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I am a skincare junkie these days and I don’t think the skin on my face can keep up fast enough with me. I’ve been using Pixi skincare products for a past few months (and now am on my next brand,) and feels like Pixi deserves a dedicated post for how great these products have worked for me in some ways.

Rose Caviar Essence ($34 CAD) 

I adore my high end luxury skincare serums, but the Rose Caviar Essence is a real contender! First off, the tube is super pretty with its transparent packaging, so you can see the serum with its encapsulated flower oils suspended inside. Secondly, it smells amazing – not like an artificial pungent rose scent.

The rose flower oil helps with moisturizing, the anise extract helps with detoxifying, and the mulberry extract helps with brightening. The texture is light and slightly goopy, and gets absorbed in the skin right away. My skin does feel really nice after – soft, bouncy, and it smells nice.

I am a huge fan and it has a coveted spot in my skincare cabinet. Do note though, for those who have a bit more sensitive skin or have potential skin allergies, there are other floral oils in the ingredient list as well as soybean oil.

Rose Ceramide Cream 

Either I don’t look at ingredients enough on my other moisturizers or this is actually the first product I’ve tried that contains ceramide. Ceramides are lipids that helps the skin retain its moisture at the barrier level of the skin. To me, it sounds like – bye bye ceramides = bye bye The Wall keeping White Walkers out.

The Rose Ceramide Cream also contains rose flower oil and probiotics. I hate yogurt so I sometimes take probiotics for my stomache, so I did a quick check on what probiotics does for the skin. According to Paula’s Choice, the skin has good bacteria and bad bacteria, and just like the digestive tract, sometimes it can be out of balance. (My digestion is like 90% out of balance all the time.) By using probiotics to maintain the microflora on the skin, the skin has better hydration and reduces the factors that trigger red skin. The fourth ingredient on the box is dimethicone. Luckily my skin doesn’t react to silicones, but something to beware about if you aren’t a fan of them.

As Pixi dubs this an intenstive moisturizer, I do not disagree. It definitely has a thick texture and my skin feels like it got a huge dose of moisture. Because of this, I prefer this as a night cream or for extremely dry patches during the day. It’s rich texture is perfect for the winter, however, I am shelving this as the weather is getting warmer. The scent is not purely full of rose as there is some hints of citrus notes, which I don’t mind at all.

I can’t find this cream on the beauty boutique by Shoppers Drug Mart website, but I expect it to be in the $24-$35 dollar range given the price point of the essence and the cleanser.

Left to Right: Rose Caviar Essence, Rose Ceramide Cream, Rose Cream Cleanser

Rose Cream Cleanser ($24 CAD) 

If you don’t have super dry skin, the Rose Cream Cleanser can ALMOST be a moisturizer-cleanser. It contains mineral rich mud, rose, avocado, chamomile, and aloe vera. After one use, I notice my skin felt soft after cleansing and I’m like ahhh this is so good! For now, this is sitting amongst my shower collection products so I will reach for it more. I don’t feel the need to supplement with something intense after using this cleanser as my skin feels really smooth right after.

However, because I barely wear makeup nowadays to work, this cleanser works for me most of the time. If I’m going to an event and I know I got that mascara, 10 layers of under eye concealer, primer, and foundation on; this cleanser doesn’t get rid of it entirely.

Most of my skincare has some simple-yet-serious packaging and I do like Pixi’s colour scheme and font on the products. The Rose Caviar Essence is for sure my favourite of the three and I’m more than halfway done the tube. As I will be heading to London next month, I most likely will see if I can get my hands on any Pixi products that I can’t find in Canada. Is there any other makeup/skincare brands I should find in Europe?!

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I’ve been using Laneige skincare products since at least 2012 (per my amateur post with terrible photo quality back then) so I was super excited when I received some Laneige products in the mail! Their skincare products appealed to me back in school since I was a super Korean drama addict, so naturally, I wanted Korean products. I have been incorporating the Brightening Sparkling Water Foam Cleanser and the Bright Renew Emulsion in my skincare routine and I couldn’t be happier!

The Brightening Sparkling Water Foam Cleanser ($30) isn’t like other typical, ‘foamy, cleansers that I’d normally test out. It comes in an aerosol container, similar to a shaving cream, since the texture of the cleanser is a thicky, whip-like foam. I’m still trying to get the ration right as I squeeze a bit too much out sometimes. If I happen to have a beard, I’d definitely use this to shave instead because it has a relaxing fruity scent to it!

