Holiday roulette: Festive gift picks from The Body Shop

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If there is one store I can think of when it comes to gifts for just about anyone, it’s The Body Shop.

Need an affordable secret santa gift?  A stocking stuffer? A gift for your kid’s teacher? Bath and body products make perfect “generic” gifts for just about any occasion. I have often thought that The Body Shop makes the perfect “I wasn’t sure what to get you, so I got you this” kind of gift for just about anyone.

So, dear readers, if you are stuck this holiday season on what to get your boyfriend’s mom’s sister, read on…

For the teacher…

apple glazed

Want a new take on the whole give your teacher an apple thing?  Gift The Body Shop’s Glazed Apple Treat Box (C$10), which comes with minis of their special-edition Glazed Apple scent.  Housed in a candy-striped box, this set includes the Glazed Apple Shower Gel (60 ml), Glazed Apple Body Butter (50 ml), and a Green Mini-Crinkle Bath Lily (aka a loofah).

For your co-worker who has kids…

Bath jelly

The holidays can be quite stressful, especially if you have kids.  Gift your favourite coworker (you know, the one who balances her nine-to-five and nine and five year olds) with a bath jelly to take the pressure off.  Try The Body Shop Glazed Apple Bath Jelly (C$12), which turns your bubble bath into clouds of sweetly scented bubbles.

The Secret Santa gift…

body butters

So you have your old cranky coworker and no clue what to get her?  With the weather being dry this time of the year, body butter would be a great choice.  And, why gift one when you can gift three?  Fruity Sweethearts (C$14) includes three minis of The Body Shop’s most popular fruity flavours, including their Strawberry Body Butter, Satsuma Body Butter, and Mango Body Butter (all 50 ml), all housed in an adorable heart gift box.

The stocking stuffer…

lip balm

I feel like this one is a given, but who doesn’t need a lip balm?  Housed in a tin packaging and a variety of flavours (I love the Vanilla Brûlée one – limited edition!), this 20 ml balm is perfect for just about anyone.

For your boyfriend’s mom..

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Give an assortment of goodies with the Festive Picks set (available in a variety of popular scents), which includes a 250 ml shower gel, 50 ml body butter, 50 ml body scrub, 100g soap, and a mini loofah.  This set, which comes in a super-cute box, retails for $25 and helps send a child to class through War Child.

For the best friend…

Geisha

Obviously this won’t be the only gift you’ll be giving your BFF come the holiday season, but if you like to give an assortment of goodies, this one is right on the money.  The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Doll (C$15) is a red stain that is perfect for holiday parties.  The best part?  Obviously the packaging, which is a mini Geisha head. Double the product up and wear it on your cheeks for the perfect, “I just got out of the cold” look.

If you didn’t already feel great gifting these gifts already, The Body Shop is teaming up with War Child, the global charity for children affected by war, to grant children the wish of education.  They aim to provide more than six million lessons in war-torn areas, so for every gift you buy, no matter how big or small, The Body Shop will make a contribution that funds a class for a child.  Last Christmas, they raised $300,000 towards the building of five new schools with their Community Fair Trade partners around the world.  The first school has already opened and another four will open by the end of the year in Nepal, Honduras, India, and Ghana.

So, not only will you be making someone close to you’s day, but also children half-way across the globe.  Total win-win for everyone.

Who’s on your gift list this year?

Please note, this product was sent by PR.  All opinions are my own.

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The new #BFF: Black Friday hits Polo Park mall

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Four more days!!!

If you know me, you’ll know I’m crazy about new store openings and Boxing Day.  When it comes to shopping, I don’t mess around.  I am that girl that wakes up at 5 a.m. to hit the stores bright and early to get the best deals (or 4 a.m. if it’s an IKEA grand opening…).  Minus a million weather?  Pff, that ain’t going to stop me.  I love the rush, the crowds, the excitement.

Traditionally here in Canada, Boxing Day was the one day of the year where stores and retailers offered the best deals, but to keep the Canadian economy going, and to keep our cash in our country, pretty much every retailer has followed America’s lead and brought Black Friday deals to our home and native land.

I attended Black Friday last year at Polo Park Mall and did find some amazing deals (tons of stuff at Lululemon for $19!), and of course, as time goes by, Black Friday has gotten bigger and better.

Although Black Friday lands on November 28, Polo Park is starting the celebration early.  From now until November 26, shoppers will have the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree with a stylist on Black Friday.  To enter, stop by Centre Court at the stylist activation boot, or visit their website, or download the new CF SHOP! app.  Contest closes on November 26 at 5 p.m. CST.

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Speaking of the app, available now, the app features store promotions, events, a store directory, and customers can check their SHOP! gift card balances (SHOP! cards make perfect gifts because you can use them at most stores at any Cadillac Fairview mall). For those shoppers who like to get interactive, stop by Centre Court and sign up for a free style consultation until this Wednesday, November 26.

And finally, the day we’ve been waiting for, Polo Park opens at 7 a.m. on Black Friday, November 28 (although I did see this weekend that Bath & Body Works opens at 6 a.m.).  Both 103.1 Virgin Radio and 99.9 BOB FM will be broadcasting live in Centre Court starting at 8 a.m., and of course Santa will be there as well (he loves a good deal too!).  Also, come dressed to impress as Swish Productions will be surprising some fashionable shoppers with SHOP! cards throughout the day.

Unfortunately I work on Black Friday, but if there are any really good doorbusters I might have to make it to the mall for 7 a.m.  If not, I’ll be stopping by as soon as I get off work for the day.  I’m planning on hitting Lululemon, Sephora, Apple, H&M, The Bay, and Dynamite for some #BFF (Black Friday Fashions, obviously!).

Are you excited for Black Friday?  What stores will you be hitting up?

Please note, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Polo Park Mall and Cadillac Fairview.  I will be receiving compensation for this post.  Regardless, you’ll still find me at the mall on November 28 ;).

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A bouquet of lashes: CoverGirl Lashblast Full Lash Bloom mascara

TITLEA cult favourite has another sister coming to town.

Launching in December, CoverGirl Lashblast Full Lash Bloom mascara promises a full lash look that’s soft to the touch.  The pink brush “creates volume from root to tip and combs and coats cases evenly for full separated volume”. Different from other Lashblast versions, this one has a soft mousse formula made with natural beeswax to provide “volume that stays soft to the touch all day”.

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I have tried a few versions of Lashblast, including the original and Clump Crusher, which is one of my favourite mascaras in general, so I was super pumped to try this one out.  The mascara is the same size as the other versions, but this one is housed in a pink casing with flowers on it (swoon!).  The brush is made up of short and long bristles, but not angled like Clump Crusher.

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Overall, I thought this mascara was alright.  I much prefer Clump Crusher if I had to choose between that one and this one.  My lashes did feel slightly softer, however, I could still feel some mascara on them.  This mascara does give you nice lashes, but nothing show-stopping (for example, no one asked me what mascara I was wearing).

Are you excited to try out CoverGirl Lashblast Full Lash Bloom mascara?

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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