Make it pop: Three great gift ideas from Shoppers Beauty

It always surprises me what Shoppers Drug Mart has in store.

No longer does the popular Canadian drugstore carry just pharmaceutical products and drugstore beauty, but they have basically anything and everything you can think of.

I always love to browse Shoppers during the holiday season since you can find so many excellent gift ideas in store at all different price points. From toys to cosmetics to chocolates and jewelry, there is truly something for everyone, which makes it a great place to shop for gifts.

Now with that being said, obviously when it comes to cosmetics, Shoppers Drug Mart has tons of great items in store. They actually recently sent me a giant box of goodies and there were three that stood out to me as some great gift ideas, no matter who you are giving them to.

Quo Cosmetics Crackers

Quo Beauty Cosmetic Crackers

I’ve gotten these Quo Beauty Cosmetic Crackers (C$15) for a few years in a row now and find them to be an excellent gift idea.

If you have a lot of friends that you need to buy gifts for, then I would definitely pick this up.  This set comes with six crackers that contain mini Quo Beauty lip glosses in all sorts of colours. You can either gift this as a set or break them up (it would be perfect as a party favour for a girlfriend’s holiday dinner!). They would also make great gift ideas for every night of Hanukkah (you would need two more though to round out the eight days).

Life Brand Frosted Forest Soothing Sheet Mask

Life Brand Soothing Sheet Mask

Another great gift idea is a sheet mask.

Now obviously you would want to get something else to round out the gift, but if you are doing up some gift bags then a sheet mask is a great addition.

As part of their Life Brand, Shoppers has a festive sheet mask in their holiday line up, the Frosted Forest Soothing Sheet Mask. At only C$1.99, you can stock up on these as they are perfect for healing dry and tired winter skin.

This sheet mask is formulated with willow herb to soothe irritated skin, as well as purslane extract to replenish dry skin and keeping it hydrated and nourished.

Quo Beauty All the Glam Brush Set

Quo Beauty All The Glam Brush Set

My very first brushes were a holiday brush set from Quo, so I hold their brushes near and dear to my heart.

Every year Quo Beauty comes out with amazing brush sets and this year is no different.  One of their sets is the All The Glam Brush Set (C$25, valued at $50), which is an amazing value and comes with six brushes and a case.

This brush set has six travel-sized brushes, including a powder brush, a foundation brush, a crease brush, an all-over shadow brush, a smudge brush, and a pointed liner brush, all of which comes housed in a tin canister.

All the brushes feature 100 per cent synthetic fibers and are sure to become your favourite brushes yet.  Also, can we just talk about that price? For $25 you can’t go wrong with this.  Their brushes usually sell out quick, so hop on this right away!


Of course there are so many amazing gift ideas from Shoppers, both from their in-house brand and others that everyone knows and loves. Make sure to pop into your nearest location to see the gift ideas in person, or check them out online as well!

Will you be picking up any gifts from Shoppers Drug Mart this holiday season?

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Something for everyone: Holiday goodies for everyone from Mary Kay Cosmetics

It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

I love seeing what every brand has to offer for the holidays every year and one of the first holiday packages I got in was from Mary Kay Cosmetics.

As always, they have some amazing products in store for you this season, including some items for men as well!  Anyways, there’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to it!

MKMen Skin Savers Bundl

Starting first with the men’s item, the MKMen Skin Savers Bundle (C$65). This set comes in a limited-edition grey monochrome pouch that is perfect for toiletries, as well as a full-size of the MKMen Advanced Eye Cream, as well as a full-size of the MKMen Advanced Facial Hydrator Sunscreen SPF 30. My boyfriend and I are actually heading to Mexico over the holiday break, so this set will definitely come in handy for him with the facial sunscreen (which men should apply daily anyways).

Another great gift for the guy in your life is the Limited-Edition Men’s Fragrance Set (C$39), which includes three different travel-sized fragrances.  These colognes are perfect for travel or just keeping on him for on-the-go, plus since the sizes are quite small, it will allow him to wear the scents before purchasing to see which one is his fave.

Mary Kay Limited-edition Fragrance Sets for the holidays 2021

Included in this set is Cityscape Cologne Spray, MK High Intensity Cologne Spray, and MK High Intensity Sport Cologne Spray.

Mary Kay also offers this fragrance trio for women as well. The Limited-Edition Women’s Fragrance Set (C$39) is also filled with three deluxe travel-sized scents in some new fragrances.

Included in here is the Live Fearlessly Eau de Perfum, Love Fearlessly Eau de Perfume, and Dream Fearlessly Eau de Perfum, the last two of which are brand new.

Mary Kay Matte + Shine Lip Kits Mary Kay Matte + Shine Lip Kits swatches in Rose Pink and Cinnamon

For some mistletoe kisses, take a look at the new limited-edition Mary Kay Matte + Shine Lip Kits (C$30 each).  These sets, which come in two different holiday-appropriate colours, contain a matte liquid lipstick and a clear lip oil to put over top.

