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because mom’s like stuff!

We are four sleeps away from Mother’s Day. Many of you have most likely planned out your special day with the one you call mother. Others have perhaps already mailed out your greeting card. Some of you have scheduled in your overseas call to mom, making sure the timezones match up. And the rest of us … well … we’re probably still trying to figure out what might make the best gift; or maybe … we haven’t even made a list yet.

Sometimes its really easy, right? Departments stores are offering ready to buy gift sets; salons and spas are offering gift certificates on packages; and online sites have speedy delivery direct to her home. Click, click, click,  and … send.

And then other times, it’s hard. Your mother might appreciate the finer things in life, but does she ever make time for it? Maybe she’s perfectly fine with going to her regular lady for a haircut and colour for $18 plus tax, she doesn’t want to try your new fancy salon where the taxes are $18 alone. Or perhaps, she doesn’t like anyone touching her face and getting nekkid in public! She’s okay with her old soap and water routine and doesn’t want to be fussed over. And that beautiful makeup set? It’s gorgeous, but she can get by with that lipstick she received in that gift with purchase when she replenished recently her favourite yellow moisturizer. Moms are hard to shop for. Period. Exclamation Mark. Times 100.

So today, instead of focusing on beauty products and services for mom that she appreciates but finds extravagant … I wanted to focus on beauty tools. Tools, strictly for vanity purposes, that I think mother’s will love unexpectedly.  She will love them because they feel luxurious but also, because she can do it herself. Because as a mom myself, there are two things I know I love : money well spent on quality and being in control.

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 

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Dental hygiene – it’s the stuff moms are constantly reminding their kids to do – but not themselves. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean comes complete with charging travel case and charger glass to make cleaner, whiter teeth for a busy mom totally possible. As someone who gets shamed by the dentist bi-annually for receeding gums and bad flossing habits, this electric toothbrush is a god-send. It has 5 brushing modes, 2 of which are “gum care” and “sensitive”. Over the past few years I’ve been brushing lightly to avoid harming my gumline, but now with my new Soniccare, I can can a deep clean without damage or feeling like I’ve bruised my teeth. Perfecto! The other three settings are  ”clean”, “white”, and “polish” – all useful for a perfect smile.  Lastly, as a bonus for Mother’s Day – you can find the Sonicare in a beautiful shade of blush pink (black and white are standard). It might seem odd to give your mother a toothbrush for Mother’s Day … but how many times have you given a gift to your mom and she has replied “when can I use this?”. Toothbrushes are staples. Moms need them. This is the Tiffany’s bracelet of toothbrushes.

Trust me!

Foreo Luna Mini

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I have owned my t-sonic Luna Mini forever a year almost now and I love it. This handheld device – so compact it’s wonderful for travel as well – allows me to give my skin a deep cleanse with every use removing dirt, oil and makeup with ease. If your mother happens to steer clear of spas and facials, or happens to keep a simple regimen, this one little tool would be a welcome addition that is neither intimidating or a hassle to use. The Luna Mini holds its charge for about three months of consistent use – which is only about 1 or 2 minutes a day. It works with any cleanser and there are two speeds to drive away blemishes and congestion. After a week’s use, you mother will see a brighter, softer complexion and she never had to leave the house or change her products. Another easy does it gift for mama.

Konjac Body Sponges

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My friend, Marni, from Pelle Beauty introduced me to The Konjac Sponge Company and konjac sponges. With several options for the face or body, konjac sponges are earth friendly, sustainable sponges that provide a cleanse and balance the skin at the same time. Clay-based, the sponges gently exfoliate the skin and different clays can promote different results  from deep cleansing the skin to rejuvenating the complexion to improving circulation. With proper care, one sponge can last a few months. Gift her two or three, and she won’t need to replenish until the holiday season when you can place a few more in her stocking! I suggest a mix of one for the face and one for the body!

See – Mother’s Day doesn’t have to always be about ribbons and teacups. It can be about functional too! :)

Happy shopping – you’ve got four days!

-stephanie-

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makeup monday : what happens in miami …

As you can tell by my Instagram account, if you happen to follow it,  I am in the midst of working/vacationing in beautiful Miami. It’s my home away from home … and I have been enjoying every minute.

Whenever I travel – whether across the border or overseas – the objective is to travel light and return with slightly more. Or much more. Or whatever I think I can get away with.