This cleanser contains sparkling water sourced from South of France. It also exfoliates by using AHAs from orange, lemon, bilberry, sugar cane and sugar maple.

Interestingly enough, this cleanser is applied to dry skin, then rinsed off with lukewarm water – just like how my boyfriend cleanses his shaving cream off his face too!

Although the cleanser does says it contains sparkling water, I didn’t notice/feel it – but I love how clean my skin feels after. My face feels soft and I’ve been relying on this for exfoliation rather than a scrub since it’s so much easier.

Brightening Sparkling Water Foam Cleanser

Of course, I’ve been pairing the cleanser with the Bright Renew Emulsion ($39). This is a very lightweight, milky moisturizer and my go-to in the mornings. It contains Melacrusher technology which helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and truffle yeast extract to even the skin tone. I never had a problem with skin tone, but saying my moisturizer has truffle yeast extract does sound fancy!

Overall, I am super happy in how this moisturizer has been maintaining my skin in looking healthy and hydrated.

Bright Renew Emulsion

One of my favourite things about Laneige is that they’ve maintained their quality of products over the years and still keep their prices reasonable, despite their surging popularity now in North America. I have purchased the trial kits from Sephora as I love to bring them with me while travelling as they are a super, trustworthy brand to me.

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Key word is free, amiright?

Until March 6, anyone who spends $150 or more at any Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart, will receive a cute pink tote bag (that can fit A LOT OF STUFF) filled with samples worth over $340. Going through the tote bag, I saw a lot of fun products that I definitely do want to try! Shall we dig in?

Makeup

  • YSL Saint Laurent Beaute Volupte Liquid Colour Balm (3 x 0.20mL shades)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara (3g)
  • Shiseido Rouge Rouge in Ruby Copper (2.5g)
  • Stila Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick in Perla (1.5mL)
  • Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine (2mL)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Mattify Primer Stick (3mL)

I’m not a huge fan of the Benefit Cosmetics mascara, but I know plenty who are and it’s a super cute gift to anyone who loves their Benefit makeup! I love the different lipstick/lip balm varieties in this gift with purchase! The one product I’m pretty excited to try is the Smashbox primer stick – it’s super cute and small and I haven’t tried primer on a stick – am I just behind in makeup trends lately?!

Skincare

  • Clarins Pore Control Pore Minimizing Serum (10mL)
  • Darphin Intral Serum (5mL)
  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (7mL)
  • Elizabeth Arden Anti-aging Daily Serum (5mL)
  • Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel Deluxe (9mL)
  • Nuxe Nuxellence Eclat Day (15mL)
  • Filorga TIME-FILLER Absolute Wrinkles Correction Cream (7mL)
  • Lancome Bi-Facil Face (50mL)
  • StriVectin Multi-Action Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask (19.7g)
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (15mL)
  • Patchology FlashPatch Illuminating Eye Gels (1 pair)
  • Bioderma Atoderm Cream (8mL)
  • LAB SERIES Multi Action Face Wash (7mL)
  • Juice Beaurt Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum (7.8mL)
  • Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream (7mL)
  • Dr Roebuck’s No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer (15mL)
  • Teaology Skincare Blue Tea Miracle Face and Neck Mask (1 sheet – 30 mL)
  • MyChelle Dermaceuticals Remarkable Retinal Serum (5mL)
  • Pai Skincare Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream (2mL)
  • Shiseido Facial Cotton (4 pieces)

There’s a few really good skincare brands that I haven’t tried, such as Kat Burki, Teaology, and Pai Skincare! You don’t see these at Sephora or even at standalone Shoppers Drug Mart stores, so it’s nice that Murale carries these specific brands! I know Marie Kondo says to not keep travel sized items, but I know I will definitely be saving these for some upcoming trips planned! And, I’m going to savour these Shiseido Facial Cotton – I can never justify the full price of $11 for these!

Other

  • CLEAN Fresh Linens Rollerball (5mL)
  • St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse (50mL)
  • St. Tropez Prep & Maintain Tan Applicator Mitt
  • Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Garden Eau de Parfum (1.5mL)

I love how there is a good sized perfume rollerball and it’s not full of mini perfume sized samples you can get anywhere!

