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countdown to christmas : last minute finds …

It scares me to think that if you have landed here today … you may have not yet finished your holiday shopping. Yikes! But … I feels ya. There is always that last minute gift you need to get … for that unexpected guest, that one gift to add to add to the one for your sister (because you felt it needed something extra!), or for your second cousin who was supposed to head to Jamaica for a holiday getaway … but changed her mind … so now she is coming to the family dinner.

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It’s moments like these when your local drugstore becomes your best friend of the moment.

Some of my favourite drugstore finds that make for a well-received gift are :

Maybelline Eyeshadow Palettes : There is a colour set for almost any makeup style – The Nudes, The Blushed Nudes – both less than $20 and super easy to find in the drugstore, so you’ll be in and out in a flash. Plus, the consistency and quality is A+ and rival most other shadow palettes out there in the higher price ranges.

EOS Lip Spheres : Anyone and everyone can use a good lip balm. EOS Lip Spheres are minimalist yet pretty and chic. They come in grown up flavours, and there is even a holiday set of 3 which can be DIY decorated to show off one’s festive spirit.

Benefit  Cosmetics … well, Benefit anything : Available in most Shoppers Drug Marts around the GTA, something from Benefit always does the trick. Perhaps one of their box of powders (Dandelion is always a classic, but Roackateur is quite fun); or maybe a BadGal Mascara and Liner wrapped into a DIY Eye set; or any of their many boxed makeup sets … really, can’t. go. wrong.

So this is it … you’ve got only a few hours left to shop.  Good luck … and may the force be with you!

Happy Holidays!

-s-

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countdown to christmas : NARS blushes

Sometimes the best christmas gift is not something made all frilly with holiday touches. It’s not about a limited edition lip gloss set, or a holiday themed makeup bag. Instead, its about those tried+true makeup products that a girl yearns for all year round.

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For me, that would probably be a selection of NARS blushes. I bet you I am not alone on that sentiment. NARS blushes are best known for their superb pigment, their finely milled consistency, and just the right amount of shimmer. The colour selection is vast, and th e end result is always natural, see-through blush. Some might say you cannot go wrong with Orgasm (which is true) … but my favourites are Deep Throat, Luster and Oasis.

If you are going for a simple stocking stuffer, picking up just one blush is sure to make a gal happy. If you are trying to go with a really well-rounded gift, I would suggest the following DIY gift set :

Paloma Contour blush
Deep Throat blush
– a beautiful blush brush

Wrap it up pretty in a small makeup bag, and even the most novice beauty junkie can give herself cheekbones and structure in a flash.

-s-

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countdown to christmas : nails nails and nails …

Even if a lady doesn’t get her nails and cuticles tended to on the weekly (or monthly), a fresh manicure and coat of nail polish always manages to make her smile. Whether she loves bright pops of colour, a palette of neutrals, or is always up-to-date on the latest negative space nail art, there is a nail polish out there for her.

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Nail polish makes for a great stocking stuffer for several reasons : bottles can be inexpensive, they come in every colour under the moon ALL-YEAR-ROUND, and they are the perfect stocking stuffer size.

If you happen to know someone who leans towards bright pops of colour from neon oranges and pinks to deep jewelled blues and purples, then pick up a couple of bottles of China Glaze. With so may bright colours to choose from, plus some fun glittery formulations, you won’t run out of options from this brand. I find two coats does a nail good and a properly done application can last a few days before a touch-up is needed.  May I suggest that you grab Mix and Mingle and Coal Hands, Warm Heart from the holiday collection and present them as a set – the manicure that would result would be epic for the new year!

If your bestie, girlfriend, our favourite niece favour a more neutral and nude palette, how about seeking something classic from the Essie line. Essie has one of the best pinks : Mademoiselle ; but I favour Ballet Slippers just a hint more. I also enjoy Merino Cool, Master Plan, and Chinchilla. This is definitely the brand I go to when I was a polished manicure with a sophisticated look. Even the sheerest of colours go on without a streaky appearance.

Know for a fact that the person you’re trying to gift probably won’t have time to paint their nails, but would love a manicure for a day or two?  Then there is an option for you : Kiss Nails! “Press-on” nails are BACK and with a vengeance … and with a much better style selection. Kiss Nails come in a variety of styles to choose from : from the classic french manicure to pro nail art designs to even holiday themed ones. A box or two inside a stocking will definitely garner some holiday cheer!

Happy Shopping!

-s-

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10 days left!

happy-holidaysWe are officially 10 days away from one of the
most wonderful days there ever was.

Over the next few days, we will be sharing our picks for some
of the prettiest and super sweet stocking stuffers that
you can pick up for all the beautiful people in your life.

10 days left to shop guys …

Stay tuned!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

-the bp team-

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holiday shop #3 : two more days …

Two more days to go people!

Still wondering what to gift the beauty obsessed?
Let’s try this :

NARS Audacious Lipsticks
Saje Wellness Pocket Pharmacy
Estee Lauder BB Cream

Good luck!

-stephanie- 

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