Fresh-faced beauty: skincare gift sets


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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