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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. This news may have some of you panicking for a present. Well, Toronto Beauty Reviews is here to help! Here are some last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that you can give that will make your valentine smile.

{Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts} Give or get a massage

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a sensual massage oil. Province Apothecary’s Lover’s Oil ($32) that includes 10 essential oils, blended together into a moisturizing mix that feels great on the skin. This massage oil can be a great way to get closer to your valentine.

Smell your best

If aromatherapy is more your valentine’s speed, you can pick up any Province Apothecary’s rollerball perfumes ($46). What I love about these perfumes are that they’re bottled in Toronto, cruelty-free and vegan, so you know you’re supporting local business and keeping the environment intact while giving the gift of scent to your loved one. Personally, I like using these not just on my skin, but also in my dresser, so my clothes can smell sweet all day.

Get dirty…while you get clean

You may not have heard about this brand yet, but Basd Body Care is definitely one that you should keep on your radar. Their Valentine’s Day combo pack ($30) has everything you need to prepare for a romantic evening. Starting with the coffee body scrub ($19.99), you and your valentine can strip down, scrub up, and get dirty. The organic coffee grounds help get rid of dead skin cells and reduces puffiness while almond oil keeps your skin hydrated and soft. The body scrub comes in two scents: indulgent crème brûlée and invigorating mint. Follow this up with a sudsy body wash ($15.99)and one of their body lotions ($24.99) and you’ll be smelling sweet or refreshing…whichever floats your boat! You can enjoy applying each product on yourself…or have someone give you a hand The bonus with using anything from Basd is that all of their products have a ThinkDirty score of zero, which means you don’t need to worry about carcinogens, toxins, or allergens. Between the two scents, I personally love crème brûlée, but that’s because I have a sweet tooth, even in the shower.

Treat yourself

Valentine’s Day isn’t always about showing someone else you love them – it can also be about loving yourself. Sometimes, the best way to show some self-love is by pampering yourself with an at-home spa. After a quick trip to your local drugstore, you can treat yourself to some last-minute valentine’s day gifts in no time!

Try a sheet mask by Garnier to give your skin a relaxing night. You can choose from one of their three Moisture Bomb sheet masks: a glow-boosting mask with sakura flower extract, a purifying mask with charcoal and hyaluronic acid, or an anti-fatigue mask with calming lavender. While you have a mask on your face, why not apply a mask on your hair, too? After hydrating your skin, you can apply a soothing rose water-based facial mist or paraben-free balm and feel refreshed.

Whether you’re staying in or going out, you have lots of options for Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank. No matter how you celebrate the day (or whether you celebrate it at all!), try out some of these last-minute valentine’s day gifts and feel the love!

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While Valentine’s Day might be first on your mind at this time of year, for millions of people around the world, Lunar New Year is this February’s big event. Givenchy is celebrating this important holiday by releasing a capsule collection of Lunar New Year makeup, with a powder and lipstick to help you ring in the new year with radiance!

{Celebrating Lunar New Year with Givenchy} What’s Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year (also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year) marks the first new moon of the first month of the year. Since the timing is based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, Lunar New Year could fall any time from the end of January to late February. In 2018, Lunar New Year is on February 16th.

Much like typical North American New Year’s celebrations, Lunar New Year is a time to gather with family and friends, reflect on the past year, and look forward to exciting things in the 12 months to come. Celebrations usually contain feasts, parades, lighting lanterns or firecrackers, cleaning the house, wearing new clothes, and gift giving.

Each year in the Chinese calendar is connected to one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac. February 16th, 2018 marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog, a character who is loyal, decisive, and quick to rise to a challenge.

The Givenchy Lunar New Year Collection The Packaging

One of my favourite aspects of Givenchy’s capsule collection is the striking packaging containing the two symbolic colours of red and gold. These are lucky colours in many East Asian cultures: red is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring joy, and gold represents wealth and good fortune. Accordingly, Givenchy’s Lunar New Year lipstick cap is made with genuine printed red leather, the powder lid is imitation red leather, and both are beautifully embossed with a gold cherry blossom pattern. Just looking at these products in my makeup bag brings me joy and makes me feel so elegant and festive!

The Products

The Givenchy Lunar New Year makeup collection includes two products: Prisme Libre loose powder in Shade #1, and Le Rouge lipstick in Shade #305. While the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, I’m most impressed with the high quality of the products themselves! Some highlights:

  • The lipstick is long-lasting
  • Both products work on a variety of skin tones
  • The powder is colour-correcting

If you’ve been following my Instagram stories, you’ve seen how amazing this lipstick is. I wore it with a lip liner underneath, as I do for all non-liquid lipsticks, and it lasted. As in, I applied the lipstick at 7 am, talked all day, drank several cups of tea, ate a sub for lunch, and my lips still looked flawless by 5 pm without reapplying or touching up once! No feathering and only a very subtle fading. I couldn’t believe it!

I also love the colour. (No surprise there, as you know I’m a sucker for a bold lip!) The poppy red works well on a range of skin tones, and, though it is quite bright, it never looks garish. It has a very creamy formula, and doesn’t get clumpy or dry out your lips over the day.

The loose powder is a quad, with one compartment each of gorgeous pastel purple, blue, green, and ivory. To apply, you shake the powders onto the included puff, then dust over your skin using circular motions. The colours mix together as you apply, evening your skin tone and creating a radiant finish.