As much as I love free samples of things I can put on my face, I absolutely adore the pink tote (and my mom has her eye already on it though.) There’s an outer pink pocket to put random stuff in, and it’s vast enough for small trips or to bring on the airplane!

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I’ve noticed I’ve put a lot more time curating my skincare routine than makeup. Whether it’s an age thing, or just too tired to wake up in the morning to put on makeup and do my other morning things – I will never leave the house without some sort of toner + serum + moisturizer combination on. Many, many, MANY *insert some sort of time unit that is a long time ago* I received three of Dior Capture Youth serums and one of them is almost emptied now.  

The most used of all and I only have about 10% left is the… Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster Age Delay Illuminating Serum ($120 CAD.) A bit of information about this little booster:

  • contains Murunga Plum which is 100% more concentrated Vitamin C than oranges
  • contains alpha hydroxy acid which aids in brightening the skin complexion and improving smoothness
  • contains iris extract to super charge your skin’s antioxidant power

I’m not sure if the age-delay part is working (yet) but I can definitely feel a change of my skin’s texture after one use. I use it in the morning and night, and as inconvenient it may be, I even bring it on vacation. And now I am almost depleted of it!!

My skin loves this as much as I love saving money. I can feel my complexion evens out, my skin is smoother WITH it than just putting moisturizer on. 100% will repurchase again.

Left to Right: Glow Booster, Plump Filler, Lift Sculptor

Dior Capture Youth Lift Sculptor Age Delay Lifting Serum ($120 CAD) is least used; generally I put it on my neck. The Lift Sculptor:

  • contains polyphenols from green/white/rooibos teas
  • contains Iris extract like the Glow Booster serum
  • 92% of ingredients are naturally-derived

This serum helps with skin tightening and improving elasticity. For my age (late 20’s) I don’t really ‘feel’ the tightening effect and it doesn’t make my skin feel as smooth as the Glow Booster Age Delay Illuminating Serum. I will probably not purchase again, but will keep using and observe how my skin fares in next few years.

Lastly, the Dior Capture Youth Plump Filler Age Delay Plumping Serum ($120 CAD) is what I’m picking up more to stretch out the lifetime of the Glow Boosting Serum. This one focuses on more hydrating as it:

  • contains hyaluronic acid derived from fermented wheat (- so is this the same as putting beer on my face?! – )
  • contains iris extract like the other serums mentioned here
  • 82% of ingredients are naturally-derived

I probably can guarantee there are less expensive options for a hydrating/plumping serum. I can’t say for sure my skin looks plumper, but it does bouncier with use. I haven’t used it as much as my Glow Booster serum, but I feel like the Plump Filler still cannot match to the Glow Booster.

Assuming all serums provide some sort of hydration and they’re all bringing age-delaying qualities – the Glow Booster Age Delay Illuminating Serum is a YES YES *FIST PUMP* YES purchase. I am a bit skeptical about the Lift Sculptor and Plump Filler, but hopefully in ten years time I look the same and will definitely get extra credit for the other Dior serums.

Apart from these three, I think I have another 3-4 serums on rotation *sweatdrop* – how many do you use?!

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It’s already 2019 and I still am going over my stash of holiday fun! I know it’s way past holidays blah blah blah and maybe I should focus on other makeup/skincare reviews. However, I received this box of Sephora collection goodies after my trip and the holidays. It took me a while to go through them and boy, was it super fun as everything had such nice and sparkly packaging. The last time I reviewed the Sephora Holiday Collection was in 2016 so it’s interesting to see how their products have evolved in the past couple years. 

One of my favourites is the Sephora The Glowy Surprise Face & Lip Set (original price $17 CAD.) This mini set came with an adorable Blush Stick and Enlumineur Stick. It also contains a full size Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 13 Marvelous Mauve (which retails for $18 CAD already!!) Plus, all products are made in Italy. You can still get the Blush & Luminizer On the Go Stick on sale for $6 online! I will definitely be trying out the cream lip stain soon!

And if you only want lip products… there was also the Sephora Cream Lip Stain Collection  – I cannot find this online now, but this is a set of 6 full sized Sephora Cream Lip Stains. And if you like things miniature, you can still get the Sephora Mini Cream Lip Stain Set on sale for $10 CAD!