Here’s a glimpse of what I started with: (in advance, my apologies for such sub-par photos … I’m doing this all off an iPod and the pictures look so much better on a tiny screen than they do on a full size computer. le sigh.)

My makeup essentials includes a few essentials from Chanel – a pressed powder and highlighter/blush combo from the Les Beiges collection; a Stila eyeliner in a bright Miami-esque turquoise/green to add some fun to the eyes at night; Clinique mascara for obvious “I’ve for no lashes” reasons; my Anastasia Pro Pencil which does wonders for the eye area; my Shu Uemura brushes, because I love how they apply makeup for me; and bobby pins to keep my hair off my face in this heat.  I also brought some Bite Lip Pencils (not pictured) and my Tom Ford eyeliners.

I also brought some other fun skin and body care items, including my new Foreo Luna Mini to massage and cleanse the skin each night after dirty days at the beach and pool; Olay Fresh Effects Exfoliating Wipes (the husband loves these as much as I do that I had to bring two packs); and Secret’s new Hawaii Citrus Breeze Body Spray and Anti-perspirant/Deodorant, because … well … it’s Miami, it’s hot, I sweat, you get it.

I have to add that these three items have been great for vacation use! The Luna Mini makes cleansing the skin after a day at the pool or the beach like an extended spa facial. Plus, it makes my skin glow which is a bonus with the slight tan I’m getting. It’s tiny little self is so portable so easy to use! The Olay Fresh Effects are my quick clean up of choice. It removes grime and dirt easily, and exfoliates really well. My skin feels instantly clean. Lastly, Secret’s new body spray is my new summer BFF. After a shower, after the pool, after feeling like I’ve sweated up a storm, I’ve packed this scented spray in my cabana bag religiously since I’ve gotten here!

Now on to what has mysteriously made it’s way into my carry on for my return home later this week:

So, while my morning’s consist of pool or beach side fun, my afternoons usually involve the mall, the beauty department, and plenty of makeup wipes and tissue. I found this sleekly cased brand, Nudestix, at Bloomingdale’s and was curious. Nudestix is all about makeup in crayon form – MY FAVOURITE. The pencils are divided into three categories: the eyes, the lips AND cheeks, and concealer. I picked up two lip+cheek pencils and two eyeshadow pencils … I’m on the search for the concealer pencils as they didn’t have my shade in stock. Sad face, yes, but only until I opened my tin and saw the extremely ample mirror tucked inside and the sharpener. I’m excited about this brand.

The other great thing about coming across the border is Ulta. I shop this store ALWAYS in New Jersey and Miami … so it was one of my first stops when I arrived. Being a big Stila fan since, like … 1998 … I grabbed these three nude themed palettes made exclusively for Ulta.  Each comes with two cheek colours (a mix of blush, highlighter or bronzer depending on the palette) and four eye shadows.  The cost – just $20 USD. At Kohl’s – which is another great store not only for makeup but clothes as well, I grabbed a highlighter and shimmering bronzer from The Balm. These pretty babies can be used on the eyes or cheeks.

Back to Ulta (and actually Bloomingdale’s too), I restocked on Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer. I’ve been using these as my base in my bridal kit and love the coverage. It’s true, a pin prick goes a long way and mixed with moisturizer or a mixing medium, they can be sheered out for lighter coverage.  I also restocked on my Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials. I love this primer as I feel it gives the eyes a nice even base to start any eye look – from natural to smokey.

Oh shoot – I cannot forget about this travel brush set from Japonesque.  I actually didn’t need this at all. I just liked it. And it was $20 at Ulta. The coolness factor : all five brushes fit in the sleek tube. It’s so sleek – I thought I lost it when really it was tucked in the bottom of my purse.

The last … or at least current last until my next shopping trip … of my haul is the Not Your Mother’s hair care line. I’m loving my newly permed hair and so happy that it is manageable in this Florida heat … but again, you can never have too many good arsenals in your hair care kit. At a whopping $4.54 USD at Wal-Mart … I snatched up one of everything! I’m currently loving Kinky Moves, which I’ve been applying to my waves while damp and letting air dry.

So  – this is nothing new – you know, me splurging on beauty while away. I’m pretty sure I will need a second carry on because outside of these purchases I may or may not have made but totally did purchase are some cute tops and bottoms which will also need to find a home in my luggage. I’m sure everything will play along fabulously … yes?!

-s-

 

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