrub gently buffs away my dead skin, the mask hydrates while purifying my skin and the oil is a true multi-tasker that helps keep my skin hydrated pretty much head to toe.  I love the Acure brand, it isn't just an organic brand it is a plant bases, vegan, sulfate free, paraben free, and cruelty free brand, which is just fantastic for anyone looking for the best in natural skin care.

*These products were sent for review purposes, all views and opinions are my own.
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Mary Kay's fall collection has launched and features a bunch of really pretty product that will get you excited for the fall and all its pretty deep tones.

Mary Kay Eye Colour Palette - Simply Smoky $27.00 (Limited Edition)
Simply Smoky features 5 lovely deep blue smokey and grey toned shadows. With varying textures of satin, matte and pearl they really all work together to create a very nice palette. I found all the shadows to be great in texture and application, I just don't tend to wear blue tones.
I really like how the shades all work together to make a nice palette, it really is coordinated very well. There is definitely some good colour pay off with them too, my skin is just too darn dry to show that off here though. It also fits into a standard Mary Kay palette, so if you have one you can use it or order one. I personally enjoy the plastic holder it comes in because you can see what is inside without opening it up, but for travel their palettes are a great option.
Mary Kay® Eye Colour Palette - Rose Nude $27.00 (Limited Edition)
Rose Nude is another palette with five shades, this one features rich pinky-plumb shades. Rose Nudes is definitely my kind of palette, I just love rose and plumb shades in the fall. It also features a mix of satin, matte and pearl finishes.
The colours look really similar in the pan but swatch and wear very differently which is nice to see. I am going to be bringing this one on my up coming vacation because I feel I can create so many interesting looks with it. It also comes in a plastic container and you can order a palette if you like, I am leaving mine as is (even for travel).

Lip Suede - Mulberry Muse and Rose Blush $19.00 (limited edition)
Nothing Says fall like a deep lip colour. Available in both Mulberry Muse (a wine-plumb shade) and Rose Blush (rosy with a bit of mauve). Mary Kay's Lip Suedes are slim tubed lipsticks that are have a ticker satin finish that provide a long wear and nice feel on the lips.
While the formula claims to be transfer-resistant and lightweight, I find it slightly denser and only mildly transfer resistant. That being said I like the way the shades look and feel on my lips and think the formula suits the shades very well.
Nail Lacquer - Rose Blush, Pink Escape and Violet Silk - $10.00 (Limited Edition)
I am a big fan of Mary Kay's nail lacquers, not only do they come up with great colours with each limited edition but the formula is always spot on and amazing.

This fall features Pink Escape, a light off white pink, Rose Blush a dark mauve and Violet Silk, a deep violet shade this time around.
My favourite is Violet Silk, I love the way it looks on both my finger and toe nails and am currently sporting them as my pedicure shade.

Overall I love this collection, it screams fall in the best way possible for me. The focus on the Rose Blush in all three products is a nice touch, I feel I can easily create a full look with the products without any real effort on my part (always a nice thing). Like always I love the nail polishes, but the new lip suedes really impressed me this time around, they are the perfect easy fall lip. The shadows are both really pretty for fall as well. I feel all the Rose Nude products are coming with me on my upcoming vacation because they have won me over so well.

What are your favourite shades for fall?

*Products were sent for review purposes, all views and opinions are my own.
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Beauty Vixen by Jill Oliver - 2w ago
If I am being 100% honest, I will admit that my skin is just messed up this time of year. The dry weather, the wind, the cold, the dry house, blasting the heat in cars, my already dry and sensitive skin becomes a real pain. Lucky for me I got to attend the launch of Dermalogica's Chalet last night.
This Pop-Up spa and store is just what every single one of us needs this time of year. This Chalet is a little winter lodge in the midst of the city. With lavender everything it is also super calming.  Showcasing their UltraCalming products (which feature lavender, hence the calm purple tones), the line helps soothe and calm sensitized skin, which is real problem for a lot of people in the colder weather.
The two main products I got introduced to were, Barrier Defense Booster and Calm Water Gel.

The Barrier Defense Booster is a concentrated oil booster helps soothes, nourish and moisturize your skin to restore the balance it needs. Not only does it help relieve dryness, it helps reinforce the barrier that it needs to stop further moisture loss. I can say that I love how it feels and my skin is instantly calmer when using. 

The Calm Water Gel is also very concentrated and has a light lavender scent to it. The lavender is 100% natural and helps soothe and calm the skin pretty much on contact. Its a water-gel formula that helps hydrate and refresh the skin. It gives a weightless barrier that helps protect your skin from all the irritants in the environment and helps lock moisture in. Pretty much it is a shield for all the tough daily torture we put our skin through.

