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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Stocking Poppers! Part 1

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?

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A Great Kisser in Juicy Peach, $10 at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations

A Great Kisser VanillaBean RGB

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.

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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_RealMascara_Murale $29

Benefit They’re Real Mascara, $29 at Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

– Jodi Goulart