It’s that time of year again, when the stores are filled with anxious shoppers and bewildered faces. I do admit that I’m a fan of shopping for friends and family. I enjoy brainstorming gifts that will bring joy to my loved ones and I have no shame in admitting that I like receiving them as well. My family still exchanges stockings, which I love. There’s something about those little “gifties” – as my mom calls them – that are so much fun. It’s like getting a bag filled with fun impulse purchases – a weakness of mine. To help you find what to get the retro girl in your life or if you’re looking to treat yourself, I’ve compiled a list of stocking poppers. Let me know if there are any gifties out there that you’re jonesing for this season.
SOAP & GLORY A GREAT KISSER LIP MOISTURE BALM
Soap & Glory A Great Kisser is my kind of lip balm. It feels more like a lip gloss than a balm with moisturizing mango butter and apricot butter to protect your lips from the elements. A Great Kisser comes in two scents – Juicy Peach, which delivers a pretty pink shiny tint and Vanilla Bean, which has more of a warm rose sheen with a bit of sparkle. And who can resist those cute, retro tins?
A Great Kisser in Juicy Peach, $10 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations
A Great Kisser in Vanilla Bean, $10 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations
ANNA SUI NAIL COLOR N AND NAIL ART COLOR N
I like to dress up my nails, but don’t have the patience for nail art so I gravitate towards glittery, glitzy and bold polishes that add impact. Anna Sui’s nail polishes come in a spectrum of 45 shades and finishes spanning from gold glitter to flamingo pink and the perfect red. Plus, look at those bottles. Can you tell I’m a sucker for retro packaging yet? Available at Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques for $15.
BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL MASCARA
Believe the hype. Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara does it all – lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates in a long-wearing formula that doesn’t dry out. The custom domed brush tip will accentuate lashes you didn’t know you had. Check out the Benefit website for tips and tricks on how best to apply if you’re looking for a doe-eyed look or want to boost your bottom lashes.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara, $29 at Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques
– Jodi Goulart
I’ve been a fan of Soap & Glory’s bath and body products and their cute, pink retro packaging for some time. The products always leave me feeling pampered and smelling soft and sexy from the rose, bergamot and citrus fragrance in the classic Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, especially when followed by The Righteous Butter Body Lotion. When I saw the new Sugar Crush bath and body line scented with sweet lime, I had to give it a try.
Marilyn Monroe in a deleted bathtub scene from “Seven Year Itch”
Wow, does the scent pack a punch! I used the Sugar Crush Body Wash followed by the Body Buttercream and the scent brought back flashes of sunny vacations in Vegas drinking lime margaritas poolside. The body wash contains lime oil, kiwi juice water and veggie oil and delivered generous, frothy bubbles and left my skin super soft.
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash, $16 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream, $20 at Shoppers Drug Mart
The body buttercream, which has shea and cocoa nut balm and lime and almond oils is thick, but it’s not heavy and left my skin satiny instead of feeling greasy like other popular body butters. The scent is strong at first, but then fades just a bit, which is great ‘cause you don’t want to smell like someone dropped a tropical drink on you. I do still prefer Soap & Glory’s original Pink scent, which is softer and more sophisticated. I can see myself using the Sugar Crush line, which also includes a body scrub, in the summer before heading out for drinks at a tiki bar in a cute, Hawaiian-inspired dress.
– Jodi Goulart
I have to hand it to Soap & Glory for catching my attention on the crowded drug store shelf. The collection of bath and beauty products from Canadian Marcia Kilgore, who launched the uber-successful Bliss Spa chain, features cheeky names and retro-styled packaging. The cut & paste collages with black & white photos of women who look like they were ripped from the pages of my grandmother’s stacks of ’60s Family Circle magazines are what first drew me in. But the pink bottles with pulp fiction-style images weren’t the only thing that I found to be gloriously sudsy.
With the Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel a little goes a long way. Only a small dollop is needed to work up a velvety lather and the built-in body lotion leaves my skin feeling moisturized and with a slight glisten. After showering, apply The Righteous Butter Body Lotion. It’s creamy formula has smoothing fruit acids, Shea butter and Aloe Vera. What I really enjoy most is Soap & Glory’s signature scent – a mix of bergamot, peach, strawberry, jasmine, mandarin and musk – that I find to be both elegant and comforting reminding me of the trusted and fanciful creams and lotions that used to crowd my grandmother’s dresser.
Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, $9.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Butter, $9.99 at Shopper's Drug Mart
— Jodi Goulart