Wearing both the Prisme Libre powder and the Le Rouge lipstick was a simple way to create a festive look. I added some gold accents with my eyeshadow and jewelry, plus some classic black eyeliner to top it off, and my Lunar New Year makeup look was complete!

The limited edition Givenchy Lunar New Year collection is available in-store at Sephora. Le Rouge lipstick in Shade #305 retails for $45.00, and the Prisme Libre powder in Shade #1 retails for $69.00.

 What are your favourite Lunar New Year makeup looks?

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You’ve probably heard of Thierry Mugler, the creator of such iconic fragrances as Angel and Alien. The House of Mugler has come out with a few fragrances since then, but this week, a new Mugler pillar fragrance has joined the family: Aura Mugler.

Photo courtesy of Mugler

Aura Mugler

Aura is the latest major perfume to come out of the Mugler creative vision. In his words, “Aura is an uncontrollable magic that the magnetism of the fragrance materializes”. With that kind of description, you better believe that this fragrance is going to turn heads! This newest Mugler perfume is one that has a unique bottle and an even more unique scent.

The Bottle

Following the Thierry Mugler signature look, the deep emerald green bottle is a geometric work of art. The chiseled glass is shaped into a heart that is set in a metal “M” (for Mugler, of course). The deep green hue makes it appear dark and mysterious with the gleaming metal being an architectural contrast to the earthy tones of the rest of the bottle. It’s reminiscent of a jungle or deep forest. Honestly, I wish this could be made into a necklace or ring – I would love to wear an emerald that looks as good as this.

The Scent

This fragrance is built upon the words: oriental, botanical, and carnal. The perfume is layered using three hearts:

  • The Beating/Oriental heart: tiger liana

Recently discovered by Firmenich, tiger liana is a Chinese medicinal plant that is sharp and smoky, with a sugared almond scent.

  • The Botanical heart: rhubarb leaf and orange blossom

Rhubarb leaf has a great crisp smell that you can sense off the top while orange blossom has a delicate sweetness that’s quite feminine. The two create a somewhat juicy feeling that balances out the drier tiger liana.

  • The Animal/Carnal heart: bourbon vanilla and wolfwood

Bourbon vanilla bring a woody, spicy note to this fragrance and this is what you end up smelling more as the scent lingers on your skin. Wolfwood, another FIrmenich exclusive, is more of a muted scent with accents of smoke and wood to complement the vanilla.

How does it compare?

I found the previous pillar fragrances, Angel and Alien, to be quite powerful fragrances. Aura is more subtle than its predecessors, but I think Mugler has done a great job with its newest pillar perfume.

Aura by Mugler just launched on January 21st in Canada and is available in 30, 50, and 90mL refillable bottles ($85, $115, $150), so you can always have the fragrance with you. You can also capture this unique scent as a foaming shower milk ($55) or silky body lotion ($65), both available in 200mL bottles.

Will you be trying out Aura by Mugler?

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This year’s Golden Globes awards was not one to be missed! A sea of beautiful black gowns worn by incredibly strong and admirable women. I was also a huge fan of the minimalist makeup looks many of the celebrities rocked.

{Minimalist Makeup At The Golden Globes}

The first step to a successful minimalist makeup look is great skin. I loved the looks of Nicole Kidman and Kerry Washington at the Golden Globes. Both women looked fresh and their skin just seemed to glow. They both happen to be Neutrogena ambassadors and I was given the inside scoop on how to achieve their looks.

Nicole Kidman’s Minimalist Makeup Look – by Makeup Artist Angela Levin

My inspiration was power, unity, strength and elegance. This award was not about the dress or the makeup or the hair, but the beauty of unity. It was an absolute honour to be part of this journey. Nicole is not only a client, but also a very dear friend and I support her and all the women tonight.

Products Used:

 Skin Prep:

Makeup:

  • NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara, Black/Brown
  • NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine, Pink Mocha
  • NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, Natural Ivory
  • NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector, Fair
  • NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Blush, Rosy
  • NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer, Soft Taupe
  • NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Eye Liner, Spiced Chocolate
Kerry Washington’s Minimalist Makeup Look – by Makeup Artist Carola Gonzalez

My overall inspiration for the look came about from the current state of solidarity amongst women in the world right now, and of course the #TimesUp campaign. I’m very socially and politically inspired and never thought I’d say that about makeup! I felt like if we are supporting equality and women’s rights, then makeup and hair should also be a part of the movement in some way too. My way, as a makeup artist, was through my ability to use colour. Colour has been used to convey and communicate messages and meanings without using words for centuries, and for Kerry’s makeup, I chose to use shades of purple and mauve because they stand for loyalty, purpose, and inserting steadfastness to a cause. What better color to apply for tonight?! Love purple, and everyone can wear it in their own way too!

Products Used:

 Skin Prep:

Makeup:

  • NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine, Soft Mulberry
  • NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara, Black
  • NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint, Cocoa
  • NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer, Deep
  • NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Blush, Vibrant
  • NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer, Cool Plum
  • NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Eye Liner, Cosmic Black
Are you a fan of the minimalist makeup looks? Did you watch the Golden Globes this year?

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