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There’s just something so nice about finding your new signature fragrance; discovering a new scent that speaks to your personality is such an exciting feeling. With so many new fragrances debuting throughout the year it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to finding your new favourite, so I’m sharing a few of the hottest new scents to help you find your new fall fragrance.

When it comes to choosing a new perfume, go with what speaks to you; this will become your personal fragrance and you want to make sure that you love it and it speaks to you. Head out to the store and don’t be afraid to try something on. Apply it to spots that tend to get a little warmer (ie your wrists and neck). This will allow the fragrance to blend with your own natural oils and you’ll be amazed at how it transforms when you’re wearing it. It’s remarkable how fragrances can smell different when worn by different people. I recommend bring home samples of a few scents that you’re interested in home and wearing them to see how you feel. And don’t be afraid to get more than one! I have quite the fragrance collection and I find that different scents work better for my various moods, settings and events!

If you’re feeling creative:

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Kenzo World Eau de Parfum was designed to embrace a freedom of expression and creativity, which is perfect if you’re feeling like a bit of a free spirit. Notes of peony and jasmine give it a floral base and the scent is energetic and lively.

If you’re feeling classic:

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Gabrielle Chanel, the latest fragrance from the brand, was inspired by the woman at the heart of the label. Floral, simple, and bright, this fragrance plays on a bouquet of flowers, incorporating jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and grasse tuberose throughout.

If you’re feeling feminine:

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The girly girl inside you will love My Burberry Blush, a fragrance that sweeps you away to London, giving you a fresh and dainty feel housed in a blush-pink bottle that you’ll have to keep on display.

If you’re feeling adventurous:

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CLEAN Warm Cashmere will take you on a cozy journey with this warm & spicy scent. Notes of bergamont, orris, cedarwood, and musk will keep you feeling warm and sexy when the chill sets in.

If you’re feeling sweet:

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Indulge your bubbly side with Prada Candy Gloss, a sweet fragrancfde that focuses on bright and cheerful scents like cherry and peach, all packaged in a pretty in pink bottle.

If you’re feeling optimistic:

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The L’Occitane Terre de Lumiere Gold Edition will bring rays of sunshine into your day. This eau de parfum is cheerful and zesty, bottling notes of honey, almond and lavender in this gorgeous golden bottle.

What fragrances have you been loving lately?

 

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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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I got back from my va-cay in Orlando a little over a week ago and ever since my lips have been a mess.  Between the dryness of the plane during my flights and the frigid weather (of course, I was not happy to come back to -30 temperatures when I returned), they’ve turned into a dry, chapped, flaky mess. Let’s be real here — ain’t nobody got time for that.  Take a look at a few of my fave – some new –  lip care products to help get your pout ready for all of spring’s fun shades (more on this to come!).



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L’Occitane Ultra Soft Balm ($6.00 CAD): This apricot balm, made with 96% shea butter, is deeply nourishing & can also be used on the body and hair for whenever you need a little moisture on the go.  You can also feel good about purchasing this one; 100% of proceeds from each tin sold are donated to organizations that promote entrepreneurship for women in developing countries.

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eos VISIBLY SOFT Lip Balm Sphere ($3.99 CAD): I’m sure you’ve seen and/or tried eos’ cute little lip balm sphere’s before.  This new addition contains coconut milk for the softest lips ever.  An added bonus is the tantalizing coconut scent and flavour.

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Bio Beauté by NUXE 8 HR High Nutrition Lip Stick ($8.00 CAD): This lip balm offers intense hydration thanks   to the addition of Bio Beauté by NUXE’s reinvented cold cream, which combines sweet almond, organic rosewater and organic beeswax for a highly effective formula with a delightful almond scent.

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Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($23.00 CAD): Clarins decided to pull together some of the most nourishing oils available (hazelnut oil, organic jojoba oil & plum oil) to create this unique lip treatment.  With a hint of a glossy finish, this lip oil locks in moisture and gets to work to immediately repair and relieve dry, chapped lips.

