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Ho Ho Holidays are coming-what will YOU wear? How about Gerry Weber?

I find myself getting more and more into fashion when Autumn & Winter roll around.  I like the idea of wearing layers and more clothing. It’s never too early for me to start my holiday preparations!  Check out the latest in Holiday Chic from Gerry Weber.  My favorite is Fireside cozy (but maybe not the winter white pants, as I AM a bit slovenly).  What’s your favorite?

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Jetting off to Saint-Tropez? Care for your skin too-Dermalogica style!

Oh wouldn’t we all just love to take a respite to a warm place right now? Even though we can’t all click our heels 3 times and magically be transported to a land of palm trees and sunshine, if you ARE planning a vacation, you CAN avoid making some of these common skin care mistakes (courtesy of the lovely Charmaine Cooper of Dermalogica).

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1.Rushing out too quickly for “Fun in the Sun”

-Right after a flight, skin is more dehydrated…making it more vulnerable.

-Immediate sun exposure for unprotected skin is the WORST kind of start to any vacation.

Solution:  Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water! Always wear your sun protection!

2.Too much Sun exposure!

Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from the skins surface, which is why sunburned skin requires more moisture than unexposed areas.

Solution:  Where possible, limit the time spent in direct sun exposure.  Be sun smart! Don’t be a vampire but protect yourself from UV rays by seeking shade, wearing UV protective clothing.

3.Sun damage – not a light thing!

Skin damage should be treated seriously.  Did you know that with immediate attention, the skin health can be recovered and renewed?

Solution: Using a powerful serum like AGEsmart Multivitamin Power Serum, to reverse Cellular damage is a phenomenal way to keep the skin looking and feeling its best. Use a small amount nightly, underneath your moisturizer.

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4. So, you got sun kissed! Kiss your skin with hydration!

Vacationers covet the “sun kissed” look but usually end up with a “skin dehydrated” look!  No matter what your age, the Sun is the number one way to dehydrate the skin.

Solution: Dermalogica AGEsmart Antioxidant Hydramist is a favourite way to restore the lost moisture, essential to your skin.  Mist the skin anytime of the day and night with cooling hydration, and a shield of antioxidants.

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5. Play hard but play fair!  Be good to your skin.

Start and finish your vacation right!

Solution: Wear SPF at all times –  SPF 20, SPF 25, SPF 30, or even SPF 50! We recommend, re-applying, often. We recommend, re-applying, often. Try Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster SPF 50. It can be applied on its own or mixed into your favorite moisturizer.

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6. Look great but also be great in your shades!

Sun glasses are always a cool accessory for your vacation. Glasses sometimes are not enough to protect those peepers.

Solution: Don’t forget to care for your eyes with an appropriate eye moisturizer that contains SPF.  UV rays can be attracted to the skin around the eyes, especially with dark glass frames. Be wise and good to the eyes! Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF 15 is a great option.totaleyecare

 

So there you have it folks!  Return from your time away looking refreshed both inside AND out!

Enjoy your vacation!

Gift idea for the beauty in YOUR life-Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

These palettes have been raved about and raved about!  Rightfully so….who couldn’t use a palette full of high quality neutral eye shadows?

 

The Naked 2 palette contains 12 “never boring” neutrals in matte, shimmer AND glitter textures.  This palette can produce many looks from everyday to going out!  There is also a full size double ended crease/shadow brush and a miniature lip gloss in the shade Naked.

I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t love this palette as a gift!

Find the Naked 2 palette on sephora.com (retail $60.00 CAD) or on the Shopping Channel ($60.00 CAD)

 

Gift idea for the beauty in YOUR life-dirt sweet + spicy sugar scrub vanilla sandalwood

Winter wreaks havoc on the skin-leaving it dry and flaky.   Nothing makes a beauty happier than a long hot shower/bath and a thorough exfoliation!