I love that both products are so soothing and nourishing as well as concentrated. You need so little to treat your whole face.

The Chalet is offering  Skin Hydration FaceFit Session, Skin Rescue Face Fit Treatment, the Dermalocia ProSkin 30 Minute Treatment, or complementary Skin Mapping Analysis, there is a treatment that is right for you and your time frame.
I was lucky enough to get a spot in with the ProSkin 30 minute treatment, and I am so glad I did. I got to talk about my main skin concerns, got some much needed feed back and advice, my personal plan as well as a 30 minute custom treatment. My skin felt so amazing after, and I now know more about my skin and what I need to change in my routine to get better results as well as happier skin.

If you have never experienced Dermalogica's Skin Mapping before, I suggest you do that if you have the chance too. It is free and you will learn so much about your skin. You skin gets a zone by zone analysis of its needs and lots of feedback on what you can to to treat it.

Overall I really loved the Chalet and the idea of this Pop-Up, it really makes getting a skin treatment easy and picking up some of your favourite Dermalogica products super easy. Plus it is really fun with all the Chalet details.
639 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

click HERE to pre-book your treatment
* All views and opinions are my own. I received products to try out and an invite to the event.
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Beauty Vixen by Jill Oliver - 2w ago
It is time for my big gift guide. There are so many people out there and so many gifts to buy, so I have done up a guide of some of the best gifts you can give this holiday season.

