Fresh-faced beauty: skincare gift sets

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My face has been taking a beating this past month.

I usually have pretty good skin, but between the weather getting colder, the socializing (apparently I’ve been popular these past months), and the stress of everyday life (work has been really busy #deadlines), I’ve been breaking out.  My Clarisonic has just not been cutting it, I need something more.  Well lucky for me, with the holidays coming up, tons of brands have been releasing holiday sets that let you try out the lines without breaking the bank.

first aid beauty

One of the skincare lines I’ve been dying to try out has been First Aid Beauty.  The skincare line has a five-piece set that includes essentials to keep skin healthy, glowing, and youthful. Included in the C$60 kit (with a value of C$125), is the FAB Face Cleanser, the FAB Facial Radiance Pads to exfoliate, tone and brighten, the FAB Ultra Repair Cream, the FAB Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, and the FAB Eye Duty Triple Remedy for erasing dark circles.

First Aid Beauty products have gotten tons of hype because of their ability to improve skin.  I’m super excited to try out this set because I have heard nothing but good things about the brand and this kit includes everything you need for a full skincare routine.

Ole Henrickson

Another brand that gets tons of hype for their skincare products is Ole Henriksen. Known for their creams and serums, the Unwrap Your Radiance Collection contains radiance-boosting anti-age products to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. The brand’s formulas balance potent actives, soothing botanicals, and intoxicating scents to reveal a healthy, younger-looking complexion.  Basically what every girl needs once the weather starts getting colder.

Valued at C$135, this C$60 set includes the African Red Tea Foam Cleanser, the Truth Serum Collagen Booster, the Pure Truth Activating Oil, the Sheer Transformation Brightening Moisturizer, the Invigorating Night Gel, and 10 Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths.

Although these aren’t full-size products, you get a really good introduction to the brand. Their products are quite pricey when bought alone, so this set gives you a nice starter to the brand to see what works and if its worth it to purchase the full size version of the product.

I’m in desperate need for a new skincare routine and it’s going to be tough to decide which set I want to try first since I’ve heard wonderful things about both these brands.  I am a huge Clinique 3-Step System girl, but I’m always down for trying new things, especially when those brands are so beloved from so many people.


Finally, lip balm is an absolute must once we head into November. Fresh’s Sugar lip balms have quite the cult following and this set is something right up my alley.

The Fresh Sweet Nudes set is a holiday collection of four nude lip balms and a pot of their Sugar Lip Polish.  The jujube-smelling set is perfect as a gift, or split them up and give them to all your besties (I mean, really, do you need four lip balms…. actually, yeah you probably do #girlproblems).  Find the set at Sephora for $42.

Part of the excitement of the holidays for me is definitely the sets that brands come out with this time of the year. Stock up on all your faves because you usually get the most bang for your buck, plus you get the chance to try new products.

What’s your favourite skincare line?

Please note, products sent by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Lashing out: Yves Rocher Volume Elixir mascara

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Yves Rocher’s mascaras.  Mascara is definitely one of those hit or miss beauty products.  I’ve tried great ones, and ones that I wouldn’t even give the time of day to again.  Also, price doesn’t always justify a great product.  I know tons of drugstore mascaras that are way better than their prestige counterparts.

One of my favourite mascaras is Yves Rocher’s Volume Vertige mascara, which gives you true false-like lashes.  Their products are relatively cheap if you order them online, which in Canada is the best place to get them.  I’ve been to actual stores in Europe, but they only have physical retailers in Ontario and Quebec in Canada. As a result, it can be quite difficult to know if what you are ordering will be good.  Well, I’ve tried many products from the line and haven’t used anything I haven’t liked.  Their new mascara being one of them.

The Volume Elixir mascara combines volumizing texture with Hisbiscus peptides, which are known for their filmogen and nourishing properties.  These peptides also protect and reinforce the keratinous lash fiber.

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The conical brush with double fibers allows for a thorough application of the product, leaving you with long, voluminous lashes.  If there is one thing that the brand knows how to do well, it’s definitely mascara.  Compared to its predecessor Volume Vertige, I do like that one better, but with that being said, Volume Elixir is amazing as well.  For sure one of the best mascaras I have tried.  The best part?  It’s currently 41 per cent off at Yves Rocher online, so instead of C$22, you can buy it for C$13. Grab two because you’ll be using so much of this stuff, you’ll blink and you’ll be done!

Have you tried Yves Rocher’s mascaras?

Note, this post contains products sent by PR. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Jingle balms! eos holiday 2014 smooth spheres

EOS TITLEI know, I know, it’s not even Halloween, but I just can’t resist talking about holiday 2014 products.  This definitely is my favourite season for cosmetics because everything is so colourful and fun, and best of all, available as value sets!

Lip balm all-star eos has released the cutest (and yummiest!) flavours of their Smooth Spheres, inspired by fashion designer Rachel Roy (who doesn’t love a designer collab?).  Available as a three pack or a single pack, these little egg-shaped bad boys are seriously hard to resist this season.

The balms this season are inspired by sun-filled travel destinations: Indian Summer (orange blossom), Barbados Heat (Wildberry), St. Bart’s Sunrise (pink grapefruit), and Aloha Hawaii (strawberry kiwi).  Not only do they smell absolutely delish (plus the colours of the balms are definitely the chicest I’ve seen from the line), but they also incorporate Rachel’s signature “wings design” on the eos spheres.

balmswingsThe three pack includes pink grapefruit, orange blossom, and strawberry kiwi (C$10.00 SRP), with the one pack of wild berry retailing for C$3.99 SRP).  eos lip balms are USDA-certified organic and 100 per cent natural. They are enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil.  They are also petrolatum free, paragon free, and gluten free.

I did receive the eos smooth sphere holiday set from last year and found these are the perfect little stocking stuffers.  Either gift the set or break it up and toss it in with a bunch of other goodies.  Everyone needs a lip balm and with these cute colours and irresistible scents, this one is a must this season.

Will you be picking up the eos Rachel Roy collection?

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

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