Holiday Gift Ideas for everyone on your list

holiday-gift-guide-2013Introducing my top picks for the holidays to make your lives a little easier, when shopping for your loved ones this Holiday season.

hope-in-jarFor who: The skin care advocate
Why it works: It’s a whipped formula, light enough for every day use. It will keep your skin hydrated even throughout the winter months.
Price: hope in a jar ($20) ornament available at sephora, hudson’s bay and shoppers drug mart
Where to buy:

MIZUNO-WAVE-RIDER-16For who: The fitness enthusiast
Why: Running shoes only last a certain number of kilometres before you should invest in a new pair. Get your loved ones a fresh new pair of Mizuno’s to kick off their fitness regimen for the new year.
Price: $120
Where to buy: Running Room

MPG-BLACK-SERIES-BAGFor who: The on-the-go person
Why: Well you do need a workout bag to go work out, am I right? Forgot a hair elastic? Oh, right. You put it in your new GYM BAG. Zing, you’re saved! Plus you need to freshen up after the gym with some deodorant and wet wipes which you can conveniently store in the bag.
Price: $100
Where to buy: MPG online

katy-perry-killer-queenFor Who: The playful female who is always wearing perfume
Why: With notes like wild berry, dark plum and red velvet flower, the receiver of this gift is sure to rock her new Killer Queen scent with confidence and pull it off without effort.
Price: 50 ml Eau de parfum $59.00

stila-lip-glossFor who: The girl who loves to add a subtle shine to her lips.
Why: Pth, why not? Who doesn’t want luscious glossy lips? Or you can separate the glosses, and give them as a little gift to the makeup lovers.
Price: $34 ($171 value)
Where to buy:

fossil-machineFor who: The guy in your life
Why: So he can finally be on time for once ;)
Price: $185
Where to buy: Fossil


For who:  The budget friendly make up addict
Why: To get that flawless even, application of your foundation
Price: $23.99
Where to buy: Farley Co, walmart, or Lawton’s Drug

For who:  The girl with unruly curls
Why: So she can achieve a silky straight hair style
Price: $159.99
Where to buy: Flat Iron Experts

clarisonicFor who:  Anyone who enjoys cleansing their skin and having it feeling incredibly soft
Why: The best analogy as how your skin will feel after the first use, not one word of a lie? Touch the inside of your forearm. That is exactly how smooth and soft the skin on your face will feel after using the Clarisonic. (see my review)
Price: $139.99 — $200+
Where to buy: Sephora


fossil-sydneyFor who:  That chick on a serious shopping mission
Why: So she can put all her purchases in her tote, or use it fashionably for work
Price: $168
Where to buy: Fossil

Holiday Gift Guide RUBBERMAID-POWER-SCRUBBER For who:  The person who loves the feeling of a sparkling clean home
Why: Because it cleans up to 2x faster than manual scrubbing
Price: $19.99
Where to buy: Home Depot, Loblaws, London Drug or win one here

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Clarisonic Mia2 review

I’m a late bloomer. Always have been, probably always will be.

A few years ago I discovered the fine art of self-tanning at home. It took me years to get the guts and try it our for myself. I’ve heard complaints in the past about streaking products or looking orange. Then came along St. Moriz, and St. Tropez — and even then I didn’t buy it right away. Why? When I spend money on something, I want it to work. I don’t want to ever be put into an embarrassing situation of my tan looking splotchy or remotely carrot colored. You think I’m going off topic here, but I’m really not, you see the same goes for the Clarisonic…ClarisonicMia2-in-hand

I’ve heard about it for a few years. Initially I saw it being talked about on YouTube. Was it really for me? I don’t have troubled skin. Would a $100+ over sized toothbrush be good for my delicate skin? I still don’t understand the two speeds for your face. Are we on a race track? It does the same thing, no?

Why spend $100 when you can get similar products at the drug store for a fraction of the cost? There is a difference between the Clarisonic and other exfoliating tools.ClarisonicMia2

The Clarisonic vibrates using a very soft oscillation movement, where as some have a rotary brush head. Meaning that the Clarisonic is so much more gentle and not abrasive at all on the skin.