It looks like the Sephora Glitter Pots was only a holiday only thing, as I can’t find it in their regular collection. These definitely became gifts as I am horrible with putting glitter on my lids, but an artist friend found a use for them! I remember Sephora having large sized face palettes before, but I like the small compact packaging of The Enchanting Glow Face Palette (original price $13 CAD) for the 2018 holiday collection.

If you are looking to organize your bag by separating notebooks, keys, pens etc – the Sephora Tinsel Time Clutch ($18 CAD, on sale for $13 CAD) is good not just for keeping your makeup in order! It is pretty sturdy with its thick plastic material and also great for keeping travel documents together when you’re on the road! And if you’re already on the plane, the Sephora Glitter & Chill Cooling Mask can go hand in hand to sooth and reduce eye puffiness!

I haven’t worn eye lashes for a while, and the only ones I’m usually exposed to are the ones from Ardell and Kiss for ~$10! The Lilly Lashes for Sephora Collection Lash Set has an original price $75 CAD, on sale for $50 CAD – is it worth the price tag?! It comes with a pair of false lashes in “3D Mink Miami” and 1 pair of “Natural Mink Diamonds,” as well as an applicator. I’m guessing if you could get like 20 uses out of a pair, it would be worth it?! Another lash option is the Sephora Collection Fringe Lash Set comes with a dramatic set of falsies and a lash glue, all in a pretty rose gold case. This one I might be saving to gift someone down the road.

Lastly – brushes and sponges! The Sephora Blend & Clean Sponge Set comes with three Sephora collection sponges and a mini Solid Brush Cleaner – a product that I’ve purchased a full size of before and used it to clean my brushes. It is really good in removing stains from brushes and lasts for quite a while! The Sephora Starlit Brush Set and Wish Upon a Star Mini Brush Set are also great for any traveller – the Starlit Brush Set includes a stand up travel pouch, whereas the Mini Brush Set says it all with the word ‘mini’ in its name.

Now that 2018 is over, what is your makeup/skincare shopping plan for 2019?

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Macarons and Mischief by Macaronsandmischief - 4M ago

I miss my Hawaii vacation so much already!! One of my favourite parts about travelling is definitely the food. There is a huge Japanese population in the Honolulu area on the island of O’ahu. I was super excited to try some Japanese-American food, as I also miss Japan from my previous trip in May so much! Overall, my food experience was great, so it’s so hard to narrow down my favourite…so here’s five of my “I definitely will go back to” restaurants. I stayed in the Waikiki area, hence these are all the places you can find in that area (plus they’re all in close proximity to each other!)

Eel Spam Musubi from Musubi Cafe

PAIA FISH MARKET
When vacationing on an island, you know seafood got to be delicious. The fish and chips ($15.95 USD) at Paia Fish Market I had blows any fish and chips I ever had in Vancouver. You get 4 pieces of fish, fries, coleslaw salad, and homemade tartar sauce. To get a 2 piece fish and chips meal in Vancouver, expect to pay around $16-$19 (even though the exchange rate sucks, getting 4 pieces makes it worth it!) The batter was crisp and fried deliciously; while the fish (I had mai tai) was flakey. You can sit in or get take out; the atmosphere is very chill and the service was very friendly!

2299 Kūhiō Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

MUSUBI CAFE

You’re bound to find spam related dishes in many corners of Waikiki. Spam musubi is a popular to go snack/lunch, like an onigri. It is a slice of grilled spam on a block of sushi rice, wrapped with a seaweed. There’s many variations of it at Musubi Cafe, such as eel + spam musubi, radish + spam musubi, egg + spam musubi, avocado + egg + spam musubi . . . the combinations are abundant!! They average around $3 USD and I went back to Musubi Cafe a few times to get musubis to go. They’re so yummy to munch on at the beach, and I brought some with me to the airport before flying back home. SO much tastier than overpriced airport food. 