Before I begin, some of these items were sent to me from PR for review, and some I bought myself with my own hard earned cash. Either way they wouldn't be in this gift guide if I did not 100% love them and want them here. Items with an asterisk (*) next to their name were from PR, ones without I personally paid for. All views are my own, as always.
Quo Artisan Brush Set*
Oval makeup brushes have been all the rage the last few years. Quo happens to always makes fantastic brushes and brush sets, so to see that they have an oval set for the holidays is a delightful thing. This set features 10 brushes, everything from your lips, face and eyes is covered with this super soft and dense set.
The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Tin Of Delights*
I love The Body Shop's holiday scents, and while they have changed over the years (gingerbread, candied apple, cranberry have all made past appearances), this year's Vanilla Chai is an amazing blend of holiday warm scents that makes me feel at home. I love how The Body Shop always has amazing sets this time of year that have great value, this one has one thing other sets don't, Bubble Bath. I love a good bubble bath, so the fact this set has all my other favourites, body wash,  body butter makes it my must have set this holiday season from The Body Shop. Oh and the pretty packaging too. If you needed an extra reason to give this, or any gift from The Body Shop this season, all gift sets help raise money for International Alert's Place for Peace Project
Belgian Cookies
Belgian chocolate cookies are a tradition in our house. Every year we get one as a gift and enjoy them with coffee and tea as desert on Christmas night. This year I opted to buy a box a little early just to make sure I had some on hand. While many companies sell these under their own name, we got the PC brand (honestly I think they are all the same). I love the combo of cookie and good quality chocolate. Plus you get a nice tin you can reuse for other projects or storing holiday ribbon (its what I do with them). I really think it makes a nice hostess gift.
Custom Ornaments:
Shoppers Drug Mart has their own online photo store, which has a whole pile of customized photo gifts. After getting our Santa photos done I thought it would be a great idea to get our families (and ourselves) some custom ornaments made up. We chose a wider shape with a red border, but there were lots of options. A nice touch is that they are double sided so we put Bradley's last year photo on one side and this years family photo with Santa on the other. I really think our moms are going to love these. Ordering was easy, and pick up was in about a week at our chosen Shoppers location, oh and we got Optimum points too (bonus).
Sony EXTRA BASS Portable Bluetooth Speaker*
This tiny speaker that is about half the height of a pop can, is waterproof and rechargeable. I currently have another Sony Bluetooth speaker that is much larger and runs on either an electrical cord or a bunch of batteries, so to have a smaller version that can pump out the tunes just as well without the need for cords or batteries is a much welcome change. You can get a second one and have them set up for stereo sound, but honestly one makes some pretty amazing sound. I recently started to use it in the kitchen (hanging from a cabinet knob and off the counter) while cooking and in bed when I am using my tablet. My tablet's speakers are on the back of them and get muffled when I push it up against a pillow, so it is fantastic for that. It also has a little string so you can hang it if you are out and about. It also has the ability to sync up with a second speaker and create a stereo experience and has some pretty incredibly deep bass settings (hence the name).
D-Link WiFi Range Extender*
When we moved 2+ years ago from a tiny 1 bedroom apartment to a 3 story stacked town home, we worried about the WiFi. It is a silly thing to worry about but really, how was the signal going to be from the basement all the way up that concrete thing to the 3rd floor. Well it has been hit or miss. My office is upstairs and we do a lot of watching of online media in the bedroom (tablets, phones, chrome casting to the TV). So the idea of boosting our reception was a great idea. This little tiny thing does such a great job I do not know why we didn't get one sooner. The best part for me is, the hubby has older desktop computers that don't have WiFi options, and we have wires everywhere to connect them to the internet. This little guy has a LAN cord spot in it. Which means all you need is an outlet and you can get the internet to a computer. This is really great because we felt really limited in what areas of the house we could put his computers, and now we aren't. We now have the option of giving him an office like me on the 3rd floor. Anyways I think this makes a good gift for anyone with a house or a larger condo, it helps give you full WiFi bars just about anywhere.
Body Fantasies Gift*
This little perfume body spray set features four popular scents from Body Fantasies. With Japanese Cherry Blossom, Sweet Crush and Pink Sweet Pea Fantasy, these three scents are sure to brighten up anyones holiday season. The box set makes for a nice gift for anyone you know likes fragrances (you could also break it up into four gifts for a few stocking stuffers).
Burt’s Bees Face Essentials*
Burt's Bees is a favourite of mine this time of year. They always have such great gift sets for any need, face, feet, hands, travel, lips. This year I am trying out their Face Essentials kit which has in it their White Tea Towelettes, Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub, Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream and Coconut &Pear Lip Balm. All full sized and all great products for anyone who is into skin care products. I really love their Deep Pore Scrub and Deep Cleansing Cream, I have dry skin and cleansing creams are definitely the way tot go to get your pores clean but not strip your skin of moisture.
Lelo Intent Women's Gift Set*
If you are looking for a great gift for the lady in your life, or heck even yourself then you may want to consider this bit of an adult gift option. Lelo is known for making high end toys that are also come in classy packaging. This set features two of Lelo's global best sellers, INA 2 and SIRI 2 as well as a bottle of their water-based personal lubricant. If this seems like a bit of an odd gift, you should head on over to Canadian Fashionista's blog and read about how 75% of Canadian women are not having orgasims.
Clinique A Little Happiness Gift Set
I love Clinique's Happy and Happy Heart. The scents have been in my rotation for years, but recently it caught my interest again. Sadly all I have at this point is a bunch or roller-balls I don't use. Then I found this little set and everything changed. It has three happy scents, Happy, Happy Heart and Happy in Bloom, all in mini spray bottles. They are spray bottles !!!! I am so happy (no pun intended). I can now spritz in the morning, or travel with one of them. I mean I really hate roller-balls, they get gross after a while plus I feel I need to spritz my fragrance a bit on my clothes to get more of a lasting scent.
NYX City Set Lip, Eye & Face Collection
A friend recently gave me this NYX Toronto set and I thought it was so cute. There are a few cities in the collection (New York, Santiago, Stockholm, London, to name a few). You get a quad of shadows, a blush, highlight and soft matte lip in its own little book like box. I think it is a really cute gift for anyone you know from one of the cities or just as a cute makeup gift.
Stila Eye For Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set
I am a big fan of Stila in general, each year I often end up purchasing at least one of their holiday sets. This year they had one I couldn't live without getting. It has six of their liquid eyeshadows, three of which are so new they wont be out until the spring. The three new ones are Shimmer & Glow shades while the three already released shades are Glitter & Glow shades. They all are really pretty pink, gold and silver shade that I think would look great on most people. The Shimmer & Glow ones really interest me because they are glitter free and they are just so pretty looking.
The Body Shop British Rose Expert Manicure Set
My hands are so dry all the time, but Christmas is the worst time of year because of how much I work. I adore The Body Shop's British Rose Hand Cream (the Almond one too), so this set really called to me in store. I love tin that looks like a playing card. Inside is a full size of the lotion, nail clippers. nail file and nail buffer. I really just wanted the hand lotion and tin, but this makes for a nice gift for anyone you know works hard with their hands. There is also a smaller version available. Plus, this gift helps fund Peace Play Project in Lebanon, like all gift sets at the Body Shop this year.
Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum Duo: Mickey & Minnie Gold Lip Balm Set
Tsum Tsums are still some of the cutest lip balms around, plus they have a great formula. While this year Lip Smacker has lots of options for stocking stuffers in the Tsum Tsum family, but this gold Mickey and Minnie set is just too cute not to get. Mickey is in gold with Whipped Pineapple flavour and Minnie in rose gold with Strawberry Beignet flavour.
There is my gift guide. I think all of these would make great gifts to give or receive this holiday season. 
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Last week I got the chance to check out my local The Body Shop location and learn all about their Holiday offerings. I was of course super excited because I adore the Body Shop and had already placed both Black Friday and Cyber Monday orders but had not gone to a store yet to see stuff in person. As a result I am showing you three gift sets from this year that I absolutely fell in love with.
This holiday season The Body Shop has teamed up with International Alert. The Body Shop is supporting the Peache Play Project in Lebanon. It is a project created to help refugee children heal through play. You can learn more about it here.
Many of their holiday sets come in packages that can be re-purposed into games. One is even a fun bank that looks like a robot. Which is a cute and novel way to get your own children playing a bit more this season.
Vanilla Chai Tin Of Delights
Seasonal scents are something I have always loved from The Body Shop, for years their cranberry or gingerbread scents were my thing. This year they have Vanilla Chai, Frosted Plum, and Frosted Berries. All smelled amazing, but the Vanilla Chai really spoke to me, more complex and warm then a straight up vanilla scent it was kind of a nice warm winter night in a fragrance for me.
I chose to the the Tin of Delights set because it makes such a nice gift. Full sized products and a gorgeous tin, what isn't to like about getting this baby on Christmas day? You get a full size of the Shower Gel, Body Butter, Hand Cream and Bath Foam. To be 100% honest the Bath Foam is what sold me on this set. The Body Shop only makes their Bath Foam in their seasonal scents, and every year I get at least 3 to last me through the year, and this set had one...so it was coming home with me no matter what!
Since this set came with a full sized body butter, I was able to make a custom label for it. I of course chose the cheeky "You're on the naughty list" with my name on it. I think it is a really cute addition to any gift, and it really only took 30 seconds to print.

