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Father’s Day is this weekend, which means there’s never been a better time to treat your pops or a guy in your life who deserves a little recognition. Spoil him with my top Father’s Day gift ideas:

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There’s not question that he’ll love a Cotton Club Canada subscription. This monthly subscription service ($30/month) will keep him feeling great. Created by Canadian entrepreneurs, the subscription delivers comfy and stylish boxers and socks every month in either classic or modern styles. And as a bonus, you can save 10% off the subscription with the code FathersDay2017 until June 30th!

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Want to spoil a lady in your life this holiday season, but not where to start? I’m sharing some of my top gift picks for every budget today so you can find the perfect beauty gift (within your budget)! Read on to see my top picks.

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  1. mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers ($11) – Two picture perfect mini nail lacquers in complimenting colours will have her creating gorgeous nail looks in no time!
  2. Olay Essentials Holiday Gift Set ($10) – Make sure she has what she needs to keep her skin looking great throughout the holidays with this set containing Olay Wet Cleansing Towelettes & Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer.
  3. Fresh Sugar Rosé Ritual ($23) – She’ll love you for this Fresh gift set & will gladly show off her smile all holiday season long, thanks to the Sugar Rosé Lip Shine Treatment & Tinted Lip Treatment.
  4. Birchbox Membership ($10/Month, available in 3, 6 or 12 month options) – The gift that keeps on giving! Each month, she’ll receive a box full of deluxe beauty samples right to her door.
  5. QUO Lips All Around set ($25 at Shoppers Drug Mart) – This set of 8 QUO lip glosses will have her starting the new year with a brilliant smile – and lots of choice!
  6. Philosophy Amazing Grace Ornament ($22) – This purse size version of Philosophy’s Amazing Grace fragrance smells great – plus, you can hang it on the tree before you gift it!

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  1. The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Tin of Delights ($39) – Who doesn’t love finding a treat from The Body Shop under the tree? This set, in the limited edition frosted cranberry scent, comes complete with shower gel, body butter, lip balm and a shimmer fragrance globe (which you will LOVE).
  2. Mary Kay Cream & Sugar Gift Set ($30) – This limited edition set contains the Chocolate Cocoa Body Scrub & Marshmallow Body Whip – can you say delicious?
  3. Benefit Cosmetics Real Cheeky Party Kit ($50) – As any girl knows, Benefit’s blushes are top shelf, which makes this set a must-have under the tree. Seriously. It contains 5 of their fave powder blushes, Watt’s Up highlighter and They’re Real! Push-Up Liner & Mascara. Plus, they’re housed in the cutest keepsake tin.
  4. Vichy Christmas Boxes ($39.50 each, available at drugstores) – She will so thank you for gifting her one of these tins, especially when you choose her perfect match. The boxes feature Vichy’s amazing lines – Liftactiv, Neovadiol, Aqualia, Proeven & Normaderm – so can find the one that matches her skin’s needs!
  5.  Avon Makeup Design Palette ($30) – The perfect set for someone who’s starting to play around with makeup or who loves changing up their look! This set contains 21 shadows, 6 lip glosses, 3 blushes, 1 bronzer and an instructional booklet.

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  1. QUO Backstage Brush Set ($70 at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques) – As if this 8 piece brush set (with gold handles) wasn’t enough, it comes in this stunning geometric clutch  that will definitely come in handy on NYE!
  2. Mary Kay Limited Edition Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush ($60) – This limited edition colourful version of MK’s Skinvigorate brush is the perfect size for travel and gives a great clean!
  3. Saje Wellness aromaGem Gift Set ($85) – I’m going to start off by letting you know that I’m absolutely crazy for Saje Wellness. I have the aromaGem and l-o-v-e it – and I can guarantee she will too. This nebulizing diffuser even comes with two holiday-ready diffuser blends: Tree Scents & Peppermint Twist. Get. Her. This. You’ll thank me.
  4. Pearls for Girls Armona Bracelet ($70) – Let’s be real here; What gal doesn’t want a little bling around the holidays? This bracelet is so unique, with a great combination of stones that’s perfect for layering. LOVE.
  5. Too Faced Le Grand Palais ($72) – This set is enough to make my Too Faced-loving heart jump around in my chest. I mean, 18 eye shadows, 2 blushes, bronzer, highlighter, plus deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara, Melted Lipstick & Shadow Primer Insurance – need I say more?