 2427 Kuhio Avenue (Pacific Monarch Hotel Ground Floor)
Honolulu, HI 96815

KONA COFFEE PURVEYORS

If you love coffee and pastries, the black sesame kouign amann at Kona Coffee Purveyors is 100% a must get. Then the pineapple almond coconut croissant. But I suggest going back for the black sesame kouign amann again. I have no idea what it is; I got it to eat on the plane ride and I was salivating as I was nomming on this in my cramped seat on WestJet, wishing I was back in Waikiki eating a fresh one. Even on the plane, it still maintained a buttery, flakey texture. Sadly, I do not have a clear photo of this pastry.  

Oh ya, the coffee is pretty delicious too. Everything here is a tad bit pricey, but very delicious!

2330 Kalakaua Ave #160
Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

MATCHA STAND MAIKO

Omg, this little matcha store, Matcha Stand Maiko, was 2 minutes from my hotel (behind Marakume Udon) via walking and I need more of it! It definitely reminds me of Kyoto and I looked online – there will be a store opening in Vancouver too! Much excited. I ordered a medium matcha parfait and my boyfriend got an iced Hojicha, which he said it was refreshing. After I devoured my parfait, I went back for a hot Hojicha tea, because a) I am grandma for craving a hot drink after a cold dessert b) I am a grandma for drinking hot tea in 27 degree Celcius weather and c) I LOVE THIS PLACE! 

The matcha parfait was the perfect size ( I actually finished it for once.) The matcha ice cream had the perfect bitterness to it and was topped with matcha powder. Underneath the ice cream was some matcha cake, corn flakes, and some kind of cubed jello. On top was two mochi balls and some kind of green bean ball (I think.) Everything just went so perfectly together and it wasn’t overly sweet! When I go back to Honolulu, this will be inside me again! Roar!

2310 Kūhiō Ave #143
Honolulu, HI 96815

MARUKAME UDON

Every night I walk by Marukame Udon, the line ups are super long. Luckily, when I arrived Honolulu around 2pm, I got to waltz into this udon shop with no lineup. It was my first meal in Honolulu. Size, portion, and price – all met my expectations! The smaller bowls is around $5-$6 USD and the large one is around $7 USD depending on which ones you order! On top of that, you can also get tempura, onigiri, and spam musubi on the side. (However, I will add the onigiri isn’t as good as Japan – too much rice, skip this!) The spam musubis were fresh and warm upon purchasing *insert drooling emoji* ! I had the special udon which was the tan tan one; which had spinach and some spiciness to it. My boyfriend had the Niku udon, which uses the traditional broth, topped with beef and onions. This was simple and flavourful. My only (slightly) negative takeaway was that the soup wasn’t hot enough for me – probably because of the time I went. Which means next time I got to go back for another hot bowl (just the lineups do get crazy!) 

Bonus – Matcha Stand Maiko is behind Marukame Udon.

2310 Kūhiō Ave #124
Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

Niku Udon

Thank you for bearing with me with my iPhone shot photos. There is abundant of amazing eats on the island of O’ahu and there are probably other infinite places I am missing that others have tried. Especially for those who love Japanese food, there is a huge Japanese population in Honolulu so the Japanese food is legit. So is the poke!  If you are staying in the Waikiki area, I highly recommend checking these out and more. Oh, and definitely go for the spam + rice + eggs breakfast in McDonalds too (does anyone else like to try different Mcdonalds meals in other cities? I feel like Vancouver is so boring now in comparison!) 

Waiting for my next getaway…

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Macarons and Mischief by Macaronsandmischief - 5M ago

Christmas is over, but holiday deals and shopping is still endless out there! I find that holiday sets (especially when discounted) are the best ways to try new products as they’re often bundled up in smaller sizes. Recently, I got a holiday box from FarleyCo, a Canadian health and beauty company. They always introduce a variety of brands that you can’t find at your average Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora. 

EcoTools Start The Day Beautiful Kit ($18.99)

This kit includes five essential brushes (angled foundation brush, blurring brush, defined crease brush, angled liner brush, and full blush brush,) as well as a storage tray. EcoTools was my first makeup brush brand as I liked its pricing and aesthetic. This is a great present idea for someone who wants to look to get into makeup!

Real Techniques Pocket Expert Organizer ($14.99)

For someone who lives in a condo, space is a valuable necessity. Especially for someone who talks about makeup products, there’s very limited storage for ALL the stuff I own (I know #firstworldproblems.) Since I moved in, we’ve been focused on storage organization and when I received this Pocket Expert Organizer, I was like yes more ways to save space! It uses Miracle Cling Technology to attach to bathroom surfaces such as glass, mirrors, marble, flat shiny tiles, and laminate. Great gift for any makeup brush collector or someone who loves to minimize clutter! PS – also great for the fridge and put some pens etc in it!