The set contains all full sized products:
  • Shower Gel Vanilla Chai 250ml
  • Body Butter Vanilla Chai 200ml
  • Bath Foam Vanilla Chai 300ml
  • Hand Cream Vanilla Chai 30ml
    At-Home Facial Mask Experience
    The Body Shop has quite the collection of facial products that are quite impressive. This year they have some pretty nice face sets, but their At-Home Facial Mask Experience stood out the most to me. With five best selling full size masks, this elegant tube is quite the big deal. That is right, there are 5 masks in here. You could break it up and give one to all your family or you could just give it as one big gift. Since multi masking is so big right now it makes that a breeze too.
    The set contains all full sized masks:
    • British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask 75ml
    • Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 75ml
    • Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask 75ml
    • Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask 75ml
    • Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask 75ml
    Spread The Love Hand Cream Collection
    I love gifts that you can break apart and give to multiple people This hand cream set is perfect for one person who loves hand cream or for up to six people. Think of all the people you can make happy at your office with this set.

    The set contains six hand lotions:
    • Hand Cream Pink Grapefruit 30ml
    • Hand Cream Strawberry 30ml
    • Hand Cream Moringa 30ml
    • Hand Cream Shea 30ml
    • Hand Cream Mango 30ml
    • Hand Cream British Rose 30ml
    Those are my top three picks for holiday gift sets from The Body Shop this year. I really love all of their items though and already had bought myself a cute little English Rose Hand set and a Satsuma set for Mr. Fox. The rose set had a lovely tin that looks like a playing card that I know I can reuse and the satsuma set has a box with a maze on the inside. These little details plus the charity aspect help make The Body Shop a place I always shop at during this time of year.

    What is your favourite type of gift set to give or get during the holiday season? Mine is break part gifts for stockings and co-workers

    *Products were given to me for review purposes, all views and opinions are my own.
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    Hairy legs seem to be almost every ladies summer concern. My hair is fairly light in colour and sparse, so shaving often slips my mind until one day I am putting on some sandals and see how my hair has grown so long I can't envision how I missed it for so long. This summer I have had a ton of cuts and scratches on my legs from dogs, cats, gardening and other mystery incidents I don't necessarily recall. Making shaving a bit more treacherous, the last thing I want is to nick my legs more. Lucky for me I happen to have a tube of Nair Nourish Crème for Legs & Body on hand to help me with the task of safely removing my leg hair.