What it is

A relaxation ritual. A delectable body treatment.
Richly crafted, this abundant blend of sugar crystals, nutrient-rich antioxidants and essential oils render a divine exfoliation treatment. It features honey and chamomile extracts and nourishing essential oils and apricot kernels. Creamy vanilla and smoldering sandalwood are entwined to create a sweet aroma with a hint of spice.
Size: 12 oz / 350ml

coarse texture
maximum moisture
relaxing aromatherapy
No paraben, mineral oil, petroleum or artificial color.

dirt sweet+spicy vanilla sandalwood retails for $45.00 CAD

Find dirt products on Glymm.com or www.dirtbeaute.com

 

Gift idea for the beauty in YOUR life- Dermalogica!

The perfect holiday face begins with beautiful skin…..beautiful skin takes a great skin care routine!

Perfect holiday beauty looks start with the canvas.

Prep your skin with regular use of Dermalogica’s reformulated Multivitamin Power Serum which combines the best of both worlds:

combat aging skin and fine lines with the powerful punch of a NEW skin-friendly form of Vitamin A to improve its fighting power and effectiveness.

The Result?

The anti-oxidant-rich formula features Vitamins A, C, E and F to enhance cell-turnover, reduce hyper-pigmentation, therefore ensuring a smoother skin surface.

 

The night before, along with plenty of water and beauty sleep, try enriching and revitalizing your skin with Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque.

This powerful masque of concentrated antioxidant vitamins helps skin recover from damage and daily stress while enhancing barrier properties and promoting healthy tissue regeneration.

 

Now you’re ready to put on your face.

Step 1: Dermalogica’s hero product, AGEsmart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30.

The special ingredient? Rich in Amino acids, calcium, sugars and proteins, Pearl Powder stimulates cell regeneration and increases hydration while adding a beautiful shimmer to skin.

Smooth this on the skin for a flawless finish just before your foundation and concealer extending the coverage and wearability of your make-up for your night on the town.

Find Dermalogica:

on the web

on facebook

on twitter

 

Gift idea for the sweet tooth in YOUR life-Forget Me Not Bake Shoppe!

Holiday times are the BEST times for treats….and I find treats taste even better when they’re made by someone fantastic.

Introducing Forget Me Not Bake Shoppe!Providing tasty treats to the GTA-yes that’s right, shipping people!  You just place the order!  Let Forget Me Not do the baking FOR YOU!!! Can I get a brilliant in the house please?

Mission Statement:

To provide delicious homemade treats, inspired by vintage recipes,

To inspire thoughtful and creative ‘gift that keeps on giving’ ideas and experiences baked with the same quality of ingredients, care and attention you’d find in any fine bakery establishment, or your grandmother’s kitchen.

If your grandmother had tattoos and a bit of a potty mouth, that is..

And if that hasn’t piqued your interest, let me woo you with some photos…..*warning* you may need a napkin to wipe the drool away!

 
Okay so if that’s the website and they look *that* good, imagine how they taste IRL!!!!
 
Something else that I am signing up for (and several other cookie monsters in MY life) is the cookie subscription service.  Check this out:
 

Forget Me Not offers monthly cookie and treat subscriptions for your convenience. Give the gift of a sweet subscription – it really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Cookie of the Month

3 months $60
6 months $100
One year $200

Just imagine: Every month a dozen delicious, freshly-baked cookies arrive on the doorstep of your home or office. Whether you’re on the receiving end or the one doing the giving, you’re bound to become the most popular person in ‘hood. Or the most envied.

Ummmm is that genius or what?

Forget Me Not Bake Shoppe can be found on Facebook, where the full ‘menu’ and list of offerings is listed.  Give them a call-you won’t regret it and you’ll make someone smile for sure!

Gift idea for the fashionable-MAHAYATRA designs

Looking for something for the gentleman in your life?  Tired of the same old tie rack at the department store? You know….the one right next to the ‘sport socks’ that’s been picked over by everyone and their Grandma.  Well check this out:

Neelesh Mistry a local Torontian that seems to wear many hats. Technical
geek, owner of a spa and local stylist and now has recently launched his
own line of Men’s Accessories under the brand MAHAYATRA (meaning the great
journey). He comes from a family of tailors and funnily enough also
marries a person who’s families own manufactures womens clothing for
brands like Top Shop, Harrods and others. One can say that the passion for
fashion is a family thing.

