STOCKING POPPERS! Part 2

It’s getting down to the x-mas shopping wire so I’ve compiled a second list of choice stocking poppers or “gifties.” Read below for my top picks of items that will wow your best friend, colleague, girlfriend, etc. in a small package while making a big impact.

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK BABY LIPS ELECTRO LIP BALM & BABY LIPS DR. RESCUE MEDICATED LIP BALM
Though I’m a red lipstick fiend, sometimes all I want is a soft, low-maintenance lip. I’m all for glamour, but I leave the red lipstick at home when I’m swimming and sunning at the cottage. Not much of a demure kinda girl when it comes to lip balm – it’s gotta have colour and shine – I’m a fan of Maybelline’s Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm. It’s super soft and moisturizing and comes in toned down shades of pink, purple and orange. My favourite Strike A Rose is a soft petal pink. And just in time for winter, Maybelline has launched Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm, which still comes in a great range of sheer colours but also has eucalyptus, menthol and camphor to soothe winter-damaged lips.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm, $4.99 at drugstores

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm, $4.99 at drugstores

REVLON PARFUMERIE SCENTED NAIL ENAMEL
I was immediately drawn to these nail polishes by the classic, retro looking bottles alone. Secondly, I thought – wow, this is from Revlon! – which isn’t known for chic packaging. Then I was intrigued by the promise of scented nail enamel. Just a warning though, don’t smell the polish in the store because the fragrance is only revealed after it’s dried. There is a nice range of colours in creams, metallics and glitters and there are three collections in total with the first being for holiday.

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, $6.95 at drugstores

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, $6.95 at drugstores

L’OCCITANE IMMORTELE PRECIOUS NIGHT CREAM
I first started using this night cream when I received a sample in my Fall Luxe Box. Every time I use this it feels like I’m spreading a little bit of luxury on my face. This thick, silky cream supports natural skin regeneration while you’re catching some zzzs and contains immortelle flowers that produce an essential oil to support the natural processes of collagen synthesis, circulation and cell renewal.

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Night Cream, $92 at Hudson's Bay

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Night Cream, $92 at Hudson’s Bay

REVLON PHOTOREADY PRIMER, SHADOW + SPARKLE
As part of Revlon’s Evening Opulence Collection by Gucci Westman for the holidays, this eye colour palette in Muse hits all the right OTT notes for New Year’s Eve. The collection itself is decadent and not for the faint of heart with rich jewel-tone purples and sparkly emeralds for eyes, lips and nails. The eyeshadow palette contains a silvery pale green primer, and three dark and shimmery purples to apply to your lid, crease and brow bone. If that’s not enough for you then there’s also a deep green to add as a sparkle top coat.

Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle in Muse, $12.95 at drugstores

Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle in Muse, $12.95 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

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Be a Bottega Beauty

One of my favourite Fall beauty looks this season was seen on the Bottega Veneta runway. The 1940s-influenced look combined with Jodie Foster in ‘70s-era Taxi Driver was equal parts sexy and strong with a soft sophistication.

The models’ hair demanded attention in big, soft brushed-out curls without volume at the roots. The makeup featured a smouldering, smoky eye in browns and soft black with a matte power pout in a merlot shade.

Bottega Veneta Fall 2013

Bottega Veneta Fall 2013

To create the look myself, I tried ARTDECO cosmetics for the first time with eyeshadow shades from the Eyeshadow Pearl range. I used a deep purple brown (no. 92) and sandy brown in the crease of my eyelid (no. 16) and highlighted my brow bone with a light biscotti colour (no. 11).  The eyeshadow stayed put all night long without creasing and gave off a pretty pearlescent shimmer.

Each shade of eyeshadow is purchased individually so that you can customize your own refillable Beauty Box. How many times have you purchased an eyeshadow palette to have one lonely shade that you just don’t use? With ARTDECO you create your own palette and swap colours out whenever you want, which is super easy thanks to magnetic strips.

TR Beauty Box Quattro

Talbot Runhof for ARTDECO Beauty Box Quattro $16; Eyeshadow $8 each, at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations

To create the Bottega Veneta power pout, I used YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 54 Prune Avenue. This new deep plum shade has been added to the Rouge Pur Couture collection for Fall and though it’s much darker than what was on the Bottega Veneta runway it did a great job of giving me a dark statement lip.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 54 Prune Avenue, $30 at YSL counters

YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 54 Prune Avenue, $39 at Hudson’s Bay and select Sephora locations

To finish off the look, I used Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black and brushed on the Talbot Runhof for ARTDECO Blush Couture, which is from the latest collection to hit stores.

TR Blush Couture 1

Talbot Runhof for ARTDECO Blush Couture, $32 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations

– Jodi Goulart