    This version is meant for legs and body, but I have only used it on my legs. It features ribbons of hydrating Grape Seed Oil as will as other antioxidant and hydrating ingredients. Plus it only takes 3 minutes to work, meaning I have no real excuses.
    Now like most hair removers you cant put it on cuts or irritated skin, which honestly is just like a razor, but it is such a tick cream that I can easily avoid my cuts and scratches and only put it where I want it. 

    I personally have never used a hair removal product before, I thought they would smell strong, dry out my skin and take 15 minutes to do their work. Boy was I surprised to find I was wrong about all of those things. The cream spread on eventually and only took 3 minutes or my most thick and hairy places (my knees to be honest), I just brushed my teeth and flossed and the time was gone. I just washed it off with a sponge in the shower and my legs were not only hairless but well moisturized. I found there was little to no smell too, which was amazing. My legs were soft and smooth.
    I am completely in love with this product, how easy it is to use, the lack of smell and the effectiveness of it all. I am going to try it on my arm pits next and Mr. Fox's shoulder (we have a tends machine and it needs hairless skin for the pads to properly adhere and he has a shoulder injury)

    Have you tried Nair Nourish Creme before? What do you think of hair removers?

    *Product was sent for review purposes, all views and opinions are my own. No I have no clue how I get most of my cuts and bruises, they just show up, I am blaming dogs and general clumsiness.
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    Beauty Vixen by Jill Oliver - 2w ago
    One of my favourite things about Christmas is stockings. I used to love opening mine on Christmas morning and seeing all the fun smaller gifts that could fit into my (pretty large) stocking. As an adult I used to be in-charge of doing the stockings for my siblings. I really enjoyed finding fun, useful and unique things to in everyone's stockings. For this gift guide I have curated some of my favourite things, all of which I think will be great in any stocking (or for a smaller gift for someone).

    Before I begin, some of these items were sent to me from PR for review, and some I bought myself with my own hard earned cash. Either way they wouldn't be in this gift guide if I did not 100% love them and want them here. Items with an asterisk (*) next to their name were from PR, ones without I personally paid for. All views are my own, as always.