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  1. Clarisonic Smart Profile Set ($299) – This set really takes on 3-in-one gift status. The Smart Profile comes complete with a facial brush head, a brush head and the pedi disc/buffing head combo, meaning she’ll be taking care of from head to toe.
  2. My Burberry Festive ($135) – My Burberry smells amazing enough as is, but through in some luxe gold flakes and this limited edition version will be sitting pretty on her vanity.
  3. Sephora Glitter Happy Brush Set ($106 in store) – Oh you guys. This brush set is just so pretty. The 6 makeup brushes have found their home inside this beautiful rose gold glitter-filled acrylic base, and they’re oh so soft. I’ve made mine a permanent fixture on my desk.
  4. Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Runway Beauty Secrets ($118) – This amazing set of BB’s perfectly on-trend products will have her creating a gorgeous look in no time!
  5. LUSH Under the Mistletoe ($130) – Give her the gift of relaxation and let her pamper herself with this collection of LUSH’s holiday favourites. Between the bath bombs, soaps, massage bars, shower gels & other treats, she might never leave the bathroom again.

What are your top beauty picks for gifting this holiday season?

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Shopping for your gal pals isn’t necessarily an easy task, especially when you’ve got a handful of friends you want to give a little something to! I’ve pulled together some of my fave value sets that make it easy to share a treat with your best chums without breaking the bank!

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Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks: Your pals are going to love this Too Faced set, which contains 3 deluxe size Melted Lipsticks & 3 matching deluxe sized Love Flush Blushes. Give each friend a matching set and you’ll be in her good books for the new year!  $45.00 ($75.00 value)

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The Body Shop Lippy Star Wand: Yes, the packaging of this Body Shop gift set is adorable – but even better than that is the 5 Born Lippy lip butters included inside! Bonus: Each of these holiday gifts sold gives one day of safe water to a family in Ethiopia through WaterAid! $25.00 ($30.00 value)

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L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet: With the winter month here, you know that your friends are going to be dealing with dry skin, especially on their hands! Gift them a bit of moisture with L’Occitane’s luxurious hand creams – they’re worth it! 6 creams means 6 friends – and you might want to keep one for yourself. $60.00 ($72.00 value)

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Sephora Collection Gift-A-Gloss Lip Gloss Sampler: One of the sets that will give you the most bang for your buck, this set features 8 flattering lip glosses from Sephora. The best part? They’re all individually packaged and ready to gift. $30.00 ($70.00 value)

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Atelier Cologne Necessaire Azur Gift Set: This set of 4 purse perfume travel sprays will have your friends smelling great all season! Pair the scents to match your friends’ personalities and watch them fall in love. $32.00 ($70.00 value)

What do you plan on gifting your girlfriends with this holiday season? Do you have any fun DIY gifts?

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Don’t forget about mom!  With Mother’s Day being only a few days away I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect treats to surprise my mama bear with.  Since it’s all about her this Sunday, I’ve come up with a few ideas that I think she’ll absolutely love and hope to inspire you as well!