MAHAYATRA has been a project in the works for several years and the
inspiration for the collection comes from his travels.  Years of traveling the globe, from its most authentic and rural
nooks to cosmopolitan and bustling cities, he has found a real need for a
wardrobe that weaves these global visions for the man who is on a similar
journey.

But don’t just take my word for it…..feast your eyes:

Mahayatra can be found:

on the web

*all images used with permission*

Gift idea for the beauty in your life-Aveda hand relief gift set!

Tis the season…..for extremely dry hands!

Why not treat that special someone in your life to the gift of soft hands with this set from Aveda?

It contains 3 1.4fl oz (travel size) hand moisturizers in different fragrances:

1 tube of rosemary mint

1 tube of vanilla, ginger and cassia

1 tube of vitamin formula for stressed skin

Keep in mind, these would be great for travel-they are within standard size for carry on and perfect for any purse or pocket!

This set retails for under $30.00 CAD! 

Find Aveda:

on the web

SITAMAA day spa in Yorkville-that’s where I get the majority of my Aveda products!

 

Gift idea for the beauty in YOUR life! Villianess Warming Body Cream – Dulce En Fuego: Whipped (Sugar & Chocolate)

I am a gourmand fragrance fan-I love to smell like things that are good enough to eat (let your mind go where it wants).  When I saw this duo, I knew I had to have-it reminds me of cinnamon and sugar doughnuts that I used to buy off the street in South Korea or get at the Ex.  It’s that good.

I’m sure the beauty in your life would love to smell delicious!

What it is:

Velvety Body Cream – Warming
Whipped! body creme is thick and stiff, yet light and quite soluble – much like edible whipped heavy cream.

A heavy moisture content for your dry skin, enough oils to create a breathable emollient barrier, and has a velvety-soft afterfeel. You’ll love it.
Size: 170 g

What it is:

Extra-decadent cherry kernel oil, antioxidant rich grapeseed oil, light coconut oil, and our favourite luxury mango butter.

SCENT: Musky bitter chocolate sweetened with vanilla and touches of citrus then positively inflamed with black pepper and nutmeg.

Warming Body Cream-Dulce En Fuego: Whipped (Sugar & Chocolate) retails for $15.75 CAD and can be purchased on Glymm.com or villianess.net.

*please note-they actually JUST POSTED a peppermint/candy cane fragrance.*

Gift ideas for the beauty in YOUR life- websites to shop!

Hey not everyone loves the thrill of shopping-especially during the busy holiday season.  If you’re the type of person who would rather sit in front of the _______ (insert your favorite place here) fireplace, television, Xbox, then how about using your mouse to shop for the beauties on your list?

Some of my favorite websites for beauty products:

The Shopping Channel.com You can’t go wrong here.  They have EVERYTHING-not just beauty.  Prices are competitive and shipping is QUICK.  I have bought everything from sheets to footwear to apparel to jewelry to makeup and have rarely been disappointed.  The return policy is a snap and customer service is hassle free!

ebeauty.ca  In my opinion, this is the Shopping Channel for beauty products.  Great selection, fantastic pricing, and terrific promotions (check out my post on their gift bag). This site has items that I’ve never heard of until I’ve clicked!  Quick shipping and easy returns.

nailpolishcanada.com  This is for all the nail polish people! I didn’t know there were that many different kinds of polish and nail accessories until I visited this site.  Best of all-this site is up on all the latest trends, has great pricing, and fast shipping.  They will occasionally host fantastic contests with drool-worthy prizes!  P.S. This is the site to visit if you’re looking for ‘popular’ polish or polish not easily accessible in Canada.

Glymm.com  This is a subscription box service that also has an online store (with full size products from the Glymm box).  I like this site because they have unique items that I wouldn’t know of unless I was specifically looking for them.  Shipping is not as quick as I would like but they manage in a decent amount of time.  Check this site for ‘luxury’ beauty products.

There you have it…some of my favorite sites to make crossing the names off of your gift list even easier!  Even though the selection is great and shipping IS quick, don’t delay.  The holidays are practically here!