When it comes to the holidays, parties & get-togethers always come to mind. I personally have quite a few holiday bashes on the horizon and of course, you want to be looking your best for every fete.  Between killer hair, makeup and nails (check back in a few days for a post on quick ways to get ready for a party), finding a great host/hostess gift and having the perfect festive outfit, there’s a lot to think about. To save you some trouble, I’m sharing a few party hair looks for inspiration – choose your favourite and you might win a Matrix prize pack!

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Go full-on glam with bouncy, sideswept curls. I love full hair with tons of volume and this look really nails it. The Matrix Style Link Perfect line will help add volume and texture and make sure your hair stays up while you get your dance on.

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If you prefer to have your hair up, try taking your ponytail to a new level with a bit of a bouffant. Keep it looking smooth and polished with products from the Matrix Play & Protect lines.

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If you prefer a bit more of a sleek finish, try some defined, neat curls. After curling your locks, brush them through and set them in place with the Matrix Style Link Prep lineup which will smooth, tame frizz and add volume.

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Ready to rock your best holiday hair ever? Let me know which one of these looks you would love to show off this holiday season or tell me about another that you love! For your chance to win, leave a comment below to let me know which holiday hairstyle has your vote! For another chance to win, visit me on Instagram.

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One winner will be chosen to receive one of the Matrix prize packs shown above so you can get glam for your parties. Giveaway ends December 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm est. Winner will be contacted upon the giveaway ending and will have 24 hours to respond. Good luck!

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It’s almost that time of year again and Christmas is definitely in the air. I can’t believe we’re just over a week away from December; this year has been a really busy one for me, and it feels like time has just flown by. December 1st marks the first day for Advent calendars and I’ve seen some of the best ones yet. I’m sharing the best beauty Advent calendars for 2017 so you can find the one that’s perfect for you! There are so many different options at various price points and they’re all worth taking a look at.

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The Body Shop consistently has some of my favourite Advent calendars. Every year, their team creates calendars and holiday gifts based on a theme, and this year was all about “kidulting,” embracing your inner child and having a little fun. They have four calendars available this year: 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure ($139 – my personal favourite), 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure Ultimate ($169), 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure Standard ($99) and 24 Days of Beauty ($69). They each feature a slew of The Body Shop favourites and hide cute games and messages behind each box. Oh, and this year a portion of every holiday gift purchased will go towards International Alert to help Syrian refugee children.

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L’Occitane has one of the most luxurious Advent calendars ($69) out there – it’s jam-packed with fab skincare and body goodies that will have you feeling amazing all holiday season. This year, they’ve also introduced a Premium Version ($134) of their Advent calendar for an even more luxe experience.

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If you’re a lipstick lover, the NYX Cosmetics Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar ($65) is a must-have. This calendar features 24 days of lippies, including their Butter Gloss, Lip Lingerie and Matte Lipstick, in a range of gorgeous shades. It’s the perfect way to widen your lip wardrobe and you can share the shades that don’t work for you with your pals!

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If you really want to spoil yourself or someone special, the Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box ($250) is the way to go. This 12-day calendar is full of both full size and deluxe minis of some of her best-selling items like the Magic Cream Moisturizer and Lip Lustre Lip Gloss.

 

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This year, Quo has two Advent calendar options. The 12 Days of Colorful Healthy Nails contains 12 pretty Quo by Orly shades, while the 12 Days of Beauty has some of their favourite makeup items to get you holiday ready. Both are priced at $40 and are available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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The Kiehl’s x Kate Moross Advent Calendar ($89) is another that will have you feeling fantastic this season – with 23 skin and body products and a surprise inside, you’ll be able to find new favourites and fall back in love with others. I love the design of this one, which was created by artist Kate Moross.

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I can’t wait to dig into the Decléor Hello December Surprise Me! calendar. It’s full of deluxe samples from their bestselling ranges – and it even includes three full-size products to add to your collection. This luxe calendar is a skincare addict’s dream come true.

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Hands down, Artdeco has one of the best calendar’s for beauty lovers every year. This year’s calendar ($86 at Shoppers Drug Mart) is no different and I highly recommend it. It’s made up of 20 full-size products, 3 samples and even comes with a bonus Optimum points offer – pick up a couple for gifts and your girls will love you.

PS. Now might be a good time to pick up your calendar for this year so you can take advantage of this weekend’s Black Friday specials!

 

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