Opened the box and I wasn’t sure how to set up the charger onto the Mia.Clarisonic-plugin

Oh buddy, how fancy is this? I nodded to myself as soon as I figured it out, as my Boyfriend laughed at my antics. The charger is magnetized and just clicks right onto the top of the Mia. It also blinks (or glows in and out, slowly) when charging. ClarisonicMia2-plugged-in

I didn’t really know what to expect when I tried it out for the first time. There’s always a bit of uncertainty when trying out new products. The instructions stated my skin could go through a purging phase. Would I? All these unanswered questions. So I manned up and charged the Mia 2 for 20 hours and used it for the first time on Sunday, March 3 and I’ve been using it every single day since. EVERY DAY.

Start off by wetting your face with some luke warm water, and then wet the brush head. Put a little squirt of your cleanser — any cleanser works, and I’ve researched! So that’s good news bears, right? I am using up the sample sized cleanser that came with the kit, but my go-to cleanser is Purity by Philosophy. I try to never stray from that amazing one.

Here’s the set up you’re supposed to follow:

  • 20 seconds on forehead
  • 20 seconds on nose and chin area
  • 10 seconds per cheek

I started on my right cheek. First mistake was that I forgot to count how many seconds it was rubbing my cheek for. I was waiting for the beep but remembered that it was only supposed to be on each cheek for 10 seconds at a time. Whoops.

My face wasn’t even red after the first use (as it always does, when I touch it, or wash it — I have sensitive skin). I washed the access facial cleansing gel off my face and I didn’t feel like my skin was tight. Perhaps it’s because I moisturized right away? Perhaps the Clarisonic is a miracle?

Scrubbing the face with the little Mia2.Clarisonic-on-my-face

But get this. Before I applied my Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, I couldn’t stop touching my face. Coincidence? I think not. It was like a miniature spa retreat and you get a minute of pure bliss.

After I’ve been using it for a few weeks I can finally give a review on it. My skin did not go through a purging phase. I didn’t break out (thank the baby you-know-what) and I’m even considering using it twice a day. But let’s not go too over board here now. I still have sensitive skin. I may introduce this though, soon. Clarisonic-before-and-afterBefore and after using the Clarisonic Mia2.

I can now see why it has become some people’s staple in their beauty routine. The first time I used the Clarisonic, I didn’t wear make up for two days as it was the weekend. I was disturbed but pleasantly surprised at the Clarisonic’s actions that there were traces of dirt on the brush head after the 1 minute of use. Guess it really does clean 6x better than your hands alone. On the box it says your skin is receptive to treatments, lotions and serums. Meaning, the products you use will absorb into your skin better.

The best analogy as how your skin will feel after the first use, not one word of a lie? Touch the inside of your forearm. That is exactly how smooth and soft the skin on your face will feel after using the Clarisonic. It’s just one of those things where you’re going to have to test it out for yourself to believe me. I didn’t believe the hype either, until I flippin tried it and now I can’t stop using it. It feels like my skin is 10 years younger. Madness. I can’t get over it. Sephora Clarisonic BrushesA few different brush heads are available at Sephora for $29, so you can swap them out for your skin type.

  • Normal
  • Sensitive
  • Delicate
  • Deep Pore (for oily or large pores)
  • Acne
  • Body (it’s a little larger but you can only use this with the Clarisonic Plus model)

Make sure to replace those brush heads every 3-4 months! The Clarisonic Mia 2 comes with a sensitive skin brush and a refreshing gel cleanser, so we’re set. I was a bit hesitant about bringing it into the shower with me, but I’ve certainly got over that fear. It’ll slough off your days make up (always remove your mascara first. Then again, you’re not really going over the eye area with it), or gently exfoliates off your dead skin cells, ready to grow and emerge some new baby soft skin. Hoo yeah.

All in all? BUY IT. That’s right, I just yelled that at you. I’d wait for a sale at Sephora though, if you’re a VIB or have a friend that is — until you can get it at 20% off.

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