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Royal Apothic Tinties Lip Butter ($14.00 CAD): I first came across the Royal Apothic brand at a Murale Spring preview a few months back and instantly fell in love.  The packaging is absolutely adorable & deserves to be on display.  Lips are conditioned with a mix of argan oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil and shea butter, while a hint of tint is added for flirty colour.

What’s your favourite lip conditioning product?

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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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With Mother’s Day being only a few days away (May 11th, don’t forget!), I thought I would pull together a few of my top picks to help you find a gift your mom will love.  Granted, she’ll probably be just as happy with a big hug and you telling her how much you love her, but a little something special never hurts 😉

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L’Occitane Neroli & Orchidee Eau de Toilette ($75, 75 ml) & Fragrance Beautifying Cream ($36) – By combining two lovely ingredients (Neroli essence from the Mediterranean Shores & White Orchid from Madagascar), L’Occitane’s perfumer Karine Dubreuil created a scent that is feminine and delicate to join the La Collection de Grasse family.  An exciting addition is the Fragrance Beautifying Cream, which is lightly scented and designed to bring out the most in the fragrance while giving it longer staying power – and it works with any of the Collection de Grasse fragrances.

Sally Hansen Mother’s Day Salon Gel Polish Collection in Laven-Darling, For Teal, Just Peachy & Glamor-Fied ($14.95 each; gel starter kit sold separately) – These easy to use, at-home gel polishes are perfect for the mom who doesn’t have enough time to pamper herself regularly.  They promise chip-free colour and shine that lasts up to two weeks!

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Bite Me & Bite Me Too by Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat ($29.95) – I love cooking.  If you’re looking for an amazing cookbook to get a mom who enjoys getting crafty in the kitchen, make it one of these.  Julie & Lisa have served up some kick-ass recipes with a side of sass, and I’ve enjoyed working my way through these books.  Seriously, they have yet to steer me wrong and I’m always left soaking up the compliments when I make something from these books.  Do yourself a favour and toss another copy in your cart for you to enjoy later.

Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar ($10) – Let your mom indulge in a little me-time when she bathes with this deeply moisturising bar, enriched with argan oil and shea butter to leave skin feeling clean and hydrated.  And no, the signature Moroccanoil scent certainly doesn’t hurt…

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You Makeup Kit in Solace ($79.99) – This set is the perfect way to help inject a little more glamour into you mom’s life.  Each kit (there are 3 available) contains everything she needs to create a gorgeous look for a night out.  Inside you’ll find liquid liner, 2 shades of eye shadow, blush glow powder, lipstick, false eye lashes, lash adhesive, lip and eye primer & 3 brushes (blush brush, crease brush & eye shadow brush) which all come together for a beautiful look that can be easily recreated using the included instructions.  These can also be found on YouTube for the more visual learners!

The Body Shop Body Sorbet ($15) – I already go crazy for The Body Shop’s Body Butters and am really enjoying these new moisturizers!  They have more of a gel-like feel for hydration that feels light and cool to the touch.  Of course, they smell delicious – available in satsuma, morninga, grapefruit, mango & strawberry.

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eos Lip Balm Set ($5.99) – I will gladly attest that good things come in pretty packages, which is exactly why this eos Smooth Sphere lip balm set made its way onto this list.  If you’ve ever tried them, you know these lip balms are, for lack of a better word, the bomb.  They’re adorable and I’ve always got at least one packed into my purse.  And since it’s what’s on the inside that counts, these smell great and feel great (smooth lips for days!) and… Yes, they taste great too.

Philosophy Vanilla Coconut Set ($31) – You may not be able to whisk mom away to an exotic locale, but you can definitely help her feel like she’s in the tropics with this vanilla coconut scented set.  It contains lip gloss, body lotion and shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath so she’ll be surrounded by the intoxicating scent.

What are you planning on getting your mom for Mother’s Day? What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

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