Real Techniques Expert Mini Face Brush ($8.99)

Though small in size, the Mini Face Brush has a full size head to give a full face foundation look quickly. I, too, bring a brush or two when I go on vacation and always choose the smaller ones.

Flexitol Lip Balm ($5.49)

This is my second tube of Flexitol Lip Balm – and it’s instant gratification for those living in cold weather and the lips are constantly chapped by that chill factor. Also, when I had a cold sore, the Flexitol Lip Balm really helped in making my swollen, flaking lips a bit healthier and made it feel like my blister was healing faster.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Peel Off Mask ($1.99)

Been trying out so many different masks since high school, won’t be stopping anytime soon! This is a clay peel off mask that contains seaweed, dead sea minerals, and natural clay.

Splat Vibrant Hair Colour Kit ($14.99)

The packaging got crushed in my mail! Splat’s hair colour kits are vegan and cruelty free. It’s bleach free and can be expected to last up to 30 washes!

MesmorEyes #304 ($5.99)

This is my first time seeing the brand MesmorEyes; each lash strip is knotted and feathered by hand which is pretty neat! #304 is the ‘drama’ look as the lashes are quite dense.  As someone who doesn’t wear lashes often, this will be a great gift for many people I have in mind (just got to decided to whom!)

I wish I can just bring this box to my cousins in Asia, it’s so hard to find brands with decent prices like this over there (though they have an amazing selection of Korean and Japanese products!) How have you guys been spending your post Christmas time!

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Been procrastinating on Christmas everything- as it’s only been less than a week since I came back from Hawaii. Yes I know Christmas isn’t too far away but I’m featuring potential gifts from NYX Cosmetics for your makeup loving friends (or yourself) anyways! Plus, it’s highly likely holiday themed products will go on sale after so you can definitely stock up then.

NYX Sugar Trip Advent Calendar ($75 CAD)

24 days of beauty, how can you say no to that?! This set comes with 14 pocket sized lip products including #thisiseverything lip oil, the Soft Matte Lip Cream, and Butter Gloss. There are also ten powders consisting of eyeshadows, blushes, and higlighters. ALL in a super duper cute travel compact size.

Sugar Trip Lip Treats Set ($23 CAD)

The Sugar Trip set comes with three mini sized products of the #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Scrub, Lip Balm and Lip Oil. For the person who likes to keep their lips hydrated but not wanting to wear colour, this gift is definitely pretty sweet! I’ve already been keeping the lip oil with me as it does leave the lips soft and moisturized! I will definitely report back on the lip balm and scrub (after the holiday craze is over!) 

NYX Lip Ornaments: Paradise Fluff Lip Oil ($9 CAD,) Whipped Wonderland Powder Puff Lippie ($12 CAD,) and Sweet Chateau Lip Lingerie ($6 CAD):

Why bother decorating a tree with ornaments when you can hang up these instead!! There’s a choice for every lip chooser- whether you want something minimal and hydrating (the Lip Oil,) or something with more pigmentation (Lip Lingerie.) Otherwise, the Powder Puff Lippie has a pillowy applicator that applies a lightweight colour to the lips. 

Paradise Fluff Powder Setting Brush ($23 CAD)

Go big or go home with this super fluffy, pink brush. This brush definitely stands out in my brown/black/grey brush collection now. It’s the flamingo of brushes! It is also packaged in a ornament style box but it definitely photographs better outside the box. 

Best thing right now – all these NYX Cosmetics beauty products are on sale right now online and in stores!! Grab them while you can before they’re gone. These gifts are pretty sweet and I think it attracts to a wide age range too! Once Christmas is over, I will for sure be giving a more depth review once I’ve tested a few things!! 

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Bath and body products are my go – to for anyone – boyfriend’s mom, my own mom, best friend . . . or save it in the back of the closet for yourself or when the time to make a gift basket arises. A while ago, I went into The Body Shop to learn about their holiday collection. I love what they do for the holidays as there is always an adorable theme behind it and also a good cause as well!