Available in Cinnamon and Rose Pink, these lipsticks are infused with Vitamin E and can be worn either matte or with shine.  The lip oil conditions lips so they are healthy, soft, and look shiny.  These are so perfect for the holidays and I love these kinds of kits since it gives you both options depending on the mood you are in. You can also just keep the lip oil on you for handy moisture touch-ups throughout the day.

Lash Love Fanorama® Mascara

For the lashes, check out their new Lash Love Fanorama mascara (C$21), which is the newest version in their Fanorama mascara brand.  This limited-edition mascara gives you fluffy and fanned-out lashes thanks to a new brush. This blush helps to life, separate, and place each lash, leaving you with a dramatic lash look.  The brush also features a zigzag design to cover each lash with their Lash Love formula, and has staggering rows of soft, silicone bristles to make sure that as much pigment as possible covers each lash.

Now the above items are all part of their holiday collection for this year, however, Mary Kay also has a number of other winter 2021 items that were just launched that will make perfect gifts as well.

Mary Kay Intuitive pH Lip Balm

First up is the Intuitive pH Lip Balm (C$21), which is available in two shades. This lip balm features smart, pH reactive ingredients that work with your body to deliver a colour that is unique to you. Both shades, Pink and Berry, transforms based on the chemistry of your body and also moisturizes lips, making this so perfect for winter.

Citrus Rose Satin Hands® Pampering Set

Also perfect for winter is their new limited-edition Satin Hands set in the fragrance Citrus Rose (C$51). This set includes three products, a protecting softener, a refining scrub, and a nourishing shea cream, to give you soft and smooth hands.

The fragrance of citrus rose is a beautiful blend of rose and citrus, which is so pleasant and beautiful. Use the products together for a unique routine thanks to the added shea cream, or use them separately for on-the-go treatments.  Hands will feel moisturized, soft, and smooth. It also comes housed in a little bag, making it perfect for gift giving.

Finally, I was really excited to see that Mary Kay released a gift with purchase when you buy either their TimeWise Replenishing Serum C + E or the TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Advanced Lifting Serum. The brand has two gift sets (C$67) which include one of these serums, along with a rose quartz facial roller.

Mary Kay Rose Quartz Facial Roller with TimeWise Replenishing Serum C E™

Apply your serum first and then go in with the real rose quartz facial roller to massage in the serum or facial oil.  It’s a great little gift set and the roller also comes in a pink organza bag, so it also makes a great item for gifting (these rollers are always a great gift idea!).

The winter 2021 items just launched last week, so everything is now available. Make sure to contact your local Mary Kay rep to place your orders in early!

Do you have anything from Mary Kay Canada on your wish list?


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Hair 911: Noughty Haircare To The Rescue line

I love a good affordable haircare line.

A couple weeks ago a box showed up in the mail with a line that I had never heard of before, Noughty Haircare.  This line is 97 per cent natural, vegan, and cruelty-free, and includes both haircare and body care products. In Canada, you can find the line at both Walmart Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Although there are a variety of different formulas in their line, the brand sent over their To The Rescue line to try out on my hair. This line replenishes lost moisture for dry and damaged locks. In total there are six products part of this regimen, including a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, rescue deep-conditioning mask, leave-in detangling spray, and a balm.

Noughty Haircare To the Rescue line

Noughty sent me the shampoo, conditioner, moisture mask, and leave-in treatment, and because this was the first time I had ever heard of the brand before, I couldn’t wait to hop in the shower and give my hair a wash.

Starting first with the shampoo and conditioner, the To The Rescue Shampoo (C$11.37) and Conditioner  (C$11.37) is intensely moisturizing and targets dry and damaged hair. The formula is 97 per cent natural and it gently cleanses the hair without stripping.  The formula includes sweet almond, which helps to replenish moisture, and sunflower seed extract, which helps with creating healthy-looking hair.

Now if you need something more heavy duty, then take a look at their To The Rescue Treatment Mask, which is a deeply hydrating mask that contains a formula of blended oils to moisturize hair.

Noughty Haircare To the Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner

This mask also contains sweet almond, as well as black oat extracts, which enhances the hair’s natural barrier while smoothing it.  Since black oats are packed with natural water reservoirs, it helps to improve the structure of the hair surface by up to 43 per cent. The mask also contains argan oil, meadowfoam oil, coconut oil, and shea butter for optimal softness and hydration.

Once you are out of the shower, and if you need some extra hydration, then apply their Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner (C$14.27) This treatment, which you apply to damp hair, helps with split ends and damaged hair, leaving your locks looking and feeling stronger.

The formula includes sweet almond extract, as well as argan oil to increase moisture levels and elasticity.  It also has Vitamin E, which helps to protect against environmental stressors as well.

Noughty To The Rescue Intense Moisture Mask

This leave-in treatment is great for those who have thick and coarse hair as it helps to hydrate without weighing it down.

There are a few other products in this range, but I really love these four as I do find that as the weather gets colder and drier, I find my hair tends to get very dry.  These will definitely be a lifesaver in the months to come!

Noughty To the Rescue Leave in Conditioner

Have you tried any products from Noughty Haircare?

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