    Cinnamon Bun Skillet
    This is a tiny cast iron skillet that has either pizza dough with spices, brownie mix or cinnamon bun mix and icing packaged inside it. I think it is not just super cute for any foodie, but also a nice pan that you can use to make future dishes in, or just eggs (Mr. Fox makes a mean frittata and got very excited to see this item in my shopping bag). I may have bought my Cinnamon Bun one just for the pan, but I am going to enjoy every second of that bun. Extra bonus my cashier at Shoppers Drug Mart thought it was such a good gift after scanning it, that he said when he went on break he was going to buy a bunch for stockings (see it is a good gift).
    Soap & Glory Wait on Hand & Foot*
    Everyone suffers from dry hands and feet in the winter, I just know it. So giving the gift of a nice good quality hand and foot cream set is a fantastic gift for anyone to receive. Soap & Glory happen to make a really amazing line of products that are incredibly decadent and I think make a fantastic stocking stuffer.
    Quo Holiday Lip Gloss Ornament*
    Available in a few shades, I happen to have the Top Coat shade that is incredibly iridescent and festive. These ornaments can be hung on a tree or put in a stocking. Quo always has some great holiday glosses so it is worth trying. They also have some fun other options like sponges available.
    Burt's Bees Mistletoe Kiss Set*
    This trio has some Burt's Bees lip favourites to help keep your lips smooth and soft, and mistletoe ready. Containing Pomegranate Lip Balm, Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm, and Peony Lip Shimmer Balm, it has a balm for every occasion.
    Lip Smacker Ornament*
    Lip Smacker's Disney Tsum Tsums are a favourite of mine so these limited edition holiday lip balms come in some of your favourite Disney characters (Daisy, Donald, Mickey, Minnie, Ariel, Tinkerbell, the list goes on and on) in special flavours with winter details (my Daisy has a scarf on). Personally I think these are adorable and can see my collection of Tsum Tsum balms growing even larger in the next few weeks. They also come in plain packaging, but the ornament packaging is really cute to me. If Tsum Tsums aren't your thing, they also have a whole whack of other sets featuring Disney characters (that includes Star Wars and Marvel by the way), Coca-Cola, Skittles and a bunch of other great flavours. 
    Quo by ORLY Breathable nail polish set Marvelous Minis*
    Quo by ORLY has a pretty fantastic formula.  This collection of 4 minis is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who is a polish addict. There is no need for a base or top coat with the formal, it lets your nails breathe and thus helps keep them from drying out.
    Yardley London & Yardley Botanicals *
    Yardley makes a bunch of great products that would be a great addition to any stocking. From Soap to Eau De Toilette, Moisturizing Fragrance Body Spray, Moisturizing Body Wash and Body Lotion. With fragrances like Lavender, English Rose, Lily of the Valley, there is something for everyone. English Rose is one I really like this time of year. Bonus, Yardley products have the Royal Warrant on them, so you know it is good quality or our Queen wouldn't be using it.
    Conair Mini Pro Ceramic Straightening Hot Brush*
    This is a miniature version of Conair's Hot Ionic Straightening Brush, which I absolutely adore. A mini version (or they make a mini straightening iron and drier too) is the perfect gift for that person who travels, goes to the gym, or just has short hair. I personally had my hairdresser take my hair much shorter than normal ("oops I took it too short" are words you never want to hear from your hairdresser), so I am loving this mini version.
    Real Techniques 4 Miracle Mini Complexion Sponges*
    Real Techniques makes my favourite sponges. Seriously I threw out so many others that just don't live up to the RT ones. This set features 4 minis of their best selling sponge Complexion Sponge for touch ups, concealing or colour correcting.
    EcoTools Ultimate Shade Duo*
    EcoTools makes some down right amazing brushes. My weakness is brushes, I have over 250, and EcoTools is definitely a brand that makes my list. Affordable and great quality, I really can't complain. This set gets you two eyeshadow brushes, one shade and one contour, making it great for any novice to makeup or pro.
    So...? Body Mist*
    It is always a great to receive a nice fragrance during the holidays. So...? makes it really easy and affordable with their body mists. I have been trying out their Vanilla Milkshake, Watermelon, and White Petals Mists lately and have really enjoyed the scents. Vanilla Milkshake is a basic vanilla scent that is a good crowd pleaser. White Petals is a bit more complex, with bergamot, freesia and water lily. Watermelon is a fruity and pretty straight forward scent that smells quite a bit like a watermelon.
    7th Heaven Masks*
    I have tried a lot of 7th Heaven masks over the years, they are fantastic quality and incredibly affordable. From their great peel off mask, mud sheet masks, feet and hand masks to their new Charcoal masks they are all amazing to give and are a perfect stocking stuffer. Charcoal is all the rage right now in both food and beauty, so a peel off mask that helps cleanse and detoxify is a great idea. Plus who doesn't love the cheeky factor of a coal reference in a stocking? I personally love the Soften Sock Masques for my rough winter feet.
    Lip Smacker Hand & Body Lotion*
    These hand lotions are a decent size and smell amazing....amazing I say, while still being really hydrating. The Vanilla Bean one smells so nice and has a little cute snowman on it. There is also Gingerbread, Candy Cane and Strawberry available.
    Scrub Daddy*
    I have never gotten excited about a sponge before, that was until I tried Scrub Daddy. Scrub Daddy is the best selling Shark Tank pitched product ever, and I can see why. I have been using it for about 3 years and love it so much. It gets soft when used with hot water, it stays firm if you use cold water. By sticking your fingers in the eyes you can rotate it easily inside tight spaces. The spikes help you get tough stuff off. The mouth (the best part) helps remove stuff from things like spoons and knives (PB off of spoons, it's the best).
    Trim Totally Together Tip to Toe Kit*
    A nice good quality mani-pedi kit isn't easy to find. Usually they just have a file and clippers in them. This set has so much more to it. A Nail Brush, Fingernail Clipper, Nail Scissor, Cuticle Pusher, Cuticle Clipper, 4- Step Buffing Board and Toe Nail Clipper. The cuticle pusher is all metal and double sided!!! I really love this set because of the fact it is more then just a 3 piece set and because of the quality of the products inside it.
    I am sure there are a bunch more little items that would make great stockings, but this is honestly some of the best items I would love to get or give this holiday season.
    What is your favourite thing to get in a stocking?
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    Beauty Vixen by Jill Oliver - 2w ago
    I was working on my Gift Guide and Stocking Stuffer Guide for this Holiday season, it has become apparent to me that the lists are a little too long, because I was including chocolate in them. While not wanting to exclude good stuff from my guides, I thought it might be a better idea to have a stand alone chocolate gift guide.  I mean it is chocolate, I cannot just cut it out.
    I love chocolate and I receive, buy and eat a lot of it this time of year. It makes a great stocking stuffer, gift to a loved one or a someone in a service industry you like to give a gift too (I am a dog groomer and I get tons of chocolate as a gift this time of year), or a hostess gift. Here are a bunch that I think are a good bet as a gift.

