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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Now that September’s rolled around and we’re closing the door on summer, it’s time to trade in your beach-ready beauty products for something a little more fall-worthy. Update your makeup bag without breaking the bank and catch up on the trends with these picks.

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Fall means a return to more dramatic beauty looks, which also means it’s time to start working on your liner game. The Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner ($12) has a design that was created to make getting that perfect wing easier than ever, with a handle that fits into the contour of your palm and a pointed tip for accurate application.

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Now that the days of bronze are slipping away, it’s time to try some deeper shades. The NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Creams ($10) are perfect for a season where jewel tones are in abundance. These highly pigmented lippies are smooth, shimmery and definitely pack a punch. Throw one of them on for your next girl’s night out and bask in the compliments.

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Transition to a more matte look with e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder ($6). Fall is all about fresh, healthy skin, and this tinted powder will have your skin looking flawless with light coverage that sets makeup so it stays fresh throughout the work day. Keep one in your purse for quick touch-ups on the go and to zap any shine that pops up during the day.

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Swap your summer gloss for a fall lipstick with ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip ($6). A taupe or berry satin lip is just what September is calling for, and these long-wearing lipsticks are perfect for transitioning into sweater weather. As a bonus, the low price tag means you can stock up on a few for a new fall lip wardrobe.

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Bold eyes and long, fluttery lashes are on deck, which makes Quo Holy Grail Mascara ($12) a-must have. This mascara makes large promises with its name and after getting buildable bat-worthy lashes, we’re converts for this drugstore winner.

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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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Now that Halloween has come and gone, I feel like it is perfectly acceptable for me to start getting into a holiday state of mind.  I’m going to have to go ahead and say it’s a good thing for you – it’s time for me to start featuring some of my favourite holiday collections and gift ideas (not to mention tips for helping your beautiful self battle the cold weather and the onslaught of beauty issues that go hand in hand with it).  It’s November 5th and we hit negative temperatures in Toronto the other night so I think that it’s as good a time as any to get the first of many holiday collections up – and it’s a fun one!

So, what do we have here? The Quo Holiday 2013 Collection (available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart). The packaging, the colours, the products and the fun little goodies – I love everything about it.  With a beautiful navy blue and rose gold theme running throughout, these products feel so elegant, and I can’t wait to display them on my vanity.  Let me show you a few of my favourite products, which also double as fantastic gifts for the beauty-obsessed on your list.

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Quo Shimmer Puff

Quo Shimmer Puff ($20) – I absolutely adore this dainty little tub of shimmer.  Housed in a petite, navy jewelry box accented with a rose gold bow, this shimmery powder is a great accessory for your holiday parties.  The shimmery pink is perfect for adding a little highlighting to your cheekbones and decolletage when you feel like sparkling a little on a night out.

 

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Quo Emergency Kit

Quo Emergency Kit ($32) – Ooh, this little baby is just jam-packed with goodies.  The perfect size to toss in your purse or keep in your desk, it’s got just about everything you need for an emergency touch up during an event or to quickly take your look from a long day at the office to a night out where you just might run into a handsome someone under the mistletoe.  In this handy little kit you’ll find 4 eye shadows, 4 lip glosses, one blush and a set of mini travel brushes you can easily perk up your look.

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Quo On The Go Beauty Set – Packaging

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Quo On The Go Beauty Set Contents

Quo On The Go Beauty Set ($60) – Oh my, I’m obsessing over this.  Seriously, if I didn’t have it in my hands already I can promise you it would be on my wish list this Christmas. As if the gorgeous rose gold and navy cosmetic case wasn’t enough, this set has tons of goodies inside, including 4 mini lip glosses, one blush, one mascara, 2 brushes and a set of 24 full sized eyeshadows which will cover all of the bases (the shimmery navy in the bottom left quad? I die).

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Quo Cosmetic Crackers

Quo Cosmetic Crackers ($15 for 3) – Last, but certainly not least (and arguably the most fun), we have Quo’s amazing take on the traditional holiday cracker.  Each cracker contains a fun surprise – a Quo eye shadow duo and mini lip gloss, with three different colour combinations.  I think I am going to have to get my hands on a few more of these before they sell out – I think a girl’s night/holiday dinner is in order and these would be the perfect surprise for my friends!

This is only a handful of the amazing beauty treats offered in the Quo Holday 2013 Collection.  I’ve already spotted this in stores, so now’s the perfect time to stock up on some early Christmas gifts – I wouldn’t wait too long though, because I noticed a few items are already sold out at my local Shoppers!  What do you think of this collection?  Anything you’d love to grab?

Noted: Quo Cosmetics products are available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores

Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with Quo from trips to Shoppers Drug Mart.  This Shoppers-exclusive brand features a wide range of products (and fantastic makeup brushes/tools).  This spring, they decide to bring a little more colour into their collection with a few products.

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Quo Grace and Glamour Beauty Box ($20) – This palette, in a cute quilted case, contains 2 blush shades, 12 eye shadow shades and 4 lip shades – for this price, I think you’d be hard set to find another palette with as good of a value as this.  I love that the eye shadows are comprised of a mix of neutrals and brights which means it’s easy to find a colour combination that you love.  The blushes are nude and shimmery, and give the skin a nice glow.  The 4 lips shades are not super pigmented – they give off just a little bit of colour with a nice sheen.  See below for swatches.



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Quo by Orly Polishes ($10) – Quo by Orly polishes have had a good run so far with me – great colours and really nice formula.  For the spring, they decided to introduce 5 new core shades along with 12 new limited edition shades.  My favourite of these new additions has got to be Prepster (seen above).  It reminds me of a mix of a Tiffany’s box and Cinderella’s dress from the classic Disney movie.  Light and shimmery, it looks absolutely beautiful once applied.  My only issue with this polish is the brush – a few bristles did come off while applying.

What do you think of these products for spring?

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