One of my favouJrite holiday items is actually not for body or face – but it’s for the home! Ever since I moved out, I’ve been obsessed with things that make a home look nice, and smell nice. (Two people, one bathroom – ENOUGH SAID!) Anyway, the Enchanted Forest Reed Diffuser ($20 CAD.)

FIRST – TWENTY DOLLARS! I walked in a shop with my mom and she wanted to buy a diffuser and the cashier is like $57. My mom did the awkward Asian thing and was like ‘oooo I will think about it’ and I knew she probably didn’t because I wouldn’t either. This reed diffuser is $20 (and The Body Shop often has sales too!) and it makes your room smell like pine trees! Super refreshing and I wish I had a place to put this in the bathroom. Bonus points for cute packaging and cute design on the bottle- I definitely will be keeping an eye out for more reed diffusers from The Body Shop in the future.

The Spa of the World Relaxing Gift Set is something my mother would 100% eyeing at. This $25 set comes with a tube of 250mL Adriatic Peony Body Wash, a Body Polisher, and a 50mL tub of Japanese Camellia Cream. I’ve used the body wash before and it has a nice relaxing fragrant. The Spa of the World line body creams are extra luxurious as well!

For stocking stuffers, these bath bombs ($3 CAD) will for sure make you go ‘awwww’ and not want to use it! For this holiday, there are three different choices: an owl Vanilla Marshmallow Bath Bomb, a reindeer Peppermint Candy Cane Bath Bomb, and a fox Berry Bon Bon Bath Bomb.

Another favourite stocking stuffer type present is the raccoon headband – perfect for the mask lover! I will be featuring it soon in another post, but you can also find it in my ‘Shop the Post’ widget below!

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Did you break your wallet from all the Sephora discounts and stuff yet? Or from Black Friday Shopping (because I know I did.) I purchased stuff like from clothes to roadside assistance (because having your battery break down at 10:00pm at night is NOT fun,) and I still need winter tires! I wish I could spend my winter tire budget on more skincare….that’s like two SUPER high end moisturizers. The holidays are inching up slowly and that means….holiday sets! I love holiday sets because brands love making them look pretty and somehow makes you feel like you’re getting a good deal….even if sometimes there’s 1-2 products I don’t end up using. I have some Fresh beauty sets and their packaging is cute AF!

How cute is the Nonstop Radiance Set ($76 CAD)!! I’m a huge fan of the ‘travel’ theme for this packaging, as I will be going on vacation soon and LOVE travel sized things. Plus, as a blogger there’s so many things to test – it feels more economical to test smaller sized products. (My cabinet in the washroom is overflowing!)

This is a five piece set that includes the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (50mL,) Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (2.2g,) Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask (15mL,) Lotus Youth Reserve Face Cream (50mL,) and Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water (5mL.)

I haven’t tried the Vitamin Nectar line so I’m super curious to see how this is! This is definitely coming in my carry on bag on the plane in a few weeks! I tried quite a few Fresh masks but not the Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, which contains seaweed flakes. I will report back on whether the results are good or not!

Destination Sugar ($31 CAD) is a set of thee mini 2.2g Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments in the shades Rose, Petal, and Tulip. These are cute as it comes in a set of three with perforated edges between each set; you can break them apart and gift them as stocking stuffers – or just keep them all to yourself!

The Masks for Miles ($94 CAD) is a set of four masks: Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask (30mL,) Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask (30 mL,) Sugar Face Polish (30g,) and the Rose Face Mask (30mL.) As mentioned, I’ve tried all of these but the Lotus one. I talked about the Rose Face Mask and the Black Tea one on my blog three years ago; perhaps it’s time for another mask battle and test all of them again!! My all time favourite Fresh mask is still the Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask – no other clay mask has done such a good job in cleansing my face and squashing pimples like a walk in the park.

Though not a travel theme or a set, the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy Zodiac Collection ($32 CAD) is cute for a birthday or a Christmas gift! I received the Sagittarius one and it has a hand drawn illustration of the zodiac. It contains sea fennel to smooth away lip wrinkles and lines, and orange extract to keep the lips nourished. I’ve been using it daily before work, and before going to bed and it makes my lips feel plump and moisturized. The slightly not so fun part is the price tag!

What kind of holiday shopping have you done so far??

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