    Before we get started, some items were in a gift bag I got when I attended a Shoppers Drug Mart Christmas preview party. Those that I received for review have an asterisk (*) next to them, all others I bought with my own money. All views and opinions are my own as always.
    Mint Chocolate:
    Mint is my favourite chocolate ever! I love mint chocolate tea, candies and chocolate. Growing up Mint Aero bars were my favourite. So here are some must have in the mint chocolate department.

    After Eight
    I love these sticks, crunchy and sweet with that cool mint flavour....yum. Now Mr. Fox loves the squares with the soft gooey middles, but I love these and you can only really find them this time of year.

    Mint Hershey Kisses
    Hershey Kisses are a great holiday treat, this time of year you can find white with mint in them. This cute bag has a little to/from tag on them too.

    Mint M & M
    I love mint and chocolate together, but sadly mint M&M's are only here in Canada during the holidays (in the USA any time of year). If you know a mint chocolate fan, get them a bag of these and make the happy. I just found out that there is also a white version of these, so I am going to keep my eyes peeled for them.
    President's Choice Candies:
    OK, there is one non chocolate one in here. But PC makes some nice candies and I have a few favourites that I get almost every year.
    Maple Fudge*
    Maple Fudge is Mr. Fox's number one favourite treat of all time. I can never go to a small town or fair and not bring him back some. It has to be maple, not maple walnut or anything like that. So when you find a good quality fudge that is made from real maple at a store you know you've done good.
    Italian Dessert Truffle Trio*
    This trio has Stracciatella, Tiramisù, and Cioccolato, each wrapped individually and imported from Italy.
    Assorted Licorice
    Assorted licorice is a favourite around her (you notice you hear that a lot, we like candy). I love buying it but often find it isn't as fresh as I would like. PC's is imported from the UK and in a nice classic tin so it stays fresh a lot longer then you would think. The quality is by far the best out of all the ones I have tried. I like the little buttons, they are my favourite.
    Toffee and Sea Salt Chocolate Squares 
    These little squares are just like their name says, toffee, sea salt and chocolate and imported from Belgium. Mr. Fox is a fan of any toffee or caramel sea salt products so I picked some of these up for him as part of his Christmas gift from me this year.

    Other Holiday Classics:
    Sometimes you just want some holiday classics, they always work well as gifts or your own little treat.
    Ferrero Rocher Grand Roche Chocolate Shell*
    I love Ferrero Roche like no other chocolate. Every Christmas I get at least one box of them. This gigantic shell of a Ferrero has two inside it (they also make a bigger one with four inside it). It so big I was jumping for joy when I got it. I honestly cannot wait to dig into it. So yeah I think it will make a great stocking stuffer for anyone who love Ferrero Rocher.
    Lindt Lindor*
    Lindors are a classic holiday treat. Individually wrapped and filled with a gooey middle they make a great gift for just about anyone. They come in a whole pile of different flavours, but their milk chocolate is a classic.
    So there you go some good choices for those that have a sweet tooth. whether it is a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or a gift for a friend or someone who you just want to show some appreciation to, these make for great gifts.

    Do you have a favourite Chocolate or Candy that you love to have during the Holiday Season?
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    After a few years of being the it beauty ingredient, Coconut Oil is still a reigning champ in the beauty multi-tasker department. Palmer's has a new line of coconut oil rich products that are all contain Raw Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Vitamin E as well as do not contain any Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Sulfates, or Dyes. The products also contain ethically and substantially sourced ingredients, which is pretty amazing.

    PALMER’S COCONUT OIL FORMULA BODY CREAM - 125g - $7.99
    Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï Oil, infused with Tiaré flower petals. These raw, natural ingredients deliver luxuriously rich moisturisation for decadently pampered skin. -ca.palmers.com
    While this is supposed to be a body cream, it clearly is a body butter to me. It is so rich and thick that it holds its shape after you touch it. While thick and creamy it absorbs nicely to the skin and isn't greasy.

    A little is all you need, a dab goes a really long way. I love to use it on my elbows, knees, feet and hands to get those dry spots nice and hydrating. I honestly feel this tub may last me the rest of my life because of how little I need to use to completely hydrate all my dry skin.