      1. Pamper her with the OURS by Cheryl Hickey line!  There’s no better gift that being taken care of and feeling refreshed. As a new mom, Cheryl wanted to create a line that would be safe, simple and natural, and perfect for the whole family to use. The line is free from all the bad stuff so you can feel good about using it!  Put together a little gift basket with the Face & Body Exfoliator ($11.99 CAD), EveryBody Lotion ($11.99 CAD) & 3-in-1 Hydrating Oil ($14.99) to mom can feel beautiful (as if she isn’t beautiful enough already) from head to toe! PS.  Click here for a Mother’s Day message from Cheryl!
      2. Treat her with eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms ($7.99 CAD)! These cute little sphere shaped balms are a fun little treat for her to pop in her purse.  This limited edition set contains the Passion Fruit and Fresh Watermelon flavours.
      3. Give her a fresh scent with Avon Outspoken Fresh by Fergie Eau de Parfum ($30.00 CAD). This fun, vibrant fragrance is perfect for spring and summer with fresh notes of sparkling citrus, blackcurrant flower and sandalwood. One spritz and she;ll feel her spirits instantly lifted!
      4. Illuminate her with the new Lise Watier Teint Lumière Luminous Foundation ($39.00 cAD). This foundation provides ultra-light yet buildable coverage for a finish that blends seamlessly into the skin.  It evens out the skintone and gives a look of instant radiance.  Make her glow like the goddess she is!
      5. Treat her like a pro and give her the perfect tools for flawless beauty with this brush set ($50.00 CAD) from the QUO Mother’s Day collection. Colourful and springy, this set contains everything she needs for her beauty routine; foundation, concealer, blush, shadow definer, crease blender, gel liner, liner/brow definer and lip brushes can all be found in this lovely kit with a handy pink travel bag.
      6. Refresh her with an at-home spa night. These face masks from Montange Jeunesse are exactly what she needs to kick back for a night.  Through on her favourite movie and treat her to a glass of wine while these masks work their magic.  The Super Fruit Mud mask ($1.99 CAD) deeply cleanses & nourishes pores while the Dead Sea Mud Spa mask ($2.49)  cleanses, invigorates & revitalises the skin so she ends up looking brighter and feeling fresher than ever!
      7. Let her relax with a warm cup of tea & let her enjoy the beautiful weather outside with Lemon Lily’s Canadian Maple tea ($7.00 CAD). This organic & all natural tea contains a blend of fair trade rooibos, Canadian maple & brown sugar for a sweet treat that she’ll love.
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With just over a month to go until Christmas, I’m sure that many of you are starting to look for the perfect gifts for the people in your life (unless you’re a planner and have everything locked down – so not me!).  I’ve got a series of gift guides lined up to help you find some great ideas.  Today’s gifts are for the girl who loves to be surprised, and these are gifts that might need to be given a little bit before Christmas, but they will definitely still be enjoyed all through the time leading up to the big day.  Can you think of anything better than an Advent calendar stocked full of pretty little things to keep them guessing and excited for Christmas all month long?  Didn’t think so.  The calendars that I’ve rounded up here for you are the cream of the crop this year and definitely make a fun spin on the typical chocolate filled versions we’re used to!

LUSH 12 Days of Christmas, $99.95: This 12 day calendar hides some of LUSH’s festive classics like their Golden Wonder and Cinders Bath Bombs, and is essentially exploding with scent.  It’s perfect for someone who loves a nice soak and enjoys being pampered!

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar, $50 (In Store Exclusive): I know I’m not the only one who’s crazy about the The Body Shop; I’ve been head over heels for their lotions, shower gels and body butters for years.  I can guarantee this calendar, stocked with 24 days of The Body Shop favourites along with a few new holiday additions, will put a smile on someone’s face every day until Christmas.  The best part?  It has a little bit of everything inside, covering body, face and fragrance.

Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar, $72:  Know a nail addict you need to find the perfect present for?  Look no further.  Ciaté’s Mini Mani Manor (try saying that 5 times fast) is the ultimate gift for a girl who can’t go a few days without changing her polish.  This calendar will have her set for many manis to come, with 22 mini polishes, 1 full size glitter polish – so appropriate for the holidays – and a nail transfer.

David’s Tea 12 Teas of Christmas,  $29.50: This 12 day calendar is a dream come true for a pal who loves to get cozy and relax with a warm cup of tea during the holidays.  It contains 12 tins of some of their most comforting teas, including some of my favourites (Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait & Forever Nuts).

L’Occitane 13 Desserts of Provence Advent Calendar, $68:  Gift this calendar to a luxury lover and they’ll be oh so happy.   Made up of a combination of skincare, body lotion and shower gel offerings, this calendar will give them the ultimate gift of relaxation.

Benefit Cosmetics Candy-Coated Countdown Advent Calendar, $119:  I would be lying to you if I said that my co-workers haven’t been drooling over this calendar since it was first released.  Although the price may be a little steep, it’s a great combination of deluxe samples of Benefit’s star products, and trust me, there are a lot of them.  18 to be exact.  And to follow along with Benefit’s super-sweet feel, you’ll also find a few other treats thrown in, like beauty sticky notes and heart-shaped paperclips.

These are definitely my kind of Advent Calendar.  Would you give one of these away for Christmas?

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