    PALMER’S COCONUT OIL FORMULA BODY LOTION - 250 ml - $5.99
    Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï Oil, infused with Tiaré flower petals. These raw, natural ingredients deliver luxuriously rich moisturisation for decadantly pampered skin. Palmer's Coconut Oil Body Lotion contains high levels of naturally occuring fatty acids and proteins that are essential in keeping skin radiant and healthy looking.
    This lotion feels amazing. It isn't too watery, a little goes a long way, and bonus it smells like coconut, well all these products do, but real coconut because it has real coconut in it, which is a 1000% better then fake coconut scent to me. It and the other products in this line also give your skin an amazing glow after application, which is nice because it isn't a greasy line.

    PALMER’S COCONUT OIL FORMULA BODY OIL - 150 lm - $5.99
    Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula products contains ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï Oil, infused with Tiaré flower petals. These raw, natural ingredients deliver luxuriously rich moisturisation for decandtly pampered skin. Palmer's Coconut Oil Body Oil deeply hydrates, rejuvenating and replenishing skin's moisture and radiance. -ca.palmers.com
    I am a massive fan of Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil, so I was pretty excited to try out this Coconut Body Oil. I love that it isn't full of mineral oil like so many other body oils. It smells amazing (like the whole line) and it is incredibly reasonably priced ($5.99 at Walmart). The bonus part is it comes in a pump for less wasted product and mess.

    My skin gets chap and cracks a lot throughout the year, but these colder months are quite painful for me. I like to use the oil straight out of the shower, and after every time I wash my hands (I apply it to my entire arms). The last month of using it has my skin has really improved. I find the oil absorbs quite fast and never feels greasy (it is almost like a dry oil, but not quite).

    Overall I love this line. Palmer's has once again delivered some products that my dry, chap and sensitive skin enjoys. I love that the ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced, don't contain mineral oil or parabens (as well as a bunch of other stuff). It also is a big plus that Palmer's is against animal testing and a family owned. Oh and did I mention they are extremely affordably? $5.99 - $7.99 is really really a good price for these products.

    Giveaway:
    Now here is the really great part, Palmer's has been so kind as to let me host a giveaway. I will be giving away three prizes of all three products. That is right three people will be getting the Body Lotion, Body Oil and Body Cream.

    Winner will be chosen on December 5th and contacted via email. You will have 48 hours to get back to me with your contact information. To enter you must be a resident of Canada and of the age of majority in your region.
    *This post contains product samples given to me for review purposes, all views and opinions are my own. 
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    This Monday I got to attend a Pro Makeup Artist event at Deciem's latest store in Toronto's historic Distillery District. I haven't been to any artist related events since last years IMATS so I was pretty excited. I was also pretty darn ecstatic to be there with my makeup artist schoolmate, Trisha.
    The main focus was The Ordinary's foundation line. We got to play with them, see them in action in a demo and generally learn about all the products Deciem has under its umbrella.
    Deciem has 9 brands currently in its production line, with at least three more in the pre-launch stages. This is their sixth store in the Greater Toronto Area and 11th world wide. Oh and hey their Tail Quarters (what they call their head quarters) is located only a few blocks away from this location, which is never a bad thing.
    It is such a large and grand store, but isn't overwhelming at all. Products are sorted by brands and easy to navigate.
    So what caught my eye? Well The Ordinary of course. I think this must be the most talked about brand out there right now and it is easy to see why. It is so affordably!!! Who doesn't want skin care at a good price? I immediately went and looked at things I had been eyeing online for a long time. I piced up  Advanced Retinoid 2%, Vitamin C Suspension + HA Spheres 2%, Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%, and Coverage Foundation in 1.2P.

    I also got a mini spoon from NIOD to help with not contaminating products in tubs. From Hylamide I got their High-Density Mist, which is water free!!! I am pretty excited about that one. Finally I grabbed a product I am most intrigued by, The Chemistry Brand's Hyaluronic Acid Body Mist, it is a hydrating body spray that is housed in a clear aerosol can, it is loaded with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the heck out of skin quickly without any stickiness or real rubbing required. It felt amazing on my arms and I am so excited for it.
    I received a pretty exciting gift bag too. It happened to have The Ordinary's Serum Foundation, Hylamide's HA Blur, NIOD's Photography Fluid Opacity 8% and Photography Fluid Opacity 12%. Oh, and cookie, I got cookies!
    I am so happy I went to this store, I had been oohing and awing on Deciem's site for weeks, loading up my cart and then never ordering. I really feel checking out and playing with products in person can really make the difference between a sale or not with me. The scent, the touch the feel all really sold me on these products and I cannot wait to try them out. Plus it is in the Distillery District, where my favourite hair salon (McManus and Campbell) and Vintage Store (Black Bird Vintage) are located, so get to enjoy those area perks to when I head there.
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